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Great news for Londoners and folks nearby: Hugh has told The Daily Mail that he’ll be bringing his one-man show to the English city. Because he’ll be filming Les Miserables at the time, the performances won’t be nightly, but he intends on getting onstage every Sunday evening. (Not only that, but there’s confirmation that he’s intending on bringing the act to Broadway next year!) An excerpt from the article, including information that could be beneficial to fans, is included below:

“I loved that ‘anything can happen,’ relaxed feel about Sinatra — and viewing Peter Allen’s tapes also taught me a lot,” he said. “We’re planning to do some Sunday night concerts when I’m in London in the spring.

“We’re looking for the right space, and the idea is to do the shows when I’ve got time off from Les Miserables. I just want them to be fun,” he told me, adding jokingly: “I feel like I should have a whisky in my hand, like Dean Martin, and then get Robbie Williams to come on and join me.”

Hugh said he expected to perform his concert show on Broadway in October next year.

He told me he met director Hooper for a three-hour audition for Les Mis. “I got cast early, because there was another movie I could do and I didn’t want to wait and get to November to find I had no movie at all. I told them that and I eventually got it.”

The stage version is completely sung through with no spoken dialogue. “That’s not going to work on film, so there’s now dialogue and songs,” said Hugh. “Tom’s take on the film is very exciting.”

July 21st, 2011
Kristina

2011 Comic-Con Megapost

• During his Q&A with fans at the Real Steel truck earlier today, July 21st, Hugh let some information on the upcoming film about Wolverine surface. ScreenRant has posted a brief summary of some interesting details — including the villain! There are SPOILERS below, so read the excerpt and check out the video at your own discretion:


I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.

• Fans who don’t want to read spoilers but may be interested in musicals should know that Hugh confirmed Les Miserables will start filming in February 2012.

• Entertainment Weekly has also posted a video from today, featuring Hugh talking about Real Steel and his fans. In it, he touches on how his upcoming robot boxing movie is, in fact, more than boxing robots. Because the video can’t embed, you’ll have to visit EW.com to view it.

• MovieWeb has uploaded some videos that feature the Real Steel giveaway earlier today, as well as an interview. There’s some closer look at the two robots – Atom and Noisy Boy – and some footage of Hugh onstage as well.

• Another video of Hugh talking about Real Steel has been released, this one from Associated Press. In it, he discusses the special effects on the film, as well as appreciating his Comic-Con fanbase. Check it out below:

According to ComingSoon.net, where the news was broken by Hugh Jackman himself, Steven Spielberg is currently working on a screen adaptation of the play, A Steady Rain. Keith Huff wrote the play and, although Hugh mentioned that a writer was on board for the film, it is unsure whether or not Huff is at the helm. ComingSoon.net also reported that they presume Hugh and Daniel Craig – who starred in the roles in the Broadway production – will reprise the roles for the screen, though that remains unconfirmed. Read a summary of the play below:

A Steady Rain focuses on two Chicago policemen who inadvertently return a Vietnamese boy to a cannibalistic serial killer who claims to be the child’s uncle. When he later becomes the man’s latest victim, the lifelong friendship of the two men is threatened when it becomes clear someone must bear responsibility for their egregious failure to assess the situation accurately.

Wolverine star Hugh Jackman made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday morning to promote his robot boxing movie Real Steel, answering questions and bestowing swag upon a cheering crowd.

In the film, Jackman plays a down-and-out former boxer 10 years in the future when the sport is no longer done by humans, but rather 2,000-pound robot gladiators, two of which Jackman showed off to the crowd at the event.

“The world of human boxing is being superceded by robots who box,” Jackman said. “They’re badass. They’re unbelieveable. They’re great. But the reason I love the story was the human element of it. It’s a father-son relationship.”

“Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday morning to promote his robot boxing movie “Real Steel,” answering questions and bestowing swag upon a cheering crowd.

In the film, Jackman plays a down-and-out former boxer 10 years in the future when the sport is no longer done by humans, but rather 2,000-pound robot gladiators, two of which Jackman showed off to the crowd at the event.

“The world of human boxing is being superceded by robots who box,” Jackman said. “They’re badass. They’re unbelieveable. They’re great. But the reason I love the story was the human element of it. It’s a father-son relationship.”

Jackman said his character, Charlie Kenton, goes on an emotional journey and compared Real Steel to classic sports movies.

“His son turns up on his doorstep, and the two of them go on this great journey through the world of robot boxing,” he said. “I’ve got to tell you, when I grew up: Chariots of Fire, Rocky, The Champ, Hoosiers, these movies, I kind of love… Well now I’m so excited because I’m in one of those movies.”

