1. We had a blast talking to The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) this year about their rap parodies.

    Tomorrow we’ll replay the interview. The Saturday Night Live digital short 3-Way (The Golden Rule) featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga is a classic.

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  1. PSA for better hashtag use?

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  1. Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island talks to Terry Gross about why the group parodies hip-hop:

    We’re tiny little white dudes. We weren’t living the rap life at all. We just loved the music … [T]hat’s where our comedy comes from: It comes from a love for what that music is and what it represents, but also always drawing a clear line to let everyone know that we don’t believe that we’re part of it.

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    Saturday Night Live

  1. Fresh Air critic-at-large John Powers on the new Coen brothers' film, Inside Llewyn Davis, that he recently saw at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:

I have not been a great Coen champion or detractor. I’ve been kind of up and down on them. I think this may be their best film. … It’s really, really funny. It’s funny in a way that the Coen brothers often aren’t funny, which is it’s not snide-funny, it’s kind of warm, sly funny. … It’s the most muted, quiet, sweet film they’ve ever made, I think, in part, because they actually love the folk songs.

still from Inside Llewyn Davis via Hollywood.com View in High-Res

    Fresh Air critic-at-large John Powers on the new Coen brothers' film, Inside Llewyn Davis, that he recently saw at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:

    I have not been a great Coen champion or detractor. I’ve been kind of up and down on them. I think this may be their best film. … It’s really, really funny. It’s funny in a way that the Coen brothers often aren’t funny, which is it’s not snide-funny, it’s kind of warm, sly funny. … It’s the most muted, quiet, sweet film they’ve ever made, I think, in part, because they actually love the folk songs.

    still from Inside Llewyn Davis via Hollywood.com

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  1. Justin Timberlake talks to Terry Gross about doing comedy:

    I’ve always thought that there was humor everywhere. As a kid, I grew up an only child, and nothing made me happier than to make my parents laugh. … I had a Jackson 5 wig that I would wear around, and I would do the dances from the Jackson 5, and my mother thought that was hysterical. Of course, that seed got planted very early, the physicality of comedy. When I was a kid, I would impersonate anything that I would hear. [That’s] why I was able to become a musician and a singer. What I was more talented at, more than anything — because I don’t think I’m a great singer — I grew up imitating different voices that I heard, and when I was young my mother used to listen to a lot of a Southern rock station in Memphis, and I grew up imitating all of those voices that I heard when I was young.”

    Since he gives a shout out to his mom here it’s a good excuse to revisit the Timberlake-Samberg modern classic, "Motherlover."

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  1. Pop music critic Ken Tucker reviews the new Justin Timberlake album 20/20 Experience:

Timberlake has always been a hard worker, and an early adaptor to the notion of marketing himself as a brand. Perhaps as a side benefit to what has proven his invaluable grooming and training as a Disney Mouseketeer, Timberlake knows that presentation and promotion need not degrade the product. From his own good taste, he knows that product can be transmuted into art. And by instinct and ambition, he wants to showcase that art-product to reach the maximum audience.

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    Pop music critic Ken Tucker reviews the new Justin Timberlake album 20/20 Experience:

    Timberlake has always been a hard worker, and an early adaptor to the notion of marketing himself as a brand. Perhaps as a side benefit to what has proven his invaluable grooming and training as a Disney Mouseketeer, Timberlake knows that presentation and promotion need not degrade the product. From his own good taste, he knows that product can be transmuted into art. And by instinct and ambition, he wants to showcase that art-product to reach the maximum audience.

    Image via the artist

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  1. These guys.
The Fresh Air interviews with Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are both great.

    These guys.


    The Fresh Air interviews with Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are both great.

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  1. Today’s guest on the right (Jimmy Fallon.) On the left, Justin Timberlake, who was already on Fresh Air.

    Today’s guest on the right (Jimmy Fallon.) On the left, Justin Timberlake, who was already on Fresh Air.

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  1. Everything that we did was based around a cappella harmonies. That’s what we wanted to be in the beginning, an a cappella group. So that is why we put five guys in the group. When we were forming the group, there wasn’t a boy-band phenomenon. Nirvana and Pearl Jam were probably the top two acts in the world at the time, so we never knew at what capacity everything was going to work out for us. I don’t think we thought it was going to be as big as it became.

    — Justin Timberlake, on the success of *NSYNC, during an interview with Terry Gross about his music and acting jobs.

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  1. Justin Timberlake, on recording the song digital short “Dick in a Box" from Saturday Night Live: We recorded it that night, and we were laughing so hysterically — and  probably through the delirium of trying to write something so funny,  this came out of it. We knew it would be funny on some level, because we  were laughing with each other on the Friday we filmed the video. And  then on Saturday they edited it and Saturday night it was put out on  television. … We weren’t parodying anyone in particular. I think the  style in which we were doing the song was early-’90s R&B, so when we  had that as a basis, we said ‘How ridiculous can we make this?’ Because  then at that point, it’s just about making it as funny as possible.” View in High-Res

    Justin Timberlake, on recording the song digital short “Dick in a Box" from Saturday Night Live: We recorded it that night, and we were laughing so hysterically — and probably through the delirium of trying to write something so funny, this came out of it. We knew it would be funny on some level, because we were laughing with each other on the Friday we filmed the video. And then on Saturday they edited it and Saturday night it was put out on television. … We weren’t parodying anyone in particular. I think the style in which we were doing the song was early-’90s R&B, so when we had that as a basis, we said ‘How ridiculous can we make this?’ Because then at that point, it’s just about making it as funny as possible.”

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    bringing sexy back

  1. Our guest today will bring sexy back to Fresh Air (as if sexy ever left…)

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    and that ain't no lie

    baby bye bye bye

  1. minirachel:

Jennifer: Are you dying?
Me: I’m dead.
Jimmy, Justin, and The Roots.


Tomorrow: Justin Timberlake. Terry Gross. %^%$^ in a Box. View in High-Res

    minirachel:

    Jennifer: Are you dying?

    Me: I’m dead.

    Jimmy, Justin, and The Roots.

    Tomorrow: Justin Timberlake. Terry Gross. %^%$^ in a Box.

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    fresh air

  1. allthegoodsouls:

Justin Timberlake: Could we not objectify Jon with all this cat-calling?

All in one photo: Monday’s guest: Jon Stewart. Wednesday’s guest: Justin Timberlake. View in High-Res

    allthegoodsouls:

    Justin Timberlake: Could we not objectify Jon with all this cat-calling?

    All in one photo: Monday’s guest: Jon Stewart. Wednesday’s guest: Justin Timberlake.

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  1. Film critic David Edelstein on the acting in The Social Network: “Only singer Justin Timberlake comes through with a nuanced performance  as the sleazy former Napster co-creator whose hustle is just what  Facebook needs.” (Picture: Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures) View in High-Res

    Film critic David Edelstein on the acting in The Social Network: “Only singer Justin Timberlake comes through with a nuanced performance as the sleazy former Napster co-creator whose hustle is just what Facebook needs.” (Picture: Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures)

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