The band The Maine, originally from Tempe, Arizona, has been active within the music scene since 2007. Formed by members John O’Callaghan, Jared Monaco, Kennedy Brock, Garrett Nickelson, and Patrick Kirch, The Maine performed an acoustic set for an intimate, sold-out crowd at The Studio at Webster Hall on February 27 for their An Acoustic Evening with The Maine tour.
Performing songs from their previous albums, the boys made this show more personal than previous tours. Talking to fans in the crowd, they got on topics ranging from playing "Hot Cross Buns" on the recorder in school (they literally started singing it in the middle of their song "Take Me Dancing"), to their mutual love for That’s So Raven. We even got to enjoy a pretty entertaining story about O'Callaghan's high school years. We’ll keep it PG and just say it involved a sink and a certain bowel movement.
This past December, The Maine released Imaginary Numbers, their first acoustic EP. Written and produced by the band, this album set a different and fresh tone for The Maine. Comparing this tour to the first time I saw them perform live in 2008, the maturity of their music and confidence on stage made me not want the night to end (so cliché, right?). If you haven’t seen The Maine in concert yet, you’re in luck. The boys are touring nonstop until August and making stops in the UK, Brazil and then back to the states this June. Hurry up and buy your tickets for the show closest to you, before they sell out (because they will). You can also download Imaginary Numbers, as well as previous albums, on iTunes today.
The most energetic duo out there, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, otherwise known as the music group Karmin, played a show at Irving Plaza in New York City on February 6th, and the Hollywood.com Photo Team got to attend. You may remember these two from the video that brought them to fame in 2011 of their cover of Look At Me Now by Chris Brown, which now has over 88.5 million views on YouTube.
After getting signed to Epic Records, their single Brokenhearted was a chart topper. This followed with the same result for their next single Hello. With much anticipation over the release of their upcoming album Pulses, Karmin performed their newly released single I Want It All (which you can download from iTunes now!), along with a handful of other soon to be hits. If you haven’t seen this duo perform in person yet, we highly suggest you check out their tour dates and go to a show near you!
Sarah Kuszelewicz/Hollywood.comReality TV star Nicole Polizzi, otherwise known as Snooki from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Snooki & JWoww, just released her fourth tell-all book on January 14. Her three previous books (A Shore Thing, Gorilla Beach, and Confessions of a Guidette) were all bestsellers, and she’s hoping that Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way will be just as successful.
This past Wednesday, Snooki had a book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City, and of course the Hollywood.com Photo Team had to go. She was, indeed, just as tan and tiny as we were expecting. While posing for pictures, she blurted out, “My bra’s showing!” in classic Snooki fashion.Sarah Kuszelewicz/Hollywood.comSnooki was clearly a veteran at handling the press. “Wait, you guys get to be in a picture now,” she said to all the photographers, “I saw Jessica Alba do this and it looked really cool!” Then she excitedly handed over her phone to her publicist, who snagged a picture from behind for Snooki's Instagram. Her answer to what she was wearing: “What am I wearing? An Amazon dress. Like 20 bucks."Sarah Kuszelewicz/Hollywood.comNicole then signed copies of her book for the huge line of fans who were anxiously waiting to meet her. About an hour later she was all done and off to her next event. Sarah Kuszelewicz/Hollywood.comObviously, we bought ourselves a copy of Baby Bumps. Snooki writes about parenting in a completely uncensored and amusing style. She writes about how she transformed from Snooki to Nicole, party girl to mama to be and she doesn’t sugarcoat it one bit.
In no particular order, here are our top five favorite quotes from Baby Bumps. 1. “I’d always dreamed that one day I’d be a MILF with adorable tan babies.”2. “If you love pooping like me, and consider yourself an expert in that area, pushing will be a piece of cake for you. I pushed only about eight times and my baby came out!” 3. “My feet were puffed up like pickled pig trotters. Horrible.” 4. “Thank god I had Jionni’s muscular arms pushing my pregnant ass up the stairs or I would have been stuck in the basement for weeks.” 5. “I had a dream that I squeezed out a baby, but it wasn’t Lorenzo. It was a Chucky doll.” Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way, in book stores today. Sarah Kuszelewicz/Hollywood.com
Actor/comedian Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay: easily two of the funniest humans on earth. While promoting the release of their upcoming movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the duo stopped by the 92nd Street Y in New York City for a conversation with journalist Lynn Hirschberg. Our Photo Director Sarah Kuszelewicz and myself were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to meet these handsome men and sit in on this event. They talked about everything from the pitch of Anchorman 2 ("We originally wanted to make it a musical and then take it to film."), to their favorite scene in Step Brothers (the bunk bed and sleep walking scenes, of course), to making Talladega Nights (whose aim was to piss off NASCAR... which didn’t work because they were thanked by the organization for creating a movie about the sport – oops).
The pair's friendship all started back on Saturday Night Live in 1995. Will and Adam were hired on the same day but didn’t quite hit it off. It wasn’t until they wrote their first skit together, "Neil Diamond: Storytellers," that this comedic duo was created. After the first Anchorman movie, Adam and Will completely avoided all the requests to make a sequel and began creating other projects. Eventually, they decided to humor the masses and came up with a brilliant plan: make Anchorman 2 into a six to eight month musical, then bring it to theaters. Obviously, this would’ve been a huge hit, but unfortunately, Paramount said that was a no go. Thankfully, after 10 long Ron Burgundy-deprived years, the sequel finally got approved.
The Landlord from Will Ferrell
After one of the funniest hours of our lives, the audience was able to ask questions to the duo. Being huge Funny or Die fans, we asked about the making of "The Landlord," the inaugural video on Funny or Die that features Adam's adorable daughter Pearl as a drunk, demanding landlord. “That was all one take,” said Will, “It only took about 30 minutes. Pearl was about to turn 2, and we were trying to launch the site so we just came up with it at my sons third birthday party.” For those who miss this little munchkin, worry not — Pearl and Will's sons are actually in Anchorman 2 during a scene at Sea World (not that you need more incentive to go see it).
The two closed out the night with advice they have for aspiring writers, “Create short films, put them on the Internet,” Adam said, “Do table reads. Just do it, no matter what outlet.” Will added on, “Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t sit on your hands, just keep doing it. Know that it’s all about the process.”