At today's movie news gathering, Kevin Hart, Mike Medavoy and "Princess of Fila" are receiving honors and Atom Tickets expand.
Kevin Hart will receive this year's International Star of the Year award at the convention awards on Thursday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"With his films steadily gaining top spot at the box office, Kevin Hart has brought some of the most comedic comedic movies to the public around the world and continues to prove that he is one of today's most dynamic and agile actors," said Mitch. Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon.
"Princess of the Row" topped "Windows on the World" for the audience award at Method Fest, based on record votes made when audiences left their debut shows.
"Princess of the Row" also won the festival's opening award for Edi Gathegi's work as a homeless parent. Tayler Buck took the Geraldine Page Award for Best Actress for her work as the title character in the film.
"Chained for Life," starring Jess Weixler and Adam Pearson and directed by Aaron Schimberg, won the award for best feature. Two performances shared the award for best actor: Ethan Hawke for his work on the absurd drama of bank "Stockholm" and John Rezaj for his portrayal of a vulnerable sage in "Albanian Gangster."
"Windows on the World" took home best screenplay awards (Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson), best supporting actor (Edward James Olmos) and best director (Michael D. Olmos). "Confessional" won the award for best cast. Best supporting actress went to Allison Tolman for "Speed of Light". "Sofia" was honored with the award for best foreign film.
The 19th Beverly Hills International Film Festival honors Hollywood veteran Mike Medavoy with his Legends Award.
Medavoy has been involved with more than 300 feature films, of which 17 have been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Rocky," "Apocalypse Now," and "Raging Bull. "In 1978, he co-founded Orion Pictures.
The BHFF Legends Award was presented only a handful of times in 19 years of operation of the festival. Previous recipients include director of photography Haskell Wexler, actor Jon Voight, actress Ann Archer, producer Frank Yablans and Rat Pack photographer Phil Stern.
Atom Tickets, a movie ticket app, partnered with Goodrich Quality Theaters and the Neighborhood Cinemas Group to expand its presence in the national theater.
The two transactions add more than 500 screens to the Atom Tickets network, which now reaches almost 22,000 screens. The Atom Tickets has 16 of the 20 largest US exhibitors live on its platform.
Atom also expanded its cinemas with concessions by adding 50 AMC Theaters, giving it 400 franchise locations nationwide including Regal Cinemas, Southern Theaters, Landmark Cinemas, Emagine Entertainment and Megaplex Theaters.