Pint after pint of pale golden ale flow in Edgar Wright's The World's End, so just how much actual drinking did Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do on set? The actors tell all in our video interview above. Pegg also talks about the creation of Gary King's unique pseudo-Goth look, including how bands like Sisters of Mercy and The Cure influenced it.
The World's End is also the capper of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy started by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and the duo reveal how it expands upon ideas and motifs in the first two movies — like "perpetual adolescence" and "maintaining individuality in the face of a homogenizing force." And of course, ice cream and jumping over fences. Check it out, and you might get free ice cream! Okay, not really.
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E!'s televised deterioration of civilization, better known as Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, kicked off its third season last night and all that soul-crushing scripted drama you've known about for months was there to behold. Kim Kardashian's doomed cat Mercy! Khloe Kardashian's fertility woes! Kourtney Kardashian was there! Help me!
With the Kardashian sisters and the various Kardashian significant others and spawns in tow, they are taking Miami and the deteriorating fabric of human decency by storm! But that's not the only thing that humble, socially conscious, necessary Kardashian clan took in the Season 3 premiere.
Nope, the 10 other things the Kardashians also took...
Phone Calls From Kanye West: He said 'I love you!' This one might be serious, everyone. Pot Shots At Kris Humphries: The gals not only poo-poohed the outrageous notion that Kim married Kris for the publicity, but Khloe made sure to make fun of her ex-brother-in-law's a plenty, from his name ("The Humpty Dump") and general disposition. ("[He] barks for most of his words.") They even compared him to Kanye, saying that Kim's new man is "better than Humphries." Of course, Kim won't let anyone take pot shots at her. During a confessional, she told those critical jokesters that laugh about the length of her marriage to Humphries that — HAHAHA the joke is on us — she's actually been married for a year-and-a-half and that's not short at all!
Foreshadowing: "I can't believe Kanye surprised me with the cutest little baby ever!" cried Kim. Now, she was of course referring to the kitten that her rapper beau surprised her with, but there was a bevy of soundbites just like that all alluding to Kim's future pregnancy. "I cannot wait for you to have a baby to see what it's like," Kourtney told her sister Kim, who could barely clean up after or keep tabs on her current "baby," Mercy the cat, which she lost in the span of the first 45 minutes. Have mercy on Kimye's baby.
Irony: Kim cried repeatedly throughout the episode that not only did she not like drama, but she hated that anyone would talk or scheme behind her back. Mind you, this happened mere moments after she summoned Scott Disick to join them in Miami despite her sister's wishes and his worries that he would fall off the wagon in Miami. Kim and Kourtney then proceeded to throw the hard-partying lifestyle right in Scott's face and distracted him from the one reason he was supposed to be down there, his family. Sorry, did I say irony? I meant being generally terrible.
Jekyll & Hyde: In the span of just an hour, Scott Disick transformed from scruffy, marginally likable family man to a Royce-driving Patrick Bateman-inspired nightmare douche who refers to himself as Lord Disick.
Real Estate: Their DASH store location was unkempt and too small, so they cleaned it and now they are moving it to a new location. You can finally sleep again.
Liberties With The English Language: "How could anything sell when the racks are this claustrophobic?" (Oooh, so close. I believe the word you were looking for was cluttered.) "Kourtney thinks I'm uncapable of taking care of a pet." (Kim fail English? That's unpossible!)
Shots Of People's Butts On Miami Beach: Butts everywhere!
PETA: PETA no doubt loved watching Kim mishandle her white Persian cat, snip at it with scissors, let a young child be its primary caretaker, take it out while she was drunk, and lose it within hours of ownership.
YOLO: Those Kardashians sure love their YOLO'ing. Their YOLO pants, their YOLO hats, their general YOLO attitude. (Poor Mercy.)
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S2E1: Game of Thrones knows how to do a second season premiere. After the long, aching wait to get back into Westeros, the HBO series picks up exactly as it should: with expansion.
Everything is bigger, and even more promising than it was when we left it at the incredible conclusion of Season One. We are introduced to new characters, worlds and themes, but even the returning players seem new. The battling families all feel like they’re on the upswing of adventure — Robb Stark’s war and the Lannisters’ undoing are being kindled steadily, with a very palpable feeling of ignition on the way.
“More ravishing than ever, big sister. War agrees with you.” – Tyrion Lannister
Cersei Lannister’s world is unraveling—as if conceiving a child with your twin brother, passing him off as your king husband’s son, and then killing (or trying to kill) everyone who knows your secret isn’t a failsafe plan. First off, the Small Council informs Cersei that — in case you haven’t heard — winter is coming, which means that shelter and resources are beginning to wear thin in King’s Landing. The ever generous Cersei demands that all peasants be denied entry into King’s Landing as a result.
Next, Tyrion Lannister pays Cersei and the Council a visit, instructing them that he is officially the King’s Hand in the absence of their father, Tywin — an agreement that was made in the Season One finale, as a result of Tywin’s disappointment in Jaime and Cersei. She is none too thrilled to hear this news, or to appreciate what it means about their father’s dissolving trust in her. Having to admit that she has misplaced Aria Stark — a good piece of ransom — brings further embarrassment to Cersei.
