Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Mel Brooks, 'Long-Reigning King of Comedy,' To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI will honor Mel Brooks with the 41st Life Achivement Award, their highest honor. On June 6, 2013, Brooks will be presented with the award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, which will later be aired on TNT. AFI's Sir Howard Stringer says, "Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy...
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • October 5, 2012 12:24 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
More: AFI, Awards

'The Hobbit' US Premiere to Benefit AFI with Gala Event

The US premiere of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of the forthcoming trilogy, will benefit the American Film Institute with a gala event on December 6 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Benefit tickets and packages are available here (beware, they start at $500 per person). On December 14 the rest of the country can enjoy the film in theaters.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • October 4, 2012 3:23 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

AFI Fest 2012 Announces Young Americans and New Auteurs Lineup, Including Baker, Cronenberg & Loznitsa

AFI Fest 2012, running November 1-8 in Los Angeles, announces the titles for its Young Americans and New Auteurs programs. Young Americans features works from emerging American filmmakers (eligible for an Audience Award), while New Auteurs has titles from around the world by first and second-time directors (eligible for a Grand Jury Award)...
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • October 3, 2012 3:23 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

AFI FEST Opens with 'Hitchcock' Starring Hopkins and Mirren

The American Film Institute (AFI) is closing AFI FEST with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and opening on November 1 with Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock."
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • September 27, 2012 1:00 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

AFI FEST Lands Spielberg's 'Lincoln' as Closing Night Film

One of the fall Oscar contenders that is still sight unseen--and was not booked into any major film festivals--is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Well, the DreamWorks/Fox/Participant movie starring Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th president has finally landed a festival berth at the height of awards season fervor in L.A.: The AFI Fest will show the film as its fest gala closer on November 8. The movie, adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestseller "Team of Rivals," co-stars Sally Field...
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • September 20, 2012 1:33 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

American Cinematheque vs. American Film Institute: One's Young, the Other Isn't

Bravo to the American Cinematheque for singling out a comedian, Ben Stiller, for its 26th annual achievement award. He is more than worthy. But this choice does serve to highlight the growing gap between the Cinematheque tribute, which tends to veer toward stars in their moneymaking prime, and the American Film Institute achievement award, which often hits stars at the senior end of their career trajectory.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
  • |
  • August 9, 2012 5:02 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Obit: Screenwriter Frank Pierson Fought Against the Impoverishment of Film Language

Frank Pierson, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay of “Dog Day Afternoon” in 1975, was nominated for two other Oscars, and then turned himself into an Emmy-winning director, died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 87 after a short illness.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
  • |
  • July 23, 2012 7:04 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

New AFI Communications Exec Hails from K Street, Helped HBO's 'Veep'

What many in Hollywood don't know about the American Film Institute's new Communications vice-president Jennifer Hoelzer, who is moving from Washington, D.C. to start her new L.A. job on July 16--is that she was a primary source for HBO's comedy series "Veep." No wonder the show rings true.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 18, 2012 2:55 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Shirley MacLaine AFI Tribute, from Raucous Rickles, Black and Nicholson to Roberts and Streep: 'She's Got Balls'

The annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards give folks in Hollywood a way to remember why they got into the business. And Shirley MacLaine was overdue for the award that had already gone to younger brother Warren Beatty, whom she said she has known and loved the longest.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • June 8, 2012 4:00 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
More: AFI

Meryl Streep Will Present Shirley MacLaine with AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in a black tie gala held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on June 7. Shirley MacLaine's career has encompassed over fifty feature films, including one Academy Award, six nominations for Oscars and six for Emmys, and seven Golden Globe Awards.
  • By Maggie Lange
  • |
  • May 23, 2012 2:23 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Email Updates