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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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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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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 »

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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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