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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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Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman Have a Dance-Off at The Tonys (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:16AM
hugh jackman, neil patrick harris, tonysIt was a battle for the ages: One impeccably dressed, show-stopping song-and-dance man against another. And they both just happened to be huge stars in the worlds of TV, film and Broadway.

'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris defended his right to host the Tony Awards (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) against former Tony MC Hugh Jackman.

Dueling it out in a very Great White Way, Harris and Jackman referenced the past 60 years of Broadway and Hollywood musicals in a toe-tapping bid to outdo one another onstage at New York's Beacon Theatre.

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Jennifer Aniston and Hugh Jackman Say Goodbye to 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 19th 2011 7:30PM
Hugh Jackman on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'It's getting down to the final days of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), and the stars are starting to line up to pay their tribute. The final show airs May 25, and big names like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Beyonce have shown up at tapings for the finale. Today, it was Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Aniston who appeared in pre-taped clips saying an emotional goodbye to Winfrey and the show.

"It really makes me very sad," Aniston said, "cause it's something that I think we've all grown up with." Aniston praised Winfrey for her inspirational words, honesty and joy, and said she'll miss her deeply. Wolverine (a.k.a. Jackman) was also surprisingly tender. "At some point, when you get to look back, I know you're going to be incredibly proud of how you've given fully of yourself to everybody and done it with love," he said. "And that is rare."

Jackman did point out that the talk show may be going away, but Winfrey is still going to be around. That's something to remember as this starts to look more and more like a memorial. More than likely, she will resurface on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Oscars 2011: James Franco Takes Stage in Drag, Anne Hathaway Sings to Hugh Jackman (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:43PM
Anne Hathaway and James Franco in drag at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011We're not sure if Anne Hathaway ever truly planned a musical number with Hugh Jackman for 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC), or if she just decided to give him grief about not doing one for no particular reason, but her impromptu song did set up James Franco's most memorable outfit of the night.

Hathaway sang her number in a very nicely tailored tuxedo, so Franco decided to continue the gender bending by coming out in a rather ill-fitting pink dress.

"Oh wow!" Hathaway said when Franco came out. Her reaction was so genuine we suspect this may have been a surprise for her as well. Or maybe ... acting!

"You got to wear a tuxedo, so I wore this," Franco explained. "The weird part is I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen."

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Hugh Jackman Injured Zip Lining from the Sydney Opera House to 'Oprah' Set (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 14th 2010 12:16PM
Hugh Jackman, 'The Early Show'There's a reason actors and actresses use stunt men while filming movies: their faces are their money-makers. Hugh Jackman may want to consider hiring one to use for talk-show appearances as well, after a mishap filming an upcoming episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in Australia.

As reported by 'The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Jackman was performing a zip line stunt from the top of the Sydney Opera House to the Australian set of Winfrey's show. However, he failed to brake quickly enough and wound up hitting some scaffolding up near the lights.

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Hugh Jackman Injured on 'Oprah' Set in Australia

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 14th 2010 6:20AM
Hugh Jackman reacts after injuring his eyeOprah-mania's reached fever-pitch in Sydney, Australia where she's been taping shows for the final season of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

Thousands of screaming fans have been attending the tapings, at an outdoor set at the Sydney Opera House, which has been renamed the "Oprah House" for the occasion. And it's been reported that one of Oprah's star guests, Australian actor Hugh Jackman, was injured taping a segment there.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Jackman had been attempting to enter the stage in dramatic fashion with a ride on the flying fox -- a heavy-duty wire set with a harness and handle assembly that slides on wheels -- when he hit the brakes too late and slammed into rigging.

"I'm not 100 per cent, actually," Jackman said, after struggling to free himself from his harness while dangling 30 feet in the air. "I've hurt my eye; it's not bad. I'm really sorry about this."

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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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