I hope everyone enjoyed the Oscars last night – huge congratulations to all the winners of the night, which included three wins for Les Misérables. I’ve been busy adding photos from the big event to the gallery – so far we have 60 HQ and 25 MQ. You can watch the performance by the cast of Les Misérables (including Helena!) below:
Well, tonight is the night! Helena will be attending the 85th Academy Awards tonight with partner Tim Burton (who is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for Frankenweenie). Les Misérables is up for an amazing eight Oscars, but the excitement doesn’t end there because Helena is actually performing in the ceremony.
Sadly, I have a full day of lectures tomorrow so I can’t stay up to cover the Oscars, but I will add photos etc as soon as I get in tomorrow evening. You can watch the Oscars livestreams here, here and here. If you know of any more, please post them in the chatbox.
You can also watch it live on ABC for American visitors and on Sky (Living, Oscars, Movies and later Sky News) for British visitors from 11:30pm – both can be watched either online or on your televison. Again, if you have any information as to when and where the Oscars is being broadcast in your country, post on the chat box. Enjoy!
You may have noticed that the frequency of candid-photo additions has decreased in recent months – the reason for this is that myself and Jamie have been thinking about stopping candid photos on this site. After a lot of careful consideration, we have come to the decision that we will no longer be adding paparazzi photos of Helena going about her daily life. We have never been entirely comfortable with this invasion of her privacy (and that of her family) and now that her children are that bit older, we do not think it would be appropriate to continue. We have also decided to remove all of the candids from the gallery, which we will be doing this week.
We hope that you will be understand why we have come to this conclusion But don’t worry, we will continue to cover public appearances, photoshoots etc. Edit: where appropriate, some candids may be moved to the public appearances section – for example, signing autographs at events.
So it turns out that some of the outfits that Helena was seen wearing in her recent photoshoot are from the 2013 Pre-Fall Collection by Alexander McQueen. We’re still none-the-wiser as to where or when the final shots will appear, but I thought I’d share! There are several others in the collection that I find would really suit Helena, so I hope they let her dress up in some more!
Edit: thank you to Emily for sending us a link to TheFashPack which says that the shoot is for an upcoming issue of British Vogue magazine. Even better, she may even be on the cover!
Their love affair entranced the world. Now Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are to recreate the magic between Hollywood golden couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a new BBC film.
Miss Bonham Carter, 46, said: “Elizabeth was fifty-one, still every inch a star, still beautiful and they still needed each other but this was professional. They were doing Noël Coward‘s Private Lives on stage playing a couple who used to be married. People wondered if they were still in love and whether they’d be playing themselves or their characters in the play.”
At the time Burton and Taylor were paid $1 million each for the limited run playing Coward’s Elyot and Amanda, a maddening and magnetic couple who divorce after enduring a turbulent short-lived marriage. They rediscover each other years later when each has a new spouse. They chuck their new partners and run off with each other.
“It sounds familiar and has echoes of their own marriages and relationship” Helena observed.
Burton and Taylor fell in love on the set of the movie Cleopatra.
Both had partners but they were eventually married in 1964 and after ten tempestuous years of living it up they exhausted each other and divorced in 1974. But they were soul mates and within a year they were hitched again only to break again fifteen months later in 1974.
Taylor went on to marry Senator John Warner and Burton made Suzy Hunt his wife but they split and BBC assistant producer Sally Hay subsequently became his girlfriend, and later his wife. “But Elizabeth and Richard still cared for each other”, said Miss Bonham Carter.
“It’s about this sliver of their lives together. They were huge stars and they’d never been on stage together before”, Miss Bonham Carter added.
The actress won a BAFTA award for her portrait of the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech and can currently be seen in the film version of Les Misérables.
She said the idea of the BBC film isn’t for her and Mr West, who has starred in The Wire and The Hour on TV, to impersonate Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
“I look nothing like her for a start but it’s about capturing the essence of them at a particular time. She was and continues to be a fascinating woman and she was a huge star. There’s no one comparable around now”, she said.
