From new series to memorable guest stars and the film releases that will have you racing to the theatre, Hello!’s weekly report on buzz-worthy movies and TV shows is your all-access guide to the big and small screens.
This week, Eddie Redmayne delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in the eye-opening drama The Danish Girl, based on the true story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. Also, kids are in for a treat as The Good Dinosaurroars into theatres.
On the small screen, Elizabeth Hurley is up to no good as the scheming queen of England in the second season of The Royals. The British actress speaks to Hello! about her villainous role and the glittering perks of the job. And speaking of rulers, Dancing With the Starsprepares to crown its king or queen of the dance floor while Broadway dances its way into the White House for a special show.
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THE DANISH GIRL
A few days after Eddie Redmayne accepted the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Theory of Everything, the 33-year-old star was back to work on a project that has most likely set up him up for Oscar glory once again. In The Danish Girl (in theatres Nov. 27), Eddie plays Lili Elbe, a 1920s artist who became one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery. The British star told Variety that taking on the groundbreaking role was no easy task, especially when it came to stepping out in public for the first time in character. "The feeling of being gazed at and scrutinized, and the fear … the fear is there.” Starring opposite Eddie is Alicia Vikander, who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most in-demand talents. The stunning Swedish actress, who plays Lili's wife, Gerda, spoke on the timeliness of the film at its premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival, telling reporters that, “We are all in a time where we’re all having conversations of the difficulties of the transgendered community and it’s been wonderful to see the light being shone on this subject."
ALSO IN THEATRES
The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 27): What if dinosaurs never became extinct? This exciting animated movie follows the story of a young Apatosaurus who finds a lifelong friend in a human boy. Starring Anna Paquin, Frances McDormand and Steve Zahn.
Creed (Nov. 27): A talented athlete (Michael B. Jordan) looks to boxing ace Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to help him dominate in the ring.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH … Elizabeth Hurley
By: Dagmar Dunlevy
When Elizabeth Hurley isn’t busy ruling a fictional England in the second season of the hit drama The Royals (Sundays, E!), the British actress is living a hectic life as businesswoman, screen star and mom to her 13-year-old son, Damian. Although chaotic, the 50-year-old beauty reveals to Hello! that she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I have a schizophrenic life. I like being able to go from high glamour to being very relaxed,” she said. Her onscreen character’s world is just as frantic, with Queen Helena vying for position after her husband, King Simon, is murdered. Here, the Austin Powers actress opens up about her affection for the Royal Family and life as a queen.
Are you a fan of the Royal Family?
I personally love the Royal Family. It was always part of our lives. When I was growing up, one of my first memories was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. There were street parties and banners and everybody got involved.
What’s it like to dress like a queen
It’s a bit like playing dress-up as a little girl. They used to lend us the jewels, and it was very formal. You would have security guards watching you the whole time. Now we have gone for fake rocks and they are as big as the wrists. It’s fantastic. I wear diamonds all day and I love it. I feel naked without them, to be honest.
When do you feel most like a queen?
I’m not sure I ever feel queen-like in my private life! [ Laughs] I feel at my most comfortable when I go to my house in the country. It’s a very private, small farm that I have now. My sister lives very close by, as does my mother. My brother often comes over, as does my son, when he is not at school. That is really when I feel most like me.
DANCING WITH THE STARS
Now that they've mastered the samba, foxtrot and waltz, the final four competitors on the 21st season of Dancing With the Stars (Nov. 24, CTV Two/ABC) are ready to battle it out one last time for the mirror ball trophy. The title will be awarded to either Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, actor Carlos PenaVega, Bindi Irwin or U.S. army veteran Alek Skarlatos.
BROADWAY VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE
Earlier this year, students from schools across the United States were invited to the White House to meet with a long list of Broadway stars. Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison, Broadway at the White House (Nov. 26, TLC) showcases some of the best and brightest talents who have graced the Great White Way with their inimitable voices and spellbinding storytelling. In the special, stars such as Gloria Estefan, Christian Borle, Cicely Tyson and Whoopi Goldberg join other Broadway vets for a musical celebration of theatre.