Hugh Jackman will put on his tux and his Wolverine claws for a new stage show that will tour his native Australia later this year.
The “Broadway To Oz” concert show will play major arenas in five cities and is structured as a personal journey through Jackman’s life, from early days in Outback Australia through successes in musical theater and Hollywood stardom.
It will mix medleys of work that Jackman has been directly associated with, as well as tributes to classic musicals. Jackman will be backed by a company of 150 musicians and dancers.
“’Broadway to Oz’ is a dream come true. This is the show I’ve always wanted to bring home.” Jackman said in a statement.
Jackman’s career began in Australia in the 1990s with starring roles in “Sunset Boulevard” and “Beauty and The Beast” and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s TV drama series “Corelli,” during which he met his wife, co-star Deborra Lee Furness. Roles in Australian independent films “Paperback Hero” and “Erskineville Kings” were followed by Hollywood successes including “The Prestige,” The Fountain,” “The X-Men” franchise and its “Wolverine” spinoff, and “Les Miserables,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination. His more recent stage successes include the hit Broadway show “Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway.”
“Broadway To Oz” is produced by Robert Fox for The Dainty Group. The show starts in Melbourne on Nov. 24, touring through Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, before closing in Perth on Dec. 15.
Stephen Colbert and Hugh Jackman have announced that they will co-host the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, to take place on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park on September 26th. Joining Colbert and Jackman will be Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde.
Performers slated to appear at the festival include Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, who, Colbert joked in a video, would be flying back to Hogwarts immediately after the concert to “see his friends Harry and Hermione.”
Colbert began his video announcement with a greeting: “Hello Internet, Stephen Colbert here with an announcement of special interest for any of you out there who live on Earth.”
The new host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, sitting in his office in New York City, was then joined, via FaceTime, by Jackman, from his home in Australia.
Colbert and Jackman, along with the rest of the hosts, will encourage fans and friends to get involved with the Global Citizen movement and help end extreme poverty by 2030. “All the world leaders are going to be there…plus Pearl Jam!” Colbert said, prompting Jackman to reply, “I get to realize my lifelong dream of dancing in the mosh pit with Ban Ki-moon. It’s gonna be awesome.”
Colbert ended the video by promising that, on September 26th, he and Jackman would “make the world stronger than adamantium bones!,” a reference to the Australian actor’s Wolverine character.
As with previous years, tickets to the concert are free to people who visit Global Citizen’s website and earn their admission through “action.” Organizers are asking fans to call the U.S. State Department to urge them to allocate 50 percent of U.S. foreign aid budget for the eradication of extreme poverty. After carrying out a number of “actions,” a fan then would “win” a ticket. Those who cannot attend the show will be able to stream it live on TV and on MSNBC’s website, as well as on YouTube.
Since the first Global Citizen Festival in 2012, people have taken more than 3 million actions to fight extreme poverty, according to the organization. These have led to a reported 87 commitments and policy announcements, including $18.3 billion in cash commitments.
Global Citizen announced in February that Chris Martin would produce and curate the festival through 2030. Past performers at the festival have included Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, Sting and John Legend. Last year’s installment featured performances by Jay Z, No Doubt and Tiësto.
There’s a brand new trailer for Pan, set for release on October 9th:
Get ready to to be a kid all over again.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Pan that offers a tantalizing glimpse into Peter Pan’s origin story.
In this all-new tale, fans of the beloved J.M. Barrie story about the Boy Who Never Grew Up learn that Peter (Levi Miller) was once seemingly BFFs with future mortal enemy James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and together fought the evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman, seen here with a sinister twinkle in his eye) to save Neverland.
“This isn’t the story you’re heard before because sometimes friends begin as enemies and enemies begin as friends,” says a voice-over in the new trailer, as we see a group of stars in the shape of a crocodile swallow a familiar-looking hook in the sky.
Peter befriends warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara, who at one points rocks some impressive headgear) who aids him on the journey, and a shimmering fairy in the sky gives us only a hint of the Pan’s loyal sidekick Tinkerbell.
DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Deadline understands that Hugh Jackman has dropped out of PalmStar’s buzzy title Collateral Beauty and that the producers are now out to sign Johnny Depp. Scheduling is the reason behind Jackman’s exit, with the Australian star’s Wolverine commitments making it impossible for him to shoot Collateral Beauty this year. The deal with Depp still has some way before being set. The project is one of the more competitive ones in the marketplace right now.
PalmStar Media and Likely Story paid $2.25 million for the Allan Loeb script. At the time Jackman and Rooney Mara were attached to star with Me And Earl And The Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon making this his follow-up directing effort to the Sundance favorite. Principal photography is set to begin in the fall with PalmStar financing. Mara remains attached along with Jason Segel.
The plot centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined.
Hugh Jackman was at the Comic-Con this weekend promoting Pan and X-Men: Apocalypse. Here are photos and videos. I don’t have a video for Pan Panel yet, but I’ll post if I find one. I’m posting the entire Fox/Marvel Panels.
So he basically didn’t confirm nor deny. Smart guy…
We’ve been hearing for some time now that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine for cameo appearances in both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse — because how can you have an X-Men movie without Wolverine? The actor has appeared in every X-Men film to date, so it makes sense. Jackman himself has finally addressed the rumors, but don’t expect a straightforward answer.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Jackman was asked if he’d be making a cameo in Deadpool, to which he gave a very sly non-answer:
Hmmm, I can’t … no. Nope. But, I am really good mates with [Ryan Reynolds] so …
The actor previously revealed that he would be open to the idea, and we do know that Deadpool will be having a bit of fun at the expense of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (obviously). The article also notes that Jackman went on to mumble under his breath and smile a bit, so make of that what you will.
As for X-Men: Apocalypse, which focuses on the younger generation, Jackman was similarly tight-lipped, offering “Who knows?” We do know that neither Patrick Stewart nor Ian McKellen will be making an appearance in the film, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Fox will keep their most famous X-Men member off the table.
Jackman will be making his final appearance as Wolverine in The Wolverine 2, which will mark his eighth time playing the character on-screen — if he appears in both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, that would take the number to a nice, round 10.
Deadpool arrives on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016 and the untitled Wolverine sequel on March 3, 2017.
A brand new trailer for Pan has been released, plus I’ve added some stills and posters:
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (“The Dictator”) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.
Rounding out the cast are Taejoo Na (“The Kick”) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (“Son of God,” “Atonement”) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (“Skyfall”) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (UK TV’s “In the Name of the Children”) as Nibs; newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling; Jack Charles (“Mystery Road”) as The Chief/Tiger Lily’s father; and Amanda Seyfried (“Les Misérables”) as Mary.
Wright directs “Pan” from a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Paul Webster are producing, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer.
Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, “Pan,” is set for a worldwide release in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX® on October 9, 2015.