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Justin Timberlake Myspace Tease Triggers Smattering of ‘Sexy Back’ Headlines

Too obvious? Already been done to death?

In the wake of Justin Timberlake’s Monday tweet, exclusive THR chat and presentation to Myspace employees of the service’s imminent new iteration, only a few outlets went with a “Sexy Back” headline reference. This despite the fact that the promo video is, well, sexy.

The most interesting aspect of Myspace 5.0 revealed in the Hollywood Reporter interview by Timberlake and the Vanderhook brothers is a feature that would seem to trump the excitement of a fan being followed on Twitter by their favorite celeb:

They’ve included a feature where fans can be profiled on their favorite artists’ profile. “There’s a whole section of real estate carved out on the artist profiles promoting their top fans, and if I’m a fan of Justin, we know how excited people will get to actually have their face listed as a top fan,” Tim [Vanderhook] explains.

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Working Towards a PhD in Hollywood Rom-Coms

As New York-based media studies student and feministing.com editor Chloe Angyal (pictured) readily admits, pouring over Hollywood romantic comedies for a doctoral dissertation “sure beats poking at a petri dish.” The 2009 Princeton grad is currently working towards this very unusual PhD through the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she is originally from.

The trends Angyal is focused on include the well-noted move in recent years to expose more of the studio film genre’s male stars. Think Jason Segel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Long, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake and several others. But what does this all mean?

They’re all white. They’re all lean and broad-shouldered. They’re all rather muscular. Some of them are toned and sculpted in accordance with superhero standards: Chris Evans was fresh off filming Captain America when he made What’s Your Number? and Reynolds made The Proposal right after he wrapped Wolverine. And, uh, it shows…

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GQ Profiles ‘The Man Who Hacked Hollywood’

At any given moment, there is typically one must-read Tinseltown feature article gracing one of the marquee east coast glossy monthly magazines. The latest item to claim that distinction can be found in the May issue of GQ and, as of this morning, on the publication’s website.

David Kushner’s “The Man Who Hacked Hollywood” offers a fascinating and detailed look at how an unassuming 290-pound Florida resident cracked the email accounts of top celebs, filmmakers and producers. In doing so, Chris Chaney was able to access all kinds of info besides nude pictures like the bathroom self-portrait taken by Scarlett Johansson:

After hacking the account of one producer, Chaney saw the entire filmmaking process, from start to finish. The producer was working on In Time, a film starring Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, and Amanda Seyfried. Chaney breezed through copies of the script, set in a dystopian future where people die at age 26 unless they can afford to buy another day.

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Pharrell Williams Joins Oscars as Music Consultant

Can it be? Are The Oscars actually making an attempt to attract a younger, diverse audience?

Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams is joining the 84th Academy Awards as a music consultant with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Williams is the lead singer of the rap group N.E.R.D. and has produced the likes of Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z.

Zimmer needs no introduction as he’s composed music for over 100 films including The Lion King and The Dark Knight.

“I am honored to work with my mentor and teacher, Hans Zimmer, and I have wanted to collaborate with Brian Grazer on something for years,” Williams said in a statement. “I cannot believe I will be joining them and their teams on the most prestigious show of the year, the Academy Awards.”

Mila Kunis Keeps Her Word, Takes Marine to Ball

Days after her friend (boyfriend? ex-boyfriend?) Justin Timberlake accompanied a fan to the annual Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C., Mila Kunis took Sgt. Scott Moore to his Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C.

The 28-year-old actress was asked out via YouTube by Moore in July from Afghanistan.

Shortly after accepting, Kunis had to shoot down rumors she was backing out of her date due to a prior movie commitment.

Kunis, wh0 briefly attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (shameless plug of my old high school) before That’s ’70s Show fame, spoke to E! Online prior to the ball and said the one thing she was looking forward to the most was “talking to people and hearing their stories.”

