Helena Confirmed for Les Mis?

At the end of last month, there were rumblings from a reliable Broadway source that Anne Hathaway would be joining Hugh Jackman in the forthcoming big screen adaptation of the classic musical Les Misérables, the next project from The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper. While confirmation of that casting has yet to come to light, two other names mentioned in the same story are now confirmed to be negotiating to star in the film as well. THR has word that both Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to lend their voices to the staple musical set during the 19th century French rebellion. Read on!

Crowe will play Javert, the uncompassionate police inspector who will stop at nothing to recapture Jean Valjean (Jackman), the man who steals bread to feed his sister and spends the ensuing years in prison, and trying to escape it, while also becoming the guardian of a young woman named Cosette. Meanwhile, Carter is playing the greedy wife of Thenardier. Carter has already brought her singing talents to film with Sweeney Todd, but this will be Crowe’s first time singing on the big screen, though he has his own collection of music available with his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (now known as The Ordinary Fear of God).

Source: First Showing.net

Greenpeace’s A-list auction

International A-list celebrities are getting behind efforts to raise money for Greenpeace‘s latest Rainbow Warrior, the environmental charity’s third such ship.

The original was famously bombed in Auckland Harbour in 1985.

Movie stars Helena Bonham Carter, Jake Gyllenhaal and Helen Mirren are among the big names who have donated signed memorabilia to the charity auction, joining Kiwis Lucy Lawless and Rhys Darby.

Also up for grabs are unique experiences, including meeting soccer star Leo Messi in Barcelona, meeting Beatles rocker Paul McCartney and VIP concert tickets to one of his US performances, and VIP tickets to the star-studded 2012 MTV music awards.

Bids for a dinner date with Lawless in Los Angeles or Auckland were valued at US $2000 (NZD2,461.24), but now stand at $4600.

“Participating in the building of the new Rainbow Warrior is a chance for all of us to be a part of history as we decide what kind of future we want to hand our children,” says Lawless.

“I am proud to stand with Greenpeace and be a part of the crew that helps build the new Rainbow Warrior.”

The Rainbow Warrior is Greenpeace’s first purpose-built vessel which will be used to prevent environmental crimes across the globe and promote sustainable solutions.

It will set sail later this year to mark the organisation’s 40th anniversay.

The Rainbow Warrior II stopped sailing on August 16 after 52 years at sea, with 21 of those being a used as a Greenpeace ship.

In 1985, the original Rainbow Warrior was bombed by the French Secret Service to stop the ship from setting sail to launch a protest campaign at Mururoa Atoll where the French tested their nuclear bombs.

The ship now sits at the bottom of the ocean at Matauri Bay and has become a living reef.

To place a bid, head to the Charitybuzz website.

Source: Auckland Now

Apologies

I’d like to apologise for the lack of updates and the general state of the site right now. Myself and Jamie have been quite busy lately and sadly the site has been a little neglected lately – luckily Helena hasn’t been doing much herself! Well, in terms of news&pictures, obviously she’s a very busy woman!

Beautiful Old Photos

Designer Elizabeth Emanuel has posted a few pictures of Helena, photographed by John Swannell, on her Twitter account. They’re absolutely stunning and I’m really excited to see them because, although I’ve seen one from this set, I’ve been dying to see more because I’ve actually read about the shoot and, boy, are the pictures more beautiful than I could have imagined!

Latest Trailer for Life’s Too Short

Life’s Too Short starring Warwick Davis has a brand new promo out that highlights all the guest stars writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have managed to rope into taking part. The latest video features clips from episodes with Liam Neeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Sting, Steve Carell, Cat Deeley and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Life’s Too Short will start a seven episode run in the UK later this year before arriving on HBO in early 2012.

Clip of Helena in Life’s Too Short

Even though we’ve only just found out that Helena will be appearing in Life’s Too Short, a clip of her in it has just been released! Show creator Ricky Gervais appeared on This Morning yesterday and they chatted to him about the show and featured a clip.

View the interview and clip below!

Edit (by Liane): Two behind the scenes pictures have surfaced! Or at least, I think they’re behind the scenes, bit hard to tell given the nature of the show.

BBC Drama Toast Heading to US Theatres

The BBC drama Toast starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Freddie Highmore, and Victoria Hamilton is getting a US theatrical release on September 23. Originally aired in the UK last Christmas the film is the story of British food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood, focusing on his journey into adulthood and how family tragedy throws him into the culinary world.

I was actually lucky enough to catch this while back in the UK and thoroughly enjoyed the BBC production that is set to the sounds of Dusty Springfield. It is Highmore that shines in the lead role, but he is backed up nicely by Ken Stott as his strict father and Helena Bonham Carter as the bewitching, curvaceous housekeeper, Mrs Potter. Toast will play in a limited number of theaters across the US from September 23 which I am certain will follow with a DVD release shortly after.

You can also view the brand new poster below.

Helena has signed up for Ricky Gervais’ new TV series

Liam Neeson and Helena Bonham Carter are the latest Hollywood celebs to sign up for Ricky Gervais’ spoof documentary.

Written and directed by Ricky and Stephen Merchant, the seven-part sitcom Life’s Too Short follows the fluctuating fortunes of showbiz dwarf Warwick Davis.

A show source said: “Liam and Helena are both fans of Ricky from his other series and made room in their busy schedules to appear. It has all the makings of a hilarious series now like Extras.”

The series also includes cameos from Johnny Depp, Sting and Steve Carell.

Ricky said: “It’s turned out better than I hoped. It’s a joy because Warwick is fantastic to watch. You have so much sympathy for him and yet you love things going t*** up for his reactions.”

Life’s Too Short will be on BBC2 in October.

Source: Daily Mirror