Friday, March 20, 2009

When you bump into a star...

Spending a late night watching my new "Pinocchio" DVD, which came out last week, I came across a familiar face.

Yes, that was actress/singer Meaghan Jette Martin on the bonus features, singing the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon A Star" in a new music video. That's the same Meaghan Jetter Martin that I (literally) bumped into almost two weeks ago in Albany, when she was the special guest at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's women's basketball championship game. The "Camp Rock" co-star was at the game as part of the MAAC/Radio Disney tour, the same tour that brought "Hannah Montana" co-star Moises Arias to Poughkeepsie two weeks before. (The Jonas Brothers starred in "Camp Rock," — I'm sure you know — I interviewed the guys last summer.)

Admittedly, I had no idea who Meaghan was, but the kids in the crowd were excited, and that's what counts.

If nothing else, it was cool to hear a contemporary take on Disney's iconic song. As if they're classic films weren't enough, the bonus features on their DVDs — from making-of featurettes and extra music videos, to games and trivia — are worth the price tag alone. (I'm looking forward to both Disney's "Bolt" and "Lilo & Stitch," coming out on DVD in just a matter of a few short days.)

Meaghan's appearance was the second straight for a Disney star at the MAAC tournament.

At last year's title game, Drew Seeley, the singing voice of "Troy" in the original "High School Musical," made a similar personal appearance, singing a song I actually knew ... even though I didn't know who he was. Meaghan, though, received a bigger crowd reaction, a good note for her as she will reprise her role of "Tess Tyler" in "Camp Rock 2," and she'll also star in "10 Things I Hate About You," a new series based on the 1999 movie starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles; the series, with Meaghan playing the part of "Bianca Stratford," will air on the ABC Family network.

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