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TIFF WATCH: Simon Pegg & Peter Chelsom Talk Brit Flicks and 'Hector & The Search For Happiness' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Peter Chelsom makes a welcome return to witty British moviemaking with "Hector and the Search for Happiness," starring two of my faves, Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. Based on a bestselling memoir by a real-life French psychiatrist, the anglicized movie version follows stick-in-the-mud shrink Hector (Pegg) on a quest around the world for happiness. I talk to Pegg and Chelsom on video below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 4:51 PM
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'The World's End' Q & A: Wright, Pegg and Frost Get Tough (Featurette)

Edgar Wright hit Comic-Con's Hall H twice with his Visionaries panel as well as a "The World's End" (August 21) presentation with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, stars of the ice cream trilogy that began with "Shaun of the Dead" and continued with "Hot Fuzz." This trilogy conclusion will be it, Wright says--if the friends work together again it will be on something new. As for Marvel's "Ant Man," Wright's finally ready to embrace new technology to excite us "one inch at a time"--in 2015.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2013 3:25 PM
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'The Butler' and 'We're the Millers' Continue Strong at Box Office, 'World's End' Could Be Wright's Biggest Grosser

Unlike some who find reporting on this kind of weekend not worth their time or analysis, there's a lot going on. For one thing, by Sunday the year's box office will officially be ahead of last year. For another, two solid late summer entries, "The Butler" and "We're the Millers," both held well to take the top two positions with signs of more success ahead. And three diverse new openers had variable success, led by Edgar Wright's acclaimed "The World's End" at just over 1,500 screens.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 24, 2013 3:21 PM
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First Look: Focus Unveils Summer Slate, 'The World's End' and 'Closed Circuit'

Focus Features will release two films this summer as counterprogramming aimed at the smart demo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2013 4:21 PM
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Wright's 'World's End' Goes Into Production, with Pegg, Frost, Freeman & Considine Heading Cast

Edgar Wright's "The World's End," his next team-up with co-writer Simon Pegg and the third installment in the loose trilogy with "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," has gone into production. All the Wright usuals are onboard, with Nick Frost, Martin Freeman (soon to be known to the world as Bilbo Baggins) and Paddy Considine joining Pegg in the cast.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 28, 2012 3:43 PM
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Edgar Wright's 'World's End' Greenlight at Universal, Third in 'Shaun' & 'Hot Fuzz' Trilogy

Edgar Wright's "The World's End," the third film in his loose trilogy of comedies including "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," has been officially greenlit by Universal. The film is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting this October in the UK...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:56 PM
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