Unless you’re The Punisher or Blade, you’re probably never going to get an R-rated movie based on your R-rated comic book exploits. C’est la vie, as they say on Earth. Obviously a movie about Ant-Man doesn’t immediately suggest the necessity for a more adult-friendly rating, a standard superhero PG-13 will do in a pinch, but considering that Ant-Man director Edgar Wright is well-known for his R-rated comedies, he is sort of reveling in the challenge of doing things in a moderately more family friendly way. (more…)
The World’s End won’t be a classic in the way that Shaun of the Dead was — not yet, at least.
That film was a hilarious and fresh surprise. A zombie film with something to say that slammed a full needle of adrenaline past the breast plate of an arrested genre.
Science fiction doesn’t need that kind of boost — not entirely, at least. Over the last few years, we’ve had to endure a lot of crap (with more on the way), but we’ve also been blessed with Attack the Block, Moon, Elysium, Looper, Children of Men, Sunshine, and a handful of others.
These are smart and bold films with something to say and The World’s End belongs on that list. It may even belong on the top of it, but in that it isn’t going to save a dying genre and in that we expected this brilliance, it won’t likely become the cultural icon that Shaun has become.
Even though it’s a better movie. (more…)
Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright‘s third film, The World’s End has its first trailer out and it looks to be another comedic blending of two film genres. Their first two movies, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are both great late weekend night movies.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
The five Pub Crawling friends are played by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan. Directed and co-written with Pegg by Wright, The World’s End opens August 23rd. You can check out the international teaser trailer below.
What did you think? Was it enough to get you into a theater seat?
Despite the enduring brilliance of both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and the box office dynamism of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Star Trek, Simon Pegg is a bit of a box office lightweight when he’s standing on his own. Paul was bland and infirm at the box office, no one saw (or had much chance to see) Burke and Hare, Run Fatboy Run fell flat, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People… did. Still, he’s Simon Pegg, nerd royalty, and we must at least raise an eyebrow and allow our interests to be mildly piqued by anything he puts out.
The latest, a peculiar looking thing called A Fantastic Fear of Everything, centers around a children’s book author with unfortunate hair and a desire to transition to the realm of crime novels — oh yes, and he also becomes consumed by paranoia as his new project advances. The film is written and co-directed by Crispian Mills, a former lead singer for the UK indie rock group Kula Shaker, and the son of actress Hayley Mills. From the trailer, we can easily see a fascination with the abstract, and while I usually love a bit of whimsy, and while I think Pegg might play off that nicely, this is Mills’ debut, so with no track record to pull from one has to wonder if those themes are either refreshing and imaginative or faux artistic and annoyingly pretentious. So basically this could be a lot like a Terry Gilliam film, or a lot like a Terry Gilliam film.
The film also stars Paul Freeman (Hot Fuzz) and Amara Karan (Doctor Who). There is no word yet on a US release for the UK based film, though with Pegg atop the bill it will likely secure at least a small run stateside — the question is, with Pegg’s track record and the other “Cornetto” boys nowhere to be seen, will a US release really have any impact?
Check out the trailer, which is exclusive to us (and everyone else on the internet) below, and let us know what you think.
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The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s fuckin’ weird shit like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker comparing dicks and shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.
We’ll start off this week with a piece by DeviantArtist 89g, of Batman and Superman going at it. I’ve got my money on Batman!
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have built themselves quite an avid, nerdy fan base. They’ve been the creative minds behind such amazing series and movies as Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. When they’re not working together Wright is off bringing Scott Pilgrim to life and Pegg, with other frequent collaborator, Nick Frost, is traveling the American West with an alien in Paul. Clearly, they have lots of excellence to own up to and somehow top.
Shaun and Hot Fuzz are considered two parts of the ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ or ‘Three Flavored Cornetto’ trilogy. The (hopeful) trilogy is named for the excessive, over the top violence in the films as well as the inclusion of the scene, “Want anything from the shop?” “Cornetto.” which appears in both.
When Pegg was recently asked by Mr. Beaks of Ain’t It Cool News whether they felt any pressure to live up to their previous films,
Yeah, and I hope we sort of confound it in a way. I wouldn’t want to become predictable or be the guys who do that. The next thing that we do will hopefully be… you know, in writing our new thing, Edgar and me have been very determined – that we’re going to start in earnest very, very soon – to not just do the same thing again, to do something very different. Not to the point of alienating people who want something, but just give people something new and something different. You can’t just stay where you are forever. You have to mutate to survive, and I think we’re going to make sure that we do that. I’d hate to become stale and predictable. People are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do. I want to stay a little bit ahead of the curve at least.
And when asked about when we might expect such a collaboration,
We already started the conception process, so it’s just a question of when we can get together. I’m just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we’re lucky.
As we know Star Trek 2 (or 12) still has some script work to be done as well as J.J. Abrams having his way with it before they can make any head way into production. So there’s a solid chance the finale of the Bloody Cornetto Trilogy could be happening. Or we’ll be gettting something completely different yet totally awesome from Wright and Pegg soon.
This re-telling of Shaun of the Dead is epic beyond proportions. The 60 second recap utilizes the style of Bryan O’Malley, the artist for the comic book, Scott Pilgrim. Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead (as well as Spaced, Hot Fuzz, which both have little nods in the short) also directed Scott Pilgrim vs The World when it was brought to the big screen. Is the epic-ness sinking in yet!?
Wright shared this clip recently on his blog. Nothing better than having you’re work aknowledged by someone of great influence for you, huh? Philip Askins, the short’s animater, must be proud. You can visit his site to check out more of his animation, much of with a touch of O’Malley’s style.
There must be a continuation of this mashing of styles. We need a Hot Fuzz animated short, a Spaced animated short. The infuence of Wright’s quick cuts and O’Malley’s pop art graphics make for something wonderful to watch.
source: Edgar Wright Here