At last, the content we both deserve and need. Thursday, December 14, 2017, shall henceforth be known as the day that Will Smith, famous actor, father of Jaden and Willow, husband of Jada, finally made an Instagram. And he's a natural, as it turns out. Since posting the inaugural photo (a duck-face selfie, naturally) a day ago, the actor has amassed more than a million followers, gotten verified, and posted seven photos. In terms of social media savvy, Will Smith is a veritable Selena Gomez.
But along the way, Smith got some advice from a couple of famous friends. The first, Ellen DeGeneres, queen of the celebrity selfie, gave Smith a comprehensive Instagram tutorial during her show on Thursday. After the actor announced he's "finally going on Instagram," DeGeneres helped him take a series of trendy portraits for the 'gram. They ran through duck-lips, a mirror selfie, a photo with a baby as a prop, a photo with vegetables as a prop, and a #TBT, all of which has since been uploaded onto Smith's Instagram. The most popular is, of course, the #TBT, a photo of Smith and DeGeneres recreating a still from the Fresh Prince of Bel-air opening credits that's gotten more than 366,000 likes.
Shortly after, Justin Timberlake became the first famous person to welcome Smith to Instagram. He posted a #TBT as well, along with some dad-friendly instructions.
"Welcome to Instagram @willsmith," he wrote in the caption. "This is called a #TBT. Which means Throwback Thursday. Which is a photo you post on Thursdays that you like, that was taken in the past. I like this photo because it’s a photo of you and me. And we look like we are having a serious conversation about something very important. And that makes me feel important."
Jessica Biel in new Justin Timberlake music video? - 12/14/17
Travelzoo, a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, will broadcast at 8:30 p.m. ET this Thursday, December 14 a Facebook livestream of "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade" from Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. Travelzoo has been granted rare access to a unique viewing platform on Main Street U.S.A. The broadcast will feature the magical holiday parade, behind the scenes festive fun and some very special guests including pop icon Joey Fatone and a visit from a Disney character.
"Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade" is part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom and features a host of favorite Disney characters in their finest holiday attire, gigantic seasonal floats from favorite Disney films such as "Frozen," "Beauty & The Beast" and the Disney•Pixar "Toy Story" movies, and other entertaining sights like Chip and Dale leading a host of dancing gingerbread men and marching toy soldiers. There is even a special appearance by Santa Claus—riding in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
"Travelzoo is thrilled to bring this iconic holiday event to our members at such a magical time of the year. Our Facebook Live event is a unique chance for millions of Disney fans to experience the delights of this incredible parade," says Mike Stitt, Travelzoo's President of North America.
Bye, bye, bye to those reunion rumors! *NSYNC may have been one of the biggest boy bands in music history, but it appears that they have (not so surprisingly!) hung up their marionette dolls for good.
"The answer is no," JC Chasez exclusively tells Us Weekly. "I know people want to hear a different answer but we felt like we did what we set out to do. By the way, we are all still friends and we all still talk about this stuff. But the way we went about it was we had to be inspired by something. And that's the only way we would do anything."
"Whatever we do together we have to do it because we are inspired to do it. It's authentic. And I feel like that's part of why we had a connection with our audience," he adds. "[We want] to continue to be honest with our audience and fans. I would never want to take anything from anyone that didn't feel genuine. That's just kind of the way we approach everything that we do. … I think if they are going to invest in you then you should be fair to them. If you're not giving everything that you have then you shouldn't be doing it. That's out of respect for them."
"Thirty minutes before a performance it was just the five of us. Everybody else would clear out and it would be a quiet space — wherever it is we need 30 minutes to hit the reset button. And to gather our energy, get ready to go out there and give the best performance we could give," Chasez tells Us of their pre-show rituals. "The other thing was we kicked this little hacky sack around. It started so early that we became superstitious that if we didn't do it it would be bad. And none of us actually hacky-sacked. It wasn't like a thing we actually did. We did it as a joke one day and then the next day you do it again and it's like, 'We did it four days in a row, let's do it again!'" (Freddie Prinze Jr. in She's All That, anyone?)
He adds, laughing: "And we ended up doing it for 10 years. It's ridiculous."
As for who still has the hacky sack? Kirkpatrick — and he brought it with him when the band reunited at the 2013 VMAs.
"We even did it at the MTV performance when we showed love to Justin for his award," Chasez says. "Again, it was for the right reason. When your friend is being honored and you're a part of their lives and this was a big part of his life we wanted to share that and we wanted to support him in that moment. It was fun. We did those moves so many times. It's like riding a bike. Keep it fun, keep it light. We didn't do anything too crazy. We weren't trying to do stunts or elusions. We just wanted to keep it straightforward and share the moment with the audience."
Trolls and The Boss Baby are set to join the Netflix original series lineup.
On Monday, the streaming service and DreamWorks Animation Television announced plans for six new original series in 2018, including continuations of the two hit films.
Debuting first is DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, which premieres Jan. 19. Picking up where the events of the 2016 film left off, the series will feature Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Amanda Leighton (The Fosters) taking over the roles of Branch and Poppy from Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.
The GRAMMY winner is less than two months away from headlining the Super Bowl LII Half Time show, a performance that will kick off a big year for Timberlake, as well as his fifth studio album. In honor of his upcoming accomplishments, ET's Facebook Watch series, When We First Met, is looking back at his incredible evolution.
The 36-year-old singer has come a long way in his two and a half decades in the industry; he made his first TV appearance in a cowboy hat and boots as an 11-year-old on Star Search. Six years -- and a Micky Mouse Club -- later, the performer met ET for the first time with curly bleach blond hair and smooth moves as part of *NSYNC.
"It's called adolescence, and it's painful for all of us," he joked to ET in 2007. "And look, you can reference a lot of my bad hair days, because they're on the red carpet."
It's true, ET was there with Timberlake through his many hair phases, relationships and career highs and lows. And while he's gone on to win 10 GRAMMYs and four Emmys, at the end of the day, it's always been about music.
"I was always the type of young person who was very determined to do something," he told ET in 2006. "I didn't know what I was going to do, but I was going to do something. And music, I found all roads led back to that."
Lance Bass Is Ready to Be a Dad! 'Hopefully We'll Be Pregnant by End of Next Year,' He Says - 12/9/17
Usher shared a cryptic photo on his Instagram story on Thursday that had fans buzzing. In the pic, Justin is flashing a peace sign and is posing next to the "Yeah!" singer inside the studio. Usher also added the tag, "@hs2"
But what could they be working on? Rumors are swirling that JT is finishing up an album ahead of his much-anticipated Super Bowl halftime performance in February. So there's a chance that JT teamed up with Usher to roll out a couple surprises during the big show.
There's also the possibility that Usher asked JT to work with him on new music. Usher has not shared any details about a new album, but he has posted several photos in the studio and recently shared a pic with superstar producer, Jermaine Dupri in it.
Throughout their careers, JT and Usher have always been compared to each other. With 18 Grammy wins and 60 nominations between these two, we know the music that they're working on will be nothing short of amazing.
Raise your hand you can't wait to hear this secret project!
The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday morning honored and celebrated the industry's leading women, where Justin Timberlake took the stage at the event to present scholarships to female students in film and television.
"Strong, beautiful souls. I'm happy to be here to be your arm candy. Angelina [Jolie] warned me that I was basically only here to be objectified so that's absolutely fair," he said during his speech. "People like Angelina, Sherry [Lansing], Shonda [Rhimes], Nancy [Dubuc] and you strong people that are younger than me, really, that I looked up to all of you."
The singer/actor showed appreciation for his mother and his wife Jessica Biel, saying "I was raised by a strong woman. I was lucky enough to convince a strong woman to marry me, and she got nominated for a Critic's Choice Award today. I will be her bitch anytime."
"To the men in this room. I see a lot of great men who I also look up to. I think we actually are here because we deserve the opportunity to speak up, to stand when something is not right," he added. "We need to go to work. It's not our responsibility. It's our privilege because at the end of the day if you can be lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman and convince a strong woman to marry you, you will realize that we are nothing without the strength of women."
Timberlake presented the scholarships for THR's highly competitive, 9-year-old Women in Entertainment Mentorship program, which pairs young women with top-level women in film and television. Lifetime and Entertainment Industry Foundation awarded $10,000 scholarships to 21 girls from East and South Los Angeles.
