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News: Sony Takes Stake In Simon Pegg/Nick Frost Company

Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s new TV production outfit Stolen Picture.

The Hot Fuzz stars launched Stolen Picture in May and their first project is comedy-horror film Slaughterhouse Rulez.

News: Simon Pegg Puts The Boot Into Boris Johnson

Simon Pegg has launched a withering attack on Boris Johnson during an interview on BBC1's The One Show.

While discussing the plot of forthcoming movie Star Trek beyond, which he co-scripted, Pegg talked about the baddie, Krall, played by Idris Elba and quipped that "He hates the idea of all the planets working in harmony...the villain of Star Trek Beyond is essentially Boris Johnson."

Pegg also plays engineer Scotty in the film.

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News: Simon Pegg To Write Star Trek 3 Script

Comedian and actor Simon Pegg is to co-write the script for the next Star Trek film. It has been reported that he will be working behind the scenes as well as reprising his role as engineer Scotty in the third instalment of the latest big screen incarnation of the cult sci-fi TV series.

Pegg has scripted films before, most notably co-writing Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, but – assuming he does not turn the film into a comedy – this is a departure, marking a possible new phase in his career.

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News: Happy Birthday Shaun

It is hard to believe it, but it is ten years ago that zombie apocalypse romcom classic Shaun of the Dead was first released. The UK release was on April 9, 2004. To mark the occasion the scripts of Shaun, alongside the scripts of the other two films in “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” – Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – have now very kindly been made available to download free, complete with previously unseen sketches, lesser known facts, curious squiggles and background trivia.

Review: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

I finally managed to see Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa yesterday. For a film that has topped the box office charts it didn't feel like a big hit. There were about six people in the cinema, but then it was an afternoon screening in Edinburgh and I guess with the Fringe Festival raging all over the city it has a fair bit of competition for those in search of laughs.*

Film Review: The World's End

I finally managed to see The World's End last night. Not at a press screening but in a normal cinema with normal people. Or as normal as people in Brixton get. I was expecting to sit there irritated by phone calls and texting all around me, but maybe it was the quality of the film, maybe it was the specially-shot Alan Partridge request to turn off phones beforehand or maybe it is just the kind of people that go to the Ritzy cinema, but I didn't see one phone screen light up during the 109 minutes.

Opinion: British Comedy Movies v US Comedy Movies

I'm getting increasingly excited by the prospect of The World's End coming out this summer. The trailers are tantalising, the cast is a classy roll-call of comedy's top brass and the team behind it has already made some of the few recent truly successful British comedy movies.

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