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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.

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