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The relationship between Harvey Weinstein and British filmmaker Stephen Frears is one that has proved very fruitful with Miramax releasing Frears' Dirty Pretty Things and the Oscar-winning The Queen , starring Helen Mirren, but more significantly, Frears' Mrs. Henderson Presents , starring Dame Judi Dench, was one of the very early releases for the fledgling The Weinstein Company back in 2005 when the Weinsteins broke off with Disney. The Weinstein Company is keeping that relationship alive as it's being reported out of Cannes that they've picked up the distribution rights for Frears' latest, Philomena , which reunites him with Dench, for a reported $6 million. Based on the real story from BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book "The Lost Child of Philomena »
The jury president of the 70th Venice Film Festival international competition jury will be top Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. The Venice Biennale, Europe's oldest film festival, will run from August 28 through September 7. 2013. The jury will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes; South Korean Oscar submission "Pieta" won the Golden Lion last year; the prize has also gone in recent years to Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere." Venice has launched many Oscar contenders, including Stephen Frears' "The Queen," Joe Wright's "Atonement," George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck," and Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan." Bertolucci was chosen by the Board of Directors of the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, on the recommendation of Alberto Barbera, the Director of the Venice Film Festival, who stated: “Very few directors can claim a lifetime experience so passionately committed to contemporary cinema like Bertolucci’s. »
- Anne Thompson
She's played the royalty several times, but according to some reports her recent public address may not have been in the Queen's English
Appearance: Regal; commanding.
What, just because she played a queen that time? She's played queens lots of times: she portrayed Elizabeth I in the TV series Elizabeth; she was Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George; and she starred as the current queen in The Queen. She's now appearing on stage, again as Elizabeth II, in Peter Morgan's play The Audience.
A play about the audience? How modern. It's actually about the Queen's weekly audience with a series of prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.
Ok, so she's good at pretending to be imperious. That's just acting. Not entirely, it would seem.
Why? What's she done? She complained, in no uncertain terms, about a distracting noise during her performance.
People crinkling sweet wrappers, »
And some amateur video has emerged of the incident, which took place over the weekend outside the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End. Watch Above.
In the video, Dame Helen can be seen in a blue cardigan as part of her costume, berating the drummer and gesticulating at the nearby theatre where, it can be surmised, she was struggling to be heard over the drums.
The Oscar-winning actress was happy to pose for photographs on Sunday, wearing a customised T-shirt that promoted As One In The Park, a new Lgbt festival to be held in Victoria Park over the next May Bank Holiday.
Dame Helen can see the funny side now
But the back of her top referred to her tirade against »
- The Huffington Post UK
Everybody's pretty much used to the fact that Helen Mirren is one of the funniest, sweetest, most talented women on the planet (next to Meryl Streep, of course), but what they don't know is that she's not a lady to mess with, either -- especially when it comes to perfecting and showcasing her acting artistry, and especially not while she's pretending to be the Queen. In case you missed it, Helen Mirren did a production of "The Audience", wherein she plays the role of the Queen. Easy enough. However, during said production in London's West End, a troupe of dancers drumming for Lgbtq causes had the mad audacity to stop directly in front of the playhouse in which Helen was performing, causing her to not roll her eyes and project louder while waiting for the ruckus to stop, but causing her to gather up her skirts and take it to »
- tooFab Staff
Keep calm ... and shut the hell up. Helen Mirren, in full Queen Elizabeth II regalia, wasn't amused on Saturday when she stormed out of the Gielgud Theater in London's West End, where she currently is playing the lead role as Her Majesty in the play The Audience. No, it wasn't simply a cell phone going off in the theater that got the Oscar winner's goat - it was an entire troupe of dancing drummers beating their instruments outside while she was performing on stage, reports the Daily Telegraph. Apparently, according to a video that captured the incident, the drummers got »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Steven Spielberg has lined up his next directorial endeavor. There’s been uncertainty about what project would next have the multi-Oscar-winner in the director’s chair since he put Robopocalypse on hold, but he is now set to helm Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.
The film is an adaptation of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Cooper will star as late Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, who has a record 150-plus confirmed kills. The book, which spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, »
- Emily Rome
Helen Mirren was crowned queen of the London stage at the Olivier Awards Sunday, while compelling, canine-titled teen drama "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" emerged as best in show with seven trophies.
Mirren, 67, was a popular and expected best actress choice for her regal yet vulnerable Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience," Peter Morgan's behind-palace-doors drama about the relationship between Britain's queen and its prime ministers.
The actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for playing Britain's monarch in The Queen, quipped that it was 87-year-old Elizabeth who deserved an award, "for the most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century, and probably the 21st century."
You can see Mirren's award-winning performances in "The Audience" in a live broadcast on June 13 at select Cineplex theatres, with encore screenings on June 29, 30 and July 3.
Head behind the cut to find out who else went home a »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Helen Mirren was crowned queen of the London stage at the Olivier Awards Sunday, while compelling, canine-titled teen drama The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time emerged as best in show with seven trophies.
Mirren, 67, was a popular and expected best actress choice for her regal yet vulnerable Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” Peter Morgan’s behind-palace-doors drama about the relationship between Britain’s queen and its prime ministers.
The actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for playing Britain’s monarch in The Queen, quipped that it was 87-year-old Elizabeth who deserved an award, “for the »
- Associated Press
'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' has swept the board at this year's Olivier Awards, but Dame Helen Mirren was crowned the Queen of British theatre for another regal performance.
The star, who played Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience', said her win was down to the real-life popularity of the monarch who she said had put in the "most consistent and committed performance of the twentieth century and probably the twenty-first".
Speaking backstage, Dame Helen said winning did not mean she was "the best actor".
