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Zac Efron says he's up for more 'High School Musical,' and so are we

Are you ready to get your head back in the game?

Zac Efron might be. Over the weekend, a reporter for E! asked the actor if he would ever return to the sacred (?) halls of East High — home of Disney’s High School Musical franchise. And instead of shooting down the rumors, Efron replied, “We’re all thinking about it. I continue to see all the guys from High School. Every time we do…there’s just this look between us.”

Right off the bat, I’ll acknowledge that while this isn’t a “no,” it’s also not confirmation of a reunion. But also: At this point, would a reunion be the worst idea? It’s not exactly surprising that Efron may be in, even though a year or two ago he wanted to graduate from East High for good. (UPDATE: When EW asked Disney Channel for a response to Efron’s comments, they sent this statement: “Everyone at Disney Channel takes pride in knowing that our wonderful ‘High School Musical’ cast has fond memories about their days as ‘Wildcats,’ and that each year, new audiences are introduced to the movies through our telecasts around the world, but we have no ‘new news’ to report.”)

If Efron did decide to return and give us “Scream Pt. 2,” it’s easy to see the rest of the cast following suit. They wouldn’t even have to carry a full movie: For a long time, Disney was developing a fourth High School Musical for TV. (And no, I’m not talking about SNL‘s High School Musical: New Senior Class.) The movie, called High School Musical: East Meets West, supposedly would have starred a new cast, and would have told a West Side Story-esque story about East and West High. (Real talk: What was Troy and Gabrielle’s love if not a millennial, significantly less high-stakes version of Maria and Tony?) The project keeps getting pushed back, but it hasn’t been canceled — Disney just put out Teen Beach Movie instead. But what if it got revved up again — and the original HSM gang came back for a little alumni number? (Efron has long said he would consider doing something like that.) READ FULL STORY

Watch Lupita Nyong'o's old Kenyan soap -- VIDEO

Cheer up, Lupita Nyong’o — at least your embarrassing “before they were famous” video is coming out after you won your Oscar.

Prior to capturing our hearts in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o starred as Ayira in the 2009 raunchy MTV Kenyan soap Shuga. The soap was actually a hit and was broadcast across 40 African countries. In addition to the typical relationship drama one might expect, the show also tried to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. It went on to win a Gold award in May 2010 at the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany, in the Public Relations Health category.

Watch a trailer — which heavily features a young Nyong’o before she became a fashion icon — below: READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor: The Women Tell All': 'He didn't say Camila whenever he was in the ocean'

No he did not, Kelly. And that statement is why we have missed you around these parts. Well, that statement and your adorably random canine companion, Molly, who seems to be the best-behaved pup ever on television (though maybe not in the blooper reel).

Moving along, this year’s Women Tell All was a pretty decent mix of “sour grapes” — looking at you, Victoria — and the women who genuinely felt like they got to know Juan Pabs and therefore should defend him. Add in just a dash of lingering sexual tension between Sharleen and the man she left behind, and you can imagine what went down. And let’s not forget Kelly calling Juan Pablo out for his gay comments. Let’s just say, Sharleen put that fire out like it was her first kiss with Juan Pablo. So what did you think? Share your thoughts on the episode, and stay tuned later tonight for my full Bachelor: The Women Tell All recap, as well as Chris Harrison’s take on things.

'The Bachelor' overnight dates: 'I want to die if I have to hear 'It's okay' again!'

Cheer up, little “lady.” We all want to die sometimes. (For me it’s when I’m trying to get into a crowded F train and everyone’s pretending the car is full even though there’s clearly room in the middle but no one will step the eff in!!! Okay, rant over.) Anyhow, tonight’s Fantasy Suite extravaganza featured everything you expected — handwritten cards from a PA Chris Harrison inviting Nikki, Andi, and Clare to “forgo your individual rooms”; hot tub make-out sessions; and lots and lots of candles. But there was one surprise this evening: On Andi’s overnight date Juan Pablo did something so heinous, so reprehensible, so, so… selfish that she was forced to confront him before the rose ceremony. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over for Kristen’s full Bachelor overnight dates recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes blog), but if you’ve seen the episode let me know your thoughts about the “shocking” “turn” of “events.”

'The Bachelor' hometown dates: 'I saw the sense of disapproval on my dad's face within the first five minutes'

Hometown dates can be rough, right rose lovers? I will say that the dad referenced above was my absolute favorite of the night. (Anytime a parent recognizes and addresses on camera the absurdity of the situation his/her child is in, I want that parent to win a medal and possibly a cash prize.) My full recap will be up later tonight, but in the meantime let me know what you thought of tonight’s four hometown visits. Who’s scarier — Clare’s sister or Ashley’s sister? How is it possible that Nikki’s parents are so nice, when she is so… not nice? How much did your heart break watching Renee’s reunion with her little boy Ben? Post your thoughts now! One programming note: Chris Harrison will be weighing in on both the hometown dates and exotic dates in one epic blog post tomorrow… so stay tuned for a massive hit of awesomeness.

