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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, <i>Paul</i>: Sci-Fi Comedy Heavy on References, Light on Laughs

Paul: Sci-Fi Comedy Heavy on References, Light on Laughs

Paul, it should be noted up-front, is not the third installment in the so-called Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, though there are indeed servings of both. Note the one key missing element: Edgar Wright,…
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Film, Buy the book

Buy the book

There are copious ways to link How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Both are based on feather-light books that take a good hour to read, for those who scan slowly; both feature actors…
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Film, Skinny Is the New Fat

Skinny Is the New Fat

As John Simon once said of Jeanne Moreau cast in a virginal role, making Simon Pegg a fat guy is like casting Lassie as a vegetarian. Take Chris Elliott, subtract Don Knotts: the remainder is Pegg, the British actor-screenwriter who…
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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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