New this week: Taylor Swift, 'Descendant' and 'Ghostwriter'
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Babyface, Arctic Monkeys and a Taylor Swift original, a documentary about the last known ship to bring African captives to the American South for enslavement and “Doc Martin” gets a proper farewell on Acorn TV.
The Queen on screen: Actors discuss playing the most private of public persons
From Helen Mirren's Oscar-winning performance in "The Queen," to the long-running television series "The Crown," Elizabeth II has provided a grand but mysterious canvas for actresses portraying the British monarch.cbsnews.com
MasterClass: In a class of its own
CEO David Rogier founded MasterClass in 2015: "I started trying other figure out, 'Okay, how can I get a hold of the best people in the world? Correspondent David Pogue said, "An armchair observer might say, 'Wow, did MasterClass get lucky when the pandemic came along.' "You know, if you go to a class in a university, you know, maybe got 40 people in front of you," Mirren said. From their course, Teller offered a tip on misdirection: "When you don't talk, the audience has to tell itself the story. Last year, venture capitalists poured $100 million into the company; this year, MasterClass hopes to add 50 new celebrity courses.cbsnews.com
Andrews, Evans, Mirren pay tribute to Christopher Plummer
FILE - Canadian-born actor Christopher Plummer, shown June 15, 1973, poses for a photo before making his musical debut on Broadway in "Cyrano." "RIP to Christopher Plummer, a living legend who loved his craft, and was an absolute gentleman. RIP Christopher Plummer. "Pixar remembers Christopher Plummer, who as Charles Muntz in ‘Up,’ taught us that 'adventure is out there.' “If I live to be 91 maybe I’ll have time to fully appreciate all the great work of Christopher Plummer.” — actor Dave Foley on Twitter.
The AP names its Breakthrough Entertainers of 2020
Making a breakthrough in pop culture during any year is hard. This year's five Associated Press’ Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year managed to create buzz and art against a year like no other. They brightened a 2020 that badly needed light. They are Anya Taylor-Joy, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sarah Cooper and Finneas. "Now as an adult, I’m like, ‘I live in Narnia.’ Like, this is amazing.” In a year like 2020, it was appropriate that millions escaped with her.
San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld featured in new Helen Mirren-narrated documentary ‘Escape From Extinction’
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Zoo and SeaWorld are featured in a new conservation documentary called “Escape From Extinction” which is narrated by Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren. American Humane’s inaugural feature-length documentary shows the efforts being taken by accredited zoos and aquariums to preserve millions of species threatened with mass extinction, according to San Antonio Zoo officials. “San Antonio is home to two zoological institutions that are significantly contributing to the conservation of wildlife,” said SeaWorld San Antonio spokesperson Chuck Cureau. View the video below:“Escape From Extinction” is available to watch in theaters, including select Santikos and Alamo Drafthouse locations. Proceeds from the 90-minute documentary will go back to American Humane, helping to further its vital work to protect animals around the world, according to documentary officials.
Venice Film Festival unveils selections for September fete
FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Star Is Born' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The lineup for the Venice Film Festival will be announced on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and will be the first major film event since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Barbera noted that almost half of the competition film selections this year are directed by women. The decision to hold the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival is experienced like a sign of confidence in dnd concrete support of the world of film and the audiovisual industry, Barbera said. Cannes and Telluride were cancelled and others like Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival have had to get creative and scale back where possible in order to proceed.
'Catherine the Great' crowns Helen Mirren for regal miniseries
Helen Mirren attends the Los Angeles Premiere of the new HBO Limited Series "Catherine The Great" at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum on Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (CNN) - The chance to see Helen Mirren play another queen (OK, empress) is incentive enough to watch "Catherine the Great," a four-part British-American miniseries airing stateside on HBO. When not jockeying for power, "Catherine" indulges in a whole lot of sex, only some of which could charitably be called romance. Couple that with Mirren's presence, and "Catherine the Great" pretty well lives up to its name. "Catherine the Great" premieres Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. on HBO.
Helen Mirren Sprints Barefoot Down the Runway at Paris Fashion Week: Pics!
Run into the week like Helen Mirren ran down the catwalk! As she took to the runway with other famous faces, the makeup company's brand ambassador ditched her shoes and sprinted down the runway barefoot with a bold white-and-black printed dress flowing behind her. Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty ImagesEstrop/Getty ImagesDescribed as one of Paris Fashion Week's "most diverse catwalks," the show featured several celebrity models of all ages and races. Other famous faces on the catwalk included Andie MacDowell, Camilla Cabello, Cheryl Cole, Amber Heard, Doutzen Kroes and Geri Haliwell. Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty ImagesFor more from Paris Fashion Week, watch the clip below:RELATED CONTENT:Cardi B Takes Paris Fashion Week to a Whole New Level With Head-to-Toe Floral LookEva Longoria's Son Santiago Is the Center of Attention at Paris Fashion Week Show -- PicsDylan Sprouse and Barbara Palvin Are the Cutest Matching Couple at Milan Fashion Week - Pics!
Charlize Theron Sports the Sexiest Bowl Cut We've Ever Seen
One of Charlize Theron's most dastardly characters is about to make a comeback -- with a bold new 'do! "She's baaaaack," Theron captioned the photo, as well as a black-and-white of a sign showcasing her character's name on set. Cody Walker, the brother of the late actor Paul Walker, dropped by -- and was snapped taking a look around with Diesel. Fast & Furious 9 arrives in theaters on May 22, 2020. RELATED CONTENT:Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's Daughters Embrace In Sweet Photo TogetherVin Diesel Shares Touching Photo With Paul Walkers Brother on Fast 9 SetVin Diesel Reveals Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren Will Be in 'Fast & Furious 9'
Vin Diesel Reveals Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren Will Be in 'Fast & Furious 9'
Weve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren," he tells the camera. "I've always wanted to be in a Fast and Furious movie but they've never asked me," Mirren said. Following the eighth film, Theron also stated that Diesel kisses "like a dead fish," adding that she prefers "more movement." First of all, you don't come on Ellen with the wonderful animation of Finding Dory and compare me to a dead fish." Fast & Furious 9 arrives in theaters on May 20, 2020.