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The Top 8 Broadway Musicals Made Into Movies

5/6/2014 7:00pm EDT
The Top 8  Broadway Musicals Made Into Movies
Some of the best movies ever made have surprisingly been based on movie musicals. Thirty-one Tony Award winning Best Musicals have been made into major motion pictures to date. Since “Chicago“ won the Best Picture Oscar in 2003, there's been over 10 Broadway musicals brought to the screen. A popular movie being turned into a Broadway musical did happen now and then to mixed results. Today with the changing climate, the movie musical is more popular then ever as people look to happier movies to release them from their mundane lives. Here are some of the best.

1. Grease (1978)

The musica...

Hugh Jackman Sings 'Les Miserables' Song As Wolverine - Watch It!

3/31/2014 4:30pm EDT
Hugh Jackman Sings 'Les Miserables' Song As Wolverine - Watch It
Hugh Jackman is a good sport. While appearing on BBC Radio 1's "The Matt Edmondson Show" he performed a spoof song from "Les Miserables" in character as the Marvel superhero Wolverine.

Jackman played Jean Valjean in the 2012 big-screen adaptation of the musical and stars in the upcoming "X Men: Days of Future Past."

The British DJ rewrote the lyrics to "Who Am I?" from "Les Mis," dubbing the track as part of "Wolverine The Musical."

Jackman happily goes along with the skit, singing the rewritten lyrics, which include, "Who am I?/Am I a superhero with some claws?/Or just an actor searchin...

'Argo' Triumphs At The 2013 Oscars (See The Full List Of Winners)

2/25/2013 12:15am EST
Despite a snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Directing category, Argo landed the Oscar for Best Picture at the 85th Oscars, held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

Jennifer Lawrence picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook; while Daniel Day-Lewis landed Best Actor accolades for his role in Lincoln -- the only award each film received.

The night's big winner was Life of Pi, which landed four awards, including Best Cinematography and accolades for Ang Lee, who upset favorite Steven Spielberg in the Best Director category (scroll down for the ...

Will Anne Hathaway's Performance In 'Les Miserables' Bring Oscar Gold?

2/24/2013 6:30pm EST
Les Miserables
One take. That's all it took Anne Hathaway to land both an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress AND cement herself as the favorite to win the award.

Her brief appearance in Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables was nothing short of epic, nailing her performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" in just one take. Hathaway gives off so much emotion during the scene that it's hard to get through it with a dry eye. Not to mention she's weeping herself throughout the sad song.

So who's she up against?

Only two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, whose portrayal of the batsh*t crazy Mary Todd Linc...

'Argo,' 'Lincoln' Frontrunners To Win Best Picture

2/24/2013 5:10pm EST
This year's Oscars promises to be full of drama and surprises as there are only a handful of sure locks to win awards.

The biggest question of all is which film will take home the award for Best Picture, with Ben Affleck's Iran Hostage drama Argo and Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic Lincoln leading the pack.

While Lincoln looked to be a sure bet early on, it wasn't until the Golden Globes that Argo began gaining all of the momentum; scooping up numerous awards, including Producers and Directors Guild Awards.

But that still doesn't mean it'll win Oscar gold. The Producers Guild has ...

Join Us Live On The Red Carpet Of The 85th Academy Awards (Live Stream)

2/24/2013 8:00am EST
Oscars 2013
Are you ready for Hollywood's crown jeweled event of the year? Yes, tonight is the big night, its the 85th Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Maybe you're hosting an Oscar themed party this year or hunkering down with a few BFF's for the big event? Then you'll want to be running our special two-hour live stream from the Red Carpet on

See who is wearing what – check out first hand who might make the best/worst dressed list. Hear from celebs themselves as they enter Hollywood's Dolby Theater for the biggest event in moviemaking.

Bookmark this page and join us live sta...

'Cabaret' Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary With A Remastered Blu-ray - Check Out 10 Other Great Movie Musicals

2/2/2013 5:35am EST
Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, the groundbreaking Bob Fosse film "Cabaret" used the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis. The intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical.

Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgyn...

'Les Miserables' Producers Donate To Church Featured In Film

1/17/2013 11:37am EST
Les Miserables
The producers of blockbuster musical Les Miserables have donated $16,000 to an English church featured in the film to help pay for a new heating system. 

