Sir Terry Wogan hosted the annual charity event for 34 years, before his death earlier this year.
This year’s ‘Children In Need’ has raised a record amount for charity with the total reaching £46,624,259 by the end of Friday night’s show.
Last night’s telethon was the first since the death of long time presenter Sir Terry Wogan earlier this year. Wogan had presented his last ‘Children In Need’ in 2014, before poor health forced him to step down as host.
Sir Terry Wogan was remembered during last night’s BBC ‘Children in Need’
Eddie talks about his meeting with J.K. Rowling
Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne still finds it difficult to believe that he's starring in a new series of five movies that are part of the Harry Potter universe, starting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But he loved diving into that world, especially since J.K. Rowling was able to describe everything in so much detail.
Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
"When I was prepping," he says, "I met Jo Rowling, and what's so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough. It's so encyclopaedic of her world! We had an hour together and I sort of asked her about 800 questions. There was no small talk. I just said, 'Right, tell me about Newt.' I've played real people with historical information available about them, like Stephen Hawking [in The Theory of Everything] and Lili Elbe [in The Danish Girl], and there was a lot of intense research around those roles. But then came Newt, who is of course a fictional character. So Jo became my research!"
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Learned To Live In The Wild For Fantastic Beasts
But the pair did get to sing together.
Appearing on Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’, Redmayne said he and the ‘Shake it Off’ singer never hooked-up, but they did once get to sing together.
Eddie Redmayne, not an ex of Taylor Swift
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Confirms He Never Dated Taylor Swift
The new father admits he and his wife are just trying to keep their baby daughter alive
Actor and new father Eddie Redmayne has revealed what he believes to be the most important thing about his new role as a dad: just keeping his young daughter alive. The Fantastic Beasts star opened up about his four month old, Iris Mary, that he welcomed with wife, Hannah Bagshawe in June.
Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe are new parents to Iris Mary
The actor, who also played Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, described his new baby girl as "heaven" but revealed the sleepless nights and constant tiredness are not a myth.
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About Parenthood
Redmayne said that the pressure of 'Fantastic Beasts...' came from "hardcore fandom".
Ahead of its cinematic release in just over a week’s time, Eddie Redmayne has been talking about the stresses he’s faced while making his new film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
The 34 year old English actor, who won an Oscar for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything last year, was speaking to The Guardian in an interview published this week, and was asked whether he felt the weight of expectation.
Eddie Redmayne stars in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them', out on Nov 18th
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Speaks About The Pressure Of 'Fantastic Beasts' Role
The actor lost out on the part to ‘Girls’ star Adam Driver.
Eddie Redmayne has revealed he auditioned to play the role of villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The actor had previously spoken about a “catastrophically bad” audition for a role in the movie, but now he’s confirmed he lost out on the part that eventually went to Adam Driver.
Eddie Redmayne auditioned to play Kylo Ren
The time is drawing ever closer to the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find, within a short number of days we will finally be able to get a glimpse into the life of a character that author J.K. Rowling so lovingly developed. Even when Newt Scamander was a young Hogwarts student, he always loved the wilder side of magic. If there was a wild beast to nurture, Newt would be the enthusiastic child wanting to find out more.
When he grew up, he became an acclaimed magizoologist and formed his own unique and rather deadly collection of beasts. Any endangered species, Newt would willingly look after and add to his endless list of beasts, all with their own unique powers. After a busy trip collecting more creatures, Newt visits the city of New York and arrives to find that tensions between the wizarding community and a group of powerful muggles (known as the Second Salemers) are battling one another; the Second Salemers goal is to eradicate the wizarding community.
When some of Newt's beasts are accidentally released, he is quickly called to answer questions from the Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) who presumes Newt is guilty of working with wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The director, Percival Graves, believes that Newt has purposefully released the beasts to expose magic kind in order to stir up tension between and further the war between the muggles (No-Maj) and the wizarding world.
Speaking at an event trailing the release of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' next month, Rowling said there were scripts for as many as FOUR sequels in the works.
Speaking at Cineworld’s Empire Imax in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday evening (October 13th), alongside the movie’s lead star Eddie Redmayne and director David Yates, the author admitted that she and Warner Bros. had always planned for at least one follow-up to Fantastic Beasts…
JK Rowling has revealed plans for as many as four more 'Fantastic Beasts' movies
Continue reading: JK Rowling Reveals Plans For FOUR More 'Fantastic Beasts...' Movies
Ahead of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ JK Rowling has revealed the history of Ilvermorny, the ‘American Hogwarts’.
Jk Rowling has treated Harry Potter fans to a whole new story on her site Pottermore, introducing wizarding school Ilvermorny, the ‘American Hogwarts’. Ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is set in the US, Rowling explained the rich backstory behind the school, introducing us to its founder Isolt Sayre and its four houses.
Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Like Harry, Irish-born Isolt Sayre suffered the death of her parents at an early age. After their death she was forced to live with her aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt, an evil witch, who possessed a powerful wand.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About The 'American Hogwarts' Ilvermorny
The actor is a first time father.
Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne and his wife of a year and a half Hannah Bagshawe, who have just announced that they welcomed their first child into the world last week; a daughter named Iris Mary Redmayne who was born on Wednesday (June 15th 2016) according to reports.
Eddie Redmayne becomes a father
The 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' star revealed to fans that he and Hannah were expecting a baby back in January this year and they officially announced her arrival with a report in UK newspaper The Times; the same publication in which they announced their engagement back in June 2014.
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Blesses His Newborn Daughter With The Most Adorable Name
Redmayne will be voicing the part of 'Dug', an underdog caveman with a warthog sidekick in a prehistoric adventure comedy, due in January 2018.
The Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has been cast to provide a voiceover role in Aardman Animation’s new comedy adventure Early Man, in what is the studio’s first feature film project in over a decade.
Redmayne is to play the part of Dug, a plucky caveman character who works with his cheeky side warthog sidekick Hognob in a prehistoric caper as they unite their tribe against the mighty ‘Bronze Age’ “in a battle to beat them at their own game”. The movie is due to be released on January 26th, 2018.
Eddie Redmayne will be the star of Aardman's new animation 'Early Man' in 2018
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Cast In New Aardman Animations Movie 'Early Man'
The new trailer gives us another glimpse of the upcoming prequel.
Eddie Redmayne gives us a better look at his character Newt Scamander in the new trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', where we learn of his expulsion from Hogwarts and discover some of the secrets of his mysterious briefcase.
Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts
As you no doubt already know, 'Fantastic Beasts' is a spin-off tale from Jk Rowling's Harry Potter series and based on her book of the same name which is also a textbook used by Harry and his friends in their first year at Hogwarts, listing the various magical creatures of the wizarding world and the amount of risk they pose if encountered. Following his stint on the last four Harry Potter movies, David Yates returns as director, while this also marks Rowling's screenwriting debut. It's the first in a trilogy which will continue in 2018 and 2020.
Long before Harry Potter - or his parents - took up residence at Hogwarts, there was a student called Newt Scamander. An inquisitive boy who was constantly on the lookout for new magical creatures found himself being expelled from the school for endangering the lives of the pupils. Though Newt was expelled for his actions, a certain teacher going by the name of Albus Dumbledore stuck up for the young wizard.
Fantastic Films And When To Find Them...
This year is turning out to be an exciting year for the film industry. With all the award shows over and done with for 2015, we're keeping tabs on some of the major pictures of 2016 to see what's in store for next year's Oscars. Looks like there's some serious competition.
So far, among the major releases we've had are 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', 'Deadpool', 'Hail, Caesar!', 'Zootopia' and '10 Cloverfield Lane'. That is literally the tip of a very large iceberg for what 2016 has to bring to screens this year.
Here are 20 more you need to watch out for:
This time it was the turn of A-list Hollywood stars to find out how twitter really feels about them.
With awards season about to reach its peak at Sunday’s Oscars, Hollywood’s A-listers are probably feeling pretty good about themselves right now. But trust twitter to bring their self-esteem down a notch, with the latest edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’s’ Mean Tweets- Movie Edition.
George Clooney took part in the latest edition of ‘Mean Tweets’.
First up was two-time Oscar winner Christopher Waltz, who had to suffer the indignity of one twitter user having no idea who he was. ‘I have no idea who Christopher Waltz is,’ the tweeter wrote. ’But he is pretty f’n boring so I am probably not going to bother finding out’.
Eddie Redmayne , Hanna Bagshawe. - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th February 2016
Hannah Bagshawe , Eddie Redmayne - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Royal Opera House,, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th February 2016
HANNAH BAGSHAWE , Eddie Redmayne - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016
Eddie Redmayne , Hannah Bagshawe - 2016 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) afterparty held at the Grosvenor House. at British Academy Film Awards, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016
Eddie Redmayne - Celebrities attend 88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton. at Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th February 2016
Eddie Redmayne - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Eddie Redmayne - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Hannah Bagshawe , Eddie Redmayne - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Actor In A Leading Role, Eddie Redmayne , The Danish Girl - Atmosphere at the 88th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater. at Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 14th January 2016
The Oscar winner said he spent most of 2015 without a smartphone.
Eddie Redmayne has revealed he spent most of last year without a smartphone, instead preferring to use an old-fashioned analogue handset. The Oscar winning actor ditched his smartphone in an attempt to ‘live in the moment’, after finding that he spent too much time glued to his iPhone screen.
Eddie Redmayne tried to live without a smartphone for a year.
Speaking to The Independent, Redmayne said: “I tried switching back to a simple, old-fashioned handset in place of a smartphone. It was a reaction against being glued permanently to my iPhone during waking hours.”
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Tried To 'Live In The Moment' By Giving Up His Smartphone
It’s the awards season list that no actor wants to find themselves on, the Golden Raspberry Award nominations.
This year’s Golden Raspberry Award nominations have been released, with Fifty Shades of Grey and Jupiter Ascending leading the pack. The annual awards celebrate the very worst in movies over the past year and two films have picked up six nominations each, including Worst Picture and Worst Director.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has received six Golden Raspberry Award nominations.
