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(CNN) – Singer, actor and entrepreneur Justin Timberlake can add a new title to that list: National golf team ambassador.The PGA of America announced the 31-year-old will serve as the first U.S. team ambassador.
Timberlake will make his debut at the 39th annual Ryder Cup in September in Illinois.Teams of the best golfers from the U.S. and Europe compete in the event every two years.
Justin Timberlake has taken to Twitter to offer his prayers for the victims and families of those involved in the shootings which took place at a midnight screening of the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Colarado this week.
The ‘What Goes Around’ singer is among a great number of celebrities and musicians who have delivered messages on their social network platforms in the past couple of days.”So saddened to hear of the tragic theatre shooting last night in Aurora, Colorado. Sending my prayers to the victims and their families ,” he tweeted.
In the years since News Corp. bought it, the name “MySpace” has become a synonym for a certain type of epic freefall, the kind that can only happen in the frictionless atmosphere of the internet. When something so big plunges so far so fast, it generates a lot of downward momentum. Anyone who tries to reverse its trajectory risks getting pulled down with it.
But what if MySpace wasn’t really a disaster in the first place? Or, rather, what if there was a substantial success concealed within the failure, one that could form the nucleus of a healthy new business?
That’s the view of brothers Chris and Tim Vanderhook. A year ago, their ad network, Specific Media, bought MySpace from News Corp. for the fire-sale price of $35 million. Their partner in the deal was singer/actor Justin Timberlake.
Investing in tech companies is quite the fashion now for young entertainers, but Timberlake’s no mere digital dilettante. Nor is his presence a publicity stunt. His role is to help MySpace rediscover what the Vanderhooks say ought to have been its core mission all along: connecting musicians to their fans.
Musical artists were among the first to flock to MySpace, and they were the last loyalists to stick around when most casual users had moved on to Facebook and Twitter. “If you think about the MySpace brand, to the average consumer it was negative, but to the artist community it was positive,” says Tim, Specific Media’s CEO. “They need MySpace to succeed.”
Musicians only soured on MySpace after a relaunch in October 2010 that took away a lot of the functionality they relied on to promote their music and touring to their fans. “They ended up alienating who their core was,” says Tim.
Still, the orientation lingers. When Specific Media surveyed the site’s remaining registered users last year to find out what they were hoping to get out of Myspace, 60% said they were there in hopes of getting discovered.
The Vanderhooks approached the idea of buying MySpace with a vague idea of refocusing it around music. They approached Timberlake — “We knew we needed a third leg of the stool,” says Tim — who convinced them that they key was to win back artists by giving them a platform from which they could run their businesses and manage their brands.
The new MySpace is just that. It’s not a social network per se but a socially-powered venue wherein music fans can experience artists through every facet of their output — music, videos, photos, profiles, social feeds, live events and ticket sales. “MySpace is the only site in the world where you can get everything an artist does if you’re interested in that artist,” says Chris. “To do all those things would probably take you 30 different properties.”
In essence, MySpace is going from being a Facebook also-ran to being a more comprehensive Spotify alternative. In fact, its music catalog, at 42 million songs, is more than twice as large as Spotify’s. “It’s the world’s largest library of music,” says Chris. “It dwarfs anybody else’s.” (To be fair, the bulk of the difference consists of long-tail stuff from unsigned and unknown artists.)
After a year of rebuilding both the site’s front-end and back-end, the new site is almost ready for its public debut. “We had to take a billion dollars’ worth of technology investment and trash it” because of unfixable problems such as slow page load times, says Tim.
An employee-only beta period is now under way. Later this year, it will open up to artists, followed by the public.
Even now, with the site still showing its News Corp.-era face, MySpace’s tighter focus is starting to show results, say the Vanderhooks. After shedding audience at the rate of 3 million unique users a month for two straight years, it has stabilized at 30 million uniques and begun slowly climbing back up.
Would progress be faster if MySpace didn’t have that troublesome name weighing it down? The brothers say no. They never considered changing it. “Why would I have bought it if I were going to change the game?” asks Tim.
“We believe in the brand,” says Chris. “We’re not into positive territory yet, but we’re starting to notch it toward neutral.”
yay finally some beach shots!
