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The first promotional image of Helena as Bellatrix Lestrange in the final Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II has just been released! Thanks very much to BellaBlack for posting it on the tagboard! View it below.
The 63rd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards happened in Hollywood last night, and Helena, along with her co-star Colin Firth and her Mother Elena, attended the awards. They were there in case The King’s Speech director, Tom Hooper was to win the award, and luckily, he did! So congratulations to him. I have added 51 MQ images of her arriving, 17 MQ images of her during the show and 25 MQ images of her in the press room. View them all below!
The results for 2011′s Denver Film Critics Society Awards have been announced, for which Helena was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. Unfortunately Helena lost the award to The Fighter actress, Melissa Leo.
With the news that Apple has app-arrently sold over 10 billion apps, The Sun has checked out the greatest children’s books on offer at the touch of a button.
These apps have all the charm of the real thing but have animation, “read-to-me” features and even let your tots play interactive games. That’s if you let their grubby mitts all over your smartphone.
1. The Heart and the Bottle
The characters and scenes are brought to life through detailed animations, so young readers can follow the story while discovering surprises in the illustrations. Users can grow flowers with a touch of a fingertip or add a flurry of snow to a scene by shaking the device. Narrated by actress Helena Bonham Carter.
She is the woman who taught Helena Bonham Carter to “parent” her partner. Childcare guru Noël Janis-Norton, 66, was employed by the actress to improve relations with her children, after the star found family life was “much harder than acting”.
But the Oscar nominee says the “Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting” plan worked just as well on her film director partner Tim Burton.
Bonham Carter, 44, said her life has been transformed after she, Burton and their children’s nanny attended a seven-week course and private sessions with Ms Janis-Norton – while Burton is “a changed man”.
Son Billy Ray, seven, and two-year-old daughter Nell are also enjoying the change, according to their mother. “Tim used to say ‘Where’s such and such?’ and I would scurry around looking for it,” she said. “Now, I make him do it – and the same with the kiddies. It just stops you running around doing every single thing for them.”
Bonham Carter, nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as the future Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, said the course “has changed my life.
“I think because it has taken the stress out of parenting, or some of it at least, I’ll probably live 10 years longer. It makes people think for themselves instead of me, the mother, doing everything for them.”
Ms Janis-Norton said: “Helena came by herself to group class and I’ve had private sessions with her and Tim and the nanny. So it’s a united front they’re surrounding their children with. She’s extremely easy to work with because she’s very open and has a great sense of humour. It’s lovely, but the fact that she’s famous is not what makes it lovely. It’s so heart-warming to know that we’re contributing, making the world a better place.”
“She’s absolutely delightful to work with, very open, lots of fun and her children are very sweet.”
The Screen Actors Guild Awards just got even more star-studded.
Executive Producer Jeff Margolis says Amy Adams, Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, Geoffrey Rush, Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg will introduce their nominated films at Sunday’s ceremony.
They’ll join previously announced presenters Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Jeff Bridges, Rosario Dawson, Josh Duhamel, Jon Hamm, Angie Harmon, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Cory Monteith, Amy Poehler, Jeremy Renner, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara, Betty White and Robin Wright, among others.
The 17th Annual SAG Awards will be presented Sunday at the Shrine Exhibition Center and broadcast live on TBS and TNT.
The King’s Speech director recently did an interview with The Telegraph newspaper and had all of this to say about filming Helena:
Some of my most special shooting experiences have been at weekends. Take the first time I shot with Helena Bonham Carter on The King’s Speech. That was a Sunday. We were shooting in Portland Place, a five-minute drive from my home near Regent’s Park. I got up at 5.30am and was on set 20 minutes later, which was positively luxurious considering I usually end up in the car for more than an hour to get to location.
It was the first scene in the film; the one where Helena, playing the late Queen Elizabeth – or the Duchess of York as she was then – visits speech therapist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush), at his surgery on Harley Street. She wants to ask if he can rid her husband, Bertie (later King George VI) of his terrible stutter.
After all the research we’d done, it was amazing to see Helena’s interpretation. She had some extraordinary ability to make me feel that she actually was the Queen Mother, which is quite illogical as she doesn’t look that much like her. But she had this idea that the Queen Mother was like a “marshmallow, but a marshmallow made with a welding machine”, and she captured that mixture of sweetness and toughness brilliantly.
We shot most of The King’s Speech in London at weekends because Helena was shooting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 during the week. But there was something particularly satisfying about that first Sunday, because it so nearly didn’t happen. After we’d scheduled our whole shoot to work Saturdays and Sundays, Harry Potter came back and said that if it rained during the week, they’d still need Helena at weekends. I went to my producers and asked if we should risk going with Helena when there was a good chance we would lose her. It was a really small-budget film and we would be taking a very expensive bet against the English weather in late November.
Amazingly my producers backed me and we were lucky; it didn’t rain on Harry Potter and we got Helena on that Sunday. I’ll never forget the sense of relief and the incredible joy I felt that I was filming with her. You see, despite my persistence, she’d never actually said yes to the part – I’d just made it impossible for her to say no. Finally, at the British Independent Film Awards in London in November, when she was accepting the best supporting actress award, she said: “Tom, I do owe you a formal ‘yes’.”