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November 2013

News and pop quizzes from your American Film Institute.

  • 11.30.13: IT'S BEN STILLER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    After directing a number of TV shows and shorts, Stiller directed his first feature film in 1994. Name it.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Stiller plays a yuppie video executive in this look at Generation X graduates.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is REALITY BITES. Stiller plays a yuppie video executive in this look at Generation X graduates.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color are these costumes from the Esther Williams film BATHING BEAUTY (1944)?

    No answer selected

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The line is repeated by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood in the screenplay by Aykroyd and John Landis.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE BLUES BROTHERS. The line is repeated by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood in the screenplay by Aykroyd and John Landis.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

    Drag the headshot below into the correct film poster from one of the artist's movies and the name of the artist will appear below.

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    Eileen Brennan (1932-2013) was best known for her role as Goldie Hawn's drill captain in PRIVATE BENJAMIN. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) was her first film.

     

  • WHATSISNAME?

    What's the first name of the title character in THE HEARTBREAK KID?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Charles Grodin plays Lenny Cantrow who falls in love with another woman three days into his honeymoon in the 1972 film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Lenny. Charles Grodin plays Lenny Cantrow who falls in love with another woman three days into his honeymoon in the 1972 film.

     

  • 11.24.13: IT'S KATHERINE HEIGL'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film does Heigl's character say "Can you please find somebody else to be creepy with?"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Heigl plays Jane, a frequent bridesmaid whose sister is about to marry the man Jane loves in the 2008 romantic comedy directed by Anne Fletcher.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is 27 DRESSES. Heigl plays Jane, a frequent bridesmaid whose sister is about to marry the man Jane loves in the 2008 romantic comedy directed by Anne Fletcher.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is this room in Ingmar Bergman's CRIES AND WHISPERS?

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  • 11.22.13: IT'S SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What other Hollywood actress did Johansson portray in a 2012 movie?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She played the PSYCHO star in HITCHCOCK directed by Sacha Gervasi and starring Anthony Hopkins.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Janet Leigh. She played the PSYCHO star in HITCHCOCK directed by Sacha Gervasi and starring Anthony Hopkins.

     

  • 11.21.13: IT'S GOLDIE HAWN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film was Hawn directed by Steven Spielberg?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Hawn plays a woman who helps her husband bust out of prison and kidnap their child who is in the custody of a foster family.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is SUGARLAND EXPRESS. Hawn plays a woman who helps her husband bust out of prison and kidnap their child who is in the custody of a foster family.

     

  • 11.20.13: IT'S BO DEREK'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What was the next movie Derek made after 10?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She co-starred with Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Hopkins in the 1980 film about marital infidelity.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is A CHANGE OF SEASONS. She co-starred with Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Hopkins in the 1980 film about marital infidelity.

     

  • 11.19.13: IT'S JODIE FOSTER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What was Foster's feature film debut as a director?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She also played the lead role of Dede Tate, the sole parent of a genius.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is LITTLE MAN TATE. She also played the lead role of Dede Tate, the sole parent of a genius.

     

  • 11.18.13: IT'S OWEN WILSON'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What historical figure did Wilson play in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (2004)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! His brother Luke Wilson played Orville Wright.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Wilbur Wright. His brother Luke Wilson played Orville Wright.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "By 1965 there'll be total depravity. How squalid everything will be."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The line is spoken by a transvestite in the screenplay by Federico Fellini & Ennio Faiano & Tullio Pinelli and Brunello Rondi.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is LA DOLCE VITA. The line is spoken by a transvestite in the screenplay by Federico Fellini & Ennio Faiano & Tullio Pinelli and Brunello Rondi.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Fred MacMurray (1908-1991) played Shirley MacLaine's boss and married lover in Billy Wilder's classic 1960 film.

     

  • 11.15.13: AFI ANNOUNCES CHINA SCHOLARSHIPS

    More stories about China may fill the movie development pipeline thanks to a new cultural initiative by the American Film Institute and IDG Greater China. The Institute announced its new China Story Fellowship program at AFI FEST presented by Audi earlier this week. 

    Made possible through the generosity of Hugo Shong, Chairman, IDG Greater China, the fellowship provides nine AFI Conservatory Fellows with travel to China for cultural research. The Fellows will write a feature-length screenplay and receive a full scholarship for their second year at the AFI Conservatory, where they may develop the work. A leadership grant from IDG China made the new program possible and is part of a large increase in scholarship opportunities at the AFI Conservatory.  

