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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Plus

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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Plus
It may not have even premiered yet, but Disney Plus has handed out a second season renewal for “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

Inspired by the “High School Musical” movies, the series was created and is executive produced by Tim Federle, and stars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Renee’, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders.

The show is set at East High School, the setting and filming location of the original movies. It introduces members of the drama club and their faculty advisors as they work their way to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical: The Musical.” During the show, show-mances blossom, rivalries flare, and old friendships are tested while new ones are made.

The series is set to premiere upon the streamer’s launch on Nov. 12, alongside such shows as “The Mandalorian,
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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Renewed For Season 2 By Disney+

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Ahead of its season one premiere, Disney+ has renewed High School Musical: The Musical: The Series for a second season. Production on season two will resume early next year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Created and executive-produced by Tim Federle, the first series adaptation of the High School Musical franchise introduces a group of drama students and faculty members at East High. Its 10 episodes count down from auditions to opening night of their school’s first production of High School Musical: The Musical. They have budding romances, faltering friendships and harsh rivalries as they experience the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Renee’, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders star.

“We are incredibly excited to bring the next chapter of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series to Disney+. Tim and
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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ First Episode To Air On ABC, Disney Channel & Freeform Ahead Of Disney+ Premiere

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ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform will get an early peek behind the curtain at High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The three Disney-owned nets will air the first episode on November 8, four days before it premieres as part of the launch of streaming service Disney+.

Created and executive-produced by Tim Federle, the first series adaptation of the High School Musical franchise introduces a group of drama students and faculty members at East High. Its 10 episodes count down from auditions to opening night of their school’s first production of High School Musical: The Musical. They have budding romances, faltering friendships and harsh rivalries as they experience the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

Here’s a look at the characters and actors: Ricky (Joshua Bassett) is a charismatic teen auditioning for the musical so he can win back the heart of ex-girlfriend Nini (Olivia Rodrigo
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‘High School Musical’ Series to Debut on ABC, Disney Channel, Freeform Ahead of Disney Plus Launch

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Disney is going to give “High School Musical” fans a treat prior to the launch of the standalone streaming service Disney Plus.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” the series adaptation of the popular Disney Channel film franchise, will air its first episode across three Disney-owned networks nearly a week before it debuts at the launch of Disney Plus.

The series premiere will air on ABC, Disney Channel, and Freeform on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Et., while the streamer is due to launch on Nov. 12. The series features an entirely new cast of characters playing drama students and faculty of East High, the Utah high school where the original “High School Musical” was filmed. The 10-episode series sees them go from the auditions to opening night of their staging of “High School Musical: The Musical.”

The series stars Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Kate Reinders, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Reneé,
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Netflix Turning ‘13’ Broadway Musical Into Family Film

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Exclusive: We’ve learned that Netflix is adapting the millennial Broadway musical 13 into a family film with three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown to compose new music and Tony winner Robert Horn to adapt the script based on the book he co-wrote with Dan Elish. Tamra Davis is attached to direct.

The musical follows young Evan Goldman as he moves from New York City to small-town Indiana. While grappling with his parents’ divorce, he prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. The Broadway version which ran for a 105 performances between 2008-2009 featured the first and only all-teenager cast and band and marked the professional debuts of Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies. The musical has since been a popular production of high school theater groups. The original production of 13 premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in January 2007.

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We Got Her, Babe: Cher Stands Alone

We Got Her, Babe: Cher Stands Alone
At this point, Cher is more than just a pop star; she’s the one-woman embodiment of the whole gaudy story of pop music. She’s a myth so huge that the new Broadway musical The Cher Show takes three different Chers to encompass her — Babe Cher, Lady Cher and Star Cher. She was just 16 when she got discovered by Sonny Bono, already a seasoned music-biz shark, and soon became his hippie bride in a blur of miniskirts and fringed vests. Everybody thought she was washed up by the time
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Disney+ Begins Production on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Production is underway in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the highly anticipated, innovative and re-invented 'High School Musical The Musical The Series' for Disney, The Walt Disney Company's upcoming streaming service. The series is developed and executive produced by Tim Federle 'Ferdinand', alongside showrunner and executive producer Oliver Goldstick 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Ugly Betty'. Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush the original 'High School Musical' trilogy are also executive producers. Sundance Film Festival-nominated film, television and music video director Tamra Davis 'Empire,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' is directing the first three episodes. The choreographer is Zach Woodlee 'Glee,' 'Dumplin''.
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‘High School Musical’: Disney+ Sets Cast, Starts Production On Streaming Series Reboot

