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.
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 might still be two months away from hitting theaters, but that isn’t stopping Fox from doing some early promotional work for the movie. Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy joined forces in London earlier today, March 31st, to help Virgin unveil a new train sporting an array of iconic mutants. Photos from the event have been added to the gallery. Check out an article about the “unwrapping” below (including some quotes from Hugh), as well a couple of videos below the cut.
Hugh, 45, admitted getting a train with his face emblazoned on it was a far cry from his earlier days when he backpacked around Europe.
“It’s some sort of wish fulfilment in life, when you’re a young boy, to walk onto your own train. I pretty much lived on trains (before), because when I was 18, I got an InterRail card. It was about £250 and I was on £10 a day, so we slept on trains,” he said.
“I was that smelly guy in the corner, just outside the bathroom that people would have to step over. I would be swearing and drinking with my mates, so I got kicked off from many a train.”
The Australian actor joked about his co-star appearing on the first class carriage, with his own carriage located further back, saying: “I think it’s totally appropriate that he’s first class and I’m way up the back. It’s pretty wild.”[. . .]
“It is epic-ness, it is huge on a scale, not just visually but emotionally. Character and relationship-wise, it is quite epic with what we all go through,” James teased.
Hugh added: “It is massive. It is by far the biggest. I had this unbelievable opportunity to work with not only James, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but the older actors playing the same characters – Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page. It was unbelievable, and the story is intricate. It is fun, it is massive and I think it is going to deliver beyond what people expect.”
SOURCE: YAHOO! UK
Vulture recently released their annual list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars — and Hugh Jackman made an appearance. At #11, he is up 20 places from last year’s position. His stats include a studio value of 9/10, 73% likeablity (that’s all?!), 55 on the critics’ score, and a tabloid value of 7/10. Stars ahead of Hugh include (in order, from 1-10) Robert Downey Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp. Read what Vulture had to say about Hugh:
11. Hugh Jackman
He rises on this list by mixing genres and making blockbusters that are especially powerful overseas.
Hugh Jackman has surged over the past year: On our 2013 Most Valuable Stars list, he was ranked a genial No. 31, but this year, he nearly threatened to storm the top ten. It’d be hard to think of someone more deserving, since Jackman has had a pretty phenomenal twelve months. Last winter, he won his first Oscar nomination for Les Misérables, which took in $441 million worldwide, his second biggest hit ever. This summer, U.S. audiences were just so-so on his X flick The Wolverine, which made a disappointing $131 million here… but overseas, it was the biggest X-Men film ever, taking in $242.8 million. Even Prisoners, a relentlessly bleak kidnapped-kids drama, has thus far taken in $76 million worldwide.
But there’s more to draw from Jackman’s last year than box-office receipts. Few actors can prove so convincing in action, drama, and musicals, and Jackman pulled it all off within nine months, promoting each film with grinning brio. In an era during which new stars are hard to come by, he puts in the sort of globe-trotting promotional time that used to be the sole provenance of Will Smith and Tom Cruise. That’s won him high awareness and likability scores; it’s also prompted studio executives to assign the same points to Jackman that they do Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie. Jackman always looked the part of an A-list superstar; now, it seems, his career has finally caught up with him.
Hugh Jackman is currently featured in Modern Luxury: Manhattan, talking about his latest film, Prisoners. You can read the article below, in which he touches upon parenthood a lot: what it means to be a “celebrity child” and how his children dictate what films he chooses now. (He also mentions both Oscar and Ava’s inclination to take the stage.) There’s, of course, some talk about his diet and the food restrictions he faces when working on movies like X-Men: Days of Future Past. And even if you’re uninterested in the words, there’s a pretty fantastic photo shoot that comes hand-in-hand with the feature, which you can view in the HJF gallery.
Hugh Jackman, the beyond-charming Australian-born actor, has come a long way from his first—and worst—job “inside a koala suit in the summer, in Sydney, for 12 bucks an hour, running around promoting the national park and wildlife foundation,” as he describes it.
Jackman received an Oscar nod last year for his rendition of the courageous protagonist, Jean Valjean, of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, about which he says, “Getting that recognition from your peers is very, very satisfying.”
But, of course, Jackman isn’t just a thespian. His range is far-reaching. He’s an incredible dancer and singer—talents that earned him a Best Actor Tony Award for The Boy From Oz, his favorite role to date. “It was about the excitement of being able to ad-lib every night,” he says. “Plus, I could be way kinkier and naughtier as Peter Allen.”
There’s a great, long article with Hugh Jackman in The Times. In it, he talks about his future as Wolverine — and whether or not it’s his decision to make more movies as the beloved X-Men character. He talks about his latest thriller, Prisoners, and the deliberate choice the filmmakers made with regards to the film’s commentary on violence (including how it ties into current political affairs).
Along with the talk of his films, there are a few scattered moments throughout the article that touches upon his personality. How does Hugh feel about being a multimillionaire? Although he’s not sentimental with photos, which one did Hugh recently keep in his collection? There’s also confirmation that Hugh’s next film will be Chappie, a Neill Blomkamp-directed sci-fi with hints of comedy that will shoot in South Africa early next year.
