Justin Timberlake talks with Hannah Storm about his new film, “The Social Network,” and then digs deeper into the world of sports. You may be surprised about his golf knowledge. He owns a golf course and wait ’til you hear him break down this weekend’s Ryder Cup. And how about Timberlake telling Hannah what golfer he’d like to portray on the big screen. Check it out.
“The Social Network” stars Jesse Eisenberg , Justin Timberlake & Andrew Garfield discuss playing real-life characters and Facebook’s impact on society. Listen in!
The Social Network doesn’t come out until tomorrow, but it’s already a chart topper—in the music world, at least. The movie’s instrumental score, written by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross, is currently at the number one spot on Amazon’s MP3 album chart. Even better, it’s getting rave reviews from fans, including Social Network star Justin Timberlake. “The score is the best part about this movie,” says Timberlake, who plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker in the film. “[It's] the most unique and dark and ominous and emotional score that I’ve heard in so long. And if [Reznor] doesn’t get some sort of accolade for that, I will think it’s a travesty.” So how did director David Fincher get Reznor to score his movie? Turns out they have a history together. “I’ve known Trent for a long time now,” says Fincher. “We had talked at one point about doing Fight Club on Broadway.
We wanted to do this super homoerotic, industrial bridge-and-tunnel affair.” Still, when Fincher asked Reznor to work on The Social Network, Reznor initially said he was too worn out from touring with Nine Inch Nails to do a film score. So Fincher used excerpts from the Nine Inch Nails’ album Ghosts as a temporary soundtrack during the editing process. “They had this very playful kind of Eno-esque thing,” says Fincher. “I loved how it… used synthesizers and it used a sort of walls of dissonance and sound effects.” Convinced that Reznor was the man for the job, Fincher persuaded him to look at early footage of the movie. “The entire time he sat there kind of nodding his head,” recalls Fincher. “At the end of it he said, “Yeah, yeah. Interesting. Ok thanks.” And he got up and left. I thought, well, that’s a bad sign. The only person who says ‘interesting’ is my mom when she doesn’t want to say she doesn’t like something.” But in this case, “interesting” meant good – Reznor soon sent Fincher a number of “sketches” for the movie’s score, which Fincher assembled with his sound designer and editors. After a few more meetings to tailor the music to specific parts of the movie, the score was finished. The entire process took just four weeks. Looking back on the experience, Fincher has high praise for Reznor’s work ethic. “You’re talking about a guy who is so profilic, so disciplined in his craft of making what he makes,” says the director. “There’s none of this artistic pretense. He just wants to do it.”
By now you’ve heard a lot about just how great The Social Network is, and all of its true. In a broad sense it’s a great film, a rare movie that’s actually about something bigger than itself. But a large part of why it’s good is the kind of performances director David Fincher gets from his young actors. They’re so good that, even though it’s only nearly October we’re ready to go out on a limb and start predicting Oscar nominations, not just for one or two of the Social Network actors, but three of them.
One of these actors is also one of the biggest pop stars in the world and, shockingly, he may be even better at acting than he is at singing. Another is the new Spider-Man. The third was, till now, probably best known as a low-rent Michael Cera clone. Pretty much no one saw this coming yet all three deserve recognition. Rather than wait for Oscar season, we’re starting the campaign to get it for them early. After you see The Social Network this weekend, we hope you’ll jump on the bandwagon with us and root for these three on their way to the Academy Awards. Here’s our attempt to explain why all of them deserve at the least, a nomination.
Justin Timberlake for Best Supporting Actor
Confidence is something Justin Timberlake comes by naturally, a byproduct perhaps, of being born with so much talent. So playing Sean Parker might seem like a slam dunk for Timberlake. The Napster founder turned Facebook executive oozes confidence to the point of cockiness. On the surface he’s Mark Zuckerberg’s polar opposite, a man who can dominate any conversation and instantly become the center of attention anywhere he goes. But spends a few moments with Sean Parker and you’ll start to see something else. Unlike Timberlake, confidence isn’t something he comes by naturally.
