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June 17, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Simon Pegg is as close as you can get to a real-life geek superhero; his special powers include a real affection for Comic-Con culture and stepping into that imaginary world. As a boy, Pegg was swept away by his geek loves: live theater and the fantastical worlds of "Star Wars," "Doctor Who," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Star Trek. " He now lives the impossible dreams of his youth, acting for Steven Spielberg and stepping onto the deck of the Starship Enterprise as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot.
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February 8, 2014 | By Robert Abele
We could start with why a hermit-like London writer, steeped in research about Victorian-era killers and afraid of being murdered himself, would keep his ratty flat in near total darkness. But the dreary, loud, amateurish horror-comedy “A Fantastic Fear of Everything” starring Simon Pegg as said author, isn't terribly interested in logic. Or continuity. Or filmmaking acumen. Or, most glaringly, laughs. Writer/director Crispian Mills, a rock musician making his feature directing debut, starts with an interminable set-up in which a bushy-haired Pegg -- in bathrobe and briefs and evincing a sort of reverse charm from his engaging turns in pal Edgar Wright's movies (“Shaun of the Dead,” “The World's End”)
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May 3, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
"I felt damn sexy wearing it," Simon Pegg purred into the phone, "and I took a lot of clandestine photographs in my trailer." He was talking, thankfully, about the Starfleet uniform he wore for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, made famous by the late James Doohan. The irreverent star of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" has "unhealthy" knowledge of sci-fi, horror and comics. As a boy, he watched "Star Trek" on the BBC at dinner.
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September 5, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Natural and supernatural forces go haywire in the male midlife hysteria of "The World's End," starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine and others of the fab and fabled "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead" crews. The comic blast follows five fortyish friends who reunite 20 years after they failed to make it to the World's End, the final pub on their hometown's infamous crawl. Directed by Edgar Wright and co-written with Pegg, the movie begins as a cheeky reflection on boys who grow up, and the ones who don't.
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August 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
August has been a particularly rich month for movies that fall between the mindless, overblown summer superhero blockbusters and the polished prestige of the super-serious Oscar brigade to come. Edgar Wright's "The World's End" is the right movie for this moment, a comedy with action and wow-factor effects that's also tinged by regret, a light sadness and a lacerating self-awareness. Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End. " The film finds the director collaborating again with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the trio having burst on the scene with their zombie pastiche "Shaun of the Dead" and cop sendup "Hot Fuzz.
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March 18, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't let "Paul's" R-rating fool you. In the latest comedy from those funny Brits of "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead," the wise guys have gone more off-center than off-color with this whimsical and surprisingly gentle road trip adventure about two friends, an obsession and an alien named Paul. After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief. If not for a lot of F-bombs and other naughty words, this would be a family film, a sort of fractured "E.T.," with Seth Rogen never more likeable than as the bald-headed extraterrestrial who just wants to phone home (he should consider this kind of disappearing act, a la Mike Myers and Shrek, more often)
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August 10, 2008
"Spaced": An item in the July 20 Smart List column about the DVD of the British comedy "Spaced: The Complete Series" implied that the show was written only by costar Simon Pegg. Pegg co-wrote it with costar Jessica Hynes.
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August 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Labor Day is almost here and we're deep enough into the calendar year that when a film critic declares a picture to be "light-years the most entertaining movie of the year," we sit up and take notice -- even if the year as a whole has been almost entirely bereft of "entertaining" movies, or, at least, the kind of movies that aspire to merely entertain and not make you dwell on tragedy ("Fruitvale Station"), the emptiness of our culture ("The Bling Ring") or the struggles that come with aging and evolving with someone you love ("Before Midnight")
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September 5, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Natural and supernatural forces go haywire in the male midlife hysteria of "The World's End," starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine and others of the fab and fabled "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead" crews. The comic blast follows five fortyish friends who reunite 20 years after they failed to make it to the World's End, the final pub on their hometown's infamous crawl. Directed by Edgar Wright and co-written with Pegg, the movie begins as a cheeky reflection on boys who grow up, and the ones who don't.
