×

AFI takes good with bad

TV spesh to feature heroes, villains

HOLLYWOOD — Heroes and villains have been tapped as the focus for the American Film Institute’s sixth installment of the org’s annual “100 Years” TV special.

Three-hour spec, dubbed “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Heroes and Villains,” is skedded to air on CBS in June. Show will count down America’s 50 greatest heroes and 50 greatest villains as chosen by experts in the motion picture community.

Previous programs in the AFI repertoire include “100 Passions” (2002), “100 Thrills” (2001) and “100 Laughs” (2000).

“America’s appetite for movie history is insatiable,” said AFI director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg, adding that the org’s mission is twofold.

“On the one hand, it is to celebrate the first century of motion pictures and bring past films back in focus for older generations to revisit as well as to introduce (them) to younger audiences. But our objective reaches beyond this. It is our hope that through these specials, AFI can encourage national conversation of movies over water coolers everywhere.”

AFI distribbed ballots of 400 nommed characters Tuesday to a jury of 1,500 industry leaders including film artists (directors, actors, cinematographers), critics and historians. AFI’s national membership also will get one collective vote. All feature-length American pics released before Jan. 1, 2002, will be considered.

Aside from taking a character’s legacy and cultural impact into account, voters are being asked to consider certain criteria when picking out their fave heroes and villains. For instance, a hero can be a good person who’s ambiguous or flawed in some way, while a memorable villain is defined as a complex, moving and tragic character who can be evil, sleazy or tremendously funny.

According to producer Bob Gazzale, the jury has to work harder this year because when it comes to heroes and villains the choices aren’t always clear.

“Sure it sounds black and white, but if you examine films from the 1960s and beyond, you find that a film’s hero is actually an anti-hero,” Gazzale said, adding that the ballot will just present voters with “400 great American screen characters from Buddy Ackerman (‘Swimming With Sharks’) to Zorro and they must decide who is a hero and who is a villain.”

More Film

  • The Case

    Bac Films Closes Deals on Psychological Thriller 'The Case'

    Bac Films has closed several deals on Bernard Stora’s “The Case,” a psychological thriller set in the South of France starring Niels Arestrup (“At Eternity’s Gate,” “A Prophet”). The film had its market premiere at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, a five-day showcase of French movies wrapping on Jan. 20. Arestrup stars [...]

  • #iamhere

    Gaumont Clinches Deals on French-Korean Romcom '#iamhere' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Gaumont has clinched a raft of deals on Eric Lartigau’s Korea-set romantic comedy #iamhere which had its market premiere at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French cinema in Paris. Headlined by Alain Chabat (“Valerian”) and Bae Doona (“Sense8”), the film was penned by Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain (“Sisters Brothers”). Chabat stars as a prominent French chef [...]

  • Mike (WILL SMITH), Marcus (MARTIN LAWRENCE)

    Box Office: 'Bad Boys for Life' Towers Over 'Dolittle,' '1917'

    Universal’s “Dolittle” and “1917” found out what “Bad Boys” will do when they come for you at the box office. Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life,” the third entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led series, beat expectations and towered over the competition during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. “Bad Boys for Life” earned [...]

  • Charlize Theron31st Annual Producers Guild Awards,

    Charlize Theron Says Megyn Kelly's 'Bombshell' Reaction Video Was 'Really Validating'

    Charlize Theron says it was “really emotional” to watch Megyn Kelly’s half-hour response video to “Bombshell,” the Oscar-nominated feature film that depicts the sexual harassment Kelly (as played by Theron) and several other women experienced from Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The video, which Kelly posted to her YouTube Channel on Jan. 9, shows Kelly, [...]

  • (center) George MacKay as Schofield in

    '1917,' 'Succession' Among Top PGA Award Winners

    “1917” continued its string of major awards season wins on Saturday night, earning the Producers Guild of America award for best picture. Coupled with its win for best picture, drama at the Golden Globes, the WWI movie is officially the front runner for Oscar’s top prize. “It’s a film that is a tribute to all [...]

  • Bong Joon Ho, Jane Rosenthal, David

    Netflix Praised by 'The Irishman,' 'Marriage Story' Filmmakers at Producers Guild Panel

    Streaming giant Netflix received strong support from filmmakers behind “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” at the Producers Guild of America’s nominees panel on Saturday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Jane Rosenthal, one of “The Irishman” producers, said Netflix embraced the vision that she and Martin Scorsese had for the $170 million film. [...]

  • Gabriel Harel on MyFFF ‘The Night

    Gabriel Harel Discusses Dystopic Parable ‘The Night of the Plastic Bags’

    With his first short film, the animated “Yùl and the Snake,” Gabriel Harel won Europe’s Cartoon d’Or for the continent’s best animated short film, given at the 2016 Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. Now, Harel’s awaited sophomore effort, the animated “The Night of the Plastic Bags,” competes at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, and is available on a swathe [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content