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Ben Affleck to Play Batman in 'Man of Steel' Sequel

Ben Affleck has been chosen to step into the suit of the Caped Crusader, Variety reports:

AffleckThe actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman feature for Warner Bros., the studio announced Thursday.

Affleck becomes the eighth actor to play the Caped Crusader, following Bale, George Clooney and Michael Keaton.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.

The film, directed by Zack Snyder, already has a release date of July 17, 2015. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Diane Lane will co-star.


Melissa Etheridge Says Goodbye To DOMA, Pledges To Get Married; Other Celebrities Celebrate SCOTUS Decisions

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Melissa Etheridge, the famous singer and one of Hollywood's earliest gay rights activists, has confirmed that she will marry her partner of three years, television producer Linda Wallem.  

Yahoo! reports:

"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge said in a statement.

"Once again our constitution stands strong," the "Come to My Window" singer added. "All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal."

Yahoo! also makes mention of several Hollywood heavyweights who took to Twitter to announce their excitement at the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings.

Ellen degeneresComedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an early gay rights advocate, tweeted after the ruling on Wednesday, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

"We stand tall today. #DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority," singer and prominent gay rights supporter Lady Gaga wrote to her more than 38 million Twitter followers.

"Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality," tweeted Ben Affleck, the director and star of Oscar-winning film "Argo," while actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted the decision was a "historic day."

Singer Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Fund promotes gay rights and addresses homelessness in the gay and lesbian community, said, "Both of these decisions not only impact the lives of gay couples, but of gay and transgender youth who struggle to find acceptance from their family and friends."


Ben Affleck Responds to Rumors He'll Run for the Senate: VIDEO

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His words say 'no' but his chuckle says 'yeah, I'm totally thinking about it.'

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News: Hillary Clinton, Francois Hollande, Connecticut, Australia

1NewsIcon Hoorah! The Michigan legislature put the kibosh on a plan that would have allowed adoption agencies and health officials to forbid same-sex couples from adopting.

Affleckdamon1NewsIcon Matt Damon explains why he never denied rumors about him and Ben Affleck being an item. "I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay, as if being gay were some kind of f--king disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense," he told the New York Daily News.

1NewsIcon James Badge Dale covers Glow.

1NewsIcon Dido and Kendrick Lamar make beautiful music, "Let Us Move On."

1NewsIcon Neil Patrick Harris steps out to step into Barney's.

1NewsIcon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is recovering at home after fainting and suffering a concussion early last week. "At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon," said Deputy Secretary of State Philippe Reines The Secretary of State, who also said she will miss a Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony next week.

Donaldduck1NewsIcon Another fun reason to visit New York City: the just-opened National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

1NewsIcon Actress Amanda Seyfried is moving to New York with a gay pal Alex Nesbitt and they plan on opening an antiques shop. "We're planning on opening an antiques and curiosities home store, which we want to call Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt," said the Les Misérables star. "I'm worried that I'll lose my career one day, and I'll need something I can contribute to creatively."

1NewsIcon Reed Gusciora, a freshly elected gay New Jersey Assemblyman, talks to Michelangelo Signorile about bringing marriage equality to the Garden State, where he says activists and allies need a fresh approach. "The Human Rights [Campaign], the national groups, they need to talk to other gays in the state instead of one person, who everyone seems to talk about [Steven Goldstein, at Garden State Equality]. They're not even talking to legislators. It's short-sighted not to talk to openly gay legislators in the state," he said.

1NewsIcon Heroes large and small of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

1NewsIcon Local sources say that the Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza, tried to buy a rifle mere days before the shooting but said he didn't want to wait two-weeks for a background check.

1NewsIcon His motive is still unknown.

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1NewsIcon Anglican leaders in England are threatening to derail marriage equality legislation there.

1NewsIcon And religious and conservatives leaders are still protesting French President Francois Hollande's plans to legalize same-sex nuptials.

1NewsIcon Inspired by the American Tea Party, which is never a good thing, a group of Australian lawmakers recently formed an organization called CANdo, which among other things is warning that gay marriage down under will lead to Muslim polygamy. "All he was saying was that if you open up marriage to a wider group, then there will be calls for more... Muslim people are allowed polygamous marriage, but there will no doubt be calls for recognition, such as through the welfare system," said one of CANdo's founders, David Flint, the former Australian Broadcasting Authority chair.


Watch: Ben Affleck Jokes About Gay Sex with Matt Damon

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On last night's Jimmy Kimmel, he and Ben Affleck eventually got to their favorite topic.

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Movies: Burton + Depp TLA, and Oscar Weekend!

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GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...dreams of naked gold men with swords this time of year. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.


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This weekend's big release is Alice in Wonderland. Why does anyone release movies on Oscar weekend? Shouldn't everyone be glued to their televisions thinking about last year's movies? Alas, the Oscars are not (yet) in 3D and Wonderland now is. Different target audiences, perhaps.

Picture 14Wonderland marks the 20th anniversary of the fabled collaboration between director Tim Burton & his chief muse Johnny Depp. Together they've made...

1990 Edward Scissorhands
1994 Ed Wood
1999 Sleepy Hollow
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 Corpse Bride
2007 Sweeney Todd
2010 Alice in Wonderland

Number 7 ties them (numerically) with the classic pairing of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, though those 70s lovebirds unfortunately never bantered neurotically in 3D. Soon they'll overtake even the once prolific Scorsese & DeNiro! That's a lot of movies for a director/star pair. They've made so many they've essentially merged brands. Which means you know already if you Want or Do Not Want. There seem to be two camps now: the 'enough alreadys' who think their quirk has calcified and the 'do that to me one more times'  who find their films imaginative and rewarding.

No Wonderland for me though until we get through...

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...OSCAR WEEKEND.
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