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'At 12, I swore I'd have my own film in the cinema'

29 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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You Saw 'Les Miserables' Now Give Us Your Review

27 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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"Les Miserables" Singing Showdowns

27 December 2012 3:30 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

The world has gone insane over "Les Miserables." The movie -- starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried -- has been raking in profits And accolades. "Les Mis" received four Golden Globes nominations and is even being touted as an early favorite for Oscar's most-coveted Motion Picture of the Year prize.And while the performances in Tom Hooper's film are nothing-less than stellar, the actors are hardly the first to take on the musical's iconic songs. Everyone from Katie Holmes to Neil Patrick Harris have thrown their lungs into the Claude-Michel Schonberg score.Check out the musical match-ups below and vote who sang it better!1. "I Dreamed a Dream" -- Anne Hathaway vs. Lea Michele and Idina Menzel ("Glee") vs. Susan Boyle ("Britain's Got Talent")   2. "On My Own" -- Samantha Barks vs. Katie Holmes ("Dawson's Creek")   Click the link below for two more "Les Mis" singing showdowns. »

- tooFab Staff

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New Trailer For Les Miserables: Samantha Barks Singing ‘On My Own’!

22 December 2012 4:45 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

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.

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- Jeanne Standal

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Review: Is It Possible to Enjoy 'Les Misérables' If You Don't Know the Music?

21 December 2012 6:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

I never "Dreamed a Dream" or pleaded for "One Day More." But fans of "Les Misérables" -- the original stage musical adapted from Victor Hugo's novel, that is -- know those references well. Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation works hard to pander to them. The moment Claude-Michel Schonberg's score kicks in, with the solemn baritone chorus of "Work Song," as hordes of imprisoned Frenchmen jointly lament their downtrodden lives, those smitten with this sprawling, mournful tale of the French Revolution might get goosebumps. That's mostly conjecture, of course, since when I saw this scene and countless others in Hooper's "Les Misérables" I felt no excitement over familiar tunes or the return of a beloved tale. Instead, "Les Misérables" played to me like a mopey, at times notably beautiful but overproduced musical soap opera. While impressive in parts for its epic sweep, the movie is »

- Eric Kohn

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Les Misérables (review)

19 December 2012 4:13 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

There is no possible way I can even pretend to be objective about this movie. Not that I ever do so, but this is an especially bad case of me being hopelessly -- and as far as I’m concerned -- wonderfully biased. I love Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s rock opera. (Don’t hate me: I haven’t read Victor Hugo’s book. But I did just download it to my Kindle and will get to it soon.) And by love I mean adore. I’ve memorized it. I can sing it all by heart. It speaks to me in ways that I don’t fully understand -- but, you know: love honor duty tragedy sacrifice comedy drama despair hope romance revolution, all expressed through song. Les Mis kinda has it all. And now Tom Hooper’s big-screen adaptation of it is here. He’s made some really »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Les Miserables Breaking Advanced Ticket Sale Records

19 December 2012 3:04 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Big Broadway musicals have actually had a pretty solid track record at the box office in the last decade. While Rock of Ages underperformed this past summer, titles like Chicago, Mamma Mia!, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street managed to make big money (and if they didn't do it here, they did it internationally). And so now we come to Les Miserables, director Tom Hooper's adaptation of Claude-Michel Schönberg award winning stage musical. The film will be in theaters on Christmas Day and has been boosted by positive buzz from critics, but how will it perform? If the numbers at Fandango are accurate, it should do pretty damn well. The company has announced that Les Miserables has become not only the #1 advanced ticket-seller among all Christmas Day releases (beating out 2009's Sherlock Holmes), but it is also now become the #1 advanced ticket-seller among all musicals (beating »

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‘Les Misérables’ a somewhat successful, but inappropriately intimate adaptation

