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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.

Latest 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumors Swirl Around Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan & Simon Pegg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 9:05 AM
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It's been just over a week since we last talked about "Star Wars: Episode 7," and at the time it was all about Benedict Cumberbatch's seeming denial about turning down Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" so he could do J.J. Abrams' film instead. Well, it looks like the internet insists he'll still go to a galaxy far, far way...

The Pub Crawl: 12 Movie Bars Worth Stopping By For A Drink

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 23, 2013 12:40 PM
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This weekend sees the U.S. opening of Edgar Wright's "The World's End," the concluding part of his "Cornetto Trilogy" of collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Aside from so brilliantly and lovingly referencing and sending up the genres they love (zombies in "Shaun of the Dead," buddy cop movies in "Hot Fuzz" and now apocalyptic sci-fi in "The World's End") one of the greatest pleasures these films afford is the very central place that alcohol, but pubs especially, play in all of the plots. In "The World's End" (you can read our interview with Wright here, including a play by play of the soundtrack) that booziness is brought to its natural conclusion as the film is set around a 12-establishment pub crawl that is mildly interrupted by the threatened Armageddon.

Exclusive Track By Track: Edgar Wright Discusses 'The World's End' Soundtrack & His Musical Choices

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 22, 2013 4:52 PM
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The World's End' set
With three films spanning just shy of 10 years, Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy ends this weekend, but it ends with a bang. The director's third film in his loose trilogy — which always includes his pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — is "The World's End" — a sci-fi-ish pub crawl comedy with heart and mind that actually focuses on nostalgia for one's youth, the meaning of friendship and even the idea of how globalization can change what you once knew as home.

Interview: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End,' Completing The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Ant-Man' & Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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All good things must come to an end, and this weekend, the "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy" finally melts with the debut of apocalyptic robo-comedy "The World's End." Beginning with 2004's romantic zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead" and continuing with 2007's buddy comedy send-up "Hot Fuzz," the loose trilogy and the films within are wild, visually stunning homages to very specific genres, all of them directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. (Pegg also co-wrote all three.) Wright, Pegg and Frost all return for "The World's End," which dramatizes what happens when several childhood friends return to their hometown to find things are different. Like really different (minor plot spoilers ahead).

Watch: Stylish, Moody Teaser For Frank Darabont's TNT Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 2:37 PM
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Earlier this year, we got "Gangster Squad," a dramatization of the battle between Los Angeles cops and ruthless gangster Mickey Cohen that made Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" looks understated and subtle by comparison. In short, it was a disaster, but can the small screen be the saving grace of that juicy story? We'll soon see as in a few months Frank Darabont will drop his take on the tale, and we have to say, as far as first impressions go...this has caught our attention...

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.

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