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December 31, 2012 | By David Ng
"Les Misérables" fans of a certain age may remember Colm Wilkinson, the big-voiced stage actor who originated the role of Jean Valjean in London and later on Broadway.  The producers of the new movie version have given the actor a cameo role as the Bishop of Digne, the priest who takes pity on Valjean. It's a brief role but an important one -- his act of kindness sets Valjean on a different path in life. After playing "Les Misérables" on Broadway, Wilkinson embarked on a career in Canada.
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February 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Once more to the barricades, "Les Misérables" fans. The beloved musical is heading back to Broadway next year in the form of the 25th-anniversary touring production, which came to Los Angeles in 2011. "Les Misérables," which has found renewed popularity thanks to the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation, is set to open in New York in spring 2014. The production has been touring the United States since 2010 and has stopped at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, the 25th-anniversary production draws inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo, who wrote the original novel.
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December 6, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
More Maxi-Musical Casting: Gary Morris, a sometime country singer who played Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" on Broadway in 1987-88 and sang the role on "The Complete Symphonic Recording" of the show, will play the famous fugitive at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, opening Jan. 13.
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January 14, 2013 | By David Ng
"Les Misérables" won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy film on Sunday, adding to the movie's already considerable awards momentum. The movie adaptation of the honored stage musical also picked up awards for actors Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. But "Les Misérables" failed to win in the category of original song. "Suddenly," penned by the original musical's songwriters, lost to "Skyfall," written by British pop singer Adele and Paul Epworth for the latest James Bond movie. The new song for "Les Misérables" was written by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michael Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer.
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May 17, 1998 | ANNE BEATTS, Anne Beatts is a writer who lives in Hollywood
This political figure is top dog in his adopted hometown, where he shares his home if not his bed with a woman of questionable reputation who is publicly vilified for her scandalous past. Tall and handsome, he owes his massive bulk to a fondness for bread products. His up-from-hardscrabble background has caused his enemies to imply that he is illiterate. But his personal warmth and empathy make him greatly beloved by most of his constituents.
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February 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Once more to the barricades, "Les Misérables" fans. The beloved musical is heading back to Broadway next year in the form of the 25th-anniversary touring production, which came to Los Angeles in 2011. "Les Misérables," which has found renewed popularity thanks to the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation, is set to open in New York in spring 2014. The production has been touring the United States since 2010 and has stopped at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, the 25th-anniversary production draws inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo, who wrote the original novel.
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January 14, 2013 | By David Ng
"Les Misérables" won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy film on Sunday, adding to the movie's already considerable awards momentum. The movie adaptation of the honored stage musical also picked up awards for actors Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. But "Les Misérables" failed to win in the category of original song. "Suddenly," penned by the original musical's songwriters, lost to "Skyfall," written by British pop singer Adele and Paul Epworth for the latest James Bond movie. The new song for "Les Misérables" was written by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michael Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer.
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January 10, 2013 | By David Ng
It's been a good week for "Les Miserables," which was nominated this morning for the Academy Award for best picture. Its songs are more than 25 years old, but that isn't stopping the movie's fans from rushing out to buy (and presumably download) the soundtrack album to the new movie version of the beloved stage musical. Featuring 20 tracks, including the new song "Suddenly" written for the movie by original songwriters Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, "Les Miserables" reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 92,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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January 10, 2013 | By David Ng
It's been a good week for "Les Miserables," which was nominated this morning for the Academy Award for best picture. Its songs are more than 25 years old, but that isn't stopping the movie's fans from rushing out to buy (and presumably download) the soundtrack album to the new movie version of the beloved stage musical. Featuring 20 tracks, including the new song "Suddenly" written for the movie by original songwriters Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, "Les Miserables" reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 92,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By David Ng
"Les Misérables" fans of a certain age may remember Colm Wilkinson, the big-voiced stage actor who originated the role of Jean Valjean in London and later on Broadway.  The producers of the new movie version have given the actor a cameo role as the Bishop of Digne, the priest who takes pity on Valjean. It's a brief role but an important one -- his act of kindness sets Valjean on a different path in life. After playing "Les Misérables" on Broadway, Wilkinson embarked on a career in Canada.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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September 18, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the North American release date for "Les Miserables" has moved to Christmas Day, from its original date of Dec. 14. On its new date, "Les Mis" is set to match up against Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and two comedies: "The Guilt Trip," starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, and "Parental Guidance," starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. On its previous release date, the film would have contended...
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May 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The poor souls of "Les Misérables" belt out songs of poverty and despair. In melodious voices, they dream a dream of a better life and happier days. But perhaps what they're really dreaming about is Oscar night. Starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, the new movie version of the hit stage musical is scheduled to open in December for maximum awards impact. For the past few months, the folks at Universal have been stoking public interest in the prestige project by releasing a steady stream of on-set photographs.
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September 18, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the North American release date for "Les Miserables" has moved to Christmas Day, from its original date of Dec. 14. On its new date, "Les Mis" is set to match up against Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and two comedies: "The Guilt Trip," starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, and "Parental Guidance," starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. On its previous release date, the film would have contended...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The poor souls of "Les Misérables" belt out songs of poverty and despair. In melodious voices, they dream a dream of a better life and happier days. But perhaps what they're really dreaming about is Oscar night. Starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, the new movie version of the hit stage musical is scheduled to open in December for maximum awards impact. For the past few months, the folks at Universal have been stoking public interest in the prestige project by releasing a steady stream of on-set photographs.
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December 14, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The miserable ones are back, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, nail those high notes and ride that turntable. "Les Miserables," certainly the most durable show-business treaty ever signed by the French and the English, greets the new century at the Ahmanson Theatre, where the latest Los Angeles touring engagement continues through Feb. 12. It's in excellent shape.
NEWS
July 18, 1999 | MARTHA BELLISLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Inside the prison that holds mass murderers Juan Corona and Charles Manson, a 37-year-old derelict named Gregory Taylor is serving 25 years to life. But Taylor didn't kill, or even injure, anyone. His crime? Attempting to break into a church. He told the arresting officer that he was trying to take food. The case recalls "Les Miserables," the classic Victor Hugo novel in which Jean Valjean is imprisoned for stealing bread, said one of the three judges who ruled on Taylor's appeal in April.
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