    “China’s rich cultural legacy is filled with stories waiting to be shared with an eager global audience,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “We are honored to launch this new initiative with IDG Greater China, giving voice to the best and brightest storytellers of tomorrow.”

    “Although China has a remarkable and distinguished history stretching back more than 5,000 years, too many Americans only know Chinese culture through animated films like KUNG FU PANDA and MULAN,” added Shong. “Americans deserve to see other types of movies about China, ones that hopefully can entertain them, educate them and at the same time touch their hearts. By initiating this project with AFI, I am hoping that together we can jointly encourage a new generation of American screenwriters to produce more and different kinds of screenplays about China.”

    Congratulations to screenwriting Fellows Paige Devitt, Derek Ustruck and Lindsay Golder – the first recipients of the AFI China Story Fellowships. They spent the summer in China, returning this fall to begin their second year at the AFI Conservatory – with stories to tell.

  • WHATSISNAME?

    What was the title character's other nickname in LITTLE CAESAR (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! As in the last lines of the movie: "Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?"

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Rico. As in the last lines of the movie: "Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?"

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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  • 11.12.13: IT'S ANNE HATHAWAY'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film does Hathaway's character say: "So none of the girls here eat anything?"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Hathaway plays Andy Sachs, an assistant to a fashion editor, in the David Frankel film with a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Hathaway plays Andy Sachs, an assistant to a fashion editor, in the David Frankel film with a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger.

     

  • 11.11.13: IT'S LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    DiCaprio played the poet Arthur Rimbaud in which of these films?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Set in the 18th century, the 1995 film co-starred David Thewlis as Rimbaud's mentor Paul Verlaine.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is TOTAL ECLIPSE. Set in the 18th century, the 1995 film co-starred David Thewlis as Rimbaud's mentor Paul Verlaine.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "One pristine bullet? That dog don't hunt!"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Walter Matthau voices skepticism as Senator Long in the screenplay by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is JFK. Walter Matthau voices skepticism as Senator Long in the screenplay by Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) played a student playwright opposite Michael Caine in the film version of Ira Levin's Broadway play.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color are Elizabeth Taylor's silks in NATIONAL VELVET?

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  • WHATSISNAME?

    James Stewart's retired detective in VERTIGO is named John Ferguson, but known to his friends as:

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! That's what his old school chum calls him when he hires Ferguson to follow his beautiful wife.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is "Scottie." That's what his old school chum calls him when he hires Ferguson to follow his beautiful wife.

     

  • 11.6.13: IT'S EMMA STONE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which of her movies is Stone's character the victim of a rumor mill?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! As high schooler Olive, Stone retaliates by using gossip for her own purposes.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is EASY A. As high schooler Olive, Stone retaliates by using gossip for her own purposes.

     

  • 11.5.13: IT'S SAM SHEPARD'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In HAMLET (2000) with Ethan Hawke, which of Shakespeare's characters does Shepard play?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! In this modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play, Shepard plays the newly dead CEO of Denmark Corporation.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Ghost. In this modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play, Shepard plays the newly dead CEO of Denmark Corporation.

     

  • 11.4.13: WB MUSICALS DVD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    Congratulations to Allen Eckhouse of Cleveland, Ohio, and Nancy Frazee of Parkville, Missouri – winners of last month’s WB Musical Sweepstakes and each a recipient of a DVD Box Set of Warner Bros. musicals. They correctly answered that SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is ranked #1 on AFI's List of the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time. You can see the entire list here.

  • 11.4.13: IT'S MATTHEW MCCONNAUGHEY'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What was McConnaughey's character Jack Lengyel's job in WE ARE MARSHALL (2006)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He fights to keep the football program at Marshall University alive after many of the team's players and fans are killed in a plane crash.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is a football coach. He fights to keep the football program at Marshall University alive after many of the team’s players and fans are killed in a plane crash.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The words are spoken by Lucy Liu as O-ren Ishii in the 2003 film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is KILL BILL: VOL. 1. The words are spoken by Lucy Liu as O-ren Ishii in the 2003 film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Marsha Mason was nominated for an Oscar® for her performance as Paula McFadden in husband Neil Simon’s THE GOODBYE GIRL, one of four nominations she has received for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

     

