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June 2013

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Aren't you the great man we've been waiting for?"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! "Theodora," played by Mila Kunis, asks the question of James Franco as the soon-to-be wizard in the 2013 screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. "Theodora," played by Mila Kunis, asks the question of James Franco as the soon-to-be wizard in the 2013 screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire.

     

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    Helen Hayes (1900-1993) was known as "the First Lady of the American theater." She also won two Academy Awards® – 39 years apart – for her work in THE SIN OF MADEON CLAUDET and AIRPORT.

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  • 6.28.13: IT'S MEL BROOKS' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which country was Brooks' post-revolutionary Russian film THE TWELVE CHAIRS (1970) shot?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The recipient of the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award lived in Belgrade, Serbia, for six months while shooting the film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Yugoslavia. The recipient of the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award lived in Belgrade, Serbia, for six months while shooting the film.

     

  • 6.27.13: IT'S TOBEY MAGUIRE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film was Tobey Maguire's character named Tully?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! "Tully" was George Clooney's sadistic driver in the 2006 drama directed by Steven Soderbergh.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE GOOD GERMAN. "Tully" was George Clooney's sadistic driver in the 2006 drama directed by Steven Soderbergh.

     

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    Robert Towne, the screenwriter of CHINATOWN (1974), is also known for writing SHAMPOO (1975) DAYS OF THUNDER (1990) and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996).

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "When I watch you eat. When I see you asleep. When I look at you lately, I just want to smash your face in."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Kathleen Turner says this to Michael Douglas in the screenplay by Michael Leeson.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE WAR OF THE ROSES. Kathleen Turner says this to Michael Douglas in the screenplay by Michael Leeson.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! This line, from the screenplay Michael Wilson and Rod Serling ranks #66 on the list of AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE PLANET OF THE APES. This line, from the screenplay Michael Wilson and Rod Serling ranks #66 on the list of AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is the dominant color of the title character’s home in GIGI (1958)?

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  • 6.22.13: IT'S MERYL STREEP'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film did Meryl Streep play a nun?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She played Sister Aloysius Beauvier in John Patrick Shanley's 2008 film version of his play.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is DOUBT. She played Sister Aloysius Beauvier in John Patrick Shanley's 2008 film version of his play.

     

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    David Lean (1908-1991), a British filmmaker, won the Academy Award for Best Director for THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI in 1958.

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  • 6.20.13: IT'S JOHN GOODMAN'S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What sports figure did John Goodman play?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Goodman starred as the Sultan of Swat in THE BABE in 1992.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Babe Ruth. Goodman starred as the Sultan of Swat in THE BABE in 1992.

     

  • 6.19.13: IT'S KATHLEEN TURNER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film did Kathleen Turner make her first big screen appearance?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She played the seductive "Matty Walker" in the 1981 film noir.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is BODY HEAT. She played the seductive "Matty Walker" in the 1981 film noir.

     

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    Talia Shire, best known for her work in the GODFATHER and ROCKY franchises, played Sister Martha in this 1991 thriller from director Nicolas Roeg.

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

    Please choose an answer!

    Yes, sir! The speech was delivered by the title character played by George C. Scott from the 1970 screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is PATTON. The speech was delivered by the title character played by George C. Scott from the 1970 screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North.

     

  • AFI MEMBERS RECEIVE $50 DISCOUNT TO THEGRILL @LOCATIONS SHOW

    Our friends at TheWrap.com have created a special discount for AFI Members who attend TheGrill @Locations Show at the L.A. Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28. The 2013 series of public interviews, panels and networking reception will focus on China, the fastest-growing media market in the world. China's box office surged 64% to $1.5 billion in 2011 and will grow to $5 billion within five years, surpassing the U.S. by 2020. China's media and entertainment industry will grow 17% a year until 2015, according to Ernst and Young. More than 300 Film and TV Production Companies operate in China.

    TheGrill brings its unique format to the Locations Show where the focus is on production financing, constructing a winning deal, finding top tax incentives and the most up-to-date information about the growing Chinese market. AFI members can hear from the leaders who are building success on the front lines of change, network with the top executives at the leading film and television financing entities and gain access to the most cutting edge thinkers about digital entertainment.

    The top-notch line-up includes: Larry Namer, Co-Founder of E! Entertainment Television and President of Metan Development Group, which created Hello! Hollywood, a hit weekly series available on over 40 TV stations in China; Chris Fenton, President of DMG Entertainment, one of China's leading media and entertainment companies which recently distributed IRON MAN 3; Stuart Ford, CEO of IM Global on a panel discussing trends in global film and TV financing; and Jon Niermann, CEO of FarWest Entertainment speaking about his 20 year experience working and producing in China, to name just a few.

    You can register here. Be sure to click on TheGrill Attendee Registration and enter Discount Code: AFI.

