With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded franchise continues in its trajectory to provide mindlessly outrageous thrills involving muscly guys, tough girls and loud cars. This episode is marginally more grounded than the high-flying previous instalment, but it's still utterly preposterous. It's also a huge amount of fun, thanks to the snappy cast and far larger than life driving stunts.
We catch up with Dom and Letty (Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez) living in Havana and challenging the locals to some vroom-vroom racing antics. But their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Cipher (Charlize Theron), a mysterious woman who has something on Dom and lures him to the dark side. To stop Cipher's nefarious plan, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is brought back into action by Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his rookie colleague Eric (Scott Eastwood), who also draft in Letty and the team (Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel) before heading off to Berlin. Things don't go so well there, so they bring in hothead nemesis Deckard (Jason Statham) and chase Dom and Cipher to New York and Arctic Russia for even more outrageous vehicular mayhem.
New to the franchise, director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) gives the film a gritty edge that sits surprisingly well with a stream of wry comedy running right through every scene. He also kicks off the action from the opening shot, then barely pauses for breath for a odd moment of plot exposition or emotion along the way. This is full-on action entertainment, riotously over-the-top and hilariously enjoyable, even if it's dumb as a post. And the action sequences are jaw-droppingly enormous.
Continue reading: The Fate Of The Furious Review
Just what does Dominic Toretto think he's doing? It seems the original team has disbanded, with Brian and Mia having retired from the fast life (literally) and the world of crime, and it seemed like Dom and Letty had a normal life ahead of them following their marriage. But that's just not the way life goes for Dom, whose love of danger seems to far outweigh his love for his friends and family. Just when you thought that their lives couldn't get anymore complicated, a mysterious woman walks in and threatens to dismantle everything, encouraging Dom to betray those he holds dear for one more adventure. Hobbs, meanwhile, isn't about to let Dom get away with it this time, and he and his team cross terrains of every kind from Cuba to the Arctic in a bid to take him down once and for all.
Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in danger of tipping over into extreme sentimentality, and this one very quickly gets bogged down in buckets of syrup. It's a slickly made movie with a first-rate cast, but occasional glimpses of gritty honesty aren't quite enough to counteract sudsy philosophising that sounds profound but is actually rather shallow.
It's set in New York, where advertising company owner Howard (Will Smith) is still lost in grief six months after the death of his 6-year-old daughter. And his business partners are worried that the company is falling apart as a result. In desperation, best pal Whit (Edward Norton), protege Claire (Kate Winslet) and rising-star Simon (Michael Pena) hire a private detective (Ann Dowd) to determine Howard's mental fitness to run the company. They also hire three actors to confront him as Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren), abstract concepts he's obsessed with. But they don't know that Howard is also considering attending a grief counselling meeting run by Madeleine (Naomie Harris).
Directed with a magical sheen by David Frankel (Hope Springs) and written to within an inch of its life by Allan Loeb (The Switch), there's nothing about this film that doesn't feel contrived and controlled. In addition to their scenes with Howard, each of the three actors has an impact on the colleague who needs their specific gifts. And there are a number of revelations and twists that feel annoyingly hokey. Even so, the cast is strong enough to add moments of lightness that lift the movie briefly out of the sludge. Mirren, Knightley and Latimore have a sparky edge as the story's catalysts. While Norton, Winslet and Pena bring some raw, honest emotion to their own personal dramas.
Continue reading: Collateral Beauty Review
If you thought things had cooled down for the 'Fast and Furious' team in the last film, you were wrong. They compromised their amnesty over their past crimes with events in 'Furious 7', and now most fo the group has disbanded, Brian and Mia have retired from their street-racing-cum-crime careers and Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are intending to follow a normal life following their honeymoon. Unfortunately, Dom's love of danger draws him to a mysterious stranger who enlists him into another crime-fuelled adventure which takes him everywhere from Cuba to New York to the Arctic. He ends up betraying his closest friends, people who have become more like family, as he embarks on a journey that will bring him challenges that he's never experience before.
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Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love, wish we had more time and we fear death. Howard Inlet was once one of New York's most sought after advertising exec's but after suffering a great personal loss, his life has been left in ruins.
Now all his friends can do is look on and see a man who once loved life now living each day wishing the end would come. To help deal with his grief, Howard writes letters to 'time', 'love' and 'death' in the hope that he'll eventually understand why he has lost so much. With a little help from his friends, Howard finds himself actually receiving answers to some of the questions he asks in his letters and hopefully finds a way to live beyond just existing.
Collateral Beauty is directed by David Frankel with a screenplay written by Allan Loeb.
A grand dame of the silver screen, the Shakespearean trained actress Helen Mirren is best known as the star of prestigious films like Gosford Park, The Madness of King George, Woman in Gold and of course her Oscar-winning turn as The Queen.
Even the comedies she does have an element of class, like Trumbo and Calendar Girls. No wonder everyone was surprised to learn that she has been cast in the next Fast and Furious movie.
