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    Les Mis

    Has anyone seen an early pirated copy, LOL? What are the reviews? Christmas day. I am so excited about this movie, and it is such an incredible book, play, musical, etc deserves it's own thread. I hope Crowe can sing, and while I'm a Hathaway fan as an actress, and she seems a nice person, I think her singing is not up to what we expect of fantine. I have no idea who plays little or gown Cosette.

    I think expectations of this movie will be so high, as it should be. I guess I know I'll be disappointed after seeing Colm Wilkinson, the various super singer Fantines. I guess people must go with big names to get musicals financed, but in this case, it seems half the world has seen Les Mis the musical on stage or the anniversary concert versions. The music, the story is so beloved, I think it would be huge if they went with the best musical talent they could find, and even those who played parts on the big stages.

    I just hope i don't see Hathaway wreck, "I dreamed a Dream." I cannot find someone I liked better than Ruthie henshall as Fantine in the first anniversary concert. I watched it on PBS over and over and it brought me through the winter i recall. And Lea Salonga playinging two Eponine and the Fantine )or was she the grown up Cosette?) someone help me please. I saw the 25th version once. If I hate the movie, I'll be looking to but the concert DVD 25th version.

    Is there anyone here as excited as me about Les Mis? I'll bet Coyote Chris, Tonichelle, Olympia, Heyang and more could easily be dragged out Christmas day! I know no one THAT excited except me. I almost afraid to read the pre-views. But I'll bet folks here have-what are they saying??? (she asked breatlessly!)

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    I almost never get to movies, but this one is very tempting, isn't it? I can't remember who Lea Salonga played, but she did indeed play two roles in different productions. I think Anne Hathaway may rise to the occasion. Remember that she sang for the Oscars, and she actually has a lovely voice and has trained as a singer. So it's not going to be like that film of Man of La Mancha where Sophia Loren sang in tune and that was it, as Aldonza. (And Peter O'Toole was Don Quixote! Eeek.) Of course Hugh Jackman sings wonderfully. So Russell Crowe is the unpredictable one to me. I think he has a rock band, but in my experience, Javert is generally good, and in fact he is often the better singer of the two leads, so one hopes that Crowe can keep up with Jackman. I wonder whether Ramin Karimloo, the charismatic Canadian who has performed in all the big musicals in London, is featured in this film.

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    I'll probably go see it, but not on CHristmas Day.

    Here's Ann singing a spoof off On My Own to Hugh jackman at the Oscars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8WI4o3b_N0 I think she'll be fine and there's always auto-tune.

    Amanda Seyfried, of All My Children and Mamma Mia, etc fame, plays the grown up Cosette.

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    I'm looking forward to this, though I fear I may be disappointed with the singing having been spoiled by previous recordings!

    Lea Salonga played Eponine in the 10th anniversary and Fantine in the 25th anniversary concerts.

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    Touche! I want to see this and I cant believe no one has ever made a movie of this show till now.....I also want to see Lincoln in the theatre. Skyfall I can see on DVD. The hobbits must be seen in the theatre...."What's its got in its pocketses????" An Olympic Gold Medal?" Maybe I should get dressed up as Gollum for Omaha? That would look great in the front row! Naaaa...I pretty much look like Legolas with a mustache....a very old Legolas...
    (as for the singing, they have amazing technology as far as audio manipulation today....)
    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    Has anyone seen an early pirated copy, LOL? What are the reviews? Christmas day. I am so excited about this movie, and it is such an incredible book, play, musical, etc deserves it's own thread. I hope Crowe can sing, and while I'm a Hathaway fan as an actress, and she seems a nice person, I think her singing is not up to what we expect of fantine. I have no idea who plays little or gown Cosette.

    I think expectations of this movie will be so high, as it should be. I guess I know I'll be disappointed after seeing Colm Wilkinson, the various super singer Fantines. I guess people must go with big names to get musicals financed, but in this case, it seems half the world has seen Les Mis the musical on stage or the anniversary concert versions. The music, the story is so beloved, I think it would be huge if they went with the best musical talent they could find, and even those who played parts on the big stages.

    I just hope i don't see Hathaway wreck, "I dreamed a Dream." I cannot find someone I liked better than Ruthie henshall as Fantine in the first anniversary concert. I watched it on PBS over and over and it brought me through the winter i recall. And Lea Salonga playinging two Eponine and the Fantine )or was she the grown up Cosette?) someone help me please. I saw the 25th version once. If I hate the movie, I'll be looking to but the concert DVD 25th version.

    Is there anyone here as excited as me about Les Mis? I'll bet Coyote Chris, Tonichelle, Olympia, Heyang and more could easily be dragged out Christmas day! I know no one THAT excited except me. I almost afraid to read the pre-views. But I'll bet folks here have-what are they saying??? (she asked breatlessly!)

    Only a skating movie starring our favorite skaters at their peak could get me to a theatre!

