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2012-11-14 12:37:02 PM

JFarker131: I've never seen the girl playing Eponine in anything else, all I have to say is she better be awesome.


I'm extremely NOT worried about her. Samantha Barks is a Broadway singer who has played this role many times. Have a listen:

Link
 
2012-11-14 12:37:31 PM

Tyrosine: kevinatilusa: Tyrosine: Without question I'll go see it but I'd prefer a non-musical version with more Victor Hugo and less Andrew Lloyd Webber.

/I don't appreciate serious drama tainted by the artsy foo foo crowd and I rather doubt a musical is what Hugo had in mind when he wrote the book

Don't worry...when I make my film version I'll be sure and insert a 15 minute long documentary on the history of the Paris Sewer system.

I actually have seen a documentary on the Paris sewer system and it was quite interesting.

T.M.S.:

Then your in luck. Andrew Lloyd Webber had nothing to do with Les Mis.

Not being a fan of musicals but being bombarded with advertizing for Cats, Phantom, Les Mis, and every other musical that had a run at the Pantages in Toronto over the last 25 years years I just assumed ALW was responsible for all musical theater.


That's perfectly understandable. It also opened right when ALW was carpet bombing the West End so anyone could make that assumption.
 
2012-11-14 12:37:40 PM

ukexpat: WTF, who the hell cast Anne Hathaway? She cannot sing close to in tune.


Huh? Apparently you didn't see Saturday Night Live last week.
Even if she couldn't sing, in a movie, that's easy enough to fix.
 
2012-11-14 12:39:08 PM

ThatFoolMatt: I hope they release a corresponding video game. The last Les Mis game had a good group of playable characters. I hope they somehow incorporate Robojean into this movie.


I have no words.

Except that Eponine smokebombing and pimpslapping Marius kind of made my day.
 
2012-11-14 12:44:45 PM

CaitMonster: Link

Instead of the movie I'm just going to watch this clip for 3 hours.


NPH posted earliler is a far superior Javert.
 
2012-11-14 12:47:51 PM

simonchvz: ThatFoolMatt: I hope they release a corresponding video game. The last Les Mis game had a good group of playable characters. I hope they somehow incorporate Robojean into this movie.

I have no words.

Except that Eponine smokebombing and pimpslapping Marius kind of made my day.


Totally downloading it.
 
2012-11-14 12:52:08 PM
It's so weird to see Helena Boham Carter in a role where she plays a slightly demented character while wearing a ton of face make up and elaborate costuming.
 
2012-11-14 12:55:11 PM
I'm looking forward to this as much as The Hobbit. December has some great movies coming out.
 
2012-11-14 12:57:07 PM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


In a world where the people are downtrodden, one man steals a loaf of bread and changes his life forever.
This Christmas, you don't need have less....to still be miserable.
-swoosh noise and wipe-
Les Miserables
Come hear the people sing
 
2012-11-14 01:14:53 PM
I guess I know where I'll be this Christmas.
 
2012-11-14 01:18:49 PM

TommyymmoT: Yes, I'm calling it. They love when an actor gains, or loses that much weight for a part.


The fact that Christian Bale wasn't even nominated for The Machinist suggests that there is a flaw in your theory.

CarnySaur: Russell Crowe can't be as bad as Pierce Brosnan was in Mamma Mia. He just can't.


Truth. I loves me some Pierce, but oh god he was horrible in that one. Like, legitimately a bad singer.
 
2012-11-14 01:20:18 PM

Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.

If this doesn't make you cry like a baby, you have no soul. Alfie Boe--Bring Me Home


Colm Wilkinson beats every other Valjean pretender. HIS is the Bring Him Home you should link.
 
2012-11-14 01:21:48 PM

ukexpat: WTF, who the hell cast Anne Hathaway? She cannot sing close to in tune.


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Look into my eyes and say that again
 
2012-11-14 01:28:01 PM
I liked it better when it was Breaking Bad.
 
2012-11-14 01:32:00 PM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


It's like Simon and Simon if Rick was an ex-con and and AJ was a hot chick that has a bastard child...and Rick adopts the kid after AJ dies but then Lieutenant "Downtown" Brown remembers that Rick was an ex-con that escaped and chases him around town. Rick is all, awww hell no this baby needs me, plus there is a total race riot about to go down.

So anyway, Lt Brown ends up eating his service revolver in a back alley. Rick get's the bastard girl out of town before shiat gets real.

That's about it...
 
2012-11-14 01:35:07 PM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.
 
2012-11-14 01:42:03 PM
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Norm Lewis was an AWESOME Javert.
 
