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No Butts About It: 30 Celebrity Smokers

October 9th, 2014 2:07pm EDT
No Butts About It: 30 Celebrity Smokers
Everyone knows smoking is bad, but many celebrities can't help lighting up. Maybe they have a tough time quitting the habit, or perhaps they smoke to keep off the weight. A cheeseburger is worse than a cigarette, right?

It may surprise you that some of these stars smoke - others you won't find so shocking.

Keira Knightley is a smoker, and it's probably part of the reason why she's so thin. She's also been accused of having an eating disorder. Early in 2014 she admitted that her grandmother and great-grandmother had anorexia but denied suffering from the disease herself. Either way, both h...
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Ben Affleck Gets Into Heated Debate With Bill Maher Over Islam

October 6th, 2014 10:12am EDT
Ben Affleck Gets Into Heated Debate With Bill Maher Over Islam
Ben Affleck went head to head with Bill Maher during a panel discussion of current affairs on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday. The actor, who was on the show to promote his new film "Gone Girl," got angry when Maher and author Sam Harris began discussing radical Islamists.

Feeling they were stereotyping all Muslims, Affleck told them their talk was "gross" and "racist."

When Harris explained the need to criticize bad ideas and called Islam “the motherload of bad ideas,” Affleck responded, “That’s an ugly thing to say.”

The actor continued: "How about the more than a billion p...
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Rumor Patrol: George Clooney Doesn't Invite Affleck Family To Wedding, Alfonso Ribeiro Protests 'DWTS' And More!

October 4th, 2014 8:10am EDT
Rumor Patrol: George Clooney Doesn't Invite Affleck Family To We
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

George Clooney Refuses To Invite Affleck Family To Wedding

Jennifer Garner appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and relayed the buggy reason she feels she and husband Ben Affleck (Clooney's producing partner on "Argo") were not invited to Clooney's lavish Italian nuptials.

Verdict: According To Jennifer Garner, Maybe! The mother of three recalled a story from "years ago" when the couple...
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Review: Unforgettable Rosamund Pike Gives Mediocre 'Gone Girl' The Goods

October 2nd, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Review: Unforgettable Rosamund Pike Gives Mediocre 'Gone Girl' T
It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in a dark theater in awe of the visceral visuals of a young David Fincher. The original demented mind behind such heart stopping work as "Seven," "Fight Club," "The Game" and even to a certain extent "Panic Room" seemed to be a new brash and bold voice in film that was able to have his stylistic cake and eat it too. But lately as Fincher has mellowed and matured, there’s been a desire to merely just tell the story minus pomp and circumstance and in the case of his latest outing "Gone Girl" it seems as though the trend of adding signature style is...
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Ben Affleck In Talks To Join 'The Accountant,' Will Be Naked In 'Gone Girl'

October 2nd, 2014 8:43am EDT
Ben Affleck In Talks To Join 'The Accountant,' Will Be Naked In
Ben Affleck, who stars in the highly anticipated "Gone Girl" and 2016's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," is already thinking about his next move.

The actor is in negotiations to star in the thriller "The Accountant," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film centers on an accountant who moonlights as an assassin.

Gavin O'Connor is in talks to direct the Warner Bros. project, while Bill Dubuque is writing the script. The project was included on the Black List of most anticipated screenplays in 2011.

Several directors have been linked to "The Accountant," including Mel Gibson and...
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20 Celebrity Lushes

September 23rd, 2014 1:15pm EDT
20 Celebrity Lushes
Celebrities are like regular people in that they occasionally overindulge in things they should consume in moderation.

But too many stars have battled drug addiction and alcoholism, and although many are currently sober, some still struggle to stay clean.

Lindsay Lohan, who charmed audiences with films such as "The Parent Trap," "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded," has been to rehab six times to battle her addictions.

She told Oprah Winfrey in 2013: "(Alcohol) in the past was the gateway to other things, for me... I tried cocaine with alcohol... It allowed me to drink more. I think...
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Ben Affleck Admits To Counting Cards At Las Vegas Casino

September 18th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck has finally addressed reports that he was thrown out of a Las Vegas casino for counting cards back in April, saying that he has no regrets for getting good at the game of blackjack.

Affleck was reportedly asked to leave the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino by officials when he was spotted counting cards at a blackjack table, and reports that the Oscar winner was banned from coming back began to surface.

Affleck addressed the stories in the latest issue of Details magazine, confirming the story and revealing that he was only asked to leave the blackjack table because he was winning.

