By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2009 at 8:27AM
The AFI Festival has selected as its opener Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. The fest takes place October 30 - November 7, 2009 in Hollywood. The movie is yet another George Clooney vehicle coming out this fall (along with Up in the Air and The Men Who Stare at Goats). The bad news: the star has to promote them all.
North American rights to Toronto opener Creation, the period Charles Darwin biopic starring the dour husband-and-wife team of Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, have gone to Newmarket.
Denmark's bad-boy filmmaker Lars Von Trier doesn't fly, so he submitted to the ritual NYFF Q & A via Skype. He got hammered in NY more than he did in Cannes, which was tough enough. Here's my Cannes coverage of Antichrist, a bad movie from a gifted director who was trying to find his way back to filmmaking, for better or or worse. Let's hope his next is better.
As the Weinstein Co. gears up for what could be their biggest Oscar season in years, the distrib is trimming down further, with another round of layoffs, losing 35 positions.
Will Fox Searchlight find another Wrestler or Slumdog this year? New co-topper Nancy Utley is profiled in Variety's women's impact issue.
Behind the scenes with "Revolution" on Beatles Rock Band.
Will Disney's robot movie Surrogates burnish Bruce Willis's star profile?