Bosses at America’s largest movie convention have sent a clear message to attendees: Don’t behave like shamed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
CinemaCon organizers have issued a strict code of conduct making it clear to all participants, A-list or otherwise, that harassment of any kind won’t be tolerated at the star-studded event in Las Vegas.
And should anyone violate their request, they will be immediately ejected from the showcase.
The code of conduct notes have been posted in all attendees’ welcome packs and dished out on arrival at the four-day movie event which ends Thursday.
The small white and red postcard-shaped note outlines what executives expect of attendees’ behavior.
Entitled: ‘CinemaCon – Celebrating the Moviegoing Experience,’ the note has the words: ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ written in red bold capital letterTs.
Guests at this year’s CinemaCon were given a strict code of conduct, warning that ‘harassment of any kind’ will not be tolerated. Pictured above is Ed Helms, Annabelle Wallis, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Leslie Bib, Hannibal Burress and Isla Fisher on the red carpet
The code of conduct notes have been posted in all attendees’ welcome packs and dished out on arrival at the four-day movie event which ends Thursday. It also includes a contact number should anybody feel they’ve been harassed
Each attendee – including A-list stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Cruise and Samuel L. Jackson – will be told that The National Association of Theatre Owners ‘is committed to allowing attendees to experience CinemaCon free of harassment, discrimination, sexism and threatening or disrespectful behavior.’
The move comes eight months film mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial abuser by a raft of actresses during a 20-year period
It adds, ‘attendees violating this policy may have their credentials or access revoked without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.’
The note warns that ‘all participants, attendees, speakers, sponsors, trade floor exhibitors, staff and volunteers at CinemaCon’ are required to agree with the code of conduct.
The card also includes a contact number, should anyone feel they’ve been ‘harassed or witness someone else being harassed.’
The tough stance on abuse comes eight months after movie mogul Weinstein was exposed as a serial abuser by a raft of actresses during a 20-year period.
Many famous names, including Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd made startling allegations detailing claims of abuse and rape.
The Weinstein revelations were followed by a wave of allegations against dozens more senior movie industry figures as part of the #MeToo movement.
Thousands of movie industry executives have flown in to Sin City for CinemaCon, which celebrates the best upcoming movies of the next two years.
On Tuesday evening Sony Pictures delivered their keynote presentation at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, where over two hours they showed sneak peaks of upcoming hit films and surprised the audience with stars.
Jennifer Garner, 46, co-headlined STXfilms’ Tuesday evening showcase at CinemaCon. Sarah Paulson and Cate Blanchett (right) attended the event
On Tuesday evening Sony Pictures delivered their keynote presentation at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, where over two hours they showed sneak peaks of upcoming hit films and surprised the audience with stars
Common, Zendaya and Channing Tatum pose on the red carpet at 2018 CinemaCon
Leonardo Di Caprio and Quentin Tarantino came together to briefly discuss their new project One Upon A Time In Hollywood, even though the film has not started shooting.
Tarantino, a former friend of Weinstein, was slammed for not criticizing the Oscar winning producer immediately after his wave of abuse became public.
Other big names to grace the stage in front of 4,000 delegates at the Sony event were Claire Foy from The Girl In The Spider’s Web, Tom Hardy from Venom, Benicio Del Toro from Sicario and Will Ferrell from Holmes And Watson.
One attendee, who asked not to be named, said: ‘This is a clear move by the bosses to say that Weinstein and co may have gotten away with it, but we will not let anyone else do it, especially on our turf.
‘The whole industry was rocked by what Weinstein did, and the team felt that it was important to be clear and upfront to guests that anyone behaving inappropriately would be thrown out – no arguments.
‘The last thing this event can afford is anybody from the film business getting caught up in shady behavior.
‘They want to move forward. The card spells things out in black and white. The movie studio executives want the world to believe they have all cleaned up their acts.’
The source added: ‘It is no secret that the partying during some of these shows became legendary with some big names getting totally out of control.
Each attendee – including A-list stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Cruise and Samuel L. Jackson – will be told that The National Association of Theatre Owners ‘is committed to allowing attendees to experience CinemaCon free of harassment, discrimination, sexism and threatening or disrespectful behavior’
Pictured above are signs posted around the venue at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Tom Cruise will receive the CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year award during the convention
‘It is Vegas and no-one is naive – drugs, booze, and sex are around, but while in the past it was just high jinx – now it is frowned upon.
‘Honestly there is a feeling that if you get caught in a scandal here, you could lose everything.’
Three-time Oscar nominee, Tom Cruise, will receive the CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year award during the convention. Seen as one of the event’s highlights, the ceremony will see Cruise lauded by friends and theater owners at the Pioneer of the Year Dinner at Caesar’s Palace.
On Thursday night, the convention comes to a close with a huge awards ceremony.
A raft of stars will collect honors during the finishing off with the Big Screen Achievement Awards
Avengers star, Samuel L. Jackson, will also be honored at the convention with the Cinema Icon Award for his appearance in over 100 films spanning a career of over three decades.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will be honored with the Director of The Year Award, while Benicio Del Toro (Avengers: Infinity War) Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 3), and Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters) all receive honors.
Jonah Hill will receive the CinemaCon Vanguard Award during the ceremony at The Colosseum, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.
The National Association of Theatre Owners hosts the show, which is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 82 countries worldwide.