Steve Coogan (born 14.10.1965) Steve Coogan is an English comedian and actor best known for his character Alan Partridge.
Childhood: Steve Coogan was born in Middleton, Greater Manchester. His parents are Kathleen and Anthony Coogan, an engineer. He was brought up in an Irish Roman Catholic family. He attended Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School and later joined Manchester theatre company New Music. He was then accepted into the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
Acting career: Steve Coogan was originally an impressionist on 'Spitting Image'. His character Alan Partridge started out on Radio 4's 'On The Hour' in collaboration with Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci. In 1997, he starred in the sitcom 'I'm Alan Partridge' which returned in 2002. Paul Calf was another of his characters, originally called Duncan Disorderly. In 1993, he appeared on the Channel 4 variety show 'Saturday Zoo'. He is an unemployed Mancunian who hates students, has a mullet and likes Wagon Wheels.
His other characters include Tommy Saxondale, Duncan Thicket and Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest winner Tony Ferrino. Among his TV roles are 'Coogan's Run', 'Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible', 'Monkey Trousers' and 'Saxondale'. In 2003, he appeared in 'The Private Life of Samuel Pepys' He had a small cameo role in the 2006 'Little Britain' Christmas special which stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams. In 2010, he teamed with Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom who he worked with in 2006's 'A Cock and Bull Story' for BBC2 sitcom 'The Trip'. The show earned him a BAFTA.
He voiced characters in animation series 'I Am Not an Animal' and was the voice of Satan in 'Neighbors from Hell'. He has appeared in various films including Michael Winterbottom's '24 Hour Party People', Terry Jones' 'The Wind in the Willows', Disney's 'Around the World in 80 Days' alongside Jackie Chan, 'Marie Antoinette' with Kirsten Dunst and 'Night at the Museum' opposite Ben Stiller. He had an uncredited cameo in 'Hot Fuzz' alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In 2010, he played Hades in 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'.
In 2013, he appeared as the lead character in a movie about the life of porn entrepreneur Paul Raymond called 'The Look of Love'. In 2008, he returned to stand-up comedy in a tour named 'Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge and other less successful characters' though it was not particularly well-received. He founded Baby Cow Productions in 1999 with Henry Normal. They are executive producers of 'The Mighty Boosh', 'Nighty Night', 'Gavin and Stacey' and Human Remains.
Personal life: Steve Coogan married Caroline Hickman in 2002 though they divorced 3 years later. He currently lives in Brighton near his daughter Clare, whom he fathered with solicitor Anna Cole. He is a strong supporter of the Labour Party. He has always struggled with the tabloid press which he has found extremely intrusive and aggressive throughout his career. He was one of the celebrities targeted in the News of the World phone hacking scandal and subsequently provided a witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry.
Since the dawn of time, the Minions have been desperately looking for a master. From dinosaurs, to cave men, to Dracula, to Napoleon, the Minions have sought out the biggest and best of masters from around the world. The trouble is, their optimism and perseverance - while commendable - is nothing compared to their utter ineptitude. The Minions have a terrible problem with either killing their boss, or letting their bosses die in some way. But with the 1960s in full swing and the Minions currently unemployed, they travel to a villain convention to find a new master, and uncover a conspiracy to steal the crown from the Queen of England.
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Steve Coogan - Stars of the new comedy TV series 'Happyish' among a variety of other stars were photographed as they attended the premiere party which was held at the Sunshine Theatre in New York City, United States - Monday 20th April 2015
Fans have been calling for Steve Coogan's legendary comic character 'Alan Partridge' to come out of retirement and present 'Top Gear' as Jeremy Clarkson's replacement.
The ongoing saga over Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from ‘Top Gear’ has taken a turn for the amusing, after an online petition emerged calling for the appointment of the comedy character Alan Partridge as a replacement for the under-fire presenter.
It’s been one week since the BBC announced that Clarkson had been suspended from the successful motoring show following a ‘fracas’ with one of its producers. The internal investigation, headed by the director of BBC Scotland Ken McQuarrie, began on Monday (March 16th).
Could Steve Coogan's 'Alan Partrdige' character be the new 'Top Gear' host?
It's a wonder why the prehistoric tribe of Minions have managed to survive so long with limited access to their staple diet of bananas and very little in the way of intelligence. But they make it their life's work to follow and serve the most despicable of villains in return for their care - though, as time goes on, it seems there are fewer and fewer baddies left in the world, ever decreasing down to the Minion's own ineptitudes. From dinosaurs to vampires, Minions have always been loyal to the evil they serve, but after each tragic and accidental death, they are forced to move on. Stuck in a tight spot with no master to serve, they find themselves bored and depressed; that is until head Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob decide it's time to set out on an adventure. Through blizzards and mountains, never-ending fields and deadly oceans they travel until they reach New York in 1968. They hitchhike to Orlando's annual Villain-Con and it's there they find their new mistress, Scarlet Overkill, and their only hope of saving Minion-kind.
