While we were ecstatic about the news that 98 Degrees might be reuniting for a 15-city tour this summer, there's one woman who was much less amused by the rumor. And no, it's not because she's a die-hard ‘NSYNC fan. Vanessa Lachey is set to give birth in the fall, and thus a tour would take her husband Nick Lachey away from her in the final weeks of her pregnancy.
Vanessa tells E! that her husband will remain by her side — for now, at least. "They broke up about 10 years ago and they've always talked about a reunion," she explains. "As of now, he will not be on tour." Of course, after the baby is born, there's no reason that the Lacheys couldn't go on the road together.
And if Vanessa does decide to join her husband on tour, she'll be in good company. For some reason actors and musicians are the peanut butter and jelly of the entertainment world. Just take a look at these other high-profile groupies.
Beyonce is fond of saying that she hadn't really dated anyone before Jay-Z, but there are rumors that she had a relationship with rapper/former B2K member Marques Houston. Even if they never hooked up, she deserves a place on the list just for those adorable videos of her rocking out at Jay-Z concerts.
Gwyneth is living the groupie's dream. She met Chris Martin backstage at a Coldplay concert and they went on to get married and have two kids. However, remember we're not talking about a mere mortal here. This is the same lady who dated both Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt.
Kate Hudson got her first big break playing groupie Penny Lane in Almost Famous and it turns out the role wasn't too much of a stretch for her. Both of her children were fathered by famous rockers. Ryder is the son of ex-husband Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes — and last year, she and fiance Matthew Bellamy of Muse welcomed a boy named Bingham.
Anderson was married to both Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Kid Rock. Plus, just to round out her rock star resume, she made a sex tape with Bret Michaels of Poison.
Tommy Lee's other ex, Heather Locklear, has a soft spot for musicians too. After she divorced Lee, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. They divorced in 2007, and she moved on to fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner.
The most surprising thing about Carmen Electra's short-lived marriage to Dennis Rodman: The fact that he wasn't a musician. Electra has dated Tommy Lee, Prince, and B-Real of Cypress Hill. She was also married to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Dave Navarro and is currently engaged to Rob Patterson of the bands Otep and Filter.
If Ryder's exes banded together, they'd make up the weirdest musical group ever. Just picture Beck, Ryan Adams, Soul Asylum's David Pirner, Helmet's Page Hamilton, Jamiroquai's Jay Kay, Mystic Valley Band's Conor Oberst, Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett, and Green Day's Tre Cool rocking out on stage. And don't forget Johnny Depp on the tambourine.
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Now here is a reboot to cheer for. The Muppets heralds the return of Jim Henson’s beloved furry creations resurrected from pop-culture irrelevance and lovingly restored to their former greatness in a vibrant comedy-musical.
Jason Segel in addition to co-writing and starring in the film served as executive producer and the project's resident evangelist. His choice of collaborators is inspired. Directing is James Bobin best known as the co-creator along with Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords a show whose good-natured and yet slyly irreverent tone often recalled that of old Muppet Show episodes. (I’ve never quite recovered from its premature departure.) McKenzie served as music supervisor contributing several original songs to the soundtrack. Segel’s co-star Amy Adams is the rare breed of actress who can transition from playing a pugilistic potty-mouthed waitress (in The Fighter) to the role of an angelic schoolteacher with ease. And few actors portray cartoonish villainy with more verve than Oscar winner Chris Cooper.
The film opens with a montage introducing the character of Walter a Muppet raised in Smalltown USA who figures himself the first and only of his kind until he happens upon an old Muppet Show rerun after which he is inexorably transfixed. Together with his “brother ” Gary (Segel) and Gary’s fiancé Mary (Adams) he travels out to Los Angeles to meet his idols only to find their studio vacated and on the verge of being demolished by Tex Richman (Cooper) a sinister tycoon who covets the oil reserves beneath it.
The only way to save the studio naturally is a kick-ass variety show reuniting the Muppets long estranged after the demise of their television series. Kermit the Frog is now holed up in a sprawling Bel Air mansion which he once dreamed of sharing with his former flame Miss Piggy who has gone on to become Vogue’s “plus-size” editor in Paris. Consummate entertainer Fozzy Bear is slumming it in Reno with a tribute band dubbed the Moopets; Gonzo is consumed by his work as CEO of the plumbing company Gonzo’s Royal Flush; and Animal is seeking treatment at the Fresh Pathways anger management clinic.
Segel and company’s affection for the original Muppets property is clear so much so that some viewers may dismiss the film as a tedious exercise in nostalgia. Pay them no heed. Kermit and the crew are as fresh and funny as they were three decades ago and their anarchic brand of humor with young and old alike. The film suffers from an over-emphasis on its human characters (Gonzo’s miniscule screen time is particularly baffling) and McKenzie’s songwriting while more than adequate yields no memorable standouts in the vein of “Rainbow Connection” or “Mah Na Mah Na ” but these are minor quibbles. Only cynical curmudgeons like Statler and Waldorf would waste time finding fault with an experience this joyous.