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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's baby name is ... not weird!

Jennifer Garner has baby boy

Ben Affleck has announced the name of his and Jennifer Garner's baby boy, and guess what? The name is normal!

Actually, the name is Samuel, but in the celebrity baby ranks, "Samuel" is about as normal as it gets.

"We are happy to announce on Feb. 27, Jennifer gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Samuel Garner Affleck," the new dad said Wednesday on Facebook. News of the baby's arrival leaked on Tuesday.

Little Sam -- we hope they call him Sam -- was reportedly born in Santa Monica, and joins older sisters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3. Garner and Affleck, who started dating in 2004, got married in June 2005.


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Photo: Jennifer Garner in Hollywood in November. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck welcome a baby boy

It's a boy for Ben Affleck and Jen Garner

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

For Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, the third time means a charming baby boy.

The couple have reportedly welcomed another addition to their household. Daughters Violet and Seraphina have a Santa Monica-born baby brother, according to several outlets, all citing a source close to the couple. 

"It would be so weird to have a boy," Garner told Ellen DeGeneres in September as she and her husband were used to an all-girl house. She said at the time Ben would be thrilled at the news because he'd have someone to enjoy baseball with.   

Garner's rep did not immediately return the Ministry's request for comment. 

[For the record, 9:15 a.m. Feb. 29: An earlier version of this post misspelled Ben Affleck's last name  as Afflect.]


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Photo: Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner at the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood on Jan. 14. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.

Jennifer Lopez explains tear-filled 'One Love' performance

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Jennifer Lopez got a little verklempt during a concert performance this weekend, proving the diva isn't afraid to share her softer side with fans.

Lopez staged an elaborate retelling of her love life Saturday via her new song "One Love," jamming for an audience at the Mohegan Sun casino's 15th anniversary in Connecticut. The choreographed number accompanying the track included lookalikes of exes such as Diddy, Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony. 

All that dancing catharsis got the best of Lopez, who broke down into tears during the number.

"After I sang the song, I’m standing there, and I realized that I did bare a little bit of my thoughts in this song. I also acted it out, kind of, for the audience," she told "Access Hollywood" after the show. "The way they received it was very touching."

She added: "I think that they felt what I felt, which is, you know, I'm just a girl, just like everybody else, trying to find my way."

Lopez recently split from third husband Anthony, with whom she shares twins Max and Emme. Most recently, the "American Idol" judge has been spotted spending time with actor Bradley Cooper. Never let it be said that Jennifer doesn't love some new dance steps.


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Photo: Jennifer Lopez performs at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday. Credit: Fred Beckham / Associated Press

Jennifer Garner is pregnant; third baby with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner is pregnant; it's her third baby with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner is pregnant again, expecting her third child with husband Ben Affleck.

The couple said Monday that they are "thrilled" to have a third baby on the way to join daughters Violet, 5, and Seraphina Rose, 2. Garner and Affleck, both 39, released no additional details to the AP about the pregnancy.

Another baby will mean one more child on Garner's mind when she's doing the working-mom thing she described to People after her youngest was born:

"[I] feel like half my brain is somewhere else all the time," she told the magazine. "But when the camera's rolling, I pull it together and focus for two minutes, and then I kind of turn back to a ditz again. I have a split personality."

Also, unfortunately, it'll presumably be one more tot to lure paparazzi lenses -- photogs have been a problem in the past outside Violet's preschool.


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Photo: Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner at the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood on Jan. 14. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.

Ben Affleck makes a date with congressional subcommittee on Congo

Ben-affleck-congo-congress Ben Affleck has made himself a date in Washington.

The actor and director will appear this Tuesday before the congressional subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

Affleck will be testifying at an open hearing, titled "The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Securing Peace in the Midst of Tragedy," on behalf of his organization the Eastern Congo Initiative.

Affleck has long been passionate about the building of sustainable society in the country, torn by sexual violence, lack of infrastructure for the nation's children and zero income-generation resources.

While Affleck mulls his next directorial project, he'll be seen in 2012's untitled Terrence Malick project, alongside Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz.

What do you think of Ben's do-gooding? Tell us in comments.


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Photo: Ben Affleck attends the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles award season tea. Credit: Getty Images

Golden Globes: Jeff Bridges turns heads at a star-studded BAFTA Tea Party

Jeff Bridges at the BAFTA tea before Golden Globe Awards The cucumber finger sandwiches couldn't compete with Jeff Bridges and Ben Affleck, as the actors provided the most head-turning entrance at the BAFTA Tea Party in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

On an 80-degree day, a powder-keg's worth of star power and a bar full of gin made for an eventful gathering as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual awards-season event at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

Bridges and Affleck laughed and chatted as necks craned and servers in black ties passed by with silver trays filled with fish and chips in paper cones. Bridges' appearance was purely ceremonial, as "True Grit" is not nominated for a Golden Globe this year. Still, last year's best actor winner said he was looking forward to presenting the best actress award at Sunday's ceremony.

"It's a nice tradition," said Bridges, doing the honors this year after taking home last year's trophy for his raw performance as a fading, alcoholic country singer in "Crazy Heart."

"And it's good to see so many friends here."

