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Walt Disney Records is set to release the digital soundtrack from Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, the hilarious all-new movie musical on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, starring Ashley Tisdale recreating her role as America’s favorite “High School Musical” drama queen. Featuring six new songs performed by Tisdale and others, the soundtrack arrives April 19 at digital retail on the same day and date as the movies Blu-ray™ and DVD release. The nationwide release date for the eight-song physical soundtrack is May 17.
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure is a witty musical comedy about pursuing life-long dreams and believing in yourself. Songs include the upbeat lead track, “Gonna Shine,” sung by Ashley. Grounded in a timeless Broadway style, other songs include “My Boi and Me” and the companion tune, “My Girl and Me” (the latter performed by Ashley and co-star Shawn Molko). “New York’s Best Kept Secret” is a touchingly reflective ballad, while “The Rest of My Life” is an all-heart-all-hope pop gem. Lucas Grabeel, who co-starred as Ryan Evans in the “High School Musical” films alongside Ashley, sings the love song, “Baby” (Justin Bieber’s Top 10 hit). Bonus tracks on the physical release include Aly and AJ’s rendition of “Walking on Sunshine” and a remix of “Fabulous” from “High School Musical 2″ (Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel).
Tisdale shines in this captivating comedy. After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans (Tisdale) sets off for the bright lights of New York, convinced fame and fortune are in the bag. But the Broadway is a dog-eat-dog world, as she and Boi learn when they encounter the devious owner of a pampered Pooch named “Countess” and a scheming Broadway starlet who will do anything to crush the competition. Fortunately, Sharpay also meets Peyton (Austin Butler), a handsome student filmmaker who finds Sharpay nearly as fascinating as she finds herself.
In Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Ashley is joined by co-stars Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected,” “Ruby and the Rockits” and “Zoey 101″), Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”), Cameron Goodman (“Phineas and Ferb,” “The Phantom”) Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives”) Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911,” “Drawn Together”) and Lauren Collins (“Take the Lead,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation”).
The film was directed by Michael Lembeck (“Tooth Fairy,” “The Santa Clause 2 & 3 and TV’s “Friends”), produced by Jonathan Hackett (“Honey I Shrunk The Kids: The TV Show,” “Relic Hunter”) and executive-produced by Barry Rosenbush (“High School Musical”), Bill Borden (“High School Musical”) and Ashley Tisdale.
Sucker Punch packed enough wallop to top Friday, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was hot on its heels and will likely take the weekend with stronger Saturday and Sunday grosses, due to its kid appeal. Overall business was a bit down from the same Friday last year, when How to Train Your Dragon led.
Striking approximately 3,900 screens at 3,033 locations, Sucker Punch mustered an estimated $8.1 million, which was a tad more than Kick-Ass’s opening last Spring and much greater than Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. However, it was no match for the Kill Bill and Resident Evil movies among other comparable titles, and, for all its hype, it’s on track for an average opening for an action heroine movie. It was also director Zack Snyder’s worst live-action start yet, following Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen.
You also just wrapped shooting on your next film, Monte Carlo. What was that experience like?
LM: That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, we filmed in Budapeste, Paris, and Monte Carlo over the entire summer working with Selena (Gomez), Katie (Cassidy) and a bunch of other really great people, and they changed my life. They’re wonderful and I can’t say enough amazing things about them, because it’s so hard to find amazing girls and they really are amazing, smart and talented and we were on the most amazing vacation adventure of our lives while making a movie. And, I saw it and it’s wonderful.
Just to clarify: It was amazing.
The movie, due July 1, offers teenage girls an alternative to the third Transformers movie this summer and a familiar face in Disney Channel star Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), who plays Paris-bound high school grad Grace.
The Texas teen is let down when she finds out that the adventure she researched and booked for herself and best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) isn’t quite as grand as she had imagined.
Their dream vacation is unwittingly saved by British socialite Cordelia Winthrop Scott, an impeccably dressed brat who is a doppelgänger for Grace. After a case of mistaken identity and armed with Cordelia’s invitation to a glitzy gala in Monte Carlo, the girls head south to live it up for a week, wearing fancy clothes and meeting dashing men.
For Gomez, 18, who began building her movie résumé with last summer’s children-friendly Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo raises her target demographic by a few years.
The movie also presented her biggest acting challenge thus far: not just playing two different characters but also learning two different British accents, one for the real Cordelia and another for the impostor, Grace.
“Accent training was the hardest thing on top of learning lines,” says Gomez, who reported to the set in Budapest, Hungary, two weeks early for a crash course in voice training.
The production did spend time in the real Paris, but Gomez laments she didn’t get to make a pilgrimage to Chanel, the French fashion house that produced her favorite outfit in the movie. Co-star Leighton Meester, who plays her depressed stepsister and chaperone, Meg, did.
“I’m jealous,” confesses Gomez, who warns fellow Gossip Girl fans not to expect the spoiled Blair Waldorf in Monte Carlo. “Leighton does such a good job, and I can’t wait for people to see her in a different light.”
The Weinstein Company has acquired US distribution rights to So Undercover, the Tom Vaughan-directed action comedy that stars Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Piven, Mike O’Malley and Kelly Osbourne. An October release is planned.
Deal was made with Exclusive Media Group, which is producing with the pic’s screenwriter Allan Loeb and his Scarlet Fire Entertainment partner Steven Pearl, and Tish Cyrus. TWC’s Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser and Peter Lawson made the deal with Exclusive co-chairmen Guy East and Nigel Sinclair. CAA arranged financing for the film.
Cyrus plays a young girl who is hired by the FBI to go undercover at a college sorority. She’s a tough streetwise private detective who has to become a refined sophisticated university girl to protect the daughter of a former mobster. Exclusive fully financed and is selling worldwide sales, brokering most territories in Berlin last week.
“We’re excited to be working with Miley Cyrus as she transitions from child phenomenon to grown-up star,” TWC’s Glasser said in a statement. “She’s got charisma and talent to burn.”