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‘High School Musical’ Reunion! Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens Return for ‘Disney Family Singalong’ Special

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High School Musical is the gift that keeps on giving.

Several generations have been “in this together” thanks to Disney Plus’s recent reboot of the hit Disney Channel Original movie.

On April 16, the whole cast of the 2006 film will be reuniting for a TV special titled The Disney Family Singalong.

Director Kenny Ortega is on board and told Deadline:  “I wanted to find something I can do to participate and it was so great to be given the call and invited by ABC to join. It gave me a purpose to get up every morning. I feel really good that we have an opportunity to do something like this — it’s good medicine. “

He also asked the actors to join in a special performance of “We’re All In This Together,” and the East High Wildcats were more than eager to!

Stars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu,  Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel will be participating in the fun virtually from the comfort of their homes.

And…. drumroll please… Zac Efron will join and send a special message to fans!

The news is exciting as this is the first time that Efron has agreed to join his former cast and honor his character, Troy Bolton.

“We couldn’t reach Zac until late but when we did, he immediately jumped in, of course,” Ortega said. “Everyone we reached out to was quick — and you’ll see it in their spirit and the way they come together from their homes. They recognize this is an opportunity to strengthen spirits for those joining us for the broadcast.”

Other Disney Channel stars will join the show including Raven-Symoné, cast members from The Descendants, Zombies and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

“You’re hearing those words chanted out — I’ve been sent videos from doctors, orderlies, nurses and medical professionals in masks and hospital gowns singing ‘We’re All In This Together’ in the hallways of hospitals, Kenny said of the uplifting and inspirational song that’s taken on a new meaning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“These artists that have come together are heroes,” he continued. “There are young people out there that look up to these people and have for a long time. To see them in their own living rooms and in their sweatpants hanging out with their families helps everyone realize there’s truth behind these words — we’re all in this together in various circumstances. We need to feel that company.”

Ryan Seacrest will host the show on ABC.

Many big name stars will be joining to sing their favorite Disney songs including: Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Kristin Chenoweth, Auliʻi Cravalho, Amber Riley, John Stamos, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Alan Menken, Elle Fanning, Josh Groban, Darren Criss, Tori Kelly and more.

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Because we’re all in this together!


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‘Money Heist’ Spinoff Focused on Pedro Alonso’s Character Berlin is Officially In the Works

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'Money Heist' Spinoff Focused on Pedro Alonso's Character Berlin is Officially In the Works

We’re just mere days away from the final five episodes of Money Heist (La Casa de Papel). 

But if you’re in your feels about the series coming to an end on Friday, December 3, we have some news that might just cheer you up! 

While we’ll be saying goodbye to our favorite Bella Ciao robbers responsible for the biggest heist in the world, Netflix announced a new series focused on Berlin.

The spinoff will be centered around the beloved character portrayed by Pedro Alonso.

Berlin may have died in Season 2, but such a force lives on in memories and flashbacks.

The spinoff, titled Berlin: A New Series, is set to premiere sometime in 2023.

While no plot has been revealed, it will likely dig into the mysterious life of the electric character. 

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It also provides some clarity surrounding the flashbacks about Berlin and his son in the first half of season 5 of Money Heist, which puzzled fans as they couldn’t figure out how they fit into the overall story. 

As for Alonso, he’s “happy” about the spinoff. 

“I am deeply grateful to be able to connect with people all over the world and receive so much love and such a memorable time. We started this series walking into the unknown and we have been winning ever since. You fans are our accomplices and thank you for that,” he said at a fan event celebrating Friday’s premiere. 

Money Heist initially premiered in Spain and received a lukewarm reception. After it aired its final episode, Netflix added the two seasons to its international library, and the series took off! The series about Robin Hood-esque criminals became a global sensation spawning three more seasons sponsored by Netflix. 

To this day, it’s one of the streaming giant’s biggest shows. 

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Freeform Kicks off the Holidays With Its ’25 Days of Christmas’ Lineup – See the Schedule

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Freeform Kicks off the Holidays With Its '25 Days of Christmas' Lineup – See the Schedule

Sleigh bells are jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too because it’s officially December, which means you do not have to feel guilty about all the hot cocoa you’re about to consume and the holiday movies you’re about to binge!

Freeform is getting into the holiday spirit with its annual 25 Days of Christmas programming. 

The schedule is decking the halls with some tried and true classics such as Home Alone + the sequels, the Santa Clause movies, Frosty the Snowman, Love Actually, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more. 

You can also catch some Christmas-themed episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy. 

Check out the full Freeform schedule below:

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1

7 am Holiday in Handcuffs

10:30 am The Simpsons

11:05 am The Santa Clause

1:15 pm The Santa Clause 2

3:45 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

5:50 pm Home Alone

8:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am The Simpsons marathon

THURSDAY, DEC. 2

7 am The Mistle-tones

10:30 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

11 am Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House

1:05 pm Arthur Christmas

3:10 pm Home Alone

5:40 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

8:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am The Simpsons marathon

FRIDAY, DEC. 3

7 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30 am Jingle All the Way 2

9:30 am Jingle All the Way

11:35 am Family Guy marathon

4:35 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:15 pm The Santa Clause

9:25 pm The Santa Clause 2

11:55 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

SATURDAY, DEC. 4

7 am The Simpsons

7:30 am Jingle All the Way

9:35 am Prancer Returns

11:40 am Home Alone 3

1:50 pm Arthur Christmas

3:55 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:05 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

7:10 pm Frosty the Snowman

7:45 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

8:50 pm Home Alone

11:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

SUNDAY, DEC. 5

7 am Prancer Returns

9:05 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

10:05 am Unaccompanied Minors

12:10 pm Arthur Christmas

2:15 pm Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

3:55 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

5:00 pm Frosty the Snowman

5:35 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:40 pm Home Alone

9:10 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

11:50 pm Daddy’s Home 2

MONDAY, DEC. 6

7 am It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

10:30 am The Simpsons

11 am Daddy’s Home 2

1:10 pm Home Alone

3:40 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6:20 pm The Santa Clause

8:30 pm The Santa Clause 2

12 am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

TUESDAY, DEC. 7

7 am Stealing Christmas

11 am Home Alone

1:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

4:10 pm Jingle All the Way

6:15 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

8:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am Arthur Christmas

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8

7 am Snow

11 am Jingle All the Way

1:00 pm Jingle All the Way 2

3:00 pm Arthur Christmas

5:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

9:30 pm Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12 am The Simpsons marathon

THURSDAY, DEC. 9

7 am Snow 2: Brain Freeze

10:30 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:30 am The Santa Clause

1:40 pm The Santa Clause 2

3:50 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

5:50 pm Home Alone

8:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am Snowglobe

FRIDAY, DEC. 10

7 am Call Me Claus

9 am 12:00 pm Family Guy

12:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

2:35 pm Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

4:10 pm Home Alone

6:40 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am Family Guy marathon

SATURDAY, DEC. 11

7 am Unaccompanied Minors

9:05 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

9:35 am The Star (2017)

11:40 am Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

1:10 pm Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

2:40 pm Toy Story That Time Forgot

3:10 pm Toy Story

5:10 pm Toy Story 2

7:15 pm Toy Story 3

9:45 pm Toy Story 4

11:55 pm Arthur Christmas

SUNDAY, DEC. 12

7 am The Star (2017)

9 am Jingle All the Way 

11 am Jingle All the Way 2

1:05 pm Arthur Christmas

3:10 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

5:15 pm The Santa Clause

7:25 pm The Santa Clause 2

9:55 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

12 am Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist

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MONDAY, DEC. 13

7 am Holiday in Handcuffs

10:30 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:30 am The Santa Clause

1:30 pm The Santa Clause 2

4:00 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

6:00 pm Home Alone

8:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am Family Guy marathon

TUESDAY, DEC. 14

7 am 12 Dates of Christmas

10:30 am Jingle All the Way

12:30 pm Love Actually

3:30 pm Home Alone

6:00 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

8:30 pm Office Christmas Party – Freeform Premiere

12 am The Night Before

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15

7 am Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

10:30 am Family Guy

11 am Office Christmas Party

1:35 pm The Santa Clause

3:45 pm The Santa Clause 2

6:15 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

8:20 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 am Family Guy marathon

THURSDAY, DEC. 16

7 am Black Nativity

10:30 am The Preacher’s Wife

1:00 pm Almost Christmas

3:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

6:00 pm Home Alone

8:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1 12 am The Simpsons marathon

FRIDAY, DEC. 17

7 am Family Guy marathon

9 am Love Actually

12:00 pm Home Alone

2:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

5:10 pm The Santa Clause

7:20 pm The Santa Clause 2

9:50 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

11:55 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

SATURDAY, DEC. 18

7:35 am Love Actually

10:45 am Unaccompanied Minors

12:55 pm The Santa Clause

3:05 pm The Santa Clause 2

5:35 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

7:40 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

9:40 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12:20 am Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

7 am The Middle

7:30 am Unaccompanied Minors

9:30 am Home Alone 3

11:30 am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

1:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

4:10 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

6:10 pm Frosty the Snowman

6:45 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

7:50 pm Home Alone

10:20 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1 am Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

