Liz & Dick, the Lifetime movie chronicling the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, didn't do so well. But everyone loves Elizabeth Taylor, so the story is getting a second chance. This time BBC America is taking on the challenge with Burton and Taylor, and things are already looking up — they cast Dominic West as Burton and Helena Bonham Carter as Taylor.
Lindsay Lohan wasn't quite able to pull off the Liz Taylor we all know and love, but Carter has been around for a while and has the acting chops to do Taylor justice. The movie doesn't premiere on BBC America until fall, but until then, let the debate about who will be the better Liz begin!
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Celebrities get married, divorced, and remarried all the time nowadays, but the great Elizabeth Taylor puts them all to shame. The glamorous actress was infamous for her numerous marriages — eight, to be exact. Movie stars just aren’t what they used to be, huh? Well, now a lucky (and rich) someone will be able to own the starlet’s first wedding dress when it goes up for auction at Christie's in London on June 26.Taylor wore the satin gown at her wedding to Conrad Hilton in 1950 when she was only 18 years old. Designed by Helen Rose, the custom-made dress is a relic of Old Hollywood, embellished with beading and complete with a 15-yard train. Unsurprisingly, the dress has a huge price tag — according to a Christie's press release, it's expected to go for upwards of £30,000 - 50,000 (or $75,000) at auction. For some reason, I doubt that Taylor’s most recent portrayer, Lindsay Lohan, will be putting in a bid.
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Dame Helen Mirren made amends with a group of drummers she berated for disrupting her performance in The Audience earlier this month (May13) by watching them perform at a London festival on Sunday (26May13). The veteran actress stormed out of the city's Gielgud Theatre during the interval of her hit play to reprimand the Batala London samba band, who were performing outside the venue to promote the As One In The Park gay rights festival.
Mirren, who was still dressed in character as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during the outburst, demanded they stop - but she later showed support for their cause by sporting a homemade T-shirt publicising the event's name, venue and date in large black letters.
And on Sunday, the star headed to London's Victoria Park to take in the As One In The Park event with her moviemaker husband Taylor Hackford.
According to Britain's The Sun, Mirren told the band, "I said I'd be here and here I am. A Dame always keeps her word."
Band member John Rowlands adds, "She was really sweet. She loves us and she loves the drumming. Just not outside her theatre."
The wedding gown Dame Elizabeth Taylor wore when she exchanged vows with her first husband Conrad Hilton, Jr. is set to go under the hammer next month (Jun13). The Cleopatra star, who was only 18 when she wed the hotel heir on 6 May, 1950, wore an oyster shell-coloured, floor-length satin gown, and now the special piece is to be auctioned off by Christie's in London on 23 June (13), when it is expected to fetch upwards of $75,300 (GBP50,000).
The frock features an impossibly-thin 22-inch waist and was designed by Helen Rose, who also created Grace Kelly's wedding dress.
Unfortunately, the gorgeous gown didn't bring Taylor too much luck - her first marriage only nine months. The late movie icon wed another seven times.
Dame Helen Mirren thrilled a terminally ill young fan by dressing as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and inviting him to join her for tea. The actress reached out to 10-year-old schoolboy Oliver Burton, who is battling cancer in his spine and may have just weeks to live, after learning he was unable to meet the real Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Dame Helen then stepped in to help make Burton's dream come true - she treated him to a limousine ride to see her London play The Audience, in which she portrays the monarch, and met him in character backstage at the Gielgud Theatre after the show.
The star, who introduced Burton to her corgi dog co-star and even pretended to knight him during the visit, tells The Sun on Sunday, "It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet such a brave young man."
Burton's dad James adds, "She stayed in character for the whole thing and had a butler. She was really lovely."
Dame Helen Mirren felt mortified for losing her temper at a group of street performers in London on Saturday (04May13) after realising onlookers were filming her outburst on their camera phones. The actress stormed out of the Gielgud Theatre during the interval of The Audience to berate a group of 25 drummers for playing outside the venue and interrupting her play, in which she plays Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
But the 67-year-old star admits she got so carried away with her furious rant, she hadn't noticed she was being filmed.
She tells Britain's The Sun, "I walked off stage in full costume and make-up, straight out the stage door and just said, 'You're f**king up our performance. Please stop, please stop.' I've never done anything like that before, but I'd do it every night if there were people drumming outside the theatre.
"I went and did my number, and then I looked around and all these people were recording it on their phones. I thought, 'Oh my God, what have I done?'"
Dame Helen has since made amends with organisers of the group, who were promoting the As One In The Park gay pride festival, by wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the organisation's name.
She adds, "I'd love them to see the play and understand why I was so upset. I felt terrible - they are fellow performers."
Dame Helen Mirren attempted to make amends for her outburst at a group of drummers on Saturday (04May13) by sporting a homemade T-shirt promoting their cause. The veteran actress stormed out of the Gielgud Theatre in London during the interval of her hit play The Audience while still dressed as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to berate a group of 25 drummers playing outside the venue and demand they stop as the noise was interrupting the performance.
