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The longtime host of “American Bandstand” and the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” ball-drop ceremony died Wednesday.

Jackman’s ‘The Wolverine’ to be shot in Australia

The latest installment of the X-Men franchise, “The Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman, will be shot in Australia, it was announced Friday.

The potential blockbuster was due to be filmed in Japan last year, but the devastation from the tsunami and earthquake that hit in March put production on hold, Agence France-Presse reports.

The Sydney-born Mr. Jackman, who will reprise the role of the metal-clawed, muscled-up mutant, said he could not be more excited.

“It will be great to work with the highly talented crew and to provide employment opportunities to so many people across all levels of the industry,” he said in a statement.

“Not to mention, Deb and I will get to spend some time with the family back in Australia,” he added, referring to his wife.

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the fourth film in the franchise and a prequel to the original trilogy, also was filmed in Australia in 2008.

Kravitz adds designer to creative credentials

Lenny Kravitz has taken a childhood compulsion to decorate his bedroom and turned it into another creative endeavor.

To rocker, songwriter and actor, add designer.

Mr. Kravitz created a series of chairs for Kartell based on Philippe Starck’s iconic Mademoiselle armchair, clad, like the rocker himself at times, in python, leather or fur. He also designed black-and-white tiles inspired by water drops and waves for Lea Ceramiche.

Both projects were unveiled last week against the squealing backdrop of adoring fans during the Milan International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, which closed Sunday.

For Mr. Kravitz, it all goes back to childhood, to his drive to create an environment where he felt comfortable to create and write songs.

“Since I was a kid, it was always important how my room was put together. I would buy all these posters, fabrics and lighting, and I would make the room the way I wanted it to be,” Mr. Kravitz said in an Associated Press interview late Tuesday night as he perched on a leather version of his chair in a Kartell store window made to look like a stage.

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