Hugh and Russell Crowe Present Best Picture at the BAFTAs

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Earlier today, February 12th, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe had the honor of presenting the BAFTA Best Picture Award. A few pictures from the press room – with the winners of The Artist, including Jean Dujardin (Best Actor) – have been added to the gallery. More pictures will be added as they become available, as well as a video (if one happens to be uploaded).

Valjean’s New Song Has a Title

Playbill.com asked, and Cameron Mackintosh answered. After Hugh tweeted that the new Les Miserables song would be for Jean Valjean, a lot of other questions popped up, namely: where in the story would it fit in? The new song, entitled “Suddenly,” expands more on the relationship between Valjean and Cosette, as Makintosh clarified in the quote below. You may also want to check out the source, as there’s more information about the production of the upcoming film.

“Well, he did warn us he was going to Tweet,” Mackintosh told Playbill.com on Feb. 8. “He didn’t hear the song until yesterday when he went through it with Claude-Michel.”

Written by the stage hit’s original songwriting team of Schönberg, Alain Boublil and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer, the new number is called “Suddenly,” the producer revealed.

“It’s a really lovely new song,” Mackintosh said by telephone from London, where the film, directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper, is in rehearsal before shooting starts in March. “It was something that Alain and Claude-Michel came up with, after a passage in the book, which beautifully explains what happens when [Valjean] takes Cosette from the inn and looks after her. Herbie’s written a lovely lyric to it, and we’re all delighted how it seems to fit into the film version.

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Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe to Present Award Together

A list of attendees and presenters for this Sunday’s BAFTAs have been released, and it sounds like a small Les Miserables party! Not only is Eddie Redmayne nominated for an Orange Rising Star, but Helena Bonham Carter will present an award. Pairing up together will be Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe – Valjean and Javert themselves – to also present an award. The award ceremony, to be hosted by Stephen Fry, takes place on February 12th and will be broadcast on BBC at 9pm that evening. BBCA will also air the show on Sunday at 8pm EST (but check your local listings.)

London, 7 February 2012: The Orange British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 12 February at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

Hosted by Stephen Fry, the ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One at 9.00pm that evening. For the fifth year, a special red carpet show will be broadcast on BBC Three at 7.30pm, hosted by Edith Bowman.

Nominees confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order): Adam Deacon, Bérénice Bejo, Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Gary Oldman, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Jessica Chastain, Jim Broadbent, Jonah Hill, Dame Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Kristen Wiig, Lynne Ramsay, Meryl Streep, Michael Fassbender, Michel Hazanavicius, Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swindon, Tom Hiddleston, Tomas Alfredson and Viola Davis.

Martin Scorsese, recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship, and John Hurt, recipient of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, will also be in attendance.

Presenters and other attendees confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order): Anil Kapoor, Bérénice Marlohe, Billy Bob Thornton, Chris O’Dowd, Christina Hendricks, Christina Ricci, Colin Firth, Cuba Gooding Jr, Daniel Radcliffe, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Henry Cavill, Holliday Grainger, Jeremy Irvine, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jon Hamm, Naomie Harris, Noomi Rapace, Paul Bettany and Penélope Cruz. Presenting an Award together at the ceremony will be Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

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Rehearsals for ‘Les Mis’ Begin

Les Miserables rehearsals have finally begun! Not only that, but exciting new information about the project has also come to light. According to Hugh Jackman’s official Twitter, the new song written for the film will indeed be for Jean Valjean! No word yet if it’ll be a solo performance, a duet, or perhaps something involving multiple characters. Remember: when a new song is created and is aired within the duration of the film (or is the first song during credits), it’s eligible for an Academy Award.

Read what Hugh tweeted below:

what an honour…singing a new song with the composer, claude michel, at rehearsals for les mis!

‘The Wolverine’ Gets a Release Date

Great news! According to Box Office Mojo, The Wolverine already has an official release date: July 26, 2013. So far, its only box office competition is an animated feature of Disney’s Pineas and Ferb and a remake of Dirty Dancing. After many production delays, The Wolverine is rumored to start shooting in Japan this June.

Hugh Carries a Musical Instrument in NYC

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