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Ian McKellen DOESN'T Have Cancer??

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We previously mentioned that Ian McKellen has prostate cancer!

We even had quotes of him saying he's had it for a while now, six or seven years!

That is all apparently false.

Well, mostly false at least.

McKellen's agent spoke out on the story that was circulating the internet, and said:

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Ian McKellen's Body Battles Prostate Cancer, But His Spirits Stay Strong!

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You. Shall not. Pass.

Seriously, Sir Ian McKellen, you're too darn friendly and talented and charming and totally awesome as Gandalf the Grey to ever pass!

The 73 year-old British icon revealed sad news recently: he has prostate cancer!

And the X-Men/Lord of the Rings has battled it for the better part of a decade!

Thankfully, the man is a trooper and he wont let the terrifying C-word get him down!

Ian revealed:

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Ian McKellen On Living With Prostate Cancer

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Sir Ian McKellen has been living with prostate cancer for several years now!!

If he actively has cancer, it's amazing he was able to reprise his role as Gandalf in The Hobbit.

Regular exams are apparently enough to keep it in check.

He said:

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X-Men's Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Confirmed To Reprise Their Mutant Roles In Days Of Future Past!

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Fantastic!

Thanks to a helpful tweet by director Bryan Singer, it's official X-Men lovers — Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart — are totally coming back to Days Of Future Past as Professor X and Magneto!

They'll be teaming up with the insatiably hot Michael Fassbender (young Magneto) and cutie James McAvoy (young X). JUST FYI!

Now… in the comics, Days of Future Past told the alternating stories of dystopian future-living mutants stuck in internment camps and present day mutes fighting the future from happening.

So with the news, this means Fassypants and McAvoy will be the present day mutants while the vets' future will live in early 21st century as X was believed to be killed in 2006's The Last Stand.

Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are also slated to return as Mystique and Beast, so we can only imagine that Rebecca Romijn and Kelsey Grammer will play their future selves.

And maybe… just maybe… they'll somehow bring Jean Grey into the mix so she can duke it out with January Jones!

[Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox.]

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Ian McKellen Gets His Charity On!

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Sir Ian McKellen went to a special meet-and-greet event for the charity Step Forward.

Step Forward is an organization that provides free and confidential services to young people, 11 to 25, living in and near Tower Hamlets in East London.

McKellen is a patron of the charity, so he gladly spent an evening meeting the Step Forward team.

Step Forward wrote in their blog:

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New Images From X-Men: First Class! Magneto And Professor X Have Arrived!

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Check out the photos (above) of Michael Fassbender as Magneto and James McAvoy as Professor X in Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class!

We had gotten a glimpse of the full cast earlier this week, but we're pumped to get a more substantial look at these two key characters!

We'll miss Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, but hey! They've gone on to bigger and better things, like The Hobbit and…doing voices on Family Guy (sorry Patrick!)

We like what we're seeing A LOT! Next, we'll look forward to some images of January Jones as a totally true-to-her-comic-book-character, sluttastic Emma Frost!

HAWT!

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Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit

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For SUCH a long time, we were anxiously awaiting confirmation on Ian McKellen's involvement in The Hobbit films.

Now, Ian is confirmed to return as Gandalf, and he's decided to take to his blog to tell us why it took so long for him to get officially attached to the project.

Here's what he had to say blog about it:

All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me.

I’m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is ’round the next corner? For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of The Hobbit films starting at almost anytime. We brought the Waiting for Godot tour of Australia to New Zealand early 2010, assuming I would stay on to start shooting soon after. Then there was yet another delay: but in Wellington I met with Guillermo del Toro and later read his script for Part One, written with the LOTR writing team. It was true to the style, the fun and the romance of the trilogy.

When Peter Jackson, already producing, resumed the director’s chair, he kept me in touch with developments. A second screenplay was sent over, on the understanding that I would not talk about what I read in it.

After the ruckus over trade union expectations and unlikely rumours of filming outside New Zealand, suddenly crucial casting was announced, plus a start date in February 2011. Martin Freeman as Bilbo sounds perfect. As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.

Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore?

The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.

I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.

–Ian McKellen, London, January 2011

Your energy and passion for your craft at 71-years-old is an inspiration, Ian.

We're very happy to have U back!

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