2012-11-14 01:43:27 PM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

It's like Simon and Simon if Rick was an ex-con and and AJ was a hot chick that has a bastard child...and Rick adopts the kid after AJ dies but then Lieutenant "Downtown" Brown remembers that Rick was an ex-con that escaped and chases him around town. Rick is all, awww hell no this baby needs me, plus there is a total race riot about to go down.

So anyway, Lt Brown ends up eating his service revolver in a back alley. Rick get's the bastard girl out of town before shiat gets real.

That's about it...


Now, I'd watch that!!
 
2012-11-14 01:50:03 PM

ChrisDe: The cameo by Susan Boyle surprised me. I hadn't read about that.


She's appears as the barricade.
 
2012-11-14 01:50:04 PM

DamnYankees: JFarker131: I've never seen the girl playing Eponine in anything else, all I have to say is she better be awesome.

I'm extremely NOT worried about her. Samantha Barks is a Broadway singer who has played this role many times. Have a listen:

Link


Thank you! I went from really excited to squealing 13-year-old in 4 seconds.
 
2012-11-14 01:59:21 PM

bobug: Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.

If this doesn't make you cry like a baby, you have no soul. Alfie Boe--Bring Me Home

Colm Wilkinson beats every other Valjean pretender. HIS is the Bring Him Home you should link.


Oh, I love Colm Wilkinson, but I think Alfie Boe's "Bring Him Home" is far more emotional.
 
2012-11-14 02:04:12 PM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


A single female lawyer searching for empowerment and true love in the big city.
 
2012-11-14 02:06:48 PM
I am reaching, but I fall;
And the stars are black, and cold.
As I stare into the void,
Of a world that cannot hold.
I'll escape now, from this world,
From the world of Jean Valjean
There is nothing left for me here,
There is no way to go on!
 
2012-11-14 02:07:17 PM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Spoiler alert!

"Les Miserables", means "The Miserables", in English.
It's about a rag tag group of drop outs who share the common bond of hay fever.
While living in Paris in the 1960s, they get together and form a jug band, with the dream of someday performing their signature song "Ah Choo" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
 
2012-11-14 02:08:58 PM

T.M.S.: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.


T.M.S.: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.


Mobile youtube link is mobile.

:-/
 
2012-11-14 02:26:04 PM

TommyymmoT: ChrisDe: The cameo by Susan Boyle surprised me. I hadn't read about that.

She's appears as the barricade.


oh_you.jpg
 
2012-11-14 02:33:02 PM
Shadow Blasko is best Javert!

/Well, in my mind.

Will be there, bawling like a baby with some of you it seems.
 
2012-11-14 02:37:46 PM

propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.


Crap! I didn't even think of that. I may have to skip out on work and see it alone some time during the week.

Couple years ago I downloaded the soundtrack. I hadn't heard it in at least 10 years. Cried like a baby.
 
2012-11-14 02:38:22 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: T.M.S.: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.

T.M.S.: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.

Mobile youtube link is mobile.

:-/


Not sure if this is any better.

3:35
 
2012-11-14 02:39:27 PM

interface2x: What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.


Fantine's hair?

/I'll be here all week. Try the veal. Tip your waitress
 
2012-11-14 02:44:30 PM

ukexpat: WTF, who the hell cast Anne Hathaway? She cannot sing close to in tune.


It's comforting to know all-regional/all-state/all-east/etc high school judges for choral/voice are still inept, then.

/sarcasm off
//And she looked so cute with the little pixie haircut on SNL.
 
2012-11-14 02:44:44 PM
The little bit of Crowe singing in this trailer is the first negative thing that I've seen about the movie. I hope that's just sung for that one song, but his voice has no resonance whatsoever. Everything else is awesome, but Javert is just so critical to it (all of my favorite pieces from the musical involve Javert in some way)...

He sounds like someone stuck between a baritone and a tenor deciding to force himself into a higher register.
 
2012-11-14 03:02:48 PM
I cannot wait to see this.

Had the good fortune of seeing Les Mis on Broadway three times - first time, I was only 9 years old and was absolutely captivated. The songs still bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my skin.

It is, without question, my favorite musical of all time.

And having watched this and other trailers, I cannot wait until it's out. Even managed to convince the wife to go. I just hope she's not disappointed - she's never seen it before and musicals aren't normally her thing...
 
2012-11-14 03:04:18 PM

bobug: Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.

If this doesn't make you cry like a baby, you have no soul. Alfie Boe--Bring Me Home

Colm Wilkinson beats every other Valjean pretender. HIS is the Bring Him Home you should link.


