At the press conference for J. Edgar, which premiered last night at AFI Fest to mixed, often hilarious reviews, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts joined director Clint Eastwood, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and producer Brian Grazer fielded questions about the very issues that make the biopic seem difficult to make: the ambiguity surrounding both Hoover and his confidants' personal lives. Movieline culled the best five quotes from the panel, one of which involves 81-year-old Eastwood's on-set brawling.
Kudos to AFI Fest for offering three important qualities next month, when the annual Los Angeles film festival runs November 3-10. For starters, in addition to fest opener J. Edgar, they're programming Shame, one of my fall awards season must-sees and the potentially life-changing opportunity to see Michael Fassbender bare it all. (I mean emotionally, of course. Ahem.). Secondly, it's held right here in Los Angeles -- no pesky traveling to distant, exotic, champagne-sipping lands like France and Italy! Because that must suck. But most importantly, the entire AFI Fest is free. Complimentary. Gratis. Hit the jump to see the recently-announced line-up of must see films you'll want to snag a ticket to.
This past week, Movieline had the honor of being a media sponsor at the glitzy AFI Fest in Hollywood, presented by Audi. There were splashy film galas every night, honoring the biggest films of the year like The Company Men, Love and Other Drugs, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, The King's Speech and Casino Jack. The categories of films in competition include World Cinema, New Auteurs, Young Americans, Breakthrough, and several categories of Shorts. Names of the winners, and a link to our gallery, after the jump.