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POP-Corn: High School Musical 3

Tasty tidbits on your celebrity faves!

By Gerri Miller | October 17 , 2008
Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron star in <i>High School Musical 3: Senior Year</i> (Photo: John Bramley ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.)
Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron star in High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Photo: John Bramley ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.)

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR—THE WILDCATS DISH!
If you loved the first two High School Musicals on TV, wait till you see the third installment on the big screen! High School Musical 3 hits theaters October 24, and Radio Disney will premiere the soundtrack album October 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, repeating October 19 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

* HSM 3 introduces Justin Martin, Matt Prokop, and Jemma Mckenzie-Brown as East High sophomores. All were nervous about fitting in, but "they welcomed us with open arms," says Jemma, who attends drama school in her native London. "We really did become a family out there," says Matt about filming in Utah.

* "It was the most difficult dance that I've had to do [of] all three of these movies," says Vanessa Hudgens about waltzing with Zac Efron. "It's so classy and so sweet and romantic that it actually turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the movie." Dancing With the Stars veteran Monique Coleman loved it too, "because I knew I wasn't going to be judged for once!"


* Filming the movie's last scene on the last shooting day was teary for everybody. "We were all up on stage and reminiscing over these past three years," explains Corbin Bleu. "This was the same stage where we shot 'Breaking Free,' where we experienced so [much] with each other and friendships. It was a very emotional time." Ashley adds, "Every single person was in tears."

* Although the movie hints that Sharpay might return as assistant drama coach in HSM 4, it's farewell for the other seniors. "I'm really proud of everything we've accomplished," says Zac. "We've come a long way as Wildcats but even more as individuals." Corbin can't pick one highlight, but declares, "At the end of my life, I'll be able to say that one of the best times of my life was when I was involved in High School Musical."


POWER OF YOUTH: YOUNG HOLLYWOOD HELPS KIDS
It was a fun day for a great cause at the Power of Youth carnival to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. "It's one of the few events where you actually get to meet the patients, the kids that are helped by the charity," said Brenda Song. "These kids get up every single day and put on a smile when they're going through so much. They look up to me when in reality I look up to them because they're going through so much more than I am," added Selena Gomez. Mitchel Musso and his band sang two songs as stars including the Sprouse twins, Debby Ryan, and David Henrie listened.


CRUSOE ARRIVES
Long before Survivor there was Robinson Crusoe, the hero of Daniel Dafoe's classic novel who was shipwrecked on a tropical island. The story comes to TV in NBC's Crusoe, premiering October 17 (8-10 p.m.). Star Philip Winchester makes major use of his swordsmanship training and the survival and camping skills he learned growing up in Montana. A fan of the book as a boy, he loves doing his own stunts and shooting in South Africa, where he gets up early to exercise. "I've been running and doing pushups and pull-ups on the beach," he says. Crusoe's British accent is no problem for Philip—he went to drama school in England and his mom is British!


WHAT TO WATCH

* See the premiere of the Jonas Brothers' video "Lovebug" on Disney Channel October 19 at 8:55 p.m., and making of sneak peeks throughout the evening. Toon Disney premieres Cars Toons, based on the animated movie Cars, October 27 at 6:56 p.m.

* For Halloween, Nickelodeon will run holiday-theme marathons of its series from October 25 to October 31, and ABC Family will present 13 Nights of Halloween, starting October 19, including movies like The Haunted Mansion (October 20), Beetlejuice (Oct. 22), The Addams Family (October 23), and Godzilla (October 27).

* Alex Black (Ned's Declassified) co-stars with Ed Asner in Generation Gap, an October 25 Hallmark Channel movie about a troubled teen sent to stay with his no-nonsense grandpa for the summer.

About the Author

Gerri Miller is a contributing writer for Scholastic News Online.

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