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Can Meryl Streep Win A Third Oscar? Ever?

December 1st, 2011 10:55am EST
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Meryl Streep hasn’t won an Oscar since 1982.

Most people don’t remember that because it feels like groups hand her awards like they’re flyers on street corners. But she’s deserved most of them, and she should probably be on her fourth or fifth Oscar by now.

This year, she has a good chance playing Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady.’ The trailer alone promises that she is fantastic in the movie. Her performance has been buzzed about for months, and she’s been a front-runner for the Oscar longer than any other actor or movie this year. The problem is, most of the time she’s considered th...
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Glenn Close To Receive Palm Springs Career Achievement Award

October 27th, 2011 12:34pm EDT
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Glenn Close has been named the newest recipient of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The actress will follow in the footsteps of Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood and Helen Mirren when she's honored at the 23rd annual gala in California in January.

Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner says, "Glenn Close has the gift of mesmerizing an audience whenever she performs. Since her film debut in 1982, Close's ability to capture the essence of a character is unparalleled, be it a femme fatale, a notorious stalker or the trusted aide ...
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Helen Mirren And Sienna Miller Donate Clothes To Children's Hospital Auction

October 14th, 2011 7:44pm EDT
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Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller are among the stars who have donated their clothes to an auction for a children's hospital in the U.K.

Beyonce, Nicole Richie and Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts have also raided their closets for the annual Clothes Throw campaign, which raises money for Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Roberts, who hails from Liverpool and is a keen fundraiser for the medical facility, is fronting the initiative and she's urging fans to support it any way they can.

She says, "I am really excited to be fronting the Clothes Throw 2011 campaign! I'm an...
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'Justified's' Joelle Carter To Guest On 'Prime Suspect'

September 30th, 2011 3:21pm EDT
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Justified fans can get their Ava Crowder fix when Joelle Carter appears on NBC's Prime Suspect.

Carter plays Louise Iannacone, the wife of a stockbroker who becomes Detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello)'s first suspect when he's murdered, in the episode entitled "Great Guy, Yet: Dead." It will air Thursday, October 13 at 10 PM ET/PT on NBC, with a re-air that Saturday, October 15 at 9 PM ET/PT.

She's best known for her role on Justified, where she's spent two seasons as Ava, the former love interest of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Emmy nominee Timothy Olyphant). In season two, with Raylan...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Tempest'

September 30th, 2011 8:11am EDT
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Ready to see the Shakespeare classic through the visual eye of filmmaker Julie Taymor? Then check out the Helen Mirren helmed adaptation of "The Tempest," now on Blu-ray from Miramax/Touchstone Home Entertainment. The cliff notes are below!

Title: "The Tempest"

Grade: 3

Cast: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Julie Taymor

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 110 minutes

Release Company: Miramax/Touchstone Home Entertainment

Website: www.tempest-themovie.com

The Flick: Not being any Shakespeare expert by any stretch of the imagination, "The Tempest" is still pr...
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Helen Mirren Likes To Watch Pole Dancing

September 23rd, 2011 2:30pm EDT
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Helen Mirren recently talked about her appreciation for all things erotic.

She explained to British newspaper The Times, "I like sexy stuff. I like looking at sexy photos. I loved Madonna's sex book, and I love Gaga. To be honest, I rather like watching pole dancing.

"Not that I'm gay or anything, I just like the ballet of it."

Helen stars in the upcoming film "The Door" about a special relationship between two women, a writer and her maid.
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TV Spotlight: Check Out 'Person Of Interest' & 'Prime Suspect' Tonight

September 22nd, 2011 8:00am EDT
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The crime thriller "Person Of Interest" centers on a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice.

Michael Emerson, famous for playing the wicked Benjamin Linus on "Lost," plays a computer programmer, while Jim Caviezel is the ex-CIA agent.

Taraji P. Henson also stars. "Person of Interest" airs tonight at 9/8 central on CBS. Will you tune in?

Maria Bello plays touch as nails detective Jane Timoney in "Prime Suspect," a remake of the critically acclaimed British seri...
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Check Out 'The Tempest,' Now On Blu-ray

September 15th, 2011 6:02am EDT
The Tempest
"Across the Universe's" Julie Taymor shakes up Shakespeare with her adaptation of "The Tempest," retrofitting the fantastical tale with a female lead, casting Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren in what is usually the male role of Prospero.

