Eddie Redmayne is going to be a father — news that puts the cherry on top of an amazing year.
Although the Oscar-winner and his wife Hannah have not announced the news themselves, a source close to Hannah confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple is expecting.
This will be baby number one for both.
The pair married last year and recently celebrated their anniversary. The Danish Girl actor gushed about married life in the new issue of PEOPLE.
“It’s been extraordinary. It’s been the most wonderful whirlwind,” Redmayne, 33, said. “I think saint might be the word. She is an absolute saint. And it’s a ride for both of us. It’s wonderful doing it with someone you love because you also have a second eye on it all.”
Redmayne also opened up about his plans to take some time off once he’s done filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; a decision that makes perfect sense with a baby some time next year.
“The plan is, after Fantastic Beasts ends in a couple of months’ time, to take a little time off and try to take it all in,” he said.
The 40th Toronto Film Festival has just announced the Gala Presentations and Special Presentations films for this year’s event.
DEMOLITION, from Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, will open this year’s festival. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
Among this year’s entries will be:
THE DANISH GIRL (directed by Les Mis’ Tom Hooper), starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, the 1920’s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignement surgery.
TRUMBO, starring Tony Award winner Bryan Cranston as the famous screenwriter and Hollywood blackist victim Dalton Trumbo.
VICTORIA, starring Christopher Plummer as an elderly Holocaust Eddie Redmayne, Helen Mirren & More Among Toronto Film Festival Line-UpSurvivor.
EYE IN THE SKY,a timely thriller starring Helen Mirren.
THE LADY IN THE VAN, starring MAGGIE Smith in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play.
The 40th edition of the festival begins on September 10th and runs through September 20th and will feature a host of special events commemorating four decades of the festival.
The full list of films follows:
Beasts of No Nation- directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Idris Elba
Black Mass- directed by Scott Cooper, starring Johnny Depp
Anomalis – directed by
Brooklyn- directed by John Crowley, starring Saoirse Ronan
The Club- directed by
Colonia – directed by Florian Gallenberger
The Danish Girl- directed by Tom Hooper, starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander
The Daughter- directed by Simon Stone, starring Geoffrey Rush
Desierto- directed by Jonas Cuaron, starring Gael Garcia Bernal
Dheepan- directed by Jacques Audiard, starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan
Families- directed by
The Family Fang- directed by Jason Bateman, starring Nicole Kidman
Guilty- directed by
I Smile Back
The Idol- directed by Hany Abu-Assad
The Lady In The Van – directed by Nicholas Hytner, starring MAGGIE Smith
The Lobster- directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Colin Farrell
Louder Than Bombs- directed by Joachim Von Trier, starring Gabriel Byrne
Maggie’s Plan- directed by Rebecca Miller, starring Julianne Moore
Mountains May Depart- directed by Jia Zhangke
Office- directed by Won-Chan Hong
Parched- directed by Leena Yadav
Room- directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Brie Larson
Sicario- directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Emily Blunt
Son of Saul- directed by Laszlo Nemes
Spotlight – directed by Thomas McCarthy, starring Mark Ruffalo
Summertime- directed by Gabriele Muccino
Sunset Song -directed by Terence Davies, starring Peter Mullan
Trumbo- directed by Jay Roach, starring Brian Cranston
Un Plus Un- directed by Claude Lelouch
Victoria- directed by
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Eye in the Sky
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Septembers of Shiraz
You’d be forgiven for thinking that acting was Eddie Redmayne’s first love, given his current status as an Oscar winner. However, long before he found himself clutching a Best Actor statuette for his uncanny portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Redmayne nurtured a passion for art.
After leaving Eton, where he was in the same year as Prince William, Redmayne won a place at Cambridge University to study history of art. He admits he wasn’t the most committed student, “floating” into “a couple of lectures a week”. Despite this, he graduated with a 2:1 and a genuine enthusiasm for his subject – particularly early 20th-century painters.
“The world had changed,” he explains in a new documentary this week, “and while the world was changing the art was changing as well.”
Although determined to act, Redmayne didn’t abandon his interest in the art world, preferring to combine the two. In 2009, he was cast in Red, a play about the American artist Mark Rothko, at London’s Donmar Warehouse. His performance as Rothko’s young assistant won him both an Olivier and a Tony award and caught the eye of documentary film-maker Margy Kinmonth
“It was a sensational piece of theatre; a fascinating insight into an artist,” says Kinmonth. “Later on I saw Eddie in the BBC war drama Birdsong [below] and Les Misérables so I was always very keen on him and thought he was an absolutely wonderful actor. I thought, ‘Gosh, I would love to work with this guy.’ ”
Kinmonth has experience in tracking down high-profile figures for her documentaries. In 2011 she made Looking for Lowry with Sir Ian McKellen; in 2013 she got Prince Charles to front Royal Paintbox, a film about his family’s love of art. Now it was time for Project Eddie.
“Two years ago I went to see Eddie’s agent. But then a long time went past because Eddie was shooting the Hawking film. It was hard to get to him so I wrote him a letter, and it went back and forth a bit, but he agreed to meet me.”Kinmonth hadn’t decided what film she wanted to make. But, keen to appeal to Redmayne’s interests, she proposed two possible subjects: Rothko or war art. “I suggested doing something on Paul Nash, and Eddie was interested in that period because a lot of his degree focused on the first half of the 20th century. When I met him he was utterly charming and teeming with ideas.”
This was late 2013 and Redmayne was finishing filming The Theory of Everything; his time was precious. Finally, in January 2014, Kinmonth pinned him down for a week’s filming. The pair would retrace the journey the artists took from London to Belgium, ending at the Sanctuary Wood trenches, east of Ypres. It wasn’t Redmayne’s first trip to the Western Front. In 2012 he visited the battlefields of northern France in preparation for his role in the BBC’s Birdsong, an experience he described as “incredibly moving”. He was equally affected by his time at Sanctuary Wood, where 2,000 of the 250,000 soldiers who died at the front in Flanders are buried.
“It was extraordinary wandering around where so many people were killed,” says Redmayne. “You can’t help but find a weird beauty in it and I think that must have been one of the dilemmas. It’s something that Nash talks about, it’s something that Nevinson talks about – how in this incomprehensible and, as they say, indescribable context, you could find beauty.”
The film ends with Redmayne speaking to contemporary war artists about modern-day conflicts, from Bosnia to Syria. An intelligent interviewer, he doesn’t need the security of a fictional character to command the screen. “Eddie kept worrying that he wasn’t any good but he was a natural,” says Kinmonth. “The average age of men who died was about 28, and he had this affinity with them, and understands the sacrifice, so it’s very moving. When I showed the film to my producer, he was in tears.”
Redmayne acknowledges that, had he been born a century earlier, he would have been brandishing a rifle, not an Oscar. And, like Nash and Nevinson, he too could have found himself sketching the horrors of frontline warfare. “It was unspeakable, hopeless, godless. I’m not sure it’s possible to understand the true experience of being a war artist, but I do know that we lost so much formidable talent; so many young men who never got to see their potential fulfilled.”
A gaggle of A-listers will soon be going red.
Eddie Redmayne, Retta, Olivia Wilde and “Game of Thrones” cast members Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Iwan Rheon, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Addy, John Bradley, Rose Leslie, Alfie Allen and Charlotte Hope have joined “Red Nose Day,” NBC’s live televised drive aimed at helping 12 charity organizations lift children and young people out of poverty.
This is the first time the drive has been done in the U.S., although it’s a big hit across the pond, where it has raised more than $1 billion over the past 30 years. Richard Curtis is an executive producer for the NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart of Done + Dusted Productions. Henrietta Conrad and Lily Sobhani will also serve as executive producers, as will Mike Farah, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell from Funny or Die. Hamilton is set to direct.
The event airs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET May 21 on NBC. Viewers may also play along at home. Through May 30, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores will sell red noses for $1, with proceeds going to the Red Nose Day Fund.
Tony Award winner James Corden made his LATE LATE SHOW hosting debut on CBS last night. The ‘Into the Woods’ star opened the show with a hilarious explanation as to how he got the gig, which featured such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Lena Dunham, George Lopez, Simon Cowell, Chris Rock and Eddie Redmayne.
In the video, James is coached for his upcoming position by the likes of Jay Leno, Shia LaBeouf, Allison Janney and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the end he is saved by the one and only Meryl Streep! Check out the opening footage below!
Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne revealed that he realised he was getting famous when commuters tried to secretly take photos of him on the tube.
Redmayne, 33 – who won an Oscar last month for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – told GQ magazine: “In London, the shift was just going on the underground and people pretending to be texting but then taking photos. But it’s never been extreme.”
Talking about his new role as Danish painter Lili Elbe (previously Einar Wegner) – one of the world’s first known successful recipients of sex reassignment surgery – he said: “I was actually offered The Danish Girl before Hawking.
“People go, ‘Oh are you doing this transformative thing?’ It’s not a concerted choice. I think it will be a unique experience.”
To get in character for the film, which will track the journey of Wegener’s transition from posing in women’s clothes for his wife Gerda to undergoing surgery to become a woman, Redmayne sought the advice of transgender director Lana Wachowski.
“There is so much I need to investigate,” he said. “It’s a very famous story within the trans community.”
On choosing which roles to play, Redmayne – who married his sweetheart Hannah Bagshawe in December – said: “If your dream is to tell stories, interesting stories, play interesting people, then I have been incredibly lucky to portray Stephen and Lili. They are both extraordinary people and as an actor it doesn’t get better than that.”
Read the full interview in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of GQ Style, on sale now or online here.
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