His use of the b-word in the tweet is quoting Spears' 2007 song, "Gimme More."
Not everyone believes he wasn't talking about Spears, however. Wrote one Twitter user, "it seems that u still have feelings for Britney or else u wont be bringing her up every time. BOW DOWN TO THE QUEEN."
Timberlake wed actress Jessica Biel in October 2012. Spears was engaged to Jason Trawick, but they announced in January that the wedding was off.
The Superdome audience went wild for Beyonce's halftime performance, which included a reunion with her 1990s R&B group, Destiny's Child. But not everyone felt that the show, which included Beyonce in a low-cut leather outfit and some sexual innuendo, was family-friendly enough for the biggest football game of the year.
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Beyonce's sexy performance at the Super Bowl was criticized by some who feel the game should offer family entertainment.
"You can have clothes on, and still perform well!" wrote Mary-Jane Schips.
Reader Amber Dawn Burton defended the costumes, writing, "Fierce, energetic, tight choreography. Great to see Destiny's Child on stage again together. As for the negative comment about the costumes: ironic given the cheerleading costumes in the NFL are pretty much the same level of coverage. Women who fall into the patriarchal "family show" BS sadden me. You feed the machine."
Designer Rubin Singer, who spent months working on Beyonce's outfit for the show, told CNN the original costume was actually tamer than he first intended.
"The costume was originally much more risqué and exposed, but as we got closer we decided to bring it down," Singer told CNN.
She pretty much owned the Super Bowl, and now she's prepping to take over the world ... on tour, that is. Just hours after an electrifying halftime show, Beyonce announced a world tour with a name clearly inspired by loving hubby Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter.
Her Fierceness will launch the "Mrs. Carter Show" tour in Eastern Europe, including dates in Serbia and Slovakia, before burning up Europe and then North America.
The Super Bowl ads weren't just selling physical products, some of them were hyping big movies coming to theaters near you later in the year. Sadly, most of the ads were just teases -- tantalizing the audience with little snippets, some of which had already been seen in previously released teasers. ("World War Z," we're looking at you.)
"The Lone Ranger" ad was one of those that actually revealed never-before-seen footage, focusing on the repartee between the Ranger (Armie Hammer) and sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp). Not everyone is sold on this film, however. Wrote Moviefone.com, "Eh. How long can we watch Johnny Depp act weird in makeup?"
The ad for "Iron Man 3" showed the superhero saving people who'd been flung out of Air Force One after it's attacked in middair, but then urged viewers to surf to the movie's Facebook page for an extended peek. Star Robert Downey Jr. begins the extended preview by stalking into the camera's eye, striking a number of poses and dramatically whipping off his sunglasses, then admitting, "That might have been more extensive than extended."
Just two hours after it was posted, the extended trailer had been shared more than 30,000 times on Facebook.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" offers James Franco as the famed man behind the curtain, showing how he arrives in Oz long before Dorothy and her little dog Toto make the twister-led journey there. "The Land You Know -- The Story You Don't," promises the colorful preview, which includes the creepy Wicked Witch, Franco floating in an enormous bubble like one of those State Fair attractions, and some truly nightmare-inducing flying monkeys.
The "Star Trek Into Darkness" trailer features a creepy voiceover from Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the film's villain, and shows a combination of seen-before and new footage, including a shot of the beloved Enterprise in tatters. "Shall we begin?" Cumberbatch menacingly asks at the end. Yes, please!
The "Fast and Furious" franchise is up to its sixth film now, and if you like the speed and the crash-bang-smash-em-up action of the series, you'll find nothing to dissaude you in the latest installment. Vin Diesel, The Rock, women in bikinis and short skirts, it's the "Citizen Kane" of guy movies.
The "World War Z" trailer, like earlier previews of this Brad Pitt film, was remarkably light on the undead. As The Huffington Post cracked, the film "shows off the zombie apocalypse ("We've lost the East Coast") without actually showing off the zombie apocalypse." In a really odd glimpse, soldiers are seen marching out of a city carrying a framed copy of the U.S. Constitution. We the zombies, in order to form a more perfect brain-eating union...
Movie fans will have to wait a little while, though, to get beyond the trailers. "Oz the Great and Powerful" is the first of the advertised films to open, with a March 8 scheduled release. "Star Trek Into Darkness" opens May 17, "Fast and Furious 6" opens May 24, "World War Z" opens June 21, "The Lone Ranger" opens July 3,
When some of the lights went out shortly after halftime at Super Bowl XXXXVII, the online jokes went on. Many joked that an electrifying performance by Beyonce and Destiny's Child at halftime took out the Superdome's power, but others pointed to a more sinister entertainment connection -- "Dark Knight Rises" villain Bane.
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Bane says: It wasn't me!
In the film, which was released in July, creepy villain Bane booby-traps Pittsburgh's Heinz Field and it slowly crumbles behind real former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward. Defenders chasing him fall into nothingness as the field explodes, and Ward scores the touchdown only to turn around and stare at what had, seconds ago, been a gridiron.
Bane also attacks the Gotham Stock Exchange, cuts the city from the rest of the world, and gleefully watches it descend into near anarchy. Which didn't, thankfully, happen at the Superdome, where the lights came back on and play restored in less than an hour.
"How epic would it have been when Super Bowl power went out to hear Bane's voice on the tv say "you think the darkness is your ally?" wrote the Yesh Gaming account.
The Bane jokes soon became so thick that even their very popularity became the joke. Wrote Brian Lynch, ""Grandpa, where were you during The Great Superbowl Blackout of 13?" "Making Bane jokes to strangers, lad. Making Bane jokes to strangers."
She brought the house down -- and some joked, took out the power. Superstar Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show dazzled the crowd even before the singer reunited onstage with her hit 1990s R&B group, Destiny's Child.
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Beyonce performs at the Super Bowl halftime show.
The Superdome crowd started roaring from the moment Beyonce appeared, clad in black leather and heels and soon flanked by an army of dress-alike dancers.
She lit up the arena, performing a medley of her solo hits (including "Love on Top" and "Baby Boy") and completely erasing any of the pre-game fuss about lip-synching. And then, as rumored, her fellow Destiny's Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland seemingly levitated up from underground and appeared on the stage with the band's most famous former member.
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Beyonce performs with Kelly Rowland, left, and Michelle Williams, right, of Destiny's Child, during the Super Bowl halftime show.
"Give it up for Destiny's Child, y'all!" Beyonce called to the screaming audience as Williams and Rowland appeared.
Rowland, Williams and Beyonce performed "Bootylicious" and "Independent Women," which were huge Destiny's Child hits, and then Williams and Rowland joined Beyonce for her crowd-pleasing solo hit, "Single Ladies."
Destiny's Child, founded in 1990, sold more than 500 million records. The group broke up in 2006, with all members pursuing solo careers, Beyonce becoming the most successful.
Shortly after the game resumed after the halftime show, part of the lights went out at the Superdome, leading to plenty of online jokes that it was Beyonce's powerful performance that caused the problem.
Football might have its biggest day of the year on Super Bowl Sunday, but thanks to the magic of movie- and television-making, the sport lives on in mythic proportions all year long. Here's a look at some of football's best onscreen moments:
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," was a phrase that generated headlines during the 2012 presidential election, but it was actually made famous on the TV series "Friday Night Lights." The phrase was part of one of Coach Taylor's (Kyle Chandler) pep talks. Below, a mash-up of some of Coach's greatest phrases from the show.
Speaking of pep talks, Al Pacino's inspirational speech in "Any Given Sunday" could be to blame for the discomfort found in listening to "real" coaches give their halftime talks. Pacino is passionate, convincing and motivating. If at the end you aren't ready to "fight for every inch," well, maybe inspirational speeches just aren't for you. (Beware, there's some locker-room language in this one).
Less intense and far more amusing is the football scene in "The Wedding Crashers." The highlight is Bradley Cooper (who really became a household name thanks to the film) as Sack Lodge, a slightly creepy, overly competitive boyfriend who puts all his creepy, overly competitive qualities on display in what should be a friendly game of backyard touch football.
Turn back the clock for another backyard football game gone wrong. All Marcia Brady wanted to do on TV classic "The Brady Bunch" was tell the boys dinner was ready, and think about her dreamy date set for Saturday night. But ... OH, MY NOSE!
In case you were wondering whether Beyonce can sing the national anthem, the answer is a defiant yes.
The singer took the stage at a Super Bowl news conference on Thursday in New Orleans and asked those in attendance to please rise. With a giant flag waving on a video screen behind her, Beyonce launched into an impassioned a capella version of "The Star Spangled Banner." When she finished, she asked simply, "Any questions?"
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Beyonce sings the national anthem before she addresses the media during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show press conference in New Orleans on Thursday.
It was a dramatic end to 10 days of silence from the Grammy winner over whether she lip-synched the song at President Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration.
With the matter of whether she can sing the anthem settled, there was still one lingering question: Just what happened on the Capitol steps in Washington?
"I did not have time to rehearse, it was a live television show, it was very important and emotional for me, one of my proudest moments," Beyonce said. "Due to weather, due to delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable risking it.
"This was about the president and I wanted to make him and my country proud. I sang along with my prerecorded track -- very common in the music industry. I'm very proud of my performance."
Beyonce said she will, however, "absolutely be singing live" during Sunday's halftime show. "This is what I was born to do."
She also clarified the difference between the pressure of singing at the inauguration and singing this weekend.
"This weekend I'm performing at the halftime show and I feel like before (at the inauguration) the event was not about me. I'm excited to have done both but now I'm on to the halftime show. I always sing live. The inauguration was unfortunately a time I could not rehearse -- it was always the plan (to sing to backing track)."
Beyonce covered more ground than just the lip-synch scandal. Would the halftime show feature a Destiny's Child reunion? She didn't confirm, but definitely stopped short of an outright denial.
And what about touring again? "Soon," she said. "And I may have an announcement after the performance and the fans should stay tuned to see."
Regardless of the scandal that has up until this point overshadowed her Super Bowl plans, Beyonce made one thing clear: her performance Sunday will be a very meaningful one. Being a part of the halftime show "has been an aspiration for me," she said. "You work very hard for these moments and I'm just hoping that all of my life lessons and experience I can feel and use during this performance."
Also at Thursday's news conference, the NFL announced that Jennifer Hudson and Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus from Newtown, Conn., would sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's game. And Alicia Keys is slated to sing the national anthem.
Sure, the Super Bowl on Sunday will technically pit two of football's greatest in a head-to-head blowout. But for a lot of fans, it's not about the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens -- because we're all on the same team: Team Beyonce!
Thankfully, the singer -- who will headline the halftime event with what promises to be an all-out funky extravaganza -- understands her team's needs: She's now posted a tease that offers a brief glimpse into her planned halftime shenanigans.
Set to her hit song "Countdown," the video looks into the dance-filled rehearsal between Beyonce and her dancers, and is way too brief. But its YouTube title, "Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Show Rehearsal: Day 1" implies there may be a Day 2, Day 3 ... and so on. So cross fingers that this is not the only insight into the hitmaker's practice sessions.
Still, it doesn't address one of the big questions likely to be on viewers' minds: Will she sing it live, or will she use backing tracks -- as was rumored happened during her performance at President Barack Obama's second inauguration? Anything is possible.
The space between halves of the Super Bowl has far outgrown what was once a time slot allotted for food runs and bathroom breaks. The critical eye dedicated to the action on the field is also focused on the musical act that scores the coveted halftime spot.
