News this disappointing can really take a toll on you: JC Chasez has announced that an 'NSYNC reunion "is just not in the cards." The world gets a little darker on days like this.
When asked about the possibility of reconvening with his fellow band members from the late-'90s music staple, Chasez told The Hollywood Reporter, "I’m sure that everybody in my group has been asked at one time or another — I know I get asked, I know the other guys get asked — but we’re happy with what it was and we’re happy to move on."
This begs the question: what exactly are the rest of the 'NSYNC boys up to?
Last the world heard from Lance Bass, he was working on a boy band reality show. Joey Fatone is set to appear in the upcoming TV movie, Jersey Shore Shark Attack alongside Vinny Guadagnino. And the last time anyone saw Chris Kirkpatrick was during an appearance on Dancing with the Stars in 2008. Wait, wasn't there another member of 'NSYNC? Oh yeah, Mr. Justin Timberlake, who is reportedly set to marry Jessica Biel this summer.
Chasez himself doesn't exactly have a clear plate. Aside from saving babies' lives, he is cast in the developing action film Red Sky.
And of course, 'NSYNC isn't the only millennial boy band who fans would love to see get back together. It was announced at the end of March that 98 Degrees will be finding their way back into each other's lives. The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are presently involved in an international tour that is set to last until early June.
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Many of us remember the 90's in a variety of ways. For some it was the era of technology advancements, such as the creation of cell phones, Tomagotchis, and Gameboys. But for others, it proved to be a pivotal moment in music history: the breakout of the boy bands.
Led by the Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC, these bands climbed the billboard charts and dominated pop culture. Teenage girls transformed their rooms into shrines and waited in countless concert lines just a get a glimpse of their favorite boy groups. It became a huge sensation, yet one that hasn't withstood the test of time. Sure there's been a few reunions here or there, but boy band popularity has drastically declined throughout the 21st century -- until now.
A British boy band by the name of One Direction performed on the Today Show on March 12 and were met with an overwhelming fan base. Hundreds of adoring, screaming fans (made up of mostly young women) blanketed the outdoor stage, bearing signs, cameras, and autograph-ready memorabilia.
But in order to recognize a true boy band craze is to see it from the inside out. Hollywood.com exclusively spoke with Mara Frankel, a coordinator at Atlantic Records who got a front row seat to the madness about experiencing the mania firsthand. When asked if she thinks boy bands are making a comeback, Frankel said, "It honestly felt like Beatlemania. Not comparing One Direction’s music to that of the Beatles, but the fan reaction is so similar. A group of young British boys who play catchy music in matching outfits....boy band mania is definitely back."
And it seems the fans are even more fanatical than during the days of Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC. Frankel said there were "lots of tears" and "lots of screaming," and added, "For awhile, you couldn’t even see the stage over the wall of paper banners and signs in the air." And keep in mind this is all started at 5 a.m.
So who are these new stars that are sending teens everywhere into hysterics? The band was assembled on the U.K. version of Simon Cowell's The X Factor featuring five young men who had originally hoped to win the competition as solo performers. But when that didn't work, they decided to "band" together, so to speak, and start performing as a group.
And it worked. They immediately began breaking records and winning awards with songs like "What Makes You Beautiful." And though they only just started generating an American fan base earlier this month, they're already attracting massive crowds.
And their skyrocket to fame has only just begun. In fact, One Direction is even set to appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on April 7. Get ready girls, there's a new boy band in town and they're not going away anytime soon.
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But if you need any further proof of One Direction's growing popularity, compare their performance with that of NSYNC's back in 2000. Notice any crowd similarities between the two?
Has anyone else noticed the sudden surge of "Psycho"-inspired ads on both TV and radio? Spots for DiGiorno's make-it-at-home pizza and the Web's AltaVista are both "Psycho" knock-offs. So why "Psycho" and why now? New York Times advertising reporter Stuart Elliott, who was planning his own item on the mini-phenom, noted that advertising and pop culture have always met at intersections, making "Psycho," Alfred Hitchcock's very recognizable cultural touchstone, an obvious target.
