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Freddie Mercury Biopic: Sacha Baron Cohen Bows Out

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Despite a striking resemblance to Freddie Mercury — not to mention the promise of a new opportunity to show off his, uh, acting chops — Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of playing Queen's famed lead singer in an upcoming biopic. Talk about a project being "Under Pressure."

Deadline reports Cohen is leaving the project due to "creative differences" with the living members of Queen (guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor) who retain complete script and director control over the film. Cohen was itching to do a saucy and salacious exposé on the controversial figure, who died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991, while the other Queen members are apparently shooting for a more tamed, PG approach to the story. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Deadline

Amanda Seyfried: Always the Bride

You know how your grandmother (or your most bitter lady friend, if you're in your mid-20s and entering the thick of wedding season) is forever muttering "always the bridesmaid, never the bride"?

Amanda Seyfried would like to flip a big ole bird to that one. Girlfriend is always the bride. Always. She plays the bridal half of the marital duo in this weekend's "The Big Wedding," but this white tulle dress-up thing isn't new for her — it's been going on for years. Get More »

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Holy A Cappella, It's a 'Les Miserables'-Inspired Passover Story!

Jewish a capella troupe The Maccabeats know a good idea when they see one, and the decision to create a medley inspired by "Les Miserables" just in time for Passover is enough to send your Bubbe's head spinning (in delight, of course, nothing "Exorcist"-y). Get More »

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The History of France, as Told Through the Movies

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Ah, France — good wine, great mimes, the best accordion players you could ever find. It's a bastion of culture in an uncultured world; just ask anyone from France and they'll tell you. And as the new international blockbuster "Les Misérables" (now on DVD and Blu-ray) proves, it's also a country filled with amazing history that is perfectly suited for big-screen epics. Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and More

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This week: Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of three movies based on the classic fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprising his role as the wizard Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings."

Also new this week is Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the musical "Les Miserables," the Judd Apatow dramedy "This Is 40" and the pitch-black comedy "Bachelorette." Get More »

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'Les Mis' Actors Warm Up, We Giggle Like Little Girls

If you've going to make an Oscar-nominated, critically heralded movie musical based on theatrical powerhouse "Les Miserables," you'd better do it right. And this bonus feature from the soon-to-be-released DVD for "Les Mis" shows that its actors — Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, and so on — didn't just show up to set and sing. No sir, as true-to-form vocalists, the actors (who sang live to camera, if you weren't aware from the five billion comments they made about it in the press) went through warm-ups.

And if you don't know anything about vocal warm-ups, you should really watch this video. Because Samantha Barks basically meows like a cat at an ear drum-shattering decibel, but you know what? It works. It so works. In fact, if you think being a movie star isn't hard work, just you watch Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter do off-camera trills. Watch and learn, friends.

And then howl...from your diaphragm.

Filed Under: Check This | Source: Hypable

Gollum Does Les Miz

If there's one thing you can say about "Les Miserables," it's that its actors — particularly Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway — don't just chew the scenery. They gnaw, gobble, and chew it up, before spitting it out again -- but, hey, that's how you win an Oscar, isn't it? (We'll find out on Sunday.)

Did you ever think "The Lord of the Rings"' Gollum — of all people, nay, creatures — could emote the same raw, haunting, endlessly-tragic passion that Jackman and Hathaway helped make "Les Miz" an epic soul-crusher? Well, one YouTuber decided to turn that question into a reality by doing his best impression of Gollum singing "I Dreamed A Dream."

If you're like me, the frogginess of his throat will make your toes curl in repulsion, your stomach ready to deep heave in disgust. But you're probably not like me (because I have a thing with voices, sorry) and you will enjoy this.

Filed Under: Check This | Source: io9

For Your Consideration: Oscar Face Swaps

We've been bombarded with Oscar mania for the better part of three-ish months now, and it's getting to the point where it's hard to distinguish one Oscar contender from another. To keep from defaulting to exhausted apathy when it comes to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, we feel a fresh perspective on this year's Oscar nominees is in order ... for which a good old-fashioned face swap is just the ticket.

We apologize in advance if these re-imaginings by our own Dustin Glick make for nightmare fodder. Sometimes looking at something in a new light isn't exactly pretty.

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ScarJo Wanted to Dream That Dream, Anne Hathaway

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In another installment of "Les Mean Girl"-ing, actress Scarlett Johansson has taken a little time from her busy Broadway theatrics schedule for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to pout over losing the role of Fantine in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" to the now-awards heavy Anne Hathaway.

Uh huh, for real. ScarJo declared to that while she went into her audition for the role fully prepared and enthused, she just couldn't shake a mean sore throat and it cost her big time.

"I sang my little heart out," she said, "The jazz hands kid inside me was just over the moon!" Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: E! Online

Korean Soldiers Present 'Les Miserables' of Snow Shoveling

Who knew the South Korean Air Force had a flair for theatrics? A group of soldiers have created a parody of "Les Miserables," centering on a…err…slightly altered story line of the popular musical/Oscar-nominated film. Jean Valjean, a soldier on a South Korean airbase, is condemned to shovel snow when all he really wants to do is hang with his girlfriend, Cosette. YES, we know, Cosette is practically Jean Valjean’s daughter in the real thing…but let’s look past that minor flaw.

The video beings with "Dig Down," sung by the soldiers of the 22nd Fighter Wing as they shovel away their souls. This is a scene that anyone can empathize with who has been forced to spend a snow day digging out the driveway while the neighbor kids go sledding. The parody also features variations on "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," and "Red and Black": a post- break-up anthem in which the air force boys convince Valjean that the single life is better.

A little silly, but well-produced and entertaining…we think you’ll dig it.


Filed Under: Check This | Source: The Independent
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