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Peter Pan tale Finding Neverland to become West End musical

22 December 2011 12:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage show based on 2004 film, which explores the inspiration behind the famous character, to debut in London next year

The producers behind Oscar winning films such as The King's Speech, are turning their attention to London's West End with plans for their first stage musical.

The Weinstein Company's show, Finding Neverland, is based on their 2004 film of the same name starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and tells the story of how Jm Barrie's friendship with a young family inspired Peter Pan. It will be directed by Rob Ashford, whose last West End musical was Shrek, and whose Donmar theatre production of Anna Christie was acclaimed this year. British actor Julian Ovenden is set to play Barrie.

"There are a handful of films Harvey [Weinstein] has worked on that seemed like they could become musicalised, and this was the best fit," said Ashford. The musical was originally planned to open in California last month, »

- Alex Needham

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Sacha Baron Cohen Joins ‘Les Misérables’; New Casting Rumors

8 December 2011 11:49 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Director Tom Hooper is aiming big with his followup to his Best Picture Oscar-winner, The King’s Speech, in the form of Les Misérables: a cinematic treatment of Cameron Mackintosh’s decorated Broadway musical, based on Victor Hugo’s famous 19th-century novel.

The Les Misérables cast already includes Tony-winner Hugh Jackman as the protagonist, Jean Valjean, and Oscar-winner (and professional musician) Russell Crowe as the antagonist, Inspector Javert. Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn) are also locked for important supporting roles.

LondonNet has learned that the latest addition to Hooper’s Les Miz musical adaptation is Sacha Baron Cohen. This will mark just the latest film to utilize the Ali G/Borat comedian’s vocal talents, which he previously showed off in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street adaptation ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Eddie Redmayne boards 'Les Miserables'

4 November 2011 12:21 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Eddie Redmayne has joined the cast of Universal's film version of the legendary musical "Les Miserables."According to Variety, Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") is directing with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway starring.A December 7, 2012 release date has been set. The musical's original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, will produce along with Working Title Films' Tim Bevan, Debra Hayward and Eric Fellner.William Nicholson wrote the script from Victor Hugo's classic novel.Set against the backdrop of a historically fictional 19th century French rebellion, the story centers on Jean Valjean (Jackman), an ex-convict who is pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert (Crowe). There have been several film and TV adaptations of "Les Miserables" with the last bigscreen version being the 1998 film »

- Adnan Tezer

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Eddie Redmayne Joins ‘Les Miserables’

1 November 2011 10:45 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Hot off My Week With Marilyn, Eddie Redmayne has been set to play the role of Marius in Les Miserables, the Tom Hooper-directed musical for Universal Pictures that stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine. Universal has set the Working Title-produced musical for release in the center of next year’s Oscar race with a December 7, 2012 date. Cameron Mackintosh is producing with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward. William Nicholson wrote the script and the music is by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. Redmayne, whose starring role opposite Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn has put him in the Oscar discussion, won a Tony Award for Red and he is preparing to star in Richard II, which is Michael Grandage’s farewell production as artistic director of Donmar Warehouse. That play opens December 1. Redmayne, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Anne Hathaway joins 'Les Miserables'

19 October 2011 11:58 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Anne Hathaway will star opposite Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in Universal's film version of the legendary musical "Les Miserables."According to Variety, Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") is directing.A December 7, 2012 release date has been set. The musical's original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, will produce along with Working Title Films' Tim Bevan, Debra Hayward and Eric Fellner.William Nicholson wrote the script from Victor Hugo's classic novel.Set against the backdrop of a historically fictional 19th century French rebellion, the story centers on Jean Valjean (Jackman), an ex-convict who is pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert (Crowe). Hathaway will play the female lead, Fantine.There have been several film and TV adaptations of "Les Miserables" with the last bigscreen version being the 1998 »

- Adnan Tezer

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Les Miserables: Anne Hathaway joins Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper

18 October 2011 11:31 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Anne Hathaway cast in Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman and Russell CroweAnne Hathaway joining Les Miserables (2012) with Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman puts to rest who will be playing the central characters in the film. Anne Hathaway will be playing the role of Fantine, Russell Crowe will play Inspector Javert, and Hugh Jackman will play Jean ValjeanHelena Bonham Carter  will be playing Madame Thénardier and supposedly Geoffrey Rush is in talks to play Thénardier.

What producer Cameron Mackintosh said about the casting:

“I’d been hoping we could make a film on Les MISÉRABLES ever since it opened on Broadway…I’ve got a marvelous cast so far with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine,” producer Cameron Mackintosh told BBC Radio today. “We’re busy casting the rest of the parts.”

