CinemaCon is planning to flex its muscels during the at the inaugural “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony taking place on Thursday evening, March 31, in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace when it honors fan favorite Vin Diesel and big screen newcomer Chris Hemsworth during the festivities.
Vin Diesel – Action Star of the Year Award: CinemaCon Managing Director said, “Since his star-making turn in ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ Vin Diesel has continued to build an impressive film resume that includes the cult favorite ‘Pitch Black,’ action-thriller ‘xXx,’ the science-fiction feature ‘The Chronicles of Riddick,’ the drama ‘Boiler Room’ and the comedy ‘The Pacifier.”
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in “Fast Five,” which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 29, 2011. Newly joined by Dwayne Johnson, they take the series that hooked the world on adrenaline and amp up the action and spectacle on a global scale. In “Fast Five,” former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) in a very unfamiliar place: the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Elsa Pataky joins Johnson and returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderón and Don Omar in an ultimate high-stakes heist.
After Diesel caught the eye of Steven Spielberg with “Multi-Facial” – a short Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in – Spielberg created a role for him in “Saving Private Ryan.” Since then, he has gone on to star in blockbuster films such as “The Fast and The Furious,” “xXx,” “The Pacifier” and “Fast & Furious.” In addition to these starring roles, Diesel has worn many hats on the set, serving as a producer on both “Fast & Furious” and “Fast Five.” He has also continued to write and direct, most recently releasing the short “Los Bandoleros” on the “Fast & Furious” DVD. Another recent endeavor is his video game company, Tigon Studios, which created and produced the top-selling X-Box game of 2004, “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.” In addition to “Fast Five,” Diesel will headline and produce the third chapter of the “Chronicles of Riddick” franchise – tentatively titled “Riddick,” and will collaborate with his Tigon Studios and Midway Games to release the film and video game for “The Wheelman.”
Chris Hemsworth – CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award: A familiar face on the small screen in Australia, Hemsworth will be seen by audiences worldwide next month when Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios release the much anticipated “Thor”, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh and also stars Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman.
Hemsworth made a special apprearcance during Paramount’s presentation on Monday night just before clips from his upcoming debut movie were shown and told audience members that he had an amazing time working on the film and that he will be back on Thursday.
More CinemaCon info will be posted later!