DREW BARRYMORE TO RECEIVE “CINEMACON® FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD”

on March 11, 2014
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WARNER BROS. PICTURES TO RELEASE "BLENDED" ON MAY 23, 2014, STARRING BARRYMORE AND ADAM SANDLER

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2014) - Drew Barrymore will receive the "CinemaCon® Female Star of the Year 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. Barrymore 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.

"Is there anyone who isn't in love with Drew Barrymore, one of the most captivating and incredibly talented actresses of our time? Her career is simply remarkable and to think the first two directors to take her under their wing at the respective ages of five and seven were Ken Russell and Steven Spielberg, is astonishing," noted Neuhauser. "And now, over three decades later, she continues to showcase her versatility. CinemaCon could not be more honored to present her with this year's 'Female Star of the Year Award.'"
Barrymore will next be seen alongside Adam Sandler in Warner Bros. Pictures' romantic comedy "Blended," in theatres nationwide on May 23, 2014. Marking their third comedy collaboration, Barrymore and Sandler star as single parents, who, after a disastrous blind date, agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. "Blended" also stars Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Making her film debut at the age of five in "Altered States," Barrymore was catapulted into stardom with her performance in Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." Earning the praise of both critics and audiences for her performances, Barrymore went on to star in such films as "Irreconcilable Differences," "Cat's Eye," "Far From Home," "Boys on the Side," "Scream," "The Wedding Singer," "Home Fries," "Never Been Kissed," "Charlie's Angels," "Riding in Cars with Boys," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "50 First Dates," "He's Just Not That Into You," "Everybody's Fine" and "Going the Distance," to name just a few. She has also lent her voice to the animated features "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," and "Curious George." Her many performances on the small screen include HBO's "Grey Gardens," which earned her a 2010 Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award nomination. She also voices the character Mrs. Lockhart in Seth McFarlane's "Family Guy." Behind the camera Barrymore has seen success as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, which has produced such hits as "He's Just Not That Into You," "Never Been Kissed," "50 First Dates," and the blockbuster "Charlie's Angels" features, which grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide. She is currently executive producing the Esquire Network reality series "Knife Fight." In addition, Barrymore made her feature film directorial debut with the roller derby comedy "Whip It!," in which she also starred, and went on to direct the 2011 short "Our Deal."

About CinemaCon

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 movie-going 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.
About NATO

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 80 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.

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