Olivia Wilde is a Shining Star

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Olivia Wilde at the Tron: Legacy Premiere

Olivia Wilde at the 'Tron: Legacy' Premiere - © Richard Chavez

So says the 2011 Maui Film Festival. The star of House, Tron:Legacy and Cowboys and Aliens, Olivia Wilde, has been tapped to receive the 2011 Maui Film Festival Female Shining Star Award at a ceremony to be held June 15-19th at the Wailea Resort in Maui.

“As the festival with a reputation for honoring film artists for their lifelong achievement as well as those luminaries very much still in the ascendance of her journey, the Maui Film Festival is thrilled to honor Olivia Wilde with the 2011 Maui Film Festival Female Shining Star Award,” said Festival Director Barry Rivers.

From the Maui Film Festival:

The Female Shining Star Award honors a film artist, still in the ascendance of her career—with many magnetic performances both behind and ahead of her—whose very presence on screen guarantees as much light as heat.  Wilde will be presented the Female Shining Star Award at one of evenings at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course.

Following her Award Presentation, there will be a screening of Sun City Picture House, a new short film, Executive Produced by Wilde and Maria Bello.  Sun City Picture House is a stunning and uplifting documentary about building a movie theater amidst the rubble of the aftermath of the powerful 2010 earthquake, which devastated Haiti and the last of the island’s old colonial movie theaters.


Wilde will next be seen opposite Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the Universal fantasy-action film Cowboys & Aliens, being released on July 29th. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film takes place in the year 1873 and tells the story of a stranger who stumbles into the rough and tumble desert town of Absolution.  Wilde will also be seen in five other films; the physical comedy The Change Up, to be released in August, starring opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman; Andrew Niccol’s futuristic thriller, Now will hit theaters starring Justin Timberlake; The Weinstein Company’s quirky political satire Butter, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Ty Burrell; Stefan Ruzowitzsky’s Blackbird, with Eric Bana; Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, Welcome to People with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.

Wilde’s previous film credits include Tron: Legacy, The Next Three Days, Year One, Alpha Dog, Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas, and Conversations with Other Women.

Source: Maui Film Festival

-By Rebecca Murray

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