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While we'll have to wait for the official box office results on Sunday, Furious 7 is shaping up to be another huge hit in the Fast & Furious franchise. Universal Pictures has yet to announce whether or not another sequel will move forward, but if that happens, the studio could have a contender for a new villain, none other than Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren. While promoting her upcoming drama Woman in Gold, which opens in theaters April 1, the 69-year-old actress expressed her admiration for Vin Diesel, and that her "great ambition" is to be a Fast & Furious villain.
"My great ambition is to be in a Fast & Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast & Furious movie. My claim to fame is I always do my own driving - I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time. I keep putting it out there, »
All that Glitters: Curtis Traps Compelling Kernel in Avalanche of Schmaltz
British television alum Simon Curtis graduated to feature filmmaking in 2011 with the incredibly problematic My Week with Marilyn. Apparently, whatever its faults, they were easy to overlook, as the film nabbed a number of critics’ choice awards, along with prestigious BAFTA and Academy Award nominations. Unfortunately, his penchant for mawkishness has showed no sides of abatement in his follow-up feature, Woman in Gold, also based on compelling true events but at least portraying subjects that feel imbued with less drastic measures of caricature since they aren’t ingrained in cultural pop subconscious with such sacred fury.
In the late 1990s, the Austrian government began to revamp its art restitution laws in reference to victims of WWII. Upon the death of her sister, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Los Angeles shop keeper who had fled Austria sixty years prior to escape the Nazis, »
- Nicholas Bell
Max Irons, a co-star of “Woman in Gold,” said he got his role in the Nazi drama starring Helen Mirren after studio head Harvey Weinstein summoned him to his office. “Can you speak German?” Weinstein asked the actor. Irons couldn’t. “I had to do an audition in 24 hours with a page of solid text,” Irons recalled. “I panicked, drank a lot of coffee, used Google and YouTube and cobbled together what I’m sure was terrible German. But I managed to somehow get the part.”
Irons told Variety this story on Monday night at the red carpet MoMA premiere of “Woman in Gold.” It was an uncharacteristically muted evening for the Weinstein Co. Earlier in the day, media reports surfaced that Weinstein had been questioned by the NYPD over the weekend for allegedly groping a 22-year-old Italian model at his Tribeca offices. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Helen Mirren has espionage art thriller "The Woman in Gold" hitting theaters tomorrow, April Fools' Day, and in spirit, or something, the Dame herself hopped on Jimmy Fallon for a helium-filled chat. Fallon presents her with a faux Oscar and she gives a faux acceptance speech. "I'm getting lightheaded! I'm going to pass out." Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren has done it all, it seems. Over the course of her impressive and prestigious career, the English rose has cemented her reputation as one of the most versatile actresses in the business across film, television and theater – accumulating a staggering amount of awards in the process. Now at the age of 69, one has to ask, what is there left to accomplish? Why, a role in Universal’s Fast and Furious franchise, of course!
Citing her action-filled stint on Robert Schwentke’s Red films, Mirren revealed her burning desire to get in on some of the ludicrous action of the street racing series, and to star alongside Vin Diesel himself.
- Michael Briers
This is Helen Mirren like you've never seen (or heard!) her before. The "Woman In Gold" star stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Monday, where Jimmy Fallon convinced her to answer questions after inhaling helium from a balloon. After telling the late night host she hadn't done this since she was 11, the 69-year-old actress looked like a pro as she hilariously talked about one of her favorite British dishes: Spotted dick. And when the balloon made an unruly noise, she took credit -- and pretended she let one rip! The best part? Fallon presented Mirren with a fake Oscar, and she quickly recited a winning speech with her squeaky voice! "Oh, thank you -- I'm so honored," she said with a helium-filled accent. Check out the funny clip above to see these two in action! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009
Watch Nick Lachey and the Big Morning Buzz Live crew weigh in on Noah as Stewart’s replacement. Vanessa Hudgens said she “was giving [Zac Efron's fans] death stares” when they dated. [Us Weekly] Helen Mirren gives a fake acceptance speech after sucking helium out of balloons. [YouTube] Scott Disick isn’t quite ready for baby No. 4. [E!] Sources say Kim Kardashian “still »
- Taylor Ferber
Oscar-winning actor makes fake acceptance speech on the Tonight Show after inhaling helium from a balloon
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Dame Helen Mirren has revealed that she wants to star in a Fast & Furious movie.
The actress spoke about her wish to play a "mad driver" in the film franchise and revealed her admiration for Vin Diesel.
"My great ambition is to be in a Fast & Furious movie," she told Yahoo!.
"I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I'll be in Fast and Furious 8!"
"It's partly because of him I'd like to be in one, but also the driving."
