New footage from ‘Dune 2,’ ‘Barbie’ unveiled at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a starry presentation that provided Timothée Chalamet, Oprah Winfrey, Zendaya and a initial appear at “Dune: Portion Two,” “Barbie” was no question the brightest star of Warner Bros.′ CinemaCon showcase. In fairness, the neon pink could possibly have given her the edge.

It was a splashy presentation for anxious theater owners in Las Vegas from a studio in changeover, with new management groups in location to oversee movies and generate a 10-12 months approach for iconic DC Comics characters like Superman. Within just the past year, Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy have been chosen to lead the studio’s film group while James Gunn and Peter Safran stepped in to head DC Studios.

Tuesday evening, CinemaCon attendees will be amongst the to start with to see “The Flash” (out June 16) — a film that has been the source of extra scrutiny because of star Ezra Miller’s collection of arrests and stories of erratic actions. Miller, who goes by they/them pronouns, claimed previous yr that they have been pursuing treatment for “complex psychological wellness issues.”

Miller did not surface on phase in Las Vegas along with director Andy Muschietti, though Muschietti spoke about his lead.

“They are an amazing actor,” he reported. “Probably a person of the greatest actors I have at any time labored with. … They wanted to do all the stunts and I allow them.”

Safran also previewed the approaching “Aquaman” and “Blue Beetle” movies, but did not have a great deal to say about their options outside of 2023.

The viewers cheered for a pulsating initial search at Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Section Two,” which hits theaters on Nov. 3.

“Part Just one was a extra contemplative film,” Villeneuve stated. “Part Two is much more motion packed, an epic war film.”

Not only is it “more dense” but it was also filmed totally in IMAX, he stated. The initially movie was about “40% IMAX.”

“Dune: Part Two” picks up with Chalamet’s younger hero Paul Atreides and Zendaya’s Chani correct ended up he remaining them. Chani, Zendaya promised, is “not just in desires this time.”

The two characters, she extra, are striving to stability just staying young men and women in the globe with the weight of possessing to also be warriors for their persons.

“Dune 2” provides actors like Austin Butler, Christopher Walken and Florence Pugh to the now big ensemble.

The pitch to Butler, Villeuneuve explained, was to participate in an “Olympic sword learn mixed with a psychotic serial killer.” The “Elvis” star explained of course.

Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and author-director Greta Gerwig unveiled a new trailer for the sweet-colored extravaganza. The marketing place revealed extra about the film’s mysterious plot, which include the fact that Robbie’s Barbie experiences some “imperfect” issues like burnt toast and flat feet and goes hunting for the reality about the universe.

Robbie, who made and stars, was the motor at the rear of the undertaking. She was the a person who asked Greta Gerwig to assistance make the film.

Gerwig and her partner Noah Baumbach co-wrote the script and, Gerwig reported, when they concluded she acquired the perception that he liked it so a lot that he required to immediate it.

“I claimed, ‘Step aside,’” Gerwig laughed. “I was so in like with it I could not imagine anybody else executing it.”

When writing, she reported she jotted down the name “Ryan Gosling” for Ken, even though she had neither fulfilled him nor experienced any notion if he’d be intrigued.

Gosling, most know by now, was. On phase at Caesars Palace, Gosling wore a T-shirt with Gerwig’s name on it in the Barbie font.

“I have to be genuine, up until eventually this position I only realized Ken from afar,” Gosling reported. “I didn’t know Ken from within just.”

“I doubted my Kenergy,” Gosling continued. “Greta and Margot, I come to feel like they conjured this out of me. … I was residing my existence and then 1 day I was bleaching my hair, shaving my legs and wearing bespoke neon outfits and roller blading down Venice Seaside.”

“Barbie,” which counts disco, “The Wizard of Oz” and Technicolor musicals as inspiration, opens in theaters on July 21.

Oprah Winfrey built her CinemaCon debut to speak about the major display screen adaptation of “The Color Purple” stage musical. Winfrey, who produced the new film, starred in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Alice Walker novel in 1985 and acquired an Oscar nomination for her general performance.

″‘The Colour Purple’ in 1985 was the largest and most essential issue that had ever took place to me,” Winfrey reported. “This is a whole circle second for me.”

Director Blitz Bazawule mentioned they “told the story in this kind of a joyful way.” Both stressed that it is the type of movie that ought to inspire teams and households to appear out to the theater and the never-ahead of-found trailer promised that it is “not your mamma’s ‘Color Purple’.” The solid incorporates Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Fantasia, H.E.R., and Jon Batiste.

“It is our mission to put people in seats for this motion picture,” said Winfrey of the Xmas day launch. She prompt purchasing tickets for close friends and putting purple ribbons on them.

Chalamet also spoke about “Wonka,” a colourful origin tale about the eccentric chocolatier directed by “Paddington” director Paul King that opens on Dec. 15. A new prolonged trailer showed a initial look at Hugh Grant as a modest, orange Oompa Loompa threatening to do a tune and dance, which obtained laughs from the viewers.

“That was the 1st time you all noticed Hugh as the Oompa Loompa suitable?” Chalamet reported. “It was a trip.”

David Zaslav, the CEO and President of Warner Bros. Discovery., reiterated his determination to theaters — a 180 from previous WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar who produced the controversial choice to deliver all 10 Warner Bros. movies straight to HBO Max in 2022.

“We believe that in entire windowing of movement photos,” Zaslav stated. “We do not want to do direct to streaming videos. We’re in no rush to deliver flicks to Max (the new identify for HBO Max).”

In 2023, Warner Bros. ideas to launch 16 videos in theaters and aspires to get to a lot more than 20 a yr.

“We’re all in on movement pictures,” Zaslav said.