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English actor Simon Pegg has enough geek credits on his resume to earn a lifetime pass at Comic-Con. He's played an unwitting zombie fighter in "Shaun of the Dead," the best friend to an alien in "Paul" and will fight an army of blue-eyed somethings in this summer's "The World's End." It's Pegg's role as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" films, however, that really endears him to the Hall H crowd.
Pegg returns this week as the wisecracking intergalactic mechanic in "Star Trek Into Darkness," the follow-up to 2009's immensely popular reboot of "Star Trek." As the crew of the Starship Enterprise faces a mysterious villain (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) hell-bent on destroying Starfleet, Scotty serves as the moral backbone of the team, not to mention its most persistent source of comic relief.
NextMovie caught up with Pegg ahead of the May 17 release of "Star Trek Into Darkness" and chatted about everything from intergalactic drinking pals to whether J.J. Abrams' other "Star" franchise will keep him from trekking once more. Get More »
Some say the world will end in fire, some say ice. From what we've tasted of desire, though, we're pretty sure it will end at the bottom of an empty pint glass — unless, of course, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have anything to say about it.
The release date for "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is just around the
milky way bend (beam up on May 17, Scotty), but it is not the only interstellar adventure movie director J.J. Abrams has weighing on that epically weird and awesome nerdbrain of his. There's also the small matter of making "Star Wars: Episode VII" happen soon.
In this new video discussion of all-things-far far away with Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in Abrams' iteration of "Trek," he finally dared to explain why he took on "Star Wars" after initial resistance. Get More »
People are always complaining about how much Americans suck at doing accents, whether it's Kevin Costner as "Robin Hood" or Keanu Reeves seemingly coming off a heroin addiction in "Bram Stoker's Dracula." And we do suck sometimes, yes.
However, we want to at least even the playing field a little by pointing out some bafflingly bad American accents perpetrated by thesps from overseas. Europe and Australia may have the best acting academies and such, but not every graduate is as versatile as they should be, starting with a certain Gerard Butler from this past weekend's "Olympus Has Fallen." Get More »
Blame whoever you like, but "Star Wars: Episode VII" by way of Walt Disney is actually happening.
Yep, our space man George Lucas passed his light saber on to Mickey Mouse (for a hefty $4.05 billion, of course), and, come 2015, the force will bring an all-new, hopefully-not-pillaged-and-dismembered extension of "Star Wars" into being. "Befuddled and nervous we all are," as Yoda might say.
After getting past the stage of sheer disbelief and rampant head shake-age, we couldn't help but wonder: What exactly will happen when Tatooine and Space Mountain collide? Will Wookie and Beast become friends? Will Jasmine and Leia share tips for keeping a taut midriff? Actor Simon Pegg got just as philosophical about the news on his Twitter feed, writing, "Does this mean Leia is now a Disney princess?" Get More »
Remember the feeling you used to get as a child on Christmas morning? Well, that's the feeling movie fans and movie stars alike get during the Cannes Film Festival, as one new project after another is unveiled like the world's most amazing array of stocking stuffers.
And according to The Hollywood Reporter, among those opening cinematic presents this weekend were Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund, Jennifer Hudson, Simon Pegg, Susan Sarandon and Ben Kingsley.
This year, Christmas is in May. Get More »
This week: Tom Cruise is back as IMF agent Ethan Hunt for the fourth and most high-stakes assignment yet in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which takes the intense action from Moscow to Dubai.
Also out on DVD this week are Michael Fassbender and his penis in "Shame," the harrowing post-apocalyptic character study "The Divide" starring Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia, and the haunted house horror film "7 Below" with Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames.
'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'
Box Office: $209 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh
Storyline: Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton) go underground after the Kremlin is bombed and the IMF is thought to harbor international terrorists. While trying to clear the agency's name, the rogue group discovers a plot to start a nuclear war and must use all the high-tech gadgets at their disposal to avert global catastrophe.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain 51 minutes of "Impossible Missions," which can be watched either as individual making-of featurettes ("The Sandstorm," "Dubai Car Crash") or as one long documentary.
We Say: This "Mission" -- if you choose to accept it -- is one of the most dizzyingly exciting action films in recent history, especially when Cruise scales the outside of Dubai's Buri Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Another impossible bonus is that this "Mission" stands on its own -- you don't need to watch the previous three movies in the series to enjoy the action.
Box Office: $4 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Fresh
Storyline: Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a Manhattan sex addict who shuns intimate relationships with people. He is forced to confront some painful memories when his wayward sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in with him and his insular life becomes exposed.
Extras! The "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Michael Fassbender" talks in-depth about Brandon's inability to form meaningful relationships.
We Say: This fascinating NC-17 drama by director Steve McQueen got a lot of attention for showcasing Fassbender's penis, which deserves its own screen credit and dressing room; but the film most notably features a brave performance by Fassbender as it explores the dark side of extreme sexual addiction.
Box Office: $22,000
Rotten Tomatoes: 22% Rotten
Storyline: A group of nine tenants (including Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Milo Ventimiglia and Lauren German) in a New York high-rise barricade themselves in the basement to survive a nuclear attack, slowly descending into madness when help never comes.
Extras! Both the unrated DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by the director and actors Biehn, Ventimiglia and Michael Eklund.
We Say: Although it's difficult to watch the tenants physically and psycho-sexually torment each other, the movie features a chillingly believable portrayal of what people become when stress erodes the thin mask of sanity we all wear.
Box Office: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Storyline: A group of strangers (including Val Kilmer and Luke Goss) stranded after a tour bus accident must ride out a storm in a Ving Rhames' creepy house, where a little boy murdered his family a century ago.
Extras! There are no bonus features of note on either the DVD or Blu-ray.
We Say: Rhames chews into his chance to play a creepy loner, but this straight-to-video ghost tale is creaky like his haunted house.
Also New This Week:
"Frozen Planet: The Complete Series"
"High Road to China"
"Born to Be Wild"
"Buck Privates" Blu-ray
Nowadays in Movieland the magic word is "trilogy." Getting one thing made is great, congrats, but THREE movies means you can infinitely repackage it, box sets, marathon showings on TBS, and each successive part pays off dividends since the prior entries were just one long commercial for the new chapter.
Whether they're "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Pusher" trilogy they always leave us wanting more, which is precisely why we're so excited that the funniest, loosest series going right now is about to complete its holy trinity: Three Flavours Cornetto. Get More »
In a marked departure from the tradition of the franchise, word on the street in the galaxy is that the next "Star Trek" installment will not feature any original cast members. That's right. Not a one.
That means no William Shatner (who seems pretty booked up with his Priceline commercials anyway), no Leonard Nimony (who appeared as Spock in the last flick), no… you get the picture. Get More »
My mission this week, which I chose for myself and had no problem accepting, was to Meet. Tom. Cruise.
After a little research, it looked like said mission was totally possible. The cast of "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" – Tom included – would be making the rounds at the "Today" show, "Late Show With David Letterman" and, of course, the New York City red carpet premiere.
When I arrived bright and early and freezing cold to "Today," Paula Patton was already there signing autographs and posing for pictures. It was a little more chaotic than usual but she handled it like a champ, though I didn't get anywhere near her to ask for a picture. Get More »