Phoebe Tonkin named as new face of R. M. Williams

Phoebe Tonkin has been unveiled as the new face of R.M. Williams.The Australian actress, perhaps best known for playing Hayley Marshall in The Vampire Diaries, will front the footwear and clothing company’s upcoming Undeniable Character campaign, makin…

Phoebe Tonkin has been unveiled as the new face of R.M. Williams.

The Australian actress, perhaps best known for playing Hayley Marshall in The Vampire Diaries, will front the footwear and clothing company’s upcoming Undeniable Character campaign, making her the first woman to officially represent the label in its 88-year history.

“R.M. Williams is a brand I’ve grown up with and embodies all that I love about being Australian – from the commitment to preserving and championing our land to the culture of friendship we are lucky to have,” she said. “While I’ve been coined as the first female ambassador, the truth is that there are hundreds of hardworking females and Undeniable Characters who have fed into the rich history of the brand. R.M. Williams’ commitment to exposing and fostering both new and past Undeniable Characters was something that was immediately appealing. My craft values storytelling above all else, so I was hugely flattered to be part of that.”

Phoebe follows in the footsteps of Hugh Jackman, who was named as a brand ambassador in March 2019. The first images from the 30-year-old’s campaign will debut in April, with chief marketing officer Mat Hayward excited to see the response.

“For us, Phoebe is the perfect embodiment of Undeniable Character and what it means as a brand, and we’re thrilled to welcome her into the R.M. Williams family,” he added. “Whilst we started as a unisex brand focused on classics with function and style, women’s has grown into a key category. Fifty per cent of our traffic is female, so it is important we have a female lead who resonates directly with this customer.”

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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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Kevin Feige wanted Iron Man’s death to be as powerful as Wolverine’s

Marvel boss Kevin Feige was determined to make Iron Man’s death in Avengers: Endgame as powerful as Wolverine’s in Logan.  After 11 years playing Tony Stark / Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. made his final appearance in this year’s Endgame, in which the …

Marvel boss Kevin Feige was determined to make Iron Man’s death in Avengers: Endgame as powerful as Wolverine’s in Logan.

  After 11 years playing Tony Stark / Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. made his final appearance in this year’s Endgame, in which the billionaire sacrifices himself to defeat the evil Thanos and his army. 

  During a live Q&A session with Empire magazine this week, Feige explained that he wanted Downey Jr.’s last outing as Iron Man to be as moving to audiences as Hugh Jackman’s final appearance in 2017’s Logan. 

  “We saw Logan like the audience did, in a theatre having nothing to do with the making of that film and went, ‘Oh my God, what an amazing ending for Hugh as this character,'” the film producer recalled. “And there are only a handful of examples where an actor so associated with a character can go out perfectly. That’s what we desperately wanted to give Robert, and that was what our focus was on.”

   Jackman holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest career as a live-action superhero. After playing Wolverine for 16 years and 228 days, he took his final bow in Logan, in which the character loses his regenerative powers and dies. 

  Feige also spoke about how his team came up with Stark’s death early on in the development process for Endgame and were “dedicated” to the storyline because they were determined to show fans that deaths do matter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

  “Around the time we started working on this film, there was some sense that deaths don’t matter in our movies – Nick Fury gets shot and died in Winter Soldier and comes back in the third act, which was awesome, but is not a death,” he said. “And people were clamouring for, not death necessarily, but stakes and real emotion. And I remember thinking, ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ as we started getting closer to this. But we never questioned it. All of the angst and all of the effort went into sticking the landing, to make it worthwhile.”

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Daniel Radcliffe has no desire to star in any Hollywood remakes

Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no interest in starring in any Hollywood remakes. The British actor shot to fame playing the eponymous boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, and spent the next 10 years making the movies a…

Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no interest in starring in any Hollywood remakes. 

The British actor shot to fame playing the eponymous boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, and spent the next 10 years making the movies adapted from J.K. Rowling’s books alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 

Radcliffe has steered clear of big-budget movie franchises since wrapping his last outing as the wizard in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011, and in a new interview with Yahoo!, explained that he isn’t a fan of film reboots, with the likes of It, Charlie’s Angels, The Craft, and Dune currently being rehashed for a new generation of cinemagoers.

“Most of the films that I love, I don’t think I would want to see remade. And I certainly don’t think that I would want to be in the remakes of them,” he shared. 

In recent years, Radcliffe has favoured roles in independent films, including Swiss Army Man and What If. 

Elsewhere in the interview, the star also touched upon the huge response to him making a joke about playing Wolverine after Hugh Jackman hung up his mutant claws in 2017’s Logan. 

“There’s going to be a new Wolverine movie, in which it starts off with Hugh Jackman being put into a hot wash. And then when he comes out, it’s me. So yes, I’m very happy to announce that here,” he said in an interview with Wired earlier this year. 

However, he told Yahoo! that his joke backfired, especially when people began to believe he would be playing the iconic Marvel mutant.  

“I got on to set on this next job in Australia and they were like, ‘You’re playing Wolverine, that’s awesome, man!’ I was like no, no that was a joke!” the 30-year-old laughed.

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Taron Egerton shuts down Wolverine rumours

Taron Egerton has insisted there’s “no grounding” in rumours he’s set to take over Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine. Earlier this month, renowned comic book writer Mark Millar, who wrote Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War, Marvel’s two biggest-se…

Taron Egerton has insisted there’s “no grounding” in rumours he’s set to take over Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine.

Earlier this month, renowned comic book writer Mark Millar, who wrote Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War, Marvel’s two biggest-selling graphic novels, claimed on Twitter that the Rocketman actor would be next in line to play Logan / Wolverine after Jackman, his Eddie the Eagle co-star, ended his run.

However, when asked about the rumours by reporters at MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con, Egerton asserted that there is no truth in Millar’s claims and he isn’t the best actor for the job.

“Look, there’s no grounding for the rumour,” he said. “I know that that’s probably in the pipeline at some point at Marvel, but I would imagine it’s a little way off. If I was asked it would be incredible, but… I have to confess, sometimes I think maybe there’s better candidates… Or actually, you know, who knows, if it was in five years maybe I would be grisly enough. I’m a great admirer of those films and it’s very, very flattering to have even been mentioned.”

He also jokingly added, “I think you need better beard game for Wolverine than I have.”

In a recent interview with British radio show Heart FM, the Kingsman: The Secret Service star said he didn’t think he was the perfect Wolverine but “would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”

In February, Jackman was presented with the Guinness World Record for Longest Career as a Live-Action Marvel Superhero for playing Wolverine for 16 years and 228 days, from the original X-Men in 2000 to 2017’s Logan. He also appears in archive footage in 2018’s Deadpool 2.

The Australian actor has remained adamant he is done with Wolverine but is confident the character will return in some shape or form.

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Russell Crowe: ‘Peter Jackson didn’t really want me for Lord of the Rings’

Russell Crowe missed out on a big payday when he turned down a major role in The Lord of the Rings movies.The Gladiator star was offered the part of Aragorn in director Peter Jackson’s films, but he passed because he didn’t think his fellow New Zealand…

Russell Crowe missed out on a big payday when he turned down a major role in The Lord of the Rings movies.

The Gladiator star was offered the part of Aragorn in director Peter Jackson’s films, but he passed because he didn’t think his fellow New Zealander really wanted him on set.

“I didn’t think Peter Jackson actually wanted me on the film,” he told radio host Howard Stern. “I think he was forced into talking to me, because there was a moment in time where everybody wanted me in every (movie).

“I can (still) hear his voice… and my instinct was that he had somebody else in mind, which turned out to be Viggo (Mortensen). And he should be allowed to hire whoever he wants.”

Crowe went on to reveal he turned down a big salary as he was offered 10 per cent of the gross profits on the three Lord of the Rings films, which Stern estimated would have pocketed him $100 million (£79 million).

But he is adamant he isn’t too bothered about having so much money.

“Never thought about it,” the 55-year-old reflected, before joking: “It’s only situations like interviews where people are polite and kind enough to add s**t up for me.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Crowe shared that he would be open to reprising two characters; Bud White from 1997’s L.A. Confidential and Jackson Healy from 2016’s The Nice Guys.

Yet, he isn’t big on franchise films, with the string of possible sequels the reason why he didn’t pursue the part of Wolverine in the X-Men movies, with the part going to Hugh Jackman.

“There’s no way I would’ve ever done that, even if I’d done the film. I wouldn’t have carried it through with the grace and the direction that Hugh gave it,” he smiled.

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Hugh Jackman’s ‘whinging’ almost led to X-Men firing

Hugh Jackman was nearly fired from the first X-Men movie after bosses grew tired of his “whinging”.The actor has played Wolverine in 10 different X-Men movies since the first one was released back in 2000. But Hugh’s career could have taken a much dif…

Hugh Jackman was nearly fired from the first X-Men movie after bosses grew tired of his “whinging”.

The actor has played Wolverine in 10 different X-Men movies since the first one was released back in 2000.

But Hugh’s career could have taken a much different course, with the Australian screen star now admitting he was nearly shown the door on the set of the mutant blockbuster.

“I was told that things weren’t really working out as they hoped,” he said during one of his recent Hugh Jackman: The Man, The Music, The Show solo shows in London, according to The Daily Mail. “I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood movie, the biggest of my career. I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whinging (on) an Olympic level of whinging to Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person.”

Luckily, Hugh’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness was on hand to give her spouse a much-needed pep talk.

“She listened to me very patiently for about an hour and finally she just said, ‘Listen, I think you have just got to trust yourself,'” the 50-year-old recalled. “‘You are worrying way too much about what everything else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct. You’ve got this.’ To me that was love. Someone that believes in you when you don’t fully believe in yourself.”

Logan, released in 2017, is believed to have been Hugh’s last outing as Wolverine.

With his latest concert tour, Hugh showcases material from Broadway and Hollywood numbers as well as from the soundtrack of his hit film, The Greatest Showman. The trek continues with a gig in London on Friday night, and concludes in Mexico City in October.

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Hugh Jackman ‘fascinated’ by filmmaking process in Missing Link

Hugh Jackman was “so fascinated” by the way his stop-motion animation Missing Link was filmed that he made a trip to the studio in Portland, Oregon.In the family comedy, The Greatest Showman actor voices Sir Lionel Frost, a British myths and monsters i…

Hugh Jackman was “so fascinated” by the way his stop-motion animation Missing Link was filmed that he made a trip to the studio in Portland, Oregon.

In the family comedy, The Greatest Showman actor voices Sir Lionel Frost, a British myths and monsters investigator who goes on a mission to prove the existence of the legendary Bigfoot, Mr. Link, voiced by Zach Galifianakis.

The movie took years of painstaking work to make, and Hugh was so fascinated by the process that he made a trip to the Laika stop-motion animation studio in the suburbs of Portland to see the team in action.

“Everything is in camera. Everything is real puppetry, real stop-motion animation, I mean everything,” he told BBC News. “If you watch the film through that lens you can feel the years, literally years, it takes to complete and the love and all the heart that goes into it.

“Once I knew about that company, I was in. I actually travelled up to Portland just to see what they were doing because I was so fascinated by it.”

The Australian star prepared for the role by perfecting his English accent, which came naturally to him since his father is British and had “a little bit of poshness to him”.

The 50-year-old spent three or four years recording dialogue for Missing Link on and off, and the sessions were all about playing around.

“I go in and just play,” he explained. “You go in for years, I would say three or four years, and you just go in for three or four hours at a time and I just play with the director (Chris Butler) and we work on maybe three scenes at a time and you do it over and over again and we laugh and we ad-lib and they show me footage.”

Missing Link, which also features the voices of Zoe Saldana and Emma Thompson, hits cinemas from early April (19).

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Hugh Jackman fronts new R.M. Williams campaign

Hugh Jackman is the new ambassador for Australian footwear brand R.M. Williams.As part of his new role, The Greatest Showman actor is fronting the label’s Undeniable Character campaign, launching in April (19).”R.M.’s have been a part of my life across…

Hugh Jackman is the new ambassador for Australian footwear brand R.M. Williams.

As part of his new role, The Greatest Showman actor is fronting the label’s Undeniable Character campaign, launching in April (19).

“R.M.’s have been a part of my life across the entire journey, from my early stage days to where I am today,” the Australian star said in a statement. “It’s an honour to be a part of the R.M. Williams family and to wear the brand’s iconic craftsman boot for the Undeniable Character campaign.”

R. M. Williams is one of Australia’s most famous brands, and is known for its handcrafted leather boots, clothing and accessories.

Founded by bushman-turned-entrepreneur R. M. Williams in 1932, the leather label welcomed Jackman as a shareholder in 2015.

Talking about the new campaign, a company representative said it “will bring to life the enduring quality of R.M. Williams through the stories of the boots and their wearers. Someone with Undeniable Character has grit, tenacity, determination and a pioneering spirit just like R.M. himself and Hugh Jackman”.

R.M. Williams’ chief marketing officer Mat Hayward added: “Undeniable Character goes to the heart of the R.M. Williams brand – the grit, the hard work and the tenacity that went into creating the best boots in the world – the Craftsman range. For us, Hugh is the perfect embodiment of Undeniable Character and what it means as a brand, and we’re thrilled to share that story with the world.”

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Hugh Jackman is convinced destiny played a big hand in his X-Men casting

Hugh Jackman still can’t believe the good fortune that helped land him his long-running role as X-Men mutant Wolverine, because there were so many things stacked against him getting the part. Many actors would have given up on the role due to scheduli…

Hugh Jackman still can’t believe the good fortune that helped land him his long-running role as X-Men mutant Wolverine, because there were so many things stacked against him getting the part.

Many actors would have given up on the role due to scheduling issues and subsequently losing out to someone else, but Hugh kept dreaming and eventually the X-Men project fell into his lap.

During a recent SAG Conversations panel, the actor, who has now hung up his claws as Wolverine, reflected on his fateful big film break.

“I was in London doing Oklahoma on the West End and it was a worldwide casting call for Wolverine,” he recalled. “I was sent three pages and my wife read the lines with me: ‘…claws come out of his hand’, and she said, ‘Hugh, you can’t be doing this. You just did the Royal Shakespeare with (top theatre director) Trevor Nunn. You can’t be having claws coming out of your hands!’

“But I went to the audition in between the matinee and the evening show. I literally whipped off the leather chaps and ran over to Soho to do this audition. I was playing Curly (in Oklahoma), so I had a perm in my hair, so I had a baseball cap on. The casting agent asked me to take it off and I did and she said, ‘Yeah, you can put that back on’. I got a call back with instructions to lose the perm and the Southern cowboy accent.

“For my audition in L.A. they wanted me to take time off from Oklahoma to do it and I said, ‘No, I can’t just leave my cast members and say I’m auditioning for a movie’. So, at first they were going to Concorde me over and I’m like, ‘I’m in, this is awesome’. I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘If I don’t get the part, whatever, I’m flying the Concorde!’ Then the director went with Dougray Scott and I didn’t get to fly the Concorde.”

But just like a boomerang from his native Australia, the part came back to him six months later.

“Dougray is the coolest guy. He couldn’t do Wolverine because he was shooting Mission Impossible 2,” Jackman said. “When we started X-Men, I had already been hired to be the host of this 20th Century Fox studio thing in Australia, where they were shooting Mission Impossible 2 and Dougray was there.

“I went up to him afterwards and said, ‘Dude, I feel really awkward about this’, and he said, ‘Stop, it’s the greatest part. You’re going to absolutely kick a**. Go crush it’. That’s a class act.”

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