Jules Verne’s excellent adventure

Fest honors trio, preems pic

WHAT: Friday’s inaugural Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival’s awards gala, followed by the premiere of “Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon,” starring James Cameron and Buzz Aldrin at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

WHO: Honorees George Lucas, Harrison Ford and anthropologist Jane Goodall; plus host Malcolm McDowell and James Cameron.

NEVER TOO LATE: “I’ve been trying to get to Paris to accept this award for years but I’ve been working on that ‘Star Wars’ thing,” quipped Lucas. “This is an important festival for me because it’s about larger issues than just making movies. It’s about the environment, and that’s always a more interesting kind of event to take part in.”

A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER: Festival founder Jean-Christophe Jeauffre said Lucas and Ford “seem like characters who have stepped out of a Jules Verne novel.” He went on to say that Ford, who was also described as “Gary Cooper on speed” by one presenter, embodies a movie hero “that I’m afraid does not exist anymore today.” Jeauffre bills the fest, which is celebrating its fifth year in France, as “the ultimate event to explore and preserve our planet” and “a love letter from the French to the American people.”

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