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Another Holiday Release To Numb Your Butt: 'Les Misérables' Runs Nearly 3 Hours With "No Plans To Cut It Down"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 25, 2012 1:02 PM
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Despite his consistently surprising/worrying technological tweaks to the LOTR franchise with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Jackson was nonetheless able to finally fit audience expectation with news that the first installment would run close to three hours. However, it seems this holiday season will require more perfectly timed bathroom breaks and comfy seats than initially realized, as another high-profile blockbuster has been touted to run near the 180-minute mark.

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."

New Character Posters For 'Les Misérables' & 'Gangster Squad' Take You Back In Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2012 1:53 PM
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The question this winter will be -- how far back in time do you want to go? The mid-1800s Europe (with a bit of song to go with it?) or California in the '40s and '50s? And which stars do you want to hang out with? Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway or Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone? Well, luckily it's not a "Sophie's Chioce" situation and you can see both, and some new artwork is here to entice you and pry some holiday money out of your wallet.

Anne Hathaway Doing A One Night Only Concert In New York Plus New TV Spot For 'Les Miserables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 11:25 AM
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No matter how "Les Miserables" is received, one thing will be clear by the end of the year -- Anne Hathaway can sing. While there have been hints of her powerful pipes in the past, the Tom Hooper-directed Oscar contender will be the biggest showcase yet, but before that movie hits theaters, she'll be giving New Yorkers a sneak preview of her talents.

New Poster For 'Les Miserables' Doesn't Have Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe Or Anne Hathaway On It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 12:23 PM
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Even if you sort of didn't care about "Les Miserables," it was hard not get excited about the movie when that behind-the-scenes featurette dropped last week, giving a pretty impressive look at the scale of the production Tom Hooper and co. are putting together. Most compelling was the footage of the cast shooting the movie as they sing live, instead of lip syncing to a backing track. It's a ballsy move from Hooper, but it's hard not to admire the helmer who could've picked a much easier sort of project to follow up his Oscar winning "The King's Speech" with.

New Featurettes Go Behind The Scenes Of 'Les Miserables' & 'Skyfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 12:32 PM
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You might think that with the Venice/Telluride/TIFF trifecta finished with, the year in movies is pretty much done. But with three months and change to go, there are still some very big and exciting movies to come, bringing lots of spectacle with them.

'Les Miserables' Pushed Back To December 25th, New Image Of Eddie Redmayne & Amanda Seyfried In Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 18, 2012 1:04 PM
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There's a lot of films this year which are going to go down to the wire when it comes to making their Oscar-targeted release dates. Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" was still announcing casting in May, although it seems to be well on course for its December date. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" was still shooting at the end of July, a risky move for a film that's also heading for a Christmas date. And mega-musical "Les Miserables" wrapped only a few weeks earlier.

New Images From 'Les Misérables,' 'The Impossible,' 'Paranormal Activity 4' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 31, 2012 6:13 PM
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In case you’re anxiously awaiting the Tom Hooper-helmed feature adaptation of “Les Misérables,” a new photo has dropped showing a rather angry looking Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) getting a little rough with Fantine (Anne Hathaway) – who looks eerily reminicient of a similarly balding Natalie Portman in “V For Vendetta.” Anyways, “Les Miserables” follows ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, who is ruthlessly hunted by policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. Valjean agrees to care for the factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) – and oh, did we mention there is a TON of singing? The film drops just in time for the holidays on December 14th, and we’re interested to see if Hooper can bring this sweeping musical to the cinematic landscape successfully.

Fall Movie Preview: Our 15 Most Anticipated Films For The Rest Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 27, 2012 1:19 PM
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The summer movie seasons is pretty much wrapped up, with the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, and Telluride and Toronto just around the corner. And as ever, the fall festival season sees us move away from superheroes and the like for a few blessed months, in favor of some fare that's a little more adult, and geared with an eye towards awards.

New Photos From 'This Is 40,' 'Django Unchained,' 'Les Miserables' & 'Taken 2'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 25, 2012 3:49 PM
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A handful of new pics from upcoming films has landed in the pages of Entertainment Weekly over the past few weeks. We've rounded up some of them here for your viewing pleasure. First up is "This Is 40," Judd Apatow's quasi-sequel to "Knocked Up," starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann alongside Apatow and Mann's real-life kids. Apatow has been veering more towards drama lately, and this looks like another step in that direction, with the pic centering on Mann's Debbie as she turns 40 and finds renewed energy to raise her kids right, fix the problems in her relationship and remain fit and attractive. The trailer was very promising, and the December 21st release is surely a sign of studio confidence.

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