The storyline follows the newly coined Prospera (Mirren), an exiled magician who uses her powers to call upon a tempest to bring her enemies to the island she's been forced to call home, not knowing that it will bring a suitor to her daughter, Miranda (Felicity Jones).

The Miramax/Touchstone release also stars David Strathairn, Djimon Hounsou, R...
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Review: Two Jews On Film' Find 'The Debt' Intense And Thrilling

August 31st, 2011 10:00am EDT
The Debt
Two Jews on Film: By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Even the best secret agents carry a debt from a past mission. Rachael Singer must now face up to hers...

'The Debt' directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) is the story of what happens when the lie you've been living for decades finally catches up to you. What do you do?

The year is 1997. Rachel (Helen Mirren) and her husband Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) retired Mossad secret agents learn that their former colleague, David (Ciaran Hinds) has killed himself...

Rachel sets out to find discover why David has taken his own life. We travel with...
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New Fall TV Series: Our Top 10 Picks

August 24th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Pan Am
Every fall TV season has its share of surprise successes and bumbling disappointments. For every buzzed-about newbie (‘Desperate Housewives’) that turns into a hit, there’s an ‘Eastwick’ or ‘Running Wilde.’

But that’s part of the fun, right? Sometimes, you’ve got to take a chance on a show that could be the year’s new hit and Emmy winner.

There are a lot of prospects for this Fall, and some are more promising than others. Here, though, are the Top 10 we’re most looking forward to – keeping in mind we haven’t seen these ahead of time. These are in no particular order.

-‘Pam Am’ – ABC
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Kelly Brook's Red Leather Shorts - Hot Or Not?

August 6th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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Kelly Brook hosted the launch of Bulmers Cider Garden V1 in London earlier this week. The model/actress opted for red leather shorts, a white blouse, and black and white checked pumps. What do you think of her look?

Kelly was just named the third best body in show biz behind Helen Mirren (!) and Elle MacPherson.

Kelly recently appeared in the controversial series "Skins."
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Helen Mirren Wins Body Of The Year Poll

August 1st, 2011 8:35am EDT
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Veteran actress Helen Mirren has fought off competition from younger rivals Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Brook to be named the best body in showbiz.

The Queen star, 66, topped the poll voted for by members of British gym chain LA Fitness, leaving Amazonian supermodel Elle Macpherson in second place.

Brook and Lopez came third and fourth respectively, while U.K. singer Cheryl Cole rounded out the top five.

David Beckham topped the men's poll, while James Bond star Daniel Craig was named runner-up. Johnny Depp came third, Brad Pitt was voted fourth and Australian singer Peter Andre was fift...
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Helen Mirren Ignores Protesters' Pleas To Pull Out Of Phil Spector Movie

July 31st, 2011 10:34am EDT
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Helen Mirren has ignored calls to drop out of an upcoming biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector.

The veteran British actress prompted outrage among friends of Spector's victim, murdered actress Lana Clarkson, after signing up to play the famed producer's attorney, Linda Kenny Braden. She stepped in to replace an injured Bette Midler in the role.

The Friends of Lana Clarkson campaigners sent a letter to warn Mirren she faces "serious consequences" if she doesn't quit the controversial film, which they fear will portray Spector in a sympathetic light.

The group's spokesperson, Ed...
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Check Out 'Arthur' On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand & Download

July 16th, 2011 7:08am EDT
Arthur
The immature heir to a billion-dollar empire finds himself cut off from the family fortune after rejecting his arranged marriage to a nouveau riche socialite, and instead falling for a free-spirited unlicensed tour guide in "Arthur," a remake of the sentimental 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore.

Arthur (Russell Brand) was raised in the lap of luxury. His family is wealthy beyond compare, and ever since he was a child his every whim has been catered to by his nanny, Hobson (Helen Mirren), and his chauffeur, Bitterman (Luis Guzman).

But the party starts to wind down when Arthur's domineerin...
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Helen Mirren Looks Saucy In A Union Jack Flag For Esquire

July 15th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
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Helen Mirren is our idol. She's 65 and looks like this. The actress appears in the August issue of Esquire covering up in just a Union Jack flag. She's daring, and we love it!

Last month she said, "I do not have a great body. I have a c**p body. Naomi Campbell has a great body. Let's be realistic, here."

Stop being so modest, Helen.

