Jun 20

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

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.

Mar 29

Screencaptures from the fourth and final episode of “Catherine the Great” have been added to the photo gallery, with many thanks to Jess.

Following a declaration of war by the Ottomans, Catherine makes a weary Potemkin supreme commander of the armed forces as he’s forced to fight once more for Catherine and Russia. An embittered Alexei and Paul plot to bring down the Empress by exploiting her new lover, the vain and power-hungry Platon Zubov. Catherine and Potemkin’s failure to see eye-to-eye on how to respond to a joint ultimatum by Britain and Germany threatens the heart of their relationship. As her reign draws to an end, Catherine becomes increasingly paranoid and despotic, handing greater power to Zubov and setting out to change the line of succession.

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – Catherine the Great – Screencaptures – Episode 4

Mar 13

The release of Universal Pictures’ ninth Fast and Furious film were postponed on Thursday as Hollywood scrambled to adjust to the worldwide spread of coronavirus. F9 was scheduled to debut May 22. Its release was delayed by nearly a year to April 2, 2021. Mulan and F9 were expected to rank among the biggest box-office hits in the coming months but were among several disruptions to global entertainment caused by coronavirus. The virus has closed movie theaters in China, Italy and many other nations, while a ban on travel from Europe to the United States announced by President Donald Trump on Wednesday is seen likely to curtail red carpets and other promotional events for movies and stars. US movie theaters remained open as of Thursday. But an industry source said operators may close larger theaters in some areas depending on advice from local authorities. Movie theaters were exempted, but even if they stay open, their schedules would have to be rearranged.

Feb 15

Helen Mirren’s latest film “The Good Liar” has been released through digital retailers on January 21 and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD February 04, 2020. The thriller didn’t make much of an impact when it released theaters last November. While it’s not based on masterpiece material and although everything I could tell about the story would be a spoiler (there’s one good liar in the story, but who is it? There’s a 50/50 chance, you do the math), we shouldn’t undervalue the fact that Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen have never collaborated on a film project before, and director Bill Conden gives them two meaty characters to sink their teeth into. Over 1.600 screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery (with severe spoilers ahead), once again with many thanks to Mouza. Enjoy the updates.

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