Hugh Jackman helped launch the SiriusXM Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel on May 10th. The new EW Radio – unsurprisingly dedicated to all things pop culture – will officially debut to the public on May 28th on channel 105. At the launch event, Hugh met up with moderator and EW editor Jess Cagle and answered numerous fan questions for a segment entitled Town Hall. For those with the SiriusXM service and interested in tuning in, it will air on the 28th at 7:00am.
Apologies for the delays in updates. Between my birthday and a trip to New York, things have been a little hectic. But without further ado: on May 9th, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala. The event was to raise awareness for sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Hugh and Deb’s friend, Mariska Hargitay (of “Law & Order: SVU”), after she received numerous letters from fans talking about issues her show tackled. A few photos from the evening have been added to the gallery.
What is more romantic than celebrating your wedding anniversary in front of an A-list crowd? On April 11th, Hugh Jackman and wife of 17 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, attended 2013′s Fashion of Haiti: One Million Hearts. They joined friend Donna Karan for the cause, in which 160+ exclusively designed papier-mâché hearts debuted before going for auction; their total raised will be donated to Karan’s charity, Urban Zen Foundation, which helps create jobs and enhances education of Haiti’s artisans.
It isn’t Oscar night without a party! Hugh Jackman attended the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party – the prestigious event taking place after each year’s ceremony – immediately following February 24th‘s Academy Awards. You can find just about everyone from Hollywood at the event, from Amy Poehler to Bono, while Hugh was able to meet up with close family friend, Donna Karan.
This evening (February 24th), Hugh Jackman attended the 85th annual Academy Awards, where he was nominated for his first Oscar. Unfortunately, he didn’t win (although who could compete with Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln?), but there are plenty of pictures of him looking gorgeous throughout the evening. There are a couple of red carpet interviews which you can watch below:
Hugh and the Les Misérables cast – including Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen – all joined together onstage to sing as a group for the first time. As part of a musical medley (celebrating Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Mis), the cast performed a truncated version of “One Day More.” Hugh opened up the set by singing a little of “Suddenly,” the original song written for the film. Check it out:
The cast of Les Misérables has been spending time at the Dolby Theater to rehearse their performance at the Academy Awards. Reports have come out that Hugh Jackman will join his co-stars Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen to sing as a group – for the first time! – on Oscar Sunday.
A special medley is being planned, with Anne singing “I Dreamed a Dream” solo, Hugh tackling the new and nominated song “Suddenly,” and the entire cast – including Les Mis performers from the West End, Hollywood Bowl, and U.S. tour productions – to wow the audience with “One Day More.” Some pictures from yesterday’s rehearsal have been added to the gallery, with additional details from the day below:
“This is the first time the cast has actually performed onstage together. Ever. It’s fantastic,” Neil Meron, who is producing the show with Craig Zadan, told USA TODAY in between lengthy rehearsals. “That’s what the Oscars are all about. To have these sort of events. Not just the reunion of the cast, but singing together like this for the first time is very, very significant.”
And there will be no lip syncing. Just like the best-picture-nominated movie, the cast is singing live. “It really gives credence to the live singing in the movie to see them actually do it live onstage,” Meron said.
At times it was like a stage production with Hathaway wandering the stage singing seeming nonsensical voice exercises and Jackman keeping an ever-present cup of tea in his hand for his throat.
But there was time for laughter. Crowe was particularly playful, posing for a goofy picture onstage with Hathaway and pulling aside Jackman for conspiratorial whispers from which they both came away laughing. And when called to test out his microphone, Baron Cohen, a flat cap pulled over his head, began to sing the Barbra Streisand song, “I’m Just a Woman in Love.”
Did you miss Hugh Jackman from his February 20th appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman”? He showed up in costume as Abraham Lincoln – complete with beard and top hat – to gently tease his fellow Oscar nominee, Daniel Day-Lewis. Letterman also asked about Oscar, prompting Hugh to share his Mt. Fuji story with a few extra details added from the last time. If you click on the above image, you’ll be taken to the full episode; however, if you want to skip to Hugh’s segment, jump to the 18:40 mark.
Hugh Jackman is currently attending the EE British Academy Film Awards, also known as the BAFTAs! He is up for the award Leading Actor at tonight’s ceremonies, competing with the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, and Bradley Cooper. Additionally, Les Misérables is not only up for Outstanding British Film — it’s also been nominated as Best Film in general. (I’ll update with the results once the show is over.) Early photos of Hugh on the red carpet with wife Deborra-Lee Furness are in the gallery, but I hope to add plenty more later on. Best of luck, Hugh and Team Les Mis!
On February 9th, Les Misérables held its Berlin premiere at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, and Amanda Seyfried were among the cast members able to attend the event after a busy day of photo calls and press conferences. Hugh’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, was also in attendance for the event. Some photos from the evening have been added to the gallery; however, I hope to share more as they become available.
Earlier this evening (February 9th), Hugh Jackman attended the Berlin photo call and press conference for Les Misérables. Taking the time off from shooting Prisoners, he joined his Les Mis cast – Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne – along with director Tom Hooper to talk about the film. (Unfortunately, Hugh was unable to make it to the recent Paris premiere.) Pictures from the events have been added to the gallery, plus you can catch an excerpt of the press conference below: