"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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"I think it's disgusting that someone like Hugh Grant can dictate what newspapers say." The Fall rocker Mark E. Smith is sickened by a campaign to reform the British press, which is spearheaded by actors Grant and Steve Coogan.
British comic Lenny Henry has accused bosses of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards of failing to recognise talented black Brits. Stars including Olivia Colman, Sheridan Smith, Steve Coogan and Ben Whishaw were honoured in the acting categories at the annual event, held on Sunday (12May13) in London.
Henry has pointed out that ethnic actors, writers and directors missed out on being nominated for any trophies, and insists channel executives should make sure British TV is more diverse.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "There weren't any black people at the BAFTAs - there was no black talent. What's the matter with those people? What were the judges doing?
"There are just not enough programmes with black people in them. In 200 years' time, our children are going to look back to now and say, 'Remember that really weird period when there weren't any black people in any programmes?'
"It's unthinkable, but now we're having to live through it. We're in this slow, idling process towards change. I'm working on things and trying to bring about change, but I can't do it all on my own.
"We need to invest in these programmes, in rainbow casting, in all of the great black writers, producers and directors who make these programmes.
"And these shouldn't just be niche programmes, they must be about things we can all to relate to. We're an inclusive nation. It's time to make some inclusive programmes. Frankly, it's just ignorance from the top down."
Jaden Smith, spawn of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, turns 15 on July 8 and wants a whopper of a present: independence. Will Smith tells U.K. newspaper The Sun that his son wants to be emancipated from his parents. "He says, 'Dad, I want to be emancipated,'" Smith says. "I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place."
Smith the Elder, notorious for his laissez-faire child-rearing, tells The Sun, "We generally don’t believe in punishment … The rule in our house is you can do anything that you want and we don’t pull the parent card until danger is involved."
And in keeping with that philosophy, he seems to be weighing the pros and cons of his son's request. "That’s the backlash," he says. "On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand."
Smith may understand, but we don't. In California, the court will only grant minors emancipation if said emancipation is in their "best interest." Minors must also be at least 14 years old, financially independent, and living apart from their parents with parental permission. The latter stipulations seem to fit Smith the Younger's scenario, but arguing that emancipation from Will and Jada would be in Jaden's "best interest" will be a hard sell. California's Coogan Law already ensures that 15% of Jaden's money is put into a trust his parents can't touch and it's clear the Smith parents aren't hindering Jaden's career.
So what it all comes down to is that Jaden wants a swingin' bachelor pad where he and Justin Bieber can make terrible rap videos. But, as far as we can tell, that doesn't break Smith's danger rule — so why the emancipation?
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Actress Romola Garai stunned U.K. TV viewers on Sunday night (12May13) by graphically detailing the recent birth of her baby as she prepared to hand over a trophy at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards. The Atonement star and her actor partner Sam Hoare became parents earlier this year (13), and Garai made a post-baby appearance at the prizegiving in London.
She took to the stage to announce the nominees for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme - and the 30 year old shocked the star-studded crowd by opening up about the arrival of her child.
Garai declared, "After the recent birth of my child, I had the misfortune of having 23 stitches in my vagina. So I didn't think I'd be laughing at anything for a long time - but tonight's nominees have proved me wrong."
Funnyman Steve Coogan won the prize for his role in Welcome to the Places of My Life.
Actress Olivia Colman was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (12May13) after picking up two trophies. The Iron Lady star took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for Accused and Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve.
Praising her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis during her second trip to the podium, she joked, "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."
A tearful Sheridan Smith struggled to contain her emotions at the London ceremony as she picked up the Lead Actress trophy for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the notorious Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Funnyman Steve Coogan won Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life, while Ben Whishaw took home the Best Actor award for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).
Comedy legend Michael Palin was presented with a Bafta Fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, and said of his prize, "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."
Popular TV series Game of Thrones was crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner and talk show host Graham Norton, who hosted the event at the Royal Festival Hall, landed Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton show.
British actress Anna Friel asked male crewmembers to strip off while she filmed a nude scene for new movie The Look Of Love. The Pushing Daisies star plays Jean Raymond, the wife of British porn baron Paul Bradley, opposite funnyman Steve Coogan, and she strips off for a number of saucy scenes.
Friel reveals the female stars of the film had to shed their clothes in front of a mostly male crew, so she urged the men to join in by also getting naked.
She tells Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "It was a mostly male crew and the women were naked. The men are very, very much dressed! I proposed that it would be very funny if all the men got naked but it didn't happen... The scene I did was a true life thing so I had to just be as nonchalant as Jean was - it was a very closed set."
If you had to choose between Girls, Game of Thrones, and Homeland, which one would you say is your favorite show? We know, this is tough question. The shows are all equally entertaining, but in very different ways. These and other series have been pitted against each other in the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards (put out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) international category. Up against Danish/Swedish crime drama The Bridge, only one of these four shows can come out the winner. Which one will it be?
