Everyone’s Talking: Focus Features Presents Upcoming Lineup at CinemaCon

From BlacKkKlansman to Mary Queen of Scots, this year’s films have been getting some sweet tweets.

One of the film industry’s biggest, most star-studded events happens every year mostly behind closed doors with little fanfare. Since 2011, movie theater owners from around the world come to Las Vegas for four days to attend CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO). It is here that many studios preview to a select few what will be in theaters this year.

Last week, Peter Kujawski, Chairman of Focus Features, proudly hosted a luncheon with other Focus executives to introduce our extraordinary upcoming lineup. Filmmakers and stars were on hand to present the films everyone will be talking about later this year.

Chairman of Focus Features Peter Kujawski chats with Mary Queen of Scots' star Saoirse Ronan.

BlacKkKlansman was a media event.

Star John David Washington and producer Jason Blum presented a teaser trailer for  Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansmanBased on a real story about a Colorado Springs’s African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, Lee's film certainly got people’s attention. Rotten TomatoesJacqueline Coley broadcast on Twitter, “STOP THE INTERNET. LEMME TELL YALL I JUST SAW FOOTAGE FROM BLACKkKLANSMAN. #Spikelee has made a MOVIE y'all.” Rooster Teeth’s Eric Vespe was equally impressed, noting that this film, which “teams Spike Lee  and Jordan Peele,” looks "unmissable.”

John David Washington and Jason Blum present Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman.

Boy Erased took center stage.

When writer/director Joel Edgerton and his star Lucas Hedges presented a teaser trailer for Boy Erased, critics were overwhelmed with emotion. “There’s probably not a dry eye at #CinemaCon,” tweeted Fandango. Critic Jeff Sneider noted, “We see Lucas Hedges come out to his parents, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, who want him to 'change.' To be honest, the three leads feel like Oscar nominees to me.”

Lucas Hedges and Joel Edgerton open up about making Boy Erased at CinemaCon.

There was a love supreme for On The Basis of Sex.

Felicity Jones joined director Mimi Leder to present footage from On The Basis of Sex, in which Jones plays Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Critics were blown away by what they saw. Hollywood Life’s Lauren Cox tweeted, “OnTheBasisOfSex looks so f'ing good. Felicity Jones embodies a young RBG to tell the story leading up to her very first case as a lawyer with zero courtroom experience." And Collider’s Steve Weintraub added, “Perfectly Timed. Will be crowd pleaser.” On Thursday, April 26, Jones was also presented the “Cinemacon® Award Of Excellence In Acting” for the film.

On The Basis of Sex's Felicity Jones and Mimi Leder on the CinemaCon red carpet.

Women lead in Mary Queen of Scots.

Saoirse Ronan and director Josie Rourke presented footage from another powerful female-driven film, Mary Queen of Scots. For Fandango, “Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie square off in Mary Queen of Scots and the footage shown at #CinemaCon will definitely quench the thirsts of their fans.”

Mary Queen of Scots' director Josie Rourke and Saoirse Ronan present their film at CinemaCon.

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