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DGA Noms Announced — What Does That Mean for Oscar?

Phil Pirrello | January 8, 2013 - 9:30 pm

With less than a week to go before the Oscar nominations are announced, one of the biggest foreshadows for Oscar gold – the Directors Guild – has revealed their nominees for Best Director.

As expected, Argo’s director and star Ben Affleck and Lincoln’s Steven Spielberg lead the pack, followed by a few surprise picks.

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‘Les Miserables’ vs. ‘Django Unchained’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

Todd Gilchrist | December 27, 2012 - 4:00 pm

It’s Oscar slummin’ time at the movies as Hollywood rolls out its primo slate of films, but despite a handful of new titles across the marquee, it’s all about the French Revolution and the Civil War South this weekend. The big-budget adaptation of Broadway’s favorite child, Les Miserables, is pitting its cannons and bayonets against… More »

‘Les Miserables’ Star Hugh Jackman Says Director Tom Hooper Gave Anne Hathaway ‘The Greatest Filmmaking Compliment I’ve Ever Seen’ (VIDEO)

Todd Gilchrist | December 24, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Les Miserables accomplishes more then merely bringing one of the most beloved stage musicals to the big screen: It literally makes history.

As the first film musical in the medium’s history to actually allow the actors to perform live on set, it combined the immediacy of film with the theatricality of the stage. More »

‘Les Miserables’ Star Samantha Barks Had ‘So Much to Learn’ Going From Stage to Screen (VIDEO)

Todd Gilchrist | December 19, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Although many of the stars of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables had previous experience as singers – some were even classically-trained – none had the pedigree of Samantha Barks, who performed in hundreds of stage performances of the musical in London’s West End.

Nevertheless, Barks admitted that she struggled… More »

Eddie Redmayne Calls His ‘Les Miserables’ Character a ‘Refreshing’ Change of Pace (VIDEO)

Todd Gilchrist | December 17, 2012 - 9:00 pm

As a young actor with unconventional good looks, Eddie Redmayne has often played character whose audiences show dubious sympathy for, if any at all. But in Les Miserables, Redmayne plays Marius, a virtuous romantic lead whom he described as a welcome change after his work in films like Hick and The Yellow Handkerchief.

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‘Les Miserables’s’ Amanda Seyfried Created a Strong Character Without Being a Strong Singer: ‘My Voice Does Lack Power, and a Sense of Control’ (VIDEO)

Todd Gilchrist | December 12, 2012 - 2:00 pm

In order to give his upcoming adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables real epic sweep on the big screen, director Tom Hooper recruited some powerhouse vocalists to play key roles in the film. But Amanda Seyfried told Celebuzz that she wasn’t one of them – which ultimately helped her performance as starry-eyed ingénue Cosette. More »

‘Les Miserables’: The Reviews Are in

Todd Gilchrist | December 7, 2012 - 7:00 am

Director Tom Hooper returns with an epic yet equally intimate follow-up to The King’s Speech in this sprawling, grand and gritty adaptation of the celebrated Les Miserables stage musical.

Bold period-piece filmmaking paired with live musical performances – the actors sang their songs directly to camera versus pre-recording – the adaptation is certainly… More »

‘Les Miserables’: Great Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman Performances Can’t Save an Overlong, Overwrought Stage Adaptation (MOVIE REVIEW)

Todd Gilchrist | December 6, 2012 - 5:15 pm

First things first: Anne Hathaway probably deserves an Academy Award for her performance in Les Miserables.

Given how much she throws herself into the role of Fantine, the beleaguered mother who resorts to prostitution and hair-selling to make ends meet, she certainly seems to want one.

But then again, the entirety… More »

‘Les Miserables’ Star Anne Hathaway on Finding Her Inner Fantine: ‘In the Moment, You Cease to Exist’ (VIDEO)

Todd Gilchrist | December 5, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Anne Hathaway has bore her body and soul in past roles to play such characters as a besieged personal assistant (The Devil Wears Prada), an ailing artist (Love and Other Drugs), and a formidably sexy cat burglar (The Dark Knight Rises).

But for her role in the new adaptation of the classic stage… More »