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 […]
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 […]
Dec. 26, 2011 | 1:48 p.m.
“The Adventures of Tintin” star Jamie Bell compared the film’s director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson to the film’s heroic duo — Tintin and Haddock. “Steven is Tintin, a fearless innocent, and Peter, who is a mischievous, anarchic … kind of guy,” Bell told a packed theater during a Q&A after Hero Complex’s free screening of “Tintin” earlier this month. “They speak a common language which is making movies. I will say that the one thing that is similar about them is that they both makes films like it’s their first one.” Bell, who plays the title character in the film, and Nick Frost, who plays bumbling detective Thomson, answered questions from audience members about “Tintin,” which opened in U.S. theaters this week. Watch the video below to hear their takes on Spielberg, Jackson, Andy Serkis and the differences […]
Dec. 24, 2011 | 5:00 a.m.
Tintin is the right kind of role model for kids, “The Adventures of Tintin” star Jamie Bell told a packed theater after a free screening of the film. “There’s a spirit about him that is great,” said Bell, who played Hergé’s widely beloved comic strip character in the Steven Spielberg film, which opened in U.S. theaters this week. “I consider Tintin to be very much a beacon of excellence for children. His moral compass is definitely pointing the right way. And what makes him great is that he relies on nothing other than being who he is. He doesn’t have a super power. He doesn’t have technology that makes him amazing. He just has this fantastic natural heroic instinct…” “– and a gun,” Nick Frost added, drawing big laughs from the audience at the Hero Complex event earlier this month. […]
Dec. 14, 2011 | 8:09 a.m.
Two stars of “The Adventures of Tintin,” Jamie Bell (who plays the title role) and Nick Frost (who plays Thomson, the daft policeman), joined us Monday night for a free screening of the film in Burbank and talked about working within “the volume,” the performance-capture space that was used by director Steven Spielberg and his crew to create the world of the young adventure hero. Here’s the first video installment of the on-stage interview. Check back for more from Bell and Frost. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Tintin’: A beginner’s guide to the European classic Hergé: An animated (and complicated) life The hopes (and fears) of one longtime ‘Tintin’ fan ‘Tintin’: Spielberg on the Indiana Jones connection ‘Tintin’: Catching up with a globetrotter ‘Tintin’: Spielberg felt ‘more like a painter than ever’ Andy Serkis’ Haddock is ‘shipwreck of a human’ Spielberg touts ‘Tintin’ […]
Aug. 11, 2011 | 10:41 a.m.
If E.T. hung around earth a little longer, started wearing flip-flops and smoking pot, he might have ended up something like the title alien in “Paul,” the sci-fi comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost that comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD this week. “The idea we had was that Paul had come to earth in 1947, and everything we know about sci-fi cinema had come from Paul,” Frost said, when Hero Complex interviewed him and Pegg about their long simmering bromance at the film’s South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival premiere in March. “It’s actually a smart way of ripping off every film ever by claiming that your character had inspired them.” In “Paul,” which is directed by Greg Mottola, best friends Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost) embark on the ultimate nerd road […]
July 23, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” the fairy tale project that begins shooting next week in the United Kingdom with Kristen Stewart as the lead, has some tough hurdles to overcome. It’s competing with another “Snow White” project from Relativity Media that has already begun filming and features Julia Roberts as the evil queen. It’s also set to come out June 1, three months after Relativity’s “Snow White” movie will debut and close to two months before a Comic-Con International audience will be back in Hall H. What’s a studio to do? How about recruit fans at Comic-Con 2011 with some stills of the cast in costume, a charming British director with an impressive commercial reel and a crew of good-looking lead actors? That’s what Universal Pictures did Saturday afternoon during a panel featuring Stewart, evil queen Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth […]