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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
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Monty Python stars voice characters in 'Absolutely Anything'

Monty Python stars voice characters in 'Absolutely Anything'

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Terry Jones is to direct a British animated feature film featuring the voice talents of several of his fellow Monty Python troupe members.

Blobfish named Ugly Animal Preservation Society's mascot

NEWCASTLE, England, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society announced at the 2013 British Science Festival that it has chosen the blobfish as its new mascot.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
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Spielberg: Jackson to direct next 'Tintin'

Spielberg: Jackson to direct next 'Tintin'

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg says Peter Jackson will direct the next installment in their animated Tintin film franchise.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Tintin' to screen at AFI Fest

'Tintin' to screen at AFI Fest

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The animated movie "The Adventures of Tintin" has been chosen to close out the 2011 American Film Institute Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Simon Pegg memoir reveals his fan boy side

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- British actor Simon Pegg says in his new autobiography science fiction films are a natural for him because he has been a fan of the genre since he was a kid.
Rogen, Pegg to co-star in 'Paul'

Rogen, Pegg to co-star in 'Paul'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures and Working Title Films say Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig have been cast in the new comedy "Paul."
'Star Trek' earns $7M Thursday night

'Star Trek' earns $7M Thursday night

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- "Star Trek" earned $7 million Thursday into Friday, its first night in U.S. theaters, Variety.com reported.
Hundreds of 'Trek' screenings sold out

Hundreds of 'Trek' screenings sold out

LOS ANGELES, May 6 (UPI) -- "Star Trek" accounted for 83 percent of advance U.S. theater ticket sales at MovieTickets.com Wednesday, the Web site said.
'Star Trek' to premiere in Australia

'Star Trek' to premiere in Australia

SYDNEY, March 20 (UPI) -- J.J. Abrams' film "Star Trek" is to have its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House.
Coldplay offers fans free 'Vida' download

Coldplay offers fans free 'Vida' download

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Coldplay says it wanted to offer its fans a Christmas present by offering a free download of a remixed version of the British band's hit, "Viva la Vida."
New 'Star Trek' flick to get IMAX release

New 'Star Trek' flick to get IMAX release

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures and IMAX Corp. Friday announced that Hollywood's new version of "Star Trek" will be released in both IMAX and conventional theaters May 8.
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British actor Simon Pegg attends the NME awards at Hammersmith Palais in London on February 23, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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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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