My Fun Interview with Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables!’ I Told Her She’ll Win an Oscar! 


I love, love, love Anne Hathaway! She’s quick-witted and sweet-natured and it’s always a pleasure interviewing her. Oh, when I walked into the room, instead of shaking my hand, she gave me a big hug, yes, we’re not big hug buddies, and I’m very happy!

Hathaway is having a great year – playing Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and now Fantine in “Les Miserables.” Two great roles from two great movies in one whole year. Not to mention that the actress just got married and turned 30! Lots of big events for one of my favorite actresses. Wait until you see her signature “Les Miserables” song “I Dreamed a Dream” – she will make you cry buckets!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** She loves my shirt, she tells me I’ll get an award, so I bounce back by telling her she’ll get an Oscar – watch her reaction
*** Such dedication to the craft!
*** Working with director Tom Hooper
*** Auditioning for the role
*** The sung-through process
*** The vulnerability of singing while acting
*** How she lost 25 lbs in 5 weeks to play Fantine
***2012 as her year!
*** And I ended it by congratulating her for her Oscar!

Have fun! :happy



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Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) Interview for “Les Miserables” 


My life is now fulfilled – I’ve witnessed Wolverine sing! And boy, does Hugh Jackman give his blood, sweat, and tears for the role of prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean. Jackman carries the movie from start to finish. You see him skinny, young, old – and a brilliant performance all throughout. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted him to the role of Jean Valjean
*** The rigorous 3-hour audition process
*** The Valjean diet of no food, no water, and 3-hour exercise
*** The transformation of his character
*** What was his connection to “Les Miserables?”
*** I told him a secret – why I love the movie better than the play
*** Wolverine the Musical

Have fun! :happy



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Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) Interview for “Les Miserables” 


I love me some Amanda Seyfried. She’s always sweetly feisty in my interviews with her. But in the film, she plays the innocent Cosette, the heart and light of the film. Wait until you see her showstopping number, “In My Life”/”A Heart Full of Love” sung with Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. In this interview, we talked about:

*** The rigorous audition process – she invoked President Obama
*** Playing Cosette
*** Her connection with Cosette when she was a little girl
*** The importance of “On My Own”

Have fun! :happy



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Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" Wins Over Las Vegas Film Critics Society 


The Las Vegas Film Critics Society has announced the winners of their annual awards and Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" dominated the winners circle. Check out full list of winners below:

Best Picture: "Life of Pi"

Best Director: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Screenplay: Rian Johnson, "Looper"

Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

Best Documentary: "Bully"

Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"

Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi"

Best Production Design: Arthur Max, "Prometheus"

Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, "Anna Karenina"

Best Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"

Best Original Song: Adele and Paul Epworth, "Skyfall" from "Skyfall"

Breakout Filmmaker Award: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Youth in Film Award: Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi"

Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Arkin

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2012

1. "Life of Pi"
2. "Zero Dark Thirty"
3. "Argo"
4. "Silver Linings Playbook"
5. "Lincoln"
6. "Moonrise Kingdom"
7. "The Impossible"
8. "Les Misérables"
9. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
10. "The Master"

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Director Tom Hooper Interview “Les Miserables!” The “King’s Speech” Director Challenges Himself! 


So director Tom Hooper, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker of “The King’s Speech,” decided to work on the big screen version of “Les Miserables” and made a very important call – his cast will not lip synch to the music, they will sing it live, and with feeling and passion depending on their characters. The sung-through technique is brilliant and gives the film much more weight! So, I was happy as a clam to interview Mr. Hooper, one-on-one. In this interview, we talked about:

*** He loves the “Les Miserables” shirt I ironed-on LOL
*** Was it a daunting task to create a big-screen version of the musical?
*** Why was it his dream to make “Les Miserables?”
*** His sung-through technique
*** His tight close-ups technique
*** I actually enjoyed the story better now that watching the play numerous times

Click here to watch the video and HAVE FUN! :happy

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