Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness' campaign to overhaul adoption laws in her native Australia will expose some children to a greater risk of abuse and trafficking, according to experts. The Jindabyne star has been a vocal supporter of the Adopt Change organisation, and this week (beg25Aug14) she praised the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott for holding talks with campaign staff.
However, a group of child protection experts has now warned politicians that a change in the adoption laws could leave the door wide open to abusers.
The panel told an Australian parliamentary committee the proposals will make the adoption process "vulnerable to reduced standards for the protection of children, and greater risks of malpractice".
Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is convinced she will win her campaign to overhaul adoption laws in her native Australia. The Jindabyne star is a patron of the Adopt Change organisation, which is pushing for a reform of regulations to speed up the adoption process and boost the number of parentless children being housed.
The campaign is now gathering pace as Adopt Change staff are working with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Furness is adamant all their efforts will pay off.
She tells the country's Herald Sun newspaper, "I'm so excited and I've learnt so much from this experience. It shows if you stick at something, you are going to get results. We are talking about changing a whole culture. We are in the process of doing that.
"We are working with the Prime Minister's office and we are looking to really make a difference to so many children. It feels really good."
Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson and David and Victoria Beckham were among the celebrities who witnessed tennis champ Novak Djokovic defeat Roger Federer to win Britain's Wimbledon Men's title on Sunday (06Jul14). Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale and director Guy Ritchie were also in the stands at Centre Court as the Serbian sportsman emerged victorious after an epic five-set match, narrowly beating Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to claim his second Wimbledon trophy.
Jackman shared a Twitter.com photo of himself and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the London venue and later congratulated Djokovic on his seventh Grand Slam title, writing, "One of the greatest matches of all time @Wimbledon. Well done @rogerfederer. Superb win and huge congratulations @DjokerNole."
He also uploaded a photo of Djokovic hugging his mentor, former tennis icon Boris Becker, after the match and added, "Epic moment for djokernole, Becker and their entire team. What a day @Wimbledon. One I will never forget."
Other stars watching the game on TV also shared their thoughts online, with British comedian Stephen Fry writing, "How magnificently graceful both players were in defeat and victory. Hurrah for that", and actor John Leguizamo tweeting, "Sorry #federer u (sic) gave it your all my friend! Great game!"
Meanwhile, One Direction singer Liam Payne added, "Congratulations @DjokerNole heard it was a great game can't wait to watch it back have a drunk (drink) on me".
Actresses Kate Walsh and Brooklyn Decker, singer Eliza Doolittle and Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd were also among the celebrities tweeting about the championship finals on Sunday.
Actor Hugh Jackman's wife warned him against taking the biggest role of his career in the X-Men movie franchise - because she thought the idea of her husband playing Wolverine on screen it was "ridiculous". The Hollywood hunk has appeared as the hirsute, clawed mutant in all of the blockbuster superhero film instalments, including 2014's X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but he admits his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, initially urged the star to decline the role.
Jackman tells Vulture magazine, "She read three pages and was like, 'You got claws coming out of you hands? This is ridiculous. Don't do it'."
The actor's role in the franchise has earned him millions of dollars and Furness has since revealed she is glad her husband took the role.
Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, turned the tables on U.S. talk show veteran Barbara Walters in a pre-taped segment on The View on Tuesday (13May14), when they interviewed the 84 year old about her career. During the segment, Jackman sang I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from the film My Fair Lady after Walters revealed it is her favourite song.
Hugh Jackman has had another skin cancer scare after discovering a growth on his nose. Less than six months after the Les Miserables star underwent surgery on a basal cell carcinoma, Jackman has revealed he has had another procedure.
Posting a photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram.com on Thursday (08May14), the bearded actor wrote, "Another Basel Cell Carsinoma (sic). All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!."
Last year (Nov13), the star's actress wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, encouraged him to see a dermatologist and get the "mark" on his nose checked. He finally agreed and discovered the cancer.
After surgery on 21 November (13), he said, "I’m feeling relieved, it’s good, cancer's all out and I'm very very grateful to my beautiful wife who forced me to go and get a check-up... Typical man, I was like, 'Oh I’ll go next week'.
"The whole time, I thought it was not much, but only afterwards did they say, 'You’re really lucky you got it checked out now'."
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have launched a charitable foundation for performing arts in their native Australia. The Wolverine star and his wife of 18 years have set up the Jackman Furness Foundation for Performing Arts, which will support art education groups Down Under such as the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, which trains students in theatre, music, and dance.
Jackman shared the charity's logo on Instagram.com on Tuesday (22Apr14), alongside the caption, "Excited to announce the Jackman Furness Foundation! An initiative we hope will make dreams come true."
Hollywood superstars Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts enjoyed a reunion on Wednesday night (18Dec13), heading out for a pre-Christmas meal in their native Australia. They were joined by their partners, Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness and Watts' man Liev Schreiber, who became pals with the Les Miserables star while they filmed The Wolverine.
As the two couples headed into the Catalina restaurant in Sydney, reporters asked Furness whether it was a pre-festive get-together, and she replied, "It is."
The quartet was also joined by Aussie Prison Break star Dominic Purcell.
Hugh Jackman reminded fans and peers of his recent skin cancer scare at his first red carpet appearance since revealing his health drama last month (21Nov13) by turning up to the David Lynch Foundation Presents: Change Begins Within Benefit Gala in New York City on Tuesday (03Dec13) with a bandage on his nose. The 45-year-old Les Miserables attended the event with the Band-Aid on full view.
He was accompanied by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, who convinced him to get a blemish on his nose checked - and when he did he learned he had a basil cell carcinoma.
Posting a photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram.com last month (Nov13), Jackman wrote, "Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"
And on Tuesday's red carpet, he added, "I’m feeling relieved, it’s good, cancers all out and I’m very very grateful to my beautiful wife who forced me to go and get a check-up... Typical man, I was like, 'Oh I’ll go next week'."
Hugh Jackman is urging fans to use sunscreen and seek regular skincare advice from professionals after discovering a cancerous growth on his nose. The Australian star posted a photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram.com on Thursday (21Nov13), revealing he recently had a skin cancer scare.
The Les Miserables star's wife Deborra-Lee Furness encouraged him to get the "mark" on his nose checked, and he was stunned to learn that she was right to be concerned.
Jackman writes, "Boy, was she right! I had basil cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"