Saturday, June 22, 2024

Cannes: Justin Timberlake Coming to The Croisette for Dreamworks “Trolls” Showing


EXCLUSIVE Woody Allen’s opening night in Cannes just got more star power. Justin Timberlake is coming.

The singer-actor-dancer-comedian is visiting to Cannes to promote his Dreamworks animated film “Trolls.” Timberlake wrote some music for the film. There’s going to be a presentation of clips from “Trolls” for press and distributors in the first couple of days of the festival.

Justin time (see how I did that?) Timberlake is dropping a new single tonight, his first new music since his “20/20” albums. By the time he hits the Palais red carpet on Wednesday he will have a hit they can play as he ascends the big staircase.

The “Trolls” hype will help to underscore the recent sale of Dreamworks Animation to Comcast. With the sale, there’s news that Jeffrey Katzenberg will leave the company. That’s too bad, since he’s the heart of it. Some of the great fun at Cannes in recent years has been with Katzenberg promoting “Kung Fu Panda” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie.” We will never forget Jeffrey propelling himself down a zip line across the Croisette from the Carlton Hotel to the Carlton Beach Club.

Ah, memories!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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