18 December 2012 10:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Les Misérables

Directed by Tom Hooper

Written by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer

United Kingdom, 2012

At some point in cinema history, it became bad form to make movie musicals without being self-aware or self-referential. The concern must spring from the perceived stumbling block people have when they watch musicals, boiled down to one simple question: “Sure, but why are they suddenly singing?” The transition from spoken dialogue to speeches or monologues that are belted all the way to the rafters is, perhaps, more pronounced on the silver screen. With the long-awaited movie version of Les Misérables, the immensely popular musical based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, director Tom Hooper has chosen to strip down the grand-scale show so that audiences aren’t stymied by the musical’s inherently lusty operatic style. This approach is only somewhat successful; the film almost works in spite of itself. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Hugh Jackman talks about Jean Valjean in new Les Miserables featurette

18 December 2012 5:26 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Hugh Jackman talks about the character of Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables in this new featurette for the Universal Pictures Christmas Day release. The top notch cast also includes Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne. William Nicholson, Alain Boublil,Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer wrote the script based on the stage musical by Boublil and Schönberg’s, and the novel by Victor Hugo. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh produce. »

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Hugh Jackman talks about Jean Valjean in new Les Miserables featurette

18 December 2012 5:26 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Hugh Jackman talks about the character of Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables in this new featurette for the Universal Pictures Christmas Day release. The top notch cast also includes Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne. William Nicholson, Alain Boublil,Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer wrote the script based on the stage musical by Boublil and Schönberg’s, and the novel by Victor Hugo. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh produce. »

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"Les Miserables" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Movie Get?

17 December 2012 5:17 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The transformation of the beloved Broadway musical, .Les Miserables,. into a big screen event is a daunting task. The filmmakers must satisfy the fans of the stage play and convince the non-believers. I can tell you now that the film adaptation stays true and improves on the Broadway production.

Like many fans, I have seen the Broadway play numerous times, yet I have not felt the story.s full impact until after I saw the movie version. What was once seemingly inferred on stage becomes highlighted on the big screen. The epilogue becomes much richer.

Big credit goes to Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (.The King.s Speech.) who made two important decisions for the film version. First, the movie is entirely sung-through which gives the adaptation an operatic feel. Second, the actors are encouraged to sing live-to-film to add passion to their singing style. The result is a true spectacle »

- Manny

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'Silver Linings Playbook' Tops 2012 Satellite Awards

17 December 2012 6:34 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I thought the International Press Academy was handing out the 2012 Satellite Awards in January, but I was obviously proven wrong as last night the org handed out their annual awards and was the first group to pay Silver Linings Playbook much attention and believe me when I say they paid it some attention. The film ended up taking Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actor (Bradley Cooper), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Film Editing. Interestingly enough, Robert De Niro didn't win Best Supporting Actor, instead that went to Javier Bardem (Skyfall) and David Magee's screenplay for Life of Pi won Adapted Screenplay. Pi also took Best Cinematography, but didn't win Best Visual Effects, which went to the very-deserving Flight. I've listed all of the winners below and the win for Silver Linings Playbook has been registered at the Oscar Overture where three different films have now been awarded by four different organizations, »

- Brad Brevet

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Les Misérables’ With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe

14 December 2012 9:38 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 30 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of “Les Misérables” starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe!

The film version of the global stage sensation, “Les Misérables” opens on Dec. 25, 2012 and is rated “PG-13”. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Daniel Huttlestone, Cavin Cornwall and Josef Altin. “Les Misérables” is directed by Tom Hooper and written by William Nicholson based on the book by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil and the novel by Victor Hugo.

To win your free “Les Misérables” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive Interview: Les Misérables Director Tom Hooper

14 December 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Few directors have risen so quickly in the last few years within the ranks of filmmakers as Tom Hooper. Having made a name for himself directing award-winning movies for television, Hooper ably got over the dreaded sophomore slump curse by making The King's Speech as his second feature. That went on to win multiple Oscars two years ago, not only for Best Picture but also for Hooper himself, which must have contributed to his decision to drive himself to take on the even bigger challenge of directing a film adaptation of the stage musical Les Misérables , written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublilstage based on Victor Hugo's novel set in 19th Century France The film version stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a man sentenced to 19 years in prison who is released, but not »

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2013 Golden Globe Nominations; Lincoln Garners 7 Noms

13 December 2012 1:39 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes for 25 categories were announced today by actors Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms. The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards show, to be hosted by actors Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, will be broadcast live Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC. Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and actress Frances Fisher, is the Miss Golden Globe and Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B. de Mille for lifetime achievement. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s members are international journalists based in Southern California. The HFPA has about 90 members who disseminate information about movies and television to the world through their various publications throughout the world.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2013 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended December 31, 2012.

