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The Friday Five: Zac Efron’s Greatest Roles

It’s a known fact that we will go see anything starring Zac Efron.   Plot?   Doesn’t matter.  His newest movie, “We Are Your Friends,” hits theaters next week.  Zac plays an aspiring DJ who just needs that 1 track to make it big time.  In honor of the new film, here’s a look at some of Zefron’s greatest roles.

1. “Summerland”
Zac’s first major role, alongside Jesse McCartney and Danielle Panabaker.  Seriously, what do we need to do to get this show on Netflix or Hulu?

2. “High School Musical”
One of the greatest musical numbers of all time.

3. “17 Again”
This movie has the 3 essential ingredients of a successful Zefron film: dancing, basketball, and (un)necessary shirtless scenes.

4. “Neighbors”
The only thing better than a Zefron movie is one that also stars Dave Franco!  Look out for the sequel next year.

5. “We Are Your Friends”
We love that Zac & the cast promoted the movie with screenings and after-parties across the country, giving the fangirls what they want.

The Friday Five: Best DCOM Musical Moments

Tonight marks the premiere of yet another soon to be classic DCOM (that’s Disney Channel Original Movie), “Zapped!”  In the movie, Zendaya gets a new smartphone app that lets her control boys with the touch of a button.  It sounds amazing, and also reminds us of one of our favorite DCOMs of all time, “Stuck in the Suburbs,” where in a pre-iPhone/app world, stars Brenda Song and Danielle Panabaker accidentally end up with a pop star’s cell phone, and manage to run his entire life, eventually changing it for the better.  (And proving that fans know artists better than managers.)   It’s totally fine to cancel all your plans for tonight to watch “Zapped,” especially since it’s followed by the long-awaited premiere of “Girl Meets World!”    We’re hoping there will be at least one iconic musical sequence in the movie.  Here are our favorite DCOM songs and musical moments!

1. “Make a Wish” by Jordan Cahill – “Stuck in the Suburbs”
This is actually Taran Killam singing….Yes, Taran Killam from SNL.  Not enough people remember that he was in this fangirl fantasy movie!   Taran played Jordan Cahill, a spoiled popstar who kind of hated his life but didn’t know how to say “no” to his manager.   He did gather himself enough to spit out this witty quip in response to his manager telling him he was famous because of his perfectly highlighted hair – “Then dress it up, and make it sing your lousy songs!”

2.  “Strut” by Cheetah Girls – “Cheetah Girls 2”
Any movie that takes place in Europe is more than likely one of our favorites.   The Cheetah Girls get the chance of a lifetime to go to Spain and it involves a half baked plan, some gorgeous scenery (we’re not talking about the mansion here) and a happy ending for our Amigas Cheetahs!   We find ourselves singing this on our way to work in the mornings – it’s got the perfect beat to STRUT to!

3. “Zoom” by Microbe – “Zenon Girl of the 21st Century”
If you say you don’t know all the words to this song, then you’re either too old(or young) to remember this movie or you’re lying.  This movie is still a fashion disaster MAJOR!   But zetus lupetus, we wish Microbe (esp. Proto Zoa) was a real band because we would totally go to a space themed concert and wear neon spandex leggings under a ridiculous looking  mini skirt (holographic vest and all).

4. “Slam Dunk the Funk” by 5ive – “Smart House”
Cheesy outfits? Check.  House party hosted by a 14 year old boy? Check.   Choreographed dance moves in the cheesy outfits at a house party hosted by a 14 year old boy?  You got it!   “Smart House” was one of those movies where it was so bad it’s good (usually our favorite kind of movies).   Ryan Merriman (AKA that creep Ian Thomas  on PLL) is the genius behind the “let’s put on some tunes and do choreographed dance moves” scene here.  Thank god time was good to him.  Do yourself a favor, after you watch this clip…go Google “Ryan Merriman” and thank us later.

5. “Bet on It” by Zac Efron – “High School Musical 2”
I don’t know if we need to even say anything about this clip.  It’s been parodied so many times that it keeps getting funnier as time goes on.  Zac Efron totally nailed this song and performance.  The running, the skipping, the twirling while skip-running…there’s a reason this clip made our Friday Five list! Also, if you’ve have never reenacted the Bet On It scene….you’re lying.

PSA:  You can find most of these classic films on Youtube, or check your TV listings and get your DVR ready because Disney Channel airs old DCOMs in the middle of the night!   (And High School Musical 2 and Cheetah Girls 2 are on Netflix).

