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Warner Bros may not have flown out any talent for CineEurope, but the studio’s packed-out presentation at the Barcelona trade show was awash in specially recorded video messages for the crowd.
Guy Ritchie sent a swift hello to introduce an extended clip of Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., described as a “fun, entertaining spy caper,” by Warner’s executive vp international distribution and exhibition strategy, Thomas Molter.
From Cold War spies to 1980s Boston mobsters in Black Mass, which Molter said was helping Warner Bros. back to its “rich legacy” of gangster films. A scene from the Johnny Depp-starrer was shown before a brand new trailer was exclusively unveiled.
For The Intern, a feel-good film about a 70-year-old intern in a New York start-up, described as a “relatable, funny and heartfelt comedy” by Warner’s exec vp Europe and Latin America distribution Monique Esclavissat, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway had recorded a special shout out.
Ten minutes of footage from Pan, Warner’s October-releasing J.M. Barrie origins story, had an introduction from the pirate Blackbeard himself, Hugh Jackman. “It’s a complete arranging that will take audiences beyond the story they know and love,” he said of the film, adding that it had a Blackbeard “as you’ve never seen him before.”
Ron Howard offered a few words regarding his “intense, action adventure” In the Heart of the Sea, telling the story behind the legend that became Moby Dick, followed by a turbulent, water-drenched extended clip from the film, due out in December.
Elsewhere, there was a footage from Ryan Cougar‘s Rocky spinoff Creed, starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, plus a short introduction to The 33, telling the “untold story” of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster. 2016 projects given brief mentions included action-thriller The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck, The Conjuring 2, for which Esclavissat said she was “thrilled to have the whole team back together,” and King Arthur, also from Guy Ritchie.
The presentation closed with a sizzle reel of the studio’s upcoming projects with the DC universe, including Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Warner is showing a full screener of its Griswald family return Vacation to the CineEurope delegates on Monday evening. In a special video, stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate joked about their co-star Chris Hemsworth, with Applegate pointing out that he was voted sexiest man alive by People magazine. “I heard the sexiest man alive was Bob Sunshine,” said Helms, referring to the CineEurope co-managing director.
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