The release date for Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables is still seven months out, but Oscar buzz has been surrounding this project from the get-go. No surprise there — it is, after all, a splashy cinematic adaptation of a beloved Broadway musical and classic Victor Hugo novel, with the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech at the helm and A-listers like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway among its stars. Regardless of how the finished product turns out, any film with that kind of pedigree is bound to attract a fair amount of attention.

Fortunately, what we’ve seen of it so far suggests that Les Misérables actually stands a chance of living up to all that hype. The first set photos of Jackman and Crowe (as leads Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, respectively) hit earlier this spring, and today we’ve got a fresh batch of official stills that show, in addition to Jackman, Crowe, and Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, and stage vet Samantha Barks as Éponine. Check out the new images after the jump.

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Thursday afternoon at CinemaCon, Universal Pictures presented footage, clips and trailers from their upcoming 2012 line-up and beyond. Included in the presentation were clips from Snow White and the Huntsman, Oliver Stone‘s Savages, Seth MacFarlane‘s TED, The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables, Judd Apatow‘s This Is 40, Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, and R.I.P.D.. Per usual, I recorded a video blog after the presentation with Alex from FirstShowing and Frosty from Collider. We give our reactions to the footage without spoilers or in depth descriptions. Watch the video blog now embedded after the jump.

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Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper‘s big budget, musical adaptation of Les Miserables made my top ten anticipated films of 2012 because behind all the geek stereotypes, a good musical really gets to me and Les Miserables is one of my favorites. So when I say these newly leaked set videos featuring stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway singing are among some of the best I’ve ever seen, it comes from a place of passion.

One of the videos looks to be the grand finale of the story, the reprise of “Do You Hear The People Sing?” performed the entire company. Another is of Jackman’s character, Jean Valjean, storming out of a church singing and a third is of Russell Crowe‘s character Javier, who is hunting Valjean, riding to set on a horse.

Okay, so the videos get less exciting as they go along but they do provide a unique glimpse at the filming of such a massive musical. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Spy photos from the set of Tom Hooper‘s massive musical Les Miserables have already revealed stars Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe as Jean Valjean and Inspector Javier: an escaped inmate and the man who pursues him across the decades. Both photos gave a good idea of the look of the film but Jackman has now tweeted an official image offering a closer look. Literally. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

This weekend EW dropped a bunch of first-look official images from upcoming films. It’s a diverse crop, but three big debuts stood out: a shot of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the political campaign comedy The Campaign (once called Dog Fight), a space-suited Sharlto Copley in the indie The Europa Report, and the first official shot of Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat‘s Lawless, formerly known as The Wettest County in the World, and The Wettest County.

Check out all those pics below, along with an on-set snap of Russell Crowe costumed as Police Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper‘s new adaptation of Les Miserables. Read More »

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After picking up Best Director and Best Picture at the 2010 Oscars, The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper mostly sat out this past awards season. But the way things are shaping up for his next film, Les Misérables, it’s more than likely he’ll be back in the spotlight again next year.

With its classic literary roots, Broadway pedigree, and a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Amanda Seyfried, among others, Les Mis is already looking like an early favorite to take home several statuettes come February 2013. Now, with cameras finally rolling on the project, we have the first set photos of Jackman in costume as protagonist Jean Valjean. Check them out after the jump.

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After months of speculation, rumors, and reports, Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables has finally found its Éponine. Producer Cameron Mackintosh has just announced that 21-year-old stage vet Samantha Barks has landed the role. Barks is a newcomer when it comes to film and television, but has racked up plenty of experience in the theater — including a stint playing Éponine in a London production of Les Misérables.

Meanwhile, another fresh face, George Blagden, has also boarded the project, in the part of cynical young revolutionary Grantaire. Blagden and Barks join a high-profile cast that includes Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Aaron Tveit. Read more after the jump.

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[Update: Deadline now reports that Seyfried is in final negotiations for the role.]

Tom Hooper‘s already star-studded cast for Les Misérables is about to expand by two more, as news breaks that Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift have been offered the roles of Cosette and Éponine, respectively. If Seyfried and Swift accept, they’ll also be joining Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Aaron Tveit, and Eddie Redmayne in the musical, which is due out next winter. Read more after the jump.

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