This is the day humanity has been waiting for since Justin Timberlake dropped his last single off of FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2007. According to music producer Jim Beanz (via Digital Spy), who's worked with such mega stars as Timbaland, Britney Spears and Katy Perry, Timberlake is heading back to the studio for a long-awaited new project. Reps for Timberlake could not be reached immediately. If this exciting story is true, JT fans' excitement level will be harder to tame than Chris Kirkpatrick's pineapple braids. This is big. Huge.
Timberlake has maintain a painful (for some of us) musical silence since his 2006 album, led by the single "Sexy Back," changed the way even the most ardent fans looked at the former boy band super star. And to our surprise, grown up JT was even better than we could have ever imagined. Then, just like that, Timberlake trotted off to Hollywood and said bye, bye, bye to the music industry. (I've been waiting since early 2000 to whip out that reference. Just go with it.) But why was his absence so painful? Why is his prospective return more exciting than Michael Phelps winning 22 Olympic medals or Lindsay Lohan looking somewhat normal in a photo?
Consider these crucial elements:
1. I Still Hold Out Hope That He'll Recreate This Perfect Laugh From "Bye Bye Bye." I have no words. I just hope this happens again.
2. He Makes The Absolute Best Music Videos and We're in Withdrawal.
ScarJo? And this Olde-timey wonderland? Magic. Don't even get me started on the "Cry Me a River" video, which was nothing short of a work of art. MOAR, PLEASE. 3. We Could Use Some Good Beat-Boxing In Our Lives.
And since Blake Lewis never made it (and couldn't possible compete with ol' JT), we needz the beatz back. 4. The Only Reason Were Able to Except No *NSYNC Reunion Is JT's Incredible Solo Ability. Justin, we gave this up for you. (And yes, please consider "I Want You Back" as my sub-plea.) 5. We Don't See Enough Tiny Hats These Days. Seriously, what's with all these full size hats?
6. We Saw In Time, And It Was Not Spectacular Enough to Merit Lost Studio Time.
You can chase Amanda Seyfried in real life all you want. Just don't say you don't have time for music and then go make a movie that doesn't blow our minds. 7. The Dancing. Oh, The Glorious, Wondrous Dancing.
If this return to music isn't real, prepare to find me plastering my walls with old Tiger Beat posters until the dream comes true.
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Real Steel – the new sci-fi sports flick from Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy – is set in the year 2020. Its vision of the future looks remarkably similar to the present save for the fact that the sport of boxing has been taken over by pugilistic robots. There are no robot butlers taxi drivers or senators – just boxers. Apparently technology in 2020 has advanced enough to allow for the creation of massive mechanized beings of astonishing dexterity but humanity has found no use for them beyond the boxing ring.
Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton a has-been boxer turned small-time robot-fight promoter. A consummate hustler who’ll do anything for a buck Charlie’s fallen on hard times of late. Opportunity arrives in the diminutive guise of 11-year-old Max (Dakota Goyo) his estranged son who turns out to be something of an electronics wunderkind. Together they work to fashion Atom an obsolete ramshackle “sparring robot” left to rot in a junkyard into a contender.
Anyone who’s seen an underdog sports movie – or any movie for that matter – made in the last half-century can fairly easily ascertain how this one plays out. (The story borrows tropes from The Champ Rocky and Over the Top wholesale.) Atom proves surprisingly capable in the ring compensating for his inferior technology with grit perseverance and an ability to absorb massive amounts of punishment. Under the guidance of Charlie and Max he makes an improbable run through the ranks eventually earning a one-in-a-million shot at the World Robot Boxing championship.
Real Steel was executive-produced by Steven Spielberg; it bears his unmistakable imprint. Levy judiciously deploys Spielberg’s patented blockbuster mix of dazzling special effects and gooey sentiment wrapping it all in a highly polished if wholly synthetic package. Still Real Steel might have amounted to so much glossy hokum were it not for its champion Hugh Jackman. Other actors might eye such a project as an opportunity to coast for an easy paycheck but damned if Jackman isn’t completely invested. The film’s underdog storyline isn’t nearly as inspiring as watching its star so gamely devote himself to selling material that will strike anyone over the age of 12 as patently ludicrous. His efforts pay off handsomely: Real Steel is about as rousing and affecting as any film inspired by Rock’em Sock’em Robots can expect to be. (The filmmakers claim lineage to a short story-turned-Twilight Zone episode but who are they kidding?)
Britney Spears' manager Larry Rudolph has finally confirmed the pop star is currently recording a new album.
Spears was rumored to be hard at work in the recording studio with music producers Jim Beanz and Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins earlier this month.
Jerkins announced he was determined to "reinvent" the star and launch a successful career comeback, despite Rudolph's initial claims that Spears' studio time was "just for fun."
But Rudolph has confirmed Spears "is spending her summer in the recording studio, working on a brand new album."
He adds, "She's working with a team of top-notch producers and songwriters and we're very excited about what she's accomplished so far. No album release date has been confirmed yet."
Spears' last album, Blackout, was released in October.
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