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Teaser Trailer: Super 8 Preview

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 18, 2011 at 8:29AM

Well, I finally saw, here at the Star Cinema in Cannes, the 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 (June 10) Paramount had screened to media in New York and exhibitors at CinemaCon. The footage looks very Spielbergian, and serves to set up the film's characters, a group of teen guys and one girl (Elle Fanning) as they film a super 8 movie at a train station, when a truck veers onto the tracks and causes a stupendous train crash that lets out something wicked and alien into the area.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Well, I finally saw, here at the Star Cinema in Cannes, the 20 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8 (June 10) Paramount had screened to media in New York and exhibitors at CinemaCon. The footage looks very Spielbergian, and serves to set up the film's characters, a group of teen guys and one girl (Elle Fanning) as they film a super 8 movie at a train station, when a truck veers onto the tracks and causes a stupendous train crash that lets out something wicked and alien into the area.

My feverish anticipation for this film has been somewhat tempered by the realization that it's yet another monster movie. Sigh. It's looks well-made and scary undoubtedly. And thus it will be a huge commercial hit, not just due to the participants involved, but the fact that it's an original, not a well-worn piece of franchise material.

Paramount's three sneak peaks have hit Fox and the internet as well as an official teaser trailer. The first two Fox clips include material I saw; number three has more new stuff.

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This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Festivals, Genres, Studios, Video, Summer Movies, Marketing, Summer, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Cannes, Action, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Trailers


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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.