ENJOY THE SHOW
Given it's spring and just before the summer movie season kicks off, I am once again spending a week in Las Vegas attending & covering CinemaCon, the yearly movie theater industry convention. Last night we were invited to see five minutes of finished sizzle reel, action footage from Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which was part of a tease leading up to the trailer reveal, which also hit tonight (watch here). Following that early footage viewing, I met up with and recorded a video blog with friends Peter and Frosty discussing our reactions, and how it's looking like the ultimate G.I. Joe movie for all those life-long, die-hard Joe fans.
I've seen the future of digital cinema and it's 60FPS. If you don't yet know what FPS - frames per second - stands for and means, I'm sure within a few years it'll be an acronym everyone is familiar with. I attended a great presentation at CinemaCon late last week that was essentially the leader of the movie industry sharing with the leaders of the movie theater industry a brief glimpse at what the future of movies will be like. James Cameron presented a tech demo - he shot footage four weeks ago - to the industry to show the difference between 24FPS (the typical shooting framerate) and both 48 and 60FPS in 3D. One word: wow.
We kicked off CinemaCon earlier this week with a look at Paramount's line-up, now we end CinemaCon with a look at Warner Bros' summer line-up. Yesterday, WB hosted their "Big Picture 2011" event in Vegas. We saw a lot of footage from many movies, but the two I want to focus on are Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the epic conclusion to the beloved franchise. We saw about 10 minutes from Green Lantern and about 4 minutes from Deathly Hallows, which impressed pretty much everyone, so Peter, Frosty and I recorded another video blog after with our thoughts.
Yesterday I caught the first public screening (besides test screenings) at CinemaCon in Las Vegas of a new film from director Gavin O'Connor called Warrior. It's a drama starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as brothers and former MMA fighters who return to make a comeback in an MMA tournament called Sparta. We were actually the first website to break the news that O'Connor was working on this project nearly three years ago and now I'm more than happy to be the first website to tell you that this film is absolutely incredible. We're only just finishing March, but Warrior is my favorite film that I've seen in 2011 so far.
Yesterday I attended a luncheon at CinemaCon in Las Vegas hosted by FilmDistrict, the newly created distribution company lead by Peter Schlessel and created by producer Graham King of GK Films. The company has a strong slate of films for 2011, including Insidious this weekend, but they also have two films I'm very excited to see later this year: Nicolas Winding Refn's action film Drive, and James Mather & Stephen St. Leger's sci-fi film Lock-Out (aka Lockout). A few photos were on display and I asked to put them online, but was told no. However, SlashFilm and Collider posted the photos anyway - so here they are!
The Muppets will be back soon and better than ever! As everyone already knows, Disney has scheduled The Muppets, Jason Segel's new Muppet movie starring himself, directed by Flight of the Conchords' James Bobin, for release on November 23rd this Thanksgiving. Well, Disney has already been bringing back the Muppets in a big way via viral videos on YouTube, as I just learned today at CinemaCon. Disney hosted their big 2011 presentation in Las Vegas and actually brought in Segel and co-star Amy Adams to introduce the first ever footage from the movie. It's going to be a wonderful, heartwarming return for the beloved puppets.
Now we know the title and I'm already very excited! I just left Disney's big presentation at CinemaCon today, the convention in Las Vegas for movie theaters and the movie industry, and have many things to talk about (like The Avengers) but the big news that I was most excited about and wanted to share with all of you, was the announcement of an official name for the upcoming Monsters Inc sequel that Pixar confirmed previously is in the works. It will be called Monsters University and is a prequel focusing on the years Mike and Sully went to Monsters University and how they became best friends. I already can't wait for this!
Courage is Immortal. I'm currently in Las Vegas at another convention - CinemaCon. Most probably haven't heard of it, and that's because this is the first year it's known as CinemaCon. Years previous it was called ShoWest and I'm attending again for my fifth year in a row. It's a convention for the movie theaters themselves and the movie industry, from materials to concessions to equipment. Every year, the Hollywood studios stop by for major presentations including never-before-seen chunks of footage from the upcoming summer's releases. Marvel stopped by to tease Thor and Captain America with ~20 minutes from each.