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Matt Damon To The Internet: 'Batman Is Not King Lear'

8/28/2013 8:42am EDT
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Matt Damon has backed the contentious plans to cast Ben Affleck as the latest Batman, telling disgruntled fans of the popular franchise, "It's not King Lear."

On Friday, director Zack Snyder announced he wants the Daredevil star to play the Caped Crusader in a sequel to Superman movie Man of Steel.

The unforeseen news sparked anger, outrage and pandemonium among many fans of the franchise, and an online petition to block the move had attracted more than 80,000 signatures.

Now, Affleck's crony Damon has spoken out to silence critics, insisting the role is not a demanding one and is wel...

Bryan Cranston Cast As Lex Luthor, Matt Damon As Aquaman?!

8/26/2013 2:07pm EDT
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston has already been cast as Lex Luthor, but there won't be an announcement until winter.

Cosmic Book News reveals that Cranston has been offered up to 10 appearances as Lex Luthor (if you think that's a lot, remember Samuel L. Jackson's seconds-long appearances for Marvel). However, they also report Warner Bros. will wait for the series finale of his hit show Breaking Bad before making an official announcement.

According to the same source, Ben Affleck has a 13-appearance contract as Batman. Warner Bros. is looking to copy the formula that made Marvel's Avengers such a hit: se...

Five Reasons FANS Don’t Want Ben Affleck As Batman

8/26/2013 11:30am EDT
Love it or hate it, Ben Affleck will soon be the Caped Crusader.  But amidst the contrversy what’s most surprising is how folks can’t understand why fans are so outraged over the selection.  So for those who are a little confused, here are some Cliff Notes on the subject.  Here are...Five Reasons Fans Don’t Want Ben Affleck As Batman.


Affleck already tried a more meek superhero role and it was about as welcome as a turd in a swimming pool.  With no muscles, no attitude and simply no character cool, Affleck clearly showed why not everyone can be a superhero. 


The Everym...

Five Reasons Ben Affleck Is A Good Choice To Play Batman (And One Really Bad One)

8/25/2013 10:01am EDT
Ben Affleck
Friday morning the internet blew up after it was revealed that Ben Affleck was cast in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the 2015 sequel to this summer's blockbuster Superman film, Man of Steel.

Affleck will portray a more aged and wiser Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill's Superman, and the casting move has been met with lots of backlash.

Producers had to find someone new for the role after Christian Bale revealed he wouldn't portray the character again after last year's The Dark Knight Rises, even reportedly turning down a $50 million offer to put on the Batsuit one more time for a plan...

Celebrities React To Ben Affleck Playing Batman

8/23/2013 10:11pm EDT
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A lot of famous fans were stunned when it was revealed overnight that Ben Affleck will replace Christian Bale as Batman in the 2015 "Man Of Steel" follow-up.

Check out what some celebs said on Twitter about the casting:

Wil Wheaton said: "Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli."

Comedian Jim Gaffigan added: "I'd react to Ben Affleck getting an acting role but I'm still recovering from Beyonce's haircut."

Funnyman Billy Eichner noted: "How dare Ben Affleck ruin the integrity of a franchise where a grown man p...

The Morning Roundup: Jennifer Love Hewitt's Pregnancy, Kelly Clarkson Cancels Wedding, Ben Affleck... Really?

8/23/2013 10:47am EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt showed off her growing baby bump at a Pampers event in New York City on Wednesday. (pics). The actress also spoke about her pregnancy, saying it's brought "incredible joy" to her life following the loss of her mother in June 2012. (story)

Ben Affleck is going to play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel that features both Superman and the Caped Crusader. The film, tentatively titled "Batman vs. Superman", is expected on July 17, 2015, which means there's plenty of time for director Zack Snyder to change his mind about casting Affleck, something that a LOT of people are ...

Ben Affleck Is The New Batman

8/23/2013 12:07am EDT
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Warner Bros. has stunned the moviegoing public by casting Ben Affleck as the next Batman.

The Academy Award winning actor and director will don the cowl and replace Christian Bale, who said previously he was done playing the DC Comics legend after starring in three films.