Hugh Jackman is wincing in his seat. We’re barely ten minutes into our interview time and the 44-year-old Australian, famed for his Oscar-nominated turn in Les Misérables as much for his muscular weight-gains in the X-Men movies, is grappling with the thorniest and most pressing issue of his career to date — whether or not to retire his trademark comic-book action hero, Wolverine, a role that is beloved by global audiences, has so far bagged £1.18 billion at the box office (from five movies), and yet, you suspect, is something of a creative dead end for the increasingly versatile actor.
“Right now, I’m not making that decision,” he says, haltingly, like someone who’s going to make that decision, just not right now. “Although I will say that I was proud of the most recent movie [The Wolverine]. And so if there is no more Wolverine, and that’s the end of it, then I’ll be at peace.”
He suggests that the decision itself is, technically, not his to make (“90% of the choice belongs to the studio!”), but also notes, with some finality, “What I do know, however, is that great parts can outlive the actors who play them. Superman. Batman. And Wolverine. So someone else will play him. For sure.”
What is about to unfold, over steaming cups of tea on a recent Thursday evening, can only be described as an epic bromance between two very chiseled leading men.
“I hope this doesn’t come across as too much of a fluff piece with two actors who really, really loved working with one another,” Jake Gyllenhaal says with a sigh, a bit chagrined after spending an hour extolling the numerous virtues of Hugh Jackman.
The two geek out when they’re together, their conversation ranging from stupid paparazzi encounters in Manhattan to the times they watched ESPN in Gyllenhaal’s Prisoners trailer during filming. The two instantly bonded, and Jackman gives much of the credit to his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.
“She has a lot of qualities of Jake, actually. When the two of them got together, Deb’s like, ‘I like him, he reminds me of me. He’s awesome,'” announces Jackman, grinning wickedly. “What comes into their heads comes out. They are idealistic, big dreamers, quite romantic. Both have a wicked sense of humor, very naughty. Don’t tell them what to do.”
He turns to Gyllenhaal, who looks almost teary-eyed. “You’ll tell me the (expletive) things about yourself, which most people want to hide about themselves, especially movie stars. Deb and I have been fans of Jake since October Sky — we’ve always thought that this kid is unbelievable.”
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When Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness met for the first time, in 1995 in Melbourne, on the set of the TV drama “Correlli,” she was the star playing the title character and Jackman was the novice, hired to play her love interest less than an hour after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, in Perth. Right from the start the producers liked what they saw. At 26, tall and slim, with a rangy prettiness, Jackman played a feral sort, a convict beaten senseless in police custody, and Furness, then 39, played the prison psychologist battling her own attraction as she nursed him back to health.
You can see their first kiss online: The six-foot-two Jackman corners Furness in a prison hallway, blocking her exit and taking her breath away with a kiss that combines menace and unhurried sexual electricity. The difference in age didn’t seem to get in their way. The producers told her, “We’re really happy with your chemistry.” She told them she’d keep working on that.
The couple have clearly told their story before. Over a leisurely lunch three days before the premiere of Jackman’s sixth outing as Wolverine – the immortal X-Men mutant with the adamantium claws – in a restaurant nine stories below their Manhattan river-view apartment, Hugh and Deb happily recall the cat-and-mouse game of their mutual seduction: how Jackman suddenly stopped talking to her on set; how Furness, who is blonde, bluff, and quick to laugh, called him on his crazy behavior; how, by way of explanation, he waved her off, embarrassed about falling for the leading lady on his first professional job, confessing his attraction to her at the same instant he was saying he’d get over it; how she responded to the confession by saying, Yeah, she was falling for him too.
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Scans courtesy of Jody.
With many thanks to Jody at Hugh Jackman Fan Site, HJF has these amazing scans of Hugh Jackman gracing the recent over of Men’s Fitness. The July/August 2013 edition of the magazine has him talking about – what else? – his recent food and fitness regime to get him into shape for X-Men: Days of Future Past — and how he might be sticking to his current diet for good. There are a few new stories in this article, such as the cruel nickname of “Ana” in his youth and how fighting while on rollerblades might not be a great idea.
When talking with Entertainment Weekly, Hugh Jackman discussed the return of Wolverine on film. “I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts,” he joked regarding getting the call about X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will mark his seventh time portraying the mutant on screen. He also talked a little about having read the script and teases fans with the idea that he’ll be working with some of the new X-Men cast members as well. Check out some choice quotes below:
“I must admit, I was starting to see a life free of steamed chicken breasts,” jokes the actor. “They told me the idea and, at the time, it was Matthew Vaughn [directing]. Instantly, I knew it was a winner. It just felt like everything was coming full circle. However, I must admit my stomach and my mind were like, ‘Oh no.'”
Vaughn dropped out last October, but not before he gave Jackman an idea of the film’s super-secret plot. Jackman says he now has been given the full script (“I’ve read it. It’s really really fantastic.“) and is excited to reunite with his fellow X-Men and Singer. Says Jackman, “I owe, in a way, everything to Bryan. The first film I did in America was X-Men. Wolverine is a character I’ve loved playing and I can’t believe it’s going to be my seventh time playing it. It just blows me away. It not only feels like the right kind of project, it actually is so exciting that we’ll all be back together again. I don’t want to give away too much but I’m really excited not only to reunite with all those great actors but also to work with some of the other ones.“