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George Clooney to Host MPTF’s 95th Anniversary Celebration With Michael Douglas, Hugh Jackman

George Clooney is set to host “Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars,” a 95th birthday party fundraiser for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the entertainment industry’s philanthropy announced this morning.

The Oct. 1 event at the MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, California, is notable because the general public can purchase tickets to rub shoulders with confirmed guests including Matt Bomer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jane Lynch and Hugh Jackman amongst others. The “get-in” ticket price is $375.

Outgoing 20th Century Fox Studios chief Jim Gianopulos and wife Ann chair the evening.

This marks a change to the MPTF’s default fundraising template, that has traditionally been a star-packed, media-free, A-list stuffed “Evening Before” and “Night Before” parties hours before the Emmys and Oscars at venues such as the Beverly Hills Hotel or sequestered city blocks in Century City.

These invite-only fundraisers have been off limits to all but those who have achieved household name status and a corp of gatekeeper executives who helped them get there, led by MPTF’s fundraiser-in-chief Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The MPTF’s mission is caring for stars and crew of decades’ past whose lives are “not always sunglasses and autographs,” as Douglas explained at an April MPTF fundraiser. The charity provides vital housing and support services for senior citizens and palliative care for those who made their living in “the biz.”

Others on the billing block for the upcoming Oct. 1 event include Richard Jay-Alexander, who just co-directed Barbra Streisand‘s summer concert tour. Jay-Alexander will be the maestro behind the night’s musical performances and special presentations.

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Hugh Jackman Shaves off Wolverine Beard (Video)

On Monday, Hugh posted a video where he shaves off his Wolverine beard, saying goodbye to the character. Watch it below.

Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Phone Booth with Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O’Neal

Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O’Neal play a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer. Hilarious!


Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Surprise for Young Aussie Fan

With the help of Make a Wish Foundation, Hugh Jackman surprised young fan Dominic, watch it:


Sydney Confidential Podcast: Hugh talks the last installment of ‘Wolverine’

Hugh recently appeared on the Sydney Confidential Podcast, where he discussed popular fan requests for the upcoming ‘The Wolverine 3‘ movie.

Hugh Jackman takes a stand against closing of Indigenous communities

Hugh Jackman takes a stand against closing of Indigenous communities

MASHABLE.COM – Australian actor Hugh Jackman has joined forces with Australian sportsmen to urge the government to reconsider closing down remote Indigenous communities.

Last week, Western Australia’s Premier Colin Barnett announced a plan to close 150 Indigenous communities in remote areas of the state and relocate more than 1,000 residents. The state government believes it is “not sustainable” to support the communities after the federal government cut funding to essential services.

On Mar. 10, Prime Minister Tony Abbott supported the Western Australian government’s proposal, stating the country can’t support “lifestyle choices.”

“What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have,” Abbott told ABC Radio. “Fine, by all means live in a remote location, but there’s a limit to what you can expect the state to do for you if you want to live there.”

Critics were quick to slam Abbott’s remarks, with the chair of the government’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, saying the comments angered many in the community.

“People are living in these communities not because of lifestyle choices but because of very strong cultural and religious reasons. People have got to understand that for indigenous people in Australia, their country is the essence of their being,” Mundine told BBC Australia.

Protests have been held across Western Australia, with more than 700 people protesting on the steps of State Parliament in Perth on Thursday.

On Friday, following a call from activists on Twitter, Jackman showed his support for Indigenous Australians with an Instagram post.

#sosblakaustralia #NOconsent #lifestylechoice #ingetjetadoras

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“While living in a remote community, I came to understand that “connection” to the land is a fundamental part of Indigenous identity,” he wrote. “Think about the past, have quality conversations.”

Jackman talked candidly in 2011 about the time he spent in a remote outback community as a student, helping build houses. He said the experience helped him “grow up” and it had a profound affect on him as a person. “I was inspired by the family, I was inspired by their community, I was inspired by their culture, their togetherness,” Jackman told George Stroumboulopoulos on his Canadian talk show.

