Sunday, December 15, 2019
1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
An old fashioned.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
@ByronKatie (Twitter; Instagram).
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR or in your streaming queue?
Jenny [McCarthy] and I are currently obsessed with and streaming The Crown.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Not a Popeye’s chicken sandwich, and not a Chik-fil-A chicken sandwich, but a Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich. The unsung hero in the chicken sandwich wars!
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
My local Boston newspaper from my childhood that I read every day going to school: The Boston Herald.
6. What’s the most frequently played song on your mobile device?
Currently, without checking the statistics, I would say: “I Need Your Loving” by Teena Marie. Very old school.
7. If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice what would it be?
Stop talking so much! [laughs]
8. What’s the last thing you Googled?
How do you say “I’m proud of you” in Spanish.
9. Dogs or cats?
10. Best concert of your life was…?
Best concert of my life that I was in was Fenway Park, New Kids on the Block in 2017. The best concert that I ever went to was Eric B. and Rakim at the House of Blues in 2019.
11. What book are you most likely to give as a gift?
As a general gift, The Secret Language of Birthdays. It basically breaks down every day of the year, what people are like who are born on that day. And it’s never been inaccurate once. Ever. But if someone’s having a baby, I would give them On Becoming Baby Wise.
12. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
I would say that there are so many countless things that my fans have done for me, that it would be unfair to pick just one. They’ve fed me and put a roof over my head for the past three decades.
13. South Park or Family Guy?
14. You have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do?
I would wake up cuddling with my wife. Take her and our kids and all of their friends out to breakfast at our favorite diner. Get in a quick workout with my wife, while streaming an episode of The Crown. Go golf with my golfing buddies. Meet my wife and kids for dinner. Go to the Hotel Baker in St. Charles [Illinois] for an old fashioned and my wife’s favorite, a cosmopolitan. Then go back home and get in bed with my wife, where the day started.
15. What movie can you not resist watching if it’s on?
There are quite a few, but I’ll go with Scarface, The Godfather, or Glory.
16. The sports team or teams you’re most passionate about?
All of my local Boston teams, starting with the Celtics, the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Bruins. I spend the most time on the Celtics. I have the most stress and anxiety over the Patriots.
17. Where did you eat the best meal of your life?
Since it’s recent and fresh in my memory, I’m going to say, in my house this year on Thanksgiving, when my wife cooked every single thing on the table.
18. The last movie you saw in a theater?
I saw two movies in one day. It was The Greatest Showman, which I rented out a theater to show my wife privately, because it’s her favorite movie. And we also watched Parasite, which is a Korean film that’s out right now.
19. Who was your first celebrity crush?
My first celebrity crush ever — there were two that I can recall. Kristy McNichol and Thelma from Good Times. Her name was Bern Nadette Stanis, I think her real name was.
20. What would you cook if Nic Cage were coming to your house for dinner?
Well, I don’t cook, so I’d probably give him a bowl of cereal. That’s probably what I’d be able to cook for him. I have an array of cereals in the pantry — he could take his pick. And I have an array of milks in the refrigerator, from almond to rice milk, so he could take his pick.
Donnie Wahlberg, Police Help Kids Pick Out Gifts At Bergen Target
Wahlberg and local police officers teamed up for Target's annual Heroes and Helpers program at the Edgewater store.
EDGEWATER, NJ — Donnie Wahlberg once sang about how he wanted the "right stuff." On Wednesday, the former New Kids On The Block singer-turned-actor gave it to a group of under-served kids in Bergen County.
Wahlberg, a main cast member on the police show "Blue Bloods," teamed up with Target and several local police officers to help kids pick out holiday gifts in Bergen County Wednesday.
Wahlberg and officers from Fort Lee, Englewood Cliffs, Cliffside Park, Leonia, and Fairview went shopping with kids at Target's Edgewater store for the chain's annual Heroes and Helpers program. Wahlberg brother, Mark, is a prominent film actor.
Attendees shopped alongside 110 kids as they picked out gifts for their families, and took selfies with first-responders and Target team members, Target said in a recap of the event on its website.
The Edgewater Police Department helped organize the event. Hundreds of people attended.
Englewood Cliffs officers Jae Lee and Chris Minetti volunteered their time and attended the event. They and the other officers were paired with a few kids each.
