Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne Reunite for THE DANISH GIRL

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Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and star Eddie Redmayne are set to reteam for The Danish Girl.  Based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name, The Danish Girl is a love story between Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda Gottlieb.  Not just a straight romantic picture, The Danish Girl also centers on the world’s first sex-change operation.  Wegener became the first man to undergo the operation, changing his name to Lili Elbe.  Lucinda Coxon adapted the novel for the screenplay.  Hit the jump for more.

Sacha Baron Cohen Departs Freddie Mercury Biopic over Creative Differences with QUEEN Band Members

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Sacha Baron Cohen won’t be playing Freddie Mercury after all.  While the versatile actor has long been attached to play the Queen lead singer in a feature film biopic, reports have surfaced that Cohen has departed the project over creative differences.  Apparently the remaining Queen band members—who have script and director approval—want the film to be a family-friendly PG flick, while Cohen has always intended for it to be an R-rated, unflinching look at Mercury’s life.  Hit the jump for more, including which directors Cohen tried to bring on to the project. 

BOND 24 Director Search Continues; Nicolas Winding Refn, Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, and David Yates Under Consideration [UPDATED]

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After Sam Mendes opted not to return to helm the upcoming 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Eon and Sony Pictures have been on the hunt for a new director with an eye towards getting the next film out by 2016.  While rumors swirled recently that Christopher Nolan was considering the job, the notion seemed highly unlikely because A.) he’s busy prepping to shoot Interstellar this summer and B.) he has already stated in the past that he’d like to direct a Bond film when he can reboot the franchise with a new actor.

Following Mendes’ Skyfall will be no small task, but it appears that Eon and Sony are aiming for the cream of the filmmaking crop as directors such as Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black have reportedly been considered for the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Now Deadline reports that Sam Mendes has changed his mind and is in talks to return to helm Bond 24.  Read the full story here.]

LES MISERABLES Blu-ray Review

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I’m still surprised by how deeply Les Miserables touched me.  I’m not a huge fan of musical theater and while I’d been mildly impressed by the 10th anniversary concert, I never grasped what all the fuss was about.  I went into Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie adaptation with high hopes, but no expectations.  I left a blubbering wreck, reduced to tears a good half-dozen times in the course of its 150-minute running time.  Plenty of folks feel the same way… and plenty of other folks still see nothing but bombastic sentiment.  The new Blu-ray isn’t likely to change anyone’s minds.  Or is it?  Hit the jump for my full review.

Tom Hooper May Direct His LES MISERABLES Star Sacha Baron Cohen in Freddie Mercury Biopic

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In September 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen signed on to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic scripted by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon).  Despite premature production announcements, the biopic has kicked around in development for the past couple years.  Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) was identified as the frontrunner to direct last summer, but several seasons have passed with no update.  At the very least, the biopic is attracting great talent, because Deadline hears Tom Hooper is now circling the project.  No formal offer has been made to Hooper, but I imagine working with a singing Baron Cohen on the Les Mis set was a fun experience worth repeating.

Speaking of Baron Cohen singing: Producer Graham King hinted the actor may attempt to sing all those Queen songs.  Replicating Freddie Mercury is easier said than done (especially if Hooper would make him sing live on set), so we’ll see if that makes it past the Neat Idea stage.  Morgan’s script starts with Queen’s formation in the early 1970s and ends around their 1985 Live Aid set, which you can watch in full after the jump.

The Road to Oscar: Best Director

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For proof that 2012 was a nutty year for awards contenders, look no further than the Best Director category.  Over the past few days, we’ve been looking back how the ebbs and flows of the past 12 months have shaped the awards race in a number of categories, and one of the most dynamic shifts came with Best Director.  After the jump, we run down how the race for Oscar glory progressed over the past few months to give us the five nominees who will be vying for the gold on Oscar Sunday.  Hit the jump to read on.

Directors Guild of America Announces Nominations for the 65th Annual DGA Awards, Including Ben Affleck

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The Directors Guild of America has just announced their nominations for “Outstanding Direction in Feature Film” for the 65th Annual DGA Awards.  The nominees are as follows:

These nominations, as well as the omission of certain other directors, carry certain implications heading into the Academy Awards contest.  Hit the jump for more DGA-related news.

Director Tom Hooper Talks LES MISERABLES, Making the Decision to Have the Actors Sing Live, the Difficulty of Editing the Movie Down, an Extended Cut, and More

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Now playing 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, Matt’s review, and all our previous coverage.

At the NYC press day, I did an exclusive interview with director Tom Hooper.  We talked about why he wanted to make Les Mis after The King’s Speech, the reasons he wanted everyone singing live on set, how the first cut was almost four hours, his thoughts on doing an extended cut, the challenges of editing it down to two and a half hours, what might be on the Blu-ray, and so much more.  In addition, with Hooper doing such a great job on his first two movies, I’m pretty sure every studio would be willing to make whatever he wants to do next, so I asked his thoughts on comic book movies, would he be willing to take on James Bond, and more.  Hit the jump to either listen to the audio or read the transcript.

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.

Two New TV Spots for LES MISERABLES

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Universal Pictures has released two new TV spots for director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation Les Miserables.  The film is sure to be a major contender in the upcoming awards race (though it was shut out of the NYFCC yesterday), and these TV spots do a great job of selling the film as an epic must-see event over the Christmas holiday.  I’ve been looking forward to this for a while now, but I’m interested to see how the pic goes over with audiences as it’s 2+ hours of straight singing.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spots and click here to watch five clips from the film.  The pic stars Hugh JackmanAnne HathawayRussell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.  Les Miserables opens on December 25th.

Tom Hooper Talks Whether He’d Be Willing to Direct a Comic Book Movie or a James Bond Film; Says He’s Always Had “an Epic Filmmaker” Hidden Within Him

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Director Tom Hooper was riding high following the success of his 2010 film The King’s Speech, which walked away with a number of Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture.  All eyes were on what the filmmaker would choose as his follow-up project, and he raised a few eyeballs by settling on an ambitious adaptation of the musical Les Miserables.  Not only was Hooper mounting a film iteration of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, but he committed to recording all of the actors’ singing live on set; the filmmaker essentially made the opposite of an “easy choice” for his post-King’s Speech film.

Les Miserables recently screened to a passionately positive response, and Steve got the chance to interview Hooper at the film’s New York press junket.  During the course of the conversation, Steve asked if Hooper would be willing to direct a James Bond movie and the possibility of him directing a comic book movie.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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.

Quentin Tarantino Says DEATH PROOF Is the “Worst” Film He’s Ever Made; Watch Full Directors Roundtable Interview

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If you hadn’t already noticed, we’re knee-deep in Oscar season now.  Though many are put off by the awards race in general, one of the highlights of the year is always THR’s roundtable interviews with “the contenders.”  This year’s directors roundtable is really something, as the one-hour conversation involves Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant.  Though the entire interview is well worth watching, we figured our readers would be interested in a particular nugget from Tarantino in which he describes Death Proof as the “worst” film he’s ever made.

Hit the jump for more on that comment and to watch the full roundtable interview.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Picture and Best Director

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Here’s where things get interesting.  Over that past few days we’ve been taking an early look at the 2013 Oscar race, running down the contenders in a number of categories including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor and Best Actress, and Best Animated Feature, Screenplay, and technological category quick picks.  We’ve now come to our final installment, Best Picture and Best Director, and these two races are shaping up to be incredibly interesting. Hit the jump for the full rundown.

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.

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