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It is hard to hate Simon Pegg. The man just oozes likability, and all his roles play to that strength. Hector and the Search for Happiness doesn't seem to be bucking that trend, as you can probably figure out from this poster, which gives us the wiry actor's best attempt at looking rugged. Also top marks to whoever came up with the clever use of the departures board, which does a very good job of summing up the story. Released: 15th August (Irl/U.K.)/ 19th September (U.S.) Synopsis: Hector (Simon Pegg - Shaun of the Dead, The Worlds End, Paul) is an eccentric yet loveable psychiatrist who finds himself at a crossroads in life; his patients just aren’t getting any happier and his life is going nowhere. Feeling trapped between his mundane daily routine and his neurotic girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike - Made in Dagenham, Jack Reacher »
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The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla, Alexandre Philip | Written by Tristan Schulmann, Marie Garel Weiss, Quoc Dang Tran, Izm, Laetitia Trapet | Directed by Benjamin Rocher, Thierry Poiraud
Well this couldn’t be better timing really could it? With the World Cup occupying TV screens and newspapers across the globe Metrodome unleash Goal of the Dead on a football-hungry UK audience. And whilst I typically avoid football movies like the proverbial plague, I couldn’t help but check out any film which also involves zombies and The Horde director Benjamin Rocher!
Like The Horde before it, the plot of Goal of the Dead is relatively simple and sees professional football team arrive at their lowly local-rivals stadium for an end of season friendly when a zombie apocalypse turns the hostile fans into flesh-eating undead hooligans.
This time round it would seem Rocher and his co-director Thierry Poiraud have »
- Phil Wheat
If there is any genre more popular than zombies right now, I would like to know what it is. Unlike vampires, there are a lot of alterations and changes you can make to the living dead plot device. The most recent one is the romantic zombie comedy, kickstarted by Edgar Wright's Shaun Of The Dead. The latest film in that trend is Life After Beth. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Anna Kendrick, and Paul Reiser, Life After Beth looks like it could actually be »
- Alex Maidy
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Director: Jon Wright
Writer: Kevin Lehane
I’m probably revealing my hand too soon, as a matter fact, I know I am. This is one of my favorites that I’ve seen year, and it’s a great little film that incorporates a lot of things that I love about other films into a solid entry on the sincere recommend list of great little gems that need more exposure. I love horror films set in the United Kingdom. That love goes way back to the Hammer and Amicus films, the great gothic scenery. and groovy 1970’s vibes. The new generation of great U.K. horror films has its own subset of categories. You have the “28 Days Later” type that’s full on horror, »
From Spaced and Shaun of the Dead to Paul and Star Trek, Simon Pegg has perfected playing rage-filled geeks, and we see a moment of such abrupt and senseless rage in the trailer above for his latest. But at its core, Hector and the Search For Happiness is a drama about the adventure one man who needs to find joy. Based on the François Lelord novel, Hector and the Search For Happiness stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an unhappy psychiatrist who decides to leave behind his rut and routine, travel and--well--search for happiness. The film's director Peter Chelsom has previously compared this adaptation to Being There and Forrest Gump because of its fable nature and contemporary love story. But from the trailer above, it's reminding us a bit more of a more recent adventure story. Remember The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Hector and the Search For »
For the last few years Thn have spent many an afternoon watching some of the best films, thanks to Pop-Up Screens and so we highly recommend their 2014 Season and have got all the details below for you. Picture the scene… sunny summer evening, cold beer in one hand, tasty burger in the other, your favourite classic movie on a big screen, surrounded by friends. Sounds like the stuff dreams are made of doesn’t it?
The pioneers of outdoor cinema, Pop Up Screens are back this summer to turn your movie dreams into reality, beaming all your favorite films directly into your local London parks. There’s something for everyone. If you’re after romance there’s The Notebook or Romeo + Juliet, if you fancy escaping with some fantasy you could try the Labyrinth, feeling up for some action go for Blade or if you’re just looking for a »
- Dan Bullock
August sees the release of the next in the line of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as you’ll all know by now, having no doubt seen the second trailer – it’s the oddest of the bunch by far.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is an offbeat, spacefaring, swashbuckling comedy adventure starring a motley crew of thieves, killers and miscreants who come up against an unstoppable force of evil… the monstrous, death-worshipping Thanos, last seen in a post-credits sequence at the end of The Avengers. It’s about as far away from Iron Man as Iron Man is from Darkman… we think, based upon the trailer and all the TV spots and information released so far.
But as an McU offering, it’s going to be a part and parcel of Marvel’s more traditional line of superhero movies, and Easter Eggs, name-dropping and (most importantly) ‘celebrity »
- Ben Cooke
The dance culture has seen an explosion of cinematic adaptations in recent years. There was Step Up in 2006 - the dan-com that launched the career of one Channing Tatum; MTV-funded urban success Save the Last Dance in 2001; and everyones favourite rags-to-Rojo story Billy Elliot in 2000. Going further back, classics such as Footloose (starring Kevin Bacon. Yes, believe it or not he used to appear in films), Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever slide into shot, while one could even argue the suitability of Gene Kelly’s infamous musical number Singin' in the Rain...although for the purpose of this review, we’ll stick with dance as the main focus as opposed to an entertaining side-plot.
However, Cuban Fury is a beast like no other. While it may tap along to a similar beat, it’s underlying study is of a comical nature. Viewers are presented with 98 minutes of unadulterated ‘slapstick »
The movie musical certainly had a heyday in the 1930s and 40s, but thanks to films like 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" and 2002's "Chicago," musicals have made a comeback throughout the aughts and the teens during this millennium. With Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the popular stage musical "Jersey Boys" opening this weekend, we got to thinking about what musical theater productions are worthy of a film adaptation and which directors would be perfect to bring them to the silver screen. Here's our list of musicals that haven't yet gotten film adaptations and who we think should take them on. Let us know what shows you want to see on film, and who you think would be the perfect director. "Avenue Q" Directed by Edgar Wright "(Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") With an unmatched eye for satire, Edgar Wright spun iconic tale "Dawn of the Dead" into contemporary comedy landmark "Shaun of the Dead. »
Never say never when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It all began with a relatively unknown character in Iron Man, and has since become one of the most popular movie franchises at all time, with each entry in the interlocking franchise smashing box office records and expectations. A Thor movie directed by fancy pants Shakespearean type Kenneth Branagh? Sure! Relying on Guardians of the Galaxy, a bonkers sci-fi trip that most fanboys hadn’t even heard of and directed by oddball James Gunn, as the next summer tentpole release? Of course! A comedic take on Ant Man by the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? Bad example.
What we’re getting at is that Marvel (and their parent company, the House of Mouse) have rarely taken the obvious path when it came to them dominating the Hollywood blockbuster. They ventured down the road less travelled and, »
- Tom Baker
Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-man has received quite a bit of negative publicity of late, after it was revealed that Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead) had exited the project due to disputes over films the screenplay. A little while after many other directors passed on taking over the reigns on Wright’s passion project, it was announced that Peyton Reed (The Break Up, Yes Man, New Girl) would be adopting Ant-man.
It would be quite an understatement to say that this news disappointed film fans across the globe, after years of looking forward to a quirky and unique superhero outing from a fantastic director. It’s especially devastating given that Kevin Feige has stated on many occasions that the project only exists because of Wright, and his dedication to bringing Marvel’s smallest hero to the big screen. Now Wright’s close friend and frequent collaborator Simon Pegg has given »
- Ben Read
For this hour long special edition of the podcast, we took Joe Reid's suggestion and are having ourselves a theme party. The theme is 2004, and on its tenth anniversary Nathaniel, Nick and Joe marvel at what a rich cinematic year it was and how well the highlights have endured.
