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CINEVEGAS 2008

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CINEVEGAS OPENS! PART 1

The annual Las Vegas film festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary and, since I have been covering it for many years, I can honestly say it has become a major event in Las Vegas and in the film industry. I’ll be seeing a lot of movies and attending all the evening parties!

CineVegas opened Thursday, June 12 with a screening of THE ROCKER, starring Rainn Wilson from the wildly popular sitcom “The Office” and Christina Applegate, now starring in a terrific sitcom called “Samantha Who?” Except for Applegate, the entire cast was there. I love Jane Lynch, though in THE ROCKER her comedic talents are not exploited. Who can forget Jane’s role in THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN? I even liked her on “The L Word.”

The Opening Night’s after-party was held at The Palms Moon nightclub. THE ROCKER opens August 1st.

On Friday I saw EXPLICIT ILLS and YOUR NAME HERE. The stars of YOUR NAME HERE, Bill Pullman and Traci Lords, were at the screening. I love Bill’s co-star Taryn Manning!

By the way, all UFO fans must rent ALIEN AUTOPSY starring Bill Pullman. It’s hysterical! Remember the Ray Stantilli documentary? This is the real story. Maybe…

Friday night was the after-party at Palms Place celebrating CineVegas 10th Anniversary. Saturday I attended the screening of DARK STREETS. At the Palms Pool was the after-party concert, A Concert for Giving Featuring Bijou Phillips, among others.

I like Bijou as an actress, but who knew she could sing?

There was a special charity screening of GET SMART, on Sunday. Seeing GET SMART later in the week, I went to a screening of BIG HEART CITY. The Viva! Cinevegas After-Party was held at Dos Camino at The Palazzo celebrating Mexican filmmakers.

Actor Dennis Hopper is Chair of the Creative Advisory Board for CineVegas. He has held the position since 2004. Hopper’s active participation has given CineVegas a high profile. Hopper keeps making the calls and bringing major premieres and stars to CineVegas. He brought Charlize Theron to CineVegas last year!

This year’s Marquee Award winner is Anjelica Huston. A Half-Life Award will be given to Don Cheadle, Rosario Dawson, Viggo Mortensen and Sam Rockwell. All honorees will participate in moderated conversations, open to the public, on June 20 and 21. Also being honored is actor James Caan, who will receive the Vegas Icon Award. This award will be given on Friday, June 20, in a ceremony at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

CineVegas continues until June 21 with a closing night screening of THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD, starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, and Emily Blunt.

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