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J.J. Abrams talks Blu-ray-bound 'Super 8,' Amblin movies, and why he's so secretive

Super 8 was J. J. Abrams’ mash note to the early work of Steven Spielberg, and, on that front, it hits all the right notes: Aliens, child-like wonder, the small-town experience, directorial economy, ominous caravans of military vehicles, etc., etc. But Abrams also managed to make the movie his own, and, in anticipation of Tuesday’s release of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, we asked the director about the difficulties in reconciling the two styles, as well as his uncanny knack for keeping a lid on spoilers.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Looking back, what was it like working on Super 8 with Spielberg?
J.J. ABRAMS: To work with Steven, which was something I always wanted to do, and have it be as educational and rewarding and fun as it was, I feel like I just dodged the biggest bullet in my life. Working with your hero, if it ends badly, it’s a scar for life. So the fact that it ended well was a real relief. READ FULL STORY

Box office: 'The Adventures of Tintin' is off to a solid start in Europe

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Tintin and Snowy may not arrive Stateside until Dec. 21, but the sleuthing duo has also made quite an entrance in three European countries.

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin debuted in first place in France, the United Kingdom, and Belgium on Wednesday, grossing $4.7 million, $3.5 million, and $240,000, respectively, according to Sony Pictures. The film’s first day in France puts it on track for the biggest opening in that country besides Avatar.

The 3-D performance-capture movie is expected to perform much better overseas than in the United States, where Hergé’s comic strips aren’t nearly as well known. As a result, Paramount and Sony are releasing the film in more than 40 countries before it reaches America in hopes that stellar foreign results will boost awareness domestically.

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Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, and Steven Spielberg attend A-list ‘Tintin’ premiere in London
New ‘Tintin’ trailer: Raiders of the Lost Barque?
Can Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Harold & Kumar save 3-D?

Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, and Steven Spielberg attend A-list 'Tintin' premiere in London

The only disappointing thing — if there even is one — about the upcoming CGI adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin, is that you won’t get to actually see the film’s stars Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell. Luckily, there are premieres to remedy that problem. Over the weekend, Craig, Bell, their fellow cast members (like Nick Frost and Simon Pegg), and those behind Tintin — including director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson — attended the movie’s premiere at the 55th BFI London Film Festival. Check out some of the photos from the event below: READ FULL STORY

'Jurassic Park' on Blu-ray: Steven Spielberg and the art of screaming in terror -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can Jurassic Park really be 18 years old? I still remember the giddy anticipation of camping out on line in front of New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on opening night, June 11, 1993, as if it were yesterday. Those happy memories came roaring back when I received the new Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray in the mail last week. The three chapters in the dino saga all look great in high-def (even the unfairly maligned Jurassic Park III). But the real selling point is the set’s slew of extras, including a new six-part documentary which does justice to Stan Winston’s awesome animatronics and ILM’s still-dazzling f/x. Of course, the ticked-off velociraptors and dilophosauruses are only part of what makes the franchise so much fun. The humans do a pretty decent job, too.

In this exclusive clip from the extras, Steven Spielberg demonstrates once again why he’s so good at pulling credible performances out of kids, directing Ariana Richards on how to unleash an appropriately blood-curdling scream for the scene when she and her little brother (Joseph Mazzello) are trapped in one of the theme park’s stalled cars when the ginormous T. Rex swings by for a visit. Meanwhile, the now-grown-up Richards pops by to talk about making the movie. (Is it me, or did she grow into a doppelganger of her Jurassic Park costar Laura Dern?).

Also on hand for the vocal chord-shredding yelps was a special visitor to the set that day — King Kong star Fay Wray, the original Scream Queen — who seems delighted when Spielberg tells her, “We’re going to dedicate this scream to you because you did the first good scream ever in the history of movies.” That Spielberg, he’s a charmer. Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY

New 'Tintin' trailer: Raiders of the Lost Barque?

