lana wachowski – COX 2008 Sun, 13 Mar 2022 13:33:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 lana wachowski – COX 2008 32 32 The Matrix Resurrections co-producer is suing Warner Bros. for simultaneous output Mon, 07 Feb 2022 22:03:00 +0000

The Village Roadshow is suing Warner Bros. for the simultaneous output of The Matrix Resurrectionsaccording to an exclusive report in The Wall Street Journal (which is hidden behind a paywall). The lawsuit’s main complaint concerns Warner Media chief Jason Kilar’s “Project Popcorn,” a pandemic-era initiative that gave all of Warner Bros. 2021 hits theaters simultaneously on HBO Max for the first 31 days of theatrical release. According to the WSJ report, although Warner Bros. has paid more than $200 million in new talent pay to people in 2021 theater programming, including The small things, The Suicide Squadand Reminiscence; however, those involved in The Matrix Resurrections (at least not Village Roadshow) did not receive the same additional compensation.


the Matrix 4 Co-producer Village Roadshow Entertainment Group filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, alleging that Warner Bros., owned by unit AT&T Inc. Warner Media, the move to simultaneous release in 2021 was a breach of contract. Similar to the lawsuit filed by Scarlett Johansson for the simultaneous release of Black Widowthe lawsuit also alleges that the studio moved the film’s release date to 2021 from 2022 to attract more HBO Max subscribers, depriving the movie company of movie revenue.

The Village Roadshow lawsuit claims that The Matrix Resurrections “performed disappointingly at the box office, garnering only a fraction of the revenue generated by its predecessors.” It’s true. The Matrix Resurrections earned just $38m domestically and $155m, compared to $171m/$469m for The matrix$281 million/$742 million for The Matrix Reloadedand $138 million/$429 million for The matrix revolutionsaccording to Forbes. However, this is not the only thing the court may consider for the trial; they will also examine the film’s performance against other theatrical releases released during the same time period and other films released through a simultaneous release format. The Forbes article also goes over these points in detail, challenging the lawsuit’s assertion that “other films released during the pandemic have performed well at the box office, including”Spider-Man: No Coming Home“, unlike”The Matrix Resurrections“was not released on any streaming platform when it was released in theaters.”

Warner Bros. declares the trial to be “frivolous”

Warner Bros.

Some things shouldn’t be about profit, but about public safety and access. In America and elsewhere in the world, access for disabled, elderly and marginalized people is even a right. These lawsuits cling to a bygone era where COVID-19 is not a constant reality, and as long as the government prioritizes personal choice over public safety, which seems likely given the recent decision by With the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the federal mandate requiring the vaccine for private employers, movie theaters will remain unsafe for people with disabilities.

With 60% of Americans are at high risk and with LGBTQ+ Americans are more susceptible to chronic diseaseAbove all, it seems unjustified to wage this fight with The Matrix Resurrections, a film directed by a trans woman, Lana Wachowski. In the Village Roadshow lawsuit, the company said it co-owned the intellectual property rights to nearly 100 films, and the company paid more than $4.5 billion to Warner Bros. to produce and distribute for 25 years.

“This is a frivolous attempt by Village Roadshow to avoid their contractual commitment to participate in the arbitration we initiated against them last week,” Warner Bros. in a press release. “We have no doubt that this matter will be resolved in our favor.”

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Will there be a sequel to “The Matrix Resurrections”? Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000

The Matrix Resurrections is officially out, both in theaters and on HBO Max. The last The matrix The movie was released in 2003, so it’s been a very long time.

Director Lana Wachowski had a very clear vision in her head for this new installment, but it doesn’t seem like she has any plans for another film in the series. “Who sent this question?” Wachowski joked when the Associated press asked if there was a new trilogy in sight. Finally, she burst out laughing, “No.”

While that seems pretty definitive, the decision won’t necessarily be up to Wackowshi alone; if the costumes of Warner Bros. want another The matrix movie, they could do it with or without it. That said, producer James McTeigue doesn’t seem to have any plans for a follow-up either, although he admits it’s possible. Talk with ColliderMcTeigue explained:

“Look, for us, I think right now it’s just the movie you’ve seen. We don’t have a prequel in mind. We don’t have a sequel in mind. We don’t have a another trilogy.

“But I think the movie also works where it’s really open to audience interpretation, like what happened in those 60 years before they drafted Neo, or Thomas Anderson in Neo. When Neo and Trinity are there at the end, and they’re talking with the analyst, what do they really mean they’re going to change? So I think it’s there, but that’s not is not in our wheelhouse at the moment.

In a series like The matrix, which takes place in an artificial world where just about anything can happen, there will always be a way to tell a new story. The only question is whether there is a will.

The Matrix Resurrections is (probably) not the start of a new trilogy

The writers of The matrix revolutions, David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, seem equally uncertain about a sequel. “Well, we didn’t talk about it,” Hemon told Gizmodo. “It’s definitely too early for us to get involved in this. There are so many things that need to happen. So from now on, that’s it.

Mitchell also weighed in: “That’s the situation as far as I know as well. But of course, who knows what will happen in the future.”

Leaked cameo clip of Fortnite creative director Donald Mustard in ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Fortnite has consistently been on the border of collaborations, bringing influencers to the island. The Matrix Resurrections is the final and fourth film in the long-running series, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning to their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity.

As with every influential movie release, the developers made the Fortnite x Matrix crossover a reality in Chapter 3 Season 1. Users can get items like the Sentinel Glider as freebies during Fortnite’s WinterFest event, while that other items like the Trinity’s Kick emote can be purchased. using V-bucks.

But that’s not all. As a bonus, Fortnite boss Donald Mustard makes a small appearance in The Matrix Resurrections. A recently found clip from the film reveals the creative director sharing the screen with Neo.

Fortnite boss Donald Mustard has a brief role in the new Matrix movie

Fortnite has always been successful in attracting real-life personalities, brands, and characters to the island, but it’s rare to see anyone from the island jumping into the real world. However, fans spotted Donald Mustard in the latest Matrix movie through keen eyes.

A recent tweet from prominent Fortnite leaker HYPEX shows the brief interaction between Donald Mustard and Keanu Reeves (Neo). Readers can check out the tweet below.

As seen in the short video, Donald Mustard can be seen talking to Neo about some sort of issue with the recent software update. This little cameo is an amazing Easter egg for movie buffs and Easter egg hunters.

The mustard cameo in The Matrix Resurrections can probably be attributed to his friendship with Lana Wachowski. But that can’t be the only reason. Over the years, Mustard has created great relationships with different people through his studio and Fortnite.

This isn’t the first time Donald Mustard has shown off his acting skills. Fortnite boss appeared in Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX).

Fans can now watch the fourth installment of the Matrix series either in theaters or streaming on HBO Max.

Holiday Movie Guide: ‘The Matrix 4’, ‘The King’s Man’ and More Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

This holiday weekend, “The Matrix” fans are in luck as the highly anticipated “Resurrections” comes to life on the big screen with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity.

Also headed to theaters is action adventure “The King’s Man”, in which Ralph Fiennes plays a royal pacifist trying to stop an evil cabal’s plot to start a world war.

Are you looking for a family animated film? Look no further than “Sing 2”. The sequel features a parade of Hollywood celebrities, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and more.

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Finally, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “Licorice Pizza”, hypnotizes Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in their first feature film.


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Here’s what to see and skip this weekend.

Movies released this weekend

“The Matrix Resurrections” – Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss; directed by Lana Wachowski

Nearly 22 years after the original movie, “The Matrix,” thrust the sci-fi genre into a whirlwind of jaw-dropping cyberpunk romance, original cast members Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their roles. iconic Thomas Anderson/Neo and Trinity in the highly anticipated fourth installment of “The Matrix” film franchise.

“Resurrections,” directed by Lana Wachowski, transports audiences to a thought-provoking dreamscape with wistful affection for past films, evoking feelings of nostalgia for longtime fans of the popular film series.

The new sci-fi action adventure, filmed primarily in San Francisco, opens with video game phenom Neo (Reeves) living a mundane life as Thomas Anderson in the simulated world known as The Matrix. Meanwhile, Trinity (Moss), now a suburban wife and mother of three, feels trapped in a sphere of illusion. Worse still, she has no memory of Neo.

Back in the real world, computer-generated characters are hot on Neo’s trail, including a new version of Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Apparently, the Matrix world is experiencing major problems, prompting Neo to venture into the virtual realm once again.

From there, the film oscillates between the spheres of illusion and reality, propelling audiences on a dizzyingly fun ride full of surprises, like the splendor of Neo and Trinity’s love story.