"I was a little nervous, and didn't know what to expect, but they just paired officers up with kids. It went really well," Lee said. "We welcomed the kids, we helped them pick out toys and gifts. It went great."
Englewood Cliffs Police Chief William Henkelman said he was proud of his officers for participating in the event.
"They sacrificed time with their own families to participate," Henkelman said. "If they can put a smile on those kids' faces, it's all worth it."
Target provided an $11,000 endowment that was evenly split among the 110 kids, said Jill Sullivan, Edgewater's recreation director. The kids rode in firetrucks, ambulances, and a lot of police cars to the store in a Parade of Heroes. Wahlberg and Bullseye, Target's mascot, greeted the kids at the store.
The Fort Lee Police Department wrote about the event on its Facebook page.
"Fort Lee Police and Donnie Wahlberg at Target today for Heroes and Helpers creating some holiday magic for under-served kids and their families," the department posted on its Facebook page, along with a photo of officers with Wahlberg.
"The addition of Donnie made it a memorable night for the hundreds that participated in the community give-back event," Target said.
Target has helped host and fund the Heroes and Helpers events in their stores for the last decade. More than 100,000 kids have shopped alongside 60,000 public safety workers at more than 2,300 Target stores. Target has provided more than $5 million in grants to fund the program.
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ET's Keltie Knight sat down with the singer in New York on Monday to discuss his not one, but two upcoming acting gigs in two plays, Twelfth Night and The Wanderer. He also chatted about the decades-spanning run his boy band has enjoyed.
"Staying together is so hard and that's why so many bands don't benefit from staying together," he states.
"First of all, we took 14 years off and we never thought we'd get back together," McIntyre adds of the group's hiatus from 1994 to 2008. "You gotta pick your spots and you gotta take care of yourself. I mean, I slowly realized that the more I focus on myself and asked for what I need and go after that, then it's all good, you know what I mean? You know, we're five pretty good guys. I'm lucky to be a part of it."
Considering their longstanding bankability, he was also asked if the New Kids have ever considered a Las Vegas residency.
"Vegas has definitely, you know, come up a lot, but when you can still play arenas it's pretty cool," McIntyre responds.
He also discussed the group's annual cruise, which runs from April 23-27 in 2020, stating, "It's four nights and five days of non-stop craziness and we're all dead. Everybody goes home dead and then we somehow do it again next year."
Speaking of nostalgia, McIntyre also took a peek at an interview he did with ET in 1989, making for a hilarious reaction and response.
"First of all, my voice was changing, so it was a mess," he joked after watching the clip in which he discusses his newfound success and giving back as a teen. "I always have such compassion for that kid 'cause he could barely talk and he's still trying to sing 'Please Don't Go Girl.'"
During the interview, he also shared his excitement to tackle his first Shakespearean role, stating: "It's very exciting. I always wanted to do it. And I'm thrilled… It's Twelfth Night and the character's Orsino."
Twelfth Night opens on Jan. 11, 2020 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, and his next play, The Wanderer, opens at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey this spring.
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Like most families, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg like to celebrate Thanksgiving with traditions.
This year, the couple is expecting to welcome a few relatives into their Chicago home for the holiday.
"We've got about 12 coming (to dinner) right now, but that always seems to go up," McCarthy, 47, told Fox News. "We take in friends and family that might not have anywhere else to go for the day."
Feeding 12 (or more) is no simple feat, but it's a labor of love for everyone involved, including McCarthy and Wahlberg, 50, along with 18-year-old Elijah -- Wahlberg's son from a past relationship -- and 17-year-old, Evan, whom McCarthy shares with ex John Asher.
"I'll spend the day in the kitchen," McCarthy admitted. "But Donnie will be playing games with the kids in the living room."
It's not uncommon for Wahlberg to lead attendees in a game of charades or a number of other classics while dinner is being prepared.
The couple has one tradition, however, that has existed since the beginning of their relationship: French's green bean casserole.
"Our first Thanksgiving together, I wanted to show Donnie that I could cook and he asked if I knew how to make French's green bean casserole," recounted McCarthy. "I was like 'Do I know how to make the casserole? Of course, I know!' It's been a tradition ever since."
