They are the finest actors of their generation, dominating stage and screen for fans of a certain age. BBC Four is to harness the artistic might of Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Caine, and Dame Maggie Smith for a new season starring Britain’s “theatrical knights and dames”. The BBC will delve into its own archives for the best bits of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Diana Rigg and Dame Judi Dench, featuring interviews and performances from their heyday. The programme will go out over two one-hour episodes, to showcase the best of British drama. It is expected to include clips from stage, film and television, as well as the most candid interviews of their careers. A spokesman for the channel said: “Recognised by royal decree for their extraordinary achievements on the stage, many of our finest acting Knights and Dames have displayed their talents regularly on BBC Television throughout their careers and have helped earn Britain an enviable reputation as a superpower in the theatrical world.”
Here are two things Hollywood really likes: movies about charismatic individuals triumphing over political oppression, and movies about Hollywood. Luckily, Bryan Cranston’s new film, Trumbo, is about both: Cranston plays screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted by the industry in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Trumbo was perhaps the most successful of the “Hollywood Ten”; he wrote under pseudonyms throughout the ’50s, and even won Oscars for his work on The Brave One and Roman Holiday. Cranston, deploying the full range of that booming, stentorian voice, looks pretty crackerjack in the role, and he’s accompanied by a murderer’s row of talent: Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, and Louis C.K. all have supporting parts. Trumbo is out in November.
Pictures from 2011 public appearances have been added to the photo gallery. 2011 has been another busy year for Helen, promoting “Arthur”, “The Debt” and “The Tempest” with various premieres and festival appearances, alongside visits to the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. To launch all pictures from 2011, click any of the previews below.
The birthday celebration for Helen Mirren continues. Madame Tussauds in London has held a special treat for the actress on Thursday, combining the three wax figures that were sculptured between 2010 and 2013 – featuring one of Helen herself, one of her in character as The Queen and one in character as Jane Tennison. Pictures from the celebration have been added to the photo gallery.
It seems that all f-bombs have been used on talkshows, so that even a p-bomb, if there’s such a thing, makes it for daily news. Yesterday, Helen has been a guest on Good Morning Britain for quite an entertaining interview. First, Mirren hit back at the hosts remarks on turning 70. “Why do you say that like that? ‘Oh my god, she’s 70! How can anybody be 70?” Because we can’t believe it, you don’t look 70,” co-host Ben Shephard cut-in. “Yes I do, I look 70 with a lot of makeup on and nice hair. I do totally look 70,” Helen responded. Things got worse when Helen recounted a story of camping with Liam Neeson in the 1980s. “We’re camping in this tiny tent, all six-foot-four of Liam and me and we camp in this field, and it pissed with rain non stop for like three days.” Her utterance of the word “pissed” immediately caused the presenters to panic as Shephard replied, “Oh. We should apologize. We can’t say things like that first thing in the morning…one of those moments when you put your foot in your mouth. Apologies.” While Helen initially apologized and quickly rephrased her words (“it rained a lot”), the Tony-award winner then asked, “Why can’t you say that? It’s not very rude.” “Can we have that debate another time, otherwise we’ll get fired. You might be the Queen but you can’t save us,” Garraway replied as Mirren vowed to “shut my mouth.” You can watch the full clip in the video archive. Stills from the taping and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.