'Super 8' premiere lands with Elle Fanning, Tom Cruise
Aliens and coming-of-age are common movie themes, and a marriage of the two made for quite a show at the "Super 8" premiere Wednesday night at the Village Theater in Westwood.
J.J. Abrams' passion project, produced by Steven Spielberg, lighted up Westwood as supporters Tom Cruise and Chris Pine joined the cast and filmmakers for the red carpet and screening.
"I remember standing in line here, opening weekend of 'Grease,'" Abrams said as he introduced the film in the Broxton Avenue theater. "And 'The Shining.' And that's what this film is, a combination of 'Grease' and 'The< Shining.' "
Jokes aside, Abrams'< young cast members, including Elle Fanning, enjoyed the hoopla — Fanning looking lovely (and tall!) in a flowy white number. The 13-year-old wasn't entirely ahead of her years, however, enthusiastically grabbing a soda and popcorn on her way into the theater.
After the screening, an after-party happened across the street, themed after the small-town '70s vibe of "Super 8." Picnic benches were serviced by waiters passing bags of crispy tater tots, juice bars were constructed for the underage crowd, and cotton candy was distributed by girls on roller skates. Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.
A Slurpee truck was rolled in courtesy of 7-Eleven, and Fatburger fed stars including Pine, who wandered the bash chowing down on a cheeseburger.
Elle, younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning, was the talk of the fete.
"She was fantastic," said Geoff Stults, who mentioned he'd starred in a short film with the actress when "she was just a baby."
Bill Hader of "Saturday Night Live" was full of compliments too, praising the film's arguable kid lead, Joel Courtney.
Also spotted: "Lost" alums Josh Holloway and Jorge Garcia, and sisters Aly and AJ Michalka.
— Matt Donnelly
Photos: Tom Cruise, top, and Elle Fanning, left, on the "Super 8" red carpet. Credits: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.