McCarthy attributes the pair's affinity and recent partnership with French's casserole to "growing up poor," a condition she and her husband both experienced. However, they were both always able to enjoy the affordable dish when the time came each year.
"Jenny and I like it a little bit different," explained Wahlberg. "I like mine with hot sauce, but what we both like is the crunch so we always have to have those fried onions."
Wahlberg is a self-described "fanatic" for onions and green beans, an adoration that has subtly worked its way into his career. "If you look closely, in every dinner scene in 'Blue Bloods,' I'm eating green beans," said Wahlberg. "People come up to me and tell me that they love those scenes with the green beans."
"Blue Bloods," currently in its 10th season at CBS, follows a family of New York police officers. Wahlberg stars alongside Tom Selleck.
"It's so cool because the Millennials and the Gen-X-ers are so into the family time," McCarthy said of the dinner scenes. "I think that really bringing people together and having these traditions is a great way to connect with family and friends."
"Blue Bloods," however, isn't Wahlberg's only claim to fame -- he's also a member of New Kids on the Block, a boy band that found success in the late 1980s and early '90s.
The band recently wrapped up their Mixtape Tour, which Wahlberg noted is its "highest-grossing tour ever." Despite the success of the tour, there wasn't much time for the actor to rest.
"I came back [from touring] and I got right back to work on 'Blue Bloods,'" Wahlberg said.
"And when he says 'right back to work,' he means the next day," McCarthy elaborated. "He got home Sunday night and was on set on Monday morning at 5 a.m."
While he continues to work hard on his television show, Wahlberg did admit that there will be a brief pause in his work with New Kids, despite some "top secret stuff" coming from the band in 2020.
"I think before I try to fight off bad guys with dance moves I need to get New Kids out of my system," Wahlberg explained. "But then I can get it back into my system."
Wahlberg isn't the only busy member of the family, however, as McCarthy goes between her show on SiriusXM, activism and hosting television events like "New Year's Rockin' Eve."
Her resume also includes a stint as a co-host on "The View," which revolves around the co-hosts' discussions of pop culture and current events. McCarthy, however, feels the show was "more about arguments."
"They brought me on to have someone talk about pop culture and to bring something lighter, but within a week, they were uncomfortable with who I was. Barbara [Walters] was uncomfortable with what I was saying," she said, claiming that they wanted her to be more aggressive and dramatic on air. "I stuck it out for the year, but then I was offered the show with SiriusXM and I love it."
"The Jenny McCarthy Show" allows McCarthy to gab about pop culture and interview celebrities, completely unfiltered.
"(SiriusXM) said 'We want you to be you,' and they've been so great to me," she noted.
McCarthy's latest endeavor includes being a judge on Fox's "The Masked Singer," which features masked celebrities singing and offering clues about their identity before one is unmasked and sent packing each week. The show has seen Patti LaBelle, Rumer Willis, Tommy Chong and McCarthy's friend Sherri Shepherd among those taking the stage.
As for her dream "Masked Singer" contestant?
"People laugh, but I have to say Beyoncé," McCarthy confessed.
"There's talent on the show that hasn't been unmasked yet that's huge," dished Wahlberg of season 2. "So it's not that crazy to think [Beyoncé] could do it."
Another possible contestant? Wahlberg himself.
"I don't know if I'd ever do it, I might be better suited to be a judge," he said of possibly joining the show. "Maybe I'd do it to spoof Jenny or something like that."
Between music, movies, television, radio, marriage, and parenting, McCarthy and Wahlberg have a lot more on their plate than just green beans. However, they have a few simple rules to help them balance family life with the spotlight.
First, they enforce a strict five-day rule, promising to go no more than one week without spending time at home with the family. The couple said they even travel multiple times a week to meet the rule.
Next, they've learned to say "no."
"It used to be so much harder to turn down opportunities for both of us," McCarthy said. "But now we can just say 'no' if it takes us away from the family too much. Like this year, I'm not hosting ['New Year's Rockin' Eve'] because my son asked me to stay home this year and be with him."
McCarthy is looking forward to changing up her Dec. 31 plans this year and spending time with her son Evan, who was diagnosed with autism at age three.
"All working moms have guilt about leaving their child, but to add [special needs] on top of that is heartbreaking, honestly," said the former Playboy model. "Leaving my son is honestly one of the hardest things I've ever had to do."
