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2012-11-13 08:44:45 PM
Shut up and take my money.
 
2012-11-13 09:00:22 PM
I'm so goddamm in.
 
2012-11-13 09:29:16 PM
That gave me goosebumps.
 
2012-11-13 09:33:00 PM
I still think the first trailer is better, since it was better put together, as a trailer.
 
2012-11-13 09:55:27 PM
Oh yeah, this I can't miss.
 
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2012-11-13 10:28:08 PM
Hmmm... looks miserable...
 
2012-11-13 10:44:23 PM

SilentStrider: Shut up and take my money.


THIS
 
2012-11-13 11:49:06 PM
It looks fantastic.
 
2012-11-14 12:12:03 AM
Les Mis fans, check THIS out!
 
2012-11-14 12:24:05 AM

NuttierThanEver: SilentStrider: Shut up and take my money.

THIS


These. 

/holy hell, this looks awesome
 
2012-11-14 12:30:05 AM
Well, there go Oscars to the film, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway.
 
2012-11-14 12:30:28 AM

TenaciousP: Les Mis fans, check THIS out!


Norm Lewis as Javert in Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary 

Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean.
 
2012-11-14 12:38:20 AM
Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.
 
2012-11-14 12:44:18 AM

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
 
2012-11-14 12:44:25 AM

coco ebert: Well, there go Oscars to the film, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway.


While I'm also not sure Lurhman's Gatsby is going to be any good, I am 90% sure this why production moved back the release date until next summer.
 
2012-11-14 12:54:01 AM

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


If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.
 
2012-11-14 01:03:41 AM

susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.


it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.
 
2012-11-14 01:08:12 AM

Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.


I've always been partial to Javert, so I'm more curious about Russell Crowe.
 
2012-11-14 01:10:59 AM

susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.


This should put a smile on your face. Master of the House (some NSFW lyrics)
 
2012-11-14 01:12:30 AM

propasaurus: Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.

I've always been partial to Javert, so I'm more curious about Russell Crowe.


Me too. There's so little of him singing in the trailer, so it's hard to judge at this point.
 
2012-11-14 01:14:50 AM

Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.

I've always been partial to Javert, so I'm more curious about Russell Crowe.

Me too. There's so little of him singing in the trailer, so it's hard to judge at this point.


Ahem...
 
2012-11-14 01:29:20 AM

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


I'll admit it, I got a little choked up watching the trailer.
 
2012-11-14 01:29:44 AM

CavalierEternal: Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.

I've always been partial to Javert, so I'm more curious about Russell Crowe.

Me too. There's so little of him singing in the trailer, so it's hard to judge at this point.

Ahem...


I'm aware of Russell Crowe and his band, but the style of singing done in Les Miserables is completely different. It's one of the reasons Gerard Butler was horrible to listen to in "Phantom of the Opera". He made no effort to take some lessons in order to sing in a more operatic style.

Hell, even Madonna knew she had to sing differently when she did "Evita" and took lessons.
 
2012-11-14 01:49:57 AM
Now all of us can be a high school drama geek on a field trip to Broadway.
 
2012-11-14 05:35:04 AM
Les Mis always was one of my faves, and "Do You Hear the People Sing" whether live, on cd, or on tv, always gives me goosebumps and makes me tear up for some reason. Cannot wait for this, I want it now. Going to be very dusty in that theater.
 
2012-11-14 05:35:32 AM

Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.


I saw him in Boy From Oz (like half of Australia when it toured), and he was simply brilliant. It's a totally different vibe, obviously, but I have faith in Hugh Jackman.
 
2012-11-14 05:43:36 AM
I think Anne Hathaway is underrated.
She also has connection problems on her cell phone.

And she has very scary lawyers.
 
2012-11-14 05:45:49 AM
Meh!

Not enough irrelevant spontaneous dancing.
 
2012-11-14 05:58:53 AM

Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

This should put a smile on your face. Master of the House (some NSFW lyrics)


I've seen Les Mis on Broadway twice and both times the Master of the House got a standing ovation.
 
2012-11-14 06:00:31 AM
Needs more Master of the House.
 
2012-11-14 06:10:42 AM

Bathia_Mapes: CavalierEternal: Bathia_Mapes: propasaurus: Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

it's one of the most emotional songs in Les Miserables. I'm interested in how Hugh Jackman will interpret it. He's got a decent singing voice, but he's no Colm Wilkinson or Alfie Boe.

I've always been partial to Javert, so I'm more curious about Russell Crowe.

Me too. There's so little of him singing in the trailer, so it's hard to judge at this point.

Ahem...

I'm aware of Russell Crowe and his band, but the style of singing done in Les Miserables is completely different. It's one of the reasons Gerard Butler was horrible to listen to in "Phantom of the Opera". He made no effort to take some lessons in order to sing in a more operatic style.

Hell, even Madonna knew she had to sing differently when she did "Evita" and took lessons.


Gerard Butler wasn't good in Phantom, but that wasn't the only reason that movie stunk to high heaven.
 
2012-11-14 06:24:06 AM
Can. Not. Wait! ^^
 
2012-11-14 07:04:53 AM
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.
 
2012-11-14 07:06:07 AM
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
 
2012-11-14 07:14:21 AM
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.
 
2012-11-14 07:23:33 AM

SilentStrider: Shut up and take my money.


i307.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-14 07:25:47 AM

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.


Agreed. she's a pretty awful actress usually, but her voice is stellar.
I would not have guessed that.
 
2012-11-14 07:27:49 AM

JokerMattly: 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.

Agreed. she's a pretty awful actress usually, but her voice is stellar.
I would not have guessed that.


I was more worried about Redmaybe, since Red and Black requires some pipes. He sounds like there' s achance he pulls it off. Cosette doesn't really sing any songs I care about that much.
 
2012-11-14 07:38:46 AM
Also I forgot how emotional the final song of Les Mis is. holy fark I did not need to start my day like this.
 
2012-11-14 07:40:33 AM
Why does Helena Bonham Carter look the same in every movie she is in?
 
