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'Really 'Les Miz' is about hope and redemption and love, which is, let's face it, what we reflect on at this time of year ...'

By James Rocchi Dec 25, 2012 11:31AM

Conducting interviews for "Les Miserables" in New York, actor Hugh Jackman has also -- and not coincidentally -- set up a suite to serve his own band of philanthropic morning pick-me-up, Laughing Man coffee. When I'm ushered into talk to Jackman, who plays convict-turned-respectable citizen-turned-fugitive Jean Valjean, he asks if I've tried Laughing Man coffee yet. I mention I have, and that it tasted "like singing and fighting." Jackman, thank heavens, laughs; with his career split between musicals like this and tough-guy parts like in "Wolverine," it's a combination audiences seem to enjoy more than not. We spoke with Jackman about singing on-set, applying musical theater skills to the screen and much more.

 

MSN Movies: In the first scene in this when you're playing Jean Valjean, you're singing, you're hauling a ship into a real ship dock. Did that mixture of cinematic, epic spectacle and the business of singing, was that a reminder of how tough it was going to be to do this great hybrid?

 

Hugh Jackman: Yes. Constantly, that reminder was there for me, but ultimately it was exciting. I've done a lot of stage shows, and a lot of the time you're trying to recreate that feeling of epic size and space. The music may be epic, but actually you're on a little stage. And here we had an opportunity in the film to really show the scale of time and also that sweeping nature of the French Revolution and the era of the period so .. it was exciting, it was thrilling.

 

You finish the song and you pull back and it's the glory of Paris.

 

Yes.

 

Tonally though, this is a really different musical. I mean this is not Curly in "Oklahoma!" This is love and revolution and death. Does embracing dramatic emotional material like that through song ... that's got to be a real challenge and really exciting.

 

BING: Hugh Jackman l Laughing Man Coffee


It is a challenge, and basically you cannot pull it off unless you have great music and great lyrics. In a way, the miracle of -- well first of all, what Victor Hugo wrote is a miracle, and it's an incredible book. If you haven't read it you must read it at some point. Don't wait until you're 44, like me.  But the real miracle is ...  you give two guys, a lyricist and a composer, the challenge of trying to match that story with music, and they've done it. The music is timeless, epic, sweeping. And without that, if the music and the lyrics don't match the size of the story, you can't work;  as an actor, you can't pull it off. So hats off to all those who did all the heavy lifting.

 

 

Enter to win $500 to a charity of your choice

By MSN Movies Mon 8:16 AM






















Relativity Media


Hector (Simon Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. 


To celebrate the release of "Hector and the Search for Happiness" one winner will get a chance to make a difference. The winner will receive $500 to a charity of their choice along with movie goodies.


"Hector and the Search for Happiness" opens in theaters Sept. 26.


To enter this giveaway follow these easy steps:


1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #SearchForHappiness and tell us three things that give you happiness.

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​​​​​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #SearchForHappiness and tell us three things that give you happiness.
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.




 

Enter to win the Ultimate Collector's Edition

By MSN Movies Sep 9, 2014 8:28AM



























By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


One of America's most beloved classics, a winner of 10 Academy Awards -- "Gone With the Wind" celebrates 75 years with the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.


Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. A story of romance, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, "Gone With the Wind" continues to capture the hearts for generations.


To celebrate the release of the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition, three lucky winners will be selected to win this collection.


"Gone With the Wind" 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is out Sept. 30.


To enter the giveaway follow these easy steps:


1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #GoneWiththeWind and tell us your top five favorite classic films.

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4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.


In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive movie trailer:



 

Enter to win an iPad Air!

By MSN Movies Aug 25, 2014 6:28AM




















By Relativity Media


Pierce Brosnan stars in this action-packed drama as Peter Devereaux -- an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. As he becomes the target, Devereaux soon realizes there is no one he can trust. "The November Man" is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.


To celebrate the release of "The November Man" on Aug. 27, one fan will win an iPad Air courtesy of Relativity Media. Follow these easy steps to enter this giveaway:


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2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #TheNovemberMan giveaway.

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4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.


Be sure to check out "The November Man" when it opens in theaters Aug. 27.




 

Enter to win a fun prize pack filled with movie goodies

By MSN Movies Aug 13, 2014 8:24AM






















By Lionsgate


Sylvester Stallone returns as Barney Ross in the new installment "The Expendables 3." An incredible cast is lined up in this new era which includes Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Mel Gibson with Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


With new blood, The Expendables team members are a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise. Combining old and new, they face their most personal battle yet.


To celebrate the release of "The Expendables 3" on August 15th, we are giving away a fun movie prize pack which includes the following goodies:


  • Comic-Con Poster
  • Character Poster
  • Final Poster
  • Cut-off Tee
  • Fandango Gift Card
  • Tough Mudder Entrance Fee


Follow these steps to enter:


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4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.


Be sure to check out "The Expendables 3" when it opens in theaters this Friday, August 15.





 

Enter to win an Xbox One

By MSN Movies Jul 15, 2014 9:23AM
Go behind the scenes to see the filmmakers shooting a scene with Russell Crowe.


By Paramount

 

Darren Aronofsky reenvisions the story of Noah's Ark with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil.

 

To celebrate the July 15 release of "Noah" on Digital, and the July 29 release on Blu-ray, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One and four runners-up will each win a Blu-ray copy of the movie, courtesy of "Noah." Here's how to enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #NOAH giveaway and tell us your top two favorite Russell Crowe movies.
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner.

 

The outrageous, unrated film debuts on Digital

By MSN Movies Jun 3, 2014 7:35AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Get ready to see even more pranks and outrageousness in this follow-up to "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" with "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5." Filled with never-before-seen footage and more, you'll get to experience the life of Irving Zisman with a whole new perspective.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" on Digital one lucky winner will be selected as a winner of an Xbox One.  Here's how you enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #BADGRANDPA giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #BADGRANDPA giveaway
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip from "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5" and be sure to check it out on Digital!

 

 

Enter to win the comprehensive DVD box set

By MSN Movies May 21, 2014 8:51AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to announce a comprehensive new DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" which features 40 films starring one of America's most iconic film heroes -- John Wayne. This collection comes packaged in a beautiful box case which also includes a coffee table book and unique collectibles.

 

Photos: John Wayne's iconic movies

 

Just in time for Father's Day, one lucky fan will be chosen to win the DVD set "John Wayne: The Epic Collection." To enter this giveaway follow these steps:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JOHNWAYNE giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JOHNWAYNE giveaway and tell us your top five favorite John Wayne films!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Good luck MSN Movies fans!

 

You might be chosen as the lucky winner of an Xbox One

By MSN Movies May 20, 2014 7:54AM

By Paramount Pictures

 

Chris Pine and Kevin Costner team up in this action-thriller as a CIA analysist (Pine) and seasoned mentor (Costner). They race against time to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.

 

To celebrate the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray one lucky winner will win an Xbox One!  Here's how to enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.co​m with the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #JACKRYAN giveaway and tell us your top five favorite Kevin Costner films!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Good luck, fans and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive clip and be sure to check out "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on Digital HD and Blu-ray!

 

 

 
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