Jackman also talked about the much-anticipated Wolverine sequel, which seemed to be spinning its wheels after director Darren Aronofsky dropped the project. James Mangold is now slated to direct, and Jackman said it’s the movie he’s been waiting a decade to make.

“Ever since X-Men 1, I read those comics of the saga in Japan, and I kept saying, ‘Why can’t we do this one?'” Jackman said. “So, 10 years later, we are finally getting there.”

Jackman said filming for the sequel would start in October.

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Here’s some great news for anyone attending Comic-Con this year: Hugh Jackman himself is scheduled to have a special appearance! Although there is no news about him attending any talks (maybe lucky event-goers will see him show up at Thursday’s 20th Century Fox panel), Collider has informed fans that he’ll be there in support of Real Steel. Check out the details below:

The actor will be in the Petco parking lot tomorrow [Thursday, July 20th] morning at 10:30am PST along with the Real Steel truck that will be driving around San Diego this weekend. Jackman will be handing out free toys and swag for the Shawn Levy-directed robot boxing flick.

July 19th, 2011
Kristina

QTV Interviews Hugh Jackman

There’s a bit of delay in posting this, but I was waiting for the video of the interview to finally show up! Anyway, here’s a really great (and long) interview by QTV, promoting Hugh Jackman’s Toronto performances and speaking about his career. There may not be any new information, but there’s a lot of insight into Hugh and the Hollywood life.

Hugh Jackman takes care of his own, so when the actor flew to Toronto earlier this month to perform in a one-man show, he brought along his kids and the family’s 10-month-old French bulldog Dali – in first class!

The lucky pup will soon rack up even more frequent-flier miles: After Hugh Jackman in Concert ends its run this weekend, the family, with Dali in tow, will jet off for their summer vacation.

“He’s coming to Europe with us,” Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, told PEOPLE at the July 13 Cinema Society screening of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. “He’s part of the family.”

Dali may have a French pedigree, but he also has a Spanish spirit, thanks to his name. “My son, [Oscar], is an artist, and his favorite artist is Salvador Dalí,” Furness said. “Because of the way [the dog’s] mouth curls, he looks like Salvador Dalí with a mustache.”

She added, “He’s got a face only a mother could love.”

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Hugh Jackman’s one-man show opened in Toronto this week — and boy, is it hot.

I wrote about “Hugh Jackman in Concert” in May, when it opened in San Francisco, and while the reviews were pretty strong, the word-of-mouth in the theater industry was “needs work.”

Jackman and his director, Warren Carlyle, who staged the charming “Finian’s Rainbow” on Broadway last year, took that sotto voce criticism to heart. They’ve been tightening and polishing, and judging from the ecstatic reviews this week, the show is now ready for Broadway.

And, in fact, there’s a scramble to sort out Jackman’s movie schedule — he’s doing another installment of “Wolverine” in Europe this fall — and bring the show in later this year.

It would be a limited run — 12 to 15 weeks — at a desirable theater, possibly the Broadhurst, which may be available after Labor Day if the struggling “Baby It’s You” falls by the wayside.

“It should come in as soon as possible to capitalize on the reviews in Toronto,” says a production source. “We don’t want to wait too long.”

The four-star review in the Toronto Star summed up Jackman’s turn this way: “His 100-minute show packs more sheer talent in it than you might have thought possible . . . The man is an absolute wow.”

“Hugh Jackman in Concert” is about as simple as it gets — a couple of sexy backup singers, some projections and a band, all in service of Mr. Charisma.

In San Francisco, the show was a bit ramshackle, with a Vegas-y feel and cruise-ship choreography, say people involved in it.

The new version is slicker, tighter and more elegant. Jackman does his old Peter Allen bit — he became a star, after all, in “The Boy From Oz” — but his tribute to Judy Garland, “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage,” is now restrained and deeply moving.

And everybody’s raving about his rendition of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein “Soliloquy” from “Carousel.”

Around Broadway, the feeling is that Jackman should take advantage of the fall theater schedule, which is pretty light on musicals, and clean up.

“He’ll sell out in about five minutes,” says a ticket agent. “His only competition is Harry Connick Jr.”

Connick opens in “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” in November.

Here are your marching orders, Hugh: Get those silly Wolverine scenes out of the way, lose the lupine ears and break out the Peter Allen maracas.

Broadway could use a little Jackman come Christmastime.

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