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Where aren’t you Hugh? TNT has announced that its annual Christmas in Washington special will be hosted by Hugh Jackman. The holiday concert special will air on December 20th at 8:00 p.m. (Et/Pt), and will feature some very special performers, including: Anna Kendrick, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys, and more.
This has long been one of my favorite holiday traditions, and has offered up some of the most entertaining performers, and all-around enjoyable evenings for years.
That tradition continues (well, quite frankly, I’m not a fan of Backstreet Boys) this year with not only some great performances, but you can’t go wrong with Hugh Jackman running your show, whatever it is. Right? I can’t wait for Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick is a surprisingly awesome singer, and you don’t want to miss Pat Monahan.
Catch all the info below, and let me know if you’ll be tuning in. »
- Marc Eastman
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
The buff Wolverine actor and musical theatre star celebrated his 45th birthday by tap-dancing and belting out showtunes for an audience of 4,500
Name: Hugh Jackman
You mean he's yellowish-beige, like an envelope? No, I mean he's muscular. You know, like a male gymnast, or in his case an Australian action hero who does his own stunts.
From films such as what might I remember him? Oh, tons of stuff. Les Miserables, Australia, The Prestige. He's probably most famous for playing Wolverine in no fewer than ... ooh ... wait a minute ... Damn, I've lost count. Anyway, he has played Wolverine in an awful lot of X-Men movies.
Do you secretly mean a lot of awful X-Men movies? I do not. Jackman has been widely admired for his performances. It's said that he can invoke fear, pathos and laughter with no more than a subtle contortion of his abdominal muscles. »
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This is the 28-year-old Don Jon star's second time earning this title. She was voted Sexiest Woman Alive by the men's magazine back in 2006 when she starred in both The Black Dahlia and The Prestige. In 2006, she said of the title, "I'm sure my mom will be proud. You work hard making independent films for 14 years and you get voted best breasts."
What do you think? Is Scarlett the Sexiest Woman Alive of 2013? »
With the recent release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, fans were treated to a special sneak peek of one of Marvel’s most anticipated upcoming releases through Jarvis: A Marvel Second Screen Experience App.
Check out the video below.
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at hisenemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, »
- Michelle McCue
The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan ("Inception") with star Christian Bale ("The Prestige"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. The Dark Knight (2008) was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a script written by Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer and of course Christopher Nolan himself. The film starred: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Michael Caine as Alfred, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel, Gary Oldman as Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, »
In this six-minute segment from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition you can view a few of the actors that auditioned for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins. Chris Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas provide commentary as Cillian Murphy and Eion Bailey's screen tests are shown. Cillian, didn't seem like a good fit for Batman, but his Bruce Wayne was so impressive that Nolan recommended him for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow. While, Bailey, Once Upon A Time's Pinocchio, seems out of place as Bruce Wayne, but fills the Batsuit quite well. Luckily, Nolan chose Christian Bale ("The Prestige") for the part, and the rest is history. Now, we're stuck with Ben Affleck ("Argo"), so, yeah. Eion Bailey Audition - 2:05 & Cillian Murphy Audition - 6:23 Cillian Murphy - Batman/Bruce Wayne Eion Bailey - Batman/Bruce Wayne Batman Begins: Explores »
Chicago – Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a unique dichotomy. Part independent and part mainstream film actor, he’s managed to succeed as both. And with this Friday’s release of “Don Jon,” add to that list a first-time writer and director. But none of it could have been without Christopher Nolan.
Nolan – who made his worldwide mark with “Memento,” “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises” – is credited with making Joseph Gordon-Levitt mainstream.
Jgl – as I’ll hereafter refer to him because 20 characters is too many and it’s almost as cool as Neil Patrick Harris’ Nph – has been mentored heavily by Nolan. Jgl starred in Nolan’s “Inception” (his mainstream breakout role) and then “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Entirely of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, only 32 years old and from Los Angeles, this 5-foot-9 “Regular Joe” turned once again to Nolan when he decided to embark on his own project. »
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If you purchase The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition you will be treated to a few nice surprises. One, we saw the other day, that featured Christian Bale ("The Prestige") auditioning for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Val Kilmer's Batman costume from Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. And today, Batman-News has posted an image of Cillian Murphy ("Sunshine") dressed as Batman and Bruce Wayne from his Batman Begins audition. There is video footage of this audition included on The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition, but for now we just have these two juicy images. Enjoy! Images provided by http://ohfuckyeahcillianmurphy.tumblr.com/post/62060123544/finally-a-first-l Click Images To Enlarge Batman Begins: Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale »
A week to the day of Tiff wrapping up, one of the most buzzed about films of that festival and Telluride, "Prisoners," takes the top spot at the domestic box office. Making $21.4 million this weekend, the kidnapping drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal marks a career best for French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, with "Prisoners" already surpassing the entire run of "Incendies" ($3.5 million). Disregarding Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine' films, "Prisoners" marks his best opening in a non-musical film (both "Australia" and "The Prestige" opened with $14.8 million). This is also Jake Gyllenhaal's best since "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" ($30 million) and fourth overall (after "The Day After Tomorrow," 'Prince,' and "Jarhead"). It looks like Logan and Donnie have a lot to smile about this weekend. Comparatively, star-packed action thriller drama "Contagion" had a similar opening weekend ($22.4 million) back in 2011 and went on to make $75 million, which bodes well for. »
- Diana Drumm
You don’t need a detective to figure out the biggest winner at the box office this weekend. Prisoners, the R-rated thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, brought in an estimated $21.4 million, easily beating second-place finisher Insidious Chapter 2 ($14.5 million) and blowing away the weekend’s only other new wide release, Battle of the Year ($5 million).
