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October 1, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews Comments Off on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star Eddie Redmayne reveals his Patronus

Eddie shares with USA Today what his Patronus is!

Eddie Redmayne, who stars as wizard Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has his own protective Patronus.

And it’s adorable while defending him from the forces of evil.

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website revealed the new Patronus experience last week, which officially determines what animal will defend fans (and leading men, the odd wizard) from the forces of evil with the Patronus charm. In the Harry Potter books and movies, Harry’s takes the form of a stag.

Redmayne, just like you and all your friends, also made the series of choices on the website, based on a prompts and questions written by J.K. Rowling, to discover which animal form his Patronus takes.

“I actually did (the Patronus test) twice as it launched. Both times I got the same Patronus,” Redmayne tells USA TODAY by email. “The people from Pottermore told me that that was incredibly rare because of the amount of algorithms it takes to choose the Patronus. So I must really be that thing.”

Even Rowling herself had her Patronus change from a pine marten to a heron.

And Redmayne’s Patronus?

“A basset hound with long floppy ears and slightly dosey,” says Redmayne. “I think they might have got it spot on.”

We’re not going to argue with that.

Redmayne also revealed this week some of his favorite new characters from the third and final Fantastic Beasts trailer. Between basset hounds with floppy ears and Pickett the Bowtruckle, we’re overwhelmed with adorable-ness before Fantastic Beasts opens Nov. 18.

September 28, 2016   Ali   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne also loves Pickett the Bowtruckle in new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ trailer

This is such a great article from USA Today about Eddie and his favorite Beasts from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

Eddie Redmayne is thrilled the tiny, leafy creature Pickett the Bowtruckle gets major screentime in the final Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, which dropped online Wednesday.

Redmayne, who plays wizard Newt Scamander in the film opening Nov. 18, says Pickett is his favorite beast from author J.K. Rowling’s new screen world.

“Everything about Pickett the Bowtruckle is wonderful and I am completely biased,” Redmayne says in an email to USA TODAY. “He is probably my favorite. He is neurotic, he is slightly insecure, and he gets picked on by the other Bowtruckles. Newt has a very soft spot in his heart for him, hence he always carries him around in his top pocket and makes continuous excuses for him.”

Newt has at least four of these leafy little beasts—named Pickett, Titus, Finn and Jeremy. Pickett shines in the new trailer in a scene which fully shows off Newt’s magical shed.

This “shed” is more-fully revealed in the trailer. We get a view of one section — a beautiful, leafy world. It’s only reachable through Newt’s magic suitcase. When Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) sees this magical world, he says, “I don’t think I’m dreaming. I ain’t got the brains to make this up.”

You’d expect that from a No-Maj, an American non-magical person.

The shed is a key and magical location in Beasts. Much more will be revealed.

“Newt’s shed is pretty essential to him. It’s where he keeps all of the paraphernalia and eclectic things that he has collected from gallivanting around the world finding fantastic creatures,” says Redmayne. “It’s also filled with sort of herbs and plants that he has uses to mix antidotes. In some ways the shed is a reflection of who he is.”

Another big star from the latest trailer is the mole-like Niffler, who is spotted cashing in on his attraction to all things shiny in a jewelry store. Expect big things from the star beast.

“Niffler may become a bit of a star and I hope it doesn’t go to his head,” says Redmayne. “Newt and he already have quite a love-hate relationship. I think that if his ego gets even more inflated that might cause carnage in the future.”

September 28, 2016   Ali   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Video Comments Off on A Return to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World – Fantastic Beasts Global Fan Event

Join the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for a live fan event Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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September 28, 2016   Ali   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Video Comments Off on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Full Trailer

November 18th can’t come fast enough!

September 12, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne’s Guide to ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Eddie shared his guide to some of the “Fantastic Beasts” in his new film with the New York Times.

Anticipation for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has been so high that fans began dressing up as its main character, Newt Scamander, based solely on the trailer. That surprised its star, Eddie Redmayne, when he attended Comic-Con International in July and looked out into the audience only to see several Newts staring back at him.

