Eddie Redmayne takes on his most 'sensitive' role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe.
Eddie Redmayne prepares for another life-changing role in Tom Hooper's historical biopic 'The Danish Girl', in which he plays Lili Elbe - one of the first people to have ever undergone gender reassignment surgery, way back in the 1880s.
Eddie Redmayne dons a wig and lipstick for his most 'sensitive' role
If his career-defining role as physics genius Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory Of Everything' wasn't enough, the recent Oscar winner is setting the bar even higher with what could arguably his most challenging role yet. He will be teaming up with movement coach Alexandra Reynolds once again to get in touch with his feminine side, and he even told the Daily Mail, 'I think it's the most sensitive role I have played.'
Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to make a gritty film about Freddie Mercury's life with Oscar winning director Tom Hooper. Brian May did not.
Sacha Baron Cohen has left the movie biopic of iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury after a disagreement over the direction of the project. Cohen - who bears a dramatic resemblance to the singer - had wanted to make a gritty R-rated drama about the star's life, enlisting David Fincher and Tom Hooper to develop the project.
However - as is always the case with approval of Queen projects - the remaining members of the band were concerned about the movie's potential effect on Mercury's legacy and seemingly wanted to make a sugar-coated PG movie.
According to Deadline.com, the living members of Queen, including Brian May, rejected British writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) as the writer, as well as both Fincher (The Social Network) and Hooper (The King's Speech) as directors.
Ahead of The Oscars 2013, we look at the casting process of Les Miserables
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe are all well-respected actors, who’ve carved out hugely successful careers. But that didn’t mean they got a free pass into Les Miserables – no – they had to audition, and by that we mean sing, like everybody else.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013 – Les Miserables Cast Sang For Their Roles In The Film
Film awards outcomes are difficult to predict. Year on year the judging panel changes and the tastes of both the public and the film critique elite evolve. Sometimes winners will be a curve ball, and sometimes movies that seem to be a dead cert get completely ignored from nominations.
This year, The Master had been tipped to be a firm favourite among critics, but has been largely ignored by many awards. In contrast, the underdog movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, starring two completely novice actors and the feature film directorial debut from Benh Zeitlin, has snapped up three nods from the Oscars. The BAFTAS doesn't quite have the same notoriety for its unpredictable nominations or winners, but for this year's Best Film Award, with 5 unusually strong contenders, the floor is still entirely open.
This year's nominations are; Ben Affleck's Argo, Tom Hooper's all star Les Miserables, Ang Lee's stunning adaptation of Life of Pi, American historical drama Lincoln from Steven Spielberg, and Kathryn Bigelow's controversial search for Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.
The big movie news this week, of course, was the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations, to which people reacted with the usual levels of surprise and anger. The biggest snub seems to be for previous winner Kathryn Bigelow, who was overlooked for a directing nomination even though her film Zero Dark Thirty earned five other nods, including Best Picture.
The National Board Of Review Awards took place last night (January 8, 2013), with many evidently viewing the bash as a warm-up before the Oscar nominations get announced tomorrow (January 10, 2013). As such, some of the names who may well be featuring in less than 24 hours time were on the red carpet, including Skyfall's Daniel Craig, Argo director and actor Ben Affleck, stars from Les Miserables including Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, and many more.
As the results pour in for the movie takings over the festive period, it looks as though three movies have truly surpassed themselves. The Hobbit took $32m over the weekend, bringing its world wide gross to over $600m. Les Miserables' Christmas day release saw it beating the rest for three days, and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained looks to be the director's biggest film yet, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Friday saw The Hobbit smash through $600 million total worldwide gross sales which makes it bigger than The Fellowship of the Ring, the first movie of the LOTR trilogy, a number which bodes well for the the second two movies of Peter Jackson's latest JRR Tolkien trilogy.
Django Unchained also did incredibly well over the weekend with north American sales of over $30m, doubling it's week takings to gross at $64m. Either due to, or despite, the controversial race debate surrounding the film, Tarantino's latest brave foray with a strong political back bone is set to be his biggest yet, surpassing the sales of 2009's Inglourious Basterds. Regardless of the controversy surrounding it, reviews of performances, cinematography and directing have all been glowing it's currently holding an 89% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
With awards seasons fast approaching it seems almost certain now that Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables will nab several Oscar nominations, if not a couple of the coveted awards.
Best Picture maybe? Is it too early to speculate? Not at all, with Les Miz already having received several Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. According to the LA Times, the picture has been making quite the rounds, having been screened numerous times for guild and academy members alike and generating positive reviews every time. It might be an easy win, with a classic Broadway favorite like this – the songs and the storyline were already there to be readily exploited.
The challenge with this one, however, was to adapt it to the tastes of a modern audience, one not quite used to having their film interrupted by show tunes every five minutes. To his credit, Tom Hooper has certainly succeeded in doing this, which is no doubt due, at least in part, to the star-studded cast featuring A-list names such as Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Hugh Jackman. Fans of Jackman will already know that the actor has quite a few Broadway productions under his belt, which makes him the perfect choice for the adaptation. Despite generally unfavorable reviews from critics, it looks like Jackman’s Best Actor nomination is all but secure, as is Hooper’s Best Director. As for winning, that will probably come down to the wire, with several big hits of the year competing in each of the categories.
There is always some enormous risk in remaking well loved stories, be they originally films, plays, television series or literature. There will always be hype and there will always be people who prefer the original, think the film ruined the book, consider the remake redundant or those who simply don't like it. Along with all of these risks, movie makers also come across the problem of how to remake something while at once being true to the original and yet also being able to make their own mark on it. Tom Hooper has managed to tread these very lines well with his latest movie, Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.
Les Mis was loved even before it was published. Hugo was already a much adored poet and when the first of the five volumes were published in 1862 it had sold out in Paris within two days. With it's award winning and long running musical that has delighted theatre audiences for decades, the popularity Les Miserables has managed not to fade. Speaking to Time, Hooper explained his decision to include the brand new song, 'Suddenly', for Jean Valjean and performed by Hugh Jackman. "There's an inspiring line in the book" he says, "that goes something like... 'The bishop had taught him virtue. Cosette taught him the meaning of love'... these two epiphanies [are] the central transformative moments. The musical nails the first one but the second one is kind of underwritten." Adding, "So I took this wonderful paragraph and asked Claude Michel and Alain Boublil [the writer and lyricist], 'Can you write me a song about what it is like to fall in love with a child, to experience parental love out of nowhere?'" And they did.
So far responses to the song have been fairly positive, despite the mixed reviews it's been receiving, with Time's own review naming Hooper's direction 'bad', while Variety has said it would "have made Victor Hugo proud". Starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfriend, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baren Cohen and introducing the adorable and talented Isabelle Allen as the young Cosette, Les Miserables will be in cinemas nationwide on January 11th.
Continue reading: Tom Hooper's Les Miserables: Making Something New Out of the Old
Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe entertained the crowds at the Les Miserables premiere in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday (December 20, 2012), laughing and joking while also pretending to race each other down the red-carpet! Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of the musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel has received cautious praise from critics, though Jackman's performance in particular came in for specific fanfare.
Speaking to The Australian, Jackman admitted that musicals aren't for everyone, "When it doesn't work, it stinks to high heaven, musical theatre. It can be very phoney. If it's not done well, it doesn't affect you in any way. I think musicals are the Mount Everest of moviemaking - I don't think there's anything more difficult to pull off."