Watch This: Edgar Wright Explores the Art of Close-Ups

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The first time I saw Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, I was blown away by the close-ups. They seemed to bombard me at every turn in the film, their rapid-fire nature grabbing me by the metaphorical collar and pulling me face first into the next scene. Wright went on to make several more films which make ingenious use of the close-up, and I became so intrigued by these shots. What was Wright’s purpose for them in each film? Why did he seem to employ them so copiously? How did he fit them into his shooting schedule?

Edgar Wright generously agreed to chat with me at length on this topic. I edited our conversation into a video essay exploring the art of close-ups. Check it out after the jump and be sure to pick up Edgar’s The World’s End on Blu-Ray when you get the chance.
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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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In just over one week, Edgar Wright‘s fourth feature film, The World’s End, hits theaters in the US. That’s as good an excuse as any to look back at Wright’s previous films and celebrate our shared love of them. Those films, of course, are Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There’s also the amazing TV show Spaced that acted as a precursor to those films.

Wright’s work has been immortalized in various media (such as Mondo posters, original paintings, and gig posters) and Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles is doing all that and then some. On Tuesday August 20, they’re hosting The Official Edgar Wright Art Show and we’re happy to share a pretty healthy sampling of works that’ll be on display including a few exclusive debuts. Read More »

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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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This post really doesn’t need much set up. Mondo has commissioned awesome artist Kevin Tong to do a poster for a triple bill of Edgar Wright films happening this weekend in Austin. Meaning, one Mondo poster includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Is it better than Alex Pardee or DKNG’s poster on the same subject? It’s debatable. But they’re all sick. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Sometimes there are posters so cool, people get mad when we post them. Posting them alerts more people to their awesomeness and, hypothetically, gives everyone less of a chance to buy one themselves. To those people, I apologize in advance.

Alex Pardee, whose work you might be familiar with from Sucker Punch or a new Attack the Block piece, has designed a “literally mind-blowing” poster for an upcoming Edgar Wright triple feature at the Castro Theater in San Francisco: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. After the jump we’ll show you the full image and tell you where you can buy tickets to attend the event and pick up one of these beauties. Read More »

Their brilliant TV show Spaced was a U.K. hit, but most of the U.S. and the rest of the world was first introduced to Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright when their salute to zombie films, Shaun of the Dead, hit the big screen. They followed that up with an homage to action films called Hot Fuzz and made a promise for another film in that vein. Since then they’re all constantly asked about the long rumored conclusion to the trilogy, lovingly referred to as either the “Blood and Ice Cream” or “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy.”

For a few years those questions slowed down because Wright was working on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Pegg and Frost were making Paul. Both those films are out now and, once again, the questions have begun. In a new interview, Pegg said that he’s hoping he and Wright can knock out a draft before he has to be on set for Star Trek 2. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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