Jan 30

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

Two years later, Potemkin returns to St. Petersburg following the Russian army’s resounding victory against the Ottoman Empire, but is frustrated to learn Catherine has taken up with a young officer, Alexander Vasilchikov. As Catherine and Potemkin flit around their feelings for another, Catherine’s trusted confidante Countess Bruce puts aside her own desires to convince the Empress to give love a chance, leading to the beginning of what will become Catherine’s greatest partnership. As a Cossack named Pugachev stirs discontent in the countryside, Catherine looks to Potemkin for advice and decisive action. Meanwhile, a newly-married Paul sees a future commanding the military, worrying his mother, who seeks to keep him in his place.

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Jan 27

With many thanks to my dear friend Jess, I’ll be adding screencaptures from all four episodes of “Catherine the Great” to the photo gallery over the next few days. In her Golden Globe nominated performance, Helen Mirren dives into Catherine the Great’s extraordinary reign and her passionate love affair that changed the course of Russian history.The four-part miniseries is available on HBO’s demand service until February and can be purchased on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States, in the United Kingdom and in Germany.

Following a palace coup that overthrew her unpopular husband, the Empress of Russia Catherine the Great faces challenges on all sides. Her unfaithful lover Grigory Orlov is trying to force her into an ill-advised marriage, her resentful son Prince Paul is looking for greater political power as he comes of age and enemies are calling for the restoration of former infant emperor Ivan VI, who has been imprisoned for nearly two decades. Seeking to freshen things up, Catherine invites the charismatic Lieutenant Grigory Potemkin to Court and the two instantly connect, with Catherine drawn to Potemkin’s candor, integrity and vision. Later, Catherine must make a difficult decision regarding a disillusioned soldier who looks to oust her as war with the Turks looms.

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Jan 11

Deadline has a first look at Oscar-winning duo Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren in Roger Michell’s art heist comedy The Duke. As we revealed back in October, the heavyweight Brit acting duo are leading the cast of the film based on the true story of 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton who, in 1961, stole a Goya painting from the National Gallery in London. Bunton sent a ransom note saying he would only return the picture on condition that the UK government agreed to provide free TV for the elderly. However, it turned out he was spinning a web of lies, with the full story not emerging for another 50 years. The incident was the first, and still only, theft in the National Gallery’s history. Fionn Whitehead and Matthew Goode are also in the cast. The script was written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Clive Coleman and the film is produced by Nicky Bentham (Moon) of Neon Films. Backing came from Ingenious Media and Screen Yorkshire. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland and is handling sales for the rest of the world.

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Dec 09

Congratulations to Helen Mirren for receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Catherine the Great”. She shares the category with Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever, both for “Unbelievable”, Joey King for “The Act” and Michelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon”. Mirren is the sole nominee for “Catherine the Great, which has been “overlooked” in the other television categories. The three-hour telecast hosted by Ricky Gervais will air live on NBC coast to coast Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST.

Best Performance by an Actress in a in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable)
Joey King (The Act)
Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great)
Merritt Wever (Unbelievable)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Nov 22

Mark Strong and Helen Mirren will star in a production of Oedipus, it has been confirmed by producer Sonia Friedman Productions. Robert Icke’s adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, which follows a family beset by personal tragedy, has yet to reveal dates, venues, ticket info or further creative team members, but it is rumoured that the show will be presented in the West End. Icke previously adapted the tragedy into Dutch, with a Toneelgroep production running at the Edinburgh International Festival last summer. Mirren previously appeared in The Audience in the West End, while Strong worked with Icke on The Red Barn at the National. Icke’s adaptation of The Doctor, which had its world premiere at the Almeida earlier this year, will embark on a small tour before running in the West End starring Juliet Stevenson, with Sonia Friedman Productions acting as a co-producer on that show. More information about Oedipus is to be announced soon.