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TIFF: Eddie Redmayne and capturing the smiling eyes of Stephen Hawking

How does one find the right actor to play Stephen Hawking?

Typically, directors and producers do their homework by reviewing an actor’s previous work, looking for clues in the on-screen moments to inspire confidence that a performer has the goods to breathe life into their character. Actor X can do this because he already did that. But unless Daniel Day-Lewis is in the mix, there really is no film resume that suggests an actor can convincingly portray Hawking, the brilliant British scientist whose body is ravaged by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), the motor-neurone disease that robbed him of his ability to speak on his own.

“[In casting Hawking], you have to take a leap into the dark,” says director James Marsh, who successfully gambled on Eddie Redmayne, immediately propelling the 32-year-old British actor and their film, The Theory of Everything, into Oscar contention after its world premiere at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival. Redmayne, best known in the U.S. for playing Marius in Les Misérables, and falling hard for Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, wowed critics and audiences alike, playing the charming and mischievous academic whose physical condition slowly deteriorates from the moment he’s diagnosed with ALS in the 1960s. In a still-evolving Best Actor race that also includes Foxcatcher‘s Steve Carell and The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch, Redmayne might be the one to beat. READ FULL STORY

TIFF: Stephen Hawking story 'The Theory of Everything' spurs Oscar talk

Ladies and gentlemen, meet a couple of new Oscar contenders: Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy). The duo stars as Stephen Hawking and his deeply devoted wife Jane in Focus Features’ upcoming drama, The Theory of Everything. From the likes of the standing ovation given at the end of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, it would be astonishing if both of their names didn’t land on Oscar’s short list. READ FULL STORY

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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Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in 'Theory of Everything' trailer

Stephen Hawking has a beautiful mind, and in the first trailer for The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne stars as the superstar scientist before, during, and after he’s stricken with his debilitating illness. Like Ron Howard’s Oscar-winning movie about mathematician John Nash, director James Marsh (Man on Wire) focuses on the love story that keeps Hawking going.

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Casting Net: Sandra Bullock eyes the Tupperware story; Plus Eddie Redmayne, more

• Sandra Bullock is circling the role of Brownie Wise in an untitled pic about the rise of Tupperware. Wise was the saleswoman who helped the airtight containers succeed in the ’50s thanks to her innovative “party plan” marketing scheme. The Help‘s Tate Taylor is attached to direct the movie, which will be based on Bob Kealing‘s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed. [THR] READ FULL STORY

'Jupiter Ascending' trailer: Eddie Redmayne wants Mila Kunis dead -- VIDEO

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Mila Kunis’ character Jupiter Jones may clean toilets for a living, but she also poses a threat to the reign of the Queen of the Universe thanks to her perfect genetic makeup in the Wachowskis’ latest sci-fi spectacle Jupiter Ascending. Fortunately she has a protector in the form of a glassy-eyed, part-albino/part-wolf Caine (Channing Tatum).

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Casting Net: Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx in talks for 'Black Phantom'; Plus, Jason Sudeikis, Dr. Doom rumors

• Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx are in talks to star in Black Phantom, a Screen Gems hitman pic. Ride Along‘s Tim Story is in talks to direct the film about a hitman reeling from a recent betrayal who hires the guy who was hired to kill him for help. Foxx can be seen next in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out May 2). Hart’s Think Like a Man Too (also directed by Story) is out June 20. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Sandra Bullock (back) in talks to play Miss Hannigan in 'Annie'; Plus, Tom Hanks for a Dave Eggers adaptation, more

• Sandra Bullock passed once on starring in Will Gluck’s update of Annie, but reports surfaced Wednesday that talks may have started up again. The Oscar-winning actress would play the part of Miss Hannigan, the cruel, often drunk head of the orphanage that houses Annie (Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis). Carol Burnett played the role in John Huston’s 1982 version of the musical. Bullock can be seen next in The Heat (June 28) with Melissa McCarthy, and then in Alfonso Curaón’s Gravity (October 4) with George Clooney. [The Wrap]

• Tom Hanks is re-teaming with his Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) to turn the Dave Eggers novel A Hologram for the King into a film. Hanks will star in the film as Alan Clay, a downtrodden American businessman who tries to make it in Saudi Arabia. Hanks can be seen next in Paul Greengrass’s Somali pirates drama Captain Phillips, which hits theaters on October 11. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Samantha Barks and Cameron Mackintosh talk 'Les Miserables' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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For fans who grew up singing “One Day More” into a hairbrush and were mighty nervous about a big-screen version that stayed closer to Victor Hugo’s original work, but lost a lot of the musical moments they’d fallen in love with, they may owe a thank-you card to director Tom Hooper and Mackintosh. “There was a lot more dialogue in the original screenplay,” Mackintosh explained. “And then Tom said, ‘What I want you to do is turn the dialogue and [put it] into the form the show is in.’ And I think by setting us to work, both to deconstruct the stage musical and take the material and remake it as a story that happens to be told through music for the movies, that was the key to shooting that laid the groundwork for the film to be successful….One of the other things [Hooper] said to me when we first met was that he felt we should record [the songs] live, which is something I felt passionately about for years. …[Singing live] was a risky step, but it was a risk that paid off.”

Watch below for an EW exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the live singing on location: READ FULL STORY

The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' sets summer 2014 release date

Lana and Andy Wachowski’s next film Jupiter Ascending has set a release date of July 25, 2014. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, and Sean Bean have all been cast in the film.

Although no official plot details have been released, the film reportedly is about a time in the future where humans are one of the least evolved species. Vulture reported last year that Kunis would be playing a Russian immigrant who is dangerous to those in power because she has “genetic makeup” matching the queen’s and Tatum would play her bounty-hunter turned lover.

But for all we know, the film could be like the Wachowskis’ last joint, Cloud Atlas, and just be about everything.

Read more:
Casting Net: Sean Bean teams up with the Wachowskis; Plus Paul Walker is ‘Agent 47′, Felicity Jones, Morena Baccarin, and more
Wachowskis to descend back into action sci-fi with ‘Jupiter Ascending’
Mila Kunis gets a lesson in U.K. pub culture in awkward-yet-charming BBC interview

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