New Images from PAUL and THE SMURFS

     November 8, 2010

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New images have surfaced for two hotly anticipated projects set to be released next year. Paul is a sci-fi road comedy helmed by Superbad director Greg Mottola and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead).  Empire has released the pictures from the film, which centers on two British comic-book geeks who set out to travel across the U.S. and stumble upon an alien from Area 51.  The star-studded cast includes Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul the alien, as well as Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Kristin Wiig, Jane Lynch, Bill Hader, Jeffery Tambor and Blythe Danner.

The Smurfs is, of course, the feature film based upon the pint-sized blue creatures from the comic and television series of the same name. Directed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby-Doo), the film stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays (Glee), and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), and includes the voice talent of Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman), BJ Novak (The Office), and Alan Cumming (X2).    Hit the jump to get a look at the pictures, as well as a bit more info on the projects.  If you haven’t yet, check out Steve’s visit to the set of Paul from earlier this year. Paul will be released on March 18th, 2011, and The Smurfs invades your local cinema in 3D on August 3rd, 2011.

Images via Empire.

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The UK teaser trailer for Paul was recently released and it looks every bit as awesome as it sounds.  I thought Mottola’s Adventureland was severely underrated, and I see quite the career ahead of him.  He got his start as a director on the critically acclaimed TV show Freaks and Geeks and his work keeps getting better and better with each subsequent project.

Image via Charity Folks.

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We got our first look at The Smurfs cast in action earlier this year when photos of Hank Azaria dressed as Gargamel were released, and he looked fantastic as the evil wizard. The flick has rounded up a surprisingly impressive cast and I’m eager to see the always-endearing Jayma Mays get her first big role in a feature film. Not to mention the never-ending awesomeness that is Neil Patrick Harris. Plus, it’s got Katy Perry as Smurfette; how perfect is that?

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