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'Super 8' Is Super-Great on DVD and Blu-ray

Super 8
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Remember when movies like "E.T.," "The Goonies" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" sparked a sense of adventure and childlike wonder in people of all ages? All of those movies were directed or produced by Steven Spielberg, who also produced this year's "Super 8," a heartfelt homage to Spielberg's classic sci-fi stories that was written and directed by J.J. Abrams for a whole new generation.

The story follows a group of six children, including 14-year-old Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), who are filming their own Super 8 zombie drama in their small town of Lillian, Ohio, circa 1980. The five boys catch a ride with their friend Alice (Elle Fanning) to a train depot to film a scene for their movie. While they're there, a train roars by and the group witnesses a pickup truck purposely drive onto the tracks and wreck into the train, which causes a massive derailment that the children catch on film. Get More »

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Next Factor: 'Super' Star Joel Courtney

Joel Courtney
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Fifteen-year-old Joel Courtney had only ever acted in a few school plays before when he scored the lead role in director J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated movie "Super 8" (on DVD & Blu-ray Tuesday).

Looks like Courtney won't be hoofing it to commercial auditions in his home state of Idaho anymore. In his film debut he plays Joe Lamb, a Midwestern boy who, grieving the loss of his mother, devotes his time to helping his friends make a Super 8 zombie movie. "His dad, being the town deputy, is never really around," explains Courtney. "So, Joe finds his only comfort with his friends. His dad wants him to be a regular kid and play baseball, but Joe just wants to make movies." Get More »

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'Super 8' Kid Joel Courtney Goes Down South for 'Tom Sawyer'

Joel Courtney
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Teaming up with an A-List producer or director for your very first starring role is not a bad way to start an acting career. Just ask Joel Courtney, the lead kid in J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," who's currently in the beginning stages of racking up every male tween role from here to the end of the Mississippi.

This is known as the "Hailee Steinfeld Effect." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Variety

Have a Close Encounter of the J.J. Abrams Kind With 3 'Super 8' Clips

Super 8
Paramount

Ever since J.J. Abrams began the campaign for "Super 8" last year with his trademark cryptic teasers, we've been on pins and needles for him to let the monster out of the box... literally.

Now that we're just moments away from witnessing what new devilry the "Lost"/"Star Trek" impresario and his cohort, producer Steven Spielberg, have in store for us, we've got three new clips from the sci-fi coming-of-age movie.

Equal parts "Stand By Me" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Super 8" revolves around a group of young amateur filmmakers who accidentally capture footage of a... something... with their movie camera. All hell breaks loose, and you can bet we'll be there on June 10 to watch it all go down. Get More »

Meet the Kids of 'Super 8'

Super 8
Paramount

The biggest triumph that director J.J. Abrams’ ("Star Trek," "Cloverfield") achieves with "Super 8" isn’t the special effects or the secretive plot; it's the fine group of child actors he's assembled. Not since "The Goonies" has an ensemble of misfits been so entertaining.

In "Super 8," six Midwestern kids witness a mysterious train crash in 1979 while making a zombie film, and strange things start happening. Cue the screams of voice-cracking adolescents. They laugh, they cry, they blow stuff up, they sing "My Sharona." Fun fact: The actors actually wrote and directed the film-within-a-film themselves, so don’t forget to stay for the credits.

Meet these child stars of "Super 8" and learn more about the characters they play -- in the J.J. Abrams movie and their homemade zombie film. Get More »

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15 Breakout Stars to Bet on This Summer

Transformers 3
Paramount

The summer movie season is here, and that means one thing: AIR CONDITIONING!!! Also, we get to watch some cool movies with our air conditioning ticket.

There will be some familiar if not downright iconic faces to greet us there, but who's not looking to make some new friends? Lucky for us Hollywood is dishing out a promising group of cinematic newcomers who just might have made the leap to stardom by the time school's back in session -- including two sons, one daughter and one cousin of pop culture royalty. Get More »

Filed Under: Features Summer Movies
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