Justin Timberlake's good year got even better after Joel and Ethan Coen's new film "Inside Llewyn Davis" premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Timberlake has a supporting role in the drama, playing a 1960s singer whose wife (played by Carey Mulligan) has an affair with the title character (Oscar Isaac). During one particularly buzzy scene, Timberlake sings an entire folk song with Isaac and "Girls" star Adam Driver as his backup singers.
"The combination of Timberlake's reedy voice and Driver's basso profundo is so ... magical? Yes. Yes. It's magical," wrote Vulture's Kyle Buchanan of the "Inside Llewyn Davis" moment. "Anyway, it's so magical that when they finished the whole, uninterrupted number, the audience at the Salle Debussy burst out into delighted applause."
After the film debuted, Showbiz411 writer and editor Roger Friedman spoke with Timberlake about his career, which has pinged with what seems like little effort from singer to actor to comedian. "You know my music career hangs over me like a cloud," Timberlake reportedly told Friedman during a particularly introspective moment.
Not that the cloud is necessarily of the stormy variety. Timberlake's new album, "The 20/20 Experience," sold almost 1 million copies in its first week of release. The disc -- which featured singles "Suit and Tie" and "Mirrors" -- even has its own sequel coming later this year: Timberlake officially announced the second half of "The 20/20 Experience" earlier in May. The album will arrive on Sept. 30.
As for "Inside Llewyn Davis," with the Coen brothers' pedigree and a well-received debut at Cannes, the film is on track to be one of the most talked about Oscar contenders of 2013. Check out what critics had to say following the "Inside Llewyn Davis" premiere here. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is out on Dec. 6.