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Ben Affleck caught counting cards, or just researching for 'Runner Runner 2'?

And you thought Daredevil was bad for his career.

According to a report from TMZ, Affleck was forced to stop playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Casino on Monday for counting cards. The Oscar winner allegedly uses the “perfect basic” method of counting, which is pretty much beginner’s cheating. Alert fliers were sent to major casinos in the area warning of Affleck’s behavior after an internal email was sent the week before around the Wynn and Encore casinos stating that Affleck had been “informed that he was being way too obvious moving his money with the count.” We couldn’t get a warning about Gigli, though? READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez says she would let both Ben Affleck and Diddy (hypothetically) drown -- VIDEO

Some choices in life can be very difficult to make. But when it comes to saving one of her exes, Jennifer Lopez is quick to “let those motherf—ers drown!”

Of course, the American Idol judge was only being playful in a pretty funny interview with Big Boy TV when asked who she would save between exes Ben Affleck and Diddy if she only had one spot on her raft. The actress and singer also jokes around about the rumors that she is really a man, the fascination the world has with her ass, and the girlfights Jenny from the block got into as a pre-teen. She may have been trying to prove a point when she “accidentally” pushed host Big Boy off his chair. We get it J.Lo, you got street cred.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon rag on each other for charity -- VIDEO

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Matt Damon, the greatest good sport ever, is taking shots again, now from actor buddy Ben Affleck. But he’s firing back this time. The two appear in a video together to promote their latest cause: The deal is you donate $10 that will go toward both the Eastern Congo Initiative (Affleck’s choice) and Water.org (Damon’s choice) and you (plus a friend) will also be entered to win a trip to go to Hollywood and attend a VIP event with the duo.

In the video, Affleck bashes Damon’s height, Damon opens an old wound by pointing out that Affleck’s eye twitches whenever someone brings up Gigli, Affleck brags about his Best Picture win for Argo, Damon indirectly claims he did most of the writing for Good Will Hunting. It’s all in good fun though, and the two erupt in laughter as the video ends. If this is what going on a date with the two will be like, I’m in.

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Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor and 'Batman vs. Superman' officially has our full attention

Jesse Eisenberg is a great choice for Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg is a terrible choice for Lex Luthor. It sort of depends on what kind of Luthor they’re going for. Eisenberg was great as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and he was great as Magical Mark Zuckerberg in Now You See Me, so him joining the still-untitled Man of Steel sequel seems like a net positive.

Of course, Michael Shannon is a great actor, and he spent half of Man of Steel encased in a weird exoskeleton ranting about the genetic codex. Remember the genetic codex? It was the whole reason anything happened in Man of Steel, a movie which made a lot of money, but I bet if you asked someone who just saw Man of Steel to explain what the genetic codex was, they would stare blankly into space or maybe think you were trying a weird new pick-up line. READ FULL STORY

Stan Lee won't cameo in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' thinks Ben Affleck will make a 'wonderful Batman'

Stan Lee spent 2013 continuing the ongoing story of the time-traveling con man who appears in every Marvel movie, this time popping up in Iron Man 3 as a beauty pageant judge and Thor: The Dark World as a patient in a mental institution. 2014 will see the release of four Marvel-based movies…but Lee will definitely not appear in one of them. In an interview with Ora TV’s “DweebCast,” Lee admits that he will not appear in the space oddity Guardians of the Galaxy. “This is the one group that I didn’t create,” says Lee. “I’m not even sure who they all are.” So there you have it: Stan Lee knows exactly as much about Guardians of the Galaxy as you do. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: David Fincher shoots 'Gone Girl' EW cover with Ben Affleck

When Entertainment Weekly approached Twentieth Century Fox about getting an exclusive inside look at the making of Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 smash best-selling novel due in theaters Oct. 3, the studio came back with a surprising reply: Director David Fincher was offering to shoot the cover himself. Not being crazy enough to turn down the Oscar-nominated provocateur who directed The Social Network, we said yes. Fincher dreamed up the image, which features Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne curled around his wife, Amy, played by Rosamund Pike. The result is an unsettling portrait of love gone demented. READ FULL STORY

Who are Hollywood's biggest stars... when they're stripped of their superpowers?

