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Weekend Briefs: Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm get close; Olivia Newton-John back in a musical; Roger Ebert is “At the Movies” again!

Hello all!
Hope you are having a good weekend. I’m in tennis watching nirvana but did type up some items for you starting with these photos of Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm that are just too fun to ignore.
We know these two handsome men are straight and in long-term relationships with pretty terrific women (Affleck is married to Jennifer Garner and Hamm has been with Jennifer Westfeldt for more than a decade). But it’s just fun to look at the pictures and imagine all kinds of possibilities.
The first thing you think of, if you have the maturity of a 12 year old as I sometimes do, is how could Ben cheat on Matt Damon this way? Jon would be kind of hard to pass up though!
But really, these photos were taken at press conference for their movie The Town at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday afternoon.
Affleck, who proved what a wonderful director he is with Gone Baby Gone a few years back, directs this flick and also co-wrote the screenplay.
It is the tale of four men — thieves, rivals and friends — being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent and a woman who might destroy them all.
In case you are eager to see these two heartthrobs together on the big screen for the first time, the movie will hit theaters on Sept. 17. Also in the movie are Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, Blake Lively of TV’s Gossip Girl, and Rebecca Hall.’S BACK: Olivia Newton-John starred in one of the most successful musicals of all time when she shared the screen with John Travolta in Grease. Her follow-up musical , Xanadu, was a big bomb at the box office but went on to become a cult fave and spawned a hit Broadway musical.

Now Olivia is back on the big screen in Score: A Hockey Musical which debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Michael McGowan, tells the story of 17-year-old Farley Gordon (Noah Reid) a precocious cherub of a teenager who happens to have an uncanny knack for stick handling and shooting wristers. He is coddled by his parents including his mom played by Olivia whose other film credits include Sordid Lives, It’s My Party and Two of a Kind in which she re-teamed with Travolta.

AT THE MOVIES AGAIN: So glad to read that the great film critic Roger Ebert is involved in the relaunching of the At the Movies franchise on PBS.

He and the late Gene Siskel (pictured above)  were such a formidable and opinionated pair and it was so sad when Siskel passed away in 1999.

I never was crazy about Siskel’s replacement, Richard Roeper, opposite the Pulitzer Prize winning Ebert because he was not his equal the way Siskel was and often came off as disrespectful of his co-host. Ebert left the show in 2006 because of his battle with cancer and the show never really recovered.

The new edition pairs Christy Lemire of the Associated Press with Elvis Mitchell of NPR. Ebert, who lost his ability to speak because of his cancer, will employ a computer voice generator to appear in each episode with segments called “Roger’s Office.” He will focus on classic, overlooked and new films.

“Most movie coverage on TV is celeb-driven gossip and chatter,” Ebert told the LA Times. “It’s obsessed with box office numbers. It’s always upbeat. The critics are often not qualified. Despite all the programming out there, there’s really nothing like it on TV.”



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2 Remarks

  1. Could I be in the middle of those two?? Great pics!

  2. Ben’s such a ho – first, he cheated on Matt with Jimmy Kimmel and now on Jimmy with Jon Hamm. Wonder who’s next on his dance card….

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