While saying bye to go to work is difficult for McCarthy, she admits that she can now find comfort in how much her son enjoys "The Masked Singer."
"The kids love the show. It's the first time my son really thinks I'm cool!"
Joey McIntyre Will Star in Twelfth Night at Two River Theater
Former New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre, seen on Broadway in Waitress and Wicked, will play Orsino in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at New Jersey's Two River Theater.
Directed by Sara Holdren (who recently left her position as theatre critic at New York Magazine), the production will begin at the Red Bank venue January 11, 2020, prior to an official opening January 17. The romantic comedy, featuring original songs composed by the band/theatre collective The Lobbyists, will continue through February 2.
Joining McIntyre will be Hannah Rose Caton as Viola, Celeste Ciulla as Maria, Tommy Crawford as Feste, Richard Hollis as Malvolio, Carman Lacivita as Antonio, Kathleen Littlefield as Olivia, Luis Quintero as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Kurt Rhoads as Sir Toby Belch, Rudy Roushdi as Sebastian, Will Turner as Sea Captain, and Tony Aidan Vo as Fabian.
“Twelfth Night is, perhaps, Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy,” stated director Holdren. “It is also, paradoxically and gorgeously, his farewell to the purely comic genre—poignant and tinged with music, melancholy, mortality amidst the silliness and joy. Separated twins, mistaken identities, and questions of identity, loneliness, and love propel this gender-bending tale, which asks if it is ever possible truly to know the soul of the loved one, or truly to reveal our own.”
The creative team includes scenic designer Claire DeLiso, costume designer Fabian Aguilar, lighting designer Caitlin Smith Rapoport, and sound designers Kate Marvin and Kathy Ruvuna. The casting is by Binder Casting/Chad Eric Murnane, the assistant stage manager is Larry Copeland, and the production stage manager is Brett Anders.
Donnie Wahlberg Reveals ‘Amazing’ Connection With Wife Jenny McCarthy Son
Donnie Wahlberg is always grateful for his bond with his wife Jenny McCarthy’s 17-year-old son, Evan, but going into the holiday season, the actor is feeling especially thankful.
“Besides the fact that she’s cooked the most amazing Thanksgiving dinner, which I can’t wait to enjoy this year, she’s just been such a great wife and stepmom to my son,” the Blue Bloods actor, 50, told Us Weekly exclusively during a joint interview with McCarthy, 47, as they discussed their partnership with French’s Crispy Fried Onions. “One of the interesting things about us as parents is my son is super intellectual and very reserved. So he’s not the, ‘Hey, dad. Let’s go out and play,’ or, ‘I love you, dad.’ He’s not that type. But he can carry on a great conversation. Where Jenny’s son is super affectionate, will tell you exactly how he feels. He’s not reserved, but he’s not the intellectual type. So we’ve come into each other’s lives and our kids sort of, we connect with our kids in ways that we haven’t connected with our own. So with Evan, Jenny’s son, I get all this amazing ways to connect with him that I don’t get with my son and Jenny now can sit down with my son and talk about …”
McCarthy interjected, “Intellectual conversations.”
“Yeah. Really unique conversations him,” Wahlberg, who shares sons Xavier, 26, and Elijah, 18, with ex-wife Kimberly Fey added. “Besides being the best wife that I could have ever imagined having, she’s also the best step mom and mother. She’s a great partner and to simplify it, having someone to build traditions with my children and it being Jenny is probably the thing I’m most grateful for. Now our kids are seeing through both rusty and single parents and the struggles we had early on and past relationships now to see us building this traditions and building this family together. Now our kids can see what that looks like and pass it onto their kids. So it’s something to truly be grateful.”
McCarthy and Wahlberg tied the knot in 2014 after meeting on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. The former View host had a similar sentiment to her husband about his bond with Evan.
“There’s no words that actually even come close to the meaning that I feel. I’m most thankful for his unconditional love,” she told Us. “And not only for me though, to my son. Any single mom that knows our story can understand that because I think that’s one of our biggest concerns. Who’s going to love me with me and my child or children. Is there anyone out there, especially with special needs and the fact that this Romeo came along and not only swooped me off my feet, but my son and our combined families love each other. It’s I guess truly family and unconditional love that I’m just so grateful for.”
