Universal Pictures CinemaCon 2015

I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year.

Thursday afternoon we saw a presentation from Universal Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak and The Secret Life of Pets and more. In previous years Universal has come to CinemaCon with a ton of footage from their line-up up to a year and a half in advance, this year’s presentation in comparison was disappointing. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Universal Pictures CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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The Fifty Shades sequel still needs a director, but it has a screenwriter and now it also has a release date. Fifty Shades Darker is officially set to open in two years, followed by Fifty Shades Freed the year after that. Hit the jump for more details on the Fifty Shades sequel release dates.

Update: The first teaser image from Fifty Shades Darker has dropped. Check it out after the jump.

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Warcraft release date change

Several major movies just got moved around by Universal Studios.

Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, which had already been pushed a few months, has moved from March 11, 2016 to June 10, 2016. Pacific Rim 2, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has been moved from April 7, 2017 to August 4, 2017. In addition, the new Mummy film has been moved up from June 24, 2016, to March 24, 2017.

This is after the studio gave us dates for Fast and Furious 8 and the two Fifty Shades sequels. Read more about the Warcraft release date change below. Read More »

The Visit trailer

What if the gingerbread house witch in the story of Hansel and Gretel was the kids’ actual grandmother? That concept looks like part of the inspiration for The Visit, the new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. In the film, two siblings are sent off to visit their grandparents, and while the strictly-enforced 9:30pm bedtime seems weird right off the bat, the kids soon find that something is very definitely not right. There are late-night noises, strange behavior, and eventually some much weirder goings-on.

Check out The Visit trailer below. There’s even the beginning of a “kid in the oven” scene here, just to tie up the connection with the old Brothers Grimm tale. Read More »

Fast and Furious 8 release date

Vin Diesel just made the inevitable official. After grossing a billion dollars and counting with Furious 7, the star took the stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and announced that a eighth Fast and Furious film will be released on April 14, 2017. Diesel said it’ll be “the best movie you’ve ever seen.” Read more about the Fast and Furious 8 release date below. Read More »

The Visit poster

M. Night Shyamalan has partnered with Blumhouse for his new film, The Visit, and the first poster is appearing in theaters around the country, and at CinemaCon. In fact, the film’s trailer played with some showings of Unfriended this past weekend, but that hasn’t gone online yet. Expect to see that later this week, on Thursday, but for now we can look at the poster design for the low-budget horror film. We know the film features two siblings whose visit to their grandparents’ farm gets weird, and this poster suggests some bad stuff happening in the house at night. Read More »

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Jurassic World Trailer breakdown

Anyone who complained the first few Jurassic World trailers didn’t show enough will be pleasantly surprised by the latest one. The new trailer reveals several new action sequences as well the official full-screen reveal of the Indominus Rex, called the D-Rex. There are also many new shots of the Pteranodons, Velociraptors and a ton of homages to the original movie. Plus, one of the money shots seen in earlier trailers has been flipped on its head here in this final version.

Below, let’s do a Jurassic World trailer breakdown with over 70 screenshots. Read More »

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As the latest trailer indicates, Jurassic World echoes Jurassic Park in some pretty obvious ways. Once again, a group of humans build a tourist attraction filled with prehistoric predators. Once again, they bicker about whether this is a good idea. And once again, the haters are proved right when it all ends in bloody catastrophe.

But whereas the humans in Jurassic World are trying to improve on a spectacular failure, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has the difficult challenge of trying to match a critical and box office smash. Will he succeed? Check out the new Jurassic World trailer after the jump.

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new Furious 7 trailer

Furious 7 is the first entry in the series not to have “fast” in the title, which is ironic because it’s turning out to be the fastest of them all. The recent sequel has hit $1 billion at the box office after just 17 days in theaters, making it the quickest film ever to hit that mark — not to mention the only Universal film ever to do so in its original run.

More on the Furious 7 box office after the jump.  Read More »