Oct 29, 2012
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Oct 26, 2012
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A promotional image from The Wolverine was released last month, but now we have the first official film still from the upcoming film. With Hugh Jackman sporting the bone claws, fans can surmise that this is a flashback scene, as it was just announced – by director James Mangold – that the film will be a loose sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Check out some quotes from Mangold on The Wolverine from Empire, courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com:

“It’s rooted in drama. Effectively almost every superhero film, in a sense, revolves around some large group of humanity that’s either killed or held hostage while superheroes battle it out with supervilains. The essential driving forces of this movie are interpersonal and dramatic, about love, bitterness, loss, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide, conquering inner demons; it’s going to make it a very different film than people have seen.”

“The cultural qualities that Japan and its people bring – honour, a sense of duty, of conflict – really fit beautifully around Logan. Our film find Logan at a point where he’s very much a ronin; a samurai without a master. Anyone he ever had a connection to is either dead or gone.”

“When I say realistic, what I mean is that it’s not built on 70-foot lizards from outer space. Our goal is to try to be a little less super-CG and wires, and a little more hardcore. I want the film to feel analogue. You always have large-scale action and adventure; it wouldn’t be a movie about gods if you didn’t have epic physicality. But we all feel we’re making a Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it.”

Oct 26, 2012

An article from Inquirer.net has Hugh Jackman talking all about his Les Misérables co-stars, with emphasis on good friend, Russell Crowe. There’s a lot of really sweet quotes from Hugh, praising Russell, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, and even Isabelle Allen (who fans will see as young Cosette). He even mentions the harsh realities of singing live on set, and how performing on the Alps affected his voice. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the rest:

Hugh [Jackman] described the scene that we were about to watch: “Today’s the barricade scene, so we’re in the midst of the revolution. The students are there amid the barricade, and my character disguises himself as a soldier to sneak past them and comes in as a volunteer to get behind. What he’s really doing is he’s coming to find Marius, because he’s intercepted a letter from Marius to Cosette, my daughter, declaring his love, and it says, ‘Now, I know you love me, too.’ So, this is where I finally meet the boy and I get embroiled in this fight.”

We heard Hugh sing live (the cast performs the songs live, which sets this movie musical apart) in take after take of this scene, so that tune lingered in our mind for days.

Not only did Hugh sing live on the first day of the shoot; he crooned in freezing temperature in the Alps. He said, “We started in the Alps, which was fantastic, because we were in an area in France that the book is set in. Literally, there was no acting required. You can see the steam, you can hear the cold in my voice as I’m singing. The brilliance, the guts of Cameron, Tom, and of everyone to decide to have the songs sung live right through gives the songs immediacy; we discovered that on the very first day.”

On singing with his fellow Aussie, Russell Crowe, Hugh remarked, “Remember, we had seven weeks of rehearsal. You can’t turn up at a musical and just hope to do it.”

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Oct 25, 2012
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Yet another new image of Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables has been released, gearing fans and moviegoers up for heavy promotion for the upcoming epic movie-musical adaptation. Hugh can be seen in costume as Monsieur Le Mayor, an alias of Jean Valjean. Michael Moses – Universal’s “picture pusher” – stated the following about the length of the film just an hour ago: “End credits aren’t on yet but the running time of Les Misérables without them is 2:32.” The film hits U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day.

Oct 24, 2012

There are so many articles about and interviews with Hugh Jackman out there that merely reiterate the same information over and over, but not this time. Static Multimedia was able to interview him recently about Rise of the Guardians and Les Misérables — and it’s quite the exciting read. In it, he talks about some childhood anecdotes, singing live on set from 8AM to 8PM, Christmas traditions, and he touches base on the power of meditation. It’s definitely worth the read for any fan looking for more insight into the man and his life. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source; it’s also been added to the press archive in its entirety.

Who or what helped you to find out who you are?
Still going, man. Still working it out. But that’s why we are here really, isn’t it? So my father and my mum, particularly my dad, I think, had an influence on my life. He’s quite a religious man but I would say a very practical religious man. He doesn’t talk about it a lot, but he always encouraged that inner journey which I would say I am still on, definitely.

