Category: Justin Timberlake


September 04, 2013

Justin Timberlake promotes his junior golf documentary

Posted at 10:52 AM by Pete Madden

Being a documentary filmmaker is tough. It involves lots of work and little hope for financial reward.

But having international pop superstar Justin Timberlake and his legion of fans behind you certainly makes things a bit easier. JT hyped The Short Game, a film about the World Championships of Junior Golf at Pinehurst, to his 25 million-plus followers:

7-year-olds competing on one of golf's biggest stages? What's not to like?

October 03, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Vegas Tournament says 'bye, bye, bye' to Timberlake

Posted at 10:55 AM by Mark Dee

Big news out of Vegas on Wednesday, where Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the area's PGA Tour stop, this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, will cut the star's name off the marquee starting next year.

Timberlake has hosted the Fall Series event since 2008. But, with next year's tournament counting for FedEx Cup points, tournament chairman Raoul Frevel thinks the celebrity endorsement has taken the event as far as it can.

From what Frevel told Carp, though, it doesn't seem like the two will stay friends after the split:

While Timberlake did fulfill his obligations to the tournament and helped raise several million dollars through a Saturday concert his first four years, the fact is the pop star and original member of N'Sync wasn't able to generate greater interest in the tournament, and his star power wasn't enough to lure bigger-name players to the event on a consistent basis.

"We're a world-class organization," Frevel said. "At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that's how our relationship with Justin came about.

"Justin's a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren't on, he disappeared."

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September 27, 2012

Justin Timberlake kicks off Ryder Cup with laughably bad poem

Posted at 9:44 PM by Golf.com

Justin Timberlake is undeniably one of the most talented people in all of showbusiness, and he's proven himself on Saturday Night Live to be quite capable of comedy. He's even doing a good job as "ambassador" for the U.S. team this week, a made-up job bestowed on him by captain Davis Love.

But in Thursday night's Ryder Cup opening ceremony, he delivered an incredibly painful reading of an incredibly bad poem -- "Golf," by Randy Sabados. The video is below. Ugh.

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September 26, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Phelps, Lopez win Celebrity Scramble at Ryder Cup

Posted at 12:12 PM by Mark Dee

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's already over. Golf's biggest team event has been decided. And the winners are … Michael Phelps, George Lopez, Hal Sutton and Lanny Wadkins!

That's right, celebrity golf's greatest pressure-cooker, the Ryder Cup Captains and Celebrity Scramble, is in the books. It happened Tuesday at Medinah, before a surprisingly large crowd. Participants included those mentioned above, as well as Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray and former Chicago Bear Richard Dent.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times was on hand, video crew in tow, to provide us with some scenes from the spectacle. The first -- a two minute montage of opening tee shots -- looks like the trailer to an avant-garde slasher film:

The next captures the patriotic, comic stylings of Bill Murray:

 

Finally, we have the Golf Channel's highlight package, which shows some behind-the-scenes yucks. Oh, and it's set to generic inspirational music. Find the feel-good hit of the fall below:

 

Can we please, please, please just start the matches already?

September 20, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Eastwood and Timberlake played golf on set of new film

Posted at 10:55 AM by Mark Dee

Clint Eastwood's new film Trouble with the Curve may be a movie about baseball, but it was America's real national pastime that brought the 82-year-old actor together with Curve co-star Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake made an audition tape, and it was good, sure, but, according to Bryan Alexander of USA Today, that wasn't the whole draw for Eastwood:

But sitting with his co-star at Beverly Hills' Culina restaurant, wearing a jacket over a casual golf shirt, Eastwood admits there were other factors that made him excited about bringing Timberlake onboard -- the guy is one heck of a golfer.

"If (Timberlake) had been a lousy player it would have been, 'He can't play the role.' " Eastwood says with a smile, causing Timberlake to bust out into laughter.

"He might be great on the tape, but what's his handicap?" Timberlake, 31, retorts.

Curve is the first film Eastwood has acted in but not himself directed since 1993, and the old pro knows what that means: Down time. And Timberlake, an avid golfer, was the perfect playing partner.

Eastwood even used his pull to get the twosome on Augusta National for a couple rounds the week before the Masters. No word on what he shot. But, anyone who's seen Dirty Harry knows he has an erratic tendency to blast it into water hazards.

