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‘The Holdovers’ ‘Drive-Away Dolls,’ ‘Asteroid City’ at CinemaCon – Deadline

Universal’s Focus Features gave theater owners a first look at Alexander Payne’s New England prep school comedy HOLDEREthan Coen’s Dolls Drive-Away and the last installment of My big Greek wedding 3, giving some love, of course, to Wes Anderson’s asteroid city, decided to bow in Cannes.

“Wes Anderson can’t make a movie that isn’t magical,” Focus distribution chief Lisa Bunnell said at CinemaCon, calling the award-winning helmer “The Miracle of Specialty Films.”

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In Payne’s new film, which reunites the director with his sideways star Paul Giamatti, the actor plays Paul Hunham, an eccentric private school instructor. He is left in charge of the students left behind during the Christmas holiday of 1970. The photo was taken at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. The trailer has a real 70s comedy vibe, ala Harold and Maude, including the Cat Stevens song “I Never” playing over it. Hunham is told by his supervisor to be nice to the kids, but he can’t help but pick a fight with them and stop them. “I was praying that your father would arrive by submarine, or by helicopter…” Hunham shouts. The student replies: “My father is dead!” Da’Vine Joy Randolph plays Hunham’s associate, who keeps his moral compass in check.

HOLDER opens Nov. 10 with an extended break before Thanksgiving.

Ethan Cohen Dolls Drive-Away opens September 22 with Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan as Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit, and her demure friend Marian embark on an impromptu road trip. The trailer has them down on their luck and looking to pack up their sh, get a car and head to Tallahassee. Wrong car, things get complicated.

My Big Greek Wedding 3, the latest installment in the romantic comedy franchise written and directed by and starring Nia Vardalos opens on September 3rd. A lot has happened since the last picture. Toula’s father passes away and the family heads to Greece to fulfill his last wish – to visit his childhood village and reconnect with his roots. His beaches, dancing and a house too small to fit everyone as he searches for his best friends.

With John Corbett, Elena Kampouris, Andrea Martin and Lainie Kazan. The 2002 IFC Films debut was a sensation, earning US$240 million/$368 million worldwide on a $5 million budget. Universal released the sequel in 2016 and grossed $60 million domestically and $90 million worldwide.

ABOUT asteroid city, Focus set a limited stateside release for June 16th, coming out on June 23rd. The film takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955 in the middle of a national Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention that is spectacularly interrupted by world-changing events. Starry with Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton. The ensemble is rounded out by Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Bryan Cranston, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan and Jeff Goldblum.

CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie theater owners from around the world, continues through Thursday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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