Hollywood A-listers Take Over 2018 CinemaCon

April 26, 2018

All of the major Hollywood studios (and a few up and comers and indies) descended on Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for one week beginning on April 23 for CinemaCon, where they showed theater owners and press what they have in store for the remainder of the year and part of next year via a parade of stars and exclusive footage.

It was also a place for studio executives and other industry leaders to try and soothe any concerns about ongoing instability at the box office as Hollywood heads into the summer season, which began with the debut of Avengers: Infinity War on April 27.

Highlights of the four-day gathering in Las Vegas included Charles Rivkin’s first CinemaCon speech as chief of the Motion Picture Association of America. He was among a slew of industry notables on hand Wednesday night to fete Tom Cruise who received the Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year Award, an honor generally reserved for executives. (Cruise is only the second movie star to be named Pioneer of the Year, following Bob Hope in 1980).

Tom Cruise 2018 CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award

Jodie Foster Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award

After Tom Cruise, the most memorable moment of CinemaCon 2018 was being able to talk to Jodie Foster, who was there to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.

One of the most memorable things that she revealed was that on the night she was at the Oscars for being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Taxi Driver (1977), she got hives. “The minute that the presenter began to say my name, when he said Jo, I began to break out in hives. I was actually glad that I didn’t win, because I wouldn’t have known what to do.”

Jodie Foster 2018 Cinemacon

Warner Bros at CinemaCon 2018

At CinemaCon, Warner Bros. revealed more about its live action/CG retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, which it has now titled Mowgli and set to open Oct. 19. Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories was also the subject of Disney’s Jon Favreau-directed The Jungle Book, which was a critical and financial success when it opened in 2016, earning $966.6 million worldwide as well as collecting strong reviews and an Oscar for its visual effects. Disney also is planning a sequel, though Favreau is currently busy directing his next feature, Disney’s The Lion King.

Warners’ film will return audiences to the Indian jungle. Directed by multihyphenate Andy Serkis (a master of performance capture, he also plays Baloo), it features a cast that includes Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett. Debuting the first footage from the film, Serkis said that this is a darker film version of the material.

Mowgli was originally titled Jungle Book: Origins, and had a fall 2016 release penciled in. But with frequent comparison to the Favreau film while both were in production, the release date was moved, and last December, it was confirmed that the title would be Mowgli, further differentiating it from the Disney film.

Mowgli CinemaCon 2018 photo

Warner Bros. takes the cake for trotting out the most stars, but giving the press the least amount of access to them.

CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros stars

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard introduced footage from the upcoming Aquaman movie.

Amber Heard and Jason Momoa at CinemaCon 2018 for Aquaman

Save for Helena Bonham-Carter and Rihanna, the rest of the Ocean’s 8 top billed cast, including Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Oscar winners Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway, introduced footage from the fourth film in the rebooted franchise.

Oceans 8 CinemaCon 2018

Melissa McCarthy couldn’t have been happier to introduce a clip from her 2018 summer comedy, Life of the Party.

Melissa McCarthy Life of the Party 2018 CinemaCon

 Common, Zendaya and Channing Tatum introduce their animated film Smallfoot, which arrives in theaters this fall.

Smallfoot 2018 CinemaCon Zendaya and Channing Tatum

The cast of Tag unite onstage to introduce a new trailer from the film arriving in theaters this summer.

Tag CinemaCon 2018

Paramount Pictures at CinemaCon 2018.

Tom Cruise and the rest of the headlining cast of the upcoming Mission: Impossible Fallout movie, introduced exclusive footage from the film.

Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg introduce Mission Impossible at 2018 CinemaCon

John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld bring CinemaCon an exclusive clip from Bumblebee, a new movie in the Transformers franchise, in theaters this Christmas.

John Cena and Hailey Steinfeld introduce Bumblebee

Walt Disney Pictures at CinemaCon 2018.

The most spectacular footage from CinemaCon 2018 was that of the upcoming live action version of Dumbo, in theaters in 2019. None of the film’s cast was there. But, boy, were the images and clip shown memorable.

Dumbo 2019 Cast

Dumbo poster

Dumbo still

Lionsgate at CinemaCon 2018.

For Lionsgate, Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick appeared on stage to show the audience how to make a perfect martini, in conjunction with releasing footage of their upcoming movie A Simple Favour, that seems reminiscent of Gone Girl.

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick at CinemaCon 2018

Also appearing to promote their Robin Hood, Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton.

Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx at 2018 CinemaCon

STX at CinemaCon 2018.

