Cook set for breakout nod at ShoWest


LAS VEGAS -- Dane Cook will be honored Wednesday with a special Breakout Performance of the Year Award at ShoWest.

Cook, who starred last year in Lionsgate's "Employee of the Month," will next be seen in MGM's "Mr. Brooks," set for release June 1, followed by the romantic comedy "Good Luck Chuck," which Lionsgate will release Aug. 24.

"Dane Cook is an innovative performer, gifted actor and a very funny and creative comedic talent," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the annual exhibitors convention, which runs through Thursday. "He is well on his way to establishing himself as a leading man in Hollywood."

Cook will be presented with the award at the Lionsgate Luncheon.

In "Chuck," directed by Mark Helfrich, Cook plays a dentist, who at the age of 10 was cursed by a girl he spurned during a game of spin the bottle. As an adult, he can't find the right woman.

The performer also recently wrapped production on Touchstone's "Dan in Real Life," with Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche.

Having begun his career as a stand-up comic, Cook also has appeared in such films as "Waiting," "London" and "Torque."

ShoWest is managed by Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.