Tag Archives: Simon Pegg

Mission Impossible 4: Amazing fun without costing brain cells

Numerous films barely remain lively after their sequels, much less reach their fourth installment without going straight to DVD.  Seeing Tom Cruise, closing in on fifty, return to the screen as super spy Ethan Hunt hardly seems a selling point, but The Incredibles director Brad Bird brings us a film that hearkens back to when action films produced real stunts and real thrills.  In the words of James Lipton, it’s a delight. Continue reading

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost re-create Star Wars scene

Oh, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  The lovable duo we can always depend on to be funny and charming.  While you wait to see them in Paul this weekend, check out a hilarious short they shot while making the film. Continue reading

“Shaun of the Dead” alumni bring hilarity to sci-fi comedy “Paul”

The last time you saw Nick Frost and Simon Pegg together they were in Hot Fuzz, diving through the air firing two guns at the same time screaming “Ahhh!”  Four years later, Frost and Pegg have written and starred in a hilarious ode to all things sci-fi in Paul.

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London Burke and Hare Photos

Blog reader Stefanos sent these:

Stefanos says he did not see these cranes being used. Possibly unrelated construction.


Hearse and Horse (butt)

The scene being shot.

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Burke and Hare Set Photos: Edinburgh, Day 3

In my previous Burke and Hare post I wasn’t able to get photos despite meeting Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.

Thanks to blog reader Kristen, however, we now have some photos.  She took these of the Burke and Hare shoot by Edinburgh Castle on Friday.  You can see more at her Flickr page, here

On the set of Burke and Hare, the latest from John Landis

Evidently they brought in real fish for this scene.

Where do you rent these things? Or do they have to make them?

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Burke and Hare: Edinburgh, Day 3

Not much to report from this shoot.  It was cold, rainy and even snowing as they were shooting in an alley near the city center.  A fire alarm in the nearby student dorms went off and delayed things even further.

So no photos really (dark and access was more restricted than normal), but I got to hang out with Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg as they were waiting in the basement of the dorms.  I approached them with two copies of my film, Hank vs Ninjas, Nazis and Chupacabra as a gift of appreciation saying, “Fans often just get photos and walk away and that’s the only way we can ‘give back’ to you guys.  So I wanted to give you something to enjoy.”  Both were exceptionally kind and gracious. 

I tried to respect boundaries by not snapping photos of them as soon as I spoke with them; I was more interested in just talking to them on a very normal, professional level.  We talked about film, the current state of special effects, and where we see them going.  Andy Serkis has plans for a motion capture production company (interested in both games and film) and both were fans of Cameron’s technological advances in Avatar.

That rounds out my coverage of the Burke and Hare shoot in Edinburgh.  Today that did some quick shooting at a museum (if I recall correctly) and then they’re back to London.

Burke and Hare: Edinburgh, Day 2

The cast and crew returned from shooting in Sterling for two days to wrap up shooting in Edinburgh, Friday night and Saturday morning before moving to the next location (possibly back to London). Here are the photos (sorry about the quality, extreme low-light conditions)

If you want to find their shooting location, just follow the trucks. I stumbled across these on my way home.

Horse

They were filming on a street that ran beneath the street in the photo. So they had lighting crews set up above the set.

The set of Burke and Hare from above.

Serious lighting. I felt bad for the guy who had to stand in this cherry picker, in the rain, with a very hot, electric lamp.

This tavern is like a VIP club, with a 19th century bouncer that allows Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg inside.

Crew members were running umbrellas to and away from extras as they tried to keep the detailed costumes dry.

Getting ready for the shoot.

In this scene, Serkis and Pegg are in line to get into this exclusive tavern.  The bouncer lets them in as horse drawn carriages and extras pass by.

Wider shot of the scene playing out (camera can’t zoom while recording)

I know where they’re shooting tomorrow, so keep checking the blog for updates.