Nov 12, 2012
Film News, Gallery, Movie 43 Comments Off on Official Poster for ‘Movie 43’ Released

Nov 11, 2012
Articles, Film News, Gallery, Les Misérables, Press Comments Off on ‘Les Misérables’ Feature in Vogue (December 2012)

Back when Les Misérables was filming, there were reports that photographer Annie Leibovitz was on set. Only now, for the December issue of Vogue, are we finally seeing the fruits of her labor. A slideshow entitled Dreaming a Dream: The Cast of Les Misérables shows the film’s actors in character: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and the Thenardiers (Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen).

On Jean Valjean: “He’s one of the great literary characters of all time; a real study of the human spirit under the worst adversity possible.”

On filming Les Mis: “The stakes were as high as they could possibly be every day. And that sort of cauldron of expectation and pressure and excitement was exhilarating.”

Anne Hathaway is on the cover of the December issue, and her feature article – Leap of Faith – goes pretty in-depth into the making of Les Mis. There are some quotes from Hugh, along with on set anecdotes — did you know Russell had sing-along parties at his apartment on Fridays? For those interested, there’s also a short video right here, which goes behind the scenes on Anne’s Vogue cover shoot, along with comments from her and Eddie on Les Mis. Check out the nice things Eddie had to say:

“One of the most extraordinary things – and complicated things – about this film was the meeting of the theater world and the film world. Hugh and Annie worked out how to combine those two worlds and were really role models, in some ways, on how to make this incredibly famous work have new life breathed into it.”

Nov 11, 2012
General News, Videos Comments Off on Hugh Congratulates Friend, Daniel Craig

No, Hugh Jackman hasn’t lost his Hollywood nice guy image — he’s just teasing his good friend, Daniel Craig, who was honored with the 2012 Britannia award for Best British Artist. After running through a list of actors who had been “considered” for the role of James Bond (including old Hugh faux-rivals, George Clooney and Brad Pitt), Hugh gives his congratulations to Daniel in this BBC video.

Nov 9, 2012
Les Misérables Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne Praises Hugh’s Leadership as an Actor

In a new interview with Flaunt, Eddie Redmayne talked a bit about Les Misérables. At one point, when discussing his role in Richard II, he considered the responsibility of certain roles — namely, the first on a call sheet. Because Hugh Jackman was “number one” on Les Mis, he set the tone of shooting days in a way that Eddie recalls (with great compliments) below:

Redmayne moves rather quickly into the experience of playing Richard II in Michael Grandage’s Donmar staged production of Richard II. Redmayne hesitates. So much history concerns the relationship between authority and subject. The modes of this relationship manifest in various social and professional situations. Take, for instance, Redmayne suggests, the relationship between an actor and his role. Richard II is a juicy role, a massive undertaking, and with it comes a lot of responsibility.

Redmayne: And I asked Michael, who had enormous amount of faith in me, “Now that I’m Richard, what do I do to lead the cast?” [Grandage] says to me, “Eddie, you’re playing the king. The thing does it for you.” And that’s sort of the thing with actors in Hollywood. The number one on the call sheet basically dictates the atmosphere of the film set. Les Mis was kind of extraordinary because Hugh Jackman is a movie star. Incredibly talented, ridiculously hardworking, and unbelievably generous. I remember he was shooting in February in England in Portsmith, in water in 40-degree weather, with a hundred extras behind him. I think the extras were about to walk off set, like, “I’m not doing this.” It was extraordinarily miserable. But because Hugh was up front, in front of all the guys, take after take after take, again, they managed to stay on.

Nov 9, 2012
Interviews, Press, Rise of the Guardians, Videos Comments Off on Hugh Talks Why Kids Will Love ‘Guardians’

Hugh Jackman probably won’t be on a full publicity run for Rise of the Guardians, as he’s currently wrapping up The Wolverine in Australia, but hopefully we’ll get more videos like this. In this short Q&A, he talks about why kids will love the film (all their heroes fighting together to protect childhood), the pros of the main cast (and what each individual brought to the role), the lessons found within Guardians (working as a team helps you realize your greatest potential), and the visuals (DreamWorks’ sophistication). Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21st

Nov 8, 2012
Film News, Les Misérables, Videos Comments Off on New ‘Les Misérables’ International Trailer

A new, international trailer for Les Misérables has been released — and Hugh Jackman is featured in it! This one is much more of a medley, showcasing numerous songs from the musical, including “Castle on a Cloud,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” (where we get to hear a bit of Hugh singing), and “Do You Hear the People Sing?” This one seems to have a lot more focus on the protagonist of the film, Jean Valjean, rather than Fantine, which makes it extra exciting. Hopefully we’ll get a U.S. theatrical trailer soon (rumor has it that it may come next week).

Nov 4, 2012
Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances, Videos Comments Off on Hugh Helps Launch The Acting Edge

Having once attended the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) – which he graduated from in 1993 – Hugh Jackman was back at the school on November 4th to help launch The Acting Edge, a new online component. The program’s creator, Dean Carey, also recently released an acting book, and the ACA also now offers apps helpful for those seeking acting advice. You can watch a brief interview with Hugh on the red carpet right here, in which he talks about The Acting Edge and how ACA changed his life. There’s also a Mornings interview, where he discusses acting, his kids, and… his flaws.

