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In Defense of Justin Timberlake’s Acting Career


We all know Justin Timberlake can sing and dance, but his acting abilities have been up for debate ever since he appeared in the Disney Channel train wreck/legendary supernova masterpiece Model Behavior.

That was in 2000, and the former *NSYNCer has gone on to star in films ranging from romantic comedy froth (Friends With Benefits) to dramatic Oscar season fare (The Social Network). Oh, let’s also not forget classics like The Love Guru and Bad Teacher. Yes, Timberlake is hot and charming as hell, but we’re still left with a burning question: Can he act?

In our opinion, the answer is a resounding yes. He’s had some missteps (i.e.: 2013′s Runner Runner), but what actor hasn’t? Timberlake has done enough good films that we feel confident in our verdict. Don’t believe us? Check out these seven films that show Timberlake in peak form.

Alpha Dog (2006)

Timberlake plays Frankie, a 19-year-old drug dealer who kidnaps his friend Jake’s 15-year-old brother after he doesn’t pay back a debt. Alpha Dog only has a 55 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Timberlake emerges as the violent film’s saving grace. In a positive review, film critic Richard Roeper wrote, “Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.” And we have to agree. Alpha Dog is the first film where Timberlake proves to be a powerful on-screen force.

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci also star in this movie about a religious blues musician, Lazarus Woods, who tries to “save” the town sex addict, Rae, after he finds her beaten on the side of a road. Timberlake gives a bravura performance as Rae’s controlling boyfriend Ronnie.

Shrek the Third (2007)

While not as critically lauded as the first two films, Shrek the Third is a perfectly harmless and enjoyable animated feature. Timberlake is both enthusiastic and charming as Artie, Princess Fiona’s cousin who the gang wants as the new king of Far Far Away. We challenge you to watch this film without smiling or giggling. (You won’t be able to.)

The Social Network (2010) 

This gripping Oscar-winning film, which centers on Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, showcases Timberlake’s best performance to date. In The Social Network, Timberlake plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who convinces Zuckerberg to let him get in on the Facebook game. As a result, Zuckerberg finds himself at odds with one of Facebook’s original founders Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). Timberlake excels in this slimy, conniving, and nuanced role, and even got his own catchphrase

Friends With Benefits (2011) 

This formulaic romantic comedy is saved by the electric chemistry between Timberlake and Mila Kunis, platonic friends who complicate their relationship by starting a no-strings-attached sexual affair. It’s very funny, and Timberlake has never been more natural on screen. With a 70 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear the critics loved it, too.

Bad Teacher (2011)

In Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a no-fucks-given teacher who just wants to find a rich man to take care of her. Timberlake is comedic gold as the bumbling, virginal — but filthy rich— substitute teacher who becomes the target of Elizabeth’s advances. While the film received tepid reviews at best, Bad Teacher is worth watching for a few hearty, genuine laughs plus that glorious dry-humping scene between Timberlake and Diaz (who used to date). You’ll never look at blue jeans the same way again.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

This 2013 breakout film about a struggling ’60s folk singer trying to make it in the Greenwich Village music scene shows Timberlake in his most mature role to date. As singer Jim Berkley, Timberlake delivers a reserved performance as well as more than one memorable musical number. With a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like Timberlake was on pitch.

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The Disney Movies You Grew Up with Are Incredibly Racist

Racist Disney Movies Peter Pan

You watched Disney cartoons as a child, but you probably never picked up on the racist subtext within. Why would you? You were a child! But now, in hindsight, we can see that unfortunately, some of our Disney favorites are actually glaringly racist. For instance, did you know the original release of Fantasia had dark-skinned centaurs working as servants for light-skinned centaurs? That The Little Mermaid‘s Sebastian is considered offensive to Jamaican culture? Or that the happy ending of Pocahontas white washes the brutal killings of Native Americans? There’s more where that came from. These are the 10 most racist Disney movies you probably didn’t even notice were racist.

Fantasia (original release, 1940)

The original release included the now controversial character “Sunflower,” a small dark-skinned centaur with braided hair who played servant to the larger, light-skinned, blonde and dainty centaurs. The racial implication here is glaring: casting the dark-skinned character as subservient to her light-skinned counterpart. You probably didn’t notice this because Disney’s removed the scene from the movie, so any modern version of Fantasia will come to you slavery-free.

Dumbo (1941)

We know what you’re thinking. “Dumbo? NEVER!” Unfortunately, the story about the little elephant that could has some deep racist undertones. First, the cartoon crows speak in heavy southern African-American jive. But before you cry “coincidence,” consider this: the leader of the crows is named Jim Crow, which was also the name of the laws that brought segregation to the South in the late 1800s and continued until 1965. The crows are also portrayed as dim-witted, annoying, and lazy.

