LAS VEGAS -- After
But the incident seems to have put no distance between Hart and Lionsgate. Not only did Hart turn up Thursday to help the studio promote its upcoming slate (including his July comedy "Let Me Explain"), he also hammered out a deal with Lionsgate to release his next film, "Quick & Easy."
Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate Entertainment, said he and Hart had made the pact an hour before taking the stage at Caesars Palace Colosseum. On stage, Feltheimer sought to make light of Hart's recent run-in with the law. Alluding to the comedian's upcoming film, Feltheimer said: "'Let Me Explain' is a perfect title. That's exactly what he said when he was pulled over last Friday night."
In Vegas, Hart made his own jabs, in a different direction, pointing out the lack of racial diversity in the audience of movie theater owners.
"There are five black people in the room. They're with me. I don't want you guys getting thrown off," he joked. "There's nothing better to me than people who have no idea who I am. You're all like, 'What does he do? Does he work for Lionsgate? Is he a chairman?'"
Though he spent most of his time on stage repeatedly name-dropping his own film, which centers on him touring and performing at
"Ender's Game," out Nov. 1, is based on the bestselling science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. In the picture, Butterfield stars as Ender, a child being trained to join the International Military, which is fighting to protect Earth from an alien race.
"I was attracted to it not just for the scale of it and the power of it visually, but there's a great human story here that I think is going to touch people's hearts -- especially young people," Ford said.
The presentation concluded with the studio's crown jewel --
For her part, Banks seemed more focused on her hunky 23-year-old co-star than the footage. "Great job, you big, tall, gorgeous Australian," the actress teased. "Isn't that accent amazing?"