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:
Is it just us, or does Amanda Seyfried really get around? Dominic Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Alexander Skarsgard, Andrew Joblon … basically, she is our hero. But according to reports from Us Weekly, the lady has had her attention focused on one man solely these last few months, and the lucky guy happens to be Josh Hartnett. We totally did not see that coming. Probably because Josh has not been on our radar for what seems likes eons. Not that Josh is a slouch in the dating department either. He’s giving Amanda’s record a run for its money, as his list of exes include Julia Stiles, Rihanna, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson, to name just a few. Amanda and Josh have reportedly been seeing each other on the down low since January, with a source revealing, “Josh likes to keep things low-key, so they’ve just been hanging out.” Match made in player heaven?
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.”
A couple of weeks ago I attended a screening of Amanda Seyfried’s new film Gone. Well “attended,” is putting it nicely – I was curled up in a terrified ball chewing on my fingers alongside my more composed and cool peers. Gone is SCA-RY. Like, there is a murderer chasing you in the woods and tormenting you with psychological warfare and no one but your sister believes you and suddenly she’s gone missing, scary.
See why I was freaked out?
The movie even gave me nightmares, so when I got the chance to discuss it with Amanda I had to ask her if she takes any particular enjoyment from scaring the sh*t out of viewers. Turns out, she LOVES it.
SEYFRIEDDDDD! [shakes fist in both frustration and admiration.]
Check out our interview with the star above and catch Gone in theaters now.
Amanda Seyfried is already the second celebrity to bring up pubes today (thanks for being #1, Daniel Radcliffe!), but, as she tells Glamour, just because she’s starring in porn biopic Lovelace doesn’t mean she’ll be putting hers up on the big screen anytime soon. “What surprised me is the amount of pubic hair!” Seyfried laughs about watching Deep Throat, the infamous adult film that starred her titular character Linda Lovelace, adding “I’m pretty sure I would never do a full frontal in a movie — for personal reasons, I wouldn’t really want to show that.” Looks like it falls to you, Daniel…oh, you already have your pants off. Wow, you are so far head of the game!
When it comes to taking off her pants in her personal life however (segue!), Amanda seems strictly platonic with In Time co-star Justin Timberlake. “He seems so perfect, but you get to know him, and he’s a good pal,” Seyfried says. “He’ll tell you what he really feels. But, you know, he’s really famous, which has its downsides.” We’re guessing their friendship might be strictly platonic in part due to Amanda’s very close relationship with recent ex Dominic Cooper. “He was my last real boyfriend,” Seyfried reveals. “We still joke about having kids, like, ‘If it doesn’t work out with other people, we might as well just have a child.’ And there’s a part of that that feels … possible.” Ha! Try and beat that reveal, Daniel Radcliffe? Wait, what? No, that’s not even scientifically possible! You, sir, are truly something.
Demi Moore pulled out of her role as Gloria Steinem in the porn biopic Lovelace approximately 24 hours ago. According to People, this was juuuuuust enough time for Chloe Sevigny to join the cast as “a feminist journalist assigned to write a story about Lovelace.” While the site doesn’t confirm specifically that Chloe has stepped into Demi’s comfortable-yet-stylish shoes, the description of Sevigny’s role seems to fit Moore’s ground-breaking character to a tee. A tee with no bra under it, because that bra is going upin flames. Woo hoo! Historical dramas, ya’ll!
While the turn-around in finding Demi’s (alleged) replacement might seem quick, keep in mind that Lovelace has been shooting since the beginning of the year. Just this week Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard appeared in all their hot pants and mustache glory on-set in Los Angeles. With any luck they won’t have to reshoot all of Demi’s scenes, since we have to assume they went directly for the sexy parts first. Why? Oh, no real reason. That’s just what we would do, if we were a director. A director with his or her priorities straight.
Amanda Seyfried showed us how to dress like a porn star yesterday, as she made her way to the set of Lovelace. Or at least a porn star from 1971. The 26-year-old actress is portraying the legendary adult-film star Linda Lovelace, and she definitely went full hilt with the retro ’70s vibe, including a pretty killer set of vintage wheels!
Does any young woman scream “forlorn street urchin” louder than one Ms. Taylor Swift? We didn’t think so. To the disappointment of all you Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood fans out there, rumor has it that Taylor Swift has been offered the role of Eponine in the upcoming Les Miserables movie. Instead of mourning her unrequited love of John Mayer, she’ll be mourning her unrequited love of the as-yet-uncast Marius. Plus she gets to be in drag! And go to war! Ugh, so deliciously full of despair.
Amanda Seyfried has also allegedly been offered the role of heartbreaking foundling Cosette, making Swift her direct romantic rival. And you know how well Taylor does with a rival! We’re calling it now: they will add a new Taylor Swift song to the soundtrack, which will be nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars in 2013, and we will listen to it and pretend we aren’t crying into our scarf on the subway.
Leave it to Demi Moore to play the classiest character in a porn film. “Oh, she’ll be in your porno movie. She’ll just be playing a journalist-turned-cultural icon. With pants on. No, wait…trousers.” Deadline reports today that the Margin Call star (and soon-to-be ex Mrs. Ashton Kutcher) will be playing feminist leader Gloria Steinem in the upcoming movie Lovelace. Actually, now that we think of it, Gloria Steinem might have even invented pants. Right, you guys? We can’t hear you saying “no,” so we can assume we’re correct on this one.
After beating out contenders like Olivia Wilde for the role, Amanda Seyfried will be starring in the film as porn actress Linda Lovelace, who worked with Steinem after blowing up big in the adult film arena. In addition to Demi, Peter Sarsgaard is confirmed for Lovelace’s allegedly abusive husband Chuck Traynor, while James Franco cameos as Hugh Hefner. Adam Brody is also on board as Lovelace’s Deep Throat, err, co-star Harry Reems. Hmmm, maybe Demi should put on just a couple more pairs of slacks. Nobody wants this to turn into another Striptease, do they? Again, since we can’t hear you, we just have to assume you’re agreeing with us, as always.
Relax, we’re not actually going to give you diet tips on this, the most holy of holidays for food lovers. We’re merely suggesting that if you’re anything like us, it’s hard to remember that there will be consequences if we ask for second helpings of mashed potatoes and pie. We slip into a food coma and wake up just long enough to eat the leftovers. So we thought we’d provide this little visual inspiration: 24 hot celebrities — from Britney Spears to Henry Cavill, Pippa Middleton to Hugh Jackman, Adriana Lima to Jennifer Lopez — who have bodies we’d basically kill to have, and who work hard to get them. Maybe seeing them jog, lift weights and strut their assets will inspire you to get off the couch. Or you might just want to sit back and enjoy the view while munching on a turkey leg. That’s the kind of freedom those pilgrims came here to attain, isn’t it?