2012-11-14 07:45:46 AM
Needs more Gavroche.

/looks incredible
 
2012-11-14 07:47:04 AM

fini_fly: Why does Helena Bonham Carter look the same in every movie she is in?


Most people tend to look like themselves most of the time. I know, shocking.
 
2012-11-14 08:04:48 AM
Yeah, I'm gonna go see this.

/Not looking forward to weepin' like a small child.
 
2012-11-14 08:12:23 AM

fini_fly: Why does Helena Bonham Carter look the same in every movie she is in?


You mean hot in a scary, freaky sort of way?

/I'm okay with this
//This movie looks like fun
 
2012-11-14 08:12:40 AM

SilentStrider: Shut up and take my money.


DamnYankees: I'm so goddamm in.


dudemanbro: It looks fantastic.


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


shower_in_my_socks: Now all of us can be a high school drama geek on a field trip to Broadway.


jodaveki: Can. Not. Wait! ^^


MCStymie: Yeah, I'm gonna go see this.

/Not looking forward to weepin' like a small child.


I really wish I had more to add.

I do know that I am doing my best not to watch/listen to the 10th anniversary cast to give the movie a fair shake. Workin so far as this is probably the first movie I will ever actually go out on Christmas day to see.

/10th anniversary cast is best cast
//at least till Christmas
 
2012-11-14 08:14:38 AM
I really can't wait until Christmas to see this. There better be some advance screenings, damn it.
 
2012-11-14 08:17:51 AM

Cubs300: fini_fly: Why does Helena Bonham Carter look the same in every movie she is in?

You mean hot in a scary, freaky sort of way?

Yes. It seems she always gets these types of roles.

 
2012-11-14 08:19:20 AM
While this does look awesome....it's kind of strange to see people running around singing in hyper-realistic sets with casts of thousands (digital or otherwise). It always seemed like the better filmed musicals played with the notion of that absurdity by either maintaining some semblance of theatrics (Chicago, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge(yes, I know it's a stage-to-film transfer)) or changing things a lot to make it more film-y (Cabaret). Maybe Evita comes the closest to be "singing in realistic settings"? It's been a while since I've watched that movie.

//gonna miss the big turntable back alley-to-barricade transformation
 
2012-11-14 08:23:58 AM
Seen this four times on stage. Taking the extended family to see the movie, then off to a Thai restaurant 'Twin Fish' afterwards. Looking forward to the day
 
2012-11-14 08:27:00 AM
Damn...
 
2012-11-14 08:31:01 AM
The cameo by Susan Boyle surprised me. I hadn't read about that.
 
2012-11-14 08:34:14 AM
So wait the Wolverine prequel prequel is a musical and has Catwoman in it? WTF this looks horrible.

/looks freaking awesome
 
2012-11-14 08:35:09 AM

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 actually quite good.
 
2012-11-14 08:36:40 AM
I guess I will retract my vow to never see a film with Sacha Baron Cohen in it.
 
2012-11-14 08:38:45 AM
Boy, a lot of these people are starting to show their age :/
 
2012-11-14 08:41:20 AM
I have never seen Les Misrables, theater, or otherwise. I highly suspect this will change soon.

/that and the wife really wants to see this
 
2012-11-14 08:42:32 AM
The fact that Anne Hathaway will probably never be the same after what she went through for this role makes me Les Miserables.
 
2012-11-14 08:51:20 AM
Snikt!
 
2012-11-14 08:51:46 AM
so.

there are still people that get excited about Les Mis.

Who would have thought?
 
2012-11-14 08:53:07 AM

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


****SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SOMEHOW NOT READ THE BOOK OR SEEN PREVIOUS ADAPTIONS****



theburningpulpit.files.wordpress.com

*Ends after Javert's suicide. Still a great adaption though, well acted that gets the tone of the characters it uses very well. My peronal favorite adaption (not counting the musical, will probably fall to #2 here in about a month)

images.moviepostershop.com

*Ends after Javert's suicide. A better adaption then you would think since it was a talkie made in 1935. A few differences from the book. Pretty well done.

www.classicflix.com

THIS is the one you'll like the most. Very few changes from the novel. over 3 and a half hours long. Well acted. Yep, over 50 years old (this is the 58 version). Still, this is what you seem to be asking for.

And hey look, it's on youtube in it's entirety.

Also, I would think Hugo would he happy to have some of his message about the human spirit be presented in any form that people would want to process it in. When you're in exile, your porbably not that picky. 

/and they made an anime version in the last few years too?
//well, there goes my weekend
 
2012-11-14 08:55:18 AM
Geoffery Rush will always be the true Javert.
 
2012-11-14 08:57:03 AM

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


Here you go. Not a song to be heard in this version.
You can always go read the book, if you're that much of a purest. Also, Andrew Lloyd Webber did not do Les Misérables.

I'll be seeing this on Christmas day.
 
2012-11-14 09:00:46 AM
I was in this show about 8 years ago at our community theatre, sold out every night for 4 weeks and people dressed in costume to come see a bunch of teenagers.

This movie is going to be epic.

//dressing up for midnight showing in my Fantine costume.
///slashies!
 
2012-11-14 09:01:34 AM
So this is what it takes to melt the collective frozen heart of Farkers? A movie adaption of a lavish, Broadway musical?

/NTTAWWT.
 
2012-11-14 09:03:48 AM
...and a hard boiled egg.
 
2012-11-14 09:10:14 AM

JFarker131: dressing up for midnight showing in my Fantine costume.


Really hoping you're a woman.
 
2012-11-14 09:11:56 AM

JFarker131: I was in this show about 8 years ago at our community theatre, sold out every night for 4 weeks and people dressed in costume to come see a bunch of teenagers.

This movie is going to be epic.

//dressing up for midnight showing in my Fantine costume.
///slashies!


Young, vibrant, full of life, non-pregnant Fantine or cut-my-hair, I-have-pnuemonia-but-still-have-standards whore Fantine?

Either way, I am interested in pics.

