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Affleck Hits Rehab

6 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Last Tuesday, less than three weeks before his 29th birthday, Ben Affleck entered a Malibu rehabilitation center to seek treatment for alcoholism. "Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol," said Affleck spokesman David Pollick in a statement released Friday. No further details on Affleck's plans or his struggle with alcohol were released by his representatives, but the statement said Ben "has chosen to seek out professional assistance and is committed to traveling a healthier road with the support of his family, friends and fans." According to E!Online, the center is the same one where embattled comedienne Paula Poundstone is currently undergoing treatment for alcoholism. (This story was prepared by IMDb staff.) »

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Matt And Ben To Send Up Boybands In New Movie

30 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are taking a dig at 'N Sync and The Backstreet Boys in their new film when they play members of a spoof boyband. The movie will send up manufactured American teen pop acts like 'N Sync, and Affleck has gone blond in preparation for the role. And Ben has decided to hold onto his new blond locks because he likes the look so much. He says, "I dyed my hair for photo tests. I kept it because when am I ever going to be blond again?" »

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Ben Affleck: 'Matt, Are You Straight?'

19 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Just like in his latest hit Pearl Harbor, Ben Affleck would beat up his best friend if he slept with his girlfriend in real life. In Michael Bay's WW II-drama, Ben and Josh Hartnett have a confrontation over Hartnett's relationship with Kate Beckinsale. "Like in the movie I would give my best friend a good slapping. But seriously, I really wouldn't know what to do. I'm glad to say that such an experience has never happened to me yet. It is tough when your best friend sleeps with your lady. My best friend Matt Damon wouldn't do such a thing. But the first thing I'd ask him if he did would be, 'Wow, Matt! Are you straight?'" »

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Nicole Kidman To Be Sued By Stalker

19 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The man who allegedly stalked Nicole Kidman is planning to sue the actress. Matthew E. Hooker claims Kidman has slandered him, and that this has led to his loss of credibility. Hooker is currently under a restraining order to stay away from Nicole for at least three years, after she claimed he had been stalking and harassing her. He says, "She slandered me and libelled me. I've lost jobs and lost my credibility in Hollywood. "I have no choice but to sue. Then she'll have to tell the truth when she's on the witness stand." Kidman's spokeswoman says she has not heard about Hooker's latest comments. Hooker has also been accused of stalking model Claudia Schiffer, and claims magician David Copperfield and actor Ben Affleck have stalked him. »

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Ben Affleck's Drivetime

19 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck is enjoying his new role as travel writer - as he gets to drive a brand new Ferrari car. Affleck is writing a Great Drives column for Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and started his journey this week, from Miami to Washington, D.C. Reports that Affleck was given the car by Robert Earl, boss of Planet Hollywood in South Beach, in return for attending the opening of his restaurant, were laughed off by his spokesman, David Pollack. Pollack says, "Robert Earl of Planet Hollywood is a very generous man but not that generous." Pollack added that Ben got nothing for his appearance, saying "He was in Miami and Robert Earl is a longtime friend of his." »

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Ben Affleck Accused Of Being A Stalker

18 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

If you thought that Matthew E. Hooker, the would be presidential candidate and accused stalker of Nicole Kidman and Claudia Schiffer, couldn't say anything more ludicrous than he already has, you thought wrong. E! Online reports that Hooker has claimed he himself is being stalked... by Ben Affleck. In a rambling statement on his beautifulbutdangerous.com Web site, Hooker claims that Affleck has stalked him 5 times, generally wearing a fake moustache and "dressed like a Frenchman." The statement details alleged stalking and conspiracies by various others, such as a guy who beat him up in high school. He claims these conspirators are intent on harrassing him, stealing ideas from him and discrediting him, and that "a group of pot and cocaine users has it out for me." (This story was compiled by IMDb staff) »

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Ben Affleck's Ban On Butt Shots

