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Jennifer Garner really didn’t want to leave Ben Affleck(11/22/17) It’s been more than two years since Jennifer Garner separated from Ben Affleck, but it seems she’s not ready to move on.
“I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It’s something that we are working through. I haven’t been on a date and I am not interested in dating,” she tells News.com.au, shaking her head. “People want to set me up and I am just like, ‘No thank you!’”
The estranged couple are co-parenting their three children: Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Sam, 5. With two daughters to raise, she must consider the conversations she will have about men.
“We can’t lump all men into [the same category]. We can’t just assume that every man has done something awful or that every man is guilty; due process is important and has to take place.”
Affleck was among the litany of men in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct, although by no means at the same level as Harvey Weinstein or Louis C.K.
Affleck told News.com.au recently, “I need to look at my own behavior and think about how am I behaving — how am I treating people, and when I am wrong, admitting it when confronted with it.”
On the subject of whether we are at a sexual abuse and harassment tipping point, Garner says earnestly, “Things have to come out in the open in order to be dealt with, and this is definitely one of those times. It’s messy, it’s not pretty, but a wound when it’s healing is a horrible thing to look at and to be around,” she says. “That is where we are. There are a lot of really smart people asking tough questions, and I feel excited to see what the outcome will be.”
She leans forward, asking, “Did you read about the agricultural women workers? They said, ‘We stand in solidarity with our sisters in Hollywood.’ That really touched me because it felt, ‘Okay, it’s not just a bunch of solipsistic navel-gazing actresses.’ It’s really important conversation to be had.
“We need to be talking about how to educate and protect our young women and how women can do a better job of standing together. Women need to be there for each other so that we’re a more of a force. When you are siphoned off or siphoned off by yourself, you’re not that scary. Except for me.” She smiles. “I am pretty scary.”
In her next role in “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” she plays against type as a woman whose husband is unfaithful. The subject matter was a little close to home as her marriage to Affleck was plagued by rumors of his infidelities, most notably with their children’s nanny, Christine Ouzounian.
“Was it cathartic [to play this role]? Yes it was, actually. I didn’t know that it would be, but it was. I know I need to work through some things,” she says. “Of course, it was a really emotional performance and that made me nervous because I felt like people would say, ‘Oh, she’s just playing out [her feelings]. But you can believe what you want to believe.”
I tell her that Affleck continues to gush about her maternal skills, describing her as the best mother in the world. She says simply, “That’s nice.” But on the subject of being a “super mom,” she adds, “I don’t know about that. You’d have to ask my kids. If you had the Affleck kids here, they would say, ‘Well, first of all, she was with you today instead of picking us up from school!’” She laughs. “Kids are tough on you.”
Despite how she feels about her estranged husband, her family comes first. “We will all be together for Thanksgiving. I love Ben, I wouldn’t want him to….” she trails off.
“We will be together with our kids and give them a special Christmas. We get along really well and it’s not an issue. We are friends; we can manage it.”
Fox's The Resident Gets NFL-Boosted Launch Before Monday Time Slot Debut(11/22/17) Fox aims to give The Resident strong vitals out of the gate, slotting the medical drama’s debut for Sunday, Jan. 21 at 10/9c, where it will lead out of the network’s coverage of the NFC Championship game.
The Resident will makes its regular time slot premiere the following night, Monday, Jan. 22 at 9 pm, where it will succeed The Gifted.
The Gifted, which was always capped at a 13-episode freshman run, airs its two-hour season finale on Jan. 15.
Following the final years of a young doctor’s training, The Resident promises to “rip back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country.”
The freshman series stars Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife), Emily VanCamp (Revenge), Manish Dayal (Halt and Catch Fire), Moran Atias (Tyrant), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY), Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Merrin Dungey (Alias) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (Billions). Watch the trailer here.
Jennifer Garner's Thanksgiving Preparations Sound Intense: ''It's Precision Cooking!''(11/20/17) Jennifer Garner leaves no room for error when it comes to holiday prep.
E! News chatted with the A-lister at the premiere of her new film, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, where she revealed her recipe to a perfect Thanksgiving gathering is inspired by the one and only Ina Garten.
Garner said she follows the Food Network star's step-by-step instructions, which includes making lists, lists and more lists. "I've got to get my timeline written out, à la Barefoot Contessa," Jen said, referencing Garten's super popular lifestyle show. "She really asks you to make out a timeline what needs to happen when."
That timeline includes noting, Garner added, "When you set the rolls to rise, when you punch them down, when you set them to rise again... When you baste the turkey, when you get the sweet potato pudding ready, when it goes in the oven… You see what I mean?"
"It's precision cooking," the actress quipped, and yes, this confirms Jen is a total super mom. "Mostly I just have a bunch of timers around the kitchen and notes everywhere."
And now that two years have passed since Garner began life as a single mom following her split from Ben Affleck, she still has no interest in dating again, per an interview with news.com.au.
"I haven't been on a date and I am not interested in dating," Garner told the outlet. "People want to set me up and I am just like, 'No thank you!'"
She also remarked, "I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It's something that we are working through."
But from both Garner and Affleck's perspective, it's important to come together during the holidays for the sake of their children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5.
The Justice League star confirmed to E! News they'll spend Thanksgiving together, sharing in a recent interview, "My mom's coming out, and I think my brother [Casey Affleck] will come over. We'll go down the street and see Matt [Damon's] family. Thanksgiving's a nice holiday."
See Garner in The Tribes of Palos Verdes when it hits theaters Dec. 1.
“THE ARRANGEMENT” RETURNS SUNDAY, MARCH 11 WITH A SEASON PREMIERE FILLED WITH INTRIGUE, ROMANCE AND SCANDAL(11/13/17) (Video) E! turns up the drama and mystery when the second season of “The Arrangement”, produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP), premieres Sunday, March 11 at 9pm ET/PT. The 10 episode one-hour season will involve unexpected twists and intriguing complexities, revealing what it’s like to maintain a high-profile relationship within the confines of the public eye.
The second season of “The Arrangement” opens as Megan Morrison’s (Christine Evangelista) star is rising. With her elevated status, Megan is taking control and forging ahead with her plan to take down the Institute of The Higher Mind. She is also planning her “fairy tale” A-list wedding to Kyle (Josh Henderson) – from the engagement party to the bachelorette, to fittings, photo shoots and more. Meanwhile, Kyle’s dark past is revealed, as well as why and how he’s connected to IHM leader Terence Anderson (Michael Vartan) and his wife Deann Anderson (Lexa Doig). Terence continues to work tirelessly to build the IHM profile, while simultaneously dealing with his complicated marriage to DeAnn and the highs and lows that come along with being a friend and mentor to Kyle. From UCP, “The Arrangement” was written by Emmy Award-Winning writer/EP Jonathan Abrahams (“Mad Men”), who serves as Executive Producer along with Adam Milch and Robert Duncan McNeill. Emmy Award-Winning Executive Producer Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, Layla Smith and Gregory Lipstone of All3Media America also serve as Executive Producers.
“The Arrangement Post Nup,” the digital companion series to the scripted program, will also return on March 11.
Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres Cut Divorce Deal(11/4/17) Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres hashed out a divorce deal before he went to court to make it official ... TMZ has learned.
Laurence filed divorce docs and they confirmed what TMZ reported Friday -- Laurence and the "Suits" star likely spent the last year divvying up assets. They announced their split last September but list October 14, 2016 as the date of separation.
In docs obtained by TMZ ... Laurence says, "the parties have entered into an agreement in disposition of property which will be submitted for approval" ... as in waiting for the judge to sign off on it.
Laurence cites irreconcilable differences for why he wants out. They were married on September 22, 2002. He checked the boxes for joint legal and physical custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Delilah, ... and wants to block the judge from giving either of them spousal support.
Joe Biden and Jennifer Garner bond at Save the Children Gala(10/20/17) During the Save the Children Gala at the American Museum of Natural History, former veep Joe Biden blew Jennifer Garner’s mind.
We hear that Biden called Garner’s dad, William, from her phone and “had a solid five-minute conversation about how wonderful Jen is and how proud he should be,” a source says. “He also talked about the West Wing .?.?. Jen was so overcome with emotion, but was commenting that she ‘couldn’t cry and ruin her makeup’ because the event hadn’t even started yet.”
Biden was there to support his wife, board chair Dr. Jill Biden, and to present the Humanitarian Award.
Dakota Fanning and Tamron Hall attended.
Legends Of Tomorrow: Victor Garber Poised to Exit in Season 3(10/11/17) Legends of Tomorrow is about to be down a legend: Victor Garber, who has played Professor Martin Stein since the CW series’ launch, is leaving the show later this season.
Questions about Garber’s future with Legends were raised last month when it was announced that he would be joining the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly!, succeeding David Hyde Pierce. His first performance is set for Jan. 20.
The door was cracked open for Garber’s possible exit in this week’s Season 3 premiere, where it was revealed that Stein is a grandfather-to-be. Though the brainier half of Firestorm wound up re-upping with the team, he did so under the proviso that he would likely take a break in time to be there for daughter Lily’s childbirth.
A show spokesperson declined to comment.
Alias Alum Merrin Dungey Joins Fox's The Resident as a Series Regular(9/26/17) Another TV veteran is scrubbing into The Resident.
Merrin Dungey (Alias, The King of Queens) has joined the cast of Fox’s midseason medical drama as a series regular, TVLine has learned. Dungey will play the hospital’s CEO Claire Thorpe, “a tough, savvy, pragmatic businesswoman… solely focused on the financial health of the hospital she oversees,” per the network.
Her role is “a reimagined version of the character played in the pilot by Valerie Cruz,” showrunner Todd Harthan said in a statement. That role was later slated for Tyrant‘s Moran Atias to play, but she’ll remain in the cast, now playing the hospital’s “savvy, elegant” head of marketing.
The Resident‘s cast is already full of familiar faces, with Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls) starring as senior resident Conrad Hawkins and Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp as nurse Nicolette. Melina Kanakaredes joined the cast last month as oncologist Dr. Lane Hunter. (No premiere date has been set.)
Dungey’s long TV career is highlighted by her roles as Francie on the ABC thriller Alias and as Carrie’s best friend Kelly Palmer on CBS’ The King of Queens. Recently, she recurred as Ursula on Once Upon a Time, co-starred in ABC’s short-lived legal drama Conviction and played the lead detective in HBO’s Emmy-winning miniseries Big Little Lies.
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Moves Up To Next Summer(9/23/17) Warner Bros.’ remake of A Star Is Born, with director-star Bradley Cooper and Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga, will hit theaters earlier next year, specifically May 18, instead of its original September 28.
Deadline hears that Warner Bros. executives saw an early cut of the film and were blown away by Germanotta and Cooper’s sublime turns; as such they want to get the film on screens as soon as they can.
The pic’s new release date occurs coincidentally during the Cannes Film Festival, and Warner Bros. has a recent history of launching its grand May spectacles on the global stage on the Croisette — read Mad Max: Fury Road and The Great Gatsby. Whether A Star Is Born will make its world premiere at Cannes is up in the air, and Warner Bros. isn’t commenting on that type of launch right now.
On its new date in U.S./Canada, A Star Is Born will go against Sony’s Slender Man and Focus Features’ untitled Laika production. That’s also the weekend preceding the Memorial Day stretch when Disney/Lucasfilm’s Han Solo anthology movie opens.
A Star Is Born gives a fresh look at the story about a singer whose star rises as quickly as her troubled lover/mentor’s star is falling. The latest version of the script was written by Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, and Eric Roth (Munich, Forrest Gump). Sam Elliott also stars. For Germanotta, who already is an Oscar nominee and won a Golden Globe for her turn in American Horror Story: Hotel, it’s truly her first marquee film role.
A Star Is Born is also a Live Nation/RatPac-Dune Entertainment production. Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Cooper, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor are producers with EPs Basil Iwanyk, Michael Rapino, Heather Parry and Ravi Mehta.
By the way, Netflix’s candid Lady Gaga documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two hits the streaming service today following its Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
Gina Torres traded Laurence Fishburne for a ‘cowboy type’ from Utah(9/21/17) The “mystery man” dating Laurence Fishburne’s wife, Gina Torres, is a “cowboy type” father of six from Utah.
We’re told that Torres met divorced entrepreneur Kevin Wright on the beach in Dana Point, Calif., in mid-August — and that they have since become a serious couple.
Sources say that Wright wasn’t even aware of who the former “Suits” star was when they first met. But they bonded over the fact that they have both recently left long relationships: Torres has split with Fishburne after 15 years together, and Wright ended a 20-year marriage within the past two years.
A source close to the new couple told us, “I think when you’ve been married a long time and you become single, you look for someone that has what your ex was missing. I think [Torres] finds in Kevin what she didn’t find in [Fishburne]. He’s the opposite of a Hollywood guy — he’s just a cowboy type. He’s an ‘I’m going to go ride my horse’ type of guy.”
Former real estate exec Wright has lived in Montana and Utah. Sources say that Wright knew that Torres — who is set to be the star of an as-yet-unnamed “Suits” spinoff — was separated when they struck up their romance.
On Wednesday, Page Six revealed that Torres and a “mystery man” — who turned out to be Wright — were spotted passionately kissing while having lunch at Sweet Butter cafe in Los Angeles last week.
Later on Wednesday, Torres said in a statement, “With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year.”
She added, “There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected.”
Torres and “Black-ish” star Fishburne were married in 2002, appeared together in two “Matrix” films and played a married couple in NBC’s “Hannibal.”
They last appeared together in public in 2015 and have both made multiple solo red-carpet appearances since then.
Wright and a rep for Torres declined to comment.
Laurence Fishburne’s wife spotted kissing a different man(9/19/17) (Pic1, Pic2) Laurence Fishburne’s wife, the actress Gina Torres, has been spotted hooking up with a different man.
Photographs of Torres, who starred until recently in USA’s “Suits,” show her passionately kissing a mystery man last week.
Torres and “Black-ish” star Fishburne have been married since 2002, but it seems as if the pair may have quietly split. They last appeared publicly together in December 2015, and they’ve both made multiple public appearances — including premieres for their own projects — solo since then.
We’re told that Torres and her new beau spent over an hour having lunch at the Sweet Butter cafe in Los Angeles. Torres, who wasn’t wearing a wedding ring, was seen holding the man’s face in her hands and kissing him across the table.
In January 2016, not long after their last public appearance together, Torres referred to herself as Fishburne’s wife in an interview with Hello! magazine. But in September 2016 Torres told the New York Times that she had quit “Suits” after six years on the legal drama partly because “my personal life needed to be tended to.”
It was recently announced that native New Yorker Torres is to star in a yet-to-be-named “Suits” spin-off, set to debut in 2018. She will also serve as its executive producer.
Fishburne and Torres both starred in “The Matrix Reloaded” and played a married couple in NBC’s “Hannibal” from 2013-2015. They married at the Cloisters in Upper Manhattan and have a 16-year-old daughter, Delilah, together.
Torres is also the stepmother to Fishburne’s son Langston, 30, and daughter Montana, 27 — who famously starred in a porn movie.
Reps for Torres declined to comment and a rep for Fishburne didn’t get back to us.
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Jennifer Garner goes into anesthesia-fueled ‘Hamilton’ hysterics(Video) Jennifer Garner is remembering her shot — of Novocaine.
In a #TBT video posted to social media, the actress is seen sobbing about how much she loves the music from “Hamilton” — following a dental procedure.
“They did the sad part of ‘Hamilton’ and I started crying I couldn’t stop,” she recalled while talking on the phone in anesthesia-fueled hysterics. “They said ‘are you okay?’ and I said ‘It’s so beautiful, it’s so beautiful.'”
“I listened to that song and it was so beautiful,” she continued, “That music was so pretty and so I told them about it…they have to see it.”
Garner’s caption of the post acknowledged that she was recovering from a dental procedure and was willing to provide her followers with a laugh at her own expense.
“Throwback Thursday– that time I had dental anesthesia…laughing gas + novocaine + Hamilton = you’re welcome.”
JJ Abrams Returning To Director’s Chair On ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’Rian Johnson decided not to take the offer to come back and replace the recently departed Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm are courting another director for an encore, the one who relaunched the franchise to dizzying heights. Deadline hears the studio is in talks with JJ Abrams, and sources said they are trying to work out a deal for him to return. This is expected to happen today.
Abrams revived the franchise with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whose $2.06 billion worldwide gross made it the third highest-grossing film of all time behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.
Abrams is in discussions to replace Trevorrow, who exited the picture after creative differences with Lucasfilm and its chief Kathleen Kennedy. All this happens as Ron Howard stepped in to replace Phil Lord & Chris Miller as director of the Han Solo spinoff movie.
Johnson’s film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, launches December 15. Abrams has been producing everything from Westworld to M:I6-Mission Impossible, and the Stephen King anthology series Castle Rock, and conveniently doesn’t have a next film to direct. And he certainly can be a steadying hand in settling The Force. He’s repped by CAA.
Below is the news release that posted on Starwars.com:
J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Jennifer Garner Wants to Feed Your Kids the "Best Nourishment" With Once Upon a Farm(Pic1, Pic2) Attention parents: Jennifer Garner may just be behind your kids' next favorite food.
The Hollywood actress and former Annie's president John Foraker have joined Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz to announce the expansion of Once Upon a Farm.
"As a mom of three and Save the Children artist ambassador, I am passionate about childhood nutrition and making sure we are leaving a healthier and happier planet for the next generation," Jennifer said in a statement. "Once Upon a Farm helps parents keep their promise to deliver the best nourishment for their children's bodies and souls."
The organic family food company, which currently offers a line of cold-pressed organic baby foods and applesauce, already has plans to grow into new categories.
"I had been looking for a while to partner with an early-stage brand in the food space. And as a mom with three kids, I have three lunch boxes to pack each day and understand the problems that must be solved with serving fresh food to young children," Jennifer shared with Living Maxwell. "My mother made every single meal for me, and I have always been a big believer in staying connected to the earth, which grows our food."
She continued, "In my work with Save the Children, where I have been an ambassador for the last five years, I have visited a ton of families in rural America, and kids just do not have access to fresh organic food. Even though I have advocated for this issue in the government at both a state and national level, I understand that business drives change and wanted to find a company that could get nutritious food out to kids."
Going forward, Jennifer says she will be involved with the company on a daily basis and will be part of sales calls, design and "making sure the world knows we exist."
As for curious kids and parents wanting to try the products, you're in luck.
Once Upon a Farm is available online through the company's website and national grocery stores including select Wegmans, Kroger and Whole Foods Market stores.
Greg Grunberg, Taylor Cole Cast In ‘1st Born’Heroes alumni Greg Grunberg and Taylor Cole have been added to the cast of the Ali Atshani-directed comedy 1st Born, a U.S./Iranian co-production. The two join Val Kilmer, William Baldwin, Robert Knepper, Jay Abdo and Armin Amiri in the film, which follows a young mixed-nationality couple, Iranian born Ben and American Kate, who are experiencing complications in their first pregnancy. This forces the whole extended family to put aside their differences and come together for the sake of the infant. Cole will play Kate, the daughter of American politician Biden (Kilmer). Grunberg will playDr. Cooper, Kate’s doctor who is on-hand to help with the pregnancy and delivery of her baby. Sam Khoze, Tarek Zohdy and Medhi Alimirzayi penned the screenplay. LA Independent Film and Entertainment is producing with Khoze and Edwin Avaness. Filming begins next month in Los Angeles. Cole, who currently plays Sofya Voronova on the CW series The Originals, is repped by Innovative Artists and The Burstein Company. Grunberg (Alias, Felicity, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and SC Management.
Victor Garber Set To Take Over ‘Hello, Dolly!’Producer Scott Rudin confirmed this morning that Victor Garber will replace David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder. Garber will begin performances January 20, 2018, prior to an official Thursday, February 22 opening.
Animated Vixen to Air on The CWVixen — in her animated form — will make her TV debut when The CW airs the web series’ first two seasons next Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 8/7c.
The CW Seed show — executive-produced by Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg — follows Mari McCabe/Vixen, an orphan who can mimic the abilities of any animal via a totem necklace. Megalyn E.K. voices the character and appeared in the flesh during Arrow Season 4 as the live-action version of Mari. The hero’s legacy extends to Legends of Tomorrow, where Maisie Richardson-Sellers plays Mari’s grandmother and the 1940s incarnation of Vixen, Amaya.
During its run, Vixen featured guest-voice spots from Stephen Amell (Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), Carlos Valdes (The Flash), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Victor Garber (Legends of Tomorrow), Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow) and Franz Drameh (Legends of Tomorrow).
‘The Butterfly Tree’ Clip: Melissa George Sprouts Wings In Toronto Discovery Title(Trailer) First-time feature writer-director Priscilla Cameron’s The Butterfly Tree will wing to its North American premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto Film Festival. The film, which stars Melissa George as a former burlesque queen who becomes the object of a grieving father and son’s desires, bowed at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this month. Check out an exclusive clip above.
George (Heartbeat, The Slap, The Good Wife) returns to Australian screens as Evelyn, now a florist. She bewitches single dad Al (Ewen Leslie: The Daughter, Top Of The Lake) and his teenage son, Fin (Ed Oxenbould: Paper Planes, The Visit) with her zest for life.
But when father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Fin’s mother. Evelyn helps teach Fin the power of forgiveness and relinquishes his goddess in return for a family. Cameron says the story was inspired by a woman in her own life.
Oz’s Midwinter Films produces with Vendetta Films planning an Australian release later this year. Producer is Bridget Callow-Wright. The coming-of-age drama received backing from the MIFF Premiere Fund which offers minority co-financing to Australian theatrical features which then bow at the Melbourne fest.
Suits Spinoff Starring Gina Torres: New Details on Plot, Setting and AirdateJessica Pearson’s future has become a whole lot clearer, as new details emerge regarding the Gina Torres-fronted Suits spinoff.
The USA Network drama’s Season 7 finale will double as a backdoor pilot for the potential spinoff, the basic cabler announced on Wednesday — and unlike Suits, it will not be a legal drama. Instead, the potential series will focus on Jessica’s new life in the world of Chicago politics. The official logline for the episode reads as follows:
The pivotal Season 7 finale will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.
“The powerhouse character of Jessica Pearson, expertly brought to life by the incomparable Gina Torres, has won the hearts of television fans everywhere,” Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement. “USA Network is beyond thrilled to work with Gina, Aaron Korsh, the entire Suits producing team and our partners at UCP to explore the exciting next phase of Jessica’s story.”
The special episode, set to air in early 2018, will be directed by Suits alum Anton Cropper. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein will serve as executive producers, alongside series creator Aaron Korsh.
Stephen Dorff, Melissa George Headline David Gleeson’s New Film ‘Don’t Let Go’Stephen Dorff and Melissa George have stepped into the leading roles for Tolkien writer David Gleeson’s mystery thriller Don’t Let Go. The project marks Gleeson’s return to directing following Disney’s Cowboys & Angels and The Front Line.
Written by Oscar-nominated writer Ronan Blaney (the short Boogaloo and Graham) and Gleeson, Don’t Let Go follows a loving couple, Ben and Hazel Slater, as they struggle to cope with the loss of their child from a devastating accident. Hazel begins to fear for her husband’s sanity as he becomes convinced that he can bring her back if only he can hold on to her hand in a recurring dream but then they start to wonder if it is, in fact, a dream.
The film, which is currently shooting in Ireland, also stars Simon Delaney (The Good Wife), Sean Mahon (Anthropoid) and and Charlotte Bradley (Veronica Guerin).
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler is producing for Wide Eye Films along with executive producers Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo from Amasia Entertainment, who are co-financing the film in conjunction with the Irish Film Board, BAI, Northern Ireland Screen and Section 481 tax incentives. Original music will come from Dutch DJ/producer Ferry Corsten who is marking his feature composing debut.
Besides Tolkien at Fox Searchlight/Chernin Ent., Gleeson recently completed writing ’Twas the Night for Paramount Pictures with Karen Rosenfelt producing. He previously wrote The End of History for Original Film and Sony Pictures and also wrote Down to a Sunless Sea which he wrote for Focus Features for Morgan Freeman to produce and co-star in. Gleeson also wrote Red Giant for Mattel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.
Dorff, who is consistently good on screen, was last seen starring in Wheeler, which he co-wrote. George has starred in Hunted, Heartbeat and The Slap and in such films as The Amityville Horror and Derailed.
Gleeson, Dorff and Corsten are all repped by Paradigm, which will be handling sales. Gleeson is also managed by Adam Kolbrenner at Madhouse Entertainment with legal at Sloane Orfer Weber & Dern. George is repped by WME and Lou Coulson in the UK.
Jennifer Garner Joins Lakeshore & Pierre Morel-Helmed Revenge Thriller ‘Peppermint’; STX films To DistributeJennifer Garner is in talks to star in Peppermint, the Chad St. John-scripted action film for Lakeshore that will be directed by Pierre Morel. At the same time, the film is in the process of moving: STXfilms is in talks to distribute the film worldwide. It looked like Lionsgate had secured worldwide rights during Cannes, but that arrangement has fallen apart.
The high-action revenge thriller premise has been likened to John Wick, with a female protagonist. When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine. On the 10th anniversary of her family’s death, she targets everyone she holds responsible, the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murderous incidents. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin are exec producers.
Garner will hone action chops not seen since her breakthrough role as the ass kicking operative Sydney Bristow in the JJ Abrams-created series Alias, which led to her playing Elektra in the Marvel film Daredevil and a solo spinoff movie. She has more recently become known for her work in such films as Dallas Buyers Club and Miracles From Heaven. CAA and Management 360 rep Garner. Morel and St. John are UTA and Morel is managed by Sentient Entertainment.
Supergirl Season 3 Adds Adrian Pasdar, Yael Grobglas and Alias' Carl LumblySome familiar faces are making tracks for Supergirl‘s National City, including a S.H.I.E.L.D. general who’s going to create major problems for Kara and Lena.
The cast of the CW drama assembled Saturday for its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, during which some juicy new castings were announced for the upcoming third season (premiering Monday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c):
First up, Adrian Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes) will appear as DC Comics character Morgan Edge, a “ruthless” real-estate developer with big plans for National City. Known for getting exactly what he wants — no matter the cost, nor the opposition — he’ll almost immediately find himself at odds with Lena and Kara.
Additionally, Jane the Virgin star Yael Grobglas will slip into the role of DC villainess Psi, a formidable opponent capable of using her enemies’ minds against them. When she first meets Kara, the Girl of Steel will be affected in “surprising ways.” (Feel free to speculate what that could mean.)
Also popping up in Season 3 will be Carl Lumbly (Alias) as M’yrnn J’onzz, the father of David Harewood’s Martian Manhunter. Known for being a “pacifist religious leader” on his home planet of Mars, Papa J’onzz will apparently push his son in “unexpected ways.” (Fun fact: Lumbly has voiced J’onn in several Justice League animated series, so he’s well versed in all things Martian.)
Lastly, Emma Tremblay (Wayward Pines) will appear as Ruby, an “independently minded” resident of National City whose obsession with Supergirl ends up putting her in grave danger.
Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's First Fourth of July After Their Divorce(Pic) Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are sticking together, even after officially filing for divorce.
E! News can confirm the former couple celebrated the Fourth of July together in Los Angeles alongside their children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5. The family kept their tradition alive, watching the patriotic parade in the Pacific Palisades.
"The Palisades Fourth of July Parade is an annual family tradition that's really important to Jen and the kids," a source told us. "Jen has been going to the parade for years and loves the community spirit and seeing friends come out. She always runs the 5K in the morning and then comes out for the parade in the afternoon."
Our insider continued, "Ben will always be there for important family events, and this was no exception. It's something they all look forward to doing together as a family. They had a great day watching all the street performers and marching bands."
Affleck and Garner—who officially filed for divorce in April after being separated for two years—continue to remain united as they co-parent their children, making family their No.1 priority.
"Ben and Jen are on good terms," the source told us. "They have an understanding between them that they will always put the kids first and their personal differences aside. They want their kids to have two parents and a happy family dynamic. They work out their schedules to make sure that when an important family event comes up, they can all do it together."
In fact, last month, Garner and Affleck took their children on a vacation to Baker's Bay where they met up with several other family friends.
"We are definitely a modern family," Jen told Today last summer. "You don't have a choice," she added, admitting that while their "new normal" might appear unusual to some, they're actually "doing really well."
Ben reiterated that statement when he told E! News, "Jen is a superhero mom. She is an amazing mother, and I'm really lucky to have her as a partner to co-parent these kids with. We try our best, we put them first and that's what we do."
Kathy Baker & Greg Grunberg Join HBO’s Joe Paterno Movie About Penn State ScandalKathy Baker (The Ranch) and Heroes alum Greg Grunberg have been cast in lead roles opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films’ untitled movie about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, directed and executive produced by Barry Levinson.
Written by Debora Cahn, John C. Richards and David McKenna, the film centers on legendary coach Joe Paterno (Pacino), who, after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy. Baker will play Sue Paterno, wife of famed football coach Joe Paterno. Grunberg portrays Scott Paterno, Joe Paterno’s son. In addition to Pacino, they join previously announced cast member Riley Keough.
Levinson, Tom Fontana and Jason Sosnoff executive produce via Levinson/Fontana alongside Wall Street producer Edward R. Pressman and Pacino’s manager Rick Nicita. Lindsay Sloane also is exec producing for HBO Films and Sony Pictures Television.
Baker currently recurs on Season 2 of Netflix comedy The Ranch, and will be seen in upcoming recurring roles on Netflix’s Love and truTV comedy I’m Sorry. Baker also co-stars in upcoming indie feature The Ballad of Lefty Brown, opposite Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda. She’s repped by Berwick & Kovacik and Paradigm.
Heroes and Heroes Reborn alum Grunberg recently wrapped production on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. He previously appeared in features Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Beyond. Grunberg is repped by Paradigm, SC Management and Jackoway Tyerman.
Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Family Vacation in the Bahamas, Two Months After Filing for DivorceIt's been two months since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce (and two years since they announced their separation), but they still make sure to spend quality time together with their three children, Violet, Samuel and Seraphina.
Case in point: The whole family vacationed in Baker's Bay last week.
"Ben and Jen took a family vacation with other family friends," an insider tells E! News. "There was never any question that Ben would be there. All the dads went along, and it would have been strange for the kids not to have their dad there."
If Baker's Bay sounds familiar, that's because it's the same Caribbean island the family visited after they announced their separation in 2015. But they've been going there for years, even before that.
Of course, with the vacation comes plenty of speculation regarding their relationship status. However, our insider confirms, "They are not getting back together at all. They are both moving on, but will continue doing things together as a family."
We're told Ben wasn't there the entire time. Rather, he came for a few days toward the end of the trip.
As for the getaway, another source dished, "They stayed in the same house they always stay at. It's beachfront and beautiful. It's an annual tradition for them when the kids get out of school to come for a long vacation. It's very relaxing, and they can feel like they're on island time with nowhere to go and nobody they need to see."
So what did they do?
Our insider added, "The kids spent a lot of time on the beach swimming and playing in the sand with their friends. They also swam in the pool at the house and visited the club. Ben and Jen both worked out at the gym daily."
The former couple has always been very vocal that co-parenting their three children is their No.1 priority, and they will remain united as a team to do so.
"We are definitely a modern family," Jen told Today last summer. "You don't have a choice," she added, admitting that while their new normal might look unusual to some, they're actually "doing really well."
Ben reiterated that statement when he told E! News, "Jen is a superhero mom. She is an amazing mother, and I'm really lucky to have her as a partner to co-parent these kids with. We try our best, we put them first and that's what we do."
Us Weekly was the first to report about the vacation.
Alias: The Hilarious Story Behind Jennifer Garner's Iconic Red WigEven if you aren't a die-hard Alias fan, you're probably familiar with the image of star Jennifer Garner decked out as double-agent Sydney Bristow in all black and sporting a now-iconic red wig. But as it turns out, figuring out the exact shade of red for Sydney's first disguise in the ABC drama was almost as complicated as understanding literally anything about Rambaldi.
When a handful of Alias writers and producers reunited at the Austin Television Festival on Saturday, they revealed that they had to do an SD-6-level operation of their own in order to track down that perfect cherry red.
"[Creator J.J Abrams] wanted her to have red hair so we had three red hair wigs and none of them were good enough. [Abrams] was like, 'It's not the right red, it's not the right red," said producer Sarah Caplan. "We were out scouting at UCLA and this girl walks by and she had badly dyed hair. She has red hair but it was blonde at the top... So I go up to the girl and [I said] 'it's kind of a weird request, but could I take a little snippet of the bottom of your hair?'"
"She says no. And I go really? And she says I've grown this hair and that hair's been with me for 14 years," Caplan continued.
Not ones to be dissuaded, Caplan and Abrams didn't give up. After a little back-and-forth (and settling on a cash price), the woman agreed to let these strangers cut off a piece of her hair. "I rustled $39 from various members of the crew and I give her the money and I'm allowed to take a tiny little sample... That's the color of [Sydney's wig.]"
We don't know where that woman is now, but if we did, there's only one thing we'd like to say to her.
Alias Revival? Co-EP Says 'We've Talked to J.J. Abrams' About ItIs Sydney Bristow getting back in the spy game?
At a reunion of the Alias writers’ room at the ATX Festival on Saturday, co-executive producer Josh Applebaum was asked about the possibility of reviving the Jennifer Garner-led series.
“It would be amazing to do it,” Applebaum said, according to EW.com. “We’ve even talked with J.J. [Abrams].”
Unfortunately, that’s all it is at the moment — talk — but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen if the writers suddenly found themselves inspired.
“The right idea would have to come,” he continued. “We wouldn’t want to do it unless it was absolutely perfect.”
Whether Abrams would agree to get on board is perhaps the most important question of all. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director has his hands pretty full these days. What’s more, Garner has said that she’d only be interested in revisiting Alias if Abrams were in charge.
The ABC spy drama came to an end after five seasons in 2006, with Dixon paying a visit to Sydney and Michael to request her help on a new mission. Meanwhile, Sydney’s daughter Isabelle was shown to have completed the same block puzzle that Jack had Sydney complete whilst evaluating subjects for Project Christmas. Who’s to say that a decade and change later, Sydney and Isabelle couldn’t be working together side by side?
Jennifer Garner criticizes People magazine cover storyJennifer Garner isn’t happy about her cover spot on this week’s People magazine.
This week’s issue features a smiling Garner with the words “Life After Heartbreak” for an article detailing her split from husband Ben Affleck.
The 45-year-old actress writes on Facebook that she didn’t pose for the cover or “participate in or authorize” the article. While she says the cover shot isn’t “a tragedy,” she says it does affect her and her family, so she “wanted to set the record straight.”
Garner is also shooting down tabloid reports that she’s pregnant with twins, writing, “I have three wonderful kids and my family is complete.”
A People spokesperson says in a statement that its story on Garner “is fair and truthful,” adding that “it does not include rumors and does not say she’s pregnant.”
Jennifer Garner punches her way through divorceJennifer Garner is boxing through the pain of her divorce from Ben Affleck.
The 45-year-old star was spotted attending a class at BoxUnion, a boxing studio in Santa Monica, Calif., Sunday. A source told Page Six Tuesday that Garner was a “ray of sunshine” and acted in “great spirits and smiling positive.”
“She was a super hard worker,” the source added.
Garner officially filed for divorce from the “Live by Night” actor, 44, in April 2017 after being separated since June 2015.
Boxing has become a popular workout for stars of late. Justin Bieber was spotted last week hitting up morning classes at Rumble Boxing in New York City.
Greg Grunberg Cast In ‘A Star Is Born’Heroes alum Greg Grunberg has come aboard A Star Is Born, the Warner Bros’ Bradley Cooper-directed musical drama starring Cooper and Stefani Germanotta. It’s the third remake for this film, which first came out in 1937. In this pic, Jackson Maine (Cooper) is a country music star on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As Ally catapults to stardom, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory. Cooper, Billy Gerber, Todd Phillips, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Jon Peters are producing. Grunberg, who most recently appeared in Star Trek Beyond and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is repped by Paradigm, SC Management, and attorneys Karl Austen and Jeff Hynick.
Ben Affleck, Jen Garner File for DivorceJennifer Garner has just filed for divorce from Ben Affleck?, TMZ has learned, and it could not be more amicable.
Both Jen and Ben filed pro per -- without a lawyer. Her petition and his response mirror each other completely. The petition and response were filed together, which means it was coordinated.
They both want joint legal and physical custody of their 3 kids. As for spousal support, they left it open, so the judge could award it before the divorce becomes final.
They do not list a date of separation, but in June 2015 they announced their separation.
We've learned there is no prenup, which means all of their earnings during their marriage will be split 50/50, unless they agree otherwise. Ben made a lot more than Jen during the marriage.
There are strong signals the case will not be handled in court, but rather by a mediator, especially by the way the docs were filed. This is the M.O. for disso queen Laura Wasser, who has guided various celebrity couples through mediation and then has them file for divorce pro per.
We're told Ben and Jen are still negotiating a financial settlement. The divorce could become final in 6 months.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Give Birth to First BabyBradley Cooper is now a dad, which clearly makes Irina Shayk a mom ... which means they've had their kid.
The baby was born 2 weeks ago, but kept under wraps, this according to People.
It's baby #1 for both Bradley and Irina, who have been dating for 2 years.
No word on whether it's a boy or girl.
Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner to do all-female reading of ‘Juno’ for Planned ParenthoodEllen Page will reprise her pregnant-teen role in “Juno” during an all-female live reading of the film to mark its 10th anniversary and to benefit Planned Parenthood, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The creators will stage the reading April 8 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles to raise money for the women’s health organization. Jennifer Garner will also be back in the role of the adoptive mom, but the male leads played by Michael Cera, Jason Bateman and J.K. Simmons will go to actresses, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Jason Reitman, who earned an Oscar nomination for directing the film, once put on a series of live script readings. He stopped last April after five seasons but told the publication that the presidential election inspired him to revive them.
“Considering how much this election has done against women and what Planned Parenthood has done for women, I thought it would be cool to hear this script with an all-female voice,” he said.
Reitman said he will announce the full cast on Twitter in the days before the show.
Jennifer Garner Gets Emotional While Testifying About Child Poverty at House Committee Hearing(Video) Jennifer Garner appeared to get close to tears Thursday while testifying before lawmakers about child poverty and early childhood education, issues dear to her heart.
The actress, who shares three children with husband Ben Affleck, got emotional while testifying for more than 25 minutes at the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee's hearing on early childhood education programs at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington and calling for more funding to help children in need.
Garner was invited to speak on behalf of the Save the Children charity, of which she serves as a trustee and ambassador. She has traveled all over the U.S. to see the effects of poverty on children and their families and has visited Washington several times to speak on behalf of the group.
"I make a point to try and get out and do as many site visits as possible," she said. "Mothers come up to me and say, 'Can you help get my child into these programs? Can you just nudge us up in the wait list? Is there anything you could do?'"
"The thought that I would have to go back to these mothers and say, 'Well, no, there is nothing I can do...' These families know what it is to have this intervention and they know what they're losing when it's gone and I'll have to answer to it, so that is what matters to me, selfishly, sir," Garner said with a sad smile, her voice cracking with emotion.
Garner talked about visiting the home of an impoverished family in central California and seeing an 11-month-old baby boy who was sitting on the floor staring at a TV and did not even look up when she and a group coordinator walked in the door. The rep gave him a ball and encouraged his mother to play with him. It appeared he had never seen one before and reacted positively when the mom complied. The rep also encouraged her to talk to him.
"A child who is not touched, who is not spoken to, who is not read to or sung to in the first five years of his or her life will not fully recover," she said. "Neglect can be every bit as harmful as abuse. When many of these children enter kindergarten, they don't know their letters and numbers. They don't know how to sit in a circle or listen to a story, they don't know how to hold a book. They may have never even seen a book."
"It's easy to escape responsibility for disgrace like that by blaming the parents," she said. "Who doesn't talk to a child? Who doesn't sing to their child? I'll tell you who. Parents who have lived their whole lives with the stresses that come, with food scarcity, with lack of adequate shelter, with drug addiction and abuse. Parents who were left on the floor when they were children, ignored by their parents who had to choose as one out of three mothers in this country do, between providing food or a clean diaper for their children. Poverty dulls the senses, it saps hope, it destroys the will."
Garner called for a "significant investment in high-quality childhood education, proven effective programs like Early Head Start, childcare development block grants, preschool development grants and home visitation models such as Save the Children's Early Steps to School Success" so that "we can intervene in these children's lives in time to make a difference."
"These children don't vote, they don't make political contributions, neither do their parents," she said. "Somebody has to tell their story above all the noise. Poverty is silent, but I can't be."
‘Brothered Up’: Merrin Dungey To Co-Star In CBS Comedy PilotConviction‘s Merrin Dungey is set to co-star opposite Romany Malco and Adhir Kalyan in Brothered Up, CBS’ multi-camera buddy cop comedy from CBS TV Studios.
To do Brothered Up, Dungey has been released from Conviction, which has not been officially canceled but is not coming back for a second season. She is the third series regular from the freshman ABC drama to book a new series regular gig, joining Manny Montana, cast in the NBC drama pilot Good Girls, and Emily Kinney, cast in ABC’s straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley.
Written and executive produced by Mark Gross, with sitcom veteran James Burrows directing and exec producing, Brothered Up centers on Calvin (Malco), an emotionally guarded African-American cop who is partnered with Farooq (Kalyan), an emotionally available Pakistani cop, and they are forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood. Dungey will play Desri, Calvin’s wife, the woman who knows him better than he knows himself. The cast also includes Nishi Munshi and Glynn Turman.
Alias alum Dungey is coming off a recurring role on HBO’s Big Little Lies. She’s repped by Gersh, Industry Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Melissa George Tearfully Claims She Was Beaten By Her ExMelissa George is speaking out for the first time about allegedly being assaulted by her ex-partner and the father of her children, Jean-David Blanc.
Through a tearful recollection, the Australian-American actress is breaking her silence in a teaser for an interview with Australia's Channel Seven's Sunday Night, making claims about a violent incident between her and the French entrepreneur last September in Paris—a claim Blanc has already denied in court.
"I've been hit, I've been in a fight," George recalled in the teary interview. "I've got my babies."
Afterward, she says she struggled to regain her strength. "I couldn't walk, couldn't turn my neck," she said.
Ever since the incident, the media has gone wild with tabloid stories. "The lies, people being bribed," she remembered of the news surrounding her at the time, including the alleged kidnapping charges when she tried to leave France with her two sons, Raphaël Blanc and Solal Samuel Glenn Blanc.
And this is why she's decided to speak out about the alleged incident, six months later. "I have no other choice," she told the program, understanding that it's a big risk but feeling that it's her that her only option to protect her children.
Meanwhile, George was taken to the Cochin hospital last September with bruises and swelling on her face, claiming her partner at the time had beat her, according to the DailyMail.
A month later, the pair went to court where Blanc denied the allegations.
George's interview will air this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Seven's Sunday Night.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Are Co-Parents, Not a Couple: "Nothing Has Changed"Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's relationship status continues to raise questions.
The self-proclaimed co-parents announced their separation nearly two years ago, but the husband and wife of 10 years has made little movement since that public declaration, considering the actor has not moved out and still considers the family's property his primary residence.
As of late, reports have been brewing that Garner is ready to file for divorce, but according to sources, that's not necessarily the case. "Their relationship is very fluid and nothing has really changed," one source told E! News. "They have been working at their relationship for the past few years."
Then, in a twist, People reported that Garner backtracked on the filing, and instead, called off their divorce for the time being. Sources say that's not accurate.
"Nothing has changed," one insider insisted. "They are not back together. They are co-parenting. The most important thing in all of this are their kids."
As a previous source put it, "There have been times when a reconciliation looked very likely. They love each other and that hasn't changed. But, it's unclear what the future holds for them."
While we continue to monitor the status of this duo, the stars continue to do what they've always said they're doing—raising their children together.
In early February, they were spotted in their Sunday best heading off to church with their three kids, Violet Affleck, 11, Seraphina Affleck, 8, and Samuel Affleck, 5.
"Jen is a superhero mom," Affleck told E!'s Catt Sadler in 2016. "She is an amazing mother and I'm really lucky to have her as a partner to co-parent these kids with. We try our best."
When NBC's Natalie Morales praised Garner for their ability to work as a team despite any personal conflict, the proud mom chimed in with, "It has to be. You don't have a choice."
Jennifer Garner calls off divorce from Ben Affleck, report claimsTrue love is not yet lost for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, as the Hollywood power couple is putting divorce plans on the back burner for now, according to a report.
Both the “Batman” star and his “Alias” wife think that their 11-year marriage can be salvaged, even after allegations a few years ago that Ben cheated with their nanny.
“She really wants to work things out with Ben. They are giving things another try,” a source close to Garner told People magazine.
“They love each other. They also really, really love their kids and those kids love their parents.”
Asked about the status of the couple’s marital status, the source gave a simple description to The Post — it’s complicated.
“It’s the status quo, They have been working hard at their relationship and at co-parenting,” the source said. “It’s the same. They are not running to the altar and they’re not running to arbitration.”
The source said Garner and Affleck, both 44, still live together despite announcing in June 2015 that they planned to divorce.
That announcement came on the heels of Nannygate, in which Ben was accused of having an affair with the couple’s then-28-year-old child-minder, Christine Ouzounian.
Ben has vehemently denied cleating, while Garner was a little cagier.
“Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny,” she told Vanity Fair last year.
Garner has also defended her marriage as genuine.
“It was a real marriage,” Garner said. “It wasn’t for the cameras. And it was a huge priority for me to stay in it. And that did not work.”
Gina Torres Closes Deal To Star & Produce Potential ‘Suits’ Spinoff – Get the DetailsIt’s on! Former Suits co-star Gina Torres has closed a deal with the studio behind the hit USA legal drama series, Universal Cable Prods., to headline and produce a potential spinoff series centered on her Suits character, uber attorney and office style icon Jessica Pearson. The project will be shepherded by Suits creator/showrunner Aaron Korsh, whose deal is still being worked out. The new series, which is in very early stages of development, is based on an idea Torres brought to UCP, which is ran by Jeff Wachtel. There has been a lot of enthusiasm for the project, with Torres’ deal closing quickly as UCP stepped up while Torres was fielding offers for broadcast pilots.
“I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity and the level of confidence Bonnie Hammer, Jeff Wachtel and everyone at UCP have in me and the potential of this project,” Torres said in a statement to Deadline. “Can’t wait to get started.”
Korsh will serve as an executive producer and showrunner on the spinoff series, shepherding it alongside his showrunner duties on Suits.
“Gina had the idea and went to the studio. She pitched an idea of what happens if we follow Jessica into the future a little bit,” Korsh told Deadline. “She has a specific take on it that we’re still mulling over right now. They were excited about it, I was excited about it, and we decided to move forward with thinking about what it is.”
SPOILER ALERT: Portions of this story include a detail about tonight’s Season 6 finale of Suits.
Torres’ deal comes as Jessica Pearson made a surprise return to Suits in the final minutes of tonight’s Season 6 finale. This was Torres’ first time back on the show since exiting as a series regular in the Season 6 summer finale in September. You can read all about it and the rest of tonight episode’s twists in my finale postmortem Q&A with Korsh.
Korsh and Torres had stayed in touch since she left the show, going out to lunch and dinner now and then. The new project coming together was serendipitous — as Torres was pitching a Jessica Pearson series to the studio, Korsh was thinking about the character.
“I think we were editing either Episode 15 or 16, and sometimes I want to go back and look at an old episode to look at a piece of music,” he said. “We were doing that and whatever the scene was, we pulled it up. It was a shot of Jessica from last year, and I was just like, ‘Man I miss Jessica so much.'”
Korsh quickly came on board the potential spinoff, which he would be writing by himself or with another writer. It is unclear yet whether the potential offshoot would be worked into the story of the upcoming seventh season of Suits or it will be developed completely on its own .
“Jessica Pearson is an iconic character in my mind and hopefully in the public’s mind,” he said. “Gina Torres is a consummate professional both as an actress and brilliant human being, and I think she’s emerging as s a force as a producer. So when we talked about it, we got very excited about it — both from a creative possibility standpoint and just working with Gina. She’s just such a pleasure to work with, so though it is in its early stages, I’m very excited because I love Gina and I love Jessica.”
