Hugh Jackman - Hugh Jackman's 'instant connection' with wife

Hugh Jackman's wife is his best friend.

The 'Wolverine' actor has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness - the mother of his two children, Oscar, 13 and eight-year-old Ava - for 17 years and revealed there was an instant connection between them as soon as they met.

He told the August issue of Good Housekeeping magazine: ''From day one, we were best mates. We just clicked. We were giggling and laughing - we just connected.

''The bedrock of any relationship is to communicate, and Deb and I have always done that, discussing whatever's going on, good or bad.

''Deb is the last one to bed and the first one up in the morning. You know those dolls that, when you lie them down, their eyes close? And as soon as they're vertical, their eyes open? That's Deb. It's almost annoying. She has two speeds: Stop and Go. She is always, 'Let's do this, let's do that.' And she is very funny, very quick.''

Although they have been married for 17 years, Hugh still tries to keep the romance in their relationship alive.

He explained: ''If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah, it's nice, but is it romantic? One time when I got off early from work in Montreal, I pretended I was still on set. I called Deb and said, 'I'll be back late tonight.' [Then I surprised her] and she got such a shock. I'd made reservations at the lunch place we love. It was three hours before the kids finished school, and it was awesome because it was unplanned.''

Hugh, 44, also revealed he is sick of speculation he is secretly gay and says he and his 57-year-old wife try not to pay attention to it.

He explained: ''I don't really pay attention. If someone's going to spend their time saying, 'You're really not 6-foot- 2, you're 5-foot-10, I'll tell them once, 'I am 6-foot-2.' Then, whatever you want to believe, it's up to you. Am I going to waste energy going, 'I'm so mad that this person says I'm 5-foot-10?' We really only get mad when there's an element of truth, right?''


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Wimbledon 2014: Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Jackman & Keira Knightley Watch Epic Men's Final [Pictures] 4275521 News

Celebrities flocked to South London over the past fortnight to see the stars of the tennis court compete at Wimbledon. Stars from around the world attended with Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman representing Australia, Samuel L Jackson and Bradley Cooper from the US and, of course, an assortment of famous British faces. Nowhere were more celebrity faces present than at the Men's final on Sunday (6th July). 

David and Victoria BeckhamDavid and Victoria Beckham at the Men's Final on Sunday (6th July).

Read More: Hugh Jackman And David Beckham Witness Djokovic's Wimbledon Win.

The Men's final on Sunday (6th July) always draws huge crowds and celebrity doubles cropped up throughout Centre Court including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince and Kate Middleton. The couple sat in the Royal box and watched as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battled it out for the championship. Yet throughout the crowd other couples watched including Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky, David and Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley and James Righton. 

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper also watched the match.

The match was an incredible one and will surely go down in history as one of the best, albeit unsuccessful comebacks, in tennis. Djokovic was merely two points away winning the championship during the third set when Federer battled his way back. Unfortunately for the much beloved Swiss player it wasn't meant to be, and Djokovic took home the trophy. 

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa PatakyChris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky looked adorable as they watched the match together.

The crowd's reaction was certainly appalling and it was as if Djokovic was playing against the crowd as much as against Federer. The crowd were overwhelmingly in support of Federer and vocally demonstrated their bias. But, the celebrities in the crowd were considerably more polite and kept their preference well hidden. 

Samuel L Jackson and Sofia David at WimbledonSamuel L Jackson and his close friend Sofia Davis.

Actor Samuel L Jackson attended the match alongside his close friend and publicist, Sofia Davis. 65-year-old Jackson has been spending a great deal of time in the UK promoting awareness for Davis' charity, One For The Boys, which aims to promote awareness for men's cancers and encourage men to discuss their health issues. He recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show alongside actress Keira Knightley, who was also at the Wimbledon final alongside her husband, Klaxon's band member James Righton. 

Keira Knightley and James RightonKeira Knightley and husband James Righton.

Chris Hemsworth and his wife of three years, actress Elsa Pataky, also attended the final and looked adorable with Hemsworth's arm wrapped around his broadly smiling wife. Another acting couple, and Hemsworth's fellow Australians, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee were also present at the sporting event. Jackman looked unrecognisable with his head shaved, sporting a distinctive black moustache and goatee. 

See More Pictures From Wimbledon 2014.

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Hugh Jackman, almost unrecognisable, with his wife Deborra Lee Furness.

Celebrities flocked to South London over the past fortnight to see the stars of the tennis court compete at Wimbledon. Stars from around the world attended with Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman representing Australia, Samuel L Jackson and Bradley Cooper from the US and, of course, an assortment of famous British faces. Nowhere were more celebrity faces present than at the Men's final on Sunday (6th July). 

David and Victoria BeckhamDavid and Victoria Beckham at the Men's Final on Sunday (6th July).

Read More: Hugh Jackman And David Beckham Witness Djokovic's Wimbledon Win.

