CinemaCon 18: STX Films Panel

Apr 25, 2018

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To finish out Tuesday’s CinemaCon presentation STX Films brought us a couple of films from their upcoming slate. STX is a fairly new production company behind such films like Valerian, Bad Moms and Edge of Seventeen. To kick off the show the studio showed us an extended look at Shailene Woodley’s upcoming love story Adrift. The story followers her character and Sam Claflin as they embark on a trip on the open ocean. However, when a massive hurricane strikes their small vessel they must find each other and survive. 90% of the film used practical effects and was almost completely shot on the open ocean.

Next, the studio brought out star Jennifer Gardner for her return to the cinema once again as an action star. In her film Peppermint; Gardner’s character witnesses the drive by shooting of her husband and daughter by the Mexican cartel. She takes it upon herself to become a vigilante and hunt the men responsible as they are freed during their trial. Gardner had to undergo a strict workout regiment in which she also took up boxing. Then, STX brought us Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez as a grocery store cashier who wants to get a better jobĀ  and provide for her family in New York.

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Before announcing that Elton John’s animated feature film Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat would be released within the next 2 years. STX revealed the very first trailer for Mile 22 starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohen and Rhonda Rousey. While the cast came on stage as well as a slightly tipsy director Peter Berg. It’s revealed that the CIA spec ops team the movie is based on Ground Branch is an actual real life team. The film seemed to be a mixture of Mission Impossible and the fighting style from The Raid. Which coincidentally also stars Iko Uwais.

From here the show closed out with the very first trailer for The Happy Time Murders. This Jim Henson “Muppet’s” inspired R-Rated cop comedy blew audiences away. The film is extremely graphic featuring two of the “Muppet” characters having graphic sex. As well as star Melissa McCarthy snorting ecstasy. However, the reaction from the crowd was the loudest of any comedy shown this week.

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