Shirtless Justin Timberlake and fiancée Jessica Biel let loose on a quiet beach in Puerto Rico on Sunday. The couple soaked up the sun and played a game of paddle ball in the sand. Justin and Jessica enjoyed their downtime on the island during a break from Justin’s work on Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck. – popsugar
The PGA of America announced this morning that entertainer Justin Timberlake will serve as the first Team Ambassador for the United States during Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in September.
“As Captain, I’m very excited to have Justin [Timberlake] on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team,” said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III. “He’s a true champion for our sport, and I’ve been very impressed with his commitment to growing golf and sharing his passion with others. He genuinely loves the game. I know golf fans are going to embrace his participation and share in his excitement for the Ryder Cup.”
Timberlake, an avid golfer, seems a natural fit for such a position.
“Golf has been a lifelong passion of mine – whether I’m out playing the game, working on the course at Mirimichi or sharing my love for the sport with others,” Timberlake said. “There is no greater stage for the sport than the Ryder Cup, and I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and take part in such a time-honored event.
“It’s going to be a special week for golf fans around the world, me the most.”
The PGA of America is pleased to announce that Justin Timberlake will serve as the first-ever Team Ambassador for the United States during the 39th Ryder Cup at historic Medinah (Ill.) Country Club. The 39th Ryder Cup, the first to be conducted in Illinois, will take place Sept. 25-30.
In this new Ambassador role, Timberlake will appear at the Ryder Cup Gala on Sept. 26 at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, Ill., as well as Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on Sept. 27 at Medinah Country Club.
“The Ryder Cup continues to generate incredible excitement as September approaches, and Justin Timberlake’s involvement is an added bonus for one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the world,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The Ryder Cup is truly a global event, and Justin [Timberlake] is a household name internationally. As someone who is passionate about golf, he’s the perfect fit to be a Team Ambassador, and The PGA of America is proud to have his support for the 2012 Ryder Cup.”
“As Captain, I’m very excited to have Justin [Timberlake] on board as an Ambassador for the U.S. team,” said 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III. “He’s a true champion for our sport, and I’ve been very impressed with his commitment to growing golf and sharing his passion with others. He genuinely loves the game. I know golf fans are going to embrace his participation and share in his excitement for the Ryder Cup.”
Timberlake said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to experience the Ryder Cup firsthand and lend his support to the U.S. team.
“Golf has been a lifelong passion of mine – whether I’m out playing the game, working on the course at Mirimichi or sharing my love for the sport with others,” Timberlake said. “There is no greater stage for the sport than the Ryder Cup, and I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and take part in such a time-honored event. It’s going to be a special week for golf fans around the world, me the most.”
For more information about the 2012 Ryder Cup activities, visit www.RyderCup.com .
About the 2012 Ryder CupThe Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 84 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.
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About The PGA of AmericaSince its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
finally got some new set pictures, was totally falling asleep….but in a way thats a good thing. The less pictures we have the more privacy he has, and the more work he gets to do without a hassle.
With her new season approaching, friend and multiple guest Justin Timberlake helps promote by saying a few kind words.
Jessica Biel may be one of the most stylish women in Hollywood, but that may be thanks to her fiancé Justin Timberlake.
Biel, 30, tells InStyle in its August cover story that Timberlake, 31, helps choose her outfits – and picked out her gorgeous engagement ringwithout any input from her.
“I had no say whatsoever [in the ring]. I don’t micromanage,” shetells InStyle, on newsstands Friday. “He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design. And I’ll be honest: He has better taste than I do.”
Adds Biel, “When I walk out of the closet after getting dressed in the morning, I’ll go like this [turns palms upward as if to say, 'Well?'] And he goes like this [shakes his head no]. Then he picks again. It’s hilarious.”
Fashion feedback aside, Biel says her advice for having a happy relationship is “letting go of the little stuff. You can’t let it get to you.” Plus, being with an inspiring person is key to her happiness. “It is important to me to have a partner who is loving and fun – someone who inspires me,” she says. “And he must be a good person.”
Asked about whether she plans to raise children someday in Los Angeles, where she and Timberlake currently live in the Hollywood Hills, the actress who was raised in Colorado says, “I would like those future little people to have the experience I had, in some capacity. It was fun. I love Colorado; I’ve always thought that could be a possibility for me.”
