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Paul Bettany May Escape From Screen Gems Purgatory To Play Inspector Javert In 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2011 1:19 AM
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So, you might not be aware of this, but even with the awards buzz around his role in "A Single Man," Colin Firth wasn't the first choice to star in "The King's Speech," the film that became a phenomenon, and won the British veteran his first Oscar. In fact, the part was originally offered to Paul Bettany, star of, among others, "A Beautiful Mind," "Master and Commander" and "Dogville." Unfortunately, for Bettany, he was coming off a lengthy shoot for vampire actioner "Priest" (yes, it shot that long ago), and the actor turned the role down to spend time with his young family: an admirable decision, but one that the actor must view with some regret, considering his once-promising career has been stricken with bad action movies like the aforementioned "Priest" and "Legion," or sub-par dramas like "Creation" in recent years.

Opera Tenor Alfie Boe Being Eyed For The Role Of Jean Valjean In Tom Hooper's 'Les Misérables'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 2, 2011 4:00 AM
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A Plethora Of Names Being Considered For Film Including Robert Downey Jr., Anne Hathaway & Marion CotillardEven though director Tom Hooper isn't yet totally committed to directing the film adaptation of Victor Hugo's iconic musical "Les Misérables," it seems like the producers are already eyeing talent for the potential project.

Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2011 1:17 AM
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In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 1980s and 1990s, outside of Disney animations and the occasional exception like "Evita."

'The King's Speech' Helmer Tom Hooper Turned Down 'Iron Man 3,' Now Circling 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2011 2:10 AM
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Fans Of Off-Center Close Ups Of Robert Downey Jr Reportedly DisappointedIn terms of catapulting yourself onto the A-list, there are few better ways of doing it than by directing a huge commercial success that's nominated for more Oscars than any other film this year. Two years ago, 38-year-old British director Tom Hooper was, for the most part, a well-regarded TV director; one mostly forgotten feature credit to his name (the South African drama "Red Dust," with Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor), but mostly acclaimed TV dramas like "Longford," "John Adams," "Prime Suspect" and the Helen Mirren vehicle "Elizabeth I," for which he won an Emmy.

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