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Friday
Jul052013

Racy Justin Timberlake Music Video to Remain on YouTube

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake's music videos have always been a bit racy (see "Senorita," "Love Sex Magic" and "Sexy Back"), but his newest video for "Tunnel Vision" sets a new bar. Though some news sites reported that the video full of topless women was pulled from YouTube, it will remain up on the service, ABC News has confirmed.

Before the video plays on Justin Timberlake's VEVO channel, YouTube users are presented with a explicit content warning that they must click on before playing the video.

While Google does not usually allow nudity in videos, a Google spokesperson told ABC News that the video is an exception.

"While our Guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions," a Google spokesperson told ABC News on Friday morning.

YouTube's guidelines state that "Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube."

Google pulled Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video in March because of female nudity. Google would not comment further on why the exception was made for the "Tunnel Vision" video.

Timberlake's video premiered on July 2 on the artist's MySpace page. The artist and actor is one of the co-owners of the recently revamped social network, which focuses on connecting musicians with fans. It was put up on YouTube and Timberlake's official website on July 3. The racy video already has over 1.1 million views on YouTube.

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Saturday
Mar302013

Justin Timberlake's Hidden Albums Treasure Hunt Sparks Fan Frenzy

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With five tweets, singer Justin Timberlake made several lucky fans’ dreams come true.

Fans didn’t walk –  they ran when the Grammy-winning superstar tweeted on Friday that he was hiding signed copies of his new album The 20-20 Experience in various places around the U.S.

“It’s friday and I ain’t got $h*t to do! Sooo I placed 5 signed vinyls around the country! #staytuned #finderskeepers,” Timberlake tweeted.

The clues came in the form of Instagram photos with the first taken in New York City’s Central Park.

Skyler Green wasted no time.

“I ran from my house a few blocks away…saw the album…(I’m) very excited,” Green said.

To prevent people from just snatching the albums, Timberlake’s record label representatives were nearby.

Whoever picked up the album had to confirm the hashtags Timberlake gave in the twitter clue.

Other albums were hidden in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Memphis near Timberlake’s hometown.

Abby Rutgens found one on a park bench in Chicago.

“It’s more special because you know that it came from him,” Rutgens said.

There’s no doubt the 32-year-old is a music marketing megastar as well.

“Timberlake is no fool.  He grew up in this business,” said Joe Levy, editor of Billboard magazine.

Leading up to his album’s release, he performed at the Grammys, Saturday Night Live and even appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a whole week.

The strategy is now stirring-up sales through social media.

“When people are talking about your music and how much they love it and how they want to find copies of it, then other people are going to see that and they might go, well…buy a copy, ” Levy said.

On Friday, Timberlake congratulated the fans who found the signed albums.

“Congrats to my 5 winners! Maybe we’ll do something like this again soon… #youneverknow #staytuned #bestfansever,” he tweeted.

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Monday
Mar112013

Justin Timberlake Welcomed to "SNL's" Five-Timers Club

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake got an all-star welcome into the "Five-Timers Club" on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Not only did members Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase and Candice Bergen show up to wish him well, but ex-cast member Andy Samberg and Jay-Z also stopped by for the occasion.

The show kicked off with Timberlake as Elton John, performing at the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  He sang a parody of John's famous song "Candle in the Wind," with lyrics describing all the nutty yet true things Chavez did and said in his lifetime.  In real life, Timberlake had once portrayed a young John in one of the rocker's videos, and has even been mentioned to play him in a movie biography.

Then, Timberlake began his monologue, saying he had been given the coveted "Five-Timers Club" membership card.  Knocking on a secret door, he was ushered into the club -- a paneled library room -- where he met Simon, Martin, Chase, Baldwin, Hanks and Baldwin and was given a "5-Timer" smoking jacket.  Martin Short was the waiter, while original cast member Dan Aykroyd served as the the bartender. 

"Welcome old boy.  I always thought if any 'N SYNC member would make the five-timers club, it would be Joey Fatone," Martin said snootily.

