If I didn’t know any better, I swear I was staring at a young Matt Dillon in this 80s-inspired fashion spread. James Franco’s chiseled features are the epitome of classic Hollywood handsomeness. With a clean face and a coiffed ‘do, Franco gives 80s realness for Bullett Media’s Spring issue. The look is a far cry from the cornrows, tatts and grill he sports in Spring Breakers opening wide this weekend.
Photographed by Frederik Heyman, the 34-year-old actor looks at home on the surrealist art deco set. It’s like he popped out of Ruthless People starring Bette Midler or from a Devo music video. In the issue, James talks about Franco the image, Franco the artist and Franco the ego. It’s the “Three Portraits of James Franco” which happens to be the title of the publication’s piece. Check out a few quotes and photos below.
“I don’t know if I ever tried to break away from being considered a heartthrob. I actually think there are times when a role calls for you to look your best.”
I’d have to say that I’m a pretty nostalgic person. Whenever I go back home for Christmas, I’m going through old boxes, photo albums, and sometimes even toys to trigger some memorable moments from my childhood. Watching the following video definitely brought back some great memories!
This ’80s TV Show Openings video takes a look back at the all time favorite television dramas and comedies of the 1980s. The intros for shows like Hart To Hart, The Facts Of Life, Who’s The Boss, and Family Ties are just a few of the TV intros that really bring me back to our living room as a kid and watching the shows with my family. The epic-sounding Dallas and Dynasty I loved as well!
Admittedly, there are some that I don’t remember or didn’t watch at all, but the ones that I do recall most definitely make up for it. Take a TV trip down memory lane by checking out the video compilation below!
Homorazzi.com is starting to look exclusively like a “Rock of Ages” fan site given the coverage we’ve dedicated to the upcoming musical. What can I say? I love musicals and I love my 80s rock music. Yesterday, we heard and saw the first full-length performance from the Adam Shankman-directed film courtesy of Mary J. Blige. The Grammy-winning R&B singer worked it out with her cover of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It“. Today, it’s Tom Cruise’s turn to show us how he sounds rocking it out.
Before we listen to one of his tracks, I quickly wanted to write about his W magazine cover. The 49-year-old actor revisited his “Rock of Ages” character Stacee Jaxx for the photo shoot snapped by famed photographer Mario Sorrenti. Donning a host of fake tattoos and posing with two blond groupies who come in the form of models Edita Vilkeviciute and Abbey Lee Kersha, Cruise perfectly personifies the stereotypical heavy metal rock band frontman so prevalent during that decade. Considering he’s almost 50-years-old, Tom still looks pretty good. Apparently, Scientology does a body good.
To play the role of Stacee Jaxx, Cruise trained with Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose’s vocal coach. In addition, he also learned to play the guitar to portray the film’s bad boy. Considering he’s singing on a third of the soundtrack, Tom’s vocal pipes had to be in tip top condition. In a sneak peak given to Ryan Seacrest, we get to hear the first ever audio of Tommy belting it out (minus his Righteous Brothers tribute from “Top Gun”). He takes on Def Leppard’s iconic and awesome “Pour Some Sugar On Me“. Check it out below.
Words can’t even begin to describe how excited I was to check out this clip. When I heard the hit Broadway musical was being adapted for the silver screen, I was practically frothing at the mouth. A musical set to 80s rock music… what’s not there to love? Last week, I was fortunate enough to check out a touring production of “Rock of Ages” and while not the best stage production I’ve seen, it was certainly entertaining and provided a great soundtrack. With A-list stars attached to the film and Hollywood money funding the project, I can’t wait to see the big budget extravaganza.
Directed by Adam Shankman of “Hairspray” fame, “Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. Everyone in the film from Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julianne Hough cover these iconic tracks. Luckily for us (mostly me), we’re treated to the first full-length performance from the film.
Mary J. Blige gets the honor of being the first one we get to see belt out the 80s rock music. Given she’s sold millions of records, it’s a wise choice to show off the Grammy award-winning singer first. Blige plays Justice Charlier, the owner of the strip joint, The Venus Club. After giving advice to one of her girls, Julianne Hough’s Sherrie, she belts out Journey’s “Any Way You Want It”. Watch Mary channel her inner rocker below.
