At least Justin Timberlake is getting closer to working in the music industry again, sort of. JT, a label exec in his own right at Tennman Records, has signed on to start as Casablanca Records mogul Neil Bogart in an indie biopic called Spinning Gold
. Bogart's Casablanca was responsible for launching the careers of Kiss (the first artist he signed in 1973) and Parliament (but not Funkadelic). He can also be thanked (or loathed) for ushering in the disco era by signing the Village People and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Donna Summer
. Bogart died in 1982 at the age of 39.
Bogart's son Tim will write, direct, and produce Spinning Gold, and Timberlake will co-produce the film. "When Justin walked into the room, that was the moment I had been waiting for 29 years," Tim Bogart told Deadline. "He has the exact same energy as my father, the same glimmer in his eye." Acting, singing (occasionally), producing, interviewing, and resuscitating MySpace -- is there anything Timbs can't do?
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