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.