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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Crash Dakota Johnson’s ‘SNL’ Monologue on January 28, 2024 at 2:17 pm Us Weekly

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Justin Timberlake returned to the Saturday Night Live stage for the first time in a decade, crashing host Dakota Johnson’s monologue.

“I’m so excited to be back at SNL. It’s sort of a reunion for me and Justin Timberlake [because] we were actually in a movie together called The Social Network,” Johnson, 34, said during the opening of the Saturday, January 27, episode, referring to the 2010 film after the invention of Facebook.

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Before the actress could continue with her monologue, Timberlake, 42, walked onstage and surprised her.

“I remember those days, Dakota,” Timberlake mused before the Madame Web star asked why he was on the Studio 8H stage since he was tapped as Saturday’s musical guest. “I heard my name. I thought that was my cue,” he continued. “Well, if you want me to be in sketches, I have hosted before.”

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Timberlake then mouthed that he’s previously hosted the show five times, to which Johnson pointed out that it was “10 years ago,” gushing that she was so excited for the singer to make his comeback on “my show.” While Johnson asserted that she didn’t need any help to complete her monologue, another surprise guest walked onto the stage.

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Jimmy Fallon, a former SNL cast member and a friend of Timberlake’s, then strutted on stage dressed in a 1970s-inspired white suit.

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“Are we doing this?” Fallon, 49, asked before Timberlake pantomimed for the duo to leave the soundstage. Fallon added, “I’m here to say break a leg. These are my normal clothes!”

Timberlake and Fallon did get their wish for a cameo, appearing in the “Barry Gibb Talk Show” sketch in matching white suits and wigs to discuss the 2024 presidential election.

As the episode’s musical guest, Timberlake performed “Selfish” and “Sanctified,” both of which are tracks from his upcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was.

Timberlake is an SNL veteran, having been tapped as host and musical guest multiple times. He made his debut in 2000 with his ‘NSync bandmates Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez. Timberlake later hosted episodes in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013, playing double duty as host and musical guest three of those times.

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Timberlake has also made many now-viral cameos on SNL, including several musical numbers with former cast member Andy Samberg and his The Lonely Island collaborators, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Timberlake and the comedy trio joined forces for several music videos, including “D–k in a Box.”

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“Jorma [said], ‘What if we do the old popcorn in the movies prank?’ He was like, ‘You know the whole d–k in the popcorn,’” Timberlake recalled of the sketch pitch during a “Hot Ones” interview in 2020. “I was like, ‘That sounds super creepy, bro!’ To which we then said, ‘Yeah, that’s totally appropriate for two guys who are completely misled about what’s appropriate.’”

While Timberlake was game to try the concept, he was worried that the FCC would fine SNL if they said the word “d–k” on live television. By the time rehearsals started, the FCC informed them that the skit would need to be censored.

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“I think the irony of that is, I think the funnier version of that is the bleeped-out version,” Timberlake added at the time. “I fully believe that that idea wouldn’t have been seen all the way through if the big wigs had known what we were doing.”

Schaffer, 46, previously told NPR in 2013 that Timberlake helped them find the sketch’s musical sound.

“When he came and did that song with us, he taught us, like, 10 things, I would say, that we still use to this day about just proper recording and kind of little tricks about using the left speaker vs. the right speaker and stuff like that,” Schaffer told the outlet.

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Saturday’s episode also featured cameos from Shark Tank mentors Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban, who played themselves in an entrepreneurial sketch.

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Justin Timberlake returned to the Saturday Night Live stage for the first time in a decade, crashing host Dakota Johnson’s monologue. “I’m so excited to be back at SNL. It’s sort of a reunion for me and Justin Timberlake [because] we were actually in a movie together called The Social Network,” Johnson, 34, said during 

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Rosie Maddox: Rom-Com Wins with Best Screenplay!

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Get ready to applaud because Rosie Maddox, the creative genius behind “Wishing on Stars,” is making waves with her latest triumph as the winner of the Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay Award! Her captivating storytelling has earned her a well-deserved spotlight at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, where her heartwarming screenplay stole hearts and tickled funny bones.

From the bustling streets of Washington to the vibrant cityscape of Seattle, Rosie’s narrative prowess shines as she crafts a tale of serendipitous reunions and unexpected love. With “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie invites audiences on an enchanting journey of rediscovery, friendship, and the magic of second chances.

This isn’t just any rom-com—it’s a testament to Rosie’s innate ability to infuse depth and authenticity into her characters, making them leap off the page and into our hearts. As we eagerly await the cinematic adaptation of “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie continues to captivate audiences with her unique brand of storytelling, proving that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of film.

Join us in celebrating Rosie Maddox’s remarkable achievement and stay tuned for more updates as she continues to enchant us with her magical tales of laughter, love, and the endless possibilities of the human heart. Congratulations, Rosie—you’ve truly earned your place among the stars!

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“Changing Spots”: A Heartwarming Family Journey

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In “Changing Spots,” Lauren L. Owen masterfully weaves a heartwarming tale centered around Lizzie Jennings, a black anthropology student in her mid-30s, and her aging father, Walter. As Walter grapples with the challenges of living independently for the first time, Lizzie steps in to assist him, embarking on a dual mission to help her father become self-sustainable while documenting their progress for her thesis. Through candid interviews and her own camera footage, the story unfolds in a captivating mockumentary style, offering a glimpse into the tender moments and humorous mishaps that define their journey.

Owen, a trailblazing talent in the industry and the first Black or African American graduate of NYU’s MBA/MFA dual master’s degree program, brings her unique perspective to “Changing Spots.” With a remarkable background in producing, writing, and directing, including collaborations with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and notable projects like “BlacKkKlansman” and “See You Yesterday,” Owen’s work is deeply rooted in promoting diversity both on and off the screen. Through her storytelling, she celebrates the bond between black women and their fathers, shedding light on the often overlooked narratives that resonate with audiences on a profound level.

Fun fact: Lauren Owen is also an Associate Producer for the Netflix Original Film, “See You Yesterday,” further showcasing her versatility and impact in the industry.

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As Owen shares her personal connection to the story, drawing inspiration from her own experiences and her playful sense of humor inherited from her father, she invites viewers to embrace the complexities of familial relationships and the importance of staying connected despite life’s challenges. “Changing Spots” serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of love, laughter, and shared moments, resonating with audiences of all backgrounds and generations.

Moreover, Owen’s exceptional talent as a writer shines through as she clinched the prestigious Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, further cementing her status as a rising star in the industry. This accolade not only recognizes Owen’s remarkable storytelling skills but also underscores the universal appeal and relatability of “Changing Spots.” As audiences continue to embrace this heartwarming tale, Owen’s win serves as a testament to the enduring impact of stories that celebrate the beauty of family bonds and the journey of self-discovery.

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Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

 

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“A Messy Divorce” Named Finalist for Best Dark Comedy Film Award

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev

Phil Grishayev, a talented filmmaker based in Los Angeles, is making waves in the comedy film scene with his uproarious short film, “A Messy Divorce.” Born and raised in Poland, Grishayev relocated to the United States in his early twenties, where his passion for storytelling and visual arts blossomed. Despite being relatively new to directing and producing, Grishayev’s creative vision and dedication have propelled him into the spotlight of the entertainment industry.

“A Messy Divorce” is not only Grishayev’s directorial debut but also a testament to his ability to breathe life into captivating narratives. The film, originally conceived as a screenplay by Grishayev’s friend Lenar Kamalov, follows the misadventures of a newly divorced couple who accidentally run over a man on the road and hilariously attempt to cover up their tracks. With its clever twists and comedic timing, “A Messy Divorce” has earned critical acclaim and audience praise alike.

Despite its humble beginnings, “A Messy Divorce” has already achieved notable success in the film festival circuit. Grishayev’s screenplay won a prestigious award at SWN, and the film was selected as an Official Entry at the Houston Comedy Festival in 2021. Now, as a finalist for the Best Dark Comedy Film Award at the esteemed Houston Comedy Film Festival, “A Messy Divorce” continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of humor and wit.

Looking ahead, Grishayev has ambitious plans to expand “A Messy Divorce” into a full-length feature film, showcasing his commitment to storytelling and filmmaking. With his innovative approach and creative flair, Grishayev is poised to make a lasting impact on the comedy genre and beyond.

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As the anticipation builds for the Houston Comedy Film Festival, all eyes are on Phil Grishayev and “A Messy Divorce,” eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. In the meantime, audiences can experience the comedic brilliance of Grishayev’s work and witness the rise of a promising filmmaker in the entertainment industry.

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev, and Hollywood Executive Producer and Houston Comedy Film Festival Director, Roselyn Omaka

From the Film Festival Circuit Founder, Mikal Fair:

Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

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