HOLLYWOOD, CA, October 6, 2008 — The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, are pleased to announce honorees who will be recognized for their achievements at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on October 27, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Multi-talented actor, director and producer Ben Stiller will be honored with the “Hollywood Comedy of the Year Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award,” the Cast of Fox Searchlight’s “The Secret Life of Bees” with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting of the Year Award” and newcomer Robert Pattinson with the “New Hollywood Award.”
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. Said Mr. de Abreu, “It is an honor to recognize the great work and talent of Ben Stiller, Marisa Tomei, the principal cast of “The Secret Life of Bees” and Robert Pattinson at this year’s festival.”
ABOUT BEN STILLER
Ben Stiller is a prolific actor, director, producer and writer who continues to imprint his unique perspective on film, television and stage. Stiller can currently be seen starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in DreamWorks’ “Tropic Thunder,” an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the biggest war film ever. Stiller also co-wrote, directed and produced the film through his Red Hour Films production banner. In 2009, Stiller will be seen starring as Larry Daley in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian,” the sequel to the hit 2006 comedy “Night at the Museum.”
ABOUT MARISA TOMEI
Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei continues to prove her versatility in the upcoming film “The Wrestler” as the female lead opposite Mickey Roarke. The film is due for release from Fox Searchlight on December 19. Tomei received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit comedy, “My Cousin Vinny.” Best known for rich comic performances, she took a dramatic turn with “In the Bedroom,” earning her second Academy Award nomination. Tomei was most recently seen in “War, Inc.” a political satire written by and starring John Cusack. She was also seen recently in Sidney Lumet’s critically praised jewel heist drama, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” alongside Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE CAST
“The Secret Life of Bees,” based on the “New York Times” best-selling novel and set in South Carolina in 1964, is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Hilarie Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Paul Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. The film also stars Nate Parker and is directed and adapted by Gina Prince-Bythewood.
ABOUT ROBERT PATTINSON
Robert Pattinson plays the role of Edward Cullen in Catherine Hardwicke’s film “Twilight,” due November 21 from Summit Entertainment and based on the international bestseller by Stephenie Meyer. Prior to “Twilight,” Pattinson joined the Harry Potter cast as Cedric Diggory, and appears in both “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” At 19, Pattinson began his professional career with a role in Uli Edel’s film “Sword of Xanten,” in which he starred alongside Sam West and Benno Furmann. Robert Pattinson got his start as a member of the Barnes Theatre Group, taking on the lead role in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” as George Gibbs. He also played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” played Alec in “Tess of the D’Urbevilles” and starred as Malcolm in “Macbeth” at the OSO Arts Centre.
The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival®, presented by Starz, will mark its return on October 22, 2008, to the state-of-the-art ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood for a weeklong series of screenings, seminars, competitions, awards and a special presentation of “Genre Cinema.”
The festival and awards presenter is Starz Entertainment, LLC, a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17 million and 31.3 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: LMDIA), a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.
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