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Love & Other Drugs and Black Swan To Bookend AFI Fest

Love & Other Drugs and Black Swan To Bookend AFI Fest

Thompson on Hollywood

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.

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In US, upscale sexual films with graphic nude scenes tend to polarize critics and flop at box office. I suspect that “Black Swan” gets generally positive reviews may be partly because “Black Swan” is an upscale sexual film without any nude scene. On the other hand, “Chloe” polarized critics and received an 350-theaters dumped opening, despite of the film’s star power (although $3 million box office gross isn’t bad for the release pattern “Chloe” had) .

“Love & Other Drugs” is also an upscale sexual film with graphic nude scenes. But based on this film’s poster, it looks like Fox are marketing this film in more sexual way than I thought. Making a sexual film with graphic nude scenes is brave enough (for studios like Fox), and now Fox is also marketing this film sexyly? I wish Fox will get rewarded at box office.

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