Note from the editor: This is the second of a 3-part recap of CinemaCon 2017 by Godolphin (a member of the FoCC forum)
Universal Studios Presentation
The presentation opened with a great black and white montage of the classic Universal monster films, leading into latest version of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. The supporting cast of The Mummy appeared on stage to discuss the making of the film. This included a zero gravity sequence that had nearly everyone involved using the provided sick bags.
On a side note, there was a Mummy zero gravity stunt VR experience here in one of the many suites for Cinemacon; alas I had to decline as I get queasy standing on a dock.
Back to the presentation, Tom Cruise introduced new footage via video message. ‘Paint it Black’ by The Rolling Stones, started playing, then we saw the amazing footage from The Mummy. The film definitely looks darker and edgier compared to the most recent Mummy films.
Other films highlighted during the presentation were the Despicable Me franchise, with Steve Carrell making an appearance, and the cast of the comedy Girl Trip.
To end the presentation, the cast of the Fate and the Furious were on the stage to talk about the latest installment in the franchise.
Vin Diesel surprised everyone by announcing that instead of seeing some never-before-seen footage, Universal was going to screen the entire movie for the first time ever. We received commemorative t-shirts after the film.
Focus Pictures 15th Anniversary Lunch
This was one of the many highlights for me. I arrived early and got a nice seat fairly close to the stage on the left. The lunch presentation itself was very nice, as you can see in the photo above.
I bumped into Naomi Watts on the way in and I was fortunate to get a picture with her. She was there to promote her film The Book of Henry. The director, Colin Trevorrow, joked to the cinema owners in attendance that if they played this film in their theaters, it would make as much money as Jurassic World made on its third Wednesday.
Gary Oldman took to the stage to talk about what was involved in transforming into Winston Churchill for the film Darkest Hour. Based on the footage shown, Mr. Oldman should be a front runner for an Oscar, in my opinion.
Also, a major bonus was the nearly 10 minute fight scene shown from Atomic Blonde, with Charlize Theron kicking ass. She was on stage with co-star Sofia Boutella and director David Leitch; they all stayed on stage to watch the footage.
At the conclusion of the lunch, I headed out and was pleased to see Focus Features swag tote bags with various blu-rays and items inside.
I couldn’t stop thinking about how cool the Focus Features light-up houses were on our lunch tables as centerpieces. I went back inside and asked if I could have one. Luckily enough, they said ‘yes’; this was swag highlight for me.
Warner Brother’s ‘The Big Picture’ Presentation
For this presentation, I chose to sit in the upper section of the theater. This was simply to have some space. But basically you could have found a seat in any section, with the exception of the seats reserved for guests of the studios close to the stage.
Ok, I love Christopher Nolan films, and he was first up on stage to discuss his film Dunkirk. He then showed us extended footage that he had edited together into one of the most amazing teasers I’ve ever seen. It was around 5 minutes long, but edited so beautifully that it had one of the loudest ovations and lots of anticipated talk afterwards.
Next up were Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson, who talked about their suspense film Unforgettable. They were then followed by Charlie Hunnam, who was there to discuss King Arthur.
Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, and director Denis Villeneuve took to the stage to talk about the much anticipated Blade Runner 2049 and show us new behind-the-scenes footage. This is another film that I can’t wait to see.
Later in the presentation ,the DC logo appeared on the screen and Jason Momoa entered onstage to show us a special trailer from Aquaman. The trailer was comprised of concept art and other behind-the-scenes stuff, since filming hadn’t yet begun. In fact, Jason Momoa was actually flying to Australia to start filming right after the presentation.
Next up was Gal Gadot via video message, who introduced Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins, as well as never-before-seen footage from Wonder Woman.
And last, but not least, the cast of Justice League took to the stage. Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, and director Zack Snyder were all present. They introduced and showed never-before-seen footage.
After the conclusion of the presentation I met the Justice League cast outside. Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller were super nice, taking selfies with everyone.
End of part two. To be continued in part three…