Ford, Freeman bring down curtain at CinemaCon

05:00 AM, Apr 19, 2013

Harrison Ford receives The Lifetime Achievement Award at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Al Powers, AP/

Written By by Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

LAS VEGAS — Lionsgate concluded CinemaCon on Thursday night with Hollywood dignitaries and even a smidgen of Shakespeare.

Harrison Ford and Morgan Freeman took the stage before 6,000 theater owners as the weeklong conference, featuring footage from this year’s biggest films, ended with clips from Now You See Me (due out May 31) and the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller Ender’s Game (Nov. 1).

Freeman took the stage with co-star Isla Fisher to introduce footage of Now You See Me, about a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists.

The Avengers’ director Joss Whedon demonstrated he’s taking a break from the superhero genre with the black-and-white adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, which hits screens June 7.

Nothing I do is subtle,” said Whedon. “That’s probably all I have in common with Shakespeare.”

Ford wrapped the presentation by introducing footage of Ender’sGame, about young man (Asa Butterfield) who must prepare the world for an invasion.

I was attracted to it not just for the scale of it and the power of it visually,” the sci-fi vet said. “But there’s a great human story here.”