The actress later admitted she was too harsh on the group, who had staged a parade in the capital's Soho area to promote the As One In The Park gay rights festival, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph she would like to invite them to the show.
And the Oscar winner later showed her support for the movement by stepping out of her London home on Monday (06May13) in a white T-shirt emblazoned with the event's name, venue and date in large black letters.
She also poked fun at the incident by drawing a picture of a drum on the back of the top alongside the words, "Yes please, just not outside the theatre."
As One In The Park will take place in London's Victoria Park on 26 May (13).
Dame Helen Mirren stunned onlookers when she stormed out of a London theatre on Saturday (04May13) to scold noisy street performers while in her costume as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The 67-year-old Brit flew into a rage when the first half of her production The Audience was interrupted by a band of 25 drummers playing outside the Gielgud Theatre.
Mirren, who plays the Queen in The Audience, proceeded to march outside dressed as the monarch during the interval and shouted at the group to "shut the f**k up".
Explaining the incident, she tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I'm afraid there were a few 'thespian' words used. They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately.
"I would love to track them down and invite them to see the play. I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done. The drumming just slowly got louder and louder and then settled right outside the stage door. There was just a thin wall between drumming and the theatre so it was unbelievably loud on stage. (Co-star) Paul Ritter and I could hardly hear each other speak and the audience couldn't hear us speak at all."
The actress, who won an Olivier Award for her role as Her Majesty last week (ends05May13), apologised to the audience for the disruption, and was given a standing ovation for her foul-mouthed rant.
Theatre-goer Ben Scotchbrook says, "She laughed as she said she'd told them 'not too politely to go away'. She got a standing ovation at the end."
Stage play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time was the toast of the 2013 Olivier Awards on Sunday (28Apr13), taking home seven trophies. The London production, about an autistic boy who tries to uncover who killed his neighbour's dog, landed the title of Best New Play, Best Director (Marianne Elliott), Best Actor (Luke Treadaway) and Best Supporting Actress (Nicola Walker), as well as mentions for sound, set and lighting design.
Dame Helen Mirren was crowned Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, which also earned her co-star Richard McCabe the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role as late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton won Best Actor and Actress in a Musical for their stints in Sweeney Todd, which also received the title of Best Musical Revival.
Billy Elliot took home the Audience Award for Most Popular Show, Top Hat was recognised as Best New Musical, Best Entertainment and Family went to Goodnight Mister Tom, and Long Day's Journey Into Night nabbed Best Revival.
The winners were announced during the 37th annual ceremony, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville at the Royal Opera House in London.
Each year, the night before the Academy Awards, the world of independent cinema gathers in New York City to honor the best of the best from outside the studio system. Ranging from no-budget, down and dirty indies to Sundance breakouts to talent-filled productions that wooed the studios enough to find major distribution, the Independent Spirit Awards bestow their honors to an entirely separate list of nominees.
Saturday night, show host Andy Samberg and a slew of famous faces handed out the awards. Here's a full rundown of the nominees and winners (marked in bold as they're announced!):
Best FeatureBeasts of the Southern WildBernieKeep the Lights OnMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings Playbook
Best DirectorBenh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern WildIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnJulia Loktev, The Loneliest PlanetWes Anderson, Moonrise KingdomDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best ActorJack Black, BernieBradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookJohn Hawkes, The SessionsThure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights OnMatthew McConaughey, Killer JoeWendell Pierce, Four
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Best ActressLinda Cardellini, ReturnEmayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of NowhereJennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookQuvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildMary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed
Best Supporting ActorMatthew McConaughey, Magic MikeDavid Oyelowo, Middle of NowhereMichael Peña, End of Watch Sam Rockwell, Seven PsychopathsBruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom
Best Supporting ActressRosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's SisterAnn Dowd, ComplianceHelen Hunt, The SessionsBrit Marling, Sound of My VoiceLorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere
Best ScreenplayIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnWes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise KingdomZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best First FeatureFill the VoidGimme the LootThe Perks of Being a WallflowerSafety Not GuaranteedSound of My Voice
Best First ScreenplayRashida Jones and Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse ForeverRama Burshtein, Fill the VoidJonathan Lisecki, GaybyChristopher Ford, Robot and FrankDerek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
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Best DocumentaryThe Central Park FiveHow to Survive a PlagueThe Invisible WarMarina Abramovic: The Artist is PresentThe Waiting Room
Best Foreign FilmAmourOnce Upon a Time in AnatoliaRust and BoneSisterWar Witch
Best CinematographyBen Richardson, Beasts of the Southern WildRoman Vasyanov, End of WatchLol Crawley, HereRobert Yeoman, Moonrise KingdomYoni Brook, Valley of Saints
John Cassavetes AwardBreakfast With CurtisThe Color WheelMiddle of NowhereMosquita y MariStarlet
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