LAS VEGAS --Lionsgate brought a ton of talent to the stage at the final presentation of CinemaCon.
Kevin Hart was a playful master of ceremonies at the event at Caesars Palace. The presentation included the debut of Lionsgate’s animated logo, appearances by Liam Hemswoth, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Harrison Ford and Joss Whedon, and new footage from The Escape Plan and the highly anticipated sci-fi film Ender’s Game.
“You all can do better than that. Stop being racist. Clap your friends, people,” he said when he took the stage.
Hart, whose film Let Me Explain comes out July 3, was quick to loosen up the crowd with plenty of jokes, plugging his own film over and over.
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“I bought this suit yesterday, very expensive suit. You know how I can buy it? Because I’m very successful,” he joked.
Hart then introduced Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, who announced that they’ve struck a deal for Hart’s next project, which will be called Quick & Easy.
“The one point that was quick and easy to agree upon is that Kevin should have his own driver,” Feltheimer said, alluding to Hart’s recent DUI charge.
Feltheimer then gave the audience the first look at Lionsgate’s new animated logo.
Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher also came onto the stage to introduce a trailer from Now You See Me, hitting theaters May 31. The film follows a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists.
A new trailer for Escape Plan, the prison-set action film starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, debuted, with the former California governor sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and the two participating in plenty of explosive work and fighting.
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Whedon also appeared onstage to plug his black-and-white film Much Ado About Nothing, which hits theaters on June 7,
“Nothing I do is subtle,” said Whedon. “That’s probably all I have in common with Shakespeare.”
Trailers were also shown for Hart’s Let Me Explain, horror pic You’re Next and action ensemble sequel Red 2.
Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Rob Friedman introduced the stars of Ender’s Game, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld, who teased the very first footage to be seen in front of an audience.
The trailer, which will show beginning on May 17 in front of Star Trek Into Darkness, showed a rich sci-fi world in which a young man is tasked with preparing for a future invasion.
After the trailer, Harrison Ford took the stage to talk about the sci-fi film.
“I was attracted to it not just for the scale of it and the power of it visually, but there’s a great human story here,” he said.
The presentation wrapped up with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to 2012’s box office hit. The sequel opens on Nov. 22.
Liam Hemswoth, Elizabeth Banks and director Francis Lawrence took the stage to introduce the trailer, which had already hit the web but not been shown on a big screen yet.
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