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MULAN's Rosalind Chao was inspired by MISERY, watch her say so for AFI

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There’s a certain frequency on a cellular level that Kathy Bates hits among all women, and men too, but especially for anyone under-represented, discounted, or written-off. Bates own story, which is mostly unknown to viewers, is about how a feisty manager named Susan Smith literally forced her from stage to screen. Their tandem is almost a movie in and of itself. Smith died in 2013, aged 71, from cancer, but her legacy lives on. Client B...

LOVING Ruth Negga’s powerful POV for BLACK STORIES MATTER

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “I just could not believe my mere existence was such a problem for people,” is how actor Ruth Negga explains her personal POV that is infused in the movie LOVING, co-starring Joel Edgerton. LOVING is screening now for free as part of AFI Movie Club’s “Black Stories Matter” series. Negga expands on her views, and mentions that only “in 1967” did it become legal for parents like hers to be wed. Here’...

Film legend Leonard Maltin shares three secrets of CITIZEN KANE for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you’ve attended the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), you’ll know that The Maltin Modern Masters Award in honor of legendary author/critic Leonard Maltin is a coveted prize in Hollywood. Leonard Maltin has dedicated his life to researching not only the cinema classics, but also the contemporary Best Pictures, actors, directors, and screenwriters as they emerge in the New Hollywood. That said, it is fitting that Or...

She’s not famous yet, but after LaToya Morgan does LOVE & BASKETBALL, she will be

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Did you ever see LOVE & BASKETBALL? In light of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the others who passed away this year, a movie like this just gives us a moment to reflect. Maybe even enjoy the good things about B-ball, and the hoopsters who have given us so much joy. AFI Alum LaToya Morgan, a writer/producer, will tell you about it in this clip from AFI Movie Club, and let’s give this Phi Beta Kappa honoree a hand for such a g...

AFI Unveils 59 Films from 11 Countries & 61 Percent by Women, Plus Lee Grant as Honoree 

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Everything you thought you knew about Lee Grant is not everything there is to know about this longstanding player, and the stats from AFI Docs are interesting this year... Read on. The American Film Institute has revealed its full slate of films being presented online for the AFI DOCS 2020 festival. The lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 12 virtual World Premieres, with 61% of the films directed by women, 25% by POC directors and 14...

Lena Dunham Does Nora Ephron’s SLEEPLESS Proud for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Some may consider Lena Dunham of HBO’s “Girls” an over-sharer when it comes to intimate details, but you’ll be surprised to learn she is a huge fan of the demure rom-com genre. Specifically where Tom Hanks (lately recovered from MyCorona) and Meg Ryan are concerned. Dunham does the late Nora Ephron proud with an intro to SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, from a story by Jeff Arch, for AFI MOVIE CLUB. The screenplay was crafted by Dire...

Can You Guess Natalie Portman's Favorite Movie, Or Just Watch Her Tell You

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the most successful actors to transition from child-to-adult star is Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. #AFIMOVIECLUB just got her to reveal Portman's personally most watched film of all time. Now you’ll get to see her in a home-setting, complete with Swiss Coffee wall backdrop and dark beige curtains in the background. We can’t tell you if it’s her actual primary residence, but Portman, who has literally re...

Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs Digs JURASSIC PARK, Yeah, #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You’ve heard of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” from showbiz reframer Lin-Manuel Miranda? Did you know the original cast once included the extremely talented Daveed Diggs as the titular character? #AFIMOVIECLUB just drafted this Broadway-star-turned-feature-phenom to pull back the curtain on the Spielberg box-office crusher JURASSIC PARK. This is the film that ran under Variety headlines back in the day as “Liza...

Jack Black Rocks THIS IS SPINAL TAP Video for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What could be more perfect than SCHOOL OF ROCK’s Jack Black, a frontman himself, giving you insider info on THIS IS SPINAL TAP for #AFIMOVIECLUB?  The Jackster has been known to break into song even at film-related events, such as with Shirley MacLaine once when they did a press junket for Richard Linklater’s film, BERNIE.  Yes, there’s a diverting example included here.       Meanwhi...

Eva Longoria Drops a Dime on Rita Hayworth’s Nuclear Charm in GILDA for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent She was born in the Year of the Other Pandemic, 1918, The Spanish Flu, and Margarita Carmen Cansino turned out to be fever-inducing herself for servicemen around the planet with her WWII status as a pin-up. But not until they dyed her locks, anglicized her name, and tried to steal her very Latin soul. While that is hyperbolic, by the 1946 film GILDA, when she sashays onto a ballroom floor in a five-alarm, form-fitting dress, Margarita becom...

Elizabeth Moss: This Is Why We Love WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Anybody who loves the Amazing Nora Ephron is aces, and Elizabeth Moss (“Handmaid’s Tale”) doffs her Margaret Atwood bonnet to honor the deeply missed Ephron sister in her #AFIMOVIECLUB opener to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Moss hits all the high notes here, as she reads from the screenwriter’s diary from way back when, on the set with Director Rob Reiner, who - as the lore goes - threw this idea out to Nora, and she ping-ponged...

