Opening in theaters later this month, THE GUILT TRIP stars BARBRA STREISAND and SETH ROGEN as a mother and son determined to make the most of a cross country road trip that tests the boundaries of their already strained relationship. Played (almost) completely for laughs, the film’s expected cliches and stereotypical characterizations are made bearable simply because of the total likeability of its stars.
At yesterday’s press conference to promote the film, STREISAND fielded questions about everything from movie making to movie watching and seemed to win over the crowd. Of this season’s crop of projects, she gave her seal of approval to the big screen adaptation of the stage musical LES MISERABLES and singled out director TOM HOOPER’S choice to film and record the songs live rather than in a studio as a smart move (just as it was 45 years ago when she did it first). (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE GUILT TRIP opens in theaters 12/19
Well, nothing says “holidays” quite like poverty, pestilence, civil war and oppression than the songs that celebrate them. Opening in theaters on Christmas day, LES MISERABLES is the big screen adaptation of the hugely successful stage musical based on VICTOR HUGO’S 1862 novel. Directed for the screen by TOM HOOPER, the cast includes HUGH JACKMAN, RUSSELL CROWE, ANNE HATHAWAY, EDDIE REDMAYNE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, SACHA BARON COHEN and HELENA BONHAM-CARTER. Despite what would seem to be the melancholy nature of the story, it is ultimately one of hope and survival, two virtues that have a place in today’s world. At a press conference to promote the film, director TOM HOOPER explained that now is the perfect time to release LES MIZ. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
LES MISERABLES opens in theaters 12/25
Coming to theaters on Christmas day, LES MISERABLES is the big screen adaptation of the stage musical based on VICTOR HUGO’S 1862 novel. Directed for the screen by TOM HOOPER, the cast includes HUGH JACKMAN, RUSSELL CROWE, ANNE HATHAWAY, EDDIE REDMAYNE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, SACHA BARON COHEN and HELENA BONHAM-CARTER. Big, loud and very committed to its source material, the film is bound to thrill fans of the stage production and test the patience of those not so…well, “musically inclined”. During last week’s press conference promoting the film, ANNE HATHAWAY (an absolute lock to be Oscar nominated for her performance as Fantine) talked about the adoration the cast shared for the play. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
LES MISERABLES opens in theaters 12/25
Arriving in theaters next month, LES MISERABLES is the big-screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical inspired by the classic novel by VICTOR HUGO. Hugely popular, the show has run (in one incarnation or another) for over 30 years and won countless awards.
Already the subject of considerable “Oscar buzz”, the film is directed by TOM HOOPER from a script by WILLIAM NICHOLSON and features an impressive ensemble cast that includes HUGH JACKMAN, ANNE HATHAWAY, RUSSELL CROWE, SACHA BARON COHEN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and AMANDA SEYFRIED. Almost all involved have musical stage experience and, judging from the trailers, it shows. Despite being a Broadway vet and Tony Award-winner, HUGH JACKMAN told us earlier this year that he not only had to audition for his role in the film but that he actually insisted on it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
LES MISERABLES opens in theaters 12/14
Announced yesterday amidst much fanfare, award winner LIZA MINNELLI has signed on the dotted line to guest-star as herself on the hit NBC musical drama series SMASH. One of just a few entertainers who have earned an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award, MINNELLI will be performing (with series star CHRISTIAN BORLE) an original song written by MARC SHAIMAN and SCOTT WHITTMAN. Set against the backdrop of Broadway’s musical theater world, the series has also lined up guest performances by JENNIFER HUDSON, JESSE L. MARTIN and SEAN HAYES.
Because she spends so much of her time touring the world in concert, the impulse might be to label this return to television a “comeback.” But, as LIZA told us just a few years ago during an interview we did here in Los Angeles, everybody always wants to say she’s staging a “comeback.” (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Revisiting that interview reminded us of a great story MINNELLI told about the pros and cons of being celebrity offspring. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
SMASHED returns to the NBC schedule in February