Timberlake showing some Celtics love at the 2008 Epsy Awards./Getty Images
After months of complaining about Justin Timberlake's absence during the filming of the locally-shot Facebook movie "The Social Network" (JT filmed his scenes in Los Angeles), we can shut up now -- because Timberlake is coming to Cambridge next week. It was announced this morning that the pop-star and occasional actor will be honored as this year's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Feb. 5. James Franco was last year's honoree. Anne Hathaway, 2010's Woman of the Year, will be honored on Thursday.
Timberlake, who recently performed a moving cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with pal Matt Morris as part of George Clooney's Haiti benefit, plays Napster creator Sean Parker in the upcoming, Boston-and-Cambridge-based Facebook movie, but that's not his only connection to the Hub. Timberlake's rumored girlfriend, Jessica Biel, attended Tufts University and brought the singer to Daedalus in Harvard Square just a few years ago.
The Hasty Pudding event will include a roast of the superstar, and, as always, a parade of Hasty Pudding men in drag around Harvard Square. We can only imagine what the Harvard guys have in mind for Timberlake, who is no stranger to wearing women's clothes. The "SexyBack" singer was more than happy to throw on heels to play Beyonce's back-up dancer, and a blonde wig to play Jessica Simpson on past episodes of "Saturday Night Live."
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