LAS VEGAS - Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn presented the upcoming slate of new movies for Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to the nation's theater owners on Wednesday morning and what was purposely not discussed was just as interesting as what was previewed.
LAS VEGAS - Press attending the hour long Q&A with Christopher Nolan at CinemaCon this afternoon had been warned that the usually secretive filmmaker was not expected to speak substantially about his highly anticipated new epic "Interstellar" and there would be no new footage from the film shown during the event. Moreover, I'd heard from a good source that moderator and Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy was well aware it would be tough to get Nolan to say anything about Nolan's followup to "The Dark Knight Returns." Well, kudos to McCarthy for not taking "no" for an answer.
LAS VEGAS - No one really expected Walt Disney Studios to break significant news regarding "Star Wars: Episode VII" during the company's presentation at CinemaCon this morning, and studio chairman Alan Horn didn't disappoint.
LAS VEGAS - Every year the major studios present their upcoming slate to the nation's theater owners at CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest). It's commonplace for a studio head to bring out a few famous faces to drive home the point that they should get behind a particular movie or two. Tuesday morning, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, had only one movie star waiting in the wings and it was a big one: Angelina Jolie.
LAS VEGAS - 2013 was the biggest year at the box office for Universal Pictures. They had surprise hits like "The Purge," the studio's highest grossing individual movie ever with "Despicable Me 2," and "Fast and Furious 6" opened to a staggering $97.3 million. The year also ended on a sad note, however, with the unexpected passing of "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker during a production break from the seventh installment of the franchise.
LAS VEGAS - Universal Pictures ended its presentation to the world's theater owners at the 2014 CinemaCon convention Tuesday morning with an expected "surprise": the first footage from "50 Shades of Grey."
Fans of Veronica Roth's "Divergent" finally got to see their favorite novel come to life on the big screen this weekend as the Neil Burger movie opened to a massive $54.6 million at the box office. That's the second biggest opening of the year after "The Lego Movie" and the film's "A" Cinemascore grade proves that Summit Entertainment has a potent new franchise on their hands. Of course, while the HitFix crew enjoyed "Divergent" more than a majority of nation's critics, the movie has its pros and cons.
HOLLYWOOD - It may have been a PaleyFest for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but there was a ton of Captain America swag being worn in the Dolby Theater Sunday afternoon. That was actually quite appropriate considering how much the events in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," opening April 4, affect "MAoS." The television show has done its best to tie into the larger Marvel cinematic universe with one episode focusing on the repercussion of "Thor: The Dark World" in November, a very impressive guest appearance by Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) earlier this month and a cameo by none other than Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in October. Things will become even more interesting after what transpires in Marvel's latest big screen effort.
There have been rumors that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank might not be on the same page for the studio's new "Fantastic Four" flick, but it's clear someone will be helming the reboot. "Fantastic Four" is scheduled for release on June 15, 2015. Tonight, Fox dated "Fantastic Four 2" for July 14, 2017. So, yes, it's happening.
Dom Hemingway just got out of jail. Dom wants what he's owed. That may turn out to be a tall order.