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When comedic genius Tina Fey divulged her hopes to turn her 2004 film “Mean Girls” into a musical during an interview with Entertainment Weekly last September, there were a few ripples of excitement amongst the millennial set. In March, however, when her husband Jeff Richmond—who is composing the score—confirmed that the production was moving forward, one could almost hear the fans shrieking in anticipation. And now, everyone from Fey to Buzzfeed to former cast members are giving their two cents on the casting for the “Mean Girls” musical. On the red carpet at the SAG Awards in January, Fey told E! News that Mariah Carey could be a good choice to play queen bee Regina’s mother, a role that Amy Poehler made her own in the film. Buzzfeed listed their “11 Dream Castings for ‘Mean Girls’ the Musical,” which included Samantha Barks as Lindsay Lohan’s Cady Heron and »
Marvel's blockbuster sequel sees Stark in a personal crisis following the events of the New York attack in The Avengers. When the super-soldier Extremis drug falls into the wrong hands, new foes emerge in the form of the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce).
Downey Jr made a dramatic entrance at the premiere, emerging on a smoke-filled podium before throwing his sunglasses into the crowd. He then ran down the stairs and pulled another pair of glasses out of his jacket.
Our exclusive featurette for Les Miserables breaks down the Oscar-winning performance by Anne Hathaway, with director Tom Hooper and producer Cameron Mackintosh discussing this actress' history in literally growing up with the play. Anne Hathaway herself also talks about this complex character. Go behind-the-scenes of this critically-acclaimed musical, which is currently available on Movies on Demand. Fans can also clickHere to learn about what other great movies are currently available through Movies on Demand.
Les Miserables - Exclusive "Anne Hathaway Featurette"
Hugh Jackman, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe), after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. This »
Chicago – I stand by my swooning praise for Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” when I reviewed it in theaters. Mostly. I must admit that its flaws are easier to see on the small screen as the grand, epic scope suits itself better to the movie theater (although I think people who claim to hate this movie simply don’t like musicals). It doesn’t hold up quite as well as that first, glorious experience with it in theaters. Even if the Blu-ray is one that will appeal greatly to fans of this beloved, Oscar-winning flick.
How beloved? “Les Miserables” has made more than $400 million worldwide and is the 3rd-highest grossing musical domestically in movie history after “Chicago” and “Grease” (which took multiple release to get so high). People adore “Les Miserables”. And Universal has treated those fans right, giving them a multi-disc release with a fantastic HD transfer and interesting, »
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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, »
For a 17th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues its mandate of celebrating Hollywood cinema and recognizing excellence in Hollywood, both in-front and behind the camera. This year the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills. In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards®. The “Los Angeles Times” recognized the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala Ceremony as a “pre-Oscar showcase,” and the “New York Times,” called it the “first mandatory stop in the awards season.” “We are very excited to be having our seventeenth annual Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony on October 21. Last year’s event was one of the best yet, with our presenters and honorees including Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, John Hawkes, »
- Josh Abraham
When it was announced that Samantha Barks had beat out bold-faced names like Taylor Swift, Lea Michele and more to land the highly coveted role of Eponine in Universal's Les Miserables big screen musical, many people said, "Who?" Although those uneducated masses quickly learned that Barks was the beauty who brought the role to life, 8 times a week, in London's West End.
And now that everyone has seen her heart-breaking performance on the big screen, the question is no longer "Who?" but "When?" As in, "When can we see her again?" To find out more about the woman behind the big voice, ETonline caught up with Samantha Barks to reflect upon her Les Mis experience and find out which role, besides Eponine, she'd like to play next!
ETonline: You'd spent more than a year playing Eponine on stage -- but did playing her on film give you any new insight into the character?
Samantha Barks: Oh yes »
Have you ever watched celebrities being interviewed and thought ‘I could do that, and I wouldn’t be as rude as Joan Rivers?’ Well, I put my interviewing skills, experience, research and natural curiosity to the test on Sunday at the prestigious Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane for the Jameson Empire Awards 2013. In a nice frock (black of course; it is media, can’t go wrong), thermal socks and several layers, I scurried along Park Avenue to locate the illustrious venue. It’s as you’d imagine it, like the lobby in Pretty Woman, except without a Richard Gere – but there was a pianist playing a bit of Bach, and lots of high tea going on.
Right, refocus I thought, no time to waste as the arrivals were going to start turning up from 4pm. No one seemed overly clear on what was going on, and they »
- Jeanine Jones
Skyfall director chided for citing only male film-makers in awards ceremony acceptance speech
Speaking as she picked up her own "Legend" award on stage, Mirren noted the director of recent James Bond movie Skyfall had cited a string of male directors – including Paul Thomas Anderson, François Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman – but ignored the contributions of female film-makers. Mendes had earlier picked up awards for best director, best film and the Empire "Inspiration" award at the ceremony in central London.
"It was great to hear Sam [Mendes'] list of moments that inspired him... I did however note there was not one woman's name there, behind the camera," said Mirren, to cheers from the audience. "Nothing against Sam … I hope, I pray, »
- Ben Child
Tonight saw Thn’s very own Jeanine Hack attend the annual Jameson Empire Film Awards. An event which gives readers of the iconic movie magazine their chance to vote for their own film favourites. Jeanine will soon bring her own spin on the prestigious ceremony but we thought we’d give our own readers those winners on the night. Check out the list of nominees below with the winners highlighted in bold. Best Male Newcomer presented by Entertainment Tonight Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi) Steve Oram (Sightseers) Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi) Tom Holland (The Impossible) Best Female Newcomer Alice Lowe (Sightseers) Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations) Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4 21 Jump Street Moonrise Kingdom The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! Silver Linings Playbook Ted Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy Dredd 3D »
- Craig Hunter
Celebrating their eighteenth year this year, the Jameson Empire Awards returned to London to bestow their annual honour upon the best in film from 2012.
