Jimmy Fallon brings the historic “Tonight Show” franchise back to New York City with a star-studded first week (February 17-21) of guests on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The lineup for the premiere week will include:
Monday, Feb. 17: Guest Will Smith and musical guest U2.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Guests Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and musical guest Lady Gaga.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Bradley Cooper and musical guest Tim McGraw.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Guests First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and musical guest Arcade Fire.
Friday, Feb. 21: Guest Justin Timberlake.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” launches following The Olympics at midnight February 17-20, with the February 21 telecast to air in its regular 11:35 p.m. ET/PT timeslot.
From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Josh Lieb. Gavin Purcell produces. “The Tonight Show” tapes before a live studio audience from the newly renovated Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center.
The Rowdy Reptiles, Florida’s official student fan organization, are hoping to pull off the unthinkable by bringing the iconic Justin Timberlake to the O’Connell Center. Timberlake, for those somehow unaware, is a singer, producer, actor and comedian — he recently released his new album “The 20/20 Experience“.
Students at the University of Florida have started campaigning on numerous social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — to have Timberlake sing the national anthem before the Gators’ SEC matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats on March 8th.
WHILE Leo DiCaprio takes the plaudits for his stellar performance in the Wolf Of Wall Street, Justin Timberlake’s turn as a less extreme Jordan Belfort in the making has gone a little under the radar.
But in Runner Runner, where the singer/actor/icon plays Richie Furst, JT again demonstrates a remarkable flair for character acting.
In fact, while DiCaprio’s Belfort is a caricature of a man spinning into oblivion in a world of overblown success, Timberlake’s Furst fights his battles in an altogether more real-world setting.
Furst is the former Wall Street type who finds himself at Princeton studying for a masters, desperate to find the cash to pay for his course.
He tries to do so via online poker but loses big, then realises he’s been cheated and sets off for the Costa Rica headquarters of the website in question to confront owner Ben Affleck, who ends up employing him.
For Timberlake, it’s another chance to show there’s more to him than a pretty face and falsetto voice and he clearly enjoys himself in the role. But he admits Furst is a million miles away from his own nature.
The thrill is clearly exploring a different side of being creative – on camera rather than in the recording studio – even though he often ends up giving tips on the score.
He said: “Although there are many similarities in the process of making movies versus making music, you’re playing a character.
“I don’t think you necessarily want it to say anything about you as a person. I find things in myself that are like the character that I’m playing, to ground it.
“Playing a character, being the most visual of all, that’s what I think moviegoers relate to.
“The most I can do is find what’s relative about me, inject it into the character and then create all the physicality. And you start from the inside out.
“At least that’s what I do. And I hope that the character means people feel they can relate to that character, in some shape or form.
“But at the end of the day, that’s what’s amazingly fun about making movies. You get to be someone else. Even if you are injecting so much of yourself into it.
“With music, I find it to be just creative writing.
“There are similarities, so you do find something about yourself that you feel is relative to what you’re writing about.
“You have to speak from a perspective. And you have to create a character from a perspective. So they’re alike in that way.
“I’m making movies but I couldn’t tell you why I’m getting hired. I know, for me, I just really enjoy the process and I always have. I’ve enjoyed the process of being on camera, being behind the camera, being involved in creating what is going to be the film.
“That could mean helping rewrite lines or making suggestions about the score, which I’ve done numerous times.
“If you meet enough people in the business you start to just collaborate. And they ask you your opinion on certain things like that.”
Justin enjoyed playing a bad guy, too, someone out for themselves in every way. For the Goody Two-Shoes former Disney poster boy, it’s no wonder crossing to the dark side appealed.
He added: “I think it’s the same reason that, in some shape or form, you love Al Capone. We love to watch guys who can beat the system.
“I think that you can give someone a system and that they can say, ‘OK, well, here’s what I’m gonna do. Here’s A, B and C’. And that’s what everybody does.
“And then you have that one guy who says, ‘Well, I’m gonna do D. I’m just gonna create my own, for myself’.
“I think that with a lot of men, especially me growing up, I idolised that type of thing.
“What we’re talking about relates to the generation behind me. I think that trickles down each time.
“I don’t think the modern man thinks about reinventing the wheel. They think about reinventing the whole car and all four wheels.”
Justin has been working in showbiz for most of his life and so has a wealth of experience, despite his relatively young age, 32.
So his approach to work, whether on a movie, an album or anything else is to put in the hours to prep and get it right.
And he worries that work ethic is disappearing among kids today.
“I do have experience and I got experienced at a very young age,” he added.
“No disrespect to the generation beneath me or behind me but they are a ‘do everything fast, not do the work’ type of generation.
“I come from a background that is, like, you do show up at practice, you do the work. I think a lot of people from the same class, guys that I respect immensely, that are the same age as me, like Ryan Gosling, do the work.
“But I think he was taught that as well. I think that’s part of our generation, to achieve, because you actually did all the work. Not because something was given to you.
“So I don’t mind being the underdog, I enjoy that. In fact, I’m probably more comfortable in that position.
“I think it’s probably because I was just trained and trained and trained at a very young age to show up at practice, figuratively speaking – using an athlete analogy.
“You show up and do the work, to go back and study – to watch your favourite actors if you want to be an actor, to see your favourite singers if you want to be a singer. To learn how people write songs.”
While he is hugely successful and wealthy, Justin insists he is far from driven by financial reward.
“I’m the wrong guy to ask about any of that. I’m so happy with the things I have,” he said.
“I’m happy to live. I’m the guy who’s happy to live anywhere if it means I get to do what I love to do.
“Too much of anything is a bad thing. Good or bad. It’s also the road to hell, paved with good intentions.
“I think we’re breeding a generation of smarter people. I think there’s a lot of things that, for instance, a four-year-old with an iPad in their hands can learn much quicker.
“I do think that but I don’t think that it means they shouldn’t learn how to write in cursive.
“I think you have to find a balance between all of it, hopefully the idea that we should all strive for. It’s part of what’s happening.
“I couldn’t tell you what’s good and bad about it. I’m not talking about the generation behind me as if it’s a negative thing. I just think, it is what it is.
“In some ways, I’m envious of that. In some ways I’m proud. I know that the things that I can rely on, that I do, are because I’ve got my 10,000 hours in.”
When it comes to his career, Justin insists it’s vital to take chances, to put himself under pressure and in uncomfortable situations.
He added: “I would find that I’m pretty analytical and I wouldn’t call myself a gambler too much.
“But I do think at some point, sometimes, you just have to do extraordinary things.
“Sometimes you just have to make people feel uncomfortable. Even yourself.
“You have to put yourself in positions where you’re a little uncomfortable because you have to step up and do something that you haven’t done before. And I’m up for it. Most of the time.
“I think anyone who says, ‘I don’t want to ever be uncomfortable in my decision making’, only ever wants to do things they know they can do.”
I’m still not quite sure what this is but it looks like Justin would show up at a MasterCard cardholder’s door.
Can I just say, snubbed big time!! Justin only won 3 awards this year, after the wonderful year he’s had with 20/20!
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Best Music Video:
Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z, “Suit and Tie” (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)
Best R&B Song:
Justin Timberlake, “Pusher Love Girl” (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake, songwriters)
I have to say, I am glad that “Pusher Love Girl” won because I think it’s such a wonderful song. But “Mirrors” (*my* Song of the Year) losing out on Best Pop Solo Performance? And The 20/20 Experience losing out on Best Pop Vocal Album? Unbelievable!
never mind what I said before, lol! got it all back, some images might now show up but thats fine we got back the essentials.
so apparently my host did something and now my themes are gone …..UGHHHHHHHH
hopefully they can fix that or once again I have to start from scratch on something new ….. wahhh
VANCOUVER — You can fault Justin Timberlake for a lot of things.
