Friday, March 28, 2014 | 5 p.m.
2014 CinemaCon Awards
Actress Drew Barrymore knew the possibility of having a Las Vegas baby on her trip here for Thursday night’s CinemaCon Awards, where she was named Female Star of the Year. Glowing and radiant in a long vintage dress, Drew at 8 1/2 months pregnant said the baby was due any moment — and possibly while here in Las Vegas.
The actress, screenwriter, producer and director is here with third husband Will Kopelman (she was previously married to comedian Tom Green and hockey player Jeremy Thomas). Will and Drew are parents to daughter Olive.
Adam Sandler, her longtime friend and co-star of their new movie “Blended,” gingerly escorted her along the red carpet. Adam was presented with Male Star of the Year at the annual National Association of Theater Owners convention at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Said Drew: “I would be doing cartwheels now with the film and this award, but I’m really, really pregnant, and that would be awkward.”
Their new comedy, which will be released in May, is their story of a disastrous blind first date as single parents and the mix-up that ensues when they find themselves and their kids on the same African vacation.
Before CinemaCon wrapped with its awards, Warner Bros. studio executives flew in several stars for its presentation, including Clint Eastwood, who revealed secrets of his upcoming film “Jersey Boys,” which he directed.
“The show started nine years ago in La Jolla as a small get-together of actors portraying this play that they never thought would be anything,” Clint said. “Jersey Boys” went on to win Tony Awards, among other accolades.
The Oscar-winning film legend, who received a standing ovation from the 5,000 global industry executives and theater owners, rolled footage of the musical, which shows the characters breaking the fourth wall in talking to the audience.
Jersey Boys on The Queen Latifah Show
The “Make My Day” icon never screens trailers of his films until closer to the release date, so here’s our four headliner singers from Paris Las Vegas this month on “The Queen Latifah Show.”
The big film that dazzled Thursday with its mega chaos and destruction was “Godzilla” starring Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston set for release May 16. The world’s most famous monster returns in the sci-fi action film to threaten America’s existence.
Also at CinemaCon on Thursday: Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman with scenes from their April 18 film “Transcendence,” plus Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum for a sneak peek at their upcoming “Jupiter Ascending.” Conventioneers also saw a glimpse of Peter Jackson’s final “Hobbit” film in his second trilogy.
Our thanks to contributing photographers Erik Kabik of Retna for his convention photos and to Tom Donoghue of Donoghue Photography for his award photos — and also to contributing videographer Richard Corey for his YouTube video of the red carpet action.
TV and film actor Michael B. Jordan, who is mentoring the Sprite Films six student filmmaker finalists, introduced them for private Q+A sessions with comedy director Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “National Lampoon,” “Meatballs”) and sci-fi and action director Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “Dark Knight” trilogy).
“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush served as MC for the awards. The winners: Breakthrough Performer of the Year — Chris Pratt; Rising Stars of 2014 — Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor; Comedy Star of the Year — Leslie Mann; Male Star of the Year — Adam Sandler; Female Star of the Year — Drew Barrymore; and Lifetime Achievement Award — Ivan Reitman.
Also, Cinema Icon Award — Kevin Costner; CinemaCon Vanguard Award — Andy Serkis; Comedy Filmmakers of the Year — Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; Female Star of Tomorrow — Shailene Woodley; and Male Star of Tomorrow — Chadwick Boseman. Leslie’s husband, director Judd Apatow, and actress Anna Farris, wife of Chris, were in the audience.
CinemaCon officials said that it was the most successful convention to date, and they confirmed that they will return here next March with more movies and stars. There was a champagne toast at Sir Elton John’s new lounge Fizz at Caesars to celebrate the awards with Channing, Mila, Clint, Morgan and Drew, although with the imminent arrival of the baby, she stuck with fizzy water!
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.