The cast and crew of the stage show's adaptation descended on the tiny village of Ewelme in Oxfordshire, England to film scenes at St Mary the Virgin Church. 

Hugh Jackman was among those who filmed at the church, and producers thanked locals by making a large donation to help with renovations. 

The vicar in charge of the church, Reverend Jonathan Meyer, insists the shoot was a positive experience for the community: "The spiritual messa...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Two Jews On Their Top Ten Films Of 2012

1/6/2013 10:55pm EST
Life of Pi
2012 was a great year for films - studio films as well as Indy titles all scored big.

From the exquisite writing, directing, special effects, I found myself laughing hysterically from a foul mouth, over-sexed pot smoking bear, to a bunch of folks freaking out at the prospect of turning 40.

We had cutting edge performances from Matthew McConaughey ('Killer Joe' & 'The Paper Boy), Nicole Kidman ('The Paper Boy'), John Hawkes and Helen Hunt ('The Sessions') as well as Daniel Day Lewis ('Lincoln') Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) and the whole cast of 'Django Unchained'.

As usual, John and I didn...

Russell Crowe Defends 'Les Miserables' After Adam Lambert's Tirade

1/2/2013 1:24pm EST
Les Miserables
Russell Crowe has defended his new movie Les Miserables after Adam Lambert slammed the film's all-star cast for "pretending to be singers," insisting director Tom Hooper wanted the musical scenes to be "raw and real."

The former American Idol star, who began his career in musical theatre, shared his disappointment with the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway production with his followers over the festive season.

In a series of posts, he wrote, "Les Mis: Visually impressive w (with) great emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETEND...

Les Miserables Lyricist Thrilled By Susan Boyle's 'Dream'

1/1/2013 7:04pm EST
Susan Boyle
Les Miserables lyricist Alan Boublil was so stunned by Susan Boyle's success after she covered his song "I Dreamed A Dream" on TV talent show Britain'S Got Talent he sent her a heartfelt letter, which she had framed.

The Scottish singer went on to find international success after wowing Simon Cowell and the judges on the show, becoming a viral sensation in the process - and she found a fan in Boublil.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Susan Boyle was the first time in our lives when we got something incredible for doing nothing. It never happens in your life."

Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast For 'Pretending To Be Singers'

12/31/2012 9:05pm EST
Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert has slammed Tom Hooper's new movie musical Les Miserables, insisting the film "suffered massively" due to its all-star cast "pretending to be singers."

The former American Idol star, who began his career in musical theatre, took to his page to voice his disappointment with the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway production.

In a series of posts, he writes, "Les Mis: Visually impressive w (with) great emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers... it's an opera. Hollywood's movie musicals treat the sin...

Anne Hathaway's Mom Gives Actress Rave Review For Her Role In 'Les Miserables'

12/31/2012 4:15pm EST
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway's actress mum has heaped praise on her daughter's portrayal of a desperate prostitute in Les Miserables after playing the role onstage in a touring production of the epic musical.

Kate Hathaway insists her stage performances as Fantine inspired her daughter to become an actress and she's more than impressed with what Anne has created on the big screen in director Tom Hooper's epic adaptation.

She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I know I'm her mother, but I think she's the perfect Fantine. I don't feel like I dove into Fantine as far as she did. Annie actually opened my eyes to...

'The Hobbit' Back Atop Box Office

12/31/2012 10:31am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
"Lord Of The Rings" prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will ring in 2013 as America's top film after beating Django Unchained and Les Miserables to number one at the year-end box office.

Peter Jackson's fantasy epic raked in almost $33 million over the weekend to blast past the $220 million mark at the U.S. box office.

Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained has come in second with a $30.7 million opening and Les Miserables heads into the New Year in third place with $28 million.

The movie musical has made $67.5 million since opening on Christmas Day.

'Les Miserables' Is Beautiful, Exciting, Romantic, And A Must See

12/26/2012 2:30pm EST
Les Miserables
I absolutely loved the Broadway production of 'Les Miserables' created by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boubill and Jean-Marc Natel. I listen to the show's score in my car whenever I need to feel energized.

