Les Misérables is a musical of big emotions. Characters are brought to their lowest, experience love at first sight, sacrifice their lives for revolution, spend decades in pursuit of justice, and believe their quests are ordained by God. The songs and their context can come off as cheesy, but the non-stop music and story wrap the production in grandeur that sweep the audience into a captivating world. Paired with terrific performances, the film adaptation of Les Misérables is almost unstoppable. But director Tom Hooper throws up a barrier as he constantly blocks out the tremendous production values with far too many close-ups and editing that chases the music rather than guides it. We still hear the people sing, but their voices should ring louder.
And the barrage of marketing material for the Oscar hopefuls continues. Two highly anticipated December films—Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty—recently made their screening debuts, and on the heels of much awards buzz we’ve seen a number of materials from said pics hit the web over the past two weeks. Earlier today we got a look at five extended clips from director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation Les Miserables, and now Universal has released 18 high-resolution images from the film. The production value on this thing continues to look fantastic, and I’m eager to experience the 2+ hours of song when the pic hits theaters.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Anne Hathaway. Les Miserables opens on Christmas Day.
If you love Anne Hathaway for her long, flowing locks, you might want to look away. Hathaway chopped off a good chunk of her hair to play factory worker Fantine in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables. We’ve got set photos of her singing alongside Hugh Jackman, who stars as Jean Valjean. Jackman has certainly cleaned himself up compared to prior photos; we also previously posted shots of Russell Crowe as Javert and Eddie Redmayne as Marius. This appears to be the first look at a dramatically gaunt Hathaway and, for those who aren’t familiar with the story, is certainly an appropriate look for her character’s arc throughout the film. Les Miserables also stars Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, and opens December 14th. Hit the jump to see the set photos.
A bit of minor casting news tonight for the Les Miserables fanatics among you: Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl) has joined the cast. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne are confirmed to star. There was some doubt about Amanda Seyfried‘s involvement when Universal left her off the official cast list earlier in the month, but THR lists Seyfried in the confirmed. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter have been linked to the roles Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, but the official word has yet to come in.
Tom Hooper is directing the musical as his follow-up to a Best Director Oscar win for The King’s Speech. Les Miserables is scheduled for release on December 7, 2012. Hit the jump for the official synopsis, including a breakdown of who is playing which part.
The trailer for Girl Walks into a Bar has gone online. The film has an impressive cast that includes Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel, and Robert Forster. Based solely on the trailer, I have no idea was to what the movie’s about. But Girl‘s hook doesn’t seem to be it’s cast or its story, but rather its distribution method. Girl Walks into a Bar will be presented by Lexus and YouTube for free, exclusively on YouTube. The money quote in the press release comes from Lexus VP of Marketing Dave Nordstrom:
“It seems fitting to support this initiative as we launch our most unconfined vehicle yet—the CT 200h hybrid —in a space that we know will reach an unconventional, sophisticated audience.” (emphasis mine)
Clearly, Mr. Nordstrom has never been on YouTube. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, four images from the film, and the full press release. Girl Walks into a Bar goes online March 11th.
UPDATED: Hi-res versions for the “Clash of the Titans” image above and the one from a few days ago are now available after the jump.
From EW.com are new shots from Louis Leterrier’s remake of “Clash of the Titans” and the story of beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s obscenity trial, “Howl”. This is the second official shot we’ve seen from “Clash of the Titans” and I have to say that that I’m digging the fiery and gritty look and now that I’ve actually seen a Sam Worthington performance, it’s easier to appreciate photos of the guy rather than some guy where you don’t even know what his voice sounds like (although hopefully he won’t be slipping in and out of his Aussie accent this time around). And just as Worthington’s Perseus is about to tear up some Greek mythology, James Franco’s Ginsberg is about to tear up some beat poetry. Or lay against another dude (co-star Aaron Tveit). But that is part of the mastery of beat poetry. Laying against dudes and smiling, being all adorable and lookin’ like James Franco. They teach you that in high school.