Felicity Jones developed fear of heights after filming The Aeronauts

Felicity Jones developed a fear of heights after playing fictional balloon pilot Amelia Rennes in her new movie The Aeronauts.The actress has reteamed with her The Theory of Everything co-star Eddie Redmayne for the historical adventure, which is based…

Felicity Jones developed a fear of heights after playing fictional balloon pilot Amelia Rennes in her new movie The Aeronauts.

The actress has reteamed with her The Theory of Everything co-star Eddie Redmayne for the historical adventure, which is based on true-life events taken from the 2013 book Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes.

However, while filming the Tom Harper-directed drama, the 36-year-old found that some of the scenes shot while the pair were in a balloon basket added to her phobias.

“I didn’t have any fear of heights before I did the movie and then afterwards, suddenly, now I’m petrified of them,” Felicity told Good Morning America, explaining a series of terrifying on-set accidents may have led to her new discomfort.

“On the very first day of shooting we took the balloon up,” she shared. “They were doing a helicopter shot… The balloon took off and it was all fine until suddenly we hit a load of trees and Eddie and I are holding hands, bracing ourselves as we hit the ground at this incredible speed.

“The basket bounces, Eddie and I bounce to the back. I think that I’ve broken my back… and we’re just sort of like lying there, thinking that we might be paralysed… We were back at work at 5am the next day.”

The Aeronauts, also starring Himesh Patel and Tom Courtenay, is in cinemas now.

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Michael Keaton joins The Trial of the Chicago 7

Michael Keaton has joined the star-studded cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.The historical drama is based on the 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot, a result of the countercul…

Michael Keaton has joined the star-studded cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The historical drama is based on the 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot, a result of the counterculture protests in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

The Birdman actor has been cast as Ramsey Clark while fellow new addition William Hurt will play John Mitchell, who of whom served as attorney general during the time.

They join a cast which includes Eddie Redmayne, who will portray Tom Hayden, an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s who famously married Jane Fonda, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who will play Youth International Party co-founder Abbie Hoffman. Succession’s Jeremy Strong and The Hustle’s Alex Sharp have been cast as other members of the Chicago 7, while Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, an eighth defendant who was severed from the trial.

Frank Langella will take on the role of Judge Julius Hoffman, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mark Rylance have been cast as attorneys.

Famed screenwriter Sorkin, who made his directorial debut with 2017’s Molly’s Game, will direct from his own script.

The project has been in development for more than a decade, with Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, and Ben Stiller considering directing before Sorkin signed on in October 2018. The film got off to a rocky start as producers pulled the plug over budget issues in December, while it was in pre-production ahead of a February shoot.

Filming finally began on Friday, with locations including Chicago and New Jersey.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 will have a limited release from 25 September 2020 before an expansion on 2 October.

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Aaron Sorkin’s Chicago 7 film back on

Aaron Sorkin’s drama about the Chicago 7 activists is back on after producers secured deals with distributors in multiple countries. The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which will be directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter and star Eddie Redmayne and Sacha…

Aaron Sorkin’s drama about the Chicago 7 activists is back on after producers secured deals with distributors in multiple countries.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which will be directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter and star Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, was in pre-production – ahead of a start date this month (Feb19) – when producers pulled the plug over budget issues in December (18).

However, according to Deadline, Sorkin has received a lot of attention from distributors and the project will now begin production early this summer (19).

Redmayne is still on board to play Students for a Democratic Society co-founder Tom Hayden, an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s who famously married Jane Fonda, in the film, which is based on Brett Morgen’s documentary, Chicago 10: Speak Your Peace, about the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged with conspiracy in connection with the counter-culture protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Baron Cohen will play late Youth International Party co-founder Abbie Hoffman, while Seth Rogen will portray late activist Jerry Rubin, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will tackle prosecutor Richard Schultz. Jonathan Majors will also appear in the film, as political activist Bobby Seale and Alex Sharp will be spiritual lecturer Rennie Davis.

The movie has been in development at Amblin Partners for a decade and at one point company boss Steven Spielberg was planning to direct.

Paul Greengrass and Ben Stiller also considered directing the film before Sorkin signed on in October (18).

The project will be Sorkin’s second directorial effort following 2017’s Molly’s Game.

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Keira Knightley and Eddie Redmayne model Disney’s Red Nose Day T-shirts

Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne and Carey Mulligan are among the celebrities to model TK Maxx’s new Comic Relief charity T-shirts.The high street retailer has been working with Comic Relief since 2005, and has once again joined forces with the charity …

Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne and Carey Mulligan are among the celebrities to model TK Maxx’s new Comic Relief charity T-shirts.

The high street retailer has been working with Comic Relief since 2005, and has once again joined forces with the charity drive, which holds a biennial event called Red Nose Day, to help raise money through the sale of special T-shirts.

This year, the garment has had a Disney makeover, with drawings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Bambi, Eeyore and Dumbo, all with an added red nose, adorning adults’ and kids’ T-shirts and a kitchen apron. Legendary artist Sir Peter Blake has also created a limited-edition design, bringing Mickey Mouse and pop art together exclusively for Red Nose Day.

