he only had a five year contract anyway!
5:55PM EST October 2. 2012 – It was an “ouch” day for Justin Timberlake. Shriners Hospitals for Children, sponsor of an annual Las Vegas celebrity golf tournament, ended its relationship with him in an embarrassingly public way.
“Justin’s a wonderful person,” tournament chairman Raoul Frevel told the Las Vegas Review Journal. Frevel coordinated the pop/movie star’s involvement with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and his corresponding concerts, aimed at raising money for the group’s well-regarded hospitals.
Frevel says the Shriners tried to get the former N’Sync star to become more involved with the hospitals and the patients they serve. “But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.”
So after Sunday’s final round in this year’s tournament, which begins Thursday, Timberlake and the Shriners will part ways.
Timberlake did help raise millions through his concerts during the tournament in his first four years, but he wasn’t able to attract more media interest or consistently lure bigger-name players, says Frevel.
“At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about,” Frevel said.
“Bye, bye, Justin,” read the opening paragraph of the Review-Journal‘s story on the split.
Next year, the tournament will be known as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and will be part of the Tour’s FedEx Cup series, counting toward the playoffs in 2014.
In 2013, the PGA Tour’s Vegas stop will be part of the FedEx Cup series – currently, it’s the opening event of the Fall Series and awards no points – but that won’t be the only change.
According to a report Wednesday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the event will no longer feature entertainer Justin Timberlake as tournament host. Instead, the focus will return to the hospitals and patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
“We’re a world-class organization,” said tournament chairman Raoul Frevel, according to the report. “At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about.
“Justin’s a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.”
To begin the transition, the Review-Journal reported that the tournament sent about 300 invitations to PGA Tour players. Each note included a personal message from a Shriners Hospital patient, asking the players to “Join the Celebration.”
After recovering from a blip last year, the couple have mapped out a survival guide ahead of their wedding this month.
Trousersnake, 31, says: ‘We have a couple of rules in our relationship. The first rule is that I make her feel like she’s getting her way in everything.
‘The second rule is that I actually do let her have her way in everything. And so far, it’s working!’
Despite both high on the A-list, JT said their love affair has been pretty pedestrian with a bit of arm-twisting thrown in.
‘There was nothing starry about the way we got together – it was very un-Hollywoodesque in fact.
‘We met and got talking, afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said yes, and so I called her,’ Mr SexyBack told Hello! Magazine.
‘And yes, I did it the old fashioned way – by telephone. That’s something I learned from both my stepdad and my grandfather – that there is thing called chivalry and it doesn’t have to die with the birth of the internet.’
‘I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes. But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end she agreed.’
Probably making bigger headlines these days than Clint Eastwood’s turn as grouchy baseball scout Gus in Trouble With The Curve, is his surprise performance talking to an empty chair on stage at the recently wrapped up Republican National Convention. Though it may come as a surprise that this is nothing new for the ‘Make my day’ movie vigilante—who happens to talk to his furniture, his toilet bowl and his not unrelated uncooperative kidneys in this movie. But this conversation is not about Clint, rather his decidedly more reticent, yet pretty funny, Trouble With The Curve co-star, Justin Timberlake. As the singer turned movie star talked about the perks of golfing with the veteran screen icon and getting to play the good guy for a change.
1. What’s your game plan when figuring out how to romance on the screen? Um, well I like to…under-promise! No, we had a really great time working together. It’s kind of interesting, because Amy is, well Amy is elite in this craft. So we can start there. But she’s so skilled, and I know she’s talked about playing someone that felt close to her. But I really think she’s so amazing at you know, really finding so much of herself in every character that she embodies. And it just so happened that this character was a lot more serious.
2. What got you excited about playing an aspiring sports broadcaster? I guess I sort of specifically saw Johnny as the only character in the movie who was actually being honest about everything. I mean, you have a character like Gus, who’s going through the trials of aging. And you know, not wanting to be helped. And then you have a character like Amy’s character, who has probably filled her life up with work. So there’s this thing under the chest of trying to fill something that’s missing. And what I thought was sort of great about this character is that, through his humor—hopefully!— that he sort of became this bridge between the two of them. Or, you know, this thread between the two of them. So I don’t know, I actually just saw him as a really good guy. Um, which I don’t think I’ve gotten to play yet!
