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Kevin Smith, king of indie, is rounding up a feast of comic stars for his buddy-action laugh-fest 'A Couple of Dicks'. Seann William Scott and Adam Brody recently signed up for the Warner Bros-bankrolled comedy, joining Bruce Willis, right, and Tracy Morgan. The script, by Robb and Mark Cullen, follows a maverick cop (Willis) and his partner (Morgan) who, tracking a valuable stolen baseball card, tangle with a memorabilia-obsessed gangster and rescue a Mexican beauty who holds the key to millions in drug money. Scott plays a thief known as, uh, the Shit Bandit. Brody is an abrasive detective unhappy with Willis and Morgan. Scott recently starred in Universal's 'Role Models'. Brody next appears in Boaz Yakin's indie drama 'Death in Love' and 'Jennifer's Body', a dark comedy written by Diablo Cody, starring Megan Fox.

Drag Me to Hell - Don't lose your head

Sam Raimi's 'Drag Me to Hell' is leading a renaissance in the horror genre. Jaded by torture porn, Kaleem Aftab celebrates a return to more cerebral films that reveal the inner demons

No sex please: An asexual life

Andy is young and healthy – yet he’s never experienced physical desire. And there are thousands more like him. Olly Bootle meets the asexuals

From toyshop to Tinseltown: Hollywood has turned to children's games

It may not be groundbreaking cinema, but Hollywood is making big bucks from films based on well-known toys and games. Andrew Johnson reports

UN secretary general calls for high-level meeting on Darfur

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a high-level meeting in Ethiopia this weekend involving the US, European Union, Russia and China to discuss the deteriorating situation in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

Football: Fire at Wycombe calls halt to Cup tie

A FIRE at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park ground forced the abandonment of the FA Cup first-round replay against non-League Oxford City just as extra time ended last night.

BBA calls for pounds 126m via rights: Issue to fund two purchases

BBA Group, the automotive, industrial and aviation group, launched a pounds 125.9m rights issue yesterday to help to fund its bid to become one of the world's leading suppliers of high voltage electrical power equipment.
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