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Eddie Redmayne, who recently starred in "Les Miserables" and "My Week with Marilyn," is now filming his "Theory of Everything" movie in which he plays famous physicist Stephen Hawking. And today, we have the first photos from the set of the film. "Theory of Everything" takes a look at the relationship between Hawking and his wife, Jane. The two met while they were both students in Cambridge in the 1960s, just as he was beginning to suffer the early effects of the motor neuron disease, which would eventually leave him almost entirely paralyzed. The role of Jane is played by Felicity Jones. The rest of the cast includes Emily Watson, Maxine Peake and David Thewlis. The film is directed by James Marsh (Project Nim, Man on Wire). It has yet to get a release date. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Working Title Films has begun filming on The Theory of Everything, the story of celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.
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The feature is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten. The original screenplay has been written by Anthony McCarten and is inspired by Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen.
Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.
The director is James Marsh, who received Academy and BAFTA awards for his documentary »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Icon Distribution UK sets sights on Afm; will add acquisitions executive; Demonic among likely first releases.
The announcement of Jerome Booth’s acquisition of Icon Film Distribution brings to a close long-running speculation about potential investors for the well-known outfit, which ceased distribution in the UK in late 2011.
Ian Dawson, the long-standing Icon exec who has today been named CEO of Ifd, told ScreenDaily that Booth only recently voiced interest.
“We have been talking to them for a relatively short period of time,” said Dawson. “But Jerome has a significant passion for this area so the timing was fortuitous.”
Booth, an economist and former head of research at asset management company Ashmore Group, placed 425th on the Sunday Times 2013 Richlist with an estimated wealth of £189m.
He set up New Sparta in June but, according to Icon, has been busily building a portfolio of film and media companies, including production company New Sparta Films, which recently »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to James Marsh (Man on Wire) about his espionage thriller Shadow Dancer (out August 20). Known best for his powerful documentaries like Project Nim and the Oscar-winning Man on Wire, James Marsh switches gears for his latest, the narrative feature Shadow Dancer. Set in 1990s Belfast at the height of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) plays Collette, who along with her family are active members of the Ira. After a botched bombing attempt, she’s caught by the MI5 and told by her contact (Clive Owen) she can either go to prison or become a spy for them...
- Jason Guerrasio
Breaking Bad fans are signing up to the service to catch the latest episodes. What else does it have that's worth watching?
So you've just signed up for Netflix to watch new episodes of Breaking Bad. You're not alone. Breaking Bad is why most people I know have Netflix. It's why I have Netflix – after guzzling up the first four seasons on DVD in a dizzy, near-continuous, sleep-deprived, pizza-fuelled sitting at Christmas, I panic-subscribed because Netflix was the only place I could watch season five with any degree of legality (although the new episodes are also available on iTunes).
But now what? Perhaps it's time to explore Netflix a little more. The problem is that Netflix will try to recommend things for you to watch, based on your love of Breaking Bad.
By no means should you follow these recommendations. They are terrible. I'm looking at my Netflix recommendations now. »
- Stuart Heritage
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish is a combo of documentary expose and unconventional murder mystery. The setting is Sea World in Orlando and the murderer, who’s taken three lives to date, is not human but a 32-year old Orca whale named Tilikum.
Although the culprit is not in question, the how and why of the Orca’s violence lead-in to something else altogether, an illuminating and oft damning portrait of Sea World and its questionable practices regarding killer whales. There’s a tendency for emotional assault and sermonizing in an advocacy piece like this, but despite Cowperthwaite’s obvious agenda, she delivers inarguable (although Sea World has done just that) evidence with a mostly firm and steady hand.
There’s a pointed conclusion laid out right from the film’s start; keeping captive killer whales is not just a dangerous proposition but also one that’s also abusive and morally questionable. »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
Twenty-seven writers including John Gatins, Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell were named finalists in nine categories for the 39th annual Humanitas Prize. The writers will compete for $95,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon September 20 at the Montage Beverly Hills. The Humanitas Prize was created to honor TV and film writers for telling stories, which “truly and deeply explore the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens,” the org says. Of the finalists, executive director Cathleen Young said, “These gifted storytellers made us laugh and cry and ultimately, brought us closer together as a family by deeply exploring what it means to be human!” Click over for the full list of nominees: Feature Film Category Flight Written by: John Gatins Django Unchained Written by: Quentin Tarantino Silver Linings Playbook Written by: David O. Russell Sundance Feature Film Category Fruitvale Station Written by: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The eligibility of documentaries for awardage from both that lusted after winged woman (Emmy) and the coveted naked man (Oscar) is a labyrinthine maze from which we would never exit were we to foolishly enter. In fact, someone needs to make a documentary about That to sort it all out. Documentaries leave strange crumbs all over both the big and small screens on their long walking journey through often complicated and extremely protacted "releases".
