AFI Names 10 Best Films

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LOS ANGELES – American Film Institute (AFI) today announcedthe official selections of AFI AWARDS 2010, AFI’s almanac that records the year’smost outstanding achievements in film, television, and other forms of the moving image arts. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form. Honorees areselected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance therich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/ormake a mark on American society: AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR BLACK SWAN THE FIGHTER INCEPTION THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT 127 HOURS THE SOCIAL NETWORK THE TOWN TOY STORY 3 TRUE GRIT WINTER'S BONE AFI SPECIAL AWARDS THE KING'S SPEECH WAITING FOR SUPERMAN AFI AWARDS 2010 selections are made through AFI’s unique jury process in which scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale foreach selection. AFI SPECIAL AWARDS are given to outstanding achievements in themoving image that do not fit into AFI’s criteria for the other honorees: Feature-Length Motion Picture Narrative fiction format, over 60 minutes in length; American Motion picture with significant creative and/or production elements from theUnited States. The motion picture need not be presented in the Englishlanguage if it is incontrovertibly American; Theatrically-ReleasedMotion pictures originally released between January 1 and December 31,2010, which have been publicly exhibited in a commercial theater in Los Angeles for paid admission and screened for at least seven consecutive days. AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the selections at a luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotelin Los Angeles.
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20th Century Fox will now send out Gulliver's Travels on Christmas Day instead of on December 22. The 3D release would have had to compete with Little Fockers and True Grit on the 22nd.

Buzz for Gulliver's Travels has not been overwhelmingly positive, so Fox obviously needs a little more time to sell the Jack Black vehicle to the public.

According to's most recent WebWatch report, Gulliver's holds only a 1.09% market share of online opinions among unreleased films. Also, the comedy's most active Facebook page has only a little more than 300 supporters. That's a disastrous number for a film that's less than a month away from hitting theaters.

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Beverly Hills, CA -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alice in Wonderland

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Clash of the Titans

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1



Iron Man 2

The Last Airbender

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Shutter Island

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Tron: Legacy


In early January, the members of the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 25 at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on February 27 at the Kodak Theatre.


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1/3/10 Update: Jodie Foster is joining Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in Elysium, the new sci-fi flick from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

12/10/10 Update: Matt Damon is reportedly in early negotiations to star in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. The actor will next be seen alongside Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin in True Grit, which opens on December 22.


Director Neil Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley, his District 9 star, are teaming up again on a new sci-fi flick titled Elysium. While the project has yet to find a home at any studio, there is reportedly plenty of interest. Elysium will take place far into the future on a distant planet.

District 9 turned into a massive $211 million worldwide hit in August 2009 before snagging an Oscar nod for Best Pic, so it's no surprise that studios are clamoring to house Blomkamp's next effort. Sticking with Copley may make Blomkamp more comfortable, or it may just bring about unfair comparisons to District 9.

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