Korsh originally wanted to kill off Jessica Pearson in the Season 6 summer finale, giving the character a dramatic ending, but changed the storyline upon objections from the network. Instead, after taking up a pro-bono case, Jessica ended up deciding to go to Chicago to be with her love, Jeff (D.B. Woodside).
“At the time there was no thought in my head of planting any sort of spinoff,” Korsh said. “The Chicago thing sort of just emanated. When she originally wanted to become a lawyer, this wasn’t the lawyer necessarily that she wanted to be, and the pro-bono case reawakens this fire in her. Then we thought, let’s bring Jeff back. He’s going to move to Chicago and inspire her to go there and ride off into the sunset.”
When Jessica reappeared in tonight’s Season 6 finale to help Mike clinch a crucial vote and finally become a lawyer, she was still living in Chicago though there was no mention of Jeff. (Woodside is a series regular on Fox’s Lucifer, which has been renewed for a new season.)
Will Jessica stay in Chicago for her own series? “Once you start really digging in creatively on something, you never know where it’s going to lead. So since we haven’t dug in really creatively yet, it could lead anywhere, but if I were a betting man, I would probably say it will still be Chicago,” Korsh said.
Torres left the mothership series, which films in Toronto, in large part because it was getting difficult for her to be away for so long from her family, who are based in Los Angeles. While she had been working primarily in Los Angeles since, she was said to be willing to film elsewhere for the right project.
As for Jessica possibly popping up on season 7 of Suits, “I would never count her out is what I would say,” Korsh said. “We don’t have specific plans but she’s obviously always a near and dear character of the show and if opportunities arise, we would of course love to bring her back.”
How Drew Barrymore Helped Michael Vartan Land His Breakout Role in Never Been Kissed on The ArrangementWe cannot imagine Drew Barrymore's classic rom com Never Been Kissed without Michael Vartan (AKA Mr. Coulson).
But Vartan says he never thought he'd actually land the role after his audition
"I auditioned for Never Been Kissed 116 years ago and I was as nervous as can be," Vartan told E! News during our exclusive visit to the set of his new E! show The Arrangement. "It was my first, one of my first really big movie auditions and I really had no notion or thought that I was gonna get the job. And Drew Barrymore, who was the star and producer of the movie, fought very hard for me and I got the job."
Since landing his big breakout role in Never Been Kissed almost 20 years ago, the 48-year-old actor has starred in lots of major TV shows and films, including Alias with Jennifer Garner and Monster-in-Law opposite Jennifer Lopez. However, Vartan admits he's still gets nervous when it comes to auditioning.
"Every audition is terrible," Vartan added. "It's really nothing but self-loathing and self-doubt. The auditions I thought I'd done the best on I never even got a call back and the auditions where I threw my sides in the trash walking out saying 'that's done' you get a call back. There's no rhyme or reason."
Jennifer Garner stresses early education with US governorsActress Jennifer Garner says growing up “surrounded by generational, rural poverty” in West Virginia inspired her to become an advocate for early-childhood education.
Garner spoke at a meeting of the National Governors Association on Saturday about programs that bring educators into the homes of low-income parents to help them get their kids ready for kindergarten. At one point, her microphone was cut off and she said, “It’s like the Oscars!”
Garner says kids who don’t come to school prepared face huge disadvantages later in life. She says she saw it growing up, when kids stopped showing up at school and “disappeared off the face of the earth.”
She says intervention can make a difference with parents who lack the resources to help their kids’ developing brains.
Suits Spinoff Centered on Gina Torres' Jessica Eyed at USA NetworkThe long arm of the law is reaching back out to Gina Torres.
TVLine has learned exclusively that a Suits spinoff centered on former cast member Torres — whose fan-favorite character Jessica Pearson was written out of the legal drama last September — is quietly being developed.
When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Universal Cable Productions (the studio behind Suits) would neither confirm nor denied the spinoff buzz, telling TVLine, “The Suits team is currently focused on the remaining episodes of Season 6 and what’s next for the characters when they return in Season 7.”
Torres’ exit from the USA Network drama last fall was, by all accounts, extremely amicable. At the time, the actress explained that her decision to move on was purely a geographical one; even though Suits is set in New York, it shoots in Toronto, and Torres said it was “necessary to get back to my life [in Los Angeles] and all the very important things that being on location in Toronto made very difficult to manage.”
Shortly thereafter, Torres joined the cast of ABC’s L.A.-based The Catch in a one-year deal.
It’s not clear where the potential Jessica-centric offshoot would be set, but when last we saw her she was heading to Chicago to start a new life with her ex Malone (DB Woodside, who’s now on Fox’s Lucifer).
“I don’t believe for one second it’s the last we’ll see of Jessica Pearson,” Torres said back in September. “Not. For. One. Second. And don’t you either.”
Jennifer Garner In Final Negotiations To Join ‘Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’Jennifer Garner is in final negotiations to join Fox 2000’s coming-of-age film Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda based on the popular YA novel by Becky Albertelli. She joins an ever-growing cast on the film which includes Katherine Langford, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp and Logan Miller. Greg Berlanti is directing.
Fox acquired the popular YA novel in October for The Fault in Our Stars producers Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner at Temple Hill. Described as a John Hughes-style coming-of-age, coming-out story, the studio bought the debut novel by Becky Albertelli in a pre-emptive strike. The book was adapted by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger.
The story follows Simon Spier, a 16-year-old not-so-openly gay student. When an email written by Simon falls into the wrong hands, he becomes at risk of his secret going public. Change-averse Simon is forced to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out — in a way that won’t alienate his friends, compromise himself or ruin a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he hasn’t even met yet. Garner would star as Simon’s Mom.
Pouya Shahbazian (Divergent) of New Leaf will also produce. Garner, who next stars opposite Bryan Cranston in Robin Swicord’s Wakefield from IFC on May 26, is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Arrangement Premiere Online(Video) Looks like you’ll have access to E!’s Arrangement earlier than everyone thought.
The cable network has made the premiere of its new drama, The Arrangement, available online ahead of its March 5 airdate (10/9c).
The upcoming series — which stars Josh Henderson (Dallas), Christine Evangelista (Chicago Fire) and Michael Vartan (Alias) — centers on an A-list Hollywood superstar who has ties to a controversial organization and who offers a young actress a marital contract.
Michael Vartan Definitely Still Wants an Alias Reunion, But... on The ArrangementPaging Jennifer Garner!
Michael Vartan is totally down for an Alias reunion, he revealed exclusively to E! News at the premiere of his new series The Arrangement in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, which was also attended by his co-stars Josh Henderson, Christine Evangelista, Lexa Doig and celebs Jake Paul, Ireland Baldwin and more!
"I always joke that if they do, they better hurry up, because I'm getting up there in age," Vartan said. "Running down those hallways, you know, I'm not 30 anymore so...I would definitely be interested, but I haven't heard anything about it."
And while Vartan hasn't heard rumors of a reboot, he wouldn't want a new cast to do it.
"I think just personally on a selfish level, how dare they do that show with another cast?" Vartan joked. "Just because I'm so fond of that experience and the people I got to work with."
The ABC series went off the air in May 2006.
Jennifer Garner finally ready to file for divorce from Ben AffleckJennifer Garner is on the brink of filing for divorce from Ben Affleck, nearly two years after the Hollywood power couple announced their split.
News of Bennifer’s impending divorce was reported Friday by Us Weekly.
“No matter what happens, Ben and Jen are committed to raising their family as one unit and will continue to do so as it has worked for them,” a source told Us about the soon-to-be divorce. “They are both committed to their family.”
Garner and Affleck separated in 2015 after 10 years of marriage.
The couple, who met on the set of 2001’s movie “Pearl Harbor,” have three children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 4.
Affleck has moved out of their Brentwood home.
Affleck’s career has seen a rocky spell over the last several weeks. His film “Live by Night” tanked at the box office and he stepped down from directing Warner Brothers’ next live-action Batman film. Though he’s appearing as the Dark Knight in the upcoming “Justice League,” reports have suggested he’s already tired of the cowl and wants out.
Marvel's Runaways: James Marsters, Annie Wersching Among 'Pride' Parents“Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were?”
That is among the questions at the fore of Hulu’s upcoming Marvel’s Runaways adaptation, and TVLine has a first look at the “Pride” AKA parents of the titular youths.
Among the familiar faces on hand are James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Annie Wersching (24), as well as Kevin Weisman (Alias), Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives) and Ever Carradine (Major Crimes).
Rounding out the parentral ranks are Ryan Sands (The Wire), Angel Parker (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Brittany Ishibashi (Emily Owens M.D.), James Yaegashi (Broadway’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan).
“This cast is an abundance of riches. We are so excited to have assembled our Pride, though for the fate of humanity we should be very concerned…,” executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage said/warned of the castings. Added Runaways comic co-creator and series executive consultant Brian K. Vaughn, “[This series] has enough great actors to support two shows, but I love that this project contains multiple generations of incredible talent all in one story.”
Marsters and Carradine play Victor and Janet Stein, parents to Chase (Gregg Sulkin, Faking It). He’s an engineering genius who has lofty expectations for his son — and when they aren’t met, retribution can be fierce; she’s a perfect PTA mom harboring a brilliant mind of her own, and who longs for more from her life.
Wersching and Pardue kip-pardueplay Leslie and Frank Dean, parents to Carolina (Virginia Gardner). She’s a poised and skilled leader whose charisma draws in devoted allies and followers. He’s a former teen star who rode a short-lived movie career and is now teeming with insecurity.
Weisman and Brannagh play Dale and Stacey Yorkes, parents to Gert (Ariela Barer). He’s a bioengineer whose deep love for his family oftentimes falls short as far as knowing the right things to say to his daughter. Stacey, too, is a bioengineer, and utilizes a more progressive approach to her parenting style.
Sands and Parker play Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, parents to Alex (Rhenzy Feliz). He’s a hulking presence who can effortlessly shift from approachable father to intimidating strategist; she’s a successful lawyer, deliberate and calculating in both her words and actions.
Ishibashi and Yaegashi Tina and Robert Minoru, parents to Nico (Lyrica Okano). She’s a perfectionist “tiger mom,” as well as a brilliant innovator and ruthless CEO; he is a gentle and brilliant beta, “the Woz to his wife’s Jobs.”
ATX's Alias ReunionThe ATX Television Festival, taking place June 8-11 in Austin, Texas, will host an Alias writers’ room reunion with scribes Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and additional to-be-announced panelists. The TV fest will also feature an open community screening of Parks & Recreation on Friday, June 9.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Expecting First ChildBradley Cooper‘s next big role? Dad.
The actor’s girlfriend, Victoria’s Secret model Irina Shayk, is pregnant with their first child, a source tells PEOPLE. Reps for the couple have not confirmed the pregnancy or responded to requests for comment.
Shayk, 30, and Cooper, 41, have been dating since spring 2015, not long after the former split from soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and the latter from Suki Waterhouse.
The happy couple aren’t shy about their romance, regularly stepping out together on exotic trips and at fun events.
Just ahead of the baby news, Shayk walked in the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which was filmed in Paris on Wednesday and will air Monday on CBS.
The mom-to-be, dressed in gray lingerie and thigh high black boots, let her baby bump peek through her trench coat as she stopped to pose for the crowd. Taking another turn down the runway, Shayk wore a red halter top bra and strappy stilettos, but kept her belly hidden with a matching fringed robe.
E! News was the first to report the pregnancy.
Bradley Cooper, Gavin O’Connor Team On Imperative’s WWII Drama ‘Atlantic Wall’Imperative Entertainment has attached Bradley Cooper to star and Gavin O’Connor to direct Atlantic Wall, the Zach Dean-scripted WWII drama. Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, who bought this as a pitch several years ago, are producing. Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner also is producing. The drama tracks a lone American paratrooper stranded behind enemy lines hours before D-Day. His assignment is to deliver intelligence critical to the outcome of the war, and he is compelled to fulfill a promise to protect the young son of a murdered ally. The script made the 2015 Black List.
'We’re thrilled Imperative is bringing Atlantic Wall to life on screen with a talented filmmaker like Gavin,” Friedkin said. “Bradley’s phenomenal track record speaks for itself. He’s perfect to portray our complicated, often reluctant hero. We can’t imagine better creative partners.”
Cooper last wore combat fatigues in the 2014 blockbuster American Sniper. He’s also been working on his directorial debut, a remake of A Star Is Born, which he’ll star in with Lady Gaga. O’Connor is coming off the hit thriller The Accountant. All of those films were at Warner Bros, the studio where Cooper and partner Todd Phillips base their production company, Joint Effort. Cooper and Phillips will be exec producers alongside O’Connor and Robyn Meisinger. While Imperative intends to co-finance a film that will shoot on location in Normandy, it will secure a studio partner. Not surprisingly, I’ve heard the conversation is with Warner Bros, though no deal has been made.
The film is slated to shoot in 2018, which would give Cooper plenty of time to direct A Star Is Born before taking on the action thriller. He also is producing and developing Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS with HBO and is reprising his Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which Marvel and Disney release in May.
This becomes another major project for Imperative, which made its big splash as an up-and-coming financier/producer with its $5 million acquisition of the David Grann book Killers of the Flower Moon. Eric Roth is writing the script. More recently, Imperative won another big auction when it acquired the Christine Mangan novel Tangerine, a 1950s Morocco-set thriller/mystery that has Scarlett Johansson attached to star and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse aboard to produce with Imperative’s Friedkin and Thomas.
Dean also wrote Voyagers at Warners Bros, the Carl Sagan story that Lynda Obst and Annie Druyan are producing. Also at Warner Bros is Methusaleh, his script that David Heyman is producing, which just got Joachim Ronning (co-director of Kon-Tiki and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as its helmer. The scribe also sold the pitch Ghost Draft to Skydance, with David Goyer’s Phantom Four producing.
Cooper is repped by CAA, and O’Connor is repped by WME. Dean repped by WME, Madhouse and attorney Andrew Hurwitz.
SightingsJ.J. Abrams and one of his kids at the Public Theater seeing “Tiny Beautiful Things”
Heroes Star on FlashGreg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias) will recur on The Flash, beginning with the Nov. 22 episode, as Detective Tom Patterson, Mashable reports.
Jennifer Garner Shares How She Teaches Her Children ValuesLike mother, like children.
In the midst of raising three children with ex Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner wants her daughter and sons to blossom into upstanding people who help others. As she sees it, that means leading by example.
"I think teaching your kids anything is a lifelong job and certainly values are something—you cant just say, 'Here, have values!' You have to show them that you have values," she told E! News at Save the Children's 4th Annual Illumination Gala. As the evening's host, Garner publicly championed support for the organization, which promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries and disaster areas.
As long as Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, are paying attention to their their famous mom's actions, Garner has won half the parenting battle.
"The most important thing is just modeling at this age. When they're older, they'll hopefully travel with us and go to places and be boots on the ground, but for right now, it's just really important to both of us that they see and appreciate the work we do," she told E! News.
It's a mantra she's focused on throughout her time co-parenting with Affleck, telling Today's Natalie Morales "if you care about other people," your kids will, too.
"I don't think empathy is something you can drill in someone's head. You have to have faith that while your kids can seem to be selfish and concerned only about the word 'mine' sometimes, overall, they are watching you really carefully," she said.
However, that also means Garner must always be in check.
"I try to be the best version of myself and to have faith that they're watching me as carefully when I do something right as they do when I roll through a stop sign."
A-listers honor James Murdoch at Ghetto Film School benefit21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch was honored at the Ghetto Film School’s benefit at the Santa Monica, Calif., home of Brian Grazer.
Fox helps fund the organization, which started in The Bronx, develops young filmmakers, and founded its new LA campus.
Bradley Cooper, J.J. Abrams, David O. Russell, Lachlan Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Sterling K. Brown mingled with alumni at the event.
Grazer told students that at age 29 he wrote his hit “Splash,” saying, “A friend said the reason it was a success was because it’s a true expression of how you see love. That is what you want to protect as young filmmakers. Your distinct voice makes you special.”
Jennifer Garner Jokes That She's Dating Brad Pitt (but Maybe She's on to Something?)(Video) Are people going to start shipping a new Hollywood couple?
In an effort to give paparazzi something to talk about, Jennifer Garner decided to joke around with the shutterbugs who were following her back to her car with a gal-pal after workout in Los Angeles. Per usual, the paps asked the actress about her love life (her and ex Ben Affleck continue to make headlines), but this time she threw them for a whirlwind.
"Brad Pitt and I are dating," she said "You're dating Brad Pitt?" the videographer asked, to which Garner laughs, "Yeah!" Her comment drew laughs from everyone around her, and Garner continued to giggle her way to the car with coffee in hand. The humble and sweet moment was entertaining to watch, but we gotta ask—did she just plant some seeds in peoples' minds?
Sure, that might be awkward given the small circle of A-listers and the possibility of a Ben-Jen-Brad-Angelina Jolie feud, but in Hollywood, that doesn't tend to stop people (or at least, stop people from imagining it happening).
Regardless, we know Garner was just throwing paps a bone for some entertainment. In fact, Garner compared her split with Affleck to that of Pitt and Jennifer Aniston earlier this year.
The Miracles From Heaven actress opened up about her marriage's demise in the pages of Vanity Fair's March 2016 issue and revealed that she's she's aware that people are waiting for her and Ben to get back together.
"When Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt broke up," she admitted to the magazine, "I was dying to see something that said they were getting back together."
As we all know by now, that wasn't the case and Pitt ended up in a relationship (and then marriage) with Jolie. Similar to that case, Garner suggested that fans need to stop themselves from hoping that she and Affleck will call the breakup off and get back together, because that doesn't seem likely.
But what about dating Pitt? Would you ship it?
Jennifer Garner Opens Up About Starting a New School Year with Three Kids: ‘It’s Crazy Town!’Most parents can attest to the fact that the first few weeks of a new school year can be a little chaotic, and Jennifer Garner is no exception.
“Everything shifts,” Garner tells PEOPLE. “It’s crazy town. I always feel like September is bananas, doing initial meetings, meetings for room mom, field trips. It’s crazy, but good.”
The busy mom of Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7 and Samuel, 4, her children with Ben Affleck, is also focused on raising awareness for a cause very close to her heart. Garner, also a longtime ambassador for Save the Children, has teamed up with Huggies during National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Huggies will donate 7.5 million diapers and wipes to Baby2Baby, where they will be distributed to families in need.
“Families desperately need diapers,” says Garner, 44. “And if they’re choosing between diapers and food for their kids, that is a problem. With enough of those stressors in a mother’s life, it leads to toxic stress. How is a child supposed to be a happy baby and sweet and interact if they are uncomfortable and they have a rash? This [donation helps to] lift that worry off mothers’ shoulders.”
When it comes to her kids, the mom of three says she’s honest with her children about her own tough moments.
“I said to my kids yesterday, ‘This has been a long week,’ ” says Garner. “Kids fight, they push and pull. The beginning of school is stressful for them and they take it out on Mom. I have to say, ‘You guys, this is a lot for me. I need a break!’ We all have to chill out.”
And the star of the upcoming Tribes of Palos Verdes is looking forward to more meaningful professional work.
“It’s one thing at a time,” she says. “It’s really about, this is what’s happening at home and this is what’s needed. Sometimes I actually need to go and work. I need to do something for me. And luckily, I’m able to step away and do that.”
But with the holidays approaching, Garner says right now, family is the biggest thing on her mind.
“Family all being together [makes me happiest],” she says. “My sisters and nieces and nephews and parents will all be together for a week at Christmas. And for now, we’re starting to think about Halloween costumes. It’s all fun!”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in ‘tense’ talks at block partyBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner appeared to be in a “tense” conversation, sources said, at a neighborhood block party in Los Angeles over the weekend.
The separated stars were back in town together, sources said, after Affleck had been working on superhero epic “Justice League.”
A spy said that the co-parents were having an intense conversation at a “carnaval-themed” block party in their neighborhood, and that Garner looked particularly upset after glancing at something on her phone.
Reports recently said that Affleck could be rekindling his romance with former flame Jennifer Lopez. But a source told Page Six of Affleck and Garner, who’ve also been rumored to be reuniting after their split last June: “They are both working really hard” at their relationship.
Suits' Gina Torres Jumps to The CatchGina Torres‘ stint on the unemployment line was, to put it mildly, brief.
The actress, whose six-season run on Suits came to an end Wednesday night, is joining the cast of ABC’s The Catch in a top-secret recurring role, TVLine has learned. She’ll debut early into the Shondaland thriller’s second season, which kicks off at midseason.
Regarding her Suits exit, Torres says she asked to be released from the Toronto-based USA Network drama so she could relocate back home to Los Angeles (which, not so coincidentally, is where The Catch shoots). “Leaving the show was indeed a difficult decision to make,” the actress said in a statement. “However at this time, it is necessary to get back to my life [in Los Angeles] and all the very important things that being on location in Toronto made very difficult to manage.”
Gina Torres Is Leaving SuitsPearson is indeed out.
Gina Torres is leaving Suits after five and a half seasons. She made her final appearance as a series regular on Wednesday's Season 6 summer finale, but the door is very open for return appearances.
"Playing Jessica Pearson has been one of the greatest rides of my career," Torres said in a statement. "It isn't often that an actress gets the opportunity to embody so rich a character. Thanks to [creator] Aaron Korsh's wonderful writing and his singular vision of Jessica, I believe that together we created a woman who has everything. Real power, wealth, intelligence, intuitive wisdom, humor, unapologetic female sexuality and, arguably, the best wardrobe in all of television.
"Because of all these qualities, I have not only been able to entertain Suits fans but, with much pride and awe, I can say I have also inspired quite a few future Jessicas as well as shined a light on real-life Jessica Pearsons who are out in the world at this very moment, owning their place at the head of the table -- not unlike our real Queen at USA/Universal Cable Productions, Bonnie Hammer, a force of nature who has been one of Jessica's biggest fans and supporters, as well as a true blessing in my own life as an example of what grace in power looks like. And that is a glorious thing."
Torres said she made the "difficult decision" to leave in order to spend more time at home. (Suits films in Toronto.) "I can't thank USA enough for being so understanding and supporting me in my choice and so I am incredibly grateful," she continued. "Having said that, I don't believe for one second it's the last we'll see of Jessica Pearson. Not. For. One. Second. And don't you either."
Once she decided to leave, Korsh said they "worked together to come up with a plan to gracefully allow her to move on from the show and be happy."
"Gina Torres brought Jessica Pearson to life for six wonderful seasons with intelligence, strength, tenacity and grace. There is no color of the rainbow she cannot portray, no scene she cannot dominate. She is an amazing actress, a wonderful human being, and an utter pleasure to work with," he said in a statement.
"But no matter where she goes, as far as I'm concerned, Gina is part of the Suit family, and she can come back whenever she wants. As I said to her recently, she is a rare combination of talent and class and I would go to war with her any day of the week and twice on Sunday."
Torres' departure is not a complete surprise, as her contract was up after Season 6. Earlier this year, she joined the ABC pilot The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez in the title role, which was not picked up to series. Had it been ordered to series, Deadline reported at the time that Torres would remain a regular through the sixth season of Suits, with her character Jessica Pearson "likely getting phased out."
Jessica's exit was set up through the season-long storyline of rebuilding her eponymous firm, Pearson Specter Litt, after Mike's (Patrick J. Adams) arrest and her Innocence Project case which saw her defending death-row inmate Leonard Bailey (Glenn Plummer) with Rachel (Meghan Markle). On Wednesday's midseason finale, after getting Bailey exonerated will a killer cross-examination but simultaneously becoming disillusioned with her job, Jessica turned down Robert Zane's (Wendell Pierce) offer to merge her fledgling firm with his. She instead handed PSL over to Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Louis (Rick Hoffman) so she could move to Chicago with Jeff (D.B. Woodside).
"I forgot why I became a lawyer in the first place and it wasn't just to fight for money and power," she said. "It was to fight for something more. ... I don't want to be a corporate lawyer anymore."
Jessica's stone-cold fierceness will be sorely missed, but at the same time, how many more times can she save the firm? She's always put PSL first, so it's about time she put herself first. And in a nice transition, it was fitting that Harvey and Louis saved the firm this time by securing Jim Reynolds. This development also provides some fertile new ground for the series, with Harvey now as the boss man. Jessica's steely coolness was the perfect foil for his impulsive bluster. What will a post-Jessica PSL world look like?
Melissa George Hospitalized After Alleged Assault by Her Partner: ReportFormer Grey's Anatomy actress Melissa George was hospitalized Wednesday after being assaulted by her partner, French website Paris Match reports.
The 40-year-old Australian reportedly accused her partner Jean-David Blanc, the founder of French movie website Allociné, of causing her injuries that included a swollen face, bodily pain, nausea and dizziness.
According to the report, George called the police from her home on Wednesday evening to report the incident.
George, who appeared on Grey's from 2008 to 2009 as Dr. Sadie Harris, was hospitalized for over 24 hours at Cochin Hospital in Paris, the report states.
The Golden Globe-nominated actress most recently starred in The Slap and Heartbeat and has two young children – sons Räphael, 2, and Solal, 10 months – with Blanc.
A rep for the actress did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
‘A Star Is Born’ Gets Warner Bros Green Light; Bradley Cooper Directs, Stars With Lady GagaWarner Bros has green lit A Star Is Born. Production begins early next year in California, marking the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, who’ll also star alongside Lady Gaga. Latter gets her first studio starring role, as the ingenue singer whose star rises as quickly as her troubled lover/mentor’s star is falling. Deals have been closed by Warner Bros president of Creative Development and WW Production Greg Silverman, and Gaga will compose and perform new music for the film. This picture has been a long time coming for Cooper, who is teaming on the script with Will Fetters. Billy Gerber and Jon Peters are producing with Cooper and his Joint Effort partner Todd Phillips. Basil Iwanyk is exec producer. Production will begin early next year in California.
Deadline was first to reveal that Gaga was the one Cooper wanted, after things didn’t work out with Beyonce. He was eyeing this as his directing debut back when he was working with Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros on American Sniper, and he won over Warner Bros brass with a chemistry test that the studio loved. Aside from her megawatt stature as a Grammy-winning recording star, Gaga has bolstered her standing on the acting front with a performance in the FX hit American Horror Story that won a Golden Globe. She also got an Oscar nomination for ‘Til It Happens To You from the documentary The Hunting Ground. They all felt Cooper was ready to be a director and that Gaga was ready to take the next step as an actress.
“For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director,” Silverman said. “We are honored that he is doing it, here, at his home—Warner Bros.—and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of A Star is Born.” Cooper and Gaga are repped by CAA.
Sky’s ‘Riviera’ Completes Cast Opposite Julia Stiles In Neil Jordan Jet-Set ThrillerAdrian Lester, Iwan Rheon and Lena Olin are among the full cast that has been set to join Julia Stiles-starrer Riviera, Sky’s pan-European thriller that’s just starting filming in the South of France. Created by Neil Jordan, the 10-part drama is based on an idea from U2’s former manager, Paul McGuinness. Kris Thykier and Liza Marshall’s Archery Pictures and Primo Productions are producing.
Also joining the previously announced Stiles in the story of morally ambiguous characters and complex relationships are Dimitri Leonidas (The Monuments Men), Roxanne Duran (White Ribbon) and Phil Davis (Poldark).
Riviera is based in the world of the ultra-rich and set against the sun-drenched backdrop of the Cote d’Azur where Stiles plays Georgina, a Midwesterner and former fine-art scholar turned resourceful wife of billionaire Constantine Clios. After a year of marriage, her life is blown apart when Constantine is killed in an explosion aboard the yacht of a Russian oligarch and arms dealer.
Believing there’s more to the tragedy, Georgina sets out to uncover what happened, discovering dark truths about her husband. She enters a spiral of moral descent, becoming immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing and criminality. But to protect her family and its fortune, she will have to learn to adapt, survive and ultimately thrive in her dangerous new reality.
Lester (Undercover, London Spy) plays Georgina’s friend and art dealer Robert Carver; Rheon (Game Of Thrones) and Leonidas are sons Adam and Christos; Olin is Irina, Constantine’s beautiful ex-wife.
Jordan wrote the series with John Banville (The Sea). Executive producers are Jordan, Marshall, Thykier and McGuinness. Foz Allan is producer and worldwide distribution is being handled by Sky Vision.
Sky will make Riviera available to its customers in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2017.
Jennifer Garner on Her New Normal With Ben Affleck: "We Are Definitely a Modern Family""We are definitely a modern family," Jennifer Garner said Thursday.
That's an understatement.
For the first time since her explosive Vanity Fair profile was published earlier this year (followed by a softer interview with Savannah Guthrie), the Nine Lives actress spoke in detail about the state of her marriage to Ben Affleck on NBC's Today. Though the couple split in the summer of 2015, Jennifer and Ben continue to cohabitate in L.A. as they co-parent their kids: Violet Affleck, 10, Seraphina Affleck, 7, and Samuel Affleck, 4.
Earlier this summer, the family traveled to Europe, sparking rumors the pair had reconciled. "Ben was working in London on Justice League and I felt like, 'Well, the kids should have that experience,'" Jennifer, 44, explained. "He and I are great friends and we just all went en masse. The kids and I had an amazing time, and he worked hard and got to join us for some. I want them to see everything's OK."
Other tabloid reports claimed the actors were back together and planning to take a romantic trip. But, as a source told E! News, "There are no plans for a second honeymoon anywhere. They are 100 percent still separated and focused on co-parenting for the kids' sake." Another insider added, "It is a fabricated story. They are not honeymooning, but they are just continuing along."
Today's Natalie Morales said it's "really admirable" how the exes "put the children first" and are still a "team" post-breakup. "It has to be. You don't have a choice," Jennifer said. "It has to be." Though their new normal might look unusual to some, she promised, "We're doing really well."
Family has always been Jennifer's No. 1 priority, and it's the main reasons she wanted to star in Nine Lives (in theaters Friday). "Parenting is about...you can't buy parenting, no matter what," the actress said. "You have to actually get down on the floor and spend some time together."
"I'm really glad that I'm playing moms because there's no more rich time in a woman's life than when you're having babies and when you're trying to figure out how to parent them and balance everything, and the emotional weight of seeing your children struggle," she added. "Whatever it is, there's so much there to draw from that it feels like I've aged into where I should be as far as acting goes. You know what I mean? As far as my career, I feel like I finally fit."
‘Black Flags’ Miniseries About Rise Of ISIS From Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips In Works At HBOBlack Flags: The Rise Of ISIS, the 2016 Pulitzer-winning nonfiction book by Joby Warrick, is headed to the small screen. HBO has put in development a miniseries being developed by Bradley Cooper, who executive produces with with Todd Phillips via the duo’s Joint Effort production banner. Bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X, Wolverine) is writing the adaptation and executive producing. Helmer Tim Van Patten (Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) executive produces and will direct.
Black Flags tells the story of the rise of ISIS, from its origins in a remote Jordanian prison to its stunning success in Syria. The book tracks the group’s unlikely roots and transformation into the world’s most feared terrorist organization — as well as the small band of American and international agents tasked with shutting it down.
After reading Black Flags, Cooper immediately envisioned it as a limited series and sought out Warrick. He and Phillips then traveled to Warrick’s hometown to meet with him. The duo pitched the idea for the mini and discussed collaborating on the project.
Black Flags could not be more timely as the threat of ISIS continues to grow with deadly attacks across multiple continents, including a string of tragedies in the heart of Europe.
Cooper and Phillips merged their Warner Bros.-based production companies into what became Joint Effort in 2014. The company’s first movie release, War Dogs, comes out August 19.
Cooper and Phillips are repped by CAA. Phillips also is repped by attorney Warren Dern. Warrick was repped in the deal by the Ross Yoon Agency and Hotchkiss & Associates.
Bradley Cooper 'Was Not Expecting' American Sniper Fans to be 'Up in Arms' Over His DNC Appearance(Video) Bradley Cooper was not expecting the adverse reaction his appearance at the DNC received from some disgruntled American Sniper fans.
The 41-year-old actor starred as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the 2014 biopic, which was directed by outspoken conservative Clint Eastwood. Kyle, a decorated soldier who was killed by a fellow marine suffering from PTSD, was also known for his conservative politics.
After he was spotted in the audience alongside his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, at last week's Democratic National Convention in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, some outraged fans vented their surprise on social media.
Cooper revealed on Tuesday's Late Late Show With James Corden that he "was not expecting" the blowback his attendance received on social media.
"Republicans were up in arms because I was there listening to the president speak," Cooper explained. "I think he was an incredible president. I was really excited."
Hangover director Todd Phillips was also a guest on the show, and quipped, "That's like the mob being mad at [Robert] De Niro for being in The Intern," he quipped.
The actor and director also reminisced about having dinner with former President Bill Clinton while filming The Hangover 2 in Thailand. According to Philips, the ex-president claimed to be a fan of the comedy Who's Your Caddy, and Cooper remembered the president jokingly asking for a role in the next A-Team film.
Jennifer Garner Looks Purrfect in Red at the Nine Lives Premiere(Pic) Little black dresses get all the love when it comes to must-have wardrobe staples. It makes sense, after all, there’s nothing like a simple, neutral sheath in everyone’s favorite (non-)color to make daily dressing just a little bit easier. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other pieces equally deserving of that same type of universal praise. For example, the dress Jennifer Garner wore to the premiere of her new cat-centric film Nine Lives may have the standard easy breezy silhouette, but she gave it a fun twist, opting for a bold red iteration with unexpected detailing.
The actress attended the film’s Los Angeles premiere wearing a red Alaïa fit-and-flare dress with a laser cut hem paired with black studded suede heels also from the designer and a ring and bracelets from Beladora. The look perfectly walked the line between the impulse all celebrities must face every summer to look perfectly put-together for the cameras and simultaneously wear as little as possible in order to keep cool under the brutal L.A. heat.
According to her stylists Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson, Jennifer’s red carpet look is all about enhancing the star’s classic sense of style. “We don’t try and re-invent the wheel with Jen’s style,” they told PeopleStyle, “She is a classic beauty and looks and feels best in classic styles like this Alaïa dress. Its always a win when we like something in a color and the Alaïa shoes added a little element of fun.” In other words, always wear something that makes you feel like the dancing girl emoji. Truly, words of wisdom we should all try and live our lives by.
'Don't Give Up Hope': Jennifer Garner Pays Tribute to Sick Kids During Surprise Teen Choice Awards WinJennifer Garner popped up at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday to accept a big award for her movie.
The 44-year-old actress was among a slew of some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities to attend the event, which was hosted by Victoria Justice and John Cena.
Garner and her young Miracles from Heaven costar Kiley Rogers were on-hand to accept the film's award for choice drama movie. In the film, Garner took on the role of real-life Texas mom Christy Beam in the story of a young girl who is miraculously cured from a rare disorder.
While accepting the award, Garner turned to , saying, "Thank you, this is for this little lady. That's for you baby.
"Thank you so much," she continued. "Thanks to everyone, we were definitely the underdog in this category. That's so exciting. It's amazing to us the impact this movie was able to have, and have all your guys appreciate it means the world to us."
Before leaving the stage, Garner said, "All the kids who are in a hospital waiting for a miracle, don't give up hope!"
The TCA appearance comes just days after a source confirmed to PEOPLE that, despite reports, Garner and her ex Ben Affleck are not back together.
Rumors circulated that the couple are reconciling and heading to Turks and Caicos, where they wed in 2005, for a romantic vacation.
"There are no plans for a second honeymoon anywhere," the source said. "Jennifer did not take Ben back."
The couple split last Summer but no divorce papers have been filed.
Despite the breakup, Garner and Affleck, 43, have repeatedly come together for their three children Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4.
Earlier this year, Affleck said that he and Garner are "good friends." And the two even shared a rented house in London for several weeks with their kids while Affleck filmed Justice League.
Conservatives not happy about Bradley Cooper at DNCBradley Cooper‘s appearance at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night has irked some conservative fans of the actor’s portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in 2014’s “American Sniper.”
Cooper was spotted by TV cameras seated at the meeting in Philadelphia alongside his Russian model girlfriend, Irina Shayk.
Some Twitter users say they plan to boycott Cooper’s future films over his presence at the convention. Another commented that they thought his experience playing Kyle would have rubbed off on him.
The complaints have been mocked by others who say Cooper was simply acting a role when playing Kyle and conservatives shouldn’t be surprised.
Cooper earned an Oscar nod for “American Sniper,” which became a blockbuster thanks in part to an enthusiastic reception among conservative moviegoers.
Jennifer Garner Starring in Netflix Animated Series Llama LlamaShe’s played a sexy double agent. She’s played a comic-book assassin. And now, in her most transformative role to date, Jennifer Garner will play… a llama.
Garner will voice Mama Llama in the new animated series Llama Llama, Netflix announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Based on the best-selling book series by Anna Dewdney, the show will follow the adventures of its titular character as he learns and grows alongside his closest friends — and, of course, his mother, with whom he shares a “warm and loving bond. She is his rock and safe haven.”
“I’ve read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books to my kids hundreds of times in the last 10 years,” Garner said in a statement. “Little did I know it would all count as rehearsal — I’m thrilled to bring Mama Llama to life for Netflix! The Llama Llama books are so fun to read, your kids won’t even notice they are learning life lessons, such as how to battle boredom, or braving the first day of school. But when your kids watch the coziness of Mama Llama’s relationship with her Little Llama, be ready for an extra snuggle as you connect, while learning about the world around you.”
The series boasts an all-star creative team, including directors Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and Saul Blinkoff (Doc McStuffins), showrunner Joe Purdy (Hey Arnold!), art director Ruben Aquino (Frozen), and producers Jane Startz (The Magic School Bus) and Andy Heyward (Captain Planet and the Planeteers).
Llama Llama will premiere in 2017.
No Second Honeymoon for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: 'They Are 100% Still Separated,' Says SourceBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner are not back together, a source tells PEOPLE.
Despite reports that the famous couple are reconciling and returning to the site of their 2005 wedding, Turks and Caicos, for a romantic vacation, the source says, "There are no plans for a second honeymoon anywhere."
And while no divorce papers have been filed in the year since they split, the source confirms that "Jennifer did not take Ben back."
Likewise, reports that Garner is pregnant are also false, according to the source. "They are 100% still separated and focused on coparenting for the kids sake."
This spring, Garner and their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, moved to London for several weeks with Affleck, sharing a rented house and sightseeing in Europe while the actor filmed Justice League.
Most recently, they were spotted taking their children to a local parade in L.A. to celebrate the Fourth of July.
"There is no rush to file [for divorce]. They are enjoying life where they are right now," a source close to the couple previously told PEOPLE, while another says, "Nothing has changed [in their relationship]. They're still all about putting the kids first."
Jennifer Garner Dazzles as She Is Honored for Charity Work at Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala(Pic) Jennifer Garner took center stage at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday night. The actress was honored at the gala for her work with early childhood education.
Garner, 44, stunned in a long, black gown with a plunging asymmetrical strappy neckline for the special occasion. She kept her hair loose around her shoulder and paired her look with simple silver jewelry.
Steven Sawalich of the Starkey Hearing Foundation introduced Garner, praising the actress for her dedication to her philanthropic work with children.
"Her name is recognizable in the entertainment world as an award-winning performer," Sawalich said. "She's a talented and beautiful actress, but one of my favorite callings about Jennifer Garner, is that, many of you may or may know is her far-reaching effect in the philanthropic world, and her passion for advocacy for early childhood education."
Garner took the stage to accept the award and received a large medal, which she wore around her neck.
"Thrilled to honor Jennifer Garner for her incredible philanthropic efforts with @SavetheChildren! #StarkeyGala," the Starkey Foundation's posted on Twitter.
Garner delivered an emotional speech at the event, which featured a star-studded crowd including John Mellencamp, Johnny Depp, Jay Leno and more.
"Oh my gosh, this night. I didn't know what I was getting into. Did you guys?," she said. I mean, I got a necklace, and I've been crying back there. It's an honor to be here with you all, it's an honor now especially at the end of the night to receive this award."
Jennifer Garner Gives Back to Home State After Devastating Floods: 'No Matter Where You're From, You Can Stand West Virginia Strong with Me'Jennifer Garner is doing everything she can to help flood victims in her home state of West Virginia.
The actress, 44, and Save the Children, for which she is a trustee and longtime supporter, have launched an Omaze t-shirt campaign to raise funds for recovery efforts after historic flash flooding in late June that left 23 people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes.
The actress tells PEOPLE that she first started to realize how bad the situation was while she was on the phone with her mom, Patricia, who still lives in the state. "She pulled to the side of the road because she couldn't see," the actress recalls. "She said, 'This rain has been so intense, it just won't stop."
A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state's 55 counties on June 24 after the flash floods and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the flooding was "among the worst in a century for some parts of the state." Garner, whose family was not impacted, and Save the Children immediately started relief efforts to aid victims.
"I'm so proud of the disaster relief response," the actress says. "Passing out supplies needed, like clothes for babies, diapers, toiletries. Whatever is needed, we do our best to get for them."
Another emotional component Save the Children offers is to provide a safe place for parents to take their kids. "There are counselors who will play with them and they can address any trauma they’ve been through," Garner adds. "Kids come in and talk about what they’ve seen while they are playing. Which also gives the parents time and freedom to do what they need to do to figure out their life. It's especially devastating because so many are living paycheck to paycheck and don't have flood insurance."
Every t-shirt, which reads "West Virginia Strong" amid an icon of mountains, benefits Save the Children, which serves families in five West Virginia counties through health, early education and after-school programs. "I wanted it to have mountains to show the deep strength of the people in the state," Garner says. "This is what Save the Children is about. To go to where people are having a really rough time and help."
West Virginia has also become a special place for Garner's three kids, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4. "At the end of summer, their friends talk about what beautiful vacations they’ve taken and my kids have too but what they'll almost always say is, 'This summer I went to West Virginia.' And that makes me so happy," the actress says. "When you're there, you understand. The pace is more forgiving, the air is beautiful, there are fireflies at night. It's different from what we have in L.A. They are very proud of those roots."
Click here to purchase Garner's West Virginia Strong t-shirt to support relief efforts.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Spend Fourth of July with Their KidsBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner are celebrating Fourth of July as a family.
The pair, who announced their split in June 2015, were spotted at the 68th Annual Fourth of July Parade in Pacific Palisades, California on Monday. Affleck, 43, and Garner, 44, spent quality family time with two of their three children, Violet, 10, and Seraphina, 7.
"[Ben] and [Jennifer] were sitting together watching the parade. They were not being affectionate," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Ben and Violet were holding hands, and Ben was smiling watching the parade and walking around the community."
June 30 marked the one-year since Affleck and Garner announced they were separating after 10 years of marriage.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple told PEOPLE in a joint statement a year ago. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
The parents of three have yet to file divorce papers.
"Ben still doesn't want the divorce," a source previously told PEOPLE. However, Garner "doesn't seem to mind at all that [the divorce] is not finalized," but "she seems adamant about going through with it."
Another source close to the couple told PEOPLE recently that "nothing has changed" in the relationship: "They're still all about putting the kids first."
Jennifer Garner Stuns in Front Row at Paris Fashion Week Alongside Bradley Cooper(Pic) The 44-year-old actress stepped out in a hip-hugging black dress with white accents as she made her way to the Versace fashion show in Paris. She paired the ankle-length gown (with a sexy slit down the leg!) with a gorgeous ring and simple black clutch. The dress is part of Versace’s haute couture fall and winter collection, and Jen rocked it during her time in the city of love.
Almost as jaw-dropping as her dress, Garner was beaming as she walked into the fashion show on Sunday.
Garner touched down in Paris for Fashion Week on Friday, but this is not the mother-of-three’s first time in the city this year. She and her three kids met husband Ben Affleck in Europe while he was there filming his new movie.
But Jen had another leading man by her side at the Versace show. Garner sat in the front row next to Bradley Cooper.
Fall TV First Impression: ConvictionTHE SHOW | ABC’s Conviction (Mondays at 10/9c, premiering Oct. 3)
THE COMPETITION | CBS’ Scorpion and NBC’s Timeless (new)
THE CAST | Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY), Shawn Ashmore (The Following), Merrin Dungey (Alias), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Manny Montana (Graceland)
THE SET-UP | “Bad girl” Hayes Morrison (Atwell) — a lawyer and former First Daughter — dodges a cocaine bust by agreeing to shepherd New York City DA Wayne Wallis’ (Cahill) new Conviction Integrity Unit, which investigates potentially erroneous incarcerations. Rounding out her team are the lawyer who thought he’d be leading the CIU (Ashmore), a former NYPD detective (Dungey), a paralegal (Kinney) and an ex-con forensics expert (Montana).
THE FIRST IMPRESSION | I have to imagine ABC was tempted to give Conviction (instead of Notorious) the delayed-until-midseason Scandal‘s Thursday time slot, given the shows’ similar “fixer” premises and flawed heroines; perhaps Conviction‘s more procedural nature was deemed more attractive to those looking for/missing Castle?
Atwell is obviously having a ball here, playing very much against her previous TV persona, but the pilot by design pits half of her team against her, which dulls the joy a bit. Maintaining and mining Hayes’ oft-inappropriate sass (Jessica Jones‘ Liz Friedman is a co-creator/writer) will be instrumental to making this show “pop,” while the development of distinct, Gladiator-y dynamics between the other CIU members will be what gets viewers more deeply invested/gives it any legs. I also predict the splashy casting of an additional romantic foil for Atwell, given the mixed messages the pilot sends about Hayes and the DA.
THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | Atwell has a big fan base, but will they forgive ABC’s axing of Agent Carter long enough to give her new, non-MCU project a look? With Scorpion getting a “head start” on premiere night (its two-hour opener begins at 9 pm, limiting any sampling of its 10 o’clock rivals), it may be a matter of whether Conviction or the genre-thriller Timeless makes the most of its beefy reality-TV lead-in.
It's Been a Year! Why Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Still Aren't DivorcedOne year ago today, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced they were separating after 10 years of marriage.
Despite the painful times surrounding the split, the couple has remained amicable throughout the year, traveling and even living together as a family. As of their 11th anniversary on Wednesday, no divorce paperwork appears to have been filed.
A friend of Garner's says that "Ben still doesn't want the divorce" but that Garner has denied reconcilation rumors to pals. She "doesn't seem to mind at all that [the divorce] is not finalized," but "she seems adamant about going through with it," the friend says.
Affleck and Garner spent a month in Europe with their kids – Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4 – while he filmed Justice League, including a family getaway to Paris.
"She did have the best time in Europe with Ben and the kids," says her friend. "She seemed to enjoy spending time with Ben again."
"They have a lot of admiration and respect for each other," adds a source close to the couple.
The couple are continuing to stay together at their family home when they're both in L.A. as Affleck flies back and forth to London for filming.
Another source close to the couple told PEOPLE recently that "nothing has changed" in the relationship: "They're still all about putting the kids first."
Jennifer Garner Lends a Hand to Families Hit by Floods: 'My Heart is Breaking for Beautiful West Virginia'Jennifer Garner is doing her part to help her home state of West Virginia heal after devastating floods.
Garner, 44, has teamed up with the charitable organization Save the Children to help raise awareness about aiding families who have lost homes, vehicles, and other personal belongings in the floods that left 23 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes.
"My heart is breaking for beautiful West Virginia," said Garner in a statement.
The actress, who grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, is urging people to get involved and donate to families dealing with severe damages as a result of the floods.
"The people of my home state are the most resilient you will find, but the damage caused by the storm and deadly floods has been catastrophic for these families and communities," she said.
According to Save the Children West Virginia Director Anna Hardway, the floods have left children walking barefoot through contaminated water and "traveling in vehicles without car seats, because their own cars were washed away," she said.
Garner is a trustee and longtime supporter of Save the Children, which serves families in five West Virginia counties through health, early education and after-school programs. The organization has partnered with local schools to help nearly 2,000 children in the state.
"I am relieved to know that Save the Children will continue to be on the ground in West Virginia throughout the cleanup and recovery, to make sure basic needs are met," concluded Garner.
