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James Marsh's The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and today a few first look pictures from the film have come available. Co-starring Felicity Jones, David Thewlis and Emily Watson, the film explores the excitement of the 1960s for Hawking as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of a brilliant life's work, he falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde. Their relationship leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs, and as his world opens up he opens up the entire world to new ways of seeing. Jane's memoir "Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" inspired the film with a screenplay by Anthony McCarten. Focus will release the film in theaters on November 7. Check out one more picture below. »
- Brad Brevet
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. »
- Adam Chitwood
We should have seen it coming. The questioning of Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises may not have reached the heights of Batfleck, but there were certainly people out there who questioned whether Princess Mia really was the perfect person to play Batman’s femme fatale thief. But, just as with 10 Things I Hate About You’s Heath Ledger and his appointment as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, we needn’t have worried. Director Christopher Nolan knew exactly what he was doing.
Hathaway’s Selina Kyle proved to be one the best things about Nolan’s trilogy ender, at all times both smart and seductive, desirable and deadly. Some may have baulked at her role in (spoiler, if you haven’t seen this two year old movie) Bane’s death and that she (second spoiler) ultimately ran off to live the quiet life with Bruce Wayne, »
- Alex Leadbeater
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
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- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Alex Kurtzman is undoubtedly one of the busiest guys in Hollywood, and his handle on major tentpole franchises has only grown since parting ways with longtime producing partner Roberto Orci. The two worked together on such films as Transformers, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cowboys & Aliens, Ender’s Game, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but will be shifting gears a bit for their upcoming projects.
Orci is reportedly not helping out with the expansive Spider-Man movie universe, which includes The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, as well as villain-centric spin-offs Venom and Sinister Six. Instead, he’s shepherding Star Trek 3 and overseeing the Power Rangers reboot, while Kurtzman sets his sights on a Universal Monsters shared movie universe and directing duties on Venom (and will serve as an “architect” for the rest of the Spidey-verse).
Kurtzman was recently interviewed by Collider, and talked a bit about both the Spider-Man »
- James Garcia
London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the summer movie season back in May, it was derided by fans and critics alike, despite making over $200 million at the domestic box office and just over $700 million worldwide. Last week, we reported that screenwriter Roberto Orci has pulled out of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and that Sony isn't quite sure how to move this franchise forward at this time.
Badass Digest received an early draft of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, which reveal a number of changes made from this draft to the final product, including a rather surprising alternate ending. Of course, if you haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, there will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Digital Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
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Foxx and DaHaan play villains Max Dillon/Electro and Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, respectively, a pair who make Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) life very difficult as he tries to balance protecting his fellow New Yorkers and spending time with girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone).
Campbell Scott (Handsome Harry) and Sally Field (Lincoln) return as Peter Parker’s father and Aunt May, respectively, but the cast also welcomes Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman).
Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), who also helmed the first Spider-Man reboot, the PG-13 science-fiction film wasn’t quite received as warmly as the first by critics and moviegoers. »
★★☆☆☆"This is a tale of woe; this is a tale of sorrow. A love denied, a love restored, to live beyond tomorrow." This melancholic soliloquy is the poetic précis for Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman (2013). A detailed realisation of Claire Tomalin's eponymous biography, the film depict the early life of Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the illegitimate lover of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). With his latest offering, Fiennes has shifted his gaze from one literary icon to another. Whilst his adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus looked to contextualise the Bard's prose within a contemporary setting, The Invisible Woman acts to resuscitate the lost words of a woman whose story almost went untold.
- CineVue UK
Having just crossed $700 million at the global box office, Sony has taken the opportunity to announce the home entertainment release of its superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is set to hit Download on August 5th and Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th. Here’s a rundown of the special features set to accompany the film (via EW)…
Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
4 All-New Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb
Alicia Keys “It’s On Again” music video
Exclusively Available on Blu-ray:
9 Additional Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb, including “Peter Meets His Father”
“The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” featuring revealing, in-depth segments including:
“Lessons Learned: Development and Direction” — Filmmakers and cast discuss their approach to the sequel and their efforts to make it the best Spider-Man yet.
