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The first 45 minutes of this eschatological thriller-farce features some of the best work director Edgar Wright and co-screenwriter Simon Pegg have done. The film completes a loose trilogy begun with the excellent Shaun of the Dead (2004) and continued in the so-so Hot Fuzz (2007).

What's Harry's game?

One of the most famous journalists in the world claims he has been libelled by a humble hack. Ann Treneman says the great man should lighten up

Pandora's column

Sir Elton John has a clear picture of his own style. Flashy, over the top, flamboyant: call it what you will, Sir Elton always projects a glamour all his own. You may not wish to emulate it, but you had better respect it. Photographer David LaChapelle found this out in Los Angeles recently. On a photo shoot for Citibank, the sponsors of his latest world tour, Sir Elton was asked by the snapper to push a shopping trolley containing nothing but a huge Citibank credit card. "I'll look like a big fat homeless person pushing that thing!" protested the perfectly proportioned, amazingly svelte, multi-home-owner. He immediately walked off the set and retired to his stretch limousine. When the producer tried to coax him back through a cracked window, according to the New York Post, Sir Elton told him, "You can take your $5m and stick it up your c**t!" Oh dearie.

Burchill is back - with a vengeance

The famously noisome columnist had gone quiet, writes John Morrish. Not any more

Two's company, but three's an interview

As the flatmate of Julie Burchill's new girlfriend, Decca Aitkenhead was astonished to find herself at the epicentre of a media earthquake

Hung up on Julie and Toby

The 'Modern Review' has been shut down by its editor, Toby Young. Can't, says Julie Burchill, its founder. Media folk are taking sides in the mother of all postmodern battles. Phone-lines are hotting up. John Lyttle, a former contributor, fields the calls; Martin Rowson (also ex-MR) pour s oil on troubled waters

The fastest track to success: If you can't make it writing, why not turn yourself into the story? asks Vicky Ward

WHAT was Anna Pasternak up to when she decided to write her extraordinary tale of the Princess of Wales's alleged affair with Captain James Hewitt? The obvious answer is that she was making a fortune: close friends say the deal amounted to pounds 1m. But there is another answer which is to do with the nature of modern journalism. At 27, Anna Pasternak was anxious to make an impact in her chosen career - to become one of those 'star' columnists, perhaps get invited on to a few television shows - and, in the 1990s, getting involved in a story of this sort is rapidly becoming almost the only route to success.

For dykes' eyes only?

Rose Troche's debut movie Go Fish, a romantic comedy detailing the lives and loves of five lesbians in Chicago, has been hailed as a breakthrough; a lighthearted lesbian film which might have hetero appeal. It tells the girl-meets-girl story of Max (Guinevere Turner) and Ely (V S Brodie) and their fledgling relationship, played out within the confines of a lesbian community doing all it can to get the pair together. Men, straight women and children have little more than walk-on roles. The film's candid sex scenes, art-house abstract moments and set pieces of dogma go some way to provide an insight into an urban, twentysomething lesbian lifestyle. But will it appeal to anyone other than an audience of dykes? Interviews by Rosie Millard

SPEECH MARKS / The things they say about Camille Paglia

Academic and cultural critic Camille Paglia will be discussing her book 'Sex, Art and American Culture' at the National Theatre on Monday

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