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On a semi-related topic, Hugh and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, attended the Melbourne World Vision Event on November 3rd. There doesn’t seem to be any official images or video footage from the night (nor press on it, for that matter), so consider this a brief update on their whereabouts and philanthropic adventures. You can also check out a dual interview with both of them below, in which they talk about humanitarian work, passing on their knowledge to their children, and even how their New York apartment fared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Nov 2, 2012
Articles, Film News, Gallery, Les Misérables, Press Comments Off on New ‘Les Mis’ Feature in Entertainment Weekly


Scans courtesy of dontletthewrongonein.tumblr.com.

Yet another Les Misérables feature can be found in this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly. Previously, there was talk about costume and set designs for the film; in this issue, the matter at hand is a little more serious. With quotes from Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and director Tom Hooper, the article focuses heavily on the political inclination of Les Mis – both the novel and musical – and how important the story is even in today’s political climate (worldwide). It’s a great read, plus there’s some new shots from the film strewn throughout the pages.

Nov 1, 2012
Interviews, Les Misérables, Press Comments Off on “Everything in my Professional Life has Pointed to [Les Mis],” says Hugh

In a new interview with Dubai Chronicle, Hugh Jackman talks very briefly about Les Misérables — including how he feels as if his career has led to his role as Jean Valjean. More prominently, he talks about the impact having children has left in his life, and how his own childhood has influenced how he raises both Oscar and Ava. The real treat is at the end of the article, when he highlights his “loves” and “hates.” Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for the whole interview; it’s also been added to the press archive.

Q: Your big new film is Les Misérables. How satisfying is it to be part of a production like this?
JACKMAN:
It’s the high point of my career. I’ve been trying to do a movie musical for the longest time. I really have. When I hear that the movie version of Les Misérables was being made, I immediately threw my hat in that ring. This was a part I wanted very badly, and I feel in some way that everything in my professional life has pointed to this moment. I love acting, and I love doing musicals, and I’ve always wanted to combine those two interests, and now it’s finally come true with Les Misérables. It’s such a great feeling to be part of one of the most uplifting stories ever told about the human spirit.

Q: How do you compare your own approach to being the father of two children to your growing up without a mother after your parents divorced ?
JACKMAN:
I’ve been lucky to have a beautiful and generous wife to help me raise our children. It’s worlds apart. My dad had a hard time and it wasn’t that easy at our house. I was constantly fighting my next oldest brother and we were all living in chaos. Dad would come home late, usually not before 7 at night, and there was always some trouble going on. It wasn’t the best way to grow up, but it taught me to look out for myself and be very independent and disciplined. But I always wanted to create a very loving and caring environment for my own children. It’s my greatest accomplishment. There is no greater joy in life than watching your kids play and enjoy life while they grow up in front of your eyes. I can’t tell you how much I love taking my kids for walks and exploring the world with them when I travel. Deb and I have been blessed to have them in our lives.

Q: Was acting and showbusiness a way of expressing yourself and getting rid of anger in any way?
JACKMAN:
My friends tell me that I always had a pretty sunny disposition growing up so even though maybe I had reason to be angry about things, I’ve found out over the years, even with acting coaches that tried to get you to draw out those buried emotions, that that was never the case. I feel I have a lot to live for and to be happy about.

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Nov 1, 2012
Charities, General News Comments Off on Hugh to Serve as Honorary Chair at New 42nd Street Gala

The New 42nd Street Gala, in celebration of the New Victory Education Programs, will honor the Australia Council for the Arts with the New Victory Arts Award on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The annual event will feature a special performance by the Melbourne-based Australian troupe Circus Oz at The New Victory Theater, followed by a dinner reception at The Liberty Theater.

The event will be co-chaired by Adelina Wong Ettelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Fiona Howe Rudin, Chairman of The New 42nd Street. Honorary Chairs for the event are Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman. Gala Vice Chairs are Julie Singer Scanlan and Philip H. Scanlan, Consul General of Australia in New York. The Gala Committee includes Jill Bikoff, Emily and Len Blavatnik, Donya and Scott Bommer, Isaac Mizrahi and Arnold Germer, and Wendi Murdoch. Thomson Reuters is the Gala Corporate Sponsor for the third consecutive year.

The New Victory Arts Award is presented to a person or organization that has used their public position and powers of persuasion to help bring kids to the arts and the arts to kids. Past recipients include Tony Awards® recipient Bill Irwin and Cheryl Henson, President of The Jim Henson Foundation.

“The New 42nd Street is honored that the Australia Council for the Arts has agreed to accept this year’s New Victory Arts Award in recognition of its longstanding support of enlightened work for kids. Since The New Victory Theater opened in 1995, we have presented 22 compelling, inventive and magical works from 16 companies hailing from across Australia,” said Cora Cahan, President of The New 42nd Street.

The New 42nd Street Gala will begin at 7:00 PM with the award presentation and an excerpt of Circus Oz: From the Ground Up at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street), immediately followed by a dinner reception at The Liberty Theater (234 West 42nd Street).

Tickets to the New 42nd Street Gala start at $1,000 and table prices start at $10,000. For more information and tickets, visit www.new42gala.org or call 646-553-3475.

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