Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Gabriel Basso, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills - (l-r) Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Elle Fanning, Zach Mills and Gabriel Basso Los Angeles, California - Super 8 Blueray and DVD Debut and Screening held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday 22nd November 2011
In 1979 Ohio, Joe (Courtney) is struggling with the fact that his mother has died in an accident. But it's summertime, so he and his pal Charles (Griffiths) decide to make a zombie movie with their friends (Lee, Basso and Mills).
Enlisting the help of their hot schoolmate Alice (Fanning), they are shooting a scene when they witness a train crash and some suspicious ensuing military mayhem. Suddenly the town is under the control of a harsh general (Emmerich), while Joe and his friends know a lot more than he thinks.
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Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills - Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee, Riley Griffiths, Joel Courtney, Zach Mills Wednesday 8th June 2011 Cast members of 'Super 8' at The Grove, for an interview with Mario Lopez on 'Extra'
Joe and his father, the deputy sheriff, live in the small town of Lillian, Ohio; the year is 1979 and like most kids their age, Joe and his friends have always been obsessed with the silver screen. When his friend Charlie asks him to help out on a film he's making with his friends, he willingly accepts. Joe's father wishes his son would take his head out of the clouds and focus on something more productive.
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Zach Helm, a gifted writer and director, unearths enough of those visual wizards for his debut picture Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a production designer's dream that is wondrously stuffed with the type of creativity usually reserved for children's literature. Helm proved he can write whimsically with his clever Stranger than Fiction script, where tax agent Will Ferrell ignored a narrators running commentary in his head. Now Helm's charming Emporium shows he's able to construct whimsy on screen, as well.
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