Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Ok, so I know this will out me as a closet softie, but I cannot wait to see Baz Luhrmann's new epic, "Australia."  What with the big opening Wednesday, the press has hit a premium, and all these shots of a bescruffed Hugh Jackman driving cattle along epic horizons are leaving me pretty much in a perpetual state of swoon.

Some of you know about my, erm, "thing" for Mr. Hugh.  Dreamboat central.  Have been enamored since catching him (twice) as Curly in the West End revival of Oklahoma! back in 1999.  Dude can sing.  And swagger.   It was clear then that he was in for a hot career.  And he hasn't disappointed.

Anyway, so in spite of the fact that Nicole Kidman and her chilly demeanor do little for me, I'm really looking forward to this film.  War, romance, period costumes, killer scenery, excellent accents, and the aforementioned Mr. Jackman.  You can count on seeing me at the theater Thursday night trying to fight off the food coma from the afternoon's feast. 

The Chron ran a quick interview with Jackman in yesterday's Datebook.  It's a good tease before the film opens later this week.  Enjoy, and please control the drool.


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