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Larry David And Greg Motolla To Team For Comedy

Posted on 17 May 2012 by Rich Drees

As co-creator of a little television show called Seinfeld and creator and star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has certainly carved out a place for himself in comedy history. But he has never had much crossover success in the world film. That could change however very soon as David is in negotiations to star in an unnamed project that will be directed by Superbad and Paul helmer Greg Motolla.

Details about the film are being kept under wraps, but the Hollywood Reporter is saying that the script is being written by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel and will allow room for improvisation. The writing trio has worked with the David before on Seinfeld and Curb and have also written the improv-based Bruno and the new recently released The Dictator for Sacha Baron Cohen.

I’m not really sure how you could not be excited by news like this. Granted, Motolla doesn’t have the same improv experience as the rest of the group, but he is a solid comedy director so I don’t think he’ll have any trouble adapting.

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New Releases: March 18

Posted on 17 March 2011 by William Gatevackes

1. Paul (Universal, 2,801 Theaters, 104 Minutes, Rated R): Seeing Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in any film not directed by Edgar Wright seems to veer a little too close to sacrilege for my tastes (same goes the other way too, it just doesn’t seem right).

But yet, here we are, with the pair joined up with Superbad‘s Greg Mottola as a pair of comic book afficiantos making a pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con who pick up a rather unique hitchhiker near Area 51, an alien named Paul (voice by Seth Rogen).

Considering the people involved, it should be impossible that the film is not funny at all. The premise is kind of meh, but the cast is good enough to bring some oomph to it.

2. Limitless (Relativity, 2,756 Theaters, 105 Minutes, Rated PG-13): If it wasn’t for one particular plot point, this film would be your typical high finance thriller.

Think about it. A young skilled hotshot enters a corporation. His talent shoots him quickly up into the highest eschelon, and his ego makes him a lot of enemies on the way up. Once his luck runs out and his talent fails him, the wolves begin to circle. Sound familiar?

The twist is that the hotshot’s talent is brought about by a pill that unlocks the untapped potential for the human brain. That kind of sci-fi swerve does add something to the film, but it only barely makes it more unique than your typical Wall Street clone.

3. The Lincoln Lawyer (Lionsgate, 2,400 Theaters, 119 Minutes, Rated R): This might be opening myself to ridicule, but I believe Matthew McConaughey can be a great actor when he wants to be.

Sure, most people when the first think of him, think of him as a stoner characture who’s acting talents would be strained if he goes beyond the realm of the chick flick.

But this is a man who did some pretty fine acting in Contact and A Time to Kill. These were solid dramatic roles and McConaughey excelled in them.

He returns to the legal-potboiler-adapted-from-a-book genre with this one as he plays a lawyer with a client who is hiding something. Not exactly fresh and unique, but could be something that could remind people that McConaughey can really act.

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Pegg And Frost Team For Road Trip In PAUL

Posted on 13 November 2008 by Rich Drees

Forget Nixon/Frost. I’m more looking forward to the next Pegg/Frost collaboration.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the stars of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, are teaming for a third film, Paul, a road comedy sure to appeal to the hearts of geeks everywhere. The two will star as friends who, after going to the San Diego Comics Con, head out on a road trip to Area 51. There, they meet an alien named Paul, who asks the duo for help in getting back home.

Part of me thinks that the story sounds like something that would be pitched in the writer’s room of Family Guy, but that’s a good thing. Pegg and Frost are collaborating on the script, so there shouldn’t be any of the problems of them fitting into their characters the way Pegg had with roles in some other films he didn’t help write.

Paul will mark the first time that the duo are on the screen without the direction of Edgar Wright. Wright, who also co-authored Shaun and Hot Fuzz with Pegg, will be in preparations for his next film, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, though he will serve as an executive producer for Paul. Stepping behind the cameras will be Greg Mottola, the director of Superbad and next spring’s Adventureland. The film starts shooting in New Mexico in March.

Via Variety.

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