Les Mis Round-Up: Walk of Fame, EW Review, Media Apperances (more Eddie & Sam)

Anne Hathaway & Amanda Seyfried: Hugh Jackman's Walk of Fame Ceremony!

Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried sandwich in their Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman at his Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony on Thursday (December 13) in Hollywood.

The 44-year-old actor received a coveted star on the illustrious walkway! Congratulations, Hugh!

“It’s kind of a surreal day,” Hugh told E News about the honor. “I’m excited. The star is right here outside where I got to host the Oscars and if the movie gets nominated [for an Oscar], it’ll be nice to get up there and show a little bit of the show to everybody.”

FYI: Anne is wearing a Prada dress, Aldo vegan shoes, and Me and Ro jewels. Amanda is wearing a Burberry trench.


Entertainment Weekly: Les Miserables Review

Since everything about Les Misérables is fortissimo — including but not limited to its unabashed pursuit of awards that are shiny or globular or both — you have perhaps already heard a little about the movie now storming the Bastille of your wallet. You may already know that to make his movie adaptation of the internationally popular theatrical musical conjured from the 19th-century political novel by Victor Hugo, director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) bade his actors sing live during filming. You probably already know that Anne Hathaway, as the wretched single mother-turned-prostitute Fantine, is reputedly a formidable Oscar favorite for her sobbing and warbling and haircutting-in-real-time. You've learned, from posters and trailers, that Hugh Jackman, as former convict Jean Valjean, looks impressively stricken and that Russell Crowe, as implacable police inspector Javert, looks disconcertingly dyspeptic.

What's left to learn is this: Les Misérables provides compelling reasons for Crowe to be peeved, beginning with the humiliation of having to sing Broadway-style, when it clearly is so not his thing, and ending with the Cap'n Crunch wardrobe into which the gentleman is packed. (O, for Crowe's costumed glory days in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World!) Jackman has a right to be cranky too, although he's too much of a trouper to show it as he overemotes on demand and sings of finding God after he steals a pair of candlesticks from a nice priest. (Long story.) Hathaway looks happy enough channeling Liza Minnelli for her tremulous rendition of the Susan Boyle-appropriated anthem ''I Dreamed a Dream,'' but that's no doubt because she knows that soon after the song, she's pretty much done for the night.

Shall I go on about all the ways in which this fake-opulent Les Miz made me long for guillotines while millions of viewers who have softer, more generous hearts than I may swoon with money's-worth contentment? (At least it doesn't skimp on length: The movie is approximately as long as the 1832 Paris uprising it depicts.) Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter mug and prance as the comic-relief grifters Thénardier and his missus, outfitted in what has become de rigueur for both BCs — Pétrouchka makeup and prosthetically grungy teeth. Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne play the young lovers Cosette (Fantine's muppet daughter, raised by Valjean) and the boy-band-styled student revolutionary Marius like lab rats, their pale faces and lashless eyelids often observed in the merciless close-up that is one of Hooper's mix-it-up signature shots. (He is similarly devoted to tilted perspective and the room-at-a-45-degree-angle shot.)

It's a daunting challenge, to be sure, to turn a big musical into a viable movie. For every great Cabaret, My Fair Lady, and The King and I, there's a dud Rent, Evita, and Mamma Mia! But this steam-driven military weapon of an enterprise is a sobering reminder of just how tinny a musical Les Misérables was in the first place — the listless music and lyrics by Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer, the derivative characters fashioned from Oliver! scraps. And even if you do come to Mr. Hooper's neighborhood loving the show, having seen seven stage productions and named your cat Gavroche after the urchin who hitches his fate to those of grown-up revolutionaries, well, you're in for a gobsmacking: This ''prestige'' production is at heart a minor road-show carnival, leaving behind little but tinsel as it rumbles through the streets of Awardstown. C


Amanda on Ellen

Amanda Seyfried wears a frog’s head hat while making an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Thursday (December 13).

The day before, the 27-year-old actress was spotted arriving at LAX Airport in Los Angeles.

Amanda celebrated her birthday earlier this month and she is celebrating the occasion by raising money for charity:water!

“On December 3, I’m turning 27. And this year, I don’t want presents or drinks. I want clean water,” Amanda wrote on her fundraising page. “Women and children in Rwanda walk for hours every day, up and down mountains, just to collect water from rivers. And the worst part? The water they collect can make them really sick. We can actually do something about it. Just $65 can give someone in Rwanda clean water.”

Help Amanda reach her goal of $27,000 at MyCharityWater.org!


Samantha Barks on Bringing 'Eponine' From the West End to the Big Screen, Career Aspirations & More!

LES MISERABLES might not open in movie theatres until Christmas day, but you need not wait that long to get the inside scoop on the highly anticipated new film. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was invited to chat with Samantha Barks, who stars as Eponine, about what it was like bringing 'Eponine' from the West End stage to the big screen, how she won the role, future career aspirations, and so much more!

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Eddie on Today: ‘Les Mis’ is ‘breathtaking’

British actor and Tony winner Eddie Redmayne talks about pushing himself for the role of Marius in “Les Miserables,” in which he falls for Amanda Seyfried’s Cosette. Joking with Kathie Lee, who said she’s obsessed with his upper lip, Eddie says his first role was “playing Angelina Jolie’s son.”

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