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Nancy Davis will welcome guests to the 22nd annual Race To Erase MS benefiting Race to Erase MS and its “Center Without Walls” program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS. Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances by Ne-Yo, Rita Ora and Matty B. Fashion Icon Tommy Hilfiger will be presented with the Race to Erase MS “Medal of Hope” Award. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.

Special hosts for the evening include Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Anne Heche & James Tupper, and Paris Hilton. Additional guests include Alyssa Milano, Lance Bass, Taryn Manning, Larry King, Frances Fisher, Candace Cameron Bure, Lea Thompson, Rowan Blanchard, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Christine Devine, Clementine Ford, Camille Grammer, G. Hannelius, Lydia Hearst, Robert Herjavec, Olivia Holt, Carrie Ann Inaba, Kym Johnson, Cobi Jones, Robert Knepper, James Maslow, Katherine McNamara, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Peta Murgatroyd, Austin North, Willow Shields, Alli Simpson, Lisa Vanderpump & Ken Todd, Loni Anderson, Lindsay Arnold, and many more.


It has been over a year since the guys of Big Time Rush have performed together and almost two years since 24/Seven was released, so can you blame us for missing them? While the boys haven’t done anything together in quite some time, they’ve been pretty busy individually. Kendall Schmidt released new music. Carlos PenaVega got married. Logan Henderson has been enjoying some down time. And James Maslow jumped deep into the acting world.
And speaking of James, we recently chatted with the 24-year-old singer/actor about his upcoming film, The Seeds of Yesterday, new BTR music (!!!), his connection to 50 Shades of Grey and tons more! Rushers, you’re not gonna want to miss this:

Teen: The Seeds of Yesterday trailer was pretty insane — What drew you to the film?
James Maslow:
“People have seen me do a lot of one thing, which is James Diamond from Big Time Rush And as fun as that absolutely was, it’s not who I am and all that I am capable of. So I jumped at the opportunity to play a role that’s probably as 180 degrees away from James Diamond as you can get. Bart is a very complex character and it’s more character work than any other role I’ve ever played. I am proud of it. It was exciting to go that deep into a character and I am really, really hoping people can see that.”

T: What do you think people will be most shocked about?
“You know, people know me as being a pretty nice guy, and I’d liked to say that in life [I’m] pretty upbeat. The large-scale roles that people have seen me in are pretty happy. Bart is not necessarily a very happy person. He can be very mean and manipulative and there are definitely some scenes where people will definitely be shocked. But, remember it’s acting! (laughs) And kind of the point. At the end of the movie, he’s not a bad guy. He’s just very, very tortured. As intelligent as he is, he was just lead out of that path. So, I think that will be the biggest shock for people — playing a character that is not the most likable person.”

T: Let’s talk about the Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired teaser that came out. You obviously didn’t know that it’s going to get cut together like that, but when you were filming those scenes, was it awkward?
“Yeah, there were definitely some awkward moments, but you’re acting and everyone on set is very professional. We actually filmed quite a bit that didn’t make the movie. The director was very avid about making it as realistic as possible. So, for example, several of the sex scenes are obviously going to be cut down because it’s TV and we are not showing Fifty Shades of Grey. But in many ways we still have that movie; It exists somewhere. So, I’m not surprised they cut the trailer down as much as they did. That’s promotion; It’s not reflective of the entirety of the film. A lot of the scenes were cut back from how they were filmed.”

T: Did you actually see Fifty Shades?
“No I haven’t, actually.”

T: Let’s talk about your upcoming thriller, Wild for the Night. It’s so exciting to see you branching out in roles like that. How was filming that?
“Well, strangely enough, it was more in my personal comfort zone than you might think. I always joked that if I ever played myself it would be so different from James Diamond that people would think I was acting. Obviously Wyatt in Wild for the Night is not me. He’s very dark, but different. He’s much more introverted and manipulative in his own way, but he puts on a show, which is interesting. Wyatt has an emotional past because he was an alcoholic and used to do drugs and that back story is nothing like anything I played before. It was a ton of fun, and Benny Boom, who directed it, wanted to make it as realistic as possible. So that was exciting. Quite frankly, that was one of the most fun roles I’ve played to date. It’s an action movie, so I got to get into some fights. Thomas [Flanagan] beats the crap out of me. It was exciting. I am very excited for people to see both. And they are so different that people might find themselves shocked again by the differences between Wyatt and Bart.”

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Last weekend’s If There Be Thorns, fans of Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews film adaptations got their first look at Bart Winslow — a sallow, worried boy whose sibling jealousies got a serious boost from his grandma Corrine and her creepy butler who moved in next door to Bart’s mom, Cathy, and her husband, Chris. Who are also brother and sister. Bart’s real dad is Grandma Corrine’s late husband and … well, you can see why the youngest of Cathy’s surviving sons might have a couple screws loose here and there. Which, says former Big Time Rush star James Maslow, who plays him in Sunday night’s Seeds of Yesterday, is what makes the now-grown Bart so much fun to play. “He basically was raised by a pretty evil person who blamed all of these almost sadistic beliefs on his version of a Bible, on Malcolm’s journal,” says Maslow. “Bart grows up and graduates from a wonderful college and inherits all this money. He’s articulate and he’s obviously smart, so it’s strange that somebody at that level of intelligence can actually believe something so seemingly crazy — but that’s the scariest part. He genuinely does believe until the very end of the movie when he realizes that, ‘Wow, maybe this hasn’t been the right approach.’”

If your TV carried just three shows or networks, what would they be?
One of my favorites is House of Cards. It’s such a well-done series — so intriguing and captivating from beginning to end. Homeland also. I gravitate toward shows like that. I’m a big Family Guy fan. I could watch that for a lifetime.

What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
My refrigerator and my pantry are the quintessential bachelor assortment of things, so there’s usually eggs. I can eat eggs breakfast lunch and dinner. I’m a big fan of tequila so I feel like if I’m going to have only a three things in there, tequila is a good choice. It works well for me. And I love steaks — if I had steaks always supplied in my fridge, I’d be psyched. I feel like I could actually do that as a full-time diet!

Tell us about your strangest fan encounter.
I’ve had some interesting ones. I mean, being on tour on the music side of my life, you get some interesting and dedicated fans to say the least. Once, I had a group of girls ride in the elevator — how they got a keycard, I’m just not sure — for six hours. I was going to the gym or something and the door opens to screams. It was just photographs and selfies and calling their friends, and it didn’t get me upset. Strange way to meet people, but you know what? Good on them. They put in some work!

You act and sing professionally, but reveal to us your hidden talent.
Ooh, that’s an interesting one! I’m good at accents. I haven’t had too many opportunities to do them, but it would be fun to do a voice-over or play a character that is a different ethnicity or something extreme. I grew up with my friends and my brother and my sister just doing accents and being other people and geeking out!

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From clean cut Nickelodeon teen sensation to sinister star of Lifetime’s series “Seeds of Yesterday,” James Maslow certainly has range. He joined us in the FOX411 studio to chat about what it takes to work as a leading man in Hollywood.

FOX411: Your role as Bart in “Seeds of Yesterday” has certainly removed you from your “Big Time Rush” persona. Has there been any backlash from your fans?
James Maslow:
I’ve seen a couple tweets where fans are concerned that I’m not playing the happy-go-lucky character they might be used to, but I’ve actually seen an overwhelming amount of support that people were excited I was doing something so different, and they were excited to see me play a character that is a 180 degrees away from what I’ve done before. And frankly that’s every actor’s dream. No actor wants to play the same thing over and over.

FOX411: Many times female Disney and Nickelodeon stars will go super sexy to depart from their good gal image. Is it the same for guys?
See, my good girl persona was already relatively sexy, so I didn’t need to do the bikini-clad, lingerie shoots. Maybe next film. It’s important to stretch yourself and to play different characters and I know that Lifetime has that clip with my shirt off, and you know that’s fun, that great. It makes sense to a point because this was kind of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” of 20 years ago but it’s not the entirety of the movie. It’s definitely not why I chose this role.

FOX411: A quick Google search of your name reveals an entire newsfeed about your abs. Are you tired of being objectified, or do you dig it?
: Here’s the thing, I’m a healthy person in general, but it’s been a conscious choice to be in even better shape because I want to be able to continue to play a leading man, from young leading man, to the next ten, twenty years and I think being in shape is a very important part of that. Yeah, from the aesthetic approach, but I want to be able to do my own stunts and do the action fights, and all of that, so it’s really necessary for my job.

FOX411: You also have an album coming out?
I’m very excited. I’ve been in the studio just about every day writing when I’m not filming something, and it’s been a long time coming but I’m happy to say the EP is really starting to take shape. No official dates, but I would like to I’ll be releasing solo music sometime around the summer.


This Sunday, Lifetime is airing the final installment of the Dollanganger series, Seeds of Yesterday, which tells the ongoing story of incest and betrayal that has long cursed one family. The new film stars Nickelodeon’s James Maslow as Bart, a man who becomes tortured by the truth of his own existence and exacts revenge on his family. It’s the most adult role yet for the 24-year-old actor who has spent the past five years growing up on the kids’ network. With his abs front and center, Maslow is looking ahead at what’s next — including new music, which he hopes to release sometime this spring — as he explores life beyond Nickelodeon. Ahead of Seeds of Yesterday’s debut, Maslow chats on the phone with ETonline about those Lifetime teasers and his actual carb consumption.

ETonline: Let’s start with your abs. They are getting a lot of attention on the Internet thanks to Lifetime’s very choice teaser.
James Maslow:
Yes, they definitely utilized that as a way to exploit it because it’s not the most important part of the movie… Not to disappoint anybody, it’s not just an hour and a half of nudity.

So Bart is a pretty awful guy. Can you even name all the terrible things he does in this film?
It would be hard to, especially because the movie, in particular, is not very specific as to whether he did or didn’t do a couple of things. In Bart’s defense, it’s difficult to play a character and just say, ‘My character’s a bad guy.’ That would be weird, because no bad guy ever thinks he’s a bad guy. No evil person ever thinks what they’re doing is evil. Ultimately, they think what they’re doing for the world, or the family, or whatever the situation is, good. That’s very much so for Bart. He was raised to believe in ideology that was skewed and, in many ways, wrong or extremist. And it takes him until the end of the entire series to really figure that out. Ultimately, he realizes he’s not a bad guy, but just grew up with terrible circumstances.

It sounds like he’s really lost in all the ideology about what is right and what is wrong.
He’s absolutely lost. He felt like he had no parents to raise him once he found out that his father and mother were brother and sister. That was enough for him to disown his father figure, Chris. That’s why he turns to his grandfather, Malcolm Foxworth, who died years past. So he’s basically been raised by a journal filled with skewed ideology.

Funnily enough, Bart’s one of the only characters that does not technically commit incest.
He’s so against incest and wrongdoings, ironically, because he all these temper tantrums himself. But yes, he doesn’t sleep with any family blood relatives. [Laughs] …So Bart, that’s one thing you did well.

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