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Simon Pegg On The End Of The World’s End

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Gary King!Over the weekend, audiences were treated to the final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with The World’s End. While the film from director Edgar Wright and co-screenwriter Simon Pegg only grossed $8.7 million over the weekend, The World’s End‘s worldwide box office takes the total to $24.7 million. The science fiction comedy is pretty pleasing and exciting, but the film’s ending leaves a few things open to interpretation. While Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have happy endings, The World’s End (as the title would suggest) has a very, very bleak outlook. Now Pegg has chimed in with his thoughts about the end of The World’s End.

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE WORLD’S END BELOW!

In an interview with io9, Pegg talks about the decisions his character of Gary King makes at the end of the film, and his thoughts about The World’s End’s meaning.

We don’t like to prescribe meaning in our films. We always like people to come away and have to think about what we might be offering. You know, the whole idea about what was being offered to the planet Earth… it might have actually been a good thing. And it might have been better to go along with it. Maybe we should be told what to do. Maybe it’s better if we are controlled, because we are erratic and irrational creatures, that don’t always make the right decisions.

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Terminators, Aliens, And Other Sci-Fi Classics Get A Children’s Book Makeover

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One of the great joys of having kids is getting to introduce them to movies and shows and books and comics you love. The only problem is, you have to wait for them to actually be old enough to comprehend it all, much less enjoy it. But where’s the fun in that? There’s bound to be a way to get my three-year-olds interested in the stomach-bursting joys of the Alien franchise. You just have to learn to talk to them in their own jabber-y language. Or hey, kids like cartoons! Maybe it’s all a matter of presentation…

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Movie Review: The World’s End Is Inventive, Strange, And Wonderful

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The World's EndEveryone has that friend that’s not always easy to get along with, that you don’t see for extended periods, and when you do, you spend most of your time questioning why you still put up with this person. In Edgar Wright’s new film, The World’s End—the close of the so-called Cornetto Trilogy that began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz—that role is filled by Gary King (Wright’s frequent co-conspirator Simon Pegg). He’s loud and crass, he’s ingested every drug you can name, along with a few you can’t, but most of all he’s stuck in the past, fixated on one glorious night in 1990.

Gary has never moved beyond the time that he and his four best mates—Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan)—tried and failed to complete their epic hometown pub-crawl. Known as the “Golden Mile,” the gargantuan task includes knocking a few back at each of the town of Newton Haven’s twelve pubs, culminating in a pint at the World’s End. Fixates as he is, Gary, always the manipulator—this is also always the friend that you just can’t say no to—gets the metaphorical band back together for one last shot at glory.

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Simon Pegg And Edgar Wright’s The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy Gets A MegaMix

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This Friday will see the release of the third and final movie in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto (Blood and Ice Cream) trilogy” with The World’s End. It’s hard to believe that this series of genre movies started back in 2004 with the release of Shaun of the Dead, but nine years later we’re finally seeing it all come to an end. During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright took to the Hall H stage and presented The World’s End to the geek crowd. One of the highlights of the presentation was a megamix of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. Check it out above!

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The World’s End Should Be Worth The Hangover: This Week In Science Fiction

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WorldsEndWe’re reaching the end of the summer movie season. We’ve already seen and judged flicks such as Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, World War Z, Pacific Rim, and Elysium. The fall still holds Riddick, Ender’s Game, Gravity, and The Zero Theorem. But for now, we’ve got time for one last bit of summer sci-fi. It’s last call, and The World’s End looks to be exactly the right flick to take in before you hop into a cab and leave the summer movie glut behind you.

The final installment of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto/Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy, The World’s End follows up on the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and the action/buddy-cop satire Hot Fuzz. Once again, Wright and Pegg are skewering a popular genre, and this time it’s our very favorite one: science fiction.

You’ve got Pegg starring as Gary King, an alcoholic trapped in perpetual arrested development, gathers his friends in their hometown to complete The Golden Mile, an epic pub crawl they never finished in their youth. In spite of having grown up in ways Gary clearly hasn’t, Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Andrew (Nick Frost) agree to come along, but they soon discover that The Golden Mile will pit them against more than nostalgia and potential alcohol poisoning. Their hometown has been overrun by a robot invasion, and it’s up to Gary and the boys to…well, saving the planet seems unlikely, but at least try and figure out what the hell is going on.

The World’s End hits theaters this Friday. Here’s what else is new This Week in Science Fiction!

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Shaun Of The Dead Interactive And Annotated Script Now Available For Your Perusal

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Shaun & EdWe are just a few weeks away from the release of The World’s End, the third and final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto (Blood and Ice Cream) trilogy, and director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg are taking a look back at the trilogy as a whole. The three films don’t necessarily follow a narrative line, but rather a thematic one working in three separate genres. The latest in the series is steeped in science fiction, while the previous film, Hot Fuzz, takes its cues from action and buddy cop films, and the first, Shaun of the Dead, sits squarely in the horror family.

Released in 2004, Shaun of the Dead has risen to cult classic status, and is a post-modern look at genre filmmaking. Recently, Wright released an interactive and annotated version of the screenplay. The script, written by Wright and Pegg, looks at the entire film, but also adds bonus content such as behind-the-scenes photos and videos, clips from the actual movie, and storyboards of key scenes.