Fifty Shades Of Grey’s stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson also both picked up nominations for Worst Actor and Worst Actress, respectively. The couple also jointly picked up a nomination for Worst Screen Combo.
After his Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne is once again gaining awards attention for another film about a real person.
The Danish Girl tells the story of Einar Wegener, the first person to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, becoming Lili Elbe. Eddie Redmayne committed to the role several years ago, while he was making Les Miserables with director Tom Hooper. "The process of preparing for the film was a huge education for me," he says. "The whole story was new to me, and I found it to be a passionate and incredibly unique love story about the lives of two extraordinary women. It moved me profoundly."
The two women in the story are Lili and Gerda (played by Alicia Vikander), Einar's wife who supported Lili through various operations. "What was wonderful was there was so much source material," Redmayne says. "There were photographs of Lili and Gerda, but also the paintings by Gerda of Lili. Then you have Man Into Woman, a book that was published after Lili's death. And of course you also have contemporary trans experience and all the many women who I met in preparation."
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Committed To Trans Role In The Danish Girl
'Carol' and 'Bridge of Spies' have nine nominations apiece, as Redmayne picks up his second nomination for Best Actor in consecutive years.
Last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has received his second BAFTA nod in as many years for his star turn in The Danish Girl, with Bridge of Spies and Carol leading the 2016 BAFTA nominations with appearances in nine categories each.
Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is jockeying with Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama that features Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance in the most categories. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who missed out on the Best Film last year for Birdman, is back in contention with The Revenant which has eight nominations.
Mad Max: Fury Road, which saw director George Miller return after a lengthy absence, has seven nominations, while Ridley Scott’s The Martian and British film Brooklyn received six. All with five nods were The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex-Machina. Alicia Vikander, who features in both of the latter two movies, is up for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her respective roles.
The loveable Oscar winner knows how expensive it is to live in London.
Eddie Redmayne has revealed he occasionally pays the rent of struggling acting students because ‘it’s impossibly expensive to live in London’. The star of The Danish Girl said he realises how privileged he was to be able to live with his parents in London before his career took off and so he now helps out those who are trying to pay their rent while attending drama school.
Eddie Redmayne occasionally pays the rent of struggling acting students.
"The greatest privilege that I had was that my parents lived in London,” Redmayne told GQ magazine. “So when I was out of university and out of work for a year, working in a pub, I didn't pay rent.”
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Occasionally Pays The Rent Of Struggling Student Actors
Lawrence won't be getting up to anything special on December 31st, it seems.
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most in-demand and glamorous actors of our time, so it may surprise you to learn that she “hates” New Year’s Eve and that she always ends up “drunk and disappointed”.
The Oscar-winner and star of the Hunger Games might be expected to enjoy some of the most exclusive parties, but like the rest of us she’s endured plenty of disappointing December 31sts and isn’t expecting it to be any different this time around, she told Graham Norton in a new TV interview.
Jennifer Lawrence at the Chiltern Firehouse in London in December 2015
Director Tom Hooper deploys the same style he used in The King's Speech for this much darker story about the first man to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. It's an odd mix of rather too-pretty visuals with an edgy series of events that perhaps demands a lot more raw honesty. But the story is fascinating, and the cast is excellent, delivering astute, introspective performances that reveal the much earthier narrative under the lovely surface.
It opens in 1926 Copenhagen, where husband and wife painters Einar and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander) are hoping to start a family as they develop their careers. One day, Gerda talks Einar into putting on a dress to pose for one of her paintings, and the experience triggers long-suppressed yearnings from his childhood. Gerda and their friend Ulla (Amber Heard) encourage him to attend a party in drag, and Lili Elbe is born, Einar's female alter ego who immediately attracts the attention of a lovelorn man (Ben Whishaw). After they move to Paris, they find another friend in Gerda's agent Hans (Matthias Schoenaerts), who was Einar's childhood pal. But while the French doctors think Einar is simply crazy, Gerda sticks by him as he decides to undergo a radical experimental surgery offered by a doctor (Sebastian Koch) in Germany.
Hooper's usual directorial flourishes include off-centre compositions, painterly sets and emotive close-ups, which bring out the internal struggles of the characters in beautiful ways. But this also has a tendency to simplify a story that is seriously complex. By emphasising the social conflicts and relational melodrama, the entire movie begins to feel rather thin, never quite grappling with the more provocative or disturbing aspects of the issues at hand. There are hints of what might have given the film an edgier kick, such as a moment of Hitchcockian obsession or the shifting of power between the male and female characters.
Continue reading: The Danish Girl Review
There are a number of fantastic movies due out in 2016. Contactmusic.com's resident film reviewer, Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)
10. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep).
Continue reading: 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016
He's in deep trouble with the American Ministry, however.
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' follows the adventures of a young Newt Scamander in New York, accompanied by a case of magical creatures - many of which are incredibly dangerous. The new trailer doesn't give us many clues as to what dangers lie ahead, but if the US' Department of Magic is involved, it must be serious.
Probably best not to open that suitcase...