“The mockingbird. You created your own sigil, didn’t you?” – Cersei Lannister
“Yes.” – Little Finger
“Appropriate for a self-made man with so many songs to sing.” – Cersei Lannister
And then to be shown up by Little Finger — Season Two does not look to be kind to the Lannister queen. Cersei meets with Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Little Finger (a nickname he hates, according to his top prostitute) to find out information on Aria’s escape. Instead of helping his queen out (no surprise there; Petyr is anything but reverent), he makes insinuations that he knows about the Lannister twins’ secret, informing her that “Knowledge is power,” hinting unsubtly that the publication of this information will be their undoing. Cersei overcompensates by insulting Petyr’s meager upbringing and his unrequited love for Catelyn Stark and by proving that “power is power” by instructing her guards to seize him and cut his throat to make a point. She stops them before they carry out the order, but she is confident that he gets the message. Still, to the viewer, the antic just serves to highlight Cersei’s growing desperation.
“I heard a disgusting rumor about Uncle Jaime. And you.” – King Joffrey
Worst of all, Cersei’s own son is growing insubordinate. The power has gone well beyond King Joffrey’s head. At the beginning of the episode, he celebrates his name day by nearly having a drunken man drowned to death with a barrel of wine. Queen Sansa and the king’s guard the Hound convince him to employ the drunk as his royal jester in lieu of killing him, but this brief glimmer of mercy is only driven by self-interest (Joffrey learns that it is bad luck to kill a man on your name day). The king’s narcissism is only shown to grow on this episode.
For the first time, Cersei sees the danger in what her son is becoming. When he challenges her with the rumors about Jaime being his true father, Cersei responds by slapping her son — something that makes him angry enough to threaten her with death if she ever lays a hand on him again. With Jaime still prisoner of Robb Stark, her secret steadily filtering out to everyone she knows, and her own son beginning to turn against her, Cersei is learning that her grip on world power is rapidly loosening.
“This woman will lead him into a war he cannot win.” – Ser Davos Seaworth
Of course, if this secret does get out, it will mean the end of Joffrey’s reign. The rightful heir to the throne, Stannis Baratheon, finally joins Game of Thrones, and is well-aware of Joffrey’s true lineage. However, Stannis isn’t taking action with much stealth. He is calling for his people to pledge loyalty to the true king, but refuses to team up with his younger brother Renly (who is declaring himself the rightful king) or with Robb Stark and his army.
His judgment is called into question by his knights when Stannis aligns himself with Melisandre, a zealot of the new gods who thinks that he needs nothing but their powers to win a war. Melisandre manages to kill one of Stannis’ men who aims to challenge her influence over him, and to inspire paranoia in another: Davos Seaworth. The latter maintains loyalty and quiet suspicion for now, but we should predict dissention in some form.
“You married a rebel and mothered another.” – Robb Stark
Robb Stark is faced with devising strategic negotiations and alliances. He proposes to Alton Lannister, cousin of Cersei and Jaime, an independence of Winterfell and the freedom of his younger sisters in return for the Stark army’s appeasement of the royal family’s actions. This deal is not expected to carry. Robb’s best friend and right-hand man Theon Greyjoy proposes that they request an alliance with his father, but Robb and Catelyn Stark are hesitant. Catelyn insists that the Greyjoy army is not to be trusted, as they once rebelled against King Robert and, by association, Ned Stark. But Robb reminds her that now, the Starks are the rebellion; in spirit, the Starks and the Greyjoys are the same.
The subtext of Robb’s argument with Catelyn is one of the most fascinating aspects of the premiere, and a terrific example of why Game of Thrones is much more than a fantasy series. The question posed here is whether loyalty should be applied to men, or to ideas. Philosophically, the Greyjoys who rebelled against King Robert and Ned and the Starks of present are aligned. But as men, they are enemies. Robb, a purveyor of change and progression, is opting for a loyalty to the idea of rebellion. Catelyn is reluctant, all too attached to the memories of the Greyjoys’ war against her husband.
“Stars don’t fall for men. That comet means one thing, boy: dragons.” – Osha
We don’t see a lot of Daenerys Targaryen on this episode — she and her people wander almost biblically through the torrential territory of the Red Waste, victims of exhaustion and starvation. But as they press on, Daenerys maintains hope, deriving such from the friendships of her knight Jorah Mormont and her bloodrider Rakharo. Oh, and her dragons.
Although they are weak now, the signs say that the dragons will inherit the Earth once again. After Bran — who is ruling over Winterfell in the absence of everybody else in his family (Jon Snow is still with the Watch, north of the Wall, taking up with a drunken polygamist who marries his daughters) — has another one of his psychic dreams, he has the wildling Osha lead him to a lake that he envisioned in the woods. Above, the clear skies reveal a comet, which Osha predicts is a sign of the dragons’ rise.
