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First Look: Focus Unveils Summer Slate, 'The World's End' and 'Closed Circuit'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 22, 2013 at 4:21PM

Focus Features will release two films this summer as counterprogramming aimed at the smart demo.
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'World's End'
'World's End'

Focus Features will release two films this summer as counterprogramming aimed at the smart demo.

First up is the Edgar Wright comedy "The World's End" (August 23), written by Wright and Simon Pegg and starring his fave acting duo, Pegg and Nick Frost (2004's “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and 2007's “Hot Fuzz”), along with Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike. Here's the official synopsis:

In “The World’s End,” 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.


A week later on August 28 comes John Crowley's international thriller "Closed Circuit," written by Steve Knight (“Eastern Promises”) and starring  Eric Bana ("Munich," “Hanna”) and Rebecca Hall ("The Town") as ex-lovers who find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial. Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff, Kenneth Cranham, Denis Moschitto, Julia Stiles, and Jim Broadbent also star.

Eric Bana and Ciaran Hinds in 'Closed Circuit'
Eric Bana and Ciaran Hinds in 'Closed Circuit'

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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.