May 22, 2013 |
Helen Mirren was pretty persuasive playing Queen Elizabeth in “The Queen,” winning the best actress Oscar. But she may just have given an even more compelling performance as the English monarch for a terminally ill 10-year-old boy. Oliver Burton, who has Down syndrome and has been diagnosed with cancer in his spine and bone marrow, wanted as a dying wish to meet the real Queen of England at Buckingham Palace, but the queen's schedule prevented...
February 22, 2013 |
Helen Mirren's big return to the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the new play "The Audience," by Peter Morgan, now will be a global event. Fans around the world will be able to experience the London stage production when it is broadcast to cinemas this summer as part of the National Theatre Live series. "The Audience," which has already begun performances at the Gielgud Theatre on London's West End, will be broadcast starting June 13. Movie times will vary by time zone, and there will be encore broadcasts throughout the summer. Participating theaters in the Los Angeles area include the Hollywood Chinese 6 theaters at Hollywood & Highland; the Downtown Independent; and the L.A.
March 1, 2014 |
The event: Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Cathy Schulman, president of Women in Film, cohosted a salute to the 2014 female Oscar nominees, presented by WIF's board of directors and Perrier-Jouet Champagne. (Mirren won for best leading actress in “The Queen;” producer Schulman, for “Crash.”) As Sunday's nominees gathered Friday at the Fig & Olive restaurant in Los Angeles for formal congratulations from partygoers, Mirren quietly offered them tips for the big night.
January 4, 1992 |
Female cops on American TV sooner or later assume a wide-legged stance, hold their gun in both hands and growl, "Freeze!" Less melodramatic, more realistic, Helen Mirren in "Prime Suspect" shows the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes struggle of a veteran British policewoman whose most characteristic quote is "Right! Let's get on with it." She's an organization woman in an organization that doesn't want her, or at least doesn't want her to command.
March 24, 2002 |
Helen Mirren and Nicole Kidman haven't met before this moment--the afternoon after the Academy Awards' nominee luncheon earlier this month. This is a blind date, at the behest of the Los Angeles Times, but that doesn't stop the pair from gabbing, about the actor's life, everything from hemorrhaging vocal cords and stage fright, to the idiosyncrasies of directors and the actresses' mutual love of Vegemite, a distinctly non-American affection for yeast extract.
August 23, 1999 |
Actress Marisa Coughlan had no idea she had a little devil lurking within her. That is until she had to make like "The Exorcist's" snarling Linda Blair for her role in the just-opened teen comedy thriller "Teaching Mrs. Tingle." "Apparently, demon possession wasn't much of a stretch for me, which was truly terrifying," the 25-year-old Coughlan jokes.
October 8, 2001 |
During World War II, Londoners still went to the theater, even during the Blitz when German bombs were falling. Actors and audiences had to find their way to shelters, sometimes in mid-performance. When an all-clear sounded, the show often went on. It is something that puzzled Helen Mirren for a long time. "I never understood how it could happen," the British-born actress says. "I asked my mother, and she said, 'Well, you just did it."
October 22, 1995 |
On the right night, the Top of the Tower on the 26th floor of the Beekman Hotel is one of those New York spots that can induce the head-spinning thrill of the opening montage of Woody Allen's "Manhattan." Last spring, on such a night, Helen Mirren, the English actress best known for her portrayal of Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the hit PBS series "Prime Suspect," was relaxing at a window table after performing in Turgenev's "A Month in the Country."
October 3, 2006 |
MOST actresses when they hit 40 fade from the screen. Hollywood considers them too old to even star opposite men in their 50s and 60s, and too wrinkled to have interesting inner lives of their own. They turn into ephemeral specters, flitting through the occasional art film, or donning the interesting character part. Remember Jessica Lange? Michelle Pfeiffer? Even ... Meg Ryan? Dame Helen Mirren is not one of those actresses.