Dec 08
2016

The US promotion for “Collateral Beauty” is in full swing and Helen Mirren has been a guest on “The View”, “CBS News” and “CBS This Morning” (the latter two basically did the same interview) for the film’s theatrical release on December 16. Additionally, lots of promotional featurettes and stills have been published, as you can see in the next update.

First, clips from all recent talkshow appearances have been added to our brand-new video archive. Then, pictures from the “Collateral Beauty” press conference in New York, the taping of “Popcorn with Peter Travers” and a luncheon in honor of Helen’s AARP magazine cover have been added to the photo gallery.


Nov 30
2016

Helen Mirren graces the cover of AARP Magazine’s December 2016 / January 2017 cover. Their website not only features a stunning new pictorial but also an in-depth interview with lots of great insight on her career and living in America, traveling the US as a young theater actress, her “Collateral Beauty” co-stars and the constant pressure (or rather constant question) of eternal youth: “The best thing about being over 70 is being over 70. Certainly when I was 45, the idea of being 70 was like, “Arghhh!” But you only have two options in life: Die young or get old. There is nothing else. The idea of dying young when you’re 25 is kind of cool — a bit romantic, like James Dean. But then you realize that life is too much fun to do that. It’s fascinating and wonderful and emotional. So you just have to find a way of negotiating getting old psychologically and physically.” The full interview can be read over at the AARP website.

Nov 30
2016

As previously reported, Pirelli Calender is continuing to maintain last year’s tradition of photographing women to showcase a liberated and natural side of them. For this year’s edition, 14 actresses are modeling for German photographer and director Peter Lindbergh for a series of black and white photo of the actresses without any makeup or air brushing. From Kate Winset and Nicole Kidman to Helen Mirren and Penelope Cruz, all the actresses are excited about leaving behind the tonnes of makeup that goes into creating the myth of a perfect woman. To celebrate the calendar’s unveiling, a press conference and premiere was held yesterday in Paris. With many thanks to Claudia, hundreds of pictures have been added to the photo gallery. The Lindbergh photography of Helen Mirren can be found here.


Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – Pirelli Calendar 2017 by Peter Lindberg Premiere
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2016 – Pirelli Calendar 2017 by Peter Lindberg Photocall

Nov 12
2016

Marie Claire has posted a wonderful extensive article on Helen Mirren, featuring a couple of stage photographs and a school picture on their website: When Helen Mirren was invited to appear on Michael Parkinson’s eponymous chat show in 1975, he must have assumed she would be one of his less contentious guests. This was her first primetime appearance and he was the doyen of celebrity interviews – how could it possibly go wrong? Yet it did – for him – as seen when the footage resurfaced on social media and went viral last August. When Parkinson blithely suggested her ‘equipment’ (nodding towards her breasts) might detract from her acting, Mirren didn’t simper and giggle as he clearly expected her to. Instead, quietly ‘enraged’ as she would later reveal, the actress – then 30 – shut down his sexist questioning with masterful aplomb: ‘I’d like you to explain what you mean by “my equipment”, you mean my fingers? Come on, spit it out,’ she urged him, before dismissing his questions as ‘boring’. Now a Dame, with her latest film Collateral Beauty hitting cinemas this December, she is one of only 13 actresses ever to have achieved what’s known as the Triple Crown of Acting – winning a Tony, Emmy and Oscar. Born Illiana Lydia Petrovna Mironova on 26 July, 1945, in west London, she was one of three children. Her Russian father Vasily, a civil servant, anglicised their names when Helen was nine. Her mother, Kathleen, was the daughter of an east London butcher who supplied meat to Queen Victoria. The family relocated to Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when Mirren was two, because her parents felt the seaside was a nicer place to raise children. Mirren is fiercely proud of her roots. ‘I am still very much an Essex girl,’ she said. ‘My poshed-over voice was all learnt.’ The complete article can be read here.

Oct 07
2016

Here comes a real treat for the archives. Helen Mirren’s career will always be related to The Queen, or several queens. After all, these performances have won her the triple crown of acting – an Emmy for “Elizabeth I.”, the Oscar for “The Queen” and, most recently, the Tony Award for “The Audience” – a fictional recount of The Queen’s meetings with the Prime Ministers during her reign. Stage performances are almost impossible to find, so it’s a wonderful exception to the rule that the National Theater has broadcast and streamed various performance in the past years, including “The Audience”. Over 1.000 screencaptures from the National Theater taping have been added to the photo gallery. Enjoy.