Last month, I reported that Sony had turned to Twitter to advertise its new movie The Social Network. That’s because Facebook wouldn’t let Sony use its site to advertise. The film is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
“A Sony spokesperson told All Things Digital that Facebook doesn’t allow ads that reference the company unless Facebook is cooperating. Facebook is not cooperating on the movie …”
The Social Network, which opens October 1, is one the studio’s big fall movies. Not advertising on Facebook would seem to cut off a big advertising platform for Sony.
But the studio has found a stealthy way of getting the film on Facebook anyway. Yesterday Sony launched the official movie web site. The front page of the site offers one social media option: to “like” the movie on Facebook. (There are more sharing options once you go inside the site.)
So far 28,000 people have clicked on the option which makes a note appear on a user’s feed saying so-and-so “recommends the movie The Social Network on 500millionfriends.com.” The link takes users to the new movie website which includes photos and videos from the film.
This might turn out to be an even more useful (and cheaper) form of advertising for Sony. Many Facebook users are wary of the ads that pop up alongside their news feeds. But they trust their “friends” to recommend stuff that they might actually like.
It’s a sweeping romantic moment set against the grandeur of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, venue to countless poignant moments of tearful farewells.
A forlorn young woman, suitcase in hand, buys her train ticket from the kiosk when her lover appears from out of the shadows to present her with a bouquet of flowers. The couple embrace and leave together on a horse and buggy waiting outside the station. Cut.
The scene, from the Justin Timberlake romantic comedy “Friends With Benefits,” is supposed to unfold in New York’s renowned example of Beaux-Arts architecture. But the scene will in fact be filmed this week in downtown Los Angeles at Union Station, just the latest in a long line of movies, TV shows and commercials that have showcased the Mission-and-Modern-style station.
“It’s an homage to all the great films that have shot at Union Station,’’ said Glenn Gainor, head of physical production at Sony Pictures Entertainment film unit Screen Gems, which is producing the movie, a bicoastal production shot in both New York and L.A.
The movie started filming in L.A. earlier this month and highlights many of the City of Angels’ landmarks, including the Hollywood sign, the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – and Union Station.
“Union Station is one of the more beautiful locations in L.A, from its Art Deco 1930s tiles to its vacant ticket station, “ Gainor said. “It has superior architecture and was built at a time  when people really sweated the details. It’s always on my radar.”
And apparently on many others. The station has become a bustling film destination thanks to its distinctive architecture, wide open spaces – including a vacant 12,000-square-foot former ticketing concourse and 65-foot-high ceilings – and a reputation for being “film friendly.”
In recent years, the station has been the site for dozens of car commercials, feature films including “The Night Watchman,” “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and the upcoming adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” as well as such TV shows as “CSI: New York,” “Cold Case” and the reality program “Top Chef.”
Owned by Denver, Colorado-based commercial real estate company ProLogis, the station has filming activities on about 100 days of the year, said Jeff Cooper, a portfolio manager for Hollywood Locations, whose principals co-own and manage Los Angeles Center Studios and represent for filming various properties around L.A., including Union Station.
“We make it easy for movie companies to come in here,’’ said Cooper, who charges up to $10,000 a day or between $1,500 and $2,000 an hour for filming at the station.
Hollywood has longstanding ties to 71-year-old Union Station, which has been featured in such classic movies as “Blade Runner,” and even had a film named after it: the 1950 film noir “Union Station,” starring William Holden. It often appears in period movies like “Pearl Harbor.”
“People love the way it looks,’’ Cooper said. “You couldn’t build a soundstage like this.”
Large, available space is another draw, he said, recalling how the producers of “Charlie’s Angels” converted a vacant concourse into a bedroom set in a European castle.
In “Friends With Benefits,” the Union Station scene unfolds as a movie within a movie. Justin Timberlake’s character is watching a romantic comedy on TV with his girlfriend, played by Mila Kunis. Timberlake’s character notices palm trees in the background, and remarks that the station is in fact in L.A., not New York.
The line is partly an inside joke about how Hollywood often disguises L.A. for other locations, and partly a tribute to one of L.A.’s signature locations, said Doug Dresser, the film’s location manager.
