Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A year ago in Tokio - Eddie Redmayne Japanese portraits

Before Eddie travelled to NYC to the MET ball he spent a few days in Tokio a year ago. During his visit he posed for several photos It was at the time of filming Jupiter Ascending, he looked fantastic. I choose two shoots for this post.

Photos about Eddie Redmayne by Kunihiro Takuma. April 30 2013
I love these!!!

My favorites from the photoshoot done on May 1 2013 in Tokio by Fumi Mochizuki.
You find these and more photos from this shoot in the gallery

Eddie Redmayne about to approach any character—I see what’s in the text and flesh it out with references from life. And certainly, I’ve had experiences with elder actors and bosses in the past who I’ve had complex and tricky relationships with. (x)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New film with Tom Hooper - The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne's crossdressing began in Eton. One of his drama teachers Hailz-Emily Osborne remembers
being entranced by a 13-year-old Eddie when he first took to the stage.
“He had been given a non-speaking role as Queen Charlotte in an excerpt of The Madness of King George. All Eddie had to do was stand and look terribly concerned while the elder boy hammed it up and went mad, but I was just riveted by him. He came across as so professional, even at that young age,” she recalls of her star pupil. (x)
Later when he was 15 he played Adela Quested in a stage version of A Passage to India.
His first professional stage performance was Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in 2002.
Now  this seems to be continuing on the big screen in the biopic of the Danish painter Einar Wegener alias Lili Elbe.
I can't imagine anyone who would be better for this role than Eddie.

After teaming with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner on Les Miserables, director Tom Hooperand actor Eddie Redmayne are reuniting with them on The Danish Girl, a film inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff. The film is a love story about Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. In 1930, Wegener was one of the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman.
Hooper, who won the Best Picture Oscar for The King’s Speech, hasn’t declared a follow to Les Miserables. He’s attached to direct this, and Redmayne will play the artist in what will be a most challenging role. Lucinda Coxon adapted the screenplay. Gail Mutrux developed the film and will produce through her Pretty Pictures banner alongside Anne Harrison and Linda Reisman. Working Title’s Fellner and Bevan will produce with Hooper. Hooper’s repped by ICM Partners and Independent Talent Group in the UK, and Redmayne is repped by CAA and manager Gene Parseghian.

The Hollywood Reporter: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hooper Reteaming for 'Danish Girl'
...The drama is based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, which itself is based on the life of Danish painter Einar Wegener, who became the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. The novel focused on a love story between Wegener (who later changed his name to Lili Elbe) and his wife, Gerda Gottlieb, also a painter...

"The Danish Girl is an extraordinary love story and a story about finding your true self," Hooper tells THR. "I first read Lucinda's script when I was making The King's Speech and I was so moved by this true story. I have wanted to make the film ever since."
The project has been the target of several attempts at adaptation, and has seen Nicole KidmanCharlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Weisz circled at various times for the two parts.
Lasse Hallstrom, Tomas Alfredson, Neil LaBute and Anand Tucker are directors previously associated with the project.
Working Title was behind Hooper's acclaimed big-screen take on Miserables, which grossed $441 million worldwide.

Collider: Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne Reunite for THE DANISH GIRL

...As THR reports, Hooper and Redmayne will reunite for The Danish Girl, which sees Redmayne playing Wegener in what promises to be a transformative and challenging role. Hooper, who won an Oscar for his direction of The King’s Speech, hasn’t announced his follow-up film to Les Miserables just yet, but he’s now attached to this adaptation....
Here’s a synopsis from Ebershoff’s 2001 novel, The Danish Girl (via Amazon):
A stunning first novel that probes the mysteries of sex, gender, and love with insight and subtlety Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. “Of course,” he answers. “Anything at all.” With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.

Movieweb: Director Tom Hooper Reunites with Eddie Redmayne for 'The Danish Girl'
The drama is based on a love story between two Danish painters, one being the first man to ever undergo a sex change operation.

"The Danish Girl" is a movie that has simply refuses to get made, even with some of the biggest names around attached at various points. So, let's break it down, shall we? Way back in 2009, Tomas Alfredson ("Let The Right One In") was going to make the picture his English-language directorial debut with Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in the lead roles. But Theron exited the project and was replaced with Gwyneth Paltrow. Then Alfredson left to direct "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" instead. Later, Lasse Hallström took over the directing reins only for Paltrow to bail on the movie. Then Rachel Weisz joined, and then left, and sometime in the last couple years, Kidman and Hallström also moved on. But now, the guys from "Les Miserables" are going to try and make it happen.

