John Wick 3 CinemaCon Footage Description: Don’t Mess With Halle Berry’s Dogs

Lionsgate revealed brand-new footage from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum during its CinemaCon presentation. Keanu Reeves reprises his role as John Wick for the third time in the film, which could end up serving as a conclusion to the franchise at large. The movie picks up immediately after the conclusion to Chapter 2, with John excommunicated from the Continental and on the run with a $14 million bounty on his head. His back up against the wall, John must battle pretty much every other assassin in the world and even bring the fight to the High Table itself, if he’s to have any hope of making it out alive.

As a result, Parabellum will feature several newcomers to the John Wick series, including Angelica Huston as the Director of the High Table and Halle Berry as Sofia, an old “friend” of John’s who begrudgingly agrees to help him. Ian McShane is also back for the film as Winston, along with Lance Reddick as the Continental concierge Charon, and Laurence Fishburne as the Bowery King. However, for its CinemaCon panel, Lionsgate screened a sequence that specifically focuses on John and Sofia’s dynamic in the movie.

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During Lionsgate’s CinemaCon presentation, they screened a clip that showed John and Sofia preparing to infiltrate a castle. The clip featured footage from the original John Wick 3 trailer, as John tells Sofia they’re not going in “like the old days” and he just wants a “conversation” with their target (to which Sofia responds “Nothing’s ever just a conversation with you, John”). From there, the pair are shown taking on a whole lot of armed men in what looks like a bazaar, with Sofia’s trained German Shepherds providing some backup along the way.

The footage included a pretty elaborate sequence shot that follows John and the two dogs are they take out one guard after another, but on multiple levels of the building they’re in. At one point, Sofia even has her dogs bail John out when he gets delayed wrestling with one of the guards along the way. Finally, the clip concluded with a moment where John is fighting two other guys when they all run out of ammunition at the same time. John, of course, is the fastest to reload and takes them both out with headshots, before taking out a surprise third guard who suddenly shows up on the nearby stairs.

All in all, the CinemaCon footage delivered exactly what fans are expecting from this film – namely, lots of kinetic action, stylized filmmaking, and John Wick taking out bad guys via headshots. It also sounds like Sofia and her dogs will end up being scene-stealers in the film, as they work in tandem to help John kill a whole lot of people and make his way to the top of the High Table. If all goes according to plan, the movie will combine the world-building from the previous John Wick films with a storyline that offers some closure to John’s journey over the trilogy. Series director Chad Stahelski has already teased the possibility of more sequels after Parabellum but, for the time being, it seems like John Wick: Chapter 3 should work as a fittingly violent conclusion to the overall series.

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2019-04-05 08:04:36

Sandy Schaefer

Knives Out CinemaCon Footage Description – Is This CSI: KFC?

The Knives Out CinemaCon footage offers a taste of writer/director Rian Johnson’s upcoming mystery-thriller. Before he goes back to the galaxy far, far away to oversee an all-new Star Wars trilogy, Johnson is returning to his filmmaking roots with an Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit crime film. Knives Out quickly came into fruition late last year and almost immediately attracted cinephiles’ attention due to its star-studded ensemble. Headlining the cast is a who’s who of A-listers including Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and several others.

With all that talent on both sides of the camera, viewers are understandably intrigued by what Johnson has in store and distributor Lionsgate is excited by what they have. The studio scheduled it for a November 2019 release, placing it in the middle of a very competitive period at the box office that’ll see franchise blockbusters (Terminator: Dark Fate), animated family films (Frozen 2) and awards contenders (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) vying for ticket sales. An official Knives Out marketing campaign has yet to begin, but Lionsgate gave it some spotlight during CinemaCon.

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At the studio’s presentation yesterday, some Knives Out footage was screened. Set to the iconic song “Live and Let Die,” the trailer primarily takes place in a mansion, where detectives played by Craig and Stanfield are investigating the murder of an 85-year old man (Christopher Plummer). It began with Stanfield’s character talking with Ana de Armas (who plays Plummer’s daughter) and she jokes about how lovely Plummer’s birthday party was prior to his untimely demise. Craig’s character, noteworthy for his Southern accent, asks that everyone stays at the mansion until the case is closed. Evans was a definite standout in the footage, shedding his Captain America persona by telling people repeatedly to “eat s***” and cracking that Craig is “CSI: KFC.”