“It’s one of the timeless treasures of L.A.,” he said.
source: la times
DIRECTOR Quentin Tarantino wants Justin Timberlake to star in one of his movies!
Insiders say the Pulp Fiction filmmaker is considering the SexyBack hitmaker for a new violent epic based around a trainee hitman.
“It’s a kind of dark comedy, very much in the Tarrantino style,” reports a Hollywood mole.
“Justin is a new raw talent when it comes to acting but Quentin feels he could be ideal for the lead role. He’s excited about taking a teen heartthrob and turning him into a cold-blooded killer.”
Timberlake recently admitted he’s “insecure” about his talent.
“I think I’m equally insecure about both of them,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for two thirds of my life and I still consider myself pretty young but I think that’s the part you battle with all the time.
“When you’re creating your art, that’s the best part. Your senses are on a creative high and then the part where everyone gets to see it and comment on it, that’s the part I think you battle with until you die.
“It’s absolutely terrifying.”
Wow Justin’s movie career is really taking off
With help from Justin Timberlake and his friends, the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) recently completed a major overhaul of the Angono Regional Pilot School for the Arts (ARPSA) music room in Angono, Rizal.
The P1-million project was made possible by the recent “Changing Lives” benefit concert organized by concert producer Francis Lumen, Smart Infinity and PSF featuring international artists Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Jojo.
The newly-renovated and refurbished music room was repainted, rebuilt with a stage for performances, and given new recording equipment and an air-conditioning system with the help of the Philippine Constructors Association and Architect Carla Suiza.
The PSF also donated instruments including violins, a cello, a double bass, an electronic piano, and a complete sound system.
“The music room fulfilled our promise to Justin Timberlake that we help budding musicians and artists affected by Ondoy and Pepeng. We want ARPSA to be a center for the arts,” said PSF president Butch Meily.
“Timberlake wanted to help kids with their music programs and musical instruments since music is close to his heart. Smart Customer Care identified the beneficiary,” added Meily.
A pioneering arts school, ARPSA is government-run high school dedicated to developing students through a curriculum that emphasizes performing, musical and visual arts.
Last year, the school was devastated by super typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which damaged parts of buildings, destroyed books and instruments, and even caused the death of one student in a landslide.
The music room’s unveiling, hosted by ARPSA principal Amihan Reynes-Fenis, featured performances by ARPSA’s dance troupe, chorale, and orchestra.
Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Justin Timberlake, Tory Burch and Anna Wintour will be among the many fashion industry stars featured in FASHION’S NIGHT OUT 2010, a one-hour primetime special that takes viewers behind the scenes of the world’s largest fashion celebration, to be broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The special will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, star of the CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother.”
The upcoming special will focus on year two of Fashion’s Night Out, including “Fashion’s Night Out: The Show,” the largest public fashion show in New York City history with more than 150 models, at Lincoln Center on Sept. 7, 2010, and the actual Fashion’s Night Out event three days later on Sept. 10, taking place in New York City and more than 100 cities across the country and 17 nations around the globe. Featured fashion luminaries include Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief; design icons Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger; Justin Timberlake, co-founder of William Rast; emerging designers Alexander Wang, and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright from Rag & Bone; and fashion executives Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., and Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Cameras will follow these celebrities, designers, editors and retailers as they prepare for one of the most anticipated events of the year, providing a unique view of the creative and logistical work that goes into coordinating an event of this scale.
Justin Timberlake soaks up the sun as he takes a break on film set, Malibu, CA. Timberlake was seen filming ‘Friends With Benefits’ on set and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt as he took in the final bit of sun at sunset at an ocean front house California.
I wanted to ask you a favor. There is a new Shriners Hospitals commercial with Justin and I was wondering if you guys can record it and send me a copy to email@example.com
If you have a website or a social network ( facebook, twitter, etc) send me the url link to give you credit for the video.
Madam Lefigaro did an interesting interview with Justin, during one of the filming sessions of Friends with Benefits. It’s a very nice read. You get to learn lots of stuff about him, so check it out:
When were you happiest?
