Attention all Spaced and Shaun of the Dead fans out there. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will host a screening of Edgar Wright’s new film, Hot Fuzz, with Wright and co-star Nick Frost in attendance. It’s all set for March 31, and will include a marathon of cult-classic cop movies such as Electra Glide in Blue and Freebie and the Bean, among others. Tickets go onsale February 20 to the general public, but you can help your odds if you buy a Fantastic Fest 2007 badge, because those badgeholders will be able to buy tickets on February 13! The film, which Focus Features will release in America on April 13, is definitely building momentum as something a bunch of us are dying to see.
Across the pond, in its native England, Hot Fuzz will open February 16. And the buzz on Fuzz could not be greater. For The Guardian, Carole Cadwalladr interviews co-star Simon Pegg about his surge to mini-stardom, and all of his famous friends (he’s godfather to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple). Though, at the end of the day, Pegg seems to be just another fanboy geek at heart:
But then nobody could have predicted quite how popular Shaun of the Dead would be in the States. Robert Rodriguez, the director of From Dusk Till Dawn, led a standing ovation in Austin, Texas, and ‘Tarantino did a private screening at his home – apparently he had pictures of us all up on the walls.’ And he’s quite earnestly humble when he talks about the amazingness of it all. But then he has that comedianly trait of being quite earnest about a lot of things. He wrote his dissertation on ‘a Marxist overview of popular Seventies cinema and hegemonic discourses’, and when I roll my eyes and say, ‘Oh there’s nothing like a bit of hegemony,’ he tells me that ‘an awareness of the postmodern condition is still the intellectual bedrock’ of his comedic method.
I’d like to scoff but, hell, it gets results. And he and Wright are hoping that Hot Fuzz will do for cop films what Shaun of the Dead did for zombie films.
‘We started thinking about the cop genre and the whole notion of investing the British police service with some sort of cool because it just seems that the British cops are up against it in some ways – they wear jumpers, they don’t have guns.’