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3 Times Ben, Jen Got TMI on Marriage

They kinda made it seem like a drag

(Newser) - So we've collectively gone through the denial stage and skipped right to acceptance on the Jennifer Garner-Ben Affleck divorce news . But maybe we should've seen it coming, based on some of the statements they made about their union during their 10-year marriage. has compiled some of... More »

Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Divorcing

After 10 years of marriage

(Newser) - One day after their 10th anniversary, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have announced that they're splitting, reports People and AP . "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," says a joint statement. "We go forward with love and friendship for... More »

PBS: Ben Affleck an 'Improper Influence'

Finding Your Roots has been put on hold

(Newser) - After the Ben Affleck embarrassment, is Finding Your Roots now the kind of show that won't hush things up on the say-so of a Hollywood star ? Sounds like PBS isn't sure: It says an internal review has "determined that the series co-producers violated PBS standards by... More »

Documents Show Affleck Ancestor Didn't Own Slaves

But other ancestors did, and great-great-great-grandpa was still involved in slavery

(Newser) - Turns out Ben Affleck's newly controversial great-great-great-grandfather probably didn't own slaves after all—though other Affleck ancestors did, and the great-great-great-grandpa in question was the executor of slave-owning estates, meaning he was still involved in that world. The Daily Beast looked at Georgia tax and census records to... More »

Affleck's Slave-Owning Ancestor Also Named Ben

He comes clean about Georgia forebear Benjamin Cole

(Newser) - Ben Affleck has named the slave-owning ancestor he was too "embarrassed" to have revealed by PBS' Finding Your Roots, and in an unfortunate coincidence, they share a name. "His name was Benjamin Cole—lived in Georgia on my Mom's side about six generations back," the actor... More »

Affleck: I Was 'Embarrassed' by Slave-Owning Ancestor

Says he's sorry, his story will add to discussion of slavery's legacy

(Newser) - Ben Affleck has had a change of heart since successfully asking PBS to omit mention of a slave-owning ancestor from an episode of Finding Your Roots. Affleck says he was "embarrassed" by the uncovered relative, NBC News reports. "I didn't want any television show about my family... More »

Email: Affleck Told PBS to Hide Slave-Owning Relative

And the pressure appeared to work on 'Finding Your Roots'

(Newser) - An email exchange in the newly published database of hacked Sony documents looks to be embarrassing for Ben Affleck and PBS. Affleck demanded that the show Finding Your Roots withhold the nugget that he had a slave-owning ancestor, reports the Boston Globe . The pressure appeared to be successful, because when... More »

Gone Girl a Mostly Thrilling Thriller

Film based on popular Gillian Flynn novel will leave viewers unsettled

(Newser) - "Chilling," "unsettling," and "manipulative" is what critics are saying about Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy, a husband and wife trying to make it in a small town in Missouri—just the type of descriptors you probably want for... More »

11 On-Set Hollywood Romances

The onscreen chemistry was real

(Newser) - Some might say it's a bad idea to date a co-worker, but these 30 famous couples rounded up by HLN apparently disagreed. All of them met on set:
  • Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper: They met in 2012 while filming The Words, and dated on and off for a year.
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Affleck's Gambling Troubles Lead to Marriage Troubles

Jennifer Garner cancels trip to visit Ben on set, sources say

(Newser) - Ben Affleck's gambling troubles may be far from over—and wife Jennifer Garner is not pleased. After Affleck was banned from one Vegas casino for life over card-counting, he managed to get himself kicked out of another casino, this one in Windsor, Ontario, which happens to be 10 minutes... More »

5 Anti-Circumcision Celebs

These stars have all spoken out against the practice

(Newser) - It's a controversial decision to make for your child, and a lot of parents feel strongly about it—one way or another. No, it's not vaccines, it's circumcision—and The Stir rounds up 10 celebrities who are against it. A sampling:
  • Alicia Silverstone: In her new book
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11 Insane Celeb Conspiracy Theories

Yes, there are people on Planet Earth who apparently believe these

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories are not just limited to the worlds of science and politics: Radar rounds up 20 of the wackiest conspiracy theories ... in Hollywood. And yes, all of them are real (in some minds):
  • OJ Simpson, not Robert Kardashian, is Khloe Kardashian's real dad.
  • Siblings Michael and LaToya Jackson
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Las Vegas Casino Boots Ben Affleck for Counting Cards

He's reportedly done for life at Hard Rock Cafe

(Newser) - Actor , director , citizen of the world , and ... card cheat? That's apparently how Vegas views Ben Affleck, who has been banned from gambling at the Hard Rock Cafe for life because he got caught counting cards in blackjack, reports TMZ . What's more, an alert went out to all... More »

16 Secret Celeb Weddings

Not every star needs all the fanfare

(Newser) - The latest celebrity couple to get married in secret? Leighton Meester and Adam Brody (aka Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and Seth Cohen from The OC). PopSugar rounds up quite a few more stars whose weddings surprised us. A sampling:
  • Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard: They quietly got hitched at
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10 Stars Who've Slammed Their Exes—in Public

Because that's the mature way to handle things

(Newser) - Celebrities: always keeping it classy. The Huffington Post rounds up 20 stars—including some big names—who just haven't been able to keep their private lives private. They've dissed exes on Twitter, in magazines, and in other public spaces. Click through the gallery for a sampling of 10,... More »

15 Celebs Who Got Their Start in Horror Flicks

Some may surprise you

(Newser) - Gather up some vintage horror movies to watch this Halloween, and you may just be surprised by a familiar face. Wired rounds up 30 celebrities who got their start in horror movies. A sampling:
  • Jon Stewart: The Faculty, 1998
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1998
  • Renee Zellweger: Texas
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Runner Runner 'A Vacant Excursion'

Critics maul Ben Affleck's new thriller

(Newser) - Unlike Gravity, which has critics swooning , the new online-poker thriller Runner Runner is flat-out tanking on Rotten Tomatoes . The film stars Justin Timberlake as Richie, a Princeton grad who puts himself through school by playing poker; when he goes belly up, he hunts down online mastermind Ivan (Ben Affleck) and... More »

8 'Push Presents' Given to New Celeb Moms

Yes, 'push presents' are now a thing

(Newser) - The latest obnoxiously-named Hollywood trend: "push presents." These are the (typically very expensive) gifts given by proud men to their mates, who have just given birth. People lists eight of the extravagant gifts; click through the gallery for a sampling or check out People for the complete list. More »

Internet Loses It Over Ben Affleck as Batman

He wasn't exactly Twitter's first choice

(Newser) - Ben Affleck was revealed as the newest Batman last night (he'll play the Dark Knight in the next Superman movie, a sequel to this year's Man of Steel expected in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports), and let's just say the Internet is not happy. Twitter users... More »

Ben Affleck Secretly Visited LiLo in Rehab

Plus, Lindsay Lohan talks to Oprah Winfrey

(Newser) - Ben Affleck knows a little something about rehab, so he decided to show his support to Lindsay Lohan during her most recent stay. While she was at Cliffside Malibu, Affleck met with her secretly to give her some tips on staying sober in Hollywood—and making a successful comeback. Sources... More »

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