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Eddie Redmayne on playing (and meeting) Stephen Hawking

Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a film that tracks the famed theoretical physicist’s relationship with his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and the struggle they faced after he was diagnosed with the crippling degenerative illness ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). “At age 21, he was a vibrant, funny young man, and he fell deeply in love with this woman,” Redmayne says. “Our film is about how they defied all the odds.”

To prepare for the film, which is released Nov. 7, the actor met with Hawking himself. “Even now, when he’s unable to move, you can still see such effervescence in his eyes,” he says.

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'Paddington' director on the 'sad' departure of Colin Firth

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When EW visited the London shoot of Paddington last year, everyone seemed thrilled that King’s Speech Oscar winner Colin Firth was voicing the film’s titular, marmalade-loving bear. “What we liked about Colin is that he’s got a bearish voice, he’s got a sense of humor, and he presents the very best of British,” explained producer David Heyman (of Gravity and the Harry Potter series). “We wanted that.”

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Universal acquires rights to Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles'

More vampires could be headed to the big screen.

EW has confirmed that Universal Pictures acquired the rights to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series for Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer. The rights include all of the existing novels as well as any future novels in the series, even including the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief, which was written by Rice’s son Christopher Rice. Also included are Interview with the Vampire and the upcoming Prince Lestat.

Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci are set to produce, with Bobby Cohen on board to executive produce. President of Imagine Entertainment Erica Huggins will oversee the series, according to a press release.

'Frozen' director Jennifer Lee to adapt 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Jennifer Lee, one of the minds behind Disney’s 2013 hit Frozen, is officially set to adapt Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time to the big screen for Disney, Variety reports.

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Nat Wolff on how 'Paper Towns' is sort of like 'The Godfather'

The first time Nat Wolff heard about John Green’s Paper Towns, he was on the set of another John Green adaptation, The Fault In Our Stars. It was then that producer Wyck Godfrey suggested that Wolff give Paper Towns a read. As Wolff puts it, Godfrey didn’t quite wink at him, but “there was something behind” the suggestion. So Wolff quickly read the book, loved it, and four months later, picked up his phone just in time to be offered the lead role of Quentin “Q” Jacobsen in a Paper Towns film adaptation. According to Wolff, he said yes before they could even finish making the offer.

“It’s just such a soulful character and a funny book. I’m excited,” Wolff says. And yet what might be most exciting is the fact that screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber knew about Wolff before they started writing the script, which allowed them, for the first time in their careers, to write for a specific actor. “First of all, that is like the most exciting compliment I’ve ever gotten because those guys are such good writers. The fact that I’m the first actor that they’re writing for is really just unbelievable,” Wolff says. READ FULL STORY

Warner Bros. and RatPac team up for 'The Goldfinch'

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Warner Bros. has acquired the feature film rights to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winner The Goldfinch, with Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force set to produce the adaptation, EW confirmed Monday.

The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in the bombing of a New York museum. Abandoned by his father, Decker is taken in by a wealthy family. The epic, post-traumatic tale reveals the nearly two-decade aftermath of those events, anchored by Decker’s attachment to the piece of art (Dutch master Carel Fabritius’ “The Goldfinch”) he walked out of the devastated museum with years ago.

Clocking in at nearly 800 pages, the book has nevertheless been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks and was considered a hot property for the big-screen treatment. Warner Bros. also has the rights to Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, which they acquired years ago. That adaptation has yet to make it to the screen, though.

Neil Patrick Harris talks about his 'creepy' role in 'Gone Girl'

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Given that he’s known to many as the fun-loving Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris may not be immediately associated with the word “creepy.” But after viewers got a peek at Harris in the role of Desi Collings in the newest Gone Girl trailer, that quickly changed.

When Harris stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105), he sat down with Mario Correa to discuss his new role in David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s hit novel, which is set to open the New York Film Festival. Harris, who has seen an unfinished version of the film, promises that it’s “as unsettling as the book”—though he doesn’t really get why he creeped people out in the trailer just by standing in a doorway. Regardless, Harris is very happy that he took the part, one that Fincher himself offered him over lunch.

Gone Girl will arrive in theaters October 3.

Video: Lily Collins and Sam Claflin are friends in love in 'Love, Rosie' trailer

There’s a fine line between friendship and romance, and in the new trailer for Love, Rosie, Alex (Sam Claflin) and Rosie (Lily Collins) are all but dancing on it.

Based on Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 novel Where Rainbows End, the film follows Alex and Rosie, two best friends who meet at the age of 5 and, over the course of their lives, journey from being inseparable to being separated by an entire ocean. As they age, they continue to debate if their friendship could—and/or should—be more, even through babies, marriage, infidelity, the struggles of long distance, and more.

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'Stalingrad' director hired for film adaptation of Homer's 'Odyssey'

High school students, rejoice: Homer’s epic poem Odyssey is becoming a movie. Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk has been hired by Warners Bros. to direct Odysseus, a “large-scale” film adaptation, Deadline reports.

The Odyssey follows the Greek epic hero Odysseus’ arduous journey home following the fall of Troy. The Killing‘s Jeremy Doner will write the script, and Gianni Nunnari (300), Bernie Goldmann, and Shannon Gaulding will produce.

Bondarchuk’s last film, Stalingradabout a group of Russian soldiers who must defend the city against the Nazis during World War II—was the top-grossing Russian film of 2013 and the first Russian film that was filmed in IMAX 3D. Although it featured several action sequences, it was filmed without a green screen.

 

 

Nick Robinson and Alex Roe join Chloe Grace Moretz in 'The 5th Wave'

The film adaptation of The 5th Wave is heating up!

In April, Sony Pictures announced it had cast Chloe Grace Moretz as the star of the thriller, which will be directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) from a screenplay by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Now two other pivotal roles have been filled: Nick Robinson will be playing Ben Parish, a.k.a. “Zombie,” and Alex Roe will portray Evan Walker. READ FULL STORY

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