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The BBC Is Working On A Les Miserables TV Series

One of the biggest musicals of the decade is 2012’s Les Miserables, an adaptation of the hugely successful stage production featuring an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham-Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and many more. It was an awards magnet, too, achieving a whopping eight nominations at the Oscars that year and earning Hathaway a Best Supporting Actress gong.

You’d think that no one would attempt to top this surely definitive version of the story so soon then, but actually, you’d be wrong. According to industry insider The Knowledge, the BBC is working on a new TV series based on the original 19th century novel written by Victor Hugo. Screenwriter Andrew Davies – whose past credits include House of Cards and Bridget Jones’ Diary (so he’s clearly versatile) – is set to adapt the book, and the hunt for a cast has now begun.
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Part One: "The Incredible Hulk" A 40th Anniversary Tribute: A Conversation With The Show's Creator, Kenneth Johnson

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic TV series "The Incredible Hulk", Cinema Retro's Ernie Magnotta sat down for an extensive discussion with the show's creator Kenneth Johnson.

By Ernie Magnotta

Dr. David Banner—physician, scientist…searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then, an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.

The creature is driven by rage and is pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. David Banner is believed to be dead. And he must let the world think that he is dead until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

Kids who grew up in the 1970s remember that narration well. Every Friday night at 9pm (until it
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BBC Ditches Weinstein Co. From Upcoming 'Les Miserables' Miniseries

The Weinstein Co. is no longer a producing partner on the BBC's upcoming six-part adaptation of Les Miserables

Harvey Weinstein's name had already been removed from the project as an executive producer earlier in the month following multiple sexual harassment allegations, but now BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster's sales arm, has moved to further distance itself from the disgraced mogul's embattled former company by removing it entirely.  

TWC, under its Weinstein Television banner, had been a production partner on the adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic, coming from screenwriter Andrew Davies and being produced by Lookout Point,...
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The Man Who Laughs: the movie that inspired The Joker

Jim Knipfel Sep 18, 2017

One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...

Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.

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During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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BBC Studios Preps Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth Adaptations (Exclusive)

BBC Studios is lining up TV adaptations of author Ken Follett’s World War II novel “Jackdaws” and Frederick Forsyth’s terrorist thriller “The Kill List.”

BBC Studios is the U.K. public broadcaster’s production arm, which can work with outside parties as well as within the BBC. It has already set up “Good Omens,” a six-part TV comedy based upon the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel, for Amazon and the BBC, and an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” for flagship channel BBC One. It will now look to add to the drama slate with the Follett and Forsyth projects.

Of the two, “Jackdaws” is further along, with a script for the first episode already written by Mick Ford (“The Boy With the Topknot”). Follett’s 2001 novel follows a team of female insurgents in Occupied France in World War II. For TV, it was originally developed as a four-parter for the BBC, but
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MipTV: Pascal Breton’s Federation Ent. Boards ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘AIDS’ (Exclusive)

Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment has boarded Andrew Davies’ upcoming adaptation of “Les Miserables” and “AIDS,” an ambitious medical thriller drama set against the backdrop of the epidemic’s outbreak in the 80’s.

A one-hour drama series, “AIDS” opens in the early 80’s, when the virus started spreading and causing deaths. It centers on two teams of French and American researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris and National Institute of Cancer in the Maryland who embarked on a mission to discover and identify the AIDS virus.

“AIDS” is being developed by Mayane Films’s Georges Benayoun (“Wicker Park,””L’appartement”) and Franck Nouchi, a doctor-turned-journalist who worked for France’s biggest newspaper, “Le Monde,” in the 80’s. The series will be based on true facts and will feature real-life characters within the medical world.

