THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray Review

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The Cornetto Trilogy (aka “Three Flavours Trilogy”) is a cinematic delight in every sense of the word, and its status as such was solidified with the third and final entry in the loosely connected trio of films, The World’s End.  Much more than simply riffs on the horror, action, and sci-fi genres respectively, writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost have crafted three masterworks of structure that are as entertaining as they are emotionally satisfying.  Following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End may be the toughest and most mature work of the three, capping off the trilogy with a pair of career best performances by Pegg and Frost and wonderfully innovative visual storytelling courtesy of Wright.  Read my full review of The World’s End on Blu-ray after the jump.

First Image from Peter Chelsom’s HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Starring Simon Pegg

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To help celebrate the end of filming on director Peter Chelsom’s drama/comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, Simon Pegg has tweeted the first official image from the film.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno.  Here’s the synopsis:

“Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier!  He’s going nowhere.  Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists.  More importantly, if it exists for Hector.  And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.”

Hit the jump to check out the first image.  Hector and the Search for Happiness doesn’t have a release date, but I’d imagine with the great cast, we’ll hear more about the project very soon.

Kelsey Grammer Enlists for THE EXPENDABLES 3; Teresa Palmer and Luke Hemsworth Join Simon Pegg in KILL ME THREE TIMES

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Filming is already underway in Bulgaria on the action sequel The Expendables 3, but there’s still one more actor to add to the cast.  Deadline reports that Kelsey Grammer is signing on to the pic to play Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who aids the titular aging heroes in their mission.  This is the part that was initially earmarked for Nicolas Cage, but now Grammer will be handling the role.  This is the second franchise film in a row for the Frasier actor, as he recently wrapped Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4.

The Expendables 3 cast now includes Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Wesley Snipes.  Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 is slated to open in theaters on August 15, 2014.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding the “Simon Pegg assassin” movie Kill Me Three Times.

J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg Talk STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS on Blu-ray and Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Plus STAR TREK 3 and Its New Director

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Only at a party to celebrate the release of the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray/DVD could you find yourself standing at the California Science Center beneath the wings of the awe-inspiring Space Shuttle Endeavour, as an obvious reminder of the human race’s enduring fascination with space and its exploration.  Along with being invited to attend the glamorous shindig, Collider was also given a spot on the white carpet to do interviews and get updates on where things stand with the Star Trek franchise.

Before heading into the party, J.J. Abrams (who will still be a producer on the third film, even though he’ll be too busy to direct with his attention focused on Star Wars: Episode VII) talked about why he enjoys including extensive behind-the-scenes footage on home entertainment releases, the daunting task of putting your own stamp on a much-loved franchise, how important it is for him to stay involved creatively (he’s already giving input as screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci break the story), and how the next director needs to be someone who’s going to bring their own sensibility and not just do what they think he would want.  Actor Simon Pegg (“Scotty”) talked about how strange it will be not to have J.J. Abrams directing the next film, that he thinks a new director can only be good for the story, as long as it’s the right person, and how he’d love to see Scotty more involved in the action.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Box Office: 2013′s Record Breaking Summer

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Labor Day brings an official end to Hollywood’s busiest season which means it’s time to parse the numbers. If you’ve been following the box office for the past few months it won’t surprise you to learn that 2013 was the most profitable summer of all time with over $4.6 billion in domestic earnings. That’s a jump of almost 8% from last summer: a figure that is especially impressive when you recall that the 2013 lagged 14% behind 2012 in yearly earnings before the season started.

As expected, summer’s giant blockbusters closed that gap, but Tony Stark didn’t do it alone. Hit the jump for a breakdown of summer’s most notable box office moments.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Talk THE WORLD’S END, Not Compromising the Film’s Britishness, Art, Twitter, Ben Affleck Playing Batman, Pegg’s Recent STAR TREK Comments, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 7 days ago

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With Edgar WrightNick Frost and Simon Pegg‘s awesome movie The World’s End now playing around the world, the other day I got a chance to sit down with Frost and Pegg for an extended video interview.  Since they’ve been traveling the world promoting the film, I tried to ask new questions and a lot of them came from you guys via Twitter, so a big thank you to everyone that sent me a question.

