Hawking Benedict Cumberbatch

Two big awards season films just bowed at TIFF: The Theory of Everything, in which Eddie Redmayne plays a young Stephen Hawking, and The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician Alan Turing.

In a not-entirely-strange turn of events however, there’s another film that brings these two buzzy performances together, as Benedict Cumberbatch once played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 UK telefilm Hawking. He was, in fact, the first actor to play Hawking on screen. That film is online, and you can check out a “before he was famous” turn from Cumberbatch below. Read More »

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The Theory of Everything early buzz

Eddie Redmayne made Stephen Hawking cry. And he’ll probably make you cry, too, if the early buzz on The Theory of Everything is to be believed.

The James Marsh-directed drama chronicles Hawking’s life from young adulthood, with a particular focus on his relationship to his now-ex-wife Jane. The film itself has gotten generally positive reviews from its TIFF premiere this weekend, but Redmayne and Felicity Jones‘ performances as the devoted couple already have critics murmuring “Oscar.” Hit the jump to get The Theory of Everything early buzz.

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Theory of Everything trailer

Here’s the first The Theory of Everything trailer, in which Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, Jupiter Ascending) plays a young Stephen Hawking. The film catches Hawking in the years before motor neuron disease ravaged his body, when his theories about space and time first began to coalesce, and when he fell for the woman (Felicity Jones) who became his first wife. Much of this story has been told in the Errol Morris-made doc A Brief History of Time, but now you can see James Marsh (Man on Wire) dramatize it for awards season.   Read More »

the danish girl

After winning an Oscar for The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper went bigger: he adapted the novel-turned-musical Les Miserables on large scale. Since then, he’s flirted with a few projects but has yet to settle on one. Now, a very interesting new option has revealed itself. One of his Les Mis cast members is along for the potentially controversial ride.

Hooper is attached to direct Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, an adaptation of novel by David Ebershoff. It tells the true story of artist Einar Wegener who was one of the first people ever to have gender reassignment surgery. Read More »

jupiter ascending trailer

The second full Jupiter Ascending trailer is now online.

It’s the latest sci-fi spectacle from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the writer and director siblings who previously tackled the genre in The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. This time they’ve got Channing Tatum protecting a princess played by Mila Kunis in what seems to be one of the most unique looking sci-fi films in recent memory. Will it live up to those huge expectations? Check out the second Jupiter Ascending trailer below. Read More »

Doctor Doom sideshow

Now that Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has been set, it’s time to cast the villain. And as in previous Fantastic Four films, that villain will be the evil Doctor Doom. Rumors had been swirling about a female possibly playing the role, but those were squashed. Now The Wrap is reporting Trank and company are down to four actors to potentially play the role. Read their names below. Read More »

Jupiter Ascending

The last Jupiter Ascending trailer got mixed reviews when it hit in December, with some folks rolling their eyes at the sci-fi cliches and others enchanted by the Wachowskis‘ creativity and ambition. Today a new Japanese promo has hit for the epic adventure, and while it won’t change any skeptical minds, those who loved the last one will probably be thrilled to see more.

Mila Kunis stars as the Jupiter of the title, a lowly cleaning lady down on Earth. Her life is forever changed when she’s tracked down by an albino wolf-man from outer space (Channing Tatum), because that tends to happen when one is tracked down by an albino wolf-man from outer space. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

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Briefly: James Marsh, director of Man on Wire and Project Nim, is putting together Theory of Everything, a dramatized biography of physicist Stephen Hawking. To play the scientist, Marsh is reportedly looking to Eddie Redmayne, of Les Miserables, and My Week With Marilyn.

If the deal happens, Marsh will still need an actress to play Hawking’s wife; the film focuses on their relationship. That said, taking into account Redmayne’s age, the time period for the film probably begins in the mid-’60s, when Hawking married Jane Wilde, to whom he was married until 1991. Ideally, the film will shoot this fall. Anthony McCarten scripted. [Deadline]

 

 

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