While Paramount mostly focused on two films during their CinemaCon presentation (Terminator Genisys and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Warner Bros. took a different path by showcasing almost every one of their upcoming movies with the stars of each film introducing the footage to attendees. It was like a movie premiere that had every major star in Hollywood in attendance. Here’s some of the people that took the stage for the WB panel: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Doug Ellin, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, director Scott Cooper, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, and others that I am sure I’m forgetting.
Shortly after the presentation ended I sat down with Peter from /film and recorded a video blog about the footage and our thoughts on the overall presentation. Since most of you have already seen trailers for Hot Pursuit, Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, Entourage, and Magic Mike XXL, we decided to spend most of the video blog talking about world premiere footage from Vacation, Creed, Black Mass, Point Break, In the Heart of the Sea and The Man From U.N.C.L.E..
As I said in the video, while I was unsure about some of their upcoming films like Creed and Vacation, I’ll admit after seeing footage from both films I’m sold. The Vacation movie is absolutely rated R and the red band trailer had the entire room laughing out loud (especially a sequence featuring an almost naked Chris Hemsworth). On the more serious side, the Creed footage really wowed me. Writer-director Ryan Coogler looks to have crafted a gritty and real film that harkens back to the original Rocky. In addition, Michael B. Jordan looked absolutely committed to the role and Maryse Alberti’s cinematography was pulling me in. If Creed wasn’t on your radar, after you see the trailer you’ll change your tune. I did.
Finally, like most of us expected when director Scott Cooper took on Black Mass (the Whitey Bulger biopic) that stars Johnny Depp as Bulger, the film looks like an awards player and something special. Unlike the past few years where Depp has been playing a lot of outlandish characters, his portrayal of Bulger looks terrifying and real. Another film absolutely on my radar.
More from CinemaCon soon.