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BEN AFFLECK JUST CANNOT CURB THAT URGE

The honeymoon isn’t over for rekindled lovebirds Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck but that doesn’t mean everything between them is marital bliss. While J.Lo is thrilled to finally be married to Ben, there’s one habit of his she’s trying to curb – he smokes cigarettes. Sober Ben seems to have replaced his booze addiction with nicotine and health fanatic Jen doesn’t approve. She’s banned him from smoking inside the house, but still isn’t thrilled with the second hand smoke that seems to enter the room before he does. And Ben appears to light up whenever he’s out and alone. A friend says Jen is gently encouraging Ben to quit with assorted methods, including hypnosis and nicotine gum, but so far he’s yet to kick that nasty habit.

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SAM AFFLECK IS ONE LUCKY KID

It’s not often that you see a movie star take her child to school almost every day and pick him up after school. But that’s what Jennifer Garner has always done- first with her daughters, Violet and Seraphina, and now with her youngest son, 10 year old Sam. Garner always wanted her kids to have lives as normal as possible. She’s very involved in their schools and delivers them to after school activities herself. When she divorced Ben Affleck in 2015, she remained friends and continues to include him in their children’s lives. Her kids don’t know how lucky they are! Sam looks a lot like his mom, but he had Ben’s chin dimple.

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ANA DE ARMAS: UNLIKELY BUT ADORABLE MARILYN MONROE

We had never heard of Ana de Armas, 34, until Ben Affleck started dating her during the pandemic. In 2019, Knives Out was released and she made quite a splash. She met Ben when they filmed Deep Water in 2020 and they seemed to spend every day together afterward until they drifted apart in 2021. It was quite an accomplishment when this Cuban/Spanish actress was cast to play Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix feature Blonde, described as a “psychological drama.” Certainly it was easier for her to LOOK like Marilyn than to imitate her breathy American accent. The movie’s director says he aims to show what it felt like to BE Marilyn. Ana posted the above photo from the film – Bobby Cannavale plays her husband, the baseball star Joe DiMaggio.

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IS THIS THE PERFECT FAMILY, OR WHAT?

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck didn’t spend ALL their time smooching in Paris, where they’re honeymooning with four of their kids. Jennifer brought her twins Max and Emme, and Ben brought his two daughters Seraphina and Violet – he left his young son Sam at home. From all the photos we’ve seen, the kids seem to get along really well and love to hang out together. Ben and Jen took their blended family shopping and after visiting Dior and an art supply store (for Serephina) they visited Micromania– a popular video game retailer. Ben stocked up on games (for Sam at home?) while their eagle-eyed bald bodyguards (above) looked on. You can see Emme in the shop doorway and Max is next to Ben. Crowds gather outside the Costes Hotel in Paris to watch the honeymooners coming and going.

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OUR TWO FAVORITE ROOMS IN THE NEW AFFLECK/LOPEZ HOUSE

While Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are on their Italian honeymoon (with their kids, no less!) work has begun on the new 60 million dollar 29,000 sq ft Beverly Hills house they bought before they left. They kept the purchase a big secret and nobody knows exactly what they paid for it, but billionaire James Packer once owned it. You already know it has 7 bedrooms and everything else a human could want, but after checking out the photos we picked out the two rooms we love most. The first is the amazingly well-equipped beauty salon that will keep the blended families looking their best. Sigh. Drool. The second desirable room also made us dizzy with envy- it’s the closet – and it looks like an expensive boutique. Now THAT’S breathtaking luxury…

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BIG SPENDERS BEN AND JEN PICK OUT A NEW ROLLS ROYCE

Lovebirds Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have not been spending their free time together lounging on island beaches – they spend it shopping for big-ticket items! For the past year, they’ve been househunting for a mega-mansion big enough for their blended families. They almost bought one in April for 55 million, but the deal fell through. Recently the couple perused the Aaron Spelling 165 million dollar mansion, but passed on that one. This weekend is different, however- they went shopping for a new Rolls Royce in Beverly Hills with Ben’s son Sam. Salespeople must jump out of their shoes when they see these big spenders coming…

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JENNIFER LOPEZ AND BEN HAVE THEIR DIFFERENCES

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were seen picking up his son Samuel at school in Santa Monica today, and it got us thinking. They’re both casually dressed, but Jennifer is wearing shoes that give her at least 6 or 7 more inches of height (they can’t be very comfortable) -yet she still looks TINY next to Ben. Jennifer is such a big personality we always figured she was above average in height. Turns out Ben is 6’4” – no wonder he looks a foot taller than her. Never realized there was such a height difference…

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JENNIFER AND BEN BOUGHT A HOUSE TOGETHER

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez just made an enormous investment in their future- they purchased a $50 million dollar mansion in Bel-Air with 17 bathrooms together! The sprawling 10 bedroom (almost 20,000 sq ft) house will be just the right size to blend the two families. Jennifer has two children from her previous marriage, and we imagine her mother and sister will be frequent visitors. Ben’s three children will certainly have rooms of their own, along with various grandparents. (It has already been established that the kids get along nicely) The house features a magnificent “hers” closet with makeup table, but there’s no sense showing a photo because Ben and Jennifer will no doubt remodel the entire place.

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BEN AFFLECK PAMPERS HIS FUR BABIES

While Adele’s boyfriend Rich Paul had the nerve to go out to a business dinner without her this weekend, we were more fascinated by Ben Affleck’s home maintenance habits. Every week around the same time his Pacific Palisades neighbors see this funny little car parked in front of his house. It features a dog sitting on a toilet reading a newspaper and a big sign that says POOP 911. Ben has dogs, and once a week this pet waste removal company comes (in uniform!) and cleans up all the dog poop in his backyard for a nominal fee. (This is not just an LA thing- their services are offered in 30 states.) Ben has better things to do with his time…

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH BEN AND JENNIFER

Jennifer and Ben have it all figured out. While J.Lo shopped on her own at Saks Fifth Ave and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, a slightly frazzled Ben Affleck took his kids, his mother, and Jennifer’s kids shopping everywhere else. The families are blending at record speed…

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