Ben Affleck was spotting walking the streets of Paris solo following a weekend spent with his family in LA. Perhaps he’s continuing to scout locations for his upcoming film Argo after prepping for the project with a trip to Turkey where he met up with a local rug dealer last month. While Ben’s away, Jennifer Garner is taking care of things back home and has stepped out with Violet and Seraphina to pick up sweet snacks and play at the Brentwood Country Mart. Ben’s busy schedule may often take him away from his girls, but he got to spend a special Mother’s Day and celebrate Jennifer’s birthday with them before embarking on his latest travels.
17 May 2011
Rachel McAdams knows little about her forthcoming role Rachel McAdams knows little about her forthcoming role. Rachel McAdams has been kept in the dark by Terrence Malick about his new film. The Sherlock Holmes actress doesn’t know how big her role will be in the forthcoming untitled movie, which also stars Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz.
"I don’t know, I’ll find out when I see the film. But, it’s a romance, as far as I can tell. It’s a bit of a triangle between Ben, Olga Kurylenko and myself," she told Collider. Rachel - who has been in Cannes promoting Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris - admitted she never got the chance to meet Oscar winner Javier.
"Our characters never meet up. He plays a priest. And he was gone by the time I got there so we didn’t even meet," she said. The 32-year-old has only high praise for Terrence, who is known to be elusive. "He’s a very open, warm person. We spent a fair amount of time together before we got started. There’s great preparation involved with him," she recalled. "He was wonderful and so inspiring.
He has a very different way of working and I think it really services a real honesty and beauty in his films. It was a great experience, as an actor,” added Rachel.
Two weeks ago, Ben Affleck announced he was leaving Baz Luhrman’s Great Gatsby to direct his third featue - true-life thriller Argo.
Set during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, the film tells the story of six stranded US embassy workers and the CIA’s elaborate mission to rescue them - disguising the trapped Americans as a movie crew scouting locations for a fictional sci-fi epic named Argo.
With echoes of The Great Escape and classic ’70s spy thrillers, the story is pure cinema - definitely worth a read.
Affleck proved he could handle sweaty-palmed tension with last year’s The Town and, if this is anything as engrossing as the article on which it’s based, he should have another hit on his hands.
Shooting starts this summer, with George Clooney on board as producer.
Argo is set for release in 2013.
Read more: Plot details for Ben Affleck’s next film Argo | TotalFilm.com
(In order of appearance) Ken Watanabe, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Legend, Apolo Ohno, Paula Abdul, Ben Stiller, Johnny Depp, Maggie Q, Ben Affleck, Rob Marshall, Zac Brown, Sharon Lawrence, Masi Oka, Hideki Matsui, Cillian Murphy, and Jonah Hill unite for Japan’s earthquake relief effort. Visit www.uniteforjapan.org to donate and help those in need.
Kimmel’s Howard Stern party highlights: pizza with George Clooney & more
Howard Stern says Jimmy Kimmel still knows how to throw a party.
The Howard Stern Show was back live Monday morning and Howard gave his audience exclusive details on the Hollywood megabash Jimmy Kimmel threw in his honor while he was visiting L.A.
Kimmel’s party featured gourmet pizzas prepared in his personal brick oven, a non-working karaoke station and a guest list packed with entertainment industry stars.
Check out the list of stars who rubbed elbows with Howard Stern in Hollywood last weekend below:
even have to talk she’s so hot,” said Stern of the Italian model
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By Jonathan Lewis Posted:
For most of us, the word “Congo” brings up vague and murky images. Where is that again? Another corrupt African dictatorship? Lots of poor people in refugee camps? So sad.
Open your mind to a few myth-destroying facts:
The Congo is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is a democracy. The DRC’s first democratic election in 40 years was successfully conducted in 2006. This year is a presidential election year.
The DRC is not small nor remote. With 71 million people and 250 ethnic groups speaking 240 languages, it is the 18th most populous nation in the world and the 3rd largest in Africa.
The DRC is rich in minerals, including cobalt, copper, petroleum, diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, tin, coal and coltan (used in computers and cell phones). It is home to the 2nd largest rainforest on the planet and 50% of all the forests in Africa.
The humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Congo is severe. More facts:
Since 1998, violent conflict, disease and poverty in the DRC have killed over 5 million men, women, and children — more than any war since World War II. The leftover human condition is displacement, overflowing refugee camps and millions of people without the chance to earn a living.
The DRC, one of the poorest countries in the world, ranks 176 out of 182 countries on the UN’s Human Development Index. Just one indicator: only 51% of children complete primary school.
The world is full of tragedies, large and small. Who cares about the DRC, of all places?
Cue from stage right: enter Ben Affleck (actor, writer, director; high octane humanitarian advocate) and his gifted interviewer Laurene Powell Jobs (human rights activist; wife of Apple’s Steve Jobs.
Pictured here at the 10th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum, Jobs interviews Affleck (photo credits: Mona T. Brooks):
As Affleck passionately and intelligently reports, the Eastern Congo Initiative is repairing the ripped lives of the Congolese people. Rape victims (in some areas, 2 out of 3 women have been raped or maimed), young child-soldiers, health-deprived communities, stagnant economic development, — these are the human wounds of war and the Congolese people for whom Affleck has raised his voice.
Critiquing his ambassadorial duties in Paris during the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin remarked, “We are all actors.” I believe he meant that change agents and advocates for humankind create new scripts and new realities — oftentimes a vision of justice not yet imagined — and do so with the winking entertainment of an actor).
When Ben Affleck channels Ben Franklin, his knowledgeable, understated conviction bespeaks a man on a mission. With a disarming smile, he reminds his audience with one word, repeated over and over like a theatrical refrain, that brutalization, injustice and suffering on a continent far away matters.
Brutalization stopped. Brutalization reversed. Brutalization repaired.
The American Film Institute is honoring Morgan Freeman with their 39th Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gala Benefit on June 9 (airing on TV Land June 26) will host the following committee members to play tribute to Freeman: [b] Ben Affleck[/b] Jim Carrey, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Helen Mirren, Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Denzel Washington and Alfre Woodard.
The event will transform into a ballroom Sony Pictures’s historic Stage 15, where many classics—including The Wizard of Oz—were filmed. Proceeds from the event will go directly to AFI’s educational and preservation programs.
AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale states:
Morgan Freeman has embodied characters that range from prisoner to president, from gumshoe to God,…[he] has collaborated with American film’s finest, and the artists represented on the AFI Benefit Committee are a testament to this man and his extraordinary body of work.” TV Land’s president Larry W. Jones adds, “TV Land is honored to give viewers the chance to witness his extraordinary talent when Hollywood comes together to honor Morgan for his remarkable work in Hollywood and beyond.”
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