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People: Hugh Jackman acts quick on cancer growth

Hugh Jackman attends the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” premiere Saturday in New York. (Associated Press)
Hugh Jackman attends the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” premiere Saturday in New York. (Associated Press)

Hugh Jackman has had another cancerous growth removed.

The 45-year-old actor attended the premiere of his latest film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Saturday night with a bandage over his nose. He told the Associated Press he had a basal-cell carcinoma removed two nights earlier.

Jackman said he learned the results of a recent biopsy earlier on Thursday, and had it removed right after.

Basal-cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Jackman was treated for the same disease last year but said the prognosis was good: “It’s all out now.”

But he urges others to “get checkups and wear sunscreen.”

Rogers hopes for ‘smart debate’

Rep. Mike Rogers wants to be a “productive conservative” on the radio dial who fosters “smart debate” during the daily show he will host after leaving Congress in January.

The ex-FBI agent and outgoing House Intelligence Committee chairman might not be done with politics after more than a decade in Congress, so there’s unquestioned value for him from the three hours each day he will spend fielding questions and reasoning with a mass audience.

“I’m not saying I am,” Rogers, R-Mich., told the Associated Press when asked if he was preparing to re-enter politics in the years ahead. “But I do foresee myself back in government service in some capacity in the future.”

For now, Cumulus Radio Group is betting that listeners and advertisers will find Rogers’ hearty voice, contempt for right-wing ideologues and expertise in national security inviting.

Rogers, 50, will step down in January, when the next Congress takes over, and shift from Capitol Hill, his workplace for 14 years, to a studio elsewhere in Washington.

The birthday bunch

Composer Burt Bacharach is 86. Actress Linda Dano is 71. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 66. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 66. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 64. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 64. Singer Billy Squier is 64. Actor Ving Rhames is 55. Actor Emilio Estevez is 52. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 48. Actress Kim Fields is 45. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 41. Actor Jason Biggs is 36. Actors Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) are 19.


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