March 28, 2014
LAS VEGAS – Disney had the cache of Marvel and Pixar. 20th Century Fox might brought the showmanship and, arguably, the best slate of movies. Warner Bros., who was the last studio to present to the nation’s theater owners Thursday afternoon, brought the star power.
WB was the no. 1 studio domestically and internationally in 2013 and they celebrated by bringing out famous faces such as Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Mila Kunis to hype their individual 2014 releases. Not much was revealed about the 2015 slate or beyond that, but Warner Bros. Head of Distribution Dan Fellman did confirm that J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” is in the pipeline.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the major films previewed during the event.
“The Hobbit: There and Back Again“
Director: Peter Jackson
Release Date: Dec. 17
Talent on hand: None
Lowdown: With Jackson still in New Zealand finishing up “There and Back Again” he videotaped a message that touched on the theme of celebrating 16 years of making “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films. That theme seemed like a big hint of what’s to come in WB’s marketing campaign. As for the tiny amount of footage included from “There and Back Again,” Smaug is one big dragon when he flies, Lady Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) will return, Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) will draw his sword and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) looks very, very worried.