He also announced that for the third year in a row, American Airlines is awarding the young women 50,000 Advantage miles for a trip during their college break or holiday. Timberlake presented the Lori Greiner, of Shark Tank and QVC fame, scholarship, which provides a four-year full ride to Loyola Marymount University to high school student Judith.
Read more here. Check out photos of Justin at the Women in Entertainment breakfast at Zimbio.
'Trolls Holiday' Special Debuts Dec. 10 in U.K. - 12/4/17
DreamWorks Trolls Holiday, a half-hour animated musical special featuring the vocal talent from the blockbuster smash Trolls, is set to make its U.K. free-to-air TV premiere Dec. 10 on Channel 5.
DreamWorks Trolls Holiday marks the return of the all-star voice talent, led by Anna Kendrick as Poppy and Justin Timberlake as Branch. The holiday musical special tells the tale of the eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, who learns that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar. She enlists the help of Branch and the Snack Pack on a mission to fix something that the Bergens don't think is broken.
Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener are the writers of DreamWorks Trolls Holiday, with Joel Crawford directing. The filmmaking team from the first feature film -- Gina Shay, Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell -- serve as executive producers, with Holly Edwards producing the DreamWorks Animation production.
Joey Fatone & Chris Kirkpatrick hosting Boat Parade Kickoff Party - 12/4/17
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kesha, and more stars aligned Friday night at The Forum in Inglewood for 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017. The iHeartRadio event, whose lineup also included Niall Horan, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Charlie Puth, Logic, Sam Smith, Liam Payne and Demi Lovato with special guest Cheat Codes, was the third stop along a national tour presented by Capital One and, being the Los Angeles date, drew a slew of celebrities and music executives.
The backstage scene was especially lively as it offered the rare opportunity for local notables to bring along their kids and celebrate the holidays early. Indeed, areas of the Forum were transformed into winter wonderlands where the only sparkles brighter than the glittered tops of Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift were the Christmas trees paving a path to the dressing rooms. Variety spent its Friday roaming the arena. Read on for highlights.
Another big fan of Ed Sheeran's is Lance Bass, who told Variety, "I'm so excited. This is my first time seeing him live." The "Perfect" singer opened the show, but later returned to join Taylor Swift for their collaboration "End Game" off of her new album "Reputation." Sheeran's surprise appearance was a major highlight of the night.
Surprise! It's Joey Fatone who is behind 98 Degrees' "Season of Love" music video and On Air With Ryan Seacrest has the exclusive world premiere.
The big reveal comes after a week of 98 Degrees teasing us over the mega '90s collision.
In the LOL-worthy video, Nick Lachey walks downstairs to the studio to meet with the director, who turns out to be Joey.
"What's up man?" Nick says to Joey.
"Hey! What's up Nick Lack-ey," Joey responds, purposely pronouncing Lachey wrong.
"I just want to make sure it's a classic, classy holiday video here. Nothing over the top," Nick says. "You know, I don't mean any disrespect, [but] we definitely don't want it to be an *NSYNC video …"
Watch what happens next in the video above!
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin supporting (RED) - 12/1/17
Lance Bass—a performer you may recall from a little band called *NSYNC—is a West Hollywood denizen these days, and he has pretty much perfected the art of brunching in L.A.
"I just love a good brunch! It's so nice to catch up with friends and do a weekend wrap-up of all the craziness that came from Friday and Saturday nights! It's one last hurrah before starting a new work week," Bass says. "Brunch is really whatever you want it to be. Sometimes I feel like having some drinks and getting into some unexpected fun, and other weeks I just want to have a chill relaxing time with friends."
His favorite brunch dish? "Everyone who knows me is privy to the fact that I love French toast. It's been my favorite brunch dish for as long as I can remember," he says. "Chef Mirko Paderno at Estrella hits it out of the ballpark with his Italian take on traditional French toast. You really just need to try it for yourself and then you'll know what I'm talking about!"
And since the thought of grabbing brunch with Lance Bass sounded amazing, as it no doubt would to literally anybody who lived through the late-'90s, we jumped at the chance to learn more about his favorite places to enjoy the best meal of the week.