HARRIET's Cynthia Erivo Says Watch DEVIL WEARS PRADA for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent While most viewers are familiar with Cynthia Erivo from HARRIET, just about everyone in the Known Watching World heard her ballad at the 92nd Oscars, in that rounded fairy-tale golden cape-dress with the haute couture swagger. And while you can enjoy her singing performance here, first Cynthia hips us to the fancy-fingered realm known as Fashion Vogue ways. This film is the near-real story of victorious, glorious, Dame Anna Wintour's handlin...

Mirren & Hackford for SOME LIKE IT HOT on AFIMovieClub

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent They’re beloved and lovable, married and not so harried during the Coronavirus lockdown? That’s right, you guessed it: Dame Helen Mirren and Mr. Taylor Hackford. Now they're here to give you the download on the downlow for AFIMovieClub’s film, SOME LIKE IT HOT. Everything you already know about SOME LIKE IT HOT will be made even better by the (possibly, arguably, sincerely, greatest living) actress and her producer...

Steven Spielberg Kicks Off AFI MOVIE CLUB for COVID-19 Shuts-Ins, Sheltered, Everybody

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here's something fun for your WFH (work from home) and hunkered-down Coronavirus Life from Uncle Spielberg and AFI... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from AFI - Los Angeles, CA (03/31/2020): The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the launch of AFI Movie Club – a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty. AFI Trustee Steven Spie...

Adam Schlachter, Director of AND THE BRAVE SHALL RISE, On 17 Ways to Save America

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When “Shorts by the Sea” closed its film run at the Santa Monica Laemmle last week, indie film supporters paid $14 to see the slate of little screen gems, including AND THE BRAVE SHALL RISE, a 19-minute documentary. This short was the closer, the last film to be shown each day from 9/13 to 9/19. You didn’t expect it to raise the hair on your neck, but it is in Awards contention (qualifying theatrical run) this year for a reason. ...

AFI Tribute and Gala Screening of ELLE will Celebrate Isabelle Huppert's Career

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi will honor acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert with a Tribute and a Gala screening at the festival. The Tribute will celebrate her storied career and will include a conversation with the actress, followed by a Gala screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ ELLE (directed by Paul Verhoeven) on Sunday, November 13. In ELLE, Isabelle Huppert plays Michèle, who seems indestructible, bringing the same ruthless attitude to her lo...

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AFI Line Up to be featured in the New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents sections at this year’s festival.

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents sections at this year’s festival. The New Auteurs and Shorts sections both showcase filmmakers from around the world; the New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. The Shorts program thi...

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AFI FEST NOW – It’s Opening Night with SAVING MR. BANKS

John Lee Hancock returns to the director’s chair following his Oscar®-winning THE BLIND SIDE (2009). After studying law, Hancock co-founded Legal Aliens Theatre Company in Los Angeles and has worked as a screenwriter (A PERFECT WORLD, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL) and producer (MY DOG SKIP, THE ROOKIE, THE ALAMO). When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make an adaptation of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promi...

CAMERIMAGE partners with the American Film Institute (AFI)

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– It was announced today that the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE, which takes place in Bydgoszcz, Poland November 16 - 23, is partnering with the American Film Institute (AFI) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) to showcase select, award-winning festival films as part of its 4th Camerimage Winners Show in Los Angeles in January.   The Camerimage Winners Show is an initiative started by the Tumult Foundation, the Festival’s or...

‘Hawaiian’ West Coast Premiere at Malibu International Film Festival

  Malibu Film Festival » Where: Malibu, CA » When: October 12, 2013 » Info: www.malibufilmfestival.org » Note: Advanced Tickets on sale now. Everybody in Hawaii knows Eddie would go, and T-shirts and bumper stickers from Sandy Beach to Wai­mea Bay offer daily proof. But it turns out a lot of people — even some of today’s professional surfers — have no ...

Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative at the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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Artisan Festival International: World Peace Initiative begins festivities May 16th - 27th this year at Festival de Cannes with tastemaker events, private villa parties, Croisette Galas, and film screenings. The World Cinema Festival is proud to annouce our Official Selections for Cannes:   Forget Paris by Christopher Presswell FABLE (90m, USA) by Maria Restivo Upside Down/ Khalti Doka Varti Paay (80m,India) by Ajay Singh Khaled (90m, USA) by Kervans Barthelem ...

Turkish-Bosnian-Herzegovinan film “Anatolia” is a big hit at AFI Film Festival

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  For those of you lucky enough to catch “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia” at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles this week, this was a beautiful film – beautifully shot, well acted – that left you pondering the film long after it was over. It unspooled gently, letting you seep into the high, windy, seer landscape and the lives thrown together by an investigation: the prosecutor, the doctor, the chief of police, and many others, being led about the countryside by a handcu...
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