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Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel's 'Descendants'

Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent in Disney Channel's 'Descendants'

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Kristen Chenoweth has been cast as Maleficent in Kenny Ortega's Disney Channel original movie "Descendants."
Kate Stanton

AEG exec: Michael Jackson tour was in danger of being canceled

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- Michael Jackson's comeback tour in London was in danger of being canceled after the singer appeared frail during rehearsals, an AEG top executive testified.
Patrick Swayze immortalized in wax

Patrick Swayze immortalized in wax

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, said she had mixed emotions at this week's unveiling in Hollywood of a wax figure from his glory days in "Dirty Dancing."
Kenny Ortega to helm 'Dancing' remake

Kenny Ortega to helm 'Dancing' remake

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Kenny Ortega, the choreographer of "Dirty Dancing," is to direct a remake of the iconic 1987 romance movie, Lionsgate announced.
Taylor calls Jackson film 'brilliant'

Taylor calls Jackson film 'brilliant'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Elizabeth Taylor, an iconic screen actress and longtime friend of Michael Jackson, has declared "This Is It," a film about the late U.S. singer, "brilliant."
Ortega no longer set to helm 'Footloose'

Ortega no longer set to helm 'Footloose'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Paramount Pictures has confirmed Kenny Ortega no longer plans to direct its upcoming musical remake of the classic 1980s film, "Footloose."
Ortega: MJ never thought he lost his crown

Ortega: MJ never thought he lost his crown

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Kenny Ortega says he told Michael Jackson he thought the London concert series on which they were collaborating would restore him as the King of Pop.
KAREN BUTLER
Jackson film to get limited release

Jackson film to get limited release

CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The documentary "Michael Jackson: This is It" is to be released exclusively for a limited, two-week engagement worldwide, its producers said Friday.
Jacko rehearsal footage may be movie

Jacko rehearsal footage may be movie

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- Eighty hours of footage from Michael Jackson's Los Angeles concert rehearsals, shot shortly before his death, may be edited into a movie, sources told Variety.
Jackson concert promoter may lose millions

Jackson concert promoter may lose millions

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- It's unclear what kind of financial hit U.S. concert promoter AEG Live will take with the death of Michael Jackson, sources say.
Jackson postpones U.K. concert dates

Jackson postpones U.K. concert dates

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Michael Jackson has postponed the first four dates of his sold-out concert series at London's O2 arena, AEG Live said Wednesday.

TV dancer Zack Wilson joins 'HSM:3'

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- Zack Wilson of ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" will be hoofing on the big screen in "High School Musical 3," the dancer says.

Stars set to return for 'HSM3'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- All of the stars of the "High School Musical" TV movies have signed on to appear in an upcoming third installment to be released in theaters.

Stars reuniting for 'HSM3'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- All the stars from the first two "High School Musical" movies will be back for the third installment, Hollywood director Kenny Ortega told Usmagazine.com.

Imagen Awards honor Latino actors

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The winners of the annual Imagen Awards, which honor the accomplishments of Latinos in television and film, have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Director Kenny Ortega arrives on the red carpet before a screening of the film "High School Musical III" during the Rome International Film Festival in Rome on October 26, 2008. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American producer, director, and choreographer. He is known for directing the High School Musical trilogy and Michael Jackson's This Is It concert tour.

Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio Ortega, a poor factory worker at Redwood City. His grandparents were from Spain, Europe. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl". Ortega directed Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He has also choreographed events ranging from Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City). In addition, Ortega has directed and choreographed High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and was choreographer of the The Cheetah Girls 2.

In May 2009, Ortega began work on the scheduled Michael Jackson 50-date This Is It concert tour, which was cancelled subsequent to Jackson's sudden death. He directed the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It which was put together from rehearsal footage recorded at the Los Angeles Forum and the Staples Center. The film was released on October 28.

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