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Watch: 1-Hour Masterclass With Edgar Wright

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 9:20 AM
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There are few filmmakers who engage directly with their fans and audience quite like Edgar Wright. Active both on Twitter and through his own blog, Wright is an open book when it comes to interacting with his followers, and is usually eager to share the process as he develops whatever projects he's working on. And so, one can imagine how in depth an extensive conversation with the filmmaker could go.

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.

Marvel Wants To Meet Vin Diesel For Some Reason & Armie Hammer Is Not Ant-Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 10:40 PM
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It seems rumors are flying fast and furious this week for nerd franchises, so let's get a handle on them, and kick off with one that is actually legit, followed by a couple others that are sort of ridiculous...

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.

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.

Edgar Wright Reveals He Directed One Shot In ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 10, 2013 4:08 PM
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This is why Twitter is awesome. Yesterday, “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright went to his account to reveal that he shot a scene in the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the highly anticipated latest installation in the J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" reboot (read our review here). The uber-secretive Abrams might not be so happy, but it was inevitable things were going to leak with the film already open in the U.K., only a week until it’s official U.S. release and reviews pouring in. Just enough to keep us enticed, but not enough to give away any plot points (or really any aspect of the film). This is within days of the release of the trailer for Wright’s latest “The World’s End.”

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