Post(s) tagged with "Sally Field"

World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN at AFI FEST 2012

LINCOLN

We are thrilled to announce the closing night film of AFI FEST 2012 will be the World Premiere of LINCOLN, directed by Steven Spielberg. The gala screening event will take place on Thursday, November 8 at the Historic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role; Academy Award® winners Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones; Academy Award® nominees David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes and Hal Holbrook; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris.  Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams scored the film, with 2012 marking a collaboration between Spielberg and Williams that has enriched 26 of their films together.  From an original screenplay by Academy Award® nominee Tony Kushner based in part on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the revealing drama explores our 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office during the Civil War.

”Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new film in his extraordinary career,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.  ”We are honored he has chosen AFI FEST for the World Premiere of LINCOLN, an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations.”

“Steven Spielberg epitomizes American filmmaking,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST, “and who better to tell the story of one of the most significant figures in our country’s history.  In this important presidential election year, Spielberg’s LINCOLN reminds us that the challenges of the past remain as relevant today.”

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at the Official World Premiere closing night gala of LINCOLN.  These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 25.  In addition, AFI members Two Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages and Passes.  Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership.

Shirley MacLaine: The 40th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala

The stars aligned last night for a tribute to Shirley MacLaine, who was lauded with AFI’s 40th Life Achievement Award. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to celebrate one of America’s most beloved artists, and presenting guests included her brother Warren Beatty, Dakota Fanning, Sally Field, Carrie Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Katherine Heigl, Elizabeth McGovern, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and John Travolta.

The evening’s festivities kicked off with MacLaine entering the gala of over 1,000 attendees to “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” a song she made famous in the 1969 screen version of “Sweet Charity.”

Immediately following dinner, Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s Academy Award®-winning brother and 2008 AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, talked about how the AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 to ensure that “the great masters of film may take their deserved place in history beside leaders in other arts” and introduced the award recipients in attendance to celebrate MacLaine and the award’s 40th anniversary – Sidney Poitier (1992), Jack Nicholson (1994), Steven Spielberg (1995), Meryl Streep (2004) and Morgan Freeman (2011).

Peppered throughout the night were video tributes from Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jack Black, James L. Brooks, Stephen Hawking, Goldie Hawn, Nicole Kidman, 2010 AFI Life Achievement recipient Mike Nichols and Charlize Theron.

The 2004 AFI Life Achievement Award honoree and Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep bestowed the prestigious award at the end of the evening to her friend, Shirley MacLaine. Streep said, “There are some performers who are indelible. You fall for them early. You fall hard. And you follow them the rest of your life. That’s our Shirl.”

Upon receiving the award, Shirley spoke first about the women at her table, Jennifer Aniston, Sally Field, Melanie Griffith, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, saying they were “my other half of the sky and my sustained belief that you women will make the world a better place.” She went on to say “thank you to the fabulous leading men I’ve had the pleasure of making love to, on and off the screen.” MacLaine added, “When you’re in my life, you never get away – even if you die,” and closed by saying, “My one piece of assurance to all of us who are overachievers: don’t worry, what we don’t get done now, we will the next time around – if we keep our feet firmly planted on the ground and our heads in the stars, and always listen to the mothers and women in our lives.”

Among the many other guests present to honor MacLaine were Annette, Bening, Toni Collette, Peter Fonda, Marcia Gay Harden, Dennis Haysbert, Dennis Kucinich, Deborah Secco, Tom Skerritt, Cecilia Suarez and Mena Suvari.

The gala, entitled “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine,” was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

About

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

As a non-profit educational and cultural organization open to the public, AFI relies on the generous financial support from moving arts enthusiasts like you to provide funding for its programs and initiatives. Become a member today and support your American Film Institute!

CONNECT

American Film Institute

AFI FEST presented by Audi


AFI Conservatory

AFI Silver Theatre

AFI Docs