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hugh jackman dumps houdini

Hugh Jackman will not star on Broadway in the stage production of 'Houdini,' after walking away from the project earlier this week.

The Tony award-winning Aussie actor issued this statement, "I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on 'Houdini.'  Ultimately, though, I wasn't able to commit to the time this role will require."

He added, "I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best.  I know they're well on their way to making things extraordinary."

Jackman,45, signed on when it was announced that Oscar and Emmy winning writer Aaron Sorkin would be penning the script.  It seems the 'Social Network' and 'West Wing' celeb wasn't feeling it either and withdrew from the project, also citing scheduling conflicts.

Lead producer Scott Sanders responded, "Hugh has been terrific to have on this part of the journey.  We will continue to move forward with our remarkable creative team, as they craft this ambitious new musical."

Hugh picked up his first Tony in 2004 for 'The Boy from Oz.'  He received another in 2012, this one a Special Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Theatre Community.

'Houdini' is slated to hit Broadway in 2014.

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hugh jackson before and after skin cancer procedure

'Wolverine' star Hugh Jackman posted an Instagram selfie that prominently featured two band-aids plastered across his nose.

The 45-year-old actor is crediting his wife Deborra-Lee Furness for alerting him to the possibility that a discoloration on his nose needed to be looked at by his physician.

He revealed on social media, "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked.  Boy, was she right!  I had a basil cell carcinoma.  Please don't be foolish like me.  Get yourself checked.  And USE sunscreen!!!"

His lesion was very subtle based on a recent photo - though he may have been covering the skin blemish with makeup.

skin cancer can be very subtle

An estimated 2.8 million cases of basil cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year in the U.S., according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

The standard treatment protocol after removal of the tumor may include topical medications and/or radiation in some cases.

Jackman was in Montreal last week to complete cast reshoots for his upcoming film 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'  The series installment was shot in 3D and is scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters on May 23, 2014.

Photos:  Instagram-Hugh Jackman, WENN

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hugh jackmans wife bugged by gay rumors

Hugh Jackman shared an interesting tidbit regarding his wife of 17 years, Deborra-Lee Furness.  She is seriously "bugged" about the gay rumors that persist about her husband.

The 'Les Miserables' actor acknowledged that rumors suggesting that he is secretly gay and their marriage is just for show have caused her a great deal of anxiety.

Jackman told The Hollywood Reporter, "Just recently, it bugs her.  She goes, 'It's big.  It's everywhere!'"

Hugh, 44, first raised eyebrows when he played an openly gay character in the Broadway musical 'The Boy From Oz' ten years ago.  He is enjoying a career boost after winning a Golden Globe for his role as Jean Valjean in 'Les Miserables,' a role that also earned him a coveted Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Assisting with 'gay' rumor control is X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, "I've seen him with Deborra since the beginning and I've been on five movie sets with him and have never seen him stray, have never seen him eye anyone.  I met him in 1999.  He was genuine, hugely talented.  He was in love with his wife that day and still is."

Furness, 57, gave up her own acting career when she married Hugh, thirteen years her junior.  Her working status is about to change according to her husband, "It feels like she needs to get back into it.  She needs to act again."

Check out video of Hugh's photo shoot for the cover of The Hollywood Reporter below:

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anne hathaway is red carpet hot

Stunningly gorgeous actress Anne Hathaway has been on a whirlwind premiere tour to promote her latest film 'Les Miserable,' with high-profile events in London and New York City.

For her first event, across the pond last week, Anne opted for a pearl-beaded white Givenchy dress that showcased her bare shoulders and back.

Monday night Hathaway rocked the red carpet in a black taffeta creation by Tom Ford, that included a parachute-inspired cape and bondage boots.

The third event, held last night at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, had the look and feel of a movie premiere but was actually billed as a Museum of Moving Images Salute to Hugh Jackman. 

On hand with the rest of her 'Les Mis' cast members, the 'Princess Diaries' actress wore a Nina Ricci dress, Stella McCartney shoes, Jill Milan clutch, and Kwait jewels.

Check out premiere pics of handsome Hugh and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness:

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hugh kisses his wife on tony awards stage

Hugh Jackman was honored at the 2012 Tony Awards Sunday.  His wife Deborra-Lee Furness surprised him with a special award presentation for his work as a performer and humanitarian.