  • 10.31.13: SCARIEST SURVEY RESULTS REVEALED

    It is an annual tradition – the undying debate over cinema’s scariest installments, exhumed each year by audiences craving the chilling comforts of a terrifying tale well told. To commemorate this unofficial scream-season, we invited you – our fearless readers – into the darkest corners of American film’s history of horror, to help us determine which wicked cinematic creation is truly the scariest. Now, as the proverbial clock strikes midnight and Halloween is at last upon us, we pull back the shroud to reveal the final results of October’s reader survey…

    Into the moonlight steps William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST, ranked #1 by garnering a monstrous 38% of the vote with its supernatural story of demonic possession. THE SHINING and PSYCHO loom large as readers’ second and third picks – proving, perhaps, that the mazes of madness can be as unsettling and upsetting as even the most macabre movie monsters. Happy Halloween, film fans!

  • MEMBERS-ONLY GIVEAWAY: THE WIZARD OF OZ: 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLU-RAY™ SET

    To celebrate the beloved movie's 75th anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has brought THE WIZARD OF OZ into the present and beyond with a brand new kind of magic: a stunning 3-D Blu-ray™ edition. To celebrate Warner Bros.' 90th anniversary, we're offering a 4-Disc box set collection as the prize in our latest sweepstakes.

    Here's what you need to do to win: THE WIZARD OF OZ is one of the most honored films in the annals of AFI. Name at least five AFI lists THE WIZARD OF OZ appears in.

    This sweepstakes is only open to AFI members: Please send an e-mail to [email protected] with your name, address, phone number and the correct answer, and one correct entry will be randomly selected to win. Ready?

    Complete rules are found here.

  • MEMBERSHIP MONTH RESULTS

    To all the new members who are joining us as the result of Membership Month (aka September) - welcome!  We are proud to have the support of members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia - a nation of movie lovers represented by you!  And to the current members who made Membership Month an even greater success with your additional donations - thank you. Your support will make an immediate difference in the preservation of the AFI Archive - where America's greatest storytellers have shared their words and wisdom for nearly 50 years.

  • ARE YOU COMING TO CELEBRATE JANE FONDA?

    AFI Five-Star members and above are invited to join us for AFI's Life Achievement Award Tribute to Jane Fonda to be held Thursday, June 5, in Los Angeles. TNT and Turner Classic Movies will broadcast the proceedings later in June. Three-Star members and above will receive a special AFI Life Achievement Award DVD with member-exclusive content. For more information on AFI membership, please contact Laura Shumate, AFI Senior Manager, Membership at [email protected].

  • YOUR VOTE COUNTS AT THE AFI AWARDS

    Each year, AFI honors the most outstanding achievements in film, television and other forms of moving image arts with the AFI Awards. Celebrating excellence on both sides of the camera, the AFI Awards jury votes on the top 10 films and television programs of 2013. As the voice of America's moviegoers, AFI members vote, too. Awards will be announced mid-December with ceremonies to be held in January. Your vote is a benefit of membership, so be sure it counts in recognizing the most exemplary achievements in cinema and television of 2013. Check your e-mail later this month for your link to the online ballot, and let your voice be heard!

  • VISIT THE DWW OPEN HOUSE AND SUPPORT OUR WOMEN ARTISTS

    Are you a female filmmaker? On Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., the AFI Directing Workshop for Women will host its annual Open House event on the AFI Conservatory campus in the Ted Ashley Screening Room (Warner Bros. Building). Workshop staff will be on hand to discuss how to apply, what happens in the workshop, screen prior year films and Workshop alumnae will be in attendance to discuss their experiences. To RSVP, please e-mail [email protected].

    Since 1974, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) has offered a tuition-free training program that has launched the careers of over 250 female directors. With the Directors Guild of America reporting the percentage of working female directors to be 9% in film and 15% in television, DWW offers a way to make those numbers grow. Please support this underrepresented demographic of the film community by making a gift to AFI here.

