The Oscar winner met with hands-on therapist Cheryl Cohen Greene to research the film and the two became fast friends.
Hunt tells WENN, "I've played real people before in movies and usually you talk for hours and use five minutes of what they give you because you're making your own thing. In this case I found how she talked and what her vibe and spirit was like - kind of frank, slightly louder than me, Boston accent - was useful to use so it really helped.
"She used the term sex positive which I just love and I got excited about trying to bring that to life in me. She told me everything and I was really grateful and we used it in the movie.
"She seemed very pleased about the portrayal and I just wrote a blurb for the back of her book, which she has written and I think she's very happy."
Last week, NBC was the top network in the country but that was mostly because no other network was airing new shows. That means NBC's victory was sort of like being smarter than Snooki or skinnier than the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. But last night, when all the other networks returned with their premieres, something crazy happened: NBC was still on top!
Well, it was on top in the ratings in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers crave. ABC was tops in overall viewers, but, come on, this is a huge comeback for the peacock. Just two years ago their schedule was trampled by a big-chinned Godzilla named Jay Leno and now they're almost back in good health. In celebration — and because ratings can often look like boring numbers jumble — we're going to describe the ratings winners and losers using classic Must-See TV sitcoms. Look below for the numbers.
Friends: NBC comes in at the top slot like this top-rated ensemble comedy. While both The Voice and NBC's new (dare we say it) hit Revolution were both down from last week with 11.9 million and 9.3 million viewers respectively, the slide seemed inconsequential considering the heavy competition this week over last.
Seinfeld: ABC was a success even though they weren't the biggest on the block (just like Seinfeld always got beaten by Friends). Their net's numbers are a little wonky because some of their shows were preempted by local NFL broadcasts. Still Dancing With the Stars clocked 13.5 million moms. It's a healthy number, but considering it is down a third from the premiere last year (and the show's worst premiere ever) that's not so hot. And this is for the All-Star edition! Castle was also down, bringing 11.4 million. Yay! (I guess.)
Mad About You: Mediocre (just like the Helen Hunt comedy) was the name of CBS' game, even though all their Monday sitcoms fared well, they all suffered since the network moved Men 2.5 (which is Two and a Half Men in software speak) to Thursdays. New comedy Partners scared an anemic 6.5 million at 8:30 and 2 Broke Girls was down almost 50 percent to 10 million with its premiere after that. Mike & Molly's robust numbers are slimming (fat jokes!) to 9.3 million, their lowest premiere yet. Hawaii Five-0 hit a series low with only 8 million viewers. Not sunny at all.
Inside Schwartz: I almost forgot about Fox (like the universe forgot about this Breckin Meyer dud). Bones was dead and buried with only 7.3 million and The Mob Doctor continues the buzz that it will be the first show to get whacked this season after only 4 million people tuned in, even worse than its premiere last week even after heavy promotion from Fox.
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The Pulp Fiction star was recognised for his lengthy career as he received the Golden Eye trophy in front of a cheering crowd, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Travolta danced onstage and spoke a few words in German before quoting Shakespeare's Hamlet in his acceptance speech.
He said, "It's like the old question: to be or not to be? I chose to be and I guess you are glad that I did."
Filmmaker Oliver Stone also attended as his latest movie Savages opened the 10-day event, which will also recognise Helen Hunt and Richard Gere with awards.
You spent the summer watching superheroes battle evildoers, foul-mouthed bears crack jokes, and Channing Tatum show off his finest assets, but now that it's Fall, you're looking for something a little meatier (that is, if there's anything meatier than Channing Tatum's assets). No problem there: the autumnal season is overflowing with dramatic films to balance out your year. But which one is for you? Here's a rundown of everything coming your way in the next two months with a handy rundown to decide which tearjerker, which ripped from the headlines tale, which artsy exploration of the human condition fits your personal criteria:
Release Date: Sept. 14
You should see it if…: You missed Richard Gere as a leading man. You're looking for more reasons to hate the 1 percent. You don't know what the word "arbitrage" means.
Release Date: Sept. 14
You should see it if…: You're in the mood to take in a cinematic existential crisis. You're looking for greater understanding in the world. You know what 70mm is. You find beauty in the soothing sounds of Philip Seymour Hoffman's voice.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Release Date: Sept. 14
You should see it if…: You fondly remember the '90s. You continue to loathe the '90s. You barely remember the '90s, but you still have all your old mix tapes from the '90s. You were born in the '90s but are eager to see what all the fuss was about. You love feelings.
End of Watch
Release Date: Sept. 21
You should see it if…: You're ready for Jake Gyllenhaal to stop being such a nice boy. You want the first person action perspective of a video game without all the finger blisters. You want an inside look at the underbelly of South Central, Los Angeles. You want an inside look at the underbelly of quinceaneras.
Trouble with the Curve
Release Date: Sept. 21
You should see it if…: You need a reminder of Clint Eastwood's day job. You miss baseball. You're having trouble with your curve. You need a feel good drama to make you warm and cuddly as Fall really begins to set in.
Release Date: Oct. 5
You should see it if…: You want a period drama stripped of its stuffiness. You like fog. You recall reading the book in high school but would much rather have someone else re-read to you. You need a day off from your Pride and Prejudice/Mr. Darcy obsession.
Release Date: Oct. 10
You should see it if…: You want to see Zac Efron do some aaaaaacting! You're committed to witnessing Matthew McConaughey climb every rail of the comeback ladder. You loved Precious. You're curious about that whole "peeing on Nicole Kidman" thing.
Release Date: Oct. 12
You should see it if…: You're a Gone Baby Gone and The Town fan. You own a t-shirt with Ben Affleck's face on it. You're fascinated by '70s era poltico thrillers. You're wondering what an "argo" is (note: it's not an arbitrage).
