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The Theory of Everything Premiere in L.A.

We attended as a guest of the film
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I was raised in a home filled with books. My mom was a reader and was interested in a wide variety of topics. Through my high school, college and later years she became especially interested in science, religion, spirituality… and books on these began filling her shelves. I vividly remember visiting my parents one weekend and seeing the newly released “A Brief History of Time”, by Stephen Hawking on her table. Hawking’s picture was on the cover in a motorized wheelchair and on the back of the book were reviews which lauded his ability to think deeply on and shape the discussion of theoretical physics despite his crippling disease. This book moved him from an esteemed physicist known in the academic world to a famous best selling author.

While it took me about two minutes of reading that day to realize that his book was well beyond my understanding, I was still fascinated by Stephen Hawking as a person. How could anyone keep that amount of information in their head and communicate it with so many barriers? How could someone with such a grim prognosis survive so long? It seemed to me this man’s life was just destined to be.

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So, when I received an invitation to cover the L.A. premiere of “The Theory of Everything” at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which included a spot on the red carpet, screening of the movie, and an invitation to the after party, I was all in.

With a name like the “Theory of Everything” and Hawking as a main character, you might think this film is about his scientific achievements. Although these are woven in, this is really a story of two young people who meet, fall deeply in love, and then very early on are dealt a devastating blow. It’s a story of a relationship that changes over the decades and is anything but traditional. It’s a story about not just a brilliant mind trapped in a body betraying him, but a woman who is madly in love and is determined to make their relationship work in the short time she believes they have left. A woman who ultimately needs more than her caretaker role can offer as the years go on.

The starring roles include Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde, the young woman he falls in love with and marries. Redmayne captures Hawking’s awkward charm as a young college student and the physical aspects of the ravages of his disease as it progresses. He makes you laugh with him and feel his emotional pain as he first battles and then comes to terms with his illness. Though more than a little awkward, you can’t help but fall in love with his intelligence, inquisitive nature, and sense of humor.

Felicity Jones is a tower of strength and grace under pressure and brings depth and intelligence to her role along with emotional subtlety. As a couple, you feel both their deep connection to one another as well as their isolation.

The screenplay by Anthony McCarten is based on Hawking’s first wife, Jane Wilde’s memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen”. The movie is directed by James Marsh, produced by Tim Beven, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten and scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Join us on the red carpet with:

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Felicity Jones (Jane Wilde), “The Theory of Everything”

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Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking) ”The Theory of Everything”

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Producer Lisa Bruce, “The Theory of Everything”

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 Writer/Producer Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”

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Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

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Directory of Photography Benoit Delhomme, “The  Theory of Everything”

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Production Designer John Paul Kelly, “The Theory of Everything”

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Dr. Leonard Mlodinow, Physicist/Author/Screenwriter

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Director Jim Sheridan, “In America”,“My Left Foot”, “In the Name of the Father”

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Actress/Documentary Film Producer Virginia Madsen, “Sideways” with Actor Nick Holmes

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Actress Brenda Vaccaro, “Once is Not Enough”, “Midnight Cowboy”

And while I don’t have a picture, my sister Shan and I met and chatted with the utterly charming and eternally beautiful Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”, “North By Northwest”). The topic? Photographs, Twitter and how it all works. #itsamysterytometoo @evamariesaint

What an incredibly beautiful evening!

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The Theory of Everything opens November 7th and is rated PG-13. View movie trailer here.

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