  • 11.1.13: WIDE SHOT (WEB STORIES THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE)

    R. Jurt Osenlund spoke with actress Julianne Moore who describes "what you want as an actor" in Filmmaker Magazine. A must-read for admirers of "Cinema's Modest Chameleon."
    http://filmmakermagazine.com/70837-julianne-moore-cinemas-modest-chameleon/

    Richard Armstrong's article from imagesjournal.com sees Janet Leigh (who graced the cover of our last issue) as a pivotal icon in modern filmmaking. This piece is filled with scrumptious details about her work in TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) and PSYCHO (1960).
    http://www.imagesjournal.com/2004/features/janetleigh/

    Who's rising in the ranks of young film critics today, and how do they approach their work? These six profiles from cineaste.com are written in the critics' own voices, and provide some of the answers.
    http://www.cineaste.com/articles/film-criticism-the-next-generation

  • AFI CLOSEUP: KARIN TUCKER

    We were admitted to Karin Tucker's office at 8:45 a.m. one recent morning, and that's saying something: Tucker is the Director of Admissions at the AFI Conservatory, one of the world's top film schools, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With a warm smile and ready laugh, Tucker immediately put us at ease as she has so many nervous hopefuls in her first-floor office in the Warner Bros. Building. A large modernist oil painting – the work of an AFI colleague – hung in place of the usual and, at AFI ubiquitous, film posters. We studied our 10 questions and plunged in.

    1. Where are you from? I'm from New Rochelle, New York, which is where Rob and Laura Petrie lived.

    2. Where did you go to school? My college years were like GLEE. I went to the Boston Conservatory of Music, where I earned a degree in Musical Theater. It was a triple-threat program, so I can do a time-step. In fact, I have tap-shoes, and will tap!

    3. What did you do before you came to AFI? Well, after graduating from college, I worked in the admissions office at the Boston Conservatory. I was also performing in local theaters at night, so I kind of led a double life. Then I moved to San Francisco to work at the American Conservatory Theatre as an assistant stage manager. What brought me out there was the show, "Angels in America," which they were doing at the newly restored Geary Theatre. I continued to work in regional theater as an assistant stage manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and the California Shakespeare Festival, while also pursuing an acting career. I had a one-woman show that ran for a long time and toured nationally and was very successful. The Bay Area is where I fell in love with film – as an actor, but also behind the scenes. So, I moved to Los Angeles, of course! And then I co-founded a film collaborative group called Roulette Films, where we took turns making a short film a month and then screening it at a local film festival. It's actually where I met my husband, too. And then I started at AFI!

    4. How long have you been at AFI? I just had my five-year anniversary in July.

    5. What do you do at AFI? My title is Director of Admissions and my colleague Anne and I are pretty much the gatekeepers between the prospective applicants and the committee that decides on who attends the AFI Conservatory. Our office is also involved in many other aspects. We are responsible for creating the Conservatory brochure, conducting the Campus tours and maintaining a lot of the content that is on the AFI Conservatory Facebook and Twitter pages. We supervise the processing of hundreds of applications to the graduate film program. We're basically the front lines of the AFI Conservatory, where the public goes first, meeting the applicant from the point of interest and guiding them through the application process, to the review and interview process and the acceptance process – until they arrive for registration. So we really get to know a candidate from the beginning until they start here.

    6. How does that affect our members? The members are our audience. The AFI Conservatory is generating storytellers, and the members are our patrons. So that's how I look at it: we're responsible for finding those future storytellers to tell the story to AFI members.

    7. What was your best day at AFI? I have to say Commencement because I see a Fellow go from the very beginning, from when they start here and then continue to grow through the program. When I hear their name being called and they go up on the stage to shake hands with the discipline head, I feel like a proud mom.

    8. What are you working on today? We're about to launch our online application for 2014 entry. It's a new software system that we've had to learn throughout the summer, so we're excited to be launching that application today. We're also in a recruitment season. That means we're going to start looking for our applicants or prospective applicants for 2014 entry, as well. This year, we're going to be focusing on finding qualified Production Design applicants. I've been having conversations with alumni, specifically those who graduated in Production Design and who have a background in architecture or theater arts, to learn how we can find more of the most qualified of those people.

    9. What don't your colleagues know about you? We're a pretty tight-knit community here, and we share what's going on in our lives outside of AFI. I think most people know I'm a puppeteer and I just graduated from Puppet School! But what they might not know is that I was a figure model for Industrial Light and Magic when I was in my 20s. It was very cool.

    10. What's your favorite film? One film that I quote from all the time is one of my favorite movies: WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. And oddly enough, Joe Garrity, who's the head of our Production Design program, worked on that movie as a production designer. In fact, I quote from that movie with him: "There ain't no swimmin' in my show!" It's Corky, the main character, who's the director of a community theater. He's trying to get a bigger budget for his show, and he goes to the City and they turn him down; the amount of money that he asks for is ludicrous to them. And they say, "We don't spend that much for the swimming pool." And he says to them: "Well, there ain't no swimmin' in my show!"