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In Theaters: 'Super 8,' 'Trollhunter,' 'The Trip'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 10, 2011 6:10 AM
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Greetings, loyal readers. How is your summer 2011 going? Hot and humid enough for ya? Seek solace this weekend in the icy cold climes of your local multiplex, or even your arthouse, they too have air conditioning! This weekend make it a double feature with a little taste for everyone's palate. Blockbusters and art cinema go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Which one is the peanut butter and which one is the chocolate? I don't know! Leave your theories in the comments. For those of you who like your summer movies big and meaty, we've got the lens flare fest, excuse me, I mean nostalgic Spielbergian homage "Super 8" from JJ Abrams. If you like your movies more microbudgeted and wry, try the Steve Coogan road trip flick "The Trip." Maybe you want to catch up with the latest Woody Allen romp, "Midnight in Paris" as it continues its roll out. At any rate, this weekend is a good one for original content. Not a sequel in sight. Yay! Join me now, on this fantastical journey.

J.J. Abrams Says 'Super 8' Is Not Just A Monster Movie Or A Spielberg Homage

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 7, 2011 6:47 AM
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It wouldn't be a summer blockbuster year without a super-secretive J.J. Abrams project and thanks to the director, and in part, producer Steven Spielberg, summer 2011 delivers just that with his latest back-to-basics inspired sci-fi thriller, "Super 8."
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BRAAAAAAAAAHM! New 'Super 8' Trailer & TV Montage Channel The 'Inception' Sound Design

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2011 12:56 PM
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BRAAAAAAAAAHM! When you're selling things as expensive and diverse as blockbuster movies, it helps to have a formula you can follow, particularly when it comes to trailers and tv spots: it makes an audience feel safe to know that the movie that they're considering putting down their hard-earned cash for, is being marketed in a way similar to that one they enjoyed a couple of summers ago. BRAAAAAAAAAHM! In the mid 90s, for instance, it was hard to find any kind of trailer that didn't combine the phrase "In a world...," and the Hans Zimmer music from "Crimson Tide." More recently, there's the comic fake-out, most notably for kid-aimed movies about talking CGI creatures. Think you're getting a new "Harry Potter" trailer? Wrong, it's "Scooby Doo!"
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Review: 'Super 8' Is A Summer Blockbuster Just Like You Always Remembered

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 1, 2011 7:01 AM
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The first teaser for “Super 8” debuted in front of “Iron Man 2” way back in early May of 2010, featuring a single sequence of a violent train collision and a mystery car containing something ominous, large, strong and very scary. The helmer behind such box office hits as the “Star Trek” reboot as well as some of the more intriguing fare to show up on television in the last few years, throw the name J.J. Abrams onto a project and speculation – and excitement – begins to run rampant. Was it a monster movie? A sequel to “Cloverfield”? Some even broke down the ending shot of this first teaser, frame by frame, in hopes of some clue as to what was to come. Now, just over a year later, we’re closing in on the film’s debut, and while newer trailers indicate that early speculation of a moody, more fierce film might have been a little off base, Abrams still delivers an edge-of-your-seat thriller with heart and humor that we predict will have audiences buzzing.

Watch: Kids From 'Super 8' Look For Better Production Values In New Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2011 5:38 AM
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Last week, it was "X-Men: First Class" getting the hype thanks to early reviews and this week, you can expect "Super 8" to be getting the same amount of buzz and Paramount is building the foundation with some clips from the film.
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'Super 8' Started As A Heist Movie & 9 More Things Learned From J.J. Abrams & Steven Spielberg

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 27, 2011 3:14 AM
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After a year of secrecy, J.J. Abrams' nostalgia-fueled monster movie "Super 8" is finally done -- the film is locked, it has screened for critics (a Playlister has seen it, although we can't yet tell you what we thought) and it hits theaters in a couple of weeks. While most of the details are still under wraps, Abrams, and producer Steven Spielberg, have started doing the PR rounds ahead of the film's release two weeks from now.
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Trailers & Clips: The 'Zookeeper,' 'Super 8,' 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' & 'Good Neighbors'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 19, 2011 2:37 AM
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Also Alex Gibney's Ken Kesey-Centered Documentary, 'Magic Trip'Alright, a whole slew of new trailers and clips have arrived. Lets do this. Hold your nose.

New 30 Second 'Super 8' Clip Has At Least 30 Lens Flares In It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2011 10:00 AM
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  • 18 Comments
Ok, So Maybe There's Only 15 Or So...After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. This is the premise of J.J. Abrams' upcoming new suspense thriller/monster-movie-to-be/obsession-with-being-the-child-of Steven Spielberg pic, titled "Super 8" (ok, so it's a homage to youth and Super 8 home movies as well).
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New Pics From 'Super 8' & 'Attack The Block'; Hear Great Basement Jaxx Tune

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 8:36 AM
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An alien themed picture post for you, so buckle your seatbelts.

Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
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  • 12 Comments
Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, comedies and the occasional kids' flick, designed principally as a way of tempting you into an air conditioned theater to spend money on ice cream and nachos.

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