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CinemaCon Highlights: Ryan Gosling's 'Barbie' Ken-ergy, 'Evil' Wow and 'The Flash' Frenzy

There is always an impressive list of top stars and filmmakers at CinemaCon, except during a pandemic. This year’s edition, however, took it up a notch — Oprah, Christopher Nolan, Rihanna, Martin Scorsese, and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few.

Perhaps the biggest star of the four-day show in Las Vegas, however, was optimism.

After a worrying fit and start, the box office recovery is finally showing signs of continued health. Universal Pictures’ Super Mario Bros. movie topped $1 billion worldwide in April Mark 03, while compatriots 730 Released Scream VI, Creed III and John Wick: Chapter Four also achieved excellent results. Summer begins next week with James Gunn’s third and final Guardians of the Galaxy superhero pic, followed by Fast X and Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Fortune , to name a few.

many 4,14 Since COVID- Crisis strikes. All five major Hollywood studios, as well as Lionsgate, held presentations full of footage or new trailers. The box office has a long way to go, but the breadth of releases could help win over consumers who haven’t yet recovered their moviegoing habits.

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Donna Langley, who runs Universal’s movie empire, at CinemaCon. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CinemaCon

One studio head after another talks about the importance of offering a variety of styles , so all viewers come back.

“We’ll bring you movies of all shapes and sizes,” Says Donna Langley, Chair, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, that her studio will release this year’s titles, Including Nolan’s epic Oppenheimer . “It’s something we’re really proud of.”

“There’s always a risk with being original, but for me the bigger risk is boring the audience to death with the sameness”, said the always colorful Sony Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman. “No Ball, No Glory.”

Here’s the gist of Hollywood Reporter’s .

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Ryan Gosling at CinemaCon. Gabe Ginsburg/Getty Images

The star power at CinemaCon is unparalleled. But Gosling is the clear MVP , his Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage as she promotes the upcoming film Comedy Time commentary about entering as a Warner Bros. The role of Ken. The Barbie movie had the crowd cheering.

“If I’m really honest, I doubt my ‘Ken-ergy.’ I don’t see it,” Gosling, who starred in the movie opposite Margot Robbie explain. “One day I was bleaching my hair, shaving my legs, wearing a custom neon outfit, and rollerblading in Venice Beach.”

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panel, starring Emily Blunt, David Leitch directs (theatre owners are intrigued by action rom-com scenes about a stuntman and his director). Donna Langley

Oprah Winfrey on stage at CinemaCon to discuss upcoming The movie “The Color Purple” was released. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey also makes her CinemaCon debut , share first look at The Color Purple Musical She produced.

Iconic filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan take the stage to share about their upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon and Oppenheimer , respectively. Even Leonardo DiCaprio Rare public appearance to honor Scorsese at a solo luncheon in Las Vegas. Rihanna came out to share the news that she will be starring in Paramount Animation’sThe Smurfs movie.

Will Ferrell does a full performance for the dog he voices in Strays , and Jack Black himself performed an entire trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4 .

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Will Ferrell hugs canine “Strays” actor Sophie at CinemaCon. Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage

Because of Fast and Furious Vin Diesel of fame says he prefers CinemaCon to the Oscars. Melissa McCarthy, who stars as villain Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, shared her performance of the iconic song “Poor “Unfortunate Soul” scene won the favor of exhibitors.

Other stars appearing throughout the week include Zendaya, America Ferrera, Seth Rogen (for Ninja Turtles and Joy Ride), Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake of Trolls World Tour, Quick X with Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Sung Kang, and Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto and star Xolo Maridueña .

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McCarthy and Disney’s Tony Chambers talk about June’s hit ‘The Little Mermaid’ . Gabe Ginsburg /WireImage Surprise Click Ryan Gosling

Until now, there are many videos that have been Keep a low profile. Topping the list is The Creator, a sci-fi feature film from Gareth Edwards, acclaimed filmmaker During ) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story during the reshoots. Six years later, he’s back with a new regent /th Century Studios film starring John David Washington who lives in the distant future after the war between humans and AI.

The expansive sci-fi vista feels like a worthy successor to Edwards’ Rogue One and showcases A heroic, tortured show from Washington, whose characters are tasked with protecting robot children.

Global Evil is another revelation . As an adaptation of a beloved musical at a time when musicals have yet to hit the big screen, the project is under intense pressure. It was the first time a lot of footage was shown, and the hiss behind the scenes sent the room rushing toward Oz. The chemistry between stars Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande is strong, and filmmaker Jon M. Chu’s enthusiasm for the story ( and the artisans who brought the stories to life) have largely won over exhibitors and rival studio executives.

Honorable Mention Go to Next Goal Wins , which unveils

Funny, feel-good trailer ; John Krasinski’s Ryan Reynolds’s If, whose caused a sensation the first shot and an all-star voice-over reveal; and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Song of Songbirds and Snakes , suggesting there’s more life to the franchise.

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The director and other prominent filmmakers gather on the Las Vegas Strip to share a slew of promising films.

Oppenheimer:(L-R) Andrew Cripps, President, International Theatrical Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, Margot Robbie and Jeff Goldstein, President, International Theatrical Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures attend the State of the Industry and Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 25, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nolan calls J. Robert Oppenheimer — often called the father of the atomic bomb — “the most important man ever to live,” Then introduce the extended trailer. Exhibitors note that although Dialogue heavy with suspense elements. Nolan has MFN status among theater owners, so never rule him out.

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Dunes: Part Two: Dennis · Villeneuve Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon.' Promise Dune: Part Two will be better than his first, and the footage that delivers on the promise. Ask anyone who’s been to CinemaCon, and they’ll say the Legendary and Warner Bros. sequels are going to be huge. Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon.'

Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon.' Flower Killer Moon: Scorsese showcased signature swagger and rhythm while sharing footage of the western crime drama starring DiCaprio and Lily Gray Stone and Robert De Niro act opposite . Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon.' Apple Original Films Partnering with Paramount to give the film an exclusive, traditional release in theaters around the world before eventually heading to Apple TV+.

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Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. is provided by Apple TV+.

Napoleon : Sony debuts from Ridley Scott and Apple Originals The movie’s extended fight scene Napoleon

, shows that the director is still at the top of his game as he prepares ares will be working on him in the coming months The Gladiator sequel. “Epic” was the common response.

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning– first part: For the first time in years, Tom Cruise has no special message, but Paramount Published represents his shot minutes.Theater owner excited for Cruise’s return to business after success of Top Gun: Maverick , introducing him to a new generation Young moviegoers.

Barbie: Greta Gerwig’s film talk Recounting the iconic doll’s journey from her world to the real world (Metaverse Meets Enchanted) was one of the biggest hits at CinemaCon. It is expected to be a hit and have a “want to see” appeal. Exhibitors and rival studios who saw the new footage said they knew more about what the film was about and that what they saw on the big screen looked great.

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Warner Bros. distribution executives Andrew Cripps and Jeff Goldstein with “Barbie” star Margot Robbie at CinemaCon. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

A Quiet Place: Day 1: For those wondering why this For those who have ever seen the film, this footage is a powerful answer: It will be a Quiet Place story that audiences have never seen before. Pig Directed by Michael Sarnoski and starring Lupita Nyong’o will not be set in the backcountry, but given Viewers watch during the chaotic first hours of the alien invasion – in the heart of New York.

Rich animation Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage as she promotes the upcoming film

Following the success of the Super Mario Bros. movie , the studio showcased a wealth of upcoming Animated products from , which combine trusted IP with beloved characters and new original works.

Disney Commons The FlashElemental Minutes – about natural elements in anthropomorphic form – which many exhibitors and rival studio execs felt Movies can sustain Pixar. Disney Animation is also at CinemaCon promoting Wish, the animated music about a young girl who wishes on a star to save her kingdom from darkness drama. (This movie has something to do with Disney 25th Anniversary.) The theater owner said the footage looked like classic Disney.

In other studio demos, David ZaslavA -minute June sequel Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse preview is well received and looks like another hit for Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Sony Animation.

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Rihanna promotes her upcoming “The Smurfs” movie for Paramount Animation at CinemaCon. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The studio is building a star-studded voice cast for these projects. Top talent announced at CinemaCon includes Rihanna The Flash who will play Smurfette in Paramount Animation’s Untitled Smurfs (and create and performing original songs) movies. Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Chaos Cast Rose Byrne, John Cena, Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Paul Rudd and Maya Rudolph, Transformers One

featuring Chris Hemsworth, Brian Tyree Henry, Scarlett Johansson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jon Ha Tom and Laurence Fishburne.

Illumination Duck Tale Migration including Kumail Nanjiani , Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina and Danny DeVito; Chris Pine will join Ariana DeBose for Disney’s animated Wish.

Donna Langley Dubbing Flow Easing Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage as she promotes the upcoming film

Streaming has been a huge talking point at CinemaCon, and not in a very good way. Exhibitors see streaming (mainly Netflix) as a dangerous enemy, encouraging consumers to watch movies in the comfort of their own homes. Now, in a twist of drama, both Amazon and Apple have decided to exclusively distribute some of their original movies worldwide before sending them to their respective streaming services.

Scorsese made his final film, The Irishman, for Netflix. While the streaming company will show select movies in theaters (many chains won’t show upcoming releases), its first priority is subscribers. “I’m really excited to get domestic releases before [Killers of the Flower Moon], and that’s okay,” the filmmaker said at CinemaCon, when When he uses the word “home,” he doesn’t sound very enthusiastic.

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Warner Bros. Discovery Chairman and CEO David Zaslav addresses theater owners at CinemaCon. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

David Zaslav, head of Warner Bros. Discovery Channel, highlighted the theatrical release importance, and said he has no interest in making streaming movies. Paramount Pictures chairman Brian Robbins echoed the sentiment. “We need theatrical ways to make streaming work,” he said, referring to the buzz generated by a screening on the big screen.


Warner Bros. used CinemaCon to show the superhero movie nearly two months before the movie in June debut. Does it live up to the hype?

this The early response was strong , both from the media and theater owners. Warners insiders note that they’re glad the film is starting to speak for itself, rather than simply having executives (including DC Studios co-head James Gunn) pitch it as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, thereby setting the stage Set expectations that may be unrealistically high. (On stage at CinemaCon, Zazlav called the movie “the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen.”)

“A very successful blockbuster,” one competing Rival executives said. The movie is considered a great fit for comic book fans, which means Warner needs to win over general audiences as well.

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Ezra Miller in The Flash. Warner Bros. Pictures

A year ago, The Flash has been making headlines for being embroiled in various arrests and controversies by Bad Guy Hammer star Ezra Miller. Notably, Miller was not present, and filmmaker Andrés Muschietti praised the actor instead.


Seth Rogen joked that the Colosseum stage was too big for the studio executive. “It’s for Adele,” he quipped. He also took a humorous swipe at Paramount’s head of domestic distribution, Chris Aronson, known for his various CinemaCon costumes. (Executive used to dress like Vanilla Ice before the real Vanilla Ice came along.) “It’s fitting to see a movie executive come out of the sewer,” says Rogen.


Chris Aronson participated in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” skit at CinemaCon. David Becker/Getty Images

Chris Gardner contributed to this story.



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