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VANESSA HUDGENS TO BE HONORED WITH “#SEEHER AWARD” AT “TEEN CHOICE 2017” LIVE, SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, ON FOX

August 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has partnered with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to present TEEN CHOICE’s first-ever #SeeHer Award to Vanessa Hudgens. Currently a judge on FOX’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Hudgens will be honored for pushing boundaries on changing stereotypes and embodying the fight for realistic female portrayals in media. The star-studded, two-hour TEEN CHOICE 2017 airs LIVE Sunday, Aug. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) from University of Southern California’s Galen Center on FOX.

Spearheaded by the ANA, the largest marketing and advertising association in the United States, the mission of the #SeeHer campaign is to lead a movement to accurately portray all women and girls in all forms of media – from TV to digital to advertising – so that, by 2020, they see themselves reflected as they truly are. This marks the first time that a #SeeHer Award will be awarded at TEEN CHOICE.

Hudgens serves as a judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, airing Mondays (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, and began her work in musical theater at a young age, in shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King & I,” “The Music Man” and “Cinderella.” In 2015, she made her Broadway debut, starring in the title role of the beloved Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical “Gigi.” In 2016, she starred in FOX’s GREASE: LIVE, which was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards and won five, the most ever for a Special Class program. In 2010, Hudgens won the ShoWest Award for “Female Star of Tomorrow.” Her film credits include “Thirteen” and “Spring Breakers.” Her television credits include “High School Musical” and the action comedy “Powerless,” set in the DC universe.

As previously announced, performances on TEEN CHOICE 2017 include Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha; Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson; an opening number featuring KYLE, Lil Yachty and Rita Ora; a world premiere of a brand-new song from the cast of FOX’s STAR; hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; and French Montana, featuring Swae Lee with Uganda’s Triplets Ghetto Kids. Miley Cyrus will accept the Ultimate Choice Award, Maroon 5 will receive the highly coveted Decade Award and Bruno Mars will be honored with the Visionary Award. Anthony Anderson, Fifth Harmony and Logan Paul will serve as special presenters. Other celebrity appearances include Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, stars of the new FOX series GHOSTED; and Kaitlin Olson and Thomas Barbusca, stars of FOX’s hit comedy, THE MICK; as well as Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Zendaya, Chris Pratt, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish, Victoria Justice, Tyler Posey, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Gal Gadot, Tyler Hoechlin, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Olivia Munn, Bella Thorne, Kumail Nanjiani, Katherine Langford, Maddie Ziegler, Grace Vanderwaal, The Dolan Twins, Hudson Yang, the cast of “Riverdale,” Liza Koshy and Marshmello.

Tickets for TEEN CHOICE 2017 at the Galen Center are now on sale to the general public at galentix.com/.

“Like” TEEN CHOICE 2017 on Facebook at facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwards. Follow the action on Twitter @TeenChoiceFox and join the discussion at #teenchoice. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @teenchoicefox.

About the #SeeHer Initiative
Despite the strides made to accurately portray women and girls in media, an unconscious bias persists against women and girls in advertising, media and programming. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) launched the #SeeHer initiative in June 2016 in a joint partnership with The Female Quotient, after the White House announced the elimination of gender bias in media as critical to the nation’s future. The #SeeHer Initiative mission is to accurately portray all women and girls in media by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. For more information, visit www.SeeHer.com, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About the Association of National Advertisers (ANA)
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. Founded in 1910, the ANA’s membership includes more than 1,000 companies with 15,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The membership is comprised of more than 700 client-side marketers and nearly 300 associate members. The ANA advances the interests of marketers and promotes and protects the well-being of the marketing community. For more information, visit www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter or join us on Facebook.

Freaks of Nature (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

February 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Freaks of Nature” is one of those far-out, crazy, chaotic films that didn’t do well in the theaters but will no doubt attract a cult following for those who crave horror comedies.

