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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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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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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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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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February 25, 2013 | By David Ng
In an Oscars broadcast that was packed with tributes to movie musicals, "Les Miserables" won three Academy Awards on Sunday, including a win for Anne Hathaway for supporting actress. The film also won in the categories of sound mixing and make-up. Hathaway had been widely expected to win for her role as Fantine, having already picked up most major awards leading up to Sunday's ceremony. In her acceptance speech, the actress said that she hopes the "misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and not in real life.
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January 28, 2013 | By David Ng
The character of Fantine in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" is a prostitute who is so poor that she resorts to selling her teeth for money. Actress Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the movie version of the stage musical, notified the world on Sunday that she is grateful -- thrilled, even -- to have dental insurance, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild. Hathaway won a supporting actress SAG Award on Sunday for her role in "Les Misérables. " In her acceptance speech, the actress enthused, "I'm just so thrilled I have dental" before thanking her mother and "everyone at CAA," her talent agency.
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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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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 Susan Denley
One of the things I'm looking forward to on Christmas is "Les Miserables," The movie musical, which opens Tuesday, features lavish period costumes. But much more, of course. The cast and director recently talked with Los Angeles Times reporter Nicole Sperling about the film, and you can find the video at our Envelope Screening series . Last-minute shopping? Consider one of the recently published fashion-oriented books. Alexander McQueen, Diana Vreeland and the clothes of the Titanic era are among the subjects.
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January 2, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
Tough guys do dance and sing. With two of Hollywood's biggest manly men now starring in the same film, there's a good chance that some of their male fans secretly wish they were seeing Wolverine versus Maximus. Instead, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe are foes in a battle of song in the musical “Les Misérables.” While both actors have made their mark playing heroes boasting super strength and bravado, plenty of moviegoers were surprised to see them singing operatic style with equal passion and grandeur.
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January 8, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
With the Directors Guild handing a nomination to Tom Hooper for his work on "Les Miserables," a movie many have cited for its ... well ... let's be charitable (for the moment) and use the word "odd" with regard to its craftsmanship, we can now be certain of one thing. Support for the overwrought musical that everyone loves to sing-along to is strong. Strong enough, certainly, for that expected best picture Oscar nomination on Thursday and probably solid enough to put Hooper among the five Oscar nominees for director.
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