The Men's final on Sunday (6th July) always draws huge crowds and celebrity doubles cropped up throughout Centre Court including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince and Kate Middleton. The couple sat in the Royal box and watched as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battled it out for the championship. Yet throughout the crowd other couples watched including Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky, David and Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley and James Righton. 

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper also watched the match.

The match was an incredible one and will surely go down in history as one of the best, albeit unsuccessful comebacks, in tennis. Djokovic was merely two points away winning the championship during the third set when Federer battled his way back. Unfortunately for the much beloved Swiss player it wasn't meant to be, and Djokovic took home the trophy. 

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa PatakyChris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky looked adorable as they watched the match together.

The crowd's reaction was certainly appalling and it was as if Djokovic was playing against the crowd as much as against Federer. The crowd were overwhelmingly in support of Federer and vocally demonstrated their bias. But, the celebrities in the crowd were considerably more polite and kept their preference well hidden. 

Samuel L Jackson and Sofia David at WimbledonSamuel L Jackson and his close friend Sofia Davis.

Actor Samuel L Jackson attended the match alongside his close friend and publicist, Sofia Davis. 65-year-old Jackson has been spending a great deal of time in the UK promoting awareness for Davis' charity, One For The Boys, which aims to promote awareness for men's cancers and encourage men to discuss their health issues. He recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show alongside actress Keira Knightley, who was also at the Wimbledon final alongside her husband, Klaxon's band member James Righton. 

Keira Knightley and James RightonKeira Knightley and husband James Righton.

Chris Hemsworth and his wife of three years, actress Elsa Pataky, also attended the final and looked adorable with Hemsworth's arm wrapped around his broadly smiling wife. Another acting couple, and Hemsworth's fellow Australians, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee were also present at the sporting event. Jackman looked unrecognisable with his head shaved, sporting a distinctive black moustache and goatee. 

See More Pictures From Wimbledon 2014.

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Hugh Jackman, almost unrecognisable, with his wife Deborra Lee Furness.

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Hugh Jackman's Peter Pan Origins Film 'Pan': Everything You Need To Know 4240125 News

Hugh Jackman posted one very exciting image on his Instagram account yesterday! Along with the caption “Blackbeard is born #PAN,” Jackman posted a photo of himself with a shaved head. The hashtag refers to his upcoming film Pan, Warner Bros extremely close-guarded project about Peter Pan.

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We really don’t know much so far about Pan, although there’s a few facts that we’ve managed to dig out and get a better idea of what’s going on. There have been a few films regarding author and playwright J.M. Barrie and his character Peter Pan in the past few years, so we’re hoping that the upcoming film will bring something new to the mix. Recent Peter Pan films include the 2002 Disney animation Return to Never Land, the 2003 indie film Neverland, the 2003 live-action Peter Pan starring Jeremy Sumpter and Finding Neverland, the 2004 semi-biographical film starring Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie.

MORE: Rooney Mara cast as Tiger Lily in Peter Pan origins movie Pan

The good news is, Warner Bros' Pan does seem like it’s going to be an original take on the well-known story. Set during the Second World War, the film follows a young orphan who is kidnapped by pirates and whisked off to Never Never Land. This is certainly a different premise to the 1991 film Hook, which sees Peter Pan as a baby in a pram which rolls down a hill. When his mother can’t find him Tinker Bell comes and takes him away to Neverland. This new plot line sounds much darker and more in keeping with the current trend for making fairytales a little more gothic.

The screenplay has been written by Jason Fuchs, who has previously written Ice Age: Continental Drift and a couple of TV movies. Directing Pan will be Atonement and Anna Karenina director Joe Wright. Wright’s resume bodes well for a darker angle than we’re used to seeing from Peter Pan films and he’s famed for his cinematography, which is just what we need from a director in charge of all the possibilities of Neverland.

Warner Bros Pan Garrett Hedlund has been cast in the role of Captain Hook

Starring as Blackbeard the pirate is Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman, whole Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lily. Cara Delevingne is currently appearing on the cast list on the IMDb page, although her character hasn’t yet been named. Levi Miller has been cast as Peter Pan with Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Amanda Seyfried as Mary. Kathy Burke is also down to play Mother Barnabas, a character we’ve not heard of before, although from the ‘Mother’ part and the Biblical name, we’re guessing she’ll be a nun. We can totally picture Kathy Burke as some sort of sadistic nun, we can’t wait to find out what her character is like!

We’re big fans of the Peter Pan story, are you excited to hear there’s a new film coming out or is it a story that’s been done too many times now?

MORE: Hugh Jackman shaves his head for new role

Hugh Jackman posted one very exciting image on his Instagram account yesterday! Along with the caption “Blackbeard is born #PAN,” Jackman posted a photo of himself with a shaved head. The hashtag refers to his upcoming film Pan, Warner Bros extremely close-guarded project about Peter Pan.