“Heart of the City: Shooting in New York” — A behind-the-scenes look at »
- Gary Collinson
While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was available for presale as early as late April, a few days before the film's release in theaters, we are just now getting word on all the exciting special features that this release has to offer. Sony is bringing the sequel home on digital HD starting August 5 followed by the Blu-ray and DVD release on August 19. Check out the cover art and everything that the release contains, then pre-order your own copy: clickHere
While the release does not include the Marc Webb director's cut that fans petitioned long and hard for, there are a number of deleted scenes that will allow viewers more insight into what was cut from the film. There will be 13 deleted scenes in all, with one titled 'Peter Meets his Father'. Does this mean Parker's father is still alive? Or is this another flashback or dream sequence? We'll have to wait »
The first picture of Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything has been released.
The actor plays Stephen Hawking in the biopic, which focuses on the relationship between the physicist and his first wife, Jane Wilde.
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.
Theory of Everything is due for release on November 7, 2014 in the Us and January 2, 2015 in the UK. »
After giving us our first look at Tom Hardy (Locke) as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend, Working Title Films has now released the first image from another of its upcoming biopics Theory of Everything, which stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Here’s the first image of Redmayne alongside Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as his first wife Jane Wilde…
Theory of Everything is inspired by Jane Wilde’s Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, and sees James Marsh (Man on Wire) directing a cast that also includes 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 film is set to open in the States on November 7th and will arrive here in the UK on January 2nd. »
- Gary Collinson
Having fallen just short of the milestone on Thursday, Sony’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed the $700 million mark yesterday, becoming only the second film to do so this year after Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
At this point, it looks likely that Spidey will overtake Cap’s $710.1 million to become the biggest earner of the year so far, although it may just fall short of its predecessor, which pulled in $757.9 million back in 2012. If so, then the wall-crawler’s latest outing will remain the lowest-grossing instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man movie franchise.
2014 is shaping up to be another solid year for the superhero movie with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past catching up fast to its rivals, having pulled in $624.4 million, meaning that Marvel currently occupies the top three spots in the list of the year’s highest-grossing movies.
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- Gary Collinson
One of the most exciting biopics coming to us this fall has to be Theory of Everything, from Man on Wire helmer James Marsh. Covering the early life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, the movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane Wilde. Now, we’ve received our first look at the film, which you can check out below.
Granted, the shot of Hawking and Wilde on their wedding day is not the most exhilarating image we could have received, but it shows Redmayne and Jones in character, which for me will be the biggest draw for Theory of Everything. Both actors are tremendously talented up-and-comers who seem primed to top a future New A-List in Hollywood. Redmayne is probably best known to audiences for playing Marius in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, but he also had major roles in My Week with Marilyn opposite »
- Isaac Feldberg
To mark the release of The Invisible Woman on 16th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Focusing on the private life of arguably Britain’s most famous author, Charles Dickens, The Invisible Woman follows Nelly, a happily married mother haunted by a past built upon the remorse and guilt resulting from her quiet but nevertheless scandalous affair with the great writer.
Dickens, played by Fiennes (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Grand Budapest Hotel) is revealed to be controlling and emotionally isolated within his fame and success whilst Nelly (Felicity Jones – The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Like Crazy) is forced into a life of ‘invisibility’ as she becomes Dickens’ muse and his passion.
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Renewing relations with Spain’s two most preeminent heavyweight auteurs, Spanish production and promotion powerhouse Telecinco Cinema has boarded both Juan Antonio Bayona’s fantasy-actioner “A Monster Calls” and Alejandro Amenabar’s thriller “Regression.”
Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate have teamed to finance and distribute “Monster,” which, repped by Lionsgate, reportedly sold nearly all major international territories at Cannes.
- John Hopewell
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