May 08
2019

Social Bite’s sleepout is going global as the Edinburgh charity’s fundraising event will take place in Times Square, New York – with the help of Will Smith. Dame Helen Mirren has also signed up to Social Bite’s biggest charity campaign yet, with 50,000 people around the world sleeping outside to raise money for homelessness. Sleep in the Park, the brainchild of Social Bite founder Josh Littlejohn, has been growing and growing since it began in 2016. In December, 10,000 people took part in sleepouts in all of Scotland’s major cities. On Wednesday, Social Bite announced The World’s Big Sleep Out would take place on December 7 this year. The flagship event will be in Times Square, with Will Smith reading a “bedtime story” to those taking part. Dame Helen will read to those in London. Events will also be taking place in Edinburgh, Chicago, Newcastle, New Delhi, Santiago, Dublin, Newcastle, Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Brussels, Barcelona and Madrid. Social Bite said: “The campaign is positioned as the ‘Live Aid’ for the issue of global homelessness – a one-off international event aiming to raise an incredible $50,000,000 and focus global attention on the issue. “Holywood Stars Dame Helen Mirren and Will Smith have agreed to perform the ‘bed time story’ in London and New York respectively, with more big names and musicians yet to be announced throughout the world.” They added: “Partners for the campaign include the Malala Fund, UNICEF USA and the Institute of Global Homelessness, who will be able to support a target of around 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people with the funds raised. Local charities will also significantly benefit where the events take place. “What was born in Scotland is now being adopted worldwide, creating a unity like no other before. “We set out on this mission to be a Scotland for the world to follow, and we hope that this campaign will inspire others around the world to address this local, global and important issue. “We’re extremely proud to be a part of this incredible movement and we hope you are too.” You an find out more on the Big Sleep Out website here.

Apr 15
2019


Dame Helen Mirren was on hand at yesterday’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, and has said she was “scared” and “frightened” by her new role as Catherine the Great, according to The Independent. The actress – who stars as the titular Russian queen in the Sky Atlantic drama – described the show’s creator’s decision to write the part for her as a “terrible mistake”. Speaking at the festival, the veteran actress explained that a pair of producers she had previously worked with had read an interview in which she had mentioned wanting to play the powerful monarch. She said: “I made the mistake when I was doing an interview and someone said, ‘what would you like to do next?’ Maybe it was after Elizabeth. “I said, ‘Well, I’d quite like to play Catherine the Great, actually. That would be an interesting character’. “People heard that, producers David Thompson, who was involved in Elizabeth, and Charlie Pattinson – and they went off and raised the money. “It’s really bad. I was, ‘oh no, that’s a terrible mistake’. But then I was committed. I couldn’t wriggle out of it.” Dame Helen, who also starred as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, said being responsible for kick-starting such a vast project had worried her. “I think I was nervous. I think was frightened,” she said. “I don’t know why but I was. You set yourself up to fall flat on your face. I’ve always been very wary of saying ‘I’d like to do this’, because it is a recipe for disaster. “It’s better to allow things to come randomly and brilliantly.” The Oscar-winner’s induction into the Radio Times hall of fame closed three days of panel discussions and talks at the festival. Dame Helen also defended Catherine the Great against claims of promiscuity and that she had had sex with a horse. She said: “That was calumny thrown at her by history because history doesn’t like very successful, very powerful women. “They have to drag them down and history tried to drag Catherine down. I hope we are going to reinstate her reputation as the incredible leader that she was. “I’m not saying she didn’t have her faults. She made mistakes and finished up quite tyrannical but she was originally a reformer and a Westerniser, if you like, of this vast, vast country.” Catherine the Great is set to air on Sky Atlantic this autumn.

Apr 03
2019


Helen Mirren and Bill Condon were on hand at the Las Vegas CinemaCon on Monday to attend the Warner Bros. Pictures panel to promote the upcoming release of Condon’s thriller “The Good Liar”. Helen’s interview for the film was clickbait-worthy when she shared her opinion on Netflix, so in case you’re wondering what the “Helen Mirren disses Netflix” is all about, here’s Vanity Fair‘s summary: Helen Mirren has a love-hate relationship with Netflix. How do we know this? Because at a presentation for her new film at CinemaCon on Tuesday, the actress had this to say: “I love Netflix, but fuck Netflix.” The dame, according to Variety, received “thunderous applause” for her comment. (After all, she was attending a convention for studios and theater owners.) Mirren was on hand to help Warner Bros. introduce her upcoming film The Good Liar, a thriller co-starring Ian McKellen. She also expanded on her “Fuck Netflix” mindset, praising the glory of going to the movies in a traditional theater: “There is nothing like sitting in the cinema,” she added, per Variety. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery.

Mar 21
2019

Earlier this week, Helen Mirren was among the celebrity guests at the Bolshoi Theatre where stars gathered to celebrate the achievements of talented musicians for the BraVo Classical Music Awards. The awards ceremony brings together the best of the industry with classical performers from across the world competing for the top honour each year. They are joined by a flurry of stars such as Mirren, John Travolta and Michael Bolton, along with media executives and ambassadors for the special occasion. Pictures from the rehearsals, a celebratory dinner and the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery.



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Mar 12
2019

Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford and their grandson were among the many celebrity guests at yesterday’s world-premiere of Disney’s live-action version of “Dumbo”. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery.