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Weekend TV Review: Give These Shows a Medal!

Benedict Cumberbatch

While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).

Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ... read more

Weekend Review: TCM Goes to the Oscars, Sherlock's "Last Vow"

Decorative statue at the 2013 Governors Awards

"It's a room full of excitement. It's a room full of sweat," recalls Ellen Burstyn, who won her Oscar in 1975 for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. "It's your bar mitzvah times a million," says director-writer Jason Reitman, a four-time nominee (Up in the Air, Juno) who remembers getting over his loss with a post-show visit to In-N-Out Burger. (My kind of guy.) "It's a bit like being in a car crash. Everything slows down, everything goes into slow motion," Helen Mirren reflects on the moment her name was read when she won in 2007 for The Queen.

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How Netflix Scored Emmy-Nomination Gold and This Year's Other Trivia

Kevin Spacey

Netflix heads into the Emmy race with 14 nominations, better than all but a handful of networks. Credit the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences' 2008 rule change that allowed full-length broadband and digital shows to be nominated in the same categories as broadcast and TV programs... read more

Helen Mirren Advises Amanda Bynes: "Don't Be Up Your Own Bum"

Amanda Bynes

When it comes to troubled young actresses like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, Helen Mirren isn't mincing words.

The Oscar winner didn't hold back when she was recently asked what kind of advice she would give to the starlets. "I don't know if... read more

Who Should Be the Next Doctor Who?

Matt Smith

Matt Smith hasn't left Doctor Who just yet, but that hasn't stopped fans from dream-casting the next Doctor. read more

Helen Mirren Issues a Royal Decree to Parade Drummers: "Shut the F--- Up"

Helen Mirren

A group of street drummers inadvertently interrupted a performance of Peter Morgan's play The Audience at London's Gielgud Theatre over the weekend — and star Helen Mirren decided she wasn't going to stand for it.

According to Mirren, who's playing Queen Elizabeth in the play, the drumming got so loud outside the theater during the first half of the performance Saturday night that the actors couldn't hear each other on stage and the audience couldn't hear anything at all, Britain's Daily Telegraph reports. So, during the play's intermission, Mirren stormed off the stage and out of the theater in full costume to give the drummers a piece of her mind.

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The Weekend Playlist: A Great Wife, Pacino as Phil Spector, Kristin Sings

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino

When a terrific series is truly on its game, some episodes can feel like absolute perfection. Happened Tuesday with a thrillingly entertaining and pivotal episode of FX's Justified, and the same feeling applies to Sunday's sensational The Good Wife (9/8c, CBS). It has everything: sex, suspense, surprise, humor, emotion — and as usual with this sophisticated standard-bearer for network drama, a dazzling array of guest performances.

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Al Pacino Wigs Out As Phil Spector

Al Pacino

There is a moment in the new HBO film Phil Spector when the attorney Linda Kenney Baden, played by Helen Mirren, sees her client arriving at the Los Angeles courthouse to be tried for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Writer-director David Mamet keeps the camera on Mirren's face as it turns from... read more

Helen Mirren Debuts Pink Hair at the BAFTA Awards

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren was tickled pink at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in London Sunday, debuting a new rose-hued hairstyle.

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Weekend TV Review: Hunted, Hitchcock's Girl, Showtime Showstoppers and More

Melissa George

Remember the old X-Files mantra "Trust No One?" One of its producers surely does, and in creating the new Cinemax spy thriller Hunted, Frank Spotnitz makes it clear from the first scenes that you can't always trust your eyes, either.

"At least... read more

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