Helen Mirren was born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff on 26th July 1945 in Chiswick, London, England. Her nickname is "Popper". She has an English mother and her father, a Russian aristocrat who was stranded in London after the 1917 revolution, was a driving instructor and a musician. She is the granddaughter of a White Russian émigré nobleman and has a sister, Catherine, and a brother, Peter. In her youth she once worked at the Kursaal amusement park in Southend as a "blagger" to attract customers to the rides. She attended a teacher training college to please her parents but pursued her real love, acting, during weekends and vacations at the National Youth Theatre.
An entertaining film about sobering true events, this is the story of notorious screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who defied McCarthy's communist witch-hunt hearings in the late-1940s and was blacklisted by Hollywood for more than a decade. As written by John McNamara and directed by Jay Roach, the film is bright, funny and emotionally resonant, clearly simplified to make it more involving. And with such a terrific cast on board, it's both revealing and a lot of fun.
In 1947, Dalton (Bryan Cranston) is the film industry's top-paid screenwriter, so of course Senator McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Commission goes after him about his rumoured links to the communist party during the war. But he and nine fellow writers refuse to testify, so they're imprisoned for contempt, denied work by the Hollywood studios and targeted personally by the powerful gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren). To survive, Dalton begins writing under a series of pseudonyms for the B-movie producer Frank King (John Goodman), creating a script factory in his home with the help of his wife Cleo (Diane Lane) and daughter Niki (Elle Fanning). Two of these screenplays win Oscars, and it isn't until Dalton begins writing Spartacus in 1960 that actor Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman) breaks the studio blacklist.
Roach directs this story in a sunny, snappy way that includes lots of smart wordplay and a clear sense of the us-or-them mentality that has defined America since the Cold War. People need a villain to hiss at, so anyone with even a passing connection to communism will do. And Mirren hisses better than most. Her performance is riotously funny and relentlessly nasty at the same time. More textured characters include Louis C.K. as a fellow writer and Michael Stuhlbarg as conflicted actor Edward G. Robinson. All of the actors are excellent, anchored by Cranston's wonderfully prickly Oscar-nominated turn as a bullheaded man who hilariously seizes every opportunity to make an inspiring speech.
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Mirren believes the problem lies further down the line in the movie-making process, and that the Oscars are being unfairly attacked.
Former Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has mounted a defence of the Academy over its much publicised lack of diversity in its nominations, saying that it’s “unfair” to attack them when the real problem lies elsewhere in the industry.
The English screen icon, who stars in the Oscar-nominated movie Trumbo, was speaking to Jon Snow of Channel 4 News when she was asked whether the Academy and the industry were “behind the times” for not nominating a single black actor for the second year in a row.
Mirren said she felt it was “unfair to attack the Academy” and that “it just so happened it went that way” this year.
Helen Mirren - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Helen Mirren - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Dame Helen Mirren , Taylor Hackford - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Outside Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
He stars alongside Helen Mirren in a moral-testing war drama.
It's a sad day for the world of film as we lose yet another giant of the entertainment industry, but at least we get to see Alan Rickman in one last live action role with the Spring release of modern war thriller 'Eye In The Sky'.
Helen Mirren co-stars with Alan Rickman in Eye In The Sky
It follows a UK-based military intelligence official, Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), in her mission to capture a group of wanted terrorists in Kenya. With their own advanced drone technology, she and Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Rickman)- led by American drone pilot Steve Watts ('Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul), are able to spy on their base only to discover that their mission has taken an unfortunate turn of events.
Drones are now one of the most effective weapons the military have when fighting in battle. Their surveillance abilities are incredibly high quality and make it much easier to find and target individuals who are wanted.
Colonel Katherine Powell has been given a mission to go and find and capture an ex-British citizen who's become an extremist and is meeting with some of the men on the most wanted list. Having been previously connected to a series of suicide bombings, the Colonel tracks down the woman (currently going under the new Ayesha Al-Hady) and makes contact with her superiors to let them know her progress.
Using a multitude of surveillance equipment, Powell soon becomes privy to the terrorists next plans, she discovers that the bombers are planning another imminent attack. Placed in an impossible situation, Powell and her bosses must decide how to complete the mission without the loss of civilian life.
The actor has shown off his new slimmed down physique at the ‘Trumbo’ premiere in London.
Actor John Goodman turned heads at the UK premiere of his latest film Trumbo on Thursday, showing off his new slimmed down frame. The actor, who once confessed to weighing over 400 pounds, looked healthier than ever after trimming down over the last 12 months.
John Goodman showed off his dramatic weight loss at the premiere of Trumbo.
Dressed in a dark navy, stripped suit with a blue shirt and tie, Goodman looked noticeably slimmer from even a few months ago when he appeared at the ‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Special.
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Helen Mirren will no longer do nude scenes.
Dame Helen Mirren has decided to call it a day with onscreen nudity. During a recent interview, the 70-year-old actor announced she would no longer be showing her breasts on camera.
Helen Mirren at the opening night of Verdi's Otello at the Met in New York, September 2015.
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The 70 year old actress has spoken about the sexism and ageism still present in the movie business.
Dame Helen Mirren has spoken out about the “profound sexism” still present in Hollywood today, which prevents older women from scoring more movie roles. The 70 year old actress added that she believes roles for women in movies would not change until the roles for women in real life also shifted.
Helen Mirren has spoken about Hollywood’s sexism and ageism.
When asked by The Guardian if the acting industry less accepting of older women, Mirren said, “There is profound sexism – the ‘Would you fuck her?’ kind of attitude. On the cinema screen, your face is 10ft high and 6ft wide. It’s huge.”
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'Dalton Trumbo had gone from novelist to a successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter which saw him become one of the town's highest paid writers and even earn an Academy Award nomination. But his bright career came to a crushing end in 1947 after he was one of nine people who refused to testify in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. This led to Trumbo being blacklisted from Hollywood and effectively ending his movie career. But despite being blacklisted Trumbo refused to give up and instead continued to write, often under pseudonyms, working on films such as Oscar winner Roman Holiday. His fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses over his freedom to write and work entangled everyone in Hollywood from gossip writer Hedda Hopper to Kirk Douglas who would call on Trumbo to pen the scrip for his epic drama 'Spartacus' and help bring about the end of the Hollywood blacklist.
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The award-winning actress got told off for swearing on Good Morning Britain
Dame Helen Mirren made interesting television as she graced the Good Morning Britain sofa with apparently no concept of time or her audience. Describing a camping trip with Liam Neeson, the Hollywood actress used the phrase "pissing with rain", much to the upset of her interviewers that rushed to apologise on her behalf.
Dame Helen Mirren was a bit too saucy for breakfast TV
The 70-year-old actress looked like she had shocked herself and went on to apologise before rewording her sentence: "It rained a lot."
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A 'Prime Suspect' prequel is on the way.
Lynda La Plante is working on the script for a Prime Suspect prequel series after the show was commissioned by ITV. La Plante, who wrote the early instalement of the crime-drama starring Helen Mirren, will pen a six hour long episodes.
Helen Mirren starred in the original Prime Suspect
The show will focus on a young Jane Tennison and her journey to becoming the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in the Metropolitan police. Set in the 1970s, La Plante's prequel will follow Tennison as a 22-year-old probationary officer in a world where high-ranking male officers were notoriously chauvinistic.
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