I don’t remember specifically. However, when I’m in the nature, on a golf course or in the mountains on my snowboard, I feel immediately at home.
Your main character trait?
It’s a tough question you are asking me. Say, whimsical. I have my ups and downs, like everyone else.
The one you are least proud of?
The number 1 song in your playlist?
Imagine, John Lennon, and the Gregorian repertoire, Hallelujah is one of the most fabulous pieces.
What do you do to combat stress?
I play golf. I take my clubs and I get alone for five hours.
Your favorite drink?
Burgundy. I’m not sharp enough to give you the name of a vineyard, but a good glass of burgundy with friends, there is nothing better for a good evening.
Sport. I enjoy playing golf, snowboarding, surfing …
Your Bio feeling?
I built a golf course in Memphis, Tenn., my hometown. It is an eco-friendly golf, the grass is watered only with rainwater, the carts are equipped with solar panels and the fertilizers used on the lawn are organic.
What have you done better in your life ?
That moment has not arrived yet, but I’m pretty happy with all the films and concerts that I made.
Your best piece of design?
A table that I just bought from a young artist, Roy Nachum. He has just started. I hope my reputation helps him and brings him luck.
Your favorite movie?
Younger, I was crazy about all the films of John Woo.
Your favorite actor?
There are millions. But Tom Hanks is largely up to the podium. Then, all the major movie stars: Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant …
My parents. I love them passionately.
Confidence in me.
What would you bring in your suitcase before leaving?
I always travel with hand luggage containing the subsistence minimum for two days: underwear, jeans, shirt and a T-shirt.
What the crisis has changed in you?
The crisis, nothing but the Internet killed the music world. Whatever we do to fight, the young continue to download music for free.
Your ideal casting for dinner?
Barack Obama and my parents.
What should we do to seduce you?
Prepare a good dinner. I love all cuisines.
The talent that you would like to have?
What do you fear? Most Scared thing
Me. No, more specifically snakes.
When you were younger, what did you want to do later?
Basketball player for the NBA (the U.S. national championship, Ed).
Where would you make your next concert?
India. I’ve never been there. This country fascinates me.
Who would you sing a duet with?
Paul McCartney or Stevie Wonder.
Your madeleine of Proust?
Ice cream and donuts. The donuts make me … crazy!
Your next vacation?
No idea, because I’m filming Friends With Benefits, the story of an editor who falls in love with its head hunter. Of course, the romance goes sour.
What would you like people say about you?
That I am a nice guy.
Thanks misterjustintimberlake for finding the interview =)
Also check out another interview in which with Emma Stone and the director of Friends with Benefits Will Gluck talk about working with Justin:
Added pictures of Justin Timberlake shooting a scene with Emma Stone for his latest movie ‘Friends With Benefits’ in Los Angeles, CA.
Also according to Wikipedia here is a short description of the movie:
The story centers around two professionals that meet that are too busy to find a mate. They agree to have an intimate relationship with no strings attached. Things get complicated when the guy falls for the girl, who’s dating someone else. The script was written by Keith Merryman and David Newman, but Gluck is expected to do a polish of the script.
Director Will Gluck discussed the plot and his approach to dealing with a storyline with similar themes to previous films by stating: “Every romantic comedy over the last twenty years is about the same thing, right? The two characters in this movie played by Justin and Mila are in this generation like you and me where they’ve grown up on romantic comedies. They comment about these romantic comedies throughout the movie, and as they go through their storyline, they realize that they’re in a romantic comedy story — as two regular people who aren’t in a movie would comment on. They’re very cognizant that they’re in this story and they’re like, ‘Oh, we know how this is gonna end,’ and they think they’re gonna be different, but they end up embracing the fact that they’re going through a romantic comedy moment.”
Thanks Gkay for the heads up =)
I’ve added a new set of pictures from the shooting “Friends with Benefits” in front on the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. In this scene Justin plays a troublemaker. He is seen with a bottle of booze provoking costumed characters.
We’ve seen some hilarious scenes from this movie so far. I really can’t wait to see it. It’s going to be funny lol.