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Disney’s New ‘High School Musical’ Series Will Be A Guaranteed Hit For ‘Arrested Development’ And ‘Glee’ Fans

If there’s one thing we pretty sure Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ seems to definitely be leaning into its nostalgia and remakes. From a live-action version of “Lady And The Tramp” starring Afro-Latina queen Tessa Thompson to a “Lizzie McGuire” reboot. That’s why it’s no surprise that the new service is planning to debut its much-anticipated service with a new series based on one of their most successful Disney Chanel franchises to date: High School Musical.

The trailer for the new series was released on Friday and has already racked up over 1 million views.

“High School Musical: The Musical” series released its first trailer and it’s already taking us back.

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The new series gets real meta real quick in the trailer. Set 15 years after the release of the first High School Musical movie, “High School Musical: The Musical” follows a group of high schoolers, who study at the same high school in the series, as they set out to put on a theatrical rendition of the original film. That means, stay with me, while we won’t see Vanessa Hudgens or Zac Effron in their original roles of Gabriella and Troy, we will see others take on their roles as they depict them on stage.

Got that?

This moment from the new trailer explains what’s going on pretty well:

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“When I heard that the high school where High School Musical was shot had never staged production of High School Musical: The Musical, I was shocked, inspired, and triggered as a millennial,” an East High drama teacher says in the trailer before setting out to pull off a show that will bring all kinds of backstage drama to the forefront of the new series.

As the new cast of characters prepares for a first-time production of High School Musical: The Musical at East High, there’s all kinds of drama behind the scenes.

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The series follows Ricky, Joshua Bassett, as he takes on the role of Troy while attempting to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini, Olivia Rodrigo, who plays Gabriella for the school’s theatrical play.

What’s more, the trailer high lights that the new series will take on a “mockumentary format” (think: “Arrested Development” or “Parks And Recreation”)

The new series is set to debut on Disney+ on November 12 which marks the same day as the new steaming platforms launch. Old and new fans of the OG movies will get to binge 10 episodes. So rest your feet and voices, you’re gonna need a lot of moves in your back pocket for this one!

Check out the trailer below:

Disney Plus Just Unleashed An Epic Twitter List Of Movies We Had Totally Forgotten About

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Disney Plus Just Unleashed An Epic Twitter List Of Movies We Had Totally Forgotten About

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Disney’s $7 rival to Netflix is almost here and Disney fans (plus Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and more) are basically freaking out at the idea of the platform. So today’s news of the lineup – all 645 titles – has sent the Internet into overdrive.

News that Disney+ will be streaming its own big-budget movies plus exclusive shows from various outlets and its own studios, along with much loved Disney classics has us freaking out too.

Here are some of the most exciting titles we’re already mentally queuing up for launch day (which is November 12th btw).

Disney announced the titles (all 645 of them) that will be available when the network launches its Disney+ service on November 12.

Disney has called it the future of the company: Disney Plus. It’s the entertainment giant’s upcoming streaming service for almost everything it creates. It’ll be the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney’s own studios — Avengers: Endgame, for example, will be available to stream on Dec. 11. Plus, Disney is ramping up a slate of original shows and movies based on those brands and others.

While the streamer is set to be the home to the House of Mouse’s new slate of original content, from a handful of Marvel and Star Wars shows, including The Mandalorian, and reboots of popular nostalgia properties like Lizzie McGuire, it’s also meant to be a one-stop-shop where fans can revisit classic and underrated movies from throughout Disney history.

While Disney+ won’t be releasing every single title from the coveted Disney Vault on its launch date, hundreds films and series will be available for subscribers’ viewing pleasure.

With less than a month until its launch, Disney Plus has been offering preorders in the US — some with discounts — and started touting its library of hundreds of movies. 

Overall, Disney Plus will cost $7 a month in the US, or $70 (about $5.83 a month) if you prepay for a full year. That monthly rate is about half the price of HBO Now and a big discount compared with Netflix. And because Disney Plus will have four simultaneous streams and perks like 4K and Dolby Atmos, its $7 subscription compares most closely with Netflix’s $16-a-month tier. 

Disney isn’t taking the launch lightly – they made the announcement in a 300 thread long tweet.

The super long Twitter thread highlighted many of the classics that would be coming to the platform (including Cinderella) along with several of the network’s new shows. And people are freaking out. The tweet has more than 65,000 likes and has been viewed more than 5 million times.

From old Disney classics…

Among this immense catalog of Disney+ content you’ll find plenty of movIes and TV shows like Star Wars, The Simpsons, Pixar, and Marvel, as well as new Disney Plus-exclusive shows like The Mandalorian. And even though the Twitter thread contains 629 items, Disney said this wasn’t the end, as the thread ended with: “We did that. And the announcements aren’t even over yet… Stay tuned for more soon!”

To major modern blockbusters…

Who knows what else the Mouse House plans to add to the Disney Plus catalog. Some of the most iconic films of all time are on this list, and some very obscure titles are as well. But there are also some notable movies that won’t be on Disney+ at launch, including most of the MCU.

