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The Gloucestershire-born Crouch Ender told Digital Spy that he enjoyed writing a "love letter" to his adopted home city.
Away from the suburbs of Shaun of the Dead, the film "embraces the tourist part of London in a way which is just a little bit more truthful".
The actor's frequent collaborator Edgar Wright is currently locked down working on his new movie Baby Driver, but Pegg promised us that the reunion they teased last summer will most definitely be happening.
Before he heads off to make the next Star Trek film, Simon Pegg is back in UK cinemas this weekend for the really rather good romantic comedy, Man Up. He co-stars with Lake Bell in the movie, and ahead of its release, he spared us some time to chat about the film, and what he's up to next...
Another South Bank movie!
Absolutely, yeah. You make a very good point. »
Simon Pegg won the hearts and minds of nerds long ago, but the Shaun of the Dead actor keeps racking up impressive achievements that keep him at the epicenter of everything geeky in Hollywood. Currently, the actor is co-writing the script for Star Trek 3 (believed to be titled Star Trek Beyond), in which he’ll also reprise the role of Scotty, and trying to strike a balance between the more commercial feel of J.J. Abrams’ big-screen predecessors (2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness) with the more adventurous tone of the original series.
Speaking with Radio Times, Pegg revealed that it hasn’t been easy getting the script right for the threequel. Before he came aboard, Paramount had some odd concerns with Roberto Orci’s treatment for the film (last year, the producer had convinced the studio to let him direct the pic on the condition that »
- Isaac Feldberg
It looks like Simon Pegg won’t be starring in a comic book movie any time soon.
The actor told the Radio Times that sci-fi, genre, comic book and superhero films are “dumbing down” the industry.
Pegg, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” and currently co-writing “Star Trek 2,” said audiences are becoming “infantilised” by “consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes” instead of the gritty art movies.
“It is a kind of dumbing down in a way because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues,” he said. “Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about … whatever. Now we’re walking out of the cinema really not thinking about anything, other than the fact that the Hulk just had a fight with a robot.”
Although he’ll »
- Reece Ristau
Helping usher movies like Shaun of the Dead into the world, appearing in the new Star Trek movies (and even writing Star Trek 3), and his well known love of all things nerdy, Simon Pegg has become a favorite of geek culture enthusiasts worldwide. While he may love horror and sci-fi and comic books, that doesn.t mean he doesn.t have some critical things to say about what this side of popular entertainment is doing to our cinematic sensibilities. Talking to Radio Times in a recent interview, Pegg let fly with his frustrations over what he sees as a dumbing down of not only genre properties, but society in general, as well as his own role in this. He says: Obviously I.m very much a self-confessed fan of science fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we »
In an interview with the Radio Times [via io9], Simon Pegg made the following comment: “Nerd culture is the product of a late capitalist conspiracy, designed to infantalize the consumer as a means of non-aggressive control.” Pegg has now posted on his personal blog to clarify the comment. He did an excellent job breaking down his point by explaining that this sentiment was the inspiration for Spaced, and you can also see how this also carries over to Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End. He also expressed the same feeling to me a couple years ago when I interviewed him at the Blu-ray junket for The World’s End: “Our generation has been given this ten-year extension, maybe more, to their youth” says Pegg, “but no one knows what the fuck to do with it.” And he’s not wrong, although later in his post he pivots to say »
- Matt Goldberg
Cannes – Marvel Comics changed the face of Hollywood. Can legendary L.A. graphic novel publisher Humanoids now do something of the same for Europe?
Driving into international English-language live-action genre with American or international cast via a three-pic deal with Paris-based Full House, set up by former Wild Bunch and Films Distribution execs, the sweep of its ambition, France’s biggest genre push since Luc Besson, is fast becoming clear.
The slate takes in production pacemakers such as Spain’s Apaches Ent., behind Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” and Liam Neeson-starrer “A Monster Calls,” as well as L.A. based Muse, producer of “Spring Breakers” and now “London Fields” with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Outside Full House, Humanoids — whose movie production is headed by CEO Fabrice Giger and Pierre Spengler, producer of Ilya Salkind’s “Superman” trilogy, announced April 20 a multipic production deal with China’s Jetavana, »
- John Hopewell
The secret may be out of the bag for Daniel Craig, who supposedly has a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If true, though, it may be difficult to spot the James Bond actor, because he's apparently playing a Stormtrooper. Meaning his face will be obscured. This potential revelation comes via Simon Pegg, who later claimed he was just relaying a popular rumor and doesn't know anything. When he was asked this week about his own rumored cameo in The Force Awakens, he let it slip that "I wasn't a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper." Then he added, "I shouldn't have said that." Pegg knows something about secret, hidden cameos, as he interacted with a few in Shaun of the Dead (Coldplay's Chris Martin) and Hot...
- Christopher Campbell
For film enthusiasts, there are few people working in the medium today more interesting than either Edgar Wright or Alex Garland. So when the auteur of the Cornetto Trilogy told us he wanted a place to interview his friend, the director of the just-released "Ex Machina", we were thrilled to give him a home. You can hear the pair's conversation in the video above. It's a fascinating, free-flowing discussion of filmmaking, the craft of the screenplay, technology, the themes in Garland's film as well as the surprising pick of the writer/director who has had an outsized influence on them both. A stunning amount of the great film work of the past decade has emerged from the minds of the two participants in this conversation – "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" and "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" are among Wright's credits. In his writer's garb, prior to »
- Richard Rushfield
Baby Driver – directed by Ant-man evacuee Edgar Wright – sees Ansel Elgort up to his neck in trouble when he’s forced to work as a getaway driver for an underworld nasty. James is reportedly playing the woman he loves, who inevitably gets caught up in the rubber-burning mayhem.
