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Justin Timberlake Returning As ‘SNL’ Host

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 10:45am PST

Justin Timberlake will make his fifth appearance as host on Saturday Night Live on March 9, pulling double-duty as musical guest. It comes 10 days before his latest album drops. That makes Timberlake a member of SNL‘s Five-Timers Club, which has grown in ranks since that hilarious 1990 skit in which Tom Hanks hosted for a fifth time and was ushered into a secret back-room clubhouse with fellow five-timers Elliott Gould, Paul Simon, Steve Martin in smoking jackets and Jon Lovitz making muffins as the butler (check out the video below — maybe they’ll update it for Timberlake, who already has won two Emmys for his hosting). Meanwhile, the NBC also show confirmed actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host March 2 with musical guest Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

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Anthony Mackie In Step With ‘Runner Runner’

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 3:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in Runner Runner, the New Regency drama to be directed by Lincoln Lawyer helmer Brad Furman. Production begins next month.

The drama revolves around the world of offshore online gaming and an increasingly tense relationship between a business founder and his protege. The film is being produced by Appian Way. The script was written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Mackie stars in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and just wrapped the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad. He’s shooting the Michael Bay-directed Pain And Gain and is repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.

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New Regency Sets Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck For ‘Runner Runner’

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 4:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: New Regency has set Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck to star in Runner Runner, a drama that will be directed by Lincoln Lawyer helmer Brad Furman. Production will begin in June.

The drama revolves around the world of offshore online gaming and an increasingly tense relationship between a business founder and his protege. The film will be co-financed by Stone Village, I’m told, and produced by Appian Way. script was written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman.

 

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Court Backs CBS Again Over Janet Jackson Super Bowl Fine

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 10:18am PDT

The 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled for a second time that the FCC didn’t have the right to fine CBS Corp for airing Janet Jackson’s famed wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. The commission fined the network $550,000 for “fleeting” indecency after it showed Jackson’s bared breast for less than a second as part of her outfit was torn away by co-performer Justin Timberlake during the performance, which was seen by 89.9 million viewers. CBS appealed the fine, and the appeals court voided it in 2008. The case went to the Supreme Court, which vacated the judgment and sent it back to the appeals court. Today’s ruling was made on the same grounds as the first one: that the FCC didn’t give broadcasters fair warning about a shift in indecency enforcement. ”While we are disappointed by the court of appeals decision, we note that the court overturned the FCC’s 2006 forfeiture order on narrow procedural grounds,” the FCC said in a statement. “In the meantime, the FCC will continue to use all of the authority at its disposal to ensure that the nation’s broadcasters fulfill the public interest responsibilities that accompany their use of the public airwaves.”

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Acting Teacher Larry Moss Makes Feature Directing Debut With Chekhov Adaptation

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Larry Moss has set Helen Hunt, David Duchovny, Maggie Grace, Joan Chen and John Robinson to star in Relative Insanity, a contemporary Hampons-set adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din and Juri Henley-Cohn wrote the script and will produce with their partner Janine Giaime. Moss is an acting coach whose students have included Hunt and Duchovny, as well as Hilary Swank, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jim Carrey, Michael Clark Duncan, Tea Leoni and Justin Timberlake. After teaching acting for 35 years, Moss is making his feature directorial debut on an adaptation of his favorite play. They’ll start shooting next year and Pier 3 is putting together the funding.

