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Scarlett Johansson Auditioned for ‘Les Miserables’

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson tried out for Anne Hathaway's role in Les Miserables.

The 28-year-old actress was keen to take on the part of tragic Fantine in Tom Hooper's big screen version of the hit musical but thinks Anne was the correct choice. When asked if she had auditioned, Scarlett said, "Yes, I did. I sang my little heart out. The jazz hands kid inside me was just over the moon! I auditioned with laryngitis. I did everything I could to, like, not have laryngitis. I think, looking at the film now, there's no possible way I ever could have topped that performance [by Anne Hathaway]. It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be."

It wasn't the first time Scarlett had auditioned for a part in the famous musical. When she was younger she went for the role of Fantine's eight-year-old daughter Cosette, so the story has always been close to her heart.

"But, yes, the audition itself brought back so many memories of auditioning for Les Mis for the young Cosette and it was fun for me to revisit that," she said.


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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Takes Down Competition

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters faced more than the supernatural this weekend; despite Oscar-worthy opponents, the fairy tale action flick came out on top this past weekend, pulling in $19 million.

Coming in second was last week's number one film, Mama, with $12.8 million. Silver Linings Playbook held steady at number three with $10 million while its competition for the Best Picture Academy Award, Zero Dark Thirty, came in at number four with $9.8 million. Earning $7 million, newcomer Parker debuted this weekend at number five.

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Lincoln Leads Oscar Nominations

LincolnLincoln leads the Oscar nominations after being named in 12 categories.

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane unveiled the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards earlier today, and the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic - which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as pioneering President Abraham Lincoln - leads the way, followed closely by Life of Pi, which is up for 11 honors.

Both movies are up for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar, but will face competition from Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Livings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to take home the statuette.

Lincoln stars Daniel, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones are all up for awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, while Spielberg is in the running for Best Director.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Cuts into Competition

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Despite Oscar-worthy films like Les Miserables, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Django Unchained still playing in theaters, the $23 million in ticket sales for Texas Chainsaw proves that movie-goers are sometimes just looking for mindless gore fests.

Following the 3D sequel to the classic 1974 horror film, Django Unchained maintained its number two spot with $20 million. Last week's number one film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, fell two spots to $17.5 million while Les Miserables fell one spot from last week to number four with $16.1 million. Billy Crystal's family comedy Parental Guidance also fell one spot to number five with $10.1 million.

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Lincoln Leads Golden Globe Nominations

LincolnLincoln leads the Golden Globe 2013 nominations with seven nods. Steven Spielberg's biopic about former President Abraham Lincoln is up for a host of top prizes including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino's western flick Django Unchained and political drama Argo follow close behind with five nominations each. Critically-acclaimed films Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook each received four nods.

With three nominations are Life of Pi, dark cult drama The Master and heart-warming British comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The great Dames of British film, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren, all have acting nods for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet and Hitchcock respectively.

Surprises include Nicole Kidman's Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Paperboy and John Hawkes and Helen Hunt being up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in The Sessions.

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Les Miserables Posters Unveiled

Anne Hathaway in 'Les Miserables'

Tom Hooper's film adaptation of the beloved musical Les Misérables comes out Christmas Day, and Universal has just shelled out the posters for the film, offering us a first look at Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfriend, Russell Crowe, and Hugh Jackman in character.

Everyone brings their A-game, Oscar-worthy, intense expressions while newcomer Isabelle Allen does her own impression of the musical's classic poster. Check out the rest of the photos after the jump!

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Sacha Baron Cohen Joins Les Miserables

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen is set to star in Les Miserables.

The Hugo actor - who is best known for comedy roles in films including Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan and Bruno - will play Monsieur Thenardier in the forthcoming musical, which will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper.

Sacha rounds of a huge cast for the film, which includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Russell Crowe. Glee actress Lea Michele is also in the frame for a part, playing Eponine, although Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson are also said to be vying for the character.

Tom - who won an Academy Award last year for his work on The King's Speech - recently confessed the movie would be shot in 2-D instead of 3-D, although he had flirted with the idea.


Les Miserables to Be 2-D

Tom HooperLes Miserables will be shot in 2-D so viewers don't "physically struggle."

Director Tom Hooper - who won an Oscar for his work on The King's Speech - was "tempted" to use 3-D technology in the forthcoming blockbuster but decided against it because he wanted to make a film that would "connect with everyone."

"I can definitely announce it's good old-fashioned 2-D. I did test 3-D and I was very tempted - I think it is a very interesting new form. One of the things I'm most proud of with The King's Speech is how it managed to connect with everyone, whether you're eight or 80 years old. So I slightly worry with 3-D that some people will physically struggle with it. If you have a certain type of eyesight it can be more demanding than watching a normal movie. With a two-and-a-half hour film, I didn't want to make something that anyone might think 'That's not for me, because I don't like the medium.'"

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