:)
 
2012-11-14 09:22:25 AM
*** rolls eyes ***

I was watching the new trailer for Les Mis before it became mainstream. But hey, I hope you enjoy your public-pleasing pabulum, masses.

/have to be at Starbucks to work on my novel using my iPad in 26 minutes.
 
2012-11-14 09:24:43 AM

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


Same here. Besides, the BF isn't too fond of musicals, so no point taking him.
 
2012-11-14 09:27:29 AM
WTF, who the hell cast Anne Hathaway? She cannot sing close to in tune.
 
2012-11-14 09:31:21 AM

taglius: So this is what it takes to melt the collective frozen heart of Farkers? A movie adaption of a lavish, Broadway musical?

/NTTAWWT.


This is why most of my submitted headlines contain the phrase "jazz hands".
 
2012-11-14 09:31:22 AM
[CLICKS LINK]

Damn..... it's dusty in here. And my allergies and the fresh-cut onions aren't helping either.
 
2012-11-14 09:37:41 AM
From IMDB:

"Recording the actors' singing live as they're acting may not be a first for this film, but the scope, and especially the manner in which it's being done, is: The actors wore ear pieces which fed the sound of a live piano being played off-stage, to keep their singing in key. The main novelty here is, there's no count-in or predetermined tempo and the piano is following the pacing of the actor, not the other way around - a first for a filmed musical. Orchestral music was added post-production."

That's really farkin' cool.
 
2012-11-14 09:38:30 AM
The music crushes Phantom of the Opera's

That is all.
 
2012-11-14 09:43:50 AM

Free Radical: The music crushes Phantom of the Opera's

That is all.


^^^^

And I like Phantom of the Opera.
 
2012-11-14 09:44:09 AM
What's with this singing crap? I've watched 3 versions of Le Mis, and there was no singing in any of them.
 
2012-11-14 09:49:58 AM
This is going to be the Best. Christmas. Ever.

/First traveling broadway show I ever saw. Cannot wait!
 
2012-11-14 09:50:52 AM

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



Well, it seems you're a little gay since you will go and see it.

I have no interest in musicals because I'm just not that fabulously inclined.

The Musical: Can't make my shiat up on whether to be a real film or a music video.
 
2012-11-14 09:51:57 AM

Funbags: What's with this singing crap? I've watched 3 versions of Le Mis, and there was no singing in any of them.


If you read the book while listening to Pink Floyds 'Dark Side of the Moon', I hear they sync up perfectly.
 
2012-11-14 09:51:57 AM

Funbags: What's with this singing crap? I've watched 3 versions of Le Mis, and there was no singing in any of them.


No that was the 3 Star Wars prequels.
 
2012-11-14 09:54:29 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: 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

****SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SOMEHOW NOT READ THE BOOK OR SEEN PREVIOUS ADAPTIONS****


[theburningpulpit.files.wordpress.com image 580x859]

*Ends after Javert's suicide. Still a great adaption though, well acted that gets the tone of the characters it uses very well. My peronal favorite adaption (not counting the musical, will probably fall to #2 here in about a month)

[images.moviepostershop.com image 580x773]

*Ends after Javert's suicide. A better adaption then you would think since it was a talkie made in 1935. A few differences from the book. Pretty well done.

[www.classicflix.com image 550x771]

THIS is the one you'll like the most. Very few changes from the novel. over 3 and a half hours long. Well acted. Yep, over 50 years old (this is the 58 version). Still, this is what you seem to be asking for.

And hey look, it's on youtube in it's entirety.

Also, I would think Hugo would he happy to have some of his message about the human spirit be presented in any form that people would want to process it in. When you're in exile, your porbably not that picky. 

/and they made an anime version in the last few years too?
//well, there goes my weekend


Speaking of which, what an incredibly lame ending. The "bad guy" can't decide between Lawful Neutral and Lawful Good, so he kills himself? Hugo might as well have made a genuine deus ex machina ending and had a shark jump out of the Seine and eat Javert.
 
2012-11-14 10:01:06 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Jim from Saint Paul: 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

****SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SOMEHOW NOT READ THE BOOK OR SEEN PREVIOUS ADAPTIONS****


[theburningpulpit.files.wordpress.com image 580x859]

*Ends after Javert's suicide. Still a great adaption though, well acted that gets the tone of the characters it uses very well. My peronal favorite adaption (not counting the musical, will probably fall to #2 here in about a month)

[images.moviepostershop.com image 580x773]

*Ends after Javert's suicide. A better adaption then you would think since it was a talkie made in 1935. A few differences from the book. Pretty well done.

[www.classicflix.com image 550x771]

THIS is the one you'll like the most. Very few changes from the novel. over 3 and a half hours long. Well acted. Yep, over 50 years old (this is the 58 version). Still, this is what you seem to be asking for.

And hey look, it's on youtube in it's entirety.

Also, I would think Hugo would he happy to have some of his message about the human spirit be presented in any form that people would want to process it in. When you're in exile, your porbably not that picky. 

/and they made an anime version in the last few years too?
//well, there goes my weekend

Speaking of which, what an incredibly lame ending. The "bad guy" can't decide between Lawful Neutral and Lawful Good, so he kills himself? Hugo might as well have made a genuine deus ex machina ending and had a shark jump out of the Seine and eat Javert.


Javert was a man of iron. Iron belief. Iron will. Unflexibile. Unable to understand or give pity/mercy.

When he gives Valjean mercy, this breaks him. Humpty Dumpty...
 
2012-11-14 10:08:21 AM
Between this and "The Hobbit" my already puny December filmgoing budget is blown.
/cause I want to see 'em both multiple times
//and Russell Crowe is my all time fantasy boyfriend
 
2012-11-14 10:11:19 AM
Aww. Am I really the only asshole on here complaining? You guys are blowing loads and I'm bummed out.

Amanda Seyfried, properly porcelain-skinned and auto-tuned to hell? Russell Crowe....singing like he's in his band?

