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Helen Mirren Hated Hitchcock

Helen MirrenHelen Mirren hated Alfred Hitchcock when they first met.

The Oscar-winning actress plays the iconic director's wife Alma Reville in new biopic Hitchcock, but she has revealed she once endured a disastrous audition for the filmmaker's thriller Frenzy in the early 1970s because she felt he disliked the way she looked.

"When I was a very young actress I was sent for an audition with him. I don't think he would have auditioned me; I think he either thought you looked right or you didn't. I was arrogant and ignorant and, at that time, he was just not my kind of film director... So, I didn't really like him, and I know he didn't like me very much. He certainly didn't cast me. He took one look at me and went, 'Oh, good God. She's going to be a nightmare'... I didn't want to do it because all those roles were horrible anyway," she told The Huffington Post.

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Cinecast: Kidman Channels Grace Kelly, Uma Joins Von Trier Film

Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop+ Photos of Nicole Kidman getting into character as Grace Kelly have been released. Kidman will portray the Hollywood starlet-turned-royalty in the biopic Grace of Monaco, set in 1962. Not surprisingly, she looks as effortlessly chic and classy as the late Oscar winner.

+ The Killing star Joel Kinnaman was snapped up in Toronto while filming scenes for the upcoming remake of RoboCop, which sees him starring as the eponymous character.

+ The intriguing dynamic between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma is on display in the new trailer for Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock. One can easily see from the clips that both Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are clear Oscar contenders with their potrayals of the married couple.

+ Uma Thurman is the latest actress cast in Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac. There is no word yet as to who she will play in the film, which marks her first collaboration with the Danish auteur.

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Getting Into Character: Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson in Hitchcock

Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and the real Vera Miles to the right

Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson channel a couple of classic Hollywood starlets in the upcoming biopic of Alfred Hitchcock -- here's a sneak peek at the pair's transformations into the two actresses of Psycho.

"Hitchcock dressed her up in a wig and did everything could to make the beautiful Vera Miles look frumpy. What Hitch tried to do to Vera we tried to do to Jessica, and the results were equally ridiculous. It is not possible to make Jessica Biel dowdy," said Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi.

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Helen Mirren to Play Hitchcock’s Wife?

Helen Mirren Alma Reville

Dame Helen Mirren is set to play Alfred Hitchcock's wife in a new biopic.

The Arthur actress looks likely to join the cast of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho as Alma Reville alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins, who has been attached to play the legendary filmmaker for around a year, though insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that negotiations are still in the early stages.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 19, 2010

PredatorsHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Agora: DVD
  • Apocalypse Now (Two-Disc Special Edition): Blu-ray
  • Apocalypse Now (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition): Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mirrors 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Moulin Rouge!: Blu-ray
  • Predators: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (35th Anniv. Edition): Blu-ray
  • Romeo + Juliet: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 3, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Aliens in the Attic: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Answer Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Dead: DVD
  • Food, Inc.: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Forrest Gump: Blu-ray
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Howards End: Blu-ray
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper: DVD, Blu-ray
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Love Actually: Blu-ray
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition): DVD, Blu-ray

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