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Stop In The Name Of The Law: The Best Of The Buddy Cop Genre

February 25th, 2010 9:27am EST
Cop Out
Buddy cop movies involve two characters with completely different styles - usually one by the book and a wild one with no fear. They reluctantly team up to stop a crime and become friends in the process. These two characters usually can’t stand one another in the beginning, but as time passes they begin to appreciate the other’s perspective. They blend the excitement of an action movie with the wit of comedies, creating a very entertaining experience.

In honor of the latest film in this genre, this week’s “Cop Out” starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, we're spotlighting some of our fa...

Lessons J.J. Abrams's 'Star Trek' Could Learn From Past 'Trek' Films

May 8th, 2009 9:50am EDT
Star Trek XI
It's been over 40 years since Gene Roddenbury's "Star Trek" hit the air, and after ten movies, 703 episodes from five different series, and faltering public interest, it's become difficult to go back to where no one has gone before. Now, four years after "Enterprise" went of the air, the original crew of the starship Enterprise has burst back onto the screen. Directed by "Lost" and "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams, this new installment of the "Star Trek" saga goes back to the beginning when James T. Kirk first slipped on his yellow Starfleet uniform. Still, it hasn't been an easy path for the lo...

The Rising Stars Of Star Trek

May 6th, 2009 3:25pm EDT
Star Trek
Star Trek, which explores the origins of icons Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, opens this weekend, and while the characters aboard the USS Enterprise might be familiar, some of the faces might not. Here's a look at some of the past and future performances from the main cast:


Plays: Captain James T. Kirk, eventual commander of the Starship Enterprise.

First On-Screen Role: A 2003 E.R. episode titled "A Thousand Cranes."

Where You've Seen Him Before: As Anne Hathaway's blue-blooded, bad-boy love interest in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Role He Probably Wishes ...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 4th, 2009 9:03am EDT
Star Trek
In the second week of our summer movie season, we have a lull in the number of films coming out. There are just three movies being released, and of those, two are premiering in mainstream theaters. Despite being a quiet week though, we have the release of "Star Trek," one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the summer, as well as "Next Day Air" and "Rudo y Cursi."


In this re-imagination of the "Star Trek" franchise, the story chronicles the early adventures of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the other characters aboard the USS Enterprise from the original series. ...

Simon Pegg To Be A Dad

February 19th, 2009 2:35pm EST
Simon Pegg
British actor Simon Pegg is to become a first-time father - his wife is five months pregnant.

The Hot Fuzz star married wife Maureen McCann in 2005, and now the couple is looking forward to becoming parents. Pegg admits he is excited about the birth and desperately wants a daughter.

He says, "My wife is five months pregnant. We haven't announced it yet as we want to keep it hush-hush. I'm hoping for a baby girl, but I really don't mind what we have. We're thinking of having it in America as the baby will then have dual citizenship. I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to...

Interview: British Cult Star Simon Pegg is Fish Out of Water in 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People'

October 3rd, 2008 11:24am EDT
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
(HollywoodChicago) – Simon Pegg (the British cult hero of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”) was welcomed to a Chicago hotel where his press event was taking place with personalized water bottles that sported his face.

The star of the new film “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” cradled the customized gift as if it were an Oscar trophy. He delightedly mocked the honor. It is good to be the king. interviewed him from there in a free-wheeling forum about his rise to stardom, his coming to America and why everyone wants to join the Simon Pegg cult.


Simon Pegg 'Humbled' After Meeting Heath Ledger

October 2nd, 2008 11:18am EDT
Simon Pegg
British funnyman Simon Pegg was left stunned and "humbled" after meeting Heath Ledger, when the late star revealed he was a fan. Pegg and his wife were mingling at the BAFTA Awards in Britain, when Ledger was nominated for Brokeback Mountain— and he was thrilled when the American made his way over to him to say hello.

The Hot Fuzz star recalls, "My wife loved Brokeback Mountain and said, 'Please introduce me to Heath Ledger,' and I'm like, 'I'm not gonna bother him. He gets bothered enough.' I was gonna have to go, 'Hello Heath, this is my wife,' which I was nervous about doing.


British Invasion: UK Shows Coming To America

August 26th, 2008 9:03am EDT
Life On Mars
With the American version of "The Office" still leading NBC's fall line-up, remakes of successful British shows have become a hot commodity. Picking up on this success, several networks have snatched up the rights to remake some of the most popular British shows. It's a process that has obviously worked in the past, at least in the world of reality television. "Dancing with the Stars," "Big Brother," and "Celebrity Fit Club" all had their start in the Fallen Empire, but remakes of drama and comedy haven't been nearly as successful. For better of for worse, here's a list of shows that will i...

