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'SNL' Scorecard: With Ben Stiller's Show Being This Bad, It's No Wonder Why Eddie Murphy Didn't Show Up

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 9th 2011 2:00PM

'Saturday Night Live' did itself such a disservice by not immediately squashing the rumors of an Eddie Murphy appearance on last night's show. As we pointed out on Wednesday: this was most likely never, ever going to happen. But it would have been really fantastic if it had – and that's the problem: Anything less than an Eddie Murphy cameo is going to be a letdown. (And it doesn't help when the show is as lackluster as last night's Ben Stiller hosted effort.) I mean, Hugh Jackman showed up. From all accounts, people like Hugh Jackman. He's one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Do you know who Hugh Jackman isn't? Hugh Jackman isn't Eddie Murphy. Hugh Jackman isn't a guy who has openly despised the show that made him famous and then gave the world a glimmer of hope this week that this feud may be coming to an end. A world where 'SNL' and Eddie Murphy are on good terms is a world that I want to live in. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world. We live in a world that teases us with the hope of that world – and, sadly, that's a kinda dickish world to live in. On to the scorecard...

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Hugh Jackman and Jimmy Fallon Play 'Water War' on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2011 5:15AM
Hugh Jackman, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Jimmy Fallon makes the classic kids card game 'War' awesome -- and probably very cold -- by adding a water element. He challenged Hugh Jackman to 'Water War' on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

The version they played had them soaking each other after every turn of the card, or victory if war is declared. They were soaked immediately, but it did make for a fast and fun series of soakings. And if you were interested in seeing either of them in a wet shirt, there you go.

For the home version, we'd recommend only dousing your opponent after each victory in a declared war round. That way, the water lasts a bit longer, and the anticipation is even greater and more terrible!

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Hugh Jackman Got Sucker-Punched by Sugar Ray Leonard (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 4:15AM
Hugh Jackman, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'While training for the film 'Real Steel,' the producers asked Hugh Jackman if he'd be okay with having Sugar Ray Leonard come in and help him train up a bit so he can be more convincing as a former boxer. What kind of question was that, Jackman wondered on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central)?

Of course, he'd want to live that experience. And he said that Leonard is the real deal. And apparently, at 55 years old, Sugar Ray Leonard still packs a pretty mean punch. Especially when it's coming for your stomach and you're not ready.

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Hugh Jackman Interferes in a Match on 'WWE Monday Night Raw' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 2:45AM
Hugh Jackman, 'WWE Monday Night Raw'Hugh Jackman may have just been a guest on 'WWE Monday Night Raw' (Mon., 9PM ET on USA) this week, but he clearly knows his way around a wrestling ring. Not as a wrestler maybe, but he certainly knew the ropes of being a manager in professional wrestling.

When the referee was distracted ejecting someone else, Jackman applied a classic cheap shot to his guy's opponent, knocking Dolph Ziggler to the mat.

This allowed Zack Ryder to easily take him down and get the win. Afterward, Jackman joined him in the ring to celebrate a "hard-earned" victory, as the sideline announcers praised the sneaky maneuver by their Hollywood guest star.

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Hugh Jackman Sings a Chinese Country-Western Song on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 17th 2010 5:40AM
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hugh JackmanWe all know Hugh Jackman is a talented song-and-dance man, and we got to see it on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

He crooned a Chinese country-western song, which turned out way cooler than it sounds. Let's face it, Jackman could make anything sound fantastic.

And that audience member sure drew the lucky straw, didn't she? How cool! You to go 'The Tonight Show' never dreaming you'll be immortalized on camera forever dancing with Jackman! He even dipped, her.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Guess who's coming to Sesame Street?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:40PM
There are few signs in this crazy business that you have become an indelible and beloved member of the pop culture lexicon than getting a cameo appearance on an episode of Sesame Street. Case in point: Gallagher, O.J. Simpson and Kanye West have yet to appear on an episode of Sesame Street.

Well, would you want West teaching your kids the difference between "near" and "far," things that are yellow and why George Bush hates black people?

Some upcoming episodes of the long running PBS kids' show will include appearances by Christina Applegate on Jan. 25, Hugh Jackman on Jan. 27, Debi Mazar and Sarah Jessica Parker on Feb. 16 and Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria-Parker on Feb. 18.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Hugh Jackman

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 29th 2009 3:00PM
Hugh Jackman has come a long way since he played Curly McLain in a TV version of Oklahoma in 1999. Now we know the Aussie star mainly for his work in movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Australia, and Van Helsing, but early in his career, he earned a communications degree with a journalism major from the University of Technology Sydney. Fortunately for us, he went on to pursue drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, then met his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness while starring in the ABC prison drama Correlli.

How do I know all this? Because Biography did a show on him and told us all there is to know about Hugh Jackman. Ok, maybe not ALL there is to know, but enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at the guy who would go on to become famous for his spiky hands and song-and-dance numbers while hosting awards shows. Here's a look at the episode straight from our sister site, SlashControl.

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Who'll host the Oscars? The oddsmakers like Billy Crystal

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 3rd 2009 11:29AM
oscar_statuetteOscar roulette is usually played when it comes time to figure out the nominations. However, this year there seems to be a wheel of fortune spinning with the names of possible hosts for the show. Of course, the folks running the show have intimated that they might want to have a few stars sharing the duties. Historically, that hasn't worked out too well.

The other day when Hugh Jackman removed his name from the running, I asked you for your ideas and told you that I like Kathy Griffin. Jimmy liked George Clooney and Justin Timberlake. Sancty suggested Neil Patrick Harris.

