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Skye Dakota Turner & Hailey Kilgore Premiere New Movie 'Respect'

Skye Dakota Turner & Hailey Kilgore Premiere New Movie 'Respect'

Skye Dakota Turner and Hailey Kilgore look so pretty at the premiere of their new film Respect held at Regency Village Theatre on Sunday (August 8) in Los Angeles.

The young actress plays a young Aretha Franklin in the movie, while the 22-year-old Broadway star plays Aretha‘s sister Carolyn Franklin.

Their co-stars Jerel Xavier Alston, Peyton Jackson and Brandon Gilpin were also in attendance.

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Madison Reyes Thanks Fans For 'Julie & The Phantoms' Win at MTV Movie & TV Awards!

Madison Reyes Thanks Fans For 'Julie & The Phantoms' Win at MTV Movie & TV Awards!

The cast of Julie and the Phantoms are 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards winners!!

In case you missed it on Sunday night (May 16), the winners were revealed for the first part of the show and the stars of the Netflix series picked up the fan-voted Best Musical Performance award for “Edge of Great.”

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'Julie & The Phantoms' Guys Reunite With Kenny Ortega In Hawaii

'Julie & The Phantoms' Guys Reunite With Kenny Ortega In Hawaii

Charlie Gillespie, Jeremy Shada and Owen Joyner reunited over the weekend!

The Julie and the Phantoms stars, who make up the Phantoms/Sunset Curve, all flew to Hawaii and reunited with director and executive producer Kenny Ortega.

“‘This Band is Back’! Aloha from Maui to @themadisonreyes @julieandthephantoms Cast, Creatives, Crew, @netflix and International #Phans! @charles_gillespie @owenjoyner @jeremyshada ❌👻‼️” Kenny captioned a photo of just the boys on his Instagram.

“These are the ugliest pictures I’ve ever seen of myself. Give me minute ill be back,” Owen captioned on a post from Jeremy. LOL!

Jeremy and his wife Carolynn have been spending the last week in paradise, and have even posted other pics with Kenny and Tori Caro, who is a member of Dirty Candy, and an assistant choreographer on Julie and the Phantoms.

Owen and Charlie joined them, seemingly this past weekend, as Owen posted a little video on Instagram of them on a plane.

While Julie and the Phantoms hasn’t been renewed for a season two yet, we’re still waiting in anticipation for another season announcement!

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Madison Reyes Makes Her Debut in 'Julie & The Phantoms' Trailer - Watch Now!

Madison Reyes Makes Her Debut in 'Julie & The Phantoms' Trailer - Watch Now!

Get ready to rock with Julie and the Phantoms!

Newcomer Madison Reyes stars as Julie in the upcoming musical series for Netflix, alongside Owen Joyner, Charlie Gillespie and Jeremy Shada.

Here’s a synopsis: High schooler Julie (Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians (Gillespie, Joyner, and Shada) from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she’s inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.

The upcoming show is executive produced by High School Musical and Descendants franchises’ director Kenny Ortega, so you know it’s going to be great!

Julie and the Phantoms also stars Descendants 3‘s Jadah Marie, Booboo Stewart and Cheyenne Jackson, Owen‘s Knight Squad co-star Savannah May, Carlos Ponce, Sonny Bustamante and Sacha Carlson.

Look out for Julie and the Phantoms on September 10th on Netflix!


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'Descendants' Celebrates 5 Years Since It First Premiered!

'Descendants' Celebrates 5 Years Since It First Premiered!

Flashback Friday!

It has been exactly FIVE years since the first Descendants movie premiered on Disney Channel on July 31, 2015.

The Kenny Ortega-directed DCOM starred Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, Sarah Jeffery, Mitchell Hope, Brenna D’Amico, Kristin Chenoweth and more.

Descendants brought us the songs “Rotten to the Core,” “Evil Like Me,” “Did I Mention,” “If Only,” “Be Our Guest,” “Set It Off,” and “Believe.”

Here’s a synopsis: Driven by exciting music and performance, the story is set in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon where Ben, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Beauty and the Beast), is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, the trouble-making offspring of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil and Jafar, who have been imprisoned on the forbidden Isle of the Lost for 20 years.

These villainous descendants are allowed into Auradon for the first time to attend prep school alongside the teenage progeny of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan. Only time will tell if these evil teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents!


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'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Opens Up About Ryan Evans' Sexuality

'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Opens Up About Ryan Evans' Sexuality

Ryan Evans, the flamboyant High School Musical character played by Lucas Grabeel, has always been assumed to be gay, but never really confirmed.

His sexuality has always been a topic of conversation throughout the years, and director Kenny Ortega recently dished on when Ryan would have come out.

“The character of Ryan in High School Musical, Sharpay’s twin brother, we decided he’d probably going to come out in college. It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colors come forward,” Kenny told Variety.

“I have to be honest with you. I didn’t think at the time — and Disney is the most progressive group of people I’ve ever worked with,” he continued. “I was concerned because it was family and kids, that Disney might not be ready to cross that line and move into that territory yet. So, I just took it upon myself to make choices that I felt that those who were watching would grab. They would see it, they would feel it, they would know it and they would identify with it. And that is what happened.”

“I have to say thousands of kids that have said, ‘If it weren’t for High School Musical, I don’t know that I would have ever been comfortable in my skin. I don’t know when I would have been able to feel comfortable enough to come out, embrace who I am,’” Kenny added.

Disney had eventually, years later, crossed that line when Andi Mack character Cyrus came out to his friends.

Watch the 'High School Musical' Cast Reunion from the Disney Family Singalong!

Watch the 'High School Musical' Cast Reunion from the Disney Family Singalong!

Zac Efron joined the High School Musical cast on the Disney Family Singalong on Thursday night (April 16), though he sadly didn’t sing with them.

The cast reunited to perform the smash hit song “We’re All in This Together” from their own homes. Zac is supposedly quarantined in the “middle of nowhere” with poor WiFi, but he sent in a grainy video that served as an introduction to the performance.

Director Kenny Ortega brought together Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, and Corbin Bleu, as well as the casts of Descendants, Zombies, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and more, for a great performance.

“Hi everyone, I hope that you’re safe and that you’re healthy and that you’re doing as well as possible during these unprecedented times. It’s my greatest pleasure to introduce a musical performance by some of my oldest friends, and some new ones. I hope that you enjoy, and remember, we’re all in this together,” Zac said. He unfortunately didn’t sing with the cast, but you can watch the performance below!