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Stars coming out to honor Ron Howard at film festival gala

June 10, 2010
BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist

Star-watchers will be in for a treat Saturday night at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Word has it, a number of actors who have worked with Ron Howard will be on hand to honor the director and former child star as he receives a career achievement award at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival’s annual summer gala.


 
Director and former child star Ron Howard.

GLAM TIME: Star watchers will be in for a treat Saturday night if they head down to the Museum of Science and Industry. Word has it a number of actors who have worked with Ron Howard will be on hand to honor the director and former child star as he receives a career achievement award at the Chicago International Film Festival's annual summer gala.

Among those expected to show up to toast the Oscar winner: Jennifer Connelly, the Academy Award-winning star of Howard's ''A Beautiful Mind"; her husband, actor Paul Bettany; veteran actor Brian Dennehy (who starred in Howard's ''Cocoon''), and the stars of the film Howard currently is shooting in Chicago -- Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder.

• Also scheduled to attend are key Hollywood heavyweights, including Universal Pictures head honcho Ron Meyer and Howard's Imagine production company partner Brian Grazer.

• The program will feature a number of taped tributes, including one from Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, and a video produced by Mayor Daley that reportedly includes a personal salute to Howard's Chicago-made ''Backdraft.''

To read more from Sun-Times Columnist Bill Zwecker, click here.