3. What was it like for you being directed by Clint Eastwood? I don’t know that there’s a descriptive. Yeah, that’s it! I don’t know that there’s a descriptive. But if you would have told me a year before that I was going to get to sit at a bar and drink scotch and trade lines with Mr. Eastwood, I would have laughed at you. And then, I would have probably cried!
4. Wow, how come? Because I would have felt like I would never get that opportunity. But you know, there really just isn’t a descriptive, to be honest with you. And then to watch what Clint does on set. Making this movie was the most familial experience I’ve ever had. And even playing a supporting role. And you know, days with the nature of shooting, you’re in and out. But there was such a constant good feeling any time we were on set.
5. And what was it like golfing with Clint? To have the experience then of playing golf with him, I mean, if you roll with Clint, you can get on Augusta with no problem. So you’re hanging out with the coolest guy in the world! And then just watching him lead by example, and to see someone who’s had such an iconic career, but who continues to be so excited to be there, and who is so supportive of everyone else, and so collaborative, that’s why the movie is great. It’s because of his leading by that example.
6. Is music still in your future? Am I gonna sing in the future? Uh, like when cars are flying in the future? I hope so!
7. Is there anything you’ve got coming out right now? Not anytime soon. But hopefully, yes. I would like to continue to do that. Yes!
Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2, 2012)–For the 30th straight time, Las Vegas will crown a PGA Tour champion. And several Las Vegas golfers will be vying for the Justin Timberlake Shriners for Hospitals for Children Open crown including four of the top eight according to the betting odds released by Las Vegas’ GolfOdds.com. The betting favorite is Ryan Moore, who opend at 12/1 followed by fellow Las Vegas golfer Nick Watney at 15/1. Defending champion and Vegas resident Kevin Na is 25/1 aling with Vegas native Scott Piercy. –By Brian Hurlburt
“Local golfers always see their fair share of support in this tournament,” says Las Vegas’ GolfOdds.com founder Jeff Sherman. “I expect good action on Moore, Watney, Piercy and Na especially with their current/course form showing positive signs. This tournament is so wide open and the wind is the biggest wildcard. Outsiders have traditionally done well here, with recent winners Marc Turnesa, Andre Stolz and others who have won and rarely been heard from since. It will also be interesting to see how davis love iii performs coming of the disappointment of leading the ryder cup implosion.” Love III is 100/1.
Robert Garrigus leads the PGATour.com Power Rankings followed by Watney and Moore. Garrigus was 15/1 in Vegas. The following are the odds from GolfOdds.com
26 September, 2012: Justin Timberlake pose for a photo on the red carpet during the 39th Ryder Cup Gala, at the Akoo Theater in Rosemont, IL.
Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods shake hands on stage at the 2012 Ryder Cup Gala held at Akoo Theatre on Wednesday (September 26) in Rosemont, Ill.
The 31-year-old entertainer hosted the event and helped introduced the USA team ahead of the start of the tournament.
“I didn’t come here to bring ‘Sexyback’ to golf,” Justin said during the show. “Frankly, I have a bad back right now. We all know that’s what Davis Love, aka the Love man, does. Make sure to call him that when you see him.”
i know some of you cringe at the thought of him taking another movie role before more music, but hey at least he’s doing something…..right?
Justin Timberlake is negotiating to star in The Last Drop, a romance about a food critic for New York magazine who realizes his love of alcohol is getting in the way of a budding relationship. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is directing the indie from the Black List screenplay
- entertainment weekly
While “Trouble With Curve” was manipulative dramatic drivel, the film wasn’t without its merits, most notably watching Justin Timberlake prove he’s got an easy onscreen charisma that hasn’t really been well served in any movie projects he’s done thus far outside of “The Social Network” and arguably “Bad Teacher” (though the Coens’ forthcoming “Inside Llewyn Davis” will likely change that). But the combination of a Black List scriptand a quality director could turn things around.
Timberlake is in talks to star in “The Last Drop,” with Peter Sollett attached to direct. Penned by Brandon and Phil Murphy, the story centers on a fully functioning alcoholic who works at New York magazine, who meets the girl of his dreams and soon discovers that there’s a lot more at stake than love if he doesn’t clean up his act. Um, it sounds almost like a variation on “Smashed” to a certain degree, but we suppose it will give Timberlake a shot at showing a bit more range beyond just being sexy and funny onscreen.
