News Roundup, Dec. 31: Justin Timberlake Says He Misses Britney

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Pop sensation Justin Timberlake confesses he still misses his old flame Britney Spears. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the lead singer of the boy band ‘N Sync said, “I may not ever get over her. I really do still love that girl.” Timberlake, 21, broke off their 3 ½ year relationship earlier this year, saying Spears, also 21, cheated on him (she has denied any indiscretions on her part, Reuters reports). Timberlake even took a jab at his ex in the video for his new song “Cry Me A River,” where it shows the singer getting even with his wayward girlfriend–a Spears look-alike. Timberlake also told the magazine ‘N Sync is planning to start recording a new album in the fall.


That’s Sir Ridley to you. According to Reuters, director Ridley Scott and actor Alan Bates (Gosford Park) each received knighthoods Tuesday. Also receiving British honors were actor Brian Cox (Adaptation), who became a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and actress Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) who became an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).

Angelina Jolie continued her efforts as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees with she recently visited Kosovo’s minority community, The Associated Press reports. She told the AP Monday she was troubled by the conditions there. “People think that when a war is over, everything goes back to normal,” Jolie said. “But in Kosovo, the security situation remains questionable for minorities.”

A plan to name an Atlantic City, New Jersey, street after fight promoter Don King may or may not happen. According to the AP, the proposal, which would designate a portion of Mississippi Avenue as Don King Boulevard, received some flack from critics who felt there were others more deserving. It was pulled from the City Council’s agenda Monday but King sponsor William Marsh said he would resubmit the plan at a later date.


The producers of the Oscar-winning indie biopic Pollock are suing the film’s foreign distributor, Splendid Pictures, Inc., claiming they haven’t seen “a single dollar of the millions” they were promised in foreign sales, Reuters reports. In an April 2001 deal, Splendid Pictures promised $5.3 million in sales to 35 foreign cities.


Honoring Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president Jimmy Carter, A&E Network will air the two-hour Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which featured performances by Jennifer Lopez, Santana, Willie Nelson and Hall & Oates, Jan 10 at 9 p.m. The concert took place in Oslo, Norway on Dec. 11, with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins as hosts.

The inevitable Enron TV movie is finally making it to the small screen. CBS’ The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron is based on Brian Cruver’s book Anatomy of Greed. As an eager MBA grad who joined Enron only to be laid off eight months later, Cruver’s birdseye view of the demise of the company is part tragedy, part farce. The TV movie will air this Sunday at 9 p.m.


BBC News reports the funeral service for The Clash singer Joe Strummer, who died last week of heart failure at the age of 50, took place in a private ceremony at the West London’s Crematorium. It was attended by his wife Lucinda, two daughters and a stepdaughter, plus the other Clash members, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.