LAS VEGAS --The Sony Pictures presentation at CinemaCon on Wednesday was the most laugh-filled so far, opening with a visit from an F-bomb dropping actor and wrapping up with extended footage of end-of-the-world comedy This is the End.
In between all the comedy the audience got first looks at films on Sony’s upcoming slate, including David O. Russell's Abscam sting operation film American Hustle and George Clooney's The Monuments Men.
The presentation started with an interruption by a caravan of chariots and trumpets that brought Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek onto the stage. Along with them were David Spade and Kevin James.
The group of stars plugged Grown Ups 2, which hits theaters on July 12.
“If you can get Grown Up 2 as big as [the previous film], Ferrari for this one,” Sandler said, pointing at Hayek.
“I don’t know how to drive stick shift,” she told the crowd, getting plenty of laughs.
Sandler threw out a few jokes about Sony’s upcoming slate, dropping an F-bomb about the family-friendly sequel Smurfs 2.
“You overseas people are f—king excited about Smurfs 2!” Sandler said to laughs.
After the four actors left the stage with a few more jokes, a long collection of preview footage was shown.
Trailers for Grown Ups 2, Smurfs 2 and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 were shown in the early part of the presentation.
The highlights of the presentation included extended footage of sci-fi pic Elysium, starring Matt Damon as a man who gets technology added to his body to fight against the upper class that has formed on a space station above Earth, and a longer look at Channing Tatum-starrer White House Down. Trailers for After Earth, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the One Direction concert film were also shown during the 45-minute video.
The first footage of American Hustle, O. Russell’s previously untitled film starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner was shown, featuring a blonde Lawrence looking stunning in a white dress.
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Some footage for The Monuments of Men, George Clooney’s directorial project, was also shown.
Before the clips from Monuments of Men, a video greeting from Clooney and producer Grant Heslov played. In it, they pretend to think they’re making a video about their Oscar-winning film Argo, even showing off their Oscars to the crowd.
Once they realized it’s about their upcoming film, Clooney says they’re currently shooting in Europe.
“Don’t drink too much today because I know how you guys do,” he jokes to the Las Vegas audience.
But the biggest laughs came from the extended look at This Is the End, the apocalypse comedy directed by Seth Rogen. Footage included a long scene between James Franco and Danny McBride arguing over a dirty magazine, and Emma Watson making a group of male comedians fear her wrath. The comedy hits theaters June 12.
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