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A couple more reports from London and Chicago festivals heading your way. Here's David on three new films starring either Alicia Vikander or Mads Mikkelsen, who formerly sizzled together in Denmark's recent Oscar nominee "A Royal Affair" - Editor
That Testament of Youth was made the Centrepiece Gala at the festival seems, sight unseen, predictable: supported by the Mayor of London, the Gala slot is one of the few that really demonstrates the festival's support of homegrown cinema, and the story told here is as British as you can get. 2014 marks the centenary of World War I, and with it comes this adaptation of Vera Brittain's iconic memoir. James Kent's film keeps his focus to the period of the war itself, beginning at its end; Vera (Alicia Vikander) looks oddly distraught amidst the celebrating crowds packing London's streets. Testament of Youth is a compassionate reminder of »
The mysterious disappearance and death of Misty Upham thrust this rising actress into the headlines.
The mysterious disappearance and death of Misty Upham thrust this rising actress into the headlines. Though Upham starred in several critically-acclaimed films, she was still cleaning homes when she auditioned for August: Osage County, and many people may now be hearing her name for the first time.
ETonline took a look back at the life and work of an actress who had starred alongside such film greats as Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Benicio Del Toro (Jimmy P.) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River).
Native American Upbringing: Born on July 6, 1982, in Kalispell, Mont., Misty was raised in Auburn, Wash. -- about 28 miles south of Seattle -- and was a member of the Blackfoot Tribe, the largest Native American tribe in Montana. Misty has said she is the direct descendant of the »
Focus Features just unveiled some brand new promotional material for The Theory of Everything, paving the way to the film’s limited release on November 7th. The clip is a bit on the schmaltzy side, but Adam’s predicating that both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones could score some Oscar nods, so I’m going to take his word for it and assume that both will do big things with the material in the full feature. In addition, we’ve also got a brand new featurette for the film in which Redmayne and Jones discuss Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s loving relationship. Hit the jump to check that out as well as the new The Theory of Everything clip. The film also stars Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis. Here’s the synopsis for The Theory of Everything: Starring Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables") and Felicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Perri Nemiroff
Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both their lives. Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking, featuring alongside Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake and Harry Lloyd.
If the rest of the film is as touching and sweet as »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Jon Snow takes some time away from The Wall for Testament of Youth, which sees Kit Harrington and Alicia Vikander as two young lovers whose pese lives are shatter and forever changed by the First World War. Based on the memoir of Vera Brittain, director James Kent (who made his name on television with the likes of The White Queen and Inside Men) has certainly captured the power of Brittain's writing, and has brought together an impressive supporting cast, including Dominic West and Emily Watson, backing up our young leads. Check to trailer out below. Released: 16th January 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
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New Regency and Walden Media are partnering to develop, finance and produce the musical family film “Santa Is Real.”
Random House is publishing the book on Oct. 14.
The film tells the story of Charles E. Hall, who was a struggling actor when he began playing Santa in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. He’s been in the role for the past 27 years.
- Dave McNary
New Regency and Walden Media will develop Santa Is Real, a musical family film that will be directed by Stephen Chbosky, who helmed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Little Fockers scribe Larry Stuckey will write the script and Stacey Sher and Alexandra Milchan will produce with Walden.
Stuckey will adapt the upcoming book Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter, which Random House publishes next week. The film tells the story of Charles E. Hall, the man who plays Santa in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. A struggling actor when he took the job, the role gave him purpose and rescued Radio City, which has run the show as a perennial. Regency’s Pam Abdy and Walden’s Naia Cucukov, are overseeing. New Regency has Gone Girl in the marketplace with the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The first volume of author Vera Brittain's memoirs, Testament Of Youth, focuses on her experiences in World War I and has become something of a classic of the wartime literary genre. Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington star in the film adaptation for James Kent, and we have the first poster here.Now if that isn't a classic pose that signals romantical problems in wartime, we don't know what is. There's the train station, the rushing crowd and the impossibly handsome young lovers - Vera herself (Vikander) and fiance Roland (Harington) about to be torn apart as he heads to the Front and she takes up her wartme work as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse working in England, France and Malta.Also starring are Taron Egerton as Brittain's brother Edward, who introduces the lovers; Dominic West and Emily Watson as her parents, and support from the likes of Hayley Atwell, »
Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur’s next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.
