Opening in Los Angeles and New York theaters, as well as VOD on March 22nd is the British musical Hunky Dory from Welsh director Marc Evans (Patagonia). The film stars Academy Award-nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Grosse Pointe Blank), Robert Pugh (Robin Hood), Steve Speirs (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace), and Kimberley Nixon (Cherrybomb).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Minnie Driver to talk about her work on Hunky Dory, as well as her overall career. The talented actress discussed her new movie, its similarities to Glee, her own musical abilities, shooting the film's music scenes, her love for David Bowie, if she were to make a rock musical out of a Shakespearian play - which play would she choose and what contemporary music would she use, how she chooses her roles, what's more important - a great script or a great director, and what film in her long and impressive career she is most proud to have been a part of.
Beasts of the Southern Wild may have been shut out at the Academy Awards, but the film's young lead has received a solid consolation prize.
Quvenzhané Wallis is set to star as the title character in Sony Pictures' new take on Annie, the frequently adapted stage musical.
In Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star as a pair of characters with history, characters familiar to readers and audiences across generations.
After all, the novel by Victor Hugo was published 150 years ago. Jackman stars as Hugo's hero, Jean Valjean, a peasant who spends nineteen years prisoner 24601 after stealing bread for his starving sister and her family. Hathaway, meanwhile, plays Fantine, a factory worker subjected to all manner of horrors in the story of injustice, identity, redemption, and revolution in nineteenth century France.
Directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, The Damned United), Les Misérables is not a literal adaptation of the novel, but instead translates the phenomenally popular musical, performed on stages all over the globe for the last three decades. The film utilizes the beloved play's music and lyrics by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. To belt out the musical's big numbers onscreen, Hooper assembled a cast which, in adddition to Jackman and Hathaway, boasts players such as Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Amanda Seyfried (Dear John), Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club), and Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), and Samantha Barks, who has played Eponine on stage to great acclaim.
The film arrives in domestic theaters on Christmas Day, December 25th. While promoting Les Misérables earlier this month in New York, Jackman and Hathaway graciously sat down for a roundtable interview in which they discussed playing these famous characters, finding the contemporary relevance of Hugo's original text, the camaraderie of the cast, and physical transformations.
"Everybody loves Hugh Jackman," a new featurette for Les Miserables implicitly says to its viewer. "Now let's see if we can get him an Oscar for his performance as Jean Valjean, shall we?"
Universal Pictures is peppering the airwaves with two new television spots hyping this month's Les Miserables. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, you don't have to sit through hours of TV just hoping to catch these thirty-second spots for the movie based on the crazy popular Broadway musical. Nope, we live in a fabulous modern age in which TV spots get watched online.
Annie Leibovitz is probably the only contemporary portrait photographer who is a household name in all manner of houses. Leibovitz has lent her imprimatur to Les Miserables with eight new images promoting next month's cinematic adaptation of the long running stage musical, which is itself an adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo.
A new full length international trailer for Les Miserables is packed with previously unseen footage and really opens up the film for audiences who have thus far seen but a sliver of the story in previous trailers, TV spots, and whatnot. Tom Hooper's take on the beloved stage musical is looking increasingly like the classy picture your parents will be swooning over this holiday season.
Need an escape from the deluge of election-related articles, tweets, and general hysteria? How about two new TV spots for Les Miserables, Tom Hooper's cinematic adaptation of the phenomenally popular Broadway musical, which is itself based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of injustice and compassion?
Two new character posters from December's Les Miserables have now joined four previously unveiled character-specific posters for the musical version of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Both of these change up the established formula by doubling down with two characters on each, which I suppose makes them characters posters.
When two character posters from the upcoming musical Les Miserables made the rounds yesterday, it only made sense that more would follow shortly. That they have, as Universal Pictures has unveiled two more posters from Tom Hooper's adaptation of the hugely popular stage musical, this time featuring Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Or, to put in comic book terms, Catwoman and, uhhh, err, the dumb one in Mean Girls.