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HCFF: Updates on “The World’s End,” “Star Trek 2,” “Ant-Man” and “Man of Steel”

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Over the weekend, IFC had the pleasure of covering the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival at LA Live. It was a long three days of screenings that included Q&A sessions with fan favorite celebrities like Malcom McDowell, Edgar Wright, Robert Kirkman and Nathan Fillion, as well as surprise guests like Simon Pegg and Rick Baker.

The first day of the festival included screenings of Zack Snyder‘s “Dawn of the Dead” remake and Wright and Pegg’s “Shaun of the Dead.” Though they spent plenty of time talking about the films they were there to honor, Snyder, Wright and Pegg also teased some of their upcoming projects. Here are the latest updates on “The World’s End,” “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek 2” and “Ant-Man.”

“The World’s End”
Fans might be hoping that Edgar Wright will start work on “Ant-Man” soon, especially with the incredible wave that “The Avengers” is riding right now, but when Wright was speaking before the “Shaun of the Dead” screening Friday night, he made it seem like that film is not his top priority.

“Me and Simon [Pegg] are very much hoping to do ‘The World’s End’ soon. We’ll see,” he said.

That’s good news for fans of Wright’s Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, at least. Since Wright has previously said he expected “Ant-Man” to shoot within the year, that means he and Pegg are likely going to start filming “The World’s End” within the next few months.

“It was a joy to write this one, and I think it’s because we’ve done it a few times and kind of know what to expect,” Pegg said during a surprise appearance after the screening. “We’re a little mature and I used to really love coming to work and it was a great experience and I cannot wait to start making the film.”

When someone asked Pegg whether he’d want to work with Wright again after they wrap the final film in their trilogy, he answered simply, “I want to work with Ed until I die.” But he also elaborated on how these three seemingly unrelated movies will work as a threesome.

“The thing about ‘Shaun,’ ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘World’s End’ is that, I’ve said this on Twitter recently, but it’s very easy to sell something just because it’s three. I think these films, when you see them all together, will feel like a trilogy,” he said. “And the next thing we do might just be a one-off, who knows. But these three films, when you finally see ‘World’s End,’ they will sit together as a threesome.”

Wright added, “We never ever really wanted to do a sequel to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ or ‘Hot Fuzz,’ but we did want to do like a thematic trilogy. … The idea is that the third one is no returning characters but it is something that makes the other two films part of a trilogy.”

Is the fact that they’re called the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy news to you? Well, Wright also took the time to explain how a joke during the interview gave them that name. It all started with an English ice cream treat called a Cornetto that has a small part in both movies.

“It’s funny, there’s this thing called Cornetto that’s a sort of British ice cream. This trilogy that has formed, I said in a joke in an interview, I can’t even remember who the interview was for, since we had Cornettos in both movies and they said, Are you going to do a trilogy, and I said yeah, it’s going to be like Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘The Three Colors Trilogy,’ ‘The Three-Flavored Cornetto,’ and it’s a joke that stuck,” Wright explained.

Originally, there weren’t even supposed to be Cornettos in “Hot Fuzz,” but after the studio gave away free ice creams at the “Shaun of the Dead” premiere, Wright and Pegg figured they’d write in some more of the tasty treats in the hopes of getting more Cornettos at the “Hot Fuzz” premiere. They didn’t.

“Basically third time lucky. That’s the whole idea,” Wright said with a laugh. He added, “[A Cornetto is] the weirdest thing you would want to eat at that time in the morning. The fact that he’s sort of not even awake … but also the reason was that when I was in college I got very, very drunk one night and I had a Cornetto in the morning and I felt a lot better, so it became my hangover cure. The strawberry ones particular.”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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