If you asked what film, movie goers were looking most forward to in 2012, most would’ve probably either said “The Hunger Games”, “The Avengers”, or the final installment of “The Twilight” franchise. Not for me though. Instead, it’s all about the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, “Rock of Ages“. The second I heard the film was greenlit, I began counting the days until it hit theaters. Why? I love me my musicals and 80s heavy metal rock. So win-win.
On the Broadway production, it was the music that was the star, but since the film has a stellar roster of talent, it’s about the cast. More importantly, who’s singing what, especially Tom Cruise. Since Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough and former “American Idol” contestant Constantine Maroulis are all recording artists, hearing them isn’t as highly-anticipated, but for the former “Top Gun“, it’s a brand new world. Cruise is heavily featured on the soundtrack, singing classic tracks from Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, and The Scorpions to name a few. Find out what everyone else is singing below, including Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand, Catherine Zeta Jones et al.
Even though this bit of news is not only random, but also a few weeks old, I just had to chat about it. For those who didn’t know, I worked at a kids and teen online magazine for several years. Given that my job was to know everything kid-oriented, I was quite knowledgeable on cartoons and developed a love for vintage 80s kids shows. In addition, I babysit my niece once a week so I get my weekly fix of kids animation there as well.
Hands down, one of my cartoon guilty pleasures are the Care Bears. Who doesn’t love the cuddly bears with logos emblazoned on their adorable tummies. Tenderheart, Love-A-Lot, Cheer Bear come to mind? They should really include a gay one… oh wait, there was Funshine Bear *wink*. The Care Bears were created by American Greetings in 1981 to sell greeting cards. They were like the Smurfs, but with a fierce Care Bare stare.
Well, the crew is coming back for an original new show for The Hub debuting this summer. Coming off the success of their “My Little Pony” reboot, The Hub is looking to duplicate it with the residents of Care-a-Lot. This time around, they’re receiving the CGI treatment and their signature tummy symbols have been rebranded as “belly badges“. Check out the official synopsis.
If you’ve been watching “Celebrity Apprentice” this season, you’re fully aware that no one loves Debbie Gibson’s songs more than Debbie Gibson. Every opportunity she gets, girlfriend is belting out her hits from the 80s. Just ask show frenemy Aubrey O’Day. With a new episode of Donald Trump’s show on tonight, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane.
Before Britney vs Christina or Monica vs Brandy, there was Debbie vs Tiffany. The two teen pop stars battled it out on the Billboard charts for supremacy during the late 80s. Even though Tiffany was deemed the more successful of the two, I have to admit, I liked Debbie more. Unlike Tiffany, Deb wrote and produced most of her songs. It was almost unheard of during this decade, especially for a young brand new artist. Til this day, Gibson holds the record for being the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 single (Foolish Beat) on the Billboard Hot 100 at the age of 17.
After the spotlight of being a pop star faded, the 41-year-old transitioned to becoming a Broadway star. In recent years, she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy to coincide with her single “Naked” in 2005. Just last year, Debbie appeared with former pop-rival Tiffany in a Syfy original movie to play off their supposed rivalry. That catfight was over twenty years in the making. Also in 2011, Gibson did a cameo as Katy Perry’s mom in the singer’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” music video.
Before you read on, I want to make it clear that this is a list from Rolling Stones, having polled their readers on the songs they thought were the worst from the ’80s. The reason I want to make that clear is because I love some of the songs that made the top 10 list and they would certainly not make my shortlist of the worst songs from the decade of glam rock.
The song that was voted worst song was “We Built This City” by Starship. This isn’t the first time it has been (the opposite of) honored with this title. In 2004, Blender named this song the “Most Awesomely Bad Song of All Time”. I have to disagree with this decision for sure. This song embodies what the eighties music was like and certainly one I remember listening to when borrowing my brother’s cassette tapes. I still know all the words (and am listening to it right now for old time’s sake).
Check out the rest of the Top 10 list below and share your thoughts on what made it into the list. What would you name as the worst song of the ’80s?