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Mahershala Ali and Justin Timberlake Are Really, Really Grateful for Their Stylists - 3/15/17

W Magazine, 3/15/17 --

The relationship between celebrity and stylist is a very special thing. So, time and again, when the power stylists are being honored, their A-list clients show up in support.

On Tuesday night at The Ponte, the small, month-old Italian spot that took over Beverly Blvd.'s now defunct Terrine, bold names including Justin Timberlake, Jonah Hill, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Dakota Johnson, Sarah Paulson, Big Sean with Jhené Aiko, Aja Naomi King, James Marsden, Nina Dobrev and Mahershala Ali were out in full force for The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo's annual L.A. dinner honoring Hollywood's top 25 stylists.

"I was looking for someone that really reflected my personal taste but could also easily push me a little bit outside my comfort zone, and she did that," said Ali of stylist Van Van Alonso. The two have been working together for about four months, after meeting on the set of a magazine shoot. It was Alonso who got the coveted gig of dressing the actor for the Academy Awards, where, of course, he received Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight.

Moments before, the actor had been chatting with Timberlake, who was quick to bring up the incident himself.

"How are you after all the befuddle?" had asked the singer.

Timberlake, who spent much of the evening alongside his stylist, Annie Psaltiras, worked the room, sharing news of his upcoming album, which he's been recording in L.A. "It's about 80 percent done," he was heard saying of the anticipated release.

"Hey baby girl," he later exclaimed, hugging Mary J. Blige, who had arrived with stylist Jason Bolden.

"Mary is a friend first," said Bolden. "She's a fashion icon. I still get heart palpitations when I think about doing stuff with her. It's a whole other level, and it's easy, to say the least."

Read more here.

 

Lance Bass & Michael Turchin to attend EMA Impact Summit - 3/15/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake celebrates Timbaland's birthday - 3/11/17

 

Justin Timberlake Tells Frustrated Fan That New Music is 'On The Way' - 3/9/17

Billboard, 3/9/17 --

Aside from "how do you never age?" and "why are you so good at everything?" one of the most frequent questions Justin Timberlake gets is "when will you release a new album?" After making fans wait nearly seven years for his dual 20/20 Experience two-fer, JT has taken another three years off from the studio and fans are, well, getting a bit impatient.

Sure, he almost won an Oscar for "Can't Stop the Feeling" and opened the show with a killer performance. But where's the new album, JT? Thanks to a persistent fan from Georgia now we know. It all started when Justin tweeted his love for the new Calvin Harris, Migos, Frank Ocean track "Slide," on Wednesday (March 8).

The gesture did not go unnoticed.

And while he was at it, he noted that Ocean's Blonde was the "real" album of the year.

That's when things got interesting. Fan James Ferris tweeted back, "while I'M AT IT, i'm gonna need an album soon because i'm getting tired of letting the 20/20 Experience play. I need some new JT!!"

At which point Justin said the three words everyone has been waiting almost four years to hear: "On the way."

A spokesperson for Timberlake's label could not be reached for comment on when we might hear new music, but, hey, it's a start.

 

*NSYNC's Joey Fatone Kisses Nick Carter at Backstreet Boys Concert in Las Vegas - 3/9/17

Entertainment Tonight, 3/9/17 --

Joey Fatone was feeling extra affectionate on Wednesday night.

The *NSYNC member paid a visit to the opening night of the Backstreet Boys' Larger Than Life Las Vegas residency at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood, where he was given the VIP treatment -- and paid it back in spades.

AJ McLean brought Fatone onstage during the group's romantic performance of "Shape of My Heart" -- where he, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson gathered in a circle to deliver a personal, touching serenade. Fatone was clearly moved by the performance, and decided to express his appreciation with a passionate kiss -- on the lips of Carter!

"You're tearin' up the shape of our hearts tonight Joey Fatone ❤️," read the group's post on Facebook.

See the moment below:

You're tearin' up the shape of our hearts tonight @realjoeyfatone ❤️

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Read more here.

 

 

Justin Timberlake celebrates International Women's Day - 3/9/17

 

Justin Timberlake Shares the Love After Kevin Hart Does 'Turn Up Tuesday' Dance to His Music - 3/8/17

Entertainment Tonight, 3/7/17 --

Justin Timberlake appreciates being turned up to!

The "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer shared some love for Kevin Hart on Instagram after the Central Intelligence star used JT's 2013 jam, "Let the Groove Get In," for his "Turn Up Tuesday" music.

"It's "Turn Up Tuesday" people....Get up & get after damn it!!!! I'm sending everybody positive energy!!!!" Hart wrote on Instagram. "Live Love and Laugh.....Let me see what your #turnuptuesday looks like!!!! Make the world a better place & spread love & joy!!!!"

In response, Timberlake shared the same video, writing, "I SEE YOU #kevinhart4real #TURNUPTUESDAY

I SEE YOU #kevinhart4real #TURNUPTUESDAY 🏆🏆🏆

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Side note, for anyone out there looking to turn up on this Tuesday, Timberlake's full song is a pretty incredible way to do so.

 

Lance Bass back in the hospital - 3/7/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake Wins Song Of The Year At iHeartRadio Music Awards - 3/6/17

JustinTimberlake.com, 3/6/17 --

Big congrats to JT on winning the iHeart Radio Awards Song of the Year for Can't Stop The Feeling! — his hit single from the animated film DreamWorks Trolls!

During his heartwarming acceptance speech, Justin applauded his fellow Song of the Year nominees, and spoke of inclusion - dedicating his award to children who feel different - "Being different means you're making a difference."

Watch JT's full speech below:

Thank you, iHeart Radio!.

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at Zimbio.

 

Justin Timberlake Threw Jessica Biel an Epic Roller Skating Party - 3/5/17

InStyle, 3/5/17 --

Punny slogans, patriotic costumes, and disco balls—Jessica Biel's 35th birthday bash had it all!

Once again, Justin Timberlake is proving he's a top-notch spouse, throwing his wife an amazing roller skating birthday party this weekend. Just when we were recovering from this couple's cute Oscars moments, here they go again being utterly adorable!

The soiree's theme was "Make America Skate Again" but with '70s disco flair. Timberlake had special shirts made for the occasion, and you can tell how excited his wife is for the event from her huge smile in their Instagram selfie!

Sign the petition now! #makeamericaskateagain

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In addition to his custom tee, Timberlake wore an American flag jacket, cut-off denim shorts, a fanny pack, and patriotic knee socks! Quite the ensemble, if we do say so ourselves.

The birthday girl, on the other hand, opted for metallic disco pants with her roller skates. In a too-cute Instagram, she thanked her husband for "throwing me the most epic jam skate party ever," saying the bash was "what birthday dreams are made of." We second that sentiment.

Here's to another year of cute couple moments from these two!

 

Justin Timberlake nominated for Radio Disney Music Awards - 3/4/17

JustinTimberlake.com, 3/3/17 --

Congrats to JT on his 2 Radio Disney Music Award nominations!

"The Bestest – Song Of The Year"
Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
Can't Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
Closer (f. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers (TCS)
Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes

"So Happy - Best Song That Makes You Smile"
Can't Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
Me Too – Meghan Trainor
Handclap – Fitz & The Tantrums
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Juju On That Beat – Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall

Vote online via : www.Disney.com/RDMA or download the Radio Disney app and click the button "RDMA Vote Now!" to vote.

Twitter: Fans can also re-tweet artists to vote as long as they include the award category and artist name hashtag and tag @radiodisney. Hashtags are below:
#TheBestest
#SoHappy

Key Dates
3/3-4/9 – Voting timeframe
NOTE: Voting starts on 3/3 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET and ends on 4/9 at 8:59pm PT/11:59 ET.
4/29 – Live RDMA Show
NOTE: Award winners will be announced via social media in real time from the event
4/30 – RDMA show airing on Disney Channel at 7p in the US

 

 

Justin Timberlake celebrates Jessica Biel's birthday - 3/4/17

 

'My Kitchen Rules' season finale on Thursday - 3/1/17

 

Justin Timberlake Scores Top Instagram Posts from the Oscars - 3/1/17

PEOPLE, 3/1/17 --

The Best Picture gaffe may be the talk of Hollywood post-Oscars, but social media was buzzing about how handsome Justin Timberlake looked in his Tom Ford tuxedo.

The "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer, who kicked off the telecast, had the two most-liked Instagram photos of the entire awards night, according to visual intelligence platform Dash Hudson.

In first place was Timberlake's black and white portrait, which garnered nearly 1.3 million likes, and closely behind was his "#Oscars ready" post with nearly 1.1 million likes.

#Oscars #TomFord

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#Oscars ready

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Other Instagrams that performed well on Oscars night were Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson‘s father-daughter pre-red carpet photo (1.09 million likes), Adriana Lima‘s Elton John Oscar party gown (387,000 likes) and Hailee Steinfeld‘s Essie ad (353,000 likes).

Read more here.

 

 

Lance Bass Has the Best Nurses Ever While Recovering From Emergency Surgery - 3/1/17

E! Online, 2/28/17 --

Lance Bass' Oscars Sunday didn't exactly go as he had originally planned.

The former *NSYNC star took to Instagram to reveal that he underwent emergency surgery to remove his appendix after suffering from stomach pain.

"Well this day took a turn," Bass opened up by explaining a few days ago alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

"I woke up with the worst stomach pains. A few hours later, I'm one appendix lighter! Oscar viewing party in my room! PS-my husband is amazing. It is so nice to have a partner in crime in these situations."

Earlier today, the singer shared a snapshot from his bed at home and joked about his two handy nurses (who just so happen to be adorable as well!). "I think I'll heal very nicely with these two as my nurses. I'm home safe and sound. Thank you all so much for the well wishes. You guys are the sweetest. Love you all," Bass concluded.

We're glad to see he's on the mend and has two four-legged friends helping him with the journey back to full health!

 

The Backstreet Boys' Latest Revelation Is Proof That An *NSYNC Collaboration Needs To Happen - 3/1/17

Bustle, 3/1/17 --

If your 10-year-old self isn't jumping for joy right now, it's about to be. Not only are the Backstreet Boys starting their Las Vegas residency on Wednesday, March 1 (thank you, musics gods), but they may have just done what it takes to unite BSB and *NSYNC lovers once and for all — after all. these. years. In honor of the group's bound-to-be-epic residency, Entertainment Weekly took a little trip down memory lane with the boys. BSB was asked point-blank: "What's the *NSYNC song you wish you had recorded?" They answered, and now my imagination is beyond tickled.

Maybe it's just me, but it feels like rivalries of '90s pop never really died. Teams BSB and *NSYNC are still holding strong, as are others like Team Britney vs. Christina. Considering it's two decades later, can't everyone just get along? It's time, and the guys of BSB certainly think so. In fact, they have felt this way for a minute. If you remember, members of each boy band came together last spring for the song "In the End," which sadly flew under-the-radar. But between their nods to *NSYNC in this latest interview and the new residency, there are perfect opportunities for both groups to join forces in a way all '90s kids need.

When asked to reflect on *NSYNC's work, AJ McLean pointed out the song "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You," saying, "That song's dope." Nick Carter then revealed that BSB actually had the chance to record one of *NSYNC's most iconic songs back in the day: "Tearin' Up My Heart." Obviously, it didn't pan out. "We actually turned it down because we didn't have time to record it or something," Carter told EW. But he wishes it had worked out, adding, "We should have taken it." This is all the proof I need.

Clearly, the guys respect each other's work and it isn't too late to make something happen together. In fact, the timing is perfect. If *NSYNC were to make a surprise appearance during BSB's residency, the universe would just be right again.

Now all that's missing from this scenario is the Spice Girls. Children of the '90s could only be so lucky.

 

Joey Fatone attends charity event for Heroes On The Water & Expiration 2050 - 2/28/17

 

 

'Trolls 2' A Go For April 2020 At Universal - 2/28/17

Deadline, 2/28/17 --

Universal and DreamWorks Animation's Trolls is getting a sequel, and stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake will be back for it. Universal today set an April 10, 2020, release for Trolls 2, a date they had set aside earlier as an untitled Universal event film.

This will be the follow-up to the 2016 hit that has made $339.5 million at the box office since its November bow. That was distributed by 20th Century Fox under DWA's previous output deal before it was acquired by NBCUniversal. Now the new studio will take a crack at the franchise, with stars Kendrick and Timberlake as the eternal optimist Poppy and the curmudgeon Branch, respectively. The musical comedy-adventure scored a Best Song Oscar nom this year for Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" which was 2016's most downloaded track.

Original director Mike Mitchell will not return for the sequel, we're told. He signed on earlier this month to direct Warner Bros' The Lego Movie sequel, and that pic has a February 8, 2019, release date.

 

Lance Bass Watches the 2017 Oscars From the Hospital - 2/27/17

In Touch Weekly, 2/27/17 --

Lance Bass wouldn't let anything get in the way of him watching the 2017 Oscars — not even a trip to the hospital to have his appendix removed!

The former boy-bander, 37, shared this bedridden photo from Sunday night, and we're sure this wasn't his ideal way to celebrate one of Hollywood's biggest nights.

"Well this day took a turn. I woke up to the worst stomach pains. A few hours later, I'm one appendix lighter! Oscar viewing party in my room!" he captioned the image. "PS, my husband [Michael Turchin] is amazing. It is so nice to have a partner in crime in these situations. #OscarViewingParty."

Fans were nothing but supportive in the comments section and offered well wishes for a speedy recovery.

"Glad you got that taken care of, get lots of rest and try not to laugh," one user wrote.

"I hope you feel better soon. Your pups are probably ecstatic to have their daddy come home," another agreed.

A third chimed in with, "Sorry to hear about your stomach pains and on Oscar night of all days! Still good Michael is there with you though, it makes the situation easier to deal with, at least."

Lance didn't appear to be missing out too much, and was still able to tweet along as the night's events took place.

"YES!!! #Moonlight was definitely the best picture of the year! #Oscars," he wrote.

At least his didn't have to miss his former *NSYNC bandmate Justin Timberlake kill his opening act!