*NSYNC previously performed at the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show with Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige. Timberlake would go on to sing with Janet Jackson at the 2004 event and accidentally expose her breast during a choreographed move.
Us Weekly exclusively revealed in September that Timberlake would be gracing the Super Bowl stage once more this year. "I think Justin will put on a great show for the Super Bowl halftime," Chasez, 41, tells Us. "He is at his best when the lights are brightest."
*NSYNC formed in 1995 and disbanded in early 2002. They may not be on the road together anymore, but in honor of the 20th anniversary release of their 1998 debut album, the stars have teamed up with Epic Rights to launch a new line of branded merchandise.
"I think we as a band were feeling a little nostalgic," Chasez says. "The thing that we actually thought we were so clever with was the marionettes because we did No Strings Attached. We were like, 'We'll never make Barbie dolls, but this is kind of cool,'" he adds, laughing, recalling some of the crazier items that used to be on shelves. "It was our way of having fun with our fans."
Timbaland Reveals Justin Timberlake's New Album Is Nearly Finished - 11/29/17
In a deeply revelatory Rolling Stone interview, Timbaland discussed his past Oxycontin abuse and mental health struggles that altered the course of both his personal life and producing career. But Timbaland, who says he's made a clean break from addiction, also revealed that he's poised to make a large-scale comeback with none other than Justin Timberlake. "The music we just made? It's gonna put him on another plateau," Timbaland said of Timberlake's upcoming album.
Timberlake was recently announced as the halftime performer at the 2018 Super Bowl, despite the fact that his last project—the two-disc The 20/20 Experience—was released back in 2013. So it would make sense that his placement in one of the most visible performances of any given year would be accompanied by the release of new music, which Pharrell and Timberlake himself both confirmed is on its way.
Justin Timberlake may have lived the "Thanksgiving dad life" on Thursday as he helped wife Jessica Biel put the finishing touches on a pumpkin meringue pie for their dinner with 2-year-old son Silas Randall, but on Saturday he was working hard to prevent getting the Thanksgiving dad bod!
The "SexyBack" singer, 36, traded in the turkey for some push-ups, in video taken by Biel and shared to Timberlake's Instagram page.
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He wasn't alone in his workout either, getting help from "mini Justin" Silas who laid on top of his dad's back to give some added weight to the exercise.
"Shaking off those leftovers like…," Timberlake captioned the post before wishing his followers a happy holiday. "Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!"
If Timberlake is multi-tasking, that could be because he and Biel are still working on managing their schedules as working parents.
"It's hard — trying to find a balance between work and family and just being an independent human," Biel, 35, told Ryan Seacrest and guest host Busy Philipps on Live with Kelly & Ryan in August. "You're stretched thin everywhere, and it's been amazing creatively but really hard. I think every working parent must feel the same."
A TV special about the Grammy Awards will reveal the secrets behind the scenes of music's most important awards show. For example, not many people know Justin Timberlake helped save the Grammy Awards in 2009.
That was the year Chris Brown, accused of beating up his girlfriend Rihanna the night before, abruptly dropped out as a performer just hours before it was to air live. So did Rihanna.
So Timberlake huddled with veteran Grammy telecast producer Ken Ehrlich and they did what any great jazz artist does — they improvised.
Instead of Rihanna, Timberlake would sing with soul legend Al Green, who had originally been slated to just present an award. They added Keith Urban on guitar and backing vocals from Boyz II Men. The scramble paid off.
"We wound up putting together a number in three hours that wasn't on paper before," recalls Ehrlich. "That became this amazing Al Green-Justin Timberlake 'Let's Stay Together' number that aired about 20 minutes into the show and didn't exist four hours before."
That story and many others are included in "Grammys' Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" airing Friday on CBS that features interviews with John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Mary J Blige, Sting, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chris Martin, Carrie Underwood and Paul McCartney.
Posing with Williams and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, Timberlake proudly brandished a Chanel bag containing the 1,000-euro sneakers designed by Williams in collaboration with Chanel and Adidas Originals, as an offshoot of his ongoing collaboration with the German sporting goods firm.
Williams sat down with WWD to discuss quantum physics, sneakermania and why the future is female:
WWD: Among your upcoming projects, everyone is talking about the N.E.R.D. album. Do you have a drop date for that yet?
