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ShoWest gets ‘Clones’ trailer

Producer McCallum to give special presentation of Lucas' next pic

HOLLYWOOD — Twentieth Century Fox will preem its much-anticipated trailer for “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” on Tuesday at ShoWest 2002.

“Clones” producer Rick McCallum will offer a special presentation dissecting digital-production work on the next installment of George Lucas’ renowned sci-fi franchise. While it’s been known McCallum would offer some clips from the pic, it had been uncertain whether work on the “Clones” trailer would be done in time to screen for the trade show’s gathered exhibs.

Fox execs declined comment. But it’s now known the trailer will be preemed during McCallum’s dinner presentation.

Tuesday marks the opening day of the annual trade show’s main presentations, with a day of international-exhibition events preceding on Monday. ShoWest, set for Las Vegas’ Paris and Bally’s hotels, concludes Thursday with an awards gala to be emceed by comedian Dana Carvey.

Fox will offer the first public showing of the 2½-minute “Clones” trailer Sunday, March 10, at 9 p.m. over the Fox Network, between episodes of its highly rated “Malcolm in the Middle” and “X-Files” series. Distrib then will attach the trailer to theatrical showings of its upcoming feature toon “Ice Age.”

“We’re looking forward to sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge for digital filmmaking at ShoWest,” McCallum said.

“Clones,” which preems nationwide May 16, was shot entirely in digital, using a special Sony 24P digital camera.

“We are delighted that Lucasfilm Ltd. will be providing the exhibition community with this opportunity,” said Robert Sunshine, chairman of ShoWest organizer Sunshine Group Worldwide. “This is a unique chance for our delegates to gain insight into the digital filmmaking process and see first hand the results of George Lucas’ first all-digital movie.”

DLP, a unit of tech vendor Texas Instruments that markets digital-cinema processors, is sponsoring ShoWest’s opening-night dinner.

(Dave McNary contributed to this report.)

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