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[04/28/10 - 04:07 AM]
Cher, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep to Attend the Afi Gala for Mike Nichols
"TV Land Presents: The AFI Life Achievement Awards Honoring Mike Nichols" premieres on TV Land in June.

[via press release from TV Land]

CHER, TOM HANKS, JULIA ROBERTS AND MERYL STREEP TO ATTEND THE AFI GALA FOR MIKE NICHOLS

AMERICAN FILM'S FINEST PERFORMERS CHER, TOM HANKS, JULIA ROBERTS AND MERYL STREEP ARE AMONG MANY SCHEDULED TO CELEBRATE THE WORK OF ACCLAIMED FILM, TELEVISION AND STAGE DIRECTOR MIKE NICHOLS AT THE 37TH ANNUAL AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Gala To Air On TV Land In June

New York, NY, April 28, 2010 - The American Film Institute and TV Land announced today that American film's finest performers Cher, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are among the many in the arts and entertainment community who are scheduled to appear when AFI honors beloved film, television and stage director Mike Nichols with the AFI Life Achievement Award. The gala will take place on Thursday, June 10th in the historic Stage 15 on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, CA. "TV Land Presents: The AFI Life Achievement Awards Honoring Mike Nichols" premieres on TV Land in June.

Cher, Hanks, Roberts and Streep join an outstanding list of Hollywood's finest that have come together to form a planning committee for this gala honoring Nichols. Previously announced members of the planning committee include Amy Adams, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Nora Ephron, Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Elaine May, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Natalie Portman, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Thompson, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Williams.

Cher, who was already well-known as the Bob Mackie-clad lead singer in the hit pop duo, Sonny and Cher, branched out into films in 1982 with a reprisal of her Broadway role in the film version of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." Following that project, she garnered her first Academy Award� nomination under the direction of Mike Nichols for her role in "Silkwood" where she co-starred with fellow AFI planning committee member and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree, Meryl Streep.

Tom Hanks most recently worked with Nichols on "Charlie Wilson's War" starring fellow AFI Life Achievement Award Planning Committee members Amy Adams, Philips Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Hanks received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2002.

Julia Roberts, the gentile Georgian with the million dollar smile, propelled to stardom in 1990 with her breakout role in "Pretty Woman." Her first film with Nichols was "Closer," which also starred Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Clive Owen. In 2007, she re-joined Nichols on the big screen playing Texas socialite Joanne Herring in "Charlie Wilson's War."

Meryl Streep collaborations with Mike Nichols over the past 30 years have been remarkable. Each time Streep has worked with Nichols, she has been nominated for either an Oscar� or an Emmy Award�. In 1983, Streep played nuclear plant worker turned whistle blower Karen Silkwood in "Silkwood." In 1991, Streep starred in "Postcards From the Edge," the Carrie Fisher autobiography. Her most recent collaboration with Nichols garnered Streep an Emmy Award� for her role as Ethel Rosenberg in the highly acclaimed HBO mini-series, "Angels in America." Streep received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004.

HP and AT&T are the gala evening's sponsors and American Airlines returns as the official airline of the American Film Institute.

About Mike Nichols

Born in Berlin in 1931, Mike Nichols fled Nazi Germany at age eight. He was certified a genius at 12, became half of the hit comedy act "Nichols and May" in his twenties, was an acclaimed director of stage and screen in his thirties, conquered television and now, in his late seventies, remains a force equally at ease in all mediums. He is one of the few artists to have received the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy.

After spending his adolescence in New York, Nichols attended the University of Chicago where he met Elaine May. The two writers developed the premier comedy act of the late 50s, performing in clubs, on TV and eventually on Broadway, where their show, "An Evening with Nichols and May" (1960) led to a Grammy-winning recording.

After they split, Nichols found a new collaborator in playwright Neil Simon, directing four hit Broadway shows "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," "Plaza Suite" and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" all Tony Award winners.

Having honed his craft on stage, Nichols moved to the big screen in 1966, when Elizabeth Taylor handpicked him to direct "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Despite studio objections, Nichols shot the film in stark black and white, occasionally using handheld shots to intensify the dramatic tension. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was both a box-office and critical success, earning 13 Academy Award nominations, including one for each of the four actors as well as for Best Director.

Nichols' second film, "The Graduate" (1967), won him the Best Directing Oscar. He went on to direct an adaptation of Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" (1970), "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), "The Day of the Dolphins" (1973) and the period comedy "The Fortune" (1975). He returned to Broadway in 1977, staging two very different hits: the musical "Annie" and the drama "The Gin Game" with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

In 1983, Nichols returned to features films with the biopic "Silkwood". Reuniting with both Streep and Nicholson in 1986, he helmed "Heartburn," an adaptation of Nora Ephron's best-selling novel, followed by "Working Girl" (1988), an adaptation of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical "Postcards from the Edge" (1990), "The Birdcage" (1996) and "Primary Colors" (1998).

In 2001, Nichols returned to television directing Emma Thompson in an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Wit" for HBO, earning Emmy Awards� for directing and producing. He followed up in 2003, producing and directing the six-part miniseries adaptation of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" for HBO, which received 11 Emmy Awards. Then, in his triumphant return to Broadway in 2005, he won his sixth Tony as Best Director for the musical "Spamalot," based on the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975). And in 2007, well into his seventies, Nichols returned to features to direct "Charlie Wilson's War".

About the American Film Institute

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. As a national, public-supported educational and cultural organization, AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is the only non-profit organization dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

AFI preserves the legacy of America's film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative and scholarly record of American films made from 1896 to the present, and the AFI Archives, which contains rare and previously unseen footage from AFI's 40-plus year history.

AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of programs and special events during the year, including the annual AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards. For 37 years, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the institute's almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year. AFI's 100 Years/100 Movies� series and definitive movie reference lists, as well as Target presents AFI Night at the Movies, have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers.

And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles; AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs, the largest documentary festival in the US; and year-round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington D.C. area.

AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its world-renowned AFI Conservatory, offering a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines - Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. AFI also explores new digital technologies through AFI Conservatory curriculum and workshops and at AFI DigiFest, and showcases the work of young storytellers through AFI ScreenNation and emerging filmmakers through AFI Project: 20/20.

Additional information about AFI is available at AFI.com.

About the AFI Life Achievement Award

The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 26, 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees: "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.

2010 AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Mike Nichols joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973: John Ford (1973), James Cagney (1974), Orson Welles (1975), William Wyler (1976), Bette Davis (1977), Henry Fonda (1978), Alfred Hitchcock (1979), James Stewart (1980), Fred Astaire (1981), Frank Capra (1982), John Huston (1983), Lillian Gish (1984), Gene Kelly (1985), Billy Wilder (1986), Barbara Stanwyck (1987), Jack Lemmon (1988), Gregory Peck (1989), Sir David Lean (1990), Kirk Douglas (1991), Sidney Poitier (1992), Elizabeth Taylor (1993), Jack Nicholson (1994), Steven Spielberg (1995), Clint Eastwood (1996), Martin Scorsese (1997), Robert Wise (1998), Dustin Hoffman (1999), Harrison Ford (2000), Barbra Streisand (2001), Tom Hanks (2002), Robert De Niro (2003), Meryl Streep (2004), George Lucas (2005), Sean Connery (2006), Al Pacino (2007), Warren Beatty (2008) and Michael Douglas (2009).

About TV Land PRIME and TV Land

TV Land PRIME is TV Land's programming destination designed for people in their forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the network's original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions and movies. TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for Adults 25-54. Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 95 million U.S. homes.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.





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