Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pregnant Vanessa Lachey Reveals the Super-Food She's Been Craving


Vanessa Lachey, Camden

t's official: Baby bumps are the hottest accessory in Hollywood right now.
Vanessa Lachey is among the many stars who are expecting in Tinseltown (in addition to famous faces like Zoe SaldanaScarlett Johannson and Mila Kunis), and on Tuesday, the pregnant star took to Twitter to dish on the super-food she's been craving.
"Kick starting my day off RIGHT, fresh from the source! Coconut oil and coconut water are a superfood for pregnancy. So drink up Mamas!" the soon-to-be mother of two captioned a pic with her tasty coconut concoction in hand.
Nick Lachey's missus has been staying healthy throughout her pregnancy and has even been keeping up with her workouts as the adorable couple prepares for the impending arrival of their baby girl.
"Nothin like getting your day started with "the boss"! @self-discipline keepin me and baby girl happy & healthy!" she captioned a recent pic at a private L.A. fitness center.
Earlier this month, Lachey announced via Twitter that he and his wife are expecting baby No. 2. The couple are already parents to adorable 2-year-old son Camden.
"Can't think of a better way to celebrate 3 years of marriage to my beautiful @VanessaLacheythan this! #family," the proud papa wrote as the caption to a sweet pic of his son running on the beach next a heart drawn in the sand with the words "It's a girl" written inside.
The 33-year-old former TRL host recently opened up to Parents magazine and revealed how she knew she met her match in Lachey.
"The man I knew I was going to marry was not only a great man, a good friend, and a family guy, but he was going to respect and treat me well and be an amazing father and role model to our children," she said. "That's Nick."
Too cute. No doubt the caring hubby is currently busy doting on his adorable wife!Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey
Vanessa Minnillo Lachey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons talks Men of The Strip and future plans (Includes interview)


98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons was gracious enough to chat with me about his reality television show "Men of The Strip," which premiered on the E! network and his future plans.
Along with Emmy-nominated choreographer and creative director Glenn Packard, Timmons owns "Men of The Strip" with Mike Foland.
It features such lead performers as Keith Webb, Kyle EfthemesJoel SajiunChris Boudreaux, "rookie" Derek North and veteran emcee Charles Dera.

The reality show garnered a favorable review from Digital Journal, since it does a solid job emphasizing such values as hard work, perseverance, reliability and teamwork.

After reflecting and looking back on the "Men of The Strip" journey that the owners and performers have embarked on, Timmons has noticed a great deal of growth and maturity. "The brand is exactly where myself and the owners envisioned it to be. We made it to the E! network, and 'Men of the Strip' is now known everywhere," he remarked.
On his proudest moments so far with "Men of The Strip," Timmons attested that he is extremely proud of the cast. "The guys are great entertainers, and have come a long way," he said.
On July 20, "Men of The Strip" aired in Latin America, which was an "amazing" feeling for Timmons as the brand owner. "To see these guys and their hard work pay off, and to have other parts of the world becoming aware of the brand, is incredible," he said.
Their plans were always to take this brand to the global level, and Timmons shared that they are on their way in making that goal into a reality.
Aside from "Men of the Strip," Timmons has a new song entitled "That Girl" with Traxstarz, which has a dance vibe to it. "It's a dance track. It has always been a goal of mine to cross-over into such a fun genre, and this song is going to enable me to do so. I was even fortunate enough to have written on it as well," he exclaimed.

Timmons is best known as the founding member of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees, and this is not the first time that he crosses over to different musical genres. His "Whisper That Way" single from his debut first solo album was a hit on adult contemporary radio and it subsequently reached the Top 20 on the adult contemporary charts.
For more information on Jeff Timmons and his "Men of The Strip" venture, visit its official website, and be sure to follow Timmons on Twitter.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons Dishes That Men of the Strip Is Like Magic Mike Mixed With Sex & the City!


E! turns the cameras on the "Men of the Strip," a new Las Vegas male revue featuring 98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons. 

Debuting June 1, Timmons teams up with entrepreneur "Money" Mike Foland and choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard to prep a group of hard-bodied studs for their big Sin City debut.

"These guys have very interesting lives behind the scenes. With this reality TV movie, you get a sneak peek at what these guys are like off the stage," he explained. "Some of these guys are actually shy. They aspire to do different things, including professional sports and acting. It's not all about bumpin' and grindin' -- it has a lot of depth to it."

With nicknames like "Poster Boy" and "Hearthbreaker," there's something for everyone! "When we were in 98 Degrees, each of the guys had their own fan base, so that's what we had in mind with these guys," Jeff said. 

