ShoWest 2008


March 17

VIDEO: Hunt talks 'Then She Found Me'
When asked about her feature directorial debut, "Then She Found Me," Helen Hunt told The Hollywood Reporter she is proud that the "very weird, funny story made it on film." Full story

March 14

VIDEO: Guider talks movie marketing at ShoWest
The Hollywood Reporter's editor Elizabeth Guider sat down for an exclusive interview at ShoWest with marketers Mark Zoradi, Rob Moore, Jeff Blake and Adam Fogelson to talk about how to turn around a movie's disappointing results. Full story

March 13

VIDEO: Universal previews summer movies, including 'Hulk'
Universal Thursday trumpeted a summer slate boasting two franchise sequels and a third film -- "The Incredible Hulk" -- that is more a do-over than a sequel but sure to benefit from brand awareness. See the 'Hulk' trailer. Full story

Nielsen brings PreView to ShoWest
Before traditional advertising kicks in, the buzz on the Internet can begin to predict whether a film stands a chance of becoming a boxoffice winner -- and as the volume of the buzz increases as a movie's release approaches, it's an even better indicator of an impending hit. Full story

Night to remember for ShoWest honorees
"I love being a story teller," exclaimed Anne Hathaway as she accepted the Female Star of the Year Award at ShoWest's closing night awards ceremony on Thursday. Full story

Warners talks 'Speed,' 'Knight'
Warner Bros. unleashed candy-colored, neon-bright footage from a supercharged "Speed Racer," promised an epic crime story in its latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight," and welcomed George Lucas back to the studio after a nearly 40-year absence as it previewed its summer line-up at ShoWest. Full story

RISKY BIZ: The 3-D revolution won't work without real stories
Distributors and exhibitors at ShoWest are looking to the future through 3-D glasses, with DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg touting upcoming movies like "Monsters vs. Aliens." But Gregg Kilday reminds that after the novelty wears off, it's still the story that counts. Full story

ShoWest honors marketer Levy
Surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, DreamWorks' Marvin Levy received the career achievement in film marketing award Thursday at ShoWest. Full story

March 12

VIDEO: Nielsen casting showbiz group
The Nielsen Co. has established the Entertainment Council, an invitation-only member organization whose mission is to serve as an industry resource. See the video of Gerry Byrne, new senior vp of the entertainment group at Nielsen Business Media, talking about the Council at ShoWest. Full story

Studios dread potential SAG strife
Studio executives insisted Wednesday that the effect of the Hollywood writers strike hasn't hurt their movie-release plans through summer 2009. Full story

VIDEO: Par stars pop up, crack wise
Introducing a Tuesday night screening of the animated "Kung Fu Panda" (see trailer) at the Paris Hotel's Theatre des Artists, no sooner had DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg mentioned the name of that movie's star Mike Myers than Myers himself stepped out of the wings, comically interrupting the proceedings. Full story

Live from local Bijou: sports, games, more
For some exhibitors, it is live events -- not feature films -- that has them most excited about 3-D. "Our goal is live," Tim Richards, CEO of U.K.-based Vue Cinemas, said Wednesday at ShoWest. Full story

'Moon' landing near for nWave
Producer-director Ben Stassen jokingly calls his Belgium-based nWave Pictures "the black sheep of the Imax family." But in the summer, nWave will see its latest, the animated 3-D film "Fly Me to the Moon," receive a full-fledged U.S. theatrical release courtesy of the new Summit Entertainment. Full story

More changeups among ShoWest pitches
Although exhibitors at ShoWest include lots of popcorn machine and candy vendors, theater seat manufacturers and carpet companies, there always are a few more au courant confab vendors on board as well. So while theater-cleaning suppliers remain a part of the exhibitor mix, Royal Paper this year decided to put an emphasis on its "green" maintenance products like biodegradable trash bags. Full story

Male Star of the Year: Robert Downey Jr.
Male Star of Tomorrow: Emile Hirsch
Female Star of the Year: Anne Hathaway
Ensemble Award: '21'
Female Star of Tomorrow: Abigail Breslin
Vanguard Award: Sarah Jessica Parker

