We’re only a few short hours from the weekend, which means it's perfectly acceptable to take some personal time in your cubicle and check out these cool new videos we’re sharing.
First up, go behind the scenes with the cast of the upcoming Les Misérables in an intriguing new featurette. The film boasts an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman and featuring Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne, but what’s really so fascinating about the clip is the revelation about how they’ve set about shooting the film.
Rather than have the cast get together and make a soundtrack recorded months ahead of shooting (and then have them lip-synch to that recording as they film their scenes), the new Les Misérables has the actors singing for real during each take.
It seems like a recipe for disaster – but if this new behind-the-scenes look is any indication, it’s actually working. While I’m not a fan of musicals (unless they feature Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy L’Amour), even I can appreciate the effort going into this production. Give the clip a look and see if you don’t agree. [via IndieWire]
Most of us know the story of South African civil rights pioneer Nelson Mandela, but the new film Winnie looks to bring us the tale from a new perspective – that of his wife, Winnie Mandela.
Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard star in the film, based on the biography by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. Winnie follows its subject’s life from her strict religious upbringing through to dealing with her husband’s unjust imprisonment. Hudson and Howard appear poised to catch the attention of awards voters with these performances.
Winnie is expected to debut here in America sometime this November. [via The Movie Box]
And finally, we close with a cinematic pairing I never expected to see: Werner Herzog and the rock band the Killers.
The iconic German filmmaker shot a 95-minute concert video featuring the band as part of American Express’ Unstaged series. If you’re like me, and not particularly interested in the Killers yet love Herzog, you’ll probably find the shorter documentary piece he shot about the band more interesting. If you happen to love both Herzog and the Killers, consider this your lucky day. [via The Film Stage]