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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.
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.”
Yesterday Helena attended the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards at the Mayfair Hotel in London, in which she was honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film. Liane and I have been busy adding many pictures of Helena at the awards, to the gallery. You can view them all below!
Helena has been very busy recently, with all the awards that Les Misérables has been nominated for, she has been bouncing from award show to award show! Liane and I have been busy adding images to the gallery, which you can all view below! Make sure to login for the candids!
Staff at an Angus leisure centre got a shock on Hogmanay when two Hollywood A-listers turned up to play football.
Director Tim Burton and his wife, actor Helena Bonham Carter, arrived at Forfar’s Lochside Leisure Centre on Monday afternoon, under a booking in the name of David Ogilvy, the 13th Earl of Airlie.
Leisure centre workers were astounded when the couple turned up to take part in a five-a-side game.
One worker, writing on the Angus Leisure Facebook page, said: “They just came into play fives. The booking was under David Ogilvie from Airlie Castle so I think they are just here to bring in the New Year.”
A council source said: “It was a massive surprise for everyone at the centre. They were really lovely – a great couple and very down to earth and they seemed to enjoy their visit.”
“They will, of course, be welcome back any time!”
A centre visitor, who was in the building when the couple turned up, added: “Helena was playing football in her boots and dress – it was quite a sight.
“They were great – one of the workers had a Batman t-shirt and Tim took the time to stop and autograph it for him.”
The pair are believed to be spending the New Year holiday in Angus.
Someone also managed to snap a picture of Helena and Tim with some of the staff at the centre. You can view it in the gallery below, but make sure to login!
As 2012 draws to a close, we thought we would take a look back over the year and share with you our favourite Helena…isms! Feel free to share your own fond memories of 2012 with us either in the comments or the chat board!
We would also like to wish all our fellow Helena-fans a very Happy New Year – and Helena & family, of course! All the best for 2013 xxx
Favourite interview this year I have chosen Helena’s interview for Harper’s Bazaar magazine because not only were we treated to two fairytale-esque portraits, we also got a behind-the-scenes video and a wonderful, insightful interview. I also think Stella magazine deserves a mention for the sexy yet elegant shots by Gustavo Papaleo (I’m not very good at this choose-one-winner lark, shhh!)