Timberlake plays him as though the man we see is nothing more than an elaborately constructed façade. He’s a mover and a shaker, and people accept him as the coolest person they know. That works for awhile, until they start to see through it. You get the sense in watching Timberlake’s performance that Sean Parker doesn’t believe any of his bullshit himself, that he’s secretly terrified of spinning out of control and ending up in obscurity, even while he’s drinking champagne, banging his way through groups of teenage girls, and making grandiose promises.
Timberlake’s performance, perhaps in part because of his background as a dancer, is in the way he moves. His posture is always too perfect, his movements too exact, as if he’s a man who’s thought out everything he’ll do in advance, as if he’s only going through pre-programmed motions. He’s a puppet pulling his own strings. And eventually, when Parker finally really does lose control, Timberlake captures him as a man waking up from a dream he doesn’t want to end. He fast talks into the phone attempting to convince Zuckerberg that nothing has changed, but his fading expression, the way he pulls at his hair, the panic in his voice says something else. Justin Timberlake lets Sean Parker fall apart slowly on screen and as the character creates more and more bullshit you’ll see it in his eyes that he never believed most of it and even though he’s one of the cool kids, Parker’s driven by the same insecurity that drives Zuckerberg, the desperate feeling that he’s always on the outside looking in. Sean Parker may always be the center of attention, but Justin Timberlake portrays him as a man who secretly knows he’s operating on the fringe.
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Coinciding with their promotional visit in Spain, actors Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield will visit Pablo Moto’s tv program to present “Social Network”, the film addresses the birth and early years of Facebook, one of the Internet most important phenomena of recent times.
The three actors will visit program Four next Wednesday, October 6 at 21:30, and will reveal some secrets of filming what promises to be one of the most successful films of the year, trying to unravel how Mark Zuckerberg created the website which has recently surpassed 500 million users. “Social Network” directed by David Fincher, has opened the last film festival in New York and will be released in Spain on October 15.
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are the hottest duo in hip-hop — for the moment.
They performed a medley of rap hits on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday night, and the clip is becoming a viral hit.
Fallon and Timberlake started off with Sugarhill Gang’s classic “Rapper’s Delight” and then performed jams from artists including the Beastie Boys, the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Eminem.
Fallon, 36, said he’s surprised by the success of the skit.
“We never know what’s going to viral or get picked up, and this one’s beyond what we thought it would do,” he said Thursday in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
Though the clip looks all fun, he said, he took the time to get it right before taking the stage.
“You know I really needed to practice. You know I can’t rap,” said Fallon, who also performed songs by Missy Elliott, Tupac, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. “I was in my apartment till 2 in the morning the night before doing (the) Soulja Boy (dance) and my wife was like, ‘You’re crazy!’”
Though Fallon needed to rehearse, he said, Timberlake was obviously a natural: “(He) knew all of his parts, all his rhythm was amazing, so much better than mine. Mine was so bad, my gosh, (I thought), ‘I’m going to screw this up,’” Fallon said.
The performance was backed by the house band for the NBC show, the Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Roots. Fallon said that much of the success goes to the rap band and that the skit was a homage to today’s generation.
“The thing that makes our show kind of different is that we embrace hip-hop. … We’re that generation where hip-hop is what we grew on,” Fallon said.
He also said that office morale is at a high: “Everyone’s so smiley and running around the office like very confident today, because everyone sees the blogs and gets the e-mails. It just puts everyone in a great mood.”
From Rolling Stones:
Peter Travers is not only confident that The Social Network, director David Fincher’s retelling of Facebook’s beginnings, will prove to be the best movie of the year, but that it’s the film to define the last decade. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Harvard undegrad and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, delivering the best performance of his career. Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer also give award-worthy performances. But the real star of the film is Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay, which Travers calls “a model of how it’s done.” Rounding out this four-star film is Trent Reznor’s stirring score.
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Say bye, bye, bye to any preconceived notions you may have had about Justin Timberlake.
