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January 4, 2012 | 12:17 pm

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With Gary Oldman getting strong reviews and Oscar buzz for his performance as spy George Smiley in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” the Arclight in Hollywood is offering a six-film retrospective of the British actor’s career beginning Monday with 1986’s “Sid and Nancy,” in which he played punk rocker Sid Vicious, followed by Oliver Stone’s 1991 “J.F.K.,” which features his tenacious performance as Lee Harvey Oswald.

Oldman’s performance as a U.S. congressman in 2000’s “The Contender” is on display on Tuesday, along with his “biting” turn as the most famous vampire in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 “Dracula.” Scheduled for Wednesday is his turn as playwright Joe Orton in 1987’s “Prick Up Your Ears,” directed by Stephen Frears, followed by “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

After the "Tinker, Tailor" screening, Oldman will participate in a Q&A with Matt Holzman, host of KCRW’s “Matt’s Movies.” The admission to the retrospective is free, but tickets are only available via RSVP through www.OldmanRSVP.com. www.arclightcinemas.com

The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre concludes its annual “Screwball Comedies” Festival Thursday evening with Howard Hawks’ 1941 romantic comedy “Ball of Fire,” starring Barbara Stanwyck in her Oscar-nominated performance as a nightclub singer on the lam who hides out with a group of encyclopedia nerds. Gary Cooper plays the nerd working on slang who falls for Stanwyck.

The second feature is the 1937 classic “The Awful Truth,” for which director Leo McCarey won the best director Oscar. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, who earned an Oscar nomination, star.

On Friday, the Aero celebrates the centennial of New Mexico’s statehood with Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 Western “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” with Kris Kristofferson and James Coburn. Nick Redman, Peckinpah’s biographer and documentary filmmaker; Peckinpah’s assistant Katy Haber; editor Garth Craven; and the film’s co-star, Charles Martin Smith, will discuss the movie after the screening.

Director J.J. Abrams and members of his cast and crew will be appearing Saturday evening at the Aero Theatre for a screening of Abrams' sci-fi coming-of-age 2011 box office hit, “Super 8.” Sunday evening, the Aero presents the 2010 French comedy-drama “Eight Times Up,” which explores the topic of unemployment. Director Xabia Molia and star and co-producer Julie Gayet will appear in person.

Every year the Cinematheque presents the “Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee Series.” The Globes take place Jan. 15. This year's programming begins Monday evening at the Aero with Angelina Jolie’s feature film debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which is in Bosnian with English subtitles. The series continues Tuesday with Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In,” which marks a reunion with one of the Spanish director’s early muses, Antonio Banderas. The critically lauded Iranian film, “A Separation,” which has already earned several critics’ accolades, screens Wednesday.

The Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre presents its seventh annual “Focus on Female Directors” evening on Thursday. Among the films screening are Maryna Vroda’s “Cross,” which won the 2011 Palme d’Or for best short film; Jess Holzworth’s 2011 “Gamma Ray,” with Chloe Sevigny; Mitsuyo Miyazaki’s award-winning 2011 USC student film, “Tsuyako”; and Penelope Spheeris’ 1998 “No Use Walkin’ When You Can Stroll.” Spheeris and other directors featured in the program will be appearing.

Two cult coming-of-age classics, 1985’s “The Goonies” and 1986’s “Stand By Me,” are scheduled for Friday evening at the Egyptian.

On Saturday evening, Jeff Garlin of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will be leading a discussion after the screening of “The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes 1951-1957.”

The current film “My Week with Marilyn” explores the turbulent production of the 1957 film, “The Prince and the Showgirl,” starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. On Sunday the Egyptian will screen “The Prince and the Showgirl,” along with the 1959 Billy Wilder comedy masterwork, “Some Like It Hot,” with Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. www.americancinematheque.com

The UCLA Film & Television Archive commences its three-month retrospective on Oscar-winning actor Spencer Tracy on Saturday evening at the Billy Wilder Theatre with “Inherit the Wind,” Stanley Kramer’s 1960 film version of the hit Broadway play based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, for which Tracy earned an Oscar nomination as an attorney based on Clarence Darrow. Fredric March also stars. James Curtis, author of the new Tracy biography, and “Wind” co-star Donna Anderson will be in attendance.

Scheduled for Sunday is his first feature film, 1930’s “Up the River,” which also marked the feature debut of Humphrey Bogart, followed by the 1930 Vitaphone short, “The Hard Guy.”