The actress recently starred in the "Arthur" remake, which is now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Photograph by Perou; © 2011 Esquire
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Helen Mirren: 'I Do Not Have A Great Body'

June 27th, 2011 9:44am EDT
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Helen Mirren is fed up with fans praising her physique.

She explained, "I do not have a great body. I have a c**p body. Naomi Campbell has a great body. Let's be realistic, here."

Mirren recently topped a poll of the world's hottest women over 50. The 65-year-old actress caused a stir in 2008 after she was snapped showing off her svelte figure in a bikini and it seems fans are still impressed by her looks, placing her first in the "Hotter Than Ever Women Over 50" survey for home shopping retailer Isme.com.
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Hottest Women Over 50

May 27th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Hottest Women Over 50
Helen Mirren has topped a poll of the world's hottest women over 50.

The 65-year-old actress caused a stir in 2008 after she was snapped showing off her svelte figure in a bikini and it seems fans are still impressed by her looks, placing her first in the "Hotter Than Ever Women Over 50" survey for home shopping retailer Isme.com.

British supermodel Twiggy, 61, was a close runner-up, while former Bond girl Joanna Lumley, 65, was in third.

"Shout" hitmaker Lulu, 62, and "Sex and the City" actress Kim Cattrall, 54, came in fourth and fifth position, respectively, while 53 year old Michelle...
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Morrissey Slams The Royal Family

April 27th, 2011 8:54am EDT
Morrissey
Singer Morrissey has blasted Britain's royal family ahead of Prince William's wedding later this week, insisting he won't be watching the event unfold because the monarchy is full of "benefit scroungers."

The prince is set to wed Kate Middleton on Friday and the impending nuptials have been met with excitement from stars including Helen Mirren and Snoop Dogg, while David and Victoria Beckham will be among those in attendance.

However, the former The Smiths rocker, who is famously anti-royal, admits he can't understand the hysteria surrounding the marriage.

He tells BBC 5Live, "Why woul...
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Helen Mirren Is A Cougar In Leopard Print

April 20th, 2011 11:00am EDT
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Helen Mirren showed up to the London premiere of "Arthur" in a leopard print dress. She looks mighty fine for a 65 year old, don't you think?

The actress turned up the heat on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend when she locked lips with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator for a passionate same-sex smooch. The episode celebrated the actress' busty figure in a series of risqué sketches.

She has starred in several films recently, including "The Tempest," "Red" and "Love Ranch."

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Helen Mirren Steams Up 'Saturday Night Live' With Risque Skits

April 11th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Helen Mirren Saturday Night Live
Oscar winner Helen Mirren turned up the heat on Saturday Night Live this weekend when she locked lips with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator for a passionate same-sex smooch.

The Queen star was the guest host on Saturday's episode, which celebrated the actress' busty figure in a series of risqué sketches.

Mirren's opening monologue saw her serenaded by SNL's male regulars in a modified version of There's Nothing Like a Dame from the musical South Pacific, during which they claimed she was "exactly like the Queen", prompting the actress to quip, "Have you ever seen Caligula? I'm in the orgy ...
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Russell Brand's Films 'Hop' & 'Arthur' Dominate Weekend Box Office

April 11th, 2011 9:11am EDT
Arthur
Russell Brand is celebrating a double victory on the box office chart - his family film "Hop" and comedy remake "Arthur" dominate the top two spots in the new countdown.

The Easter-themed movie, in which the British funnyman voices a bunny, took another $21.7 million in its second week at number one, boosting its 10-day total to $68.2 million.

Arthur, which also stars Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner, opened at two with $12.6 million.

Action film "Hanna" debuted in third place with $12.3 million, and "Soul Surfer," a biopic about one-armed surfer Bethany Hamilton's terrifying shark attac...
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Review: Russell Brand's Lovable Scamp Charms In 'Arthur' Remake

April 8th, 2011 10:55am EDT
Arthur Movie
At this point there is no doubt that British comedian Russell Brand can play an endearing rascal with the greatest of ease. Not only did he portray the wacky rock star Aldous Snow in the romantic comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” but he also reprised the role in the spin-off film “Get Him to the Greek,” which featured the character in his own comically debaucherous adventures.

