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If going out on top didn’t appear to be in the cards, at least David Letterman — unlike his longtime rival, Jay Leno — will get to leave on his own terms, announcing his retirement plans for next year.
Letterman spent so many years chasing Leno in the ratings that he must have felt a little bit like Javert to Leno’s Jean Valjean. But “The Tonight Show’s” baton pass to Jimmy Fallon opened the door — at least temporarily — to the prospect that NBC’s ratings might again sag, as they did with Conan O’Brien behind the desk, creating an opportunity for Letterman to retire as latenight’s reigning champ.
Photos: Who Will Succeed David Letterman at CBS’ Late Show?
So far, though, Fallon appears to be holding up well as “The Tonight Show’s” new host, and even if he drops, the demographic advantage appears too vast to close. »
- Brian Lowry
On March 31, New York’s McC Theater held its raucous Miscast gala, an annual fundraiser honoring one veteran theater artist — this year, the fearless Allison Janney — with a concert program line-up that features Broadway stars performing songs typically sung by the opposite gender. Last year, you might remember Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff stopping the show with Smash’s “Let Me Be Your Star.” This year was no different, but we’ll get to that. First, Janney.
“I believe that any actor worth their salt has to have done theater,” says Janney, whose history with the stage stretches far back »
- Marc Snetiker
Wolverine and Jean Valjean have plenty in common (a dark complicated backstory, excellent hair, razor-sharp claws) but most importantly, they've both been brought to the silver screen via the corporeal form of one Mr. Hugh Jackman. BBC 1's The Matt Edmondson Show wrote a charming little number by the name of "Wolverine the Musical," which the Prisoners actor used to plug X-Men: Days of Future Past, though the song really should be entitled "Hugh Jackman's Sick Body and the Lifestyle Choices He's Made to Maintain It the Musical." Either way, Jackman's ability to commit 125% to everything he does remains unparalleled. »
- Halle Kiefer
In case you had forgotten, there are a bunch of singers on "How I Met Your Mother." Harris is especially known for roles in Broadway musicals, even if the role of Inspector Javert isn't in his official resume. It might as well be after dueling so well with Segel's Jean Valjean.
While the whole thing is both amazing and kind of ridiculous, the best part may come at the 1:20 mark when the two singers get so into their parts that Cobie Smulders has to get up and move. »
Lest nine seasons of the sitcom not be enough as “How I Met Your Mother” nears its swan song, the cast provided a few more laughs while visiting “Inside the Actors Studio,” thanks to Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel’s musical talents.
During the show, a fan asked Patrick Harris and Segel to sing “Les Miserables” duet “Confronation,” a bit they did in 2006 on “The Megan Mullally Show,” but were sadly cut short. Patrick Harris seized on the opportunity immediately, taking off as Javert, with Segel jumping in as Jean Valjean shortly after.
Fellow cast members Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor looked on, along with the audience, as the two gave a perfect a cappella performance that earned a standing ovation. For other parts of the hour, the cast answered questions from James Lipton both in and out of character. The full episode can be seen here. »
- Alex Stedman
In so many ways I wish Hugh Jackman could move on from Wolverine, the role that brought him enormous fame but which he has been performing for 14 of his 15 years in motion pictures. That's longer than virtually any TV star performs their signature role. And there are more years to come with at least one more solo film booked after X-Men Days of Future Past. Think of the movie musicals and wide variety of dramas or comedies he could have done in that time!
But, that said, Hugh Jackman always finds ways to become even more loveable (a tall feat given how adorable he started out) just when you're like 'enough, already!'.
Here he is one the BBC Radio 1's ‘The Matt Edmonson Show,’ performing "Wolverine: The Musical" by mixing his two signature roles (Logan & Jean Valjean) with his best role: himself.
- NATHANIEL R
Hugh Jackman is a man of many talents. An action star as well as a gifted singer and musical performer, Jackman often jumps from one role to another. But he has never quite brought characters like "Les Miserables" lead Jean Valjean together with his "X-Men" role, Wolverine.
All that changes here.
When a guest for the BBC Radio 1's "The Matt Edmondson Show," Jackman put on a live performance of Valjean's stirring "Who Am I" number from "Les Miserables." Except this time, the actor gave the tune a Wolverine twist.
The result is "Wolverine: The Musical." Alas, no matter how in-shape for the "X-Men" role Jackman is, it's hard to hit some of those notes early in the morning. »
Someone needs to cast Neil Patrick Harris as Javert and Jason Segel as Jean Valjean immediately. Before the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, Harris and Segel appeared with their co-stars Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders on Inside the Actors Studio. "Since Les Mis[érables] is coming back to Broadway, I thought maybe Jason and Neil might give us a little bit of the 'Confrontation,'" a student said to the actors. The duo first performed this number from the hit muscial on the Megan Mullaly Show back in 2006. "You haven't sung that in a long time!" Smulders quipped. After they quickly figured out who portrayed whom the first »
Watch as Aussie actor Hugh Jackman, now wrapping up summer tentpole "X-Men: Days of Future Past," reprises his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Jean Valjean in a musical performance of "Wolverine." He sings "Who Am I?" from "Les Miserables" on BBC Radio, shedding a bit of light on Wolverine's identity issues. Even mutants have existential crises. The new "X-Men" movie is out in the Us on May 23. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Hugh Jackman will next be seen as his eternal alter ego Logan in the upcoming mutant adventure X-Men: Days of Future Past. But what about the little known off-off-Broadway play Wolverine: The Musical? Well, he wants to star in that too. The actor visited BBC Radio One's The Matt Edmondson Show, where he shared one of his greatest gifts, channeling his Jean Valjean role from 2012's Les Miserables. Watch as Hugh belts out the song 'I am Wolverine!' in a video that has to be seen to be believed.
