Wednesday, December 19, 2012

News: Dec 19, 2012

10 Great Movie Pairings of 2012
6. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in Les Miserables  (Herald Sun)

"Les Miserables" had a royal premiere in Tokyo this week, where its Australian star Hugh Jackman walked the red carpet at the charity gala.
In the audience at the Tuesday night screening was Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, who sat next to Jackman as the movie unfolded. The film, set to open Christmas Day in the U.S., also stars Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. (CBS News)

Jackman is in Sydney to attend Friday night's premiere of Les Miserables at the State Theatre. He will be joined at the premiere by co-star Russell Crowe, director Tom Hooper and the film's executive producer Cameron Mackintosh. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The company (Fandango) has announced that Les Miserables has become not only the #1 advanced ticket-seller among all Christmas Day releases (beating out 2009's Sherlock Holmes), but it is also now become the #1 advanced ticket-seller among all musicals (beating out 2006's Dreamgirls). The most recent statistics show that Hooper's film is currently making up 40% of the site's sales, beating out The Hobbit which stands at 32%. Zero Dark Thirty and Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D trails them with 6% and 3%, respectively.(Cinema Blend)

6. Javert, Les MiserablesRussell Crowe may be singing for his supper in Les Miserables, but don't misrepresent his love of song for an ounce of compassion. We get a taste of his maddening methods in this Les Miserables extended trailer that only teases the way he goes after Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean. It is nothing short of ruthless and heartless. Knowing that Valjean has served years in jail for merely stealing a loaf of bread to feed his hungry family does not even register on Javert's radar. For some reason, he simply wants to put this guy away for life. Crowe channels the character every bit as evil as it was first seen onstage and even more so... the character that ruled Victor Hugo's pages. (Movie Fanatic)

In the Allen Hughes-directed film, Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) has a promising career as a New York City cop until the night he is involved in a controversial shooting. Stripped of his badge, but kept out of jail by New York's popular Mayor (Russell Crowe), he re-makes himself as a private investigator. (

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