If you’re a fan of his music, you can get on his case about his absence from the scene for close to seven years as he groomed his film and television career and left the concert stage and the studio
You can also fault him for his two 20/20 Experience volumes released last year. As far as comeback blockbusters go (and they sold truckloads, making him the top selling artist of 2013), the two albums felt like last-minute contractual obligation attempts, especially the second volume. Too much material spread out for too long, with only a few memorable moments.
And you can still fault him for teaming up with MySpace. (Meh.) But you couldn’t find too many faults in Justin Timberlake’s oversized performance at Rogers Arena Thursday night.
With two hefty acts, overblown visuals and a seismic band to back him up (the solid Tennessee Kids), Timberlake rocked everyone’s body with a career-spanning set that, evidently, put his two 20/20 albums squarely in the spotlight.
Following a lengthy set by guest DJ Freestyle Steve, Timberlake hit the stage at the exact stroke of 9 p.m., his gigantic LCD honeycomb backdrop playing shadow tricks as JT emblazoned risers appeared from below the stage revealing his massive band, comprising two drummers, guitars, keys, horns and a group of backup singers.
Garbed in a snazzy white suit jacket and bow tie, his hair slicked back, Timberlake cued the band into Pusher Love Girl, the honeycomb backdrop (which extended above the stage and dwarfed even Roger Waters’ The Wall setup) coming to life with strobing lights.
In first-class R&B club crooner mode, Timberlake had the near sold-out crowd going absolutely bonkers from the outset.
Eat your heart out, Michael Buble.
The club vibes hit hard during a Rock Your Body that had fans dancing in the aisles, Timberlake shimmying and shaking his way through the crowd favourite.
A brassy Don’t Hold The Wall followed, Timberlake slipping and sliding all over the stage in his shiny shoes, backup dancers in tow.
The sound mix’s limitations were apparent when JT re-upped his classic FutureSex/LoveSound, the title track from his 2006 masterwork, where an ambient, horn and keys-heavy reinterpretation with a James Bond flavour lost some of its intended traction.
Vocally, Timberlake played it loose and easy, hitting the highs without pushing too hard, pausing repeatedly to take the pulse of the crowd.
Warmed up, he went all smooth and sugary for an atmospheric jazz piano intro to My Love that soon shifted into the wobbly Timbaland-produced version of the song, before all hell broke loose as the floor began jumping on cue during an electric guitar crazy coda.
There was little opportunity to take a breather during the concert’s first hour, and if it wasn’t exactly TKO, it was pretty close.
Strangely enough, the crowd seemed more mesmerized by the concert’s top notch tech than JT himself during more subdued 20/20 stuff like the meandering Strawberry Bubblegum, at which point the bow tie came off and the suit jacket was cast aside.
“It’s such a pleasure to be back,” Timberlake said. “I love British Columbia. In fact, it smells like British Columbia in here.”
Playing up the green smoke angle is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel in Vancouver, but following up with Summer Love and LoveStoned felt like a bit of a high, smoke-induced or not.
A 10-minute break followed the first act’s climactic combo finale of a cover of Jay Z’s Holy Grail and the cathartic Cry Me A River, JT’s ode to his Britney Spears breakup that still feels all too raw.
The second half of the show would kick off with lasers blazing and would feature Only When I Walk Away, the voodoo-laden True Blood and a number of more party-oriented grooves and covers of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel and Michael Jackson’s Human Nature.
At one point the entire front of the stage and its plexiglass platform rose and rolled across the room, stopping at the back of the arena to the delight of many fans stuck far from the action.
It was a feat of technological wizardry (not to mention an eye-popping stunt) that defied logic.
An acoustic What Goes Around…, Take Back The Night, Suit and Tie, and SexyBack would be the many cherries on top of a pop concert that clocked in well past the two and a half-hour mark.
As a recording artist, Timberlake’s output is somewhat debatable.
As a showman — and he proved it by stealing the show from Jay Z at last year’s Legends of the Summer concert at BC Place — he’s a tough act to match.
So who knows what the future holds for this Mouseketeer turned boy-band alum turned multimedia star? Only hindsight will tell. And we all know the score on that one.