The dozens of displays lined up in the halls of Caesars Palace make walking around during CinemaCon a treat for any film enthusiast. The convention focuses a lot of attention on the summer slate, and there's plenty of promotion for such high-profile releases as The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall and Ted. A handful of fall releases such as The Hobbit and Les Miserables also have a presence at the event.
Here are a few shots of some of this year's displays:
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Sylvester Stallone will receive the "CinemaCon® Career Achievement Award," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Stallone will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Sylvester Stallone has proven himself time and time again to be a prolific actor, writer and director over the years," says Neuhauser. "Throughout his incredible career spanning nearly 40 years, Sylvester has established his ability to continually captivate his audiences. We are very thrilled to acknowledge his remarkable career by honoring him with our ‘CinemaCon® Career Achievement Award.'"
Stallone can next be seen in Liongate's highly anticipated sequel, "The Expendables 2." On August 17, 2012, the star-studded cast is back when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney (Stallone) and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time. Joining Stallone are the newest cast members Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins, martial arts legends Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Dame, and Chinese actress Yu Nan as the first female Expendable. Reprising actors include Stallone, Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture.
Stallone, the only actor to open a number one box office hit across five decades, escalated to icon status with his stunning portrayal of prize fighter Rocky Balboa in the seminal motion picture "Rocky." The film grew to a franchise of five sequels that ended in 2006 when Stallone concluded the series with "Rocky Balboa," a critical and audience success which resolutely confirmed both Stallone and Rocky as iconic cultural symbols. In addition to his most recent release, "The Expendables," Stallone has written, directed and starred in "Rambo," "Rocky II" and "Paradise Alley." As actor and co-writer, Stallone filmed "F.I.S.T.," "First Blood," "Rambo: First Blood Part II" and "Rambo III." He co-wrote, directed and produced "Staying Alive," and starred in "Nighthawks," "Victory," "Tango & Cash," "Cop Land," "Demolition Man" and "Lock Up." Stallone has also appeared in other films such as "Get Carter," "Driven" and "Avenging Angelo." He is presently filming a starring role in "The Tomb."
Grosses for April 20-22, 2012:
Battleship: $58.4 million from 9,038 locations in 50 territories. International cume = $129.6 million
The Hunger Games: $13 million. International cume = $215.8 million
American Reunion: $9.5 million from 2,942 locations in 37 territories. International cume = $56 million
Wrath of the Titans: $8 million from 62 territories. International cume = $201 million
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: $7.8 million from 4,580 locations in 46 markets. International cume = $55.9 million
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $5.1 million from 3,298 locations in 49 territories. International cume = $83.3 million
The Lucky One: $3.8 million from 545 locations. International cume = $3.8 million
21 Jump Street: $3.1 million from 1,220 locations in 23 markets. International cume = $39.5 million
Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that due to overwhelming demand, The Hunger Games will return to more than 100 IMAX® digital theatres across North America on April 27. The film will play for a one-week special return engagement through May 3.
The Hunger Games has grossed over $533 million globally since its launch on March 23, including $13.2 million generated from IMAX theatres in its original one week run.
"It's wonderful that so many fans have expressed interest in seeing The Hunger Games in the immersive IMAX format, and many of these are repeat viewers," said Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group Co-Chair Rob Friedman, adding " We're delighted that IMAX has been able to accommodate them through this special one week re-engagement."
"The Hunger Games has become a cultural phenomenon and we are thrilled to provide moviegoers with another opportunity to see this year's most successful film in IMAX," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.
The IMAX release of The Hunger Games has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Download the new IMAX poster at: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Hunger_Games/WUD_1Sht_KatnissImaxRtrn_P2_VF.JPG.zip
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.IMAX.com.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Golden Globe®-winning actress Jennifer Garner will receive the "CinemaCon Female Star of the Year Award," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Garner will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Jennifer Garner has conquered both small and big screens alike with her stunning and captivating performances," noted Neuhauser. "She can epitomize the all-American girl, but can also pack the punch of a tough action hero. Her versatility and remarkable ability to entertain audiences of all ages is impressive, and we could not be more excited to honor her with the ‘CinemaCon Female Star of the Year Award.'"
Garner can next be seen in Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," which will be released on August 15, 2012. The film is an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim - and their small town of Stanleyville - learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts. Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Peter Hedges directed the "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" and also wrote the screenplay from a story by Ahmet Zappa.
Garner can also be seen in the upcoming Weinstein Company project "Butter," which she also produced. Written by the up-and-coming writer Jason Micallef, the film is slated for an October 5, 2012 release date.
Over the years, Garner has cultivated a respectable acting career and has been recognized for her numerous achievements. Her portrayal of CIA double-agent Sydney Bristow in the hit show "Alias" earned her a Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild Award® and People's Choice Award. She was also nominated four times for an Emmy®, four times for a Golden Globe and twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role. Garner's film credits include: "Arthur," "Valentine's Day," "The Invention of Lying," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Juno," "The Kingdom," "Catch and Release," "13 Going On 30," "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Dude Where's My Car?" and "Pearl Harbor."