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February 17, 2014 | By Chris Lee
In his native England, Steve Coogan is a major comedian, A-list star and perennial bold-faced name known as “ celebrity sinner .” But by Hollywood's constellationary standards, he's been more of a minor satellite: the fifth-billed supporting player in big-budget studio fare such as “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” also known for art house star turns in such movies...
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April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
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December 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Much has been made of Judi Dench's finely nuanced turn in director Stephen Frears' excellent new drama, "Philomena. " But a shout-out too for Steve Coogan, her co-star and the film's co-writer, who adapted Martin Sixsmith's book with Jeff Pope. Most of us first got to know the Brit as a comic force - razor-sharp observations delivered with a dry deadpan for maximum effect. For the stripped-down version of Coogan comedy see the delightful "Trip," for the classic and crazed check out "24 Hour Party People.
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April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Alan Partridge, the British broadcast personality Steve Coogan first brought to life in 1991 on the BBC radio news spoof, "On the Hour," is back. Older, none the wiser, his bloated ego and vast array of insecurities are very much intact. It's not that Partridge ever really disappears for long. The character has continually resurfaced in various incarnations on radio, then TV. Coogan's had a grand time playing with mass media's proclivities as a sportscaster on radio and the TV news parody "The Day Today," as a TV chat-show host on the spoof "Knowing Me, Knowing You," as a reality-esque sitcom star in "I'm Alan Partridge," and most recently as a radio DJ on the Web series "Mid-Morning Matters," which conveniently returns for a new season soon.
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April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
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April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Alan Partridge, the British broadcast personality Steve Coogan first brought to life in 1991 on the BBC radio news spoof, "On the Hour," is back. Older, none the wiser, his bloated ego and vast array of insecurities are very much intact. It's not that Partridge ever really disappears for long. The character has continually resurfaced in various incarnations on radio, then TV. Coogan's had a grand time playing with mass media's proclivities as a sportscaster on radio and the TV news parody "The Day Today," as a TV chat-show host on the spoof "Knowing Me, Knowing You," as a reality-esque sitcom star in "I'm Alan Partridge," and most recently as a radio DJ on the Web series "Mid-Morning Matters," which conveniently returns for a new season soon.
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November 14, 2013 | By John Horn and Amy Kaufman
For all of those teenage boys dying to see Judi Dench playing an elderly Irish woman: Now you don't have to bring your parents to get into "Philomena. " In a victory against the Motion Picture Assn. of America that could be as much publicity win as potential box-office triumph, the Weinstein Co. successfully appealed the R rating given to the Dench movie, which had been handed a PG-13 mark. "Philomena," which stars the Academy Award winner as a mother searching for a son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier, was initially given the restrictive rating because it included more than one utterance of a certain expletive, an automatic trigger in most instances of an R rating.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It's a story so incredible, if it weren't true you wouldn't believe it. An unmarried young woman in Ireland gave birth to a boy in 1952. Sent to have the baby in a convent home, she remained there until her son Anthony was given away against her will at 3 years old, adopted by an American family. She would spend some 50 years with no idea what became of him, while keeping her secret from the family she would start in England. The new film "Philomena," opening Friday in Los Angeles, is based on Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " Starring Steve Coogan as Sixsmith and Judi Dench as Lee, it was written by Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears.
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May 9, 2004
Family adventure (June 16) Walt Disney Pictures With: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile De France, Jim Broadbent, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathy Bates, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Rob Schneider The idea: London inventor Phileas Fogg has less than three months to circumnavigate the globe and win an outlandish bet.
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November 4, 2004 | Susan King
Shrek 2 Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz DreamWorks, $25 In the three years since "Shrek," the 3-D animation technique has improved by leaps and bounds. The characters are more lifelike than ever -- you can count the hairs on Shrek's chest. On the DVD, out Friday, even the animated menu featuring the main characters is clever, making especially good use of Eddie Murphy's wisecracking Donkey.
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February 17, 2014 | By Chris Lee
In his native England, Steve Coogan is a major comedian, A-list star and perennial bold-faced name known as “ celebrity sinner .” But by Hollywood's constellationary standards, he's been more of a minor satellite: the fifth-billed supporting player in big-budget studio fare such as “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” also known for art house star turns in such movies...
