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Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip To Italy' Starring Steve Coogan And Rob Brydon

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • August 12, 2014 3:19 PM
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The Trip to Italy
If you haven’t seen Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 “The Trip,” stop everything right this second and watch it (hint: it’s on Netflix.) Initiated as a BBC television show, UK viewers have already been put in stitches by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s antics therein. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, not unlike John Malkovich in “Being John Malkovich,” while traveling the English countryside reviewing restaurants for UK’s The Observer, the pair's carrying on is similar to a fond memory of two instinctively funny acquaintances you’re not sure you’ll ever meet again. Luckily, Steve and Rob reunite for “The Trip To Italy,”and the effect amounts to déjà-vu, with the added bonus of seeing the resplendent Italian coast

Watch: All Roads Lead To Rome In New Trailer For 'The Trip To Italy' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 9:05 AM
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The Trip to Italy
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and soon it will be the season of roadtrips and vacations. But if you're not able to get away, hanging out with Steven Coogan and Rob Brydon as they galavant around Italy might be the next best thing.

Watch: More Michael Caine Impressions In 2 Clips From 'The Trip To Italy' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 15, 2014 3:52 PM
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The Trip to Italy
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's “The Trip” was a hard thing to pin down: it was a BBC TV series that was recut into a movie, and a travel documentary that didn't really document anything much, in which the two British comedians played some indeterminately exaggerated/scripted/improvised versions of themselves. But despite nobody quite knowing what it was, a lot of people liked its meandering, mild comedy style and the interactions of the two master comedians: hence the similarly imprecise sequel, “The Trip To Italy,” now playing on BBC and to be released by IFC Films (in a shorter movie format) in the U.S. sometime later in the year.

Steve Coogan's 'Alan Partridge' Gets A Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 11:06 AM
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This weekend, Steve Coogan's beloved character Alan Partridge—a phenomenon in the UK—will make his big screen debut on US shores in, you guessed it, "Alan Partridge" (abroad, the movie is titled "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa"). And Coogan isn't terribly convinced it'll be hit a here.

Exclusive: Clip From 'Alan Partridge' Starring Steve Coogan Asks "What Was Better In The Olden Days?"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 12:12 PM
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One of our 10 Movies To See In April, you might need a quick bit of history to catch up with "Alan Partridge." One of Steve Coogan's most enduring comic creations, the character is a spoof on broadcasters in general and has become a phenomenon in the UK, where Partridge has appeared in three TV series, and numerous radio programs. And now it's time for the character to take a leap to the big screen, and he does just that with the namesake film, "Alan Partridge."

Watch: Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon Hit The Road In New Teaser For 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 11:51 AM
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The Trip to Italy
There were few greater comedic pleasures in the last few years than spending time with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they drove around the English countryside, trading barbs, jokes, impressions and eating a string of fabulous meals. Playing heightened versions of themselves in Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip," the pair dished one liners fast and hard over 107 minutes, but that was only part of the story. In the U.K. audiences got the longer version on television, with "The Trip" spread over six, thirty-minute episodes. And for the followup, "The Trip To Italy," the same thing is happening once again.

Watch: Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon Take On Michael Caine & 'Dark Knight Rises' In Clip From 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Trip to Italy
Even if you didn't see Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip"—and by God, you really should—you likely saw the viral clip from the film, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing exaggerated versions of themselves) competing in their impersonations of Michael Caine. It was fantastically hilarious stuff, one great bit from a film full of them, and with a sequel on the way, they've got more Caine to share.

Steven Coogan Talks 'Philomena,' Why Kyle Smith's NY Post Review Was "Stupid" & Taking 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 1:07 PM
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Philomena Steve Coogan
A gifted comic actor, Steve Coogan is best known for character creations such as Alan Partridge (recently brought to the big screen in "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa"), Tommy Saxondale, Paul Calf and more. A dexterous improviser, and remarkable impressionist, Coogan came to fame by making U.K. audiences laugh large and hard, so many were surprised when the actor took on a true story about an elderly woman searching for the son she lost during her tough teenage years spent in a convent. But the results have been impressive.

Review: Lovely And Deceptively Complex 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2013 6:08 PM
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Philomena
The term "Oscar bait" is one that, unfortunately, gets bandied about a lot this time of year. At worst, it's used to refer to every faintly serious-minded film released between July and December. At best, it describes a very particular kind of middlebrow drama that seems to have been created from the ground up with the sole purpose of appealing to the Academy—think "The Iron Lady" or "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," to name two recent examples. Stephen Frears' "Philomena" appears on the surface to fit into the latter category. It's a based-in-fact comedy-drama with a mix of laughter and tears, with a prestigious filmmaker (albeit one who's been off his game for a while), an already awarded lead in Dame Judi Dench, and the might of The Weinstein Company behind it. But if "Philomena" is Oscar bait (and ultimately, we're not all that fond of the phrase), then it's Oscar bait done right.

Oscars: Which Films Will Pick Up Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 23, 2013 5:09 PM
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Oscars 2013: Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Twilight Zone. As long as almost anyone can recall, the Adapted Screenplay category has been more far more competitive than the original script slot. In general, more Academy-friendly films tend to have been adapted from novels, non-fiction books, plays, articles, or from other material, with the competition for original fare proving thinner. As a result, the Original Screenplay category has quietly been one of our favorites, allowing foreign-language films, tiny indies or genre fare to pick up nominations where they'd otherwise have difficulty.

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