See it. The action sequences are extremely entertaining. Plus, the electrifying chemistry between Reeves and Moss is palpable, exuding a passion that brings unbridled romance into their scenes. Tip: Leave your thoughts at home and just enjoy the thrilling escapism the movie brings.

Watch the trailer.

“The King’s Man” – Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Ryhs Ifans; directed by Matthew Vaughn

After a nearly two-year delay due to the pandemic, ‘The King’s Man’ is finally making its theatrical debut, serving as a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s two previous ‘Kingsman’ films: 2014’s ‘The Secret Service’ and ‘The Secret Service’. Golden Circle” of 2017.”

Based on the comic “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the new film stars Ralph Fiennes as the Duke of Oxford, an ultra-wealthy pacifist who, along with his young son Conrad (Harris Dickinson) , founds the Kingsman Agency, a company of British spies dedicated to defending the United Kingdom and other countries against existential threats.

Soon, Oxford uncovers a cabal of villains bent on starting a world war, propelling the Secret Service and Oxford’s loyal allies Shola (Djimon Hounsou) and Polly (Gemma Arterton) into action to stop their evil plan.

Playing fast and loose with the truth, the World War I thriller shows an absurd penchant for altering history, such as the inclusion of Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) in this nefarious group, even though the mad monk was unequivocally opposed. when Russia entered World War I.

While the film isn’t entirely boring and unpleasant, there are times when the story’s ups and downs are wildly uneven in their execution.

To jump. Fiennes’ impressive performance isn’t enough to sustain a film languishing in the preponderance of an overlong mess.

Watch the trailer.

“Sing 2” – Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson; directed by Garth Jennings

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and more Hollywood stars reunite, lending their voices in the sequel.

This time around, koala promoter Buster Moon (McConaughey) tries to bring his musical extravaganza to Redshore City, the entertainment capital of the world.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, as the theater’s owner, the hard-witted wolf, Mr. Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), sets a big condition in stone. He would only allow Buster and his troupe of singers (Witherspoon, Johansson, Egerton and Kelly) to perform in the magnificent arena if Buster could convince lion rock star Clay Calloway (Bono) to come out of retirement.

And so begins Mr. Crystal’s search for the reclusive Calloway.

See it. What emerges at the end is an utterly charming and entertaining film that’s sure to delight the whole family with a catchy eclectic mix of songs and infectious performances.

Watch the trailer.

“Licorice Pizza” – Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy-drama has a slim plot presented in a series of loosely connected episodes, allowing the main characters to shine and bask in their full essence.

Winding like “Licorice Pizza,” the film follows the misadventures of a 15-year-old boy named Gary (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Alana (Alana Haim), a 25-year-old woman. live a hazy life.

Peculiar yet charismatic, the duo’s relationship blossoms into an unlikely romance set in 1973 Los Angeles. Actor à la William Holden (Sean Penn).

By the end, the movie feels and flows like a dream.

See it. Feature neophytes Hoffman and Haim are magnificent in delivering the much-needed authenticity in their roles, while Anderson once again excels with a refreshingly maverick cinematic style.

Watch the trailer.

‘Don’t Look Up’, new ‘Matrix’ and ‘Sing 2’ – Red Deer Advocate Mon, 20 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


– Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos,” a smart and fun showbiz pic that takes audiences behind the curtains of a week-long awkward relationship particularly charged with “I Love Lucy”. None of the stars particularly resemble the icons they portray, and the filmmakers received understandable criticism over casting Bardem, who is Spanish, as Cuban-American, but they seem to capture the spirit of the characters and everyone else. . their fascinating contradictions. “Being the Ricardos” will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Monday.

— It’s hard to believe it’s been 22 years since the red pill/blue pill conundrum entered our lives, but Lana Wachowski has returned to make us question our realities once again with “The Matrix Resurrections”, in theaters and streaming on HBO Max starting Wednesday. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss return as Neo and Trinity in a massive cast that includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci and Priyanka Chopra. And if you need a quick refresher before diving into the fourth installment, the first three are also currently streaming on HBO Max.

– Leonardo DiCaprio leads an all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep in “Don’t Look Up” a doomsday comedy that begins streaming on Netflix on Friday. Directed and co-written by Adam McKay, who also confronted the Cheneys in “Vice” and the financial crisis in “The Big Short,” this allegory of climate change features DiCaprio and Lawrence as scientists who discover a comet the size of of an extinction heading towards Earth. The problem is that no one seems to care.