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    Here's the trailer.... and the movie got a standing O at a pre-screening. Oscar buzz in the air.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2181475.html

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    Wow, thanks Heyang! Now I'm truly excited. I actually have three movies I want to see...Argo, Lincoln and les Mis. I may go Christmas day. I love this musical. I think of what i have seen, only Phantom and Evita come close. Oh, and Godspell, which I wish i could have been in,. I did do two musicals (singing/dancing-too terrified to audition for speaking part) and would have joined local amateur theatre were I physically able. So my tow credits are Guys and Dolls (a hotbox girl) and Little mary Sunshine-again-the chorus. I would be happy being a broadway gypsy-Chorus Line is another favorite. zI would love to see a musical about Marilyn. Maybe it will happen as a result of SMASH- Gosh I wish they were not delaying the season.

    I hope I don't forget-someone remind me-tomorrow on Lifetime, Liz and Dick starts at 9 pm. Fascinating couple. I don't care much for the Lohans but they say she does well as Liz Taylor. She does look transformed-it must have been hard to try to find someone who looked remotely like the young Taylor. What a life she lived. I cannot imagine-the jewelry was among the very top private collections in the world. I wish I were like her---she used her youth and beauty to get what she wanted. She lived life to the maximum. Maybe not very admirable in husband stealing, but she did a lot of good with aids. She and I have the same spinal condition-but she had the help to remain in her home all her life. I have mixed emotions about her, but wish there were many more movies/miniseries about these amazing creatures. I guess by Hollywood child star standards she was prolly very understandable.

    I saw a great 1991 Whitney concert for the troops and she seemed relatively normal, very loving. It is just amazing how some handle fame and money so well, and others go crazy. I am a sucker for golden hollywood biopics-wish there were more-no end to fascinating people-crazy yers-but fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    Here's the trailer.... and the movie got a standing O at a pre-screening. Oscar buzz in the air.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2181475.html
    Man, that is some powerful trailer. Anne Hathaway's voice sounds splendid, and the settings look very dynamic.

    One problem I have in judging the theatrical version is that I've only ever seen the anniversary concert versions, the 10th and the 25th anniversary productions. In those, people just stand in groups and sing. Is that what always happens in the stage productions? Or do people actually portray characters in action, moving around onstage like typical musicals and plays?

    Either way, this film looks like a wonderful example of an epic musical, something we haven't seen in quite awhile onscreen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    One problem I have in judging the theatrical version is that I've only ever seen the anniversary concert versions, the 10th and the 25th anniversary productions. In those, people just stand in groups and sing. Is that what always happens in the stage productions? Or do people actually portray characters in action, moving around onstage like typical musicals and plays?
    The anniversary concert is very different from the stage production. That concert was a literal concert.

    A stage production is limited to what you can do with settings on a stage and what you can do quickly to change the scenery. Since the theater scenes aren't as dynamic as within a movie, it sometimes makes it a little difficult to follow the storyline, which is why I always read the synopsis in the Playbill.

    In Les Mis on stage, the revolution was portrayed by cast members marching on a moving conveyor - it's the only means to portray such a dynamic scene within a smaller than life stage. A moving conveyor with a 'boat' is also used within Phantom of the Opera.

    There was another show where the setting was the Nile River - they accomplished this by casting lighting onto the stage floor as the desert sand and the moving river - however, the effect was lost to the people sitting in the 1st 5 rows of the orchestra because those seats were below stage level. I was fortunate to be up on the unoccupied side stage and was able to see all - those were student rush tickets. Other people paid full price for front orchestra and they moved back a few rows after intermission (It was an older show on a Friday evening, so there were a lot of empty seats.)

    A lot of people prefer front row seats, but my experiences make my preference 5th - 15th row as close to center as possible. Oh, and if you ever get tickets to Phantom, make sure they are not underneath the balcony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    There was another show where the setting was the Nile River - they accomplished this by casting lighting onto the stage floor as the desert sand and the moving river - however, the effect was lost to the people sitting in the 1st 5 rows of the orchestra because those seats were below stage level. I was fortunate to be up on the unoccupied side stage and was able to see all - those were student rush tickets. Other people paid full price for front orchestra and they moved back a few rows after intermission (It was an older show on a Friday evening, so there were a lot of empty seats.)

    A lot of people prefer front row seats, but my experiences make my preference 5th - 15th row as close to center as possible. Oh, and if you ever get tickets to Phantom, make sure they are not underneath the balcony.

    The same issue happened at The Lion King for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Man, that is some powerful trailer. Anne Hathaway's voice sounds splendid, and the settings look very dynamic.

    One problem I have in judging the theatrical version is that I've only ever seen the anniversary concert versions, the 10th and the 25th anniversary productions. In those, people just stand in groups and sing. Is that what always happens in the stage productions? Or do people actually portray characters in action, moving around onstage like typical musicals and plays?

    Either way, this film looks like a wonderful example of an epic musical, something we haven't seen in quite awhile onscreen.
    I saw Les Miserable on London west end again mid this year and it is still an great piece of work. Nothing from the team matched it since in epic scale and heartfelt felt sincerity in addressing multiple personal stories since.

    The film is getting incredibly buzz at its first screening with whispers of Oscars for the director and Anne Hathaway as a best supporting actress.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rac...reening-393758

    And this just made it even cuter today thanks to Jackman

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=InciyqWhyCI

    I already love Jeremy's version (just need to clean it and some polish), so I will certainly be looking forward to the Movie version and especially Yuna's version. They will be epic
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    Our cinema won't show Lincoln so I doubt they will show Les Mis.

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