March 11

Glickman not neutral on Net neutrality
Don't regulate cyberspace. MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman used his annual ShoWest address to issue that warning to Washington as the former Beltway pol formally came out in opposition to so-called Net neutrality legislation. Full story

ShoWest treated to 'Monsters'
Hailing digital 3-D as the biggest innovation in moviegoing "since the advent of color 70 years ago," DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg took the stage at ShoWest's opening session on Tuesday to unveil an eye-popping scene from "Monsters vs. Aliens." Full story

VIDEO: Lee, Schamus honored at ShoWest
Ang Lee and James Schamus received the inaugural ShoWest/NATO Freedom of Expression Award on Tuesday during the annual exhibition and distribution confab. Full story

Cineplex chief named '08 ShoWester
Ellis Jacob, president and CEO of Toronto-based Cineplex Entertainment, was honored Tuesday as ShoWester of the Year at the convention's opening ceremonies at Las Vegas' Paris hotel. Full story

Excellence in Filmmaking Award: David Mamet
ShoWest Director of the Year: Christopher Nolan
ShoWest Producer of the Year: Chuck Roven
International Achievement Award in Filmmaking: Sergei Bodrov
ShoWest Groundbreaking Filmmaker: Alan Ball
ShoWest Breakthrough Director of the Year: Helen Hunt

March 10

G'day for Aussie exhibs
On Monday, ShoWest shone its spotlight on the Australian exhibition scene, where admissions grew to 85 million in 2007 as boxoffice climbed toward $750 million. Full story

3-D seen as boost for overseas markets
It didn't take long to plop 3-D cinema front row center at ShoWest 2008, as a panel of international execs exuded broad enthusiasm for the technology Monday. Full story

D-cinema 'just so hot' in Europe
What is driving digital cinema in Europe? "The first is 3-D, the second is 3-D, and curiously enough the third is 3-D," said David Monks, president of the European Digital Cinema Forum, during a session Monday at ShoWest. "3-D is just so hot, it is a bit frightening." Full story

TI exec: Let's get serious about digital
"We are in a war against all other forms of entertainment," Texas Instruments' Doug Darrow said Monday at the International Day lunch at ShoWest. "We need to be diligent and serious ... about bringing better content onscreen and a better experience in the movie theater." Full story

Kosse urges 'word-of-mouse'
Universal Pictures International president David Kosse on Monday called on distributors and exhibitors to embrace the interactive features of the Internet as a way to connect with potential moviegoers. Full story

March 8

ShoWest attendees thinking positively
After years of turmoil, distributors and exhibitors alike approach this year's ShoWest with a widespread sense of optimism. Full story

Ken Mason Inter-Society Award: Dan Taylor
Klipsch Audio's loudspeakers have been creating theatrical magic for more than 25 years. In the run-up to this year's ShoWest convention, The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Edling caught up with Klipsch sales engineer Dan Taylor. Full story

Career Achievement in Film Marketing: Marvin Levy
Having devised marketing campaigns for films as diverse as 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer," 1982's "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and, more recently, 2007's "Sweeney Todd," Marvin Levy has made a career out of getting moviegoers into theater seats. Full story

International Exhibitor of the Year: The Greater Union Organization
With 464 screens in 54 theaters across? Australia, the Greater Union Organization is the continent's largest, and oldest, exhibitor. Full story

Bert Nathan Memorial Award: Dan Kroeger
If you've ever eaten popcorn, cotton candy or hot dogs at a movie theater, there's a good chance your treat was popped, puffed or parboiled by a Gold Medal Products concessions machine. Full story

March 7

ShoWest laughs with Seth Rogen
"Knocked Up" star Seth Rogen has been named ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year. Rogen, who next stars in Columbia's "Pineapple Express," set for Aug. 8, also co-wrote and exec produced the summer hit "Superbad." Full story

March 6

ShoWest to celebrate Mamet
David Mamet will receive the ShoWest Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the convention's Opening Day Luncheon on Tuesday at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. Full story

March 5

ShoWest fetes marketing guru
Marvin Levy, who has worked with Steven Spielberg since 1982, will be honored with a Career Achievement in Film Marketing Award at ShoWest 2008. Full story

