EW Talks to Hugh About Wolverine, ‘Chappie,’ and Future Musicals

November 13, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Chappie, Film News, Houdini, Rumored Projects, Stage Work || No Comments

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Hugh Jackman, getting him to answer some much buzzed about topics such as another go at Wolverine, his upcoming film Chappie, and whether or not he’ll do some more movie-musicals. The entire article is a good read about his professional future, so I highly recommend checking it out (or at least the parts I underlined).

Just as The Wolverine claws its way toward DVD/Blu-ray on Dec. 3rd, talk is heating up about a possible sequel. For his part, star Hugh Jackman has neither confirmed nor denied whether he’ll sign on to play muttonchopped mutant Logan for an eighth time… but the odds are looking good. “I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night,” Jackman told EW. “There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”

Jackman insists that his lapsing contract with Fox, which reportedly will need to be renegotiated after X-Men: Days of Future Past premieres in May, doesn’t mean he’s leaving the franchise in limbo. “I started with a two-picture deal on the first two [X-Men films], and from that point on, it’s been movie by movie — not just me, but Fox and Jim and everyone,” he says. “I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.”

The star believes he’s mentally more committed to the character than he’s ever been. “I kind of am enjoying him more than ever… Being older helps playing Wolverine. He’s 200 or 300 years old — no one really knows — and he’s sort of world-weary. The actual working out gets harder and harder, I’ll admit.”

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First ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer

October 29, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Videos, X-Men || No Comments

New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Film Still

October 25, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Gallery, Videos, X-Men || No Comments

Empire has just debuted several new film stills for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Only one featured Hugh Jackman, but it’s a great shot: him lounging as Wolverine – shirtless, no less – with a chest full of bullet holes. Check out the source for more stills, including looks at Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and director Bryan Singer.

The first trailer for the film drops on Tuesday, October 29th. Until then, enjoy a six-second teaser on Instagram.

Bill Condon to Rewrite ‘The Greatest Showman on Earth’

October 24, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, General News, The Greatest Showman on Earth || No Comments

Hugh Jackman has mentioned that there’s been recent movement on the previously stagnant The Greatest Showman on Earth, but now it seems the future musical on P.T. Barnum is breathing once more. Although Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) wrote the original screenplay for the film, Oscar-winning writer and director Bill Condon has signed on to rewrite another draft. Condon’s most notable works include Chicago and Dreamgirls, so this new musical should be in good hands under his supervision.

The Hollywood Reporter also stated “commercials director and visual effects wizard Michael Gracey is on board to helm the biopic about the legendary showman who created the three-ring circus and loved to hoax a gullible public. A focal point of the movie is Barnum’s infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind, dubbed the Swedish Nightingale. No actress is attached to that role yet.”

‘The Wolverine’ Beijing Premiere

October 24, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances, The Wolverine || No Comments

The day after Hugh Jackman attended the Beijing press conference for The Wolverine, he made an appearance at the premiere. It was the final destination for the movie’s promo tour. Although he was the only cast member on hand, the celebrations were not neglected; a large cake was on-hand for Hugh’s 45th birthday, which had only been a few days prior. There are a bunch of images from the event in the gallery now.

‘The Wolverine’ Beijing Press Conference

October 24, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Gallery, General News, Interviews, Press, Public Appearances, The Wolverine, Videos || No Comments

To finish off the press tour for The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman headed to one final destination: Beijing, China. On October 14th, he attended a press conference for the James Mangold-directed film and was interviewed in a solo panel with press on hand. You can check out the 20-minute video below, which is not dubbed over, so English-speaking fans might find it of interest. He, of course, talks about the film, including nice insight on (im)mortality — and how his mortality makes playing Wolverine pretty difficult.

Modern Luxury: Taking No Prisoners

September 29, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Articles, Gallery, General News, Press, Prisoners || No Comments

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.”

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2013 Zurich Film Festival ‘Prisoners’ Premiere

September 29, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Gallery, General News, Prisoners, Public Appearances || No Comments

On September 28th, Hugh Jackman helped launch Prisoners at the premiere held in Switzerland. The event was part of the Zurich Film Festival and took place alongside the Golden Icon Award ceremony, in which Hugh was honored with the prestigious award. Director Denis Villeneuve, producer Kira Davis, and Prisoners co-star Melissa Leo were also in attendance with Hugh on the event’s “green carpet.”

2013 Zurich Film Festival Golden Icon Award

September 29, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Prisoners, Public Appearances || No Comments

Following the honor of the Donostia Award in San Sebastian, Hugh Jackman accepted the Golden Icon Award at the 9th Zurich Film Festival on September 28th. Afterwards, he welcomed Denis Villeneuve, Kira Davis, and co-star Melissa Leo so that they could introduce their new film, Prisoners, to those in attendance at the Swiss film festival. There are several images from the event in the gallery, and you can also watch a video of Hugh accepting his award here (including his speech, in which he thanks his fans).

2013 Zurich Film Festival ‘Prisoners’ Press Conference

September 29, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Gallery, General News, Interviews, Press, Prisoners, Public Appearances, Videos || 1 Comment »

Hugh Jackman the jet-setter arrived in Zurich, Switzerland earlier today (September 28th) for the 2013 Zurich Film Festival. His first business was the Prisoners press conference, which also welcomed director Denis Villeneuve, producer Kira Davis, and co-star Melissa Leo (who is serving as a juror at the festival). You can watch video of the panel below, which is entirely in English. Hugh talks about the weight of playing Keller Dover and even brings up a fanciful fact: that he literally wouldn’t exist without Switzerland, as it’s where his parents met when his mom was just 19-years-old.

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