Today at indieWIRE, Eric Kohn caused a cyber raucous with his "Super 8" review, acquisitions heated up, and China announced the "Beginning of the Great Revival," their new blockbuster celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, obviously.

REVIEW | Yes, JJ Abrams’ “Super 8” is Spielberg Porn. But Is That a Bad Thing?

JJ Abrams has turned Coppola’s forecast into plot, if not practice: “Super 8” is literally about a fat kid in Ohio making a movie. However, it uses that grain of inspiration to create an enjoyable sci-fi nostalgia trip with the help of a familiar name: Steven Spielberg. Eric Kohn reviews.

Critical Consensus: Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" Is This Week's Pick

Following Richard Ayoade's "Submarine", Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" follows fictionalized versions of actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they stop at some of the best restaurants and inns in the north of England. More here.


Today proved to be a strong day for acquisitions, with Cinema Guild taking US rights to Hong Sangsoo's Cannes Selection "The Day He Arrives," while Magnet Releasing grabbed US rights to horror comedy "Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil," which won the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW and the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia. Samuel Goldwyn Films also announced its acquisition for US theaters, Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff’s doc, “UN Me,” an indictment of the United Nations and its “inefficiency and corruption” at the heart of the transnational organization.

In festival news:

Locarno Locks Down Two Early Titles: Mia Hansen-Love’s Latest & Debut Feature from De Serio Twins

The 64th Locarno International Film Festival today revealed the first two titles in its International Competition: Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Un amour de jeunesse,” and Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio’s “Sette opere di misericordia.” More here.

Rotterdam Bringing New Film Fest to Curaçao in 2012

The festival, with about 20 films in total, will emphasize Caribbean and Latin-American films, but will also include various independent and artistic films, documentaries and shorts, as well as an educational program for children, and even a drive-in screening.

...and lots of love for the LGBT community:

Outfest Reveals 2011 Festival Line-up, Ones to Watch, and More

Outfest’s 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off in L.A. on July 7th and runs until the 17th with 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25 countries, along with over a dozen panels and special events. Read more here.

NewFest Sets Opening, Closing and Gala Screenings For 23rd Edition

NewFest will open on July 21st with David Weissman’s documentary “We Were Here,” a look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Bronx-set “Gun Hill Road,” a family drama centering on a transgendered teenager, will close the festival July 28th.

And last, but certainly not least, China.

John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat Among Chinese Stars Who Pimp for Communist Party Blockbuster

Some of China’s biggest film names will be toting the party line in a new blockbuster celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Read more (if you dare) here.