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Questions and Answers With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

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They've battled through the zombie apocalypse, they've freed a small British hamlet from the clutches of evil cult, and now Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are teaming up for the ultimate challenge: The Golden Mile.

"The World's End," opening Aug. 23, is the final chapter of the "Cornetto Trilogy," this millennium's most beloved and least formal comedy triptych. Each installment follows Britain’s schlubbiest duo as they take on new characters and contend with their faded adolescence in one way or another. "Shaun of the Dead" poked loving fun at zombie movies and "Hot Fuzz" applied the same treatment to the spectacular mayhem of Michael Bay-style actioners, "The World’s End" is by contrast a somewhat sobering series capper, a bittersweet comedy that very much takes place in the real world until, well, it doesn't.

The story of an alcoholic man-child who yearns to relive his glorious '80s high school days, "The World's End" begins with Gary (Pegg) desperately trying to coerce the old gang back to their hometown to complete some unfinished business: An epic pub crawl they failed to finish the first time around. Unfortunately for Gary, the rest of his pals, including Andy (Nick Frost), have moved on with their lives. Eventually, the crew gives in, and a night that first seems like it's about the end of a friendship soon becomes about the end of the world.

We sat down with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in New York to discuss their new film, how alcoholism is like an alien invasion and why they owe the world to Jackie Chan. Get More »

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Matt Damon Talks About 'Elysium' and Fighting Iron Man

Exoskeletal armor is all the rage these days, or so we've heard. "Elysium," Matt Damon's latest film, due out August 9, is proof of armor's status as the latest fashion must-have.

Of course, there's always the debate over who wore it best, or in this case, who would win in a fight: Damon's Max, who wears the armor to survive and strengthen him in "Elysium," or the original man in the iron suit, Iron Man — Robert Downey Jr.

Naturally, NextMovie was dying to know what Damon thought the outcome of a suit-on-suit battle would be, so when we sat down with the star to chat ahead of the release of "Elysium," we had to ask. Get More »

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A Hypnotist Weighs In on 'Trance'

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Danny Boyle's "Trance," which hits DVD & Blu-Ray today, definitely doesn't put the "logical" in "psychological thriller," but the mind-bending movie about a missing painting  nevertheless has a good deal of fun playing with the concepts of hypnosis. Simon (James McAvoy) is an auctioneer responsible for selling and safe-guarding some of the world's most prized works of art, but when a mid-auction heist goes awry, Simon is forced to hide the most valuable painting of the lot, eventually getting conked on the head before giving the thieves (lead by Vincent Cassel's Franck) a parcel that they won't discover until later is completely empty. When Franck and the boys hunt Simon down and demand to know the whereabouts of their treasure, he swears that he can't remember a thing, reasoning that the concussion he sustained just knocked that information too deep into his brain for him to possibly access it.  Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Lili Taylor

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Director James Wan has assembled a fantastic core cast for "The Conjuring," not filled with movie stars but with Class-A character actors like Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as The Warrens. Their counterparts are Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as the heads of the large Perron family, who move into a farmhouse in Rhode Island that's haunted up the ass.

Of these four leads perhaps the most physically/emotionally challenging role went to Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron, who begins to disintegrate under the stress of ghostly bombardment. Taylor's career spans decades, from early roles in "Say Anything…" and "Mystic Pizza" to ensemble pieces like "Short Cuts" and "Public Enemies." We sat down 1-on-1 with the actress for a lively chat about possessing Republicans, being underrated and throwing 1999's "The Haunting" under the bus. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Julia Stiles

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Julia Stiles has proven she can handle pretty much any genre. She ruled the teen rom-com scene with "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Save the Last Dance." She took action as Matt Damon's co-star in the fast-paced "Bourne" series. She was perfect as  the horrified mother of one creepy kid named Damien in "The Omen." But now Stiles is taking on one genre she wasn't even aware existed: apocalypse comedies.

In her latest film, "It's a Disaster" directed by Todd Berger, available now in VOD and in theaters April 12, four couples meeting for Sunday brunch find themselves stranded together when they receive news that the world is ending. Stiles plays Tracy, a doctor who's introducing her new boyfriend Glen (David Cross) to her three best friends and their significant others. While her biggest initial fear is whether her friends will approve of her new beau, she soon realizes passing the friend test is the least of her worries at this couple's brunch. (Check out the film at its official site.)

NextMovie sat down with Stiles in her hometown of New York City to chat about the film, awkward brunches, and how a ukelele could help in an apocalypse scenario. Get More »

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Video Q&A: 'Admission' Star Paul Rudd's Admissions Interview

We all know "Admission" star Paul Rudd is both handsome and talented, but is that enough for him to pass muster on NextMovie's toughest admissions quiz?

To find out, we sat down with Rudd and grilled him about his personal life, extracurricular activities, where he sees himself in five years and what, exactly, makes him so darn special.

Watch the video interview above to find out all that and more, and check out "Admission," co-starring Tina Fey and Nat Wolff, opening in theaters nationwide Friday.

Also check out: Tina Fey's Admissions Interview

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Questions and Answers With Zach Braff

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Zach Braff's name may be among top billed in "Oz the Great and Powerful" — just below James Franco, who plays the titular Oz in the "The Wizard of Oz" prequel, and Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, who play a trio of warring witches fighting for control of the Emerald City — but don't expect him to have too much face time in the movie. Braff spends the majority of "Oz," which hits theaters in eye-blistering 3D technicolor Friday, voicing the character of Finley, Franco's talking and flying monkey sidekick. In fact, moviegoers will only see Braff's visage, familiar from a decade on air as a goofy doctor on the sitcom "Scrubs," for only a few minutes in the film's first act.

Braff chatted briefly with NextMovie ahead of the wide release of "Oz," revealing his spirit animal, his unusual passion for "Baby Got Back," and getting the most bang for your buck. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Alex Karpovsky

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Alex Karpovsky is a busy, busy guy. He's best known for his role as Ray, the coffee-slinging man-child entangled with the naive Shoshanna on HBO's "Girls," but when he's not wearing his characters Cafe Grumpy apron, you might find Karpovsky in an editing bay, behind a camera, holed up writing, or starring in one of his own films. 

Though two of these features, "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag," are both out on VOD and in limited release Friday, their openings and top billing (Karpovsky is writer, director and star of both) are about all they have in common. "Rubberneck" follows meek research scientist Paul (Karpovsky), whose infatuation with a co-worker escalates to dangerous levels, while in "Red Flag," Karpovsky plays himself as a filmmaker struggling with life and love on the road.

Karpovsky sat down in New York to chat with NextMovie ahead of the films' release to talk "GIRLS," keeping busy, and his caffeine intake habits. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With 'Beautiful Creatures' Stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich

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Nothing says romance like Southern gothic and sorcery -- at least, that's what the team behind the new teen romance flick "Beautiful Creatures" hopes. Hitting theaters today, the film stars 18-year-old Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes, a high school student moonlighting as a witch (or, in the film's parlance, a "caster") and coming to grips with her powers in the sleepy town of Gatlin, South Carolina. Aldren Ehrenreich, 23, is the other half of the doomed romantic duo. He plays Ethan Wate, the mortal boy (un)lucky enough to meet Lena and get pulled into her chaotic life in the months leading up to her 16th birthday, when the true nature of her powers will be revealed.

NextMovie caught up with the two young stars in New York City earlier this week. Read on to learn their opinions on being judged by teenagers, the hardest words to say with a Southern accent, and the quote they don't want making headlines. Get More »

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Questions and Answers With Dave Franco

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You may best know Dave Franco as "James Franco's little brother," but it's time to move beyond that. Though Franco shares his sib's chiseled features and surname, Dave's out to make a name for himself. Between a hilarious turn as a cool kid-turned-con in "21 Jump Street" and his most recent role as a gun-toting tough guy in the post-zombie apocalypse rom-com "Warm Bodies," in theaters this weekend, there's a new Franco on the block, in a big way.

"It's all been going somewhat smoothly, so don't f*ck it up," Franco told NextMovie during a recent interview to promote his new zombie rom-com. Beyond that helpful advice, Franco also spoke to us about his zombie survival strategy, playing drunk and the status of the "21 Jump Street" sequel. Get More »

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