January 10, 2013 |
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.
December 31, 2012 |
"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.
December 27, 2012 |
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 |
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.
September 18, 2012 |
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...
May 30, 2012 |
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.