There are few things more English than tea and comedy, so with that in mind, here are some comedians talking about their movie, Paul, while drinking tea. Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's foray into alien road trip movies hits Blu-ray and DVD August 9 and of course comes with quite a few special features to appease their adoring fans. We've got the full list of features for the film, which is directed by Greg Mottola and also stars Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, and Seth Rogen in voice only in addition to Pegg and Frost. But before we get into details, why don't you hear it from the men themselves.
In case you're a greedy bastard and that just wasn't enough for you, here's the full rundown of what you can expect on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack:
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK:
Between the Lightning Strikes: The Making of Paul
Behind the Scenes Featurettes:
RV Doorway: The Cast of Paul On-Location — The cast is just as funny off-screen as they are in front of the camera.
Runway Santa Fe: An Interview with Nancy Steiner — Follow Nancy Steiner, the costume designer, as she chooses hilarious T-shirts and wardrobe for the cast.
Smithereens — Blowing up a house on location causes excitement among the cast.
5th Date Level Direction: The Cast on Greg Mottola — The cast talks about the fun of working with Mottola, who also directed Superbad.
Mexico Zero: The Locations of Paul—Mexico Zero is the nickname the cast gives to New Mexico, where the majority of filming was done for Paul.
The Many Pauls — To create Paul, the filmmakers used all the tricks of the trade, from capturing Seth Rogen’s facial expressions and movements, to using a child dressed up as an alien while on-set.
Paul: The Musical — The cast joins together for an impromptu musical version of the film.
The Traveler Beagle — A look at all the different RVs used on the set of Paul, from fully functioning vehicles to a mock-up on a Hollywood soundstage.
BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more.
pocket BLU™: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android™, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Also available on the iPad®, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
Advanced Remote Control — A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
Video Timeline — Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
Mobile-To-Go — Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles — Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
Keyboard — Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD:
The Evolution of Paul — An inside look at how Paul became a living, breathing alien.
Simon’s Silly Faces — Simon Pegg makes an assortment of wildly funny faces for the camera.
Who the Hell is Adam Shadowchild? — Find out about the legendary sci-fi writer from the characters in Paul.
Feature Commentary with Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader and Nira Park
Photo Galleries, Storyboards and Posters
Earlier this month I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with the cast of Universal Pictures new sci-fi comedy Paul. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Joe Lo Truglio, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner and director Greg Mottola were all in attendance, spilling the beans about their funny new film, the on-set antics the ensued during the production and whether or not they believe in aliens.
It was a fun event and I wish you all could've been there to meet the hilarious cast, but since I don't own a time machine (well, not that I know of) I'm doing the next best thing: providing you with some of the most informative and entertaining quotes given by the actors and director about Paul. Click here to read my review of the film and read on below for select quotes:
Greg Mottola on how he got involved in the project:
The way this film came about was I got a call from my agent that Simon Pegg had a movie that he was writing with Nick Frost about an alien. Much like the kind of pop culture mash-ups he had done on Spaced, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, this was going to be their sci-fi love letter. They weren’t going to be able to do it with Edgar Wright, he was going off to do Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and they wanted an American director. I met with Simon the day Superbad opened, we met in NYC. Simon had been shooting a film all night long. They had the wrap party and he was still drunk the next morning. I was very nervous because my first ever studio movie was coming out and he told me the plot and they were still in the middle of writing it. I said please let me do it. I warned them that I’m not as good as Edgar Wright and that it’ll be something else, something different. I love Edgar and I was intimidated to do a film with these guys who had done incredible work. I had to try, it was too fun to pass up.
Simon Pegg & Nick Frost on how their road trip across the southwestern United States influenced the writing of Paul.
SP: It was the most important thing we did prior to writing the film.
NF: It was the only thing we did.
SP: We’ve traveled around America a lot, but we go apple to apple and its not until you drive that you realize how enormous and breathtaking and beautiful and scary and lonely and varied and extraordinary this country is. And the fact that it has so many people in it and yet you can go a whole day and not see anyone. A lot of what we experienced on the road, and the adventures we had went into the script. The only thing that didn’t happen to us on the trip was meeting the alien. We made that up. I confess. A bird hit the window. We ran into some scary hunter...
Kristen Wiig on playing a closed-minded, conservative Christian and Jason Bateman on creationism:
KW: I wasn't bothered by it because I didn't feel like we were making fun of it. I think it's just an interesting character choice for someone who's about to see an alien for the first time. Because, you know, if you see one or we realize that they're there, that does ask a lot of questions in regards to religion. And I think they took that and made it a funny character trait rather than making fun of anyone or making a statement or anything like that.