It might be the highest-profile gig out there, but it's also the most fraught with hazards and it doesn't take much to make the 30-minute act memorable. In recent years performers got more attention for what went wrong rather than right -- Janet Jackson and her infamous "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004; M.I.A.’s middle finger to the camera last year.
So why would anyone take the job? Well, the giant global audience that makes the Super Bowl the most watched event on television every year is the blessing and the curse for an artist looking to gain massive exposure -- or prove continued relevance.
The pressure falls squarely on Beyonce this year, and is heightened after her did-she-or-didn’t-she national anthem at the Presidential Inauguration. More people will be watching that much more closely -- is it live or is it taped?
So how can she succeed? Here are some lessons based on what’s worked over the past decade -- and what hasn’t.
Be young and hip Well, OK, she’s already got that going for her. Because of that, she’s already starting way ahead of acts like The Who, which was a big-name get that would have been more appropriate for one of the first Super Bowls than it was in 2010.
Pick your songs carefully Don’t be like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were in 2008. Of all the songs they’ve recorded over the years, whose bright idea was it to go with “Free Fallin’” as part of the halftime show? Patriots fans really needed to be reminded that their undefeated season was free-falling out into nothing?
More to the point: The Super Bowl is one giant party. The music should be fun and festive and get people pumped up for the second half. This isn’t time for a power ballad.
And know your audience. Shania Twain and No Doubt put on a fine show in 2003. But perhaps “Man! I Feel like a Woman” and “Just a Girl” weren’t the best calls given the mostly male audience at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Live in the moment The 2002 Super Bowl was arguably the best halftime show of recent vintage, because it fit so perfectly into the country’s mood at the time. U2 headlined what was a tribute to the victims of 9/11, and “Beautiful Day” captured the moment perfectly -- looking back in sorrow and anger at the attack, but optimistic about what was to come.
It would be hard to match that effort this year, but hey, that’s why there are so many people involved in planning the show. Surely someone in the group has a good idea.
Don’t be a trainwreck It’s like the Hippocratic Oath for halftime show acts: Do no harm.
Getting Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson to headline the halftime show in 2004 was a coup, and it was an excellent performance ... right up until that darned wardrobe malfunction. And yet, what does everyone remember? The incident that got the FCC involved and kept everyone at the network up at night for months -- and, not incidentally, didn't do much for Jackson's career.
Even if most folks aren't giving their full attention to the screen, they'll start to focus if the announcers point out something like an obscene gesture or a bad attitude. Plus it will get repeated for days on the news, right after the best and worst commercials. This isn't the time to get creative with expressing yourself.
Sing live It’s not like that’s not going to be the first question anyone asks anyway, at least this year.
And besides, what’s the worst that can happen? Even if Beyonce drops a lyric or isn’t at her best, everyone will have forgotten about it as soon as the second half kicks off. That’s the beauty of being the Super Bowl halftime act.
Kaley Cuoco is here to grant your Super Bowl wishes. The "Big Bang Theory" star plays a genie in a fun new commercial for the Toyota Rav4 which will air during the big game on Feb. 3, and both a teaser and a full 60-second commercial have popped up online.
Cuoco looks hot in bright purple pants, a blazer and sky-high heels in the amusing ad, and she carries around an adorable Chihuahua puppy (perhaps he serves as her magic lamp?) as her devoted sidekick.
Update, 5:30 p.m. ET: Super Bowl organizers confirmed the news that Beyonce will perform at the game's halftime show via Twitter.
Original article: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photo Beyonce just posted on her Tumblr seems to say in a fraction of that allotment that yes, she is performing in the Super Bowl halftime show as widely speculated. Late Tuesday afternoon the singer posted a close-up photo of herself sporting eyeblack etched with the date Feb. 3, 2013 -- the same date as Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
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A screengrab of an image on Beyonce's Tumblr page.
Earlier Tuesday, the The Associated Press, citing a source "familiar with Super Bowl XLVII," reported first that the Grammy winner would be the one taking the stage at the game's halftime show, and that the official announcement was expected to be made on Wednesday.