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Cancer center details Angelina Jolie's treatment

Angelina Jolie’s mother had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer — strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led the actress to have both of her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate, her doctor said Wednesday.

Jolie, 37, revealed on Tuesday that she carries a defective BRCA1 gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She had mastectomies in February followed by reconstruction with implants in April, Dr. Kristi Funk said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Funk treated Jolie at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills and detailed her care on the center’s website. She would not disclose when Jolie learned she carried the faulty gene, which gives a woman up to an 87 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 54 percent chance of ovarian cancer.

“This family history would certainly meet any insurance carrier’s criteria to cover genetic testing,” Funk wrote. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt calls Angelina Jolie 'absolutely heroic' for undergoing a double mastectomy

Today, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy earlier this year — a revelation which many hailed as brave. That list now includes her fiance Brad Pitt. “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus,” Pitt told the London Evening Standard. READ FULL STORY

Roger Ebert to take a 'leave of presence' due to cancer's return

Veteran film critic Roger Ebert revealed last night that the cancer he’s been fighting for over a decade has returned — and as a result, he will be taking a “leave of presence” from the Chicago Sun-Times.

What’s a “leave of presence”? Here’s Ebert’s own clarification, from his Sun-Times blog: “It means I am not going away. My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What’s more, I’ll be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”

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Tony Scott's family denies reports he was suffering from brain cancer

In the wake of director Tony Scott’s apparent suicide on Sunday, ABC News, citing a source close to Scott, reported that the filmmaker was suffering from inoperable brain cancer at the time of his death. But according to the Los Angeles Times, Scott’s family is now denying the reports, which quickly circulated on-line, that the 68-year-old director had brain cancer. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has not yet determined whether Scott had any underlying health problems that might have driven him to take his own life by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, Calif. Its final report on the Top Gun director’s death will not be released until toxicology and other tests are finished, which will take several weeks.

In the meantime, ABC News has backed off its initial story, posting an update on its web site headlined, “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.” The backpedaling follows an incident last month in which ABC News mistakenly reported that the man who killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater was linked to the Tea Party.

Bob Hoskins retires after Parkinson's diagnosis

Academy Award nominated actor Bob Hoskins is retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In a statement from his agent, the 69-year-old actor “is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time,” according to the BBC. “He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career,” read the statement.

During a screen career that spanned four decades, Hoskins played a colorful variety of tough guys from both sides of the law. He was nominated for an Oscar in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa (1986), and he starred as the streetwise gumshoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). His most recent role was as one of the dwarves in this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman.

Read more:
Bob Hoskins’ best on-screen roles
Bob Hoskins: Working Class Hero

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