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'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables' & 'Life Of Pi' Lead BAFTA Nominations, Haneke & Tarantino On Best Director List

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 2:53 AM
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This week is so awards-heavy that the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (or BAFTA, to their mum) had to squeeze their announcement in at 7.30 GMT, a time when it's dark in the U.K, New York and Los Angeles. And while BAFTA can often back British fare over the films that have otherwise dominated the awards conversation, this year saw them stick fairly closely to the awards narrative in general, with "Skyfall," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Anna Karenina" all failing to sweep the board in the way that some had suggested (though all made the 'Best British Film' nominees).

Sacha Baron Cohen Chose 'Les Miserables' Over 'Django Unchained,' Explains What His Small Role Would Have Been

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2013 3:55 PM
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Most actors would kill to have the kind of "Sophie's Choice" decision Sacha Baron Cohen was faced with about a year ago. Way back in the fall of 2011, it was reported that the comic actor had boarded Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." But six months later, the actor had dropped out (one of a handful who came and went -- like Kevin Costner, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Anthony LaPaglia -- as the film's production grew longer and longer). So, what gives? Well, it looks like a meatier role coupled with a tight deadline forced him out.

Box Office: 'The Hobbit' Defeats Strong Debuts From 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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It’s going to take a lot to knock “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” off its pedestal, even if studios tried their best this weekend, firing off both barrels against a global blockbuster. Families and teens supported 'An Unexpected Journey' over the holiday period, defeating two high-profile newcomers to be the top attraction for the third straight week. 'The Hobbit' is now eyeballing $300 million domestic, but as always international dollars are a big factor, and by time January 1st rings in the New Year, it will cross $700 million worldwide.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables' Mark The 'Promised Land'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • December 28, 2012 3:28 PM
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Happy almost new year, cinephiles! To ring in the last week of 2012 the studios are releasing films that feature the most wretched, bloody, depraved, licentious, gruesome characters imaginable. To ensure you don't forget how extreme these storylines are, the roles are filled by Hollywood's most beautiful and talented people. The irony, in addition to the movies, is excellent. Dig in, and enjoy! And let us know what you're seeing below.

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.

Listen: The Best Part Of 'Les Miserables,' Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed A Dream" In Full

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 5:04 PM
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Whether you love Tom Hooper's long and loud "Les Miserables," or if you're less enthused (like this writer), most everyone can agree that the highlight, the standout sizzle reel moment, is Anne Hathaway's heartbreaking rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream." As Fantine, her role may not be big, but Hathaway arguably delivers the film's most poignant, wrenching performance, and now you can enjoy it in full.

Anne Hathaway On Channeling Her Tears, Emotions & Cutting Her Hair For Harrowing 'Les Miserables' Scene

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 26, 2012 1:30 PM
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"I don't know that there's any secrets to it it's just a pulse, it's a vein that you follow. In my case, there was no way I could relate to what my character was going through, I have a very happy, successful life and I don't have any children I've had to give up or keep and so what I did was try to get inside the reality of her story as it exists in our world."

Watch: Samantha Barks Sings "On My Own" In Latest 'Les Miserables' Trailer Plus New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2012 11:06 AM
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You want to know how popular "Les Miserables" is? Not only is it the biggest advance ticket seller this Christmas, it has broken the previous record held by "Sherlock Holmes." So yes, a lot of people will be going to see the epic musical next week, but in case you need an extra nudge to get off the couch and go, another trailer has arrived.

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: The Big "One Day More" Sequence In New Clip From Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 9:13 PM
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By this time next week, Santa will have already come down the chimney and delivered the presents, and you might be in the middle of a turkey feast. Or, you might be in your local cinema, as one of the millions of fans of "Les Miserables" who are eagerly awaiting the star-studded big screen adaptation. And if these generous five clips weren't enough to hold you over, now another big serving has come along.

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