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 »
It’s in theaters now, and all the secrets are out in the open. Star Trek Into Darkness, the second Trek film from J.J. Abrams, has been locked (mostly) in the producer/director’s “mystery box” for over a year. For hardcore fans, at least, the secrecy around the precise nature of the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch has been a big part of the marketing allure, but the energy Abrams and his cast brought to their first outing on the Enterprise has been enough to make a huge audience curious about their encore.
And in the end, the irony is that, while there was a type of secret to preserve with respect to the character, in the end he plays a weird role in the plot. (There’s a certain kinship to Iron Man 3 in that respect.)
Abrams has said that he wanted to make Star Trek for people who aren’t Star Trek fans, and in that respect he might have succeeded. Into Darkness has a few well-executed setpieces, and loads of the same winning cast presence that made the first Abrams Trek a success. But does it work? Does the film’s wide divergence from many well-established Trek characteristics fly, and does it even really matter who Cumberbatch is playing? Weigh in below, where full spoilers are in force. Read More »
Sequels are a tricky thing. In the best cases, they transcend the original work by adding emotional depth and context, elevating the entire story arc. In the worst cases, they’re a carbon copy of the original with perhaps a bigger “wow” factor. Star Trek Into Darkness, like many sequels, falls into the middle ground. It expands and broadens the scope of the original while duplicating most of the elements that were already in place from the 2009 film.
To follow his first Trek revival, director J.J. Abrams has made a much more visually impressive and exciting action film, and one worthy of the Star Trek franchise. It simply lacks the inspiration that made his first film so special.
After the jump, read the rest of this review and see a video blog with some differing opinions. Read More »
Lots of principals from Star Trek Into Darkness are discussing reuniting with their director, J.J. Abrams on his next film, Star Wars Episode VII. After the jump read about the follow Star Wars Bits:
- Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge Star Wars fans and jokes about asking J.J. Abrams to play a part in the films.
- Check out a video from the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, CA.
- J.J. Abrams admits he’ll probably seek advice on Star Wars Episode VII from Damon Lindelof.
- After years of silence, one of the internet’s first viral stars, Star Wars Kid, speaks out.
- Simon Pegg wants to be in Star Wars, but respects J.J. Abrams too much to ask.
- J.J. Abrams says the approaches to Star Trek and Star Wars don’t overlap.
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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 »
While making Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg pulled a funny prank on the cast of the film. Apparently they were shooting at a location which housed a huge real laser and Pegg took the opportunity to make fools of his fellow USS Enterprise crewmembers. But who knew the joke would last for days? Watch Pegg tell the story on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the jump.
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Lots of Star Wars fans, including J.J. Abrams himself, have sat down to talk about their confidence in Star Wars Episode VII. Those statements, possible video games, and more are all in today’s Star Wars Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- J.J. Abrams is focusing on Star Wars Episode VII, not any spin-off films.
- Simon Pegg has some ideas on how J.J. Abrams can reinvigorate Star Wars.
- Damon Lindelof would love to write a Star Wars film.
- Leonardo DiCaprio is super excited for Star Wars Episode VII and could be interested in appearing.
- Has a glimpse of a new Star Wars animated series been revealed?
- Disney CEO Bob Iger suggests more Star Wars is coming to theme parks and television.
- Star Tours opens at Disneyland Tokyo
- Lucasfilm registers domain names hinting at Gungan and Wookie themed video games and more.
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