Just in time for you to finish Season 3 of “Orange is the New Black” (which comes out on Netflix June 12th), the Backstreet Boys’ movie, “Show Em What You’re Made Of” will become available on Netflix beginning June 16.
Also on that day “Curious George,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Two Days, One Night” will also become available.
The movie will be the first Backstreet Boys’ release on Netflix.
The Backstreet Boys are celebrating their 22nd anniversary as a band. It’s been 22 years since Brian got the call that led him to Florida (Let me tell you the story about the call that changed my destiny). It’s been 22 years since Kevin made that call. It’s been 22 years since Howie almost missed this chance to be a Backstreet Boy because he had originally auditioned under a persona. It’s been 22 years since Nick auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club. It’s been 22 years since AJ became the first member of the Backstreet Boys.
I’ve been a fan of the Backstreet Boys since 1995. I’ve been a fan through the good and the bad. I’ve been a fan through the media claiming they split and the numerous times the media said they’ve reunited (even though we all know they never went away). Here are only some of the reasons why I heart the Backstreet Boys (in no particular order).
YTV’s The Hit List: I spent every Friday night watching YTV’s The Hit List back in the mid-nineties. It was a show that featured music videos and interviews of popular groups/singers, especially in Canada. Back in the day we would watch the show Friday night to see who would be featured and what music videos would be played so we could record them the following day. I have many VHS tapes with interviews from the guys during those times.
A Night Out With the Backstreet Boys: Wow! This was definitely a treat for me back in the day. I was never able to see the boys in concert during the earlier years. It wasn’t until 2008 when I saw them for the first time. I have no idea how many times I watched that video (or rewind Nick singing “I Need You Tonight”).
Backstreet Boys: The Video: I’m surprised that I still have a working copy of this to be honest. I have no idea how many times my friends and I watched that video. This video gave us more information on each of the boys (since we didn’t have easy access to the internet at that time).
Creativity: It was through discovering the Backstreet Boys that I later discovered Fan Fiction (and yes, I wrote it too). I learned so much about writing from this time. I also learned how to create websites and spent many hours creating various things. If it wasn’t for the Backstreet Boys I am pretty sure I would have never attempted to learn these things.
In a World Like This: This is one of my favorite albums that they have released to date. It’s the first one since Kevin returned and it showed so much musical growth.
The Anniversary Tour: I finally got to see ALL FIVE guys and travel with two of my friends to see them. It was also my first time going to an after party (highly recommended).
Humour: These guys have great senses of humor. From the Frick and Frack moments of the past, hearing about the practical jokes they’ve played, and creating videos such as the Harlem Shake one they did, there is never a dull moment.
Their support systems: Most of them have huge support systems from their families. How the guys are willing to share their lives with the fans is amazing, whether it is through showing pictures of their kids or family vacations to sharing stories from past events in their lives.
Honesty: Although in the past they were unable to be has open with their fans as they wanted (and had to watch their every move), the boys have proved time and time again how much their fans mean to them through their honesty about their lives. From family drama to health or addictions, they’re honest with their fans in regards to their lives.
Reality Shows: I’ve never been a fan of reality shows, I’ll be honest. But watching Nick put himself and his life in the public eye time and time again through “House of Carters” and “I Heart Nick Carter” gave me so much more respect for him. It has also shown us how he has grown into the person we see today.
NKOTBSB: The joint venture of these two bands was amazing in itself. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it live (and I could kick myself for it now) but I did get to live vicariously through all the wonderful people who posted videos on Youtube and shared their experience.
Talent: Not only can the guys sing, but they can act, produce, and write (only to name a few). I loved the fact that they did an acoustic set on their most recent tour and played instruments. This just goes to show how talented they are (and who doesn’t like a boy with a guitar?)
Life outside the Backstreet Boys: All boys have been successful with other ventures outside of the boys. Whether it is a solo album, fashion, acting, or various businesses; they boys have made a name for themselves in other areas. Us fans are always there to support other ventures as well.
Frick and Frack: Enough said!
