Humina humina! Is it gross to refer to the new Les Miserables first look video as “musical movie porn”? It is, isn’t it? Very gross? Ah, we see. Forget we said anything! Let’s just watch it a dozen more times on repeat. “It’s going to be different for sure. It’s the first time anyone’s tried it like this,” Anne Hathaway explains in the new clip. The main difference to us seems to be the fact that they’ve taken a musical people are literally obsessed with…and successfully translated it for the big screen! We may be counting our tubercular French chickens before they hatch, but there were at least five elements in this new video that had us gasping in delight:
Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
How are we feeling about this July Allure cover of Anne Hathaway? We actually find the photographs inside the magazine — like the one we have on the right — far sexier than the picture chosen for the face of the magazine. We’re fans of the thick cat-eye eyeliner, the tousled hair, the strong eyebrows, as well as the black Alexander Wang top she has on. The cover itself has much of the same makeup, but she isn’t selling it. The expression — which we think was supposed to be a soft, serene smile — looks flat. But it’s nice to see her long hair again, since Anne has been sporting a buzz cut for her Les Miserables role of late.
She’s dishing on her various film roles in the cover story, which is interesting to read. Of her unforgiving latex suit for her portrayal as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, the actress moans, “[It was] a psychological terrorist… the suit, thoughts of my suit, changing my life so I would fit into that suit… it dominated my year. I went into the gym for ten months and didn’t come out.” Add to that, her crazy regime for Les Miserables, and you have one very … hungry woman. She explains, “I’m doing some crazy weight stuff right now… I’m on day six of detox … this diet makes me break out, so I love that. Nothing like living on hummus and radishes and then being all like ‘And I got a pimple’ Yeah.” The things people do for art, huh? We couldn’t. And we’re not putting down this Snickers bar, either.
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We really wanted to cheer Anne Hathaway up yesterday considering her character Fantine has a pretty miserable time in the most aptly named novel — and iminent movie — ever, Les Miserables. That may be the character she’s playing in reel life, and with her slight frame and shorn hair, Anne does fit the part perfectly. But here’s why no matter how frail the actress looks, we’ll never see the sadness of the roles she plays spill over into her personality. You know … like how some actors really live their parts, so if they’re playing grouches on screen, they’ll be grouches all the time? Anne was spotted yesterday was her right arm bandaged up and in a sling. Not the best position to be in, but she looked so sunny, that we wanted to hug her! Anne was in Brooklyn having lunch with a friend, and if we were in her injured shoes, we wouldn’t be looking so happy. But look at that smile of hers! Her spokesperson explained the cast saying, “She had a minor accident over the weekend and injured her wrist.” Feel better, babe. You already look right as rain to us!
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Whoa. We’ve heard Anne Hathaway sing a bit before. And we’ve seen her with that haircut. But we’re not sure any of that prepared us for her powerful “I Dreamed a Dream” performance in the teaser trailer for Les Miserables. (It seriously just sent me into flashbacks of dramatically waving fake French flags around our childhood living room and re-enacting all the dying scenes from the musical.) At the same time, the trailer adds a level of sophisticated movie magic that almost makes you forget this story has been told countless times since Victor Hugo first published his novel in 1862. That makes us extra excited for the movie’s December release, and for that reason, we’d like to cheer up Fantine, Jean Valjean and Co. Here are at least eight things that should make them just a little less miserable:
Guys, can we talk about Anne Hathaway‘s weight for a second? Everyone else on the planet seems to be. Yesterday Us Magazine declared, “Anne Hathaway Debuts Drastically Skinny Look on Les Miserables Set” along with a snapshot of Anne in costume with cropped hair. RadarOnline proclaimed today that “Anne Hathaway’s Dramatic Weight Loss ‘Could Strike A Hard Blow To Her Metabolism’ Warns Expert,” even quoting a nutritional expert as being “distressed to see her looking so thin, drawn, pale and haggard.” Despite the fact that the actress’s rep has already denied allegations that she is on some kind of crazy crash diet for the movie, it seems that everyone and their mother is deeply, personally worried about Anne Hathaway’s eating habits. Upon realizing that, the righteous spirit of Ashley Judd filled us and we felt it extremely necessary to point out that, guys? Anne Hathaway doesn’t look that much different than she normally does.
Talk about your dramatic changes. We were really shocked to see Anne Hathaway in London with a short, buzzed hairdo. The haircut is for her role as “Fantine” in Les Miserables. Her co-star, Hugh Jackman, has also chopped off his hair to play the role of “Jean Valjean” so she’s in good company. Anne showed off the drastic look last night outside ‘The Box” which is a nightclub in Soho, London. Ms. Hathaway didn’t let something like androgynous chop-job get in the way of partying hard, because these photographs were taken around three in the morning. Way to go, Anne!
To be very honest, we’re forcing ourselves to be chirpy here. We’re seriously trying to figure out why this new, buzzed look on Anne affects us so? She’s not particularly our favorite actress. We don’t go running to the theatre to see her films. But we do keep up with her sartorial choices, so if she slips on a Valentino gown somewhere, we’re on it. Perhaps that’s what it is? Now tell us what you’re thinking! She does sort-of pull off the hair, doesn’t she?
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Anne Hathaway once commented that all she could eat was “kale and dust” in order to squeeze into her Dark Knight Rises Catwoman outfit. So what’s she eating to portray an impoverished French sex worker in the 1800s? Apparently it’s still more than the 500 calories a day reported by the U.K.’s The Mirror. After the paper alleged Hathaway was attempting to lose 16 pounds in 20 days to shoot the death scene for her Les Miz character Fantine, Anne’s rep spoke out about the rumor. “The story is a huge exaggeration,” Stephen Huvane told HuffPo. “Anne is on a special diet, but is not looking to lose that much weight and she’s consuming more than 500 calories a day. She just needs to look more frail as she is playing a prostitute who is dying of tuberculosis.” See, if we were Hathaway, we would just demand the director give us some gaunt CGI cheekbones in post. Maybe only Oscar winners can request that? Next year, Anne!
Of course, Hathaway isn’t the only star dropping weight for the film. “Very excited about how the first days of filming are going!! Check out my convict look…but its changing soon,” Hugh Jackman tweeted on Monday, posting a particularly thin photo of himself with a scraggly beard. At least both Hugh and Anne only have to drop the weight temporarily. Sighed Jackman on Wednesday, “Awesome burger at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Portsmouth last night. After no carbs for ages…heaven!” Makes kale and dust like…well, like a pile of kale and dust.
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The video above should really just be titled “The Moment I Fell In Love With Amanda Seyfried.” I caught up with the actress recently while out promoting her new, super-scary film Gone. Of course I had to ask about her upcoming role as Cosette in Les Miserables, because I, like every other human, first saw the musical when I was eight years old and then spent the next 20+ years listening to and crying over the soundtrack. (Did I sing “Castle On A Cloud” while auditioning for my fifth grade’s performance of Oliver only to be cast in the chorus? Oh yes. Yes I did.)
It should be noted that when I refer to the “theater geeks panting to see” Les Mis, I am obviously speaking about myself. I also meant that fans are excited for the film; but I clearly articulated myself poorly and it was interesting to hear Amanda’s response. Her passion for the project is evident in her face alone, and her dedication and conviction made me immediately excited to see her in the role.
As for the pressure already building around the project, the actress says, “you can’t really focus too much on what the fans want completely when you’re cast. If they don’t think I’m the right Cosette, eff em. Because, I’m an actor and I’m going to try my best to embody that character. That’s my focus…it means a lot to me to get Les Mis. And I’m going to honor that.”
Taylor Swift, we don’t mean to reduce every disappointment in your life into more album fodder, but girl. Girl. The first single on your next album could easily be about getting allegedly passed over for the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. Producer Cameron Mackintosh reportedly announced this evening that the role would instead be given to Samantha Barks, a musical-theater veteran who performed Eponine’s big number “On My Own” at the musical’s 25th anniversary concert. And that’s got to feel sort of like a breakup, right? In as much as it feels awful and makes you want to barf? We are not helping, are we?
If it will make Taylor feel any better (and it won’t) Samantha is also a Jonas ex, having dating Nick Jonas while the musical brother co-starred with her in, you guessed it, Les Miz in London. The horrible part about all this is that you just know the anguish at losing this role is the very thing that would have made Taylor capable of imbuing “On My Own” with the perfect level of emotional devastation. That is some bitter, bitter irony. It’s so bitter we just want to … pick up this guitar, maybe write down a few chord progressions … OK, OK, we’re sorry, but you were going to do it eventually anyway!
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