October 3, 2013 |
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has been named the recipient of the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented at a gala tribute on June 5. Her father, actor Henry Fonda, was the AFI Life Achievement winner in 1978. "Jane Fonda is American film royalty," said Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI's board of trustees. "A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.
September 26, 2013 |
If you care about lost films in general and silent films in particular and can't wait till they arrive on DVD (no names, please), the moment is now. The National Film Preservation Foundation's “Lost & Found: American Treasures From the New Zealand Film Archive” is newly on sale, showcasing highlights from one of the most exciting finds of the past decade. That would be the discovery in New Zealand of a trove of silent material (detailed in a comprehensive 48-page booklet) that had been thought lost forever.
July 31, 2013 |
The American Film Institute has nearly tripled its funding for scholarships in an effort to compete with larger film schools and to help students pay for the institute's $47,000 in annual tuition. In the past, AFI found it was attracting candidates for its program and then losing them to schools that offered better financial aid. The school often had to look past the list of students it had already accepted, to an alternate list, to fill out its student body. “We had lost a number of fellows who wanted to go to AFI to schools with more robust scholarship programs,” said Bob Gazzale, the CEO of AFI. To combat that, the AFI Board of Directors set the challenge to raise more money for scholarships and successfully received more than $6.2 million from donors.
May 26, 2013 |
The French lesbian love story “Blue Is the Warmest Color” won the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes. In an unprecedented step, jury president Steven Spielberg announced that the prize had been given not only to director Abdellatiff Kechiche but to costars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as well. The film, which French critics adored but the foreign contingent had mixed feelings about, got a rapturous reception from the Palais de Festival crowd, and both actresses were in tears by the time they reached the stage.
May 1, 2013 |
BEIJING -- "Iron Man 3" made its Chinese debut Wednesday -- two days ahead of the U.S. opening -- and while the film is drawing good crowds here, it's leaving many viewers unimpressed with Hollywood's latest attempt to crack China's booming cinema market. Partly financed by Chinese firm DMG Entertainment, the superhero sequel by Walt Disney's Marvel Studios had impressive openings last weekend in Britain, South Korea and other countries. The partners are counting on strong China sales to help make it this summer's first global blockbuster, and Marvel said it had added "significant Chinese elements" to the movie, including an appearance by popular singer and actress Fan Bingbing.
March 7, 2013 |
Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two damaged souls in "Dead Man Down," a moody twist of hyper-violent vengeance and heartache where death is hand-delivered, mercy is hard to come by and love is never easy. The slow-simmering potboiler is the first American film for Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, who created such a cold, calculating thrill, with Rapace as his muse, in the 2009 Swedish version of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. " An international sensation, it inspired the English-language take starring Rooney Mara a few years later, put Rapace on everyone's radar and opened Hollywood's door for Oplev.