 

Oscars Push 200%-Plus Sales Gain for Justin Timberlake, 'La La Land' Songs & More - 2/27/17

Billboard, 2/27/17 --

Sunday's 89th annual Academy Awards provided an immediate burst of sales for songs performed on the ABC broadcast, according to Nielsen Music. Collectively, the songs garnered a 206 percent gain in download sales in the United States on the day of the awards, according to initial sales reports from Nielsen. In total, the seven songs performed on the show sold more than 30,000 downloads on Sunday -- up from about 10,000 on Saturday.

The selections performed during the show were the five tunes nominated for best original song ("Audition," "Can't Stop the Feeling!," "City of Stars," "The Empty Chair" and "How Far I'll Go") along with Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" (which Justin Timberlake sang as part of his show-opening performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling!") and the Joni Mitchell-written "Both Sides, Now" (performed by Sara Bareilles during the show's In Memoriam segment).

Sales totals include both Mitchell's recording of "Both," as well as Judy Collins' popular original rendition; the Auli'I Cravalho and Alessia Cara versions of "How Far I'll Go" from the Moana soundtrack; Sting's solo and Sting and J. Ralph collaborative versions of "The Empty Chair"; and the multiple versions of best original song winner "City of Stars" found on the La La Land soundtrack.

The biggest seller on Feb. 26 among all the songs performed on the show was Timberlake's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Feeling," which sold about 12,000 downloads on Sunday -- up from 4,000 on the previous day. The combined versions of "How Far I'll Go" went from 4,000 to 6,000, while "City of Stars" climbed from 1,000 to 5,000 and "Audition" grew from less than 1,000 to more than 2,000. "Both Sides, Now" (3,000), "The Empty Chair" (1,000) and "Lovely Day" (1,000) all zoomed from negligible figures.

Increases earned from the show were not limited to the songs performed on the Oscars broadcast. In addition, the film that won the most awards (six) of the evening, La La Land, saw its three separate soundtrack and score albums rise from a combined total of about 1,000 to 3,000 downloads sold.

It's expected that in the full tracking week, which ends at the close of business on Thursday, March 2, there will be sizable gains for all of the above songs, in addition to the nominated scores (Jackie, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight and Passengers).

 

 

Sir Elton John's AIDS Foundation Raises $7 Million on Oscar Night - 2/27/17

Parade, 2/27/17 --

Time does fly, but contributions keep accruing for the great work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Last night in West Hollywood, Sir Elton and his husband, David Furnish, held their 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. It raised $7 million for the global effort to end AIDS.

So many "A-list" celebrities and wonderful friends of the foundation came out to show their support. They enjoyed a fabulous five-course dinner under the watchful eye of Chef Gordon Ramsay. The most yummy dessert created by Chef Wayne Elias and Crumble Catering was "a smoked chocolate mousse with blood orange marmalade and a blood orange caramel with coffee almond crumbles and a silver leaf," according to TooFab.com.

During the Oscar viewing, guests dined and then bid against one another for wonderful auction items that included a BVLGARI Diva's Dream Necklace in white gold with pavé diamonds, and a five-day vacation at Steven Tyler's Hawaiian retreat. Following the auction, St. Paul & the Broken Bones took the stage for an exciting performance of their hit songs, including "I'll Be Your Woman" with Elton.

Throughout the evening, live messages from EJAF friends Laverne Cox, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffmann, Judith Light and Jay Duplass encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the foundation's urgent mission.

Elton and David have their eyes focused on the prize. As the foundation's website states, "Although tremendous scientific progress has been achieved in HIV prevention and treatment, universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, and health care continues to be a concern, and our mission remains the same—to fight for the dignity and well-being every person, combat stigma, prevent HIV infections, ensure universal HIV treatment for all who need it, and pressure governments to end AIDS."

No doubt planning for Elton's 2018 26th Oscar gala is under way right now.

Watch an interview with JC Chasez on the red carpet before the party at http://poptartsandfedoras.tumblr.com.

 

Justin Timberlake Gets Hollywood Stars Dancing as He Opens Oscars with 'Can't Stop the Feeling' - 2/27/17

PEOPLE, 2/26/17 --

Before host host Jimmy Kimmel even took the stage at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday night, the audience at the Dolby Theatre was on their feet – and groovin' to the beat.

Justin Timberlake kicked off the festivities, leading a parade of dancers toward the stage as he crooned his Oscar-nominated hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls.

As he marched down the aisle, Timberlake was flanked by exquisitely dressed men and women, who got the crowd moving along to the song with their choreography.

Timberlake stopped halfway through once he reached the stage, telling the gathered stars, "Hollywood, you look so lovely tonight but do you feel lovely tonight?"

He then transitioned to a brief cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day," before returning to the audience to dance with other celebrities and wife Jessica Biel.

Timberlake then introduced host Jimmy Kimmel, who joked about the boy band vet's opening number: "On your behalf, I really hope the other guys from *NSYNC were watching that performance because if they were, I think there's a really good chance they're going to let you back in the band. I do. Thank you very much Justin."

Ahead of the show, Biel told reporters on the red carpet of Timberlake's performance, "It's exciting when your partner is doing something that they love. And honestly, I'm not worried about him. I'm worried about everybody else!"

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel before, during, and after the Academy Awards at Zimbio.

 

Chris Kirkpatrick remembers Bill Paxton - 2/26/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake will open the Oscars with 'Can't Stop the Feeling' - 2/26/17

The Washington Post, 2/26/17 --

On the red carpet, correspondent Dave Karger reports that Justin Timberlake will open the show with "Can't Stop the Feeling" (technically stylized as "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!") from the "Trolls" soundtrack — it's nominated for best original song.

This is an unusual move, as the musical performances usually occur in the middle of the show, but maybe the producers want something extremely high-energy to kick off the night.

 

Lance & Diane Bass in 'My Kitchen Rules' finale on Thursday - 2/26/17

The Mercury News, 2/26/17 --

THURSDAY: In the Season 1 finale of the culinary throw-down known as "My Kitchen Rules," Lance Bass and his mom, Diane, face Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie. The title and bragging rights are on the line. 9 p.m., Fox.

Read more here.

 

This Actually Isn't Justin Timberlake's First Time Performing at the Oscars - 2/25/17

POPSUGAR, 2/24/17 --

Although this year's Academy Awards mark Justin Timberlake's first time attending as a nominee, the singer isn't a stranger to the Oscars stage. Timberlake is up for best original song for "Can't Stop the Feeling," his hit from the Trolls soundtrack, and he'll be performing the catchy song during the show. There's plenty of buzz and excitement about his upcoming performance, but this actually isn't his first time in the Oscars spotlight.

Timberlake's return to the Oscars stage comes after 17 years (!) and (RIP, curls) several different hairstyles. Back in 2000, he and the rest of *NSYNC joined Gloria Estefan to perform "Music of My Heart" from the movie Music of the Heart. The song was nominated in the same category, best original song, with music and lyrics by Diane Warren.

Ready for a trip down memory lane? Check out the 2000 performance below, which will truly fulfill all your nostalgia needs.

 

 

Joey Fatone to host Freestyle Loves The 90's in Connecticut - 2/25/17

 

Watch THR's Songwriter Roundtable on SundanceTV with Justin Timberlake, Sting, Alicia Keys, John Legend and More - 2/24/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 2/24/17 --

Check out the final episode of The Hollywood Reporter's acclaimed roundtable series this Sunday on SundanceTV with the Songwriter Roundtable at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV and on 126 on Dish nationwide, and at 10 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).

The artists behind songs in this season's movies — including Justin Timberlake, Sting, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Tori Amos, John Legend and Pharrell Williams — join THR's first-ever Songwriter Roundtable discussion to reveal the feeling of "blacking out" (in a good way), the freedom of not wearing makeup and their concerns for a post-election America.

Viewers can watch THR's roundtable discussions on SundanceTV as part of the cable channel's original nonfiction series, Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, produced in partnership with THR. Come back to THR.com every Monday after the shows air for the full, uncensored discussions online.

The final of seven episodes — the Songwriter Roundtable — airs Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV and on 126 on Dish nationwide, and at 10 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).

The filmed roundtable panels feature Oscar nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about films, including actors, actresses, producers, directors, writers, documentarians, and songwriters. Guests will discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories from the business. The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.

Read more here.

 

Lance Bass helps the Try Guys with Boy Band Challenge - 2/24/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake on Max Martin's Songwriters Hall Induction: 'There's Nobody in the World More Deserving' - 2/24/17

Billboard, 2/24/17 --

Justin Timberlake, may or may not resemble his dour character Branch in the new DreamWorks animation film Trolls, but the pop superstar was nothing but ebullient over Max Martin's nomination into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Let's be honest," Timberlake said, "there's nobody in the world who deserves it more than Max Martin."

The former *NSYNC singer, who hadn't worked with Martin since he was 15, may have been biased as he was on a panel with Martin and fellow producer Shellback which delved into the process of writing and producing Timberlake's smash hit "Can't Stop The Feeling" from Trolls. The pop juggernaut, which just won a Grammy and is up for this weekend's Oscars, just had its 40th week on the Hot 100, making it one of only eight singles in that chart's 58-year history to spend its first 40 weeks or more in the Top 40.

The panel discussion was moderated by soul legend Bill Withers who asked the ordinarily press-shy Martin pointblank how he felt being nominated for the Songwriters Hall. "When you say it now, it sounds, crazy," the modest producer said. "I actually don't know what to say about it...It feels amazing. It feels like a joke and they're gong to be like, 'Ha ha' at some point. But of course I'm incredibly honored." Then he added, "I feel kind of old."

Martin, regardless of his "advanced age" of 45, is in a master class of songwriters shared by few and no less than The Beatles. Martin holds the distinction of having written or co-written 22 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, third only to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He's worked and written with everyone from the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift to The Weeknd, Robyn and Danny Elfman.

As Martin struggled to wrap his head around the honor, Withers, the wise songwriting veteran and himself a SHOF inductee, calmly comforted the Swedish producer in his rich baritone. "Okay Max," he said, "You've been licensed by me to take your time and process that in your own way and in your own time." Then, with a nod to a Marvin Gaye song said, "In summary: take your time, take your time, regulate your mind and let your conscious be your guide."

When asked what's coming up next, Martin and Shellback weren't sure what they could mention publicly but said they would be working with Timberlake on his next album. JT interrupted and said, "These guys are humble, they're working with Pink and Taylor Swift and all your favorite artists. Whoever you like that you know and whoever you like that you don't know, in the next three years -- that's them."

The 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony takes place June 15 in New York City. Martin's co-inductees include His fellow nominees include Berry Gordy, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Chicago and Jay Z, the Hall's first-ever rapper.

 

Justin Timberlake Prepares For 1st Red Carpet As An Oscar Nominee - 2/22/17

abc7.com, 2/22/17 --

Winning a big award is nothing new to singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake . He's received Emmys, plus American Music, Billboard Awards, MTV and Grammy awards.

One of those Grammys he just won for "Can't Stop the Feeling," which was named best song written for a motion picture. That "Trolls" tune is also what got him a place at the Oscars.

"It made me really happy that they would recognize a song that's just about unabashed happiness," Timberlake said.

"It sounds cliché and you hear everybody say it, but it really, truly is an honor," he went on to say. "It really does give you a sense of personal validation because we always want to impress our peers, and the best part about it is that you get this feeling that you're going to get to continue doing what you love to do."

Timberlake loves the fact that "Trolls" offers something positive for today's world. He's also thrilled that filmmakers made sure the movie played on different levels, to every generation.

"With these great characters, and fantastic message, but also very specifically the parents. They are very thoughtful of the parents and being a new parent I appreciate that," he said.

 

Justin Timberlake Announced to Close Rock in Rio 2017 Festival - 2/21/17

The Rio Times, 2/21/17 --

Justin Timberlake is the latest name to be added to music festival Rock in Rio's line-up this year. Timberlake, who has previously performed at the Rio festival in 2001 and 2013, as well as in the Lisbon edition in 2014, will be 2017's closing act on the World Stage, performing on Sunday, September 17th in Rio.

Timberlake joins the all-star festival line-up, which will also feature Lady Gaga among its international headliners this year. With his latest chart-topping song 'Can't Stop the Feeling' recently wining a Grammy and also nominated for an Oscar, Timberlake looks likely to draw crowds once again at this year's festival.

Other acts newly announced for September 17th continue Rock in Rio's blend of genres and big names, with guitarist Nile Rogers with legendary 70s disco-funk group Chic set to perform in addition to Frejat, considered one of the most important names in Brazilian rock.

The festival will continue into September with its eclectic mix of heavy-hitters from the international and Brazilian pop and rock scenes. Other names acts playing range from Aerosmith to CeeLo Green, and include Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ney Matogrosso & Nação Zumbi.

Regarding the inclusion of pop and non-rock acts in the festival, the lead singer and lyricist for Carioca-based rock band Clashing Clouds, Fabio Figueira, told The Rio Times. "RIR has always been a music festival that goes way beyond genre or style."

He adds, "It is hard to imagine George Benson, Ozzy Osbourne and Alceu Valença in the same playlist, but as crazy as it might sound they played in RIR in the past and I don't think there were a that many 'narrow minded haters' criticizing the 'Non-rock groups'."

Chuck Cassie, a Canadian expatriate living in Rio and managing partner of The Lucky Screw Irish Pub in Copacabana, which hosts live rock bands seven nights a week, shares, "There's no accounting for taste, but shows like Rock in Rio need to include the popular music in order to be successful."

He explains, "Thematic shows would be a different matter, such as a Blues Festival, or a Woodstock remake, but Rock in Rio is touted as being a modern popular rock music show, so they need to adapt to the times, whether [some] like it or not."

 

 

*NSYNC Reunion: Joey Fatone & Chris Kirkpatrick Tease What You Dreamed Of For Years - 2/21/17

HollywoodLife.com, 2/21/17 --

Lucky us! Joey Fatone, 40, and Chris Kirkpatrick, 45, spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY before they rocked it on Celebrity Family Feud, and they had some juicy secrets to spill. No, it wasn't the formula that Justin Timberlake used in the aughts to make his hair look like ramen. The *NSYNC guys hinted that the *NSYNC reunion we've patiently waited for might actually be happening!

