I’ve been kept away from updating the site for a couple of weeks, so let’s get the photo gallery up to date with some additional pictures of Helen Mirren’s various appearances in Jerusalem last month. Also, pictures from the Art Recovery Hearing have been added as well. Thanks to Helen’s Girl for contributing some unseen images. To view all last added pictures, click any of the previews below.

Make sure to grab your DVD or Blu-Ray copy of “Eye in the Sky”, as it has been released in the USA today. The film and Helen Mirren’s lead performance have received rave Reviews from the critics back when it theatrically released in February – but as almost always with war films, the box office numbers have been underwhelming, to say modest at least. Blu-Ray screencaptures from the film as well as its making of have been added to the photo pallery.

This week, Helen Mirren is in Jerusalem to host the Genesis Prize, known as “the Jewish Nobel”. Her arrival and various sightings have been covered, as was the press conference for the prize, which will be given this year to Itzhak Perlman. During her stay, Helen has been honored with the Jerusalem of Gold Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Barkat then took her to visit the City of David, an archaeological site of ancient Jerusalem, and said Mirren “has inspired millions through her artistic craftsmanship and devotion to bettering the world.” The actress also joined British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, at his residence to celebrate Shakespeare. The pair helped launch ‘Mix the Play’, which is part of a global project to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. The brainchild of the British Council in Israel, the initiative allows people to direct a scene from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, before sharing it online. Pictures from all mentioned events have been added to the photo gallery. If you’re able to find additional press coverage, please let me know. Edit: Pictures from the Genesis prize ceremony have been added as well.

Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – The Genesis Prize – Ceremony
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – The British Council’s Mix the Play Ceremony
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – Jerusalem of Gold Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – The Genesis Prize – Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – The Genesis Prize – Sightings
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – The Genesis Prize – Arrivals Reception

Here comes a great blast from the past that deserves a special mention – basically because I’ve been looking for it for so long 🙂 In December 1983, Mel Brooks was featured in a television special called “An Audience with Mel Brooks”, featuring skits and stand-up – and some unintentionally cringe-worthy audience questions, by the likes of Julie Walters and Helen Mirren. The latter segment, in which Mirren and Jonathan Pryce challenge Brooks for a Hamlet competition, has been added to the archive. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery as well.

Helen Mirren hasn’t been shy about wanting a role in the Fast and Furious franchise. In a 2015 interview, Mirren, who has a long list of serious acting credentials piled up, talked about how much she, like many people, love Vin Diesel. Well, it looks like Diesel finally came through. Mirren confirmed in an interview with Elle that she’ll get behind the wheel in Fast 8 and hopefully blow some stuff up.

I want to be making film and theater, but film is particularly relevant. I like it to be serious. Of course, having said that I’m about to do Fast and Furious 8. But that’s for the fun of it. So maybe that’s what I want as well, some fun and some relevant, serious, important movies.

There are no further details about the role she’ll play, but Fast 8 is sure to make good use of her acting chops. Mirren is one of the latest character actresses joining big franchise movies – Laura Linney is part of the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” and later this year, Toni Collette will be seen opposite Vien Diesel in “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”.

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