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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Here's what happened at the Tonys, when people were not singing and dancing.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime won big at Sunday night’s Tony awards, giving its star, Broadway debutant Alex Sharp, a chance to inspire young people to follow their dreams at all costs.
Alex Sharp encouraged young people to follow their dreams.
Helen Mirren, who plays the Queen yet again in the speculative Broadway (and West End!) play 'The Audience', looked elegant as always as she was snapped arriving at the 2015 Tony Nominees Reception at the Paramount Hotel in New York. The veteran actress has been nominated for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play.
The stars of Broadway's 'The Elephant Man' Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson were spotted laughing and joking together on the red carpet as they arrived for the Meet the 2015 Tony Nominees reception which was held at the Paramount Hotel in New York.
The awards will take place on June 7 from Radio City Music Hall and will air live on CBS.
‘The Good Wife’s’ Alan Cumming and actress Kristin Chenoweth have been announced as the hosts of the 2015 Tony Awards, which take place on June 7th. The pair are no strangers to the Tonys, having both picked up awards in previous years.
Alan Cumming will host the Tony Awards alongside Kristin Chenoweth.
Cumming won a Best Actor in a Musical Award for his performance in Cabaret at the 1998 Tonys, while Chenoweth won Best Featured Actress in a Musical a year later in 1999, for You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Chenoweth was also nominated for Best Actress in a Musical in 2004 for her role as the original Glinda in Wicked.
Having become a tremendous smash-hit, the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has no plans of stopping. But where will it go without Paul Walker?
As the seventh 'Fast & Furious' movie continues to dominate the global box office, rumours are swirling about where the franchise will go from here. Originally conceived as the first in a trilogy, 'Furious 7' was rewritten as a send-off for the late actor Paul Walker and ends on a definitive final note. So where to from here?
"We think there's at least three more," says Donna Langley, head of the film's studio, Universal. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters."
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Sparks The Rumour Mill
'Woman In Gold' is not only, incredibly, a true story, but also an incredible true story.
Currently in cinemas in American and Britain, 'Woman in Gold' recounts the astonishing true story of one woman's tenacious process to correct an injustice: to restore a stolen painting to its rightful owner. The problem was that the painting is Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I (better known as "Woman in Gold"), regarded as the Mona Lisa of Austria with pride of place in the national gallery and valued at over $100 million. It was stolen from the Bloch-Bauer family by the Nazis in 1938.
Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in 'Woman In Gold'
More than 60 years later, Adele's niece Maria Altmann sued the Austrian government for restitution, a battle that took her to the US Supreme Court before reaching binding arbitration in Vienna in 2006 and returning the painting to her.
Continue reading: 'Woman In Gold' Tells An Important True Story
This fascinating true story is strong enough to hold up against the formulaic Hollywood treatment, boosted by another riveting performance from Helen Mirren. She adds some badly needed prickly humour to the film, which continually resorts to unsophisticated sentimentality as it traces a remarkable series of real events. And it helps that the story has some intriguing things to say about both art and history.
It opens in 1998 Los Angeles, where Maria Altmann (Mirren) has discovered some documents in her late sister's belongings that refer to a beloved portrait of their Aunt Adele (Antje Traue in flashbacks). The problem is that the painting is Gustav Klimt's Woman in Gold, which is regarded as the "Mona Lisa of Austria" and held in pride of place in the national gallery. Since Austria has begun restoring art stolen from its citizens by the Nazis, Maria hires novice family-friend lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), who quickly realises the futility of the case. But they travel to Vienna to begin the process, getting some help navigating the system from local journalist Hubertus (Daniel Bruhl). Sure enough, the Austrian government fights Maria at every step of the way.
The compelling argument in this film is that if Austria acknowledges that this national treasure was stolen, it implicates the government and the population in complicity with the Nazis. And that's something no one is willing to do. There's also of course the issue of greed, since Woman in Gold is worth $100 million. But Maria's simple question is why the painting's value or status matter when its true ownership is so clear. Director Simon Curtis and writer Alexi Kaye Campbell wisely dash through the series of hearings, court cases and appeals, while emphasising this undeniable fact of the case. Although this also simplifies most scenes into little more than "Nazis bad, Jews good". While the flashbacks to Maria's past are moving and informative, Randy's sideplots feel irrelevant and undercooked, featuring his pregnant wife (Katie Holmes) and sardonic boss (Charles Dance).
