Monday, June 04, 2007

Las Vegas hosts CineVegas film festival

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Las Vegas will host the ninth annual CineVegaas film festival June 6th - 16th.

Most screenings will take place at The Brenden Theaters in The Palms hotel.

The premiere of Ocean's 13 will be on Wednesday, June 6th with the cast member present followed by a party in Moon nightclub in the Playboy tower of the Palms hotel. Tickets for this special screening can be purchased for $250 and include entrance fee to the official after party at Moon. The proceeds will fund the "Not On Our Watch" charitable campaign for victims of Darfur, Sudan. Ocean's 13's producer Jerry Weintraub will receive the festival's Vanguard Award.

Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive CineVegas' Marquee Award at the premiere of Slipstream on Friday, June 15 @ 6:00 PM. Mr. Hopkins is a producer of this film starring Christian Slayter, John Turturro, Stella Arroyave, Jeffery Tambor and himself. Mr. Hopkins will engage in live conversation following the premiere of Slipstream.

Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron will receive the "Half-Life Award' on Friday, June 15th, @ 3:00 PM.

Ms. Theron will engage in live conversation about her acting career in such films as Monster, the movie about serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Attendees of the film festival will have the opportunity to see the already critically acclaimed La Vie En Rose, the life story of singer Edith Piaf on Wednesday, June 13th, @ 1:00 PM and Thursday, June 14th @ 12:30 PM.

Other films being shown at CineVegas are:

Mr. Untouchable, the story of the Harlem heroin kingpin Nicky Barnes, Penelope starring Christina Ricci,

Kurt Cobain About A Son, with narration from the late Mr. Cobain himself, The Devil Came On Horseback, a film about what an African Union monitor has witnessed in Darfur, Sudan, and Look, a film created from actual surveillance footage. David Lynch's cult classic Blue Velvet, starring Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern and Hope Lange will be shown on Thursday, June 14th @ 10:00 PM.

Mexican film is being celebrated in this years event with films such as Chavez, a documentary about the life of Mexican boxer Julio Caesar Chavez, Bad Habits, a film about eating habits, Never On A Sunday, a film about death, and Once Upon A Time Maria, a film about memories, erotic adventures and experiences.

Several short films will be shown prior to screenings of full-length features including the film which won their short features slot in the festival from the online ballots cast on MySpace. Nevada film makers will be included in the festival with features from UNLV, CCSN, and the Arts Institute. The Grand, a comedy about professional poker players starring Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Werner Herzog, Dennis Farina, Michael McKean, Richard Kind, Hank Azaria, Chris Parnell, Brett Ratner, and Judy Greer will show at The Golden Nugget Hotel (downtown) on Thursday, June 7th @ 7 PM and Friday, June 8th at 3:00 PM at The Brenden Theater in The Palms.

CineVegas's closing night feature is You Kill Me, starring Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina, Philip Baker Hall and Bill Pullman on Saturday, June 16h @ 7 PM.

For the full schedule of this years CineVegas, please visit:

Persons interested in attending CineVegas can purchase tickets online at, by phone by calling 1 888 8 Vegas 8, or in-person at The Brenden Theaters box office.

Individual tickets are $10.00. Inclusive packages for the festival range in price.

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