The Knives Out footage was a solid mix of thriller and comedy, and most attendees enjoyed what they saw. Throughout his career, Johnson has always been one to put fresh spins on familiar genres and setups (his first feature was a hard-boiled noir set in high school), so it’ll be interesting to see what he came up with here. From the sound of it, Johnson’s spun a fun and witty yarn that’ll fit right in place with his previous filmography. If nothing else, this should prove to be an amusingly entertaining palate cleanser for the director before he does another deep dive into Star Wars territory. Johnson clearly had a great time working with Lucasfilm on The Last Jedi, but it’s nice he got this little break in between.

Another thing that’ll be fascinating to watch is how Knives Out fares in theaters once it opens. Before Star Wars, Johnson’s films weren’t huge draws; Looper was his highest-grossing work with $66.4 million domestically, with Brothers Bloom and Brick combining to earn about $5.5 million. Of course, Johnson’s profile rose considerably after The Last Jedi, making his name more recognizable to the masses and Lionsgate will surely want to play up that connection during promotion. Hopefully Knives Out is able to find an audience and deliver on its promise of being a unique and captivating original film this fall.

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2019-04-05 07:04:43

Chris Agar

Gemini Man CinemaCon Footage: First Look At Will Smith & Ang Lee’s Movie

Gemini Man CinemaCon footage teases Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s upcoming sci-fi drama. The project, which had been in development for a number of years before Lee came along, stars Will Smith in what should be one of his most fascinating and challenging roles yet. In Gemini Man, Smith plays 50-year old hitman Henry, who finds himself hunted by a younger clone of himself. The likes of Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Benedict Wong round out the ensemble.

Over the course of his career, Lee’s made a name for himself by jumping from genre to genre, trying his hand at everything from an intimate romantic drama (Brokeback Mountain) to a war drama (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), to a spiritual tale of survival (Life of Pi). Even when Lee doesn’t quite hit the mark, his films still make for an interesting watch, so cinephiles were curious to see how Gemini Man turned out. Paramount has yet to unveil any official marketing materials, but they did screen the first bits of footage during CinemaCon.

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At their presentation today, the studio showcased a trailer for Gemini Man. It begins with the 25-year old Henry being questioned why it’s so hard for him to kill his target. The youngster explains that whoever he’s pursuing knows his every move and then would disappear like a ghost. 25-year old Henry then learns that he’s hunting an older version of himself. Dialogue from the older Henry explains Henry was chosen for this experiment because “there’s never been anybody like me.” Owen’s character Clay Verris tells the younger Henry that he has the older version’s gifts without the pain and that he should embrace his fear. After a couple of action shots, such as a car explosion and a machine gun fight, there’s a confrontation between the two Henrys where the older one asks why they sent the younger one on this mission.

The Gemini Man footage was screened in 3D for the crowd, and attendees remarked how visually stunning it looked (including the de-aging special effects on Smith). Lee has always been one to push the boundaries of technology (many considered Life of Pi to be unfilmable before he got his hands on it), so it isn’t surprising his technical prowess is on display once more. Of course, Lee has never been one to make hollow spectacle, and it sounds like Gemini Man will have plenty of substance to balance out the style. In a taped message from Smith, he praised the film for being “an exploration of the idea of what one’s younger self can teach their older self” and described it a a blend of “nuanced related characters and some crazy action.” Some people are already comparing Gemini Man to Rian Johnson’s Looper, which definitely sounds promising.

Smith has several impressive box office hits under his belt, but more recently his filmography hasn’t been the most inspiring. Works such as Focus, Concussion, and Collateral Beauty didn’t leave much of an impression, so Smith is most certainly due for a comeback role. Hopefully, Gemini Man fits that bill for him. Lee is a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Director and has a very solid track record, all things considered. On-paper, Gemini Man has the potential to be one of 2019’s most intriguing non-franchise offerings, so ideally the proper marketing campaign will generate more hype for it.

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2019-04-04 01:04:34

Chris Agar

Sonic the Hedgehog CinemaCon Footage Highlights Jim Carrey’s Robotnik

Paramount unveils Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage at CinemaCon featuring the titular hedgehog and Jim Carrey’s Robotnik. A live-action/CGI hybrid Sonic movie, based on the classic Sega games of the 90s, has been in the works since 2014. But a number of changes have occurred behind the scenes, with the Sonic film moving from Sony to Paramount and recruiting Deadpool director Tim Miller to develop it. But after Paramount gave the Sonic the Hedgehog movie a late 2019 release date, the project quickly moved forward.

Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz will voice the titular hedgehog, while James Marsden has the lead human role as Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski with Tika Sumpter playing his wife and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik. A Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer has yet to be unveiled, but that’s to be expected since it doesn’t release until November. Paramount did reveal a few Sonic teaser posters in December 2018 and reactions were decidedly mixed. Though the Sonic movie responded to critics of the character’s CGI design, fans have remained wary of how the movie will portray the beloved hedgehog. Now, during Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the studio unveiled new footage for the upcoming video game adaptation.

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The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage was unveiled by Paramount during their CinemaCon presentation, where the studio also brought out members of the cast, including Marsden, Schwartz, Sumpter and Carrey. Paramount previewed the Sonic trailer, which begins with Marsden’s Tom sitting on the side of a country road with a speedometer when Sonic zooms past. The trailer cuts to a first-person shot of Sonic running, then back to a chase sequence as Tom follows Sonic, finally catching up to him in a shed. Sonic tells Tom he needs to save the planet, and the trailer further features futuristic (potentially) alien ships. The trailer also includes Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” as a musical cue and plenty of wisecracks from Sonic, including a joke about taking 9,000 steps in a day.

The second clip focused more heavily on Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, which was shown briefly at the end of the initial trailer with the giant mustache that’s part of the character’s game design. In the second clip, Robotnik attends a meeting of military personnel at the Pentagon to discuss a power surge in the Pacific Northwest, facing off against a general played by Neal McDonough. Robotnik is also shown with Marsden’s Tom, then there’s a sequence of him dancing and Carrey demonstrating his slapstick comedy skills. Though in much of the footage Carrey has a full head of hair along with the handlebar mustache, there is a brief shot in this second clip where he’s depicted with a bald head standing in a post-apocalyptic setting.

Responses to this Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage out of CinemaCon have been decidedly mixed. Certainly, it sounds like a wild take on the beloved Sega games, particularly with Carrey bringing his typical schtick to the role of Robotnik. Further, since the CGI effects in the footage weren’t entirely completed, it’s unclear whether the live-action Sonic will win over those who were wary after the initial teaser posters. With many months to go until the movie’s release date and more visual effects to finish, it’s unclear when the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer will drop so everyone can see it. But fans are no doubt eager to see for themselves what this live-action adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog games will look like.

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2019-04-04 01:04:11

Molly Freeman

Toy Story 4 CinemaCon Footage Introduces New Homemade Trash Toy Forky

Toy Story 4 CinemaCon footage introduces new homemade trash toy, Forky. With the much anticipated release of the forth installment in Pixar’s ridiculously successful Toy Story franchise growing closer every day, fans are understandably eager to see and hear more about what’s in store for Woody, Buzz and the gang.

For those who’ve been closely following the upcoming Toy Story 4, it’s been made clear that some new characters will be joining the familiar, adventurous pack. And as it’s previously been revealed how emotional it was for some cast members to make this film, exactly what role new characters can play this late in the game remains a continuous mystery. Among the newest recruits this time around are Jordan Peele as Bunny, Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, Keegan-Michael Key as Ducky, Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, and Tony Hale as Forky. It’s, in fact, Forky who appears to be getting a fair amount of attention in the new film, though why remains a secret.

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At this year’s CinemaCon, however, 17-minutes of footage was screened from Toy Story 4, shedding a little more light on how Forky came to be. For the uninitiated, Forky is a plastic spork with pipe cleaners for arms and a crudely designed face that consists of a single eyebrow, an “O” for a mouth, and mismatched goggle eyes. Many would not consider him a toy at all, including Forky himself.

In the screened footage, Bonnie, who is now the new owner of all the familiar Toy Story toys, is preparing for her first day at kindergarten orientation. She does not want to go, and the fact that she can’t bring any toys with her only makes matters worse. In an effort to find a way to help Bonnie through kindergarten as he once did with his past owner Andy, Woody sneaks into Bonnie’s school bag. At kindergarten, a reluctant Bonnie joins the class, but just barely, sitting alone at the very back. The class build pencil holders, and as Bonnie begins work on hers, Woody sneaks out of the bag to a nearby garbage bin, where a student has just dumped some crafting supplies.

