Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas to Honor Jeffrey Katzenberg

12:25 PM PST 04/16/2012 by Pamela McClintock
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The trio will present Katzenberg with the 2012 Pioneer of the Year Award at the upcoming convention of theater owners in Las Vegas.

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation announced Monday that Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas will be on hand to celebrate DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg at the organization's upcoming gala in Las Vegas.

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The trio -- who voice various titles roles in DreamWorks Animation's hit franchises Kung Fu Panda and Shrek franchises, respectively -- will present Katzenberg will Will Rogers' prestigious Pioneer of the Year Award. The gala dinner on April 25 will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in conjunction with CinemaCon, the convention of theater owners that runs April 23-26.

Black will serve as the official emcee of the evening, while Diaz and Banderas are set to attend as special guests.

"We are thrilled Cameron, Jack and Antonio will be joining us for CinemaCon 2012 to honor Jeffrey Katazenberg," said Ted Cooper, president of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, whose Pioneer of the Year award honors leaders of the film industry for their philanthropic efforts.

Past honorees include Dick Cook, Sherry Lansing, Jack Valenti and, reaching back farther into Hollywood's past, Darryl F. Zanuck, Jack Warner and Cecil B. DeMille.

Proceeds from the dinner go to the Motion Picture Pioneers Assitance Fund. The Pionner of the Year 2012 Honorary Committee includes David Geffen and the heads of every major studio, as well as top exhibitors.

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