Screen Junkies » Paul http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Simon Pegg Talks ‘World’s End’, ‘Tintin’, ‘M:I4′, And ‘Paul 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-talks-worlds-end-tintin-mi4-and-paul-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-talks-worlds-end-tintin-mi4-and-paul-2/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:59:52 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216638 Expect to see a lot of him in the next 'Mission: Impossible' sequel.

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Simon Pegg had dinner with a group of online journalists to promote the August DVD release of Paul. We’ll have more on Paul later, but Pegg shared a few tidbits about his next collaboration with Edgar Wright, The Adventures of Tintin, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. As for Star Trek 2, he just reiterated what we’ve all been hearing –  that they’re aiming for a fall shoot.

A World’s End

The long awaited end of the trilogy begun with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz might not be a genre movie at all. “One thing Edgar and me have discussed, we’ve been away for a weekend and got things going, is that we’re not going to just do what we’ve done before,” Pegg said. “Even though we want this film to be like Shaun of the Dead times Hot Fuzz, we’re not the genre guys. I think people want to figure us out and they want to know who we are. That’s not it. So we’re not going to do okay, let’s do cowboys next. What Edgar and I are trying to do is fit in some writing time before I start Star Trek.”

The Adventures of Tintin

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Trailers for Tintin have come out and most audiences are still confused. It’s motion capture, it’s Belgian, but having played a character in it, Pegg says it’s all quite noticeably a Steven Spielberg movie.

“Yes, because you can feel his DNA in the way that it moves. I’ve seen some of it. Motion capture is more like directing live action because you are dealing with a 3D environment. You’re moving the camera around a 3D environment, but that 3D environment is digital. It’s not real. All the way that the camera moves, it’s Steven and you definitely feel that.”

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Suffice it to stay, Pegg has a bigger part in the sequel to Mission: Impossible III. “I had two days on Mission: Impossible III. That was it. I did seven months on the fourth one so yeah, I go back.”

Rumor has it Jeremy Renner is positioned to take over the franchise from Tom Cruise, but Pegg says it’s ambiguous. “It has been bandied around. Looking at the film as it is, I don’t think so. It’s anyone’s guess really. It certainly sets up a new IMF agent who can return and who is an Ethan level player. We’ll see. I honestly don’t know. It’s one of those things that there’s a lot of life in that story because it is a kind of Bond thing that you can just have iterations of different adventures and different teams and stuff. I can’t say really. I don’t want to give anything away. It’s another Mission: Impossible but it’s an evolution I think. There’s some great character stuff in it. There’s some incredible action.”

On the photos of Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa in Dubai:

Pegg got an even better view of that stunt. “He leapt out the window of the tallest building in the world and looked back in at all of us, this huge sh*t eating grin on his face. The guy’s a machine. It’s insane. He was like running like a spider along the side of the Burj Khalifa. I’m glad that was seen because I wouldn’t want anyone to watch the movie and not know he did that because he did do that. I was just feeling sick saying that. What are you doing you crazy bastard? Yeah, it’s going to be good.”

Pauls

‘Paul’ Looks Like A Kids Film With Lots Of F-Bombs

Pegg and Nick Frost actually have an idea for a sequel to Paul too. Like that other classic alien franchise, the sequel will just be plural. “Nick and I have this idea that we had out on the way to Area 51 that was really funny. It was like oh, this could be great. It would cost an absolute fucking fortune. If it involved more than on Paul, it would mean that we’d have to have twice that budget again. The idea was it was called Pauls. Again, it was like From Dusk Til Shaun, that title is so good we have to make that film.”

A big motivation for Pegg to do another Paul was he’d like to recreate the experience of traveling the country and working with American comedians in supporting roles. He promises he’ll still write a good script though. “I do have enough principles to stop me doing that just for the sake of it. It would have to be a good idea, but I’ve just been thinking about that recently. You ask yourself why you do what you do. It’s not for the reward. It’s for the experience, not the product.”

