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    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...

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    '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 star...

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    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 di...

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    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."

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    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 seaso...

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    Family of 'True Romance' Director Tony Scott Creates AFI Scholarship in His Name

    The family of the late director Tony Scott, who leapt to his death from a San Pedro bridge August 19 in an apparent suicide, have established a scholarship at the American Film Institute in the filmmaker's name, according to a story by Daniel Miller in the Hollywood Reporter.

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    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 A...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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