Affleck's first appearance as Bruce Wayne as his crime fighting alter ego will be in 2015, when he will appear alongside Henry Cavill in the Man of Steel sequel, a Batman-Superman feature. Zack Snyder is set to direct.

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular Super H...

Weird Celebrity News Roundup: Famke Janssen's Creepy Burglar, Lamar Odom's Foot Fetish & More

8/16/2013 5:00pm EDT
Famke Janssen
Weird and unusual things sometimes happen in the lives of celebrities. Here's a roundup of this week's strangest stories...

A burglar broke into Famke Janssen's New York City apartment last week but didn't steal anything. Instead, the intruder simply left the children's book "The Lonely Doll" next to her bed.

Now that's just creepy!

The actress filed a police report and claimed she had never seen the book before or owned it.

But here's the weird part. After going through surveillance video, authorities found no evidence of a break-in at her Soho penthouse, according to The Post. There w...

Ben Affleck Receives Honorary Doctorate From Brown, Pokes Fun At Matt Damon

5/28/2013 2:33pm EDT
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Ben Affleck dedicated his honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from Brown to two people for very different reasons.

Affleck, who dropped out of the University of Vermont before becoming a Hollywood name with his and Matt Damon's Good Will Hunting, honored his mother at the graduation ceremony. "This means a lot to her," he said. "She never got to see me graduate from any higher education at all. So, Mom, this is for you. I love you."

He also joked, "This is a spectacular honor for me. Among other things today, in terms of higher education, I passed Matt Damon." Damon left Harvard before...

Ben Affleck Designs Limited Edition Shoe Line For Charity

5/15/2013 7:42pm EDT
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Philanthropic actor Ben Affleck has teamed up with a footwear brand to design a limited edition shoe collection in aid of his Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) charity.

The Argo director, who founded ECI in order to help communities in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, has collaborated with TOMS shoes to create the line, made from brightly colored Congolese Textiles.

TOMS already operates a charity initiative which donates a pair of shoes to an impoverished child for every pair sold and, in addition to the existing practice, bosses at the company have also agreed to donate $5 towa...

Ben Affleck To Receive Honorary Doctorate From Brown University Next Month

4/26/2013 8:26am EDT
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Brown University is bestowing an honory doctorate degree on Ben Affleck. The actor/director will officially be known as "Doctor" Affleck on May 26 during the college's commencement ceremony.

The actor will receive a doctorate degree in fine arts. Affleck will be in prestigious company.  Others who will be honored include MIT professor novelist Junot Diaz and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

A Board of Fellows nominates and votes on recipiants of honorary degrees. Affleck will not be giving a speech during the ceremony.

Affleck's recent film "Argo" won Best Picture at the Acad...

Ben Affleck To Raise Poverty Awareness By Living On $1.50 A Day

4/23/2013 10:26pm EDT
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck plans on living on just $1.50 per day next week after teaming up with poverty-awareness campaign Live Below the Line.

The non-profit group's goal is to raise awareness and give people "a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day — and who have to make $1.50 cover a lot more than food."

"1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50/day," Affleck tweeted on Monday. "I'm joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?"

The Argo star is one of a handful of stars, including Sophia Bush, Josh Groban and Nick ...

Boston Marathon Bomber Went To Same High School As Matt Damon And Ben Affleck

4/19/2013 8:46pm EDT
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended the same prestigious school that movie stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck both graduated from.

Tsarnaev received a $2500 scholarship to the Cambridge Latin and Rindge School in Cambridge, Mass., two years ago, according to Affleck's younger brother Casey, Former NBA star Patrick Ewing, actress Traci Bingham and poet E.E. Cummings also attended the highly regarded public school.

The school boasts the two Good Will Hunting stars on its website.

"Matt Damon (1988) and Ben Affleck (1990), friends from high school days, team...

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

4/16/2013 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

2/26/2013 3:07pm EST
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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

2/26/2013 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

2/25/2013 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

2/25/2013 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

2/10/2013 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

2/3/2013 11:33am EST
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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

1/16/2013 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)

1/13/2013 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

1/13/2013 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

1/7/2013 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

1/3/2013 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

12/20/2012 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

12/8/2012 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'

11/29/2012 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

11/18/2012 2:14pm EST
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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

11/10/2012 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...