It;s getting hard to count how many times an *NSYNC reunion has been dangled right in front of our faces, but Joey and Chris seemed to be hinting pretty hard about this one. When asked about former bandmate Lance Bass's comments earlier in the week that there would be a band reunion when they receive their Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and that the band would be releasing their iconic Christmas album on vinyl, the guys laughed. But then Joey had this to say:

"I think there were a lot of things that people were talking about. Everything gets misconstrued in a sense, but we are definitely doing something with the Walk of Fame and the star, but we don't know exactly when that is happening. I know people are saying 2017, but we don't know if it is going to be this year or next year…"

Okay, so there's a reunion happening, but they just don't know when it'll happen. We're okay with that! It might depend on how long it takes to get Justin on board.

 

Woody Allen's Next Film, Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, Titled 'Wonder Wheel' - 2/21/17

thefilmstage.com, 2/21/17 --

Although it hasn't been officially announced by U.S. distributor Amazon Studios yet, if history repeats itself, a new Woody Allen film will arrive this summer. It's also the most fitting release window in some time for the director as his next feature takes place in the summer days of the 1950s, specifically in Coney Island.

Although no more plot details beyond the setting have been revealed, the newly announced title should be of no surprise to those familiar with the Brooklyn locale. Titled Wonder Wheel, it takes its name from Deno's amusement park located there, whose circular main attraction opened back in 1920. This title was revealed by Mars Film CEO Stephane Celerier (via Woody Allen Pages), so presumably they'll reunite with Allen to distribute his latest film in France once again.

Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake (who plays a life guard, as we can glean from set photos), as well as Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Tony Sirico, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella, we wouldn't be surprised if Allen returns to Cannes once again for a premiere, so stay tuned. In the meantime, one can see the first look above, featuring Timberlake, Winslet, and Temple, which actually surfaced back during its early fall shoot.

 

Chris Kirkpatrick to host Clash of the Decades in Maryland - 2/21/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake Bows Down to Bill Withers at Songwriters Hall Event - 2/19/17

Billboard, 2/19/17 --

Justin Timberlake literally got on bended knee before legendary singer-songwriter Bill Withers and credited his stone-cold classic "Lovely Day" with inspiring his unbeatable hit "Can't Stop the Feeling." "It's very serendipitous that this man is sitting with us here today," said an effusive Timberlake.

It was one of many unscripted moments at a revealing and rollicking panel discussion and screening of the movie Trolls for which Timberlake was the executive producer of music. Presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast Committee for an audience of SHOF and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences members at the 20th Century Fox Studios in West Los Angeles where it was revealed that Timberlake would perform "Can't Stop the Feeling" at next week's Oscar ceremony.

The dynamic panel also included a rare appearance by superstar producer Max Martin, a nominee for this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his fellow producer Shellback (Karl Johan Schuster) who together with Timberlake created the music for Trolls.

Get you somebody that looks at you like I look at Bill Withers... My IDOL.

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Following introductory remarks by Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast committee chair Mary Jo Mennella and Universal Music Publishing Group president and SHOF board member Evan Lamberg who recounted "Can't Stop the Feeling"'s runaways success and welcomed Timberlake to the stage by saying "other than Michael Jackson, I think he's going to go down as the greatest entertainer of our generation."

This, however, was followed not by JT's expected entrance but by the surprise appearance of Withers who unexpectedly took the stage. The soul crooner's sudden walk-out elicited delight and awe from the hundreds who had braved a massive Los Angeles rain storm and gave Withers a standing ovation. This also meant that Timberlake marched out while Lamberg recounted Withers' storied career -- a moment that previewed the loosey-goosey nature of the discussion.

To wit, Withers, the panel's Songwriters Hall of Fame moderator, didn't launch immediately into a discussion of his panel's impressive music bona fides or Trolls but rather spoke about shoes. Timberlake and Withers, it turns out, were previously on a panel together in which the 78-year-old enviously recalled the pop singer's stylish shoes stealing the show. "That bothered me," he said, so for this panel he was more prepared. "I went deep into my closet and this time I broke out my 1956 Stetson Detroit pimp shoes," Withers said proudly. Timberlake, who similarly recalled the meeting, said he decided to wear his modest Adidas Stan Smiths "out of respect."

Read more and check out more photos of Justin Timberlake at the event here.

 

Justin Timberlake Reveals the Secret to His Oscar Song From 'Trolls' - 2/18/17

TheWrap, 2/18/17 --

The Justin Timberlake song "Can't Stop The Feeling" has already topped the charts in more than a dozen countries and won the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media, in which he competed against songs by Peter Gabriel, Shakira and Pink, among others. Now it faces its toughest task of all: taking down "La La Land" in the Oscar race for Best Original Song.

That's a tall order. Timberlake explains in a video premiering exclusively at TheWrap that he wasn't originally sure he and co-writers Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster (Shellback) would be able to pull off a pop song that could not only work on its own, but also work when put in the mouths of the animated characters in the film "Trolls."

"This has to work for the moment, these characters, and be filmic," Timberlake says in the video. "It took a second to crack the code. I remember thinking, 'We're not gonna be able to do this.'"

In an interview with TheWrap, Timberlake added, "This wasn't just like writing a song for a movie – it was writing a song for characters that are going to sing it in the movie.

"That part had to work, and that's the part that made it a task that none of us had ever done. And we had to push ourselves to do something that works in that way."

The key, he says in the video: "Once we got the hook going, that's usually how it goes. Once you get the hook you can base everything off that."

"Can't Stop the Feeling" is competing at the Oscars against two songs from "La La Land," "City of Stars" (the favorite) and "Audition (the Fools Who Dream)," as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda's "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana" and Sting and J. Ralph's "The Empty Chair" from the documentary "Jim: The James Foley Story."

Timberlake will also be performing the song on the Oscar show, Sunday, Feb. 26.

 

Q&A: Justin Timberlake on his Oscar-nominated 'Trolls' hit - 2/17/17

screendaily.com, 2/17/17 --

While signs all point to a big night for La La Land at this year's Oscar ceremony on February 26, one person looking to spoil the party for Lionsgate's juggernaut in at least one category is Justin Timberlake.

The actor-musician is vying in the original song category with 'Can't Stop The Feeling' from DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, which he co-wrote the music and lyrics for with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster.

'Can't Stop The Feeling' reached number one in 17 countries, including the US (Timberlake's first number one in a decade there). At the Oscar ceremony, the song is competing for the original song Oscar against 'Audition (The Fools Who Dream)' and 'City Of Stars' from La La Land, 'How Far You'll Go' from Moana and 'The Empty Chair' from Jim: The James Foley Story.

In addition to being an executive producer on the Trolls soundtrack, Timberlake was a member of the film's voice cast, alongside Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand and Zooey Deschanel.

How did you come to be involved with Trolls?
It was sort of a simultaneous pitch. DreamWorks brought me in and said that there was a character that they wanted to pitch to me for their new animated film. They had this crazy, 20-minute, elaborate pitch. They showed me animation they'd already tested. They already had Anna Kendrick's voice in there. After the pitch was over, they asked me to be responsible for all of the music.

As executive music producer, what were your key marching orders?
Writing original music like 'Can't Stop The Feeling', and to produce arrangements of cover songs, like 'September' and 'True Colors'. The challenge was to make the songs unique, not only to the scene that they're in but to try to put a fresh spin on them and introduce them to a new audience.

Read more here.

 

 

Clarifications of an *NSYNC reunion - 2/17/17

 

Justin Timberlake Is Recording New Music - 2/17/17

HollywoodLife.com, 2/17/17 --

Justin Timberlake, 36, is recording new music people! We can't stop saying it; it's happening. The "Cry Me a River" singer announced the news himself, during Variety's screening of Trolls in Los Angeles on Feb. 16. "We literally came from the studio tonight to come to this Q&A," said Justin during the event, which was shared live on Facebook. "And we're going back after this. There's a ton of music that we're making right now and I'm just so excited about it."

The "we" Justin makes mention of includes famed music producer Max Martin, 45, and Karl Johan Schuster, also known as Shellback, 32. The trio co-wrote and produced "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" for Trolls. And now, they're all up for the Best Original Song Academy Award. "I've known Max for years and then to include Shellback in the process…," began Justin before his revelation. To imagine what they might be coming up with is bonkers. Max is known for working with megastars like Adele, Katy Perry, Pink, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift (to name a few).

HollywoodLife.com learned of Justin's latest music endeavors EXCLUSIVELY back in Jan. 2017. While having brunch with friends at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, he told friends that he was "in the studio right now!" We can't help but wonder if this has anything to do with the NSYNC reunion Lance Bass, 37, teased on Feb. 16. If it does, the situation would be a 180 degree shift from comments Justin made about his former bandmates on Feb. 8. That being said, we'd put money on this being Justin's follow-up to 2013's The 20/20 Experience.

To win that Oscar, though, "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" has to beat some pretty tough competition: two songs from La La Land, "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story, and "How Far I'll Go" from Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda for Disney's Moana. The Oscars ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26.

 

Justin Timberlake to perform at Rock in Rio - 2/17/17

 

 

Lance Bass Teaches You How To Make The Perfect Truffle Chicken Sandwich - 2/17/17

 

Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake are now part-owners of a junior golf tour - 2/17/17

Golf Digest, 2/17/17 --

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour has grown tremendously in its first decade of existence. And adding two of the biggest names on the planet as backers certainly won't hurt that development.

The HJGT recently announced the Nexus Luxury Collection has purchased a stake in the organization. That news alone might not mean much until you consider that Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake, along with the Tavistock Group, are the lead partners in Nexus.

How about that for star power on the junior golf circuit?

Read more here.

 

Watch Tonight: Facebook Live Q&A With Justin Timberlake on Making the Oscar-Nominated Original Song From 'Trolls' - 2/16/17

Variety, 2/16/17 --

Variety will host a live chat on Facebook on Thursday with Justin Timberlake, who's up for an Oscar this year for "Can't Stop The Feeling."

Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster, his co-writers and producers for the "Trolls" theme song, will join him.

Timberlake had worked with Martin back in his *NSYNC days. Schuster, also known as Shellback, has collaborated with Martin working with Adele, Maroon 5, and other artists.

The Q&A will be streamed right here as well as on Variety's Facebook page beginning at approximately 9 p.m. PT/12 a.m. ET.

 

 

New 'My Kitchen Rules' episode with Lance Bass tonight - 2/16/17

 

How Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams Inspired Little Big Town's 'The Breaker' - 2/16/17

Taste of Country, 2/16/17 --

Little Big Town went into the studio to record their seventh country album The Breaker with newfound freedom thanks to a 2016 collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake on a unique project titled Wanderlust.

The eight-track release showed a sultry new side to the country quartet with beat-driven tracks and striking vocals. It was during this new adventure that Little Big Town ran into Timberlake, and the band recently told Taste of Country that the chance meeting wasn't planned.

"We were in the studio working with Pharrell in Los Angeles," Phillip Sweet recalls of their Timberlake studio encounter. "We went through the little kitchen and there sits Justin having his coffee."

NBD... Just writing with @littlebigtown This band is the truth!! So good!!!!

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While Little Big Town had previously met Timberlake, Karen Fairchild jokes that they reintroduced themselves as Chris Stapleton's friends. The band and Timberlake began talking about their project and invited him to listen to the new music.

"He came and listened, and he loved it," Kimberly Schlapman recalls with a big smile. "That just sparked a lot of inspiration and, all of a sudden, right there on the spot, we had an idea man who had some ideas he wanted to get out there, and we welcomed them. We had so much fun! He just oozes creativity. We all know that about him. but to see him in the moment work like that was so much fun and infectious and just like a drug."

Jimi Westbrook says it was always a fun time in the studio with Timberlake and Williams because no matter what happens, they're always dancing. The fast friends soon found themselves playing "The Boat" for Timberlake, and the quartet began laying down vocals as he directed them.

Read more here.

 

Dreamworks and Justin Timberlake's Trolls set to conquer the Official Video Chart this week - 2/16/17

officialcharts.com, 2/16/17 --

Dreamworks' Trolls starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake is predictably close to claiming the title of this week's best-selling DVD and Blu-ray.

The smash-hit children's animated adventure - which also features the voices of Gwen Stefani and James Corden - has shifted 123,000 units in its first four days on sale, outselling its nearest rival by over two copies to one.

Last week's Number 1 Bridget Jones' Baby, a two-week top spot-reigning release, falls one place to two, while Emily Blunt's BAFTA nominated The Girl on the Train falls one spot to Number 3.

Read more here.

 

 

*NSYNC Will Reunite at Walk of Fame Ceremony This Year -- Plus, They're Re-Releasing Music on Vinyl - 2/16/17

Entertainment Tonight, 2/16/17 --

Send your thanks to the boy band gods -- we're getting lots of *NSYNC action this year!

ET's Katie Krause caught up with Lance Bass at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where he opened up about the band's big 20-year anniversary, and revealed a special music release for fans.

"We're doing something [special].I don't know if I can announce it yet," Bass teased, before spilling on *NSYNC's big projects.

"We're coming out with a really cool vinyl edition of our Christmas album because it's coming up on the 20 years of that [1998 Home For Christmas] album," he shared. "And then we're going to be getting our star on the [Hollywood] Walk of Fame this year at some point."

"We'll all be there!" confirmed Bass, who is currently competing on Fox's My Kitchen Rules. "We just have to decide on a date. We're terrible at planning things."

"We're five guys, so for us to make a decision about anything is really hard, so we just need to do it. So hopefully maybe around Christmas time," he said. "It'll be fun to see everybody again."

Read more and watch the interview with Lance Bass here.

 

Justin Timberlake Reveals Why 'CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!' Oscar Nom Is Personal - 2/16/17

onairwithryan.iheart.com, 2/16/17 --

Justin Timberlake earned his first-ever Oscar nomination for his musical contribution "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" from DreamWorks Animation's Trolls.

