Hugh Launches the Jackman Furness Foundation

May 17, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Articles, Charities, Gallery, General News, Press, Public Appearances || 1 Comment »

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.”

‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Singapore Premiere

May 14, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Interviews, Press, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments

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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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ New York Premiere

May 14, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Interviews, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments

On May 10th, X-Men: Days Of Future Past finally made its world premiere in New York City. Hugh Jackman was, of course, in attendance, along with its massive cast from the franchise: Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, and Omar Sy. You can check out a few red carpet interviews below:

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ New York Press Conference

May 14, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Interviews, Press, Public Appearances || No Comments

The X-Men: Days Of Future Past New York press conference was held on May 9th, and Hugh Jackman was in attendance to talk about his upcoming film. Although there is yet no video on the panel, you can listen to the entire interview right here. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, and Peter Dinklage were also on-hand, and each give some great insight into the movie — including working with one another.

“Good Morning America” (05/2014)

May 14, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Interviews, Press, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments

To help promote X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Hugh Jackman and fellow X-Men costars visited the “Good Morning America” set on May 8th. Also in attendance: Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner. They, of course, talk about the upcoming film, including Hugh returning to the X-Men franchise alongside the cast from the original trilogy. Jon Hamm also paid a visit to Hugh at one point, as shown in pictures added to the gallery. You can view the video of the GMA interview by clicking on the image below:

Hugh Helps Announce 2014 Tony Nominees

May 14, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments

Back on April 29th, Hugh Jackman “hijacked” the 2014 Tony Awards nominations ceremony. Originally hosted by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu, Hugh’s appearance was unannounced and a total surprise — even to the two hosts! After dropping off two [empty] mugs, he proceeded to remind everyone about the impending Tonys air date and time. “You never know who will show up,” he said, reiterating this year’s slogan, and proving the fact with his appearance at this ceremony. You can watch a video of the announcements below, in which Hugh pops up within the first minute:

Virgin Trains’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Unwrapping

March 31, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Articles, Gallery, General News, Press, Public Appearances, Videos || 1 Comment »

X-Men: Days of Future Past might still be two months away from hitting theaters, but that isn’t stopping Fox from doing some early promotional work for the movie. Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy joined forces in London earlier today, March 31st, to help Virgin unveil a new train sporting an array of iconic mutants. Photos from the event have been added to the gallery. Check out an article about the “unwrapping” below (including some quotes from Hugh), as well a couple of videos below the cut.

Hugh, 45, admitted getting a train with his face emblazoned on it was a far cry from his earlier days when he backpacked around Europe.

“It’s some sort of wish fulfilment in life, when you’re a young boy, to walk onto your own train. I pretty much lived on trains (before), because when I was 18, I got an InterRail card. It was about £250 and I was on £10 a day, so we slept on trains,” he said.

“I was that smelly guy in the corner, just outside the bathroom that people would have to step over. I would be swearing and drinking with my mates, so I got kicked off from many a train.”

The Australian actor joked about his co-star appearing on the first class carriage, with his own carriage located further back, saying: “I think it’s totally appropriate that he’s first class and I’m way up the back. It’s pretty wild.”

[. . .]

“It is epic-ness, it is huge on a scale, not just visually but emotionally. Character and relationship-wise, it is quite epic with what we all go through,” James teased.

Hugh added: “It is massive. It is by far the biggest. I had this unbelievable opportunity to work with not only James, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but the older actors playing the same characters – Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page. It was unbelievable, and the story is intricate. It is fun, it is massive and I think it is going to deliver beyond what people expect.”

SOURCE: YAHOO! UK

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2014 Jameson Empire Awards

March 31, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments

On March 30th, Hugh Jackman attended the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards — and picked up a special trophy during the ceremony. Director Darren Aronofsky (who handled The Fountain) introduced Hugh, complete with clips of the actor’s movie career, before Hugh picked up the Empire Icon Award. Photos from the press room have been added to the gallery (you can also find a short interview right here, and you can also check out his speech below:

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.

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