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Preview of Lance Bass and Jamie-Lynn Sigler on 'Hollywood Medium' - 8/22/17

People, 8/22/17 --

Jamie-Lynn Sigler's brother is still making her laugh — from the after-life.

On an upcoming episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry, the actress and expectant mom gets a visit from her eldest brother, Adam.

"He's coming across so funny," Henry tells Sigler and her close friend, singer Lance Bass, in a preview clip. "This individual would be someone who would always make people laugh and would always basically be the center of attention."

Immediately, both Sigler and Bass identify the spirit communicating with Henry as Adam, who died suddenly in 2014 after slipping into a coma following a massive brain hemorrhage.

"I wish you could plug a chord in and see what's coming through," says Henry. "Because it comes across in such a funny way."

Sigler, 36, confirms that her brother, who was a stockbroker, "liked to make people laugh."

She adds, "He liked to just be inappropriate and make people uncomfortable."

In fact, Sigler says her brother's own passion for making home movies as a child is "probably how I got into acting."

Bass is less than surprised by Adam's arrival, noting to Sigler, "I mean, he's chomping at the bit to talk to you as much as he can. It was just really nice to see. I feel like he was there with us, you know?"

"To really feel that he got the essence of who my brother was was so confirming," adds Sigler. "And it was special."

Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry airs Sundays (10 p.m. ET) on E!

 

 

'Trolls' Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees - 8/22/17

Variety, 8/21/17 --

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz ("La La Land"), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O'Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire ("The Conversation," "All the President's Men") as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.

The World Soundtrack Awards are held in Gent, Belgium Oct. 17 through 19.

The announced nominees are listed below:

Best Original Song written directly for a Film

"Can't Stop the Feeling" from "Trolls" – music & lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback (performed by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden and Zooey Deschanel, among others)
"City of Stars" from "La La Land" – music by Justin Hurwitz lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone)
"How Far I'll Go" from "Moana" – music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda performed by Auli'i Cravalho
"Never Give Up" from: "Lion" – music & lyrics by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin (performed by Sia)
"Runnin'" from "Hidden Figures" – music & lyrics by Pharrell Williams (performed by Pharrell Williams)

Read more here.

 

Lance Bass, Michael Turchin, & friends enjoy solar eclipse - 8/21/17

 

Announcement from Lance Bass (and Chip and Dale) - 8/19/17

 

 

Chris Kirkpatrick at Karoake Music Awards in Nashville - 8/19/17

 

Lance Bass on 'Hollywood Medium' - 8/19/17

 

Lorde, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris Singles Certified Gold In United Kingdom - 8/19/17

Headline Planet, 8/18/17 --

Songs by Lorde, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, and Calvin Harris have officially earned gold certifications in the United Kingdom.

During its weekly certification update, the BPI revealed that Lorde's "Green Light," Beyonce's "7/11," Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," Justin Bieber's "Beauty And A Beat (featuring Nicki Minaj)," and Calvin Harris' "Feels (featuring Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean)" crossed the gold threshold.

The certification confirms 400,000 in UK units.

"Green Light" peaked at #20 on the Official UK Singles Chart. "7/11" went as high as #33, while "Suit & Tie" went all the way to #3. "Beauty And A Beat" hit #5.

"Feels" reached #1 on last week's edition of the listing.

 

 

Lance Bass: The '90s were amazing - 8/19/17

CNN, 8/18/17 --

CNN's Brooke Baldwin talks '90s music, Trump, and the possibility of an *NSYNC reunion with former boy band star, Lance Bass. Watch CNN's "The Nineties," Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Watch Joey Fatone and Donnie Wahlberg talk hot dogs, burgers, and booze - 8/16/17

Entertainment Weekly, 8/16/17 --

Some former boy band members star in summer blockbusters, some get inducted into the SNL Five-Timers Club, and some open up their own fast food joints… and lean on each other for advice.

In Wednesday's episode of Wahlburgers, Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block) is preparing for the grand opening of the new Orlando location of his family's Boston-based burger joint Wahlburgers when he gets a little sidetracked. Joey Fatone (*NSYNC) sends out the Boy Band Bat Signal™ for restaurateur advice on his new Orlando hot dog joint: Fat One's Hot Dogs and Italian Ice. (Although Hannah Montana fans may remember that Fatone already has some restaurant experience.)

Turns out, the secret to a successfully run fast food joint is booze. "We got to have a bahr," advises Wahlberg.

Watch the exclusive clip above. Two episodes of Wahlburgers air Wednesday night beginning at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.

 

There's still a chance to see Justin Timberlake at Pilgrimage Festival 2017 - 8/15/17

Tennessean, 8/15/17 --

What an odd coincidence: The same year Justin Timberlake is booked to headline the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, the festival sells out of all of its two-day passes, as well as single-day tickets for Saturday night.

For weeks, only single-day tickets for Sunday (the day without Timberlake) have remained. If you were shut out of the chance to sing "SexyBack" on Harlinsdale Farm, good news — you have one more shot.

The festival has been approved to sell 2,500 additional two-day passes. They're priced at $275 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at www.pilgrimagefestival.com.

This year's Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival takes place Sept. 23-24 at the Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin. Along with Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr. and Walk the Moon are among more than three dozen artists on this year's lineup.

You can also enter a contest to win VIP tickets to the Pilgrimage Festival at williamrast.com.

 

 

No Britney Spears-Justin Timberlake Collaboration in the Works - 8/14/17

Entertainment Tonight, 8/14/17 --

Cry us a river!

Despite reports that former couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are working on new music together, ET has confirmed there is currently no such collaboration in the works.

A source close to Timberlake exclusively tells ET that recent speculation about the pop stars teaming up are false.

Rumors ran rife after Pop University podcast hosts Maddie Lazer and Hannah Rowston claimed that producer Timbaland told them Spears-Timberlake music was "coming."

According to the pair's recent podcast, they approached Timbaland at Thursday's taping of ABC's Boy Band and asked about "Justney."

After the GRAMMY-winning producer and Boy Band architect realized they were referring to the pop superstars supposedly working with him on new music, his eyes reportedly widened.

"He turns his head slightly to the side because he knows exactly what he's saying, he grins and he's like, 'Oh, it's coming!'" the podcast hosts shared.

Spears and Timberlake dated from 1999 to 2002.

Last year, Spears confessed she would love to work with the former *NSYNC hunk during a fan Q&A on Most Requested Live With Romeo. "He's very good," the 35-year-old "Make Me" singer said.

Timberlake, 36, then told E! News he would totally be up for working with his ex. ""I'm accessible. Give us a call!" he said.

There's still time to make that call, Brit!

 

Lance Bass remembers Heather Heyer - 8/13/17

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Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Pharrell, Jon Bon Jovi, Mavis Staples Raise Money for Harlem's Legendary Apollo Theater - 8/13/17

Showbiz 411, 8/13/17 --

Last night in the Hamptons: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Pharrell, Jon Bon Jovi, Mavis Staples, Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx performed before a very well heeled crowd to raise money for the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Among them, probably only Mavis had ever performed at the Apollo in its heyday. Tickets were $10,000 apiece. Jennifer Lopez was there with Alex Rodriguez, but she did not sing. She socialized and dined.

Bon Jovi and Mavis did duets on Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and "Let's Do it Again." Downey and Foxx performed together, along with Alicia Keys. Timberlake and Pharrell went on together. The Roots were the backup band. Gary Clark Jr. also chimed in on guitar of course.

Other guests included Chris Rock, Howard and Beth Stern, Matt Lauer, Priyanka Chopra, Harvey Weinstein, Kyle MacLachlan, and Patriots owner/Trump supporter Robert Kraft.

Read more here.

 

 

A Quirky Flavored-Water Brand Tries to Grow Up - 8/13/17

The New York Times, 8/13/17 --

After the studied zaniness of a campaign with the tag line "None of this makes sense" — a reference to how a five-calorie antioxidant drink could still manage to taste good — Bai Brands is looking to cast itself in a mature, inspirational image.

But for a company whose popularity was cemented by a commercial featuring Christopher Walken channeling the boy band *NSYNC, that may not be as easy as it sounds.