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We really don’t know much so far about Pan, although there’s a few facts that we’ve managed to dig out and get a better idea of what’s going on. There have been a few films regarding author and playwright J.M. Barrie and his character Peter Pan in the past few years, so we’re hoping that the upcoming film will bring something new to the mix. Recent Peter Pan films include the 2002 Disney animation Return to Never Land, the 2003 indie film Neverland, the 2003 live-action Peter Pan starring Jeremy Sumpter and Finding Neverland, the 2004 semi-biographical film starring Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie.

MORE: Rooney Mara cast as Tiger Lily in Peter Pan origins movie Pan

The good news is, Warner Bros' Pan does seem like it’s going to be an original take on the well-known story. Set during the Second World War, the film follows a young orphan who is kidnapped by pirates and whisked off to Never Never Land. This is certainly a different premise to the 1991 film Hook, which sees Peter Pan as a baby in a pram which rolls down a hill. When his mother can’t find him Tinker Bell comes and takes him away to Neverland. This new plot line sounds much darker and more in keeping with the current trend for making fairytales a little more gothic.

The screenplay has been written by Jason Fuchs, who has previously written Ice Age: Continental Drift and a couple of TV movies. Directing Pan will be Atonement and Anna Karenina director Joe Wright. Wright’s resume bodes well for a darker angle than we’re used to seeing from Peter Pan films and he’s famed for his cinematography, which is just what we need from a director in charge of all the possibilities of Neverland.

Warner Bros Pan Garrett Hedlund has been cast in the role of Captain Hook

Starring as Blackbeard the pirate is Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman, whole Rooney Mara has been cast as Tiger Lily. Cara Delevingne is currently appearing on the cast list on the IMDb page, although her character hasn’t yet been named. Levi Miller has been cast as Peter Pan with Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Amanda Seyfried as Mary. Kathy Burke is also down to play Mother Barnabas, a character we’ve not heard of before, although from the ‘Mother’ part and the Biblical name, we’re guessing she’ll be a nun. We can totally picture Kathy Burke as some sort of sadistic nun, we can’t wait to find out what her character is like!

We’re big fans of the Peter Pan story, are you excited to hear there’s a new film coming out or is it a story that’s been done too many times now?

MORE: Hugh Jackman shaves his head for new role

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Tony Awards 2014: So How Did Hugh Jackman Do? 4236077 News

Not only are the Tonys hilarious, entertaining… glittery, etc. – they’re also pretty democratic. In an over-the top show hosted by Hugh Jackman, top prizes went to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, as well as competitors Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way for best play, to Hedwig and the Angry Inch for best musical revival, and to A Raisin in the Sun for best play revival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hugh Jackman
Ten years after his first time hosting, Jackman has gotten even better.

As for Hugh Jackman, who hosted the musical theatre awards for the first time in a decade, the Wolverine star did not disappoint. Jackman gave it his all straight from the opening sequence, which to be fair, is often the centerpiece of the show. That Wolverine training must have come in handy, as Jackman  he hopped his way through the theater and backstage, down the aisles and into an elevator before making his way to the main stage for the show's opening.

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He got some help for the opening number too, in the form of cameos from Neil Patrick Harris, Jersey Boys director Clint Eastwood and even Sting, the cast members from several Broadway shows all made cameos in the four-minute sequence. If you were wondering, Hugh Jackman’s dance game is still on point.

During his opening monologue, Jackman poked fun at himself, saying, "Tonight is a celebration of Broadway, the only place you can see Rocky in a boxing ring, Bryan Cranston in the Oval Office, and Wolverine in tap shoes."

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris also made a appearance, natch.

He also joked about Harvey Fierstein's play Casa Valentina. "It highlights the tension between married men who cross dress and the gay community, two sides that never understood each other. It's kind of like people who are against same-sex marriage and people who mind their own business," he said.

Can we get a slow clap? 

Not only are the Tonys hilarious, entertaining… glittery, etc. – they’re also pretty democratic. In an over-the top show hosted by Hugh Jackman, top prizes went to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, as well as competitors Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way for best play, to Hedwig and the Angry Inch for best musical revival, and to A Raisin in the Sun for best play revival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hugh Jackman
Ten years after his first time hosting, Jackman has gotten even better.

As for Hugh Jackman, who hosted the musical theatre awards for the first time in a decade, the Wolverine star did not disappoint. Jackman gave it his all straight from the opening sequence, which to be fair, is often the centerpiece of the show. That Wolverine training must have come in handy, as Jackman  he hopped his way through the theater and backstage, down the aisles and into an elevator before making his way to the main stage for the show's opening.

More: Samuel L. Jackson To Present At 2014 Tony Awards

More: Hugh Jackman Will Return To Host 2014 Tony Awards

He got some help for the opening number too, in the form of cameos from Neil Patrick Harris, Jersey Boys director Clint Eastwood and even Sting, the cast members from several Broadway shows all made cameos in the four-minute sequence. If you were wondering, Hugh Jackman’s dance game is still on point.

