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Ben Affleck, Donnie Wahlberg & More Stars Offer Thoughts & Prayers After Boston Marathon Bombings

April 16th, 2013 9:26am EDT
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Following the horrifying bomb blasts during the Boston Marathon, Ben Affleck and a number of other celebrities have reached out to fellow Massachusetts natives to lend their support, thoughts and prayers.

Two explosions ripped through the Boylston Street area of Boston on Monday; three people died and more than 140 were injured.

Affleck, who grew up in Cambridge, wrote on Facebook:  "Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston."

Dane Cook, also from Cambridge, tweeted: "My prayers with everyone in Boston right now after this atrociou...

Ben Affleck Shaves Beard After Oscar Win

February 26th, 2013 3:07pm EST
Ben Affleck and George Clooney
Ben Affleck didn't wait long to shave off his beard after winning an Oscar for Best Picture with his film Argo - he did it in a restaurant right after the awards ceremony.

TMZ reports Affleck, who was not nominated for Best Director despite helming the year's Best Picture, was at an afterparty in Craig's restaurant when he shaved off his beard - using an electric shaver plugged into a socket in one of the restaurant's hallways.

The site reports a few of Ben's friends and family took off a bit of beard. Us Weekly reports, "The whole family was tired of the beard!" and wife Jennifer Garner ...

Ben Affleck Explains His Marriage Comments During Oscar Acceptance Speech

February 26th, 2013 8:58am EST
Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck was filled with emotion after accepting the "Best Picture" award for "Argo" at Sunday night's Academy Awards show. So much so, he made some odd comments about his marriage to Jennifer Garner that suggested their relationship could be in trouble.

The actor/diretor puzzled critics after he thanked his wife for "working on our marriage for 10 Christmases." He then added, "It is work, but it's the best kind of work" during his rushed speech.

The couple, who got together after working on the set of "Daredevil" together, got married in 2005 and have three children.

Affleck insists ...

The 10 Most Memorable & Shocking Moments At The 2013 Oscars

February 25th, 2013 3:00pm EST
Ben Affleck wins Oscar for Argo
If you missed the 85th Annual Academy Awards, we have a roundup of some of the best (and most shocking) moments from the ceremony:

1.) Before the stars arrived, the toilets overflowed, flooding the lobby at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, according to Fortunately, custodians were able to vaccum the mess before Hollywood royalty descended.

2.) "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart surprised fans after arriving to the event on crutches. She apparently stepped on a piece of glass a couple days earlier but later that evening presented an award without the aid of the medical device.

3.) Ho...

Ben Affleck Took Daughter To Spelling Bee Hours Before The Oscars

February 25th, 2013 1:27pm EST
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Ben Affleck had his hands full before the Academy Awards on Sunday as he shuffled his daughter to her local spelling bee just hours before Hollywood's biggest prize-giving.

The actor/director, whose thriller Argo was nominated for seven Oscars and won three, including Best Picture, played the role of proud dad by taking one of his young girls to a competition in Los Angeles.

His wife, Jennifer Garner, tells, "It was mayhem at our house. Our daughter was in a spelling bee at the local rec (recreation) center. I was in hair and make-up so I couldn't take her, so Ben took her i...

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Rules The BAFTAs

February 10th, 2013 11:05pm EST
Ben Affleck was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Sunday night after Argo won honors for Best Film and Best Director.

The star's acclaimed movie about the real-life 1979 Iranian hostage crisis beat out the likes of Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty for the ceremony's main prize.

He was also named Best Director, ahead of Oscar nominees Michael Haneke (Amour) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who, like him, were snubbed by Academy Awards voters.


Ben Affleck Wins Best Director At DGA Awards

February 3rd, 2013 11:33am EST
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck became only the third person to pick up a Directors Guild of America Award without an Oscar nomination since 1948 when he continued his awards season dominance on Saturday night. 

The actor/moviemaker missed out on a Best Director Oscar nod last month but he has since picked up honors at the Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globes, among other events - and on Saturday he added a DGA gong to his haul. 

Still stunned by his success, Affleck took to the stage at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood to accept the nomination for Argo just before his name was called as the category w...

Iranian 'Argo' In The Works

January 16th, 2013 9:12am EST
Moviemakers in Iran are planning their own version of Ben Affleck's thriller Argo to tell their side of the hostage drama story.

