Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Killing Them Softly’ Clip; Pegg, Frost, and Wright at ‘World’s End’ Tom Hanks on Broadway and More

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Killing Them Softly’ Clip; Pegg, Frost, and Wright at ‘World’s End’ Tom Hanks on Broadway and More

May 10, 2012

Shaun of the Dead

The End is Near: Confirming news that was first hinted at by Simon Pegg on Twitter, The World’s End, the concluding chapter of the so-called ‘Three Flavours Cornetto,’ will begin shooting in September. It’s a colloboration between Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright, who previously teamed on the big screen for Shaun of the Dead (above) and Hot Fuzz. The World’s End concerns an epic pub crawl by five friends who soon realize mankind’s future is at stake. So, yes: another comedy! It’s due out in Spring 2013. [Deadline]

Ad Man to Sports Agent: For his first starring role since the breakout success of Mad Men, Jon Hamm will play a sports agent in Million Dollar Arm. It’s based on the real-life story of J.B. Bernstein, who had become disillusioned with his work until he was inspired to convert cricket players from India into Major League Baseball pitchers. The hope is to shoot this fall, though a director has not yet been confirmed. Until then, we suppose Hamm will continue giving advice to teenage girls. [Deadline]

On Broadway: For his first role on Broadway -- y’ know, the the-a-tuh -- Tom Hanks wants to portray a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Lucky Guy, a play by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle), revolves around Mike McClary, a columnist for the New York Daily News who covered crime, cops, and corruption in the 80s and 90s. If all goes well, Hanks could be on stage in the late winter or eary spring. Just a guess, but you may want to book your tickets now. [New York Times]

Play Rough: The director of the excellent but little-seen existential Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which starred Brad Pitt, has made a thriller about a mob enforcer, Killing Them Softly, again starring Brad Pitt. Pitt does not appear in this clip, but Ray Liotta does, to his dismay; the film debuts at Cannes next week. [The Playlist]

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