Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, best known for their on-screen team-ups in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, co-wrote and co-star in the upcoming comedy Paul, which is scheduled for release on March 18. The pair play two British geeks who travel to America to take a road trip of famous UFO landmarks, which begins with a pain-staking re-creation of San Diego Comic-Con, and end up meeting a real life alien named Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen. Directed by Greg Mottola, Paul also stars Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver and Jane Lynch and is one of our most highly anticipated films of early 2011. A trailer was released last month and several photos from the film have made their way online but two brand new ones were just released. Check them out, as well as some early buzz on the film, after the jump. Read More »

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Greg Mottola's Paul

Universal Pictures has released the first teaser 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). We got a chance to see some early footage from the film at Comic-Con, and most everyone agreed that it wasn’t what they were expecting (which isn’t entirely a bad thing). We’re so use to seeing Pegg/Frost in these smart clever British comedies, and this film seems a bit more wacky/broad. And I’m still not sure I like the alien design — It looks like a cartoony computer animated creation inserted into the scene and not a real life alien creature on earth. 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’m still excited to see more.

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

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Cowboys & Aliens

At this year’s Comic-Con, Saturday was cram packed with the more interesting panels for the most anticipated upcoming movies. We were able to post all of out panel coverage by midnight that night, but we didn’t get to record a video blog for some of the films until Sunday afternoon. Because you asked for it, here is a video blog where we talk about the final four — Marvel Studios upcoming big screen adaptations of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger and Universal’s Greg Mottola sci-fi comedy Paul and Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens. After the jump you can watch a video blog where the 2010 /Film comic-con crew Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, and Adam Quigley join me in discussing these films and more.

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We’ve been waiting for some time to see footage from Paul, director Greg Mottola’s follow-up to Adventureland, and given what we’ve seen today at San Diego’s Comic-Con, the wait was certainly worth it. Mottola, along with much of the cast –including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jason Bateman — hit the stage to chat about the film, and give us our first glimpse at the footage. It’s also the first good look we’ve gotten at the titular alien, voiced by Rogen.

The footage starts out with Frost and Pegg’s British nerds at Comic-Con, and it was definitely surreal to see a recreation of an event we’re currently attending. Mottola said that they couldn’t film at the real event, but it looks to be a loving recreation — complete with costumed fans and insane crowds.

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Greg Mottola‘s follow-up to Adventureland is Paul, which sees a pair of British nerds (played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) on a road trip from Comic Con to Roswell, NM. Along the way they find a real alien named Paul, and adventures ensue.

Comic Con only plays into the first bit of the film, but Mottola’s crew recreated the show floor to shoot those scenes. Invited along to help recreate a big panel at the con were several webmasters, and their reports from set hit today. Along with those reports come new photos from the film — the first we’ve seen other than one promo snap glimpsed at Universal — and some new info about the movie. Read More »

Greg Mottola's Paul

It’s not that we didn’t know what Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi adventure comedy Paul was about, because we did. But now Universal Pictures has finally released an official plot synopsis for the film, which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and an alien voiced by Seth Rogen). Hit the jump to read it.

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