Oscar Beat TIFF 2014: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Shine in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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As I said in yesterday’s Oscar Beat article focusing on The Imitation Game, the awards season is always prime time for biopics.  At the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival—which acts as a sort of launching pad for much of the season’s awards fare—there were two high-profile films based on the lives of historical figures that screened for audiences.  The Imitation Game took the non-traditional route, turning the life of Alan Turing into a sort of spy thriller, while the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything is pretty standard as far as the genre goes (read Phil’s review here).  However, director James Marsh’s drama is rendered highly emotional by two absolutely stellar lead performances by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, which will undoubtedly land them in the frontlines of the Oscar conversation.  More after the jump.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Review | TIFF 2014

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A Stephen Hawking biopic was always an inevitability.  The man is simply too iconic and successful with too much physical and emotional baggage for filmmakers to ignore him forever.  Thankfully the movie that emerged is not as nauseatingly maudlin as reasonably feared, nor is it as harshly honest as some might have hoped.  The Theory Of Everything shoots straight for the middle in it’s telling of Hawking’s tragically inspiring life and ultimately that’s entirely appropriate.  It’s a beautiful and moving movie, if a flawed one. Yet probably also about as good a project as one could have hoped for.  Hit the jump to find out why.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Images Featuring Eddie Redmayne; Plus Chris Evans on the Set of BEFORE WE GO

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With the Toronto International Film Festival now well underway, the reviews are starting to come in and we’re also getting more images from the official selections as well.  Here’s what we’ve got coming at a glance:

  • The Theory of Everything – (Directed by James Marsh) Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, and Emily Watson.
  • Before We Go - (Directed by Chris Evans) Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Theory of Everything images as well as some behind-the-scenes shots from Before We Go.

New Images from KILL THE MESSENGER and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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It’s been quite a while since that first trailer for Michael Cuesta’s Kill the Messenger dropped, but with the summer season coming to a close, Focus Features opted to unveil some brand new stills from select films on their fall lineup.  We’ve got five new Kill the Messenger images and then two from James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything to go along with them.

Hit the jump to check them all out.  Killer the Messenger stars Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen, and will get a limited release on October 12th and hit additional cities thereafter.  The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis, and will arrive in select theaters beginning November 7th.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Trailer: Eddie Redmayne Is Stephen Hawking

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Focus Features has released the first The Theory of Everything trailer for director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) adaptation of the Stephen Hawking memoir Travelling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, chronicling his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  I really can’t decide if this looks painfully cheesy (there appears to be a scene with Hawking trying to claw his way up stairs) or somewhat moving.  I hope it’s the latter and the movie’s not going to go for cheap sentiment.

Hit the jump to watch the Theory of Everything trailer.  Also starring David Thewlis and Emily Watson, the film will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival next month and opens in theaters on November 7th.

New THEORY OF EVERYTHING Image Offers Another Look at Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking; Trailer Debuts Wednesday

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Focus Features has released a new The Theory of Everything image from director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) adaptation of the Stephen Hawking memoir Travelling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking and chronicles his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  This image gives us a glimpse at the relationship between Hawking and Wilde, but we should have a much better grasp of the film when the trailer debuts this coming Wednesday, August 6th.

Hit the jump to check out the new Theory of Everything image, and come back on Wednesday to watch the trailer.  Also starring David Thewlis and Emily Watson, the film will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival next month and opens in theaters on November 7th.

New Images from THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND, and TOP FIVE Starring Chris Rock

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Finishing up with our coverage of new images for films that will be debuting this fall at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve got new photos from a trio of promising features.  Briefly:

  • The Theory of Everything – (Directed by James Marsh) Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, and Emily Watson.
  • Time Out of Mind – (Directed by Oren Moverman) Starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Strong, Yul Vasquez, Coleman Domingo, Geraldine Hughes, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Steve Buscemi.
  • Top Five – (Directed by Chris Rock) Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to see all the images released from TIFF films thus far.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne Reunite for THE DANISH GIRL

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Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and star Eddie Redmayne are set to reteam for The Danish Girl.  Based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name, The Danish Girl is a love story between Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda Gottlieb.  Not just a straight romantic picture, The Danish Girl also centers on the world’s first sex-change operation.  Wegener became the first man to undergo the operation, changing his name to Lili Elbe.  Lucinda Coxon adapted the novel for the screenplay.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for JUPITER ASCENDING Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have released a fantastic new trailer for The Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s original sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending.  The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum plays an ex-military half-werewolf half-albino hunter tasked with tracking her down.  One thing is abundantly clear from this new trailer: the scope of Jupiter Ascending is positively epic.  The Wachowski siblings appear to have gone all-out with this sci-fi pic, and the result is an ambitious, colorful, and massive world that looks like a whole lot of fun.  Eddie Redmayne feels almost Shakespearean as the villain, and I’m incredibly impressed by just how big and other-worldly this thing is.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sean BeanDouglas BoothTuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.

