Actor Eddie Redmayne has signed on to play influential lawyer Paul Cravath—who became a name partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore—in a historical film about a battle over the patent for the light bulb.
Cravath had provided legal advice to George Westinghouse in his 1880s patent battle with Thomas Edison, Law.com (sub. req.) reports. Author and screenwriter Graham Moore used Cravath to tell his patent law story in The Last Days of Night, a book he is now adapting as a screenplay.
Law.com calls Moore’s book “a legal and scientific thriller” that portrays the shaping of the patent system. Cravath’s work in the case raised his profile before his joined the firm he later came to dominate, Cravath presiding partner Allen Parker told Law.com.
Moore visited Cravath, Swaine & Moore, but he was not allowed to see letters written between Cravath and Westinghouse. He was told the letters were protected by attorney-client privilege, even though Cravath died in 1940.
Moore also discussed the book with NPR and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.). Cravath was only 26 and 18 months out of Columbia Law School when Westinghouse hired him.
Cravath “has never really had a client before, much less tried a case,” Moore tells NPR. “And now he’s the lead litigator on this unfathomably large lawsuit. He’s in way over his head, and this kind of opened up the whole story for me. What if we tell the story of kind of the great scientific rivalry of the 19th century, all from the perspective of this earnest, ambitious, hungry young attorney who’s just moved to New York to make good?” [Source]
Eddie Redmayne is Prada’s latest campaign face. The Italian brand rolled out its ad campaign for the fall men’s wear collection, shot by Craig McDean and featuring the Oscar-winning actor, via Instagram on Monday morning.
Redmayne won the Academy Award in 2015 for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” He was nominated this year for his leading role in “The Danish Girl.”
Prada has a preference for featuring a mix of both up-and-coming talent and established, of-the-moment actors. Last summer the company’s men’s wear ads included Tye Sheridan and Michael Shannon; this spring saw Matthew Beard, Billy Howle and Logan Lerman in its campaigns. Prada has previously cast Ethan Hawke, Ansel Elgort, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Jack O’Connell and Miles Teller. [Source]
Eddie Redmayne has signed up to voice the central character of Dug in Early Man, the new film from Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park.
Pictured in the Aardman Animations studio this week, Redmayne is the first cast member to be revealed as production begins.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.
Early Man, written by Mark Burton and directed by Burton and Richard Starzak, is being made by the many of the same production team who worked on Shaun The Sheep Movie, but also sees Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park involved, making this his first animated film since the Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit in 2005.
Nick Park comments: “Not only is Eddie a joy to work with, his versatility and boundless energy have really helped to bring my new character to life. He embodies the cheeky charm, fun and plucky wit of Dug and I’m sure he’ll get along brilliantly with Dug’s sidekick Hognob.”
Stop motion animation is a slow process so there will be a long wait before the film will be in cinemas. Early Man is currently scheduled to be released in the UK on Friday 26th January 2018. [Source]
Eddie Redmayne will reveal new footage from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 10.
Fantastic Beasts follows Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, a magizoologist with a suitcase full of magical creatures, as he visits New York City in 1928. When some of those creatures get loose and begin terrorizing the No-Majes (American Muggles), Scamander finds himself at odds with the governing body of America’s wizarding community, the Magical Congress of the United States.
OSCARS producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today a third slate of presenters for the 88th OSCARS telecast.
Among the new names are stage and screen star — and winner last year for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING — Eddie Redmayne, alongside theatre vet Cate Blanchett, INTO THE WOODS’ Emily Blunt, THE WIZ LIVE’s Common, comedian Louis C.K. and more.
“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”
The OSCARS, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC. [Source]
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander’s critically acclaimed drama The Danish Girl is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on the 9th May, released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, this remarkable love story comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film.
In the 1920s, a strong and loving marriage evolves as Gerda Wegener (Vikander) supports Lili Elbe (Redmayne) during her journey as a transgender woman. Through the other, each of them finds the courage to be who they are at heart.
Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award® nominee Alicia Vikander star in the film, helmed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper. The Danish Girl co-stars Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts.
The release is nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander), Best Costume Design (Paco Delgado), and Best Production Design (Production Designer, Eve Stewart; Set Decorator, Michael Standish). [Source]
The event will be emceed by James Corden with a menu by chef Gordon Ramsay.
Oscar hopeful Eddie Redmayne will co-host the “Film is GREAT” reception in West Hollywood with British consul general Chris O’Connor.
The evening will be emceed by James Corden with music from Jamie Cullum and a special menu from chef Gordon Ramsay.
“I am thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s Film is GREAT reception,” said The Danish Girl actor. “The range of British talent — both in front of and behind the camera — recognized by the film community over these past few months demonstrates the strength of the British creative industries.”
“Film is GREAT” is a part of the GREAT Britain campaign, which is meant to showcase the best of what the U.K. has to offer the world and encourage people to do business with, invest in, visit, and study in the U.K.
“Film is GREAT” will take place on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in West Hollywood. [Source]
Priyanka Chopra, Brie Larson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman and Jacob Tremblay will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards® Ceremony that already includes Life Achievement Award presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).
Priyanka Chopra appears in the television series “Quantico,” which returns from hiatus in March, for which she received a People’s Choice Award. Chopra also is in pre-production on “It’s My City,” a series she created for the nexGTV digital platform, and is set to release three Indian regional films through her production company Purple Pebble Pictures.
Brie Larson is nominated this year for her first SAG Award, as lead female in “Room,” a role that also earned her an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe. Her upcoming films include “Kong: Skull Island” and “Free Fire.”
Eva Longoria has two Actors® and three additional SAG Award nominations for “Desperate Housewives” in the category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She currently is starring in the comedy series “Telenovela,” which she also executive produces
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He will compete with Leonardo DiCaprio, who received a nod for revenge epic The Revenant, which leads the pack with 12 nominations.
Redmayne secured his nomination for his role as a transgender artist in The Danish Girl and will also compete with Irish actor Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, Matt Damon for The Martian and Bryan Cranston for Trumbo.
The Golden Globes announced that Eddie Redmayne (who is also a nominee for The Danish Girl), Amy Adams, Channing Tatum, and Patricia Arquette will present at the ceremony this Sunday.
They’ll be joined by Jamie Foxx, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore, and Amber Heard. PEOPLE also announced that Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and Jaimie Alexander will be among the night’s presenters.
The Globes previously announced that Olivia Wilde and Mel Gibson — who has been a favorite target of host Ricky Gervais in the past years he’s emceed the ceremony — will also be presenters at the show.
The 73rd Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC [Source]