 

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Weekend Box Office – Cooper Bests McConaughey In Duel To Death http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-cooper-bests-mcconaughey-in-duel-to-death/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-cooper-bests-mcconaughey-in-duel-to-death/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:14:15 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202703 Maybe this means a few more people will go see 'The Hangover 2'.

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At long last, America has found someone suitable to usurp the mantle of vaguely doofus-like handsome guy from Matthew McConaughey. And so, we are finally free of his shirtless oppression, thanks to Bradley Cooper, whose first-place-over-the-weekend Limitless managed to gross $19 million compared to McConaughey’s The Lincoln Lawyer, which made $13.4 million to just barely edge out Paul for second place. It wasn’t a distant third for Paul, though. The extra-terrestrial comedy only missed the mark by a very small margin, grossing $13.2 million to The Lincoln Lawyer’s $13.4.

It’s not known how or even if McConaughey will retaliate against Cooper. I’m guessing some kind of a bro-off, or maybe a shirtless arm-wrestling match. (via The AV Club)

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SXSW: Kristen Wiig, Simon Pegg, And Paul Feig Talk ‘Paul’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Star Trek’, Everything Else http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sxsw-kristen-wiig-simon-pegg-and-paul-feig-talk-paul-bridesmaids-star-trek-everything-else/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sxsw-kristen-wiig-simon-pegg-and-paul-feig-talk-paul-bridesmaids-star-trek-everything-else/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 02:15:31 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202635 Brush up on their projects.

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SXSW Pic Gallery: ‘Paul’, Conan, And Del Toro http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sxsw-pic-gallery-paul-conan-and-del-toro/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sxsw-pic-gallery-paul-conan-and-del-toro/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:57:05 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=201913 The stars walked about Austin like normal human beings.

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While reporting from South by Southwest I’ve stood on a few red carpets to get interviews, and sat in a few screenings where the stars got on stage for a Q&A. At the premiere of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, O’Brien got out of his car on the street and greeted fans on his way to the photo pit, including Allison Schiman in her pro-jeggings tank top. After the movie, O’Brien answered questions from the audience.

At the red carpet for Paul and Bridesmaids, Kristin Wiig did press for both films. Paul’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost also walked. The whole gang got on stage before and after Paul to geek out with the fanboy crowd.

At the Aint It Cool News secret screening, Harry Knowles teased the film and special guest. It was Guilermo del Toro who revealed the movie would be 1981’s Dragonslayer. After the film, Knowles and del Toro spent a half hour discussing how they felt the film had more balls than today’s kids movies and fantasy movies in general.

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SXSW Review: Paul http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-paul/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-paul/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 05:34:25 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201433 Paul is like all those comedies I used to like, the kind where they were just plain good.

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Paul is like all those comedies I used to like, the kind where they were just plain good. They had a little of everything and just worked. That makes it harder to write about since there’s no hook except overall solid work, but I’m up to the task.

Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) are Brits visiting Comic-Con. On the road to Area 51, they meet an actual alien Paul (Seth Rogen). Paul needs their help but won’t tell them much at first. At an RV park, they pick up Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), a devout Catholic who experiences an awakening when she witnesses the existence of Paul. Agents Zoil (Jason Bateman), O’Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio) and Haggard (Bill Hader) are on their tail.

Pegg and Frost, who wrote the script, deliver on all the sci-fi, comic book and general movie references you’d hope for. You’ll hear familiar music, lines of dialogue and even a reference to spoilers themselves, incorporated seamlessly into the narrative. Try to catch the obscure Capturing the Friedmans joke. It’s not all mainstream. Clive and Graeme also recreate some familiar action moments that I just know Frost and Pegg were saving since Hot Fuzz (the age old “grab my hand” bit.)

It’s not ALL sci-fi, so there’s plenty to amuse general audiences, although it never sells out the target audience for a mainstream laugh. They do sex jokes, drugs jokes and some good old fashioned immaturity, mooning through windshields and swearing creatively. I love the running gags. Whenever a joke happens more than once, it’s instantly funnier to me.

