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Originally posted 10/16/2015 01:40PM
Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran who was hailed a hero for sheltering Americans at his residence in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, died Thursday, according to the Associated Press. He was 81.
Originally posted 08/23/2013 07:45AM
As most everyone knows, billionaire Bruce Wayne has an alter ego. But as was announced late Thursday, it's something of a surprise: Ben Affleck will play Batman in an upcoming sequel to this summer's hit Man of Steel.
For the first time, too, the Caped Crusader will join forces with Superman, again to be played by British actor Henry Cavill, 31, in the as-yet-untitled movie to be directed by Man of Steel's Zack Snyder.
The mash-up will begin production next year and be released July 17, 2015, reports EW.com. Man of Steel stars Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent) have also been announced to return.
Originally posted 05/28/2013 09:45AM
Making his mom proud while making Matt Damon jealous? Sounds like a win-win for Ben Affleck!
The Oscar-winning Argo actor-director joyfully received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Brown University on Sunday, and remarked – comically and sincerely – on why it was so special to him.
"This is a spectacular honor for me. Among other things today, in terms of higher education, I passed Matt Damon," he said to rapturous applause in Providence, R.I.
Originally posted 03/11/2013 11:50AM
What is Ben Affleck's follow-up act after his big Oscar win for Best Picture? A lot less Hollywood than some might think.
"Just sit back and take it in, not do anything, eat ice cream on the couch," Affleck, 40, said at Sunday's Chrysler-sponored 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit for child sexual assault victims, at the John Varvatos Boutique in West Hollywood.
"It's been a nice time hanging out with my wife, that sort of thing. We're enjoying it."
Originally posted 02/22/2013 02:40PM
Excitement is at an all time high for what promises to be a star-studded Oscar night, but for East Coast Academy members and celebrities that don't make the trek to L.A., Daniel is the place to be for the ceremony. Chef Daniel Boulud's namesake restaurant on the Upper East Side will be "the supporting actor" to the evening, Boulud says, revealing that the dishes he has planned are "a celebration of the movies" and "fun – not too cerebral."
Boulud also admitted he could not choose all the nominees to pay homage too. "[I] loved Argo, but except for giving you a big pile of caviar or a soup with saffron, I am not versed on Iranian dishes," he said at a preview of the meal earlier this week, adding he does "love the rice with butter" common to the country's cuisine.
As for the movies he did pick – No, Life of Pi, Kon-Tiki, Amour, Royal Affair and Les Misérables – he created six hors d'oeuvres inspired by the story and its setting. For Les Mis that means a bread basket of finger sandwiches because Boloud says "there will always be bread." And for Royal Affair he pairs smoked fish and potatoes for a "very Danish dish."
Originally posted 02/22/2013 12:00PM
A person's favorite film says a lot about – especially when it's Oscar season.
Researchers at Facebook have found some interesting links between moviegoers' Oscar picks and their other interests.
For example, if you're rooting for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook to take home Best Picture during Sunday's 85th Academy Awards, chances are your other interests on Facebook include Smarties (the candy!), musical acts LMFAO and Ke$ha and films like Wreck-It Ralph and Despicable Me.
Originally posted 02/06/2013 06:00AM
Guess the "O" in "O.G." stands for Oscar.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lawrence both attended the Hollywood Reporter's Nominees' Night 2013 at Spago in Beverly Hills on Monday.
It was a low-key affair at first, with Affleck holding court in a central area of the soiree, where he was animated while chatting with people and seemed excited and genuinely happy.
The Argo star and director, looking handsome in a suit, also obliged guests who approached him for photos.
Lawrence was spotted embracing her Silver Linings Playbook costar Julia Stiles. "You're so stunning!" Stiles told Lawrence just before taking a snapshot together.
Originally posted 02/03/2013 03:00PM
Ben Affleck took home the top prize Saturday night at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, where he once again reigned supreme following a snub from the Academy Awards.
It was a celebratory evening for Affleck – and it was also date night with his doting wife, Jennifer Garner, by his side (and often with her hand on his back).
Originally posted 01/10/2013 01:05PM
Today might be the only day any of us will ever feel sorry for Ben Affleck. The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning and the Argo director shockingly didn't make the cut.
But here's who did – and who should have:
Best DirectorThe shock: Two huge snubs! Not only did Argo's Affleck get dissed, even though he had one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but so did Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, a previous Best Director winner for The Hurt Locker – which I'd argue isn't nearly the accomplishment that Zero Dark Thirty is. Both of the films about terror made the cut for Best Picture, however. But then, that was expected.
Originally posted 01/10/2013 08:15AM
This year's Oscars may not take place until Feb. 24, but the ceremony's host, Seth MacFarlane, already started earning his salary Thursday morning – by joining Emma Stone to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters in Beverly Hills.
And the name that kept coming up: Lincoln, which reaped the lion's share number of nominations, 12, including those for Best Picture, Best Director Steven Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field.
Other highly recognized films were Life of Pi, with 11 nominations; Les Misérables, with nine; and Argo, with seven, though, surprisingly, not one for its director Ben Affleck.
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