More Surprises at CinemaCon 2023

Jeri Jacquin

Day three of CinemaCon brings an early morning presentation at Caesar’s Palace and the large Colosseum by Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Studios. It is a big presentation that ends with the screening of THE BOOGEYMAN.

Disney jumped right in with a trailer of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 3 which opens in a little over a week. Celebrating in theatres for Thanksgiving is the Disney Animation film WISH with Chris Pine voicing King Magnifico (what a name eh?).

Another holiday weekend opening film is Disney’s live-action LITTLE MERMAID with Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. “Ursula is everything – she’s a dishy, conniving broad, maybe that’s why I relate to her”, says McCarthy. Look for it in theatres Memorial Day weekend.

A trailer for Marvel Studios works THE MARVELS is shown as well. HAUNTED MANSION stars Tiffany Haddish along with LaKeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, Winonya Ryder and Jamie Lee Curtis in a cool role! Coming in June is the animated film ELEMENTAL.

From 20th Century Studios is THE CREATOR and from Searchlight and director Taika Waititi is NEXT GOAL WINS with Michael Fassbender as a soccer coach sent to American Samoa to turn their horrible team into winners. Indy is returning as Lucasfilm’s INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY returns for another adventure.

OPPENHEIMER opens the Universal and Focus Features slate of films and the introduction of its director Christopher Nolan. He says, “I know of no more dramatic tale. J. Robert Oppenheimer is the most important person who ever lived. He made the world we live in, for better or for worse. His story has to be seen to be believed.” OPPENHEIMER will be in theatres July 31.

Illumination has become a legend in its own right with some amazing animated films. Chris Meledandri is coming off of a THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE high to present MIGRATION starring Kumail Nanjiana, Elizabeth Banks and Danny DeVito. It is a story about a family of ducks getting lost in an adventure.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the Will Ferrell-Jamie Foxx film STRAYS, you are really missing out. Ferrell plays Reggie, a dog that doesn’t realize how he is being treated by his owner until the strays set him straight.

Blumhouse gets a chance to brag a bit about the hits M3GAN and THE BLACK PHONE and will try once again with the film THE EXORCIST: Believer. DreamWorks brings RUBY GILLMAN: Teenage Kraken about a girl who has the ability to turn into, well, a kraken. Starring Toni Collette, Jane Fonda, Annie Murphy and more in this blue character fun this summer.

The gang is back in TROLLS BAND TOGETHER as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake talk about the film’s premise. Branch and Poppy take the gang to save Branch’s brothers and that will not be taken troll-lightly.

KUNG FU PANDA 4 has Jack Black returning as Po the Panda. It’s time for Po to move up the spiritual ladder of success but in order to do that, he has to find a replacement for himself as the Dragon Warrior. Black says, “My films have made more than 48 quadrillion dollars around the world. You’re welcome! But none is more iconic than the noodle eating panda in the most successful trilogy in cinema history, the saga of KUNG FU PANDA.”

Upcoming films from Focus Features include a huge cast in the new Wes Anderson film ASTEROID CITY coming in June featuring Jason Schwartzman, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Steve Carell, Matt Killion, Margot Robbie, Jeff Goldblum and the list goes on and on!

Also coming is the films DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS and THE HOLDOVERS with Paul Giamatti as a prep school teacher who goes from instructor to babysitter. Not to be left behind is America’s favorite Greek family (hold the Windex) with MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 as Nia Vardalos writes and directs the Portokalos family back onto screen, this time for a family reunion in Greece. Look for it in theatres this September.

It is time for FAST X with Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson getting the chance to talk about the film. They talk about the beginnings of the franchise and where it has taken them all from past to future. The walk down memory lane leads to the walk on stage of franchise fearless leader Vin Diesel.

“FAST is now the longest franchise in motion picture history with the same actors playing the characters. This is our family. The audience is our family. As we were building toward this achievement, we were attracting directors who each brought their own magic to the saga. I’m proud to say that for exactly two decades, the Fast films has been the most successful film of every one of our directors’ careers.”

That’s one way to end a presentation!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.