Earlier today (July 23rd), Hugh Jackman attended a special screening for The Wolverine. At the AMC Empire in New York, he stopped by to introduce the film to legions of fans waiting for an early viewing. You can find a lot of fan pictures over on HJF’s Tumblr, and someone has generously uploaded a video from the event which includes Hugh answering a few questions.
Great news, residents of Los Angeles: Hugh Jackman’s critically acclaimed one-man show is finally heading to your city for “one night only.” The event – to be held at The Dolby Theatre – is entitled Hugh Jackman… One Night Only and will only take place on October 12th (incidentally, also Hugh’s birthday). His show is to help benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) and will be his first time performing in Southern California. Tickets go on sale to the general public August 9th. Check out more info below:
“Through Jim Gianopulos I became aware of MPTF’s deep roots in Hollywood and their amazing work helping entertainment industry colleagues in need and the simple concept of taking care of our own,” said Hugh Jackman. “Films, television and theatre have brought me great success throughout my career and it is one of my greatest pleasures to give back by putting on a show as a benefit to support MPTF.”
“This event marks two distinct but equally special occasions: First, we have the honor of bringing Hugh Jackman’s spectacular one-man show to Los Angeles as a fundraiser for MPTF; and secondly, we get to celebrate Hugh — one of our industry’s brightest talents — on his birthday that same night,” said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, 20th Century Fox. “We are thrilled to provide Los Angeles with an opportunity to experience Hugh’s boundless talent and generosity.”
“It is such an extraordinary fundraising opportunity that Hugh Jackman has made possible for MPTF – in addition to the concert we are planning a major live and online auction and special opportunities for the entertainment community at all levels to come together to celebrate his spirit of generosity and caring,” added Ken Scherer, CEO, MPTF Foundation.
MPTF is presenting Hugh Jackman…One Night Only at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles alongside presenting sponsors American Express, Dolby, Delta, Fiat and 20(th) Century Fox. American Express will offer Cardmembers the chance to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. The American Express pre-sale begins onFriday, July 26 at 10 AM PST. Tickets will be made available to the general public via Ticketmaster on Friday, August 9. Additional sponsors for the event include Dial Global and City National Bank.
“Most people know the Dolby Theatre as the home of Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President of Cinema at Dolby Laboratories. “What audiences will discover when they come support the MPTF and enjoy Hugh Jackman…One Night Only is that the Dolby Theatre is also a showcase for the very best in entertainment technologies. We’ve done everything we can to enhance the experience, starting with the very best in sound. It is our way of supporting an organization that has done so much for the entertainment community.”
As previously mentioned, the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past was in San Diego yesterday, July 20th, as part of the annual Comic-Con. Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, and Omar Sy were all there to talk about the film, along with Hugh Jackman and director Bryan Singer. (Hugh actually had dual panel duties at the event, as he also joined James Mangold to talk about The Wolverine.) A little birdie told me you can watch the entire SDCC panel here on YouTube.
Although the big event of 2013 Comic-Con was the huge X-Men cast gathering together, Hugh Jackman was also there to promote a film that’s coming out much, much sooner: The Wolverine! Alongside James Mangold, he spoke to the press about the film, including the international appeal (especially with it being set in Japan and having primarily Japanese actors — even 1/3 of Japanese dialogue) and how the “lean storytelling” of the Claremont/Miller samurai saga will translate to the screen.
The annual Comic-Con always hosts an array of surprises and special treats, but the one presented by 20th Century Fox earlier today (July 20th) was one of the most spectacular ever brought to Hall H. The press conference – and, later, panel – for X-Men: Days of Future Past featured the entire cast! That includes Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, and Omar Sy along with Hugh Jackman himself. Director Bryan Singer was also part of the panels.
At just over twenty minutes, the press conference – which you can watch in the video above – explores various topics among both the “new” and “old” X-Men cast. In fact, there’s a lot of discussion on collaborating and the experience of working with one another — with Hugh as a sort of binding force between them. It’s a lovely interview among everyone as you can tell they’re quite a close cast. Check it out!
Earlier today (July 20th), Hugh Jackman stopped by the WIRED Café at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. There, he met up with Vice President & Publisher of WIRED magazine, Howard S. Mittman, along with Kevin Feige (aka president of Marvel Studios). Several pictures of Hugh have been added to the gallery, including him on the “red carpet,” posing with a comic book-esque POW! sign, and meeting the two aforementioned men.