Saturday , December 5 2020
Two of the newest studios make presentations.

CinemaCon 2019: Neon, STX Entertainment

It was a banner year at the box office as a North American record was set with $11.9 billion, up 5% from the previous year, and an International record of $39.8 billion, so no surprise the Worldwide record was set at $41.7 billion, up 32% since 2010.

But recent changes in the industry have understandably led to changes in the studio presentations at CinemaCon. Sony, which has opened the event the past few years, is a no-show. In their place, Neon, a distribution/production company that formed in 2017 and made a big splash with I, Tonya, presented for the first time and held a screening of Wild Rose, which tells the story of a Glasgow woman with dreams of becoming a country singer in Nashville.

STX Entertainment focuses on being an artist friendly studio that deals with mid-budget films. Out this Friday, The Best of Enemies is based on a true story set in Durham, NC as Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) fights for and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) initially fights against school integration. The story looks predictable.

Diane Keaton introduced her next film Poms about a woman facing her mortality. As she goes into a retirement community, she starts a cheer leading team which invigorates those who join. Set for Mother’s Day weekend, it looks cute for ladies of that same demo.

Joined by the Russo Brothers as co-producers, Chadwick Boseman stars in 21 Bridges, a crime thriller where a drug heist leads to eight dead cops and a manhunt overnight in Manhattan. Chadwick Boseman liked the idea of a fast-paced action movie that contained fast-paced language like works of David Mamet.

As all stars do, Dave Bautista co-stars with a kids in My Spy. The trailer looks funny and family friendly as he has to save his career by keeping her mouth shut so they help each other. Brahms: The Boy II finds the doll with a new family. Katie Holmes is excited to work with STX in this story about mother whose child might be under an evil influence, a universal fear of parents.

Guy Ritchie returns to the world of London gangsters with The Gentlemen, which boasts an impressive cast including Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant. Charlie Humman and Henry Golding appeared and sang the praises of Ritchie, who likes to throw out script and improvise on the set.

Future STX releases include the fifth film adaptation of The Secret Garden with Colin Firth and Julie Walter is coming in spring 2020, Hustlers in the fall starring Jennifer Lopez, two Kevin Hart projects, Bad Moms’ Moms, the action comedy Muscle with Vin Diesel, and Crime after Crime starring Akwafina and Ian Berkholtz

Mentioned in their previous CinemaCon presentations, Ugly Dolls is finally coming to theaters, and there will be a TV show is coming as well. Stars Kelly Clarkson and Pitbull are on hand, and the latter revealed he likes the message of the movie. Attendees got an extended look at three of the film’s nine musical numbers, which seem more directed at kids rather than being appealing to all-ages.

About Gordon S. Miller

Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/ElBicho_CS

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