June 9, 2006


'High School' DVD the popular one (CINDY PEARLMAN, June 9, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

The screams can be heard down Hollywood Boulevard, where masses have gathered on a warm spring night.

Across the street at the El Capitan Theatre, a red carpet has been rolled out, but the Santa Ana winds have kicked up in the most annoying way and the carpet is suddenly covered in yellow dirt. This event is so big that a maid is immediately dispatched with a high-powered vacuum cleaner, lest the arriving "stars" put the heels of their Manolos or Air Jordans down on a dirty red carpet.

It is, after all, a celebration for one of the biggest events in the spring entertainment season. This phenomenon has spawned a No. 1 TV movie and soundtrack and now a sell-out DVD (Buena Vista Home Entertainment). Oh, all the stars of this film have pending record deals, movie deals, and they're already signed for a sequel.

And by the way, if you're over 12 or don't have children, you've never heard of any of these actors or actresses, but you will. They star in "High School Musical" and pint-sized fanatics are making these kids into hot commodities. [...]

In a gorgeous black gown, "HSM" star Vanessa Anne Hudgens admits, "It's been this crazy wherever we go. You could call this quite the wild ride."

It's especially impressive that the films in which Ms Hudgens has her first two starring roles are already classics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2006 9:01 AM

Although she stars in that dreadful Suite Life with the male Mary Kate & Ashley.

Posted by: pchuck at June 9, 2006 11:21 AM

The Suite Life is not dreadful. It is actually pretty good. The "London" character (spoiled rich girl) is very funny.

Posted by: Bob at June 9, 2006 11:25 AM

It's awful. Those twins ought to be sold to Arab slavers.

Posted by: oj at June 9, 2006 11:59 AM

My boys and I have decided that The Suite Life should be used at Guantanamo Bay.

"Okay, Mahmoud, where's Osama? You tell us, or we're gonna get ugly with you."

"I will never tell you, infidel. I will never betray Sheik Osama! Do your worst!"

"Alright, then, it's time for the 14-hour Zach and Cody's The Suite Life marathon, presented without commercial interruption."

"No, no, not Zach and Cody! I'll talk, I'll talk! . . ."

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 9, 2006 12:57 PM

May I suggest an Old-School Barney Marathon to round out the interregati-- I mean negotiations? (Okay, so Barney's old school to me.)

Posted by: Jay at June 9, 2006 2:31 PM

Both my nine and five year olds like it. That's good enough for me.

OJ, you should like it, no cars involved and everyone stays in the same hotel so no time zone violation.

Posted by: Bob at June 9, 2006 4:18 PM

Set it on a train with a different cast and you've go a show.

We're Raven fans.

Posted by: oj at June 9, 2006 4:23 PM

If you really want to torture them, just show whatever TLC shows on Saturday: While You Were Out, Trading Spaces & What Not to Wear.

Posted by: pchuck at June 9, 2006 4:30 PM