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CineVegas fest reels in honorees

Thesps, helmer to be feted

LAS VEGAS — Laurence Fishburne, Helen Mirren, Christina Ricci and director Taylor Hackford will be feted at the eighth annual CineVegas Film Festival unspooling in Las Vegas June 9-17 at the Palms Casino Resort. Sylvester Stallone will also receive special recognition.

Fishburne accepts the fest’s Half-Life Award for his career so far on June 12. Currently on view in theaters in “Mission: Impossible III” and “Akeelah and the Bee,” Fishburne will converse with a moderator before the screening of director Laurence Malkin’s 2005 thriller “Five Fingers.”

Mirren, Ricci and Hackford will receive their nods at a private ceremony June 16.

Mirren, who has just completed Stephen Frears’ “The Queen,” will walk away with the Marquee Award for lifetime achievement. She will also participate in a conversation about her work on June 16, prior to a screening of 1999 Showtime telepic “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” for which she won an Emmy.

Stallone will be honored with the CineVegas and Brenden Theaters Star on June 14 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his Oscar-winning “Rocky,” a screening of which will follow the ceremony.

Hackford, who will receive the Vanguard Director Award, will first screen his documentary “Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll” on June 16 and participate in a moderated discussion. A showing of his 1980 feature debut “The Idolmaker” completes his portion of the program.

Ricci also receives this year’s Half-Life Award for her career so far. Thesp will speak on June 17, before the screening of her Don Roos-directed 1998 comedy “The Opposite of Sex.” Ricci next appears in “Black Snake Moan” and “Penelope.”

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