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No offense to everyone involved with this Freddie Mercury biopic being developed, but it just keeps getting less and less likely that it will be a good movie.
British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher has been hired to helm the movie that will focus on the Queen frontman, who is set to be played Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas). When the project was first announced we had the talented team of director Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Sacha Baron Cohen attached to the bring the film to life. Those were the days that the movie felt promising. The band is still attached to the project, and apparently Cohen left because he wanted to make a hardcore, R-rated tell-all film, while the band wanted to tell a more watered down version. It's kind of a shame, as the watered down versions of things are always less interesting.
According to Deadline, "Fletcher »
- Joey Paur
The Freddie Mercury biopic has been through some choppy development waters as it heads to our screens, with talent both in front of and behind the camera attached and then gone. Now there is a pleasant surprise to report, with word that Sunshine On Leith’s Dexter Fletcher has made a deal to direct, with Ben Whishaw locked in as Mercury.Gk Films’ Graham King has been trying to get this one made for years, staying the course even as Sacha Baron Cohen became involved, only to part company with the project over a dispute with the surviving members of Queen about the tone of the film. Cohen’s Les Miserables director Tom Hooper was briefly associated with the film and since Cohen left, even Daniel Radcliffe was rumoured to be involved, a suggestion the actor himself shot down.Now, however, Fletcher, who also made the cracking Wild Bill as his directing debut, »
This week is exactly the sort of round-up I would love to be writing every week in terms of the diversity and general quality. We have a lovely mix of the new, the old, the obscure and the cult which means there is something for everyone.
There are even some things this week that I did not have space and time to write about like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film from 1990 on Lovefilm which I have a fondness for that somehow hasn’t dimmed.
Netflix also has come out swinging grabbing the week’s award for most diverse line up of new content. Regardless of its actual quality, Seven Psychopaths is exactly the sort of exclusive that Netflix should be getting on a regular basis over Lovefilm and Now TV. If they can also start adding forgotten older titles weekly like Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and Cropsey as »
- Chris Holt
I recently finished Daedalic Entertainment’s point-and-click adventure, Memoria. I was planning on writing a review, but this article is going to be something different. If you want a review, here it is: The gameplay is pretty standard for a point-and-click. You interact with your environment in a variety of ways, including through dialogue and magic. If you like point-and-clicks, you’ll like this one. If you don’t, this isn’t the game for you. With that “review” out of the way, I want to write about how this game affected me.
What really grabbed me about Memoria was its beautiful story and powerful themes. The story follows Geron, a bird catcher who finds himself caught up in a mysterious series of events as he tries to restore his beloved Nuri, a raven, to her original human form. As he does so, he learns of a hero from another time, »
- Jacob Spafford
"Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas is tackling Victor Hugo for Fox. Thomas is developing a contemporary take on Hugo's novel "Les Miserables," which has been given a script commitment with penalty by Fox. Also read: 'Veronica Mars' Books in the Works From Rob Thomas The one-hour drama project, which Thomas is executive producing with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, is billed as a primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, »
- Tim Kenneally
According to Deadline, Thomas has teamed with writer/actor Graham Norris to develop a modern-day adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, described as a "primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life -- all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die."
The project is currently at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty, and is being produced by Warner Bros. TV and Rob Thomas Prods. Tom Hooper's 2012 film retelling starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, »
- Laura Prudom
In a year of updates and remakes, it's kind of cool to see one that actually brings imagination to the table. The Thomas version of "Les Mis" will take place in the present and is a primetime soap focused on a brilliant lawyer (according to Deadline). The lawyer runs a legal exoneration program and simultaneously fights to evade the consequences stemming from his own legal troubles many years before.
This "Jean Valjean" character has to deal with the troubles of high society, save innocents and manage his chaotic personal life while staying ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who won't let the past die (this would be the "Inspector Javert" character).
Written by Graham Norris, the pilot has been picked up for development at Fox with »
Well, this weekend Iron Man 3 opens here in the States after having conquered the world. (Btw, when did this become the norm? It used to be a film opened here in the Us of A and then around the globe. Is the American market now the secondary market?) What started in one medium – comics – has become big in another.
There certainly are lots of reasons behind it, a principle one being less risk. Comics make great fodder for movies because they are relatively a cheap way of testing and ironing out concepts and stories compared to movies. The risk is lessened and if the product (as with John Carter) bombs, at least the executive who approved it can show it was not an unreasonable risk – in theory. Something new? From scratch? Not with our hundred million, buddy! So having a proven commodity in some form makes it a safer, »
- John Ostrander
Les Miserables is based on the long running musical from Victor Hugo.s 1862 novel. Other theatrical musicals have not made a smooth transition to the big screen and it may have been thought the same of Les Mis - since many of the actors weren.t known for their singing, but the resulting film is certainly not a misery. Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) has spent the last 19 years in prison for the crime of stealing a loaf of bread for his starving nephew. Officer Javert (Russell Crowe) makes no judgments as to guilt or innocence of his prisons, he just knows that they.re all bad and the freed Valjean will probably quickly reoffend and be back in his »
- Jeff Swindoll
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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, »
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
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
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 »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
This week: Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of three movies based on the classic fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprising his role as the wizard Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings."
Box Office: $302 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 65% Fresh
Storyline: "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth for this first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." The first installment follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he embarks on an adventure with Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, »
- Robert DeSalvo
So far, the critically acclaimed musical drama Les Miserables has earned over $400 million worldwide, and it took home three awards during last month's Oscars. The movie, based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of the week, and Reelz.com readers have a chance to enter to win a copy of the movie starting now.
Don't just dream a dream of seeing Anne Hathaway's Oscar-winning performance again; head over to the sweepstakes page now and enter for a chance to win.
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- reelz staff
Les Miserables is a movie that transcends genre. It's more than a drama; it's more than a musical.
It is, quite simply, an experience.
The plot, as anyone acquainted with either the long-running stage musical or the Victor Hugo classic on which it is based can attest, is spread out across a long canvas. In 1816, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is paroled after serving a 19-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread.
Despite warnings from prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe), Valjean breaks his lifelong parole in search of a higher redemption, eventually becoming mayor of a small town in France where he runs a textiles factory.
One of his employees, Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is fired from the factory when it is discovered she is supporting a daughter, Cosette, who was born out of wedlock. Valjean is ignorant of due to the arrival of his town's new chief of police, Javert. »
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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Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
Los Angeles — Ben Affleck's "Argo," a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards. From the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the final prize. "There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do," Affleck said of the other best-picture nominees. In share-the-wealth mode, Oscar voters spread Sunday's honors among a range of films, with "Argo" winning three trophies but "Life of Pi" leading with four. Daniel Day-Lewis joined a select group of recipients with his third Oscar, taking the best-actor trophy for his monumental performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War saga "Lincoln." "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence triumphed in Hollywood's big games, winning the best actress as a damaged soul in "Silver Linings Playbook," while Ang Lee pulled off a »
- Alex Suskind
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