During his opening monologue, Jackman poked fun at himself, saying, "Tonight is a celebration of Broadway, the only place you can see Rocky in a boxing ring, Bryan Cranston in the Oval Office, and Wolverine in tap shoes."

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris also made a appearance, natch.

He also joked about Harvey Fierstein's play Casa Valentina. "It highlights the tension between married men who cross dress and the gay community, two sides that never understood each other. It's kind of like people who are against same-sex marriage and people who mind their own business," he said.

Can we get a slow clap? 

9th June 2014 4235679
Tony Awards 2014: What We Know About The Award Ceremony So Far 4233487 News

The Tony Awards always promises to be a night of drama, stirring songs and as many celebrities as it is physically possible to pack into the Radio City Music Hall, New York. As it's always something of an occasion even for those who haven't tread the Broadway boards, here's what we know so far about tonight's award ceremony:

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman will host the awards for the fourth time.

Hugh Jackman - The Host 

In prime position to observe the antics of the gathered throng will be actor and musical theatre veteran Hugh Jackman, this year's host. 

Jackman hasn't been able to resist keeping his fans up to speed with his rehearsals or his ability to perfect a "bounce". The 45-year-old actor has been posting a series of videos on Instagram in which he, quite literally, bounces up and down in various outfits. There has also been the occasional rehearsal shot so we know tap dancing is definitely central to his hosting. He also appears to have at least two tuxedos so presumably a costume change is in order at some point during the evening.

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Read More: Hugh Jackman Feeling Pressure Before Tony Awards.

The Performances

A wide array of stars are set to appear at the awards including Neil Patrick Harris who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The leading role in question is Hedwig, a transgender woman, in the cult rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris, who has previously hosted the ceremony, will also be performing a number from the musical during the course of the evening, according to Theatre Mania. Idina Menzel is also set to perform, having been nominated for the female counterpart to Harris' award, a song from If/Then. 

Previous winning productions will return to honour the awards including the musical Wicked which is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Broadway. A special performance with the current cast will commence whilst Alan Cumming, who won a Tony for his role as the Emcee in Cabaret, will also take to the stage with the rest of the award winning cast. 

Read More: Idina Menzel Makes Case As Stage Legend In Broadway's If/Then.

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris performing in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Likely Winners?

A new musical comedy has received a dizzying number of nominations. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, based on the same book as the classic film Kind Hearts and Coronets, has been nominated for 10 awards. The musical follows one Edwardian gentleman's determined efforts to inherit a seemingly lost title and land, which happens to involve killing off large numbers of his own family. The musical was first performed in 2013 and has been nominated for the most prestigious of the Tony awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. 

Although A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder may seem a shoe in for the top prizes, there are some strong contenders in the musical category. Hedwig and the Angry Inch has also been nominated for 8 including Neil Patrick Harris' aforementioned nomination for Best Actor. Other nominees include the 2012 musical After Midnight, which received 7 nominations and Beautiful - The Carol King Musical also with 7. 

Two plays have also fared equally well, albeit in their own specific categories, with the most recent production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night also gaining 7 nominations each. 

The Tony Awards are broadcast in the US on CBS at 8pm. 

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is set to perform from If/When.

The Tony Awards always promises to be a night of drama, stirring songs and as many celebrities as it is physically possible to pack into the Radio City Music Hall, New York. As it's always something of an occasion even for those who haven't tread the Broadway boards, here's what we know so far about tonight's award ceremony:

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman will host the awards for the fourth time.

Hugh Jackman - The Host 

In prime position to observe the antics of the gathered throng will be actor and musical theatre veteran Hugh Jackman, this year's host. 

Jackman hasn't been able to resist keeping his fans up to speed with his rehearsals or his ability to perfect a "bounce". The 45-year-old actor has been posting a series of videos on Instagram in which he, quite literally, bounces up and down in various outfits. There has also been the occasional rehearsal shot so we know tap dancing is definitely central to his hosting. He also appears to have at least two tuxedos so presumably a costume change is in order at some point during the evening.

<iframe src="//instagram.com/p/o829BfChIx/embed/" width="636" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>

Read More: Hugh Jackman Feeling Pressure Before Tony Awards.

The Performances

A wide array of stars are set to appear at the awards including Neil Patrick Harris who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The leading role in question is Hedwig, a transgender woman, in the cult rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris, who has previously hosted the ceremony, will also be performing a number from the musical during the course of the evening, according to Theatre Mania. Idina Menzel is also set to perform, having been nominated for the female counterpart to Harris' award, a song from If/Then. 