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February 8, 2014 | By Robert Abele
We could start with why a hermit-like London writer, steeped in research about Victorian-era killers and afraid of being murdered himself, would keep his ratty flat in near total darkness. But the dreary, loud, amateurish horror-comedy “A Fantastic Fear of Everything” starring Simon Pegg as said author, isn't terribly interested in logic. Or continuity. Or filmmaking acumen. Or, most glaringly, laughs. Writer/director Crispian Mills, a rock musician making his feature directing debut, starts with an interminable set-up in which a bushy-haired Pegg -- in bathrobe and briefs and evincing a sort of reverse charm from his engaging turns in pal Edgar Wright's movies (“Shaun of the Dead,” “The World's End”)
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August 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
August has been a particularly rich month for movies that fall between the mindless, overblown summer superhero blockbusters and the polished prestige of the super-serious Oscar brigade to come. Edgar Wright's "The World's End" is the right movie for this moment, a comedy with action and wow-factor effects that's also tinged by regret, a light sadness and a lacerating self-awareness. Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End. " The film finds the director collaborating again with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the trio having burst on the scene with their zombie pastiche "Shaun of the Dead" and cop sendup "Hot Fuzz.
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August 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Labor Day is almost here and we're deep enough into the calendar year that when a film critic declares a picture to be "light-years the most entertaining movie of the year," we sit up and take notice -- even if the year as a whole has been almost entirely bereft of "entertaining" movies, or, at least, the kind of movies that aspire to merely entertain and not make you dwell on tragedy ("Fruitvale Station"), the emptiness of our culture ("The Bling Ring") or the struggles that come with aging and evolving with someone you love ("Before Midnight")
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May 7, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Julie Makinen
Directors, actors and animation fans of all stripes saluted Ray Harryhausen on Tuesday as news of the visual effects pioneer's death reached Hollywood. Harryhausen, the stop-motion animator of such classics as 1955's "It Came From Outer Space," 1958's "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and 1981's "Clash of the Titans," created Dynamation -- a technique that allowed models to be integrated into live-action films. His work inspired many who are driving the special-effects laden filmmaking that dominates in Hollywood today.
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February 5, 2012
SUNDAY The New York Giants, the New England Patriots, Madonna: The first one plays the second and the third headlines the halftime show at "Super Bowl XLVI" in Indianapolis. And in between? Commercials, commercials, commercials! (NBC, 3 p.m.) Speaking of Madonna — or rather, another fashion-forward dance-pop diva of more recent vintage — the special "Chasing Gaga" charts the rags-to-meat-dress rise of one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga. (TV Guide, 9 p.m.)
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August 7, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Paul Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 An international consortium of comic talent contributes to "Paul," a sci-fi road-tripper starring co-screenwriters Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as British comic book geeks who wind up on the run from the American government when they give a ride to a scrawny alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). The quality of "Paul" fluctuates depending on the characters the heroes meet along the way; some of the sequences are riotously funny, but others fall flat.
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June 17, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Simon Pegg is as close as you can get to a real-life geek superhero; his special powers include a real affection for Comic-Con culture and stepping into that imaginary world. As a boy, Pegg was swept away by his geek loves: live theater and the fantastical worlds of "Star Wars," "Doctor Who," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Star Trek. " He now lives the impossible dreams of his youth, acting for Steven Spielberg and stepping onto the deck of the Starship Enterprise as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2012
SUNDAY The New York Giants, the New England Patriots, Madonna: The first one plays the second and the third headlines the halftime show at "Super Bowl XLVI" in Indianapolis. And in between? Commercials, commercials, commercials! (NBC, 3 p.m.) Speaking of Madonna — or rather, another fashion-forward dance-pop diva of more recent vintage — the special "Chasing Gaga" charts the rags-to-meat-dress rise of one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga. (TV Guide, 9 p.m.)
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March 18, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Don't let "Paul's" R-rating fool you. In the latest comedy from those funny Brits of "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead," the wise guys have gone more off-center than off-color with this whimsical and surprisingly gentle road trip adventure about two friends, an obsession and an alien named Paul. After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief. If not for a lot of F-bombs and other naughty words, this would be a family film, a sort of fractured "E.T.," with Seth Rogen never more likeable than as the bald-headed extraterrestrial who just wants to phone home (he should consider this kind of disappearing act, a la Mike Myers and Shrek, more often)
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May 3, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
"I felt damn sexy wearing it," Simon Pegg purred into the phone, "and I took a lot of clandestine photographs in my trailer." He was talking, thankfully, about the Starfleet uniform he wore for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, made famous by the late James Doohan. The irreverent star of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" has "unhealthy" knowledge of sci-fi, horror and comics. As a boy, he watched "Star Trek" on the BBC at dinner.
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