Oh, Time Magazine. Will this proclamation become an annual affair, or is this a one-time deal? Because I’ve got something to say about this, either way.
Self-congratulations season Awards season hasn’t even started yet–in fact, I thought it just ended, and already Daniel Day-Lewis has been given every single award? Now listen, DD-L is a fine actor. Yes, indeed. But I never seek his films out, like I do for say, Christian Bale. (And I’m not referring to any of the Batman movies.) There is something about DD-L that makes me forget he’s even around. Maybe that’s it: I find Daniel Day-Lewis dull. Slightly (?) pretentious and definitely holier-than-thou in interviews.
Remember when he went off to become a gotdamn COBBLER in Florence after winning an Academy Awards? (My LeftFoot is smaller than my right–maybe he could make me a decent fitting shoe.)
My point is, just because a dude is tall, thin and ALREADY LOOKS LIKE LINCOLN, does not ‘World’s Greatest Actor’ make. Why wasn’t Helen Mirren given this accolade after her astounding representation of Queen Elizabeth II in TheQueen? I love the story she told of how she learned walk like The Queen by studying her CORGI’S little trot.
And might I mention Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE didn’t already resemble the mighty woman she portrayed. As we well know, she won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2006. Where was her TIME Magazine cover?
Who do you think is ‘The World’s Greatest Actor‘? I say there are many…not just one dude.
You’ll be getting twice the Alfred Hitchcock fix this year. HBO has it’s movie ‘The Girl‘ premiering later this month, and now we have a look at ‘Hitchcock,’ another biopic starring Anthony Hopkins as the auteur.
Hopkins bares an uncanny resemblance to Hitchcock with the help of some well done prosthetics. The movie also stars Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, the star of ‘Psycho‘ and she seems to do the infamous shower scene justice. Toni Collette plays Hitchcock’s assistant and the always amazing Helen Mirren plays his wife, Alma Reville.
Both movies explore his relationships with his leading ladies, some of whom he was obsessed with, and points to the director being something of a sexual deviant. ‘Hitchcock‘ has the bigger cast and is already getting Oscar buzz, but I can’t wait to see and compare both.
Photos: Juergen Teller for New York Magazine. Do click the link.
I wonder if I could admire this woman any more…probably. Helen Mirren just keeps getting better. We just spoke about Madonna looking fairly good (depending on the photographer and and a pinch of Photoshop), but nevertheirregardless. Then we have some downright scandalous photos in the latest New York Magazine taken by photographer Juergen Teller.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not accustomed to seeing a nude, nearly 65-year-old woman, gazing at the reader in such a sultry manner. I was captured by Dame Helen’s eyes. (And her breasts…fine, I admit it), and they are pretty tremendous, I must say. These photos are of the same woman who played Queen Elizabeth and was quoted as modeling The Queen’s walk on her dogs–corgis.
What I enjoy about Helen Mirren the most is her youthful naughtiness combined with strength and wisdom that only someone living their life fully can truly offer. You do remember the red bikini shot from 2008? Here’s a refresher…
“Of her scandalous early roles in 1969’s Age of Consent (when she stripped as the teenage muse of an older painter) or Gore Vidal and Bob Guccione’s nutty art-porn Caligula (1979), Mirren says she had a plan. “A lot of it is plain, old-fashioned practicality. I wanted to work,” she says. “When I did Caligula, for example, I hadn’t really done movies.” And besides, she adds, “I much prefer overt sexuality to sleazy, vulgar prurience.”
As Mirren explains it, she struggled to get a handle on her own sexuality in order to use its power to accomplish her ambitions. “The Playboy Mansion, coke, and the rise of all that—Guccione and Hefner always pushed it as liberation, but it didn’t seem like that to me,” she says. “That was women obeying the sexualized form created by men—though maybe we always do that, because we want to be attractive. But I was kind of a trailblazer because I demanded to do it my own way. I’d say, ‘I’m not having it put on me by someone else.’ I didn’t want to be the sort of puritanical good girl with a little white collar who says, ‘Don’t shag until you get married.’ ”
Now, her reputation secure, Mirren’s enjoying the results of her efforts. “I’m thrilled young girls are claiming their sexuality for themselves,” she says. “I love bold women: Madonna and Scarlett Johansson—sexy and gorgeous, but not only that. And Miley Cyrus—fantastic! And Lady Gaga. I love the way she’s elevated pop to performance art, or dragged performance art down to pop, or maybe made a wonderful amalgam of the two.”
Taylor Hackford (Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) has directed his wife, Helen in their latest film, Love Ranch, based on the real Mustang Ranch in Nevada. Dame Helen portrays real-life 70’s madam, Grace Botempo.
“Diagnosed with cancer and frustrated with an epically sleazy husband (Joe Pesci), Mirren’s madam begins a hot love affair with a beefy boxer 30 years her junior, played with abundant smolder by Spanish newcomer Sergio Peris-Mencheta. “He’s got a fabulous big-animal thing in that sort of raw, brutish, ugly-beautiful way,” says Mirren, who shares a steamy, and, because it’s her, entirely plausible love scene with Peris-Mencheta. In addition, she makes dick jokes, stomps on the throat of a misbehaving prostitute, and presides over the brothel with such swagger that Pesci shouts, “Who do ya think you are, the queen of fuckin’ England?” Well, yes.”
Here’s the trailer for Love Ranch. Tell me what you think.
I think I have a new role model…Dame Helen Mirren.