The archive’s Wednesday program at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles is the campy 1966 prehistoric drama “One Million Years B.C." starring Raquel Welch in very revealing outfits and the 1940 version “One Million B.C.” with Victor Mature. www.cinema.ucla.edu

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 satire “Weekend” visits the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre on Thursday through Wednesday in a new 35mm print. On Monday, Cinefamily presents a feature length edition of Season One of David Cross’ IFC series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” followed by a Q&A with the actor (“Arrested Development”), who created and writes the series, which begins its second season Friday evening. www.cinefamily.org

And on Saturday the Los Angeles Filmforum teams up with Cinefamily to present “Wallace Berman’s Underground Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 9." Toni Bail and Russ Tamblyn are scheduled to appear in person, schedule permitting. www. lafilmforum.org

The New Beverly Cinema showcases Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, “Into the Abyss,” on Thursday evening, followed by Errol Morris’ 1999 doc, “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr." Two by Pedro Almodovar are featured Friday and Saturday -- his 2011 drama “The Skin I Live In” followed by 2009’s “Broken Embraces” with Penelope Cruz. Saturday’s midnight movie is David Fincher’s 1999 “Fight Club,” with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

Sunday and Monday’s offerings are Luc Besson’s 1997 action-adventure “The Fifth Element,” with Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker, as well as 2001’s “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.”

Mark Romanek, schedule permitting, will appear in person Wednesday at the New Beverly for a screening of his 2010 drama, “Never Let Me Go.” Also screening is Francois Truffaut’s only English-language film, 1966’s “Fahrenheit 451,” based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. www.newbevcinema.com

The 7th Annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival kicks off Thursday and continues through Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse in Old Town Newhall and features comedies, dramas, animation and shorts, plus works by budding filmmakers in junior high and high school. www.SCVFilmFestival.com

The 9th Annual Venice Film Festival, which explores the history of films made in Venice, Calif., takes place Thursday at the Seven Dudley Cinema at Beyond Baroque. laughters.com/7dudleycinema.html.

The Free Tunisia Organization is presenting the New Tunisian Film Festival Tuesday through Thursday at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. The festival also marks the one-year anniversary of the Tunisian uprising. Among the films to be screened are “Fallaga 2011,” “Making of,” “Fausse Note” and “Rouge Parole.” www.levantinecenter.org/event/tunisian-film-festival.

Stanley Donen directed the acclaimed 1967 romantic comedy-drama “Two for the Road,” with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, which screens Tuesday afternoon at the Skirball Cultural Center. www.skirball.org

[For the record, 4:03 p.m. Jan. 5: This post originally listed Spencer Tracy's retrospective as a two-month engagement launching on Friday. The retrospective is three months and launches Saturday.]

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Photo: Tom Hardy, left, and Gary Oldman in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" Credit: Jack English/Focus Features


'Footloose:' The '80's are dead. Long live the '80's.

October 17, 2011 |  8:00 am

The original "Footloose." Its 2011 remake pulled in $16.1 million at the box office.
Seasons, like paychecks and Republican presidential front-runners, come and go. But some things remain constant. Like '80s remakes. And, specifically, their power to make us yawn.

This weekend saw the moviegoing public shrug off two more retreads, a revival of a 1984 Kevin Bacon classic and a prequel of a 1982 John Carpenter cult hit. "Footloose," that Bacon revival, pulled in $16.1 million -- not a terrible number, but considering how heavily the movie was marketed, not exactly auspicious, either. Results for "The Thing" looked more grisly -- the movie eked out only $8.7 million.

The films join a long list of '80s reboots that have yielded lackluster results: "Fright Night," "Conan," "The A-Team," "Arthur."

But whilem any specific '80s titles have failed, the ethos of that decade actually remains alive in some of moviedom's most popular films.

In "Drive," the well-reviewed art-house piece that has established a loyal fan base, Nicolas Winding Refn channels the spirit of "Miami Vice" and other pastel-colored entertainment. Throwback action movies such as "The Expendables' and "Fast Five," meanwhile, have turned into the biggest hits of the last couple of years. "Footloose" may have struggled, but its spiritual descendants, the "Step Up" films, has blossomed into one of the hottest teen franchises of the last few years.

And this summer J.J Abrams looked to the movies of the 1980s, like "Stand by Me" and "The Goonies," in creating his coming-of-age adventure "Super 8." The film went on to become a huge global hit.

There are good reasons we're looking back to the movies of several decades ago: There were some storytelling values to that period, for one thing, and there are only have so many stories to tell.

Even a contemporary director such as Jason Reitman, one of the more original-minded filmmakers out there, said he felt the ghosts of decades past when he gets behind the camera. "In a strange way, I always feel like I'm doing a remake," he told 24 Frames in an interview last week. "I mean, 'Thank You for Smoking' was 'Jerry Maguire' if Jerry sold cigarettes."

In a new column, my colleague Patrick Goldstein takes a look at why so many producers these days choose to resurrect the past, offering the theory that platforms such as Netflix and YouTube make a new generation more willing to accept older stories. "With a century of culture just a click away on any computer, young consumers have become the ultimate archivists, just as willing to embrace familiarity as innovation," he said.

In that sense, Hollywood is giving us what we want with these throwback pieces -- films that remind us of stories we've heard before. It's just that we prefer they don't remind us so explicitly.

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Photo: The original "Footloose." Credit: Paramount Pictures


Betsy Sharkey's film pick of the week: 'Super 8'

June 30, 2011 |  7:41 am

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Writer-director J.J. Abrams has a way of meshing sci-fi with ordinary people to create extraordinary entertainment, which he’s done extremely well in “Lost” and in 2009’s explosive “Star Trek.” He goes with adolescent charm in his latest, “Super 8,” which lands a group of small-town preteens in the middle of crises both major -– a military coverup of an alien life force on the loose-- and minor –- who will win the affections of Alice, played by Elle Fanning, who once again shows she has all the acting chops of her talented older sister, Dakota. (For early Elle at her best, pick up 2004's "The Door in the Floor" on DVD. The actress, only 5 when it was filmed, is mesmerizing. And it has the added treat of an exceptional performance from Jeff Bridges.)

The “caught on tape” element drives the action and helps the kids unlock the mystery, set in 1979 during a time of such electronic innocence that it makes the film feel like a slice of nostalgic heaven. Friendships are face-to-face, not Facebook. In this movie-within-a-movie, Joe (Joel Courtney) mans the Super 8 and his best friend, Charles (Riley Griffiths), is the director. But there is friction on the set as Abrams has something to say about an early auteur with a cinematic vision.

Kyle Chandler’s single dad, a local cop trying to outwit the military bad boys and keep up with Joe, brings an earthy, ordinary-guy appeal and grown-up problems. Ron Eldard as Alice's deadbeat dad helps keep the tension tight. It might be easy to take a pass on this as just another kid’s movie. It’s more. “Super 8” is smartly satisfying, super no matter your age. 

-- Betsy Sharkey

Photo: From left, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Ron Eldard in J.J. Abrams' sci-fi drama, "Super 8." Credit: Francois Duhamel/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures/MCT


'Super 8': Maybe bringing back the 1980s is a good idea after all

June 13, 2011 |  8:30 am

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For the last few years, as seemingly every third 1980s film has been put through the clanking gears of Hollywood's remake machine, many filmgoers have lamented the move away from original concepts. "Hollywood, tear down this retread wall," has been the cry of those irked by the movie industry's obsession with all things Reagan era.

This weekend, "Super 8" provided a rebuttal. It turns out you can get what many critics believe is a smart, sweet movie -- and a hit to boot -- by channeling that period.

Although it's set in 1979 and doesn't share a specific title with any movies from the "me decade," "Super 8" is a 1980s film to the core. It plumbs the depths of that pre-Internet, early-fanboy era as much as any film in recent memory. And it contains more references to "E.T," ""Stand by Me" and "The Goonies" -- for many who came of age in the 1980s, the holy trinity of popcorn cinema -- than a VH1 special.

Yet despite the film's determinedly backward glances, critics generally liked it (an 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), with prominent reviewers saying things such as "If you're wondering what's missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8.'"

Audiences, meanwhile, came out in sizable numbers. The movie's $37-million weekend is the biggest opening of any live-action movie not based on a preexisting brand this year -- a list that, while small, includes "Bridesmaids," "Just Go With It" and "Battle: Los Angeles." "Super 8" also had the best opening in nearly 20 years for any film Steven Spielberg has produced or directed that wasn't based on an existing brand, topping efforts such as "A.I." and "Saving Private Ryan."

That kind of success doesn't mean that an entire decade is ripe for the ransacking, of course. But it does prove that there's a purity to some of its storytelling that can translate today. And while in a brand-obsessed Hollywood remakes aren't exactly produced out of idealism, that doesn't mean they can't yield something interesting.

Later this summer we'll get more literal '80s visitations in the form of "Fright Night" and "Conan the Barbarian." Who knows how good these movies will be, and whether we'll greet them with an embrace or an eye-roll? But "Super 8" at least shows that with the right filmmakers holding the right intentions, a little nostalgia may not be a bad thing.

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 -- Steven Zeitchik
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 Photo: A scene from "Super 8." Credit: Paramount Pictures

 


Frame Grab: 'Super 8' star Joel Courtney's small-town charms

June 13, 2011 |  4:00 am

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Sometimes that actor playing the wide-eyed innocent is nothing like his character. And sometimes, as in the case of "Super 8" lead Joel Courtney, he's pretty much the same way in real life.

