Facebook

Twitter

iTunes

RSS

HEAR THIS HOUR'S UPDATE

Entries in Helen Mirren (5)

Monday
Jun252012

Javier Bardem, Others to Receive Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of the celebrities who will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

At a press conference on Friday, actress and recent Walk of Fame star recipient Marg Helgenberger revealed that Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, James Franco, Ron Howard and Helen Mirren will all receive their stars next year.  Also from the world of movies, makeup artist Rick Baker is set to be honored.   

Others chosen from among hundreds of nominees in the running to have a permanent place on the Walk of Fame are television stars Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Matthew Perry and Katey Sagal.

Honorees from the live stage include actress Olympia Dukakis and magicians Penn & Teller.

David Green, chairman of the Walk of Fame selection committee, said in a statement, “The Walk of Fame will bring everlasting memories of star power, talent and popularity to the millions who visit Hollywood each year and which will shine even more light on the entertainment capital of the world.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug312011

Helen Mirren Talks About Her Latest Film, 'The Debt'

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren’s latest role as a retired Israeli Mossad agent in the film The Debt required some serious research on her part about the Holocaust. She went so far as to visit Germany’s Buchenwald concentration camp to prepare for the part.

“I did a lot of reading about the Holocaust to remind myself of how dark that time was and how important it is to the Israeli people...especially the young Israeli people of the 1960s. It was still very fresh in their memories, so it’s an incredibly intense, emotional thing to have to live with. And I had to remind myself of that,” Mirren told ABC News at a special screening of the film in New York City.

Mirren plays retired agent Rachel in this remake of the original Israeli thriller Ha Hov, which was released in 2007. The story (with flashbacks between 1997 and 1965/1966) centers around three Israeli Mossad secret agents: Rachel (played by Jessica Chastain/Helen Mirren), Stephan (played by Marton Csokas/Tom Wilkinson), and David (played by Sam Worthington/Ciaran Hinds). In the 60s, they embarked on a secret mission to track down and kidnap a Nazi war criminal, Dieter Vogel. Vogel is the feared surgeon of Birkenau (played by Jesper Christensen). At great risk, the team’s mission was accomplished...or was it?

Thirty years later, Rachel (Mirren) is back in the spotlight. Her daughter publishes a book about Rachel’s heroism. At the book party, as Rachel reads an excerpt from the book, the viewer is transported back to the '60s and learns of the critical mission the agents took on.

“It’s very rare that you get a really good, believable story in film nowadays, and I thought this was one of them," Mirren said.

The director of the film, one-time Academy Award nominee John Madden, told viewers why they should go to the theaters and see the film. “They don’t come along like this. This is a really fantastic thriller...a really provocative, dramatic story," he said.

The Debt is now in theaters nationwide.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug312011

Helen Mirren's 'The Debt' Opens Nationwide Wednesday

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Helen Mirren stars in a new thriller opening in theaters on Wednesday.

The Debt stars Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds as three former agents of Israel's Mossad who carried out a mission in the 1960s to find a Nazi war criminal in hiding. The film begins in 1997, but the story frequently flashes back to the ‘60s and back again as it reveals the fallout from the mission.

Avatar actor Sam Worthington also stars in The Debt, which is rated R.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul192011

Helen Mirren to Join HBO Film on Phil Spector

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Helen Mirren reportedly will replace Bette Midler in an HBO film about music producer Phil Spector that will star Al Pacino.

Midler was set to play Spector's attorney during his first murder trial, but she was forced to drop out due to a herniated disc.

Spector is serving 19 years to life in prison on a second-degree murder conviction for the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar292011

Helen Mirren Puts Hands, Feet in Cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Queen star Helen Mirren placed her hands and feet in cement outside the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles Monday.

Like most before her, the 65-year-old Mirren did not remove her shoes when she made her feet impressions.

The Oscar-winning British actress stars alongside Russell Brand in the remake of Arthur, opening next week.

At a Sunday press conference for the film, she said the Chinese Theatre honor was "incredible," noting that it held significance for her because "Hollywood is Hollywood Boulevard, and Grauman's Chinese is Hollywood Boulevard, so that's the place you go to as a tourist.  It's the first thing you want to see.  It's the only thing really that you know about as far Los Angeles is concerned."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio