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Rian Johnson Cites 'Twelve O’Clock High' & 'Letter Never Sent' Among Inspirations For 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2014 3:26 PM
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Twelve O'Clock High Rian Johnson Letter Never Sent
While J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7" doesn't have a formal, non-generic title yet, the spotlight now turns to Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode 8." With the filmmaker tapped to write and direct that installment and to write the treatment for "Star Wars: Episode 9," he's diving deep into the George Lucas created universe. And while he's likely sitting on all kinds of spoiler-y details, he recently shared a couple of clues that will give super-fans something to chew on.

Watch: New U.S. Trailer For 'Hector And The Search for Happiness' Starring Simon Pegg And Playing TIFF

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 23, 2014 10:42 AM
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Hector And The Search for Happiness
Outside his collaborations with Edgar Wright and his stints in the franchise worlds of “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible,” Simon Pegg has admirably found the time to lead another movie here or there. This year finds the English actor doing his attempt at the feel good movie of the year in the adaptation of “Hector and the Search for Happiness” and the first U.S. trailer has arrived online to inspire you spend some money.

Watch: Simon Pegg Searches For Meaning In New Trailer For 'Hector And The Search for Happiness'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 11, 2014 10:22 AM
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Hector And The Search for Happiness
It's no small feat having co-written and starred in the hallowed Cornetto Trilogy, but Simon Pegg has also managed to carve out a sizeable back catalog of generally entertaining if sometimes forgettable features. Between lending support to the "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek" franchises, you'd think the "Nerd Do Well" author wouldn't have the time to turn in full-fledged leading man performances in "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" and again, in the upcoming "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

Watch: Simon Pegg Travels The World In New Trailer For 'Hector And The Search For Happiness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 1:50 PM
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Hector And The Search For Happiness
For some people, having a good job, a decent middle class life, and being married to Rosamund Pike, just isn't enough. Nope, for some, they still have to figure out the secret to being happy and must take a trip around the world to figure it out.

More Rumors Swirl Over Reasons For Edgar Wright's Departure From 'Ant-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 11:55 AM
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Now that "Ant-Man" has a director in Peyton Reed ("Bring It On," "Fantastic Four"), with Adam McKay rewriting the script, the saga over Edgar Wright's sudden departure is over, right? Wrong. His exit still looms large over the movie, and likely will for a while, until he officially weighs in on what happened, or Marvel steps out from their string of press releases to talk about it. Until then, the rumor mill will continue to churn.

Review: Horror Comedy 'Fantastic Fear Of Everything' Starring Simon Pegg

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2014 11:07 AM
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Fantastic Fear Of Everything
Simon Pegg has become something of a nerd world hero, thanks to his co-writing and starring role in the three Edgar Wright genre-send-ups that make up the loose Cornetto Trilogy, and his supporting performances in big time Hollywood franchises "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" (both overseen by that geek godhead J.J. Abrams). But all of this adulation from the Comic Con crowd has had a weird way of obscuring the fact that Pegg is a really terrific actor, capable of surprising range and equipped to handle dramatic as well as comedic scenarios. Which makes "Fantastic Fear of Everything," a singularly bizarre new horror comedy, both exhilarating and frustrating: it allows for Pegg to stretch as an actor, going to some pretty whacked out places, but the film itself ultimately stalls out, leaving a great performance at the heart of a movie most won't particularly care for.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Walter Mitty'-Esque 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' Starring Simon Pegg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 5:19 PM
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Hector And The Search For Happiness
First announced way back in 2012, we sort of forgot about this movie and to be honest weren't even sure if it got made. But alas, "Hector And The Search For Happiness" did go in front of cameras. The first look at it is here and... well, it'll give you a sense of déjà vu.

Marrakech Interview: Terry Gilliam On 'The Zero Theorem,' Re-Mounting 'Don Quixote' & The Return Of Monty Python

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 10, 2013 12:06 PM
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Terry Gilliam
Something in the Moroccan air agrees with Terry Gilliam. When we met him here last, two years ago, he was in fine, jocular form and again this time he laughed and joked his way through his Marrakech Film Festival duties as a returning guest. This is despite the fact that a lot of what he had to say was essentially pessimistic, often shaded with that dark humor that characterizes so much of Gilliam's best output.

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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Oscars: 10 Overlooked Actors
In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, a competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

First Look: Oscar Isaac & Garrett Hedlund In ‘Mojave’; Simon Pegg In 'Kill Me Three Times' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 12:48 PM
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Simon Pegg As A Hitman In 'Kill Me Three Times'
Lots of images are dropping like it's hot with the American Film Market in full swing, so let's just dive right in and we'll start with a man wearing a mean moustache.

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