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January 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Grammy Awards are first and foremost a celebration of pop music, but Sunday night's ceremony also had copious connections to the world of movies. Here's a look at some of the subtle and shameless film hyping, trailer dropping and Oscar campaigning. The evening's first two presenters were a past and a present Oscar nominee: Anna Kendrick, nominated for her supporting role in "Up in the Air" in 2010, and Pharrell Williams, nominated this year for the original song "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2. " When the behatted Williams asked Kendrick whether she had any Oscar  advice for him, she replied, "Don't lose.
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January 24, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES When Calls the Heart A mute girl whose father died in the mining accident goes missing. Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow star. 9 p.m. Hallmark Black Sails This new series is set 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island.
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December 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Much has been made of Judi Dench's finely nuanced turn in director Stephen Frears' excellent new drama, "Philomena. " But a shout-out too for Steve Coogan, her co-star and the film's co-writer, who adapted Martin Sixsmith's book with Jeff Pope. Most of us first got to know the Brit as a comic force - razor-sharp observations delivered with a dry deadpan for maximum effect. For the stripped-down version of Coogan comedy see the delightful "Trip," for the classic and crazed check out "24 Hour Party People.
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December 5, 2013 | By Steve Coogan / “Philomena”
In 2009, I was sitting in my flat in New York on stand-by, playing Part No. 4 in yet another studio film. In the U.K. my career was healthy, but I was typecast and a little frustrated. An agent I'd just fired decided to dent my confidence by telling me that another hotshot agent had said of me, "I wish I'd gotten hold of Steve Coogan when he was 35. " I was nearly 44. I decided to experiment: I would ignore all the professional advice I was getting, like, "Steve, you need to be in a frat-boy comedy," and I would find a project and pursue it just because I wanted to. No advice, no market research, no focus groups - just something that spoke to me. I came across an article in the Guardian online titled "The Catholic Church Sold My Child.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It's a story so incredible, if it weren't true you wouldn't believe it. An unmarried young woman in Ireland gave birth to a boy in 1952. Sent to have the baby in a convent home, she remained there until her son Anthony was given away against her will at 3 years old, adopted by an American family. She would spend some 50 years with no idea what became of him, while keeping her secret from the family she would start in England. The new film "Philomena," opening Friday in Los Angeles, is based on Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " Starring Steve Coogan as Sixsmith and Judi Dench as Lee, it was written by Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears.
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May 23, 2013 | By Susan King
"Philomena," the latest film from Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “The Grifters”), has been acquired by Weinstein Co. for distribution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain after a bidding war with several studios. The announcement was made Thursday from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Seven minutes of the film, which stars Oscar-winner Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) and Steve Coogan (“Tropic Thunder,” “Night at the Museum”)
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March 27, 2005 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
Steve COOGAN remembers what it was like to be an Irish Catholic lad in Manchester, England, hearing what Los Angeles was like from an older sister who'd crossed the Atlantic. "She said, 'I've seen a world where you get hot pizzas delivered to your door! And people go out for breakfast!' " Coogan said recently as he ate lunch on the Sunset Strip, at Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian Hotel. "We thought this was something from the future."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By John Horn and Amy Kaufman
For all of those teenage boys dying to see Judi Dench playing an elderly Irish woman: Now you don't have to bring your parents to get into "Philomena. " In a victory against the Motion Picture Assn. of America that could be as much publicity win as potential box-office triumph, the Weinstein Co. successfully appealed the R rating given to the Dench movie, which had been handed a PG-13 mark. "Philomena," which stars the Academy Award winner as a mother searching for a son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier, was initially given the restrictive rating because it included more than one utterance of a certain expletive, an automatic trigger in most instances of an R rating.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
TORONTO -- The true story of a woman searching for the son that Catholic nuns forced her to relinquish shortly after his birth in 1952 wouldn't seem, on the face of it, to be a laugh riot. And yet, "Philomena," starring Judi Dench as the mother and Steve Coogan as a reporter helping her sift through five decades of lost leads, dead ends and uncooperative church authorities, scored as much laughter as any film playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. "It's strange because it's not a comedy, but it's a lot funnier than a lot of supposed comedies," says Coogan, who co-wrote the movie with Jeff Pope.
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