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Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took Austin, TX by storm this weekend. They rolled into town to present the full Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) and even came bearing a brand new, mind-blowing Mondo poster. It’s for their 2004 zombie romantic comedy Shaun of the Dead and it’s by the legendary Tyler Stout. Check out both the regular and variant images below. Read More »

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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 »

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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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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The Boxtrolls

With only two completed feature films under its belt, Laika’s quickly proving itself to be one of the smartest, most creative animation studios working today. Coraline and ParaNorman were wonderful stop-motion pictures gentle enough for kids, but sharp enough for adults. Now an early teaser indicates that their third release, The Boxtrolls, is shaping up to be the same way.

Based on a book by Alan Snow, the film follows a community of monsters living under the streets of Cheesebridge. Despite their fearsome reputation among humans, the Boxtrolls are actually quite sweet, and are in fact raising abandoned orphan (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, a.k.a. Bran from Game of Thrones) as one of their own. Watch the first brief teaser after the jump.

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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 »

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There’s a bit of new footage in this trailer for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, but the focus is in the tacked-on bit at the beginning. That’s where it is made explicitly clear that the folks who made this film also made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Now, most of you already know that — indeed, most of you know it well enough to have picked out half a dozen nods to those two films in the film’s first teaser trailer.

For those of you who don’t need to be reminded of the film’s pedigree and the shared past of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and their director, there’s still something to be said for having another look at the trailer that shows off just what five friends will face when they embark upon an epic pub crawl in their hometown. Read More »

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