PETA campaigners might want to look away, as the (hopefully fake) furs are firmly out in this image from HBO and Sky’s upcoming four-part miniseries Catherine the Great, featuring lead stars Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke.
Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Mirren), who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century, the limited series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke). Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.
Written by Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I, in which Mirren played the British monarch) and directed by multi award-winning Philip Martin (The Crown), Catherine the Great also stars Joseph Quinn as Paul, Catherine’s son and heir; Gina McKee as Countess Bruce, Catherine’s lifelong friend and confidante; Rory Kinnear as Minister Panin, a skillful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son; Richard Roxburgh as Grigory Orlov, one of Catherine’s former lovers, who helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power; Kevin R. McNally as Alexei Orlov, who, with his brother Grigory, helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power; and Sam Palladio as Alexander Vasilchikov, Catherine’s young lover.
The series is the third commission from Sky and HBO’s high-end global drama partnership and is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures. It is due for release in 2019.
The Oscar and Tony winner joins the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra music director for a January evening of tales and tunes.
The 2019 Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball will feature the talents of Oscar and Tony winner Helen Mirren. The stage and screen legend is set to take the stage at the January 26 event at the historic Philadelphia landmark. She will be joined by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who also recently took the reins at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
“The Academy of Music is a beacon of historic Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual visit is a treasured moment,” said Nézet-Séguin. “I am thrilled to be returning next month with Helen Mirren, one of the greatest actors of our time and an artist I very much admire, for an evening of words and music to remember.”
The white-tie event will begin with a pre-concert reception at the Academy of Music, followed by the concert and subsequent celebrations at the Bellevue Hotel. Concert and Ball tickets are available at TheAcademyBall.org.
At the Met, Nézet-Séguin recently conducted the premiere of Michael Mayer’s new staging of La Traviata, marking his first time taking the podium after officially assuming the title of music director. He is also set to lead productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and Dialogues des Carmélites later this season.
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures from the 2015 movie Trumbo, in which Helen played Hedda Hopper.
In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs.
The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Helen’s latest events of the past two months. Take a look and enjoy!
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures from animated movies to which Helen gave voice. Enjoy them!
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures from the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets, in which Helen played Emily Appleton, Ben’s mother.
Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth’s diary to prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.