Courtney stars as Joe Lamb, a model-building movie lover who has recently lost his mom, in J.J. Abrams' new coming-of-age movie that was a hit with audiences over the weekend. With a wide-eyed vulnerability and a quiet composure, Courtney's character gives viewers of the Steven Spielberg-produced movie someone to rally behind. 

In real life, the polite 15-year-old has the same unprepossessing manner, with none of the flippancy or attitude you might expect from an adolescent -- let alone an adolescent who has spent the past year working with some of the most famous filmmakers on the planet.

Courtney, who had never before acted in anything more than a school play, sounded a concerned and slightly earnest note about the 5,000 other teens he beat out for the part.  "I feel bad -- a lot of kids had a lot more experience than me," he said by phone Saturday from his home in Moscow, Idaho.

Like the Ohio town of the film, Moscow is a decidedly small place. The largest nearby city is Spokane, Wash., a two-hour drive away, and there's little in the way of Hollywood accouterments. Courtney and his family attended the film's premiere in Westwood on Wednesday evening, then went back to Idaho and spent opening night watching the movie at one of Moscow's two small movie theaters.

"A lot of people from my school and church were there," said the teen, the youngest of four siblings who's about to start his freshman year of high school. But his classmates and fellow churchgoers didn't give him a hard time about his newfound Hollywood status, or mention it at all, really. "They let us leave all that down in L.A.," he said.

Courtney's odyssey to the silver screen began when he came to Los Angeles last summer to visit his 19-year-old brother, Caleb, who has acted in independent films. Joel had modest ambitions. "I just wanted to make $100 on a commercial," he recalled.

Instead, at the suggestion of a Seattle acting coach he and his siblings had previously worked with, Courtney found himself at a nationwide casting call for the lead role in Abrams' film. After an audition in which Courtney was asked to read fake scenes from the movie (Abrams and Spielberg are very keen on secrecy), casting agents and filmmakers called him back 11 times. When he finally got to the set -- the film shot in West Virginia in the early fall, which meant some time off from school -- Courtney admits he found himself a bit confused.

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How much was 'Super 8' influenced by 1980s films? J.J. Abrams and the stars weigh in [Video]

June 12, 2011 | 12:47 pm

As audiences turn out to see "Super 8" this weekend, the movie has attracted not just younger audiences but adults nostalgic for the popular 1980s films the J.J. Abrams project evokes.

Indeed, such movies -- including producer Steven Spielberg's "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me" and Richard Donner's "The Goonies" -- were of such importance to Abrams that the studio had the young stars of "Super 8" watch them before production began on the film.

"Paramount had us watch those movies because so many of the references J.J. made were to those movies," explained one of the film's kid stars, 14-year-old Ryan Lee, at the movie's premiere in Westwood Wednesday evening.  "And after we would watch those movies, we’d be like, ‘Ohhh, that makes sense now.’"

As 15-year-old Joel Courtney, who has the largest role of any teen in the film, came to understand it:  "‘E.T.’ kind of brings a little bit of sci-fi to it. ‘Goonies’ brings that group of kids to it. And ‘Jaws’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ brings that terror to it."

But when asked what Abrams wanted his child stars to take away from the '80s movies, the filmmaker had a different point of view.

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Critical Mass: The critics love 'Super 8' for what it represents

June 10, 2011 |  3:26 pm

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Director J.J. Abrams' neo-Spielbergian coming-of-age sci-fi action fantasy "Super 8" has been under wraps for a long time now. But the veil of secrecy is being lifted as the paying public finally gets a chance to see exactly what Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg have been up to.

So how are the critics, who saw the film early and have had a few days to collect their thoughts, reacting to this tale of an alien run amok in small town Ohio circa 1979 while a group of pre-teens make an 8-millimeter zombie flick? Does it recapture the magic of late '70s/early '80s Spielberg that it's so self-consciously attempting to evoke?

Mostly, the answer is yes. But it's not an unqualified success.

Take, for example, Kenneth Turan's review in The Times. Turan came away from the film heavy-hearted, lacking for enthusiasm for the wonders Abrams had shown him. He writes, "A longtime admirer of Spielberg, Abrams has made something more in that director's style than his own, an action that has diminished his own effectiveness without replicating what makes the best of Spielberg's films so successful." In the end, he says, "the problem with 'Super 8' is not how much there is to complain about but how little there is to be excited about."

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As the wraps come off 'Super 8,' will fans come?

