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.
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."
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 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.
November 8, 2012 |
"I put up with those people who look through me as if I were invisible because all they can see is the great and glorious genius, Alfred Hitchcock. " - Alma Reville Hitchcock, as portrayed by Helen Mirren in "Hitchcock" It's not easy being a great man's wife. This fall, several high-end dramas go behind closed doors of tough marriages to explore how formidable women routinely get a lot of grief, but not a lot of credit, for spurring their husbands on to mighty accomplishments.
July 19, 2013 |
At 58, Jeff Daniels has made more than 40 movies, been nominated for three film Golden Globes and had one of the defining big-screen comedies of the 1990s ("Dumb & Dumber"). But before last year he had never been a TV-series regular - and had never been nominated for an Emmy Award. That changed Thursday, when the actor scored a lead actor in a drama nomination for his portrayal of anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's fictional cable-journalism series "The Newsroom. " Daniels leads a pack of film performers who have caught the television academy's eye with their move to the small screen.
November 8, 2006
The skinny: Helen Mirren's performance in "The Queen" is being heralded by critics. She received early kudos this summer at the Venice Film Festival. Will she sustain her hold on first place? *--* 1 Helen Mirren, "The Queen" 2 Penelope Cruz, "Volver" 3 Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal" 4 Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada" 5 Kate Winslet, "Little Children" *--* Log on to TheEnvelope.com for more of this week's Buzzmeter rankings.