Clint Eastwood to Headline Filmmaker's Lunch at CinemaCon

Clint Eastwood Directing - H 2013

Clint Eastwood Directing - H 2013

THR's Stephen Galloway will moderate a discussion with the 'American Sniper' director.

Theater owners will get to personally thank Clint Eastwood for delivering the top-grossing film of 2014 in the U.S., American Sniper.

Eastwood will be saluted at the annual filmmaker's lunch at CinemaCon, the convention of exhibitors that runs April 20-23 in Las Vegas. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter's executive features editor, will moderate the event on April 22. Last year, Christopher Nolan was the guest of honor.

The Oscar-nominated American Sniper, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, has earned $341.5 million to date domestically. Globally, it has grossed $517.2 million, making it the most successful war film of all time.

Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, read a statement, saying “CinemaCon is deeply honored to host this luncheon to recognize a true legend, Mr. Clint Eastwood, for all he has done for the motion picture industry worldwide throughout his unprecedented career. To hear his thoughts on filmmaking and what the theatrical experience means to him is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is what CinemaCon is all about.”

Eastwood will also receive Fandango's Fan Choice Award from company president Paul Yanover.

American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as the late Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, has been unique in galvanizing both conservative and liberal moviegoers.