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Who are today's equivalent of Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello or Martin and Lewis or Cheech and Chong or even Farley and Spade? With the news that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reteaming for another movie, following up their hit collaborations in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers with Border Guards, maybe they're the closest thing we've got. And in a way theirs is a trio if we include Adam McKay, the director behind all three of their pairings. Others that I can think of are Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who also have a directorial third in Edgar Wright, though they've also done movies together without him (namely Paul). More and more, they're doing their own separate thing -- mostly Pegg is doing a lot of blockbuster work -- which is too bad...
- Christopher Campbell
Nick Frost: Big, lovable, impeccable at being a goofball. Oh, and he's a pretty good dancer, too. You may not think so at first glance, but Frost proves fast and graceful on his feet in his first solo movie star role, “Cuban Fury.” The little indie, which had a limited debut last week, features the 42-year-old British actor, who is best known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright in “Spaced” and the Cornetto Trilogy, as a former salsa dancing champion who long ago gave up his love of the sport after getting beaten up outside a competition. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Equal parts humor and heart, Cuban Fury tells the story of Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost), a man who gave up his dream of winning the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 25 years ago. Now, he’s out of shape, unloved and doing a job he’s not passionate about, until the arrival of his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, Julia (Rashida Jones) reawakens his love of salsa dancing. From an original idea by Nick Frost, the film also stars Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane and Kayvan Novak. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Nick Frost talked about where the idea for this film came from, his secret dream to be a dancer, why he decided not to write the film himself, shooting a full-on dance fight scene, how Simon Pegg ended up doing a cameo, how grueling the dance training was, finding the right balance in tone, »
- Christina Radish
Chicago – Nick Frost has played character and comic roles as the affable sidekick, especially in the famed “Cornetto Trilogy” – “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz’ and “The World’s End” – alongside Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright. Frost is a leading man now, strutting his stuff on the salsa dance floor in “Cuban Fury.”
This high concept film has Bruce (Nick Frost) revisiting his childhood roots as a championship salsa dancer, after as an adult engineer he falls for his sales manager Julia (Rashida Jones). Turns out Jones is also into salsa, and Bruce believes that taking up the dance again is the best way to woo her. The film co-stars Chris O’Dowd as the rival suitor for Julia and Ian McShane as Bruce’s old salsa coach.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
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- Variety Staff
Kevin Costner makes a solid football movie with Draft Day, but it's Nicolas Cage who steals the show with his comeback role in Joe. Here's a list of what to see and skip this weekend at the movies. See ThisJoe var brightcovevideoid = '3457058788001'; It's always nice to discover that you've been rooting for someone. Here, in fact, is the Nicolas Cage comeback I didn't know I wanted - and gosh, does it feel good to write that. Cage summons a rangy, soulful performance to play Joe, an ex-con trying to stay straight with the law. (Well, as straight as »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Though you may not know Rashida Jones and Nick Frost by name, you’re likely familiar with their faces. Jones has proven herself to be quite a comedic actress on television, with shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation, and has also made a splash on the big screen, starring in films such as I Love You, Man, The Social Network and The Muppets. Frost, on the other hand, while quite popular in the UK, is starting to earn some much deserved recognition stateside thanks to his collaborations with buddies Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End).
This week, the two talents are coming together for Cuban Fury, a film that Frost initially pitched to producers while drunk. It sees the beloved British actor playing Bruce Garrett, a 38-year-old man “trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity.” When he meets his new boss Julia, »
- Justine Browning
On the 10th anniversary of Shaun of the Dead opening in UK theaters, let’s talk about love. Not just the love we have for Edgar Wright‘s 2004 zom-rom-com but the love that is explored in the rom-com side of that genre-splicing equation. Forget the zed word. Pretend there’s no zombies in the movie at all. They drive the plot but they’re not really relevant to the story, which is of a relationship on the rocks and the obstacles in its way of succeeding. The zombie element only exacerbates (a word I genuinely learned from this movie) the situation, heightening the tension and increasing the difficulty level while also providing a mechanism through which the main characters are able to more easily get over their relationship hurdles. I use the term “difficulty level” because, in a way, Shaun of the Dead is like a romance video game where different bosses have to be defeated in »
- Christopher Campbell
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
The true story of Eric Lomax, a British WWII soldier who survived a Japanese Pow camp and confronted his torturer 50 years later, is astonishing. The movie version isn’t. Colin Firth smolders as the Ptsd-riddled veteran (played in flashbacks by War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine), and Nicole Kidman cries dutifully as his wife — but they’re both derailed by the movie’s tidy emotional resolutions. B- —Adam Markovitz
R, 1 Hr., 38 Mins.
- EW staff
1, 2 Step: Griffiths’ Debut Features Solo Frost in Winning Performance
Though it may not command a notable shelf life in your memory, and even as it wins you over with its affable pleasures it may still not seem entirely probable, James Griffiths’ directorial debut, Cuban Fury, features a handful of winning performances, notably led by Nick Frost, stepping out as lead from under the sidekick shadow of Simon Pegg. Suckers for romantically inclined comedies should be roped right in, but it’s got enough charm to overcome the sticky trappings of its generic formula. More surprising is how charming Frost is on his own and in a role that he’s clearly put a lot of work into (even if the use of a body double seems apparent in more strenuous scenes).
In 1987, 13 year old Bruce Garrett was a Salsa dancing sensation. But a devastating incident of bullying caused him to leave behind his passion, »
- Nicholas Bell
Shaun of the Dead, a film in which every beat is perfect (that's not hyperbole; I 100% believe that), turns ten-years-old today. The movie was a breakthrough work for director/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost. It would also thematically connect to two more movies: 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2013's The World's End. Affectionately dubbed "The Cornetto Trilogy" because the popular ice cream shows up in all three movies, the films all share an interesting thematic combination of maturity mashed-up against an oppressive environment. They also have remarkably precise screenplays and design, and now you can explore the behind-the-scenes mechanics by checking out interactive screenplays for all three movies. Click here [via Edgar Wright] to check them out, and if you want to throw Shaun of the Dead a birthday party, don't forget to bring flowers.
- Matt Goldberg
Brit actor and all round nice guy Nick Frost (below) is moving behind the camera to make his directorial debut on a new horror short. According to the guys over at The Wrap the 42 year old actor and star of movies such as 'Shaun of the Dead', 'The World's End' and sci-fi comedy 'Paul' is hoping to shoot his new short which he also wrote this coming May or June. There's no real details about the short itself at this time other than it will be genre related but being such a talent himself and having spent years working alongside fellow geniuses such as Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright we're certain he's picked up all the necessary skills and adeptness in handling this. We can't wait! »
After spending many years in front of the camera with his cohorts Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, Nick Frost is about to make his way to the director's chair, and you'll never guess in what genre he's chosen to dabble! Well, then again, you're here so you probably already know. Oh, just shut up and read on!
According to The Wrap the 42-year-old English actor, best known for his work in the Cornetto Trilogy of films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End) has directorial ambitions, which he will kick off with a short.
“I wrote a short film earlier this year, and I'm hoping we're going to shoot it in May or June,” says Frost. “It's a little short horror film.”
That's all the detail available at press time but we'll keep our ears open for ya!
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- Steve Barton
Adam Rehmeier, director of the controversial The Bunny Game (2010) and the acclaimed Jonas (2013), is ready to pull the trigger on his next film, Save A Bullet For Me. This violent western / action / horror picture is slated to begin shooting later this year in British Columbia.
Rehmeier is no stranger to touching nerves and stirring outcry - The Bunny Game sparked protest worldwide, and was banned in the UK - and his new screenplay seems primed to continue the trend. Set in the Us during the 1800s, the blood-splattered film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, and two wounded frontiersmen who make a desperate last stand against a Native American war party. Writer/director Rehmeier describes the movie as “a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible.”
Save A Bullet For Me is being produced by Shawn Williamson, whose numerous genre film »
- Eric Stanze
Nick Frost is making his first move behind the camera. The 42-year-old English actor, best known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright in the Cornetto Trilogy of films (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World's End”) has directorial ambitions, which he will kick off with a short. See video: Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd Dance For Rashida Jones’ Heart in ‘Cuban Fury’ Trailer “I wrote a short film earlier this year, and I'm hoping we're going to shoot it in May or June,” Frost, who stars in the upcoming romantic dance comedy “Cuban Fury” alongside Rashida Jones and Chris. »
- Jordan Zakarin
While he was involved creatively in all three Cornetto Trilogy films, co-wrote Paul and developed the idea for this year’s Cuban Fury, Nick Frost is pushing further into work behind the camera. The Wrap reports that he’s directing his first project, a new horror short.Clearly deciding not to waste the downtime he had between work stints on Vince Vaughn comedy Business Or Pleasure, Frost has come up with a way to kick off a directorial career by generating his own material. “I wrote a short film earlier this year, and I'm hoping we're going to shoot it in May or June,” he says. There are no details on what it might be about or who will be in it yet, but you’ve got to figure that Frost will be able to call on some solid names to show up in front of the camera.It all »
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
Nick Frost is one of the nicest guys working in film. I.ve been a fan since the very first time I witnessed him in the fantastic Shaun Of The Dead and continue to enjoy his work alongside Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. With his terrific work in The World.S End, it has been nice to see Mr. Frost grow as an actor, and to be honest, it is a bit shocking to see him not only fighting on-screen, but dancing as well. In his latest film Cuban Fury, he shares some serious screen time with the lovely »
A talent downpour stormed Grosvenor House’s ballroom Sunday with the annual Empire Awards in London.
Yet, with Tom Cruise in the house, the competition split wide open. As J.J. Abrams wisely pointed out though, “Giving Tom Cruise a hero award, it’s like giving a toy to Santa Claus. There’s no point.”
The result came from far left field, confirming that in the 21st century, it’s brains that rule above mere brawn, with Simon Pegg crowned as the night’s official hero.
Some things remain unchanged, as Emma Thompson’s winning wit brought her usual hilarity to the stage.
Scrutinising the Empire Awards’ evolution to its present showy affair, Thompson reminisced over the early trophies. ”The awards in those days were pretty much anything that came to hand, »
- Helen Jackson
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