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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Interview: Growing Up, Getting Old and ‘The World’s End’

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are serious blokes. Their new movie, 'The World's End,' acts as the finale of the informal "Cornetto" trilogy and once again partners the 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' pair with director Edgar Wright. And while it's a comedy in the vein of those two films, it's tackling material that's significantly more mature than anything they have done before. Alcoholism, drug addiction, the deadliness of adult immaturity, all baked into the mold of a '70s sci-fi allegory — 'The World's End' walks a tightrope between poking fun and bathing in misery. The combination is exhilarating.

That's the appeal to Pegg, who co-wrote the film with Wright, and Frost, who had a great deal of say when it came to the film's evolution. In person, the duo bounce just as quickly between introspection and cracking wise as 'The World's End.' They're not in the business of cheap laughs. They make films and they're considerate of the artistic potential. Even a movie with killer robots can say something, and they're eager to say it.

I sat down with Pegg and Frost to talk 'The World's End,' why the movie has been floating around since 'Hot Fuzz' hit theaters, what they felt they owed fans years later, and why it might be awhile until we see them together again. No, there won't be anymore 'Spaced' (but they aren't afraid of speculating what happened to their TV counterparts).

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Comic-Con 2013: ‘The World’s End’ Panel

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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright reunited once again on the famed Hall H stage to kick off Friday's Comic-Con 2013 festivities with a panel presentation for 'The World's End.' Not only does the title fit well within the film's apocalyptic depictions, but it also marks the end of the trio's Cornetto trilogy (the first installments being 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz'). So what new bits did these funnymen have in store for us?

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Peter Jackson Chats With Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost About ‘The World’s End,’ Plus New Clips!

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Though it seems that Peter Jackson doesn't appear in 'The World's End' as he did in 'Hot Fuzz' -- he must have been a little too busy with those 'Hobbit' movies -- he's still friendly with director Edgar Wright, and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (they did all work on 'Tintin' together). For the release of 'The World's End' Jackson has sat down with the three to have a chat about the movie.

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Exclusive ‘The World’s End’ Bar Sign: Drink Up at The Famous Cock

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Just the other day, we told you about an exciting 'The World's End' Comic-Con 2013 promotion that would allow some lucky readers to see an advanced screening of the film with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in tow. It was all part of a virtual bar crawl that would take you through some of your favorite movie blogs on a 'World's End' scavenger hunt. Well, we've got the latest piece of the puzzle for you! An exclusive bar sign for (ahem), The Famous Cock.

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‘The World’s End’ Featurette: On Working with Edgar Wright

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You might have guessed from his previous work, but Edgar Wright is a perfectionist, and as Simon Pegg says in this new featurette about 'The World's End,' "you can't argue with perfection."

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‘The World’s End’ Virtual Pub Crawl and Comic-Con 2013 News!

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We're going to be at Comic-Con 2013. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright will also be at Comic-Con 2013 with their upcoming film, 'The World's End.' And if you're going to be at Comic-Con 2013 too, we've got your chance to see the boys at an advance screening of the movie!

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‘The World’s End’ Trailer: The End of a Hilarious Trilogy

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The apocalypse is all the rage at the multiplexes right now - from the end of days depicted in 'This is The End' to the zombie menace erupting in 'World War Z', we just can't escape the Earth's extinction. (And that's not mentioning the unthinkable destruction seen in 'Man of Steel'.) But, if we're all really going to get wiped out, it might as well be in the most amusing way possible - that's where Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' comes in.

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‘The World’s End’ Trailer: Prepare for Drunken Annihilation!

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Get ready for Barmageddon! Director Edgar Wright and Focus Features have released the theatrical 'Word's End' trailer, and it's exactly what we expect from the guy who brought us 'Shaun of the Dead.' Only this time there's aliens...or robots or something.

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‘The World’s End’ Poster: Barmageddon Begins!

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Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back in town with 'The World's End,' an alien takeover comedy coming out later this year. We've seen the trailer before, now let's take a look at the US poster!

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Simon Pegg Interview: Barfing on the ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Set, Deleted Scenes and ‘The World’s End’

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Before we all get to see 'Star Trek Into Darkness' in theaters, we had the good fortune to speak with our old chum Simon Pegg, following a riveting conversation with his co-star Karl Urban about all things Bones McCoy,

For Scotty fans, 'Into Darkness' is a big wet kiss, as our ol' Aberdeen pub crawler/inadvertent inventor of transwarp beaming is all over this movie, offering laughs, cheers and thrills. Take a look at our conversation to learn about why, one day, he barfed on set. (Also, there are itty bitty SPOILERS in here, but all pertaining to stuff that happens early enough. Just read the damn thing and don't be that guy.)

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