November 11, 2011 at 2:59PM
iPOP On the Scene: AFI Fest Brings Almodovar and Herzog to LA, While "Marilyn" Hits NYC
Simon Curtis and "My Week With Marilyn" co-star Dominic Cooper at the opening exhibition of "Picturing Marilyn" in NYC.
AFI Fest, which just wrapped last night with Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," attracted some of film's brightest stars to Los Angeles for its annual event. Everyone from Leonard DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood (in town for the world premiere of "J. Edgar") to Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas (Almodovar was the festival's guest Artistic Director) were among the many faces to make appearances.
In New York, Harvey Weinstein was out in full force promoting the upcoming release of his Oscar-hopeful biopic "My Week With Marilyn." Michelle Williams' co-star in the film, Dominic Cooper ("The Devil's Double"), was on hand at the opening of "Picturing Marilyn," a photo exhibit hosted by The Weinstein Company and DIOR, to lend his support to the project.
We couldn't help but ask him about what he thought of Williams' much touted turn as Monroe. "She must have been terrified," he told to Indiewire. "But you have to do that stuff. That's why we all do it. You have to be terrified about failing. Watching her do it was really enlivening and a lesson to us to keep doing that. You must keep challenging yourself and be prepared to crash and burn. I think people are going to be astounded." Only time will tell. "My Week With Marilyn" opens in select theaters November 23.
iPOP: November 5 to November 11, 2011
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Almodovar and Banderas at AFI Fest
AFI Fest hosted a screening of Pedro Almodóvar's "Law of Desire" (1987) during the fest. Almodóvar served as this year's guest Artistic Director at the festival. He's seen here at the after-party sporting glasses and "Desire" star Antonio Banderas coming along.
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"J. Edgar" Premieres at AFI
"J. Edgar" director Clint Eastwood, star Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at the after-party following the film's premiere at AFI Fest last week.
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Ralph Fiennes On Red Carpet at AFI Fest
Director/actor Ralph Fiennes on the red carpet at AFI Fest, getting a greet from the festival's director, Jacqueline Lyanga. Fiennes directorial debut "Coriolanus" debuted at the festival this week.
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"The Loneliest Planet" Wins at AFI
"The Loneliest Planet" director Julia Loktev with star Hani Furstenberg and AFI Fest head programmer Lane Kneedler. "Planet" won the Grand Jury Prize in the New Auteurs competition at the festival.
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European Auteurs at AFI
There was quite the European auteur dinner during AFI Fest this week, when IFC Films hosted a dinner at Campenelli off La Brea. "The Kid with a Bike" directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (left) Béla Tarr ("Turin Horse," center) and Wim Wenders ("Pina") were joined by "The Loneliest Planet" director Julia Loktev (right), her actress Hani Fursternberg and AFI Fest Director Jacqueline Lyanga.
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Werner Herzog and IFC President at AFI
Werner Herzog with IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring at AFI Fest this week following the L.A. debut of his film at the event. Herzog's latest, "Into the Abyss" opens Friday, 11/11/11.
Nigel M. Smith
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Weinstein and Co. Check Out Monroe Exhibition
Harvey Weinstein, "My Week With Marilyn" director Simon Curtis, Andrea Riseborough and Dominic Cooper at the opening of the exhibition "Picturing Marilyn" at MILK in NYC, tied to the upcoming release of the Monroe biopic starring Michelle Williams. The night was hosted by DIOR and The Weinstein Company who are releasing the film. [Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty]
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Simon Curtis & Dominic Cooper at "Marilyn" Event
"My Week With Marilyn" director Simon Curtis with Dominic Cooper, at the opening of the exhibition "Picturing Marilyn" at MILK in NYC, hosted by DIOR and Harvey Weinstein. [Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty]