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Samantha Barks and Cameron Mackintosh talk 'Les Miserables' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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For fans who grew up singing “One Day More” into a hairbrush and were mighty nervous about a big-screen version that stayed closer to Victor Hugo’s original work, but lost a lot of the musical moments they’d fallen in love with, they may owe a thank-you card to director Tom Hooper and Mackintosh. “There was a lot more dialogue in the original screenplay,” Mackintosh explained. “And then Tom said, ‘What I want you to do is turn the dialogue and [put it] into the form the show is in.’ And I think by setting us to work, both to deconstruct the stage musical and take the material and remake it as a story that happens to be told through music for the movies, that was the key to shooting that laid the groundwork for the film to be successful….One of the other things [Hooper] said to me when we first met was that he felt we should record [the songs] live, which is something I felt passionately about for years. …[Singing live] was a risky step, but it was a risk that paid off.”

Watch below for an EW exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the live singing on location: READ FULL STORY

'Les Miserables' sets Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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What exactly is it about Les Misérables? Has any musical ever been so beloved? Based on Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, the stage musical about the redemption of prisoner Jean Valjean ran on Broadway for 16 years beginning in 1987 and was a worldwide sensation. Director Tom Hooper’s ambitious film adaptation has been a spectacular popular and critical success, grossing more than $144 million at the box office and earning eight Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Supporting Actress frontrunner, Anne Hathaway. Fans of the musical flocked to theaters to watch Hugh Jackman’s heroic Valjean joust with Russell Crowe’s devious Javert, to see Hathaway sing the heartbreaking “I Dreamed a Dream,” and to vicariously stand atop the barricades on the eve of France’s 1832 revolution. On March 22, the experience comes home when Les Misérables arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.

Click below for an exclusive trailer for the new Blu-ray. READ FULL STORY

Spielberg, Affleck, Hooper among Directors Guild nominees

prize_fighter1_bannerThe Directors Guild Award nominations are out, and Tom Hooper is in.

The Les Miserables director has become a bit of a question mark as reviews for the epic musical have been less than kind, but with Oscar nominations due on Thursday, this nod from his peers in the union comes as a welcome bit of support.

The full list of nominees: READ FULL STORY

New 'Les Miserables' behind-the-scenes feature – VIDEO

With less than one week (more) to go until Les Misérables officially opens in theaters, the promotional videos are coming at a furious pace — not that we’re complaining.

The latest clip is a behind-the-scenes look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. “This is the kind of role you dream of playing,” Jackman says in the video. It may be an iconic dream role, but Jackman talks about the day-to-day struggles of the much-talked-about decision to do all the singing in the film live. “[That means] some days you’re singing ten, twelve hours a day. And you need to be right on it at the tenth hour as you were in the first hour.” The actor also discusses leading the cast, with fellow stars Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne talking about his inspiring role among them all. “He’s been a rock for everyone around here,” Crowe says. “He’s this absolute triple threat. He’s this singing, dancing, acting dude.”

The video also shows part of Jackman singing one of Valjean’s early numbers, “What Have I Done.” Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'Les Miserables' will open in select IMAX theaters Christmas Day

To quote Les Miserables, “I dreamed a dream” that the ambitious movie adaptation of the stage musical would show in IMAX theaters, and it’s happening!

Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the Tom Hooper-directed film, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, and Helena Bonham Carter, among others, will be digitally remastered to begin a limited domestic IMAX run in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal the same day as its nationwide domestic release on Dec. 25. The movie will roll out in IMAX theaters internationally starting Jan. 10, 2013.
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'Les Miserables' trailer: Do you hear these movie stars sing? -- VIDEO

Forty-seven days more until Tom Hooper’s musical Les Misérables hits theaters — but the wait for a full-length trailer is finally over. In May, Working Title Films released a minute-and-a-half-long teaser of the movie set to Anne Hathaway’s bruised take on “I Dreamed a Dream.” This new international trailer is much longer — and it also gives us tantalizing hints of several other songs, including “Castle on a Cloud,” “One Day More,” and “Do You Hear The People Sing?” Even better, it features every one of the film’s stars showing off their pipes. (Well, except Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. My kingdom for “Master of the House”!)

Does Russell Crowe’s rock-honed voice translate well to musical theater? Is Amanda Seyfried’s soprano beautifully delicate or woefully thin? Can newcomer Samantha Barks (Eponine) hold her own in a part every theater kid — even the boys — has dreamed of playing? Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself:

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Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway discuss ‘Les Miserables’ -- VIDEO

“It’s going to be different, for sure,” Anne Hathaway declares in a new behind-the-scenes video for Les Misérables, where the cast – which includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne — talk about the controversial decision to have all the singing in the movie be live, instead of pre-recorded, which is what is typically done for a movie-musical.

Jackman walks people through Jean Valjean’s soliloquy, discussing how he can play with the beats and talk-sing as well to hit a different emotional chord. The cast also discusses the fact that singing live allows them more freedom because they can make choices in the moment, as opposed to months beforehand.

Intercut with their interviews is gorgeous new footage of the film, and musical theater nerds can begin to debate the new versions of the 27-year-old songs: We hear a bit of On My Own as well as In My Life, as the cast explains how they are wired to hear an off-screen piano while they are singing that will later be replaced by a 70-piece orchestra. We also see more of Hathaway’s version of I Dreamed a Dream, which was the focus of the first trailer.

One 95 days more! Check out the preview video below: READ FULL STORY

Hugh Jackman's seen better days as Jean Valjean in 'Les Miserables' -- PHOTO

On stage, the depiction of the crushing poverty and hardship inherent in the story of Les Misérables can only go so far. In the show’s famed concert versions, a few brown, ill-fitting costumes was often the extent of it.

But one need only take a look at Hugh Jackman’s scarred and bloody scalp as Jean Valjean in the feature film adaptation of Les Mis to glean that director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) doesn’t appear to be glossing over the grody details. Check out the full version of the image below:  READ FULL STORY

'The King's Speech': The new PG-13 version smudges a terrific film, but will anyone give a #@*%!?

In the past, you might have thought that winning an Academy Award for Best Picture would be enough to save a movie from being censored by its own distributor. And you would have been right. Today, however, the Weinstein Company is releasing, to 1,000 theaters, a PG-13 version of The King’s Speech (a movie that in its original incarnation was rated R). If you go to see the new version, as I just did, here’s what you’re in for. READ FULL STORY

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