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Ben Affleck Is Your New Batman
It's official:  BEN AFFLECK will play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel . . . which may or may not be called "Batman vs. Superman".
Director ZACK SNYDER says, quote, "Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to HENRY CAVILL'S Superman.
"He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne."
Affleck SORT OF played Superman before.  He was in the 2006 movie "Hollywoodland", in which he played GEORGE REEVES . . . the guy who played Superman on TV in the 1950s.
But everyone remembers what happened the last time Ben played a proper superhero . . . we ended up with "Daredevil".  That was in 2003.  And even though it made $180 million worldwide, NOBODY liked it.
Ben Affleck as Batman: Amusing Celebrity Reactions
Not surprisingly, celebrities are reacting to the casting of BEN AFFLECK as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel.  And completely out of nowhere, one of the best Tweets came from RICHARD DREYFUSS.
He said, quote, "You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."
Ben's buddy KEVIN SMITH Tweeted, quote, "Holy [crap] . . . BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!!  Do you know what this means?  It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!"
PATTON OSWALT has been riffing on the whole Boston thing.  He said, quote, "WOW, Ben Affleck is gonna play Batman.  I hope he fights the Joke-ah! #wickedpissah"
He also tossed in some "Good Will Hunting" humor . . . quote, "'You like apples, Riddl-ah?'  You can totally use that one."
WIL WHEATON sounds like he's not cool with this at all.  He Tweeted, quote, "Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to 'Daredevil' and 'Gigli'.
The folks at Comedy Central Tweeted, quote, "Casting Ben Affleck as Batman sounds like something The Joker would do to create a distraction at the nerd bank."
"Daily Show" head writer TIM CARVELL adds, quote, "Spend ten years working your way back into everyone's good graces.  Win an Oscar.  Then you get cast as Batman, and BAM!  You're Gigli again."
A Squatter Lived in One of J-Lo's Houses for a Week
A 49-year-old man from Rhode Island named John M. Dubis was squatting in the pool house of JENNIFER LOPEZ'S Hamptons estate.  And he lived there for a full WEEK before he was caught.
The guy was actually living LARGE . . . walking around the estate in full view of the neighbors and even posting pictures of himself all over the grounds on Facebook.  And the whole time, J-Lo's SECURITY was on duty.
Someone finally figured out he wasn't supposed to be there and called the cops.  He was charged with stalking and felony burglary.
A "Law & Order: SVU" Episode Will Feature a Paula Deen-Like Character Killing a Black Teen
The "Law & Order" franchise loves its "ripped from the headlines" episodes and this one is definitely going to get some attention. 
Here's all the plot synopsis you need:  A very high profile female celebrity chef thinks she's being pursued by a rapist . . . so she turns around and shoots him.  Turns out he was just an innocent black kid.
If that sounds a little like PAULA DEEN will kill TRAYVON MARTIN to you, you're not alone.
And just in case there's ANY doubt that they're referencing Trayvon Martin, Buzzfeed.com has some photos from the set, where you can see RICHARD BELZER holding a card with an actual photo of Trayvon on it.
There are also photos of protesters holding posters of the kid wearing a hoodie.
CYBILL SHEPHERD is playing the Paula Deen character . . . and JEFFREY TAMBOR from "Arrested Development" is playing her attorney.
An executive producer says the episode will pose questions like, quote, "Is racial profiling justifiable?  Can self-defense involve racial profiling?"  The episode will air sometime in October.
Simon Cowell and His Baby-Mama Are Together in the South of France
SIMON COWELL and his pregnant girlfriend LAUREN SILVERMAN reunited Wednesday in the South of France.  And they're supposedly talking about their FUTURE.
A source says, quote, "He is very pleased that her divorce is finalized, and he is excited about spending time with Lauren.  He wants to make sure that she and the baby are doing okay. He is getting more and more excited about the baby."
Another source adds, quote, "They are definitely an item.  They are making plans together for the future for themselves and the baby."
Meanwhile . . . have you ever wondered why Lauren's ex-husband ANDREW SILVERMAN isn't going after Simon?  Well, according to the "New York Post", it's because Simon asked him not to.
Sources say Simon called a SUMMIT with Andrew a few weeks ago, before the divorce was settled . . . in order to clear the air and make sure Andrew doesn't take their issues public.  Apparently, it worked.
Nick Cannon Says Changing Diapers With Mariah is Romantic
Anyone who's ever changed a baby's diaper could probably come up with some pretty descriptive words for it but I'm not sure ROMANTIC would be at the top of that list.
But NICK CANNON gets to change diapers with MARIAH CAREY and according to him, it is indeed romantic. 
He tells Life & Style Weekly, "Waking up in the middle of last night to change a diaper! It actually was romantic. The moonlight was coming through the room. It doesn't smell too great, though. Our kids [2-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe] sleep in our bed and that's the only time they wear diapers now…is at night. Otherwise, that could be huge problems, but that's really the only time I get to spend with them on AGT nights. So that's a special family moment."

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