US stars accept YouTube marine ball invites

Hollywood stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have accepted YouTube invitations from two US marines, one serving in Afghanistan, to accompany them to military balls.

And singer-turned-actor Timberlake and "Black Swan" star Kunis are having fun with the invitations by a male and female Marine, which went viral on the video-sharing site last week.

"Marines have a lot of balls," Kunis told the Today show on MSNBC on Monday, confirming that both of them had accepted their invitations to separate balls in November.

"We want to pay honor to our country and embrace their balls," added Timberlake, who starred in last year's Oscar-winning Facebook movie "The Social Network."

The story started when a Marine Sgt. Scott Moore, stationed in Musa Qala, southern Afghanistan, posted a video on YouTube inviting Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball on November 18 in Greenville, North Carolina.

Kunis, who co-starred with Natalie Portman in last year's sexually-charged hit movie "Black Swan," was asked about the invite during a press interview and spontaneously said she would go.

That prompted female marine Corporal Kelsey De Santis to issue an invitation to Timberlake -- co-starring with Kunis in a new movie "Friends With Benefits" -- to a Marine Corps Ball on November 12 in Washington DC.

"So Justin you wanna call out my girl Mila, well I'm gonna call you out and ask you to go to the Marine Corps Ball with me," said De Santis, who is stationed in Virginia and is a martial arts expert.

Timberlake confirmed he will attend, quipping: "I don’t get asked out, ever. So, I was very flattered by that. And I hear that she's trained in martial arts, so I'm hoping we can tussle at some point.

"That last bit was a joke," he added.

And it doesn't stop there: on Friday veteran US comedy actress Betty White, 90, was invited to a marine ball by Sgt. Ray Lewis, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"She's funny, she's sweet, she's mature, she's the all around perfect woman," Lewis says in the YouTube video invitation.

But the 89-year-old declined, diplomatically. "I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform," she said, in a statement forwarded by her publicist.

"But unfortunately I cannot accept, as I will be taping an episode of 'Hot In Cleveland,'" she said, referring to her hit show about three ageing showbiz veterans who find renewed fame when they unexpectedly land in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Look, don't touch: Flickr photo of the day 1 hour 52 minutes ago
    Look, don't touch: Flickr photo of the day

    If there's one car that's particularly sought-after among today's well-heeled car collectors, a Ferrari 250 would be it. Usually it's the GTO variant, like the 1963 that sold for a record $52 million last year. A 250 of any sorts demands unfathomable cash, however, which is why we can but gawk at this 250 Testa Rossa. It's as close as any mere mortal will ever come to owning one.

  • Peeling out at Octane Academy, the free driving school for Ford ST owners 2 hours 48 minutes ago
    Peeling out at Octane Academy, the free driving school for Ford ST owners

    Buyers of Ferraris or Jaguars are used to perks from manufacturers – including racetrack lessons to help master their exotic machines. But for enthusiasts on a tighter budget, the Ford ST Octane Academy might be the sweetest deal in motoring: Buy a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST hatchback, and the reward is a free day of training at one of America’s longest, most-lavish road courses.

  • Why you can't buy America's greenest car 6 hours ago
    Why you can't buy America's greenest car

    Ask me or any auto expert what's the fastest car you can buy for any given amount, and we could easily cough up several options. Same for most luxurious, or off-roadable, or any other measurement. Yet there's one type of question that's far harder to answer: What's the greenest, most environmentally friendly car you can buy today?

  • Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia
    Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia

    Armed pirates boarded a Singapore-managed oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel's shipment of diesel fuel, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday. The attack occurred early Tuesday off Malaysia's west coast, said Noel Choong, head of IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting centre. The diesel oil tanker was believed to be en route to Myanmar. "IMB is aware of the attack on the Singapore-managed ship in the Malacca Straits.

  • McDonald's Hello Kitty sale site temporarily suspended due to fresh wave of Kitty mania
    McDonald's Hello Kitty sale site temporarily suspended due to fresh wave of Kitty mania

    It may not be safe to enter a McDonald’s restaurant in Singapore on Mondays starting 28 April. To celebrate the iconic Japanese character Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, the fast food chain announced last Friday that it would be releasing a new collection of Hello Kitty toys in McDonald’s restaurants island wide next Monday.

  • First sign of S.Korea ferry disaster was call from a frightened boy
    First sign of S.Korea ferry disaster was call from a frightened boy

    He called the emergency 119 number which put him through to the fire service, which in turn forwarded him to the coastguard two minutes later. That was followed by about 20 other calls from children on board the ship to the emergency number, a fire service officer told Reuters.