I understand that a lifetime with this musical, and most of my lifetime with the 10th anniversary special, has created a healthy bias. But seeing as Anne and Hugh have the proper chops to pull it off, I'm pissed that the people who 'look' like they could be the characters aren't more solid. No one's telling Russell Crowe how to sing, or much of anything, at this point. Why cast a guy like that? There's plenty of examples of his singing voice. It's not Javert or anyone in a Broadway production really.

The fact that I was excited by Russell Crowe the actor in the character's role makes the failure so much more complete. Cuz it means that's what a casting director thought about him and 'Manders.
 
2012-11-14 10:15:48 AM

JokerMattly: Also I forgot how emotional the final song of Les Mis is. holy fark I did not need to start my day like this.


Yeah... Mrs. Pilates is hardly ever reduced to a blubbering, tearful mess, it's one of the things I like most about her. However, Valjean's Death gets her every single time.

As other's have said, I'm curious to see how Russell Crowe handles the role of Javert. Javert has always been my favorite character, ever since I first saw the show on Broadway in 1996. I'm a baritone/bass myself, and baritones rarely get such pivotal roles. Javert is such an absolutist, and his descent (literally and figuratively) is my favorite scene in the show. I have no doubt Russell Crowe can knock it out of the park dramatically... I really and truly hope he can do it justice vocally as well.
 
2012-11-14 10:17:03 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: ...and a hard boiled egg.


www.best-books-for-kids.com

"Make that two hard-boiled eggs."

/HONK!
/"And one duck egg..."
 
2012-11-14 10:21:19 AM

sidcart42: Aww. Am I really the only asshole on here complaining? You guys are blowing loads and I'm bummed out.

Amanda Seyfried, properly porcelain-skinned and auto-tuned to hell? Russell Crowe....singing like he's in his band?

I understand that a lifetime with this musical, and most of my lifetime with the 10th anniversary special, has created a healthy bias. But seeing as Anne and Hugh have the proper chops to pull it off, I'm pissed that the people who 'look' like they could be the characters aren't more solid. No one's telling Russell Crowe how to sing, or much of anything, at this point. Why cast a guy like that? There's plenty of examples of his singing voice. It's not Javert or anyone in a Broadway production really.

The fact that I was excited by Russell Crowe the actor in the character's role makes the failure so much more complete. Cuz it means that's what a casting director thought about him and 'Manders.


Nah, I'm kind of with you here. I initially thought "RC is perfect for this kind of character, and I know he's got his own band, so I'm sure he can sing well enough." Then I got to this part of the trailer and went, "Oh God, no. Not for one of the MALE LEADS."
 
2012-11-14 10:27:44 AM

sidcart42: Aww. Am I really the only asshole on here complaining? You guys are blowing loads and I'm bummed out.

Amanda Seyfried, properly porcelain-skinned and auto-tuned to hell? Russell Crowe....singing like he's in his band?

I understand that a lifetime with this musical, and most of my lifetime with the 10th anniversary special, has created a healthy bias. But seeing as Anne and Hugh have the proper chops to pull it off, I'm pissed that the people who 'look' like they could be the characters aren't more solid. No one's telling Russell Crowe how to sing, or much of anything, at this point. Why cast a guy like that? There's plenty of examples of his singing voice. It's not Javert or anyone in a Broadway production really.

The fact that I was excited by Russell Crowe the actor in the character's role makes the failure so much more complete. Cuz it means that's what a casting director thought about him and 'Manders.


Failure? We haven't seen it. I too am pretty worried about Crowe. benefit of the doubt is given though since the rest of the show looks solid as hell.

Seyfried looks fine and as for "autotune"? [Citation needed]. You would think that having one of these actors auto-tuned would defeat the purpose of having them sing on set and making that a focal point of your behind the scenes featurettes.

Short version: Calm down.
 
2012-11-14 10:29:35 AM

lamecomedian: sidcart42: Aww. Am I really the only asshole on here complaining? You guys are blowing loads and I'm bummed out.

Amanda Seyfried, properly porcelain-skinned and auto-tuned to hell? Russell Crowe....singing like he's in his band?

I understand that a lifetime with this musical, and most of my lifetime with the 10th anniversary special, has created a healthy bias. But seeing as Anne and Hugh have the proper chops to pull it off, I'm pissed that the people who 'look' like they could be the characters aren't more solid. No one's telling Russell Crowe how to sing, or much of anything, at this point. Why cast a guy like that? There's plenty of examples of his singing voice. It's not Javert or anyone in a Broadway production really.

The fact that I was excited by Russell Crowe the actor in the character's role makes the failure so much more complete. Cuz it means that's what a casting director thought about him and 'Manders.

Nah, I'm kind of with you here. I initially thought "RC is perfect for this kind of character, and I know he's got his own band, so I'm sure he can sing well enough." Then I got to this part of the trailer and went, "Oh God, no. Not for one of the MALE LEADS."


Yeah because every great male lead in a musical has always had a tremendous singing voice....

3.bp.blogspot.com

29.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-14 10:35:19 AM
I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.
 
2012-11-14 10:36:41 AM
I read this book when I was in middle school, out of boredom.
I really liked it.
Then all the gays jumped on it and made a musical out of it.

I used to like musicals before that.

Damn them.

At the risk of giving them Ideas, they might as well make a musical out of the Johnstown Flood.
 
2012-11-14 10:40:32 AM
Russell Crowe can't be as bad as Pierce Brosnan was in Mamma Mia. He just can't.
 
2012-11-14 10:41:46 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Seyfried looks fine and as for "autotune"? [Citation needed].


As I linked upthread, she can sing just fine.
 
2012-11-14 10:43:13 AM
10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.


That being said, I'll watch the film, mostly for Russel Crowe. Whew.
 
2012-11-14 10:46:32 AM

lamecomedian: sidcart42: Aww. Am I really the only asshole on here complaining? You guys are blowing loads and I'm bummed out.

Amanda Seyfried, properly porcelain-skinned and auto-tuned to hell? Russell Crowe....singing like he's in his band?