He also suggested that "Psycho" has been fresh in the collective psyche because of the recent celebration of Hitchcock's 100th birthday. Memories of the classic have been further jogged by director Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot 1998 remake.
Rob Palmer, creative director on the AltaVista spot for the Wieden and Kennedy ad firm, said that when he and his colleague embraced the "revisionist history" idea, "we asked ourselves what the scariest movie of all time was, and the answer was ... 'Psycho,' so then we did the spot."
Universal Pictures, which made "Psycho" in 1960, handles its licensing. But, except to acknowledge that they handled the licensing of "Psycho" to the agencies, the folks in Universal's clips/stills licensing department wouldn't comment on the Madison Avenue "Psycho"-mania. But we like these people anyway because, like Norman Bates, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
'RENT'-A-MOVIE? "Rent" is now the 30th longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing hits like "The Wiz," "Born Yesterday," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "Evita." And in July, it will surpass "Hair."
What caught our attention about this factoid was the fact that all of the shows mentioned that "Rent" is chasing or has chased have been turned into films.
Miramax, which optioned the musical several years ago with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions has, ahem, been holding back the "Rent" movie. So we called to get a development update. Yes, Miramax is going forward on a film version but, no, not much progress has been made in finding attachments -- like bringing in a writer to adapt the musical's book. But Miramax won't let the project die, we were assured.
Inspired by Puccini's "La Boheme," "Rent" opened on Broadway on April 29, 1996.
Taye Diggs ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "The Best Man") is among the original cast members to make the leap from stage to film and TV.
BUZZ CUTS: Last week when Turner Classic Movie's nattily dressed host Robert Osborne introduced director Victor Fleming's 1941 version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," we learned lots about its star Spencer Tracy, his longtime love Katharine Hepburn, and other incidental tidbits. But, hey guys! Why not tell viewers that this "Jekyll" was preceded by a number of cinematic versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's fabled story, not least of which was the even-more classic 1932 "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which won Fredric March an Oscar? …
… Good news for the swarms of Rex Reed fans clamoring for vindication of their hero who was nailed in February for allegedly shoplifting three CDs from a Manhattan Tower Records store. Detractors charged Reed with possession of lame excuses when confronted with the accusations (and the merchandise). Well, the question of Reed's guilt or innocence remains unresolved, but a Manhattan judge last week said she'd dismiss charges against him if the film critic/columnist/actor/music lover stayed out of trouble for six months. Fans and foes alike, and there's plenty of both, will all be waiting and watching and checking off their calendars.
The Queen of the Rumor Mill is at it again.
Madonna fanned the flames of marriage rumors to filmmaker Guy Ritchie when she was spotted in Scotland visiting a Cathedral, Reuters reports.
Local newspapers ran blurry photos of the pop star and Ritchie stepping out of a private jet after they landed, reportedly to visit Doornoch Cathedral near Inverness.
Madonna has been quoted as saying that she will marry Ritchie next year sometime. Newspapers, however, speculated that the couple, who shares a son, would marry Dec. 22.
Newspapers reported that the couple also visited Skibo Castle during their visit to Scotland. The castle, a turreted pile on Scotland's northeast coast, is a favorite backdrop for the weddings of the rich and famous.
MORE BEATLES MANIA: Decades after they broke, the Beatles have proven they're still adored by fans worldwide. Their newest greatest hits record, "1," has become the fastest selling album ever, with 3.6 million copies sold in its first week of release and more than 12 million sold in three weeks, Reuters reports.
The Fab Four are way ahead of boy band 'N Sync, which sold 2.4 million copies of "No Strings Attached" in its first week of release in March. The British quartet, Paul McCartney, the late John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, split up 30 years ago.
