The American Film Institute (AFI) has added its voice to the list of groups sounding off on the best of 2013 in movies and on TV. AFI's mission with their annual awards is to showcase "significant achievements" in films and television.
Announcing this year's best of lists, AFI President & CEO Bob Gazzale said, "AFI Awards is a moment for the most accomplished storytellers of 2013 to pause and be appreciated - not as competitors, but as a community. Acknowledging their collective contributions to America's rich cultural legacy is both AFI's national mandate - and our honor."
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR:
12 Years a Slave
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street
AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
Orange is the New Black
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Audiences were more into animated family-friendly fare this weekend than they were the second installment in The Hunger Games
franchise as Disney's Frozen
toppled Catching Fire
from the top spot on the weekend box office chart. Horrible winter weather didn't affect the overall performance of films in theaters, with the box office take actually higher than the same weekend last year (historically a down weekend at the box office). However, the goodwill felt by moviegoers toward Frozen
and Catching Fire
didn't extend to Out of the Furnace
starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, and Willem Dafoe. The dramatic thriller from director Scott Cooper posted a disappointing $5 million at the domestic box office and isn't likely to pick up business over the coming weeks. But while Out of the Furnace
isn't a winner for Bale, he does still have David O. Russell's American Hustle
coming to theaters this month.
Top 10 Films for Weekend of December 6-8, 2013
1) Frozen - $31,641,000
2) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $27,000,000
3) Out of the Furnace - $5,300,000
4) Thor: The Dark World - $4,740,000
5) Delivery Man - $3,775,000
6) Homefront - $3,384,000
7) The Book Thief - $2,700,000
8) The Best Man Holiday - $2,673,000
9) Philomena - $2,282,000
10) Dallas Buyers Club - $1,459,000
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Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke is the latest addition to the cast of Ouija set up with Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, and Hasbro. The film's been in the works for years with Universal dropping it from their slate of films set to go into production back in 2011 which prompted Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes to look elsewhere for a studio home. After a stint at Paramount with McG on board to direct, Ouija's back in the Universal Pictures fold with Stiles White (writer of The Possession, Knowing) attached to direct. White also co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden.
Olivia Cooke's joining the cast which is led by Douglas Smith and includes Daren Kagasoff.
The film will follow a group of teens who try to make contact with one of their friends who died. Shooting will begin next week in LA.
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Bryan Singer seems to really love breaking news via Twitter. His latest big X-Men tweet took just about everybody by surprise because it wasn't about the X-Men movie he's currently working on: X-Men: Days of Future Past. Instead, Singer used the social media outlet to reveal plans for the next film of the franchise:
"#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!" - @BryanSinger
And Fox has confirmed the X-Men: Apocalypse title and the May 27, 2016 release date. But before Apocalypse can arrive, Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released in theaters on May 23, 2014. That film teams up veteran X-Men stars including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart with the younger cast from X-Men: First Class (Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, etc).
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