13 items from 2013
I’m still surprised by how deeply Les Miserables touched me. I’m not a huge fan of musical theater and while I’d been mildly impressed by the 10th anniversary concert, I never grasped what all the fuss was about. I went into Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie adaptation with high hopes, but no expectations. I left a blubbering wreck, reduced to tears a good half-dozen times in the course of its 150-minute running time. Plenty of folks feel the same way… and plenty of other folks still see nothing but bombastic sentiment. The new Blu-ray isn’t likely to change anyone’s minds. Or is it? Hit the jump for my full review. Hooper’s central creative conceit involved recording the singing live onset, as well as making copious use of close-ups to capture the actors’ emotions. That makes for a radical departure from the stage musical, where the »
- Rob Vaux
Heading into Easter Weekend, the Oscar-winning film Les Miserables is available on Blu-ray and DVD, the perfect musical to get you in the mood for this upcoming Holiday. We recently caught up with one of the producers on the film Cameron Mackintosh, and the man who perfected Jean Valjean on stage before taking the role of the Bishop on screen, Colm Wilkinson. Both have a long and storied history with the production, from its stage roots to its place as one of cinema's great musicals. Here's our exclusive conversation.
Actor Colm Wilkinson
Les Mis was originally supposed to be turned into a film musical nearly twenty-five years ago. It didn't happen. Were you involved with the first incarnations of this project's life as a movie?
Colm Wilkinson: No. We never talked. It never got that far, »
Cinelinx sings the song of angry men with the fantastic new Les Miserables Blu-ray!
In 19th century France, an ex-prisoner named Valjean (Hugh Jackman) finds his purpose in life when he agrees to care for the daughter of a factory worker (Anne Hathaway). Also stars Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and the musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
Directed by Tom Hooper
This phenomenal adaptation of the beloved musical manages to surpass expectations on every level. From the incredible set design, to the outstanding performances, to the stirring renditions of the songs fans have come to love, Les Miserables is everything you could ask for in a movie musical.
I do not consider myself a fan of musicals in general; I find most are unable to deliver both acting and musical performances worth noting. I do admit to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Les Miserables, the third-longest running musical in the history of the Great White Way. The ultra famous production, starring Irish tenor Colm Wilkinson and Brit Frances Ruffelle, lasted an impressive 16 years on Broadway, racking up a total of 6,680 performances. But did you know the critics weren't crazy about the show when it first came out?
Similar to, say, the mixed public opinion surrounding present Les Mis star, Anne Hathaway, writers and reviewers landed on both sides of the fence after Trevor Nunn and John Caird showcased their adapted musical, first in the UK and later in New York City. While one reviewer deemed the work "a wonderful human pageant," another had far less nice things to say, describing the musical as "witless and synthetic entertainment."
Scroll through the slideshow below to get a taste of the reviews accompanying the production's 1980s debut, »
- Katherine Brooks
By Aja Romano
"One-man medleys" — the phenomenon in which talented YouTubers record, edit, and sync their own voices singing in harmony — are innumerable on YouTube. But recently, one viral video and one perennially popular 15-year-old musical have combined to produce an irresistible combination.
That's right. It's a YouTube theatre crowded with one-person renditions of "Les Misérables," and we flock to it like students to a barricade.
Oh, YouTube, you know what we like.
Popular ever since its 1986 premiere in the West End, "Les Mis's" giant cast and string of powerhouse ballads and eminently singable ensemble numbers have proved a lethal combination for audiences ever since. Now, with the advent of the film, YouTube is rediscovering its love for revolution and counterpoint.
At 1.5 million views, the champion "Les Mis" medley-maker is undoubtedly Nick Pitera, whose song stylings have made him a YouTube sensation with over 300,000 subscribers.
Though his "Les Mis" medley, »
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out today in Los Angeles, with Argo taking home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Modern Family and Downton Abbey won the top awards in the television categories. Take a look at the full list of the Screen Actors Guild Awards winners and nominations.
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners and Nominations
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Ben Affleck's "Argo" continues its march as the Oscar front-runner this awards season. Yesterday, the film was the big winner at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards, and tonight, it won the big prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards taking home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture trophy.
Here's the complete 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Winners (bolded and highlighted); for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
Film: "Les Miserables"; Cast: Aaron Tveit, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Colm Wilkinson, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Jackman, Isabelle Allen, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen and Samantha Barks; Director: Tom Hooper; Rating: ****
Sad stories sell like hot cakes and "Les Miserables" tugs at your heart strings. An adaptation from Victor Hugo's eponymous book, it is not a historical story, but a classic tale of humanity, love and loss set against the backdrop of a political uprising in France, the French Revolution.
- Smith Cox
Victor Hugo’s epic novel Les Miserables is no stranger to big screen adaptations, with close to fifty different versions in various languages, but Tom Hooper’s version, (Oscar winning director of The King’s Speech) the first to adapt the stage musical, is possibly the grandest and most ambitious to date. The tale of Jean Valjean provides the plot for the longest running musical in the West End, and it took 27 years for someone to bring give it the cinematic treatment it so clearly deserves.
The story begins as Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released on parole after 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread, and trying to escape. However he breaks parole, in attempt to make a better life for himself, »
Tom Hooper's film is a colossal effort – after 158 minutes, you really have experienced something. It's just not clear what
Like a diabolically potent combination of Lionel Bart and Leni Riefenstahl, the movie version of Les Misérables has arrived, based on the hit stage show adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel set among the deserving poor in 19th-century France, which climaxes with the anti-monarchist Paris uprising of 1832. Even as a non-believer in this kind of "sung-through" musical, I was battered into submission by this mesmeric and sometimes compelling film, featuring a performance of dignity and intelligence from Hugh Jackman, and an unexpectedly vulnerable singing turn from that great, big, grumpy old bear, Russell Crowe. With the final rousing chorus of "Do you hear the people sing?", the revolutionary-patriotic fervour is so bizarrely stirring, you'll feel like marching out of the cinema, wrapped in the tricolour, and travelling to Russia to »
- Peter Bradshaw
Les Misérables (2012) Film Review, a movie directed by Tom Hooper and starring Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Hugh Jackman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Tveit, Colm Wilkinson, Ella Hunt, George Blagden, and Bertie Carvel. Les Miserables is a film about hope sung from the [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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Oscar nominations are right around the corner (January 10), so I thought I’d use the opportunity to highlight some people I really hope get nominated. It would be easy to make this an overall list of things I want to happen – basically Les Misérables and Django Unchained for everything (it was a very merry Christmas, indeed) – but I wanted to narrow it down a bit more. While there are a lot of Oscar veterans in the running for nominations, I’ll be focusing on some folks who are vying for their first.
Now, to keep it somewhat manageable I’ll only be including people who have some modicum of hope, however slim at this late stage. Take Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild. She still has a real shot, so she might be on here (spoiler alert: she is not »
- Shane T. Nier
Currently playing in theaters is the cinematic take on the classic stage musical, Les Misérables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The film is directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and stars Hugh Jackman (The Prestige, X-Men), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Rachel Getting Married), Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind, L.A. Confidential), Amanda Seyfried (Alpha Dog, Mamma Mia!), Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn), and from the stage musical, Samatha Barks.
I recently had the chance to attend the press conference for Les Misérables at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City where I was able to speak with Tom Hooper, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Banks about their new film.
Jackman was asked about his dramatic weight loss and physical transformation for the role of Jean Valjean. “It’s a very big part of the story, this relationship »
- Dana Gardner
13 items from 2013
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