JT will be competing in the Best Original Song category against Justin Hurwitz's "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars" from La La Land, J. Ralph and Sting's "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's Moana. He is also expected to perform the song at the awards ceremony.

"I'm as shocked as everyone else. It's a real treat!" JT told On Air with Ryan Seacrest about his Oscar nom on Thursday. He later explained why his son Silas made the nomination very personal: "I wrote the song a year and a half ago and we just had our son...So it was a little bit of serendipity to be offered this movie and this part and doing all the music."

On top of "CANT' STOP THE FEELING!," JT served double duty as music executive producer and the voiceover role of the film's killjoy character Branch. On curating the soundtrack, he said: "Somehow they just trusted me with all the music, which I kept telling them they were crazy to do that, but it came together."

The Oscars will air February 26 at 5:30 p.m. PT from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

Lance Bass Responds to Justin Timberlake's Reasons for Leaving *NSYNC: 'We Cared About the Music' - 2/16/17

Entertainment Tonight, 2/16/17 --

Lance Bass is setting the record straight.

ET's Katie Krause caught up with the *NSYNC group member on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, California, where he candidly talked about his friendship with Justin Timberlake.

Last week, Timberlake revealed the real reason why he decided to leave *NSYNC, after seven years with the group. The 36-year-old singer claimed that despite having immense success, he was ready to embark on new projects, which solely catered to the music and not to sold-out stadiums.

"We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big," Timberlake said to The Hollywood Reporter. "It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche. And, also, I was growing out of it."

"I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group," he added. "And I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart."

Bass says he completely understands Timberlake's reasons for leaving the group, but adds that everyone in the group was invested in creating good music.

"I mean, I don't think it's true," he said when asked about Timberlake's comments. "Obviously, we cared about the music, but I understand where he's coming from for sure."

Read more and watch the interview with Lance Bass here.

 

 

Justin Timberlake checks out $18M Greenwich Village penthouse - 2/16/17

New York Post, 2/16/17 --

Grammy Award-winning pop star Justin Timberlake can't stop the feeling — and his earnings — thanks to the upbeat, chart-topping "Trolls" movie song that appeals to all listeners. And now he's bringing that energy to a hunt for luxury real estate.

Timberlake was recently spotted touring a triplex penthouse at 12 E. 13th St. that is nearly half off its original asking price. The 5,704-square-foot Greenwich Village pad, which was on the market for $30.5 million in 2013 under a different brokerage, is still on the market — for $18.5 million.

Timberlake needs more space for his growing family of actress wife Jessica Biel and nearly 2-year-old son Silas Randall. He currently owns a penthouse at 311 W. Broadway, known as Soho Mews.

The home Timberlake checked out in the Village, which boasts direct elevator access, is a four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom unit designed in part by CetraRuddy. Its distinguishing feature is a three-story wall of glass, which lets in light from the north. There are also two private terraces, totaling 906 square feet, and two parking spaces.

The apartment is anchored by dramatic stairs that connect all three levels, along with a private internal elevator. A fireplace anchors the living room; on the other side is a formal dining room. There's also a chef's eat-in kitchen, a master suite with a spa-like bathroom and a media room/study with a guest bedroom suite on the third floor.

The listing brokers are Compass's Leonard Steinberg, Hervé Senequier, Amy Mendizabal and Calli Sarkesh.

Check out photos of the penthouse here.

 

Justin Timberlake on 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest' on Thursday - 2/15/17

 

Nick Lachey & Joey Fatone Top Contenders To Replace Nick Cannon On 'AGT'? - 2/15/17

HollywoodLife.com, 2/15/17 --

Whoever replaces Nick Cannon as the host of 'America's Got Talent' will have HUGE shoes to fill! We've EXCLUSIVELY learned that Nick Lachey and Joey Fatone are the top contenders producers are considering right now, but only one will make the cut.

This feels like the end of an era! Nick Cannon, 36, will no longer serve as host on America's Got Talent, so now the producers have to find a replacement. "There are a ton of being being considered for the new host of AGT," a source connected to the show tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. "NBC is seeing if Nick will come back, but Joey Fatone and Nick Lachey are options. They are also considering a complete no name to join the show. An idea that's generating the most steam is having a female replacement come in and really mix it up!"

Read more here.

 

 

Justin Timberlake Wants Us All to Dance, Dance, Dance on Oscar Night - 2/15/17

Vanity Fair, 2/15/17 --

After a long dry spell, there will finally be a disco song performed at the Oscars this year. For that, we can thank Justin Timberlake.

"I personally feel disco is a very underappreciated genre," Timberlake said, during an interview before the Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills earlier this month. The singer, songwriter, and actor is nominated for his disco-inspired song "Can't Stop The Feeling," from the Dreamworks Animation film Trolls, which he wrote with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster.

Timberlake said the inspiration for the danceable and ubiquitous tune, which also won a Grammy Award on Sunday, hit him while he was driving to the studio one day.

"I normally go into the studio with nothing on my mind, and just try to stay out of the way," said Timberlake, who also produced the Trolls soundtrack and voices a disgruntled troll survivalist named Branch in the film. "But on this movie, it was like no other process I've ever had. You had all this pretense: This is the song we have at the end of the movie, and it unites everyone. It brings the message of the film forward. Here's the list of ideas we're trying to accomplish, what we want to say to young people that their parents can feel really good about them sharing."

Naturally, Timberlake thought of ABBA. Well, first he thought of the other pop songs he was covering on the soundtrack, including the Simon & Garfunkel tune "The Sound of Silence," the Cyndi Lauper single "True Colors," and the Lionel Richie ballad "Hello."

"We aspired for our song to be up to par with all the songs I was covering in the movie," Timberlake said. "I realized the only genre we hadn't really covered in the movie was disco. ABBA's songs are the best songs of all time. What if we did a modern disco funk record?"

The song became the best-selling single in the U.S. in 2016 and earned Timberlake his first Oscar nomination, which he found out about from his wife, Jessica Biel, after working in the studio on a new album until 3 A.M. the night before the nominations were announced.

"I was in a creative tornado that day," Timberlake said. "I was thinking about the song I had written and what I was gonna do when I got back. My wife let me sleep in but she woke me up and gave me the news. She's like, 'It happened.' I'm like, 'What happened? What'd I ruin?' She said, 'You got an Oscar nomination.' That day was surreal, but by 3 P.M. I was back in the studio working."

Read more here.

 

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Presents Q&A With Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Moderated By Bill Withers - 2/15/17

allaccess.com, 2/15/17 --

The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME WEST COAST COMMITTEE is presenting a private industry Q&A for SHOF and AMPAS members with OSCAR-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKEe, this FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, as well as a 3D screening of DREAMWORKS' animated film, "Trolls," at the FOX ZANUCK THEATRE at 20TH CENTURY FOX STUDIOS in LOS ANGELES. TIMBERLAKE will be joined by his fellow OSCAR-nominated co-writer/producers MAX MARTIN and SHELLBACK.

The discussion will be moderated by legendary songwriter and SHOF inductee, BILL WITHERS, offering an "intimate, behind-the-scenes" look at how the film's music and global hit songs including, "Can't Stop The Feeling!" were imagined and crafted. Besides recording "Can't Stop The Feeling!" for the soundtrack and serving as the film's Executive Music Producer, TIMBERLAKE voiced the character "Branch." The song just won the GRAMMY last weekend for Best Song Written For Visual Media.

Commented SHOF President/CEO LINDA MORAN: "The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME is honored to present this event and to give our guests a close-up encounter with the multi-talented JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. What an incredible opportunity and great privilege to be in the presence of JUSTIN, the wizard BILL WITHERS, MAX MARTIN and SHELLBACK -- all prolific songwriters with the midas touch! Listen and learn!"

Added SHOF WEST COAST Events Chair MARY JO MENNELLA: "The WEST COAST SHOF team is absolutely thrilled to bring together several of the world's finest songwriters to present the film 'Trolls' and showcase the extraordinary talents of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. The collaboration between HOLLYWOOD and the songwriting community continues to flourish and we're delighted to have BILL WITHERS share his unique perspective with us."

 

Lance Bass talks romance on Logo TV - 2/15/17

 

 

Happiness, Hugs and Music: A Conversation with Justin Timberlake for the Home Entertainment Release of TROLLS - 2/15/17

thefancarpet.com, 2/15/17 --

From DreamWorks Animation, TROLLS is a funny and irreverent musical adventure, starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. Kendrick is the voice of Poppy, the feisty and fearless leader of the Trolls, who are naturally cheerful and optimistic. They love to sing and dance, and they have rainbow-coloured hair. Timberlake voices Branch, a gray and fearful troll. He is convinced that the Trolls' mortal enemies, the Bergens, will track them down in their forest Utopia and capture them. The Bergens are miserable monsters and they are only happy when they eat Trolls.

Justin Timberlake sat down for the following interview at DreamWorks Animation studios in Southern California to discuss TROLLS…

How did you get involved with the film?

I was offered the job of voicing the character and being executive music producer at the same time. It almost felt like an embarrassment of riches for me. I thought, 'Let me think about it, yes, I'll do that.' There was no other answer.

Can you explain the world of the Trolls and your character Branch?

Branch, along with the rest of the Trolls, lives in a wondrous world filled with music and adventure. It is all very happy-go-lucky with singing and dancing. It is over-joyous. Branch is the outcast among the Trolls. He doesn't sing, he doesn't dance and he is constantly cautious. While Poppy is pink and vivid, Branch looks gray and dismal.

It's ironic that Branch is nothing like you, isn't it? He doesn't sing or dance.

Yes, it was fun to play this sarcastic, pessimistic guy, because I don't get to do that a lot (laughs). I think it was also fun for Anna (Kendrick), who is known for her dry, sardonic wit because Poppy is so over-joyful. But Anna got to bring a certain type of wit and sass to Poppy, which gave her more depth.

What has made Branch so fearful and negative?

He is worried about the Trolls' enemies, the Bergens, the villains of this movie, who like to eat Trolls because they are only happy when they have a Troll in their stomach. And nobody likes to get eaten! Every year, the Bergens celebrate what's called Trollstice, where they gather all the trolls they've caught, and have a ceremonial all-you-can-eat buffet, and they proceed to eat the trolls. At the beginning of the movie, we go back to when our heroes were captured and King Peppy, Poppy's father, led an escape. The Trolls got away and started their own new civilisation. That is really where our movie starts. Because of his fear that the Bergens will return, Branch has such a sense of foreboding and is trying to keep the Trolls quiet. Branch warns Poppy that if the Trolls continue to keep singing and dancing and making as much noise as they do, they're going to attract the Bergens, who will discover where they are and they will get caught again. So he is very scared. Then a group of Trolls, Poppy's friends, are kidnapped.

Read more here.

 

Happy Valentine's Day - 2/14/17

 

Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop the Feeling!' Among Top 20 Longest-Leading AC Hits - 2/14/17

Billboard, 2/14/17 --

Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling!" tops Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart (dated Feb. 25) for a 16th (nonconsecutive) week, becoming one of only 20 titles to have led for at least that long since the chart premiered in 1961.

The accolades continue to accumulate for "Feeling," which was released in May 2016 to promote the DreamWorks feature film Trolls, which opened in theaters in November. The track debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated May 28, becoming one of only 27 singles to date to launch at the summit.

On the latest Hot 100, the song spends its 40th week on the chart, at No. 25. Notably, with all of its weeks logged in the top 40 so far, "Feeling" is one of only eight singles in the Hot 100's 58-year history to spend its first 40 weeks or more in the region (an elite group led by Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply": 52 weeks in 1997-98).

On Sunday (Feb. 12), "Feeling" won the Grammy Award for best song written for visual media. On Feb. 26, we'll find out if the track also wins an Academy Award for best original song.

In honor of "Feeling" becoming one of the 20 longest-leading AC hits of all time (with all of those smashes since the '90s, when the survey adopted Nielsen Music data), here is a look at the lofty company that Timberlake's hit joins.

 

 

Lance Bass gives dating advice - 2/13/17

Found someone special? @lancebass has a tip. Get to know them! Stay tuned for more clips and tips from #LogoLoveFest on @logotv. 💜

A video posted by Finding Prince Charming (@logofindingprincecharming) on

 

JC Chasez at Clive Davis' Annual Grammy Gala - 2/12/17

Just Jared, 2/12/17 --

Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo walk the red carpet at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party on Saturday (February 11) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The ladies starred in the original Broadway cast of the revival of The Color Purple and their nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammys!

Other stars in attendance at the annual gala were Mary J. Blige, Best New Artist nominee Chance the Rapper, Diplo, Aloe Blacc, JC Chasez, Jessie J with fellow The Voice Australia coach Joel Madden, and Brendon Urie with wife Sarah Orzechowski.

Jennifer, Mary, Chance, and Brendon all hit the stage for performances at the event!

Check out photos of JC Chasez at the party at Zimbio.

 

Big Congrats To JT On Winning His 10th Grammy - 2/12/17

JustinTimberlake.com, 2/12/17 --

Big Congrats to JT on winning his 10th GRAMMY!!!!

Justin has taken home a Grammy for "Best Song Written for Visual Media" For "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!"

"CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" was written and produced by Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback, for DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls," for which Justin serves as the executive music producer.

Thank you Recording Academy!

 

 

Thousands raise AIDS awareness at Steve Chase Awards in Palm Springs - 2/12/17

kesq.com, 2/12/17 --

Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Palm Springs for the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, the Desert AIDS Project's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"There's so many humanitarians in our community, and they are moved to help out others," Desert AIDS Project CEO David Brinkman said.

Some big names came out for a night of music, dancing and raising money for the organization helping Valley resident living with HIV and AIDS. Among those at the event included Emcee Lance Bass of *NSYNC, and pop music icon and longtime Palm Springs resident Barry Manilow.

