Then the folks at Yahoo! came to his defense about why he should continue to straddle the line between both worlds. Lets revisit JTs career trajectory to see what spurred this argument. The former N Syncer took a lengthy hiatus from music to do rom coms and to take some serious roles, but he never became a huge movie star. It didnt seem like that was his intent, either. Variety addressed the fact that his new film Runner Runner tanked in Titanic-sized fashion, and suggested thats because he cant carry a film. The Variety piece pointed this out: Even if he can peddle zillions of iTunes singles or concert tickets, most of his groupies arent going to follow him to the big screen. He will never be a movie star, and its a mystery why he took such a long hiatus from music to appear in so many movies. Now that he has a hit new album, The 20/20 Experience, it might be a good idea for Timberlake to give up acting. The mag suggested that JT should follow the safe Hollywood model for singers and to continue to take smaller parts. In essence, the writer argued that JT cant carry a film, and is better as a co-lead (like with Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits) or in a support role (The Social Network or Alpha Dog.) Yahoo!s piece countered that while the singer doesnt have an Oscar, he is likable and people go to see his movies. So what if he had a flop who hasnt? Even the Aest of A-listers like Meryl Streep and George Clooney have clunkers littering their resumes. J Ts movies often do well even the sleeper In Time exceeded box office expectations despite not being a maj hit and he is quite capable with the material handed to him. So what if Runner Runner wasnt a home run(ner)? Our thoughts?
Timberlake, 32, has recently been making the rounds promoting his latest feature film Runner Runner costarring Ben Affleck. During the thrillers opening weekend at the box office, Timberlake decided to take some time off to relax with a game of golf. Known to be an avid golfer, the all-around entertainer traded in his flashier red carpet apparel for some typical country club gear. He wore a blue polo shirt and tan khaki pants held up with a dark brown belt, paired with a Memphis Grizzlies baseball hat and white golf shoes. Earlier this year, Timberlake reopened the eco-friendly public golf facility that he co-owns with his parents in Memphis called Mirimichi. The Tennessee golf course, which has both Audobon International Classic Sanctuary and Golf Environment Organization certifications, hosted the first event of the 2013 PGA Junior Series in May. Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel were spotted playing a round on the golf course in April. Unfortunately for Timberlake, while he was playing golf on Saturday, reviews that came in for Runner Runner were less than favorable. The film currently holds just an 8% fresh rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Chelsea Regan
By Ryan J. Downey The weight of “Gravity” was just too heavy for Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck over the weekend. Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi epic crushed the box office record for October with a $55.5 million weekend, displacing 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” and providing career-best openings for Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the process. Remaining at a beyond impressive 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” as the weekend concluded, “Gravity” enjoyed the combination of critical consensus and word of mouth about its impressive 3-D IMAX visuals. 3-D ticket sales accounted for 71 percent of that $55.5 million total, with IMAX showings contributing roughly 20 percent. In addition to the heavy-duty emotional work poured into the performances ( Bullock recently talked about that scene with MTV News), there are many other noteworthy facts to consider surrounding its record breaking weekend. The movie isn’t a sequel, or remake or an adaptation. The female lead is 49 years old; the male lead is 52. Bullock’s previous career-best opening was just a few months ago, when the action-comedy “Heat” started with $39.1 million . Clooney’s new #2 stretches all the way back to 1997’s ill-fated “Batman and Robin,” which kicked off with $42.8 million. Ben Affleck will step inside the Batman suit in 2015’s followup to “Man of Steel,” but for now, he’ll have to look forward to next year’s release of “Gone Girl” (directed by David Fincher) and his own adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s “Live By Night” (which Affleck co-wrote and will both direct and star in) because there isn’t much to celebrate about “Runner Runner” now. Despite the star power of Justin Timberlake and Affleck and an association with producer Leonardo DiCaprio, “Runner Runner” stumbled with one of the worst openings ever for a movie debuting on more than 3,000 screens (the #1 record for that belongs to “Hoot,” which featured future Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg in a small role). “Runner Runner” made just $7.6 million at the domestic box office.
Style Evolution : Justin Timberlake
As he continues to be the most celebrated entertainers of our generation, we look at Justins style evolution throughout the length of his singing career. A style evolution analysis would not be complete if we dont briefly discuss Justins look during the NSync era. The late 90s was a confusing time for boy bands everywhere. The singer fell prey to those oversized shirts, red-vest tracksuits(??), and sadly, hair that closely resembled ramen noodles. courtesy of ivillage & mtv.com Unfortunately no one can forget when the pop royalty couple, Justin and Britney, stepped out for the 2001 American Music Awards wearing matching denim suits. Lets just say, the late 90s into early 2000s was a rough time for the Timberlake closet. Yikes! courtesy of justintimberlake.com When NSync broke up, we all said Bye Bye Bye to the Justin we knew and said hello to the new and improved JT. He ditched the ill-fitted drab for leather and slim black jeans. Justin Timberlakes first solo album, Justified , in 2002 set out to put the singer on the soul/pop map in collaboration with the likes of The Neptunes, Scott Storch, and Timbaland. His look matched the feel of the album which was urban, youthful, and funky. He wore a hoodie under his leather jacket in Like I love you and an all black ensemble paired with tennis shoes in Cry me a River. His hair, which he often wore under beanies or fedoras, was cut short and kept casual.