I have loved Frankie James Grande ever since I discovered his amazing YouTube channel back when I was in college! He is so energetic and full of life, which automatically makes him my spirit animal and inspiration. Thank God I ran into him today in the VH1 elevators, because he has been BLOWING UP lately. We all know his sister Ariana Grande‘s new single, “Santa Tell Me” and I even got him to dish on the Grande’s family Christmas!
As you can see from the video above, Tom Cruise’s co-stars Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and Catherine Zeta-Jones really feel like the actor was a real rock star on the set of Rock of Ages — and they meant that in the best way, not the diva-concert rider, trash the hotel room kind of way. And from what we can tell from clips of him as Stacee Jaxx, the guy really poured himself into the part. But none of this should surprise us in the least: After all, the guy has always been a rock star, even when he was at his most clean-cut and Hollywood. Here, we’d like to count down the 10 moments when he most resembled the lead singer of his own guitar-thrashing, ear-melting, groupie-attracting, Billboard-topping band.
For some of us, the ’90s grunge era was a huge relief: We could finally give in to our hair’s natural tendency to obey gravity and stop curling, blow-drying, teasing and spraying it in a vain attempt to look like one of the strippers in Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls.” For others, like the rock stars attending the premiere of Rock of Ages in Hollywood last week, big, crispy hair is one of the things they miss most about the era. If you weren’t alive or conscious in the ’80s and early ’90s, let us just tell you, there’s a reason they called it “hair metal.”
Through their Rock of Ages characters, Julianne Hough and Russell Brand allow us to look back fondly at some of the best and most embarrassing of styles that took the phrase “The higher the hair, the closer to God” to heart. Tom Cruise‘s Stacee Jaxx, meanwhile, recalls the latter years of Bret Michaels’ ‘do, which traded spiked up locks for the comfort of a bandana and cowboy hat, which to this day, he says, “makes it killer!” Here are some of our faves:
“The hair was so cool,” Lita Ford told VH1 News. “I remember one of the guys had this big old hairdo, and I said to him, ‘How the hell do you get your hair to do that?’ Because I was always with the Aquanet, trying to get my hair to stand straight up, and you can’t get it up enough. So he told me he slept upside down.”
Oh, that’s what we were doing wrong all that time!
What can we say about these two stunning women, apart from it’s on! The two ended up wearing precious metal at different premieres and we were curious to see who you think won the battle of the dresses. First up, we have Malin Akerman who is looking better than she ever has in this silver Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti dress which she wore to the Rock of Ages Stockholm premiere. Malin kept everything else silver too, accessorizing with sexy Jimmy Choo heels, House of Lavande Vintage jewelry and a tiny Judith Leiber clutch. Loving the berry lips and nails with the wavy, blond, open hair.
On the other hand, we have Penelope Cruz who went a hundred percent diva at the To Rome With Love premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. And she went totally gold. We’re loving the Roman inflections of the toga-esque Michael Kors shimmering gold gown. Hello, legs. Add to that a gold belt, gold heels and gold jewelry and we’ve got ourselves one golden goddess. The nude makeup is ace, but we’re not too sure about the slicked back hair, but that’s a minor quibble. But is this the case of the gilded lily? Is it too much, or just right? Same with Malin. Did she go overboard with the silver, or get the right balance? You’re going to have to let us know.
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As we gear up for the release of Rock of Ages this week, we’ve been looking back at some of the trends the nostalgic musical so lovingly celebrates, like Malin Akerman’s sexy rocker-chick look and Mary J. Blige’s flashy jumpsuits. More than any one fashion, the movie reminds us of one big trend the late ’80s and early ’90s were famous for: the groupie. Not just the girls who flashed their goods from the audience or hung around by the tour buses, either — there were plenty of high-profile ladies who were eager for a backstage pass. And some of them got a lot more than a private concert in the bargain.
As we gathered this list of our favorite celebrity-rocker pairs, from Cher and Gene Simmons to Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear, one other thing became very evident: All of these couples seemed to share taste in makeup, tight pants, big hair and baggy blazers. It even looks like Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli got their hair cut together. And maybe Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter could swap blazers, while Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour traded acid-washed jeans. We’re not sure what exactly Melissa Gilbert and Billy Idol had in common, but, yeah, that happened!
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Of all the ’80s fashion trends making a comeback these days, we shouldn’t really be surprised about the jumpsuits and rompers showing up all over the place. After all, they are pretty comfortable (even though you have to strip down every time you go to the bathroom #girlproblems). But we get the feeling that isn’t why Mary J. Blige was ready to take one of her costumes home from the set of Rock of Ages.
“All the jumpers are hot,” Blige, who plays strip club owner Justice Charlier, told VH1 News. “I think was the one with the braids, the silver jumper, I would wear that. Right now.”