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well, I'm not licked. And I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause..."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The speaker is James Stewart from Jefferson Smith’s filibuster before Congress in the screenplay by Sidney Buchman.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. The speaker is James Stewart from Jefferson Smith’s filibuster before Congress in the screenplay by Sidney Buchman.

     

  • 6.13.13: IT’S TIM ALLEN'S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What feature film did Tim Allen direct?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He also starred in the 2010 crime comedy.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #1. He also starred in the 2010 crime comedy.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Margaret Dumont (1882-1965), played Mrs. Teasdale, the wealthy, widowed companion of Marx’s Rufus T. Firefly in DUCK SOUP (1933).

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  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is Sandra Bullock’s gown on the poster for MISS CONGENIALITY (2000)?

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  • JUNE AFI MEMBER SWEEPSTAKES: WB ROMANCE COLLECTION

    Just because it's June, June, June, we’re giving away two copies of Warner Bros.' 20 Film Collection Romance to two lovely AFI members. The DVD box set is our heartfelt tip of the hat to Warner Bros.' 90th Anniversary. It surveys the greatest romance titles from the Warner Bros. catalog, including the following:

    JEZEBEL (1938); GONE WITH THE WIND (1939); THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940); CASABLANCA (1942); MRS. MINIVER (1942); NOW, VOYAGER (1942); ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: THE ORIGINAL DIRECTOR'S VERSION (1951); REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955); CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958); SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961); DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965); A TOUCH OF CLASS (1973); A STAR IS BORN (1976); THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977); THE BODYGUARD (1992); YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998); TWO WEEKS NOTICE (2002); THE LAKE HOUSE (2006); and NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (2008).

    Here's how to enter: Only open to AFI member's, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with your name, address, phone number and tell us how many of these 20 films were included in AFI'S 100 YEARS…100 PASSIONS television special and reference list. Hint: please pay attention to the year of the film's release! Correct answers will be placed into a random drawing, and two AFI members will receive the collection. Full sweepstakes rules are available here. Isn't it romantic?

  • 6.9.13: IT'S JOHNNY DEPP'S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Which historical figure was not played on screen by Johnny Depp?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Depp played John Dillinger in PUBLIC ENEMIES, Donnie Brasco in DONNIE BRASCO and James M. Barrie in FINDING NEVERLAND.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #3. Depp played John Dillinger in PUBLIC ENEMIES, Donnie Brasco in DONNIE BRASCO and James M. Barrie in FINDING NEVERLAND.

     

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    Katherine Ross played Etta Place, Sundance’s lover in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969).

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  • 6.7.13: IT'S LIAM NEESON'S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What was Liam Neeson’s breakthrough film role?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He was chosen for the part by director John Boorman who had seen him perform at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #1. He was chosen for the part by director John Boorman who had seen him perform at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

     

  • IN MEMORIAM: ESTHER WILLIAMS (1921-2013)

    AFI mourns the loss of an American original. Esther Williams made a big splash in the film world where she became known as "America's Mermaid." The teenage swimming champion from Los Angeles debuted opposite Mickey Rooney in ANDY HARDY'S DOUBLE LIFE (1942) and went on to star in a series of "Aqua Musicals" in a special pool built for her on the MGM lot. One of those, MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID (1952), lent its title to Williams' autobiography published in 1999. Williams' marriage to actor Fernando Lamas, her co-star in DANGEROUS WHEN WET (1953), lasted until the actor's death in 1982. Williams' talent included singing and drama but she will be most remembered for her graceful, athletic and thoroughly natural appeal in a genre audiences will always consider uniquely her own.

  • 6.6.13: IT'S PAUL GIAMATTI'S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Where did Paul Giamatti go to college?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He majored in English as an undergraduate, and earned his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #3

     

  • 6.5.13: IT'S MARK WAHLBERG'S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What is the profession of Mark Wahlberg’s character in BOOGIE NIGHTS?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! His character "Eddie Adams" acquires the screen name "Dirk Diggler" in the 1997 film set in the San Fernando Valley.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #2

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "I'm going back to Australia; I might never see you again."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! "Sandy," played by Olivia Newton-John, says that to John Travolta's "Danny Zucko" at the beginning of the 1978 film written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is GREASE. "Sandy," played by Olivia Newton-John, says that to John Travolta's "Danny Zucko" at the beginning of the 1978 film written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr..

     

  • 6.3.13: IT’S TONY CURTIS’ BIRTHDAY. LET’S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What historical event did Curtis’ character Joe witness in SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct!

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #3

     

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    Robert Ryan (1909-1973) made his last screen appearance as Larry Slade in THE ICEMAN COMETH (1973).

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  • 6.1.13: IT'S MORGAN FREEMAN’S BIRTHDAY. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Which of the following statements about Morgan Freeman is not true?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct!

    Incorrect. The correct answer is 4.

