Londoners getting out on ‘Parole’

Coogan pic packs in Brit best at Empire

LONDON – The U.K. film cognoscenti glittered up the world premiere of the Universal/DNA comedy “The Parole Officer,” the maiden bigscreen effort of local standup and TV hero Steve Coogan.

DNA honcho Duncan Kenworthy unveiled the release last week at the Empire in Leicester Square, then led the cast, crew and showbiz hordes in several hours of serious tropical drinks and snacks (including fish and chips, appropriate to the film’s Manchester-set working class milieu) at the nearby Atlantic Nightclub.

On hand to celebrate with Coogan, director John Duigan, co-writer Henry Normal and the pic’s co-stars were guests Hugh Grant and Richard Wilson, Simon Relph, John Madden, Jemima Khan and Helena Bonham Carter, whose latest bigscreen effort, “Planet of the Apes,” is swinging into the U.K. next week.

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