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More Stars Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 19th, 2014 11:37pm EDT
Ben Affleck's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Wife Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck is one of the latest celebs to have accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge, helping to raise awareness by his pool with wife Jennifer Garner on Monday, receiving his dare from director Tyler Perry.

Before being doused, the star of the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice said he was going to both take the challenge and make a donation to the ALS Association.

"I guess I have to pick four other people so my people are going to be folks who I know from firsthand experience look good in a wet T-shirt," Affleck joked.

He then nominated Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris and, ...
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New Photo Of Ben Affleck's Aging Caped Crusader From 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Debuts At Comic Con

July 25th, 2014 4:34pm EDT
Ben Affleck as Batman
Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday at this year's Comic Con, and to honor the Caped Crusader, Warner Bros. unveiled a new photo of Ben Affleck wearing the hero's famed cowl at the annual pop culture event.

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still nearly two years away, it's a good bet that DC Comics will be using the occasion to steal a little thunder from rival Marvel Comics, which will be trotting out several superhero films between now and then, beginning with this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens August 1 and will be the studio's main focus at Comic Con.

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Four New Posters And A New Trailer Give Clues To Fall Thriller 'Gone Girl'

July 13th, 2014 11:09am EDT
Gone Girl
Four new posters for forthcoming thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike have been released, and each offers a clue to the film's big mystery.

The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, centers on the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (Pike) on her fifth wedding anniversary, and all signs point to her husband Nick (Affleck) being involved.

A new trailer for the film was also released with the new posters, each of which centers on a piece of evidence in the police case.

The clues include a wedding photo, a scalpel, a red thong, and a page from Amy'...
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Henry Cavill Reprises His Role As Superman In 'Dawn Of Justice'

July 5th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
Batman v. Superman
Zac Snyder teased us this past Spring with a sober, depressing photo of Batman as portrayed by Ben Affleck. Now, we have confirmation that Superman in the 2016 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' will indeed be played by Henry Cavill. Warner Bros released this picture yesterday from the set of Dawn of Justice.

While the tone of this picture isn't quite as somber as Ben Affleck's Bat-pic, it still has a decidedly dark feel to it. Cavill's Superman costume hasn't really undergone any radical changes, and the overall look and feel of the character remains much the same as it was in the l...
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Henry Cavill Stands In A Gotham City Rainstorm In First Promo Photo From 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

July 3rd, 2014 11:48pm EDT
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The first image of Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman in the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film was released on Thursday. The photo, in which Superman appears to be standing in a very gloomy-looking Gotham City, accompanied an interview with director Zack Snyder on USA Today.com.

Snyder revealed to the website that getting Batman into the highly anticipated 2016 Man of Steel sequel wasn't a priority at first, but it became clear that the character fit in the way the story came together.

"I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie," Snyder said, "but on the other...
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Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck Celebrate Ninth Wedding Anniversary With Candlelit Dinner

July 1st, 2014 11:30am EDT
Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck Celebrate Ninth Wedding Anniversar
Congratulations are in order for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on their ninth wedding anniversary!

The happy Hollywood couple were married on June 29, 2005, in a private ceremony in the Caribbean when she was already four months pregnant with their first child, Violet.

The duo celebrated their anniversary with a candlelit dinner at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak, Michigan on Sunday. They reportedly ran up a bill of over $100 after ordering salad, oysters and steak. A source at the restaurant said, "They looked like a great couple. They paid a lot of attention to each other."

The insider als...
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10 Celebrities Who Secretly Went To Rehab

May 24th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Celebrities Who Secretly Went To Rehab
Actor Zac Efron battled a cocaine addiction and dabbled with party drug Molly, prompting him to seek professional help in March 2013. He was treated for several weeks. He reportedly relapsed while filming the comedy Neighbors and headed back into rehab as soon as the movie was finished.

He told The Hollywood Reporter in April: "I was drinking a lot, way too much. It's never one specific thing. I mean, you're in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know?

"Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn't take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interest...
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Zack Snyder Reveals First Look At Ben Affleck As Batman

May 13th, 2014 10:00pm EDT
Ben Affleck as Batman
Zack Snyder teased a reveal of the new Batmobile yesterday, but today he delivered much more.

The director uploaded a photo of Ben Affleck as Batman standing next to his new wheels, which appear to be a blend of the classic Batmobile roadster and the new "Tumbler" we've grown fond of from Christopher Nolan's trilogy.

Affleck certainly looks buff in the smoky, black and white picture. If Batman vs. Superman is really following Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, they pretty much nailed the larger frame of an older Caped Crusader. In Miller's story, the aging hero is more of a blunt tra...
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Do These Hollywood Actors Look Better Or Worse With Facial Hair?

