It’s totally possible to have an adventure through Europe without even leaving your couch. Here are some of our favorite movies that will take you to Rome, Paris & beyond.
1. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Ah, Rome. The Eternal City. The land where they invented spaghetti. Whatever you want to call it, this movie is like taking a tour through the city. And no trip to Rome is complete without running into an Italian pop star who wants you to pose as his singing parter who’s like totally your twin and perform at the IMVAs so you don’t loose your record deal, right?
2. Monte Carlo
Sure, it’s basically the same plot as The Lizzie McGuire Movie. But this one takes place in Paris, and of course Monte Carlo. And stars Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, and some really well cast male leads. Beau-jo-lais, y’all.
3. The Cheetah Girls 2
Sometimes you gotta strut down those streets and let Barcelona know the Cheetahs have arrived. The Cheetah Girls travel to Spain to compete in a talent show, almost get disqualified, meet some cute boys, and end up having a Cheetah-licious summer!
4. Chasing Liberty
Mandy Moore goes everywhere from Prague to Venice and back with Matthew Goode. Sure she may be on the run from her secret service body guards, but a romantic gondola ride never hurt anybody!
5. What A Girl Wants
Amanda Bynes goes to London to find her father, Colin Firth and meets a cute British boy, who also happens to be a musician. Believe it or not, no Christina Aguilera songs are in this movie, despite the title. (Didn’t you just read the title to the tune of “What A Girl Wants?” Us too.)
When we started this site a year ago, we had no idea what to expect. What would we write about? Would anyone even read it? We managed to figure it out along the way, thanks to our fellow fangirls and the band boys we all love.
Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting us, and thank you for sharing our passion for music! We’ve had the opportunity to do so many cool things this year, and have met lots of great people along the way. We can’t wait for what 2015 has in store!
We’re off on a European adventure, but we’ll be back to posting in January 2015 (!)
And since you can never have enough *NSYNC, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays from the Secret Fangirls!
We literally could not be more excited for the upcoming Backstreet Boys documentary! It’s in theaters January 30th, and is just the perfect pick-me-up during that dreaded post-Christmas, concert-less vortex known as January and February. Watch the official trailer below!
Make sure you practice your BSB choreography in the meantime, because if people aren’t dancing in the aisles in the theater we will be VERY disappointed.
Backstreet’s Back, alright? After teasing us with the trailer on tour for the last two summers, the Backstreet Boys movie finally has a release date! “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” will be released in theaters and video on demand January 30th, 2015! The documentary is a behind the scenes look at the best selling boyband of all time, who are celebrating a remarkable 21 years together this year. It was filmed over a two year period, including their worldwide “In A World Like This Tour.” So, you just might see yourself in the movie!
Watch the trailer below and start planning that BSB screening party with your fellow fangirls now. And brush up on your dance moves, because there better be dancing in the movie theater aisles.
The documentary will premiere later in 2015 on VH1 as part of VH1 Rock Docs.
As long as true musicians have existed within the television and movie realm, parody artists and even purely fictional bands can eventually turn into real recording artists! No genre is immune to this trickery either. Here is our list of our top five favorite fictional bands!
1. The Oneders
One hit wonders are nothing new and they will always be a strange phenomenon in the music industry and pop culture in general. “That Thing You Do!” follows the rise and fall of a one hit wonder band, The Oneders (Wonders). This is one of our favorite movies of all time and for the amount of times the song gets performed in this movie, it’s a WONDER we don’t get sick of it! (see what I did there?) On a serious note: if you are in a band, want to be in a band/the music industry, or even just love music…spend some time with this movie and remember that fame is fleeting but you can make the most of it while you have it. You guys look great in gold, have I told you that?
Was this band a joke? Yes. What their hit song catchy? Yes. Do we still catch ourselves singing it? Yes. Would we go see them on tour? DUH!! They caught us everything we need to know in life about math: You + Me = Us. Calculus.
Zenon – Girl Of The 21st Century spawned one of the most awesome ideas for a pop star ever – to perform a concert in space! Protozoa, his band Microbe, and Zenon Karr team up and pull it off, in a true 1999 iconic DCOM. We know you can still sing all the words to “Supernova Girl.” Zoom zoom zoom makes my heart go boom boom…
4. Mario And The Brick Breakers (real life band – Patent Pending)
They went from plumbers in Brooklyn to the biggest rock stars in the world. Then it all came crashing down. This 30-minute documentary follows the rise and fall of the band, Behind The Music style. You never think that a band of brothers will break up but obviously family isn’t always forever! Catch Patent Pending headlining their “Brighter UK Tour” this fall. Watch the Mario And The Brick Breakers trailer below.
5. Spinal Tap
Contrary to popular belief, Spinal Tap is not actually a real band! They were completely formulated for the1984 mockumentry “This Is Spinal Tap” and oddly enough, the band took on a life of its own. Spinal Tap is still a huge pop culture phenomenon and we’re totally guilty of using their name as a verb before.
“Clueless” is our favorite movie of all time. We can recite the whole movie by heart (and we quote it almost daily).
We were beyond thrilled to hear that director Amy Heckerling is working on a “Clueless” musical! As she told Vulture, she’s already written a book and song lyrics for the show, and Katy Perry has expressed interest in being in it (I mean, who wouldn’t?!) The show is still in the early stages, so we thought about which young stars we’d like to see star in “Clueless” on Broadway a few years down the road. Even though they’d have some major purple clogs to fill.
Sabrina Carpenter as Cher – If you’ve seen Sabrina on “Girl Meets World,” then you know she’s got the attitude to pull off the role. And she can sing, too!
Nat Wolff as Josh – This was a difficult choice. Josh has to be the perfect blend of adorable, intelligent, and snarky to keep up with Cher. Nat certainly fits the bill, and he’s both a musician and an actor. Runner Up: Kyle Harris. Kyle had a short turn on “The Carrie Diaries,” and has also been in productions of “West Side Story.”
Willow Smith as Dionne – We all know she can whip her hair back and forth (polyester or not), and she’s also got the the style to pull off any of Dionne’s ensembles. Even if she’s been shopping with Dr. Seuss.
Leon Thomas as Murray – We’ve seen Leon Thomas in Victorious and we’d love to see him stretch his acting wings as the braces wearing, head shaving, baggy pants wearing boyfriend of Dionne.
Carly Rae Jepsen as Tai – She was the first person we thought of for Tai, maybe because she just finished a turn in “Cinderella” on Broadway.
Dave Franco as Elton – Not only is Franco a total dead-ringer for Elton, can’t you just picture him doing the “Rollin’ With the Homies” dance?
James Maslow as Christian – Let’s face it: he’s a total Baldwin. Plus he can sing, he can dance, he can act…what more do you want?
Chloe Bridges as Amber – Chloe practically specializes at playing frenemies – we loved her on “The Carrie Diaries” (RIP), and her latest role on “Pretty Little Liars.” She could nail the part of Amber.
Aaron Carter as Travis – Why not? He already has a few Broadway shows on his resume. And we can totally picture him hanging on that grassy knoll over there.
Donnie Wahlberg as Cher’s Dad – Basically, we’d just love to see Donnie on Broadway. He’s both a boy band member, and an actor, so he could totally nail a Broadway show. Plus can’t you picture him saying “Cher get in here! What the hell is that?”
We’ll let you know as soon as there are any developments on this, in the meantime you can watch “Clueless” on Netflix. Or just watch Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” video for the abridged version.