When Bonnie’s attention is momentarily diverted, Woody drops the supplies – which consist of red pipe cleaners, goggle eyes, some putty and a spork – on the table in front of her. She’s slightly puzzled when she notices the supplies, but sets to work nonetheless, constructing the character we know as Forky, and writing “Bonnie” across the bottoms of his feet. Back at home, Woody gets out of Bonnie’s bag and introduces Forky to all the other toys. Forky just keeps saying “Trash” over and over again because, as we already know, he doesn’t consider himself a toy. Judging from the footage, however, Forky is one-hundred percent correct: he’s not a toy, though it’s starting to look as though the character might be one of Toy Story 4’s genuine highlights.

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2019-04-03 08:04:58

Mike Jones

Aladdin CinemaCon Footage Description: Will Smith’s Genie Sings (And Raps)

Disney’s CinemaCon presentation included updates and teasers for many upcoming movies – including a five-minute clip from Aladdin in which our hero enters the Cave of Wonders and meets Will Smith’s Genie. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as young lovebirds Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, Aladdin is the latest live-action remake of Disney’s animated classics, with The Lion King also still to come this year.

The marketing for Aladdin has so far been troubled by controversy and skepticism, and perhaps no aspect of it has attracted more skepticism than the Genie. Smith has the unenviable task of stepping into the curly-toed shoes of the character originally voiced by the late Robin Williams – a role that includes recreating classic songs like the Genie’s introductory number, “Friend Like Me.” We saw a glimpse of this song in the full-length trailer for Aladdin, but CinemaCon audiences got to see exactly how it has been updated for the 2019 version of the movie.

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The CinemaCon footage opened with a shortened version of Aladdin’s introduction to, and exploration of, the Cave of Wonders. Jafar (played by Marwan Kenzari) promises to make Aladdin “wealthy beyond [his] wildest imagination” once he retrieves the lamp, but warns him not to touch any of the other treasures. As in the original movie, Aladdin’s pet monkey Abu doesn’t heed this morning, and lands them both in trouble. That’s when Aladdin rubs the magic lamp and the Genie bursts forth – at first putting on a deep and scary voice and addressing Aladdin as “great one who summons me,” before assuring Aladdin that he’s just kidding and launching into “Friend Like Me.”

Though not everyone who was in attendance was won over by the footage (one critic described it on Twitter as “pure nightmare fuel“) others praised it for its visual flair and creativity. “Friend Like Me” is more or less the same as in the original, except with a few extra lyrics, rap moments (the Genie even boasts about his rapping skills in the song), and a bit of Smith beatboxing. Like a lot of Disney’s “live-action” remakes, this was a very CGI-heavy sequence, but it may be lively enough to win the skeptics over.

Most of Disney’s live-action remakes have so far proven to be major hits, but this past weekend Dumbo proved that a movie cannot thrive on nostalgia alone. The Tim Burton-directed update of Disney’s 1941 classic scored a relatively meagre $45 million box office in its opening weekend (for comparison’s sake, Beauty and the Beast‘s opening weekend was $174 million). So, while all-out flops from Disney are rare these days, Aladdin is nonetheless one of the studio’s biggest box office risks of the year.

In addition to this clip from Aladdin, Disney’s CinemaCon presentation also included a brand new clip from the hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Endgame, and confirmation of the studio’s entire 2019 movie slate. This now includes Fox titles like Dark Phoenix and New Mutants. There are four live-action remakes in total releasing this year – Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – and many more still on the way.

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2019-04-03 06:04:32

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Endgame CinemaCon Footage Description: Avengers Plan Thanos Rematch

Disney and Marvel screen new Avengers: Endgame footage at CinemaCon 2019 – here are all the details of what the MCU movie footage includes. After the release of Captain Marvel last month, Marvel Studios is turning their focus to the upcoming blockbuster event, Avengers: Endgame. The 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s expected to wrap up the story of the franchise thus far, what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige calls the Infinity Saga. Endgame will pick up from the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War and feature the remaining heroes attempting to avenge those they could not save from Thanos’ decimating snap.

