It had cooled down from the daytime high of 108 degrees when the CineVegas film fest paused to honor Charlize Theron, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins poolside Friday night at the Palms Casino Resort.
Presentations were made by Dennis Hopper, who has the lofty title of chairman of the Creative Advisory Board but downplayed any patron-like role.
“Icing on the cake,” was the way he described his position.
While Hopper said a key reason for his embracing the fest is “it’s close to home,” artistic director Trevor Groth said Las Vegas has a fest world advantage in offering “one-stop shopping. You’ve got theaters, party venues and rooms all under one roof.”
The presentations were made with admirable brevity and the honorees left the party faster than ill-managed cash at a craps table.
Hopper spoke warmly of each honoree, though especially of Theron whom he called: “Hot looking but she has brains. So it makes it a bit risky.”
Hopper stars in the Theron-produced “Ferris Wheel,” which led to an interesting moment when he referred to the pic by a different name.
“Obviously I’m not that good a producer,” Theron said. “He doesn’t know the name of the movie.”