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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Today we cover the made-for-television drama “Losing Chase”, Kevin Bacon’s directorial debut that won Helen Mirren her first Golden Globe in 1997. To learn more about its story and the making of “Losing Chase”, visit the career page. Production stills, promotional shots and screencaptures have been added to the gallery. A trailer and three clips can be found in the video archive.
The first stage spotlight has been added. In 1994, Helen Mirren and John Hurt performed Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country” at the West End to critical acclaim. Helen reprised the role of Natalya Petrovna a year later as her Broadway debut. To learn more about the play and its history, visit the career page. Production stills, promotionals and rehearsal pictures have been added to the gallery.
With our next movie spotlight we sail to 1979 and “S.O.S Titanic”, originally a two-part television drama by ABC and EMI on the doomed 1912 voyage. Starring David Janssen, Cloris Leachman and Susan Saint James, Helen can be seen in a supporting role as the real-life First Class stewardess Mary Sloan. To learn more about the film, please visit the career page. Production stills and screencaptures have been added to the gallery and three video clips can be found in the video archive.
For the next movie spotlight, I’ve chosen the fairly recent “Phil Spector”, HBO’s controversial account on Phil Spector’s first trial. The film, directed by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, was recently nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards. You can read more about the film and its making on the career page. Production stills, on-set pictures and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery and seven clips, including a featurette and scenes, can be watched in the video archive. Have you watched “Phil Spector”? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
The second movie spotlight is “Heavenly Pursuits”. The 1986 romantic comedy stars Tom Conti as a teacher who’s confronted with miraculous events while his school is in desperate search for two blessings in order to receive a sainthood. You can read more about the film and its making on the career page. Production stills and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery and five clips can be watched in the video archive.
As mentioned in the welcome message, each of Helen’s project will receive a spotlight with an individual movie page (including production notes and reviews) as well as pictures and video clips. As the first movie spotlight I have chosen Joel Hershman’s comedy “Greenfingers” (2000). Inspired by true events, a group of prison mates participate in a garden project that leads them to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Clive Owen leads the cast with Helen Mirren co-starring as the eccentric garden expert Georgina Woodhouse. Head over to the movie page for all essential information on the project. You will find production stills, on-set pictures and screencaptures in the photo gallery. The trailer, an interview with Helen and three clips have been added to the video archive. If you have seen “Greenfingers”, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
Welcome to the Helen Mirren Archives, a new online resource on the career of Dame Helen Mirren. The aim of this website is to chronicle Miss Mirren’s work from her beginnings in the theatre to her most recent films. For each project, there will be a spotlight with additional information and production notes as well as pictures and video clips. With over 100 performances in film, television and the theatre, there will be plenty of coverage. The second main focus will rely on “The Archives”, a year-by-year review of Helen’s career, accompanied by quotes and interviews. This site won’t focus on latest pictures and appearances – there are other sites covering this and being good at it. However, news on projects and such will be collected. If you’d like to get notified of updates, be sure to join the site’s Twitter, and also have a look at our Tumblr for more visuals. To learn more about the idea behind this website – and how to contribute – please read About the Archives. Check back soon for the first spotlights and enjoy browsing.
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.