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‘The Theory of Everything’ Premieres in New York to Tears

21 October 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus FeaturesThe Theory of Everything” hosted its U.S. premiere at MoMA on Monday night, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house following the screening of the Stephen Hawking biopic starring Eddie Redmayne.

Guests included Redmayne, Felicity Jones (who plays Stephen Hawking’s wife Jane), director James Marsh, Uma Thurman, Ron Meyer and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel.

“I was emotional,” said Charlie Cox, who plays the family friend Jonathan. “It was the first time I’d seen it.”

“Did I cry?” asked the screenwriter Anthony McCarten. “I choked up. It’s always the same place — a close up of Felicity’s face when [Hawking] tries to speak and she realizes she will never hear the voice of her husband again.”

Eric Fellner, the co-chairman of Working Title Films, which produced the $15 million drama, said the material also made him teary. “I used to weep my way through the movie, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex Od; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near Egot

19 October 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.

Fleming: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full program of 10 DC Comics tent poles to be released 2016-2020.

Will Smith and Tom Hardy are in talks to star in Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and 2016 also brings Batman V Superman; 2017 brings Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Justice League; 2018 brings Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman; 2019 brings Shazam and Justice League 2; Ray Fisher stars in Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot arrives for 2020.

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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BBC America Co-Producing ‘London Spy’ Miniseries with Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent

17 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC America will co-produce a five-part miniseries, “London Spy,” starring Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Edward Holcroft, the cabler announced Friday.

Co-produced by BBC Two and produced by Working Title Television, “London Spy” centers around a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess. Danny (Whishaw) — gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift — falls for the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex (Holcroft). Just as the two of them realize that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.

The series was created by “Child 44″ author Tom Rob Smith and is directed by Jakob Verbruggen. “’London Spy’ has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Trash’ World Preems in Rio to Applause, Gleeful Laughter

9 October 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.

There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.

Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.

All that said, “Trash” weighs in as maybe the first film from a major U.K. director – helmer of “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” “The Reader,” “Extremely Loud, »

- John Hopewell

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Kormakur Set To Direct "Vikingr" Film

7 October 2014 9:48 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur ("2 Guns," "Contraband") is set to take the helm of the Viking action drama "Vikingr" for Universal Pictures and Rvk Studios. Kormakur and Olafur Egill Egilsson co-wrote the script.

Set during the early days of Viking life, the film reportedly offers a fresh look at Viking culture and is based on the classic tales from the legendary Icelandic Sagas.

Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Nathalie Marciano will produce. Kormakur has reportedly been trying to get the film made for the past fifteen years.

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- Garth Franklin

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Universal Pictures Acquires Vikingr; Baltasar Kormakur Directing

7 October 2014 8:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur’s next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

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.

Since then, he has also directed 2 Guns for the studio as well as the upcoming drama Everest. Set to be released on September 18, 2015, Everest is inspired by the »

- Michelle McCue

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'2 Guns' Director Takes on 'Vikingr' for Universal

7 October 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Filmmaker Baltasar Korm&#225kur's next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with &#211lafur Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt Productions' Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

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. Since then, he has also directed 2 Guns for the studio as well as the upcoming drama Everest.

Vikingr comes to theaters in 2016. »

- MovieWeb

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Universal boards Baltasar Kormakur’s Vikingr

7 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Kormakur, who has been looking to make the film for the past 15 years, wrote the story and the script along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormakur produces through his Rvk Studios alongside Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

Universal and Kormakur began his relationship with Universal on the 2012 action drama Contraband and has since made 2 Guns and the upcoming thriller Everest. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Baltasar Kormakur joins Universal’s Vikingr

7 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Kormakur wrote the story and the script along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormakur produces through his Rvk Studios alongside Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

Universal and Kormakur began his relationship with Universal on the 2012 action drama Contraband and has since made 2 Guns and the upcoming thriller Everest. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Universal Acquires Baltasar Kormakur’s ‘Vikingr’

7 October 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures has acquired “Vikingr,” to be directed by “2 Guns” and “Contraband” helmer Baltasar Kormakur.

Kormakur wrote the story and also penned the script with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

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.

Uni and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough pic “Contraband,” which over-performed at the box office bringing in $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. Since then, he has also directed “2 Guns” for the studio as well as “Everest,” which is a co-production between Uni and Working Title.

He is repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson. »

- Justin Kroll

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Baltasar Kormákur To Direct Vikings Tale ‘Vikingr’ For Universal

7 October 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Universal Pictures is staying in the cold-weather business with Baltasar Kormákur. The studio has acquired Vikingr, a project based on the classic tales deriving from the Icelandic Sagas. Those stories document the larger-than-life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers as well as daily life in the Viking age. Everest helmer Kormákur, an Icelander, will direct the pic based on the screenplay he wrote with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormákur is currently in post on Everest for Universal, Working Title and Cross Creek Pictures. That mountain climbing disaster pic has a September 2015 release date and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal. The director, whose The Deep was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2012, also helmed Universal’s 2 Guns last year and 2012’s Contraband.

