Hugh Jackman to Tackle Lovecraft?

According to IndieWire, Hugh Jackman has allegedly been offered a role in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro adaptation of “At the Mountains of Madness,” by H. P. Lovecraft. There are a lot of casting rumors floating around this particular project – including both Tom Cruise and James McAvoy being offered parts – and nothing is yet set in stone.

Deadline also says that Cruise is attached to Guillermo del Toro‘s “At the Mountains of Madness,” but we checked with Cruise’s reps and while that might happen eventually too, currently he’s not officially on board that picture either. In fact, everyone seems to be mulling their options there as James McAvoy was offered a role (the same one as Cruise apparently) and neither has decided yet. Perhaps it’s a matter of schedules, because surely everyone wants to work with del Toro and producer James Cameron on that picture. Offers are also allegedly out to Ron Perlman and Hugh Jackman, but again these are just offers. Anyway, del Toro has basically already said his lucky charm Ron Perlman will be on board somewhere—apparently as Ian Larsen) and production sources in Toronto tell us “At the Mountains of Madness” is scheduled to shoot there in the summer.

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Hugh Jackman’s Kids ‘Want to Move Down Under’

Sounds like Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness might be returning back to Australia. According to Splash News, their children – Oscar and Ava – have asked to return back to the land down under. Reports are saying that Hugh has already started house-hunting in Mount Eliza, a Mornington Peninsula suburb in Melbourne. Below is an excerpt from a recent news article:

A friend of the family told Women’s Day magazine, “They want a good environment for the children and to be close to family and friends. They are a lovely couple with family in Melbourne. Education for their children is another reason they are looking at places there.”

Late last year, Furness admitted, “Do you know what my kids want for Christmas? To convince mum and dad to live in Melbourne.”

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Hugh Jackman Hails a Cab in NYC

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Hugh Jackman Braving the Cold in NYC

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Donate to Queensland’s Flood Relief Fund

As you may have heard, Queensland, Australia is suffering from extreme flooding. Some families situated there have lost everything, while communities at large are dealing with mass destruction. The Queensland government has asked for your help. Being that Hugh Jackman calls Australia his home, I felt it was especially appropriate to provide a link to help those in need. Please, if you wish to donate to Queensland’s flood relief fund, visit the following website:

http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Oprah’s Australian Episodes to Air Next Week

Oprah surprised 302 of her in-studio audience members with trips to Australia to film her latest special, Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure. Now, her at-home audience will be able to experience the extravaganza in the comfort of their living room. Harpo has announced that the four-part special will air on The Oprah Winfrey Show from January 18 – 21. Below are the highlights for each episode; Hugh Jackman is scheduled to show up on the final day.

Jan. 18: Oprah has a close encounter with frisky koalas, enjoys the Great Barrier Reef and hosts a beach bash with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Then, Oprah travels to Uluru for a dinner with local Aboriginal people. Next up, she meets Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a crowd of 10,000 in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Jan. 19: Oprah surprises locals, popping in at one viewer’s weekly taco night dinner. Then, Oprah and her audience attempt a new world record attempt by climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. And we get to see Oprah sail with Russell Crowe.

Jan. 20: Oprah hosts the first of two shows from the world famous Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Jan. 21: It’s the Australian grand finale from the Sydney Opera House with U2’s Bono and Hugh Jackman’s headline-making entrance. Also on hand: Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Olivia Newton-John.

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