Dec 15
2019

In case you’re still looking for a Christmas present, consider a digital or home video release of “Catherine the Great”, which has been released in the United Kingdom a couple of weeks ago. “Catherine the Great is the epic, romantic and stunning masterpiece series following the power, politics, and passions of the legendary monarch, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms. Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as one of the greatest rulers in history, the legendary mother of the Russian Empire, Catherine the Great. This sweeping, beautifully shot series is one of the must-see shows of the year. Helmed by Emmy® award-winning writer Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) and director Philip Martin (TV’s The Crown), the series co-stars Jason Clarke (Mudbound, The Man with the Iron Heart), Gina McKee (TV’s Bodyguard, The Borgias) and Rory Kinnear (TV’s Years and Years, Peterloo). Dazzler Media presents Catherine the Great out now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital: https://amzn.to/2ltnpih.

Dec 09
2019

Congratulations to Helen Mirren for receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Catherine the Great”. She shares the category with Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever, both for “Unbelievable”, Joey King for “The Act” and Michelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon”. Mirren is the sole nominee for “Catherine the Great, which has been “overlooked” in the other television categories. The three-hour telecast hosted by Ricky Gervais will air live on NBC coast to coast Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST.

Best Performance by an Actress in a in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable)
Joey King (The Act)
Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great)
Merritt Wever (Unbelievable)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Dec 04
2019

According to the Berlin International Film Festival’s official website, Helen Mirren will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the festival announced Wednesday. Mirren, who won the best actress Oscar and Golden Globe in 2007 for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’ The Queen, will attend Berlin to receive her award Feb. 27, 2020. In addition, Berlin will screen a retrospective of Mirren’s films, including The Queen, The Long Good Friday (1980), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), The Last Station (2009) and The Good Liar (2019). “Helen Mirren is a strong personality whose powerful portrayals are always impressive. She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters — whether it’s Chris in Calendar Girls or Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women, and it is our great pleasure to award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement,” said Mariette Rissenbeek, executive director of the Berlinale. In addition to her film work — which has included Hollywood action franchises RED and The Fast and the Furious — Mirren is one of Britain’s most acclaimed theater actress and has won numerous honors for her stage performances, including Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards. In 2003, she was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to drama.

Nov 26
2019

While “The Good Liar” received a rather lukewarm recognition from critics and moviegoers alike, it’s difficult to say how – or if – Helen Mirren will be recognized by award juries during the upcoming awards season. I’d say that, despite maybe a surprise nomination at the Golden Globes, there won’t be enough steam or campaigning for the film and Mirren’s performance to be part of the circus. AARP has raised the curtain on the nominations for its 19th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, with Netflix’s “The Two Popes” leading with seven mentions, followed by the streamer’s “The Irishman” and Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with six each. Helen Mirren has received a nomination as Best Actress. The AARP also set Tony Danza to host the January 11 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Earlier this month, the group set Annette Bening to receive its AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Frankie
Helen Mirren, The Good Liar
Julianne Moore, Gloria Bell
Alfre Woodard, Clemency
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Nov 22
2019

Mark Strong and Helen Mirren will star in a production of Oedipus, it has been confirmed by producer Sonia Friedman Productions. Robert Icke’s adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, which follows a family beset by personal tragedy, has yet to reveal dates, venues, ticket info or further creative team members, but it is rumoured that the show will be presented in the West End. Icke previously adapted the tragedy into Dutch, with a Toneelgroep production running at the Edinburgh International Festival last summer. Mirren previously appeared in The Audience in the West End, while Strong worked with Icke on The Red Barn at the National. Icke’s adaptation of The Doctor, which had its world premiere at the Almeida earlier this year, will embark on a small tour before running in the West End starring Juliet Stevenson, with Sonia Friedman Productions acting as a co-producer on that show. More information about Oedipus is to be announced soon.