The BBC Controller of Drama, Ben Stephenson has announced the new commissions for this year, including the 90-minute drama Burton & Taylor, with Helena apparently starring as Elizabeth Taylor. You may remember that Helena co-starred with Bill Nighy in a radio adaptation of Private Lives.
1 x 90 minute single drama, written by William Ivory (Women in Love, Bert & Dickie), made by BBC Drama Productions for BBC Four.
Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) and Helena Bonham Carter (Toast, Great Expectations), play the volatile ex-lovers in the story of their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s stage play, Private Lives.
Burton & Taylor is a drama about one of the most fascinating, glamorous and tempestuous relationships of the 20th century, that of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the two most famous movie stars of their day who played out every high and low of their love affair, their marriages and divorces right in the public eye.
The executive producer for the BBC is Jessica Pope. The director is Richard Laxton (Effie, Him and Her, Hancock) and the producer is Lachlan McKinnon (Silent Witness).
This year’s British Academy Film Awards are well under way, and so far I have added 5 HQ and 7 MQ pictures of Helena and Tim to the gallery. High quality photos 9-12 are courtesy of Clock-Watcher on Tumblr.
Although Helena was not up for any awards individually, Les Misérables was nominated in numerous categories. The wins of the night include:
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Make-up and Hair: Lisa Westcott, Les Misérables
Best Sound: Simon Hayes et all, Les Misérables
Best Production Design: Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Misérables
Sadly, Tim Burton lost out in the Best Animated Film category for Frankenweenie to Disney Pixar’s Brave, and Les Misérables missed out on awards for Cinematography, Costume Design, Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actor (which I am personally outraged about) and Best Film (again, fuming).
60 MQ pictures of Helena being photographed in Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill on Friday have appeared! Helena looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the finished photos. Currently, we don’t know what the photographs are for, but keep an eye on tomorrows papers just in case she appears in the magazines! Edit: thank you to Lindsay for the HQ versions.
Helena Bonham Carter has hinted she has been filming new scenes as her character Bellatrix Lestrange for a new mini Harry Potter movie.
The cast of the magical film franchise – which ended in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II – were rumoured to have reunited for a new ‘mini movie’ to be played at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and the actress has suggested she has indeed reprised her role as evil witch Bellatrix Lestrange.
Asked about her involvement in the project, she told BANG Showbiz: “I’m not sure what we’re allowed to say. I think we’ve been gagged!”
Quizzed further if fans can take that as confirmation she is involved in the project, Helena added: “You can read into it what you will.”
Filming on the secret project is believed to be taking place at Warner Bros. Studios in Hertfordshire, East England, where the eight full-length films were also made, and it will be screened at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando as well as two new parks which are under construction in California and Japan for 2014 and 2016 launch dates respectively.
Source: Contact Music
Helena Bonham Carter read books on prostitution to prepare for her role in The Lone Ranger.
The Les Misérables actress plays a prosthetic leg-wearing working girl in the western film – which stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto – and she studied the illicit trade to research her part.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards at the Mayfair Hotel on Sunday night (01.20.13), she said: “I play a peg-legged whore … a madam. Inside my peg-leg, I got a gun. That was really good fun. That was the best prop I’ve ever had.”
When quizzed how she prepared for the role, the 46-year-old star earned laughs by joking that she “got into prostitution”, before adding: “Last year was great. I had books on prostitution on my kitchen table, and books on pick-pocketing, and books on entomology. I played an entomologist. I read up on prostitution. I didn’t do any field trips, though.”
The Oscar-nominated actress was excited to reunite with her Dark Shadows and Sweeney Todd co-star Depp, but wasn’t sure if it was really him when they first met on the film’s set because his face was covered in all-white make-up for his role as the Native American spirit warrior.
She explained: “It’s always fun with him because you never know what he’s going to come as. It’s like, ‘Oh, OK’. He’s completely unrecognisable. He’s got ‘cracker-face’ make-up all over him. In fact, the first day he looked 120. It might not have been him for all I know.”
Source: Winnipeg Free Press