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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.

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

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

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Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

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Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?

The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

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The Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Dwayne The Rock Johnson-led Jumanji sequel/reboot/whatever has completed its family with the addition of Karen Gilan.

In a Facebook post on Monday, The Rock announced that the Doctor Who alum will be joining Jumanji 2 and rounding out the cast. The Rock bills her character as having “the most important role in our movie.”

“We had to find a girl,” The Rock wrote of casting Gillan in Jumanji 2, “but not just any girl.” He continued:

A girl who has “Chutzpah”. Guts and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man… never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms. Karen Gillan.

And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Rock goes on to promise that “this isn’t a remake or a reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love.”

Filming begins next month in Hawaii and is slated to hit theaters next year.

Gillan is best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who and, as The Rock notes, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The Jumanji “continuation” has been met with lots of skepticism since the original was led by the late Robin Williams. It just seems like an unnecessary, unoriginal idea.