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Young Cosette in New One-Sheet for Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

Check out this new official one-sheet for Tom Hooper's Oscar contender "Les Miserables," featuring a young Cosette (Isabelle Allen) looking remarkably like the famous branded illustration for the play, and no doubt dreaming melodiously of castles on clouds.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2012 2:11 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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Trailer Watch: Anne Hathaway Sings Us Through the First Trailer of Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables"

The first trailer for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" adaptation premiered Wednesday morning, giving us a first look and listen to a slew of movie stars in the 19th-century period musical. Although it's just Anne Hathaway singing in this first trailer, we see glimpses of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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First Look: Amanda Seyfried as Cosette in 'Les Miserables'

Check out a snap of Amanda Seyfried in full costume on set as Cosette on the set of the upcoming musical "Les Miserables." (Below and here.) American Seyfried, who displayed her singing chops in "Mamma Mia!," joins a stellar cast...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's 'Les Miserables' May Add Seyfried & Swift; Trending Mainstream?

While we have high hopes for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," we've also noted our concern. Earlier, we noted that the films eclectic mix of talent could be volatile. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne may now be joined by Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's Les Miserables Adds Redmayne to All Star Cast of Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway

Tom Hooper's The King's Speech follow-up, the screen adaptation of the global hit musical Les Miserables, just added Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, The Good Shepherd) to its all-star cast. As Marius, Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Inspector Javert) and Anna Hathaway (Fantine).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 8:13 AM
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Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley

Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley
The annual Academy invite ritual hits Hollywood hard. Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced 178 artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" to join its voting members.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 7:42 AM
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Working Title's Fellner Talks Slate, Oscar Bait Anna Karenina & Tinker Tailor, Bad Movies

Working Title's Fellner Talks Slate, Oscar Bait Anna Karenina & Tinker Tailor, Bad Movies
What a difference an Oscar season makes. Back during the crash of 2008, when the indie market was in free fall, a new set of rules emerged: no dramas. That's how a little movie called The King's Speech was turned down by most Brit and U.S. backers, except UK's Momentum and Harvey Weinstein, who didn't need to get anyone's approval. He knew a likely Oscar contender when he saw one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2011 7:48 AM
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Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2011 6:25 AM
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Oscar Box Office Bump for King's Speech and Black Swan

Oscar Box Office Bump for King's Speech and Black Swan
While Oscar wins can have a big impact on subsequent box office, some years they just don't. This year has seen a big boost in ticket sales from Oscar nominations on quite a few awards contenders. Anthony D'Alessandro looks at the numbers; see Oscar Bump Chart (below).Oscars have been handed out, but award season still isn’t over at the box office.  A best picture win can translate into an extra 20% bump after Oscar night, while an actress or actor trophy can trigger an extra 30-50% in a film’s domestic cume.   Fox Searchlight’sBlack Swanwill expand Friday from its current 617 locales to 681.  At $103.83 million, the film recently inched out The Chronicles of Narnia 3($103.81 million) to become Fox’s highest-grossing 2010 domestic release.   Meanwhile the Weinstein Co. is plotting to unspool its PG-13 take on King’s Speech at some point down the road, but will continue to play out its R-rated reel currently at 2,386 sites.  No matter what version of King’s Speech audiences attend --with or without the ‘F’ words-- Weinstein Co. president David Glasser insists that there’s are still crowds who haven’t seen the period piece, despite its 93% domestic B.O. boost between noms and Oscar Night.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 3, 2011 6:26 AM
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