CinemaCon 2012 continued at Caesars Palace today with a red carpet event for cast and filmmakers to promote their newest films. Walking the Walt Disney Motion Pictures red carpet were actors Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner and James Franco and directors Tim Burton and Jerry Bruckheimer. Tim Burton has been here all week and also presented the International Filmmaker of the Year Award to Russian director Timur Bekmambetov on Monday and enjoyed some of Las Vegas’ world-renowned entertainment when he joined producer Giles Martin at “The Beatles’ Love by Cirque du Soleil” at the Mirage after presenting the award.
Yesterday, Warner Bros. hosted a presentation titled “The State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future” where Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Christopher Nolan, Adam Shankman and Jay Roach attended. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton were promoting their new film “Dark Shadows.” Depp is also plugging the Gore Verbinski film, “The Lone Ranger” where he plays Tonto, the Native American Companion of the 50s TV hero, The Lone Ranger. Even Kermit the Frog got into the Lone Ranger spirit this week at the announcement of the new “Muppets 2” movie. Kermit hit the Colosseum stage at the Caesars Palace with a black mask, cowboy hat, and on horseback.
On Day 1 of CinemaCon 2012 “The Dictator” star Sasha Baron Cohen made a surprise appearance as Admiral Gen. Alladeen from the fictional Republic of Wadiya escorted by his two gun-toting female bodyguards. Wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” star of the upcoming film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” was also at the opening-night presentation and sneak preview of select Paramount Pictures films and received an award for Action Star of the Year. Comedian and actor Chris Rock of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” also made an appearance as did Chris Pine of “Rise of the Guardians”.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino kicked off the start of their pool season with not one, not two but four musical artists this past weekend. I told you yesterday, DJ Pauly D and Pitbull rang in the hotels, Beachlife, with for days of poolside fun. On Monday, the Las Vegas hotel welcomed pop-rock group Cobra Starship for a hot performance at the pool’s Relax Mondays.
On Saturday, Kody and Meri Brown from TLC’s hot show Sister Wives enjoyed a tour through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor. Celebrating their 22nd anniversary, the polygamist couple, who recently moved to Las Vegas spent two hours perusing the exhibits many galleries filled with the famous ship’s artifacts that have been recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic.
Like most visitors to the exhibit, Kody and Meri posed had had pictures taken on the Grand Staircase and even signed pictures with staff members at the end of their visit. They said they couldn’t wait to bring back the rest of their family. Maybe we’ll see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on an upcoming Sister Wives episode!
I’m all out of celebrity news for today but check back tomorrow for more!