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A belieber JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER 3D (U)

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Di­rec­tor Greg Mot­tola’s ad­ven­ture opens in 1947 Wy­oming with a space­craft crash-land­ing on top of a red set­ter called Paul. Flash­ing for­ward to present day San Diego, best friends Graeme Willy (Si­mon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) wan­der dumb­struck around the comic book and pop­u­lar arts con­ven­tion, Comic-Con. They meet fa­mous sci-fi au­thor, Adam Shad­owchild (Jef­frey Tam­bor), be­fore em­bark­ing on a road trip across the US, stop­ping at lo­ca­tions associated with alien con­tact in­clud­ing Area 51, the Ex­trater­res­trial High­way and the Black Mail­box. En route, Graeme and Clive en­counter Paul (voiced by Seth Ro­gen), a pot­ty­mouthed alien stranded on Earth, who is be­ing hunted by mys­te­ri­ous spe­cial agent Zoil (Ja­son Bate­man). The pals agree to help Paul re­turn home, ab­duct­ing Ruth (Kris­ten Wiig), the one-eyed

Justin Bieber and his mum Pat­tie Mal­lette. daugh­ter of Bi­ble-bash­ing trailer park owner Fa­ther Moses (John Car­roll Lynch), along the way. Mean­while, Zoil re­cruits two bungling FBI agents, Hag­gard (Bill Hader) and O’Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio), to ap­pre­hend Graeme and Clive. Bri­tish au­di­ences love the dou­ble-act of Pegg and Frost, mak­ing Paul the ob­vi­ous film of the week. Their nat­u­ral chem­istry and sharp comic tim­ing com­pels us to back Graeme and Clive as they risk life, limb and an ex­pen­sive replica sword to de­liver their buddy to his mother­ship. Wiig is adorable as the vi­su­al­ly­im­paired love in­ter­est and Ro­gen brings a rogu­ish charm to his hero, be­com­ing mock-se­ri­ous when he im­parts the se­cret of the uni­verse: “Be your­selves,

Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, Boyz II Men, Mi­ley Cyrus, Usher, Sean Kingston, Jaden Smith.

DREAMS can come true – no re­ally, they can. In the space of two years, 16-year-old Justin Bieber has be­come pop mu­sic’s cutest and bright­est young thing. Caught in the eye of a storm, ad­mit­tedly of his own mak­ing, the teenage singer-song­writer from On­tario in Canada seems re­mark­ably down to earth and un­af­fected by the hordes of fans who track his ev­ery move

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