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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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'Les Miserables' Review Round-Up; Detractors Could Hurt Musical's Oscar Bid

Christmas Day saw two new openings of award-season contenders, "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained." (We will parse their box office on Thursday.) But judging from social media chatter as well as reviews, it is clear that Tom Hooper's approach to the musical may be too radical for many moviegoers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2012 4:08 PM
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Watch: Hugh Jackman on '60 Minutes' - 'Les Miserables,' Wolverine, Family, Stage & Tears

In their profile on Hugh Jackman, 60 Minutes gets the "Les Miserables" star to open up about his youth, family, stage career and more -- it's an interview complete with singing and tears.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 5:17 PM
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'Les Miserables' Review Roundup; Hooper and Cast Talk Singing Live

The review embargo for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" has lifted. Critics are singing the praises of the film's strong performances (Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are standouts), and admire the successful hybridizing of the musical with the Victor Hugo source material, but for some the film sags under its own bombast. Review roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2012 2:51 PM
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Anne Hathaway Talks Singing Live on 'Les Mis' Set, Hugh Jackman & Her Family History with the Role Fantine

Time Magazine sat down with Anne Hathaway to discuss Tom Hooper's upcoming "Les Miserables," singing live on set, the power-house Hugh Jackman and more...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 1:19 PM
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'Les Miserables' Screens, EW's Interview with Hathaway and Jackman [Video]

Reviews are embargoed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," but some tweets have hit the internet, promising some spectacular performances and indicating a likelihood of audience tears. IndieWire has gathered several tweets, including our own, here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 7:26 AM
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FIRST LOOK: 'Les Miserables' Poster Roundup: Hathaway, Seyfried, Jackman and Crowe

Two more doe-eyed character posters have been added to the growing "Les Mis" artwork, this time featuring Amanda Seyfried as a grown-up Cosette and Anne Hathaway as a pre-shaved-head Fantine. (Someone needs to let us in on this French Revolution skin regimen.) Full roundup of character posters, including Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 3:07 PM
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'Prisoners' Sounds Familiar: Dano Joins Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Leo

Imitation is the usual form of Hollywood flattery. You can count on a movie like "Taken" to not only spawn a sequel (which opened well enough to reinforce Liam Neeson's misguided belief that chasing big paydays is the best career path) but a slew of imitators.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 1:02 PM
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Extended Look at Hooper's 'Les Miserables' with Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe & More

If you weren't excited for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" already, this extended first look should do the trick. The epic story, this time starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfriend, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks and Sacha Baron Cohen, arrives Christmas day. Due warning: this team of actor-musicians is singing live. No canned studio sessions here. Oscar contenders, beware.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2012 3:07 PM
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Will Yun Lee to Play Villainous Silver Samurai Opposite Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine'

Hugh Jackman has a villain for Fox's "X-Men" prequel, "Wolverine." Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai for those of you that follow the Marvel comic.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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