AFI FEST: ‘The Fighter’ sneak attack

Posted by · 8:30 am · November 9th, 2010

Paramount is showing David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” to press tomorrow night on the lot, but this morning brings a curious announcement that the film will have a “secret” AFI Fest screening tonight.  I may give it a shot.  The press release, in part:

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced today that it will screen THE FIGHTER, from director David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, for festival attendees tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Admission to the screening is available to AFI FEST 2010 passholders and the general public through online ticket reservations at and the AFI FEST box office at Hollywood & Highland from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., on a first-come, first served basis. The Rush Line will begin forming at 8:30 p.m. All attendees are invited to walk the red carpet for the screening.

[Photo: Paramount Pictures]

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  • 1 11-09-2010 at 8:43 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Despite my recent disenchantment with Wahlberg, I’m hoping this one turns out to be a really good movie. Let us know what you think if/when you see it.

  • 2 11-09-2010 at 9:46 am

    RVialet said...

    I’ll be there. I was hoping that they would announce that the screening was going to be of True Grit, but this is exciting too!

    I’m a big Christian Bale fan so I can’t wait.

  • 3 11-09-2010 at 9:55 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    True Grit is still not finished.

  • 4 11-09-2010 at 10:01 am

    Roy said...

    Has there been any verification one way or another on whether Grit’s running time is around or slightly below the ninety minute mark?

  • 5 11-09-2010 at 10:04 am

    JJ1 said...

    For what it’s worth, I just watched the original True Grit. I found it fine; ditto John Wayne. But the first half of the movie stunk. I think it will be a struggle for the Coens to make Gold out of the source material. I think it will be a challenge. Though, if anyone can do it, it could be them.

  • 6 11-09-2010 at 10:08 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Roy: I’ve been told 140 minutes so not sure what that’s all about.

  • 7 11-09-2010 at 10:27 am

    Roy said...

    Thanks Kris, was just a rumour I’d read in the comments section here and on another site a few weeks back. 140 minutes sounds more realistic alright

  • 8 11-09-2010 at 10:31 am

    Leone said...

    I’m so excited to see this movie — I’m going tonight!!

  • 9 11-09-2010 at 10:36 am

    Keil Shults said...

    For the record, True Grit and Cowboys and Aliens are NOT the same movie.

  • 10 11-09-2010 at 10:44 am

    Maxim said...

    “True Grit is still not finished.”

    Coens need to tell Roderick Jaynes to hurry it up then :D.

    The final length should be announced at the time we get the MPAA rating.

  • 11 11-09-2010 at 11:24 am

    Keil Shults said...

    I think the trajectory of this thread says it all:

    (The Dude + Jason Bourne) x The Coen Brothers > David O. Russell + (Batman x Dirk Diggler)

  • 12 11-09-2010 at 9:20 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    I’m curious about the state of embargoes on this one. I find my interest in the film is dwindling outside of Christian Bale’s performance, which is odd because for a while I was completely on board with this film. Hopefully we hear something really soon because the film’s buzz needs to get going soon if Paramount really wants it to be a major contender (no pun intended).

  • 13 11-09-2010 at 10:07 pm

    Drew said...

    Can’t wait to find reactions to this movie