Tonight, Justin Timberlake will dive head-first into the Saturday Night Live five-timers club — joining Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Christopher Walken, Chevy Chase, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray, and Danny DeVito as the most random member of the bunch, since he's, you know, a musician. But to anyone who has seen his prior hosting stints, his non-comedian status has never stood in his way — Timberlake has arguably been the best host of this last decade. He's up for anything and everything, including dressing up like an omelette and putting his you-know-what in a box.
So to celebrate what's sure to be a memorable night, let's take a trip down memory lane with the 5 best skits from one of SNL's most surprisingly badass hosts.
1. "D**k in a Box" (2006): Timberlake and Andy Samberg made history with this one, winning a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. It currently holds more than 38 million YouTube hits, and my Aunt Lee once made the entire family watch it on Christmas. Thanks for the awkward, Aunt Lee!
2. OmletteVille (2003): This is arguably the first JT skit that got everyone talking. "This boy is really talented!" exclaimed my mother, clearly ignoring the six NSYNC concerts I made her take me to. The skit has since been repeated multiple times (Homelessville, Plasticville, Liquorville...) but it's his original egg-inspired get-up that still warms the heart and soothes the soul.
3. The Barry Gibb Talk Show (Recurring): Timberlake was hosting for the first time when this now-classic sketch debuted. He played the quiet Robin Gibb to Jimmy Fallon's Barry MotherF**king Gibb, and somehow hilarious history was made. He's returned to play Robin four times since — three times as host, once when former girlfriend Cameron Diaz took the stage. If it doesn't show up tonight, we will miss those crazy-cool medallions.
4. Motherlover (2009): After the success of "D**k in a Box", Timberlake and Samberg re-united to love each others' moms (played by Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson) for a musical sketch that is now the plot of the upcoming Naomi Watts/Robin Wright film Two Mothers.
5. What's That Name (2011): This random 2011 sketch pit Timberlake against musical guest Lady Gaga in a name-remembering game show, with disastrous results. Gaga, who is known for being extremely responsive to her fans, knew everyone — while Timberlake could not properly identify former NYSNC-mate Chris Kirkpatrick. Ouch!
BONUS Single Ladies Video (2008): He may not have been hosting (that honor went to Paul Rudd), but the best skit of the night came when Timberlake joined Samberg and Bobby Moynihan as Beyonce Knowles' "back-up" dancers from the then brand-new "Single Ladies" dance. Hilarity ensued.
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On September 6 the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off, bringing with it a bevy of A-list star power and some of this year's biggest, buzziest movies, not to mention early Oscar contenders. The festival, now in its 37th year, will present 372 films over the span of just 11 days. So which films playing at the world's second most prominent festival (right behind the incomparable Cannes) should movie buffs be paying closest attention to? We've narrowed them down: Argo: Ben Affleck's movie about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis has taken off first in the Oscar race. The film by Affleck, who is pulling double duty once again as star and director, already earned raves at the Telluride Film Festival, making TIFF audiences even more eager to see what the ensemble drama has in store. (In addition to Affleck, Argo stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, and Alan Arkin). A good showing at TIFF could give Argo an even bigger boost. Over the past few years, Best Picture winners The Artist, The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, and Slumdog Millionaire all picked up steam in the Oscar race after a warm reception at TIFF. To The Wonder: Affleck is part of not one, but two of this year's can't miss films at TIFF. The actor stars alongside Rachel McAdams (also pulling a TIFF double-header with Brian De Palma's Passion) and Javier Bardem in the drama about a man who returns to his hometown after his failed marriage to a European woman. But it's not the marquee stars that are drawing attention to the project, but its elusive Oscar nominated director Terrence Malick. His sixth feature comes just one short year after his masterpiece Tree of Life was released, making it the shortest amount of time Malick fans have ever had to wait for one of his films. So you'd better believe this will be one hot ticket at TIFF. The Master: Paul Thomas Anderson, another brilliant filmmaker whose projects are few and far between, but always worth the wait (it's been five long years since the glorious There Will Be Blood) also has a film at this year's TIFF and, boy, does it look like a total knockout. (We've had chills just watching the trailers and clips). PTA's already intriguing The Master which is totally not about Scientology stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (also starring in buzzy TIFF feature A Late Quartet) as a the leader of a religion that is not Scientology. Did we mention it's not about Scientology? No matter, this one is not to be missed. Seven Psychopaths: Martin McDonagh's first full length feature, 2008's bloody good black dramedy In Bruges was not only a critical darling (it earned McDonagh an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Colin Farrell a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical) but quickly earned status as a cult favorite. His follow-up Seven Psychopaths — stars Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Gabouey Sidibe