He is the Danish painter who was among the first to have gender reassignment surgery in the early 1930s to become Lili Elbe.
Redmayne told The Guardian he wanted to "clarify the difference between sexuality and gender".
He said: "I met many people from the trans community, both men and women; I particularly wanted to meet people from different generations, as the film was set at a time when there was no precursor."
Amongst those he met were a couple from Los Angeles - Cadence Valentine and Trista Hidalgo. He went on to say that those conversations were particularly helpful for his research.
He added: "The way in which they allowed me to ask them anything, galvanised me. There were two things that stayed with me: »
"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?" asks Jessica Kiang at the Playlist. She's referring to The Danish Girl, which all the critics admire for its mainstreaming of an icon of transgenderism. But all that Oscar bait is evidently in plain view, brought to the screen by director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall). We've got the trailer and we're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »
Summer is over, and you know what that means in Hollywood – time to dust off those statuettes and start lobbying. Film festival season is about to kick off in earnest, with Venice, Toronto and New York all taking place back-to-back over the next month, which means that we'll soon have a clear(ish) picture of the 2016 Oscar race.
Specifically, we'll have a sense of which would-be frontrunners are shaping up to be this year's Birdman and Whiplash, and which look more like this year's Unbroken and Big Eyes. In the meantime, Digital Spy has rounded up ten of 2016's most likely contenders for Best Picture.
Premiering at Cannes this year to rapturous praise and multiple standing ovations, Todd Haynes's period romance is already one of the year's most acclaimed releases. Based on Patricia Highsmith's long-banned novel of the same name, Carol stars Cate Blanchett as a mysterious »
Over the Labor Day weekend, those who make the trek to the Telluride filmfest will get to see nine of the leading Oscar contenders. In the past several years, this low-key gathering has turned into a important stop on the road to the Oscars. Four recent Best Picture winners -- "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010), "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" -- had their world premieres here while both 2011 winner "The Artist" and last year's champ "Birdman" made their North American debuts at this Rocky Mountain resort. -Break- Of this year's Oscar contenders, Telluride will see three world premieres and a half dozen more that first screened first at a European film festival. Below are brief overviews of these nine films, including studios, stateside release dates, other festival appearances, plot descriptions, cast lists, directing and screenwriting credits. After reading th...' »
The 2015 Telluride Film Festival slate is always officially announced the day before the annual Labor Day fest kicks off. Of course, the dirty little secret that anyone in Hollywood in the know pretty much already knows what major films are going to screen there. Plus, the premiere designations from both the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, which occur immediately afterward, usually give it a way. Telluride has now become the premiere showcase in the race for Best Picture. Six out of the last seven winners ("The Hurt Locker" being the lone exception) either premiered or screened in the picturesque Colorado town. Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" played there immediately following its Venice debut and "12 Years A Slave," "Argo," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" all premiered at Telluride. The sixth winner, "The Artist," was the toast of Cannes before heading to Telluride. Needless to say, if you're a betting man or »
- Gregory Ellwood
In the last decade Best Original Screenplay has gone to a wide-range of genres: dramas ("Birdman," "Crash"), comedies ("Midnight in Paris," "Juno," "Little Miss Sunshine"), biopics ("Milk"), period pictures ("The King's Speech"), dramatizations of real events ("The Hurt Locker"), and sci-fi ("Her"). Regardless of the type of film, to prevail a nominee needs broad academy support. All 10 of the most recent Best Original Screenplay winners were, at the least, Best Picture nominees. -Break- Last year, four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay were crafted by writer/directors including the winner, "Birdman," which was also named Best Picture. In that instance, Alejandro G. Inarritu was one of a quartet of scribes, along with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. Expect auteurs to be wel...' »
Before he returns as Magneto in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender takes on a beloved William Shakespeare story in the upcoming adaptation Macbeth. Following the international trailer released back in June, The Weinstein Company has debuted the first domestic trailer for Macbeth, debuting in select theaters December 4. The drama will go up against Universal's horror-comedy Krampus, Fox Searchlight's Youth and Cohen Media Group's documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut.
