Early Buzz: JJ Abrams’ ‘Super 8′

The first public screening of JJ AbramsSuper 8 took place this Saturday in Hollywood. A few movie journalists were in attendance, and today PAramount Pictures gave word that we were allowed to “tweet about your thoughts on the film” before the review embargo breaks on June 1st. I’m sure more than a few of you already follow me on Twitter and already heard what I thought (if you don’t, you can find my tweets on @slashfilm). I’ve decided to do a round up of all the early tweet reactions to the film. Hit the jump to find out what people thought of Super 8.

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What’s up with Star Trek 2? Paramount set a release date for the film well over a year ago and that date is coming up at warp speed: June 29, 2012. All the other blockbusters scheduled for release around that time have begun production but, as far as we know, the script for the second Trek has yet to be completed or approved. So what’s the latest? Co-screenwriter Roberto Orci was over on TrekMovie.com and gave an update, basically saying that pre-production is ongoing based on a highly detailed, 70 page outline and that things will really begin to snowball once J.J. Abrams – who himself hasn’t officially committed to the project – finishes his obligations to Super 8, opening June 10. Read Orci’s quotes and more after the break. Read More »

‘Super 8′ Clip #4

This week, Paramount Pictures has been premiering mini-clips from the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed 1980′s Amblin film homage Super 8. Each 30-second clip has premiered on Fox at 8pm. The first clip showed the kids preparing to shoot their Super 8 zombie movie before the big train crash. The second clip showed what happens to the kids during the train crash. The third clip showed what happens after the train crash. The fourth and final clip aired last night and shows what happens after the military show up at the crash site. Watch the new clip embedded after the jump.

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One of the calling cards for Super 8 has always bee the participation — somewhere between mentoring and really being hands on — of Steven Spielberg. The J.J. Abrams film about a dangerous something released into a small American town has been painted as an inheritor to the Amblin mantle from day one, and every bit of footage and imagery we’ve seen has locked down that relationship.

Now check out this Japanese poster for the film, which might be the most overt piece of Spielberg-ian marketing yet. (And, as some have pointed out, this image might be a wee bit spoilerish, depending upon how much you know about the film.) Read More »

‘Super 8′ Clip #3

This week, Paramount Pictures has been premiering mini-clips from the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed 1980′s Amblin film homage Super 8. Each 30-second clip has premiered on Fox at 8pm, with the last one scheduled to air Wednesday.

We’ve posted the first two clips, the first of which showed the kids preparing to shoot their Super 8 zombie movie before the big train crash, and the second of which showed what happens to the kids during the train crash.

The third clip is a continuation, another 30 seconds of footage, showing what happens after the train crash. While the first two clips pretty much showed what happened in the teaser trailer but from the kid’s perspective, this is the first clip in the series that I would warn against watching if you’re worried about learning plot points or spoilers no yet shown in the previous advertising. Watch the new clip embedded after the jump.

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Watch A Second Clip From ‘Super 8′

Yesterday we posted a 30-second clip from Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed 1980′s Amblin film homage Super 8. The clip showed the kids preparing to shoot their Super 8 zombie movie before the big train crash. This next 35-second clip shows what happens to the kids during the train crash. I love this sequence because it shows the same action from the initial teaser trailer, but from a completely different point of view. By following the kids during this spectacular wreck, we’re put in the middle of the action. As much as I enjoy these so-far virtually spoiler-free clips, I’m hoping that Paramount isn’t planning to release a new 30-second clip each day. Watch the new clip embedded after the jump.

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Paramount Pictures has released the first clip for the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed 1980′s Amblin film homage Super 8. The 30-second video isn’t an actual clip from the movie, and certainly isn’t a trailer or tv spot. It can be best described as an edited package showing the kids preparing to shoot their Super 8 zombie movie before the big train crash. You can watch the clip without fear of spoilers, as it only contains plot points we’ve seen in the trailers and tv spots. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Exclusive ‘Super 8′ TV Spot

Paramount is dropping little grains of new Super 8 footage today via two TV spots. One appeared this morning on Yahoo, but the other is our own exclusive. Ours is better (I mean, I would say that, but still…) because it nicely distills the basic setup of the story. If you’ve been wary of knowing too much about the film, it’s a great way to get the gist very quickly without feeling like you’ve seen too much. Check both out after the break. Read More »

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