This week CinemaCon 2016 was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The convention refers to itself as “the largest and most important gathering of movie theater owners from around the world.” It is the official convention of The National Association of Theater Owners (wait, NATO?) and it has been getting progressively bigger since it began in 2011.
This year Hollywood’s biggest studios presented their upcoming films for the year and shared all the sneak peeks, announcements, and trailers that they didn’t feel like saving for ComicCon. On to the links!
- If you’re not familiar with the convention, here’s their official website and a schedule of the convention.
- Paramount Pictures was the first big studio to make a presentation. The studio showed footage for Story of My Life, a not-based-on-a-preexisting-franchise science fiction movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. They also showed off their upcoming Michael Bay explosion fests—the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel and two new Transformers films. The convention decided to use Paramount’s time to give J. J. Abrams a special Showman of the Year award. J. J. has worked with Paramount a number of times but he’s almost certainly winning this award for making Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Warner Bros. used their presentation time to focus on their three big tent-pole franchises: DC Comics, Lego, and Harry Potter.
- They premiered some new footage from the Wonder Woman movie coming in 2017 and showed a video of Zack Snyder from the set of Justice League with Henry Cavill. I guess we’re not even pretending the end of Batman v Superman mattered now?
- WB shared a clip from the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, which is not part of their DC Extended Universe but, let’s be honest, has the better interpretation of The Caped Crusader.
- And lastly, the studio premiered a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Why yes, I AM excited to see Colin Farrell in a Harry Potter movie, thank you for asking.
- The studio did apparently discuss some non-franchise films but none of them sound very interesting so let’s just move on.
- In the Sony Pictures presentation, the company used their allotted time to convince everyone that they have no idea what they’re doing. Did you know The Emoji Movie is actually a thing that’s happening? Well now you do. Sorry.
- Ok I’m being harsh. They did show footage from another not-based-on-a-preexisting-franchise science fiction movie (we’re getting two this year?!?) called Passengers starring America’s current sweethearts Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
- The studio also announced the title of their new Spider-Man movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is Sony’s third version of the character in 15 years. The title appears to be a reference to the company’s decision to give up, step aside, and let Marvel control the creative direction of the character.
- The Walt Disney Company did a special screening at CinemaCon of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. This is the third major screening of the film so far and (as of today) the movie is sitting at a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The studio also showed the first 27 minutes of Finding Dory.
- Universal Studios showed footage from their two talking animal animated movies coming out this year, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. They also announced that they will manage to meet every studio’s required amount of Benedict Cumberbatch-based content by casting him in a new adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
- The last day of the convention belonged to 20th Century Fox.
- The studio premiered clips from Independence Day: Resurgence, which for some reason has Liam Hemsworth but not Will Smith.
- James Cameron took to the stage to bring up that thing that no one likes to talk about as much as James Cameron: Avatar. While he hasn’t even started filming Avatar 2 yet, he announced that Avatar 5 will be coming in 2023. I get that this guy wrote and directed the two highest grossing films of all time but at some point someone has to be able to say no to him.
- Fox also released new footage and announcements about X-Men: Apocalypse, the Deadpool sequel, and the video game adaptation Assassins Creed.
- For a nice wrap up of the CinemaCon highlights check out Sharon Waxman’s post on The Wrap.
- CinemaCon also seemed to toll the death knell on Screening Room, the newest venture from Napster co-founder Sean Parker. Many people, including box office messiah James Cameron, made both passive-aggressive and aggressive-aggressive negative comments about the service, which posits that people will pay $50 to watch a movie at home the day it’s released in theatres. Although, it should probably be noted that the people who would have the biggest problem with this are the ones comprising the guest list for this convention. C’mon NATO! Look to the future for once!