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Feast Your Eyes on the New East High School Wildcats

Clockwise from top left: Prokop, Martin, McKenzie-Brown.Courtesy of,, BBC

New Kids for HSM3: After an international casting search, Disney has finally found some new faces for High School Musical 3: Senior Year. First, there’s Matt Prokop, who’s appeared in Hannah Montana, and we’re pretty sure was grown in a lab to be the perfect tween emo sensation. Joining him are Justin Martin (Young Simba in Broadway’s The Lion King) and some lucky British girl named Jemma McKenzie-Brown. Don’t worry, Zac, they’ll never replace you in our hearts. [HR]

Three Join Allen in Jail: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sigourney Weaver, and Juno’s J.K. Simmons have joined the growing cast of Tim Allen’s ex-con comedy Crazy on the Outside. Don’t you secretly wish that this could be an Eddie Murphy–style comedy with J.K. Simmons playing every character? Oh, um, we don’t either — that would be ridiculous. [HR]

Moxie Sees Red: Moxie Pictures has acquired the rights to New York Times correspondent Anthony DePalma’s book about Fidel Castro’s prerevolution days. The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert Matthews of the New York ‘Times’ examines how a reporter’s myth-making profiles of the man allowed him to rise to power. First order of business? Coming up with a longer title. [Variety]

Minsky’s Raids L.A.: Charles Strouse and Susan Birkenhead’s musical based on the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s will premier at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre on January 29, 2009. With Tony-winning librettist Bob Martin and Tony-nominated choreographer Casey Nicholaw (both of The Drowsy Chaperone), this show promises it all: singing, dancing, and Amish strippers. [Playbill]

King in 3-D: Sin City’s Jaime King has joined the cast of Patrick Lussier’s My Bloody Valentine 3-D, for Lionsgate. She will play Sarah Palmer, a girl who may or may not get her guts splattered all over the audience in a glorious 3-D gore-o-rama. [HR]

Feast Your Eyes on the New East High School Wildcats