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DWTS’ James Maslow Talks Taking Fan to Disneyland: It a ‘Blessing’

Dancing With the Stars

04/15/2014 at 10:20 AM EDT

Monday’s Disney-themed episode of Dancing with the Stars was quite magical – but the fairy tales didn’t only take place for the dance partners.

One lucky James Maslow fan had her wish granted: to meet the handsome DWTS contestant.

Hannah Wackernagle, a 23-year-old Ohio high school senior with Down syndrome, invited her famous crush to her school prom – but because of scheduling conflicts, she received the ultimate surprise treat instead.

“It was the perfect week, because I knew she was [not only] a big Big Time Rush fan, but also a big Disney fan,” Maslow, with Wackernagle at his side, told reporters backstage after scoring the first perfect 40 out of 40 for the season (more on that in a bit).

“So Peta [Murgatroyd] and I got together and got her tickets and we went on a bunch of rides and we got Mickey Mouse ears.”

With a chuckle, the student, whose parents were also flown out for Monday’s taping, admitted to PEOPLE that she was starstruck. Maslow said, however: “She’s been really composed … I think the only time I’ve gotten her to break down and laugh and giggle was when we started singing and dancing together.”

Added the star: “This was a really unique opportunity for me. We get Tweets and mail every day saying, ‘You help me, you make me smile, you’ve changed my life in a way’ – but to be able to actually see it with someone and make their dream come true [is fulfilling].”

And while Maslow says, “Prom would have been cool,” he felt like “this weekend was even cooler,” adding: “I tried to make it as awesome as possible, and how often to get that opportunity? To me, it was really a blessing to have her and her family come out.”

An added bonus? Performing the mind-blowing contemporary routine to the theme of Frozen that Wackernagle “liked a lot.”

As for his show performance, Maslow said he was “really shocked” about the incredibly high marks, explaining, “It’s been really nerve wrecking because we were very ambitious. We had a dance in the first two days that was decent, but we wanted to step it up, so we threw in that last lift, which I guess has only been done once on the show by Tony [Dovolani]. Tony showed us and said, ‘Hey, go ahead, try it.’ We were nervous, but we were very, very happy.”

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Frozen’s Big Competition: 5 Things to Know About 5 Seconds of Summer

04/12/2014 at 03:15 PM EDT

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From left: 5 Seconds of Summer’s Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin

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Leave it to a bunch of boys to give the hit of the year a run for its money.

Though the Frozen soundtrack has been holding strong at the top of the charts, its golden position as No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart is being threatened by four unassuming lads from Down Under: the boy band 5 Seconds of Summer.

The band’s four-song EP She Looks So Perfect sold 143,000 copies this week, just short of the Disney giant’s 149,000 copies sold.

Still, it was a valiant effort and put them on the map. Here’s a closer look at these photogenic Aussies:

1. They’re teen phenoms.
The group consists of Luke Hemmings, 17, Michael Clifford, 18, Calum Hood, 18, and Ashton Irwin, 19. After meeting at school, Hemmings, Clifford and Hood formed a band, and they later found their drummer, Irwin, via Facebook.

2. They got their start on YouTube.
Theirs is a familiar story of Internet-bred stardom: The band’s first brush with fame came when Hemmings began uploading videos to YouTube. Their game-changing cover? “Next 2 You” by Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, which quickly racked up thousands of views.

3. They’re not just a “boy band.”
While they have the good looks and stylishly mussed haircuts of your usual teen dream group, these boys have skill. They play their own instruments, don’t dance and write their own material.

4. It hasn’t been all screaming fans and private planes.
Their success has brought its share of haters. Irwin’s car tires were slashed, and the boys “quickly found out who their real friends are,” Irwin told Good Weekend.

5. They have some big-name fans.
When they were just starting out, One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan were early supporters of the group, sharing 5 Seconds of Summer’s music with their fans. And it’s all come full circle: On Aug. 4, the Aussie boys will be joining One Direction on their world tour! You can already feel the collective swooning.

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Who Is Josh Gad Recruiting For The Frozen Sequel?

After the success of Frozen, the brains behind Disney’s blockbuster animated film are inching closer to a potential sequel. But who will join the likes of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad? VH1′s Ellie Lee spoke to Gad — the man inside Olaf, the lovable animated snowman — on the carpet at the FX Upfronts in New York. And no, they did not sing “Let It Go.”

Jamie Foxx and Benedict Cumberbatch may be in the conversation for a proposed follow-up, but Gad already has his sights set on someone great. “I can tell you right now that I wrote the creative team and I said, ‘If Melissa McCarthy is not playing Olaf’s love interest in this movie, then I’m not going to be a part of any Frozen sequel,’” Gad explained. Are you listening powers that be? It’s Melissa McCarthy or bust! Please don’t mess this up.

While children far and wide have embraced the film, Gad believes there is a downside to playing animated piles of snow in a wildly successful film — particularly when it comes to meeting some of his youngest fans who have trouble separating fiction from reality. “It’s creating a generation of confused toddlers who are never really going to get over the nightmare that I am this snowman for them,” he said. Check it all out above, and leave your casting requests for Frozen 2 in the comments below.

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Box Office Bomb? Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Expected to Tank

Box Office Bomb? Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Expected to Tank

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2e6eAES 127817 e1394200893903 Box Office Bomb? Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Expected to TankANGELINA Jolie‘s upcoming movie, Maleficent, is expected to bomb at the box office!

The movie — starring Jolie as the title villainess — is apparently too dark and scary to be profitable.

Wall Street analysts predict that Disney will be forced to write-down the $130-million budget flick.

“[E]xpectations for a Maleficent write-off seem relatively widespread,” said Wells Fargo’s Marci Ryvicker.

“It’s definitely in the ‘not a sure thing’ bucket,” a second analyst said of the re-imagined fairy tale.

RBC Capital’s David Bank is penciling in a total US haul of $150 million.

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