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Taylor Swift Lands 'Les Miserables' Role Over Scarlett Johansson & Lea Michele?

1/4/2012 2:20pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried are in talks to complete the star-studded cast of director Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" movie adaptation.

The singer and the "Mamma Mia!" star are set to join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter in the much-anticipated film musical, which is scheduled to start shooting this spring.

Theatre news website BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed that Swift is in negotiations to play Eponine and Seyfried is slated to play Cosette in the project.

The site previously reported that "Glee" star Lea ...
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The 37 Hottest Male Stars Of 2011

12/20/2011 8:00am EST
Hottest Male Stars of 2011
Let's hear it for the boys! It's that time of year again when we honor the "37 Hottest Male Stars." Our list includes the usual suspects (Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney), as well as a younger crew (Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron).

Robert Pattinson dominated the big screen with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," and Ryan Gosling impressed critics with "Drive." We can't decide between who's the sexier magical creature on "True Blood" - Alexander Skarsgaard or Joe Manganiello.

Let's not forget the musicians: Adam Levine, Justin Bieber, Drake and other heartthrobs also make...
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Hugh Jackman Raises $850,000 For AIDS Charity

12/8/2011 12:59pm EST
Hugh Jackman
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman has raised more than $850,000 for charity during performances of his Broadway show.

The Australian star is currently appearing in his one-man song and dance production, Back on Broadway, in New York and he has been taking part in fundraising for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS campaign over the last few weeks.

Jackman has been appealing to his audiences to make donations to the fund and auctioning off T-shirts he has worn on stage, which have made more than $10,000 each.

The actor has successfully raised more than $857,740 with his efforts, and he wa...
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Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift & Lea Michele Vie For 'Les Miserables' Role

11/30/2011 11:30am EST
Les Miserables casting
Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift and Lea Michele are all competing for a coveted role in the upcoming "Les Miserables" movie, according to a report.

Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of the popular stage show, based on Victor Hugo's book, already boasts a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

A number of famous female stars are still in competition for the role of Eponine, and country star Swift, who appeared in 2010 film "Valentine's Day," has already auditioned for the part, according to New York Post gossip colu...
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Jonah Hill A No-Show As 'WWE Raw' Host

11/22/2011 2:31pm EST
Jonah Hill
Funnyman Jonah Hill disappointed thousands of fans on Monday night after failing to show up for his planned hosting gig on wrestling show WWE Raw.

The Superbad star was expected to make an appearance on the program in order to promote his upcoming films The Sitter and 21 Jump Street, however Hill skipped the event, making a fool of TV producers who heavily publicized the actor as one of the evening's main attractions.

At the time WENN went to press, a reason for Hill's no-show was not immediately made clear.

X-Men star Hugh Jackman previously starred on the program in September in sup...
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Hugh Jackman Cried While Watching 'Real Steel'

11/3/2011 8:35am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is a big supporter of his latest movie "Real Steel" because he found it moving watching the father-and-son, robot boxing drama with his family.

The X-Men star admits he rarely watches his own movies but he felt compelled to check out the action film with a heart with his kids - and now he can understand why real men across the world are tearing up as they check out the hit.

He says, "I cried a little bit... It's the first time my kids have seen one of my movies, so I watched it with them and my wife and my mother-in-law. At one point, we all had a tear rolling down our faces....
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Hugh Jackman Breaks Theater Record

11/1/2011 12:00am EDT
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Hugh Jackman is a Broadway record breaker - his new musical show has smashed one-week grosses at the Broadhurst Theater.

Ticket sales for Back on Broadway raked in over $1.2 million last week, beating previous records set by Billy Crystal's "700 Sundays," Jude Law's "Hamlet" and "The Merchant of Venice," starring Al Pacino.

Tony Award-winner Jackman officially returns to the New York stage for a 10-week engagement on November 10.

In the show, the movie star performs a personal selection of his favorite musical numbers accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra.
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Justin Bieber Takes Selena Gomez To Hockey Game, Rents Out Entire Theater For 'Real Steel' Screening

10/24/2011 1:00pm EDT
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
How's this for a weekend out: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have spent an extended weekend in Bieber's home country of Canada, where they caught a Winnipeg Jets hockey game and a showing of Real Steel - in an empty theater!

The Winnipeg Free Press reported Thursday that Justin Bieber spent quite a bit of cash to rent out an entire movie theater so that he and Selena Gomez could watch Hugh Jackman's robot boxing flick Real Steel all by themselves!

