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The second trailer for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End will hit the Web on Wednesday. In anticipation of that event, two new posters have been released. One is another UK banner and the second is our first US one-sheet. Each are similar in that they show Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan mugging for the camera, but now Rosamund Pike‘s character has joined the group. And Pegg is raising a pint, tying in the drinking element, leading to the new tag line ”Barmageddon Begins.”

There’s even a tease of the film’s villains: human citizens with lit-up eyes suggesting they’ve been taken over by some kind of alien force. We’ll likely know more about them on Wednesday. For now, check out the two new posters and read a Q&A Wright did where he reveals a bunch of tidbits about the film. Read More »

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With Shaun of the Dead, writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg played within the zombie genre. In Hot Fuzz they tackled action films. Later this year, they will conclude their trilogy of genre-blending comedies with The World’s End. It’s a film that has been a topic of discussion for years. Now, finally,  we have our first glimpse of how Wright, Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost plan on tying everything together.

The World’s End is a sci-fi comedy that sees five friends (Pegg, Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan) return to their old hometown to drink their way through twelve bars. When they arrive, though, things are a bit more like Invasion of the Body Snatchers than Animal House, and fate of the universe is at stake.

Directed and co-written by Wright, The World’s End opens July 19 in the United Kingdom and August 23 in the United States. Check out the international teaser trailer below. Read More »

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

Who wants to see the first trailer from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Well, too bad, because it’s not coming for another few months. Also after the jump:

  • Anchorman: The Legend Continues goes ice skating
  • The sequel to Gareth EdwardsMonsters starts filming
  • The Muppets… Again! adds two fine English actors
  • See a new image from Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End
  • And familiar-looking one for The Hangover Part III
  • Scary Movie 5 has a relatively inoffensive TV spot

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Yesterday the news came out that the third season of BBC’s Sherlock is about to go into production, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their lead roles as modern day versions of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

There was some question as to whether the third season might be the show’s last. Scheduling the long shoot is difficult, as each of the three episodes per season is basically structured like a mini-movie, and Cumberbatch and Freeman are increasingly busy with movie careers.

But now Cumberbatch has confirmed that a fourth season is planned.  Read More »

BBC’s Sherlock is technically, a TV show. But with episodes that are the length of a film, and two stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have become major movie actors, the show might as well be a movie. The point being: it takes an unusual bit of scheduling to create.

The second season aired over a year ago in the UK and 10 months ago in the US, climaxing in a major cliffhanger. Since then, thanks in large part to Netflix, more and more people are finding out about this fascinating and entertaining show, and all are anxiously waiting new episodes.

The wait has been long, and will continue to be long, but there’s hope on the horizon. The stars are back and the third season will begin filming next week. Read more below. Read More »

The predicted end of the world may have some folks in a panic, but for Hollywood filmmakers working on apocalypse-themed movies, it’s proving to be a marketing boon. Yesterday, we got the first trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This is the End. Today, we have the first official look at Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Check it out after the jump.

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Yesterday we saw an image billed as the first from The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which is the third film in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien‘s short novel The Hobbit. I wondered if that might have been a mistake in billing, and that the still might actually have been from the second film, The Desolation of Smaug. After all, we hadn’t seen anything from the second movie yet, and so to see a still from the third seemed odd.

But that was indeed from the third movie. And now we’ve got the first pic from The Desolation of Smaug, and the guess is that it comes from the very end of the film, just as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is coming face to face with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) for the first time. See that, and a new pic from the first Hobbit film, below. Read More »

When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is good, it’s really good. Throughout Peter Jackson‘s first film in the Hobbit trilogy, his camera sweeps through an epic battle, and Howard Shore’s score crescendos through the speakers as thirteen dwarves, one wizard and a hobbit fight for their lives. That’s what most audiences are paying to see, and the film provides that on a grand scale, again and again.

“Again and again” is also the film’s biggest issue. On a consistent basis, it’s almost as if Jackson forgets he has two more films to release and is forced to pump the brakes. Tangents pop out of nowhere, dialogue scenes are stretched into infinity, and a familiar structure of capture followed by rousing escape, is consistently repeated. Much of the film feels like it’s purposely attempting to stall the dwarves’ quest from progressing.

What we’re left with is a huge, beautiful piece of entertainment, the lows of which are slightly outweighed by its adrenaline pumping highs. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey works, but feels bloated, derived from the fact that it’s based on a child’s book, only stuffed and stretched beyond the bounds of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s original narrative.  Still, its flaws and fun work hand in hand to provide a suitably rousing first act to the Hobbit trilogy. Read More »

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