The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.
Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur’s Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
- Michelle McCue
A new trailer has been released for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. The film stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), and it looks like it could win him an Oscar nomination. It really looks like it would be a challenging role for anyone to take on, but Redmayne seems to just disappear into it. It's really amazing to see. In an interview with Yahoo, the actor said,
"The story of Stephen dwarfs the illness. For him, it is of no importance. He didn’t ever want to see a doctor again after he was diagnosed. He is someone that lives forward and lives optimistically. So, for me, what this film was about was an unconventional love story, a film about loving in all its guises."
- Joey Paur
Exclusive: Catch Me Daddy, X+Y also among locally-shot films at the festival.
The 28th Leeds International Film Festival (Nov 5 -20) will open with period drama Testament of Youth, which leads the festival’s biggest line-up of films produced in Yorkshire.
LIFF28’s opening night will showcase a double bill of Yorkshire-shot films with the world premiere of The Taking in the festival’s Fanomenon horror and cult film strand. The thriller »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which is directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as the physicist and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as his first wife Jane Wilde.
Also featuring in the cast are Emily Watson (War Horse), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Tom Prior (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), Maxine Peake (Silk) and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad).
The Theory of Everything is set to open in the States on November 7th and will arrive here in the UK on January 2nd 2015.
- Gary Collinson
A new trailer for The Theory of Everything has been released.
The film was inspired by Wilde's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen and follows the couple as she struggles to care for her husband, who eventually leaves her for his nurse.
The Theory of Everything is due for release on November 7 in the Us and January 1, 2015 in the UK.
The first trailer for the film was revealed back in August.
Redmayne previously admitted that he was apprehensive about taking on the role of Stephen Hawking. »
The extraordinary life of physicist Stephen Hawking comes to life in a domestic trailer and an international trailer for the critically-acclaimed biopic The Theory of Everything, following the first footage released in August.
Ever since debuting at the Toronto Film Festival last month, this biopic has become an instant Oscar contender, with rave reviews for stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking.
This is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, »
Focus Features has released a new The Theory of Everything trailer for director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) biopic of genius physicist Stephen 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 caught the film at Tiff and it's one of my favorite films of the year. Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens November 7th. Hit the jump to watch the new The Theory of Everything trailer, and click here to read Phil’s review from Tiff and here’s my video interview with Felicity Jones. The film also stars David Thewlis, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The release will follow its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 14.
Co-stars include Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as well as Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Miranda Richardson, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost and Joanna Scanlan
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Toronto — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride." Schnetzer, the son of two working New York actors, plays Mark Ashton, a man who spent most of his short life fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians in his native United Kingdom. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 8-14 Belle Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, this powerful film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the mixed-race daughter of a British Navy officer raised by her wealthy great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson). (PG, 1:44) 9/9 Borgman In this dark, surreal suburban fable, an enigmatic vagrant enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis (Tvma, 1:53) 9/9 Dutch, subtitled in English. Brick Mansions In the criminal underworld of Detroit, the streets are overrun with violence and drugs. The hand of corruption reaches into the lives … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
The intricate workings of a rare and remarkable mind are rendered in simple, accessible terms in “The Theory of Everything,”. Striving to pay equal tribute to Hawking’s first wife, Jane (on whose memoir the film is based), and her tireless devotion to him until their 25-year marriage ended in 1995, director James Marsh similarly attempts to find intimate, personal applications for Hawking’s grand cosmic inquiries, tracing the story of how the author of “A Brief History of Time” came to defy time itself. Still, what’s onscreen is less a cerebral experience than a stirring and bittersweet love story, inflected with tasteful good humor, that can’t help but recall earlier disability dramas like “My Left Foot” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Superb performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones should stand the Focus Features release in good critical and commercial stead when it bows Nov. 7 Stateside. »
- Justin Chang
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