JB: Maybe I'm an idiot, which I've been called, but the religious creationism thing -- seeing an alien wouldn't necessarily debunk that, because wouldn't the creationist then say, "Yeah, they created the aliens as well. He didn't just create life on Earth. He created life on all these other places we just haven't been able to see them yet."
Kristen Wiig on having fun on set and breaking character during a scene:
We did a game called "Stop, Stop, The Robber Is Coming." And each time we took a turn, there were really no rules, we kind of made them up before each turn, and I really think that was why I had to run a mile. But we did a lot of off-camera fun and games and stuff like that.
Personally, I know that once I laugh, I can't go back. As I'm about to say it the second time I feel like everyone is wondering if I'm going to do it again, so then I just start laughing. So for me, I just have to not do it or else we'll be there all night. And that's kind of the other thing. If you start laughing, you start feeling bad because everyone is like, "Okay, that was funny for a second but we've really got to get out of here."
Jason Bateman on working with Pegg and Frost:
I like their British humor. It tends to be a little drier, a little less winky than what we ding-dongs do over here. So that was fun. I tried to learn as much as I could. Mostly, I was really taken by how kind and nice and enthusiastic they were. They wrote a movie and a big studio gave them a bunch of money to shoot it and they got to hire all of their friends and it was just a great place to go to work.
Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio on what attracted them to Paul:
BH: What made me want to do it was that I was a huge fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost from Spaced and Shaun of the Dead. I knew them socially and thought they were good guys. And I had worked with Greg Mottola times. It was kind of like I heard they were just working together and I was like, yeah I'd love to be involved.
JLT: Same. I'd been fans of Simon and Nick since Shaun of the Dead -- I'm a big horror movie fan. While watching that movie, I just knew that I was watching people who loved what I loved. So I jumped the chance to work with them. And of course, it was great working with Greg and Bill. And I knew Kristin. It was just a dream opportunity. They didn't twist my arm too much (laughs) to do it.
Joe Lo Truglio on being the physical stand-in for Paul:
It was a thrill to do. I had never been in a movie with so many visual effects so as a lover of film I was very interested in being part of that whole process. And then hanging out with Simon and Nick every day was such a treat. It was fun because Seth [Rogen] did such a great job with bringing what he wanted to bring to it and then I'd throw in some ideas and some lines and they'd add things. There was just a lot of people throwing their two cents in to this character that, if it didn't work, the movie doesn't work. It was a thrill to be part of bringing him to life. And my knees were saved from any scrapes because I was wearing knee pads.
Bill Hader on why Judd Apatow's work resonates so well with contemporary audiences:
When you work with him on stuff, it's never about just being funny. It's like, yeah, we know it's funny but where's it coming from? If you watch all of his movies, everything is coming from a kind of personal place. What do you know, where's the emotion in it? It's really smart and it taught me a lot, working with him in that way. Superbad, I mean, that was such a personal movie, obviously. I mean, Seth and Evan named the guys after them. But he was smart enough to be like, Greg Mottolla, I'm a fan of yours and I trust you guys to just go do your thing, you know? And Greg brought so much heart to that movie. That whole end scene in the Escalade is just touching, you know? It's also about letting people do their thing, you know? He's really smart about that. He's also sort of a fan of people. Any time I hang out with him, all we really talk about is comedy that's inspired us. Comedy albums. You know what I mean? Lorne Michaels is the same way. You talk to him and it's just like, this is a big comedy nerd, like us. They're just great guys, you know.
If a major motion picture studio gave you $50 million to make the movie of your choice what would it be like? If you’re producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost it’d be a loving lampoon of geek culture and an homage to the films of the Spielberg/Lucas revolution but nostalgia is both an advantage and disadvantage in director Greg Mottola’s Paul.
Pegg and Frost star as a pair of nerds from across the pond who fulfill lifelong dreams when they fly to San Diego for the annual Mecca of nerdom Comic-Con. The doofy duo extend their trip to tour America’s extraterrestrial hot spots including Area 51 where they pick up an unexpected alien hitchhiker on the run from the proverbial men in black. Across the country they go getting into trouble picking up more passengers and building bromantic bonds as the little green man Paul inches closer to his escape from planet Earth and the shadowy government official who has been exploiting his knowledge of the universe since he crash landed in Wyoming over 60 years ago.
Fan-favorite filmmakers since 2004’s Shaun of the Dead Pegg and Frost have been making geek chic for years now and continue to create identifiable roles for themselves while finding humorous ways to write their like-minded friends into their movies. Their collection of wacky characters is charming if incredibly derivative but for better or worse they are the heart and soul of the film. Jason Bateman Kristen Wiig Bill Hader and Jo Lo Truglio turn in fun performances but I expected a bit more from the Jane Lynch David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver cameos. Still Seth Rogen’s vocal performance as Paul adds significant layers to an already adorable alien and enlivens the adequately rendered CG character.
