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Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer

Plus: Lady Gaga tops Billboard chart; Kapur dazzled by Deepika in Ram-Leela; Serbia pulls out of Eurovision; Saif always wanted gangster role.

Hugh Jackman's selfie on Instagram after he had a basal cell carcinoma on his nose treated. Hugh Jackman / AP Photo
Hugh Jackman's selfie on Instagram after he had a basal cell carcinoma on his nose treated. Hugh Jackman / AP Photo

Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer

Hugh Jackman revealed he has been treated for skin cancer and shared a selfie showing his bandaged nose. “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!” he wrote on Instagram on Friday, referring to his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. The 45-year-old actor said he had a basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer that is rarely fatal. He didn’t say when his medical treatment took place. “Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!” he said. – AP

Lady Gaga tops Billboard chart

Lady Gaga’s third studio album, ARTPOP, debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart this week, after three months of steady promotion behind her singles Applause and Do What U Want. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – last week’s top album – went down to No 2. The pop hits compilation Now 48 entered the chart at No 3. Eminem’s song The Monster, which features Rihanna, was the top song on the digital songs chart. – Reuters

Shekhar Kapur dazzled by Deepika Padukone’s performance in Ram-Leela

Deepika Padukone says the biggest compliment she has been paid for her new film Ram-Leela was from the filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. “I received a message from him that says I have added so many layers to Leela that even Shakespeare didn’t think about this while writing for Juliet. For me, that’s a big compliment,” said Padukone. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and also starring Ranveer Singh. Ram-Leela (Rama’s play) has stirred up a lot of controversy in India because of its title, which some critics say hurts Hindu sentiments. On Thursday, the high court in the state of Uttar Pradesh banned the film from screening. Ram-Leela is currently playing in UAE cinemas. – IANS

Serbia pulls out of Eurovision

Serbia, the winner of the 2007 Eurovision song contest, will abstain from next year’s glitzy competition because of the high costs involved. “This decision was made because of financial reasons, notably the high costs necessary to participate in the contest,” said the public broadcaster RTS, Serbia’s local organiser of the Eurovision competition. Earlier this year, Croatia withdrew from the contest, citing the “country’s poor recent performances” and the “costs of participation”. – AFP

Saif Ali Khan always wanted gangster role

Saif Ali Khan, who plays the gangster Raja Mishra in Bullett Raja, says he’s always wanted to play such a character. “After many years, I got this chance to play a character which is very different from me,” the 43-year-old told reporters. He says the film, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and based on a fictional mafia based in Uttar Pradesh, is neither vulgar nor violent. “There is action in the film but not violence, there is comedy but not vulgarity. I’m very glad I could be part of it.” Bullett Raja is out on Thursday. – IANS

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