If you were a young girl growing up in the '90s, chances are you probably owned every boy band paraphernalia known to man. CDs, backpacks, posters, concert stubs — you name it, girls had it (it was years before I ever saw the actual wallpaper in my bedroom). And chances are, one of those famous boy bands was none other than the contemporary adult group known as 98 Degrees, which featured four main vocalists: Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. So it's a safe bet that you likely squealed hearing that the four men would be heating up the state once again for una noche at the MixTape Festival in Hershey, Penn., this August.
News about this one night event spread like wildfire, leaving fans hoping and praying that a full-fledged reunion is underway like rumors earlier this year had suggested. But Timmons tells Hollywood.com that's not exactly the case. "We actually had a tour mapped out for the summer time," Timmons says. "It was a different tour. At the last minute, without a doubt, everyone wanted to do it, but for whatever reason we just didn’t feel it was right, and I’m sure that fueled the rumors."
Even without a full-out tour, though, the guys definitely wanted to reunite in some capacity, and Timmons felt MixTape presented the perfect opportunity. "We had to get on the same page about what we wanted to do, whether it’s one thing or a big thing," he says. "Finally we decided, 'You know what? Let’s give it a shot.' MixTape Festival is supposed to be amazing, huge, and if there’s any time to get back together, this would be the time. This feels right, and we’re all very excited about it." As are the entire female population, no doubt.
Though fans may not be able to look forward to a tour, they can anticipate at least one new song — and perhaps even a reality show somewhere down the line. "I’ve just been getting my personal life on track and making sure that I can be a dad, but I never left music. I’ve always been producing and writing music," Timmons tells us. "Now that my kids are little bit older...I have the opportunity to get back into my career. And as far as reality television, we might be bringing a reality TV show out here to Vegas with my family and everything I’m doing here. So there’s the possibility that will happen." This could even include a behind-the-scenes look at the band's upcoming MixTape reunion. "I’m sure it would be included if we do the one out here, that would be part of it," Timmons says. "You never know. A lot of opportunities are opening up since we made the announcement, so there are things out there for us, and I’m just excited about the whole chance."
Next: Timmons Talks Fashion Mishaps and His Future Career Goals.And as much as fans might be excited at the chance to see those ridiculous photo shoot outfits of the past at MixTape, don't expect them to make a modern comeback anytime soon. When asked about his most embarrassing outfit he ever had to wear for a photo op, Timmons assures us that the list is quite long. "Have you seen our pictures," he says. "We wore everything from jumpsuits, fireman outfits, bulletproof vests, silver suits. I could go on and on. They’re all quite embarrassing." And of course the photographers were always angling for them to take their shirts off (we thank them for that, by the way). "We did it once, then it was over. Then everybody wanted us to it every time," Timmons says. "The label wanted us to do it, they thought it was a marketable thing. Looking back, it really was. We had a fireman poster where a couple of us had our shirts off, and it was the highest-selling posters of that era." And according to Timmons, it's still a common request even to this day. "People still ask me today to take my shirt off," he says.
Timmons still has fond memories, though, despite the many fashion mishaps. And some of their songs are still very near and dear to his heart. "I think my favorite song of our group would be the first one we ever released, called 'Invisible Man,” Timmons shares, while also recalling a song he wasn't too particularly fond of back then called "Can I Touch You There." "It was a little racy...that was my least favorite at the time. Now I really like it. I like all the songs, they have a special meaning to them, and each experience recording has a memorable, you know, some things that are very memorable about them."
But Timmons has had a pretty busy schedule outside of 98 Degrees. For one, he continues to work on his solo career. "I’ve been working on a record for a long time. I’ve got 100 songs, we’re trying to narrow it down and figure out what we’re gonna put out," he says. And starting June 29, Timmons will kickstart his new Las Vegas show WIRED, which will feature Timmons performing with a live band, plus an array of surprise celebrity guests and rotating musical acts.
And then, of course, there was that temporary stint as a Chippendale, which he describes as being "the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career." In fact, after seeing some of the moves shown in Magic Mike, Timmons is almost positive that some of the routines were stolen right from a Chippendales live show. "I spoke to some of the folks from the media here locally and they said yeah, some of the routines and songs they chose are down to a science with the Chippendales." No complaints here (amiright, ladies?).
While big things continue to be on the horizon for Timmons, he continues to hope a new 98 Degrees album is somewhere in his future. "I would love to do that. I think that would be the whole point of getting back together outside of this show," Timmons says. "We would definitely have to break new music into the mix and I think that would have to be a requirement we would all want to be a part of." And even though no big reunion tour has officially been booked, Timmons advises his fans to never say never. After all, "You never know what can happen."
Next: Jeff Timmons Takes Hollywood.com's '90s Pop Culture Nostalgia Quiz!In addition to discussing his professional history (and future), Timmons graciously participated in one of Hollywood.com's quizzes, regarding his favorite '90s pop culture phenomena, including TV shows, music, and even Nintendo 64!
If you had to choose between the movies Austin Powers and American Pie, which would it be?
