Happy new year everyone! I spent most of yesterday in the car, and bored with my own iPod’s songs, I decided to listen to the radio. I found the radio station doing iHeartRadio’s countdown and just listened to that (at least they’d play different songs for hours, unlike most pop radio stations that would play 10 songs over and over again). Justin featured 4 times in the countdown:
You can check out the full countdown here.
Win the Runner Runner Blu-ray Combo Pack to find out “Who’s playing who?”
Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck star in this high-stakes crime thriller where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he’s been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block’s promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a bonus feature that reveals the true story behind the world of online poker, as well as never before seen bonus content.
The Runner Runner Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes a Digital HD copy of the film.
The DVD hits store on January 7th, but you can snag a free copy today by answering the following:
Which previous film of Justin’s was not only released in January as well, but on his birthday?
Email me the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 7th and I will randomly pick a winner on January 7th.
Justin Timberlake, so often shuttling between movies and music, for once didn’t have to choose.
In the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” Timberlake plays a supporting role as a cheery, sweater-wearing 1960s folk musician. But he also collaborated with producer T Bone Burnett on the movie’s memorable period songs and helped shape the film’s most unforgettable and comic tune, “Please Mr. Kennedy.”
“It’s the first time that I’ve gotten to kind of do a lot of things that I love to do at the same time,” Timberlake said in a recent interview by phone from the road, where he’s on tour. “It will always be a milestone for me to get to write, sing, act and bring it all together.”
For the multitasking Timberlake (Burnett calls him “a quadruple threat”), the film was a rare chance to combine his talents: a Coen playground staked out between worlds Timberlake usually navigates separately. Some fans and media seem to want him to pick a side: musician or actor.
“I don’t even know what I am, man,” he chuckles.
The various Timberlakes are uniquely on display at the moment. “Inside Llewyn Davis” opened nationally Friday. He’s in the midst of touring “The 20/20 Experience,” his Grammy-nominated return to music after a spell in movies like “The Social Network.” And this weekend, he was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” where the former Mouseketeer first revealed his comedy chops.
The folk revival music of “Inside Llewyn Davis” is quite a distance from Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” or “My Love,” but Burnett doesn’t think much of genre divisions.
“He’s from Memphis, says Burnett. “He’s an R&B singer, basically. But he’s got a beautiful voice and he’s got incredible tone and he can sing anything he wants to. A song is a song.”
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is about a struggling and bitter folk musician (the title character, played by Oscar Isaac) in 1961 Greenwich Village, the cusp of Bob Dylan’s arrival. Timberlake plays a friend of his with a rosier outlook and less concerns with selling-out. The movie is filled with full performances of songs, all but one of which were recorded live.
Work on the film began with the music: “We found the characters through the type of music they did,” says Timberlake.
Timberlake went to Burnett’s Los Angeles home to work on “Please Mr. Kennedy.” The song, whose chorus goes “Please Mr. Kennedy, don’t shoot me into outer-space,” is the comedic high point of the film, and one of the strangest songs that will ever be credited to Timberlake (along with Burnett and the Coens). The premise, Burnett says, was astronaut John Glenn having second thoughts.
The song is roughly based on “Please Mr. Kennedy,” a 1962 novelty song by the Goldcoast Singers that pleads to the president not to be shipped off to Vietnam. It went through several other different iterations through the 60s. (Because the song is based on previously recorded material, it’s ineligible for an Academy Award.)
“There was a novelty song and then there was a parody of the novelty song,” says Burnett. “Then there was another parody of the novelty song. Now we’ve done a rewrite on a take-off of a parody of a novelty song.”
While working on the song with Burnett, Timberlake wanted to get his own guitar, so the two stopped into a music shop in San Fernando Valley. Burnett says Timberlake “put some sex into it, put some swing into it.”
“I just started strumming these chords and strumming in a way that we felt was almost like (the Beach Boys’) “Surfin’ Safari” or a Coasters tune,” says Timberlake. “It was just one of those things where when the punch lines fit in with the melody so good. We kind of just wrote the song in the back of this guitar shop.”
When the song was later recorded in the studio and on film, the silliness grew. Though “Please Mr. Kennedy” becomes a hit in the film, it’s everything Llewyn detests about music. It’s a pop music hell for him; he’s just there for some quick cash.
With Timberlake and Isaac (a proficient musician, himself) on guitar, they’re joined by Adam Driver (“Girls”) who, in a cowboy hat, adds some of the more ridiculous harmonies. (“Adam Driver is a deeply courageous actor,” says Burnett.) Ethan Coen, in particular, pushed them to add quirks like a repeated “pah- pah- pah-” before the “please.”
Molded by Burnett, Timberlake, the Coen brothers, Isaac and Driver, the song may very well be one of the most absurd collections of talent for a recording. It’s also a hit. Moviegoers and critics have raved about “Please Mr. Kennedy” since the film first debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
But the unusual group of musicians, actors and filmmakers was perfectly suited to Timberlake. He also jumped in to sing bass on the a cappella “Auld Triangle” with the Punch Brothers and Marcus Mumford. It was a surreal swirl of music and moviemaking. The Coens, says Timberlake, are “the equivalent of Dylan in the film industry.”
“We just all jammed together for a couple weeks,” says Timberlake. “So you felt like this counter-culture collective.”
“I don’t like rules of `well, this is what you do, or this is the picture frame you’re supposed to live in,’” he says. “You just never know what might come out of trying everything.”
SNL was a hit!
The duo’s Dec. 21 episode of Saturday Night Live scored big in the ratings for the network, delivering the longrunning series’ best numbers in almost two years.
With Fallon as a host and Timberlake as a musical guest (though one could argue he served as a co-host!), the episode averaged a 6.3 rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, with a 3.9 ratings in the all-important adults 18-49 demo in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.
The duo’s cheer-inducing ratings are the series’ best since the Jan. 7, 2012 episode, which was hosted by Charles Barkley and featured Kelly Clarkson as the musical guest and averaged a 7.0 rating and a 4.1 ratings in the adults 18-49.
justin as usual nailed it on saturday night live with two incredible performances and gave pal jimmy fallon a helping hand in a few skits. check out captures below.
Justin as Jimmy for that celebrity fued game was too funny. he even made jimmy laugh!
ugh!!!! i tried to upload these right after the original airing, but the video just wasnt cooperatingwith me. but then again I wouldnt be Jess if things went according to plan.
heres the videos from this week’s SNL.
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Celebrity family fued
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only when I walk away live performance
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enjoy! and please credit woj if you use the videos elsewhere
This year marked his triumphant return to music and along with the hits, Justin Timberlake brought a lot of style to 2013.
So much so, that GQ put the “Suit and Tie” singer at the top of its list of the 25 Most Stylish Men of 2013.
Noting his appreciation of Tom Ford, the publication also praised his ability to transform between eveningwear and casual wear.