Film News Roundup: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Sets Sony Pictures Record

Variety | 1/18/2019 | Dave McNary
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In today’s film news roundup, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” sets a studio record, Chris Meledandri and Glenn Close are honored, an art-house streaming service is unveiled, and “Cliffs of Freedom” gets a release.

The first “Spider-Man: Far From Home” trailer has set a record as the biggest digital launch in Sony Pictures history after 24 hours.

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The teaser trailer was unveiled Jan. 15 and generated 130 million views, topping the 116 million views for the first “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailer. Sony said Friday the trailer was shared at twice the frequency of the first trailer for “Homecoming” and social conversation volume was also the highest in the studio’s history, topping 1.1 million posts in the first day. The studio reported that audiences were particularly excited to see Tom Holland’s return as Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal’s debut as Mysterio.

The trailer began with Holland embarking on a European adventure that’s interrupted when spymaster Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) shows up to deal with several creature attacks. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” directed by Jon Watts, hits theaters on July 5. Returning cast members are Zendaya as MJ, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan, and Jacob Batalon as Parker’s best friend Ned.

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The Visual Effects Society has named Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination, as the forthcoming recipient of the VES lifetime achievement award.

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The award will be presented at the 17th annual VES Awards on Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. VES will honor Meledandri for his unique ability to bring animation into the lives of audiences worldwide and create unforgettable characters.

“Chris Meledandri has greatly contributed to the advancement and ever-increasing success of mainstream animated entertainment over the last 20 years,” said Mike Chambers, VES board chair. “He is...
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