...The story follows Greta Wegener, a portrait painter in 1920s Copenhagen who asked her husband Einar (Redmayne) to stand in for an absent female model. Slipping on a dress, stockings and woman’s shoes began a metamorphosis into Lili. When the photos became wildly popular, Greta encouraged her husband to do more.
The harmless game evolved into something deeper - the landmark 1931 first sex-change operation that shocked the world and threatened their marriage. Greta finally let go when she realized the man she married no longer exists...

Variety: Eddie Redmayne Starring in Sex-Change Drama ‘The Danish Girl’ Tom Hooper & Eddie Redmayne Set to Reunite for 'The Danish Girl'
...It definitely sounds like a role that could earn Redmayne an Oscar nomination if the project stays on track, so we'll keep our ears to the ground for more updates.

The author David Ebershoff tweeted about the news (x): ..Einar and Gerda would be happy about this.

Article LOTL Magazine 2009 (pdf): The legend of Lili Elbe
Lili Elbe related articles

Nicole Kidman as the world's first reported woman with surgically corrected Harry Benjamin Syndrome.

Video: Gerda Wegener (about her paintings)

Update: I know from the comment now, that this was the book he read on the tube. I searced the cover on Amazon, here it is to the right with the tube photo (x) I posted already in my 18th March post.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cabaret - Perfectly Marvelous Oct. 24 2012 - photos, excerpts from articles

On 24th October 2012 at Perfectly Marvelous, a benefit for the Public Theater at Joe's Pub Eddie Redmayne performed naughty, bawdy songs from Cabaret with Anne Hathaway and other stars. He was already familiar with the musical - he played the role of the MC in 2001. Seeing him play the MC in PVC and fishnets in Cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival when he was 19 persuaded his parents that maybe he could make a career in the alien world of theatre.- it's a role he hankers to portray professionally one day - (x)
“Half of my family live in Edinburgh. My grandmother’s in Liberton and the last proper musical I did was Cabaret. It was in the Underbelly and it was all dark and dingy. I remember my cousin brought my grandma to see it and we were all in latex, PVC and masks and there was quite a lot of interaction. I was up in my grandma’s face and I just heard her say ‘and when is Eddie coming on?’ And my cousin was like ‘that’s him! The one leering in our faces!’” (x)

Anne Hathaway, Eddie and Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in NYC. Oct 23 2012 (x)

Patrick Pacheco's article about the show October 25 2012:
Anne Hathaway Dazzles as Sexy, Saucy Sally in “Cabaret”
“This show is called ‘Perfectly Marvelous,’ but it may be imperfectly marvelous,” said a nervous Anne Hathaway on Wednesday night at Joe’s Pub. “We’ve only had a day and a half of rehearsals.” She needn’t have been so hard 
on herself as she presented an evening of songs at Joe’s Pub from the 1966 Broadway musical “Cabaret” with a 
stellar group of friends, including Audra McDonald, Eddie Redmayne, Linda Lavin, Harvey Fierstein, and Bryce Pinkham. By the time Hathaway finished a raucous version of the famous title song, the packed audience rose to give her and the cast a spontaneous standing ovation...
...While the entire cast was in top form, most surprising was Redmayne (“Red,” “My Week with Marilyn”), who co-stars with Hathaway in Tom Hooper’s film version of the musical “Les Miserables,” slated for a holiday release. He acquitted himself admirabl, as Cliff, the American writer who hopelessly falls in love with Sally, in two numbers, “Why Should I Wake Up?” and in a duet with Hathaway on “Perfectly Marvelous.”...