Previous winning productions will return to honour the awards including the musical Wicked which is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Broadway. A special performance with the current cast will commence whilst Alan Cumming, who won a Tony for his role as the Emcee in Cabaret, will also take to the stage with the rest of the award winning cast. 

Read More: Idina Menzel Makes Case As Stage Legend In Broadway's If/Then.

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris performing in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Likely Winners?

A new musical comedy has received a dizzying number of nominations. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, based on the same book as the classic film Kind Hearts and Coronets, has been nominated for 10 awards. The musical follows one Edwardian gentleman's determined efforts to inherit a seemingly lost title and land, which happens to involve killing off large numbers of his own family. The musical was first performed in 2013 and has been nominated for the most prestigious of the Tony awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. 

Although A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder may seem a shoe in for the top prizes, there are some strong contenders in the musical category. Hedwig and the Angry Inch has also been nominated for 8 including Neil Patrick Harris' aforementioned nomination for Best Actor. Other nominees include the 2012 musical After Midnight, which received 7 nominations and Beautiful - The Carol King Musical also with 7. 

Two plays have also fared equally well, albeit in their own specific categories, with the most recent production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night also gaining 7 nominations each. 

The Tony Awards are broadcast in the US on CBS at 8pm. 

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is set to perform from If/When.

8th June 2014 4191417
Hugh Jackman is Nervous and Excited about Hosting the Tony Awards 4233352 News

Old Hugh Jackman has really embraced this whole social media thing, hasn’t he? Ahead of tonight’s Tony Awards, which of course he is hosting, the actor unleashed a promo vid in which he can be seen bouncing around in the show. But there are some nerves creeping in there, too. 

Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman at the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere

"There's always a little bit of pressure, but mostly put on myself. It couldn't be a nicer, more welcoming crowd and I can say that from experience, because the first time I came here, I actually had never been on Broadway and I said, 'Guys, I can't do that'," Jackman said. 

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"And they said, 'Don't worry, they'll be very welcoming.' I didn't really believe it until I walked out and I was amazed. So, I'm excited. I've got a lot of surprises in store," he said. 

Tonight’s show, which will air on CBS at 8pm E.T, sees "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" leading the pack with 10 nominations, followed by "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" with eight nods. "After Midnight," "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Twelfth Night" are all up for seven nominations each.

"There hasn't been a juggernaut frontrunner. This season I have no idea what's going to happen. It's kind of anyone's game right now,” Gordon Cox, theater editor at Variety, told CBS News.

"I don't think one should underestimate the power of Carole King...And people have a strong affection for her and that show does deliver exactly what it needs to," said Cox. 

"It tells an emotional story with music that people have a really strong affection for and it also is self-evidently a production that will do well on the road. So I think there are a lot of reasons to vote for that show. Just as there are a lot of reasons to vote for 'Gentleman's Guide.' A lot of people admire how well-made it is and how old-fashioned it is -- with a modern wink to it. It's very clever and funny. Both those shows have strong chances."

From Bryan Cranston to Neil Patrick Harris, check in tomorrow to see a full list of Tony Award winners. 

Old Hugh Jackman has really embraced this whole social media thing, hasn’t he? Ahead of tonight’s Tony Awards, which of course he is hosting, the actor unleashed a promo vid in which he can be seen bouncing around in the show. But there are some nerves creeping in there, too. 

Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman at the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere

"There's always a little bit of pressure, but mostly put on myself. It couldn't be a nicer, more welcoming crowd and I can say that from experience, because the first time I came here, I actually had never been on Broadway and I said, 'Guys, I can't do that'," Jackman said. 

More: "Why Is Hugh Bouncing?": Hugh Jackman Jumps For Joy Ahead Of Tony Awards

"And they said, 'Don't worry, they'll be very welcoming.' I didn't really believe it until I walked out and I was amazed. So, I'm excited. I've got a lot of surprises in store," he said. 

Tonight’s show, which will air on CBS at 8pm E.T, sees "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" leading the pack with 10 nominations, followed by "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" with eight nods. "After Midnight," "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Twelfth Night" are all up for seven nominations each.

"There hasn't been a juggernaut frontrunner. This season I have no idea what's going to happen. It's kind of anyone's game right now,” Gordon Cox, theater editor at Variety, told CBS News.

"I don't think one should underestimate the power of Carole King...And people have a strong affection for her and that show does deliver exactly what it needs to," said Cox. 

"It tells an emotional story with music that people have a really strong affection for and it also is self-evidently a production that will do well on the road. So I think there are a lot of reasons to vote for that show. Just as there are a lot of reasons to vote for 'Gentleman's Guide.' A lot of people admire how well-made it is and how old-fashioned it is -- with a modern wink to it. It's very clever and funny. Both those shows have strong chances."

From Bryan Cranston to Neil Patrick Harris, check in tomorrow to see a full list of Tony Award winners. 