But it's not that surprising, really. Mirren also has a history in the thriller genre. She became a star playing Detective Jane Tennison in five series of Prime Suspect, and has also seen action in political thrillers like State of Play, The Debt and most recently Eye in the Sky, plus Excalibur and two RED movies. Retired and Extremely Dangerous, indeed.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Is Ready To Go Furiously Fast
The 'Eye In The Sky' actress confirmed the news this week.
Helen Mirren is the latest actress to join the cast of 'Fast 8' in an as yet undisclosed role. She confirmed the news in a new interview, adding that she hopes she'll be allowed to do some of the driving but so far there are no further details about her involvement.
Helen Mirren to star in 'Fast 8'
The 70-year-old actress will join Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Charlize Theron in the eighth movie of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, directed by 'Straight Outta Compton' director F. Gary Gray. The new movie will also bring on board 'Fury' star Scott Eastwood and Kristofer Hivju from 'Game Of Thrones'.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Fulfils Her Ambition Of Joining 'Fast 8'
Mirren, who played Maria Altmann in the 2015 film 'Woman in Gold', gave evidence based on her research for the role to a US senatorial sub-committee this week.
Helen Mirren has given testimony to the US Senate before a sub-committee about the slow pace of the process of recovering stolen Jewish art taken by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The 70 year old actress was in Washington on Tuesday (June 7th) to give evidence before a sub-committee working on a prospective piece of legislation to speed up the process, called the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act.
Mirren’s evidence was based on the research she did for a recent role in the 2015 film Woman in Gold, in which she played a Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government to reclaim her family’s art, which was looted by the Nazis in the years before World War II.
The 70-year-old Oscar winner says women like Kim have redefined what it is to be beautiful.
Kim Kardashian has found an unlikely champion in Dame Helen Mirren, who has praised the reality star for helping to redefine what it is to be beautiful. The 70-year-old says she loves the new generation of women who are ‘shameless and proud’ and have claimed back their own bodies.
Dame Helen Mirren has praised Kim Kardashian.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mirren said: ‘When I was growing up, it was thought to be unbelievably sluttish to even have a bra strap showing. Everything was about women conforming. I love shameless women. Shameless and proud!’
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Loves Modern, 'Shameless' Women Like Kim Kardashian
Some of these stars would suit a real crown.
Today (April 21st 2016) is the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II; one of England's most remarkable queens. She's been celebrated in numerous ways over the years, not least with several depictions of her in film both as a young princess and as a monarch.
Happy birthday Queen Elizabeth II
So what better way to celebrate the 'celebrity' of this extraordinary woman than by reflecting back on some of the best queens we've ever seen on screen? Some are fictitious and some are her ancestors, but all have been portrayed by absolute dramatic royalty.
Continue reading: Our Favourite Screen Queens! In Celebration Of Elizabeth II's Birthday
Stewart’s new look could easily see him mistaken for Dame Helen Mirren.
Sir Patrick Stewart caused us to do a double take yesterday, when he transformed into a glamorous woman to promote his new US show ‘Blunt Talk’. The 75-year-old actor appeared in full drag at an event in Hollywood on Monday evening (April 18th), causing many fans to liken him to British actress Dame Helen Mirren.
Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety of perspectives that bring the moral dilemmas sharply into focus. This includes textured performances from seriously gifted actors who add layers of political, military, legal and emotional meaning to each moment along the way. So the film is continuously gripping, putting the audience right in the middle of the action.
The target is in a suburb of Nairobi, where three of the world's most wanted Somali jihadists are gathering to prepare two young suicide bombers for a mission. British Colonel Powell (Helen Mirren) is overseeing the operation from London, with her American drone pilots (Aaron Paul and Phoebe Fox) working in Las Vegas. The hitch is that two of the targets are UK citizens, and one is American, which means that they also need to have government officials in on the discussion. So Lt General Benson (Alan Rickman) is watching with British government ministers (including Jeremy Northam and Monica Dolan). Meanwhile in Kenya, a local operative (Barkhad Abdi) is on the scene. But just as everyone agrees to fire the missile, a young girl (Aisha Takow) wanders into the danger zone.
What follows is a remarkably tense escalation of decision-making, as everyone passes the buck up the chain to avoid making the call themselves. Guy Hibbert's script orchestrates this skilfully, keeping the atmosphere taut while stirring generous doses of black comedy into the interaction between soldiers and politicians. This includes amusing scenes in which Britain's foreign secretary (Iain Glen) is dragged into the conversation while suffering food poisoning in Singapore. Yes, the film has a terrific sense of instant global connections, as its characters work together at a huge distance from each other and from the target of their operation.
Continue reading: Eye In The Sky Review
She plays an army colonel in this new spy thriller.
Helen Mirren is among the many actresses of this day and age who are trying to push for more dynamic roles for women, and one of the ways she believes they can do that is by chasing parts initially written for men. It's worked for her and Sandra Bullock, so why not?
Helen Mirren stars in Eye In The Sky
Until gender equality is truly accepted in Hollywood, powerful 'strong' roles will be given to men and the more demure roles to women. Helen Mirren is working to change that by starring in the military thriller 'Eye in the Sky' in which she plays an army intelligence colonel conducting a drone operation in Kenya from a base in London.
