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Lance Bass Watches the 2017 Oscars From the Hospital - 2/27/17

In Touch Weekly, 2/27/17 --

Lance Bass wouldn't let anything get in the way of him watching the 2017 Oscars — not even a trip to the hospital to have his appendix removed!

The former boy-bander, 37, shared this bedridden photo from Sunday night, and we're sure this wasn't his ideal way to celebrate one of Hollywood's biggest nights.

"Well this day took a turn. I woke up to the worst stomach pains. A few hours later, I'm one appendix lighter! Oscar viewing party in my room!" he captioned the image. "PS, my husband [Michael Turchin] is amazing. It is so nice to have a partner in crime in these situations. #OscarViewingParty."

Fans were nothing but supportive in the comments section and offered well wishes for a speedy recovery.

"Glad you got that taken care of, get lots of rest and try not to laugh," one user wrote.

"I hope you feel better soon. Your pups are probably ecstatic to have their daddy come home," another agreed.

A third chimed in with, "Sorry to hear about your stomach pains and on Oscar night of all days! Still good Michael is there with you though, it makes the situation easier to deal with, at least."

Lance didn't appear to be missing out too much, and was still able to tweet along as the night's events took place.

"YES!!! #Moonlight was definitely the best picture of the year! #Oscars," he wrote.

At least his didn't have to miss his former *NSYNC bandmate Justin Timberlake kill his opening act!


Oscars Push 200%-Plus Sales Gain for Justin Timberlake, 'La La Land' Songs & More - 2/27/17

Billboard, 2/27/17 --

Sunday's 89th annual Academy Awards provided an immediate burst of sales for songs performed on the ABC broadcast, according to Nielsen Music. Collectively, the songs garnered a 206 percent gain in download sales in the United States on the day of the awards, according to initial sales reports from Nielsen. In total, the seven songs performed on the show sold more than 30,000 downloads on Sunday -- up from about 10,000 on Saturday.

The selections performed during the show were the five tunes nominated for best original song ("Audition," "Can't Stop the Feeling!," "City of Stars," "The Empty Chair" and "How Far I'll Go") along with Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" (which Justin Timberlake sang as part of his show-opening performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling!") and the Joni Mitchell-written "Both Sides, Now" (performed by Sara Bareilles during the show's In Memoriam segment).

Sales totals include both Mitchell's recording of "Both," as well as Judy Collins' popular original rendition; the Auli'I Cravalho and Alessia Cara versions of "How Far I'll Go" from the Moana soundtrack; Sting's solo and Sting and J. Ralph collaborative versions of "The Empty Chair"; and the multiple versions of best original song winner "City of Stars" found on the La La Land soundtrack.

The biggest seller on Feb. 26 among all the songs performed on the show was Timberlake's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Feeling," which sold about 12,000 downloads on Sunday -- up from 4,000 on the previous day. The combined versions of "How Far I'll Go" went from 4,000 to 6,000, while "City of Stars" climbed from 1,000 to 5,000 and "Audition" grew from less than 1,000 to more than 2,000. "Both Sides, Now" (3,000), "The Empty Chair" (1,000) and "Lovely Day" (1,000) all zoomed from negligible figures.

Increases earned from the show were not limited to the songs performed on the Oscars broadcast. In addition, the film that won the most awards (six) of the evening, La La Land, saw its three separate soundtrack and score albums rise from a combined total of about 1,000 to 3,000 downloads sold.

It's expected that in the full tracking week, which ends at the close of business on Thursday, March 2, there will be sizable gains for all of the above songs, in addition to the nominated scores (Jackie, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight and Passengers).



Sir Elton John's AIDS Foundation Raises $7 Million on Oscar Night - 2/27/17

Parade, 2/27/17 --

Time does fly, but contributions keep accruing for the great work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Last night in West Hollywood, Sir Elton and his husband, David Furnish, held their 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. It raised $7 million for the global effort to end AIDS.

So many "A-list" celebrities and wonderful friends of the foundation came out to show their support. They enjoyed a fabulous five-course dinner under the watchful eye of Chef Gordon Ramsay. The most yummy dessert created by Chef Wayne Elias and Crumble Catering was "a smoked chocolate mousse with blood orange marmalade and a blood orange caramel with coffee almond crumbles and a silver leaf," according to

During the Oscar viewing, guests dined and then bid against one another for wonderful auction items that included a BVLGARI Diva's Dream Necklace in white gold with pavé diamonds, and a five-day vacation at Steven Tyler's Hawaiian retreat. Following the auction, St. Paul & the Broken Bones took the stage for an exciting performance of their hit songs, including "I'll Be Your Woman" with Elton.

