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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: 'Philomena' Is A Triumph

If you were seeking a guaranteed recipe for box-office success, casting Judi Dench as a sweet little old Irish lady trying to track down the son she was forced into giving up for adoption decades earlier sounds like the winning ingredient. Add in Steve Coogan as an acerbic British journalist enlisted in her search, helping to steer the story away from the swamp of sentiment, and the fact that it's based on a true story, and you have Stephen Frears' triumphant, warm-hearted crowd-pleaser "Philomena".
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 31, 2013 6:34 AM
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Trailer Watch: Stephen Frears' 'Philomena,' Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

Check out the first trailer for Stephen Frears' "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The film, based on a true story, centers on Philomena Lee (Dench) who embarks with a political jouranalist (Coogan) on a journey through America to discover the truth about her son, who was taken away from her as a baby.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 12, 2013 1:17 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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First Look: Two Julianne Moore Flicks, 'The English Teacher' and 'What Maisie Knew' Hit Screens in May

Julianne Moore is on a roll, winning a Primetime Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a miniseries or television movie for her ringer portrayal of Sarah Palin in "Game Change." And the actress has two movies coming out in May—a loosely adapted Henry James novel called "What Maisie Knew" and "The English Teacher."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • March 13, 2013 6:38 AM
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Sundance: IFC Films Picks Up Michael Winterbottom's 'Look of Love'

IFC Films has taken North American rights from Studio Canal to Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," which premiered January 19 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2013 11:55 AM
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Sundance Sex in Cinema: Gordon-Levitt's 'Jon Don's Addiction,' Winterbottom's 'The Look of Love'

Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love" is hardly the most daring of the sexually explicit movies on display at Sundance this year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt made his debut as writer-director with "Don Jon's Addiction," a New York blue collar comedy in the vein of "Saturday Night Fever" in which JGL's version of Tony Manero is a bartender who hangs with his posse at clubs on the prowl for high-rated pussy (her face is a 9, her tits are a 4 etc.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2013 1:49 PM
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In the Works: Stephen Frears to Direct 'Philomena,' Starring Coogan and Dench

Stephen Frears has signed on to direct the Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope-penned "Philomena," a mother-son drama starring Coogan and Judi Dench. The script is an adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee," and follows the true story of Sixsmith's wife's search for the son she gave up for adoption.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 4:23 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Ruby Sparks' is Hipster Pygmalion with Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

Fox Searchlight reveals the poster, promo photos, and a trailer (posted below) for their latest quirky number - "Ruby Sparks" - with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "Ruby Sparks" tells what amounts to a hipster pygmalion: a young novelist (Dano) suffers from writer's block and love life woes, until he starts to write a character so adorable that she manifests.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 10:58 AM
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