Debra Messing, Josh Peck and Rhea Perlman explain how ’13: The Musical’ breaks the mold

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13: The Musical is streaming now on Netflix and the movie's stars, Debra MessingJosh Peck and Rhea Perlman, spoke to ABC Audio about what makes this movie so special.

The film stars Eli Golden as Evan, a New Yorker who moves to Indiana following his parents' divorce. He's determined to make his bar mitzvah the talk of the town, fearing he'll become a social pariah if it fails.

The film expands on the Broadway musical 13, which only starred kids. The roles Messing, Peck and Perlman play were written specifically for this movie.

Peck stars as Rabbi, a role he says is "redefining" the rabbi trope by putting a "millennial spin" on it.

"Usually we imagine these older, stately fellows with long beards, sort of musing and stoic," he noted of his "cool" character, who guides Evan on his journey to adulthood. "We're pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone to accept [that] our preconceived notions aren't always right about people."

Aside from challenging stereotypes, Messing understands how "tricky" it is to adapt a Broadway musical into a movie that will satisfy its original fans. Despite the "little changes" that were made to the script, Messing is "fully confident" it'll live up to their expectations.

Added Golden, "It's hard to not smile while you're watching it."

Perlman noted the magic of the musical is its young cast: "They're everything in the movie." The legendary actress said 13: The Musical is nothing short of "remarkable" in terms of its cast, songs and dance numbers. 

Perlman, who stars as Grandma Ruth, joked the role was "natural" to her because "I've been a grandmother since before I was 40!" -- a reference to the character Carla she played on Cheers

13: The Musical is streaming now on Netflix.

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Debra Messing, Josh Peck and Rhea Perlman explain how ’13: The Musical’ breaks the mold

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13: The Musical is streaming now on Netflix and the movie's stars, Debra MessingJosh Peck and Rhea Perlman, spoke to ABC Audio about what makes this movie so special.

The film stars Eli Golden as Evan, a New Yorker who moves to Indiana following his parents' divorce. He's determined to make his bar mitzvah the talk of the town, fearing he'll become a social pariah if it fails.

The film expands on the Broadway musical 13, which only starred kids. The roles Messing, Peck and Perlman play were written specifically for this movie.

Peck stars as Rabbi, a role he says is "redefining" the rabbi trope by putting a "millennial spin" on it.

"Usually we imagine these older, stately fellows with long beards, sort of musing and stoic," he noted of his "cool" character, who guides Evan on his journey to adulthood. "We're pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone to accept [that] our preconceived notions aren't always right about people."

Aside from challenging stereotypes, Messing understands how "tricky" it is to adapt a Broadway musical into a movie that will satisfy its original fans. Despite the "little changes" that were made to the script, Messing is "fully confident" it'll live up to their expectations.

Added Golden, "It's hard to not smile while you're watching it."

Perlman noted the magic of the musical is its young cast: "They're everything in the movie." The legendary actress said 13: The Musical is nothing short of "remarkable" in terms of its cast, songs and dance numbers. 

Perlman, who stars as Grandma Ruth, joked the role was "natural" to her because "I've been a grandmother since before I was 40!" -- a reference to the character Carla she played on Cheers

13: The Musical is streaming now on Netflix.

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Lady Gaga releases teaser for ‘Joker 2’, all signs point to her playing Harley Quinn

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Lady Gaga has found her next acting role -- this time in the upcoming Joker 2She confirmed her casting on Thursday, hinting she'll be playing the villainous Harley Quinn.

"Joker: Folie à Deux," Gaga announced on Instagram -- the film's title -- and shared a brief teaser of the upcoming thriller set to debut in theaters in 2024. 

The video, set to a red backdrop, features Gaga's all black silhouette -- except for a little red heart on her right eye -- dancing to Fred Astaire's "Cheek to Cheek." The heart's placement is in the same spot as Margot Robbie's interpretation of Harley Quinn, which appeared in several films, including 2021’s The Suicide Squad.

The snippet also sees the return of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker -- a role that landed him an Oscar -- also appearing as a silhouette.

His shadow is posed like a marionette smoking a cigarette while Gaga, who is dressed in a long dress with puffy sleeves, strikes a menacing pose. The two shadows then join together in a dance, with the Joker's markings around his eyes and Harley's heart on her cheek highlighted in red.

The Grammy winner was first rumored to star as Harley Quinn of the upcoming Joker sequel earlier this summer, following reports the franchise will flirt with more musical elements. While this teaser seemingly confirms the rumors, she has yet to explicitly name the character she's playing in the upcoming movie.

The upcoming sequel will be directed by Todd Phillips, who previously produced A Star Is Born, the 2018 remake that starred Joker producer Bradley Cooper and Gaga.

