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Ben goes to everything

November 14, 2012 15:58:50 Posted at November 14, 2012 15:58:50
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty

Pace yourself, Ben. It’s a long season. Here’s Ben Affleck at the GQ Men of the Year party last night. Part of the deal in getting the cover is to show up for the magazine’s event, although at the time of this writing (4am ET) I don’t see any photos of Channing Tatum, also Man of the Year. Full Story

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This could have been the Brange of Scientology

November 7, 2012 20:08:53 Posted at November 7, 2012 20:08:53
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Wenn, Jim Smeal/ Getty

I just asked Maria what Kirstie Alley is selling and why she’s pimping herself all over Barbara Walters, forgetting that she’s on that Dancing Stars show and must not be eliminated yet. This, apparently, is how she’s trying to secure votes: by telling people that John Travolta isn’t gay. Full Story

Pre-natal famewhoring

November 6, 2012 16:27:01 Posted at November 6, 2012 16:27:01
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced yesterday that they’re expecting a baby. I’m staying at Duana’s right now in Toronto and when I told her this on Monday morning she got all giggly and happy and immediately started researching due dates. It’s a Veronica Mars thing. As you know, Du and I disagree on K Bell -- she adores her and I find her insufferable. Full Story

The Afflecks make cake!

October 29, 2012 15:23:49 Posted at October 29, 2012 15:23:49
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Wenn, FameFlynet, Splash

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner took their kids to a cake making shoppe the other day, playing the Brange campaign maybe even better than the Brange. Look at Ben all proud daddy, taking pictures and participating in the fun family activity! At one point, he leans in and gives his wife a loving kiss on the cheek. Full Story

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Is this optional?

October 29, 2012 15:12:55 Posted at October 29, 2012 15:12:55
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Angelina Jolie took three out of six kids out the other day. They were Halloween shopping. Having spent several months in Europe, Brange is back in the US as Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly is scheduled to premiere on November 30, pushed back to that date by Harvey Weinstein who openly acknowledged at the time that he wanted to ensure the film, having received a strong critical response at Cannes, would be better positioned for awards season. Full Story

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The World’s Greatest Actor

October 26, 2012 16:51:18 Posted at October 26, 2012 16:51:18
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Jemal Countess/Getty

This is the cover of the new TIME. TIME also hosted the Lincoln screening and Q&A with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, the World’s Greatest Actor, last night in New York. So in other words, everyone else, all the other 4 actors in the Best Actor Oscar category, be like Jessica Biel at Justin Timberlake’s wedding: just be happy to be invited. Full Story

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The smiling Afflecks

October 26, 2012 16:23:53 Posted at October 26, 2012 16:23:53
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Bauer, FameFlynet

The Afflecks went to Spago for dinner last night. They were photographed on the way out, arm in arm, and Jennifer Garner was beaming. She was beaming earlier too when the paps shot her out for a walk/run with a friend. And he was in good spirits as he took his girls out to run errands. No missteps here. Full Story

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Twilight Rodin

October 22, 2012 15:55:00 Posted at October 22, 2012 15:55:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Wenn, Michael Steinebach/ Splash, Lisa Maree Williams/ Getty

Robert Pattinson is in Australia promoting Twilight 5 apparently inspired by The Thinker. I don’t understand who told him this would be a good idea. What was the direction for this shoot? Robert, feel the wind through your hair as you look out towards the water and reflect on the profundity. Full Story

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Kristen Stewart’s live chat and pap shots

October 19, 2012 18:57:10 Posted at October 19, 2012 18:57:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey

There’s been a lot of Kristen Stewart happening this week. On Monday photos and video of Stewart and Robert Pattinson were released on Entertainment Tonight. Click here to see. The next day, Stewart and Pattinson were papped when they were out with friends. Full Story

Nicole Kidman’s long game

October 18, 2012 16:27:03 Posted at October 18, 2012 16:27:03
Sarah Posted by Sarah

I used to love Nicole Kidman, so much. In high school, my girl crushes were 1) Gwyneth Paltrow, 2) Nicole Kidman, 3) Lucy Liu (only Liu still merits a girl crush). Remember Moulin Rouge? Who didn’t love Kidman around Moulin Rouge? And then she was liberated from Xenu-captivity and she became a gossip magnet—remember the days of Lenny Kravitz and Robbie Williams and the “secret engagement”? Sigh. Full Story