The N*SYNC heartthrob who sang and danced his way to fame in the ’90s has grown into a modern day Renaissance man, the kind of guy that’s hard to find in celebrity-dom these days.
Yes, he still sings — he’s won six Grammys and sold more than 14 million albums. He also dabbles in comedy, performing uber-popular “Saturday Night Live” skits about wanting to do wanton things with maternal figures and presenting a key part of his body in an unconventional package. (“Motherlover,” “D**k in a Box”). Then there’s his clothing line, William Rast, and fledgling restaurants, Southern Hospitality and Destino.
Now, playing Napster co-founder Sean Parker in “The Social Network,” he’s getting into big time acting and also raising a question:
Just who is Justin Timberlake?
Jack-of-all-trades (Justin-of-all-trades?) doesn’t seem to be hyperbole. While “The Social Network” isn’t Timberlake’s first foray into film — he starred in 2006′s “Alpha Dog” and appeared in “Black Snake Moan” the same year, and he’s made a handful of other appearances — he’s getting more attention for this role than any other. How does he feel about singing versus acting?
“They’re apples and oranges, creatively,” he said on ABC News Now’s “Popcorn With Peter Travers” recently. “I like apples and I like oranges.”
Clad in thick-rimmed black glasses, jittering his leg nervously and speaking in a voice barely above a whisper, Timberlake seemed as shy as the average Hollywood newbie about to jump into the deep, dark waters of The Serious Film World. Gone is the brash boy-band star of yesteryear. Today’s Timberlake could use a shot of whatever Kanye West takes.
“In my head, all I thought was, I don’t know if I’m good enough as an actor,” he said about being cast as the conniving Internet mogul “The Social Network,” David Fincher’s latest film. But he pulls off the role to perfection, straddling the line between friend and foe to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with a dancer’s precision.
Of course, he is a dancer. And he drew on his experience in music in making the film.
“I find Aaron [Sorkin's] dialogue to be very musical and very rhythmic,” Timberlake said. “I find Fincher’s style very rhythmic as well.”
But despite his deep roots in the music industry — Timberlake started performing on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in 1993, along with a fellow pop icon and future girlfriend, Britney Spears — he doesn’t give his voice much credit.
“I try to tell people that I’ve been acting as a singer for a long time,” he said. “I’m really not that skilled at singing.”
Regardless of his own reservations, Timberlake’s colleagues in the music industry can’t belt out his praises loudly enough.
Two great covers this week — one featuring uber-entertainer Justin Timberlake, and one featuring Timberlake alongside his Social Network costars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. No matter which you receive, you’ll get exclusive news about both the pop star (who plays real-life entrepreneur Sean Parker) and a movie that’s already a frontrunner for a Best Picture at next year’s Academy Awards.
In a frank interview, Timberlake talks about coping with the pressures of the music industry and his choice to focus on his movie career for the time being:
EW: So how did you land such a choice part?
Justin Timberlake: I did a marathon of testing for the film. I tested more than anyone. I have to fight against my music career—I’m cognizant of that. But I didn’t care. I loved the part and I wanted to work with David [Fincher] so bad that I was like, “We can read this scene butt-naked if you guys want.”
EW: Are movies your priority now?
Timberlake: My priority is inspiration. It always has been. I grew up in a generation that was like, “Why not do everything?” I grew up in a family where they said, “Why not do everything you want to do if you have the opportunity?”
EW: There are only so many hours in a day, though.
Timberlake: True. And to be honest, ever since I went solo, I’ve felt like an infiltrator more than not. I feel like I’ve been made to feel that way.
EW: By whom?
Timberlake: Just everything around you.
EW: But if there was any resistance to you as a solo artist, it ended pretty quickly, wouldn’t you say?
Timberlake: I don’t know. Maybe I’m more tortured than I think and I only focus on the bad.
EW: Do you feel like an infiltrator in the music world now?
EW: How about in the movie world?
Timberlake: Absolutely. Maybe that’s my own demons. I know what I want to be, and that’s an artist. It feels stupid to talk about it. I told you, you’re catching me at a vulnerable state. I just need to shut the f— up.
