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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
In indie filmmaker Bradley King’s Santa Monica, Calif. office, Legos cover the desks, and multi-colored index cards line the walls. They’re both tools for King and his writing partner, Bp Cooper, to map out their screenplays. The indie filmmaking duo has a new sci-fi movie in theaters this Friday called “Time Lapse.” The index cards – complete with yarn connecting each plot point – is a familiar writing tool, and King and Cooper are using it now for two in-the-works scripts. One wall of their office is also devoted to breaking down the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” for inspiration. The Legos – and their boxes with labels like “minifigs,” “lights” and “vehicles” – are less commonly seen in writers’ offices, so let King explain: “When you’re playing with toys or dolls you don’t have to be like, ‘What’s this character’s motivation?’ You just immediately are like, »
- Emily Rome
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
Written and Directed by Simon Blake
The subject of adolescent criminality is a hot button issue in Britain, playing on the fears generated by rampant urbanization and the generation gap. Cinema has addressed these fears in different ways; Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riffed on the idea with Hot Fuzz and their friend Joe Cornish cast them as unlikely heroes in Attack the Block while Michael Caine‘s avenging war vet in Harry Brown takes it into the territory of elderly wish fulfilment. Writer/director Simon Blake uses the idea as the narrative and thematic force behind Still; a grim, well-acted yet slightly messy contemporary crime drama.
Set in and around North London, Still introduces Carver (Aidan Gillen) and his ex-wife Rachel (Amanda Mealing) putting flowers on the grave of their deceased teenaged son on the anniversary of his death. Carver has deeply rooted feelings of guilt about »
- Liam Dunn
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
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Coming to this week’s highly anticipated Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Co? You’ll want to be in attendance for the Stanley Edition oft the ever popular Dead Right Horror Trivia. Register now! Created in Los Angeles by former Shock editor and newly minted Director of Development at Blumhouse, Ryan Turek and Fango Marketing Director…
The post Stanley Film Festival ’15: Dead Right Horror Trivia Registration is Open appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
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 less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors:
April 20, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-twc as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn, »
- Jonathan James
“Hot Fuzz” director Edgar Wright interviewed Ryan Gosling following a Sunday afternoon screening of the Oscar-nominated actor’s directorial debut, “Lost River,” at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood.
The film — which stars Gosling’s “Drive” co-star Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Iain De Caestecker (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) and the first-time filmmaker’s partner Eva Mendes — received mostly negative reviews at its premiere at Cannes, including from Variety‘s Justin Chang, who called it a “risible slab of Detroit gothic.”
Gosling opened up about the process of making his first film, stating that his biggest surprise was the production timeline.
“I didn’t know it was going to take three years. You don’t know how to make a movie until you make one. As many as I’ve made as an actor, it doesn’t prepare you at all, »
- Seth Kelley
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Keane, the true 1950s artist of big-eyed waif portraits, with Christoph Waltz playing her husband, Walter, who took all the credit. Tim Burton's drama was released as a digital download on April 3 but it's on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand as of April 14. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include "The Making of Big Eyes," and the Blu-ray also includes Q&A Highlights.
Director David Cronenberg's satire of the Hollywood film industry was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. and France last year and Germany in March, but it's finally getting a U.S. release on April 14. Julianne Moore leads the dark comedy's all-star cast, »
- Gina Carbone
Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Captain America, The Hunger Games) is recognized for his role in Marvellous. The show received two other nominations including Single Drama and Supporting Actress for Gemma Jones.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Monica Mendoza)
For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay the famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival.
After screening feature films both old and new and hosting special guests galore in their first two years, the third annual Stanley Film Festival is quickly approaching, and we're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers.
Today, we have the first details on the special experiences and events that will be taking place during all four days of the festival, including musical acts, scare zones, trivia, and a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
- Jonathan James
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
Instead of a massive blockbuster cinematic event, J.K. Rowling's follow-up to her Harry Potter novels is getting a major small screen release courtesy of both HBO and the BBC as we have the first trailer for The Casual Vacancy based on Rowling's first adult novel. Starring Rory Kinnear, Simon McBurney and Michael Gambon, the story begins with the death of Barry Fairbrother (Kinnear) and the small town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa?ade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: 'The Babadook,' 'Hot Fuzz' and More on Netflix This April (Plus Indiewire's Picks) Hulu's roster of April additions may not be able to rival the amount of award-winning titles Netflix adds to its online catalogue each month, but the streaming platform is nonetheless offering a solid mix of fan-favorite television shows and movies. While reality television dominates a majority of Hulu's streaming library, serious film and television lovers will take comfort in knowing the latest seasons of "Louie," "Sons of Anarchy," "Wilfred" and more will all be finding a home at Hulu in April. Get a complete rundown of all of the new titles hitting Hulu this April below, plus Indiewire's picks on what to stream. Available 3/31 Indiewire Pick: "Louie" Season 4Fans of Louis C.K.'s comically delirious and pathos-ridden FX series couldn't have asked for a better or more daring season of television »
- Zack Sharf
In the trailer, Nancy (Bell) is an out-of-love thirtysomething whom Jack (Pegg) mistakes as his blind date. The two hit it off until Nancy is eventually outed and forced to explain her duplicity.
The film is co-produced by French-based distributor StudioCanal and Big Talk Productions, the latter of which is responsible for successful films such as Pegg’s “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners”) directed the film.
“Man Up” will be released in the U.K. on May 29 and does not yet have a U.S. release date.
- Seth Kelley
Following his success in the wonderfully wacky British TV series Spaced, Simon Pegg’s leap to the big screen has seen him catapulted into mega-franchises like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible (and possibly even Star Wars). One step of that journey involved dabbling in a few rom-coms which landed with mixed results (Run Fatboy Run, Hector and the Search For Happiness). While he’s switching up the material for the forthcoming assassin comedy Kill Me Three Times, which is getting a Us release next month, he hasn’t quite abandoned the romance oeuvre just yet.
In Man Up, Pegg joins Lake Bell as a couple who inadvertently share a romantic evening together. His hopeless singleton initiates a date with a prospective partner he recently met online. In a twist of incident, however, as is often the case in the world of rom-com matchmaking, he doesn’t meet who he’s »
- Gem Seddon
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.
Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »
- Kat Smith
Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Note: Listed below are just the movies, not the television shows (except where noted). April 1 The Beautician and the Beast April 2 Life Partners April 3 Starry Eyes The Quiet Ones April 4 Delta Farce April 9 Crank Pioneer April 10 Marvel's Daredevil (Original Series) October 1 Finding Mercy (Netflix Exclusive) Confusion Na Wa Onye Ozi April 14 Goodbye To Language The Babadook April 16 Hot Fuzz April 17 They Came...
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