John Kerry is likely to leave his Massachusetts Senate seat to become secretary of state, and the rumor mill has now churned out one Ben Affleck to add to the list of his possible replacements. Affleck was actually meeting with Kerry and other lawmakers in DC yesterday to talk about violence in the Congo, but he wasn’t interested in gossiping with Politico. “That’s not what I’m here to talk about,” he said. “I’m here to talk about what role we can play in making the Eastern Congo a better place.” Read more…
New favorite celeb kid: Violet Affleck! Little Violet went off on paparazzi trailing her, her father Ben and little sister Seraphina on a shopping trip, yelling at them, “Stop taking pictures of us and our dad! Get out!” Whoa, watch out guys! Before the pictures were taken, Ben was grousing on camera — obviously so the photographers would hear — “We don’t like it.” I hope that paparazzi don’t start trying to provoke Violet now and getting her to lash out. It’s creepy enough that grown men with cameras are following them around parking lots. [Crushable]
I’m fairly meh on both of them as movie stars, but damn, do Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck make adorable kids. [Photos: Fame/Flynet]
I am not usually one to ooh and ahh over kiddie stuff, but this picture of Seraphina Affleck wearing a t-shirt with daddy Ben Affleck’s face on it is stupid cute. Hey, you can’t blame her for being a fan. I want a t-shirt like this with my dad’s face. Am I too old for that? [Buzzfeed]
Having a “tramp stamp” doesn’t make you a tramp at all, it makes you a person who made a bad decision at some point in your high school/college years. (Not to imply all lower back tattoos are bad decisions. Just, um, a lot of them.) I should know. I have one. My Chinese symbol for the word “Angel” was acquired two months before my 18th birthday at a hole-in-the-wall tat shop on Bleeker Street. I was a Freshman at NYU and I mostly got the regrettable tattoo because I was pumped that they didn’t card me. I know, really solid reason to get inked for life. Nowadays, my stamp makes me cringe, but at least it’s well hidden … most of the time. Ben Affleck probably feels similarly sheepish after he accidentally revealed his tramp stamp while getting his daughter out of the car. It’s a dolphin, which he got to cover up the name of a high school girlfriend. Geez, I don’t know which is more embarrassing. I feel for him. Click on through to see more celebs with tramp stamps. [NY Post]
It must be a very, very slow news week. Somewhere, an evil OK! editor is guffawing over her diabolical plan to get Bennifer back together. How will they reunite Ben Affleck and a newly-single Jennifer Lopez? Should Jennifer Garner — who, some say, is sporting a new baby bump — be worried? Stay tuned. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
I sort of love the idea of richie rich celebrities gathering in swank hotel rooms for illegal high-stakes poker games with an $100,000 minimum buy-in. Apparently, this is what Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and other assorted Hollywood high-rollers have been up to. I imagine there were lots of cigars at these games, not to mention tomfoolery that would make a gossip columnist drool all over themselves.
So how did we find out about these underground poker games? Because Maguire, along with Nick Cassavettes (the director of “The Notebook”) and Gabe Kaplan (the star of “Welcome Back Kotter,” who I’m guessing is like the crazy older uncle of the group) just got sued over them. Keep reading »