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CinemaCon Assembles Theater Owners for Annual Vegas Confab, Gives Harrison Ford Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 11, 2013 at 1:33PM

CinemaCon, The National Association of Theatre Owners annual confab in Las Vegas, will be host some 5000 exhibitors from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace. NATO represents more than 30,000 American movie screens and more cinemas in 57 countries worldwide, from the giant theater chains to mom and pops. It has not been a strong year for theaters thus far; many are struggling.
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Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford

CinemaCon, The National Association of Theatre Owners annual confab in Las Vegas, will be host some 5000 exhibitors from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace. NATO represents more than 30,000 American movie screens and more cinemas in 57 countries worldwide, from the giant theater chains to mom and pops. It has not been a strong year for stateside theaters thus far; many are struggling. 

This year CinemaCon will give their life achievement award on closing night, April 18, to Harrison Ford, whose latest film, Lionsgate/Summit's sci-fi epic "Ender's Game," opens November 1. He is also expected to turn up in the newest J.J. Abrams/Michael Arndt iteration of "Star Wars" with other members of George Lucas's original cast. In April, Ford will be seen in Legendary Entertainment’s “42” as Branch Rickey, the Major League Baseball executive who helped shatter baseball's color barrier by making Jackie Robinson the first African-American player in the MLB. And this fall, Ford will star in the Robert Luketic thriller “Paranoia.”

At CinemaCon, studios and independents showcase their upcoming wares--especially their summer blockbusters-- via presentations and sizzle reels. Last year we saw early footage of "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi" and "The Great Gatsby," among other things. And the theater owners check out the latest trends in concession candy and drinks and exhibition hardware. Will there be any 35 mm projectors on display? No, it's a digital world after all. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.