Jun 29
2020

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has announced a virtual benefit hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, starring Lahav Shani and iconic soloists for June 28 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST / 8pm CET / 9pm IDT. This landmark moment in the IPO’s history will be available to stream internationally, free of charge, on their website. So far, no further information have been announced. Edit: You can stream the complete gala above and on Youtube: Join Dame Helen Mirren, Maestro Lahav Shani and iconic soloists and conductors for an exceptional Global Gala, featuring Maestro Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth, Itzhak Perlman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Yefim Bronfman, Sir András Schiff, Gil Shaham and Adèle Anthony, Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, Chen Reiss, Martin Fröst and Evgeny Kissin The Gala is dedicated in memory of Leon Nacht z”l, and in honour of his loving wife Aneta, friend of the IPO.

Jun 20
2020

The full video interview with Helen Mirren can be watched here. Helen Mirren loves playing women with power. She won an Oscar for playing Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” and a Tony for playing her again in another Peter Morgan drama, “The Audience.” In the interview above, we Zoomed with the actress, situated in the spare bedroom of the Northern California home she shares with husband Taylor Hackford, to dig into her “Catherine the Great” for HBO. Set in opulent 18th Century Russia, the four-hour limited series, written by Nigel Williams (“Elizabeth I”) and directed by Philip Martin (“The Crown”), is jam-packed with romance, court intrigue and the theater of politics. Of all the queens she’s played, from Shakespeare’s Titania to Cleopatra, “they don’t come any more powerful than Catherine the Great,” said Mirren. “It’s the most extraordinary story of a young woman having the courage and intelligence and tenacity and intellect to be able to say, ‘I can do this, run this complex difficult country.’ Then of course after she died, everything she accomplished, with incredible success, everything she achieved, her son tried to destroy.” Powerful men maligned her, damaging her reputation. “It was mostly the lies spread about her by Frederick the Great,” said Mirren, “who hated her because she was powerful and successful and she stood up to him. He couldn’t stand that she was woman who was successful.”

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Jun 18
2020

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced Helen Mirren has narrated its soon to be released documentary, “Escape from Extinction,” expected to be released this fall, Broadwayworld.com reports. The organization’s first feature documentary “Escape from Extinction,” directed and produced by Matthew Brady of MRB Productions, showcases the critical efforts Certified Zoos and Aquariums are undertaking to preserve millions of species on the verge of disappearing forever. It will draw significant attention to the dire circumstances facing animals today and illustrate how certified zoos and aquariums are saving endangered species. According to a recent United Nations report, there are currently one million plant and animal species on the verge of extinction. The film comes amidst a global pandemic that many believe to have been caused by the trafficking and consumption of exotic ANIMALS. “During this current global crisis, we are seeing an uptick in poaching and slaughtering of some of the world’s most endangered megafauna, which underscores the critical need to rapidly increase conservation efforts across the world,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, who is also an executive producer on the film. “Certified zoos and aquariums are on the frontline of saving species around the world through conservation, rescue breeding and environmental awareness. You can’t protect what you don’t love, and you can’t love what you don’t know. We at American Humane are so thankful to Helen for joining us in telling this critical story of survival, while educating others on how to be advocate.

May 28
2020

Variety and Lifetime have partnered on “Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women: Frontline Heroes,” celebrating the women serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The one-hour special premieres on June 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime and Facebook. Virtually hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, the special will be simultaneously broadcast from Variety’s Facebook page, and cross-posted on Lifetime’s account at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. As part of this event, viewers on Facebook will be able to contribute directly to the United Nations Foundation/World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund using the Facebook donate button in the livestream. Facebook has provided $10 million in matched funds for this ongoing effort. The special will also repeat on June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime’s sister network LMN. The program will highlight the 2020 Power of Women honorees for their professional achievements and humanitarian efforts to various causes, including Cate Blanchett, two-time Oscar winner and executive producer of the miniseries “Mrs. America” (UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency); Patti LuPone, Tony and Grammy-winning star and actor in the new series “Hollywood” (Broadway Cares); and Janelle Monáe, eight-time Grammy-nominated singer and actress starring in the series “Homecoming” (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Previous honorees Laverne Cox, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Nicole Kidman, Blake Lively, Helen Mirren and Natalie Portman will also pay tribute to these women through self-shot material. Additionally the program will include a special performance by Andra Day.

May 17
2020

Dame Helen Mirren and David Walliams are offering fans the chance to win 15-minute video-calls with them to raise money for Barnardo’s. They have joined the children’s charity for its 15 Minutes With Fame prize draw, raising money to help continue its work during the coronavirus pandemic. Winners will be able to quiz Dame Helen about her life and work, or have comedian and children’s author Walliams read a bedtime story. They join previously announced names including Dame Emma Thompson, Russell Howard, Catherine Tate, Jamie Vardy and Lennie James. Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: “The vulnerable children Barnardo’s supports need us now more than ever. “We’re working round the clock to adapt our vital services, so we can continue to help children and families – whether face to face, on the phone or through an app. “But we cannot do this alone, and with our shops closed and major events cancelled, we’re more reliant than ever on the generosity of our friends and supporters, as well as the British public. “This is why I’m so grateful to our fantastic ambassadors and supporters, and to everyone bidding for 15 Minutes With Fame. “The funds raised will help make sure we can support vulnerable children through this crisis.” Each entry to the draw costs £5 and all proceeds go to the Barnardo’s emergency appeal. More information is available at https://www.givergy.com/charity/barnardos.

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