Les Miserables

Some people have books, films, paintings or pieces of great classical music that are part of their soul. Works of art that have a special place in their heart that can’t be explained but ‘belong’ to them and always will. For me that place in my consciousness is occupied by the musical Les Miserables…

Gangster Squad

One of my favourite websites is launchingfilms.com, the website of the Film Distributors’ Association. In a few short minutes you can see what films are released each week for months in advance. Sometimes even years in advance – for example How To Train Your Dragon 3 (3D) is scheduled for release on Friday 22 July 2016…

New Les Miserables Clips

I don’t know how I missed these – and I’m not sure that I’m the only person who has…. Last night I couldn’t sleep. I was lying awake at 2am watching TV, reading Caitlin Moran and wandering round Twitter to find something interesting when someone tweeted a link to a Les Mis clip of Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried singing A Heart Full of Love…

Les Miserables Extended Preview

An extended first look for the forthcoming film adaptation of stage musical Les Miserables has been released. Stars of the musical including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Samantha Barks and Anne Hathaway discuss how singing live during every take has impacted on the way that the actors have approached their roles…

First Les Miserables Trailer

I’m excited and a little apprehensive. The first trailer for the forthcoming Les Miserables movie has arrived and it’s our first chance to see if Tom Hooper’s adaptation is going to be a classic or if it will break the heart of fans of the musical. The trailer features Anne Hathaway’s Fantine….

Samantha Barks to play Eponine

The Les Miserables cast is coming together nicely now and my nagging feeling that the film could be a car crash is starting to die down. Since my last update there have been some more cast members announced including Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Broadway star Aaron Tveita as student leader Enjolras…

Les Mis – Some Good News

As regular readers know I am half excited and half terrified by the forthcoming movie version of my favourite musical, Les Miserables. The recent announcement that rising star Eddie Redmayne had been cast as Marius was a real relief, I couldn’t have stood it if Nick Jonas had got the role. More good news came this week from director Tom Hooper who has confirmed that filming would be in 2D rather than 3D

More Les Mis Casting News

I breathed a massive sigh of relief this morning when I read that Eddie Redmayne has been cast as Marius in the film adaptation of Les Miserables. Not because I’m a big fan of his, in fact I know nothing about him although he has a strong theatrical background which is encouraging. No – my sigh of relief was entirely due to the fact that Nick Jonas hadn’t won the role…..

Book Trailer – A Means of Escape

A trailer has been released for A Means of Escape Joanna Price’s great debut novel which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. I’ve noticed that trailers – once the domain of the movie industry – are now becoming more and more widespread across a range of arts….

Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe confirmed for Les Mis

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed that Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe will star in the film version of Les Miserables. As you know, my love for Les Mis knows no bounds so I’m slightly worried. I like Hugh Jackman and providing Crowe is a good singer he could make a wonderfully intense Javert, but the idea of celebrity casting trumping genuine musical talent is disturbing. Still, Working Title, Cameron Mackintosh and director Tom Hooper have a decent record – it could be all right. We’ll find out in December 2012.