As my colleague Gary Susman says, “We’ve fallen ass over tit for Helen Mirren!” And not just because she livened up Sunday night’s Emmy telecast by using that exact same expression while accepting her award for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries (for HBO’s Elizabeth I). Indeed, the saucy Brit is going the regal route again in a new fall release, and she’s also heating up the Men’s Vogue Web site as part of a saucy trailer for a movie that doesn’t exist.
– The Queen (Sept. 30) I’ve got to be honest: I wasn’t entirely sure how much I wanted to see a behind-the-scenes docudrama about the royal family’s response to the death of Princess Diana, but Mirren’s so effective in these scenes that for a few minutes, I felt like a fly on the Buckingham Palace walls. Looks like Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things) made the right casting call.
– Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula: Okay, so get this. Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli decided to produce a trailer — and only a trailer — for a remake of Gore Vidal and Bob Guccione’s controversial 1979 film Caligula. It showed at the Whitney Biennial, but now Men’s Vogue has a slideshow depicting images from Vezzoli’s project; according to an accompanying story in the magazine, Courtney Love herself signed for the title role (Caligula, not Gore Vidal) the second she heard Mirren was attached, adding, “With Helen Mirren, I would even do a remake of Showgirls.” Respeck that!