Coogan says he was moved by the true story that inspired 'Philomena'

Coogan says he was moved by the true story that inspired 'Philomena'

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Actor, writer and producer Steve Coogan, who is half Irish and was raised Catholic, has said he felt a deep connection to the stirring true story at the heart of his Oscar-nominated big-screen drama, "Philomena."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Frears, Mamet, Soderbergh, Fincher up for DGA Awards

Frears, Mamet, Soderbergh, Fincher up for DGA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Stephen Frears, David Mamet and Nelson McCormick were nominated Thursday for the Directors Guild of America Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries.
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Weinstein Co. wins PG-13 rating for 'Philomena'

Weinstein Co. wins PG-13 rating for 'Philomena'

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Weinstein Co. says it has won its appeal of the decision to assign its film "Philomena" an R rating in the United States because it contains two expletives.
Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong -- report

Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong -- report

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- Ben Foster is in talks to play Lance Armstrong in director Stephen Frears' bio-picture about the disgraced U.S. cyclist, Deadline.com said Friday.
Mirren to play Queen Elizabeth II again

Mirren to play Queen Elizabeth II again

LONDON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- British actress Helen Mirren is to play Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's new play, "The Audience," the drama's producers said Friday.
Shearer to be host of BAFTA event in LA

Shearer to be host of BAFTA event in LA

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Comedian and actor Harry Shearer has agreed to preside over the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Variety.com said.

Menezes' shooting subject of British film

LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A British studio will film a drama about a Brazilian man killed by London police in the aftermath of the deadly 2005 subway bombings.

Scorsese wins top DGA award

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese was named best feature film director for "The Departed" at the annual Directors Guild of America awards in Los Angeles.

Scorsese, Eastwood get Oscar directing nod

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese earned his sixth nod for best director for "The Departed" when the 2006 Academy Award nominees were announced in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Frears named head of Cannes jury

PARIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- When the 60th annual Festival de Cannes takes place later this year in France, British director Stephen Frears will act as the president of its honorary jury.

'The Queen' most nominated for Baftas

LONDON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- This year's Orange Bafta film awards ceremony will have the British drama "The Queen" leading the pack with 10 nominations.

Scorcese leads Directors Guild nominations

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Several new faces were among the nominees for the annual DGA Awards announced in Los Angeles this week by the Directors Guild of America.

'Queen' tops Toronto critics' annual list

TORONTO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Director Stephen Frears' "The Queen" has dominated this year's awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association including garnering a nod for top film overall.

'Queen' heads gets royal lunch invitation

LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The creative team behind the film "The Queen" has received a royal stamp of approval from Queen Elizabeth II of Britain in the form of a lunch invitation.
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Stephen Frears
TOR2000090906 - 9 SEPTEMBER 2000 - TORONTO,ONTARIO, CANADA: Director Stephen Frears arrives for a special tribute presentation to him at Roy Thomson Hall tonight September 9 during the Toronto International Film Festival. UPI cc /Christine Chew

Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated English film director.

Frears was born and raised in Leicester, England, the son of Ruth M., a social worker, and Dr. Russell E. Frears, a general practitioner and accountant. He did not find out that his mother was Jewish until he was in his late 20s. Educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk, from 1954 to 1959, he went on to study law at Trinity College, Cambridge, between 1960 and 1963.

After graduating from Cambridge, he worked as an assistant director on Morgan! (1966) and if.... (1968), but most of his early career was spent in television mainly for the BBC, but also for the commercial sector. He contributed to several high profile anthology series such as the BBC's Play for Today, and produced a series of Alan Bennett's plays for LWT, taking responsibility for working in the gallery on The Old Crowd while Lindsay Anderson worked with the actors.

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