Continue reading: 'Eye In The Sky' Star Helen Mirren Urges Women To Pursue Male Roles
The drone warfare thriller is the final movie to feature the late actor, who died in January from pancreatic cancer.
Helen Mirren paid tribute to her late colleague and co-star Alan Rickman at the red carpet premiere of new thriller Eye In the Sky last night, saying the movie represents an “incredibly sad” goodbye.
At the European premiere outside the Curzon Mayfair on Monday night (April 11th), where she dazzled onlookers with a black lace ensemble, she spoke to reporters about what it was like to realise that the war thriller would be Rickman’s final work, after his death in January from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.
Helen Mirren at the 'Eye In the Sky' premiere in London
Mirren, who has two stepchildren as a result of her husband Taylor Hackford's previous relationship, has spoken about her decision not to have her own family.
She’s had a dazzling career as one of the most prestigious names in the British film industry, and as one of the country’s most famous movie exports following her role in The Queen, but Dame Helen Mirren has now spoken about an experience she never had: motherhood.
The 70 year old stage and film actress spoke to the Sunday Times Culture magazine and said that, although she adores other people’s children, she’s never wanted her own. However, that didn’t stop her from fleetingly mourning the sense of “loss” about not becoming a mother after she watched the 1989 Steve Martin movie Parenthood, she admitted.
Dame Helen Mirren spoke about her decision not have children
Continue reading: Helen Mirren On Never Experiencing Parenthood
As the Oscar-winning star of The Queen, Helen Mirren carries an aura of class on-screen.
But she clearly has a more mischievous, adventurous side, as evidenced in her sassy turn in Trumbo or her action-comedy series RED. Now she's adding war movies to her repertoire with the drone-strike thriller Eye in the Sky.
In the film, she plays Colonel Katherine Powell, a British officer in command of a top-secret mission using drones to capture terrorists in East Africa. The character was written for a man, but director Gavin Hood (Ender's Game) immediately saw Mirren in the role.
Continue reading: Eye In The Sky Offered Helen Mirren A New Challenge
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.
Continue reading: Trumbo Review
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.
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.
Helen Mirren's "great ambition" is to star in a 'Fast and Furious' movie.
Helen Mirren is not a woman to turn down difficult roles. She has, after all, played three different Queens of the United Kingdom and, in a voice part, the Queen of Egypt. Yet there is nothing 69-year-old Mirren would like more than to star in a Fast and Furious film and do her own driving stunts.
Helen Mirren would love to be in a Fast and Furious movie.
Some pulled out makeshift signs, while others went the high fashion route.
This week has been a rough time to live on Earth in general, but the raw wound is still the horrific attack that took place in Paris. Even the stars walking the Golden Globes red carpet had to acknowledge the tragedy and show support.
Amal Alamuddin showed her support with a badge, adorning her Dior ensemble.
Many of them did so by wearing the Je Suis Charlie slogan on their arrival at the show. Amal Clooney said that she was wearing Dior, "customized in solidarity with the French people who've gone through a terrible week," according to Elle magazine. A "Je suis Charlie" badge was displayed on her purse, while her husband, George Clooney, also wore a similar button, according to ABC News.
Continue reading: Stars Show Support For Charlie Hebdo On Golden Globes Red Carpet
Is it nostalgia that's boosting TMNT profits?
So here’s some news: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just breezed past Guardians of the Galaxy to the top of the box office. Yes, you can go back and read that again. The new addition to the TMNT franchise has taken a Turtle-worthy beating in reviews over the past week, but that didn’t stop it from beating the critically and fan-acclaimed Guardians, after the Marvel flick has spent just one week on top.
The new and improved (well, new anyway) Turtles raked in $65 million on its first weekend, while Guardians checked in at just $41,5. Unfortunately, this doesn’t even top the market analysts’ predictions for TMNT, which largely underestimated the potential of grown-up Ninja Turtles fans, predicting a slow start with around $45 million. According to USA Today says that 55% of moviegoers were 25 or older, a surprisingly mature demographic. Not so surprisingly, 61% of the audience was male, Paramount says. 'The film obviously had greater-than-expected appeal to nostalgic parents," says Rentrak's Paul Dergarabedian. At this point, we won’t add the obligatory “No ----, Sherlock” comment, but feel free to do it in your mind.
Helen Mirren wore a gorgeous blue lace dress at the New York premiere for her new movie 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Helen stars as the formidable Madame Mallory in the movie, the owner of a Michelin star French restaurant in competition with a neighbouring family run Indian eatery. The movie comes out in September 2014.
Helen Mirren will reprise her role as The Queen in 'The Audience', on Broadway.
Helen Mirren will reprise her critically-acclaimed role as Queen Elizabeth II on New York City's Broadway, it has been announced. Mirren won an Oscar for Stephen Frears'2006 movie and performed the same role in Peter Morgan's stage adaptation, The Audience - which is now moving across the Atlantic.
Helen Mirren [L] will play The Queen [R] on Broadway [Getty/WPA Pool]
The play won critical acclaim and sold out for its six-month stint in London last year. It is a composition of Morgan's imagined conversations between The Queen and her various advisors and ministers. Morgan had previously penned the hugely successful movie Frost/Nixon, outlining the aftermath of the Watergate Scandal.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Will Play The Queen On Broadway, Daldry Directing
Oscar contention starts early and we look at the British women who might be in with a chance of the Best Actress gong.
