Saturday, April 20, 2024

Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” to Open AFI Fest, May Screen Privately in Venice


EXCLUSIVE While all the other fall films and Oscar wannabes are jockeying around for festival runs, here’s some news on Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.”

I’m told that the film directed by Beatty with a great cast is likely to WILL open the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles on November 10th. That makes sense, because Fox is said to be going wide with it on November 23rd.

I’m also hearing that there may be a private screening of “Rules” sometime over the next two weeks in Venice. It won’t be anything public, and maybe just for foreign distributors.

The buzz is very good, and so is the trailer. The movie stars Beatty as Howard Hughes, but the main story is about Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich, with Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, and Annette Bening among the supporting players.

Beatty is said to be on track for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, and the film itself will be in the awards mix. I hope so. We desperately need something stylish and smart this fall.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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