"We're trying to really think about our personality," said Chad Portas, the company's chief creative officer. "We have a funny, irreverent, silly personality, but we also have a serious side."

A niche player in the flavored-water beverage category, Bai caught the attention of the singer Justin Timberlake and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group last year. The singer signed on as an investor and Snapple group purchased the start-up for $1.7 billion.

For the 2017 Super Bowl, Bai's in-house creative team developed a commercial featuring Mr. Walken reciting lines from the hit *NSYNC song "Bye, Bye, Bye" as Mr. Timberlake looked on quizzically. The play on words, combined with Mr. Walken's offbeat delivery, gave Bai a hit, but it also risked locking the brand into an identity.

"It was really meant to be a bit of a one-shot," Mr. Portas said of the Super Bowl commercial. "It wasn't meant to live beyond that."

Bai executives saw the hashtag #baibaibai spike on Twitter, and internal polls registered an increase in brand awareness, findings other market research confirmed.

"They were one of the bigger winners in the Super Bowl," said Ted Marzilli, the chief executive of YouGov BrandIndex, which found that Bai's ranking in two out of three perception categories it measures rose significantly after the commercial aired. "I think they ran a quite quirky ad, and that seemed to resonate or stand out among the clutter.

Read more here.

 

Reminder: Joey Fatone at Geek'd Con - 8/11/17

theadvertiser.com, 8/11/17 --

Geek'd Con, a comic con-style event that brings together stars of film, television, music, wrestling, video games, comics and more, returns Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20, to the Shreveport Convention Center. Celebrity guests scheduled to appear include: Lou Ferrigno, star of "The Incredible Hulk;" Joey Fatone of *NSYNC and "Dancing With the Stars;" Billy West, voice actor known for "Ren & Stimpy" and "Futurama;" Kelly Hu, "X2: X-Men United;" Sam J. Jones, "Flash Gordon;" Matthew Wood, "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith;" "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, professional wrestling Hall of Fame member; David Acord, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens;" Gil Gerard, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century;" Catherine Sutherland, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers;" Kellen Goff and Andy Field, voice actors from the "Five Nights at Freddy's" video game franchise; Roland Paris, "Spider-Man" and "X-Men;" and John Lucas, artist known for "Deadpool."

Single-day admission to Geek'd Con ranges from $5 to $20, with adult weekend passes $30. Children ages five and under will be admitted free and discounted tickets are available for children ages six to 12. For event details, including a link to purchase tickets, visit www.GeekdCon.com.

 

Chris Kirkpatrick at Steel City Con - 8/11/17

triblive.com, 8/9/17 --

There will be a "bandit," a bunch of Bradys, Griswolds and Sharknado survivors appearing this weekend at the pop-culture memorabilia show, Steel City Con.

The headliner for the Aug. 11 to 13 Monroeville show is Burt Reynolds, perhaps best known from the "Smokey and the Bandit" series, as well as "Deliverance," "The Longest Yard" and his Oscar-nominated performance in "Boogie Nights."

He has extended his hours at the show from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12.

Fans of "The Brady Bunch" will get a chance to meet half of the siblings: Barry Williams (Greg), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy). For "National Lampoon's Vacation" fans, Griswold mother Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen) and daughter Dana Barron (Audrey) will be attending. "Sharknado" survivors Tara Reid (April Wexler) and Masiela Lusha (Gemini) will be available.

Some of the other celebrities attending are: Ralph Macchio ("The Karate Kid"), Lisa Marie ("Mars Attacks!"), Nancy Allen ("RoboCop") and Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC). Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Power Ranger, will also be having a private screening and question/answer session of her film, "The Space Between."

 

 

'Wahlburgers' returns; Central Florida stars next week - 8/11/17

Orlando Sentinel, 8/9/17 --

"Wahlburgers" is back with new episodes, but Central Florida won't be ready for its close-up until next week.

A&E Network is presenting back-to-back episodes as the reality series starts its eighth season at 9 p.m. Wednesday (today).

The show about the burger empire follows brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and matriarch Alma. The show will present its 75th episode this season.