His latest movie “Arthur,” a remake of a 1981 Dudley Moore picture, has Brand starring in the title role, as a rich ne’er-do-well with a drinking problem. Arthur is a child trapped in a man’s body, but Brand’s l...
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Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren Team Up For 'When Harry Met Sally' Sequel (Hilarious 'Funny Or Die' Video)

April 6th, 2011 10:54am EDT
When Harry Met Sally 2
Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren have teamed up for a hilarious new video on Will Ferrell's FunnyOrDie.com - where Crystal and director Rob Reiner are pitching a sequel to their film When Harry Met Sally to three movie execs.

Crystal teamed up with his filmmaker daughter Lindsay to help shoot the skit, where his character Harry is a widower (yes, Sally is dead!) and put into a home. While there he meets Sharon and the two hit it off immediately.

Cameos from Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph and even Mike Tyson make this sequel a must-see!

When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren...
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Helen Mirren Calls Her Grauman's Theater Footprints 'Incredible'

April 5th, 2011 9:52am EDT
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Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren just accomplished another career milestone. Her hand and footprints are now preserved in cement outside the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater. She told reporters she considers it the highlight of her accomplishments.

“Becoming a dame was fantastic,” Mirren said. “Winning an Oscar was amazing. Getting my hands and feet there is incredible.”

Grauman’s Chinese theater was Mirren’s first stop when she crossed the pond. “I’m so really, really honored. When I first came to Hollywood, many years ago, the first place you want to go to is Hollywood Blvd., where Grau...
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Helen Mirren Likes Wearing Stripper Heels

April 4th, 2011 9:30am EDT
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Helen Mirren shuns designer shoes for stripper heels when she struts her stuff on the red carpet because the height empowers her.

The British Oscar winner admits she'd rather totter around in a cheap pair of high heels than don a dainty pair designed by Jimmy Choo or Stuart Weitzman.

She explains, "I often buy my shoes on Hollywood Boulevard at these places that sell them to pole dancers - because they're really high. I'm only five foot four (inches), so I put those little babies on and I'm, like, five foot 10 and I can strut my stuff alongside Nicole Kidman anytime."

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

March 29th, 2011 8:36am EDT
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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...
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Russell Brand Talks About His Addictions, Katy Perry & More; 'Arthur' Reboot Opens April 8th (Watch Trailer)

March 27th, 2011 5:30pm EDT
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Comedian Russell Brand stars in the upcoming remake of Arthur, in the role of the title character made famous by Dudley Moore back in 1981.

Brand - a recovering drug and sex addict himself - took to sniffing drinks to prepare for the role of the drunken, immature playboy who potentially gives up a billion-dollar inheritance to avoid an arranged marriage in favor of a lowly waitress.

Brand recently spoke with Details magazine about his addictions, the tabloids, being married to pop superstar Katy Perry and more. Check out some excerpts:

On his marriage to Katy: "at once the most mundane a...
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Elton John, Helen Mirren to Host SNL in April

March 22nd, 2011 10:57am EDT
Helen Mirren, Elton John | Photo Credits: Jon Furniss/WireImage.
Elton John and Helen Mirren will make their Saturday Night Live hosting debuts in April, NBC announced Tuesday.

John is scheduled to host April 2 and will pull double duty as he'll also perform with musical guest Leon Russell. John's only previous appearance on the sketch show came in 1982 as a musical guest. John and Russell recently released an album titled The Union.

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Stars Protest British Government's Art Cuts

March 13th, 2011 3:03pm EDT
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Screen stars including Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and Julie Walters have joined forces to protest against government cuts to arts funding in Britain.

Kenneth Branagh, Sheila Hancock, David Tennant and director Mike Leigh are also among the names who have signed a letter, published in U.K. newspaper The Observer, declaring arts and culture in Britain are facing "the biggest threat" in decades.

It comes after officials last year wound down the UK Film Council, which has funded movies including the Oscar-winning The King's Speech, as part of a range of cost-cutting measures.

The letter, or...
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Jon Cryer Admits 'I Am A Troll' On 'Conan'

March 11th, 2011 4:00pm EST
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Jon Cryer has come forward and admitted that he is, in fact, a troll.

Cryer made a cameo appearance on Conan last night to poke fun at the harsh words from his former Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen. Charlie said in an interview, "You're with me, or you're with the trolls. Obviously he's (Cryer) with the trolls. Jon has not called me. He's a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he's a troll..."

Jon replied on Conan, "The fact is, I am a troll. It's not something I like to talk about. My parents don't even know... It turns out there's not a lot of tolerance for people like me, ...
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