Happy Birthday Nell!

Happy Birthday Nell

A very big Happy Birthday to Helena and Tim’s daughter, Nell! She’s three today – hope all of the family have a great day!

Helena nominated for two Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

The award nominations just keep pouring in! This time, Helena has been nominated for two Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for both Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Acting Ensemble, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech. Hopefully she’ll win!

The results will be announced on December 28th!

Helena responds to her Golden Globe nom!

“It’s always nice to get a nomination, but my main thing with nominations and awards is, if my name is mentioned, my main ambition is just to get another part. To make some director or producer wake up and go, ‘Oh, she’s still alive.'” — Helena Bonham Carter on her supporting actress nomination for The King’s Speech.

Helena on Globe nod: ‘All I did was wobble’

Helena, nominated for best supporting actress for The King’s Speech, wasn’t paying attention to the nominations announcement at her London home, besieged as she was by her children.

“I only found out because a friend phoned,” she tells USA TODAY’s Maria Puente. “I’m really happy, and really happy forThe King’s Speech (the film, about stuttering King George VI and the Australian speech therapist who helped him, got the highest number of nominations). That really counts for something,” she said. Yet, characteristically, she joked that all she did in the film (she played Queen Elizabeth, consort to King George VI) was “wobble in the background.” But she didn’t get nominated for wobbling. Bonham Carter has played queens before — Tudor queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Grey, both of whom lost their heads — and of course, she tore up the screen as the Red Queen in partner Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

She described The King’s Speech as “a really good actors’ film,” and said everyone involved has been surprised and heartened by the widespread praise and the awards attention. “We’re so used to making really bad films or small, independent films that no one sees, which is a shame because often that’s when you do your best work.”

She also joked that the news of next year’s royal wedding of Prince William and fiancée Catherine “Kate” Middleton (William is the great-grandson King George VI and his queen) has been terrific for the marketing campaign for the movie. “We have to be invited — we’re part of the family now,” she said with a laugh.

Houston, we have a problem

Aplogies for the 10 minutes of down time…my fault. Tried to integrate the site and the forum so that you can login with the same passwords and I broke the site. Luckily Dad was on hand to sort it out!

However, if you experience any problems with either the site or the forum, please let me know. This is quite important. I also recommend you try and log in to the site and the forum in the following ways:

1. If you have a site account and a forum account.
Please try and login to the site with your site password, then try and log in to the foum with your forum passwod. Let me know if you have any issues (if an error message appears, please send it to me). Then use your site password to login to the forum, and your forum password to login to the site. If your site and forum usernames and passwords are the same, you don’t need to do this swapsie.

2. If you have a forum account only.
Please login and let me know if you have problems.

3. If you have a site account only (for comments)
Please login and let me know if you have any problems.

Thanks.

Nominated for her SIXTH Golden Globe Award!

Hopefully she’ll win this time! Helena has been nominated for her sixth Golden Globe award, for Best Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming film, The King’s Speech. She has also been nominated for a St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The results for the Golden Globes will be announced on January 16th!

Member Login

As a number of questions have been raised over member login, I thought I was address these in the news section.

Currently, I have not fully configued the new members system. You will be very limited as to what you can do when you register, all you’ll be able to do is comment on news items and upload a profile picture. When you submit your first comment as a member, myself or Jamie will have to approve it but after that you should be able to post comments so long as you are logged in. You will also notice that the option to login disappears when you navigate away from the main page.

At this moment in time, I have not been able to integrate the users database for the gallery, the main site and the forum. This is something I’m looking into but its difficult. So, for the time being and quite possibly long term, you will have three usernames and passwords to access each site. I suggest you use the same one for each section as this will save confusion 🙂 If you have any problems logging in, please email me and include your username(s), email and any other relevent information.

There are still some parts of the site that are not quite right. You’ll notice that some of the menus (eg. Helena) look a little messy. These are transition issues because we’ve moved to a new system. They shouldn’t affect the navigation of the site, but just be aware 🙂 Additionally, some pages are in the process of being updated so you might notice this. Formatting of the comments page should be fixed this week, and hopefully the formatting of the news will be too.

I have a few areas that I would appreciate feedback on, so if you could spare the time I would be very grateful!

1. When you go to other pages such as Helena’s factfile, would you rather the slideshow (centre) was still there or not? Does it affect you reading?

2. What kind of things would you like to be able to do with the site? Eg. receive email updates, RSS feeds, follow us on Twitter (coming soon), submit Helena videos, etc?

3. What is your main reason for visiting the site? For news, pictures, information on Helena?

4. What kind of additional information on Helena’s career in general would you like to see in our improved filmography that we are creating? This will cover films, television shows, theatre and more.

If you notice any other problems, whether it is appearance or function, please let me know and I’ll try and sort this out 🙂

Helena Out With Family

I’ve added 11 MQ pictures of Helena out with Tim, her mother, her neice and other unknown relatives. Currently I don’t know when these pictures were taken, or where they were, so if anyone can help that would be much appreciated! I think they are from last night but I can’t be sure. Perhaps it was X Factor. Who knows. Remember, in order to view the pictures you have to be logged in!

Tim seems to be looking a bit better, which is good! Hope he’s feeling 100% better soon.

Award Nominations

Helena has been nominated for another four awards, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Cast (Acting Ensemble), for her performance in the upcoming film, The King’s Speech! She has been nominated for the following awards: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (Best Supporting Actress and Best Cast), Detroit Film Critics Society Award (Best Supporting Actress) and Houston Film Critics Society Award (Best Supporting Actress)!

The results for the BFCA Awards will be announced on January 14th, with the results of the other two awards being revealed on December 16th and December 18th respectively. We have all our fingers crossed that Helena will win!

New Layout!

Oh.My.God. You would not believe the problems I’ve had with this layout – seriously, it had been horrific. It may not look anything special, but believe me the coding behind it is crazy! We’ve now upgraded to WordPress, which means we can start introducing lots of lovely new features!

There are still lots of things I need to tweak so bear with me. Here’s a brief list:

  • Update the menus and create new pages
  • Format the posts (you’ll notice theres no spaces between paragraphs)
  • Make a registration page for the member login (if you scroll down, there’s a login section! YAY)
  • Make some more minor edits

Things you will notice, and can look forward to:

  • Comments are back! You have to register and login, but you can comment!
  • A member section – I’m still working on this, but it will be fully functioning soon
  • A new and improved ‘Career’ section for Helena
  • A twitter and RSS feed
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