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Sony Pictures took a decidedly different approach to their CinemaCon presentation this year than the other studios before them, pretty much leaving all their talent at home, giving attendees cocktails and hor d'oeuvres for an hour before sitting them down for a tight 50-minute presentation of footage from their 2012 film slate. We're going to go through each of the movies and share some of our thoughts with only a couple cases where we'll do full play-by-plays of the footage.

One of the more fascinating movies showcased during Disney's lengthy CinemaCon presentation was for the latest CG-animated movie from Disney Animation, Wreck-It Ralph, directed by Rich Moore, who has been involved with "The Simpsons" and "Futurama." It's a movie that delves into the world of video games and shows the lives of the characters in them.

Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is no stranger to vampires and the supernatural, having first gotten acclaim here in the States for his Russian blockbusters Night Watch and Day Watch. After directing Universal's action hit Wanted a few years back, Bekmambetov is back this summer with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, and going by the title alone, this is clearly not the typical, traditional vampire movie anyone has come to expect over the last few years.

Earlier this week, Paramount Pictures released the newest trailer for director Jon Chu's upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which you can watch here, and a new international trailer also just premiered, but had a chance to see quite a bit more footage from the movie, both as part of Paramount's CinemaCon Opening Night presentation and in a special five-minute sizzle reel put together for press, shown to us on Sunday night.

There was a lot of anticipation for today's Warner Bros. presentation, because every year, they really seem to bring their A-game, and coming off the enormous hit of last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, they got to do their presentation earlier in the week as part of the Opening Day Ceremony. Much of the excitement came from the knowledge that director Christopher Nolan would be bringing something for The Dark Knight Rises to the presentation, since he's always had a lot of respect for exhibitors and theater owners. Also, the buzz broke out earlier in the week that Peter Jackson would show ten minutes of his upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D at a higher frame rate of 48 frames per second, nearly double what's considered the standard.

The lengthy Disney presentation at CinemaCon may still be going on, but it started off with the Marvel Studios presentation and President of Production Kevin Feige talking about the studio's upcoming slate. For next year's Iron Man 3, they showed a brief sizzle reel, which obviously didn't have any new footage (because they only start shooting in three weeks), but it did have a few soundbites from writer/director Shane Black talking about the direction of the movie.

Disney•Pixar has just updated on a number of project at today's CinemaCon presentation:

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was in Las Vegas this week to take part in Paramount's CinemaCon presentation and help them to pimp G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and had a chance to catch up with him on the red carpet before he was presented with CinemaCon's "Action Star of the Decade" award and ask about working with director MIchael Bay on his crime drama Pain and Gain and Johnson gave us a great quote on the movie.

One of the biggest surprises at Paramount's CinemaCon presentation was when they decided to show some of the first footage from Tom Cruise's upcoming stint as Lee Child's popular crime novel character Jack Reacher, who has appeared in sixteen books to date. For a long time, the movie was called One Shot, the title of Child's ninth Jack Reacher book, but those words were never to be said or seen during the presentation, so there's a good chance the movie is now merely called "Jack Reacher." Or maybe they're still trying to figure that out.

At the press line before Paramount's CinemaCon presentation, had a chance to talk with superstar producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about G.I. Joe: Retaliation and before he was whisked away, we quickly asked him about some of the other projects he had in the works including Red 2. One long-in-development he's excited about finally making happen is the Untitled Jack Ryan Project, starring Chris Pine, which he hopes to start shooting in September, presumably with Kenneth Branagh (Thor) who has been in negotiations to director.

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