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CinemaCon Awards Go to Renner, Theron, Pfeiffer, Kitsch, Johnson, Katzenberg, Apatow

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2012 at 1:43PM

CinemaCon, NATO's annual exhibitor conference in Las Vegas, is shaping up. Starting April 23, CinemaCon will draw more than 5,000 global theater owners (from major chains to mom and pop theaters) as well as all six studios and a wide range of indies looking to promote their upcoming slates. CinemaCon's goal this year, especially, is to promote the moviegoing experience that seems under increasing duress.
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Jeremy Renner Bourne Legacy

CinemaCon, NATO's annual exhibitor conference in Las Vegas, is shaping up. Starting April 23, CinemaCon will draw more than 5,000 global theater owners (from major chains to mom and pop theaters) as well as all six studios and a wide range of indies looking to promote their upcoming slates. CinemaCon's goal this year, especially, is to promote the moviegoing experience that seems under increasing duress.

I look forward to moderating a panel, organized by conference manager Mitch Neuhauser, to dig into the state of things with savvy vets representing different sides of the film industry: Sony's Jeff Blake, Alamo's Tim League, Regal Cinemas' Amy Miles, producer Neil Moritz and IMAX's Greg Foster.

During the ramp-up to the convention, CinemaCon announces the various award-winners for their closing night event on Thursday April 26 at the Caesar's Palace Coloseum. Accepting awards this year are "Bourne Legacy" and "The Avengers" star Jeremy Renner (Male Star of the Year), "Prometheus" star Charlize Theron (Star of the Decade), "Dark Shadows" star Michelle Pfeiffer (Cinema Icon), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Action Star of the Year), "John Carter" and "Battleship" star Taylor Kitsch (Male Star of Tomorrow), DreamWorks Animation Czar Jeffrey Katzenberg (Pioneer of the Year) as well as prolific writer-director-producer Judd Apatow (Excellence in Filmmaking), who is finally returning to screens with a film he directed on December 21, Universal's "This is 40."

CinemaCon's trade show partners this year are the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC). The trade show is always revelatory--that's where I learned that each theatre chain affiliates with either Pepsi or Coca Cola, which this year is Cinemacon's official presenting sponsor.
 

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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.