Continue reading: Woman In Gold Review
Blake Lively has suggested her husband may have eyes for another woman - his 'Woman in Gold' co-star Helen Mirren! Lively jokingly suggested she should be "concerned" after spotting Reynolds mooning after Helen at a recent red carpet event.
Blake Lively jealous? Surely not! The 27-year-old actress has poked fun at her husband Ryan Reynolds, who certainly seems taken with his Woman in Gold co-star, Helen Mirren. Lively shared her mock concerns with fans on Instagram on Saturday (4th April).
Blake Lively has poked fun at her husband, Ryan Reynolds, in a recent Instagram post.
The British actress and American talk show host had fun with helium
During a fun interview with American talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, Dame Helen Mirren has once again proved that age is nothing but a number.
The Oscar-winning actress had fun with Jimmy Fallon
The 69-year-old actress, who won an Oscar for her role as Britain’s current monarch in The Queen, was in a playful mood when she relayed that Award acceptance speech after inhaling helium.
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The actress is set to star as the Queen in the West End play.
Kristin Scott Thomas has finally received her long-awaited and very well-deserved Damehood from Queen Elizabeth II at at Buckingham Palace, ahead of her role as the monarch herself in West End stage drama 'The Audience' in which she will star in April.
Kristin Scott Thomas finally becomes a dame
The Academy Award nominated actress became Dame Kristin Scott Thomas for her services to drama this week, and revealed to the Queen herself upon her honour that she is set to play her in upcoming stage show 'The Audience'. 'She asked me what I was doing next, so I had to tell her and she said it would be quite a challenge', the 54-year-old told BBC reporters.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson rock Paris Fashion Week, while Insurgent premieres in London as the new James Bond film shoots on a nearby street. Upcoming movie trailers pair-up Kevin Hart with Will Ferrell, Helen Mirren with Ryan Reynolds, and Diane Keaton with Morgan Freeman...
In Paris this week, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made headlines when they shot a sequence for Zoolander 2 on the catwalk during Valentino's Paris Fashion Week show. As their characters Derek and Hansel, they strutted to the strains of The Human League's Don't You Want Me, followed by a p[arade of high-fashion models. The film is due next February. Watch Ben Stiller And Owen Wilson Steal The Runway At Paris Fashion.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James led a line-up of red carpet eye candy at the world premiere of the Divergent sequel Insurgent this week in London. Guests included stars from TV shows like The Hills and Made in Chelsea, plus musicians, models and athletes, as well as Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent novels. The movie is out next week.
When the Nazis took over Vienna prior to the Second World War, they stole countless, priceless artefacts. One of these artefacts was the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, and an Austrian Holocaust survivor has the perfect claim to it. Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a lawyer of Austrian decent, to help her become once again acquainted with the famous painting of her aunt. The problem is, that the painting is held in a Vienna art gallery, and the Austrian government are adamant in keeping the national treasure. Altmann, on the other hand, is desperate to get back what is rightfully hers.
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But is the film as well-made as its subject deserves it to be?
British acting legend Helen Mirren is back on the big screen as one half of a screen partnership with the delectable Ryan Reynolds in upcoming true story drama Woman in Gold.
Mirren plays Austrian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, Maria Altmann
Mirren plays Jewish octogenarian Maria Altmann, an Austrian Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles. She enlists the help of lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Reynolds), also of Austrian descent, as she begins a fight against the Austrian government to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was confiscated by the Nazis in Vienna.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Shines In Woman In Gold
The Oscar winning actress opens her latest theatrical production on Broadway.
Dame Helen Mirren returns as Queen Elizabeth II as she brings her hit West End political play 'The Audience' over the pond to Broadway; and, without exaggeration, once again proves to be the most convincing queen ever seen on either stage or screen.
Helen Mirren at 'The Audience' opening after party (Credit: Jemal Countess at Getty Images Entertainment)
Helen Mirren has that kind of noble demeanour that commands respect on entering a room, never mind a stage or film set. So it's no wonder that she was selected to reprise her role as the current Queen of England in speculative political theatre drama 'The Audience' - a show which explores the monarchs varying relationships with different Prime Ministers, including the only female PM Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, Winston Churchill and current PM David Cameron.
