Tuesday, April 10, 2007

DVD Diva: Little-known facts about Helen Mirren

Little-known facts about “queen” Helen Mirren:

She has played a Queen a total of six times: The Queen (2006), Elizabeth I mini-series (2005) (TV), The Prince of Egypt (animated) (1998), The Snow Queen (animated) (1995), The Madness of King George (1994), and Caligola (1979). She is the only actress to have played both Queen Elizabeth I (in Elizabeth I) and Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen). At the premiere of The Queen at the Venice Film Festival, her performance received a 5 minute standing ovation. Read more about Helen Mirren at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

Calendar Girls *Click here to request this DVD*Calendar Girls

When Chris' best friend Annie loses her husband, Chris devises a scheme to memorialize him. The two women, along with some of their friends-- all fifty-something women-- will make a nude calendar to raise money for the hospital where he died.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover *Click here to request this DVD*The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
A modern fable and political satire on the Thatcher years in Britain set at Le Hollandais, a gourmet restaurant. The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant, all observed by the cook. This nightly display of opulence, decadence and gluttony leads to murder, torture and revenge.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone *Click here to request this DVD*The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone
American actress Karen Stone flees to Italy after a failed Broadway performance. Adding to her distress, her husband dies suddenly. Desperate and alone, Karen is introduced to Paolo, an incredibly handsome gigolo. Before long, their casual fling becomes an obsession that spirals Karen's life out of control.

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