I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, but I’ve never seen the Austin Powers movies all the way through, any of them, so I’d have to go with the American Pie. I’ve only seen the first one of those.
Nintendo 64, or Playstation?
Playstation, no doubt.
Weakest Link or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Who Wants To Be A Millionare.
Britney Spears or Christina Auguilera?
Depends on what you’re trying to go for.
What’s your thought process for that?
If you’re going for vocals, you’ve got to go with Christina, if you’re going for sexiness, you’ve got to go with Britney.
Deep Impact or Armageddon?
Deep Impact. I don’t even know what that is. I haven’t seen either one of those movies. I was watching kids movies all the time. I’ll go with Armageddon, that has Liv Tyler in it, so I’ll go with that one.
Did you ever watch Friends at all?
No, never, not one episode, I’ve never seen one.
I own all 10 seasons, I used to love that show. Rachel or Monica — that’s Jennifer Aniston or Courteney Cox?
I’ll go with Jennifer Aniston.
As far as hair, frosted tips or the Caesar cut?
Geez, wow, both of those are so bad! I pick neither, can I pick neither on that one?
Pick the lesser of two evils on that.
The lesser of two evils, although I never sported them, I’ll go with the frosted tips.
Ricky Martin or Marc Anthony?
Ricky Martin’s way cooler.
Boy Meets World or Full House?
I’ll have to go with Boy Meets World on that one.
The Tamagachi or Gigapet? Do you remember those?
I remember the – is that the little egg that your program, or something like that?
They were those digital pets. The Tamagachi was more of an alien, the Gigapet was more of a cat.
I’ll go with the Gigapet.
TGIF or Snick?
I used to love those Friday nights, watching those shows.
Jeff Timmons: We got to host, those TGIF on Disney, so I had to pick that one.
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Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) a novice professor from UCLA lands a job in the art history department at Wellesley College in the fall of 1953 and she's thrilled at the prospect of educating some of the brightest young women in the country. But her lofty image of Wellesley quickly fizzles when she discovers that despite its academic reputation the school fosters an environment where success is measured by the size of a girl's engagement ring. Besides learning about fresco techniques and physics the women take classes in the art of serving tea to their husband's bosses something that doesn't sit well with the forward-thinking Katherine who openly encourages her students to strive for goals other than marriage. Katherine inspires a group of students specifically Joan (Julia Stiles) and Giselle (Maggie Gyllenhaal) but newlywed Betty (Kirsten Dunst) feels Katherine looks down on her for choosing a husband over a career. Betty goes on the offensive and uses her column in the school paper to drive a wedge between the professor and the stuffy faculty. But while Betty puts on a happily married face her hostility towards Katherine is actually misplaced anger stemming from her miserable marriage to a cheating charlatan.
Katherine is Mona Lisa Smile's most complex and intriguing character and Roberts is a fitting choice for the part. Like an old soul the actress has a depth that's perfect for a character like Katherine who's enlightened and ahead of her time. But Katherine never emotionally connects with any of her students which isn't surprising since they're so bitchy and self-absorbed. Perhaps more time should have been spent developing the young women's characters and building their relationships with Katherine sooner but as it is the underdeveloped friendships between the women will leave viewers feeling indifferent rather than inspired. The worst of the bunch is Dunst's character Betty who is intent on making everyone around her feel unworthy. She has her reasons of course but they're revealed so late in the story that it's hard to suddenly empathize with her after having spent three-quarters of the film hating her guts. Stiles' character Joan is perhaps the most congenial but like Betty she never develops a strong bond with her teacher. The most "liberal" of the girls is Giselle played by Gyllenhaal but the character suffers the same burden as the rest: She's unlikable. Giselle's penchant for sleeping with professors and married men is so odious that not even her 11th hour broken-home story can salvage her character.
While Mona Lisa's smile in Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting has often been described as subtle director Mike Newell's star-studded drama is anything but that; Mona Lisa Smile is so heavy-handed that unlike the painting for which it was named there is nothing left for moviegoers to ponder or debate. The film plays like a montage of '50s ideological iconography: A school nurse gets fired for dispensing birth control; a teacher refers to Lucille Ball as a "communist"; Betty's prayers are answered when she gets what every woman dreams of--a washer and dryer. But the film's critical insight into '50s culture isn't as shocking as it thinks it is and the way it highlights feminist issues is as uninspired as trivial as a fine-art reproduction. Newell also spends too much time basking in the aura of the '50s era focusing on countless parties dances and weddings sequences that while visually ambitious are superfluous. The film may be historically accurate but its characters story and message will leave moviegoers feeling empty. A climactic scene for example in which Katherine's students ride their bikes alongside her car as a show of support comes across as a tool to evoke sentiment that just doesn't exist.
Yes, summer -- known to music lovers as the season of the monster tour -- is here. (Well, all right, technically it's not here 'til about the 21st, but whatever.) For our purposes, summer is on. But with the number of stadium tours -- Britney Spears, ‘N Sync, Metallica, Dr. Dre, Santana, etc. -- gearing up for the road in the coming months, chances are some acts will be squeezed out at the box office.
