Published on August 27th, 2021 | by Michael Newman0
Cinemacon Day 4
Cinemacon Day 4 brings Cinemacon 2021 to an end, and as always the show doesn’t slow down. Paramount pictures was the first show on the agenda and as always brought some of the biggest and best it has to offer. The show began with a message from Tom Cruise and a behind the scenes look at the biggest stunt in Mission Impossible history. Tom Cruise jumping a motor cycle off a cliff and base jumping to the bottom, just another day in the life of Tom Cruise. For those who aren’t aware he perfroms (and designs) his own stunt in the MI series. He’s intense, and practices each and every one so there is zero room for error.
He’s amazing in person, and just as amazing on the big screen. It’s unfortunate he couldn’t be at the show in person, but what he and the paramount team put together is always truly spectacular.
Next up was the first 18 minutes of Top Gun Maverick I won’t give anything away, but I will say it gave me goosebumps and for a moment I thought I was a kid again seeing it for the first time in a theater in Colorado Springs, CO. with my sister. I can’t wait for the final version to be released on the big screen.
Paramount ended the show with the first public screening of Clifford The Big Red Dog. It’s amazing to see a childhood favorite of mine come to life on the big screen. I can’t say anything about it, other that it’s sure to delight the entire family when it’s released.
The final show for Cinemacon 2021 was Lionsgate. A studio known for its mix of genre defining films 2021 and 2022 look to be another shining schedule.
American Underdog an upcoming true story based on the life of NFL legend Kurt Warner. American Underdog shows how having faith in yourself and believing you can achieve your dreams no matter where you are can lead to incredible things. Featuring Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin and screen legend Dennis Quaid, releasing December 25, 2021.
The Unbreakable Boy, a heart-warming story of an autistic boy who also suffers from brittle bone disease. Showing how someone who seems so fragile, might just be stronger then all those around him. Zachary Levi plays the role of his father, who sees his challenges, but how his son never loses a smile regardless of the odds stacked against him.
Moonfall, which appears to be a cinematic master piece, directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day). This action/sci-fi adventure featuring Patrick Wilson, Eme Ikwuakor and Halle Berry begins with a US space shuttle and its crew, attacked by something which appears to be coming from the moon itself.
Neil Patrick Harris introduces us to the next upcoming film featuring Nicholas Cage as himself in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. It looks to be a highly entertaining romp through the many iconic roles of Nicolas Cage by the only man who can pull it out…himself.
The Devil’s Light, is a psychological thriller about a nun who must assist in the performance of an exorcism. This “true events” story, has all the thrills and chills one would expect in a film such as this. Jacqueline Byers stars as Sister Ann, the main character who we see entering a highly secure room only to be bombarded with various voices as a hand covers her mouth.
Finally we were shown a sizzle-reel, not only of the above films, but also the upcoming John Wick 4, Borderlands, and Shotgun wedding (featuring Jennifer Lopez). I had some reservations about the Borderlands movie, but from the very short amount that was shown, I’ll say that I am now absolutely excited about it.
Cinemacon always put on an amazing show, and given the challenges with delta virus, I don’t believe they could have made it any safer for the attendees. While it certainly felt different with no stars in attendance this year, much of what makes Cinemacon special was still present. Afterall, its about the studio’s assurance and commitment to the big screen. While many of the studios took shots at those who failed to live up to those promises, the very same ones committed to their return. Looking forward to Cinemacon 2022.