Saturday, August 8, 2015

News - IntoFilm Ambassador, 'Road to Oz' and Vanity Fair's Best Dressed List

eronitabeqiri_ (x): So a few months ago I wrote a letter to Eddie Redmayne asking him if he would like to be the ambassador for @getintofilm and now in the metro and daily mail it has been announced that he is now Ambassador of Intofilm I am so happy I was part of this process and I am so thankful for everything Intofilm has done for me!! - dreams really do come true.

You find quotes from Eronita's Eddie Redmayne interview at the Into Film Launch event in February 2014 
in the new articleWhich British star got Eddie Redmayne interested in films?

Eddie Redmayne has revealed how Sir Ian McKellen inspired him to become an actor, as he was named 
the new ambassador of the film education charity Into Film...
“When I heard about Into Film, one of the things that I thought was so extraordinary was how little of that I had when I went to school.” The Cambridge graduate explained: “I went to probably the most privileged school in the country, and there, somehow because our country – because of Shakespeare – we have this extraordinary theatre legacy and we all feel like it’s very important and wonderful – and it is – but what I found is that I got into Shakespeare when I saw a film version of it with Gandalf playing Richard III, and that was when I first got really interested in theatre and in film.”...
“My life is film, but it wasn’t when I was a kid. My family weren’t massively into film, I didn’t see a huge amount myself when I was at school – theatre was the thing,” he said. “I always thought that film was entertainment, it wasn’t something you could learn from and my God, I was mistaken. “So since then I’ve been trying to up my film literacy and it’s been an extraordinary adventure and it continues to be. Often with film we love watching it because it’s immersive and it’s entertaining … but if you look a bit harder and you ask the questions after, it can be so inspiring. It’s an amazing time to be supporting Into Film.”...
Eddie first worked with the UK charity when he joined pupils last year at Westminster Academy to launch Into Film, which aims to educate children and young people aged five to 19 about the benefits of movies. It is supported by the BFI with Lottery funding.
“I’ve done some adaptations of famous books but quite difficult books, whether it was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, which is a massive tome of a thing, which is terrifying and difficult to read, or Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, which again is a brilliant book, and I’ve had so many people write to me, subsequent to seeing those films, saying it has made them curious to learn more about that period or to read the book,” he explained. “To really see the specifics and the original material, I think film can be useful in that sense.” Into Film CEO Paul Reeve said he is “absolutely thrilled” to have Redmayne as its ambassador. “As a hugely respected artist, and with his clear love of film and genuine enthusiasm for enabling young people to engage with it, he is a brilliant advocate for what we do. We hope his involvement in Into Film will inspire young people from all corners of the UK,” he said.

My earlier related posts:

Video: Eddie Redmayne, Chris Pratt, Miles Teller, Steve Carell, Margot Robbie, Josh Hutcherson,
Chloe Grace Moretz and more tell Josh Horowitz whether or not they would trade a toe for an Oscar.

The Into Film Festival, supported by TES, is the world’s largest events of its kind for pupils and teachers. The aim is to get 450,000 primary and secondary children watching and making films. It already has the backing of a number of high-profile actors, and existing ambassadors include Michael Sheen and Matthew Rhys, as well as Northern Irish filmmaker Mark Cousins.
The festival, which will be held between 4 and 20 November in 520 cinemas around the country, will include preview screenings, film-making workshops and question-and-answer sessions with industry experts. There will also be opportunities for pupils to meet and speak to people working in film, including critics, period-costume designers and special-effects engineers. All events will be accompanied by teaching resources.
Redmayne said that film has “the power to inspire, connect and expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. “I hope, through being an ambassador for Into Film, I am able to help raise awareness of how film can contribute to their cultural and creative lives.”
This was echoed by Into Film chief executive Paul Reeve. "As a hugely respected artist, and with his clear love of film and genuine enthusiasm for enabling young people to engage with it, Eddie is a brilliant advocate for what we do," he said. "We hope his involvement in Into Film will inspire young people from all corners of the UK.”  - read more

Another project that Eddie is supposedly attached to!

Hot off his recent Oscar win, Eddie Redmayne is now set play L. Frank Baum in ROAD TO OZ, the biographical drama recounting the early days of the author who wrote the iconic children’s story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Road to Oz is being produced by New Line Cinema and Flynn Picture Company, with Michael Disco and Sam Brown overseeing for New Line and Beau Flynn and Scott Sheldon producing through Flynn Picture Company. Josh Golden penned the script, which sold last year after landing the up-and-coming screenwriter on the Young & Hungry List, The Hit List and among the Nicholl Fellowship Finalists...
With his involvement in Road to Oz, producers are now ready to secure a director for the project.
Redmayne is repped by CAA and United Agents.

theguardian: Off to be a wizard: Eddie Redmayne to play Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum
Oscar-winner will play novelist who tried his hand at poultry fancying and newspaper editing before inventing the fantasy land of wicked witches, munchkins and ruby slippers...
The movie centres on Baum’s early life and the development of his hit 1900 novel, originally titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was partly inspired by the author’s sickly niece Dorothy...

Born in 1856 into a rich New York Methodist family, Baum had a highly colourful life. After early forays into the theatre, and as the author of a book about his youthful interest in fancy poultry breeding, he moved west to the territory which would eventually become known as South Dakota in 1888, working as a store owner and later a newspaper editor. During this period Baum wrote a controversial piece calling for the wholesale extermination of the Native American peoplesfrom the US, though some believe his article may have been designed as a Swiftian satire designed to inspire sympathy for its subject.
Baum and his wife, the feminist and suffragist Maud Gage Baum, later moved to Chicago where they finally found financial security from the author’s literary endeavours. The novelist wrote 13 sequels to his popular book, which was adapted for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland...
Redmayne’s involvement suggests New Line will be looking for a high-profile film-maker to take charge of the Oscar-bait project. Previous films about famous literary figures that have found themselves part of the awards season conversation include 2004’s Finding Neverland, about Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, and 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, about Mary Poppins author PL Travers and her battles with Walt Disney over the famous film version of her children’s novel.

Eddie Redmayne can lay claim to many impressive distinctions: Academy Award-winning actor, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, ambassador of plaid. And now, for a second time, International Best-Dressed List honoree. It was a breakout year for Redmayne, and the road to his best-actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking gave him plenty of red-carpet time to put his up-to-the-minute take on traditional British men’s dressing on display. See our experts discuss his style.

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