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The cast is set and production has begun in Salt Lake City, Utah, on High School Musical: The Musical, a series for Disney+’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019.

Joining previously announced Joshua Bassett are Olivia Rodrigo (Bizaardvark), Kate Reinders, Sofia Wylie (Andi Mack), Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs), Dara Renee’ (Freaky Friday), Julia Lester (Mom), Frankie Rodriguez (Modern Family), Larry Saperstein (Fan Girl), and Mark St. Cyr (Doomsday). See cast photo above.

The 10-episode series is developed and executive produced by Tim Federle (Ferdinand) alongside alongside showrunner and executive producer Oliver Goldstick.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series picks up nearly 15 years after the original movie aired, at the real-life location where it all began: East High. It follows a group of students as they count down to
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WeForShe’s DirectHer Program Casts Its 2018 Participants

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WeForShe’s DirectHer Program Casts Its 2018 Participants
Exclusive: WeForShe has called “Action!” on the 2018 participants for its DirectHer Program. The women’s advocacy group, which is focused on creating practical ways to establish more gender equality in television, today named nine breakout female helmers and the veteran episodic helmers with whom they will be paired.

Directors with experience outside of episodic are identified through the WeForShe Program. They then are partnered with veteran episodic directors who guarantee their work during key parts of production and shooting. The inaugural program for DirectHer placed nine female directors who collectively have gone on to direct 65 episodes of TV so far.

Here is the list of participants and their teammates are Lynn d’Angona (paired with Jonathan Frakes), Paige Morrow Kimball (Todd Holland), Jen McGowan (Mary Lou Belli), Sj Main Munoz (David Rodriguez), Melissa Oren (Tamra Davis), Bola Ogun (Tawnia McKiernan), Mo Perkins (Gail Mancuso), Amber Sealey (Daisy Von Schlerer Mayer
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Tamra Davis to Direct Paul Feig Comedy ‘Turned On’ for Fox

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Tamra Davis to Direct Paul Feig Comedy ‘Turned On’ for Fox
Veteran director Tamra Davis will helm Fox’s female engineer comedy “Turned On.”

Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing for Feigco Entertainment, where 20th Century Fox has been developing the script for the past two years. The studio bought the script in 2016 from Charlie Kesslering, an assistant to “The Late Late Show” host James Corden, about a socially awkward engineer who creates an android to fill in for her. The scheme backfires when robot becomes self-actualized.

Davis broke into show business in 1986 as the director of music videos for N.W.A, Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys and Black Flag. She began directing feature films with 1992’s “Guncrazy,” followed by “Billy Madison,” “Half Baked,” and “Crossroads.” Davis also has multiple TV credits including “Still the King,” “Younger,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Feig’s directing credits include “Unaccompanied Minors,” “Bridesmaids,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” and the upcoming crime thriller “A Simple Favor.
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Tamra Davis Will Helm Feature Comedy ‘Turned On’ For FeigCo and 20th Century Fox

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Tamra Davis Will Helm Feature Comedy ‘Turned On’ For FeigCo and 20th Century Fox
Exclusive: Tamra Davis will be in charge of the switches for the new feature comedy Turned On at Fox, having been hired to helm the FeigCo project. Turned On fits into Paul Feig’s philosophy of employing not only females behind the lens but more diverse voices overall as part of the #inclusionrider concept. In other words, FeigCo is actually walking the walk.

Turned On, written by Charlie Kesslering, tells the story of a brilliant but awkward engineer who creates an android clone to fill in with difficult situations, but when the robot self-actualizes, her life soon spirals out of control.

