Matt Pais, @mattpais
RedEye movie critic
February 18, 2013
Quick: Think of someone who's starred in many great films that you wouldn't want to actually hear speak in person.
If "Gwyneth Paltrow" didn't spring to mind, then you're in luck. On June 15 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center will present its "Renaissance Award" to the Oscar-winning actress ("Shakespeare in Love"), who will participate in a "lively and insightful conversation" about her "career and inspirations," a press release announced Monday. The release did not mention a lengthy chat about Paltrow's self-satisfied site goop.com, but come on.
The event, titled "A Summer Soiree with Gwyneth Paltrow" because of course it is, will also include a look back at some of her most significant performances, a retrospective that should include "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Two Lovers" but not "Country Strong," "The Pallbearer" or "Shallow Hal."
Single tickets will cost you $400 to $1,000, and table sponsorships go for $5,000 to $50,000, so get ready to call all your wealthiest friends--especially the ones who are as delighted by on-set anecdotes as stories about being married to Mr. "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" and how you can really make your wallpaper pop by putting freshly baked corn muffins next to it, or something.
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