‘Paul’ casting call

by Jarett Wieselman at New York Post

Because we still have a lot of time between now and “Paul’s” March 2011 bow, I am going to keep the gushing to a minimum based on this outstanding new teaser trailer that was just released. Instead of lavishing compliments on the sci-fi comedy, I am simply going to entice you by cutting and pasting the IMDB cast list … and adding exclamation points to the end of each name to further illustrate my exhilaration.

Description (from IMDB): 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.

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10 Sci-Fi Movies That Don’t Totally Screw Up the Science

via Online Degrees

For a variety of reasons, science fiction movies tend to be heavy on the fiction and pretty light on the science. It’s not that writers and directors are willfully ignorant of physics; it’s just that it’s a whole lot easier to tell a story without having to worry about certain scientific details getting in the way. These are, after all, movies, not term papers. Yet there are a handful of sci-fi movies that endeavor to get the science right, at least to a degree. They’re still devoted to telling a story in thrilling and often fanciful ways, but they also base those stories on a (slightly) more rigorous understanding of science than most other genre entries. Watching them won’t get you a bachelor’s degree, but it will give you an idea of what life in the future might look like.

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 space opera is usually remembered for its music, its length, and its surreal ending in which astronaut Dave Bowman travels time and space before turning into the Star-Child. (It was the ’60s.) But much of the science is remarkably accurate when it comes to depicting life among the stars, particularly the rotating space station that uses centripetal force to simulate gravity for its inhabitants. Co-writer Arthur C. Clarke’s scientific background and the presence of multiple scientific advisors during the film’s production insured a higher degree of authenticity than in most sci-fi features, especially those from the era. It’s been lauded by researchers for its quality, as well.

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Pegg: ‘Freeman will hate Hobbit attention’

By Simon Reynolds at Digital Spy
Simon Pegg has claimed that Martin Freeman will not enjoy the attention he receives from becoming part of the Lord Of The Rings series.

Freeman, who made brief cameo appearances in Pegg’s Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, is expected to take on the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

Pegg told The Guardian that Sherlock star Freeman is not someone who has embraced fantasy and science fiction culture. “Martin’s the anti-me: a soul aficionado and a vinyl junkie – absolutely not a resident of the geek universe,” Pegg explained. “Not the type of person who will relish the attention he’ll get for being Bilbo Baggins. Ha!”

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Doug Jones Talks Frankenstein, The Hobbit And Hellboy 3

via Comic Book Movies

The American actor Doug Jones, who is best known for playing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy roles that require a lot of makeup, talks about his upcoming project Frankenstein, gives some updates on Hellboy 3 and was he approached for The Hobbit!

Actor Doug Jones [is] best known for his roles as Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies, playing the Faun/Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth and Silver Surfer in the second Fantastic Four film.

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New ‘Harry Potter’ TV Spot Offers Peek At The Actual Deathly Hallows

by Terri Schwartz at MTV News
It’s been a good few days for “Harry Potter” fans craving some nice new visuals to make the next month and one day until “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” a little easier. There were those awesome new posters last week and there’s a new sneak peek at the film premiering during the airing of Spike’s Scream Awards tomorrow night… but on top of both of those an extended television spot premiered on Cartoon Network last night during the Scooby-licious movie “Scooby Doo and the Lake Monster.”

There really isn’t too much new in the teaser, and by that I mean there are only three brief glimpses of anything new. There’s a good shot of Bellatrix Lestrange about to fire off her wand at 0:23 and a better shot of the deathly hallows during the same second that’s clearer than what we’ve seen previously, another shot of Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour walking up to the Weasley’s at 0:24, and then a shot of Mad-Eye Moody avoiding being hit by a thestral at 1:09. Fortunately, that kickass new voiceover makes up for the lack of new footage.

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What did you think of all the videos? Are you excited for Paul? What do you think of Martin Freeman as Bilbo? What did you think of the Doug Jones interview?