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Does 2013 look like a promising one for Lgbt entertainment sensations? My answer: Who knows, honestly? That's why we need to prepare a wish list, and fast. How can we know we're disappointed if we don't know what we want?
Here are 10 wishes for entertainment in 2013. Please add your own at the bottom, whether or not they pertain specifically to gay entertainers. Let's make this year count, starting with a triumph at the Grammys.
1. Frank Ocean runs off with Album of the Year.
There've been some meaningless Grammy moments, particularly for Album of the Year. Steely Dan's 2001 triumph comes to mind, as does Herbie Hancock's peculiar tribute to Joni Mitchell that earned top honors for 2008. But an Album of the Year win for Frank Ocean's Channel Orange would give the Grammys back a modicum of much-needed credibility: He's mainstream, but not an utter juggernaut. His music is fresh and meaningful. »
Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
“American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert has dissed the cast of “Les Miserables” for their lack of singing talent. But his criticism appears to be a man thing. Did he want a part? Lambert, 30, who is known for his expansive vocal range, deconstructed the musical on Twitter. The movie musical, directed by Tom Hooper, includes a high-powered, all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Brit actors Eddy Redmayne, Smanantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter. [...] »
In 2011 that film was Oscar winner The King's Speech. Now he is Oscar-tipped again for Les Misérables. Here the 'tough guy' director, who made his first film while still at school, talks about the epic he sees as a timeless 'anthem for the dispossessed'
It was almost two years ago that I first met Tom Hooper. He was with Colin Firth, and their film, The King's Speech – which Hooper directed and in which Firth starred – was weeks away from winning its Oscars. It was a heady occasion. An excitable Hooper did most of the talking (Firth detests interviews) and the film – about the struggle George VI had with his speech impediment when he came to the throne in 1936 – became the unlikely winner that delighted everyone who saw it: an impossible act to follow.
And yet, today, Hooper is attempting to trump it on an epic scale. He has taken on »
- Kate Kellaway
Nicole's Magic Scans from Paris Match -- Nicole Kidman looks great as Grace of Monaco
E! Anjelica Huston is PETA's person of the year
i09 Futuristic predictions that came true this year
The Lost Boys farewell to Peter Knegt's long running blog.
Slate I've been talking a lot recently about people being hideous jerks when it comes to the topic of Les Misérables so here is a negative review from Dana Stevens which I think is completely fairly written and actually pretty clever in some of its digs. I've only ever asked that people be fair about it and state their biases if they have them (Stevens doesn't like the source material).
Unreality looks for gender flipping of Star Wars in the cosplay community. Sadly the gallery has no Prince Leia Lee. »
- NATHANIEL R
If the box office was anything to go by, if you saw any movie on Christmas Day with your family/friends/On Your Owwwwn, it was "Les Misérables," Tom Hooper's blockbuster adaptation of the long-running musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel. Complete with an all-star cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter and Eddie Redmayne, the film might have gotten some mixed responses, but it was overwhelmingly the favorite choice of audiences on the 25th, and looks likely to be a major force when Oscar nominations are announced in a couple of weeks. If you were one of those who've caught the film in the last few days, or if you're eagerly waiting your own showtimes, we've collected together a few key bits of info that Hooper, his cast and producer Cameron Mackintosh revealed at the film's recent press conference in New York. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Helena Bonham Carter isn't threatened by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's friendship. The 'Harry Potter' actress doesn't get jealous of her long-term partner's close relationship with the actor and says the big screen hunk is a firm favourite with their children Billy, nine, and Nell, five. Asked if she gets jealous, Helena said: 'No, because Tim is not having sex with Johnny! No, I rejoice in the friendship! Johnny is a marvellous man and a wonderful friend. 'He is also godfather to our son Billy, and they have a wonderful relationship because Johnny is a dad himself. In Billy's eyes, Uncle Johnny can do no wrong.' While she doesn't feel jealous, the eccentric British star - who has been »
The Movie: Les Miserables (2012) Studio: Universal Pictures Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thenardier, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Samantha Barks as ?ponine Screenwriters: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer based on the original stage musical from the novel by Victor Hugo RottenTomatoes: 73% MetaCritic: 64/100 Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here) Hooper's handling of such a massive story is a mixed bag of tightly woven storytelling in the first half to dry, dull and tiring in the second. Perhaps that's just the nature of the story, but everything about the introduction of Marius and all that leads up to the rebellion felt clunky and ill-conceived and none of it believable... I could watch the first »
- Brad Brevet
A visually impressive adaptation of Les Miserables comes to the screen under the direction of Tom Hooper. It's one of the best interpretations of the book to date. This film is one of the finest movies of the year and will likely be remembered at Oscar time.
There have been many screen adaptations of Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Miserables over the years, both on TV and on the big screen. This latest version is not so much a new interpretation of the book as it is a filmed version of the long-running musical play. The film follows the play very accurately and brings the songs from Broadway to the big screen. Director Tom Hooper--who directed the Oscar winning The King's Speech--may have another shot at a little gold statue this year because he does an excellent job turning the play into a rather epic-looking film, while »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Pretty much from the moment it was announced that Tom Hooper, who had just won the Oscar for directing 2010 best picture winner "The King's Speech," would be helming a new film adaptation of "Les Miserables" for Universal stuffed with stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried and Sacha Baron Cohen, the project has been expected on Oscar ballots. But a strange divide has materialized since moviegoers finally began to see the epic musical in recent weeks -- as if a barricade were being erected between audiences and critics, between the film and its prize-filled destiny. Despite the four recent nominations each from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild -- and excited chatter about Hathaway's dynamite performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" -- "Les Miserables" has incredibly strong competition for the top five slots in every Oscar category. Voting is open until Jan. 3, and »
- Jay A. Fernandez
We’ve seen nothing but good things from each of them, and the critics have been heaping praise upon them both, and now audiences will finally get to see them for themselves in the Us. If you’re reading this across the Atlantic and are planning on spending your Christmas at the cinema, be sure to let us know what you’re seeing in the comments below.
With the arrival of Hooper’s highly anticipated, potentially genre-defining film, Universal have released a brilliant new 90-second TV spot to get you in the mood this holiday season.
“Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament »
- Kenji Lloyd
Over a year ago, when it was announced that Academy award-winning director Tom Hooper would be bringing the iconic musical Les MISÉRABLES to the big screen - as a musical, diehard fans of the show breathed a collective sigh of skepticism. When it comes to musicals adapted to film, the general rule of thumb is that you have to trade professional Broadway caliber .no-names. for A-list Hollywood stars who aren.t trained singers (see Rent, Rock Of Ages . both hugely successful on stage but bombed as movies because Rent was cast with relative no-names and Rock Of Ages had the big names that couldn.t sing a note!).
It.s a tricky combination to pull off and I am very happy to say that Finally it has been done!
- Melissa Thompson
After a prolonged journey from stage to screen, the international smash Les Misérables has finally gotten the Hollywood treatment. It's a saga that at times felt like it would drag on as long as the French Revolution. Or even as long as the play itself, which boasts a running time of approximately three hundred thousand million hours (and thirty-eight minutes).
