Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have made an appeal to fellow Australians to dig deep and help those hit by severe drought in the Horn of Africa.
“Children are the most vulnerable in times of crisis like this and in the worst-hit areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia nearly half a million young people are at risk of malnutrition,” Furness said in the video appeal for World Vision Australia.
Both Furness and Jackman are ambassadors for the charitable organisation.
“Hugh and I have been in Ethiopia, and we’ve seen first-hand the World Vision staff who work on the ground. They’re at the crisis points now providing lifesaving food and water,” she added.
“World Vision are also supporting long-term programs such as drought-tolerant crops, help for herders’ animals, and families to diversify their income source so that drought doesn’t leave them without an income,” Jackman said.
“World Vision urgently needs your help to assist those in need,” he said.
World Vision hopes to help more than 2.5 million people in the three most-affected countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
* Donations can be made to World Vision Australia’s East Africa Emergency Appeal by visiting www.worldvision.com.au.
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There isn’t much to embellish in this news update, but it’s been reported by RIA Novosti that Real Steel will have its Russian premiere on September 8th. It will be held at the Oktyabr Cinema in Moscow.
As a reminder, here are the complete dates (so far) for upcoming Real Steel premieres around the globe: September 6th (Paris, Le Grand Rex), September 8th (Moscow, Oktyabr Cinema), September 14th (London, Empire Cinemas), September 28th (Sydney, venue TBA), and October 2nd (Los Angeles, venue TBA).
There’s some good and bad news to the latest news on The Wolverine. First, the bad news: it seems like production for the highly anticipated film may be pushed back yet again — to Spring 2012. On the plus side, this means paving the way for Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, to which Hugh Jackman is already attached as Jean Valjean. IndieWire has the following report, also touching upon potential Les Mis casting:
Deadline reports that despite recent updates around the web that pointed to a November start for the comic book film with shooting to take place in Canada, the film will still head to the great white north, except it won’t start rolling until spring 2012. It appears that Hugh Jackman will want to do his song-and-dance routine in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables first before putting on the claws for The Wolverine. Hooper’s follow-up to The King’s Speech has been casting up over the summer with Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe in the role of Inspector Javert. Last we heard, shooting was going to begin in February 2012 but this news suggests the shooting date may be moving up (perhaps to get in for Oscar season next year). And according to industry tracking site It’s On The Grid, more talent is being rounded up with names like Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove, Lucy Hale, and Emma Watson being tossed around for Eponine and Cosette with Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall being eyed for Fantine. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are in negotiations to reteam with Hooper to play the Thenardiers.
Hugh Jackman along with his family – Deborra-Lee Furness, Ava, and Oscar – attended the exhibition opening for “Nomad Two World” in Berlin, August 19th. Nomad Two World was part of the Toronto concerts Hugh performed last month, which perhaps explains why Oscar hopped onstage last night to perform the didgeridoo again. Photos from the evening have been added to the gallery. You can also check out an interview from the event below:
Is Les Miserables not enough musical for you? It seems like talks about The Greatest Showman on Earth aren’t just talks anymore, as a director has finally been attached to the P.T. Barnum biopic. Variety is reporting that Michael Gracey has signed on to helm the project, which has been described as “an original contemporary musical.”
Hugh Jackman is currently still committed to the project, though he has a very busy calendar ahead. Let’s just hope he gets more chances to show his singing and dancing chops in another movie-musical. Check out the plot of the film below, courtesy of Broadway World:
[Michael] Gracey is set to direct 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, called the Swedish Nightingale. So far, no actress has been cast for the role.
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