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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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Barely Lethal appears to fuse the high school movie with the actions sequences from an espionage thriller. Hailee Steinfeld is the orphaned and highly trained operative who escapes life as an agent in order to experience “normal” teen life. Samuel L. Jackson is the taskmaster who wants her back; Sophie Turner is the rival; and Jessica Alba is the enemy agent who provokes everyone into a frenzy. Check out the new Barely Lethal trailer below. Read More »

Roar clip

In footage from Jurassic World, we see Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle amongst a pack of velociraptors. But the raptors are just CG creations; while the image is cool, it’s not actually dangerous to create. In the movie Roar, there’s a sequence where a guy rides a motorcycle through a pack of lions and tigers, and it’s the real deal.

Roar is the film which featured producer Noel Marshall (The Exorcist), his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Hedren’s young daughter Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) amongst a giant pack of big cats. Make that untrained big cats. This film was crazy dangerous to make, and arguably just a dumb idea. Watching it leads to a strange feeling — you’re seeing something that by all rights should not exist. We’ve got an exclusive Roar clip that shows off that motorcycle scene, which gives you an idea of just how bizarre this movie gets.

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Fantastic Four poster header - Fox 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. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Thursday morning we saw a presentation from 20th Century Fox showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Peanuts, Poltergeist, Paper Towns, Hitman: Agent 47, Victor Frankenstein, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fantastic 4, The Martian, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and David O Russell’s Joy and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free 20th Century Fox CinemaCon 2015 reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Gremlins remake

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk to writer/director Chris Columbus about his upcoming film Pixels. That full interview will be posted next week, but for now I wanted to feature a short excerpt from the interview. Columbus talked about why they are rebooting Gremlins, and what got him interested in returning to the franchise. He also discussed whether or not we might see some of the characters and actors from the original film return.

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