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Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar to Open 25th AFI FEST

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2011 at 7:59AM

Clint Eastwood's period biopic J. Edgar will open the 25th AFI FEST on November 3. The R-rated movie, which opens limited November 9 and wide November 11, was not ready for the fall festival circuit.
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Clint Eastwood's period biopic J. Edgar will open the 25th AFI FEST on November 3. The R-rated movie, which opens limited November 9 and wide November 11, was not ready for the fall festival circuit.

The movie delves into the public and hidden private life of powerful five-decade FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio). Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench co-star. Eastwood, Brian Grazer, and Robert Lorenz produced the original screenplay by Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Warners is mounting a full-on awards campaign for the film from Oscar perennial Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River also debuted at AFI). DiCaprio is due; he's been nominated three times, for Blood DIamond, The Aviator and What's Easting Gilbert Grape.

AFI FEST will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California, at Hollywood Boulevard's Chinese and Egyptian Theatres and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Festivals, Oscars, Clint Eastwood, Biopics, Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.