Thesps to be feted at Video Software Dealers Assn. Convention

Kevin Bacon will be named Video Man of the Year at the 2001 Video Software Dealers Assn. convention in Las Vegas Jan. 7-9.

Ashton Kutcher, currently starring in “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in theaters and “That ’70s Show” on TV, will be named Rising Star of the Year.

Bacon and Kutcher will receive their awards during the general session at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Sands Expo Center/Venetian Hotel, just five days after Columbia TriStar releases the homevideo version of “The Hollow Man” starring Bacon.

“Stir of Echoes,” which also starred Bacon, generated more than $61 million in consumer spending on VHS rentals alone this year for Artisan Home Entertainment, nearly three times as much as the movie grossed at the box office. Pic won two VSDA Home Entertainment awards at the association’s convention in July.

Bacon also starred in the Warner Home Video release this year of “My Dog Skip,” one of 39 movies in which Bacon has performed since his debut as Chip Diller in the 1978 “Animal House.”

Previous VSDA Video Man of the Year honorees include Robin Williams, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney and Michael J. Fox.

Kutcher, who performed in “Reindeer Games” and as Jim Morrison in “Down to You,” also hosted the “Rocky Horror 25th Anniversary” TV special and will star next year in “Texas Rangers.”

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