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TITLE: Freaks of Nature

FILM RELEASE: 2015

DURATION: 92 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 Aspect Ratio), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1, English DTS Digital Sound, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese (Traditional), French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Bloody Violence and Gore, Pervasive Language, Sexual Content and Drug Use – All Involving Teens)

Release Date: February 9, 2016


Directed by Robbie Pickering

Screenplay by Oren Uziel

Story by Bahareh Azimi

Produced by Matthew Tolmach

Executive Producer: Ron Schmidt, Ben Waisbren

Music by Fil Eisler

Cinematography by Uta Briesewitz

Production Design by Chris L. Spellman

Art Direction by Jann K. Engel

Set Decoration by  Cynthia La Jeunesse

Costume Design by Debra McGuire


Starring:

Nicholas Braun as Dag

Mackenzie Davis as Petra

Josh Fadem as Ned

Denis Leary as Rick Wilson

Ed Westwick as Milan Pinache

Vanessa Hudgens as Lorelei

Keegan-Michael Key as Mr. Keller

Bob Odenkirk as Shooter Parker

Joan Cusack as Peg Parker

Chris Zylka as Chaz Jr.

Ian Roberts as Chaz Sr.

Rachael Harris as Mrs. Mosely

Mae Whitman as Jenna Zombie

Patton Oswalt as Stuart Miller


 

In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle.  But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens.  It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.


Filmmaker Robbie Pickering (“Natural Selection”, “Prom Night”) and writer Oren Uziel (“22 Jump Street”, “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth”) have crafted a 2015 American horror comedy known as “Freaks of Nature”.

The film stars Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Sky High”, “Princess Protection Program”), Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”, “That Awkward Moment”, “What If”), Josh Fadem (“Miss March”, “30 Rock”), Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”), Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”, “J. Edgar”, “Children of Men”), Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”, “Spring Breakers”, “Sucker Punch”), Keegan-Michael Key (“MADtv”, Tomorrowland”, “Let’s Be Cops”), Joan Cusack (“Say Anything…”, “Working Girl”), Rachael Harris (“The Hangover”, “Showtime”, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Mae Whitman (“Independence Day”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “The Duff”) and Patton Oswalt (“Magnolia”, “The King of Queens”, “Young Adult”).

While the film received only a limited release, the film will now be released on Blu-ray courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is set in the town of Dillford and is told by the perspective of not-so-popular Dag Parker (portrayed by Nicholas Braun).

Dillford is an unusual town as it is the home of humans, vampires and zombies who all get along.

For Dag, all he cares is about scoring with his old friend Lorelei (portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens), but she has her eyes set on the popular vampire Milan Pinache (portrayed by Ed Westwick).

For teenager Petra (portrayed by Mackenzie Davis), she has been with Milan but where he has sex with other ladies, all he will do with Petra is bit her (in which he turned her into a vampire).

And for Ned (portrayed by Josh Fadem), he used to be best friends with Dag, but Dag dumped him because Ned is a nerd and despite being a smart kid, all his parents cares about is his brother, Chaz Jr.’s highschool football success.

Seeing no positive future in his life and not being wanted, he decides to ask his zombie friend Jenna Zombie (portrayed by Mae Whitman) to bite him and turn him into a zombie.

But life for these three individuals becomes chaotic when the aliens arrive to Dillford.


VIDEO:

“Freaks of Nature” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). For a film that you expect not-so great visual effects, surprisingly “Freaks of Nature” actually does a great job in providing visual effects (the UFO and aliens) to great costumes and makeup design which really look great in HD.  Considering the number of zombies, vampires and aliens, the film looks very good in HD.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Freaks of Nature” is presented in English 5.1 DTS Master Audio and French, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital.  Dialogue is crystal clear but a plus is that the lossless audio for the film features quite a bit of action that takes advantage of the surround channels and LFE.  From explosions, fighting to people being thrown all over the place, “Freaks of Nature” sounds great in HD!

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Chinese (Traditional), French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Freaks of Nature” comes with the following special features:

  • Alternate Opening – (2:37) Featuring an alternate opening for “Freaks of Nature”.
  • Gag Reel – (3:40) Gag reel from “Freaks of Nature”.
  • Deleted Scenes – (3:54) Featuring two deleted scenes

For those wanting a hilarious horror comedy that isn’t intended to be deep or scary but for the most part, a parody of the plethora of zombie, vampire and alien films out there, “Freaks of Nature” is a film that will entertain you.

But with that being said, the film is along the lines of similar films such as “Scary Movie” that contains moronic comedy with horror elements which viewers will find themselves entertained or turned off by its sill comedy.

With the film trying to combine humans co-existing with zombies and vampires, you can imagine the craziness that takes place in the town and the amount of bullying that certain characters endure.

