17 items from 2015
Preparing for a role can be demanding, psychologically, emotionally, even physically. In fact, some actors put so much preparation into a role that they render themselves completely unrecognizable on screen. From Oscar winners to some of the industry’s biggest names, here are 15 stars who completely transformed their appearance for a film role. Rooney MaraAfter fighting to win the part of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Mara lost a significant amount of weight, shaved her eyebrows, and got multiple facial and body piercings in preparation for the film. In conjunction with her intense physical transformation, Mara’s emotional dedication to the role earned her her first Oscar nomination. Anne HathawayHathaway sported a 25-pound weight loss and a nearly-shaved head to play Fantine in the 2012 film adaptation of “Les Misérables.” The actor’s hard work paid off, of course—she won an Oscar for her wrenchingly emotional performance. »
When it comes to musical theater, sometimes it’s good to be bad! Sinister, cruel, or just plain creepy, here are 15 musical theater bad guys who we simply love to hate. Javert, “Les Misérables”Considered the antagonist of this profound and sweeping musical, Javert’s tragedy is that he isn’t inherently evil. He hunts hero Jean Valjean relentlessly, yes, but this police inspector’s pursuit is righteous in his own eyes. The audience may loathe Javert’s mission, but Jean Valjean himself guides us towards sympathy for the badly misguided villain. Caiaphas, “Jesus Christ Superstar”This 45-year-old hit from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice retells familiar Gospels—specifically the life and ultimate crucifixion of Jesus Christ— through rock and roll music and passionately styled lyrics. High priest Caiaphas becomes one of the story’s villains when he condemns Christ as a threat, famously singing “This Jesus Must Die. »
Agent Carter star Bridget Regan is easily one of the busiest actresses on television right now, and she’s adding another gig to her packed schedule. Regan will be joining the upcoming third season of TNT’s drama The Last Ship in a new series-regular role. Regan will play Sasha, “a former Navy Intelligence Officer now operating under diplomatic cover in China for the newly reformed United States government.” Deadline was the first to report the casting news. In addition to her new role on The Last Ship, Regan will be returning as Peggy’s Black Widow enemy Dottie in Agent Carter Season 2 and will continue to recur in the second season of The CW’s Jane the Virgin. Her other past TV credits include White Collar, Beauty and the Beast, and The Good Wife. The Last Ship, which stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin, is based on »
- Chris King
The actress, who plays Russian operative Dottie Underwood in the ABC series, has been cast in Season 3 of TNT’s The Last Ship, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Regan will take on the series regular role of Last Ship‘s Sasha, a former Naval Intelligence Officer who’s working in China on behalf of the United States government.
In September, the series »
Exclusive: Jane The Virgin‘s Bridget Regan has landed a series regular role on the third season of Michael Bay's action-adventure TNT series The Last Ship. Regan will play Sasha, a former Navy Intelligence Officer now operating under diplomatic cover in China for the newly reformed United States government. Based on William Brinkley's novel, The Last Ship deals with a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy… »
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African American performer to play Jean Valjean in Broadway’s Les Miserables, died tragically on Friday, Aug. 28. Rip Kyle Jean-Baptiste Jean-Baptiste, 21, made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables playing Constable and Courfeyrac and acting as the Jean Valjean understudy. As Jean Valjean, Jean-Baptiste made history as the youngest actor to […]
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- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first black actor (as well as the youngest actor) to portray Jean Valjean in the iconic Broadway musical Les Miserables, has died at 21. Police said he fell accidentally from the fourth-floor fire escape of his mother's apartment Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. "The entire Les Misérables family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic — and history — in his Broadway debut,” said the production on its official Facebook page. Jean-Baptiste took the stage as Valjean just one month after joining the company. He was scheduled to leave the show on Sept. 6 to join the Broadway production of The Color Purple. »
- Greg Cwik
“Les Miserables” star Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who just this month became the youngest actor and the first African-American to play Jean Valjean on Broadway, has died after accidentally falling off his mother’s fire escape, according to media reports. He was only 21 years old. Jean-Baptiste usually played Constable and Courfeyrac in “Les Miserables” but he was also the understudy for the role of Jean Valjean, and he recently found himself pressed into duty. The young actor grew up in Brooklyn and was a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace. He performed in a number of regional shows including “Singin’ In the Rain, »
- Jeff Sneider
Such a tragedy. Broadway star Kyle Jean-Baptiste died at the age of 21 on Friday, Aug. 28, the Hollywood Reporter confirms. He passed away after falling from his mother’s fire escape. Jean-Baptiste was best known for becoming the youngest actor and the first African American to play Jean Valjean in the stage production of Les Miserables. “The entire Les Miserables family is shocked and devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle, a remarkable young talent and tremendous person who made magic - and history - in [...] »
Liam Neeson’s career has come full circle.