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Justin Timberlake To Portray Neil Bogart In Feature Biopic Of Late Record Executive

By and | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 10:00am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Timberlake has signed on to star in the feature Spinning Gold, a biopic of famous 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records. Timberlake will also make his debut as a feature producer on the movie, which hails from Boardwalk Films, a division of indie media company Boardwalk Entertainment Group recently launched by Bogart’s sons — writer-producer-director Timothy Scott Bogart and songwriter and music publisher Evan “Kidd” Bogart — as well as TV producer Gary Randall. The three will produce Spinning Gold with Timberlake, with the actor-singer’s manager Rick Yorn executive producing. Read More »

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ANALYSIS: Newcomer ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Comeback Kid ‘Futurama’, Justin Timberlake & Jeff Probst Rule The Creative Emmys

Nellie Andreeva

2011 Creative Emmys Winners, 2011 Creative Emmys By The Numbers
The top of the standings at the Creative Emmy Awards tonight looked familiar: HBO leading the network pack with most wins, 15, and an HBO program scoring the most wins. But there was a mild surprise on the show rankings side. The rule of thumb is that the program that scores the most Emmy nominations — almost always a longform project — usually bags the most trophies at the Creative Emmys. (Last year, it was HBO’s mega-mini The Pacific.) This year, another HBO mini, Mildred Pierce, landed the most Emmy noms, 21, but did not leave with the most trophies tonight. That honor went to HBO’s new drama series Boardwalk Empire, which, with its elaborate sets and period setting, dominated the field with 7 Emmys. Meanwhile, Mildred Pierce landed 3 Emmys, as much as The Kennedys and just one more than Downton Abbey. (All three are nominated for best TV movie or miniseries.) This could be a sign that the race in the top longform category, already made more competitive by merging TV movies and minis this year, may get even tighter.

Boardwalk Empire was not the only rookie to make a solid entrance into the Emmy circle. Fledgeling cable channel ReelzChannel, which this year is taking over from E! as the broadcaster of the Creative Emmys, landed its first 3 Emmy Awards tonight for its first original program, … Read More »

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Justin Timberlake Wins 2011 Emmy For Outstanding Guest Actor In Comedy Series (‘SNL’)

By | Saturday September 10, 2011 @ 4:53pm PDT

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video
Justin Timberlake, Host

Outstanding Animated Program
Futurama • The Late Philip J. Fry • Comedy Central • The Curiosity Company in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Matt Groening, Executive Producer
David X. Cohen, Executive Producer
Ken Keeler, Executive Producer
Dan Vebber, Co-Executive Producer
Patric M. Verrone, Co-Executive Producer
Josh Weinstein, Co-Executive Producer
Eric Horsted, Co-Executive Producer
Michael Rowe, Co-Executive Producer
Lee Supercinski, Produced By
Claudia Katz, Produced By
Gregg Vanzo, Animation Executive Producer
Lewis Morton, Written by
Peter Avanzino, Supervising Director/Directed By
Scott Vanzo, Director of Computer Graphics
Ira Sherak, Assistant Director

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin Timberlake (Song Title: Justin Timberlake Monologue) • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video
Katreese Barnes, Music by
Seth Meyers, Lyrics by
Justin Timberlake, Lyrics by
John Mulaney, Lyrics by

(Correction: SNL was nominated for 2 songs: Andy Samberg’s not winner.)

Seth Meyers accepts for SNL saying: “Justin Timberlake wanted to be here. But we said, no, they really want to see the writers.” Backstage, Meyers said that Justin Timberlake provided the idea of singing a song about not wanting to sing, and that gave the writers something to run with. Asked where he plans to keep his Emmy, Meyers said: “I’m just going to put it somewhere where Andy Samberg can see it.”

Glee • FOX • Ryan Murphy Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday

After Gwyneth Paltrow’s Glee win for Outstanding Guest Actress, Community’s Executive Producer and … Read More »

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‘White Collar’s Matt Bomer Joins Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Magic Mike’

Mike Fleming

Matt Bomer, star of the USA series White Collar, has joined the ab-worthy cast of hunks who’ll play male strippers in Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s next film. So far, Soderbergh has cast Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey. Magic Mike is a Saturday Night Fever-style coming of age story. Tatum plays the title character, who schools a young dancer (Pettyfer) in how to hustle on and off the stage. The inspiration was Channing’s own experiences as a stripper when he was 19. Nick Wechsler is producing with Tatum, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin. Carolin wrote the script. Soderbergh has called the film “sexy, funny and shocking” using Saturday Night Fever as a model. Bomer will next be seen in the Andrew Niccol-directed In Time, playing the pivotal role of a wealthy man who gives the protagonist (Justin Timberlake) a shot at a longer life. Check out that trailer:

