Steven Moffat Talks DOCTOR WHO: LAST CHRISTMAS, Casting Nick Frost as Santa Claus, His Fondness for Writing Christmas Specials, and More

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Airing both in the US and UK on Christmas Day, in Doctor Who: Last Christmas, it’s Christmas in the North Pole and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) are joined by Santa Claus (Nick Frost) and some grumpy elves for an all-new adventure.  It is the tenth Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005, and the first full Christmas special to feature the Twelfth Doctor.

During this interview with press to promote the upcoming special, showrunner Steven Moffat talked about why Doctor Who and Christmas have a special relationship, the challenges of plotting and planning a Christmas special, why it took so long to use Santa Claus as a plot point, how Nick Frost came to be cast in the role, the Doctor’s view on Santa Claus versus Robin Hood, getting more clarity on where the relationship between the Doctor and Clara stands now, why companions typically end up being contemporary characters, his fondest memories of writing his five Christmas specials, and the best Doctor Who merchandise he’s received.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

My Favorite Halloween Movie: SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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Movies are a funny thing.  They exist both in the moment and also forever.  Some films you forget the minute you walk out the theater, and others stay with you, spawning repeat viewings for years to come.  Not unlike music, I’d argue that films are very closely tied to memory.  Sure there are some you rewatch simply because you enjoy them or because they’re just that good, but others act as a sort of sensory time travel machine, summoning up the feelings you had when you were, say, on a very memorable first date or hanging out with friends the night before everyone went away to college.  For me, this carries over into a sort of seasonal emotional connection.  There are some movies I enjoy watching at a specific time of year because they “feel” like fall or they “feel” like Christmas, regardless of how season-specific the content of the film may be.

As Halloween approaches, we here at Collider thought it would be fun to share with you our favorite Halloween movies.  My personal favorite Halloween film doesn’t really have anything to do with the holiday at all, but at the same time it’s a movie that I find myself making a point to watch every October.  It also happens to be a modern day classic.  Find out why Shaun of the Dead is my favorite Halloween movie after the jump.

PHINEAS AND FERB Clip Featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s SHAUN OF THE DEAD Cameo

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Should I be watching Phineas and Ferb?  I assumed it was a kids-only thing due to the rather goofy animation and the fact that it airs on the Disney Channel, but if Shaun and Ed from Shaun of the Dead are on it, it’s got to have a more mature appeal too, right?  (Plus I’m mildly amused by the fact that the show features a pet platypus named Perry.)

I’ve never seen a single episode of the show so I don’t really know, but the Halloween season special, “Night of the Living Pharmacists,” actually sounds like a lot of fun and it’s got Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in it as well.  Hit the jump to check out their cameo in a Phineas and Ferb clip from the Halloween episode.

PHINEAS AND FERB Resurrects Shaun and Ed from SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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Ten years ago we got a film that not only launched the career of Edgar Wright, one of our finest writer/directors but also gave us the brilliant duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (to be fair, Spaced played a fairly large role in this as well).  That film was Shaun of the Dead.  And while Pegg in particular has been unwaveringly resolute in his comments that there will not be a sequel to that film, that doesn’t mean we’ll never see the characters onscreen again.

Today we learned that Pegg and Frost will be reprising their roles as Shaun and Ed in the Halloween episode of Phineas and Ferb.  Hit the jump for more on their resurrection.  Phineas and Ferb airs on Fridays on the Disney Channel.  

Full-Length THE BOXTROLLS Trailer Delves into the Plot of Laika’s Latest Stop-Motion Adventure

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Focus Features has released a new full-length The Boxtrolls trailer for Laika Studios’ new stop-motion animated feature.  Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annabele, the film tells the story of the misunderstood titular trolls that live underneath the streets of Cheesebridge, where they attempt to raise an orphaned human boy as their own.  As with Laika’s other films, Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls again revolves around outsiders, but it’s a story told with the studio’s signature charm and maturity.  This new trailer gets much deeper into the plot than the previous teasers, as we see that the young boy and his boxtroll brethren face danger in the form of the townspeople’s leaders.  Laika’s films are always a refreshing reprieve from many of the other same-feeling animation features that saturate the marketplace, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve put together with this latest adventure.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Boxtrolls trailer.  The film features the voices of Ben KingsleyToni ColletteElle FanningIsaac Hempstead-WrightJared HarrisSimon PeggNick FrostRichard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.  The Boxtrolls opens in 2D and 3D on September 26th.