We begin with movies we think we should revisit or have shifted in our memory and then compare top ten lists. Movies discussed include but are not limited to: Dogville, Bad Education, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Tarnation, Before Sunset, Blissfully Yours, Shaun of the Dead, Sideways, House of Flying Daggers, Primer, Vera Drake, and Maria Full of Grace among others.
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation with your own 2004 memories and revisits in the comments.
- NATHANIEL R
Despite previous reports that no members of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek cast would be joining the director in a galaxy far, far away, IGN is suggesting that Simon Pegg has filmed a “secret role” for Star Wars: Episode VII, with the Shaun of the Dead star reportedly shooting the part on location in Abu Dhabi. If true, this wouldn’t be the first time that Original Trilogy fan Pegg has worked on Star Wars, with the actor lending his voice to the bounty hunter Dengar in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Meanwhile in other Episode VII news, Harrison Ford has picked up an injury at Pinewood Studios whilst shooting scenes for the eagerly-anticipated sequel, with a spokesman for Lucasfilm stating that: “Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting »
- Gary Collinson
Rumours of Pegg making an appearance in the space epic are kind of expected. Pegg and J.J. Abrams have a friendly working relationship, the pair had teamed up on such films as; Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3 and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. It seems only right that they should reunite again.
The Shaun Of The Dead star has expressed being a huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, but was let down by the prequels. Pegg originally expressed his disinterest in getting involved saying, ‘I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be in it, to be honest. I think J.J. should cast new faces with no stunt casting. I wouldn’t »
- Ciham Messouki
With the bulk of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII already announced, and the addition of Lupita Nyong's and Gwendoline Christie beefing up the female presence recently, there's probably not many integral roles in the film left to be revealed. However, IGN Middle East (via Bleeding Cool) has word that Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek star Simon Pegg has a small role in the sci-fi sequel. But it doesn't sound like it's very extensive, because Pegg has apparently already completed shooting what will likely amount to a cameo on the set of the film in Abu Dhabi, which has since completed as production has moved to London. Pegg has been a staple of the films of J.J. Abrams playing Scotty in the Star Trek reboot franchise, and also had a supporting role in Mission: Impossible III and an expanded role in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, so »
- Ethan Anderton
We can't even go to sleep without some new "Star Wars" rumor hitting the internet. Yesterday brought whispers that "Empire Strikes Back" writer Lawrence Kasdan might be penning a Boba Fett movie (which in turn, means that Gareth Edwards is probably making something else for his 2016 spin-off film), but this morning there's some more tittle-tattle, suggesting that a crown prince of cinematic geekery will be cropping up in "Episode VII." According to IGN Middle East (via Bleeding Cool), "Shaun Of The Dead" and "Star Trek" star Simon Pegg has secretly filmed a role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," which, as we all know, is helmed by Pegg's 'Trek' and "Mission: Impossible" colleague J.J. Abrams. Supposedly, Pegg has already shot his part on the film's Abu Dhabi set — which presumably makes sense of how this particular branch of IGN would get hold of the info. Pegg has had a famously vocal »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Video: Lego Movie stars on their favourite cameos in the film
Ever since The Lego Movie reignited our childhood love for those multi-coloured bricks earlier this year, we've been on a hunt for the biggest and best Lego sets we can find.
One thing we've noticed is the huge amount of movie-based packages that are out there. It's now possible to build your own DeLorean, re-enact the (good) Star Wars trilogy with minifigures and head to Middle-earth thanks to Lego. Here are 13 incredibly cool Lego sets replicating your favourite movies...
The '80s classic is 30 years old this month, and what better way to celebrate that landmark than with a Lego Ecto-1 and your four favourite ghoul-catchers in minifigure form? This design comes from the Lego Cuusoo line, which allows modellers to submit their own ideas for Lego products, and those that garner more than 10,000 fans' votes are considered for production. »
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