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Hollywood stars Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp starred on Dragon’s Den when they pitched to the business moguls.
During filming for the hit show, the Dragons were told the pair and film director Tim Burton were working next door. When they went to meet them at Pinewood Studios, Bucks, Helena presented an idea for a pram firm.
A show source said: “Johnny was delighted to meet the Dragons, and Tim and Helena were telling them they are avid fans and watch every week.
“Helena was very excited and started to pitch a ‘Prambrella’, basically a pram that features its own umbrella when it rains.
“Johnny was laughing and joining in, but it wasn’t a great idea, so all the Dragons very politely told her: ‘I’m out’.”
The series, with new Dragon Hilary Devey, 54, starts on BBC2 on Sunday.
Expect some disruption over the next few weeks as we prepare to upgrade the site The gallery and forum will remain unaffected and we will do our best to ensure the chatbox and news stay open, too. You may have already noticed that a number of pages are not working – this should be fixed soon! Sorry for the disruption.
Dwight Yoakam, Barry Pepper and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s action movie, The Lone Ranger, as Variety‘s Justin Kroll and Marc Graser exclusively report.
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer are already on board, with Hammer playing the masked man and Depp playing Tonto. Gore Verbinski will direct the flick, but is first gathering the rest of the cast.
Other actors to appear in The Lone Ranger include Tom Wilkinson and Ruth Wilson. Should he join the cast, Yoakam would play Butch Cavendish, leader of the Cavendish gang and the pic’s primary villain, while Pepper would play Captain J. Fuller, the leader of the seventh cavalry. Carter is still in early discussions — but if a deal closes, she would play the colorful madam of a local brothel.
The Lone Ranger aims to begin production sometime this fall, with a release date of December 21, 2012.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter will be the toast of Hollywood later this year when she is honoured at the 2011 Bafta Los Angeles Britannia Awards.
The Oscar-nominated The King’s Speech star has been chosen as the British Artist of the Year by the Hollywood branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).
Bonham Carter will join fellow nominee David Yates, the filmmaker of her latest movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.
Director and animator John Lasseter will also be honoured for Worldwide Contributions to Filmed Entertainment.
The Britannia Awards will take place on 30 November 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Helena Bonham Carter has walked away from Harry Potter with her own mouthful of movie history.
The Alice in Wonderland star has owned up to pinching the fake teeth she wore in the Potter blockbuster as a little souvenir of her magical adventures.
“Don’t tell the powers that be but I admit I did take my teeth,” says Helena. “They won’t fit anybody else’s mouth anyway so I thought nobody would mind. I’ll miss being a witch but at least with the teeth I can play at home!”
Helena recently admitted she’s already missing playing Bellatrix Lestrange.
“She’s been really good therapy to do,” says Helena of her character. “I get to scream a lot, she’s very physical, very expressed, she’s a big character to play. She’s totally unsubtle. I’ll never get that full body workout screaming therapy thing.”
Bonham Carter has played the Death Eater who, props to JK Rowling, is one of the most badass characters in the books, tougher than most of her male counterparts and the most Voldemort-devoted bad guy- since the third film. The character is (spoiler alert) responsible for the death of Harry’s godfather and her own cousin, Sirius Black, and Bella is also the first nemesis for which Harry can call up his intense hatred and perform an “Unforgivable” curse.
Fanatical and borderline insane, it’s no wonder Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange terrifies children, and the actress said:
“I love the number of children I meet who are captivated by it, all of whom think I’m terrifying because I play Bellatrix… How amazing of J.K. Rowling to have captured their imagination.”
Bonham Carter says she nearly passed on her role in The King’s Speech due to Potter-related commitments:
“I actually thought of turning down ‘The King’s Speech’ – although I loved it and the story was worth telling – because I was also doing ‘Harry Potter’ and didn’t want to work 24/7, which is what was required… As it turned out Bellatrix was a nice contrast to the Queen Mother.”
In August 2010 several Harry Potter fan sites participated in a conference chat with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in on his work in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2. During the interview Dan commented on working alongside Helena as Hermione!
What as it like to film the scene with Helena Bonham Carter playing Hermione as Bellatrix?
Dan: It was very, very funny. It was actually one of my favorite scenes on the film to do was all fo us, Warwick Davis, Helena and Rupert all on the cart going into Gringott’s bank. Of course Helena and Warwick are hysterically funny, both of them. I basically became Helena Bonham Carter’s PA on this film. The first day I was going, “Helena, you gonna hold that coffee? Do you want that coffee in this shot or do you want me to move it somewhere else for you? Are you gonna use that character thing you’re doing now?” She’s mad and brilliant and wonderful and everything I love about the English people. So that was great fun. The scene then when she whips the dragon’s back was also hilarious. On that part me and Rupert were all soaking wet. It was great fun. It was very, very funny. Helena as Hermione is very, very funny. Or rather Hermione as Helena … it felt very confusing.
Helena’s Harry Potter co-star, Tom Felton, recently sat down with London Evening Standard and mentioned Helena in his interview.
He confessed his screen crush is Helena, who plays his aunt Bellatrix in the films. “She is completely unique, an English rose with a crazy twist. She wears vintage French clothing and she’s very cheeky. Off the set it’s all hugs and darlings, then when the camera starts rolling she turns into a complete psycho. It’s amazing to watch.”
Good luck to all those going to the Harry Potter premiere tonight, but for those of us that couldn’t make it, there are plenty of live streams where you can watch all the action from the comfort of your own home! Some of the sites providing a live stream of the Deathly Hallows premiere include the Official Harry Potter Youtube, starting at 4pm (London time), the Live Stream Facebook event, and also on the Harry Potter Livestream page, which I believe has different camera views.
Helena’s Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton opened up to the Daily Mail recently about his work in the Harry Potter series, including how he cried on the final day of filming Deathly Hallows: Part II, and his relationships with former costars Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter.
I have a strange fixation on Helena Bonham Carter.
Tom: That sounds like the wrong word. I’m drawn to her. She’s gorgeous and exceptionally talented in a very unique way. She’s a quiet, lovely lady when you meet her, but roll the cameras and she turns into this berserk psycho witch. You have to remind yourself to stay in character, because you can’t believe you’re watching this.