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Meryl Streep 'Thrilled' At Bafta Nomination


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Meryl Streep is "thrilled" to have been nominated for a BAFTA.

The Hollywood actress has been given a nod for the Leading Actress award for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady' in the same category in which she triumphed at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (15.01.12). She said in a statement: "Thrilling thrilling news! Not just for me, but for the film of which I am very proud, and for the hundreds of people who worked on it! Thanks, from a (New) Jersey Girl..."

Michelle Williams, Tilda Swinton, Viola Davis and Berenice Bejo also in the running for the accolade, which will be presented in a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry at London's Royal Opera House on February 12.

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Jennifer Lopez: 'I'm A Great Actress'


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Jennifer Lopez things she is a "really great actress".

The 'Maid In Manhattan' star - who has appeared in critically panned movies 'Gigli' and 'Jersey Girl' - believes she is great in front of a camera and confident in her abilities as a performer.

She said: "I think I'm a really great performer. I think I'm a really great actress. I feel confident in those things - that's a better way to say it."

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Justin Bieber Set To Meet 9/11 Victim


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Justin Bieber is set to meet a 9/11 victim's daughter after a request from US President Barack Obama.

The 'Baby' hitmaker has implied he will keep a promise made by the American leader that he would arrange a meeting between the 17-year-old pop superstar and 14-year-old Payton Wall.

The 17-year-old singer wrote on twitter yesterday (12.05.11): "I think you're wrong. Pretty sure President @BarackObama will keep this promise."

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Affleck's Movie Daughter Wins A Place On Aguilera's Talent Team


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Ben Affleck's movie daughter from 2004 film Jersey Girl is hitting the high notes as a pop star after landing a place on Christina Aguilera's TV talent show team.

Raquel Castro was nine when she played Gertie Trinke in the Kevin Smith movie and now, at 16, she wowed Aguilera during a blind audition on The Voice.

Castro's performance of Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love aired on Tuesday night's (03May11) show in America and Aguilera beat fellow judges/coaches Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton to sign her to her talent team.

Each star must pick eight performers, based on their vocals alone, for their teams. The quartet will then compete to become the number one talent scout when the winner of the contest is chosen later this summer (11).

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Affleck Shocked By Best Actor Win


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Ben Affleck was so sure he would miss out on the top acting prize at the Venice Film Festival, he flew back home to Los Angeles early.
The Oscar-winner picked up the Best Actor award for his portrayal of TV SUPERMAN GEORGE REEVES in the film HOLLYWOODLAND.
He explains, "If I thought for a second that there were going to be awards for anybody, I would have stayed!"
Affleck claims the role has given him a chance to get his career back on track after a string of film flops including Jersey Girl and Gigli.
He adds, "I've been in movies that earned a lot of money that... I wish I wasn't in honestly. I was a little cavalier before, but having a child makes me think about things differently.
"I have to prove myself all over again, but I don't mind that. Once I realised where things were going, I just said, 'OK, let me make sure I'm in a place where I don't have to worry about being on FAMILY FEUD for dough in five years and then I'll just do what I can be proud of.'
"The only thing that matters to me is my daughter being able to be proud of her old man."

Affleck Grows Up


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Ben Affleck credits the media furore surrounding his relationship with Jennifer Lopez and the critical mauling of the two movies they made together with helping him "grow up".
The actor turned his back on Hollywood and has been a virtual recluse since his split from Lopez and the disastrous performances of Gigli and Jersey Girl in 2003 and 2004.
Affleck is now back with new movie HOLLYWOODLAND - for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival - and he insists he has learned much from the episode.
Affleck - now happily married to Jennifer Garner and with a baby daughter VIOLET - tells PageSix.com, "I try to appreciate what a privileged life I have, and the great things about being in a business that doesn't encourage self-control, I'm more humble, less callous about certain things, but also not given to beating myself up so much. It took me a long time to grow up, find my centre, evolve."

Affleck Rests Scrotum On Smith's Neck


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Director Kevin Smith is disturbed by Ben Affleck's habit of resting his scrotum on the back of people's necks between film shoots.

The Hollywood director was horrified during the filming of the 2004 movie Jersey Girl, because Affleck pulled his favourite prank, Fruit Basket, with disturbing regularity.

Smith tells MAXIM, "I'd be sitting in the director's chair and I'd be watching a playback, and he'd stand behind me. Every once in a while I'd feel something on my neck. I'd be like, 'What the f**k was that?'

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Lopez's Man Makes Cameo In Shall We Dance?


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Jennifer Lopez is sharing screen time with the main man in her life once again, after securing a small role for her husband Marc Anthony in the movie Shall We Dance?.

Lopez, who became Anthony's wife in a shock ceremony in June (04), has appeared with ex-boyfriend SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS in the video to his track ALL AROUND THE WORLD and teamed up with ex-husband Cris Judd in the clip for her chart-topping hit LOVE DON'T COST A THING.

But, most notably, Lopez appeared in 2003's critical and box office flop Gigli alongside former fiance Ben Affleck, who was also her Jersey Girl co-star.

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Affleck's Surprise For Movie Dad Carlin


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BEN AFFLECK surprised his new movie dad George Carlin by bursting in on a taped interview with the comedian to thank him for playing his father.

Affleck was rehearsing for his stint on American TV show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in New York last week (ends12MAR04) when he heard Carlin was taping an interview with late night chat show host Carson Daly on an adjoining set.

So, unannounced, Affleck wandered on in the middle of the interview to embrace his Jersey Girl co-star, cooing about his performance in the new movie.

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Affleck: I Owe My Career To Harvey Weinstein


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Movie superstar Ben Affleck took the opportunity to thank Harvey Weinstein for his career at Tuesday night's (09MAR04) Jersey Girl premiere in New York.

The pair had fallen out over Affleck's decision to give an interview about the movie mogul to author PETER BISKIND, whose damning portrait of the Miramax boss and his brother BOB in book DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES has just been published.

But Affleck was keen to make amends at the romantic drama's screening, where he thanked Weinstein and director pal Kevin Smith for providing him with the best films of his career.

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