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Toronto has always been a place for reinvention — in 2008, Anne Hathaway came to the festival marred by her ex-boyfriend’s federal arrest, and left as an Oscar darling for “Rachel Getting Married.” And in 2013, Sandra Bullock launched as an astronaut in “Gravity,” and Jared Leto returned to acting with “Dallas Buyers Club.” But this year, especially, a handful of actors departed Canada with a new career jolt. Here are the biggest Toronto transformations.
Redmayne delivered impressive supporting work in film like 2012’s “Les Miserables” and 2011’s “My Week With Marilyn.” But his magnificent performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” should land him on Hollywood’s leading man list, and get him his first Oscar nomination. In a physical transformation on par with Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Redmayne embodies Hawking to the point of convincing viewers they are watching a documentary. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
The Theory of Everything had people buzzing at the Toronto International Film Festival (and was one of our favorite movies), and most of the praise has been directed at star Eddie Redmayne's performance. Redmayne's roles in Les Misérables and My Week With Marilyn got the up-and-coming star some attention, but his leading role as Stephen Hawking is the one that's going to put him on the map. With critics already predicting a best actor nomination for Redmayne, we're breaking down why this performance is so excellent - and award-worthy. His Physical Transformation Real-life astrophysicist Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 21 and only given two years to live. Of course, Hawking defied that life expectancy and is 72 today. Redmayne portrays Stephen from the time he was an able-bodied college student to Hawking's state now, in a wheelchair, unable to speak, and with little muscle control. In the film, »
How does one find the right actor to play Stephen Hawking?
Typically, directors and producers do their homework by reviewing an actor’s previous work, looking for clues in the on-screen moments to inspire confidence that a performer has the goods to breathe life into their character. Actor X can do this because he already did that. But unless Daniel Day-Lewis is in the mix, there really is no film resume that suggests an actor can convincingly portray Hawking, the brilliant British scientist whose body is ravaged by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als or Lou Gehrig’s disease), the motor-neurone disease »
- Jeff Labrecque
Glenn here to help you guys ease back into the school year with the help of Cameron Diaz as Miss Halsey in Bad Teacher. Lord know we could have all used a teacher like her in those first few days, watching movies and napping.
For as hilarious as I find this film - yes, I know it's a minority opinion, but I guffaw wildly and it's surprisingly rewatchable - nothing quite beats the moment when Diaz enters the building she thought she'd escaped forever and remembers the hell that is being a middle school teacher (or, in her case, any teacher at all). You and me both, Cam.
There's only so many times swearing and cursing can be funny (hell, kids-say-the-darndest-things style of humor was played out years before »
- Glenn Dunks
Venice — "Pasolini is me." So sang erstwhile Smiths frontman Morrissey on single "You Have Killed Me" from "Ringleader of the Tormentors," an album recorded in Italy. The very next track on the album opens with a sample of a very distinctive sound: the siren of an Italian ambulance. At the Venice festival, it's impossible to go for more than a day without hearing this dolorous yet urgent wail on the Lido; it's an unofficial soundtrack. These congruences were very much slushing around my head as I sat down for Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini." Prior to the festival, Maestro Ferrara, the man who brought "The Driller Killer," "King of New York," and the original "Bad Lieutenant" into the world gave various interviews about the project. Like Morrissey, he is an inveterate quote machine, an expert in controversy, and the words that drew the most attention were electrifying: "I know who killed him. »
- Catherine Bray
It seems rather surprising that a biopic tackling the life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking is just now making its way to the big screen, but courtesy of director James Marsh ("Man on Wire," "Red Riding") and actor Eddie Redmayne ("My Week with Marilyn," "Les Misérables"), it's finally doing just that. And ahead of a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, Focus Features has launched the first trailer for the film. It certainly looks like a tour de force opportunity for Redmayne. But additionally, I'm told that at the end of the day Felicity Jones could well be pushed as a lead here. I'm not privy to the extent of the role, or the whims of the teams involved here, but it seems more often than not the safer play is to run with the supporting category when such a performance seems to be arguable either way. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones have both proven themselves actors of remarkable talent – he in biopic My Week with Marilyn and musical Les Miserables, and she in romance Like Crazy. This fall, both will tackle their most challenging dramatic tasks to date, portraying Stephen Hawking and his first love Jane in The Theory of Everything. Charting the famed astrophysicist’s college years and his diagnosis of motor neurone disease, the biopic is one of our most anticipated films of the fall.
Now, the first trailer for the movie has arrived, giving us a great look at Redmayne and Jones in their roles. If the drama and emotion on display in this first look is any indication, moviegoers are in for a real treat.
Check out the official synopsis below:
- Isaac Feldberg
On Wednesday evening, The Weinstein Company and Lexus hosted the Los Angeles premiere of their 2nd Annual Lexus Short Film Series ‘Life Is Amazing’.
Those in attendance included Harvey Weinstein, Kristen Bell, Allison Janney, Ted Danson and many others. TWC and Lexus challenged two rising filmmakers to interpret “Life is Amazing” through short film. The result were Market Hours (directed by Jon Goldman) and Operation Barn Owl (directed by Satsuki Okawa).
In Market Hours, Randall spends his days imagining the vibrant inner lives of various vendors at the multicultural urban market where he works; none more so than Angela, an angel with her own pastry shop. But Randall’s inattention to his work has led to a string of thefts and soon threatens to cost him his job. A chance encounter with a beautiful starlet and her lapdog provides Randall not only an opportunity to break the ice with Angela, »
- Melissa Thompson
[This is a review of The Musketeers season 1, episode 5. There will be Spoilers.]