— Tireless “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda lent eight original songs to Disney’s latest animated charmer, “Encanta”, about a magical Colombian family and a girl who seems to have missed out. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that “‘Encanto’ is a film about the pressure to meet high expectations and the fear of revealing imperfections. They are outcasts and misfits in plain sight. Families who couldn’t make it to the theater to see it over Thanksgiving will have another chance when the film hits Disney+ on Friday, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter


— A posthumous Chuck Berry live album is being released this Christmas for digital download. “Live from Blueberry Hill” is taken from performances recorded between July 2005 and January 2006 at the Blueberry Hill cafe in St. Louis, one of Berry’s favorite places to perform. The album features Berry ripping through classics like “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, and “Johnny B. Goode”. Other songs from the live album include “Rock and Roll Music”, “Let It Rock”, “Carol/Little Queenie”, “Around and Around”, “Nadine” and “Mean Old World”.

– New music from U2 is included in the animation soundtrack “Sing 2” which opens Wednesday. The sequel to the film – which features band singer and songwriter Bono voicing a character called Clay Calloway – also features Billie Eilish’s “bad guy”, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and Scarlett Johansson singing “Stuck In a Moment You Can” by U2. don’t get out of. Taron Egerton covers “A Sky Full of Stars” and Halsey tackles “Could Have Been Me” by The Struts. Another U2 song – “Where the Streets Have No Name” – features Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll.

– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer


TCM is in marathon mode, streaming holiday movies — or those with enough spirit to count — nonstop this week until Christmas Day. Among the headliners: 1944’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” (8 p.m. EST Tuesday), featuring Judy Garland’s timeless version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; 1940s “The Shop Around the Corner” (2:00 p.m. EST Friday), featuring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart in a romance so enduring it’s been remade twice, including 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail” ; and 1947’s “The Bishop’s Wife,” starring Cary Grant as a well-dressed angel sent to aid David Niven and his wife Loretta Young (8 p.m. EST Friday).

– Tune in to the Kennedy Center Honorees, stay for the impressive line-up of actors, singers and comedians on hand to salute their contributions to American culture. In the spotlight for the 44th edition “Kennedy Centers Honors” are opera singer Justino Díaz; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live”; actress-singer Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Among those paying tribute are Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Martin, Chita Rivera and Stevie Wonder. The two-hour special airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

— In the grand tradition of British ghost stories, Christmas comes “The Mezzotint” debuts Friday on the BritBox streaming service. Rory Kinnear stars as the curator of the university museum, Mr. Williams, who receives an engraved image that appears to simply show a country house at night. But is there a figure in the corner, one that keeps moving, and is there a scary story behind it? Yes of course! If you want to whet your appetite for the half-hour special adapted by actor-writer Mark Gatiss from a short story by MR James, BritBox has a host of equally chilling British tales from the 1970s and beyond. , starting Monday.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer


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]]> Keanu Reeves is back in Toronto for the Canadian premiere of ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Canadian Keanu Reeves said: ‘It’s always nice to be back’ as he returned to Toronto on Thursday night to walk the black carpet for the Canadian premiere of ‘The Matrix Resurrections’.

Reeves, who looked sharp in a black suit, surprised fans in multiple auditoriums at the Cineplex Scotiabank Theater and expressed his gratitude for Canada’s continued love and support of “The Matrix.”

Born in Beirut and raised in Toronto, the actor said in an interview, “It’s always nice to be back, and tonight people are going to see ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ and I hope they like it. ‘will like.”

The Scotiabank Theater has been transformed into a different look with an iconic green digital rain symbolizing the computer coding made famous by ‘The Matrix’ franchise, an effect that was achieved through high definition projection mapping. Once inside, as fans ascended the theater’s massive escalators and stairs, green rain continued to pour down screens and surfaces. It made fans feel like they were back in “The Matrix.”

According to a press release from Warner Bros. Canada, it was the first time that Cineplex had allowed a full takeover of the theater by a film studio and it was the first event to show simultaneous screenings of a film on all 14 screens of the Scotiabank Theater Toronto. .

“The Matrix Resurrections” is the fourth film in the franchise, bringing back fan-favorite characters Neo (Reeves) and Trinity, played by Carrie Anne-Moss, 18 years after the last film, “The Matrix Revolutions”, in 2003. Co -written and directed by Lana Wachowski, the film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Christina Ricci.

