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Review: Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • July 20, 2013 5:00 PM
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As the completion of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s thus-far endlessly watchable Cornetto Trilogy, “The World’s End” is probably the funniest movie I’ve ever felt really disappointed by. Like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” before it, their collaboration once again produces some of the most genuine, earned, character-driven laughs in any modern comedy. And in many ways it evidences the trio’s individual and collective growth as performers and creators, employing what has become to their fans familiar techniques to communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas. But as a film whose central theme emphasizes the dangers of living in the past, Wright, Pegg and Frost become fatally distracted by nostalgia, eventually paying too much homage to previous classics—especially their own—to create another film that deserves to stand alongside them.

Watch: Peter Jackson Talks 'The World's End' With Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost; 3 New Clips & Comic-Con Poster

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 18, 2013 9:23 AM
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In a summer of bland blockbuster flops and lukewarm indies, we've been pining for the refreshing third taste of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, "The World's End." Although there's still over a month until the film hits stateside, there have been almost enough released tidbits to tide us over until its U.S. release on August 23rd. Within the past few weeks, we've seen a trailer or two, character posters, pics, clips, and even a tracklisting for the film's soundtrack. Happily, we've got a few more treats to share with you.

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

'The World’s End' Soundtrack Features Blur, Pulp, The Stone Roses, Kylie Minogue & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 9, 2013 4:51 PM
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The World's End' set
Get ready folks, "The World's End" is near. Before you grab for your pitchfork and rosary, we're not talking about the actual end of the world, but the final film of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. In "Shaun of the Dead," they tackled zombies by way of slacker comedy. In "Hot Fuzz," they took on the buddy cop genre with a hint of countryside cult conspiracy. This time around in "The World's End," it looks like they've reworked the nostalgic reunion movie to include a sloppy pub crawl, some space invaders and a rocking soundtrack. It's one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer, even in a crowd of apocalypse movies. Across the pond, reviews have begun to ebb out in anticipation of its U.K. premiere on July 19th and thankfully, they're mostly positive, one of our favorites being from The Times -- "While achieving Olympic levels of stupidity, The World's End is a movie which leaves you grinning from ear to ear, or possibly from beer to beer." Not-so-luckily, we still have over a month until the film hits stateside.

First Reviews For 'The World's End' Suggest It's A Satisfying Finale To The Cornetto Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 4:09 PM
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We were pleasantly surprised when they dropped the zombie riff "Shaun Of The Dead," we were more than pleased to see them keep up the quality and laughs in the buddy cop romp "Hot Fuzz," but could Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do it again? Could they say goodbye to the Cornetto trilogy and still keep the freshness, creativity, humor and inventiveness alive? Well, by most early accounts, the answer seems to be yes.

Simon Pegg To Star In Brit List Romantic Comedy 'Man Up'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 12:58 PM
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For the most part, Simon Pegg has traversed the comfortable milieu of genre films. Making his mark with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost on their Cornetto films, he's dipped into the blockbuster world with the "Star Trek," "Tintin" and "Mission: Impossible" franchises, while doing one off stuff like "Fantastic Fear Or Everything" or "Burke And Hare" that are still very much in his wheelhouse. However, he has taken strides before into more mainstream, less fantastical fare with stuff like "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People" and "Run Fatboy Run," but yeah, they weren't that successful. But he'll give it another go.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The World's End' Isn't Shy About The Film's Apocalyptic Secrets

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 18, 2013 9:15 PM
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The World's End
"After 'Hot Fuzz' we always thought it would be rude not to wrap the films up in a neat trilogy,” director Edgar Wright recently told Yahoo! Movies about "The World's End," the upcoming last film in his mooted Cornetto trilogy (a British ice cream that features in all three movies). “I think it’s a theme that haunts me and Simon [Pegg], the dubious dream of perpetual adolescence and the idea that someone is always younger than you. I think we finally finish this arc with this movie. The adolescence is over here.” So what's this film about then beside arrested development in man children? Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. But as Wright noted, chasing adolescence is only top of mind for one of the five friends.

New Character Posters For 'Snowpiercer' & 'The World's End' Bring The Apocalypse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 4:02 PM
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The World's End
It seems that if you want some vision of the world coming an end, you have more than a few options at the movies this year; on Wednesday "This Is The End" comes to theaters, and numerous sci-fi blockbusters this summer ("Oblivion," "After Earth") have already tackled apocalyptic visions of Earth forever changed and humanity forced to leave. Some extra posters for a couple of the other flavors of big and scary end-times are here, continuing cinema's determination to make 2013 the year it all ended.

Watch: Drink Up For A New Trailer For Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg's 'The World's End'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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The World's End, Nick Frost
We've got Supermen and Jaegers and Wolverines still to come this summer, but it's fairly likely that we'd trade them all for a chance to see Edgar Wright's "The World's End" a touch earlier. We've been looking forward to the third installment of the so-called Cornetto trilogy since, well, probably the minute we walked out of "Hot Fuzz" back in 2007, and the film's now less than two months away.

Simon Pegg & Joe Dante Teaming Up For Ghost Story 'Casting The Runes'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 9, 2013 6:29 PM
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When people think of the name Joe Dante, most likely, they think of his work in the ‘80s. Whether it’s “Gremlins”, “Explorers,” “The ‘Burbs,” or maybe even one of his later ‘90s works, like “Small Soldiers.” His career has never really been the same since his heyday in the ‘80s; his most recent work mostly being in television. His last film, “The Hole,” was actually shot in 3D, but more-or-less went straight to DVD. So what’s the deal?

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