The biggest night in the film award circuit is still seven months away. But everyone knows the Oscars never stay silent for long and the films that look likely to be in contention for one of those coveted gold statues are starting to make their mark. Britain has a good few contenders in amongst the Best Actress pack including Emily Blunt, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren.
Could Emily Blunt's talents be recognised in the Oscar 2015 nomination list?
Emily Blunt stars in Into the Woods, a musical fantasy adapted from the highly-acclaimed Tony-award winning Broadway musical by Steven Sondheim and James Lapine. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it marks Disney’s first theatrical adaptation of a Broadway musical.
Continue reading: Blunt, Mirren Or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?
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The film also stars Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance and Max Irons and tells the true story of a women attepting to reclaim her heritage and identity, while seeking justice for what happened to her family during The Second World War.
Helen Mirren plays Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who went up against the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis. Reynolds has taken on the role of Maria's lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, who fights the case for her although he knows little about art.
Bob Hoskins' daughter has posted a touching blog article.
The daughter of the late actor Bob Hoskins has posted a touching blog article, revealing the 11 life lessons that the famous actor gave her before dying in hospital on Wednesday (May 30, 2014). Hoskins died of pneumonia aged 71, with his family by his side. He had retired from acting two years ago after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Rosa Hoskins [L] with her father Bob Hoskins
His youngest daughter Rosa released a moving tribute to her father, who will be best remembered for his classic performance in The Long Good Friday, as well as in Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Continue reading: "Never Give Up" Bob Hoskins Leaves 11 Life Lessons For Daughter
Alongside Cate Blanchett you wouldn't guess which stars also have tattoos.
Cate Blanchett really wanted to commemorate her Oscar win on Sunday, and what better more permanent way is there then getting yourself a tattoo? The actress was seen leaving a tattoo parlour with a bandage on her wrist opening speculation as to what special ink the ‘Blue Jasmine’ star might have had done. While we were a little surprised at the image of Cate getting tattooed she’s not the only celeb sporting some unlikely ink.
Cate Blanchett went from the red carpet to a tattoo palour after her Oscar win
Firstly none other thank Dame Helen Mirren has gone under the tattoo needle. The actress sports some ink on her left thumb of all places. The Dame said she got it when she was very drunk, a long time ago before tattoos were cool and mainstream, which is why she hates it now. She told ‘Good Morning America’ back in 2010 "I was very, very drunk. It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell's Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners. And I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing." Seems Helen was always ahead of her time.
Continue reading: Cate Blanchett's Oscar Tattoo, And Other Surprising Celebrity Ink
The Brits had their own little party
Captain Phillips, Gravity, Iron Man 3, Karama Has No Walls, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Philomena, Prisoners, Room on the Broom, The Act of Killing; The Invisible Woman, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, and The Voorman Problem. These films all have a British spine in common, and will be celebrated at tomorrow night’s Oscars ceremony.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star in 12 Years a Slave
But the revelry won’t begin on the red carpet; last night saw an all-out anglo-centric bash in dedication to the British influence on this year’s Academy Awards. The Great British Film event was held at the home of the British Consul General Chris O'Connor, who said: "The UK consistently features as the country with the most nominations outside of the US, and this year is no exception, with our world-class nominees in everything from acting and directing to music, animation and visual effects."
Lynda La Plante is penning 'Tennison', a prequel to 'Prime Suspect'.
Lynda La Plante has confirmed she is writing a sequel to Prime Suspect which will be adapted for TV in 2016. The prequel, called Tennison, will flesh out the back story of La Plante's famous detective, played by Helen Mirren in the classic ITV series.
Helen Mirren Was Already A Star When She Joined 'Prime Suspect'
"I am extremely excited to have begun work on the Tennison project. Jane Tennison is a character who millions of people know and admire from my books and TV series, Prime Suspect, portrayed brilliantly by Helen Mirren," La Plante told This Morning on Tuesday.
Continue reading: Lynda La Plante Writing 'Prime Suspect' Prequel, Confirms TV Show
Stars such as Dame Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Joan Collins were all in attendance at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's sixty years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II were on hand to greet a very privileged group of actors at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening (Feb 17th).
The star-studded event, which included Dame Helen Mirren, was to celebrate the Queen's sixtieth year as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution of the dramatic arts to national life.
The Duchess of Cambridge sported a recycled red Alexander McQueen dress, which she last wore during the Diamond Jubilee, as she welcomed the film and stage stars.
One of the greatest living actresses in British cinema - Dame Helen Mirren - will be honored by the British Academy of Film And Television Arts on Sunday, February 16.
Dame Helen Mirren is basically royalty now, or at least as close as possible. Having played two queens in her career, the 68-year-old actress will be awarded a fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts from none other than Prince William at the BAFTA Awards on Feb. 16. That must mean she’s done something right, Mirren reckons.
Despite her long and storied career, Helen Mirren continues to get starstruck by her favorite actors.