MONDAY, DEC. 20

7 am Prancer Returns

10:30 am Home Alone

1:00 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

3:35 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

4:40 pm Frosty the Snowman

5:15 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:20 pm The Santa Clause

8:30 pm The Santa Clause 2

12 am The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

TUESDAY, DEC. 21

7 am Family Guy marathon

10:30 am Jingle All the Way

12:30 pm The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

1:00 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2:00 pm Daddy’s Home 2

4:00 pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:00 pm Home Alone

8:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 am Family Guy marathon

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

7 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30 am Jingle All the Way

9:30 am Love the Coopers

12:00 pm Daddy’s Home 2

2:05 pm Home Alone

4:35 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

7:15 pm The Santa Clause

9:25 pm The Santa Clause 2

11:55 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

THURSDAY, DEC. 23

7 am It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

9 am Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

10:30 am Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

12:00 pm Arthur Christmas

2:05 pm The Star (2017)

4:05 pm Home Alone

6:35 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9:15 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

11:55 pm Arthur Christmas

FRIDAY, DEC. 24

7 am Prancer Returns

10:30 am The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

11 am The Star (2017)

1:00 pm Home Alone

3:30 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6:00 pm Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

8:30 pm Frosty the Snowman

9:00 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

10:00 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

12 am Family Guy marathon

SATURDAY, DEC. 25

7 am Arthur Christmas

9:10 am The Santa Clause

11:20 am The Santa Clause 2

1:50 pm The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

4:00 pm Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

5:05 pm Frosty the Snowman

5:40 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:45 pm Home Alone

9:15 pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

11:55 pm Arthur Christmas

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9 Best Christmas Movies to Spread Holiday Cheer

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9 Best Christmas Movies to Watch 2021

December is the start of a holly, jolly month! 

And what better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than by streaming some heartwarming and festive Christmas movies on Netflix?

From Netflix to Hallmark to HBO Max — spread the Christmas cheer to those far and near! 

Here are the 9 movies to check out in December 2021:

 

Love Hard – Netflix (Nov 5)

A rom-com where you find yourself rooting for the underdog (despite the cat-fishing) and not the guy that belongs on the present-day version of an Abercrombie bag. Bonus: it stars Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries and Jimmy O. Yang in Silicon Valley.

 

Next Stop, Christmas – Hallmark Channel (Nov 6) 

If you love the Polar Express and Back to the Future, this movie is for you. Christopher Lloyd taps into the conductor role on a time-traveling train as a woman ponders what her life would be like if she married a former boyfriend who went onto become a famous sportscaster and mysteriously finds herself 10 years in the past. 

 

Father Christmas is Back – Netflix (Nov 7)

Four widely different sisters reunite for Christmas in a Yorkshire mansion and find themselves uncovering family secrets when their long lost father shows up for dinner. Elizabeth Hurley, Nathalie Cox, and Kelsey Grammer star in the comedy. 

 

Home Sweet Home Alone – Disney + (Nov 12)

He’s no Kevin McCallister, but Archie Yates as Max Mercer certainly gives him a run for his money in this “Home Alone” sequel. Max is the kid left behind as his family travels to Japan for the holidays. When a married couple tries to steal an heirloom from his home, they don’t expect him to retaliate. And the rest is history! 
 

 

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star – Netflix (Nov 18)

Vanessa Hudgens x3! Royal lookalikes Margaret and Stacy turn to third doppelganger Fiona for help retrieving a stolen priceless Christmas relic.

 

A Boy Called Christmas – Netflix (Nov 24)

A young boy named Nikolas sets on a quest to find his father and stumbles upon a village of elves called Elfhelm. 

 

8-Bit Christmas – HBO Max (November 25)

Set in suburban Chicago in the 1980s, a 10-year-old sets out to get the ultimate Christmas gift of his generation: a video game system. The comedy stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Steve Zahn, and Winslow Fegley. 

 

The Christmas Contest – Hallmark Channel (11/28)

It’s the Fuller House reunion you didn’t know you needed! Queen of Christmas Candace Cameron Bure stars in her 11th Hallmark movie as Lara, who faces off against Ben (played by John Brotherton) in a Christmas competition. We can’t wait to see these two back together onscreen considering their chemistry in the Full House spinoff. Maybe we’ll get a surprise appearance from Danny Tanner? We dream.

 

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls – Hallmark Channel (12/18)

Not only was The Christmas House Hallmark’s first-ever LGBTQ holiday movie, but it was also a really great holiday film. So, it only makes sense that the network would tap in for a sequel about the Mitchell brothers competing to see who can build the best Christmas house. Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett return alongside Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, Brad Harder.
 


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