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Justin Timberlake Defends Prince Tribute, Gives Props to "The GOAT"

Justin Timberlake sang and danced his handsome rear end off on Sunday night.

The artist performed at halftime of Super Bowl 52, running through such hits as "Gone," "Can't Stop That Feeling" and "Cry Me a River," while almost literally running the entire time.

Seriously, he must have covered, like, three miles between all his dancing, shaking and mere moving around the stadium in Minnesota.

Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl 52

While the halftime act in general has received modest to mixed reviews, one aspect of the performance in particular has largely been panned.

About three-quarters of the way through his set, Timberlake sat down at a computer and paid tribute to Prince, covering a few bars of "I Would Die 4 U."

As he did so, a few photos of the legendary musician (who died of a drug overdose in April of 2016 and who famously made Minnesota his home) were projected on a giant screen nearby.

Why did this tribute not go over well with many viewers?

As explained below, it's because Prince once referred to the idea of singing a duet with a dead artist via hologram to be terrible and "demonic."

Granted, Timberlake did not use a hologram.

But he did rely on Prince's likeness as part of his concert.

Appearing later on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake explained why he wanted overall to pay homage to Prince.

"It's a moment for me, and if I'm being quite honest, it's because he's always been the pinnacle of musicianship," Timberlake said, adding in more detail:

"And when we decided that the serendipity and synergy [of being] in Minnesota - he's such a special thing here aside from what he is all over the world.

"I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] of musicians."

That's fine and all.

It's great and admirable, even.

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No one is disputing that Timberlake should have given Prince a special shout-out.

There was even a Las Vegas prop bet one could have made that predicated Timberlake would cover a Prince track... and the odds were pretty low because it was nearly a given this would take place.

The controversy has simply arisen over the projected pictures of the late superstar on screen.

JT did not really touch on this topic while speaking to Fallon, however.

He simply expounded on what went into the homage itself.

Justin Timberlake at Halftime

"We got the actual vocal stems from 'I Would Die 4 U' and the actual recording, and then we got uncut footage from his performance of it in 'Purple Rain' and somehow, someway, by the grace of - probably Prince looking down on us - it synced up and it was this crazy, serendipitous moment," he said.

"I just wanted to use that opportunity to do something special for this city, but most of all my favorite musician of all time."

You can relive the entire performance here:

Toward the end of his interview with Fallon, Timberlake did seem to acknowledge some of the negative press surrounding his act.

But Questlove gave Justin a thumbs-up from across The Tonight Show stage and, to Timberlake, this said it all.

"Questlove is the encyclopedia on music, but I also feel like a gatekeeper on Prince, so if I got the thumbs-up from Questlove, I'm good," he said.

Do you agree?

Overall, hand out a grade for Timberlake's halftime act below:

Prince Fans Destroy Justin Timberlake for Halftime "Tribute"

Justin Timberlake performed a medley of his most beloved hits at halftime of Super Bowl 52.

Did you catch the dance-filled act?

Relive it HERE if not.

The 13-plus minute performance featured Timberlake belting out such hits as "Can't Stop This Feeling" and "Gone," but the focus a day later is on the minute or two during which he sat at a piano and played a cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U."

What a nice tribute to the late musician, who made his home in the Super Bowl host city of Minnesota, right?

WRONG, many Prince fans are now saying. So very, very, very, VERY wrong.

Scroll down and all around to find out why: 

1. May He Rest in Peace

May he rest in peace
Prince, of course, died in April of 2016. He was famous for his Minneosta mansion and he performed at halftime of the Super Bowl in 2007, leaving many to assume Timberlake would cover a song of his this year.

2. NO HOLOGRAM, JT!

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A song would have been great, but this is where the controversy started, with talk that Timberlake would sing alongside a Prince hologram during his act. Many years ago, Prince said the following about the use of such a device: "That's the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing... it really is demonic. And I am not a demon."

3. Easy, Folks

Easy folks
Long-time Prince friend Shiela E. said prior to the show that rumors of Timberlake using a hologram were false. She assured everyone this would NOT take place.

4. Okay, Phew

Okay phew
Social media users felt a lot better after reading the message.

5. And She Was Sort of Right

And she was sort of right
Check out the above photo. It's not a hologram. It's just a projection of Prince of a giant screen. But try parsing that difference to loyal Prince supporters, who were far from happy about Timberlake's stunt.