Wahlburgers Orlando and Waterford Lakes will be featured in an episode at 9:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The episode is called "Weiner Takes All." The synopsis from A&E: "Donnie's trip to the grand opening of the second Orlando Wahlburgers is diverted when *NSYNC's Joey Fatone seeks his restaurateur advice for his new hot dog joint, Fat One's. Back in Massachusetts, Paul enlists the help of a secret diner to test out the food and service at the Lynnfield Wahlburgers."

A local reaction to the filming?

"We had so much fun with Donnie when he came to Orlando for our VIP celebration at Waterford Lakes. Donnie visited with staff and guests, then spent time in the crowd with the fans who waited all day to catch a glimpse of him," says franchisee Gina Buell. "An added bonus: Donnie surprised our staff and guests at the downtown Orlando location."

Read more here.

 

Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake hit the beach in new 'Wonder Wheel' photos - 8/10/17

Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/17 --

After setting recent films in locales like Hollywood, Rome, and the French Riviera, Woody Allen was lured back to his roots by the sand, surf, and sights of Coney Island. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker's latest drama, Wonder Wheel, is set in the beachside neighborhood in the 1950s, a place and period Allen knows well.

"I grew up fairly near there, and I always thought it was a very colorful atmosphere to have a story in," Allen tells EW. "[In] 1950, I was 15 years old and a perfect age to spend time there, so many of my fondest memories of Coney Island are from those years."

The film revolves around Ginny (Kate Winslet), the wife of a carousel operator (James Belushi), who perks up when she falls for a handsome lifeguard, Mickey (played by real-life handsome person Justin Timberlake). But when her husband's estranged daughter (Juno Temple) resurfaces and also sets her sights on Mickey, it begins "the great unraveling of Ginny," Winslet explains.

In the photo [here], from a scene early in the film, Ginny strolls the shoreline in hopes of spotting a certain lifeguard at his post. "She just happens to have a nice dress on and just happens to have time in her day to go and just see if Mickey is working that afternoon," Winslet says with a laugh.

The Oscar winner got along swimmingly with Timberlake. "He's such a wonderful person," she says. "I would turn to him and say, 'Do you know what, Justin Timberlake? The best thing about you being in this film is that you're really not "Justin Timberlake." If you had really been "Justin Timberlake" it could have been a complete nightmare, but really you're not "Justin Timberlake" at all, you're just some guy named Justin.' He's totally unvain, he has an absolutely infuriating ability to learn lines fast, and he's an all around great person — humble, fun, hard-working, easygoing, no ego. Such a joy, really."

Read more and view the new photos here.

 

Joey Fatone and Lance Bass headed to Brazil - 8/10/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon return to Camp Winnipesaukee - 8/9/17

 

Jessica Biel Reddit AMA: 10 Things We Learned - 8/9/17

Us Weekly, 8/9/17 --

She's getting candid! Jessica Biel gave Us a glimpse into her life during her AMA Reddit interview on Wednesday, August 9.

The Sinner star, 35, opened up about husband Justin Timberlake, the funniest actors she's worked with and why she never listened to *NSYNC growing up!

Here are the 10 most interesting things we learned about Biel during the Q&A session:

1. There's a reason why she didn't listen to *NSYNC growing up!

"I was such a theater nerd at that time that I really wasn't listening to either of those groups," she revealed to a fan who asked if she preferred the Backstreet Boys over her husband's former boy band. As it turns out, the Total Recall star mainly listened to music from the 1950s and '60s. "But if I had been cool, DUH, *NSYNC all the way, baby!"

Read more here. Read the full AMA Reddit interview here.

 

Happy Birthday to JC Chasez - 8/8/17

 

 

So, how did the Cowboys get Justin Timberlake to perform at Jerry Jones' Hall of Fame party? - 8/8/17

Dallas News, 8/7/17 --

Justin Timberlake brought that sunshine in his pocket and that good song in his feet to Canton, Ohio, over the weekend to celebrate Jerry Jones' induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But how did the Cowboys land the pop star for a private concert?

