Magazine article Screen International

CinemaCon: Paramount Teases 'Downsizing', 'Annihilation', 'Suburbicon', 'Transformers 5'

Magazine article Screen International

CinemaCon: Paramount Teases 'Downsizing', 'Annihilation', 'Suburbicon', 'Transformers 5'

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Exuberant studio session on Tuesday showcases R-rated comedy, sci-fi, adult thrillers, satire.

George Clooney and Matt Damon, Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, Alexander Payne and none other than former US vice-president Al Gore were among the celebrity highlights of a high-wattage studio presentation on Tuesday.

Mark Damon introduced "one of the very best directors in the world" Alexander Payne to cue up 10 minutes of footage from the satire Downsizing.

The footage dazzled the crowd and drew sustained applause at the end. Damon and on-screen wife Kristen Wiig volunteer for a ground-breaking social experiment in which they are reduced to the size of dolls.

"Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution for overpopulation and climate change, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink people down to five inches tall," Payne, who is editing the film now, said. "What people soon realise is it's actually a way to consume more." The film opens on December 22.

Dwayne Johnson opened the show and engaged in slightly awkward banter with Baywatch cast members and a DJ to the side of the stage, who at one point appeared to perplex the star when he read his lines from the autocue and name-checked the cast as they took to the stage at The Colosseum.

Johnson asked for a re-run and welcomed his gang to the stage, led by Zac Efron, before introducing a raucous sequence from the action comedy that included a penis sight gag set in a morgue. The film opens on May 26.

Damon engaged in far more effective banter with his Suburbicon director George Clooney fuelled by a November 3 release date that pits the dark comedy against Disney's Thor: Ragnarok.

Julianne Moore joined the pair on stage and teased Damon about his height before the latter turned the tables on his director and poked fun at his suit in Batman.

Clooney introduced entertaining first footage from the film, which Clooney co-wrote with the Coen brothers and Grant Heslov. "It's a film about a lot of flawed people making some really bad choices along the way," he said. Bloom handles international sales on Suburbicon.

Al Gore took to the stage to talk up July 28 release of the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel on the day President Trump signed an executive order scrapping Obama's rules on climate change.

"The climate crisis really isn't a partisan issue and as I've travelled around the world I've found that communities have embraced solutions. …

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