Sollet has been pretty quiet since “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” working for a while on Marvel‘s “Runaways” before the studio kiboshed it, and seemingly isn’t interested in that property at the moment. Last year he was linked to a romantic comedy with Anne Hathaway that hasn’t been heard from since, and earlier this month he landed the gig directing the gay rights drama “Freeheld” with Ellen Page to star. No word on which will roll first, but we presume financing will have a big part in that decision.
But if this stalls, the Murphys aren’t without options, and they have also recently finished a script about the making of the Rolling Stones‘ Exile On Main Street for a movie that was announced back in the spring. Clearly they have an affinity for characters going through chemical turmoil, so we’ll be watching this with some curiosity.
An Exclusive Peek at Justin Timberlake’s Stuff
When it comes to entertaining, few do it better than Justin Timberlake–onstage or off. It’s not just the sold-out world tours and big-budget movies, like the new film Trouble with the Curve with Clint Eastwood. We’re talking about Sunday barbecues during football season that feature quality eats (organic flatbread pizzas and pretzel-bite sandwiches from Greenleaf in Beverly Hills), an exceptional playlist (“I’ll go through a 25-song set of Gap Band and S.O.S. Band and Kool & the Gang, then bridge that into Radiohead and the Strokes,” he explains), and maybe a late-night burger delivery from an In-N-Out truck. Entertaining is so important to the 31-year-old that he recently founded the home furnishings line HomeMint with his interior designer, Estee Stanley, so you can bring his welcoming vibe into your own living room. And when you do, we suggest the following method for keeping guests happy: “Make sure everyone has enough to eat–and booze on.” As for those cocktails, one of his go-tos is a Pepino. “Every time I’ve been photographed at a Lakers game it’s with a Coors Light in my hand,” he says, laughing. “But I’m a big fan of tequila.” Here’s how to make one at home. –Mickey Rapkin
Sketched on July 29, 2012, on location in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Credit: Christopher Testani)
What’s the key to being a great host?Justin Timberlake: The key to good hosting is to make sure everyone has enough to eat–and booze on. In my house, we tend to host Sunday barbecues, which is convenient in football season. Everybody can do chips and dips. But a good friend of ours, Jon Rollo–one of the founders of Greenleaf in L.A.–will send over pretzel bite sandwiches and flatbread pizzas. He’ll send over fennel salads. Don’t get me wrong: I can never turn guacamole down. But this is a healthy alternative to loading your face with cans of Rotel.
What’s your go-to drink to cool down? JT: Every time I’ve been photographed at a Lakers Game it’s with a Coors Light in my hand. But I pick my cocktails based on the seasons. In the colder weather I tend to drink whiskey cocktails. In the warmer months, I’m a big fan of tequila, obviously. You can do a Paloma–with tequila and grapefruit juice. But my go-to is a Pepino. It’s cucumber, tequila, pineapple juice, and Grand Marnier. It’s a BBQ cocktail. I’m into beer cocktails, too. I had a beer cocktail the other day: honey wheat ale, micro-brewed with blueberries. And then they serve half a shot of Woodford Reserve with it. You get the carbonation from the beer and this smokey thing from the bourbon, offset by the blueberry, which is sweet. Perfect flavors mixed into one. I only had one cocktail, which was really smart–I wanted to be able to walk out of the restaurant.
You were born in Memphis. If you’re entertaining there, where’s the food coming from? JT: Gus’s Fried Chicken is one of my favorites. But I’ll mention a BBQ place you’d have to search to find. It’s called The Store on the Hill, and it’s literally a convenience store on the hill. It’s family-owned, and tucked away in the country, and the owner smokes a bunch of different pork shoulders every day. You can get a tub of pulled pork and a tub of baked beans and a tub of cole slaw and take it home to entertain 20 people. It’s home-smoked BBQ. But the place itself? It looks like that scene in the movie where someone is going to be brutally harmed. Someone’s about to say, “Goodnight.”
What’s the strategy for music when you’re having people over? JT: We’re pretty chill at my house. We stay away from the EDM–electronic dance music–until the sun goes down. I try to keep the debauchery to a minimum until then. Music is the eternal mood shifter. I’ll go through a 25-song set of Gap Band and SOS Band and Kool and the Gang–a good, funk-soul set–then you can bridge that into Radiohead, The Strokes. I find that classic rock seems to work really well, although that may sound cliché. My mixes run the gamut from Radiohead to Kanye to Steve Miller Band to Dylan.
BA‘s Exclusive Look at Timberlake’s HomeMint October Collection!
