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A new film still featuring two Jean Valjeans has been released! Hugh Jackman – in costume as Valjean in Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of the musical – is posed alongside Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Valjean on both the West End and Broadway. In case you don’t remember, Colm will be playing the Bishop of Digne in Les Miserables; a beautiful full-circle for his Les Mis involvement, as the Bishop is the single catalyst that causes Jean Valjean to start his life over.
As a side-note: Hugh sang “Bring Him Home” for the film today, May 15th, according to a multitude of tweets (namely, from actors playing Les Amis de l’ABC). It was reported that he sang for two hours!
Hugh Jackman helped celebrate Robert Pattinson’s twenty-sixth birthday Sunday evening, May 13th. Several other celebrities – including Les Mis producer Cameron Mackintosh (pictured with Hugh) and Sienna Miller – were in attendance at the dinner at Claridge’s in London, England. Hugh has met Pattinson before, when the two of them sang karaoke in Japan several years ago. They’re also rumored to co-star in Madeleine Stowe’s Unbound Captives.
From the set of Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman is wishing Happy Mother’s Day to all moms watching. The clip from the official Les Mis account is short, but fans can get a look at the intricate and impressive set inside Pinewood Studios. (Plus, another peek at Hugh in costume as Jean Valjean.)
A new photograph of Hugh Jackman in character as Jean Valjean has been released, courtesy of Les Miserables‘ official Twitter. He’s pictured sitting next to Isabelle Allen, who will be playing the young Cosette in the film. Looks like they have quite the father/daughter bond already, doesn’t it?
Taking a break from Jean Valjean, Hugh Jackman headed back to New York for the weekend to visit family. Yesterday, May 7th, he also stopped by the Met Gala 2012. There, he joined host Carey Mulligan onstage briefly, debuting his short-cropped haircut for the first time at a public appearance. Evidently, he didn’t walk the red carpet, so pictures are sparse. I’ll be adding them as they come in, however. For more information on the event, check out Vogue.
Fresh off of the honorary Tony Award announcement, Hugh Jackman has also received an Astaire Award nomination! This, according to Theater Mania. Due to his one-man show, Back on Broadway, he has been nominated for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical. The Astaire Awards will take place June 4th at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Congratulations, Hugh!
FYI: Other nominees in the category include Ricky Martin (Evita), Danny Burstein (Follies), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Leap of Faith), Jason Tam (Lysistrata Jones), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Ryan Breslin (Newsies), Thayne Jasperson (Newsies), Ryan Steele (Newsies) Ephraim Sykes (Newsies), Matthew Broderick (Nice Work if You Can Get It), and Robert Hartwell (Nice Work if You Can Get It).
Completely forgot about posting this, but Hugh Jackman will perform at the Red Ball in Melbourne on October 20th. The prestigious gala, which Hugh and his wife often attend, helps raise money for the Fight Cancer Foundation. For more information on the event, visit the Red Ball’s official site.
HOLLYWOOD star Hugh Jackman will bring a little bit of Broadway to Melbourne for the 20th anniversary of the Red Ball.
Jackman will perform excerpts from his hugely successful Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway stage show at the black-tie charity fundraiser at the Crown Palladium on October 20.
Jackman’s performance will make the event, which raises funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation, the year’s hottest charity gala ticket.
Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, who will also attend the ball, are patrons of the charity in which they have a deep interest. Furness’s mother, Fay Duncan, was a driving force behind its establishment and is chairman of the Red Ball committee.
Jackman’s one-man show smashed box-office records during its sold-out, 10-week run in New York at the end of 2011.
The ball will give guests a rare chance to see the star perform numbers from the show.
Jackman will be based in Australia for some months to film the latest instalment in the Wolverine franchise.
Earlier today, the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced that Hugh Jackman will receive an honorary Tony Award. This, after this recent Broadway show – Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway – was deemed ineligible for a traditional award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Special Tony Award given to Hugh will be for “his contributions as a performer and humanitarian” and will be presented during the ceremony on June 10th. Congratulations, Hugh!
Hugh Jackman will host Tropfest New York, a competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the world’s largest short-film festival. “Knowing that Tropfest has opened doors for brilliant filmmakers, actors, and others for the past 20 years, I’m proud to be a part of the festival as it expands its reach to the U.S. and brings its competition to New York,” said Jackman in a statement. “As a mecca of the arts, New York is a perfect host for a festival that empowers creative minds to try their hand at filmmaking.”
Jackman’s free event, on June 23 in Bryant Park, in which finalists will be screened and judged, will cap three days of festivities that include musical performances, film screenings, and a filmmaker symposium. “Hugh has been a great supporter of Tropfest and we could not be more delighted to have him on board,” said Tropfest director John Polson (Hide and Seek). “He embodies the type of creativity and passion we hope the competition will inspire.”
Collider has just revealed the first teaser poster for the upcoming Tom Hooper-directed film, Les Miserables! The picture of the poster featuring the iconic illustration of young Cosette was taken during early preparations at CinemaCon, a convention for movie theater owners to look at what the studios have to offer for the year. What do you think of the minimalist poster, boasting merely the names of the movie’s biggest actors? Hopefully more footage from and information about Les Mis will be released at CinemaCon, which kicks off on Monday.