The guys over at Cinematical seem to think so. They received a casting notice from Paramount yesterday that did not have a title attached to it, and while that in itself isn't terribly interesting, the fact that they had also just sent a casting notice for 'Footloose' with a title attached to it, made them a little suspicious. After looking through the roster of upcoming movies from Paramount that could possibly use 13-14 year old kids who don't have any previous acting experince, they determined that there's a good chance this could be for Super 8 (although it's still not 100% confirmed).

You'll find the casting list below for 3 13-14 year old kids which I can only assume are the kids that are shooting a super 8 movie and while going through their footage they see a creature, possibly the scariest thing they've ever seen... That is, if the original "leaked" plot synopsis is correct. So check out the cast list below and maybe you fit the bill or know someone that does...

Seeking 13-14 year old Boys & Girls for the lead roles in a new Paramount feature film. No previous acting experience is necessary, but must have great energy and a wonderful sense of humor and thoughtfulness.

JOSH: Male 13-14. Josh is cute, but could be on the scrawny side – definitely not the school jock. Loveable, empathetic, smart and interesting. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.

COLLIN: Male 13-14. Slightly, or more than slightly, overweight. Collin is confident, driven, optimistic and a natural leader. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.

NATALIE: Female 13-14. A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the "cheerleader" type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.

source: Cinematical

I found some more info after the jump

Update: It seems as though this isn't a casting call for "Super 8", but rather for Bad Robot's remake of the movie "Little Darlings". Sorry to disappoint, and hopefully none of you sent in audition tapes thinking it was for "Super 8"

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The Rocket Poppeteers

The following newspaper articles are all that has been found in regards to the ending of the countdown on scariestthingieversaw.com . I'm going to have to take the word of the guys at unfiction for this since I don't have a printer, but you can verify it for yourself if you do.

At the following screen (after the 20 lines load up) type .PRINT RSCOM8 and hit enter.

What you get when you print from this screen are the following two newspaper articles:

The only other command that works in the terminal is .REENTER and it prompts you to mount a device and it doesn't appear we can get any further at the moment. So what do you make of the newspaper articles? They do lead us to http://www.rocketpoppeteers.com which is currently not active, but could be another site in the marketing campaign, so keep your eyes open.

UPDATE: As most of you have already figured out, there is more to these newspaper clippings than we thought. Sorry for the delay in posting this, I had some things to take care of this morning, but I'm back now, so here we go.

The first thing that looked a little out of place on the first page (with the rocket poppeteers) are the hard dark lines through the ad as well as the 2 little X's on the page. Now if you look at the 2nd clipping you will see that it also has 2 little X's... that's not a coincidence. The X's will line up with each other if you flip the first page 180 degrees (upside down). What we have is a key to a code. You see this a lot in people trying to get a message to someone in secret, one piece of paper or whatever will have random cutouts and you hold that piece of paper up to a certain book page (or in this case newspaper) and it will reveal a secret message. So basically the hard dark lines on the first page are underlining words on the second page, so if you printed them out you can cut little rectangles above each of those lines to get the message, or, since we have computers these days, you can just flip the one in photoshop and "cut out" the lines that way... which is what I did for you guys.

This first image is just the 1st article flipped 180 degrees with the X's lined up and highlighted so you can see that they do line up.

And this next image is the "cutouts" above the underlines in the key where you can see that the message spells out "No certainty if a live may be after us We go underground". Now my interpretation of this would be more like "No certainty if alive, [it/they] may be after us, we go underground". So it sounds like someone isn't sure if something/someone is alive and if it is alive it may be coming coming after them so they are going underground. I'm not sure if "underground" means literally under the ground or just off the grid, which seems more likely to me.

Captain "Coop" Cooper, as the caption to the picture in the ad says, is none other than Gordon Cooper, he has had some strange encounters with UFO's in his time and until the day he died, swore that the US was covering up things regarding UFO's. It's also kind of interesting that the anniversary of the date he was launched into space is May 15th... which some people though was the original day the countdown would end, but maybe it'll be the day that the Rocket Poppeteers website opens for business.

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The Countdown Ends Tonight!

Unless my (as well as slinkydge on the forum) calculations are wrong, the countdown (or what we're assuming is a countdown) will end tonight at 11PM EST as long as it continues on it's current rate of 5 bytes a second. The file that has slowly been downloading via the PDP-11 terminal on scariestthingieversaw.com will finally finish downloading tonight, so what do you think it is?

Based on the technology and time frame we're working with here I'm going to guess that we're going to get a bunch of text, possibly a classified document, that hopefully gives us more clues as to what we're dealing with here. I'll be pretty bummed if it just does nothing...

