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15 Thematic Trilogies From 15 Directors

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2014 1:48 PM
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15 Thematic Trilogies
It’s quite likely that, in a few summers’ time, cinemagoing will start to resemble entering a giant narrative web, as each auditorium will be hosting a film featuring characters on their way to the plot being screened in the next theatre over. Disney, Marvel, DC—the brilliance of their crossover strategy seems only matched by the appetite of moviegoers for the results. The thought, then, of a standalone narrative, a one-off rather than a sequel springboard, is a rare phenomenon in today’s cinematic landscape, let alone the idea of linking films together only loosely, in such a way that they can't be shorthanded by sticking a "2" or a "3" on the end of the original title.

‘Ant-Man’ Moves To Former ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Summer 2015 Release Date

With "Batman Vs. Superman" pushed back to 2016 for the official reason being that the studio wants to make it as awesome as possible, it was inevitable that some other player was going to take the vacant weekend. And Marvel has done just that in what could be seen as a bit of payback. Read More »

Toad Is Back For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Edgar Wright Gives Small Tease About 'Ant-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 4:21 PM
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Toad X-Men
A couple of small morsels from some very big comic book movies coming up, so strap in and get ready to take these latest updates out of the protective mylar bag...

Edgar Wright's Top 10 Films Of 2013 Includes 'Spring Breakers,' 'Rush,' 'Prisoners' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2013 9:22 AM
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Spring Breakers
With one movie to promote heavily on both sides of the pond ("The World's End") and another major franchise movie gearing up ("Ant-Man"), that Edgar Wright had time to keep watching films enough to put together a top ten of 2013 is pretty impressive. But it comes with a caveat: like many folks, the last-month crush of films makes it hard to catch up with everything, so be forewarned, this list was compiled with Wright, at the time of putting it together, having not yet seen a handful of movies including "12 Years A Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club" or "American Hustle" (all of which open in the U.K. in 2014).

Hamptons Film Fest: Edgar Wright & Richard Curtis Talk Working Title Films & The State Of The Industry

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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Edgar Wright
This weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival, a special tribute to Working Title Films was held as part of the festival's strain of British-themed programming (it just so happened to also coincide with the 10th anniversary of their beloved rom-com "Love Actually"). On hand for the panel were the company's current co-chairs Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, who were later joined by special guests Edgar Wright and Richard Curtis, whose new film for Working Title, "About Time," also played the festival. Together, they helped illuminate what makes Working Title such a unique place for filmmakers, how the company was founded, and what they think the future of cinema holds.

Disney Moves 'Ant-Man' Up To The Insane Clusterf*ck Summer Of 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 9:05 AM
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The summer of 2015 is already a crowded one: in addition to "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the seventh "Star Wars" movie, there's the as-yet-untitled "Man of Steel" sequel that pits the Man of Tomorrow against the Dark Knight, not to mention "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," a new "Terminator," and "Jurassic Park IV." In short: it's going to be a fucking bloodbath. And there's been a new combatant added to the gladiatorial arena that is the summer of 2015: Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man," originally slated for a Thanksgiving release, will now shrink down to incredibly miniature size on July 31st, 2015.

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).

No Loki For 'Avengers 2,' Joss Whedon Teases More Details, While Edgar Wright Says Ultron Was Never Part Of 'Ant-Man'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2013 5:46 PM
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You know you're dealing with the obsessive, knotty world of comic book movies when merely announcing the title of a movie can send a legion of dedicated super-fans into a speculative frenzy. This was the case when Marvel unveiled the subtitle for their highly anticipated sequel to last year's "The Avengers," titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." (For those without a basement full of long boxes, Ultron was a robot menace that turned out to be one of the team's deadliest foes.) While the movie isn't going to be released until the summer of 2015, details have started to emerge about what to expect from the sequel, with handsome dandy Tom Hiddleston confirming that his fanciful Loki will not be the villain for a second (third, if you count "Thor") time, Edgar Wright clarifying the film's connection to his own "Ant-Man" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" writer/director Joss Whedon offering further tidbits (including stuff about Thanos and The Vision).

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