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As we all know, biopics are catnip for Oscar voters, and tomorrow one of the most baity of the year opens in theaters…Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, the film is sure to be considered by Academy members across the board. Having seen it a while ago, I can vouch for the acting and the look of the movie, though Hooper’s direction is likely to be as divisive as it was previously in Les Miserables, along with The King’s Speech, to a lesser extent. That being said, it could very well wind up being the biggest biopic in contention this year, though that remains to be seen. Still, this is a player worth paying a lot of attention to, especially this week as it gets ready to hit theaters in limited release. Here’s a bit about the film, in case »
- Joey Magidson
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Venice Film Festival. Is it permissible to be glad that a film exists, admiring of some of its elements, delighted that it will get a massive release, even Ok with it probably winning a million bajillion awards, and to not like it? Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" is so inarguably Oscar-ready that already in the frenzied minutes after its Venice Film Festival premiere the debate has whipped past the seemingly obvious nominations, like Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor, and currently hovers somewhere around whether Alicia Vikander should be campaigned for Supporting Actress, where she'll have a better chance, or Lead Actress, where she belongs. Mind you, we'll probably be beyond that again in a few paragraph's time. While it's easy to be sniffy in an "obvious awards bait is obvious" kind of way, the fact is that both actors are very good, »
- Jessica Kiang
Before making "The Danish Girl" (Focus Features, November 27) Alicia Vikander thought she knew what it was like to be female. And Eddie Redmayne explored a place he had never been when channeling transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. At the start of the movie directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") and written by British playwright/screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (from the novel by David Ebershoff), Elbe is a happily married painter who is trying to be supportive of his wife Gerda Wegener's attempts to make her mark as an artist. It's when he puts on hair and makeup, stockings and a tutu to fill in for a missing model and experiences what it feels like to be a woman that he undergoes a profound change. He's compelled to keep returning to his feminine self and leave behind the man he can no longer be. In the film's most delightful sequences, »
- Anne Thompson
Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper launch their awards contender The Danish Girl this holiday weekend, coming on the heels of what has turned into a pretty good November following a slow fall start in September and October. Last weekend's launch of TWC's Carol as well as the successful expansions of Open Road's Spotlight and Searchlight's Brooklyn and others gave some zest that The Danish Girl should add to this Thanksgiving. In the non-fiction arena, FilmRise's J… »
In a pivotal scene early in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, the 1920s Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener, as played by Eddie Redmayne, sits in for a portrait his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) is painting of a ballerina. Breathlessly caressing the stockings and slippers, something stirs in Einar.
It's a moment that cues a coming transformation: Einar will gradually become a woman, finally undergoing one of the earliest known sex reassignment surgeries. Einar becomes Lili Elbe, a celebrated trans pioneer.
"I didn't want it to be an epiphany," says Redmayne of the scene. "It felt like she had been born, and society and herself had encased herself in this masculine exoskeleton. The important thing for me was the film should see that unraveling."
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Last week, I wrote about how visual effects can help an audience escape into another world in a film. A movie’s sets can do the same thing, convincing the audience that it is in the same world as the characters, regardless of that world’s time period or geographic location. Indeed, sets can help build a world that does not even exist on earth. The Academy Award for Best Production Design (previously known as Best Art Direction) awards a film’s production designer, responsible for the overall sets, and its set decorator, responsible for filling up those sets with props, among other things. The category tends to reward a combination of period and fantasy films. But while period films certainly predominate, at least one fantasy title, sometimes more, scores every year. Contemporary nominees are rare. But what this category tends to value more than anything else is grandeur. Like most crafts categories, »
- Gerard Kennedy
Read More: Eddie Redmayne Talks Backlash, Trans Representation and the Power of the Male Gaze in 'The Danish Girl' A successful director working predominantly in British television, Tom Hooper was striving to build a reputation in film in early 2008. Sure, he'd helmed "Red Dust" four years back. But despite starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Hilary Swank, the crime-drama drew little notice. Then, the English auteur came upon Lucinda Coxon's adapted screenplay of a historical novel that translated the true story of trans woman Lili Elbe's painful transition into a tender love story between Elbe and her wife, painter Gerda Wegener. Enchanted, Hooper was eager to make "The Danish Girl." But funding for such a taboo topic was hard to come by. After all, this was before the sea change of trans awareness that hit in waves thanks to the advocacy and openness of celebrities like filmmaker Lana Wachowski, »
- Kristy Puchko
Detailing the life and loves of the first individual known to undergo gender affirmation surgery, Focus Features’ The Danish Girl vaults right into the Oscar race in a year that has seen transgender issues scale new heights in our culture. Talking to director Tom Hooper, screenwriter Lucinda Coxon and producer Anne Harrison after our packed November 19 AwardsLine screening of the film, the connection between the realities and politics of the early 20th century depicted in… »
