AFI Fest: The Fighter (2010)

A confident looking Mark Wahlberg took to the stage last night at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to introduce the world premiere of his film The Fighter to an eager AFI Fest audience, the likes of which he joked he hadn’t seen since his days with The Funky Bunch. Almost willing the audience to love the film, (read…)

AFI Fest 2010 Secret Screening Announced: World premiere of Russell’s ‘The Fighter’

I was hoping against hope the secret screening would be True Grit, but this will do. Here’s this morning’s press release: AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FIGHTER AS ITS SECRET SCREENING Free Tickets Available at 10:00 a.m.; Screening Tonight at 9:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES, CA, November 9, 2010  AFI (read…)

AFI Fest: Nicole Kidman in ‘Rabbit Hole’ (2010)

Adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, John Cameron Mitchell’s terrific and moving Rabbit Hole checks in with parents Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart 8 months after they lost their 4-year-old son to a tragic accident. It’s that fuzzy time when the rest of the world has moved on and expects that (read…)

AFI Fest 2010: What you need to know

Free tickets for AFI Fest 2010 presented by Audi (11/4 – 11/11) were made available to AFI members this morning and they will be made available to the general public tomorrow. More info is available at AFI.COM/AFIFEST or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST. You can access descriptions, information and schedules for all films playing at the festival (read…)

Lynch’s AFI Fest selections include Kubrick, Bergman, Wilder, Hitchcock & Tati

In addition to creating AFI Fest’s creepy official image and providing the music for the equally creepy promotional video (above), first time AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director David Lynch’s duties also include selecting a group of films for the festival’s special side bar featuring Eraserhead, Lynch’s debut film which he made as a Fellow at (read…)

AFI Fest announces World Cinema & Midnight Selections

Since I don’t travel the world going to film festivals, my favorite part of AFI Fest is the World Cinema section which cherry picks a number of the best films the world has to offer in a given year. It’s my first chance to see some of the films that have been buzzed about since (read…)

AFI Fest Gala & Special Screenings: King’s Speech, Herzog 3D

AFI announced its line up of red carpet galas and special screenings this morning with Werner Herzog’s 3D cave painting documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams topping my list of things to see. Also joining Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Ed Zwick’s Love & Other Drugs which were previously announced: Tom Hooper’s Oscar flavor of the (read…)

Press Release: ‘Love & Other Drugs’ to open AFI Fest, ‘Black Swan’ to close

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF LOVE & OTHER DRUGS AS OPENING NIGHT GALA AND BLACK SWAN AS CLOSING NIGHT GALA Both Directors and their Creative Ensembles are Alumni of the Renowned AFI Conservatory LOS ANGELES, CA, September 23, 2010. AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced today that it will (read…)

Press Release: David Lynch to be ‘first ever’ AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director

David Lynch was among the first Fellows of AFI’s Center For Advanced Film Studies. It’s where he got the classic Eraserhead off the ground. So it seems especially appropriate that he’s been chosen as the first Guest Artistic Director of AFI Fest 2010. Lynch designed the festival’s official image (above) and he’ll program films “that (read…)

AFI Fest stays free in 2010

The 24th annual AFI Fest will play out November 4 – 11 in and around the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. According to the press release, free tickets will be available to all screenings just like last year.  “What began as a recession-inspired experiment has proven a new model for film (read…)

AFI Fest: The White Ribbon

The domestic trailer for Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) plus a few thoughts from the AFI Fest screening

AFI Fest: SPC picks up Argentina’s Oscar hopeful

A look at an AFI Fest entrant, Argentina’s official foreign language Oscar submission and a recent Sony Pictures Classic pickup all at once: The Secret in Their Eyes

AFI Fest: ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘Woman Without a Piano’ split New Lights prize

The innaugural AFI New Lights competition prize awarded to first and second time filmmakers went to Andrea Arnold’s terrific Fish Tank and Javier Rebello’s strange but fascinating Woman Without a Piano. Arnold’s film which won the Prix du Jury at Cannes is a stark and grim portrait of a 15-year-old girl growing up fatherless in (read…)

AFI Fest: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The latest from Terry Gilliam starring Heath Ledger and Christopher Plummer screens tonight at AFI Fest. It’s imperfect, but it’s Gilliam’s best film in a long long time and should please fans of the man’s amazing imagination.

