Magazine July 18, 2011, Issue

Cruel, Cruel Summer

Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney in Super 8 (Paramount Pictures)
A review of Super 8

When Christopher Nolan’s Inception made a fortune at the box office last summer, while the usual lineup of sequels, remakes, reboots, and superhero vehicles failed to live up to expectations, there was a sudden burst of optimism that Hollywood might finally find room for a few more original stories in its annual summer smorgasbord. “Studio execs at Warner Bros., Paramount/DreamWorks, and Universal,” New York magazine’s Vulture blog reported optimistically, “are now madly pinging agents and managers with an uncharacteristic, desperate, and welcome request: Send us your fresh material!”

Maybe that fresh material is all in the pipeline, poised to hit theaters

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