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The Theory of Everything, 2014.
Directed by James Marsh.
There have been many biopics that show a person changing and aging over a long timeframe; some work at realistically showing that, others are just hopeless. The saddening progression of Stephen Hawking’s Motor Neuron Disease will shock and amaze viewers during The Theory of Everything, with stunning work from the make-up department, and an Oscar-worthy performance from Eddie Redmayne.
Come late December, when promotional posters are plastered everywhere for The Theory of Everything, you will be bombarded with 4 and 5 stars littering the advertisement, with quote upon quote heralding the performances, most specifically its lead. From supporting roles in Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn »
- Gary Collinson
The producers of The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten (also the screenwriter) and Lisa Bruce – talk in this video shot at Deadline’s The Contenders event about the years-long process of filming the love story of physicist Stephen Hawking and first wife Jane Hawking. Bruce also talks here with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about the strong female character at the film’s heart whose presence (and memoir) made this biopic unusual among so many Hollywood movies.
James Marsh directed the film, which stars Anthony Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane. Other notable cast members include David Thewlis and Emily Watson. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan also produced. The film, which debuted strongly in limited release two weeks ago, is distributed by Focus Features.
Have you seen the film? What did you think?
- David Bloom
Eddie Redmayne shows amazing range in a newly released featurette about his new movie “The Theory of Everything.” The picture definitely puts him in Oscar contention for best actor. The James Marsh biopic focuses on the life of Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical mathematician who was stricken by “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.” The film also stars Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde Hawking, Charlie Cox as Jonathan Hellyer Jones and Emily Watson as Isobel Hawking. ...Read More »
★★★★★ Lars von Trier’s masterpiece is almost twenty. Starring Emily Watson, in what surely ranks as one of the most remarkable big screen debuts, Breaking the Waves (1996), like most classics, appears to have imprinted into its fabric an essential and resolute splendour. Despite premiering nearly two decades ago the film’s mixture of doom-laden melodrama, intense spirituality and philosophical investigation remains an utterly devastating viewing experience. The grungy, no-frills vérité qualities belied a deceiving aesthetic. Like a proto Dogme 95, and like that cinematic vow of chastity, immediately ignoring all the rules set out, von Trier utilised everything from computer-generated imagery to bleaching processes.
- CineVue UK
Chicago – Portraying Stephen Hawking, as Eddie Redmayne did in “The Theory of Everything,” required an intense physicality and emotionalism that was projected from different angles, much more challenging than a usual biographical role. In this instance, Redmayne projects the feeling of Hawking’s time and space.
Eddie Redmayne has been on a quick ascension path in his film career, while also conquering television and theater in his native England. After notable roles in the last three years in “My Week with Marilyn” and “Les Misérables,” Redmayne has took on the difficult task of playing Stephen Hawking from a healthy, genius-level university student to the wheelchair bound and computer-voiced theorist with a degenerative nerve disease (Als, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The performance is remarkable on many levels, but especially in communicating the soul and love – beyond a physical handicap – upon which a human being exists.
Eddie Redmayne is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Coming to UK screens in January is the new film from ‘Harry Potter’ and the upcoming Paddington producer David Heyman. Testament Of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Quite poignant that we’re posting this today.
The film, from Lionsgate and BBC Films, stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, with Dominic West and Miranda Richardson, and hits cinemas on 16th January, 2015.
Watch the new trailer below. »
- Paul Heath
Lionsgate and BBC Films have released a new trailer for Testament of Youth, the upcoming adaptation of Vera Brittain’s memoir, starring (The Fifth Estate) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones); check it out below after the official synopsis…
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, »
- Gary Collinson
Following a rapturous response at the London Film Festival, a new trailer for World War I drama Testament Of Youth has debuted online from Lionsgate. The big screen version of Vera Brittain’s story, or more accurately, her memoir has surfaced just in time to stand as a centennial tribute to the First World War. For those unfamiliar with Brittain, the tale of the young nurse’s personal journey during wartime England is summed up perfectly in this rather moving trailer.
Leading the film is Alicia Vikander as Brittain with Game Of Thrones northerner Kit Harington as her fiance, Roland Leighton. The latter manages to demonstrate that he has far more range than many assume, coming across like a young Colin Firth. Instead of merely trotting out Jon Snow in a less shabby outfit, Harington brings a surprising emotional verve to the trailer.
Of course, for an English period drama »
- Gem Seddon
Lionsgate UK has just released an international trailer for Testament of Youth, based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain, played by Alicia Vikander. Game of Thrones' Kit Harington also stars as Roland Leighton, who convinces her to pursue a career in writing.
Intelligent and free-spirited Vera overcomes the narrow-mindedness of her conservative parents, winning a scholarship to Oxford. Entranced by her brother's dashing friend Roland, who shares her literary aspirations, she plunges into an intoxicating romance. Blooming, in love and on the cusp of fulfilling her ambitions, Vera's dreams are brutally shattered by the onset of war. When Roland and her brother ship out to the front, she abandons the cloistered environs of university life and volunteers as a nurse. Immediately confronted with the pitiless reality of the war's victims, her life is irrevocably changed as she loses, one-by-one, the young men she held so dear.
