Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom Talk HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Script Changes, Guerilla-Style Filmmaking, TIFF, and More

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Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as 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.  Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film’s definitely worth checking out.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how Pegg’s childhlike curiosity made him perfect to play Hector, the guerilla-style filmmaking they employed for some of the scenes, script changes, deleted scenes, future projects like Star Trek 3 and Mission Impossible: 5, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Cast Images Feature Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames

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Just last week I was saying how excited I was more excited for Mission: Impossible 5 than I have been for any other film in the franchise.  All of the elements just add up to it being the first one I’m actually looking forward to as opposed to being something I’d just wait for passively.  Not only did I really like  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but I think director Christopher McQuarrie recently showed that he is in fine form with his recent Tom Cruse collaboration, Jack Reacher (not to mention his great script work on Edge of Tomorrow).

While last week’s report of Sean Harris joining the cast was subsequently confirmed by McQuarrie himself, he doesn’t figure into this new photo as it’s a shot of the film’s team reuniting (as actors, not characters).  So that would be Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames.  Hit the jump for a better look at the pic.  Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson also star in the film.   Mission: Impossible 5 opens December 25, 2015.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blooper Reel Featuring Cast Dance Party

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The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better.  Why?  Because we need another one of these blooper reels.  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves.

The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon).  Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium.

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Working Together on New Movie

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It would be shocking if Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright never worked together on a movie following The World’s End, and thankfully, the two will continue their creative partnership.  On a recent interview with BBC Music 6, Pegg announced that he and Wright were pursuing a new project.  “Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We’re kind of into a creative cycle now…” said Pegg.  “We’ve all got different things [going] on and we know we have to get those things done. The coming-together thing is without question on the table and will happen when we can do it.”

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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.  

Simon Pegg Touts STAR TREK 3 Director Roberto Orci; Reiterates Excitement for J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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While Simon Pegg is currently gearing up to start filming Mission: Impossible 5 (and touting the release of his drama Hector and the Search for Happiness), he recently took some time to talk about two other major franchises that he’s somewhat involved in.  Firstly, Pegg discussed the prospective hiring of Roberto Orci as the new director of Star Trek 3, saying he’s “really happy” that Orci has been chosen to take over the franchise from J.J. Abrams and adding that the Trek series is in good hands.  Additionally, Pegg reiterated his enthusiasm for Star Wars: Episode VII, with which he has no involvement beyond being very good friends with Abrams.  Pegg noted that Episode VII is destined to “feel more like Star Wars than anything we’ve seen in the last 30 years.”  Hit the jump for Pegg’s full comments on Star Trek and Wars.

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.

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.

Lake Bell Talks MILLION DOLLAR ARM, Working with Jon Hamm, Future Directing Plans, MAN UP with Simon Pegg, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Craig Gillespie’s true-life sports drama Million Dollar Arm.  The film stars Jon Hamm as a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a nationally televised game show, “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the big leagues.  Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose talent at throwing a fastball could possibly lead them to a major league contract.  Written by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win), Million Dollar Arm also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin.  For more on the film, watch four clips and a featurette.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lake Bell.  She talked about getting to work with Jon Hamm, how he’s very funny but most people just see Don Draper from Mad Men, the way she prepared for the role, when she’ll be directing again, and getting to work with Simon Pegg on the romantic comedy Man Up.  Hit the jump to watch. 

Promo Poster for ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING Starring Simon Pegg and Members of Monty Python

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Last week at the European Film Market (EFM), Steve landed some images of promo art for upcoming movies.  EFM is loaded with promotional materials as production companies attempt to woo financing and distribution deals.  Among the materials was a promo poster for Terry JonesAbsolutely Anything.  The story revolves around Neil Clarke, “a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens.”  Simon Pegg is set to star and the voice cast will include Jones, fellow Monty Python alums John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin as well as Robin Williams.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Production on Absolutely Anything is set to begin in London on March 24rd.

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.

For Your Consideration: This Year’s Oscar-Worthy, Overlooked Films, Performances, and Screenplays

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As part of Collider’s new column, Oscar Beat, I’ve been covering the in’s and the out’s of this year’s awards race for the past few months.  While there are plenty of excellent films contending for a number of different awards, there are also a number of films that, for one reason or another, don’t fit the “Oscar mold” but deserve recognition all the same.  The Academy is loathe to recognize any kind of comedic work despite the fact that the “Best Actor” or “Best Picture” categories lack disclaimers that would disqualify genres other than drama, and smaller pictures have a hard time drumming up support against the studio-backed fare.

After the jump, I run down a number of films, performances, and screenplays from 2013 that are deserving of awards attention despite failing to drum up serious support.

New Trailer for A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING Starring Simon Pegg

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for director Crispian Mills’ dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of EverythingSimon 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 FreemanA Fantastic Fear of Everything will be available on iTunes January 7, 2014 and opens in theaters February 7, 2014.

Simon Pegg Joins Monty Python in Sci-Fi Comedy ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING

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The Monty Python folks will be joined by another immensely talented Brit in their new film.  Screen Daily reports that Simon Pegg will star in the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, which will feature the voices of Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones.  The story revolves around Neil Clarke, “a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens.”  The Monty Python members will voice the aliens, while Pegg will play the lead character of Clarke.  The film will be a mix of live-action and CGI, with Jones also directing the pic in addition to lending his voice.  Additional casting is underway, but Robin Williams is also set to voice Clarke’s pet dog.

Filming will get underway in London on March 23rd, and Pegg already has a pretty big 2014 lined up.  He’ll reprise his role as Benji in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed Mission: Impossible 5, set to begin filming next year, and Paramount is also hoping to start production on Star Trek 3 in 2014 as well.  The first order of business on the Trek sequel, though, is finding a new director.

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