During the very wide-ranging interview, they talked about making The World’s End, the overwhelming response to the film on Twitter, not compromising the film’s Britishness to potentially be more successful in the U.S., accomplishing what they wanted to do within the constraints of the budget, changes along the way, filming the action sequences, and so much more.  In addition, they talked about Ben Affleck playing Batman, what we have to do to get Frost cast as Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four movie, Pegg posting a picture on Twitter pointing at Ant-Man, their personal collections of art, the weirdest thing they saw in America during their road tour, their friendship, and Pegg addresses recent headlines that said, “Simon Pegg Says ‘Fuck You’ to Star Trek Fans.”  Trust me, if you’re a fan of Pegg and Frost, you’re going to enjoy this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE WORLD’S END Review

by     Posted 1 year, 11 days ago

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[This is a re-post of my review from San Diego Comic-Con 2013.  The World's End opens tomorrow.]

Before I went off to college, several people told me, “It will be the best four years of your life!” In my head, my response was, “That’s horrible!” I didn’t want my life to peak at 22 and then have it all go downhill from there. Furthermore, that comment is rooted in a fear of the future, and has a death grip on the past because at least those were “the glory years.” Edgar Wright’s The World’s End thoughtfully explores the importance of coming to own your past rather than letting it own you. Of course, he does this in the same bravura directing style of his past films, and with the rapid-fire comedy he and co-writer/star Simon Pegg brought to the first two parts of “The Cornetto Trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  However, the trilogy’s conclusion makes a firm break with the structure and style of those movies in favor something that’s a little looser, more mature, and just as funny and emotionally honest.

Mondo Poster for Edgar Wright’s THE WORLD’S END by Kevin Tong

by     Posted 1 year, 11 days ago

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I’ve got a lot of love for Mondo, but I’m a bit disheartened at how they do posters for new releases.  They’ve gotten in the habit of releasing a new poster the day the film is released, and I’m assuming the movie studios have a heavy hand in forcing that drop date.  But unless you go see a special late screening the night before, you’re chancing the purchase of a poster for a movie you may not end up liking.  Or, in the case of this new Mondo poster for The World’s End, you can trust critics (myself included) and assume that Edgar Wright‘s latest film is great.  It’s a good-looking poster with artist Kevin Tong almost doing a riff on Martin Ansin, and is definitely worth owning if you’re a fan of the movie.  And if you think you’ll be a fan of the movie, you should roll the dice and see if you can get one when it’s released tomorrow at a random time.  Follow @MondoNews for the on-sale announcement.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The World’s End opens tomorrow, and you should see it.

Watch Mike Relm’s Cornetto Trilogy Mash-Up Video in Anticipation of THE WORLD’S END; HOT FUZZ Interactive Screenplay Released

by     Posted 1 year, 13 days ago

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Opening this Friday, August 23rd, is the third film in The Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End.  The film is an excellent and wildly entertaining effort from writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost that uses elements from the sci-fi genre to explore issues of friendship, adulthood, and growing up.  Pegg and Frost both give brilliant performances as the film’s leads and Wright once again proves that he’s one of the most talented filmmakers working today, crafting some of the most inventive action sequences you’ll see all year.  Read Matt’s review here.  In celebration of the film’s release, Mike Relm has put together a remix video that mashes up all three films in the Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.

Additionally, Focus Features has made available a fascinating interactive screenplay for Hot Fuzz (click here for the Shaun interactive script) that makes for a very worthwhile time sink.  Hit the jump to check out both the remix video and the Hot Fuzz interactive screenplay.

Simon Pegg Tweets Picture of Himself Pointing to Ant-Man in Marvel Office; Internet Assumes Simon Pegg Is Starring in ANT-MAN

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Simon Pegg is a funny guy.  He’s also smart.  The Internet rumor machine was kicked into high gear earlier today when Pegg tweeted a photo of himself at the Marvel offices pointing to a picture of the Marvel comics character Ant-Man.  Given that filmmaker Edgar Wright—Pegg’s friend and frequent collaborator—is set to direct Ant-Man as his next film, some folks took this as a hint or outright confirmation that Pegg was poised to star in the feature film adaptation of the sometimes-tiny superhero.  Hit the jump for more, including the “photo of interest.”