The people behind the scenes: There are some very patient and amazing people working behind the scenes to make sure the boys get to gigs/interviews on time, to make sure everything runs smoothly during tours, to promote the exciting things that are coming up, and to keep them safe. We appreciate these people more than they will ever know (and we love interacting with them too!!!!)
Cruises: I love Cruises! I love music! I have yet to be on a Backstreet Boys cruise but I will one of these days!
Interaction with the Fans: They take the time to interact with the fans at events and on social media. How many of us have done a little happy dance to be followed by our favorites or to have them tweet us?
The All I Have to Give Conversation Mix – 🙂
Inspiration: These boys are inspirational. They have helped more people around the world then they’ll ever know. They have overcome so many things in their lives to be here today; from major surgeries – to family drama – to run ins with the law – to numerous stints in rehab. Sharing these things with the fans has only made us respect them even more. They’re human!
Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of: This documentary was definitely an eye opener. They showed things that they could have easily cut out and pretend never happened but they didn’t. This only goes to prove that they are real and that they want us to see this. This documentary gave me so much more respect for the guys.
KBNHA: Need I say more???
Friends: Over the years I’ve had so many good memories with friends because of these guys. I count my blessings that I was able to see them in concert, as I never thought I ever would. I made friends through online communities years ago that I still talk to, even to this day. I am thankful for each and every one of them.
In case you were busy, at work, or had something better to do (why would you?!), here are all the Q&A’s the boys answered during the Friday night premiere of “Show Em What You’re Made Of” on VH1. It was only AJ and Howie that answered the questions.
.@sweetnikkers I had to learn quickly how to take care of myself. Had to pack my suitcase, do laundry & be responsible – @howied
In just a little under two weeks, the Backstreet Boys’ documentary “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” will make its debut on VH1. The movie will be shown under their “RockDocs” specials and the boys will be there to host it.
Be sure to watch it, Friday, April 3, at 9 p.m. EST.
It was exciting to watch the movie. Such a heartfelt,real,and honest movie. It was nice to see the other side of each Backstreet Boy that I’ve never seen before. Such vulnerability,honesty,and rawness. Each hometown visit left a mark that I will never forget. Each story also left a lesson that we will never forget. Brian’s journey through his problem is/was admirable. It wasn’t easy especially when his livelihood depends on it. But he faced it with dignity and grace. Such admirable attitude which made me love and respect him even more. There were laughter while watching parts of the movie, while some scene got me in tears.
One particular one is the confrontation between Nick and Brian about Brian’s problem. It wasn’t easy to watch it knowing their relationship before. I miss it. I miss them. It must have been hard for Nick to say those things, yes! He was pissed off, angry and maybe even frustrated or even defeated while choosing songs for the new album. Maybe it came out of anger, but I would also like to believe that it was done out of love. I think Nick misses Brian, their relationship and carefree attitude. Kevin is right, there was a lot of baggage there for the past 20 years or so, but I think more than anything, it was a little brother missing his relationship with his big brother. I love Nick’s analogy of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. They do need each other. It was the unbeatable team.
Seeing each and every Boy share the story of their roots and humble beginnings was amazing. And part of their story is of course Lou Pearlman. Like what AJ said, it was hard going through that then you start questioning what is real and what is not. It is hard to be grateful to someone who helped you get to where you are at the same time used you. Learning about all those people who has been instrumental in utilizing the Boys’ talents and helped them make a difference in our lives now. It was humbling to see them go back and pay tribute to those people. Seeing all those old video clips of school plays and talent shows was special.
Another part of the movie that really tugged my heart was seeing Q in some clips. Especially his interaction with AJ. It must have been hard for all of them to watch it. But Q being Q like always manages to make me/us smile. I’m happy that he got to be a part of this movie so it adds up to our list of wonderful memories of him.
After watching the movie, I wanted to hug each and every Boy. It made me such a proud Backstreet Boys Fan. It was amazing. Highly recommended for everyone to watch. Fan or not, everyone will appreciate this movie and be a fan of the Backstreet Boys after. Thank you Boys for sharing your story with us. Love you all to the moon and back.