'Atonement' Dominates Empire Film Awards

March 10th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Atonement emerged victorious at London's Empire Awards on Sunday, taking home three prizes including Best British Film. The drama also netted its stars James McAvoy and Keira Knightley the trophies for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively at U.K. movie magazine Empire's annual awards ceremony.

Elsewhere, Best Film went to Matt Damon sequel The Bourne Ultimatum, while David Yates took home Best Director for Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix.

Hot Fuzz was named Best Comedy and American Gangster claimed the Best Thriller prize.

Control, a biopic of late Joy Division...

The 'Forgot-scers': Films & Performances That Fell Through The Cracks This Year

February 22nd, 2008 11:39am EST
Michael Clayton
The Academy Awards are just one big popularity contest, right? Everyone has an agenda, everything is fixed, its Hollywood's Prom and this year Michael Clayton is just the Prom King.

Some of it's true and some isn't, and most of the movies nominated this year are rightfully so. That just doesn't reconcile that so many great movies fall through the cracks each year, for whatever reason, and don't get their just deserts.

They're overlooked, they're under-appreciated, and they're forgotten. They may not be the very greatest ever made, but they still deserve to get let in on the celeb...

Top 10 Movie Fight Scenes of 2007

December 31st, 2007 10:23am EST
From the epic shootout in Heat to the Terminator battling the T-1000, everyone loves fight sequences. The two previously mentioned are some of the best of all time. The good fight scenes stand out and the bad ones are forgotten. But it’s the great ones that are seared into our memory. The following is a list consisting of the very best fight scenes that 2007 had to offer.

# 10. Transformers – Optimus Prime vs. Bonecrusher

While this was a guilty pleasure of mine this year, for many fan-boys, it was a dream come true. Their childhood toys and favorite cartoons came to life like...

'Spider-Man 3' Most Blunder-Filled Movie Of 2007

December 21st, 2007 12:22pm EST
Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 has been named the most mistake-riddled movie of 2007 by British filmgoers. Fans have counted over 157 errors in the latest installment of the superhero franchise, as compiled by U.K. website

The continuity mishaps included showing Cleveland, Ohio's Terminal Tower in view during Spider-Man's fight with the Sandman - despite the scene being set in New York. But it's not just the makers of Spider-Man 3 who are facing criticism - movie bloopers in 2007 are at an all-time high with almost 1000 spotted so far, up on last year's total.

Jon Sandys, of mo...

Simon Pegg Lands A Role In The New 'Star Trek' Movie

October 12th, 2007 11:50am EDT
Simon Pegg
Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg is set to play Scotty in the new Star Trek movie. The British funnyman, 37, has landed the role of chief Starship Enterprise engineer, played originally by James Doohan in the classic TV series. The film, directed by Lost creator J.J. Abrams, focuses on the early lives of Captain James T Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Star Trek's 11th big-screen outing also stars Hollywood actors Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. U.S. actor Chris Pine is reportedly in talks to play the young Captain Kirk.

Filming is due to start next month.

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Seth Rogen Praises Simon Pegg

August 8th, 2007 12:07pm EDT
Seth Rogen
Actor Seth Rogen is in awe of British funnyman Simon Pegg - because he can't believe how good his movie Shaun Of The Dead is.

The Knocked Up comedian had a similar movie idea to Pegg's 2004 zombie comedy, but was pleasantly surprised when he found out he had been beaten to the big screen by the Hot Fuzz star.

He says, "When I first saw Shaun Of The Dead, I thought, 'F#*k! F*@k those guys!' I'd been thinking of writing a zombie movie about two dudes, and then that came along. I couldn't believe it! Not only are these guys quicker, they're better than me, too!"

(This news...

New Movies On DVD, July 31

July 31st, 2007 8:00am EDT
300 is a sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. When King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fell to the overwhelming Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, the fearless actions of the noble fighters inspired all of Greece to stand up against their Persian enemy and wage the battle that would ultimately give birth to the modern concept of democracy. Also on DVD: Hot Fuzz, Pathfinder, and Firehouse Dog.

Simon Pegg Has A Crush On America Ferrera

July 17th, 2007 2:59pm EDT
Simon Pegg
English actor Simon Pegg has a secret celebrity crush on Ugly Betty star America Ferrera. The Hot Fuzz star loves the fact Ferrera has to hide her beauty on the hit show.

