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How Stephen Hawking Reacted to Seeing a Film About His Life

[Image: NBC] Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’ People who work with words for a living often have interesting things to say. In fact, sometimes I enjoy hearing an author talk about their book more than I enjoyed reading the book, but more often than not one enhances the other. When you read, you spend time getting to know personas who came from the minds of these authors, and so I love to learn things about the author themselves – where did the characters and stories came from, and do they wear sweatpants all day? If you think about it, I suppose the same could be said for a screenwriter. Though Screenwriting isn’t a primary interest of mine, THR had a very interesting Writers Roundtable with Jon Favreau, who wrote, directed and starred in the food-truck dramedy Chef and prior wrote the first two Ironman films; comedian Chris Rock, who wrote and starred in Top Five and is enjoying the best reviews of his film career; Gillian Flynn, who adapted her own novel Gone Girl for the screen, and blockbuster-maker Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan, who wrote Memento, The Dark Knight Series, and the just released Interstellar, but never seems to get …

Beethoven Discovered the Best Ideas Come in the Shower Before the Shower Existed:

There are a lot of things out there about the routines of famous creative people. Some of them I find pretty boring, mostly I’m shocked at how rigid their routines are, but sometimes you realize that even with years and years of difference between the times they roamed the earth and now, they still got ideas the exact same way the rest of us do. Beethoven is one of them. Besides his crazy “wake up and count out exactly sixty beans of coffee for his cup of coffee” thing, he still started his morning with coffee in the 1800s, just like most people do today. Furthermore, this description of his obsession with bathing, and the running back and forth to write ideas down that came to him while “showering” himself with pitchers of water and singing, is something I’m sure we all can relate to: “Washing and bathing were among the most pressing necessities of Beethoven’s life. In this respect he was indeed an Oriental: to his way of thinking Mohammed did not exaggerate a …