Nicole Kidman at the BAFTA Tea before Golden Globe Awards Meanwhile, Aaron Eckhart talked with a table of agents about his ambition to direct. "I want to make movies about men and families and children that the whole family can see," he said. "I don't think Hollywood has covered that niche yet."

A few feet away, Nicole Kidman -- dressed in casual pants, with her long red hair swept neatly around her slender shoulders -- chatted with friends and studiously avoided the party photographers.

Around the corner, in front of an elaborate table of tea cakes, Mark Ruffalo and Evan Handler hung around together fairly exclusively, taking a break from their conversation only to talk to the occasional lanky blond or brunette.

BAFTA/LA Chairman Nigel Lythgoe made the rounds and happily played the congenial host.

"I love how terribly British this all feels," he told Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern. "The room is elegant and the chef is British. It feels as if you're at the Ritz. No awards are being given, but everyone is being rewarded by a cup of tea."

Jeremy-renner-bafta-picture A few tables over, Kathy Griffin, dressed in a form-fitting Oscar de la Renta dress, sipped her drink and watched the proceedings with a wry smile. When asked what she had in her purse on this particular day -- last year at the Emmys, her answer to this reporter was "crack cocaine" -- she said, "A Shake Weight to keep my arms in shape."

And the highlight of her day? "I thought Jeremy Renner was handsome, but he looked like Rob Lowenstein in 'St. Elmo's Fire.' "

Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.


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Photos, from top: Jeff Bridges, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Renner arrive at the BAFTA Tea Party held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Credits, from top: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press; Dan Steinberg / Associated Press; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

Gwyneth Paltrow on dating Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck -- and depression

Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow is currently one half of a star couple, long married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin, but hubby Chris wasn't her first celebrity relationship.

Paltrow, 38, was reminded of stints with Brad Pitt, 1994-1997, and Ben Affleck, 1997-2000, in an E! Entertainment special about her rise to fame and lifestyle guru-ship.

"It was strange to be part of a public couple," she said on the show, which premiered Wednesday. Though Paltrow rarely speaks about Pitt, she's historically been sentimental about Affleck.

Appearing on Bravo's "Inside The Actor's Studio," years back, she labeled Affleck "one of those guys with so much potential." 

Paltrow, a mother of two, also opened up about her post-partum depression. 

"You don't want anybody to know that you're depressed or crying all the time," she said. "There's this shame that we bring to it, and it's incredibly debilitating and scary and you just don't feel like yourself."

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Sightings: Joe Manganiello shops for 'Under' things, Ben Affleck gets sweet

CS51273 Joe Manganiello gave the world a nice holiday treat in New York on Tuesday, doing some last-minute shopping at the Under Armour pop-up store in SoHo. 

With fiancee Audra Marie, the "True Blood" hunk picked up sporting goods from the brand — though, regrettably, didn't do much modeling.

In rainy Los Angeles the same day, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner did some perfect co-parenting. The couple took daughters Violet and Seraphina Rose to SusieCakes, a bakery situated next to a toy store in Brentwood.

Onlookers remarked at their team playing, as each parent sat with one of their kids and munched on sugar cookies and chocolate and lemon cupcakes while the other twosome did some toy-ogling next door. 

On Saturday, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy turned up to support one of his own "kids" — Darren Criss, the mop-topped possible love interest for Chris Colfer's Kurt on the show. Criss mounted a show to benefit Toys for Tots at West Hollywood's famous Roxy.

Guests including Murphy, Matthew Morrison and Max Adler brought donations and took in tunes from the young singer. Criss belted out his signature Katy Perry cover of "Teenage Dream" and season hits like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." 

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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck reunite for Feeding America


It wasn't exactly a Hollywood reteaming of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, but the famous pair did get together again to spread some goodwill (insert "Hunting" pun here). 

The men loaned their talents to two public service announcements for Feeding America, which aims to increase awareness for hunger relief across the country.

Damon takes a lighthearted approach, telling the story of Steve, a family man who utilizes one of the program's many food banks. When the real Steve weighs in with some acting tips, Damon reminds him, "I have an Academy Award."

"Not for playing me," Steve quips. (Allow us to quip: That Oscar was for writing, Matt.)

Affleck shoots straight from the hip, dropping statistics on the millions of Americans without food. Check out Matt's PSA above and Ben's below, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.



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Ben Affleck brings 'The Town' premiere home to Fenway


Now here's something you don't see every day: a shiny new Hollywood movie premiering in a classic American ballpark. Fenway Park, to be specific, because the movie is "The Town," and director-co-writer-star Ben Affleck shot that puppy in Boston, his not-quite-hometown.

The-town-gallery-refer Also taking the field for "The Town" team: Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Chris Cooper and Jon Hamm, with Jennifer Westfeldt of course. Still, this is not a baseball movie -- it's about four bank robbers from the city's Charlestown neighborhood who have crime-fighters hot on their heels.

The film was shown on a giant screen placed on the third-base dugout, the Boston Globe said, with 1,770 fans in the stands cheering some of the movie's familiar landmarks, and 500 or so invited to a VIP after-party on site. Childhood pal Matt Damon brought his dad Kent -- both of them in Red Sox caps -- and Penn Badgley, whose "Easy A" premiered in L.A. on Monday, showed up for girlfriend Lively's big night. (Click the picture of Damon at right to launch a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals.)

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