Aug. 15, 2013 | 12:38 p.m.
There’s a pub in North London called the World’s End that sits across from the Camden Town tube station. Luminaries, including Charles Dickens, figure among its famous patrons, but it’s also important in the annals of British comedy as the place where Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright would meet up in the early years of their creative partnership, grabbing a pint after seeing movies like “X-Men” at a nearby cinema. So when it came time for the pair to write the screenplay for their film about a 40-ish man in a state of arrested development who inadvertently stumbles onto an intergalactic conspiracy during a small-town pub crawl, the title was a given: “The World’s End.” The place even held a special significance for Nick Frost, Pegg’s longtime onscreen comic foil and offscreen best friend. “Me and Simon used to meet […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 6:13 p.m.
Edgar Wright’s new apocalyptic comedy “The World’s End” will screen one day ahead of its nationwide release as it caps special showings of the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy” on Aug. 22. Along with “The World’s End,” the trilogy includes the 2004 zombie sendup “Shaun of the Dead” and the 2007 cop comedy “Hot Fuzz.” All three films star Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the screenplays with director Wright, and Nick Frost. Prior to the trilogy, Wright, Pegg and Frost collaborated on the British TV series “Spaced.” The “Cornetto Trilogy” takes its name from the appearance of symbolic Cornetto ice cream treats in each of the three films. The gallery above shows two such moments. The three films will screen back-to-back-to-back at select theaters, beginning with “Shaun of the Dead” and proceeding in chronological order. For a list of participating theaters and ticket […]
July 19, 2013 | 11:53 a.m.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright kicked off the Comic-Con International Hall H programming in high fashion Friday morning, with a hilarious panel in which they talked about their new movie, “The World’s End,” due out in the U.S. in August, but also their future plans. Wright said that in addition to directing Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” he’s got some spinoff movies in the works too: “Abdo-Man” and “The Mighty Thorax.” Kidding, of course. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 But that was the wild, humorous tenor of the hourlong session devoted to the new Focus Features film, the third in the trio’s so-called “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy that includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” “The World’s End” upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic established in those movies, with Pegg playing Gary King, a man Pegg described as a […]
July 05, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright will kick off the July 19 programming in Hall H at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, with “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and Sony’s panel presentation featuring “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also figuring into the lineup for the convention’s biggest arena. Pegg, Frost and Wright will appear on the Focus Features panel to promote the new film, “The World’s End,” due out in the U.S. Aug. 23. The final installment in their “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, the movie sees Pegg play Gary King, a (lovable?) loser who recruits his high school chums to try to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days — but the apocalypse intervenes. It’s the zombie apocalypse that drives what will be one of the biggest […]
May 22, 2013 | 7:16 a.m.
The apocalypse has never seemed so funny. The new trailer for “The World’s End,” the latest film from director Edgar Wright, has arrived, and judging from the clip, the movie promises to deliver the same charming brand of humor Wright and his leading men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost pioneered in such films as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” “The World’s End,” due in theaters Aug. 23, upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic, however, with Pegg playing Gary King, a (lovable?) loser trapped in a state of arrested development who recruits his old pals — including Frost’s responsible attorney Andy — to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days. Naturally, things don’t go quite according to plan, and Gary and Andy, along with pals Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver […]
May 08, 2013 | 11:32 a.m.
“The World’s End,” the new film from Edgar Wright starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, doesn’t hit theaters until Aug. 23, but fans got an early taste of the apocalyptic British comedy thanks to a just-unveiled UK teaser trailer. The movie upends the usual Pegg-Frost dynamic, with Pegg playing Gary King, a (lovable?) loser trapped in a state of arrested development, who recruits his old pals — including Frost’s responsible attorney Andy — to try to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days. Naturally, things don’t go quite according to plan. The film, which opens in UK cinemas July 19, also features Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike, and represents the culmination of Wright, Pegg and Frost’s “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, which began with the 2004 zombie […]
June 11, 2012 | 9:03 a.m.
The 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival is history now but before we move on (yes, Comic-Con awaits) we wanted to share an email that came in from James Gelberg, a bright and remarkably poised 15-year-old who attends Valley Christian High School in Cerritos. In his freshman year Gelberg started a Classic Film Club and asked if I would stop by for a club screening of “Batman” for a Q&A with the members. That led to a great visit, and when Gelberg asked if we needed an eager volunteer during the festival I told him he could help out with our expanded trivia contests by keeping track of questions, handing out prizes, etc. This is his account of the weekend, which started with an already-scheduled school trip to San Diego and then a mad dash back to the festival at L.A. Live. If you’d told me […]
May 19, 2012 | 11:16 a.m.
Simon Pegg, co-writer and star of “Shaun of the Dead,” surprised Hero Complex Film Festival attendees Friday night, joining director Edgar Wright on stage. The Q&A — at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles — capped a zombie-themed opening night, which included a screening of “Shaun of the Dead” as well as Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” a highlights reel of “The Walking Dead” Season 2 and a Q&A with Snyder and “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman. Wright would not discuss his Marvel “Antman” film project, only saying “there might be” some new developments. “I have to give a spectacularly vague non-answer,” Wright said, but credited Marvel producer Kevin Feige for having the courage to build “The Avengers” franchise from the ground up. Wright and Pegg did talk briefly about “World’s End,” the upcoming third installment […]
May 03, 2012 | 1:45 p.m.
2012 HERO COMPLEX FILM FESTIVAL It might be a good time to work on your cricket swing – Edgar Wright is bringing “Shaun of the Dead” to the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival. The always-witty British filmmaker will be on stage at 10 p.m. on May 18 to look back on the 2004 cult comedy that marked his feature-film directorial debut and opened doors that led to him to “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and Marvel’s planned “Ant-Man” project. “Shaun of the Dead” also introduced many American fans to Simon Pegg, the title star, Wright’s co-writer on the movie and an actor with ramping popcorn prominence these days thanks to the “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” franchises. The film grossed $30 million worldwide, and its mix of the daft and the diabolical had a lot of bite with critics such as Nev […]
July 31, 2011 | 7:17 p.m.
The actor takes his character, Moses, from being unsympathetic early in the movie to someone the audience roots for. John Boyega, the star of the new kids-versus-aliens movie “Attack the Block,” didn’t have to look far for inspiration for his character — a hoodlum, thief and recently recruited drug dealer. The big-screen newcomer grew up in South London, not far from where his character, 15-year-old Moses, leads a gang of hard-luck youths flirting with delinquency as they defend their public housing complex against vicious beasties from space. “London is very multicultural; everything’s together,” said the soft-spoken Boyega, whose focus makes him seem older off-screen than his 19 years. “I don’t need to walk five miles or stay with thugs to understand what’s going on. And ideally, I don’t like to name them as thugs, because I don’t know who they […]