Nick Frost Talks CUBAN FURY, Shooting a Full-On Dance Fight Scene, Simon Pegg’s Cameo, Dance Training, the TINTIN Sequel, THE BOXTROLLS & More

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Equal parts humor and heart, Cuban Fury tells the story of Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost), a man who gave up his dream of winning the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 25 years ago.  Now, he’s out of shape, unloved and doing a job he’s not passionate about, until the arrival of his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, Julia (Rashida Jones) reawakens his love of salsa dancing.  From an original idea by Nick Frost, the film also stars Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane and Kayvan Novak.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Nick Frost talked about where the idea for this film came from, his secret dream to be a dancer, why he decided not to write the film himself, shooting a full-on dance fight scene, how Simon Pegg ended up doing a cameo, how grueling the dance training was, finding the right balance in tone, what this cast was like to work with, the film’s love story, how much he hates doing wire work, and the deleted scenes.  He also talked about doing the Fox comedy pilot Sober Companion with Justin Long, how he got involved with The Boxtrolls, the lack of an update on the Tintin sequel, and his experience making Business or Pleasure with Vince Vaughn.  Check out our Nick Frost interview after the jump.

Exclusive Images From CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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Today, we’re pleased to bring you two exclusive Cuban Fury images.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for our interview with Frost and Jones.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColemanCuban Fury is now in theaters.

Nick Frost & Rashida Jones Talk CUBAN FURY, Cuban Furry, Cute and Furry, Moms vs. Bullies, SOBER COMPANION, TRIBECA and More

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Nick Frost leads Cuban Fury as Bruce. Way back when, young Bruce was a rising salsa star. He proudly strut around in his bejeweled shirts and pristine dancing shoes, collecting trophies and titles left and right – that is until a group of bullies showed Bruce what they thought of his hobby. Years later, Bruce’s dancing shoes are collecting dust and he’s spending his days working safe and sound at a desk job. However, when he finds out his beautiful new boss, Rashida Jones’ Julia, has a little thing for salsa herself, his little thing for her inspires him to give dancing another go.

While in New York City promoting Cuban Fury’s April 11, 2014 release, Frost and Jones took the time to sit down with Collider to talk about Cuban Fury – or rather Cuban Furry. Or, if you prefer, Cute and Furry. Hear about the duo’s preference for making love at weddings versus dancing and memories of their mothers beating up bullies. We’ve also got Frost’s thoughts on his new Fox comedy pilot, Sober Companion, and Jones talking about her own for TBS, Tribeca.

Exclusive: Poster for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane, and Chris O’Dowd

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Today, we are pleased to premiere the poster for the upcoming comedy, Cuban Fury.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  When you’ve got great actors like Frost, Jones, and O’Dowd leading the way not to mention co-stars Ian McShane and Olivia Colman, this should be a good time.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Cuban Fury opens April 11th.

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones

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A new U.S. trailer for director James Griffiths‘ salsa dancing comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  The film stars Nick Frost as a former salsa-dancing prodigy who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  He runs across formidable competition by way of his co-worker, played by Chris O’Dowd.  The chemistry between Frost and O’Dowd continues to look great, and Frost appears more than comfortable carrying the comedic lead role.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColemanCuban Fury will be released April 11.

New Trailer for CUBAN FURY Featuring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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A new trailer for the upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has landed online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  This trailer focuses more on the chemistry between Frost and his bitter rival Chris O’Dowd, and it’s pretty great.  The two make a formidable comedic duo, and it’s quite fun seeing Frost lead a film all his own.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day.  It’s currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

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.

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 Trailer for CUBAN FURY Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O’Dowd

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The first trailer for director James Griffiths’ upcoming comedy Cuban Fury has been released online.  Based on an original idea by Nick Frost, the story revolves around a former salsa-dancing prodigy (Frost) who attempts to regain his dancing form in order to impress his new American boss (Rashida Jones).  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Frost’s talents in a leading role, and the highlight of this trailer is definitely the chemistry between Frost and Chris O’Dowd, who plays his office nemesis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Ian McShane and Olivia ColmanCuban Fury opens in the UK on Valentine’s Day and is still awaiting a US release date.

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

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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.

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