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Adventures of Tintin to Close AFI FEST: Building Awareness, Oscar Buzz

Adventures of Tintin to Close AFI FEST: Building Awareness, Oscar Buzz

The fact that Paramount and Columbia have added The Adventures of Tintin as the AFI FEST’s closing night gala on November 10 suggests that the studios harbor Oscar hopes—or Steven Spielberg does. It’s not unusual for a studio to make a fuss over a marquee filmmaker like Spielberg. But the 3-D performance capture movie has played well to critics and audiences alike in Europe—where the Herge comics are better known—and the studio wants to build awareness here. Spielberg is a past AFI Achievement Award-winner.

The movie, produced by Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Peter Jackson with VFX from his Weta studio in Wellywood, stars Jamie Bell as the titular fearless adventurer, Andy Serkis as craggy Captain Haddock, who helps him chase after lost treasure, Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham, and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the Thompson twins. The story is adapted from the Herge comics by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. As usual the score is by John Williams, marking the 25th time he has worked with Spielberg. Now that makes me feel old.

More details below.

Five of Spielberg’s movies rate among the greatest films of all time on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list: SCHINDLER’S LIST (#8), E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (#24), JAWS (#56), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (#66) and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (#71); and he recently completed a one-hour special at the AFI Conservatory with friend and collaborator John Williams entitled TCM presents AFI’s Master Class: The Art of Collaboration that will debut on Turner Classic Movies on November 15, 2011 and will explore the four-decade friendship and working relationship between the two artists, among the most prolific and influential collaborations in film history. In addition, both Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy serve on the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, which is comprised of leaders of the motion picture and television communities and leaders from global goods and services companies and is chaired by Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of the Sony Corporation. Spielberg has been an AFI Trustee since 1986, Kennedy since 1994.

AFI FEST, a showcase of the most highly anticipated films and performances of the year, kicks off awards-season with presentations that spotlight the works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents. For the third consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package provide reserved access to red carpet galas such as THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN. These and other AFI FEST packages and passes — which ensure access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events — are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. AFI members receive a 10% discount on all festival passes. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and packages and passes are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas are now available online at AFI.com/AFIFEST and in person at the AT&T Box Office at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood. A limited number of tickets to sold-out films will be available online 24 hours in advance of the screening and at the AT&T Box Office the day of the screening. Rush lines for screenings begin forming one hour before the scheduled screening start times.

AFI FEST — celebrating its 25th year — will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California, at the historic Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present, in Association with Hemisphere Capital, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOT, DEFIANCE) as Tintin, the young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, DEFIANCE) as the nefarious Red Rackham.

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