and re-teams him with Farrell — is a dark comedy about a dognapping scheme gone awry in Los Angeles. Hey, at least they're not in f***ing Bruges. Cloud Atlas: One of this year's most anticipated films has fans of David Mitchell's beloved book of the same name waiting with baited breath. How will The Matrix masters The Wachowskis possibly be able to pull off the multi-layered, centuries-spanning tale for the big screen? The ambitious undertaking stars Oscar winners Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Hugo Weaving, among others. Eager moviegoers will find out at TIFF if the 164 minute running time (!) can match the intensity of the five minute-long trailer. The Silver Linings Playbook: No matter what there is to make of David O. Russell's off-screen antics, he has undeniably capture the attention and admiration of movie buffs and critics alike with works like Three Kings, The Fighter, and I Heart Huckabees. The Oscar-nominated writer/director's latest, Silver Linings Playbook, stars hot commodities Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as two people grappling with mental health issues. The quirky dramedy could be the indie breakout of the fest. The Iceman: Ariel Vroman's The Iceman — pun completely intended — looks downright chilling. Based on the haunting true story of notorious hitman Richard Kuklinski, the film stars an Oscar-primed Michael Shannon (as Kuklinski), an unrecognizable Chris Evans, and an eclectic supporting cast that includes James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Dorff. The Iceman cometh to TIFF and festival attendees would be wise to goeth. The Impossible: While The Impossible isn't the only natural disaster film to play at TIFF (Aftershock does as well) nor is it the first to broach trying to capture the horrors of the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami (a story line Clint Eastwood's Hereafter dealt with the tragedy) but Juan Antonio Bayona's telling of an amazing true life story of a family during the disaster won't be one to miss. Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, The Impossible will be a certified tearjerker that could very well capture the attention of the Academy as its starts its journey on the festival circuit. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: No, it may not be an Oscar contender like some of the other TIFF features, but like fellow TIFF entry On the Road, Perks is a beloved novel finally being brought to the big screen. With young talent like Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson (in her first post-Harry Potter effort) on board, positive early buzz on Perks could turn the adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's book into a sleeper hit. Plus, with all the heavy fare playing at this year's fest, Perks could be a welcome, and much-needed, break for moviegoers. Much Ado About Nothing: We know, we know, haven't we seen this before? Sure, Shakespeare's classic has gotten the big screen treatment before, but never one that's a modern retelling from none other than Joss Whedon. Whedon, who is already having a banner year with The Avengers, is using some of the best actors from his arsenal of classics (including the likes of Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, and Clark Gregg) for the black and white flick. Movie geeks — assemble! Honorable mentions: Be sure to keep an eye out for some of these year's other must-see TIFF films including Cannes' Palme d'Or winner Amour; early Best Actor contenders like John Hawkes in The Sessions and Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt; early Best Actress contenders Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone and Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina; Lee Daniels' foray into noir, The Paperboy (yes, that one with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron); the Blue Valentine reunion of Ryan Gosling and director Derek Cianfrance in The Place Beyond the Pines; David Ayers' latest cop flick End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal; West of Memphis, the latest documentary on the always compelling West Memphis 3 case; and the film kicking off the fest, the mind-bending Blade Runner homage, Looper starring — who else? — Joseph Gordon-Levitt. [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. 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Top Story: Mystic River Kicks Off Awards Season
Clint Eastwood's Mystic River has won the first major prize of this year's film award season. The National Board of Review on Wednesday named the drama best film of 2003 and its star, Sean Penn, was named best actor for Mystic River as well as the drama 21 Grams. Other honorees include Diane Keaton, who won best actress for her role in Something's Gotta Give, and Edward Zwick, who took best director for The Last Samurai. Some see the NRB's selections as an indicator of what to expect in the race for Academy Awards, although the board's choices have not usually mirrored the Oscars. The top 10 films named by the board were: Mystic River, The Last Samurai, The Station Agent, 21 Grams, House of Sand and Fog, Lost in Translation, Cold Mountain, In America, Seabiscuit, and Master and Commander. Best foreign film was The Barbarian Invasions, a Canada/France production.
Academy Taps Horovitz for Oscarcast
Preparations for the 76th Academy Awards are getting underway. According to Variety, Louis Horvitz is set to direct the Oscar ceremony, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Kodak Theater. This will be Horvitz's eighth stint as director of the the Oscar presentation. Michael B. Seligman will be the supervising producer, marking his 27th year of work with the show, while Roy Christopher will come back to give his artistic touch as 15-time production designer.
Watch Star Wars With ... Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher, famous for her role as Princess Leia in the first three Star Wars films, will hold a private screening of The Empire Strikes Back for up to 10 fans as part of a Hollywood costume auction this weekend by Fisher's mother, actress and memorabilia preservationist Debbie Reynolds. Five winning bidders and one guest each will be invited to attend the screening of The Empire Strikes Back, the 1980 sequel to the first Star Wars film, with Fisher. The screening will be held early next year in the Los Angeles area. Proceeds from the sale, held in Beverly Hills and on eBay Dec. 6, will go to the planned Hollywood Motion Picture Museum.
L.A. Judge Dismisses Streisand's Privacy Suit
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman dismissed Wednesday Barbra Streisand's $10 million lawsuit against a multimillionaire who posted photos of her Malibu estate on a Web site documenting erosion along the California coast, Reuters reports. Streisand sued Kenneth Adelman in May, accusing him of violating California's anti-paparazzi law and her privacy rights, but Goodman ruled that Streisand lawsuit chilled Adelman's free speech rights on a matter of public concern, and ordered her to pay his legal bills. The judge also noted that Adelman had not tried to photograph Streisand personally and had not even known that he was capturing her estate on film when he snapped the photos from 2,700 feet away.
Ray Romano To Pen Children's Book
Ray Romano, the Emmy-winning star of CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond, is writing a children's book, The Associated Press reports. Publishers Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers described Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers as "the funny and true story of why brothers can be gross, disgusting and downright mean--but still love each other." Romano is writing the book, expected to be published next fall, with his brothers Richard, a retired New York police sergeant, and Robert, a New York City schoolteacher. "When my brothers and I weren't fighting with each other, we had a lot of fun growing up," Romano said in a statement. "Now it's great as adults to collaborate with them on this book and fight with each other again."
Ray Liotta Gets "Best Human" Accolade
Actor Ray Liotta has been honored with a unique award by Hollywood standards: Best Human. Liotta took home the award for "Best Performance By A Human" in the 2002 hit criminal adventure game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City at the first Spike TV Video Game Awards held Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Liotta gives voice to the lead character in the game, which was the best seller of 2000, Reuters reports. The two-hour awards show was hosted by comedian David Spade and will be broadcast Thursday night on Spike TV.
Record Label Drops "Murder" From Name
Record company Murder Inc., the label behind rap artist Ja Rule and singer Ashanti, announced Wednesday it had changed its name to The Inc., the AP reports. "Over the course of the years, it seems as though no one is really looking at the talent ... more so than that damn word 'murder,'" label founder Irv Gotti said at midtown Manhattan news conference. Gotti, whose real name is Irv Lorenzo, added that he had no intention of changing the nickname he shares with the late Gambino family boss John Gotti. "It's just a nickname, like any other nickname," he said. "I ain't going to change it."
British Actor David Hemmings Dies
Sundance Film Festival officials have announced entries for dramatic, documentary and "American Spectrum" categories of the 2004 festival, which runs Jan. 15 through Jan. 25 in Park City, Utah.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the competitive categories at this year's festival include big-name actors appearing in films by relatively unknown directors, and a record-breaking number of projects from black filmmakers and projects influenced by Sept. 11:
Actor Kevin Bacon and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, star alongside hip-hop artist Mos Def in The Woodsman, directed by Nicole Kassel. It revolves around a convicted pedophile who returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and tries to start a new life.
Courteney Cox Arquette stars in November, directed by Greg Harrison, about a Los Angeles photographer who struggles to put the tragic circumstances of her boyfriend's death behind her.
John Curran's Adultery, starring Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Naomi Watts, follows two couples who are friends and whose relationships are intertwined.
Writer/director Rodney Evans' Brother to Brother is about an 18-year-old, gay, black artist who discovers the hidden legacies of gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance. The film is one of a dozen projects that center on the black experience or are by black filmmakers--the most ever on a Sundance roster, according to the Reporter.
"We have 12 features that are either about, produced by or directed by African-American filmmakers," Festival director Geoff Gilmore said. "What's good is that it indicates that there are a lot of African-American filmmakers working in the independent arena because these are works that would not have been made for studios. It's really of interest to me to see a whole range of people now trying to produce independent work."
Gilmore added that some of the entries in this year's festival are the first generation of post-Sept. 11 films. "These are films by filmmakers that were entirely conceived, developed and then produced following those events," Gilmore told the Reporter. "The insularity of America pre-Sept. 11 and the assuredness that existed in the world at that time followed by the anxiety that exists in the world we are in now. These are films about trying to find things out."
