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LAS VEGAS — DreamWorks is back in full form.
On Tuesday, DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider took the stage at CinemaCon to present the company’s upcoming slate to theater owners. It was an important moment for Snider, who now runs DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg couldn’t be in Las Vegas because he’s in postproduction on War Horse. However, he did tape a message for exhibitors that included behind-the-scenes footage from the World War I drama, which opens in December.
DreamWorks engendered goodwill among theater owners for its presentation, which featured A-list talent and footage from three other upcoming films — 3D horror pic Fright Night, The Help and Real Steel.
Fright Night director Craig Gillespie and star Colin Farrell introduced footage from their film, while Help writer-director Tate Taylor presented his film. Help stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer also took the stage.
Real Steel director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman received rousing applause. When the footage rolled, Jackman snuck down into the audience to watch, since he hadn’t seen it.
DreamWorks also has summer tentpole Cowboys & Aliens, a co-production with Universal. The sci-fi western wasn’t a part of the presentation since Universal is distributing the film, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
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