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Hot Trailer: Andrew Niccol’s ‘In Time’

Mike Fleming

Fox and New Regency put up a trailer this weekend for In Time, the Andrew Niccol-directed futuristic science fiction thriller that takes place in a world where people who want to live beyond 25 have to purchase time. The protagonist’s clock is about to run out when a rich guy tired of living gives away his time. Niccol used a similar plot driver in his 1997 directorial debut Gattaca, where Ethan Hawke got the chance to escape his dreary home planet and got a shot at space travel despite inferior genetics when an elite athlete (Jude Law) whose body is ruined gives him his ticket off the planet. It worked well in that movie, and In Time gives Justin Timberlake an opportunity to move from romantic comedies to action terrain in a movie career that so far has been a pleasant surprise. Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Cillian Murphy also star in a film that opens Oct. 28.

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EMMYS: Louis C.K. & Lonely Island Duo Top List Of Multiple Nominees, More Notes

Nellie Andreeva

His eponymous FX comedy may have been snubbed in the best comedy series category, but comedian Louis C.K. still managed to become the most nominated person at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards with four noms, sharing the honors with The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Louis C.K. was nominated in the lead comedy actor category for his role on FX’s Louie, in the writing for comedy series category for penning the Poker/Divorce episode of the show, as well as in two Variety, Music or Comedy special categories for his Epix comedy special Louis C.K.: Hilarious — for writing and for editing. Three of Schaffer and Taccone’s four nominations were in the Original Music and Lyrics category, in which The Lonely Island’s Schaffer, Taccone and Andy Samberg have a regular presence, often in tandem with Justin Timberlake, having won an Emmy together for Dick In a Box. This year, Saturday Night Live is completely dominating the category with four of the six nominations: three for Schaffer, Taccone and Samberg’s digital music videos I Just Have Sex, Jack Sparrow and their latest collaboration with Timberlake, 3-Way, and one for the song from host Timberlake’s opening monologue. Schaffer and Taccone’s fourth Emmy nomination is in the writing for VMC series category for their staff-writing duties on SNL. Read More »

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Albert Hughes Exiting ‘Akira’ At Warner Bros

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The twists and turns on the Warner Bros adaptation of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel Akira continue. Director Albert Hughes is exiting the movie, I’m told. Insiders say that it is an amicable creative differences  parting of the ways. Warner Bros will try to put him on another movie right away (Hughes and his brother Allen directed the hit The Book of Eli, and WB topper Jeff Robinov is their former agent and is very close with them). Hughes is coming to Hollywood next week to take meetings with his WME reps and look at scripts, hoping to find his next movie at Warner Bros.

As for Akira, the intention of the studio is to keep the picture on a fast track, which means they will find a director quickly. The studio has been wrestling with the approach on the film for the past year. Read More »

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‘Easy A’ Helmer Will Gluck Makes Two-Year Sony Pictures Deal For Films And Series

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After directing Easy A and the upcoming Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis bedroom comedy Friends With Benefits for Screen Gems, Will Gluck has made a two-year development and production deal with Sony Pictures that covers TV and film and involves Screen Gems, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Television. Gluck started his directing career at Screen Gems with Fired Up!, and after Easy A grossed north of $75 million, Screen Gems’ Clint Culpepper greenlit Friends With Benefits and bought another project to reteam Gluck with Emma Stone. Gluck is currently developing Sex On The Moon at Columbia Pictures for producers Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael DeLuca. Gluck started out in TV as a staffer for The John Larroquette Show and was a writing producer on several other sitcoms, so it’s conceivable that TV will be an important component in a deal negotiated by UTA.

