Movies – New posters for “The Danish Girl” starring Eddie Redmayne

Entertainment Weekly has shared three new posters for Eddie Redmayne’s next big project, The Danish Girl. Based on a true story and David Ebershoff’s novel, the film follows the journey of artist Lili Elbe. Elbe was transgender and the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1920s.

Tom Hooper is directing and producing the anticipated biographic along with producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Anne Harrison. Actress Alicia Vikander is playing Elbe’s wife and is also featured in these gorgeous new posters.

(photo via Entertainment Weekly)

According to IMDbPro, this project has been in various stages of production since 2010. The Danish Girl is currently set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival this September with a limited North American release set for November 27.

Stay tuned for the first official trailer and buzz from the festivals.

(photo via Entertainment Weekly)
(photo via Entertainment Weekly)

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and IMDbPro

Interview – Aaron Tveit Talks About the Transition from Broadway to TV

In a recent interview with The Wrap, Broadway star Aaron Tveit talked about what it was like transitioning from being on stage to in front of a television camera for his newest show, Graceland.

Graceland follows several undercover officers who all work for different federal agencies and are living together in a Malibu household. The cast of the show includes Daniel Sunjata (Grey’s Anatomy, Smash), Tveit (Les Miserables, Gossip Girl), and Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing). Broadway fans will also know Tveit from his run in the shows Wicked and Next to Normal.

Tveit as Enjolras in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."
Tveit as Enjolras in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.”

In the interview with The Wrap, Tveit talked about his journey and getting into the business:

“I had an acting teacher tell me years ago that if you play someone, you want them to be the best at whatever they do. It’s not fun to play someone who’s an OK salesman. It’s fun to play the best car salesman. So, that’s the other thing that I really loved about Mike is that he’s a brilliant agent, and he kind of has no field experience. So I thought it was very interesting to see how all those things are going to come together, and I just was instantly drawn to it.”

Tveit also had this to say when The Wrap’s Jethro Nebedog asked him a few questions:

“Talk about the adjustment of going from a stage to a television series.
It’s something that I’ve had to work on a lot. I was doing “Gossip Girl” while I was doing “Next to Normal” on stage.  So, I was actually doing those two jobs at the same time for a while and that was really interesting because I’d be on stage all day and then I’d go to work on a stage. Working on camera in film and television is a much more technical medium at the outset, how to tell the story through using the camera frame. So, I think once I had put in a lot of work, it started to really point at the same thing for me. Like, I find that I’m able to do the same for preparation and character work and homework, but it’s just how I then present it is different.

How will Mike evolve this season?
Aaron Tveit: Mike is thrown right in it. I mean he’s someone who’s very prepared for this job, but he just kind of doesn’t actually have the sea legs. But I mean they – they drop him right in the water and kind of tell him to figure out how to swim right away.  So I have to, I have to learn really fast what happens.  Then over the course of the season, just the-the situations that we’ve all been put in a very short period of time, uh, he-he grows up real quick. I grow up real quick in the show.

Does Mike have a romantic interest this season?
I’m such an East Coast guy that being out on the West Coast and being in this situation is so not what he bargained for. And then I meet this beautiful girl and she happens to be spending the summer out here. She’s from the DC area, and we kind of you know bond over that. And then you know that gets very complicated, too, because I really care for this girl, but then I literally have to lie to her all the time, and so it’s… it becomes… you know that becomes a very straining thing too about that I want to be honest with this person, and I can’t be honest with this person.”

Tveit as Mike Warren in "Graceland."
Tveit as Mike Warren in “Graceland.”

Are you interested in watching Graceland this season? Do you think this role will help Tveit expand his television and film career? What do you think of this interview? 

Source: The Wrap

“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

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

Five New Clips for “Les Misérables”

Fans of Les Misérables will be happy and very excited to know that five exclusive new clips have been released from the Tom Hooper-directed musical adaptation. Let me just say, this clips are absolutely amazing and will definitely leave fans hungry for more!

The first two clips include a scene between Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) and a scene between Fantine (Anne Hathaway) and the factory workers. The other three clips provide a first look at Valjean’s inner confrontation, a sneak peek at the relationship between Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and Marius (Eddie Redmayne), and finally we get a first look at Éponine’s (Samantha Barks) classic song “On My Own.”

You can watch them all on YouTube. Click on the links below to watch!

Clip #1 – “Javert Releases Prisoner 24601 on Parole”

Clip #2 – “At The End Of The Day”

Clip #3 – “Who Am I”

Clip #4 – “A Heart Full Of Love”

Clip #5 – “On My Own”

Plus, you can read what Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican has to say about the new clips here. I hope you enjoy all of these amazing new clips and do not be shy to share this post with friends and family! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Isabelle Allen as Young Cosette

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and YouTube