It would be sad if it ends one day, wouldn’t it?
Well for me, that’s everything. Way more important than the journey outside, as magical as that is, the inner journey is way more important.

[Rise of the Guardians] is also about dreams. Are you an intense dreamer?
No. I think I am just too tired and I sleep through it all. I used to dream a lot, and I remember when I was a kid, it’s really fascinating that idea of the boogie man because I remember being terrified of the dark, and terrified of going into the house alone. I remember running from room to room, all those things. In fact, my brother played a practical joke on me which probably put me in a state for years. I used to hear about boogie man under your bed and my brother would say, ‘Oh no, he’s there, he’s there!’ And we shared a bedroom together. And for about a month, I would occasionally feel this tap on the bed and I was like, ‘I think there’s something there.’ Like just one tap or two taps, and I would go off to sleep and I never had the guts to actually look under. Finally when I did, I want to say after a month, my brother was there and went, ‘Boo!’ So for a month every night, he had been under my bed. Cruel right?

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Oct 22, 2012
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Check out the video above of Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine director James Mangold making a special announcement. On October 29th – that’s a Monday, one week from today – they’ll be conducting a live web-based Q&A with fans from the set of the movie. You can submit questions via Twitter, tagging them with #TheWolverineLive. The feed will broadcast live at 1pm Pacific time both on YouTube and the movie’s official site.

Oct 20, 2012

On Saturday, October 20th, Hugh Jackman and wife (Deborra-Lee Furness) attended the 20th annual Red Ball. Taking place yearly in Melbourne, Australia, the gala is presented by Fight Cancer Foundation as a way to raise money for cancer treatment, research, care, and support programs. Hugh was there as a special guest, performing numbers from his Back on Broadway stint. Not sure of a song list (yet), but you can check out pictures of him and Deb on the red carpet in the gallery.

Oct 18, 2012

A new article on Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables is featured in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly (October 19th). I’ve added caps to the gallery, courtesy of “VictoriaVanDort.” There’s a lot of information about the actual set – not so much the actors – but it gives great insight into the production of an epic movie-musical. There’s also a few new film stills – including another of Hugh Jackman with Isabelle Allen (young Cosette) and the debut of the Thenardiers – as well as the progression of concept art to fully realized costumes and sets.

Oct 16, 2012
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A beautiful new film still from Les Misérables has been released, once again featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. It looks like it must be from the early on-location shooting done in France. Très magnifique! Be sure to check out the picture in the gallery for the full-size, as the makeup and costume are impeccable and definitely worth getting a closer look at.

Oct 16, 2012
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The Daily Telegraph recently posted an article all about the new and original song, “Suddenly,” to be featured in the upcoming Les Misérables movie-musical. There’s a lot more information on the song, including the subject matter and even a short line from the lyrics. Lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schonberg visited Hugh Jackman during his Back on Broadway run to know exactly what kind of voice they’d be writing for. Check it all out below:

Hugh Jackman has received one of the greatest honours in musical theatre. Not another Tony, a Drama Desk, or a Laurence Olivier, but a song. Not just any song, but his own song; written by the creators of the Les Miserables stage show, tailored specifically to his voice, for inclusion in a film that could change big screen musicals forever.

And he is finally ready to reveal its subject.

Jackman drops down into the interview chair at Pinewood Studios, straight from the gym and still in his tracksuit and trainers. Though he is looking better fed now, he had to shed 14kg to sculpt his character Jean Valjean’s tortured convict physique in the initial scenes of the Les Miserables shoot.

He has since regained 11 of those kilos and aged considerably; his hair is tinged with grey.

It is this incarnation of Valjean, by now a prosperous but charitable mayor, who sings the much-anticipated new solo created by Les Mis lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schonberg.

They watched Jackman’s one-man show on Broadway before putting pen to paper.

“It’s kind of an amazing honour they came to see the show and I was singing for 2 1/2 hours so they saw every possible colour of my voice and they said ‘right, now we’re going to write it for you,'” Jackman, 44, says. “I’ll do my best not to screw it up.”

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