“I found that deeply exciting and weirdly shocking,” he said by phone from London. Imagine what will happen when the movie arrives Nov. 18, and eager Harry Potter fans get another look at J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

Ms. Rowling’s story — this is her debut as a screenwriter — follows a self-proclaimed “magizoologist” who was expelled from Hogwarts but eventually wrote one of the school’s most important textbooks. He has been traveling the world collecting, studying and building relationships with all kinds of magical beasts, toting them in a suitcase as part of his mission to educate wizards about why beasts are so important to them. But when some creatures escape and take to the streets of 1926 New York, the mishap could expose the wizarding world and lead to war.

While the beasts are at the heart of the film’s title, humans are at the heart of its story, said David Heyman, a producer on the “Harry Potter” movies: “The ‘Potter’ films and this film all emanate from a place of character. Newt is an outsider, a bit like all of J. K.’s characters.” That’s why he feels best able to connect with the beasts, though eventually he connects with people as well.

But about those beasts. To learn how to work with them, Mr. Redmayne (left, with Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell in the film) spent time at wildlife parks observing animal handlers. He incorporated his research into his character, and into the movie. Here, Mr. Redmayne explains how a baby anteater proved inspiring, why he needed an animator on set with him and which beast is his favorite (though he loves them all, really).


The Bowtruckle
While Newt knows he shouldn’t have favorites among the beasts, there is one he’s quite fond of, and it’s Mr. Redmayne’s favorite as well: the skinny, plantlike Bowtruckle, which is difficult to spot thanks to its ability to blend into foliage. Newt has four Bowtruckles. They eat only insects and are loyal to their handlers. “They’re wonderful at picking locks,” Mr. Redmayne said. “There’s a specific Bowtruckle called Pickett who Newt loves. Pickett has attachment issues, and Newt lets him swing along in his top pocket.”


The Swooping Evil
Butterfly meets pterodactyl in this colorful winged beast with the ability to suck out brains. “My inner 9-year-old is obsessed with the Swooping Evil,” Mr. Redmayne said. “He’s like this spiky ball with a thread that hangs down from Newt’s finger. When you spin him out, almost like a yo-yo, he unfurls into this terrifying creature.” Newt sporadically milks venom from the Swooping Evil, but he’s still studying how the venom can be put to use.


The Demiguise
This beast has large eyes like an owl but otherwise moves like and resembles a primate, hairy and agile. “It has this capacity to go from being visible to invisible, so their pelts can be used to make invisibility cloaks,” Mr. Redmayne said. That’s why the Demiguise is often hunted and remains very rare. It also has a kind of precognitive vision; to catch it, spontaneous tricks are necessary.


The Niffler
The Niffler is a small furry creature with a platypus-like snout and an appetite for shiny things. Newt’s interactions with him are based on Mr. Redmayne’s observations of a zoologist working with a baby anteater. “It would curl up into a little ball, and in order to make it relax, she would tickle his little belly,” he said. “There’s a moment where the Niffler has gorged himself on glittery stuff, and Newt is trying to get him to release his jewels. So he ends up tickling him.”

Each of the beasts is a computer-generated creation designed and brought to life by a specific artist. For his scenes with the Niffler, Mr. Redmayne asked the animator Pablo Grillo to act out the creature’s mannerisms on the set so that the person most aware of its nuances could help give depth to his performance. “My fear was doing a lot of green screen, because I have quite a dodgy imagination,” Mr. Redmayne said.

August 27, 2016   Ali   Prada, Video Comments Off on Prada Fall Winter 2016 Menswear Advertising Campaign

A video from the new Fall/Winter Menswear Campaign for Prada featuring Eddie!

August 21, 2016   Ali   Images Comments Off on Space Room Portraits

Added some portraits eddie did in the Space Room while in Rio.

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Eddie Redmayne Web > Outtakes > 2016 > 008

August 21, 2016   Ali   Images Comments Off on Some more Comic Con portraits

Added two new images to the gallery from a shoot that Eddie did for the LA Times while at Comic Con.

