Jamie Randall: I used to worry a lot about who I’d be when I grew up. You know, like how much money I’d make or someday I’d become some big deal. Sometimes the thing you most want doesn’t happen. And sometimes the thing you never expect to happen, does. Like giving up my job in Chicago and everything and deciding to stay and apply to med school. I don’t know. You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.
Edward Zwick’s film is set to open the festival on November 4th. This could give the Jake Gyllenhaal/Anne Hathaway film Love and Other Drugs just the right kind of push to get launched into the 2010 Awards Season. I’m really excited for film. It’s set to open wide on November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman is set to close the festival on November 11th. Portman is already the front-runner for Best Actress this year based on the buzz the film has already generated on the festival circuit. Black Swan is set for a limited release on December 1st.
Let’s not forget, as well, that AFI Fest has hired David Lynch as their first ever guest artistic director. I feel like I would LOVE to go to this festival. Hopefully one of you can go for me and revel in its awesomeness!
It’s set to open during Thanksgiving weekend and Anne Hathaway has already drummed up some major Oscar buzz for her performance (she was nominated in 2008 for Best Actress for Rachel Getting Married). I really love Jake Gyllenhaal and I hope this is a grown-up enough performance to get the Academy’s attention again (he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain in 2005). I also really love Oliver Platt. He seems to be showing up in little supporting roles all over the place lately. I’m so glad. If you haven’t seen it, you should see the 90s road-trip/rom-com Michael, it’s one of Platt’s best performances.