The Rules of Toy Story

Toy Story 4 faces an immediate uphill battle: how do you follow up Toy Story 3, one of the best sequels ever made and a film that felt like a perfect conclusion to the entire series? Pixar and director Josh Cooley have a lot to prove, but we know this much — we don’t like to bet against the people who made Up, Inside Out, and Finding Nemo.

/Film’s Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson were in attendance at CinemaCon 2019 in Las Vegas when Disney presented new footage from Toy Story 4. Can it match the absurd highs of the previous film in the series? Let’s take a look.

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ford vs ferrari actors

Christian Bale and Matt Damon are out to build a Grand Prix-winning car in Ford v. Ferrari, the latest from Logan director James Mangold. Based on the true story of Ford’s attempt to build a car to beat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, the biographical drama also stars Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh LucasTracy Letts and Noah Jupe. /Film’s Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson were on hand at CinemaCon 2019 to watch the first footage from the film and it certainly sounds intense.

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X-Men Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives at a very interesting time for Marvel superheroes. Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox and with it, the rights to these mutant characters. At the film’s CinemaCon 2019 presentation, it was suggested that this will be the final entry in this particular continuity. So get ready for a reboot.

But for now, /Film’s Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson were present for the new footage and it certainly sounds like the franchise is going out with a bang before it reboots.

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Avengers Endgame footage reaction

The culmination of 10 years and 21 movies worth of storytelling, Avengers: Endgame is unquestionably one of the most anticipated movies of the year. And as we near closer to the film’s late April release date, Marvel Studios keeps sharing just enough footage in its trailers and marketing to keep us excited. But not nearly enough to calm fans who were left traumatized by the ending of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

/Film’s own Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson are attending CinemaCon is Las Vegas this year and sent in their first reactions to the new footage from the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. Will this footage description serve to build the anticipation even higher for this movie? Oh hell, we’re all going to see it anyway.

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Cats footage reaction

Featuring spandex-wearing anthropomorphic cats and a barebones plot, Cats is possibly one of the strangest Broadway musicals to hit the Great White Way. And now it’s about to become one of the most baffling feature film musicals. Directed by Tom Hooper in his second movie musical following Les MiserablesCats has an unfairly stacked cast including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench.

While the prospect of seeing Judi Dench in spandex is tempting, with Hooper’s moodily realistic approach to musicals, it seems like that sadly won’t be the case. /Film’s own Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson are attending CinemaCon is Las Vegas this year and they learned that Cats will be a visual-effects heavy movie that uses motion capture technology and oversized sets to transform the actors into something closer to actual felines. Yes, really.

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CinemaCon food

/Film’s Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson are currently in Las Vegas, Nevada attending CinemaCon, the convention for movie theater owners. In addition to their podcast coverage of the panel presentations from the major studios and their video tour of the movie posters and standees on display, the duo ventured onto the convention show floor to see if they could find the newest innovations in movie theater concessions – but mostly to subject Ben to taste-testing the weirdest foods they could find. Take a look below.
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joker script

On the April 2, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson to discuss all the footage and trailers they saw during the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon 2019. Footage screened includes It Chapter 2, Joker, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Detective Pikachu, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, and more. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

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Doctor Sleep is an odd book, but it could be an even odder movie. Stephen King‘s sequel to The Shining catches up with a grown-up Danny Torrance decades later as he finds himself embroiled in a battle with psychic vampires. It’s not what you’d expect and it leans heavily on the original Shining novel, which is very different from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film adaptation.

So what is director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) going to do with this material? /Film’s Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson were on hand when the first footage played to the audience at CinemaCon and what they saw certainly seems intriguing.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Footage Reaction

Wonder Woman 1984 was originally going to be out this fall, but the film got pushed back all the way to the middle of summer in 2020. That didn’t stop Warner Bros. Pictures from showing off a bit of new footage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week. /Film’s own Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson were on hand to give us a quick Wonder Woman 1984 footage reaction and description, so if you’re hungry for details on the next adventure for Diana Prince, keep reading. Read More »

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Detective Pikachu Footage Reaction

Pokémon is a worldwide video game phenomenon, so there was always going to be excitement when a live-action film adaptation came to theaters. But we’re a little flabberghasted that the first attempt at bringing the Nintendo video game franchise to life in this fashion is in the form of Detective Pikachu. Even more shocking is the fact that the trailers we’ve seen so far have been absolutely fantastic, making even the biggest naysayers curious about how this movie will turn out.

Thankfully, /Film’s own Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson are attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and a bunch of new Detective Pikachu footage was shown to the crowd. So does the movie really have the goods to entertain general audiences? Does Ryan Reynolds make for the best Pokémon ever? Find out what our team thought of the sneak peek below. Read More »