Today’s spotlight features a magnificent early performance in the 1974 “Thriller” episode “A Coffin for the Bride”. It’s impossible to review this one without spoiling the story (just look at the pictures), so I won’t even try. Helen wonderfully plays a double role as a young artist and an obnoxious loud old broad. To learn more about the project, visit the career page. Stills and screencaptures have been added to the gallery. And four clips have been added to the video archive.
Today’s spotlight is Peter Sellers’s dissapointing last film, “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manhcu”. This 1980 comedy’s only grace is Helen Mirren as his girlfried, a loony Constable posing as the Queen. To learn more about the project, visit the career page. Stills, screencaps and posters have been added to the gallery. A television trailer as as well as three clips have been added to the video archive.
We’re staying with Helen’s work for the BBC, but are going some fourty years back! In 1974, Helen first participated with the BBC Play of the Month installment, playing Beatrice-Joanna in the Jacobean drama “The Changeling” opposite Brian Cox. To learn more about the project, visit the career page. Stills, screencaps and posters have been added to the gallery. The theatrical trailer as as well as three clips have been added to the video archive.
Helen Mirren will be presented with a fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The organization’s highest honor, the fellowship is given to Mirren in recognition of her “exceptional contribution” to film. She will receive the honor Feb. 16 during the British Academy film awards. “This is the greatest professional honor I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming,” the Hollywood Reporter quotes Mirren as saying. BAFTA fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Martin Scorsese.
After our latest venture into Shakespeare territory, our next movie spotlight couldn’t be more different. In 1993, Helen did a suspenseful thriller for BBC Films, “The Hawk”, in which she plays an unstable housewife who suspects her husband to be a serial killer. To learn more about the project, visit the career page. Stills, screencaps and posters have been added to the gallery. The theatrical trailer as as well as three clips have been added to the video archive.
There’s actually an honor out there Dame Helen Mirren hadn’t yet received — but she’s taking care of that now. The actress has been named the 2014 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, an annual recognition by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest theatrical organization. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many A-list entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and, most recently, Marion Cotillard.
How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organisation to offer me their award”” said Mirren in a release. “As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations… Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding. (Helen Mirren)
The Woman of the Year festivities — featuring a parade and a roast — will take place Jan. 30. The Man of the Year will be announced at a later date.
|Helen Mirren has attended the 71th Annual Golden Globe Awards yesterday as a nominee for “Phil Spector”, alongside Jessica Lange, Rebecca Ferguson and Helena Bonham Carter. The Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie was awarded to Elisabeth Moss (very deserving for an outstanding miniseries). As clips of Helen’s earlier Golden Globe appearances have been posted in the last update, this most recent one shall not be missed in the archives. To view the segment, click the image on the left.|
The 71th Annual Golden Globe Awards take place tomorrow and Helen is nominated – once again – for her performance in “Phil Spector”. This is her 12th nomination, which is a crowning achievement, especially considering that the Hollywood Foreign Press has somehow forgotten to nominate her for any of the “Prime Suspect” episodes, except for the finale in 2007. Her first nomination and win came in 1997 for “Losing Chase”, followed by nods for “The Passion of Ayn Rand”, “Gosford Park”, “Door to Door”, “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone”, “Calendar Girls”, “Prime Suspect 7″, “The Last Station” and “Hitchcock”, as well as two more wins (both in 2007) for “Elizabeth I.” and “The Queen”. To celebrate tomorrow’s Golden Globes, clips of all of Helen’s appearances through the years have been added to the video archive. And fingers crossed that an additional clip from 2014 will follow on Monday.
Covering Helen’s third and final collaboration with the BBC Shakespeare Company, today we spotlight “Cymbeline” (1982), in which Helen played Imogene. To learn more about the project, have a look at the career page. Stills, a promotional poster and screencaptures have been added to the gallery, and three clips have been added to the video archive.
We continue with the BBC Shakespeare Collection and Helen’s second appearance in the series – as Titania in 1981′s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. To learn more about the project, have a look at the career page. Stills, promos and screencaptures have been added to the gallery, and three clips have been added to the video archive. Her third – and final – collaboration with the BBC Shakespeare series will be covered next.