After watching the Backstreet Boys movie I saw that my friend tweeted “There is something pretty special about being a Backstreet Boys’ fan”, I think this was the perfect sentiment after seeing the movie.
I have been a fan since I was 12 years old and since I’m 31 on that wasn’t yesterday. I feel like I have grown up with them.
They were there with their music for everything, good times, bad times and everything in between. When I was watching the movie I just wanted it to keep going for hours.
I loved everything about it. I loved how they really showed themselves. They did not need to censor themselves because they are not trying to be these perfect young men who were being molded by others. Hearing them talk about Lou, the early days, Brian’s voice and AJ’s addiction in a real and raw way made for what we as fans wanted to see.
This was a real documentary not the documentaries we have been seeing such as Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber where it is more of a concert then anything. The moments I enjoyed best was when they were all just together talking or working through a song when they were in London.
Yes, I cried when Kevin was talking about his father passing and when Nick talked about his childhood at school and did not know why he was crying, I also laughed when Howie talked about sweating to death at his house until he put in central air and when AJ talked about topless bowling and Brian danced around in the back.
This movie was everything I wanted; yes I could have watched hours more but it was enough in what it was. Some people are saying it shows the rises and fall of the Boys but really is it truly a fall when they are still making music, selling out tours and making millions around the world sing along with their songs?
I think even some who are not fans would like this movie because you get to see how things really were when they started and how they working everything out now. They are still those boys who fell in love with years ago now they have just grown into men. I have gained a new respect and love them even more now.
They have bought me happiness, amazing friends and great times. They truly showed us what they are made of.
1. The movie is named after the song that AJ and Kevin wrote for your children. What are you going to tell them about the movie and your past as a group one day when they sit down to see it?
The song is important to us, and we think it reflects the underlying theme of our career. We have consistently showed the world (and even at times ourselves) what we’re made of.
2. While you were filming the movie and talking about old issues from before, did it reignite any former bad blood that still carries on within the group today?
We are all older now, and we have come a long way. There are, of course, a few issues that come to a head that you’ll see in the movie… but we’ve all grown up a lot.
3. Are you prepared for the world to see these raw moments that are in the movie, such as the fight between Nick and Brian? How have you prepared yourself for the feedback not only from fans, but from the critics?
We are putting a version of ourselves out there that no one, not even our fans have seen before. It does take a bit of preparation. But it is a part of our story.
4. Was there ever a time during filming that you wondered if the cameras should stop filming? (From @Jhie0730)
We’ve grown to believe that the moments you feel like the cameras should stop filming are the moments that should be filmed. We’re happy we stuck to that, because it made for moments that made the movie.
5. How did visiting each other’s past change how you interact with each other now?
It definitely reminded us where we all came from, and helped us rebuild the connection we had when we were younger.
6. What was the hardest thing that you guys had to reveal in the movie? Whether as a group or individually? (From @SweetAlexaLove)
Brian’s vocal issues – it’s been hard seeing him go through it and knowing there’s not much you can do to help. We didn’t want to really discuss it until he was ready.
7. AJ mentioned on the cruise that there would be a soundtrack with unreleased songs. Is that still going to be released? (P.S. If it is, you guys can totally throw in audio of the harmonizing from the movie trailers…. it’s beautiful).
We know you guys want one so we’re seeing what we can do 😉
8. After watching the movie, what is your favorite moment that you’re glad you have on film to relive?
As emotional as it was, the hometown visits really brought the five of us together not only as a band but also as friends. We had heard about these places from each other, but getting to experience them first hand was a whole different story.
9. Besides releasing the movie overseas and your upcoming International shows this year, what else do you guys have planned? We know that pretty much all of you are releasing or working on solo material. And everybody has asked… will there be a Backstreet Boys cruise in 2016 since there isn’t one this year?
You’ll just have to wait and see 😉
10. And finally, will you guys be creeping on Twitter and Instagram to see what fans say about the movie?
Of course, your opinion matters the most 😉
Thanks to the crew behind promoting “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” and the boys’ team, along with the boys for helping make this possible.
