Welcome to The Helen Mirren Archives, your premiere web resource on the British actress. Best known for her performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, "Prime Suspect" and her Oscar-winning role in "The Queen", Helen Mirren is one of the world's most eminent actors today. This unofficial fansite provides you with all latest news, photos and videos on her past and present projects. Enjoy your stay.
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On November 21, Helen Mirren has attended a SAG/AFTRA screening and Q&A for “Eye in the Sky”. Hosted by TV Guide’s Jim Halterman, the conversation gave great insight on the making of “Eye in the Sky”, Helen’s early years in the theatre, her frustrating transfer to Hollywood and her first meeting with Taylor Hackford. Great interview which also includes fan questions at the end.
Make sure to grab your DVD or Blu-Ray copy of “Eye in the Sky”, as it has been released in the USA today. The film and Helen Mirren’s lead performance have received rave Reviews from the critics back when it theatrically released in February – but as almost always with war films, the box office numbers have been underwhelming, to say modest at least. Blu-Ray screencaptures from the film as well as its making of have been added to the photo pallery.
Over the past two weeks, Helen has been very busy promoting “Eye in the Sky” both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Lots of new videos from promotional interviews and talkshow appearances – including Charlie Rose, Graham Norton, Andrew Marr and today’s This Morning – have been added to the video archive. For a complete list, have a look at the previews below. Screencaptures from all appearances have been added to the photo gallery as well.
Video Archive – Talkshows – This Morning (April 11, 2016)
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Andrew Marr Show (April 10, 2016)
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Graham Norton Show (April 08, 2016)
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Charlie Rose Show (March 31, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – Fox 4 News (April 01, 2016)
Video Archive – Career – Eye in the Sky – Featurette 01
Video Archive – Career – Eye in the Sky – Interview 04
Video Archive – Career – Eye in the Sky – Interview 03
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Today Show (March 15, 2016)
The reviews for “Eye in the Sky” are coming in and they are great. It has already received a certified fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes with 92% and an average rating of 7.3/10. Below is a selection of reviews on Helen’s performance. Fingers crossed the film will be doing well since its topic is still niche in regards of today’s cinema.
The Toronto Sun, March 24, 2016
Eye in the Sky is an edge-of-the-seat thriller based on realistic events and created out of equal parts tension and character. Helen Mirren is absolutely formidable as Colonel Powell.
Newsday, March 23, 2016
Because its central dilemma is somewhat limited, “Eye in the Sky” spins its wheels while countless politicians – worried more about bad press than about conscience – pass the buck and stall for time. That may not make for gripping drama, but it does lend the film a touch of realism.
The Austin Chronicle, March 24, 2016
The always reliable Mirren is UK-based Colonel Katherine Powell, in charge of a joint British and American drone program operating in the skies over a fictional Middle Eastern country. Eye in the Sky maintains nerve-racking suspense throughout its running time and explicates some of the unknown nuances of drone warfare. Plus, you know, Alan Rickman is reason enough to see it.
Toronto Star, March 24, 2016
This riveting drone thriller is contemporary edge-of-your seat stuff, propelled by a crack cast led by Helen Mirren as single-minded British Col. Katherine Powell. She’s determined to finally nab the radicalized Englishwoman she’s been tailing for six years, now finally located in a house in Kenya.
Roger Ebert.com, March 11, 2016
“Eye in the Sky” opens in a week that saw U.S. drone strikes reportedly kill 150 people in Somalia, a country with which the U.S. is not at war and against which Congress has authorized no military action. The deceased were of course reported to be “terrorists,” though, as with most recent such cases, there’s no independent verification of that. While Hood’s film says very little about American policy in this area, it does suggest that its terrible subject is likely to be with us for a long time to come. Helen Mirren, terrific as usual.
Entertainment Weekly, March 11, 2016
Mirren, her jaw set and her eyes telegraphing every moment of fury and impatience, is unsurprisingly great (if not entirely humanized by the script), and Aaron Paul has key scenes as the drone pilot who actually has to pull the trigger. (It’s also nice to see Barkhad Abdi, who’s been almost entirely AWOL since his Oscar-nominated turn in 2013’s Captain Phillips, in a substantial role as a local go-between). But it’s the late Alan Rickman, as Mirren’s superior, who steals it; swinging from the kind of dry-vermouth humor he always did so well to a quietly brutal final speech that feels like a punch to the solar plexus, he proves with every one of his brief moments onscreen just how much the movies will miss him.
Helen Mirren’s latest film, the wardrone thriller “Eye in the Sky” has been released in select theaters in the United States, so if you get a chance to watch it, be sure to grab your ticket. “Eye in the Sky” stars Helen Mirren as a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, she discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” The thriller co-stars Aaron Paul and features the last screen role of the late Alan Rickman. Four new clips have been added as well, including two new scenes from the film, a compilation of television spots and an interview with Helen and director Gavin Hood.
Last night, Helen Mirren has attended the New York premiere of “Eye in the Sky”, in which she stars as a military officer in command of a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. The film releases US theaters tomorrow and UK theaters on April 15. Pictures from the premiere have been added to the photo gallery.
In the past two days, Helen has been busy promoting the theatrical release of “Eye in the Sky” in New York, attending both the Today Show and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Video clips from both talkshows have been added to the video archive, alongside a new press junket interview, a report on yesterday’s New York premiere (see following update) and two clips from the film.
Lots of new videos have been added today. On February 2nd, Helen appeared in a press junket for “Eye in the Sky”, which was featured on The Insider and Entertainment Tonight. On February 3, interviews on Channel 4 (very interesting, be sure to watch it) and the British morning show Lorraine have been aired. There’s also a new documentary on the history of the Roundabout Theater. And by now, I’m sure you’ve already seen Helen’s very funny Super Bowl Commercial. Enjoy the new videos.
Video Archive – News Segments – Entertainment Tonight (February 03, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – Channel 4 (February 03, 2016)
Video Archive – TV Specials – Roundabout to Broadway (2016)
Video Archive – Career – Trumbo – Interview 03
Video Archive – Miscellaneous – Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial (February 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – The Insider (February 02, 2016)
Video Archive – Talkshows – Lorraine (February 03, 2016)