With his “Runner, Runner” co-star Ben Affleck now set to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Superman vs. Batman,” Justin Timberlake is now fielding a number of Robin-related questions on his latest press tour. Radio station Fresh 102.7 asked the pop star/actor if he’d suit up as Batfleck’s sidekick, a notion that Timberlake immediately shot down.
“Not a chance in hell,” said Timberlake. “I ain’t playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie.” But don’t despair, Timberlake fans! While he doesn’t want to play a hero, he does namedrop a villain he’d sign up to play in a heartbeat: The Riddler.
“Now villain,” continued Timberlake. “I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain… The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy… I’m ready. The Riddler. Gimme a call.”
If you’ve seen Timberlake host “Saturday Night Live” then you know he can handle the manic madcap energy that actors like Frank Gorshin and Jim Carrey gave to the Riddler during their tenures in the green tights. Timberlake wouldn’t be a bad choice, and it looks like he’d be up for starring alongside Affleck again as well.
“Ben Affleck as Batman, I like it,” said Timberlake. “I worked with Ben last summer and I’ve seen his process. I think he’s a brilliant filmmaker. I think he’s an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people.” While I doubt this will really lead to anything serious, casting Justin Timberlake as Riddler couldn’t outdo the hullabaloo caused by Affleck’s casting. He might even be a welcome addition.
Justin Timberlake stops to take a photo with 13-year-old Giana DiLascio, who had life-saving brain surgery in 2012. (Courtesy of Giana DiLascio)(NEW YORK) — Tina DiLascio calls it “being in the right place at the right time.
” The New Jersey resident was picking up documents Tuesday from a New York City office building, had gotten lost earlier in the day, paid too much for parking and was having an all-around rough afternoon. Then the “man of the hour,” as she calls Justin Timberlake, came walking into this very same New York City building as part of a press tour. “I started screaming like a teenager,” she said. Timberlake was on a tight schedule, turning down all requests from fans for pictures or autographs, until DiLascio told Timberlake her daughter, Giana, had survived brain surgery and was a Make-a-Wish kid. “He stopped, turned around, came over to me and said, ‘Where is she?’” she said. DiLascio quickly ran outside where her 13-year-old daughter, who’s a huge Timberlake fan, was waiting.
“I thought it was a joke,” Giana said. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m still in shock. We talked about the VMAs, which I thought he was great in.” Giana DiLascio, who had to have surgery last year to fix a blockage in her brain, said what happened next was the biggest surprise of all. “Security was saying no pics,” the straight-A student said. “He looked at them and then my phone and said, ‘I’m going to take a photo.’” Giana made the picture her phone’s screen saver.
For Tina DiLascio, who said Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the family’s return from its Make-a-Wish trip, said she was especially surprised at the humbleness of a man who had just received a Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs for a lifetime of groundbreaking music. “It’s just about paying it forward,” the ecstatic mother said. “It may sound cheesy, but we thought her condition was a death sentence, and it ended up being a life sentence.” Giana is doing fine, her mother said. Now, after meeting her idol, all the girl wants is to give someone that same amazing feeling she experienced herself. “I just want to change someone’s life too, like [Justin] did mine,” she said.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
ANOTHER SOURCE :: TMZ
Normally if a star like Justin Timberlake ditches an interview with a member of the media you would hope it would be because of a family emergency or personal matter, not to visit a fan, right?
What about if that fan is part of the Make A Wish Foundation? We all know the charity which helps children with life-threatening realise their dreams by meeting their heroes.
Well that’s exactly what Justin Timberlake did.
On Tuesday Justin Timberlake was scheduled to take part in a live interview with a radio station in New York City. On his way to the interview Justin met Tina DiLascio.
Tina’s 13 year old daughter Giana recently had surgery on a very serious blockage in her pituitary gland on her brain last year and after Tina told the musician about her daughters bravery over the past year Justin asked to meet her.
