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Jason Momoa to Receive CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award

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Washington D.C.  (March 11, 2011) – Jason Momoa will receive a  “CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award,” it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, which will be held March 28-31, 2011, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Momoa will be presented with this special honor at the inaugural “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Award” ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, March 31st in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, Official Presenting Sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program. In its first year, CinemaCon will be singling out the achievements of two up-and-coming talents, Jason Momoa and Julianne Hough, with special Rising Stars of 2011 Awards.

“Bringing with him an already loyal fanbase from ‘Stargate: Atlantis: Jason Momoa is sure to entertain audiences in the action adventure ‘Conan the Barbarian,’” noted Neuhauser. “We are thrilled to be able to present him with a CinemaCon Rising Star of 2011 Award and can’t wait to see what this new leading action star will do in the future.”

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this way, and I’m happy that CinemaCon and the exhibition community are as excited as I am for the release of this film,” said Momoa of receiving the award.

“Jason is the definition of a rising star,” added President of Lionsgate’s Film Group Joe Drake.  “He will absolutely be the next unstoppable male action hero, and we are so proud that it will be because of this film.  We’re thrilled that CinemaCon has seen the same star qualities in Jason as we did.”

Momoa explodes onto the big screen in this summer's action-blockbuster Conan The Barbarian. He will also appear in the highly-anticipated HBO series Game Of Thrones, as the warlord ‘Khal Drogo’ which debuts April 17th. Jason, best known for his portrayal of ‘Ronan Dex’ on Stargate: Atlantis is currently in pre-production on Road To Paloma, an art-house independent road project. He is represented by APA.

About Conan The Barbarian

The most legendary barbarian of all time is back this Summer, when Momoa stars as Conan in the Lionsgate 3D action-adventure release “Conan the Barbarian,” on August 19, 2011.  A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil. Based on the character of Conan as originally created by Robert E. Howard, “Conan The Barbarian” was directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood and also stars Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman.

About CinemaCon

Held March 28-31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, CinemaCon is expected to play host to more than 6,000 motion picture theater industry professionals. CinemaCon is 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. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 50 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too. For more information, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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