An unusual point of view prevents this from ever turning into the standard biopic, but it's Eddie Redmayne's staggeringly committed performance as Stephen Hawking that makes the film unmissable. Based on the book by Stephen's wife Jane Hawking, the film uses her perspective to recount the events with their relationship firmly at the centre, which adds a personal angle the audience can engage with. This diverts the attention from Hawking's scientific breakthroughs, but makes the film both energetic and emotionally riveting.
It opens in 1963 when Stephen (Redmayne) is a rising-star at Cambridge, already a genius who thinks far outside the box. But he also has a sharp sense of humour, which makes it easy to see what Jane (Felicity Jones) sees in this brainy black-hole-obsessed geek. Then just as their relationship begins to get serious, he is diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Instead of giving up, Jane marries him and has three kids as Stephen defies the doctor's prognosis. As his physical condition deteriorates, they get help from two people who become unexpectedly close: widowed choir director Jonathan (Charlie Cox) and medical assistant Elaine (Maxine Peake). And even as their marriage comes apart under the pressure, Jane and Stephen remain deeply connected to each other.
Anthony McCarten's script cleverly lets big ideas swirl around each scene without swamping the more human story. The central factor in Stephen and Jane's interaction centres on faith: his in science, hers in God. Stephen continues to seek a theory that will scientifically explain the nature of existence, while Jane catches him out when he takes a leap of faith himself. And the film lets all of this play out through their interaction with a variety of terrific side characters, including Stephen's tutor (David Thewlis), his colleagues (Harry Lloyd and Enzo Cilenti), his father (Simon McBurney) and Jane's mother (Emily Watson). Each performance is packed with telling nuance, while Jones gives the film a textured heart and soul.
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Coming from a privileged upbringing, cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking naturally had a first-rate education - though no-one could expect the kind of genius and revolutionary theories that he would eventually come up with. While wowing his university professors with his baffling discoveries, he was fighting a personal battle with his rapidly deteriorating health. Whilst still studying, he began to lose the ability to walk as well as the ability to speak before being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given a two-year expect survival rate. As to be expected from one of the world's most accomplished scientists, he defied the odds and embarked on a long and fulfilling life that lasts to this day - with just a little help from the love of his youth Jane Wilde, who encouraged him to carry on speaking with the help of his trademark speech generating device.
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Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake and Harry Lloyd have joined Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the cast of Stephen Hawking biopic 'The Theory Of Everything'.
The movie follows the early days of the celebrated physicist - played by Eddie Redmayne - and his first wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones)
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In present-day London, Baroness Thatcher (Streep) is battling delusions of her dead husband Denis (Broadbent), who triggers memories of her life in politics.
Growing up during the war, young Margaret (Roach) becomes increasingly involved in politics, catches the eye of young Denis (Lloyd) and moves up the ladder from MP to become Britain's first female Prime Minister. She was also the longest-serving PM in the 20th century, staunchly sticking to her guns through the Poll Tax strikes, Falklands War and privatisation of much of the British state.
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Meryl Streep hopes her new movie 'The Iron Lady' will lead to more mature actresses being cast in lead roles in major films.
Meryl Streep hopes her new film 'The Iron Lady' will inspire more movies with older actresses in the lead role.
The 62-year-old screen legend portrays the former British Prime Minister in the political drama and she hopes Hollywood will take notice of the movie's plot and casting and realise audiences want variety on the big screen.
Braving The Rain and wind at the UK premiere of the movie at the BFI Southbank cinema in London last night (04.01.12), she said: "If you look around at the movie offerings there are over 300 films that are out there this year there are very few that are starring 62-year-old women, that isn't to say that there aren't many stories that those women can embody and there aren't many women, and men, who might like to see them. I think each one that comes out and gets a lot of attention enables the next one and the next one."
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When Margaret Thatcher started out in politics she always aspired to do something great, though just how far she'd take her career was beyond imagination. Having first made her mark in local politics in 1959, Margaret was named MP for the first time.
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Up-and-coming British actors Talulah Riley, Juno Temple and Harry Lloyd are among the guests who have been invited to party with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge when they arrive in Los Angeles later this week (begs04Jul11).
The royal couple will attend the inaugural Brits to Watch event on Saturday (09Jul11), hosted by bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), of which the prince is president.
The newlyweds will meet a total of 42 rising stars, who Bafta executives claim "highlight the incredible depth and range of great British talent".
Inception actress Riley, Atonement star Temple, and Game of Thrones star Lloyd will join fellow Hollywood newcomers Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Hughes and Jessica Brown Findlay on the royal guestlist.
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