“AIDS is being developed as a suspenseful thriller chronicling the scientific and human adventure filled with clashes, sex
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Les Miserables: Mini-Series of Classic Novel in the Works

Can you hear the people sing? They're singing about a new TV show. Deadline reports the BBC and The Weinstein Co. are developing a new series based on the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.Published in 1862, the epic novel tells the story of several characters living during a time of unrest in early 19th century France. Since its release, the book has been adapted into several movies, a popular musical, and a 2000 TV miniseries starring Gerard Depardieu.Read More…
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The BBC announces six-part adaptation of Les Miserables

The BBC and Weinstein TV announced that BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (War and Peace) has signed on to adapt Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables as a six-part drama.

“Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story,” states Davis. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War and Peace.”

Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Misérables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece”, adds Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC. “BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind War and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love.
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BBC Plans Non-Musical "Les Miserables" Series

The BBC has announced that they are developing a new six-part mini-series adaptation of Victor Hugo's 19th century classic novel "Les Miserables" for BBC One and Weinstein Television. Much of the same team behind their recent "War and Peace" adaptation are also involved.

The new production is not based on the famed musical, instead writer Andrew Davies is going back to the original novel. He will go deeper into the original story of former convict Jean Valjean and chilling police officer Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said in a statement: "Andrew Davies' extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Miserables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo's masterpiece. BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind 'War
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‘Les Misérables’ Becoming TV Miniseries, Thanks To Weinstein Co. & BBC

‘Les Misérables’ Becoming TV Miniseries, Thanks To Weinstein Co. & BBC
Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” is set to make its television debut, thanks to the Weinstein Co. and BBC. The companies announced on Thursday that they will develop a six-part miniseries of the acclaimed classic set in 19th century France.

The project will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television. Andrew Davies, who also wrote the adaptation for ‘War & Peace’ for the two companies, will write the script based on the novel that depicted French convict Jean Valjean’s struggles to escape his past while being hunted for decades over a parole violation by Inspector Javert.

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“’Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a release. “Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story.
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‘Les Misérables’ Becoming TV Miniseries, Thanks To Weinstein Co. & BBC

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‘Les Misérables’ Becoming TV Miniseries, Thanks To Weinstein Co. & BBC
Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables” is set to make its television debut, thanks to the Weinstein Co. and BBC. The companies announced on Thursday that they will develop a six-part miniseries of the acclaimed classic set in 19th century France.

The project will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television. Andrew Davies, who also wrote the adaptation for ‘War & Peace’ for the two companies, will write the script based on the novel that depicted French convict Jean Valjean’s struggles to escape his past while being hunted for decades over a parole violation by Inspector Javert.

Read More: Michael Keaton Biopic ‘The Founder’ Moves to December as Weinstein Juggles Awards Slate

“’Les Miserables’ is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a release. “Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story.
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Weinstein TV, BBC Teaming for 'Les Miserables' Miniseries

Weinstein TV, BBC Teaming for 'Les Miserables' Miniseries
Having come together for War & Peace, The Weinstein Co. and the BBC are set to reunite for another big-budget period TV adaptation, this time moving the action to revolutionary France. Les Miserables, a six-part miniseries based on Victor Hugo's acclaimed classic, will be a co-production between BBC Studios and Lookout Point (also behind War & Peace and the upcoming The Collection) for BBC One in association with Weinstein Television, it was announced Thursday. Andrew Davis, who wrote the War & Peace adaptation, will pen the Miserables script, going back to the novel to delve into the

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‘Les Miserables': BBC, Weinstein Team Up for 6-Part TV Adaptation

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‘Les Miserables': BBC, Weinstein Team Up for 6-Part TV Adaptation
Les Miserables” is headed to the small-screen, thanks to the BBC, Weinsteins and screenwriter Andrew Davies. The new six-part, six-hour adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel “Les Mis” will be a BBC Studios and Lookout Point co-production for BBC One, in association with Weinstein Television. Davies, Bethan Jones, Faith Penhale, Simon Vaughan, and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers. The project was commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer. BBC Worldwide will distribute “Les Miserables” globally, with the exception of the U.S. and China, where Weinstein Television has the rights. Harvey’s company also holds an option for Canada.
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The Weinstein Co. And BBC Re-Team On Event TV Adaptation Of ‘Les Miserables’