Sophie Dahl, rockers The 1975, Lottie Moss, Poppy Delevingne, Victoria actress Jenna Coleman and a host of other British stars are also a part of the campaign, which was shot by Greg Williams.

Introducing a video explaining how the Red Nose Day T-shirts helps Ugandan farmers, who grow Fairtrade cotton, supported by TK Maxx’s sustainable trade programme, Keira says: “Like the T-shirt? Wait until you hear the story behind it. Watch this little film from Comic Relief and TK Maxx.”

Prices range from £6.99 – £16.99 ($9 – $22) with at least £4.50 ($6) from the sale of each adult tee and £2.50 ($3) from each kids’ tee going to Comic Relief to help vulnerable people in the U.K. and some of the world’s poorest communities.

A Disney spokesperson told Cover Media: “We are delighted to have inspired this year’s range for Red Nose Day. It’s great that our much-loved characters will put smiles on people’s faces and help raise vital funds to bring comfort and inspiration to vulnerable children and their families in the U.K. and further afield.”

Red Nose Day 2019 takes place on 15 March (19).

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Rick Owens teams with eco brand Veja on sneaker design

Rick Owens has partnered with eco-friendly footwear brand Veja on a sneaker design.The American designer launched his eponymous brand in 1994, and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his use of unconventional materials and controversial runw…

Rick Owens has partnered with eco-friendly footwear brand Veja on a sneaker design.

The American designer launched his eponymous brand in 1994, and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his use of unconventional materials and controversial runway shows.

However, at Owens’ fall/winter 2019 presentation held as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Thursday (17Jan19), eyes weren’t just on the garments, but the sneakers created in collaboration for the French company.

“It was the most environmentally friendly sportswear company I could find,” Owens stated of the shoes in his show notes, according to Footwear News. “I have absolutely no authority to promote sustainability, but I do endorse the idea of thoughtful living and planning for the future with kindness in mind. We all gotta start somewhere.”

Owens’ Veja sneakers are a light grey colour with black soles and grey laces. The minimalist design was worn on the runway by a model dressed in black shorts, white shirt and a large fluffy grey jacket.

Founded by Sebastien Kopp and Francois-Ghislain Morillion in 2003, Veja is known for its vegan-friendly products, with the trainers and accessories made of organic cotton, wild runner and recycled plastic bottles.

Celebrities including Emma Watson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Eddie Redmayne have all been spotted wearing the label’s footwear of late, and, the company received a major boost in October 2018 when Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sported a pair during a sailing event with her husband Prince Harry for the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.

A photo of Meghan in the shoes garnered thousands of likes on Veja’s Instagram page.

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Felicity Jones had a ball performing stunts for The Aeronauts

Felicity Jones had a great time performing stunts on the set of her new movie The Aeronauts.The British actress plays 19th-century pilot Amelia Wren opposite her The Theory of Everything co-star Eddie Redmayne as scientist James Glaisher in the upcomin…

Felicity Jones had a great time performing stunts on the set of her new movie The Aeronauts.

The British actress plays 19th-century pilot Amelia Wren opposite her The Theory of Everything co-star Eddie Redmayne as scientist James Glaisher in the upcoming Tom Harper-directed project, with the biographical adventure film following the duo as they find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.

While Felicity has never had to perform such a level of death-defying stunts on past films, she fully embraced the challenge.

“I thought it was going to be a very safe period drama, then it turned into a Victorian version of The Revenant,” she enthused to Porter Edit. “I loved it. I’d be hanging off the basket and everyone would be asking if I was okay, and I’d be like, ‘This is a dream for me. This is what I’ve wanted to do my entire life – a bit of rough and tumble.'”

The Aeronauts isn’t due for release until late 2019, though Felicity has plenty of other projects lined-up.

She is currently promoting On the Basis of Sex, in which she portrays a young version of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and is voicing a character in animated flick Dragon Rider.

In spite of her varied roles over the years, Felicity says that it’s her role as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the one that really “shifted” her Hollywood profile.

“I never set out to be famous; it’s been a by-product of doing something that I love. I want to put relevant and entertaining stories out into the world, but this is the other side of it. And I think you just have to enjoy it – you can’t turn around and start complaining,” the 35-year-old said.

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Rami Malek worked with a movement coach for Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek followed in Eddie Redmayne’s shoes to prepare for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody by working with a movement coach. The Mr. Robot star didn’t have to work with a choreographer to master the late Queen frontman’s signature m…

Rami Malek followed in Eddie Redmayne’s shoes to prepare for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody by working with a movement coach.

The Mr. Robot star didn’t have to work with a choreographer to master the late Queen frontman’s signature moves because was able to replicate his mannerisms by using a coach like the one Redmayne called on while preparing to play wheelchair-bound physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

“I didn’t need a choreographer, because Eddie Redmayne used something called a movement coach doing The Theory of Everything,” Rami tells the New York Post’s Page Six. “So day in, day out was like (being) back at acting school. Four hours of movement, two of piano, two singing, then home watching archival footage and dancing alone in my flat.”

