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Cinevegas Film Fest Brings the Stars to "Sin City" Featured

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Kim Katz and Dwayne Johnson at CinevegasAs if it wasn’t hot enough in sunny 110-degree Las Vegas, the desert city would only get hotter as the stars came out in droves in support of the CineVegas 2008 Film Festival. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the trendy film celebration and each day of the 10-day bash had its fill of excitement, significance and wonderment with both indie and major movies being shown, daily red carpet events and sizzling parties to cap off each night.


Kicking off the opening day ceremonies was the red carpet for The Rocker starring Rainn Wilson as “Fish”, a drummer from an 80’s rock band who was dumped just before they hit it big and now, 20 years later, joins his nephew’s garage band. Fans with “I drum naked” t-shirts gathered at the entrance to the red carpet and screamed as Rainn exited a large bus in full metal gear, guitar strapped to his back. Before making his way to the red carpet, Rainn escorted CineVegas chairman Dennis Hopper from the vehicle to another band of loud cheers. Joining The Rocker star were also Jane Lynch, a stunning Emma Stone, and director Peter Cattaneo among other various cast members and CineVegas brass including president Robin Greenspun. 


“Looks like this is the only female president you’ll get this year,” laughed Robin when BuzzNews.TV reporter Kim Katz commented on the fact that no woman would be heading the White House this year.


Rainn joked his way down the red carpet accompanied with a magician, gorgeous “groupies” and showgirls. When asked about his overdone rocker garb, which included a bandana, jean vest, tattoos and leather accessories, Rainn responded with, “They wanted me to dress up and I told them, ‘No way. I’m not going to wear a costume. I won’t do it. I’m just going to wear what I would wear every day.’”


Kim Katz and Robert Duvall at Cinevegas 2008Each night of CineVegas 2008 featured an after party and opening day was no exception as cast members, CineVegas personnel, media people and fans gathered that night at Moon, a club on an upper floor in the Palms at which the roof retracts for a beautiful sky view. Rainn kicked the night off right dancing atop his booth alongside the Moon dancers to entertain those inside the club while others crammed onto the balcony overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The ritzy Palms Place Pool was the site for the next night’s party with other parties during the ten-day stretch taking place at Rain, Tao (Venetian), The Beatles Revolution Lounge (Mirage), Planet Hollywood’s poolside and the Freemont Street Drive-In. However it was the closing night party, a Vegas Magazine event at The Palazzo Hotel & Casino pool, that had everyone talking. Upon entry were two beautiful models wearing huge angel wings and one sitting in a champagne glass tossing silver confetti as one would walk past. Female contortionists in giant transparent bubbles floated ever so gently throughout the pool as other models were stationed in various locations. The air was balmy and provided the perfect breeze for what was easily the finest social event during the festival’s ten days.



Midway through the festival at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, Dwayne Johnson was on hand for the Get Smart red carpet in support of The Rock Foundation, his charity that provides programs designed to enrich and empower the lives and self-esteem of under-served, at-risk youth and children hospitalized for medical disabilities, disorders and illnesses. Despite being the only cast member from Get Smart to make an appearance for the event, fans lined up throughout the casino’s extended red carpet just to get a glimpse of the Hollywood superstar.


With so much attention going to the many great films in the festival such as “Your Name Here”, “Women in Boxes” and “Goliath”, the focus was also on a handful of actors who would receive awards for their fine contributions to the film industry. The honorees included James Caan, who was presented with the Vegas Icon Award by Robert Duvall.


“A guy like me is just an observer in this town,” Duvall replied when asked what he thinks of Las Vegas, “but Jimmy [Caan] owns this town!”


Rosario Dawson at Cinevegas 2008Film icons Don Cheadle, Rosario Dawson, Sam Rockwell and Viggo Mortensen were all recipients of the Half-Life Award, but were also on hand to support films in which they starred. Angelica Huston was also present to receive the Marquee Award. It surely was a star-studded red carpet for the CineVegas 2008 Honorees Reception as each celebrity mingled with the press and posed for photographers. 


Sam Rockwell was also getting plenty of attention for his new movie “Choke” directed by Clark Gregg, who adapted it from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club). “Choke” also stars Angelica Huston who plays sex addict Victor Mancini’s (Rockwell) mother. To help support his mother, Mancini, whom works as a reenactor of Colonial Times, cons others by “choking” at restaurants. The film’s director, Gregg, who was present for the Honorees Reception, explained that once he read the book, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to direct the film. 


Not to be outdone by “Choke”, Rosario Dawson was making her own mark for her fantastic performance in “Explicit Ills”, written and directed by Mark Webber.


The films at CineVegas were plentiful and of a wide variety. They ran the gamut from shorts to hard-hitting documentaries like “Cocaine Cowboys II” and “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson”, to highly anticipated premiers such as “Big Heart City”, “Dark Streets”, “South of Heaven”, and “She Unfolds by Day”.


Finally, after nine wondrous days of film-mania, live interviews were given by Rosario Dawson, Angelica Huston and Sam Rockwell that included Q&A sessions afterward. The festival closed that night with the film “The Great Buck Howard” starring a strong cast including Hollywood talents John Malkovich, Steve Zahn, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks.


To see a day-by-day play-by-play of this tremendous film festival, go to Also, make sure to check out BuzzNews.TV’s coverage at www.BuzzNews.TV to see Buzz’ own Kim Katz talking with Dwayne Johnson, Rainn Wilson, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen and more!      

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