Singer Rihanna, Sex And The City's Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Kevin Bacon are among the stars offering their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, tore through the island nation on Friday (08Nov13), leaving vulnerable citizens seeking shelter as homes and schools were wiped away.
The death toll, which was initially estimated by officials at the Philippine Red Cross at up to 1,200, is expected to soar as authorities attempt to determine the full extent of the devastation, while the news has prompted an outpouring of emotion from around the world on Twitter.com.
A host of famous faces have also weighed in on the latest natural disaster, with actress Parker tweeting, "My very best to all in the Philippines. I met some wonderful friends while visiting.The news from there is devastating," while Bacon shared a link to a donation page, writing, "Please help: join me to support Typhoon Haiyan relief."
R&B star Rihanna, who recently visited South East Asia as part of her world tour, reached out to her fans, writing, "Navy please keep the people of The Philippines in your prayers!!! I was just there and this truly breaks my heart!!!"
Crooner Josh Groban adds, "My heart is heavy for the people of the Philippines tonight. Devastating," while Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough writes, "My heart goes out to all those affected by the destruction in the Philippines. Wishing all our fans there a speedy recovery. God bless!"
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, Pamela Anderson, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, sports icon Mike Tyson and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz also took to Twitter to share messages of support.
Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson is a dad again following the birth of his second child on Wednesday (10Jul13). The singer and his wife Kristin welcomed a baby boy, who weighed in at a "stout" nine pounds, eight ounces (4.3 kilograms).
The proud dad took to his Facebook.com page to announce the happy news, writing, "Special delivery! Another Richardson boy... Maxwell Haze Richardson decided to join the party. Love! Love! Love!"
Maxwell joins his six-year-old big brother Mason, and becomes the sixth baby born to the members of the Backstreet Boys - Howie Dorough has two kids, Brian Littrell one and A.J. McLean's firstborn, daughter Ava Jaymes, arrived in November (12).
You know what's larger than life? The Backstreet Boys holding and feeding pandas, that's what.
Why are the Backstreet Boys feeding pandas, you ask? They're doing it because I want it that way — and also because they're touring overseas for the band's 20th anniversary. While performing in China on their In A World Like This tour, Nick, Brian, Kevin, Howie, and A.J. visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Quit playing games with our hearts, Backstreet Boys. You know we can't handle it when you do adorable things like this.
In addition to touring, the boys are coming out with a brand new album, also called In A World Like This, which will be released on July 30, 2013.
A new album, a new tour, and pandas? Backstreet's back, alright?
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Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter is developing his own reality TV series. His untitled docu-series will revolve around the pop star and his fiancee Lauren Kitt as they plan their upcoming wedding, and the project is already winning over executives at several U.S. cable networks, according to reports.
Carter tells blogger Perez Hilton, "It will also be about the growing up phase of my life."
And he isn't the only member of the grown-up boyband with his sights set on reality TV - A.J. McLean is desperate to show off his dancefloor skills on U.S. show Dancing With the Stars.
Bandmate Howie Dorough explains, "The same year that Nick's brother (Aaron Carter) did it (Dancing With the Stars) I was approached about doing it, but obviously couldn't do it because of the fact we were embarking on a new record and touring.
"I know A.J. has always said he's wanted to do it, for sure. He has almost begged to be on the show."
The Backstreet Boys have cemented their place in pop history by unveiling their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Singers Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson marked their 20th anniversary in style on Monday (22Apr13) as they were honoured with the 2,495th star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Prior to the special ceremony, Carter took to his Twitter.com page to write, "Huge day. Receiving a star on Hollywood blvd. WOW! Thank you to all our fans."
And Littrell made the most of his moment in the spotlight by lying down on his pavement plaque to take a snap of his shocked face. Sharing the image on Instagram.com, he comments, "In Stone!!!! Thank GOD".
Backstreet Boys star Kevin Richardson is set to become a dad for the second time. The singer has taken to Twitter.com to alert fans his wife Kristin is pregnant.
Posting a photo of his visibly-pregnant partner, he writes, "So excited to share... The Easter Bunny brought a very special egg this year."
The couple has a five-year-old son, called Mason.
Richardson's second child will be the sixth born to the members of the Backstreet Boys - Howie Dorough has two kids, Brian Littrell one and A.J. McLean's firstborn arrived in November (12).
If the resurgence of neon didn't make it obvious enough, here is more proof that what's old is new again. Not that we're calling anyone old!
According to the Huffington Post, the boy band made famous in the '90s, the Backstreet Boys are teaming up with clothing company Old Navy for a new commercial and concert in the park.
Though this is not the first time the group — which includes Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Howie Dorough — has gotten back together since forming the band in 1993. At the end of August, the five guys joined up again for a performance on Good Morning America to announce a 2013 album and coinciding music cruise.
Their collaboration with Old Navy kicks off on Friday when the musical group will play a free concert in New York City's Bryant Park, in honor of the brand's "Rockstar Jeans" fashion show. They will follow it up with the TV commercial on Wednesday debuting the new line of denim.
But they are not the first blasts from the past to agree to sing for their supper. Check out some other famous '90s stars who also took the Old Navy gig.
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Backstreet’s Back, alright! Or at least they're about to be in just a few weeks time. The popular '90s boy band, Backstreet Boys, announced today on Good Morning America that they will perform on the morning show’s Summer Concert Series on Aug. 31 — three months after member Kevin Richardson announced his return to the group. “We’re going to be coming to perform for you guys on August 31,” A.J. McLean said today during the live GMA interview. “The first time together, all five of us.”
