In just over one week, Edgar Wright‘s fourth feature film, The World’s End, hits theaters in the US. That’s as good an excuse as any to look back at Wright’s previous films and celebrate our shared love of them. Those films, of course, are Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There’s also the amazing TV show Spaced that acted as a precursor to those films.
Wright’s work has been immortalized in various media (such as Mondo posters, original paintings, and gig posters) and Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles is doing all that and then some. On Tuesday August 20, they’re hosting The Official Edgar Wright Art Show and we’re happy to share a pretty healthy sampling of works that’ll be on display including a few exclusive debuts. Read More »
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With the impending US release of Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End (already out in the UK) we’ve got a great collection of materials that will put you inside the head of the director. The centerpiece is a one-hour conversation with Wright that was shot last year at the London Screenwriters Festival; the hour acts as a good masterclass from the writer/director.
The LSF conversation begins with talk about a film called A Fistful of Fingers, and in the event that you’ve never seen that early effort from Wright, it is embedded below. Wright doesn’t love the movie, and there’s some really good talk there about how that helped develop his later approach to work. Personally, I find it helpful and inspirational to know that people whose work is quite accomplished had to go through the same formative steps as everyone else. Hearing Wright talk about the transition from that early movie to Spaced and his later work is great.
There’s also an “interactive screenplay” for Wright’s breakout feature Shaun of the Dead, which gives up a lot of info about the making of the film. Check out all three items below. Read More »
In today’s trip to a galaxy far, far away, read about how one law firm sought out Star Wars fans to help solidify the deal between Disney and Lucasfilm, as well as the following:
- John Williams confirms he’s spoken to J.J. Abrams about scoring Star Wars Episode VII.
- Edgar Wright doesn’t think he’ll ever direct a Star Wars movie.
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There is no news about Star Wars Episode VII in this post. I’m sorry, but it’s true. However if you’re a Star Wars fan like me, ready to eat up any and all content related to J.J. Abrams and his highly anticipated movie, you’ll enjoy this.
Below is a short video featuring Abrams discussing the franchise, and his fandom, with fellow Star Wars nerd Simon Pegg. Pegg, of course, has worked with Abrams on several films including this month’s Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s also a massive Star Wars fan who was truly hurt when the prequels came out.
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In the past, if you wanted to make some art based on your favorite filmmaker, you’d have to make the art, print it out, find the filmmaker’s representative’s address, go to the post office, and ship it. Then, you’d hope and pray to get some kind of acknowledgment. Today, though, things are so much easier. Just put some art online and the person it’s about is bound to find it themselves.
That’s the case with artist/musician Lloyd Stas. He created a beautiful set of posters based on the work of Edgar Wright and simply put them online. “I posted them up onto Flickr and woke up the next day to find that Edgar has posted them up on his twitter and his blog,” Stas said in an exclusive email interview. “I hadn’t told him about them and he was one of the first to find them. I was just hoping that he might see the posters, but the fact that he posted them on his blog and said such nice things about them was too awesome and very flattering.” Now, we can show them to you. Check then out after the jump and read what Stas had to say about the series, Wright’s work and more. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley reflect on the ethics of basing a film on a true story, share their thoughts on Johnnie To, and praise Bong Joon Ho’s directorial debut, Barking Dogs Never Bite (now out on DVD). Special guest Tasha Robinson from AV Club joins us for this episode.
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Fans of Edgar Wright‘s BBC television show Spaced (dvd here) converged on Trafalgar Square in London over the weekend for a flash Mob. Hundreds of fans re-enacted the slow motion finger gun battle from episode 5, season 2. Watch videos of the flash mob, after the jump.
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Posted online as a showreel piece for the actor Federico Dordei, YouTube is currently hosting a clip reel from the ill-fated US attempt to remake Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Edgar Wright‘s sitcom Spaced. You can see it embedded below the break in all of its… er… glory. In case you don’t recall, the creators of the original were none too impressed with this redux.
Fans of the British incarnation will probably agree that this clip is at once familiar and also almost unutterably alien. Now, I don’t believe a good American remake of Spaced would be impossible, but I sure as heck also believe that this isn’t it, disappearing tram or no disappearing tram.
The new cast includes Federico Dordei as Christian, formerly Brian; Josh Lawson as Ben, formally Tim; and Sara Rue as Apryl, formerly Daisy and, to be fair, none of what’s wrong is actually their fault. Indeed, I suspect they’re even more upset about how the show turned out than I am.
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