May 7th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Do These Hollywood Actors Look Better Or Worse With Facial Hair?
Facial hair can make a man look sophisticated or like a slob. Charming or a creep. Dozens of A-list actors in Hollywood have tried a beard on for size, so tell us – do these guys look better or worse with their facial hair?

For Argo, Ben Affleck made like a hockey player and kept a beard for "the playoffs," AKA awards season. He shaved it off at an Oscars after-party when his film won Best Picture.

George Clooney, like Ben Affleck, grew a "producer beard" while Argo was striving for awards. He also rocked just a moustache for a bit, but for the last year or so he's been clean-shav...
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Ben Affleck Won $800,000 From Casino That Banned Him

May 4th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck may have been on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s watch list after a previous visit to their blackjack table earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The New York Post reports Affleck visited the casino back in 2001 and piled up $800,000 worth of chips at the blackjack table before the night was over. Sources say he was playing three hands at once and the table had a $20,000 bet minimum.

The actor, then 29, dropped a nice $150,000 tip for dealers and waitresses in the Peacock Lounge, the high-roller section of the casino, before he left.

Affleck is known for his blackjack prow...
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13 Greatest Actors Turned Critically Acclaimed Directors

May 3rd, 2014 3:00pm EDT
13 Greatest Actors Turned Critically Acclaimed Directors
Very few actors are afforded success and fame in the brutally competitive film landscape. Those who miraculously do make have trouble-holding relevancy, as Hollywood trades aging veteran actors for relative and good-looking newcomers immediately destined to be the next big thing. But these screen presences who’ve been able to hold Hollywood’s attention even into their later years have also found a strong niche behind the camera, directing Oscar worthy films and Hollywood blockbusters that encapsulate audiences’ attention while reaping critics’ acclaim. Move over Scorsese and Spielberg, beca...
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Ben Affleck Banned From Las Vegas Casino For Counting Cards

May 3rd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Ben Affleck
A Las Vegas casino has banned Ben Affleck from playing blackjack at its establishment after he was spotted counting cards.

On Tuesday, security at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino approached the "Argo" director and told him he was no longer allowed to play the game in the hotel because he was an "advantaged player," according to TMZ.com.

The actor's actions weren't illegal, but they are a no-no in the casino business. While blackjack is off the table, Affleck is allowed to play other games at the Hard Rock.

An insider told UsMagazine.com: "Security said, 'You are too good at the game,' The h...
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Matt Damon And Ben Affleck Return To HBO For New 'Project Greenlight'

April 30th, 2014 4:30pm EDT
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are returning to HBO after over 10 years to continue their Project Greenlight series.

Project Greenlight, for the uninitiated, is a competition seeking the best independent screenplay and following every step of a movie's creation – from casting to set design to filming to editing.

In 2001, over 7,000 screenplays were considered before Pete Jones' Stolen Summer won. The film went on to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and a limited theatrical release. The second season, in 2003, split the competition between writing and directing. The result was The Battle...
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Ben Affleck Is Accused Of Killing His Wife In 'Gone Girl' Trailer

April 15th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Gone Girl
The first trailer for the movie adaptation of Pulitzer-winning thriller Gone Girl is here.

The film follows a man played by Ben Affleck struggling in the wake of his wife's disappearance as the media circus descends around him and begins to question whether he was behind it.

Set to a haunting soundtrack created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who worked with director David Fincher on Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network), Affleck's Nick Dunne looks both guilty and innocent as he eyes the crime scene and flashes of a violent past are shown.

Nick then speaks out during th...
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Hollywood's Hottest Celebrity Siblings

March 27th, 2014 1:26am EDT
Hollywood's Hottest Celebrity Siblings
Hollywood is full of sexy celebrity siblings who share the spotlight, often in the same discipline.

Sisters Beyonce and Solange Knowles have both demonstrated their musical chops over the years, but Beyonce is by far the bigger star. However, Solange has made a dent in the fashion industry and is often watched for her clothing and hairstyle choices.

The Hemsworth brothers stormed Hollywood in recent years for their work in popular film franchises such as "The Hunger Games" and "The Avengers." The Australian-born brothers will likely continue to produce box office hits in years to come.

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24 Celebrities Who Worked Together Before Dating

March 25th, 2014 3:03pm EDT
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
By know you've heard Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are engaged and already expecting their first child, after playing girlfriend and boyfriend in That 70s Show. However, they aren't the only celebrities who dated after working together. Check out the celebrities who fell in love on the set - you may be surprised!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt infamously met on the set of Mr. And Mrs. Smith while Pitt was still with Jennifer Aniston. While Jolie admits she fell in love with Pitt on the set, she's adamant that he didn't cheat on Aniston with her.

