Using jQuery Coda plugin, css-tricks.com has created a very good script for a featured content gallery with auto advancing. It can be created with simple html markups.
|jQuery, jQuery Easing & Compatibility plugin, jquery Coda plugin
|Less than 40KB (All scripts including jQuery compressed)
|None (Free to use on any site)
Add scroll functionality (carousel functionality) in the thumbnails so that any number of items can be featured.For demo and download, please check the links