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Howard Stern opens up about delivering Joan Rivers’ eulogy

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Howard Stern was invited to delivery the eulogy at Joan Rivers‘ funeral, and he couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. The pair had been friends for years, and Stern was able to bring levity to a very sad situation. He later talked about the experience on his Sirius XM radio show (via US Weekly).

“You know, to be at her funeral yesterday was really probably the most remarkable service I have ever witnessed,” Stern, 60, told listeners. “Beautiful temple. I have never been there before [and] it was magnificent. I’ve never seen anything like it. Just sitting in there made you reflective. And so, I got there early because I had gotten a call from [Joan's daughter] Melissa like a day and a half before the service, asking me if I would speak. I said to her, ‘Melissa you’re asking the wrong guy.’

Still, he agreed to speak before Rivers’ friends and family. “I said, ‘I’ll do it. I will do anything for Joan. I’ll do anything for you.’”

To prepare for the moment, Stern immediately sought advice from another fellow comic. “I was in touch with Louie C.K. and he’d written me and he said, ‘You know, Joan really deserves a great sendoff because of her impact.’ He said something very profound: ‘Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better. And even in times… after lets just say 9/11 or the country just seems to be going downhill or things just seem to be bad… she would crack a joke, and you know this is true, when she would crack a joke, you didn’t feel so alone. You felt like we were all together and you felt like oh maybe things aren’t so bad.’”

“Louie said probably the loneliness and the unhappiness of life — what else could ease that despair than a great comedian? That’s what great comedians do. Great comedians have the ability to snap you out of this sadness, this loneliness…to set it all right again and she was really really a top pro.”

Stern also revealed that he was particularly moved by a performance given at the service by none other than Hugh Jackman, which… okay! (I had NO idea they were friends at all.)

“It was one of Joan’s favorites,” Stern said. “He starts singing it quietly and part of the song is clap your hands together. He made everyone get up and start clapping their hands to the song. I was so f—ing moved by this guys performance. I had tears. Now, you know me. I’m a big scumbag. I don’t get moved. I appreciated this guy so much. Hugh Jackman. You know f—ing Wolverine.”

Sounds like it was a fantastic celebration of Rivers’ life for those who knew and loved her.

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Hugh Jackman played “Innuendo Bingo” with Kylie Minogue

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BBC Radio 1 is a really great station – really a lot better than any of the American stations I’ve ever listened to – and they also get some great guests. Hugh Jackman has been hanging around lately, and he decided to play Radio 1′s “Innuendo Bingo” with one of their hosts, Scott Mills, and special guest host Kylie Minogue.

This doesn’t need much introduction – it’s just fun and amusing.

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Hugh Jackman had another cancer scare!

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Oh man, poor Hugh Jackman! Last November, our main man Wolverine found a patch of skin cancer on his nose and had it removed. While it seemed like all of it had been caught and everything was great, he recently found MORE cancerous cells and had to have those removed, as well. How awful!

Hugh posted the above photo to his Instagram page this week along with the following message:

“Another Basel Cell Carsinoma. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!”

It’s really awful for him, but also good that he’s getting great treatment, catching it early enough and also using the situation to spread the message on the importance of sunscreen and looking after your skin.

Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and this nasty stuff doesn’t come back!

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Hugh Jackman does ‘Wolverine: The Musical’ and it’s amazing

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Hugh Jackman has always seemed to me like a pretty chill, down-to-earth guy, and he proved what a great sport he is during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1. He was handed a set of lyrics about his role as Wolverine set to the music from ‘Who Am I?’ from Les Mis and he jumped right into it when asked if he’d sing it live on air. The results are amazing, as you can tell.

This was pretty impressive – that is, until that last note! Ha. Good for Hugh – this could become a worldwide hit… or not, but it’s still great.


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Hugh Jackman Cancer Update: “It’s All Out!”

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Last month, Hugh Jackman revealed that he’d found skin cancer on his nose and had undergone surgery to remove the patch. Cancer of any form is scary, and the actor used the experience as a warning to others to use sunscreen and to visit their doctors should they find any unexplained patches on their own skin. So how’s he doing now? Just fine!

From Access Hollywood:

“I’m all good! It’s all out,” the actor told Access Hollywood at the David Lynch Foundation Presents: Change Begins Within Benefit Gala in New York City on Tuesday. “Thank you to my beautiful wife who said, ‘Come on, go and get it checked.’

“It was just a red dot on my nose and I was like, maybe I injured it in a fight sequence or something, and lo and behold it wasn’t – It was a basal cell carcinoma,” he continued. “I’m an Aussie, we have to get checked but everyone should get checked. Particularly if you’re my age. If you’re 21 or older, you just go and get checked. It’s simple.”

Really glad to hear he’s doing well, and seriously, people, heed his warning – go get checked (especially if you’re Australian, what with that whole “hole in the ozone layer over the country” thing).

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Hugh Jackman Had Skin Cancer

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Well, sort of. In fact, he had cancerous cells removed after having a mark examined by doctors. Hugh Jackman posted a photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram yesterday and used the experience as a chance to encourage fans to not only wear sunscreen, but to take control of their health by seeking the opinion of a medical professional if you happen to find yourself in a similar situation.

Here’s what he posted on his Instagram page:

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!!!

Good on his wife for encouraging him to get that shit checked out. Skin cancer is highly treatable, but it has to be diagnosed first. I like Hugh Jackman – he’s always come across as an incredibly decent guy, and I’m glad not only that he’s okay, but that he’s used this experience to help others again.

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Hugh Jackman Raised a Shit Load of Money For Charity

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Hugh Jackman is one of those stars who’s out there doing his thing, not causing any trouble and generally seems like a pretty okay guy – and a pretty hot one, according to most polls. When he does end up in the news, it’s usually for a good reason, and this time is no exception.

For his 45th birthday on Saturday, Hugh spent the night singing and dancing at his One Night Only event at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, during which he raised over $1.85 million for charity – The Motion Picture & Television Fund, to be particular. Whaaaat? Nice going, Hugh!

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday,” he said after the show. “I chose my favorite songs and told stories about my life.”

Backed by a 17-member orchestra, Jackman performed a variation of his recent Broadway show, with personal stories, a few film clips and selections from classic Hollywood musicals — including a tap-dancing routine during “Singin’ in the Rain.” He talked about his family, sang a tribute to his wife and shared music and images of his native Australia.

“A lot of guys would say to their wife, ‘Do you mind if I go play golf with my buddies?’ That’s how I am about the show,” he said. “I love it. If there’s a song I don’t like, I cut it and bring in a new song. Everything is something I want to do. So to be here tonight, supporting this cause — and it couldn’t have been a more generous crowd if it tried — in every way it was great.”

Jackman said he donated his birthday performance to the Motion Picture & Television Fund because it offers “that unconditional helping hand you get in a family.” The organization provides health care and other services to entertainment-industry workers and retirees.

Awesome! I mean, I could definitely think of better charities to spend that kinda money on, but let’s not argue over little stuff. Hugh Jackman did something awesome, so go him.

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