Pegg: 'How To' book differs from movie

Pegg: 'How To' book differs from movie

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- British actor Simon Pegg said his new film "How To Lose Friends and Alienate People" is vastly different from the memoir on which it is based.
Pregnant Anderson falls at film premiere

Pregnant Anderson falls at film premiere

LONDON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Pregnant actress Gillian Anderson jokingly threw a punch at her director at a London film premiere and ended up on the floor, People.com said.
Mike Myers signs up for 'Basterds' role

Mike Myers signs up for 'Basterds' role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Canadian-born actor-comedian Mike Myers has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's World War II picture "Inglourious Basterds."
Brad Pitt signs up for 'Basterds' role

Brad Pitt signs up for 'Basterds' role

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Brad Pitt reportedly has signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino's new World War II picture "Inglourious Basterds."
Car, truck crash near 'Star Trek' set

Car, truck crash near 'Star Trek' set

LOS ANGELES, April 9 (UPI) -- Two people sustained moderate injuries in a head-on collision in front of the California set where a "Star Trek" prequel is being filmed, police said.
'Hot Fuzz' duo to reunite for new film

'Hot Fuzz' duo to reunite for new film

LONDON, April 3 (UPI) -- British writer-director Edgar Wright and actor-scribe Simon Pegg said they're working on a project to follow up their hits "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz."
'Star Trek' release date postponed

'Star Trek' release date postponed

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood's latest installment of the "Star Trek" franchise reportedly is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2009 -- five months later than planned.

Hemsworth, Collins to star in 'Star Trek'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actors Chris Hemsworth and Clifton Collins Jr. have been hired for supporting roles in "Star Trek," the J.J. Abrams prequel that began shooting last week.

Ryder to star in new 'Star Trek' flick

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Winona Ryder has signed on to play young Spock's mother in the upcoming "Star Trek" film, Variety.com reported Friday.

Karl Urban joins 'Star Trek' cast

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- New Zealand actor Karl Urban has signed on to play Leonard "Bones" McCoy in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" movie, the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

Simon Pegg to play Scotty in 'Star Trek'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- British actor Simon Pegg has signed on to play Scotty in the new "Star Trek" movie, Variety.com reported Friday.

Director: 'Hot Fuzz' is a funny genre film

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Edgar Wright says "Hot Fuzz" is the realization of his dream to make a high-octane cop movie in his native England.

Gwyneth Paltrow signs on to brother's film

LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is playing a supporting role in "The Good Night," a $15 million romantic comedy written and directed by her brother, Jake. Most of the film, which is set in New York, will be shot starting Nov. 7 in London, Daily Variety said Monda
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Simon Pegg
British actor Simon Pegg attends the NME awards at Hammersmith Palais in London on February 23, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Simon Pegg (born Simon John Beckingham; 14 February 1970) is an English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director. He is best known for his starring roles in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, the comedy series Spaced and his portrayal of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the 2009 Star Trek film. Much of his major work has been in collaboration with some combination of Nick Frost, Jessica Hynes, Dylan Moran and Edgar Wright.

Pegg was born in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Gillian Rosemary (née Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician and keyboard salesman. His parents divorced when he was seven and he took on the surname "Pegg" after his mother re-married. He attended many schools, including Castle Hill Primary School, Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School, King's School Gloucester, and later Stratford-upon-Avon College to study English literature and performance studies. Pegg studied drama at the University of Bristol and wrote his undergraduate thesis on "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses". At Bristol he appeared in a Drama Society production of Howard Barker's Victory alongside Sarah Kane and David Greig.

In 1993, Pegg moved to London and performed on the stand-up comedy circuit. In 1995, he took his acclaimed one-man show to the Edinburgh Festival, which led to his being invited to perform at festivals in Adelaide and Melbourne in Australia and Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand, which he did in 1996 and 1997. His work as a stand up attracted the attention of several TV producers, leading to appearances in Asylum, Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train and Hippies. From 1998 to 2004, Pegg regularly featured on BBC Radio 4's The 99p Challenge. In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. For this project Pegg brought in Nick Frost, his best friend. For his performance in this series, Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer. Pegg co-wrote (with Spaced director Edgar Wright) and starred in the "romantic zombie comedy" film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004. At George A. Romero's invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero's film, Land of the Dead. In 2004, Pegg also starred in a spin-off of the television show Danger! 50,000 Volts! called Danger! 50,000 Zombies!, in which he played a zombie hunter named Dr. Russel Fell.

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