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What tools does a "High School Musical" character use to achieve her goals (or anything, for that matter)? Song and dance, of course. Well, at least that's how Ashley Tisdale's character, Sharpay, does it.

"Now she's competing for this Juilliard scholarship," Tisdale revealed of her snobby songstress' plot developments in the eagerly-anticipated, theatrically-released "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." "You know how she is when she wants something! You know, she has to get it." Read More...

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Just like in the real world, senior year at East High means tough decisions for the graduating class. And that's what we're gonna be seeing as "High School Musical 3” dances its way into theaters on October 24 later this year (see the poster here).

At a press conference signaling the start of production, the cast addressed what fans can expect from the third year. Resident hunk and winker extraordinaire Zac Efron took the reigns, stating "This is the final year at East High for the Wildcats, so we're kind of deciding for ourselves what we should do with our futures. For my character, basketball is a huge priority, but then there's also his new love of theater. [There are] a lot more decisions to make."

Click here for our full report on the cast's remarks; below, a short blurb from Vanessa Hudgens.

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Well, you can't say the cast isn't enthusiastic about the start of production for the first big-screen version of the blockbuster "High School Musical" franchise.

Shooting is soon to begin on the third flick that finds high school seniors Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) facing the depressing prospect of attending different colleges. Co-starring Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and MOnique Coleman, much dancing will ensue. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" is scheduled to hit theaters on October 24, 2008.

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Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg was off fighting vampires when she was 17 -- but for "Seventeen Again," she's happy to be "free and clear" from action scenes, especially those that involve dancing. That, she leaves to her co-star Zac Effron.

"I just watch him and mope," she said -- and not because she's pining for a different sort of action. As if! He's playing her dad (even though she's two years older), and just to rub it in, she called him "Dad" on set. "Anything we did, father/daughter-wise," Trachtenberg told us, "I'd tease him, 'I'm older than you! You're not really my father,' while he's trying to tell me what to do." But she understands that the girls love Zac, and she doesn't fault them for that: "If you think he's hot, rock on. He is." Read More...

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Zac EfronArticle by Heather Perry

Please, ladies. Don't cry. Ever since we posted our latest Zac Efron "High School Musical" story, devoted fans of the hit TV flicks have been disconcerted over the news that the golden boy is hanging up his dancing shoes.

But wait! Adam Shankman, the producer/director/choreographer of "Hairspray," has information of biblical proportions that should bring screaming 15-year-olds out of their broken-hearted depression. The king of musicals will shake his perfect little tush once more in the now-filming movie, "Seventeen Again." Read More...

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We told you yesterday that teen heartthrob Zac Efron was growing up for his Orson Welles project, but before he does that, he'll be growing down...sorta. The "High School Musical" star will portray a middle-age man transported into a 17-year-old's body for the film, "Seventeen Again." When we visited Efron on the pic's set, he was in high spirits for the role; read all about it here, and watch the highlights below.

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Zac EfronZac Efron isn't graduating from East High until May, but the 20-year-old star is already enrolled in a masters program for continued education...from none other than the director of "Citizen Kane."

"I leave for London in a few days," Efron excitedly revealed of his schedule for "Orson Welles and Me," a new movie in which he will play a teen who gets caught up in the rise of Wells' Mercury Theater. "He gets swept into this amazing adventure and in a way becomes Orson Welles' protégé. It's just a very, very fun coming-of-age story." Read More...

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Zac EfronGrab your gowns and flip those tassels, the senior class at East High is graduating. But while Troy, Gabriella, and Sharpay might shed a few tears at the prospect of separating, not "High School Musical 3” star Zac Efron, who told MTV News that the chance to once again don a Wildcat jersey has him smiling - even if it is for the last time.

"'High School Musical' is unlike anything. No one can fully understand. It's just all of us in a group having fun," Efron insisted when we asked if returning for the last installment would be a bittersweet experience. "We really became best friends during this project, the whole cast. It's like not even work. We just have the time of our lives out there." Read More...

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Sit back, relax and enjoy a hot, steaming cup of our links of the day, back again with news on “Harry Potter,” “Hulk,” Jake Gyllenhaal, Zac Efron and more.

- “I always lean towards the dark side.” Daniel Radcliffe disappointed in comic tone of “Half-Blood Prince.” (Edmonton Sun)

- Hulk smash Abomination in new film? Hold off just one second. “With Abomination there’s actually a monster that can kill [Banner] when he’s in Hulk form.” Director Louis Leterrier talks new “Hulk.” (Wizard Entertainment)

- A 100 percent guarantee: Jake Gyllenhaal to play panty-hose-wearing NJ Jets Quarterback Joe Namath in upcoming biopic. Can Heath Ledger as Suzy Kolber be far behind? (Variety)

- But can he wink? Matthew Perry to play grown-up version of Zac Efron in “17.” (Hollywood Reporter)

- “I’ll let you guys go nuts on this one.” Joe Carnahan posts an image of Juggernaut on his blog signaling ... what? An X-Men origins story? Vinnie Jones? We have no idea. (Joe Carnahan)

- Here’s to you, Mrs. Tomei! Oscar-winning actress tops list of top 20 nude scenes of '07. (Mr. Skin)

- Soldiers sound off on "Stop-Loss." (Stop-Loss)

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Kevin Spacey as Lex LuthorZac Efron winks, Lex Luthor thinks, and Halle Berry dons pink in our news of the day. Us? We link...

- The Bald and the Beautiful. Kevin Spacey to return as Lex Luthor in "Man of Steel." (Variety)

- Kick off your Sunday shoes! Zac Efron to star in "Footloose" remake. (Variety)

- Is Halle Berry the new Barbarella? (JoBlo)

- Bungie teases what the live-action "Halo" film would look like, courtesy of its director-to-be. (Cinematical)

- Who watches the "Watchmen?" Billy Crudup apparently, who CHUD reports is in line to play Dr. Manhattan. (CHUD)

- "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas to helm "Dracula Year Zero" for Universal. (Variety)

- A "Traitor" among them. Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce about a CIA operative who becomes a terror suspect. (Hollywood Reporter)

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