Helen Mirren joins regular folk on the subway.
She might've won an Oscar for her incredibly convincing performance in 'The Queen', but Helen Mirren proves she's no more regal than anybody else as she opts for a subway ride over a cab during a trip in New York City.
Helen Mirren proves she's just a regular woman
Super classy British actress Helen Mirren joined the ever-growing list of down-to-earth celebrities who have proved to have no qualms about taking the subway to get around alongside regular people. Looking cosily wrapped up in a fur jacket and lilac gloves, the star was seated politely alongside a fellow passenger with her large tote perched on her knee. It's unclear whether or not the gentleman sitting next to her had any idea who was sharing his seat, but the eagle-eyed rider sat opposite was quick to snap the rare moment on their phone.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren May Be 'The Queen', But Even Movie Royalty Ride The Subway
A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast. Director Lasse Hallstrom has been indulging in warm-fuzzy filmmaking since 2000's Chocolat, and this story (based on the Richard Morais book) seems set in the same fanciful, far too-cute France, created with digital effects rather than cinematography. Nothing is remotely realistic, but the characters are engaging and the food looks absolutely delicious. This is definitely not a film to see on an empty stomach.
The central character is Hassan (90210's Manish Dayal), who was born in India and developed his prodigious gift as a chef with his late mother. Now refugees in Europe, Hassan's Papa (Om Puri) is on a quest to establish a restaurant with his five children. They settle on an impossibly quaint French village, and set up their Indian eatery just across the road from the Michelin-starred restaurant run by the imperious Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), who of course immediately declares war on these interlopers. Meanwhile, Hassan begins exploring French cookery with Mallory's sexy sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). And his innate expertise catches Mallory's attention.
This simple twist helps propel the story and draw us in, as Hassan proves that he can teach Mallory a thing or two. Where this goes is played out in a simplistic way, but for audience members who are looking for meaning there's quite a bit of insight scattered around the script. Otherwise, Hallstrom is far more interested in superficial imagery, never quite letting the actors dig deep into their characters. Dayal shows some real texture as Hassan, but is reduced in the editing to merely smiling or frowning to show the character's frame of mind. And his relationship with Le Bon's impossibly perky Marguerite is almost painfully predictable.
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The British actress will star as her majesty in 'The Audience,' which impressed audiences in London's West End last year.
Dame Helen Mirren has had many memorable performances in her illustrious acting career, but the most important one could arguably be the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006's 'The Queen', in which she received an Oscar for.
Mirren will play Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience'
The historical drama depicts the death of Princess Diana on August 31st 1997 and upon its release, the critics heavily praised Mirren's performance.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Set For Broadway Return To Play Queen Elizabeth II Again
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is all comfort food and no spice, according to critics.
The movie tells the story of two rival restaraurants – a Michelin-starred French eatery and the quaint family-run Arabic place that moves in next door. The Kadam family is faced with tough competition in the face of their neighbour, Madame Mallory, but with the help of their culinary wunderkind of a son, Hasan and the budding friendship between him and Mallory’s sous chef Margueritte, an unexpected partnership blossoms.
Talking about upcoming restaurent drama 'The Hundred Foot Journey', producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, director Lasse Hallstrom and star Helen Mirren reveal their thoughts in a short featurette.
'This really is a story about the fusion between two opposite cultures', says Steven, with Oprah explaining of the film's plot: 'The icy Madame Mallory, the owner of the very proper Michelin-starred French restaurent, doesn't allow for any kind of competition whatsoever.' Helen reveals that within the clashing of two food cultures 'it's a feud that becomes a war - and no holds barred actually'.
Helen Mirren Tuesday 14th September 2010 The 35th Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Debt' premiere - Arrivals at the Roy Thomson Hall Toronto, Canada
Helen Mirren and Madam Susan Austin - Helen Mirren, Madam Susan Austin at the ArcLight Theatre Hollywood, California - The Love Ranch LA Premiere Wednesday 23rd June 2010
Helen Mirren Friday 4th December 2009 Women In Film And TV Awards held at the London Hilton, Park Lane - Press Room. London, England
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