July 27th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Great news! The upcoming comedy drama “The Leisure Seeker” will have its world-premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival. No premiere date has been set, but the festival runs from August 30 to September 09. The film, based on Michael Zadoorian’s book, stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. You can find two new production stills in the photo gallery and a very first clip in the video archive.

  July 26th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Earlier this month, “The Fate of the Furious” has been released on Blu-Ray, DVD and on demand, so in case you have missed this piece of cinematic art in the theatre, you’ll finally be able to see Helen’s accent heavy cameo as Jason Statham’s and Luke Evans’ mother. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery.


  July 23rd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Tonight, the German/French culture channel Arte will broadcast “The Queen” as part of their Summer program dedicated to the British monarchy. After the film, a new documentary airs, entitled “Es war einmal… The Queen” (“One upon a time… The Queen), which chronicles the making of the 2006 film and features interviews with director Stephen Frears, actors Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, as well as Peter Morgan, Alastair Campbell, Robert Lacey, Andy Harries and editor Lucia Zucchetti. Alongside these new interviews, lots of footage from the making of the film is used. It’s a wonderful documentary on one of Helen’s key roles of her career – the performance that put her on the spot as a world-renowned actress after years in the theatre and on television. The full program can be watched in the Arte Mediathek and tonight on Arte.

  July 17th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Disney showcased their entire upcoming live-action movie slate at D23 this weekend and they didn’t disappoint. They brought out the big guns with A Wrinkle in Time, Mary Poppins Returns, Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But they also had time to give us some details on a new project in the form of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which will be a new take on the classic Christmas tale. Unfortunately, Disney didn’t release the footage online, but the cast is top-notch. The Sugar Plum Fairy will be played by Keira Knightley, Mother Ginger will be played by Helen Mirren, and Drosselmeyer will be played by Morgan Freeman, with ballerina Misty Copeland also set to star. The Mouse King is going to be a CG creation, with Charles Riley, aka “Lil Buck,” providing the motion capture. Per Slash Film, here is a description of the footage from Nutcracker and the Four Realms that debuted at D23.

The trailer we saw opens with a carriage moving through the snow, while the instantly recognizable voice of Morgan Freeman narrates that it is Christmas Eve, a time of mystery. We then see an elaborate Christmas party, with a young girl wandering through the house, following a strange thread. Eventually, her path leads her into a snow-covered land, fantastic and over-the-the-top in its design. There are a lot of patterns in this world and it looks, for better or worse, very similar to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland remake.

The Nutcracker story debuted in 1892 and comes from the mind of author E.T.A. Hoffmann. The original story follows a young girl named Clara who, on Christmas Eve, receives a bounty of gifts from her toymaker godfather. Among these toys is a wooden nutcracker shaped like a man. When Clara goes to check on her new toy later that night, the clock strikes twelve and, in classic fairytale fashion, the nutcracker grows to life size. Clara then finds herself in the middle of a battle between gingerbread men and mice. The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most famous ballets, but it has never been given the big screen treatment in the way that Disney seems to be doing here. Lasse Hallstrom is directing with Ashleigh Powell writing the screenplay. And, in case you were wondering, the four realms that will be visited in the movie consist of The Land of Flowers, The Land of Snowflakes, The Land of Sweets and the fourth realm, which belongs to the Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). The film releases November 2, 2018.

  June 22nd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

On Tuesday, Helen Mirren was the recipient of the Monte Carlo TV Festival’s most prestigious award, the Crystal Nymph, which acknowledges a lifetime of outstanding work on television. Though she is now best known as a film actress, Mirren’s television work includes the ground breaking British drama “Prime Suspect” and the miniseries “Elizabeth I” for which combined she has won three Primetime Emmys and four BAFTAs. On Wednesday, Mirren was in France, attending the Cannes Lions Festival as a brand ambassador for beauty giant L’Oreal. “It was about bloody time!” she joked during a talk about landing her L’Oreal ambassadorship. “I thought, at last, there has been a shift in the fashion and beauty industry – I’m talking about age and beauty, but also diversity.” Pictures from the Monte Carlo TV Festival and the Cannes Lions Festival have been added, with many thanks to Maria for contributing many of the pictures. Thanks!



Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2017 – Cannes Lions Festival 2017
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2017 – 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival – Golden Nymph Awards
Photo Gallery – Appearances – 2017 – 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival – Photocall

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