Director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), clearly high as a kite on Oscar glory, was the man to finally bring the beast of a musical - which spans decades and calls for battles, bridge jumps, and hoardes of flea-bitten background players - to movie theaters. Early in the process of doing so, he made a bold decision that might very well have saved the project from being yet another bloated adaptation of a beloved Broadway hit (cough!The PhantomoftheOpera!cough!): he was going to let the actors sing live on-set. »
Forget "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables" is The epic movie of the holiday, if not the entire year.The big-screen adaptation of the best-selling musical -- which opens in theaters Christmas Day -- impresses in scope and score. Warning: this review contains very mild spoilers.Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, a Frenchman who has spent 19 years in prison for stealing bread. As a parolee, he is unable to find work or shelter. He is caught stealing silverware from a church, but the bishop tells the police he gave them to Valjean, saving him a life back behind bars and also his soul. Afterwards, Valjean leads a repentant life, coming to the aid of a young mother Fantine (Anne Hathaway) and her daughter (Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried). However, he is constantly under pursuit from Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe).Jackman delivers a powerful performance as Valjean. Audiences are so used to »
- tooFab Staff
To say that Les Misérables is a musical would be the understatement of the century. The dialogue in the film is sung nearly 100 percent of the time, setting it apart from pretty much every other musical-turned-movie. If three hours of straight singing doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then Les Mis probably isn't for you, but if you appreciate complex characters, an emotionally charged story, and yes, beautiful music, then you're in for a treat. The story of Les Misérables is one of redemption, with Hugh Jackman carrying most of the burden as Jean Valjean, an ex-convict determined to get a fresh start and live as an honest man in 19th century France. Standing in his way is Javert (Russell Crowe), an inspector determined to put Valjean back in prison. The two square off again and again throughout the years, and along the way, Valjean rescues a poor girl »
- Becky Kirsch
It’s Christmas time and giving is the thing to do, fortunately for us, and you, Dic Hertz is in the giving mood and has gifted us with a review of Les Miserables:
“Les Miserables” has all the power it needs to generate all sorts of feelings – mainly tears – but like any other musical; it’s designed for a particular crowd. With the success it garnered since its 1985 stage production, there’s no question Hollywood’s version will entice theater-based masses all over the world, however, gaining the same level of respect remains to be seen.
I can count on one hand how many musicals I’ve actually liked, but honestly, like “Sweeney Todd,” “Les Miserables” wasn’t that bad. It is a bit awkward to watch Wolverine (Jackman), Borat (Cohen), Cat-woman (Hathaway), Gladiator (Crowe) and Red Riding Hood (Seyfried) performing on different levels, but it does make them stand out in terms of talent. »
- Philip Sticco
Les Misérables Trailer 3. Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables (2012) movie trailer 3 stars Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Hugh Jackman, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter. Les Misérables‘ plot synopsis: “Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Another trailer for Les Miserables is here, and as you already see – it’s time for another song from the whole thing. All eyes on Samantha Barks‘ character Eponine and her On My Own song. In other words – it’s time to get romantic.You know – I love him, but every day I’m learning – all my life I’ve only been pretending and stuff like that… Check her out and let us know what you think about this movie so far!
Written by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer, and directed by Tom Hooper, the movie is described as a sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo‘s epic tale of the same name.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, Les Miserables is set to open on December 25th, 2012.
- Jeanne Standal
With just four days left until Les Miserables hits theaters on Christmas Day, Universal Pictures has debuted a final trailer for this musical adaptation, directed by Tom Hooper. This video not only features brand new footage, but is also set to the song "On My Own," performed by Samantha Barks as Eponine. Take one final look at this highly-anticipated theatrical event before heading to the multiplexes on Christmas Day.
Les Miserables - Trailer 3
Les Miserables was released December 25th, 2012 and stars Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks. The film is directed by Tom Hooper. »
Universal Pictures has released six new “on-the-set” featurettes for Tom Hooper’s musical epic. In these videos, the cast and crew describe the massive undertaking to bring the greatest muscial of all time - Les MISÉRABLES - to the big screen. Universal announced earlier this week the release of the free Multi-Touch book “Les Misérables: The Musical Phenomenon,” a digital companion to the film. Highlighting the timeless music, celebrated performers, intricate costumes and sweeping cinematography of the film, the book presents an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the artistry of Les MISÉRABLES. It includes exclusive interviews, photo galleries and video, musical performances, interactive timelines and more. It is available worldwide for free, exclusively on the iBookstore at iTunes.com/iBookstore.
Les MISÉRABLES is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office »
- Melissa Thompson
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