11 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood hunk Ben Affleck used a body double for a scene in Pearl Harbor - because he was too shy to show his bare bottom on screen. The bashful star refused to strip for the scene in which nurse Evelyn, played by Kate Beckinsale, has to give him an injection in his bottom. Rob McCabe, 30, stood in for Ben and another double, Breezy Dawn, provided the hand for the jab. But Ben left at least one fan disappointed by his decision not to bare. Breezy says, "I was looking forward to getting my hands on Ben but it wasn't to be." »

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Paltrow Pulled Out Of Pearl Harbor Over Money

23 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gwyneth Paltrow turned down the chance to play her ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck's love interest again because there wasn't enough money involved. The ex-lovers hit the headlines when they teamed up as a screen couple in Bounce, but Paltrow turned down the opportunity to star opposite Affleck in Pearl Harbor because the role required her to take a huge paycut. Affleck slashed his salary to just $250,000 for the film and Paltrow was replaced by British actress Kate Beckinsale. Affleck says, "Gwyneth had another thing she wanted to do. I mean you flirt with different choices as film makers and you try to figure it out. This film also required a level of commitment. It's a year of your life, there's no money. It's not an easy sell." But Affleck was pleased with Paltrow's replacement. He says, "We ended up with the best choice possible - Kate is an amazing woman and I totally fell in love with her and I could not possibly say enough good about her." »

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Ben Affleck's Tough Movie Preparation

22 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heart-throb Ben Affleck had a gruelling preparation schedule for his new movie Pearl Harbor - which consisted mainly of a painfully-strict diet. The actor was only allowed to consume a protein shake, six egg whites, a small bowl of oatmeal and a piece of fruit for breakfast. His lunchtime allowance consisted of a chicken breast, steamed rice and vegetables or salad for lunch, while dinner came in the form of fish with salad and/or vegetables - and no alcohol at all. The strict diet, along with a stringent exercise regime, was compiled by his trainer, Jorgen De May in preparation for the $130 million second world war epic. Affleck's workout entailed a rigorous training regimen of eight weeks of daily workouts, including speed-walking on a steep treadmill and an upper body routine of free weights and machines. »

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Ben Affleck: Budget Actor

11 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck is a cheap option for any film producers running low on cash. Ben, who received $12.5 million for Bounce, has no qualms about lowering his asking price if the script is good enough. During pre-production talks on World War II drama Pearl Harbor, Ben realised there wasn't enough money to go round, so he volunteered to sacrifice his salary. He says, "The top people involved had to cut their salaries to get the picture made because of the huge budget needed to pull off a story like this. I'd be a fool not to take a shot at this kind of movie because if it works, it gives me the freedom to appear in smaller films that otherwise wouldn't get made." The brooding actor's primary goal is to make good films, regardless of whether he if offered a large or small amount of cash. "I don't care whether I'm making $20 million or $5 million a movie, as long as I have the chance to be a player and make my own choices." »

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Ben Affleck's American Pride

9 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Ben Affleck is prouder than ever to be an American after working on World War II film Pearl Harbor. Ben play a navys pilot in the historical drama, opposite British actress Kate Beckinsale who plays his love interest. He says, "Pearl Harbor is kind of an homage to a generation of Americans, men and women, who sacrificed and some gave of their lives to get this country out of a depression, fight a world war and build us to the strongest economic power in the world." Ben hopes the film will be received well, as a tribute to all those who worked and died during the Pearl Harbor disaster. He adds, "They were responsible, in a large measure, for a lot of the prosperity that we still experience today. It was an added debt to make this movie work and to do it well and truthfully." »

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Ben Affleck Wants Political Post

16 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck wants to run for public office - mainly so he can make lengthy speeches. Ben says it's long been a dream of his to hold political power in America, and he sees no reason why his dream can't come true. He says, "My fantasy is that someday I'm independently wealthy enough that I'm not beholden to anybody, so I can run for Congress on the grounds that everyday people should be in government." He adds, "Not to get too Susan Sarandon on you, but part of what I'd get off on would be the oration, the speechmaking and the idea of leading." »

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Ben Affleck Wants To Step Out Of Harrison Ford's Shadow