Timmons, who describes himself as a "married guy with all kinds of kids," says his wife actually pushed him to do Men on the Strip. "My wife actually encouraged me to do this," he admitted. "She said, 'This could be something really cool for you to create and be a part of.' My kids have seen the show! It's nothing over-the-top and not tasteful for them to see. If it is, they'll turn around!"

98 Degrees – ‘The Hardest Thing’ (Jeff Interview)

Dan Weiss - Single Again

So for 98 Degrees and Rising, did the band have much of a say in which songs you got to pick?

We really did. We played a big hand in most of our albums, even the first one. They didn’t let us write a lot of the songs on the first album; we started writing and co-writing a little bit more on the second album. But we definitely picked the songs — from “I Do” to “Invisible Man,” “Hardest Thing,” “Because of You,” we were receiving songs at a huge clip, sifted through all of them and we thought that those were hits. It’s funny you ask about “Hardest Thing,” we were finishing the album and the album was basically like, “yeah, one more song on the record.” It was the last one we recorded and it almost didn’t make the record, ironically.

What made you guys decide to throw it on at the end?

It just sounded like a hit. It was formulaic, it sounded amazing, and we liked the words a lot. We liked the meaning of the song. We thought it was a well-crafted song, it was written by a really great writer, Steve Kipner, who wrote [Chicago’s] “Hard Habit to Break” among other hit songs throughout the years, and we just thought, well, we have a surefire way with this one.

Replaying it for this interview, “The Hardest Thing” was a lot darker than I remembered. Did it dawn on everybody immediately that it was about a mistress and not a traditional breakup?
Yeah, absolutely. Just because at the time it was considered boy-band pop, people were just assuming by the production that it was a happy song but it was not. It was a darker song about choosing someone else.

Do you think a lot of the group’s teenage fans understood?

I think like you said, a lot of our fans were teens and decided they were more into the song than they were the lyrics, but I think when they got older they started to realize what it was really about. Same with “Invisible Man,” that song is pretty sad as well. People would always say, ‘oh that song means a lot to me, I was going through a breakup and didn’t know who to choose from’ and they would tell us their stories.

There’s a lot of songs in pop that people think are sweeter than they are, like “Every Breath You Take.”
Haha, good example.

What’s up with him saying he’ll meet her again? The guy in the song sounds like the least trustworthy person ever.

Yeah, exactly! He sounds pretty scandalous. Guys a lot of times would come up to us — of course they’d be embarrassed to say that they were fans — so they’d come up to us incognito and be like, “Yeah, that song ‘Hardest Thing’ reminds me of my girl and my mistress, or this girl I was cheating on…” And I’d just be like, “Oh well, good…I mean, it’s not a good thing you were cheating but it’s a good thing you relate to the song!”

That’s amazing that people would just walk up to you and tell you about their mistress.
People will say the craziest stuff. A lot of times people think because you’re a celebrity that you’re not a human being. So they’ll say the most outlandish things, because they’re nervous and they don’t know what to say. Some of them sound so crazy that you’re like “…okay.” It comes with the territory, but we did hear a number of crazy things on the road from different people in different scenarios.

Does one story stand out in particular?

One girl was obsessed with one of the songs, “Invisible Man,” and we were doing something for NBA’s “Stay in School,” and we were in the basketball arena, backstage before we could go rehearse before our little show. And someone had posed as an interviewer for NBC. She came into our dressing room and had the camera rolling and was asking us a bunch of questions. She seemed really nervous to be a reporter, and our security guy realized the light wasn’t on on the camera, and it wasn’t really recording. And she turned out to be that obsessed fan, she starting freaking out like, “I’m the invisible fan, I’m the invisible fan!” It was kind of scary, obviously harmless but sometimes you never know.

Yeah, wow. So was everyone familiar with the Doctor Zhivago reference in “The Hardest Thing”? Be honest.

Well, look, a couple of our guys were not, okay? We assumed since some of us weren’t, that 14-year-old girls would never understand that. To this day, I think people don’t even know what the words are on that part. You’d see people in the audience mouthing at that part like, “wherever I go…” It certainly got lost in translation with our demographic. We did try to get it changed, but the guys who wrote the song were much older and they were like, “no way.”

It’s a really random surprise in there, the only literary reference I know of in a boy band song.
Yeah, exactly. We were the scholars. [laughs] No, we didn’t want the lyric in there either but it makes for a really interesting trivia question when people talk about the song.

Were you guys trained for boxing at all when you made the video? Had any of you boxed before?

I think a couple of us did some pickup training in maybe one session but it was too hard.

Did you guys feel a sense of competition with *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys at the time?

Not a bit, we were all going through the same thing at the time. We had a mutual respect of both those bands, their talent, and the struggle behind the scenes to even make it. Just yesterday I was asked, “Didn’t you guys hate *NSYNC?” No, we partied with them, sorry!
Tell me about Men of the Strip, your two-hour “reality movie” about male strippers which premiered on E! Sunday evening?

