ShoWest Sneaks M:I-3, Fetes Big CGI

ShoWest, the big annual Vegas blowfest for the folk that charge you ten bucks to see a movie and then hit you with big-screen ads, wowed exhibitors from Boston to the Boondocks yesterday with a little look at M:I-3, one of summer 2006′s most anticipated releases.

Before they dimmed the lights, The Hollywood Reporter reports, M:I-3 producer Paula Wagner hyped the magic of the multiplex experience: “Even with all of the technological advances that are happening in the way films are going to be delivered and the way films are changing and systems are changing, still nothing can compare with the event of going to the (movie) theater.”

Among the confab’s first order of business was to salute the 19 2005 releases that passed the $100 million mark in the North American market. Interestingly enough, eleven of the titles are films either with heavy visual effects, CGI or CG 3D animation. As in: Chicken Little, Robots, Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith, King Kong, Madagascar, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Four, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and War of the Worlds, which Wagner also produced.

“You are our partners in the filmmaking process,” Wagner said. “You are the final link in what I would call this collaborative chain of moviemaking. And we thank you for what you do for our films.”