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<I>Spaced</I> Comes to the U.S. (But In a Good Way)

If you're a fan of the films of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) -- and who isn't, really? -- then you've probably heard of the British TV show they collaborated on from 1999-2001, called Spaced, starring Pegg as a comic book artist and Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson) as his roommate-of-necessity. If you've seen it at all, it's likely on a region-free DVD player, a VHS tape, YouTube or (gasp!) a bootleg DVD -- but no longer. Spaced will come out on a Region 1 DVD on July 22!

This is great news for fans of the show who've been experiencing nothing but sadness lately -- particularly the announcement that there would be a Fox-made remake done for the U.S., with no involvement from the original show's creators aside from their names on all of the press releases. Well, the news gets even better -- Wright, Pegg and Hynes will be doing a four-city U.S. tour to support the release! Granted, two of those cities are in Southern California, and the Midwest can apparently kiss Spaced's ass, but here's the schedule of events:

NEW YORK

Monday, July 21, 7:00 PM - A special 3-episode screening event of Spaced, immediately followed by a Q&A with Simon, Jessica and Edgar at the Village East Cinemas.

Tuesday, July 22, 2:00-4:00 PM - Virgin Megastore in Union Square hosts a Spaced: The Complete Series signing event with Simon, Jessica and Edgar.

LOS ANGELES

Wednesday, July 23, 12:30-2:30 PM - Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash West hosts a Spaced: The Complete Series signing event with Simon, Jessica and Edgar.

Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 PM - A special 3-episode screening event of Spaced, immediately followed by a Q&A with Simon, Jessica and Edgar at the Arclight Hollywood. The Q&A session will be moderated by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma).

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

Friday, July 25, 12:30 PM - Simon, Jessica and Edgar will participate in a panel session moderated by Ain't It Cool's Moriarty in Room 6A. The three will also do multiple signings including one at the BBC booth.

Friday, July 25, 10:15 PM - To close the day, Simon, Jessica and Edgar are asking fans to pick three episodes for a special Comic-Con screening event in Room 6A. Log on now to SpacedInvasion.com to cast your vote.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Sunday, July 27, 5:00 PM - The Spaced Numb-A-Thon: A marathon screening of all 14 episodes of Spaced, including a Q&A with Simon, Jessica and Edgar moderated by Ain't It Cool's Harry Knowles at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

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