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

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

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.

Vulture’s 100 Most Valuable Stars of 2013

October 24, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Articles, General News || No Comments

Vulture recently released their annual list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars — and Hugh Jackman made an appearance. At #11, he is up 20 places from last year’s position. His stats include a studio value of 9/10, 73% likeablity (that’s all?!), 55 on the critics’ score, and a tabloid value of 7/10. Stars ahead of Hugh include (in order, from 1-10) Robert Downey Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp. Read what Vulture had to say about Hugh:

11. Hugh Jackman
THE ENTERTAINER

He rises on this list by mixing genres and making blockbusters that are especially powerful overseas.

Hugh Jackman has surged over the past year: On our 2013 Most Valuable Stars list, he was ranked a genial No. 31, but this year, he nearly threatened to storm the top ten. It’d be hard to think of someone more deserving, since Jackman has had a pretty phenomenal twelve months. Last winter, he won his first Oscar nomination for Les Misérables, which took in $441 million worldwide, his second biggest hit ever. This summer, U.S. audiences were just so-so on his X flick The Wolverine, which made a disappointing $131 million here… but overseas, it was the biggest X-Men film ever, taking in $242.8 million. Even Prisoners, a relentlessly bleak kidnapped-kids drama, has thus far taken in $76 million worldwide.

But there’s more to draw from Jackman’s last year than box-office receipts. Few actors can prove so convincing in action, drama, and musicals, and Jackman pulled it all off within nine months, promoting each film with grinning brio. In an era during which new stars are hard to come by, he puts in the sort of globe-trotting promotional time that used to be the sole provenance of Will Smith and Tom Cruise. That’s won him high awareness and likability scores; it’s also prompted studio executives to assign the same points to Jackman that they do Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie. Jackman always looked the part of an A-list superstar; now, it seems, his career has finally caught up with him.

‘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’ 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.

Hugh is “at Peace” with Wolverine

September 28, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Articles, Chappie, General News, Press, Prisoners || No Comments

There’s a great, long article with Hugh Jackman in The Times. In it, he talks about his future as Wolverine — and whether or not it’s his decision to make more movies as the beloved X-Men character. He talks about his latest thriller, Prisoners, and the deliberate choice the filmmakers made with regards to the film’s commentary on violence (including how it ties into current political affairs).

Along with the talk of his films, there are a few scattered moments throughout the article that touches upon his personality. How does Hugh feel about being a multimillionaire? Although he’s not sentimental with photos, which one did Hugh recently keep in his collection? There’s also confirmation that Hugh’s next film will be Chappie, a Neill Blomkamp-directed sci-fi with hints of comedy that will shoot in South Africa early next year.

Hugh Jackman is wincing in his seat. We’re barely ten minutes into our interview time and the 44-year-old Australian, famed for his Oscar-nominated turn in Les Misérables as much for his muscular weight-gains in the X-Men movies, is grappling with the thorniest and most pressing issue of his career to date — whether or not to retire his trademark comic-book action hero, Wolverine, a role that is beloved by global audiences, has so far bagged £1.18 billion at the box office (from five movies), and yet, you suspect, is something of a creative dead end for the increasingly versatile actor.

“Right now, I’m not making that decision,” he says, haltingly, like someone who’s going to make that decision, just not right now. “Although I will say that I was proud of the most recent movie [The Wolverine]. And so if there is no more Wolverine, and that’s the end of it, then I’ll be at peace.”

He suggests that the decision itself is, technically, not his to make (“90% of the choice belongs to the studio!”), but also notes, with some finality, “What I do know, however, is that great parts can outlive the actors who play them. Superman. Batman. And Wolverine. So someone else will play him. For sure.”

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61st San Sebastian Film Festival Donostia Award

September 28, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Gallery, General News, Press, Prisoners, Public Appearances, Videos || No Comments


Hugh Jackman was awarded the prestigious Donostia Award at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival, the 61st annual celebration of film in Spain. From Gregory Peck to Robert DeNiro, the Donostia has been given to many remarkable actors throughout the year; a significant fact that Hugh humbly mentioned in his acceptance speech. Check out the video below of the award segment – which was just prior to a Prisoners screening. There’s a great retrospective of Hugh’s career, with emphasis on The Prestige, Les Misérables, and his latest work in Prisoners.

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