Director: Brad Bird Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Michael Nyqvist Certificate: 12A Trailer
"Light the fuse," says Ethan Hunt (Cruise) at the end of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol's opening, cueing that iconic Lalo Schifrin theme tune. It's the perfect introduction to Brad Bird's entry in the franchise: it's action-packed, it's over-the-top, and it absolutely knows it.
In any other film, kicking off with a riotous prison escape to the tune of Ain't That A Kick In The Head may seem ridiculous, but Brad Bird's only just getting started. Within a matter of minutes Tom Wilkinson has turned up, all government suit and world-weary accent, and someone has said the immortal line: "We're going to break into the Kremlin".
There's nothing like a bit of Lalo Schifrin while things blow up and people jump off really tall buildings.
Add in Simon Pegg, Brad Bird, Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (aka Run, Tom Cruise, Run!) is looking pretty decent. Says the person who liked Mission: Impossible II.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Certificate: PG
It’s not 2D. It’s not in French. It’s not racist. For some purists, that means this isn’t Tintin. But while Spielberg’s cinematic outing is a travesty for grumpy diehard fans, it has a lot going for it.
Given Tintin's tradition of globetrotting adventures, the Indiana Jones director is a natural fit for a film based on the comic books. Indeed, he was once declared by the author to be the only guy who could do it - and judging by this colourful treasure hunt, he may have been right.
He can move his eyebrows, he can stare into space like a fish, but can he talk? Can he talk? Well, thanks to the Tintin international trailer, Herge's hero can - and he's not the only one flapping his CGI mouth up and down.
Yes, the new Tintin trailer has Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and Detectives Thompson and Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) talking too. Complete with Jamie Bell's eager vocals and the swooping camera, the action on show (biplanes, boats and on-foot chases) is looking pretty solid. It's just a shame that the virtual meat puppets are still so funny looking.
It's a slight improvement on the original Tintin teaser trailer, which looked like a sequel to The Polar Express, but Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's 3D adventure still smells fishy.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is out in UK cinemas on Friday 26th October. That's two months before the US. And it's written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Those two facts are keeping my hopes up.
Paul invaded the UK box office this weekend with £5.52m, the highest opening of 2011 to date. But the surprise of the week was Justin Bieber hitting rock bottom: Never Say Never 3D took just £820,592. The Beliebers won't be able to, erm, Belieb it.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost taking top spot was expected, of course, given that the film landed in cinemas on Monday. While £5.52m is technically a record-breaking figure, it had four days of previews to rack up that total.
Compare it to, say, the superior Hot Fuzz, which got £5.92m on its opening weekend with just Wednesday and Thursday previews and you get a better picture. Paul took around £3.2m over the weekend alone - a way behind Tangled's debut of £5.11m in three days. But with a lot of negative reviews (and without Edgar Wright or 3D), Universal will be pleased to label their sci-fi a smash hit.
Director: Greg Mottola Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Joe Lo Truglio, Bill Hader Sigourney Weaver Certificate: 15 Trailer
Remember Galaxy Quest? Now there was a sci-fi comedy with a decent range of fanboy nods and a strong run of laughs. Paul is like that, but without the second bit. That’s not to say Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have lost their likeable charm or sense of humour. They’ve just used those to prop up a lazy script. It’s fun – and occasionally funny – but it’s easy stuff for the duo that feels more scattershot than special.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
When it comes to amusing interviews, you can't beat a bit of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If you put them together in a press conference with Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Lo Tuglio, Jason Bateman and director Greg Mottola, you've got the greatest roomful of funny people since the film Paul. Which, by an coincidence, is exactly what they were there to talk about.
Comprising of Arrested Development actors, sci-fi geeks, Adventureland directors and movie legends, the ensemble spent a lot of time throwing around entertaining in-jokes. Here's what they had to say about aliens, Christians, and Steven Spielberg...
After the rather vague Paul teaser trailer lived up to its name (teaser - not Paul), we get a full-on look at Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's alien comedy. And, as if anyone were expecting otherwise, it looks hilarious.
Seth Rogen's voice is a good fit (after a few moments of adjusting) and E.T swiftly starts talking weed and showing off his balls. And then Kristen Wiig turns up as the token female. And then, just in case things couldn't get any better, Jason Bateman goes all X-Files and begins running about with a gun and a suit.
I was excited about Peggy and Frosty teaming up on screen again (especially with Adventureland's Greg Mottola), but who knew a tale of two geeks on a road trip to Area 51 with a foul-mouthed alien hitchhiker could be so entertaining? That's obviously a retarded question.
Paul is out on Monday 14th February. Read on for the new video. Unless, you know, you DON'T want to see green alien testicles for some reason.