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'Trip to Italy' Star Rob Brydon to Host BAFTA LA's Britannias on October 30, BAFTA Awards Timetable

Are you a fan of "The Trip" or "Trip to Italy?" Welsh comedian Rob Brydon costars in these Michael Winterbottom road trip comedies with Steve Coogan, and both are hilarious. There's something authentic and yet well-performed about the setup--two old actor friends go along on a food trip, competing for the attention of various tablemates and women. Sometimes they annoy us and each other, but more often they amuse. Brydon did so well last year hosting the annual BAFTA LA's Britannia awards--which are well attended by various awards contenders every fall--that the BAFTAs are bringing him back for a second time around.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 3:36 PM
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SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: 'Trip to Italy' and 'Frank' Best of New Sundance-Premiered Openers as 'Life After Beth' Lags

Three high-profile Sundance 2014 films top the grosses for this week's specialized openers. Comedy "The Trip to Italy" (IFC) and music drama "Frank" (Magnolia) fared best in theaters only--from distributors who often use day-and-date Video on Demand avenues. A third, zombie flick "Life After Beth" (A24), which has been viewable on Direct TV for the past month, opened soft in two prime bicoastal locations.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 12:58 PM
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WATCH: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Skewer 'The Dark Knight Rises' and Give Us More Michael Caine

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's Michael Caine bonanza from Michael Winterbottom's 2010 series-turned-feature "The Trip" is now the stuff of impression legend. With the sequel, "The Trip to Italy," arriving in theaters soon, the second season of the series is also unspooling; watch a clip below from Episode One where Coogan and Brydon do Caine as butler Alfred -- and then mimic the whole unintelligible "Dark Knight Rises" family, including Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as Bane.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 1:11 PM
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IFC Films Nabs Winterbottom's Coogan Sequel 'The Trip to Italy'

IFC Films has landed US rights to Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip to Italy," a follow-up to 2010 hit "The Trip," starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Coogan and Brydon are reteaming for this new film, which is currently in production in Italy. No word yet on whether there will be any Michael Caine imitation face-offs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 12:15 PM
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