Having jointly conquered one literary classic with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the Weinstein Co. and BBC are re-teaming for an event TV adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. The six-point mini will be written by award-winning scribe Andrew Davies, who also adapted Tolstoy’s epic tale for TWC and the BBC. Davies will be working from Hugo’s novel, rather than the musical, to delve deep into the many layers of Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse…
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Top 5 Films For Bastille Day, July 14

In honor of Bastille Day, July 14, France’s independence day, here is a list of five top French Revolution films (in no particular order). Not all the films are French and not all have to do with The Revolution. but all celebrate French patriotism or the revolutionary ideals of Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité.

Oddly, there are not a lot of great French films on the Revolution, although it certainly seems a ripe subject for an epic. Still, all these are great films, in the spirit of the day. Vive La France!

Danton (1983)

The great French actor Gerard Depardieu stars as Danton, one of the early leaders of the Revolution but who fell from power as revolutionary leaders became more radical, in this excellent French film from Polish director Andrzej Wajda. It is considered one of the best films on the Revolution, but it was also a covert jab at the
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Pegg, Myers Join Robbie In "Terminal"

Simon Pegg and Mike Myers are set to join Margot Robbie in the Vaughn Stein-directed noir thriller "Terminal" for Highland Film Group.

The film tells the story of two hit men (Dexter Fletcher, Max Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair find a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had originally suspected.

This marks Stein's directorial debut following his work as an assistant director on the likes of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "World War Z," "Les Miserables" and "In the Heart of the Sea". Currently in pre-production, with casting still underway for the remaining roles, shooting will take place in Hungary.

Source: Highland Film Group
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The Honoraries: Maureen O'Hara in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

In "The Honoraries" we're looking at the careers of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients (O'Hara, Miyazaki, Carriere) and the Jean Hersholt winner (Belafonte). Here's Nathaniel...

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You often feel like you've seen the classics, even if you haven't. Victor Hugo published "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" 183 years ago and like most enduring classics, including Hugo's other culturally imposing masterwork "Les Miserables,"  it feels familiar even if you have no first-hand experiences with it. Hunchback, like Les Miz, has been adapted several times but has actually been musicalized more often. I regret to inform that I had never seen the 1939 Rko version starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara until now so the Disney version was my only true cinematic reference point, at first forcing comparisons where I didn't want to see anyway.

The easiest comparison to shake off was Esmeralda, since Maureen O'Hara's fresh faced  breakthrough slipping through crowds
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Tony Awards performance: 'Les Miserables' cast sing rousing 'One Day More' (Video)

Tony Awards performance: 'Les Miserables' cast sing rousing 'One Day More' (Video)
Long before "Les Miserables" was an Oscar-winning movie, it was a Tony-winning Broadway musical. This tuneful adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic novel took the top Tony back in 1987. That original production ran for 16 years on Broadway and returned to the rialto back in 2006 for a short stint.  -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums The 2012 film version spurred interest in another remouting on Broadway. How appropriate that the star of the movie, Hugh Jackman, is hosting the Tonys this year. He earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the persecuted Jean Valjean and Ramin Karimloo reaped a Tony bid for Best Musical Actor in this production, which also contends for Best Musical Revival.  Take a look below at Karimloo and company performing the rousing first act finale "One Day More."  Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr,
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Les Miserables: Theater Review

Les Miserables: Theater Review
New York – The turntable that was the defining design element of the original Les Miserables is gone. Yet this first revival to hit Broadway since Tom Hooper's bludgeoning screen version extended the brand often seems like a record being played at high speed. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's all-singing mega-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic 19th century novel hurtles along in a breathless marathon for almost three hours. Despite that running time, this reboot feels faster, grittier, gloomier and, above all, more emphatic than ever, which is saying something for a show that was always an

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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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