Later this month, the twosome are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving in Chicago with their kids.
“We’re in Chicago in our home with our two sons that both live here. And my mom and my stepdad and my sisters,” McCarthy told Us, noting that both sides of their respective families love their French’s Green Bean Casserole. “We got about a 12 count right now. Usually that number goes up because we are the house that are open to stragglers and by stragglers I mean our friends and relatives.”
“To know that our kids feel safe and secure and know that they can feel all this love and happiness at the holiday time, it’s really special. It’s again, it’s passing down traditions. That’s what all this stuff is about. That’s why this partnership with French’s, it works for us,” Wahlberg added. “We’d love green onion casserole.”
Jonathan Knight gives glimpse at life on his Essex farm
Jonathan Knight goes hog wild when it comes to his farm life with husband Harley Rodriguez. The New Kids on the Block singer and home restoration pro shared what it’s like getting his hands dirty on their estate in Essex — a passion that apparently stems from his childhood.
“When (my family and I) lived in Dorchester, we had three-quarters of an acre,” Knight told the Track of his Boston upbringing. “We had sheep, a couple of goats, a pony, two pigs, some pigeons and roosters.”
“We always had some type of animal coming through there,” he said. “This was in the late ’70s, so there weren’t all of the regulations about what you could have and what you couldn’t have.”
While in his 20s, Knight went full-country and purchased his first property in Essex. He took a six-year break from the North Shore while he and Rodriguez lived in New York City, but he returned to the town about a year ago when the pair bought the farm from his mother and made it a home.
Among the features found on the sprawling property is a barn built in the 1700s that they had dismantled, shipped to Maine, restored and then reassembled. The land also boasts a bountiful garden that Knight has grown from the ground up.
“I had never grown vegetables before,” he said. “I just tried it, and everything did so well. … Now I’m kind of hooked.”
“This year, I actually had it scaled-down because … I just got crazy and next thing you know we’ve got like 25 eggplants growing.” he said. “But ultimately, I would love to have just a big huge garden where I can grow food and donate it to a food bank.”
He and Rodriguez are also proud papas to a small herd of animals, including six chickens, three horses and 11 ducks. They have four hives buzzing with bees — although Knight adamantly abstains from any apiary duties.
“I’m actually so afraid of the damn things, so I stay away from them,” Knight said. “My mother went and took the beekeeping course with my nephew, so they’re the ones that are in charge of all that. … They start swarming at me and I start running for my life.”
Bee business aside, Knight keeps plenty busy tending to the 7 acres of land he and Rodriguez call home.
“It’s a lot of work, just even cutting the grass,” Knight said. “The good thing is my family seems to migrate up here every weekend. When I’m not looking I’ll suddenly see my sister jump on the lawnmower and just start mowing.”
And Knight, whose HGTV pilot “Farmhouse Fixer” will soon have its release date, keeps adding new endeavors to their pastoral to-do list.
“It’s never-ending,” he said of his docket of projects. “I always get these romantic notions.”
Case in point: Just last winter, Knight impulse-bought a tiny forest so he and Rodriguez can someday cut down a Christmas tree on their own property.
“I go online and I order trees not even knowing what I was ordering,” Knight said. “Three days before (The Mixtape Tour) started, 100 Christmas trees showed up at my house, little seedlings. I’m up all night before tour, putting them in pots, making sure they’re going to be OK while I’m gone.
“I actually just put about 30 in the ground last week. Hopefully they’ll make it and in 10 years, I can have my romantic moment of cutting down a Christmas tree on my own property.”
Friday, October 11, 2019
We can’t wait to create new memories with all of your when we set sail on Cruise 2020. We plan to blow everything that came before out of the water and leave it all on the ship! The annual can’t-miss BH family event is something we look forward to all the time. Cruise X definitely went down in the history books but we’re sure to find ways to top it together when we hit the water on Cruise 2020.
We’ll be sailing on the Carnival Conquest from Miami spending a bunch of days at sea together and hanging out on our favorite private island, Half Moon Cay.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The New Kids on the Block have been hanging tough for more than 30 years. Now in the midst of their sold-out North American “Mixtape Tour,” Dylan Dreyer catches up with Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight for the 3rd hour of TODAY.