JOHNNIE BE GOOD: This one would surely make Beethoven roll over. A pianist has filed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry, claiming that he's entitled to half of Berry's fortune for co-writing 50 of the guitarist's hits, including "Roll Over Beethoven," "No Particular Place to Go" and "Sweet Little Sixteen."
Johnnie Johnson says that Berry took advantage of his alcoholism and misled him into believing that only Berry was entitled to the rights of his songs, the Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, Berry's lawyer says the lawsuit will be "completely defended" and that there is no chance of settlement.
They might not win Oscars, but several singer/actors/divas are up for Grammys.
Nominations for the 42nd Grammy Awards, honoring the would-be best in music, were announced in Los Angeles today -- and the list of hopefuls reads like a who's-who in movieland, with Jennifer Lopez ("Out of Sight"), Courtney Love ("Man in the Moon") and Cher ("Tea With Mussolini") among those making the cut.
Here's a look at some of the key Grammy races involving Hollywood types:
'BELIEVE' IT OR NOT: That infectious dance song you heard all last year, Cher's "Believe," set the stage for the Oscar winner ("Moonstruck") to make her pop comeback. The Grammy people handed Cher three nominations, for Record of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording. Rivaling her in the Dance Recording category is Jennifer Lopez. Lopez's nomination is for "Waiting for Tonight," off her multiplatinum debut album "On the 6."
But hold on a sec, we're not done yet -- also nominated in that dance category is Gloria Estefan for the single "Don't Let This Moment End." Estefan's better known as a singer, but she made her feature-film debut in last year's "Music of the Heart" with Meryl Streep. That film's title track -- a duet featuring Estefan and the boy band 'N Sync -- also picked up two nominations.
MOVIE MANIA: The Grammys honor movie tunes, too. Vying for the title of Best Score: "A Bug's Life," "Life is Beautiful" (which won the drama score Oscar last year), "The Red Violin," "Shakespeare in Love" (which won the comedy score Oscar) and "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace."
Nominated for Best Film Song: Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" (from " "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"); Gloria Estefan and 'N Sync's "Music of My Heart" ("Music of the Heart"); Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's "When You Believe" (""The Prince of Egypt"); Randy Newman's "The Time of Your Life," ("A Bug's Life") and Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" ( "Tarzan").
As for soundtrack compilations, the Grammy contenders are: "American Beauty", "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "The Matrix", "The Prince of Egypt" and "Tarzan."
Sorry, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" didn't make, um, the cut.
DIVAS, DIVAS EVERYWHERE: Whitney Houston ("Waiting to Exhale") scored a total of four nominations, including R&B nods for her cuts "Heartbreak Hotel" and "It's Not Right But It's OK" (perhaps an apt reference to the box-office disappointment of her last flick, "The Preacher's Wife"). Courtney Love, meanwhile, received a best rock-group performance nod for the Hole song "Malibu."
And let's not forget the men: Will Smith ("Wild, Wild West") furthered his multi-media lifestyle with a nod in the Best Rap Solo Performance category.
GOD AND THE VIRGIN: Madonna (a Golden Globe winner for "Evita" and Grammy winner for her last CD, "Ray of Light") will look to add to her trophy collection with "Beautiful Stranger." The song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance -- a category that pits the Material Girl against Alanis Morissette (who went God in "Dogma") and pop princess Britney Spears, who isn't an actress -- yet. Read on.
FILM ME BABY ONE MORE TIME: Britney Spears, at age 18, is sitting pretty with the highest-selling teen-female album in history (10 million copies sold of "... Baby One More Time"). But it's not enough.
"I really want to do a movie," Spears says in the February issue of Teen People. "There are, like, 20 scripts waiting for me -- I get some really good scripts -- but I haven't taken them seriously because I knew I didn't have any time."
But unlike her celebrity life so far, Spears' movie roles don't have to be in the spotlight.
"To go all out and have the lead role -- I'd be scared having that much pressure on me," she says. "It would be fun to do a teen movie -- maybe a good supporting role where I could show my acting ability."