Category Archives: Movies

Watch The Trailer for Backstreet Boys “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”

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.

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Backstreet Boys Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of Documentary To Be Released January 30th!

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.

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The Friday Five: Our Favorite Fictional Bands

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?

2. 2ge+her
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.

3. Microbe
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.

 

Casting the “Clueless” Musical

“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.

The Friday Five: Best DCOM Musical Moments

Tonight marks the premiere of yet another soon to be classic DCOM (that’s Disney Channel Original Movie), “Zapped!”  In the movie, Zendaya gets a new smartphone app that lets her control boys with the touch of a button.  It sounds amazing, and also reminds us of one of our favorite DCOMs of all time, “Stuck in the Suburbs,” where in a pre-iPhone/app world, stars Brenda Song and Danielle Panabaker accidentally end up with a pop star’s cell phone, and manage to run his entire life, eventually changing it for the better.  (And proving that fans know artists better than managers.)   It’s totally fine to cancel all your plans for tonight to watch “Zapped,” especially since it’s followed by the long-awaited premiere of “Girl Meets World!”    We’re hoping there will be at least one iconic musical sequence in the movie.  Here are our favorite DCOM songs and musical moments!

1. “Make a Wish” by Jordan Cahill – “Stuck in the Suburbs”
This is actually Taran Killam singing….Yes, Taran Killam from SNL.  Not enough people remember that he was in this fangirl fantasy movie!   Taran played Jordan Cahill, a spoiled popstar who kind of hated his life but didn’t know how to say “no” to his manager.   He did gather himself enough to spit out this witty quip in response to his manager telling him he was famous because of his perfectly highlighted hair – “Then dress it up, and make it sing your lousy songs!”

2.  “Strut” by Cheetah Girls – “Cheetah Girls 2”
Any movie that takes place in Europe is more than likely one of our favorites.   The Cheetah Girls get the chance of a lifetime to go to Spain and it involves a half baked plan, some gorgeous scenery (we’re not talking about the mansion here) and a happy ending for our Amigas Cheetahs!   We find ourselves singing this on our way to work in the mornings – it’s got the perfect beat to STRUT to!

3. “Zoom” by Microbe – “Zenon Girl of the 21st Century”
If you say you don’t know all the words to this song, then you’re either too old(or young) to remember this movie or you’re lying.  This movie is still a fashion disaster MAJOR!   But zetus lupetus, we wish Microbe (esp. Proto Zoa) was a real band because we would totally go to a space themed concert and wear neon spandex leggings under a ridiculous looking  mini skirt (holographic vest and all).

4. “Slam Dunk the Funk” by 5ive – “Smart House”
Cheesy outfits? Check.  House party hosted by a 14 year old boy? Check.   Choreographed dance moves in the cheesy outfits at a house party hosted by a 14 year old boy?  You got it!   “Smart House” was one of those movies where it was so bad it’s good (usually our favorite kind of movies).   Ryan Merriman (AKA that creep Ian Thomas  on PLL) is the genius behind the “let’s put on some tunes and do choreographed dance moves” scene here.  Thank god time was good to him.  Do yourself a favor, after you watch this clip…go Google “Ryan Merriman” and thank us later.

5. “Bet on It” by Zac Efron – “High School Musical 2”
I don’t know if we need to even say anything about this clip.  It’s been parodied so many times that it keeps getting funnier as time goes on.  Zac Efron totally nailed this song and performance.  The running, the skipping, the twirling while skip-running…there’s a reason this clip made our Friday Five list! Also, if you’ve have never reenacted the Bet On It scene….you’re lying.

PSA:  You can find most of these classic films on Youtube, or check your TV listings and get your DVR ready because Disney Channel airs old DCOMs in the middle of the night!   (And High School Musical 2 and Cheetah Girls 2 are on Netflix).

Brush Up on Your Winter Sports Movies in Time for the Olympics!

The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia are just around the corner (seriously, they start tomorrow!) and with the sudden influx of snow in the city, if we aren’t in the park sledding and having snowball fights…we’re parked on the couch with hot chocolate (and tea) watching our favorite winter sports themed movies!

1. The Mighty Ducks Trilogy


This film franchise was the reason we dusted off our in-line skates in the summer, and made us want to join the hockey team in the winter. Starring Joshua Jackson as Charlie Conway and Emilio Estevez as Coach Gordon Bombay, and Kenan Thompson as Russ Tyler, The Mighty Ducks movies follow a rag-tag team of misfits navigating their way through peewee hockey, the Junior Goodwill Games, and eventually high school.  And let’s not forget the original Banksy aka Adam Banks, who reluctantly joined the team mid-season but eventually became a full-fledged Duck.  Quack Quack Quack!

2. Genius

Charlie Boyle is Chaz Anthony. Chaz Anthony is Charlie Boyle. They’re the same person. Except Charlie wears glasses and a lab coat while Chaz dons a leather jacket and spikey hair. Hannah Montana before there was Hannah Montana! Charlie is a science nerd trying to defy gravity (he’s in college and he isn’t even 14). When he starts to tutor a beautiful girl named Clair (played by Emmy Rossum) Charlie enrolls in the local high school, reinventing himself as a bad boy slacker – Chaz Anthony. The movie follows Charlie’s struggles of living a double life and how you can defy gravity while playing ice hockey!

3. Cool Runnings

“If enough people say they can believe, Jamaica, we got a bobsled team!” Cool Runnings is loosely based off the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team made up of the fastest sprinters in Jamaica.  It’s also one of the most quotable movies of all time.  “Hey Sanka, what ya smoking?”  “I’m not smoking, I’m breathing!”   And it stars 90s icons such as Doug E. Doug and John Candy.

“Life-Size” Gets A Sequel

Pack your bags and get ready to go back to Sunnyvale with Eve, because Tyra Banks just confirmed that the 2000 movie, “Life-Size”, is getting a part two!

Rumors had been swirling in recent weeks but the supermodel let the cat out of the bag on Twitter.

According to this article from E!News Online, Tyra also teased that the movie will be “modernized”. No word yet if Lindsay Lohan will take part in the sequel, set for a late 2014 – early 2015 release.

Fangirl Movie Spotlight – Taking 5

What’s the worst that can happen when Alona Tal and Daniella Monet kidnap The Click Five and make them perform for their school?

Okay so the plot is a bit more complicated than just kidnapping the band but what fangirl DOESN’T dream of keeping their favorite band tied up in the basement until your favorite member falls in love with you?
Devon (Tal) and Gabby (Monet) kidnap the band 5 Leo Rise and force them to play a concert at their school to avoid being shunned to social siberia for till college. In the 91 minute tour de fangirl, Taking 5 takes you on a roller coaster ride and a look into what every fan girl dreams about.

Y’know that dream you keep having during English class where your favorite band comes to your mall and does a signing? It’s your turn and you walk right up to your favorite member and the words start slipping out. Before you know it, the two of you are having coffee and he invites you to watch his concert from backstage.

This is not that dream. That’s basically how every meet & greet goes. Except you would never get that much time to word vomit all over your favorite band.

If you need any more reasons to watch this fangirl masterpiece, Christy Carlson Romano and the dad from High School Musical is in it.