Timberlake and Samberg then reprised their '90s R&B crooner characters from the classic digital short "D**k in a Box" for a sketch called "It's a Date," where they played a duo of bachelors vying for a night out with cast member Vanessa Bayer.  As she asked them questions like "How would you spend a rainy night with me?" they would sing the answers to her in their patented "sexy" style.

Their competition for a date with Bayer included Martin and Aykroyd, reviving their legendary characters from the early days of Saturday Night Live: two Czech brothers whose catchphrase is, "We are two wild and crazy guys!"  At the end of the skit, Bayer chose both Timberlake and Samberg, and Martin and Aykroyd, as her dates.  They all got together and sang about having a "five-way" with her because they're "four wild and crazy guys."

Timberlake was also the evening's musical guest and he performed "Suit & Tie," where he was joined by his partner on the tune, Jay-Z.  His second number was "Mirrors," a track from his new album The 20/20 Experience.

Timberlake's appearance provided SNL with a significant ratings boost.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, early estimates show that the program pulled in its biggest ratings in 14 months.

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Wednesday
Feb272013

Justin Timberlake Collaborates with Mumford & Sons Frontman on Movie Soundtrack

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake doesn't limit his musical collaboration to rappers: he's revealed that he recently spent some time in the studio with Marcus Mumford, frontman for the Grammy-winning folk-rock band Mumford & Sons  The two teamed up to create music that will be featured Justin's upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

"Marcus and myself, we all kind of worked on the music together and I don't know any other world where we would have the opportunity to collaborate like that but it was so much fun," Justin told the U.K.'s Capital FM. "So not only will that be a great movie, but the music to it will be fantastic.”

As for why Marcus and JT hooked up to begin with, one of the stars of Inside Llewyn Davis is actress Carey Mulligan, Marcus's wife. The film, directed by the Coen Brothers, is about a singer-songwriter in the New York City folk music scene of the 1960s. In addition to JT and Carey Mulligan, the movie also stars Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund and longtime Coen Brothers staple John Goodman.

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Friday
Feb222013

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Announce Legends of the Summer Tour

Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It's official!  On Friday, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announced their Legends of the Summer stadium tour.  The North American tour will stop in 12 cities beginning July 17 in Toronto, Ontario before wrapping in Miami, Florida on Aug. 17.

Fans have several options to purchase tickets and VIP packages through Citicard, Facebook, Live Nation and VIP Nation.  As of today beginning at 12 noon local time, Citi cardholders can access presale tickets that will be available on Feb. 27 through Citi's Private Pass Program.  Also on Friday, various VIP packages through the website VIP Nation will be available for purchase.  VIP options include front row seating, reserved parking, commemorative tour program, limited edition merchandise, and more.

To be eligible for presales, you can also RSVP now on Facebook or use the Live Nation mobile app by texting “LNAPP" to register, or "404040" to download the mobile app and access advance ticket sales as of Feb. 27.  All presales end at 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Tickets for all tour dates except New York will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 28.  Details for the New York tour stop at Yankee Stadium will be announced separately.

Here's the complete list of tour dates:

July 17 -- Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
July 19 -- New York, NY, Yankee Stadium
July 22 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
July 26 -- San Francisco, CA, Candlestick Park
July 28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Rose Bowl
July 31-- Vancouver, BC, BC Place Stadium
August 4 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Stadium
August 6 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
August 8 -- Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
August 10 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
August 13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park
August 16 -- Miami, FL, Sun Life Stadium

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Thursday
Jan172013

Justin Timberlake Will Be a Presenter at SAG Awards

Warner Bros(LOS ANGELES) -- Though Justin Timberlake has revived his music career, he isn’t distancing himself from Hollywood.

Justin has been named a presenter for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will air live from Los Angeles on TNT and TBS on January 27.

He earned a SAG Award nomination two years ago as a cast member of The Social Network.

Justin has two films in the pipeline: the Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis and the thriller Runner, Runner, starring Ben Affleck.