To the left: Eddie with Harvey Fierstein - to the right: Eddie Redmayne and Bryce Pinkham 
join Cabaret co-writer John Kander following the Joe’s Pub concert

with Colman Domingo - with Artistic Director Oskar Eustis & Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett

Photo Flash: Behind the Scenes of PERFECTLY MARVELOUS with Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Audra McDonald, and More!
ABOUT The Public Theater

Update 22 sept 2014 - source: @bespokeredmayne

Post about the show by Michael Musto Oct. 24 2012:
Anne Hathaway And Audra McDonald Sing Gay Marriage Song To Each Other!
...Anne, Audra, and Eddie Redmayne came out and started by singing 'Wilkommen'...
..."Anne mostly sang Sally Bowles' songs, Eddie was Cliff (he has an excellent singing voice)
...Anne sounded amazing. She has a lovely voice and she acted every song. She sang 'Mein Herr' and she sat on men's laps and kissed people in the audience and played with this one guy's hair. She was even stroking the mic...
..."Also, she sang 'Married' with Audra. Anne said she just married a great guy and Audra just did the same, so 
they wanted to sing 'Married' as a duet, but they thought they should sing it as if they were two women who got 
married to each other.
... At one point in the song, Eddie Redmayne and Bryce Pinkham sang a bit of it to each other...
...Clearly this was an amazing show that would rock Broadway if it ever became a full-fledged production... 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The power-hungry aristocrat: Balem in Jupiter Ascending

Excerpt from the USA TODAY article by Brian Truitt, published today (April 27, 2014): 

Eddie Redmayne doesn't usually get to play damaged, borderline-insane guys, but with Andy and Lana Wachowski's new sci-fi movieJupiter Ascending (July 18), he chews outer-space scenery as the villainous Balem Abrasax.

The operatic and expansive Jupiter Ascending is set in a future where families own planets for business purposes. Balem happens to own the title to Earth, and he is a Richard III type who is all about the profit margin.
Things get complicated for him, though, when Earth girl Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is revealed as a no-nonsense Cinderella figure who is actually the heir to her planet. Balem puts a bounty on her head - that's when the heroic
Caine (Channing Tatum) gets involved to keep her safe long enough to rise to her rightful place.

"It's almost Shakespearean really, with interfamily bickering and them trying to usurp each other's power," Redmayne says of Balem and his siblings (Douglas Booth and Tuppence Middleton). "Then you throw Mila into 
the mix and it all becomes quite chaotic." - the siblings on gifs

Photos Source: Eddie Redmayne Spain Gallery (edited pictures)

My note: Eddie Redmayne doesn't usually get to play damaged, borderline-insane guys?
More about this in my post: Action gif - Jupiter knocks out Balem in the new trailer - bad guys

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hugh Dancy and Eddie in "Elizabeth I." and "Savage Grace"

First they worked together in the Tom Hooper directed HBO film Elizabeth I. in 2005. Eddie Redmayne played Southampton as having a crush on Hugh Dancy's Earl of Essex.


Later in Savage Grace Hugh played Barbara's gay friend Sam Green, who became Tony's lover and even had a 
three-way with Tony (Eddie Redmayne) and Barbara (Julianne Moore).


Interview: Eddie Redmayne Talks Live-Singing, Skinny-Dipping, Name-Calling
...The threesome with Hugh & Julianne... there's a moment in it. You always think with those sorts of scene 'How do actors do it?' The answer is it's as awkward as if you were to do it. There's a moment at the end of the scene where Tom Kalin keeps the camera on top of us and we all sort of all kiss each other and burst into hysterics. That was completely natural hysteria "What just happened?!?"[Laughter]...

‘Interview’ Magazine March 2008 Interview by Christopher Bailey
CB: ...I want you to tell me about Savage Grace: Is that the one where you play Julianne Moore’s gay son?
ER: Exactly.
CB: And is that the one with Hugh?
ER: That is the one with Hugh Dancy.
CB: And you snog the Dancy?
ER: I get to snog the Dancy. [Bailey laughs] ....
...We did this Helen Mirren Elizabeth I movie together...
... I had auditioned to play his sidekick in that film–the Earl of Southampton, who was sort of pauncy, indulgent,
and who kind of had a crush on the Earl of Essex...

My post: Elizabeth I - filmography with more screencaptures and gifs
Video: Cut scenes from BBC mini-series «Elizabeth I» with Eddie and Hugh Dancy.
My post: Savage Grace - The movie and the true story - pictures, quotes, articles
Video: Eddie Redmayne gay scene with boyfriend & mom
My post: Happy Birthday Hugh!
Savage Grace gifs blueberryed via eddieredmayne-for-pm
Savage Grace posts sirredmayne
Oh damn, Hugh Dancy tagged Savage Grace
Remember When Eddie Redmayne Made Out With Hugh Dancy?
Snog gifset (via)
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