Armando Iannucci

Though he achieved perhaps his biggest Stateside success last year when a BBC miniseries he starred in got edited into the acclaimed big screen release The Trip, Steve Coogan is a comedic actor who’s been around for quite a while. And one of his biggest claims to fame in the worldwide sense comes from his portrayals of the Alan Partridge character. Partridge is an egomaniacal and insecure take on sports commentators and chat show hosts that Coogan has portrayed in numerous British radio and TV shows like Knowing Me Knowing You, The Day Today, and I’m Alan Partridge, and the character is so popular that there’s long been rumors about a potential movie being in the works. Up to this point that hasn’t amounted to much more than rumors and development hell, but an interview that co-writer Armando Iannucci (I’m Alan Partridge, Veep) did with Empire Magazine claims all that is about to change.

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Ah, Elaine Benes. The spastic dancing, the contraceptive sponge hoarding, the big wall o’ hair. She’s the Seinfeld character nearest to my heart, which speaks both to the deep admiration I have for uncouth women with practical, somewhat masculine taste in footwear and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ endearingly brassy performance. Though there was never any reason to doubt her talent during the ‘90s, in my eyes, no TV character that Louis-Dreyfus tackled post-Seinfeld was going to come close to matching iconic Elaine. At first, this stubborn assessment (originally made when I was a very self-possessed 17-year-old) seemed on point, but then the trailer for her new HBO series Veep was released last week. Even though the comedy isn’t set to premiere until April, it already looks like we have another classic Louis-Dreyfus character on our hands. In other words, if TV shows were potential lovers, Veep would be looking pretty sponge-worthy right about now.

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It’s Academy Awards time again, and even though we all know the awards are basically an irrelevant exercise in mutual masturbation it’s still fun to watch. This year sees a wide variety of films gain entry into Oscar history via nominations for Best Screenplay, Original and Adapted. Some deserve the honor, while others are based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire.

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Armando Iannucci talks to us about his whip smart political satire and the challenges of finding the humor in a scary story.

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Armando Iannucci’s ‘In the Loop’ is a smart political satire with a terrific cast.

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