What is HomeMint? It’s a new online shop for furniture, kitchen and tabletop items, and other home decor goods–and it’s curated by Timberlake and his interior designer Estee Stanley. For their October collection, Timberlake and Stanley actually designed some products along with the help of New Jersey-based ceramicist Barbara Eigen–and we got an exclusive look.
“Trouble with the Curve” follows an ailing baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) on one final recruiting trip. Directed by first timer Robert Lorenz, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake also star as fellow scouts.
This is Eastwood’s first on-screen appearance since 2008’s “Gran Torino”, but the man has not lost a step. While he basically growls all his lines and literally looks like a skeleton, he still delivers a likeable performance as Gus, a scout for the Atlanta Braves, who is losing his eyesight. He also proves in one scene that he is still a tough guy, as he breaks a beer bottle and threatens to beat up a man half his age if he gets near his daughter, played by the lovely Amy Adams, ever again.
Speaking of Adams, she plays Gus’ daughter, Mickey (named after Mickey Mantle) and you can tell the relationship between her and her father is strained to say the least. Despite being in a hunt for a partnership at her law firm, she follows her dad to North Carolina to scout what some are calling “the next Albert Pujols”. Adams is at the top of her game here (no baseball pun intended) and an Academy Award nomination wouldn’t be too much out of the question. She is witty and charming all at the same time and she also has some emotional deliveries, too. The chemistry between Adams and Eastwood as well as with Timberlake is really well done, and it is fun to watch.
What is holding “Curve” back from being a great sports film, however, are the side plots. I really didn’t care about Timberlake’s crush on Adams, and there is one little surprise at the end that the filmmakers inserted in simply to kind of make you hate the film’s antagonist (Matthew Lillard, who plays a younger scout who relies on computers) even more.
“Trouble with the Curve” is not a homerun like last year’s “Moneyball” (baseball pun intended), and despite showing flashes of that film, I don’t think it ever tried. “Curve” has exhilarating moments of what goes behind the scenes in baseball drafts, as well as a few funny one liners, mostly about Eastwood’s age or sarcastic remarks by Timberlake. You can tell that the actors had a fun time making this movie and that the filmmakers really care about the game of baseball, and that fun and love rubs off onto the audience. It is not a homerun, but “Curve” is a solid hit up the middle.
Justin Timberlake will be a great husband to Jessica Biel because he’s just going to be himself, says his former ‘N Sync bandmate Joey Fatone.
“Not much is going to change. He’s a great dude, and he’s very focused on what he does and everything else, and I’m sure this will bring out the best,” Fatone, 35, told PEOPLE Thursday as he brought daughters Briahna and Kloey to see Batman Live in Los Angeles.
Timberlake and Biel know each other so well, Fatone adds, that they’re destined to stay together.
“He’s been with her for a long time, so it’s basically a piece of paper,” he said. “That’s what me and my wife [Kelly Baldwin] were like, and we’ve been together over 18 years now.”
Asked what advice he’d give Timberlake, who recently enjoyed a bachelor party in Las Vegas and Mexico, Fatone replied: “Just enjoy life, because it goes by way too fast. Look, I have an 11-year-old and a 2-year-old, and that just shows how quickly it goes.”
This isn’t the first time Fatone has offered Timberlake some life tips.
Last winter, following the couple’s engagement, Fatone suggested, “It’s the communication that really needs to drive that relationship,” and advised them to “keep it happy, light and fun.”
Fatone, of course, is in the midst of his own exciting drama – the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars. On that score, so far so good, he says.
“I feel great, and my stamina has been better than I expected, and it’s been a blast so far,” said Fatone. “I was sad to see Pamela [Anderson] go, I really was, because we really are all genuinely pulling for each other, believe it or not.”
Joining the biggest names in Golf, Justin Timberlake helped host the 2012 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on Thursday afternoon (September 27).
The 31-year-old performer used his talents to recite a poem titled “Golf,” which was accompanied by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Justin began with, “I appreciate this poem because it’s a player’s love letter to the sport that we all love most.”
Timberlake continued to serenade the crowd with the words of Randy Sabados by reading, “How does one speak about the game of golf? A game of so many emotions, both highs and lows.”
MEDINAH, IL – SEPTEMBER 25: Hollywood star Justin Timberlake watches a tee shot during the 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble at Medinah Country Golf Club on September 25, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.
Man, he’s probably the sexiest golfer!!!