1.    Best Motion Picture . Drama

a.    Argo

Warner Bros. Pictures, Gk Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

b.    Django Unchained

The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures »

- Michelle McCue

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's first Golden Globes commercial is here!

13 December 2012 8:13 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

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This morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, and while there was plenty to be excited about (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep all nominated in the same category!) and plenty to be grumpy about (The Big Bang Theory and Smash beat out Parks and Recreation?!), the thing that really got us in the mood for awards season is the very first commercial by co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

No, you guys! It doesn't get old! Keep doing it! Keep staying together on my TV for all time and talking and laughing and being perfect!

Anyhoodle, here's a rundown of this year's nominations:

TV

Best Television Drama

Breaking Bad

Boardwalk Empire

Downton Abbey

Homeland

The Newsroom

Best Television Comedy or Musical

The Big Bang Theory

Episodes

Girls

Modern Family

Smash

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama

Steve Buscemi, »

- stuntdouble

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Golden Globe Award Nominees Announced!

13 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Always a pre-cursor to the Academy Awards, The Golden Globes often give a good indication of just where those ‘bald’ statuettes will be heading come Oscar night. Steven Spielberg’s 16th Presidential biopic Lincoln leads the way with 7 nominations followed by Ben Affleck’s excellent fact-based CIA story Argo and Kathryn Bigelow’s take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden with Zero Dark Thirty. We have all the details of those vying for consideration below:-

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Argo

Warner Bros. Pictures, Gk Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

Django Unchained

The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing

Life Of Pi

Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox

Lincoln

DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures

Zero Dark Thirty

Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust And Bone

Helen Mirren, »

- Craig Hunter

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Argo! Django! Salmon! The Golden Globes Nominations are Announced

13 December 2012 6:45 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Each year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throw out their award nominations for film and television excellence. Each year there is a similar reaction to one or many of the nominations for the awards, the Golden Globes, and here again we have a couple of bizarre choices.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was not a bad film, but certainly not one of the best of the year. Seeing it rub shoulders with the likes of Django Unchained, which has a couple of interesting nominations including Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Ben Affleck’s Argo seems a little off.

However it’s great to see John Hawkes picking up recognition for his work in The Sessions, Rachel Weisz’s emotionally turbulent turn in The Deep Blue Sea is worthy of a look and gets a nomination.

The awards are often billed as pointers for the Oscars later next year and usually by those running the show. »

- Jon Lyus

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Adele, Katy Perry, 'Les Miz' Songs on Huge List of 75 Oscar Contenders

11 December 2012 1:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 2012 Oscar song race will pit Keith Urban against Mumford and Sons, Dolly Parton against Arcade Fire, Paul Williams against Florence + the Machine and venerable Italian composer Ennio Morricone against musical-theater legends Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. Also in the mix: Adele's new James Bond song, "Skyfall," which has the best shot to be nominated of any Bond song in decades. The last Bond song to receive a nomination was 1981's "For Your Eyes Only." Those are part of a huge crop of 75 songs that qualified in the Best »

- Steve Pond

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Don't Forget About Me! Signed, The Other 'Les Miserables' Movie

11 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

"Les Misérables" is shaping up to be one of the biggest film events in recent memory. Thanks to an amazing cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, an Oscar-winning director in Tom Hooper and the public's abiding love for the classic Broadway musical it's based on, "Les Misérables" seems poised to be a major power at both the box office and at the Oscars.

But what if we told you that back in 1998, another acclaimed director put together an even more impressive cast for an adaptation of "Les Misérables" — one that has been almost completely forgotten?

Yes, it's true. So why don't more people know about the 1998 adaptation of "Les Misérables"? What was that film all about? And what is the new "Les Misérables" doing differently to ensure it meets more success than its unjustly overlooked predecessor? Read on, as we tell you all about The Other "Les Misérables. »

- Scott Harris

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