It began six months ago when Jones and his wife, Gene, bumped into Timberlake at the Academy Awards. It turns out Timberlake is a fan of the Cowboys owner. The two had a nice chat.

Jones had learned several weeks earlier that he would be going into the Hall of Fame. He and daughter Charlotte Jones Anderson already had several conversations by that stage about who they could ask to perform at their big party in Canton.

"We went all over the map," Jones Anderson said. "I told dad, 'well, since we can't bring back Elvis or Johnny Cash, let's go through the list.'

"He was really concerned about making it someone the team would love, that everyone there would love, young and old. He didn't just want someone who would appeal to him."

Timberlake's name had come up in those initial discussions. After their encounter at the Oscars, the Cowboys followed up to see if the two could get together again with a conference call.

The call between Timberlake and Jones took place several weeks later. The performer told the Cowboys owner he really didn't do private concerts. Jones asked if he would consider making an exception.

Read more here.

 

9 Things JC Chasez Is Doing These Days - 8/8/17

She Knows, 8/8/17 --

Yes, Justin Timberlake is a huge star who is extremely talented in music, on TV, in film and whenever he's standing next to his real-life BFF, Jimmy Fallon. That said, it's time to talk about JC Chasez (aka the best *NSYNC member, in my opinion), who you don't hear much about anymore.

Many fans will probably disagree with me that the now-41-year-old Chasez was the true star of the beloved boy band. But ever since I first heard and saw the five guys of *NSYNC back in the late '90s, Chasez had a special place in my heart. I don't think he ever got enough credit for his voice or his dance moves. His talent was up there with Timberlake's, and it's a shame he isn't as famous as the "Can't Stop the Feeling" artist.

Unfortunately, Chasez's fame faded, but that doesn't mean he is completely forgotten. I still think about him every now and again — so much so that it's time to talk about what the singer has been up to these days.

1. He still looks the same

Family vacay in Ireland and U.K.

A post shared by JC Chasez (@jcchasezofficial) on

As you can see above, Chasez hasn't changed much in looks but he is sporting some gray, which gives him kind of a silver fox vibe.

2. He doesn't seem to be in a relationship

If you've been wondering about his relationship status, according to an April 2017 People article, "Chasez is currently single."

Read more here.

 

More clips of Joey Fatone on 'Idiotest' - 8/8/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake on 'The Tonight Show' tonight - 8/8/17

 

Behind the scenes with Joey Fatone on 'Impractical Jokers' - 8/5/17

 

Jerry Jones throws induction party that includes Justin Timberlake performance - 8/5/17

NBC Sports, 8/5/17 --

Jerry Jones had a Hall of Fame party to remember, celebrating into the wee hours of Saturday morning with thousands of friends.

"Well, the idea of wanting to demonstrate or show just how much it meant to me and our family for me to get to go in the Hall of Fame will be clearly evident by the party tonight," Jones said before the event, via the Dallas Morning News. "I'm not going to disappoint, I know that."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a diehard Cowboys fan, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and even Jimmy Johnson were on the guest list. Many NFL owners showed up, too, to celebrate with Jones.

The current Cowboys roster were among the last partiers of the night, as Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee were among those dancing the night away in a temporary tent set up at the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton. Many former Cowboys, including Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, showed up to honor Jones as did many Hall of Famers from other teams.

Jones was introduced in a video that included Presidents Bush and Clinton and celebrities who poked fun at Jones' "Jerry-isms," including "circumcision of a mosquito," "crippled cricket's ass" and "glory hole."

The highlight, though, came when Justin Timberlake took the stage and played for almost two hours.

"We're stoked to be here tonight. Greatest owner in the history of sports being honored tonight," Timberlake said.

The actual induction ceremony could turn into an afterthought after a celebration to remember.

 

 

Lance Bass works with photographer Dennys Ilic - 8/5/17

 

Previews of Joey Fatone on 'Impractical Jokers' and 'Idiotest' - 8/4/17

 

Your Baby Can Rock Out To Lullaby Versions Of Justin Timberlake Songs - 8/2/17

Huffington Post, 8/2/17 --

From his time in *NSYNC to his successful solo career, Justin Timberlake has captured millennial hearts around the world. Now as those fans are growing up and having babies, they can pass their JT love down to their kids from the beginning.

