NATO/Showest Names Honorees

John Hughes, producer and writer of 20th Fox’ boxoffice leader “Home Alone,” has been chosen by exhibitors as NATO/Showest ’91 producer of the year. Jerry Zucker, director of Paramount’s “Ghost” – top domestic grosser of 1990 and 10th highest all-time grosser – has been chosen director of the year.

The organization also has named Julia Roberts female star of the year, and Richard Grieco star of tomorrow.

All presentations will be made at the theater owners convention’s closing awards banquet Feb. 7 at Bally’s in Las Vegas.

“Home Alone” is by far the biggest grosser of the 17 films turned out by Hughes in seven years. He currently is in Chicago directing the Warner Bros. feature “Curly Sue,” which he also wrote and is producing.

“Ghost” was Zucker’s first solo directorial credit. He co-directed Paramount’s “Airplane!” and Touchstone’s “Ruthless People.” He is executive producer of the currently shooting “The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear.”

Roberts, who vaulted to prominence in Touchstone’s “Pretty Woman,” also scored in 1990 in “Flatliners.” She stars in Fox’ February release, “Sleeping With The Enemy,” and follows in “Dying Young,” also for Fox.

Grieco is the former star of the Fox tv series “Booker.” He makes his feature debut in the forth-coming Warner Bros. release “If Looks Could Kill” and currently shooting his second feature, Universal’s “Mobsters.”

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