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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.

'Wolverine' Will Find Logan "More Desperate & Lower Than Ever Before" & More From Hugh Jackman & James Mangold's Chat

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 30, 2012 9:16 AM
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"It's 100 percent undiluted Wolverine," director James Mangold (the very underrated "3:10 To Yuma") said in yesterday's Live Chat about 20th Century Fox's "The Wolverine." An interesting, surprisingly informative and thoughtful conversation between Mangold and his star Hugh Jackman, while the duo were in part-salesman mode -- letting the geek constituents hear what they wanted to hear -- the hopeful point of the discussion seemed to be selling fans on everything "The Wolverine" isn't.

New Teaser Poster For 'The Wolverine' Unsheathed, Character's Immortality Will Be Tested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2012 5:24 PM
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Things in the movie world don't happen in a vacuum, and with James Mangold and Hugh Jackman taking part in an online Q&A today, followed by an unveiling of a new teaser poster for "The Wolverine," it's probably a safe bet some kind of teaser trailer will be dropping later this week. But you gotta start somewhere...

'The Wolverine' Flexes Bone Claws In New Still, James Mangold Says Film Is Not A Prequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2012 10:23 AM
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Jean Grey or not Jean Grey? That is the question. With rumors landing a few days ago that Famke Janssen shot a cameo in "The Wolverine," the presumption was that the film would precede the "X-Men" trilogy of pictures. But the answer to that presumption is an emphatic "no" from director James Mangold.

Will Critics & Audiences Sing For 'Les Misérables'?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 16, 2012 12:05 PM
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As the fall movie season has heated up, we've examined a number of the high profile titles of the next few months, taking a look so far at "Lincoln," 'Skyfall," "Flight," "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Django Unchained," with verdicts on the first three having already come in (you can now read our reviews of the Spielberg, the Bond and the Zemeckis). With November's movies present and accounted for, we're now looking a little further into the future, with one of the Christmas Day releases -- "Les Misérables."

Hugh Jackman Is Ripped & Ready In First Official Image From 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 11:15 AM
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After enduring some delays and the exit of original director Darren Aronofsky, lensing finally got underway at the end of the summer for "The Wolverine." And while there have been some pretty weak sauce set photos and videos thus far, 20th Century Fox have unveiled the first official image of Hugh Jackman as everyone's favorite mutant, and it looks appropriately raw.

Watch: Hugh Jackman Confesses In New Clip From 'Butter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 31, 2012 4:14 PM
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Around this time last year, "Butter," directed by Jim Field Smith from a Black List-approved screenplay by Jason Micallef, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to generally warm reviews. The film, which takes place in the highly specific world of professional butter carving (not that cliché again) and stars Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman, is finally slated to begin its theatrical rollout very soon. In anticipation of said release, a brand new clip has hit the Internet, courtesy of the exclamation-point-heavy Entertainment Tonight site. And it features Hugh Jackman being goofy and Southern. So, of course, we love it.

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