Rockabye Baby, the company that produces instrumental baby-friendly versions of popular songs, has announced an upcoming album of Justin Timberlake lullabies.

"Lullaby Renditions of Justin Timberlake" includes adorable baby-friendly versions of such hits as "Rock Your Body," "Bye Bye Bye," "Mirrors," and "Can't Stop The Feeling!"

"Mr. Timberlake is the whole package in an old school kind of way, which I like," VP and Creative Director at CMH Label Group and Rockabye Baby, Lisa Roth, told HuffPost. "He sings, dances, write songs, acts. He comes from the mega musical town of Memphis and honed his singing chops in church like most of my favorite R&B singers, and you can hear it. And you have to give him props for going from boy band to a successful solo career to actor without any meltdowns in between."

"Lullaby Renditions of Justin Timberlake" will be available on August 18 but you can preorder it online now.

Added Roth, "We hope our lullabies of JT entertain the parents as much as their little ones, and that through our albums we provide a bridge between the adult who existed pre-baby and parenthood."

For those parents with particularly fussy babies, might we suggest "Cry Me a River."

 

 

Lance Bass to Guest on Nickelodeon's 'Sunny Day' - 8/2/17

Playbill, 8/2/17 --

Aimed at preschoolers, Sunny Day bows August 21 on Nickelodeon, and will also be seen on Treehouse TV starting at a date to be announced this fall. The show is based on Abie Longstaff's children's book series The Fairytale Hairdresser, illustrated by Lauren Beard.

Among other theatre-related names who will be lending their voices to guest roles on the project: Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Shanice Williams (The Wiz Live!), Lance Bass (Hairspray), Ashley Parker Angel (Wicked), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Beauty and the Beast), and Kether Donohue (Pitch Perfect).

They'll join the previously announced Kevin Duda (Beautiful), Taylor Louderman (Kinky Boots), and Melissa van der Schyff, who was featured in Bonnie and Clyde and the revival of Big River.

Dates for their appearances are yet to be announced.

Read more here.

 

Justin Timberlake, Maluma, Ricky Martin, More Confirmed for Festival Presidente - 7/31/17

Billboard, 7/31/17 --

In what could be one of the most ambitious A-list lineups in recent memory, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Maluma, Carlos Vives, Wisin, J Balvin, Nicky Jam and Juan Luis Guerra have been announced to headline the upcoming Festival Presidente in Dominican Republic.

The fest, which takes place November 3-5 at Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium, is now in its 22nd edition. Sponsored by Dominican Republic's Presidente Beer, it has long been known for bringing top-tier Latin acts to the fray. But since 2014 it has also incorporated big international acts into its roster, beginning that year with Bruno Mars.

This year's fest, which is shaping up to be the highest-profile in recent memory, will also feature performances by Wisin, Zion y Lennox, Ozuna, Farruko, Bad Bunny and Bryant Myers, among others. Aside from Guerra, other local acts slated to perform include Chiquito Team Band, Mozart la Para and El Lápiz Conciente.

The fest is produced by promoted by Pablo Pou of Pav Event. The company also owns and stages Barbarella and Electric Paradise, two major EDM fests in Dominican Republic.

 

Reminder: 'Opening Night' available on Netflix on August 1 - 7/31/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling" Certified 7x Platinum In Australia - 7/29/17

Headline Planet, 7/29/17 --

The Chainsmokers' former #1 smash "Closer (featuring Halsey)" just received a monstrous new multi-platinum certification in Australia.

Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling," which peaked at #3 on the ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart, also picked up a big new certification this week.

"Closer" officially improved to 11x platinum, while "Can't Stop The Feeling" received a 7x platinum award. Auspop/ARIA Chart Watch first reported the news.

The accreditations confirm at least 770,000 and 490,000 units, respectively.

— This week was a big one when it comes to certifications for The Chainsmokers. In addition to the new prize for "Closer," The Chainsmokers earned a 4x platinum award for "Something Just Like This" and a 3x platinum certification for "Paris."

