Warner Bros. showed off a diverse slate of films over the course of its nearly two-hour presentation at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, including new trailers for Johnny Depp‘s crime drama “Black Mass,” Michael B. Jordan’s “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” and the “Vacation” reboot starring Ed Helms.
Overall, the sheer number of trailers seemed designed to show that Warner Bros. is much more than its DC superhero movies, the “Lego” franchise and J.K. Rowling‘s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” trilogy, which is an extension of the author’s Harry Potter universe.
Judging from its trailers, Warner Bros. is unleashing a Battle of the Abs this summer with Channing Tatum‘s “Magic Mike XXL,” Chris Hemsworth in “Vacation” and Zac Efron in the youth-skewing DJ drama “We Are Your Friends.”
The stars of “Magic Mike” took the stage at Caesar’s Palace and threatened to undress before a new trailer unveiled the sequel’s hashtag as #ComeAgain, which prompted a roar of approval from exhibitors and executives in the room.
Hemsworth isn’t the star of “Vacation” but he plays Audrey’s (Leslie Mann) husband and he gets the opportunity to show off his manhood in a scene with Helms and Christina Applegate that had the audience in stitches along with nearly every line of dialogue spoken by Rusty Griswold’s youngest son. While the film is a family adventure, it is definitely raunchy, with jokes about glory holes. The trailer was also self-referential, opening with footage from the original “Vacation” before a callback joke at the end. “The new vacation will stand on its own,” Helms’ character says in the trailer, clearly alluding to potential suspicion on the part of audiences who love the original. The film marks the directorial debuts of writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who were in attendance on Tuesday.
“We Are Your Friends” marks the directorial debut of “Catfish” co-host Max Joseph, though the film was produced by Working Title. There’s a line in the trailer about how “99 percent of people are looking for a party. One percent of people ARE the party.” It looked like a lot of fun and a potential breakout role for Efron, whose party promoter character is taken under the wing of Wes Bentley.
On the more serious side, you could hear a pin drop during the riveting trailer for Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” which primarily involves a dinner scene in which Depp’s Bulger scares the crap out of David Harbour, who has shared a “family secret” recipe with the Boston gangster. Depp boasts the baby blue eyes of a vicious killer and the performance looks like a return to form for the actor, who has struggled in recent years. We got brief glimpses of co-stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumerbatch and Adam Scott, but didn’t see much of “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson.
Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan bulked up for “Creed,” which reunites him with “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler. Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa, who becomes his reluctant trainer. The film looks fantastic and in just two minutes, the trailer showcased Jordan’s charming magnetism as a young fighter with nothing to lose. The film’s tagline was “This year, your legacy is more than a name.” Stallone said that Rocky’s story has been told, and that “Creed” is about a “new culture.”
Elsewhere, Nancy Meyers’ comedy “The Intern” starring Anne Hathaway as Robert De Niro’s boss looked sweet. De Niro seems to be playing the straight man who serves as the target of jokes from his twenty-something co-stars, all of whom prompt Hathaway to wonder what happened to real men like Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford.
WB also showed off new footage from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” in which Charlize Theron seemed to take center stage. Mario Lopez, the host of “Extra,” emceed WB’s panel and pointed out how Theron still looks beautiful despite being bald in the eye-popping film, which aims to launch a franchise.
The studio also catered to action fans with a new trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s earthquake epic “San Andreas” and its “Point Break” remake starring Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey. The latter film features extreme athletes who pose as criminals and WB seemed particularly proud of the stunt ensemble whose work drives the film. A Christmas Day release with no marketable stars may prove a challenge, but it could provide a smart alternative for audiences tired of prestige pictures around the holidays.
WB also screened trailers for the “Entourage” movie, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, as well as Joe Wright’s gorgeous family film “Pan,” which recently moved to Oct. 9. “U.N.C.L.E” hails from WB’s “Sherlock Holmes” director Guy Ritchie and did a solid job of blending ’60s kitsch with modern VFX and action beats.
WB closed its presentation with the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer, which most people in the crowd had already seen, likely numerous times.
42 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From 'Avengers,' 'Jurassic World' to 'Magic Mike XXL' (Photos)
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" - May 1 The elite superhero team -- including Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans -- assembles again in this follow up to the 2012 blockbuster.
"Welcome to Me" - May 1 Kristen Wiig stars in this indie drama about a woman with borderline personality disorder who buys herself a cable access talk show after winning the lottery. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced.
"The D-Train" - May 8 Jack Black plays the head of his high school reunion committee who must convince the most popular guy in his class (James Marsden) to attend the reunion in this Sundance pic.
"Maggie" - May 8 Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this indie as a father who stays with his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she transforms into a zombie.
"Hot Pursuit" - May 8 Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in this buddy comedy about a straight-laced cop (Witherspoon) tasked with escorting a witness (Vergara) to her trial
"The Connection" - May 15 Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin stars in this French crime thriller as a real-life policeman who dedicates his career to taking down a drug lord (Gilles Lellouche)
"Mad Max: Fury Road" - May 15 Tom Hardy takes over the role that made Mel Gibson an international star in this reboot from the madcap mind of George Miller
"Pitch Perfect 2" - May 15 Anna Kendrick returns for the song-filled sequel to the 2012 musical smash hit.
"Poltergeist" - May 22 Sam Rockwell leads a remake of the 1982 horror classic that was originally written by Steven Spielberg.
