Helen Mirren is set to receive the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award, it was announced today. She will be recognized with the career-achievement honor during the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which is set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. In addition to her Oscar – for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a performance that also earned her a SAG Award and BAFTA, she has three Emmys, a Tony, numerous BAFTA Awards and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2003. She has won five SAG Awards wins and received 13 nominations over the course of her career, making her the most decorated SAG Life Achievement Award winner according to SAG-AFTRA. In a statement Mirren said in part, “Since I was a young actor starting out, I have always been inspired by and learned from American screen acting, so this award is particularly meaningful for me.” Mirren is also the first recipient of this honor since the 2020 SAG Awards as the 2021 virtual show went without a Life Achievement honoree amid the COVID-19 pandemic. SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said:
Dame Helen Mirren is quite simply a brilliant and luminous talent. Her work runs the gamut of characters from a not-so-retired CIA super-killer and a ruthless Russian spy handler to a Hungarian cleaning lady and the most exquisite Elizabeth II. She has set the bar very high for all actors and, in role after role, she exceeds even her own extraordinary performances. I’ve always felt a kinship with Helen. She’s the Queen of England and I’m the Queen of Queens. She won an Oscar and I’m left-hander of the year. It’s uncanny. And, it is my deep, personal honor to be the first to congratulate Helen as the 57th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Bravo, my dear!
Helen Mirren is former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir in this first look for Guy Nattiv’s upcoming biopic “Golda”, as shared by The Hollywood Reporter, which has now started shooting in London. The film is written by Nicholas Martin and set during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when Egypt, Syria and Jordan launched a surprise attack on Israel to reclaim territory lost during the Six-Day War in 1967. Described as a “ticking-clock thriller,” Golda charts the high-stakes responsibilities Meir faced and the controversial decision she took amid infighting from her hostile all-male cabinet. “Golda Meir was a formidable, intransigent and powerful leader,” said Mirren. “It is a great challenge to portray her at the most difficult moment of her extraordinary life. I only hope I do her justice!” “I have long been an admirer of the great Helen Mirren,” said Nattiv. “She has melted so brilliantly into Golda Meir’s character with incredible talent, intelligence, depth and emotion, doing justice to the richness and complexity of this incredible woman.” As previously announced, Bleecker Street and ShivHans acquired U.S. rights to the film, in a deal negotiated by ICM Independent and CAA Media Finance. “Golda” is produced by Michael Kuhn (Florence Foster Jenkins, The Duchess) for Qwerty Films and by Jane Hooks and Nicholas Martin. The film shoots for six weeks in London and on location in Israel.
I’m not sure how reliable this source is, but according to the Kemps Film TV Video website, filming begins in the UK today, 8 November, on “Golda”, the biopic of Israel’s only female prime minster, Golda Meir. The feature is described as a “ticking-clock thriller following the intensely dramatic events and controversial decisions Meir faced during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. “Golda” is directed by Guy Nattiv from a screenplay by Nicholas Martin (Florence Foster Jenkins). Jane Hooks and Michael Kuhn produce; shooting will run for six months. Mirren has recently completed filming her role of Hespera in Shazam! Fury of the Gods (part of the DC Extended Universe) and Grandmère in White Bird: A Wonder Story, an adaptation of RJ Palacio’s graphic novel, which filmed in the Czech Republic. It was announced only a couple of months ago that financing of the film has been secured, so that would mean a rather fast pre-production. Fingers crossed it’s indeed being filmed as we speak.
I have never heard of this magazine before, but we’re not going to complain about a great new cover story, do we? Scans from the December 2021 issue o the British Platinum magazine have been added to the photo gallery.
Photo Gallery – Magazine Articles & Scans – 2021 – Platinum (United Kingdom, December 2021)
Harry Potter is commemorating 20 years since the debut of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with its own series competition, Dame Helen Mirren, celebrity guests, and even a few of Hogwarts own esteemed alumni — and a new trailer is showing us just how cool Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses is going to be. Fans competing against one another in hard-hitting trivia complete with their house regalia on full display? Check. Special guest stars of the Potter world like Harry Potter film alums Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Dan Folger (Fantastic Beasts’ Jacob Kowalski) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)? Check. Even some cameos from Potter superfans Pete Davidson and Jay Leno? Check. As the trailer indicates, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses will celebrate the fans — one of which will take home the ultimate championship trophy, as well as bragging rights for all wizarding eternity. And with Mirren at the helm, we can expect it to be as full of magic as the Goblet of Fire… though hopefully with less dangerous tasks. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses will kick off Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TBS and Cartoon Network with “Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff” and continue with Ravenclaw and Slytherin going head to head before the two winning houses compete in a wildcard episode and finally, the grand finale. The interactive competition also invites Harry Potter fans from around the world to join in via digital quiz events that will launch on WizardingWorld.com starting Nov. 26 through Dec. 10.
Photo Gallery – Miscellaneous Projects – Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses – Screencaptures