Aw! ‘High School Musical’ stars reunite

27 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Descendants’ brings together the children of some of Disney’s most famous villains.

Disney Channel’s new original movie Descendants premiered in Los Angeles over the weekend, where many stars of High School Musical reunited with the franchise’s director, Kenny Ortega. Stars of the hit Disney franchise Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel and Olesya Rulin got together again for director Kenny Ortega’s – the dude behind HSM – new Disney Channel movie Descendants on Friday at Walt Disney Studios. Capturing the moment with a series of selfies and red carpet shots, the group flooded their Instagram accounts with loving messages as they heaped praise on Ortega’s new film.

Tweeting a picture with the gang, the 30-year-old ‘Scary Moive 3′ star tweeted, “All of us supporting the guy that changed our lives, So proud of @kennyortegablog on his big night.” Thank you for celebrating with me.” Later, Gabreel reposted a sweet selfie of the bunch, also failing to make the obvious We’re All in This Together pun. Mal is part of a teen posse that also includes Carlos (Cameron Boyce), son of Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson); Evie (Sofia Carson), daughter of the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy) from “Snow White”; and Jay (Booboo Stewart), son of Jafar (Maz Jobrani). As our story begins, the four teens are about to get a reprieve and be allowed to enter Auradon, the magical, sparkling-clean fantasy kingdom whose kingship is about to handed over to handsome teenage Prince Ben (Mitchell Hope), who’s pretty sparkling clean himself.

Casting aside the doubts of his father King Beast (Dan Payne) and mother, Queen Beauty (Keegan Connor), Ben declares the sins of the parents should not be held against the children. I don’t have enough words to describe how amazing #Descendants was or how proud we all are of @kennyortegablog and the incredible cast!! #KennyOrtega is a visionary & he captured pure magic on the screen!

Specifically, Maleficent instructs Mal and the others to steal the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand, with which the adult villains could seize power again. “When they approached me about this project, I immediately knew I wanted in,” says Kenny Ortega, who choreographed and directed. “It was only after I’d accepted that I started to have some concerns. Cameron may be only 19, and the original “Snow White” may have been released 78 years ago, but yeah, she says, she knows these characters as well as if they were all on Instagram and Snapchat. “Descendants” is a live-action movie that — with a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales — fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. From left, Dianne Doan, Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson. “The original concept didn’t have music,” says Ortega. “When we decided to add it, we just tweaked the story a little and it fit seamlessly.

It needs to move the story forward.” The 65-year-old Ortega, who learned at the elbow of dance giants like Gene Kelly, has built a towering reputation over the years as the choreographer for the likes of Michael Jackson and the movie “Dirty Dancing.” So he knows how to do grownup dance. Of course it might be slightly awkward the fourth time around as he broke up with his on-screen girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, who played Gabriella Montez, in 2010 following three years of dating. Zac Efron did that on ‘High School Musical.’ When you’ve got one kid who pushes like that, it makes everybody go harder.” “I had never walked into something I felt so totally unprepared for,” says Cameron. “I had done a little dancing in a show choir in high school, but I’d never danced like this.

Toward that end, Ortega says everyone pitched in. “Kids like Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce, who had more experience, helped the others,” he says. “My whole thing is that it has to be fun, and this was a blast.” “Kristin Chenoweth had been my personal idol since I was like 6 or 7,” says Cameron. “When I first met her on the set, I was totally star-struck.

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