Affleck's film is about the rescue of American diplomats from Iran during the country's revolution in the 1970s, and the critically-acclaimed picture has won the actor/director seven nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Following the huge international response to Argo, filmmakers in Iran are now planning to shoot their own version, called Setad Moshtarak (The General Staff).

Iranian actor/filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian says, "The draft of the movie, Se...

No Snubs At The Golden Globes As Argo, Ben Affleck Triumph (Full List Of Winners)

January 13th, 2013 11:53pm EST
After a week that saw Ben Affleck inexplicably overlooked for a Best Director Oscar nomination for his film Argo, the actor/director/producer and his film triumphed at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.

Affleck won the award for Best Director, receiving a rousing stading ovation, while Argo was named the year's Best Picture in the Drama category.

Argo landed seven Academy Award nominations, but none for its director -- almost a sure sign that the film won't be able to match its Best Picture award at next month's Oscars as the two awards almost always go hand-in-hand.

The 70th Annual Golden Gl...

Ben Affleck Honored At Peace Ceremony

January 13th, 2013 1:20pm EST
Ben Affleck
Actor/filmmaker Ben Affleck was honored for his humanitarian efforts in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo at a ceremony in California on Friday.

The star has received plenty of acclaim during the ongoing Hollywood awards season for his thriller Argo, but it was his work with his Eastern Congo Initiative that was recognised by the Cinema for Peace Foundation at the Gala for Humanity in Beverly Hills.

Affleck picked up the Humanitarian Award and was hailed for demonstrating the "foresight, courage and leadership" needed to "take a stand against extreme injustice, intolerance and ine...

Online Film Critics Society Names 'Argo' The Best Film Of 2012

January 7th, 2013 2:25pm EST
Ben Affleck's acclaimed new film Argo has been crowned the best movie of 2012 by officials at the Online Film Critics Society.

The thriller, which also features John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin, was named Best Picture, while Chris Terrio picked up the Best Screenplay prize.

The Master was also a big winner among online critics - Paul Thomas Anderson picked up a trophy for Best Director, while Philip Seymour Hoffman was feted in the supporting actor category. Both are expected to be among the names read out when the Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday.

Others receivi...

Matt Damon Was Offered 'Daredevil' Role Before Ben Affleck

January 3rd, 2013 7:58pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon paved the way for Ben Affleck to meet his future wife Jennifer Garner by turning down the titular superhero role in fantasy film Daredevil.

The Good Will Hunting stars met at a young age, travelling with each other to auditions in a bid to launch their movie careers. In their free time, the pair read Marvel Comics and several years later Damon was offered the chance to don the iconic red Daredevil suit for a 2003 big screen adaption.

The hunk declined, and casting directors then turned to Affleck, who accepted the part and went on to fall in love with his co-star Garner.


Ben Affleck Asks Congress For Stronger Leadership In Congo

December 20th, 2012 9:27am EST
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On Wednesday, Ben Affleck testified before Congress about the ongoing violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. For years the actor/filmmaker has been working to raise awareness of the situation in the Central African nation.

Affleck has called on the House Armed Services Committee to use its influence in global politics and with the United Nations to help the troubled country.

He branded the battle for control of the Congo "the deadliest conflict since World War II" and stated, "I am not here to ask for precious American tax dollars, I am here today to respectfully request y...

50 Hottest Celebrity Guys Of 2012

December 8th, 2012 8:33am EST
Hottest Guys of 2012
Who are the sexiest guys in music, film and television? We narrowed our picks down to 50 in our annual list, spotlighting those who made our hearts skip a beat when we watched them perform.

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey bared quite a bit in "Magic Mike," while "The Avengers" actors got our blood flowing with their explosive action scenes.

We lusted after Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White And The Huntsmans" and felt a little bit giddy when rumors swirled that Justin Bieber broke up with Selena Gomez (he didn't.)

British imports The Wanted and One Direction also caught our fancy, as ...

'Argo' Director & Actor Ben Affleck Named 'Entertainer Of The Year'

November 29th, 2012 10:35am EST
Ben Affleck
Entertainment Weekly has named actor-turned-filmmaker Ben Affleck its "Entertainer of the Year."

