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August 2013

News and pop quizzes from your American Film Institute.

  • IT'S RICHARD GERE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which 1977 film did Gere gain recognition?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He plays the street hustler Tony who becomes one of Theresa Dunn’s sexual partners in the film version of the Judith Rossner best-seller starring Diane Keaton.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR. He plays the street hustler Tony who becomes one of Theresa Dunn’s sexual partners in the film version of the Judith Rossner best-seller starring Diane Keaton.

     

  • IT'S CAMERON DIAZ' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which of these did Cameron Diaz make her feature film debut?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She played Tina Carlyle in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE MASK. She played Tina Carlyle in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy.

     

  • IT'S WILLIAM FRIEDKIN AND ELLIOT GOULD'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which film did Friedkin direct Gould?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct!

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "It's your nose, you know. Fans are funny that way. They take a dislike to things. They'll pick on a nose."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The nose in question belongs to Ringo Starr in director Richard Lester’s 1964 Beatles movie written by Alun Owen.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. The nose in question belongs to Ringo Starr in director Richard Lester’s 1964 Beatles movie written by Alun Owen.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Mariel Hemingway plays 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten in the film.

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  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Here’s a variation on Rock/Paper/Scissors. Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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  • IT'S SEAN CONNERY'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    When did Sir Sean receive the AFI Life Achievement Award?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He was the 34th recipient of the award and you can read all about it here.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is 2006. He was the 34th recipient of the award and you can read all about it here.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Mandy Patinkin, familiar to TV audiences as Saul Berenson on HOMELAND, played Tateh in the 1981 film version of the E.L. Doctorow novel.

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  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Which came first? Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is Tyrone Power's "suit of lights" in the 1941 movie BLOOD AND SAND?

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  • LIST THE BEST AND WIN A WARNER BROS. DVD COLLECTION

    Here’s the cure for the summertime blues! In celebration of Warner Bros. 90th anniversary, we're giving away three chapters comprising the 20 Best Picture Winners from the prestigious WB film library to AFI members selected at random from among those who correctly answer this question: How many of these 20 films are also on AFI'S 100 YEARS...100 MOVIES list? The WB collection of Oscar® winners consists of the following:

    THE BROADWAY MELODY, GRAND HOTEL, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA, GONE WITH THE WIND, CASABLANCA, MRS. MINIVER, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, GIGI, BEN-HUR ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, AMADEUS, DRIVING MISS DAISY, UNFORGIVEN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, MILLION DOLLAR BABY and THE DEPARTED.

    Send your answer to [email protected] with "WB DVD Contest" by August 31. Complete sweepstakes rules are available here. Now start counting those films!

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Wake up, Little Fish. Hey, wake up, wake up! Somebody think you dead, they have celebrations."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Spencer Tracy, as a Portuguese fisherman, speaks those words to Freddie Bartholemew in the 1937 film written by John Lee Mahin & Marc Connelly and Dale Van Every, based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS. Spencer Tracy, as a Portuguese fisherman, speaks those words to Freddie Bartholemew in the 1937 film written by John Lee Mahin & Marc Connelly and Dale Van Every, based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.

     

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    Bob Fosse (1927-1987) directed and choreographed the surreal and autobiographical ALL THAT JAZZ (1979), which starred Roy Scheider as choreographer Joe Gideon.

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  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Which came first? Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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  • 8.18.13: IT'S ROBERT REDFORD'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Which of these Redford films takes place in a prison?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The 1980 film stars Redford as a new warden who goes undercover as an inmate in order to root out corruption.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is BRUBAKER. The 1980 film stars Redford as a new warden who goes undercover as an inmate in order to root out corruption.

     

  • IT'S ROBERT DE NIRO AND SEAN PENN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Quick! Name the 1989 film in which they co-starred.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! De Niro and Penn played escaped cons disguised as priests in the film directed by Neil Jordan and written by David Mamet.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is WE'RE NO ANGELS. De Niro and Penn played escaped cons disguised as priests in the film directed by Neil Jordan and written by David Mamet.

