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Les Miserables: Getting it Right on the Big Screen? Looks Like It's Not Just a Dream

Anne Hathaway in 'Les Miserables'/Image © 2012 Universal Studios
Anne Hathaway in 'Les Miserables'/Image © 2012 Universal Studios

A fall film I've regarded with skepticism is the upcoming Les Miserables musical adaptation, but I'm going to go ahead and eat my words in advance. The astounding behind-the-scenes video below shows that the filmmakers have taken a radical approach: They've filmed the actors actually singing on-set, in every single take. Watching accomplished actors and singers lip-synch to soulless studio recordings is absolutely nothing like enjoying a huge Broadway musical, and sadly it's many people's first exposure to musical theater. Finally, the revolution begins ... Viva la difference!

Is, as some are alleging, the precocious atrocity known as "Honey Boo Boo" actually a reincarnation of Truman Capote? We admit, that there's a certain amount of poetic justice to the idea that the internationally acclaimed author who "spent his life chatting up and trying to destroy his society friends"  would return to earth in such a subversive form. Meanwhile, people are already hastening to attribute famous philosophical quotes to the little changeling.

I reacted harshly to the idea of a film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but as the reviews roll in I can concede that it's fine to be wrong(-ish) sometimes. The AVClub gave it an A minus, commenting that despite some ragged edges, director Stephen Chbosky -- who also wrote the book -- has created "a coming-of-age tale that feels unusually warm and wise."

Speaking of unlikely adaptations, you wouldn't think that a video game would (or could, or should) be made from Harlan Ellison's 1967 short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream," but you'd be wrong on at least one of those counts. It actually happened in 1995, and in the linked article you can read the game designer's account of meeting with Ellison and pitching his weird little project. Here's a visual tour of the result.

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