"I think it feels pretty amazing, actually, because I don't think he'd do it if the royal family felt I had messed up," Mirren, who played Elizabeth II in a 2006 film by Stephen Frears, told The Hollywood Reporter. "So I hope it's a sign they don't think I messed up. But I don't know, and I will never know for sure."
Continue reading: Dame Helen Mirren Strives To Keep Learning From Fellow Actors
The speech is happening, and that's fine
Helen Mirren is in the rare position of knowing she’s to make a speech when the Baftas roll around this Sunday. Dame, Helen Mirren – we should say - will be awarded with the Fellowship at the British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London. The legendary actress said Helen felt "absolutely thrilled, proud, excited," to be the recipient of the accolade.
Helen Mirren is to recieve the fellowship on Sunday
"It's really nice to go to this sort of ceremony knowing you've won. None of those kind of nerves. Knowing that you've got to make a speech, so and I never imagined that I would,” she said. “I always thought of myself as a bit of an outsider really, sort of the naughty girl. So I feel like the naughty girl suddenly made prefect. Got my prefect badge for good behavior," she said, according to The Telegraph.
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Enjoys 'Knowing She's Won' Ahead Of Bafta Fellowship
Helen Mirren was the big winner at the London Evening Standard Awards.
Dame Helen Mirren won again for her portrayal of the Queen at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday evening (Sunday 17, 2013). The actress, who won an Oscar for Stephen Frears' The Queen in 2007, was named best actress for her performance as the monarch in the West End stage play The Audience.
Helen Mirren Won Best Actress At The Evening Standard Awards
The best actor prize was shared between Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear for their performances in Shakespeare's Othello and Iago at the National Theatre.
Luke Treadaway was the big winner at the biggest night on the British theatre calendar.
Luke Treadaway, the British actor often dubbed a 'rising star' in the industry, won best actor at a glitzy Olivier Awards ceremony in London on Sunday (April 28, 2013). The National Theatre's adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 murder mystery The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time won seven awards in total, with Treadaway fending off stiff competition from Mark Rylance, James McAvoy and Rupert Everett to win best actor for his role as maths genius and Aspergers sufferer Christopher Boone, who sets out to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbour's dog.
Curious Case Winnerds Nicola Walker [L] and Best Actor Luke Treadaway [R]
"This is for everyone who worked on the show. I can't believe it.This is absolutely amazing," said Treadaway after accepting the award from Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall. His co-star Nicola Walker was named best supporting actress for her role as Christopher's guilt ridden mother, saying, "My agent told me to breathe if I won, and my husband told me not to swear...Every single day of rehearsals and every single performance was a prize, so this is completely overwhelming."
Continue reading: Luke Treadaway Upsets The Odds To Win Best Actor Olivier Award [Photos]
Monsters University is sure to be a summer hit for Pixar.
Mike and Sulley enter the Oozma Kappa house
The new worldwide trailer for Disney/Pixar's Monsters University introduces Helen Mirren's character Dean Hardscrabble whilst also featuring Steve Buscemi, John Krasinski, Alfred Molini and, of course, Billy Crystal and John Goodman as Mike and Sulley. The latest clip focuses on the duo as they study to become "scarers. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 21, 2013 and a few weeks later on July 12 in the UK.
The trailer opens with students extolling the virtues of Monsters University, "Imagine a university where I can unique...and learn what I love," says one wide-eyed student. It's quickly established that the institution's main job is to teach young monsters how to become scary. "I'm gonna scare circles around you this year," Mike tells his roommate Sulley, "You're not even in the same league as me," comes the confident reply, "You don't have to study scaring, you just do it!"
No one should be questioning why Helen Mirren has dyed her hair pink, but simply basking in its rouge glory. Mirren should stay pink forever. Despite the 'why' of the pink hair not being needed, her reply, when some children asked her, was as unexpected as the hue itself.
In a Telegraph video of the iconic actress, she said. "I just thought it would be fun. You know honestly, I was watching America's Next Top Model... and you know the British girl who won? Well, she had pink hair and I just thought 'Oooh that's looks really pretty!' So, I'm copying her basically." Who knew Helen Mirren watched ANTM?
Mirren was at the BAFTAS having been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Hitchcock, a movie about Alfred Hitchcock during the period in which he filmed his seminal thriller, Psycho. In other exciting Mirren news, the BBC reports that she'll be lending her voice to a Pixar movie. Having played three Queens during her career, she's returning as another matriarch acting the voice of the head of the university that Mike and Sulley attend in the Monsters Inc. prequel movie, Monsters University which is set for release in July 2013.
What could have been an intriguing look at how Alfred Hitchcock created one of his most iconic masterpieces is instead turned into a gently entertaining romp. We may enjoy watching the twists and turns as this troubled project takes shape, but the script simply never breaks the surface or gives its stars any real depth to play with. So in the end, the most engaging thing about the film ends up being the portrayal of Hitchcock's marriage.