The lineup for the festival's remaining categories and the opening night film are expected to be announced later today. Short films appearing at the festival will be announced Dec. 8.
The Best Thief in the World, Jacob Kornbluth
Book of Love, Alan Brown
Brother to Brother, Rodney Evans
Chrystal, Ray McKinnon
Down to the Bone, Debra Granik
Easy, Jane Weinstock
Evergreen, Enid Zentelis
Garden State, Zach Braff
Harry and Max, Christopher Munch
Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston
Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess
November, Greg Harrison
One Point O, Jeff Renfroe, MarteinnThorsson
Primer, Shane Carruth
Adultery, John Curran
The Woodsman, Nicole Kassell
A Place of Our Own, Stanley Nelson
Born Into Brothels, Ross Kauffman, ZanaBriksi
Chisholm '72 -- Unbought & Unbossed, Shola Lynch
Dig, Ondi Timoner
Farmingville, Catherine Tambini, Carlos Sandoval
The Fight, Barak Goodman
Heir to an Execution, Ivy Meeropol
Home of the Brave, Paola di Florio
I Like Killing Flies, Matt Mahurin
Imelda, Ramona S. Diaz
In the Realms of the Unreal, Jessica Yu
Deadline, Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson
Neverland: The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army, Robert Stone
Persons of Interest, Alison Maclean, Tobias Perse
Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock
Word Wars, Julian Petrillo
CSA: Confederate States of America, Kevin Willmott
Dandelion, Mark Milgard
Dirty Work, David Sampliner
Everyday People, Jim McKay
Lbs., Matthew Bonifacio
Let the Church Say Amen, David Petersen
Mean Creek, Jacob Aaron Estes
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
MVP, Harry Davis
Open Water, Chris Kentis
Second Best, Eric Weber
September Tapes, Christian Johnston
Speak, Jessica Sharzer
His trademark flowing hair gone, the newly shorn Hugh Grant appeared at the London premiere of About a Boy Sunday. He spent some time greeting the multitudes of fans who had gathered to see him and rebuffing questions on former paramour Elizabeth Hurley. Grant signed autographs for the throng but repeatedly stated that he would not comment on Liz or her 10-day-old son, Damian. The other two stars of the film, Toni Collette and Nicholas Hoult, also attended the premiere.
Maybe Cameron Diaz isn't "The Sweetest Thing." SkyNews.com quotes the blonde beauty as saying, "I'm not the marrying kind," to current beau Jared Leto. Citing the famous lack of marriage stability in Hollywood, Diaz went on to say, "I don't want to be another statistic."
John Cusack (Serendipity, America's Sweethearts) is set to star in John Grisham's The Runaway Jury, which will begin filming this fall, Variety reports. Cusack may feel some heat, as Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive) is being considered for the female lead.
Nathan Lane is clearly a hard act to follow. Henry Goodman, who took over for Lane in the Broadway play The Producers, has been fired after just 30 performances, Variety reports. Brad Oscar, who was Lane's understudy, will take over the lead role of Max Bialystock. Steven Weber, who took over for Matthew Broderick when Broderick and Lane retired in March, will continue on with his role.
Bernie Mac, Fox's highest-rated new series of the 2001-2002 season, has been cleared for a second year, Variety says. Airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m., the endearing family comedy has drawn decent ratings and outstanding critical reviews. It's also won a prestigious Peabody Award.
Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) will grace the small screen again. The former star of soap Peyton Place will join titular star Mary McCormack on CBS' comedy Julie Lydecker. Farrow plays McCormack's flighty mother who comes to live with her unemployed daughter.
Academy Award host Whoopi Goldberg will not be returning to her day job as producer and center square of Hollywood Squares, a post she's filled for the past four years, Reuters reports. The show has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, which will have to go on without the comedienne. No word yet has been received on a replacement.
British rockers Oasis are dipping into the well once again. Despite their last album's poor reception, the group members are planning to release their first album (Heathen Chemistry) in more than two years, in July. The first single from the album, "The Hindu Times," has just been released to radio stations, though fans have been able to download a bootleg copy from the Internet for months.
Survivor: Marquesas' Tammy Leitner is already a winner. Leitner has been given a journalism award for her work as a police reporter by the Associated Press Managing Editors of Arizona. Along with three other reporters, Leitner covered a rash of swimming pool drownings for the East Valley Tribune, winning first place in the public service reporting category. Leitner is one of the nine remaining contestants on Survivor who are competing for the $1 million top prize.