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In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)

In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, Nebraska, and Nepal, whether it be a romance, an action-adventure, or a raunchy comedy. But with more and more of the industry now tilted towards Comic-Con-approved tent-pole pictures, the pecking order for actors today is heavily weighted by his or her ability to land a major role in a superhero franchise. It is the lifeblood of a long and prosperous career. For example, playing Batman not only elevated Christian Bale to the Hollywood A-list — positioning the indie actor for other major studio movie roles — but his enhanced financial security allowed him to continue to gamble on the eclectic roles he preferred in the first place, in movies like The Fighter and Rescue Dawn.

When the right actor gets the right superhero role, it becomes virtually impossible to separate the artist from the character. The cape becomes part of their public persona, one that can help or hinder their other on-screen roles. But what happens when Hollywood’s heroes are stripped of their superpowers? That is to say, what is Robert Downey Jr. without Tony Stark’s armor? What is Hugh Jackman when his Wolverine claws are clipped? Do we still pay to see their movies, or do we give them the cold-shoulder, like old-school Lois Lane used to give old-school Clark Kent? Who is the most powerful superstar when they’re nothing more or less than their Hollywood alter ego?

After looking at the actors and actresses who are major players in current comic-book franchises, we examined their recent box-office and critical reputation when they’re not in costume, and then ranked them in order to see who really flies the highest and has the biggest muscles in the movie universe. READ FULL STORY

I'm Still Not Over...that totally depressing 'Pearl Harbor' love triangle

[Spoilers ahead for a movie that was released 12 years ago.]

I have the distinct memory of being 12 years old in a packed theater watching Ben Affleck die in Pearl Harbor and thinking I would never cry that hard again in my life. And then, of course, Josh Hartnett died. And things got a lot worse. I mean, deep, guttural, weeping sobs. I am not over, and will never be over, the heartbreaking Affleck-Beckinsale-Hartnett love triangle in Pearl Harbor.

At that vulnerable-but-naive point in my life, I could not imagine anything sadder than Ben Affleck dying, and I could not imagine anything cuter than a slightly mussed Josh Hartnett in a perfectly clean white tee and dog tags (the latter still gets me a little). In a movie where I should have been focused on the tragedies of war, all I could think about was if it was wrong to be OK with Evelyn getting down in the parachutes with her dead boyfriend’s best friend. I blame Michael Bay for that focus issue.
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Ben Affleck was 'reluctant' to play Batman

The Internet suffered a near-fatal outrage-gasm back in August when Warner Bros. announced that recent Oscar winner and bygone-Daredevil Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. The Internet has long since moved on to new near-fatal outrage-gasms — did Miley Cyrus do anything today? — but Affleck has now admitted that he, too, was quite skeptical about the idea of Ben Affleck playing Batman. “Initially I was reluctant,” he tells Al Norton at 411Mania. “But once Zack showed me the concept … I was excited.” READ FULL STORY

Is 'Runner Runner' worse for Ben Affleck or Justin Timberlake?

It says something about our weird multihyphenate celebrity era that the two lead actors of Runner Runner are both highly regarded for everything besides their acting. Ben Affleck just won an Oscar as the director-producer of Argo, part of a larger career renaissance that started with Gone Baby Gone and The Town. And Justin Timberlake is, well, Justin Timberlake, the omnipresent musician who split his comeback album in two and saw both parts climb to the top of the music charts. It seems unlikely that either of them are smarting over the box office failure of Runner Runner, partially because it still seems unlikely that either of them actually starred in Runner Runner.

And yet, the film’s failure offers an intriguing microcosmic look at the nature of Affleck’s and Timberlake’s star power. Neither of them needed the movie to be a hit, but both of them probably wanted the film to perform well. Upon close analysis, both men had a lot riding on Runner Runner. Let’s try to figure out who was more affected by the film’s failure. READ FULL STORY

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