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'Alan Partridge': Steve Coogan tells his bosses to 'just sack Pat' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In Alan Partridge, British actor and comedian Steve Coogan is back at it as everyone’s favorite politically incorrect Norwich radio DJ — only this time, Alan’s days at North Forfolk Digital may be numbered. When a multinational conglomerate buys out Alan’s beloved station with the intent of rebranding it entirely, the locally famous radio personality finds himself fearing for the safety of his job.

It’s every man for himself as Alan pleads with his new bosses to sack his co-worker and fellow DJ, Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney), instead of him. Watch the exclusive clip from Alan Partridge below: READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey, more Oscar nominees reveal the stars who inspired their careers -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday, EW asked Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), and Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) about the people who inspired them in their careers and got them interested in the movies to begin with. From Spencer Tracy to a little-known Egyptian comedian to Monty Python, check out the video to hear more: READ FULL STORY

Steve Coogan's 'Alan Partridge' comes stateside: 'You know who I am' -- VIDEO

Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s narcissistic, vulgar U.K. TV and radio broadcaster alter ego, is finally getting his stateside feature debut after nearly a decade of tantalizing rumors.

Half of you have probably been keen on Partridge for years and will scoff at the insufficient description of the beloved character that’s been around in some form for over two decades. The other half? Maybe you caught some of Partridge on his BBC America show, maybe you heard Coogan and Rob Brydon riff on its lack of U.S. appeal in The Trip and pretended to know about it. Or, maybe you’re just trying to figure out where you’ve heard the name Steve Coogan before. (Lately? Probably Philomena. But really, if you’re here, you know Coogan.)

Regardless of your familiarity with Partridge, Alpha Papa looks like an absolute delight and already opened in the U.K. last summer to very positive reviews. (It currently boasts an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.) In the film, when North Norfolk Digital Radio is taken under siege after a disgruntled ex-employee (Colm Meaney) decides to exact revenge, Coogan’s Partridge is the only person he’ll talk to. He’s also, predictably, the one who got him fired. Check out the spot after the jump.

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Sundance 2014: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cut each other up once more in 'The Trip to Italy'

Fifty years ago (on Feb. 7, 1964, to be precise), the Beatles came to America with a sound so blissful and spangly and new that it would have seemed — still seems — counterintuitive to think how much that sound was influenced by America. The four magical mop tops seemed to relish our rock & roll even more than we did (though, of course, they gave it their own incandescent spin). Mind you, I’m not comparing Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the two brilliantly funny quipster cynics who portray themselves going on a culinary road adventure in The Trip to Italy, to the Beatles (though the barbed cheekiness of these two goes right back to the spirit of the banter in A Hard Day’s Night). But if I can at least make an analogy between comedy and music, Coogan and Brydon, who spend a lot of the film doing their slashing impersonations of Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, and others, appear to be driven by a heightened fixation on the personalities of Hollywood stars that seems at once peculiar to Britain and, just possibly, even more obsessive than our own. READ FULL STORY

Weinstein Company wins appeal to change 'Philomena' rating to PG-13

The MPAA has had a change of heart, and we have James Bond to thank.

The Motion Picture Association of American originally gave the new Stephen Frears-directed film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, an R rating because more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” was used as an expletive in the film. The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, argued the rating should be changed to PG-13 based on the subject matter and context.

“We felt the MPAA had made the wrong decision in handing the film, which has no violence or lewd material and the bare minimum of adult language, an ‘R’ rating,” said Frears. “I am overjoyed they’ve changed their ruling in order to give families like mine an opportunity to see this film together. Now we can let the whole world see it.”

Dench and Coogan made videos parodying Dench’s iconic James Bond character M, to get the rating changed. Coogan, who also co-wrote the film, was on hand at the MPAA hearing in Los Angeles today to speak on the film’s behalf.
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'Philomena' vs. the MPAA: Adam Sandler could be collateral damage -- VIDEO

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The MPAA ratings war over Philomena, the upcoming Judi Dench movie that was tagged with an R-rating for profanity, is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress and co-star Steve Coogan are plotting some double-O shenanigans to put pressure on the movie organization to lighten up and assign them a more box-office-friendly PG-13 rating. It’s a complex and convoluted plan that also might involve killing Adam Sandler.

Click below for the James Bond-inspired video from The Weinstein Company that posted on Funny Or Die:
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'Philomena' trailer: Have you seen Judi Dench's son? -- VIDEO

In Philomena, Steve Coogan’s Martin trades political journalism for human-interest storytelling to help Judi Dench’s title character find the son she put up for adoption decades prior. The quest leads the unlikely duo to America, where it seems they find her long-lost son.

The film, directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity), was a People’s Choice Award runner-up at this month’s Toronto International Festival. Get a sneak peek in the just-released trailer below:
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'Alan Patridge: Alpha Papa' trailer: 'I have a siege face' -- VIDEO

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge is probably Britain’s most famous fake broadcaster. He is also probably its worst: profane, politically incorrect, and vain to the point of delusion. So a movie about him — Alan Patridge: Alpha Papa, specifically — is all of those things, with guns, since the film’s plot hinges on a siege of the radio station set off by the firing of Patridge’s colleague, Pat. This is madness! All they really want to do is watch “Fat woman falls down a hole.”

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The Alan Partridge movie has a teaser trailer and a title -- VIDEO

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge is one of the great creations in recent TV history, a hilariously vain narcissist who has relentlessly failed as a radio host, a TV host, and a human being across various media platforms for close to 20 years. Coogan is probably best known in America for 24 Hour Party People, various bit parts in huge blockbuster comedies, and that video where he imitated Michael Caine. You might also just know him as “that British comedian your friend swears is really funny, if you just give him a chance.”

That chance is arriving on the big screen this summer, when Coogan brings Alan Partridge to movie theaters with a new movie. In a teaser for the film, Partridge tries to come up with a title for the movie. Possibilities include Gunbird, Hectic Danger Day, and Colossal Velocity. Watch the teaser to find out the winner: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Wes Bentley, Brit Marling join Lincoln biopic 'The Green Blade Rises.' Plus: Martin Freeman, Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

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• Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) and Brit Marling have joined The Green Blade Rises, a biopic about U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s early years, including his father’s abandonment of him in the wilderness, according to a press release. Pegged as “the untold story of America’s greatest hero,” the movie will star Bentley as Lincoln’s first teacher, with Marling as Lincoln’s biological mother. Terrence Malick is producing from a script by AJ Edwards, who makes his directorial debut. The film also stars Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke as Lincoln’s step-mother and father.

• Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are set to star in in Philomena, based on the real-life story of a Irish woman searching for the son she put up for adoption in America as an unwed mother in the 1950s, adapted from journalist Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a 50 Year Search. Dench will play Philomena Lee, and Coogan will play Sixsmith. Stephen Frears (The Queen) is directing from a screenplay co-written by Jeff Pope and Coogan. [Variety]

• The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, plus Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike, have joined the cast of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost comedy The World’s End, according to a press release from Focus Features, which will distribute the film in North America. The film teams director Edgar Wright again with Pegg and Frost, following their pairing up in Wright’s 2004 comic zombie romp Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Wright co-wrote the script with Pegg. The movie centers on five childhood friends who reunite for a marathon pub crawl they attempted 20 years earlier, but also grapple with the future of humankind.

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