The streaming platform will feature original content as well, including shows like The Mandalorian.

It’s got Diego Luna. Say no more. We’ll be streaming this from 12:01 am.

As the list was being made public, some Twitter users took it upon themselves to poke fun at Disney’s uber-expansive inventory of content.

Seeing all of these classics and all of these modern titles, including franchises many people didn’t even realize were owned by Disney, caused people a lot of shock.

Lots of people accused Disney of basically owning the world and all the entertainment options available. And with their impressive (read: epic) catalogue of movies and TV shows, it’s hard to argue against that.

But this reaction basically summed up the overwhelming vibes surrounding Disney’s accouncement.

Regardless of how you feel about Disney’s borderline monopoly on the world’s entertainment, you have to admit how exciting it is to reconnect with some of your childhood favorites.

The New Cinderella Remake Tapped Camila Cabello To Play The Princess And Billy Porter To Be The Fabulous Godmother

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The New Cinderella Remake Tapped Camila Cabello To Play The Princess And Billy Porter To Be The Fabulous Godmother

This year, two 90s classics were remastered and re-launched. The CGI version of The Lion King and the live-action of Aladdin sent movie theaters into a frenzy. And with the success they had in the box office, Disney has announced a few more classics to be retold in the coming years. With live-action remakes taking over the world, interest in all things Disney is skyrocketing. So Sony Studios is giving us a new Cinderella live-action with a modern touch that sounds fairly different from the last remake from 2015, which was firmly traditional and palatable.

Here’s what we know about the latest re-imagining of the classic fairytale set to premiere on February 5, 2021.

Sony’s 2021 Cinderella already has an all-star cast

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Few details are known about the plot yet, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Sony is putting the project on the fast track for production,” so more details will likely be released soon. Unlike 2015’s Cinderella starring Lily James, this will not be a Disney production. The Hollywood Reporter noted that the remake will be produced James Corden, and that the Grammy-nominated Camilla Cabello has been cast to play the part of the rags-to-riches princess, Cinderella. The singer is also said to be heavily involved in the music for the film, she might even inject some of her son cubano into the kids’ classic, but either way, we’re in for a treat. 

“Playing Cinderella is, honestly, a dream for me,” Cabello told “Entertainment Tonight” in August. “It’s a little bit terrifying, but I’m so excited because anybody that knows me knows I’m obsessed with musicals.” “I’m really happy that we’re at a point now in a culture where ‘Aladdin’ or ‘The Little Mermaid’ … little girls can see themselves being represented,” the pop singer added. “I think that is so important, and it’s about time.” The 22-year-old (how is she only 22!) is also working on a new album, so she has a big year ahead. 

The voice behind Frozen princess Elsa, will play the evil step-mother.

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Deadline reported earlier this month that Idina Menzel, is set to assume the role of Evelyn, Cinderella’s evil stepmother. Menzel voiced Elsa, the princess behind Frozen’s iconic viral song, ‘Let It Go‘. She is also a Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress who is a Broadway mainstay from shows like Rent and Wicked

Bibidi-Bobbidi-boo, we’re getting a fabulous fairy godmother!

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Sony’s upcoming rendition of the classic tale just got a lot more fabulous with the announcement of the new fairy godmother. Billy Porter confirmed his involvement with the film during a panel at the 20th New Yorker Festival. And if you’re anything like us, you have to agree that his theatricality both on and off-screen more than qualify him for the role. The actor shared his excitement via the New Yorker’s Instagram stories where he first broke the news. “I have a couple movies that I’m working on,” Billy said. “I’m gonna be playing the fairy godmother in the new Cinderella movie with Camila Cabello.” In September, Porter became the first openly gay black man to win the Emmy for best actor in a drama for his work on Pose. Prior to that, he earned a Tony and a Grammy for his role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots. 

The new imagining of the poor girl turned princess grew from an original idea by Carpool Karaoke’s James Corden.

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The film is set to be a modern musical rendition of the classic, all-too-traditional fairytale. The idea for the new take on Cinderella grew from an original idea from James Corden, the late-night talk show host who has made major musical inroads thanks to his popular “Carpool Karaoke” segments. Corden is producing the project with Leo Pearlman, his partner at Fulwell 73, the production banner that has found success with documentaries such as The Class of ’92, the BAFTA-nominated Bros: After the Screaming Stops and Karaoke. The new rendition will be written and directed by Kay Cannon, who is known for her writing and producing work on the movie series Pitch Perfect and 30 Rock. Cannon got her start working on NBC’s 30 Rock, for which she earned three Emmy nominations. 

She made her directorial debut with Blockers, a female-centric losing-your-virginity comedy whose cast included Kathryn Newton and John Cena. 

All other plot details are being kept in a shoebox, but the story is described as a modern reimagining of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother, with a musical bent thrown in for good measure. Camila’s part in the movie would be her debut into film and we’re certain that it won’t be her last adventure in the silver screen. The new Cinderella film is just one of many Disney movies getting rebooted, and we can’t wait to see what this non-Disneyfied version has in store.