     

  • 6.1.13 THE STAGE IS SET – MEL BROOKS 41st AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    We're just days away from a night of a 1,000 laughs as AFI prepares to celebrate Mel Brooks at the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award tribute, happening June 6 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The stars will shine, the lights will dazzle and for a legend like Brooks, there is no telling what may happen. But we can tell you that Martin Scorsese will present the award to Brooks. AFI 5-Star and Patron Circle members will be joining us for the event, and tune into TNT Saturday, June 15 for the broadcast of the big night. Join us! We'll all be watching, too. Thank you to all of our official sponsors of the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award: Audi, HP, Deloitte, Cello Latin America and American Airlines.

  • 6.1.13 AFI DOCS – EXPANDED AND REIMAGINED

    This month marks the 11-year celebration of AFI's critically acclaimed documentary festival, AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs) on June 19-23. The internationally recognized event honoring excellence in documentary filmmaking is expanding from the AFI Silver Theatre into landmark Washington, DC venues. New programming will include AFI Catalyst Sessions – public dialogues between our nations leaders and the filmmakers. The Opening Night Gala film will be the premiere of Oscar®-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié's, LETTERS TO JACKIE with 20 actors, including Anne Hathaway, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and others, reading letters written to Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For more information, including how to purchase passes (AFI members receive discounts on select pass and ticket purchases.), visit AFI.com/afidocs.

  • AFI CLOSEUP: SKY SITNEY

    We posed our usual 10 questions to a member of the AFI staff. This time we spoke to Sky Sitney, Festival Director of AFI Docs, on a long distance call from Los Angeles to Silver Spring, Maryland, home of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. It was the eleventh hour for the eleventh edition of the festival formerly known as Silverdocs, the hectic period when everything comes together for the June 19-23 event. In addition to its new name, AFI Docs will take place at iconic venues in our nation's capital this year, as AFI, which was founded in the White House Rose Garden in 1965, returns to the old neighborhood.

    1. Where are you from? I'm from New York City. I grew up on the Upper West Side on 88th and Broadway, and commuted to the Lower East Side on weekends where my father lived, so I had a bi-island, dual Manhattan residence.

    2. Where did you go to school? I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and got my Masters and completed all my coursework for a PhD – I'm ‘all but dissertation' – from NYU in the Cinema Studies Department.

    3. What did you do before you came to AFI? A number of things – almost simultaneously. I was finishing up my doctoral coursework at NYU, which included teaching in the Cinema Studies Department, while I also served as the Director of Programming for the Newport International Film Festival, which, of course, is in Rhode Island, although the position was based in New York City. That work was the culmination of a little bit over a decade of work in the film industry that spanned a variety of disciplines. I worked at Fine Line Features, which is the art house division of New Line Cinema, as well as for a very small indy production company, C-Hundred Film Corp, run by the independent filmmaker Jim McKay and R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe.

    4. How long have you been at AFI? I've been here eight years. I'm going into my eighth festival.

    5. What do you do at AFI? I am the Festival Director of AFI Docs, formerly Silverdocs. I began as the Director of Programming, was promoted to Artistic Director in 2009, and then Festival Director in 2011. I guide the overall artistic direction of the Festival and its intersection with strategic partnerships. I oversee the curation of a program culled from over 2,200 submissions representing the great diversity of the documentary genre. In previous incarnations I also developed, curated, and booked the festival's concurrent conference that presented over 65 panels, master classes and pitching forums.

    6. How does that affect our members? My colleague Tiffany Graham-Golden manages membership for the AFI Silver, and we make sure that all AFI members get special opportunities such as advance ticket sales and invitations to special events.

    7. What was your best day at AFI? I remember a sense of utter euphoria at the close of the Festival in my first year as the Festival Director. On that closing night, when that final film finished, I felt a sense of sheer relief that the Festival had been a success; there weren't any catastrophes. I looked around the room at the faces of my dear colleagues, all of us who had been so deeply committed and invested in working tirelessly to put this on, and felt a great sense of camaraderie and appreciation.

    8. What are you working on today? We are working on the launch in just two months of a new vision of the Festival, which includes a new presenting sponsor in Audi and an expansion into the heart of Washington DC.

    9. What don't your colleagues know about you? My gosh. That's tough because we're very transparent here. I think that after hours and hours of watching earnest, social issue documentaries as part of the job, one way I like to relax is to watch one mindless reality show as a kind of wasabi, a way to cleanse the palette. To be honest, I haven't been able to indulge in that pleasure, because we've been too busy, but I like to squeeze in TOP CHEF or PROJECT RUNWAY when given the chance.

    10. What's your favorite film? That is very hard. The one that first comes to mind and that I'm going to stick with is NIGHTS OF CABIRIA by Federico Fellini. It just makes me happy. It's both tragic and hopeful. I also love the main character. I love her attitude. No matter what the world throws her way she always picks herself up and brushes herself off. I find that inspiring.