The Musketeers continues its “adventure-of-the-week” trend with another solid episode, entitled ‘The Homecoming’. With Porthos on the run from Cardinal Richelieu’s Red Guard, the rest of the gang must find a way to clear their comrades name before he’s captured. Similar to last week’s outing, there’s a mysterious event that takes place in Paris, which only The Musketeers can solve. It would almost be appropriate to label ‘The Homecoming’ as repetitive if it weren’t for Porthos’ compelling back-story.
- David Griffin
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.
At a certain point late into the movie, »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
Though The Aviator did feature Jude Law as a brawling, amorous version of Errol Elynn, we have yet to see a solid biopic about the Hollywood icon. The Last of Robin Hood, from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (Quinceanera), may come closer than any before it though, but even it won’t take a traditional approach to chronicling Flynn’s life. Instead, it focuses on his final days, as Flynn (Kevin Kline) scandalously romances a young starlet (Dakota Fanning) before dying from a heart attack at the age of 50.
A new trailer for The Last of Robin Hood has landed online today, making a strong case for the period drama. In its light tone and focus on old Hollywood glamor, it seems to hew closely to My Week with Marilyn and The Artist, blending committed performances with a quippy script and golden-hued cinematography.
The Last of Robin Hood, which »
- Isaac Feldberg
Swashbuckling screen icon Errol Flynn, who made his way from Australia to Hollywood in the 1930s, comes to life in "The Last of Robin Hood," a snapshot of the 1950s winter of his career -- when he infamously pursued teenager Bevery Aadland. It stars Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon. Watch the glamorously saucy trailer below. This latest behind-the-scenes Hollywood flick (See "Hitchcock," "My Week with Marilyn") from writers/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("Quinceanera") bowed at Toronto last Fall. While critics were not in love with the film -- with Variety citing that it "defangs" the "wild and crazy" source material" -- other critics, such as Rex Reed per the trailer, admire Kline's "king-size" performance as the illusive screen icon. Samuel Goldwyn brings the film to Us theaters on August 29. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
[This is review of the series premiere of The Musketeers. There will be Spoilers.]
BBC America’s The Musketeers joins an ever-growing list of British imports, like Downton Abbey and Sherlock. While this new venture into the period-based drama arena may not garner the same critical acclaim as the aforementioned titles, it is still worthy of note, as Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale comes to life in an enjoyable fashion.
Lead writer/executive producer Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn) proves himself more than capable of adapting such a well-known story, which stems from the ‘D’Artagnan Romances’ penned by Mr. Dumas in the 19th century. The Musketeers themselves must be larger than life and to accomplish this feat, casting is of the utmost importance.
Fortunately, Hodges and company chose wisely in this ...
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- David Griffin
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
We’ve received news that the legendary Weinstein Company, together with BBC Films and Origin Pictures have announced that principal photography on Woman In Gold (they’ve dropped ‘The’) begun on 23rd May for 8 weeks on location in the UK, Austria and the U.S.
The absolute all-star cast includes Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Antje Traue (Man Of Steel), Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Jonathan Pryce. Your official words below give you a little more insight to the project:
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt »
- Dan Bullock
News just in that Downton Abbey‘s Elizabeth McGovern and G.I. Joe’s (among many great works) Jonathan Pryce are now officially onboard with My Week With Marilyn’s director Simon Curtis for his Holocaust drama. The film will focus on:
The true story of a Holocaust survivor who sets out to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, ‘The Lady In Gold’. She teams with a plucky young lawyer in a major battle to sue the government.” This will be the screenwriting debut of playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and it seems as if the film will be shooting for eight weeks in the UK, Austria as well the U.S.
Despite Campbell and Curtis’ relatively new introductions to the silver screen, the names attached to the project alone are bound to bring in hordes of interest among cinema-goers.
- Matthew Ceo
Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company, UK's BBC Films and Australia's Origin Pictures are starting principal photography on true story "Woman in Gold." The film stars Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. One of these paintings inspires the film's title: Klimt's fin-de-siecle "The Lady in Gold," which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is directing, and playwright-turned-screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell ("Bracken Moor") penned the script. TWC handled international sales at Cannes and will release the film in the Us; executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Also in the stellar cast are Ryan Reynolds ("Captives"), Elizabeth McGovern ("Downton Abbey"), Charles. »
- Katelyn Trott and Beth Hanna
Principal photography has begun on Woman in Gold and will run for eight weeks on location in the UK, Austria and the Us.
The true story of a Jewish refugee who took on a government to recover art treasures that belonged to her family - produced by Origin Pictures, BBC Films and The Weinstein Company - will be directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn).
New additions to the cast include Katie Holmes (The Giver), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run), and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
Making his screenwriting debut is playwright »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
British actors Elizabeth McGovern, of Downton Abbey, and veteran Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean) have joined the ensemble cast of Woman in Gold, the upcoming feature from My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis. The drama, based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor who sets out to recover her family's artworks that were stolen by the Nazis, began principle photography in London last week. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Tatiana Maslany also star. Story: Orphan Black' Star in Talks to Join Helen Mirren in 'Woman in Gold' (Exclusive) Also new to the Woman
- Scott Roxborough
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