Previews pix at its final Cinema Expo
United Intl. Pictures unveiled 11 pics for exhibs Monday evening at Amsterdam’s Cinema Expo, including exclusive dailies of its upcoming ensemble romantic comedy “Holiday” and in-progress footage of “World Trade Center” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
This edition of Cinema Expo will be UIP’s last, as the venture plans to wind down next year.
Bruce Willis and Jeffrey Katzenberg crashed the UIP presentation, which execs Stewart Till and Andrew Cripps alternately emceed, to thank international exhibs for their support of DreamWorks Animation’s current “Over the Hedge.”
Jude Law and Cameron Diaz created a special intro for Expo attendees to get them pumped up for their “Holiday” release, which also stars Jack Black and Kate Winslet. Footage was an Expo exclusive.
Distrib wrapped up with a first look at a teaser trailer for Michael Bay’s sci-fi actioner “Transformers.”
UIP also offered sneak peeks and trailer views for adaptation “Miami Vice,” the pulpy “Smokin’ Aces” and U.S. hit “The Break-Up,” as well as “Nacho Libre,” Derek Luke-Tim Robbins starrer “Catch a Fire” and Al Gore docu “An Inconvenient Truth.” To promote “Nacho,” distrib booked wrestlers to muscle in on its post-presentation dinner.
UIP took a different tack for its musical “Dreamgirls” than the crew from DreamWorks and Paramount did in Cannes: UIP filmed a special intro from helmer Bill Condon for Cinema Expo and paired footage to the pic’s more upbeat numbers. In Cannes, clips were shown in which characters break into a couple of the film’s ballads. Here, the musical numbers were performance-based only and centered on Beyonce.
DreamWorks Animation also showed off an extended presentation of its Aardman CG effort “Flushed Away.”