“Death is so boring. Especially now, with so much excitement in the world.” – Tyrion Lannister
To reiterate, the premiere can be marked by the idea of expansion. The focus of the episode is the imminent fall of Cersei Lannister, who is not accustomed to misfortune. Her younger brother Tyrion, the series’ most terrific character, comes to King’s landing (with his beloved prostitute Shae secretly in tow) to aid his family, but it is unclear in which direction he will steer them, or if his loyalties are truly glued to his siblings — they are not exactly a functional family, after all. Robb’s war looks to take form soon, and in a big way. And although Daenerys is down now, the comets predict her lineage’s uprising. All in all, Season Two looks to be huge, in lots of good ways.
How did you enjoy the season premiere? What do you look forward to on this season of Game of Thrones, and what do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments section, or on Twitter @MichaelArbeiter.
Top Story: Studios Hold Back Screenings Despite Early Oscar Date
With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pushing the date of its annual Oscar ceremony up a month to Feb. 29, many speculated the usual rush of year-end Oscar hopefuls would also plow ahead. But it hasn't. One of the main reasons for changing the date was to cut down on Oscar campaigning and perhaps alleviate the tidal wave of films that floods the month of December. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, no videocassettes or DVDs have gone out to Academy members yet and most studios still aren't screening their hopefuls until November. With nomination ballots due back at Academy headquarters by Jan. 17, it is still an awfully close call for Academy members to sample all of this year's Oscar hopefuls. Some studios have gotten a head start on the competition, however, including Focus Features, which has already held guild screenings of Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, and Miramax Films, which has started inviting Academy members to screenings of some of City of God, The Barbarian Invasions, Dirty Pretty Things, The Magdalene Sisters and The Station Agent.
Magazine: Affleck's Gambling Led to Breakup
Bennifer update: The latest issue of US Weekly, which hits newsstands Friday, cites Ben Affleck's fondness for gambling, the media frenzy surrounding their planned wedding, and his mother, Chris, as some of the reasons why the actor ended his 21-month romance with Jennifer Lopez. US also claims Affleck's Vancouver stripper romp was not to blame for the breakup but said it may be part of the actor's master plan: The magazine points out that Affleck told Playboy in 1999 that he is prone to creating some incident in order to get out of a bad relationship. The magazine notes, however, that the breakup may not be permanent.
Is There a Mole in the Survivor Camp?
The Antigua-based bookie, BetWWTS.com, decided Thursday not to take bets on CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands after suspicions that someone who knows the winner is spreading inside information. Simon Noble, the company's CEO, told the Associated Press that in the past few days, they took more than 15 bets on the same contestant, all from people who lived near each other in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the past, the company rarely did any action with Survivor before the show aired. "If we get five bets (before the game), I'd be stunned," Noble said. "Nobody can relate to any of the contestants or develop a strong opinion."
TV Acad Hands Out Generous Gift Bags
Gift bags given annually to presenters of the Emmy awards, described by the TV academy as a "generous thank you," are worth a whopping $30,000 this year, according to organizers. The goodies, according to Reuters, include a private dinner party, resort and spa visits, a portable DVD player, a year's worth of cosmetics, a watch, a cell phone and some chocolate. The bags will be distributed to presenters during Emmy rehearsals to be held the day before the ceremony. Presenters also will receive a mattress. The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing on Fox, will be held Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium.
MGM Not Into "Star Salaries"
MGM's Chief Executive Alex Yemenidjian said Thursday Hollywood's most expensive stars are not always worth the money they charge, Reuters reports. At a financial presentation, Yemenidjian was asked whether he saw the trend of ultra-high salaries for some top stars continuing. "I don't think it is possible for any single studio to control that," he said. "We're always wary about opening the trades and reading that someone has agreed to pay $25 million." But Yemenidjian admitted that the studio unintentionally created another high-ticket star with its 2001 hit Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon. "We created our own monster with that one," he joked.
Man Crashes Car While Singing Timberlake Tune
John L. Nunes, of Winston, Ore., told police Thursday he crashed his car after a bee flew into his mouth while he was singing along with Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" on the radio. Douglas County Sheriff's spokeswoman Pam Frank told the AP Nunes, 19, was trying to get rid of the bee or yellowjacket when his car hit a tree. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg after his car went down a 15-foot embankment. "I kind of panicked and went off the road," Nunes said Wednesday. "I had to get a stitch in my tongue, and I got a gash on my left ankle." He added that the tongue injury was from his teeth, not the bee.
Paul McCartney in Ruckus Near Blaine's Glass Box
Police are investigating an early morning scuffle involving Paul McCartney near magician David Blaine's starvation stunt at Tower Bridge in London. According to Reuters, a photographer for the Evening Standard newspaper said he was hit after he tried to take a photograph of the former Beatle, who had gone to see Blaine's attempt at spending 44 days without food suspended in a glass box above the River Thames. McCartney's spokesman confirmed the musician had been to see Blaine, but added, "Reports that this was a fracas ... are highly exaggerated."
Role Call: Jackie Collins Makes a Return to the Big Screen
Jackie Collins is returning to the big screen with a project for the first time since the late 1970s. Variety reports the best-selling author will develop the romantic comedy Fish out of Water for Anonymous Content and Focus Features. The story will focus on a young woman from the Midwest who comes to Hollywood to marry a studio mogul and finds herself in rich-and-famous central but unexpectedly falls in love with the caterer.