Here are a couple J.J. Abrams-related items. First up is that the PC version of the game Portal 2 contains a not-so-hidden ‘interactive trailer’ for the summer film Super 8. Essentially, it puts you on the train that is seen in the first trailer for the film. You can’t do much actual interaction, but by walking around before and after the crash seen in the trailer, looking at the details of the objects in the train cars, you can glean a little bit of background detail about the story for Super 8. Plus, play it over and over again and it’s like a J.J. Abrams remix of Source Code!

Check out the video of that trailer after the break. We’ve also got info on the screenwriters hired for a new Abrams-produced project. Read More »


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Summer is coming quick, and we’re starting to get better looks at quite a few of the big studio films that will compete for your time and money as the temperature rises. Fox has released a tense image from X-Men: First Class, and the new summer preview issue of Entertainment Weekly offers up new images from Super 8 and Cowboys & Aliens. See ’em all after the break. Read More »

Today /Film HQ received a small unmarked envelope containing an old box of for a Kodak Super 8 cartridge (Type A). Must be some creepy viral for the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed film Super 8. Makes sense, right? So…. inside the box was, as expected, a reel of Super 8 film. And…

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Today Paramount Pictures released their summer movie preview images, which includes a couple new photos from JJ AbramsSuper 8 and Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Check them out for yourself after the jump.

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‘Super 8’ TV Spot Features New Footage

Super 8, the J. J. Abrams film produced in conjunction with Steven Spielberg that very deliberately seeks to recapture the spirit of ’80s Amblin films, is looking like one of the best bets of the summer. Footage wowed audiences at CinemaCon last week, and at a media preview not long before that. A new TV spot for the film ran last night in the States, and it features a few very small bits of new footage. For those who can’t get enough, the clip is after the break. Read More »

I’m in Las Vegas at Cinema Con, the movie exhibition convention formerly known as ShoWest.  This is where movie theater owners, managers, industry merchants, the guys who design concession stand and projection equipment, and others gather to network with other professionals, learn about new equipment, trends and of course — get excited about upcoming movies. All the film studios come to town to present clips from their yearly slates, which is why I’m here.

Tonight Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation presented footage from JJ Abrams’ Super 8, Thor, Captain America, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Puss in Boots. The DreamWorks Animation footage was basically a shortened version of the presentation we saw in Los Angeles a couple weeks back (article here). After the jump you can read my thoughts and reactions to the other footage screened tonight, along with a video blog. We try to keep everything as spoiler free as possible, and don’t get into anything detail-wise that you wouldn’t have picked up from the movie trailers. So feel free to read/watch my/our reactions without being spoiled.

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Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams presented 22 minutes of unfinished footage from Super 8 to the New York City press on Wednesday. I’ll be checking out the footage next week at CinemaCon (so expect my thoughts then), but I thought I’d give you a round-up of the reactions from around the web.. I think we can all agree that footage descriptions and spoilers are not of interest for this film. I’ve included excerpts of just the reactions/impressions, minus details. Hit the jump to find out what people thought of the footage.

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Update: This story has been debunked. Despite MTV’s report, the Facebook page is not an official facebook account of Chris Pine.

Star Trek 2 is gearing up after JJ Abrams finishes on Super 8, and we’re beginning to actually learn some new details. Chris Pine has posted an update on his Facebook (found via MTV) page — in it, he reveals that his character as Captain James T Kirk will have a love interest in the sequel:

“After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand.  I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it’s all looking very exciting. Sorry but I cant give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!”

The question is: will it be a new character, someone from the Enterprise crew, or a character from Trek canon? Blastr suggests Carol Marcus, the Federation leading molecular biologist who had a fling with Kirk, and fathered his son David.


This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Hunger Games casting controversies, express disagreements about Brooklyn’s Finest and Julianne Moore’s accents, and wonder what the hell happened to DJ Caruso. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from The Totally Rad Show. Check out Dan’s newest short film! It’s awesome.

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