Despite being 20 years apart in age, ...
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11 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings

March 19th, 2014 1:01pm EDT
Idris Elba
As a comic book nerd, nothing is worse than seeing a poor attempt at a movie adaptation of one of your beloved super heroes. So one could understand why so many casting decisions in comic book films create a controversy. Here are 11 controversial comic book movie castings:

Idris Elba - Heimdall in Thor. In what will be an occurring theme in this list, Elba's casting as Asgard Sentry Heimdall was a controversy only because of the color of this skin. Several white supremacist groups employ Norse mythology, so the perceived slight was twofold for them. In the end, the boycott attempts failed ...
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Jennifer Lopez Jokes That She'd Let Ex-Boyfriends Ben Affleck & Diddy Drown

March 12th, 2014 8:19am EDT
Jennifer Lopez Jokes That She'd Let Ex-Boyfriends Ben Affleck &
During a recent interview about her ex-boyfriends, Jennifer Lopez joked that she'd let Ben Affleck and Sean "Diddy" Combs drown in the ocean.

The singer/actress, 44, dated the rapper in 1999 and was engaged to the actor in 2002.

During an interview with Los Angeles' Power 106 radio station, host Big Boy asked: "You're on a raft in the middle of the ocean. You look in the ocean, you see two people floating. You can only pull up one, because that's how much room you have on the raft. You look in the ocean, you see Ben Affleck and you see Diddy."

Lopez cracked up and answered: "I'd let both...
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Ben Affleck & Seth Rogen Testify Before Congress On Congo Conflict, Alzheimer's Disease

February 27th, 2014 1:00pm EST
Ben Affleck & Seth Rogen Testify Before Congress On Congo Confli
Actors Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen testified before Congress in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to raise awareness of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Alzheimer's disease, respectively.

Affleck spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and met with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the ongoing conflict in the African country.

According to the Eastern Congo Initiative, since 1998, violent conflict, disease and poverty in the DRC have killed over 5 million men, women, and children.

Prior to the meeting, Affleck wrote on Twitter, "Honored to represent @EasternCongo ...
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8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us

February 24th, 2014 10:00am EST
8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us
1. Ben Affleck Arrives At Oscars A Boy, Leaves A Man!

It took fifteen long years for Ben Affleck to recoup highbrow status in Hollywood. After riding high with a win for Best Original Screenplay alongside Matt Damon in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting," Affleck attached himself to a series of box-office bombs. Slowly, Affleck redeemed himself not as an actor but as a screenwriter, and received critical acclaim for his work in 2007's "Gone Baby Gone." He then scored big with 2010's "The Town," which he also co-wrote and starred in. When Affleck attached himself to the George Clooney-produced 20...
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Seth Green: Ben Affleck Not Scary Enough for Batman Role

February 19th, 2014 3:03pm EST
Seth Green
Actor and comic aficionado Seth Green has an interesting take on Ben Affleck being the next Batman.

While on Larry King Now, Green revealed that he believes Affleck isn't scary enough to be the Batman needed in a Batman/Superman film. He tells the talk show host, "You’ve got to remember that at the core of that character, Batman’s a crazy person. Batman has no powers. Batman is a rich, screwed-up kid whose parents were killed in front of him, who with his money and insanity decided to become a vigilante symbol to combat darkness. Christian Bale was great because he plays that part."

Green...
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Ben Affleck: 'Daredevil' Was Worse Than 'Gigli'

December 9th, 2013 3:03pm EST
Ben Affleck and George Clooney
Ben Affleck has a surprising choice for what he believes is his worst film, and it may have to do with his upcoming role as Batman.

In an interview with Playboy for their January issue, Affleck revealed that he does not believe the critically-annihilated Gigli was his worst film. Playboy asked him what movie photo we would have in his office to remind him not to take a role for money and fame (George Clooney says he had a photo of him in his Batman costume for that reason) and Affleck responded, "I'd probably have two or three. It'd be tough to choose. The only movie I actually regret is D...
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Ben Affleck Admits He Was 'Reluctant' To Tackle Batman

October 25th, 2013 7:00pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck initially balked at taking on the role of Batman in the upcoming "Man Of Steel" sequel because he didn't think he was the right person for the job.

News that the "Argo" star was cast opposite Superman Henry Cavill was announced in August, and Affleck admits director Zack Snyder had to convince him to accept the role.

He told 411mania.com, "Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn't fit the traditional mold, but once Zack showed me the concept... I was excited. Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confound...
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