Prisoners’ win is even more impressive when you consider some of the challenges it faced on its way to the top of the chart. Straightforward dramas — at least, ones that don’t star Leonardo DiCaprio — can be a tough sell at the box office, »
- Adam Markovitz
‘Prisoners’ movie weekend box office: Best ‘serious’ (non-musical) Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal opening in years (photo: Hugh Jackman in ‘Prisoners’) The nearly two-and-a-half-hour thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, will easily top the North American box office this weekend, September 20-22, 2013. Currently playing at 3,260 locations, Prisoners took in $7.01 million on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Budgeted at a reported $46 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — the Warner Bros. release is expected to collect around $21 million by Sunday evening, as per Deadline.com. How does that compare to previous Hugh Jackman weekend debuts? Setting aside Tom Hooper’s "event musical" Les Misérables and action movies such as The Wolverine, the R-rated Prisoners may turn out to be Jackman’s strongest opening in an "adult (non-musical) film." For comparison’s sake, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- Zac Gille
“Prisoners,” the new Warner Bros. thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is a movie that Alfred Hitchcock would have made if he were channeling David Fincher. Director Denis Villeneueve casts Jackman as a dad overcome with grief when his daughter vanishes one Thanksgiving afternoon. “Prisoners” is full of surprises, which shouldn’t be spoiled, other to say that it earned raves when it debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in August. As Variety’s chief film critic Scott Foundas wrote at the time: “Jackman has never been better.” (The full review is available here.)
You could argue that Jackman, at the age of 44, is in the midst of a career resurgence. On the first day of filming “Prisoners” last December, he clinched his first Oscar nomination ever—for playing Jean Valjean in the Universal Studios adaptation of “Les Miserables,” which grossed $442 million globally. There’s just one problem: the »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain Marvel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and 3, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Justice League: War, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and more...
The countdown to Thor: The Dark World continued this week as Marvel Studios released a selection of new character posters for Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor's upcoming solo sequel featuring Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) [see here], while Hiddleston also took the opportunity to discuss the recent reshoots, which were designed to increase the presence of the fan-favourite villain: "I'm in the film more than I was. I don't know quite how the decision was made, »
- Flickering Myth
Artwork by Jamie Rama Thanks for the heads up from Gabe. The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan ("Inception") with star Christian Bale ("The Prestige"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. The Dark Knight (2008) was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a script written by Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer and of course Christopher Nolan himself. The film starred: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Michael Caine as Alfred, »
Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me is the latest sleeper hit to surprise the audiences with more than a hat full of magic tricks. It’s a slick and fast crime caper that plays out in ordinary fashion. While the quick pacing and smooth core cast makes for an amusing watch, the film unfortunately suffers from a disastrous ending that leaves the whole thing feeling like nothing more than a cheap magic trick. Now You See Me is 3/4th’s a good film, weighed down heavily by a crumbling third act that absolutely crushes all of the movie’s good graces laid out beforehand.
J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) are all magicians that have had varying success. One day, the four of them are mysteriously brought together to form a group called The Four Horsemen. They »
- Jeremy Lebens
The dust may have just settled on his latest solo outing The Wolverine, but Hugh Jackman will be donning the adamantium claws once more in just under nine months time as he reunites with the majority of the cast from the previous X-Men films for Bryan Singer's eagerly-awaited sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Access Hollywood caught up with the actor at the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss his new film Prisoners, but the conversation soon shifted to the upcoming mutant epic, with Jackman stating, "I keep saying it's like two movies in one but the size of it, it's like three in one! [It's] going to blow people away because the story - Bryan Singer is going to be the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise, I'm not sure if there's anyone else that's done it."
Jackman then went on to speak about Singer's »
- Flickering Myth
The coming of fall might mean fewer free or cheap film events to choose from than in summer months, but plenty of films are still on schedule now that school has started. I asked around at some of the local venues, and received eager responses from folks excited about their upcoming programming.
Of course, fall also means the return of Austin film-festival season. There’s Fantastic Fest from September 19-26, Polari (formerly aGLIFF) running from October 16-20, and Austin Film Festival from October 24-31. Smaller fests include the first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival from Oct. 24-27, Cinema Touching Disability from November 1-2 and the Austin Polish Film Festival, November 1-3.
Below are some of the events on the horizon for Austin in autumn.
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Alamo Ritz starts their fall program with a Cinema Club screening of 1928 silent romance Lonesome (Mon, Sept. 9, $10) hosted by Caroline Frick from Tami »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
While promoting his upcoming thriller Prisoners, Hugh Jackman also spoke about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here's what he had to say, revealing that he thinks the fans will be blown away by the sequel, and that it is three movies in one.
"I know, having sat at Comic-Con on that panel with that extraordinary cast, I keep saying it's like two movies in one, but with the size of it it's really three in one. It really is going to blow people away because of the story. Bryan Singer, I think, is going to become the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise, I'm not sure if there's anyone else that's done it."
"Few people credit Bryan for what he deserves credit for, which is really creating the genre. There wasn't really »
by Brett White
With the surprisingly solid "The Wolverine" out of the way, all eyes are on now focused on next year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"—the first superhero film with the potential to rival "Marvel's the Avengers" in terms of scale and scope. The film bridges the gap between the original X-Men films and the recent, retro "X-Men: First Class," with original stars like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen appearing alongside their younger counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
The film also marks original director Bryan Singer's return to the fray after a decade away following 2003's "X2: X-Men United." This bodes well for the film—at least Hugh Jackman thinks so. In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Jackman praised Singer for pretty much creating the modern day superhero genre—and even indirectly inspired Christopher Nolan to begin the Dark Knight trilogy!
"Few people credit »
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