I grew up in a Tintin-loving household, so I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming Adventures of Tintin film. However, it occurs to me that there is a sizable slice of the American moviegoing public that has never heard of the series. And those people were probably a bit confused by the first preview. So it’s probably no accident that the new trailer is much heavier on action, action, action! Actually, the trailer makes Tintin look a little bit like an Indiana Jones movie — but in a good, odd-numbered-Indiana-Jones way. There’s even a scene where Tintin and his soused sidekick Captain Haddock are riding in an old-timey motorcycle with a sidecar! Then Haddock tries to fire some weaponry at the bad guys, but fires in the wrong direction. (“Son, I’m sorry…they got us.”) Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'War Horse': New trailer makes the Boy-and-His-Horse connection

The gorgeous first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (out Dec. 25) focused on the journey of a heroic steed experiencing man’s humanity in the midst of the fire of war. And though a second trailer recycles much of the same footage, the new emphasis on the horse’s original owner, a young English boy-turned soldier played by newcomer Jeremy Irvine, really delivers emotionally. Everything about the new trailer is amped up, including the horse’s midnight dash through no-man’s land. Silent the first time around, the new trailer incorporates the terrifying sounds of war before connecting the “miraculous” horse with the young man whose bond with his childhood companion refuses to break. Adults who grew up loving The Black Stallion will have pangs of nostalgia, and John Williams’ score swells at all the right spots. “Be brave!” indeed viewers. Take a look. READ FULL STORY

Release dates moved up for 'Tintin,' 'War Horse,' and 'Mission: Impossible' 4

Christmas seems to be coming earlier every year, right?

It’s just a matter of a few days, but Steven Spielberg’s two holiday movies are moving up their release dates.

The Adventures of Tintin, based on the internationally beloved comics about a boy adventurer and his trusty dog Snowy, moves up two days to Dec. 21, while War Horse shifts from Dec. 28 to Christmas day. “After seeing the film, it became clear to us that War Horse is something audiences should be able to see when they’re together with their families on Christmas Day,” says DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan. “They have the time to see multiple movies during the holidays, and we want to be one of their choices when they are most available.”  READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse': See the new poster -- EXCLUSIVE

As Steven Spielberg puts the finishing touches on War Horse for its Dec. 25 debut, EW presents a first-look at the poster for the World War I drama. A new trailer will debut next week in front of DreamWorks’ Real Steel.

Spielberg decided the make the film after his longtime producer and friend Kathleen Kennedy saw a production of the critically beloved play in London, which utilized surprisingly soulful wood-and-leather puppets as the lead animals. But before the director jumped on a plane to see it for himself, she gave him the book that inspired it, a 1981 young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo. At that point, he says he was already sold.

Interestingly then, the poster for the PG-13 film seems to specifically echo the imagery from the book’s cover. The stage play took the first-person (or first-horse) perspective of the book a step further by broadening the story of Albert (Jeremy Irvine), the British farmboy who sees his beloved pal Joey sold to the war effort, only to find himself sent to the front a short time later. Albert longs to somehow find his friend again, a perhaps naive wish that slowly falls away amid the horror of war.

So in War Horse‘s one-sheet, we see the addition of the boy to the frame. They aren’t together in the core of the film, though you could argue they’re never far apart in other ways. Click through to see the full image:

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Steven Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse' gets release date, will be co-financed by DreamWorks and Fox

That Steven Spielberg is one busy guy. In addition to directing this year’s The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, plus next year’s biopic Lincoln, the filmmaker is also preparing his 2013 project, Robopocalypse. More details about the sci-fi action movie emerged today. For one, DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox will be co-financing the (likely big-budget) production, according to a statement released by both studios. (Deadline first reported the news.) And Disney’s Touchstone Pictures will be distributing the picture domestically on July 3, 2013.

Based on the recent novel by Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse is about humanity’s struggle to survive a global robotic uprising. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) is adapting the book for Spielberg, who is expected to start shooting the project next year in the late spring.

Can Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Harold & Kumar save 3-D?

It hasn’t been a great summer for 3-D cinema. For one thing, attendance in 3-D theaters is dropping — possibly because people are unwilling to pay the added surcharge, but more likely because American moviegoers have gotten tired of paying extra money for a darker image. More disturbingly, however, there was no breakout film this summer that absolutely demanded to be seen in 3-D: No panoramic How To Train Your Dragon, no neon-spectacular TRON: Legacy, not even a cheesy thrill-ride like Jackass 3D or Piranha 3D. The one film that actually seemed to justify the 3-D was Transformers: Moon over Memphis, and even that was ultimately undone by Michael Bay’s inability to stage giant-robot-action as anything more than digital robo-sludge. READ FULL STORY

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