“Men of the Strip” is a modern-day male revue. We decided to take the traditional male revue—which people assume is stripping—and added a more professional element to it. Magic Mike put a taboo aspect of male revue into the forefront and made it acceptable for females to like that sort of thing, made it mainstream. These guys actually have talent; they can sing, they can dance, they have charisma, girls can really relate to them when they talk to them. But I was fascinated with the behind-the-scenes aspect and wanted to portray that on TV: how these guys relate to each other, their different personalities. It’s extremely interesting to watch and observe.
As one of the few people who’s done both, what’s harder to train for, stripping or being in a boy band?

Contrary to popular belief, I did not strip. I just hosted and emceed, so my part was easy. I see a lot of parallels between the boy band stuff and this: they work all the time, we had to work hard to look good, they do the same. They were thrust into this entertainment business, and what we experience in a five-course period of the roller-coaster ride, they experience in two months.
Who has the crazier fans though?

Here’s the thing, the fans that were our fans were crazy when they were 12- and 13-year-old girls, who’ve now graduated to being adults, and now you have alcohol in the mix. I’d say they’re the same fans only a little crazier.

Grand Rapids school gets shout out from VH1 host Nick Lachey for winning piano grant (video)

By Monica Scott 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids Schools announced Friday, June 6, that Coit Creative Arts Academy was one of the winners of VH1 Save The Music Foundation's KEYS+KIDS Inaugural Piano Grant Program.
Singer and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live's host Nick Lachey recently made the announcement that Coit is among 10 schools across the country that will receive a electronic music package worth $10,000, including a Yamaha Upright Hybrid piano. The grant is in partnership with singer, songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles.
"We are extremely excited to use this state of the art hybrid piano, PA system and microphone for all of our future concerts and performances," said Dave Dublis, creative arts specialist for Coit, a K-5 theme school, located at 617 Coit Ave. NE, with 284 students.
"A donation of this magnitude will help our already growing creative arts curriculum improve immensely."
The VH1 Save The Music campaign works to restore instrumental music education. The nonprofit has delivered $51 million worth of musical instruments to 1,900 schools. In 2013, the nonprofit gave grants to 48 Michigan music programs, valued at approximately $30,000 each.
Coit was the second school announced by Lachey. Check out the video:

Nick Lachey Talks Camden's Milestones, Says Son Is "Fearless"

Nick Lachey and son Camden

At 21-months-old, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo's son, Camden, is already a city slicker. "He loves New York," Lachey, 40, tells Us Weekly of their son. The family relocated from their Cincinnati and L.A. home bases in January so the former 98 Degrees member could host VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live from the music channel's headquarters.

Especially enamored by the taxis and fire trucks on the city streets, Camden will often just pause to survey the scene around him. "There's plenty of stimulation. Camden stands at the apartment window and stares," Lachey tells Us. "He loves going for walks and checking it all out. He's fearless, which I love."

One of Lachey's favorite ways to bond with Camden is during breakfast, when The Sing-Off host cooks and sings to his son.

"I make him scrambled eggs, and he gets his apple cinnamon oatmeal every day. It's our bonding time together," Lachey tells Us. "I sing to him when I wake him up and put him down for a nap."

Monday, July 7, 2014

Six questions with Jeff Timmons

By Stacy Lopez

As part of the 90s mega-group 98 Degrees, Jeff Timmons knows how to put on a good show for the ladies. Now, he’s using his singing and dancing skills to host and produce a reality male stripper movie called Men of the Strip.

We caught up with him in The Social's green room, where he talked about his parents' reaction to the movie, pizza (apologies to his half-eaten salad that was sitting nearby) and which tour mate he would cast as a man of the strip.