. @BarryManilowOfficial and I require this floor lighting wherever we go! #SteveChaseHumanitarianAwards

A photo posted by Lance Bass (@lancebass) on

"They do wonderful work,' Manilow said. "They've got this organization, they've got this wonderful place that's grown bigger and bigger, that gives so much to the community, and to people that are suffering with AIDS."

Manilow also took time to honor late friend and actress Elizabeth Taylor. Accepting the award on her behalf, Naoimi and Tarquin Wilding said they remember their grandmother being a pioneer caring for people living with HIV and AIDS.

"When I was 17, she took me to the Freddie Mercury concert in London," Naoimi Wilding said. "And I think at that age, I didn't fully understand the work that they were doing, and how important she had become for the HIV and AIDS cause to see her stand in front of how many thousands of people, and to see the effect that they had just hearing their words."

Now, they hope that effect will continue to make its mark, especially in the Valley for years to come.

"That's what we're all about at the end of the day, is helping one another out," Brinkman said.

Brinkman said they expected to raise more than $1 million to help about 3,600 patients and clients across the Valley.

 

Justin Timberlake's near ace and two chip ins at Pebble Beach - 2/12/17

PGA.com, 2/12/17 --

Justin Timberlake is one of the biggest entertainment stars in the world today. He's a supremely talented singer and dancer. He's hilarious (YouTube some of his SNL skits). He's married to the beautiful Jessica Biel.

If you're a golfer and you don't envy Timberlake for anything we've already mentioned (congrats on your awesome life, too!), then envy him for his 4-handicap and envy him for what he was able to do at breathtaking Pebble Beach on live TV Saturday.

First, there's what JT did at the world-famous, par-3 seventh hole:

By the way, that was Timberlake's pro partner -- Justin Rose -- snapping this selfie from behind the tee:

Then Timberlake did this on No. 16:

Enough is enough, right? Nope... Here he is on the par-3 17th hole:

I don't know about you, but Timberlake is right at the top of my, "Dude I'd Like To Be For A Day" list. Oh, and it looks like Timberlake is saving some highlights for Sunday as well...

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Zimbio.

 

Lance Bass to emcee Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards - 2/11/17

Patch.com, 2/11/17 --

The 23rd annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards benefiting Desert AIDS Project, will honor many of the nonprofit's supporters during its annual gala event Saturday, including a posthumous award honoring the life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor.

Music star Barry Manilow will present the Partners for Life Award to Taylor's grandchildren, Tarquin and Naomi Wilding, for her early advocacy for those living with HIV and AIDS.

A tour of the Elizabeth Taylor Archives in Beverly Hills will also be among the items available in the gala's live-auction.

Other honorees include Barbara Keller, a member of the Desert AIDS Project Board of Directors who served as Steve Chase Co-Chair for seven years, G. Aubrey Serfling, Eisenhower Medical Director president and CEO, and Martin J. Massiello, Eisenhower's vice president and COO.

Lance Bass, former member of *NSYNC, will be the event's celebrity emcee, while actress Kirsten Vangsness of TV's "Criminal Minds," will host the auction.

Following dinner, there will be a live performance by the Pointer Sisters, and an after-party featuring La Bouche.

Proceeds from the gala will go toward services for the more than 3,600 individuals who utilize the nonprofit, which serves those living with AIDS and HIV, according to organizers.

"This is a partnership," said Desert AIDS Project CEO David Brinkman. "Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we're enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community."

 

 

To Get His First Oscar Nod, Justin Timberlake Had To Act Like A Troll - 2/11/17

NPR, 2/11/17 --

By the time Justin Timberlake began receiving recognition as an actor, he was already a musical megastar, with millions of albums sold on his own and with *NSYNC. Now, after memorable appearances in The Social Network and Inside Llewyn Davis, he's landed his first Oscar nomination — for a song.

"Can't Stop The Feeling!" is the peppy disco-pop number that led the promotional campaign for Trolls, the 2016 animated feature in which Timberlake voices a paranoid, joyless troll named Branch. The tune's nomination for Best Original Song came as a happy surprise to the singer/actor, who also executive produced the film's soundtrack.

"I always felt like I would have to write a song about misery and self-loathing to bring out raw emotions to ever have an opportunity to be nominated for an Oscar," he says. "It's serendipitous, but I do feel like the world could use a little bit more of it. It's hard to make a song that actually gets people's asses up and makes 'em dance."

Hear the rest of Timberlake's conversation with NPR's David Greene — including his story of meeting the members of Earth, Wind & Fire in the studio to re-record "September" — at the audio link.

 

Lance Bass to attend Splash South Padre - 2/11/17

 

Justin Timberlake nails trick shot on the Pebble Beach driving range - 2/11/17

PGA.com, 2/10/17 --

Justin Timberlake may not be performing as well as he had hoped in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but that hasn't stopped the entertainer from having fun.

Timberlake and his partner, Justin Rose, are tied for 101st place with a one-under 70 after the first round.

So, on the driving range between rounds, Timberlake decided to practice his short game.

That is one brave (and trusting) caddy.

It's also not the first time that Timberlake has had a bit of fun on the golf course. Back in 2015, Timberlake and Alfonso Riberio broke out into "The Carlton" at the American Century Celebrity tournament.

It remains to be seen if the drill and Timberlake's lightheartedness help the Justins turn things around in round two.

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Zimbio.

 

 

Break-up Tips from Lance Bass, Ginger Minj, Todrick Hall & More - 2/11/17

 

Justin Timberlake to perform at Oscars - 2/11/17

JustinTimberlake.com, 2/11/17 --

Just announced! Justin is set to perform at this year's Oscars!! JT will be performing his Oscar-nominated song "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" from the DreamWorks animated film "Trolls." He will be performing during the show, as will other Oscar-nominated talents, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting and John Legend.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Don't miss it!

More info at Oscars.com

 

*NSYNC's Fatone to headline Shreveport Geek'd Con - 2/11/17

Shreveport Times, 2/11/17 --

Celebrity guests were announced for Shreveport's Geek'd Con, which will include music, movie, television and comic book fan favorites.

The convention is designed to celebrate geek culture with discussion panels, vendors, game tournaments, cosplay contests and other entertainment.

This year's special guest lineup will include *NSYNC member Joey Fatone.

Fatone is most well known as a member of the multi-platinum selling band *NSYNC. Since then, his credits have expanded into the world of acting, and even a season of Dancing With The Stars.

Some of his other projects include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Robot Chicken, Impractical Jokers, Food Network's Rewrapped, and the horror movie Dead 7.

Read more here.

If you go

What: Geek'd Con
Where: Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St, Shreveport
When: Aug. 18-20
Info: Tickets for Geek'd Con Shreveport go on sale March 3.
geekdcon.com

 

 

Justin Timberlake on Fatherhood, His Uncertain Future and Being Best Friends with Jimmy Fallon - 2/8/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 2/8/17 --

With his first No. 1 single in a decade — that inescapable 'Trolls' tune, up for a Grammy and an Oscar — the former boy band phenom is a dad starring in a Woody Allen movie and grappling with "faint" memories from a childhood of stardom he's not sure he would choose for his son: "I could teach him a lot about what not to do." Justin Timberlake is remembering the very first time he got chased by a mob of shrieking teenage girls.

"I was about 15 or 16 years old," he says. "We'd just given a concert in Germany at a festival on this huge field. And we were in the tour bus afterward, driving on a dirt road, and I looked out the window and saw all these young, impressionable females running after the bus." He shrugs his shoulders and gets to the point of the story: "I think we can all agree that I did not have a normal childhood."

Twenty years later, at age 36, Timberlake is having an unusual adulthood as well. At the moment, he's lounging at a corner table at the bar in the Chateau Marmont, his still-babyish face half hidden behind a scruffy beard and a black wool cap. Timberlake has been so famous for so long — as the youngest member of the wildly successful 1990s boy band *NSYNC), as a multiplatinum Grammy-winning solo artist (26 million albums sold) and, increasingly, as an accomplished screen actor (he'll be co-starring with Kate Winslet in Woody Allen's next movie) — that he's learned to wear his celebrity like a pair of comfy old hammer pants. Indeed, he only can barely recall a time when he wasn't dodging paparazzi and making headlines for things like dating Britney Spears (and making a music video about their breakup) and accidentally setting off Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII (even today, not a topic he's eager to talk about).

"I have some faint images from my childhood," he says matter-of-factly, sipping a beer, "but no, I can't really remember not being famous."

Right now, in early February, as awards season reaches maximum velocity, Timberlake once again is in the news — his song "Can't Stop The Feeling!" has been nominated for an Oscar, the singer's first. He wrote the bouncy disco tune for DreamWorks Animation's November hit Trolls, in which he voices a gloomy troll named Branch who befriends Anna Kendrick's more upbeat Princess Poppy (it has grossed $339 million worldwide). But the song also was created as a gift to his (and wife Jessica Biel's) 2-year-old son, Silas. "I'd never have written it if it weren't for him," he says. Either way, the earworm took off on the charts to become Timberlake's first No. 1 single in 10 years, selling 2.4 million downloads (and streaming nearly 700 million times). For the few who impossibly haven't yet heard the number, there's an excellent chance he'll be singing it at the Oscars — "it's being negotiated," is all he'll say — though don't expect to see Timberlake at the Feb. 12 Grammys, which snubbed the tune for the big prizes and nominated it only for best song written for a visual media. Timberlake will be playing golf at Pebble Beach that weekend.

Read more here. Check out photos of Justin Timberlake at the Hollywood Reporter photo shoot here.

 

Justin Timberlake just birdied a 226-yard par 3 -- and lost to a tour pro's hole-in-one - 2/8/17

Golf Digest, 2/8/17 --

Justin Timberlake birdied the 226-yard par 3 seventh hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club during Wednesday's practice round for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. We know this because his partner and buddy Justin Rose tweeted about it. We also know the superstar entertainer wound up losing the hole.

That's because two-time PGA Tour winner Will Mackenzie aced the hole. Not that JT looked like he was crying a river about it:

It looks like Mackenzie and Timberlake are standing on someone else's line in the photo, but we guess they get a pass due to the hole-in-one excitement. You can't stop the feeling -- right, Justin? OK, we'll stop now.

As you can also see from Rose's tweet, the group, rounded out by Mackenzie's partner Brian Thompson, posted an incredible scoring average of 2.0 on the difficult par 3. Good luck to the foursome pulling that off when they play the hole again for real in Thursday's opening round.

 

Inside THR's Nominees Night Party With Justin Timberlake, Viola Davis, Jeff Bridges, Dev Patel & Naomie Harris - 2/7/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 2/7/17 --

Oscar nominees Justin Timberlake, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Jeff Bridges, Isabelle Huppert, Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve, Barry Jenkins, Theodore Melfi and Dev Patel were among those who turned out for The Hollywood Reporter's fifth annual Nominees Night party at Spago in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Moana star Auli'i Cravalho, comedian Billy Eichner, iconic actress Faye Dunaway, Jackie star Caspar Phillipson, Hidden Figures' Glen Powell, Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hell or High Water's Gil Birmingham, CBS Films chief Terry Press, DreamWorks Animation chief Bonnie Arnold and Manchester by the Sea producer Kimberly Steward joined numerous other A-listers at the glittery affair held in honor of the actors, filmmakers and other nominees who will be feted at the Oscars on Feb. 26.

Timberlake, who sported a suit by designer Tom Ford, is a first-time Oscar nominee for his song "Can't Stop the Feeling" from the animated feature Trolls. The singer/actor dished to The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg on the blue carpet about his plans for the big night. "We'll try to sneak a flask in," the star said.

While Harris was undoubtedly excited for her Oscar nomination, she did divulge that meeting Timberlake earlier that day was also a big moment. "I was with my best friend and we were like, 'Oh my God,'" the actress shared with THR.

Janice Min, outgoing president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, chatted with Huppert, while editorial director Matthew Belloni was seen in a booth with Timberlake and Abdul-Jabbar.

Read more here. Check out photos of Justin Timberlake at the party at Zimbio.

 

 

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Top 10 Power Rankings - 2/7/17

progolfnow.com, 2/7/17 --

Pebble Beach always produces a great show as well as some great golf. If anyone ever tries to tell you that professional golf is boring, have them tune in for the PGA Tour's February events.

One week after playing in front of some of the most energetic crowds in sports at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the game's top pros are headed back to California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where elite players and big name celebrities alike will try their luck on three of the area's top courses.

While most of the attention will go towards the professionals, the pro-am portion of the tournament always provides some great moments — after all, who doesn't like to see their favorite celebrities struggle with the same shots that give us so much trouble? Notable amateurs competing in this year's event include comedian Bill Murray, singer Justin Timberlake and NFL legend Peyton Manning (click here for a full list).

Without further ado, let's get to my projections for this week. Here are ten of the best bets for success at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

 

*NSYNC members to appear in Pop TV shows - 2/6/17

Broadway World, 2/6/17 --

Wednesday nights will soon be all that and a bag of chips as Pop gears up to debut two new original comedies HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS and RETURN OF THE MAC (formerly "The Joey Mac Project") on April 12. The back-to-back television premieres will reunite fans with their favorite stars from the '90s, including Jodie Sweetin, Beverley Mitchell and Christine Lakin in HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS at 8:00 PM, ET/PT, followed by Joey McIntyre in the CBS Television Studios scripted comedy RETURN OF THE MAC at 8:30 PM, ET/PT.

A bevy of guest stars in both series will showcase the ultimate line-up of '90s sitcom stars, boy band artists and cultural icons. HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS will feature cameos from Soleil Moon Frye ("Punky Brewster"), Andrew Keegan ("10 Things I Hate About You"), Tamera Mowry ("Sister, Sister"), Lance Bass (*NSYNC), Andrea Barber ("Full House"), Nicholle Tom ("The Nanny"), Heather Tom ("Y&R"), Patrick Duffy ("Dallas," "Step by Step"), Staci Keanan ("Step by Step") and Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men).

