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The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 12:24 PM
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Last week, we started to warm up for the Oscars by taking a look at some of the best of the early roles of the supporting actor and actress nominees, and the early films of the directing nominees. Now that the long weekend's finally over, we're continuing right where we left off, with a look at some early highlights from this year's crop of Best Actor nominees.

Review: 'Movie 43' Strains For Laughs With Uninspired Collection Of Comedy Shorts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 25, 2013 8:03 AM
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What is there to say, analytically, about “Movie 43”? Not released in theaters as much as inexplicably materializing in front of our very eyes, “Movie 43” has no moral, no overarching story, and no point other than the opportunity for Hollywood stars to play silly for a short while. Some of them relish this – a few of the performers are a natural at studied wackiness. Some aren’t as comfortable. Others just seem like they’re passing the time. The filmmakers who collaborated on this anthology film, however, mostly fit that last description. Despite the title, this… thing…is barely a movie.

Tom Hooper Says "The Camera Should Be A Meditation On The Human Face" & More From The Cast Of 'Les Misérables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2012 3:12 PM
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If the box office was anything to go by, if you saw any movie on Christmas Day with your family/friends/ON YOUR OWWWWN, it was "Les Misérables," Tom Hooper's blockbuster adaptation of the long-running musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel. Complete with an all-star cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter and Eddie Redmayne, the film might have gotten some mixed responses, but it was overwhelmingly the favorite choice of audiences on the 25th, and looks likely to be a major force when Oscar nominations are announced in a couple of weeks.

Hugh Jackman Says 'The Wolverine' Features A Previous ‘X-Men’ Character, Christoph Waltz Might Appear in ‘The Muppets 2’ After All

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 27, 2012 1:45 PM
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After seeing their latest films open to massive Christmas Day box office returns, Hugh Jackman and Christoph Waltz have earned a brief respite from weeks of tirelessly plugging “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained” on the national press circuit. However, that’s not to say those junket days yielded nothing, as the actors’ cameo comments on both the latest 'X-Men' and 'Muppet' movies prove just the intriguing opposite.

Watch: Jean Valjean Meets The Bishop In New Clip & 2 Featurettes From Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 20, 2012 9:22 AM
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With its release date just days away, a new clip and two featurettes have hit the web for Tom Hooper’s epic adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Les Misérables.”

Watch: Hugh Jackman & Russell Crowe Sing "The Confrontation" From 'Les Miserables' Live In A Pub

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 9:57 AM
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Oh, so Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe got togther at Joe's Pub and belted out a tune from "Les Miserables"? It's just another Saturday night in New York City. And while the upcoming film has already screened for critics, for audiences awaiting the big screen musical, this is a nice tease to hold them over until Christmas Day.

Review: Bloated ‘Les Miserables’ Still Falls Short Despite Strong Performances, Anne Hathaway & Cinematic Grandeur

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2012 6:29 PM
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This is why you can’t pay too much attention to the buzz and get all wrapped up in Twitter noise that all of sudden made everyone go, “Oscar frontrunner!” Early screenings of “Les Miserables” did provoke audiences to burst into applause after certain song performances and yes, many were in tears by the end of the film. And that’s because Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” has two incredible sequences (both of which audiences thundered over in our early screening), but the rest of the movie? Well, maybe not so much.

Hugh Jackman Will Break Out His Claws For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 11:00 PM
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So can we just go ahead and assume now that the first "X-Men" trilogy, next year's "The Wolverine" and 2014's "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" are all going to tie into together? Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are already tipped to return, there's that rumored Jean Grey appearance in "The Wolverine" and now this is pretty much the icing on the speculation cake.

New Images Of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, The Thénardiers & More From 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 9:17 AM
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We gotta ask...what's going with Éponine? As Universal continues going hard on the marketing campaign for "Les Miserables," Samantha Barks seems conspicuously absent from much of it. Secret weapon or stumbling block? Here's hoping for the former, but unfortunately, she isn't in this latest batch of promo images for the movie, snapped by the legendary Annie Leibovtiz for Vogue.

Watch: Stirring Full Trailer For Musical 'Les Miserables' With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2012 11:04 AM
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For one of the big box-office and awards hopes of the Christmas season, "Les Miserables" has been keeping its cards close to its chest, with only a single teaser trailer, and some scattered TV spots and featurettes, showing a glimpse of "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's cinematic take on the long running musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. It's not entirely surprising, given that the film only wrapped in July, and the filmmakers are chasing a punishing post-production schedule.

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