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Photos: 2013 CinemaCon Awards tonight at Caesars Palace; Johnny Depp surprises at Town Square

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Johnny Depp departs Town Square after a sneak preview of his new film “The Lone Ranger” on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Johnny Depp at Town Square

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The Lone Ranger

Now You See Me

It’s the night of superstars as 2013 CinemaCon wraps its four-day convention for 5,000 worldwide movie industry executives at Caesars Palace. It’s already been a star-studded week with everybody from Brad Pitt to Sandra Bullock and Adam Sandler to Johnny Depp.

Johnny, who plays Tonto, and Armie Hammer, who plays The Lone Ranger, were with the summer blockbuster’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, to show an extended release to the celluloid conventioneers. Then Johnny turned up at Town Square for a sneak preview to audiences stunned by his rare local appearance.

There was a stunning entrance for Adam Sandler, David Spade, Salma Hayek and Kevin James as they were carried into The Colosseum on roman carriages by the Centurian strongmen of Caesars Palace on Wednesday night. The comedy stars promoted their sequel “Grown Ups 2.”

At this morning’s screenings, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy introduced their upcoming movie “The Heat” and, later, Ben Stiller and Kristin Wiig debuted an extended clip of their movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

Tonight, legendary actor Harrison Ford will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award marking his five decades of superstardom. His new film “Enders Game” will be released Nov. 1.

Morgan Freeman, who stars in “Now You See Me” debuting May 31, will be presented with the Icon Award by CinemaCon, the largest and most important motion picture theater industry convention. Sir Michael Caine, who was here this past weekend for the 2013 Keep Memory Alive gala celebrating his joint 80th birthday with Quincy Jones, stars in the film about an elite FBI squad battling the world’s greatest illusionists who are pulling off daring heists.

“Star Trek” hunk Chris Pine will pick up the Male Star of the Year Award; Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson the Comedy Duo of the Year Award (their film “The Internship” opens June 7); and “The Hunger Games” actress Elizabeth Banks will be presented with the Excellence in Acting Award. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is out Nov. 22.

Next week, we’ll have an analysis of the state of our movie industry by John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, who has been here all week. He has startling figures and unique observations to share.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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