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With writer-director J.J. Abrams Super 8 opening tonight, I was recently able to interview the cast in London for our partners at Omelete. While Abrams likes to keep his films under wraps while they’re in production, by now you know Super 8 takes place in the summer of 1979 and it’s about a group of friends that discovers something not from this world while making a super 8 film. Mix in that it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, uses his Amblin logo (which should clue you into what kind of movie this is), and you’re got a great coming-of-age story that I think audiences are going to love. During my interview with three of the kids (Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee), we talked about trying to keep the movie a secret, their reaction to seeing the finished film, filming the train sequence, what films did they watch before filming, how they got to help write and direct the super 8 zombie film within the film, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee What has the promotional tour been like for them What was more challenging: filming the movie or keeping the secrets Did anyone pull them aside and tell them they really can't talk about Super 8 to anyone Were they asked to watch any movies before filming began They talk about writing/directing the zombie movie in the movie Was "production value" in J.J.'s script or their script What ...
J.J. Abrams Super 8 is an echo. It echoes the innocence of Steven Spielberg's Amblin films of the 1980s, it echoes the imagined purity of small town America, and it echoes the innocence and coming of age through the lens of aspiring filmmakers. But Super 8 never makes its own noise. While the film manages to capture the fun, adventure, thrills, laughs, and characters of Spielberg's movies, Super 8 never conjures its own magic. The film takes place in 1979 in the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio. Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) recently lost his mother in an industrial accident and struggles to connect with his distant father Jackson (Kyle Chandler), a sheriff's deputy who is a good guy but doesn't know how to relate to his son. With school out for the summer, Joe and his friends Charles (Riley Griffiths), Martin (Gabriel Basso), Cary (Ryan Lee), and Preston (Zach Mills) work on a zombie movie to enter into a local film fest. Charles asks Alice (Elle Fanning) to act in their movie and Joe clearly has a crush on her, which is problematic since she's the daughter of Louis Dainard (Ron Eldard), the guy Jackson holds responsible for his wife's death. But these personal troubles fade into the background when the group, while shooting a movie near the train tracks, witnesses a massive derailment. Certain charges can be leveled against J.J. Abrams but the man is a master of action. The derailment is the film's big set piece and it's absolutely spectacular. ...
With writer/director J.J. Abrams' Super 8 opening next week, Paramount has released over twenty new images and you can check them out after the jump. Here's the synopsis: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. With the embargo lifted, I can tell you Super 8 was great and it made me feel like a kid again. If I was 12, Super 8 would probably be my favorite movie. It really deserves the Amblin logo at the beginning… Finally, I've posted all the images Paramount has released, not just the new ones. Click on any image for high-resolution [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="1"]