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The Theory of Everything | Review

30 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Scenes From a Marriage: Marsh’s Distilled Look at Physicist Stephen Hawking

Spanning twenty five years in their lives together and based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything is the first major motion theatrical release to explore the life of one of the world’s most celebrated physicists, Stephen Hawking, a man with a compelling foothold in the cultural lexicon. As an arena for poignant and impeccably calibrated performances, the film is bound to be highly notable, not unlike a pair of names that overshadowed the significant shortcomings of last year’s The Dallas Buyers Club. As directed by James Marsh, the film is something of a crowd pleaser from a filmmaker that vacillates between arresting documentaries (Man on Wire; Project Nim) and brooding cinema (Shadow Dancer and a portion of the BBC Red Riding trilogy). Standardly told, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Portraying Stephen Hawking on Screen

22 October 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Though there is a large group of potential lead actor contenders for the 87th Academy Awards, many believe the race will be between Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. While Cumberbatch is up for The Imitation Game and his role as Alan Turing, one genius who made his name in the 20th Century, Redmayne is up for another genius, Stephen Hawking, who is still alive today. Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking isn’t the first to hit the screen; in fact, Cumberbatch first portrayed him in Hawking, a 2004 television film by the BBC. Both portrayals have been praised. Here is a brief look at the roles and what Hawking thought of the portrayals.

Cumberbatch’s 2004 portrayal of Hawking was the first time Hawking was depicted on screen, and Cumberbatch received his first BAFTA TV award nomination for his role.

Cumberbatch met with Hawking two times during the duration of the project. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Andrew Scott on his role in 'Pride' and the perks of being Moriarty

24 September 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When Andrew Scott came upon a role in the upcoming film Pride, about gay and lesbian activists who lend support to striking miners in the mid-1980s, he was looking to do something more “low-key,” he told EW.

That certainly doesn’t describe the role that Sherlock fans associate with the Irish actor; Scott is perhaps most recognizable as Sherlock’s arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty, which he plays in sublimely outlandish and creepy fashion. His character in Pride, however, is miles away from Moriarty, the role that has gotten him complimentary desserts in restaurants and shocked reactions in elevators. 

Scott gives a quiet performance as Gethin, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Toronto: The Top 10 Films to Generate Buzz

12 September 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald 

Managing Editor 

The Toronto International Film Festival ends Sunday and hundreds of films have been screened since the 11-day festival began. Throughout the years, Toronto has featured a number of Oscar hopefuls that have gone on to Oscar success. Just last year, best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013) was shown at Toronto (along with a number of other nominees). Hoping for the same success, some Tiff films have been met with instant Oscar chatter this year. Here are the top 10 films to generate buzz coming out of Tiff:

10. Maps to the StarsJulianne Moore’s role in David Cronenberg’s dark satire of life in Hollywood won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, but it doesn’t look like the role is being pushed towards an Oscar nomination. Though the film might not be heading to the Academy Awards, it has generated quite the »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Toronto: ‘Theory of Everything’ Has the Right Formula for Oscars

7 September 2014 9:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones confidently enter the awards race with their new Stephen Hawking drama “The Theory of Everything.” The film, which premiered Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, is already earning strong reviews and could score attention as a best picture contender and artisan categories, in addition to acting honors for Redmayne and Jones.

Based on the Jane Hawking memoir, “Theory” tells the story of Hawking (Redmayne) and his first wife (Jones), whose 25-year relationship began in the early 1960s.

It’s a classy piece from Focus Features and Working Title, directed by James Marsh (“Man on Wire”) and scripted by Anthony McCarten. All craft contributions are notable, including Johann Johannsson’s score and Benoit Delhomme’s cinematography.

Nothing is certain, though, since the fourth quarter has a lot of heavy-hitters coming up. But at this point,  it looks good for Focus, which smartly scored multiple Oscar noms »

- Tim Gray

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Eddie Redmayne Earns High Praise For His Performance In 'The Theory Of Everything'

7 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones have emerged as Hollywood stars with the Tiff premiere of The Theory of Everything, a film based on the life of Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane Hawking.