Joker: Folie à Deux laughs its way into theaters on October 4, 2024.

The first Joker movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide and picked up a pair of Oscars, including Phoenix's Best Actor win.

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Report: Selena Gomez to produce ‘Working Girl’ reboot with 20th Century

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Selena Gomez is about to add another exciting project to her expansive resume: she's reviving the beloved 1980s movie Working Girl.

Deadline reports the recording artist, actress, and producer is in final negotiations with 20th Century to produce the reboot, as she is pictured as the "perfect partner for the project." The movie is predicted to premiere on Hulu, which is already home to Selena's other project -- the Emmy-nominated Only Murders in the Building.

Ilana Peña, whose past works include Diary of a Future President and Angry Ex-Girlfriend, is currently working on the script.

Not much else is known about the forthcoming revival, but it seems Hollywood is clamoring to reboot beloved titles from the '80s and '90s thanks to the massive success of Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick.

Working Girl hit theaters in 1988 and starred Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. Griffith starred as Tess, a receptionist whose savvy business idea is stolen by her boss, Katharine -- played by Weaver. After Katharine suffers a major accident, Tess exacts revenge by masquerading as her boss and initiating a deal with Jack, an investment broker.

The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards -- including Best Actress for Griffith and Best Supporting Actress for Weaver and Joan Cusack. The film won Best Original Song for Carly Simon's anthemic theme "Let the River Run."

An exact date for when fans can see the Working Girl reboot has yet to be announced.

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Joshua Bassett says the magic of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ is its cast

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Joshua Bassett knows why people adore High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and it has everything to do with the cast.

"It's the people and the relationships and the characters," Bassett, who plays Ricky, told ABC Audio. "You can have the craziest storylines. You can have the best writers on the planet. But if the chemistry isn't right... Then it doesn't work."

"You can feel the love we have for each other that comes through the screen. You can feel the heart that this show has," the 21-year-old actor continued. "And it's doing a lot of brave things!  I think people are drawn to it because we're pushing the envelope for Disney."

Adds Matt Cornett, who plays E.J., "Everybody can relate to this show, no matter where you come from or how old you are... I think it's awesome that kids get to see more of themselves on screen!"

Dara Reneé, who returns as Kourtney, agrees representation is a major bonus of the beloved series, but she says the driving force is how the cast gels together. She said she knew the show was going places when she sat down for the first table read.

"I just knew that I had something special when I got to meet everybody. People like Sophia [Wylie] and Olivia [Rodrigo] -- everybody just opened my heart," she raved. "I was so grateful."

Wylie, who stars as Gina, says the cast's strong bond does shine through the screen. "We all flowed with one another," she explained. "It makes every day on set really fun." 

"We're, like, The Real Housewives of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series without the drama," Reneé laughed. 

Season three is now streaming on Disney+.

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Corbin Bleu reveals how the ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ helped him fall back in love with performing

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The new season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premieres July 27 on Disney+, which sees the return of Disney Channel vets Corbin Bleu and Jason Earles.

Speaking to ABC Audio, the two said it was a no-brainer for them to be part of the beloved series. "It's very smartly done," noted Bleu, who plays himself this season. Earles, who will play camp commander Dewey Wood, added, "It's the most animated show on television."

Both actors also heaped praise on the show's "incredibly talented and hardworking" young cast for teaching them some valuable lessons.

"I learned to ... find it in myself the organic love of performance," said Bleu, who admits to being "such a perfectionist." He said the young actors helped him step away from that mentality.

"They just grab a guitar [and] start singing. They're just dancing. That love of performance as a form of expression is such a great reminder of what it can do," the Broadway star said. Bleu added the young cast helped him perform "in a way that that I don't think I've actually ever done before," which "did a number on me." 

"They're very free. They're very uninhibited," Earles agreed.  "It almost inspires you to throw your inhibitions out the window." Earles also shouted out one star in particular.

"One actor that consistently just blew my mind no matter what they were doing in a scene was Sofia Wylie," the Hannah Montana alum said as Bleu nodded along. "She's our youngest cast member, and she would make these choices that made my head explode ... and I would be moved to tears at her performance."

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 premieres Wednesday, July 27, on Disney+.

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Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly tease ‘Zombies 3’ will be “otherworldly”

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Zombies 3 sings and dances its way onto the Disney+ streaming service this Friday, and its main stars say this installation is both satisfying and supernatural.

Milo Manheim, who plays the zombie Zed, tells ABC Audio the movie not only picks up right where Zombies 2 left off -- with aliens landing in their hometown of Seabrook -- it drastically ups the ante. "It becomes otherworldly this time," he teased.

Much like the theme of the previous two installments, with the humans of Seabrook learning to live life with another species, Manheim added of Zombies 3, "We're still exploring those themes of acceptance, but there's just a little twist on this one."

"We realized that it's important to have conflict because conflict leads to conversation, which leads to progress and growth," he continued. 

Aside from the "important message" of learning acceptance, Meg Donnelly, who plays the human cheerleader Addison, notes there's plenty of entertaining numbers that'll get the audience moving. "There's so many amazing dance number songs," she gushed.

This third and final chapter will also finally solve the mystery of Addison's brilliant white hair, which began glowing at the end of the second movie. Donnelly said fans will be "really, really happy" to learn the truth, hinting, "It's very satisfying."

"Addison finds where she belongs," Manheim added of the "impactful" reveal. "That's been a theme throughout the whole franchise ... She finds out who she is in this movie."

Donnelly noted this is a welcome arc for her character because she's spent the past two films accepting others for who they are. "I really look up to her. She's such an amazing role model for young kids," she grinned. "I can only hope to be as good as a person as she is." 

Zombies 3 arrives on Disney+ this Friday, July 15.  

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The first trailer for ’Amsterdam’, starring Taylor Swift, is here

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We finally have our first look at the upcoming movie Amsterdam, which stars Taylor Swift.

The first trailer dropped Wednesday.  According the press release, the "original crime epic" takes place in the 30s and centers on three characters, played by Christian BaleJohn David Washington and Margot Robbie, who "find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history."

The group forges a bond to protect each other as they get swept up in a conspiracy in which they're falsely accused of murdering an important individual. As the trailer promises, you find out how they "altered the course of American history," as the trailer teases.

While Taylor isn't shown much in the first Amsterdam trailer, we do get a brief glimpse of her. The Grammy winner is seen toward the end of the two-minute clip -- her richly dressed character looks distraught.

This marks Taylor's first big-screen role following 2019's critically panned movie musical, CATS.

Amsterdam, also starring Robert De NiroMike MyersAnya Taylor-JoyChris RockRami Malek and Zoe Saldaña, arrives exclusively in theaters on November 4.

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Selena Gomez says her ’Only Murders’ and ’Wizards of Waverly Place’ characters have a lot in common

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Selena Gomez agrees her Wizards of Waverly Place character, Alex Russo, has a lot in common with Mabel, whom she plays on her new show, Only Murders in the Building.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the "Lose You to Love Me" singer joked how both series center on a trio of eccentric people. But, while one show deals with magical powers, and the other deals with, well, murder, Selena says her characters could be one and the same.

"I feel like Mabel is an older version of Alex in a way," the Grammy nominee disclosed, adding she "a thousand percent" channeled what she learned on her Disney Channel show on her newest series.

"I adored being on that show so much. I felt like I did learn a lot," Selena explained. "We actually had great writers -- we had two writers that were on Friends -- and we had an incredible director that we used for most of our seasons. We got really lucky. I still look back at that and laugh at certain things just because I thought it was so fun, and we tried."

Selena turned her attention to Only Murders and said the show helped revive her love of acting. The "Wolves" singer admitted she placed her music career over acting gigs for several years, which is why she decided to "take some time for my true love, which is film and TV."

"I'm not sure I was looking for a series, I was just looking for something in general," she continued. "This was just honestly a wonderful surprise. [My team and I] got the material and responded right away, and I thought it was so cool. I definitely didn't think it would do this well but I'm definitely happy."

Only Murders is streaming its second season now on Hulu.

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The first teaser trailer for Harry Styles’ ‘My Policeman’ is finally here

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Only a few months to go before Harry Styles' new movie, My Policeman, arrives in theaters, and to hype fans further, Amazon released the first teaser trailer on Wednesday.

The teaser flips through some of the more emotional moments of the upcoming drama, which features Harry as a closeted officer named Tom. The R-rated film also stars The Crown's Emma Corrin as a schoolteacher named Marion and The Last Kingdom's David Dawson as a museum curator named Patrick.  

The teaser shows a conversation between Patrick and Tom, as the latter describes how a painting of the ocean makes him feel. "I can sense the waves.  You know how strong they are, like swimming in rough surf.  You feel they could crush you or take you under," he describes. "You just have to let it take hold of you."

The movie is about a forbidden love between Tom and Patrick, as the movie is set in 1950s England when homosexuality was prohibited. While Tom marries Marion in an attempt to fit into society, Patrick suffers the consequences when he is outed.

My Policeman is based on the book of the same name. After it debuts in theaters on October 21, it will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on November 4.

 

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