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Show West 04 report: 29 Mar 2004 12:59 #7817

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Greetings friends: I flew into Vegas (baby) at 12 am Friday night and wandered around in a glaze until I realized it was actually 4am my time and went to bed. I took a long ride the next day. I love driving in Nevada and the SW in general. I followed a road that on the map got skinnier and skinnier but that still showed a connection thread but upon actual inbvestigation proved to be a dry stream bed which I declard unnavigable for my Monte Carlo. I whiled away the next few days doing what one does in Vegas (baby) until Indie night where I saw "Stander": a SAfrican film about a white cop who went nuts in opposition to apartheid and started robbing banks like Bonnie and Clyde meets Jesse James. They had a lot of fun for a while. True story but how hard can it be to find a white bank robber in SA?

Then I saw "Danny Deckchair" a frustrated and unhappy Aussie ties ballooons to his lawn chair and floats off into a new world and life. Very funny, sweet. and quirky and could break loose.

Tuesday was the big opening day and Jack Valenti tearfully announced his retirement and I have no idea who they'll ever get to replace him.

I was so excited to meet Brad Berg (director of Iron Giant! one of my favorite films: "YOu can fly!!!!") who was sitting next to me.

John Lassiter of Pixar introed some stuff and we saw clips of the Incredibles! Coming Nov. 5!!

We then had Director Jonathan Hemsley intro The Punisher which was not my cup of explosions and slashings and shootings. Eh.

Ella Enchanted was a mish mash with a hook that got tiring but the young set seemed to enjoy it.

Jennifer Love Hewitt and Garfield's creatopr were signing pics. \

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey McGuire joined Sony's Jeff Blake in a very funny Spidey kiss joke and the director introed a long reel that blew the room away! Spidey rocks!

Kelly Asbury of Dreamworks did a great prentation on digi animation and unveilied 10 mins of Shrek 2! YIKES!!!!!

Then we went to a nice lunch with Paramount who gave us a huge bag of great stuff and brought a few friends to chow with us: Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Denzel, Burt Reynolds, Cedric the Entertainer, Jim Carey, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltow (again!), Tina Fey (sigh!), Matthew Roderick, Nicolas Cage, Samuel Jackson, Sponge Bob, Marissa Tomei, Michael Caine, Bette Midler, Faith Hill, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jon Lovitz, Glen Close.............. and me! And about 3000 of our closest friends!

Jim Carey stole the show crawling on the dias screaming "We do this for love! And affection! And we can NEVER get enough!"

Burt Reynolds said "The last time I was here I was in the front row."

I joined the parade and too took lousy photos.

.........later Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Garner, Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Jack Black, and joined us for a farewell dinner.

If you like dining with the stars: Show West will do.

Hung out with old friends, made some new ones, and really enjoyed the trade show.

We had a small but cheerful gathering of bigscreeners who had a nice visit and went off to make money off vegas (baby!).

All in all it was a very helpful visit.especially when they want us to book The Punisher!

Cheers!


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Re: Show West 04 report: 29 Mar 2004 14:16 #7818

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I enjoyed the Tuesday night BigScreenBiz get-together too.

Tuesday morning breakfast I presented the Inter-Society Ken Mason Award to Mary Ann Grasso-Anderson, VP and Executive Director of NATO.

Wednesday, I chaired the Inter-Society Committee for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation. Record attendance of about 75 VIPs from Distribution, Exhibition, Digital Cinema, and equipment vendors. Digital Cinema and Cyan Dye Track conversion were main topics discussed.

Wednesday night was the Film-Tech get-together that went to 1:00am.

Thursday morning was the 7am Cyan Dye Track meeting, and the 9:15am SMPTE Projection Technology meeting.

Went to most of the same events as Mike. Nice to see a few "star studded" events like ShoWests of the past.



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Re: Show West 04 report: 30 Mar 2004 11:56 #7819

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I just got back from Las Vegas and ShoWest.

Ky flew down to Las Vegas on Monday afternoon. One of our managers, Casey followed later that afternoon. That evening they went to the Night of Independent film.

Ky saw Danny Deckchair, which stars Rhys Ifans who was Spike in Notting Hill. He plays an Aussie who becomes a national sensation when he lifts off in his deck chair tied to balloons.

Casey saw Metallica: Some Kind of Monster from IFC Films. I’m guessing it plays like a Real World with Metallica.

The next morning Casey went off to see The Punisher. Another manager, Sean showed up around Noon and Ky snuck them both in to the Luncheon with Lions Gate Films. That afternoon the boys (39-year-old included) did the Trade Show. The Trade Show is 4-acres of anything you might need to buy to open and run a movie theatre. Talk about a toy store.

Last year Ky had complained about the noise of construction outside his window. So this year Bally’s put him up in a suite. It had a whirlpool tub in the living room and a toilet and a bidet. The only problem was that the bidet and the toilet were in separate rooms at opposite ends of the bathroom that was open to the living room. There was lots of speculation on how you go from the toilet to the bidet to wash your ass with your pants down around you ankles so that everybody in your living room doesn’t get an eyeful.

That night all three of them saw the Miramax film called Ella Enchanted. This film gave the boys their first taste of Digital Cinemas as it was presented that way. Ky had to go to an outside dinner and so Casey and Sean went to the Buffet at the Bellagio. They said it was terrific.

On Wednesday I woke up at 2:00 AM in order to drive to SFO and take the 6:30 AM flight to Las Vegas. I had an 8:00 AM Telluride Film Festival meeting to attend. I got to the meeting at 8:30 AM just as it was beginning. So I started out with a bang. I then found Ky in the lobby, was able to get the key card to the suite and hold the door of a cab so he could come back to the theatre.

I woke the boys up and eventually we ended up at the Trade Show. We all went to the luncheon and then more trade show. They had to leave that evening but it sounded like they had a good time.

I managed to freak out Scott Hick’s 19-year-old daughter at the trade show. They had brought her along. She was the first girl shot in Gus Van Saints Elephant. She was sitting down in a theatre chair in the trade show booth, so I sat down next to her and exclaimed, “Oh my God, you’re still alive! I saw you shot 5-times a day for two weeks at my theatre.” We had a small conversation about her roll in the movie. But I think she was bored, she spent the whole time playing her game on her phone.

I got to see one film called The Notebook, which will do quite well here at the Rialto. It features James Garner and will be an old lady magnet. It was nice as I got to get Jim and Luci in to see the film.

There was a Gala Paramount Dinner that evening, but I didn’t go so I could take a Jim and Luci of the Telluride Film Festival, to a nice restaurant instead. What I missed were about 20 movie stars on parade. They said Jim Carrey was funny.

That night after dinner I attended my 5th Film-Tech Drink and Gathering. I didn’t get to bed till 2:00 AM. It’s not often I do a 24-hour day. I managed not to get too drunk. I only pissed off Brad when the third time he stuck his video camera in my face for another unforgettable Large moment, I licked my finger and smeared it on the lens. Brad wasn't so much interested in attending his party as capturing it on video for posterity.

The next day I saw Ben Stiller, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Will Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Jennifer Garner, Djimon Hounsou, Halle Berry, Ryan Gosling, Warren Beatty and the director Nancy Meyers at the gala closing night dinner. That last dinner was a butt buster so I left before Jack Black got his award. It was a pretty good ShoWest. I think the boys were stoked to have been there.

I only managed to lose $100 at the casino.

We brought all the candy back for the staff.

Ian
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