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AFI movies of the year: 'Her' and '12 Years a Slave' in; 'August: Osage County' out

The American Film Institute announced its 10 “most outstanding” movies of the year Monday, including Her, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

AFI has a strong history of selecting films that end up competing for an Academy Award. Last year alone, all but Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises picked up Best Picture nominations. The only nominee AFI missed was Amour, and that’s just because AFI only selects from American films. Not too shabby.

The list is mostly consistent with the landscape of serious contenders that we’ve been anticipating. The recently announced critics awards largely skewed toward 12 Years a Slave, with a few nods for American Hustle, Gravity, and Her – all of which are represented on AFI’s list. Notably, Sundance winner Fruitvale Station (largely absent from critics lists) made the top 10, perhaps signifying that it’s not out of the race just yet. Missing from AFI’s list are a few notable Best Picture hopefuls including Philomena, August: Osage County, and Blue Jasmine.

Check out the full list below, including AFI’s television programs of the year.
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Jane Fonda to receive AFI achievement award

Jane Fonda will receive the American Film Institute’s 42nd Life Achievement Award, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious career honors.

“Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” AFI chairman Howard Stringer said in a statement released Thursday. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path.”

At 75, Fonda’s career hasn’t slowed, including roles in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and HBO’s “The Newsroom.”

Fond drew the ire of many Americans when she visited North Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War, leaving a stigma that would last for decades.

The AFI award will be presented at a star-studded gala on June 5, 2014, to be televised later that month on TNT.

Harrison Ford talks 'Blade Runner' at AFI event: Memories from production, the 'Is Deckard a Replicant?' debate, and more

Blade Runner was a box office disappointment when it hit theaters in 1982, but since then it has been showered with accolades and developed a significant following that has placed it in the pantheon of great sci-fi movies.

One organization that has been very kind to the gritty neo-noir movie is the American Film Institute. Blade Runner is on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 movies of all time and is No. 6 on the prestigious film school’s list of the best sci-fi movies. The movie’s star, Harrison Ford, was the 28th recipient of the AFI LIfetime Achievement Award.

AFI celebrated the legacy of Blade Runner, along with 11 other classic films, at Arclight Hollywood on Wednesday night for the institute’s third AFI Night at the Movies. Ford was on hand to introduce the screening of Blade Runner: The Final Cut, an edition of the film closer to director Ridley Scott’s original vision for the project that features some notable differences from the theatrical release version, such as the lack of narration.

Here are a few highlights from Ford’s introduction to the film, both some of his dry humor and his memories from making Blade Runner: READ FULL STORY

'Blade Runner,' 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Terms of Endearment' among films to screen at AFI Night at the Movies

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Harrison Ford travels across the skyline of a dark, futuristic Los Angeles. Shrek perilously treks over a moat of lava. A man you thought was human grotesquely morphs into an alien creature. These scenes from Blade Runner, Shrek, The Thing, and more will be on the big screen at an event presented by the American Film Institute later this month.

The lineup for the event, AFI Night at the Movies, was unveiled Tuesday. AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale calls the event “a film festival on speed” — 12 films will screen simultaneously in the Arclight Hollywood on Wednesday, April 24. The event will take over the Los Angeles venue, using every auditorium, including the 32- by 68-foot Cinerama Dome, where 1967 mystery film In the Heat of the Night will screen with an introduction by Sidney Poitier.

Gazzale told EW, “Ultimately what we’re looking for is an evening that crosses genres, everything from animation to romantic comedy to sci-fi, and then also crosses decades. We want to be certain that we’ve got a lifespan of movies here… that shows what the art form does across the years.”

Check out the full list of films, along with the actor introducing each one, below: READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises' ranks on American Film Institute's best-movies list

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prize_fighter1_bannerThe American Film Institute has thrown an awards lifeline to The Dark Knight Rises.

The group doesn’t choose a best picture, it only ranks the 10 best movies of the year and lists them alphabetically, and this year’s list could easily mirror the eventual best-picture field for the Academy Awards. The six locks for a nomination — Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty — are all on AFI’s list.

But the Oscars could select anywhere from five to 10 nominees, and with so many worthy contenders this year the list is likely to go long. So could AFI’s choices be a good gauge for what might fill those other four slots?

If you’re Christopher Nolan, you’ve got to hope so. READ FULL STORY

'The Producers' writer-director Mel Brooks to receive 41st AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

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Mel Brooks has induced generations of fans to snort and giggle at his films, including The Producers, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles; he’s also part of a rare club of talented folks who have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, not to mention earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now the 86-year-old comic writer-director can add another honor to the list: an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brooks, known for witticisms in both art and in life (think: “humor is just another defense against the universe”) will receive the award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 6, 2013, the AFI announced on Friday. The event will be aired by TNT and Turner Classic Movies.  READ FULL STORY

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