A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state's 55 counties on June 24 after devastating flash floods. At the time, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the flooding was "among the worst in a century for some parts of the state."
Jennifer Garner to Be Honored at the 2016 Baby2Baby GalaJennifer Garner will be honored at the 2016 Baby2Baby Gala.
The actress – who is the mother of three children: Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4 – will be presented with the Baby2Baby "Giving Tree Award" for her support of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit and ongoing dedication to children in need.
Baby2Baby co-presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein said that when it came time to choose this year's recipient, they couldn't think of anyone more worthy of the award than Garner.
"We are so proud to honor Jennifer for her commitment to supporting low-income children" Patricof and Weinstein said in a statement. "She is quite possibly the biggest advocate for these issues we have ever come across."
"She has worked tirelessly for seven years to help combat children's poverty through education and leadership," they continued. "Just this past year, she helped us secure over 2 million diapers to distribute to the families in our program across the country. We are beyond grateful for her immeasurable contributions to children all over the world and to the children of Baby2Baby."
Garner will be presented with the award at the fifth Annual Baby2Baby Gala presented by John Paul Mitchell Systems on Nov. 12 in Los Angeles.
The actress joins past winners including Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson.
Baby2Baby helps provide low-income children up to 12 years of age with diapers, clothing and all of the basic necessities that every child deserves.
Jennifer Garner Signs With CAAJennifer Garner has joined CAA from WME. The actress, last seen in the faith-based hit Miracles From Heaven, will also continue to be repped by Management 360, and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Garner, a versatile actress who can do comedy, romance as well as physical action, has a slew of projects in the pipeline. Currently in post are Robin Swicord’s Wakefield opposite Bryan Cranston; The Tribes Of Palos Verdes with It Follows breakout Maika Monroe; and Barry Sonnenfield’s Nine Lives with Kevin Spacey.
J.J. Abrams Teams with Tavis Smiley for Michael Jackson TV SeriesJ.J. Abrams' is best known for his sci-fi and action work, but now he's delving into a new frontier: music biography.
Abrams' Bad Robot is teaming up with author Tavis Smiley to produce a series on the final months of Michael Jacksons' life. The event, being produced for Warner Bros. Television, is an adaptation of Before You Judge Me, Smiley's biography on the King of Pop, being released on June 21st.
According to Warner Bros. TV, the book "examines the soaring highs and deep lows faced by the late pop star -- his constant hunt for privacy in a life that was more public than almost any other, and the pressures he endured as someone whose fame made him socially fragile and almost unable to live."
Abrams, Smiley, Ben Stephenson and David Brewington will serve as executive producers for the event series, though no network has been announced for the show yet.
The project is the latest team up between Smiley and Bad Robot, as the two paired up in 2015 to adapt Smiley's book on Martin Luther King Jr., Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year.
Bradley Cooper To Produce ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ SpecialBradley Cooper has been tapped as executive producer of the fifth biennial Stand Up To Cancer fundraising special set to air live on September 9.
Cooper will exec produce along with event producers Done + Dusted. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The hourlong telecast will broadcast live from The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles on 45-plus broadcast and cable networks who donate an hour of simultaneous commercial-gree primetime for the broadcast. Participating networks are: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with American Forces Network, ASPiRE, AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Life, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FM, FS2, FXM, Great American Country, HBO, HBO Latino, HLN, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, National Geographic, Pivot, RLTV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, Starz Encore, Starz Encore Espanol, TBS, Tr3s, VH1, and WGN America. In addition, the show will stream live on Yahoo and MLB.com, and will be available on Hulu.
No one is ever fully prepared to deal with the overwhelming and complex journey that comes with a cancer diagnosis,” said Cooper, who lost his father, Charles Cooper, to lung cancer in 2011. “Stand Up To Cancer works tirelessly to support those at the forefront of the fight against cancer. SU2C’s mission, to ensure that all cancer patients become cancer survivors, is one that is very close to my heart. I am proud to join forces to make this vision a reality and to be part of this movement that is dedicated to getting lifesaving treatments to cancer patients faster.”
Jennifer Garner Is Not Back Together with Ben Affleck: SourceDespite their recent European vacation together, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner aren't reconciling.
A friend of Garner's says the friendly exes – who spent a month together overseas along with their three kids, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, while Affleck filmed Justice League – are proceeding with their divorce. "She seems adamant about going through with it," the pal tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.
Now back home in L.A., Garner is getting their kids ready for the end of school while Affleck, who appeared at the Spike Guys' Choice Awards on June 4, has returned to London to continue filming. The actress "denies that she is back with Ben," adds the friend. "She actually almost laughs when asked."
As for when the divorce will be official, Garner's friend says there seems to be no rush, adding that the actress "doesn't seem to mind at all that it's not finalized."
Teen Choice Awards 2016 NominationsChoice Movie Actress: Drama
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Garner – Miracles from Heaven
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Jessica Chastain – The Martian
Tessa Thompson – Creed
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Shopping, Cafés and Family Time: Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Life in LondonBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner are settling into their new life abroad.
After spending some time together as a family in Paris, the two returned to London, where they've been spotted enjoying local activities with their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4.
Last week, Affleck, 43, and Garner, 44, stepped out with their brood in Westbourne Grove for an afternoon exploring the city. On Thursday, the family was seen going into various shops together. At one point, they stopped in a children's store, where they purchased a stuffed teddy bear.
"Ben and Jen were pretty quiet and just browsed the shelves for 20 minutes with the kids," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
That same day, the family was spotted grabbing a bite to eat at the popular café Granger and Co. An onlooker told PEOPLE the former couple did their best to go unnoticed while eating, with Affleck keeping his head down as they sat inside.
"It [was] a typical family meal with Ben and Jen fussing over the kids," says a witness.
After eating, the family continued their afternoon stroll together, popping into a few more shops.
Affleck and Garner plan to stay a month together in London (with tutors for the kids) while the actor films Justice League.
"They are enjoying showing the kids London," a source close to the family told PEOPLE.
The two have sparked reconciliation rumors as they continue to spend time together. A source told PEOPLE they "appeared affectionate" while at dinner in Paris.
The Arrangement Trailer: E! Drama Skewers Hollywood, 'Scientology'(Video) E! on Monday unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming scripted series The Arrangement, which looks like it could be the love child of the short-lived Hollywood satire The L.A. Complex and the fictionalized reality TV drama UnREAL.
The Arrangement follows Megan Morrison (Chicago Fire‘s Christine Evangelista), a young actress who auditions for the female lead in a movie opposite film hunk Kyle West (Dallas‘ Josh Henderson). Their chemistry is so hot that Kyle’s team — including Alias vet Michael Vartan as the leader of a self-help organization called the Institute of The Higher Mind — offers Megan a $10 million contract… to marry him.
‘Heartbeat’ Canceled By NBC After One SeasonThe diagnosis for new NBC medical drama Heartbeat was pretty gloomy from the beginning, and now it has flatlined. The show, originally picked up for fall after The Voice, was pushed because of star Melissa George’s pregnancy. It still got a preview behind The Voice, but it did not do very well, drawing a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The numbers got worse when the medical show moved to its permanent Wednesday 8 PM slot, where it performed below the show it replaced, The Mysteries of Laura.
Laura is one of only two current NBC series still in contention for next season, along with comedy The Carmichael Show.
ABC Orders Conviction Drama to Series, Starring Agent Carter's Hayley AtwellDespite Agent Carter‘s fresh termination, Hayley Atwell will be on ABC next TV season, now that the network has ordered the legal drama Conviction to series.
TV’s erstwhile Peggy Carter stars on the new series as Hayes Morrison, a lawyer and former First Daughter who is about to accept a job from her sexy nemesis, New York District Attorney Wayne Wallis (CSI: NY‘s Eddie Cahill), to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with Wayne’s team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit, Hayes uses her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.
Conviction also stars Shawn Ashmore (The Following) as Sam Sullivan, Merrin Dungey (Alias) as Maxine, Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) as Tess Thompson, Manny Montana (Graceland) as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel DiTomasso (Witches of East End) as Jackson Morrison.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Plan to Spend a Month in London Together Amid Reconciliation QuestionsJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are turning their European family vacation into a month-long stay.
They plan to stay a month together in London with their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, while Affleck films Justice League, according to a source close to the couple.
"Jen has said Paris is where she has amazing memories of Ben," another source close to Garner tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.
Affleck, 43, and Garner, 44, have arranged for tutors to work with the kids so they can keep up with their schooling while living abroad.
Since arriving across the pond last week, the family has been using their time to travel around Europe. Last weekend, they were seen touring Paris, making stops for gourmet ice cream, shopping and visiting the Eiffel Tower before returning to London.
The former couple have sparked reconciliation rumors as they continue to spend time together. A source told PEOPLE they "appeared affectionate" while at dinner in Paris.
So are these signs of a rekindled romance? Not for now, say multiple sources.
"Ben wants Jen back," says the Garner source, but "Jen is not ready to take Ben back." The source close to the couple says "nothing has changed" in their relationship.
"They are coparenting the best they can," adds another source who knows both of them. "Whatever incarnation of a relationship this is works for them."
A Romantic Boutique Hotel, Museums and Ferris Wheel Rides: How Ben Affleck, Jen Garner and the Kids Explored Paris Before Returning to EnglandAfter a relaxing weekend in Paris, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner returned to England Sunday night to continue their European family vacation.
The couple and their three kids, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, were spotted at St. Pancras railway station Sunday evening in London, where they had just returned from a four day getaway in the City of Light.
"They were pretty relaxed and just walked through the main concourse of the station with their bags," a source tells PEOPLE. "They didn't really say anything but seemed in good spirits and were smiling a lot. It was all very chilled out."
Affleck carried some flowers in his bag and Garner was seen holding a miniature plastic replica of the Eiffel tower. "They were in a really good mood. They were laughing and joking with each other," the source notes, adding, "It was really nice that they had no bodyguards with them. They were like a regular family coming back from a holiday."
The family had arrived in Paris last Thursday afternoon and was spotted standing in line for gelato at the famous Amorino ice cream parlor, located around the corner from their hotel.
The stayed at Le Pavillon de la Reine, a relatively small, family friendly luxury hotel near Bastille. The entrance way is located under the covered arcade of the historic Place des Vosges, which leads to a shaded courtyard outfitted with cozy tables and chairs.
According to a source, Affleck, Garner and their children shared a family apartment together. Another source described the couple as "being close," noting that Affleck touched his wife's hand and rubbed her back at the reception desk.
On Friday, Garner and the kids rode on the Roue de Paris, a large ferris wheel in the Place de la Concorde. Later, they took a trip to Place de l'Opera, where Garner took photos on her cell phone while a hired guide took them on a tour of the famed opera house. They also visited the Sacre-Coeur, or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, where Garner was seen carrying a tired Seraphina up the church steps.
Garner and the kids continued on to the Luxemberg Gardens, where they rented two fountain sailboats for a water tour of the famous gardens. They ended the day with a visit to Notre Dame before returning to the hotel to get ready for a family dinner with Affleck.
The dined at Le Petit Marché, where an onlooker tells PEOPLE, "At first they were alone and appeared to be affectionate, then were joined by the kids. Over dinner, the kids showed Affleck pictures from their day out, and a source says the actor was howling with laughter as he scrolled through the photos.
Garner kicked off Saturday with an early morning jog before returning to the hotel with croissants for the family. She then set out again with the kids, visiting the famed impressionist museum, Musee d'Orsay and later the Jardin des Tuileries, where the kids played on swing sets, trampolines and a carousel. They had lunch at Laparizienne, an outdoor restaurant on Place du Marché-St Honoré before returning to the hotel.
After a quick shopping excursion to Isabel Marrant, an upscale shopping district, Garner returned to the hotel courtyard where she stopped to pose for pictures with fans. After wrangling the kids, the actress joined them for a two-hour motor launch ride on the Seine. According to onlookers, Garner looked relaxed and enjoyed a glass of champagne.
Garner and the kids wrapped up the trip on Sunday with a visit to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, where they spent two hours exploring the museum before heading back to the airport for London.
Affleck is currently living in England while he works on Justice League, due out on Nov. 17, 2017. Both Affleck, 43, and Garner have stressed that they are focused on their children since announcing their split in June after 10 years of marriage. They have not yet filed divorce papers.
Ben Affleck Heads to London and Paris – with Jennifer Garner and Kids TooBen Affleck has some good company in London while he films Justice League.
His wife, Jennifer Garner, and kids Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4, have joined the actor across the pond while he works on the upcoming superhero movie due out on Nov. 17, 2017.
"They are enjoying showing the kids London," a source close to the family tells PEOPLE.
And the family is using their time abroad to travel around Europe. On Thursday, a Twitter user spotted Affleck, Garner and the kids waiting in line at the Amorino ice cream shop in Paris.
Earlier in the week, another Twitter user posted that the family was spotted at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden for a Harry Potter studio tour in England.
Since announcing their split in June, both Affleck and Garner have stressed they are moving forward by focusing on their children.
In a March interview with the New York Times, Affleck told the newspaper that despite their public split, his family planned on joining him in Europe so they could vacation as a family.
"We're doing our very best and we're putting our kids first and that's how we're focusing on our day-to-day lives," Affleck said on CBS This Morning in March. "We don't know what the future's going to hold, but each step that we take is one where we prioritize our children and everything else comes second."
And while sources have said "there's no sign they're getting back together," this is far from the first time the former couple have come together for the kids since their split.
Affleck and Garner spent Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas together, and even went on a vacation over Valentine's Day weekend.
Wet Hot American Summer: Netflix Orders New Edition Set Ten Years Later(Video) Wet Hot American Summer is headed back to the future.
Netflix has ordered a second iteration of the raunchy comedy franchise, this one set in 1991 — 10 years after the original film. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will consist of eight 30-minute episodes, and is set to bow in 2017. (Funny story: The new sequel-esque edition was actually foreshadowed in the 2001 movie; press PLAY above to see for yourself.)
Executive producers David Wain and Michael Showalter, who penned last year’s prequel-themed First Day of Camp, will once again write all eight episodes.
Wain previously told TVLine that he and Showalter would “love to keep going,” adding that “camp is a very fertile area for so many. For us, I don’t think we’ll ever run out of stories to tell about these characters.”
Casting for chapter deux will be announced at a later date, but it’s probably safe to say that most, if not all, of your faves will be back.
Inside Jennifer Garner's 44th Birthday Bash: Friends, Family, Balloons and a Marching Band?!Jennifer Garner sure knows how to throw a party!
The Hollywood A-lister turned 44 years old over the weekend and decided to throw a little soiree to celebrate the event, as one does. But it wasn't just your average birthday bash, because we're guessing not everybody has a marching band at their party.
Garner's festivities initially seemed simple enough, with the star inviting 30 of her closest friends and family members over to her Brentwood, Calif., home for some good times, a source tells E! News, adding that, "They set it up on the patio with a bar that was decorated with her initials as well as flower arrangements and tons and tons of balloons in all sorts of colors and shapes."
The actress enlisted the help of Found rental company, "which is a vintage type rental service, very much in Jennifer's style. It was a very inviting and relaxed atmosphere."
And the live music was especially dear to Garner's heart. "The best by far was the marching band that was there," the insider tells us. "Jen use to play sax in school, so it was a great detail."
Well, there's a fun fact!
Meanwhile, the general public can't seem to get over the fact that Garner seems to be aging in reverse, and although the mother of three continues to only look better with each passing day, she's also shared in the past that people shouldn't be afraid of aging.
When asked what advice she would give a younger woman about their physical appearance, the Dallas Buyers Club star replied, "I would tell her to be less obsessed with her looks, because she is going to age. If you're not aging, you are dead. You earn laugh lines. You earn smile lines. Sure, they can be corrected with little bit of help—not corrected, nudged. But you don't have to freak out. You want them. You don't want your face to look like a mask."
Speak on it, Jen.
J.J. Abrams talks about working with a ‘rude’ actress on ‘Alias’J.J. Abrams went against his better judgement and once hired a “difficult” actor.
“There was one time on ‘Alias’ an actress who will remain unnamed who came in and she was … very rude to people and literally a couple people on the crew cried,” he revealed during his Tribeca Film Festival talk on Friday with Chris Rock.
He continued, “A couple weeks later after she was done, I got a call about her. Some producer wanted her maybe for this other project and I said, ‘You cannot hire this person. She was a disaster. She was horrible.’ He said, ‘Thank you very much.’ Didn’t hire her.”
Unfortunately, Abrams got an angry call from the actress a week later.
“She’s like, ‘I’ve heard that you said don’t hire me to this producer’ and I said, ‘You were a disaster! What are you talking about?'” adding, “It was one of the only times I hired someone even though I knew that was going to happen and it happened.”
“Alias” had many guest stars over its five season run, but some notable names include Faye Dunaway, Angela Bassett and Vivica A. Fox.
J.J. Abrams Reveals TV Execs Feared Jennifer Garner Wasn't 'Hot Enough' for AliasJennifer Garner rocketed to stardom in 2001 with her breakthrough performance in the hit spy TV series Alias – a role that instantly earned her legions of fans, a Golden Globe Award and posh entree into Hollywood's A-list.
But, it turns out, not everyone was initially sold on casting her as super spy Sydney Bristow.
Series creator J.J. Abrams revealed that some TV honchos were apprehensive about Garner in the lead role. One exec's particular concern: Was Garner "hot enough"?
"I wrote Alias thinking about her," Abrams said Friday during a conversation with Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival in downtown Manhattan, as part of the fest's ongoing Director Series.
"I finished it, she came in, was amazing," he recalled of Garner's audition. "And I remember someone at the network was like, 'I don't know, is she hot enough?' "
Garner went on to snag the role, playing the stealth double agent for five seasons until 2006, a move that helped jump-start her leap to the big screen.
"They're always second-guessing, everyone's always afraid at networks," Abrams said of the initial hesitation.
Of course – with a rich career filled with diverse projects, including the recently released Miracles from Heaven – Garner, now 43, has since proven those early doubters wrong. Then again, Abrams never doubted that from the very start that he had the perfect star.
"Jen was so great, and she did everything," he said. "And it was incredible doing the pilot, I remember watching her kind of find this strength in herself. It was just so cool to see, and she just did a spectacular job."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Celebrate Easter Together as a Family with Easter Egg HuntWhen it comes to celebrating holidays, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner make sure to put family first.
The former couple reunited on Sunday to spend Easter with their three children, Violet 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4.
"Affleck and Garner spent Easter Sunday with their kids," a source tells PEOPLE.
The family started their day by attending a morning church service together in Los Angeles.
Affleck and Garner, both 43, appeared relaxed as they walked up to church together, each holding on to one of their daughter Seraphina's hands while Affleck carried Samuel in his other arm.
To keep the celebration going, Affleck – who is coming off of Batman v Superman's record-shattering $170 million domestic opening – and Garner held an Easter egg hunt at their house with friends, says the source.
The holiday get-together comes after the family spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas together, and even went on a vacation over Valentine's day weekend. The actor also recently said they're planning a family vacation in Europe, where he'll be filming Justice League this spring.
Since announcing their split in June, both Affleck and Garner have stressed that they are moving forward by simply focusing on their children.
"We're doing our very best and we're putting our kids first and that's how we're focusing on our day-to-day lives," said Affleck. "We don't know what the future's going to hold, but each step that we take is one where we prioritize our children and everything else comes second."
Tom Hanks, J.J. Abrams, Tina Fey set for talks at Tribeca Film festThe 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced its lineup for the Tribeca Talk series, which will run from April 13-24. The talking head sitdowns are never a snooze and are always a lot of fun with something pungent always in store.
Last year, Shia LaBeouf, who was sitting on a panel for the documentary he produced, “Love True,” took plenty of time to knock Al Pacino’s acting, Hollywood and his “Transformers” co-star Bumblebee. George Lucas bluntly told Stephen Colbert that Disney was ignoring his notes for the second “Star Wars” trilogy. In addition, Deadline editor-in-chief Mike Fleming sat down for an intriguing conversation with Weinstein Co. founder and chief Harvey Weinstein.
On deck, this year in the Tribeca Talks director series, there’s “Star Wars: Force Awakens’” J.J. Abrams hot from SXSW; “Money Monster” director Jodie Foster; director/writer/EP of the Netflix series “The Get Down,” Baz Luhrmann; Joss Whedon; and two-time Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron.
The Storyteller series has booked Francis Ford Coppola, Tina Fey and Tom Hanks.
Of note, in the After Movies section, there’s a post-screening Q&A with Oscar and Grammy award-winning musician David Byrne, who’ll speak with Bill and Turner Ross, the directors of the doc “Contemporary Colors” which the Talking Heads frontman stars in and produced.
Also Ricky Gervais will sit down after a screening of his Netflix original feature Special Correspondents with the actor of that film Eric Bana.
There’s also a Daring Women Summit on Wednesday, April 20 where those at the forefront of art and technology, commune and regale their stories. The list of panelists includes “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee, “Vinyl’s” Olivia Wilde, fashion designer Donna Karen, Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, “Fresh off the Boat” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, Chief Content Officer for Refinery 29 Amy Emmerich, New York Public Radio’s President & CEO Laura Walker, and The Li.st founder Rachel Sklar among many others.
Jennifer Garner on Her Panic Attack-Inducing Oscars Dress: 'There's Metal Inside It and People Move Your Ribs to the Side'(Video) They say beauty is pain. But in the case of Jennifer Garner and her 2016 Oscars dress, being that beautiful wasn’t just painful, it was straight up torture.
The actress appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night and wound up talking about that black Atelier Versace one-shoulder gown she wore to this year’s Academy Awards, confessing that while it may have looked like it was all effortless glamour, she was in fact living inside her own personal dress-shaped hell.
Despite the fact that this dress was custom-made for her, according to Garner, since she doesn’t have a waist anymore, they had to completely construct one out of metal. “What they do is they move your organs around,” she told Fallon, “basically, there are two men who come in with screw guns and they screwed me into a metal corset … and the next thing you know my ribs were compressed!” When Fallon, inquired if it was anything like Spanx, she quickly corrected him, “No, dude, it’s so intense. There’s metal inside it and these people just move your ribs and they move your liver to the side.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Garner continues that four hours in, during the Oscars telecast, “I had a panic attack in my ribs, I was having a muscle spasm.” Naturally her first instinct was to stand, but her best friend and date for the evening warned her people would think she was pulling a Kanye and protesting the ceremony.
Thankfully she was able to quietly slip backstage, but as to what happened once she realized she had to go to the bathroom, well, we’ll let her finish that story. All we’ll say is, it was “worse than a toddler in a snowsuit.”
The actress then went on to play a new game called “Truth or Door” against Cuba Gooding Jr. where they each had to reveal a secret about themselves or take on a dare hidden behind one of three doors. Cuba gamely dressed up as a cowboy, while Jen was asked to hold three frozen water balloons for the remainder of the game. But after the ordeal she went through at the Academy Awards, Garner can handle anything.
Jennifer Garner Says Public Divorce from Ben Affleck Hasn't Been 'as Bad as You Might Imagine' Because of Support from Friends and FamilyJennifer Garner says the support of those around her has helped her through her split from Ben Affleck.
Garner, 43, appeared Wednesday on the Today show to discuss her new movie Miracles from Heaven and filming in the midst of a very public divorce.
"It's not easy to go through it, period. I have found that going through it in the public eye, it's just another facet of it," Garner told Savannah Guthrie.
"For anyone, when your life shifts in any way it's tricky enough. But I have found people to be so warm and loving that it hasn't been nearly as bad as you might imagine."
Garner and Affleck announced their split last June after 10 years of marriage.
Now, the actress – and her family – are in a good place, she said.
"People have been so kind to my whole family and we really do appreciate it. But, you know what? We're doing really well," she said.
"The kids are great and they'll be getting up and going to school soon, and Ben is there and he'll be taking them and we will make it work."
Garner and Affleck have been adjusting to their new lives as friendly, co-parenting exes, and the actress' Miracles from Heaven costars have praised Garner for staying focused on set even during the darkest days of her divorce.
"Jen, obviously, had a lot of personal stuff going on in her life," Martin Henderson told PEOPLE earlier this month.
"For her, things were a lot more complicated, so it would have been understandable if she brought a lot of that stuff onto the set," he added. "And not once did she ever, and once again I thought that just speaks to her character and how [incredibly focused] and professional she is."
Review: A mother's faith is tested in 'Miracles From Heaven'The rise of the so-called "faith-based film" — typically low-budget films that are almost uniformly evangelical — has occurred largely in a bubble of its own like a sheltering harbor for Christian believers at that heathen meeting place: the multiplex.
"Miracles From Heaven," a film whose title even Hallmark would blush at, is an attempt to expand the reach of the faith-based film a little beyond the flock. To do so, it has armed itself with two things: the star power of Jennifer Garner and a full barrage of sentimentality. The fate of a sick 10-year-old girl precariously hangs in the balance.
The film, directed by Patricia Riggen ("The 33"), is adapted from the memoir of Christy Beam, whose Texas family is jolted when one of their three daughters, Anna (played sweetly by Kylie Rogers), is found to suffer from a rare disorder that leaves her chronically unable to digest food.
"Based on real events," is how the film presents itself, and some of its best qualities are in depicting elements of life — the frightful anxiety of parenthood, the struggle to find meaning amid hardship — that don't often make it into the movies.
But the course of "Miracles From Heaven" is never in doubt. When Garner as Beam intones in the opening voiceover questions of where miracles come from, the film's title has already stated the answer. Just as certainly will it turn out well in the end for Christy, who strays from her faith while watching her daughter's belly painfully swell, and Anna, whose health deteriorates while the family desperately searches for a knowing doctor.
For those girding for religious propaganda, that is here. And the Beams — a white, churchgoing, flannel-shirt wearing Texas family with horses on their pastoral, homespun ranch — offer little that deviates from the most stereotyped, limited view of who's Christian.
But to the film's credit, its more distinguishing characteristic is an earnestness to recognize the small and large gestures of kindness that alter lives. It's not the most radical epiphany, but in "Miracles From Heaven," it feels genuine.
Garner is, of course, a better performer than many of these films have had before, and her white-knuckle maternal worry propels the movie to something a touch better than the Lifetime movie you'd expect. Several years after "Dallas Buyers Club," Garner is back in hospital halls, this time as a pleading parent of a patient.
Along the way, a handful of people brighten Anna's journey: a playful doctor (Eugenio Derbez), an exuberantly friendly waitress (Queen Latifah, incredulously playing a Bostonian), a thoughtful boy at school.
"Miracles are everywhere" is the movie's concluding ethos, something that might also be said of Terrence Malick's bursting-with-life films, the latest of which was his Los Angeles version of the prodigal son tale, "Knight of Cups." The connection, between radically different elevations of moviemaking, is maybe a little silly.
But it's a reminder that, just as "miracles" are all around, spirituality in the cinema is, too, and it should be sought out in films that exceed the narrow boundaries of "faith-based."
"Miracles From Heaven," a Sony Pictures release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for "thematic material, including accident and medical images." Running time: 109 minutes. Two stars out of four.
New faith-based films tone down religion, amp up star powerFor some filmgoers, hearing a movie described as "faith-based" makes it a must-see. But just as many others find the term a turn-off.
To reach audiences beyond the Christian churchgoers that generally propel the genre, some producers of faith-based films are ramping up the star power and tamping down the evangelical messages.
The latest example is "Miracles From Heaven," starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, which tells the true story of a 9-year-old Texas girl who inexplicably recovers from an incurable condition after surviving a 30-foot fall.
Among the film's producers are pastor T.D. Jakes and preacher DeVon Franklin — the team behind 2014's $100 million hit "Heaven is for Real" — who say they aim to make movies for all audiences, not just religious ones.
"I think sometimes when people hear 'faith-based,' to them that is code for preachy, that is code for more medicine, and it's also sometimes code for lower quality, lower budgeted," Franklin said in a recent interview.
"It's the way people think when you use labels that is the barrier," Jakes said. "It's not necessarily the film, but the image that comes up in people's minds ... It suggests a discrimination that was not intended. We didn't do this film just for people of faith. We did this film for everybody."
Other entertainment aimed at Christian audiences, including new films "The Young Messiah" and "God's Not Dead 2," and the live TV special "The Passion" (airing Sunday), take a more religious approach.
"Miracles From Heaven" is based on Christy Beam's 2015 memoir, which describes her family's struggles and her own crisis of faith when daughter Anna is diagnosed with an incurable digestive disorder, then has a potentially deadly fall. But following the mishap, Anna has no serious injuries and ultimately shows no signs of the disorder. She later tells her mom she went to heaven and talked to Jesus during the ordeal.
The film is being released Wednesday by Sony's Affirm Films, the studio's specialty faith division established in 2007.
Affirm also released "Heaven is for Real," starring Greg Kinnear, which is similarly based on a parent's account of a child's divine experience. The film had a reported $12 million budget and made more than $100 million at the box office.
Paramount's "Captive," released last fall, was a modest faith-based success. Also a true story, it stars David Oyelowo as Brian Nichols, an escaped murderer who takes a single mother (Kate Mara) hostage, then lets her go after she reads a Christian book to him. Despite mixed reviews, it more than doubled its small budget at the box office.
Marketing a film as faith-based means nothing if the content doesn't speak to religious audiences, said Maria Elena de Las Carreras, a professor of international cinema at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
"It's a label, but it's not magical. It doesn't guarantee box-office turnout," she said, citing Paramount's 2014 big-budget Biblical flop, "Noah."
"Audiences flock to well-made films that deal with stories of optimism and renewal, even if there is suffering and there is loss," she said. "That was true in classic Hollywood cinema and it's true today."
Hollywood has a long history of Biblical blockbusters, from Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" to the currently playing "Risen," also released by Affirm and starring Joseph Fiennes. But such big names haven't traditionally been drawn to the quieter God-related fare.
Garner, who plays Christy Beam in "Miracles From Heaven," celebrated the film's Christian themes.
"I wasn't scared of doing a movie that had faith at its center, as long as it wasn't preachy," Garner told The Associated Press. "And doing this movie, part of that is talking about something that I've always held dear and close to my heart... I'm proud of growing up a little good churchgoing United Methodist girl and I'm so, so proud of the film."
Director Patricia Riggen ("The 33") said she didn't approach the film from a religious perspective.
"I wanted to make the movie have a wide appeal and be able to be seen and enjoyed by people of any faith or no faith at all," she said. "It was, for me, important to keep it open in that sense."
Even films not branded as faith-based can be "promoted from the pulpit," said de Las Carreras, who says she is Catholic.
"When the priest in the sermon mentions a film, I pay attention, because of the authority," she said.
Churches are powerful marketing agents, said Alex Ben Block, founder of entertainment industry website BlockandTackle.biz, noting some congregations organize carpools or hire buses to take members to the latest faith-based releases.
"That's really fed some of the movies that have done well," he said, adding that faith-based films also have long lives after their theatrical releases as they become regular viewing in Sunday school classes and daycare.
But echoing UCLA's de Las Carreras, Block said producers aiming at broader audiences for their faith-based fare can't obscure religious themes too much "because as soon as you try to make it more viable, you alienate the core audience."
An 'Upbeat' Jennifer Garner Celebrates Her New Film Miracles from Heaven Outside BostonJennifer Garner headed just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday evening for a fundraiser inspired by her new film Miracles from Heaven.
The actress attended a screening of the movie at the Showcase Superlux at The Street Chestnut Hill, where she walked the red carpet with the Beam family, who were the inspiration for the film.
Dr. Samuel Nurko, the doctor from Boston Children's Hospital who treated the Beams' daughter, whose extraordinary story is told in the movie, also hung out with Garner on the red carpet.
After the screening of the film (which opens Wednesday) and a Q&A session, Garner, 43, headed next door to Davio's Chestnut Hill for a small cocktail reception. Clad in black pants, a black top and a fitted navy blazer, Garner was "upbeat," according to partygoers, as she sipped a glass of Cabernet and ate tuna tartare.
Garner hung out with one of her sisters at the reception, but made sure to take a moment to pose for a photo with a member of Davio's staff at the event, which was a benefit for Children's Hospital Boston.
"She seems very close to the people who are portrayed in the movie. She was incredibly down-to-earth and generous with her time," said Davio's Regional General Manager Paul Flaherty, who snapped a photo with the star. "She was extremely gracious and humble."
Ben Affleck: Jennifer Garner is ‘allowed’ to talk nanny scandalTwo weeks after Jennifer Garner’s head-turning Vanity Fair interview about her crumbling marriage to Ben Affleck, the action hero is issuing his own statement.
“Jen’s great,” Affleck, 43, told the New York Times in an interview that ran Monday. “She’s a great person. We’re on great terms. I just saw her this morning, so that’s the reality that I live in.”
The pair officially called it quits in June 2015, then were dogged by rumors that Affleck and the nanny for their three kids, Christine Ouzounian, were dating.
Some headlines suggested Ouzounian was the cause of their split, but Garner, 43, denied Ouzounian had anything to do with their failed 10-year marriage. She called any involvement on Affleck’s part “bad judgment” and insisted their marriage was over months before the reports.
“She felt like she wanted to discuss it and get it out there and get it over with,” Affleck said of Garner’s VF comments. “So she could say, ‘Look, I already talked about it — I don’t want to do it again.’”
He added, “It’s fine. She’s allowed to talk about it.”
Since their divorce has become a hot topic, Affleck and Garner have remained close, flocking to Montana in February for a family vacation with fellow couple Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.
Victor Garber Joins ‘Rebel In The Rye’Victor Garber has booked a role in Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye, the biopic that follows J.D. Salinger as he prepares to write his classic novel The Catcher in the Rye. Nicholas Hoult stars as Salinger alongside Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutch, Laura Dern, Brian D’Arcy James and Hope Davis. Garber will play the author’s father, Sol Salinger. A six-time Emmy nominee, Garber stars as Dr. Martin Stein on the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Other recent credits include TV’s The Flash, Power, The Slap, Web Therapy and Deception. He is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment.
JJ Abrams admits major mistake in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’The newest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise was received by most fans as one of the best movies of the series, but some die hard fans were more than a little upset by one scene in particular.
After the heartbreaking death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Chewbacca can be seen returning to the Resistance base, downtrodden and grieving their fallen friend.
Leia (Carrie Fisher), who has sensed her husband’s death through the Force, chooses to console Rey, a girl she’s never met, rather than her long time friend Chewbacca, who would no doubt have taken Han’s death the hardest.
In an interview with Slash Film, J.J. Abrams responded to the criticism with a few justifications, but overall he admits that he should have handled the scene better.
“My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey,” says Abrams.
“The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.”
Fans were understandably outraged that the friendship between Chewie and Leia was not honored, and Abrams admits that the mistake was not intentional.
“Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it,” he says. “But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.”
Beyoncé is way too expensive for Bradley CooperBradley Cooper’s planned directing debut, a remake of “A Star Is Born,” has fallen through after his rumored co-star Beyoncé wanted too much money for the role.
Warner Bros. was negotiating with “American Sniper” star Cooper to direct and star in the remake of the 1950s Judy Garland musical. Beyoncé was being lined up to play the lead, a young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped by an aging icon.
But one Hollywood source tells Page Six, “Beyoncé wanted too much money, and Warner Bros. balked at her price. The production budget was also said to be an issue with the studio, so the project has fallen apart.”
However, a different source claimed, “Bradley has started reading scripts for his next acting project. But the ‘Star Is Born’ project remains in development and Bradley is still involved.”
A third source added, “This project is something Bradley has been involved with for a long time. It has gone on the back burner, but he’s still working on it, among other projects.”
Cooper has his own production company, 22nd & Green, with Todd Phillips under the Warner umbrella.
The remake of the classic 1954 Judy Garland musical made by Warner Bros. — itself a remake of a 1937 film that starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor — has been floated around Hollywood since 2011. There was also a 1976 version, which starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand and was panned by most critics.
Back in 2011, Clint Eastwood was set to direct, and Beyoncé’s name was first mentioned as the female lead. Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were reportedly circling as the male lead, but the movie kept being delayed.
In 2014, Cooper — who’s been thinking of directing for some time — picked the project as his directorial debut, following the success of “American Sniper,” also made with Warner Bros.
Reps for Warner Bros. and Cooper didn’t comment, and a Beyoncé rep didn’t get back to us.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Spotted Eating Brunch Together with Kids: 'The Vibe Is Much Happier'Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck reunited for some quality family time together on Sunday.
The amicable exes were spotted getting brunch together with their daughters Seraphina, 7, and Violet, 10, in Los Angeles. They were seen picking up food from the Amandine Patisserie Café.
"Ben and Jen spent Sunday with their kids. They had brunch together, Jen then ran errands alone and also attended a charity event," a source tells PEOPLE.
The two were all smiles as they chatted and walked through the parking lot after brunch before parting ways in their respective cars.
"Ben and Jen seemed totally fine. They actually acted like they enjoyed hanging out," adds the source. "They were smiling and very friendly. Things definitely seem much better. They also hung out at home over the weekend. The vibe is much happier."
The afternoon outing comes just one week after the former couple were seen having a "nice moment" together at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. There, the two shared a friendly hug and kiss as they mingled among fellow partygoers.
"They had a nice moment where they caught up and a lot of their friends were there – and they chatted and then they left," a source told PEOPLE.
Affleck and Garner also reunited to celebrate their son Sam's 4th birthday last week with a superhero-themed bash, where Affleck dressed up at Batman.
‘Suits’ Gina Torres Set For the Lead In ‘The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez’ ABC PilotSuits co-star Gina Torres is set for the title role in ABC drama pilot The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez. The casting won’t impact Torres’ status on the popular USA drama for the time being. Suits, which just ended its fifth season, has been renewed for Season 6 to launch this summer. I’ve learned that Torres will remain a regular through season 6, fulfilling her six-year contract, with her character likely getting phased out.
Written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith, The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez is described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist and MacBeth with a Cuban twist. It centers on Eva Sofia Valdez (Torres), an immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion forimmigrant rights. But the success of this ” modern-day Havana-born Cleopatra” is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream.
Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters executive produce alongside Castro Smith for ABC Studios.
This would mark the first series lead role for Firefly and 24 alumna Torres who has been a standout on Suits as the smart and decisive Jessica Pearson. She also recurred on NBC’s Hannibal and ABC’s Revenge. Torres is repped by Domain and Framework Entertainment.
JJ Abrams on #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Bad Robot’s new diversity policyJ.J. Abrams has already been applauded for promoting diversity in Hollywood, having just released the most diverse “Star Wars” movie yet. With a strong female lead and black stormtrooper snagging the majority of screen time, “Star Wars” has officially joined the 21st century.
The world-famous director isn’t done yet though, as Abrams has officially committed to promoting a new diversity policy within his production company, Bad Robot.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Abrams said the #OscarsSoWhite controversy was a big motivator for him. “We’ve been working to improve our internal hiring practices for a while, but the Oscars controversy was a wake-up call to examine our role in expanding opportunities internally at Bad Robot and externally with our content and partners,” says Abrams.
Bad Robot will team up with CAA, Warner Brothers and Paramount to ensure that women and minorities are submitted for all writing, acting and directing jobs within the company in proportion to their representation in the U.S. population.
While no statistics or numbers accompany this announcement, if Bad Robot does adopt the policy and sticks to it, it has a chance to become one of the most diverse production companies in Hollywood.
“It’s good for audiences and it’s good for the bottom line,” Abrams says.
‘Spark’ ABC Pilot Casts Lena Olin & Tom BrittneyLena Olin (Welcome To Sweden) and Tom Brittney (The Syndicate) are set as series regulars as mother and son in ABC pilot Spark, from writer Michael Cooney and producers Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
Olin will play Hazel Stockton, an up-by-her-bootstraps self-made woman who now controls the powerful Stockton Coal Company. She uses her wealth more altruistically than her arch rivals at Lavelle Gas — but despite her philanthropic outreaches to the city’s poor, she still craves absolute power, and is not above using strong-arm tactics to achieve it. However, when deadly sabotage starts claiming innocent lives across the city, she denies any involvement to her son Aiden, Captain of the Investigative Division of the Watch, who is investigating the incidents.
Olin was most recently seen as a series regular in NBC comedy Welcome to Sweden, and will next be seen recurring on HBO’s Vinyl. She’s repped by Untitled and Paradigm. Brittney recently recurred on BBC One’s The Syndicate and Sky’s The Five, and he has also appeared on Outlander and UnReal. He is repped by Authentic, Gersh and UK’s Waring & McKenna.
‘Riverdale’ CW Pilot Finds Hermione LodgeMarisol Nichols (Teen Wolf) has been cast as Hermione Lodge in Riverdale, the CW pilot from producer Greg Berlanti.
Set in present time, Riverdale is a subversive take on Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Nichols will play Hermione Lodge, Veronica’s mother.
In the pilot, from Warner Bros. TV, Nichols also joins Ashleigh Murray (Josie), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) and Luke Perry (Archie’s dad Fred Andrews).
Nichols recurs as Desert Wolf on Teen Wolf and also recurred on Criminal Minds and NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Jennifer Garner Had an Alias Reunion at the Oscars and It Looked Delightful(Pic) Hold onto your brightly-colored wigs, Alias fans! The reunion on your dreams took place at the Vanity Fair Oscars party: Victor Garber, Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams together again! And a Whoopi Goldberg photobomb! Yes, that's Whoopi, not Oprah Winfrey. Garber's husband Rainer Andreesen snapped the shot.
What do you think they talked about? An Alias revival? An Alias movie? What Sydney Bristow is up to today? How they could bring Jack (Garber) back from the dead for said revival? Why now is a perfect time for more Alias due to Garner's big comeback? Alias ran for five seasons on ABC from 2001-2006. Abrams created the spy drama.
Garber posted the above photo the morning after the Oscars with this simple caption: "Jack and Sidney. Together again."
"I don't remember having more fun working with anyone than I've had working with her," Abrams told Vanity Fair about Garner and Alias. "She's smart-funny—she makes you want to be funnier and smarter, and you know that when you throw the best you've got her way she'll make it better. No one's perfect. But no one's Jen Garner."
Garber and Garner met working on the show and remain close. Garber is the godfather to Garner's daughter Violet. "From the first moment we met," Garber told VF, "there was this inexplicable chemistry and connection, this understanding that we were on the same page. She's one of the most important people in my life."
Now if you'll excuse us, we'll be further developing more Alias revival concepts.
‘Conviction’: Merrin Dungey Cast In ABC Legal Drama PilotMerrin Dungey (Big Little Lies) has been cast opposite Hayley Atwell in ABC’s legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios.
Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct the pilot, Conviction stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Dungey will play Maxine, the lead investigator for the Conviction Integrity Unit. Maxine is a former NYPD detective from a cop family. She is tough and no-nonsense, but will find her previously unfailing loyalty to the badge tested as she delves into her former colleagues’ cases. She joins recently announced cast members Shawn Ashmore, Emily Kinney and Manny Montana.
Dungey can be currently seen in HBO’s Big Little Lies. Other credits include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Alias and features Deep Impact and EdTV among others. She is repped by Gersh, Industry Entertainment and attorney Marcy Morris.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck 'Had a Nice Moment' Together at Oscars AfterpartyHollywood is a small world for these friendly exes.
Just one day after reuniting with Ben Affleck to throw their son a birthday party, Jennifer Garner and the actor wound up at the same Oscars soiree, where they were spotted briefly greeting each other.
Both stars attended the famed 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter, mingling with the likes of Best Actor and Actress winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson.
When they initially arrived, the amicable exes were seen standing a few feet away from each other without interacting as they chatted with fellow party guests.
Later in the evening, Affleck and Garner shared a friendly hug and a kiss, and at one point Garner held his lapels as she appeared to compliment his look. The two later parted ways, with Garner staying toward the back of the room with close friends Victor Garber and J.J. Abrams.
(Earlier, Affleck was spotted meeting up with pal and Best Actor nominee Matt Damon on the patio.)
"They had a nice moment where they caught up and a lot of their friends were there – and they chatted and then they left," a source tells PEOPLE of the former couple.
Garner, who presented during the awards with Benicio Del Toro looked sophisticated in an off-the-shoulder black Atelier Versace gown.
Affleck also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Sunday, jokingly smuggling Damon onto the late-night show's set as part of a long-running gag with the host.
On Friday, Garner's illuminating cover interview with Vanity Fair was published, dropping several bombshells about her painful split from Affleck after 10 years of marriage.
Garner said that Affleck's alleged affair with the couple's nanny (which he vehemently denies) came after their decision to separate, and that she would marry him all over again if she had to "go back" in time.
Jennifer Garner Plants a Smooch on Benicio Del Toro During Oscars Rehearsal(Pic) Jennifer Garner and Benicio Del Toro got chummy during their Oscars rehearsal at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday afternoon.
The pair, who will present together during the 88th annual Academy Awards, posed for a selfie together backstage after their run-through, with Garner planting a smooch on Del Toro's cheek.
Garner and Del Toro were both laid back but focused on learning their presenter lines and stage blocking.
Del Toro, 49, tipped his baseball cap to the orchestra when he got onstage, while Garner surveyed the orchestra and the photos affixed to the seats. At one point, a crew member pointed in the direction of where she'll be sitting during the show, to which the star responded, "great."
The actress, 43, and Del Toro kept up a nice rapport, chatting easily when they weren't focused on practicing lines and learning where to stand. After nailing their bit, the pair headed off-stage.
Makeup-free Garner came to the rehearsal straight from her son Sam's birthday party, which was held at her Pacific Palisades home earlier in the day.
A source told PEOPLE that Garner and Ben Affleck reunited to celebrate Sam's 4th birthday with a superhero-themed bash just one day following the publication of Garner's revealing Vanity Fair interview.
In the piece, Garner said that her relationship with Affleck was "a real marriage" and that the actor's alleged relationship with their former nanny (which he has repeatedly denied) had nothing to do with their decision to divorce.
Ben Affleck 'Is the Love of My Life': The Biggest Bombshells from Jennifer Garner's Vanity Fair InterviewJennifer Garner is speaking out about her painful split from Ben Affleck for the first time – and she has a lot to say.
From addressing the nanny scandal to not being kissed in nearly eight months and of course, Affleck's new tattoo, Garner, 43, doesn't hold back.
Here are the nine biggest bombshells from the Vanity Fair interview.
On not being able to sleep alone: Garner admitted that she's had trouble sleeping since the divorce, turning to watching television in bed at night to soothe her thoughts. "I need something to switch my brain off," she said, adding that her eldest daughter Violet has been sleeping in her room. "I am sleeping next to my daughter. I am happy to have her; she's happy to have me."
On Ben Affleck's alleged nanny affair (which he adamantly denies): "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny," said Garner. "She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes."
On avoiding the media circus following the split: "I just won't do it anymore. I took a silent oath with myself last summer," she said. While some interpreted her silence as her being emotionless, but she says it's the opposite. "It hurts me so much, and I care so much." Instead, she remains focused on her kids and the "big picture," not letting anger rule her emotions.
On Affleck being the love of her life: "I didn't marry the big fat movie star; I married him, she said. "And I would go back and remake that decision." Despite any heartbreak she's felt since their split, Garner said Affleck will always have a special place in her heart. "He's the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He's the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He's just a complicated guy"
On not being kissed in eight months: The actress revealed that filming a love scene in her upcoming film Wakefield was the first time she had been kissed in nearly eight months – so naturally it felt a little strange. "It's nine in the morning and you think, I could really use a shot of alcohol."
On still turning to Affleck when things get tough: "We still have to help each other get through this," she said. "He's still the only person who really knows the truth about things. And I'm still the only person that knows some of his truths."
On wanting Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt to get back together: If there's one thing Garner can understand, it's secretly rooting for your favorite celebrity couple. She said she's not upset when those around her, including her fans, want to see her and Affleck figure out a way to make things work between them. "When Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt broke up I was dying to see something that said they were getting back together."
On getting asked out on a date: While Garner probably won't date until the divorce is final, that certainly hasn't stopped a few brave souls from taking a shot – even in the airport. Garner recalled being asked out while standing in line for the bathroom before a flight. "I was so floored," she said, adding that she isn't so interested in modern-day romance techniques. "I want flowers; I don't want to text," she said. "What does that make me? What kind of dinosaur am I?"