EW: Are there people you work with who are telling you that you should put another record out sooner rather than later?
Timberlake: [Long pause] When someone starts alluding to that, it gets shut down so fast. It’s like, “Talk all you want. Predict what you want.” I’m talking about people that work with me. “Ask me what you want, but know that I’m going to do what I want.” Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st? No, he doesn’t. It happens when it pours out of him. That’s how music is for me. It’s not methodical. It’s so much more of an outburst of emotion. That’s the way my two albums have been. And when it does, it’s like Niagara Falls. I’m constantly creating. I’m into photography, I’m into music, I’m into film. I’m into a lot of things, but I don’t think that every idea I come up with is the greatest idea ever. I don’t have to tweet that I’m going to the bathroom in a song.
Do you think it’s dangerous to wait so long? Christina Aguilera waited four years between albums, and her fans don’t seem to care about her right now.
If you’re asking me, no. I never stop making music. I don’t know what else to tell you, except that I just don’t know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore.
That sounds very final.
No. All I’m saying is, in very simple terms, I’ll know when I know. And until I know, I don’t know. Every time I’ve gone against my gut, I’ve made the wrong decision. Call that New Agey if you like. I don’t give a s—. I know that I could wake up next year one day and be like, “Hey, I want to go on tour again, so I want to put a record out.”
EW: In the meantime, what do you want to do in film that you haven’t yet?
Timberlake: You talk about film with me, I’m like an open flesh wound. But in the good ways, too. Sensitive to everything, sensitive to what could be great, afraid of success and afraid of failure.
EW: Would you want to play a superhero like Andrew Garfield is about to do with Spider-Man?
Timberlake: I don’t think so. I tested for one [rumored to be The Green Lantern]. I don’t think I’m the superhero type. I think it’s important to know when you’re not the guy.
EW: How about a movie musical?
Timberlake: It’s so funny you said that. There’s something in my brain that’s been brewing and brewing and brewing. I’d be happy to talk about it when it comes to fruition in this playground. [Points to his head]
EW: How was it working with Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher?
Timberlake: Holy s—.It is so f—ing funny. You’ll love Cameron in this movie. She’s so funny. Like, Bill Murray in her body. It’s weird when it first hits you, but you’re like, “I like this side of her.”
EW: You’ve already won two Emmys and a few Grammys. So you’re halfway to an EGOT, to use 30 Rock’s term. What’s going to be harder for you to get, an Oscar or a Tony?
Timberlake: Why would you think I would ever answer that question? There’s no answer I could ever give you that would not make me sound like the biggest a–hole on the planet. My mother’s going to read this, bro! She’ll be like, “You sound like a little a–hole!” I’ll tell you this: Getting a laugh on SNL means as much as winning a Grammy. Listen, I’ve won Grammys that I didn’t think I should have won and I’ve lost ones when I thought I wrote a really great record. It’s not important. In a lot of ways the Emmy kind of means more to me than a Grammy. Because it’s the kind of thing that I don’t think I would ever expect to have. This is how my brain works: I just think that it’s fantastic that there’s an Emmy that exists that has the word “D—” on it. That’s funny.
Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, admits that during filming, he sometimes felt like everyone was ganging up on him. “I had the unique job on set of being the only one to defend my character,” says the 27 year-old actor. “Even though he does some things that hurt other characters, I could only view him as sympathetic. I developed a great affection for him.”
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) had misgivings about turning the real-life Zuckerberg into a big-screen antihero. But ultimately, he knew the story was just too good to pass up. “It’s not my job to help [Mark’s] image,” he says. “I’m not his press rep or his rabbi.” Still, Sorkin has no ill will toward the Facebook CEO. In fact, he’d love to take him out for a drink. “I know Mark’s got to have an Aaron Sorkin dartboard someplace. So I feel bad,” he sighs. “I — I wanna buy him a beer.”
For more on Timberlake and the making of The Social Network, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands October 1.