Met Gala 2013 – Exclusive Red Carpet Photos!

Yesterday the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute held a Gala in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit entitled  “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

The opening of the exhibit attracted many of Hollywood’s biggest stars and some major names in fashion. Some of the stars that attended the opening in New York yesterday include, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, Lily Collins, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Nina Dobrev, Emma Roberts, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, Kerry Washington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rooney and Kate Mara, and many more!

Check out the unique red carpet fashion in the images below and see if you can find your favorite star! What do you think of these unique and artistic gowns? Which gown or outfit is your favorite?

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Page to Premiere, and IMDbPro

“Les Misérables” DVD and Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Entertainment Weekly recently announced some very exciting new for those who are fans of  Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables. The DVD and Blu-ray version of the film will be hitting stores on March 22, 2013!

Here are some details about the bonus features that will be available on the Blu-ray and DVD:

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray:

  • Les Misérables Singing Live The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live rather than lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks ultimately gave them the creative freedom to deliver nuanced, emotionally powerful performances.
  • Battle at the Barricade:  Director Tom Hooper wanted the dramatic building of the barricade to be as visceral and intense as possible, so he had his actors build it in real time, literally hurling furniture out of windows to construct an actual barricade. This featurette takes an in-depth look at the creation and filming of all the action on this remarkable set.
  • The West End Connection:  Meet the “godfather” of the original stage production of Les Misérables, renowned West End producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming, as well as former Les Misérables, theatrical stars who were thrilled to appear in supporting roles in the current film.
  • Les Misérables on Location:  Filming rather than staging Les Misérables presents the opportunity to shoot in real world locations: a massive dry dock on the coast of England, a beautiful underground chapel in the heart of London and the ancient city of Winchester.  Members of the cast and crew talk about what it was like to find and work in these incredible locations.

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayand DVD:

  • The Stars of Les Misérables:  Director Tom Hooper talks about casting the iconic characters, and the actors discuss why it was important to them to be a part of this groundbreaking version of
    Les Misérables.
  • Creating the Perfect Paris:  Production designer Eve Stewart created a massive Paris set featuring real cobblestones and running water. Take an intricate look into the detailed recreation of these Paris streets that no longer exist in today’s world.
  • The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables:  This mini-documentary takes a look at the historical backdrop and universal themes of Hugo’s classic, and how the filmmakers mined the novel to enrich the look and feel of the film.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

 Do these bonus features sound interesting? Will you be buying this version of  Les Misérables on DVD and Blu-ray? Take a look at the cover below:

Les Mis - DVD and Blu-ray cover

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Five!

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is still in full swing and Entertainment Weekly has shared portraits of the stars, directors, screenwriters, and producers the attended day five! Stars the attended include Amanda Seyfried, Steve Carell, Jason Isaacs, January Jones, Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Daniel Dae Kim.

Have you been following the news and events of the Sundance Festival? What do you think of these Entertainment Weekly portraits?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie MegaPost – Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Films to Watch For

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing and will be going on until January 27! Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican has shared a list of thirteen (13) films from the festival that he thinks we should keep an eye on during 2013. Here is the list of films with their official synopsis’ and cast list:

1. The Way, Way Back 

Director: Nat Faxon

Cast: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Robert Capron.

Synopsis: “Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.”

The Way, Way Back

2. Austenland

Director: Jerusha Hess

Cast: Kerri Russell, JJ Field, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, and James Callis.

Synopsis: “Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.”

Austenland

3. Breathe In

Director: Drake Doremus

Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Ryan, Alexandra Wentworth, Lucy Davenport, and Hugo Becker.

Synopsis: “When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.”

Breathe In
4. Blue Caprice

Director: Alexandre Moors

Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey Lauren Adams, Al Sapienza, Cassandra Freeman, and Leo Fitzpatrick.

Synopsis: “A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.”

Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond In 'Blue Caprice' 2013

5. The Spectacular Now

Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dayo Okeniyi.

Synopsis: “Based off of the coming of age novel The Spectacular Now by Tim Sharp, this film follows Sutter (Teller) and Aimee (Woodley) on their journey of self-discovery and first love.”

The Spectacular Now


6. Upstream Color

Director: Shane Carruth

Cast: Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Brina Palencia, Amy Semietz, Trey Walpole, Juli Erickson, Lynn Backburn, Frank Mosley, and Ted Ferguson.

Synopsis: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.”

Upstream Color - poster

7. Before Midnight

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed, and Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Synopsis: “We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.”

Before Midnight


8. Lovelace

Director: Rob Epstein

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris North, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, and James Franco.

Synopsis: “Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.”

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9. Prince Avalanche 

Director: David Gordon Green

Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande, and Lynn Shelton.

Synopsis: “Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.”

