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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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Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. This year they went overboard for the home team.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 4:28 PM
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WATCH: Deleted Musical Number from Steve Coogan's 'The Trip' (NSFW)

Not to put too fine a point on it, in Monty Python style, the refrain of this profane Steve Coogan musical number cut from "The Trip" is "everyone is a bit of a c..t sometimes." It's funny.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 4:48 PM
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Steve Coogan and Philomena Lee Meet the Pope, 'Philomena' to Screen in the Vatican

Talk about Oscar campaigning. 80-year-old Philomena Lee, whose son was sold for adoption by nuns in 1955 and whose tearjerking story is front and center in current Best Picture Oscar contender "Philomena," has met with Pope Francis in Rome. Lee was accompanied on her papal visit by her daughter and actor Steve Coogan, who co-stars and also wrote the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2014 1:29 PM
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Consolata Boyle Talks 'Philomena' Costume Design

For Dublin native Consolata Boyle, designing the costumes for the fact-based "Philomena" -- her seventh collaboration with director Stephen Frears -- took on special significance. Certainly it's a powerful story about a mother's search for her long-lost son, amid the appalling revelation of forced adoptions in Ireland. But its greatest artistic appeal came from the witty "Odd Couple" pairing of Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 31, 2013 6:32 PM
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'Philomena,' Harvey Weinstein's Best Oscar Hope, Comes on Strong; Why Coogan Dared to be Sincere

Steve Coogan is full of surprises. As an actor who also writes and produces, we have a sense of him from the roles he plays--he tends to be smart, acerbic, a bit of an asshole. So heart-tuggingly sincere "Philomena," which earned Golden Globes nominations last week for not only Best Drama and Actress Judi Dench but for Coogan and Jeff Pope's screenplay, is not exactly what we expect from him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2013 11:58 AM
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Review and Round-Up: Stephen Frears' Oscar-Friendly 'Philomena' Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (TRAILER)

It's no surprise that the Weinstein Co. is releasing "Philomena," which is one of those movies aimed squarely at the Academy middle. It took a while for writer-producer-star Steve Coogan--who seems to be trying to perform some kind of career rehab by playing a softer-hearted creature than his usual--to persuade Stephen Frears to do the directing honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 4:16 PM
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WATCH: First Clip from Stephen Frears' Oscar Hopeful 'Philomena,' with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

The first clip from Brit director Stephen Frears' dramedy "Philomena," which debuted at Venice to raves and will play TIFF this month, has arrived. The Weinstein Company has slated the film, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for a December 25 stateside release.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 12:57 PM
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