Release Date: Oct. 17
You should see it if…: You want to see an artist's interpretation of ultimate despair. You don't need your movies to bogged down by "narrative." You're sticking with creativity as your drug of choice.
Killing Them Softly
Release Date: Oct. 19
You should see it if…: Brad Pitt. You love crime films. Brad Pitt. You love political metaphors. Brad Pitt. You're a die hard fan of Sopranos actor James Gando—ok, Brad Pitt.
Release Date: Oct. 26
You should see it if…: You want to see how an iron lung really works. You love poetry. You want to see Helen Hunt bravely bare all. You want your mind blown by actor John Hawkes, who transforms himself to play a paraplegic.
On the Road
Release Date: Oct. 31
You should see it if…: The only people for you are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
Release Date: Nov. 2
You should see it if…: You've long awaited the return of Denzel Washington's prestige drama side. You want to be more scared of flying in planes. You want to see if Robert Zemeckis still remembers what working with real people is like.
Release Date: Nov. 9
You should see it if…: You want to see the real Abraham Lincoln star in a Spielberg movie. Wait, that's Daniel Day-Lewis?! No way!!! That's insane! He looks just like the real Lincoln. You want to know how they did that. Immediately.
The Silver Linings Playbook
Release Date: Nov. 11
You should see it if…: You want to know if Bradley Cooper is a guy you actually like or just really want to like. You want to see what everyone was raving about at TIFF. You need to fill time between Catching Fire. You love the Eages — go Eagles!!
Release Date: Nov. 16
You should see it if…: You want to see a romantic epic brought to life. You want see if Keira Knightley still has something to add to the "costume drama" genre. You want to see what all the fuss is about.
Life of Pi
Release Date: Dec. 14
You should see it if…: You read that book! You roomed with a tiger once. You love high seas adventures. Visual spectacle is an immediate draw. You want to see what a guy like Ang Lee can do with 3D (and the guess is, a ton).
The What Women Want star will become the first-ever female recipient of the Golden Eye Award in Switzerland on 21 September (12).
Festival executive Karl Spoerri tells trade publication Variety, "Helen Hunt is one of the most talented and gracious actresses on screen today. We are excited to celebrate her remarkable career at the festival this year."
Other celebrities to be honoured at the event include Richard Gere, who will pick up the Golden Icon Award, and John Travolta, another winner of the Golden Eye Award.
"I'm not dying to walk into a sound stage and get naked in front of a bunch of people. I think what this proves is that I'm a whore for a good story." Actress Helen Hunt on getting naked for new film The Sessions, in which she plays a hands-on sex therapist to a polio victim.
Earlier this year at Sundance, a movie called The Surrogate came out and wowed crowds with its earnest, feel-goody portrayal of the story of Mark O'Brien, polio-stricken journalist. Fast forward a few months, and the film—now dubbed The Sessions—has a release date, a trailer, and a poster. Lucky for you, we have all three right here in this neatly-packaged post, just for you.
The film stars the truly wonderful John Hawkes as Mark O'Brien, the 38-year-old journalist and poet from California who has been confined to a life on an iron lung since age six. This doesn't dispirit his hopes to lose his virginity, though, and he embarks on a truly unconventional adventure. Seeking guidance (and a sort of spiritual permission) from his priest (that charming man William H. Macy), O'Brien goes on an emotional and physical journey thanks to his newly-hired sex surrogate played by Helen Hunt. Hawkes' O'Brien has a love and excitement for life that feels downright brave, and Hunt's Cheryl really shines through even in this quick glimpse. After years of Hunt playing it fairly lowkey in her career, we're excited to see what this film does for her, and what she does for the film. Needless to say, things look promising.
The film's heart seems to lie in its ability to take something so personal as intimate relations and make it a common goal for this man's circle. The crux, of course, comes when that relationship ultimately suffers from the complications of being, well, a human relationship. Us humans are complicated beasts, especially when emotions and intimacy are involved, huh? However, it looks like the film handles that balance with a funny bit of grace—going beyond any sort of saccharine pit it could otherwise very easily fall into.
While at Sundance the film picked up a few awards, so if you hadn't heard the buzz before, get ready for it now: this film has "Oscar Race" written all over it. Check out the trailer and poster below. The film is slated for release on October 26th, 2012.
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"We're so immature. We play running charades, which is like charades with aerobics. There is white wine and there is Patron (tequila), there's everything... Good players are Kristin Johnson, Matthew Perry's a great player, Helen Hunt is awesome." Sister Act star Kathy Najimy on her game nights with famous friends
The Oscar-winning actress has teamed up with Oxfam to launch the Big Bra Hunt, which aims to collect one million brassieres by the end of April (12).
A survey found the average U.K. woman has several barely-worn items of lingerie in her underwear drawer, and Mirren wants women to gather their unwanted garments to help the charity's work in Senegal.
She says, "Before I heard about this campaign I had never thought to donate my bras to Oxfam. I'm sure many women have a number of bras stowed away left untouched for years.
"The Big Bra Hunt really highlights how every last item donated to Oxfam can be used in a truly unique way, making a real difference to people all around the world."
Brassieres are one of the most desirable items in West Africa because they are so complex to manufacture, and the donated items will help boost employment prospects for disadvantaged Senegalese women as Oxfam bosses recruit more staff to sell them.
The Oscar winner traced her roots on the show and she was proud to learn her great-great-grandmother, Augusta Hunt, was a crusader for women's rights in the U.S.
Hunt visited her grave in Portland, Maine, but the experience was an emotional one and the star wept as the cameras were rolling.
She said, "What she achieved has affected every generation. It's such a big deal. She was amazing. I feel blessed to have discovered her."