Clint Eastwood’s J. EDGAR to Premiere at AFI Fest

     September 7, 2011

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It looked like Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar was going to bypass the festival circuit entirely before opening on November 9th, but now it will hit up one fest along the way.  Deadline reports that the J. Edgar Hoover biopic will open this year’s AFI Fest on November 3rd. Warner Bros. insiders say that it’s Eastwood’s best shot at an Oscar since Million Dollar Baby, and it’s really surprising that people who work for the studio distributing J. Edgar would be talking up J. Edgar‘s Oscar chances.  You’ll forgive my skepticism since Eastwood hasn’t directed a great film since Unforgiven (his output since then has ranged from good to unwatchable).  His new M.O. is to take weighty subject matter and let that power the film without actually providing any insight or ambiguity.

However, I’ll end up seeing it since I always turn out for Eastwood.  Hoover is a fascinating and influential figure and I want the film to be good especially since it’s got a great cast in Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, and Judi Dench.  It’s worth noting that opening AFI Fest doesn’t always get the Oscar ball rolling.  Last year’s opener was Love & Other Drugs.

  • William Forrester

    I think Leonardo will surely get a nomination for an Academy Award. I think he’ll get a Oscar nomination at least. He is incredible and he is amazing. And I think he will get it. It’s an incredible performance, just wonderful.

    • Terry

      O’rely? Yeah Leo is capable but he really isn’t that good. I saw Shutter Island and Mark Ruffalo ate his lunch in every scene the way Michelle Williams literally rendered Kirsten Dunst useless in Dick.
      But at least Leo can pack on the pounds.

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  • slinky317

    Come on now, Gran Turino was a really well-directed film.

    • deniropacino

      Gran Torino had bad acting from the asian actors(i’m not being racist. it’s just that they gave a bad performance. it’s really distracting). a fine film nonetheless. Eastwood’s presence on screen is always welcoming.

      Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Letters for Iwo Jima on the other hand are great movies. and Invictus was a good one. now if you don’t like melodrama or an anti war film, then it’s understandable that you won’t like MR and LfIJ, but Mystic River is BAD-ASS! Matt Goldberg is crazy for not loving an Eastwood film since Unforgiven.

  • Cynthia Freel

    Uh, Matt – A PERFECT WORLD, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, MYSTIC RIVER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, THE CHANGELING and GRAN TORNINO? Your comment may betray a young age and, perhaps, a limited cinematic pallet. I totally agree that UNFORGIVEN is Eastwood’s masterpiece and one of the greatest films ever made. That being said, you should give the above-referenced films a second viewing. They’re ‘great,’ with – at the very least – MYSTIC RIVER and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA being ‘classics.’

  • Jdsmoothe

    To not like Million Dollar Baby…fine. But to not like Letters From Iwo Jima and Mystic River? Where’s your taste in movies pal?

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