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Aly Michalka: My Favorite Book Is...

Aly Michalka: My Favorite Book Is...

Bandslam stars Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell and Alyson Michalka have taught us that music education is very important but so are books.

The trio recently sat down with Scholastic to chat about their favorite reads.

Aly, 20, shared that her fave book is “The Bad Beginning,” the first book in the 10-book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket while Gaelan, also 20, prefers “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle.

Check out the vids below and tell us — what is your favorite book?

Alyson Michalka – Scholastic – Favorite Book

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Gaelan Connell: Nobody Knows I'm Cool Yet

Gaelan Connell: Nobody Knows I'm Cool Yet

Bandslam star Gaelan Connell gets silly with‘s famous coasters recently in New York City.

JJJ had the chance to chat with the self-proclaimed dork and leading man of Bandslam. Check out what the 20-year-old actor had to say:

JJJ: Have you been recognized on the streets yet?
Gaelan Connell: I have not. One of the coolest things that happened was we left this screening in New York – I went to see [costar] Ryan Donahue – and this girl came up to the two of us afterward and was, like, “Nobody knows it yet, but you guys are so cool!” And I was, like, aww! That’s awesome. “But nobody knows it yet!”

JJJ: Did you play Rock Band and Guitar Hero before you got Bandslam?
GC: Yes, but this definitely helped because they had all these free things – merchandiiiise! Lisa [Kudrow] and I actually played a lot ’cause there’s a scene in the movie where we’re supposed to play but you totally put a picture of us playing it on your blog! Hopefully it’ll be in the deleted scenes.

I think it was because we were too good at it. Lisa and I practiced and we got to Expert. And she’s really competitive – she’d block the screen with the guitar and stuff – like, Mom! And then when we had to shoot it, the TV was off and all the crew guys were getting pissed, like, “Get it right!” and we were, like, “No, we’ve done it!” and nobody believes us. I’m adamant – Lisa and I were really good at it.

Stay tuned for more of our exclusive interview with Gaelan and go see Bandslam — out in theaters TODAY!

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Bandslam In Theaters TODAY!

Bandslam In Theaters TODAY!

Vanessa Hudgens, Alyson Michalka and Gaelan Connell are hitting the big screen TODAY in Bandslam! caught up with the three stars recently and we’re giving you a sneak peek into one of our interviews. Check out what Vanessa, 20, dished:

JJJ: Sa5m is a very tortured soul, but your hair was perfect and your makeup was perfect; why did they keep your hair that way?

Vanessa Hudgens: If I would’ve had it my way, I would’ve done the Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club – just the craziness all over the place – but hey, it’s okay. It’s one step closer to something.

JJJ: Were you sad you never got to go to CBGB?

Vanessa: I was sad! We got to build our own set and it was the exact replica of CBGB. Even though it was fake, I still felt the history. That was the closest, I think, a lot of people my age are gonna get to CBGB! I felt pretty special.

JJJ: How was the kissing scene with Gaelan?

Vanessa: It was awesome! I love it – I think it’s hysterical. We rehearsed it several times because it’s extremely choreographed and all about the right timing. But it was funny; it was fun.

JJJ: When you see pictures like this (Vanessa and Gaelan kissing) what do you think about it?

Vanessa: I go “noooooo, they got it before you got to see it in the movie!” I don’t kiss Gaelan on my own time. But yeah, it sucks when people get to see things when it’s not finished because I feel it ruins the end result, but whatever. There’s not much you can do about it.

Stay tuned for the rest of our interview with Vanessa, Aly and Gaelan and go see Bandslam!

Aly & AJ Michalka: Bandslam Beauties

Aly & AJ Michalka: Bandslam Beauties

78violet sisters Alyson and AJ Michalka put on their best black as they arrive at the premiere of Bandslam held at Mann’s Village Theatre on Thursday evening (August 6) in Westwood, Calif.

Aly, 20, plays the lead female in the flick, Charlotte Barnes. She tweeted earlier last night, saying, “Heading to the premiere in 10…such a wonderful night to celebrate. Thank you for all your support! Xo aly.”

In the rockin’ movie, a new kid in town (Gaelan Connell) who assembles a fledgling rock band to compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. Bandslam hits theaters NEXT Friday, August 14th.

Also pictured below: Charlie Saxton, Tim Jo and Elvy Yost.

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Vanessa Hudgens Takes On The Today Show

Vanessa Hudgens Takes On The Today Show

Vanessa Hudgens looks pretty in a purple Plastic Island dress as she arrives at The Today Show on Tuesday morning (August 4) in NYC.

The 20-year-old actress chatted with the hosts about her character in her upcoming movie, Bandslam. She shared, “She’s very introverted, very dead-panned and has a number in her name, so she’s doing her own thing.”

Vanessa also made an appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly this morning and don’t forget to catch her on It’s On with Alexa Chung this afternoon!

Vanessa Hudgens – The Today Show, 08/04

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Vanessa Hudgens & Gaelan Connell Have Philly Fun

Vanessa Hudgens & Gaelan Connell Have Philly Fun

Bandslam beauty Vanessa Hudgens keeps it cool in her destroyed jeans while costar Gaelan Connell sticks out his tongue before signing autographs for fans at the Franklin Mills Mall on Sunday afternoon (August 2) in Philadelphia, Penn.

After the meet-and-greet, the duo (both 20) introduced a screening of their upcoming flick.

Vanessa and Gaelan also stayed to watch the screening with nearly 350 of their fans!

Bandslam hits theaters on Friday, August 14th. Have you seen a screening yet?

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Gaelan Connell: Wave Your Hands In The Air

Gaelan Connell: Wave Your Hands In The Air

Gaelan Connell cheers along with the thousands of fans waiting inside Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, Penn., on Sunday afternoon (August 2).

The 20-year-old actor, alongside Bandslam costar Vanessa Hudgens, attended a private screening of their new flick while at the meet-and-greet.

JJJ reader Liz writes to us about the event, saying, “The movie was to come on at 1:30, but they pushed it back to 2:00. Then once we got in the theaters we waited even longer. They couldn’t play the movie until Vanessa and Gaelan introduced it, not sure what took them so long. It was a long wait, but defiantly worth it, Bandslam was AMAZING!”

Check out the video below of Vanessa and Gaelan introducing the movie!

Vanessa Hudgens & Gaelan Connell – Franklin Mills Mall, Philadelphia, 08/02
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