Throughout the evening, live messages from EJAF friends Laverne Cox, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffmann, Judith Light and Jay Duplass encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the foundation's urgent mission.

Elton and David have their eyes focused on the prize. As the foundation's website states, "Although tremendous scientific progress has been achieved in HIV prevention and treatment, universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, and health care continues to be a concern, and our mission remains the same—to fight for the dignity and well-being every person, combat stigma, prevent HIV infections, ensure universal HIV treatment for all who need it, and pressure governments to end AIDS."

No doubt planning for Elton's 2018 26th Oscar gala is under way right now.

Watch an interview with JC Chasez on the red carpet before the party at


Justin Timberlake Gets Hollywood Stars Dancing as He Opens Oscars with 'Can't Stop the Feeling' - 2/27/17

PEOPLE, 2/26/17 --

Before host host Jimmy Kimmel even took the stage at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday night, the audience at the Dolby Theatre was on their feet – and groovin' to the beat.

Justin Timberlake kicked off the festivities, leading a parade of dancers toward the stage as he crooned his Oscar-nominated hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls.

As he marched down the aisle, Timberlake was flanked by exquisitely dressed men and women, who got the crowd moving along to the song with their choreography.

Timberlake stopped halfway through once he reached the stage, telling the gathered stars, "Hollywood, you look so lovely tonight but do you feel lovely tonight?"

He then transitioned to a brief cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day," before returning to the audience to dance with other celebrities and wife Jessica Biel.

Timberlake then introduced host Jimmy Kimmel, who joked about the boy band vet's opening number: "On your behalf, I really hope the other guys from *NSYNC were watching that performance because if they were, I think there's a really good chance they're going to let you back in the band. I do. Thank you very much Justin."

Ahead of the show, Biel told reporters on the red carpet of Timberlake's performance, "It's exciting when your partner is doing something that they love. And honestly, I'm not worried about him. I'm worried about everybody else!"

Check out photos of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel before, during, and after the Academy Awards at Zimbio.


Chris Kirkpatrick remembers Bill Paxton - 2/26/17



Justin Timberlake will open the Oscars with 'Can't Stop the Feeling' - 2/26/17

The Washington Post, 2/26/17 --

On the red carpet, correspondent Dave Karger reports that Justin Timberlake will open the show with "Can't Stop the Feeling" (technically stylized as "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!") from the "Trolls" soundtrack — it's nominated for best original song.

This is an unusual move, as the musical performances usually occur in the middle of the show, but maybe the producers want something extremely high-energy to kick off the night.


Lance & Diane Bass in 'My Kitchen Rules' finale on Thursday - 2/26/17

The Mercury News, 2/26/17 --

THURSDAY: In the Season 1 finale of the culinary throw-down known as "My Kitchen Rules," Lance Bass and his mom, Diane, face Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie. The title and bragging rights are on the line. 9 p.m., Fox.

Read more here.


This Actually Isn't Justin Timberlake's First Time Performing at the Oscars - 2/25/17

POPSUGAR, 2/24/17 --

Although this year's Academy Awards mark Justin Timberlake's first time attending as a nominee, the singer isn't a stranger to the Oscars stage. Timberlake is up for best original song for "Can't Stop the Feeling," his hit from the Trolls soundtrack, and he'll be performing the catchy song during the show. There's plenty of buzz and excitement about his upcoming performance, but this actually isn't his first time in the Oscars spotlight.

Timberlake's return to the Oscars stage comes after 17 years (!) and (RIP, curls) several different hairstyles. Back in 2000, he and the rest of *NSYNC joined Gloria Estefan to perform "Music of My Heart" from the movie Music of the Heart. The song was nominated in the same category, best original song, with music and lyrics by Diane Warren.

Ready for a trip down memory lane? Check out the 2000 performance below, which will truly fulfill all your nostalgia needs.



Joey Fatone to host Freestyle Loves The 90's in Connecticut - 2/25/17


Watch THR's Songwriter Roundtable on SundanceTV with Justin Timberlake, Sting, Alicia Keys, John Legend and More - 2/24/17

The Hollywood Reporter, 2/24/17 --

Check out the final episode of The Hollywood Reporter's acclaimed roundtable series this Sunday on SundanceTV with the Songwriter Roundtable at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV and on 126 on Dish nationwide, and at 10 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).