Olympics recap: Ice Dancing With the Stars

By the power of high-speed lifts, a close hold, love from their moms, and quite possibly Disney movie mind-control, Princess Jasmine and Wiladdin Wonka a.k.a. Meryl Davis and Charlie White have become the first U.S. Olympic champions in Ice Dancing. Their training companions, the Vancouver gold medalists and non-Disney characters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, settled for silver. And Russian youth sorcerers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov took the bronze after Monday’s finals in the Iceberg Skating Palace — indisputably the Planet Mirrorballus of Sochi, Russia.

Davis and White earned a score so high, it hadn’t even been invented yet. Never before could Ice Dancing have conceived of a 195.52. It’s a totally new number. Was the competition fixed? Sure, maybe. I am no ice dancing expert. But I do know Tessa Virtue could have easily fixed her damn bun: READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 7: 'Let's f---ing wrap this s--- up and go home!'

Oh, if only we could, rose lovers. But we’ve got several more weeks left of Juan Pablo’s “adventure” — and it’s clearly proving to be more than some of the “ladies” can take. Stay tuned for my full recap later this evening (UPDATE: Click over to Kristen’s full Bachelor episode 7 recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes Bachelor blog), but if you’ve seen tonight’s episode, let me know what you thought of the surprise (though was it really?) departure of one of Juan Pablo’s favorites. Was it the right call, or did she — much like Gob Bluth — make a huge mistake? Also (mild spoiler alert) were you as shocked as I was to see Juan Pablo introduce his daughter Cameeeeeela to one of the women so soon? (For some reason I insist on hoping that the people who appear on this show will exercise good judgment, and every single season I’m disappointed.) Finally, which is a better comeback: “Do you sleep here?” or “Did you pay for it?” Tough call! Post your thoughts now.

James Franco has a Valentine's Day card for you

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Most cheesy Valentine’s Day cards featuring a celebrity or movie character are made by people impressed with how they can force movie phrases into pickup lines. (Here’s looking at you, Bellatrix Lestrange.)

Today, James Franco took out the middle man and made his own corny/sleazy card, uploading the above photo to Instagram alongside the message, “I’m down for 127 hours with you, girrrrrrrllllllll (boyyyyyyyeeeee).”

Never forget: James Franco was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for 127 Hours. Also never forget: He hosted the Oscars that year, something he would probably like you to forget.

While I appreciate that Franco doesn’t discriminate in his V-Day lovin’, I can’t help but wonder: Is 127 Hours really the best film of his for sex puns? He cuts off his own arm at the end of that movie! No thank you. Surely there are better Valentine’s Day messages based off Franco movie titles. Just off the top of my head, James, we’ve got: READ FULL STORY

Google celebrates Valentine's Day with help from 'This American Life'

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Google’s Charm Offensive is strong on Anna Howard Shaw Day Valentine’s Day.

Today’s homepage Doodle (in the United States, at least) is decked out in candy hearts — you know, the kind you gave to your crush (and everyone else in the class) when you were 8.

Click on any of the hearts, and you get to hear one of six short ‘n sweet stories from real-life lovebirds describing how they fell in love. The snippets come from public radio’s This American Life. They hit a bunch of different tones, but the funny ones may be the best. Take “Crush,” for example, in which a teenage girl declares:  “This one time I sneezed … and he goes, ‘You know, you have a really cute sneeze.’ … I was all day on that sneeze comment. I must have told every one of my friends.”

Love is a battlefield. Break out some chocolates and give all the stories a listen on Google’s homepage.

What WON'T Meat Loaf do for love? Now we know! -- VIDEO

Who really shot JFK? What happened at Area 51? Where do ships go in the Bermuda Triangle? These are all great mysteries of the world that you will never have the answers to — unless you’re Nic Cage in The Rock and you get a hold of some microfilm full of state secrets.

Until today, we all assumed “What won’t Meatloaf do for love?” was another one of those gaping holes in public knowledge, nagging at you as you fall asleep at night. What did Meat Loaf mean when he sang, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that?” I mean, other than the obvious that. The that that no one would do for love? That. Well, today, friends you are Nic Cage and this big secret has been painstakingly discovered by Ali Wentworth on Yahoo’s Daily Shot. Natch.

See for yourself below: READ FULL STORY

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