The Australian actor has been on location in Europe filming 'Le Miserables' as pointed out to the audience by his normally media shy wife.

Furness told the crowd, "There's nothing more romantic after not seeing your husband for four months than to have our first night back together on a Broadway stage with 12 million people watching."

Jackson responded, "I love you with all my heart.  I know how much you hate public speaking; this is probably the greatest thing you've ever done for me.  Really.  It means the world to me."

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hugh jackman cell phone outrage

Hugh Jackman broke character during a performance of the Broadway play  "A Steady Rain" to chastise an audience member who's cell phone began ringing in the middle of a scene with Daniel Craig.

Another audience member captured the tirade on video.  "You want to get that?" Jackman asks when the phone rings. "Come on, just turn it off," he demands as the ringing goes on while he paces the stage of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, waiting for it to stop.

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The 11th Annual Teen Choice Awards were held on Sunday night at the Gibson Amphitheater in L.A.  The show was taped and will air on Monday, August 10 at 8/7 pm central on FOX.

Check out the WINNERS LIST here and view photos of Jordana Brewster, Hugh Jackson, Emily Osment, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Emma Roberts below.

Also on hand were Selena Gomez, Sofia Vassilieva, Jordin Sparks, Alexis Bledel, Jennifer Morrison, Abilgail Breslin, and a blonde Kim Kardashian with her sisters.

Fans were surprised to see an interesting new couple on the red carpet--Kathy Griffin and Levi JohnstonSee photos here.

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Deborrah-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman


Deborra-Lee Furness, 54, has the distinction of being the wife of People magazine's 2008 Sexiest Man Alive Hugh Jackman, 40.

Furness attended the Methodist Ladies' College in Melbourne, Australia, and is also a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

The four time FCCA Award winner met Jackman in 1995 on the set of  his first television acting job in the Australian TV show "Corelli."  The two married in April 1996.

Jackman personally designed an engagement ring for Furness, and their wedding rings bore the Sanskrit inscription "Om paramar mainamar," translated as "we dedicate our union to a greater source."

The couple has two adopted children, Oscar Maximilian (born 15 May 2000) and Ava Eliot (born 10 July 2005). They currently live in Manhattan, NY.

View photos of Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness below.

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Hugh Jackman was honored in Los Angeles earlier this week by having his hand and footprints cast in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.  The ceremony was hosted by nighttime talk show host Jay Leno, who fell ill the next day and landed in the hospital.

Jackman is among a long list of Hollywood celebrities who have had their handprints and accompanying signature become part of the famed  Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The signed plaques have been a fixture since 1920.

The actor's new movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine will hit theaters May 1.  He recently received rave reviews for his hosting gig at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.  Check out his opening song and dance number with Anne Hathaway.

We would be remiss if we didn't mention the fact that Hugh was named People magazine's 'Sexist Man Alive' in November 2008.

Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness since 1996.  The couple have two children, Oscar, nearly 9, and Ava, 3.  Check out more photos below, including recent pics of the Jackman family at Disneyland.

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Actress Nicole Kidman is struggling with the fact that her latest film Australia was a box office bomb.   Her co-star was Hugh Jackman.  The movie was directed by Baz Luhrmann, who she also worked with on Moulin Rouge.

She normally doesn't watch her own performance on the big screen but she made an exception in this case.  Nicole acknowledges that in her whole movie career, this was only the second time that she attended the screening of her own film.  The first was Moulin Rouge.  During an interview with an Australian radio show, Kidman spoke frankly about how agonizing it is for her.  She claims to have squirmed in her seat through the entire showing.

"I can't look at the movie and be proud of what I have done.  I sat there and I looked at Keith and went 'Am I any good in this movie?'"

Kidman, her daughter Sunday Rose and husband country singer Keith Urban, said a quick hello to their family after the screening and got immediately on a plane because the actress didn't want to read any bad press about her performance.

Kidman is hinting that she may be planning to have another child and slow things down a bit.

Being sure not to alienate the rest of the cast, Nicole gave kudos to Hugh Jackman and 11 year old Brandon Walters, saying that they were "wonderful."

Jackman was recently named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.  Check that out here.

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