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‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, makes its debut at San Diego Comic-Con (Photo)

Daniel Craig at the world premiere of “Cowboys & Aliens” in San Diego. (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS)

At last year’s Comic-Con, “Cowboys & Aliens” hosted one of the splashier movie panels, amping up fan excitement with a surprise appearance by Harrison Ford. This year at Comic-Con, the movie generated a different kind of excitement by hosting its world premiere blocks away from the Convention Center in San Diego, with stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell all walking the red carpet Saturday along with director Jon Favreau and producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

While most of the high-wattage celebrities passed by The Post on the red carpet (Daniel Craig, wait!), a few people were willing to pause and answer an important question: After making a movie that merges the western with science-fiction, which genre would you choose if forced to choose one?

A few answers to that question, as well as many more photos from the premiere, after the jump.


Paul Dano, who plays Percy Dolarhyde in the film, was loathe to choose between the genres: “Wow, that’s hard. I might go western today. I might go sci-fi tomorrow. . . . I like both.”

Kind of figured that’s what the star of a movie with both cowboys and aliens in it might say. So I posed the question to Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who wrote the graphic novel on which the potential blockbuster is based. But Rosenberg also couldn’t give me a decisive answer: “I would also never choose my favorite child.”

So I turned to the one person who never leaves a question unanswered (cough): “Lost” co-creator and “Cowboys & Aliens” co-writer Damon Lindelof. He answered without hesi­ta­tion before being rushed off to take photographs: “Western. Absolutely.”

And finally, later in the evening at the Entertainment Weekly party, I got to pose the question to “Cowboys & Aliens” director Jon Favreau. He too went with westerns.

“The western is the purest form” of story-telling, he explained.

So, it looks like the cowboys win.

Now that that’s settled, here are some photos of impossibly attractive Hollywood people.

Actor Harrison Ford arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Cowboys & Aliens" in conjunction with Comic-Con in San Diego. (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS)

Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider. (KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES)

Ana de la Reguera, one of the stars of "Cowboys & Aliens.” (KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES)

Harrison Ford with Calista Flockhart. (KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES)

Olivia Wilde, in a black lace number by Dolce & Gabbana. (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS)

Nina Dobrev of “The Vampire Diaries,” also sporting black lace, arrives at the movie premiere. (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS)

Joel McHale, casual for the red carpet. (FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES)

Director Jon Favreau. (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS)

And here’s one more picture of Daniel Craig, because I had a feeling some members of the Celebritology community might like another. (KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES)

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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