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Adam McKay Drops Out Of 'Ant-Man' Negotiations

June 1st, 2014 9:00pm EDT
Adam McKay
Marvel’s Ant-Man lost a replacement director for Edgar Wright when comedy director Adam McKay removed himself from negotiations.

The superhero film, which has been in development under Wright since 2006, suddenly found itself without a director when Wright left the film. The Shaun of the Dead director was allegedly furious when Marvel re-wrote sections of his script without his prior knowledge, then refused to retract the changes.

The changes likely attempted to attach Ant-Man to the rest of the Marvel universe. The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, creates Ultron in the comics – and Ultron is ...
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Simon Pegg Collects Action Figures Of Himself

May 30th, 2012 5:14pm EDT
Simon Pegg
Funnyman Simon Pegg has a bizarre hobby - he collects miniature models of himself.

The Shaun of the Dead star has a gallery of figurines in his likeness scattered around his home, but he's confessed his wife Maureen finds his obsession "creepy".

He tells Q magazine, "I used to collect figures as a kid so to have a boxed figure of me is an extraordinary pleasure. My wife thinks they're creepy. People who think it's unseemly to collect action figures of yourself are people who don't have action figures of themselves.

"I do like my 12-inch talking Shaun of the Dead. There's a highly mobi...
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Review: 'Attack The Block' Is A Delightful Assault On The Senses.

July 28th, 2011 8:23pm EDT
Attack the Block
What I liked about “Attack the Block” was that it was happy to have fun within it's genre without making fun of the genre itself. “Shaun of the Dead” (which was from the same producers) for example, was a parody of Zombie movies, kidding them right up to the Zombie-bludgeoning-set-to-Queen-dance-number. “Attack the Block” is a funny movie about a very serious alien invasion. It’s a slight difference, but it changes everything.

We open in the ghetto of London as a woman walks home from work late at night, and is promptly mugged by a bunch of teenage thugs, lead by Moses (John Boyega). Right...
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31 Days Of Horror Week 3: 'Rocky Horror,' 'Body Snatchers,' & More

October 23rd, 2009 10:41am EDT
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
With the Halloween fast approaching, Starpulse contributing writer Kris King is watching a horror movie that has passed him by for every day in October. This week Kris does the time warp with "Rocky Horror," gets turned into a pod person

with "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and gets generally freaked out by "The Vanishing."

October 15 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The culture behind "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" has always sort of lingered on the edge of my awareness. I knew it was there, I knew people liked it and I knew it involved dressing in drag and spanking each othe...
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Horror/Comedies: A Growing Cult Phenomenon Of The Last 20 Years

October 21st, 2009 9:42am EDT
Fido
Over the last 20 years cinema has changed significantly with regards to the horror genre. Modern horror/comedies like "Zombieland" are able to thrive in theaters due to a fan base built by cult cinema.

During the late 1980s, jaded audiences grew tired of the standard monster movies and slasher flicks that were being done to death. As the era of Reagan conservatism came to a close, fans desensitized to the violence of horror films were looking for something to make blood and guts exciting again. Horror-philes had already whet their appetite for a different type of horror movie after se...
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Are Zombies The New Vampires?

October 19th, 2009 10:56am EDT
Zombieland
Let's get this out of the way first: I'm a zombie fan. I don't like vampires, and I don't think that Edward is particularly sexy. Sorry. But as an entertainment commentator for Starpulse I'd have to admit, with some reluctance, that vampires have zombies over a barrel. And it doesn't look like that's ever going to change. The hit television series True Blood, and the media swallowing ultra-franchise Twilight, have demonstrated a renewed interest in these banal blood-suckers. While movies like Zombieland continue the trend of zombie comedies which, although undeniably funny, only re-enforce ...
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Zombie Flicks Rarely Disappoint: 5 Not-To-Miss Films

October 2nd, 2009 9:05am EDT
Zombieland
All zombies want to do is rise from the dead and eat people, with a preference for brains. This is the sole motivation of the flesh-eating creatures, and yet we can watch them do this over and over, whether it's in a campy funny way as in Shaun of the Dead or the brand new Woody Harrelson film Zombieland, or even in an artistic way as in 28 Days Later. The psyche of the zombie is utterly simple. There's something about rotting, walking corpses biting into the necks of their victims and/or eating entrails that is utterly entertaining.

Check out our five favorite zombie films:

5) Zo...
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Another Look At the Cast Of 'Star Trek'

May 9th, 2009 10:41am EDT
Star Trek
The reviews for Star Trek have been mostly positive, so it's okay to assume the sequel that Paramount gave the go ahead to a few weeks ago is going to happen. Here's a quick look at the "cast of unknowns" who actually have a lot of acting credits between them.

Chris Pine starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2

and Lindsay pre-rehab trips Lohan in Just My Luck. He was nearly unrecognizable in Smokin' Aces, but his least hated project was probably the little seen Bottle Shock.

After a few the less said the better television show appearances, Zachary Quinto joined ...
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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...
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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:

CHRIS PINE

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 ...
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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.

HollywoodChicago.com 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.

M...
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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...
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New On DVD: "Botched"

May 13th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Botched
In the spirit of great horror comedies like Army of Darkness, Shaun of The Dead, and An American Werewolf in London comes Botched, a film that takes funny and gore to the next level.

Having recently won best feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival, the film's star Stephen Dorff also took home Best Actor honors as well. Jamie Murray is also along for the ride along with a ensemble cast of memorable characters.

"Botched" tells the story of Ritchie Donovan (Dorff), a professional thief whose luck turns from bad to worse. The only survivor from a heist that goes terribly w...
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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....
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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...
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Top 10 Movie Fight Scenes of 2007

December 31st, 2007 10:23am EST
300
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...
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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 ...
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'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: amctheatres.com/hotfuzz. 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...
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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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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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Simon Pegg Says Tom Cruise Isn't Obsessed With Scientology

February 8th, 2007 9:23am EST
Tom Cruise
Simon Pegg has defended Tom Cruise. The Shaun Of The Dead actor worked with Tom on Mission: Impossible III and insists the controversial Hollywood star is not obsessed with Scientology and is a great guy.

Simon told FHM magazine: "He never mentioned it. I spent a lot of time with Tom and it wasn't spoken about once. Everything you hear about people, that isn't from first hand experience, is invariably wrong. And my first hand experience of Tom Cruise was very positive."

Tom was said to have spoken to several guests at his November wedding to Katie Holmes, including Jennifer Lopez,...
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