Dunst has star power at ShoWest


Kirsten Dunst will be honored as female star of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention that runs Monday-March 16 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Dunst next will reprise her role as Mary Jane Watson in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man 3," which Sony Pictures is releasing domestically May 4.

"Since her big-screen debut at the age of 7, Kirsten Dunst has delivered a remarkable array of captivating performances throughout her career," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of ShoWest. "After bursting onto the scene with her breakout role in 'Interview With the Vampire,' Dunst has gone on to critical and blockbuster success with movies such as 'Little Women,' "Bring It On,' 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,' 'Elizabethtown,' 'Spider-Man' and 'Spider-Man 2.' "

Dunst will be presented with the award March 15 during ShoWest's closing-night ceremony.

She also is set to star in an as-yet-untitled Paramount Pictures release about Marla Ruzicka, a relief worker who advocated for Iraqi and Afghani victims of the American-led invasions of their respective countries.

Dunst's credits range from 1989's "New York Stories" to last year's "Marie Antoinette." For her performance in "Interview," she earned a Golden Globe nomination, the Blockbuster Video Award for best supporting newcomer and an MTV Movie Award for best breakthrough artist.

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