Indeed, Scamander hasn't been as careful as he should've been with his wild haul and several of the beasts inevitably escape. Those who have read JK Rowling's Comic Relief textbook of the same name will understand just how grave a situation New York finds itself in given some of the monsters that are listed. Nevermind dragons, hippogriffs and unicorns; the US could be facing a lot worse as this is a magical world that plays host to griffins, trolls, red caps and even dementor-lookalikes called Lethifolds.
Long before the time of Harry Potter, wizards and witches still lived their lives in the muggle world as well as the wizarding world that was still governed by the ministry of magic.
Even though 'he who shall not be named' wasn't causing chaos for the wizards, they still had problems of their own. Largely these were monsters and beasts that come from far and distant lands. Newt Scamander is one particular wizard who is fascinated by these creators and when a selection of these terrible beasts are mistakenly released into the muggle world, Newt finds himself suddenly thrown into untrodden territory.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally written as a book by JK Rowling. The book studies 83 of these mystical creators all of which Newt has discovered.
Bring on another eventful year with 2016.
Is it just us, or has 2015 gone by really quickly? Either way, the year is coming to a close and it's been pretty eventful to say the least. Here's a break down on just a few of the things that have happened this year in the world of film, music and entertainment.
Eddie Redmayne wins big with 'The Theory Of Everything'
January: The biggest event of the beginning of the year was, of course, the Golden Globes; an event that this year saw success for 'Boyhood' and Eddie Redmayne following his part in 'The Theory Of Everything'. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for 'Still Alice'. The rest of the month was a bit of a low; record producer Suge Knight was arrested following a hit and run incident (and later jailed), Nick Cannon filed for divorce from Mariah Carey, and Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub.
The names are finally in!
The second biggest film awards ceremony is due next month, and after weeks of speculation, we've finally received the full confirmed list of nominees for the 2016 Golden Globes with 'Carol' and 'The Big Short' leading the categories.
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are both up for Best Actress
'Carol' is among those in the Best Drama section, with director Todd Haynes also up for an award and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara vying against each other for Best Actress. The visceral 'Mad Max: Fury Road' also joins the Best Drama list, with George Miller up for Best Director, and Leonardo Dicaprio is looking at a Best Actor award for his role in the third Best Drama contender 'The Revenant'; Alejandro Iñárritu is also among possible Best Directors.
Continue reading: 'Carol' And 'The Big Short' Land Most Nominations For 2016 Golden Globes
Radcliffe admitted to being jealous of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne in the 'Harry Potter' universe - but why?
Radcliffe admitted to NME that he had a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the first on-set shots of Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month, and couldn’t believe that his English colleague had such a great outfit already.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts...'
Continue reading: Why Is Daniel Radcliffe Jealous Of Eddie Redmayne?
There's been a lot of important LGBT movies this year.
It's a criminal understatement to say we're looking forward to Eddie Redmayne's female debut in 'The Danish Girl'. He just can't be praised enough for going full force into one of the most important LGBT stories in history; that of Lili Elba, one of the first trans-women to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Thus, this essential story will be shown at The White House today (November 23rd 2015).
'The Danish Girl' is officially released on November 27th 2015
As part of the White House LGBT Artists Champions of Change event, the film will be played alongside episodes of Amazon Prime show 'Transparent' starring Jeffrey Tambor in recognition of their roles in campaigning for equality between the transgender community and non-transgender. It will also honour the International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Filming has begun, and so has our excitement.
Exciting times ahead for Harry Potter fans; not only have we got J.K. Rowling's upcoming stage play 'The Cursed Child' to look forward to, but filming for spin-off flick 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is well underway and if the first images from the set are anything to go by, it's going to be epic.
Eddie Redmayne stars in this forthcoming magical adventure, which is set to be in cinemas in a year. Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be pleased to note that long-standing director David Yates is at the helm of 'Fantastic Beasts', alongside permanent producer David Heyman, and with Jk Rowling as the screenwriter.
The Oscar nominated actor sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and dished on his first meeting with the ‘Friends’ star.
He’s just picked up a SAG award for his performance in The Theory of Everything and an Oscar could be next, but Eddie Redmayne still finds himself getting starstruck in Hollywood. Appearing on Tuesday night’s edition of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', the British actor described mingling with Tinseltown’s elite at award shows as, "completely surreal” and "endlessly exciting”.
Eddie Redmayne, after collecting his SAG award for The Theory of Everything
The 33 year old actor said he feels "like a kid in a candy store” when attending all the glitzy Hollywood award shows, admitting that it still feels "completely surreal" to come face to face with "all these people you've long admired.”
After reigning supreme atop the box office for weeks, 'The Hobbit' has finally been knocked from the top spot by 'The Theory of Everything'.
The Stephen Hawking biopic 'The Theory of Everything' has claimed the top spot on the UK box office, pushing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' into second place after three weeks as champ. This was a surprisingly strong performance for a British movie about a maths genius, but awards-season buzz has raised awareness of the film over recent weeks as other biopics have suffered from backlash.