I understand that a lifetime with this musical, and most of my lifetime with the 10th anniversary special, has created a healthy bias. But seeing as Anne and Hugh have the proper chops to pull it off, I'm pissed that the people who 'look' like they could be the characters aren't more solid. No one's telling Russell Crowe how to sing, or much of anything, at this point. Why cast a guy like that? There's plenty of examples of his singing voice. It's not Javert or anyone in a Broadway production really.

The fact that I was excited by Russell Crowe the actor in the character's role makes the failure so much more complete. Cuz it means that's what a casting director thought about him and 'Manders.

Nah, I'm kind of with you here. I initially thought "RC is perfect for this kind of character, and I know he's got his own band, so I'm sure he can sing well enough." Then I got to this part of the trailer and went, "Oh God, no. Not for one of the MALE LEADS."


Maybe I'm missing something, but I think he sounds pretty good. What's so bad about it?
 
2012-11-14 10:50:11 AM

Bathia_Mapes: susansto-helit: 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

If that's any gauge of how I'll react, I'm going to be crying like a little biatch.

This should put a smile on your face. Master of the House (some NSFW lyrics)


It's always been my favorite number from Les Mis. And it's within my vocal range, too. I've never wanted to play Valjean or Javert, but I would kill for a chance to play M. Thenadier in a small production.

I think Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bohnam Carter are going to knock that bit out of the park; he's got a great voice himself and her playing the harridan is a natural
 
2012-11-14 10:50:40 AM
I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?
 
2012-11-14 10:50:45 AM

sidcart42: Aww. Am I really the only asshole on here complaining? You guys are blowing loads and I'm bummed out.

Amanda Seyfried, properly porcelain-skinned and auto-tuned to hell? Russell Crowe....singing like he's in his band?

I understand that a lifetime with this musical, and most of my lifetime with the 10th anniversary special, has created a healthy bias. But seeing as Anne and Hugh have the proper chops to pull it off, I'm pissed that the people who 'look' like they could be the characters aren't more solid. No one's telling Russell Crowe how to sing, or much of anything, at this point. Why cast a guy like that? There's plenty of examples of his singing voice. It's not Javert or anyone in a Broadway production really.

The fact that I was excited by Russell Crowe the actor in the character's role makes the failure so much more complete. Cuz it means that's what a casting director thought about him and 'Manders.


And yet you probably enjoyed "Moulin Rouge"

/spoiler: The lead actors can't sing
 
2012-11-14 10:51:20 AM

tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.


Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.
 
2012-11-14 10:51:56 AM

tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.


Take a deep breath. See if you can finagle a "Well, I will go to this BUT YOU OWE ME ONE" out of the dragger. Then know it doesn;t suck total balls, enjoy it more then you let on.

Not only will you have been entertained but she will owe you a "well I am going to make you watch this show, much to your chagrine".

win-win

/I suggest you make her watch something like "The Walking Dead"
 
2012-11-14 10:52:01 AM
Add me to the category of "SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEwait...Russell Crowe as Javert? That makes me nervous." Used to get half-price tickets to Broadway shows all the time and have seen Les Mis 7 or 8 times over the 2 decade run, and Javert's probably the biggest variable outside of Eponine.

I don't worry about Eponine or Valjean in this one. Hathaway as Fantine seems like a decent call in the transition from theater to cinema, so I'm not too worried about her. Crowe seems like a great dramatic cast for Javert, but I don't want to cringe during The Confrontation or Stars.

/if you can do Confrontation at Karoake with me, you're my friend for life.
 
2012-11-14 10:52:42 AM

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.
 
2012-11-14 10:53:15 AM

DamnYankees: JokerMattly: 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.

Agreed. she's a pretty awful actress usually, but her voice is stellar.
I would not have guessed that.

I was more worried about Redmaybe, since Red and Black requires some pipes. He sounds like there' s achance he pulls it off. Cosette doesn't really sing any songs I care about that much.


These are classical pieces from about 10 years ago but yes, he has the pipes.
Eddie starts singing at 1:06 Link
Eddie starts singing at 3:05 Link
 
2012-11-14 10:54:27 AM

1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



I'll just leave this here.
 
2012-11-14 10:57:45 AM
I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.
 
2012-11-14 10:59:06 AM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


It's about a man who steals a loaf of bread. Fugitivarity ensues.
 
2012-11-14 10:59:15 AM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Lesbians having a miserable life.

Sad really.
 
2012-11-14 11:00:13 AM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


It's about a down-on-his luck LSU football coach who has to sell 2 letter of his last name to survive.
 
2012-11-14 11:04:12 AM

gunga galunga: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.


I'll just leave this here.


That's awesome!
 
2012-11-14 11:06:10 AM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Redemption.

Love.

Duty.

Honor.

/well, as long as your read the abridged novel or watch the movies
//if you read the original novel it's about 800 pages of backstory about battlegrounds and minor characters that eventually are un-needed
 
2012-11-14 11:14:01 AM

gunga galunga: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.


I'll just leave this here.


...

Oh my god, that didn't suck!

NPH is totally channeling Phillip Quast in his rendition as well, bonus points for that
 
2012-11-14 11:17:16 AM

1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.
 
2012-11-14 11:19:34 AM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


it's about 3 hours.

/with only 2 songs that they repeat over and over and over, with slightly different lyrics each time
 
2012-11-14 11:19:55 AM

catmandu: I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.


i.ytimg.com

Looks like he is about to sneeze.
 
2012-11-14 11:26:46 AM

simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.


Warning - Virus on that page for me.


/Love Terrence Mann, myself.
 
2012-11-14 11:28:17 AM

RoyFokker'sGhost: It's always been my favorite number from Les Mis. And it's within my vocal range, too. I've never wanted to play Valjean or Javert, but I would kill for a chance to play M. Thenadier in a small production.


i was offered javert or M. Thenadier in my highschool production. i chose master of the house. 10 years on, its still the best role i ever played.
 
2012-11-14 11:28:23 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: catmandu: I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Looks like he is about to sneeze.


Oh my Lord, I am old.
 
2012-11-14 11:29:26 AM

Tax Boy: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

it's about 3 hours.

/with only 2 songs that they repeat over and over and over, with slightly different lyrics each time


web.mit.edu

/hotlinked from the video tab
 
2012-11-14 11:30:06 AM

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


Then your in luck. Andrew Lloyd Webber had nothing to do with Les Mis.
 
2012-11-14 11:34:32 AM

1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.

Warning - Virus on that page for me.

/Love Terrence Mann, myself.


Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.
 
2012-11-14 11:38:39 AM
I've never seen it. It looks depressing as hell.
 
2012-11-14 11:38:47 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: catmandu: I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.

i.ytimg.com

Looks like he is about to sneeze.


i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-14 11:39:44 AM

simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.

Warning - Virus on that page for me.

/Love Terrence Mann, myself.

Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.


No worries! I caught it in time. Could be my piece of cheese virus protection.


/Remember Terrence Mann in the movie Chorus Line? God, that was a bad movie, but I fell in loooooove with him because of that.
 
2012-11-14 11:41:16 AM

gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.


Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.
 
2012-11-14 11:43:59 AM

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Aliens invade pre-Revolutionary France. Jean Valjean must embark on a quest for three mystic artifacts which, according to legend, can repel the invaders. He teams up with a ragtag group including his stoic sidekick Javert, lovers Cosette and Eponine, and the smitten Marius to save the planet.

This is apparently a musical adaptation.
 
2012-11-14 11:45:33 AM

1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.

Warning - Virus on that page for me.

/Love Terrence Mann, myself.

Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.

No worries! I caught it in time. Could be my piece of cheese virus protection.


/Remember Terrence Mann in the movie Chorus Line? God, that was a bad movie, but I fell in loooooove with him because of that.


Poke around YouTube for the video of him as Rum Tum Tugger from Cats. He's like a weird bizzaro world Tim Curry.
 
2012-11-14 11:48:31 AM

simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation
...

Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.

No worries! I caught it in time. Could be my piece of cheese virus protection.


/Remember Terrence Mann in the movie Chorus Line? God, that was a bad movie, but I fell in loooooove with him because of that.

Poke around YouTube for the video of him as Rum Tum Tugger from Cats. He's like a weird bizzaro world Tim Curry.


Bizarro? Pizzaro? Pizza? Hummus?

/can't spell
 
2012-11-14 11:50:14 AM

interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.


I would guess the transitions.

Broadway has an after show bowling league and everyone hates playing LM because they don't get to the lanes till midnight.
 
2012-11-14 11:50:51 AM

ScouserDuck: Geoffery Rush will always be the true Javert.


This
 
2012-11-14 11:51:20 AM
Well, they did when the show was still running.
 
2012-11-14 11:52:59 AM

snowshovel: While this does look awesome....it's kind of strange to see people running around singing in hyper-realistic sets with casts of thousands (digital or otherwise). It always seemed like the better filmed musicals played with the notion of that absurdity by either maintaining some semblance of theatrics (Chicago, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge(yes, I know it's a stage-to-film transfer)) or changing things a lot to make it more film-y (Cabaret). Maybe Evita comes the closest to be "singing in realistic settings"? It's been a while since I've watched that movie.


my take on that (having seen a lot of musical movies) is that it can work as either full realism or full escapism- as long as it stays consistent, its fine. Where it fails is when it tries to do some of each. Full realism i define as ones where the characters break out into song and everyone around them treats it like its a normal part of the real world. you see it a lot in the classic musical movies like oklahoma, south pacific, music man, anything goes, etc, etc. Then you have the movies like chicago where everytime they go into the song and dance number it seems to take place in some sort of alternative universe, disconnected from the "real" world that is occuring around it.

where musical movies seem to fall apart is when they can't decide if things are taking place in the real world or the "musical" side world. examples that come to mind are Rent and Evita. both of those movies seemed to alternate at random between the real world aknowledging the singer, and them escaping to the abstract singing world. It makes it hard for the audience to figure out what is happening and when and also which characters are privy to what knowledge.

so i figure, if les mis stcks to its setting, it should work fine
 
2012-11-14 11:56:01 AM
I still haven't figured out what it is less miserable than.
 
2012-11-14 11:57:32 AM

Stile4aly: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

Aliens invade pre-Revolutionary France. Jean Valjean must embark on a quest for three mystic artifacts which, according to legend, can repel the invaders. He teams up with a ragtag group including his stoic sidekick Javert, lovers Cosette and Eponine, and the smitten Marius to save the planet.

This is apparently a musical adaptation.


Goddamnit. You realize that some screenwriter is going to get that passed a big wig executive now that you gave them the idea? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!

/It'll probably star the guy from "Thor" too
 
2012-11-14 12:00:07 PM

T.M.S.: I would guess the transitions.


They better cut that damn flute/clarinette/WHATEVER solo.
 
2012-11-14 12:00:12 PM

T.M.S.: Well, they did when the show was still running.


As someone who is actually in theater work what shows do you think made the transition to film well?
 
2012-11-14 12:00:55 PM
Has anyone told someone to shut up and take their money yet? 'Cause I'd like to get in on that action.
 
2012-11-14 12:05:33 PM

simonchvz: Poke around YouTube for the video of him as Rum Tum Tugger from Cats. He's like a weird bizzaro world Tim Curry.


Fun fact: Tim Curry was doing Amadeus on Broadway around the same time Terrence Mann was in Barnum. They would frequently have lunch together at Sardi's and get a kick out of all the double takes other people would do.

/not that there's anything wrong with me knowing obscure Broadway trivia
 
2012-11-14 12:12:54 PM
Link

Instead of the movie I'm just going to watch this clip for 3 hours.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:13 PM

interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.


"Turning" would be my first guess. Covers the same ground as "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and I know that song is in the movie.

"Beggars at the Feast" would be another. They're going to want to tighten up the ending and it would disrupt the mood to have a comic reprise of "Master of the House" right before the final scene.