Most Backstreet Boys fans know just about everything about the boys and their history. But even the most knowledgeable fan may have learned a few things from their movie “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of.”
Let’s take a look at 18 things from the movie that we learned, or just want to reminiscence about.
1. Kevin Richardson has some great quotes.
2. Nick Carter should never put down a guitar. So yes, Brian Littrell, you bring him tea so he can continue to play.
3. Always listen to AJ McLean. He can remember everything. So yes, don’t listen to the old guys. Always listen to AJ.
4. AJ McLean will always be gangsta, even if he is in a boy band.
5. Kevin Richardson quits peeing before Nick Carter and they both don’t mind peeing in the woods.
6. Brian Littrell has kind of a short tongue.
7. Kevin Richardson’s dream of playing to a big crowd comes true. Also his Kentucky pretending probably got him ready for the role of Burt in “The Bloody Indulgent.”
8. Howie Dorough is a freaky little guy – and likes to smack AJ McLean’s ass.
9. Brian Littrell is still B-Rok… and can throw a flat basketball and still shoot the goal.
10. AJ McLean has the memory of a saint. He can remember a skit from when he was a child. So always follow his instructions. But if he starts stuttering, he’s probably lying.
11. Old school Kevin Richardson is the best thing since sliced bread.
12. The Backstreet Boys have all of this footage from the Millennium and Black & Blue tours. The big question is – WHY THE HELL DO WE NOT HAVE THESE RELEASED ON DVD?!
13. Nick Carter creeps Twitter. Proof below.
14. AJ McLean and his best friend Chris have an odd relationship.
15. Sassy Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson are awesome. And Nick likes to say baby when he’s pissed off.
16. Nick Carter saying “you shut the fuck up,” obviously amuses the hell out of Kevin Richardson.
17. Kevin Richardson can get a little sassy when he’s trying to calm down a fight. “There’s a lot of baggage… from the last 20 fucking years.”
18. When Nick Carter cries, the world cries with him.
When I became a Backstreet Boys’ fan as a soon-to-be high school graduate in 1998, it was simply for the good music and pretty boys. Little did I know that they would change my lives and that in a small way, I would change theirs.
After seeing a 20-minute clip of the movie on the 2014 Backstreet Boys cruise, I knew it was going to be emotional. I knew they would touch on subjects that were even touchy for me and I didn’t even live them.
But watching the movie three times after the Sneak Peak event in Kennesaw, Ga. last night made me think about things from my own past. It made me see that even though I thought I had a lot in common with AJ, that it’s really Nick that I have a lot in common with because of our childhoods, school and other things.
The movie showed me different parts of the boys’ life that I always knew was there, but I got to witness it. I got to see Kevin show his emotion about his father’s death. I saw Brian struggle with his voice issues that fans have talked about for years, wondering why it was never brought up. I mean, let’s face it, debates and straight up fights have broke out about his voice issues. I saw Howie talk about his father’s backwoods South Georgia ways and AJ go back in time to a time when he knew who AJ was and he found himself once again. (Bye, bye, bye Johnny Noname!)
The boys know that now they can be themselves with fans. There’s no longer the hiding behind a facade of ‘we’re good little boys and can do no wrong.’ I think, in a way, that’s why Kevin is so laid back now. Sure, he may have mellowed with age, but his fans are no longer mostly 13-year-old girls. We are all adults who can comprehend their past and their future. He can make jokes where he discusses body parts that make even the dirtiest of girls like myself blush. He can talk about learning how to ask for blowjobs in German.
If I ever debated on wavering my loyalty to the Backstreet Boys, to cut back on shows, or working on this website, or writing fan fiction, or anything, I realized what a mistake that would be. I came out of the Sneak Peek Thursday night loving a band more than I ever thought I could. I got to share watching the movie with some of my closest friends that I share that bond with and that I met because of those five guys.
The film was honest. There was no sugarcoating. There was nothing scripted with this movie. It was a raw, honest look at five guys who love one another and have been together as friends, brothers and business partners for the past almost 22 years now.
After watching the movie, I’ve never been more prouder to be a Backstreet Boys fan.