Are you ready for a Philomena reunion? Good, because English actor, writer, and comedian Steve Coogan (Philomena) is reuniting with his old Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope to tackle the screenplay for The Lost King, a new drama/comedy from Philomena director Stephen Frears. Will Dame Judi Dench, who actually played the titular Philomena, eventually get involved and make this reunion even more robust? One can only hope.
As for The Lost King, the film is based on the true story of the unlikely discovery of King Richard III’s remains, which were discovered by an amateur sleuth who, after years of research, realized that he was buried under a modern day parking lot. Read More »
Few could have guessed that a simple BBC travelogue series that followed two British comedians riffing and doing Michael Caine impressions would take off, but the Trip movies have been a comforting part of our pop culture landscape for the past decade. Like a warm blanket. Or a nicely grilled scallop. For 10 years, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been traveling across Europe, feasting on local delicacies while exchanging hilarious banter and ponderous musings about life and aging. It’s a formula that has worked for the past three movies, and which director Michael Winterbottom repeats again with a heavier dose of melancholy in The Trip to Greece.
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Gentlemen to bed! For the hilarious semi-fictionalized food tour led by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon is coming to an end. Coogan and Brydon reprise their roles as fictionalized versions of themselves for the last time in The Trip to Greece, the fourth and final film in Michael Winterbottom’s comedy series following the two comedians as they eat and joke their way through Europe. Watch The Trip to Greece trailer below.
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Since 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been playing versions of themselves in director Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip franchise, cracking wise and eating their way across some of the world’s most beautiful countries. Now, ten years after their journey commenced, the unlikely series continues with a brand new sequel called The Trip to Greece. IFC Films has released a new clip from the upcoming movie version, in which Brydon takes a musical approach to the duo’s location. Read More »
It’s time to pack up to head for the sunny shores of Greece, because Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for a fourth The Trip installment. The incandescently great British sitcom in which Coogan and Brydon play exaggerated versions of themselves while eating delicious food is back for The Trip to Greece, which has begun filming this week. Coogan and Brydon are both returning, hopefully with a few new Michael Caine impressions up their sleeves.
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There are few things more satisfying than having modern-day actors pay worthy tribute to their legendary predecessors, and the easily lovable biopic Stan & Ollie, from director Jon S. Baird, is almost nothing but that, with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly (along with some awards-worthy makeup) portraying arguably the greatest comedy duo in film history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
The movie documents a period in the later years of their career, during which the two are having less success in motion pictures, so they are forced to take their show on the road, for a series of live theater performances across the United Kingdom. The tour—as well as their advanced age and failing health—takes a toll on them and their decades-long friendship, but with the help of devoted fans and their loving wives (played by Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda), the team keeps their work alive and thriving.
/Film spoke to both Coogan and Reilly recently about the grueling rehearsal and choreography that went into playing these iconic roles, as well as their deep devotion to getting these characterizations correct, especially for the benefit of the die-hard fans. First up is the Oscar-nominated (for writing and producing Philomena) Steve Coogan, who began his long career in comedy playing the sniveling radio/TV personality Alan Partridge, but maybe most beloved worldwide for The Trip series of films (three and counting), with fellow actor Rob Brydon, during which the pair drive and eat across different exotic locations in Europe, under the direction of Michael Winterbottom. Stan & Ollie has been in limited release since late last year and is now open wide.
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This weekend brings Stan and Ollie to select theaters in New York and Los Angeles before the film expands in the coming weeks. There has been plenty of praise for the film, especially when it comes to the lead performances by John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, but if you need to be convinced to see this story about the later years of the classic comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy, a new batch of clips should do the trick.
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If there was any doubt that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly could do justice to the legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, that doubt is cast aside by the latest clip released from the biopic Stan & Ollie. The two comedy actors do their darndest to respectfully portray two of the most famous comedians of all times, the Classic Hollywood film legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the newest Stan and Ollie clip, which features Coogan and Reilly giving an impressive show of physical comedy.
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Laurel & Hardy were one of the most famous duos of all time. While their antics on-screen were light, fun and hilarious, behind the scenes, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had some serious drama between them as they came to terms with the end of their careers. That’s what the new biopic Stan & Ollie focuses on, following the duo (played by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly respectively) as they embark on a variety show tour in the United Kingdom in 1953, and a new featurette takes a closer look at this touching story.
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Stan and Ollie isn’t your normal biopic. Instead, the film covers a specific period of time – namely, the 1953 UK tour of famed comedians Laurel and Hardy. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly play Laurel and Hardy, and both appear to have disappeared into their respective roles. Watch the latest Stan and Ollie trailer below.
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