After getting rave reviews and solid ratings for his hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live” in May, the singer and actor had another reason to celebrate on Sunday when his sponsored race car won the Indianapolis 500.
The singer’s clothing line William Rast, which he started with longtime friend Tracy Ayala in 2006, sponsored driver Dan Wheldon. Wheldon outpaced 32 other cars to the finish line to take home the top prize on Sunday. This was the second win for Wheldon, 32, who last won the Indy 500 in 2005.
“What a Memorial Day weekend! The William Rast car just won the Indy 500,” Timberlake Tweeted on Sunday. He later added, “Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for this victory! Unreal!”
Last week, the singer scored major ratings for his return to the “Saturday Night Live stage” with musical guest Lady Gaga. According to the network, the episode was the highest rated season finale since 2004, when the Olsen twins hosted.
DoSomething.org and VH1 have once again partnered to present The Do Something Awards to honor people’s commitment to social change. The Do Something Awards will be taped at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and premiere Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 9/8c on VH1. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch will return to host the star-studded Do Something Awards telecast for a second year.
Additional announcements regarding celebrity attendees and contest finalists will be forthcoming. Taping on August 14th, 2011, this year’s VH1 Do Something Awards are executive produced by Michael Dempsey and Lee Rolontz for VH1. Nancy Lublin and Naomi Hirabayashi oversee the awards show for DoSomething.org.
HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO HELP CHOOSE THE NOMINEES! Make sure to vote for Justin on the Male Actor category. Final voting opens in July (for the chosen nominees). Tune-in to watch the Do Something Awards Thursday, August 18 at 9/8c on VH1.
FWB’s interactive site is now up. Make sure to pay a visit (click here) . You can play games, watch the trailers, download twitter goodies, & more but most importantly check the SERIOUS message Justin & Mila have for you & support their cause on Facebook.
Update: Added lots of screencaps. Click here to see them. Enjoy!
Warner Bros. is heading back to Jellystone Park, moving ahead on development of “Yogi Bear” sequel.
Studio’s signed the writing team of Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia to script the project, which will again be produced by Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt with Andrew Haas exec producing. Jon Berg’s overseeing for Warners.
Sternin and Ventimilia teamed on the script for Fox’s “Rio” and for DreamWorks’ “Peabody and Sherman.”
The live-action/CG animated “Yogi Bear” turned out to be a better performer than initially expected, opening modestly in mid-December with $16.4 million domestically before showing long legs and topping $100 million in U.S. grosses. Pic grossed another $100 million internationally.
Dan Aykroyd voiced the title character and Justin Timberlake was his sidekick Boo-Boo with Anna Faris, Tom Cavanaugh, Andrew Daly and T.J. Miller starring in the live-action roles. Eric Brevig directed; Sternin, Ventimilia and Brad Copeland received screenplay credit.Yogi’s character, inspired by Art Carney’s portrayal of Ed Norton on “The Honeymooners,” first appeared in Hanna-Barbera cartoons in 1958 and was voiced by Daws Butler.
Sternin and Ventimilia are repped by WME.
LOS ANGELES- May 27, 2011 – William Rast, the “New America” denim culture brand, founded by Justin Timberlake in 2005, has signed a multi-year endorsement agreement together with their eyewear license partner Viva International Group, for racing Superstar Danica Patrick to endorse William Rast Eyewear and William Rast Racing Eyewear. Patrick will be wearing William Rast, on and off the racetrack and be featured in upcoming campaigns.
Patrick’s endorsement of William Rast, coincides with the consumer launch of the William Rast Eyewear line this year, which includes both optical frames and sunglasses for women and men; and a special William Rast Racing Eyewear collection, that features sporty, athletic styles with upgraded materials and features.
William Rast, known for its contemporary American made premium denim for women and men, has had a strong connection to the world of racing since its inception by bringing its New America esthetic and philosophy to iconic races and events. This year at the Indy500, William Rast is not only announcing the partnership with Danica Patrick, but is also again partnering with Bryan Herta Autoport and Dan Wheldon for the #98 car at the prestigious race.
Colin Dyne, Chief Executive Officer William Rast says: “William Rast’s New America culture is centered around updating and modernizing iconic Americana values and traditions. What better time for us to take a bold step in showing our true New America values, than at the Centennial celebration of the Indy500, a true celebration of not only American heritage and tradition but also the future of racing, and by partnering with one the world’s most iconic and groundbreaking athletes, Danica Patrick.”
Frank Rescigna, president of Viva says:”We are excited to be partnering with Danica Patrick and be part of this great American tradition, adding William Rast’s modern attitude to this classic event. Danica is a perfect fit for the William Rast brand, and is an ideal ambassador for the William Rast Racing Eyewear collection.”
Danica Patrick says: “I have always been a great fan of William Rast denim, and I am so excited for the new partnership with this great fashion brand and to be involved in the launch of William Rast eyewear”.
Images from the press conference can be downloaded from this link in high resolution: http://on.fb.me/kj8lQz.
The fashionably paced action of Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport can be followed on the web, www.williamrast.com or through facebook.com/officialwilliamrast, or via twitter at williamrast. For more information on Bryan Herta Autosport–check out www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
The Indianapolis 500 will air live on ABC, May 29th at 12:00 pm. All times Eastern. For more broadcast and live streaming information go to www.indianapolis500.com.