In 'Men of the Strip,' the men come from all walks of life – there's Kyle the delivery man, Derek the caterer – does it surprise you when men in certain professions decide to enter the world of male stripping?
No - I think it's fascinating, and that's one of the reasons I wanted to create the movie. I mean, you look at the guys and you just think that's their main job. But all these guys have backstories, and they are all very interesting and different backstories. But their common thread is the fact that they do male entertainment – and that's the premise when watch you watch the movie, but ultimately, it's about the guys behind the scenes.
You and your fellow 98 Degrees members spent a lot of time on the road touring with New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men last year. If you had to cast one of your tour mates for 'Men of the Strip,' who would it be?
Easy. Donnie Wahlberg, hands down. He basically does the exact same thing during the New Kids set that we do with the ('Men of the Strip') guys: he takes his shirt off; pours beer all over himself; kisses girls. He does the whole thing, so he would be the ultimate first choice.
Speaking of bands and music, what song is currently getting the most play on your music device?
I like The Weekend – I really think he's amazing. I like R&B stuff – Jason Derulo is hot right now, Chris Brown, Neo, Usher – all those R&B cats.
You've spent a lot of time on the road over the years. What are your must-have travel items?
I'm not really picky. As much as publicists hate when we say this, probably just a light beer before we go on stage. That and some sugar-free Red Bull. But all the extravagant stuff I don't really care about.
Previously on The Social, the hosts have chatted about odd TV moments with their parents (you know, when you are watching a film with your folks, and that awkward love scene happens). Were you shy about filling your parents in on your latest project?
No, because they had seen me host the Chippendales show in Las Vegas, so they had a general idea of what (this movie) was about. My parents are very open – they know what I've done in my career - so there wasn't anything embarrassing about this. Now, having my kids around and with them not having an understanding for what the show is – that can be a bit of a sticky situation: having to explain to them, 'They dance and they take their shirts off...' It's a little difficult to explain that one away. Ultimately, my kids know it's entertainment, and they have grown up with me being in the business.
Here's a controversial one: Ultimate pizza toppings.
I'm a meat lover's guy. Sausage, ham, pepperoni – all that stuff. Actually, you're making me hungry right now.
I see you have some greens sitting behind you there.
Yeah, I was chomping on that and some grapes earlier. Now in my old age I have to watch my girlish figure, so I don't have too much pizza anymore.

98 Degrees' Timmons stars in fashion show

Dan Kane entertainment editor 

Canton native will be guest at Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Aug. 1

Jeff Timmons will appear Aug. 1 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Fashion Luncheon.

Canton native Jeff Timmons, who rose to international pop stardom with the vocal foursome 98 Degrees, is heading home for a fashion show. Timmons, 41, will be special guest at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon on Aug. 1 at Canton Memorial Civic Center. Tickets, $58 and $61, may be purchased by calling 330-458-2048.
Here, Timmons, 41, an upbeat and friendly guy who attended Perry High School, graduated from Washington High School, and later played football at Malone University, answers our five-question quiz, via telephone from his home in Summerlin, Nevada, a Las Vegas suburb.

1. A fashion show, huh? Are you modeling?
A. “I’m performing intermittently throughout the fashion show, three or four songs. I was speaking with the producers and they were telling me they’ve revamped the event to make it chic and hip. I’m going to try to come in a little early. I hope to bring my whole clan, my wife Amanda and five kids. I have two stepkids, two from my previous marriage and we have one together. It’s like the Brady Bunch.”

2. How was the 98 Degrees tour last year with New Kids On the Block and Boyz II Men?
A. “It was our best tour ever, 49 dates. 98 Degrees hadn’t been around for 13 years. We never really ended things, we just went in different directions after 9/11. When we found out New Kids had had recent success touring, it piqued our curiosity. Then when Boyz II Men signed on, (the tour) was a no-brainer. They were our idols starting out. Playing to 20,000 people a night was a great way to come back. It was a new and improved version of 98 Degrees. We’re better singers and better overall entertainers, and it was a lot more entertaining for our fans. Plus, it was a luxury for us to get back together now. When we were starting out, there was a lot more pressure, always somebody biting at your heels.”

3. You were a star of the Chippendales show in Las Vegas and now you’ve launched your own male-dancer revue, Men of the Strip. Was this an unexpected turn in your career?
A. “For starters, I don’t strip, I never did. When I hosted the Chippendales show, I was infusing a male revue with a pop singer who has some nostalgic music. It was a win-win situation, we were sold out the entire time, and I started getting mainstream media interest. So I decided to create a better version that was less about the stripping and more about the dancing. I got with Glenn Packard, a world-renowned choreographer who’s worked with Pink, Usher and Ricky Martin, and I brought him in to produce. We went all around the country to find eight guys who are amazing-looking but could also really sing and dance and have great personalities. E! debuted a two-hour, behind-the-scenes Men of the Strip movie on June 1 that got huge ratings, so now we’re waiting to see if they’re going to pick it up as a series.”

4. You had some success with your first solo album (“Whisper That Way,” released in 2004.) Will there be a second?
A. “Yes, it’s prime-time for me and we’re working on an album right now. It’s very contemporary, up to date and sounds like current top-40 stuff. For years, I couldn’t get anywhere and now the labels are coming around and I’m getting some offers. I’ll probably be releasing a single in the next month and a half.”

5. Do you miss your hometown?
A. “I think about Canton all the time. I live outside Las Vegas and it’s a lot different here. I used to live in California and I didn’t like it. Kids don’t have the same chances, and the people in general aren’t the same as in the Midwest. A lot of friends are still there and some family. I think there will be a time when I get a little older and things slow down that I’ll end up there.”

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

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