Lionsgate UK just released a new trailer for James Kent’s Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain herself. Vikander is joined by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington who plays her fiancé, Roland Leighton. It’s unfortunate that the film’s only got a January 16th UK release at the moment because this new Testament of Youth international trailer is an especially moving one. Vikander’s got quite the commanding on-screen presence and Harington actually manages to show off more than one facial expression. Hit the jump to check it out for yourself. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. Via Lionsgate Films UK. Here’s the synopsis »
- Perri Nemiroff
Testament of Youth: Remembrance for a Lost Generation has released a new trailer.
Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Taron Egerton, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson also feature in the James Kent-directed film.
Vikander stars as Brittain as she struggles against the early 20th century's strict ideas of a 'woman's place'.
She falls for Roland Leighton (Harington) only to find their lives torn asunder by the war.
Testament of Youth will be released on January 16, 2015 in the UK. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
I love when an actor you had zero familiarity with gives a couple of terrific performances in succession and is put directly on your radar. Such was the case with Alicia Vikander, who between A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina really took me aback. She delivered a tremendous range just between those two roles to where I would see whatever she was involved with. After sitting through her in a small role in the terrible The Fifth Estate, she is finally put back in the lead in the World War I romantic drama Testament of Youth, which has a new trailer for you to watch below. She is playing opposite Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, which has me a little less interested in this film. I love "Game of Thrones", but Harington has always been the weak link on the show. He grew a tiny bit as an actor this past season, »
- Mike Shutt
With a sprawling ensemble cast, a juicy Wwi setting, and based off an acclaimed memoir, "Testament Of Youth" has all the right things going for it. But sometimes these sorts of movies can almost be so perfectly calibrated that the life gets sucked out of them. However, that's not the case with this picture. In our review out of the BFI London Film Festival, we called it a "beautifully observed" picture that paints a mosaic "of grief, loss and even anger at the absolute waste of an insane, inhuman conflict, and all without showing a single bullet fired." And a new full-length trailer for "Testament Of Youth" is here. Directed by James Kent ("Margaret" and "The Thirteenth Tale"), and starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I am sooo proud of our Palm Springs International Film Festival and equally happy that it's happening right in our own backyard! Just this morning, we heard that Eddie Redmayne, who is sweet and fabulous and a great actor to boot, is getting the Desert Palm Achievement Award for the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He's being honored for his excellent portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."
Redmayne will be joining previous Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients such as Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, and Sean Penn. And according to the press release, "in the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor."
Hhhmmmm, good karma? Premonition? Happenstance? I sure hope so!
Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 07, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will »
Today, the theatrical release is beginning for The Theory of Everything, a biopic about noted physicist Stephen Hawking. The role of Hawking is played to perfection by surefire Academy Award nominee Eddie Redmayne, while the role of his loving and supportive wife Jane is portrayed by almost certain fellow Oscar nominee Felicity Jones. With the film now out in limited release, it can attempt to win over audiences in the same that it won over critics on the festival circuit. From there on, it’s a matter of seeing if the movie can appeal to Oscar voters. Personally, I think it’ll do just fine, but I certainly hope that Academy members really do consider Jones and especially Redmayne for wins as well. The biopic is of course a look at the life of Hawking, beginning with his time at University and continuing up until close to the modern day. »
- Joey Magidson
This weekend is shaping up to mirror early fall, when specialty distributors packed theaters with new titles. Many of those disappeared quickly, and this weekend could be similar as companies usher in about a dozen limited-release theatrical newcomers. Focus Features’ The Theory Of Everything, however, has amassed a good amount of attention. Directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (Man On Wire), the Stephen Hawking biopic is opening two months after its Toronto debut. Two notable nonfiction titles also join the fray this weekend: Cinema Guild’s Actress, from director Robert Greene, and Zipporah Films’ National Gallery by nonfiction maverick Frederick Wiseman. Both deserve attention as the awards-race heats up. Two years after the theatrical bow of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President is the focus of Amplify’s The Better Angels — though it focuses a very different phase of his life. Distrib Films is opening Italian political »
- Brian Brooks
Other stars stopping by during the show’s last week include Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Tim Meadows (Suburgatory), Larry King, Angela Kinsey (The Office), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Thomas Lennon (How I Met Your Mother) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new biography/romantic drama “The Theory of Everything” starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking!
“The Theory of Everything,” which opens in Chicago on Nov. 14, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking along with Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Prior, Simon McBurney, Guy Oliver-Watts, Paul Longley, Gruffudd Glyn, Alice Orr-Ewing and Harry Lloyd from director James Marsh and writer Anthony McCarten based on the novel by Jane Hawking.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
No question one of the year’s best films, I still have to confess I was not champing at the bit to see a biopic on Stephen Hawking. But The Theory Of Everything is not your average biopic because at heart it is really a love story and it comes not from the point of view of Hawking, but rather Jane his wife on whose book Anthony McCarten’s superior screenplay adaptation was based. With brilliant lead performances from both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this film reveals aspects of Hawking we never really knew — at least I didn’t.
Spanning a quarter of a century we meet him in college when he was young and in love and a budding genius. But shortly after getting married he gets a devastating diagnosis of Als and given no more than two years to live. That might be enough to doom any relationship but not this one, »
- Pete Hammond
Elvis & Nixon
Cary Elwes along with Hanala and Joey Sagal penned the script about the morning of December 21st 1970 when Presley requested a meeting with Nixon for a very urgent reason - he wanted to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Farren Blackburn's drama "Shut In" for Lava Bear Films and EuropaCorp. Christina Hodson penned the 2012 Blacklist screenplay and filming begins in Europe next year.
Watts plays a woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own and suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
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