February 26, 2007 |
AFTER a stately progression from award show to award show, in which she demonstrated how to be gracious, witty and still sexy at 61, Helen Mirren finally ascended to the gold circle Sunday, picking up the Oscar for best actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen." It's been a long time coming for Mirren, who has won almost every other acting award on the planet, including the Golden Globe, the Emmy and Britain's BAFTA award. She had been nominated twice before for the Oscar.
January 16, 2007
No one cracks wise like the Brits, and they were in fine form Monday night. Backstage, even Helen Mirren told a naughty joke: You can tell if an Essex girl's had good sex, she said -- she "drops her fries." And if Mirren wins an Oscar for her performance in "The Queen"? "I'll definitely drop my fries then." JEREMY IRONS "Why is it that the jobs that are the most fun are the ones that give you the awards? It's like you don't deserve them. I was up against a [gob] of people ...
January 11, 2007 |
TO say that Helen Mirren is having a run that most performers only dream of is something of an understatement. In August, she won an Emmy for her performance in the HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I." And she's been the recipient of numerous honors from critics' groups, as well as receiving nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, for her current turn as another British monarch -- Elizabeth II -- in the feature "The Queen."
December 20, 2006 |
PETER MORGAN is having an entire Hollywood career in the span of a few months. He wrote best picture contender "The Queen," adapted "The Last King of Scotland" for likely Oscar nominee Forest Whitaker and wrote the hit London play "Frost / Nixon," which Morgan will adapt for director Ron Howard. On a recent afternoon, the 43-year-old British writer was hardly the star attraction inside a West Hollywood restaurant. That honor went to Jennifer Lopez, seated two tables over. As more than a dozen paparazzi literally climbed over the restaurant's walls for a shot of the "Gigli" star, Morgan -- when he wasn't marveling over the photographers' pluck -- talked about what he calls his "insane, perfect storm" of a year.
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.
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.
April 22, 2006 |
With last fall's BBC/PBS "The Virgin Queen" still fading from the retina, it is apparently not a moment too soon for another run through the life of England's Elizabeth I. This time out, under the auspices of Britain's Channel 4 and our own HBO, it's Helen Mirren ascending the throne, following in a line of succession that runs from Sarah Bernhardt to Glenda Jackson to Cate Blanchett, and like Det.
April 16, 2006 |
CLEOPATRA was the first. Then Titania, the fairy queen; Geruth, a Danish queen; Queen Charlotte in "The Madness of King George"; and the voice of the queen in the animated "Prince of Egypt" -- oh, yes, and two reprisals of Cleopatra along the way. This year, actress Helen Mirren is about to extend a 42-year career sparkling with queenly parts with back-to-back roles as English queens -- Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.
April 16, 2006 |
EVERY film set has an undercurrent of whispers, heated speculation about who is sleeping with whom. And on a scorching day last summer at the Lithuanian Film Studio in this quiet Eastern European city, everyone had an opinion about a certain Elizabeth, leading lady and reported resident virgin. Had she or hadn't she? And if so, with whom? Was it dashing Leicester, her trusted advisor and constant companion? Or the dazzling young Essex, her latest obsession?
April 18, 2004 |
The morning sun plays across Helen Mirren's face as she looks over the rooftop across the street from her Manhattan hotel. She has a light, artistic touch with makeup, and her ash-blond hair sweeps past green eyes. Mirren, who has commanded stages on Broadway and in London and starred in movies, is perhaps best known as Inspector Jane Tennison, the heroine of PBS' acclaimed detective series "Prime Suspect."