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Monday
Jan142013

Justin Timberlake Releases New Song, ‘Suit & Tie’

Jason Kempin/Getty Imag(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake is back.  The pop star turned Hollywood leading man has gotten back to his music roots and released his latest single, “Suit & Tie,” on iTunes Monday.  It features a verse from Jay-Z.

Timberlake also spoke to his fans in a letter on his website.  He wrote that “Suit & Tie” is part of his new album The 20/20 Experience, which will drop later this year.  Here’s a portion of his message:

“Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.

The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.

What I came up with is something I couldn’t be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I’ve discovered along the way. … Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me).”


Last week, Timberlake revealed he’s getting back to his music roots in a video posted on YouTube.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘So, are you just done?  With music?’  [But] it means more to me than anybody else in the world,” he says.  “Look, I’ve only done two albums in 10 years.  That’s the way I really look at it: what does the next decade mean for me?”

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Thursday
Dec062012

Jessica Biel: ‘Swimming Naked’ Best Part of Marriage

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Life is all roses for actress Jessica Biel. The movie star has two movies opening Friday, and, in a new interview with Elle magazine, the 30-year-old says married life is blissful.

“It means always having someone there to open the pickle jar … to share the ups and downs with, have adventures with,” the actress said.

Biel even revealed the flirty side of being a Mrs.: "Someone to go swimming naked with. That kind of thing.”

The actress exchanged vows with singer Justin Timberlake in front of 100 friends and family on Oct. 19 in a lavish Italian ceremony.

Soon after, photos of Biel’s unconventional pink wedding dress were featured in People magazine.

Posing in a number of stunning photos for the January issue of Elle, Biel told the fashion magazine that the dress was just her style.

“I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuschia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink.”

“It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream,” she said.

Biel, who told People that she will take her husband’s name, went on to reveal that the wedding was just the beginning of newly wedded bliss.

“Honeymooning is the best thing about being a newlywed,” she told Elle. “I wish I could honeymoon forever.”

The normally media-shy star has been making the rounds promoting not one, but two, films out Friday, Hitchcock, and Playing For Keeps, in which she plays the love interest of matinee idol Gerard Butler.

Biel also has the holidays to look forward to. Earlier this week on Good Morning America, she told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas she’s looking forward to spending her first Christmas as a Mrs.

 

“I think we’re pretty much going to do the same thing that we do every year. Hang out with our family and be very mellow,” she told Vargas.

The actress plans on decorating the tree with her old tongue-in-cheek family heirlooms — Barbie doll heads.

“I’m using the old ones I mutilated a time ago,” she told Vargas. “They’re all still in the box. My family has kept them [all] these years. And it’s a silly thing we do.”

The full interview in Elle magazine hits newsstands Dec. 18.

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Monday
Dec032012

Jessica Biel Loves Married Life

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Married life seems to suit Jessica Biel.  The Hitchcock star gushed about life as a newlywed with husband Justin Timberlake on Monday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"It feels like almost nothing has changed, but yet something that you can't really describe or something that isn't tangible has changed," the 30-year-old actress said. "It just feels incredible. It feels like you have this partner that's going to be with you and also change light bulbs and do dishes with you."

Biel and Timberlake, 31, wed at an Italian seaside resort in October. An unconventional bride, Biel wore a pink wedding dress for her walk down the aisle.

The newlywed also admitted that she loves referring to Timberlake as her "husband."  "I think the weirdest and kind of most wonderful thing is that word," she told host Ellen DeGeneres. "And every time I say it, I go really Southern with it -- 'that's my husband. That's him over there.'"

The couple recently returned from their honeymoon in Tanzania.

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Sunday
Nov112012

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Offer Help in Far Rockaway

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel made a stop in New York City this weekend on the way home from their honeymoon to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy, People magazine reports.

The duo, along with Timberlake's friend Timbaland, handed out blankets and relief backpacks in Far Rockaway for three and a half hours on Saturday. The beach community was severely damaged by the storm and many community residents still do not have power or heat two weeks later.

The couple of five years exchanged vows in southern Italy last month.

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