Making Time for Each Other
In addition to being raised in the outdoorsy environment of her home state, Biel says she learned a lot about relationships growing up by watching her mom and dad.
“The best thing I learned from [my parents] is that you have to put your relationship first. You need to make time for your partner,” she says. It’s really easy to let that go by the wayside. It’s easy to say, ‘Hey, I’ll see you later. I love you.’ And you can’t do that.”
Biel finds this especially difficult because of the demanding schedules she and Timberlake have because of their work. “Justin and I have a rule that we don’t let a certain amount of time go by without seeing each other, but it doesn’t always work,” she says. “But from here on out, I want to participate in making smart choices for the relationship.”
Still, it’s important to the actress that she and Timberlake maintain some of their independence.
“In my earlier experiences with relationships, I was really vulnerable to somebody else’s personality, hobbies and way of life,” she says.
“But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become proud of the traits that make me who I am. Maintaining my individuality is really important to me because otherwise I can easily slip into somebody else’s life. So I’m glad I’m getting better at it. It’s a process, but it’s getting simpler.”
The 30-year-old actress admits she learned that most important thing in a relationship is putting it first
Famously private Jessica Biel doesn’t like to reveal too much about her personal life, but when it comes to her sense of style, she has no problem admitting that she’s not the pro in the relationship.
“(Justin) is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design,” she tells the August issue of InStyle. “And I’ll be honest: He has better taste than I do.
“When I walk out of the closet after getting dressed in the morning, I’ll go like this (turns palms upward as if to say, ‘Well?’). And he goes like this (shakes head no). Then he picks again. It’s hilarious.”
Biel, 30, and Timberlake, 31, got engaged during the holiday season last year, and are reportedly set to tie the knot in September.
In May, the pair rang in summer with a star-studded soiree to celebrate their upcoming nuptials.
“You can see that they have been dating for a long time and really know each other’s friends and family well,” a source told Us Weekly of the events. “The party was a fun celebration and a preview of what’s to come with the wedding.”
The pair has remained largely mum about their wedding plans, but Biel does admit that she’s bent on creating a lasting relationship with Timberlake, based largely in part on her parents’ own marriage.
“The best thing I learned from them is that you have to put your relationship first. You need to make time for your partner,” she said. “Justin and I have a rule that we don’t let a certain amount of time go by without seeing each other, but it doesn’t always work.
“Sometimes you are both working and it just happens. But from here on out, I want to participate in making smart choices for the relationship.”
Biel will star in this month’s action remake “Total Recall” opposite Colin Farrell and psychological thriller “The Tall Man.”
Timberlake, meanwhile, is busy with his own projects, including a home line with stylist Estee Stanley called HomeMint.
Fittingly, the singer’s ambitions seem to fall perfectly in line with the actress’ prerequisites for a partner.
“It’s important to me to have a partner who is loving and fun – someone who inspires me,” she tells the magazine. “And he must be a good person.”
The actor and dancer Justin Timberlake filmed today its first love scenes with actress Gemma Arterton as part of the plot of the movie “Runner Runner” which is filmed in Puerto Rico since last Monday.
Arterton Timberlake arrived on the scene of shooting at 7:00 in the morning. At 1:00 in the afternoon took a lunch break and then resume filming schedule below at 2:00 pm.
First Time Power forward that the two actors will be filming today in Carolina until 7:00 pm.
On Tuesday, Timberlake and re-record Arterton other sequences in the same place. On Wednesday, being a holiday (July 4), take a break. The morning itinerary will be the same as Monday in Carolina.
First time was further reported that Timberlake and his fiancée Jessica Biel take advantage of the July 4 for domestic tourism and of course enjoy our beaches.
In “Runner Runner”, Justin Timberlake is “Richie Furst,” a student at Princeton University who loses his tuition money playing poker on a website. Gemma Arterton is “Rebecca Shafran” love interest “Richie” (Timberlake).
It is expected that next Sunday, July 8, arrives in Puerto Rico actor Ben Affleck, the other protagonist of the film, who will be accompanied by his wife, actress Jennifer Garner.
A total of 160 technicians (between Americans and Puerto Ricans) are part of the film’s production team and it is estimated that around 3,500 extras appear in the film