AFI Film Festival kicked off last night with the premiere of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply and a celebratory opening night gala reception at The Hollywood Roosevelt.
The stars turned out in their best form to the TCL Chinese Theatre for the world premiere of Beatty’s first film since he wrote, directed, and produced Bulworth in 1998. His new film stars Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Beatty himself as the eccentric Howard Hughes. The film moves quickly, at times feeling like the pacing keeps up with Hughes’ barrage of strange requests and demands, and proved to be an all around enjoyable flick for the crowd who gave Beatty a standing ovation when he took to the podium to discuss this ambitious project.
Following the premiere, guests were ushered across the street to The Hollywood Roosevelt’s historic lobby and lavish Blossom Ballroom where the festival, sponsored by Audi, turned into a festive party. With DJ’s, a photo booth, and ample alcohol flowing including bottles of La Marca prosecco, attendees mingled alongside stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Anjelica Huston, and the cast of the film.
AFI Film Festival continues into next week with over a hundred films screening from all over the world. Special screenings include Damian Chazelle’s La La Land, Disney’s Moana, and Peter Berg’s Patriots Day which will close out the festival on the 17th.
For more information, visit AFI’s website.