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Diesel, Swayze to receive kudos at VSDA convention

Jerry Lewis will deliver the keynote address at the Video Software Dealers Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas on the morning of July 26 at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.

The following evening, during the awards show at VSDA’s Home Entertainment 2005, Vin Diesel, Patrick Swayze and Penelope Spheeris will receive special recognition.

Diesel has been named male star of the year; Swayze will receive the independent career achievement nod; and Spheeris will receive the inaugural Groundbreaker Award for her career producing segments for “Saturday Night Live,” directing musicvideos for Queen and others, documenting the punk rock movement in L.A. through “The Decline of Western Civilization” and helming mainstream comedy films such as “Wayne’s World.”

Lewis, who was intimately involved with the restoration and bonus features on DVDs of 10 of his films from Paramount Home Entertainment last year, is expected to discuss the creative process of transferring his body of work to DVD.

A collection of films in which he starred with partner Dean Martin are slated for DVD release next year.

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