WASHINGTON D.C. -- Oscar®-nominated Melissa McCarthy will receive the "CinemaCon® Female Star of the Year Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. McCarthy will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"With an incredible comedic timing that has had audiences around the world falling out of their seats laughing, Melissa McCarthy has proven to be the new queen of comedy," noted Neuhauser. "With the upcoming release of ‘The Heat,' and her most recent releases ‘Identity Thief' and ‘Bridesmaids,' she has continued to prove that she is the actress to watch in Hollywood. We could not be more thrilled to be able to honor her as this year's ‘CinemaCon Female Star of the Year.'"
McCarthy will star later this summer in the 20th Century Fox release "The Heat." Releasing on June 28, 2013, McCarthy stars as foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins opposite Sandra Bullock as uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn. The two law enforcement officials couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. "The Heat" also stars Michael Rappaport, Tom Wilson, Tony Hale, Joey McIntyre, Marlon Wayans, Taran Kilam, Kaitlin Olsen, Bill Burr and Nate Coordy. The film is directed by Paul Feig, who also directed "Bridesmaids."
"I have now had the honor to direct Ms. McCarthy in two films and am hoping to direct every frame of film she appears in from now until the sun swells and consumes the Earth," said Feig. "I have also officially filed adoption papers to make Ms. McCarthy my daughter. That's how wonderful she is. She also smells like very expensive flowers."
McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage performing stand-up in New York and received dramatic training from The Actors Studio before spending nine years as a main-stage member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles. She is currently starring in the box office hit "Identity Thief" alongside Jason Bateman. Her standout role as Megan in the smash hit comedy "Bridesmaids" garnered her Oscar®, BAFTA, Critics Choice and SAG Award nominations and she received the 2012 MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year. She currently stars on the CBS top-rated comedy "Mike & Molly" for which she earned an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy." Her additional feature film work includes: "This is 40," "The Back-Up Plan," "Life As We Know It" and "Pretty Ugly People." On television, she previously starred in "Gilmore Girls" and "Samantha Who?" This summer, McCarthy will shoot the lead role in and serve as producer of the film "Tammy," which she co-wrote with her actor/writer husband Ben Falcone, who will direct the film.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Aubrey Plaza will receive the "CinemaCon® Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Plaza will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Aubrey Plaza has already been delighting audiences on the hit television series 'Parks and Recreation' and was seen in 2012's sleeper hit 'Safety not Guaranteed.' With her upcoming starring role in the all-star comedy ‘The To Do List,' Aubrey Plaza is poised to breakout as one of Hollywood's hottest new comedic actresses," noted Neuhauser. "We are thrilled to be able to honor her as this year's ‘CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer of the Year.'"
Plaza will star later this summer alongside an all-star comedy cast including Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg in CBS Films' "The To Do List" releasing this August. A comedy about close friends and a special summer project, the film is loosely inspired by the real-life adventures of first-time writer/director Maggie Carey. Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to-do list of all the "activities" she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she's way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. Plaza can also be heard later this summer in "Monsters University," which will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on June 21, 2013, and she recently wrapped production on "A Many Splintered Thing," in which she stars opposite Chris Evans, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Luke Wilson and Michelle Monaghan.
Plaza most recently starred in the critically acclaimed feature "Safety Not Guaranteed," which earned her a 2012 ALMA Award for "Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical." Additional film credits include "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III," "Damsels in Distress," "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and "Funny People." On television, Plaza stars in the Emmy-nominated comedy series "Parks and Recreation" with Amy Poehler.