Hugh Jackman has mentioned that there’s been recent movement on the previously stagnant The Greatest Showman on Earth, but now it seems the future musical on P.T. Barnum is breathing once more. Although Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) wrote the original screenplay for the film, Oscar-winning writer and director Bill Condon has signed on to rewrite another draft. Condon’s most notable works include Chicago and Dreamgirls, so this new musical should be in good hands under his supervision.
The Hollywood Reporter also stated “commercials director and visual effects wizard Michael Gracey is on board to helm the biopic about the legendary showman who created the three-ring circus and loved to hoax a gullible public. A focal point of the movie is Barnum’s infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind, dubbed the Swedish Nightingale. No actress is attached to that role yet.”
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
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 day after Hugh Jackman attended the Beijing press conference for The Wolverine, he made an appearance at the premiere. It was the final destination for the movie’s promo tour. Although he was the only cast member on hand, the celebrations were not neglected; a large cake was on-hand for Hugh’s 45th birthday, which had only been a few days prior. There are a bunch of images from the event in the gallery now.
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.
Hugh Jackman’s 45th birthday was a big one as he celebrated it onstage at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. For three hours, he performed for a star-studded crowd; attendees included Tom Cruise, Kristin Davis, Olivia Munn, Cybill ShepherdDarren Criss, X-Men director Richard Marx, good friend Richard Marx (who also joined Hugh on stage), and two Prisoners co-stars: Maria Bello and Terrence Howard. The evening was part of The Motion Picture & Television Fund’s annual charity event; this year, they raised $1.85 million from a live auction held after the program. You can read a detailed account (and rave review) from the evening on Deadline.
Yesterday evening (October 4th), Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the 2013 Friends of the Hudson River Park Gala. The event – held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 in New York – was to honor the park and preview the upcoming community, retail, and cultural hub being built at the pier. Mayor Bloomberg, Brooke Shields, Martha Stewart, Joel Grey, and many others were also in attendance. Speaking of the park, here is what both Hugh and Deb had to say (quotes provided by WWD):
• Deb: “This is so important to us because this is where we live. This is our city, and I think we live in the greatest city on earth and we all need to contribute to keep it beautiful.”
• Hugh: “There’s not government funding at all. No public money is ever spent on the park, even though the public enjoys it. This is why New York is so great. New Yorkers always want our city to get better and better.”
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.”
On September 28th, Hugh Jackman helped launch Prisoners at the premiere held in Switzerland. The event was part of the Zurich Film Festival and took place alongside the Golden Icon Award ceremony, in which Hugh was honored with the prestigious award. Director Denis Villeneuve, producer Kira Davis, and Prisoners co-star Melissa Leo were also in attendance with Hugh on the event’s “green carpet.”
Following the honor of the Donostia Award in San Sebastian, Hugh Jackman accepted the Golden Icon Award at the 9th Zurich Film Festival on September 28th. Afterwards, he welcomed Denis Villeneuve, Kira Davis, and co-star Melissa Leo so that they could introduce their new film, Prisoners, to those in attendance at the Swiss film festival. There are several images from the event in the gallery, and you can also watch a video of Hugh accepting his award here (including his speech, in which he thanks his fans).
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.