First-Look Images from THE DEVIL’S HARVEST Starring Terence Stamp, Max Irons, and Barry Pepper, and Peter Greenaway’s EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

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Check out some first-look images from the following films:

  • The Devil’s Harvest – Director George Mendeluk’s epic romance set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine stars Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Barry Pepper and Samantha Barks.
  • Eisenstein in Guanajuato – Writer-director Peter Greenaway’s tale of Soviet Russian director Sergei Eisenstein’s experiences in Guanajuato, Mexico stars Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Stelio Savante, and Lisa Owen.

Hit the jump to check out the images and for more on each picture.

The Road to Oscar: Best Supporting Actress

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With the 85th Academy Awards looming closer, we here at Collider thought now would be a good time to take a look back at Oscar race thus far.  It’s been a wild and somewhat nutty 12 months, as we’ve seen numerous contenders rise and fall (and some rise back up again) in the contentious hunt for Oscar gold.  We’ve already run down the ebbs and flows of the Best Supporting Actor category, and today we’ll be taking a look back and how the race played out for Best Supporting Actress.

LES MISÉRABLES Review

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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.

Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks Talk LES MISERABLES, Singing, and Bonding on Set

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Opening on Christmas Day is director Tom Hooper’s fantastic adaptation of Les Miserables.  Loaded with great performances and top notch filmmaking, Les Mis is absolutely a contender for all the year end awards and it would shock me if Anne Hathaway doesn’t win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible work as Fantine.  Her one take rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was incredible and it’s the type of performance that’s unforgettable.  For more on the film, here are five clips and all our previous coverage.

At the recent NYC press day for the film I got to participate in a press conference with Hathaway, Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and Samantha Barks (Éponine).  They talked about making the film, how they prepared for their roles, their characters, singing live on set, and so much more.  Hit the jump to either listen to the press conference or read the transcript.

LES MIS Star Samantha Barks in Talks for Musical WALKING ON SUNSHINE; Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, and More Join WALK OF SHAME

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening.  First up, Les Miserables star Samantha Barks is looking to continue her musical streak.  Barks makes her big screen debut in director Tom Hooper’s upcoming musical adaptation, repeating the same role she played on stage in the London West End production of Les Mis, and now she’s looking to tackle another music-geared film.  The Wrap reports that Barks is in talks to join the cast of the musical comedy Walking on Sunshine.

The film is set to 1980s pop songs and centers on a mother and daughter who fall in love with the same man in Spain.  Kylie Minogue is set in the mother role, and Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini are set to direct.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning a slew of actors joining the comedy Walk of Shame.

18 New High-Resolution Images from LES MISERABLES

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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 CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham CarterSacha Baron Cohen, and Anne HathawayLes Miserables opens on Christmas Day.

LES MISERABLES First Screening Earns Bouts of Applause and a Standing Ovation

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Having just finished his cut of the film at 2 a.m., Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (A King’s Speech) presented the first screening of Les Miserables to a New York audience this afternoon. Not since 2002′s Chicago has a musical feature been a serious Oscar contender for Best Picture, but early reactions indicate that the trend could change this year. Each musical number was followed by raucous applause with the principal cast taking the stage to a standing ovation at the end of the film. It looks like Christmas has come early for the cast and crew of Les Miserables. 

The film stars Hugh JackmanAnne HathawayRussell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.  Les Miserables opens on December 25th. Hit the jump to read some audience reactions.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Oscar season is in full swing, folks.  2012 has been a fantastic year in film so far, and with merely weeks to go before 2013 begins there are still a couple of highly anticipated films that have yet to be seen.  Just like last year, I’ll be running down a preview of the upcoming Oscar race during this fine Thanksgiving week, giving readers a look at what the state of the race looks like right now.  To be clear, this isn’t a personal list but rather an objective look at how things look to be shaping up.  I’ve divided each category into frontrunners, likely to be nominated, and other contenders in order to parse out where things stand at the moment.  There are multiple strong contenders in nearly every category, so this is looking to be a rather heated run to the finish line.

We’ll be looking at a couple of different major categories each day over the next four days, and we’re kicking things off with the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Full-Length Trailer for LES MISERABLES Showcases Musical Performances from the Entire Cast

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A new full-length trailer for director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation Les Miserables has been released.  This trailer highlights quite a few of the film’s musical numbers, especially showcasing Hooper’s method of recording the actors’ vocal performances live on set rather than in a studio.  The bare performances go hand-in-hand with Hooper’s gorgeous yet grounded set design and atypical camera work, and it should be interesting to see how audiences respond to this approach.  I remain impressed by this new footage and can’t wait to see the full film on a giant screen.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Hugh JackmanAnne HathawayRussell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.  Les Miserables opens on December 25th.

2 New TV Spots for LES MISERABLES Starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway

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Two new TV spots for director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) highly anticipated musical adaptation Les Miserables have been released.  In addition to inducing even more chills with the film’s music, we get a peek at new footage including some impressive effects work done to enrich a few backgrounds.  Running at 2 hours and 32 minutes long without end credits, fans are sure to be plenty satisfied by Hooper’s lush yet grounded iteration of the wildly popular musical and I’m further encouraged by the visuals displayed in these here TV spots.

Hit the jump to check out both the 30 second and 90 second new TV spots.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron CohenLes Miserables opens on December 25th.

New TV Spot for LES MISERABLES

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A new TV Spot has gone online for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables.  Like the trailer, it’s set to Fantine (Anne Hathaway) singing “I Dreamed a Dream”, but this spot features new footage, and all of which looks good.  The only curious thing about the trailer, the behind-the-scenes featurette, set photos, official images, and now this TV spot is that none of them have showed Thénardiers (played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter).  Would Hooper really cut out one of the musical’s most memorable numbers, “Master of the House”?

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha BarksLes Miserables opens December 25th.

New Behind-the-Scenes Trailer for LES MISERABLES

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A new trailer for director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) musical adaptation Les Miserables has been released.  At over four-and-a-half minutes long, this behind-the-scenes featurette shows off new footage, video from the set and commentary from the cast and crew regarding the heightened emotional effect of singing live on camera.  Rather than the actors trying to match a predetermined meter for their songs, each of them sets their own pace with each and every take.  It’s damned effective (I get chills every time I hear Anne Hathaway’s part) and this new trailer will make you want to see the whole film even more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Samantha Barks (Éponine), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier).  Les Miserables opens on December 25th.

16 New Images and First Poster from LES MISERABLES Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe

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Les Miserables is easily in my top three most-anticipated films of the year.  I love the musical, and the film adaptation has a terrific cast featuring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter.  Today, twelve new images and four new set photos from the film have gone online.  The images give us the first look at Barks as Eponine (Barks previously played the role on stage), and Seyfried as the adult Cossette, the ward of parole-jumper-turned-respectable-businessman Jean Valjean (Jackman).  We also get some new looks at Javert (Crowe), Fantine (Hathaway), and Marius (Redmayne).  However, we have to keep waiting for a glimpse of Cohen and Carter as the Thénardiers since we haven’t seen them in set photos and videos either.

Hit the jump to check out the images and set photos.  Les Miserables opens December 14th. [Update: We've updated the article with high-resolution versions of the images and the film's first poster]

Set Photos Featuring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in LES MISERABLES

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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.

Samantha Barks Cast as Eponine in LES MISERABLES; Piper Perabo Joins RED MACHINE

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When last we reported on the female lead casting of director Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, we told you that Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) had been offered the role of Cosette and Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) had been asked to play Eponine.  While Seyfried has accepted, Deadline is reporting that stage performer Samantha Barks has bested Swift for the role of Eponine. She previously performed the role in 2010’s London production of Les Miserables as well as the 25th anniversary concert last year. Barks will join Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Seyfried for the December 7th release. Click here to see all of our previous coverage on Les Miserables. Hit the jump for more casting news concerning Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) joining the David Hackl (Saw II) thriller, Red Machine.

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