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Hugh Jackman, Carol Burnett to toast Betty White's 90th birthday

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Betty White's 90th birthday special gets several celebrity guests
Betty White, everyone's biggest senior sweetheart, is commanding plenty of star power for her upcoming 90th birthday special — including current Broadway force Hugh Jackman and legendary funny lady Carol Burnett.

On Jan. 16, NBC plans to air "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl," with celebrity testimonials, musical performances and a look at White's long career.

Jackman and Burnett are slated to stop by, says TV Guide, as well Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner, White's costars from the classic "Mary Tyler Moore Show." NBC family member Amy Poehler will pop in, as will Joel McHale — White's costar for her stint on the network's "Community."

The special won't be all nostalgia, as it reportedly boasts a first look at White's new hidden-camera comedy project targeting the elderly, "Off Their Rockers."

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Photo: Betty White in June 2011. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images  



Melissa McCarthy: Not wafer thin, and not worrying about it

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Sure, Melissa McCarthy would like to find herself wafer-thin one day, but for now the Emmy-winning "Mike & Molly" star says she has other, more important things to worry about.

Still, a girl can dream. 

"Yes, do I hope I wake up tomorrow and it's like, 'What's the matter with her?' I hope I wake up at like 94 pounds, but I don't think that's going to happen," McCarthy told Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired Monday.

Other things on her plate -- things that have her not worrying much about what she's putting on her plate -- include two healthy kids Viv and Georgie, a husband, her own clothing line and, well, a job.

"I'll keep working on the other," she said of her weight. "I just can't put any time to worrying about it." McCarthy, 41, says she's up and down, but much thinner than she was after her second baby.

This is also the woman who told Entertainment Weekly in October that she enjoys clothes so much, she would love the opportunity to be a hanger. "But I think I’m more confident than I've ever felt in my life." (Witness the dance-tastic "SNL" video below.)

Another star not worrying too much about working to lose weight? That'd be Hugh Jackman, who told NPR earlier this month that dancing in "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway" had him losing about three or four pounds a night.

"We started a week ago," Jackman said. "Already they've taken my pants in three times."

Here at the Ministry, we're just sayin': Best. Seamstress. Job. Ever.

 

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Photo: Melissa McCarthy at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 12. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Pres


'Real Steel': Hugh Jackman on acting with robots and kids

Hugh Jackman at the "Real Steel" premiere

Hugh Jackman has belted out songs on Broadway, fought mutants and slayed vampires. This Friday, audiences will see the Australian actor side-by-side with boxing robots in "Real Steel."

The "Real Steel" premiere at Universal CityWalk on Sunday featured a red carpet flanked by fans as well as robots from the film. As music from the soundtrack blared, Jackman and director Shawn Levy took some time to give a handful of lucky fans tickets to the premiere screening.

Photos: "Real Steel" premiere on CityWalk

So which is harder -- working with those robots or working with children? "Both of them are easy," said the "X-Men" alum, who shares a lot of screen time with 12-year-old Dakota Goyo, who plays his son.

"The great thing about robots is they don't eat any of the catering. And kids can be tricky … but I was with [Dakota] for three months, and never once did he annoy me," Jackman said. "I mean, I have an 11-year-old -- they're annoying every day.

"I don't know -- he's from another planet."

The action/sci-fi "Real Steel" is a departure from director Levy's past comedic fare, but Evangeline Lilly saw the director's background as an asset.

"He was always looking for the funny," said the actress, who plays the owner of a boxing gym for robots.

"He's looking for the levity, and he's looking for the humor, and it's really relieving as an actor to be able to do that."

Actor Anthony Mackie, like many involved with the film, touted it as a robot movie with heart.

"I feel like when you look at it, it's kind of like 'Rocky' but with robots, and at the end of the movie, you'll care and you'll cheer," Mackie said. “So many times you go to the movies and you leave unfulfilled, and that's not what 'Real Steel' is."

"Real Steel" opens Friday.

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Photo: Hugh Jackman greets fans at the "Real Steel" premiere in Universal City on Oct. 2, 2011. Credit: Eric Charbonneau / Associated Press.


Chris Hemsworth may play opposite Kristen Stewart in 'Snow White'

Chris Hemsworth offered hunstman role in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Chris Hemsworth, currently in theaters with the comic-book blockbuster "Thor," is up for the huntsman role in "Snow White and the Huntsman" starring Kristen Stewart.

The Australian actor and Universal Pictures were in talks Tuesday, and Hemsworth has officially been offered the huntsman role in the big-budget adaption of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, EW.com reported. In this version of the story, the character -- traditionally commissioned by the evil queen to hunt down and kill Snow White -- will be training the heroine to fight the evil queen herself. 

However, whether Hemsworth signs on with the film seems to be based on whether production of "The Avengers" will pose a scheduling conflict, according to MTV Movies.

Older actors including Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackson and Joel Edgerton had previously been in the running for the role, but that $66-million opening for "Thor" seems to have put the 27-year-old in a plum position for casting.

Charlize Theron has already signed on to play the evil queen, and British actor Sam Claflin, whom you can scope out in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" later this month, will play the prince. Rupert Sanders will direct.

But Hollywood isn't done rehashing fairy tales: Another brooding Snow White project is brewing and is slated for release around the same time as the Universal version.

The competitor stars Lily Collins ("The Blind Side") as the porcelain-faced damsel and Julia Roberts as the evil queen. "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer will play the prince and Robert Emms will play his valet. The Relativity Media film directed by Tarsem Singh recently signed Nathan Lane as the mean queen's servant.

Which Snow White duo are you rooting for -- Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, or Lily Collins and Armie Hammer?

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Photo: Chris Hemsworth. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Hugh Jackman wants you to 'Live Below the Line' -- on $1.50 a day

Hugh Jackman Can you live for a day on a $1.50 food budget? What about doing it for five days? That's what Hugh Jackman is challenging people to do in a PSA for the Global Poverty Project's "Live Below the Line" campaign.

The Aussie triple-threat sits on the board of the Global Poverty Project, an international organization designed to target public policy to end extreme poverty, and appeared in the video for the "Live Below the Line" campaign. Jackman urged Americans to live below the extreme poverty line by going a workweek spending less than a buck fifty each day on food from May 16 through May 20.

"This is an incredible campaign that really gives us the chance to understand the realities of extreme poverty," Jackman said in a statement.

"It is certainly a challenge to eat and drink off of $1.50 a day for five days, but for 1.4 billion people, $7.50 is all they have not only for food, but also for living costs, clothing -- everything! 'Live Below the Line' highlights the challenges that over 1 billion people are faced with every day and urges us to do something about it."

The campaign was launched April 18 in London, but Jackman joined up with the Global Poverty Project about three years ago when he met founder Hugh Evans.

"I thought, this guy is a lot smarter than me, he's got better ideas, so I'm jumping on board," the "X-Men" actor said. "This is a simple way to get people's attention and more importantly get them to sympathize with the situation of the world.

"Even though the issue of global poverty seems big, there are really simple, practical measures and ways to change things. Write a letter to your [Congress representative], write a letter to a company like Hershey's, for example, to use fair trade chocolate or fair trade coffee. There's simple things and that kind of activation means a lot."

Will you take on Jackman's challenge? Watch the PSA below and tell us in comments.

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Photo: Hugh Jackman at the 'Live Below the Line' charity benefit in London on April 18, 2011. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images


Hugh Jackman hit in the groin by cricket's Shane Warne [Video]

Hugh Jackman's pain continues to be a source of amusement for Australian broadcasters -- the actor took a cricket ball to the guy parts Sunday, courtesy of retired cricket legend Shane Warne, while filming a bit for TV during the Ashes Test cricket series in Melbourne.

Hugh Jackman and Shane Warner "Don't rub 'em, count 'em," Warne taunted as Jackman recovered.

Fortunately, the actor was wearing protection -- in the form of a cup. (Warne has been linked to model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, the Hugh Grant ex who recently separated from Arun Nayar, her husband of three years.)

"Everybody thinks it's funny except you," a broadcaster said of the hit, pointing out the painfully obvious.

Jackman earned a black eye in Sydney two weeks ago when he hit the brakes too late during a zip-line stunt on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and crashed into rigging for the stage lights.

"That's how much we love Oprah," TV reporter Dave Hughes said at the time. "We'll take our most talented and handsome man and we'll chuck him off the Opera House, 'cause we love her that much."

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Photo: Shane Warne, left, and Hugh Jackman are all good after playing cricket in the nets during day one of the Fourth Test match between Australia and England at Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Credit: Scott Barbour / Getty Images



Video: Hugh Jackman hurt in a crash landing on 'Oprah'

 

Hugh Jackman was slightly injured Tuesday when he hit the brakes too late during a stunt on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Australia.

"That was so much fun, until the end," Jackman said of his trip to the outdoor stage on a zip line from the top of the Sydney Opera House.

"I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbour, saw my dad, the kids and you, went to pull the brake and then, boing," the Wolverine actor told Winfrey. After banging into the rigging for the lights, he recovered sufficiently — a glass of red wine and a bandage under his eye seemed to do the trick — to sit down and teach the visiting talk show host how to eat Vegemite.

According to a news report, a calm Jackman "asked for a tissue" while he was dangling 20 feet in the air, waiting for help to come. Check out the refreshing Aussie coverage of the accident from "The 7 p.m. Project" in the video above.

"That's how much we love Oprah," reporter Dave Hughes said. "We'll take our most talented and handsome man and we'll chuck him off the Opera House, 'cause we love her that much."

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Captain Jackman Sparrow? Johnny Depp role was written with Aussie Hugh in mind [poll]

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Johnny Depp's inspired "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Jack Sparrow could have had a much different demeanor if the writer had gotten his way.

"I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind," Aussie screenwriter Stuart Beattie told Pop Tarts exclusively. "Hence the name Captain JACK Sparrow."

During the 10 years Beattie said he spent pitching the script of the 2003 film to Disney, Jackman was big Down Under but not yet an international name -- so the writer's casting suggestion went by the boards.

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'Real Steel' gives us an excuse to run Hugh Jackman pictures

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The Ministry rarely meets a Hugh Jackman photo it doesn't like -- so why should a pic of Jackman acting with an oversized robot boxer be any different? 

In "Real Steel," Jackman plays an out-of-work fighter who, with his estranged son, grooms a junkyard robot boxer as a contender in the new, no-humans-allowed league. The film will use motion-capture animation for the robot-on-robot brawling action, but in live-action scenes -- which started shooting Monday -- the human actors get to interact with 19 real-life animatronic creations.

Oddly, some people's eyes are drawn first to -- get this -- the robots.

"There are some things only visual effects can pull off," director Shawn Levy told USA Today. "But when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance."

After the break, we offer a photograph of Jackman in an on-set discussion with "Night at the Museum" director Levy. Pay careful attention to the character-specific concerns made obvious by the flex of Jackman's left bicep, presented here purely for purposes of artistic analysis.

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'Modern Family' star Ty Burrell gets parenting advice from Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman

Ty-and-holly-web For a first time dad, it's usually baby books and baptism by fire when it comes to parenting. "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell got the inside track with tips from costars Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman

On the set of his new flick "Butter," Burrell says colleagues including Garner and Jackman were more than willing to chat about family life, as he and wife, Holly, welcomed home a baby girl in March.

"I had great conversations with those guys about parenting ... it was really cool. Some people on the set had adopted, and we'd adopted, so [we discussed] those tangents as well."

Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness have two kids, Oscar, 10, and Ava, 4. Garner has two daughters, Violet and Seraphina, with actor Ben Affleck. In "Butter," Burrell and Garner play a super-competitive couple entered in a butter-carving contest.

While the actor says his filming experience during the "Modern Family" hiatus was like "summer camp," it was hard leaving his own girls at home so soon.

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