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Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson's 'Adventures of Tintin' to Close Out AFI Fest (Exclusive)

The Adventures of Tintin
<p>The comic book character has a stronger following in Europe, where the film was first screened and will release on October 26, before its U.S. debut on December 21. &quot;Although only marginally popular in the States, <em>Tintin</em> is to many readers worldwide (especially in Western Europe and the UK) what <em>Batman</em> and <em>Spider-Man</em> are to Americans: a comic book they discovered as kids, grew up with and continue to cherish,&quot; <em>THR</em>&#39;s <span class="submitted">Jordan Mintzer wrote in his <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/spielberg-adventures-tintin-secret-unicorn-film-249116" target="_blank">review of the film</a>.</span></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/spielberg-adventures-tintin-secret-unicorn-film-249116">FILM REVIEW: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/steven-spielberg-set-61402">PHOTOS: Steven Spielberg on Set</a></strong></p>
U.S. audiences will get a sneak-peak of the animated features ahead of its Dec. 21 debut.

Those who can't wait for The Adventures of Tintin to hit North American shores may have a shot at seeing the movie early, in just less than two weeks.

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The Steven Spielberg-directed and Peter Jackson-produced animated feature, already a hit in Europe, doesn't open domestically until Dec. 21, but it will make an early appearance in Los Angeles as the closing night film at AFI Fest on Nov. 10, according to sources.

The 25th edition of the festival, produced under the auspices of the American Film Festival, has not yet announced its closing night feature, and declined comment on the prospect of Tintin.

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AFI Fest kicks off Thursday with the premiere of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, the J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The festival runs until November 10 but has not yet officially announced its closing night film.

Tintin, which is giving Spielberg some of his best reviews in years, played in its entirety at ShowEast, held last week. The movie grossed a fantastic $55.8 million since it began its international roll-out October 26.

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