Vikingr producers include Kormákur under his Rvk Studios banner; Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel; Working Title’s Tim Bevan »

- The Deadline Team

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'2 Guns' Filmmaker Sells Viking Movie to Universal

7 October 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal is back in business with director Baltasar Kormákur, the director of its action hits 2 Guns and Contraband. The studio has picked up Vikingr, a Viking action drama that has the Icelandic filmmaker’s imprimatur. Kormákur wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Kormákur will also produce via his Rvk Studios banner, along with Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Nathalie Marciano. The project is close to Kormakur’s heart as it tells of the early days of Viking life. According to the studio, Vikingr is “based on

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Bifa Joint Directors Stepping Down; Ben Whishaw Toplines ‘London Spy'; More

23 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Long-standing and admired directors of the British Independent Film Awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, will jointly step down from their posts at the end of this year. The org announced the surprising news today; their departures will follow the 17th awards ceremony to be held on December 7. The BIFAs were founded by Raindance in 1998 and run under the Raindance umbrella until 2006, when Collinson and von Fishcer became joint directors. They have produced the show since 2001. The awards now will  return to Raindance, and the new structure is to be defined later in the year. The BIFAs are akin to the Indie Spirit Awards and have become an important feature on the awards season trail in the UK. “It has been a tough decision to move on from Bifa, but we are ready to take on new challenges and excited about embarking on a fresh chapter in our careers, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Toronto: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As TIFF World Premieres Keep On Coming

8 September 2014 5:22 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

In terms of Oscar watching, the most anticipated World Premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival debuted Sunday night and it did not disappoint. Focus Features, as expected, has a major contender in The Theory Of Everything, its Stephen Hawking biopic that turns out to be a touching and unusual love story between the young Hawking and his wife Jane. The film is based on her memoir, and Anthony McCarten’s adaptation and first-rate direction by Oscar winner James Marsh (Man On Wire) get it all right. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will both be heading to the Oscars in the lead actor and actress categories, and if the buzz at the Patria afterparty is any indication, they could be going there with front-runner status (although the season is just getting rolling). To say the response here was rapturous would not be understating the enthusiasm I heard »

- Pete Hammond

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Coen Brothers Cast Alden Ehrenreich in 'Hail Caesar'

2 September 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Alden Ehrenreich is in negotiations to join the growing cast of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail Caesar. No details were given regarding the character he will play, but the actor joins a cast that already includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.

The story follows Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" who works for the major Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s, trying to keep actors and actresses in line to avoid any scandal. Back in May, we reported that Mannix is based on Fred Otash, a spy for Confidential Magazine who dug up dirt on celebrities in the 1950s.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are directing from their own original script, with Working Title Films' Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner producing. Shooting is scheduled to get under way sometime this fall.

Alden Ehrenreich most recently starred in Beautiful Creatures, »

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Alden Ehrenreich Joins Cast of Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail Caesar!’ (Exclusive)

2 September 2014 3:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alden Ehrenreich is in talks to join the cast of the Coen Brothers’ latest dramedy “Hail Caesar!”

He joins Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson in the pic.

Universal will distribute with the Coens producing, along with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Films.

The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working to keep a studio’s stars in line.

“Hail Ceasar!” looks to follow in the steps of so many other films from the siblings where actors and actresses are doing whatever they can to be involved in the project some way.

Ehrenreich was last seen in “Blue Jasmine” and recently wrapped production on the untitled Warren Beatty project.

He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.

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- Justin Kroll

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Casting Net: Sigourney Weaver set for 'A Monster Calls'

18 August 2014 5:37 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Wes Bentley Joins Zac Efron In ‘We Are Your Friends’

18 August 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Wes Bentley is joining Zac Efron in drama We Are Your Friends, the story of a troubled aspiring DJ named Cole who finds his place in the world of electronic dance music. Bentley, who’s been racking up credits since appearing in Summit’s hit The Hunger Games, will play James, a wealthy, binge-drinking DJ who takes Cole under his wing and mentors him to success in the world of Edm. In July “Blurred Lines” model-actress Emily Ratajkowski landed the role of Sophie, James’ much-younger girlfriend who Cole falls for.

Catfish‘s Max Joseph is making his directing debut and scripted with Meaghan Oppenheimer from a story by Richard Silverman. Filming starts today in the San Fernando Valley. Working Title FilmsTim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing and Silverman is exec producer. Studio Canal is financing and repping domestic rights.

Bentley is set to appear on FX’s »

- Jen Yamato

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Watch: First Trailer for Stephen Hawking Biopic ‘Theory of Everything’

6 August 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has released the first trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic, “The Theory of Everything.”

The romantic drama will hit U.S. theaters Nov. 7 and U.K. theaters on Christmas.

“I study the marriage of space and time,” says Eddie Redmayne as the theoretical physicist to Felicity Jones, who plays art student Jane Wilde.

The film portrays their relationship, which led Hawking through personal and scientific challenges as well as breakthroughs. Wilde’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” served as inspiration for the film.

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor,” her character says in the trailer.

Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the screenplay, Lisa Bruce and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. The cast includes Emily Watson and David Thewlis.

 

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- Dave McNary

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Reactions: David Kosse joins Film4

4 August 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: Producers Stephen Woolley, Kris Thykier, Jeremy Thomas, Andrew Macdonald and Eric Fellner as well as BBC Films, the BFI, Fda and Pact comment on the appointment of Universal Pictures exec David Kosse as the new head of Film4.

Jeremy Thomas, producer

“We are extremely lucky that an executive with David Kosse’s skill and sensibility has taken Tessa’s job which was a very hard position to fill. They are big boots to fill and I think David Kosse is a wonderful and surprise appointment.

“He has got experience. He is an internationalist with good taste. He knows the film business inside out…he is an executive who is sympathetic to the talent. It’s a very sensible appointment and I applaud it.”

Stephen Woolley, producer

“I am very fond of David (Kosse) and I think he has lots that he will bring to the appointment. It’s an interesting selection.

“I am surprised »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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