The comedy is surprisingly sweet and doesn’t bite like Mottola’s Superbad though there are enough religious jabs and signs of anti-establishment fervor to call it mildly subversive. Lack of laughs isn’t the issue here; lack of originality is. Mottola is too dependent on pop-culture references and inside jokes pertaining to E.T. Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind so much so that the film ultimately becomes a parody of itself as its storyline mirrors that of Steven Spielberg’s massive 1982 blockbuster (in this world the movie mogul actually consults the incarcerated alien for inspiration for his beloved family film). While these nods are all amusing they’re not enough to carry the film and Mottola/Frost/Pegg offer little else. At its worst Paul will give you a reason to revisit those classic sci-fi staples and remember the good old days. At best it provides a few mindless chuckles and gives you good reason to give the geek next to you a great big hug.
I guess Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's upcoming alien comedy, Paul, sets out dispel all the prejudices and rumors about aliens. For one thing there's nothing they can learn from probing us so stop worrying about it. Secondly, their other worldly powers only seem to help make for some awkward situations. Take this clip for example; the hilarious Kristen Wiig is trying to share an awkwardly sweet moment with Pegg and what happens? ALIENS. Or... PAUL (played by Seth Rogen who I would totally believe is secretly an alien). See? They are out to get us; just not in the way most science-fiction movies promise.
Hooray for international trailers! Hooray for sensible policies toward what you can and can’t show on television! Hooray for a talking alien that smokes pot and talks about getting laid and is voiced by Seth Rogen! Hooray for another Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movie! Hooray for another Greg Mottola movie! Hooray for all of these things coming together in one beautiful trailer! Hooray!
The international trailer for Paul shows us more of the comedy we can expect from the film. We got Pegg and Frost's nerdiness that is rampant through their past films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We have Mottola’s handle on humor that is evident in his earlier film Superbad as well as his casting staples Rogen and Kristen Wiig. The one thing that we haven’t seen is the raw emotion that Mottola infuses within all of his films, but considering Adventureland's marketing they probably couldn’t find a way to put into the trailer without losing the flow. Oh well, it still looks amazing.
Watch the embedded video while you can. It's officially on the UK Yahoo Movies page which won't let us embed for some reason (maybe they don't want people to share their advertisement and get the word out?) so if this video doesn't work, head over there.
Things that make me want to marry the Paul trailer:
1. New movie from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (both of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz)!
2. Though they’re not directed by Edgar Wright (he was busy with Scott Pilgrim), it’s directed by the amazing Greg Mottolo.
3. Greg Mottolo directed Superbad, Adventureland, and some episodes of Undeclared.
4. Holy crap, Jason Bateman and Kristin Wiig are in it too!
5. The voice of Seth Rogen! After all, if you had to have just one part of Rogen, it would be his voice.
6. Sorta cute aliens!
7. There was a definite little split second cameo by Jane Lynch in there.
9. That adorable screen cap.
Things that make me want to divorce the trailer for Paul:
1. Simon Pegg’s hair.
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The show, which featured Cera, Jason Bateman and Portia De Rossi, was cancelled in 2006, but went onto become a cult hit on DVD and TV re-runs, prompting talk of a movie.
Plans were recently put on hold amid rumours Cera has opted out of the film version after finding success in movies Juno and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
But Cera insists the movie is on its way, and he's desperate to be a part of it.
He tells Us Weekly magazine, "The script is going to be written soon. I'm looking forward to it."
Michael Cera has dismissed reports that he's sitting out of the much-anticipated movie adaptation of TV comedy Arrested Development, insisting he's onboard and can't wait for shooting to start.
The show, which featured Cera, Jason Bateman and Portia de Rossi, was canceled in 2006, but went onto become a cult hit on DVD and TV reruns, prompting talk of a movie.
Plans were recently put on hold amid rumors that Cera has opted out of the film version after finding success in movies Juno and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
But Cera insists the movie is on its way, and he's desperate to be a part of it.
He tells Us Weekly magazine, "The script is going to be written soon. I'm looking forward to it."
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Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch have joined Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Paul. The Universal and Working Title Films road-trip comedy was written by Pegg and Frost -- who are also starring -- and will be directed by Greg Mottola.
Pegg and Frost are to play two sci-fi fanatics whose conspiracy dreams come true when they encounter an escaped alien at Area 51. Rogen will provide the voice of the alien, Variety reports.
Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Prods. Shooting begins in June.
A family reunion of sorts, Paul re-teams Pegg and Frost after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, while Rogen last worked with Mottola on Superbad in which he played one of a pair of cops with Hader. Hader, in turn, just worked with Mottola and Wiig on Adventureland.
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