     

  • 8.16.13: IT'S JAMES CAMERON'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    The first feature film that Cameron directed featured what sort of menace?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Cameron directed and co-wrote PIRANHA PART TWO: THE SPAWNING in 1981.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is mutant piranha. Cameron directed and co-wrote PIRANHA PART TWO: THE SPAWNING in 1981.

     

  • 8.15.13: IT'S BEN AFFLECK'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Long before ARGO, Affleck won another Oscar® for co-writing the screenplay for which movie?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He shared the prize with Matt Damon in 1998.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is GOOD WILL HUNTING. He shared the prize with Matt Damon in 1998.

     

  • 8.14.13: IT'S STEVE MARTIN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What's the title of the movie Steve Martin adapted from the classic play "Cyranno de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! While Martin wrote all the movies listed as possible answers, only ROXANNE was named for the romantic object of Cyranno's affection.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is ROXANNE. While Martin wrote all the movies listed as possible answers, only ROXANNE was named for the romantic object of Cyranno’s affection.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Gary Cooper speaks Lou Gehrig's immortal words of farewell in the 1942 film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. Gary Cooper speaks Lou Gehrig's immortal words of farewell in the 1942 film.

     

  • 8.12.13: IT'S WILLIAM GOLDMAN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    For which film did Goldman win his first screenwriting Oscar®?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He won in 1970 for the 1969 film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID He won in 1970 for the 1969 film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed THE CONVERSATION, which was nominated for two Oscars® (Best Picture and Best Screenplay) in 1974.

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  • 8.10.13: IT'S ANTONIO BANDERAS' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In which of these films does Banderas' character exclaim: "Yeah, just one shell, and governments fall like flies!"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! As "Ché," a journalist as Greek chorus, he sings the line in the film version of the Broadway musical.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is EVITA. As "Ché," a journalist as Greek chorus, he sings the line in the film version of the Broadway musical.

     

  • 8.9.13: TODAY IS THE BIRTHDAY OF SAM ELLIOTT AND MELANIE GRIFFITH. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In what TV movie did both Elliott and Griffith appear?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Griffith played gold-hearted madam Dora DuFran and Elliot Wild Bill Hickock in the 1995 TV movie.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is BUFFALO GIRLS. Griffith played gold-hearted madam Dora DuFran and Elliot Wild Bill Hickock in the1995 TV movie.

     

  • 8.8.13: IT'S DUSTIN HOFFMAN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Four of Hoffman's movies contain quotes that made AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes list. Which one is the highest ranked?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The line was spoken by the character Ratso Rizzo in the 1969 film, and is ranked #27 on the AFI list.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is #1 from MIDNIGHT COWBOY. The line was spoken by the character Ratso Rizzo in the 1969 film, and is ranked #27 on the AFI list.

     

  • 8.7.13: IT'S CHARLIZE THERON'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What film star did Theron play in the HBO movie THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS (2004)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Ekland was Sellers' second wife.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is his Britt Ekland. Ekland was Sellers' second wife.

     

  • 8.6.13: IT'S M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN’S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In THE SIXTH SENSE, Cole tells his mother that he saw and spoke to whom?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! His deceased grandmother told him to tell his mother that she was proud of her every day.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is his grandmother. His deceased grandmother told him to tell his mother that she was proud of her every day.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Oh, I'm sick of messages from the front. Don't we ever get a message from the side?"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Grouch Marx asks the question as Rufus T. Firefly, president of Freedonia in the 1933 Marx Brothers classic with a story by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby and additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Neil Perrin..

    Incorrect. The correct answer is DUCK SOUP. Grouch Marx asks the question as Rufus T. Firefly, president of Freedonia in the 1933 Marx Brothers classic with a story by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby and additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Neil Perrin.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Which first came first? Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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    George "Gabby" Hayes (1885-1969) played John Wayne's sidekick in many a movie western, including RIDERS OF DESTINY and RANDY RIDES ALONE from 1933.

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  • 8.2.13 IT'S PETER O'TOOLE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    In 1965, O'Toole played the title character in what film based on a Joseph Conrad novel?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The film was nominated for two BAFTA Awards.