About the release of Toby Hooper »

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Anne Hathaway Officially Joins ‘Les Misérables’

18 October 2011 10:36 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Hugh Jackman’s next onscreen brawl won’t involve giant robots (see: Real Steel) or deadly ninjas (see: the upcoming Wolverine flick). He’ll instead be matching wits with a relentless officer played by Russell Crowe in director Tom Hooper’s much-anticipated adaptation of Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway smash, Les Misérables – itself, based on Victor Hugo’s well-known 1862 novel.

It’s been rumored for a while now that another decorated star of the big screen – onetime Oscars ceremony co-host, Anne Hathaway – would be joining Jackman and Crowe in Hooper’s followup to The King’s Speech. Well, now it’s official.

Deadline is confirming that Hathaway has “closed a deal” to appear in Les Misérables, which is slated to become a contender during the 2012 awards season. Between having ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Anne Hathaway Joins Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe In ‘Les Miserables’

18 October 2011 8:44 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to join Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in Les Miserables, the Universal Pictures and Working Title Films musical adaptation of the stage play and classic novel. Hathaway will play Fantine, and her participation had been rumored for some time. Crowe plays Inspector Javert and Jackman is Jean Valjean. The film’s being directed by Tom Hooper, who helmed the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech. Universal has set the picture for release in the center of next year’s Oscar race with a December 7, 2012 date. Cameron Mackintosh is producing with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward. William Nicholson wrote the script and the music is by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. Hathaway is currently playing Catwoman in the Chris Nolan-directed The Dark Knight Rises for Warner Bros. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Anne Hathaway Joins the Cast of Les Miserables

18 October 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Anne Hathaway (upcoming The Dark Knight Rises ) is joining Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in director Tom Hooper's Les Miserables at Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. In the film, based on the classic novel and stage play, Hathaway will play the role of Fantine opposite Crowe's Inspector Javert and Jackman's Jean Valjean. William Nicholson ( Gladiator ) has written the screenplay. Sir Cameron Mackintosh will produce alongside Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward for Working Title. Vice President of Production Erik Baiers is overseeing for Universal with Director of Development Maradith Frenkel. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Les Miserables is scheduled to hit theaters on December 7, 2012. (Photo Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com) »

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Justin Bieber Offered Role in Canada's Les Miserables

7 October 2011 11:21 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Les Miserables producer Cameron Mackintosh has offered teen heartthrob Justin Bieber a role in the musical when it heads to Toronto, Canada. The musical is coming to the town and producer Cameron says he wants the U Smile hitmaker to appear in his 'all-Canadian' production. Mackintosh cast Nick Jonas as Marius in the London version of the show and he admits he would love the 17-year-old, who was born in London, Ontario, to be in his musical. Cameron told the Toronto Star newspaper: "You're going to have a completely new, all-Canadian production opening at the Royal Alex in July, 2012. I would just love to hear Justin Bieber sing Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. Please spread the word that he'd be more than welcome in the show." The 64-year-old has reworked the musical, which is based on Victor Hugo's novel and follows the lives of characters during the French revolution, »

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MacKintosh Wants Bieber For Canada's Les Miserables

6 October 2011 1:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Theatre impresario Cameron MacKintosh wants Justin Bieber to consider joining the cast of Les Miserables when the musical hits the stage in Toronto, Canada next summer.

After landing Nick Jonas for the stage spectacular in London Mackintosh is aiming high for the Canadian production, which opens in July.

He tells the Toronto Star, "I would love to hear Justin Bieber sing Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. Please spread the word that he'd be more than welcome in the show." »

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Phantom of the Opera at 25 offers a special show

30 September 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend with a lavish birthday party that will certainly involve someone swinging from a chandelier.

Producers will broadcast on Sunday a live performance of the show from London's 5,500-seat Royal Albert Hall to movie houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The live performance - one of three shows at the hall - will be followed by rebroadcasts to cinemas on October 5, 6 and 11.

"To celebrate such an extraordinary event as 25 years, we wanted to do something special, above and beyond just another gala performance," producer Cameron Mackintosh said in an interview from London. "We both thought that the most theatrical space with a number of seats was the Royal Albert Hall." »

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Phantom Of The Opera to be restaged next month - Realbollywood.com News

15 September 2011 4:36 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, September 15: Come October and movie buffs will see the return of Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera.

Webber and his producing partner Cameron Mackintosh are restaging the musical at the London's Royal Albert Hall which will be later broadcast in theatres across the Us, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Director Joel Schumacher did a movie adaptation of the musical in 2004, which starred Gerard Butler, but failed to grab any positive feedbacks.

