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‘The Butler’ #1 Again, ‘Mortal Instruments’ #3, ‘The World’s End’ #4, ‘You’re Next’ #6

SUNDAY 8:30 AM, 3RD UPDATE: As Summer 2013 whimpers to a close, this is traditionally one of those ‘who cares?’ domestic box office weekends not really worth my time or effort on analysis. It’s only a $90M weekend, on par with last year’s. The Weinstein Company’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler is a holdover for #1 while Warner Bros/New Line’s raunchy comedy We’re The Millers stays #2 and creeps up on $100M. Woody Allen’s critical tour-de-farce Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett widens its release to wiggle into #10 . Among newcomers, Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ pickup from Constantin is the demonic fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones  which opened Wednesday. It ends the weekend #3 and Focus Features/Working Title’ sci-fi comedy The World’s End reteaming Simon Pegg and Nick Frost finished #4. Both pics earned ’B+’ CinemaScores. Lionsgate’s horror flick You’re Next is #6 and only managed a ‘B-’. Here’s the Top Ten based on weekend estimates:

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein) Week 2 [Runs 3,110] PG13
Friday $4.7M, Saturday $6.9M, Weekend $17.0M, Cume $52.3M

2. We’re The Millers (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 3 [Runs 3,445] R
Friday $4.0M, Saturday $5.5M, Weekend $13.5M, Cume $91.7M

3. The Mortal Instruments (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 1 [Runs 3,118] PG13
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $3.7M, Weekend $9.2M, Five-Day Cume $14.0M

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Comic-Con Q&A With Edgar Wright: How Working Title Partner Eric Fellner’s Health Scare Put ‘The World’s End’ Before Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

Edgar Wright came to San Diego with cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to show the Comic-Con crowd The World’s End, the final installment of a trilogy of films that began with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. The trio greeted a raucous crowd that had spent about 12 hours or more camped outside the theater to get an early glimpse at the Working Title-produced comedy that Focus Features bows August 23. Wright took a few minutes to talk with Deadline.

DEADLINE: You had the Hall H crowd at the Marvel panel frothing last year when you took the stage and showed cutting-edge footage of Ant-Man, which Marvel hopes will launch a new superhero franchise. The crowd loved seeing the protagonist going from microscopic to full size. But you pushed that movie and came to San Diego with The World’s End. How did that happen?
WRIGHT: I had a chance to do Ant-Man in 2011. Simon was busy with three franchises, if you count Tin-Tin along with Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. We had the story down and it was in the back of my mind that if we didn’t do this film soon it might never happen, and we owed it to the fans. But then something else happened. [Working Title partner] Eric Fellner was diagnosed with cancer. When I found out about that, I’d literally just finished another screenplay for him and it was on delivery that he told me. He has given me permission to tell this story. That changed everything. Eric was our knight in shining armor on Shaun Of The Dead. That film was in turnaround, developed by Film 4 and they’d gone bust. Lots of other British companies had passed on it. Working Title, ironically the biggest British company, came in and saved the day. He wanted us to do another film together; we’d even done the deal for it. When I found out he was ill, one of many emotions I felt was, if we didn’t make this film, and something terrible happened, I would never forgive myself on not making good on my promise to do it. I wanted Eric to see this movie.

Related: Comic-Con: ‘The World’s End’ Isn’t The End For Wright, Pegg & Frost

DEADLINE: What did you do?
WRIGHT: Me and Simon began writing it the very next week; in fact, we wrote it in Eric’s office in Beverly Hills. He was having chemo and said, please take my office, do it there. We wanted to make the film anyway, but it became a very personal thing. The happy news is, we’ve made it, he loves it and he’s got a clean bill of health. He came out of that ordeal and went straight into a tough period where he made Les Miserables and our film. It informed the movie script. The film is about regrets and these guys saying, I’ve got to do this thing. That sentiment became personal. To Marvel’s credit, when I went to see them to tell them to their face I wanted to do Ant-Man but that I wasn’t doing it next, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito said they understood. We’ll see you in a couple years, they said. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘The World’s End’ Isn’t The End For Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT

Ross Lincoln contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage

The trio behind Focus Features’ The World’s End said today that just because they have finished up their decidedly English trilogy — the pic, along with 2004′s Shaun Of The Dead and 2007′s Hot Fuzz they call the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy — they plan to work together again. “We can make (future films) about anything we want,” Simon Pegg said today during the Hall H panel for for the comedy at Comic-Con. He then jokingly hinted at a period drama as their next project. Die-hard fans of Spaced, the UK sitcom that launched the trio’s career, might be disappointed though: the trio ruled out a return of that series. The panel, which didn’t reveal anything new about the film that opens August 23, provided plenty of laughs and back-and-forth mash notes between Pegg, co-star Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright and their legions of fans, some of which had been in line outside the cavernous hall since last night. The threesome didn’t disappoint after the latest trailer and a featurette was shown to the assembled, talking about their long creative partnership. “When we made Shaun Of The Dead we were just happy to have made a film full stop — we didn’t even think it would go to other countries,” Wright said, … Read More »

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Fantasia Fest 2013 Lines Up Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End,’ ‘The Conjuring,’ Lloyd Kaufman’s ‘Return To Nuke ‘Em High’

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

The World's End Edgar WrightThe annual Fantasia Film Festival held in Montreal has announced its first wave of 2013 titles and closing night film, Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. The British comedy will make its Canadian debut at the fest which runs July 18-August 6 showcasing international features, special events, conferences, and its second annual genre co-production market. Focus Features releases The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in an unofficial follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, on August 23. The fest will also screen WB‘s horror hit hopeful The Conjuring on Opening Night. This year’s edition features a special three-night live theater engagement of Clive Barker’s play A History of the Devil and will honor Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski (Possession, La Femme Publique, L’amour Braque) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s the first wave of Fantasia Fest 2013 programming with more TBA:

Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Canadian Premiere)
Fantasia 2013 will come wildly to a close on the night of August 6 with the Canadian premiere of UK filmmaker Edgar Wright’s hotly anticipated apocalyptic comedy THE WORLD’S END, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike and Martin Freeman.

Clive Barker’s A History of the Devil
Fantasia will again be delving into the realm of live theatre with a special three-night engagement of Title 66 Productions’ acclaimed adaptation of Clive Barker’s play, A HISTORY OF THE DEVIL. An epic show to stage, HISTORY weaves a tale told across thousands of years over the span of a near-three-hour running time. Director Jeremy Michael Segal and his team have created a macabre mounting that writhes with visual invention and primal acrobatics of performance.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The World’s End’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 8:08am PDT

Here’s the U.S. trailer for the Edgar Wright-directed The World’s End, the third film that teams him with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying a marathon pub crawl in their hometown, 20 years after attempting the last one. But the old stomping grounds have changed — a lot — since they were last there. Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike co-star. Pegg co-wrote the script for the Working Title comedy. Focus Features releases in the U.S. on August 23, a month after the film’s UK debut July 19.

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Hot Trailer: Simon Pegg’s ‘The World’s End’

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 1:50am PDT

The team behind genre comedies Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz has reunited for sci-fi romp The World’s End. Edgar Wright directs Simon Pegg and Nick Frost along with Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike in the story of childhood friends who come together after 20 years to stage an epic pub crawl. Things do not go quite as planned. Pegg, next up in Star Trek Into Darkness, wrote the script for the Working Title comedy. Focus Features releases in the U.S. on August 23, a month after the film’s UK debut on July 19. Here’s the UK trailer that just dropped:

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Comic-Con: Universal Greenlights Edgar Wright’s Pub Crawl Epic ‘The World’s End’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has officially greenlighted The World’s End, the third film in director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost that began with 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Wright is currently in pre-production on the film, which will begin shooting this October in the UK

Edgar Wright The World's EndPegg wrote the script with Wright and once again stars with Frost. Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Pictures. Here Deadline can unveil the teaser poster (at right) made for Comic-Con. Read More »

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Working Title, Edgar Wright Set ‘The World’s End’ For September Start

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 3:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Working Title and Edgar Wright have set a September start date for The World’s End, the last in a trilogy of comedies that started with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Wright, who’ll direct, wrote the script with Simon Pegg. Once again, Pegg stars with Nick Frost. Universal Pictures hasn’t yet green lit the film, but is expected to after the modestly budgeted pair of comedies grossed $108 million worldwide between them. The plan is for The World’s End to reach theaters in spring, 2013.

The logline: 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

The film is produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Nira Park of Big Talk Productions. Wright, who last directed Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, is separately adapting the series The Night Stalker for Disney as Read More »

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