FANTASTIC FOUR’s Doctor Doom Shortlist Down to Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell, and Domhnall Gleeson

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Remember when there was a rumor that The Fantastic Four’s version of Doctor Doom (aka Victor von Doom) might be a woman?  Well, if a new casting shortlist is to be believed, it looks like that rumor doesn’t hold water.  The villainous role has apparently been narrowed down to these four blokes: Sam Riley (On the Road), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), or Domhnall Gleeson (About Time).  Whoever ends up with the part, it’s going to be a 30-something actor from the U.K. who goes up against Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell in the title roles.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for The Wachowski Siblings’ JUPITER ASCENDING Starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending.  The film follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who has to scrub toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum co-stars as a genetically engineered ex-military hunter who must track her down.  Judging from this trailer, one thing is abundantly clear about Jupiter Ascending: this is the Wachowskis going 100%, full-blown sci-fi.  Coming off the philosophical (and excellent) Cloud Atlas, this film appears to be something a bit more in the vein of The Matrix for the Wachowskis in that it appears to be lighter and a bit more adventurous in spirit.  The world building on display in this trailer is nuts, and though the footage is indeed very out-there, I have a feeling once audiences settle in to the JA universe it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, James D’Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Doona BaeJupiter Ascending opens in 3D on July 25, 2014.

Eddie Redmayne to Play Stephen Hawking in THEORY OF EVERYTHING; Tracey Ullman Goes INTO THE WOODS; Laura Dern Joins STRINGS

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Casting for a notable biopic, a Disney fairy tale, and an indie music drama:

  • Eddie Redmayne is close to landing the lead role in the Stephen Hawking biopic Theory of Everything, which focuses on the relationship bewteen Hawking and his wife.
  • Tracey Ullman is in negotiations to join Disney’s Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical in which Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emily Blunt will play classic fairy tale characters.
  • Laura Dern has joins Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Lucas Till, and Tom Everett Scott in Strings, the feature directorial debut of Daniel Duran.

More on each project after the jump.

The Wachowski Siblings’ JUPITER ASCENDING, Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Begins Filming; First Synopsis Released

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Shooting has begun on the Wachowski Siblings‘ new sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.  The film follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who has to scrub toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  The movie is currently shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and will remain in the U.K. until June.  The production will then move to Chicago to finish filming.

Hit the jump for the first full synopsis.  The film also stars Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, and Sean BeanJupiter Ascending opens in 3D on July 25, 2014.

The Road to Oscar: Best Supporting Actor

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We’re only a short week away from the 85th Academy Awards, and with the close of Oscar season approaching, we’d thought this would be a nice opportunity to take a look back at how some of the races have played out, chronicling the ebbs and flows of the past 12 months or so that got us to where we are today.  We’re kicking things off with one of the more open categories: Best Supporting Actor.

One important thing to keep in mind when looking at the Oscars is that the race is incredibly fluid.  A film could be the clear frontrunner in a category one week, then might stumble to second or even third place in the ensuing weeks.  With this series of articles, we’ll be looking at exactly how much each race has changed, starting with Best Supporting Actor.  Hit the jump to read on.

SBIFF 2013: Eddie Redmayne Talks LES MISERABLES, the Crazy Audition Process, and His Vocal Performance

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Working for 10 years in film and theater, British actor Eddie Redmayne is currently receiving attention and acclaim for his work as Marius in the Academy Award-nominated musical Les Misérables.  Honored for that performance, he was presented with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), and Collider was there to cover and attend the event.

During the Q&A, the actor talked about what his crazy audition process was like, the ideas he had for his vocal performance, the thing he was most nervous about pulling off, working with co-stars Samantha Barks and Amanda Seyfried, who he’s learned the most from on set, and how the reaction they’ve gotten for the film is the greatest gift that he could ask for.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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