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Interview: Michael Winterbottom Talks Reteaming With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon For 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2014 3:25 PM
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The Trip to Italy
Michael Winterbottom has had one of the most diverse and unpredictable careers of any director working: across 22 films in 20 years, he’s tackled virtually every genre, with films set all over the world, working with everyone from A-list stars like Angelina Jolie, to non-professional actors. And this year, unexpectedly, he’s made his first sequel.

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

11 Films To See In August

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • August 1, 2014 2:03 PM
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10 Films To See In August
So, another year, another month of August to end the summer movie season with a whimper, amirite? Perhaps, but we here at The Playlist took the tagline to “American Beauty,” way back in 1999, to heart… look closer. There’s still plenty of McMovies to clog your cinematic arteries, but sometimes, those blockbusters are tasty. And if you step outside of the multiplex, there are plenty more movies that give you a more healthy, balanced cinematic diet.

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.

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.

The 30 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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2014: Sundance Most Anticipated
So yes, tomorrow brings the Oscar nominations (and you can take a look at our predictions one last time here). But if there were ever any doubt, there's a double reason that tomorrow might be the biggest day of the year in the movie calendar, because in a piece of scheduling that's somewhat infuriating to those of us who like sleeping occasionally, Thursday also marks the start of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Thirty years on from its founding, Robert Redford's little Utah get-together remains the premier venue for American independent film, and while the quality of the line-up remains... inconsistent, it also invariably sees the arrival of a whole host of movies that will be talked about for the twelve months that follow.

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.

Watch: 5 Great Impressions From 'The Trip' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon As IFC Picks Up Sequel 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 11:11 AM
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Has it really been that long? It was two years ago that Michael Winterbottom's hilarious "The Trip" hit theaters, landing on our feature The Best Films Of 2011...So Far list, and indeed was a highlight for the entire year for many Playlist staffers. The road trip comedy paired real-life pals Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves, traveling through the British countryside, with the former on assignment doing restaurant reviews. But it was really just an excuse for the pair to improvise, talk, squabble, deliver endlessly quotable one-liners, and perform a string of celebrity impressions. Talk has been brewing for a while now of a follow-up, and it's now officially happening.

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