Ben Affleck reportedly grew his stately beard as a good luck charm for the awards season, and while it didn’t secure him a Best Director nomination, it did get his movie an Oscar for Best Picture. All in all, not bad for a good luck beard, right? But now it seems Ben’s famous facial hair is no more: apparently Jennifer Garner brought clippers to an Oscars after party at a Hollywood restaurant, and, bolstered by tequila shots and cheered on by George Clooney, shaved it off in the hallway (a bit unsanitary, yes, but hell hath no fury like a woman who’s tired of her husband’s beard).
Ami was delighted to hear Ben’s beard is gone, while I’m in a bit of a mourning period myself. I thought it looked great, mostly because it made him more closely resemble Commander Riker from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and that is always a good thing. [Truth. -- Amelia] What do you think? Weigh in below! [Us Weekly]
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This Hump Day Hottie is kind of a special one, because I’m bestowing it upon director Ben Affleck, not actor Ben Affleck,recognizing him as a hottie who has only improved — like, a lot — with age and a change of focus in his career. Ben initially, of course, became famous as an actor, for both good — “Good Will Hunting,” “Chasing Amy” — but more often bad — “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Bounce” — movie roles. He was Matt Damon’s taller sidekick, J. Lo’s suddenly tan boyfriend/fiance, and a reported gambling addict. He had such potential, but it sort of seemed like fame got to him and he didn’t know what to do with his creative impulses for a couple of years. Keep reading »
One of the most normal and happy families in Hollywood at least seems to be Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three kids, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. Maybe that’s because the family keeps their home base in Boston and only lives in Tinseltown when one of them is working. Regardless, Ben and Jennifer seems to be awesome and involved parents who keep their kds out of the limelight and give them as regular a life as possible. I couldn’t stop clicking through these photos of the couple watching their doppelganger daughters (Violet is the spitting image of Jennifer, while Seraphina looks just like Ben) practice iceskating. From what I can tell, Violet is already better on the ice than I ever was! Click through to see more pics of the family being just ridiculously sweet together. [Photos: Fame/Flynet]
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]