The publication chose Affleck due to his stand-out performance as both actor and director of the Warner Bros. film "Argo," which chronicles the real-life mission to smuggle six American hostages out of Iran in 1980.

The critically praised film was released in October and is a possible Oscar contender.

EW editor Jess Cagle said of their pick: "He's directed a couple of movies before but he really reached the pinnacle of his career this year; he's going to be right up there as best director wit...

Ben Affleck Motivated By Father's Acting Failure

November 18th, 2012 2:14pm EST
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck was motivated to succeed at an early age by his actor father's failures.

The Armageddon star landed his first gig in educational science series "The Voyage of the Mimi" when he was 12 years old, around the same time his dad Timothy was trying to make it big.

Affleck insists he was so determined to avoid walking in his father's footsteps, he worked harder than ever to beat the family curse.

He tells GQ magazine, "I lived with this tremendous fear of failure because my father was a playwright and a director, and I think he did a couple of things as a child as an actor as well, ...

Ben Affleck Faced Casting Crisis During 'Argo' Shoot

November 10th, 2012 1:04pm EST
Ben Affleck faced a casting crisis on the set of new movie Argo when his appeal for young extras attracted thousands of senior citizens.

The actor stepped behind the camera to direct the film, which chronicles the heroic CIA rescue mission to free six Americans holed up in Iran and smuggle them out of the country during the nation's 1979 revolution.

Much of the filming took place in Turkey, and Affleck admits his hunt for locals to feature in busy crowd scenes didn't go to plan.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "It was much bigger than anything I've ever done and I needed thousands of...

Amy Adams, Amanda Seyfried & More Stars Heat Up The Hollywood Film Awards

October 23rd, 2012 11:00am EDT
Amy Adams
Several stars attended the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala presented by the Los Angeles Times in Beverly Hills on Monday.

The event is traditionally seen as "the official launch of awards season" and honors films and actors that are likely to receive accolades at upcoming award shows. Among the honorees at the gala were Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Quentin Tarantino.

Amy Adams, who received the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award," looked smart and sexy in a long, navy blue sheeth dress with a sheer neckline.

Amanda Seyfried popped on the red carpet wearing a red corset-lik...

Ben Affleck Still Stays In Touch With Jennifer Lopez

October 10th, 2012 5:34pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Jennifer Lopez still keeps in touch with her ex-fiancé Ben Affleck, eight years after their highly-publicized split.

The Pearl Harbor star proposed to Lopez after a whirlwind romance a decade ago, but the love affair broke down abruptly in 2004, as the couple was planning its wedding.

The former American Idol judge eventually moved on and married her now ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Affleck later walked down the aisle with actress Jennifer Garner.

Lopez had twins with Anthony, while Affleck and Garner are now parents to two girls and a boy, who was born earlier this year.


Ben Affleck Apologizes After Hitting A Parked Car

October 7th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
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Ben Affleck embarrased himself on Saturday after he drove into a parked car in California.

The actor accidentally knocked the side mirror off a vehicle in Santa Monica, but he didn't hit and run.

Affleck left a note on the windshield for the owner to find. He was caught on camera looking sheepish as he delivered the message, which read, "Hi, Knocked off your mirror! Very sorry! Will cover everything - Ben."

Affleck stars in and directs the new film "Argo." The film hits theaters Oct. 12.

Silver Foxes: Sexy Grey & White Haired Celebrities

October 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Most people in Hollywood don't like to reveal their true age, but there are exceptions. Helen Mirren, who fluxuates between white and white/blonde hair, proudly wears her true color on screen and off.

Last year the actress, 67, was named the best body in show business by members of British gym chain LA Fitness. Apparently, age (and hair color) doesn't matter.

Some younger stars are also embracing the white/grey trend. Singers P!nk, Adam Lambert and Ellie Goulding have all experimented with the pigment-free shade.

George Clooney is often spotted with whisps of grey unless a film role call...

Ben Affleck: 'Blake Lively Made Me Feel Old'

September 17th, 2012 8:45am EDT
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Ben Affleck had an eye-opening experience hanging out with his The Town co-star Blake Lively after she admitted she was oblivious about his well-known friendship with Matt Damon.

The actor was showing the 25-year-old Gossip Girl star around his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts while making his 2010 heist movie.

Affleck, who turned 40 last month, admits he was shocked when Lively confessed she had no idea the actors grew up together before co-writing and starring in the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting.