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything'
One of Lyndon Johnson's advisors has criticised the Oscar contender 'Selma' of exaggerating the clash between the president (played by Tom Wilkinson in the film) and Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo).
Eddie Redmayne has won another major award (sort of).
Eddie Redmayne, the British actor and star of The Theory of Everything, has won GQ's fairly irrelevant title of best-dressed man. The actor beat his old pal Benedict Cumberbatch and the Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, who finished second and third respectively.
Eddie Redmayne [R] could win the Oscar for The Theory of Everything
Elsewhere on the list, Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner was at number four, while Nick Grimshaw - last year's winner - dropped to five. We're told the list was compiled by staff at the magazine and a panel of "fashion experts".
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Wins GQ's Best Dressed Man (What About An Oscar?)
The actor can finally rest easy - he's reached the pinnacle of his career
If your big celebrity crush isn’t Australian actor Chris Hemsworth then you are officially wrong. The 31-year-old actor has been announced as People Magazine’s sexiest man alive for 2014.
Chris Hemsworth a.k.a The New Sexiest Man Alive
The big brother of Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, who is probably most well-known for playing the title role in Thor, has knocked Maroon 5’s lead man, Adam Levine, off the top spot to claim the coveted title.
Continue reading: Chris Hemsworth Is 2014's Sexiest Man Alive
Eddie Redmayne hopes audiences will see all sides of Hawking's personality in the biopic.
Eddie Redmayne, speaking about his new film 'The Theory of Everything', was quick to put out just how important Stephen Hawking is, not that anyone needed telling. As perhaps the biggest science icon of the modern day, you don't have to be a keen New Scientist reader to be overwhelmed with respect for him.
Harry Lloyd stars alongside Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory Of Everything'
While a lot of work went into taking on such a recognisable character, from vocal work to physical training and voracious studying of motor neuron disease, the most difficult task for Eddie Redmayne was encompassing Stephen Hawking's remarkable personality. 'The astounding thing is that Stephen Hawking was given 2 years to live aged 21 and he's now 72', Eddie marvels. 'I mean, it's against all odds and it's a staggering thing, and whether it's to do with his passion, his drive, his outlook on life, his humour or the specific strain of what the disease is, no-one knows but it's a staggering thing and it's a great, great icon of hope.'
As Venice Film Festival closes, Toronto takes the spotlight, complete with starry red carpets. Cameras catch Zac Efron filming in L.A. and the Criminal set in East London. There's also a glimpse of Lava and trailers for Night at the Museum 3 and Horrible Bosses 2...
The Venice Film Festival came to a close this week with a flurry of star-studded premieres and the glitzy awards ceremony. Al Pacino was on hand with his film Manglehorn, Owen Wilson premiered his new comedy She's Funny That Way, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon walked the red carpet for 99 Homes, and Ethan Hawke and January Jones turned up for the screening of Good Kill.
Excitement builds as the trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic is released.
Excitement for the forthcoming British biopic, The Theory of Everything, based on the life of cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been propelled forward twice this week: firstly with a still of the two main characters, Hawking and his wife Jane, and now with a full trailer.
The first still released from the Stephen Hawking forthcoming biopic, The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones assume the roles of the two main characters and will take audiences on a journey through the early stages of Hawking’s studies and the difficulties the couple face when he is diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21.
Jupiter Jones has an unfortunate life, barely scraping by with her job cleaning toilets as a janitor. She wouldn't have thought that her life would ever be anything meaningful, but she couldn't be more wrong. One day she is captured and an attempt is made on her life, but she finds herself spectacularly rescued by a charming, if unusual-looking, warrior; a half-man, half-human hybrid who has been genetically modified for the interplanetary military. It's he who leads her to the truth about herself and her destiny. Having been born under a night sky where the stars aligned to form her extraordinary future, Jupiter is the foretold forthcoming Queen of the Universe who has been prophesised to usurp the power of the current King and Queen. Living in fear of their imminent fall from power, the rulers order her to be disposed of as soon as possible. Will Jupiter succeed in her rise to power, or will she be praying to return to her uneventful life on earth?
Continue: Jupiter Ascending Trailer
Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean star in this new sci-fi blockbuster.
If you haven't already been swept along by the long run up of excitement building for the Wachowski's new sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending, allow us to acquaint you with what looks set to be the biggest space blockbuster of the year. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth and Eddie Redmayne all star in this futuristic adventure.
'Jupiter Ascending' Is The Wachowski's New Sci-Fi Set To Make Waves This Summer.
Kunis takes centre-stage as Jupiter Jones, a janitor who spends each day going through the motions without realising she may just be the most special person on Earth. It is revealed that she was born under a unique night sky in which the stars were arranged to foretell Jupiter's destiny; that is, the biologically ordained usurper of the Queen of the Universe.
The casting of 'Dr Doom' in the Fantastic Four reboot is nearing its conclusion, but who will play the villain?
The casting of Dr Doom in the new Fantastic Four movie has reached its final stages, with four actors in with a shot of playing the main villain. So who will be the one to terrorize the new line-up of superheroes, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell?