Hugh Jackman And Chris Hemsworth Play Musical Beers While Wearing Wigs

Hugh Jackman And Chris Hemsworth Play Musical Beers While Wearing Wigs

In one of those magical moments that often seems to happen on the Tonight Show, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth put on wigs to play a game of musical beers. Jackman was appearing on the Tonight Show to promote his upcoming movie Chappie, which opens in theaters in this weekend.

Meanwhile, Hemsworth is in New York to guest host Saturday Night Live, and he stopped by the Tonight Show along with several SNL cast members. When he arrived on the stage, Hemsworth noticed Jackman’s wig and asked for a wig of his own, which Fallon happily provided. The two superhero actors then mugged for the camera, providing the closest thing that fans are likely to see to a Wolverine and Thor team-up.

In the musical beers game, contestants walked around a table, stopping when the music stopped. If the contestant had a beer in front of them, then they had to drink it. If they didn’t have a beer in front of them, then they were out of the game. While Fallon ultimately won the game, Hemsworth lasted longer than Jackman, snatching a beer right out of Wolverine’s claws.

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Hugh Jackman Chappie Press Junkets + B-Roll (Videos)

Hugh is doing Press Junkets for Chappie, which is set for release in US on March, here are some interviews.


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Hugh Launches the Jackman Furness Foundation

In Perth, Australia, on May 17th, Hugh Jackman helped launched his newest philanthropical effort: the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. At WA Academy’s Mt. Lawley campus, he celebrating the importance of (performing) arts education — and how his time at WAAPA left a great impact on his career.

Hugh announced that he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness would be donating $1 million to the foundation – which will help groom future acting talents – matching a donation by Andrew Forrest. This, on top of the $10 million fundraising goal they hope to reach within the next four years. Check out some quotes from Perth Now below:

“Nothing could make me happier [than giving back],” [Hugh Jackman] said. “I can tell you with absolute certainty: there is no way my career would be what it is or that I would be standing in this capacity on this stage if it wasn’t for this institution of WAAPA. It is unique; there is nowhere like it in the world, and everyone in our business knows about WAAPA and I want it to be treasured here, in this state, as much as it is around the world.”

Jackman said he wanted to avoid discussions concerning the lack of government funding to the arts and, instead, “focus on being part of the solution.”

“This is a marathon and we hope to be here for the long haul,” he said.

To close the launch, Hugh Jackman joined several current students of WAAPA on stage to sing Peter Allen’s “I Still Call Australia Home” — a staple among Hugh’s performances. Others in attendance included Adam Gilchrist, Colin Barnett, and Aurelio Costarella. Perth Now has the following comments from others who were at the launch (including a former teacher) on Hugh’s generosity:

Former head of acting, Chris Edmund, who directed and taught Jackman between 1992-94, said Jackman’s commitment WAAPA was “extraordinary. He didn’t have to do this.” Edmund, who retired last year after 30 years with the prestigious academy, said Jackman’s support was “guaranteeing the longevity of WAAPA.”

Stephanie Power, who was two years ahead of Jackman in WAAPA’s acting course and remains friends with the actor, said the foundation’s support was crucial. “It’s very important to WAAPA because I think basically without it we’re just going to fold,” Power said. “This will maintain WAAPA as a drama school and maintain its standing in the world [and] I think without the foundation, WAAPA has a death knell.”

Power, who runs WAAPA’s photo archives, said she remembers a “gangly,” gutsy, and fresh-faced Hugh Jackman arriving WAAPA with an unrivalled energy and enthusiasm.

“When I graduated, he found my first place that I lived in,” she said. “If you went to him and said you had a problem he would go, ‘Let me see what I can do.’

“I will tear up. He is the nicest guy; he’s a beautiful, beautiful man who has a heart of gold.”

‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Singapore Premiere

Earlier today, May 14th, Hugh Jackman attended the Singapore premiere for X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage – who play Blink and Peter Trask in the movie, respectively – were also on-hand to show support. You can watch a short interview with Hugh from the event below, in which he talks about the Kaya toast he earlier posted on Instagram. I’ll add more videos if they become available.

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