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CinemaCon: Sony Pictures Previews 2013 and Beyond

Source:   Silas Lesnick
April 17, 2013


Proudly coming out of its biggest year ever (having grossed $4.4 billion in 2012), Sony Pictures took to the CinemaCon stage and previewed its full 2013 slate (and teased a few 2014 releases as well). Rather than show off full scenes, the presentation opted to showcase trailers instead.

Opening with Grown Ups 2, Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, David Spade and Kevin James came on stage to promote the July 12 release with Sandler promising Hayek a Ferrari if the sequel is as successful as the 2010 original. No new footage was shown, but you can check out the film's trailer by clicking here.

Next up, The Smurfs 2 debuted a new trailer, building on the one that debuted in December. New shots included Brendan Gleeson's Victor getting magically turned into a duck and Hank Azaria's Gargamel on stage with a 50-foot version of his cat, Azrael.

Screen Gem's break dancing competition film Battle of the Year then showcased a new trailer. Starring Josh Holloway, Chris Brown, Laz Alonso and Josh Peck, it's set for release in 3D on September 12.

Following that was M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth with a trailer you can check out by clicking here. Starring Will and Jaden Smith, it hits theaters June 7.

Neill Blomkamp's Elysium revealed an extended trailer that incorporated a lot of the footage revealed last week. You can also check out the first trailer for the August 9 release right here.

Roland Emmerich's White House Down then offered its own extended trailer, incorporating a lot of the new footage previewed in New York's recent presentation. You can read about it and watch the first trailer by clicking here.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, arriving August 23, also offered up its recent trailer, which you can watch here. Likewise for Morgan Spurlock's One Direction, arriving August 30, Kimberly Peirce's Carrie, hitting theaters October 18, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, arriving September 27. You can check out the trailers for all three here, here and here, respectively.

Revealed for the very first time was the trailer for Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as the heroic survivor of a brutal Somali pirate hijacking in 2009. The trailer reveals the beginnings of the story, showing Phillips' boat getting seized and him being held at gunpoint. Hitting theaters October 11, look for the trailer to make its way online in the not-too-distant future.

The historical epic Stalingrad also debuted a trailer. Playing without any dialogue, the piece plays up the film's World War II setting which will play on the big screen in 3D and will also be screened at IMAX theaters.

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's This is the End then offered even more than was shown at WonderCon, particularly playing up some of the apocalyptic creatures that rise as the world begins to end. Fans can expect zombies, demons and a giant fiery monster akin to a Balrog. There was also an extended sequence where James Franco and Danny McBride enter into a shouting match over the misuse of Franco's porn magazine.

David O. Russell's just-titled American Hustle offered a very brief tease, showcasing actors Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner in '70s garb. Fans of the Ben Affleck's Argo should be very pleased with the look of this one. The film hits limited theaters December 13 and expands everywhere Christmas Day.

The Monuments Men similarly offered very brief flashes of some of the stars (including George Clooney himself, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin and John Goodman), but also received a special video message from Clooney and his co-screenwriter Grant Heslov. On set in a snowy wood, Clooney jokingly refers to the CinemaCon crowd as Comic-Con and both men proudly clutched their respective Oscars.

Finishing out the presentation was a tease of what's to come in 2014, including a teaser for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unfortunately, the teaser didn't contain any actual footage but, instead, revealed the logo amid shots of webs, similar to the first film's opening credits.


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