P.W.: I can't tell you, but I'm so glad you asked. I'm glad that you care to ask.
WWD: What other projects are in the works?
P.W.: Well, the Ariana Grande stuff is pretty amazing. The things that she has to say on this album, it's pretty next-level. Her album is amazing. And the Justin Timberlake is crazy.
Bells are ringing, it's time to scream and shout (scream and shout) — but everybody's crying on Twitter 'cause the new line of *NSYNC merchandise is sold out. Fifteen years after they split up in 2002, the record-breaking boy band back with a new line of holiday merch that's sent fans into a frenzy. The line of Christmas-themed sweaters, ornaments, and more was announced on social media to much excitement earlier this month, and almost immediately sold out when it hit the online store late last week.
'The band is thrilled to create an exciting new line of merch with Epic Rights in celebration of our 20th Anniversary,' Lance Bass said in a statement.
On November 16, The limited-edition collection went on sale on *NSYNC's website, with this announcement on the official Twitter account: We may have been "Gone", but we're "Thinking of You" & since "It's Christmas" here's an ugly sweater, a stocking & some other things too.'
The collection was comprised of three sweaters for $45 to $80, including one that featured the marionette-like versions of the singers from their It's Gonna Be Me video. There was a T-shirt, a mug, and slip-on shoes with a cartoon of the band and the words 'It's Gonna Be Sleigh,' as well as a tree ornament, two pins, and a beanie (hilariously called the 'Tearin' Up My Hat').
Unfortunately, the band seems to have underestimated the demand for *NSYNC Christmas merch, and everything sold out in under 24 hours.
'We will talk to Santa ASAP!' the site reads, indicating there might be another run available soon.
We all have a special relationship to certain songs that define our youth and Saoirse Ronan's titular character in Lady Bird is no exception — and neither is the film's writer and director, Greta Gerwig.
Last night, Gerwig stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to chat about the movie and just how personal it is to audiences. Some of those personal touches include music choices, like Justin Timberlake's breakup anthem "Cry Me a River." In order to get permission to use the song during a pivotal moment in Lady Bird, Gerwig personally wrote a letter to the music star (and fangirled a bit in the process).
"I mean, what can I say? You're Justin Timberlake," Gerwig read aloud to Meyers, "You were the soundtrack to my adolescence. Your rise corresponded exactly with my very awkward puberty." And then, the writer-director added, it "just gets worse." You can read the full letter below.
Gerwig also wrote to Dave Matthews asking if she could use his classic song "Crash Into Me" by explaining that it is "the most romantic song ever" and that she wishes she "could go back in time and tell my 16-year-old self that this moment was coming."
Oh, and you'll definitely want to watch to hear Gerwig's relationship with Alanis Morissette's bible of angst, Jagged Little Pill.
Lady Bird is in theaters now, and you can watch the full clip of Gerwig's appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers above.
Pharrell Enlists Justin Timberlake for #LemonDanceChallenge - 11/20/17
If you're still in a state of content shock over the perfection of N*E*R*D's huge comeback single with Rihanna, "Lemon," know that you're not alone. The season's most surprisingly-satisfactory release was delivered unto us with a music video that eschewed its famous faces to focus on a single dancer and some stunning choreography. Like all great choreography, there is now a viral challenge to amp it up, and it seems Pharrell got his hands on Justin Timberlake to join him. Watch it below.
Dance crews and N*E*R*D aficionados alike have been using the hashtag #LemonDanceChallenge to document their interpretation of the frenetic moves, but this is the first instance in which Pharrell has acknowledged it. Perhaps most intriguing of all is that Williams is hanging out with Timberlake, something that made headlines earlier this year when the two were spotted in studio with Timbaland. Stay tuned to see if new JT comes our way – perhaps in time for his Superbowl halftime show?
Chris Kirkpatrick sings Backstreet Boys karaoke - 11/20/17
Justin Timberlake was seen this Saturday (18/11) recording a video alongside Mexican actress Eiza Gonzalez. The director of the video is Dave Meyers who directed HUMBLE and LOYALTY by Kendrick Lamar, Camila Cabello Havana and This I Promise You from *NSYNC.
📸 18.11 | Mais 60 fotos em HQ de JT gravando um clipe em LA.