So to say I was really, really looking forward to seeing the film is an understatement.

I couldn't help but wonder if I be disappointed? Would the film version match up to the stage production and would the singers sound as great as the original London and New York cast?


For those of you unfamiliar with the story, based on Victor Hugo's monumental 1862 novel ab...

Best Movies of 2012

12/24/2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...

Review: Hooper's 'Les Miserables' Is A Miss For This Fan Of The Musical

12/23/2012 12:00pm EST
Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Before my review of Tom Hooper’s film “Les Misérables,” I just want to preempt a few nastygrams by saying that I have tremendous respect for this musical. I studied it in school growing up, I’ve watched several performances of it over the years, and I know some of the songs well enough to sing along. Although I’m not exactly a diehard “Les Mis” devotee, I can appreciate the skill with which the story and the music are crafted. Both are woven together in a way that is compelling and enthralling.

That being said, Hooper’s adaptation is a disappointing cinematic regurgitation of the stage sho...

Barbra Streisand Praises Live Singing In 'Les Miserables' Film

12/19/2012 4:30pm EST
The Guilt Trip
Barbra Streisand is back on the big screen this week in the comedy The Guilt Trip. We don’t get to sing because she’s playing a regular mom who’s not the world’s greatest multi-talent superstar. However, while discussing her film at a press conference in Los Angeles, Streisand complimented the upcoming musical film Les Miserables for letting its actors sing live. She said that’s how she did it in her classic movie musicals.

"By the way, A Star is Born was done live,” Streisand said. “Sometimes with an audience. I sang live. I sang live in Funny Girl,” at the end of Funny Girl, because th...

Anne Hathaway Refuses To Discuss Her 'Les Miserable' Diet

12/12/2012 5:30pm EST
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway refuses to divulge any more details on how she dropped 25 pounds for her role in new movie musical Les Miserables because she doesn't want to give impressionable young girls any ideas.

The dedicated star went on a strict diet, so she could authentically portray desperate prostitute Fantine in the upcoming film, and she recently confessed to reporters she only ate two dried squares of oatmeal paste a day to get to her ideal weight.

However, after repeatedly fielding questions about her eating habits, Hathaway has now vowed to remain tight-lipped on the other methods she ado...

Amanda Seyfried: 'They Thought I Was Having A Stroke'

12/12/2012 1:28pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried's singing in Les Miserables was sometimes so bad her co-stars feared she was having a stroke.

The cast all wore special earpieces to help them sing in time and on key but the forgetful actress would often leave hers somewhere on set and try to sing a capella, according to the New York Daily News.

Her co-star, British actor Eddie Redmayne, confesses that during one duet, her singing was terrible but he was too embarrassed to tell her.

He says, "I was doing a romantic duet with Amanda (Seyfried) and she was singing off-tune and slightly off-tempo, and I kept thinking, 'T...

Tom Hooper: 'Anne Hathaway And Hugh Jackman Auditioned For Me At Academy Awards'

12/10/2012 5:23pm EST
Les Miserables
Moviemaker Tom Hooper is convinced his Les Miserables stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman used the Oscars to audition for roles in his ambitious production.

The King's Speech director was mulling over his cast choices when he caught Hathaway serenading Jackman while co-hosting the 2011 Academy Awards - and he immediately knew the stars would be perfect as his Fantine and Jean Valjean.

Hooper tells WENN, "I remember I was sitting at the Oscars two years ago and was in the middle of this difficult decision about whether to do Les Miserables. I was kind of close to saying the final 'Yes'. A...

Russell Crowe And Hugh Jackman Share The Stage At New York Gig

12/10/2012 3:18pm EST
Russell Crowe And Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Russell Crowe took to the stage in New York to sing with his Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman over the weekend.

The actor plays in a band with his Robin Hood co-star Alan Doyle and he showed off his singing skills by performing at Joe's Pub in Manhattan on Saturday night.

Jackman, who appears alongside Crowe in Tom Hooper's new movie adaptation of Les Miserables, was in the audience and Crowe persuaded the Australian to join him on stage to sing a track called The Confrontation from the hit musical.

The X-Men star even borrowed a bow tie from one of the other guests to fit in with Cro...