As many dedicated BSB fans already know, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and Nick Carter have spent the last few years touring with their heartthrob predecessors: New Kids on the Block, but much like the ingredients to your Grandmother's famous pumpkin pie, it just isn't the same without all the ingredients. Now that Kevin's been added back into the mix, it's a recipe for success (is anyone else now excited and hungry?)
The group also revealed their plans for a brand new album (set for release in spring 2013), along with announcing that they will soon be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Did you feel that? That's the sound of former-teenybopper tourists collectively sighing in relief. Check out the video interview below:
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So in honor of this (albeit temporary) BSB reunion, the writers of Hollywood.com took some time to recall our favorite memories of the prominent boy band and get back in touch with our teen-girl side (no judgements please).
Throughout middle school, I was pretty much an equal opportunity boy band lover. Whether it be BSB, NSYNC, 98 Degrees — you name it, they were posted somewhere on my wall. But the Backstreet Boys always held special significance thanks to a 7th grade dance competition where my friends and I got together and choreographed a spectacular dance routine (if I do say so myself) to their popular song "Larger Than Life." Not only did I have the best time rehearsing, but we even came in second place (right behind a Spice Girls number). I may or may not still know the dance moves to this day. — KELLY SCHREMPH
I've documented time and time again my preference for 98 Degrees, but the Backstreet Boys have the distinction of being every 1990s teenage girl's first. Because — despite the later popularity of *NSYNC, among others — Backstreet Boys was the first on the TRL scene, and the first to cause hormone-fueled insanity. Who wasn't a Nick, Brian, Kevin, or AJ girl? (Sorry, Howie. No one was a Howie girl.) And who didn't have at least one Backstreet Boy poster on their wall? I might have outgrown the Backstreet Boys halfway through listening to Black & Blue, but the five guys still manage to put a nostalgic smile on my face. After all, my go-to karaoke song is "I Want It That Way," naturally. How can you not appreciate the key change that launched a million screams? — KATE WARD
One of my first concerts was a Backstreet Boy concert. I had Nick Carter's pictures covering my walls, like any fan-obssessed crazy pre-teen. And then a few years back, I finally got the chance to interview Nick in real life. It was like 13-year-old Lindsey's wildest dream finally came true. — LINDSEY DIMATTINA
My first BSB concert was when I was....26. Yes, I waited about a decade too late to see BSB in concert, but I couldn't pass up the chance to see New Kids on the Block and BSB. No kidding, it was one of the best times I've ever had a concert. Unlike so many shows I attend, no one there acted like they were cooler than the performers on stage. Everyone was there to just dance and sing and relive their teen years. It was pretty magical, actually. — ALY SEMIGRAN
As an avid TRL watcher during my teen years, my friends and I used to absorb a ton of boy band history and trivia. Both good and bad, BSB definitely took the MTV audience on a journey with them. From the high points, with the debut and countdown domination of I Want It That Way (which my friend Colleen still argues is the best boyband song....ever), to their somber mid-TRL appearance to announce that AJ was going to rehab, (the latter featuring a tearful Nick Carter wearing a "Grabbabootie and Pinch" shirt.) They were the first to completely fill the streets outside the TRL studios with screaming and crying teenage girls, and who could forget Tiffany, the crazy rage-filled BSB fan who jokingly(?) threatened Carson's life when she came in second in a TRL competition to find BSB's biggest fan. They're the boy band that just won't die, and here's hoping there's many more catchy pop singles coming our way. — KELLY SCHREMPH
And to prove that even non-fans can still have BSB memories:
I know my favorite Backstreet memories are those times in which, as a stubborn *NSYNC fan, I would debate my cousin, friends, random girl on the bus about who was the better band. My go-to justifications included the fact that “I Want It That Way” reminded me of the Burger King slogan, Nick Carter was a poor man’s Devon Sawa, Brian Littrell looked like a baby dinosaur, and that Chris Kirkpatrick’s pineapple head was a better quirk than A.J. McLean’s collection of leopard print cowboy hats. All of which were pretty solid arguments, if you ask me. — KELSEA STAHLER
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Backstreet Boys star Howie Dorough has married his girlfriend Leigh Boniello in a fairytale wedding on Saturday.
The 34-year-old singer and real estate broker Boniello exchanged vows in Dorough's native Orlando, Florida, in a Catholic ceremony at St. James Cathedral, reports People.com.
One guest says, "The whole thing was like it belonged in a bridal magazine. It was absolutely perfect."
The couple has been dating since 2000, and Dorough proposed to the former film executive in January.
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After just breaking from their management company, the Firm, the Backstreet Boys--Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean--may now be facing another break, PageSix.com reports.
It seems "Boys" member Nick Carter has hired the Firm for his own purposes: a solo album to be released in August, coming just a month before the Backstreet Boys plan to release their next album, according to PageSix.com.
Carter told the London Sun, "I'm really psyched [for the solo project] and want to do something different by myself," PageSix.com reports.
When Hollywood.com contacted the Firm, it neither confirmed nor denied the Backstreet Boys are no longer with the company or that Nick Carter hired the company for a solo album.
Not new to controversy, the boy band's A.J. McLean's bout with depression and alcoholism caused the group to postpone their Black & Blue tour in 2001.
In 1998, the "Boys" fired and sued their original manager, Lou Pearlman, who conceptualized the band.