The artists behind songs in this season's movies — including Justin Timberlake, Sting, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Tori Amos, John Legend and Pharrell Williams — join THR's first-ever Songwriter Roundtable discussion to reveal the feeling of "blacking out" (in a good way), the freedom of not wearing makeup and their concerns for a post-election America.

Viewers can watch THR's roundtable discussions on SundanceTV as part of the cable channel's original nonfiction series, Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, produced in partnership with THR. Come back to every Monday after the shows air for the full, uncensored discussions online.

The final of seven episodes — the Songwriter Roundtable — airs Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on channel 557 on DirecTV and on 126 on Dish nationwide, and at 10 a.m. ET/PT on cable (channel 625 on TWC in L.A., 94 in NYC).

The filmed roundtable panels feature Oscar nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about films, including actors, actresses, producers, directors, writers, documentarians, and songwriters. Guests will discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories from the business. The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.

Read more here.


Lance Bass helps the Try Guys with Boy Band Challenge - 2/24/17



Justin Timberlake on Max Martin's Songwriters Hall Induction: 'There's Nobody in the World More Deserving' - 2/24/17

Billboard, 2/24/17 --

Justin Timberlake, may or may not resemble his dour character Branch in the new DreamWorks animation film Trolls, but the pop superstar was nothing but ebullient over Max Martin's nomination into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Let's be honest," Timberlake said, "there's nobody in the world who deserves it more than Max Martin."

The former *NSYNC singer, who hadn't worked with Martin since he was 15, may have been biased as he was on a panel with Martin and fellow producer Shellback which delved into the process of writing and producing Timberlake's smash hit "Can't Stop The Feeling" from Trolls. The pop juggernaut, which just won a Grammy and is up for this weekend's Oscars, just had its 40th week on the Hot 100, making it one of only eight singles in that chart's 58-year history to spend its first 40 weeks or more in the Top 40.

The panel discussion was moderated by soul legend Bill Withers who asked the ordinarily press-shy Martin pointblank how he felt being nominated for the Songwriters Hall. "When you say it now, it sounds, crazy," the modest producer said. "I actually don't know what to say about it...It feels amazing. It feels like a joke and they're gong to be like, 'Ha ha' at some point. But of course I'm incredibly honored." Then he added, "I feel kind of old."

Martin, regardless of his "advanced age" of 45, is in a master class of songwriters shared by few and no less than The Beatles. Martin holds the distinction of having written or co-written 22 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, third only to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He's worked and written with everyone from the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift to The Weeknd, Robyn and Danny Elfman.

As Martin struggled to wrap his head around the honor, Withers, the wise songwriting veteran and himself a SHOF inductee, calmly comforted the Swedish producer in his rich baritone. "Okay Max," he said, "You've been licensed by me to take your time and process that in your own way and in your own time." Then, with a nod to a Marvin Gaye song said, "In summary: take your time, take your time, regulate your mind and let your conscious be your guide."

When asked what's coming up next, Martin and Shellback weren't sure what they could mention publicly but said they would be working with Timberlake on his next album. JT interrupted and said, "These guys are humble, they're working with Pink and Taylor Swift and all your favorite artists. Whoever you like that you know and whoever you like that you don't know, in the next three years -- that's them."

The 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony takes place June 15 in New York City. Martin's co-inductees include His fellow nominees include Berry Gordy, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Chicago and Jay Z, the Hall's first-ever rapper.


Justin Timberlake Prepares For 1st Red Carpet As An Oscar Nominee - 2/22/17, 2/22/17 --

Winning a big award is nothing new to singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake . He's received Emmys, plus American Music, Billboard Awards, MTV and Grammy awards.

One of those Grammys he just won for "Can't Stop the Feeling," which was named best song written for a motion picture. That "Trolls" tune is also what got him a place at the Oscars.

"It made me really happy that they would recognize a song that's just about unabashed happiness," Timberlake said.

"It sounds cliché and you hear everybody say it, but it really, truly is an honor," he went on to say. "It really does give you a sense of personal validation because we always want to impress our peers, and the best part about it is that you get this feeling that you're going to get to continue doing what you love to do."

Timberlake loves the fact that "Trolls" offers something positive for today's world. He's also thrilled that filmmakers made sure the movie played on different levels, to every generation.

"With these great characters, and fantastic message, but also very specifically the parents. They are very thoughtful of the parents and being a new parent I appreciate that," he said.


