Victor Hugo’s great classic novel Les Miserables has been adapted to stage and screen more than 80 times, so you probably have heard of Cosette by now. I adore the sad story, and I blew through a box of tissues when I saw the musical on Broadway. I have not read Hugo’s epic book from 1862, and I probably never will. That thing is 1,488 pages long.
I’ll see the new movie instead. I want to watch Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe sing and emote. They’d better make me cry, dang it. I hear they deliver. This movie has a best picture nomination at the Golden Globes, and the Oscar buzz is building–especially for Hathaway. See the Les Miserables trailer at the end of this post.
I plan to see Les Mis this weekend because we have a sitter on Saturday. Unless my husband reminds me that it’s his turn to pick the flick after Breaking Dawn Part 2. Boo. He’ll choose Skyfall. Or, help me, The Hobbit.
I know I read The Hobbit as a kid, but the only thing I remember is Bilbo, and something about furry feet. And then, of course, there’s The Lord of the Rings that famed author J. R. R. Tolkien wrote next. Those movies rocked. I hear that’s not the case for this first of three Hobbit movies. After all, the children’s book is only 300 pages, so how is Peter Jackson making it into a trilogy? If I had read better reviews, I would’ve tuned in to find out.
Will you watch Les Miserables or The Hobbit this weekend–or at least once they come out on DVD? Better question: Which movie would you prefer? What about your husband?
The tickets are bought. And I’ve been pumped for days, make that months, make that years.
I tore through the books as they came out, but that’s not a surprise considering how much I love young adult fiction and especially teen angst. I have always been lukewarm on vampires, but this book sunk its teeth into me. Who wouldn’t want to be Bella? Two hot, powerful guys are willing to die for her. Bella is no kick-ass superhero like Buffy (well, she might be, *spoiler*), but she represents the ultimate teenage girl fantasy. She is respected, worshipped and loved by two boys, and then she gets to choose between them. Anyway, the Twilight series led me to more critically aclaimed fare like Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Goodness. You need to read that–and skip the boring Tom Cruise/Brad Pitt movie version.
But you don’t need to read the Twilight series. As much as I liked the books, I adore the movies much, much more. Collectively, I’ve seen Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1 at least 30 times. Should I be admitting that on the Internet? I’m going to go one step further on over-sharing: I’m spilling the beans that my dear, patient husband digs Twilight, too.
Check out the trailer at the jump. Will you be getting in on the action? Or are you–sniff, sniff–totally glad that it’s over?
I heard it first on this morning’s Today Show. And gossip king Perez Hilton reports the same breaking news. While The Hunger Games books are a trilogy, the story will be transformed into four movies. The last book, Mockingjay, will be broken into parts one and two. Smart move to stretch out this killer series as long as possible. We get more Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Finnick! (If they’re alive, that is. I don’t want to spoil anything.) Really, can anyone ever have enough Katniss Everdeen?
As you know, Twilight filmmakers did the same with the twin movies Breaking Dawn and Breaking Dawn Part 2. (Bella vamps up on November 16.) I’m sure it’s a money-grubbing issue, but I don’t mind. I get really into these angsty teen flicks, and I’m thrilled to drag my long-suffering husband to yet another one.
In other Hunger Game news, the character of Johanna Mason, the axe-wielding tribute from District 7, has been cast for the second movie Catching Fire. The girl who tells Katniss, “Go ahead. Try it. I don’t care if you are knocked up I’ll rip your throat out!” will be played by Jena Malone. (Sorry, Kristen Bell.) Sulky, scary Malone, best known as Gretchen from Donnie Darko, is actually kind of perfect for the part. But I’ve read a lot of blogs on the topic, and not everyone agrees.
It will be awhile before we see Malone and Jennifer Lawrence (aka Katniss) scheming in the next installment. Word is, they’ll start filming Catching Fire soon. But Finnick still hasn’t been cast! Who’s your pick for the hunky tribute? I’d kill to see Hunter Parrish go into the ring.