 

Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' - 7/28/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 7/27/17 --

Amazon Studios is moving full steam ahead into film distribution.

The streaming giant behind such films as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick will self-distribute Woody Allen's upcoming film, Wonder Wheel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

It's a significant step for Amazon, which has previously partnered with traditional distributors like Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to put its films into theaters. Amazon's Bob Berney has always played a key role in the marketing of its films, but until now, the company has never had the infrastructure in place to book theaters and physically distribute movies. The company has been quietly building out a team of executives who could do just that.

With Wonder Wheel, Amazon joins companies, such as Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, that are beefing up their ranks and rivaling the established studios, particularly in the area of mid-budget non-tentpoles, a section of the business that has been largely ceded by the major studios.

Amazon is planning a Dec. 1 release, right in the heart of the awards-season fray. Prior to that, the film, which stars Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and James Belushi, will close out the New York Film Festival in October.

Amazon has been in business with Allen on two other projects: the 2016 Cannes premiere Cafe Society and the TV series Crisis in Six Scenes. Given the shorthand the company has developed with the director, he offers a natural fit for delving into a new area of the film business.

Wonder Wheel is a period drama set in New York in the 1950s. In addition to directing the pic, Allen wrote the screenplay.

At this point, Amazon has no other films that will be self-distributed, but that will likely change in the coming months.

 

*NSYNC's Joey Fatone Bites Into the Hot Dog Business - 7/28/17

Entrepreneur, 7/25/17 --

He sings, he dances, and now Joey Fatone, a founding member of boy band supergroup *NSYNC, turns his attention to weiners. We'll let him explain...

Who are you and what's your business?

I'm Joey Fatone and I own Fat One's Hot Dogs & Italian Ice.

After being part of a mega successful act like *NSYNC and scoring acclaim in such popular films as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, why go into the food business?

It's always something I wanted to do. I always wanted something to call my own. I was on a couple cooking shows and on Rachael Ray. I was in Chicago and saw that there is a company called Chubby Wieners. I thought that's a pretty funny name. I did some research and decided to open up my own place and call it Fat One's. Being from Brooklyn, I always was about getting a slice of pizza or a hot dog or an Italian ice. I'm not reinventing the hot dog but I am working on combinations of the flavors you put on the hot dog.

What does the word entrepreneur mean to you?

It means thinking outside the box. It's about being savvy and getting things done. You're the boss. Being an entrepreneur means that I'm on a rollercoaster. It goes up and down. I'm relatively new at this but I love it.

You've been smart to cross-market. You've been in bed, so to speak, with fellow boy band alum Donnie Wahlberg.

There's an episode of Wahlburgers in which Donnie stops at Fat One's and I went to Wahlburgers. It's about helping each other out.

What failure did you learn from?

Making round pizza in the stove was a failure. It wasn't executed well. You learn from your failures. You learn not to make the same mistakes. You see what else you can do to make something work.

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Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' to Close New York Film Festival - 7/27/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 7/25/17 --

Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel will close out the 2017 New York Film Festival.

Sources say the film, which stars Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and James Belushi, has been selected by the fest, which is often seen as a springboard for awards-season play. Last year, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea screened during the event, which opened with Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th and closed with the Charlie Hunnam-starrer The Lost City of Z. Winslet, who is working with Allen for the first time, is said to give an awards-friendly performance in Wonder Wheel.

As with all Allen films, not much is known about the plot of Wonder Wheel, but it is described as a period drama set in New York in the 1950s. In addition to directing the pic, Allen wrote the screenplay.

Allen's most recent film, Cafe Society, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. But the New York Film Festival is home turf for the native New Yorker, who shot Wonder Wheel in the city.

This year, Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying will serve as the opening-night film for the 55th incarnation of the festival, which is set to run Sept. 28-Oct. 15.

Wonder Wheel will be released theatrically by Amazon Studios and an unnamed distribution partner on Dec. 1, a plum date for Oscar consideration.

Amazon is poised for a strong showing at the festival. The studio is behind Last Flag Flying and Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck, which also is in the lineup.

 

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