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The movie musical of 2012, Les Misérables arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and for Digital Download on Friday, March 22. Hypable was able to check out the home release ahead of its availability on store shelves.

Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfriend, Les Misérables is an obvious must-have for fans of any version of the musical. Universal thankfully opted for a simple combo pack which offers special features for both Blu-ray and DVD players, but the Blu-ray version offers a few more bonuses than the DVD.

'Les Miserables' DVD/Blu-ray reviewOn both the DVD and Blu-ray you will find three special features: The Stars of Les Misérables, Creating the Perfect Paris, The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and commentary with Hooper. Each offers great behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the film. In Stars, Hooper explains Jackman’s overall importance to the project. “There were two requirements” for Hooper to make the film, he explains. “One was everyone signing up to the idea of singing live, and second was Hugh Jackman existing. Because if Hugh Jackman didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have made this film.” Later in this feature Hooper discusses the importance of each of the lead actors/actresses. He calls it “the hardest movie I’ve ever had to cast and ever will do.”

Hypable is pleased to offer an exclusive first look at The Stars of Les Misérables below. In this clip, Hooper and Hathaway discuss the role of Fantine, and the actress gets emotional describing the character’s struggle:

Meanwhile, the Blu-ray version has four exclusive features: Les Misérables Singing Live, Battle at the Barricade, The West End Connection, and Les Misérables on Location. The stand out in our opinion is Singing Live. This rare production move by the director and his cast offered a truly unique movie, and the insight into how they handled the challenge is documented here. See a clip where Eddie Redmayne shares his warm up techniques.

Target Special Edition

Though we didn’t review it, we reported previously that Target is offering an exclusive edition of Les Misérables. It includes an additional 40 minutes of special features and a collectable book. Order it at Target.

Wrap up

The Les Misérables Combo Pack offers the film on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, and UltraViolet (the latter two allow you to watch the movie on your go through iOS and Android devices as well as your computer). Across the special features you’ll find lots of historical background as well as insight into the production. Hooper’s commentary is detailed and passionate, but it would’ve been nice if he were accompanied by a cast member or someone heavily involved in the song development. If you’ve been enjoying the soundtrack and/or you’re a fan of the musical, you’ll want to purchase it Friday.

Order

Get Les Misérables on DVD or Blu-ray using the links below. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the DVD and digital copies.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

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Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


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They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.