High School Musical reunion shows gang Are All In This Together at film premiere

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

It looks like the “one for all and all for one” team had a reunion as the star cast of ‘High School Musical’ recently came together at the premiere of Kenny Ortega’s new Disney movie ‘Descendants.’ Celebs like Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman and Olesya Rulin glammed the premier with their presence, but the movie’s lead stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens gave it a miss, reported E!For its latest cable movie musical, Disney Channel tries to graft some familiar Disney characters into a “High School Musical”-style plot and the results disappoint.Disney’s ‘Descendants’ is an upcoming Disney Channel live-action movie which will explore the teenage lives of the children of some of Disney’s greatest villain characters. The network gives the “High School Musical” recipe another try with helmer Kenny Ortega in its biggest production to date, “Descendants.” The TV movie premiered Friday at Walt Disney Studios.

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.” No one, that is, until she landed the role of Mal, daughter of Kristin Chenoweth’s Maleficent in the new Disney Channel movie “Descendants,” which premieres Friday at 8 p.m. “Descendants,” to no one’s surprise, ultimately follows an even more classic Disney tradition — setting up a nightmare and weaving it into a dream. Friday, Disney Channel) feels too long and overly tactical (a final-seconds tease of a potential sequel seems like a grafted-on afterthought that is particularly presumptuous).

The movie from director Kenny Ortega tells the story of the teenage children of Disney’s most infamous villains — Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and the Evil Queen. The feature follows the malevolent teenage offspring of popular Disney villains from “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Aladdin.” The live-action pic fuses classic tales and high school drama with original music for Mouse fans of all ages, an attempt at reaching past the network’s target demos. “Because it deals with fairy tales that we all know and love in every generation, the continuance of these stories will bring everyone together,” said actress Sofia Carson about her Disney Channel original movie debut. 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. Her fellow cast members include Disney Channel veterans Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”) and Cameron Boyce (“Jessie”) along with network newcomer Booboo Stewart.

In the present day idyllic kingdom of Auradon, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast“) is poised to take the throne. 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. Maleficient’s daughter, Mal (Dove Cameron, “Liv and Maddie”), is sort of the ringleader of the group, supported by Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie (Sofia Carson); Jafar’s son, Jay (Booboo Stewart, “Twilight: Eclipse”); and Cruella de Vil’s scared-of-dogs son, Carlos (Cameron Boyce, “Jesse”).

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. The four start out singing about how bad they are (“I’m rotten to the core/I’m not like the kid next door”), but this is Disney Channel so by the end of the movie you can bet they’re on a path to bettering themselves, particularly Mal, who falls in love with Ben. (“I can look into your eyes and tell you’re not evil,” Ben assures Mal.) “Descendants” allows Ms. Every cast member described him as an ideal leader throughout the film’s production. “Working with Ortega — it doesn’t get better,” Chenoweth said. “He’s my mentor…. 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.

He’s, in my opinion, the guy.” Ortega said that he has made a home with Disney Channel after working there for a decade. “It’s really given me a voice, support and really allowed me to do everything that I’ve ever wanted to do. 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.

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