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#1766354 - 12/12/12 03:32 AM Les Miserables, the movie
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Wasn't overly hyped about the movie version of this musical, especially when I heard one of my least fav actors, Russell Crowe, would be in it.

But then I watched 60 minutes interview of Hugh Jackman on Sunday. For the first time ever, the actors are actually singing live as the scenes were shot. Every other musical has recorded a sound track first. Then the actors played the scene while lip-sinking.

So, when Ann Hathaway is getting her hair shorn off and crying and singing, it's all happening right then.

Now I'm psyched to see how well they've carried this off.

Just thought some of the rest of you might be interested to know this too.

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#1766355 - 12/12/12 03:35 AM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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I am planning on seeing it and it takes a lot to get me to make the effort. I have been reading about it and watching clips on YouTube for a while.
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#1766439 - 12/12/12 02:12 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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Kid Wonder and I can hardly wait for this to come out! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Les Mis. I like Russell Crowe and think he will make an excellent Javaier (sp?).

I saw it at the National Theatre in D.C. with an excellent cast and the original set. Took KW to see it at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. They had changed the set to some sort of light show and didn't sing all the songs - was disappointing. We have the CD with all the songs from the original production. Hopefully, the movie will too.
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#1766545 - 12/12/12 03:49 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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The Hobbit and Les Mis this Christmas. That is a blockbuster combo for the holidays.

So did the actors sing in other languages, for the international audiences? Not everyone speaks English.
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#1766551 - 12/12/12 03:53 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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They can only cut Ann Hathaway's hair off once and they did actually cut it in the movie.
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#1766579 - 12/12/12 04:09 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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And boy oh boy, they spared no expense at reality and truly hacked off her hair! Poor girl's wedding pictures are terrible!!! imho

The Hobbit isn't getting great reviews. And it's got some animal peeps pretty worked up too. But we loved the Trilogy so may go see it anyway.

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#1766639 - 12/12/12 04:54 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie waldensouth
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Originally Posted By: waldensouth
Kid Wonder and I can hardly wait for this to come out! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Les Mis. I like Russell Crowe and think he will make an excellent Javaier (sp?).

I saw it at the National Theatre in D.C. with an excellent cast and the original set. Took KW to see it at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. They had changed the set to some sort of light show and didn't sing all the songs - was disappointing. We have the CD with all the songs from the original production. Hopefully, the movie will too.


I forget how many times I have seen Les Mis...several in NY and once in Philadelphia. I think Russell Crowe is great for Javert. I am really looking forward to this.
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#1766697 - 12/12/12 05:46 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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Our PBS station ran the 25th anniversary show again on Sunday. I love it - I watch it every time.

I just read that Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean on stage, has a cameo in the new movie. smile

And how about Russell Brand and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers? Great casting!
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#1766712 - 12/12/12 05:59 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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Yes, Colm Wilkinson plays the Bishop, I believe.

The casting is fantastic.
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#1766878 - 12/12/12 09:00 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie califgirl
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califgirl: I don't see how the movie can possibly live up to the standard set by the 25th anniversary performance.

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#1766937 - 12/12/12 10:05 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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I love the music. Have sung lots of the songs many times in some theatre performances we have done of Broadway Hits. Very intense.

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#1766952 - 12/12/12 10:29 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Ted Dreyer
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Originally Posted By: Ted Dreyer
califgirl: I don't see how the movie can possibly live up to the standard set by the 25th anniversary performance.


I know what you mean. But the movie will have acting, along with the singing. And someone playing Marius that is not named Jonas. smile
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#1766960 - 12/12/12 10:45 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie califgirl
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And someone playing Marius that is not named Jonas


And in another positive development, the woman who played Eponine in the 25th anniversary show plays her in the movie, too.

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#1766985 - 12/13/12 01:07 AM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Ted Dreyer
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Originally Posted By: Ted Dreyer
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And someone playing Marius that is not named Jonas


And in another positive development, the woman who played Eponine in the 25th anniversary show plays her in the movie, too.


Samantha Banks is great!
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#1767037 - 12/13/12 02:19 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Kathleen O. Blanchard
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The movie is our Christmas Day movie this year, can't wait.
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#1767043 - 12/13/12 02:27 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie califgirl
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Originally Posted By: califgirl
Originally Posted By: Ted Dreyer
califgirl: I don't see how the movie can possibly live up to the standard set by the 25th anniversary performance.


I know what you mean. But the movie will have acting, along with the singing. And someone playing Marius that is not named Jonas. smile


I don't know his name, but he played the role of Jack in "Pillars of the Earth". He's great.
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#1767052 - 12/13/12 02:41 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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Pulling people out of the ditc...
Saw the title and thought this was about a man's wedding video...
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#1767058 - 12/13/12 02:47 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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I was under the impression that the movie/play was about glorifying a common thief.
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#1767096 - 12/13/12 03:36 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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nope, he was sentenced to a really long prison term (15 years or so) for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's children. He became hardened and bitter. But an experience after his release/escape transformed him. It is more about the redemption of man whoever he may be and whatever he needs to be redeemed from.
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#1767105 - 12/13/12 03:46 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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France, 1862....

Hugo has all the major themes of the time...

redemption of the soul...

class warfare.....

social justice....

but the greatest of these is love......
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#1767108 - 12/13/12 03:49 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Ted Dreyer
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Originally Posted By: Ted Dreyer
califgirl: I don't see how the movie can possibly live up to the standard set by the 25th anniversary performance.
We didn't like the 25th anniversary performance as much as the original, especially the new staging.

I'm just really glad that they cast actors according to their abilities not their box office draw. Rock of Ages was a huge flop because it followed in the footsteps of My Fair Lady and Camelot. Thank goodness Les Mis has a chance!

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#1767206 - 12/13/12 06:04 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie edAudit
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Originally Posted By: EdAudit
I was under the impression that the movie/play was about glorifying a common thief.


Really? That's what you got from it?

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#1767256 - 12/13/12 06:47 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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Big Ed is looking for that sarcasm font I betch ya...
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#1767269 - 12/13/12 07:04 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Pale Rider
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Originally Posted By: Pale Rider
Big Ed is looking for that sarcasm font I betch ya...


All you need is the right emoticon - wink or whistle

or even [sarcasm] [/sarcasm]

ETA: Perhaps we need a Sheldon emoticon to denote sarcasm!
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#1767277 - 12/13/12 07:08 PM Re: Les Miserables, the movie Truffle Royale
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Victor Hugo started writing Les Miserables in 1840. It was published in 1860. From Wiki:

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a burly French peasant of abnormal strength and potentially violent nature, and his never ending quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for starving relatives. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly Bishop inspires him to, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters he becomes entangled with get swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Sidebar: We were telling MOML's parents about Les Mis after we saw it for the first time. My dear blue-collar fil looked at me and said 'yea, I was named after some character in that book. Don't know which one tho.' Dad's name was Gene.

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