UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE "GET ON UP" ON AUGUST 1, 2014
WASHINGTON D.C. (February 6, 2014) - Chadwick Boseman will receive the "CinemaCon® Male Star of Tomorrow Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Boseman will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 27, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"From the moment Chadwick Boseman appeared onscreen as Jackie Robinson in '42' there was no doubt that he would be an actor to be reckoned with in Hollywood," noted Neuhauser. "With upcoming roles in ‘Draft Day' and ‘Get on Up' Boseman is sure to continue to impress and entertain audiences around the world and we could not be more honored to present him with the ‘CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award.'"
Later this summer, audiences will see Boseman star as James Brown in "Get on Up," which will be released by Universal Pictures on August 1, 2014. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson and Dan Aykroyd. Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins join Taylor as producers on the film.
A graduate of Howard University, Boseman began his career in the theater world after attending the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, U.K. With a successful career both directing and acting on the stage, Boseman made his feature film debut in "The Express," portraying football great Floyd Little. His additional film credits include "42," opposite Harrison Ford, and the independent psychological post-war drama "The Kill Hole." Boseman may next be seen in the Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment film "Draft Day," starring opposite Kevin Costner, and will soon begin production on Summit's period epic "Gods Of Egypt," from director Alex Proyas. The action-adventure, in which Boseman portrays Thoth, the god of wisdom, is set for release in February 2016.
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry - from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas - all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry's greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 31,450 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 78 countries worldwide. NATO's membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.
Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.