Nick Frost, star of such movies as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and At World’s End, and most recently, Fighting With my Family, and currently in AMC’s Into the Badlands, was a delight to fans at the Great Philly Comic-Con earlier this month, where he did photo ops, autographs, and a meaty panel. The panel gave us fans a chance to hear the man behind the mirth, and he did not disappoint. After getting comfy on the couches, they got right into it.
You can see what he had to say, along with a video and some images from the panel, below.
Today, TeeFury is doing one of their special “Twofury” deals with two shirts inspired by Edgar Wright’s The Cornetto Trilogy for $11 each: “Shaun,” by Brinkerhoff, inspired by Shaun Of The Dead and styled like LEGO (at left), and “Three Flavours Crest,” by Arinesart, which incorporates all three films – Shaun, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End (at right).
The sale began at Teefury today, Thursday, January 23, 2014, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.
The World’s End has arrived; not the actual one (that was back in December 2012, so we were told), but the third and final movie in writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg‘s genre-bending and blending “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy – read my review here – that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
This past Tuesday, the soundtrack was made available was released on CD and MP3. As with his filmmaking contemporaries Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, Edgar Wright plans out the various songs he intends to feature in his movies early in the pre-production stage and uses them to express the inner thoughts and emotions of his characters when dialogue simply won’t do the trick. In a recent interview with Indiewire, Wright went track by track on the World’s End O.S.T. and discussed the role each selected tune plays in the film’s narrative.
According to the director the songs that comprise the soundtrack were chosen specifically as a means of linking the character Gary, played by Pegg, to his fruitless pursuit of good times all the time in the face of middle age.
The World’s End Directed by Edgar Wright Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Martin Freeman Focus Features Release Date: August 23, 2012 (U.S.)
“We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. And we wanna get loaded. And we wanna have a good time. And that’s what we are gonna do. We are gonna have a good time… We are gonna have a party.”
That little speech – abbreviated slightly from its original version – plays a large role in defining the theme of The World’s End, the eagerly-anticipated closing chapter in the “Blood and Ice Cream” (or “Three Flavours Cornetto”) trilogy that director Edgar Wright and his frequent star and co-writer Simon Pegg created a decade ago with the romantic zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and continued in 2007 with the blazing police action drama spoof Hot Fuzz. The speech was first heard in the 1966 biker movie classic The Wild Angels and was given by Peter Fonda’s character Heavenly Blues. I recognized those lines the moment they were played on the soundtrack.
The World’s End is, I believe, about the futility of trying to recapture your lost youth when you never lost it to begin with. But it is also about how when most of us enter adulthood we take it upon ourselves to abandon our youthful identities completely and replace them with domesticity and responsibility. The five main characters of The World’s End never learned to reconcile the buttoned-down, easy-going side of their personalities with the spirited sense of fun and friendship that defined them as people growing up. The lead character decided to remain a child forever but instead grew into a sad and bedraggled wretch of a human being while his four best friends became hollow shells of what they once were.
Two weeks ago, Focus Features released an interactive version of the screenplay for the 2004 horror-comedy cult classic Shaun of the Dead, written by star Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, exclusively to their website to promote the upcoming U.S. release of The World’s End, the concluding chapter in their “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy that began with Shaun.
This week as The World’s End approaches its American theatrical debut, Focus has given the fully interactive treatment to the screenplay for the Cornetto trilogy middle chapter Hot Fuzz, the very British spoof of over-energized American action flicks of the past four decades, written by Pegg and Wright.
Continue below for where you can check out the script.