Paul is a great character. He’s the everyman alien so he gets indignant about alien clichés, and he has base needs like anyone. The CGI looks real and interactive with the scene and characters. It never feels like they had to construct a scene to fit the effect. Clive and Graeme are delightful, childish foreigners and Ruth has a sweet arc in between Wiig-y profanity outbursts, which are also awesome.

Like the classic comedies, there’s a bit of depth with Paul confronting Ruth’s creationist beliefs. Paul actually heals Ruth, which is sweet considering at that point in the story he hates her. Is it predictable? Yes, in that I knew where the story was going, but I’d also call that paying off. Most importantly, it’s all funny.

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Paul http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/paul/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/paul/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 13:15:38 +0000 Reza F. DIRECTOR: Greg Mottola CAST: Simon Pegg; Nick Frost; Seth Rogen; Jason Bateman; Kristen Wiig; Sigourney Weaver SYNOPSIS: Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

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DIRECTOR: Greg Mottola

CAST: Simon Pegg; Nick Frost; Seth Rogen; Jason Bateman; Kristen Wiig; Sigourney Weaver

SYNOPSIS: Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

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‘Paul’ Looks Like A Kids Film With Lots Of F-Bombs http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/paul-looks-like-a-kids-film-with-lots-of-f-bombs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/paul-looks-like-a-kids-film-with-lots-of-f-bombs/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:51:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=29480 Simon Pegg and Nick Frost might be afflicted with the opposite of whatever Samson had. Their long hair totally kills their comedic strength.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost might be afflicted with the opposite of whatever Samson had, as this trailer suggests that their long hair totally kills their comedic strength. The cast alone should make Paul can’t-miss funny, with Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader all in supporting roles.

Instead, we are left what appears to be something of a generic children’s romp save for the gratuitous use of f-bombs. Also, if they referenced the alien’s genitals one more time, they would have to call the movie Paul’s Balls, which would just be horrible. Unless we’re missing a big component of the film (which I doubt, considering this is the third trailer), this will be a big step backwards for Pegg, Frost, director Greg Mottola, and possibly the comedy films in general. Just kidding about that last one, but this film doesn’t look great. (IGN)

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New ‘Paul’ Clips: Kristen Wiig’s A Lot Funnier After Smoking Alien Weed http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-paul-clips-kristen-wiigs-a-lot-funnier-after-smoking-alien-weed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-paul-clips-kristen-wiigs-a-lot-funnier-after-smoking-alien-weed/#comments Sat, 05 Feb 2011 03:28:51 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=25081 Comic-Con, secret government alien (?) weed, girl-on-robot sex: these are the topics that all movies should be discuss.

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We’ve got some new clips from Team Hot Fuzz‘s upcoming film Paul (courtesy of British sites Empire and Sky). Simon Pegg and Nick Frost never fail to disappoint, though I have to admit, I’ve had my doubts about this project. No Edgar Wright directing, an alien that’s just Seth Rogen as an alien (they could have slapped some antennae on him and saved a space ton of CG money) and a big part for Kristen Wiig, the SNL cast member who I’ve fast-forwarded past so many times, my TiVO does it for me now.

However, in these clips, I can see the elements working together nicely. Comic-Con, secret government alien (?) weed, girl-on-robot sex: these are the topics that all movies should discuss. Plus director Greg Mottola shot Superbad, which I continue to McLovin, despite how dated that reference has already become.

Paul will beam you into theaters March 18. (JoBlo)

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‘Paul’ and Conan Chase ‘Beaver’ to SXSW http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-and-conan-chase-beaver-to-sxsw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-and-conan-chase-beaver-to-sxsw/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:16:48 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16512 A handful of rather high profile films have been added to the lineup of March's South by Southwest film festival, including Greg Mottola's Paul, Jodie Foster's The Beaver, and a new documentary entitled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.

