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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If the world must end — and film after film lately suggests it must – there are worse ways to go than with a frosty pint and some good company. It’s lucky for the gang at the center of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, then, that they’re already in the middle of an epic pub crawl when they learn that humankind may not be long for this world.

The new set of posters for the film celebrate both the characters and the bars they visit, by assigning clever pub-themed identities to each member of the group (specifically Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, and Paddy Considine). Check ‘em out after the jump. Read More »

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Here’s the second trailer (well, the first US one) for Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End. Five friends (played by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan) reunite to complete the epic bar crawl they never manage to finish twenty years ago. But things are different, and it isn’t just because they’re older, and (probably not) wiser. There’s something genuinely wrong in their old hometown.

As it turns out, the town has been taken over by… well, just watch the trailer. Rosamund Pike also has a big role in the film that caps off the (very) loose trilogy of films that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This trailer suggests that The World’s End has the same zing as those two films, but with a hell of a lot more going on in the effects department. Wright doesn’t need the effects, because he can make something lively and entertaining with just two people sitting in an empty room, but it does look like he’s having a grand time with the action. Read More »

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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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This past weekend marked the ten year anniversary of production on Shaun of the Dead. The film not only launched the film career of its writer/director Edgar Wright (who’s making a Marvel movie for crying out loud!), but its two stars as well. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, previously best known for a little show called Spaced, have since become household faces and names thanks to turns in movies like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Attack the Block and Snow White and the Huntsman.

The trio also have their latest collaboration coming soon. The World’s End puts a period on not only Shaun, but Hot Fuzz as well. So it seems like a good time to look back with fondness on the birth of this whole thing.

To do so, Edgar Wright has begun to post behind the scenes photos – some of which have never been seen before – from the production of Shaun of the Dead. Every day for the next month of so (Monday marks day three already), Wright will explain what was happening on the set of Shaun on this day, exactly 10 years ago, complete with a shot list. 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 »

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