Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’ tapped to open AFI Fest

Posted by · 8:12 am · September 7th, 2011

The press release, in part:

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that J. EDGAR, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi…

“Clint Eastwood is an American icon ­ one whose work as a director, actor, producer and composer not only stands the test of time, but also continues to add new, rich chapters with each passing year,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. “What a gift it is to be going to the movies when Clint Eastwood is making them, and what an honor it is for the American Film Institute to premiere his latest contribution to America’s cultural legacy.”

Recent AFI Fest openers have included “Love & Other Drugs” and “Doubt.”

[Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures]

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  • 1 9-07-2011 at 8:44 am

    Brock Landers said...

    They need to release a trailer for this already. I want to see if Eastwood captured the atmosphere and scope that the script did.

  • 2 9-07-2011 at 8:53 am

    The Other James D. said...

    The Eastwood strategy of last-minute-blitzing is so tiring. I just wanna see if we get a sense of how the main cast is.

    Not that Spielberg isn’t practicing end-of-the-year one-upsmanship either.

    Oy, these people.

  • 3 9-07-2011 at 9:24 am

    Squasher88 said...

    Seriously, it’s releasing in 2 months and still no trailer?! Come on Clint, give us something to work with!

  • 4 9-07-2011 at 9:58 am

    tintin said...

    I love u Clint.

  • 5 9-07-2011 at 1:55 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Yes, a trailer would be very nice any day now. That also goes for ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and maybe if we are REALLY lucky, ‘Young Adult.’ Until then, I will keep re-watching the ‘Like Crazy’ trailer… it gets me every time :(

  • 6 9-07-2011 at 2:02 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    @The Other James D- What are you talking about? We already got trailers for his films… albeit the trailer for ‘War Horse’ isn’t very telling but it’s something rather than the big fat nothing Eastwood is serving us.

  • 7 9-07-2011 at 2:04 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    I was never referring to trailers for Spielberg. I’m talking about how he’s premiering his film at the end of December, after almost everything else, just like with Munich. It’s so sneaky, and becomes so predictable. I just kinda hope it turns out to be hollower than expected like the aforementioned, and something more inspired emerges victorious.

  • 8 9-07-2011 at 2:20 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Gotcha. Yeah, I agree. I’m not the slightest bit interested in ‘Tin Tin’, so ‘War Horse’ will have to do it for me. Anticipation is fading on that one as well.

  • 9 9-07-2011 at 2:23 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    Really interested in seeing what Di Caprio does with this — could be extraordinary…or not.

  • 10 9-07-2011 at 8:14 pm

    Maxim said...

    “I’m talking about how he’s premiering his film at the end of December, after almost everything else, just like with Munich.

    It’s so sneaky, and becomes so predictable. ”

    Yes, moron. If there is one thing Spielberg is known for, it is releasing films at the end of December. As opposed to, you know, someone like Eastwood.

    It’s unheard of to release a movie during the holiday season! How predictable of Fincher and Crowe.

    And sneaky of people to actually release movies NEXT year. So predictable!

  • 11 9-07-2011 at 8:16 pm

    Maxim said...

    Also, FYI, late December has always been a prime time to release movies, which has nothing to do with awards. In any case, Tintin (which looks amazing) will premiere on October 22 and War Horse will be seen and reviewed before December.

  • 12 9-19-2011 at 10:07 pm

    James said...

    Boy, you’re enjoying some interesting conversation about movies……..and then this maxim guy comes along and drives us right into the gutter. A shame.