Though she’s known for period fare like Downton Abbey, James has taken contemporary roles, most notably in sports feature Fast Girls. Wright’s latest should find her consolidating her rising star status and proving she can do more than waft about in impossibly tiny corsets. However before she does so, she’ll be appearing in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.
Produced by Working Title and Big Talk in association with TriStar, Baby Driver marks something of a departure for the helmer, »
- Steve Palace
Ever since George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" burst on the scene and changed the genre forever, the zombie film has become arguably the most diverse horror sub-genre of them all, taking on a number of different forms over the last several decades and especially over the last ten years, as (kick-started by the success of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," "Shaun of the Dead" and Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" reboot) the number of zombie flicks multiplied faster than the legions of undead themselves. As the Arnold Schwarzenegger horror film "Maggie" -- arguably the first father-daughter drama to masquerade as a zombie flick -- hits theaters, below I've listed 10 examples of wildly-different films that fall under the banner as a means of highlighting the genre's sheer diversity. Indeed, these days there's a zombie movie to suit every taste and demographic -- maybe even Mom. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
There are a whole lot of wham-slam superhero movies coming this summer, but for action fans, there may be no more anticipated summer blockbuster than Mad Max: Fury Road. Those breathtaking trailers! That sterling cast, led by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron! There's a lot to look forward to here, and last night in Los Angeles, the wait until Fury Road's May 15 release got a little shorter as director George Miller unveiled the movie to Los Angeles press. While our reactions are currently embargoed, one audience member allowed to speak off the cuff was Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, who joined Miller for a post-screening Q&A and raved, "I am totally in awe of this movie." And while what's on the screen impressed at least Wright, the stories Miller told about how it all came together seemed almost as unbelievable as what made it into the movie. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Ever wanted to learn more about the science behind Shaun of the Dead's zombies, or the technological possibilities of Terminator 2?
Well, at the latest Pop Up Screens event, Science Flicktion, scientists and comedians will be on hand to explain the mysteries that arise with popular sci-fi films.
The scientist will then provide a commentary throughout the film, pausing the movie at certain points to explain what is happening on screen.
Science Flicktion will run on May 15, 16, 17 at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, with tickets costing £18 or £12 for students and under 10s. »
Although your humble correspondent missed three days of TriBeCa films in a row due to a back injury, there was no way he could miss Maggie. Director Henry Hobson was able to attract Arnold Schwarzenegger to his low-key zombie project, despite the fact that Hobson was making his feature debut with a budget so small that you could make Maggie two or three times over for the amount that Arnold was paid to appear in Terminator: Genisys. The uniqueness of Hobson’s vision is evident from the first scene, where he is able to establish clearly the particulars of his zombie semi-apocalypse with only the barest minimum of exposition. As society teeters on the edge, both law and medicine struggling to handle the “Necroambulist” virus, Abigail Breslin plays the infected Maggie and Schwarzenegger plays her father, agonizing over the decision of what to do when she turns.
So many »
- Mark Young
Press Release -- "An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern).
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands »
- Derek Anderson
Isn’t it nice when famous fanboys fanboy all over each other?
Joss Whedon, cult TV auteur and director of the “Avengers” movies, spoke to BuzzFeed about his career with Marvel ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron’s” impending release. In the interview, he mentioned that he was a big fan of Edgar Wright’s script for the studio’s upcoming “Ant-Man” movie that stars Paul Rudd.
“I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read,” Whedon told BuzzFeed. “It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa.”
He went on to say, “This is Marvel getting it exactly right.”
This is why Whedon was confused when the studio announced in 2014 that Wright would no longer direct “Ant-Man.” (Peyton Reed is now directing).
“Whatever dissonance that came, »
- Marianne Zumberge
We.re only a few months away from Ant-Man hitting theaters, but nearly a year ago, the film.s fate was much more uncertain. After eight years of working on the project, director Edgar Wright departed Ant-Man due to creative differences. Weeks later he was replaced by Bring It On director Peyton Reed, and his script was reworked by star Paul Rudd and comedy writer Adam McKay. Judging by interviews and trailers, the film looks like it got back on track easily enough, but for Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, he.s still sad about Wright.s exit, having enjoyed reading the original Ant-Man story. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon talked about how Wright.s Ant-Man script was one of the best Marvel scripts he had ever read, and admitted that he was disappointed that things didn.t work out between the Shaun of the Dead director »
After completing work on his cold war thriller Bridge Of Spies with long-time collaborator Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg has turned his eye to something a little more family-friendly: The Bfg. The Roald Dahl adaptation has been on the director’s radar for years, and has at last commenced principal photography in Vancouver, B.C. with a starry cast all poised to bring the much-loved story to the big screen.
And if that prospect hasn’t tantalized your tastebuds, then brace yourself for this latest development. The classic tale will now go down in history as Spielberg’s first proper Disney movie. The mouse house has joined forces with Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to co-produce and co-finance the flick, with Disney set to distribute internationally.
Here’s what the legendary filmmaker had to say on the union:
“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end »
- Gem Seddon
Master thief Scott Lang is embracing his powerful abilities as a superhero, including the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength, in the newly released trailer for the anticipated comic book film adaptation, ‘Ant-Man.’ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has unveiled the clip for the sci-fi Marvel film, which features Paul Rudd as one of the founding members of The Avengers, who’s coming to the big screen for the first time. Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man,’ which was directed by ‘Bring It On’ helmer, Peyton Reed, is set to be released in U.S. theaters on July 17. The action-adventure film’s story was crafted by ‘Shaun of the Dead’ writer-director, Edgar Wright, [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
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