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Interview: The World’s End’s Simon Pegg & Nick Frost

The_Worlds_End_PosterIt all began with a salesman and couch potato battling zombies in “Shaun of the Dead,” then it was a hot shot cop paired with a naïve, small-town officer trying to solve a string of suspicious murders in “Hot Fuzz,” and now the Cornetto Trilogy comes to a close with the final installment, a beer laden romp called “The World’s End.”

Simon Pegg leads as Gary King. Back in high school, Gary was in his prime. Everyone knew and loved him, and he was absolutely brimming with confidence when he and his buddies made their first attempt at The Golden Mile, a pub-crawl consisting of 12 pints at 12 pubs in their hometown, Newton Haven. They never made it to the final pub, The World’s End, so over 20 years later, Gary decides it’s time to get the gang back together again and give it another go. Trouble is, his married and career-driven friends – Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Andrew (Nick Frost) – aren’t as gung-ho to relive their glory days, and even less so when they realize Newton Haven has changed quite a bit since high school.

It’s easy to get caught up in Frost and Pegg’s endlessly amusing on-screen personas, but on set, the duo is all business. “The World’s End” marks a fairly significant budget and production scale increase for Frost, Pegg, and director/co-writer Edgar Wright, but the team still abides by the practice of always challenging themselves to produce the best possible product with the resources they have and it shows.

Just like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” “The World’s End” is brimming with sharp writing, outrageously amusing scenarios, and the ideal degree of heart, and will likely leave you wanting to round up your own friends and indulge in a drink or two – or more. ShockYa had the privilege to sit down with Pegg and Frost to discuss how’d they fare in The Golden Mile, making “movie beer,” the balance between practical and digital effects, and much more. Read it all in the interview below and be sure to catch “The World’s End” in theaters today!

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Interview: Attack The Block Writer-Director Joe Cornish

Miss out on catching Attack the Block in theaters this summer? That’s a shame, but you’re in luck because the DVD and Blu-ray are on the way. In honor of the October 25th release, writer-director Joe Cornish hit New York Comic Con to raise some Block pride.

The film features a young thug named Moses (John Boyega) and his gang, all of whom are out to earn a quick buck on the streets of South London. In the middle of a mugging, something crash lands nearby, taking the boys’ attention off their victim and enticing them to investigate. What they find is out of this world – literally. Moses has a first encounter and rather than report his finding to the authorities, he takes it upon himself, with the help of his buddies, to beat the thing to death. If only he knew there were many more where that came from.

On top of being an incredibly innovative spin on the alien invasion genre, Attack the Block is simply an extraordinary achievement for Cornish as this is his first directing venture. A seasoned screenwriter, Cornish opted to wait until he amassed enough know-how to get behind the lens and apparently the plan worked because Attack the Block is not to be missed.

Check out everything Cornish had to say about developing the concept, working with his cinematographer, designing his aliens and more in the video interview below. Oh, and Cornish gets extra credit for literally directing this interview and setting up the perfect frame.

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Review: Attack the Block

Cue cheesy movie trailer narrator voice! What happens when an alien race goes head-to-head with a group of boys from the block? Get ready for the ultimate in summer movie season mayhem, as you’re about to experience an epic adventure with guns, creatures from deep space and lots of blood. In all seriousness, <I>Attack the Block</I> is what every mega budget studio film should strive to be. Rather than use and abuse familiar concepts and trying to spice them up with flashy CGI, <I>Attack the Block</I> maintains an alien invasion’s entertainment value while infusing it with novel characters, refreshingly designed creatures and an abundance of laughs, resulting in an exceptionally innovative and entertaining experience.

After a long day at work, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) heads home in the dark of night. Before she can reach her South London block, she comes face-to-face with Moses (John Boyega) and his crew. In the midst of snatching all of her valuables, the boys are distracted by a mysterious object making an explosive crash landing on top of a nearby car. Sam bolts, but Moses and his friends investigate and uncover the most out-of-this-world thing imaginable, an alien.

After beating their discovery to death, the boys head home to the block to show off the corpse to Ron (Nick Frost) and his boss, Hi-Hatz (Jumayn Hunter), the area’s top drug dealer. While gloating, they catch site of another alien crash landing and head out to go two for two. However, this visitor isn’t an easy kill like the first and, before they know it, their block is crawling with bear-like black beasts with glowing teeth.

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Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

On the weekend that every cinematic action hero hits the big screen in just one film, The Expendables, how can moviegoers be expected to accept Michael Cera as just as much of a hero? Thanks to the ingenious filmmaking techniques of Edgar Wright, some may find that Cera is more of a leading man than any of those muscled up stars. Cera isn’t given CGI biceps, but the film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series, Scott Pilgrim, is packed with the most fantastic kind of digital effects, ones that actually enhance the film. However, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World isn’t a flick that relies on a sole asset; it’s a success and innovative achievement on every front.

Scott Pilgrim is the perfect role for Cera. He’s a musician, he’s geeky, has lady issues and frequently mumbles amusing nonsense. To his friends’ and sister’s dismay, Scott’s dating “a 17-year-old Chinese schoolgirl” named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Scott’s into her, but she’s clearly on the juvenile side. When he invites her to check out his band, Sex Bob-Omb, she becomes their very first groupie. His bandmates, Kim Pine and Stephen Stills (Alison Pill and Mark Webber), and their friend and wannabe Sex Bob-Omb, Young Neil (Johnny Simmons), aren’t thrilled but tolerate Scott’s baggage. Then there’s Scott’s gay roommate Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) and snarky sister Stacey (Anna Kendrick) who both insist Scott grow up and ditch Knives.

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