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A handful of rather high profile films have been added to the lineup of March’s South by Southwest film festival, including Greg Mottola‘s Paul, Jodie Foster‘s The Beaver, and a new documentary about the most persevering redhead in late night TV, entitled Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The O’Brien doc and The Beaver will be enjoying their world premieres at the festival, while Greg Mottola’s Paul will have its North American premiere there.

All three films are highly anticipated, but for vastly different reasons. Paul, a road comedy about two men and an alien(!), is the third film starring and written by the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who spin genre comedy into nerd gold. Foster’s The Beaver is the tale of a seriously disturbed man who connects with his loved ones using a beaver hand puppet, and he’s played by notoriously disturbed man Mel Gibson. The O’Brien doc should excite audiences with a behind the scenes look at the struggles of the talk show host you love to root for.

The fest kicks off March 11th and runs through the 19th. Opening starts with Duncan JonesSource Code, a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. (The Playlist)

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New ‘Paul’ Trailer: Now With Comedy! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-paul-trailer-now-with-comedy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-paul-trailer-now-with-comedy/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 21:02:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=14609 I was a little let down when I saw the original UK trailer for Greg Mottola's Paul. With all the poop jokes and nut shots, it felt a little too Kangaroo Jack for my tastes. But after viewing this domestic trailer, I'm looking forward.

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I was a little let down when I saw the original UK trailer for Greg Mottola‘s Paul. With all the poop jokes and nut shots, it felt a little too Kangaroo Jack for my tastes. But after viewing this domestic trailer, I’m looking forward to seeing this. U-S-A! U-S-A!!

I am a little concerned about Seth Rogen though. I heard he was trying to slim down but I think he’s gone too far. His skin is all pale, and his eyes are so bugged out. Not to mention the total lack of body hair. I’m afraid that whatever crash diet he subjected himself to, just wasn’t the healthiest route to go. And all for what? To see his name up in lights?? Sadly, another victim of the Fame Monster.

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New ‘Paul’ Trailer Crash-Lands on the Internet http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-paul-trailer-crash-lands-on-the-internet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-paul-trailer-crash-lands-on-the-internet/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:16:27 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12724 Normally, a character that is completely CGI comes off as kind of corny, with a few obvious exceptions (LOTR, Avatar, etc.). But for Paul, it might actually add to the laughs.

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A new trailer for Paul, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen has hit the Internet.

The comedy tells the story of two UFO nuts who happen upon a stranded alien while traveling to Area 51. The pair decide to help the creature rather than turn him over to the authorities. Normally, a character that is completely CGI comes off as kind of corny, with a few obvious exceptions (LOTR, Avatar, etc.). But for Paul, it might actually add to the laughs.

I myself once picked up an alien trying to get back to its far away home world of “Guatemala.” But I was afraid it was going to lay eggs in my stomach, so I tried to beat it to death with a rake. It got away, but not before I taught it a valuable lesson about the resilience of mankind. Also, the cops came. (First Showing)

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Finally Get A Look At ‘Paul’ In New Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/finally-get-a-look-at-paul-in-new-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/finally-get-a-look-at-paul-in-new-teaser/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up in the past to take on horror and the action genre, now they've set their sights on sci-fi. As this teaser for Paul will show you, the pair play nuuurrrdddssss who encounter an alien outside of Area 51. Not much comedy is shown in this teaser and I need to applaud Greg Mottola's restraint in not having the alien play air guitar or perform a Black Eyed Peas song. Because that's the constant temptation and danger with working with CGI characters. Before you even realize it, you've veered into Alvin and the Chipmunks territory. Check out the teaser after the jump...

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up in the past to take on horror and the action genre, now they’ve set their sights on sci-fi. As this teaser for Paul will show you, the pair play nuuurrrdddssss who encounter an alien outside of Area 51.

Not much comedy is shown in this teaser and I need to applaud Greg Mottola‘s restraint in not having the alien play air guitar or perform a Black Eyed Peas song. Because that’s the constant temptation and danger with working with CGI characters. Before you even realize it, you’ve veered into Alvin and the Chipmunks territory.

Check out the teaser after the jump…

 

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