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Les Miserables Trailer Arrives; Anne Hathaway Sings

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Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables/YouTube

At last, a "Les Miserables" teaser! (Trailer below.) This "Anne Hathaway" person is about to have a very big year. In the just-released trailer, not only will you get the first listen of Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," you'll also get a glimpse of her in character as Fantine, as well as Amanda Seyfried as Cosette and Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.

As the elevator of enthusiasm for Baz Luhrmann's "Great Gatsby" adaptation goes up, up, up, an interesting article in The Guardian about the enduring social relevance of The Great Gatsby also contains a choice bit of trivia: The first recorded use of the phrase "the American dream." Any guesses? It was in a 1917 novel called Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (itself adapted into a movie in 1931).

Variety reports that Malin Ackerman -- who has a permanent place in my heart because of her brilliant work on the 2005 Lisa Kudrow reality TV spoof "The Comeback" -- will be playing the part of Debbie Harry in the upcoming CBGB biopic. Does Ackerman have the requisite edge? Well, she's got a few months at least to find it. (Harry herself has had a pretty interesting acting career.)

The AVClub doesn't have very high hopes for "Clarice," a Lifetime series about the Thomas Harris heroine Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster in the 1991 movie. I have to explain this, because children born that year are now old enough to drink). I admit I'm curious to see what develops, but the premise does seem a bit superfluous. As the article points out, "The onus is now on Animal Planet to create a series exploring the dog's-eye-view of Buffalo Bill's dog Precious."

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