Jesse McCartney Releases New Single, “Superbad”

In case you were wondering where Jesse McCartney has been since “Beautiful Soul,” he’s been busy recording his next album, “In Technicolor”.   He just released the lead single off the album, “Superbad!”   Watch the video below – aka Jesse McCartney doing his best impression of Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

We’ve been fans of J-Mac since his days in Dreamstreet, and since he starred with a gap-toothed Zac Efron on “Summerland.”  (We’re still waiting for that show on Netflix…)  His EP “In Technicolor – Part 1”, released last December, was really a great evolution for the actor/singer and if the new album sounds like that (which he promises it does) then we can’t wait for him to announce a tour – you know we’ll be there!

While you wait for the new album from J-Mac, download the EP “In Technicolor – Part 1” on iTunes or Amazon.

Don’t forget to follow Jesse McCartney and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest news!

 

Shows We Need on Netflix

We’ve basically been hibernating lately since we want to avoid this awful winter as much as possible. That means cranking up the heat, baking cookies, and marathoning 90s TV shows.  Netflix and Hulu have a pretty good selection but there are some major omissions. Here’s what we’d like to see added, preferably before spring hits and we start spending our time outside again.

1. Boy Meets World – With the “Girl Meets World” premiere happening sometime this year (really Disney?  You still can’t give us a date?)  it’s only fitting that we get a chance to catch up on the classic series first.  We’ve been missing this show ever since ABC Family stopped airing it weekday mornings (it was the perfect get-ready for work show).

2. Gilmore Girls – Every other long running WB series is on Netflix (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Roswell,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “One Tree Hill..”).  Except for “Gilmore Girls.”  And “Felicity.”  We love this show for it’s smart, fast dialogue and wit, and for bringing Adam Brody into our lives for the first time.

3. Summerland – A show that stars a pre-High School Musical Zac Efron (he still had a gap!), Jesse McCartney, Becky from Full House, and Kay Panabaker?  And takes place in a California beach town, where it’s permanently summer?  Sign us up.  The show sadly lasted for only 2 seasons but managed to pack a lot of drama in.

4. Young Americans – This show was billed as a “Dawson’s Creek” spinoff, somehow, as it follows a guest-star with a 2-episode arc (Will Krudski, Pacey’s childhood friend) to a prestigious boarding school in New England.  It also stars a young Kate Bosworth and pre-Vampire Diaires Ian Somerholder.  The show, which takes place during the summer and aired as a summer replacement for “Dawson’s Creek” in 2000, only lasted for 8 episodes but brings us warm memories all the same.  I mean just look at the show’s opening credits – it’s basically an Abercrombie & Fitch ad.

5. Bunheads – Another show by “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, which features the same snappy dialogue, pop-culture references, and many of the actors.  This show was brilliant, funny, and heartwarming all at once, so obviously it was canceled way before it should have been.   Maybe the network execs just couldn’t keep up with the dialogue?

Honorable mention:  The OC – It never occurred to us that “The OC” should be on Netflix because OBVIOUSLY we own all 4 seasons of the greatest show of all time on DVD.  (And season 1 is practically falling apart due to overuse)  But we just realized that it’s not on Netflix and/or Hulu, and it’s a shame for anyone who doesn’t own it.

Jesse McCartney: In Technicolor Part 1

We’ve been fans of Jesse McCartney and his beautiful soul since his days in Dream Street.  He took a short break from music since the release of Departure, but he’s back with a new EP: In Technicolor Part 1.   The EP includes “Back Together,” which was released over the summer while J Mac was on tour with the Backstreet Boys and has a fun Timberlake-esque vibe to it.

The EP starts with a spacey Drake – sounding intro aptly titled “In Technicolor (Part 1)” that compares finding ‘the one’ to having your black and white world shocked into what else – technicolor!
“Tie The Knot” puts the horns and the funky Timberlake vibe into full force as McCartney swings in wearing a tux (at least we imagine him in a tux) begging “C’mon girl let’s tie the knot!” He really knows how to win our hearts and you can bet we all still day dream about marrying J Mac!

Jesse says this four song EP is just a taste for what he has in store for his full length release. Finally, new J Mac music!!
Now, what do we have to do to get Summerland on Netflix?

In Technicolor Part 1 is available now on iTunes

Don’t forget to follow Jesse on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates!