Aussies Unite! Stars Step Out for G’Day USA Gala (PHOTOS)

Some of Australia’s very finest celebrated their homeland on Saturday, ahead of the Golden Globe Awards.

From Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban to a mini Grease reunion between Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, there was plenty of star action at the 10th Annual G’Day USA Gala, held at the JW Marriot in Los Angeles, Calif.

Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne and Mel Gibson were also on hand for the black tie event, which honored legendary actor Paul Hogan.

On the red carpet, Kidman and Urban gushed about their romance and their little girls Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.

“As we kissed our daughters goodbye when we headed out tonight we kind of went, ‘Wow, it’s amazing how life plays out,’” the Paperboy actress told the Australian Associated Press [via The Sydney Morning Herald].

“Look what happened from that chance meeting. We now have a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old who are waving us bye.”

Kidman is up for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture on Sunday, against Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway and Helen Hunt.

Check out the gallery, above, for highlights from the G’day USA Gala. Do you have a favorite Australian star? Weigh in below.

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BAFTA Tea Party: Red Carpet Fashion

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Los Angeles has been graced with the overwhelming presence of stars galore ever since Golden Globes week began a few days ago.

On Saturday, some of this year’s nominees got dressed up for the 2013 BAFTA Tea Party, held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

From Les Miserables stars Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried to Argo boss Ben Affleck, the red carpet sizzled with other names like Erdem, Valentino, Escada and Christian Louboutin.

The gathering was just one of many held this weekend in anticipation of the 70th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out in just a few hours.

 

The show will air live coast-to-coast on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The pre-show will start at 4PM Pacific.

Check out the gallery, above for the BAFTA Tea Party red carpet arrivals.

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Who Will Win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture? (PHOTOS)

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Among the most heated races at the Golden Globes are the acting categories. Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis are in a virtual dead-heat for Best Actor in a drama, while newly Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper (The Silver Linings Playbook) squares off opposite Les Mis frontrunner Hugh Jackman for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

On Sunday, January 13, the awards will be handed out, but who will win? Who should win? Let Celebuzz help you figure that out with our guide to the Best Actor nominees.

Just like we did for Best Actress in both drama and musical/comedy, we breakdown each of the talented actors nominated, provide an overview of their performance and the bottom line on their chances of winning.

This year is one of the most competitive ever; so many good actors cranked out some truly great performances. While a Golden Globe win is not a definite precursor to Oscar, it certainly doesn’t hurt one’s chances.

Which actor gets your vote? Tell us in the comments and watch our interview with Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook!

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Demi Lovato, Jessica Simpson, Anne Hathaway: Top 10 Celebrity Quotes of the Week (PHOTOS)

“I don’t know what’s better…Being healthy and really happy, or people noticing how healthy and really happy you are? It’s just surreal. I never knew this kind of happiness existed. Cherishing this moment…So thankful for recovery. God is good.”

Which Hollywood star raved about being in the highest of spirits as we approach the New Year?

Was it Demi LovatoJessica Simpson or Anne Hathaway?

Find out in Celebuzz’s top quotes of the week.

Who was the beaming beauty that couldn’t contain her excitement about her newfound peace and happiness?

It was Demi Lovato!

In a post-Christmas moment of reflection, the X Factor judge tweeted her sublime happiness.

“It’s just an incredible feeling when people who haven’t seen you in a while tell you ‘You look so happy’.. Well I’m glad it shows!!” she continued.

What’s got Demi so elated?

The 20-year-old Unbroken artist has seemingly come into her own after succumbing to her inner demons back in 2010. Plagued by Hollywood pressures to be thin and beautiful, Lovato found herself the brink of a mental breakdown. The starlet snapped and punched one of her dancers on tour, and subsequently checked herself into rehab.

Since her release from rehab, Lovato has been outspoken about her struggle with bulimia, battle with depression, and bipolar disorder diagnosis, hoping to help others who may be enduring the same personal torment.

With a covetable spot as a celebrity judge on X Factor, a new album on the way, and now, these over-the-top blissful tweets, she appears to have succeeded with her recovery.

We wish you well, Demi!

Do you think the former Disney star will hold her place on Simon Cowell’s X Factor, or will she get the axe that is allegedly coming to co-host Britney Spears, as well? Sound off in the comments below.

Find out what else your favorite celebs had to say this week in Celebuzz’s Top 10 Quotes of the Week.

Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman ‘Crack Jokes’ Over Dinner in Colorado (EXCLUSIVE DETAILS)

Big screen hunks Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman hit a high note together over a post-Christmas dinner… literally.

The actors, who’ve been known to sell out a crowd when they’ve taken over the microphone, were spotted having dinner at the ultra-exclusive Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Ski Resort and Spa in Avon, Colo. Dec. 27, an eyewitness told Celebuzz exclusively.

“They were out for dinner at the 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill,” said the eyewitness.

“They were joking with a musician in the lobby. They were requesting songs and cracking jokes and seemed really friendly.”

Timberlake, 31, who’s long been a fan of Beaver Creek Ski Resort and whose wife Jessica Biel has signed on to star opposite Jackman as Viper in The Wolverine, joined the Aussie heartthrob, who just so happens to be staying at the swankiest hotel in the area for the holidays. And the stars went relatively unnoticed on their time off before award season kicks into high gear in the New Year.

“People stayed away for the most part,” added the eyewitness. “It’s a fancy but quiet restaurant.”

The 44-year-old star of stage and screen has a lot to sing about in 2012 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Les Miserables set to be handed out Jan. 13.

Do you think Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman would make a good on-screen duo? Tell us your thoughts below.

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‘Les Miserables’ vs. ‘Django Unchained’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

It’s Oscar slummin’ time at the movies as Hollywood rolls out its primo slate of films, but despite a handful of new titles across the marquee, it’s all about the French Revolution and the Civil War South this weekend. The big-budget adaptation of Broadway’s favorite child, Les Miserables, is pitting its cannons and bayonets against Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti-western six-shooter, Django Unchained.

Which film will sing a victorious ballad and which will lay buried in a shallow desert grave?

Directed by Tom Hooper, the filmmaker behind The King’s Speech, the latest theatrical rendition of Les Mis combines a star-studded cast with high-cost Hollywood production value. The end result is a wonderfully performed rendition of the classic story with critically acclaimed turns by Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Jackman about the challenges of bringing the musical to the screen:

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Hooper’s direction, however, makes the film feel a bit like a well-funded stageplay with the camera filming from the point-of-view of the audience. With a series of close-ups and wide, sweeping shots, the production never truly figures out a way to present these songs in a uniquely cinematic fashion. The film looks and sounds spectacular without necessarily taking full advantage of its medium.

Quentin Tarantino, on the other hand, makes full use of his cinematic toolbox to bring the story of a former slave and a German bounty-hunter to life in Django Unchained. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django tells a tale of pre-Civil War revenge in purely Tarantino fashion. It’s likely one of his finest – and certainly funniest – films that strikes a smart balance between the near-comic absurdity and inhuman brutality of American slavery.

Check out Celebuzz’ interview with Django actor Sammi Rotibi:

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Showcasing action, comedy and drama with a smart soundtrack and a striking series of cinematic visuals, Django Unchained is the absolute pick-of-the-week for lovers of old-school Westerns or Tarantino in general.

Let Celebuzz know what you’re planning on seeing this weekend with your vote above, and talk about why you want to see these box office brawlers in the comments below!

Journey to ‘Les Misérables’: A Look at Hugh Jackman’s Career Evolution (PHOTOS)

Hugh Jackman has come quite a long way.

Since starting out as a Communications student in Sydney, Australia, the actor has managed to turn what was just a drama course for additional credits to a full-blown, award-winning acting career.

Over the years, Jackman wowed spectators both on and off the theater stage with a variety of roles. Refusing to let genre hold him back, the 44-year-old has played almost everything from a disgruntled mutant to a magician and, yes, even an Australian in the outback.

Now, Jackman stars in director Tom Hooper‘s first musical film, Les Misérables. Though it may seem the actor — who also won a Tony Award in 2004 for his work in Broadway’s The Boy From Oz — is back in his element with musical theater, he assures us that the task of taking onthe iconic role of Jean Valjean was all still very daunting.

“It takes a long time,” he told Celebuzz of acting in a silver screen musical. ”I have a background in theater and when I first got into a musical 20 years ago I was like, ‘Whoa, this is not easy.’”

“The process I have to take is — first of all, I take the lyrics off the music page and write them out as dialogue, so I have to approach that,” he continued. “Then, I learn the song and then it takes a long time to put the two together to make them feel natural.”

“I won’t say it’s easy. For some it’s easy but for me, I have to go through every step [of that process.]”

Just how far has Jackman come in order to develop his craft?

Relive Jackman’s entire acting journey in the gallery — above.

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‘Les Miserables’ Star Hugh Jackman Says Director Tom Hooper Gave Anne Hathaway ‘The Greatest Filmmaking Compliment I’ve Ever Seen’ (VIDEO)

Les Miserables accomplishes more then merely bringing one of the most beloved stage musicals to the big screen: It literally makes history.

As the first film musical in the medium’s history to actually allow the actors to perform live on set, it combined the immediacy of film with the theatricality of the stage. And star Hugh Jackman credits director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) with dexterously combining the virtues of each medium to create a unique and special whole.

“I think Tom Hooper being a slight outsider was a real benefit,” Jackman told Celebuzz. “Tom went in going, so with film, I can show scope, I can show passages of time, I can show transformation. Not only that, there are things that really work on stage, but with film I can enhance that.”

Jackman explained that Hooper’s photography not only makes the singing feel palpable and immediate, but gives the emotion behind it an appropriately sweeping context. He also said it provided co-star Anne Hathaway with one of the greatest moments he’d ever seen on film.

“When Anne sings ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and Tom gives her the greatest filmmaking compliment I’ve ever seen, which is holding without cutting a close-up for three minutes of that performance, you know it’s live singing — you can feel it and you’re there.

“So it is in a way theater on steroids, because you are getting the best seat you’re ever going to get to one of the great performances ever.”

Les Miserables opens in theaters nationwide December 25. Watch Celebuzz’ interview with Hathaway, and then let us know what you think of the movie – and both actors’ great moments – in the comments section below!

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Hugh Jackman Goes Shirtless Again at Bondi Beach (PHOTOS)

Lookin’ good, Hugh!

Hugh Jackman showed off his incredible body on Tuesday with another trip to Sydney’s Bondi Beach, where he was photographed going for a dip in the ocean.

The 44-year-old, who later this month will star in the movie-musical Les Misearbles, looked as fit as ever as he caught some pre-holiday waves, causing a worldwide spike in membership requests to the gym.

Jackman’s trip to the beach was much-earned after the successful month he’s already had.

Not only is his new movie about to open, he was also nominated for a number of prizes for his performance as Jean Valjean, including a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award.

Les Miserables opens Christmas Day.

For more photos of  Jackman and his ridiculously ripped body, click through the gallery, above.

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Eddie Redmayne Calls His ‘Les Miserables’ Character a ‘Refreshing’ Change of Pace (VIDEO)

As a young actor with unconventional good looks, Eddie Redmayne has often played character whose audiences show dubious sympathy for, if any at all. But in Les Miserables, Redmayne plays Marius, a virtuous romantic lead whom he described as a welcome change after his work in films like Hick and The Yellow Handkerchief.

“It feels quite refreshing, actually,” he told Celebuzz. “When I first auditioned for this, I was shooting a film called Hick in North Carolina where played a Texan meth-addict pedophile with a limp.”

Redmayne revealed that he actually auditioned for Les Miserables via his telephone, rather than the more conventional method of, oh, meeting with the filmmakers in person.

“It was this night in a trailer on a night shoot that I took my phone and sang the song that my character sings,” he said. “So it was whilst playing a complete psychopath that I started auditioning for this job.”

Although he thrilled at the chance to play one of the film’s heroes, Redmayne said that he wanted to make the character as sophisticated as possible. “In that [stage] version, Marius is a romantic, almost a romantic,” he said. “All of these people die for him and he goes through singing oblivious.”

“Tom Hooper and I went back to the book and found a load of intricacies that made this guy more complicated, to see how extreme this guy was willing to go.”

Les Miserables opens in theaters nationwide on December 25. Watch Celebuzz’ exclusive video interview with Redmayne’s co-star Anne Hathaway below.

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Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Craig, George Clooney: Hunks Who Got Their Start in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films (PHOTOS)

Of all the harsh realities made clear by the gender gap, perhaps the truest is that – as of this Friday – girlfriends everywhere will be dragged reluctantly to see The Hobbit. This time, however, Peter Jackson’s journey through Middle Earth has been stripped of its eye-candy, swapping Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen for a handful of dwarves, Dr. Watson and a geezer. While the movie will no doubt be epic, the real scenery will undoubtedly be just that: the actual scenery.

All of which made us consider just how many dramatic, respected and handsome leading men – prime examples of non-nerd masculinity – actually made some of their biggest breakthroughs in sci-fi, fantasy and all-around geek adventures. Read on to find out…

Click here to launch the gallery of gorgeous leading men who made their bones in genre movies.

Many of the actors on Celebuzz’ list certainly had credits prior to their turns in fantasy films – Mortensen worked steadily as a supporting player for more than a decade before striking paydirt with the Lord of the Rings series, for example.

And although many of them have gone on to even greater glories, they first became popular in the public consciousness because of these projects. On the other hand, some of them may never surpass the success they enjoyed with these films and film series. But as cinephiles and avid filmgoers, we’re only too happy to celebrate – and maybe in a few cases, reintroduce – the sci-fi-, horror and fantasy films that helped the world fall in love with them.

Which of these hunks is your favorite — or which appeared in your favorite fantasy film? Keep the discussion going in the comments section after watching the theatrical trailer for The Hobbit below!

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