As you can tell from above, Prisoner 24601 still has the physical prowess to make us swoon (much like Hugh Jackman’s Oscar-nominated turn as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film), but Iranian/Canadian star Ramin Karimloo’s long-awaited Broadway debut as Valjean proved to be worth the wait. Coming off stellar reviews (and proving a threat to claim the Best Actor in a Musical Tony), with the revival already a smash hit, it seems that everything old is new again, as audiences cannot get enough barricades and French resistance (this time sans turntable, and all the better for it). Tyne Daly »
- Jason Clark
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka added some glitz last night (Mar. 23) to the opening of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables on Broadway. The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End. Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert. [...] »
Asked to name France’s greatest poet, André Gide famously answered, “Hugo — alas!” His ambivalence might have been a reaction to the great man’s sideline in sentimental novels, especially the 1862 Les Misérables: 1,900 pages of digression interrupted by occasional outcroppings of farfetched plot. With its overly neat central conflict between the saintly ex-criminal Jean Valjean (morally right but legally wrong) and the obsessed Inspector Javert (the other way around), the tale is surely lacking in the subtlety department. That it was nevertheless an enormous international success — one of the 19th century’s biggest bestsellers — must have been galling to Gide. And he never even saw Les Miz.I’m no fan of the show, which began life as a French concept album in 1978 and has made a couple of billion dollars since. But looking back I can see that some of my antipathy is contextual. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s »
- Jesse Green
Where will you be in three years? Fox is hoping you'll be ready and waiting for sequels to "The Wolverine" and "Fantastic Four" by then, if we haven't all relocated to Mars or something.
"Fantastic Four" hasn't even begun filming; its cast was announced in February, with Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, and Miles Teller set to start as the superheroes. "Fantastic Four 2" is slated for release on July 14, 2017, almost two years to the day after the first arrives in theaters. In fact, they haven't even announced yet who will be playing the first film's big bad, Dr. Doom. Kind of putting the cart before the horse, eh? In any case, director Josh Trank made a splash in 2012 with the unexpectedly cool "Chronicle," which also co-starred Michael B. Jordan. The science-fiction found footage film (yes, really) gave Jordan a big-screen boost after roles on beloved TV shows "The Wire" and "Friday Night Lights. »
- Jenni Miller
It’s been a hot French minute since we last talked about Les Misérables. One of the longest-running and most cherished Broadway musicals of all time was back in the spotlight in late 2012 with a buzzy, big-budget movie adaptation, packed with singing celebrities (and Russell Crowe) and enough close-ups to make even Norma Desmond cringe. To say that theater fans were divided on the final product would be a heavy understatement.
That’s all water under the Pulteney Bridge, though, because Les Miserables is back — and what’s more important is that it’s safely returned to the hands of »
- Marc Snetiker
While explaining how he got his new title on his show 'The Colbert Report', the comedian said that he had bagged the seat next to Michelle Obama, which is traditionally reserved for the foreign first lady, at the State Dinner when French president Francois Hollande came without a date, the Politico reported.
Colbert, 49, told the nation on his show that he has so much responsibility now and every first lady has her initiatives.
He promised to revive the guillotine and finally bring Jean Valjean. »
- Ketali Mehta
Theatre lovers it is that time of the year again when we get the Tony award host announcement, and surprisingly it is not Neil Patrick Harris! It is other multiple time host and star of the big screen Hugh Jackman.
Jackman will host The 68th Annual Tony Awards, returning to host the prestigious award show for the fourth time. He was even nominated for an Emmy for his hosting duties in 2004. Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment said this about Jackman’s return:
“We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards. Hugh is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and dancer – he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you want out there hosting your live television event.”
The Wolverine star has had a thriving theatre career, winning a Tony award himself »
- Lucy Cave
We reported last week that Wolverine star Hugh Jackman was in talks to play the pirate Blackbeard in the new Warner Bros. Peter Pan flick (what we’ve previously referred to as Pan). Now another, more famously Neverland pirate has been cast to join the fray.
According to Deadline, Garrett Hedlund has been offered the role of Captain Hook opposite Hugh Jackman‘s Blackbeard. And Hugh Jackman has gone from “in talks” to “official” according to the press release below. It’s also important to note that according to that release, the movie is officially untitled.
We’ll keep you posted.
Burbank, CA – January 24, 2014 – Academy Award® nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) has been set to star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming live-action Peter Pan feature for director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, »
- Jess Orso
Stars! They’re just like us: They perform silly reenactments of the “Confrontation” scene from Les Misérables whenever they can.
Proving there’s never a time when Les Mis isn’t relevant, real-life BFFs and your fantasy friends Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael took on the iconic number from the musical and attempted to perform it in a way the youths of today could understand it — by setting the memorable song at a music video-ready house party that seems more likely to welcome Justin Bieber than prisoner 24601.
Wilson channels Jean Valjean, although this time, the chains of bondage are really just cool chain necklaces. »
- Erin Strecker
Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les MISÉRABLES will begin shows in New York City this Spring. Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les MISÉRABLES sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Les MISÉRABLES stars Ramin Karimloo as "Jean Valjean," Will Swenson as "Javert," Caissie Levy as "Fantine," Nikki M. James as "Eponine," Andy Mientus as "Marius," Charlotte Maltby as "Cosette," Kyle Scatliffe as "Enjolras," Cliff Saunders as "Thenardiers," and Keala Settle »
- Pietro Filipponi
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