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Film, "Cuban Fury": The Taste of British Salsa

"Cuban Fury": The Taste of British Salsa

Being about a meek Englishman who digs deep to unearth his dormant charisma, this first official solo Nick Frost star vehicle goes a safe and familiar route. Frost originated the idea and produced the film, written by Jon Brown and…
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Film, Film Feature You Look Familiar: <i>The World's End</i> Has New Villains and Old Emotional Problems

You Look Familiar: The World's End Has New Villains and Old Emotional Problems

Despite coming from three different genres, "The Cornetto Trilogy," the films that director Edgar Wright co-wrote with star Simon Pegg, does have a number of themes in common. The trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World'sEnd, which…
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Film, "The World's End": Pub Crawl of the Apocalypse

"The World's End": Pub Crawl of the Apocalypse

Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, both still best-loved in America for 2004's zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead, say they developed the idea for The World's End during the press tour for their second movie, 2007's cop-movie homage Hot…
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Film, "Sightseers": A Serial Killer Vacation

"Sightseers": A Serial Killer Vacation

From Shaun of the Dead onwards, the production team of Nira Park and Edgar Wright hasn't made a bum film yet. While their movies are not always hits — the financial failure of Wright's own Scott Pilgrim vs. the World…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Edgar Wright, Filmmaker Behind <i>Shaun of the Dead</i> and <i>Hot Fuzz</i>, Says He'll Never Make a Sequel

Edgar Wright, Filmmaker Behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Says He'll Never Make a Sequel

Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead is a particularly beloved film. Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, host of the venerable Midnites for Maniacs series, where Wright appeared over the weekend, reported that several of his students at the Academy of Art University…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Heaven for Film Buffs? Trailers from Hell!

Heaven for Film Buffs? Trailers from Hell!

Three days a week, the website Trailers From Hell offers up a trailer for an older film along with a new commentary by a moviemaker who loves it. Called "Gurus" because that's totally what they are, the three dozen-ish…
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Film, "Scott Pilgrim": Michael Cera gets comic-book soul

"Scott Pilgrim": Michael Cera gets comic-book soul

Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is every bit as faithful to its source material (Bryan Lee O'Malley's six-volume series about a 22-year-old go-nowhere man-boy fending off his new girlfriend's seven evil exes) as Zack Snyder's Watchmen was to…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish <i>Fuzz</i> Busters

Fuzz Busters

Hot Fuzz (Universal) The second feature from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) has been available on home video for decades: Hot Fuzz is, after all, a witty and wisecracking montage of clips from some…
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Film, Arresting Development

Arresting Development

For all the huzzahs deservedly heaped upon 2004's Shaun of the Dead, in which it took a good long while to discern the living from the walking deceased, the zombie-flick spoof was little more than an extended sketch taken, oh,…
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Film, <i>Dead</i> Good

Dead Good

"Ash is feeling a little bit under the weather, so I'll be taking charge." So says Shaun (Simon Pegg) to his valiant crew of appliance salespeople, but if you don't get the real meaning, you're probably not part of the…
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