6. Did This Count as a Hologram?

Did this count as a hologram
Yes, it might as well have in the eyes of critics who took to Twitter and blasted Timberlake.
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Justin Timberlake Halftime Performance: Grade It!

Justin Timberlake rocked our bodies, cried us a river and made sure the feelings didn't stop at halftime of Super Bowl 52.

The beloved pop star was the featured act at the mid-point of the game between the Patriots and Eagles on Sunday night, as he was introduced by good friend Jimmy Fallon and started his act underneath the field.

"Haters gonna say it's fake," he then said many times, starting his performance with a brief rendition of "Filthy."

From there, Timberlake danced his way on to the field, rocking a red handkerchief around his neck that became the talk of Twitter.

He sang "Rock Your Body." He broke into "SexyBack." He sampled "Gone." He played all the hits, basically.

Then, at one point, he sat at a piano and covered Prince, who tragically passed away last year from a drug overdose and who made his home in Minnesota.

(The Super Bowl was played in Minnesota, it's worth noting.)

"Minneapolis, this one's for you," he said, prior to a few images of Prince being projected on a giant screen.

Impressively, lights across Minnesota then lit up in Prince's trademark color of purple. It was pretty cool.

The performance culminated in a rendition of "Rock Your Body," which found Timberlake jumping into the crowd and telling a young fan to snap a selfie of him and the superstar.

Overall, there was a whole lot of dancing, which is what Timberlake does as well as anyone, of course.

The sound was off nearly throughout the entire act, but it's possible this was even done on purpose... lest millions of viewers hear Timberlake wheezing for 20 minutes after essentially running a 5K or so.

There was no Janet Jackson, as had been rumored.

Much to the chagrin of NSync fans everywhere, Timberlake’s halftime show did not include a reunion with his former bandmates, either.

We didn't see Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass or JC Chasez.

How did JT stack up against Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and past halftime acts?

Give him a grade below:

And then watch highlights from the performance here:

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Justin Timberlake: Ripped By Dylan Farrow For Working with Woody Allen!

It wasn't so long ago that Justin Timberlake's #TimesUp tweet got him slammed for hypocrisy

Well, he tweeted what looked like an innocent question on Tuesday, and Dylan Farrow seized the opportunity to roast him.

Read the tweets for yourself and decide whether or not it was well-deserved.

Justin Timberlake at the Globes

On Tuesday, Justin Timberlake tweeted out a question:

"Random question: Can someone please explain the saying, 'You just want your cake and to eat it too.' What else am I about to do with a cake??"

Now, obviously, he's trying to get to how that saying came about.

We would assume that it comes from many cakes being works of art. Colorful, full of writing, and perhaps even containing sculpted shapes made from frosting.

Cakes really are beautiful -- and we just mean regular cakes. Then there are the cakes that you've seen on those cake-based reality shows over the years.

So it's easily conceivable that someone would have had to explain to a young, distressed child that they cannot have their cake -- this piece of ephemeral artwork -- and also eat it.

Dylan Farrow on CBS This Morning

Dylan Farrow decided to spell out her answer using an ... example.

She tweeted her reply:

"The saying means, for example, you can’t support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time."

And, specifically:

"You can’t retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. - eating the cake)."

That might be a little harsh, but she's absolutely right. Praising and uplifting a known sex monster goes against everything that #TimesUp is supposed to represent.

Justin Timberlake at the Oscars

In case you're wondering what issue Dylan Farrow has with Justin Timberlake ... let us refresh your memory.

JT is one of the leading stars in Woody Allen's next film, Wonder Wheel, in which he'll play a lifeguard being pursued by a mother and her estranged husband's daughter.

Woody Allen is infamous for his films about older men pursuing younger women, but he's also infamous for allegedly having molested his daughter (Dylan Farrow) and for definitely having married a woman, Soon-Yi, whom many view as his daughter.

So he got roasted for his #TimesUp post before the Golden Globes.

It sure struck a lot of folks as being majorly hypocritical.

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Dylan Farrow, of course, is very close to this story.

The rest of us look on in disappointment as stars who should know better -- Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez, Blake Lively -- have work with Woody Allen of their own volition.

But for Dylan Farrow, we're talking about a man whom she accuses of transforming her life for the worst. You don't get a second chance at childhood, folks. And the scars of childhood trauma stay with you for the rest of your life.

