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Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
Justin Timberlake surprises Super Bowl halftime selfie kid on Ellen
Ryan McKenna, 13, had tears in his eyes upon hearing Timberlake’s voice via the phone. “It’s nice to meet you, finally,” said Timberlake. “Oh, my God!” McKenna said, as his began tearing up. “I can’t believe this!”
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Super Bowl halftime producer: There was never a Prince hologram
“There was never an idea to have a hologram,” says Super Bowl halftime producer Ricky Kirshner of Saturday’s uproar over TMZ’s report of a Prince hologram. Kirshner has no idea how that rumor got out, but he hates how the controversy overshadowed the event. “Our people show up in below-zero temperatures and work their butts off for two weeks or more,” he says. “That’s what people should be writing about — how do you put on a show like that, and get that (production) on and off the field in six minutes? I think that’s more important than if we had a hologram or not. Kirshner, whose first Super Bowl halftime was Prince’s in 2007, said the iconic singer's estate “absolutely gave us the audio and authorized Warner Bros. to give us the footage” for Sunday’s performance. He said it made sense to pay tribute to Prince in his hometown of Minnesota, especially with an homage to his Super Bowl performance that is widely considered the best-ever. “I watched the morning news shows in Minneapolis the day after the show and all of them were over the moon that we did something to honor Prince,” he said. “Just because a few people tweeted that they didn’t think we should doesn’t make it wrong, in my opinion. It was always the intent to honor Prince.”
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 8:51AM EST
Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show will be remembered for what he didn’t do
"The plain fact is that we won’t remember much of anything Justin Timberlake did," says Rob Harvilla. “‘He closed with that doofy disco song from the Trolls soundtrack’ is likely as specific as you’ll be able to get 24 hours from now. Rather, (Sunday night) is the tale of what he didn’t do. Prince did not appear in some technologically marvelous but morally repugnant form: That’s the good news. But Janet Jackson, who figured catastrophically in Timberlake’s last Super Bowl appearance, and to whom JT specifically and our nation as a whole owes a huge apology, did not appear in any form, either, and that is every bit as disappointing as the no-hologram thing is relieving. (We also knew the Janet thing was a no-go far in advance.) In the end, Timberlake just skated by, playing his typically charismatic hit songs in his typically charismatic way, taking no chances and allowing for no guest stars. It was fine. He did fine. He had no aspirations beyond fine. He was determined not to go viral. And in that, if nothing much else, he succeeded.”
- It was a total disaster, from the cringe-worthy Prince duet to the ugliest suit you’ve ever seen
- Timberlake shouldn’t have revived “Rock Your Body” without acknowledging Nipplegate
- At least his performance ended better than it started
- Compared to recent Super Bowl halftime shows, this one was pure vanilla
- Timberlake suffered filthy audio problems during his performance
- Timberlake explained the inspiration for his Prince tribute to Jimmy Fallon — without addressing criticism
- #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay was trending all day on Twitter to counter Timberlake’s performance
- “I just went for it”: Meet the 13-year-old who took a selfie with Timberlake
Posted Sunday 2/04/18 at 3:33AM EST
Did NFL scrap a Prince hologram for Super Bowl halftime?
TMZ’s report that a Prince hologram would be part of Justin Timberlake halftime show — which the Minneapolis Star Tribune confirmed — prompted outrage on Twitter, including from Prince’s family, who said they never approved a hologram. It was also pointed out that the Minneapolis native once called a hologram performance “the most demonic thing imaginable.” “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me. Not cool if this happens!,” tweeted Sheila E., Prince’s longtime friend, musical director and drummer. Late on Saturday night, Sheila E. tweeted: “Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans. I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram.”
Posted Sunday 2/04/18 at 3:33AM EST
Janet Jackson makes it clear she won’t be at the Super Bowl
“To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow: I will not,” Jackson said in a statement released on Twitter Saturday, scotching rumors of a "Nipplegate" reunion with Justin Timberlake. Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Justin Timberlake returning to the Super Bowl would’ve been unthinkable six or seven years ago
The Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake “Nipplegate” incident in 2004 had dramatic consequences for years. The NFL turned into the “No Fun League.” And, says Jack Dickey, “for years thereafter America would live in the stupid shadow of that wardrobe malfunction, in a heyday of condemnation for so-called indecency. Jackson, as a woman, got the worst of it. She was branded as a harlot; Viacom and its subsidiaries stopped playing her songs and videos.” He adds: “Six or seven years ago, at the NFL headquarters, the words ‘Justin Timberlake’ and ‘Super Bowl halftime show’ would have paired like ‘John Wilkes Booth’ and ‘Ford’s Theatre,’ so overwhelming was the uproar following the ex-Mouseketeer’s appearance with Janet Jackson at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.”
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Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Justin Timberlake wasn’t asked about the 2004 Nipplegate incident at his Super Bowl halftime press conference
Timberlake did mention Janet Jackson’s name during his press conference, saying of special guest rumors: “Vegas has a lot of odds on it, I heard. You know, from ‘NSYNC to Jay(-Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet (Jackson).” ALSO: Timberlake rules out an ’NSYNC halftime reunion.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Super Bowl LII players would love to see a Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson reunion
“That was the greatest one ever," says Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugler-Hill of the 2004 halftime show. “Even though I was like in fourth grade. I think I would have a lot more appreciation for it now.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 8:39PM EST
Parents Television Council to Justin Timberlake: “We ask you to keep the halftime show friendly and safe for the children watching”
In 2004, following the Timberlake-Janet Jackson Nipplegate incident at the Super Bowl halftime, the Parents Television Council had its constituents flood the FCC with indecency complaints. Now that Timberlake is returning to Super Bowl halftime, the conservative watchdog has published an open letter noting that since they were in the same news stories 14 years ago, Timberlake has become “a husband and a father,” who has “brought us joy through your music and your film performances.” The PTC is urging Timberlake to put on a “positive, uplifting, entertaining halftime show on Sunday. Because our Children are Watching. Break a leg.” ALSO: NBC calls its five-second delay on Timberlake "common procedure" -- Fox did it last year with Lady Gaga.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her 60th birthday
Kristen Bell and Justin Timberlake were among the stars to wish happy 60th to Ellen, who is celebrating her birthday today. Timberlake serenaded Ellen with a special version of "Happy Birthday."
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Go behind the scenes of Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime rehearsals
Pepsi’s YouTube channel offers a look at Timberlake and team preparing for his Feb. 4 halftime performance.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Joey Fatone: Don’t expect an ’NSYNC reunion at the Super Bowl
"I'm here right now," Fatone told TMZ over the weekend. "If I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now ... there's your proof."
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Justin Timberlake says he and Janet Jackson have “absolutely” made peace after the Super Bowl Nipplegate incident
Timberlake admits he “stumbled” through the aftermath of the controversy, but he has moved forward and also made peace with Jackson. “And I don't know that a lot of people know that," he said in a Beats 1 interview. "I don't think it's my job to do that because you value the relationships that you do have with people."
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Jimmy Fallon’s post-Super Bowl live telecast will feature the This Is Us cast, Justin Timberlake and Dwayne Johnson
Timberlake will be a guest and perform hours after his Super Bowl halftime performance when The Tonight Show broadcasts live from Minneapolis on Feb. 4.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Janet Jackson’s father thinks she’ll reunite with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl halftime show
“Janet is ready to comeback and I think it will happen,” Joe Jackson tells the NY Daily News. “The way I bought her up she was made for comebacks and this is no different."