The Avengers: Endgame trailers have managed to hide quite a bit about the movie, instead focusing on the journey so far for the MCU heroes rather than what’s to come. Previously, Avengers: Endgame footage confirmed Captain Marvel on Earth, though only after that was revealed in her solo movie’s mid-credits scene. But even though fans are aware that the Avengers: Endgame trailers lie to some degree in an effort to avoid spoilers, they still analyze what footage has been released to learn what it reveals about the movie. Now, new Avengers: Endgame footage screened at CinemaCon 2019 further previews the MCU blockbuster (and it’s unlikely to have been altered).

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During Walt Disney Studios’ presentation at CinemaCon 2019, Chairman Alan Horn unveiled new footage from Avengers: Endgame ahead of its theatrical debut later this month. Based on what was screened, it appears to be the same or very similar footage to what screened for Disney shareholders last month. The scene features the remaining Avengers at Avengers HQ – including the newly arrived Captain Marvel – discussing how to defeat Thanos. The CinemaCon scene opens with Steve Rogers aka. Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka. War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) talking. But Carol walks away and Steve asks where she’s going; she says, “To kill Thanos.” The others insist they have to work as a team. Steve says to Carol, “We know up there is more your territory,” but this is “our fight, too.”

The camera cuts to Nebula, who’s leaning against the doorway and tells them not to bother, she knows where Thanos is. She goes into her past a bit and reveals Thanos’ “garden.” Rhodey quips, “That’s cute, Thanos has a retirement home.” Then, the scene shows Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) manipulating a hologram to brief the team about what planet Thanos is on, and they note the Mad Titan is using the Infinity Stones again. Thor is there, eating, but hasn’t said anything. Bruce Banner aka. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) says they’re going in short-handed, but Carol counters that they have her now. There’s more back and forth between Carol and the others. Rhodey says, “Hey. New girl. Everyone in this room is all about that superhero life. Where the hell have you been all this time?” Carol responds, “There are a lot of planets in the universe and unfortunately they don’t have you guys.” Thor gets up and faces off with Carol, finally saying, “I like this one.” Then Steve says, “Let’s go get this son of a bitch.”

In the final part of the CinemaCon footage, the Avengers sit in the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Benatar ship. Rocket asks who hasn’t been to space and half of them raise their hands. Rocket says they better not throw up on his ship. As they speed up, the camera cuts to a closeup on Steve’s eyes. Then, the scene ends with the ship jumping through hyperspace at one of the jump points like in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Captain Marvel.

Based on this description, fans can expect plenty of banter among the heroes, especially with Carol since she’s new to the team. It’s also clear Carol is fully confident in her ability to defeat Thanos single-handedly. And considering it’s been said Captain Marvel is the strongest hero in the MCU, perhaps she could take him down alone – but the rest of the Avengers seem dedicated to avenging their friends, family and loved ones. Still, this scene is only a small tidbit from the Avengers: Endgame film, which may have a runtime of around three hours. So there’s still plenty of surprises in store for Marvel fans once Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.

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2019-04-03 05:04:27

Molly Freeman

Lion King CinemaCon Footage Description: Life Lessons With Mufasa

Disney unveiled brand-new footage from its “live-action” remake of The Lion King at CinemaCon. The Mouse House has enjoyed great box office success with the live-action remakes of its animated features for the past nine years, and hopes to keep that trend going in 2019. So far, however, things haven’t gone entirely to plan, what with Tim Burton’s Dumbo remake struggling to recoup its budget at the box office. That said, the studio is expected to have better luck with Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin at the end of May, and especially Jon Favreau’s The Lion King in July.

Favreau, of course, has a strong track record in this department, and is coming off the massive success of Disney’s Oscar-winning The Jungle Book three years ago. The Lion King will follow in that movie’s footsteps and re-imagine its traditionally animated predecessor as a photorealistic CGI adventure, complete with celebrity actors lending their voices to the film’s animals. At the same time, The Lion King appears to be a pretty faithful re-imagining, more so than The Jungle Book was. That’s certainly the impression that the film’s trailers have left, and the CinemaCon footage did little to dispute the idea.