June 8, 2011 | 11:52 am

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Ever since its trailer made its Super Bowl debut, J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" has kept a low marketing profile. Contrary to most summer releases, the Steven Spielberg-produced coming-of-age horror film has opted for mystery over ubiquity as its preferred promotional tool.

As the movie's release looms this weekend, that's starting to change; Paramount, for instance, has just announced a sneak preview Thursday on about 250 screens in conjunction with Twitter. But will audiences respond to the unconventional campaign?

The 1979-set film, which centers on a likable  group of preternaturally mature middle-schoolers who witness an unusual train accident and then must cope with what they've seen -- is Abrams' homage to "E.T.," "The Goonies" and other genre-tinged youthful dramedies from the 1980s. While many of us view those films as timeless hits, it's far from clear how a teenager raised on today's less sentimental, more effects-driven summer movies will feel.

So far the research suggests that younger audiences haven't quite sparked to the movie. As my colleague John Horn writes in his Word of Mouth column in tomorrow's Times, the under-25 set has been less responsive in pre-release surveys. "[P]eople who remember 1979 are more likely to want to see 'Super 8' than those for whom it’s ancient history," Horn writes. As are, one might add, filmgoers over 30 who fondly remember movies from three decades ago and will likely relish the chance to see one again in a movie theater.

Paramount is positioning the movie as a multigenerational offering. That may well turn out to be true. But while most family hits these days are movies the kids primarily want to see that parents can enjoy too -- this spring's "Rio," for instance -- "Super 8" has to do it the other way: First get parents excited, and then have them convince their kids to take the walk down memory lane with them. But then, this movie's been doing things a little differently for a while now.

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Photo: A scene from "Super 8." Credit: Paramount Pictures


'Super 8' star: Steven Spielberg offered me some good life advice [Video]

June 6, 2011 |  2:18 pm

From Drew Barrymore to Shia LaBeouf, Steven Spielberg has a long history of mentoring child actors. He continued that practice on the set of "Super 8," the J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi drama he produced that hits theaters Friday.

Set in the 1970s, the film centers on a group of young friends with an affinity for moviemaking who witness a train crash while shooting their own picture. All of the kids cast in the movie -- with the exception of Elle Fanning -- were novices, which means the experience of promoting the movie has been a new one for the ensemble. Spielberg and Abrams, though, have been serving as advisors throughout the process.

At the MTV Movie Awards, Joel Courtney, the film's 15-year-old lead, looked oddly formal, decked out in a suit while others around him sported leather jackets, Ed Hardy T-shirts and Converse sneakers. "I really didn't care what I wore. But J.J. wanted me to wear this," he said in a video interview (check out the full clip below, and others after the jump). "I hope I get advice from him for the rest of my life. He's such a cool guy."

Asked what counsel he'd received from Abrams and Spielberg, Courtney ticked off their words of wisdom as though it was a series of mantras. "They told me not to get a big head. Not get entitled. Stay humble. Remember who you are. Stay in school. Keep a social life so your friends can keep you, like, down to earth."

On that note, Courtney could take a page from costar Fanning, 13, who has managed to juggle a burgeoning acting career while still in junior high. "I go to a regular school, so when I'm not doing movies, I'm in class, and when I am doing movies, I have to do all the tests, all the schoolwork, everything my classmates are doing so I can keep up," she said.

Abrams was more ... general when asked how he shepherded a group of young 'uns. "I'm happy to help them however they need help," the filmmaker said vaguely.

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At MTV Movie Awards, 'Super 8' courts the youth vote [Video]

June 6, 2011 |  7:00 am

One of the stranger moments at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday night -- besides Jason Segel's butt-texting bit -- came when Steven Spielberg took to the stage to promote "Super 8." It's not often you get one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation on a stage amid His Bieberness and the K-Stew hair pulling. But there he was, standing aside J.J. Abrams and several of the child actors from "Super 8."

The occasion was the unveiling of a new spot for the low-budget monster film (you can watch it below), and though the whole proceeding felt a bit anomalous amid the Harry Potter and "Twilight" coronations, it did make clear some interesting details about the upcoming film. There's a movie the characters are shooting, for one thing, and plenty of we-must-seal-off-this-town tension, along with more quick cuts than in "E.T.," the film to which "Super 8" has sometimes been compared. Also, is it just us or is there something about that child director that evokes Chunk from "The Goonies"?

As Abrams alluded to from the stage, "Super 8" is trying to create some old-fashioned pre-release mystery, and the interesting question will be how that plays to a younger audience weaned on pre-release hysteria. We'll find out soon: The movie, which is being sold on its concept and filmmakers a bit more than its stars, opens later this week.

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