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Names in the News - April 3, 2007

April 3rd, 2007 12:36 am by Staff Report



NEW YORK - Justin Timberlake blames celebrity magazines for turning his personal life into juicy gossip fodder.


"I despise what they do," the 26-year-old singer tells Details magazine in an interview in its April issue. "They create soap operas out of people's lives. ... It's a spin game, and I choose not to take part in it."


That includes not dishing any dirt about former girlfriends Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz.


"I would never say anything bad about anyone. I love a lot of those people," says Timberlake, who is originally from the Memphis area.


Diaz and Timberlake, who had dated since 2003, confirmed their split in January. Timberlake's relationship with Spears ended in 2002. They were a high-profile couple for three years.


Timberlake, a former member of ‘N Sync, released his debut solo album, "Justified," in 2002. The album won a Grammy Award.


"I tried so hard to be an R&B artist and it was the pop album of the year. ... That's the last thing I wanted," Timberlake says. "But I was like, ‘So everyone considers me a pop artist? ... I'm going to do whatever I want to do.'"


Timberlake took home a trophy as favorite male singer Saturday night in the raucous, slime-drenched 20th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Viacom International Inc.'s Nickelodeon channel.


The show began with Timberlake descending from the ceiling on a large orange Nickelodeon blimp and breaking into a Broadway show tune in which he taunted the audience, saying he was too famous to be slimed.


"You'll never get a drop of slime on old J.T.," he sang. By the end of the song, of course, he had been drenched in the green goo.



LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The ashes of James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original "Star Trek" TV series, have been loaded into a rocket that is set to launch in New Mexico later this month.


The remains of Doohan, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and some 200 others were loaded into the rocket Friday by Charles Chafer, chief executive of Celestis, a Texas company that contracts with rocket firms to send cremated remains into space.


"And we're ready to go," Chafer said after inserting the silver canister.


Jerry Larson, president of Connecticut-based UP Aerospace Inc., said the rocket will be launched April 28.


Families paid $495 to have a few grams of their loved one's ashes placed on the rocket.


Chafer said he's aware of the dedication of "Star Trek" fans.


"There's no doubt that we'll find a way to accommodate fans who travel here and want to be part of that experience," he said.


Doohan died in July 2005 at age 85.


The remains of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were blasted into space in 1997.

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