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WATCH: First Clip from Stephen Frears' Oscar Hopeful 'Philomena,' with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 3, 2013 at 12:57PM

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.
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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'

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 film stars Judi Dench as an Irish woman looking for the son she gave up for adoption years before, and Steve Coogan as a political journalist enlisted in her search.

The Weinstein Company has slated this Oscar hopeful for a December 25 stateside release. Frears' "The Queen" (2006) was nominated for six Oscars including best picture and director, and Helen Mirren won best actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II. 

Check out our TOH! review of "Philomena" from Venice here, and watch the clip below, in which Dench and Coogan get nitpicky about buffet food.

This article is related to: Philomena, The Weinstein Company, Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Stephen Frears, Venice Film Festival, Clips, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.