AFI Fest: Fantastic and not-so-fantastic


AFI Fest 2009: Launch!

Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray on the red carpet outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater for the North American premiere of Fantastic Mr. Fox at 2009 AFI Fest. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser) Before introducing filmmaker Wes Anderson last night to kick off the 23rd Annual AFI Fest, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale evoked the intertwined (read…)

‘Panic’ coming in December. Animated Oscar to 5 noms?

With the pending release of the Belgian animated A TOWN CALLED PANIC, will the Best Animated Feature category get bumped from three to five?

Complete AFI Fest Schedule

The complete AFI Fest 2009 Schedule ordered by date and time with links to the appropriate movie page.

Free AFI Fest tickets beginning today

Free tickets to the 23rd Annual AFI Fest beginning today! See Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Road, A Single Man, Precious and more.

AFI Fest: Single Man, Dr. Parnassus and The Road added

The complete lineup for AFI Fest 2009 (10/30 – 11/7) was released today. Earlier announcements pegged the North American premiere of Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox as the opening night film, plus gala screenings of Robert De Niro’s Everybody’s Fine, and Lee Daniel’s much-buzzed Sundance favorite Precious. Today’s release includes the US premiere of Terry (read…)

The sociopathic Mr. Anderson or the cry baby Mr. Oliver?

This is a non-story unless you’re a fan of behind the scenes gossip and on set squabbles. I’m not, but back in September I dropped passing reference (by way of Vulture) to bad blood between Wes Anderson and the team of animators he hired to bring his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox to (read…)

Trailer: The Messenger

Apple has the trailer for Owen Moverman’s The Messenger, a film starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson as two soldiers tasked with notifying next of kin of the deaths of their loved ones. Samantha Morton plays a widow who Foster becomes attached to. The Messenger premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival where it was (read…)

‘Everybody’s Fine’ with AFI Fest

AFI announced this morning that Robert De Niro’s Everybody’s Fine will be making its world premiere at AFI Fest on November 3rd. Truth be told, I skipped posting the trailer for this remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene a couple of weeks back because the story of a man who sets out on a (read…)

AFI Fest to open with ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox has been announced as the opening night film of AFI Fest 2009 which runs in Hollywood from October 30 to November 7. The film featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson opens in limited (read…)

AFI’s promising opening lineup announced

The first selections for the 23rd AFI Fest in Los Angeles were announced today with a number of films that have been getting lots of buzz at recent festivals. Cannes: Marco Bellochio’s Vincere, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective, Bong Joon-ho’s Mother. Berlin: Claude Chabrol’s Bellamy Sundance: Lee Daniels’ Precious: Based on (read…)

AFI Fest 2008: The Awards

A group of Indian teenagers doing their part to make the world a better place in the AFI Audience Prize co-winner for Best Documentary: The World We Want As Edward Zwick’s World War II drama Defiance makes its world premiere tonight, AFI draws to a close for another year, but not before the grand jury (read…)

AFI Fest 2008: Update

François Bégaudeau in Laurent Cantet’s The Class Ok, back to the movies. I’m a little behind with the AFI coverage so I’ll just start throwing out reviews as I get them done in no particular order. Revanche Austria 2008. US Premiere Austria’s official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar follows the inexorably intersecting lives of (read…)

Trailer: Slumdog Millionaire

Once again Jennybee is Jenny-on-the-spot with a trailer heads up. This time it’s for Danny Boyle’s much-buzzed Slumdog Millionaire over at Yahoo. After successful runs at Telluride and Toronto, the Oscar hype around Slumdog continues to grow. Click the image below to link to the trailer page. AFI Fest is having a tribute to Danny Boyle (read…)

Trailer: The Class

Yahoo has the trailer for Laurent Cantet’s 2008 Palme d’Or winning film The Class.   Click to see trailer at Yahoo France’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 25. It’s also playing at AFI Fest which officially begins Thursday. Thanks to Jennybee for the (read…)

Win a Ticket to See ‘Che’ at AFI Fest on 11/1

Benicio Del Toro in Che Hey there LA area LiC readers. How’d you like to see the sold out Gala presentation of Steven Soderbergh’s Che at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood at 6pm on Saturday, November 1, 2008? I’ll make it easy on you. Send an email with “Che Ticket” in the subject line (read…)

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