Italian movie Sacro Gra has become the first-ever documentary to win the coveted Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival after seeing off competition from a number of Hollywood offerings. The event's top trophy was handed out on Saturday (07Sep13) and Sacro GRA's win also marked the first time an Italian project has won the prize in 15 years.
The documentary, by filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi, beat out a number of notable entries, including Stephen Frears' Philomena, starring Dame Judi Dench, which took the Best Screenplay award for writer Steve Coogan.
Scarlett Johansson's Under The Skin, Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon, Zac Efron's Parkland and Nicolas Cage film Joe all failed to win any prizes in the competition.
The Silver Lion trophy for best director went to Greek moviemaker Alexandros Avranas for his drama Miss Violence, while the film's star, Themis Panou, was named best actor.
The Jury Grand Prize went to retiring Chinese director Tsai Ming-Liang's Stray Dogs and the Special Jury Prize was awarded to Philip Groning's The Police Officer's Wife.
British actor James Buckley failed to land a role in Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge movie after falling apart with nerves during his audition. The Inbetweeners star was invited to read for a part in the comedy character's big screen debut, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which opened at the top of the U.K. box office last weekend (09-11Aug13).
However, the read-through proved too much for Buckley, who is a huge fan of Coogan's work.
Telling fans of his embarrassing time in front of the film's producers, the star writes in a post on Twitter.com, "I read for a part in Alpha Papa. Embarrassingly I'm such a Coogan geek I was literally starstruck of the script (sic). Was V (very) nervous, I wasn't cast."
The film co-stars Sean Pertwee and Colm Meaney.
Steve Coogan's comic creation Alan Partridge has been propelled to movie star status by securing the top spot at the U.K. box office chart in his first ever big screen outing. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which features the actor as a local radio/TV personality, shot to the number one spot after taking in $3.3 million (£2.2 million) in its opening weekend (09-11Aug13).
Partridge saw off competition from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which fell just short of the comedy's $3.3 million (£2.2 million) earnings, ahead of Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2, which took $3.2 million (£2.1 million).
The top five is rounded out by horror The Conjuring with $2.4 million (£1.6 million) and The Lone Ranger, which limped into the chart in fifth place with disappointing takings of $2 million (£1.3 million).
Johnny Depp's Western previously flopped in North America and the actor blamed bad reviews for discouraging cinema-goers.
British comic Steve Coogan has blasted A-list stars who apologise after they are caught misbehaving, insisting he will never publicly repent for any indiscretions in his personal life. The actor has helped lead a campaign for harsher regulations governing the U.K. media on behalf of celebrities who had their voicemail accessed by a private investigator working for now-defunct tabloid the News of the World.
Coogan himself has come under intense scrutiny by the press for his private affairs, including a 2005 fling with rocker Courtney Love, but he is adamant famous faces should not have to explain their actions to fans.
He tells Britain's Radio Times, "When my life has been the subject of tabloid intrusion, what I have never done is get engaged in justifying myself. Celebrities who go round apologising are pitiful, and don't do themselves any favours. They shouldn't have to justify themselves on these preconceived, pious, sanctimonious projections of the slightly antiquated morality of these tabloid newspapers."
The Tropic Thunder star is also adamant he has never courted publicity, adding, "I don't talk about my personal life, I don't go in Hello! magazine to get a free kitchen because I show them my kitchen. I like to be creative, but I'm not interested in being recognised."
Steve Coogan headed to the English city of Norwich on Wednesday (24Jul13) to premiere his new movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in the region where the comedy is set. The funnyman has brought his beloved creation out of retirement for the new film and he agreed to host the world premiere in Norwich following a campaign from locals, who wanted the screening to be held in the city's rundown Anglia Square instead of London's glittering Leicester Square.
Coogan was greeted by crowds of cheering fans on the red carpet outside the budget Hollywood cinema before boarding a helicopter back to London for the film's swanky premiere in the U.K. capital later in the evening.
Speaking in character as Partridge before his trip to Norwich, Coogan joked that he asked the midwives of St Mary's Hospital in London to "put gentle but respectful pressure" on Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to give birth before the premiere to avoid overshadowing his big day.
The royal baby was born on Monday (22Jul13). Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa hits cinemas in the U.K. on 7 August (13).
British funnyman Steve Coogan is to premiere his new movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in the city where the film is set. Coogan will attend the world premiere in Norwich, England on 24 July (13) before screening the film again in London later that day.
"She was only fif... teen... years... old."
Perhaps the most iconic piece of dialogue in contemporary international cinema, depicting the climactic, shuddering horror in a man's descent from glory to grief. The philistines will no doubt associate this phrase with its origin in the '69 crime epic The Italian Job. But those with a more sophisticated palette will recognize the most artistic recitation of this line as that belonging to Michael Winterbottom's The Trip: a meandering wonder of nuanced comedy that starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves on a tasting tour throughout England. After feasting primarily on their own senses of self-aggrandizement, Steve and Rob will return again for another road comedy send-up in The Trip to Italy, which Deadline reports has just been picked up for American distribution by IFC Films.
The Trip is one of those rare gems that was perfect in its individual form but whose characters and style are entirely condusive to another round of comedy. There are always more movies to quote and impressions to duel over. And now that Steve and Rob are high-tailing it to Italy, we wonder which residents of the boot will receive the Michael Caine treatment?
The obvious first choices are Robert De Niro and Al Pacino (impersonated in The Trip), but what about some authentic first generation Italians? Roberto Benigni, Isabella Rosellini, and Joel McHale (hey, he was born in Rome)? We look forward to each and every one of the pithy, passive-aggressive conversations shared by the contentious comedians in The Trip to Italy. And yes, we'll even take another round of nothing but Caine-isms.
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British funnyman Steve Coogan has signed a deal to recount his life story in an autobiography. The Night at the Museum star previously published spoof memoirs by his famous comedy character Alan Partridge, but he has now decided to put pen to paper to write an account of his real life.
Coogan says of the project, "I'm delighted to be writing my memoir. It promises to be a sojourn through the faltering first steps of a lower middle-class boy who watched television to the dizzy heights of a man who achieved not only a multi-BAFTA-winning status on television, but also became fully middle-class and managed to annoy (British newspaper) the Daily Mail at the same time. Wow."
The book is slated for release in autumn 2014.
Oh, those Brits. We know that our friends across the pond like their dry humor almost as much as they like their tea. And while you've probably seen English comedian Steve Coogan in movies such as Night at the Museum and Tropic Thunder, you may not be familiar with his most famous character, radio host Alan Partridge.
The incompetent DJ has been popular in the UK for over 20 years, starred in multiple radio and TV shows, and now he's getting his shot at the big screen. The full trailer has been released for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which finds Alan trying to negotiate with his former coworker who has taken over the radio station after he gets fired. As you can see, Alan's not the most reliable person to handle such a delicate situation, but watching him try is pretty hilarious. The film hits theaters (or cinemas, as the Brits say) in the UK on Aug. 7.
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