I bring this up because a portion of the Emmy nominations were announced today (like The Grammys there are hundreds of categories) in the non-fiction fields of news and documentary. I was surprised, for example, to see Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The Loving Story and We Were Here as nominees. You may recall they were all Oscar finalists (though not nominees) back in 2011 and now they're up for 2013 Emmys! Actual nominees from that Oscar year show up too, »
- NATHANIEL R
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Among the categories for breaking news coverage, investigative journalism, and broadcast news, this portion of the Emmy Awards also include many notable documentary films. While CBS dominated the overall field with 46 nominations, PBS and HBO came in second and third. HBO received multiple nods for "Marina Abramović The Artist is Present," "Project Nim," "Saving Face" and "The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom," while PBS did the same with ""The American Experience: Jesse Owens," "The Interrupters" and "Nostalgia for the Light." The full list of nominees can be found here; the doc-related categories are below. Best Documentary HBO Documentary Films (HBO): "Project Nim" Executive Producers: John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann, Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser, Hugo Grumbar, Sheila Nevins Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham Producer: Simon »
- Casey Cipriani
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Among the categories for breaking news coverage, investigative journalism, and broadcast news, this portion of the Emmy Awards also include many notable documentary films. While CBS dominated the overall field with 46 nominations, PBS and HBO came in second and third. HBO received multiple nods for "Marina Abramović The Artist is Present," "Project Nim," "Saving Face" and "The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom," while PBS did the same with ""The American Experience: Jesse Owens," "The Interrupters" and "Nostalgia for the Light." The full list of nominees can be found here; the doc-related categories are below. Best Documentary HBO Documentary Films (HBO): "Project Nim" Executive Producers: John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann, Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser, Hugo Grumbar, Sheila Nevins Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham Producer: Simon...
- Casey Cipriani
As a lifelong horror film fanatic, I've spent hours watching some of the most terrifying visual fiction you can imagine, and I believe that some of those films have helped me to become more sensitive to real-life violence. Or perhaps I'm just an animal lover, because I find myself affected by films like The Cove, Project Nim, and the excellent new documentary called Blackfish in a way that fictional horror simply cannot duplicate. Nor would I want it to.
In a nutshell, Blackfish is a film about how we, the oh-so-civilized humans, have managed to abuse, humiliate, and more or less torture one of the planet's most majestic creatures, and for no other reason than cash money profit. Using recent headlines as a great starting point for this vital discussion, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite focuses mainly on the sad story of Tilikum, an orca (aka "killer whale") that has been responsible »
- Scott Weinberg
Following his musical turn in Les Miserables, rising star Eddie Redmayne might be making a run for Oscar. Deadline has word that the British actor has figured out his next project with Theory of Everything, a project that will see him playing Stephen Hawking for Man on Wire and Project Nim director James Marsh. Working Title is behind the film which will focus on the relationship Hawking has with his wife, though it's not clear if that's Jane Wilde, who was married to Hawking from 1965 to 1991, or Elaine Mason, married from 1995 to 2006. However, Redmayne is also being courted for another project. While a female lead is being sought for the Hawking film that would start shooting this fall, director Thomas Vinterberg is also trying to land Redmayne for his film Far from the Madding Crowd. The project would put Redmayne alongside Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts, but reportedly, the actor »
- Ethan Anderton
Fresh from his success in Les Miserables it looks as though Eddie Redmayne is lining up a new project with Working Title – a Stephen Hawking biopic. The movie, Theory Of Everything, is being directed by James Marsh whose credits include Project Nim and Man On Wire for which he won an Oscar for best documentary.
The film is thought to be a portrayal of Hawking and the relationship with his wife – who is yet to be cast. The British scientist is best known for his contributions to popular science including his book ‘A Brief History of Time‘ which broke records when it stayed on the Sunday Times best sellers lists for 237 weeks. Diagnosed at just 21 with motor neuron disease Hawking was given just two years to live. Today, some fifty years later, Hawking is still active in scientific research and even took a starring role in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. »
- Victoria Bull
Deadline.com reports that "Theory of Everything," the first feature film to center on the British physicist's life, is coming together. Oscar-winning documentarian James Marsh ("Man On Wire," "Project Nim") is slated to direct the effort, which is expected to zero in on the relationship between Hawking and his wife (although Deadline.com does not specify which of Hawking's two ex-wives that will be). No word has emerged yet on which actress could nab that role.