Unfortunately, we have to wait for the movie to see that particular suit, but in the meantime, here are a couple of others, along with a few iconic ones from their ’80s heyday.
Related: Rock Of Ages Fashion Flashback: Malin Akerman’s Got “Legs”
Whether or not you’re old enough to have lived through the ’80s hair-band era, you have definitely been subjected to nostalgia for the days of man perms, animal-print spandex and awesome rawk music — especially this week, with the release of Rock of Ages. Suddenly, the styles we once ridiculed (and used for more than one Halloween costume) are back in our closets and on our screens. That’s what prompted VH1 to ask a few of the stars of the movie whether they were tempted to steal their retro costumes and wear them in real, 21st century life. Malin Akerman was quick to admit as much.
There’s a dress that I’m wearing that’s like a black dress with tassles that is incredible,” said Akerman, who plays magazine writer Constance Sack. “I think it was actually from All Saints or something like that. And I was so tempted to bring that one home and go, ‘Oops, I lost it!’ ”
The actress hopes the flick will inspire viewers to embrace their metal fan too. “I want them to go home and put on their leather pants again, and put on their rock songs and have a blast!
If, instead of leather pants, you want to take some fashion inspiration from Constance, who goes from buttoned-up magazine girl to full-on rocker chick, here are a few things that comprise her look.
Moms! Always ruining a perfectly fine celebrity lap dance! “It got cut because apparently mothers didn’t like Sherrie Christian after that,” Julianne Hough laughed on LIVE! with Kelly about the Tom Cruise lap dance her character gives; it was apparently yanked from Rock of Ages for being extremely racy. “It was a little too hot and steamy and sexy. It will be on the director’s cut, though.” If only our moms were in the test audience! They would have based their opinion totally on the merit of said lap dance. They’re like the Robert Ebert of ’80s hair metal lap dances!
Hough also took her lament to Big Morning Buzz Live this morning. “It was a little disappointing for me on my end,” the Footloose actress sighed about her missing “musical lap dance.” If there’s anything that can cheer her up, however, (besides the knowledge that no one can take that Tom Cruise lap dance away from her), it’s discussing the stripper pole that boyfriend Ryan Seacrest retrieved from the movie set…and installed in her home. “I did get the pole from Ryan,” she explained. “He’s very thoughtful.” Jokes Hough, “I was like, ‘This is for me? Then you dance!’” Oh…all of a sudden now we understand how those moms felt. Can we somehow cut that mental image out of our minds? No? It’s there forever? Shoot.
Today we read Playboy for the articles. Or, one really, really long article. The mag’s interview with Tom Cruise stretches for five pages online and covers everything from his childhood motorcycle stunts to whether he’s had or would ever get plastic surgery (nope) to the time he sang “Pour Some Sugar on Me” for Def Leppard (amazing). If you are a Tom Cruise fan, you should read the whole thing. If not, we’ll just share the most interesting part for people who still can’t shake that image of the couch-jumping, Scientology-touting Cruise of 2005.
Asked if he feels like he was judged too harshly after the infamous Oprah outburst, he gives a relaxed (rambling) answer that concludes: “How harshly I’m judged or not judged, I don’t think about stuff like that. I feel lucky. I remember as a kid I wanted an adventurous life, and I’ve gotten it. So if someone judges me harshly, it’s okay. I don’t even judge them harshly for doing it.”
BUT that doesn’t mean he sits back and takes whatever the media will dish to him. “I remember back as a little kid, going into a new school. Always, you know there will be a guy coming up at you, and you just wait for it. The first day someone’s going to slam me against a locker, and then it’s on. I don’t want the fight, but it’s there, it’s happening.”
As The Avengers kick off summer movie season today with a bang or two (or 100), it’s easy enough to forget that blockbusters aren’t just about men in tights, showing off their massive CGI effects. On some of those sweltering days, you don’t want to step into a theater to worry about the fate of the world; you want to laugh your ass off. We’ve already looked at the ladies doing their part to make the season hilarious, and now it’s time for us to decide which of these sexy funnymen will be the sexiest and funniest at the multiplex from May through August.
This year, we have some double threats — the guys who will make us laugh and fan ourselves: Tom Cruise radiates sex as rock god Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Matthew McConaughey sells it as strip-club owner Dallas in Magic Mike, and Mark Wahlberg hides it beneath a manchild exterior as John, the guy who tries to let go of his talking teddy bear in Ted. There are also the funny guys we crush on, no matter how goofy their characters, like Russell Brand as the narrator of Rock of Ages and Andy Samberg as Adam Sandler’s unfortunate son in That’s My Boy. There are the comedians we’d kind of like to take home to mom — Ed Norton and Jason Schwartzman in Moonrise Kingdom, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill in Neighborhood Watch, Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Chris Rock in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign. And then there are the bad boys we’d keep secret about, Vince Vaughn in Neighborhood Watch and Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.