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Paramount Screens Super 8 Footage in NYC, ShoWest/CinemaCon

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 24, 2011 at 1:55AM

Rumors have been rampant that Paramount was going to screen a film at next week's CinemaCon (ShoWest is no more) exhibitor convention in Las Vegas. Well, the studio screened the first 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's Super 8 to positive response to assorted media in New York Wednesday, and will show the same footage to theater owners, along with a 2011 sizzle reel.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Rumors have been rampant that Paramount was going to screen a film at next week's CinemaCon (ShoWest is no more) exhibitor convention in Las Vegas. Well, the studio screened the first 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's Super 8 to positive response to assorted media in New York Wednesday, and will show the same footage to theater owners, along with a 2011 sizzle reel.

Paramount CEO Brad Grey introduced first-looks of Footloose and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol at the Walter Reade Theatre as well as familiar Super Bowl footage from Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Here's some descriptive reaction from HitFix, Cinema Blend and Matt Patches.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Studios, Marketing, Exhibition, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Sci-fi, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.