Profiles in Nerdage: Helen Mirren

In a fifty year career that spans stage, film and television, Dame Helen Mirren (DBE) has played many famous people from the likes of Ayn Rand to Queen Elizabeth II.  She has won what is referred to as the triple crown of acting (an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a Tony for The Audience where she also played Elizabeth and 4 Emmys).

As modern Hollywood began to deal with the inherent sexism and misogynistic culture, an interview from 1975 with Michael Parkinson resurfaced where he labelled her “the sex queen of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)” while she showed her intelligence and class.  She stood her ground well even though it was her first TV interview ever.

In her long and varied career it would be unusual if she hadn’t played in a part related to nerd culture.  Luckily for us, she has been part of many sci-fi, fantasy, and comic related properties.  Here is a rundown of the best movies and shows that gave her nerd street cred.



In a move that has excited all the Pokémon fans who have following the franchise since it was first released, The Official Pokémon Channel on YouTube has released a new series of shorts in the style of the much loved Pokémon Origins. Released regularly between now and the end of year, the episodes of Pokémon Generations will be in three- to five-minute installments and will focus on the key events from the Pokémon game series. While it doesn’t quite replace the anime, which is still primarily targeted at ten-year-olds despite all the adults that remain loyal to it, it’s a step in the right direction for all the ageing nerds who still dream of being Pokémon Trainers. (more…)


Man, is Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) just scoring all the deals lately, or what? On the heels of the news he’s working on the Commissioner Gordon origin series, Gotham, for FOX, Deadline is reporting Heller is also producing a space-western for the CW. Wait, what, space-western? You mean the genre basically defined by Joss Whedon’s Firefly?

This new show, Red, is described by Deadline as a, “neo-Western drama about the first human settlement on Mars and life on this new frontier, centering on the relationships between the town’s female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal.Mentalist executive producer, Tom Szentgyorgyi, is also on board and has written the pilot.

Now, after reading the premise I wouldn’t call this show a Firefly rip-off because the similarities really end with it’s in space (though, really on Mars) and it’ll have humans living the frontier life. Lots of shows have explored those themes, but Firefly was first. Even SyFy’s current show, Defiance, owes a lot to Firefly. That being said, it is impossible to hear space-western and not immediately think Firefly, and whether that will help or hinder Red is yet to be seen.

I’m definitely intrigued by the series, and am thankful it’s not on FOX considering that network’s abysmal track record with sci-fi shows. It’s weird though, Heller pitches a DC Comics show and it goes to FOX. Then he takes a sci-fi program and gives it to the CW, which already has series, Arrow and soon The Flash, based on other DC Comics’ properties. I don’t get it, but then again, I’m no TV producer so what do I know?

What do you Bastards think of Red?

Source: Deadline via Blastr


Most people Helen Mirren‘s age are slowing down, taking it easy, but as you will see in the below clips, the classy British actress and Academy Award winner can go gun for gun with the best of them, and can maintain perspective and offer important life advice even while disposing a corpse in a full-length ball gown. As I said, classy lady.

In these new clips from the upcoming action sequel RED 2, we get to see Mirren show off her shooting skills to a doubting whipper-snapper who looks and acts suspiciously like Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe, and in the second video she calls up Bruce Willis and friends to give them some bad news.

The first RED was a surprise hit when it was released in 2010. The sequel comes out on July 19th.

Let’s roll the clips below:

Source: The Mary Sue

New Trailer for ‘RED 2’


If you like old people running around shooting each other and blowing stuff up, then you probably enjoyed the out of the hit action-comedy Red. I, for one, didn’t really care for it. Had it’s moments (pretty much everything involving John Fucking Malkovich!), but overall, I thought it was boring. Now, the sequel however, looks like a high-octane, wild ride!

Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” The entire cast of the original are reunited,  while bringing on some fresher blood in the form of Catherine Zeta-JonesLee Byung-hunDavid Thewlis, and Anthony Hopkins. The latter of whom, looks hilarious!

I get nervous every-time Bruce Willis cracks a smile, but this look extremely entertaining. It’s like a funny version of The Expendables.

Here’s the official synopsis for Red 2:

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.

Dean Parisot‘s RED 2, the follow up sequel to the hit movie RED, (Retired-Extremely-Dangerous) based on the comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer has posted it’s first trailer. If this trailer is any indication, the sequel is set to be as fantastic a ride as the first. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, and Karl Urban are all returning with the addition of Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee, Neal McDonough and David Thewlis.

The gang of clandestine operative retirees are back, wrecking their way across Europe.

RED 2 will blow up theater screens starting August 2nd.

Via: Comingsoon

New Stills From The Set Of ‘RED 2’

Those Retired & Extremely Dangerous agents from various secret government organizations are back for another round in Red II. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is directing with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are reprising their roles. This time around the gang is taking on some European villains including Catherine Zeta-JonesByung-Hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Anthony Hopkins.

The first film was a fun romp and I expect this one to carry on that tradition of humor laced with bullets and explosions. Check out some on set pictures of the cast.

Red 2 hits theater screens on August 2, 2013.

Via: Geektyrant

Lionsgate is looking into milking the franchises that have done it for them by turning some of their more successful films into TV series.  To be honest, I think this is a horrendous idea that compromises any kind of creative integrity that the films had (if they were the sort of films that had integrity in the first place).

With that rant aside, let’s look into the films they’re considering whoring out.

Two of the options are big ensemble action flicks that allow the filmmakers an opportunity to create spin-off shows if they can’t get the main cast on board for a TV gig: The Expendables and Red.

There aren’t any details beyond that, so this is all just speculation at the moment.

What do you guys think about films-turned-television?  How do you think these two films might turn out if they go down that road?

Source: Comic Book Movie

This July, Top Cow Productions’ Minotaur Press imprint is coming out with their first original graphic novel, Sunset. Written by Christos Gage and featuring art by Jorge Lucas, Sunset tells a good old fashioned noir revenge story… starring senior citizens. I recently got the chance to ask Gage a few questions about Sunset, his mad research skills, and the possibility of more creator-owned work.

[Editor’s note: This interview was conducted before it was announced that Gage would join Neal Adams for Marvel’s First X-Men]

I believe I’m right in saying this is your first work for Top Cow. How did Sunset come about? Did you approach them with this story in mind?

Christos Gage: It actually started a couple years ago when I was talking to them about possibly doing a Darkness story set in Vegas in the 50s. That didn’t pan out, but I said, “You know, if you like that, I have another idea you might dig.” It was serendipitous, really. And yes, this is my first work for Top Cow. I’m really honored that they’d make it their first original graphic novel, and set me up with an artist as amazing as Jorge Lucas! (more…)

It seems that there’s some movement on the sequel to RED, the 2010 action film about retired group of former CIA assassins caught up in a government conspiracy.

According to Screenrant, Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) and Byung-hun Lee (from the G.I. Joe movies) have been cast in the sequel, which will follow the retired assassins from the first film on a new adventure where “they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.”

First film stars Bruce Willis, (Dame) Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich are back to get their kill on. Mary-Louise Parker, as Willis’ civil servant love interest, will also be back. No word yet on if supporting players Karl Urban and Brian Cox will also be in part 2.

So this is good news. The first RED was a really solid effort that had cool action and a lot of hilarity. It should be interesting to see what Dean Parisot (director of Galaxy Quest) can do with the material, Parisot is stepping in for Robert Schwentke in the director’s chair.

RED 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on August 2, 2013.

Source: Screenrant