Jeri Jacquin

The final day has come swiftly and there is no time to waste. Wrapping up another year of the amazing convention will dazzle with everything possible in film.

Starting out with Paramount they want to make sure the new generation of movie goers about the turtles on a half-shell with TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Mutant Mayhem. Paramount CEO Brian Robbins makes a dashing entrance through a manhole and carries what we all love – pizza!

He also announces that SCREAM VI brings the franchise in as its high-grossing film and that SMILE 2 will be coming as well. That all being said, the biggest thrill is the return of the fastest blue streak in red shoes with SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3.

Seth Rogen takes over the stage to talk about TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Mutant Mayhem making sure everyone knows it is a film families can see together. Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo are the crimefighters that are generational icons. A star-studded vocal cast led by Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Laurence Fishburne bring TRANSFORMERS ONE, the animated prequel coming in 2024.

On the animated side of fun is director Chris Miller showcasing Rihanna as Smurfette in THE SMURFS. Also, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS back for more fun but this time facing foe the Flying Dutchman as both film debut in 2025. More animation comes from Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko and Toph returning for AVATAR: The Last Airbender. Rounding out the fun is PAW PARTROL: The Mighty Movie with Chris Rock.

TRANSFORMERS: Rise of the Beasts brings back the struggle as Decepticons and Autobots go head-to-head once again.

The next three films are going to fill the theatres for sure as John Krasinski brings A QUIET PLACE: Day One as another family struggles against what has landed on earth. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn and Alex Wolff. Krasinski also brings IF, a live-action family film with Ryan Reynolds and Steve Carrell and with those two actors together, it is going to be amazing.

The next Tom Cruise installment directed by Christopher McQuarrie is MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Dead Reckoning Part One. The film is due to be released this July and that will make for an extended firework celebration.

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON due out in October is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaptrio, Robert DeNiro, Lily Gladstone, Jessie Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow and Brendan Fraser. The film tells the story of the Osage natives in 1920’s Oklahoma when the native people are being murdered as more and more settlers come to Osage County. It is a story of greed and sacrifice with a couple in the middle with loyalties to both sides.

Lionsgate is the very last studios presentation for 2023’s CinemaCon with its slate of films. The first is the highly anticipated continuation of HUNGER GAMES: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes takes us back in time sixty-four years before anyone ever heard of Katniss Everdeen.

The story follows the Snow family and the young Coriolanus who is looking to battle good and evil. He is paired up with Lucy Baird from District 12 and it becomes clear that it is a good pairing but will it change Snow? The film stars Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, and Viola Davis. Coming this Thanksgiving 2023.

Lionsgate’s slate for 2023 includes About My Father, The Blackening, Joy Ride, White Bird: A Wonder Story, The Expendables 4, Ordinary Angels, and a Saw sequel.

Finally, the last event bringing CinemaCon 2023 to a close is the Big Screen Achievement Awards for 2023. This year’s winners include:

NATO Spirit of the Industry Award – Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas

Star of the Year – Zendaya

Comedy Ensemble Award – The cast of “Joy Ride” – Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, and Sabrina Wu

CinemaCon Award of Excellence in Animation – Chris Meledandri

Cinéma Vérité Award – Melissa McCarthy

Rising Stars of the Year – Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback



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Jeri Jacquin

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