Helen Mirren feted for lifetime achievement by Cinema Con

CinemaCon (the newly named ShoWest) is a yearly trade show in Las Vegas where studios tout their wares to theater operators. A slew of prizes is handed out, including one for career achievement. This year’s recipient is Dame Helen Mirren, who headlines the remake of “Arthur” due out next month. She joins a list of luminaries including Jerry Bruckheimer, (2010), Michael Caine (2009), Steven Spielberg (2002), and Sean Connery (1999).

In naming the Best Actress Oscar winner as this year’s honoree, CinemaCon exec Mitch Neuhauser said, “A consummate actress, Helen Mirren has entertained audiences around the globe for over four decades with her stunning performances on the big screen. With an incredible diversity in role selection, Mirren has graced the screen in such memorable movies as ‘The Queen,’ ‘The Last Station,’ and ‘The Madness of King George,’ and, more recently, in 2010’s summer action hit ‘Red,’ to name just a few.”

As well as saluting industry vets, CinemaCon also touts newcomers. This year’s Rising Stars of Tomorrow recipients — Jason Momoa (“Conan the Barbarian”) and Julianne Hough (“Footloose”) appear in a pair of remakes. Last year, Alex Pettyfer (“Beastly”) and Vanessa Hudgens (“HSM”) were the winners of this honor.

These prizes will be handed out March 31 during an evening ceremony in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


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