According to The Wrap, casting directors have singled out Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell and Domhnall Gleeson as the final four. A fifth actor, Jack Huston, was also in the mix a couple of weeks back though it's unclear whether it remains a possibility.
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Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star in this futuristic sci-fi adventure.
The trailer has just been released for the the Wachowskis' 2014 futuristic sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending in which Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star as two individuals whose lives become intertwined.
Mila Kunis Plays Cleaner Jupiter Jones In 'Jupiter Ascending.'
Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, a Russian toilet cleaner whose convinced her life will never amount to anything important on a grand scale. However, her humble existence is soon turned upside down when she encounters Channing Tatum's elf-like Caine, an interplanetary warrior, who tells Jupiter that she was born under a special night sky, with the stars pointing towards an extraordinary event and an incredible destiny.
Jupiter Jones is an impoverished janitor who dreams of a life with much more purpose than she is living. She is convinced that her life will always be one of the many in the world that is simply unimportant, but there are others out there who think differently. Jupiter was born under a night sky whose stars traced a very definite and critical destiny for her. Little does she know that the Earth is a tiny speck in a much larger cosmos ruled over by Queen of the Universe, but also that her genetic make-up makes her the one and only threat to the Queen as she is biologically destined to usurp her title. When an attempt is made on her life, she is rescued by former military hunter Caine; a genetically modified hybrid with human and wolf DNA. Will Jupiter find the strength to fulfil her destiny? Or is it something she could simply do without?
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Chris Pratt is bulking up for his role in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chris Pratt, the 34-year-old actor who has bagged himself some pretty tasty roles in recent years, is bulking up for his role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Pratt is the latest movie star to undergo a dramatic physical transformation and posted his progress in an Instragram photo this week.
It's not the first time the Parks and Recreation actor has changed weight for a movie role - he sported a hugely toned physique for his role as a member of Seal Team Six in Kathyn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' last year.
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Channing Tatum has promised there will be a 'Magic Mike 2'. The actor has even suggested he may direct the movie.
Tatum is unsure if director Steven Soderburgh, who directed the first Magic Mike film, will be returning for the sequel. He said Soderburgh "really wants to be done directing movies". This has raised the possibility that Tatum could step into the director's shoes as well as starring. He said he would "shoot the sequel" despite being nervous about doing so.
Channing Tatum at the premiere of Magic Mike
Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh
Les Misérables star, Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, according Deadline.com Redmayne is currently filming Jupiter Ascending starring alongside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. It is currently unknown who will play Hawking's first wife. Filming for Theory of Everything is scheduled to begin this autumn.
Stephen Hawking is the world's most famous and revered scientist. The brilliance and accessibility of his works - A Brief History of Time, Horizon and a collection of science books for children - have ensured Hawking has a place not only in academia but in popular culture.
However, Hawking is as well known for his disability as he is for his work. The world famous physicist was diagnosed, aged 21, with motor neuron disease. The illness, progressively worsening since Hawking's diagnosis in 1962, has confined Hawking to a wheelchair. He is unable to speak without a voice simulator. Despite all the difficulties Hawking faces he continues to teach at the University of Cambridge.
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Glenn Close will play a role similar to Samuel L Jackson's in The Avengers.
Well this is a surprising casting, though one that sort of makes a ton of sense. According to the Deadline.com, Marvel Studios has landed Oscar winning actress Glenn Close to play a major new role in its latest franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy. The actress will reportedly play a leadership role in Nova Corp, the intergalactic space control.
The new James Gunn-directed movie goes into production next month, so Marvel have left it late to cast what is essentially a major role. The movie already boasts a pretty decent looking cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and John C. Reilly. Pratt landed the lead role following a search that included Marvel looking at Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne.
Sources tell Deadline that Close's role will be the closest thing to the one that Samuel L. Jackson plays in The Avengers, though perhaps with more of an edge. Close has proven she can play the hardnosed character in the likes of Damages, Fatal Attraction and, err, 101 Dalmatians and we see her being a real hit in Guardians.
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BBC announces new series of the gritty drama based on the novels by Winston Graham.
'Poldark' is set to return to our screens in a brand new reboot almost four decades on from the first episode premiere of the original series.
The BBC costume drama was first aired in 1975, based on the series of books by Winston Graham. It follows the trials and tribulations of Army Officer Ross Poldark's love life as he returns to Cornwall to find that the love of his life, Elizabeth, is set to marry his cousin. Embittered and unable to move on from his stolen love, he marries a simple servant girl named Demelza as the rest of his once idyllic life crashed around him. Filming for the new series is set to begin later this year in Cornwall, though producers are still searching for the right candidate to play the coveted lead role. So far, suggestions as to who might land the part include 'Les Miserables' actor Eddie Redmayne, Matt Smith of 'Doctor Who', 'Kick-Ass' star Aaron Johnson, Jonas Armstrong from 'Robin Hood', 'Merlin''s Colin Morgan, Rob James Collier from 'Downton Abbey' and 'Warm Bodies' actor Nicholas Holt.