On Affleck's full back tattoo: Let's just say, Garner isn't a big fan. "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart.' A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes."
Jennifer Garner takes her kids to church every weekJennifer Garner opened up about why she has made going to church a weekly tradition for her kids.
“I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to LA, it wasn’t something that was just part of the culture there in the same way, at least in my life. But it didn’t mean that I lost who I was,” the mom of three said on “Good Morning Texas.”
Garner’s faith and her career cross paths in her new faith-based film “Miracles from Heaven” about a young girl from Texas who was cured of a chronic disease after falling from a tree. She claimed that while she was unconscious, she met Jesus in heaven.
Garner plays the young girl’s mother, Christy Beam. She said she was moved by Beam’s memoir, which the film is based on.
“There was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday,” Garner said. “So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It’s really sweet.”
Victor Garber Supports Young People Living with Type 1 Diabetes: 'You Can Live with It and Thrive'Victor Garber is speaking out about the stigma behind type 1 diabetes.
Diagnosed with the incurable, insulin-dependent disease at the young age of 12, Garber admits it took him most of his teenage and early twenties "to acknowledge that it was serious."
"We knew very little about it and it was difficult to accept," Garber, 66, tells PEOPLE in this week's magazine.
The Legends of Tomorrow star adds, "Now, I think it's important to talk about the disease, especially to children who are traumatized and think their lives are over."
In effort to start the discussion, Garber has joined forces with Beyond Type 1, a platform for those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to share their stories.
• For more from Garber and his fight against diabetes, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
"Beyond Type 1 is really addressing young kids directly," Garber explains. "The website gives them a place to ask question and to see how other people are dealing with it and how parents are dealing with it."
Because of his personal experience with the disease, Garber knows that there is life beyond the diagnosis.
"I think the worst feeling for any kid is to think that their life has been cut short or diminished in some way by this disease," he says. "What we need is a cure, but in the meantime we're here to say, you can live with it and thrive. Type 1 diabetes does not define who you are."
Jennifer Garner Opens Up About Faith and Family Following the Premiere of Miracles from HeavenJennifer Garner is opening up about her faith and family following the premiere of her new film, Miracles from Heaven.
The 43-year-old actress stunned on the red carpet, wearing a sleeveless, little black dress to premiere in Dallas, Texas Sunday night. After the screening, she joined the film's producers DeVon Franklin and Bishop T.D Jakes for an audience Q&A.
In the upcoming drama, Garner plays a mother whose faith is restored when her daughter is cured from a severe digestive disorder after falling 30 feet inside a hollow tree. The movie is based on the real-life saga of Texas mom Christy Beam, who joined Garner on Monday for a Good Morning Texas appearance in Dallas.
Garner, who was born in Texas, was asked by host Jane McGarry why she wanted to do this particular movie: "Did you want to talk about faith and God?"
"I love the message in the film, and I love the message of hope," she says. "I love how inspiring the film is. But I also really connected with Christy just from reading the book and from reading the script, and I wanted to honor what she and Annabel and the whole family went through."
Asked if she and her children go to church, Garner said they do.
"Is that weird in Hollywood?" McGarry asked.
"You know, it did seem strange," she replied. "I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn't something that was just part of the culture in the same way, at least in my life. But it didn't mean that I lost who I was. But there was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday. So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It's really sweet."
Annabel Beam, the little girl at the heart of the movie and the book by the same name, had suffered from pseudo-obstruction motility disorder for years. The disease often required tube-feeding and hospital stays. But after falling 30 feet into a hollow tree – and visiting Heaven, she says – Annabel became asymptomatic.
In a scene from the movie, Garner asks the doctor, "You're telling me that when this baby girl fell 30 feet, she hit her head just right and it didn't kill her and it didn't paralyze her and it healed her?
"Yes," the doctor says.
"That's impossible," she replies.
On Good Morning Texas, Garner was asked if she believes Annabel's account that she went to Heaven.
"Nobody who meets this child, with her sincerity and her frank honesty and faith, would ever think for a second that this child is making anything up or is being sensational," she says. "She is just true to the bone. That's just who she is.
"She is an old soul," Garner adds. "There's something very special about her. She can be very internal and quiet, but in the next second she's just a little girl running around and eating fettuccine Alfredo. I learned so much about this disease that when I sat down with her and she had a plate of pasta in front of her, there was a part of me that felt like, 'You can't eat that!' But she's okay; she really is. It's a miracle."
Although she says she doesn't ever "put my children in peril in my mind" while acting, Garner does think that being a parent herself helps her immerse in these types of roles.
"I do think that being a mother of three has opened my heart in a way, and that helps me access that ferocity that all mothers feel for their children," she says. "It's not unique to me."
Asked if she uses her faith to overcome personal challenges, Garner says, "Of course. I think that's what it's all about. But there's a beautiful line in the movie that really resonates with me; Christy is having a conversation with her pastor and she says, 'I just don't understand. I don't know where my faith is right now.' She's in the crisis of faith. And he says to her, 'You know, everyone is going to struggle and I look at it this way: I've struggled with faith and I've struggled without it. And I'll tell you, it's a whole lot easier with.'"
Over the weekend, Garner and Beam attended a service at The Potter's House Church, led by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer on the movie.
"I loved it," Garner said of the experience. "I'm so jealous of the people of Dallas that they can draw from T.D. Jakes and can go every week to hear him preach."
One message of the movie is that everything – even the little things in life – are miracles. Garner says she can relate.
"It's also what my mother has instilled in my sisters and me so much, that joy comes from the smallest things," she says. "And if you don't see joy in a perfect avocado or in a great conversation or in running into a friend or getting a job – if you don't see joy in a perfectly beautiful tree in autumn – then you are missing your chance at happiness. Because if you don't find it in the small things and you only wait for big moments, then you'll just not be a happy person."
Why Jennifer Garner Probably Won't Date Until After Divorce Is Final – and Why They Haven't FiledJennifer Garner is becoming more at peace with life after Ben Affleck, but that doesn't mean she's in any rush to enter the dating world.
Garner, 43, has finally found "more breathing room" since splitting from Affleck in June after 10 years of marriage. "She's been able to focus on herself," a family source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
The actress is still working to adjust to her new normal.
"She made an effort to start the year fresh, and she is having a good year so far," says the source. "She doesn't find her private life ideal, but she has accepted it."
But moving forward with her love life is not a top priority at the moment.
"It's hard to picture her dating before the divorce is finalized," adds the source.
And it doesn't seem like Affleck, 43, is in any rush to spark up a new romance either. "Ben is not dating anyone," says an Affleck source.
For now, both Garner and Affleck are continuing to put their differences aside and focus on what's best for their kids. The amicable exes are often seen spending time together with their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 3.
"They're not [best] friends, but they share in the joy of their children," says an industry source.
As for their pending divorce – they have yet to sign divorce papers, and sources say it could take a long time for the divorce to be finalized – the former couple are taking their time navigating their new lives.
"They are doing it their own way," says a source close to both of them. "And that way works for them right now."
"They're working out the details, but it seems nothing has changed," adds an insider. "They are moving forward with their plans."
What nanny? Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner hit the slopesDespite their divorce and his much-dissected, alleged affair with the nanny, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are on a cozy ski vacation together with Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen in Montana.
The Hollywood couple and their kids are at the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, along with the Patriots star and his supermodel wife. The family trip with Brady’s brood comes despite the fact that Affleck’s nanny Christine Ouzounian was famously photographed on the actor’s chartered jet wearing the QB’s Super Bowl rings.
A source at the resort told us that Affleck, Garner, Brady and Bündchen are there with their kids and were spotted at the bar late on Monday night.
“They had some serious après-ski and shut the bar down. They started drinking bloody marys, then beer and bourbons. They kept the bar open late for them. They all ate nachos, even Gisele,” the source said. They were joined by CBS journalist Sharyn Alfonsi and husband Matt Eby.
Our source added, “There were no nannies in sight, but Jen doesn’t look like she is harboring any resentment. Jen and Ben weren’t lovey-dovey at all, but were super-friendly and happy, relaxed. They were both attentive to their kids and laughing with Tom and Gisele. ”
Another source close to Affleck and Garner said of the couple, “They are not back together — they have just found a new normal where they get along and work together for the sake of the kids.” The source also insisted that Affleck is not drinking, “He’s getting in shape for ‘Batman.’”
The Yellowstone Club is a favorite among celebs like Affleck and Garner because it’s very private and only those who own homes there, plus their guests, are allowed to ski on the mountain.
Meanwhile, Brady has been spotted strapping on a leg brace before hitting the slopes. This week he posted a Facebook picture of himself about to ski down a difficult double-black-diamond trail.
He wrote, “At least it’s safer than cliff jumping,” referring to his post-Super Bowl pastime last year, which sent Patriots fans into a frenzy over his possible injury from a risky sport.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Head Take the Kids to Montana for a Family Valentine's Day WeekendJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are holding to their promise to stay friendly for the kids – even during Valentine's Day weekend.
They were seen boarding a private plane Friday, with a source telling PEOPLE that the family arrived at a ski resort in Montana, where they own a condo and they all spent Christmas together last year.
Affleck and Garner arrived at Van Nuys Airport outside Los Angeles with daughter Seraphina, 7, and son Samuel, 3. Their eldest daughter, Violet, 10, did not appear to be with the group.
The exes, who splint June after ten years together, are still living on the same property, with Affleck staying in the guesthouse.
Garner, who was just named as a presenter for the Oscars, and Affleck are working hard to make their pending divorce as smooth as possible for their three kids, a source told PEOPLE.
"[Garner] wants to get along with Ben for the kids' sakes," a source close to the couple said.
That included spending the Christmas holidays, where they enjoyed a winter getaway at a ski resort in Big Sky, Montana.
"They had a nice Christmas," a source told PEOPLE.
"Jen and Ben seem happy to be on vacation. They both enjoy the privacy of Montana."
Jennifer Garner calls for more early-childhood education fundingHollywood actress Jennifer Garner is asking Kentucky lawmakers to spend $1 million on an early-childhood education program.
The star of the TV show “Alias” and movies including “Juno” and “Dallas Buyers Club” testified before the House budget committee on Tuesday on behalf of Save The Children.
Garner said the program works well in Kentucky, offering literacy and other development programs for children.
Lawmakers said they support the program but noted the state does not have much money to spend because of shortfalls in public pension programs.
Garner is a native of West Virginia and testified along with Mark Shriver, Save The Children Action Network president and a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.
She is also scheduled to meet with Gov. Matt Bevin.
New Vartan Series at E!E! has handed a formal series order to its second scripted project The Arrangement, a one-hour drama starring Josh Henderson (Dallas), Christine Evangelista (Chicago Fire), Michael Vartan (Alias) and Lexa Doig (Andromeda). The 10-episode series follows Megan Morrison (Evangelista), an up-and-coming actress who, upon auditioning for a summer blockbuster, is presented with a contract for a romantic relationship with the film’s male lead (Henderson).
ABC Pilot Order: Shondaland’s ‘Toast’Toast marks the first half-hour pilot order for Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, which had been looking to expand in comedy. Foley and Grunberg wrote the project, which was originally developed during the 2014-15 season and was rolled. The two executive produce with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers. None will act. Toast revolves around engaged couple Max and Paige who, over their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal that the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage. Foley has recurred on Rhimes‘ Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. This marks Shondaland’s second pilot this season, joining drama Still Star-Crossed, also at ABC Studios.
Bradley Cooper Joins Laurence Fishburne, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin In Arthur Miller Centenary TributeBradley Cooper, who appeared on Broadway in last season’s smash revival of The Elephant Man, has added his name to the roster of stars participating in the January 25th salute to Arthur Miller, “One Night, 100 Years” presented as a fundraiser for the Arthur Miller Foundation for Theater And Film Education.
Cooper, fellow actors Ron Leibman and Scott Shepherd and playwright A.R. Gurney have joined a list that includes Ayad Akhtar, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, McKinley Belcher, Laurence Fishburne, Ray Fisher, Greta Gerwig, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katori Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Tony Kushner, Peter Sarsgaard, and John Turturro. The evening will feature readings from Miller’s autobiography Timebends and unpublished works, as well as scenes from Death Of A Salesman, The Price, All My Sons and more. Gregory Mosher is directing the event, which will be held at the Lyceum Theatre, home to the current revival of Miller’s A View From The Bridge.
Proceeds from the evening will go to the Foundation, which promotes access and equity to public school theater and film education. Tickets are available through Telecharge.
‘Big Little Lies’: Merrin Dungey, Larry Sullivan, David Monahan Join Cast Of HBO Limited SeriesHBO continues building out the cast of limited series Big Little Lies, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, adding Alias alum Merrin Dungey, Larry Sullivan (CSI), and David Monahan (The Dark Knight Rises).
Big Little Lies will be an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 darkly comic novel about three mothers of kindergartners –Celeste (Kidman), Madeline (Witherspoon) and Jane (Shailene Woodley)— whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Jean-Marc Vallée is directing.
Dungey will play Detective Adrienne Quinlan, the lead detective working the murder case. Sullivan and Monahan (married in real-life) will play a married couple and parents of a child at the local elementary school. Iain Armitage also is cast as Ziggy, the son of Jane (Woodley).
Dungey, repped by Gersh, Industry Entertainment and attorney Marcy Morris, recurs on Brooklyn 99, and Chasing Life, and is currently shooting the role of Joy Jackson on CHIPS. Sullivan, repped by BRS and Main Title Entertainment, recurred on CSI during its entire 12-year run, and just wrapped a supporting role on 478 opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. Monahan, repped by House of Reps and Main Title, is a writer/producer on Disney series Liv And Maddie and recently shot an episode of Bones. Sullivan and Monahan became a YouTube sensation with a Campbell’s soup commercial they did last fall in which they played gay dads with their 3-year-old son.
Bradley Cooper and Victor Garber Among 100 Celebrities Praising President Obama for New Gun-Control MeasuresBradley Cooper, Victor Garber, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm are among 113 stars thanking President Barack Obama for introducing new executive orders on gun control this week.
"Like you, and like most Americans, we have had ENOUGH. We have had enough of seeing unthinkable tragedies happen and nothing being done," reads a letter signed by the stars and organized by the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. "This level of depravity should rattle anyone with a conscience. We have seen how it has visibly."
The letter names recent mass shootings – from Sandy Hook to San Bernardino – as evidence that action needs to be taken.
"Thank you for protecting our rights. The right to be safe. The right not to be afraid when you go into a public place," the letter continues. "The right not to have a generation of scared kids raised on lockdown drills on what to do if a shooter enters their school. The right of our government to do what the overwhelming majority of people want."
In a statement to PEOPLE, the president of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence praises celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Banks for signing the letter.
"What's most exciting about this letter is that it so profoundly and so visibly demonstrates that this nation truly has reached a tipping point against the epidemic of gun violence. The American people, from every corner of society, of every political persuasion, are coming together to say #ENOUGH and to hold our elected leaders accountable to do the same – for the simple reason that we believe in the vision of a safer nation and that, together, we can make that vision a reality," said Dan Gross, Brady president. "We are all deeply grateful to the President for taking such a bold and effective first step, but we will not rest until Congress does its part to keep guns out of dangerous hands and make this the safer nation we all want and deserve."
Under the new rules Obama introduced, gun dealers are required to obtain a federal seller's license and do background checks on all buyers. The move seeks to crack down in particular on small retailers who sell firearms at gun shows and online, the majority of whom have heretofore been exempt from keeping formal sales records.
Readers can add their name to the letter here.
Read the letter below:
Dear Mr. President:
Thank you. Thank you for having the courage and leadership to take Executive Action on preventing more unnecessary gun violence in this country. We are deeply thankful for the actions you took this week. Countless lives will be saved as a result.
Like you, and like most Americans, we have had ENOUGH. We have had enough of seeing unthinkable tragedies happen and nothing being done. Two masked people walk into a center for the disabled and murder 14 co-workers celebrating the holidays. A group of churchgoers are slaughtered during a prayer service even as they welcome the young man full of hate to their group. And the horrific day when 20 first graders and six educators were massacred in their classroom. In each case, the guns used were far too easily available to people intent on doing harm.
This level of depravity should rattle anyone with a conscience. We have seen how it has visibly rattled you.
Roughly 33,000 people die from gun violence every year in this country. Every day, we lose 89 more. Since Sandy Hook, 160 schools have experienced shootings. The homicide rate in the United States is 20 times higher than 22 countries like us in wealth and population – combined. No one is challenging the right of law abiding citizens to responsibly own a firearm. But like you, we believe that guns should be kept away from criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill, and children. Your Executive Action will do exactly that – extending Brady background checks to gun shows and online sales.
Thank you for protecting our rights. The right to be safe. The right not to be afraid when you go into a public place. The right not to have a generation of scared kids raised on lockdown drills on what to do if a shooter enters their school. The right of our government to do what the overwhelming majority of people want.
We love this country. And one key reason we love it is that it was built on the principle that its people could change it. Thank you for doing so. We hope Members of Congress who have failed to act on the gun violence epidemic will support the will of most Americans and will take similar action to correct what has been a shameful period in our nation’s history. We deserve better than this.
Thank you for beginning to end this national disgrace and show your fellow citizens and the rest of the world that the United States of America does indeed stand for the principles on which it was founded.
Criminal Minds: Marisol Nichols Set to Return — Get DetailsCriminal Minds‘ BAU team is due to get another assist from FBI Agent Natalie Colfax.
TVLine has confirmed that 24 and NCIS alum Marisol Nichols will reprise her role as the G-woman in Season 11’s 15th episode, having first played the character in October. The actress first shared the news Tuesday morning on Twitter.
The set-up for Nichols’ encore: When women are found dead inside their own homes throughout Los Angeles, the BAU suspects a person gaining each victim’s trust to be the UnSub. L.A.-based Agent Colfax thus helps the team with their investigation.
Nichols’ recent TV credits also include Teen Wolf, where she recurs and will resurface this season as Desert Wolf.
Criminal Minds returns with Episode 11 on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 9/8c, where it will for a short while lead out of a new 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly sitcombo.
Separate Bedrooms, Family Fun: Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Montana VacationIt was a white Christmas for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
The amicable exes celebrated Christmas as a family with a winter getaway in Montana.
"They had a nice Christmas," a source tells PEOPLE, adding that some relatives joined the former couple and their three children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 3, at the private, members-only ski resort in Big Sky, Montana, where the family arrived Dec. 21.
The kids spent most of their time running around outside and playing in the snow, while Affleck and Garner, both 43, took full advantage of their time off from their busy schedules to relax.
"Jen and Ben seem happy to be on vacation," says the source. "They both enjoy the privacy of Montana."
Affleck and Garner stayed on the same property in Montana, but have been sleeping in separate bedrooms – just like at home in L.A., where sources tell PEOPLE in the magazine's new issue that Affleck has been staying in the guest house at the family's home.
Sources also tell PEOPLE that the couple still plan to proceed with their divorce – but at their own pace.
"They don't seem in a rush to figure out the divorce details and will deal with it in the new year," says the source.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Divorce Isn't on Hold: 'It's Hard to Imagine Her Changing Her Mind,' Says SourceBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner still may be spending ample time together under one roof, but a source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue that their divorce is still proceeding.
"This more seems like a transitional period," the source says.
The two even celebrated the holidays with their three children: Violet, 10, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, in the mountains of Montana.
According to the source, the actor continues to stay in the guest house on the family's L.A. property as he and Garner remain focused on parenting.
"They interact every day. Mostly about the kids and simple things," the source adds. "Jen wants Ben around for the kids."
After the New Year, Affleck, 43, will continue to shoot his new period film, Live By Night, on which he serves as screenwriter, director and actor. Meanwhile, Garner, 43, will begin promoting her new film, Miracles From Heaven.
"Jen's doing great now," says the source. "It's hard to imagine her changing her mind."
Exes Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Find It 'Annoying' to Still Be Living Together But It's for 'the Best,' Says SourceSix months after Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced they were splitting, the Gone Girl actor, 43, continues to live in a guesthouse on the family's Los Angeles estate.
And while the two appear to have an amicable relationship – even spending Thanksgiving and Christmas together as a family – a source says that both Affleck and Garner, 43, are discovering that living with an ex can be rather challenging.
"It's obvious many times that they both find it annoying to deal with each other," an insider tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "Understandably so. It's a strange situation to live together and yet be separated."
But the couple is willing to put their differences aside to do what's best for their three children, Violet 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 3.
"They both seem to find the situation frustrating, but for now at least, they also seem to think it's best," says the source.
"They are doing what is working for the kids," adds a Garner source.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Will Spend Christmas Together: "They Continue to Put the Kids First"The holidays are great for bringing families together, including Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
Affleck and Garner, who announced their split over the summer, will be spending Christmas together with their children, a source tells E! News. "They will be together as a family," the insider explains. "They continue to put the kids first and spend time with each other for the sake of their children."
Even though they're not together romantically anymore, the insider explains that they're "in a good place right now." The former couple won't be spending the holidays in Los Angeles, though. Instead, another source tells us that they'll be packing their bags and heading to snowy Montana, the perfect weather for a white Christmas.
The former couple is parents to Violet Affleck, 10, and Seraphina Affleck, 6, as well as son Samuel Affleck, 3, and are planning on spending the holidays all together with both sides of the family as one unit because they fully believe that family comes first.
"They are a unit," a source previously told E! News. "They are all about the kids and making sure they are okay. They are committed to parenting together."
Affleck and the Miracles From Heaven actress have continuously put on brave faces while going through "nannygate," the scandal that alleged the Batman v. Superman star was dating his nanny, celebrating their kids' birthdays together at Disneyland. Although is rep vehemently denied the affair allegations, the couple has had to work on their issues behind closed doors.
"There was a lot of tension between them for a while, but it wasn't all about the nanny," a source close to the couple told E! News in October. "It's never easy for a couple going through a split."
Fortunately, these two have become the image for friendly exes and seem to have made it work, but even the friendliest of exes will still have their struggles. "There are still a lot of issues, but she has put them aside for the sake of her family," added the source. "Jen's number one priority is the kids and always has been...When they [she and Ben] spend time together, it is for the kids."
Bradley Cooper's Mom Was a Consultant on Joy: "She’s a Huge Disciple of QVC"It's no surprise that Bradley Cooper's mom Gloria wore an Audrey Hepburn broach to the premiere of her son's new movie Joy.
"This is from QVC," Gloria boasted to me on the red carpet at NYC's Ziegfeld Theatre.
Joy is the story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop who made her first fortune on the shopping network. Directed by David O. Russell, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the title role. Cooper co-stars as an QVC executive.
"She actually was a consultant for David on the movie when he was conceiving it because she's a huge disciple of QVC," Bradley said.
Bradley was well acquainted with the Miracle Mop before the movie came along. "There were QVC packages on the door step every time I came home from school," he said. "The Miracle Mop I actually took to college. It was very embarrassing. But yeah, mopping was part of the chores that I got. My sister was allocated other things but I was vacuuming and mopping the house."
Lawrence told me she was also familiar with the Miracle Mop and Mangano. "Her story is so fascinating," the Oscar winner said. "When I got to know her and I met her and we started hearing about her story, some of the things that are in the script that are so unbelievable you'd think would come from the deepest depths of David's imagination, are true."
The Golden Globe-nominated movie's cast also includes Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Isabella Rossellini.
Joy is in theaters on Dec. 25.
Legends of Tomorrow First Look PosterLegends of Tomorrow First Look Poster: Victor Garber.
Barbara Walters finds Bradley Cooper ‘screwable’Irina Shayk better keep an eye on her man before Barbara Walters makes her move.
“I could just sit and stare at you but that would take too much time,” Walters told Cooper during an interview for her upcoming “10 Most Fascinating People of 2015” special (via People). “But I, I find you very screwable.”
She added, “I think you’re handsome, I think you’re sexy,” when asking the “Joy” star if he knows just how attractive he is.
Cooper, 40, didn’t reciprocate the 86-year-old’s playful flirtation, but he did appreciate the sentiments: “Thank you. I think that I’ve grown to stop thinking about it. … But sometimes I feel better than others. Yeah, I think it has a lot to do with feeling comfortable with yourself.”
He continued, “And I know that I’m more comfortable with myself than I’ve ever been in my life, so maybe that makes me more attractive.”
Yes, Bradley Cooper, yes it does.
The actor has been packing on the PDA with his supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk since they were first spotted together on a date in April. They couple most recently attended the premiere of his movie “Burnt” with their moms.
Walters’ annual interview special airs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
Bradley Cooper supports NYPD families at holiday partyBradley Cooper supported the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association as a guest at the group’s Widows’ and Children’s Fund holiday party at Michael Jordan’s the Steak House on Saturday.
Cooper, with actor Oliver Platt, posed for pics with “many children of police officers killed in the line of duty. He was gracious throughout,” said a spy.
The kids also got a visit from Santa, and David Blaine performed card tricks.
Guests included NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Vincent Pastore of “The Sopranos."
“American Sniper” star Cooper was also spotted with Scarlett Johansson at Diner in Williamsburg over the weekend.
Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People: Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan and More — Who Should Be No. 1?A Trainwreck of a comedienne, a Limitless man and a Saturday Night Live vet are all sharing space on Barbara Walters’ list of The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015.
The 90-minute special — airing Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC — will feature Inside Amy Schumer mastermind Amy Schumer, actor/producer Bradley Cooper and comic Tracy Morgan.
Additional honorees include Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey, ballerina Misty Copeland and fashion designer Donna Karan.
More names will be announced shortly, with the No. 1 Most Fascinating Person to be revealed during the broadcast.
Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck 'Had a Great Time' Spending Thanksgiving Together as a Family, Source SaysIt was a family affair over the holiday weekend for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
Since announcing their split in June, Affleck and Garner, both 43, continue to spend time together as a family – and Thanksgiving was no different.
The amicable exes reunited to spend Thanksgiving with their three children, and were joined by Affleck's side of the family.
"They spent it as a family unit – all for the kids," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. "They had a great time."
Garner was photographed taking a stroll with Affleck's mom, Christine Boldt, and her 6-year-old daughter, Seraphina. The former in-laws appeared to be all smiles as they walked into church together in Los Angeles on Sunday.
While Affleck wasn't spotted with his mother and Garner, he took a break from his busy schedule in Boston shooting his next film Live By Night – which he stars in and directs – to spend the weekend back home with his family.
"[Affleck] looked very happy all weekend. He spent a lot of time at the family house," a second source tells PEOPLE.
And with holiday season in full swing, Affleck and Garner plan to spend Christmas together as well.
"Jen and Ben are figuring out right now how they can best spend the holidays together," a source told PEOPLE, adding that Garner, "wants to get along with Ben for the kids' sake."
Greg Grunberg will guest-star on Life in PiecesHeroes Reborn actor Greg Grunberg will guest-star on Life in Pieces as Mikey, the too-cool nephew of Joan and a former hero to Greg and Matt, EW.com reports.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Spending the Holidays Together With Their Kids: "They Are a Unit"Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's marital relationship has changed, but their role as parents is staying the same.
The exes have made it very clear that children are their first priority, and for the sake of daughters Violet Affleck, 9, and Seraphina Affleck, 6, as well as son Samuel Affleck, 2, they're doing their very best to keep family life normal. That's why, sources tell E! News, that Jennifer, 43, and Ben, also 43, will be spending the upcoming holidays together with their kids.
"They are a unit," says a source. "They are all about the kids and making sure they are okay. They are committed to parenting together."
They will be spending time with both sides of the family as one unit, adds a source. Neither Ben not Jen want to split up and do separate things when the holidays are all about family time and being with loved ones. Both exes feel, as well, that even though they aren't a couple, still being a family is the most important thing.
Both Jen and Ben have continuously put any personal differences aside in order to remain amicable and able to spend time together with the kids. Even throughout "nannygate"—when rumors, which Ben's rep adamantly denied, claimed the actor was dating the Affleck children's former babysitter—the former couple worked through things behind closed doors.
"There was a lot of tension between them for a while, but it wasn't all about the nanny," a source close to the couple told E! News last month. "It's never easy for a couple going through a split."
"There are still a lot of issues, but she has put them aside for the sake of the her family," added the source. "Jen's number one priority is the kids and always has been...When they [she and Ben] spend time together, it is for the kids."
This past month, for example, Ben's been in Georgia filming, but on the occasions he's been able to return to California to see Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, a source tells E! News that Jen has planned fun outings for the entire family to do together. This past Saturday, they fivesome visited Duff's Cake Mix to decorate cakes together. Both Ben and Jen are working very hard to have a friendly relationship for the kids, says a source, adding that they agree the most important thing is to provide a stable and loving home for the kids.
Jennifer Garner Stuns at N.Y.C. Gala – with a Big Hug for Brad Paisley(Pic1, Pic2) Jennifer Garner knows how to rock a black dress on the red carpet.
The actress stunned in a floor-length black Michael Kors gown at the 3rd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala Tuesday in New York City.
After posing for photos, Garner, 43, stopped to give Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley a quick hug on the red carpet and then slipped inside to host the evening for the organization, for which she is a trustee and longtime supporter.
Paisley, who took the stage later in the evening to perform three of his songs, said he got involved with Save the Children through Garner, who reached out to him after finding out they both grew up in West Virginia.
"I was roped into this by Jennifer who is from my home state – we're both proud Mountaineers, proud West Virginians," Paisley, 43, told PEOPLE at the gala. "We had some mutual friends and a couple of years ago she contacted me and said, 'Hey, would you want to come see what we're doing with Save the Children in West Virginia?' So I said, 'Hey, let's go,' and we went up and spent the day and it really runs the gamut. We went to a house and watched what they do with the families in need, we watched what they do with the school... I couldn't believe what this organization was doing."
Garner gave a speech introducing the organization and the evening's honorees (who included Olivia Wilde), telling a personal story about her own visit with Save the Children to a family in need and how the charity is helping support children and families.
"I wasn't surprised to see that the only books there had been provided by Save the Children, that there were no Crayolas, no developmental toys, no art projects creating a happy clutter like what's in my kitchen or yours – because in poor communities, there's one book for every 13 children in the US and I have yet to go on a home visit where children's art is displayed on the walls," Garner recalled, thanking the audience for being there to support "the wellbeing of children in America and the world."
Shortly afterwards, Garner took the stage to present an award to Toms shoes with an 11-year-old boy, Hunter. The actress was all smiles as she patiently helped him read his lines from the teleprompter.
Garner and Ben Affleck, 43, who announced their split in June after 10 years of marriage, have continued to set their differences aside to co-parent their three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
A source tells PEOPLE in the magazine's new issue that the two are "figuring out right now how they can best spend the holidays together," adding that Garner "wants to get along with Ben for the kids' sake."
Affleck, meanwhile, has been busy working in Boston on his next film, Live By Night, which he stars in and directs.
Jennifer Garner Trailer for Miracles from HeavenJennifer Garner Gets Emotional in 1st Trailer for Miracles from Heaven, Movie Filmed After Ben Affleck Split: .
J.J. Abrams, 'Infinity Blade' maker join forces for new gameTwo years ago, when the creator of the hit mobile game series "Infinity Blade" joked at the latest iPhone unveiling that the device would boast "lens flares that would make J.J. Abrams proud," Chair Entertainment co-founder Donald Mustard was actually making an inside reference to his top-secret collaboration with the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" filmmaker.
Abrams' Bad Robot production company and Chair have been clandestinely working in tandem since 2013 on a colorful espionage game for PC and mobile devices titled "Spyjinx."
The partnership came about because Abrams and his children were fans of Chair's games like the side-scroller "Shadow Complex" and sword fighting simulator "Infinity Blade," while the developers at Chair were admirers of Abrams' film and TV projects. With a release set for 2016, Mustard said they're now ready to start talking about the partnership out in the open.
"When we build our games, we work very closely together as a team," said Mustard. "J.J. and all the other awesome people at Bad Robot quickly folded into that process. We all sat down with a blank slate and basically said, 'We can build anything. What do we want to build?' It went from there."
For the team at Bad Robot, the opportunity meant diving deeper into interactive entertainment after releasing the quirky special effects app "Action Movie FX" and working with Valve on a new mode for the multiplayer shooter game "Team Fortress 2."
"We really wanted to expand into this area of entertainment," Abrams said in a video posted Wednesday by Chair. "Typically, Hollywood and games have not gone together well. There are some notable exceptions but not too many, and so we met these amazing people at Chair — not just as fans but as potential collaborators."
Instead of leaning on pre-established Hollywood franchises like "Star Trek" or "Mission Impossible," Bad Robot and Chair, a subsidiary of Epic Games, opted to start from scratch with an all-new title combining several different game types.
"It's all about you creating an elite team of agents that can covertly reach or retrieve anything, anywhere, anytime while also building your secret, glamorous lair," said Mustard. "It's a blend of action real-time strategy wrapped up in dynamic world building but with a deep role-playing character development system set in this really bright, colorful world that's full of thieves, assassins and con-artists."
Mustard said the teams have mostly been collaborating electronically by video conferencing and sharing files. When they need face time, the Santa Monica, Calif., offices of Bad Robot are just a short flight from Chair's Salt Lake City, Utah, headquarters. Mustard noted that despite his commitment to "Force Awakens," Abrams has been actively involved in the game's development.
"J.J. is very much a gamer," said Mustard. "It's not just lip service. When he was still in the middle of filming 'Star Wars' last year, he would call me up with suggestions for 'Spyjinx.' He understands the core tenants of game design. I think he sees there's a very viable form of entertainment that is interactive. J.J. loves telling stories, and this is another avenue for him to tell awesome stories."
Despite his willingness to discuss "Spyjinx," Mustard isn't prepared to show off the game just yet or confirm if it will indeed feature Abrams' signature lighting embellishment: the lens flare.
Melissa George Welcomes Son SolalIt’s double the trouble for Melissa George: The actress has welcomed her second child.
Born on Tuesday, Nov. 3, son Solal Blanc weighed in at a “healthy” 9 lbs., 4 oz., when he entered the world at the American Hospital in Paris, France, according to George’s website.
“My journey to motherhood is what I am the most proud of,” The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy star said in a statement through the site. “I am the mother of two beautiful sons. Thank you to my love, JeanDavid, for giving me the best gift in my life. I love you.”
George, 39, and her husband, French businessman Jean David Blanc, are also the parents of Raphaël, 21 months.
Blanc and George began dating in 2011, and announced they were expecting in June. George’s new NBC show Heartbreaker was pushed from the fall to mid-season debut due to the star’s pregnancy.
Star Wars director says he aimed for 'delightful' movieHow do you make a Star Wars movie "delightful"?
That is the question that was foremost on filmmaker J.J. Abrams's mind as he embarked on the mammoth task of making the new Star Wars movie.
"That was really the only requirement Larry and I imposed on each other: The movie needed to be delightful," Abrams told Wired, referring to Lawrence Kasdan, the film's co-writer.
"It was not about explaining everything away, not about introducing a certain number of toys for a corporation, not about trying to appease anyone," he added in the latest issue of the monthly magazine, published Monday.
"This has only ever been about what gets us exited."
The latest installment of the much-anticipated Star Wars saga, "The Force Awakens," opens in US theaters on December 18, and fans are snapping up any tidbit of information about the film ahead of its release.
On Friday, fans went wild as a new version of the film's trailer with new footage was released with no prior warning on the Japanese version of the Star Wars website, prompting speculation about the plot and analysis of each picture frame.
Abrams said the fact that he was making the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy allowed him some leeway in how he approached the project.
"It's not very often that you get to work on something where you know there is a continuum," he said.
"And it's kind of great. It unburdens you."
He also hinted that he realized he had big shoes to fill, given what George Lucas was able to do with the first Star Wars movie, "let alone the next ones."
"Forget how incredible it looked, forget the technology, forget the humor of it, the heart, the romance, the adventure -- all the amazing moments that made us love it," he told Wired.
"Think about what he was able to stir up," Abrams added. "This, to me, is one of the greatest things about Star Wars."
The director also said he could not fathom not releasing any trailers until just before the movie's opening, given the wide appeal of the sci-fi series.
"I... pushed to have a teaser come out a year before, just because it felt like, as a fan of Star Wars, if I could see even the littlest thing, I'd be psyched a year out," said Abrams, whose directorial work includes "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible III."
What Would Bradley Cooper Want to Eat for His Last Meal on Earth?Bradley Cooper may play a world famous chef in his latest film Burnt but, when it comes to choosing his last meal on Earth, the Oscar-nominee would want to eat a home-cooked favorite.
“My grandmother’s cheesecake,” he tells PEOPLE in the new issue, on newsstands today.
Sienna Miller, Cooper’s costar in the film, says the actor often spoke of his grandmother’s cooking while making the film.
“His memories of childhood are all around his grandmother making pasta and dough and I love that image,” says Miller.
“At one point they are in the fish market talking about the dough in his grandmother’s wedding ring,” explains Cooper. “My grandmother always had flour caked in her engagement ring.”
For much more on Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller’s favorite foods and close friendship, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
The Flash's Victor Garber Talks New Firestorm and Teaming Up with Nick Jonas' Diabetes CharityThe Flash star Victor Garber's heroic exploits aren't limited to the small screen.
The newlywed recently started working with Beyond Type 1, a charity focused on raising awareness about Type 1 Diabetes that was co-founded by Nick Jonas.
Garber, 66, tells PEOPLE he was diagnosed with the incurable auto-immune disease when he was 12. By working with Beyond Type 1, he hopes to help clear up some of the confusion surrounding the disease (it's often confused with Type 2 diabetes) and let those who have it know it's still possible to be successful.
"I'm just a face for young people to say, 'You're not alone and you can achieve what you want to achieve,' " says Garber, who also notes that it is an erratic disease that can have very serious complications. "That's really what I feel very strongly about, you are not defined by Type 1 diabetes."
As of now, Garber hasn't had a chance to work directly with Jonas, 23, because of his demanding schedule, but he's looking forward to meeting and discussing how he and the musician–turned–actor–turned–activist can have even more of an impact together.
Elsewhere, it's the health of Garber's on-screen persona Professor Martin Stein that has Flash fans on the edge of their seats.
In the wake of Stein's collapse at the end of last week's episode, Team Flash is frantically searching for a new genetic match for Firestorm (the flame-throwing hero created when Stein uses the Firestorm matrix to merge with another person). They have to move quickly because Stein's health is quickly deteriorating.
"He's sort of on his last legs," Garber teases of Tuesday's episode. "Without this [new match], Stein won't survive."
In the episode, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) hold an "amusing" audition process and find Jefferson "Jax" Jackson (Franz Drameh), who will become part of the new Firestorm.
Finding a match the easy part. Now, Stein and Jax must learn how to work together, which won't be easy, Garber teases. Drameh and Garber will eventually migrate over to the Arrow/Flash spin-off Legends of Tomorrow, which is expected to debut in early 2016.
"They go through a lot," said the Alias alum. "When we get to Legends, you'll see that there's a lot of conflict, which I think is really truthful and [is] what interested me in the project in the first place. You've got all these people that are working together, but it's like a dysfunctional family. Jefferson and Stein are no exception to that."
Filming is well under way for Legends of Tomorrow. According to Garber, this new show is "massive and chaotic and fascinating and wonderful."
"It's very demanding for everyone, and the good news is that everyone gets along really well and we enjoy each other's company," says Garber. "When it gets really grim at five in the morning, we're all able to keep going and laughing."
The Flash airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on The CW.
Bradley Cooper swears he’ll never sleep with J.LawJennifer Lawrence will never be a notch on Bradley Cooper‘s belt.
During an interview on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show this week, the shock jock pressed the “Burnt” star about his off-screen relationship with longtime co-star Jennifer Lawrence.
“When are you two going to have sex?” Stern, 61, bluntly asked.
“Never,” Cooper responded firmly.
Cooper, 40, credited director David O. Russell for bringing the two together.
“We did ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ together. We got along great,” the Oscar nominee explained. “It just didn’t happen. It’s not the way we are together.”
The pair also worked together on Russell’s “American Hustle” and his upcoming film “Joy.” They co-starred in Susanne Bier’s “Serena,” too.
Though Cooper previously joked that Lawrence was too young for him, that comment came back to haunt him after he started dating 23-year-old model Suki Waterhouse.
“I said that once on the carpet as a diffuse thing and then it became a thing because the girl I was seeing was as young as she was,” he said.
Cooper has since called it quits with Waterhouse and has moved on to Irina Shayk, a supermodel in her late 20s.
Back in March, Lawrence said she and Cooper weren’t sleeping together.
Jennifer Garner Hosts Fundraiser to Help Family Cure Their Daughters' Rare Brain DiseaseWhen producer Gordon Gray and his wife Kristen revealed that their two young daughters had been diagnosed with Batten disease, an extremely rare degenerative brain disorder for which there is no cure, the Hollywood community rallied around them to raise awareness and funds.
On Wednesday, Jennifer Garner, an early supporter of the family, held a fundraiser to support the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation and its mission of raising the $10-12 million needed to accelerate research and find potential treatments for the disease.
"Kristen and Gordon Gray are not going to let us avert our eyes from their daughters' condition," Garner said. "In the middle of their pain and grief, they are going to face the facts of Batten disease and look us in the eye and ask us to join them in the fight."
The couple's young daughters, Charlotte, 4, and Gwenyth, 2, were diagnosed with late-infantile-NCL Batten disease in March. Batten disease is rapidly progressing and causes developmental regression, blindness, changes in behavior, seizures and dementia.
The symptoms have already onset in Charlotte, who is experiencing trouble with speech and muscle control, while younger sister Gwenyth has tested positive.
"We need the money yesterday," Gordon, 50, told PEOPLE in June. "Every day is worse than the day before. It's a degenerative disease and we just need to get started now."
Thanks to the generosity displayed at the fundraiser, the Grays tell PEOPLE that their foundation is "very close" to the 3 million dollar mark.
"We still have a way to go, but each event brings awareness, touches new people and helps spread out message which is that we want to cure this horrible disease so that no other child will suffer," the Grays said in a statement to PEOPLE.
"It is wonderful to see how invested Jennifer is in not only to our cause but also other rare diseases," they continued. "She is so open and willing to help in any way and for that we are very grateful."
Visit curebatten.org to learn more.
Bradley Cooper Responds To Jennifer Lawrence's Essay About Gender Wage Gap In HollywoodAfter Jennifer Lawrence spoke out about gender pay inequality in Hollywood on Tuesday, the Oscar winner is receiving support from her American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper.
"One thing I could say is that's interesting because if you think that you only deserve a certain amount and that's not correct, it's about changing that mindset and sticking up for yourself the way that Sienna [Miller] did," Cooper – who added he had yet to read the essay – explained to E! News. "So that's a great thing."
Miller – who joined Cooper for the interview to promote their new film Burnt – went on to explain she backed out of a play because she was being paid less than her male co-star.
In Lawrence's essay – on Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter – titled "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co Stars?", the 25-year-old actress writes: "When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d----, I didn't get mad at Sony," Lawrence writes, alluding to her deal working on American Hustle. "I got mad at myself."
Although Lawrence does not cite the film's title in the essay, she mentions that costars Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Cooper "all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves." Lawrence adds that she "failed as a negotiator" because she "gave up early."
In a separate interview on Tuesday, Cooper continued to support Lawrence.
"There's a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect," Cooper, 40, told Entertainment Tonight. "Anytime there's a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken – something Sienna did, or Jennifer – that's great … I think it is making a difference."
Surprise! Victor Garber Marries Longtime BoyfriendVictor Garber married his boyfriend of 16 years, artist and model Rainer Andreesen, on Saturday.
Andreesen announced the happy news on Instagram with a shot of the couple and a flurry of hashtags that noted that they had eloped in Tofino, Canada.
No other details were released.
Garber, who officiated his Alias daughter Jennifer Garner's wedding to Ben Affleck in 2005, came out in April 2012, telling Canadian magazine Forever Young Information, "My companion Rainer Andreesen and I have been together almost 13 years in Greenwich Village. We both love New York."
In January 2013, Garber took Andreesen to the Screen Actors Guild Awards. "I don't really talk about it but everybody knows," he told blogger Greg Hernandez of his relationship at the time.
Garber, 66, can next be seen on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which will premiere on The CW midseason.
Bradley Cooper Returns to LimitlessIt seems CBS’ Limitless is hooked on more than just NZT.
Bradley Cooper, who appeared on the freshman drama’s series premiere, will next reprise his role as Sen. Edward Morra on the Oct. 27 episode, executive producer Craig Sweeny announced Friday at New York Comic-Con.
In the installment, titled “Side Effects May Include…,” Morra will resurface in Brian’s (Jake McDorman) life, demanding a high price in exchange for another inoculation from the severe side effects of NZT.
Limitless airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS.
Chicago Med Scoop: Alias Alum Cast as S. Epatha Merkerson’s HubbyAlias vet Carl Lumbly is in need of one of Chicago Med‘s finest.
The actor will recur on NBC’s latest Chicago Fire spinoff as the husband of S. Epatha Merkerson’s character Sharon, TVLine has learned.
Sharon is the head of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, where much of the show’s action takes place.
Lumbly’s Bert is a once virile, robust man whose sudden physical ailment factors into his relationship with his wife and the hospital where she works.
Lumbly most recently recurred on CBS’ Zoo and A&E’s The Returned.
Chicago Med premieres Nov. 17 at 9/8c.
Bradley Cooper and Ashley Greene are ‘Workout Buddies’!(Pic) Sometimes a gym can be just as star-filled as a red carpet!
Ashley Greene and Bradley Cooper recently sweat it out together at Rise Nation Fitness Studio in West Hollywood, California.
The Twilight star, 28, posted an Instagram photo with the actor, 40 — dressed down in a gray T-shirt and baseball cap — along with the gym’s owner, personal trainer Jason Walsh.
“Not the worst looking group of @risenation workout buddies. See you soooooon @risemovement #werise #weclimb,” the actress captioned the snap.
Greene and Cooper aren’t the only famous fans of the gym, which utilizes a climbing machine and promises “the first true 30-minute full body workout” – Hilary Duff loves the workouts too!
“It’s really changed my body, and it looks really hard, but it’s 30 minutes, and you can do anything for 30 minutes,” Duff, 28, told PEOPLE at the fitness studio’s grand opening in August. “Obviously I have a 3-year-old and doing things quickly is important for me, but it’s kind of addicting!”
We even tried the workout ourselves, and totally understand why there are so many celebrity fans!
“The climber requires you to move your legs and arms at all times, so you really do get a full-body workout,” says a staffer. “The class makes you break a sweat within the first minute, so it was an exhausting experience but also fun – once I figured out the machine, it felt like a really intense dance class. Any workout that gets me in and out in 30 minutes is a winner in my book!”
Bradley Cooper on Cooking as a Chef in Burnt: ‘Everything in the Movie I’m Actually Doing’(Trailer) Bradley Cooper only had a month to prep for his role as chef Adam Jones in the upcoming movie Burnt but, luckily, he’s unknowingly been preparing for this his whole life.
“When I was a kid I would screw up cooking with my grandmother. It was an Italian family, so cooking was a huge part of it,” the actor tells Yahoo! Movies. “I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant and a prep cook at an [Italian] restaurant called Mirabella’s in Somers Point, New Jersey. I’d be there from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., just cooking.”
Cooper also played Anthony Bourdain in a TV-series version of the celebrity chef’s memoir Kitchen Confidential in 2005. But to truly capture the personality and skill of a chef who is chasing after his third Michelin star, Cooper had some help from the professionals.
“I created a guy I see as a mixture of the three guys I studied: Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsey, and Marco Pierre White,” he says. “He’s a combination. Little things he does, physical things, are basically things I stole from all three of those guys.”
Wareing, a U.K. two-star Michelin restaurateur, developed and prepared all the recipes for the film but when the cameras were rolling Cooper had to step up the plate—literally.
“There’s no cooking double for Adam Jones. Everything in the movie I’m actually doing. The stakes were high,” he says. “Every day I felt the pressure of having to deliver.”
Now that the actor has some free time following his back-to-back schedule of shooting American Sniper, Burnt and the Tony-nominated show The Elephant Man, Cooper is getting to cook off screen, as well.
