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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.


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

A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on

“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.

June 9th, 2014

68th Annual Tony Awards

Did you check out the 68th Annual Tony Awards last night? Hugh Jackman was the host for the evening — and showcased not only his talent but physical stamina! Opening the show, he hopped throughout Radio City Music Hall for four minutes – a nod to Bobby Van’s “Take Me To Broadway” number from the 1953 musical, Small Town Girl – and greeted various performers who would be gracing the stage along the way.

Along with the bouncing, Hugh also led LL Cool J and T.I. into a rap inspired by The Music Man, borrowing “Rock Island” and adapting it to a modern audience. Hugh’s presence was felt throughout the entire evening, serving up songs for nominated actresses and providing backstage shenanigans (including playing in a band with Bradley Cooper and a card game with Sting) before commercial breaks. He also announced the winners for a couple of awards and was even able to give the history-making Audra McDonald her sixth Tony – a new record – and becoming the first person to win in all four acting categories.

If official video becomes available, I will provide links here. In the meantime, enjoy the various pictures – from the red carpet, show, and backstage – of Hugh from the 2014 Tonys!

Earlier today, May 21st, Hugh Jackman joined his X-Men: Days Of Future Past co-stars for an interview at SiriusXM. James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart – both of whom play Charles Xavier in the upcoming film – were on-hand to help promote the film. Although there is yet no footage or sound clips from the interview (I heard it’s meant to air on Friday morning), there are several photos from the event in the gallery. It looks like they had an absolute blast — can’t wait for the interview!

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.”

After a long promo tour that took him halfway around the world, Hugh Jackman arrived in Australia to celebrate the release of his upcoming film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Held in Melbourne, the film made its Australian debut, with support of co-stars Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage. Pictures appear to still be making their way online, so I’ll be sure to update as they come in. Stay tuned for potential video interviews from the red carpet as well.

On May 13th, Hugh Jackman joined Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage in Beijing to help promote X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The day was a busy one, complete with press conference, photo call, and an impressive premiere packed with eager fans. I’ve finally been able to locate some photos from the events, which have been added to the gallery. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any footage available from the press conference.

Earlier today, May 14th, Hugh Jackman attended the Singapore premiere for X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage – who play Blink and Peter Trask in the movie, respectively – were also on-hand to show support. You can watch a short interview with Hugh from the event below, in which he talks about the Kaya toast he earlier posted on Instagram. I’ll add more videos if they become available.

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