Wednesday September 19, “Trouble with the Curve” had its premiere at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif. The film was written by Randy Brown and directed by Academy Award winner Robert Lorenz (“Letters from Iwo Jima” and “Mystic River”) and the film stars Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.
Joining Justin on the red carpet were Director Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Melissa Lorenz, Chelcie Ross, Ian Ross, Warner Bros. Executive Barry Meyer, Composer Marco Beltrami, Joe Massingill, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, Heather Helm, Morena Baccarin, Producer Michele Weisler and Producer Tim Moore.
Timberlake says that the atmosphere Lorenz fostered on set enabled the actors to better define those relationships. “Amy and I were able to establish really good chemistry between the two characters, which I think is a testament to Rob. He was completely all-knowing of the story we were telling, and what was right and what was interesting about each character.”
A former pro pitcher, nicknamed The Flame for his 100-mile-per-hour fastball, Johnny’s career was cut short, and he has turned to scouting…for now. Timberlake reveals, “The first time we see him, he’s on the side of the road, watching a bunch of kids in a pick-up game and speaking into a recorder, giving the play-by-play. It’s an early hint that, now that his career as a player is over, he’s honing his chops, hoping to get into broadcasting.”
The actor drew on his own experiences “calling” games. “When I was a kid, I used to mimic the announcers, trying to replicate that rhythm and charisma they have. It’s an audio-only performance so you really have to connect to your audience—the fans—because you’re narrating a part of life that they’re so passionate about.”
Justin Timberlake (Johnny) is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning entertainer whose talents have garnered him critical acclaim in music, television and film.
His 2010 performance as the enigmatic entrepreneur Sean Parker in David Fincher’s Oscar-nominated box office hit “The Social Network” was praised by critics and audiences. On the small screen, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) in 2009 and again in 2011, appearing in many memorable sketches that became viral video sensations, including “D**k in a Box,” viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. His recurring work on SNL also garnered Emmy Awards for his music, including one in 2007 and another in 2011 for Original Outstanding Music and Lyrics.
Timberlake will next be seen with Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” slated for release next year. He is currently shooting Brad Furman’s thriller “Runner, Runner,” alongside Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton.
Timberlake first rose to fame as a member of the phenomenally successful pop group ‘N Sync. He then launched a solo career, selling nearly 17 million albums worldwide with his two multi-platinum certified solo albums that also earned him six Grammy Awards. In addition to successful tours, he headlined the HBO special “Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveShow.”
“Trouble with the Curve” will hit theaters on Friday, September 21 and will battle for box office dollars this weekend with the science fiction action film “Dredd 3D,” the crime drama “End of Watch,” and the horror flick “House at the End of the Street.”
“Trouble with the Curve” is rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking and has a run-time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work on SilentHollywood.com