Edgar Wright‘s The World End opened in August 2013. Rewind two years before that to the time when the film was early in development, and he and co-writer Simon Pegg basically had the whole thing figured out. Pegg took to Twitter to post an awesome close-up of his and Wright’s rough, very early outline from August 2011. That’s a small version above, the close-up is below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
If Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had been a little less daydream-y and a little more British, it probably would have looked a lot like Peter Chelsom‘s Hector and the Search for Happiness. Both films center on middle-aged men who, unsatisfied by their dreary professional lives, decide to embark on whimsical adventures around the globe.
To be sure, there are a few differences. The man in this movie is played by Simon Pegg, not Ben Stiller, and he’s a psychiatrist, not a photo editor. But there are more similarities, from the sweeping shots of snowy mountains all the way down to the plaid scarves that the characters don for their travels. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Simon Pegg‘s come up against some pretty strange things in his onscreen career — zombies, aliens, Tom Cruise — but his characters have typically been able to take those situations in stride. That’s not the case in Crisipian Mills‘ A Fantastic Fear of Everything, a surreal comedy about a murder mystery writer who, as the title suggests, lives in a constant state of terror.
His phobias run the gamut from serial killers to laundromats, and he seems to have a weird thing going with a stop-motion hedgehog. (I’d say it makes more sense once you’ve seen the trailer, but it doesn’t.) The movie opened in the U.K. over the summer, and now U.S. distributor Cinedigm has finally set a release date. Get the details and watch the trailer after the jump.
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Briefly: Before the on-stage Monty Python reunion became a real thing, the film Absolutely Anything seemed like the best hope for Python fans to see the remaining members of the comedy troupe working together once more.
The film features four of the five surviving Pythons, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones, all voicing aliens who give powers to a downtrodden schoolteacher. (Jones is also directing.) Now we know the teacher will be played by Simon Pegg. The film will be a live-action/CG hybrid, with the aliens not standing as the only CG elements — Pegg’s character also has a dog, which will be voiced by Robin Williams, so there’s probably going to be a little CG work there, too.
Back in 2010 John Oliver was going to play the lead role, but with filming now set to start in February 2014, the project has obviously taken longer than expected to come together. Oliver is busy — he’ll be launching his new TV show around then — but Pegg will be more than able to bring the role to life. [Screen Daily]
Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Marvel’s Ant-Man strays from Edgar Wright‘s usual M.O. in a couple of ways, but one that Wright says is a particular “challenge” is its more family-friendly sensibility. While his filmography doesn’t seem particularly brutal or violent, each of his Cornetto movies have earned an R rating from the MPAA, whereas Ant-Man is expected to be PG-13.
It also, unlike Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, or The World’s End, doesn’t star Simon Pegg or Nick Frost — something the pair seem OK with. Pegg even joked that he’d “advise strongly against” Wright asking him to be in the film. Hit the jump to read the trio’s comments on Wright’s upcoming superhero film.
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Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
- Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
- The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
- Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
- Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
- Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
- 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
- Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
- George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road
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The three films and one TV show from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are notable for their entertaining engagement of well-known genre ideas, and for the way that they subvert some of the typical uses of those ideas to examine friendship and personal growth.
But, let’s face it, the films resonate with audiences at first blush in large part because Pegg and Frost and the rest of the casts of each project clearly have a great time working together. Here’s a set of outtakes from The World’s End that puts you in some of the more lighthearted moments on the set of Wright’s conclusion to the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy.” Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Simon Pegg is something of an expert when it comes to losing women onscreen. Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz all start with him getting dumped, and even The World’s End involves a former flame who remembers him less than fondly. But his luck could change with Man Up, a new romcom by The Inbetweeners director Ben Palmer.
Lake Bell has just signed on for the StudioCanal project, which earned a spot on the 2011 Brit List (the UK version of the Black List) for writer Tess Morris. Hit the jump for more details on the promising new picture.
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