Justin Timberlake Announced to Close Rock in Rio 2017 Festival - 2/21/17

The Rio Times, 2/21/17 --

Justin Timberlake is the latest name to be added to music festival Rock in Rio's line-up this year. Timberlake, who has previously performed at the Rio festival in 2001 and 2013, as well as in the Lisbon edition in 2014, will be 2017's closing act on the World Stage, performing on Sunday, September 17th in Rio.

Timberlake joins the all-star festival line-up, which will also feature Lady Gaga among its international headliners this year. With his latest chart-topping song 'Can't Stop the Feeling' recently wining a Grammy and also nominated for an Oscar, Timberlake looks likely to draw crowds once again at this year's festival.

Other acts newly announced for September 17th continue Rock in Rio's blend of genres and big names, with guitarist Nile Rogers with legendary 70s disco-funk group Chic set to perform in addition to Frejat, considered one of the most important names in Brazilian rock.

The festival will continue into September with its eclectic mix of heavy-hitters from the international and Brazilian pop and rock scenes. Other names acts playing range from Aerosmith to CeeLo Green, and include Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ney Matogrosso & Nação Zumbi.

Regarding the inclusion of pop and non-rock acts in the festival, the lead singer and lyricist for Carioca-based rock band Clashing Clouds, Fabio Figueira, told The Rio Times. "RIR has always been a music festival that goes way beyond genre or style."

He adds, "It is hard to imagine George Benson, Ozzy Osbourne and Alceu Valença in the same playlist, but as crazy as it might sound they played in RIR in the past and I don't think there were a that many 'narrow minded haters' criticizing the 'Non-rock groups'."

Chuck Cassie, a Canadian expatriate living in Rio and managing partner of The Lucky Screw Irish Pub in Copacabana, which hosts live rock bands seven nights a week, shares, "There's no accounting for taste, but shows like Rock in Rio need to include the popular music in order to be successful."

He explains, "Thematic shows would be a different matter, such as a Blues Festival, or a Woodstock remake, but Rock in Rio is touted as being a modern popular rock music show, so they need to adapt to the times, whether [some] like it or not."



*NSYNC Reunion: Joey Fatone & Chris Kirkpatrick Tease What You Dreamed Of For Years - 2/21/17, 2/21/17 --

Lucky us! Joey Fatone, 40, and Chris Kirkpatrick, 45, spoke to EXCLUSIVELY before they rocked it on Celebrity Family Feud, and they had some juicy secrets to spill. No, it wasn't the formula that Justin Timberlake used in the aughts to make his hair look like ramen. The *NSYNC guys hinted that the *NSYNC reunion we've patiently waited for might actually be happening!

It;s getting hard to count how many times an *NSYNC reunion has been dangled right in front of our faces, but Joey and Chris seemed to be hinting pretty hard about this one. When asked about former bandmate Lance Bass's comments earlier in the week that there would be a band reunion when they receive their Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and that the band would be releasing their iconic Christmas album on vinyl, the guys laughed. But then Joey had this to say:

"I think there were a lot of things that people were talking about. Everything gets misconstrued in a sense, but we are definitely doing something with the Walk of Fame and the star, but we don't know exactly when that is happening. I know people are saying 2017, but we don't know if it is going to be this year or next year…"

Okay, so there's a reunion happening, but they just don't know when it'll happen. We're okay with that! It might depend on how long it takes to get Justin on board.


Woody Allen's Next Film, Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, Titled 'Wonder Wheel' - 2/21/17, 2/21/17 --

Although it hasn't been officially announced by U.S. distributor Amazon Studios yet, if history repeats itself, a new Woody Allen film will arrive this summer. It's also the most fitting release window in some time for the director as his next feature takes place in the summer days of the 1950s, specifically in Coney Island.

Although no more plot details beyond the setting have been revealed, the newly announced title should be of no surprise to those familiar with the Brooklyn locale. Titled Wonder Wheel, it takes its name from Deno's amusement park located there, whose circular main attraction opened back in 1920. This title was revealed by Mars Film CEO Stephane Celerier (via Woody Allen Pages), so presumably they'll reunite with Allen to distribute his latest film in France once again.

Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake (who plays a life guard, as we can glean from set photos), as well as Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Tony Sirico, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella, we wouldn't be surprised if Allen returns to Cannes once again for a premiere, so stay tuned. In the meantime, one can see the first look above, featuring Timberlake, Winslet, and Temple, which actually surfaced back during its early fall shoot.


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