“I cook every day,” he says. “I’m one of those guys that [uses] whatever’s in the refrigerator. I just started a little garden, which is like heaven. I’m just picking vegetables, you know — real old man stuff.”
Burnt is slated for release in theaters on Oct. 23.
Jennifer Garner Stuns in First Red Carpet Appearance Post-Split with Ben Affleck(Pic) Jennifer Garner stepped out on Tuesday in her first red carpet appearance since her split from Ben Affleck — and she looked amazing.
The 43-year-old actress stunned in a black, knee-length dress as she attended the Chanel dinner in honor of Baby2Baby at Chanel Boutique in Los Angeles, California. Garner kept it simple with black, ankle-strapped heels and a matching clutch purse. She let her brown locks tumble over her shoulders.
The actress was among a slew of celebs at the dinner, like Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Ellen Pompeo and Selma Blair (all of them opted for blazers and pants or shorts at the dinner).
Garner posed for pictures and, in one, is seen sporting a serious expression with her hand on her hip.
Earlier this week, she and Affleck, who announced their divorce in June, were spotted out having a friendly dinner on Sept. 20 in Malibu, California.
The two have been spending quality time together with their three children Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and 3-year-old Samuel since returning to Los Angeles after their summer in Atlanta, Georgia.
“They are working together and are keeping it amicable,” a source close to the couple previously told PEOPLE. “This is something they have been working on for over a year – and they continue to be strong unit.”
Ben Affleck & Jen Garner -- Dinner for Two ... Without the Kids(Pic) Jennifer Garner went on a romantic dinner date in Malibu -- with her estranged husband Ben Affleck, and for once this was NOT about family time.
Ben and Jen were seen leaving Nobu Sunday night in Malibu. While the maybe exes have been together semi-frequently since annoucing their divorce in June, it's usually because they're doing things with their 3 kids.
The Nobu date was strictly for adults. According to ET, they drove there together and left together ... but there was no PDA.
Jennifer Garner 'Can't Even Imagine Dating' Post-Split with Ben Affleck: SourceJennifer Garner is becoming more at peace with life after Ben Affleck, but that doesn't mean she'll be entering the dating world anytime soon.
"Jen is doing well," a source close to the family tells PEOPLE. "She's still adjusting to a new normal, but seems more accepting of the separation."
While the source notes that Garner is "taking a little bit more time to herself" and "seems less stressed," moving forward with her love life is not a top priority at the moment.
"She can't even imagine dating," the source says, adding that "it will probably be a long time before she is able to move on romantically."
In the meantime, Garner and Affleck continue to put their children first, and spent time together as a family over the weekend.
After taking a few days to scout locations in Savannah and Boston for his new movie Live by Night, where another source close to the couple says he "had a really great time seeing his family," Affleck returned to L.A. on Friday to drive his daughters, Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6, to school.
Later in the afternoon, he drove them to karate class, where Garner joined him to watch the kids at practice.
On Sunday, they had a family outing at a local farmers' market and also attended a church service.
"Ben and Jen mostly spent time separately at the farmers' market," an eyewitness tells PEOPLE. "Jen picked up fruit and vegetables with a nanny while Ben was in charge of the kids. He took them to get balloon art and entertained them while Jen shopped."
According to the family source, "Ben has a schedule when he is responsible for the kids." He "is still living elsewhere" and he and Garner have "no plans to live on the same property."
The family home is currently undergoing renovations, and the source close to the couple tells PEOPLE that they "redid the house so that they could cohabitate."
"They may not live [there] together," the source adds, but the house remains a place "where they can help raise their children together."
The divorce, meanwhile, is moving forward as planned, the family source tells PEOPLE, adding that neither Garner nor Affleck "seem rushed" when it comes to hashing out the details.
"Ben wants her to be happy," the source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. "Ben truly cares for Jen and really wants her to be happy overall in general."
Bradley Cooper didn’t need stunt double for chef movieBradley Cooper is headed back to the kitchen.
As the four-time Oscar nominee, 40, explained to Details, his latest role in October’s “Burnt” is a return to his roots.
“I worked for most of my life as a cook,” the actor told the magazine. “When I was 15, I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant and then I worked as a prep cook through college. My mother’s side is Italian, so I grew up cooking all the time with my grandmother.”
In the film, which co-stars Sienna Miller, Cooper plays a once-promising chef attempting to rebuild his career after it was derailed by substance abuse and hard living.
Irina Shayk’s boyfriend’s cooking background came in handy while filming “Burnt,” which was shot between “American Sniper” and the latest Broadway production of “The Elephant Man.”
“Thank God the role was a chef, because I didn’t have much time to prep,” he said. “There’s no stunt double. Everything in there I’m cooking.”
The role isn’t the first time the prolific thespian has portrayed a chef on camera. Cooper also starred in the short-lived 2005 sitcom “Kitchen Confidential,” which was based on Anthony Bourdain’s memoir of the same name.
“Burnt” hits theaters on Oct. 23.
Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Justin Bieber & More Attend Think It Up Telecast—Get the Scoop on the Star-Studded Event!Hollywood is working towards a better tomorrow.
Celebrities including Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell and Austin Mahone all came together Friday evening in Santa Monica, Calif. for the Think It Up telecast, a fundraiser aimed to support students and teachers across the nation.
Justin Bieber kicked off the hour-long event with a performance of his new song "What Do You Mean?" before handing it off to a number of A-listers who discussed the current state of education, and what everyone can do to improve it.
Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Garner, Wilmer Valderramaand Halle Berrywere on hand to reminisce about their own classroom days, and Matthew McConaughey took viewers inside U.S. schools working to unlock student potential.
Gwyneth Paltrow discussed the "need to empower teachers to help students become creative thinkers and problem solvers," and Eric Stonestreet encouraged students to "be bold."
Audience members were brought to their feet as Big Sean closed the show with a moving rendition of "One Man Can Change the World."
Think It Up is an initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation charitable organization, created to bring broad cultural attention to the urgency of improving the learning experience in America. The national education initiative will seek to reframe the public discussion about education, create a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America and build a sense of optimism about the potential of education in classrooms across the country.
Visit here to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the teacher crowd-funding charity.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Spend Day Together Taking Their Kids to School(Pic) It was a good first day back to school for the kids… and for mom and dad.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner spent Tuesday morning together dropping off their kids – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – at their first day of school.
"They smiled and chatted during the morning run," says a source. "There was no obvious tension between them."
Things appear to be getting back to normal for the couple. Garner, who spent the summer filming Miracles From Heaven in Atlanta, was back to her usual L.A. routine over the Labor Day weekend running errands, stopping by a local nail salon and attending Sunday morning church services.
On Sept. 3, the couple was also spotted together visiting a family counseling center in L.A.
But despite the show of solidarity, a source says, "there is no reconciliation. They are working with a professional because there are emotions involved and they want to make this transition as easy as possible for their family."
Instead, the two are doing what they've done since announcing their split on June 30, and simply putting their kids first.
"They were focused on making sure each kid had a good first day back at school."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are All Smiles in L.A.(Pic) This is divorce done right.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who announced plans to divorce in June after 10 years of marriage, were spotted at an appointment in L.A. Thursday. The exes smiled as they walked to Affleck's car. Though neither actor was wearing a wedding ring, they remain committed to being friends for the sake of their children. In fact, a source tells E! News that the duo is "doing great" and focused on "making sure the divorce is amicable for each other and for the kids."
The Daredevil co-stars spent the summer in Atlanta, where Jennifer was filming Miracles from Heaven while Ben tended to their three children: Violet Affleck, 9, Seraphina Affleck, 6, and Samuel Affleck, 3. Since the family returned to L.A. in late August, Jennifer and the kids have been staying in the family home, which is undergoing renovations. Ben, meanwhile, is living in a rental down the street.
Last week, E! News exclusively revealed that Ben took his two daughters to see Taylor Swift's fifth and final concert at the Staples Center in L.A. Thursday The trio even got to meet the "Wildest Dreams" singer, 25, backstage. "The girls had been begging to go," a source said of the family. "He was so excited for them." Two days later, Jennifer took Seraphina to paint ceramic pots at Color Me Mine in Santa Monica. On Sunday, she took all three kids to church and the farmer's market.
Since announcing their split in June, Ben and Jennifer have been putting on a united front for their kids' sake. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," the actors told E! News. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner All Smiles as They Step Out Together in L.A.(Pic) Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner seem to be working hard to keep things friendly between them as they transition into a new phase in their relationship.
The pair, who split in June after 10 years of marriage, were spotted out together on Thursday at an appointment in L.A. and they were smiling as they walked to Affleck's car.
Neither of them were wearing their wedding rings, but at the time they announced their plan to divorce, the couple told PEOPLE in a statement that they planned to "go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children."
The amicable exes spent the summer in Atlanta, where Garner was filming Miracles from Heaven while Affleck was on daddy duty with their three kids, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
Since the family returned to L.A. at the end of last month, Garner and the kids have been staying in the family home, which is currently under renovation, while Affleck is living in a rental down the street.
Justin Bieber, Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry Among Stars Taking the Stage for 'Think It Up' Education CampaignSure, award shows are great. But it's the good causes that really get celebrities walking a red carpet.
So, for the televised launch of "Think It Up" – a new initiative aimed at improving education in America – Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, Seth Meyers, Julie Chen, and Terry Crews have enlisted to participate and Justin Bieber and Kacey Musgraves have volunteered to perform, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively.
The latest celebs revealed will join a long list of previously-announced talent including Ryan Seacrest, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Colbert, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Bell, Jessica Williams and Jeremy Renner on the telecast, which will be broadcast simultaneously on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC on Sept. 11.
Beginning with the telecast, "Think It Up" – the brainchild of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) (the same group behind "Stand Up to Cancer") – will invite public middle and high school students to work with their teachers to develop projects that draw on their passions. Teachers can then post the project proposals to thinkitup.org, where supporters can contribute funds directly to individual projects.
The crowdfunding platform was launched in collaboration with DonorsChoose.org and received support of major contributors like Staples and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Along with support from visionaries and innovators in the education space and some of Hollywood's biggest stars, "Think It Up" will challenge students to dream big, and help teachers who bring out the best in their students.
Jennifer Garner 'Happy to Get Back' to L.A. and Kids – with Ben Affleck Living Down the Street(Pic) For Jennifer Garner, there's no place like home.
After spending the summer filming Miracles From Heaven in Atlanta, Garner wasted no time getting back into her normal routine – and treating her kids to a fun family weekend – once she returned to Los Angeles.
Two months after she and Ben Affleck announced their difficult divorce, "Jen seems in good spirits and is almost back to her normal, positive personality," a source tells PEOPLE. "She's happy to get back to her usual, family routine with the kids in L.A."
On Saturday, Garner took her daughter Seraphina, 6, for a fun day of painting ceramic pots at Color Me Mine in Santa Monica.
The next day, she got in an early morning jog before taking her three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina and Samuel, 3, to church. "The kids seemed excited about church. They ran into several school friends," another source tells PEOPLE. "Jen also had a very warm welcome at the church. She kept smiling and looked happy."
The family also made a quick stop at one of their favorite weekend hotspots: their local farmers' market.
Garner held her children's hands as they strolled the streets, picking out fruits and vegetables from the various stands.
"She looked happy to see familiar faces at the market and received several welcome-back-to L.A. hugs," says a witness.
Since returning to L.A., Garner, 43, has been staying at the family home, which is currently under renovation, with Affleck living in a rental just down the street.
Garner and Affleck, both 43, have seemingly taken their wedding rings off for good, as neither of them have been spotted wearing them since Garner returned to L.A. last week.
A source had previously told PEOPLE that the couple had chosen to continue wearing their wedding rings in the weeks following their divorce announcement for their kids.
"They just want them to be okay," the source said.
Both Garner and Affleck have been spending quality time with their children before school starts in September.
The exes have some big decisions to make in the coming weeks about what their next step will be as a family regarding their living situation, but until then, a source close to Garner tells PEOPLE in the magazine's latest issue, the actress is simply trying to take things "day by day."
"She realizes that she still has ways to go before she figures out a new normal, but she seems excited about the future."
Jennifer Garner Returns to L.A. with Ring Off – as She Faces Difficult Next Steps with Ben Affleck(Pic) The whole family is back in town.
Jennifer Garner has returned home to Los Angeles after spending the summer filming Miracles from Heaven in Atlanta.
Garner was seen Friday morning talking to one of the family's nannies. The actress, who was not wearing her wedding ring, looked casual as she was dressed in a gray T-shirt and army-green pants, her hair pulled back.
Estranged husband Ben Affleck has been back in L.A. since early last week, taking their three children, Violet 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, on weekend outings. He even took his two daughters to see Taylor Swift in concert, and they got to meet the singer backstage.
The actor has also been spotted without his wedding ring in the last few days.
Garner finished working just in time to spend the last few weeks of summer with her family, as the children will start school in September.
Her return also means difficult decisions will likely be made regarding the family's current living arrangements. For the moment, Garner is staying at the family home, which is under renovation, while estranged husband Ben Affleck lives in a rental just down the street.
Affleck and Garner, both 43, originally planned to continue living on the same property, but after a difficult summer and with their home still under renovation, Garner began to question what the future will look like.
"Jen will always make sure that Ben spends as much time with the kids as he wants, but she is rethinking their living situation," a source close to the family told PEOPLE.
Prior to her return, Garner was "being smart and not putting too much pressure on herself," a source close to Garner said, adding that the actress plans to "take things day by day."
Mia Maestro Joins ‘Scandal’ As RecurringThe Strain star Mia Maestro has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of ABC’s Washington, D.C., drama series Scandal. As is the case with most castings on Shonda Rhimes series, the character Maestro will play is being kept under wraps.
This marks Maestro’s return to ABC, where she had a heavily recurring role on another popular drama series, Alias, as Jennifer Garner’s sister. The Twilight Saga alumna Maestro, who also is is a singer-songwriter, is repped by ICM Partners.
Jennifer Garner Sang Happy Birthday to a Fellow Diner in Atlanta RestaurantJennifer Garner may be in the midst of a public breakup, but her fun-loving spirit seems to be well intact.
The actress, 43, was spotted dining with a large group of friends on Saturday night at ONE. midtown kitchen in Atlanta, where she gave a stranger a birthday surprise to be remembered.
“When a neighboring table had a birthday cake brought out, Garner joined right in, singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” a source tells PEOPLE.
Garner, who was wearing a black cocktail dress, appeared to be “in good spirits” and “enjoyed the view of the Atlanta skyline” as her party drank wine and feasted on wood-fired pizza and roasted veggies, along with red velvet cake and house-made Kit Kat bars for dessert.
Garner, who has been in Atlanta for several weeks shooting scenes for her upcoming movie Miracles from Heaven, continues to weather the fallout from estranged husband Ben Affleck‘s alleged affair with former family nanny Christine Ouzounian. The former couple recently stepped out together in Orlando, Florida, where they celebrated Affleck’s 43rd birthday at Disney World and Universal Studios with their three children.
The two also took a family outing in Atlanta last week, where they appeared to be “laughing and talking to each other and looked like they were having fun,” a source told PEOPLE. Affleck is now back in Los Angeles, where he spent the past weekend spending time with the kids.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Were 'Laughing and Talking' During a Family Outing in AtlantaJust days after a family trip to Orlando, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are still spending time together.
As the estranged couple continue to weather the fallout from Affleck's alleged affair with former family nanny Christine Ouzounian, a source tells PEOPLE the couple looked relaxed and happy while taking their dog and three kids for a walk in Atlanta, where Garner continues to film Miracles from Heaven.
"They were laughing and talking to each other and looked like they were having fun," said the source.
The latest sighting comes just days after Affleck rang in his 43rd birthday with Garner and their kids Saturday at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Studios, followed by a trip to Disney World a day later.
Although onlookers thought the couple appeared distant during the trip, a source close to the couple said the pair "are both making the best of a hard situation" and "they did it together and the kids had a great time, which is what they both wanted."
Garner got back to work after the Florida trip, and was spotted on set in Atlanta this past week.
Affleck, meanwhile, was seen meeting with his Eastern Congo Initiative co-founder Whitney Williams at a luxury hotel in Atlanta Thursday. The Argo director was spotted wearing his wedding ring when he met with Williams, with whom he's working to raise money and awareness for the impoverished region.
Garner and Affleck announced their split in June while on a family vacation in the Bahamas. A short time later, Ouzounian's friends told PEOPLE the California native admitted to an affair with Affleck. A source close to the Oscar winner, meanwhile, maintains the actor had "a work relationship and a friendship" with her, but nothing more.
On Friday, Ouzounian was spotted taking a walk around Los Angeles, looking casual in gray jeans, a flowing white shirt and shades.
The former nanny has been keeping busy since she ended her position with the family. After a stay at the swanky Hotel Bel-Air, she's been seen driving her new Lexus convertible around Southern California and sporting a bikini while soaking up the sun at Newport Beach last week.
J.J. Abrams on the Pressure of Directing Star Wars: 'You Had to Forget It Was a Religion for So Many People'When J.J. Abrams was handed the keys to the Star Wars franchise, he knew that for many diehard fans his task of expanding the franchise was akin to adding another book to the bible.
"You had to forget it was a religion for so many people, because in the moment you had to do the work," the Star Trek Into Darkness director told PEOPLE at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center this past weekend.
Part of getting the job done was overcoming the fact that he was working with people like Harrison Ford, whom he'd idolized since he was kid.
"I think one of the biggest challenges on a daily basis was not considering the person you're talking to as someone who was an icon when you were a kid, or for me when I was a kid," he said.
"I remember when I was 11 years old and I saw Star Wars for the very first time and it didn't look like anything I'd ever seen," Abrams gushed. "So to get to play in that playground is an absolute honor."
But Abrams admits the work wasn't all stress and nerves. "I think the most surprising thing was how much fun it was to do this movie. I knew it would be a lot of work and I knew it would be crazy stressful, but I didn't necessarily expect it to be as much of a joy to do."
One point that fans will be happy to hear, is that Abrams says he made sure not to rely on the franchise's name and nostalgia factor to make a good movie. "It's not going to just be good because it's Star Wars," he says.
Even the smallest scenes, like "two people talking in space," were important for him to get right. "Because if you don't buy those, nothing else matters."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Were 'Both Making The Best of A Hard Situation' on Family Trip: SourceThey've been dealing with a difficult divorce – and the thermometer in Orlando in August has been over 90 degrees. But Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck still managed to put their kids first last weekend, taking Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, to Universal Studios Florida and Disney World to celebrate Affleck's 43rd birthday. "They are both making the best of a hard situation," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE.
While witnesses have said the couple looked tense, the source points out the outings wouldn't be easy for any parent, and the famous couple also had to contend with gawkers. "It's hard to get through an amusement park sometimes with three kids," said the source. "It's not always easy, especially when there are a lot of onlookers." The most important thing to Affleck and Garner: "They did it together and the kids had a great time, which is what they both wanted."
The family spent the weekend visiting the various Florida theme parks. They started at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal on Saturday (Affleck even sported a Harry Potter t-shirt) and continued the festivities at Fantasyland in Disney World Monday, where they took the kids on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride twice.
One onlooker applauded the two parents for sticking together during this hard time.
"Looks like a family to me, with a very brave face."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner 'Seemed Like Awkward Strangers' Celebrating His Birthday with the Kids: OnlookerBen Affleck may have rung in his 43rd birthday with ex Jennifer Garner and their kids – but it seems their reunion wasn't without a little awkwardness, according to one onlooker.
Affleck and Garner took their three kids – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to celebrate his birthday Saturday at Universal Orlando Studios, where they treated the kids to souvenirs. But "neither of them looked too happy," an onlooker at one of the shops tells PEOPLE.
"They didn't even look at each other. They were talking to the kids, but they didn't talk or even look in each other's direction," adds the onlooker. "They seemed like strangers – awkward strangers."
A source close to the couple tells PEOPLE that they were focused on putting their children first.
"As always, it's about the kids and they will always put them first," the source said. "Everyone had fun. They put them first no matter what.
"All Ben wanted for his birthday was to be with his children."
Another source close to the couple added, "They have had a great weekend and the eyewitness saw them engaging s a family."
Affleck and Garner, 43, announced their split in June and have been determined to focus on their kids in the wake of the divorce news. In addition to jetting off to the Bahamas for a family trip in June, the pair has spent time together with their children in Atlanta, where Garner is filming her movie Miracles from Heaven.
The latest family getaway comes just weeks after news broke of an alleged affair with the couple's former nanny, Christine Ouzounian, 28. (Affleck sources have repeatedly denied that he and Ouzounian ever had a romantic relationship.)
Ben Affleck Celebrates 43rd Birthday at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with Jennifer Garner and Kids(Pic, Pic2) Ben Affleck rang in his 43rd birthday with his family.
The actor was spotted with ex Jennifer Garner and their three kids – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – at Universal Studios Orlando on Saturday.
The pair, who announced their split exclusively to PEOPLE in June, were spotted by Twitter users at Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
"Jennifer Garner is in the same Harry Potter shop as me wtf," Tweeted one onlooker Saturday afternoon.
And another shared a Snapchat shot of the couple:
This is the latest public outing for the family since Affleck and Garner, also 43, brought their kids to the United States after taking a trip to the Bahamas last month.
Garner has been busy filming Miracles from Heaven in Atlanta amid rumors that Affleck had a fling with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian, 28. (Affleck sources have repeatedly denied that they ever had a romantic relationship.)
Affleck has been making frequent trip to Atlanta to visit with his children, who are staying with Garner in a rental home while she works on her project. As PEOPLE previously reported, Affleck and Garner took their children to see Inside Out last weekend.
"He's happiest when he's with his family," a close friend told PEOPLE.
Sun-Kissed! See Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk's Sexy Beach PDA(Pic) Things are heating up between Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk – literally.
The pair were spotted kissing and getty cozy while vacationing on Italy's Amalfi Coast earlier this week.
The Wet Hot American Summer actor, 40, and the Russian model, 29, locked lips on the stone beach. Cooper, wearing orange swim trunks, seemed to only have eyes for Shayk, who donned a blue bikini top chicly mismatched with her neon-orange-and-black bottoms.
"They were very playful and loving," an observer tells PEOPLE. "They were completely wrapped up in one another and having a great time."
The actor fiddled with Shayk's barely-there suit as they soaked up the sun. He kept a pair of goggles on his head, seemingly at the ready for their next plunge.
A source tells PEOPLE that the couple stayed at Le Sireneuse, a luxury hotel in Positano. Over the years, the hotel has attracted a slew of famous clientele, including Gwyneth Paltrow and boyfriend Brad Falchuk.
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and Cooper have been spotted together often since April, and they were caught kissing several times in May.
The model also attended a performance of Cooper's The Elephant Man in London later that month.
Cooper split from girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, 23, just a few months before linking up with Shayk.
Michael Vartan Cast In E! Drama Pilot ‘The Arrangement’Alias alum Michael Vartan has joined the cast of E’s drama pilot The Arrangement, from writer Jonathan Abrahams (Mad Men), All3Media and Universal Cable Prods.
Described as a Cinderella story for modern times with a dramatic and complicated Hollywood twist, The Arrangement follows Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite Kyle West, the hottest actor of the moment. After an amazing audition segues into a dream-like first date, Megan’s Cinderella story takes a turn to the bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with Kyle. Megan must weigh her options and the benefits and consequences to her career and her life overall… and decide whether or not she will accept “the arrangement."
Vartan will play Terence Hoffman, Kyle West’s producing partner, best friend and mentor. His influence on Kyle’s life is pervasive and when Megan enters the scene, Terence becomes particularly invested in assuring that The Arrangement goes as planned.
Vartan, repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment, recently recurred on Bates Motel.
Limitless: Bradley Cooper "Has Every Intention" of Returning After the PilotBradley Cooper's availability is not infinite, but there's a chance you'll see him beyond his brief appearance in the pilot of the new CBS series Limitless.
"Bradley really has been so committed to the show and he has every intention of coming back," executive producer Alex Kurtzman told reporters during the Television Critics Association fall previews on Monday. "We've been talking quite a bit about how to bring him back and in what capacity."
The Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in the 2011 film upon which the series is based and is an executive producer on the series, reprises his role as Eddie Morra in the premiere.
"[Eddie's] agenda is very, very unclear. You can't tell if he's good or if he's bad," Kurtzman explained. "Certainly, there's something going on there, and so the plan is that there may be people who speak for him, but Eddie will return."
Limitless stars Greek's Jake McDorman as Brian Finch, a man who develops superhuman abilities after taking a mysterious drug called NZT. The series is a sequel rather than a remake of the film.
Limitless premieres Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10/9c on CBS.
Ben Affleck Reunites with Jennifer Garner and Kids in AtlantaBen Affleck returned to Atlanta this weekend to be with his kids and estranged wife, Jennifer Garner.
Affleck, 42, was spotted arriving to Garner's rental home in Atlanta on Friday. A source told PEOPLE that he intended to reunite with his family this weekend.
On Saturday, the couple were joined by their kids for a family outing that included lunch and a trip to a local movie theater.
The couple, who recently announced their divorce after 10 years marriage, have been "talking every day," a source previously told PEOPLE.
"They are still getting through and doing their own stuff and taking care of the kids, but it's not easy on them."
Garner has been staying in Atlanta with their three children – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – while filming Miracles from Heaven and Affleck, 42, has already visited the family several times since the split announcement.
Allegations recently surfaced that Affleck was having an affair with the 28-year-old family nanny, Christine Ouzounian, which he vehemently denies.
But for Garner, 43, it was "the final straw," a source previously told PEOPLE.
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"She's grieving," a source close to her told PEOPLE for this week's cover story, "but she has an amazing support system. She just had no idea what was going on."
Garner expects divorce mediation to be civil and swift.
"Jen will always communicate with Ben where the kids are concerned," a Garner source previously said, "but that's it."
'She's Much Stronger Than You Know': How Jennifer Garner's Family and Friends Are Rallying to Support Her(Pic) "Deeply hurt" Jennifer Garner is coping with her shattered marriage to Ben Affleck and new cheating allegations. Subscribe now for the real story, only in PEOPLE.
After one of the most difficult weeks of her life took a sharp turn for the worse, Jennifer Garner is proving her inner fortitude, and finding support in a tight network of family and friends.
"She's not a helpless deer caught in the headlights," an insider tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "She's much stronger than you know."
Any lingering doubts regarding her divorce evaporated when the 43-year-old actress learned of an alleged affair between her husband, Ben Affleck, and the family nanny, Christine Ouzounian.
Affleck, 42, vehemently denies any infidelity, but for Garner the alleged affair "was the final straw" and the "ultimate betrayal" after a difficult 10-year marriage.
"She's grieving," says a source close to her, "but she has an amazing support system. She just had no idea what was going on."
The West Virginia-bred Garner is leaning on her friends and family, including her mom, Patricia, and her sisters Susannah and Melissa. "She is very traditional," says a longtime friend. "That's who she is and that's what she represents. She's grounded and she's a fighter, but this is not what she saw for herself. She's shocked."
Another source close to the actress adds, "This is not anything she wanted as an outcome for her family or her marriage. But everyone's rallying around her."
Since returning from a family vacation from the Bahamas, Garner has been living with her three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, in Atlanta while she films Miracles from Heaven. Affleck has visited the family often.
At work, Garner has continued to live up to her reputation as the consummate professional. "It's very obvious that she is having a terrible week, but it hasn't affected filming," a set source told PEOPLE. "She made it clear that she doesn't want any special treatment. No one is sweeter."
When she's not on set, the actress has kept busy with family outings, including a recent mani-pedi day with her daughter Seraphina, and a trip to the farmers' market. "The kids and Jen both looked like they were very happy," an onlooker noticed. "They clearly adore their mom."
Moving forward, Garner remains committed to communicating with Affleck regarding the kids, and expects divorce mediation to be civil and swift.
For much more on Affleck and Garner's difficult split, the nanny allegations and how Garner is coping, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
Could Ben Affleck's Alleged Bad Behavior Affect His Divorce from Jennifer Garner?So far, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have given every indication that their divorce will be an amicable one. They expressed their "commitment to co-parenting our children," have been seen wearing their wedding rings and spending time with their three kids together, and even plan to continue living on the same property for the near future.
But allegations that Affleck had an affair with a family nanny – which the star strongly denies – point to the considerable strain between Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, as detailed in this week's PEOPLE cover story. Garner was "livid" when she found out, a friend of nanny Christine Ouzounian told PEOPLE. A source close to Affleck has maintained that "there has never been a romantic or sexual relationship" between Affleck and Ouzounian.
The ex-couple have said they plan to work out their plan for dividing their fortune and properties using a private mediator – and that plan hasn't changed, a source close to Affleck confirms. Any alleged bad behavior by either party wouldn't affect mediation, in which parties "try to work out all the different terms to their mutual satisfaction" in a private meeting, explains Sorrell Trope, a veteran L.A. family law attorney who's represented stars including Britney Spears and Hugh Grant.
Even if the stars aren't able to agree on terms and wind up in court, their behavior wouldn't affect who gets what in the divorce. A judge would enforce any prenup, unless it's contested, and otherwise all assets accumulated during the marriage would be divided evenly, with child support awarded as determined by the court.
But child custody is a different situation, in which judges rule based on what's in the children's best interest. A parent's "behavior can affect the terms of custody," says Earle Lilly, a family law specialist who has represented George Foreman and Alex Rodriguez's ex-wife Cynthia. An alleged affair with a nanny could be "significant in a decision of sole custody and joint custody" if Garner were to decide to push for greater custody of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, Lilly says. However, Garner "may not want to bring up those things and want to keep it private and quiet."
Any bid for sole custody would depend on the parent's ability to prove it's in the children's best interest, says Trope. "Otherwise you're going to wind up with some form of joint custody."
Trope explains that in California, joint physical custody does not necessarily mean a 50/50 time share. "You could have joint custody with 30/70 or 40/60," he says, noting that an even split is also "very common."
So far, of course, Affleck and Garner have shown they've been able to put their differences aside, spending time together with their kids while Garner films her latest movie, Miracles from Heaven, in Atlanta. "They want to make sure that this is as easy as they can make it on the kids," a source close to the couple told PEOPLE. "They still do love each other and love their children."
Jennifer Garner's Sweet Day Out with Her Kids: Mani-Pedis and LegolandWhat better way to spend a day off work than getting mani-pedis with one of your best girls?
That was just on the agenda for Jennifer Garner and daughter Seraphina, 6, on Saturday in Atlanta, where the actress has been shooting Miracles from Heaven. Even as Garner, 43, was coping with the news of former husband Ben Affleck's alleged affair with their nanny (which his rep has denied), she remained intent on having quality time with her brood.
The duo first stopped in for lunch at a local Panera Bread restaurant, where Garner "was so focused on her little girl, she didn't even notice all of the people looking at her," says a fellow patron. "They were laughing and talking and they both had big smiles on their faces. It was adorable."
The two then went next door to a nail salon and got manicures and pedicures. "She is so down-to-earth," says a source at the salon of Garner. "She and her little girl were having a great time."
Garner and Seraphina later met up with siblings Violet, 9, and Samuel, 3, and ventured over to Peachtree Road Farmers' Market before going to Legoland Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza.
"She was like a supermom, taking them places and giving them her full attention," says an onlooker. "The kids and Jen both looked like they were very happy. They clearly adore their mom."
The actress has been living in Atlanta with her children since announcing her divorce from Affleck, 42, in late June. Affleck has been visiting the family as well and recently brought his kids a new puppy.
"This is not easy for him either, but this is about a separation," says a source close to him. "He is with the kids as much as possible and leaning on his mom and his friends."
Robert Downey Jr. is highest-paid actor againRobert Downey Jr., for the third year in a row, is the world's highest-paid actor ($80 million), but that's not the real news in Forbes' annual list of leading men with enviable bank balances.
What's different this year is that for the first time three multimillionaire Indian actors little known among American movie audiences are included in an international top 10.
And Jackie Chan of China ($50 million) is No. 2.
It's yet another sign of the growing globalization of ... well, everything, but especially the film business. In an increasingly internationalized industry, China and India can be a players, each with more than 1 billion people, many of them mad for movies made in their own countries.
Thus, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are No. 7 ($33.5 million) , No. 8 ($33.5 million) and No. 9 ($32.5 million) in the top 10 this year.
They rank ahead of Mark Wahlberg at No. 10 ($32 million), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at No. 11 ($31.5 million) and Johnny Depp at No. 12 ($30 million), for instance.
Above them are: Vin Diesel at No. 3 ($47 million), Bradley Cooper at No. 4 ($41.5 million), Adam Sandler at No. 5 ($41 million) and Tom Cruise at No. 6 ($40 million).
Downey remains the Iron Man among the highly compensated thanks to that franchise: Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $240 million gross in China alone. But America, long accustomed to bestriding the world as the Colossus of the movies, has to make room on the list for other nationalities and languages.
"From Hollywood to Hong Kong and Bollywood, the ranking examines international stars’ earnings for the first truly global dollar tally of film’s flushest stars," Forbes writer Natalie Robehmed says in the article.
"Though we have long looked at foreign actors starring in the U.S. films — Irishman Liam Neeson, Brit Daniel Craig and Australian Hugh Jackman have all made the Highest-Paid Actors list previously — we have never examined those working solely in international movie industries."
The full list includes 33 thespians from seven countries, who together earned a combined $877 million before taxes and fees between June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2015, Forbes said.
Jennifer Garner Smiles on Set Despite Being "Livid" Over Ben Affleck Nannygate Scandal(Pic) Jennifer Garner's not letting the rumor mill drag her down.
The 43-year-old actress had a smile on her face Sunday while filming Miracles From Heaven in Atlanta. She didn't appear to be bothered by the Ben Affleck nannygate scandal that made headlines last week, but a source tells E! News that Jen is actually "livid" over the story and eager for it to go away.
(Christine Ouzounian, the family's former nanny, claims she and the actor were intimate, according to one of the caretaker's friends. As E! News previously reported, a rep for Ben called reports of an alleged affair categorically "not true" and noted that the actor was considering taking legal action.)
Understandably Jennifer isn't happy that her ex, 42, was linked to a much-younger woman in the press, but that doesn't mean she's cutting off contact. "Jen and Ben are still in communication," a source tells E! News. "They are working through the separation for the kids and as a family."
From the time Jen and Ben went public with their plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage, they've made it very clear that daughters Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6, as well as son Samuel, 3, will remain their top priority. Ben has even been staying in the guest house of Jen's Atlanta rental property during the filming of Miracles From Heaven, and a source tells E! News the actor still plans to stay on the family's Brentwood property when they're back in California, he'll just be in a different house.
We wish them all the best.
Jennifer Garner Is All Smiles on Set While Filming with Queen Latifah(Pic, Pic2) Jennifer Garner appeared to be in a smiley mood on the set of her new movie Miracles From Heaven, with costar Queen Latifah in Atlanta on Sunday.
Garner, 43, has been in the Southern city for the past few weeks, living in a rental home with her three children. Her estranged husband Ben Affleck has been in and out of Atlanta in the weeks since the couple announced that they were divorcing.
Earlier this week, rumors surfaced of an affair between, Affleck and the couple's former nanny Christine Ouzounian.
While Affleck vehemently denies claims that he had a romance with the 28-year-old, multiple sources told PEOPLE that Ouzounian confirmed to friends that she was in a relationship with the Oscar-winner. The sources said that the romance allegedly began this past spring.
Affleck has reportedly been in Atlanta this week along with Garner and their kids (Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3), while Ouzounian was spotted out in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Garner is said to be "livid" about the scandal but has been focusing on her work. Last Sunday, before the news broke, Garner visited a young fan battling cancer at an Atlanta hospital.
Ex-nanny at center of Affleck-Garner divorce is loving the fameThe ex-nanny at the center of the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner breakup seems pleased with her newfound publicity.
Au Pair with Privileges Christine Ouzounian has undergone a media-savvy makeover in the days since being accused of sparking her employers’ split by having an affair with the “Gone Girl” star.
The notorious beauty has been gussying up for the cameras outside her LA home with designer shades, careful makeup and a hair-flip-worthy highlights and blowout.
The 28-year-old has hired a crisis p.r. firm, and on Wednesday took a star turn in tight jeans, treating paparazzi to a saucy wave and a smile as bright as her chandelier earrings.
Affleck has denied through a rep that he had any love connection with the shapely Ouzounian.
His protests haven’t quelled the rumors.
Garner and Affleck separated when Ouzounian began working with the couple’s three kids in the spring.
Since then, Affleck and the nanny have been photographed together repeatedly, including on June 30, in the Bahamas.
She was fired the next day — but again photographed with Affleck on July 17.
The allegedly naughty nanny has signed a non-disclosure agreement with her former bosses, Radar Online reported on Friday.
But stay tuned.
“Christine told friends that she no longer works for the couple,” a source told Radar Online.
“And anything that happened with Ben after she was fired isn’t covered by the agreement.”
Jennifer Garner Keeps Working, Ben Affleck Keeps a Low Profile Days After Nanny Infidelity ClaimsJust days after explosive claims of infidelity, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are moving forward – in their own ways.
Garner, 43, has kept busy working on the set of her latest film, Miracles from Heaven, while weathering claims that the family's recently employed nanny, Christine Ouzounian, had an affair with the Oscar winner.
Multiple sources told PEOPLE Ouzounian, 28, confirmed her romance with Affleck to friends, telling one pal she is "in love" with Affleck after their tryst purportedly began this spring.
Affleck, 42, vehemently denies the claim, explaining they had "a work relationship and a friendship," but things never got physical.
Garner and Affleck announced their split on June 30 while on a family vacation in the Bahamas. Shortly after, the family has spent significant time in Atlanta while she is in the midst of filming.
Although Garner is said to be "livid" about the scandal, she has stayed composed in public, even finding time to make a surprise visit to an Atlanta hospital last Sunday to visit a young fan battling cancer.
Affleck has kept a low profile since the nanny scandal broke, although a source close to the actor said he's been in Atlanta this week along with their three children.
Ouzounian, meanwhile, was spotted out in Los Angeles Wednesday – the same day news of the scandal broke – and is now said to be holed up at the Hotel Bel Air.
Affleck made the upscale hotel his unofficial L.A. home following the split, with one friend telling PEOPLE he and Ouzounian would meet there discreetly.
Jennifer Garner Was 'Livid' About Ben Affleck's Alleged Fling with Nanny; Affleck Denies AffairChristine Ouzounian worked as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's nanny for just a few months – but her relationship with Affleck quickly became something much more intimate, according to sources.
Multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE that Ouzounian, 28, told friends she was having an affair with Affleck. "Christine is in love with him," says one friend of Ouzounian's.
Affleck has denied having any romantic relationship with Ouzounian, with his rep denouncing a report as "complete garbage and full of lies." A source close to Affleck says he and Ouzounian had "a work relationship and a friendship. There has never been a romantic or sexual relationship."
According to the friend, Affleck and Ouzounian began the affair last spring, not long after she was hired, and would often meet at the Hotel Bel Air. ("Not true," counters the source close to Affleck.) "It's been going on for a long time," adds the friend, who says Ouzounian showed her pictures of her sitting on Affleck's lap and the two of them kissing. A second source in touch with Ouzounian's circle confirms Ouzounian told friends she and Affleck were intimate. "For Christine, it was a relationship," says the source. "A friend warned her she was going to end up heartbroken."
Ouzounian's friend says that the nanny even accompanied Affleck along with his and Garner's three kids, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, to the Bahamas in June before Garner flew down separately to join them. While in the Bahamas, the power couple announced their divorce on June 30.
Once Garner arrived, Ouzounian left the Bahamas with Affleck and attended a charity poker event in Las Vegas with him. Garner was still in the Bahamas with the kids when she found out about the affair, says Ouzounian's friend. Garner "was livid," says the friend. "And I don't blame her because if my children bonded with you and you did this? It's just the biggest betrayal."
"This was not one of the reasons for the breakup," says the source close to Affleck. "There was no affair during or after [their marriage]. Ben and Jen have been separated for months."
Sources say Affleck and Ouzounian, who were photographed visiting each other at Affleck's L.A. rental house on July 17, have not seen each other since July 19 after spending the night together there. Garner, who has been shooting Miracles from Heaven in Atlanta, continues to focus on her kids, says a source. "She's being unbelievably strong for them," adds the source. "They remain her priority."
PEOPLE has not been able to reach Ouzounian for comment.
Jennifer Garner visits cancer patients amid Ben Affleck nanny rumors(Pic) Jennifer Garner decided to use her day off from filming “Miracles from Heaven” in Atlanta to visit cancer patients at Scottish Rite hospital.
Garner and her 11-year old costar Kylie Rogers decided to spread some cheer in the oncology wing of the hospital. The visit comes in the days following rumors that her ex-husband Ben Affleck is dating their former nanny.
Garner spent quite a bit of time with Henry Shepherd, a young man who is going through an intensive 18 rounds of chemotherapy to battle his osteosarcoma.
“She visited with us for a while, and it’s hard to explain, it just felt so natural,” Shepherd’s mother tells People. “She was so down to earth, so genuine.”
Sources also tell the magazine that Garner was seen crying by the nurses’ station crying because she was so moved seeing all of the children at the hospital. Garner is a mother of three.
The actress’s current film “Miracles from Heaven” is a Christian drama based off the memoir of Christy Beam, whose daughter was miraculously cured of an incurable digestive disorder.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Reunite Amid Divorce for a Family Day in AtlantaBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner are putting their kids first.
Despite announcing their divorce last month, the actors seem to be working on maintaining a normal family life for their three kids Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. With Garner filming her upcoming movie Miracles From Heaven in Atlanta, Affleck was spotted out and about with Garner and the fam over the weekend at a school fair.
People reported that Affleck would be in Atlanta for the summer, adding that the former married couple of ten years was in no rush to file for divorce.
In the photos, both are wearing their wedding rings as Affleck hides under a baseball cap and Jen looks summertime chic in a flowy frock and white tennies. Earlier this month, Garner was spotted running errands wearing her wedding ring on as well.
Last week, the 42-year-old Oscar winner arrived in Atlanta with the family's irresistibly adorable pup in tow before heading to Garner's $2 million rental property where he is living in the guest house.
The estranged couple's arrangement confirms what one source previously told E! News, saying that their split was "not contentious," adding, "They grew apart. They were great parents together but they were not always on the same page."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are 'Concentrating on Being a Family,' Aren't Focused on Divvying Up Assets, Source SaysJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are focusing on spending time together as a family, rather than hurrying to sort out assets in the wake of their split, a source tells PEOPLE.
The former couple, who were spotted together with their three children on Saturday, are spending most of the summer in Atlanta, Georgia, where Garner is currently filming the drama Miracles from Heaven.
"He's going to be there for most of the summer," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE of Affleck, adding: "That was the plan. He's happy to be there with the family."
The source says the pair, who plan to divide their assets via mediation, aren't in a "rush" to file for divorce and instead are "concentrating on being a family right now."
"[Garner]'s finishing a film, so there hasn't been like, 'Okay, let's get this done now,' because they always were like, 'This is happening and still moving forward,' " the source says, concluding, "I don't think they're talking about it."
Both the stars were spotted wearing their wedding rings on Saturday as Garner, 43, ran errands and Affleck, 42, left a gym. Later in the day, the exes got together to take Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, to a local school fair, spending time in a bouncy castle, a batting game and a face-paint tent.
"This is not easy on him," the source tells PEOPLE of how Affleck is handling the split. "I'm sure it's not easy on Jen either, but this is hard for him ... and he's happy to be with the family."
Affleck and Garner, who were married for 10 years, will continue to live on the same property when they return to Los Angeles. They're renting actress Brooke Shields' home while theirs undergoes extensive renovations.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Step Out Separately (but Still Wearing Their Wedding Rings) in Atlanta(Pic) It's been nearly a month since Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their divorce, but both still appear to be wearing their wedding rings.
On Saturday, Garner stepped out in Atlanta, Georgia, where she's currently filming, while wearing her wedding band.
The actress was spotted chatting with a friend in a parking lot. Garner, 43, carried brown shopping bags in one hand, her ring on displaywhile holding a cell phone.
The actress wore white sneakers with a light-colored dress, and pulled her hair back in a ponytail.
Affleck, who has been flying to Atlanta between work commitments to spend time with the couple's three children (Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3), was also photographed wearing his ring on Saturday.
The Batman V. Superman star had the band on after hitting the gym on Saturday.
A source told PEOPLE the couple has continued to wear the marriage symbols to help their children cope with the divorce.
"They just want them to be okay," the source said.
A source also told PEOPLE that the two actors will continue to live together on their Los Angeles property. However, due to extensive renovations, they're now renting actress Brooke Shields' nearby home.
When Garner wraps filming in Atlanta, Affleck plans to temporarily move into Shields' home with the family.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s next real estate moveBen Affleck will rent Brooke Shields’ LA home once the new Batman and his estranged wife Jennifer Garner leave Atlanta — where Garner’s currently filming a movie, sources tell Page Six.
Affleck and Garner, who announced their split in June, are currently in Georgia together with their three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, while Garner films the Christian-focused drama “Miracles From Heaven.”
Despite their recent divorce announcement, Garner and Affleck have insisted they will live on the same property in the Pacific Palisades once they return home, but not in the same house, as they continue to co-parent their kids.
The pair are currently renovating the 8,800-square-foot home they purchased for $17.5 million in 2009, but sources tell us the separated Hollywood couple “don’t want to live in a construction zone.” Pictures emerged in June of an additional structure being built near their home, which was assumed would be a “man cave” where Affleck would live to be close to their kids.
Shields’ five-bedroom, 5 ½-bathroom home is conveniently just a few houses away from Affleck and Garner’s Pacific Palisades property, we’re told. Shields and her writer hubby Chris Henchy put the mansion up for rent in June for $30,000 a month. Shields bought the property in 1997 for $3.3 million, but spends most of her time in New York.
But another source close to the divorcing couple insisted Shields’ home wouldn’t be Affleck’s “bachelor pad,” but a family refuge from his currently under-construction home with Garner. Affleck would still “remain with his family on this new property,” we’re told.
Affleck and Garner have done their best to put on a united front since announcing the divorce. Shortly after the split, they took a family vacation to the Bahamas while news of their breakup made headlines.
And last weekend, Affleck was spotted holding a yellow golden retriever puppy, which sources say the family rescued while in Atlanta.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are Still (Mostly) Wearing Their Wedding Rings for Their KidsMaking his first public appearance since his split from Jennifer Garner was announced, Ben Affleck was at Comic-Con in San Diego to promote his upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But plenty of eyes were also on the actor's wedding band – still on his ring finger.
Friends of the former couple say the rings (Affleck, 42, has worn his off and on; Garner, 43, has been spotted wearing hers) symbolize their effort to help their three kids, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, through their divorce as easily as possible. The children "are a big part of why they're still wearing [the rings]," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "They just want them to be okay."
Garner and the kids are spending their summer in Atlanta, where Garner is shooting Miracles from Heaven. Affleck, who spent several days with his family in Atlanta last week, "plans to be there with them as much as he can," says a source close to both. "He's playing Mr. Mom, and that is what he wants to do. As difficult as it is, from what we've seen, it's pretty amicable."
Garner "is doing great. The kids are with her, which is all she wants," says a friend. "She's as strong as ever."
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Jennifer Garner & Kids Spend Weekend Poolside in Atlanta Without Ben Affleck: All the DetailsJennifer Garner isn't going to let the news of her and Ben Affleck's split cast a cloud over their family.
In fact, the actress had quite the sun-filled weekend in Atlanta with their kids! A source tells E! News that Jennifer, 43, spent a lot of time at the pool with daughters Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6, and son Samuel, 3.
An onlooker says that the mother of three, who is currently in Georgia for the filming of her new movie Miracles in Heaven, wore a one-piece swimsuit as she swam with the kids. No doubt, too, the sunscreen advocate made sure that she and all three Affleck children had on plenty of SPF to protect their skin from those harmful UV rays!
A lot of the weekend consisted of Jen spending quality time with the kids poolside, but she also managed to get in a workout! According to an onlooker, Jen went to a spinning class where she (not surprisingly) looked to be in great shape.