In the film, Redmayne (Les Miserables) plays Hawking opposite Jones, who portrays Hawking’s wife Jane, and the film follows the two as they fall in love, get married, and deal with the hardships of Hawking’s motor neurone disease, as well as his scientific triumphs. The film, directed by James Marsh, is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

The trailer, released before the festival, already had a fair amount of Internet buzz, and both Redmayne and Jones are far from newcomers. However, the two young actors are already being heralded as the biggest discoveries to come out of Tiff this year. Redmayne’s performance has earned him a mountain of praise, »

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’

7 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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10 Movies We Can't Wait to See at the Toronto Film Festival

4 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

So long, summer. See you next year, giant robots, CGI apes and men in tights. It's been a fun fling, Guardians of the Galaxy, but I need to explore a relationship with someone a little deeper. (But text me when you get to Netflix.) Yes, it's time for the official kickoff to Serious Movie Season - the Toronto International Film Festival. Starting Thursday, scores of films will screen in our friendly neighbor to the north - and the Oscar race will begin in earnest. Last year's festival was nothing short of exhilarating. Eventual Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, had the whole town talking, »

- Samantha Miller @smillerpeople

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10 Movies We Can't Wait to See at the Toronto Film Festival

4 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

So long, summer. See you next year, giant robots, CGI apes and men in tights. It's been a fun fling, Guardians of the Galaxy, but I need to explore a relationship with someone a little deeper. (But text me when you get to Netflix.) Yes, it's time for the official kickoff to Serious Movie Season - the Toronto International Film Festival. Starting Thursday, scores of films will screen in our friendly neighbor to the north - and the Oscar race will begin in earnest. Last year's festival was nothing short of exhilarating. Eventual Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, had the whole town talking, »

- Samantha Miller @smillerpeople

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Toronto 2014 preview: 17 must-see films

4 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Last year, 12 Years a Slave clinched the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival. Well, that’s not actually true. In fact, you could argue that the Best Picture winner almost lost the statue at the festival. Steve McQueen’s harrowing instant classic was so instantly and universally anointed in Toronto that seeds were planted for an inevitable backlash to flower in the six months before the Oscar winner was finally announced. Ultimately, 12 Years’ biggest Oscar competition came from another Toronto film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Though both films premiered at Telluride and Venice, respectively, the awards »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Podcast Pt 1: Smackdown Companions & Left Feet: A Love Story

3 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As a companion piece to the Supporting Actress Smackdown, we recorded a companion podcast. In the first half we talk misleading movie posters, Oscar campaigns, the outcome of the smackdown, Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot and Paul Mazursky's Enemies A Love Story and directorial,  acting choices, sexism, and point-of-view storytelling.

You can listen at the bottom of the post or download on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments. We'd love to hear your comments on either film, and what your big takeaway from this month's Smackdown was.  »

- NATHANIEL R

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Meet This Month's "Smackdown" Panelists

18 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

no, these ladies are not the panelists

The Smackdown Panel for August

Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.

new panelists

Kevin B Lee

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Gone With The Summer

14 August 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hattie is judging you. Stop with your fiddle-dees and choose a 'Best Shot' alreadyI'm like one of those horrible teachers that gives you endless homework. But I hope in the end when you graduate you'll be all 'he was the best. O Captain My Captain' and whatnot.  But here's what you should be watching for maximum participatory glee here at The Film Experience as the summer draws to a close.

Retro: To close out "Best Shot" we'll be celebrating Gone With the Wind in two parts for its 75th anniversary year on August 19th (pre-intermission) & August 26th (post-intermission) and The Matrix on September 2nd (if you've always wanted to participate, why not now?); Anne Marie will look at Long Days Journey Into Night and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner as she hits the glorious 1960s in "A Year With Kate". And we'll be celebrating a few films from 1989 leading up »

- NATHANIEL R

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Wait Till They Get a Load of Me: 1989 – The Year That Changed Hollywood

11 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“Twenty five years. Makes a girl think.” So said Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, and she was rarely wrong about anything, except maybe her taste in husbands. Cinematically, an awful lot can happen in 25 years and Hollywood as we know it today, emerged from seismic developments that took place a quarter of a century ago. 1989 was a game-changer; an absolutely pivotal year in the evolution of 21st century Hollywood. Chances are, whatever you watch at the multiplex this weekend will be genetically traceable to that dark, iPad-less, internetless, Jedwardless time. For those of us who are not going gentle into the dark night of their forties, the specific date of this Big Bang was August 11th 1989. That was the day that Batman finally opened in the UK.

I had never seen a line of people actually queuing around the block, except in vintage documentaries about Star Wars, but »

- Cai Ross

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Icymi & August's 'Year of the Month'

4 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Since I spent the last week completely absorbed in Supporting Actress Smackdown '73 (with a side of Into the Woods spazzing) I didn't have as much time to write. I'm super proud of this month's two part event (written & podcasted) and I'm so tempted to make Dana Delany's impression of Sylvia Sidney my new ringtone. I thank StinkyLulu for letting me be the Whitney to his Dolly. But here's a handful of other highlights you may have missed if you too had a busy week where one project stole your life. The team jumped in since I was smackdowning.

A Dame to Shill For cosign Jason's bigscreen/smallscreen lust for Eva Green's talent

Bergman's Ghosts Cries and Whispers is the greatest haunted house movie. But who or what is doing the haunting?

Is Lucy racist? Matthew refuses to see it

Hepburn's Hair Anne Marie shares a hairography theory »

- NATHANIEL R

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Rooney Mara Replaces Jessica Chastain In The Secret Scripture

23 July 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After breaking out in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with her Oscar-nominated turn as hacker Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara has steadily cemented her reputation as one of the most talented young actresses working today with strong performances in Ain’t Them No Bodies Saints, Side Effects and Her. And she doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, with Stephen Daldry’s Trash, an untitled Terrence Malick project and erotic thriller Carol in the can. Now, we’ve learned that Mara has booked another high-profile gig leading the Jim Sheridan-directed The Secret Scripture.

Mara will replace Jessica Chastain in the drama, “about a 100-year-old woman named Roseanne who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir.” She will be playing the younger version of Roseanne, “who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Rooney Mara Signs On For Jim Sheridan’s ‘Secret Scripture’

23 July 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After wrapping Joe Wright’s Pan picture in London, Rooney Mara will head for the Jim Sheridan-helmed The Secret Scripture. The drama, about a 100-year-old woman named Roseanne who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir, is gearing up for a September shoot in Ireland. Jessica Chastain was previously attached to star alongside Vanessa Redgrave, but now Mara will play the younger Roseanne, who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest. Pic reunites Sheridan with his My Left Foot producer Noel Pearson and is adapted by Johnny Ferguson […] »

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Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters

12 July 2014 10:15 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals (see Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker or Daniel-Day Lewis in My Left Foot for instance).

In Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters we will look at the top movie characters that became Academy Award-winning figures within their films. Interestingly, there have been a couple of performers that were real-life disabled individuals that convincingly embodied their fictional disabled alter egos (see Harold Russell from The Best Days of Our Lives or Marlee Matlin from Children of a Lesser God).

Anyway, this selection of Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters are (in alphabetical order according to film title): »

- Frank Ochieng

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Galway Film Fleadh unveils line-up

25 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.

The Galway Film Fleadh (July 8-13) has unveiled its full programme for its 2014 edition.

The festival will host premieres including Get Up and Go, a comedy-drama set over 24 hours in bohemian Dublin; Niall Heery’s family comedy Gold starringDavid Wilmot, James Nesbitt and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Wiiliams; Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi drama Young Ones, an Irish/Us co-pro starring Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult; and documentary I Used to Live Here, about the phenomenon of cluster suicides.

Other documentaries in the line-up include Brave Miss World, the story of former Miss World and rape survivor Linor Abargil; and New Boobs, about preventative mastectomy.

A spotlight on new Canadian cinema will feature screenings of titles such as Watermark, Our Man in Tehran and Lunarcy! in addition to showcasing award-winning films such as The Auction, Maïna, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sheridan film among Ifb line-up

18 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Irish Film Board to back productions including Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture and Tomato Red.

The Irish Film Board is to back productions from Juanita Wilson, Jim Sheridan, Julien Temple and Aisling Walsh in its latest round of funding decisions.

Noel Pearson (My Left Foot) is producing The Secret Scripture, which was announced in Berlin, with Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave attached, being sold by Voltage Pictures.

It has received this round’s biggest commitment of €600,000 ($820,000). In The Name Of The Father and My Left Foot’s Sheridan is now lined up to direct.

Johnny Ferguson’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s novel centres on the relationship between a 100-year-old woman who has been in a mental hospital for half her life and the psychiatrist who tries to understand why she is there. Production is due to get underway later this year.

Octagon Films production Tomato Red from writer-director Wilson (As If I Am Not There) has received »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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