Read More: Watch: Love Transcends Gender For Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in 'The Danish Girl' Trailer English ingendude Eddie Redmayne has never shied away from challenging material. Whether that means singing live one of Broadway's most iconic numbers take after take for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," physically transforming himself to mirror the Stephen Hawking's deteriorating health in James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything," or playing a grandiose extraterrestrial tyrant in Andy and Lana Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending," Redmayne relishes the chance, and often thrives. Earlier this year, the Hawking biopic earned Redmayne his first Academy Award. And "Jupiter Ascending," well, it failed in theaters, but has cemented Redmayne new fans with his performance's cult appeal. He's following this up with his greatest artistic risk yet. Reteaming with Hooper for "The Danish »
- Kristy Puchko
Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:
Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »
“Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Psiff organizers announced on Tuesday. The award will be presented to McCarthy at the festival’s annual fundraiser, the Psiff Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 2, in the desert resort 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The award typically goes to a director whose film is in the running during awards season, with previous recipients including Richard Linklater (for “Boyhood”), Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”), Danny Boyle (“127 Hours”), Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”), Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) and, in a change »
- Steve Pond
Read More: Cate Blanchett to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award "Spotlight" writer-director Tom McCarthy is joining the likes of Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan as an award winner at this year's 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The director will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which in the past has gone to filmmakers such as Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. "Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed 'Spotlight,' a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. "For his expert storytelling of this subject matter, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award." McCarthy's list of filmmaking credits include the BAFTA-winning "The »
- Zack Sharf
The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, the festival announced Tuesday. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. McCarthy will join previously announced 2016 honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs Jan. 1-11. Also Read: 'Spotlight' Keeps Heat on Oscar Rivals With Solid Expansion “Spotlight” is a film about the Boston. »
- Joe Otterson
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Although it takes place in the early decades of the last century, The Danish Girl's story of the love and lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener is in many ways a tale for our times. Yet, at Deadline’s recent packed AwardsLine screening of Focus Features’ exquisite film starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, I learned how it took over a decade to bring what director Tom Hooper calls "a passion project" to the big screen. The Hooper-helmed and Lucinda Coxon-penned… »
Movie theaters and studios haven’t had a lot to be thankful for this fall.
Painful flops have outnumbered the hits, as “By the Sea,” “Our Brand Is Crisis,” “Burnt” and others have fallen victim to audience indifference. Even “Spectre,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” and other blockbusters have trailed previous entries in the franchises they represent, disappointing analysts who were expecting to receive a bigger bump from James Bond and Katniss.
The hope is that a box office that’s been huffing and wheezing will catch its breath and regroup heading into Thanksgiving. There’s certainly some promising offerings at the multiplexes, among them Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which should attract family crowds and “Creed,” the “Rocky” spinoff that has sparked talk of an Oscar for Sylvester Stallone.
Thanksgiving tends to be one of the busiest times for movie-going, but last year’s holiday was lackluster, with »
- Brent Lang
In the midst of his award tour for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything one year ago, Eddie Redmayne was already busy working on another role that demanded a remarkable transformation: as Lili Elbe, one of the first people to ever undergo gender reassignment surgery. Last night, the actor premiered The Danish Girl in La alongside costars Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard, director Tom Hooper, and wife Hannah Bagshawe. Eddie told us he looks to Hannah as a creative collaborator in every project he takes on. "Whenever you commit to playing a part, it takes up your life for a while, just because of the hours of filming and then promoting it - it's quite a rigorous thing. So I always like to do it as a team in some ways," he said. "Hannah loved this story and found it deeply moving, so she was a wonderful help. »
- Lindsay Miller
Eddie Redmayne says he and director Tom Hooper first talked about working together on "The Danish Girl," their fascinating new film about transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, while making "Les Miserables" four years ago. As he reveals to Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil during a recent interview (watch below), “What I found astounding is that 80 years on, whilst there has been some progression, there’s still so far to go.” -Break- During their in-depth discussion, he spoke passionately against the violence and discrimination transexuals face around the world. “I think what’s amazing is, in the past year, the discussion has become mainstream, and it’s about cis-gender people educating themselves and learning to be allies in the trans community. That’s the great education I’ve had in this film, because I was incredibly ignorant.” Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Expe...' »
Alicia Vikander appeared in a staggering six films this year that span a wide range of genres: sci-fi (“Ex Machina”), Wwi drama (“Testament of Youth”), fantasy ("The Seventh Son"), spy thriller (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), comedy (“Burnt”) and biopic (“The Danish Girl”). It is that last film, by Oscar champ Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), for which she’s generating serious Oscar buzz. The Swedish ingenue portrays Danish artist Gerda Wegener, the wife of transgender pioneer Einar Wenger (Eddie Redmayne), who underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1931 to become Lili Elbe. In a recent conversation with Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil (watch below) she reveals, “I thought it was incredible when I read this story. Apart from it being such an intense and important subject matter, it wound up being an incredibly unique love story.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Break »
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