From the producers of The King's Speech comes the feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) whose ambitious wife (Marion Cotillard) urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war-torn 11th Century Scotland. »
In The Danish Girl, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech) brings to the screen an extraordinary love story inspired by artists Lili Elbe (Acadamy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), whose marraige and work evolve through Lili's courageous journey of self-discovery, ultimately becoming a transgender pioneer. The Danish Girl hits theaters on November 27. Check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think. [via Fandango Movieclips]
Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" may the most Oscar-baity Oscar-bait ever to bait the Oscar. Then again, it might also be good. It's certainly a captivating story, the true-life tale of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, and director Tom Hooper's got himself a hell of a cast with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander playing the couple who found themselves grappling with a relationship that helped break new ground for people around the world who felt that they were born wearing the wrong skin. Lili Elbe was a transgender pioneer, and I'll be curious to see if this film faces any of the same blowback that "About Ray" has been facing because they cast cisgender actor Elle Fanning to play a character who is beginning the transition from male to female. Director Gaby Dellal has defended that choice, but there are plenty in the Lbgt community who feel that the casting is a problem. »
- Drew McWeeny
A new trailer has premiered for "The Danish Girl," this season's Oscar hopeful that stars last year's Best Actor champ Eddie Redmayne as a pioneering transgender woman and Alicia Vikander as her wife before her transition. It's helmed by another Oscar-winner, Tom Hooper, who prevailed for "The King's Speech" in 2010 and directed Remayne in the 2012 movie musical "Les Miserables." Will they both return to the Oscar podium? -Break- 'Concussion' trailer: Oscar for Will Smith as real-life doctor who battles NFL? Eddie Redmayne has the chance to make Oscar history with his role. He could become the first actor in more than two decades to win back-to-back Oscars. The last to accomplish that feat was Tom Hanks in 1993 ("Philadelphia") and 1994 ("Forrest Gump"). He joined just four others in Oscar history to have ever pulled off that double play: Spencer Tracy, Luise Rai »
"You're different from most girls. I feel like I needed to ask your permission before I kissed you..." Focus Features has debuted the first official trailer for The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as artist Lili Elbe, and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener. This looks like a very emotional, very powerful follow-up from Tom Hooper, after Les Mis and The King's Speech. The thrilling cast also includes Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Emerald Fennell and Sebastian Koch. The film is being billed as one of the first transgender stories, and it looks magnificent, very deeply influenced by love and connection. This will be hitting the festival circuit soon, so stay tuned for early reviews. People will be talking about this one. Here's the first official trailer for Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, from Fandango's YouTube: The Danish Girl tells the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda, »
- Alex Billington
In The Danish Girl, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech) brings to the screen an extraordinary love story inspired by artists Lili Elbe (Acadamy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work evolve through Lili's courageous journey of self-discovery, ultimately becoming a transgender pioneer. Watch this exclusive Fandango Movieclips trailer debut to discover the beauty and courage of...
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"Straight Outta Compton" doesn't look like a traditional Oscars contender for Best Picture. Too gritty and edgy. Not sappy enough. No snob appeal for voters who tend to like their bioflicks glossy like "The King's Speech" and their musicals white like "Chicago." -Break- But according to an industry insider, "Straight Outta Compton" got a "huge response" yesterday at its official screening at the academy, drawing a big, enthusiastic crowd (700 viewers). America's movie-goers are certainly digging it. "Straight Outta Compton" overshot industry estimates to pull in $56 million on its opening weekend. At Rotten Tomatoes, film critics give it a towering score of 88%, moviegoers endorse it by 96%. Oscar voters have an obvious hunger to reward movies with an African-American theme nowadays. "Selma" surprised Oscarwatchers and ambushed the derby last November and ended ...' »
This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Organizers announced a 21-strong competition lineup Wednesday for the festival, which takes over the Italian maritime city's Lido island for 11 days in September.
It includes Drake Doremus' futuristic Equals, with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, with Swinton, Johnson and Ralph Fiennes; and Cary Fukunaga's African child-soldier story Beasts of No Nation, starring Elba.
Competition for the top Golden Lion prize also includes Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's animated featureAnomalisa; musician Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog; and The Danish Girl, from The King's Speech directorTom Hooper, which stars 2014 Oscar-winner Redmayne as a transgender woman in the 1920s. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
We're over the mid-year hump and on our way down, but there's still a lot left to see so yes, these are early predictions, but it's time to get the ducks in a row so we can begin shuffling the board as movies are released and contenders fall off and are added on. Last week I offered up an updated look at the Best Picture field for the 2016 Oscars and today I'm opening the doors for a first look at the Best Actor field, which currently includes 30 contenders. Let's have a look. As always, when you begin taking a look this early in the game most of the names that rise to the top are for unseen, but assumed they will be great, performances. My opening field is really no different with only one performance in my top five having been seen, though there could still be a case made »
- Brad Brevet
We've hit the midway point of 2015 so it's time to start taking the 2016 Oscar race a little more seriously. Cannes is behind us and coming up are the Toronto and Venice Film Festival announcements at which point we'll see just what kind of strategies the studios will be taking with their upcoming Oscar contenders. Over the last month or so I've been tweaking my Best Picture predictions in the background, adding a movie here and there, shuffling a few around as I see fit to the point I am now at 51 contenders. Yeah, such is the price you pay when you start predicting this early. However, this year I'm going to set out to keep track of my own personal Oscar ballot as we go through the year, offering up a list of the top five films I believe should be nominated for Best Picture in hopes of maybe keeping »
- Brad Brevet
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin; Screenwriter: Brian Lynch; Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: U
As the icing on the cake of the hugely successful Despicable Me movies, the Minions were in many ways the real stars of the show, providing standout moments of ingenious slapstick and wonderfully endearing comedy.
But unlike its Despicable predecessors - which took an immense $543m and then $970m at the global box office - this new prequel, in which the little yellow goofballs take centre stage, can feel sugary sweet but slightly hollow.
Adults hoping for an all-ages animation worthy of Toy Story or Up, or even just a continuation of the Minions adventures with the brilliantly-crafted Gru, may find it falls short. Which feels like a genuine shame, given their universal appeal. Is there anyone out there who doesn't love the courageous jellybeans? »
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
★★☆☆☆ Though its genesis is based in large part on the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Ve Day, the arrival of A Royal Night Out (2015) has been granted an even higher level of prescience now that Princess Charlotte has been introduced to the royal fold. Directed by Julian Jarrold, whose previous forays into period storytelling include Becoming Jane (2007) and the stodgy Evelyn Waugh adaptation Brideshead Revisited (2008), his latest is an innocuous and overly frothy trifle that heavily coasts on a universal adoration for the monarchy, and little else. Acting as something of an unofficial bookend to 2010's The King's Speech, A Royal Night Out is set on the momentous night of 8 May, 1945.
- CineVue UK
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