RETURN OF THE MAC will feature series stars and executive producers Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block, BLUE BLOODS) and Jenny McCarthy ("Singled Out"), as well as guest appearances by Joey Lawrence ("Melissa and Joey," "Boy Meets World"), Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), January Jones ("Mad Men"), Jack Osbourne ("The Osbournes"), Aisha Tyler (THE TALK, "Ghost Whisperer"), David Koechner ("Anchorman"), and Gilles Marini ("Sex and the City").

"We're psyched to introduce two fresh comedies that boast hilarious performances from a '90s dream team of stars," said Justin Rosenblatt, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pop. "Audiences will have a blast seeing a new side of Jodie, Beverley, Christine and Joey now that they're grown-up and juggling showbiz careers, married life and parenthood. Seeing them on-screen again reminds us why we fell in love with them in the first place and why their classic series and performances continue to appeal to new generations discovering this talent for the very first time."

Read more here.

 

Justin Timberlake & Pharrell Williams Celebrate at Oscars Luncheon - 2/6/17

Just Jared, 2/6/17 --

Justin Timberlake can't stop laughing while on the red carpet at the 2017 Oscar Nominees Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday (February 6) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Also at the event was Pharrell Williams, who is nominated as a producer for Hidden Figures. He was joined at the event by fellow producer Mimi Valdes. Justin is nominated in the Best Original Song category for his song "Can't Stop The Feeling!"

Tune into the Oscars on Sunday (February 26)! The show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

FYI: Justin is wearing Tom Ford.

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake at the luncheon here.

 

 

Lance Bass wants cooking show to help gay kids - 2/6/17

Fresno Bee, 2/6/17 --

"My Kitchen Rules" is the latest cooking show to air on Fox. The Thursday night series features celebrity duos cooking and evaluating one another's food. This show is more than a continuous verbal barrage tossed at chefs.

One of the five duos is Lance Bass and his mother, Diane Bass.

As with most reality shows, the celebrities tend to reveal bits and pieces about their lives as they chat through the show. In one episode, Diane Bass revealed that after her son came out she would respond to those who would say, "Isn't that too bad," with, "No, it's great. He's the son I love."

That acceptance was particularly important for Bass, who grew up in Mississippi.

"Growing up in the South is difficult being a gay kid because it's hard to come out to your family. It's a different mentality. And I'm glad that we got to do it together and kind of show America what a real Southern family is like that accepts LGBT," Bass tells TV critics at their winter meetings. "I love my mother because she didn't bat an eye when I came out to her, which is very unusual in the South. A lot of kids get kicked out of their home."

Bass is hoping that gay kids living in small towns will see themselves in his family and be more willing to come out. He also hopes that parents will see how his mother reacted and use that as an example when talking with their own children.

Before coming out Bass would spend time in the kitchen when his mother was cooking, but he rarely helped.

"I was afraid to help because I didn't want people to think that I was gay as a little kid, because little boys do not help in the kitchen," Bass says. "But always from the side, I would watch my grandmother and my mother and all the ladies in the kitchen every Thanksgiving, every Christmas, every weekend cook, and I wanted to be involved.

"I'm glad that, later on, I got to be able to be involved with my family in the kitchen."

 

Pro Bono! Justin Timberlake Did Bai Super Bowl Commercial For Free - 2/6/17

RadarOnline.com, 2/6/17 --

Justin Timberlake joined forces with Hollywood great Christopher Walken to deliver a Super Bowl commercial to top all commercials — and he did it all for free! RadarOnline.com has the exclusive details.

Seventeen years after his former boy band *NSYNC released the hit-track "Bye Bye Bye," the 36-year-old paid homage to the song in a subtly hilarious commercial for Bai beverages.

"I don't want to make it tough, I just want to tell you that I've had enough," Walken whispered in the ad, reciting the song's famous lyrics from a fancy living room set. "It might sound crazy, but it ain't no lie, baby, bye, bye, bye."

Walken then turned to find Timberlake staring at him, saying nothing. The commercial ended with the pair looking back at the camera in unison.

Now, according to a source, people have been speculating how many millions Timberlake was paid for the comedic ad, some estimating he made $5-$10 million. Wrong! Radar has exclusively learned that the famous crooner did it all pro bono.

Why? An insider told Radar: "What he didn't say in the commercial is that he is a co-owner of the company! He did the ad for FREE!"

 

Joey Fatone to host 90s fest at Mohegan Sun Arena - 2/6/17

masslive.com, 2/6/17 --

Ferestyle Loves the 90s, a tour that features some of the pop stars of the decade, is coming to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

The event plays the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 8 at 8 p.m.

90s stars such as Tiffany, Stevie B, The Cover Girls, and Brenda K Starr will perform on the bill. The event also features special guest host Joey Fatone of *NSYNC.

Tickets for the show are on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster locations and outlets including ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Tickets are priced at $74 and $54.

 

 

Watch Christopher Walken Recite *NSYNC Lyrics in Justin Timberlake's Bai Super Bowl Ad - 2/5/17

Pitchfork, 2/5/17 --

Justin Timberlake is the star of a new Super Bowl commercial for the beverage brand Bai. In the ad, he sits across from Christopher Walken. The acting legend slowly and dramatically recites the lyrics to the *NSYNC track "Bye Bye Bye." (See, because the word "bye" sounds like "Bai.") Check out the ad below. Timberlake is an investor in the company and also serves as its "chief flavor officer," which sounds like a delicious job.

 

Chris Kirkpatrick at the Super Bowl - 2/5/17

 

An Inside Look At Justin Timberlake's Bai Super Bowl Commercial - 2/3/17

Billboard, 2/3/17 --

Earlier this week, Justin Timberlake asked a simple question: "What are you doing this weekend?" The question accompanied a very brief teaser for his upcoming Bai commercial spot, which will air at the best and most desired time of all, during the Super Bowl.

"Justin Timberlake has been a fan of Bai for a long time," Alana Radmin, VP brand communications for the antioxidant infusion drink brand tells Billboard. "Our CEO and Justin had been talking for a while about how he could get involved with the brand, and the ways we could work together. [Justin] is a very creative guy, he has a lot of thoughts on everything from innovation to marketing content. He really adds a lot of value."

In addition to becoming a brand ambassador, Timberlake has also been granted the title of first-ever Chief Flavor Officer. His upcoming commercial will not only celebrate but also largely publicize his new role and connection to the brand.

Radmin says Timberlake loved the idea of appearing in a commercial, especially after seeing the success of Bai's "Horse Whisperer" commercial that ran during last year's Super Bowl. "Justin knew about that and loved it," Radmin relates. "He really liked the humor from last year's campaign."

This year, though, Bai wanted to go big. "We started talking about what we could do this year in a bigger way. We have Justin, who is the biggest pop star, and what better way to go really big than with a national ad during the Super Bowl, something that we knew was proven to work for us based on last year's performance? He was excited about it, and was involved every step of the way."

This year's spot, called "Jentleman," will also have comedic appeal, regardless of the straight-faced Timberlake who appears in the teaser. "There's a serious tone, as well as some humor," Radmin reveals.

She also says a special guest, someone handpicked by Timberlake, will appear in the spot with him. An obvious guess would be close friend and frequent collaborator Jimmy Fallon. As for whether or not there will be singing in the commercial, Radmin says fans will have to wait and see.

Unlike several other brands often do, Radmin says the decision to refrain from releasing the commercial ahead of time was strategic. "I think there's a really great element of surprise, and we think it's so impactful and so special in that way."

The commercial will air during the second quarter of the Super Bowl, which takes place this Sunday (Feb. 5).

 

 

Justin Timberlake nominated for 7 Kids' Choice Awards - 2/2/17

JustinTimberlake.com, 2/2/17 --

WOW. Nickelodeon has announced their 2017 Kids Choice Awards nominations and JT has been nominated for SEVEN awards! This is the most nominations ever by any single person. BIG CONGRATS TO Justin and Dreamworks for this honor!

Now it's up to you the fans to help JT win!

VOTE DAILY - through March 11th by clicking on links below!

Favorite Male Singer
Favorite Song: "Can't Stop The Feeling!"
Favorite Music Video: "Can't Stop The Feeling!"
Favorite Soundtrack - Trolls
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie - (Branch, Trolls)
Favorite Frenemies - JT & Anna Kendrick (Poppy/Branch, Trolls)
Favorite Animated Movie - Trolls

You can also vote on social media by using the following hashtags:

Justin Timberlake: #KCAFavMaleSinger #JustinTimberlake
Can't Stop the Feeling!: #KCAFavSong #CantStopTheFeeling
Can't Stop the Feeling!: #KCAFavMusicVideo #CantStopTheFeeling
Trolls: #KCAFavSoundtrack #Trolls
Justin Timberlake: #KCAFavAnimatedVoice #TrollsBranch
Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick: #KCAFavFrenemies #Trolls
Trolls: #KCAFavAnimatedMovie #Trolls

 

UPDATE: Happy Birthday to Justin Timberlake - 2/1/17

 

Lance Bass is ready for his 'next chapter' - 1/31/17

AOL, 1/31/17 --

Lance Bass is ready for his "next chapter."

The former *NSYNC member is currently starring on Fox's "My Kitchen Rules" alongside his mother, Diane, and the intense experience has reminded him that getting into the culinary world has "always" been something he's wanted to do.

Though he admits that he'll "never be a chef," the "Finding Prince Charming" host has loved cooking since his days of growing up in Mississippi, so he's ready to dive right back into it.

I recently caught up with Lance Bass over the phone to talk about how "My Kitchen Rules" brought out a new side of his mother, what he learned from the first season of "Finding Prince Charming" and why he's finally going to see Hamilton this year.

Check out my full conversation with Lance Bass below:

What can people that have never seen "My Kitchen Rules" expect from the show?

A lot of great food, that's for sure! I hope you eat before you watch the show, because it'll make you very hungry. It's hilarious, because I had no idea what to expect going into it. Me and my mother are a team, and we throw these elegant dinner parties -- which I've really never done before. I'm from Mississippi, where we do buffet style when we get together. So, I learned a lot!

But then the other side of it is that it's a Fox reality show, and there is so much drama on this show. It's ridiculous.

Read more here.

 

 

Another sneak peek at Bai commercial with Justin Timberlake - 1/31/17

 

'Trolls' available on Digital HD - 1/30/17

 

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Duets with *NSYNC's Joey Fatone for 40th Birthday - 1/30/17

TMZ, 1/30/17 --

If A.J. McLean and Joey Fatone can wave the boy band white flag and come together onstage ... then maybe there's hope for America too.

The awesome duet went down Saturday night during Joey's 40th birthday bash at Ora nightclub in Miami. The former pop rivals decided to serenade the crowd with the Backstreet Boys hit, "I Want It That Way."

You'd think they'd do an *NSYNC tune ... it was Joey's night after all, but the crowd ate it up, anyway.

If BsB ever needs a fill-in baritone, holla at Fatone! He's available.

 

 

Lance Bass attends Dirty Lemon bash - 1/30/17

Guest of a Guest, 1/30/17 --

Take the two trendiest things in the fashion world right now - Dirty Lemon and the Ludlow Hotel - add pajamas, booze, and a decadent dinner, and you've got yourself a cool kid slumber party for the ages. While editors, celebs, and downtown partygoers mix and mingle at their fair share of events, we can't think of any all-night ragers that have been quite as fun as Thursday night's launch of [sleep] by the text-to-order beverage brand that fashionistas love. Adding the concoction, which consists of Rose Water, Magnesium, Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Passionflower, to their menu of sips, including [detox] and [skin+hair], Dirty Lemon has the whole spectrum covered, using natural ingredients to make you prettier, help you cleanse, and now, put you to bed.

A-listers like June Ambrose, Aziz Ansari, Carole Radziwill, and Lance Bass sipped cocktails mixed with Dirty Lemon flavors and sat down for a luxe family-style dinner at the aptly chosen Dirty French. After indulging in a candyland selection of sweets and treats, guests stayed and played at the transformed restaurant space, which featured classic sleepover games like Twister, Jenga, and Connect Four. Newly minted memoirist Cat Marnell found her spot in a den of pillows in front of a black and white film projector, while Cory Kennedy, SoKo, and Jenné Lombardo settled into booths and socialized.

When it was finally time to hit the sack (stylishly, mind you) silk-clad slumberers took to their rooms, enjoying minibars stocked with the signature striped bottles, baggies of desserts, and even a bottle of Absolut Elyx - pretty much everything you need for a good night's sleep. And in the morning? Breakfast in bed, dahling. What did you expect?

Read more and check out photos of Lance at the event here.

 

Happy Birthday to Joey Fatone! - 1/28/17

 

Variety Donates $25,000 to MPTF During Awards Nominees Brunch - 1/28/17

Variety, 1/28/17 --

While the Screen Actors Guild Awards aren't for another day, this season's most buzz-worthy contenders kicked off the awards weekend giving back to the entertainment community.

Performers, directors, producers, and execs raised their glasses to the Motion Picture and Television Fund at Cecconi's Restaurant in West Hollywood Saturday morning during the Variety Awards Nominees Brunch, presented by Karma Automotive. The org was presented a $25,000 check by Variety at the event, with MPTF board member Jim Gianopulos, Yvette Nicole Brown, Matt Bomer, and MPTF CEO Ken Scherer accepting.

At the event, Justin Timberlake was undoubtedly the man of the hour. The "Trolls" actor had to keep putting his breakfast plate down as party guest after party guest approached him for conversation and a photo. A line began forming quickly as he was posted up near the bar.

Filmmakers Damien Chazelle and Denis Villeneuve gave a hearty congratulations to one another for being nominated on their films "La La Land" and "Arrival," respectively. The event marked the first occasion that the directors had seen each other since the Oscar nominations were announced.

"Orange Is the New Black" actresses Danielle Brooks and Adrienne Moore were able to steal Timberlake to show off their dance moves, but only after reuniting with Samira Wiley. "You're alive!" the cast, including Uzo Aduba and Jessica Pimental, exclaimed to their former costar.

Read more here. Check out photos of Justin at the brunch at Zimbio.

