AFI Awards Salute 11 Top Films And 10 Outstanding TV Shows

 

The American Film Institute (AFI) have announced their selections for AFI Awards 2014. The list includes 11 movies and 10 TV programs that were “deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.

“We celebrate these films and television programs as more than just milestones in a year of excellence.” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “They are a part of our American cultural heritage – collectively, a new chapter in the story of the art form and of our nation.”

This year’s jury board (one for each category) included producer/writers Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething, Once and Again), director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk To Me), actress Phylicia Rashad (Cosby Show), film critic Leonard Maltin, and cinematographer Matthew Libatique (Black Swan)l

The honorees will attend the annual AFI Awards private luncheon January 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, Ca.

Here’s the list:

AFI Movies Of The Year

  1. American Sniper
  2. Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Boyhood
  4. Foxcatcher
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. Interstellar
  7. Into the Woods
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Selma
  10. Unbroken
  11. Whiplash

AFI TV Programs of The Year

  1. The Americans
  2. Fargo
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. How To Get Away with Murder
  5. Jane The Virgin
  6. The Knick
  7. Mad Men
  8. Orange Is The New Black
  9. Silicon Valley
  10. Transparent

‘The Fosters’ Celebrate Holiday Spirit With “Christmas Past” Episode

 

Tonight is the first holiday themed episode of The Fosters, and if you’ve been a fan of the show, you probably realize things don’t go as planned in the Foster household (its unpredictability, coupled with the ability to successfully pull on our heartstrings, is one of the show’s strongest facets).

So don’t expect a ho-hum season’s greetings on tonight’s episode, which is titled “Christmas Past.” The installment, which marks Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Callie’s (Maia Mitchell) first ever Christmas with the Fosters,  also features a spirited guest appearance from Annie Potts as Grandma Sharon.

Although Stef (Teri Polo) has her own issues with her mom (Potts) over a plot detail I’m not going to give away, she isn’t the only Foster who’s having the Christmas blues. Lena’s (Sherri Saum) own past troubles with her sibling have an indirect effect on Jude (Hayden Byerly).

MAIA MITCHELL, CIERRA RAMIREZ, ANNIE POTTS (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)
MAIA MITCHELL, CIERRA RAMIREZ, ANNIE POTTS (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)

“Lena actually has a half brother that she doesn’t talk about because they had a falling out years ago but this Christmas episode is an opportunity for Lena to perhaps start mending some fences with that,” said Saum. “It’s what Christmas is good for – (it’s) kind of bringing families together.”

Teri Polo, Jake T. Austin in "The Fosters" (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)
Teri Polo, Jake T. Austin in “The Fosters” (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)

Will the Fosters have a loving holiday dinner, and will Stef mend fences with her free spirited mom?  And even though the episode centers on a “Christmas past,” part of the installment also focuses on what happened right after Callie (Mitchell) and Brandon (David Lambert) kissed.

The Fosters Christmas episode airs tonight on ABC Family at 8 pm et/pt.

DAVID LAMBERT, MAIA MITCHELL (ABC FAMILY/Rony Rivetti)
DAVID LAMBERT, MAIA MITCHELL (ABC FAMILY/Rony Rivetti)

***Even though Maia Mitchell and Bailee Madison (aka Callie’s trouble making sister Sophia) really do look like sisters, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale threw her DNA hat into the ring. Check out the photo below:

I’m convinced Maia and I are sisters.

A photo posted by Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) on

‘Severed’ Secures Spring 2015 Release For PlayStation Vita

 

Indie video game developer DrinkBox Studios will release its PlayStation Vita game Severed in Spring of 2015.

This first person action-adventure will have players follow the journey of a one-armed heroine who wields a “living sword” and fights “six-armed swordmasters and beasts made of crows.” The non-linear narrative will have gamers attempting to piece parts of the heroine’s past as well as construct her future and, considering the images that’s been released, Severed should be a completely surreal journey.

“DrinkBox has a strong relationship working with Sony and we felt Severed’s combat and exploration mechanics were a perfect match for the Vita,” said Graham Smith, Co-Founder of DrinkBox Studios. “We hope Vita gamers will fall in love exploring Severed’s uncanny world through our gameplay just like they have with our previous games.”
Previous DrinkBox titles include Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, Guacamelee!, and Tales from Space: About a Blob.
Severed - Drinkbox Studios
Severed – Drinkbox Studios
Severed - Drinkbox Studios
Severed – Drinkbox Studios
Severed - Drinkbox Studios
Severed – Drinkbox Studios