7th June 2014 4191417
"Why Is Hugh Bouncing?": Hugh Jackman Jumps For Joy Ahead Of Tony Awards 4232405 News

Hugh Jackman has stepped up his efforts to promote his upcoming hosting of the Tony Awards by uploading a quirky and funny new video. The intriguing two minute clip shows the Aussie actor waking up in the morning and seemingly being unable to stoo jumping whilst he goes about his daily tasks.

After making a mess of shaving and brushing his teeth, Jackman burns himself on his coffee which he throws all over himself due to his constant bouncing. He hands a fan an illegible scribble for an autograph and heads out of his hotel to bounce down the street.

His bouncing continues even when he makes an appearance on ESPN. "Why is Hugh bouncing?" the video asks. Apparently, all will be revealed at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

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As well as helping to award the year's greatest theatrical accomplishments this year, Jackman will soon be returning to Broadway from November in the Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth's new play, The River, starring Jackman, along with Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo.

Watch Hugh Jackman's funny 'BOUNCE' video here.

The Les Misérables actor is a Broadway veteran himself, having appeared in Back on Broadway, A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community.

More: Hugh Jackman wants Wolverine to tear it up as part of 'The Avengers.'

The awards' nominations are led by the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder which is up for 10 prizes whilst Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel are also in contest to be awarded for their work on stage.

Guess we'll find out what it all means on the 8th June, oh and probably see some stage superstars awarded too.

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Hugh Jackman Is All Of A Bounce About Sunday's Tonys.

Hugh Jackman has stepped up his efforts to promote his upcoming hosting of the Tony Awards by uploading a quirky and funny new video. The intriguing two minute clip shows the Aussie actor waking up in the morning and seemingly being unable to stoo jumping whilst he goes about his daily tasks.

After making a mess of shaving and brushing his teeth, Jackman burns himself on his coffee which he throws all over himself due to his constant bouncing. He hands a fan an illegible scribble for an autograph and heads out of his hotel to bounce down the street.

His bouncing continues even when he makes an appearance on ESPN. "Why is Hugh bouncing?" the video asks. Apparently, all will be revealed at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

More: Hugh Jackman failed to warn daughter about nude scene in new movie.

As well as helping to award the year's greatest theatrical accomplishments this year, Jackman will soon be returning to Broadway from November in the Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth's new play, The River, starring Jackman, along with Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo.

Watch Hugh Jackman's funny 'BOUNCE' video here.

The Les Misérables actor is a Broadway veteran himself, having appeared in Back on Broadway, A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community.

More: Hugh Jackman wants Wolverine to tear it up as part of 'The Avengers.'

The awards' nominations are led by the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder which is up for 10 prizes whilst Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel are also in contest to be awarded for their work on stage.

Guess we'll find out what it all means on the 8th June, oh and probably see some stage superstars awarded too.

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How Does X-Men: Days of Future Past's Debut Compare to Other Box Office Goliaths? 4214894 News

Memorial Weekend hasn’t just frustrated Game of Thrones fans, it also saw X-Men: Days of Future Past storm the box office with a global total of $261m – a new record for the franchise internationally. Despite that, though, it looks as though Wolverine et al aren’t even in the top ten when it comes to first weekends.

X-Men: Days of Future PastNick Hoult, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman in X-Men: Days of Future Past

In fact, it comes in 16th, just ahead of The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King, which grabbed $250m on its first weekend out in the open, and just behind Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – a $272m debut for Paramount. All these numbers are from the excellent Box Office Mojo. 

More: X-Men: Days of Future Past Is The Blockbuster to Beat With Huge Opening Box Office

Also in front of the latest instalment in the X-Men movie franchise are three Twilight films: New Moon and Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2, with the latter proving the most financially successful on opening weekend, accumulating a whooping $340m back in 2012. 

Fellow Marvel super heroes also usurp DOFP. Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 3 and The Avengers are 6th, 5th and 3rd respectively. The Avengers managed $392.5m on opening weekend, making it the biggest super hero debut ever. And that record is expected to be blown out of the water by Age of Ultron when it hits cinemas next year. 

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But it’s that darn wizard dominating things on a global scale for opening weekend. The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – the final film in the 8-strong movie series – are top of the pile. Half-Blood is only a touch ahead of The Avengers on $394m, but it’s the finale that really hit the ground running with a massive $483m to take the crown by around $90m.

Of course, this ‘Memorial Weekend’ isn’t quite over – we still have tonight’s totals to take into consideration, but we don’t expect X-Men to make too much headway up that list. 

More: watch the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Memorial Weekend hasn’t just frustrated Game of Thrones fans, it also saw X-Men: Days of Future Past storm the box office with a global total of $261m – a new record for the franchise internationally. Despite that, though, it looks as though Wolverine et al aren’t even in the top ten when it comes to first weekends.

X-Men: Days of Future PastNick Hoult, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman in X-Men: Days of Future Past

In fact, it comes in 16th, just ahead of The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King, which grabbed $250m on its first weekend out in the open, and just behind Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – a $272m debut for Paramount. All these numbers are from the excellent Box Office Mojo. 