 

 

Lance Bass and his mother discuss 'My Kitchen Rules' - 1/26/17

 

New 'My Kitchen Rules' episode tonight - 1/26/17

 

Preview of Bai's Super Bowl commercial featuring Justin Timberlake - 1/26/17

 

 

Lance Bass visits 'Juicy Scoop' podcast - 1/26/17

 

Lance Bass thanks 'My Kitchen Rules' viewers - 1/26/17

 

Joey Fatone visits 'The Night Time Show' podcast - 1/25/17

 

 

Justin Timberlake On First Oscar Nomination: "I'm Really Humbled" - 1/25/17

Deadline Hollywood, 1/24/17 --

Prior to today, Justin Timberlake had been nominated for every top award in music except for … well, the two — Oscar and Tony. Today, Oscar danced, danced, danced into his pocket with a Best Song nomination for "Can't Stop The Feeling!" from the soundtrack of the DreamWorks Animation pic Trolls. And it happened on the first soundtrack that he produced. That song was the most downloaded of 2016, a remarkable feat in that it bowed halfway through the year in May.

"Trolls is a musical and that was the most challenging part in writing … the movie itself felt like a pop song and we wanted it to feel that way all the way through," he said. "The song itself had to service this huge moment in the plot and also speak to the characters, (plus) we wanted the song to also work outside of the movie itself. Maybe we kinda put that kind of pressure on ourselves, but that's how we were thinking about it, and it just all came together."

Uh, yeah, it came together alright. In fact, the song with the catchy "dance, dance, dance" lyric and rhythmic pop beat not only rose to heights in the U.S., it topped the charts in Canada and Mexico as well as Brazil and Argentina. Other countries in which it hit No. 1: Russia, South Africa, France, Germany, Sweden and Israel to name a few.

So how did he get today's news? "I was recovering from a late night at the studio so when I woke up there was a whirlwind of emails and texts, but my wife broke the news to me which was even sweeter," he said. (He is married to actress Jessica Biel.) "We were just giddy this morning, and I'm still like in a tornado. I'm just really honored and grateful they recognized the song. I've honestly been walking around today thinking, ‘Did that happen?' Obviously it was a great year for Max and Johan and myself with the success of the song. I'm having a pinch-yourself moment."

He added, "I'm really humbled by the whole thing. I think most of all, I was excited the whole year that people responded to the song. Now more than ever we need something that puts a kick in someone's step and unites us through a good feeling. I think that is what I was always most happy about that it gives people a good feeling. For the Academy to recognize this song? Wow. Yeah, I'm pinching myself."

Read more here.

 

Joey Fatone celebrates Kloey Fatone's birthday - 1/24/17

 

Oscars 2017: Sting, Timberlake, 'La La Land,' 'Moana' Vie for Best Song - 1/24/17

Rolling Stone, 1/24/17 --

When the Oscars announced the 2017 nominations on Tuesday, La La Land garnered 14 nominations, matching the record held by James Cameron's 1990s juggernaut Titanic. Two of those 14 went to Justin Hurwitz's music in the Best Original Song category. But Hurwitz will be competing with heavy hitters, with the other nominees either voiced or written by proven pop stars: Alessia Cara, who recorded a Lin-Manuel Miranda composition, "How Far I'll Go," for Moana; Sting, who co-wrote "The Empty Chair" with J. Ralph for Jim: The James Foley Story; and Justin Timberlake, who penned "Can't Stop the Feeling" with Swedish pop savants Max Martin and Shellback for Trolls.

The Oscars ceremony airs on February 26th at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.

Read more here.

 

 

Joey Fatone supports Give Kids The World - 1/23/17

 

Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick remember *NSYNC fan Devin - 1/22/17

 

Joey Fatone on 'Pop 10' podcast - 1/22/17

 

 

Chris and Karly Kirkpatrick in Nashville Zoo 5K - 1/22/17

 

Ellen DeGeneres Posts Star-Studded Video Thanking Obama for Promoting 'Equality, Kindness and Love' - 1/21/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 1/20/17 --

As the new era of a Trump presidency begins, numerous Hollywood stars have expressed their gratitude and farewells to President Obama. On the same day as Trump's inauguration, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres posted a star-studded video on her site to express her and many others' admiration for the departing president and "everything he was able to accomplish in the name of equality."

"Eight years ago it would've been hard to believe that we could repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' pass the Hate Crimes Act and legalize marriage equality all with one president," says DeGeneres in the video, titled "A Big LGBT Thank You to President Obama." "But yes we could, and yes we did. President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you've done in the name of equality, kindness and love. This message is for you."

The tribute video compiles messages from myriad stars, including DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi, Drew Barrymore, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Debra Messing, Laverne Cox and Neil Patrick Harris.

"Thank you for acknowledging that love is love," says Kristen Bell in the video. Former *NSYNC band member Lance Bass expressed sentimental appreciation toward Obama saying, "I wouldn't have gotten married two years ago if it wasn't for you."

Read more here.

 

Justin Timberlake Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees - 1/21/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 1/20/17 --

The seventh annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards will take place Feb. 16 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories, representing movies, television, games and trailers. Among the supervisors receiving multiple nominations are Steven Gizicki, Julia Michels, Julianne Jordan, Joel C. High, Dave Jordan, Lindsey Wolfington, JoJo Villanueva, Becky Bentham, Heather Guibert, PJ Bloom and Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Leahy.

BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR A FILM
"Can't Stop The Feeling!" performed by Justin Timberlake (Trolls)
Julia Michels and Julianne Jordan (Supervisors)
Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster (Songwriters)

"City of Stars" performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (La La Land)
Steven Gizicki (Supervisor)
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul (Songwriters)

"Drive It Like You Stole It" performed by Sing Street Cast (Sing Street)
Becky Bentham (Supervisor)
Gary Clark (Songwriter)

"Heathens" performed by Twenty One Pilots (Suicide Squad)
Season Kent and Gabe Hilfer (Supervisors)
Tyler Joseph (Songwriter)

"Just Like Fire" performed by P!nk (Alice Through The Looking Glass)
Mitchell Leib and Kaylin Frank (Supervisors)
Alecia Moore, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster, Oscar Holter (Songwriters)

Read more here.

 

 

Lance Bass says goodbye to Dingo - 1/21/17

I can't really see what I'm writing, so I'll try to get through this as best I can. It is w a heavy heart that we say goodbye to my best friend today. Dingo came into my life via thrown out in a trash bag with his siblings. The vet said he wouldn't survive a year. 13 1/2 years later.. after two new hips, cancer, and so many other complications... he proved everyone wrong. He now gets to join his brother Foster for this next chapter. (Hopefully w working legs this time) Partners in crime. Dingo has been there from my very first relationship to my last. He has been my constant, my heart, my best friend. Rescue dogs change your life in the most amazing ways. There will never be another quite like this one. I love you Dingo. Please send the most amazing, positive vibes for our boy at 4pm pst ❤🙏🏼😢❤ August 15, 2003- January 20, 2017

A photo posted by Lance Bass (@lancebass) on

 

Justin Timberlake Wins Both Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song Award at People's Awards Choice 2017 - 1/19/17

Zimbio, 1/18/17 --

Wednesday was a fabulous night for Justin Timberlake, who was awarded both the awards for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song at People's Awards Choice 2017.

Timberlake's hit song "Can't Stop the Feeling" was a 2016 chart-topper, fun, poppy, and a great mood-booster. On Wednesday, it seemed the fans agreed.

As he stood on stage at the Microsoft Theater, the father-of-one gave fans a rare glimpse into his home life with wife Jessica Biel.

"I feel underdressed a little bit. I'm so happy to be here," he said. "I was sitting on the 101 literally eight minutes ago. There are way too many people in this city, but I love all of those people. I love all the people who voted for his song. I love all the people who downloaded this song.

"My two favorite people in the world," he continued, "my wife and my beautiful son, who may or who may not be watching right now. If you are, buddy, the nanny's fired: I love you and go to bed and you're the reason why I wrote this song."

Other contenders for Favorite Male Artist included Blake Shelton, Shawn Mendes, Drake, and The Weekend. As for Favorite Song, "Can't Stop the Feeling" beat out Rihanna and Drake's "Work," Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk," Drake, Kyla, and Wizkid's "One Dance," and Meghan Trainor's "No."

Check out more photos of Justin Timberlake at the People's Choice Awards here.

 

Lance Bass to attend the Women's March of Los Angeles - 1/19/17

scpr.org, 1/19/17 --

The Women's March of Los Angeles will be held Saturday morning in Downtown Los Angeles. Here are the details about the event.

Who will be there

Organizers are expecting a massive crowd, and it's not just women who are invited. Here's what the event organizers say:

The march is open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity. We welcome those of all ages, as this day is about unity, celebration of human rights, self respect and dignity.

"At this point, we're probably a couple hundred thousand people by Saturday," said Deena Katz, co-chair of the march.

Organizers have also released a long list of actors, artists, musicians and celebrities who will be attending, including Jane Fonda, Alfre Woodard, Idina Menzel, Regina Spektor, LaVerne Cox, Keegan Michael Key, Ariana Grande, Jackson Browne, Lance Bass and many more.

Read more here.

 

 

Justin Timberlake to star in Super Bowl commercial for Bai Brands - 1/19/17

amNY, 1/19/17 --

You can't have a Super Bowl without Super Bowl ads featuring celebrities. So Bai Brands, makers of potables like Bai Bubbles and Antiwater, will throw Justin Timberlake into the mix.

After running a commercial on local TV stations showing the Super Bowl in 2016, Bai is taking to a more costly national Game Day ad, which the company says will feature Timberlake "and a surprise special guest." The company, which was acquired by Dr Pepper Snapple Group in late 2016, will run a 30-second ad that was developed in-house by a team led by Chad Portas, its chief creative officer.

Timberlake has appeared in a Super Bowl commercial before, helping Pepsi tout a prize campaign known as "Pepsi Stuff" in 2008, but he may be more deeply involved in this go-round. That's because the actor-musician is the company's Chief Flavor Officer, a role he took in November of last year. Many upstart beverage companies form alliances with celebrities. Before Glaceau, the maker of smartwater and vitaminwater, was snapped up by Coca-Cola Co., for instance, the company formed marketing partnerships with both 50 Cent and baseball player Jacoby Ellsbury.

"When we saw the impact that last year's commercial had on our brand awareness and engagement, we knew we had to do something again, but on a national stage," said Ben Weiss, founder and CEO of Bai, in a prepared statement.

He said Timberlake "played an integral role in the development of this spot" and "has been working closely with our team on several new projects and we are excited to see them all come to life in 2017. This is just the beginning."

But the upstart will face staunch competition in Super Bowl LI, where broadcaster Fox is seeking more than $5 million for a 30-second spot. Another beverage maker, PepsiCo - a longtime rival of Dr Pepper Snapple - is sponsoring the halftime show, and is likely to pepper messages about its beverages in very overt fashion. Anheuser-Busch InBev will take up at least three minutes' of ad time during the broadcast to talk about some of its most popular brews: Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Busch.

 

Lance Bass visits 'Hollywood Today Live' - 1/18/17

 

Joey Fatone Guest Stars On YouTube Red's 'Foursome' - 1/18/17

Just Jared, 1/17/17 --

AwesomenessTV's original series Foursome is throwing it back with a pretty special guest star – *NSYNC's Joey Fatone!

In the upcoming episode, the cast channels their inner boy band to get through the day while actual former boy band member Joey plays a janitor!

Foursome stars social influencers Logan Paul, Jenn McAllister and Rickey Thompson as well as Cameron Moulene, Meghan Falcone and Brooke Markham.

The new episode of Foursome will be available to stream tomorrow (January 18) on YouTube Red!

Check out the entire exclusive clip

 

 

Justin Timberlake returning to Pebble Beach Pro-Am - 1/18/17

The Mercury News, 1/17/17 --

Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Monterey.

In other words: He's bringing himself back.

Like last year, Timberlake will be among the celebrities at Monterey Peninsula, the club announced Tuesday. The tournament is set for Feb. 6-12 at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula.

Last year the singer/actor/entrepreneur paired with Justin Rose, who later won gold at the Rio Olympics.

"The duo was fantastic last year, not only in how they played, but how they interacted with the massive galleries," tournament director Steve John said in a statement. "Their popularity played a significant role in our record attendance and having them back again will assist us in raising even more money for our local charities."

Also attending will be Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and Peyton Manning, along with golfers Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed.

 

Lance Bass does stand-up comedy - 1/18/17

 

Joey Fatone to appear in 'Youth Group' film - 1/18/17

syracuse.com, 1/18/17 --

[Stephen] Baldwin, whose recent roles include "I'm in Love with a Church Girl" and "God's Club," next stars in the Christian film "Youth Group" with his brother Billy and actors Donald Faison, Joey Fatone and Erin Cahill. He compared it to "The Breakfast Club," telling THR the indie movie will "allow Christians to laugh at themselves."

Read more here.

 

 

Lance Bass Reveals His Ideal Date Night with Husband Michael Turchin - 1/16/17

PEOPLE, 1/16/17 --

Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin tied the knot in December 2014 — but married life hasn't slowed the couple down!

Visiting PEOPLE recently, the former *NSYNC member revealed he and his 30-year-old hubby love to spend date nights out at live events.

We love going to live events," Bass, 37, explained. "I grew up on the road and have done a lot of concerts, so I like to share those experiences with friends and family."

The two recently went to see Dolly Parton at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl — tickets Bass bought Michael off StubHub.

"[It] was the best concert ever," Bass gushed. "He had never seen Dolly live and had never been to the Hollywood Bowl. So yeah, he owes me for quite a long time."

Bass and Turchin will have at least two more concerts to head to this year. The singer said he's most looking forward to seeing Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars live.

 

Joey Fatone to attend Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo - 1/16/17

 

Lance Bass reveals 'the toughest part' about competing on Fox's new cooking show - 1/15/17

Business Insider, 1/12/17 --

Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass got to indulge his passion for cooking on Fox's upcoming culinary competition show, "My Kitchen Rules," which debuts Thursday at 9 p.m.

An adaptation of an Australian show, "My Kitchen Rules" pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other's food.

