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Helen Mirren's Portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II Lands Her Another Big Award

November 17th, 2013 8:57pm EST
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has landed yet another award for playing the Queen of England.

The actress, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Queen in 2007, has now been named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday for her role as the queen in the West End production of "The Audience."

Mirren told Reuters that she feels that the award should actually be shared with Queen Elizabeth II.

"I've always felt playing her majesty that it's actually her majesty who's winning the award and not me," she tells Reuters.

"I did feel very much doing a play that the response...
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Helen Mirren Confirms Second Reign As 'The Queen'

September 21st, 2012 10:08pm EDT
The Queen
Helen Mirren has re-teamed with the screenwriter of The Queen to reprise her role as Britain's monarch onstage.

The actress, who won acclaim and an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan and Stephen Frears' 2006 film The Queen, will don the royal attire and tiara again for a new West End play, called The Audience, next year.

Director Stephen Daldry has now confirmed he'll begin staging the production in February, and admits he was surprised when Mirren agreed to tackle the role for a second time. He tells the London Evening Standard, "It's (a) testament to Peter'...
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Helen Mirren Wins Body Of The Year Poll

August 1st, 2011 8:35am EDT
Helen Mirren
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 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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'The Queen' Is Film Fans' Favorite Movie Monarch

January 18th, 2011 7:05am EST
The Queen
Helen Mirren's portrayal of The Queen is movie fans' favorite royal role, according to a new online poll.

In anticipation of Colin Firth's Best Actor win at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday for The King's Speech, and his assured Oscar nomination, websites WENN and Fandango.com staged a weekend vote to find the best movie monarch.

Mirren topped the poll with 47 per cent, while Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth I came in second with 31 per cent of the vote.

Judi Dench came in third and fourth with her portrayals of Elizabeth I (Shakespeare in Love) and Queen Victoria (Mrs. Brown), and Nigel Hawt...
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Michael Sheen: 'I Haven't Hit Anyone For A Long Time'

December 6th, 2010 6:03pm EST
Michael Sheen
Actor Michael Sheen has credited fatherhood with teaching him tolerance and helping to tame his temper.

The Queen star was reported to have punched actor Jeremy Northam on the set of 2000 movie The Golden Bowl after he allegedly insulted Sheen's then-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale.

However, Sheen insists he has learned to be patient in trying situations since welcoming a daughter, Lily, with Beckinsale in 1999.

Speaking about his temper, he tells Britain's Seven magazine, "I think less so now... I hope it's not indiscriminate rage. I always feel it's justified. That (incident with Northam...
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Helen Mirren Thought She Was Too 'Raunchy' For Dame Title

October 24th, 2010 12:29pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is still shocked she was made a Dame - because the actress thought she was too "raunchy" to be honored by the Queen.

The Oscar-winning star was included in British monarch Queen Elizabeth II's honors list in 2003.

And Mirren was astounded by the high profile accolade because she was convinced her saucy roles in movies including "Hussy" and "The Cook and His Wife & Her Lover" had ruined her reputation.

She tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "I was very surprised because I thought I was not that sort. I was always a bit raunchy, so I thought, 'I'll never be a Dame, I'm not the rig...
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No More 'Queen' For Helen Mirren

June 30th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has dismissed reports she is set to reprise her role as British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in a new film about Indira Gandhi.

Mirren, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in 2006 movie The Queen, was lined up to tackle the role again in Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story, a two-part biopic about the former Indian prime minister, who was assassinated in 1984.

However, the actress insists she has no interest in taking part in a new biopic. Mirren tells WENN, "No, no. I'm not interested in biopics or anything of the sort."

Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story w...
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Helen Mirren: 'We're Not Snooty, Stuck-Up, Malevolent, Malignant Creatures'

April 22nd, 2010 10:30am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is tired of movie bosses casting so many British actors as villains in films - insisting it panders to a stereotype.

The veteran actress has slammed film chiefs for frequently portraying baddies on the big screen with a U.K. accent, insisting not all Brits are "stuck-up, malevolent" characters. And Mirren - who has played a British monarch in three films, including Oscar-winning movie The Queen - also wants Americans to realize that British people aren't "just the Royal Family."

She says, "It's unfortunate that the villain in every movie is always British. It's just nice to...
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Helen Mirren: Queen Of Style

March 6th, 2010 9:00am EST
Helen Mirren
The 2010 Academy Awards are fast approaching, and all eyes will be on the red carpet: spotting new trends, old classics, risky choices and, of course, the most stunning haute couture gowns. Nobody can predict who will sport what look, but one thing is certain: Helen Mirren will take home top prizes for her style.