The story starts with the 1959 premiere of North by Northwest, a hit that critics dismissed as more of the same from a master resting on his laurels. So Hitchcock (Hopkins) decides to give them something unexpected, and takes his first foray into horror based on the little-known novel Psycho, a fictionalised story about a real serial killer. Working closely with his wife Alma (Mirren) on every aspect of the film, he is in constant conflict with the studio chief (Portnow) and the chief censor (Smith), who both believe the material is too strong. Meanwhile, Alma is tired of him flirting with his leading ladies (Johansson and Biel), so she takes a side job with a writer (Huston) who wants to be more than friends.
Oddly, neither director Gervasi (Anvil) nor writer McLaughlin (Black Swan) seems interested in getting beneath the surface of their central character, so Hitchcock is little more than the jovial caricature we saw in his TV anthology series. Hiding under layers of prosthetic face and body fat, Hopkins is good but never seems to break a sweat in the role. Which leaves Mirren to steal the film as Alma, mainly by departing from reality to create a more intriguing movie character instead. And Collette adds some spice as Hitchcock's assistant. But as the cast of Psycho, Johansson (as Janet Leigh), Biel (Vera Miles) and D'Arcy (Anthony Perkins) are only given small details to define them, which leaves them lurking uninterestingly around the edges.
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Dame Helen Mirren and Paul Rudd shared a passionate embrace last night left the audience, host and other guest laughing but stunned with their antics as they discussed on-screen kisses on the episode of The Graham Norton Show that aired last night (Feb 1).
Recalling his time spent kissing Jack Nicholson (it was part of a movie), the Oscar-winning actress asked Rudd to recreate the scene from 2010's How Do You Know (in which Nicholson stared as Rudd's father) using her as the kiss recipient. Needless to say Rudd gladly obliged, but how often does an opertunity like that come up? Both looked pretty pleased with themselves too after the kiss (naturally), with Mirren gladly wiping her lipstick from Rudd's mouth post-lip lock, leaving a flu-ridden co-guest Leslie Mann clearly taken aback (and probably a little envious too) whilst the audience and host howled with laughter.
The Graham Norton show is well known for it's out of the blue antics, as is Mirren when she appears on talk shows. During her last talk show appearance on Jonathan Ross' show, the actress admitted to taking LSD in her youth, although made sure to reiterate it was her first and last time of doing so.
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As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
Praised for its wit and style, RED proved to be an unexpected success, and while not every critic was impressed, a worldwide gross of $186,100,000 certainly pleased the studio. RED 2 brings back the team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe. Filming started in Montreal in September.
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Following the perilous events of the first movie, former CIA agent Frank Moses tries yet again to retire quietly with his young partner Sarah. However, he is soon chased down by his paranoid buddy Marvin Boggs who isn't taking to retirement as well as Frank is and is determined to set out on a new mission; to find a nuclear device that is being hunted by a group government officials, terrorists and brutal assassins. Meanwhile, the aging MI6 agent Victoria is mildly curious to learn that she has been contracted to hunt and kill Frank despite the pair being friends. 'Red 2' is set to be full of more death-defying adventures, dry humour and nigh on impossible missions as the Retired, Extremely Dangerous crew get together once more.
'Red 2' is the follow up from the 2010 movie directed by Robert Schwentke ('The Time Traveller's Wife') and based on the graphic novel mini-series created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner on DC Comics' Homage. This time we have an all new director, Oscar winner Dean Parisot ('Galaxy Quest', 'Fun with Dick and Jane'), and two returns from screenwriters Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber ('Battleship', 'Whiteout'). It's an action comedy due for release in the UK on August 2nd 2013.
Director: Dean Parisot
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This year's Golden Globes ceremony takes place tonight (Jan 13), and its categories - much like the categories in most of this years awards - look wide open.
At the Golden Globes in particular, it looks as though this year could see the bulk of the prizes going to British recipients, with the ladies in particular providing hope that a few gongs will be getting sent across the Atlantic. Dames Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are all vying for awards, with Dame Smith up for two acting gongs - for The Quartet and Downton Abbey. Meanwhile Aussie-Brit Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt and Rachel Weisz are up for awards, whilst Daniel Day-Lewis is looking like the man to beat in the Best Actor category.
Still, Day-Lewis could be beat, meaning he will have to wait til his next film to take his tally of awards up a notch (he always gets nominated at the very least). Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington are probably his biggest threats, but really the award is pretty much Lewis' already. If he doesn't win though, there's a pretty good chance that Damien Lewis could bring the gold home for the UK, being nominated in the television category for Best Actor for his role on Homeland.
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Dame Helen Mirren has been honoured with a long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her achievements as an Oscar winning actress.
'The Queen' star was thrilled by the accolade which became the 2,488th star on the Hollywood Boulevard. 'I really can't believe it', she said. 'I'm going to finally lie next to Colin Firth - something I've been wanting to do for a very long time.' She refers to the British actor, known for his charm, who received a Star in 2011 following an Academy Award win for his portrayal of King George in 2010's 'The Kings Speech'. Mirren continued: 'I think it's very good for the British monarchy that, here, on Hollywood Boulevard, the King and the Queen are going to actually sleep together, for the rest of history.' She also revealed that she planned to return to the plaque in disguise and noted that she was proud to be 'henceforth walked on upon, have fries dropped upon, maybe even be peed upon, by future generations of tourists, Angelinos and their dogs'.