The teams will take turns hosting dinner parties with menus designed to impress their rival competitors — including Brandy, Ray J, Andrew Dice Clay, Naomi Judd, and Brandi Glanville — and the judges, chefs Curtis Stone ("Top Chef Masters") and Cat Cora ("Iron Chef America").

"It was so much fun to film, because cooking is something I'm very passionate about," Bass told Business Insider recently. "And to be able to do it with my mom was really a great bonding experience. It stressed us to death, but it was a lot of fun."

While Bass enjoyed reconnecting with his mother, Diane Bass, he said that the pairing really tested the alpha role he has been accustomed to in his own home.

"The toughest part is definitely realizing she is the boss in the kitchen," Bass said. "Usually, I'm the boss. My husband doesn't really know what he's doing, so he's the sous chef and I'm always in control. So releasing control to my mother was the hardest part for me."

In the end, though, Bass might have gotten the better part of that deal.

"She definitely knows a lot more than I do in the kitchen, so it was really nice to kind of let her lead," he said. "Although she got really sick toward the end of shooting because she was so stressed out doing it."

As for his game strategy, Bass told us that he looked to his roots for an advantage in the competition.

"I have lots of good dishes that I like to make," he said. "I grew up around New Orleans, so one of my favorite things to always make people is gumbo, especially people in Los Angeles. Most people have never had gumbo before, so I love fixing it for them. It's pretty challenging to make. But once you make a good pot of it, people love it."

You can watch full episodes of "My Kitchen Rules" here.

 

 

Lance Bass: The country 'needs unity' - 1/15/17

Fox News, 1/13/17 --

Former boy bander Lance Bass is sick of seeing everyone act so divided since the recent presidential election, he told FOX411.

"We need unity," he insisted. "..I grew up in a very conservative Baptist upbringing in Mississippi, and now I live in very liberal Los Angeles so I see both sides of what is going on in politics, and I understand both sides. I understand why everyone is so confused and uneducated about things… We all just need to take a breath and realize we are all in this together."

Bass is gearing up for a busy year with two TV shows, various projects and a partnership with Stub Hub. Right now, Bass appears on the new cooking competition show "My Kitchen Rules," which airs Thursdays on FOX.

"My whole life I've been very passionate about cooking and food -- my whole family has," he said.

"Originally, I was going to do it with my husband, but we quickly realized he's not the best cook, and I want to win the show. So then I enlisted my mom, and she taught me how to cook, and I knew she would be the perfect partner but I didn't think she would ever do a show like this."

The 37-year-old said he was surprised at how good his mom was under pressure while on the show. He also had a trick or two up his sleeve, he revealed.

"My specialty is southern food and Cajun food," he said. "When people eat, especially at my house, I just want you to feel good, and it's so social."

He also told FOX411 about the second season of "Finding Prince Charming" that will air later this year.

"The main thing I love about this show is yeah, it's a fun silly reality show, but I love the content underneath of what is really going on," he said of the show, which airs on Logo. "You get to see these guys really reveal a lot about themselves and deal with a lot of issues that only gay guys have had to deal with growing up. It's nice to see that on the television screen and it really does help people out there."

 

Meet Justin Timberlake, film composer of 'The Book of Love' - 1/15/17

Los Angeles Times, 1/14/17 --

To learn that Justin Timberlake, the multi-platinum pop star, actor and owner of handfuls of Grammys and Emmys, composed an orchestral film score feels very, shall we say, left field. But the seed was actually planted at a young age.

"I think when I was a kid I would hear movies more than I would watch them," said Timberlake, 35. "I saw 'E.T.' at a drive-in with my father, and hearing that main theme to the movie, and how it's used when the bikes take off and they fly over the police barricade, and you hear that sweeping melody — I'll never forget that moment."

The Tennessee native's scoring debut is for the new indie drama, "The Book of Love," now in theaters and video on demand. The film stars Jason Sudeikis as a grieving widower — his wife is played by producer and Timberlake's wife, Jessica Biel — who befriends a teen orphan played by Maisie Williams ("Game of Thrones").

It was directed by Bill Purple, who met Biel as an assistant director on the 2005 film "Stealth." Biel and Purple's wife, Michelle, formed the production company Iron Ocean Films — and Purple cast Biel in his directing debut, the 2007 short "Hole in the Paper Sky."

Read more here.

 

Lance Bass celebrates Michael Turchin's birthday - 1/15/17

 

 

See Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake, and More Hold a Celebrity Intervention for Woody Harrelson - 1/15/17

Vanity Fair, 1/13/17 --

It takes a lot to make a movie—a lot of drive, a lot of determination, a lot of money. Perhaps most of all, it takes a lot of time; the typical film shoot lasts weeks, and complicated blockbusters require months of work.

It's no wonder, then, that when newly minted Star Wars star Woody Harrelson told his celebrity pals that he's planning to broadcast his new film—Lost in London, which Harrelson also wrote—live, as it's being shot, he was met with some . . . skepticism, to say the least. Nice-guy Grammy winner Justin Timberlake declares the idea "fucking stupid." Harrelson's Hunger Games protégé Jennifer Lawrence calls this "by far the worst" idea he's ever had. Jesse Eisenberg is totally on board with the project . . . until he learns that the man behind it is his fellow magician, and not Woody Allen.

You'll see all these famous faces and more in the exclusive video above, which is, of course, a clever exercise in reverse psychology. The live-streamed film in question, which also stars Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson, will screen in select theaters via Fathom Events on Thursday, January 19.

 

'My Kitchen Rules' with Lance & Diane Bass premiered tonight - 1/12/17

Access Hollywood, 1/12/17 --

At the Fox portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Tour, "My Kitchen Rules" contestant Lance Bass tells Access Hollywood about recruiting his mom, Diane Bass, to compete with him on the show. Why did she say yes? Plus, Lance shares that he is "very excited" about shooting Season 2 of "Finding Prince Charming" for Logo. And, he hints at whether they've chosen a new "Prince."

Watch the Access Hollywood interview with Lance Bass and his mother here.

 

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Fight for 'Equality, Compassion and Love' With GLSEN - 1/11/17

Entertainment Tonight, 1/11/17 --

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel know how to champion a good cause whenever they get the chance.

The super cute couple shared a toast of Moet champagne with ET's Carly Steel on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday, where Biel made sure they celebrated the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an organization the couple has been involved with for some time.

"I think we should toast to GLSEN!" Biel suggested. "It's an organization that supports equality, compassion and love for everybody. That's what we need now!"

"To GLSEN, and to the evening!" Timberlake said as the three raised their glasses. "May we not remember it!"

ET teamed up with Moet & Chandon's Toast for a Cause at the star-studded awards show, and donated $1,000 to stars' charities of choice.

Timberlake and Biel have long had a close association with the non-profit foundation, and were honored with the Inspiration Award at GLSEN's annual Respect Awards gala back in October 2015, where they thanked the organization for "starting a trend for change, a change that one day will make it possible for our own son to grow up and thrive in a world where ... all you have to do is be yourself."

"Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are tremendous supporters of GLSEN and our work to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students," said Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN, in a statement to ET. "Their support means so much to students across the country, to know they are seen by people in the public eye that they admire. Cheers and a huge thank you back to Justin and Jessica for choosing kindness in everything they do."

Days before the adorable duo dressed to the nines for the Golden Globes, they were spotted dancing in celebration on a fun date night at the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last week. Check out the cute couple's dancing date night in the video [here].

 

Lance Bass and his mother promoting 'My Kitchen Rules' - 1/11/17

 

'Trolls' will be released on video on February 7 - 1/10/17

Blu-ray.com, 1/10/17 --

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn's film Trolls (2016), featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Justin Timberlake, Kunal Nayyar, and Russell Brand. The release will be available for purchase on February 7.

*The current press release does not mention an upcoming 4K Blu-ray release of the film.

The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Special Features:

  • Party Mode - Sing, dance and laugh along with the Trolls in this engaging, interactive feature.*
  • PLUS, only on Blu-ray: use your remote to conTROLL fun on-screen moments!
  • Travel Through Troll Village - Cloud Guy narrates a fun exploration of Troll Village.
  • The Potion for Stop-Motion - Part behind-the-scenes, part stop-motion tutorial, this featurette explores the process of creating Poppy's visually stunning scrapbook.
  • Creating Troll Magic - Trolls Production Designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin leads a kid-friendly exploration of her role as production designer on the film before highlighting four key stages of creating the animation with detailed visuals of each stage.
  • Troll 2 Troll - Poppy and Branch have a friendly debate on important topics such as "Cat vs. Dog."
  • Inside the Bunker - An in-depth exploration of Branch's "special" place, narrated by Cloud Guy.
  • Deleted Scenes with Intros by Director, Mike Mitchell and Co-Director, Walt Dohrn.

You can pre-order "Trolls" at Amazon.

 

Justin Timberlake Gives the Perfect Reaction to Jessica Biel's Fake Pregnancy News on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' - 1/9/17

E! Online, 1/9/17 --

Justin Timberlake is not buying any of Ellen DeGeneres' pranks!

His wife, Jessica Biel, joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday where she discussed her recent dancing photos caught at a Los Angeles Lakers game last week. At one point during the game, a photo was captured of Timberlake posing with his hands on the actress' tummy, which of course sparked a slew of pregnancy rumors. Thus, DeGeneres made up a whole, fake story about how the couple is expecting a baby girl and decided to give J.T. a call to inform him of the "news."

When the "Can't Stop the Feeling" singer picked up, he told Biel and DeGeneres that he was making sweet potato fries at home with the "King of the House," their 1-year-old son, Silas.

"Speaking of the house, there's going to be a Queen of the House," DeGeneres joked, "We're here to tell you—surprise!—and her name is going to be Ellen."

Timberlake was none too pleased, "Oh," he said with no enthusiasm whatsoever. "I can't wait to find out whose it is!"

"Well, that's a different show," DeGeneres quipped in response.

Meanwhile, Biel discussed a bit more about their date night and Timberlake's knack for half-court shots...and everything else, really.

"Literally every year we're married, I'm looking for that thing that he really sucks at," she joked. "I'm going to still look and I'm going to find it, and I'm going to expose it to everybody!"

When DeGeneres told Timberlake Biel's plans to seek one of his flaws, he laughed, "My wife knows many flaws about me, for sure!"

Thus, he concluded the phone call by giving his wife the sexy opportunity to search for some.

"Honey, I'll be at home with my birthday suit on so you can look for some flaws," he said, causing the audience to erupt in applause.

Still, we don't think she'll find any...do you?!

 

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Celebrate Their Infamous Bromance With 'La La Land' Spoof at Golden Globes - 1/9/17

Zimbio, 1/8/17 --

It's no secret Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and singer Justin Timberlake are BFFs, but during the 2017 Golden Globes opening performance, they took that friendship to a new level.

Singing and dancing along with such stars as Arrival's Amy Adams and Kit Harington, Fallon sashayed his way into The Beverly Hilton after his limo "arrived late" to the event. Once inside, the Globes host ran into old friend Timberlake. Together, the couple embraced and floated up into a starry sky, a dreamy tribute to La La Land, which was nominated for seven Globes.

The performance referenced many major TV and movie events of 2016, including Jon Snow's near-death on Game of Thrones.

Read more here.

 

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Looked Incredibly Chic At The 2017 Golden Globes - 1/8/17

Bustle, 1/8/17 --

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more adorable couple than these two, and it's no surprise that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's 2017 Golden Globes look totally nailed it. The couple showed up to the event together, likely spending the time on the red carpet before the show hoping for Timberlake to make good on his Best Original Song nomination for "Can't Stop The Feeling."

According to The Telegraph, Timberlake will join Ryan Reynolds and Golden Globes host Jimmy Fallon for the opening segment of the show, and given the trio's collective sense of humor, it's sure to be a treat. Biel will likely be watching proudly from the audience, wearing an absolutely stunning gown with a plunging neckline and a glittering skirt. Biel told E! red carpet host Ryan Seacrest that the gown is Elie Saab. Timberlake, on the other hand, wore a classic black tux — and of course he looked as handsome as can be.

Together, these two are just about as chic as you can get. Check out the perfect pair's red carpet look below — hopefully, they'll have more to celebrate than their devastating good looks by the end of the night.

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel arriving at the Golden Globe Awards at Zimbio.

 

Justin Timberlake Works His Charm at BAFTA Tea Party - 1/7/17

Just Jared, 1/7/17 --

Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, and Diego Luna were just some of male celebs who were looking sharp at the BAFTA Tea Party held at Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills on Saturday (January 7) in Los Angeles.

Justin's "Can't Stop the Feeling" from the Trolls soundtrack is up for Best Original Song, Motion Picture, at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards tomorrow.

15+ pictures inside of Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Diego Luna, and more at the event…

Read more here.

 

 

Justin Timberlake Kicks Off Golden Globes Weekend at W Magazine Party - 1/6/17

Variety, 1/6/17 --

Golden Globe Awards weekend kicked off Thursday night at W Magazine's Best Performances Party, hosted by Audi, along with W editor Stefano Tonchi, writer Lynn Hirschberg, and hotelier André Balazs.

Celebrities were dropped off at Balazs' Chateau Marmont by a fleet of new Audi Q7s.

Guests took advantage of the dry and clear skies to celebrate on the iconic hotel's terrace with incredible Hollywood views. The walls were plastered with W covers of this year's acting nominees.

Best director nominee Tom Ford held court early in the evening with Balazs, but the event quickly filled up as nominees, including Millie Bobby Brown, Ruth Negga, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Emma Stone, streamed in.

James Corden made a beeline to the bar where his "Trolls" costar Justin Timberlake celebrated with his wife Jessica Biel on a rare night out together. Corden introduced Biel to his wife Julia Carey, and the two moms talked about how difficult it was being away from their young children, even for a night like this.

The mood was jovial, with guests recounting their holidays and talking about their plans for the new year. Stone showed off her dress, a floral gown with one-sleeve that she jokingly flapped around. Stone seemed delighted to reunite friend Lily Collins, who introduced her to Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana.

Read more here. Check out photos of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel arriving at the party at Zimbio.

 

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