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News Nuggets: Loving 'Les Mis' despite marginalizing women?

By Daniel Montgomery
Jan 03 2013 09:45 am

les miserables les mis oscars anne hathaway samantha barks entertainment film music newsStacy Wolf loves "Les Miserables" despite its problematic gender roles: "'Les Miserables' should have feminists like me up in arms. The musical takes the female characters from a 150-year-old novel about a French rebellion and makes them bit players — even though they figure prominently in the book (and in the marketing for the musical and movie). They exist not to drive the plot but to sacrifice for the men, the real stars of the show. But I can’t help it: I love 'Les Miz.' As a theater historian who studies gender and sexuality in the American musical, when women are abused or marginalized on stage, I notice. Yet 'Les Miz' never fails to move me." WASHINGTON POST

Louis Virtel looks back at five times the Golden Globes got it right and the Oscars got it wrong. He praises the Hollywood Foreign Press for picking "Sense and Sensibility" over "Braveheart" and "The Social Network" over "The King's Speech." AFTER ELTON

Thelma Adams considers the current state of the Best Picture race: "Lincoln" is the frontrunner, but "Argo" could emerge as a consensus choice. YAHOO! MOVIES

Vibe Magazine is happy LL Cool J is hosting the Grammys again this year. Five reasons why: VIBE

Adele has a decision to make: Perform her "Skyfall" theme at the Golden Globes, or hold out for the Oscars? SHOWBIZ 411

There weren't many surprises from the Producers Guild nominees, according to Sasha Stone, who thinks most of Oscar's Best Picture nominees are set and that "Skyfall" could sneak into a possible 10th slot. AWARDS DAILY

"The Impossible" criticized for focusing on white tourists affected by the 2004 tsunami in southest Asia. GUARDIAN

Jon Stewart will host the Grammys' MusiCares tribute to Bruce Springsteen on February 8. Performers for the event include Mumford and Sons, Elton John, and Neil Young. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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