May 28
2021

PatheUK has debuted a new trailer for the comedy ‘The Duke’ starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. The film follows a true story that celebrates a man who was determined to live a meaningful life. Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first, and remains the only, theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton proceeded to send ransom notes declaring that he would only return the painting on the condition that the government invest more in care for the elderly, specifically bringing attention to his long-running campaign for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next is the stuff of legends…only 50 years later did the full story emerge and it was revealed that Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to achieve this, is a wonderfully uplifting tale that will be seen on film for the first time. The film hits UK cinemas on September 3rd.

May 24
2021

Solos, Amazon’s newly launched sci-fi series, is unlike anything else on the small screen. Creator David Weil’s vision of the future unfolds via episodes that focus and feature a single performer. Familiar faces like Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, and Constance Wu monologue through stylized sequences that combine to form an overarching narrative. While we’re used to seeing actors command the stage by themselves on Broadway, most television shows and films rely on a cast of characters. This stripped-down version of storytelling offers a new level of intimacy for audiences, but it’s just as exciting for the performers. “Anything that shakes up the format is interesting, isn’t it?” shared Mirren via Zoom. “At first, I thought, oh, it’s a monologue, it’s just too much work. I don’t know if I’ll be good enough, but then I read the script, and I thought, this is such a beautiful piece of writing. There’s such sensibility and understanding of a certain sort of woman, one who is very recognizable.” It’s hard to imagine an acting scenario where Mirren wouldn’t be up to snuff. As one of cinema’s most versatile stars, she’s played everyone from Catherine the Great to a trained assassin with skill. Still, her Solo character, Peg, feels like a departure. Self-doubting and shy, she’s spent her life apologizing for existing, but when an opportunity to see the galaxy comes around, Peg decides to take a chance. Surprisingly, Mirren saw a bit of herself in the role. “When I read it, I thought, this is my apologetic, British side, and it drives my husband crazy because he’s American and doesn’t understand it at all,” she says. “I identified with Peg. That part of me is why I became an actor. Many actors are extremely shy people who can’t deal with the real world, but the way they [manage] is through performance. It gives them a portal through which they can engage.” The complete article can be read over at Vogue.

May 21
2021

In the new Amazon science-fiction series “Solos,” Helen Mirren plays a senior citizen who decides to take a one-way ticket to the farthest reaches of the universe. Joining TODAY live, the actress also talks about finally achieving a longtime career goal – being in a car chase in the upcoming film “F9” – and reflects on a 1975 interview when she was critical of a “boring” question. The video can be watched above and in the video archive, HD screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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May 13
2021

Yesterday, Helen Mirren sat down with various entertainment outlets to promote next week’s release of Amazon Prime’s “Solos”. In interviews with Entertainment Tonight Canada and Access Hollywood, she also talked about her appearances in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 9” and “Shazam: Fury of the Gods”. Additionally, the first couple of featurettes for “Fast 9” have been released as well, so head over to the video archive to watch all new additions.

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May 10
2021

Amazon Prime Video is ready to launch their upcoming sci-fi series, “Solos”. In a first look at the anthology series starring Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and more, fans get a sneak peek at the 30-minute episodes presented as a monologue of each character’s point of view. According to Amazon, the seven-part series “explores the strange, beautiful, heartbreaking, hilarious, wondrous truths of what it means to be human. The series spans our present and future and illuminates that even during our most isolated moments we are all connected through the human experience.” Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens and Constance Wu also star. The star-studded anthology series comes from creator David Weil. “Solos” will premiere May 21 on Amazon Prime Video. Alongside the trailer, screencaptures and new production stills have been added to the photo gallery.

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