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Dance War Winner Lands a Gig in HSM 3

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High School Musical 3 director Kenny Ortega has found the perfect new dancer and stand-in for his mega-star, Zac Efron, and he even shares his first name! Zack Wilson, one of the winners of Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann and the former fiancé of Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough, was brought in because Efron has been tied up with filming Me and Orson Welles for the last month, which coincided with the first three and a half weeks of HSM3 rehearsals. That meant that Efron, arriving in Salt Lake City this week, had to catch up fast to learn the complicated dance routines. "A lot of the dancers they use for HSM come from the studio (Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Provo, Utah) where I grew up studying dance," says Wilson. "So Kenny Ortega contacted the director of the studio and asked if he knew anyone who was a quick learner who could learn a bunch of choreography and then possibly teach it [to Zac Efron]. And the director referred him to me." Ortega already kne... read more

Zac Efron Is Feeling Welles, and More Movie News

Zac Efron by Barry King/WireImage.com

High School Musical emo-boy Zac Efron will star in Me and Orson Welles, an adaptation of Robert Kaplow's novel about a student who stumbles into a bit part in the 1937 staging of Julius Caesar that launched the big guy's career. Newbie Christian McKay is tackling Welles.... The life of legendary fashion designer Valentino is en route to theaters in the form of the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor.Related:• Zac Efron Sidelined in Hospital• Zac Efron Makes a Friend, and More Movie News read more

Zac Efron Sidelined in Hospital

Zac Efron by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron is in the hospital with appendicitis, TMZ reports. With his singing ostensibly stopped for the moment, is the music still in him?Only time will tell, but sources say he has had his appendix removed and is recuperating. It won't be too long, then, before Troy's back to get his head in the game for production of the third HSM installment. — Anna DimondRelated:• High School Musical 3 Cast Confirmed• High School Musical 3 Not Struck by Strike read more

Zac Efron and America Ferrera in a Family Way

America Ferrera by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com

At Wednesday night's ninth-annual Family Television Awards, Ugly Betty won best comedy and star America Ferrera was named best actress. High School Musical 2 took best movie musical and leading boy Zac Efron was awarded best-actor honors. Pushing Daisies was also singled out as the best new show by the Family Friendly Programming Forum, narrowly beating out Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. — Ben Katner read more

Zac Efron Makes a Friend, and More Movie News

Matthew Perry will play the adult version of High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron in 17, the Big riff in which a suddenly baby-faced father enrolls in the same school as his kids.... Liev Schreiber has joined Jude Law and Forest Whitaker in Repossession Mambo, about a credit union that cuts bodies instead of checks.... Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast in the lead in a Joe Namath. Well, he does have very nice legs. — Ben Katner read more

Zac Efron Takes a Wife, and More Movie News

Zac Efron by Lester Cohen\WireImage.com

Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin) will play the wife of High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron in 17, a comedy about a grown man who finds himself back in high school.... More Disney-HSM goodness from the Reporter: Billy Ray Cyrus is pop to Olesya Rulin in Flying By, an indie about a businessman who pursues his dream of being in a rock band.... Jessica Biel will produce and star as a mysterious woman in the crime thriller Die a Little.... Kevin Costner is a dad disturbed by the increasingly ominous behavior of his munchkin (Pan's Labyrinth's Ivana Baquero) in The New Daughter. read more

I am really hoping that ...

Question: I am really hoping that Disney will do the right thing and pay the High School Musical cast what they are worth so they will all sign on for HSM3. My 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter absolutely love both movies, and we would all be sad if Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens sit out over money disputes. They seem like very level-headed kids, considering the whirlwind surrounding them right now. Didn't Disney make these movies for very little money? If so, who is profiting from the merchandising? We have both soundtracks, my daughter has some HSM clothes, and the stores are filling up with toys, party products, cards, etc. It seems only fair to give these young actors a cut of that money, since they are the reason the kids love the movies! I am praying that none of the HSM kids will turn into a Britney or LiLo. They all seem like good people who are aware of the tweens watching their every move. I hope they can enjoy this time in their lives and that they continue to make ... read more

HSM Starlet's Nude Pic Goes Public; Disney Mum on "Fired" Rumblings

Vanessa Hudgens by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

This news certainly will make mild-mannered Mickey Mouse's ears perk up. Hours after a nude photo of someone resembling Vanessa Hudgens circulated the Internet, the 18-year-old High School Musical star came forth to admit that it is, in fact, her in the pic. In a statement to TMZ, a rep for Hudgens says, "This was a photo which was taken privately. It is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public." The Enquirer, which broke the story, claims Hudgens snapped some racy pics for HSM beau Zac Efron. Alas, they fell into nefarious hands (as nude pics of up-and-coming starlets tend to do). "Shooting into a mirror with her camera phone, she took photos of herself stripped except for a gold chain around her waist," writes the tabloid. "She also photographed herself in the tub, blowing kisses... and sensuously pulling down her bikini bottom."It's enough to make Corbin Bleu turn red. As for Disney, the company thus far is offering a firm "No comment" on talk that Hud... read more

I wanted to respond to your ...

Question: I wanted to respond to your High School Musical 2 comments. Unlike Jena, I didn't mind the song-tastic start to the movie and, like you, I did mind the long songless middle. I felt that the middle was a whole lot of Teen Beat cover boy Zac Efron brooding and emoting, with not enough singing. It's when the movie finally takes an Efron break for the baseball diamond showdown between Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Chad (Corbin Bleu) that the movie actually gets its fun back. According to recent reports, the leads (Efron and his magazine-cover costar Vanessa Hudgens) are apparently going for more cash to return for HSM3. I know Efron and Hudgens sell magazines, but is their romance really (or does it have to be) what advances the movies? For me, HSM has always been about the peripherals, like hat-loving Ryan, food-cooking Zeke, piano-playing Kelsey and move-busting Martha. Considering the fact that youngsters will flock to Disney's mega-franchise no matter what, can't they make a third ... read more

HSM2, Miley Cyrus Dominate Teen Choice Awards

Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron by Michael Yarish/Fox

High School Musical 2 and Hannah Montana rocked Sunday's Teen Choice 2007 kudos-cast, scooping up three surfboards apiece. Among HSM2's wins were Choice Male Hottie (Zac Efron) and Breakout Female Music Artist (Vanessa Hudgens), while Miley Cyrus scored Choice Summer Artist and TV Actress honors.Among films, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 bagged four 'boards, including Choice Action Adventure and Villain (Bill Nighy), and Shia LaBeouf and Sophia Bush earned Breakout Male and Female kudos. On the purely superficial front, Jessica Alba was named Choice Female Hottie. read more

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