Trailer Time: New for Paul

How can you go wrong with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? The answer is – you can’t.

And when you add the voice of Seth Rogen as the alien and a cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, and Jeffrey Tambor… how can you go wrong?

So Paul – coming out March 18, 2011 – should be a guaranteed hit like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz!

Here’s the new trailer:

Here’s the synopsis:

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base.

For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town–a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

I definitely plan on seeing this one at the theater!


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[Trailer Time] Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and an alien Paul voiced by Seth Rogen…

Hey there…

Yes, maybe you’re a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who have done such amazing films as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (as well as Pegg by himself in Run, Fatboy, Run and Star Trek)… Maybe you’re not a fan. I know that their humor isn’t for everyone.

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But I have to admit I am a huge fan of both of theirs. They have an amazing comedic chemistry together that just… works.

So when I heard that they were going to be in a new movie – Paul – where they are a couple of UFO nuts on a cross-country excursion and run into an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen)… I got excited.

The official synopsis from IMDB is: “Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.”

Here’s a new trailer for the film – and it looks like it could be hilarious!


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Hancock was… slightly unexpected!?!

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Hi all…

Had a chance to see Hancock last week and I have to say it both was and wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but came away happily surprised by that fact. 🙂

Here‘s the IMDB link.

This is a Peter Berg movie where Peter Berg seems to be on a rampage trying to prove to himself that he’s not pigeon-holed in one movie genre. I loved last year’s The Kingdom, which also paired Peter Berg and Jason Bateman (in a more serious role). Hancock has a trio of powerful, successful actors with Will Smith as John Hancock, Jason Bateman as Ray Embrey (advertising guru), and Charlize Theron as Mary, Ray’s wife.


It starts out with Hancock causing trouble (evidently that’s what he’s been doing for years in Los Angeles. He saves Ray from being hit by a train, Ray decides that what Hancock needs is an image makeover… Thus begins the long road of redemption for Hancock…

What was intriguing to me was that Berg wove a compelling tale of loss, discovery, and redemption for Hancock. I won’t provide spoilers here (though the movie’s been out for a few weeks), but the story behind Hancock’s history was what really sold me on this movie. You don’t find out until the end how he came to be where he was or what he is, so I won’t spoil it.

The ride to discovery for the audience was fun for me. This movie had much more heart than I thought it would have. Berg and the writers (Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan) made the story work to their advantage, showing actual [gasp] change in Hancock’s character from where he is when the movie starts to where he is at the end.

Was this movie in the same league as Iron Man or The Dark Knight? Not for me. But I know I enjoyed it, as did my wife. There’s a lot of humor and sarcasm bound in the dialog, which we both appreciate.

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One thing that I will mention. I think the advertisting campaign that Ray (Bateman) was pushing in the movie would actually be pretty cool. Yes, it’s a little over the top, but to show corporate kindness goes a long way to improving corporate image, don’t you think?

At any rate… I give this a solid 3/4. I really enjoyed the interplay between the characters and Hancock’s road to redeeming himself. Plus, it has Charlize Theron in it, who I personally think is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

What did you think?


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