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Katherine Heigl’s Wardrobe Malfunction in Las Vegas Saved by Billy Bush

Yet another celebrity fell into the trap of a heartbreaking wardrobe malfunction, right on the red carpet.  Following the infamous footsteps of the likes of Amy Winehouse and a host of others, this time it was the turn of “The Ugly Truth” star Katherine Heigl, who recently reported she will be leaving Grey’s Anatomy.

Heigl is a lot on the news lately, what with the image makeover she recently underwent, sporting her all new long dark tresses. Few days back, though, she hogged all the limelight for all the wrong reasons. However, what could have been a really awkward and embarrassing situation was turned into no more than a fashion goof up blip, thanks to her smartness and that of her friend, Billy Bush. 

The incident occurred during the ShoWest Award ceremony in Las Vegas. Katherine Heigl had been vetted as the Female Star of the Year. As she went up to the stage to receive the award and give her acceptance speech, the strap of her beautiful red dress, the one on her left shoulder, broke, almost baring her left breast, but held in place just in time by the actress. 

However, one cannot deny that the “27 Dresses” star did manage the embarrassing situation with star-like dignity and aplomb. Not letting the strap of her dress fall from her shoulders even once, and displaying not an iota of embarrassment or awkwardness, she smartly went with her speech, holding on to the broken strap of her dress, and soon, the host of the award ceremony, Billy Bush, came to her rescue. 

While Katherine Heigl finished her speech, Billy Bush valiantly raced to her aid, holding on to her strap as he stood behind her, away from the view of the prying paparazzi cameras.

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Willing to Trade Buttery Popcorn for a Granola Bar at the Movies?

The head of Sony Pictures said earlier this week that movie theaters should offer healthier snacks to help fight obesity and give audiences a broader range of food choices.

With the movie industry achieving record revenues last year, despite a record recession, Michael Lynton, chairman and chief executive officer for Sony, told theater owners at their annual ShoWest convention this week in Las Vegas that a survey by the studio at 26 theaters nationwide found that two-thirds of movie-goers said they would be likely to buy healthy concessions if available. 

The survey found that 60 percent of parents thought that healthier concessions would enhance the moviegoing experience and that 42 percent of parents would buy concessions at theaters more often if healthier choices were offered, Lynton said. 

“I don’t mean close the window for popcorn, soda and candy. Audiences love them and should always be able to buy them at your theaters,” Lynton said in the keynote address as the four-day movie convention opened. 

“I can almost imagine the Romans eating popcorn and drinking Coke at the Coliseum 2,000 years ago. Or the Greeks munching on Sno-Caps at the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens,” said Lynton. 

But “by bringing healthier snacks into your concession stands, you would be helping our country meet an urgent public health need,” Lynton said. 

According to Lynton, healthier food selections suggested by those surveyed include fruit cups, vegetables with dip, yogurt, granola bars, baked chips and unbuttered, air-popped popcorn. 

Lynton said the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, launched by former President Bill Clinton and the American Heart Association to fight childhood obesity, has offered to help advise theaters on healthier concession items.

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ShoWest Brings A-Listers, Galas to Las Vegas

The statistic is mind-blowing:  Over $4 billion in ticket sales for Warner Bros. alone from its 2009 worldwide box office.   In the U.S. alone, the company raked in more than $2 billion. The staggering numbers were revealed recently when ShoWest announced that it will present the Achievement Award to the company at the final night’s banquet and awards ceremony March 18 as the four-day convention wraps up at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas. 

A huge number of A-list movie stars not only representing Warner’s upcoming films, but many celebrities and executives from other movies as well.  Expect award parties daily, starting March 15. 

Film awardees already announced: Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, who will be awarded Showest’s Stars of Tomorrow.  Katherine Heigel, right, is being tapped as Female Star of the Year.  Jerry Bruckheimer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Sam Worthington will be vetted as Male Star of the Year.   Many, many more will be honored at the Las Vegas movie convention.

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Dennis Quaid to Receive ShoWest’s Male Star of the Year Award in Las Vegas

Dennis Quaid will receive the coveted ShoWest male star of the year nod at the upcoming confab of theater owners. dennis-quaid1

ShoWest runs March 30-April 2 in Las Vegas at Bally’s and the Paris Hotel & Casino. 

Quaid will be seen in theaters with Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ CG-animated “Battle for Terra,” which opens May 1. Later this summer, Qauid will be acting in Paramount’s actioner “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and then in Overture’s horror pic “Pandorum.” 

Quaid will receive the ShoWest award at the closing banquet on April 2.

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ShoWest Awardees Announced

“Where does one begin when referring to Michael Caine,” said Mitch Neuhauser, ShoWest co-managing director.  “With over five decades of films to his credit, Michael Caine has quietly commanded the screen in well over 100 roles. He simply does it all, and he does it all so incredibly well be it comedy, drama or action. With such films as ‘Alfie,’ michael-caine‘Funeral in Berlin,’ ‘Sleuth,’ ‘The Man Who Would Be King,’ ‘Educating Rita,’ ‘Hannah & Her Sisters,’ ‘The Cider House Rules,’ ‘The Quiet American,’ and of course, ‘The Dark Knight,’ Michael Caine’s diversity has accorded him this incredible ability to draw movie audiences in worldwide throughout his career. We could not be more honored to present this brilliant actor with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award.” 

Michael Caine will receive the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest’s Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony at Bally’s and the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2.  

Also being recognized at the 2009 ShoWest event are Zack Snyder as the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year Award, Zac Efron – ShoWest 2009 Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award (previous Las Vegas Backstage Access article), Bradley Cooper – ShoWest 2009 Comedy Star of the Year Award, Sienna Miller – ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year and Chris Pine – ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow (previous Las Vegas Backstage Access article).  

Kerasotes Showplace Theatres Chairman and CEO Tony Kerasotes and President and Chief Operating Officer Dean Kerasotes, will also be honored as the “ShoWesters of the Year” at the 2009 convention.

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ShoWest to Honor Zac Efron as Breakthrough Performer of the Year in Las Vegas

High School Musical star Zac Efron will be recognized as ShoWest 2009 Breakthrough Performer of the Year at the zacefronannual Las Vegas event during the Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on April 2 at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas. 

Efron’s first appearance at ShoWest was as Nicky Blonsky’s love interest Link Larkin in the 2007 movie Hairspray.  He is best known as Troy Bolton, acting in three Disney High School Musical films. 

Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, said, “[Efron’s] undeniable onscreen presence and charm have connected with fans around the world, and with the impending release of the comedy ’17 Again,’ Zac Efron is poised to break out as a true Hollywood star.”

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Captain Kirk Beams Down to Las Vegas in ShowWest Starship

showwestBefore Chris Pine walks the red carpet during the May Star Trek movie premier this May, he will first be attending the ShoWest Final Night Banquet on Thursday, April 2 to accept the ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow award.  

Past winners of ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow have included Emile Hirsch, Shia LaBeouf, Heath Ledger, and Matt Damon. 

ShoWest is an annual event for motion picture professionals and theatre owners.  This year it will be held at Bally’s and Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from March 30 through April 2.  

Although current economic trends have cut into the entertainment budget of most families, ShoWest provides an opportunity for theatre owners and operators to find enhancements and offer incentives that will not only bring those crowds back but keep them at the theatre longer.

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