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‘Les Miz’ in Japanese

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WITH THE INCREDIBLE CAST: (front row) Yuichi Harada, the author, Natsumi Kon, Rio Uehara; (back) Tatsuya Kawaguchi and Mitsuo Yoshihara

Due in large part to the recent Oscar-nominated film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, as well as its nearly 28-year-long run in the West End, plus countless productions all around the world, “Les Misérables” is perhaps one of the most inspiring musicals ever produced. Its themes of love, redemption, second chances and forgiveness are universal, easily translatable into any language and playable in just about any city.

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Winsome pair buoys up mediocre comedy

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BATEMAN AND MCCARTHY. Amiable performers with contrasting comedic gifts.

Can a fine performance save a mediocre film? Yes and no. If you’re Meryl Streep, you can turn a cheesy musical (“Mamma Mia”), a by-the-numbers actioner (“The River Wild”), and a dawdling biopic (“The Iron Lady”) into enjoyable screen romps.

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Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz win supporting-acting Oscars

Anne Hathaway accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for "Les Miserables" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Anne Hathaway has gone from propping up leaden sidekick James Franco at the Academy Awards to hefting a golden statue of her own with a supporting-actress Oscar win as a doomed mother-turned-prostitute in the musical “Les Miserables.”

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Anne Hathaway wins best supporting actress

Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP

Anne Hathaway wins best supporting actress in the 85th Academy Awards.

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Adele, ‘Les Miserables’ cast sing on Oscar stage

From left, actors Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne pose during the photo call of the film Les Miserables at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. AP

It was an extra starry, musical day at the Dolby Theatre as Adele took the stage first Friday, followed by the cast of “Les Miserables,” singing together for the first time.

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Adele, Barbra Streisand, ‘Les Miz’ cast to perform at Academy Awards

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NEIL Meron (left) and Craig Zadan have been tapped to produce awards show. Photo: Richard Harbaugh

Adele singing the theme song from “Skyfall” live for the first time. Russell Crowe proving that he sings much better live. Barbra Streisand performing on the show for the first time in 36 years. And Shirley Bassey possibly belting both iconic Bond songs from “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds are Forever”?

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South Korean air force parodies ‘Les Miserables’

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The South Korean air force has posted a “Les Miserables” video parody on YouTube, complete with snow-shovelling airmen, a lovelorn military service conscript and a vindictive superior officer.

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‘Les Mis’ movie here–can ‘Miss Saigon’ be far behind?

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AMANDA Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne in “Les Miserables”

Musical-theater producer Cameron Mackintosh has finally shown the long-awaited film version of his hit stage musical, “Les Miserables,” so fans are nagging him about filming his other big hit, “Miss Saigon.”   His guarded response: It depends on how well the “Les Mis” film does at the box office. Well, we heard, it is doing [...]

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Jones, Hathaway win SAG supporting prizes

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Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” and Anne Hathaway of “Les Miserables” claimed the first prizes of the night Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning supporting-acting honors that boost their prospects for the Academy Awards.

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Crowe ‘in love’ with Hathaway, admires Jackman

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CROWE. A profoundly enjoyable experience with “Les Miserables.” ruben v. nepales

Russell Crowe was in a good mood in our latest interview with him. Smiling often, and engaging in joking banter, the actor was effusive in praising his “Les Miserables” co-stars.

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Jackman, Hathaway make up for film musical’s low moments

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JACKMAN AND HATHAWAY. Turn in heightened and informed portrayals.

We first caught a performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s stage musical, “Les Miserables” in London, and were fervently caught up in its unique mix of themes—love, revolution, vengeance, retribution, spiritual transformation—within the dramatic and artistic context of sung-through musical theater.

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Filipino columnist’s interview with Anne Hathaway draws mixed reactions online

Anne Hathaway in Les Mesirables

Like wildfire, the recent “controversial” interview of Filipino entertainment editor-journalist Ricky Lo with “Les Miserables” female lead, Anne Hathaway that has been circulating on social networking sites drew mixed reactions among netizens and local celebrities.

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