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New Kids play generous hosts in TD Garden show - The Boston Globe
Joey McIntyre breaks down about dad during NKOTB's Boston concert - Boston Herald
Tiffany Reflects On Her ‘Overwhelming’ Time As A Teen Star, Talks Debbie Gibson And Mixtape Tour With NKOTB - ET Canada
New Kids On The Block’s MixTape Tour Brings New Twist To Old School Hits - Nerds and Beyond
NKOTB’s Jonathan Knight and Pop Star Tiffany Talk Dating, Coming Out and 31-Year Friendship - ET
'They couldn't breathe': The first time New Kids on the Block conquered Milwaukee
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New Kids on the Block keep Xcel Energy crowd on their feet with infectious, campy energy - TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
30 years on, New Kids on the Block have the right stuff in St. Paul concert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
'New Kids' back on the block after nearly 30 years - WISN Milwaukee (video clip)
New Kids on the Block make nostalgia feel fresh again at Milwaukee stop of 'The Mixtape Tour' - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
6 best moments from New Kids on the Block's throwback visit to Fiserv Forum - On Milwaukee
WATCH: Detroit Lions' cheerleaders perform at New Kids on the Block concert at LCA
Detroit Sports Nation
NKOTB, Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany play a non-stop 80s and 90s mixtape in Detroit - MLive
Smiles at New Kids on the Block in KeyBank Center - Buffalo News
Knight hangin' tough with NKOTB - Boston Herald
NKOTB woo fans with crowd-pleasing performance on Mixtape Tour - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Some moms are sharing their nostalgia for New Kids on the Block with their children - Greensboro News and Record
PHOTOS: New Kids On The Block still have the right stuff - WPVI-TV
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Dorchester native Donnie Walhberg is a reminder there are really good men in this world willing to put aside their super busy, hectic lives to uplift others.
And help them achieve their dreams.
My teenage daughter Brittany and I experienced this firsthand on Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Wahlberg welcomed us to the TV set of “Blue Bloods,” his hugely successful CBS series now in its ninth season. Debuting in September 2010, the popular family cop drama, starring Wahlberg playing the beloved lead Detective Danny Reagan alongside Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan, is a Friday night staple for millions of devoted viewers nationwide.
Brittany and I visited the set Friday afternoon and spent several hours with Donnie and the super nice cast and crew and watched a live taping of its latest episode. Wahlberg, whose multitalented wife, Jenny McCarthy, has been a guest on my Herald Radio show, got wind my daughter is an aspiring actress and invited us to the “Blue Bloods” set to experience a live taping so she can learn about TV production, meet the talented cast and crew, and pick up a few acting tips along the way.
And who could be better than Donnie — a terrific actor, businessman, musician of New Kids on the Block fame and TV director who’s starred in multiple hit Hollywood films over the decades in addition to the smash success “Blue Bloods.”
In between takes, Donnie came off-set and gave Brittany acting lessons and tips on how to memorize lines, bringing emotion to a scene and much more. We were blown away by his generosity and kindness and couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.
As Brittany and I rode in an Uber to dinner in Little Italy later that evening, we discussed the importance of sharing one’s success with others and that no matter what career she ultimately pursues to always remember to spread sunshine toward others and pay it forward.
A lesson best taught by Boston native Donnie Wahlberg; a great day we’ll never forget.
Adriana and her daughter Brittany on the Brooklyn set of Blue Bloods with Boston native Donnie Wahlberg.
NKOTB's Jordan Knight on 'I'll Be Loving You (Forever)' Turning 30 & Singing the #1 at His Wedding
In 30 years, Jordan Knight has performed the ballad "I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)" to thousands of fans in hundreds of cities around the globe. But it was the sweet and spontaneous time that he serenaded the woman he’ll actually be loving forever, at their wedding, which brought the New Kids on the Block singer to tears.
"It was kind of impromptu," he recalls of singing the hit at his 2004 nuptials to Evelyn Melendez. "There was a piano on wheels and a friend of mine pushed it in and was like, 'And, now Jordan’s going to sing, 'I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)!' He put me on the spot, so I sang it."
"She loved it," he adds. "When I was singing, I was really feeling it and meaning it, so I think she knew that. We both cried and it was definitely a beautiful moment."
While many artists tire of singing their biggest hits, to the contrary, Knight says three decades later he still feels blessed every time he gets to perform the song.