U.S. Marine Takes Justin Timberlake as Her Date to Military Ball

Actor Justin Timberlake earned himself heaps of good press Saturday night when he accompanied a fan to the annual Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C. Timberlake, 30, wrote on his website:

I felt so proud to be there. I felt like I was getting a chance to be among my heroes. It’s funny too because a lot of them are SO younger than me.

Corporal Kelsey DeSantis asked Timberlake for a date via a YouTube video. She was inspired by Sgt. Scott Moore, who scored a date with Timberlake’s Friends With Benefits co-star Mila Kunis with his own YouTube video. Timberlake encouraged Kunis to accept the invitation, and she’ll accompany Moore to the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 18.

Image via JustinTimberlake.com

Harlan Ellison Tripped Up by Yahoo! Network Contributor

Interesting and familiar cautionary tale today from Michael Hinman, the Tampa, Florida keeper of sci-fi news blog Airlock Alpha.

After initially picking up on a November 2 news item, as did Syfy’s Blastr.com and the Orlando Sentinel, Hinman did a little digging and found there was no truth to a report that author Harlan Ellison has settled his lawsuit against the writer-director of the Justin Timberlake-Amanda Seyfried thriller In Time. The problem in this case is that the item originated, without attribution, within the nebulous confines of Yahoo!’s Contributor Network. Writes Hinman:

No one from Yahoo! has responded to a request for comment on whether Shirey developed this story on his own, or picked it up from the Yahoo assignment desk. Shirey himself has not responded to a request for comment. He has since posted another story on one of his aggregator websites, but has not removed his Ellison story…

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Choking on a Pair of Runaway Production Love Letters

With the unemployment situation in LA still grim and much of the county’s once spectacular film production activity having migrated elsewhere, it’s easy to find today’s expletive. Thanks to a pair of Great White North newspaper articles, the runaway words du jour mirror that old South Park standby, “Blame Canada!”

Vancouver Sun film critic Katherine Monk frames the current bonanza of Wolverine, Superman and Mission: Impossible 4 within ten benchmark moments in the evolution of her backyard “Hollywood North.” For his part, Toronto Star reporter Tony Wong suggests that the most expensive movie ever filmed in Hogtown may well have saved the area’s faltering location-shoot biz this summer:

From the money that Colin Farrell has dropped at yoga classes, to Jessica Biel’s penchant for fine dining in the city with on-and-off-again boyfriend Justin Timberlake, the production, directly and indirectly, has had an enormous impact…

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No Joke: Myspace Exec Offers Advice to Yahoo

FishbowlLA thinks it takes some balls for the head of a company Rupert Murdoch had to unload for a net purchase price loss of $545 million to chime in with thoughts on how another suddenly embattled media firm might proceed. But that’s just what former Myspace president and current-outgoing CEO Mike Jones has done today at TheWrap under the headline “How to Fix Yahoo: The Innovator’s Dilemma.”

Towards the end of the matrix illustrated two-pager, Jones shares a most unfortunate Myspace tidbit. He writes that at the sputtering social network, he and his colleagues often debated whether to “upgrade the ship or move the passengers into new ships.” Insert Titanic joke(s) here.

It gets better. Jones actually has the gall to commiserate with Yahoo’s current predicament, suggesting that “we failed to capture the attention of the world–as did Yahoo’s $100M rebrand campaign.”

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Myspace Axes Over Half of Staff, Welcomes Justin Timberlake as Part Owner

If you’re one of the few remaining employees of Myspace, you’re now working for Justin Timberlake. The pop star is a part owner of Specific Media, the company that just purchased Myspace. Timberlake said in a statement “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place.”

He may be on to something. Myspace Music is by far the best part of the site, allowing new and undiscovered artists a useful platform.

Timberlake will serve as a creative consultant to the Beverly Hills-based firm. According to USA Today, he’ll have his own office and everything.

And there’s plenty of empty office space to occupy. The Wall Street Journal reports that Myspace is laying off over half of its approximately 450 employees. Ouch.

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