LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Pratt left the CinemaCon crowd in stitches with his irreverent, high-energy and slightly racy comments at the annual conference of theater owners Thursday. The actor, there to promote “Jurassic World” along with director Colin Trevorrow, introduced a sizzle reel of new footage from the dinosaur epic.
In the extended reel, audiences got a glimpse at the hyper-intelligent female dinosaur who throws the amusement park into chaos. She kills people and her fellow dinosaurs without hesitation and dinosaur handler Owen (Pratt) must figure out a way to stop her.
Seth MacFarlane, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Amy Schumer were also among the slew of surprise guests at the Universal Pictures presentation. The studio debuted unseen footage from many of their upcoming films, including “Everest,” ”Crimson Peak” and “Straight Outta Compton” to the audience on the closing day of the conference.
Ice Cube, on hand to promote the N.W.A. origin story “Straight Outta Compton,” praised Universal and its chairwoman, Donna Langley, for having the courage to make the film.
“We made it possible for artists to be themselves. That’s why we’re called the world’s most dangerous group,” said Ice Cube.
Raunchy clips were also shown from “Ted 2,” and “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
“‘Ted 2’ is a movie you can take the whole family to … if your whole family is over 18 and addicted to drugs,” said MacFarlane.
“Everest,” meanwhile, focused heavily on the harrowing danger facing the climbers, like Jason Clarke, and the effect on their worried and distant families, including a tearful Keira Knightley.
Guillermo del Toro also showed some frightening footage from his gothic romance “Crimson Peak,” starring Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska.
“I wanted a theatrical, operatic spectacle that could be perhaps closer to a fairy tale in terms of how exquisitely designed it would be,” he said before showing the audience the trailer, which features a bathtub spout that pours blood.
The studio furthermore announced official release dates for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel: “Fifty Shades Darker” will be released on Feb. 10, 2017, and “Fifty Shades Freed” on Feb. 9, 2018.
Vin Diesel was also in attendance to announce that the eighth installment in the “Fast & Furious” series will be released on April 14, 2017.
“This was a very personal movie and the stakes are very personal. We really love each other, we really are a family. We felt that in the movie,” he said, after a highlight reel of the “Fast & Furious” movies.
“It’s hard for me to even watch that clip and come out here without being emotional. But most importantly, I mean it from the bottom of my heart, that you guys, you help us make this special.”
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