Mirren also recently »
The Oscar-winner declares her love for Vin Diesel, says she always does her own movie driving and praises the likes of Divergent for presenting empowered female teen characters
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- Ben Child
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Claire Danes, David Beckham, and Bob Odendirk were all on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" Monday night. Claire talked about how she can be a bossy dancer when she's drunk. David talked about how his son Brooklyn has a job at a small French coffee shop in London; he also shared the story of Brooklyn's first date on Valentine's Day when the kid was 14, and Victoria made David stay in the restaurant and watch them. Bob talked about "Better Call Saul" and how he can now make a perfect Cinnabon. (Prove it - send one this way!) The trio also played Celebrity Cell Phone Profile - before the show, »
- Gina Carbone
Oscar-winning star of The Queen also says she intends to stop working – and admits she still has to combat stage fright
Dame Helen Mirren has said that female actors still find it more difficult than their male counterparts to find work in film and television.
“I’ve been lucky, but if you look at any drama it’s still five-to-one men to women,” she told Radio Times magazine.
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- Dugald Baird and agencies
Helen Mirren's British accent sounded quite different when she stopped by The Tonight Show on Monday. During the interview, Helen and Jimmy Fallon inhaled helium out of balloons, and when she started talking, Jimmy couldn't help but crack up. This isn't the first time he's gone the helium route with a guest, either; last year, Jimmy interviewed Morgan Freeman on helium, and hearing Morgan's voice sent Jimmy into a giggle fit. Watch the hilarious interview with Helen Mirren below, and then check out more viral videos, including Ariana Grande's spot-on Celine Dion impression. »
You might know Helen Mirren from the Red movies or When Harry Met Sally 2 or anything to do with the queen of England, but what she really wants to do is co-star in a Fast and Furious movie. "My claim to fame is I always do my own driving — I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time," she told Yahoo! "I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8. I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant. I love Vin Diesel. He’s a great guy, smart — I love him. It’s partly because of him I’d like to be in one, but also the driving." We're pulling for you. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
If someone is sitting down with Vin Diesel during press rounds for Furious 7 they damn well better ask him why he hasn't asked Helen Mirren to be in one of the films yet, because she certainly isn't afraid to let it be known she wants in. Speaking with Yahoo she had the following to say about wanting to star in one of the Fast & Furious movies to the point she says, "I'll be in Fast and Furious 8." My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie. My claim to fame is I always do my own driving -- I was on "Top Gear", and I did my lap in a very good time. I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I'll be in Fast and Furious 8. I have »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – The painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” was created by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, and was considered Austria’s greatest artwork. The remarkable journey of the painting, stolen from its original Jewish family by the Nazis during World War II, is the basis for the new film, “Woman in Gold,” directed by Simon Curtis.
“Woman in Gold” is based on the true story of Maria Altmann (portrayed in the film by Helen Mirren), a Viennese immigrant in the United States who fought the Austrian government for rightful claim to her family’s paintings in the 1990s, including the famous gold leaf portrait of her Aunt Adele. Altmann brings in an American lawyer named Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to act as her lawyer, and their years of litigation to make this art restitution was one of the most high profile of these cases. The film includes flashbacks of the family in Vienna during those war years, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It may have had a bumpy start with certain cranky critics at Berlin, but as I say in my video review above, Woman In Gold is very fine indeed, a triumph of storytelling and a compelling real-life tale likely to have smart, grownup audiences cheering. And though the film debuts April 1, that’s No April Fool’s joke. The story begins in 1998 with Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman who fled her native Vienna 60 years earlier to avoid Nazi persecution just… »
Dame Helen Mirren has received numerous accolades in her fifty years in front of the camera. However, what may prove to be the most exceptional aspect of her long and storied career is the fact that, as she prepares for her 70th birthday this July, the venerable actress has aims at becoming a legitimate action star. How do we know this? Because it is evidently her dream to play a villainess in the Fast & Furious film series. Yes, you read that correctly. In an interview that Mirren did with Yahoo News, the topic shifted to the film industry.s current trend of genre tentpole films, and it was then that the acclaimed actress interjected that she had one franchise in mind that she.d like to join (specifically to "come along and play the baddie.") As Mirren said, My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. »
When Furious 7 opens this weekend, one big question fans will be asking is “How can the franchise possibly top the action in that?” Looking backwards, one of the ways Furious 7 ups the ante from Fast and Furious 6 is by casting bigger actors and better fighters. Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey and Tony Jaa are just […]
- Germain Lussier
Police questioned Harvey Weinstein after the indie studio chief allegedly groped a 22-year-old woman in Tribeca on Friday, a NYPD spokesman confirmed to Variety.
The woman accused the Weinstein Co. boss of touching her breasts and hips, police confirmed. The Daily News, which broke the story, reported that the incident took place at around 6 p.m. Friday at the Tribeca Film Center.
But another source told Variety that there were no official events held at the Tribeca Film Center on Friday night, and the Weinstein Co. shares office space with Tribeca Enterprises. Police could not immediately confirm if the alleged assault took place at Weinstein’s offices or in another part of the building.
An investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. Neither the district attorney’s office nor the Weinstein Co. responded to requests for comment. Weinstein is expected to attend the New York premiere of his »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
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