Prince Avalanche

10. Don Jon’s Addiction 

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Rob Brown, Lindsey Broad, Italia Ricci, Antoinette Kalaj, and Amanda Perez.

Synopsis: “The journey of a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type as he attempts to become less selfish.”

Don Jon's Addiction

11. In a World… 

Director: Lake Bell

Cast: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden, Geena Davis, Stephanie Allynne, and Jeff Garlin.

Synopsis: “An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.”

In A World

12. Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes 

Director: Francesca Gregorini

Cast: Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Jimmi Simpson, Frances O’Connor, Sam Jaeger, Anne Ramsay, Aneurin Barnard, Spencer Garrett, and Kevin McCorkle.

Synopsis: “A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda’s newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.”

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

13. Two Mothers

Director: Anne Fontaine

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe, and Gary Sweet.

Synopsis: “A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other’s sons.”

Two Mothers

Do you think you will be interested in any of these films? Do you think any of these films will be successful at the festival or in the theaters? Have you been following everything that is going on at Sundance 2013 so far? Take a look at what Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican had to say about all of these films here.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and IMDbPro (for the film synopses)

Seven Featurettes and a New “On My Own” Trailer released for “Les Misérables”

Since there is only one more day until Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables hits theaters, I thought that I should write a post about a few  new featurettes and a new trailer that were recently released. You can watch all of these videos exclusively on YouTube and I will share links below.

I previously posted about four other featurettes that came out earlier in December. I warned Les Misérables fans, if you do not want to spoil anything then it might be best you not watch these videos until after you see the movie. Well for this post, I will reiterate that warning, especially if you do not want to spoil anything.

The first of the featurettes includes short interviews with some of the cast, director Tom Hooper, and producer Cameron Mackintosh. In this featurette, they are all talking about Jackman and how he truly embodies the character of Jean Valjean and the amount of effort that he put into the role. The rest of the featurettes include  a look at sound mixing and editing, a look at the scale of the opening number of the film, a look at how Samantha Barks got her role,  and a look at how the soundtrack for the film was scored. Plus, there is another featurette that talks about how the Broadway actor, Colm Wilkinson, starred as Jean Valjean when the musical first opened and is now playing the bishop in the film. Finally, the last featurette has interviews with the cast and production teams as they talk about the set pieces and filming at the famous Pinewood Studios.

The trailer features Samantha Barks as Éponine as she is singing “On My Own.” There are also a few new clips intertwined with Samantha’s wonderful performance. Watch the exclusive “On My Own” Trailer here.  Plus, here are the links to all of the featurettes:

Featurette #1 – Sound Mixing/Editing

Featurette #2 – Hugh Jackman is Jean Valjean

Featurette #3 – Epic Scale – Les Mis’ Opening Number

Featurette #4 – Samantha Barks wins the role of Éponine

Featurette #5 – Les Mis Scoring Session

Featurette #6 – Colm Wilkinson is Back

Featurette #7 – Paris at Pinewood

Let me know what you think of the new trailer and the featurettes in the comments below! I also want to wish everyone a Happy Christmas Eve and I hope everyone has a great Holiday season!

Les Mis - poster

Source: YouTube

Four Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes for “Les Misérables”

I don’t know about you guys, but I really enjoy watching behind-the-scenes footage and learning about the different aspects that went into a film’s production. As you can imagine, I was quite happy and pleasantly surprised when I found on The Collider that there were four new behind-the-scenes featurettes released for Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables this morning!

Just a warning to Les Misérables fans, if you do not want to spoil anything then it might be best you not watch these videos. How about I just explain a little bit about what each featurette explores and you can determine if you want to watch or not from there!

As previously mentioned, there are four featurettes. The first one looks at the world of costuming and the costume designers explain some of the choices behind the costumes. The next two featurettes are about hair, make-up, and the new song that was written for the film  entitled “Suddenly.” Finally, the fourth featurette looks at set and production design. Just like in the costume featurette, the hair and make-up artists and the production designers talk a bit about their style and design choices.

Here are links to all of these amazing featurettes:

Featurette #1 – Costumes

Featurette #2 – Hair and Make-up

Featurette #3 – Original New Song

Featurette #4 – Production Design

If you decide to watch them don’t be shy to let me know what you think in the comments below and share with family and friends!

Les Mis - Cover Photo

Source: The Collider

More Exclusive Images for “Les Misérables”

As we approach closer to the release date for Tom Hooper’s film, Les Misérables, more images and clips have been released to help promote the film. In these new photos we get another look at Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and a more extensive look at Isabelle Allen as Young Cosette.

Have you been following the Les Misérables production? What do you think of the new clips and images? Remember, Les Misérables hits theaters December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day).

Take a look at these great new stills:

Source: the Collider