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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The World's End

We Americans cheered when Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End got bumped up from October to August, but our cousins across the pond are even luckier — they’ll get to see the film in just a few more days, on July 19. Thanks to that earlier UK date, the first reviews have already hit the web.

That the film is drawing raves won’t surprise any fans of Wright’s work. What’s more interesting is that this new film sounds a bit different from previous installments of the Cornetto Trilogy, in that the laughs and action come with a bittersweet tinge. Get the early buzz (well, early for us) after the jump.

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Worlds End Map

All week, some of our fellow movie blogs have been taking you on a tour of Newton Haven’s Golden Mile bar crawl. Twelve pubs, twelve pints, all within one mile, making for a true challenge of drunken prowess. Whether or not Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the gang in Edgar Wright‘s film The World’s End will actually complete the crawl is something we’ll have to wait until August 23 to discover.

Odds are, though, they make it to the /Film stop on your virtual pub crawl: The Good Companions. Below, check out the exclusive banner and read a bit more about the full pub crawl, including how to see the movie for free at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More »

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We’ve seen a healthy collection of footage for Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End, to the degree that many of you might not want to see anything else before the film opens. That said, this featurette is worth a look, thanks to the inclusion of a lot of lovely behind the scenes footage. The intent of this one is to celebrate the work of Wright as a director. He’s pretty great, say the interview clips here, but you probably already knew that.

There’s also some music in this one that is interesting — a taste of the film’s score, perhaps, complete with a strange layering of sounds sound a lot like cell phone interference. (Edit: Yep, that is some of the score.) It’s an eerie sound that works well with this footage, and a fun mutation of the sci-fi synth scores from the ’70s and ’80s.

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In The World’s End, the latest film from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, five friends return to their hometown and attempt to complete a herculean task. One night, one mile, twelve bars, twelve pints of beer. What starts as a simple a night of drunken debauchery becomes a battle for humanity as the friends realize their town has been taken over by robots.

The World’s End opens August 23 in the United States and will have a strong presence at San Diego Comic-Con. Wright, Pegg and Frost will have a panel on Friday July 19 followed by an early screening of the film. To guarantee admittance you must follow @TheGoldenMileCC on Twitter and keep up with a virtual pub crawl that starts on 12 of your favorite movie blogs today, which each of us revealing an exclusive bar banner.

For more information, check out the announcement video below. Read More »

Fifty Shades of Grey

Briefly: The hottest book of 2011 and 2012 (hot in more ways than one) will be steaming up screens next summer. Producer Dana Brunetti revealed Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and based on the erotic novel by E.L. James, will be released August 1, 2014. That means it opens against the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

No word on casting yet, but expect some announcements soon. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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Unless you’re a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, understanding just how The World’s End could be considered the third film in a trilogy that began with those two movies could be a bit confusing. The three films have the same director (Edgar Wright), the same writing team (Wright and Simon Pegg), and the same lead actors (Pegg and Nick Frost), though each features different characters and different genres. Story-wise, it would be like if Dawn of the Dead, Bad Boys and Invasion of the Body Snatchers were somehow a trilogy.

The first featurette for The World’s End does a great job of explaining how the three films are all part of The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, a trilogy linked by tone, humor, a love of cinema and ice cream. The video below explains it all, and includes plenty of new footage. Read More »

Fifty Shades of Grey

Briefly: Even a casual observer knows that women direct far fewer big Hollywood films than men. So it’s interesting to see that the developing adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey — an extended S&M-lite sexual fantasy that has been decried as “mommy porn” as it tops sales charts — will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. She has made only one major feature, Nowhere Boy, from 2009.

We don’t yet know much about plans that Focus is pulling together for the film, but if the movie is even vaguely as successful as the novel series, it’ll be huge.  Read More »

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