He tells Details magazine, "When I was doing The Town, I'd tour the actors around Bost...

Ben Affleck 'Tempted' To Act In Whitey Bulger Movie With Matt Damon

September 11th, 2012 5:25pm EDT
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Ben Affleck is "tempted" to take on an acting role in the new movie he is making with best friend Matt Damon, but fears playing a corrupt federal agent will make him unpopular in his hometown.

The Good Will Hunting collaborators have signed up to work together on the new film, about Boston-based crime lord Whitey Bulger, with Affleck directing the project and Damon taking on the lead role.

Affleck admits he would like to step in front of the camera too, to play corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent John Connolly, but he is worried the role will make him unpopular in his nati...

Toronto Film Festival: Movies With Kristen Stewart, Ben Affleck And More

September 7th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Kristen Stewart TIFF - On The Road
The Toronto International Film Festival started on Thursday, and for the next week I’ll be seeing lots of movies and meeting lots of celebrities. For the first day however, I exclusively saw movies. Press screenings started first thing in the morning and premieres for the public began in the evening.

On the Road - An all star cast came to Toronto to premiere the film based on Jack Kerouac’s novel. Standouts will be Kristen Stewart in a harrowing, sexy and revealing turn; Garrett Hedlund as a charming, charismatic rebel and Kirsten Dunst in a heartbreaking role.

Argo - This is Ben Affleck...

Matt Damon Buys Home Near Ben Affleck

September 2nd, 2012 4:30pm EDT
Matt Damon
Matt Damon and his family are moving west after purchasing a huge Pacific Palisades pad in California for $15 million.

The actor and his wife Luciana Barroso's new spread is one of the Los Angeles area's most architecturally desired homes - and it's in the same gated community as pal Ben Affleck's home.

The seven bedroom mansion features a media room, five-car garage and a gym, according to website

Damon has lived in New York for the past few years.

Ryan Gosling And 10 Other Actors That Direct Movies

September 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Ryan Gosling
Earlier in the week it was announced that Ryan Gosling will be making his directorial debut with the film adaptation of the screenplay "How to Catch a Monster." It takes a successful actor to be considered and given the role of director, and Gosling is just that. He's starred and performed in many respected rolls and now is taking a turn behind the camera. Here are some other Actors that have been directors.

Mel Gibson

Mel may be a tabloid favorite these days but he has two Oscars, one for Best Director and the other for Best Picture, both are for Braveheart (1995).

Robert Redfor...

Ben Affleck Insists 'Justice League' Job Is Not His

August 27th, 2012 1:24pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Rumors began to swirl that Ben Affleck might be first in line to direct the long anticipated Justice League movie. Affleck, who of lately has been concentrating on making movies (i.e. The Town, Argo) insists he will not be directing the DC superhero team-up version of Marvels success, The Avengers.

Industry speculation suggested that Affleck was in talks to take charge of the DC Comics franchise after Christopher Nolan insisted he was done with Batman following this summer's release of The Dark Knight Rises.

The film will include an ensemble of superheroes, including the Caped Crusader, S...

Happy 40th Birthday To Actor, Director & Family Man Ben Affleck

August 15th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck celebrates a big milestone today - the actor turns 40. Known for big-screen roles such as "Goodwill Hunting," "Armageddon" and "The Town," in recent years he has also used his talents behind the camera, producing TV projects like "Project Greenlight" and directing films such as "Gone, Baby, Gone."

Affleck steps into the director's chair again in the upcoming "Argo," in which he also stars. In the film, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood production in order to fool terrorists into releasing a group of U.S. diplomats during the height of the Iranian Revolut...

Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.


Warner Bros. Eyes Ben Affleck To Direct 'Justice League' Movie

August 9th, 2012 8:21am EDT
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Ben Affleck is reportedly the first pick to direct DC Comics' upcoming Justice League movie. Christopher Nolan turned down the opportunity, according to Variety.

Affleck has already helmed "The Town" and "Argo" and he could direct an adaptation starring superhero heavyweights such as Batman, Superman and The Green Lantern.

The question is, would Affleck himself make an appearance? He has a history of starring in the films he directs. He also has experience playing a superhero - he played one of Marvel Comics' most popular heroes - Daredevil.

The actor/director and Warner Bros. are curren...