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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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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Poster“Star Trek Into Darkness” isn’t as effective as the first film overall, but there are so many exceptional set pieces within the whole that it packs more than enough momentum to pull through and deliver a riveting experience.

The film begins mid-mission with the crew of the Enterprise trying to keep a volcano from exploding, destroying an alien planet, and killing its inhabitants. When things go awry, Kirk (Chris Pine) makes some brash decisions and even though he gets his ship and crew out in one piece, Starfleet isn’t pleased that he disobeyed orders and Kirk is demoted. However, when a bomb is detonated in London and the Starfleet headquarters are attacked, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) opts to reinstate Kirk so he can eradicate the enemy – John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The film kicks off exceptionally well. The chase scene on Planet Nibiru is downright mesmerizing courtesy of the planet’s lush red plant life and eerily fascinating looking natives, and also because it involves an engaging and clear-cut mission. While there are loads more easy-to-follow, gorgeously shot mini tasks to come, there’s just so long the cycle can continue before you’ve had enough.

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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Ready to go back to Narnia? Well, you’ll get the opportunity in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – kind of. Yes, the film is part of the beloved series, but the third installment just isn’t up to par in many aspects, so when director Michael Apted takes the action out of Narnia and aboard the Dawn Treader, the world we’ve grown to love is almost entirely absent. However, that’s not to say that there isn’t some fun to be had out to sea.

Lucy and Edmund (Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes) are stuck in Cambridge living with their obnoxious cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) while Susan and Peter (Anna Popplewell and William Moseley) are off on “adventures” in America. With wartime tensions keeping Lucy and Edmund from joining their older siblings, the two are desperate to escape their bleak reality and return to Narnia. Finally the time comes and they’re transported to the magical ship, The Dawn Treader, through a painting, as is Eustace, who isn’t thrilled about going along for the ride.

Upon arriving, they’re reunited with Caspian (Ben Barnes), now King Caspian, and briefed on the situation. Innocent people are being sacrificed to a mysterious green fog that has the power to make your darkest thoughts a reality. In order to defeat it, they must collect the seven swords of the Lords of Telmar and place them on Aslan’s table. The trouble is, these swords are scattered across various islands, each of which poses a new threat.

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