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Sharon Stone to be honored at Hamptons film festival

Sharon Stone plans on getting some exposure at the 17th annual Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

The 51-year-old actress, who became a star after her revealing role in the thriller "Basic Instinct," will attend the festival and receive its Outstanding Achievement in Acting award Oct. 11 at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

Festival organizers are once again hoping to lure filmgoers with as many boldface names as possible. Stone appears to be playing a major role: She is scheduled to appear in "A Conversation With . . . ," the festival's popular question-and-answer series (which last year featured Frances McDormand and Jacqueline Bisset), and also participate in the Breakthrough Performers Program, which involves mentoring young actors.

"This is a great tradition," Stone said of the program in a statement, "and I am humbled to be in the company of those who have mentored in the program before me, like Robert Altman and Gena Rowlands."

The youngsters under Stone's wing will include Zach Gilford (NBC's "Friday Night Lights"), Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera"), Emma Stone ("Superbad") and up-and-comer Rooney Mara (the great-granddaughter of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. and Giants founder Tim Mara). All are scheduled to attend the festival.

The Hamptons International Film Festival runs Oct. 8-12. Go to for more information.

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