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The Lion King segment of Disney’s CinemaCon presentation featured a clip from pretty early in the film, when a young Simba (JD McCrary) badgers a sleeping Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his iconic role), reminding him of his promise to let Simba accompany him on his patrol of the Pride Lands. While there were slight differences in the dialogue between the footage and the same scene from the animated movie, the sequence mostly played out the same, with Mufasa imparting vital life lessons to Simba about how “A king’s time rises and falls like the sun”. However, he also has some fresh pieces of wisdom to pass onto his young son, like how the Pride Lands “[belong] to no one, but it will be yours to protect”.

There were other small, but noteworthy differences between this scene and the version in the animated Lion King. For example, Mufasa doesn’t say the shadowy realm of the Pride Lands (e.g. where the hyenas live) is beyond their borders, and indicates that the area is part of their kingdom… but Simba still shouldn’t go there. He also touches on a king’s responsibility as the pair walk among the fields of the Pride Lands, noting that “While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give”. Finally, the scene ends on a funnier note as the pair cross paths with Mufasa’s hornbill advisor Zazu, who proceeds to deliver his morning report… before Simba pounces on him, at Mufasa’s behest. Since Zazu is voiced by John Oliver in this movie, the character feels like a bit of a riff on his persona as the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. He even cracks a joke about the kingdom’s birds “tweeting” at 4 in the morning (wink wink, nudge nudge).

All in all, The Lion King continues to sound pretty identical to the animated version, as far as the plot and character dynamics are concerned. At the same time, the film appears to be making some revisions and tweaks to the original movie, in an effort to “update” it for 2019 (similar to what Dumbo and the other Disney live-action remakes have done before it). It’ll certainly be interesting to see just how similar the actual movie is to the 1994 iteration, and whether it’s more or less able to stand on its own, the way Favreau’s The Jungle Book did

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2019-04-03 05:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

Sony Skipping CinemaCon 2019, Fox Is Undecided

Sony has decided to pass on holding a presentation at CinemaCon 2019, but Fox is undecided on the matter. CinemaCon is the annual convention for the National Association of Theater Owners and, in some ways, functions as Comic-Con for Hollywood film industry professionals. Formerly known as ShoWest before it was renamed in 2011, CinemaCon has provided studios with a way to promote their films directly to the theater chains and media conglomerates that carry them. In recent years, it’s also doubled as a way for studios to reveal new information and first look footage from their biggest releases for the months to follow.

Naturally, Sony and Fox have both attended CinemaCon in years past, as have other studios like Disney, Universal, Paramount, and everything in-between. Sony used their presentation at CinemaCon 2018 specifically to spotlight franchise movies like Venom, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and The Equalizer 2, among others releases of varying quality and, ultimately, box office success. The studio certainly has plenty of promising films to choose from for its presentation this year – ranging from Spider-Man: Far From Home to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – but has elected to skip the event altogether, instead.

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Variety is confirming that Sony will pass on the 2019 CinemaCon, for reasons that have yet to be explained. It’s possible the studio simply feels it would do better to promote its new films throughout the year, rather than devoting the time and resources needed to assemble an hour-long presentation (complete with footage and guest appearances) at the event in April. Timing could also be an issue; after all, Sony recently released trailers for upcoming movies like Far From Home, Brightburn, and Men in Black: International, and may release even more trailers before CinemaCon rolls around. That is, the studio may’ve realized it won’t have anything new to show off at the event ahead of time, and decided to take a pass for the same reason.

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With Fox, however, the situation is more complicated. As Variety notes, the studio is trying to decide whether to hold a separate CinemaCon presentation or have it folded into Disney’s panel this year. It’s entirely possible Disney’s purchase of Fox will be finalized by March, which is no doubt something that’s factoring into Fox’s decision. The latter studio has plenty of films to promote in its own panel, ranging from X-Men: Dark Phoenix to James Mangold’s Ford vs. Ferrari memoir. At the same time, if Fox were to merge their presentation with Disney’s, that could help to ensure that both studios get equal press coverage.

While a good showing at CinemaCon can very much benefit a film (see how movies like The Predator and Suspiria were boosted by their presentations in 2018), it’s not a make or break situation. That is to say, Sony should be fine skipping the convention this year, so long as they continue to shine a steady light on their movies over the months ahead and build positive word of mouth through their typical marketing. Fox, on the other hand, could set a precedent here for how their own films are promoted alongside Disney’s in the future, so it’ll be interesting to see which way they decide to go.

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The 2019 CinemaCon takes place in Las Vegas from April 1-4.

Source: Variety

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