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Dec 26, 2012

Just A Minute With: Hugh Jackman on “Les Miserables”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australian actor Hugh Jackman says his background in musical theater and action films made him feel “like all the stars were aligning” when he took on the starring role of Jean Valjean in the new movie version of “Les Miserables.”

Jackman, 44, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie franchise, spoke to Reuters about the demands of the role in British director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical sensation that opened when Jackman was still a teenager.

Dec 21, 2012

“Les Miserables” movie relies on close-ups for emotional punch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For British director Tom Hooper, the key to turning “Les Miserables” from the wildly popular stage musical to a cinematic experience both sweeping and intimate, was all in the close-up.

The stage musical has left audiences around the world wiping away tears with its themes of justice, redemption and romantic and familial love. So bringing it to life on screen for fans and filmgoers was “hugely daunting,” Hooper says.

Dec 19, 2012

A Minute With: Jessica Chastain on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Jessica Chastain carries the
weight of starring in one of the year’s most anticipated films,
“Zero Dark Thirty,” about the decade-long hunt and eventual
killing of Osama bin Laden.

Critics say Chastain pulls it off seamlessly as “Maya,”
based on a real-life CIA agent who played a major role in
tracking down bin Laden at his hideout in Pakistan.

Dec 17, 2012

Bin Laden movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ arrives, mired in controversy

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Kathryn
Bigelow could have made a testosterone-fueled shoot-’em-up
Hollywood version of the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Instead, she and screenwriter Mark Boal turned “Zero Dark
Thirty” into a more complex look at the decade-long hunt for the
al Qaeda leader, including a frank presentation of U.S. torture
and previously undisclosed details of the mission to hunt down
the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

Dec 13, 2012

Rock legends take to New York stage for storm Sandy victims

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened an all-star benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, in what producers promised was “the greatest line-up of legends ever assembled on a stage.”

The “12-12-12″ concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden features a who’s who of rock and pop, including The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and Bon Jovi.

Dec 6, 2012

“The Black Box” debuts at top of U.S. bestseller list

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The Black Box” debuted at the top of the Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list on Thursday.

The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

Dec 5, 2012

“Zero Dark Thirty” wins best film award a second time

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Zero Dark Thirty,” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s action thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, was named best film of 2012 on Wednesday by the National Board of Review – the second accolade for the movie in one week.

Bigelow was named best director and Jessica Chastain, who plays the starring role of a young CIA officer pursuing bin Laden, was named best actress by the NBR.

Dec 5, 2012

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dead at 91

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, whose choice of novel rhythms, classical structures and brilliant sidemen made him a towering figure in modern jazz, has died at the age of 91, his longtime manager and producer Russell Gloyd said on Wednesday.

Brubeck died of heart failure on Wednesday morning after he fell ill on his way to a regular medical exam at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., a day short of his 92nd birthday, Gloyd said.

Dec 3, 2012

Kutcher’s Steve Jobs, Gordon-Levitt among Sundance premieres

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Ashton Kutcher’s turn as Apple
co-founder Steve Jobs and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s
directorial debut about a modern day Don Juan are leading a slew
of star-studded premieres unveiled Monday for the 2013 Sundance
Film Festival.

Kutcher stars in “Jobs,” a biographical look at the career
rise of Jobs from wayward hippie to charismatic inventor and
entrepreneur, which Sundance said Monday will officially close
the indie film festival backed by Robert Redford that runs Jan.
17 to Jan. 27.

Dec 3, 2012

New York critics pick “Zero Dark Thirty” as best film

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Film Critics Circle on Monday picked action thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” as best film and gave its top acting honors to Daniel Day-Lewis and Rachel Weisz in the first major movie awards of the season leading up to Hollywood’s Oscars.

U.S. filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow won best director for “Zero Dark Thirty,” based on the decade-long U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden and billed as a cinematic look at “the greatest manhunt in history.”

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