Hollywood Minute

262465justintimberlakepostersAs an international pop music superstar, Justin Timberlake is well aware of the value of a good hook.

His appreciation of these so-called "notable musical passages" is so great, in fact, that he will be playing a Hook in his next movie role.

A Corpus Christi Hook, that is. In the forthcoming film "The Open Road", Timberlake plays Minor League ballplayer Carlton Garrett, who is a member of the Hooks. The club is understandably ecstatic about the prominent product placement that they will receive in the film, and are doing everything they can to assist with its production. In fact, they have shipped almost the entire contents of their clubhouse to Louisiana, where "The Open Road" is currently being filmed.

The movie, which also stars esteemed thespians Jeff Bridges and Mary Steenburgen, has the following plot (swiped from the press release, of course):

"Timberlake’s character attempts to reconnect with his father, a legendary athlete played by Bridges. The two struggle along a journey home to the bedside of Garrett’s ailing mother."

I think I smell Oscar!

Oh, wait…nevermind. That’s just a small fire emanating from the MiLB.com breakroom.

In other Minor League show-biz news, I must point out the fact that George Clooney has beenDragons_logo_for_web
offered a roster spot with the Class A Dayton Dragons. The smoldering mega-hunk received the invitation on the set of the cable show "Shootout", courtesy of big-time producer (and Dragons owner) Peter Guber. Many moons ago, Clooney actually tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, but he didn’t make the cut.

Video footage of Guber’s invitation to Clooney can be found here. It includes the following exchange, proving that Clooney has a lot to learn when it comes to Minor League Baseball.

Guber: We [the Dragons] are the most successful team in the Minor Leagues!
Clooney: That’s like being the world’s tallest midget. It’s not something to brag about.


  1. jchill@princeton.edu

    Glad to have you back. My other source of the going-ons of the minor leagues was too punless and non-existent.

  2. dangerbird78@hotmail.com

    This whole reference to the “World’s Tallest Midget” kind of got me thinking… which (almost) always leads to internet searching.

    This story:


    is ten years old, and whether it is true or not is of no major concern to me. What IS of concern, however, is that, at 5’8″ tall, this supposed “World’s Tallest Midget” is actually taller than I am (at 5’7-and-one-half”).

    This baffles me…

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