After his acting debut in 1978, at a commanding 6’4” Neeson found a niche for himself in action flicks like Excalibur, Krull and even Darkman in 1990 before transitioning into the seriously dramatic roles he was synonymous with throughout most of the 90s and early 2000s: Husbands and Wives, Schindler’s List, Nell and even as Jean Valjean in the non-musical Les Miserables. Sure he dabbled in action and blockbusters along the way, but Neeson was reborn as the latest action hero in 2008 with his role in the sleeper hit Taken.
Spawning not one but two sequels, Taken launched the next chapter in the Irish actor’s career and leading to roles in The A-Team and Battleship. The actor returned to his father-on-a-mission role as Bryan Mills in Taken 3 once again this year. The film sees Mills chasing after the bad guy, except this time, »
- Rachel West and Amanda Wood
By Lee Pfeiffer
One of the most rewarding byproducts of reviewing movies for a living is that you will often encounter some prominent gem that somehow managed to escape your attention previously. In certain cases, it's arguable that a film might well be more appreciated many years later than it was during its initial release. Such a case pertains to the 1965 crime drama Once a Thief. Directed by the under-rated Ralph Nelson, the film successfully invokes the mood and atmosphere of the classic black-and-white film noir crime thrillers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although this movie was widely credited as being Alain Delon's first starring role in an English language production, he was among the all-star cast seen the previous year in the big budget Hollywood production of The Yellow Rolls Royce. It is accurate to say, however, that Once a Thief afforded him his first opportunity to be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
When you were a child, you would lie about things that you’ve did because you never wanted your parents to find out and spend the rest of your childhood years banished to the naughty step. However, things don’t really change when you grow up. You do things that you know you shouldn’t regardless of whether it’s going to hurt someone else or make you a criminal like Jean Valjean.
You’ll deliberately ignore someone’s text and then fake apologise for having “only just got this now” or you’ll pretend that you already have plans because you don’t want to tell them to their face about how much you really don’t want to spend any time with them. The world would be a much simpler place if everyone was honest with one another, but would we feel better for it? At least »
- Sara Weir
Sometimes, the “previously on Nashville” segment fills you with dread. Last night’s featured the unholy foursome of Micah, Kiley, Beverly, and Natasha — four characters I thought we would never have to lay eyes on again. Shoot me now.In fairness, the show wasn’t too horrible. Although, when you consider that Rayna became Javert to Beverly’s Jean Valjean, that Scarlett looked weird(er) than usual, and that they included creepy flashbacks where everyone sort of looked like their own Sims avatar — I wouldn’t exactly call it “great.” You guys? Help. Why did Scarlett look so different? Were her eyebrows darker? Was she wearing more makeup/bronzer? Had she finally combed her hair? It was distracting. Anyway, I don’t have much to say about her story line, except she and Gunnar sing a really great song — pretty much the one thing they can be consistently relied on »
- Max Weiss
From mullets to mutton chops and extravagant mustaches – it's safe to say Hugh Jackman has seen the spectrum when it comes to his hair.
Et sat down with Jackman to talk about his new film Chappie, and he told us about his mullet and the many other hairstyles he’s donned throughout the years.
"I'm going be honest, you know why I love this haircut? Low maintenance," Jackman told Et. "Typical man. Low maintenance."
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"That's the most high-maintenance haircut of all," said Jackman. "I'm singly responsible for the hole in the ozone layer with the amount of hairspray I've used."
"Three days spent in Disney World with my daughter and her friends for her birthday, and I got recognized twice," said Jackman. "One of those »
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
Replacements are currently being sought for the Broadway production of “Les Misérables.” Now is your chance to be cast as one of the main players in an ongoing Broadway production! Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, and several other roles are being cast. This is, of course, and paid Equity production, and auditions will be held Feb. 23 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Les Misérables” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
We're not sure how it's happened, but we're already approaching the fifth week of blind auditions and those teams are getting rather full - which makes it even harder for the hopeful acts to impress the coaches!
There are 13 auditionees hitting the stage this weekend, and if you want more information about the baker's dozen of contestants - including, er, which one is a baker - then read on for all of the info...
1. Newtion Matthews - 30, London
Song: 'Who Did That To You?' - John Legend
What you need to know: Newtion left home when he was a teenager to pursue a music career, but when he struggled he ended up homeless for a couple of months. He also had a Warner Records deal that didn't work out - but he did perform at the Globe with former The Voice act Matt Henry!
2. Hannah Wildes - 24, Kent
17 items from 2015
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