The film follows teenager Dag who attends high school at Dillford.  He feels bad for his former best friend Ned (who is a nerd and often bullied by his brother Chaz Jr., who is the favorite of the family due to his athletic skill) but as he tries to avoid being called a “nerd”, he tries to be cool.

Poor Ned does great in school but his vampire teacher, Mr. Keller gives him bad grades because Ned does a great job and wants him to fail because he does so well.  His parents don’t care for him all that much and his former bet friend, Dag, avoids him.  So, he decides to have a zombie bite into him, so he can turn into a zombie.

Unfortunately for Dag, he tries his best to attract his childhood friend Lorelei who is wild and beautiful, but she only has her eyes set on the vampire Milan Pinache.  But as Dag tries to be an athlete, unfortunately he is often picked on by wealthy business owner Rick Wilson (portrayed by Denis Leary).

Meanwhile, we are introduced to a vampire named Petra, who was turned into a vampire by her boyfriend Milan.  She can’t understand why he prefers having sexual relationships with other women, especially with Lorelei, while all he does with her is bite her.

Suffice to say, he treats her badly and so she desperately wants to destroy Lorelei due to her jealousy.

The film features plenty of cameos featuring Joan Cusack, Rachael Harris, Patton Oswalt and more.  They each provide additional comedy from the film and time away from the primary characters as they have a role in other comedic scenes.

But this film revolves around Dag, Petra and Ned who are brought together as their hometown is invaded by aliens.  And without spoiling the film, I will say that these unlikely individuals must work together in order to survive and possibly save others…that is if they can remain together without killing each other.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture and lossless audio are good and I didn’t find any major issues with banding or artifacts during my viewing of the film.  The film features a few special features such as a gag reel, alternate opening and deleted scenes.

Overall, “Freaks of Nature” is one of those far-out, crazy, chaotic films that didn’t do well in the theaters but will no doubt attract a cult following for those who crave horror comedies.  The fact that the films takes those interesting situations which involve zombies and vampires and turns those stories upside down by having humans, zombies and vampires co-exist and throw in an alien invasion and all hell breaks loose in the small town of Dillford.

The film is a fun diversion and for those who are looking for a crazy, popcorn horror comedy, “Freaks of Nature” is a film worth giving a try!

 

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens break up

December 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20: Actors Vanessa Hudgens (L) and Zac Efron arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Charlie St. Cloud' at the Village Theater on July 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

E! Online is reporting that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens have broken up.  The two have been in a relationship since they met each other on Disney’s “High School Musical” back in 2006.

A source tells E!, “They were together for so long. It just ran its course.”

Vanessa Hudgens attends the UK premiere of High School Musical 3: Senior Year at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square

October 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

UK Premiere: 7th October 2008, Vanessa Hudgens attends the UK premiere of High School Musical 3: Senior Year at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square Ph: Jo Hale ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Held at Empire Leicester Square Tuesday evening, the red carpet London Premiere was attended by the film’s stars, including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu, as well as director Kenny Ortega.

The film opens in U.S. and Canadian theatres on Friday, October 24, 2008.

About the Movie

Disney’s “High School Musical” phenomenon leaps onto the big screen in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR, in which America’s favorite high school students (ZAC EFRON, VANESSA HUDGENS, ASHLEY TISDALE, LUCAS GRABEEL, CORBIN BLEU and MONIQUE COLEMAN) hit senior year.  Amidst a basketball championship, prom and a big spring musical featuring all of the Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella vow to make every moment last as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question.  A crew of sophomore Wildcats (MATT PROKOP, JUSTIN MARTIN, JEMMA MCKENZIE-BROWN) joins in the fun as the film’s incredible new music and exciting dance numbers take maximum advantage of the big screen.  Directed by Kenny Ortega from a screenplay written by Peter Barsocchini, the film opens in theaters Oct. 24.

Vanessa Hudgens at the “High School Musical 3” Paris Premiere

October 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Held at the Grand Rex, the red carpet Paris Premiere was attended by the film’s stars, including Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu, as well as director Kenny Ortega.  The film opens in U.S. theatres on Friday, October 24, 2008.

Vanessa Hudgens Photo: Marc Susset-Lacroix/Getty Images ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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