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"Tomorrowland" - May 22 George Clooney and Britt Robertson star in a sci-fi fantasy about a man and woman who must discover the secrets of a strange land lost in time and space.
"Aloha" - May 29 Cameron Crowe directs Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in a romantic comedy about a military contractor overseeing a satellite launch in Hawaii.
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"San Andreas" - May 29
Dwayne Johnson stars in a disaster movie about a chopper pilot who must rescue his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive earthquake strikes California.
"Entourage" - June 5 Vince (Adrian Grenier) drives Ari (Jeremy Piven) up the wall when he decides to direct and star in his own movie in the big screen version of the HBO show.
"Spy" - June 5 Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars in a comedy about a CIA analyst who gets her chance to work in the field when an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) threatens to destabilize the world.
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"Insidious Chapter 3" - June 5 In this horror prequel, psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) agrees to help teenager (Stefanie Scott) who is being targeted by a supernatural force.
"Jurassic World" - June 12 Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard lead the latest installment in the Michael Crichton-inspired series. This time around, the park is terrorized by a genetically-engineered dinosaur that escapes its enclosure.
"Me and Earl and The Dying Girl" - June 12 This 2015 Sundance Grand Jury winner follows an anti-social teen (Thomas Mann) who falls in love with a classmate (Olivia Cooke) who has leukemia.
"Dope" - June 19 This Sundance breakout centers on a teen (Shameik Moore) trying to make his Ivy League dreams come true in his tough LA neighborhood.
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"Inside Out" - June 19 Pixar takes us inside the mind of a little girl as her emotions vie for control. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader all lend their voices.
"Ted 2" - June 26 Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear returns in the sequel that finds Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) and John (Mark Wahlberg) fighting in court to prove that Ted is human.
"Batkid Begins" June 26 This feel-good documentary tells the story of a five-year-old leukemia patient who inspired people from all over the world to help him live out his dream of being Batman for a day.
"Max" - June 26 A Marine-trained German shepherd is sent to live with the family of his former handler (Robbie Amell), who was killed in Afghanistan
"Big Game" - June 26 A teenage-boy (Onni Tommila) rescues the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) when Air Force One crash lands near his campsite.
"Magic Mike XXL" - July 1 Channing Tatum gyrates his way into this sequel as stripper "Magic" Mike who decides to attend an annual stripper conference in Myrtle Beach.
"Terminator: Genisys" - July 1 Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the unstoppable android as he fights to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) with the help of Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).
"Minions" - July 2 The Minions are back in this "Despicable Me" spinoff. This time, they are recruited by a super-villainess (Sandra Bullock) in her plot to take over the world.
"The Bronze" - July 10 "Big Bang Theory" star Melissa Rauch co-wrote and stars in this comedy about a former Olympic athlete clinging to her last shreds of fame.
"Self/Less" - July 10 Ryan Reynolds stars in this thriller about a wealthy, dying man who pays to have his consciousness transferred into a younger body. When he begins to investigate where the body came from, he discovers a terrifying mystery
"Ant-Man" - July 17 Paul Rudd leads this Marvel comic adaptation about a con man who is given a device that can shrink him in scale by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
"Trainwreck" - July 17 Amy Schumer and Bill Hader star in a Judd Apatow comedy about a magazine writer (Schumer) who refuses to commit, until her relationship with a doctor (Hader) challenges her notions of monogamy.
"Stanford Prison Experiment" - July 17 Based on the infamous 1971 psychological experiment, 24 male students volunteer to play prisoners or guards in a mock-prison, only for things to spiral completely out of control.
"Paper Towns" - July 24 Based on the novel by John Green, Nat Wolff plays a boy who convinces his friends to embark on a road trip to find the missing girl next door (Cara Delevingne).
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"Pixels" - July 24 Adam Sandler leads a team of gamers (Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage) who must fight aliens that invade Earth in the form of classic video games.
"Southpaw" - July 24 Jake Gyllenhaal packed on the muscle for this drama about a troubled boxer fighting to regain custody of his daughter. Antoine Fuqua directed based on a script by Kurt Sutter.
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"Irrational Man" - July 24 Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone star in a Woody Allen film about a college philosophy professor (Phoenix) who enters into a relationship with his student (Stone).
"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" - July 31 Tom Cruise once again does the impossible as he leads his team against an international syndicate intent on destroying the Impossible Mission Force.
"End of the Tour" - July 31 Jesse Eisenberg stars as Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky as he conducts a series of interviews with author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). The film is based on Lipsky's book, "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself."
"Fantastic Four" - August 7 Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing) lead this comic adaptation about the superhero team that gained powers after an accident in space.
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"Masterminds" - August 7 Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudekis and Zach Galifianakis star in this heist comedy about a real 1997 armored car robbery in North Carolina
"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." - August 14 Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play an American and Russian agent forced to team up to stop an evil organization trying to steal nuclear weapons. The film is based on the 1964 TV series of the same name.
"Straight Outta Compton" - August 14 O'Shea Jackson Jr., the son of Ice Cube, plays his father in this look at the impact of the revolutionary gangster rap group NWA.
"Hitman: Agent 47" - August 28 Rupert Friend stars in this video game adaptation about a genetically engineered assassin who teams up with a mysterious young woman to bring down an evil corporation.
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