“The Matrix Resurrections” hits theaters across Canada on December 22

Epic’s Matrix demo promises photorealistic video game graphics Mon, 13 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Epic Games is using an impressive new demo in the world of The Matrix to promote its business and make the case that photorealistic video games are within reach.

Why is this important: Long before Fortnite made Epic the behemoth it is today, the company’s Unreal Engine game development technology greatly influenced how games were made and what they looked like.

  • The company’s new demo, dubbed The matrix awakensconsists of a non-interactive sequence featuring mostly digital versions of actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, followed by a playable car chase and the chance to explore a huge city.
  • It was all done using Epic’s upcoming Unreal Engine 5, with its narrative written and directed by Matrix architect Lana Wachowski.
  • The demo city is a mix of crafted assets and procedural generation. Epic designers created the visuals, drew the city perimeter, initial network and freeway, and set the zoning and traffic parameters. The engine then made the city playable, down to placing its thousands of cars and pedestrians and all of its traffic lights.

Between the lines: The demo is designed to show what is possible on the new consoles.

  • The studio had shown a Head-turning UE5 demo in mid-2020, but had not released it as a publicly playable version. This time the demo is playable for free on PS5 and Xbox Series consoles, it proved that it doesn’t use special hardware.
  • Epic’s chief technology officer, Kim Libreri, told Axios that the mighty PS5 and Xbox Series X are running the demo well. “There are some things about one console that are better than our other console, but overall it’s pretty much the same experience.” Running it on the weaker Series S “was a little scary,” he said, but it works well there too.

Epic wants Matrix Awakens to show where graphics can go.

  • “We’re basically trying to weed out the weird vale of plausibility when it comes to characters and environment,” he said, arguing that the graphics of a future metaverse can be more than the popular cartoonish avatars. today.

The bottom line: Libreri insists Awakens isn’t too promising a ride.

  • He acknowledges that compromises might be needed to achieve higher frame rates than the demo’s target of 30.
  • But he also noted that the demo does things like simulating every part of the city at once — even the parts the player can’t see — as exceeding what game developers would need.
  • “I’m absolutely confident that we’ll see games of this level of fidelity running on Gen Five consoles within this console generation,” he said.

What’s newt:Epic will release all demo content for free to developers next year, except for the digital versions of the famous actors.

  • This means other creators will be able to build new things in Epic’s Matrix City, minus, officially, the Matrix.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify that Kim Libreri has stated that the Matrix Awakens demo works well on Series S as well.

WB QR Code Contest Offers Trips to Canadian Premiere of The Matrix Resurrections Starring Keanu Reeves Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000

In a movement worthy of the digital world of The matrixWarner Bros. launched a QR code contest that offers a chance to win a trip to the Canadian premiere of Matrix resurrections.

Notably, the premiere, which will take place on December 16 at 7 p.m. ET at the Scotiabank Theater in Toronto, will feature Canadians The matrix stars Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) in attendance. It’s also a week before the film opens to the general public on December 22.

Seven winners will be chosen from cities outside the Greater Toronto Area, who will be flown to Toronto and hosted at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Meanwhile, 25 winners closer to Toronto will receive a pair of tickets to the premiere.

To enter, Canadians can go to select locations across the country to scan special film-branded QR codes that will allow them to enter the contest. This one will be available from November 26 to December 5. See below for the full list of participating locations:

All GameStop locations will also have posters with QR codes across the country. Warner Bros. says most of them are already available, although some in Quebec may not be until December 4.

Additionally, fans will still be able to scan QR codes between December 6 and December 20 to win IMAX passes for The Matrix Resurrections once it opens wide on the 22nd.

Co-Written and Directed by Original The matrix trilogy co-director Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections sees Neo and Trinity return once more to the Matrix.

Source: Warner Bros Canada

CinemaCon 2021 Ranking Previews: Matrix, Jurassic, Ghostbusters Mon, 30 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Jason Reitman and his father Ivan talk onstage at CinemaCon 2021.

Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman talk onstage during CinemaCon 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo: David Becker (Getty Images)

Last week, io9 was on the ground in Las Vegas to CinemaCon 2021, a convention for movie theater owners. Basically, it’s a week for movie studios and tech companies to bring these people excited for what’s to come, both on and around the screen. Every year the studios bring exclusive footage and presentations and although we haven’t been anywhere in a while, with the required vaccinations and fully masked attendance, we decided to check it out. Today we rank our favorite moments.