If that weren't enough, Bieber also snatched tickets to a Winnipeg Jets game on Saturday, and watched from a luxorious private suite.

Bieber i...
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For Some Celebs, Their Best Accessories Are Their Pampered Pooches

10/21/2011 1:00pm EDT
Celebrities and their dogs
Bo Obama just got his first official White House photo. In honor of the first dog's fourth birthday, check out some of our other favorite furry friends.

Hugh Jackman's French Bulldog is a natural in front of the camera. The actor rarely goes anywhere in New York City without Peaches.

Hilary Duff and her husband Mike Comrie are expecting a bundle of joy, but the actress is often snapped carrying a different bundle - her Chihuahua Lola.

Anne Hathaway takes her Chocolate Lab Esmerelda everywhere - from filming "Batman" in Pittsburgh to walking in Los Angeles.

Check out more in the video &...
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'Real Steel' Edges Out 'Footloose' At Weekend Box Office

10/17/2011 8:21am EDT
Real Steel
Hugh Jackman's robot boxing movie "Real Steel" has narrowly fought off competition from new dance remake "Footloose" to make it a second week atop the box office chart.

"Real Steel" locked down an extra $16.3 million in ticket sales this week to remain at number one, edging out "Footloose," starring Kenny Wormald in the part made famous by Kevin Bacon in 1984. It debuted in second place with opening weekend takings of $16.1 million.

Horror reboot "The Thing" entered the countdown at three, while Steve Martin's comedy "The Big Year" failed to tickle audiences and opened in ninth place.
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Hugh Jackman & Elle MacPherson Attend Reception Hosted By Queen Eilizabeth II

10/15/2011 12:30pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman and Elle MacPherson were among the prominent Australians invited to a lavish reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Thursday ahead of her trip Down Under.

The British monarch is set to visit the country, of which she is head of state, next week, and she invited 350 members of Australia's high society to join her for a celebration at her London residence.

Jackman was one of the first guests to chat to the queen at the party, and he is adamant his fellow countrymen will be thrilled she is making her 16th trip Down Under, despite some citizens calling for...
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Hugh Jackman Bonded With Robert Pattinson During 'Drag Karaoke'

10/13/2011 8:48pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman has struck up an unlikely friendship with Twilight actor Robert Pattinson after the two hunks bonded during a karaoke session in Japan.

The X-Men action star was promoting his 2008 movie Australia with director Baz Luhrmann when he found himself on the same flight to Japan as Pattinson.

Jackman admits his first impression of the Brit wasn't great, telling MTV News, "I didn't talk to him (Pattinson) at all on the flight, because he's this really tall guy with a hood over his head, literally, and every time I'd go to the bathroom (and pass him), I'd be like, 'Man, that guy take...
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Hugh Jackman Launches Charity Coffee Blend

10/11/2011 8:40pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman has launched his own brand of coffee.

The Real Steel star was inspired to create a new African blend following a trip to Ethiopia - and he'll be giving all the profits to charity.

Jackman explains, "I met a man who changed the way I look at the world. As (coffee farmer) Dukale and I planted coffee trees together, I began to see the potential for one man's hard work to transform an entire community...

"While working with Dukale that day, I was so inspired by what I learned from him and his community, I made Dukale a promise to do my bit to help."

Upon his return, the Aussie ...
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'Real Steel' Knocks Out The Competition At Weekend Box Office

10/10/2011 8:51am EDT
Real Steel
Hugh Jackman's robot boxing film "Real Steel" fought off competition to debut at the top of the U.S. box office, raking in $27. 3 million over the weekend.

George Clooney and Ryan Gosling's highly-anticipated political drama "The Ides of March" premiered at second place with takings of $10.4 million, while last week's box office winner "Dolphin Tale" fell to third place after grossing $9.2 million.

Rounding out the top five were Brad Pitt's baseball movie "Moneyball" ($7.5 million) and cancer comedy "50/50" ($5.5 million) at fourth and fifth place respectively.
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Hugh Jackman & Jimmy Fallon Have A 'Water War' (Video)

10/9/2011 10:30pm EDT
Jimmy Fallon and Hugh Jackman have a water war
Hugh Jackman was drenched with water on TV on Thursday night as he played a card game with Jimmy Fallon.

The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star sat down for a chat on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and the pair played classic card game War, but changed the rules so the loser was splashed with water at every defeat.

