CinemaCon’s Star-Studded Lineup Aims to Dazzle Las Vegas

Published On March 27, 2011 | By admin | Blog Post, film

CinemaCon begins tomorrow, which means four days of screenings, lunches and panels from March 28th through the 31st, culminating in an awards ceremony on Thursday evening at the Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. Several stars are being honored as a thank you from NATO (National Association of Theatre Owners), the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 50 countries worldwide.  I’ve already mentioned a few of the honorees, namely Helen Mirren, Tyler Perry and Russell Brand, and now I’m posting the rest of the list I’ve received below.

Julianne Hough – Cinemacon Rising Star of 2011 Award:  Soon to be seen on October 14, 2011 in Paramount’s “Footloose,” Julianne is already well known in the world of music, television and dance, so no doubt she will be thrilling audiences with her portrayal of Ariel.  Writer/Director Craig Brewer is putting a new spin on the 1984 classic film, which also stars acting veteran Dennis Quaid  as the Reverend Shaw Moore and newcomer Kenny Wormald, who will be Hough’s onscreen love interest. 

Recognized by millions of fans as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars,” Julianne also released a debut album on Universal Music Group Nashville, which hit the Billboard country charts at #1 in 2008.  She made her film debut in 2010 in the star-studded dramatic musical “Burlesque,” showing off her acting skills alongside Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci and Eric Dane.

Jason Momoa – CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award – Another up-and-coming talent poised for stardom, Jason will be seen in the Lionsgate’s 3-D action release of “Conan the Barbarian” on August 19, 2011. Directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood, the film also stars Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this way, and I’m happy that CinemaCon and the exhibition community are as excited as I am for the release of this film,” said Momoa of receiving the award.  It’s expected that Jason will bring with him a loyal fanbase from ‘Stargate: Atlantis” and Joe Drake, the President of Lionsgate’s Film Group added, “Jason is the definition of a rising star. He will absolutely be the next unstoppable male action hero, and we are so proud that it will be because of this film.  We’re thrilled that CinemaCon has seen the same star qualities in Jason as we did.”

Ryan Reynolds – CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award: Considered one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men, the release of the upcoming action adventure “Green Lantern”, which was directed by Martin Campbell, on June 17th, 2011 is sure to bring Ryan a whole new legion of fans.  Starring as Hal Jordan, a test pilot and the first human ever selected to wear the ring granting him superpowers and allowing him into the brotherhood of the Green Lantern brotherhood of warriors, Ryan is currently filming the action thriller “Safe House” with Denzel Washington and will also be seen soon in “The Change-Up”, a comedy co-starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde. 

Reynolds first caught moviegoers’ attention with his lead role in the 2002 comedy “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.” Since then, he has gone on to star in such box office hits and critically acclaimed films as “Smokin’ Aces,” “The Nines,” “Definitely, Maybe,” “Adventureland,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and, most recently, “Buried.”

Cameron Diaz – CinemaCon Female Star of the Year:  Since making her debut on the big screen at the age of 21 playing femme fatale Tina Carlisle in “The Mask”, Diaz has appeared in several hit films including “There’s Something About Mary” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Now the actress, who will soon be seen as the foul-mouthed, ruthless and inappropriate Elizabeth in Jake Kasdan’s “Bad Teacher” on June 24, 2011, is set to be presented with this special honor on March 30th during Columbia Pictures’ event at CinemaCon. Written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg and produced by Jimmy Miller and David Householter, “Bad Teacher” also stars Justin Timberlake.

Well respected for her versatility in acting handling everything from comedic parts to dramatic roles like in the critically acclaimed “Being John Malkovich”, Diaz will soon begin production on the Coen Brothers’ remake of the crime comedy “Gambit” in April, starring opposite Colin Firth.

Morgan Spurlock – CinemaCon Documentary Filmmaker of the Year Award:  Morgan is scheduled to receive his award the evening of March 30th during a special ceremony prior to a screening of his latest film “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” which will be released in select cities by Sony Picture Classics on April 22, 2011, explores the world of product placement, marketing and advertising.  Fully financed through product placement from various brands that were integrated transparently into the film, aside from directing Spurlock co-wrote the documentary with Jeremy Chilnick. “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” was also produced by Spurlock, Chilnick and Abbie Hurewitz through Spurlock’s production company, Warrior Poets along with Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu.

Since his documentary debut in 2004 with “Super Size Me,” Spurlock has been entertaining and educating audiences worldwide with his thought provoking films.  As part of the evening’s celebration on the 30th he will be awarding two weekend getaways from sponsors Jet Blue and Hyatt, plus a few lucky members of the audience with receive $250 gift cards from another sponsor Old Navy, which is an effectiv way of spreading the message he’s created with his latest film.

Harry Potter Film Franchise – CinemaCon Hall of Fame Award:  CinemaCon’s Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser said, “With Harry Potter being the largest-grossing franchise in motion picture history, we could not think of a more exciting or appropriate way to inaugurate this special award than by presenting it to Harry Potter producer David Heyman in honor of this incredible success.  Since the first film hit theatres in 2001, Harry Potter has created a global phenomenon unlike anything ever seen before. Ten years and seven blockbuster films later, the most successful film franchise of all time—having entertained and thrilled audiences of all generations around the world—will present its final chapter this summer, while its legacy in film history will live on forever.”

Warner Bros. Pictures will be releasing the final chapter in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”, in IMAX, 3D and 2D on July 15, 2011 and the franchise seems like a perfect fit for the CinemaCon Hall of Fame Award, which is is reserved for truly special achievements and the contributions of talent, filmmakers, and even technology based game-changers that help make the industry great.

Blake Lively – CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award:  After receiving rave reviews in Ben Affleck’s crime drama “The Town”, Blake will soon be seen in the highly anticipated “Green Lantern” this June along with fellow honoree and co-star Ryan Reynolds. 

Lively first attracted audience attention in 2005 when she starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” in a role she reprised in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” in 2008.  She is also known for her appearances in “Accepted”, “Elvis and Annabelle,” and Rebecca Miller’s indie drama “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.”  She is currently in production on the comedy “Hick” and can also be seen on television in “Gossip Girl.”

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award: This summer Rose will make her screen debut when Paramount Pictures releases “Transformers: Dark of the Moon on July 1st.  Directed by Michael Bay the film also stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Kevin Dunn and John Malkovich. 

Only 23 years-old, Huntington-Whiteley is a top British model who has shot three campaigns for Burberry, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and high street giant Karen Millen and is the only British Victoria’s Secret Angel. In addition, she has shot a successful short film with the lingerie label Agent Provocateur and was named best model at the 2009 ELLE Style Awards.

I’ll have more coverage of CinemaCon during the week, so stay tuned.

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