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Timberlake debut straight to video

Justin Timberlake can arguably carry a tune, but apparently not a movie. Despite some back-up from Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, Timberlake’s feature acting debut in “Edison Force” is headed straight to video stores and DVD sales.

The crime thriller about a cub reporter taking on the racist, corrupt establishment is set to hit stores Tuesday. Timberlake does not sing or dance in the film, and judging from the reviews it’s received, he doesn’t act much either.

Variety said, “As a study of fearless journalism, George Clooney’s ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ won’t have to worry about competition from ‘Edison.’ ” The Hollywood Reporter called it “a star-studded dud of a B-picture populated with corrupt politicians, rogue psycho cops, noble newspaper reporters and enough posturing to start up a chiropractic clinic.”

“Edison Force,” whose cast also includes Dylan McDermott and LL Cool J, was shown at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where instead of applause it reportedly drew unintended laughs for its over-the-top dialogue. And yet the DVD experience of “Edison Force” will offer something moviegoers could never get: a special segment titled, “Absolute Power: Behind the Scenes of Edison Force.”

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