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'Hunger Games,' Katy Perry win big at People's Choice Awards

'Hunger Games,' Katy Perry win big at People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- "The Hunger Games" won five People's Choice Awards, while pop star Katy Perry scooped up three prizes in Los Angeles.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
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Zac Efron talks training for 'Lucky One' role

Zac Efron talks training for 'Lucky One' role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Zac Efron, an actor best known for his work in cheerful, youth-skewing movie musicals, admits he felt a bit out of place when he showed up for training to play a United States Marine in the romantic drama, "The Lucky One."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Hunger Games,' 'Pretty Little Liars' clean up at Teen Choice Awards

'Hunger Games,' 'Pretty Little Liars' clean up at Teen Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- "The Hunger Games" collected a raft of prizes, including Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Movie, at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
'Think' tops U.S. box office again

'Think' tops U.S. box office again

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- "Think Like a Man," starring Michael Ealy, was No. 1 at the U.S. box office for a second week with an estimated $18 million in weekend receipts.

'Think' tops U.S. box office

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- "Think Like a Man," starring Michael Ealy, was No. 1 at the U.S. box office with $33 million in receipts.
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Katy Perry joins Kids' Choice lineup

Katy Perry joins Kids' Choice lineup

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Katy Perry is to perform live at the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards show, Nickelodeon said Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
By United Press International
Swift to voice a character in 'Lorax'

Swift to voice a character in 'Lorax'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift has joined the voice cast of the upcoming animated film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," Universal Pictures said Thursday.
Vanessa Hudgens window shops gowns

Vanessa Hudgens window shops gowns

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Actress Vanessa Hudgens says when she gets married, she wants designer Marchesa to put together her gown.
Efron-Hudgens romance seems on again

Efron-Hudgens romance seems on again

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Young U.S. actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, who officially broke up in December, may be back together.
Stars lining up for People's Choice show

Stars lining up for People's Choice show

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Malin Akerman, Julie Bowen, Michael Chiklis and Miranda Cosgrove are confirmed to attend the People's Choice Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.
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Report: Hudgens and Efron break up

Report: Hudgens and Efron break up

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, who starred in the "High School Musical" franchise, have broken up, sources told E! News.
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Zac Efron appears backstage with the award for best male performance for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year", at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on May 31, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. In 2007, before the release of High School Musical 2, Rolling Stone declared him the "poster boy for tweenyboppers" and featured him in their late August 2007 issue. Efron has since starred in the films 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, and Charlie St. Cloud, and is due to star in New Year's Eve and The Lucky One.

Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a younger brother, Dylan, and had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class family. He is an agnostic, having never been religious. His surname, "Efron", means "lark" in Hebrew (his paternal grandfather was Jewish).

Efron has said that he would "flip out" if he got a "B" and not an "A" in school, and has also described himself as having been a class clown. Efron's father encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was 11 years old. He subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in a theater called The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy; Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). Efron was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.

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