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Helen Mirren is Winona Ryder's Miss Fix It

March 5th, 2014 1:20am EST
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Dame Helen Mirren fixes things in Winona Ryder's home.
The 'Queen' actress and her husband Taylor Hackford rent a property to the 42-year-old screen beauty and the Oscar winner is always on hand to do emergency DIY if something breaks in the property.
And the 'Turks & Caicos' star admits she is a little in awe of her multi-talented and famous landlady.
Winona told Red magazine: "She and Taylor Hackford have this mansion and I rent a little cottage in the back. If I'm having a problem with the house, she'll come up and fix it.
"She is everything you would hope she'd be, wonderful, warm and f...

Helen Mirren: 'My husband and I would never would have lasted if we met in our 20s'

August 5th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Helen Mirren is glad she didn't meet her husband Taylor Hackford until later in life - because they wouldn't have stayed together if the romance began when they were both in their 20s.

The Queen star admits she often wishes she had met her man earlier in life, but he's convinced they were destined to find each other and fall in love when they did.

She tells WENN, "We had the advantage of coming upon each other quite later in life. I said when we got together, 'Oh, why didn't we get together when we were in our 20s; we've missed all that time?' And he said, 'If we got together in our 20s w...

Helen Mirren Leaves Her Hand & Footprints At Grauman's Chinese Theatre

March 29th, 2011 8:36am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren left another mark on Hollywood on Monday when she placed her hand and footprints in the cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The Oscar-winning actress joined the other Tinseltown legends who have sank their hands and feet in wet cement outside the Tinseltown landmark and was toasted by fellow Brit Russell Brand - her co-star in upcoming remake "Arthur."

The honor almost cost Mirren a favorite bangle - it slipped off into the cement as she placed her hands in the pavement and posed for photographers. She decided to turn the calamity into a happy accident and made sure the...

Helen Mirren Considered Breaking Her Leg To Get Out Of Nude Scene

October 5th, 2010 10:45pm EDT
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Helen Mirren considered breaking her own leg in a desperate effort to get out of her first full-frontal nude film scene.

The Oscar winner admits she was a mess the morning of her big reveal in Ken Russell's 1972 film "The Savage Messiah" and thought about harming herself to force the director to rethink the scene.

She tells WENN, "I played a bra-burning suffragette in the turn of the century. It's Ken Russell so it was pretty well out there.

"The day I had to do that nude scene, where I had to walk completely bollock naked down a flight of stairs, was awful. It was early days and I was s...

Helen Mirren Almost Divorced Her Husband Over 'Love Ranch'

June 29th, 2010 9:32am EDT
Scout Taylor-Compton, Helen Mirren, Elis
Helen Mirren starred for her director husband Taylor Hackford in Love Ranch. It’s the first time they’ve worked together since White Nights. After 26 years together, taking orders from him gave Dame Helen some dark thoughts.

“He was tough on this shoot,” she said. “He was not a pussycat. He’s strict. He wants more, more, more. Absolutely. He’s tough, my husband, I have to say, and there were days when I was planning how we were going to divide the property.”

She said it with a laugh. The Mirrens/Hackfords are still together, and still on speaking terms doing press rounds for their film. S...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' 'The Last Airbender,' & More

June 28th, 2010 9:47am EDT
The Last Airbender
Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups” proved to be utterly disappointing from a comedic perspective. This largely unfunny film has me worried that some of my favorite former cast members of “Saturday Night Live” have fallen into the Eddie Murphy syndrome of making bad family comedies. Juvenile humor that lacks imagination and unenthusiastic performances from the actors make “Grown Ups” seem like it was just another paycheck for them. My Grade: C-

In “Knight and Day,” Tom Cruise makes his zany real life personality work for him on screen, as rogue secret agent Roy Miller. Miller is a suave spy w...

Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Victims Of 'Best Actress' Oscar Curse? (Video)

March 19th, 2010 12:20am EDT
Oscar Curse
The latest news about Sandra Bullock's husband, Jesse James, allegedly cheating on her and the recent revelation that Kate Winslet is splitting from her husband, director Sam Mendes, leads us to believe that perhaps their recent Best Actress Oscar wins have something to do with it.

Yes folks, it appears that an 'Oscar Curse' has been running wild in Hollywood for the last decade. The curse appears to have begun in 2001, when Julia Roberts won the award for her performance in "Erin Brockovich". Shortly after her win (although not married to each other) she dumped boyfriend Benjamin Bratt.


Bai Ling To Play Helen Mirren's Top Hooker

June 9th, 2009 9:02pm EDT
Bai Ling to play hooker in brothel
Actress Bai Ling has been added to Helen Mirren's bevy of beauties in a new film about a Las Vegas brothel - even though her audition was anything but normal.

The Wild Wild West star had to be persuaded to turn around after spending much of the Love Ranch screen test with her back to director Taylor Hackford, Mirren's husband.

Bai Ling explains, "He said, 'Turn around,' and I said, 'No, I'm not in a good mood.' I was not trying to please him, but to be myself. Taylor Hackford asked me, 'How do you seduce men?' I said, 'By not seducing them.' I just be there (sic)."

But, despi...

Helen Mirren: 'America Wanted Me To Win The Oscar'

December 18th, 2007 4:06pm EST
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren considers herself an honorary American, because of the support she received in the U.S. ahead of her Oscar win this year. Despite going up against American star Meryl Streep, Mirren is convinced the whole country willed her to win the Best Actress award for her role in The Queen.

Mirren - married to American director Taylor Hackford - says, "In the build up towards the Oscars, I was blown away by the sweetness and generosity of Americans. I'd go through immigration, and they wouldn't recognize me, but they'd look at the passport and say, 'Oh Helen Mirren. Good luck. You'r...

Helen Mirren: 'Acting Is More Exciting Than Marriage'

October 15th, 2007 9:58am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren waited 11 years to marry her partner because her career was more exciting than any enjoyment she would get from her wedding. The Oscar-winning star, 62, wed director Taylor Hackford in 1997 following an extended courtship, and admits she wasn't in a hurry to get married.

She says, "Maybe a lot of women getting married because are longing to wear that big white dress and the beautiful tiara, look lovely and get their make up done. They crave to be the center of attention, for a day at least. I had the opportunity to experience all that by being an actress. I had beautiful ...

'The Queen' Star Helen Mirren Buys A Castle

April 1st, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Helen Mirren
The Queen Oscar winner Helen Mirren has bought her own castle in southern Italy.

The 60-year-old actress has paid $1.25 million for the run-down 500-year-old estate in Puglia, which is within walking distance to the Mediterranean Sea.

Mirren and director husband Taylor Hackford have met with locals and officials to finalize the purchase, but builders claim the star will have to spend to least $1 million restoring the castle and making it fit for habitation.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Chuck Berry Documentary Wins Top Honors At DVD Awards

March 9th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Chuck Berry Hail Hail Rock
Filmmaker Taylor Hackford's 1987 documentary Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll was named Best of Show at the 2007 Music DVD Awards in Hollywood this week. The director - husband to Oscar winner Helen Mirren - beat over 100 contenders in Home Media Magazine's contest with the film about Berry's 60th birthday concert in 1986.

"Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" was also named Best Vintage Concert and Best Special Features/Bonus Materials, with judges praising the documentary for capturing the rocker's lively personality onstage throughout the gig at the Fox Theatre in St. Lou...

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