Case in point: Diane Ross and the Supremes. The legendary Motown trio kicks off its 30-date, two-and-a-half-month-long tour tonight in Philadelphia. And looks like neither the pre-launch hype (doing Oprah) nor the controversy (doing it without the original members) has helped. Response for the tour has been lackluster, and what’s more, there’s no sign that sales will pick up.
Is Miss Ross the victim of an oversaturated market? Perhaps.
"There’re a lot of different acts touring this season," says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the tour industry mag Pollstar. "Summer concert business is very busy. And there’s probably more business than the market can handle."
With that thought in mind, here’s a look at some of the acts that’ll be competing for your paycheck (or allowance) this summer.
Reunions and Comebacks (aka Old Farts)
"The Supremes -- Return to Love": A reunion tour (of a sort), with only one of the group’s three original members (hello!), Diana Ross, on the bill. Besides the hammy presence of Miss Ross, expect rehashing of golden Supremes oldies and excessive costume changes on a tour that’s slated to end Aug. 5 in Vegas. The Who
"The Who -- Greatest Hits Tour": Everyone else has done it, so why not the Who? Brace thyself: The old guards (literally) of British rock are brushing up their dentures for a 20-date tour that’ll kick off at the World Theater in Chicago on June 25. Unlike their previous outings, the lineup this time around is decidedly small. In addition to original members Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist) and Roger Daltrey (vocalist), the five-piece band will also include new guys Zak (son of Ringo) Starkey (drums) and John Bundrich (keyboards).
Bob Dylan: Fans who missed Dylan’s brief tour earlier this year may breathe a sigh of relief. The reclusive music legend is coming back out for a 32-date U.S. tour that’ll start in Portland, Ore., on Friday. Repeat viewings are recommended. It’s been said that Dylan doesn’t play the same song list every night.
Santana: Now we don’t know if all those musicians Santana collaborated with on "Supernatural" are going to be there, but the multiple Grammy winner is definitely going to hit the concert trail. His summer tour, covering the United States and Canada, will begin July 20 in Florida and will end Oct. 26 in Vancouver, B.C.. Teen Spirit and Barely Legal (aka Future Has-Beens)
Ricky Martin: This guy's still living la vida loca. (Yes, we’re so clever!). Pop king Martin has plunged straight into the second leg of his world tour after finishing a series of sold-out dates in Europe. The pelvic gyrations and bon-bon shaking began June 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will finish July 27 in Portland, Ore.
Britney Spears: Perhaps it’s the "rake-‘em-in-while-you’re-hot" mentality, but 18-year-old Britney Spears seems to have no intention to ever stop touring. On the road since March, the popstress will come back from a two-month hiatus to resume her North American dates on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. After the tour wraps (on Sept. 5), word has it that the teen princess has her eyes set on Europe for her next round of assault.
Christina Aguilera: Couldn’t get Britney tickets? No worries, just go see Christina Aguilera. The millennium’s new Tiffany has finally got what every teenybopper wants -– her very own headlining tour. With Destiny’s Child in the opening slot, the tour opens July 31 in Milwaukee and ends Sept. 25 in Florida.
‘N Sync: It doesn’t take a genius to guess that ‘N Sync, the boybanders who sold 2.4 million copies of their sophomore album "No Strings Attached" in one week, can also sell out entire stadiums. The group's current full-length U.S. tour started in May. It's scheduled to end July 30 in Hershey, Pa., -- let the scalping begin. Mosh Pit and O.G. (aka The 16-24 Male Demographic)
"Up in Smoke" tour: This much-anticipated rap package brings together some of the most respected old-school and new-school gangsta acts (including Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Eminem and Warren G.), not to mention some of the baggiest pants you’ve ever seen. The 25-date tour begins Thursday in Chula Vista, Calif., and will wrap in Florida on Aug. 2.
Pearl Jam: Seattle’s second best-known grunge band sets out to prove that -- after all these angst-ridden years -- they can still push T-shirts and bumper stickers on the kids. Playing in support of their sixth album, "Binaural," Pearl Jam will inaugurate an extended 40-date U.S. tour in Virginia on Aug. 3. The tour is tentatively scheduled to end in the boys’ home city Nov. 5.
"The Summer Sanitarium Tour": Aren’t those boys cute when they’re angry! Noisy boybands Metallica, Korn, Kid Rock, System of a Down and Powerman 5000 headline the festival tour that’s sure to awaken the nihilistic impulses of sheltered suburban kids. The mayhem kicks off June 30 in Foxboro, Mass., and will end July 16 in Queen Creek, Ariz. Other Country Elements (aka A Sans Garth Brooks Summer)
The Dixie Chicks
"Fly Tour 2000": Apparently, Christina Aguilera is not the only virgin here. This summer, the Dixie Chicks have also decided to set out on their first headlining tour. The trio's five-month itinerary kicked off June 1 in Canada. "Soul2Soul Tour": The two souls in question are none other than Mrs. Tim McGraw and Mr. Faith Hill -- or as they're more popularly known, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The country power couple jointly hits the road on a 23-date tour beginning July 12 in Atlanta.