What have we learnt at CinemaCon? A lot
Every year the big Hollywood studios invade Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon event, a showcase of what movie fans can expect over the next year and beyond. So far this year the event has been pretty spectacular, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’, are just some of the films that we got to know a little more about at the event. So here’s our low down on what you need to know from CinemaCon so far.
Mark Wahlberg in 'Transformers Age of Extinction '
Kicking off Cinema Con on Monday was Paramount who debuted footage of ‘Transformers:Age of Extinction’, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘Hercules’. The ‘Hercules’ presentation featured Dwayne Johnson and showed the new trailer which has since been released online. Those eager to get a better idea of what to expect from the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ reboot were given their first real look at the film when a teaser trailer was shown. While not too much was given away, the trailer looked more at the Turtles origins and the battles they would face. Shredder (William Fichtner) provided the voice over, which showed how the city had become overrun with violence as Megan Fox, playing April, looks on at the destruction. ‘Heroes are not born -- they're created’, was the main tagline to come out of the footage , which ended with the Turtles scaring April as they appeared in front of her in an alley causing her to faint. The teaser didn't really give a proper look at the turtles as they weren't seen in action, but word is they're pretty huge.
Then Mark Wahlberg presented a lengthly look at the new 'Transformers: Age of Extinction’. The audience was shown a whole heap of footage from the movie, especially the opening which sets up Wahlberg’s character and the younger stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Most of the preview served to establish the father daughter relationship between Wahlberg and Peltz’s characters. Wahlberg seemed pretty psyched about the film saying 'Transformers' might just be 'the most iconic franchise in movie history'.
Zac Efron in upcoming 'Neighbours'
Next it was Universal’s turn. Their main focus was giving the first look at the upcoming ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie, set for release on Valentines Day next year. The teaser footage shown left the impression that the movie might focus more on the romantic side of Christian and Anastasia’s relationship rather than the more erotic aspects. Still there were some shots that included a horse whip, a blind fold as well as Dakota Johnson’s character being pushed up against a wall, so it's not all chocolates and flowers. They also presented a look at Paul Walker’s final movie ‘The Fast and the Furious 7’, whose scenes showed Walker’s character, along with the others in cars which then were dropped out of an airplane and parachuted to the ground. Michelle Rodriguez was also featured in a party scene. Upcoming 'Neighbours' with Zac Efron and Seth McFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' had their trailers show. While a first look was given to 'Dumb and Dumber To'. A scene was shown where Harry (Jeff Daniels) finds Lloyd (Jim Carrey) at a mental hospital, where he's been 'faking it' for 20 years all for laughs apparently. The return of Harry and Lloyd was said to have been met with a warm reception.
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