Rubin to be feted with ShoWest honor


Bruce Joel Rubin will be honored as screenwriter of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention that will be held March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

An Oscar winner for "Ghost," Rubin also has penned such films as "Jacob's Ladder" and "Stuart Little 2."

ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser cited Rubin's "diverse and impressive collection of work" in announcing the award, which will be presented March 15 at the closing-night ceremony.

Rubin most recently wrote "The Last Mimzy," which New Line Cinema will release March 23. Based on a short story by Lewis Padgett, "Mimzy" revolves around two children who discover a mysterious box that contains some strange devices they believe are toys, which bring them to higher levels of intelligence as they play with them. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan and newcomers Rhiannon Leigh Wryn and Chris O'Neil as the children. Rubin wrote the screenplay with New Line president Toby Emmerich from a screen story by James V. Hart. New Line co-chairman and co-CEO Robert Shaye directed.

A graduate of New York University, Rubin began his career as an assistant film editor at NBC News. He first earned screen credit in 1983 for writing the story for "Brainstorm." His other titles include "My Life" and "Deep Impact." He has several films in development, including "Strange Son" for Revolution, "Into the Light" for Fox 2000 and "The Time Traveler's Wife" for New Line.

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