The Empire Awards are one of the few that are voted for by the viewing public, with readers of Empire given the chance to vote for any and all of their favourite films in each of the categories from the previous year.
This time around, there were few surprises in London, with Sam Mendes and Skyfall taking home the top prizes tonight. Mendes himself took home the Best Director award, along with the Empire Inspiration Award, presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey. And Skyfall brought home Best Film, beating out some very tough competition from The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Django Unchained, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
- Kenji Lloyd
The name's Winner, Big Winner. Skyfall picked up Best Film at the Jameson Empire Award tonight in London, with director Sam Mendes also winning Best Director and a special Empire Inspiration award for good measure. The awards, voted for by the most enthusiastic film fans and most discerning cineastes in the world (that'd be you, Empire readers), also saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey take Best SCi-Fi/Fantasy and Best Actor for Martin Freeman, while Jennifer Lawrence was voted Best Actress for The Hunger Games.Elsewhere, Sightseers won Best British Film and Headhunters took Best Thriller, while Best Comedy went to Ted. Hammer's The Woman In Black was Best Horror, and its star Daniel Radcliffe won an Empire Hero prize. Best Male Newcomer was The Impossible's Tom Holland, while Samantha Barks was Best Female Newcomer following her turn in Les Miserables.Danny Boyle took our Outstanding Contribution award with typical modesty, »
Skyfall has emerged triumphant at the 2013 Jameson Empire Awards.
The 23rd James Bond instalment grabbed the 'Best Film' accolade at tonight's (March 24) ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, with Sam Mendes also beating Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino to the 'Best Director' award.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence was crowned 'Best Actress' for her role in The Hunger Games, and Tom Holland and Samantha Barks were named 'Best Male Newcomer' and 'Best Female Newcomer' for their parts in The Impossible and Les Misérables respectively.
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People who enjoy a good cry, today is your lucky day: The film version of Les Misérables is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. The epic musical has been running all over the world for over 26 years, and according to movie producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who also produced the original show, an idea to make a movie version has been kicking around for nearly as long, but only recently – despite an occasional exception — have movie musicals been seen as a commercially successful idea. “Musicals 25 years ago were very few and far between,” Mackintosh explained to EW. “I think in the »
- Erin Strecker
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“Les Misérables,” which comes to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on March 22, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Daniel Huttlestone from director Tom Hooper and writers William Nicholson and Alain Boublil.
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The sweeping and spectacular musical extravaganza Les MISÉRABLES has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries around the globe. Now the motion picture adaptation that grossed more than $340 million worldwide arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 22, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Critically acclaimed and star-studded, Les MISÉRABLES is a stunningly realized interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of broken dreams, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
Hugh Jackman, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe), after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. »
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Following a highly-successful theatrical run, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing Les Miserables on Blu-ray and DVD March 22. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Oscar winner Anne Hathaway star in director Tom Hooper musical, based on the beloved novel by Victor Hugo that follows the journey of ex-convict Jean Valjean. We have a contest lined up where our readers can win a copy of the Blu-ray, so they can enjoy this critically-acclaimed film with the utmost best picture and sound quality available. Take a look at how you can win below.
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If you've going to make an Oscar-nominated, critically heralded movie musical based on theatrical powerhouse "Les Miserables," you'd better do it right. And this bonus feature from the soon-to-be-released DVD for "Les Mis" shows that its actors — Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, and so on — didn't just show up to set and sing. No sir, as true-to-form vocalists, the actors (who sang live to camera, if you weren't aware from the five billion comments they made about it in the press) went through warm-ups.
And if you don't know anything about vocal warm-ups, you should really watch this video. Because Samantha Barks basically meows like a cat at an ear drum-shattering decibel, but you know what? It works. It so works. In fact, if you think being a movie star isn't hard work, just you watch Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter do off-camera trills. Watch and learn, »
- Eliot Glazer
Over the last 14 months, tabloid reports have linked the British funnyman to a number of ladies, including actresses, models, stylists, singers and more than a few mystery girls too.
But on Wednesday, the notorious womanizer told The Mirror that he's "concentrating on work now and not especially looking for anyone." He did mention, though, that he took quite a liking to "Les Mis" actress Samantha Barks, who he met at the Oscars last month.
"We chatted and she’s from the Isle of Man," he said. "She’s like a bedimpled, little Manx angel. She was a lovely, beautiful young woman."
Will Barks be on Brand's arm next? Only time will tell! Click through the slideshow below to see nine other women Brand has reportedly »
- The Huffington Post
The 37-year-old, who was previously married to singer Katy Perry, is said to have spent most of the post-Oscars Vanity Fair party in Los Angeles flirting with Barks, reports mirror.co.uk.
"So many ladies caught my eye; it was like an assault on the senses. But I like that girl from 'Les Miserables', Samantha. We chatted and she's from the Isle of Man. She's like a bedimpled, little Manx angel. She was a lovely, beautiful young woman," said Brand.
- Ketali Mehta
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