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Hugh Jackman says 'no thanks' to Oscar repeat

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2009 6:02PM
hugh_jackman_tuxedoSo Ricky Gervais has signed to host the Golden Globes, which means the pressure is on the Oscars to come up with a host or hosts equally as stellar. Or interesting. Or compelling.

One star who has removed himself from the running is last year's host, Hugh Jackman. He will not return as Oscar host when the show airs on ABC, March 7.

He's currently on Broadway in a play -- with 007 Daniel Craig -- and he "quietly turned down the job" according to sources. It's not because he was a bomb emceeing the proceedings either. He didn't do the "Oprah, Uma, Uma, Oprah" joke nor did he trip on his shoelaces in the opening number. Quite the contrary, in fact. Hugh Jackman was a perfectly fine host.

But he doesn't want to do it in 2010. Maybe he doesn't want to push his luck? Maybe he just doesn't want to work that hard.

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Wolverine on FX! In ... 2011

by Nick Zaino, posted May 5th 2009 2:03PM
FX NetworksAre you ready for 2011? Not the first part, the latter part. That's when FX is going to have all of your favorite blockbuster movies from the past few months. According to Variety, FX has secured rights to show X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Taken, The Wrestler, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Marley and Me. Variety also points out that it takes about 30 months for films to go from the big screen to television in these kinds of deals.

So, if you can keep from seeing them in the theater, or on DVD, or on demand from whichever cable system you subscribe to, on Netflix or Blockbuster, or from one of the torrents these scofflaw kids are into these days, you can see it for free on FX!

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Oscar ratings rise, but -- surprise! -- more women watched the Super Bowl

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2009 2:04PM
Hugh Jackman on the Oscars
Well, it looks like rejiggering the format of the Oscar telecast paid off; ratings for the 81st annual back-patting orgy were up 13% from last year's record-low ratings. Maybe it was the "faster-paced" ceremony, or maybe it was just that there were some intriguing storylines (Slumdog, Heath Ledger, what kind of nutty stuff would Mickey Rourke have said if he won... that kind of stuff). Or it could have been a matter of more people being at home to watch because, uh, they don't have the money to do anything else. But at least the ratings are back to being semi-respectable.

One interesting aspect to these ratings numbers, though, was brought up by Newsday's Neil Best: the total number of female viewers for the Super Bowl (38.3 million) surpassed the entire audience for the Oscars (36.3 million). So, despite the conventional wisdom, it looks like the "Super Bowl for women" is actually... the Super Bowl.

At the very least, the ratings will probably earn Hugh Jackman and producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark a return engagement. Now if they can just get this thing under three hours, they're all set.

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Oscars 2009: What worked vs. what didn't

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2009 12:02PM
It was the best of Oscar it was the worst of Oscar. It wasn't the best show I've ever seen, but was it the worst Oscars ever as one friend emailed me? I think there were features that worked and features that tanked. There could have been more star power -- where were Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christian Bale, Tyler Perry (he had the biggest box office opening last week!), etc.? Forget about stars from the '70s...

Anyway, I had predicted that the Oscars would stink. Well, I was wrong, or half-wrong. Separate from whether you agreed with the winners -- I did by and large -- or you didn't, what about the broadcast? I think if you had seen all the nominees (or at least the Best Picture noms), you probably had a rooting interest and were amused by most of the show. However, the other half was pretty bad. After the jump, what worked versus what did not.

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Should the Oscars skip the technical awards?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 23rd 2009 10:43AM
Will Smith at the OscarsIt's the age-old question that comes up just about every year, but after last night's marathon Oscar ceremony, I need to ask it again: Is it about time for the Academy to award most of the technical prizes (for editing, art, costumes, makeup, visual effects, etc.) either another day or before the televised ceremony starts?

The reason why I ask is because of the way the producers formatted the show this year. They did a nice job of grouping those technical awards together, threading them through the life cycle of a film's production. Believe me, it helped; instead of dragging out new presenters for each and every category, one set usually presented a few at a times (poor Will Smith was out there presenting the post-production awards almost as long as host Hugh Jackman was on stage). But somewhere around 10:30, I was still looking at the clock and trying to count how many categories were left.

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The Oscars will still involve Ricky Gervais

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 22nd 2009 1:08PM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais won't be hosting the Oscars tonight, but he'll be doing the next best thing. It looks like Gervais will be writing some of the jokes to be used by host Hugh Jackman and company. If so, then I draw a few conclusions from this:

Tonight's jokes will be swipes at Hollywood and probably the entertainment industry in general. As one can tell from The Office and Extras (and even the BBC article itself), Gervais excels at self-deprecating humor. They will be nasty, but nasty in a funny and cute way that industry insiders and the audience will enjoy. He could even recycle jokes from Extras.

Also, tonight's jokes will be extremely funny if Jackman can deliver them in a Gervais-like style. Hopefully he'll practice them beforehand. I wonder if Stephen Merchant was involved with the joke-writing as well?

If this works out, perhaps he'll accept that offer to host the event next year? Fingers crossed.

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Six reasons the Oscars will probably stink - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 23rd 2009 10:03AM
AMPASDo you remember what film won the Oscar for Best Picture last year? (No Country for Old Men). What about Best Actor and Actress? (Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard). If you didn't remember, don't feel bad. You're probably like most people. Most of us weren't watching in 2008. Even though they were celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, it was the lowest rated and least watched telecast ever.

As I perused the Academy Award nominations yesterday, I couldn't help but think that this year's broadcast is going to have a hard time drawing a huge TV audience. And considering that the only thing you can usually count on with the Oscars is that they'll run over three hours long, the show will probably leave something to be desired, too.

In fact, here's six reasons the Oscars -- which will be broadcast live on February 22 on ABC -- will probably stink.

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