Fallon told Jackman, "We are going to have a water war. Now, it's just like the card game War, but with water. So, if you lose a hand you get splashed in the face. We each have five cups of water. The first one to use all of his cups on the other guy wins and gets to water canon the ...
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Review: 'Real Steel' 'Two Jews On Film' Have Split Decision On This Action Fantasy (Video)

10/6/2011 7:00pm EDT
Real Steel
Two Jews on Film: By Joan Alperin Schwartz - The year is 2020. Things look pretty much the same as they do now... Except in the world of boxing. Humans have evolved to the point where they no longer get excited by watching men and women pummel each other. Score one for us.

What we have instead is 'Robot Boxing' which I have to say is...really, really cool...especially the way it's depicted in this new fantasy, action film, called 'Real Steel' directed by Shawn Levy.

First of all, these 'robot boxers' aren't your everyday garden variety robots. These animatronic, mechanical men are ov...
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Go See This Movie - 'Real Steel,' 'The Ides Of March,' And 'Dirty Girl'

10/6/2011 3:35pm EDT
Real Steel
Not sure what's playing at your local movie theatre? Here's what's hitting the theaters this weekend! "The Ides of March" (Ryan Gosling, George Clooney), "Real Steal" (Hugh Jackman), and "Dirty Girl" (Juno Temple).

You can't lose with any of these three movies! I'm a huge Clooney and Gosling fan, love a good boxing movie (especially with robots), and I always appreciate a good indie comedy. What do you want to see? Tweet me @stuartbrazell
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Fall Movie Preview: October 2011

10/5/2011 11:00am EDT
The Ides of March
October 7

The Ides of March

This weekend has an interesting match-up for the box office: George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” a sure Oscar contender, vs. “Real Steel,” a robot boxing film starring Hugh Jackman. In “Ides,” Clooney, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, stars as a promising presidential candidate whose young, idealistic aid (Ryan Gosling) sees the dark underbelly of what political campaigns are really about. Expect amazing performances from the entire cast which also includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Maris Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Real Steel

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Hugh Jackman Thinks 'Les Miserables' Will Be In 3D

10/3/2011 8:45pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
The movie musical version of hit stageshow Les Miserables looks set to be a 3D affair, according to its star Hugh Jackman.

The Aussie actor, who will play Jean Valjean in the film, reveals producers and director Tom Hooper are looking at the latest 3D technology with a view to giving the project a series of eye-popping effects.

He tells Collider.com, "It's in discussion. Honestly, that's probably gonna be part of what the tests are about, to see what that does."
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Real Steel,' 'The Ides Of March,' & More

10/3/2011 11:00am EDT
Real Steel
If you haven’t had the opportunity to read my Seth Rogen interview from last week for “50/50,” you should definitely check it out.

The film itself is one of the best this year; definitely worth watching. It impressively handles a dark subject like cancer by making light of it with humor. To label “50/50” as a straight comedy though is disrespectful to what a poignant story it is, because it also remains sensitive to immense difficulty of coping with such a serious disease.

In this way, Seth Rogen’s sarcastic jokes are well balanced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s uptight, neurotic character...
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Hugh Jackman Would Like A Role On 'Glee'

9/30/2011 8:37am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is keen to follow Gwyneth Paltrow and fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John onto TV hit "Glee," but he's yet to get an invite to join the cast for a guest spot.

The song-and-dance man is a huge fan of the program and would love to be a part of an upcoming episode.

He says, "I haven't been asked... I think I would (like to be on the show) if it was the right role. That would be fun."
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Spotted: A Jacked Hugh Jackman Swimming In Sydney

9/28/2011 9:00am EDT
Hugh Jackman
We spotted a very fit Hugh Jackman going for a swim in the ocean at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach after an early morning training session yesterday.

Believe it or not, Hugh (who turns 43 next month) only works out because of his job. He recently told Men's Fitness magazine, "If I weren't getting paid or didn't have a character like Wolverine to maintain, I would just be a tall, lean, fit guy."

Let's hope he keeps doing roles that make him work out!

Hugh stars in the upcoming film "Real Steel." In the film, a retired pugilist transitions to the business side of the ropes after human boxers ...
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Hugh Jackman Reprimanded For Giving Theater Fans Score Of Baseball Game

9/26/2011 9:49pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Baseball fan Hugh Jackman received a written reprimand from the director of his hit Broadway show 'The Boy From Oz' after dashing offstage to get the New York Yankees score for theatergoers.

The movie star had only just started previews for the musical when he chose to halt the show one night and let fans know if the Yankees had made it to the World Series.