Mirren is no stranger to dressing for awards shows but admits that she used to be hopeless at dressing for high-profile events. The stunning 64-year-old, whose role in "The Queen" earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2006, claims she is "always a mess" unless walking a re...
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Michael Sheen To Play Liz Lemon's Love Interest On '30 Rock'

February 23rd, 2010 10:00am EST
Michael Sheen to guest on 30 Rock
You may know Michael Sheen from his portrayal of Tony Blair in the acclaimed historical drama The Queen, or as the first name in Frost/Nixon. Your kids may know him from New Moon as the evil vampire king, or the Underworld series' werewolf. Now you'll see him on TV.

"I did a couple of episodes of 30 Rock that'll be out soon," Sheen said. "I'm doing a bit of 30 Rock which is great."

It sounds like he'll play a love interest to Liz Lemon (Tina Fey). At least he spent all his time working with her. "I was with Tina and all my stuff was with Tina. She asked me if I would do these couple o...
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Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...
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Literary Characters=Oscar Love

March 19th, 2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...
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Razorlight To Tour U.S. In Support Of New Album

February 19th, 2009 8:45pm EST
Razorlight
With excitement building towards the March 10th U.S. release of their third album, Slipway Fires - featuring the Top 5 UK single "Wire To Wire" - London-based Razorlight will return to the states for two weeks of tour dates and promotions next month. The tour will open in Boston on Monday, March 9th (at Middle East), then on to New York the next night for the official album release celebration at Hiro Ballroom March 10th. March 11th, Razorlight will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman.

After shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta, Razorlight will return to th...
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12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...
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Over 40 & Hot!

March 26th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Michelle Pfeiffer
It is rude to ask a women her age. Most people are taught that lesson early in life, along with the lesson that it's rude to guess a woman's age. Fortunately for us, actresses have their ages posted all over the internet, so we don't have to ask or guess. What we can tell you is that they are all over 40, and all are very sexy. So for all you aspiring cougars out there, this is how it's done. The top 10 sexy actresses over forty are (in no particular order):

Joan Allen (51)

Relegated to motherly roles lately, it is Allen's portrayal of Pam Landy in the Bourne sequels that really get ...
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Scorsese Begins Effort To Restore Films From Around The World

May 22nd, 2007 2:32pm EDT
Martin Scorsese
CANNES, France (AP) - Martin Scorsese wants to save the world cinema. The Academy Award-winning director said Tuesday it was a ''dream come true'' to launch his international project at the Cannes Film Festival, where his ''Taxi Driver'' won the top prize in 1976.

He's backed by an advisory board of prominent directors, including Mexico's Guillermo Del Toro (''Pan's Labyrinth'') and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (''Babel''); China's Wong Kar-wai (''In the Mood For Love'') and Britain's Stephen Frears (''The Queen.'')

The idea stemmed from the work of The Film Foundation in the Unite...
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New Movies on DVD, April 24

April 24th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Night At The Museum
The new night watchman at New York's Museum of Natural History finds that the job comes with more responsibility than he ever dreamed in the wild fantasy Night At The Museum, starring Ben Stiller. Also on DVD: The award-winning The Queen, thriller Deja Vu & comedy Code Name: The Cleaner.
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And The Oscar Goes To - Full List of Oscar Winners!

February 26th, 2007 9:01am EST
The Departed
Dame Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker were crowned queen and king of the Oscars last night. The stars of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Departed - his first win out of six nominations in the category and 31 years since his first nomination. Full List of Winners Below!

As she accepted her award, Helen, struggling to hold the statuette, said: "I've got my purse in one hand, my earring in the other. Thank you, Academy. You know, my sister told me that all kids love to get gold stars, and...
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Planning an Oscar Party? Here Are Some Tips

February 23rd, 2007 12:03pm EST
Oscar nominated film The Departed
What would the Oscars be without your very own, at-home Oscar-viewing gathering? Televised in more than 100 countries, the Oscars is a much-anticipated television night. And more and more viewers are celebrating by hosting their own Oscar-night event for friends and family, while watching the red-carpet glamour.

