'Ocean's' lure lands top spot at CineVegas


Steven Soderbergh's star-studded "Ocean's Thirteen" opens the ninth annual CineVegas Film Festival, which returns June 6-16 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas.

Slated Jackpot Premieres include the world premiere of Robert Logevall's "All God's Children Can Dance"; Peter Spears' "Careless," starring Colin Hanks and Tony Shalhoub; a Luke Eberl political drama, "Choose Connor"; Amir Mann's thriller "The Fifth Patient"; Dan Peterson's "Have Love, Will Travel"; Sol Tryon's dark comedy "The Living Wake"; Adam Rifkin's "Look"; Chris Fuller's "Loren Class"; and "Throwing Stars," a comedy by director Todd Breau.

The festival will highlight up-and-coming Mexican directors in its La Proxima Ola section, which includes the U.S. premiere of "Bad Habits" (Malos Habitos) from Simon Bross; Diego Luna's feature documentary, "Chavez"; Daniel Gruener's "Never on a Sunday" (Morirse en Domingo); Gerardo Naranjo's ensemble piece "Drama/Mex"; and the U.S. premiere of "Once Upon a Time Maria" (Eros una vez Maria), from director Jesus Magana Vasquez.

The CineVegas Diamond Discoveries section includes Marshall Lewy'scomedy "Blue Slate," starring Breckin Meyer and Anna Paquin; Cristian Nemescu's "California Dreamin'" (Nesfarsit); Ronald Bronstein's "Frownland"; Zak Penn's poker mockumentary "The Grand"; Keven Undergaro's fantasy "In the Land of Merry Misfits"; AJ Schnack's documentary "Kurt Cobain About a Son"; JJ Lask's "On the Road With Judas"; and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," from Joy Dietrich.

The Sure Bets section features upcoming films with U.S. distribution, including the festival closer "You Kill Me" from director John Dahl, starring Ben Kingsley as an alcoholic hit man, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson and Bill Pullman.

Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's Darfur documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback" will screen as part of the Modern Crusader political documentary section as well as "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal" by director Richard Tank.

David Lynch's cult classic "Blue Velvet" will surface as part of the festival's Area 52, billing bizarre films from the underground, as well as the world premiere of Giuseppe Andrew's "Garbanzo Gas"; Nina Menkes' Phantom Love"; "A Vidjoe Rodeoe" by TV Sheriff and the Trailbuddies; and "Viva," directed by Anna Miller.