Wright Beverly

Both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were born out of a basin of movie history. Each film is drenched in movie reference, be it visual or a line of dialogue, which adds a whole other layer of enjoyment on top of the individual stories. For the third film in The Cornetto Trilogy, writer/director Edgar Wright gets away from that. The World’s End is a movie obviously influenced by the history of film, but in a much less overt way. If anything, it’s overtly referencing Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, making it a great end to the trilogy.

The World’s End has plenty of influence though and, for his third screening series at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA, Wright has picked 14 films, on seven double features, that all had some inspiration in his latest work. The screening series is called The World’s End Is Nigh and it takes place August 9 through August 22, the eve of The World’s End. Check out the full line up below. Read More »

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Hot Fuzz Cornetto

There’s no better way to see Edgar Wright‘s latest film, The World’s End, than with an appetizer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The three films, collectively referred to as The Cornetto Trilogy, are linked by their sharp sense of humor, genre leanings, lead actors, and a British ice cream treat. The final act, The World’s End, opens on August 23 and many fans probably figured they’d just watch the first two on Blu-ray before heading to the theater. Now you won’t have to do that.

Regal Cinemas has just revealed a huge list of theaters nationwide that’ll be screening all three films on the big screen on August 22, culminating in the 10 p.m. screening of The World’s End. Plus, if you don’t have a Regal near you, Wright assures fans in the United States this is only the beginning.

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Jackson Wright

After the London premiere of The World’s End, director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost traveled to New Zealand and Australia on the way to San Diego Comic-Con. While in New Zealand, they sat down with everyone’s favorite kiwi, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director Peter Jackson, to talk about The World’s End and filmmaking in general. Check it out below. Read More »

Worlds End Premiere

Twenty-four hours in the air, 12,000 miles traveled and six years of anticipation is a lot to live up to. This was the bar set as I traveled from Los Angeles to London to attend the world premiere of Edgar Wright’s new film, The World’s End.

In reality though, this story starts way before that. It starts in 2004 when American audiences were first exposed to the work of Edgar Wright. That was the year Shaun of the Dead was released in the US. It made me and many others into huge fans of the writer/director, along with his frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun made us go back and revisit their series Spaced and since then we eagerly anticipate any new work by the team.

The World’s End is the thematic conclusion to that story, and the third film in a loose trilogy. Popularly called The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy, it’s a series of films that began with Shaun of the Dead and was off-handedly continued in 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Each film is linked by their sharp sense of humor, genre leanings, lead actors, and a British ice cream treat. The World’s End gets the band back together to tell the story of five friends who return to their hometown to drink twelve beers at twelve pubs in one determined pub crawl. Then all Hell breaks loose. For all those reasons and more, it was my most anticipated film of 2013. Plus, being as it’s a quest film, 24 hours of flight across the globe to see it a few days early felt about right.

Not only did we get to attend the premiere, we sat and chatted with the three heads of the Cornetto braintrust and even shared a pint with Wright at the actual World’s End, a bar in the Camden section of London. It was a whirlwind 72-hour trip of drinking, movies and fun, all for a film that will screen in the US at Comic Con in mere days, and open everywhere August 23. It was worth it. Read More »

Alex Ross - Walking Dead header

Fans hoping to return from San Diego Comic-Con with a big stack of awesome stuff for their walls shouldn’t have a problem. All the usual suspects in the poster world will be on hand selling limited edition screenprints and several major pop culture properties are offering awesome, but not limited posters, too. We already showcased Marvel’s offerings and now we’ve got a few more.

First up is a major surprise. Poster legend Drew Struzan has done a piece for DreamWorks’ upcoming How To Train Your Dragon 2. Next, there’s a poster for Edgar Wright’s The World’s End by Tommy Lee Edwards and then a Walking Dead poster by another legend, Alex Ross. Check them all out below. Read More »

The World's End

We Americans cheered when Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End got bumped up from October to August, but our cousins across the pond are even luckier — they’ll get to see the film in just a few more days, on July 19. Thanks to that earlier UK date, the first reviews have already hit the web.

That the film is drawing raves won’t surprise any fans of Wright’s work. What’s more interesting is that this new film sounds a bit different from previous installments of the Cornetto Trilogy, in that the laughs and action come with a bittersweet tinge. Get the early buzz (well, early for us) after the jump.

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Worlds End Map

All week, some of our fellow movie blogs have been taking you on a tour of Newton Haven’s Golden Mile bar crawl. Twelve pubs, twelve pints, all within one mile, making for a true challenge of drunken prowess. Whether or not Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the gang in Edgar Wright‘s film The World’s End will actually complete the crawl is something we’ll have to wait until August 23 to discover.

Odds are, though, they make it to the /Film stop on your virtual pub crawl: The Good Companions. Below, check out the exclusive banner and read a bit more about the full pub crawl, including how to see the movie for free at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More »

worlds-end-edgar

We’ve seen a healthy collection of footage for Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End, to the degree that many of you might not want to see anything else before the film opens. That said, this featurette is worth a look, thanks to the inclusion of a lot of lovely behind the scenes footage. The intent of this one is to celebrate the work of Wright as a director. He’s pretty great, say the interview clips here, but you probably already knew that.

There’s also some music in this one that is interesting — a taste of the film’s score, perhaps, complete with a strange layering of sounds sound a lot like cell phone interference. (Edit: Yep, that is some of the score.) It’s an eerie sound that works well with this footage, and a fun mutation of the sci-fi synth scores from the ’70s and ’80s.

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