He tells Britain's Closer magazine, "America Ferrera, who plays Ugly Betty, is completely beautiful. I've never met her, but according to Ashley Jensen - who plays Christina in the show - she's really nice."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

The Hilarious, Action Packed 'Hot Fuzz' Blasts Its Way To DVD July 31

July 2nd, 2007 11:19am EDT
Hot Fuzz
A full-throttle action comedy that packs as many laughs as it does punches, Hot Fuzz comes to DVD and HD DVD Combo Disc on July 31, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

From Rogue Pictures and Working Title Films, and created by the same off-the-wall team that produced the wildly successful zombie laugh-fest Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz puts a wickedly witty spin on action films. An exciting and hilarious homage to buddy cop movies, Hot Fuzz reteams Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible III) and Nick Frost alongside a stellar acting ensemble that includes ...

'Die Hard' Leads Online Poll Of 'Top Action Movie Of All Time'

May 4th, 2007 2:47pm EDT
Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard
What is movie fans' favorite action flick of all time? After nineteen days of action-packed voting in Rogue Pictures and AMC Theatres' online poll, the winner was ... Die Hard.

The 1988 classic, directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis, tallied the most votes out of several thousand cast on a customized page at the theatre chain's official website: The poll was timed to celebrate Rogue's April 20 U.S. release of Hot Fuzz, the action-packed new hit comedy from the Shaun of the Dead team.

One of the most popular movie genres of all time now has...

Cate Blanchett's Hidden Hot Fuzz Cameo

April 23rd, 2007 3:59pm EDT
Cate Blanchett
Movie fans expecting to see Cate Blanchett in new film Hot Fuzz are in for a surprise - director Edgar Wright made certain the superstar's face was kept offscreen.

Blanchett and filmmaker Peter Jackson both make cameo appearances in the British cop movie spoof.

But Wright kept Blanchett's identity hidden, despite her celebrity. Wright says, "The joke is you don't see her, and it is a very emotive scene. It's the idea of doing a sentimental, mawkish scene and not seeing the face of an actress. Later, the idea was, 'Why don't we get somebody really heavyweight to play that part? And...

Thrillers 'Disturbia' & 'Fracture' Top Poor Week At The Box Office

April 23rd, 2007 9:30am EDT
Disturbia has kept Anthony Hopkins off the top of the U.S. box office chart in a terrible week at the cinema. Disturbia made just $13.5 million in its second weekend to score a second week at number one, while Hopkins' new thriller Fracture debuted at number two with just $11.2 million.

Figure-skating comedy Blades of Glory, a former number one, fell to number three in its fourth weekend, but managed to cross the $100 million mark. And horror film Vacancy debuted at four with a lowly $7.6 million.

One of the only bright spots on the new box office chart was British comedy Hot Fu...

Opening April 20: Hot Fuzz

April 17th, 2007 2:44pm EDT
Hot Fuzz
A top London cop who is so good at his job that he makes his fellow officers look like slackers in comparison is "promoted" to serve in the sleepy village of Sandford in this contemporary action comedy from the creators of Shaun of the Dead. Police constable Nicolas Angel (Simon Pegg) always gets his man, but these days his impeccable record seems to be more indicative of his fellow officer's... Continue Summary

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'Hot Fuzz' Star Liked Shooting At James Bond Icon

April 16th, 2007 10:15am EDT
Simon Pegg
British funnyman Simon Pegg had to keep pinching himself on the set of new comedy Hot Fuzz because he spent days shooting at former James Bond, Timothy Dalton. Dalton plays the villain in the hit new movie and even he was impressed with the fast-paced car chase scenes in the film.

Pegg says, "It didn't escape me at all that all the times I was fighting with Tim, I was actually scrapping with 007 - and winning as well. To be leaning out of a speeding police car and seeing Timothy Dalton firing a big hand gun back at me, I can't even tell you how much fun that was.

"And the great ...

'Shaun Of The Dead' Creators Return With The Hilarious 'Hot Fuzz'; Watch Clips Here

March 30th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead. With the same razor-sharp combination of humor and attention to detail they used to breathe new life into the undead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have set their sights on Action Movies for their next uniquely funny vision.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so emba...

Makers Of "Shaun Of The Dead" Bring New Comedy "Hot Fuzz" To The U.S. April 20

February 11th, 2007 9:00pm EST
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead. With the same razor-sharp combination of humor and attention to detail they used to breathe new life into the undead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have set their sights on action movies for their next uniquely funny vision.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so emba...

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