See the full list of 2013 BAFTA Television nominees below.
2013 BAFTA TV Nominees:
LEADING ACTOR:Ben Whishaw, Richard II (The Hollow Crown)Derek Jacobi, Last Tango In Halifax Sean Bean, Accused (Tracie’s Story)Toby Jones, The Girl
LEADING ACTRESS:Anne Reid, Last Tango In Halifax Rebecca Hall, Parade’s End Sheridan Smith, Mrs Biggs Sienna Miller, The Girl
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Peter Capaldi, The Hour Stephen Graham, Accused (Tracie’s Story) Harry Lloyd, The Fear Simon Russell Beale, Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anastasia Hille, The Fear Imelda Staunton, The Girl Olivia Colman, Accused (Mo’s Story) Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango In Halifax
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE:Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man Ant and Dec, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Show
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Jessica Hynes, Twenty Twelve Julia Davis, HunderbyMiranda Hart, Miranda Olivia Colman, Twenty Twelve
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM:Greg Davies, Cuckoo Hugh Bonneville, Twenty Twelve PeterCapaldi, The Thick Of It Steve Coogan, Welcome To The Places Of My Life
SINGLE DRAMA :Everyday, Revolution Films/Channel 4 The Girl, Wall to Wall/BBC Two Murder, Touchpaper TV/BBC Two Richard II(Hollow Crown), Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen/BBC Two
MINI-SERIES:Accused, RSJ Films/BBC One Mrs Biggs, ITV Studios/ITV Parade’s End, Mammoth Screen/BBC Two Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions/BBC Four
DRAMA SERIES:Last Tango In Halifax, Red Production Company/BBC One Ripper Street, Tiger Aspect Productions/BBC One Scott And Bailey, Red Production Company/ITV Silk, BBC Productions/BBC One
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA: Coronation Street EastEnders Emmerdale Shameless
INTERNATIONAL:The BridgeGame of ThronesGirlsHomeland
FACTUAL SERIES:24 Hours In A&E, Garden Productions/Channel 4Great Ormond Street, Films of Record/BBC TwoMake Bradford British, Love Productions/Channel 4Our War, BBC Productions/BBC Three
SPECIALIST FACTUAL:All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry, Seneca Productions/Channel 4The Plane Crash, Dragonfly Productions, MAP TV/Channel 4The Plot To Bring Down Britain’s Planes, Raw TV/Channel 4The Secret History Of Our Streets, Century Films, Halcyons Heart Films/BBC Two
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY:7/7: One Day In London, Minnow Films/BBC TwoBaka: A Cry From The Rainforest, River Films/BBC TwoLucian Freud: Painted Life, Blakeway Productions/BBC TwoNina Conti – A Ventriloquist’s Story: Her Master’s Voice, Nina Conti in association with the BBC/BBC Four
FEATURESBank Of Dave, Finestripe Productions/Channel 4Grand Designs, Boundless/Channel 4The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions/BBC TwoPaul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, Shiver/ITV
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL:The Audience, The Garden Productions/Channel 4I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, ITV Studios/ITVMade In Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom/E4The Young Apprentice, Boundless Productions/BBC One
CURRENT AFFAIRS:Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis(Panorama Special), Genie Pictures Ltd/BBC OneThe Other Side Of Jimmy Savile(Exposure), ITV Studios/ITVThe Shame Of The Catholic Church(This World), BBC Northern Ireland/BBC TwoWhat Killed Arafat?(Al Jazeera Investigates), Al Jazeera English/Al Jazeera English
NEWS COVERAGE:BBC News At Ten: Syria, BBC News/BBC One & BBC News ChannelChannel 4 News: Battle For Homs, ITN/Channel 4Hillsborough – The Truth At Last(Granada Reports), ITV Granada/ITV
SPORT & LIVE EVENT:The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday, BBC Sport/BBC OneThe London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle Of Wonder, Done & Dusted/BBC OneThe London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sunset & Vine, IMG/Channel 4Wimbledon 2012 – Men’s Final, BBC Sport/BBC One
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM:Dynamo Magician Impossible, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Inner Circle Films/WatchThe Graham Norton Show, So Television/BBC OneHave I Got News For You, Hat Trick Productions/BBC OneA League Of Their Own, CPL Productions/Sky One
COMEDY PROGRAM:Cardinal Burns, Left Bank Pictures/E4Mr Stink, BBC Productions in association with Bert Productions/BBC OneThe Revolution Will Be Televised, Hat Trick Productions/BBC ThreeWelcome To The Places Of My Life, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic
SITUATION COMEDY: Episodes, Hat Trick Productions/BBC TwoHunderby, Baby Cow/Sky Atlantic The Thick Of It, BBC Productions/BBC Two Twenty Twelve, BBC Productions/BBC Two
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