Here's what I did to get the end time in case you want to check my calculations:

It was 10:30AM CST (11:30AM EST) when I started the calculations and there were 126353 of 134640 bytes loaded at that point, that leaves 8287 bytes left to download. Since we know that it takes 5 seconds to download 1 byte, I multiplied 8287 by 5 and got 41435, that would be the number of seconds it will take to download the rest. Then I divided 41435 by 60 (60 seconds in a minute) which gives us 690 minutes. Divide that again by 60 (60 minutes in an hour) and you get 11.50 hrs. Now that would not mean 11 hours and 50 minutes, but rather 11 and a half hours, so 11 hours and 30 minutes, and since I did this at 10:30AM CST that would give us 10PM CST or 11PM EST.

Update: We're now on line [20]

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Super 8 Trailer Analysis

It didn't take long for those guys over at unfiction to rip this new HD trailer to shreds to see what they could find. And seeing as how there's a lot of information flying around now I'm going to try to keep all analysis of the trailer to one post, this one. Hopefully it doesn't get too long and drawn out, but I know I'm not the only one that doesn't want all this information spread out into multiple posts, so here we go.

First I want to start off with the screenshot at the top of the post, this is the debris field after the train has crashed. There are a few interesting things to note here, the first being the numbers/letters on the box on the left. rempas over at unfiction blew up the lettering for us so we could read it and they believe it says "AN/TTQ-1" which is:

AN/TTQ-1. (Army Navy/Transportable Tracing Equipment) from surplus stock. It was a portable equipment for air defense centers, used during World War II as the basic elements of the prominent mobile search command centers. It was then field-rate and robust built using particular equipment crates.

The second set of numbers appears on the bent pole on the right side of the screenshot. Those are a lot harder to make out and to me it looks like 21470?4 (the ? meaning I can't make it out, not that it's a question mark). Not sure what those numbers mean or if they mean anything at all.

This next shot is of the box car containing the creature that is trying to escape. What's interesting here is that it says "Bonham" on the lower left side. There were a few things I could find regarding a "Bonham" and the Air Force. One is a Missile Range Facility located in Hawaii (source) and the other is a town in Texas (Thanks AzureWolf and kosmopol for this information). The base in Hawaii was turned over to the Navy in 1964, well before our 1979 timeline for the trailer and it was located in Hawaii, so I'm not sure there's much of a connection there. However, the city of Bonham, TX is located right near Perrin Air Force Base, but it was closed in 1971 so I'm not really sure where to go from here.

And finally we have a nice clear shot of the license plate of our train crashing truck. The license plate appears to be an Ohio plate with the numbers "E 6425K". Seeing as how it's an Ohio plate this could mean that our train crash took place on the last leg of it's journey from Area 51 to Ohio. AzureWolf over at unfiction figured out this little bit of information from here:

"These baseplates were used from the end of 1975 through the end of 1980. These were the last Ohio plates to use the complex numbering system and county codes that had been in place since the mid-30's."

The black stub in the corner is the separate month and year sticker which they began issuing in 1980.

And Degravedi chimed in with a possible county for the plates: Summit, based on the formatting of county codes over here.

Also, the radio transmissions heard at the beginning of the trailer were deciphered by Wesley in the comments earlier (and Steve a little later) to say:

“Groom Lake One, Wright-Patt (something) [SITREP?] ETA. Over.”
“Wright-Patt, Groom Lake One actual. Cargo intact, ETA on schedule.”
“Copy Groom Lake One, expect your..OH MY GOD.”

Wright-Patt refers to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which is apparently where this train was headed. Groom Lake One is apparently the code name of the train. And Groom Lake is actually located near the Area 51 base which isn't much of a surprise since that's where the train is coming from. And SITREP stands for "Situation Report".

James B. sent over the screenshot above and outlined what looks like a PDP-11 Computer Terminal, which is the computer that we are remotely accessing on the scariestthingieversaw.com website. If you look at google images you'll see that the full PDP-11 looks like it has a huge computing unit that is also part of it, but there is also a separate terminal with keyboard that resembles what we see in the picture above. There could also be another computer in the foreground on the right, looks to be the same type of computer, whether they are the PDP-11 or not...

So I'm really not sure what to make of all of this right now, they could be clues or they could just be insane attention to detail, which we all know J.J. Abrams is known for.

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Are We Seeing Things Now?

I know, I know, there's probably nothing there and it's our eyes playing tricks on us, but like I've said before this is all part of the fun. With that being said, take a look at the image above (you can click on it to make it larger) and tell me what you see, then read on... (I don't want my observations making you see something you wouldn't have otherwise).

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