Carell honor brings smile to ShoWest


Steve Carell will be feted as comedy star of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention set for March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Carell, who emerged as a comic leading man in 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated "Little Miss Sunshine."

"What makes Steve so deserving of this honor is the incredible range of comedic ability and agility that he effortlessly showcases onscreen," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said in announcing the honor. "He can play it broad and hilarious with the best of them, and even more impressive may be the uncanny way he can play it oh so straight and low key for laughs -- and yet with a touch of pathos -- as clearly evidenced this past year with 'Little Miss Sunshine.' "

Carell will next be seen reprising the role of newscaster Evan Baxter he created in 2003's "Bruce Almighty" in that movie's sequel, "Evan Almighty." That film from Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment is set for release June 22.

Carell, who first gained attention as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," stars on the NBC series "The Office," for which he earned a 2006 Golden Globe for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy.

His film credits also include "Over the Hedge," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Bewitched."

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