Davis is an old pro who began in the 1980s with music videos before launching into documentaries, TV and features. Her previous credits include Billy Madison and Half Baked as well as the cult favorite CB4. Her previous TV credits include You’re the Worst, Alone Together, Santa Clarita Diet,
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Review: ‘Boom for Real’ is an Adequate Overview of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Operating in the subgenre of talking-head art doc, where a filmmaker close to their subject sit and talk with friends about the good ol’ days, Sara Driver’s Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat may not be the most engaging way to tell this story. Basquiat, himself a star of Downtown 81, has been a subject of fascination for many filmmakers from fellow painter Julian Schnabel’s director debut Basquiat in 1996 to Tamra Davis’ 2010 documentary The Radiant Child. Boom for Real, focuses its lens on the Lower East Side of 1978, a waste land of buildings torched by landlords for the insurance money, an open city in the shadows of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Driver tells the story through the eyes of those that were there from gallerists to hip hop icons like Afrika Bambaataa and Fab 5 Freddie who merged new wave and hip hop as the gallery and
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'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'

'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'
Kay Cannon is ticking off names, one finger at a time. "There's Amy Heckerling," she says, mentioning the Fast Times at Ridgemont High director, "and Tamra Davis ... Nora Ephron did at least one ... and the two women behind the Bridget Jones' movies, I can't remember their names." After some memory-jogging, both Betty Thomas (Private Parts) and Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl) are added to the list; so is Rough Night's Lucia Aniello and, thanks to Jumpin' Jack Flash, Penny Marshall. "You know, there's a pot-smoking scene in It's Complicated,
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The Story Behind #FemaleFilmmakerFriday, Started by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s’ Co-Creator

The Story Behind #FemaleFilmmakerFriday, Started by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s’ Co-Creator
“People carry around an image around in their head of what a director looks like. It’s a dude, and there’s kind of a baseball hat, and there’s maybe some cargo shorts,” said “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna in an interview with IndieWire. “We just need different images. Images are very valuable, so seeing images of women direct while they’re pregnant, and petite women, and tall women, and just all different types of women. I think is important to show that.”

Born out of this need, Brosh McKenna started the hashtag social movement #FemaleFilmmakerFriday on Twitter last week. She was inspired after seeing her friend Tamra DavisInstagram post, which in turn was inspired by a comment made by actress Saorise Ronan about her Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig.

“It’s just a simple picture, and it really stuck with me. It really stayed in my head,
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Close-Up on Tamra Davis's "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Tamra Davis's Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) is showing from January 9 - February 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom.In 1986 Tamra Davis, still in the first half of her twenties and working at an La art Gallery, interviewed the artist, her friend, Jean-Michel Basquiat. By then Basquiat, at just 25, had established himself as an exciting and iconoclastic new voice of the Us art world. A friend and collaborator of Andy Warhol’s, he was in the vanguard—just two years later, however, he died aged 27 of a heroin overdose. At the time too distraught to do anything with the footage, the film Davis had shot of her friend which comprised not just the interviews but saw him busy at work in his studio—Basquiat had been prolific—was locked away in a drawer. In 2008, though, while speaking to curators of
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Tiff 2017: Sara Driver’s Basquiat Doc Acquired by The Match Factory

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The Toronto International Film Festival hasn’t even begun yet and already a woman-directed selection has been sold. Variety reports that Sara Driver’s doc “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” has been acquired by The Match Factory. The company snagged the film’s international rights ahead of its world premiere in Tiff’s Documentary slate.

“Boom for Real” presents the young adult life of artist Basquiat. According to the official synopsis, the documentary “combines the life of Basquiat, as this effervescent figure, during his late formative years in New York City, and how his vision was embodied not only by the city, but its people and arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s. NYC was changing: the downtown artists were creating their own scene in places which became famous later like Club 57, Cbgb, Mudd Club, and pop-up galleries. Basquiat was emblematical, crossing borders between art forms.”