He recalls, "It was game seven of the Yankees right before the World Series (sic). I was looking out into the audience and I could see all these guys thinking, 'Damn it! I said I'd take my wife to see 'The Boy From Oz' about Peter Alle...
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Hugh Jackman Can't Believe He Broke WWE Wrestler Dolph Ziggler's Jaw (Video)

9/25/2011 12:00pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman has laughed off reports he fractured a wrestler's jaw with a punch, insisting the fighter is "prone to exaggeration."

WWE fighter Dolph Ziggler claimed the movie star left him hospitalized with a "hairline mandibular fracture" following a stunt during Monday night's televised Raw SuperShow wrestling clash.

Jackman was guest hosting the event to promote his new robot boxing film Real Steel and he thrilled wrestling fans by jumping into the ring to throw a punch at celebrated fighter Ziggler.

But he can't believe he did any damage.

Jackman tells EW.com, "It was scripted that ...
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Hugh Jackman Has Been Involved In A Lot Of Fistfights

9/16/2011 11:33am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman admits he has been involved in fistfights.

He told the Daily Star, "I have been in plenty of fights, and I'm definitely not always the winner. The last time I was in the U.K. I got in an argument with a guy in a pub about the rugby or something and the next thing I was flat out on my face.

"Luckily, as an actor most people don't want to punch you in the face."

Hugh stars in the upcoming film "Real Steel" about a retired pugilist who transitions to the business side of the ropes after human boxers are replaced by robotic ones.
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Hugh Jackman: 'I Only Work Out Because I'm Paid To'

9/10/2011 4:00pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman talked to Men's Fitness for their October issue, and he revealed that he isn't the gym rat he appears to be.

"I don't really enjoy training. People say it's addictive, but I'm like, 'Not so much,'" Jackman says. "If I weren't getting paid or didn't have a character like Wolverine to maintain, I would just be a tall, lean, fit guy."

Hugh also says as he gets older, the training because that much tougher. "Over the past three or four years it's gotten a lot tougher. I have to eat a stricter diet. I have to train even harder. I can't get away with what I used to."

The Aussie a...
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Russell Crowe Joins 'Les Miserables' Film

9/10/2011 8:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is to join Hugh Jackman in the movie adaptation of hit musical Les Miserables.

Crowe has been in talks to play Inspector Javert in the project for months, and now sources tell trade paper Variety he has signed on for the role.

The King's Speech's Tom Hooper will direct the film, which has a release date of December 12, 2012. Although not known for his musical skills, Crowe did front rock band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts.

Reports suggest Jackman is trying to persuade Anne Hathaway to sign on to play prostitute Fantine in the movie musical.
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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' Sequel Gets Complete Rewrite

9/5/2011 10:19am EDT
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Production on Hugh Jackman's forthcoming movie The Wolverine is facing further delay - film executives have ordered a complete rewrite of the script.

Shooting on the latest installment in the X-Men franchise has already been pushed back until the spring due to unpredictable weather conditions in Japan, where part of the mutant superhero action blockbuster was due to be filmed later this year.

But according to Variety.com, the project has hit another stumbling block - director James Mangold has replaced The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie with Mark Bomback, who penned 200...
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Hugh Jackman Beats Johnny Depp In Sexiest Sci-Fi Star Poll

9/2/2011 10:13am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman has beaten competition from Johnny Depp and David Tennant to be named the sexiest actor in science fiction.

Jackman plays mutant superhero Wolverine in the "X-Men" franchise, and fans have voted him their favourite sci-fi star in a poll by TV network Syfy.

Former "Doctor Who" star Tennant came second, while British actor John Barrowman lands third place for his role in "Torchwood."

Depp came fourth for his movie "Edward Scissorhands," while Harrison Ford rounded out the top five for his portrayal of Han Solo in the "Star Wars" films.

In the female category, Sarah Michelle G...
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Hugh Jackman Supports World Vision's Relief Efforts In East Africa (Video)

9/1/2011 2:01pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
It is always great to see celebrities using their star power for good and that is exactly what Hugh Jackman is doing right this second. Hugh along with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, just released the special video message below to rally support for World Vision's relief efforts in East Africa.

“World Vision is supporting long-term programs such as drought-tolerant crops, help for herders’ animals, and assistance to families to diversify their income source so that drought doesn’t leave them without an income," reveals Jackman.

And Furness adds: “Children are the most vulnerable in time...
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