The actress, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of The Queen in the 2006 film, said: "It really doesn't mean that, because there are so many incredible performances out there, including many that weren't even nominated. I was making a joke about the Queen winning, but it is a reflection of the kind of respect the Queen is held in."
London, Apr 29: Dame Helen Mirren was named the best actress at the Olivier Awards, for her stage role in 'The Audience.'
Mirren wore a glamorous black lace dress at the event.
In her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to the Queen who according to her had put in the "most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century. »
- Machan Kumar
London (AP) — Helen Mirren reigned at London's Olivier theater awards Sunday, taking the best actress prize for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. Mirren had been favorite for the trophy at Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tonys for her regal yet vulnerable turn in Morgan's play about the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers over the her 61-year reign. Mirren is no stranger to royalty — she won an Academy award in 2007 for the same role in The Queen. Video: 'Hitchcock' Heroine Helen Mirren Says Palm Reader Predicted Her Career Spot-
- Jill Lawless, Associated Press
Helen Mirren, who the best actress Oscar for "The Queen" in 2007, took top honors Sunday at London's Olivier theater awards Sunday for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience." Mirren had been favorite for the trophy at Britain's equivalent of Broadway's Tonys for her regal turn in Peter Morgan's play about the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers over her 61-year reign. Also read: Peter Morgan's Play 'The Audience,' Starring Helen Mirren, to be Broadcast Live to Movie Theaters Mirren joked that it was the queen »
- Todd Cunningham
Is it the makeup? Is it the lighting? Both? This new poster for Ron Howard's Rush featuring Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers) as F-1 driver James Hunt is damned impressive based on appearances alone. Certainly the poster is rather generic, but that aside I like what I'm seeing. Along with Hemsworth, the film co-stars Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Stephen Mangan, Christian McKay, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jamie de Courcey, Pierfrancesco Favino and Natalie Dormer. I've included the studio-provided synopsis below the poster. Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award nominee, writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds »
- Brad Brevet
While today saw the first trailer unleashed for Chris Hemsworth’s return as intergalactic superhero Thor in Marvel’s sci-fi fantasy follow-up, The Dark World, we’ll first see Hemsworth headline Ron Howard’s sporting drama, Rush. The epic fact-based drama, set during the late 1970s golden age of Formula One, has Hemsworth in the role of the charismatic yet cocky English driver, James Hunt. The film centres on his legendary rivalry, on and off the racetrack, with disciplined Austrian Niki Lauda, which almost came to a tragic conclusion.
The film reunites Howard with his Frost/Nixon biopic specialist screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Damned United), with Daniel Brühl behind the wheel as respected nemesis Lauda. The cast also includes Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Stephen Mangan, Christian McKay, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jamie de Courcey and Natalie Dormer.
However, it’s Hemsworth’s handsome close-up who dominates the first poster »
- Craig Hunter
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Frost/Nixon”), teams once again with fellow two-time Academy Award® nominee, writer Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”), on “Rush,” a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers”) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals »
- Kellvin Chavez
There's a pernicious misapprehension afoot that the Brits are the polite ones while Yanks are inclined to brusqueness or brashness, but a comparison of the varied reactions to the deaths of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher would seem to give the lie to this. While "The Great Communicator" was hailed for ending the Cold War (something surely Mr. Gorbachev deserves some credit for), with little mention of his disastrous economic policies and illegal covert wars, Thatcher has received her due as a "divisive" figure, even on the BBC. And, as I write this, there is a genuine chance that "Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead," will reach number one in the UK charts.
Nor were the British uniformly polite about her when she was alive. The Tories gave no encouragement to the art of cinema, or most of the other arts. Invited to talk about her favorite works of art on television, »
- David Cairns
Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive reveal, that John Krasinski (The Office), Nathan Fillion (Serenity), Bonnie Hunt (Cars) will also lend their voices to the film. Hunt also had a small part in Monsters Inc. as a different character.
Krasinski will play “Frightening” Frank McCay, a Scaring super star at Monsters, Inc. (no image available yet).
Fillion plays Johnny Worthington III (see horned monster in picture below), the confident president of Roar Omega Roar (Ror).
- Alex Corey
In her latest film Helen McCrory is once again playing a mature woman with a youthful lover. And why not, she asks? Though in real life, they'd have to fight off her husband, Damian Lewis, aka Brody from Homeland…
It's a good thing in an actor to know how to make an entrance, and Helen McCrory does. She arrives late – dashing in every sense. It's not possible to walk into a room unobserved wearing a coat like hers: the colour of wet sand, with fur cuffs and lapels. Nor can it pass uncommented upon. Is it as comfortable as it is beautiful? "Comfortable on me as it was on the fox," she says, with an air of self-mocking defiance, shrugging inside it: "It's from Paris," she adds, settling into the red leather corner banquette in Colbert, Sloane Square – a cafe engaged in a more doomed attempt than hers at recalling Paris. »
- Kate Kellaway
A series of exciting trailers have been released this week, with the heavily anticipated sequel Hangover Part III given a new promo and a first look at sci-fi blockbuster Elysium emerging. Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth showed off its Nsfw teaser, alongside the fast-paced Rush trailer and Dan Stevens post-Downton in Summer in February.
Digital Spy recaps the week's hottest new trailers below...
'The Hangover Part III' trailer: The Wolfpack returns
The last instalment in Todd Phillip's popular trilogy sees Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis taking a road trip after the death of Alan's father (Jeffrey Tambor). But new cast member John Goodman interrupts their journey to give the gang a task, hunting down Ken Jeong's Leslie Chow. If the film's trailer is anything to go by, the finale promises to give fans one hilarious last ride, with the chase taking them back to Las Vegas, »
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