Amanda Seyfried Is Gorgeous In A Neoprene Gown At The London Premiere Of 'Les Miserables'

12/8/2012 6:25pm EST
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried stunned on the red carpet for the UK premiere of Les Miserables Wednesday night, braving near-freezing temperatures in London's Liecester Square to look this good.

The star, who plays Cosette in the film, wore a black Balenciaga gown made of neoprene -- so maybe she wasn't that cold after all since it's the synthetic rubber material used to make wetsuits. Balenciaga has been known to use the material in a lot of its designs.

According to Yahoo Movies, Amanda said the latest adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic story is "up there with the best movies of all time"; while co-s...

Anne Hathaway Wears A Wing-Like Pearl Studded Gown At 'Les Miserables' Premiere - See Tons Of Photos!

12/6/2012 8:46am EST
Les Miserables
The stars came out in full force at the "Les Miserables" world premiere in London on Wedensday night. Anne Hathaway stood out on the red carpet in a backless, pearl-studded Givenchy gown with off-the-shoulder sleeves that resembled wings.

Hathaway, who chopped her hair and lost 25 pounds to portray Fantine, recently told, "I couldn't sleep. I was so starving, my body was keeping me awake at night, like it was telling me, 'Go look for food!' I was kind of in this otherworldly, slightly ecstatic manic state all the time."

Her co-star Amanda Seyfried looked lovely in a black and whi...

In Theaters Soon & In Bookstores Now: 'Les Miserables' & 'On The Road'

12/1/2012 9:00am EST
Les Miserables & On THe Road
You often hear that the book is better than the film, and that may or may not be the case for two highly anticipated upcoming films: "Les Miserables" and "On The Road."

Adapted from the acclaimed Broadway musical, Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Miserables" is brought to the big screen and stars Hugh Jackman as escaped convict Jean Valjean. Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen also star.

Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to be...

Anne Hathaway: 'I Was So Starving, My Body Was Keeping Me Awake At Night'

11/23/2012 12:00pm EST
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Anne Hathaway lost so much weight while filming "Les Miserables" that she had a difficult time sleeping. At one point she lost 14 pounds in 14 days.

The actress lost a total of 25 pounds while making the film in order to authentically play Fantine, who sells her hair and teeth in order to survive.

Hathaway told, "Before we started filming I lost 10 pounds and from the beginning of filming to when she (Fantine) is arrested, I had 14 days to lose 14 pounds, and I ended up losing 15. I lost 25 pounds total.

"I couldn't sleep. I was so starving, my body was keeping me awake at night, ...

New Poster For 'Les Miserables' Pays Homage To The Original Broadway Artwork

9/24/2012 10:21pm EDT
Les Miserables
The latest poster to promote director Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of the stage production based on Victor Hugo's epic tale Les Miserables was released on Monday, and it bears a striking resemblance to the original artwork used for Broadway's longest-running musical.

The new promo brings to life the original drawing of a young girl with a sad look and windswept hair, and features newcomer Isabelle Allen as the young Cosette instead of any of the film's top-billed stars -- Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

Set in 19th-century France, Les Mis tells the ta...

Anne Hathaway Shows Off Her Super Short Hair In Miami

5/12/2012 12:00pm EDT
Anne Hathaway
Last month Anne Hathaway chopped off her hair for her role as Fantine in the big-screen version of "Les Miserables." The film centers on the obsessive quest of Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) as he spends years in an effort to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman). It opens December, 2012.

We spotted short-haired Anne shopping in Miami yesterday. She's in town to celebrate Valentino's 80th birthday celebration. The actress wore a blue dress, sandals, and sunglasses.

Anne plays Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises." The story picks up after the events of "The Dark Knight," w...

Anne Hathaway Postpones Wedding Due To Work Commitments

4/15/2012 1:30pm EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway has pushed back her plans for a summer wedding because of her work commitments, according to a U.K. report.

The star has been dating Adam Shulman since 2008 and he proposed to the actress late last year.

Hathaway has been busy shooting upcoming Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," which is set for release in July, as well as working on the movie adaptation of "Les Miserables," for which she is sporting a new cropped hairstyle and slimline figure.

And Hathaway's busy schedule has forced her to reassess her wedding plans, reports Britain's Mail on Sunday.

A source tells the ...