“Trying to be as unpredictable and spontaneous as Freddie Mercury was, I never let the camera know where I was going,” he continues. “I felt everyone could play catch-up to this character’s moves. Jumping into someone else’s light, a gorgeous thing to do, gives you an adrenaline rush. No one will ever be like him. I hope I got close.”

Malek’s efforts paid off – he has landed a string of nominations for top awards including the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, but he recently revealed he told the film’s producers he wasn’t ready to take on the role when the shoot began.

“I said, ‘Listen, I’m not a singer. I don’t play the piano. I move in a very interesting way on a dancefloor – I don’t know if I’d call it rhythm’,” he told Deadline. “I just said, ‘If I have the time, I can get there. If you help me out with the things I need’. Lessons to sing, the piano lessons, a movement coach, a dialect coach.”

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Eddie Redmayne sees real-life issues in the Wizarding World

Eddie Redmayne is adamant that the Wizarding World film series handles many real-life issues.The actor has recently reprised his role as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is currently in cinemas worldwide. And though…

Eddie Redmayne is adamant that the Wizarding World film series handles many real-life issues.

The actor has recently reprised his role as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is currently in cinemas worldwide.

And though he has found himself at the heart of a fantasy flick, he has praised author and screenwriter J.K. Rowling’s ability to help regular people resonate with the fictional world on screen.

“The thing that I love about what Jo does is that all the issues that one is dealing with in muggle society are being dealt with in the Wizarding World too,” he shared in an interview with British Vogue. “They just have more exceptional powers and capabilities to deal with things. Those skills also end up causing problems…”

The British star features alongside Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Zoe Kravitz in the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel. In addition to the similarities in issues in problems in both worlds, Eddie also believes that “muggles” will take comfort in seeing characters who feel uneasy about who they really are.

“(J.K. Rowling) is one of the most inclusive people and has always made the heroic out of people who are perhaps outsiders in life,” the 36-year-old smiled. “One of the things I love about this film and all of her works is that there are so many different characters, yet very few of them are super comfortable in their own skin. I think it’s something we can all relate to.”

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Fantastic Beasts sequel conjures up a North American number one hit

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has cast its spell over the North American box office with a $62 million (£48.3 million) debut. The second film in the Harry Potter prequel franchise, starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp, enc…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has cast its spell over the North American box office with a $62 million (£48.3 million) debut.

The second film in the Harry Potter prequel franchise, starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp, enchanted moviegoers to fly to number one despite poor reviews, although it fell short of the success of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which previously opened with $74 million (£57.6 million), and went on to gross $234 million (£182 million) in North America alone.

Despite the lower-than-expected launch, Warner Bros. studio officials are happy with its box office performance, and are confident ticket sales will be given a boost from Thanksgiving holiday crowds later this week (ends23Nov18).

“We’re extremely pleased with the opening weekend and think it will play well over the holidays,” Ron Sanders, president of worldwide distribution, tells Variety. “Clearly the brilliance of what (author J.K. Rowling) created is something fans continue to embrace.”

Internationally, the Fantastic Beasts sequel also conjured up big earnings, bringing in an additional $191 million (£148.7 million) outside the U.S. and Canada for an estimated global total of $253 million (£197 million).

Meanwhile, back in North America, the animated The Grinch, featuring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch as the grumpy Dr. Seuss character, falls to second place with $38.1 million (£29.7 million) in its second weekend on release, ahead of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody at three.

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s new comedy Instant Family and Steve McQueen’s Widows round out the new top five.

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Eddie Redmayne went free diving for Fantastic Beasts sequel

Eddie Redmayne has mastered the ability to hold his breath underwater for long periods of time after receiving a free diving crash course for the new Fantastic Beasts sequel. The Oscar winner, who portrays Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter prequel fr…

Eddie Redmayne has mastered the ability to hold his breath underwater for long periods of time after receiving a free diving crash course for the new Fantastic Beasts sequel.

The Oscar winner, who portrays Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter prequel franchise, admits one of the perks of starring in big blockbusters is learning new skills he wouldn’t have normally picked up, and this time around, he had to train his lungs to take in as big a breath as possible to shoot scenes underwater.

“I’d never dived before but the amazing thing about these films is you literally get the best experts in the world,” he smiled.

“So I was sent to a free diver to learn how to kind of take incredibly long (breaths) (and) hold my breath for hours, in preparation for the film, and those are the kind of random extra skills you get to learn being an actor on these (movies).”

Just like the 2016 release Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the follow-up, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was shot at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, England, where fans of the J.K. Rowling stories can also take a tour behind the scenes and view authentic sets, costumes and props used in the franchise.

But Eddie admits he often forgets just how “passionate” devotees of the boy wizard stories are until it comes to promoting the films.

“Where we make the films in Britain is right next to the Wizarding World, the Potter World, and it (filming) is so shrouded in secrecy – they don’t allow you to print scripts, even when you pull up the script onscreen, it kind of disappears if you look at it too long – that we make it in this kinda vacuum, really,” he shared, “and when we begin to take it out into the world and kinda see people dressed as Newt, people dressed as Grindlewald, you begin to get a sniff of how passionate the fans are.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres later this week (ends16Nov18).

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