Clooney, Fantastic Mr. Fox to open London festival

Wed Sep 9, 2009 11:59am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - George Clooney will be on the red carpet for the opening night of this year's London Film Festival at the world premiere of Wes Anderson's animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

The movie, also starring Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, is Anderson's take on author Roald Dahl's story about a fox who poaches chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys for his wife Mrs. Fox and the small Four Foxes.

The London event opens on October 14 and ends on October 29, and boasts 15 world premieres, 191 feature films and 113 short films.

Clooney, 48, will also appear at the festival with "The Men Who Stare at Goats," a comedy set in Iraq which had its world premiere at the Venice film festival this week.

The London festival will close with "Nowhere Boy," a drama about the early life of Beatle John Lennon directed by British artist Sam Taylor-Wood.

(Writing by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Actor George Clooney poses for photographers during a red carpet for the premiere of the movie "The Men Who Stare At Goats" at the 66th Venice Film Festival September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile</p>