Colm Wilkinson is the epitome of Valjean to me.
 
2012-11-14 03:12:52 PM
That moment with Javert on the bridge was one of the best things I'd ever seen on stage.
 
2012-11-14 03:37:22 PM

T.M.S.: Jim from Saint Paul: T.M.S.: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.

T.M.S.: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

3:35

Bonus, an unbelievably gay Patrick Stewart.

Mobile youtube link is mobile.

:-/

Not sure if this is any better.

3:35


Much.
 
2012-11-14 03:56:37 PM

propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.


I saw the 25th Anniversary version when it swung through Philly last time. I shared my tissues with the stranger next to me as we both bawled our eyes out.

Before it started, the people on the other side of me kept asking how long the show was, asked how much was left to go at intermission then left and didn't come back for the second half. My new crying buddy and I couldn't understand how you'd just leave half way through.

I, for one, look forward to crying throughout the movie...
 
2012-11-14 04:26:28 PM

DamnYankees: That trailer was the first time I'd heard either Amanda Seyfreid or Eddie Redmayne sing, and I gotta say I really liked the way it sounded.


She's definitely been auto-tuned. There was a behind the scenes video posted online a few months ago which featured her raw singing and it was awful. Shrill, thin and off pitch.

But that doesn't really matter. So much post production work is done to the audio to integrate the singing into the separately recorded orchestras and to get it all sounding good on crappy movie theater speakers that there would be little point in getting someone of Netrebko's caliber. And after all, you want people who are good actors.
 
2012-11-14 05:26:45 PM

thornhill: DamnYankees: That trailer was the first time I'd heard either Amanda Seyfreid or Eddie Redmayne sing, and I gotta say I really liked the way it sounded.

She's definitely been auto-tuned. There was a behind the scenes video posted online a few months ago which featured her raw singing and it was awful. Shrill, thin and off pitch.

But that doesn't really matter. So much post production work is done to the audio to integrate the singing into the separately recorded orchestras and to get it all sounding good on crappy movie theater speakers that there would be little point in getting someone of Netrebko's caliber. And after all, you want people who are good actors.


She sounded damn good on SNL.
In movies, the vocals are pretty much always done in the studio, and what you hear on set doesn't matter at all, because they aren't going to be used.
It makes no sense to to even try to belt it out through 27 takes.
Also, the focus of filming, is movement, and they will often be "singing" a song while jumping around, or running, which is mostly impossible.

That's why intensely athletic performers like Brintney Spears, NEVER actually sing live, it's a physical impossibility.
 
2012-11-14 05:29:24 PM
Even on Broadway, when it appears as though the dancers are singing, you're actually hearing a group of singers, in a vocal booth backstage.
 
2012-11-14 05:50:56 PM

TommyymmoT: thornhill: DamnYankees: That trailer was the first time I'd heard either Amanda Seyfreid or Eddie Redmayne sing, and I gotta say I really liked the way it sounded.

She's definitely been auto-tuned. There was a behind the scenes video posted online a few months ago which featured her raw singing and it was awful. Shrill, thin and off pitch.

But that doesn't really matter. So much post production work is done to the audio to integrate the singing into the separately recorded orchestras and to get it all sounding good on crappy movie theater speakers that there would be little point in getting someone of Netrebko's caliber. And after all, you want people who are good actors.

She sounded damn good on SNL.
In movies, the vocals are pretty much always done in the studio, and what you hear on set doesn't matter at all, because they aren't going to be used.
It makes no sense to to even try to belt it out through 27 takes.
Also, the focus of filming, is movement, and they will often be "singing" a song while jumping around, or running, which is mostly impossible.

That's why intensely athletic performers like Brintney Spears, NEVER actually sing live, it's a physical impossibility.


This one was done differently. The vocals were recorded on set at the same time as the acting. I am sure there will be studio touch-ups but the actors are actually acting and singing at the same time. Usually the vocals are done before filming and the actors have to lip synch to their previous recordings. The director decided to do it this way because there is so much power in the songs and the story and he didn't want the actors to make acting decisions months ahead of time.
 
2012-11-14 06:34:28 PM
I hope they don't cut Beggars at the Feast, though they probably will. I hope they move it around a bit if their concern is the pacing near the end of the movie, though I'd argue that it's not as egregious a problem as it seems, given the intent/meaning of the song.

Mostly I just can't wait to see what Sacha Baron Cohen does with the "there goes a jew..." line, because I know it'd be genius.
 