"To be able to sing a song like that and know that everybody knows it and it went to number one is special," he tells ET. "Since I was young, I sang in the church choir and singing was just always a love of mine, so to have a song like that and be able to carry that into my teenage and adult life … it’s like everything else is icing on the cake. I look back and I’m like, 'That’s all I need -- just to be able sing that one song.'"
"I honestly feel the same way performing it now as I did then," he continues. "It doesn’t get old to me because the melody is so pretty that it’s nice to sing every night. I never have to go on autopilot. I can always feel it when I sing it. I think of my wife, of the people in the crowd, my mom and my kids -- it just never gets old."
The hit was written by music producer Maurice Starr, who formed New Kids on the Block in the '80s, on the back of his success with fellow Boston group New Edition. While the quintet’s first self-titled record didn’t garner attention, the group got to work on Hangin’ Tough in 1988, with Starr presenting the ballad to Knight during a session at the producer’s ramshackle Roxbury studio.
"Every now and then Maurice would pop up out of the blue with a song," recalls bandmate and selfie king Donnie Wahlberg. "He would say, 'We’re going to meet Friday night and record song A,' then he would show up randomly and go, 'No, we’re doing song B. I got a new song.' 'I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)' was one of those songs -- he just came out of nowhere with it, saying, 'I got a hit record, we’ve got to move onto it right away.' Whenever those strokes of genius happened, we went along with it. It sounded like one of those epic ballads that becomes number one on the charts."
Starr had penned the track with Motown legend Smokey Robinson in mind, but with New Kids on the Block his priority at the time, he decided Knight, 48, would be the perfect vocalist for the song.
"Maurice gave me the demo and I played it on a little cassette tape in front of my family," Knight remembers. "That was before I recorded it and they were all like, 'Oh my god, you have to sing that song. It’s so awesome!' They were all into it. Then when I actually sang it, my mother loved it, my family loved it, my girlfriend at the time loved it."
"It was a song you could get lost in," he adds. "I spent a couple of days recording it and I just remember being so excited about piecing it all together, hearing the outcome and being part of the creative process -- saying, 'Oh, let’s try this because it could sound better.' Being part of something that was so awesome and beautiful was really cool."
The band filmed a music video for the track in spring in New York City, where they were followed walking across the Williamsburg Bridge, then meeting some girls, playing pool and eating pizza. Showing their growing fan base what a date with the guys might look like, the video made young women around the world swoon over them even more.
"I shot it on the ground, then I jumped onto a helicopter and shot them from up there," the video’s director, Doug Nichol, says. "It was really fun. We didn’t have a lot of money, so it was just me with a 16mm camera and a small crew and we just did it. We filmed them singing to a bunch of girls in a gym, then playing pool over in Brooklyn."
"That was always the vibe of their videos -- the guys are hanging around, then they meet up with some girls and have a sweet, innocent time," he adds. "If you watch all of the videos, that’s what happens!"
Of course, fun with girls was only reflective of what the group, who were between 16 and 20 in age, were experiencing in real life at the time. In fact, Nichol recalls one of the young pinups losing their virginity the day of the shoot.
"We shot them walking over the Williamsburg Bridge and as we got to the end, everybody was waiting and we were surrounded by a bunch of girls," Nichol recalls. "I remember the next day one of the guys telling me, 'Hey Doug, thanks so much,' because I guess he slept with a girl for the first time!"
Just as one of the group members scored a home run in their love life, the song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1989. It also hit the top 10 in countries including Australia, Ireland and the U.K.
In the decades since, it has also become a wedding playlist must for "Blockheads," who have tearfully enjoyed the track for their first dance.
Now, with his brother and bandmate, Jonathan Knight, planning to tie the knot with fiancé, Harley Rodriguez, would Knight consider being wedding singer with the iconic track again?
"Maybe!" he says with a laugh. "You never know. It’s definitely a wedding song!"
In the meantime, the father of two is enjoying some downtime chilling at home in Massachusetts, helping run his Italian restaurant, Novara, and doing "old man stuff" like golfing and bowling before kicking off the Mixtape Tour with his brother, Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McInytre on May 2 in Cincinnati.
