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We know that "Fame" (which finally comes out today!) is a reboot of the 1980 movie musical — we've spent all week celebrating its release with tons of cast interviews and behind-the-scenes info — but how closely does it follow the structure of the original film? Here, we took a closet look at the main characters from each movie to see how the new class stacks up.

Shy Denise (Naturi Naughton, pictured above, right) is forced by her parents to study classical music instead of the R&B she's actually interested in, reminding us of two characters from the original film who also strived to impress their parents. Wallflower Doris Finsecker (Maureen Teegy, pictured above, left) was pushed into auditioning for the school by her slightly overbearing mother but blossomed into a confident actress over her four years, and actor Montgomery MacNeil (Paul McCrane) struggled to even show up at all on his famous mother's radar.


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After this week, you're for sure going to remember their names. In case you missed the memo (maybe a singing telegram would have been more apropos?) it's "Fame" week here at Hollywood Crush. As we gear up for the raucous remake of the '80s classic (which opens Friday), we've made the talented, photogenic, cool (and apparently overachieving) cast members of the musical flick the focus of this week's "Star Gazing."

Click on the photo below to see more cast shots and read on to learn all the deets you need to know about the students of the New York City High School for Performing Arts.

Read on for more "Fame" after the jump.

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Kherington PayneBringing back the 80’s has almost never been a good idea — perhaps until now. "Fame," the beloved musical film and TV series from the 1980s, is back. The revamped 21st century version (out Sept. 25) has new stars, new storylines and an entirely new soundtrack — it will, however, still be recognizable to those who remember their names…remember…remember.

"We use the same ideas, characters, motifs, and spin it on its head," dished Paul Iacono, who plays the role of aspiring film director Neil, to MTV News. "We bring it to the modern day world, and bring a gritty and authentic feel to it." Read More...

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