The actress has had a prolific career but 'The Queen' is her best known work, winning her an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award. She won two other Screen Actors Guild awards for her film work plus a further one and two Golden Globes for her TV work, not to mention four Emmys.
Regardless of being dead for over thirty years, Alfred Hitchcock is still one of Hollywood's biggest names and with a host of biopics set to be released about the late director's life on both the silver and the small screen, then it is more than likely that his fame will only increase in the coming months.
Helen Mirren, who stars as Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville in the upcoming biopic Hitchcock, has spoken of her brief encounter with the Hollywood legend, and it sounds as though the meeting could have gone a little better.
One of the stars of the new movie, which follows the making of Hitchcock's most controversial film Psycho, Mirren detailed her experience in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. According to the Oscar-winner, who detailed her experience of auditioning for Hitchcock's film Frenzy in the early 1970s in the interview, revealed, "I don't think he would have auditioned me; I think he either thought you looked right or you didn't."
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It was always going to be a tough order to pull off an homage to the great Alfred Hitchcock, but Sacha Gervasi has largely gained kudos from the reviewers for having a going at it, though his biopic Hitchcock has by no means found unanimous approval from the grizzled hacks of the critical world.
Director Gervasi certainly can’t be faulted for the cast he assembled for the film; Sir Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock himself, with other characters played by the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Dame Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel and Toni Collette. Certainly the reviewers found the cast to be their usual excellent selves. “Hopkins catches the essence of Hitchcock as artist and con man. And Mirren is stellar as his wife and secret weapon. The pleasure of their company adds sparkle to this unexpectedly poignant look at a career and a marriage” wrote Rolling Stone. The Chicago Sun Times was a little more guarded but wrote “Anthony Hopkins, superb actor although he is, would not seem to be an obvious choice to play Hitchcock, but I accepted him. His makeup job is transformative.”
However, as to the film itself – which is far more of an interpretation than a factual account of the film director’s life – it found a mixed response, with Variety frustrated by its deviation: “Hitchcock offers almost zero insight into the peculiar workings of creative genius, or into the rich, taboo-shattering legacy of the film whose making it documents” it wrote. That said, if we’re to believe the New York Observer it’s “one of the best movies of 2012”, suggesting that the jury still remains somewhat out on this one.
Alfred Hitchcock was in his sixties and struggling to come up with a fresh idea for a new movie; that was until the notoriously terrifying story of 'Psycho' by Robert Bloch came along in 1959. Arguably one of his best ideas for a movie to date, the Oscar nominated Hitchcock set to work pulling it together despite the extreme scepticism of his wife Alma Reville and Paramount Pictures who disapproved of the degree of horror the movie maker was planning to utilise. In fact, he was so confident that he was willing to pour in thousands of dollars for the film to be made when he was refused his usual budget from the studio; an action that Alma found irresponsible and rather worrying.
'Hitchcock' is drama biopic strongly focused on Alfred's often strained though very loving relationship with his wife and has been based on the book 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho' by Stephen Rebello. Directed by Sacha Gervasi ('Anvil: The Story of Anvil' documentary) and written by BAFTA nominee John J. McLaughlin ('Man of the House', 'Black Swan'), this is story of how 'Psycho', one of the greatest films of all time, was made including its inspiration from real-life Winconsin murderer and grave robber Ed Gein. It is set for release on February 8th 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Hopkins, James D'Arcy, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ralph Macchio, Toni Collette, Judith Hoag, Danny Huston, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Portnow, John Rothman, Tara Summers, Helen Mirren.
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HBO’s The Girl tells the tale of Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with the screen star Tippi Hedren - played by Sienna Miller. The story itself seems to be the real winner here; the TV movie explores the theory that Hitchcock (played by Toby Jones) “behaved like a psychotic lout” towards Tippi Hedren during the two films that they made together (The Birds and Marnie).
When Hedren spurns Hitchcock’s sexual advances, he uses his directorial power to torture her. When filming The Birds, he insists that she films take after take of the scenes in which she is attacked by birds. He does his best to break her spirit but ultimately, she remains strong and ultimately retains the upper hand.
New York Daily News have praised the feature, saying that Miller and Jones’ performances “keep the story alive and moving,” though Jones’ Hitchcock has but one dimension: “an arrogant egomaniac who was unpleasant to everyone around him.” Imelda Staunton is landed with the role of his unenviable wife, portrayed here as an “enabler” of his torrid behavior. The power of this disturbing story, according to chron.com is so fierce that you will be left feeling like you need to take a shower afterwards. According to their report though, Toby Jones’ performance is caricatured and lacking in authenticity.
For over 12 years Prospera and her daughter Miranda have been exiled by Prospera's brother to a baron island where they live a life of solitude accompanied only by spirits and one non-spiritual occupant; Caliban, the son of a witch who died just before the arrival of the two human souls.
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The Guardians of Ga'Hoole are sworn to protect the innocent from trouble and vanquish evil. Soren is a young owl who's grown up listening to his father tell the stories of The Gaurdians. His dream is to one day join his heroes and be a part of that noble life he's learnt so much about.