The lineup also features Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Naughty by Nature and Salt-N-Pepa, who all feature on "80s Baby," one of three new tracks (along with "The Way" and boy band anthem "Boys in the Band") on the group’s recently released Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition). Knight says the guys are currently working out how the acts will come together on stage.
"We’re going to make sure that we collaborate with the other artists and just do fun things," he says. "The crowd is paying good money, so we want to dazzle them!"
The New Kids On The Block are back on tour -- cue the big hair, scrunchies, neon windbreakers and just about everything '80s nostalgia!
It's a great time be a middle aged Blockhead. And now there's a screenplay garnering industry buzz that celebrates what it means to stan something for decades (before the term "stan" even existed).
TooFab has learned a movie about late-thirties NKOTB fangirls -- appropriately titled "FanGirls" -- is being shopped at major studios and is garnering a lot of interest in Hollywood.
It's being billed as an R-Rated female comedy about four lifelong friends who loved New Kids On The Block when they were kids. The four ladies head to Vegas to relive their youth as one of them approaches the big 4-O to revel in a NKOTB reunion concert. Mayhem ensues.
It is being shopped around as "Hangover" meets "Bad Moms" but with more heart. We're told "FanGirls" is a coming of age story for females in their late-thirties and examines the ups and downs of longterm friendships.
The screenplay, by Lara Khajetoorians Larkin, made it on The Hit List 2016 (an industry list of the top specs of the year).
The tagline on the IMDB page advises: "FanGirls don't blow the band."
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Here is a short clip from the show:
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Click here to listen! (His interview starts around 8.5 minutes in.)
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Click here to listen! (Donnie's part starts around 27 minutes in)
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Entertainment Tonight was on the set during the making of the video and also interviewed them. Lance Bass asks them a question and they are asked why Hanson and Jonas Brothers were not mentioned in the song.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
You may THINK you know the story about the 'Killer Clown' that terrorized Chicago in the 70's... but tonight, host @DonnieWahlberg will remove the makeup to reveal the real John Wayne Gacy. #VeryScaryPeople -- Series premiere TONIGHT at 9pET/PT on #HLN: https://t.co/SgBhquduOp pic.twitter.com/af4nuFqYHb— HLN (@HLNTV) March 17, 2019
What better way to welcome @DonnieWahlberg to the HLN family than with a round of Very Scaryoke!? Catch the series premiere of Very Scary People this Sunday at 9PM on @HLNTV. pic.twitter.com/BJGDNhRCGJ— Morning Express with Robin Meade (@MorningExp) March 16, 2019
Donnie Wahlberg says there is CHAOS in his house in the morning... and its name is: @JennyMcCarthy.— HLN (@HLNTV) March 17, 2019
See REAL chaos tonight when Donnie hosts in the series premier of #VeryScaryPeople. 9pET/PT on HLN: https://t.co/SgBhquduOp pic.twitter.com/RdKn9LWB78
"These people tend to show the signs of what they're going to become, we just don't always listen." @DonnieWahlberg hosts the new @HLNTV show Very Scary People. Watch it Sunday at 9PM. pic.twitter.com/nM8MkQKjbd— Morning Express with Robin Meade (@MorningExp) March 14, 2019
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Video courtesy of Josie itsaJKthing
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To celebrate the release of Hangin' Tough 30th Anniversary edition, NKOTB will be appearing at Sony Square in New York City on Friday, March 8! You can pick up your copy and get it signed by Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Joey & Jonathan.
Here's what you need to know:
- Wristbands can only be obtained by purchasing NKOTB's Hangin' Tough 30th Anniversary Edition at Sony Square NYC, starting on Friday, March 8 @ 11 a.m.
- Wristbands are limited — first come, first served.
- No posed photos/selfies allowed with the band.
- If you have a wristband and purchased multiple copies of Hangin' Tough 30th Anniversary Edition, the band will sign the respective amount of booklets (no personalization).
- Sony Square NYC will only accept credit card payment.
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Class is almost in session — when @nkotb new single #BoysInTheBand aka The Boy Band Anthem drops March 1st! We’re bringing happy - back to the future, back to school and back to where it all began! GET READY! 🔥💯🙌🏼❤️😉✌🏼#BoysInTheBand #BHLove #BoyBandsForever #HT30 pic.twitter.com/unAJyPdQXQ— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) February 20, 2019