Shaun Of The Free

One of main tenets of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (or as Widge calls it, The Bible) is to be aware and alert to your surroundings. Quoting from the book:

For whatever reason, never let your guard down. The undead could be anywhere, their sounds muffled, their signs ignored. No matter how safe the area seems, be alert, be alert, be alert!

Sage advice. Not only will it keep you from becoming zombie chow, it can also get you free shit.

I happened to be watching Shootout, an AMC interview show. It was recording at Comic-Con and they had on Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. Now watch this clip and see if you catch it:

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By | 2017-09-24T23:14:23+00:00 August 11th, 2008|Headsup|2 Comments

Spaced Script Review: Say Hello to Ben and Apryl

Simon Pegg from Spaced

For those wondering how the Spaced American version might turn out (which we did warn you about earlier), we point you to Collider, where they’ve posted a review of the American first episode. Which seems a lot like the British first episode:

Some of the scenes have been switched around, a few jokes and lines changed, but for all I know, Barr could have just grabbed the original screenplay for the original series and mixed it around in Final Draft.

But then came page 23.

And then…the unimpressed needle went into the plaid. For the full tale of woe, check it out here.

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By | 2010-05-19T19:57:45+00:00 March 18th, 2008|Headsup|1 Comment

U.S. to Get “Spaced,” Both Versions; Pegg Pissed

Simon Pegg, displeased

The good news is that Spaced, the series that gave us all kinds of cool stuff, like Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, Jessica Stevenson and scads more, is finally making its way to Region 1 DVD. MTV reports that Edgar Wright told them that July 23rd is the date. Not available for pre-order on Amazon yet, but we’ll let you know, in the vain hope you’ll buy it through here so we can keep ourselves in espresso.

But all isn’t the best of news: there’s going to be a U.S. version of Spaced. Fox is doing it and while the creators not being involved is one thing (because as Simon explained they signed away their rights), I’m just sort of pissed that Stevenson (now Hynes) was left out of it, because she was one of the creators. Just another example of something really simple pissing a bunch of people off.

Personally, I don’t have a dog in this fight because I don’t watch American television anyway. And if Wright, Pegg and Hynes stood to make some coin off of it, then I would root for the show’s success. But at this point, I just figure the DVD of the original is the safest. And damn, it’s funny. (Don’t believe me? Watch the first episode.)
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By | 2017-09-24T23:21:18+00:00 March 4th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Movie Review

Hot Fuzz movie poster

Film:
Kicksplode:

Written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Directed by Edgar Wright
Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is the best cop in London. No, seriously. He kicks unbelievable amounts of ass. In fact, he’s so far over his ass-kicking quota that his superiors (along with everyone else) has decided to shunt him into the countryside because otherwise he’s going to put them all out of a job. Of course, out in said countryside, there’s very little in the way of SWAT-level raids that need to be undertaken, nor do you have a great deal of stabbing going on. In fact, in Sandford–where Angel ends up–they haven’t had a murder in twenty years. They…do seem to have a high number of accidents, though…but are they really accidents? Or is Angel just so used to the criminal element that he’s going batshit crazy in a place where Sandford’s Most Wanted is an escaped swan?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:32:40+00:00 April 25th, 2007|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Doctor Who: The Complete First Series (2005) – DVD Review

Doctor Who: The Complete First Series (2005) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Series Created by Sydney Newman
Written by Russell T. Davies, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, & Stephen Moffat
Starring Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Camille Coduri

Features:

  • All thirteen episodes of the 2005 series, including running audio commentaries on every episode by cast and crew
  • Interviews with Davies, Eccleston, Piper, and Barrowman
  • Thirteen episodes of Doctor Who Confidential
  • FX Notes/ footage, Designer Notes, Cast and Crew Video Diaries
  • Pre-series launch trailers, series finale trailers
  • Making-of section with Davies
  • Behind the scenes of Doctor Who Christmas Invasion
  • Opening trailer storyboard
  • Multiple featurettes
  • Cast bios

Released by: BBC Home Video.
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:43:15+00:00 July 9th, 2006|Reviews|2 Comments

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – DVD Review

Shaun of the Dead DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by co-scribe/actor Pegg and co-scribe/director Wright
  • Running audio commentary by actors Pegg, Frost, Ashfield, Davis and Moran
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • Zombie/movie trivia subtitle track
  • Pegg’s video diary
  • Casting tapes
  • Pegg & Wright’s flipchart presentation of the film
  • SFX comparison
  • Makeup tests
  • EPK featurette
  • Photo gallery
  • The comic strip tie-in from 2000 AD
  • Poster gallery
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • Full versions of some of the TV bits seen throughout the film
  • Edited “clean” version of one scene
  • “The Man Who Would Be Shaun”
  • “Plot Holes” section for explaining bits left out of the film
  • Outtakes
  • Extended scenes, available with commentary by Pegg and Wright

Released by: Universal
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:55+00:00 December 22nd, 2004|Reviews|0 Comments