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Fest’s honor roll

Thesps, writers acknowledged

Deauville 2000’s special tributes will honor Clint Eastwood (Sept. 2), Susan Sarandon (Sept. 4), Dino De Laurentiis (Sept 5), Chow Yun Fat (Sept. 8) and Samuel L. Jackson (Sept. 9).

A prior career achievement recipient, Eastwood’s tribute is slightly different from the others. He’ll be honored with special screenings of some of his films, which have been hand selected by a group of French directors.Eastwood, De Laurentiis, Chow and Jackson will be tub-thumping recent productions: Eastwood attends with “Space Cowboys,” which he directed; producer De Laurentiis with his Universal/Studio Canal funded “U-571”; Chow with Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”; and Jackson with a double-bill of “Shaft” and “Rules of Engagement.”

While not traveling with a new film, Sarandon’s attendance, says fest topper Bruno Barde, is a treat: “We’d wanted to honor Susan for a long time, but she was never free.”

The fest will also honor scribes for their contributions to cinema.

Named for the late mayor who helped get the fest off the ground, the Michel d’Ornano Screenwriting Prize is the fest’s only honor reserved for French contestants. Motion Picture Assn. of America topper Jack Valenti — who has never missed a Deauville fest — will give 30,000 francs ($4,300) to Virginie Wagon for her “Le Secret,” on Sept. 3. And in a world that sometimes needs reminding that there are books out there in which a lad named Harry Potter is not the protagonist, Deauville’s annual Literary Prize is a coveted honor. This year’s recipients are thriller maven Patricia Cornwell for her novel “Black Notice” and francophile novelist, essayist and biographer Edmund White for his career, which includes Jean Genet’s biography and his new book “The Married Man.”Now an annual tradition, Deauville also hosts a theme tribute evening. This year, Hollywood’s debt to Broadway in the realm of musical comedies is the subject of the star-studded Sept. 6 gathering, for which vet hoofers, thesps and warblers — including Leslie Caron, Mickey Rooney and Joel Grey — are expected.

TV producer and fest co-founder Andre Halimi has made a special 15-minute docu about musicals that will preem in the presence of additional special guests Yuen Wo-Ping (fight and action choreographer on “The Matrix” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and helmer Julie Taymor, whose “Titus” unspools at fest.

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