Catching you up on some of our favorite things to come out of CinemaCon this week:
The Walt Disney Studios
Disney has some very exciting things on the horizon, and the CinemaCon audience was treated to several new trailers on Wednesday that are sure to wow moviegoers when they hit the big screen in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron. First up was Ant-Man, with a look at the tiny hero in his first big movie, including a thrilling stunt on a moving train (well, ok, it was Thomas the Tank Engine…but it was still pretty awesome!). From there, the studio took exhibitors to Tomorrowland, Walt Disney’s vision of what he thought the world could be, and the first film to debut in DolbyVision’s new high dynamic range (HDR) projection. As George Clooney’s character Frank Walker says, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
With over 88 million views in the first 24 hours alone, Disney’s new Star Wars teaser trailer was seen for the first time on the big screen as it was meant to be seen, and it was definitely in a galaxy far, far away and far above the online viewing experience. Industry experts and fans alike are predicting that this will be the movie event of the year — according to Box Office’s Phil Contrino, “if it pleases the fans of the old movies and also appeals to kids, watch out.”
The house of Mouse then closed out their presentation with an invitation to, “meet the little voices inside your head” in an advanced screening of the highly-anticipated Disney • Pixar film Inside Out. The animated movie features a voice cast that includes Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger) and Mindy Kaling (Disgust). Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera introduced the movie, with Docter explaining that his inspiration for the idea was his daughter, who when she turned 11 and “started rolling her eyes at us, we began to wonder what it was like inside her head.” Speaking of eyes, there was hardly a dry one in the house at the end of this funny, touching, quirky film. In fact, we think parents may love it even more than their kids will.
If you can’t wait until June 19 to catch it in theaters, Fathom Events is hosting an exclusive advanced screening on Tuesday, June 16. This one-night event will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage as well as a live Q&A with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and Amy Poehler.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony decided to make the filmmakers the stars of its presentation, with some of Hollywood’s biggest directors taking the stage to introduce the studio’s upcoming slate. First up, director Robert Zemeckis showcased footage from what could be one of the best uses of 3D ever with The Walk, the true story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who walked on a tight rope between the Twin Towers at New York’s World Trade Center in 1974. (Fair warning though — if you have a fear of heights, this may be your idea of a horror movie rather than a drama!)
Director Chris Columbus then gave theater owners a look at Pixels, the action comedy where it’s game on or game over when giant classic 80’s video game characters invade Earth — “The kind of movie that you want to see on a hot summer night with 600 of your closest friends on the big screen where it is supposed to be seen.” Ang Lee joined via satellite from Georgia, where he is working on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the first film ever shot at 120 frames per second in native 3D, and promised to give audiences “a new way of dreaming.”
Other highlights included the mad geniuses behind Goosebumps, Neal Moritz and Rob Letterman, who quite literally brought the pages of R.L. Stein’s best-selling books to life on the big screen in a fun new movie starring Jack Black as the elusive author. Plus, new trailers and clips from Aloha starring Bradley Cooper, Ricki & The Flash with a rockin’ Meryl Streep, stalker movie The Perfect Guy, alien invasion adventure The 5th Wave, Will Smith’s football drama Concussion, Monster Money with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, Xmas (from the guys that almost brought you The Interview,) and the announcement of a new fully-animated Spiderman movie due out in July 2018.
Sony then had one last clip to show, but…spoiler alert!…the audience was expressly forbidden from revealing any spoilers. However, let’s just say that the 24th installment of the longest-running franchise in movie history sets James Bond on a very personal quest for answers that will reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
For Wednesday’s Part I, click here.
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