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Good couple of days for my fandoms lately.

We have of course the newer, longer Hobbit trailer...

...in which I found myself unexpectedly thinking, "Dang, there are some hot dwarves in that bunch." (Particularly Kili, though Thorin is handsome as well.) If it looks as though we're in for some broad, slightly dumb humor--well, let's be fair; that was kind of canon for The Hobbit as a novel. Drunk carousing elves and plate-chucking dwarves are part of what Tolkien gave us to work with. Can't expect Peter Jackson to just leave that lying on the table, can you?

Incidentally, as serai1 and I were discussing yesterday, Martin Freeman looks perfect as Bilbo, partially because he's already proven himself a great Arthur Dent--and, if we think about it, Arthur Dent kind of is Bilbo. They're both grumpy homebodies hauled at great reluctance from their houses to go on a grand perilous adventure, and spend most of the time wishing they had their tea. Or handkerchiefs. Hey, I can completely relate.

Switching gears, we also got an extended preview/trailer/thing for the new Les Misérables:

The more I see of it, the more I dare think they're getting Hugo's story as right as they can. They're adding book-faithful details that weren't in the stage show, such as the elephant statue inside which Gavroche sleeps. And the cast's voices sound awesome so far.

But if that's too heart-wrenching for you, and you want something funny, enjoy Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel breaking into an impromptu version of Javert and Valjean's confrontation song:

I LOL'd. Now I want Neil Patrick Harris to be in a production of Les Mis. He'd be a great Javert, but honestly he could be any part he wanted. Enjolras, Fantine, Eponine--whatever. He'd rock it.


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Sep. 21st, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
There is nothing I don't like in this post. :D

I hadn't seen any trailers for Les Mis (most people I know probably don't even know I like it—my sister did it for the school musical her senior year; it was the first time I'd seen it ever and it blew my mind), but I've been quietly excited for it. And now seeing this, seeing that they're singing live on the takes and everything? OMG. That's so incredible and I can't wait!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, I loved the cast's discussion of how the singing-live thing makes it more real. I totally see it. Can't wait! Also, I'm always impressed when I hear of a high school doing Les Mis. It seems like it'd be so technically difficult--vocals, orchestra, set, everything. But when I was in high school, all us theatre types loved Les Mis, and surely would've done our best at it.

Do read the book if you haven't yet! Start with an abridged, and if you love it, go back in for the unabridged. :)
Sep. 23rd, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)

The Hobbit video in the link has been taken down already. Meanwhile, your song for the day (and to answer the question about well-known artists/obscure songs you posed a while back) should be "Sex Dwarf" (Soft Cell).

...I can't believe I haven't yet seen the Hobbit trailer set to that...
Sep. 23rd, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Whoops. Fixed link!

Hahah...you're right, I hadn't heard "Sex Dwarf" before, and yes, that's destined to get dubbed into lots of Kili-and-co. footage by this time next year. Given Legolas is also in this movie, the slash engines are surely already revving up out there.

Speaking of songs and fandoms, Pandora just played me a song called "Angels and Darlas" by Say Hi To Your Mom. Woo, Buffyverse shoutout!
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