Timberlake apologizes to wife for ‘strong lapse in judgment’
NEW YORK >> Justin Timberlake has publicly apologized to his actresswife, Jessie Biel, days after he was seen holding hands with the co-star of his upcoming movie.
The pop star and actor wrote on Instagram that he prefers to “stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love.”
He then wrote that in the photos and video that went viral last month of him and actress Alisha Wainwright at a New Orleans bar, he “displayed a strong lapse in judgment — but let me be clear — nothing happened between me and my co-star.”
Timberlake says he “drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son.”
Timberlake is filming the movie “Palmer” with Wainwright.
BOSTON >> In Peter Farrelly’s 2018 Oscarwinning film, “Green Book,” chauffeur Tony Lip quips: “The world’s full of lonely people afraid to make the first move.”
Neither Farrelly nor his brother, Bobby Farrelly, the director of 1998’s “There’s Something About Mary,” fits that description. Both are being recognized for pressing Hollywood repeatedly and publicly to do a better job of casting and portraying people with disabilities.
The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more opportunities for the disabled, said the brothers are the recipients of its sixth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion.
The foundation told The Associated Press it picked the Farrellys for their outspoken efforts to make movies more inclusive and authentic. They’ll be presented with the award next spring.
“When you tell a story, you want it to take place in a real world — and it’s not a real world if they don’t include everybody,” said Peter Farrelly, who co-wrote and directed “Green Book,” which won Oscars for best picture and best original screenplay.
Bobby Farrelly recalled how the brothers played with children with disabilities in the neighborhood where they grew up in Cumberland, R.I., just over the line from Massachusetts.
“They made us laugh; they were our friends,” he said in a videotap ed message. “And so when we started making movies, we thought, why wouldn’t we include people with disabilities in the movies — in the stories that we tell — because they are a part of our life.”
The brothers have collaborated on other hit films including “Dumb and Dumber,” “Me, Myself & Irene” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”
Ruderman says its research shows that only 5% of the characters on top TV shows are played by actors with disabilities. In reality, Peter Farrelly says, 20% of the U.S. population has some kind of disability.
It says Hollywood, meanwhile, frequently depicts people with disabilities in a way that “perpetuates misconceptions and stereotypes.”
The foundation works for more inclusion and opportunities for the disabled. Previous recipients of its award include Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, of Iowa, a driving force behind the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Peter Farrelly, left, and Bobby Farrelly attend The Project Greenlight Season 4 premiere of “The Leisure Class” at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.