Latest Justin news and rumors

Should Justin become a SNL regular ?

Given that Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 35th anniversary later this year, we doubt Lorne Michaels needs any advice from us about how to run a successful show. However, after watching this weekend’s mostly harmless episode hosted by the charming Dwayne Johnson—note to studios: put him in a musical comedy co-starring Anne Hathaway post haste—we have a small suggestion: make Justin Timberlake a recurring cast member.

As he does every few episodes, the superstar popped up on Weekend Update, this time as the boyfriend of comic strip character Cathy (played with horrifying accuracy by Andy Samberg), and proved to be one of the highlights of the entire show. The man is hilarious. Get him a contract already!

It might sound crazy to even suggest that someone as famous as Justin Timberlake would ever be a cast member on Saturday Night Live. But since he’s already appearing more than some of the actual cast members (ahem, Bobby Moynihan), it seems like a distinct possibility. In fact, we think the argument could easily be made that Mr. Timberlake is as good, or better, than every other current male cast member when it comes to participating in sketch comedy. Only Bill Hader seems to possess the same levels of versatility and hilarity that Mr. Timberlake has in his arsenal. When JT (we can call him that because we go way back) appears in a skit, it isn’t as a stunt; he’s not there to play himself in a walk-on appearance just hoping to get a huge applause. Quite the opposite: He’s almost always in character and willing to do whatever it takes to get a laugh. This includes putting on a leotard and high-heels as one of Beyoncé’s backup dancers

We’re not saying that Mr. Michaels should build the entire show around Mr. Timberlake, Will Ferrell-circa-1999 style, but why not give him “featuring” status? That way fans can watch each week hoping that Mr. Timberlake will appear, but no promises are made. And if he’s busy working on his next album, or just wants to stay at home and watch something On Demand with girlfriend Jessica Biel, he doesn’t feel the pressure to show up at all. We’re sure that getting just 10 appearances per year from Mr. Timberlake would help boost Saturday Night Live’s sagging post-presidential-election ratings, at least until another presidential election cycle starts up in two years. Now, if NBC could only find a way to get him on Chuck…

Justin in new Michael Jackson album ?

The King of Pop will release his new record the moment he takes to the stage at London’s 02 Arena for his sold-out This Is It tour.

Jacko is desperate to produce his best CD yet and so he’s gathered his brightest pals together to knock his efforts in to shape in the hope it can be released this summer.

American artists WILL.i.AM and NE-YO are some of the driving force behind this latest unnamed effort.

KANYE WEST has also submitted some songs and Michael wants to get JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, RIHANNA and CHRIS BROWN (er, that’s asking for trouble) to keep the album fresh. Wacko has also suggested that this album is likely to be his last.

Well, he is getting on a bit and it must be hard to do the Moonwalk at 50.

Justin Timberlake To Launch a New Tequila

Justin Timberlake has something new to toast: The singer and budding businessman is launching a new brand of tequila named 901. 

In development for more than two years, the liquor will hit store shelves in early May in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and St. Louis. 

The reason behind the numeric name? “901 is that time of night when your evening is ending, but your night is just beginning. It is also a subtle nod to his hometown,” says the singer’s spokesperson, referring to the area code for Memphis, where Timberlake grew up. 

The new venture is the latest addition to Timberlake’s growing business portfolio, which includes the fashion line William Rast and the music label Tennman.

Justin to do Shrek IV

The current plot for the fourth movie, according to Allmovie.com, is about Shrek’s life as a family man. He misses his days feeling like a “real” ogre, and makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin.

He finds himself in an alternate reality where Rumpelstiltskin is King of Far Far Away, and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Shrek must find a way to reverse his deal in order to save his friends, family, and home.

The main actors—Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas—will return to reprise their roles, joined once again by Justin Timberlake as Artie, Julie Andrews as the Queen, and many more.


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March 21, 2009