September 11, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Bill Murray, Michael Phelps to play in Ryder Cup pro-am

Posted at 11:02 AM by Mark Dee

The Ryder Cup, that classic test of Continental mettle, is finally getting the same treatment as…every other event that featuring professional golfers.

That's right: The Ryder Cup is getting a Pro-Am. Specifically, "The Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble Golf Event." Here's what the PGA of America has to say for itself:

Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez are currently scheduled to appear with Chicago sports legends Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, Stan Mikita and Scottie Pippen as participants in the first-ever 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble golf event on Sept. 25 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, host venue of the 39th Ryder Cup.

The celebrities and sports stars will be paired with past Ryder Cup Captains to play 10 holes of Medinah's Course No. 3 as part of a team in a scramble format. Participating past Ryder Cup Captains include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins.

And so, a beautiful tradition begins. The great European Stan Mikita vs. the battle-tested Scottie Pippen, all while Bill Murray looks on. The biggest challenge of Ryder Cup Tuesday? When to use Ernie Banks's drive.

Whatever. We're sure Sept. 25th will be a beautiful day for a scramble. Let's hit two! (Maybe three! Or four!...)

June 04, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Tiger ties Jack, Ben Crane busts a move

Posted at 3:20 PM by Jillian Whalen

Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tournament this weekend for his 73rd PGA Tour win, tying Jack Nicklaus for the second-most wins in PGA Tour history. (Sam Snead won 82 times on the PGA Tour.)

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Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic this weekend. It was her second victory of 2012.

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Take a look at the cool kicks the pros are wearing

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We all know Ben Crane for his hilarious videos. Check out his latest impromptu dance solo and maybe you'll pick up some moves.

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April 09, 2012

Twitter highlights from Bubba Watson's Masters wins

Posted at 4:33 PM by Jillian Whalen

April 05, 2012

Twitter highlights from first round of 2012 Masters

Posted at 9:00 PM by Jillian Whalen
January 24, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Timberlake-crafted Callaway ads to debut this weekend

Posted at 4:16 PM by Jillian Whalen

Callaway's new ad campaign, which was featured in Truth & Rumors in December and will air for the first time this weekend, was crafted in part by Justin Timberlake, who was named creative director for the company in December. According to The Wall Street Journal, the ads, featuring trick shots by staff pros on the Vegas strip, are designed to reach a younger audience and spice up Callaway's image.

The marketing effort features golf pros such as Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam using Callaway products to perform jaw-dropping golf feats on the Las Vegas Strip. One TV ad shows golfer Alvaro Quiros on a floating platform on the strip, hitting a golf ball 310 yards over the Bellagio fountain.

In another, several golfers including Ms. Sorenstam hit balls from rooftop to rooftop along the strip. Helicopters fill in for golf carts.

"We wanted to make a statement that was more rock 'n' roll," said Mr. Timberlake, who has been a paid endorser for Callaway for several years but isn't in any of the new ads. Mr. Timberlake worked with Factory Design Labs, a Denver ad agency that began creating the new pitch in April 2011.

Callaway spent far less on advertising in 2011 than rivals TaylorMade and Titleist, The Journal reported, and plans to increase this year's spending by $25 million. Timberlake summed up the company's efforts by saying that Callaway is hoping to give golf a "nice injection of kickassery."

Big fee lures Tiger, but how big was it?
Tiger Woods will be paid between $1.7 and $2.7 million in appearance fees to play in Abu Dhabi this week, according to GolfChannel.com. The article only cites "practice-tee buzz," and Woods did not disclose the amount, but rest assured that this has already been a lucrative trip for Woods.

Vandals strike Texas course
The Pecan Grove Country Club in Richmond, Texas, suffered at least $80,000 worth of damage when carts were stolen and left all over the course, according to Click2Houston.com.

The vandals broke into a golf cart barn and stole more than two dozen carts. Six were submerged in the golf course's water hazards. Eighteen other carts were found parked all over the golf course, including the greens.

Tweets of the Day
Caroline Wozniacki's tough loss in the Australian Open seems to have been softened somewhat by a present from one Irish pro and a compliment from another.





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