If that wasn’t enough, Dumbo includes a song called “Song of the Roustabouts,” in which lyrics like “We slave until we’re almost dead / We’re happy-hearted roustabout” and “Keep on working/ Stop that shirking/ Pull that rope, you hairy ape” are mournfully sung by faceless black circus “workers.”

Songs of the South (1946)

Songs of the South is one of those movies we all silently agreed to wipe from pop culture, and because of that, the movie has never been re-released. It didn’t take people long to figure out this was blatantly racist — after all, it’s a movie about a former black slave singing songs and telling stories while still living on the plantation he was enslaved in. Not OK, Disney.

If you’ve never seen the movie (which most people born in the latter half of last century probably haven’t), you might be familiar with a little song called “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” (and yes, you might want to consider not humming that to yourself anymore).

Peter Pan (1953)

The story of a boy who never grows up runs into some problems — big problems — with its portrayal of Native Americans. There’s a song called “What Makes The Red Man Red,” which is problematic enough. Aside from the offensive song, none of the Native Americans actually speak to Peter and the gang. Instead, the chief of the tribe speaks in broken jargon, stereotypical to the way Native Americans are mocked. White children Peter, Wendy, and Co. also partake in cultural appropriation by donning feathered head dresses, brandishing tomahawks, and running around making “whooping” noises while fanning their mouths with their hands.

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Amal Clooney Turned Down Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters wanted Amal Clooney as 2014′s Most Fascinating Person. However, George Clooney‘s wife declined to be interviewed. Watch the clip above for details, and check out the gallery below for the Clooneys’ stunning wedding photos.


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In other news, Angelina Jolie skipped Unbroken’s Hollywood premiere. The A-lister is still battling chickenpox, so she sent hubby Brad Pitt to stand in for her.

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Freddie Prinze, Jr.: “Charlotte Loves Bad Guys”

Freddie Prinze Jr. Carries His Daughter To School

During a Thursday appearance on The Queen Latifah Show, actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. promoted his new animated TV series – he voices Jedi survivor Kanan Jarrus in Disney Channel’s Star Wars Rebels – and his family life with wife Sarah Michelle Gellar and their two kids: Charlotte, 5, and Rocky, 2.

“I tried to keep it a secret because I wanted to still be magical and special,” Prinze said of his new role. “If you’re a magician, you don’t want to show your kid the rabbit thing doesn’t work. You want it to be special.”

But it sounds like Charlotte’s school pals spilled the beans.

“All the kids at her school ruined that right away,” he said. “They saw commercials and their parents tell them and they’re like, ‘Your dad’s a Jedi!’ So, Charlotte comes home and she goes, ‘Daddy, what is this show? I wanna watch this show that you’re on! Why didn’t you tell me about the show?’ I’m like, ‘Baby, it’s not on yet. I was going to surprise you.’ She’s like, ‘Everybody knows this!’ She’s 5! She’s 5 years old. ‘Everybody knows about this show but me!’ She sounds like girls I knew in high school, you know what I mean? Like, ‘I can’t believe you watched Twin Peaks without me! Oh, my God!’ It’s just like, ‘What? Calm down! There’s a Sesame Street on. Relax.’”

The father-of-two went on to describer his adorable daughter.

“But she’s so hardcore and she loves bad guys, man. She’s going to be a Sith Lord one day,” he joked. “She sees bad guys in any cartoon and the first thing she asks is, ‘Why don’t they have to do what anyone tells them?’ It’s the first thing she says—the first thing she says! I literally had an argument with her. We were watching the Disney parade—the Christmas parade—and Darth Vader’s walking in the parade, which for an old school fan is very weird because he was walking next to Aladdin and they were cool and he wasn’t force choking him or anything. She goes, ‘Is he a bad guy?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he’s a bad guy.’ She goes, ‘Does he get to do whatever he wants?’ I had this father moment where I’m willing to lie to a child, so I said, ‘No, he can’t do whatever he wants.’ And she goes, ‘Well, who’s his boss?’ I said, ‘The emperor!’ She said, ‘Who’s the emperor?’ I said, ‘I am the emperor—and that’s all you need to know!’”

And while he hasn’t let his daughter watch George Lucas’ original trilogy yet, he was a huge fan from an early age.

“When I was a kid, Star Wars was it,” Prinze shared. “Like, it’s in your DNA. I’m old enough to have seen the original one. My cousin Chris and I bent this flagpole back and forth—not like a steel flagpole, a little crappy flagpole—until the metal snapped, having two very sharp points because we’re intelligent 5-year-old boys. He was Vader and I was Luke, because I was always the good guy.”

He continued: “I ran up this play structure and I ran to make a quick escape around the side and the flagpole hit the ground before I did [shows facial scar]. My mother witnessed this chunk of chin fly out of my face and screamed. My cousin thought he won because I was bleeding. First blood, right? She drove me to the emergency room and they sewed it back in. I got like little soul patch stitches when I was 5. I looked like I had a goatee. It was cool. It was good.”

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on Disney Channel.

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