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Russell Brand Gives Helen Mirren a Special Gift (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 11th 2010 3:30PM
On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Helen Mirren had nothing but kind words for Russell Brand, who co-stars with her in an upcoming remake of the Dudley Moore classic 'Arthur.' Mirren even showed off a unique gift that Brand gave her as a present at the end of filming.

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Helen Mirren's Husband Forced Her to a Brothel (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 15th 2010 6:50AM
Helen Mirren's Night in a BrothelFor her role as a madam in 'Love Ranch,' Dame Helen Mirren was forced -- by her husband -- to spend the night in a brothel. Granted, her husband was the film's director, Taylor Hackford. She talked about the experience on the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

"He thought I should do research," explained Mirren. "He said he'd been [to a brothel] already and done his research -- not that kind of research!"

Though the Oscar winner said, "Absolutely no way," Hackford "dragged me off to the brothel, and it was fantastic! ... The girls were fantastic, really sweet, really welcoming -- of course they are, that's what they're good at!"

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Russell Brand Wants a Bath from Dame Helen Mirren (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 20th 2010 5:10AM
Russell Brand Talks Bath with Helen MirrenDavid Letterman seems a bit jealous that Russell Brand is due to star in a film ('Arthur') alongside Dame Helen Mirren. "I have a fondness for Helen Mirren," Dave tells him on the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

"Mr. Letterman, I share your affection," says the actor/comedian. "Helen Mirren is a wonderfully attractive woman. She's obviously older than I am, and I've managed to define accurately what my attraction is to her."

Russell says he's drawn to her maternal presence. But the fantasy scenario he then describes -- of her giving him a bath -- is ... not one of innocent motherly tenderness.

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NBC Postpones 'Prime Suspect' Remake

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 25th 2010 11:45AM
Helen MirrenNBC has postponed its remake of the award-winning UK series 'Prime Suspect' due to casting problems, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Network execs said that they are struggling to cast the police drama's lead character, an uncompromising female detective. In the original seven-season series, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison was played by none other than Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren.

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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Put on Hold

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2010 8:29AM
helen_mirren_headshotRemember that proposed remake of the British crime series 'Prime Suspect' for NBC? You can forget about it... for a while anyway. NBC has shelved 'Prime Suspect' till June and the reason why is all about casting. This, my friends, is exactly what we were saying when the idea first surfaced.

The notion that you're going to find an actress as perfect for the role of detective chief inspector Jane Tennison as Helen Mirren is madness. T'aint gonna happen. She's an Oscar, Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winner for a reason. She's freaking brilliant.

So, NBC is acknowledging that they have not found another Helen Mirren and will not push 'Prime Suspect' into pilot production at this time. Veteran writer/producer Hank Steinberg -- he did 'Without A Trace' for CBS -- has wisely decided to push the project back and revisit it in June. It could always be created as a mid-season show instead of a fall 2010 premiere... assuming the project comes together.

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Helen Mirren Reacts to Bikini Pictures on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 6th 2010 11:09AM
Ellen DeGeneres embarrassed Helen Mirren with pictures of the actress sporting a bikini and flaunting a body that defied her age while vacationing in Puglia on the southern tip of Italy last year.

"It was luck. It was pure luck, honestly. I swear to you, I do not look like that," the 64-year-old Mirren said of her bikini bod. "I look at that picture and say, 'God, I wish I looked like that,' but I don't ... in reality."

Watch the video after the jump.

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NBC to adapt UK's Prime Suspect

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 3rd 2009 2:08PM
Helen_Mirren_Prime_SuspectIs it cynical of me to question the wisdom of NBC trying to adapt the British detective series Prime Suspect for American TV? It probably is, but after the disappointment of Life on Mars (I know, some of you liked the ABC version, but I was not in that camp), I have worries about the way American writers and producers rework excellent British TV shows and suck the life out of them in the process.

What makes Prime Suspect particularly of concern is that the British show had a great actress starring in it. Helen Mirren has deserved every award -- Oscar, Tony, Golden Globe -- that she's received. As the tough-as-nails detective chief inspector Jane Tennison, she was simply amazing.

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Russell Brand talks stand-up comedy and Aldous Snow

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 6th 2009 10:02AM
Russell Brand on Comedy CentralRussell Brand made his mark in England as a comedian before climbing up the ladder and landing roles in films. American audiences first got to know him as the aloof rock star Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and as the host of the 2008 MTV Music Awards. Sunday, America gets its first real glimpse of Brand as a stand-up comedian, when his first one-hour special, Russell Brand In New York City, premieres at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

Brand is going to be everywhere in 2009. His autobiography, My Booky Wook, hits shelves next week, and he's working on Get Him To the Greek, a new Judd Apatow-produced vehicle for the Aldous Snow character and a remake of Arthur. He's already got the Julie Taymor-directed film of The Tempest, with Helen Mirren as "Prospera," waiting for release. I caught up with him by phone as he was at the airport on his way to Los Angeles.

TVS: Do you feel you have to introduce yourself to America as a comedian because most people know you from movies or perhaps as a host?

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Celebs plan to say funny, classic things at Emmys

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2008 11:02AM
EmmyThis news makes me cringe more than a little.

At this year's Emmy Awards (September 21 on ABC), celebrities will utter famous catch phrases and lines from 60 years of television.

Doesn't this immediately sound just awful? The scripts for these award shows are often cringe-worthy anyway, the forced humor and banter between two people presenting at the same time, and now they're going to make them say famous lines from TV shows? I can just see Helen Mirren up on stage saying, "And the award for Lead Actress In A Television Series goes to...Glenn Close!...Oh, and by the way, Whatchoo talkin' bout, Willis?"

Hopefully the lines will be put into some sort of context and not just randomly uttered. I mean, wouldn't it just be terrible in the stars came out on stage throughout the show for special segments on catch phrases, said them ("Kiss My Grits"), and got some weird round of applause from the audience?

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Just like the winners, the Oscar ceremony was just "meh"

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 26th 2007 11:01AM
Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
ABC really needs to stage an intervention with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It really does. Because, year in and year out, the Academy puts on an Oscars ceremony that not only runs far longer than the network intends, it just ends up boring the crap out of viewers, many of whom are asleep by the time the real categories are decided.

This year's ceremony ran from 8:30 PM ET (after a Road to the Oscars red-carpet special that was just pointless and dull) to about 12:15 AM. That's 3 hours and 45 minutes of speeches, montages, and musical numbers. My god; even the Grammys aren't that bloated, and it's nothing but musical numbers.

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The Five: Tough broads

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 13th 2006 1:54PM
Helen Mirren TennisonWith Helen Mirren's Detective Tennison bowing out on Sunday's Prime Suspect finale, television is losing one of its finest tough broads.

Tough broads have feelings and faults, but they're nobody's baby. They also don't give a crap what you think of them. They dress for utility not for style, and they work -- usually in domains stereotypically belonging to men.

We'll miss you, Detective Tennison. You are the inspiration for this list of tough TV broads - the ones little girls and little boys can look up to.

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Final Prime Suspect airs tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2006 9:15AM
Helen MirrenThe final episode (episode? movie? miniseries) of PBS' acclaimed series Prime Suspect will air tonight (and conclude next Sunday - it's a two-parter, four hours). Tim Goodman over at The Bastard Machine has a review.

It's titled Prime Suspect: The Final Act and chronicles detective Jane Tennison's last case before retirement (she's almost 60 now), involving the search for a missing 14 year-old girl, a case that's a lot more complex than she first realizes. It also involves Tennison's heavy drinking and blackouts and sadness. OK, so it's not the most uplifting drama.

Actually, Helen Mirren has always given fantastic performances in these shows (she has won an Emmy for Best Actress and the show itself has won three Emmys), and Goodman says that this one is no exception. The state of Florida even figures into this last episode.

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Parent Television Council strikes again

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 3rd 2006 9:04PM
parent television councilOh, puh-lease. The Parent Television Council, a group that has a stick up its collective ass, has made a formal complaint to the FCC about last week's Emmy telecast. It wasn't the plane crash skit that ignited their anger, it was a comment by winner Helen Mirren as she accepted her Emmy for Best Actress in HBO's Elizabeth I. You may recall, Helen worried about taking a tumble on her way up to the stage. She mentioned falling "tits over ass", a common British phrase. Calista Flockhart later presented with Mirren and said the phrase again in playful banter. NBC did air the show on a delay but chose not to censor the comment. The PTC released this statement, "It is utterly irresponsible and atrocious for NBC to air this vulgar language during the safe harbor time when millions of children were in the viewing audience." The FCC is reportedly trying to decifer its own rules to determine whether the offense is worthy of a fine.

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Hugh, Howie, Rob, and Roush: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2006 10:15AM
  • Rob LoweHugh Laurie himself dissects the characters on House.
  • Matt Roush likes Elizabeth I, and is rooting for What About Brian?
  • Tara Lipinski talks about her guest appearance on Malcolm in the Middle.
  • What's the beast from Beauty and the Beast up to?
  • In the print edition: an A to Z guide to Alias, a look at Deal Or No Deal and Howie Mandel's OCD, the "real story" behind Katie's jump to CBS, and a sneak peek at Rob Lowe's return to The West Wing (warning: spoilers!). And why does it seem like the Lost castaways aren't even worried about Walt and Michael?

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