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December 27, 2012 | By Randee Dawn
To make the part of Jean Valjean work in the new big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Les Misérables," there's nothing Hugh Jackman wouldn't do. Including singing in the gym. "If you're an actor, you sign up to make a fool of yourself, and that's what happened," Jackman recalls, outlining the bench-pressing part of his extensive training for the role. Jackman knew Valjean was a physical animal - he'd mixed starvation with hard labor as a French prisoner for 19 years - and the actor wanted to truly look the part.
December 24, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The people who put "Les Misérables" on screen dreamed a mighty dream, they really did. They dreamed of filming one of the most popular of modern theatrical musicals - 60 million tickets sold in 42 countries and 21 languages since its 1980 Paris debut - in a way that had not been done before, enhancing the emotion of what was already a hugely emotional piece. And, despite some built-in obstacles, they succeeded to a surprising extent. The biggest obstacle to their success, paradoxically, was the show itself, a whopper of a tale wrestled from Victor Hugo's massive novel.
December 20, 2012 | Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Cardiologist Dr. William Davis; Led Zeppelin; Billy Crystal; Marisa Tomei. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christina Perri performs; figure skater Johnny Weir; chef Giada DeLaurentiis; Judd Apatow. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Christiane Amanpour; chef Danny Boome; chef Emeril Lagasse.
December 19, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
What would you do for your work? Would you stop drinking liquids? Would you run for miles on an empty stomach? These were just some of the measures Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were willing to go to for their roles in "Les Miserables. "  During The Envelope Screening Series, the two actors compared their efforts to transform their physical appearances for their parts as struggling 19th century French citizens. Jackman stopped drinking liquids for 36 hours to achieve his gaunt look as a slave in the opening scene of the film.
December 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Claire Danes may be focusing more on the home front than on "Homeland" right about now - she's just welcomed a baby boy with husband Hugh Dancy. Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy arrived Monday, the actress' rep told People, giving up no other details about the newborn. Nice timing, Cyrus: The wee one arrived the day after "Homeland's" second-season finale . No headline-stealing in this family! Not to mention he's freed up Mom to wear some smashing fashions as she cruises through awards season once again.
December 18, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
"Les Misérables" is a 19th century period piece. The film adaptation was being directed by Tom Hooper, who recently won the Academy Award for "The King's Speech" but had never made a musical. And he wanted his actors to sing each of their songs live, in a method that had been tried only sparingly in film musicals. So much could go wrong. Yet these were irresistible challenges for both Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, who star in the film as protagonist Jean Valjean, and tragic heroine Fantine.
December 17, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       CBS This Morning Kayak co-founders Paul English and Steve Hafner. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Seth Rogen; Billy Crystal. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Leslie Mann; Karmin performs; chef Daniel Humm. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Seth Rogen; Lilla Crawford performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann; Alicia Keys performs.
December 17, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Hugh Jackman stalked Tom Hooper; Eddie Redmayne sent in an audition on his iPhone. In fact, according to the British actor, all of Hollywood "leapt out of the musical theater closet" to try to land a part in Hooper's adaptation of "Les Miserables. " Such was the discussion at The Envelope Screening Series for Universal Pictures' musical "Les Miserables. " The discussion also included actresses Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Jackman admitted that once the stalking ended and he landed the part, he did have a brief moment of, "Oh, wow, now I've got to do it. " But for Hooper, spending three hours with Jackman auditioning gave the director the confidence to eliminate most of the script's dialogue in exchange for a sung-through musical.
December 14, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hugh Jackman got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Thursday, introduced by Jay Leno and supported by his "Les Miserables" costars Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. "I believe this is the 2,487th star on the Walk of Fame," Jackman told the crowd, "however, apart from Lassie, I'm the only one who's gotten it for playing the same character in 15 movies. " Leno, on whose show the actor had made his first American TV appearance, gushed over Jackman . "I don't believe wealth and fame changes anybody, I think it just exaggerates who you already are," the talk-show host and comic told the crowd before turning to acknowledge the honoree.
December 14, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Jon Stewart found out the hard way what fans of "Bridget Jones's Diary" have known for years: Hugh Grant can play a pretty convincing bad guy. In the 13 years he's hosted “The Daily Show," Stewart has conducted plenty of tense interviews with powerful, high-profile people, but it turns out the worst guest he ever dealt with wasn't a warmongering politician or an egomaniacal filmmaker. Nope, it was the floppy-haired rom-com star and phone-hacking victim, who paid a visit to “The Daily Show” back in 2009 to promote the instantly forgettable witness-protection comedy, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?
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