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Eddie Redmayne Web > Outtakes > 2016 > 007

August 13, 2016   Ali   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comments Off on Fantastic Beasts: Eddie Redmayne answers our burning questions

Eddie Redmayne is opening up about his mysterious storyline in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Below, the Oscar-winning Theory of Everything star takes a bunch of our burning questions about his role as magi-zoologist Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off, which opens Nov. 18.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start at the beginning: When did you first hear about this project?
EDDIE REDMAYNE: I think it must have been two years ago. I got a call to have a meeting with [director David Yates], and he talked through the story in the vaguest of terms and said there will be a script in five months time and then we’d have a meeting on it again. Everything was hyper-secret. I was so excited at the prospect, and then there was nervousness, because what if I read the script [and didn’t connect with the character].

After your prestige roles, was going to a big, broad audience vehicle like this attractive or no?
When you start out acting, you dream of getting an agent and getting a job. For years, you audition and you get what you can. Choice isn’t something that you have much of. What was interesting about this, one doesn’t often get these opportunities, but you look at it like any other script. Because a film can look amazing, but if you can’t find anything in that character… so there was the drumroll to reading the script: What would the character be? And what’s lovely is that J.K. Rowling has a staggering imagination to the thoroughness of the world. There were so many elements to Newt. I met her once, and she could talk back through everything, every intricacy. You’re not playing a real character, but in J.K. Rowling’s mind, [Newt is] entirely three-dimensional, and you can talk to her about what his life was like.

Did Rowling help with anything specific?
One of the wonderful things about the script is when you read it, it’s not just what the characters say, it’s the stage directions and descriptions in between. You have to read each thing; you can’t just skim it. When I met her, our instincts were pretty similar; it was just little details of his background that she was particularly helpful with.

How would you describe Newt?
He’s a man with a passion, and his passion is animals. His mother bred hippogriffs, and it’s the world he’s most comfortable in. He’s not particularly comfortable with human relationships. He’s comfortable in his own skin, but he disconnects with people. People seem to misunderstand him, and he doesn’t know why, but he’s also not particularly interested in why. He has his own relationship with his animals.

Any special talents as a wizard?
He’s not an astounding wizard. He’s capable. He’s used to being physically capable when dealing with animals.

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And you studied animal trainers for this, right?
I had a few months to prepare. I had never done a film of this scale, and I don’t have a particularly lot of imagination, and there’s a lot of interaction with animals and fantastic things and working with puppeteers. How does one go about prepping for that? Going out to these amazing zoos, to parks, and going into cages with animals and meeting their keepers and hearing what their lives are. I spent a day or two with a gentleman who lives in the forest, and tracking is his thing. And it’s about using all of your senses — from smell to sight to peripheral vision to sound — and knowing things like using plants for antidotes. Also, when you are tracking animals physically, he was showing me this thing. [Redmayne demonstrates planting his feet starting with the side of shoes first.] It created this slightly open gait that Newt has.

What does Newt think of America?
When he first arrives in New York, you see him walking down the street, and the way he’s observing the city is the way that he would observe a natural habitat. He’s kind of smelling it; it’s as if he were in the jungle. It’s totally alien to him to see somewhere that’s filled with such vibrancy and people. The 1920s has a prohibition quality, and that’s been put into magical terms — but I don’t want to give too much away.

How was working on such an effects-driven film?
I’ve done CGI films where the whole world is green, and you have no context. What’s amazing is the amount of puppeteers or dancers or people you work with who will then not be there. There is a magic that you feel when the art department sends you 12 mock-ups of wands and you get to have a full-on discussion of what wand to have. It’s the stuff kids’ dreams are made of. The hardest thing was the months of prep of working with the visual effects department, talking to Jo [Rowling] and David [Yates] about what the specific relationships and characterization of all of these different animals so that Newt could interact with them with a kind of fluency that made you really believe in his love of them and his care for them.

August 13, 2016   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Eddie & Hannah Take on the Olympics

This past week Eddie & Hannah have been in Rio de Janeiro enjoying the Olympics and I have added some pics to the gallery!

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Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > August 6 | Olympics – Omega House In Rio Launch Party
Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > August 7 | Olympics – Swimming
Eddie Redmayne Web > 2016 > August 9 | Olympics – Swimming