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NBC went a little overboard with its special celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary. If you count the hour-long red carpet special, the entire tribute clocked in at four and a half hours. Mind you, the last hour was filled mostly with commercials, but still. A tad overkill.

With that being said, there were plenty of memorable moments from a star-studded roster including SNL alums Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtain, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and plenty more fan favorites. They were joined by A-list stars such as Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Sean Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Swift to name just a few.

Throughout the night, Lorne Michaels and company resurrected popular skits including Celebrity Jeopardy once again featuring an inappropriate Sean Connery, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reuniting for Wayne’s World. Another highlight saw Jane Curtain joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update anchor desk.

The two most disappointing moments was the N Sync reunion that was rumored but never happened and Eddie Murphy’s awkward return to his former stomping grounds. Talk about underwhelming.

Check out my favorite moments below which includes Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sensational opening number referencing SNL’s most iconic moments from the past four decades. Be sure to weigh in afterward on your favorite and least favorite moments.

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The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?

Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!

The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.

With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.

On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.

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GQ Names Its Men Of The Year For 2013

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan
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It’s that time of the year for all those year-end lists. GQ magazine revealed their picks for their annual Men of the Year issue. Not surprisingly, Justin Timberlake is one of them. Dude had a killer comeback with regards to music by dropping not one but two hit albums. Sadly, in cinematic terms, not so much. Have you seen Runner, Runner? Here’s a partial list of accomplishments as to why GQ honored the 32-year-old entertainer.

  • Played a comeback concert on the eve of the Super Bowl with Jay Z.
  • Staged Timberweek with Jimmy Fallon—a five-night run of appearances on Late Night, most of them hilarious, some flat-out brilliant.
  • Released his first album in seven years and toured the world to support it.
  • Performed at the White House, coaxing the president and first lady into joining him on vocals for a few lines of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”
  • Hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time—and got an Emmy nomination for it. (“I’m sore,” he tells me, arching his back and grinning. “Really sore. You have to be really flexible to get it done five times.”)
  • Reunited with the other members of ‘N Sync at the Video Music Awards.
  • Released that second album.
  • Starred in Runner Runner (a decision, by the way, that he doesn’t regret).

Check out the other covers below featuring the publication’s other Men of the Year. They are Kendrick Lamar (Rapper of the Year), Matthew McConaughey (Leading Man of the Year), Will Ferrell (Funny Man of the Year) and the late James Gandolfini. Just in case you were wondering, Timberlake gets the #Hashtag of the Year title. The December issue hits newsstands November 19.

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Don’t mess with Riley Keough. Elvis’ granddaughter is one bad ass black widow. After engaging in a steamy session, girlfriend hits Justin Timberlake over the head with a frying pan. That’s not the worst of it. Let’s just say JT suffers a fate similar to that off Thelma & Louise.

The darker visual directed by Ryan Reichenfeld certainly matches the darker vibe of Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience sequel. Props to the both of them for not going the expected boxing route for the clip. That definitely would’ve been a cop out. Fingers crossed for Justin’s sake that this clip helps “TKO” finally crack the Top 40. It’s hands down his worst-charting single since his comeback.

Keough is certainly making a name for herself these days. Along with swapping spit with Justin, she was engaged to Alex Pettyfer and rumored to be shacking up with Robert Pattinson, post Kristen Stewart. Speaking of Stewart, Riley made her acting debut with K-Stew in The Runaways. The 24-year-old model/actress can next be seen in Mad Max: Fury Road. Watch Riley punish Justin below.

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Movie Review: Runner, Runner

In: Matt, Movies

After last month’s Getaway I was really looking forward to a good movie to review. Unfortunately for Runner, Runner, this isn’t it. The gambling themed thriller doesn’t even live up to the genre, has a boring hero, an equally boring plot and an ending as predictable as rain in Vancouver.

The film is about Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake), who is a student and teaching assistant at Princeton University who gets all of his tuition money cheated from him by a poker website. Richie then heads to Costa Rica with proof that he was cheated to convince the site’s billionaire owner, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) to give him his money back.

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Do you have friends who suffer from excessive hashtagging, whether manually done or auto-generated? I have a few that immediately come to mind. Myself, I’m all about a few select hashtags here and there.

On Tuesday night’s Late Night, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake banter back and forth, prefacing each statement with the ever so trendy #. It’s what some Twitter convos would sound like if said in real life. Try taking a shot each time they say it. You’ll be drunk within five seconds of the video.

The skit was part of JT’s TimberWeek on his pal’s show. A similar stunt he used to promote The 20/20 Experience. Naturally, he came back and did it all over again for the sequel dropping next week.

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With Fall officially in full swing, it’s the perfect time for Justin Timberlake to release the sequel to his multi-platinum-selling The 20/20 Experience. At least, based on what he recently told Ryan Seacrest. The 32-year-old singer described the first batch of songs found on Part 1 as being perfect for the dog days of Summer, but the tracks on Part 2 are darker and better suited for the colder months.

“The songs that I released in March just reminded me of summertime a little bit more and the songs that are coming out this month felt a little darker so they made me feel like the fall/winter collection,.” – Justin Timberlake

A week before its official release, JT is streaming the entire album on iTunes. The standard version comes with 11 wicked tracks including “Take Back The Night” and the recently released “TKO.” The overall vibe is a mix of retro sounds with touches of disco, along with modern experimental R&B. Once again, Timbaland takes over production duties.

Early standouts for me include his sexually-charged collabo with Drake on “Cabaret.” Also making great first impressions are the opening track “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want),” “True Blood,” and the potential club banger “You Got It On.”

Back in March, The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies during its first week. That number is still the biggest debut of 2013. Will the sequel come close to those numbers? Listen to the album below and weigh in afterward.

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Justin Timberlake Drops Knockout New Single ‘TKO’

In: Donovan, Music

When compared to his recent singles, “Take Back The Night” was somewhat of a failure. The disco-fied lead cut from The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 peaked at No. 29, while “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors” hit No. 3 and No. 2 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. With a slinkier grinding hip hop beat, Timberlake hopes “TKO” knocks out the competition and brings him back on top.

Once again, JT teams up with Timbaland. He sings about a woman who has done him wrong. Thematically, it’s not too different from “Cry Me A River.” For me, it didn’t capture me right away, but I’m willing to give it a couple more spins to grow on me. Check out the lengthy (it’s over seven minutes) new track below.

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