LOS ANGELES, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- American Film Institute (AFI) today
announced the notable film artists that have been confirmed to appear in
AFI's 10 TOP 10, a three-hour landmark television event airing on the CBS
Television Network Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (8:00 - 11:00 p.m., ET/PT).
During the broadcast, some of Hollywood's biggest stars will help reveal
the confidential list of America's 10 greatest films in 10 classic film
To pay homage to the 10 revered genres, AFI enlisted film artists
associated with each category to count down the top films, while providing
their unique insight on each. The hosts for each genre include: Jessica
Alba for Romantic Comedy; Cuba Gooding, Jr. for Sports; Sigourney Weaver
for Sci-Fi; Kirk Douglas for Epic; Jennifer Love Hewitt for Animation;
James Woods for Courtroom Drama; Gabriel Byrne for Mystery; and Sean Astin
for Fantasy. Additionally, the hosts for Gangster and Western film
categories will be announced by AFI in the coming weeks.
The special will also feature exclusive interviews with Tim Allen, Ed
Burns, Harrison Ford, Jane Fonda, Michael J. Fox, Brad Garrett, Ben
Gazzara, Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Norman Jewison, James Earl Jones,
Nathan Lane, Ray Liotta, Robert Loggia, George Lucas, Sidney Lumet, Amy
Madigan, Leonard Maltin, Dominic Monaghan, Elizabeth Perkins, Roman
Polanski, Harold Ramis, John Ratzenberger, Rob Reiner, Isabella Rossellini,
Susan Sarandon, Talia Shire, Steven Spielberg, Daniel Stern, Ridley Scott,
Lesley Ann Warren, Vanessa Williams and Rita Wilson.
"AFI's 10 TOP 10 will serve as the ultimate guide to the very best in
10 of America's most beloved film genres," said AFI President and CEO Bob
Gazzale. "Over the past decade, this series has sparked a national debate
each year about what makes a great American movie, and why-ultimately
driving audiences to discover and rediscover the classics of American
Past network specials have included AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies
(1998), 100 Stars (1999), 100 Laughs (2000), 100 Thrills (2001), 100
Passions (2002), 100 Heroes & Villains (2003), 100 Songs (2004), 100 Movie
Quotes (2005) and 100 Cheers (2006) and AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies-10th
Anniversary Edition (2007).
The primetime special will be executive produced and directed by Gary
Smith; executive produced for AFI by former AFI Board Chair Emeritus
Frederick S. Pierce; and produced by Dann Netter. SFM Entertainment LLC is
the distributor of the program. Sponsors of the series have included
General Motors, Pepsi, Best Buy, Breyers, ConAgra, Procter & Gamble,
Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Sony and all major motion picture
About the Jury Process
This year, the jury was asked to choose up to 10 movies per genre from
a comprehensive list, including entries such as: Animated: PINOCCHIO (1941)
and SHREK (2001); Fantasy: KING KONG (1933) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS
(2001); Sci-Fi: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) and THE MATRIX (1999);
Gangster: SCARFACE (1932) and THE DEPARTED (2006); Westerns: THE SEARCHERS
(1956) and UNFORGIVEN (1992); Sports: THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942) and
SEABISCUIT (2003); Romantic Comedy: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) and MY
BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING (1997); Courtroom Drama: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
(1957) and A FEW GOOD MEN (1992); Mystery: SHERLOCK HOLMES (1939) and THE
USUAL SUSPECTS (1995); and Epics: BEN-HUR (1959) and BRAVEHEART (1995).
To compile the final list, AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated
movies (50 per genre) to a jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative
community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors,
editors, cinematographers), critics and historians.
AFI asks jurors to consider the following criteria in their selection
FEATURE-LENGTH FICTION FILMS
Narrative format, typically over 60 minutes in length.
English-language film with significant creative and/or production elements
from the United States. Additionally, only films released before
January 1, 2008 will be considered.
AFI defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are primarily
created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors.
AFI defines "fantasy" as a genre where live-action characters inhabit
imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of
the natural world.
AFI defines the "gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized crime
or maverick criminals in a twentieth century setting.
AFI defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific or
technological premise with imaginative speculation.
AFI defines "western" as a genre of films set in the American West that
embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.
AFI defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play
athletics or other games of competition.
AFI defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution of a
AFI defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of a
romance leads to comic situations.
AFI defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of
justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.
AFI defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic
interpretation of the past. Their scope defies and demands -- either in
the mode in which they are presented or their range across time.
Formal commendation in print, television and digital media.
MAJOR AWARD WINNER
Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups,
critics, guilds and major film festivals.
POPULARITY OVER TIME
Including success at the box office, television and cable airing, and
DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
A film's mark on the history of the moving images through visionary
narrative devices, technical innovation, or other ground breaking
A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.
AFI allows one write-in vote per genre.
About the American Film Institute
AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education
and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film,
television and digital media. Additional information about AFI is available
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