Simon Pegg / Lake Bell

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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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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Briefly: Simon Pegg is looking pretty sleek in this first image from the film Kill Me Three Times, which showed up in THR’s print mag seen at the American Film Market.

Along with Pegg, the movie features Luke Hemsworth (brother of Chris and Liam), Sullivan Stapleton, Alice BragaBryan Brown, Teresa Palmer, and Callan Mulvey in a thriller that sees Braga as a singer in the middle of a plot that spirals into blackmail and vengeance. Pegg plays an assassin, but you probably guessed as much from looking at the image above. Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Dark Frontier) is directing. [The Playlist]

 

 

 

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Most of us know Simon Pegg as a goofball. Even when he’s being serious and kicking ass, he still has incredible comic timing. His latest role, though, sounds like it’ll go against that. He’s headlining an ensemble cast in the Australian crime drama Kill Me Three Times, directed by Kriv Stenders and written by James McFarland. Pegg plays an assassin trying to kill a singer, with the story told from three different points of view.

Among the actors who’ll fill out the other stories are Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Luke Hemsworth (brother of Liam and Chris), Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire), Alice Braga (Elysium), Bryan Brown (Cocktail) and Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Read More »

Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg

Making a movie is tedious work and, generally, levity on set is appreciated. Enter Simon Pegg. On the set of J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness, Pegg came up with the idea to tell his fellow actors that in certain scenes they had to wear globs of “Neutron Cream” to help with harmful emissions. This, of course, was a huge lie.

Now video has come online, likely from the Blu-ray out September 10, that documents the prank. It includes the reactions of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban and even Benedict Cumberbatch. Read More »

Worlds End Ending

In part one of my interview with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, we talked about how The World’s End began. In part two, we’re going to talk about how it ends.

Hopefully, lots of you caught part three of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy this past weekend. If you did, you might have walked out of the theater exhilarated, but filled with questions about some huge decisions the filmmakers made in the film’s final moments.

Well now, you can read – in their own words – why they made the decisions they did, how it all came about and what it means to them. Suffice to say, if you haven’t seen The World’s End, click “Bookmark” at the top of your browser and come back because there are major spoilers coming. If you have seen the film, let’s boo boo. Read More »

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There’s a good bit of “maybe, eventually” sequel news today; I’ll let readers decide whether the best story is Hayao Miyazaki saying that a Nausicaa sequel directed by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) would be OK by him, or whether the top spot goes to Chris Carter saying that he still wants to make a third X-Files film, and that he’d like Simon Pegg to appear in it, too.

In addition to those items, after the break you’ll find:

  • A few details on The Raid 2: Berandal,
  • Joy Ride 3 gets (an actor who played) Jason Voorhees,
  • A Haunted House 2 traps Jaime Pressly,
  • and new Insidious: Chapter 2 images.

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‘The World’s End’ – What Did You Think?

The World's End

Edgar Wright‘s new film, the final chapter in the loose trilogy of films that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, is The World’s End. The movie opened outside the US earlier this summer, but this weekend it hits the States. The story of five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine) who are roped into taking on a pub crawl they failed twenty years prior, the film is a sci-fi comedy that explores the effect of nostalgia and the  ways that life goes on (or sometimes doesn’t) as we grow older.

This is a slightly different sort of comedy from the prior two films in the “trilogy,” but one that is still very definitely related to those individual chapters. In the comments below, tell us what you thought of The World’s End; keep in mind that spoilers are encouraged here. Read More »

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