First Trailer for Frank Darabont’s New TNT Series, Now Titled MOB CITY; Premiere Set for December 4th

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TNT has released the first trailer for The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont’s new drama series Mob City, which was formerly titled Lost Angels.  Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed book L.A. Noir, the story follows the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster in 1940s Los Angeles.  The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal leads a cast that includes Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, and Milo Ventimiglia, with Simon Pegg playing a guest role in the first episode (with a spot-on American accent to boot).  This debut trailer is as stylish as it is violent, and the series promises to pull approximately zero punches.  Darabont previously navigated similar period material with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but Mob City looks to be covering considerably dark territory and I’m really eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read our wide-ranging on-set interview with Darabont about the show.  The series also stars Jeremy Luke, Jeffrey DeMunn, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, and Alexa DavalosMob City will premiere on TNT Wednesday, December 4th.

THE WORLD’S END Review

by     Posted 1 year, 41 days ago

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Before I went off to college, several people told me, “It will be the best four years of your life!”  In my head, my response was, “That’s horrible!”  I didn’t want my life to peak at 22 and then have it all go downhill from there.  Furthermore, that comment is rooted in a fear of the future, and has a death grip on the past because at least those were “the glory years.”  Edgar Wright’s The World’s End thoughtfully explores the importance of coming to own your past rather than letting it own you.  Of course, he does this in the same bravura directing style of his past films, and with the rapid-fire comedy he and co-writer/star Simon Pegg brought to the first two parts of “The Cornetto Trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  However, the trilogy’s conclusion makes a firm break with the structure and style of those movies in favor something that’s a little looser, more mature, and just as funny and emotionally honest.

Comic-Con: THE WORLD’S END Panel Recap; Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost Talk the Cornetto Trilogy, SPACED, DOCTOR WHO and More

by     Posted 1 year, 45 days ago

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The filmmaking team of writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost have churned out two incredible films with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and this summer they return to close out the Cornetto Trilogy with the fantastic-looking The World’s End. The three have a genuine love for movies and their fans, so at The World’s End Comic-Con panel this morning, they decided not to show any more footage from the film, which paved the way for a very entertaining—and very funny—conversation that delved into Doctor Who comparisons, how The World’s End fits into the Cornetto Trilogy, whether the three will make another film together, and if a continuation of Spaced is in the cards. Hit the jump for my full recap of the panel.

Watch Peter Jackson Talk THE WORLD’S END with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost; Plus 3 Clips

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One of my most anticipated films of the year is The World’s End.  The film not only marks director Edgar Wright’s follow-up to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but it closes out the Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  The pic’s US release is just a little over a month away, and a few World’s End goodies have surfaced online ahead of the film’s Comic-Con panel this weekend.  Peter Jackson—who has a cameo in Hot Fuzz—recently sat down with Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost for a discussion about the new film, and the video has been posted online for our viewing pleasure.  The conversation is great, as it delves into the origins of The World’s End and the grueling production process.  Additionally, three new clips from the pic have been released online.

Hit the jump to watch the video interview and clips, and check back here on Friday for our full recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel.  The World’s End opens in the UK on July 19th and in the US on August 23rd.

Go Behind the Scenes of Edgar Wright’s THE WORLD’S END in a New Featurette

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Director Edgar Wright’s new film The World’s End not only landed on our list of the most anticipated films of the third quarter, but it’s also one of my most anticipated films of the year period.  The pic reunites Wright with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-writer/star Simon Pegg and star Nick Frost, and centers on five childhood friends (played by Pegg, Frost, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, and Martin Freeman) going through an epic pub crawl in order to reach the fabled pub, “The World’s End”.  But as they make their way to the pub, they discover that the fate of humankind is on the line.  A new featurette has been released in which the film’s cast discusses the filmmaking genius of Wright, and we get a look at the director at work by way of some behind-the-scenes footage.  It’s a nice peek behind the curtain, and I really can’t wait to see this thing as soon as humanly possible.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette, and click here if you missed the previous featurette that centers on the history of Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy.”  The film also stars Rosamund Pike and opens in the UK on July 19th and in the US on August 23rd.

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