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Corbin Bleu: More Biracial Families Should Be On Screen

Corbin Bleu Samuel Goldwyn photo

Corbin Bleu Samuel Goldwyn photo

Twenty-year-old “High School Musical” cutie Corbin Bleu is more than glad that his character’s family in his new “Free Style” movie is biracial, just like his own family.  He made a point of seeing to it that casting was done that way.  

He tells us that, with himself and his father two of the producers on the feature, opening tomorrow (10/9), “It was one thing we definitely wanted to play to.  So many times in films, you’ll have interracial kids, but they’ll still have two black parents.  At this time, right now, where we are now, you’re seeing many more interracial families.  So many people are mixing and it’s wonderful and that needs to be portrayed more in our films.”

Corbin notes that, being a producer, “This is the first time I got to take hold of some of the reins and I’d like to do more.  I was involved in locations and casting and wardrobe and all that.” 

He has other projects in development, including “a cool horror flick we’re working on.  It’s going to be fun.  You have to expand yourself out as much as you can. You can’t be stifled in any genre, any one thing.”

Hence, “Free Style,” in which he plays a gung-ho motocross racer.  For Corbin, it meant lots of training in motorcycle riding, which he’s come to love.  “Luckily, it was my dad who came out with me the first day on the course and not my mom, ‘cause if it was my mom, the first fall it would have been, ‘This movie’s not happening,’” he says with a laugh.

He also gets a romance with the “stunning” (his word) Sandra Echeverria.  He got to “have the chance to cast my leading lady and it was great,” he says, beaming.  And the presence of the Latina actress, “ended up bringing in another whole thing culturally.” 

SIBLING REVELRY:  Laura Silverman, the real life sister of comedienne Sarah Silverman, also plays her sister on the Comedy Central series “The Sarah Silverman Program.”  While Sarah is certainly the more known of the two, Laura tells us they couldn’t be more encouraging of each other in life and on the show.  “At first I was very hesitant during the first season.  I was very conscious of not trying to upstage Sarah in any way – to try to be completely supportive of her being the funny one.  It turns out we are equally supportive and we both have our moments to be funny on the show.  We are always in such awe of each other.  We watch each other at work with big smiles on our faces.  Unless she’s faking it, she seems to like what I do,” adds Laura with a smile. 

Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman

 While Sarah plays a chaotic, out there, fictionalized version of herself, Laura plays the responsible younger sister, which lends itself to a different kind of humor.  “I studied at first how to be the ‘straight’ person.  It’s something that has actually always interested me,” she tells us.  “There’s a little bit of theory behind it. You are responsible for setting the baseline of what’s normal in that world so that the main character can exist being the way she is instead of looking like she’s crazy or just a total a-hole.  The way I react to her allows her to exist in that way.  It’s been really fun exploring that world with Sarah and the rest of the cast.”  

MAGICALLY SPEAKING : When it comes to adolescent stars, “Wizards of Waverly Place” creator Todd J. Greenwald is an expert – having such shows as “Saved by the Bell” and “Hannah Montana” on his credit sheet.  So when he says he’s confident the “Wizards” teen trio won’t be ruined by the perils of fame, it’s worth asking why.  “It all starts with family, and everyone’s family from our cast is solid,” he says. “I love what I’m seeing with them.”  For instance, of Selena Gomez, he says, “She went to Africa as a speaker for UNICEF this past summer.  She’s really taking responsibility and trying to give a good example and I’m so proud of her for that.”

All this month – “Wiztober” – the Disney Channel series is featuring episodes that tie into Halloween themes.  The Oct. 16 show has family eldest brother Justin (David Henrie) bringing a real ghost into a neighborhood spooky house.  Now, there’s a prank. 

Peter Murietta, David Henrie, Maria Canals Barrera, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Stone, Jake T. Austin, Todd J. Greenwald

Peter Murietta, David Henrie, Maria Canals Barrera, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Stone, Jake T. Austin, Todd J. Greenwald

Greenwald tells us he’s savoring the moments with “Wizards,” which garnered Emmy honors last month.  They’re in production on their 35-episode third season, and, given that the cast is growing up fast, ‘Season 4 could be the last season.  It goes so quickly,” he notes.  “You’re doing a show and then suddenly it’s a memory.” 

Like “Saved By the Bell.”  Greenwald is still friendly with “Saved” cast members.  “I just saw Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley a couple of months ago,” he notes.  “That show was like a sitcom camp, and a bunch of them have gone on to do great things, like Mark Paul” – Gosselaar, that is.

WHO SAYS TV IS OUT OF IDEAS?:  Casting forces have been interviewing actors to reenact real-life drama for a forthcoming show called “Injured and Pregnant” – from the makers of “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.”  Honestly!  It’s for Discovery Health. 

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Gosselaar Responds to Bring Back Zack Buzz

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show, when he dressed up as the beloved Zack Morris from ‘Saved By the Bell,‘ has been all over the Internet.  It’s got people talking TV reunion. 

‘Jimmy Fallon has been petitioning for a reunion for a while,’ notes Gosselaar, who told the ‘SBTB’-obsessed host he would reunite with the cast on his show.  However, the actor admits he’s not so sure if he’d be up for an actual scripted TV reunion.  ‘I don’t know how that would work having a reunion with all of us.  I think a lot of us have moved on.  My fear is if you do a reunion, you just don’t want it to be campy and that was the charm of our show 20 years ago.  It was very tongue-in-cheek and I don’t know if we can recreate that now without it being sort of a farce.  I’m testing the waters with Jimmy’s show to see how it works out and maybe it will change my opinion.’ 

Gosselaar’s actual purpose of being on the talk show was to promote his current show, ‘Raising the Bar,’ which just began its second season.

Mark-Paul 'SBTB'

Mark-Paul 'SBTB'

Says the actor, who also served a stint on ‘NYPD Blue’ in the interim, ‘A lot of my ‘Saved By the Bell’ fans aren’t aware that I’m still on TV, so I’m hoping I can grab some percentage of those people and bring them over to watch ‘Raising the Bar.”  He tells us there’s a lot in store this season on the TNT drama.  ‘We’re certainly feeling the pressure of getting that second season under our belt.  The audience has invested time in us and we want to give them what they want.  I think we’re on the right track,’ he says.  ‘Last year a lot of the show was focused on the public defender side, but this year we’re showing the prosecutors’ side as well.  With 15 episodes, it certainly allows us to broaden the strokes quite a bit and see the characters in more depth.’ 

 

ANOTHER GENERATION HEARD FROM:  When your grandfather was a movie icon — ‘a 6-foot-5, 260-pound man who had the presence of a downtown city block’ — taking part in a remake of one of his classics gives you pause. At least, it certainly did for Brendan Wayne, whose grandfather was none other than John Wayne. Brendan costars with Lou Diamond Phillips and Luke Perry in the Hallmark Channel’s ‘Angel and the Badman,’ debuting July 5. He admits he asked for a day to think it over when the project came his way. ‘I don’t mind the idea you can market films on my grandfather’s name and the whole deal. He worked hard enough that his family legacy is something to be used,’ he says. ‘Without a doubt I couldn’t be more proud to be his grandson, but doing one of his films — there’s a fine line of losing your identity.’Not only that, but The Duke ‘meant so much to so many people. I thought, ‘Holy moly! I’ve got to do this some justice!’ more than you’d feel with a regular role,’ says Brendan, whose acting resume thus far lists episodics like ‘The Closer’ and ‘CSI,’ and films including Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘Home of the Brave.’

What got him over his hesitation was, ‘I have five brothers and two sisters, and they all said, ‘You’ve got to be an idiot not to go for this.’ And my Uncle Patrick said, ‘Get on it. Go have some fun.”Brendan says he was particularly interested in seeing who the producers wanted to play Quirt, ‘my Granddaddy’s role’ — the outlaw who’s transformed when a kind Quaker family (with a beautiful daughter, natch) nurses him back to health after he nearly dies. ‘You’d need someone who was confident in himself and had great character traits of his own — you can’t reproduce JW,’ Brendan notes. ‘When they told me Lou Diamond Phillips, I thought ‘That’s perfect. They thought outside the box.’ You can’t compare him and my grandfather.’

Brendan Wayne

Brendan Wayne

 

THE INDUSTRY EYE:  Having killed off Emmanuelle Vaugier in its latest season finale, ‘CSI: NY’ is casting a new lead character. She’s named Kaye Sullivan, and is described as ‘attractive, funny, extremely sexy…’ (That’s attractive and extremely sexy, got that?) ‘…late twenties or early thirties. Takes risks.’ She’s also quite book smart. Brililant, in fact, so while she hasn’t got much experience, she’s not just your average rookie. She asks lots of questions.

 

Are you ready for a musical of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’? It’s legit. They’re holding auditions next week for a Frank Wildhorn’s new musical at the showcase La Jolla Playhouse, with plans for an October opening. You know the story: Boy gets girl, boy and girl terrorize Depression era America and become mythic figures robbing banks, boy loses girl and self in rain of machine gun fire. Sing it! Seriously, if ‘Sweeney Todd’ can be ‘Sweeney Todd’ then anything can be a musical. Wildhorn did the music, Don Black the lyrics, Jeff Calhoun is the director.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster