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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

JK! Sam Mendes In Talks to Direct Bond 24

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UPDATE: Not so fast there, Mendes! Mz. Broccoli isn't finished with you yet! According to a Deadline Hollywood report that went up just hours after Variety published a story revealing all of the directors in the running, the guy who directed "Skyfall" (and won an Oscar for "American Beauty") is back in the running to direct Bond 24 after all. Mendes had told Empire Magazine that he bowed out in order to focus on other projects, including a West End production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The Deadline report says that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael Wilson are now open to waiting for him.


EARLIER: Are we ready to see James Bond with a wizard's wand? Will Nick Fury ask him to join "The Avengers" in a post-credits scene? How about Daniel Craig donning the "Iron Man" suit, helping a royal get over a stutter, or (gulp) fighting Hulk dogs? Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Variety

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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2013 Oscar Snubs: The Best of the Twitter Freakouts

People felt a lot of feels about the 2013 Academy Award nominations this morning, and they felt those feels all over Twitter. Here, we've captured the best of the Oscar snub Twitter freakouts, be they over the Best Director category (Tom Hooper! Kathryn Bigelow! AFFLECK!), movies omitted altogether (ahem, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"), Nicole Kidman's urination habits, and other (according to Twitter) travesties. Enjoy.

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Filed Under: Awards Features

Adam Lambert Thinks 'Les Misérables' Sucks

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Hollywood can be a pretty cutthroat place, but as vicious as actors can sometimes be, there's one group even more cutthroat: Theater nerds. And never has this been more evident than this week, as former "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, the Guyliner Godfather himself, took to Twitter to let the world know that he basically thinks Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" sucks.

And his prime target? Russell Crowe, better known to most as the lead singer of the hit Australian rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. That's what he's famous for, right? Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Entertainment Weekly

Don't Forget About Me! Signed, The Other 'Les Miserables' Movie

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"Les Misérables" is shaping up to be one of the biggest film events in recent memory. Thanks to an amazing cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, an Oscar-winning director in Tom Hooper and the public's abiding love for the classic Broadway musical it's based on, "Les Misérables" seems poised to be a major power at both the box office and at the Oscars.

But what if we told you that back in 1998, another acclaimed director put together an even more impressive cast for an adaptation of "Les Misérables" — one that has been almost completely forgotten? Get More »

Filed Under: Features Holiday Movies

Everything We Know About 'Les Miserables' So Far

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Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper have dreamed a dream: That they can put butts in seats for their movie version of "Les Misérables" the same way the musical has packed 'em in for over 25 years.

Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel told the sprawling redemption tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean, set against the backdrop of Paris from 1815 to the student uprising of 1832. The 1985 musical version enjoyed one of the most successful runs of any show on London's West End or Broadway. Now that it's finally singing its way into cinemas, we've been as relentless as Inspector Javert in tracking down all the info you need to enjoy it. Get More »

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New Trailer Is Anything But 'Miserables'


We dreamed a dream of an all-star big screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical "Les Miserables" — and today that dream has come true, as the first trailer for Oscar winning director Tom Hooper's upcoming epic has just hit the internet.

Get your tissues ready, folks, because this looks like a five alarm crier. Get More »

Filed Under: New Movie Trailers | Source: MSN

'Gossip Girl' Star Heading to France For 'Les Miserables'

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Listen up, Upper East Siders: bad boy Trip van der Bilt is taking his talent for tonguing young girls far from the icy clutches of the 10021 with a one-way ticket to France.

Actor Aaron Tveit, best known for his work on "Gossip Girl" and opposite James Franco in "Howl" is traveling a few thousand miles and a few hundred years back in time to tackle the role of a rebellion leader in Tom Hooper's upcoming film adaptation of Victor Hugo classic "Les Miserables." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift Are 'Miserables'… Maybe

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UPDATE: Deadline confirms that Amanda Seyfried is in final talks for the role of Cosette.


The Hollywood rumor mill has been abuzz with word that golden girls Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift have nabbed roles in "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's reboot of "Les Miserables."

Though nothing is confirmed, Seyfried has supposedly been offered the role of Cosette, while Swift is being eyed for Eponine. According to Twitch, they beat out other "Miserables" hopefuls that included Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Twitch Film
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