BBC1 controller Danny Cohen announced the reboot, which will be adapted by Debbie Horsfield, saying: 'It has been a joy and privilege to commission programmes for BBC One. I hope audiences enjoy the range and creative ambitions of these new dramas for the channel.'
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Toby Jones, known for his performance in 'Captain America' and his role as Dobby the House Elf in the 'Harry Potter' films (amongst others), has stated that his children are indifferent to his job.
46-year-old English actor Toby Jones has appeared in film franchises like 'The Hunger Games' and 'Harry Potter', but recently revealed his daughters, Madeleine and Holly, are certainly less than impressed with his work.
While speaking at the London Film Museum on 4th February, 2013, as part of the London Evening Standard British Film Awards, Jones said ''If you could see the indifference on my children's faces when I get something like 'Harry Potter', 'Captain America'... They just look at me with complete indifference! Hopefully in future years they'll realise.''
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This year biggest musical event (after the series finale of Glee, of course), the film adaptation of Les Miserables, will continue its already impressive run during the Academy Awards ceremony next month when the stars of the film take to the stage to perform songs from the hit musical.
The film's stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, who both have Oscar nominations for their roles in the film, will be making their second appearance at the annual awards ceremony together, having hosted the event together in 2009. Both stars won Golden Globes last Sunday for their performances in the movie, which has a total of eight nominations for the Oscars.
Hathaway and Jackman are expected to be joined by fellow stars Eddie Redmayne, who plays Marius, and Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine, however it has not yet been made clear what songs the ensemble will perform on the night.
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Starting at full-emotion and never wavering for a moment, this huge movie adaptation of the long-running stage musical wears us out with its relentlessly epic approach. OK, so neither the musical nor Victor Hugo's source novel could be accused of being understated, but director Hooper (The King's Speech) never even tries to find a moment of quiet feeling here. The result is thrillingly moving, making the most of the soaring anthems that fill the show. But it's also pretty overwhelming.
The story starts in 1815 as convict Jean Valjean (Jackman) finishes 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. His parole officer Javert (Crowe) vows to keep an eye on him, but Valjean slips away and, after a redemptive encounter with a priest, eventually reinvents himself as an upstanding businessman. He tries to help fallen woman Fantine (Hathaway), rescuing her daughter Cosette (Allen, then Seyfried) from her greedy foster parents (Baron Cohen and Bonham Carter). Years later, Valjean and Cosette move to Paris, where a young revolutionary (Redmayne) falls for Cosette just as the 1832 student uprisings break out. And Javert is still determined to recapture Valjean.
Hooper maintains the play's operatic style, in which the dialog is sung-through in between the big numbers. And we're talking about massively emotional power ballads here, performed to wrenching effect. Hathaway's one-take rendition of I Dreamed a Dream is the kind of breathtaking scene that wins Oscars. Jackman's voice wavers and cracks beautifully as he holds the story together. Marks delivers a belting version of the soulful On My Own. Redmayne nearly steals the show with his soaring tenor voice and wonderful acting chops. Baron Cohen and Bonham Carter provide some raucously overwrought comical relief. And Crowe gets away with Javert's big musical moments because he has the acting power to back up his oddly thin voice.
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Awards season is getting into full swing now, with pretty much all the main ceremonies bar the Oscars having revealed their shortlists by now - and some of the smaller events have even taken place, with the Palm Springs Film Festival gala the latest to honor the great and good of Hollywood. Among the winners at the event included Ben Affleck, who took the Ensemble Performance Award for Argo, and Bradley Cooper who was honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his role in Silver Linings Playbook.
The all-star cast for 'Les Miserables' arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere. Among them were Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman with his actress wife Deborra-lee Furness, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Sacha Baron Cohen, George Blagden, Samantha Barks and newcomers Isabelle Allen and Daniel Huttlestone.
When Tom Hooper started casting for the film adaptation of Les Miserables, he didn’t exactly have to go searching hard for people who might be interested in appearing in the movie – in fact he barely had to go searching at all.
Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne freely admitted to The Los Angeles Times that they weren’t shy in wanting to get involved with the script, whilst they said that many of Hollywood’s A-list were equally keen to get involved. However, the pair adopted slightly different ways of turning Hooper’s head, as they explained at The Envelope Screening Series for the film. Jackman revealed that he went as far as stalking Hooper for a bit, whilst Redmayne sent in his audition via iPhone.
Hooper was also at the discussion with the pair, and he pointed out that it took three hours of auditioning with Jackman to convince him to get rid of much of the script’s dialogue and focus on a full-blown musical affair: "The key to this is hiring actors who have such a facility, such a confidence expressing themselves through song," that audiences accept the altered reality being created, the director commented. Les Miserables is largely expected to feature in the Oscar nominations after a strong critical showing thus far. It’s released to the general public on Christmas Day.
Props to the main stars of Les Miserables, they're putting in the effort on the film's run of premieres. Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and the rest of the cast were all out in force again at the New York City premiere of the novel adaptation less than a week after they'd ran the red carpet gamut in London. What a difference a continent makes, though; whilst across in the UK Hathaway and the rest of the female cast dressed prettily but conservatively, at the Ziegfield Theatre they held nothing back, both Hathaway and Seyfried causing jaws to drop with their outfits.
