Note from the editor: This is the final part of the CinemaCon 2017 recap by Godolphin (a member of the FoCC forum)
20th Century Fox Presentation
This presentation opened with a bang. The song, ‘It’s no business like show business’ started playing. Then out of the darkness a dance crew called ILuminate (www.iluminate.com) took to the stage dressed in top hats and tails covered with LED lights. The routine featured break dancing and the signature Michael Jackson ‘lean’. It really was an amazing spectacle and hats off to 20th Century Fox for putting on a great show.
Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer came on stage to talk about their comedy Snatched. They both had the audience laughing, Amy dressed in a tight black and white outfit said, “do I look like a fat girl going to temple?”
The footage shown from Snatched was hilarious and they definitely have a hit on their hands, this is Goldie Hawn’s first film in 14 years.
We then saw footage from The Mountain Between Us starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet about two passengers trying to survive a plane crash in the mountains. Another possible Oscar contender.
Other highlights were Kenneth Branagh introducing, via video message, footage from the star studded film Murder on the Orient Express.
Ridley Scott also via video message introducing unseen Alien: Covenant footage which looked amazing.
To close the show Hugh Jackman took to the stage to introduce The Greatest Showman a musical about the life of P.T Barnum. They screened extended footage from the film. This is without a doubt an Oscar contender. The presentation closed the show with another musical number.
Amazon Studios luncheon
Another lovely lunch, this time for the Amazon Studios presentation.
Charlie Hunnam took the stage to talk about filming The Lost City of Z. We saw some exclusive footage from the film and Charlie told us he lost 30-40 pounds during filming in the Amazon and at one point had a beetle burrow into his ear, which led to a trip to the hospital.
The highlight of the presentation for me was the hilarious routine Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon had to explain their film The Big Sick, which is the real life story of the first year of their relationship. The story touches upon her coma, which as Kumail describes her as walking-talking spoiler alert. Exclusive footage was shown again.
John Cena took the stage to show footage from his film The Wall, directed by Doug Liman.
Near the end of the presentation many of the stars that were present came through the audience handing out candy and posing for selfies. I met everyone that was on stage and took some selfies plus Charlie Hunnam signed a Sons of Anarchy poster for me.
This was the final studio presentation of Cinemacon. It was not as short as Disney but close.
Salma Hayek and co-star Eugenio Derbez took to the stage. They had a comedy routine going to introduce footage from their film How to be a Latin Lover. At one point after Eugenio’s comedy was going on too much, Salma hits Eugenio upside his head and says “this is not Comic Con.”
Awards followed by closing night party
The Cinemacon Big Screen Achievement Awards were next. I did not attend but the star of the year award went to Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam. In addition, many other awards were presented.
The closing night party was sponsored by the Coca Cola Company.
Another lavish affair with open bar again plus tons of different food stations, from Tuna to Prime Rib to Stone Crabs.
Frankie Moreno and his band provided the entertainment. I had to leave my house at 5am to catch a flight to Wondercon in Anaheim. But this band was so good I was still dancing close to midnight. The open bar didn’t hurt either. Well at least not until the next day.
Cinemacon commemorative t-shirts were given to us on the way out.
Why was this the greatest convention I’ve ever been to? I’m a huge movie buff, this convention is a movie lovers holy grail of conventions.
No lines! Free food and drinks! More A list Celebs than any other convention! More exclusive footage than anywhere else!
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has comfortable stadium seating and never reaches the capacity of 4,298.
Hotels that are under $100 and walking distance.
And getting to meet the celebs and of course the swag.