NATO upgrades d-cinema regs
The National Association of Theatre Owners has revised its Digital Cinema System Requirements document. Full story

March 4

ShoWest Visionary for Redford
Robert Redford will receive a special ShoWest Visionary Award this month at the convention's opening-day luncheon at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Full story

March 3

ShoWest honors Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker, who will bring her trademark "Sex and the City" character Carrie Bradshaw to the big screen this summer, is set to receive the inaugural ShoWest Vanguard Award. Full story

Feb. 29

ShoWest nods for Lee, Schamus
Director-producer Ang Lee and Focus CEO James Schamus, who have collaborated on such films as "Lust, Caution" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," are set to receive the inaugural ShoWest/NATO Freedom of Expression Award. Full story

Feb. 28

ShoWest gets set to knight Nolan
Christopher Nolan, the helmer of 2005's "Batman Begins" and this summer's follow-up, "The Dark Knight," will be honored as director of the year at ShoWest. Full story

Feb. 27

ShoWest deals award to '21'
The cast of Sony's "21," a Las Vegas-set action film slated for release March 28, will receive a special ensemble award at ShoWest 2008, officials said Tuesday. Full story

Feb. 26

ShoWest to honor Alan Ball
Alan Ball, set to make his feature directing debut on Warner Independent Pictures' "Towelhead," will receive a groundbreaking filmmaker award at ShoWest 2008. Full story

Feb. 22

Katzenberg to address ShoWest
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is set to address ShoWest 2008 as part of the exhibition confab's opening ceremonies. Katzenberg -- whose DWA will release 3-D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens" on March 27, 2009 -- will deliver his remarks on March 11.
Full story

Feb. 21

Warner nabs stars for ShoWest
Warner Bros. plans to do a celebrity-studded promotional event at ShoWest 2008, harking back to days of yore in assembled star power. Full story

Feb. 19

ShoWest hails helmer's debut
Helen Hunt will be honored as Breakthrough Director of the Year at ShoWest, which runs from March 10-13 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas. Full story

ShoWest honors Hunt
Helen Hunt will be honored as Breakthrough Director of the Year at ShoWest, which runs March 10-13 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas. Full story

Feb. 15

ShoWest honors Bodrov
Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov will be honored with the ShoWest International Achievement Award in Filmmaking. Full story

Feb. 13

'Speed' guy ShoWest star of tomorrow
"Into the Wild" star Emile Hirsch will be honored as male star of tomorrow at ShoWest 2008. Hirsch, who stars in Warner Bros.' spring release "Speed Racer," will be feted March 13 at an awards gala set to close the exhibition confab. ShoWest begins March 10 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas. Full story

Feb. 8

Roven gets smart ShoWest nod
"Get Smart" producer Charles Roven, also a producer on the upcoming Batman film "The Dark Knight," will be honored as producer of the year at ShoWest 2008. Full story

Feb. 6

Hathaway gets ShoWest crown
Anne Hathaway, who will star in Warner Bros.' summer comedy "Get Smart," will be honored as female star of the year at ShoWest 2008. Full story

Feb. 4

Aussie exhib gets ShoWest nod
Australian exhibitor the Greater Union Organization will be honored as International Exhibitor of the Year at ShoWest. Full story

Jan. 31

Dose of 'Iron' at ShoWest
"Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. will be honored as male star of the year at ShoWest 2008.
Downey will be feted at a March 13 awards gala set to close the exhibition confab. Full story

Jan. 29

Fraser set for ShoWest salute
Brendan Fraser, who stars in the upcoming "Journey 3-D" from New Line and Walden Media, will receive a Distinguished Decade Film Award at ShoWest 2008. Full story

Jan. 15

Breslin's star brighter with ShoWest nod
Abigail Breslin, who next co-stars with Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler in Walden Media's "Nim's Island," will be honored as the female star of tomorrow at ShoWest 2008. Full story

Nov. 28

Jacob named ShoWester of the Year
Ellis Jacob, president and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, Canada's largest exhibitor, will be honored with the ShoWester of the Year award at ShoWest. Full story