Driver depicts Basquiat’s story through archival footage and interviews with those who knew the artist, including rapper Fab 5 Freddy, director Jim Jarmusch, and graffiti artist Lee Quiñones.

In addition to directing, Driver produced the doc with Rachel Dengiz (“Medora”).

“I am highly enthusiastic to bring Sara Driver’s film to the world,” Match Factory managing director Michael Weber commented. “Basquiat’s story blew me away by the richness of his art and his personal strength.”

Basquiat’s life has been a film subject before. Tamra Davis directed the 2010 in-depth doc “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” and Julian Schnabel helmed the 1996 narrative feature “Basquiat,” which starred Jeffrey Wright as the artist.

Driver has previously directed narrative films. “You Are Not I,” “Sleepwalk,” and “When Pigs Fly.” “Boom for Real” marks her documentary debut.

“Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat” premieres September 8 at Tiff. The fest runs September 7–17.

Tiff 2017: Sara Driver’s Basquiat Doc Acquired by The Match Factory was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Rough Night’: How Two Screenwriters Broke Boundaries to Make an R-Rated Female-Centric Comedy

‘Rough Night’: How Two Screenwriters Broke Boundaries to Make an R-Rated Female-Centric Comedy
It comes as little surprise that Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs are a lot of fun to be around, laughing easily and finishing each other sentences when it comes to talking about their work. And there’s a lot of work to talk about, particularly their feature film debut, the Sony comedy “Rough Night.” Aniello directed the hard-r female-centric feature from the pair’s screenplay – they’re often splitting duties this way, though Aniello emerged early on as the director – which also features Downs in a supporting role.

Read More: ‘Rough Night’: Filmmaker Lucia Aniello Breaks Into the Male-Dominated R-Rated Comedy — Watch

Written as a spec script, “Rough Night” sparked a minor bidding war in the spring of 2015 when Sony Pictures picked up their then-untitled screenplay (the film later appeared on the Black List that same year). “Rough Night” follows a motley group of old friends, reunited for
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9 Best Stoner Movies, From ‘Inherent Vice’ to ‘The Cabin in the Woods’

9 Best Stoner Movies, From ‘Inherent Vice’ to ‘The Cabin in the Woods’
Read More: John Oliver Critiques America’s Conflicting Marijuana Laws — Watch

Inherent Vice

Who doesn’t want to watch detective Joaquin Phoenix stumbling around Los Angeles trying to solve the disappearance of his former girlfriend while fried out of his mind? “Inherent Vice” has a stoner protagonist so funny and oddly charming that he could be the proud face of 4/20. But a lot of what makes the movie such a perfect stoner film is how Paul Thomas Anderson filters Thomas Pynchon’s novel through his own hazy, stoned-out filter. Watching “Inherent Vice” provides the actual sensation of being spaced out. You’ll be laughing nonstop one minute and then scratching your head the next. Long stretches seem to fade into each other. When it comes to stoner movies, “Inherent Vice” is a new classic.

Half Baked

The seminal marijuana movie for many Generation Xers, 1998’s “Half Baked” also marked the
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Adam Sandler Made A Kid Cry While Filming ‘Billy Madison’ Dodgeball Scene

Not everyone was laughing on the set of Adam Sandler’s 1995 comedy “Billy Madison”. During an appearance on “Conan” on Wednesday, Sandler admitted he reduced a six-year-old child actor to tears while filming the movie’s dodgeball scene. Sandler recalls working on the comedy with director Tamra Davis and Tim Herlihy, with whom he co-wrote the […]
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Dierks Bentley Surprises Fans at His Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

Dierks Bentley Surprises Fans at His Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit
Really, when you think about it, the only thing missing in the Dierks Bentley exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is, well, Dierks Bentley. But on Thursday, the singer fixed that omission when he made a surprise appearance inside his display before several dozen museum visitors who’d been tipped off that some sort of surprise was coming. For a few brief moments, Bentley, 40, poked his head out over one of the mannequins dressed in his clothes, delivered a kiss to his hand on his well-worn guitar, and saluted his pilot's uniform from the “Drunk on
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