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2012 CinemaCon at Caesars: Stallone, Scorsese, Theron, Pfeiffer, Garner
If Tinseltown cameras grind to a halt this week and paparazzi cameras fail to snap its stars, don’t blame Las Vegas just because many of them are working and playing here right on the heels of the star-studded National Association of Broadcasters meetings and awards.
The four-day, all-star Hollywood invasion of the Strip begins today as the largest and most important gathering of global movie-theater owners gets underway at Caesars Palace. The galaxy of stars includes Sylvester Stallone, Martin Scorsese, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jennifer Garner.
CinemaCon welcomes more than 5,000 professionals from the cinema industry to four days of movie previews, advance screenings, award ceremonies, panel discussions and a sold-out trade show of exhibitors. It’s the second year CinemaCon -- the official annual meeting of the National Association of Theater Owners -- is here, and Coca-Cola is the official presenting sponsor again.
The industry buzz will, of course, be all about the studio slates of films for the remainder of 2012 and the must-see premiere feature screenings, and sharing the spotlight are the biggest stars, producers and directors.
This year is truly a superstar turnout. Here’s the Royal Robin Rundown:
MONDAY, APRIL 23
A gala world-premiere event with Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation showcasing selections from their upcoming 2012 releases celebrating 100 years of moviemaking. In advance of the presentation in the Colosseum, there will be three red-carpet appearances: Dwayne Johnson will be joined by co-stars D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, director Jon Chu and producer Lorenzo de Bonaventure from “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”; Chris Rock from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”; and Chris Pine with director Peter Ramsey from “Rise of the Guardians.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Former Sen. Chris Dodd, now the president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, is one of the guest speakers during the “State of the Industry.” The MPAA not only puts those PG and R ratings on films, but also stamps out piracy of Hollywood productions globally.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas present the 2012 Pioneer of the Year Award to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, at a Caesars Palace dinner. Proceeds from the event go to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund, an industry charity to help movie veterans encountering illness, injury and other life-changing events.
Oscar-winning filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee headline the panel “Filmmaking Today, Tomorrow & Beyond” moderated by film critic Todd McCarthy.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
It’s the glittering night of the Big Screen Achievement Awards.
*Actor Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and the upcoming “Bourne Legacy”) receives the Male Star of the Year Award.
*Actress Jennifer Garner (“Valentine’s Day,” “Pearl Harbor” and the upcoming “Odd Life of Timothy Green” and “Butter”) receives the Female Star of the Year Award.
*Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (“The Italian Job,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Monster”) receives the Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award. She stars as the evil queen in “Snow White and the Huntsman” co-starring Kristen Stewart out June 1 and in “Prometheus” on June 8.
*Actress Michelle Pfeiffer (“Scarface,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Dangerous Liaisons”) receives the Cinema Icon Award. She stars in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” out May 11.
*Actor Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky,” “Rambo,” “The Expendables”) receives the Career Achievement Award. “The Expendables 2” is set for August release, and he stars in “The Tomb” next year, with rumors abounding that he will film a fifth “Rambo” movie next year.
*Actress Anna Faris (“What’s Your Number,” “Entourage”) receives the Comedy Star of the Year Award. She will next be seen starring opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Dictator” in theaters May 16.
*Producer, director and screenwriter Judd Apatow (“Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Talladega Nights”) receives the Award of Excellence in filmmaking. His newest movie “The Five-Year Engagement” has just been released, and his “Knocked Up” spinoff “This Is Forty” is out Dec. 21.
*Actor Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights,” “John Carter”) receives the Male Star of Tomorrow Award. His next two films are “Battleship” set for May 18 release and “Savages’ on July 6.
*Chloe Grace Moretz (“Amityville Horror,” “Let Me In,” “Hugo”) receives the Female Star of Tomorrow Award. Her next films are “Dark Shadows,” “Emily the Strange” and a remake of Stephen King’s “Carrie” in the title role.
*“Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson receives the Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award. He has three movies set for release before year’s end: “Red Dawn,” “Detention” and “Seven Days in Havana.”
*Diego Boneta, the Mexican singer who found fame on “Pretty Little Liars” and who stars in the upcoming “Rock of Ages,” receives the Rising Star of the Year Award. His newest movie “Paradise Lost” will be released early next year.
Our friends the cast of “Jersey Boys” from the Paris will entertain the stars, delegates and exhibitors at the final-night outdoor gala at the Pool of the Gods at Caesars. Vegas DeLuxe sends best wishes to all the moviemakers and exhibitors for a great CinemaCon; check back here for our reports and photo galleries.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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