A New Year is now upon us, and with 2014 comes another full 12 months of new films to look forward to. It will no doubt be filled with its fair share of disappointments, but right now we’re full of optimism as we look towards the first quarter. The next three months host a promisingly varied slate of films that include a goofy animated adventure, a World War II picture, a new Muppets movie, a Biblical epic, and much more. In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave have compiled a list of the films that they are most looking forward to in the first quarter of 2014. Read on after the jump.
Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for director Crispian Mills’ dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Simon Pegg stars as a children’s author who tries to switch careers and write a gruesome Victorian murder mystery, but his wide range of phobias throws him into horrifying nightmares where he’s forced to confront his demons, which includes his love life, his laundromat, and a mysterious stop-motion animated hedgehog. The film continues to look like a wonderfully odd adventure, and it appears to be a nice starring vehicle that showcases Pegg’s impressive range.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Alan Drake, and Paul Freeman. A Fantastic Fear of Everything will be available on iTunes January 7, 2014 and opens in theaters February 7, 2014.
We’ve got some new posters from a multitude of genres for your viewing pleasure today. Here they are at a glance:
- A new poster for The Expendables 2, this time featuring Scott Adkins. Be sure to check out the previous character posters featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and more. The Expendables 2 opens August 17th.
- A great poster for A Fantastic Fear of Everything featuring Simon Pegg. A Fantastic Fear of Everything opens in the UK on June 8th.
- The “Sure to Give You Nightmares” poster category winner goes to The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Natasha Calis. The Possession opens August 31st.
- An official poster for Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, which Steve premiered right here a couple of weeks ago. To Rome With Love opens domestically on June 22nd in limited release.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
The trailer for A Fantastic Fear of Everything has gone online. Simon Pegg stars as a children’s author who tries to switch careers and write a gruesome Victorian murder mystery, but his wide range of phobias throws him into horrifying nightmares where he’s forced to confront his demons, which includes his love life, his laundromat (or as they call it in the UK, “launderette”), and a mysterious stop-motion animated hedgehog. This is exactly what’s going to happen to J.K. Rowling.
I’m digging the visual style directors Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell have gone for, and it looks like they may have pulled off a nice blend of fantastical imagery and dark comedy. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. A Fantastic Fear of Everything currently doesn’t have a US release date, but it will open in the UK on June 8th.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything is the first effort from Pinewood Films’ initiative to finance low-budget independent British films. They are off to a good start—at least in terms of the interests of this site—by kicking things off with a Simon Pegg vehicle. Pegg plays Jack, a children’s author turned crime novelist obsessed with Victorian serial killers: “When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his ‘big break’ rapidly turns into his ‘big breakdown’.” Tonight we have our first look at Pegg’s wild-haired Jack, knife in tow.
Alan Drake, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Sheridan Smith also star in A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell are directing from a script by Mills. The image is pretty small, but there’s a bit more torso to see after the jump. As added incentive, we’ve included a lengthy synopsis.
Simon Pegg has signed on to star in the dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Here’s the synopsis:
Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his ‘big break’ rapidly turns into his ‘big breakdown’, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
I definitely like the dichotomy of children’s author/crime novelist and it sounds like Pegg could have some fun with the role, although I don’t know how dark the comedy will be based solely off the logline. Alan Drake, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins and Sheridan Smith are on board to co-star. Crispian Mills will direct from his own script alongside Chris Hopewell. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is currently shooting at Shepperton and is part of Pinewood Studios’ new initiative to support low-budget British films. [Update: We've added a much longer synopsis after the jump along with the press release.]