Just recently, Dylan Farrow spoke about how Woody Allen molested her -- and it was the first time that she spoke about the terrible trauma on camera. 

Justin Timberlake is talented and beautiful and charming, but that doesn't excuse him for being tone-deaf on Twitter.

Dylan Farrow on CBS This Morning 2

Watching her interview was hard. Despite herself, she cried during it.

It is difficult for abuse survivors to talk about the horrors that they experienced without actively reliving them.

(Either that or dissociating; either of which can be awkward in an interview)

None of us can make her life better or redo her childhood.

But surely the least that we can all do is refrain from lending aid and comfort to people accused of monstrous deeds.

Otherwise, their time will never actually be up.

Justin Timberlake Earns Internet Outrage for Tweet, Movie Role

A long time ago, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back.

But now many Internet users are wishing the singer and occasional actor would take a recent career decision back; not to mention a brand new, misguided Tweet.

Allow us to explain...

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at the Globes

On Sunday night, Timberlake shared a seemingly sweet and romantic photo on Instagram.

It featured the artist and his wife, Jessica Biel, who was nominated at the Golden Globes for her role in USA Network's The Sinner.

"Here we come!! And DAMN, my wife is hot! #TIMESUP  #whywewearblack," wrote Justin as a caption.

Both of those hashtags were a reference to the Golden Globes this year serving as a platform for celebrities to stick up for women in the industry and victims of sexual misconduct in general.

Which is why some critics thought JT should have perhaps not used this photo and this occasion to label his wife as "hot."

Justin Timberlake Twit Pic

Granted, Jessica Biel is very hot.

But this simply may not have been the ideal time for Timberlake to objectify his wife, that's all we're saying.

Moreover, as many on the World Wide Web have pointed out, Timberlake will be starring in Woody Allen's next movie, Wonder Wheel.

The controversial director is well known for having married his ex-wife's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.

The 82-year-old is also accused of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

For this reason, a slew of stars has refused to work with Allen...and a slew of online commentators have called Timberlake out here for some pretty galling hypocrisy.

Justin Timberlake at the Globes

Wrote one individual:

"Wearing black, good. Talking about it, good. Next step, don't participate in projects that profit men like Woody Allen. Have fun at the party. THEN keep striving for better."

And another dragged Timberlake even harder for his past, Tweeting:

"You starred in Woody Allen's new movie. You built a career on malicious misogyny towards Britney Spears. You left Janet Jackson out to dry. This is pure performative fraud."

Yikes, huh?

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Timberlake has not responded to any of these scathing accusations or remarks.

We doubt he will, either.

Most folks out there think Justin is a good guy, but this is a prime example of how everyone is under an extreme microscope these days.

And, as Rose McGown thinks, you can't just wear black and include a few hashtags and then pat yourself on the back.

If you want to see change in the world, you must take some actual action in order to enact it.

Justin Timberlake Announces New Album: The Internet Reacts!

For some strange reason, it's 2018, and Justin Timberlake is intent on releasing some more sub-par music.

In fact, Justin will even headline the Superbowl LII on February 4 to prove to the naysayers that, even at 36-years-old, he's still a force to be reckoned with.

Timberlake released a sneak preview of the album in the form of a video he shared on Youtube in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

"This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I've ever written where I'm from, and it's personal," Timberlake says in the bizarre clip. 

"It feels like mountains, trees, campfires, like wild west, like now," a female voice says in the teaser.

"Man of the Woods" is the title of the album and it's scheduled to be released to the masses on February 2. Hey, if the record is that bad, at least it will get some free promotion. 

In any case, the world of Twitter was divided on the news. Some wanted him to disappear, some wanted him to stop trying to be like Lady Gaga, and some wanted him to give up the music and make a sequel to Model Behavior instead. 

Have a look at the best reaction to the news below!

 

1. He's No Lady Gaga

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One fan seems to think that Justin claiming the album is personal is copying Lady Gaga's Joanne. Aren't all albums personal in their own right?!

2. Boob Gate

Timberlake album reaction 2
Better get digging, Justin!

3. Model Behavior: The Sequel!

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We're not sure Justin would be able to appear in the sequel as a lead. He may be better served as one of the parents.

4. Mumford and What?

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Yeah, we're not digging this one.

