With a record year expected at the box office in 2012 with films such as The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus, the gathering of the National Association of Theater Owners, CinemaCon, April 23-26, at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas reveals what’s coming next in the film world.
Not only do film studios offer a look at the summer line-up of blockbusters, there are industry presentations on technology, panels about the business on topics from piracy to 3D, and a special discussion with directors Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese on "The World of Filmmaking Today, Tomorrow and Beyond."
The awards night on April 26, emceed by comedic actor Jack Black, will honor the following:
Male Star of the Year - Jeremy Renner
Female Star of the Year - Jennifer Garner
Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film - Charlize Theron
Career Achievement Award - Sylvester Stallone
Cinema Icon Award - Michelle Pfeiffer
Comedy Star of the Year - Anna Faris
Award of Excellence in Filmmaking - Judd Apatow
Male Star of Tomorrow - Taylor Kitsch
Female Star of Tomorrow - Chloë Grace Moretz
Breakthrough Performer of the Year - Josh Hutcherson
Action Star of the Decade - Dwayne Johnson
The largest trade organization for cinema exhibitors in the world, the group represents more than 30,000 movie screens in the US, as well as cinemas in 50 countries worldwide.
Some of the events planned for the week’s seminars include Paramount Pictures' and Universal's 100th anniversary celebrations, plus Marvel Entertainment and Pixar highlights.