Brief news from here and elsewhere:

hoffman _image_982w Dustin Hoffman with his Kennedy Center Honor last December. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Usher is facing a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife Tameka Foster after their 5-year-old son’s pool accident. Looks like he’ll be fine, but an emergency hearing over primary custody is set for later this week. (People)

Dustin Hoffman had a cancer scare but has been successfully treated, his rep said Tuesday: “It was detected early and he has been surgically cured.” No details, but the actor is “feeling great.” (People)

Elizabeth McGovern — now better known as Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey” — is receiving the Will Award from the Shakespeare Theatre Company in October. Yes, she’ll be in D.C.; no, she won’t tell you anything about Season Four. (Washington Post)

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