Giana was waiting outside the building where the interview was meant to take place. According to TMZ Tina raced outside to take her daughter inside to meet Justin Timberlake who was more than happy to wait to meet her.
The pair chatted for a few minutes during which Justin asked the young fan if she was able to watch his performance during Sunday nights MTV VMAs.
The 13 year old told Justin that she enjoyed seeing him on stage as he sung a medley of his greatest hits and was just as excited to see him as he reunited with former *NSYNC bandmates as they performed their smash hit ‘Bye Bye Bye’.
According to TMZ Giana told Justin Timberlake that he was the “next Michael Jackson”. The star was shocked at the compliment and he bowed his head and thanked the girl.
Moments before Justin has to leave to take part in his interview with the radio station the girls mother asked if they could get a photograph together.
Justin joked that the photo would only be taken if she made the picture her screen saver.
Before he left to go indoors the star told the 13 year old to “be well” and gave her a hug before heading indoors.
OF COURSE when Justin is within like minutes of me I am working FML lol
Justin created a littlw bit of a frenzy after tweeting about the event and giving away it’s locaion. The streets quickly became mobbed of fans who wanted nothing more than a glimpse of JT.
Since i live here, hopefully tomorrow’s newspaper might have some pictures as well – Jess
For my fellow jersey fans justin will be appeareninh at maxwells in hoboken , first 150 people in line get in for the exclusive concert. hopefully we get some pictures
z100 just posted to their Facebook that justin will b stopping by today at 3:30 to talk music,vmas and more
Justin Timberlake confirms “Sinatra in the Sands” track with nas, Jay Z and Timbaland. He also lists early Hip Hop influences, including A Tribe Called Quest.
One of the most talked-about tracks from Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail was “BBC,” which featured Justin Timberlake, Nas, and Timbaland.
In a recent interview with Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, Timberlake, fresh off of his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, confirmed Timbaland’s earlier statement that the same collection of artists has recorded another track, titled “Sinatra in the Sands.”
“It’s funny how all this music came about is we were just in the studio at Jungle City, and all of this music just came out of that,” explained Timberlake.
“Originally, I think, it was something Tim and I, obviously Tim did the beat and I wrote the hook, where….sort of in the style of Frank Sinatra, and I didn’t know Jay was gonna be on it,” he said.
Timberlake admitted that he hasn’t yet heard the finished product. “I haven’t heard it done. I’ve only heard what Tim and I did on it. I haven’t heard any verses or anything. It’s a mid. It gives you a feeling of this easy-going…I dunno. I don’t want to say too much about it because I haven’t heard the end of it, and Tim has been known to…go back and, ‘Oh, I flipped the beat.’”
“Sinatra in the Sands” was discussed by Timbaland in July.
“Nas got a song right now with him, Jay, and Justin. It’s completely stupid,” Timbaland said in an interview with Revolt TV. “It’s called ‘Sinatra In The Sands.’ And Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra.”
“Sinatra in the Sands” is only one example of the collaborative work between Timbaland and Timberlake. In his interview with Hot 97, Timberlake discussed the trust they share.
“We trust each other a hundred-thousand percent,” said the singer of Timbaland. “He never questions me about lyrics or melodies. And also, we really blur lines between the two of us on what we actually do in the studio. It’s nothing for me to sit down and play something, and he goes, ‘Oh, play that again,’ and he’ll loop it, and put drums around it. And sometimes, he, like, on ‘My Love,’ he gave me the hop… we were just sitting there mumbling stuff back-and-forth…”
JT also revealed that Drake will be featured on Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. “The Drake thing was a song that was sitting around, and I just heard him on it. Drake and I have been, you know, tryin’ to get at each other about doing a record. I think we’ll probably end up doing more as time goes by as well.”
Timberlake, who has performed fan-favorite “History of Rap” performances for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” also discussed some of his favorite Hip Hop records growing up. “When I was…ten, [A Tribe Called Quest's] Low End Theory came out. And then, obviously, Midnight Marauders. I got Midnight Marauders when I was twelve. Then I went back and got Low End Theory. Tribe was my first proper introduction,” he revealed. “And then, at that time, too, I started listening to De La [Soul], Digital Underground, Pharcyde… Bizarre Ride II [the Pharcyde] was phenomenal.”
Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.
Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.
And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.)
Interestingly, Timberlake also saw the sales of his first solo album Justified pick up significantly—enough to also land it in the top 30. Why people didn’t clamor to download Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds (currently sitting at a soft 78), also heavily featured in his VMAs performance, is anyone’s guess.
Other victors coming out of Sunday night include Kanye West (whose Yeezus jumped back into the top 20), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (though The Heist is one of the most consistent performers in iTunes history, so it’s not a huge leap), and Bruno Mars (whose new single “Gorilla” is steadily climbing and will likely be in the top 10 soon).
The rest of the singles chart is pretty much what you would expect. Katy Perry has had a stranglehold on the top position with “Roar” since it dropped, so it’s not shocking that it remains number one. The buzz over Miley Cyrus’ near-nudity was enough to send her new single “Wrecking Ball” to number three, and Drake’s brief blast of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” during the VMAs was enough to get that song into the top 10. I
nterestingly, despite being declared the Song of Summer at the VMAs and being tethered to a hotly-anticipated concert film coming out this week, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” didn’t get a significant boost on the iTunes chart.
Of course, sometimes not being at the VMAs is as good a marketing strategy as any. Eminem, who did not attend the show but did show up in a pair of Beats By Dre commercials during the broadcast, immediately took the number two position on iTunes’ singles chart following the midnight release of his new single “Berserk.”
As it is, Justin Timberlake will give fans as much music this year as he’s released in his entire solo career. He’s dropped the year’s best-selling album to date, The 20/20 Experience, and is prepping its sequel, The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 for September 30.
But in an interview with MTV News’ Sway Calloway at Sunday night’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, just before he broke the Internet by reuniting with ‘NSYNC, Timberlake revealed that he originally planned to serve up four times that much product.
“Here’s the thing that you have to understand about all of it, is it was all written at the same time,” Timberlake said of the two albums he recorded last year. “How it’s being released … we kinda thought this was a cool way to do it. I went through a bunch of different ideas on how to release it. One being four EP’s of five songs.”
Plans obviously changed, but JT said the process of building enough songs for those releases came during one of the most fruitful creative periods of his career. “We sat down together, [Timbaland], myself, and crew … a bunch of other producers,” he said. “I just kind of assembled this great group of people and … we put together more than 20 songs. We had 25 to 30 songs in 20 days. So we were just sprinting and sprinting and sprinting and then trying to figure out a way to put it out.”
They finally agreed to do a double album, staggering the releases over the course of the year. But in Justin’s mind, it’s all one project, with the challenge being how to split the tunes up in the most logical sense.
“I had to figure out how to do a song, like a track list for two halves, versus just one big experience. Honestly, I just kind of thought of it like fashion,” said the singer and co-founder of William Rast fashion line. “If there’s a March release, then this is going to be my Spring/Summer collection. These are going to be all the songs that I feel like I’d want to hear in the summertime. And then the second half is a little bit darker.”
Though little is known about the second album beyond the disco-fied first single, “Take Back the Night,” Timberlake said if you liked his smash 2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds release then you’ll probably like this one. “It’s like when you’re a freshman in high school and you think you’ve fallen in love with that other girl in your class and you go over to meet her parents ’cause you want to impress her parents, um, that’s the first album,” he explained.
“But then when you get over there, you realize she has a sister that’s a senior and she’s like the dark haired one that you can tell is a little bit like more experienced and … darker. Like there’s something a little bit like more dangerous about that chick. And then you’re like, ‘Wait, what have I been looking at?’ That’s the second half.”
we wouldnt have minded a four album set now wouldd we? – jess
it’s new music tuesday!!!!
remember to go out and support Justin’s latest collab “the woods” on the brand new Juicy J album which dropped today.