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Love & Other Drugs and Black Swan To Bookend AFI Fest

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 23, 2010 at 5:53AM

The American Film Institute's 2010 Festival will open November 4 in Los Angeles with the world premiere of Edward Zwick's Love & Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Closing the fest on November 11 is Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis (which opened Venice earlier this month).
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The American Film Institute's 2010 Festival will open November 4 in Los Angeles with the world premiere of Edward Zwick's Love & Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Closing the fest on November 11 is Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis (which opened Venice earlier this month).

Zwick is excited to show his latest at the place he returns to "as often as possible, to teach and to learn," he says. And Aronofsky, an AFI Conservatory alum, is thrilled to be screening his pic "at my favorite theater in the world, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre." (The Mann Chinese 6 and Egyptian Theatre are also showcasing the fest's offerings). Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga believes both films tell unique stories from "very personal points of view," she says, that embody "both mainstream and experimental voices."

Here are the trailers: Love & Other Drugs, Black Swan.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Darren Aronofsky, Thriller, Drama, comedy, Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman


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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.