What was previewed at CinemaCon 2021?

CinemaCon 2021 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

CinemaCon 2021 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Photo: David Becker (Getty Images)

13. Unexplored preview

Sony has unveiled some quick shots of its upcoming adaptation of the Unexplored video game. You can read about it here. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, the film is set to be released on February 18, 2022.

12. 10 minutes from no time to die

We saw an extended 10-minute clip from the long-awaited James Bond film No time to die, starring Daniel Craig and slated for release in the United States on October 8. It was action packed to the max. Read about it here.

11. Samaritan trailer

Next summer, Sylvester Stallone will star in samaratin as Samaratin, a former superhero who retires and is forced back into acting. A trailer was shown which had a very gritty feel. Highlights included Stallone running through bullets with a huge hammer and getting hit by a car, only to heal fully while lying on the ground. This one could be very cool when it opens next August.

10. A New Look at DC The Batman

There weren’t many new images of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, mostly just a rerun of the first trailer from last year (seen above), but scattered among a few new shots were quotes from writer-director Matt Reeves saying he thinks that it’s the most moving Batman movie of all time. It will be released on March 4, 2022.

9. More halloween kills

After the first trailer for halloween kills, I don’t want to see anything anymore. It gives so much. And yet, new footage showed up at CinemaCon that was even better and, somehow, even more spoiled. He really focused on how, in this movie, the whole town comes together to take down Michael, led by his former victims. The sequence ended with someone (possibly Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) desperately trying to rip off Michael’s mask. halloween kills releases October 15.

8. A First Look at The man from the north

Robert Eggers is one hell of a filmmaker. The witch. Lighthouse. And his new movie, The man from the north, which is about the Vikings. It won’t be out until next year, but it looks like it might top them both. CinemaCon saw the first images of the film and the best way to describe it was The witch meets Brave Heart. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Anya Taylor-Joy, among others, and will open April 8, 2022.

7. The black phone is revealed

The latest film from the team behind Claim stars Ethan Hawke and is based on a story by Joe Hill. It comes out next year and we dive into the details at this link.

6. Jurassic World: Dominion unleashed

IMAX audiences saw the opening of Jurassic World: Dominionreleased next year, but CinemaCon showed even more footage that looked like a jurassic park crossover film with Indiana Jones, James Bond and Jason Bourne. Read our article here. The film, which unites jurassic world stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with jurassic park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, roars into theaters June 10, 2022.

5. The opening of Top Gun Maverick

Top Gun Maverick isn’t really an io9 movie but I don’t care, I have to tell you about it. Paramount showed the first 10–15 minutes of the film, which included the opening credits and the first scene. As an irreducible, long-time Superior gun fan, I think it was perfect. The opening credits are exactly like the original. The text, the font, the music, “Danger Zone,” then the movie enters its first scene with Maverick (Tom Cruise) piloting a Mach 10 supersonic jet and then mistaken for an alien. Oh, hey, maybe East an io9 movie! maverick opens November 19.

4. An epic mission impossible 7 to delay

Speaking of Tom Cruisehe can apparently fly even without one of these Superior gun Airplanes. Or at least it will appear so when mission impossible 7 opens next summer. Paramount has shown video of Cruise attempting his latest and greatest stunt for the action franchise which involves riding a motorcycle off a cliff, in free fall, and then firing a parachute. IM: 7 brings back Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby, among others, and you can read many more details about the waterfall here.

3. Spider-Man: No Coming Home Trailer

These are just images of this listing that have been made public, which is why it’s a few slots below the following two things. You can check out the Sony/Marvel trailer above if you missed it and check out our detailed breakdown here. No coming home stars Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya and more, and opens December 17.

2. The Matrix Resurrections

CinemaCon didn’t just see the title’s first official confirmation at the upcoming fourth Matrix movie, but a screening of the first sequence, which has a lot in common with the 1999 original. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, it’s titled The Matrix Resurrections and it stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, and more. It opens on December 22 and you can read all about the pictures here.

1. All of Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Sony Pictures surprised everyone at CinemaCon by screening, in its entirety, the highly anticipated November Ghostbusters: the afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman and starring McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard. Seeing a movie I’m super excited for — three months early (it opens Nov. 11) and completely spoiler-free — was nothing short of magical. I’m not allowed to say much more than that but you can read some general reactions here.

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