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'Les Miserables' Director Hooper Digs Into His Musical Audacity, It's Like 'Avatar' or Shakespeare

Tom Hooper sounds sniffly. He calls it "flying related." He's calling me from Japan, where he's about to attend yet another premiere of "Les Miserables." "I have not managed to show the movie to our own Royal family," he says. "Now I'm showing it to the Crown Prince of Japan."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 29, 2012 6:25 AM
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2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else

As we look back at the year in film, we find -- as always -- there's room for improvement. Often by simply replacing a lead actor, a world of difference could be made on the overall effect of the film. Films come together the way they do for a reason. Often it's more about a star's marquee value or perceived bankability than it is about the part they are playing. Alas, here are the 2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 28, 2012 4:10 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Les Mis,' 'Django,' 'Zero Dark,' A Look Back at 2012's Box Office, Performances and Indie Potholes

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • December 28, 2012 3:53 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Dennis Gassner Talks 'Skyfall'

One of the great pleasures of doing a Bond movie for Dennis Gassner is that he gets to be 007 before Daniel Craig. On "Quantum of Solace," his first, the Oscar-winning production designer ("Bugsy") created a pattern language based on the actor's blue eyes and craggy face. But on "Skyfall," he went further in shaping the world of Bond...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 28, 2012 2:31 PM
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Casting Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal Joins Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Scoot McNairy in 'Frank'

Maggie Gyllenhaal is onboard to star with Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson in "Frank," a comedy about an aspiring musician (Gleeson) who joins an outlandish rock band toplined by Fassbender.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 28, 2012 2:19 PM
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Watch: Hulu's Top Five SNL Moments from 2012

Check out Hulu's Top 5 SNL Moments from 2012, including newcomer Cecily Strong's "girl at a party" impression and Bill Hader's war-vet puppeteer. Ranking in the top spot is The Real Housewives of Disney, chronicling the drama between Cinderella...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 28, 2012 1:42 PM
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Rome Film Festival and Ennio Morricone Honor Quentin Tarantino with Lifetime Achievement Award

The seventh Rome Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 4, at a gala screening of "Django Unchained." Legendary composer Ennio Morricone ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), who wrote an original song for "Django," will present Tarantino with the award. That's one way to get the filmmaker to show up!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 28, 2012 12:30 PM
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'Not Fade Away' Creator David Chase Wants to Stick with Film, But Return to Genre

I expected "Sopranos" creator David Chase to be scary and intimidating. He's a sweetheart. I first met him at an industry screening of "Not Fade Away," a look back at his days as a young musician in New Jersey. The movie opened December 21 after a New York Film Festival launch. Is this movie commercial? No. But it's good. And it hits the Boomer demo head on. Did you listen to John Mayall and James Brown in high school? Remember when vinyl records were wrapped in plastic and people wore pea coats and grey suede Vegas boots? Then this movie is for you.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2012 6:22 PM
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Films that Should Never Be Remade - From 'The Goonies' and 'Die Hard' to 'Deer Hunter' and 'Shawshank'

You'd think the great auteurs would be safe from remakes -- it's hard to imagine someone taking on a Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Terrence Malick or David Lynch film, for example. But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from remaking everything from "The Haunting" to "Psycho."  Studio heads figure the lazy new generation doesn't know the classics. And marketers want to cash in on easy-sell branded titles and fan followings -- it's the way it works. But more often than not, when less-than-great movies get remade into even less great "reboots" like 2012's "Total Recall," they flop with audiences anyway. And when the great ones get remade, like Federico Fellini's "8½," even canny movie stars like Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard can't save them.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 5:11 PM
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Peter Nicks' Oscar-Shortlisted 'The Waiting Room' Returns to IFC Center

"The Waiting Room," from first time director and veteran TV journalist Peter Nicks, is returning to New York's IFC Center on December 28. The documentary, nominated for Indie Spirit, Gotham, and Cinema Eye awards (among others), has received such stellar reviews that it is 100% Fresh on the Tomatometer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 4:25 PM
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