Soloist Silenced Yet Again : AFI Fest is scrambling this morning after Paramount yanked The Soloist from the event's opening-night premiere slot — not a totally unforeseen move considering the film's recent bump to 2009 , but one the festival and studio had both maintained would not happen so close to AFI's Oct. 23 bow. For now, anyhow, the studio's other awards-season dumpee Defiance is still on the fest slate for closing night. We actually wouldn't be shocked to see that film named the new opener and something like Frost/Nixon or Twilight moved into the closing-night spot, but who knows — festival reps are mum for now, saying only that the new selection will be announced later today. Call your shots. [AFI Fest ]