Just what you've been waiting for! Variety announced today that High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale is currently in talks with United Artists to star in a remake of the 1989 musical Teen Witch. The original, which had started as spin-off/sequel to the much more well-remembered Teen Wolf (but didn't end that way), tells the story of Louise Miller, an unpopular girl who finds out on her 16th birthday that she's a descendant of the witches of Salem and has inherited their powers. No word yet on whether Zac Efron is in talks to make an appearance as the captain on the basketball team with a little extra hair.
Tisdale seems to be similarly blessed, as only witchcraft can explain the undeniable success of the High School Musical series, in addition to the report from Variety that Tisdale has also signed a first look deal with American Idol producers FreemantleMedia North America, which will actively look for projects to develop around the teen. I'm sure Ruben Studdard and Justin Guarini are just totally thrilled for her.
It seems odd that the first project in discussion is one to remake a movie that no one remembers that was sort of a musical and sort of a fantasy, and really had a better run when it starred Melissa Joan Hart and was on TGIFriday. Luckily, Var also reports that no script has yet been written for the picture, so I'm safe from throwing up a little bit in my soul for at least another year.
One can only hope that when she's finished shooting the project she can find the time to film High School Musical installments 4 through 35.
Today, the news broke that Disney has bought Marvel Entertainment, lock stock and barrel, for $4 billion. That includes Marvel Comics, with over 5,000 characters, and Marvel Studios, with the successful Iron Man and Hulk film franchises, plus the upcoming Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. It seems like it's a win-win scenario -- Disney gets a boys' brand to bookend the Disney Princesses, and Marvel gets some global multimedia clout -- but what does this really mean for our beloved Marvel superheroes? As fans, these are just a few things we're worried and/or excited about.
I'm not going to lie -- Zac Efron, for all the High School Musical-y stuff he's done (I can't drive two blocks without seeing him jumping ecstatically in a cap and gown), earned my respect for his stint as Link in Hairspray. For all the fun I'd normally make of a guy with hair as floppy and in need of cutting as his, I won't, because what John Waters has joined together, let no blogger put asunder. So, it is with humility and a straight face that I bring you the news that the Footloose remake that will star one Mr. Zac Efron, has gotten the blessing of Kevin Bacon. I'm sure we'll all sleep better.
Obviously, no one needs a remake of Footloose. But since Hollywood hates us all and insists on going ahead with this flushing-cash-down-the-toilet project, the least they could do is keep their casting appropriate. That was the case up until yesterday, when it was announced that Zac Efron apparently figured out what a bad idea a Footloose remake is, for both his career and for the world, and dropped the hell out of it. So who's going to replace him as Kevin Bacon 2.0? Here are some people.
Forbes has come out with its list of "Hollywood's Top-Paid Tweens", and most of the stars who made it are no longer pre-teens themselves. But, as Forbes notes, "the bulk of their work still caters to that advertiser-beloved tween set." Tied for the top spot with a mind-blowing $25 million each are Hannah Montana's fifteen-year-old Miley Cyrus and Harry Potter's nineteen-year-old Daniel Radcliffe.