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 A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

 

  Review by Suzanne 8/31/11

This is a young teen movie. It's the Cinderella story, but updated for today's kids, with pop music.  It's for kids, so don't expect too much. I mean, it's okay. It has a lot of humor and silliness, and the music is not bad. It's a pleasant way for kids to pass the time.

Lucy Hale plays Katie, a brunette who lives with her rich blonde stepmother, blonde stepsister, and stepbrother. They all treat her like a servant, although, honestly, they are not that nice to each other, either.

The stepmother runs a high school academy.  A rich music producer comes to town and wants his son to help produce a musical show at the academy.  Of course, his son is the handsome prince.  Katie is a talented singer and songwriter, so she slips a CD into the father's bag.  The stepmother finds out about it, after the dad is impressed, so she lies that it is HER daughter who is really the talented one.  She insists that Katie do the music so that her daughter can lip-synch to it in the show (and become rich and famous).

Anyway, you get the idea....I'm sure you know the ending!  There are three big musical numbers at the beginning, middle and end, to keep everyone entertained.   Everyone in the movie is very fun and likable (even the bad guys).

The DVD has some nice extras. There is one feature about Lucy Hale, where everyone talks about her in the role of Katie. There is another one where Hale interviews Freddie Stroma (Luke, the prince). Another feature is all about the dancing, especially with Lucy Hale and Jessalyn Wanlim (who plays her best friend, Angela). And lastly, there is a behind-the-scenes feature with all of the cast members and their video phones.  Pretty nice features for one little movie.

MORE INFORMATION:

“A CINDERELLA STORY: ONCE UPON A SONG” SINGS ITS WAY ONTO DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD SEPTEMBER 6TH

FROM WARNER HOME ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Warner Premiere’s classic fairytale gets a musical twist featuring
Lucy Hale, one of TV Guide’s Young Star to Watch, Freddie Stroma and Megan Park

Burbank, CA, July 8, 2011– The classic Cinderella story gets a modern musical twist when Warner Premiere’s fairytale A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song arrives on DVD and digital download September 6th from Warner Home Entertainment Group.

This new music filled take on the classic Cinderella story, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song tells the story of Katie and her ups and downs of finding true love and embracing her musical talent. Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars, Scream 4) stars as downtrodden teen Katie, Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Luke, the new transfer student from Europe, Megan Park (TV’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Katie’s wicked stepsister, Titus Makin, Jr. (TV’s Glee) as Mickey, Luke’s entrepreneurial front man, and Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Katie’s cruel stepmother and school headmaster. A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is directed by Damon Santostefano (Another Cinderella Story, Bring it on Again, Three to Tango) from a script by Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott (Another Cinderella Story) and is produced by Dylan Sellers (A Cinderella Story, Another Cinderella Story, Agent Cody Banks). Clifford Werber, Ilyssa Goodman and Michelle Johnston serve as executive producers.

On September 6th WaterTower Music will release the companion soundtrack to A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, which features the film singing debut of Lucy Hale. The soundtrack features 4 original songs from the film by Hale (including “Run This Town” and “Bless Myself”) and 2 songs performed by Freddie Stroma, along with music from Big Pain Ticket, Oral Majority who appear in the film, and more. Additionally Hale’s first song from the soundtrack and movie, “Run this Town,” is available now for download on iTunes.

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song will be available on DVD for $28.98.

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song can also be purchased for permanent download or rented on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles on September 6th. It will also be available On Demand from cable and satellite providers.

It will also be available to rent via kiosks and subscription on October 4th.

SYNOPSIS

It’s a modern and enchanting twist on an enduring classic! Katie (Lucy Hale) dreams of being a recording artist but is continually thwarted by her cruel stepmother (Missi Pyle) and stepsister (Megan Park). When Katie falls hard for Luke (Freddie Stroma), the new boy at her Performing Arts school, she tries to get his attention with her singing. But when her stepsister takes credit for Katie’s amazing voice and Luke falls for the wrong girl, Katie must learn to stand up for her dreams before her stepmother forces Katie to sing Luke into the arms of her wicked stepsister at the Winter Talent Showcase.

DVD ELEMENTS

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song contains the following special features:
 

Spotlighting Lucy Hale: Our New Cinderella: From Pretty Little Liars to vocal princess, Lucy Hale lights up the stage as the new singing Cinderella! Get an inside look at Lucy Hale’s talents that lead to casting her for the lead role, along with spotlighting her signing – from rehearsals and practices as she trains, learns her vocals, and performs.

So You Wanna Be a Dancer? From hip-hop to Bollywood, learn new cool steps from Cinderella and her BFF, Angela and be the belle of your next school ball! Follow the actresses as they learn the choreography and endure hours of training and rehearsals as they swing their hips into hip-hop and master the moves for their big scenes.

Meet Prince Charming: School heartthrob Luke Morgan makes fans scream as the charming prince! The newest Cinderella, Lucy Hale interviews Freddie Stroma, as he gives her the “inside scoop” on taking on this new character.

Flip Cam Diaries: Armed with a Flip our cast takes us behind the production to show never before seen footage.

“Bless Myself” Official Music Video
Gag reel
Deleted Scenes


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