February 23, 2012 in Nation/World

Queen gives actress the royal treatment

From Wire Reports

Bonham Carter
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Actress Helena Bonham Carter, whose regal roles include the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II in “The King’s Speech,” has been honored by the British monarch for services to drama.

Bonham Carter was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. She was there with her husband, director Tim Burton, and children Billy Ray, 8, and Nell, 4.

Her films range from costume dramas such as “A Room With a View” to “Fight Club.” She also played scheming witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the “Harry Potter” films.

Known for her bohemian style, Bonham Carter, 45, attended the ceremony Wednesday in a red tartan patterned dress and miniature top hat.

‘X Factor’ teen signs TV, recording deal

Rachel Crow was a tearful runner-up on “The X Factor,” but she’s a winner now.

The 14-year-old singer who collapsed onstage after being voted off the show has signed a series deal with the Nickelodeon channel and a recording contract with Sony’s Columbia Records-Syco. Nickelodeon said Wednesday its agreement with Crow includes development of a comedy series for the teenager.

Crow’s recording deal puts her in business with Simon Cowell’s Syco enterprise.

Oscars decision low note for Mendes

Sergio Mendes will attend the Academy Awards on Sunday, but will do so with mixed feelings.

He’s honored that his song “Real in Rio,” from the animated movie “Rio,” is one of the only two nominated this year, but upset with the show producers’ decision not to present the tunes during the telecast.

“I am very frustrated, kind of sad that we will not be able to perform such a lively song,” the Brazilian legend said Monday. Mendes shares the nomination with his countryman Carlinhos Brown and American singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett.

The other song nominated is Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets.”

The producers’ decision not to showcase both songs has been criticized by some who think such performances would have injected great color into a ceremony whose ratings dropped 10 percent last year.

The birthday bunch

Actor-director Peter Fonda is 72. Musician Johnny Winter is 68. Actress Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) is 61. Actress Kristin Davis is 47. Actor Marc Price (“Family Ties”) is 44. Actress Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 36. Actor Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) is 29. Actress Emily Blunt is 29. Actress Dakota Fanning is 18.

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