So what major Oscar-worthy feature will be chosen to open the AFI Film Fest on 10.30, now that The Soloist has been withdrawn from that slot? An announcement will be forthcoming later this afternoon, I’m hearing. If I were running the AFI show, I would get either Doubt or Nothing But The Truth. Or I’d shift the already-scheduled The Wrestler or Slumdog Millionaire into the opening-night position.
The Soloist was yanked due to stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx not being interested in doing the red carpet due to the general atmosphere of humiliation and embarassment stemming from Paramount’s decision to bump the Joe Wright-directed drama into Match 2009.