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Justin Timberlake Bringing Back Baseball, Cologne in 2008

February 21, 2008 2:30 PM ET

In the lull since FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake keeps finding non-musical ways to occupy his time. The singer, who starred in Black Snake Moan, Southland Tales and Alpha Dog, will hit the big screen again, this time as a minor league baseball player in the film The Open Road. JT will play Carlton Garrett, a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks. The plot revolves around Garrett's trying to reconnect with his star athlete father (played by Jeff Bridges) and caring for his ailing mother. But filming isn't enough for Timberlake, as the singer will also collaborate with Parfums Givenchy to develop a new men's fragrance that will hit nostrils in the fall.

 

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