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How newcomer Madison Reyes landed ‘Julie and the Phantoms’

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Madison Reyes says her starring role in “Julie and the Phantoms” was tailor-made for her.

“I remember reading Julie’s character description: ‘A 15-year-old Latin American girl, she’s a high school student, she likes playing the piano and she can sing,’” Reyes, 16, tells The Post.

“I was like, ‘This reminds me of me!’ It really caught my attention.”

The musical comedy series, available on Netflix, follows California high schooler Julie (Reyes), who’s grieving and struggling with her natural music talents in the wake of her mother’s death. When she finds an old CD from Sunset Curve — a boy band whose members died in 1995 on the brink of making it big — she accidentally summons their ghosts.

Julie, mysteriously, is the only living person who can see them; she and band members Luke (Charlie Gillepsie), Alex (Owen Joyner) and Reggie (Jeremy Shada) join forces to help each other find meaning in their lives — and afterlives.

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Madison ReyesKAILEY SCHWERMAN/NETFLIX

Through the titular band they form together, Julie is able to rediscover her joie de vivre and prove herself in her school’s music program — and the three “phantoms” discover that the world can see and hear them when they play with Julie.

“She experiences the things that teenagers go through — grief and loss — [and] those things are not talked about much in kids’ shows,” says Reyes, who grew up in Brooklyn. “And also the music aspect was a plus, because not only do I get to act, I get to sing and perform, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do. It was like a little present gifted to me.”

The actors all sing and play real instruments in the show’s musical numbers, though Reyes says they did that through a combination of live filming and then editing in the tracks so the sound would be in sync.

It’s all helmed by executive producer/ director/ choreographer Kenny Ortega, who’s known for “Dirty Dancing,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the “High School Musical” franchise.

“What was really cool about it was that Kenny established that we do have a say in the process. He really made it clear to us that we were his partners, not like he was a boss and we were his workers,” says Reyes. “He really wanted us to know that it was a team effort. Being able to work with the man who does so much for different generations is incredible and surreal.”

Charlie Gillespie and Madison Reyes
Charlie Gillespie and Madison ReyesKAILEY SCHWERMAN/NETFLIX

Reyes, who’s now in high school in Pennsylvania, says that the production worked around her schedule as a student.

“I tried to give [the audition] my all, which was hard because I had [freshman year] finals. When I did get the callback, Netflix and the others were very caring, like ‘Let’s get you to finish school first and then we’ll have you come out.’ So I finished my finals and the next day I was on a plane to LA.

“I constantly look back on how things just fell into place,” she says. “Growing up I was like, ‘I want to be an actress; I want to be in a band and be a singer.’ You’re constantly flip-flopping. So being able to have this gig where I get to do all of these things that I love so much in one go was amazing. There’s a lot of things I want to try [next], like be in a superhero movie or in a Disney princess movie or going on Broadway.

“But I’m just taking it day by day.”

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Is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon new tonight, September 16?

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Who are you most excited to see on The Tonight Show? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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‘Below Deck Med’s Rob Westergaard Was in A Tantric Sex Movie?! What You Should Know About ‘Sexology’

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Well, Below Deck Mediterranean‘s Rob Westergaard is just full of surprises, isn’t he? First, we learned about his modeling days with Taylor Swift, and now, he’s clued us into another super sexy project he was a part of.

In the latest episode of the Bravo series, as the deckhand is getting ready to spend the night in the guest cabin with his girlfriend, third stew Jessica More, Rob says in his interview, “She’s a sexual person, I’m a sexual person.” Cool! As if the fact that they had to be reprimanded for making out on the boat within eyeshot of the guests earlier in the episode wasn’t already an indication of that.

But then Rob says, “I was in a documentary about tantric sex so the whole idea is like, you release your energy out of your emotional love tank and then that goes through her. Sting and his wife, I heard that they have sex for three days straight, doing it, you know.” Well, these two had a charter the next day so there would have to be a time limit on just how tantric they could get.

However, judging by the noises coming from that guest cabin, let’s just say it sounds like Rob as learned a thing or two from this documentary he was a part of.

So where can you see it? Well, the documentary is called Sexology and was released in 2016. It features Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg as they set out to discover all they can about the female orgasm. You can peep Rob in the trailer around the 5:15 mark. Currently, you can rent the documentary (that appears to be quite life-changing!) on Prime Video for $3.99 — a small price to pay for a lifetime of satisfaction.

Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. 

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Upcoming Zendaya Movies And TV: What’s Ahead For The Spider-Man Star

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Dune – December 18th, 2020 (Post-Production)

Dune, Frank Herbert’s massive tome of a novel, hasn’t found the easiest filmmaking processes. There’s even a whole documentary about one famous filmmaker’s failed attempt to bring it to the silver screen. David Lynch succeeded — if to mixed results — with his 1984 film, but now Denis Villeneuve will make an admirable attempt to bring Herbert’s words to the screen.

With an all-star cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and Charlotte Rampling in addition to Zendaya, Dune is set to be another enormous blockbuster from the revered director, though it’s hard to know if we’ll actually get a chance to see it this year. While we got our first glimpse at footage courtesy of an intriguing new trailer, the movie’s release date, December 18th, is tentative in a fluid release calendar.

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