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James has joined up with VH1’s Save the Music campaign. The Save the Music foundation is dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. So how is James helping out you ask? Glad you asked! He’s designed a t-shirt (check out details below on how to purchase) with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit VH1’s Save the Music.



The shirt will be available for 2 weeks so be sure to grab yours while you can, and help support a great cause!

We are still in a state of amazement after watching Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary Special earlier in this week, but we couldn’t help notice that James Maslow was missing! Though he wasn’t on the episode, the 24-year-old entertainer recently spoke exclusively to JJJ about his time on the show and what he was excited about for the 10th anniversary show. “I’m looking forward to seeing some performances from the old celeb contestants!” James shared about the episode.

JJJ: What were some of your favorite moments on the show?
JM:
The freestyle was pretty awesome. It was probably the dance I was most comfortable with since it was the only one remotely similar to the kind of dance I had done before. Plus, we won it so that was pretty cool.

JJJ: Can you pick your favorite dance? Why that one?
JM:
The modern dance to Frozen we got all 10s for was sick. It was fun to use some physicality and throw Peta around.

JJJ: What has the show meant to you?
JM:
It was a really cool opportunity to meet and work with a whole world of professionals I may have otherwise never even met. I think it made me a better performer overall. Even though I doubt I ever do a rumba walk again.

JJJ: Looking back, what made you want to join in the first place?
JM:
Honestly, it just seemed fun. I spoke with a couple of my friends who had previously done the show, like Joey Fatone and Victor Ortiz and everyone said the exact same thing. It’s a lot of work but a hell of a lot of fun. It was also a nice change of pace from filming and tour.

JJJ: What’s one thing that you would want to say to your partner now?
JM:
Good luck finding a better partner! Just kidding. But seriously…

JJJ: If you could do it all again, would you?
JM:
I’m glad I did the show, but I’d like the next time I go on DWTS to be to perform my own music.

JJJ: Are you watching the show now? Who are you rooting for?
JM:
I haven’t kept up with every episode but of course I always cheer on Peta. Since she’s out now, my votes go to Whitney. Sorry guys!

JJJ: What was the biggest hurdle for you to get over during your time on the show?
JM:
Rumba walk and “floaty” hands. Neither are natural to the human body.

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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.

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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?
JM:
“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?
JM:
“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?
JM:
“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?
JM:
“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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