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If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'
Now in its third instalment, it's clearer than ever that this franchise is based on one joke that has been stretched far beyond the breaking point. And not too cleverly at that. Fortunately, this movie retains much of the deranged idiocy that made the second part rather enjoyable. So it's watchable even if there aren't many new ideas, and even if filmmaker Shawn Levy is far too happy to settle for unnecessary digital effects work where a bit of character comedy would have been much more engaging.
Back on the job as a night watchman in New York, Larry (Ben Stiller) is now orchestrating the museum exhibits when they come to life to provide spectacular shows for visitors who think this is all a special effect. Even his boss (Ricky Gervais) isn't sure what's really going on. But when a glitch in the magical Ancient Egyptian powers causes chaos, Larry learns that he needs to travel to London so he can reunite Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) with his father (Ben Kingsley), who's on display at the British Museum. Larry's teen son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) comes along, as do his revived pals Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), tiny soldiers Octavius and Jedediah (Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson) and others. But in London, while sneaking around local night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson), Larry's team awakens a statue of the knight Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who dives into their quest with rather a bit too much gusto.
Until Lancelot turns up, everything about the film feels oddly tired, from the starry cameos to effects work that strains to be clever. Then Stevens injects a badly needed jolt of blue-eyed charisma and warped comical timing that makes the rest of the movie rather good fun. Rebel Wilson's side-plot is also rather amusing, with some wonderfully ridiculous touches. And even the cameos get better, notably a scene on a West End stage that's genuinely inspired silliness. Coogan and Wilson offer some raucous banter to accompany everything that happens, and Stiller kind of hangs on for dear life. But the filmmakers don't really care about these characters; they're just trying to create something visually impressive that's also goofy fun.
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The cast of 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' all posed happily together at the New York premiere of the film, which is set to hit movie theaters on December 19th 2014.
Ricky Gervais, who plays Dr. McPhee in 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb', arrived at the New York premiere with partner Jane Fallon, fooling around with the photographers, cracking jokes and taking selfies.
Steve Coogan - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon - Shots of a host of stars as they took to the red carpet for the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014 which were held at the London Palladium in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th November 2014
Larry Daley, the former security guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is facing his biggest challenge yet. While he's used his exhibit friends coming to life at night, they are normally very well-behaved during the new sunset opening hours, but it seems something's started making them a little crazy. The magic of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah seems to be waning, putting them at risk of being still forever. Larry must find a way to restore the tablet before it's too late, and so he decides to venture to the Natural History Museum in London to find out how to fix it. There, Larry and his ancient friends face enormous snakes, dinosaur skeletons and bronze lions that are all coming to life, as well as the feisty head of security Tilly.
Steve Coogan will play Thom Payne in Showtime's 'Happyness'.
British actor and comedian Steve Coogan has replaced the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the upcoming dramedy pilot Happyish. The untimely death of Hoffman earlier this year left a gaping hole in the movie industry, though - and I think enough time has passed to say this - it also left several high quality parts up for grabs, given the 46-year-old was the greatest of his generation.
Steven Coogan will play Thom Payne in Showtime's 'Happyish'
Hoffman didn't do dud roles and Thom Payne in Happyish was another nugget. It is now down to Coogan to play the 44-year-old guy who begins to feel his age when a 25-year-old kid waltzes in and becomes his new boss. The young, trendy executive knows the industry spiel and Thom is left trying to discover a path to happiness. Nick Venable of Cinema Blend has tipped up Modern Family's Adam DeVine to play the smart-ass boss - and that could be right on the money.
A drama set around a cultural movement in 1970s Britain, this film captures the period beautifully, but its story is so underdeveloped that it leaves the fresh young cast without proper characters or relationships to play. The depiction of teens in need of their own sense of belonging is strong, but without a story to connect with, the film leaves its audience struggling to maintain interest.
It's 1974 in Lancashire, and teenager John (Elliot James Langridge) is an outcast at school in search of some friends. Then the lively Matt (Josh Whitehouse) introduces him to Northern Soul, underground American R&B that's circulated on bootleg records. So he drops out of school, disappointing his favourite teacher (Steve Coogan) and his parents (Christian McKay and Lisa Stansfield). As he digs deeper into the movement, John makes some new friends (including Antonia Thomas and Jack Gordon) and takes on the star DJ Ray (James Lance) by scrounging for never-heard recordings. But along with learning a new way to dance, John is also introduced to the drug scene, which basically scuppers his and Matt's plan to save cash for a trip to America. And it's Ray who understands that John's only hope of success as a DJ is to ditch Matt.
The best part of this film is this friendship between John and Matt, which was sparked by a shared interest in soul music and then was strained by the scene itself. Writer-director Elaine Constantine vividly captures this world, including the teen sense of hopefulness and independence. But she seems far more interested in depicting the period and the music than in keeping a focus on the characters and their friendships. People drift in and out of the story, relationships refuse to develop into anything meaningful, subplots come and go at random, the romance is barely hinted at and the drug-addiction strand starts to get preachy.
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