5. Mother Knows Best

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A trip for two to the woods...

6. Brokeback Mountain

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Um, we're not sure what to make of this one. There are similarities.
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Justin Timberlake: ‘Robert Pattinson is sexier’

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Sources Speak on “Needy, Annoying” Jessica Biel, Possible Break Up with Justin Timberlake

Jessica Biel is gorgeous, beautiful and sexy.

According to those that know the actress well, however, she's also needy and annoying.

Rumors of a break up between Biel and longtime boyfriend Justin Timberlake have grown stronger this week. Multiple insiders have confirmed as much to The New York Daily News.

“Things don’t look good for them right now - they’ve hit a really rocky spot,” said a source close to Timberlake, adding that issues began during a trip to Vegas JT took with his friends in February because "they got into a huge screaming match over the phone about how she’s always ‘checking up’ on him. She’s extremely needy and is always keeping tabs on him.”

Jessica and Justin

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While Lance Bass labels Biel as "fun to be around," others within Timberlake's circle of pals don't agree.

“All his friends think she’s really annoying,” said an insider. “She’s always trying to be one of the guys. She and Justin have no chemistry.”

We don't know either side of this couple well, but our staff has often debated this same theory. Timberlake is one of the most charismatic, outgoing stars in Hollywood. He's the kind of guy that tries to mount his girlfriend at a Lakers game.

Biel, conversely, comes across as far more serious.

Fortunately, she also comes across as naked in the movie Powder Blue, so... uhhh... we lost our train of thought.

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Lindsay Lohan Says Twitter Account Was Hacked; Denies Accusing Justin Timberlake of Cheating

Bored senseless with no career to speak of, Lindsay Lohan posts a lot of inane things on Twitter, including pictures of herself in various stages of undress.

But she did not Tweet judgment on Justin Timberlake, she claims.

Earlier this week, a Justin-related Tweet on Lindsay's page read "where's jb cheater" also had a so-dark-you-can't-see-anything picture attached to it.

That photo purportedly showed the pop-R&B star living it up on the dance floor at an NYC hot spot. Not that you can tell what's going on at all in it.

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HOW TWEET IT IS: The message in question, from "sevinnyne6126" to Justin Timberlake. Of course, "jb" refers to Timberlake's girlfriend Jessica Biel.

In any case, Lindsay Lohan says she didn't do it, and claims that the accusatory Tweet was authored by an impostor who somehow hacked her account.

"I don't Twitter about my personal life," the former actress wrote on (obviously) Twitter. "Let alone someone else's life! I learned my lesson some time ago."

"Stop trying to get onto my Twitter page whoever you are! Its extremely creepy!!!" the ex-girlfriend of Samantha Ronson pleaded, followed moments later by, "Just trying to clear the air! I'm tired of changing my password every other day!"

Just STFU and stick to posting topless pics of yourself on there, Linds. Go with what you're good at, and most familiar with. That way you'll never go wrong.

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CFDA Fashion Face-Off: Taylor Lautner vs. Justin Timberlake

As we showed you in our earlier face-off featuring Blake Lively and Michelle Trachtenberg, fashionable stars came out for the CFDA awards last night.

But the fashion statements weren't limited to the ladies.

As Twilight fans everywhere squealed in unison, Taylor Lautner belied his young age in a classic Calvin Klein navy blue suit with a matching tonal tie. Hot.

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake joined fellow William Rast designers, Marcella and Johan Lindeburg, backstage after presenting the Eleanor Lambert Award.

Who looks better, the man who sees Jessica Biel nude or the younger man who could probably go to bed with 50 million teenage girls of his choosing?

Tell us in the survey below!

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Justin Timberlake’s Special Mother’s Day Tribute

After famously presenting lady friends with a very special box on SNL, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg are back with the second best idea they've ever had:

Giving new meaning to a holiday meant to bestow love upon moms.

Having forgotten that it's Mother's Day, and with no time left to purchase gifts, the two "mother lovers" devise a plan that will truly rock their mothers' worlds.

This Mother's Day is truly gonna be special ...


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Celebrities Come Out For Cartier Anniversary Bash

Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway and other celebrities marked the Cartier 100th Anniversary in America Celebration last night in New York.

It was the night's second biggest star-sudded affair after the Star Trek premiere! Click to enlarge photos of Jessica, Justin and other stars at the luxury brand's event:

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