I’d heard this deal was coming weeks ago, and waited for the studio to announce it through Deadline with Sony toppers Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, and Screen Gems president Culpepper. Pascal called Gluck “an extraordinary talent who has a unique comedic voice. He has now directed three films for us, and each one was distinctive and contemporary. He writes and directs movies that are timeless, hilarious, engaging and disarming. Michael, Clint and I have loved working with him, and this deal will allow him to channel his energy in any creative direction he hopes to pursue.”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Goes Gaga: Best Season Finale Overnight Ratings In 7 Years

By | Sunday May 22, 2011 @ 9:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s season finale of Saturday Night Live hosted by Justin Timberlake with musical guest Lady Gaga scored a 7.0 household rating/21 share in the metered markets. That was up 21% from last season’s finale and the highest overnight rating for an SNL season closer since May 15, 2004, when a telecast hosted by the Olsen Twins with musical guest J-Kwon also averaged a 7.0 rating. The last time a season finale of SNL scored a higher rating was more than a decade ago, on May 20, 2000, when the show hosted by Jackie Chan with musical guest Kid Rock posted a 7.3 rating. Last night we posted 3-Way, Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s followup to their now-classic videos Dick In a Box and Motherlover. Here is another highlight from Timberlake’s enjoyable turn as SNL host. Read More »

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VIDEO: Justin Timberlake & Andy Samberg’s Latest ‘SNL’ Digital Short

By | Sunday May 22, 2011 @ 12:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

We have a trilogy – On tonight’s season finale of Saturday Night Live hosted by Justin Timberlake, he teamed with Andy Samberg for 3-Way (The Golden Rule), a triquel to their Emmy-winning digital short Dick In a Box and Emmy-nominated Motherlover. Timberlake and Samberg are back as their 1990s-inspired characters, joined by their Motherlover co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon as well as the show’s musical guest Lady Gaga. Overall, Timberlake solidified his status as one of SNL‘s most entertaining hosts with a mix of new and familiar characters.

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NBC Confirms Tina Fey & Justin Timberlake As ‘SNL’ Hosts For May

By | Monday April 25, 2011 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC today confirmed Saturday Night Live‘s guest lineup for May. Former SNL head writer/Weekend Update co-anchor Tina Fey, creator and star of NBC’s comedy 30 Rock, will return for her third stint as host on May 7 with musical guest Ellie Goulding. The Office and Hangover co-star Ed Helms will make his SNL hosting debut on May 14 with musical guest Paul Simon, and SNL favorite Justin Timberlake will take his fourth turn as host on the May 21 season finale with musical guest Lady Gaga.

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Justin Timberlake To Host ‘SNL’ Finale

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 4:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Justin Timberlake’s previous stints have produced Saturday Night Live classics like Dick In a Box, Mother Lover and Single Ladies and have earned him three Emmy nominations and two wins. Now one of the most popular SNL guest performers has been tapped to return to host the show’s season finale May 21, according to a tweet from the NBC show. Timberlake last hosted the May 9, 2009, episode and also appeared in this season’s season premiere.

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‘Akira’ Focuses On Short List Of Actors After Getting Steve Kloves Rewrite

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The script for the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures live action adaptation of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel Akira has been sent to a short list of actors. The picture is finally taking shape for an August start, following the delivery of a rewrite by Steve Kloves that has director Albert Hughes and the studio brass excited. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. There are two major roles, and I’m told that for Tetsuo, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy have been given the new script. For the role of Kaneda, the script has been given to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. The two leads are expected to come from that group of actors.

Andrew Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Akira has been one of Warner Bros’ high priority projects since the studio with Legendary Pictures acquired it for a 7-figure sum 2 years ago from manga publisher Kodansha. The intention has been to make 2 films, each covering 3 books in the series. Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Bad Teacher’

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Bad Teacher, the comedy that stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. The Jake Kasdan-directed comedy opens June 24.

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