Regardless of how this movie shapes up over the next few months, it's almost certain that it will be an Oscar contender. The role attracts two aspects Best Actor voters adore: playing a real person (recent examples include Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and playing a character with physical or mental disabilities (Colin Firth, »
- Matthew Jacobs
A woman’s betrayal of her family serves as the linchpin of the taut political drama Shadow Dancer, directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim). Set during “the Troubles” of the 20th century between Britain and Northern Ireland, the era’s bloody violence often pitted neighbor against neighbor and tore families apart. Screenwriter Tom Bradby began the novel on which the film is based while a television correspondent in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. His perspective as a journalist balances the storytelling from both sides of the conflict, never forcing the audience pick a political ideology. »
Any job that requires meetings involving a scary silent gunman laying plastic tarp on the ground in order to catch post-execution bloodletting is, by nature, stressful. For Collette (Andrea Riseborough), those anxious circumstances are the byproduct of being forced to work as a reluctant mole inside her close-knit Ira gang for MI5 agent Mac (Clive Owen) in 1993 Belfast, a scenario that's handled with suspenseful precision by director James Marsh in Shadow Dancer. Working from Tom Bradby's screenplay (based on his book), the sometime documentarian (Man on Wire, Project Nim) gives his material edgy life via his economy of style, with his framing exhibiting an unfussy, astute attention to spatial power dynamics—even in a seemingly simple shot-countershot sequenc »
Perpetually Intense, Somewhat Monotonous Ira Thrills
Hot off the heals of his masterful documentary Project Nim, James Marsh presents a simmering thriller of political revenge with Shadow Dancer, a story of one family’s decent into the arms of the Ira after a brother and son was slain in the cross fire. Marsh’s versatility is on display here as he slowly ramps up the tension to a surprisingly inter-folded climax that bucks traditional Hollywood conventions in favor of the remorseless verity that British films are often known for.
After witnessing the death of her brother as a child, Collette (Andrea Riseborough) and her surviving family have pledged their devotion to the Ira as a means of revenge. Now a single mother herself, Collette is abruptly entrapped after an aborted subway bombing. Mac (Clive Owen), an MI5 officer, gives her two options – become an informant for the benefit of British Intelligence, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Andrea Riseborough is a chameleon actress who makes her mark in everything she does, from Madonna's "W.E." as fashionplate Wallis Simpson and Tom Cruise's seductive housemate/overseer in "Oblivion" to terrorist in James Marsh's elegantly crafted Ira thriller "Shadow Dancer," which played the Sundance Fest in January. The movie is available now on iTunes and On Demand and hits theaters May 31 (Rotten Tomatoes reviews, running at 93%, are here). Marsh is a doc and feature director I always take seriously, from the exquisite style of Oscar-winning Philippe Petit doc "Man on Wire" (2008) and his humorous "Project Nim" (2011, my interview with him here) to his taut installment of the "Red Riding" trilogy (2009). "Shadow Dancer," while it keeps its scope small, does not disappoint. Gorgeously photographed on scrubby Belfast locations, the movie keeps its focus close on the pale faces of a family in 1993 trapped on their own precarious tightrope »
- Anne Thompson
The simian star of new Disney film Chimpanzee is the latest animal to be portrayed as having human emotions. But does such anthropomorphism give a distorted view of nature?
You could say cinema and nature got off on the wrong foot, or paw, right from the start. In 1926, to much excitement, an adventurer named William Douglas Burden brought back two komodo dragons to New York's Bronx zoo – the first live specimens the western world had ever seen. Most of that excitement had been generated via a movie Burden had made depicting these semi-mythical reptiles in the Indonesian wild, voraciously devouring a wild boar. By comparison, the real, live komodo dragons were something of a disappointment. They just lay about lethargically in their cage, and died a few months later. It later transpired that Burden's film had been heavily edited and staged to amp up the drama. The dragons hadn't actually »
- Steve Rose
How far would you go to protect your child? Would you betray your beliefs? Your people? Your own family?
That’s the question director James Marsh examines in Shadow Dancer, which stars Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) as a reluctant Irish terrorist facing 25 years in an English prison if she doesn’t betray her family to MI5. Clive Owen plays her British handler, who presents her with an unthinkable choice if she wants to ever see her young son again.
Owen still has a vivid memory of the Troubles, the decades-old friction between Catholic republicans and Protestant unionists in Northern Ireland that »
- Jeff Labrecque
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