2012-11-14 07:17:23 PM

TommyymmoT: thornhill: DamnYankees: That trailer was the first time I'd heard either Amanda Seyfreid or Eddie Redmayne sing, and I gotta say I really liked the way it sounded.

She's definitely been auto-tuned. There was a behind the scenes video posted online a few months ago which featured her raw singing and it was awful. Shrill, thin and off pitch.

But that doesn't really matter. So much post production work is done to the audio to integrate the singing into the separately recorded orchestras and to get it all sounding good on crappy movie theater speakers that there would be little point in getting someone of Netrebko's caliber. And after all, you want people who are good actors.

She sounded damn good on SNL.
In movies, the vocals are pretty much always done in the studio, and what you hear on set doesn't matter at all, because they aren't going to be used.
It makes no sense to to even try to belt it out through 27 takes.
Also, the focus of filming, is movement, and they will often be "singing" a song while jumping around, or running, which is mostly impossible.

That's why intensely athletic performers like Brintney Spears, NEVER actually sing live, it's a physical impossibility.


Live performance can be auto-tuned.

At the very leased, the singing was rehearsed and EQ'd during rehearsal.
 
2012-11-14 07:23:15 PM

catmandu: TommyymmoT: thornhill: DamnYankees: That trailer was the first time I'd heard either Amanda Seyfreid or Eddie Redmayne sing, and I gotta say I really liked the way it sounded.

She's definitely been auto-tuned. There was a behind the scenes video posted online a few months ago which featured her raw singing and it was awful. Shrill, thin and off pitch.

But that doesn't really matter. So much post production work is done to the audio to integrate the singing into the separately recorded orchestras and to get it all sounding good on crappy movie theater speakers that there would be little point in getting someone of Netrebko's caliber. And after all, you want people who are good actors.

She sounded damn good on SNL.
In movies, the vocals are pretty much always done in the studio, and what you hear on set doesn't matter at all, because they aren't going to be used.
It makes no sense to to even try to belt it out through 27 takes.
Also, the focus of filming, is movement, and they will often be "singing" a song while jumping around, or running, which is mostly impossible.

That's why intensely athletic performers like Brintney Spears, NEVER actually sing live, it's a physical impossibility.

This one was done differently. The vocals were recorded on set at the same time as the acting. I am sure there will be studio touch-ups but the actors are actually acting and singing at the same time. Usually the vocals are done before filming and the actors have to lip synch to their previous recordings. The director decided to do it this way because there is so much power in the songs and the story and he didn't want the actors to make acting decisions months ahead of time.


That's probably why even more manipulation than normal will happen in post-production with the audio. That singing has to be integrated with the orchestra, foley, and then everything rebalanced and mixed into surround sound.

And given that actors have to rerecord lines that didn't come through clearly on the set (ADR), I'm sure a good bit of the singing was completely redone after the fact (or at least a lot of patching).

My only point, is that the singing you hear in the movie doesn't represent the actors' real singing abilities -- it's just the reality of making a musical film.
 
2012-11-14 08:23:50 PM

Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.

If this doesn't make you cry like a baby, you have no soul. Alfie Boe--Bring Me Home


I was supposed to see him perform in Pittsburgh...friggen' hurricane Sandy had to blow in and cancel it, though ;_;

/waiting to hear when they will reschedule
//desperately wanting to see the new movie, as well
///sister is the GM at a Carmike, so I will see it multiple times
 
2012-11-14 09:25:02 PM
I am going to be crying like a baby when I see this. "I Dreamed a Dream" Hits so close to home . I love the song but its so autobiographical it leaves a mark.
 
2012-11-14 09:34:59 PM
 
2012-11-14 11:07:51 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Oh yeah, those that wanted to read the book, but thought it was it was too long and dragged in parts--

Best. Abridged. Edition. Ever.


Fark you, abridged books are for people who don't know how to read.
 
2012-11-14 11:36:16 PM
Oh hey! It looks like I might have an invite to an advance screening!
Woo hoo!
 
2012-11-14 11:39:32 PM

not_an_indigo: OtherLittleGuy: Oh yeah, those that wanted to read the book, but thought it was it was too long and dragged in parts--

Best. Abridged. Edition. Ever.

Fark you, abridged books are for people who don't know how to read.


There is zero shame in going for an abridged Les Mis. The unabridged version is roughly as long as the Lord of the Rings + the Silmarillion and focuses a lot on the history and culture of really minor characters and Parisian locations. Throw in that in English it's a translation that loses some of the beauty in the language itself, and you're not getting a lot of value from extra words.
 
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