Just ask any celebrity about their favorite event, and you're sure to hear the name Mindy Weiss roll off their tongues. A lifestyle expert known for throwing some of the hottest events in Hollywood, Mindy is no stranger to the glitz and glam of Tinseltown. In fact, Mindy has pl...
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The Public Is Divided About Who Should Win Best Picture Oscar

February 22nd, 2007 10:05am EST
Letters From Iwo Jima
In the race for Best Picture Oscar, there is no clear "runaway" hit according to the American public. One in five U.S. adults (19 percent) say Letters from Iwo Jima should win the Oscar for Best Picture, while 13 percent each say the Oscar should go to The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine.

Eight percent of adults say The Queen should win Best Picture and 4 percent say the award should go to Babel. The largest groups, however, are the 20 percent who say none of the nominated movies should win, and the 21 percent who are not sure.

Though the nominated movies may have critical accla...
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'Borat,' 'Babel' & 'Blood Diamond' Not Credited With 'No Animals Were Harmed' Tag

February 22nd, 2007 9:55am EST
Borat
With all the excitement surrounding the upcoming Oscar awards, it is easy to overlook the animals that play such an important role in movies. Although animals are an integral part of some of the most acclaimed films, their well-being and safety are sometimes neglected.

American Humane, the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed" end credit disclaimer on film and TV productions, applauds those nominated movies that included animal-safety monitoring as part of their production process -- but calls attention to those that did not.

The following Oscar-nominated films, which wer...
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Barbara Walters Interviews Eddie Murphy, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson & Ellen DeGeneres

February 19th, 2007 11:39am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Four megastars in show business -- Academy Award nominees Eddie Murphy, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson and Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres -- sit down with Barbara Walters for an electrifying hour on the 26th annual edition of "Barbara Walters Oscar Special," airing Sunday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 p.m., ET -- and immediately following the Academy Awards on the west coast -- on ABC.

Walters says: "This special is about risks and rewards. Ellen DeGeneres watched her career dry up, fought her way back, won some Emmy awards and landed the toughest job in comedy -- hosting the Academy Awards. Jennifer ...
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Survey Says 'Sunshine,' 'Prada' Had The Best Movie Quotes of 2006

February 16th, 2007 10:07am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine, The Devil Wears Prada and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest topped the list of winners, when a Netflix survey revealed the most memorable movie lines from this season's Academy Award-nominated films and performances.

Inspired by the Academy's great movie quotes theme, the survey queried nearly 5000 devoted Netflix members and resulted in humorous and inspiring quotes from an assortment of popular movies from 2006. In addition to the aforementioned films, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, The Departed and ...
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Wins at SAG Awards

January 29th, 2007 10:04am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine scooped the Ensemble in a Film prize at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. The low-budget comedy unexpectedly took home the prestigious accolade, which is the ceremony's equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar. Full List of Winners Below

Greg Kinnear, who plays stressed dad Richard in the film, expressed his Oscar hopes as he accepted the prize. He said: "I think we feel good. An Oscar would mean a great deal to us. Making a movie isn't always a great experience, that's the facts. But this really was a remarkable experience."

British actress Da...
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AARP Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual 'Movies for Grownups Awards'

January 25th, 2007 10:12am EST
The Last King of Scotland
AARP The Magazine just announced the winners of its sixth annual "Movies for Grown-ups Awards." From Best Movie to Breakaway Accomplishment to Best Actor and Actress, the awards honor a range of cinematic accomplishments in 13 categories, all of which are featured in the March/April issue, available February 1.

Top honors went to The Last King of Scotland -- an unblinking look at the rise and brutal reign of Uganda strongman Idi Amin -- which was named this year's Best Movie for Grownups.

"It's great that Hollywood is finally realizing that actresses 50 and over can be as compelli...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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'The Queen' Leads BAFTA Nominations - Full List!

January 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
The Queen
The Queen is the frontrunner at this year's Orange BAFTA awards, after receiving an incredible 10 nominations. Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the hit film about the British Royal Family after the death of Princess Diana, while Stephen Frears is in the running for the Achievement in Direction award. Full List of Nominations Below!

The British drama will also do battle with Casino Royale - which is named in nine categories - for Outstanding British Film of the Year. And Daniel Craig - who made his debut a...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Little Miss Sunshine' & 'Sopranos' Earn 3 SAG Nominations

January 4th, 2007 11:23am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) just announced the nominations for its 13th Annual Awards ceremony. The ensemble drama Babel, the musical Dreamgirls and the comedy Little Miss Sunshine each earned three nominations, as did the TV mob drama The Sopranos.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm

Peter O’Toole / Venus – Maurice - Miramax Films

Will Smith / The Pursuit Of Happyness – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures

F...
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