As part of TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” showcase in February of 2014, the network will present the world premiere of brand-new documentary “Oscar,” which traces the history of the Academy Awards. The special is co-directed and penned by filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt”). It features extensive clips from Oscar-winning and nominated films, plus behind-the-scenes ceremony footage from the archives of Hollywood Newsreel. Much of this has never been shown before. The doc’s high-profile interviewees include, among many others, George Clooney, Annette Benning, Tom Hanks, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Michael Moore and frequent Oscar host Billy Crystal. “Oscar” is set to air on February 1, the opening night of “31 Days of Oscar.” Each night’s lineup will feature a complete set of nominated films that faced each other in a particular category.
The biopic “Phil Spector, directed by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, has been one of HBO’s big contenders at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards with 11 nominations. As the winners were revealed tonight in a live ceremony that aired on CBS, “Spector” failed to win in any of its nominated categories. Helen Mirren, who was nominated for her performance as Spector’s attorney Linda Kenney Baden in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category lost to Laura Linney for “The Big C”. Al Pacino lost in the Lead Actor category to Michael Douglas’ performance in “Behind the Candelabra”, which is also helmed by HBO and won three out of its 15 nominations, including the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries. Helen Mirren did not attend the Primetime Emmy Awards this year.
According to The Wrap, Participant Media is backing DreamWorks’ upcoming drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” starring Helen Mirren. The companies have previously partnered on a number of notable films, including “The Help,” “Lincoln” and the upcoming WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate.” Based on the best-selling book by Richard Morais, the film centers on an Indian family that moves to Southern France and opens a restaurant a hundred feet across the street from a Michelin starred French restaurant. Their incursion in the realm of haute cuisine stirs up an epic food stand-off.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” co-stars Manish Dayal and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“The Cider House Rules”). Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. Production will begin next week in France and India; the film is scheduled for release in U.S. theaters on Aug. 8, 2014. The Walt Disney Co. is distributing the film in the United States and in select international territories, while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner Reliance will distribute the film in India.
Congratulations to Helen Mirren for receiving an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “Phil Spector”. The HBO biopic on the infamous trial has received a total of 11 Emmy nominations, including for Best Miniseries, Best Director (David Mamet) and Lead Actor (Al Pacino). Helen Mirren shares her category with Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Laura Linney (The Big C), Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) and Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals).
This is Helen Mirren’s 11th Primetime Emmy nomination. She holds the record in the Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category with four previous wins for “Prime Suspect: The Lost Child” (1996), “The Passion of Ayn Rand” (1999), “Elizabeth I.” (2006) and “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (2007). The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on Sunday, September 22 (8pm ET / 5pm PT) on CBS.
According to Deadline, Helen Mirren will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr first reported in early June that Helen Mirren was circling the project to play eccentric and famous chef Madame Mallory. Mirren will be joined in the adaptation of Richard Morais’ bestseller by Manish Dayal from 90210 and ABC Family’s Switched At Birth in the role of Hassan Haji.
Lasse Hallstrom will direct the culinary competition drama about an Indian restaurant and a three-Michelin-star joint literally across the street from each other in Southern France. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing. Steve Knight wrote the screenplay for the film, which is set to begin production this fall in France and India. The Hundred Foot Journey will be released on August 8, 2014. The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the United States and in select international territories, while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner Reliance will distribute the film in India.