Actress Ashley Tisdale is engaged to her musician boyfriend Christopher French, according to a new report. The former High School Musical star began dating the Annie Automatic singer last December (12) and he allegedly proposed to the 28 year old during a special date in New York on Thursday night (08Aug13).
A source tells Life & Style magazine, "It happened on the 103rd floor at the top of the Empire State Building. It was totally romantic and Ashley's over the moon, of course!"
Tisdale has yet to officially comment on the engagement, but she hinted at some happy news when she took to her Twitter.com blog late on Thursday, writing, "Best night of my life. We're on top of the world."
The blonde beauty previously dated music video director Scott Speer and was linked to Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson last year (12).
The High School Musical star split from music video director Speer last December (11), and she was subsequently linked to Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson.
Tisdale reconciled with Speer earlier this year (12), but it appears their romance is over - she is now dating Annie Automatic musician French, according to UsMagazine.com.
A source tells the website, "She likes those rocker types. They have mutual friends and just met through hanging out. Ashley and Scott split for the same reason they did last time. Their relationship just ran its course."
Unfortunately, Step Up Revolution stars Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick couldn't give me what I ultimately wanted: a foolproof way to win a movie-style sexy dance-off, every time. "A body is a sexy thing, you can't help it," McCormick said, when asked if these dance-offs, which are so often seen in cinema and on TV, are a real thing that actually happen. (Because, I mean, have you ever actually seen one? I guess I'm just hanging out in all the wrong places.) Still, the So You Think You Can Dance vet and smoldering newcomer Guzman showed off some natural chemistry, and Guzman even clued me in to what he looks for in a woman: "You don't have to be the best-looking girl, but if you can dance great, then you've got me attracted," he said.
Hollywood.com also sat down with another veteran SYTYCD hoofer, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, as well as choreographer Jamal Sims, director Scott Speer, and producer Adam Shankman. And if you listen to Speer and Shankman's version of what went down while shooting the film — which focuses on a flash mob group appropriately titled "The Mob" — you'll learn that shooting an epic dance film has its casualties: "We were constantly carting off extras that were fainting." Check out the videos below: Follow Shaunna on Twitter @HWShaunna [Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment] MORE: Ryan Guzman: The Next Channing Tatum? — EXCLUSIVE PICS "Step Up Revolution" Los Angeles Premiere 'Step Up Revolution' Trailer: The Most Socially Conscious Dance Film Since 'Dirty Dancing 2'
The latest movie in the Step Up franchise aims for a politicized message behind all the flashy moves but it could do with a lot less plot and a lot more dancing. In Step Up Revolution the Miami dance group "The Mob" takes to the streets (and other random locations) to perform intricately choreographed routines with their own DJ a camera guy who uploads their videos to YouTube and a graffiti artist who leaves their signature behind. It takes at least that much effort just to get hipster New Yorkers to ride the subways without any pants on once a year; it's hard to believe that The Mob could pull off their elaborate schemes without getting caught but that's the magic of movies.
The Mob represents the more diverse working class side of Miami a young multiracial group of friends who create incredible works of art that disappear before they get shut down. One of the Mob's leaders Sean (Ryan Guzman) earnestly explains to newcomer Emily (Kathryn McCormick) that the group's reason is to give a voice to the voiceless or to be happy or to dance or something. It's not really clear but they have a lot of fun and look amazing doing it.
Once Sean and his friends find out that a greedy developer plans to raze their neighborhood to make way for another South Beach-style hotel monstrosity they have a reason to rally but until then they're just trying to win a cash prize by getting clicks on YouTube. The typical Step Up twist is that Emily is the developer's daughter. Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher) doesn't approve of Emily's love of dancing or other frippery and he certainly wouldn't approve of her hanging out with the people causing such mayhem in the streets of Miami.
Step Up Revolution biggest misstep is trying to give the movie more of a hook than the franchise's typical Romeo and Juliet-style love story and tap into "the Zeitgeist" (I swear that's from the studio-provided press notes) of flash mobs. The film could have cut out most of the plot and characters and still have a completely intact film insofar as the point of the film is its multimedia dance routines. The sort of productions The Mob pulls off are more akin to carefully planned art installations or music videos in terms of scope; it would have been better to at least make that somehow feasible in terms of the storyline. Yes we are here for a spectacle and we surely get a spectacle but it needs to have some roots in reality.
The dance scenes are fun sexy and occasionally a little sappy but overall quite enjoyable for people who enjoy "So You Think You Can Dance" type of shows. Kathryn McCormick and Stephen "tWitch" Boss both appeared on "SYTYCD" and their costar Misha Gabriel is a classically trained ballet dancer turned pro back-up dancer for folks like Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Guzman doesn't have a dance background but he is an MMA fighter who obviously took his training very seriously. The entire outfit is pretty damn entertaining to be honest.
As far as the 3D goes it makes most of Miami look overcast and grey. The extra zings added in to make sure we get our money's worth like sand flicking out at us or a breakdancer whose foot seems to be aiming for our face only serves to distract from the real show at hand. There is also an awful lot of ramping and generally spazzy editing tricks that look cheap. The screenplay by Amanda Brody is definitely not its strong suit.
Step Up Revolution is the cinematic equivalent of a trashy beach novel. It's embarrassing to be caught actually enjoying it and you'll forget about it almost immediately but it's a decent way to spend a summer afternoon.
The actress turned 27, and to celebrate she rounded up her friends for a day out on Malibu beach in California.
Gomez was snapped splashing in the waves with a male pal before he lifted her high into the air, and Tisdale's High School Musical star co-star Hudgens took her boyfriend Austin Butler to the bash.
The birthday girl was accompanied by her partner Scott Speer, and the pair puckered up on the sand in front of photographers.
Tisdale clearly enjoyed her celebrations, tweeting a picture showing her beside a fire at dusk and telling her followers, "Magical night at the beach!"
The High School Musical star split from music video director Speer in December (11) after two years together, and she was subsequently linked to Love Drunk hitmaker Johnson.
They made their first public appearance as a couple by hitting the red carpet at Sir Elton John's annual Oscars party in February (12), but it appears their relationship is no more - Tisdale was photographed with Speer on Saturday (21Apr12).
The actress was seen walking hand-in-hand with her old beau as they shopped in Beverly Hills.
The High School Musical star ended her two year relationship with music video director Scott Speer earlier this month (Dec11) and now it appears she's moved on to Love Drunk hitmaker Johnson.
According to Star magazine, the two were spotted at a Robin Thicke concert on 16 December (12) - just one day after her love split hit the headlines. The two later partied at L.A. area hotspot Tru nightclub.
A source says, "Ashley was hanging on Martin the entire time. They were doing shots... and she may have had one too many. But she certainly appeared to be having fun... They were making out more than dancing."
It probably comes as no surprise to learn Lady Gaga snagged the No. 1 spot in Forbes magazine's list of top-earning women in music. The singer grossed a whopping $90 million in profits thanks to album sales, endorsement deals, and her worldwide Monster Ball tour. Taylor Swift ranked second on the list, making a respectable $45 million which stemmed mostly from her 2010 Speak Now album and Katy Perry came in close behind in third place with $44 million after scoring five consecutive No. 1 hits off her album Teenage Dream. Additionally, Beyoncé came in fourth place with $35 million and Rihanna ranked fifth with $29 million. For a full rundown of the list, click here. Congrats to all the outstanding divas! - E!
Simon Cowell confessed to Barbara Walters during his 10 Most Fascinating People interview that at one point he seriously contemplated getting intimate with his fellow Idol and X Factor judge, Paula Abdul. The British music mogul said, "We didn't like each other in the beginning," adding, "I think it was sexual tension -- on her part." But when Barbara asked him if he ever wanted Abdul in a romantic capacity, Simon admitted, "I considered it. But then I thought, I don't think the after would be as good as before." However, if anything had ever happened between the bickering duo, Simon would've been a complete gentleman about it, remarking, "I'd let her stay for a few hours, but then it would have to be 'Good night.'" Oh what could've been! - Access Hollywood
In less happy news, US Weekly reports that Ashley Tisdale is no longer dating her boyfriend of two years, Scott Speer. A source confirmed the end of the couple's relationship, saying, "They had been on and off for a while. They tried to work it out but realized their relationship ran its course." And another one bites the dust. - US
Director Alexander Payne's (Election Sideways) new film opens over sprawling landscape shots of Hawaii's scenic suburbia accompanied by George Clooney's character Matt King summing up his current predicament: "Paradise can go fuck itself." The reaction unfortunately is reasonable.
We pick up with King an ancestor of Hawaiian royalty in the middle of deliberations over a plot of land handed down through his family over generations. With every uncle aunt and cosign whispering opinions into his ear King is suddenly presented with an even greater problem: taking care of his two daughters. A boating accident leaves his wife in a coma forcing Matt to take a true parenting role with his young socially-troubled daughter Scottie (Amara Miller) and his rebellious teen Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) who was previously shipped off to boarding school. Matt awkwardly hunts for the emotional glue necessary for the mismatched bunch to become "a family " but matters are made even more complicated when Alex reveals that her mother was cheating on him before the accident. Murphy's Law is in full effect.
With The Descendants Payne continues to explore and discover the inherent humor in life's melancholic situations unfolding Matt's quest for understanding like a road movie across Hawaii's many islands. Simultaneously preparing for the end of his wife's death and searching for the identity of her lover Matt crosses paths with a number of perfectly cast side characters who act as mirrors to his best and worst qualities: his father-in-law Scott (Robert Foster) who belittles Matt for never taking care of his daughter; Hugh (Beau Bridges) an opportunistic cousin who pressures Matt to sell the land; Alexandra's dunce of a boyfriend Sid (Nick Krause) who always has the wrong thing to say; and Julie (Judy Greer) the wife of the adulterer in question. Colorful yet real Matt experiences a definitive moment with each of them yet the picture never feels sporadic or episodic.
Clooney and Woodley help gel these sequences together as they observe experience and butt heads as equals. Clooney's own magnetism stands in the way of making Matt a fully dimensional character but he shines when playing off his quick-witted daughter. His reactions are heartbreaking—but it's the moments when he has to put himself out there that never quite ring true. But the script by Nat Faxon Jim Rash and Payne gives Clooney plenty of opportunities to work his magic visualizing his struggle as opposed to vomiting it out like so many of today's talky dramas.
The Descendants is a tender cinematic experience an introspective and heartwarming film unafraid to convey its story with pleasing simplicity. Clooney stands out with a solid performance but like many of Payne's films it's the eclectic ensemble and muted backdrop that give the movie its real texture. The paradise of Descendants isn't all its cracked up to be but for movie-goers it's bliss.
Step Up 4. This will truly be the uppermost of all steps to date.
In order to prove just how universal the power of dance is, the producers have hired all new actors—and not just new to the franchise; they're new to acting entirely! Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick will headline this installment in the dance-sation that is this winding stairwell of a film series. Guzman has, up until this point, been modeling his way through this misty American era. McCormick had a stint on So You Think You Can Dance (she was clearly right).
As with most things, onscreen and off, Step Up 4 will be in 3D. This installment will take place in Miami, where stepping up is basically the only way to get ahead nowadays. Adding to the club of feature newcomers, Jenny Mayer will write the script and Scott Speer will direct.
Source: Deadline, Film School Rejects