"Drink With Me" is another likely candidate, for pacing issues mainly.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:21 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: SilentStrider: Shut up and take my money.

DamnYankees: I'm so goddamm in.

dudemanbro: It looks fantastic.

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

shower_in_my_socks: Now all of us can be a high school drama geek on a field trip to Broadway.

jodaveki: Can. Not. Wait! ^^

MCStymie: Yeah, I'm gonna go see this.

/Not looking forward to weepin' like a small child.

I really wish I had more to add.

I do know that I am doing my best not to watch/listen to the 10th anniversary cast to give the movie a fair shake. Workin so far as this is probably the first movie I will ever actually go out on Christmas day to see.

/10th anniversary cast is best cast
//at least till Christmas


25th Anniversary cast isn't too shabby either, especially Alfie Boe (I own both).
 
2012-11-14 12:19:43 PM

NuttierThanEver: T.M.S.: Well, they did when the show was still running.

As someone who is actually in theater work what shows do you think made the transition to film well?


I think the film version of Hedwig is equal to the stage production. And most of the classics are well done of course.

The only "modern" musical stage to film I have seen is Sweeny Todd which I thought was humiliating to nearly everyone involved. I like Depp and Burton's wife just fine but those roles were written for giants and all we got were midgets. SBC and Timothy Spall were good. (Of course)

I bet the casual film goer has seen those two dudes in many roles without ever knowing they were done by the same actors.
 
2012-11-14 12:21:43 PM

gunga galunga: interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.

"Turning" would be my first guess. Covers the same ground as "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and I know that song is in the movie.

"Beggars at the Feast" would be another. They're going to want to tighten up the ending and it would disrupt the mood to have a comic reprise of "Master of the House" right before the final scene.

"Drink With Me" is another likely candidate, for pacing issues mainly.


Someone gets cut if Drink With Me is dropped from the film.
 
2012-11-14 12:23:59 PM

MarkMartinFan: I guess I will retract my vow to never see a film with Sacha Baron Cohen in it.


He's actually quite good when he's not playing one of the characters he's created. Here he is singing in Sweeney Todd.
 
2012-11-14 12:24:04 PM
I've never seen the girl playing Eponine in anything else, all I have to say is she better be awesome.

I saw Hugh Jackman in Boy from Oz, and he was phenomenal. I have no qualms about him being cast as Valjean. I am a little concerned about Russell Crowe, he's certainly got the attitude for Javert, but whether he can pull off "Stars" is my real question. Anne Hathaway...meh. They could have done better. She did get rave reviews for Viola in Twelfth Night though, so there's that. Amanda Seyfried for Cosette...I know this girl can sing, and I get that she's a decent actor, I just don't find her likable. Maybe she will change my mind, but at this point, I'm disappointed in that.

But overall, and with HBC and SBC playing the Thenardiers, it should be superb. I would have liked it more if they cast actual broadway stars in the show, instead of pulling from the A-List, but hey. They gotta do what they gotta do.
 
2012-11-14 12:27:12 PM

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

I saw Hugh Jackman in Boy from Oz, and he was phenomenal. I have no qualms about him being cast as Valjean. I am a little concerned about Russell Crowe, he's certainly got the attitude for Javert, but whether he can pull off "Stars" is my real question. Anne Hathaway...meh. They could have done better. She did get rave reviews for Viola in Twelfth Night though, so there's that. Amanda Seyfried for Cosette...I know this girl can sing, and I get that she's a decent actor, I just don't find her likable. Maybe she will change my mind, but at this point, I'm disappointed in that.

But overall, and with HBC and SBC playing the Thenardiers, it should be superb. I would have liked it more if they cast actual broadway stars in the show, instead of pulling from the A-List, but hey. They gotta do what they gotta do.


Samantha Barks (Eponine) played the role in the 25th Anniversary Concert. She was awesome.
 
2012-11-14 12:31:06 PM

Bathia_Mapes:

Norm Lewis as Javert in Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary 


That dude is unbelievable. My favorite stage voice. He got his big break in The Who's Tommy because another guy dropped out the night before first rehearsal. Guy had about 10 hours to prepare his mind and get his shiat together. When the cast went around the room stating their name and role he said "I'm Norm Lewis and I'm playing....overwhelmed". Everybody cried of course but that's mostly cause theater people are a bunch of pussies.


A few years later he was pretty well known and stepped into this role without any real perpetration cause the original cast member lost his voice. The guy is a machine.

A New Brain
 
2012-11-14 12:31:58 PM
Just give the Oscar to Anne Hathaway now, and get it over with.

Yes, I'm calling it. They love when an actor gains, or loses that much weight for a part.
 
2012-11-14 12:32:12 PM
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.
 
2012-11-14 12:33:12 PM

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.
 
2012-11-14 12:33:57 PM

Stile4aly: gunga galunga: interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.

"Turning" would be my first guess. Covers the same ground as "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and I know that song is in the movie.

"Beggars at the Feast" would be another. They're going to want to tighten up the ending and it would disrupt the mood to have a comic reprise of "Master of the House" right before the final scene.

"Drink With Me" is another likely candidate, for pacing issues mainly.

Someone gets cut if Drink With Me is dropped from the film.


Agreed. Grantaire's my favorite biatcharacter in theater for reasons I can't quite pin down. I'd imagine they probably cut short some of the Cosette/Marius stuff and don't bother doing musical setups for the attacks on the barricade. Also, I haven't seen Gavroche in any of the trailers - maybe they cut his role? I'd be sad, but accepting of that. Although his coda to Stars is awesome.
 
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.


images1.wikia.nocookie.net
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.
 
2012-11-15 01:03:09 AM
Real hipsters prefer the French version, which really is much better in some places.

Compare Mon Prince est en Chemin Deja to Castle on a Cloud and you'll see what I mean.

Still, this is the greatest musical of all time. I'll love until the day I die.
 
2012-11-15 01:25:20 AM

gunga galunga: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.


I'll just leave this here.


what is this from, i don't recognize the show?
 