Valentin (McAvoy) is a young Tolstoyan in 1910 assigned by the movement's leader Chertkov (Giamatti) to keep an eye on Leo Tolstoy (Plummer) and his sceptical wife Sofya (Mirren). But what Valentin finds is a lively, loving marriage that's strong enough to include opposing views. This isn't good enough for Chertkov, who moves to get Leo to change his will to leave everything to the movement. Which of course enrages Sofya. Meanwhile, Valentin is experiencing his first flush of love with a Tolstoyan commune resident (Condon).
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Since their last adventure, things have changed rather significantly for Team Ben Gates (a null set Nicolas Cage). Our hero is continuing his treasure-hunting ways, but he's broken up with gal pal Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger). Papa Gates (a lost Jon Voight) has been helping sonny boy over his rough relationship patch, while tech wiz sidekick Riley Poole (a far too-wisecracking Justin Bartha) has published a book and is deep in debt to the IRS. When a mysterious figure named Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) shows up, carrying a page out of John Wilkes Booth's diary implicating Gates' forefather in the assassination of Lincoln, the ancestors vow to clear his name. Turns out the long dead relative could have been trying to hide the location of the lost City of Gold -- Cibola -- from conspiring Confederate rebels. It's up to Gates to find the truth, and the vast wealth at the end of said quest.
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Following on from Hilton's claim last year that she is the latest in a long and iconic line of blond women, Dame Helen Mirren has supported the view, stating that Hilton is the modern day Princess Diana.
According to Dame Helen Mirren, Parris Hilton is the modern-day equivalent of Princess Diana. The Oscar-winning actress, who recently portrayed Queen Elizabeth 2nd in 'The Queen', insists that both Hilton and Diana have gained their popularity by making a name for themselves as more than just a 'dumb blond'.
Mirren explains: "I don't applaud Paris Hilton... but I think she's pretty cool. She's developed, like Princess Diana, that deliberate foolishness, which is disarming." You'd be wrong to think that Mirren is the only person to hold this view, as Hilton herself sees herself as the most recent member of an elite group of "iconic blondes" from history and popular culture.
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It begins with the landslide election of Prime Minister Tony Blair (a shockingly good Michael Sheen) and moves to the car accident that led to Di's death. Frears then meditates on the decisions and the struggle between modernism and tradition that Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren) and her family must consider in the wake of not just a familial, but worldwide, day of mourning. For those who don't remember, after the death, there was major pressure for the family to mourn in public, to show their grief and prove that even though Di wasn't part of the family anymore, they were still in a state of solemnity.
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As a rite of passage, American children join the scouts. Older British women, as a similar rite of passage, join the National Federation of Women's Institutes, shortened to the W.I. by its faithful members. The group holds true the notions of enlightenment, fun, and friendship, though lately they've been in a rut. Guest speakers to the group have brought the latest news on cauliflower. Not quite headline-worthy material.
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Raising Helen is all about Hudson, who stars in the title role, when it should focus on other topics -- the ties of family, coping with tragedy, and starting your life from scratch. The movie harps on how Helen's glamorous life is turned upside down when she is bequeathed her sister's three kids. The story should be on how hard it is for the kids, rather than Helen's bemoaning how fat her ass has gotten.
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Sarah Polley, an exquisite actress, stars as a young journalist-wannabe named Beatrice (in pigtails, natch) who flies to Iceland to locate her boyfriend, who has gone missing along with his entire TV crew. Her plan crashes, she undergoes surgery to get fixed up, then continues on to Iceland where she discovers the fate of her guy: He was killed by a monster (played by Robert John Burke) who lives like a hermit in an abandoned building.
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One simple thing a filmmaker can do to make a picture better is to clearly establish time and place. You'd think that such a thing would be a given, but it's surprising how many filmmakers disregard this simple concept.
For the new film "The Clearing," writer Justin Haythe and writer/director Pieter Jan Brugge (a producer on "Bulworth," The Insider" and other films, making his directorial debut) probably intended to play with time, to bend it and stretch it to serve their purposes. But in the end, they only serve to alienate us by deliberately confusing us.
The film begins like a standard-issue kidnapping story, similar to 2000's "Proof of Life" and a dozen others. The filmmakers cut back and forth between the kidnap victim and his fretting wife, trying to build an equal amount of suspense within each storyline.
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On a cutting room floor somewhere lie 15 to 20 minutes of footage that might have made the metaphorical monster movie "No Such Thing" a trenchant, ironic cultural satire instead of a frustrating misfire.
It's a caustic, deadpan, beauty-and-the-beast comedy that takes wide swipes at Western civilization's social ills and the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality of media-induced modern cynicism -- and does it well up to a point. But just as the story hits its stride, writer-director Hal Hartley ("Flirt," "Henry Fool") fast-forwards through what should be the film's heart.
Innocently intellectual Sarah Polley ("Go," "eXistenZ") stars as Beatrice, a guileless gopher for a cold-hearted TV news producer (a whimsically savage Helen Mirren) who begs and pleads for her big chance to become a reporter by following up on the disappearance of a network news crew in Iceland that included her cameraman fiancé.
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