‘The World’s End’ – What Did You Think?

The World's End

Edgar Wright‘s new film, the final chapter in the loose trilogy of films that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is The World’s End. The movie opened outside the US earlier this summer, but this weekend it hits the States. The story of five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine) who are roped into taking on a pub crawl they failed twenty years prior, the film is a sci-fi comedy that explores the effect of nostalgia and the  ways that life goes on (or sometimes doesn’t) as we grow older.

This is a slightly different sort of comedy from the prior two films in the “trilogy,” but one that is still very definitely related to those individual chapters. In the comments below, tell us what you thought of The World’s End; keep in mind that spoilers are encouraged here. Read More »

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When Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost made Shaun of the Dead, they never could have foreseen this. To them, Shaun was merely a clever, fun manifestation of their love for zombie movies, and a way to make something outside of television. The group didn’t think anyone would even really see it. Instead, everyone saw it. The trio made a thematic sequel called Hot Fuzz, and now they’re completing one of the most unique and awesome trilogies ever with The World’s End.

The World’s End completes The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy by taking ideas from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and giving them a mature, sci-fi spin. Pegg (who also co-wrote the script with Wright) stars as Gary King, a washed up cool guy who tricks his four former best friends (Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan) into heading to their hometown. There, they’ll attempt a feat of drinking called The Golden Mile: twelve pubs, twelve pints, one night. Along the way, the friends begin to realize something isn’t right with their hometown. What they’ll learn could change the world forever.

The World’s End is now playing so we sat down with the director and two stars to talk about the creation of the film. Before you see the movie, read part one of the interview below. Then come back Monday, after you’ve seen the film, for part two which delves deep into the world of spoilers. Read More »

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The week is finally here. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright‘s conclusion to the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End, finally opens everywhere on Friday August 23. To commemorate the occasion fans can buy that Mondo Shaun of the Dead poster, see full Trilogy on the big screen, or attend a Wright-centric art show.

But that’s not all. Hot off the release of the interactive screenplay to Shaun of the Dead, Focus and Moviefone have teamed up to do the same for the 2007 film Hot FuzzRead More »

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say artist Alex Pardee, like many of us, is an Edgar Wright fan. Pardee did a “literally mind-blowing” poster for Wright triple feature back in 2011 featuring images from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.Now, Focus Features commissioned him to do a follow-up.

The poster is for Wright’s upcoming release The World’s End, and it’s a striking, violent, but incredibly on-point visualization of the film. Check it out below.

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Was Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing a little more lightweight than you like from the Bard?

If so, the massive Sam Mendes-produced project The Hollow Crown might be what you’re looking for. The BBC series adapts four Shakespeare plays, ”Richard II,” “Henry IV Part 1″ and “Part 2,” and “Henry V,” with Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw in primary roles. When I say “massive,” I mean it, too: this sucker runs over 500 minutes.

The word “epic” is abused with respect to stories of late, but I think it applies here with no doubt. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

Hot Fuzz Cornetto

There’s no better way to see Edgar Wright‘s latest film, The World’s End, than with an appetizer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The three films, collectively referred to as The Cornetto Trilogy, are linked by their sharp sense of humor, genre leanings, lead actors, and a British ice cream treat. The final act, The World’s End, opens on August 23 and many fans probably figured they’d just watch the first two on Blu-ray before heading to the theater. Now you won’t have to do that.

Regal Cinemas has just revealed a huge list of theaters nationwide that’ll be screening all three films on the big screen on August 22, culminating in the 10 p.m. screening of The World’s End. Plus, if you don’t have a Regal near you, Wright assures fans in the United States this is only the beginning.

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Jackson Wright

After the London premiere of The World’s End, director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost traveled to New Zealand and Australia on the way to San Diego Comic-Con. While in New Zealand, they sat down with everyone’s favorite kiwi, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director Peter Jackson, to talk about The World’s End and filmmaking in general. Check it out below. Read More »

Worlds End Premiere

Twenty-four hours in the air, 12,000 miles traveled and six years of anticipation is a lot to live up to. This was the bar set as I traveled from Los Angeles to London to attend the world premiere of Edgar Wright’s new film, The World’s End.

In reality though, this story starts way before that. It starts in 2004 when American audiences were first exposed to the work of Edgar Wright. That was the year Shaun of the Dead was released in the US. It made me and many others into huge fans of the writer/director, along with his frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun made us go back and revisit their series Spaced and since then we eagerly anticipate any new work by the team.

The World’s End is the thematic conclusion to that story, and the third film in a loose trilogy. Popularly called The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, it’s a series of films that began with Shaun of the Dead and was off-handedly continued in 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Each film is linked by their sharp sense of humor, genre leanings, lead actors, and a British ice cream treat. The World’s End gets the band back together to tell the story of five friends who return to their hometown to drink twelve beers at twelve pubs in one determined pub crawl. Then all Hell breaks loose. For all those reasons and more, it was my most anticipated film of 2013. Plus, being as it’s a quest film, 24 hours of flight across the globe to see it a few days early felt about right.

Not only did we get to attend the premiere, we sat and chatted with the three heads of the Cornetto braintrust and even shared a pint with Wright at the actual World’s End, a bar in the Camden section of London. It was a whirlwind 72-hour trip of drinking, movies and fun, all for a film that will screen in the US at Comic Con in mere days, and open everywhere August 23. It was worth it. Read More »

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