Ben might have been out of sight (he spent the weekend in San Diego at 2015 Comic-Con), but he wasn't out of mind. Jen was photographed on Saturday still wearing her wedding ring, and Ben, too, had his on as he took part in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice panel.
The twosome have been putting up a united front since announcing late last month that they planned to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They were spotted together as recently as Friday in their Los Angeles neighborhood, and a source tells E! News their split was "not contentious" and both parents want what's best for the kids. Currently, Ben is living in the guest house of Jen's $2 million rental property in Atlanta.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Treasure Time with Kids as They Go Through DivorceBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner spent some time together without their children in the Bahamas this weekend, as seen in these exclusive photos. But they also enjoyed many activities with the kids – both separately and as a family – a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE.
In announcing their impending divorce to PEOPLE on June 30, Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, affirmed a "commitment to co-parenting our children." And they did just that during their subsequent Bahamas vacation with Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
Friends say Garner was grateful she could shelter her kids from the eyes of the world when the announcement was made. "She has been focused on them the entire time," says a close friend, noting the kids flew to the Bahamas with her. "She has been with them every second. They mean everything to her."
The family time this weekend was symbolic, yes, but it was also just fun, even against the backdrop of sadness over the split, says the source.
"He spent a great deal of time hanging with the kids this weekend," the source says of Affleck. "They had a lot of great activities they were able to do together with the family and separately that he really appreciated."
The source added: "They enjoyed it and he enjoyed it, and he also thought it was good for the family. It was important to them, but it was also nice. He also had some time alone with the kids, and he really enjoyed activities with them."
Garner "made sure the vacation was for the kids," the close friend added. "She is an amazing and attentive mother and everything she does is with the kids in mind."
At the end of the weekend, the kids left with Garner as she headed to Atlanta on Sunday to begin shooting the faith-based film Miracles from Heaven. She was spotted wearing her wedding ring in Atlanta on Monday.
Affleck, meanwhile, returned to Los Angeles solo, where he was spotted Sunday without his wedding ring.
Jennifer Garner Arrives in Atlanta for Work After Wrapping Up Bahamas Vacation with Soon-to-Be-Ex Ben Affleck(Pic) Jennifer Garner touched down in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday to begin shooting faith-based film Miracles from Heaven, a source tells PEOPLE.
Garner's new project, based on the book Three Miracles From Heaven by Christy Beam, follows a young girl with a rare digestive disorder who finds herself miraculously cured after a serious accident.
The actress, 43, spent most of the week with her family in the Bahamas following the announcement that she and husband Ben Affleck are divorcing.
In photos posted exclusively on PEOPLE, the couple, who were married for 10 years, were spotted in the Bahamas together this week. A source tells PEOPLE there are there with their three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. The family wanted to be together when the news of the separation broke, the source said.
Garner has been busy with work for the last several months, and spent most of June filming the comedy Nine Lives with Kevin Spacey in Montreal.
The actress has reportedly been turning to friends and family for support in the days following the couple's divorce announcement.
"Jen has been leaning on friends. She has a close circle of pals who she trusts and are really protective of her," a source told PEOPLE. "Her girlfriends have been really supportive. They just want her to be happy."
Inside the Luxurious Bahamas Resort Where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Took Family Post-Split(Pic1, Pic2) Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner stayed under the radar with their three children following their divorce announcement on June 30 at a very secluded location: their home in a private Bahamas resort community.
The family headed to the lavish Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club in the Bahamas, where they own property and – in exclusive photos posted on PEOPLE – were spotted stealing a private moment together on Friday. The resort community boasts six miles of pristine, pink-sand beaches, a deep-water marina, an 18-hole championship golf course, a poolside spa and more.
As PEOPLE previously reported, Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, sought refuge at the owners-only club to protect their children – Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – from the public eye after they broke the news of their split last week.
"They were together as a family that day," a source told PEOPLE. "The family felt it was important to be together, and they were together. The family is united and, no matter what, will protect the kids.
"This isn't easy for anyone and it's devastating to Ben, too. He loves his family and will always put them first."
The family didn't have to go far for their day-to-day needs – within the 585-acre community lies a village with a restaurant, bar, retail shops and a market that sells luxury foods, fine wines and groceries. Any items not on hand at the club, situated along the Atlantic Ocean and Sea of Abaco, can easily be delivered to residents.
Baker's Bay also has an on-island medical clinic with a doctor and nurse, as well as its own fire and police facilities, according to the official sales brochure.
Affleck and Garner were privately separated for several months before going public with their split, a source told PEOPLE, but they've been putting on a united front in recent weeks.
The two parents plan to share custody of their children and continue living together on their estate in L.A. They also intend to seek mediation as they move forward with splitting their assets.
"Ben was a family man when he could be and his kids adore him," said another source. "He traveled a lot but when he is with the kids he's really with them, taking them out for treats, having fun with them. And there is nothing more important to Jen than being a good mom."
Jennifer Garner Is 'Leaning on Friends' After Divorce AnnouncementEarlier this week, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced that after 10 years of marriage they "made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple exclusively told PEOPLE in a joint statement.
In the days following the announcement, and as details about their relationship and what drove them apart unfold, Garner, 43, is turning to those close to her for comfort.
"Jen has been leaning on friends. She has a close circle of pals who she trusts and are really protective of her. Her girlfriends have been really supportive," says a source close to Garner. "They just want her to be happy."
Her close-knit circle includes both Hollywood and childhood friends.
Garner has also kept a strong bond with her two sisters, Melissa and Susannah: "Being the middle sister of these three girls is the relationship that defines me more than anything else," Garner told Southern Living magazine.
The actress has deep roots in her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia – where her mom and younger sister Susannah still live.
Garner and Affleck, 42, often spent their vacation time visiting her side of the family, and even baptized their son, Samuel, 3, in a local Charleston church in 2013.
"I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other," she told Southern Living. "I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group."
Bradley Cooper Encourages Fans to Register as Bone Marrow Donors to Save Man's LifeHaving a support system that includes Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper is all Anthony Daniels could ask for in his battle against cancer.
First diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 when he was a student at Fordham University, Daniels, 24, had already beat the cancer into submission three times when he recently learned it had returned.
He's now undergoing radiation to shrink a tumor on his spine after his latest round of chemotherapy wasn't effective.
"I'm in a lot of pain but it could be worse," he says. "I just think if my situation can somehow help others who feel as badly as I do, then that's a constant motivation to keep going."
Introduced to Daniels through Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, Cooper was moved by the young man's story.
"Anthony just has the gift of positivity and gratitude," Cooper tells PEOPLE. "He understands the importance of life that we tend to forget on a daily basis. But I have the feeling he was like that his whole life not just when he was plagued by this horrible disease."
Being told that a bone marrow transplant is Daniels's best hope for survival, Cooper was immediately compelled to help raise awareness for possible donors.
"Anthony hasn't found someone who he's compatible with yet and it's such a simple test," says the actor, whose own dad had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and died of lung cancer four years ago.
"I think when it's not personal and you can't relate to it, you tend to not take action. But I dare anybody to read Anthony's story and not care about him right away."
Daniels says he was more than impressed by Cooper's genuine interest and concern.
"He was a real humble guy and he was very easy to talk to," he adds. "I didn't think he was going to be as selfless as he was so it was a nice surprise to say the least."
As for Cooper, not helping Daniels wasn't even an option. "Anthony just has a genuine love of every moment that he's alive and I find that to be very compelling," he explains. "And especially heartbreaking because he's afflicted with essentially a terminal disease."
People who are interested in becoming bone marrow donors can register online for a simple swab kit that comes in the mail with pre-paid return envelopes. "Luckily I have the best support system possible," says Daniels. "It's hard to give up on yourself when everybody else is fighting for you."
For more information on becoming a bone marrow donor, or to read more about Daniels's story, go to www.deletebloodcancer.org/en/AnthonysFight.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner flee to the Bahamas togetherBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner fled to the Bahamas with their kids to spend time together just as their divorce news broke, sources exclusively confirmed to Page Six.
The couple, who on Tuesday announced they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, was spotted with their kids at a private Bahamas resort on Wednesday. “Ben looked more gray then usual. but Jen was in great spirits,” said the source. “Jen seemed in a great mood, and was spotted working out with a trainer.”
A second source told us of their island escape: “It was important for both Ben and Jen to get away from the media spotlight and spend quiet time with the kids. They have been spending a lot of time with the kids. This has been hard for everyone, but they are both doing everything to put the kids first.” Of Ben’s gray appearance: “The gray — it’s a concern. Ben and Jen are just worried about how the kids will adjust. That’s why they went away together.”
This week, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary, Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, who have children Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, announced they had “made the difficult decision to divorce.”
Meanwhile, we’re told the breakup isn’t because of Ben’s ex-fiancée, Jennifer Lopez, despite reports of his “growing closeness” with her. According to UK reports, Affleck and Lopez, who dated for 18 months before calling off their engagement in 2004, have been in regular contact since they reconnected at the Oscars this year.
But a well-placed source told us: “There is no closeness between Ben and Jennifer Lopez. They bumped into each other at an Oscars event earlier this year and said hello, but that was it.” The source added, “The end of his marriage has nothing to do with J.Lo. This is just a rumor that some people want to be true.”
We’re told that while Affleck plans to live in a house on the property of their LA family home to help co-parent their kids, he’s recently been staying at his friend Matt Damon’s house nearby. Damon is in China filming “The Great Wall.”
Ben Affleck Talks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Admits Daredevil With Jennifer Garner ''Didn't Work''Ben Affleck is opening up about his forthcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
The 42-year-old actor, who announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that he and wife Jennifer Garner are divorcing after 10 years of marriage, touches on the casting controversy (the actor faced major backlash when he was first named the Caped Crusader) and reveals why he was eager to star in another superhero flick, despite appearing in the 2003 flop Daredevil.
"Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet," Affleck tells EW. "We accept that he's played by actors with different interpretations."
Those different actors include Christian Bale in the Dark Knight trilogy and Michael Keaton in Batman Returns, to name a few, although Affleck says his version of the superhero is tired and weary after two decades of fighting crime in Gotham City.
"He's at the end of his run and maybe the end of his life," Affleck reveals. "There's this sort of world-weariness to it."
This isn't the first time Affleck has played a superhero on the big screen. He previously starred as Attorney Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the Mark Steven Johnson-directed flick, where he happened to meet wife Jennifer Garner.
While Affleck has said in the past that making the film had silver lining because "that's where I found my wife," he seemed to have a slightly different perspective while speaking with EW.
"Daredevil didn't work, at all. If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite," the Oscar winner says. "That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of ‘Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.'"
But now with the success of Marvel, Affleck is confident in the forthcoming project. "They really learned how to make this stuff work," he says. "Good is the new bad."
Meanwhile, Garner and Affleck announced on Tuesday that they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage (Affleck was presumably interviewed before the announcement).
"They were a great team as parents, but with each other, they didn't want the same things," a source told E! News of the parents of three, who underwent marital counseling for two years. "After spending a lot of time figuring that out, they came to the decision that the best thing for them and for the children would be to make a change."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: How Their Differences Drove Them ApartWhile fans mourn the end of the 10-year marriage of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, those close to the couple say there were key differences between the two stars that gradually created distance between them.
"They are really two different people," a source tells PEOPLE. "Problems got bigger in their marriage after a few years."
When they fell for each other on the set of Daredevil in 2003, Affleck, 42, was already an Oscar winner (for 1997's Good Will Hunting) and Garner, 43, was a rising TV star best known for her roles on Alias and Felicity.
A West Virginia-reared former band geek who often spoke of her affection for Martha Stewart and all things domestic, Garner has long had a warm maternal side.
"She's always loved kids," a childhood friend told PEOPLE in 2012. "We used to babysit as kids. And she was always the best babysitter."
The Boston-bred Affleck had a less conventional childhood, having worked as a kid actor on PBS shows. With the smash success of Good Will Hunting, his film career took off – and after marrying Garner, he channeled his professional ambition in even bigger ways, including directing.
One issue: the separations caused by Affleck's career, which frequently left Garner at home to care for the couple's three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, while also continuing to act in movies such as Dallas Buyers Club and Men, Women & Children.
"Ben's frequent absences didn't work for this marriage," an entertainment source says.
A different source adds, "Ben is a good dad when he is around, but he has so many outside interests and personal issues to get beyond. It had become a bigger problem than either had imagined."
Another source close to the couple counters that Affleck "was a good husband and loves and cares for his wife and family. He was juggling that as well as his career — everyone knows that juggling a family and career is hard."
Jennifer Garner Told Friends Ben Affleck Was Her 'Soul Mate'Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck may be ending their marriage, but there was once a time when they were madly in love.
"I remember her telling me Ben is her soul mate," Garner's childhood pal Elizabeth Cary Lantz Brown told PEOPLE of the actress in 2012.
Garner was so in love with Affleck, for whom she fell on the set of 2003's Daredevil, that she was hoping to spread the joy around, said Brown.
"She said, if your husband is truly your soul mate, you need to [have kids together,]" Brown recalled.
And despite any strain in the marriage, Brown emphasized that Garner, 43, and Affleck, 42, have always prioritized being good parents to their three kids: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
"They're really great parents. They're really involved," Brown said. "Our conversations weren't centered on her life as a movie star but her life as a mom. She loves her work, but it's nothing compared to her kids."
This desire to put their children first is echoed in the joint statement released exclusively to PEOPLE by Garner and Affleck on Tuesday, just one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," they said in the statement. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."
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Ben Affleck -- Even Jennifer Garner Doesn't Believe He Messed with JLoJennifer Garner has issues with Ben Affleck for sure, but they have nothing to do with Ben's former fiancee, Jennifer Lopez.
Sources directly connected with the couple tell us, neither Ben nor Jen have even raised JLo's name in their decision to divorce. More specifically, we're told Garner has no issue on that front ... it's not about JLo.
The stories about Ben and JLo started circulating after Ben walked over to Jen during the Oscars, said something, and walked away as she brushed his arm.
That said, on the other hand, our sources will not say Ben and Jen never argued about other people during their marriage.
What Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Divorce Means for Their Money: Lawyer Weighs in on What's at StakeJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their plans to divorce just yesterday and fans are already wondering what the breakup means for the exes' multi-million dollar fortunes.
As E! News noted Tuesday, the actors' split announcement came just one day after the longtime couple's 10th wedding anniversary. So does their decade of marriage affect who gets more money post-divorce?
"The ten year mark is the period after which, in California, the marriage is considered a long term marriage," L.A. celebrity divorce attorney and co-author of Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California: Leading Lawyers on Developments in California Family Law Fahi Takesh Hallin tells E! News. "Normally the presumption is that spousal support or alimony is payable for a period half the length of the marriage unless it is a long term marriage which is ten years or longer. It no longer applies if the marriage is ten years or more, then you can ask relatively for endless support if you make less. If you make more, you can't ask for support."
While post-split spousal support is still up in the air for Garner and Affleck, division of the duo's community property (the homes and assets they accumulated during marriage) doesn't depend on how long they were together.
"The ten year marriage makes zero difference. It is always 50/50 for anything acquired during the marriage," Hallin tells E! News. "That means whatever they earned or saved on projects they worked on. It could include residuals or royalties or money for appearances for instance. It is anything they earned on efforts they made during the marriage."
The fact that Garner and Affleck were separated for 10 months prior to their decade anniversary makes no difference either. "Generally if it is a trial separation the community property continues to accrue until the date that either of you decides the marriage is over. If it isn't a legal separation then the community property still accrues," Hallin said.
As for custody of their three kids, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, length of marriage has no weight in the matter of custody.
Yesterday, a source told E! News that Garner and Affleck's divorce is "not contentious" as both parents want what's best for their children. "They will be co-parenting," a source says, adding that Ben will be living on their property in a different building.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Divorce Details Emerge: "They Didn't Want the Same Things," Source SaysThis is divorce done right.
When Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced their breakup Tuesday, the Daredevil co-stars promised to end their 10-year marriage with dignity.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," the movie stars told E! News in a statement. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
As E! News reported Tuesday, the 13 Going on 30 actress, 43, and the Gone Girl actor, 42, had been in counseling for two years. "You can't simplify why a marriage breaks down," an insider says. "It's not one thing. It happens for many reasons."
Jennifer and Ben—parents to Violet Affleck, 9, Seraphina Affleck, 6, and Samuel Affleck, 3—"tried for two years to make their marriage work," the insider tells E! News exclusively, adding, "They finally realized that they just couldn't get there.
For their children's sake, divorce became necessary. "They were a great team as parents, but with each other, they didn't want the same things," the insider says. "After spending a lot of time figuring that out, they came to the decision that the best thing for them and for the children would be to make a change."
And, no matter what happens, their kids will always come first.
"Jen is a great mother and Ben is a great dad," the insider tells E! News.
Contrary to tabloid reports, Jennifer and Ben are not lawyering up to seek revenge. In fact, their divorce is anything but acrimonious. "They are keeping things out of the courts," says the insider, who notes that they want to give their children consistency above all else. Ben has moved out of the house, which "may not be the ideal situation for Ben and Jen, but it's the best for the kids, and that is their focus."
Previously, a source said that the two had hoped to work things out "because of the kids." Despite their best efforts, the source said they had been "been living separate lives and preparing for this for a long time." The actors were in a trial separation for 10 months, during which time Ben stayed at hotels. And though they have decided to split, they will continue to co-parent as equals, the source said.
Additionally, Ben will be living on the family's property in a different building.
As a source told E! News Tuesday, the split is "not contentious."
Four Days Before Her Split from Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Was All Smiles on Solo Visit to Boston(Pic) If Jennifer Garner's impending divorce was weighing on her during a recent visit to Boston Children's Hospital, she didn't let it show.
The actress was all smiles while spending time at the facility to research an upcoming role in the film Miracles from Heaven on June 26 – just four days before she and Ben Affleck announced their split.
"She was very friendly. She was coming to do some research for her next film, to ask him some questions that were a part of it, looking to make sure she had her info right," a hospital spokesperson told PEOPLE. "She was very pleasant, very nice."
Garner arrived at the hospital by herself wearing a blue and white striped T-shirt, and spent time with Dr. Samuel Nurko, the director of the hospital's Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
The film, based on the bestselling novel of the same title, tells the true story of a mother, Christy Wilson Beam (played by Garner), and her sickly daughter, who is miraculously cured from her chronic disease after a surviving a dangerous accident.
The Dallas Buyers Club star and Affleck announced their split on Tuesday after ten years of marriage.
"They plan on co-parenting and doing absolutely everything in the best interest of the kids," a source tells PEOPLE.
Both Affleck and Garner plan to continue living in the same L.A. estate they purchased together in 2009, and will file for joint custody of their children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Divorce: Couple Were in Therapy for 2 Years and ''Not Always on the Same Page''It's official: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are divorcing.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the pair, who celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary yesterday, told E! News in a joint statement on Tuesday. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."
The statement added: "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
While speculation of a split has been surrounding the parents of three for some time, the news still comes as a shock to fans of the longtime Hollywood power duo. So, what went wrong between the two, who were once the picture-perfect image of an A-list romance?
"Things have been very challenging for the last several months," a source tells E! News of the soon to be ex-husband and -wife, who have been dodging split rumors for some time.
Until today, the insider says they were together "because of the kids," but notes that the two "have been living separate lives and preparing for this for a long time."
A second source adds that their split had nothing to do with their anniversary on Monday, saying the timing was simply a coincidence and in no way had to do with "money reasons" (California is a community property state and the length of a marriage is only relevant when determining spousal support).
What's more? We're told "this is not a decision they came to lightly" and the duo has in fact been in therapy working on their marriage for two years. They have also been in a trial separation for 10 months, during which time Affleck has been staying at hotels.
We're also told that the split is "not contentious," as both parents want what's best for their children.
"They will be co-parenting," a source says, adding that Ben will be living on their property in a different building.
The insider also notes that their divorce will be handled by a mediator, not in court. "They grew apart. They were great parents together but they were not always on the same page."
Let's Look Back on Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's Most Memorable Quotes on MarriageIt's hard to believe that after ten years of marriage, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are divorcing, especially given the amount that they've gushed about one another over the course of the past decade.
The A-listers have been both complimentary and candid about their marriage in interview after interview, so in light of today's split news, let's take a look back at some of the most memorable quotes about their relationship.
September 2010: During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actor shared, "I have three women in the house…I get to be wrong three times a day." But despite the sarcastic joke, Affleck added, "I am madly in love. I have the best family."
December 2011: The Alias star opened up in InStyle about how she and her then-husband know the importance of teamwork. "We both know we couldn't do what we do without each other. Ben always says, 'If you love it, we can make it happen.' He knows when to swoop in with the gesture. He's sweet that way. Honestly, I would anything for that man, because I know it's not taken for granted."
October 2012: Affleck dished to The Hollywood Reporter about his former leading lady, saying, "She is truly kind. She means no one any harm. She doesn't have ill will for any person. She's not competitive with other people. She's not spiteful."
He added, "It's one of those things where it becomes almost aggravating at times. Every time I go, 'F--k him!' I see in her face that she just thinks that's petty and small."
May 2013: During the Oscar-winning actor's return to Saturday Night Live, his wife stopped by to joke about his notoriously awkward Academy Awards speech. "I want to tell you how I wish I had ended that speech: I couldn't do any of the things I do without you, without your support. You're my angel, my life, my world."
September 2014: During an interview with InStyle last fall, the Dallas Buyers Club star admitted, "When we had our first, we had one been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly even remember what we were like before the kids got here. Now we're just starting to go away for a night here and there."
Garner continued, "You go through phases. You can't expect to be courted all the time, and I don't want to court him right now—I don't have the energy! But we're definitely in a very mindful place when we're making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving."
But no quote seems as strong as today's statement, which the two made together, announcing that they were ending their marriage just one day after their tenth wedding anniversary.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Divorce: Inside Their Fortunes and What's at StakeAfter announcing they had made the "difficult decision" to split after 10 years of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner now face the task of dividing their assets as well.
The couple are planning on entering mediation to ease the process, a source close to the couple told PEOPLE on Tuesday. "This should not be an ugly divorce," another source added.
Just how much is at stake? The actors – who were married in 2005 and have three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 – have each earned millions of dollars during their marriage, and estimates of their combined wealth range upwards of $115 million.
Forbes reported that Affleck earned roughly $35 million in 2014. While Garner's movie paychecks are generally less whopping, she has done lucrative commercials for companies such as Neutrogena and Capital One. (Not that she's not competitive: "I am not anticipating Men, Women & Children taking Gone Girl," she told TIME last October. "But it would feel great someday to spank him at the box office.")
Their Real Estate
The couple are still both living in a 8,800-square-foot home that they purchased from producer Brian Grazer in 2009 for $17.5 million, according to public records. Affleck also purchased a $7 million, 50-acre Southern spread in Savannah, Georgia, in 2003.
"The house they bought together while married, that would likely be considered community property," says Los Angeles-based divorce attorney Jerry Wang (who is not involved with the couple's split). "But if there is a home that was purchased by one of them while single, that may be his or her own, separate property, which would not be split up."
The 10-Year Anniversary Factor
Passing the 10-year mark – which Affleck and Garner did on Monday – can change how California judges award spousal support. In a marriage considered "long-term," judges can choose to award support for a spouse's entire lifetime. But that's unlikely to be a factor for Affleck and Garner, Wang notes. "You hear a lot of people saying, 'Oh, celebrities get divorced around the 10-year mark because if they don't, they'll be on the hook for spousal support to each other,' " he says.
"Generally, the longer a couple has been together, the longer support they can get. But a lot of California courts don't prefer to award lifetime spousal support because they feel that if one of the spouses is able to support themselves then there's no reason to give them more," he adds. "It's really based on income and earnings." And any existing prenup or decisions made in mediation could mean a judge never needs to rule about support.
As California is a no-fault divorce state, courts typically enforce a 50-50 division of assets, regardless of who earned more money or spent the most during the marriage, Wang adds.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: Inside the Final Weeks of Their MarriageEven as their marriage was about to crumble, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner made sure to stand united in public, and privately spent time together with their three children. But the strain was increasingly obvious.
Earlier this month, the couple – who announced Tuesday that they were divorcing after 10 years of marriage – were spotted with their daughters Violet,9, and Seraphina, 6, on one of their frequent trips to the Pacific Palisades Farmer's Market. "They looked miserable," an eyewitness says. "They didn't speak the entire time. They looked like they were only trying to be around each other for the girls."
The couple, seemingly happy last fall when Affleck, 42, jokingly pulled Garner, 43, into a swimming pool during his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But they in fact spent the last several months mostly apart. A source told PEOPLE that Garner called off plans to bring the kids to Detroit last summer while Affleck was filming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Although Garner stood by her husband's side at a Congressional hearing in late March, buzz about trouble in their marriage picked up soon after, when Affleck was spotted solo and without his wedding ring in Canada. The photo, taken on April 17, was also the same day as Garner's 43rd birthday. Behind the scenes, the couple were quietly talking to divorce lawyers, sources confirm.
But one week later, they were seen together – both with their hands tucked in their pockets – strolling in their L.A. neighborhood.
In between trips out of town – Garner has also been filming Nine Lives in Montreal, while Affleck has worked on post-production for Batman v Superman – the couple stepped out again to help their daughters celebrate the end of the school year earlier this month.
They marked their 10th wedding anniversary on June 29 – but announced their plan to divorce the next day.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Will Continue to Live TogetherThey may have announced their divorce on Tuesday, but Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have no plans on moving away from their Pacific Palisades, California, residence any time soon.
"This should not be an ugly divorce," a source tells PEOPLE of the couple, who had been privately separated for a few months before their public announcement. "They plan on co-parenting and doing absolutely everything in the best interest of the kids."
Both Affleck and Garner plan to continue living on the same property, the 8,800-sq.-ft. estate in L.A. they purchased in 2009 for $17.5 million. Filing for joint custody will allow Garner, 43, and Affleck, 42, to continue to make Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, "their top priority," adds the source.
"They've been in counseling for some time and have tried hard to work through things in their marriage," the source says of the couple, who married in 2005. "They've been separated for a few months but will continue to work together as co-parents and as two people who still care about each other."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Divorcing After 10 Years of MarriageBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split, PEOPLE confirms.
The couple were married for 10 years, having marked their anniversary on Monday.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple tells PEOPLE in a joint statement. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
Garner, 43, and Affleck, 42, intend to seek mediation, says a source close to the couple.
The two are parents to three kids: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.
The couple often enjoyed family time together at home in Los Angeles where they were frequently spotted on carpool, coffee and after-school activity outings with their brood.
But their marriage was also the subject of scrutiny over the years.
In a 2014 interview with InStyle, Garner spoke of the couple's "mindful" marriage, noting that their relationship was no longer in the "courtship" phase – but that she was fine with it.
"You can't expect to be courted all the time, and I don't want to court him right now – I don't have the energy!
"But we're definitely in a very mindful place where we're making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving."
Affleck often spoke of how much Garner helped stabilize his life after it had become tabloid fodder in the years following his 2004 split with Jennifer Lopez.
"My wife was definitely around then," Affleck told Playboy in 2013. "Getting to know her, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, 'Okay, I'm going to do Hollywoodland. I'm going to direct Gone Baby Gone,' " Affleck said. "Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board."
Garner returned the praise, telling InStyle in 2013, "We both know we couldn't do what we do without each other. He has been amazing at finding ways of telling me how much he appreciates what I do. Honestly, I would do anything for that man, because I know it's not to be taken for granted.”
The two met as costars on the the set of their 2003 film Daredevil and started dating soon afterward.
Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck say they're getting divorceAs regulars at a local farmer's market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family.
The stars took turns working so they could nurture their careers and their kids — devoted parents who appeared arm-in-arm at countless industry events.
"It's work, but it's the best kind of work," Affleck famously said of his marriage to Garner when he accepted the best picture Oscar for "Argo."
Now, it seems the work is done. After weeks of public speculation about their relationship, the couple announced Tuesday they plan to end their 10-year marriage with a divorce.
"We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children," Garner and Affleck said in a joint statement. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter."
Affleck will continue to live on the couple's property in a separate house, and they will co-parent their children Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The couple is also planning to go to a mediator to settle their divorce, the person said.
Just last fall, Garner and Affleck were praising each other's commitment to family, career and philanthropic causes.
Affleck, 42, said he's grateful Garner takes on the "lion's share" of their family responsibilities.
"She's been really smart about choosing her projects," he said at a November 2014 gala. "They're not so time-consuming that she can't do this work and be there for our kids, which is the most important thing to her."
Garner, 43, said at the same event that she and Affleck were selective about the causes they support.
"We don't scatter our energy around," she said.
The two met while making 2003's "Daredevil," in which they both played superheroes. They wed in 2005.
Affleck expanded from acting to directing during their relationship, earning accolades for his 2007 debut feature, "Gone Baby Gone," and 2010's "The Town," before winning best picture for 2012's "Argo." He starred in the 2014 hit "Gone Girl" and will be playing the caped crusader in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
Garner's recent film credits include "Dallas Buyers Club" and the family film, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
Garner was previously married to actor Scott Foley. Affleck was previously engaged to Jennifer Lopez.
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce divorceBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner issued a statement Tuesday declaring they plan to divorce, confirming longstanding tabloid rumors about trouble in their 10-year marriage.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple said in a statement issued by their publicists.
"We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."
They said this will be their only comment "on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
The couple have three children, two daughters, Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6, and one son, Sam, 3. Their 10th wedding anniversary was Monday.
"Ben and Jen," or "BenJen" in tabloid parlance, first went public as a couple when he took her to the opening game of his beloved Boston Red Sox World Series games in October 2004.Six months later he proposed, on her 33rd birthday.
Garner, 43, married Affleck, 42, her second husband, on June 29, 2005, in a private ceremony at a resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands. The officiant was Victor Garber, her co-star in the popular series that made her a global star, Alias.
Since then, his career seemed to soar while hers seemed to subside, as she focused on raising their children. She has had a steady series of smaller or supporting roles, in films such as Juno, Dallas Buyers Club, Butter and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
According to the Internet Movie Database, she has at least two movies scheduled to come out in 2016.
Affleck, who's playing Batman in the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, has just come off a big hit with Gone Girl, not to mention Argo, which he also directed and which won for best picture.
They were an attractive and appealing couple, active politically, public-spirited, and frequently profiled in magazines as a seemingly perfect celebrity couple. But all was not well in paradise.
Last month, US Weekly magazine published a cover story quoting unnamed sources as saying the couple were "fighting for their marriage."
Rumors of a marital woes have dogged them for years. When Affleck picked up a second Oscar, for Argo in 2013, some thought it significant when he referred to their relationship as "work" in his speech.
The couple's fans reacted to the news with disappointment and mock horror.
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner -- No Prenup, No Money ProblemsBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner did not build a financial wall between them before getting married, because we've learned there is no prenup ... and get this, he's not that much richer than her.
Multiple informed sources tell TMZ, Ben and Jen's business managers are busy figuring out how to divide what we are told is a fortune. We're told they both have accumulated many millions. Jen made a "massive amount of money" off of "Alias," which went into syndication, as well as a string of movies, including "13 Going on 30" and "Elektra."
Ben has made a ton of money, but a number of his projects were independent films where the cash wasn't as plentiful.
Short story ... they're both rich, but it's not like she needs his money.
It's unlikely she'll get spousal support because of her wealth, but she doesn't need it. The trick is dividing the property, which we're told is going smoothly so far.
As for the "10 year rule" -- meaning a judge would give her more spousal support due to the length of the marriage -- we're told 2 things: A) their decision had nothing to do with it B) she's loaded and doesn't need support.
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Getting DivorcedBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their 10 year marriage ... TMZ has learned.
We're told the couple, whose anniversary was yesterday, will file for divorce.
Although they will file for divorce, it won't be done immediately. They are working things out with a mediator and business managers, sources tell TMZ. The divorce will be filed when all of the property and custody issues are resolved.
We're told the divorce is amicable and Ben and Jen will share joint custody of their 3 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 9.
The couple says, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding."
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Are DivorcingUnfortunately the rumors are true: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are officially splitting.
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the couple told E! News on Tuesday. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."
The news comes just one day after the couple marked their 10th wedding anniversary. Affleck and Garner first met on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2001 and later co-starred in 2003's Daredevil movie. They married in 2005 in Turks and Caicos in a ceremony officiated by Garner's Alias co-star Victor Garber.
Although the duo has recently shot down reports of marital problems, E! reports that the couple has been living separately for some time. Speculation began all the way back in 2013 when Affleck was criticized for calling his marriage to Garner "work" when he thanked her in his acceptance speech for Argo. "I want to thank my wife...for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It is work, but it's the best kind of work. And there's no one I'd rather work with," he said.
They have three children together: Violet, 9; Seraphina, 6; and Samuel, 3.
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner to divorce after 10 years of marriageBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner have decided to end their marriage after 10 years. The couple, who celebrated their 10th anniversary Monday (June 29), will be filing for divorce.
The news was first reported by TMZ, who says they are parting ways amicably and will share join custody of their three children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel.
According to the report, the couple plans to file divorce papers after setting any property and custody issues that arise while working with a mediator and their business managers.
In a joint statement to Zap2it, Garner and Affleck say, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
The two began dating in 2004, after working together on the movies "Pearl Harbor" and "Daredevil."
Sources: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner split may be imminentRumors are running rampant that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are calling it quits, and now FOX411 has learned that a split may be imminent.
“They have been living apart for several months,” a source with knowledge of the couple’s situation tells FOX411.
The insider says Garner is looking at the break up as an opportunity to move out from under Affleck’s shadow and revive her acting career.
“Jen is excited to get back to work," according to the source. "She took a step back to focus on her marriage and family but wants to return to making more movies.”
Another industry insider said it’s no surprise to those close to the couple.
“It’s been known they’re having trouble. Now, it’s really over,” the source said.
A former neighbor of the Hollywood duo also confirmed the couple is on the outs.
“It’s kind of heartbreaking to see a long time A-list husband and wife and seemingly loving parents splitting up,” the source added.
Paparazzi last snapped the couple together on a family outing on June 14th in Los Angeles at a farmer’s market.
Garner, 43, was recently spotted visiting Boston’s Children Hospital on June 26, reportedly preparing for her upcoming role in “Miracles from Heaven.” Affleck, 42, popped up on social media on June 27 writing the line “I’m Batman” on his co-star from “The Accountant” Seth Lee’s Instagram in anticipation of 2016’s “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Affleck and Garner got married in 2005 after meeting on the set of “Daredevil.” They have three young children.
FOX411 reached out to both the Garner and Affleck’s camps several times but did not receive comment.
Jennifer Garner Visits Boston Children's Hospital to Research Upcoming Movie Role(Pic) Spotted!
Jennifer Garner made a quick trip to Boston to visit the Boston Children's Hospital to do research for her upcoming role in Miracles from Heaven.
Garner, 43, met with Dr. Samuel Nurko, the director of the hospital's Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. The two snapped a picture together that the hospital posted on Twitter, thanking the mom of three and wife of Ben Affleck for stopping by.
"A BIG thank you to Jennifer Garner for stopping by to meet with Dr. Nurko to do research for an upcoming movie role!"
Miracles from Heaven tells the story of a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder who finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a horrible accident. The movie is based on the book Miracles from Heaven by Christy Beam and is currently in pre-production.
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Moving Trucks at Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Home? They're RenovatingJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are getting a little work done – on their home, that is.
A moving van was spotted outside of the couple's Pacific Palisades, California, home on Saturday, and two workers were spotted loading the truck with an array of boxes and furniture.
No, the famous family isn't relocating – they're renovating!
Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, are remodeling their home, and moving furniture out before construction begins, it has been revealed.
The couple, who are parents to Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, used storage firm Wetzel & Sons to do the heavy lifting.
Garner recently threw an end-of-the-year party for daughter Violet at their home, inviting her schoolmates and their parents over for a small gathering.
The pair will celebrate their 10 year anniversary on June 29. They met on the set of 2003 comic-book movie Daredevil, and began dating later that year before quietly getting married in 2005.
The actress, who's been shuttling between California and Montreal, is finishing up filming Nine Lives in Québec. Affleck is in post-production for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The actor is also in pre-production for Prohibition-era drama Live by Night.
Inside Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's Sweet End-of-School Celebration with Their KidsBring on summer!
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are spending quality time with their kids as they near the end of the school year with toy-shopping and a party with friends.
After kicking off the week Sunday at the Pacific Palisades Farmer's Market, where the couple took Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, for some shopping (and balloon animals!), Garner, 43, hosted a small end-of-the-year gathering for 9-year-old Violet and her friends at their house on Tuesday.
"Jen decorated with balloons and set up a party in the backyard," a source tells PEOPLE, adding that "Violet's friends' moms were invited, too."
The next day, Affleck, 42, and Garner met up at Violet's school and later took Seraphina to Brentwood Country Mart to pick up a few toys at Toy Crazy. According to a source, they bought art supplies and a game and even a sticker book that Seraphina picked out for Violet.
"Jen and Ben were really focused on Seraphina," says the source. “And she was loud and happy."
While the girls made their final selections, Affleck patiently waited outside.
Garner is currently shuttling between L.A. and Montreal, where she is shooting Nine Lives. Affleck is in production for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Bradley Cooper, Graham King & Todd Phillips Developing 'Hyperion' For SyfySyfy is joining forces with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion as an event series. Cooper will executive produce along with King and Phillips. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Prods is the studio. Hyperion will be a production of King’s GK Films and Cooper and Phillips’ 22nd and Green.
Set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at war, Hyperion is the story of seven pilgrims who set forth on a voyage to seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope and a terrible secret — while one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said Cooper.
Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “As Syfy continues to forge important partnerships with award-winning talent on and off screen, this powerhouse team led by Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips brings an extraordinary track record in producing entertainment of the highest creative ambition. Epitomizing the gold standard of science fiction story-telling, Hyperion tackles smart and provocative themes that help define Syfy’s development vision.”
“Hyperion is a science fiction masterpiece. Dan Simmons’ universe is unique and darkly compelling, and the creative team assembled here is simply as good as it gets,” said Jeff Wachtel, President & Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Cooper is repped by CAA. Moses is with UTA, and Phillips is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern at Sloane, Offer, Weber, & Dern. Simmons is repped by Michael Prevett at Rain Management Group.
Hyperion comes on the heels of several high-profile scripted projects announced by Syfy, including the series pickup of The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling books; the 10-part series The Expanse, airing December 2015 and starring Thomas Jane; Arthur C. Clarke’s epic mini-series Childhood’s End, also set to premiere this December; Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World with Amblin Television; Gale Anne Hurd’s 13-episode thriller Hunters; David Goyer’s Superman prequel, Krypton; and Incorporated, a futuristic espionage drama from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Girls Spies Elementary's Lucy Liu for Season 5 EpisodeElementary, my dear… Horvath?
TVLine has learned exclusively that Lucy Liu, star of CBS’ Sherlock Holmes-themed procedural, will appear in a Season 5 episode of HBO’s Girls.
But there’s a twist! We’re told that Liu — whose show films at Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios, as does Girls — won’t be playing herself, but rather a version of herself.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner put up a united front(Pic1, Pic2) Whether or not it’s the case anymore, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are at least trying to play the part of the happy couple.
Amid split rumors, the actors — who’ve been married for nearly a decade — were spotted with two of their children at the farmers market in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Sunday afternoon.
While it may have pained them to do so, casually attired Garner, 43, and Affleck, 42, appeared to put on a brave face for 6-year-old Seraphina and 3-year-old Samuel.
The couple’s eldest, 9-year-Violet, was not photographed at the family outing.
Rumors have been swirling in the last few months that the couple’s relationship is in bad shape and they may be headed toward divorce. And while the photo op may have been a chance to curtail speculation, it’s unlikely that Affleck’s sour expression helped any.
Melissa George Expecting Second ChildMelissa George‘s family is growing.
The actress, who stars on upcoming NBC drama Heartbreaker, and longtime boyfriend Jean-David Blanc are expecting their second child, the network confirms to PEOPLE. The show will now debut midseason, as opposed to fall as originally planned.
The couple welcomed their first child, son Raphaël, now 16 months, last February, sharing the news over Twitter.
“Welcome to the world! Our beautiful son just born at the American hospital of Paris,” George, 38, wrote at the time. “There are no words to describe the love.”
The Aussie actress, who’s had prior roles on The Slap, Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy and Alias also announced her pregnancy news over the social media platform, writing, “Baby on the way! So so happy.”
Cooper: Favorite Tony momentBRADLEY COOPER: The Tony nominee for "The Elephant Man" leans toward four-time Tony host Neil Patrick Harris, calling his favorite moment when Harris performed last year as the lead in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." That was awesome."
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Are ''Exclusive,'' But Will They Attend the Tonys Together? Get the Scoop!It sounds like hot couple Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are ready to make their romance red carpet official!
The 40-year-old actor and the 29-year-old model may soon be making their first official public appearance as boyfriend and girlfriend, E! News has exclusively learned.
A source tells E! News of the lovebirds, "They have been spending as much time as they can together and getting very close. They had a great trip to London and got to spend some romantic time with each other. They are exclusive and a couple at this point. All their friends think this is a perfect match!"
So perfect in fact that Shayk and Cooper may make their red carpet debut this Sunday at the 2015 Tony Awards (Cooper is nominated ofr his performance in The Elephant Man). "Irina is really supportive of Cooper and really excited about his nomination on Sunday for the Tony Awards. If schedules permits she will be there to support him," the insider adds.
Cooper and Shayk first sparked romance rumors about a month and a half ago when they attended Broadway's Finding Neverland together. Just two weeks ago a source told E! News of the duo, "Their chemistry is crazy when they are together. They can't keep their hands off of each other."
We can't wait to see their first red carpet pic!
Jennifer Garner is All Smiles While Running Errands in Los Angeles(Pic) Jennifer Garner flashed a smile as she ran errands around Los Angeles on Saturday.
The actress, 43, kept it casual, sporting a zip-up hooded sweater, jeans and sneakers for the outing. She met up with a friend whom she laughed and chatted with in the street.
Earlier this week Garner went on a frozen yogurt date in Los Angeles with husband Ben Affleck, 42, and their daughters, Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6.
"Jen and Ben were focused on each kid," a source told PEOPLE of the Menchie's outing. The couple's youngest son, Samuel, 3, was absent for the sweet trip.
Both Affleck and Garner have been juggling parenthood with their respective busy filming schedules. Garner has recently been spending time in Montreal to film the comedy Nine Lives with actor Kevin Spacey.
Meanwhile, Affleck just wrapped up filming for 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which he'll the Caped Crusader.
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Step Out for Lunch in Los Angeles(Pic) Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner stepped out for lunch in Los Angeles on Thursday before taking their two daughters for an after-school treat: frozen yogurt at Menchie's.
At Menchie's, Garner, 43, helped Violet, 9, sample the yogurt, while Affleck, 42, helped Seraphina, 6. "Jen and Ben were focused on each kid," says a source, as the family chatted.
The star parents have both been busy filming recently, with Garner shuttling to Montreal for the comedy Nine Lives and Affleck making Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And superhero fans have been buzzing this week, wondering if images of Batman on the Toronto set of Suicide Squad mean the actor will appear in the film as the Caped Crusader.
Garner, meanwhile, announced earlier this month that she is starting a new line of creative kits and projects for active kids with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. She was also recently cast in the upcoming Christian-focused drama Miracles From Heaven.
Hey, Jennifer Garner, Your Alias Spy Daddy Has a Message For You: "You Look So Beautiful, We Should Do This Again"Not gonna lie, ever since J.J. Abrams said he didn't envision more Alias happening, it's been a dream we true fans have refused to let die. Because how can we live in world in which there will never be more Sydney Bristow? Is this the world we want for our children, for our grandchildren, and moreover, for the obsessive Alias fans who still slap on red wigs from time to time as a confidence boost in the privacy of their own closets? (Ahem. No regrets.)
Well, guess who also now feels that an Alias reboot would be a very good thing? "Spy Daddy" himself, Victor Garber!
Sure, he just signed on to The CW's Legends of Tomorrow (which looks fantastic, by the way), set to premiere this fall, and we're all for that, but Victor, who still has remained very close with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner, also told me the idea of doing more Alias popped into his head just the other day. When he was hanging out with his good friend Jen. (Whose real wedding he officiated in 2005—take that, Ronnie and Caitlin. #Neverforget)
"I actually just was with Jennifer yesterday," Garber told me at the CW's upfront presentation, "and thought, 'You look so beautiful, we should do this again.'"
"I wish that could happen but it won't," he says of a reboot. But then adds: "Never say never…."
Well, if you insist...
Jennifer Garner: I Try to Stay on Top of My Kids Doing ChoresWhen it comes to keeping an organized home, Jennifer Garner knows she just has to let some things go.
Although the actress has assigned chores to her three children with husband Ben Affleck, she admits that life can get in the way of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, following through on their tasks.
“We have family chores and personal chores,” Garner, who admits she’s the “enforcer” in her home, tells PEOPLE.
“But sometimes I’m more on top of it than others. At the end of the school year, if they clear their plate and pick up after themselves and their rooms are clean and there aren’t wet towels on the floor, that’s good enough! Just today we were talking about good habits. You can’t do it all.”
But for this multi-tasking mom, it seems she almost does. Garner has teamed up with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for We Made It, an exclusive line of children’s creative kits and projects, available online and in stores June 17. A portion of the proceeds will go to Save the Children, to which Garner is an Artist’s Ambassador and trustee.
“I told them when we first started that I wanted to find things that siblings could do together,” she shares. “We have the sibling blanket. Each sibling decorates their own half of the blanket and then they sew it and meet in the middle. Then they can sit under it to watch TV.”
And the end result was exactly as the mom of three envisioned. “I really feel like I’m represented in this line,” says Garner, 43. “I’ve done every single one of these [projects]. Every meeting would be five hours because I would be like, ‘Nope, I have to open it, I have to do it!’ ”
Once Garner was able to bring the supplies home, her three children were immediately on board. “The problem is more that all of them will want to do something and I have to hide until I can get [more],” she says. “Now we’ve made all kinds of stuff and it’s super fun.”
Although Garner didn’t quite get all of her mom’s crafty genes — unlike her mother, she does not make her children’s clothes! — the actress’s artistic talents have inspired a few items for the We Made It line.
“Last summer I felt like we did so many fun things. We didn’t have any big extravagant trips, but we did a fun day here and a fun family day here and visiting Grandma and cousins,” Garner explains. “At the end of the summer I said, ‘Guys we need to remember this summer.’ So I printed out all the pictures and we just made a family summer book.”
She adds, “It’s the most non-glamorous version of a scrapbook. We just cut out photos, glued them, put stickers on construction paper and put that in a plastic [page protector] and put them into a binder. But I can’t tell you how often I come out and find them looking through it. That’s why we have a vacation memory [kit].”
Bradley Cooper Writes Emma Stone's Tinder Profile, Praises Her 'Reptilian Eyes'Bradley Cooper's character falls for Emma Stone's in the upcoming romantic comedy Aloha – and the pair's chemistry translates off screen, as well.
PEOPLE caught up with the pals in London for a story in this week's issue and asked what their most marketable assets would be if they were to craft Tinder profiles for one another. Apparently, it's all about the eyes!
Cooper, 40, got downright poetic talking about his costar's peepers: "[Her] reptilian eyes take you into a kind place, soft and lovely and full of grace." (Jokes Stone of their looks: "I’m a snake, he’s a lizard!")
For her part, Stone, 26, playfully reads even more into Cooper's baby blues – including takeout preferences – telling PEOPLE: "Look at those blue [eyes]. He's into Chinese food, but he's equally into making you smile."
While they had some fun joking about it, both say they aren't on the dating app – though Easy A alum Stone has done some swiping of her own.
"My friend is [on Tinder], and I've swiped for her," she says. "That was a good time."
As for their love lives, Stone and boyfriend Andrew Garfield are on a break due to busy schedules, while Cooper was spotted kissing model Irina Shayk in London last week.
Aloha – in which Cooper and Stone appear alongside a starry cast including Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray – hits theaters May 29.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk's Romance Is "Heating Up," Twosome Has "Crazy" Chemistry When TogetherSorry ladies, but Bradley Cooper is really digging his new girlfriend!
Less than a month after the A-list actor and Irina Shayk sparked romance rumors after attending Broadway's Finding Neverland together, things between the pair are definitely "heating up."
"They have been spending lots of time together these past few weeks and have had many date nights," a source revealed exclusively to E! News. "Their chemistry is crazy when they are together. They can't keep their hands off of each other."
Just last week, the twosome couldn't help but display some serious PDA while kissing in the streets of New York City. In fact, they were more than happy to walk hand-in-hand after one of their late-night dinners.
"Bradley thinks Irina is stunning but also such a sweet woman with a great heart," our source shared. "Irina is really impressed with how down to earth Bradley is and really easy to be around."
The insider continued, "She also thinks he is such a hardworking, talented actor. They have great conversation and so many laughs when they are hanging out."
What could be the cherry on top to this growing romance is the fact that everyone close to them "likes their dynamic together."
This week, Bradley and Irina have traveled to Europe for separate reasons.
The model is busy with business while her new man is promoting his latest film Aloha with Emma Stone. But according to our source, the chance of these two meeting up in the near future is very likely.
"Friends of theirs would not be surprised if things got serious," our insider shared. "Bradley and Irina are just relaxing and enjoying each other."
Bradley Cooper recurring on CBS' 'Limitless' dramaCBS is adapting "Limitless," the 2011 feature film starring Bradley Cooper, for television for the 2015-16 season. Cooper is among the show's producers, but CBS revealed Wednesday (May 13) that Cooper will also be appearing on the show.
"He's in the pilot and will recur, subject to his availability," says CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler.
Cooper will reprise his role from the movie, Senator Edward Mora, who has a secret relationship with the TV show's lead character Brian Finch (Jake McDorman). Finch discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Sen. Mora is a presidential hopeful who also uses NZT and has his own agenda for new protege Finch.
Alongside Finch in the major case squad are Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), a formidable investigator with a dark past, and Special Agent Boyle (Hill Harper), a former military officer and Rebecca's confidante. They report to Special Agent in Charge Nasreen "Naz" Pouran (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), a canny manipulator of the reins of power.
"Limitless" will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesdays in the fall on CBS.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Share a Kiss in LondonBradley Cooper and his new love interest, model Irina Shayk, are taking their budding romance across the pond.
With a baseball cap pulled down low over his face, the American Sniper star dropped off the Russian Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model at her London hotel on Monday – but not before giving her a sweet kiss goodbye.
Cooper, who's in the city for his West End play The Elephant Man, reunited with Shayk later in the evening for a night out on the town.
The duo have been linked together since late April, when they were spotted looking cozy at a performance of Finding Neverland in New York City.
Last week, the couple was seen holding hands and making out in downtown N.Y.C. after catching Hamilton on Broadway.
"They walked around and pretty much any time they got to a spot where it was very dark, they started kissing and getting close," an onlooker told PEOPLE. "They just looked like a new couple."
After attending the Met Gala last Monday, Cooper and Shayk made their way to Rihanna's after party, held at Richie Akiva's Up & Down nightclub.
The pair sat at a table with Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, and a partygoer tells PEOPLE, "they were definitely together," noting that, "Bradley and Irina went down to the karaoke room super late together."
Cooper, 40, split from model Suki Waterhouse, 23, just before the Academy Awards earlier this year, while Shayk, 29, broke off her relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, after several years together.
Kevin Spacey Cat Tale 'Nine Lives' Collars Spring 2016 DateEuropaCorp’s high-concept comedy Nine Lives, starring Kevin Spacey as a guy who gets trapped in the body of his family’s pussycat, has purrloined an April 29 release date. Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Robbie Amell and Mark Consuelos also star in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed pic from writers Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin. The House Of Cards heavy plays a workaholic businessman who must figure out how to redeem himself after a terrible accident leaves him in a feline state of body. Nine Lives will scratch and claw that weekend against Fox’s sports biopic Eddie The Eagle — Walken also co-stars in that one — and Paramount’s faith-based drama Same Kind Of Different As Me.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk spotted making out after Met GalaBradley Cooper and Irina Shayk tried to keep a low profile at the Met Gala on Monday night — but hours later, the pair was “making out” in a dark corner at Rihanna’s afterparty “till 3 or 4 in the morning,” sources tell Page Six.
We reported exclusively that last month Cooper and Shayk were spotted on a date at a Broadway show, and the pair was then together after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. On Monday, the movie star and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model (both newly single) arrived separately to Anna Wintour’s Met Gala — then also left apart.
But by early Tuesday, the two were seen getting hot and heavy at Richie Akiva’s Up & Down nightclub, where Rihanna hosted her private afterparty.
Spies said the pair at first were “hanging out in a close group” with Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. Also at the club, dancing in one group, were Rihanna, Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Riccardo Tisci and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. Then “Diddy got in there, Miley [Cyrus] got in there, then Jennifer Lawrence. It was insane. It was a dance-party circle of superstardom,” said a spy. Madonna’s daughter Lourdes also joined in “till the lights came on.” Justin Bieber narrowly missed his ex Selena Gomez and was spotted hanging with Kendall Jenner and Gigi and Bella Hadid.
Cooper and Shayk then slipped downstairs into “the karaoke room,” where “they were making out .?.?. they were very close all night.”
Rihanna had changed out of her showstopping Met Gala dress into a black outfit with a see-through top (see below) for her D’Ussé Cognac and Armand de Brignac-sponsored bash.
Spies said that before she walked the gala dinner’s red carpet in her yellow frock with immense flowing train by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, she’d pulled up to a Chinese restaurant for takeout. At 5 p.m., her car pulled up to Philippe restaurant on East 60th Street and was delivered salt and pepper calamari, chicken fried rice, sea bass, filet mignon and green prawns.
We assume she shared with her entourage.
Rihanna’s Up&Down party was also catered by Philippe, which decorated the bash with oversize Chinese takeout containers.
SightingJennifer Garner dining at the Baccarat Hotel.
2015 Tony NominationsKristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host the 69th Tony Awards on June 7, which will be telecast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall from 8 PM to 11 PM.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller lunch at crowded celeb hotspotBradley Cooper and his “American Sniper” co-star Sienna Miller were spotted lunching at Cafe Gitane on Mott Street this week when John Slattery approached the restaurant pushing a Citi Bike.
A not very “Mad Men” move?
Slattery’s wife, Talia Balsam, arrived just as he parked his ride, and reported after peeking inside, “It’s packed!” They stayed anyway.
Adding to the starry mix, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped in for a bite.
He recently hosted a private party at Cafe Gitane for his line of bow ties.
Bradley Cooper attends VIP reception for 'Neverland' directorBradley Cooper showed up to a VIP reception for Diane Paulus, director of “Finding Neverland,” the day after seeing her Broadway musical.
Spies at the Lambs Club lunch said: “Bradley loved the show and wanted to come see Diane and thank her. He especially loved the way she used ‘low-tech effects’” to bring the world of “Peter Pan” playwright J.M. Barrie to life. Cooper saw the show with Russian model Irina Shayk.
Also at the lunch to toast an upcoming US tour of “Finding Neverland” were Anna Wintour, Joe Torre, Glenn Close and Zac Posen.
John Gore told the gathering of producing Paulus’ Tony-winning revivals of “Hair,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Pippin,” “I think ‘revival’ is the wrong kind of word. ‘Renaissance’ is the right word.” And he took a swipe at critics of “Finding Neverland,” saying, “Dear me, when you [aim to] entertain people, it’s a crime against humanity!”
He ended with, “And now a message from the queen” before Helen Mirren — starring on Broadway in “The Audience” as Queen Elizabeth II — popped up on a video screen, praising Paulus’ show.
Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper spotted on a Broadway dateBradley Cooper has been spotted on a Broadway date with top model Irina Shayk.
The “American Sniper” star was seen in the audience at “Finding Neverland,” starring Matthew Morrison, with Russian beauty Shayk on Wednesday night. Sources tell us Cooper and Shayk have known each other for a while through mutual friends, and have been “hanging out” for the past week.
Our source added “[it is] a friendly relationship — for the time being.”
Cooper split with model Suki Waterhouse earlier this year, but they were spotted at Coachella, sparking rumors they’d reunited.
Shayk broke up with Portugese soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo in January. A rep for Shayk had no comment. Cooper’s rep didn’t respond.
Jennifer Garner Grows Her Own Food: "I'm a Geek"Just call her Farmer Garner.
Jennifer Garner told me last night that she tries to keep her family healthy by growing their own food.
While Garner and her hubby Ben Affleck don't have a full-fledged farm, Garner said, "We talk about our food. We grow food. We talk about what goes into it and how hard it is. They plant it, they water it. We take pictures next to it."
She added with a laugh, "I'm a geek."
I caught up with the Danny Collins star at Cliff's Edge restaurant in Los Angeles' Silverlake neighborhood during an event for Just Label It, an organization fighting for food companies to label their products containing GMOs.
(The concern is that genetically modified crops are engineered to be herbicide resistant, which means farmers use more herbicides to kill off weeds. And then when the weeds become resistant, more toxic—and some scientist believe cancer-causing—herbicides are dumped onto the crops.)
It was Gisele Bundchen first told Garner about Just Label It.
"My friend Gisele and I are fed up with being kept in the dark about GMO and non-GMO labeling," Garner said. "I got involved because she said, 'Do you know what's happening?' She's a firecracker. She said, 'You have to educate yourself.'"
Bündchen flew to Los Angeles from her native Brazil (where she just walked her last runway) for the event. "This is a very important cause to me as an individual, as a parent and as a mother," the supermodel said. "I am here tonight because I believe we have the right to know what's in our food.
"Food sustains our bodies, minds and soul and as a mother I feel it is my responsibility to know what I am feeding my family," she said. "We need transparency in our food industry."
Just Label It is fighting for federal legislation to mandate labeling of GMO foods. The group recently launched its Conceal or Reveal campaign, a grassroots initiative for consumers to contact companies using GMOs to urge them to start labeling their food.
Kanye West, Taylor Swift Among Time's 100 Most Influential PeopleThe 2015 Time 100, the magazine's list of the most influential people in the world, includes Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Featuring figures from the worlds of sports, politics, media and entertainment, divided into the categories Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons, the annual issue features essays about each person penned by another public figure. This year's writings include a profile of Elizabeth Warren by Hillary Clinton (who also made the list), an essay on Kim Kardashian by Martha Stewart, and Ethan Hawke's thoughts on his Boyhood director, Richard Linklater.
Other pop culture honorees include Reese Witherspoon, Bradley Cooper, Amy Schumer, Laverne Cox, Chris Pratt, Transparent creator Jill Soloway and Serial host Sarah Koenig.
The magazine will be sold with five different collectible covers, featuring West, Cooper, Ginsberg, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and journalist Jorge Ramos.
The Time 100 issue hits newsstands Friday. See the complete list here. What do you think of the honorees?
Who won MTV Movie Awards?BEST MALE PERFORMANCE: Winner: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse Step Out for Dinner Weeks After SplitIf only all breakups could go this smoothly.
Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse – who ended their relationship back in January – went out to dinner at Gjelina, a restaurant in Venice, California, on Thursday.
The couple arrived together in Cooper's Prius and left together after the meal, but an onlooker says the dinner didn't seem to be romantic.
After two years of dating, the actors split up before the Oscars but remained friends and even attended the awards show together, a source told PEOPLE. The night after Academy Awards they were spotted dining at Nobu Malibu with another friend, though the meeting appeared platonic.
The American Sniper star, 40, and the British model/actress, 23, were first linked in March 2013, when they were photographed together in Boston.
They kept the relationship quiet even after Cooper took Waterhouse as his date to the 2014 SAG Awards and she escorted him to a White House state dinner in February 2014.
Jennifer Garner To Star In EuropaCorp's 'Nine Lives'Jennifer Garner is set to star alongside Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken and Robbie Amell in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed EuropaCorp comedy Nine Lives. Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the script. Spacey plays a workaholic businessman who has to figure out a way to redeem himself following an accident that leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. Garner is coming off Dallas Buyers Club, Men Women And Children and Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day and next stars alongside Al Pacino in Danny Collins. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.
Bradley Cooper on the hunt for a NYC bachelor padBradley Cooper is looking for a new Manhattan bachelor pad after recently splitting with gal pal Suki Waterhouse.
The “American Sniper” actor was spotted Thursday morning scoping apartments with two female real estate brokers and his mom, Gloria. Spies saw the group outside of the Juice Press in Tribeca and overheard them talking about appointments and furnishings.
“They spoke about specifics on a couch,” one spy reported.
Cooper has previously bought homes in Venice and Pacific Palisades, Calif. — the latter a $4.5 million, 3,300-square-footer he bought in 2009 with then-girlfriend Renée Zellweger.
Cooper then shared homes in Philadelphia and LA with his mother after his father passed away in 2011. Cooper told Details in 2013 of the arrangement: “We need each other. So here we are. But don’t get me wrong. It’s not without complications. It’s not like I live in a compound and she’s in the guesthouse. No. She’s in the next room.”
Cooper will star in “The Elephant Man” in London beginning in May. His rep didn’t get back to us.
Bradley Cooper dumped Suki because she 'wasn't supportive' of his careerBradley Cooper split from 23-year-old British beauty Suki Waterhouse because “she wasn’t supportive of his acting career” and “spent Valentine’s Day away” from the “American Hustle,” star, says a source.
We’re told Cooper felt Waterhouse was not supportive after his huge success in Broadway’s “Elephant Man,” which started in previews on Nov. 7 and ran till Feb. 21.
Instead of spending Valentine’s Day in New York with Cooper, the model jetted with friends to a billionaire’s estate in Austin, Texas, according to our insider.
Waterhouse’s Instagram posts from there show her with several girlfriends doing yoga, goofing around on a boat, and posing with heart-shaped balloons.
In one photo, she’s wearing a Philadelphia Eagles shirt, a favorite team of Cooper’s and one that figured heavily in the plotline of his movie “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Waterhouse’s agent, Next Model Management’s Kyle Hagler, hung up on us when we called. When we called back, he barked, “No comment.” A rep for Cooper didn’t get back to us.
SightingsSarah Jessica Parker and Victor Garber seeing “An American in Paris”…
Ben Affleck Mentions Batman in Congressional Testimony, Gets Support from Jennifer Garner and Violet(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Ben Affleck is trying to save the world—not just as Batman, either!
The 42-year-old Academy Award winner testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Thursday, stressing the importance of the United States providing foreign aid to African countries. Wife Jennifer Garner and daughter Violet proudly watched on as the actor-director spoke alongside fellow philanthropist Bill Gates.
As the star of the upcoming Batman v.s Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck began by recognizing Senator Patrick Leahy, an avid fan of the franchise who had a brief cameo role in 2008's The Dark Knight Rises. "I would be remiss not to recognize my co-star in Batman," he joked, acknowledging the Vermont senator's presence. "Your role was marginally smaller than mine, but I understand you were quite good. Good morning, sir."
He also acknowledged Gates, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is instrumental in developing ways to support sustainable African agriculture. "Thanks for having me follow the greatest and most important philanthropist in the history of the world," quipped Affleck, whose own Eastern Congo Initiative is also seeking to rebuild the economy. "I'm sure I'm going to come off great."
Affleck pointed out, though, that Starbucks just made a major purchase of coffee from the region, "a clear testament to what's possible for Congo," he said. "This isn't charity or aid in the traditional sense. It's good business."
Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham appreciated Affleck's testimony, saying (per The Wall), "Jennifer and Violet are very proud. Well done."
Bradley Cooper To Make Directing Debut, Hopes To Star With Beyonce In 'A Star Is Born' For Warner BrosWarner Bros is negotiating with its American Sniper star Bradley Cooper to make his feature directorial debut on the remake of A Star Is Born. The hope is for Cooper also to star in the film. Once his deal is done, their first stop will be to Beyonce, who once was positioned to play the role of the young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped by a self-destructive icon whose best days are behind him. She was circling when Clint Eastwood was going to helm the remake, and the director discussed that male lead role with Cooper. She hasn’t yet been re-approached formally. Cooper will take a pass at the script with Will Fetters, who wrote the most recent draft, and the hope is that he can get into this wholeheartedly when he finishes performing The Elephant Man in its London transfer from Broadway.
He also will become a producer on this through Warners-based 22 Green, the banner he shares with Todd Phillips. Jon Peters, Billy Gerber and Basil Iwanyk also are producers. Cooper is coming off a double Oscar nomination for American Sniper, which has surpassed $528 million worldwide and growing, remarkable for an R-rated war film that cost $58 million to produce. There is some symmetry to these two films. When Steven Spielberg dropped out of American Sniper, Warner Bros worldwide production president Greg Silverman told Cooper that Eastwood was reading the book for recreation. Cooper was able to call Eastwood directly because of the relationship they developed when Eastwood offered Cooper that male lead in A Star Is Born.
First directed by William Wellman in a 1937 film that starred Fredrick March and Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born was first made at Warner Bros in 1954 with a George Cukor-directed film that starred Judy Garland and James Mason and then was done in 1976 with Frank Pierson directing Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. This long has been a priority at Warner Bros, with leading men such as Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale all circling at some point. Beyonce has been most often mentioned for that female lead, and really, how can you beat that? She’s displayed her acting chops in films that included Austin Powers In Goldmember, and her singing creates an opportunity not really seen since Warner Bros’ The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Review: Despite its star power, 'Serena' has no sparkThe arithmetic on "Serena" is fascinating. Two of the biggest movie stars in the world plus an Oscar-winning director and a best-selling novel somehow add up to a forgettable, under-the-radar video-on-demand release.
But movies work by strange, illogical mathematics. Despite its prestigious pedigree, "Serena," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is likely to be remembered as another example of the curious, inexplicable science of moviemaking.
The film, which opens in limited theaters Friday but has been available on VOD for much of the month, has long been a subject of intrigue since it was shot in 2012 and more-or-less hidden under a rock since.
The light of day finally crashing down in "Serena" reveals not so much the disaster one might expect, but a well-intended, handsomely shot but altogether unsuccessful drama. It comes as almost a disappointment. After all this time, one almost hopes for a Titanic-sized catastrophe, not merely a wayward mediocrity.
"Serena," directed by the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier ("In a Better World"), is based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel about a Depression-era timber baron named George Pemberton (Cooper) who's immediately infatuated by a more common woman with a dark past, Serena (Lawrence).
She's "practically an aboriginal," a woman hisses of Serena, explaining that her family died tragically in a fire when she was 12. But Pemberton's gaze is fixed on her, riding on horseback. He rides to her and proposes. They promptly marry and return to his North Carolina land, a rugged outpost of lumberjacks and steam locomotives where the threat of conservationism lurks. That dreaded villain, the National Park system, is coming.
The setting is evocative. The Czech Republic countryside doubles attractively but unconvincingly for the Smoky Mountains. Here is the Kentucky-born Lawrence, who broke through in the Ozarks drama "Winter's Bone," back in the backwoods, with the crimped blonde hair of a '20s flapper.
Serena is "a pistol," as her husband says, quickly making her presence felt around Pemberton's business, much to the disgruntlement of his right-hand man, Buchanan (David Dencik).
Tension doesn't boil so much as make occasional jabs at entering the film, which seems, as its characters pace back and forth in the mud, to be awaiting instructions. A purpose is elusive and instead, scenes awkwardly assemble the clichéd moments of a frontier drama: Serena is awkwardly positioned as a kind of Lady Macbeth; lawmen lurk; a hunting expedition turns fatal.
I suspect the story that doesn't come through in "Serena" is about the impossibility of a relationship divorcing itself from the past. When Serena steps off the train in North Carolina, a pregnant woman (Ana Ularu), who apparently shares a history with Pemberton, is staring at her. Pemberton stutters an excuse. Serena interrupts him: Everything that came before their love doesn't matter. What follows bleakly and tragically proves that it does.
That that version of "Serena" never comes through with any force or feeling can be attributed to a number of things: the imprecise script by Christopher Kyle; Cooper's bland, inscrutable performance; the film's uncertain pacing. The period costumes (by Signe Sejlund) and Morten Soborg's smoky widescreen cinematography help paper over the problems, as does the excellent Lawrence.
Sensual and strong, she commands every frame she's in. You can't make a boring film with her, but "Serena" seems to be trying awfully hard to prove you can.
"Serena," a Magnolia Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some violence and sexuality." Running time: 109 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.
The Secret to Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper's Friendship? 'No Sex!'Frequent costars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have been tight offscreen ever since filming 2012's Silver Linings Playbook, and their secret to a happy work wife-work husband dynamic?
"No sex!" Lawrence, 24, quipped to reporters at the Cinema Society's New York City premiere of Serena on Saturday.
Serena is the real-life BFFs' third film together, after Silver Linings and American Hustle. And it was Lawrence who recruited Cooper, 40, for the period piece.
"I forced him to come onto the movie," said Lawrence. "I mean, any male role is going to make me think of Bradley because in my opinion, he's the best, and I love working with him."
For the newly single Cooper, the feeling's mutual.
"I respect her so much as a professional, as an actor, and I think she's the best there is," he said. "And I just learn from her. You always want to work with people that are better than you."
The pals said they rarely disagree on anything – especially food.
"Never about where to go to dinner; we're both two of the biggest eaters in Hollywood," she joked at the screening, hosted by Dior Beauty.
Lawrence – who's dating Coldplay rocker Chris Martin – is reuniting with Cooper and their Silver Linings and American Hustle director David O. Russell on the upcoming biopic Joy.
Clogging, You Say? All About Jennifer Garner's Many Hidden TalentsWhat do clogging and playing the saxophone have in common? They're both among Jennifer Garner's slew of hidden talents.
And those aren't the only secret skills the actress and mom of three has up her sleeve.
"Besides saxophone? Besides playing spoons? Besides clogging?" Garner responded when pressed about her hidden talents at the N.Y.C. premiere of her new film, Danny Collins, on Wednesday. "My cup runneth over with hidden talents," the 43-year-old promised.
"Anything hillbilly I can do," she offered.
You won't see her doing any of those things, though, in Danny Collins, about a washed-up pop star (Al Pacino) looking for a second chance from the son he abandoned (Bobby Cannavale). Garner plays Pacino's daughter-in-law, alongside 6-year-old Giselle Eisenberg, who stars as her and Cannavale's daughter.
While Garner was thrilled to be working with a legend like Pacino, he wasn't the only one she was taking notes from.
"I learned a ton from Giselle Eisenberg, who played my daughter, as well," Garner told reporters.
And apparently, Eisenberg and Pacino really hit it off on set.
"The two of them would improvise with each other at the end of a scene and just go on and on and on because she wasn't afraid," Garner recalled. "And so that was just such a great reminder that just because he's Al Pacino, he's not being intimidating – he's being loving. So don't be afraid of him."
Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse SplitBradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse have called it quits.
The American Sniper actor and the model split after two years of dating, a source tells PEOPLE. Cooper's rep could not be reached for comment, while Waterhouse's declined comment.
The couple ended their relationship before the Oscars in January but remained friends and attended the award show together, the source says. They were even spotted dining at Nobu Malibu with another pal the next night, though an onlooker says they didn't seem affectionate during the meal.
Cooper, 40, spent Wednesday night at an Elton John concert, later partying at Surrender Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as Lil John performed. The guys are in Sin City to shoot Arms & the Dues, a flick directed by Todd Phillips and produced by Cooper.
He and Waterhouse, 23, were first linked in March 2013, when they were photographed looking cozy on set in Boston.
Though they kept their romance under wraps, Cooper took Waterhouse as his date to the 2014 SAG Awards and she escorted him to a White House state dinner in February 2014.
The stars remained tight-lipped throughout the relationship, but in an ELLE UK interview, Waterhouse did reveal when Cooper first caught her eye: the ELLE Style Awards in February 2013.
"I don't talk about my boyfriend because it's boring," she told the magazine. "But we did meet at the Style Awards, I’ll give you that. Look, maybe it's best for me to say, 'I'm not one of those girls who goes on about their boyfriends.' I do think whatever I say will sound weird. But the truth is, if I start talking about him, I probably won't be able to stop. And I don't really want to talk about him, you know?"
Both celebrities will have plenty of distractions post-breakup: Cooper is filming yet another movie, Joy, with Jennifer Lawrence, along with the Netflix reboot of Wet Hot American Summer. And besides being a fashion It Girl, Waterhouse has a part in Insurgent, out Friday.
E! Online was first to report the news.
Jennifer Garner Is Overcome with Emotion When Thinking about Family on TodayJennifer Garner couldn't hold back her tears when she stopped by the Today show on Wednesday.
While promoting her new film, Danny Collins, the actress welled up when Savannah Guthrie mentioned the Southern Living photo shoot she did with her sisters and mother.
"It makes me cry to see their faces so I won't look [at the screen]," she said, adding that "there's just nothing like sharing the spotlight or anything else with your sisters and your mom. It's always fun for me to get my sisters dolled up, and my mom."
At the mention of her own family, Garner, 43, couldn't help but think of another: "You showed those babies and Leah Still, I just watched it, I can't even take it. The Today show is just too tough for me!"
The babies she mentioned are the Morales quadruplets, who – as PEOPLE exclusively reported – are being raised by their widowed father Carlos after his wife, Erica, died just hours after giving birth. The family spoke to Matt Lauer earlier in the show.
Find more exclusive insights on the Morales quads in this week's PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday
Greg Grunberg To Star In ABC Judah Miller Family Comedy PilotGreg Grunberg is set as the male lead opposite Megan Hilty in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father (Grunberg) who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports. Grunberg’s Gary is a geriatric doctor and a cautious and practical father and husband. Grunberg, repped by manager Susan Calogerakis, Paradigm and Jackoway Tyerman, recently recurred on Masters Of Sex.
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Carl Lumbly Joins CBS Drama Series 'Zoo'Alias alum Carl Lumbly has joined the ensemble cast of CBS’ summer drama series Zoo. Based on the bestselling novel by James Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Lumbly will play Delavane,an enigmatic, veteran Interpol agent embedded within the hierarchy of the General Secretariat, who takes matters into his own hands, when faced with what he believes to be a global animal crisis. Lumbly, repped by Robbie Kass Management, next appears in A&E’s The Returned, and recently recurred on TNT’s Southland. Zoo premieres on June 30.
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Jennifer Garner: My Favorite Role Is 'Mommy'When in need of some life advice, there’s one gal pal that Jennifer Garner can always be sure to rely on: Reese Witherspoon.
“If I run into Reese, she and I have so much to talk about,” Garner, 42, told PEOPLE at the press day for her new film Danny Collins, in which she stars alongside Al Pacino. “We’ll be on the street corner and just be like, ‘What do you do about this, and how did you handle this?’ ”
She continues, “I’m so grateful for that very specific kind of friend.”
A typical juicy conversation that takes place between the two hard-working Hollywood mothers may specifically consist of whether or not a role is worth (temporarily) departing from motherhood.
“I have such a big thing to balance [jobs] against that it has to be something I love so much,” Garner says of feeling “surprised,” but grateful every time that she gets handed a new offer and has to think about calling in the in-laws for some long-term babysitting.
While stationed at home and playing her favorite role as mommy, Garner makes it a point to keep her routine consistent.
“I make sure everyone has notes for their lunch box every day and [figure out] who’s having something special, and deciding who I read extra to [in the] morning,” Garner says of how a morning plays out with her and husband Ben Affleck‘s children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 3.
And, coming up on 10 years of marriage, being a wife is something that she sure excels in, as well.
“I’m going straight to New York from here, and then I’m going to visit Ben [on set in Atlanta to] make sure he’s good,” Garner says about her special trip to see Affleck, 42, while filming his new role in The Accountant.
She adds, “It’s just what you do [as a mom].”
From an actress to a mother and a room mom to a Girl Scout troop leader, there’s not much that Garner hasn’t tried.
“I’ve been the room mom for pre-school and kindergarten this year, and I’m the Girl Scout troop leader for third grade,” Garner shares. “When I’m home, I dive in, [and] I try to Betty Crocker it up as much as I can.”
And when the going gets tough, the actress gets going. “It just happened the other day where I was like, ‘I think I’m ready to be on set and talk to grownups,’ ” Garner jokes. “Send Batman in.”
Arrow/Flash Superhero Team-Up Spinoff In Works At CW; Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz StarDC Comics superheroes are uniting in a potential new drama series at the CW, a spinoff from hits Arrow and The Flash that will feature several fan-favorite recurring actors/characters from both shows. I have learned that the network has teamed with Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim for a project eyed for next season toplined by Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz.
The untitled project, now in development, is described as a superhero team-up show. Routh, Miller and Garber will reprise their popular DC Comics characters — Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom (Routh), Flash villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Miller), and Flash‘s Dr. Martin Stein (Garber). Because her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary, it is unclear whether Lotz will play the same or new superhero.
The project is in early stages of development, so there is a possibility for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new spinoff. Additionally, in a tidbit that should get fans fired up, I have learned the new project will include three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series.
This is the project CW president Mark Pedowitz vaguely referenced at TCA in January. It will not be part of the current pilot cycle. With the creative auspices and talent involved, I hear that it could go straight to series, possibly for next midseason.
Berlanti and Kreisberg, who also co-created The Flash, executive produce alongside Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter for Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods.
Teaming up superheroes has been a winning formula, as proven by the success of the Justice League and The Avengers comics. Marvel’s The Avengers have crossed over to features, with DC’s Justice League also on its way to the big screen. Routh is repped by UTA and Main Title, Lotz is repped by UTA and Atlas Artists.
Merrin Dungey In Fox's '48 Hours'Merrin Dungey has been cast in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot 48 Hours ‘Til Monday. It chronicles husband and father of three Charlie’s (Rob Riggle) desperate struggle not to let every weekend go completely to hell. Dungey plays a family friend, bona fide “super mom” Candace who has three kids, works part time as a lawyer, and is still able to make snacks that look like animals, volunteer in class, and pick her children up from school on bike. Also cast in the pilot is child actor Kyla Kenedy, repped by Paradigm and Discover Management, who plays Charlie’s eldest child. Dungey, repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment, recurs on Once Upon a Time as Ursula as well as on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Chasing Life.
2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Award NomineesThe 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards air live from The "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif., March 28 on Nickelodeon.
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J.J. Abrams: Some of the Star Wars Rumors Are TrueIf you heard a rumor about the upcoming Star Wars movie this week – well, it just might be true. Or not.
J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, addressed the issue of leaked plot points for the highly anticipated film. And while he wouldn't address any specific leaks, he did say some theories circulating aren't as outlandish as others.
"We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn't always work," Abrams, 48, told the BBC at the Irish Oscar Wilde awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, where Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was being honored.
Rumors have been circulating this week that a major character is killed in a violent twist in the upcoming film, which takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. However, Abrams didn't address that particular gossip item directly.
"There are a ton of rumors – some true, some false," he says. "But I'm grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie … I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on Dec. 18.
Jennifer Garner Didn't Always Feel Beautiful: "It Was a Shock When I Got to College to Hear People Say I Was Pretty"(Video) (Cover) As a young girl in West Virginia, Jennifer Garner was taught that brains trump beauty.
When she moved to New York City to become an actress in the early '90s, that lesson proved to be invaluable. "What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities," the Denison University alum recalls, 42, says in Southern Living's March issue.
"It was a shock when I got to college to hear people say I was pretty," she recalls.
There were other perks to growing up in the South, of course.
"I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other," the Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day actress says. "Community is the one thing people crave most, and it's hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group." Jennifer currently lives in California with husband Ben Affleck, 42, and their three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 2. "It's really important for my kids to see that everyone doesn't have the lives they see in Los Angeles. That doesn't reflect the rest of the world. I want them to grow up with the Southern values I had–to look at people when they say hello and to stop and smell the roses," she says.
Jennifer adds, "If I could do half as good a job as my mom did, I'd be pretty happy."
And although she looks glamorous on red carpets, in her everyday life, Jennifer is more down-to-earth. "My sisters and I all had similar long, straight hair without layers as kids. I still don't mess with my hair that much, and that keeps it healthy," she says. Jennifer has a similar approach when it comes to fashion. "Although I adore it on others, you won't see me wearing many one-shoulder, asymmetrical, cool things," the Men, Women & Children actress explains.
"I can't feel like I'm wearing a costume," she adds.
Jennifer also poses with her two siblings. "Being the middle sister of these three girls is the relationship that defines me more than anything else," she says. "More than being my kids' mother, more than being my husband's wife, I'm first and foremost the middle Garner girl."
So, did the Garner girls ever fight back in the day?
"The only thing my sisters and I fought about growing up was clothes," the actress admits.
Jennifer is the spitting image of her mom, who also models for the magazine. "We are doing this shoot so people can finally stop asking if my lips are real," the Dallas Buyers Club star says.
It seems she's inherited her mother's sense of humor, too!
Southern Living is on newsstands Friday.
What Does Victor Garber Really Think of Robbie Amell's Impression of Him on The Flash?Did Robbie Amell seem a bit different on last week's episode of The Flash?
That's because The Tomorrow People alum was playing not one but two different characters, fused into one body!
Thanks to F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. and the particle accelerator blast, both Ronnie Raymond (Amell) and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) have been inhabiting the younger man's body for almost a year, but after the nuclear explosion at the end of last week's episode, the two will finally split and end up back in their own bodies in tonight's episode, "Fallout."
So what did the Alias alum think of how Amell portrayed him on the CW superhero drama?
"I told him, 'I don't know how you came up with those line readings. They were disgusting,'" Garber tells E! News with a laugh. "No! I thought he was great. I thought did a great job because it wasn't exactly an impersonation, but there was a sense where I could hear the difference in his tone because I know him. We're friends, so I could hear that very subtle but effective interpretation. I was very pleased, and I was joking with him the other day about it actually."
Garber reveals that it was actually knowing that Amell would be playing his "other half" that convinced him to take on the role of Dr. Stein in the first place.
"That was part of the attraction for me," Garber says. "We have a great time together and it's part of the joy of doing it."
Check out the rest of our Q&A with Garber below!
E! Online: Did you coach Robbie or offer him any tips before he played both of you in the same body?
Victor Garber: No, because I don't think I even read the script where he was doing it. I came after I realized what was happening and I was already involved. I just teased him, mostly. That's what I do. I make him laugh and we just have a lot of fun together.
What can you tease about the "Fallout" from the nuclear explosion that separates the two men?
The "Fallout!" That was good. Clever. [Laughs] There is fallout. Basically it's now about trying to reenter the world where we're from, for both of us. When you have an experience that changes your life, like obviously this would, to come back to where you were, as much as you might think you want that, you're not the same person anymore. It's an exploration of that and also what's next for this duo.
Are they still going to be involved with each other's lives?
They are now irreparably joined even after they've been separated officially. In the beginning, it looks like Stein wants nothing to do with this guy and yet you find that they can't just go their separate ways. It's very intriguing.
Are they still metahumans even though they've separated?
That's what we experiment with in this episode, to see what happened. I can just tell you that Firestorm is not over. Just because they've been separated does not mean they can't figure out a way to still do what they've done. That will become clearer in this episode.
Will Stein be able to get a happy ending with his wife?
He's reunited with the woman he loves deeply but he's been altered. He's changed. What are the repercussions of that? We'll explore that much more in the future. There's a lot to discover now that he's back.
I know that General Eiling returns in this episode, so what can you tease about what he wants?
Eiling wants what he wants. He wants control and that's always dangerous and difficult to achieve. Other people aren't willing to give him that control. There's a lot that goes on with him.
Now that Barry is aware the time travel is possible, will Dr. Stein help him on that front?
There's actually going to be a really fascinating scene. Barry obviously has this trauma in his past that he's trying to reconcile and Dr. Stein is enlivened by trying to help this boy that he's taken on a fondness for since they share this interest. Really it's a question of "let's compare notes and see what we both believe and see what's possible and how we can infiltrate this netherworld." That's what their journey is about. Stein, in a sense, becomes like another father figure for Barry but also someone who understands his plight and his dilemma.
Are you going to be back in more episodes after tonight or is this the conclusion of your arc?
I'll be back! Not sure exactly when or how, but I will be back.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.
Jennifer Garner: It Was a Shock to Hear People Call Me Pretty in CollegeJennifer Garner opened up about her mother and Southern upbringing in the March issue of Southern Living.
While she is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Garner, 42, revealed that her mother, Patricia, never put much importance on her beauty.
"What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities," she said. "It was a shock when I got to college to hear people say I was pretty."
Garner, who is known for her gorgeous pout, also shared a photo of her equally full-lipped mom so that "people can finally stop asking if my lips are real." (For a behind-the-scenes video interview with Garner, click here.)
When it comes to being a mom of three children of her own with husband Ben Affleck – daughters Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6, and son Samuel, 2 – the Men, Women and Children star revealed that she hopes to impart the values that she learned growing up in the South.
"It's really important for my kids to see that everyone doesn't have the lives they see in Los Angeles," the actress said. "That doesn't reflect the rest of the world. I want them to grow up with the Southern values I had to look at people when they say hello and to stop and smell the roses."
"If I could do half as good a job as my mom did, I'd be pretty happy," she continued.
One Southern value that Garner appreciates is the sense of community she found growing up in West Virginia.
"I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other," she revealed. "Community is the one thing people crave most, and it's hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group."
Learn more about how Garner's Southern roots influenced her life in the March issue of Southern Living, which hits newsstands on Feb. 20.
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Bradley Cooper: 'No idea' about 'Sniper' successEven Bradley Cooper says he's surprised with the runaway box office success of his new film American Sniper.
Cooper admitted Monday he did not foresee breaking box office records with the drama, a movie now in the center of a national discussion.
"I had no idea," said Cooper, who was nominated for best actor as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. "You never know when you make a movie if anyone is going to go see it. So to have the audacity to think it would cause any sort of effect at all would be pretty presumptuous."
"You just hope that people are going to watch it and it's going to have an impact," Cooper added, speaking at the annual Academy Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills.
The impact has been apparent. American Sniper pays tribute to Kyle, who served four tours of duty in Iraq and wrote a best-selling account of his experiences. Cooper noted that Kyle was killed exactly two years ago by a disturbed Marine on a gun range.
Further, the movie highlights the difficulty for veterans — both when they serve and adjusting to civilian life afterwards.
"Any discussion that sheds light to the plight of the soldiers, and the men and women in the armed services, for that discussion to occur is fantastic," said Cooper.
The film received six Oscar nominations. Cooper is double-nominated this year, as a producer and actor in American Sniper. Sniper director Clint Eastwood was also on hand at the nominees luncheon but did not address the media.
Cooper also talked up how much he has enjoyed the Oscar telecast in his life. He often daydreamed about being in the Oscar audience growing up in Pennsylvania.
"I was raised on Oscar. Everyone was huddled around the TV (during the Oscar telecast) in my family," said Cooper. "You always daydream. Not being on the podium, but being there. You see all these people that you loved. All together. it was an odd, surreal thing. To see actors in the flesh there as themselves was thrilling. I always used to fantasize about being there."
8 Questions with...Gina Torres(backstage.com) The “Suits” and “Hannibal” star opens up to Backstage about soap operas, Madeleine Stowe, and the moment she found her voice—in an audition room.
Tell us about your latest projects.
I’m in the middle of an arc on “Revenge.” It’s fantastic. I’ve primarily worked with Madeleine Stowe, and I’ve been a fan of hers for quite some time. It’s so wonderful when you meet someone whose aesthetic matches up and you get to work and play. That’s been quite fun. Never did I think I’d be working with Madeleine Stowe on a nighttime soap. And I love nighttime soaps!
What have you learned about yourself on “Revenge”?
That I love the work more than anything. I love however it comes. I love doing the nighttime soap, the emotional, psychological, hard stuff that I got to tackle on “Hannibal.” I love the chess game that I do on “Suits.” I just love every bit of it and that I get to do it.
Who do you have an acting crush on?
Other than Madeleine Stowe? Wow, there are a couple people out there. It’s hard right now; I have a 7-year-old daughter and I’m working, so I haven’t seen a grown-up–person’s movie in a long time! I’m so behind, it’s really embarrassing. Eddie Redmayne is fantastic. Cate Blanchett—always. She’s my forever crush.
How did you get your SAG-AFTRA card?
My first time on camera was “One Life to Live.” I mourn for actors coming up that the daytime soap opera is becoming extinct. It’s theater onscreen. And in soap operas you have very little rehearsal time! It’s you and your cast mates and a guy in a booth and a lot of pages of dialogue. You really have to rely on yourself to make your most truthful choices. You’re not coddled; there’s no babysitting.
What is your worst audition horror story?
I would say the most fascinating audition I had was for a musical. I was told to prepare a song. And we get out there, a group of girls, and they asked us to walk across the stage like a showgirl and walk back. It was the stereotypical scene from movies about auditions for musicals! There’s this disembodied voice coming from a dark theater and it’s telling you to do this and that. And I’m standing there thinking, You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m not really living this right now. They dismissed us and I wasn’t having it. And I walked down center stage and shouted over the footlights, “Excuse me! I was told to prepare a song—would you like me to sing?” “Oh! Yes, oh of course!” And I did. I don’t know where that came from but I just refused to be dismissed. I wouldn’t say I recommend that to people. I don’t want young actors to read this and go, “Well, Gina Torres did this.” I just thought, No, not today. It took a lot of work for me to get there. To prepare, to be ready, to be on time, to get on the NYC subway, change into my leotard—and I just was not in the mood to be dismissed. The moral of that story is, you choose your battles. And sometimes wonderful things happen. You find your voice.
So how do you typically prepare for an audition?
It depends on what it is, on how much is asked of me. Whether it’s a musical or a lot of pages of dialogue, it’s really just about time put in. And the subject—there are things I know very little about. And then other things where I feel I’ve got this. Like, I’ve been working up to this chick for a long time! I’ve been doing it for a while, so my well is deeper and I can read something and figure out what’s required.
Which of your performances has left a lasting mark on you?
Recently there are two. Certainly Bella Crawford on “Hannibal.” I went on such a journey with her in her sickness and how Bryan Fuller wrote her so beautifully, with so much grace and integrity. I just wanted her to be an homage to all the people out there who are dealing with illness. And my character on “Huge” on ABC Family five years ago. I learned so much about that world and the dysfunction of overeating and it was a real eye-opener. I had so many hopes for that show; it didn’t survive, but I think we did make an impression on those people that did watch it.
What do you wish you’d known before you started acting?
I don’t think I would change anything. There is that thing where you can learn rather quickly or not at all: Losing a job is not the end of the world. Your job is the one you get! You don’t get somebody else’s job, and nobody gets yours. Nobody took your job. They just got theirs.
Bradley Cooper: Why American Sniper Was 'Life-Changing'To play Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper bulked up, studied with a voice coach and learned to put a bullet into a target from 800 yards away. But the most lasting lessons he learned were about the struggles of everyday military families.
"I've always been interested on a personal level in helping our vets. I've been a part of USO on tours for over eight years," Cooper tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story on Kyle and his widow, Taya.
"I had an appreciation for veterans before this, but what I definitely did not know is the toll that it takes on the family," the Best Actor Oscar nominee says.
Cooper and Taya Kyle have hosted screenings of the movie and visited hospitals, meeting veterans from all over the country.
"People were willing to express themselves in a format that they would never do normally," Cooper says. "But because they saw Chris's story, they were willing to say, 'Thank you for putting a guy I can relate to up there and have it be something right away that I know is accurate.' "
Says Cooper: "It's been life-changing."
Cooper was welcomed to cheers when he visited the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 14. He thanked service members, saying, "I appreciate what each and every one of you do, each and every day. This country owes you a huge debt ... we just want to be here for you."
Cooper says he is "gratified" that the film, which shows the Kyles struggle during Chris's deployments and after he left the military, is resonating with veterans.
"People who see it can relate to it and go, 'Well, if he goes through that, then maybe it's okay that I'm going through that," he says. "'If his family had to deal with that stuff, then maybe I am not alone.' That's a lot of what Chris was doing when he got home. He was telling his story. He got his life together, and a lot of that is when he found a purpose in being able to help vets."
Cooper "gets it," Taya says: "He went above and beyond just acting in a role. He got into the mind and heart of Chris. You can't do that and not come out with a special appreciation for guys who lost a limb for this."
While Cooper says he is "lucky" to have been nominated for an Oscar for the past three years, this year's Best Actor nod for playing Kyle has extra meaning.
"I would be lying if I said I didn't get emotional when I heard my name and saw Chris's picture up there," he says. "I thought, 'Thank God,' because I felt the role merited that. I just hoped I did a good enough job for the Academy to recognize that his story is worthy to be a part of these other people's stories."
For more from Bradley Cooper – and Taya Kyle's emotional interview about her life with Chris – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller spotted at 'The Polo Bar'Ralph Lauren is continuing to host a starry crowd at Polo Bar. Bradley Cooper was spotted at the elegant new eatery Tuesday with “American Sniper” co-star Sienna Miller, plus Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman.
Also seen last week: Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Jason Wu and Eric Schmidt. On Thursday, George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth dined with Jon Bon Jovi, while Kelly Ripa (with Ellen Barkin) and Lee Radziwill were at separate tables.
Bradley Cooper heading to Suki's native London after B'way runBradley Cooper is swapping Broadway for London’s West End.
Producers announced Friday that a Cooper-led production of “The Elephant Man” will open in London in May.
The actor — a three-time Academy Award nominee, most recently for “American Sniper” — has won praise for his performance as John Merrick an extremely disfigured but indomitable man who becomes a celebrity in Victorian London.
Bernard Pomerance’s play, based on a true story, has been frequently revived since its 1979 New York debut. John Hurt starred in David Lynch’s 1980 film adaptation.
The current production also features Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. It closes at New York’s Booth Theatre on Feb. 21, and runs at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 to Aug. 8.
Jennifer Garner: I Can't Diet AnymoreJennifer Garner has always been in great shape. (Her toned arms will forever be an inspiration.) But the mom of three has learned she can’t always obsess over food — and she definitely lets herself have cheat days. (Who can resist pizza, after all?) The actress opens up to makeup master Bobbi Brown about her outlook on diet, beauty and more.
“There’s always a point in the fitting where I feel like, ‘Why didn’t I just try to lose four pounds and then I could wear any dress?’ I just can’t though,” Garner says in a new interview with Yahoo! Beauty. “I dieted for so long in the middle of doing Alias and being a superhero, that there’s something in me that can’t do anything that extreme.”
But it’s not like the 42-year-old mom is sitting around eating donuts. “I eat lots of leafy greens, dark greens, with rice too because I want it to be a meal,” she shares. “I just have a big bag of greens that I get from the farmer’s market on Sunday. I keep it in a Ziploc bag and I just pull out handfuls of it for lunch everyday and add whatever I have to it.”
She does, however, leave some room for carbs. “With food I’m probably good 80 percent of the time. I’ve found out that I cannot pass up pizza without having some. I just can’t,” she says. “My kids have a lot of pizza. I can’t go to a kid’s birthday party without having a slice.”
Garner also revealed that she has a pretty low-maintenance approach to makeup. “Red lips on me is obnoxious. I have enough of a big ol’ face that the last thing anyone needs is to have anything exaggerated that much. I never used powder unless I’m about to be in front of a camera. I don’t need that matte, crunchy feeling.”
Jennifer Garner and Daughter Violet Chow Down on Cheesy Pizza at Clippers Game(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Could this mother-daughter duo be any more adorable?
Jennifer Garner and her nine-year-old daughter Violet Affleck were spotted at the L.A. Clippers game on Monday, where the famous mama and her blond-haired mini me were all smiles as they were photographed courtside together.
With no sign of Garner's husband Ben Affleck, nor the couple's other two children, Samuel, 2, and Seraphina, 6, the erstwhile Alias star and her eldest child appeared to be enjoying an afternoon of mother-daughter bonding, although Violet seemingly brought a pal along to watch the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics.
Both Jennifer and her daughter were snapped chowing down on cheesy pizza, and clearly, the 42-year-old actress, who showed off her chic mommy style in a striped shirt, jeans and grey booties, wasn't shy about fueling her appetite.
The two were also seen beaming from ear to ear as they watched the game, during which Violet and her friend clutched onto their American Girl Dolls (perhaps they were a good luck charm?).
