Helen Mirren 'unsure' over reprising her portrayal of the Queen

Dame Helen Mirren has admitted she felt "very unsure" about reprising her Oscar-winning role as The Queen in an upcoming West End play.

"I don't like going back to things," the 67-year-old revealed at the European Film Awards in Malta, where she received an honorary award.

"I like to go forward."

Written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, The Audience examines the monarch's relationship with the Prime Ministers who served during her reign.

"The play's not really about The Queen. It's more about Britain in the 20th Century," said Dame Helen.

"It's an extraordinary way of looking at the history of Britain and it's an extraordinary team of artists who are putting the play together."

Directed by Stephen Daldry, The Audience opens in February at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.

Dame Helen was speaking to reporters after accepting an award for European Achievement in World Cinema.

Her screen portrayal of The Queen in 2006 also won her a slew of prizes, among them a best actress prize at the European Film Awards.

Yet she still expressed surprise at receiving a standing ovation from the audience at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in the Maltese capital, Valletta.

"You get praise for some things you do, and for others you get kicked in the teeth," said the 67-year-old, who received her prize from friend and sometime co-star Sir Michael Gambon.

"So when something like that happens it's so unexpected. It was an amazing moment."

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Kate Middleton Swats at Pregnancy Rumor With a Field Hockey Stick

 

If Kate Middleton's goal (pun intended) was to quash pregnancy rumors, a quick round of field hockey at her alma mater should do the trick.

The Duchess of Cambridge, still wearing her Alexander McQueen coat and high-heeled boots, took to the turf for a few strokes today to help officially open the new playing field at St. Andrew's School inPangbourne, England, the preparatory school she attended from 1986 to 1995.

It wasn't exactly a rugby scrum, but the future mother of Prince William's children probably would be taking it a bit easier if she were carrying an heir to the British throne in her womb.

Then again, moms-to-be are certainly entitled to their exercise!

"It was while I was here at school that I realized my love of sport,"Middleton told those assembled at St. Andrew's. "Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces—though, sadly, there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time!"

Made all the more glamorous by the royal alumna's appearance today.

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Matt Damon: Larry Hagman Impacted My Life

Larry Hagman, the Dallas icon revealed which younger actor he was hoping to co-star alongside

. "I'd like to play Matt Damon's daddy," Hagman told ET. "He's a wonderful actor, I really admire him, and I'd like to play his daddy one day. You listen in' out there  Matt? I'd like to work with you, boy!"

While Hagman's untimely passing on November 23 prevented the two from ever working together, ET caught up with Damon at The Independent Film Project's 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City last night and relayed the message.

I grew up watching him," an honored Damon exclusively told ET of the late, great TV star. "Who Shot J.R.? was more than a TV event. It made its way into my consciousness at a very young age. I was probably 10 or 11 when all that was going on. He was certainly   impactful in a way that is probably much harder to be now. there's a lot more channels and a lot more noise. He's a huge part of American culture."

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Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout with army patrol

The 20-year-old Mexican beauty queen was shot dead in a gun battle between an army patrol and a gang of drug traffickers in northern Mexico. Maria Susana Flores Gamez was with the criminals, according to local prosecutor.

“She was with the gang of criminals, but we cannot say whether she participated in the shootout,” State Prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said on Monday. “That’s what we’re going to have to investigate.”according to Russia Today.

The lady was crowned Woman of Sinaloa State in a beauty pageant in February 2012. The region is know for heavy drug trafficking. Criminals involved in the shootout are most likely linked to the notorious Sinaloa cartel, Mexican authorities say.

The shootout began after one of the gang members opened fire on patrolling soldiers. The drug traffickers tried to escape, but were chased by the soldiers for several hours and finally cornered near the town of Mocorito.

The body of the young woman was found at the scene of the shootout after the confrontation between soldiers and the criminal gang was over.

Two members of the gang were killed in the operation while four others were captured. The soldiers also confiscated six vehicles; drugs and guns.

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Jackie Chan: Best film of myself

Kung Fu superstar Jackie Chan said that while the upcoming film "Chinese Zodiac 2012" will be his last major action movie, citing his increasing age, he will still be packing punches in the world of philanthropy.

Chan wrote, directed and produced his latest film, set to premiere in cinemas in China next month. He also plays the lead role and said that he regarded it the "best film for myself" in the last ten years.

"I'm the director, I'm the writer, I'm the producer, I'm the action director, almost everything," the 58-year-old actor said while in Beijing to film a documentary.

"This really, really is my baby. You know, I've been writing the script for seven years," and the film took a year and half to make, he added.

In the film, Chan is a treasure hunter seeking to repatriate sculpture heads of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, which were taken from Beijing's Summer Palace by French and British forces during the Opium Wars.

He said it was an important movie for him because it will be his last major action feature, although he insisted it is not the end of his action career.

"I'm not young any more, honestly," he said, noting that with special effects technology and doubles a lot can be done without physical risk.

"Why (do) I have to use my own life to still do these kind of things?" he said. "I will still do as much as I can. But I just don't want to risk my life to sit in a wheelchair, that's all."

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