2012-11-15 01:42:03 AM
Looks like Javert spends too much time calling Jean Valjean by his name.
 
2012-11-15 01:47:11 AM
Valjean is supposed to be physically stronger than Javert, but Russell Crowe looks like he could snap Hugh Jackman in half.

I bet it would work even better with their roles reversed.
 
2012-11-15 08:21:08 AM

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.


Please enjoy 150 pages of backstory for a character who, for all intents and purposes only needs to be there for 10 pages.

Les Mis is over 1600 pages. At the very least HALF of it is not essential to the story and a good majority of that "half" is just him yelling at the French Government.

When he gets to the actual character stories, it's OUTSTANDING. The rest is a slog not worthy of my time.
 
2012-11-15 08:49:37 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: 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.

Please enjoy 150 pages of backstory for a character who, for all intents and purposes only needs to be there for 10 pages.

Les Mis is over 1600 pages. At the very least HALF of it is not essential to the story and a good majority of that "half" is just him yelling at the French Government.

When he gets to the actual character stories, it's OUTSTANDING. The rest is a slog not worthy of my time.


so, what you are saying is that he really, REALLY needed a good editor to say "look dude, this here 150+ pages (or more) of written garbage needs to go, it has nothing to do whatever with the story you are telling"?
 
2012-11-15 10:49:03 AM

frepnog: Jim from Saint Paul: 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.

Please enjoy 150 pages of backstory for a character who, for all intents and purposes only needs to be there for 10 pages.

Les Mis is over 1600 pages. At the very least HALF of it is not essential to the story and a good majority of that "half" is just him yelling at the French Government.

When he gets to the actual character stories, it's OUTSTANDING. The rest is a slog not worthy of my time.

so, what you are saying is that he really, REALLY needed a good editor to say "look dude, this here 150+ pages (or more) of written garbage needs to go, it has nothing to do whatever with the story you are telling"?


Correct.

I grew up calling it "Robert Jordan syndrome", till I learned he was but a contendor to Hugo's throne.
 
2012-11-15 11:14:33 AM

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


Meh. Ruthie Henshall singing "I dreamed a dream" is enough. No dramatic over-emoting, she just sings the Fark out of it.
 
2012-11-15 11:22:30 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: frepnog: Jim from Saint Paul: 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.

Please enjoy 150 pages of backstory for a character who, for all intents and purposes only needs to be there for 10 pages.

Les Mis is over 1600 pages. At the very least HALF of it is not essential to the story and a good majority of that "half" is just him yelling at the French Government.

When he gets to the actual character stories, it's OUTSTANDING. The rest is a slog not worthy of my time.

so, what you are saying is that he really, REALLY needed a good editor to say "look dude, this here 150+ pages (or more) of written garbage needs to go, it has nothing to do whatever with the story you are telling"?

Correct.

I grew up calling it "Robert Jordan syndrome", till I learned he was but a contendor to Hugo's throne.


yeah, had a feeling that this book is one of those that is acclaimed, kids have to read it in class (at least parts), it is considered a classic, but most people have never actually read the entire thing and would rather pound nails into their eyes, given the option.
 
2012-11-15 11:27:49 AM

fini_fly: Cubs300: fini_fly: Why does Helena Bonham Carter look the same in every movie she is in?

You mean hot in a scary, freaky sort of way?

Yes. It seems she always gets these types of roles.

...all the way to the bank.

Poor, poor, HBC.
 
2012-11-15 11:35:02 AM

lohphat: 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

Meh. Ruthie Henshall singing "I dreamed a dream" is enough. No dramatic over-emoting, she just sings the Fark out of it.


See, this is one of the few parts of the 10th AND 25th that I wasn't a big fan of.

To be clear, she sings the song very well, it's the choice of how I don't like.

Fantine is supposed to be on the verge of "breaking". Life has deal her this shiat hand and she doesn't see a way out of it. Hungry, alone, having to have her hair cut away simply to try and save a child she hasnt seen in years, feeling this is the life she has to lead to try and support her child.

This chick and Salonga sings the song with no "pain" in her voice, IMO. All I hear is righteous indignation... "HOW DARE THIS BE THE GOD DAMN HAND I WAS GIVEN?!" is what I hear.

Give me what little we have seen of Hathaway. She sounds hurt. She sounds like her heart is broken. She sounds like she knows she'll hate her life but can see no way out of it.

Then again, maybe that's on purpose. Maybe that's the way Mackintosh wants her done.

Meh. All 3 seem to be doing a great jod technically.
 
2012-11-15 02:01:37 PM
Not joking, I've seen the show on Broadway 15 times that I can remember, starting from the year it came out. I wouldn't be surprised if it was over 20 though. I remember there were 2 or 3 years there when I saw it every 3 or so months in the early 90's.

One thing is I always remember my first Fantine being AMAZING. And I've never seen a good Fantine ever since. In fact, I'm often straight out disappointed by the casting director's Fantine pics.

Lea Salonga was an "okay" Fantine, but she was SO much better as Eponine. Plus it was hard for me to see Salonga in the "older" role since it reminded me how much I've aged... although Frances Ruffele (the original) was always my fave Eponine, Lea's a close 2nd.

Oh, and Colm Wilkinson FTW.

Really there's no other Broadway show I'm so passionate about. I just put on some songs again, and I'm getting shivers like the first time I saw it when I was 8.

Yes, shutup and take my money indeed.
 
2012-11-15 02:05:30 PM
Oh and great casting with Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen.

Although Russell Crowe's voice doesn't sound strong enough to carry Javier. And Javier has some of the best songs.
 
2012-11-15 04:09:25 PM
Meh.
 
2012-11-15 05:10:28 PM
does nothing for me

will probably watch it cable eventually.
 
2012-11-16 07:43:34 AM

coco ebert: Well, there go Oscars to the film, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway.


I don't see Jackman, or anybody else, beating out Daniel Day Lewis. Guy is farking amazing in Lincoln. Plus, it's a historical Spielberg flick, and the Academy loves that.
 
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