Following the sporting event, Garner was photographed with her arm fondly wrapped around her daughter, as the proud parent escorted the little ones outside of the Staples Center. The mother of three also appeared to have treated Violet and her pal to Clippers T-shirts, which they were both photographed sporting as they exited the arena.
Despite having been in the biz for two decades, the Daredevil star has made it clear that being a parent is her No. 1 priority—as well as her favorite role.
"I'm still wiping a bottom, making three meals a day, dealing with sass—and also trying to work," she told Instyle for the mag's October 2014 issue. "I don't always do it all well. At bedtime last night my middle child said, 'I feel like you never have time to play with me.' I thought, 'My mom never played with me. I'm trying! But you know what? She's right. So my goal is to play dolls with her all afternoon. I guess I would say for this stage of my life, I'm in the thick of it."
'Alias' Reunion -- The Bristows Dine With J.J.(Video) "Alias" stars Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber reunited with the show's creator J.J. Abrams Friday night, and the tight lipped director gave us a hint about the future.
The 3 stars hit up Giorgio Baldi and seemed pretty chummy while they waited for their cars ... so much so that when our photog asked J.J. if they'd make more episodes -- Abrams ACTUALLY responded with a challenge of sorts to Jennifer.
Did Mrs. Affleck respond? You're gonna have to watch the video to find out.
Bradley Cooper: Playing Vet Chris Kyle in American Sniper 'Was Just an Honor'While Bradley Cooper was able to bulk up for his turn in director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, his real challenge was taking on the intensity and emotion of his character.
In the film – which has now scored six Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, for Cooper – the star plays Chris Kyle, widely regarded as the deadliest sniper in American history. The Navy SEAL served four tours in Iraq before returning home, but the battle didn't end when he was honorably discharged.
Kyle struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned from the frontlines, yet was able to overcome it and help other vets – before he was allegedly killed last year.
"It was just an honor," Cooper, speaking to reporters at the New York City premiere of the film on Dec. 15, said of playing Kyle. He called the role "the benefit of being an actor."
Believing he "was just at the right time in my life to bring that kind of focus and dedication" to the part, Cooper added that he learned a lot from playing the intense, standoffish Texan and decorated war vet.
"There's something about how stoic he was, and it was all sort of in his eyes as a human being, how gentle he was, how complicated he was, and it was really sort of a practice in almost doing nothing and just sort of trusting that whatever's going inside is going to read," Cooper – who scored his third consecutive Oscar acting nod with his performance in American Sniper – said.
One person impressed with the actor's performance: director Eastwood. "He's a wonderfully talented guy and the perfect guy to play the part," Eastwood told reporters. "He's dedicated … I never catch him acting in this film, which is a compliment."
Cooper said he felt pressure to perform in the film. "It was the responsibility I had to his family to preserve his legacy that weighed on me," he said in reference to Kyle's widow Taya and two children.
While, surprisingly, Cooper was snubbed for Golden Globe and SAG nominations, Taya was happy with the end product. After seeing he film for the first time, "I felt a sense of contentment that they did it right," she tells PEOPLE.
Recalls screenwriter Jason Hall of that same screening: "Taya came out of the movie crying. She gave me a big hug and said, 'I just spent two hours with my husband. You all brought my husband back to life.' It was a really good feeling."
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American Sniper: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
Boyhood: Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
The Imitation Game: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
Selma: Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
The Theory of Everything: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
Whiplash: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers
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Michael Vartan Set To 'Punch It'Michael Vartan (Bates Motel, Alias) will star in indie drama Punch It, the next film from director Nika Agiashvili (The Harsh Life Of Veronica Lambert, A Green Story). He’ll play an ex-boxer-turned-loan shark who gets involved with a local mobster in the Storyman Pictures production, which shoots in Los Angeles this fall.
The Georgia-born Agiashvili will direct from his own script. The helmer next unveils a segment in omnibus feature Tbilisi, I Love You, the latest in the “Cities Of Love” film series launched by 2006’s Paris, Je’Taime. He is also set to direct indies Savage Mutts and The Short Happy Life of Butch Livingston.
Vartan’s coming off of TV runs on USA’s Satisfaction and A&E’s Bates Motel. He’s best known for playing Agent Vaughn on ABC’s Alias and earlier this year shot the New Line horror pic Within (formerly known as Crawlspace) for director Phil Claydon. He’s repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment. Agiashvili is repped by Energy Entertainment.
Inside Bradley Cooper's 'Eerie' American Sniper PerformanceBradley Cooper had an incredibly special woman on his arm at the Washington, D.C., premiere of American Sniper on Tuesday night.
The actor, who stars as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – the most lethal sniper in American history by many accounts – escorted Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, down the red carpet and into the intimate screening at the Navy Memorial, where he stood with her in the back of the theater as the movie began.
The crowd, which included Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, along with a slew of veterans and members of Congress, gave Kyle a standing ovation.
"I'm blown away by how many people are here tonight and what you represent. It's incredible. I'm going to let [director] Clint [Eastwood] know everything because he'll be so happy," Cooper, 40, told the audience.
Cooper plays Chris Kyle, who completed four tours as a SEAL before he was murdered on a shooting range by a veteran he was trying to help in February 2013.
"We just tried to get Chris's story right," Cooper said. "These people represent one percent of the population. There's 99 percent of the population that has no idea what it's like to be a soldier, to give up your life for your country. And we need to take care of our vets."
Cooper added that he hopes the film will "allow people who have gone through this or are going through this to not feel alone."
"And for those of us who have no idea what it's about, maybe we'll stop and take a second look next time a vet passes us in the airport. And not just say, 'Thank you for your service,' even though that's a wonderful thing to say. But actually take it a step further and take action, whatever that would be. Babysitting their children, helping them with their groceries, whatever it is."
As for Taya Kyle, she was visibly moved by the actor's portrayal of her husband.
"You'll see in this movie, Bradley is Chris," she said. "I have no idea, literally no idea, how he pulled that off. People who know Chris well and have seen the movie have said one word over and over: 'eerie.' It's almost eerie how much it really is Chris. And I'll never be able to thank Bradley enough for that.
"Not only did he do his research and do the physical part of it and get the dialect, which is such an odd mix of different places that Chris lived. But then he took this man, who truly is one of a kind and is charismatic and soft and tough and strong, and has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met. And he brought that to the screen in a way that that … you will know Chris at the end of this movie."
For much more on Taya Kyle and the real story behind American Sniper, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday.
'Sniper' stars keep it real with killer chemistryOn a chilly Monday, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are talking about their quietly explosive film American Sniper when a brown-haired toddler, wearing red tights and a pair of matching kicks, darts into the room.
Her arrival shuts down the hushed library at the Greenwich Hotel. Over at the next table, Emma Roberts, there for a separate chat, yells out that she's "the cutest baby I've ever seen."
The aforementioned cherub, Marlowe, 2, is Miller's firstborn, and the actress looks incandescent when her daughter hurtles toward her. "That's my baby! Peanut, come. Sorry!" she says, wrapping her child up in her arms.
In Sniper, opening nationwide Friday, Miller, 33, is Taya, the wife of decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sharpshooter in military history. She remains stateside, raising their two kids, while her husband completes four tours in Iraq, unraveling a little more each time he's home. Their onscreen relationship is sexy and easy, before it turns volatile and tense.
"It was great that we could convey their dynamic, especially since we both hate each other," jokes Cooper, 40, who went on to do another as-yet-untitled film with Miller, about a restaurant, for director John Wells. "We got along so well. I have dip in my mouth the whole movie. I look like a bear. God bless her for taking it so seriously and believing it and making me believe it. She's not dramatic."
Another highlight of shooting Sniper, says Miller, was seeing Cooper in his snug khaki SEAL shorts, a photo that lit up social media.
"I'm thinking Halloween next year for myself," says Miller.
All laughter aside, though, Kyle's story is heartbreaking, proving that "no good deed goes unpunished," says director Clint Eastwood. Kyle had finished his military service and was back in Texas, trying to reach out to fellow veterans, when a former Marine allegedly fatally shot him during an outing to a shooting range in February 2013.
The Warner Bros. film is based on Kyle's memoir and military service, with his death included as an addendum to the film. "He was alive when the book was finished," Eastwood says.
To do Kyle justice, Cooper altered himself from the inside out: exercising three times a day, working with a dialect coach, even changing the timbre of his voice and listening to recordings of Kyle speaking. Any other director would gush about his leading man's achievement, and the fact that there's no trace of The Hangover heartbreaker in his performance. Not Eastwood, who shrugs when he hears accolades about his work.
"You know, he made himself close enough. It was close. He put on 37 pounds. He knew the character. I could see he was going to dedicate himself. He was always Chris Kyle. He kept that up on-camera, off-camera, for the whole length of time," says Eastwood.
Kyle managed to infiltrate all aspects of Cooper's life, even rendering him more combative when it came to his career.
He "had a fight with (Weinstein Company Co-Chairman) Harvey Weinstein as Chris Kyle. Guess who won?" says Miller.
Our money is on the actor playing the SEAL.
"It was a heated discussion. It was over the phone," says Cooper, without going into further detail.
The last day of filming, Cooper quietly got behind the wheel and drove away, wanting to be alone. "I had a hard time saying goodbye," he says.
Both actors are guardedly pleasant in person, with Miller the more gregarious of the two. But neither Cooper nor Miller share their feelings with anyone outside their inner circle. He's dating model Suki Waterhouse, she's with actor Tom Sturridge, Marlowe's dad. Don't go looking for them on Twitter.
"By the way, I don't not do it because there's something inherently negative. But for what I do for a living, it's counterproductive," Cooper says. "The hope always is that when you go watch a movie, you go to it with the least amount of preconceived knowledge of who that person is. I don't need to amplify that by being on social media."
Miller has no "desire to be in contact with that many people," she says. "Life is hard enough as it is. Being a good friend to the people I genuinely know and love takes up enough time when you're a mother. To have a dialogue on that level would make me anxious.
"I have no desire to share my life in that way with anyone. I'm happy about it."
Bradley Cooper shoots, scores in 'American Sniper'Much has been made of Bradley Cooper's impressive physical transformation into legendary sharpshooter Chris Kyle in American Sniper.
He packed on almost 40 pounds of pure muscle to play the Navy SEAL in the movie, opening nationwide Friday, turning his sleek physique into what he calls a "science experiment." But, attests his film wife, Sienna Miller, there was something of an awkward phase en route to a performance that has been hailed by critics as revelatory and fully immersive.
"We did Skype and I did see him grow. He went through a chubby phase before he got really strong," says Miller, who is based in London.
Cooper, sitting next to her at the Greenwich Hotel here, cracks a smile. It's his one day off while starring in The Elephant Man on Broadway, and he's visibly weary.
"Once I put that weight on and I could feel comfortable talking like him — that was very fascinating. His register was higher than mine," Cooper says. "That was just to get to the place where I could start doing the work. There's no way I'd ever be able to believe I was him without doing that."
Miller says she didn't meet the real Cooper until filming wrapped, because the actor stayed in character the entire time — not for any pretentious, eye-rolling artistic reason, but because it was easier than switching his new and meticulous Texas drawl on and off. Director Clint Eastwood, a no-frills filmmaker, got a kick out of it.
"He dug it. He would make fun of me constantly, the accent," Cooper says. "I'm just so relieved it worked out."
Dropping the extra pounds, however, was tougher. "I just lost (the last of it) it in the past four weeks," he says. "I lost 20 pounds fast and I couldn't lose the last 15. I love to eat."
Liam Neeson Says Bradley Cooper Would Always Smoke His Cigars During Filming!Some on-set secrets will never be revealed.
But when it comes to Liam Neeson's time with Bradley Cooper, the legendary actor is willing to share a few new details about his experience.
In a new interview with Cigar Aficionado, Neeson admits he wasn't crazy about smoking cigars for a role. Luckily, his hunky co-star had his back at all times.
"I'd light a cigar for the scene and when the scene was over, I'd say to the props guy, ‘Take this away,'" he shared in the magazine available Tuesday. "And Bradley would say, ‘No give, it to me,' and he'd smoke it."
Cooper a cigar smoker? We had no idea!
As it turns out, smoking isn't the only apprehension Neeson has when it comes to taking on roles in Hollywood. Another genre he isn't too keen on is the world of Shakespeare.
"I was always intimidated by Shakespeare," he confessed. "I still am, to a certain extent. It's the language of course."
While his next project will likely be chosen based on the script and the writing style, the 62-year-old admits he does have a little itch for a certain gig.
"It doesn't even have to be Broadway. I'd love to do a play—a new play," he shared. "Every so often I'm offered a revival, but I'd love to find a new voice, a new piece of writing."
Stay tuned, fans!
Confirmed: Original 'Wet Hot American Summer' cast works up a lather for Netflix seriesIt's the news every "Wet Hot American Summer" fan has been waiting for. The TV series continuation of the movie is actually happening at Netflix. According to Deadline, production is already underway on an eight-episode limited series sequel to the movie, which was set in 1981 on the final day of summer camp.
The even better news is that most of the cast is back. Looking back at those who appeared in the movie, having them all return is quite a feat. When the movie was released back in 2001, people like Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper weren't household names. Now they are some of the most in-demand TV and movie stars in Hollywood. They'll be back, along with H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman.
Originally it was believed that the series would be a prequel to the movie. However, there are no plot details available just yet. Perhaps if they're going the route of true sequel, the characters could make good on their in-movie promise to meet up at 9 or 9:30 in the morning 10 years later to see what's become of their lives. At the very least, it would let fans see what the character look like in the early '90s.
No release date for the series has been announced.
Bradley Cooper on 'American Sniper': 'I wanted to do right by Chris Kyle'Bradley Cooper remembers well the day he first had humans in his gun-scope.
It’s rare in movies that filming happens chronologically. But the opening scene in American Sniper – the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of the late Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle – was also Cooper’s first try at filming with a gun.
“I had three months of training, and I’d chosen to become comfortable with three guns,” Cooper says. “The Mark 11, the .338 (Lapua Magnum) with boom and the .338 Win Mag (Winchester Magnum). I’d really focused on getting into the mindset of what it would be to be a sniper.” He’d gotten fairly proficient at hitting targets hundreds of yards away.
“And then the first week in Morocco (which substitutes for Iraq), we’re shooting the opening scene in the movie. I’d only ever had my gun with live ammo. I’m looking through the scope at the two actors and like, my stomach turned. I pulled the gun away and I said, ‘We can’t shoot the scene with them there.’” Admittedly not a major stumbling block, given movie magic.
Chris Kyle, who doubted his ability to go through with his first kill, became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Ironically, after being honorably discharged, he was killed in 2013 at a shooting range by a fellow veteran he was counseling.
At the time, Cooper was already in the process of producing Kyle’s story with the intention of starring in it. They had not met face to face, but had talked on the phone and emailed frequently. Writer Jason Hall, who’d had many meetings with Kyle, turned in a finished movie script to Cooper, “and the next day, Chris was murdered. It’s hard to spend that much time with someone, you come to care for and understand, and carry the voices of their family and kids. I immediately called Bradley and there was just silence at the other end. It was very traumatic.”
American Sniper seemed to become much more personal to Cooper after that – starting with the signing of Eastwood, Kyle’s own choice for director of his story, and a commitment to putting on 40 pounds of muscle and immersing himself in the character of the former Texas rodeo rider Kyle. “It was sometime after we’d finished filming that I realized I was only just meeting Bradley Cooper for the first time,” says Sienna Miller, who plays Kyle’s wife Taya.
Though David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook introduced people to Cooper, the serious actor, the easygoing guy of The Hangover movies, and the clownishness of Russell’s American Hustle still obscured what the actor is capable of.
This year, audiences will have seen him immerse himself twice – as Kyle, and as the tormented Joseph Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.
“The two roles were real people who I admire greatly and so I felt a tremendous responsibility. I just did everything I could to do right by them,” Cooper says. “Movies, for me, have always been healing. The Elephant Man (with John Hurt) was a movie that affected me in such a massive way, it made me want to be an actor. It always made me feel like I wasn't so alone. That's why I do what I do. I love storytelling so much."
As for Eastwood, Cooper’s longtime love for Unforgiven began to insinuate itself on the filmed narrative of Kyle’s life.
“The construct is that of a western. There’s a sharpshooter and an enemy sharpshooter and there’s a showdown at the end. And (instead) of that tumbleweed, there’s a desert storm that blows in, and it’s sort of… (he whistles the theme to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and laughs). We even did that in the (studio) pitch,” Cooper says, laughing again.
“I just thought it would be a very compelling way to get the audience interested in this story. Chris is talking to (his son) at the end of the movie and he says, ‘It’s a hell of a thing to stop a beating heart.’ And (Unforgiven’s) William Munny says, ‘It’s a hell of a thing to kill a man, take away what he’s got and ever gonna have.’
“When we were doing that scene, Clint didn’t talk about it. But when you look at Clint’s catalogue, it’s all about the different stages of a man. And it’s almost like this character is William Munny prior to Unforgiven.
“With Clint, you’re so excited to come to the set every day. It never gets old. It’s, like, the most exciting thing. John Huston said curiosity keeps you going. And Clint is just so curious, he’s like a little kid.”
But, with another impending role in the cooking comedy Adam Jones (again with Sienna Miller), Cooper inevitably had to let Chris Kyle go. He claims to remember the exact day it happened.
“Chris left me, like, three and a half weeks after the movie finished. That was a sad day, but I went to a different transition.”
Bradley Cooper & 'The Elephant Man' Are London-BoundBradley Cooper may have been snubbed by the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, but Broadway and the West End love him. When his lauded performance as John Merrick, AKA the Elephant Man, completes its limited run at the Booth Theatre on February 22, Cooper and the rest of the show’s accomplished cast will get a few weeks off before reuniting for a 12-week run in London that will begin, two production sources tell me, in April.
The producers—including both the Shubert and Nederlander theater-owning organizations, along with (take a deep breath) Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Roger Berlind, Caiola Productions, Patrick Catullo, Larry Hirschhorn, Jeffrey Finn Productions, Van Kaplan, Edward M. Kaufmann, Hal Luftig, Arielle Tepper Madover, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, Douglas Smith, Jonathan M. Tisch and Scott & Brian Zeilinger—haven’t closed a deal on a West End house as yet, but they’re about to. One possibility is the Haymarket, where Penelope Wilton is about to begin a limited run in a new play, Taken At Midnight, scheduled to close March 14. At nearly 900 seats, it’s comparable to the Booth, with 774.
The acclaimed revival has been one of the fall’s top Broadway moneymakers and a feather in Cooper’s cap as he comes off phenomenal reviews for his starring role in American Sniper. Folks have been shelling out an average of $167.99 per ticket, the top tab for a non-musical on Broadway, and it’s been SRO all the way.
Scott Ellis staged the Elephant Man revival, which co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, has sets and projections by Timothy R. Mackabee, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Philip S. Rosenberg and sound by John Gromada.
On the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, Cooper alluded not only to a possible London run but to maybe returning to Broadway in the fall. No official comment from the producers on either plan was forthcoming.
Bradley Cooper strips down in new photo shoot(Pic) Bradley Cooper loses his shirt — and his pants — in February’s W magazine.
The “American Sniper” star poses inside the issue sans clothes, carefully draping a jacket over one shoulder and holding a pair of matching pants to cover up his nether regions.
The 40-year-old actor goes shirtless on the cover, the only article of clothing swathing his trim shape a pair of trousers with suspenders.
The artsy images for the magazine’s Movie Issue were the brainchild of photographer Tim Walker, who “was influenced by the colorful, sun-drenched Los Angeles paintings and photographs of David Hockney, as well as the ’70s free-love aesthetic that informs the artist’s work,” according to the mag.
Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Benedict Cumberbatch were also photographed for the issue, which highlights actors who gave the “best performances” of the year, though they all managed to keep on their clothes.
Ben Affleck, Others Stumping For Bradley Cooper's 'American Sniper' PerformanceAfter all the sinister implications of the Sony hacking scandal, a nice story has emerged among the sharp elbows on the Oscar circuit that is enough to make one feel good about actors who simply love the craft.
Even though he was suffering from the flu, Ben Affleck took the time to speak at an event meant to celebrate American Sniper and Bradley Cooper’s performance as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. During a screening of his film Inherent Vice, Josh Brolin could be heard talking about how important Cooper’s performance was. Now, both of them have movies in the Oscar hunt–Affleck having starred in Gone Girl. And yet they were standing up for the strong performance turned in by Cooper, who is at a distinct disadvantage because he is starring on Broadway in The Elephant Man, and got snubbed in both the Golden Globes and SAG nominations to the shock of many.
Word is that Leonardo DiCaprio might also do something. This is noteworthy because stars never do anything against their self interest to help the competition when awards are on the line. Why the change? As Affleck said the other night, and I’m paraphrasing, right now we need to say something strong and meaningful about what our industry is about and what our country is about, and Cooper’s performance does that. Cooper’s performance, he said, speaks well for who are are at our best.
Bradley Cooper: Playing Vet Chris Kyle in American Sniper 'Was Just an Honor'While Bradley Cooper was able to bulk up for his turn in director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, his real challenge was taking on the intensity and emotion of his character.
Cooper plays Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in United States history. The Navy SEAL served four tours in Iraq before returning home, but the battle didn't end when he was honorably discharged.
Kyle struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned from the frontlines, yet was able to overcome it and help other vets – before he was killed last year.
"It was just an honor," Cooper, speaking to reporters at Monday's New York City premiere of the film, said of playing Kyle. He called the role "the benefit of being an actor."
Believing he "was just at the right time in my life to bring that kind of focus and dedication" to the part, Cooper added that he learned a lot from playing the intense, standoffish Texan and decorated war vet.
"There's something about how stoic he was, and it was all sort of in his eyes as a human being, how gentle he was, how complicated he was, and it was really sort of a practice in almost doing nothing and just sort of trusting that whatever's going inside is going to read," Cooper said.
One person impressed with the actor's performance: director Eastwood. "He's a wonderfully talented guy and the perfect guy to play the part," Eastwood told reporters. "He's dedicated … I never catch him acting in this film, which is a compliment."
Cooper said he felt pressure to perform in the film. "It was the responsibility I had to his family to preserve his legacy that weighed on me," he said in reference to Kyle's widow Taya and two children.
While, surprisingly, Cooper was snubbed in the recent Golden Globe and SAG nominations, Taya was happy with the end product. After seeing he film for the first time, "I felt a sense of contentment that they did it right," she tells PEOPLE.
Recalls screenwriter Jason Hall of that same screening: "Taya came out of the movie crying. She gave me a big hug and said, 'I just spent two hours with my husband. You all brought my husband back to life.' It was a really good feeling."
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Bradley Cooper's Navy SEAL portrayal is 'like seeing a ghost'(Trailer) Bradley Cooper is so exact in his portrayal of doomed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” that the co-author of the biography that inspired the movie thought he was seeing a ghost.
“Bradley did an amazing job,” Scott McEwen told me. “His Texas accent and his mannerisms were so accurate, sometimes on the set I thought Chris was standing behind me.”
Kyle was killed at a shooting range last year by a veteran suffering from PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, a year after the book was a No. 1 best seller. Cooper got to speak with Kyle once on the phone before he was gunned down.
The highly decorated sharpshooter was the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills. The terrorists dubbed him the “Devil of Ramadi” and put an $80,000 bounty on his head.
“Bradley really went to work. He put on 40 pounds of muscle for this part,” said McEwen, who also raved about the job Clint Eastwood did as director.
“I don’t think he could have done it any better. It’s as riveting as ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ It’s not about aggrandizing war. It’s not rah-rah,” McEwen said.
“It’s the story of a warrior who had to come home after 10 years of battle in Iraq. It shows the toll it takes on a person. Chris got back intact physically, but damage was done.” The movie premieres Monday and hits theaters on Christmas day.
Ben Affleck puffs on cig while strolling with wife(Pic) Ben Affleck loves himself a cigarette.
The Oscar-winner, 42, was spotted walking with his wife, Jennifer Garner, in Brentwood, Calif., on Thursday.
While the mother of three, 42, in blue jeans and black boots, clutched a book and purse, Affleck, looking stylish in a gray overcoat and black sneakers, puffed on a cigarette.
Although Affleck has paid special attention to his diet while bulking up for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” he hasn’t given up cigarettes.
Thursday’s sighting is the latest in a long string of cigarette breaks at which photographers have captured the star.
He cut out smoking altogether in 2007 after filming “Smokin’ Aces,” in which he played a chain smoker.
“The whole week that I shot, I smoked, like five packs a day,” he told People at the time. “By the time the movie was over, I was so sick of smoking, I just didn’t want to do it anymore, and I quit. I have this celluloid record of the last time I smoked.”
Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg have a guys' night outBromance alert!
A source tells Page Six that Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg went to Bar Centrale late Tuesday night, after the director saw Cooper perform in Broadway’s “The Elephant Man.”
Nearby on 45th Street, Spielberg’s wife, Kate Capshaw, and his ex-wife, Amy Irving, both just happened to be at the same Tuesday night performance of Broadway’s “Disgraced.” The current Mrs. Spielberg was there with pal Michelle Pfeiffer.
Spielberg, 67, wasn’t the first A-lister to fete Cooper and his buzzed-about performance. Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Anna Wintour and Jon Hamm all celebrated opening night Sunday at a party at Gotham Hall.
Bradley Cooper Opens Up About His Struggle With Addiction in Vanity FairLooking at Bradley Cooper, you would never suspect the hunk has struggled with much—seriously, just look at him. But in the January issue of Vanity Fair, the American Hustle star tells readers otherwise.
The Hollywood heartthrob talks candidly about his past addictions and how hard it was for him to overcome his father's death. All of his hardships, however, have prepared him for his painstaking role in Clint Eastwood's upcoming American Sniper, in which Cooper plays Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.
"Losing someone close to me. Going through love and loss...knowing what's important," Cooper says of how the trials and tribulations of life have helped him find himself in Tinseltown. "Realizing that the bottom line is that all I got is me, so it's about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be. Or that would give me what I think I need."
"As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes," he says.
Having been sober since 2004, Cooper talks about how he had a choice when it came time to bulk up for his role as the SEAL—he could use a little help from stimulants or he could do it the old fashioned way by working out excessively and eating right. He chose the latter.
"I did it naturally because I've been sober for 10 years and didn't want to do anything," he says. "I had a realistic conversation. 'Can I do this in three months naturally? Can I gain 30 pounds of f--king muscle?' I didn't know if I would be able to do it or not. Thank God—luckily—my f--king body reacted fast."
The Oscar-nominated actor also discussed the difficulties of trying to make it in acting, and admitted that he almost threw in the towel while performing on Broadway alongside Julia Roberts and Paul Ruddback in 2006. He has since called his role an "amazing opportunity" and the ultimate turning point in his career.
"If this doesn't work, then I'm not supposed to do this for a living," he says.
Well, it definitely worked! Cooper has gone on to star in The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook and let's not forget one of his beginning roles in the hit show, Alias, which also starred Jennifer Garner. Having quite the accomplished résumé, Cooper also revealed that he enjoys being super involved in behind-the-camera aspects of movie making.
"I always knew I wanted to be in the trenches with a director making the movie," he tells the magazine. "I always felt that's what I'm supposed to be doing. I always knew deep down that if I'm not going to do that then I'm not too long for this business."
Ideally we'll continue to see him on the big screen for a long time, because we would certainly miss that face!
Bradley Cooper on Bulking Up for American Sniper: 'I Did It Naturally'Bradley Cooper's buff bod is all natural.
To bulk up for American Sniper, the Oscar-nominated actor – who struggled with addiction a decade ago – didn't use any stimulants.
"I did it naturally because I've been sober for 10 years and didn't want to do anything," he tells Vanity Fair in its January issue.
As the film's writer-producer Jason Hall previously told PEOPLE, the star "had a strict, crazy diet" and hit the gym with a personal trainer.
But getting in shape sans steroids to play real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was easier said than done.
"I had a realistic conversation," Cooper, 39, says in the VF cover story. "Can I do this in three months naturally? Can I gain 30 pounds of f---ing muscle? I didn't know if I would be able to do it or not. Thank God – luckily – my f---ing body reacted fast."
See how his hard work paid off when American Sniper opens in theaters Dec. 25.
Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse Are All Smiles in NYC(Pic) Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse are going strong.
The cute couple was spotted out and about in NYC Monday after not being photographed together for some time.
The 39-year-old actor and his 22-year-old model girlfriend were all smiles as they strolled around Tribeca today. Cooper sported blue jeans and a blue hoodie with sunglasses on. The clean-shaven star was missing his signature scruff but did sport a longer hairdo. Meanwhile, Waterhouse bundled up in several layers of warm clothing with a heavy jacket and scarf.
Over the weekend, Cooper was spotted dozing while riding an NYC subway without his gorgeous gal (stars: they really are just like us!). As for his shaved appearance, Cooper ditched his beard for the clean-faced look earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Cooper recently opened up about settling down and revealed he "would love to be a father one day."
"I'm sorry my father won't be around to see his grandchildren, but he knows fatherhood was something I was looking forward to," he shared. "That's my next big step in life."
Hear that, Suki?!
Violet Affleck is Hillary Clinton's littlest supporterBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s 8-year-old daughter Violet will be campaigning for Hillary Clinton if she runs, Garner joked at Wednesday’s Save the Children Illumination Gala at the Plaza.
Garner brought Violet to the event last year to see Clinton speak. “She may be 8, but she will be campaigning should Hillary decide to run,” the actress declared.
Dad Affleck added: “I am excited about Hillary because having two little girls, I recognize how powerful it would be for them to see a woman be president of the United States.”
"BLUE BLOODS," FRIDAY, DEC. 12“Under the Gun” – As Danny and Baez investigate the murders of three prominent community leaders who appear to be the casualties of hate crimes, Frank meets with a group who wants to make sure these incidents are not taken lightly. Meanwhile, after Linda is mugged, she decides she wants to carry a gun, even against Danny’s wishes, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Dec.12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Victor Garner guest stars as a community leader.
Jennifer Garner: Why I Wanted My Girls to Take KarateSydney Bristow would be proud: Jennifer Garner‘s girls are learning to master martial arts.
The actress, 42, wants her daughters to embrace their “femininity” by playing with baby dolls and knowing how to bake.
However, she also wants Violet, 9 next month, and Seraphina, 5½, “to be able to kick a guy’s ass,” she told reporters on the red carpet at the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala.
“That’s why they’ve been taking karate since they were little!”
But book smarts are equally important to Garner. “I want my girls to love math and I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest job on the planet,” she said at the event, which honored her husband, Ben Affleck.
According to the actor, Garner, who is on the board of trustees of Save the Children and who hosted the gala, is a great role model for their daughters.
“I think they understand what my wife understands full well, which is that it’s important to be strong and present and powerful and accept nothing less than a man would and in fact, ask for more,” Affleck, 42, says.
“That’s part of what I admire about my wife and I know through her example that my children will absorb that.”
While her children — including son Samuel, 2½ – wish she could stay home with them all the time, Garner says, “I want my kids to know that if working is important to me, and working for Save the Children is important to me, then that’s valid and that as much as I love them, I’m my own person too.”
Once Upon a Time Casts Alias Alum Merrin Dungey as UrsulaAlias alumna Merrin Dungey is returning to ABC by way of Once Upon a Time, in the recurring role of the delectably dreadful Ursula.
As reported by EW.com, the sorceress of the sea will act in cahoots with Kristin Bauer van Straten’s returning Maleficent and the recently cast Victoria Smurfit’s Cruella de Vil.
As Once co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis shared for TVLine’s Fall Finale Preview, the stage soon shall be set for “an embarrassment of witches” during Season 4B, as “things gets classically evil” in The Enchanted Forest.
Ursula, in a sense, previously appeared on Once Upon a Time during Season 3’s Neverland arc, when in flashbacks Regina impersonated the voluptuous villainess, to dupe that little mermaid Ariel (played by JoAnna Garcia Swisher). At one point in that same arc, Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown voiced the actual Ursula; Brown now is a series regular on the midseason CBS comedy The Odd Couple.
Dungey’s recent TV credits include episodes of CSI (airing this Sunday), Chasing Life, Rizzoli & Isles and Trophy Wife.
How Bradley Cooper Got Really Ripped to Play a Navy SEAL in American SniperJust call him the Sexiest Sniper Alive.
Bradley Cooper worked hard to get in shape to play real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper. PEOPLE caught up with writer-producer Jason Hall for the inside scoop on how Cooper trained to become the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
In order to bulk up 40-plus lbs., Cooper "had a strict, crazy diet," Hall says. "He was eating about every 55 minutes or something like that, and I want to say it was about 8,000 calories a day."
"Bradley used his own trainer, who was busting on him. I think he was working out four hours a day for several months," adds Hall of Cooper's fitness regimen. "He was determined to do it naturally, he didn't want to use any hormones or steroids or anything. He was just very systematic about it and took his trainer with him wherever he went."
Along with the massive intake of food and intense workouts, Hall revealed that Cooper's preparation also included twice-daily lessons with a vocal coach, as well as several hours spent watching footage of Kyle, whom he studied "over and over again."
When it came to actually pointing a rifle, the actor trained with Navy SEAL sniper Kevin Lacz, who served with Kyle (who was killed by a fellow veteran in 2013) and was a consultant on the movie.
And in case you were wondering, Cooper's sniper skills are on point – pun intended.
"He actually proved himself to be really good," Hall says. "The second day, in the morning, he went out there and was consistently hitting 800-yard targets the size of a teacup. So he took to it pretty quickly."
But the real feat proved to be the way Cooper brought Kyle "back to life," Hall says.
"He managed to find this essence of Chris Kyle," Hall explains. "This almost spiritual mentality of the man and what drove him. There were moments where they'd get him at a certain angle and you just felt Chris, you felt the essence of Chris. Standing behind the monitors, I'd just get goose bumps rushing up my legs."
American Sniper comes out Dec. 25.
Bradley Cooper celebrates opening of Broadway's 'Elephant Man'Bradley Cooper celebrated the opening preview of “The Elephant Man” at nearby Blue Fin at the W Times Square on Friday night.
Cooper, whom we’re told arrived late because he was taking photos with fans outside the Booth Theatre following his performance in the revival, was joined by a group of nearly 100 guests, including co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, plus other cast and crew members.
“Everyone seemed really happy and excited,” said a witness.
The show opens Dec. 7.
Bradley Cooper, Is That You? Actor Nearly Unrecognizable Without His Beard(Pic) We're seeing a whole new side to Bradley Cooper—a clean-shaven one, that is!
On Wednesday, the actor revealed his freshly shaved face, shorn of one of his signature trademarks. The star stepped out in New York wearing a baseball cap, blue scarf, black vest and sweater.
Cooper was almost unrecognizable as he walked down the street, headphones intact. The Silver Linings Playbook actor was likely heading to the set of The Elephant Man, which opened Friday on Broadway.
In an interview with the Today show, Cooper said, "It was the reason why I wanted to become an actor, because of David Lynch's movie, and then I discovered it was a play, and I did it for my thesis in grad school."
Cooper will also be hitting the big screen with his new movie American Sniper out in January. The star plays a Navy SEAL who is known for having the highest number of sniper kills of any American. While Bradley's freshly bare face may take some getting used to (or at least remind us of how he looked when he was on Alias), his super buff body for his role in the film is something we're already welcoming!
While on set for the film, the American Hustle actor was caught wearing some super short shorts. The rest of the world didn't mind a peak at the hottie's bod, but Cooper admitted to E! News that he was a bit embarrassed of the shots.
"That was unfortunately our last day of filming and it was out in the open. We just got killed by the paparazzi all day long and it happened to be that day where we had to wear that outfit, getting hosed down. It was just the worst," he said.
Even beardless and in short shorts we still love you, Bradley!
Jennifer Garner's Passionate Speech on Sexism in Hollywood: Ben Affleck Is Only Asked About His Co-Star's ''T*ts''At last night's Elle Women in Hollywood event, honoree Jennifer Garner gave one hell of a passionate speech about sexism in the entertainment industry.
After being presented by Steve Carell, Ben Affleck's other half took that stage to share a personal story the brought the audience to cheers and applause.
"The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad," gorgeous Garner said during the annual event at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. "I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day—it's called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part."
She went on, "So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?' and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the ‘Blurred Lines' girl, which, for the record if we're talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous [Garner's referencing Affleck's Gone Girl co-star Emily Ratajkowski]. Take a look and enjoy."
After a pause for laughter, Garner continued, "As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn't it time to kinda change that conversation?"
In addition to Garner, other honorees at Monday night's Elle event included Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Tina Fey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zoe Saldana.
Alias' Victor Garber Cops Blue Bloods Role, Will Clash With the 'StacheVictor Garber is a man in demand, folks.
On the heels of landing a juicy midseason role on The CW’s The Flash, TV’s erstwhile spy daddy has booked a guest-starring gig on CBS’ Blue Bloods, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Appearing in the Nov. 21 episode, Garber will play Donald Stein, the charismatic scion of a New York real estate dynasty. As a highly respected Jewish leader, Stein is deeply disturbed by the recent murders of several prominent Jewish men in the city. Convinced they are hate crimes, he grows frustrated when Frank refuses to share that conclusion without more evidence.
And yes, Garber’s Blue Bloods and Flash characters share a surname. Though I am assuming no relation.
In addition to, of course, Alias, Garber’s previous TV credits include — yet are by no means limited to! — Power, Sleepy Hollow (where he’s due back this season), Justice and Eli Stone.
CBS’ Blue Bloods airs Fridays at 10/9c, where it is regularly the night’s most watched program.
'The Flash' Casting: Victor Garber To Recur As Dr. Martin SteinThe six-time Emmy nominee has been cast as one half of the DC Comics entity Firestorm. Victor Garber will recur on CW’s superhero series The Flash as Dr. Martin Stein, a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator has fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late. Garber’s recent credits include Web Therapy, Power, Deception and Damages, and he earned three of his Emmy noms for playing Jack Bristow on Alias. He also has appeared in such features as Milk, The First Wives Club, Legally Blonde and Titanic. Garber, who also has four Tony nominations, is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment.
Jennifer Garner's Baby Bump Is Not Going Away! Plus, She Says Ben Affleck's Penis Is Her Gift to You(Video1, Video2, Video3) Is Jennifer Garner pregnant?!
Tabloids have often reported that the actress is expecting her fourth child with husband Ben Affleck. In an attempt to silence rumors for good, the star of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day made fun of her seemingly permanent "baby bump" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.
"Supposedly...you have a baby bump," Ellen DeGeneres said. "So, I guess you're pregnant again?"
"I get congratulated all the time by people that I know, saying, 'I hear you're pregnant!' You know, this one woman who had babysat for us said, 'OMG! I can't wait for baby No. 4!' and I thought, 'What is going on?' So I asked around and apparently I have a baby bump. And I'm here to tell you that I do—I do!" the actress said as the audience erupted with applause. Garner left them hanging before admitting that she was only kidding. "Hold up. Hold right up! I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump," she said. "From now on ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let's just all settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere. I have a bump. Its name is Violet, Sam, Sera. Well, but I see you guys are really eager for us to pop out another one. Gosh, you're exhausting!"
DeGeneres told her guest, "You look fantastic and it really is crazy that people are looking for something and saying that you have a baby bump...Anyway, thanks for clearing it up. So, you will have a baby bump forever." Garner laughed and replied, "Yes, forever and ever." The host asked, "But not another baby?"
"No, just a bump," Garner reiterated.
"All right," DeGeneres said. "Nothing wrong with that!"
Garner then joked that her stomach looks "like a camel, but in reverse."
In the same episode, DeGeneres spoke with Garner about the success of Affleck's most recent movie, Gone Girl. "Maybe the reason why it's No. 1 is because he's showing his [penis]" the comedienne said.
"I think you're probably on to something. And what I have to say is...you're welcome," the 42-year-old Men, Women & Children actress said. "You know, I try to consider myself a charitable person and I wanted to give back. You give me so much. I wanted to give something back to all of you."
"We certainly appreciate it," DeGeneres said. "I know you do," Garner replied.
"Now, forgive me if I don't know this. Is this the first time he's been frontal nude in a film?" DeGeneres asked. With a smile, Garner asked for clarification. "Outside of our very racy films? Um, yes," she said.
"Was he nervous about it? Were you nervous about it? Did you talk about it?" DeGeneres asked. Recalling her conversation with Affleck, Garner said, "It was a discussion it was like, 'Hey, um, at work today [David Fincher] talked me into coming out of the shower.' I was like, 'Cool. Well, I hope he had on a wide lens.'" After pausing to laugh, the actress added, "If you're going to go there, Ellen, you have to go all the way there. You can't ask me to talk about this and not just be ready for whatever comes."
After the interview, DeGeneres and Garner played "Hoop Dee Do Me." Watch now!
Jennifer Garner: ''I Blame My Pudginess" on Hubby Ben Affleck's Hot Batman Body!Is Ben Affleck to blame for wife Jennifer Garner's minor weight gain? She seems to think so!
During a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest earlier today, the 42-year-old actress opened up about Affleck's hot Batman body for his upcoming flick Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"He worked out twice a day and ate only what was put in front of him by some very mean, mean person," Garner joked. "Everything was cut out. They cut out everything. I couldn't even make [dinner]. If I made dinner and it was a healthy dinner, he wouldn't even look at it in case something hadn't been steamed."
"There's something about it: Whenever one of us has to be really good, the other one pudges up," she added. "I don't know why it is. But I blame my pudginess on his strict and disciplined place in life. There's something about it that just makes me like, ‘Well, I'm going to have a Bon Bon. I'm going to have ice cream.'"
"I also just don't want the temptation around for him and I say, ‘Here, honey, let me just take care of this for you,'" Garner laughed.
Despite Garner's pudginess claims, she hit the red carpet last night at the premiere of her film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day looking fit and fine in a cute black dress. Garner even flashed her Spanx (and toned legs) when she had a wardrobe malfunction that blew her skirt up in the air! No worries, though. Garner just laughed off the malfunction.
Meanwhile, Garner gushed to E! News about her new family flick. "There's nothing better than seeing little kids laugh," she dished. "And being a part of something that makes them laugh just makes me happy."
Ben Affleck Kisses Jennifer Garner in Rare PDA Moment(Pic) Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner aren't the type to pack on the PDA, but every once in a while, they just can't resist!
That's what happened Sunday at the farmer's market in Pacific Palisades, Calif., when the Gone Girl star stole a quick kiss from his wife!
Ben, 42, had a pretty good weekend. In addition to his casual romantic outing with Jen, also 42, his movie, Gone Girl, took the top spot at the box office.
In the David Fincher helmed flick, Ben plays Nick Dunne, a dark character with a relationship very different from the one he has with Jennifer. When Nick's wife Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike, goes missing, police begin to question whether he had something sinister to do with her disappearance.
E! News asked Ben what his real-life wife thought of him playing such a dark role. "I think Jen knows I'm not a murdered by now," he said. "I hope!"
Pretty sure she's figured that one out by now! After all, the spouses are happily married and have three kids together: Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2. And while family is everything to the pair, they make sure they carve out some alone time, too.
"You go through phases," Jennifer told InStyle's October 2014 issue. "You can't expect to be courted all the time, and I don't want to court him right now—I don't have the energy! But we're definitely in a very mindful place where we're making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving."
Jen and Ben both have their parental roles carved out, too. "For better or worse, I tend to be the one who says, 'This is what needs to happen.' I know who wants what lunch, and I've done all the school paperwork and filled out the emergency cards. Ben doesn't even know that stuff exists. He is in charge of laughter. No matter how much I tickle them or toss them or chase them around, it's not the same. If I'm the slow, steady drumbeat, he's the jazz," she said.
But, Jen makes better movies than Ben as far as the kids are concerned! "My kids are always saying, 'Mom, you're our only hope. Dad does all these grown-up movies," she said. "We can't see Argo or Gone Girl. Batman looks too scary. You have to do things we can see!'"
Gone Girl is definitely not appropriate for children, and we already know Ben's girls "don't give a s--t" about Batman--they prefer Frozen!
Chilean Telenovela 'First Lady' With Jennifer Garner Producing Lands At CWWith the CW’s Jane The Virgin, based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, emerging as one of the best reviewed new shows this fall, the network is betting on another adaptation of a Latin American telenovela. The CW has put in development drama First Lady, executive produced by Jennifer Garner and Tariq Jalil.
The project touches on the hot-button immigration issue as it asks the question, What if the next First Lady of the United States is a former illegal alien? Written by Jenni Ross based on the Chilean series Primera Dama, First Lady chronicles one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her. Garner’s Vandalia Films is producing with Warner Bros. TV where the company has a deal. Garner, Jalil and Ross executive produce, with Juliana Janes producing.
Primera Dama, created by Sebastián Arrau and distributed by Latin Media, aired on Canal 13-Chile in 2010 and has been sold or remade in multiple countries. Here is a trailer with English subtitles: Video.
In addition to First Lady, Vandalia recently sold parenthood comedy Half Full to Fox. Garner, repped by WME, Management 360 and Jason, Sloane has Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opening following its premiere in Toronto.
For Jalil and his Intrigue banner, First Lady joins drama Game Of Silence, based on a Turkish format, which has a pilot production commitment at NBC with Carol Mendelsohn executive producing through Sony TV. Ross is with WME, Haven Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Bradley Cooper in the Intense New American Sniper Movie TrailerWatch Bradley Cooper in the Intense New American Sniper Movie Trailer: video.
'The Slap' Castings: Thandie Newton & Melissa George Join NBC MiniseriesThandie Newton and Melissa George are the latest to board NBC’s eight-episode miniseries. Based on the 2011 Australian short-run series, The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it. Newton stars on DirecTV’s original drama Rogue, and other credits include Beloved, Crash, Mission: Impossible II and The Chronicles Of Reddick.
Newton will play Aisha, a doctor, wife of Hector and mother of their two children. She readies herself for the onslaught as she makes preparations for her husband’s birthday party, irritated but somewhat amused when her in-laws show up. George reprises her role from the Aussie mini as Rosie, a hippie wife and meddlesome mother of Hugo, the 5-year-old boy who is slapped after waving a bat in another boy’s face. Convinced that Hugo has been unalterably traumatized, she sets in motion a confrontation that embroils and affects everyone who witnessed it. George’s credits include TV’s The Good Wife, Hunted, Lie To Me Grey’s Anatomy and In Treatment.
They join Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto and Brian Coxin the cast. No airdate has been announced for The Slap, which is directed by Lisa Cholodenko, written by Jon Robin Baitz and produced by Universal Television and Australia’s Matchbox Pictures, producer of the original. Baitz and Matchbox’s Tony Ayres executive produce with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald as well as Ted Gold.
Jennifer Garner on Hubby Ben Affleck's Batman Transformation: "It Feels Like I'm Having an Affair"It's safe to say Ben Affleck's Batman bod is not going unnoticed—or unappreciated.
The actor's wife and fellow thesp Jennifer Garner stopped to chat with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on their morning talk show Live With Kelly & Michael, and the trio went straight to the hot (pun intended) topic at hand—Ben's muscles. Ripa asked the question we're all dying to know the answer to, "Does he look just as ripped underneath the costume?"
"You know, he has put on 30 pounds of muscle and he's 8 percent body fat," Garner began to answer. "He looks pretty good. It's a little bit like, 'Whoa, who are you?' It feels like I'm having an affair. But I don't mind, I'm not complaining." LOL!
It was announced last year that the Oscar winner had signed on to play the Caped Crusader in the Man of Steel sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside Henry Cavill, and it seemed like Affleck hit the gym almost immediately. The star's leaner and buffer bod began making frequent appearances while the actor took on his daddy duties.
However, Ben had to slow down a bit because he was also shooting Gone Girl at the time. "I'm trying to keep him at the size he's at right now until he's done with us," Gone Girl costume designer Trish Summerville told E! News at the Catching Fire premiere in L.A. "I'm sure he's working out but I think for him, he's probably a guy that builds up really quickly so I just kind of asked him if he can stay where he's at right now."
"He's a really big guy, like he's quite tall," Summerville said. "You don't realize how big he is. He kind of reads smaller on film than he does in real life."
Well, we can't wait to see that big, buff bod on the big screen!