13 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck hopes his version of Jack Ryan will be completely different than Harrison Ford.'s The hunky star has taken over as Tom Clancy's hero in The Sum Of All Fears, which is currently filming in Canada. But he insists the new film will have a different tone to the earlier ones. He says, "We're trying to do something different. Hopefully, after the first few minutes, you'll be involved in this movie. If you're sitting there thinking about three other movies that you saw before, then we've not done our jobs properly." The film's director Phil Alden Robinson also revealed his intentions to start with a clean slate. He says, "Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford were great in the role, and if I allowed myself to think a whole lot about that, we'd be in trouble. So I have to pretend this is the first Jack Ryan movie. We have to look at it afresh and use it as an opportunity to revitalise the franchise and put some fresh blood in it." The film revolves around a group of terrorists who try to blow up America's Superbowl. It is due to be released some time next year. »

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Ben For Duke Nukem?

21 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cartoon crime fighter Duke Nukem is the latest animated computer star set for the movies - with fan Ben Affleck in the role. The whisky-swilling star of the hit computer game follows Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy and Resident Evil, which are all set for releases this year and next, in the transition to the big screen. Affleck confirmed his interest in the part last year, having been approached by movie makers after confessing in an interview to being a fan of Duke Nukem. »

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Affleck's Mom Believes What She Reads

2 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck is desperately trying to persuade his mother to stop believing everything she reads about her movie star son. Affleck hates calls from his mother after she has read a piece about him in the tabloid press because she always believes them. He says, "She says, 'Why are you dating that Britney Spears? She's too young for you and she's dating that nice boy from 98 Backstreet.'" »

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Affleck Sells Up

19 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck is selling the Los Angeles, California, home he still shares with ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow - because it no longer offers him enough privacy. The movie star bought the Hollywood Hills home in 1999, but now he's planning to relocate to New York and wants a more private California hideaway where he can spend time writing between films. The five-bedroom, three-story house is described as "huge but vertical" by real estate agents. The $2.3 million property comes with its own movie theatre and built-in entertainment center, a library, a spa and a rooftop pool. The sale means Paltrow no longer has a room she can use whenever she's in Los Angeles on business. »

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Celebrity Swindler Gets Over Four Years In Jail

9 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dana Giacchetto the disgraced money manager who defrauded Leonardo DiCaprio Ben Affleck and Matt Damon out of thousands of dollars, was sentenced yesterday to four years and nine months in prison. Giacchetto, who was once inseparable from DiCaprio and spent months living in his Manhattan, New York, apartment, broke down in tears and begged the court for mercy as the verdict was read out. He pleaded guilty to mass fraud in August but his star clients avoided being called in to testify in his court case, which concluded yesterday. In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered Giacchetto to repay $9.9 million to his victims. »

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Gwyneth Paltrow Risks Losing New Man Over Ben Affleck

1 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tycoon Chris Heinz has threatened to dump actress girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow over raunchy love letters from Ben Affleck. The Heinz foods heir is fuming after finding out that Gwyneth star had hoarded a pile of letters from ex-beau Ben. According to Britain's Daily Sport newspaper, a source close to the couple says, "He's told Gwyneth, who's had an on-off romance with Ben for years, to dump the letters or the pair are history."

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Janssen Dumps "Boring" Affleck

31 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Famke Janssen has dumped Ben Affleck - and immediately hooked up with a "mystery man". According to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper the Ben was dropped by the gorgeous actress because he wasn't interesting enough. Affleck was quickly replaced by an unidentified man who joined Janssen in Canada where she's filming the new Michael Douglas film Don't Say a Word (2001). Janssen admits, "I got bored with Ben."

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Gwyneth Paltrow Goes Public With Heinz Heir

24 January 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Film star Gwyneth Paltrow has gone public with her new love - after being pictured strolling hand-in-hand with hunky Chris Heinz. The couple were spotted in Santa Monica, California, last week, ending speculation about a re-kindled romance with fellow American actor Ben Affleck. Heinz, the heir to the baked beans company, looked as fit and toned as the stunning blonde, whose latest movie Bounce (2000), in which she co-stars opposite Affleck, is currently in release outside the U.S. »

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