These days, it’s entirely possible that there are people under the age of 30 who’ve never heard of them. They’re never on TV, aren’t feted in retrospectives like Buster Keaton or the Marx Brothers, and some critics have even gone so far as to dismiss their comedy as simplistic slapstick. Big mistake, because at their best Stan and Ollie were nothing short of sublime. They had a comic chemistry that verged on the poetic, the pratfall routines orchestrated by Stan Laurel were note-perfect absurdist ballets, and there was something touching about the way the boys, battle though they might, ultimately depended on each other. This elusive magic is beautifully captured by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly in Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie, a warm-hearted biopic that finds the boys in the twilight of their careers. No prizes for guessing who plays who. It’s 1952, their glory days are long gone, and Laurel and Hardy have arrived in northern England to begin a … [Read more...] about Stan & Ollie review: ‘Elusive magic is beautifully captured by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly in warm-hearted biopic’
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Steve Coogan is helping pay for people to travel from Manchester to London to join a march in support of the referendum on the final Brexit deal. The comedian is among a list of celebrities who have agreed to donate at least £1,000 each for coach travel for protesters later this month. ‘March for the Future‘, organised by the People's Vote Campaign, will take place on Saturday, October 20. The event has been billed by organisers as 'the most important protest of our generation'. Coogan was a vocal Remainer in the run up to the EU Referendum in 2016. His donation, along with cash from fellow funnyman Patrick Kielty, will help pay for Manchester protesters to travel to London. Author Ian McEwan, actor Sir Patrick Stewart and TV chef Delia Smith are also on the list of sponsors for the rest of the UK. Campaigners are hoping at least 100,000 people will show up for the march, which takes place two days after the scheduled deadline for the Brexit deal to be signed with the … [Read more...] about Steve Coogan is funding anti-Brexit coaches to the People’s Vote march in London
Life by Press Association August 24, 2018, 1:10 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Steve Coogan has said he may not have returned to playing Alan Partridge if he had not made the film Philomena. Coogan reprised the character, who debuted on the BBC more than 20 years ago, in 2010 with a range of online short videos, before later appearing in a Sky programme and then feature film Alpha Papa in 2013. The inept presenter will next be seen in a new BBC series, This Time With Alan Partridge, but the more recent revival of the popular character may not have happened were it not for 2013 drama film Philomena, which Coogan co-produced, co-wrote and starred in. Coogan told the Edinburgh TV Festival, of the decision to bring Partridge back: “Alan went through a strange gestation – there are a lot of things to say about Alan. “Funnily enough, I wouldn’t have been enthusiastic about Alan had I not had my Philomena … [Read more...] about Steve Coogan: Philomena made me enthusiastic about Alan Partridge again
AS Alan Partridge fans know, the iconic character has been on our TV screens for over 25 years. But what are Alan's best sayings and quotes and how come he was even invented? Here's the lowdown... Who is Alan Partridge? Alan Partridge is a fictional character who is played by English comedian Steve Coogan. Alan is a tactless TV and radio host who often says insulting remarks to his guests and is described by Steve as a “Little Englander, with right-wing values and poor taste.” The character has been the focus of three TV series - Knowing Me, Knowing You, as well as I'm Alan Partridge and Mid Morning Matters. He also spawned a 2013 film, Alan Partridge, Alpha Papa, which showed the star caught up in a radio station siege. What are Alan Partridge's best sayings and quotes? When he described his appearance “My face was designed as a leisure accessory.” When he critiqued the art on display at his Travel Tavern “There’s never any graffiti in the … [Read more...] about What are Alan Partridge’s best sayings and quotes, when did Steve Coogan invent him and what gave him the idea?
Paul Rudd stars as hilarious new guardian Paul in comedy Ideal Home, alongside Steve Coogan. Comedy superstars Coogan and Rudd) star as a bickering couple who have to deal with a serious reality check, when a long lost grandson, Bill, shows up looking for his family. In the new exclusive clip, Paul is blindsided by his new responsibilities as he tries to ensure a healthy meal for Bill. They end up with a takeaway from Taco Bell, with Bill looking less than impressed at Paul’s efforts. After being thrust into parenthood, the couple soon realise that their lavish – perhaps eclectic – lifestyle is at odds with the responsibility. But, initially resistant to the task at hand, the trio soon form an unbreakable bond that will soon be tested as Bill’s father warns he will want his son back upon his release from jail. Alan Partridge actor Coogan was honoured at the end of last year with a BBC special about his life and career. Alan Partridge: Why, … [Read more...] about Paul Rudd stars alongside Steve Coogan in new comedy Ideal Home