The 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Jessica Biel with the Rising Star Award at its annual awards gala. Previously announced honorees include the film "Little Miss Sunshine," the cast of "Babel," Sydney Pollack, Kate Winslet, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Todd Field and Adam Beach. The gala will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. "This is one of our most star-studded award galas to date and we're pleased to include Jessica Biel in our stellar line-up of honorees," commented festival chairman Earl Greenburg in a statement. "Biel's stand-out performances in this year's 'The Illusionist' and 'Home of the Brave' continue to cement her status as a rising talent in film." [Brian Brooks]