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Michael Jackson has earned $90 million since he died.
The late 'Thriller' singer - who passed away from acute Propofol intoxication on June 25 - came third in Forbes.com's annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list with the huge financial haul.
Michael was the highest ranking deceased singer, after bringing in the enormous sum from radio play, royalties from album sales, rights to his name and royalties from his stake in the Sony/Atv music catalogue.
Since Michael's shock passing there have also been numerous sales of memorabilia, iconic outfits and even a lock of his hair.
Forbes Senior Editor Matthew Miller said: "The money might be drying up in Hollywood, but there's still plenty of cash being made in the graveyard. The earning power of dead celebrities is more powerful than ever before."
Elvis Presley dropped down from first position last year to fourth this time round with earnings of $55 million. »
Hugh Jackman's singin' and dancin' at the Oscars this year has seemed to pay off. According to Variety, Jackman has agreed to star in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a new musical about the life and rise to stardom of P.T. Barnum. The musical has been written by Jenny Bicks, who got her feet wet writing for "Sex and the City" and will be produced by the eclectic Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, and I, Robot), Jackman and his (producing) partner John Palermo. That combination of Jackman, Dreamgirls, "Sex and the City," and contemporary musicals means one thing: I'll likely be dragged to see this. And if The Greatest Showman features Jackman jumping around exposing his bare ass, as he did in Wolverine, it's likely that it will take my girlfriend a while to wipe the drool of her chin again. The film will center around how Barnum was able to »
- Josh Radde
Hugh Jackman to star in The Greatest Showman on Earth
Hugh Jackman is more than just the handsome Australian actor who tears things to shreds as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. If you tuned into the Oscars earlier this year you know he also has a set of pipes. In his newest project The Greatest Showman on Earth he’ll be focusing on the latter of those talents, reports Variety.
Showman is an original contemporary musical that revolves around showman P.T. Barnum (Jackman) who is best remembered for his work developing the three-ring circus. Other elements of the story will focus on Barnum’s love interest, singer Jenny Lind (the role is being written with Anne Hathaway in mind).
- David Pohl
Hot off his sizzling turn as 2009’s Oscar host, Hugh Jackman is looking to be “America’s Greatest Showman” once again.
According to Variety:
Twentieth Century Fox has attached Hugh Jackman to play American showman P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” an original, contemporary musical to be scripted by Jenny Bicks (”Sex and the City”). The film will be produced by Laurence Mark (”Dreamgirls”), Jackman and his Seed partner John Palermo. It is an outgrowth of their work together on the 81st Academy Awards, on which Jackman was host, Mark was exec producer, and Bicks was part of the Emmy-nominated writing team.
The musical follows the old Hollywood tradition in which tuners were scripted with specific actors in mind. The Lind role is being scripted for Anne Hathaway, who teamed with Jackman in his opening Oscars number. Jackman, who won the Tony Award for “The Boy From Oz, »
Hugh Jackman has appeared on-stage in a number of musicals, and recently sang-and-danced his way to one of the more memorable Oscar telecasts in history. Not surprisingly, he’s now attached to an original contemporary musical titled The Greatest Showman on Earth, in which he’ll play American showman P.T. Barnum, Variety reports.
Sex and the City scribe Jenny Bicks is working on the screenplay for Twentieth Century Fox. The film would have an original music score, and the studio is reportedly in talks with Mika, the London-based singer/songwriter, to do the musical honors.
Laurence Mark, who produced Dreamgirls, is on-board to produce The Greatest Showman on Earth with Jackman and John Palermo. The movie will revolve around Barnum as he creates his famous three-ring circus, showing his penchant for dazzling a gullible public.
There will also be romance between the showman and Jenny Lind — the singer and »
Let's take a few minutes and clear the decks of superhero film news before we all get wrapped up in Star Trek coverage...
Yes, another Wolverine sequel is already in the works. According to Variety, the sequel will focus on the X-Men comic's samurai storyline, the Japanese locale setup for which is teased after this film's end credits. In the meantime, Hugh Jackman will be working with Anne Hathaway in the big screen adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. Since Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals did very well for him when he was playing Curly in Oklahoma... a role that was later taken over by Patrick Wilson, who went on to play Nite Owl in Watchmen.
Yes, there's a Deadpool spinoff in the works at Fox. Ryan Reynolds is attached to come back for what for now is simply being called "Deadpool." Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel Studios would act as producers. »
- Glenn Hauman
According to Variety, Hugh Jackman and Seed Productions partner John Palermo are developing several projects for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine star, perhaps not surprising, given that Jackman's film clawed in close to $90M at the box office during its opening weekend.
First up, 20th Century Fox and Seed are in development on a sequel to Wolverine. The Seed partners have begun planning the sequel, in which they are squarely focusing on the samurai storyline originated in the comic series.
The trade reports that Fox has also just closed a deal to acquire Personal Security, a spec script by Matt Lieberman. Jackman will star as a tough New York police detective forced into bodyguard duty for a spoiled teen heiress who is receiving kidnapping threats.
Last week Screen Rant reported on the fact that Hugh Jackman would like to see the Wolverine sequel involve the Japanese saga from the original comics. But at that point it was just the wishful, albeit informed, thinking of the Wolverine actor and not actual confirmation that that’s the direction a sequel would go.
Seed Productions, which is a company started by Jackman, Deborah-Lee Furnass and John Palermo (and is associated with 20th Century Fox), has started ramping up several projects for Jackman to star in. And, yes, one of which is the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Seed are planning to focus squarely on the Japanese storyline that Jackman wishfully spoke of last time he was interviewed about the sequel, which is set to continue on from the after-credits sequence [possible spoiler ahead] that saw Jackman in Japan, speaking the lingo. Seed will produce the film, as they did with Wolverine, »
- Ross Miller
Earlier today, Empire reported that plans for a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine are already underway. The story will take place in Japan, with Wolverine learning the ways of the Samurai and falling in love with the daughter of a Yakuza family.
Empire also reported that Hugh Jackman has a slew of projects forthcoming. These include Drive, in which he'll play a race-car driver/getaway man; Personal Security, in which he'll play a thick-skinned detective serving as a bodyguard to a spoiled teenage girl; and Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel, in which he'll play the male lead, Billy Bigelow.
Link | Posted 5/5/2009 by Rich Z
- Rich Z Zwelling
In perhaps the least surprising news ever to follow an $85 million opening weekend, work has begun on a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and star Hugh Jackman is also considering a whole raft of other films, including thriller Drive, Personal Security, and a new adaptation of musical Carousel. He'll also be returning to Broadway in Houdini.Let's take those one-by-one, shall we? The Wolverine sequel is - chorus it with us now - to be set in Japan, and will focus on the samurai / Yakuza storyline of the comics, wherein Wolverine trains in the way of the samurai in order to control his feral nature, and falls in love with Mariko Yashida, heir to a Yakuza family.But that's not all. Jackman's also considering a role in Drive, about a racing driver who moonlights as a getaway man, and Personal Security, about a tough New York detective forced into bodyguard »
Just yesterday I reported on a story regarding Hugh Jackman's production company, Seed Productions, getting ready to produce Ghostopolis in conjunction with Disney, a family friendly feature for Jackman to star in. Today it appears that's not the only thing Jackman and Co. has their eye on. First off, Fox and Seed are working on a sequel to the box-office topping X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As for storylines, they are squarely focusing on the samurai storyline originated in the comic series, and whose Japanese locale was teased as one of the film's final credit Easter eggs. A writer has yet to be hired. Next is Personal Security, a film Jackman will star in as a tough Gotham police detective forced into bodyguard duty for a spoiled teen heiress who is receiving kidnapping threats. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) wrote the script. A film Variety seems to believe »
- Brad Brevet
According to Variety, the Seed partners have begun planning the sequel, which they are squarely focusing on the samurai storyline originated in the comic series, and whose Japanese locale was teased after the film's final credits. A writer has yet to be hired. Seed will produce.
Fox has just closed a deal to acquire Personal Security, a spec script by Matt Lieberman. Jackman will star as a tough Gotham police detective forced into bodyguard duty for a spoiled teen heiress who is receiving kidnapping threats. Jackman and Palermo will produce with Tapestry's Michael Schreiber.
Written by Matt Goldberg If the quality of a film rather than its box office receipts determined the future of its players, Hugh Jackman would spend the rest of his life struggling to do dinner theatre as penance for the sin of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (have I mentioned that I did not care for the movie?). But an $87 million opening weekend is more powerful than even adamantium bullets so Hugh Jackman, who also worked as "Wolverine's" producer, now has a slew of projects at his disposal both as a producer and potentially as a star. Yesterday, we wrote about his adaptation of the graphic novel "Ghostopolis" and now Variety is talking up even more projects. First up is the inevitable sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" which would see the character's Japan arc. I really hope they bring in Lady Deathstryke and continue »
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14 items from 2009
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