More: X-Men: Days of Future Past Is The Blockbuster to Beat With Huge Opening Box Office

Also in front of the latest instalment in the X-Men movie franchise are three Twilight films: New Moon and Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2, with the latter proving the most financially successful on opening weekend, accumulating a whooping $340m back in 2012. 

Fellow Marvel super heroes also usurp DOFP. Iron Man 3, Spider-Man 3 and The Avengers are 6th, 5th and 3rd respectively. The Avengers managed $392.5m on opening weekend, making it the biggest super hero debut ever. And that record is expected to be blown out of the water by Age of Ultron when it hits cinemas next year. 

The Avengers vs X-Men? James McAvoy Wants To See It. Wants To Get Involved

But it’s that darn wizard dominating things on a global scale for opening weekend. The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – the final film in the 8-strong movie series – are top of the pile. Half-Blood is only a touch ahead of The Avengers on $394m, but it’s the finale that really hit the ground running with a massive $483m to take the crown by around $90m.

Of course, this ‘Memorial Weekend’ isn’t quite over – we still have tonight’s totals to take into consideration, but we don’t expect X-Men to make too much headway up that list. 

More: watch the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Is The Blockbuster to Beat With Huge Opening Box Office 4214666 News

X-Men: Days of Future Past has the most successful first-weekend X-Men movie and the biggest opener of the year so far with its hugely successful debut. What’s more, it looks like Fox’s biggest ever debut, and guess which studio was behind James Cameron’s Avatar?

X-Men:Days of Future PastHugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past 

With an estimated global total of $281.1m, Days of Future Past has already earned back its reported $200m budget. The biggest chunk of that came solely from home base, America, with $90.7m over the Memorial Day weekend – oh, and sorry ‘Game of Thrones’ fans; that means a week’s wait for the next episode. 

More: read our review of X-Men: Days of Future Past

It was a truly International affair, taking in $37.7m in China - the studio's second-best opening of all time after Titanic 3D. Elsewhere, it grabbed $14.2m in the U.K., and $13.5m in France - the biggest launch of the year for a Hollywood export. 

The film sees Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen star in the critically acclaimed comicbook epic in which Wolverine (Jackman) has to galvanise support from X-Men over two generations to help him fight a potential mutant killing force lead by Dinklage’s character, Dr. Bolivar Trask.

More: X-Men - back together again in 'Days of Future Past'

It trampled over Godzilla; Gareth Edward’s reboot of the legendary franchise did well on its debut, briefly tagging the biggest opener of the year mantle, but X-Men was always going to usurp it. The mega-lizard flick came in a distant second this week with $31m bringing its total global gross to $315m.

Elsewhere, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore didn’t fare so well – it totalled $14.5m with tonight’s takings yet to count. Whatever happens, though, it won’t break the $20m barrier, making it the worst Adam Sandler opening for a while.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has the most successful first-weekend X-Men movie and the biggest opener of the year so far with its hugely successful debut. What’s more, it looks like Fox’s biggest ever debut, and guess which studio was behind James Cameron’s Avatar?

X-Men:Days of Future PastHugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past 

With an estimated global total of $281.1m, Days of Future Past has already earned back its reported $200m budget. The biggest chunk of that came solely from home base, America, with $90.7m over the Memorial Day weekend – oh, and sorry ‘Game of Thrones’ fans; that means a week’s wait for the next episode. 

More: read our review of X-Men: Days of Future Past

It was a truly International affair, taking in $37.7m in China - the studio's second-best opening of all time after Titanic 3D. Elsewhere, it grabbed $14.2m in the U.K., and $13.5m in France - the biggest launch of the year for a Hollywood export. 

The film sees Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen star in the critically acclaimed comicbook epic in which Wolverine (Jackman) has to galvanise support from X-Men over two generations to help him fight a potential mutant killing force lead by Dinklage’s character, Dr. Bolivar Trask.

More: X-Men - back together again in 'Days of Future Past'

It trampled over Godzilla; Gareth Edward’s reboot of the legendary franchise did well on its debut, briefly tagging the biggest opener of the year mantle, but X-Men was always going to usurp it. The mega-lizard flick came in a distant second this week with $31m bringing its total global gross to $315m.

Elsewhere, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore didn’t fare so well – it totalled $14.5m with tonight’s takings yet to count. Whatever happens, though, it won’t break the $20m barrier, making it the worst Adam Sandler opening for a while.

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X-men: Days of Future Past 4208858 Film Reviews

Continuing to be the most original and resonant of the Marvel superhero franchises, the X-men return in the capable hands of director Bryan Singer, who again stirs plenty of meaty subtext beneath the thrilling action. He also has one of the best casts imaginable, including Oscar winners, cinema royalty, rising stars and matinee idols.

