Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Justin Timberlake Cuts Duets with Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani for “Trolls” CD


EXCLUSIVE Justin Timberlake has the song of the summer with “Can’t stop the Feeling,” lodged at number 1 with no sign of letting up. “Can’t Stop” will be on the “Trolls” soundtrack from Dreamworks this fall.

In fact, Justin has two more big hits coming from the “Trolls” album over the next few months. He’s recorded duets with both Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande. Their releases will be staggered through the year as Justin works on a new album scheduled for next year.

But all the songs will be out by September 23rd, a week before the Grammy deadline. That’s when the “Trolls” CD hits stores and the internet. Timberlake was snubbed by the Grammys two years ago when they ignored his 20/20 album, even though it was the biggest seller of the year. They dare not do that again.

Justin will perform “Can’t Stop” on Wednesday afternoon in Cannes at a presentation for “Trolls” by outgoing chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. Anna Kendrick will also perform a song from the movie.

Timberlake, Katzenberg, Kendrick, and various “Trolls” players celebrated last night (Tuesday) in Antibes at legendary Michelangelo’s restaurant with a table for about a dozen. Justin is a big fan of the New York version of the famed eatery– called Mamo, in Soho– and wanted to show it off to pals including manager Johnny Wright and publicist Sonia Muckle.

And who did they run into the small main dining room? Why Woody Allen and wife Soon Yi, with Woody’s team from Wednesday’s opening night film “Cafe Society.” Woody and Soon Yi’s teenage daughters probably won’t believe this story when they hear it– they stayed home for school exams. I’m not sure if Woody knows who Justin is, but his girls definitely do. Timberlake was in such awe of Woody he shook his hand and said, “I’m a big fan of your work.” Through the evening the waitresses stared at Justin, and Justin stared at Woody.

And Cannes starts in the morning.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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