Among the movies that STX trotted out on stage during their presentation, Mile 22, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, their fourth collaboration. And the movie Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg CinemaCon 2018

The stars and director of each film appeared to present footage from each film.

Adrift movie at CinemaCon 2018

Amazon Studios at CinemaCon 2018.

Amazon Studios might be one of the newest threats in Hollywood, but they introduced Luca Guadagnino, director of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominee Call Me By Your Name. His upcoming film is the remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria and features Dakota Johnson in the lead. The clip they showed both revolted and wowed the audience watching.

Luca Guadagnino and Dakota Johnson Suspiria

Universal Pictures at CinemaCon 2018.

M Night Shyamalan introduces footage from the 2019 movie Glass, a merging and sequel of Split and Unbreakable.

M Night Shyamalan and James McAvoy at 2018 Cinemacon

And Eli Roth and Jack Black introduce footage from The House With A Clock In Its Walls.

House With The Clock In Its Walls

Focus Features at CinemaCon 2018.

Focus Features has been one of the most prolific at the Oscars every year since their inception. Think Brokeback Mountain, Phantom Thread, Darkest Hour, and on and on. Next Oscars will be no different. The studio, with the help of Lisa Bunnell, President of Domestic Distribution, unleashed a slew of clips and brought out endless talent, including Lucas Hedges, from the upcoming movie Boy Erased, which is based on the Best Selling book of the same name. And Saoirse Ronan from her upcoming movie  Mary Queen of Scots.

Lucas Hedges Boy Erased

Saoirse Ronan and Joel Edgerton at 2018 CinemaCon

20th Century Fox at CinemaCon 2018.

20th Century Fox presented footage from their film The Hate U Give (short for THUG) and brought out Amandla Stenberg. And Rami Malek from their Christmas release Bohemian Rhapsody, about the life of Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

The Hate You Give 2018 CinemaCon

Rami Malek and Graham King 2018 CinemaCon

Columbia Pictures at CinemaCon 2018.

Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams introduce an exclusive clip from the R-Rated Venom, in theaters this fall.

Tom Hardy Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams at CinemaCon 2018 for Venom

Amy Pascal, Fede Alvarez and Claire Foy backstage before a clip from The Girl In The Spider’s Web debuts.

The Girl In The Spiders Web 2018 CinemaCon

Will Ferrell introduces a clip from the the Christmas action comedy Holmes and Watson.

Holmes and Watson 2018 CinemaCon

The cast and director of Superfly introduce the remake onstage.

Superfly 2018 CinemaCon

The star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and director, Quentin Tarantino, of the 2019 theatrical release Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a story based on the last days of Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson, make a surprise appearance.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino Leonardo DiCaprio 2018 CinemaCon

CinemaCon 2018 Live from Las Vegas

Hollywood A-listers Take Over 2018 CinemaCon


Hollywood A-listers Take Over 2018 CinemaCon



Hollywood A-listers Take Over 2018 CinemaCon Posters and Photos

  • Jodie Foster 2018 Cinemacon
  • The Hate You Give 2018 CinemaCon
  • Rami Malek and Graham King 2018 CinemaCon
  • House With The Clock In Its Walls
  • M Night Shyamalan and James McAvoy at 2018 Cinemacon
  • Saoirse Ronan and Joel Edgerton at 2018 CinemaCon
  • Lucas Hedges Boy Erased
  • Luca Guadagnino and Dakota Johnson Suspiria
  • Dumbo 2019 Cast
  • John Cena and Hailey Steinfeld introduce Bumblebee
  • Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg introduce Mission Impossible at 2018 CinemaCon
  • Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick at CinemaCon 2018
  • Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx at 2018 CinemaCon
  • Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg CinemaCon 2018
  • Adrift movie at CinemaCon 2018
  • Superfly 2018 CinemaCon
  • The Girl In The Spiders Web 2018 CinemaCon
  • Holmes and Watson 2018 CinemaCon
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino Leonardo DiCaprio 2018 CinemaCon
  • Tom Hardy Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams at CinemaCon 2018 for Venom
  • Tag CinemaCon 2018
  • Smallfoot 2018 CinemaCon Zendaya and Channing Tatum
  • Tom Cruise 2018 CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award
  • Melissa McCarthy Life of the Party 2018 CinemaCon
  • Oceans 8 CinemaCon 2018
  • CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros stars
  • Amber Heard and Jason Momoa at CinemaCon 2018 for Aquaman
  • Mowgli CinemaCon 2018 photo