    Incorrect. The film was nominated for two BAFTA Awards.

     

  • 8.1.2013: IT'S SAM MENDES' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Before he directed AMERICAN BEAUTY in 1999, Mendes directed which American musical for BBC television?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He directed the Sondheim musical in 1996. He also staged CABARET for the BBC in 1993.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is COMPANY. He directed the Sondheim musical in 1996. He also staged CABARET for the BBC in 1993.

     

  • THE CALENDAR IS IN THE MAIL

    AFI members, keep your eyes out for the mailman – your 2014 AFI calendar is on its way. In this edition, we celebrate some of our favorite movie moments with a collection of spectacular images that honor the rich history and craftsmanship of American filmmaking.

    All AFI members will receive the calendar, designed with special guidance from Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence, AFI Cinematography and Bob Birchard, Editor, AFI Catalog & Academic Network. Each month's image not only displays, but – thanks to you – supports the best in cinematic art. We appreciate your membership in the American Film Institute.

  • FALL TV LINEUP BOASTS AFI CONSERVATORY ALUMNI

    AFI Conservatory alumni are behind many of the fall series announced by the TV newtworks. Reid Shane (AFI Class of 1985) is the co-executive producer of ALMOST HUMAN on Fox. Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000) directs BETRAYAL for ABC. Cinematographer David Hennings (AFI Class of 1985) will be represented by Fox's ENLISTED and ABC's THE GOLDBERGS, while CW's THE TOMORROW PEOPLE boasts Tirsa Hackshaw (AFI Class of 1994) and Annabelle K. Frost (AFI Class of 2002) as editor and associate producer, respectively.

  • AFI CLOSEUP: SHANE SPEER

    Our 10-question interview was a piece of cake for Shane Speer, who as Traffic Manager of the Institute's Creative Services department, is accustomed to finding the answers for graphic designers, information technicians, editors and department heads every day. We spoke in the second-floor offices of the Manor House on AFI's Hollywood Campus, a sunny space that was once a dormitory at Immaculate Heart College, now a hub of design activity adorned with an AFI Calendar and a poster for GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

    1. Where are you from? My parents were diplomats. My father was in the U.S. State Department, so I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and I lived there for many years of my childhood. I also spent two years in the former U.S.S.R. as a child, then I went back to South Africa for several more years, and then I came here.

    2. Where did you go to school? I moved to the States in time for high school in Virginia and went to college at Virginia Tech.

    3. What did you do before you came to AFI? I was a managing editor at Vegetarian Times Magazine. It's been a publication for almost 40 years.

    4. How long have you been at AFI? Five years.

    5. What do you do at AFI? My short answer is that I herd cats. I run around all day looking for different pieces of information from different people for different projects. I do timelines for those projects and work with so many departments – Sponsorships, Special Events, Advancement, Conservatory – to get whatever it is we need, whether it's editorial or sponsored logos or just answers to questions for different creative pieces that the designers are working on.

    6. How does that affect our members? Well, I work on different membership pieces like the Membership Calendar, the movie tickets, anything we do for members comes through our department, and I work closely with the membership staff.

    7. What was your best day at AFI? My best day was when I went to the Life Achievement Award tribute for Mel Brooks because it was so much fun. Not only was it fun to see the actual show and sit there and laugh with the audience members, but to see the culmination of all our work, to see the books that we produced being handed out, to see the tickets being handed out, to see our signs in the lobby of the Dolby Theatre, just to see what had been theoretical working like clockwork.

    8. What are you working on today? Today... here I have my notebook! I am working on the AFI Style Guide, I am working on the AFI Conservatory admissions ad that will be placed in the Hollywood Reporter, I am working on AFI Fest 2013 timelines. I have way too many items!

    9. What don't your colleagues know about you? Most of my colleagues don't know that I was a belly dancer in Virginia for seven years.

    10. What's your favorite film? THE BLUES BROTHERS. It's quirky, but smart. It's absurd and funny without being just slapstick silliness. I think it's just really intelligently done.