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WATCH: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End' Opening Sequence for NY Times

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2013 at 2:29PM

Check out this "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature from the NY Times, where director Edgar Wright discusses the opening sequence for his upcoming apocalypse comedy "The World's End."
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Edgar Wright on set during the 1990 sequence in "The World's End"
Edgar Wright on set during the 1990 sequence in "The World's End"

Check out this "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature from the NY Times, where director Edgar Wright discusses the opening sequence for his upcoming apocalypse comedy "The World's End."


The scene in question is set in 1990, with a handcranked, MTV visual feel, where we're introduced to the high-school versions of pub-crawling heroes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman. This sequence also serves as a map of sorts, Wright says, to the watering hole locations that later play key roles in the adventure. 

Wright particularly liked the pub name "The World's End," named after a real UK pub, because he recalls meeting writing partner Pegg there on a number of occasions, having to say ahead of time, "See you at the World's End." (Our Comic-Con coverage of Wright, Pegg and Frost is here.


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.