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Ben Affleck as Batman? PEOPLE's Critic Swoops In on Backlash

Ben Affleck as Batman? PEOPLE's Critic Swoops In on Backlash

Originally posted 08/23/2013 01:15PM

Guess what just popped up in my inbox? A change.org petition to drop Ben Affleck as the next Batman. Really, folks? Everyone adored this double Oscar winner just a few months ago. Now it's, "Argo blank yourself, Ben?" Let's just calm down and be little Fonzies about this. After all, this isn't the first time we've collectively freaked out over Batman.

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Ben Affleck Wasn't the Only Thing Exploding on the Internet This Week

Ben Affleck as Batman, Cinderoncé and More of the Most Important Random Things Online

Originally posted 08/23/2013 11:10AM

It was a really fun week online. There were a bunch of fun, musical videos posted (links below), and then we got the news that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman.

I know.

Look, we all like Ben. He's a good actor, and and even more talented director. But most of us still have PTSD from Daredevil. So read on for more on that story, and the rest of what happened online this week.

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Ben Affleck to Play Batman, But Who Should Play Robin? | Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck to Play Batman in 2015 Superman Sequel

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.

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Jennifer Garner: I Wouldn't Be Surprised If Ben Affleck Went Into Politics

Jennifer Garner: I Wouldn't Be Surprised If Ben Affleck Went Into Politics

Originally posted 08/13/2013 02:15PM

Jennifer Garner would love to be husband Ben Affleck's date on the red carpet always, but finds it can have its disadvantages.

"Sometimes it's a pain because my heels are so high and it would be really nice to have his arm," she says in September's Allure, available Aug. 20. "And he's such a great date! But it can be too much. I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become 'wife of,' " she says.

But aside from Affleck being an Oscar-winning-actor-turned-director, Garner, 41, says becoming involved in politics may eventually be next for her husband.

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Double Date! Ben and Jen Step Out with Rose and Bobby | Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Rose Byrne

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Ben Affleck & Jen Garner's 'Fun' Double Date with Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale

Originally posted 08/08/2013 11:45AM

Even celebrities double date.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner managed to sneak in time for a couples outing on Tuesday night.

The lovey-dovey duo joined fellow pair Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale at Hinoki & the Bird in Los Angeles, where the quartet shared oysters, wine and several of the eatery's other signature dishes.

"They were very nice and cordial," an onlooker tells PEOPLE of the Academy Award winner and his wife. "It sounds like Jen is the one who always picks the restaurants when they go out together. They seemed to be having a fun double date night, and Jen told the server they'll definitely be back."
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What We're Reading This Weekend: Up-All-Night Crime Fiction

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Up-All-Night Crime Fiction

Originally posted 07/25/2013 04:45PM

Sometimes sleep isn't even an option until you find out whodunnit.

Tell us what you think of the books that have our staffers hooked – and let us know what you're reading.

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See Jimmy Kimmel's Official Wedding Photo! | Jimmy Kimmel

UpdatePosted 07/14/2013 01:00AM

Jimmy Kimmel Marries Molly McNearney

Originally posted 07/13/2013 09:10PM

Sorry, Matt Damon. Jimmy Kimmel is, f-f-f-finally married. To someone else.

The late-night talk-show host, who was famously taunted by Damon in a comedic viral video in 2008, exchanged vows for real with longtime girlfriend Molly McNearney Saturday in Ojai, Calif., Kimmel’s rep, Lewis Kay, confirms to PEOPLE.

Invitations to the wedding requested that guests please make a charitable donation in lieu of wedding gifts.

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Ben & Jen Baptize Baby Samuel and Celebrate Anniversary in Her Hometown | Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Celebrate Baptism, Anniversary

Originally posted 07/01/2013 05:25PM

Family was the focus for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner over the weekend, as they celebrated two milestones in Garner's hometown of Charleston, W. Va.  

In town for their son Samuel's baptism, which took place at Garner's family's parish, Christ Church United Methodist, on Sunday, the pair also celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary on Saturday night.  

Affleck, 40, Garner, 41, and their daughters – Violet, 7½, and Seraphina, 4 – joined Garner's parents and her sister at an 11 a.m. service, where 16-month-old Samuel was baptized.

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Ben Affleck Honors Mom, Shames Matt Damon with Honorary Degree (VIDEO) | Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck Honors Mom, Shames Matt Damon with Honorary Degree

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.

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Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Spoof His 'Marriage-Is-Work' Oscar Speech on SNL

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Joke About Their Marriage on Saturday Night Live

Originally posted 05/19/2013 08:15AM

Ben Affleck is still reveling in his Oscar glory – and dwelling on the speech in which he thanked wife Jennifer Garner and acknowledged that their marriage is "work."

On Saturday, he tried to make light of the moment while hosting Saturday Night Live – and even brought Garner on stage during his monologue to help. (Watch the monologue below.)

"I thanked my wife while saying the essence of marriage is work," he said during the monologue, noting that giving an Oscar speech is "completely terrifying."

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