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Picture - Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay... New York New York United States, Tuesday 13th January 2015

Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the Third Annual SAY all-star bowling benefit which was held at Lucky Strike Lanes in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th January 2015

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Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay - 2014 Tennis U.S. Open - Men's Final - Celebrity Sightings - Flushing Meadows, New York, United States - Monday 8th September 2014

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Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann - Celebrities and Players at the Men's Final of the 2014 U.S. Open. Marin Cilic of Croatia won the U.S. Open men's Tennis championship. Cilic won a Grand Slam title for the first time in his career, defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets in Flushing Meadows, New York, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 8th September 2014

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Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann - 2014 US Open Tennis Championships - Day 11 -Celebrity Sightings - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 4th September 2014

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Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann - Bryant Park Library presents Point Foundation The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund - New York City, United States - Monday 7th April 2014

Philomena Review


Based on a true story, this warm drama uses sharp humour to keep from tipping over into sloppy sentiment. It's still hugely emotional, but in a shamelessly entertaining way. And it gives Judi Dench and Steve Coogan characters they can really sink their teeth into as the twists and turns of the real events unfold.

In 2002, cynical London journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) has just been sacked from his job as a government spin doctor, so his editor suggests he try a human interest story to get back to work. He hates the idea until he meets Philomena (Dench), a retired Irishwoman who was raised by nuns in a workhouse, where she was forced to give her baby son up for adoption some 50 years ago. She'd like to know what happened to him, so Martin accompanies her back to Ireland and then on to America, where the babies were sold. But their search doesn't go as expected, and what they discover is startlingly moving.

As he did with The Queen, director Frears gives the film a gentle, light tone that helps balance the intensely serious subject matter. He also encourages his cast to deliver understated performances, which is especially effective for the usually broad Coogan. And of course Dench is simply wonderful as a feisty straight-talker who isn't thrown by anything she encounters. Gurgling under everything is an astute look at religious heritage: Martin is a lapsed Catholic who can't understand why Philomena still has a devout faith, because of what the church has done to her. And as the story continues, he begins to understand the strength this gives her.

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