Awards season kicked off in earnest this week with two major critical bodies - New York Critics and the National Board of Review - both naming the Osama bin Laden raid thriller Zero Dark Thirty as their film of the year. Jessica Chastain stars in the movie, which reunites director Kathryn Bigelow with The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal. The new trailer promises another exciting, intense military action drama.
Another major awards contender is Tom Hooper's film of the epic musical Les Miserables, with a high-powered cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried. All of them attended the glitzy red carpet world premiere in London this week. The film opens in America on Christmas Day, and in Britain in early January.
Jean Valjean was imprisoned in France's Toulin prison for over a decade after stealing a loaf of bread and making several escape attempts. After being paroled, Jean (known as Prisoner 24601) finds himself re-offending and therefore on the run from the uncompromising police inspector Javert who is thoroughly determined to get him back behind bars no matter what. Changing his identity, Jean finds himself at the heart of a revolution known as the June Rebellion in 1832 Paris. Jean eventually becomes a town mayor, while still evading capture, and meets the impoverished Fantine who struggles to care for her illegitimate daughter Cosette. Jean agrees become the child's guardian and brings her up.
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A young girl, Luli, from a small town hitchhikes to Vegas with her father's pistol in an attempt to escape the abuse from her alcoholic parents. On the way, Luli meets Eddie - an unhinged man in a Stetson with dubious intentions - and Glenda, a red-headed druggie on the run. With the simple plan of finding a "sugar daddy", Luli gets into much more hostile situations than she bargained for.
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At age 23, Colin (Redmayne) is struggling to break into the movie business, camping out at the production offices of Laurence Olivier (Branagh), who is just about to start filming the 1957 comedy The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe (Williams). While Marilyn's diva behaviour and strict acting coach (Wanamaker) enrage Laurence, he can't deny that when she gets it right, she's magic. Meanwhile, Colin is assigned to help Marilyn make it through the shoot. And of course he can't help falling for her.
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Colin Clark is an aspiring film maker and his first job upon leaving university is the role of assistant on a new film, called The Prince and The Showgirl. It stars a young Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell who shocks with her implications that she sleeps in the nude.
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Osmund (Redmayne) is a young monk in 1384 England just as the plague is breaking out. The question is whether it's a curse from God or caused by evil in the world. Then the Bishop's envoy Ulric (Bean) arrives with news that an isolated village is somehow pestilence free. Drafting Osmund as a guide, the team heads off to confront what is no doubt pure evil, and indeed when they arrive they meet the village leader Langiva (van Houten), who has turned her back on the Church and created a creepy idyll.
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In 1348 the many people of England were struck down by the plague that swept the length and breadth of the island. Knight Ulrich was one of the greatest fighters of the time and when he learnt of a small village untouched by the deadly illness, he tasked himself, a band of soldiers and a young monk to discover their secret and hunt down a powerful sorcerer thought to be able to bring the dead back to life.
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Anne (Garai) is the adopted eldest daughter of powerful politician Alexander Keyes (Nighy) and his wife (Agutter), who went on to have two of their own children (Redmayne and Temple). It's the glorious summer of 1939, when Britain felt like it had averted conflict with Hitler, so when Anne stumbles on hints of a government conspiracy, she turns to a fellow actor (Bonneville) and her boyfriend (Cox) for help. But the mystery only deepens, compounded by a sinister Home Office official (Northam) and the distracting presence of her Aunt Elizabeth (Christie).
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The film is a sloppy pastiche of four portraits of depressed souls in dire circumstances. Jessica Biel plays a stripper who leaves sweet phone messages on her comatose young son's hospital room phone. Ick. She is essentially one of those indie-chic characters who talks fast, snorts coke, and talks nonsensical platitudes to herself in a mirror. Ray Liotta is a guy who walks around town in a dirty suit and rides the bus a lot. From what must be intended as a clumsy flashback (hard to tell, since the movie is so stylistically bankrupt), we know that he is dying, so that gives him license to be as morose as possible for the entire movie. Eddie Redmayne is a mortician who can't get a girlfriend so he bonds with dead people. He looks like he's 12 but is intended to be about 30 from the way the film has him act. Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker fills in the final quadrant, playing a character with absolutely no relation to the others, except for that he is depressed and wants to kill himself. Rather, he wants to give someone else $50,000 to shoot him in the heart. Why? Because it's quirky.
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Kalin kicks things of in New York, not long after young Antony's birth and right in step with the early disintegration of the Baekeland marriage. Barbara (Julianne Moore) dotes on both her cold genius husband Brooks (Stephen Dillane), the grandson of the Bakelite plastics magnate Leo Baekeland, and little Antony with equal aplomb. By Antony's fourteenth birthday, the Baekelands are discovering naked teens in their son's bed and settling their disputes with carnal bouts in hotel rooms. By Antony's 21st, Brooks has left Barbara for Blanca (Elena Anaya), who's also been with Antony.
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