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By admin Published: June 8, 2011

There will be sneak previews Thursday of "Super 8" at Cinemark Valley View and Regal Crocker Park. (Check theaters for times.) And the movie is offering some extra incentives via Twitter. Here's the official word on that:

Paramount Pictures and Twitter jointly announced today sneak preview showings of the movie SUPER 8 for 1-day only on Thursday, June 9th, in advance of the film’s scheduled nationwide release on Friday, June 10th. To promote the sneak previews, the companies have designated the hashtag #Super8Secret, which Paramount has also sponsored as a Promoted Trend, allowing Twitter’s global user base a direct link to buy tickets to the advanced previews. At select, participating theatres in the United States, Super 8 Sneak Preview moviegoers will be treated to a free popcorn (with a concession purchase) at each sneak preview show. Hosting movie sneak previews marks a first for Twitter. This promotion continues a key partnership between Paramount and Twitter on SUPER 8. The duo joined forces in March for the movie’s exclusive trailer premiere via Twitter, another exciting first for the site.

SUPER 8, from writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, will open exclusively tomorrow, June 9th, on over 300 screens nationwide, featuring all 239 IMAX playdates in the U.S. and Canada. Fans can go to and use #Super8Secret to share information about the movie with friends. To be among the first to see SUPER 8, visit for tickets and show times.

Kudos to Kyle Manning of Mayfield Heights (and son of Rick Manning) for making it to the next round of "Masterchef." Manning got a lot of air time on Tuesday's show by competing against his mother, Denise Jacinto of Fremont, CA. She did not get past the judges but Manning did -- albeit on a split decision.

In case you missed it, Kent's Charles Peachock will be seen auditioning on "America's Got Talent" tonight. Peachock is a veteran juggler, and Youngstown native. He will be at Kent Stage tonight to join folks watching the show on the big screen, and will perform live. (Update: Peachock impressed the judges and has been moved on to the next round.)

You may have read my chat with Joshua Malina about "In Plain Sight," including how star Mary McCormack's character will be pregnant on the show, reflecting her real-life pregnancy. The on-show revelation will be Sunday night on USA. Here's the official word:

Mary Shannon, the tough talking WITSEC Marshall responsible for relocating witnesses in Albuquerque (played superbly by Mary McCormack),
is adding something new to her daily routine of coffee addiction and pie-eating ... a baby.
In the episode entitled "Something A-Mish," Mary reveals to her partner and best friend, Marshall Mann, that she is pregnant.
For the remainder of season four, we'll see how Mary's pregnancy will affect her job, her complex relationships with her partner, her family and her unhealthy eating habits.
The father of her child -- whose identity has so far been a well-kept secret will also be revealed.
Stay tuned this summer for the twists and turns leading up to the big change in Mary's life.

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