(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
As we head into May, we should try to resist the calls of the warm weather and stay safe inside. And what better way to distract yourself from the cheery birds signaling the start of spring than with some international movies? And we’ve got the full spectrum in this week’s Pop Culture Imports: from the hotly debated awards favorite Slumdog Millionaire, to sweeping Brazilian melodrama Invisible Life, to the crime drama that beat out Portrait of a Lady on Fire for the French pick for the international Oscar, Les Misérables.
Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.
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We’ve got exclusive music below from Les Miserables. No – not the Broadway one. You can hear that music anywhere. This exclusive track hails from the new BBC/PBS Masterpiece mini-series adaptation starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo, and Lily Collins. The Les Miserables mini-series soundtrack comes from composer John Murphy, who sought to give the score an experimental vibe. Listen below!
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, dive into the making of the Millennium Falcon by Industrial Light and Magic for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, learn about hidden digital visual effects you never noticed in movies like Gone Girl and Brokeback Mountain, and watch as Andy Serkis breaks down his most memorable characters from his career so far. Read More »
If you like the musical stylings of Hugh Jackman more than you like seeing him brandish claws as Wolverine, then we have some news that will absolutely thrill you.
On The Today Show this morning, Hugh Jackman announced that he will embark on a world tour in 2019 with a new one-man musical show called The Man. The Music. The Show., where fans can see him perform songs from films like The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables, as well as songs from musicals like The Boy from Oz and Oklahoma. Read More »
Les Misérables is coming to Masterpiece Theatre. However, it won’t be the popular musical version that you fondly refer to as “Les Mis,” but a straight adaptation of Victor Hugo‘s classic novel. So how does the cast of the PBS Masterpiece-BBC adaptation look in the Les Miserables first look images? Not too different from how they look in the musicals. Read More »
(This article is by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.)
It’s hard to imagine the movies without Hugh Jackman. Not just because he’s played the character of Wolverine for the past 17 years, kicking off the superhero movie boom and providing a consistent anchor through the various up and downs of the X-Men series. No, it’s hard to imagine the movies without Hugh Jackman because he is one of our finest modern movie stars, an infinite well of charisma who has been nothing but fearless when it comes to taking risks and laying himself bare. Jackman has been in great movies, forgettable movies, and bad movies, but he’s showcased a remarkable consistency over the years – you put him in the front of the camera and you get something worth watching.
With Logan now in theaters, it’s time to pay tribute to an actor who is perfectly comfortable singing and dancing, hacking and slashing, wooing Meg Ryan and selling butter. These are the 15 greatest Hugh Jackman moments.
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This weekend sees the release of The Brothers Grimsby, the latest comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. And here’s the thing about Mr. Cohen – even when I don’t love his movies, I find him fascinating. From his early career as a television prankster who roped real people into interacting with his fictional characters, to his Hollywood career, where he worked with directors like Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, he has never shown us a half-measure. Cohen is a performer who commits to his characters and his concepts like no one else.
And since his new movie is on the horizon, this certainly feels like the perfect opportunity to run down his finest moments on screen.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past star Hugh Jackman made an appearance on BBC Radio 1‘s The Matt Edmondson Show over the weekend and was talked into performing a song from Wolverine: The Musical. The crew of the Edmondson Show wrote up the funny lyrics for the Australian actor to sing. Wolverine The Musical is a spoof/parody of the song “Who Am I from Les Miserables. The song has lines like: “Who am I? Am I a superhero with some claws? Or just an actor searching for applause?” Watch Hugh Jackman perform Wolverine The Musical after the jump.
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Though the book has been around for 150 years, and the Broadway musical for over 30, Les Miserables had a big comeback last year thanks to Hollywood. Tom Hooper’s hit adaptation, which won three Oscars including Best Supporting Actress, brought Victor Hugo’s story into the public conscious like never before. Now the story is being adapted for television, with a modern setting.
Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, has teamed with writer Graham Norris to create a modern version of the story that might air on Fox. Read More »
2013 seems to be the year of Oscar-themed pop culture art. Gallery 1988 did an amazing event, Mondo is preparing their own extravaganza and Scott Campbell has been adding to his Great Showdowns.
All this week leading up to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Campbell has been immortalizing some of this year’s Best Picture nominees as Showdowns. And they are just too cool. That’s Argo above but, after the jump, see Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Les Miserables and Django Unchained as only Scott C could do them. Read More »