The producers are now hoping to capture the essence of the live show with the live reenactment, Contactmusic reported.. »

- Machan Kumar

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Royal Albert Hall Performance of 'Phantom of the Opera' Comes to U.S. Theaters

13 September 2011 6:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Because most people can’t get to Royal Albert Hall, the famed London theater is coming to most people. On Sunday, Oct. 2, about 500 movie theaters around the country will show a simulcast of “The Phantom of the Opera” – live from Royal Albert. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s musical will play at 11 a.m. Pt (2 p.m. Et). Event producers Ncm Fathom and Omniverse Vision will replay the show at 7:30 p.m. local time Oct. 5, Oct. 6 and Oct. 11. Also Read: Broadening Broadway: In-Theater Broadcasts Bring the Arts to Main »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables film

12 September 2011 3:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Australian actors head cast in Tom Hooper's screen adaptation of long-running musical

Russell Crowe is to star in a musical for the first time after being cast in the big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables. Variety magazine reports that Crowe beat several other contenders to play Inspector Javert, opposite Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, in the film version of the musical that has been running since 1985.

There have been several failed attempts to film Les Misérables since the late 1980s, but this latest production has already attracted considerable attention as it is director Tom Hooper's follow-up to The King's Speech.

The stage show's original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, will be involved, along with British production company Working Title. William Nicholson, writer of Shadowlands, has been commissioned to work on the script; the musical itself was based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel.

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Russell Crowe joins 'Les Miserables'

9 September 2011 12:10 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Russell Crowe will star opposite Hugh Jackman in Universal's film version of the legendary musical "Les Miserables."According to Variety, Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") is directing.A December 7, 2012 release date has been set. Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to join the cast as well.The musical's original producer, Cameron Mackintosh, will produce along with Working Title Films' Tim Bevan, Debra Hayward and Eric Fellner.William Nicholson wrote the script from Victor Hugo's classic novel.Set against the backdrop of a historically fictional 19th century French rebellion, the story centers on Jean Valjean (Jackman), an ex-convict who is pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert (Crowe). There have been several film and TV adaptations of "Les Miserables" with the last bigscreen version being »

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Russell Crowe Locked For ‘Les Miserables’; Release Date Set

9 September 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Now that the production start date for The Wolverine has officially been pushed back until Spring 2012, Hugh Jackman’s next starring role will be that of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables – an adaptation of producer Cameron Mackintosh’s award-winning Broadway musical take on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel.

Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway had recently been rumored as prospective costars for Les Miserables, which will be brought to life under the direction of newly-crowned Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). The former of those two Hollywood celebrities is now officially onboard for the film.

Deadline has learned that Crowe is set to portray Inspector Javert in Les Miserables – one of two upcoming tentpole productions that will feature the Academy Award-winning actor in some form, alongside director Zack ...

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Russell Crowe Joins Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables

8 September 2011 8:36 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

The sequel to "Wolverine" is ready to go, but production is delayed because Hugh Jackman decided to first shoot "Les Miserables," a live-action adaptation of the classic novel and stage musical that will be directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech). Now, the producer of the stage musical Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that Russell Crowe has joined the cast. "Even though I have dreamt about making the film of 'Les Miserables' for over 25 years, I could never have imagined that we would end up with the dream director Tom Hooper, and the dream cast of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as the two great protagonists Jean Valjean and Javert." The new movie revolves around Jean Valjean (Jackman), a recently released prisoner struggling to survive during the French revolution. It is set to hit theaters on December 7th, 2012, just in time for Oscar season. »

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Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in 'Les Miserables' musical

8 September 2011 6:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

So it seems tough guys do dance.

Russell Crowe has signed on to join the big-screen adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, playing the heartless police inspector Javert, who persecutes Hugh Jackman’s impoverished Jean Valjean after the man steals bread to feed his family, Universal and Working Title confirmed today. 

Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, will helm the film, which is aiming for release Dec. 7, 2012. William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands) has adapted the screenplay from the long-running play based on Victor Hugo’s sprawling 1862 novel.

Sir Cameron MacKintosh, who produced the stage version of the musical, »

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Universal Sets December 7, 2012 Release Date For ‘Les Miserables’ With Hugh Jackman And Russell Crowe

8 September 2011 3:52 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Universal has formalized plans and a December 7, 2012 release date for Les Miserables, the live-action adaptation of the Cameron Mackintosh-produced stage musical that will be helmed by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, with Hugh Jackman starring as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe playing Javert. The film is produced by Working Title Films’ partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, along with Mackintosh and Debra Hayward. Liza Chasin is exec producer. William Nicholson wrote the script based on the classic novel and the stage play. The music is by Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil. Said Mackintosh: “Even though I have dreamt about making the film of Les Miserables for over 25 years, I could never have imagined that we would end up with the dream director Tom Hooper, and the dream cast of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as the two great protagonists Jean Valjean and Javert. Not only were »

- MIKE FLEMING

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