Does Helen Mirren have any plans to retire? I hope not!
—Lane C., Springfield, Mo.
A: The London-born actress, 71, has several films lined up. First, she plays “Death” in Collateral Beauty, in theaters Dec. 16, starring Will Smith as a man who suffers a great tragedy and seeks answers by writing letters to the universe. And she’s working on her role for next spring’s Fast 8, the latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, alongside Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. What qualifies her to be among such motor-heads? “I’m probably one of the few people on the set who know how to drive a gear-shift car,” she says. I recently saw Neil Young perform. Was his new album recorded live during his concert tour?
—Nina H., Telluride, Co.
A: No. Peace Trail, the 38th studio album (released Dec. 9) by the former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young band member, is primarily acoustic and reflects the lifelong humanitarian and global concerns of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 71. He’s been previewing some of its songs during his live concert appearances.