New HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Trailer Shifts Simon Pegg From Comedy to Drama

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A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  I had actually never seen any of this film’s trailers before today, so I went and revisited the first and second trailers as well.  And I think I prefer this brand new one the most.  It sells the character’s need to go on this journey a bit more.  Or maybe I’m just getting old and schmaltzy.  The comedic elements of the first two trailers are still present, but now I get the restlessness of the character’s life.

Hit the jump to check out the new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer.  The film opens in the U.K. on August 15th and in the U.S. on September 19th.  Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno also star.

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Trailer: Simon Pegg Goes Around the World to Find True Joy

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A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  While this trailer is all well and good, I have trouble accepting the premise that someone would leave Rosamund Pike to find greater happiness.  It’s easier to believe that someone can transport onto a starship that’s going at warp speed.

Hit the jump to check out the Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer.  The film opens in the U.K. on August 15th, and also stars Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.

PADDINGTON Now Set for Christmas Day Release; THE COUP and UNDERDOGS Move to the First Quarter of 2015; Relativity Shifts DESERT DANCER and More

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Here’s a look at some new release date changes:

  • The Weinstein Company and Dimension Film family feature Paddington will now open on Christmas Day instead of its original December 12, 2014 release.
  • TWC’s The Coup,  John Erick Dowdle’s action thriller starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, will open March 6, 2015.
  • TWC’s Underdogs, Phillip Rhee’s family action film in which he stars alongside Beau Bridges, Tom Arnold, and Mirelly Taylor, moves from August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015.
  • Relativity has moved Hector and the Search for Happiness up a week from September 26th to September 19th.  Simon Pegg stars as a psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to find out if happiness exists.
  • Relativity’s Desert Dancer, the biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian starring Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto, moves from August 15th to March 20, 2015

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Release Dates for WHIPLASH, MORTDECAI, THE ONE I LOVE, DESERT DANCER, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, and MR. TURNER

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Rapid fire release dates coming at you:

  • The One I Love, August 15 – Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson star in Charlie McDowell’s feature directorial debut.
  • Desert Dancer, August 15 – Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto star in the biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness, September 26 – Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to find out if happiness exists.
  • Whiplash, October 10 – Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star in the Sundance darling about a talented young drummer and his ruthless instructor.
  • Mr. Turner, December 19 – Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Luck) directs the late-life biopic of British painter J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall.
  • Mortdecai, February 6, 2015 – Johnny Depp stars opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor about a suave art dealer’s race to recover a stolen painting said to lead to an account full of Nazi gold.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  Hit the jump for more on each project.

Exclusive: First Trailer for Peter Chelsom’s HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Toni Collette

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We here at Collider are very happy to exclusively debut the first trailer for director Peter Chelsom’s upcoming drama/comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Pegg’s comedic sensibilities while also touching on some promising dramatic themes as well, and it’s bolstered by an incredibly solid ensemble cast.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out a couple of new images.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean RenoHector and the Search for Happiness opens in the U.K. this Autumn.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Talk THE WORLD’S END, Generations of Arrested Development, the Infamous ANT-MAN Photo, and More

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Last week, I took a trip to London for the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download release of Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.  While I’ll have a full recap of my trip tomorrow, part of the trip involved sitting down to a nice meal with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the St. Stephens Tavern.  Usually, interviews with actors are around ten to twenty minutes, but my fellow movie website writers and I got to spend an hour-and-a-half eating lunch and chatting with the charming actors.  I wish all interviews could go like this since it’s more laid back, the conversation flows more freely, and delicious fish and chips are always a welcome bonus.

Instead of transcribing the entire 90-minute interview, I’ve pulled out some of the highlights, which includes more details about the robots (a.k.a “blanks”), the actors’ past films, the story behind the infamous Ant-Man photo Pegg posted to Twitter, Internet rumors, the culture of arrested development, and much more.  Hit the jump to read the recap.  The World’s End as well as the “Cornetto Trilogy”, which also contains Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, are now available for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.

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.

Jim Sturgess Set for Thriller ELIZA GRAVES; Toni Collette and Jean Reno Join HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

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Today’s latest casting news:

  • Jim Sturgess (Could Atlas) is set to star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the psychological thriller Eliza Graves, directed by Brad Anderson (The Call).

Hit the jump for more on both casting stories.

Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer Join Simon Pegg in HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

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Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer have been added to the cast of director Peter Chelsom’s drama/comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  It was announced today that Pike will play Hector’s long-time girlfriend, while Plummer is set as Professor Coreman, the leading guru for Happiness Studies at UCLA.

Pegg and Pike are actually set to first team up in Edgar Wright’s comedy The World’s End, which reunites the Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz team of Wright, Pegg, and Nick Frost.  Production on Hector and the Search for Happiness will begin in January, once Pegg and Pike have wrapped World’s End.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Simon Pegg to Topline HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS for Director Peter Chelsom

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After wrapping his shoot on the Untitled Star Trek Sequel and preparing for The World’s End with Nick Frost (Paul) and Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) will topline Hector and the Search for Happiness for director Peter Chelsom (Serendipity).  The dramatic comedy is an adaptation by Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay of the best-selling Francois Lelord novel.  Hector and the Search for Happiness is currently in pre-production with plans to start once Pegg finishes The World’s End this fall.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and more.

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