Surprising heartfelt and consistently funny, Paul is a worthy addition to several film genres. It’s a solid science fiction movie, with its own unique alien back story, a fun road trip film, filled with gorgeous locales and quirky characters, and a hilarious pop culture love letter, as it’s filled with references to all kinds of movies that paved the way for its existence. If you’re a fan of any of those types of films, you’ll find something to like with Paul. It’s never flashy, it never blows your mind but it’ll keep you entertained.

After the jump, read more thoughts on Paul and (re) watch our exclusive interviews conducted with co-writer and co-stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Greg Mottola. Read More »


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If you love movies, you could sit and talk with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for hours. They’re such cool guys and just like us: Humongous movie fans who eat, sleep and breath the art of film. The only difference is that Pegg and Frost just so happen to make movies as well and their latest film, Paul, is yet another love letter to the movies. It follows two British nerds who travel to America for San Diego Comic Con and to visit various alien-themed landmarks. Along the way, they run into a crass, escaped actual alien named Paul and join him on a heartfelt journey filled with references to sci-fi films of the past.

Last week, I was given ten short minutes to speak to Pegg and Frost at one of the venues that not only influenced their film, but makes an appearance in it as well. About three hours outside of Las Vegas resides The Little A’Le’Inn, a tiny restaurant on the doorstep of Area 51 where Pegg and Frost stopped as they were doing research for the movie. There we spoke to Greg Mottola, the director of the film, as well as the co-stars and co-writers, who discussed the film, its references, Carl Weathers (!?) and got super geeky discussing internet spoilers, collectibles and even The Phantom Menace in 3D. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

In the middle of the Nevada desert, forty-five minutes from the nearest gas station, is an alien themed restaurant/motel called The Little A’Le’Inn (pronounced “Alie-inn”). It’s one of the closest business establishments to the gate of the mysterious military base known as Area 51, which is legendary for its rumors and conspiracies. Is this were America houses the aliens that supposedly crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? Roland Emmerich and Steven Spielberg seem to think so and have set parts of their movies there. Those films and so much more have made Area 51 a must-visit destination for alien enthusiasts. And when those people get hungry, they stop at The Little A’Le’Inn.

While researching the script for their latest movie, Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took a long RV trip and ended up at the Rachel, NV restaurant. The actors felt such a kinship with its authenticity, they ended up writing it into their movie. (It’s the place with Jane Lynch that you see in the trailer.) It seemed fitting, then, that Universal asked a pack of journalists to hop in RVs and ride all the way out to The Little A’Le’Inn to interview Pegg, Frost as well as director Greg Mottola about Paul, which hits theaters Friday March 18. It’s a hilarious, referenced laced love letter to sci-fi movies and road trips, with a great cast to support an incredible special effect. We talked to Mottola about all of this, his penchant for one word titles, the film’s poster and more in our 5 minute sit down interview, which you can watch after the jump.

Later this week, check back for our 10 minute sit down with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Read More »

‘Paul’ Red Band Trailer

Universal Pictures has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen).  Watch the trailer for yourself to see a little alien creature swear his ass off, after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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SXSW announced today that a handful of additional titles were being added to the line-up for the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, including Jodie Foster‘s Mel Gibson dramedy The Beaver, Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen, and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, a documentary that follows behind-the-scenes of O’Brien’s summer tour, among others. Read the full press release after the jump.

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‘Paul’ Featurette Offers New Footage

Just in time to combine forces with the trailer released yesterday, there is a minor new featurette on Paul, the Greg Mottola film that was written by and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as a couple of road-trippin’ geeks who encounter a real-live alien, voiced by Seth Rogen. Read More »

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‘Paul’ Trailer

Universal Pictures has released the an extended movie trailer for Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). The teaser trailer, released on October (watch it here), was met with mixed response.  That said, I’m a huge fan of Mottola’s previous films, the cast is pretty stacked, and the geek-focused plot seems up my alley. I’ve heard nothing but good buzz coming out of test screenings of the film.

Watch the trailer for yourself after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Italian Poster For Greg Mottola’s ‘Paul’

Here’s a new poster for Greg Mottola‘s new film Paul, which was written by and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The two play geeks on a post Comic Con road trip who encounter an actual alien, voiced by Seth Rogen, and then have to deal with a variety of oddball characters including a couple of Feds played by Jason Bateman and Bill Hader. Read More »

New ‘Paul’ Teaser Poster

With a cast to die for including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor, and Sigourney Weaver, it’s hard not to be excited for director Greg Mottola’s Paul. From a script by Pegg and Frost, the film follows two friends who pick up a real life alien on their road trip visiting famous alien landmarks across America.

The full trailer will premiere Friday and now, thanks to Collider, we’ve got the first official teaser poster which prominently features the title character, voiced by Seth Rogen. Check out the full image after the jump. Read More »