Best of all, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns to the fold after two less-than-thrilling solo adventures. He's at the centre of everything here, as Professor X and Magneto (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) ask Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine's consciousness back 50 years to 1973. His mission is to prevent Dr Trask (Peter Dinklage) from inventing mutant-hunting robots, because they will go out of control and cause a present-day dystopia in which mutants and anyone who sympathises with them are killed. But Wolverine's biggest task will be to get the then-feuding Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to work together to keep renegade mutant Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) from making everything worse.

Thankfully, Simon Kinberg's script doesn't worry too much about the whole time-travel thing, shrugging off dubious logic by keeping the focus on the characters. And there are a lot of people to keep an eye on, which makes the film sometimes feel a bit crowded and leaves some characters barely on-screen at all (blink and you'll miss Anna Paquin's Rogue). The best newbie is Evan Peters' Quicksilver, who gets the film's most entertaining sequence as he races around tweaking an action sequence frame by frame. Other set-pieces are grippingly darker, and some don't quite make sense (why does Magneto feel the need to levitate an entire stadium?).

What makes the X-men movies rise above the crowd is the way they knowingly tackle present-day issues that connect strongly with viewers who feel like they don't quite fit in. There are clear links here with, for example, recent laws in Africa, Russia and Brunei that criminalise gay people and anyone who befriends them. Thankfully, these issues add texture to the film without taking over, mainly because the cast is so good. The chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender is prickly and urgent, and watching these fine actors would be worth the price of admission even if there wasn't a 3D effect in sight.

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The Avengers vs X-Men? James McAvoy Wants To See It. Wants To Get Involved 4212160 News

Both X-Men and The Avengers are Marvel’s biggest movie properties. With 'Days of Future Past' currently in the process of dismantling box offices around the world and putting them back together in the shape of a big X, those Avengers will be performing similar feats next year when 'Age of Ultron' hits town and tries to outgun the $1.5 billion dollar machine that preceded it.

X-Men Days of Future PastLooks like James McAvoy is ready to fight just about anyone, including himself?

One can only imagine, then, what it would be like if Marvel decided to include the two franchises in one movie. Marvel geeks out there will instantly be able to flag up any continuity and lore-based stumbling blocks with that, while the more business minded fans would cite rights and ownership. But as Hugh Jackman says on SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle, if someone wants to make it happen, it could probably happen.

X-Men: Back Together Again in Days of Future Past

James McAvoy took things one step further and likened to would be bout to a boxing match. “I think if the audience interest is there then someone’s going to make it happen,” he said. “I would like to see us fight them, though. I’d like us not to team up. I’d like to see us fight them and, you know, annihilate them, as we surely would,” he says, laughing. “Be like, ‘Hey, Robert Downey. Oh, here you go. There’s your ass.’ ‘Sorry, I’ve got a bunch of asses in my hand. I think they belong to you Avengers?’”

With 95%, 'X-men: Days Of Future Past' Is The Best X-men Movie. Period.

McAvoy has every right to be confident at the moment, but perhaps not of a X-Men victory over those Avengers. We’ll let the bona fide nerds handle that one. But one thing’s for sure, with a hugely positive critical response, Days of Future Past will go down as one of the best comic book movies of all time.

Click for the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer

Both X-Men and The Avengers are Marvel’s biggest movie properties. With 'Days of Future Past' currently in the process of dismantling box offices around the world and putting them back together in the shape of a big X, those Avengers will be performing similar feats next year when 'Age of Ultron' hits town and tries to outgun the $1.5 billion dollar machine that preceded it.

X-Men Days of Future PastLooks like James McAvoy is ready to fight just about anyone, including himself?

One can only imagine, then, what it would be like if Marvel decided to include the two franchises in one movie. Marvel geeks out there will instantly be able to flag up any continuity and lore-based stumbling blocks with that, while the more business minded fans would cite rights and ownership. But as Hugh Jackman says on SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle, if someone wants to make it happen, it could probably happen.

X-Men: Back Together Again in Days of Future Past

James McAvoy took things one step further and likened to would be bout to a boxing match. “I think if the audience interest is there then someone’s going to make it happen,” he said. “I would like to see us fight them, though. I’d like us not to team up. I’d like to see us fight them and, you know, annihilate them, as we surely would,” he says, laughing. “Be like, ‘Hey, Robert Downey. Oh, here you go. There’s your ass.’ ‘Sorry, I’ve got a bunch of asses in my hand. I think they belong to you Avengers?’”

With 95%, 'X-men: Days Of Future Past' Is The Best X-men Movie. Period.

McAvoy has every right to be confident at the moment, but perhaps not of a X-Men victory over those Avengers. We’ll let the bona fide nerds handle that one. But one thing’s for sure, with a hugely positive critical response, Days of Future Past will go down as one of the best comic book movies of all time.

Click for the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer

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