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Ben Affleck could run for Senate?; the ‘Jersey Shore’ is finally over

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Ben Affleck, addressing his political future on “Face the Nation.” (CBS News via Reuters)

Ben Affleck, who was in Washington this week to testify before the House Armed Services Committee, taped an interview that will air this Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” In that interview, host Bob Schieffer asked Affleck if he would ever consider running for the Senate, an issue of potential urgency if Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) becomes secretary of state. “Well, one never knows. I’m not one to get into conjecture,” the actor-turned-filmmaker said, noting that we don’t even know whether Kerry will definitely be tapped to take on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s job, “I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country, it’s a big deal for me to come down here and be on your show that I’ve watched so much. But I’m not going to get into speculation about my political future.” He added that he’s “really happy being involved from the outside in government.”

Of course, this response has been interpreted to mean that, oh my God, Ben Affleck really might run for the Senate!

The Los Angeles Times jumped on Affleck’s comments, noting that “he didn’t say no” to Schieffer’s question, then adding, for emphasis, in case we didn’t catch it, that he “didn’t say much but he didn’t say no.”

Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Labrecque wrote that Affleck’s answer “is so far from a ‘No’ that I’m actually worried for him.” And in the Daily Beast, former Washington Post columnist Lloyd Grove talks to two Democratic strategist who see Affleck as a “potentially credible opponent for Sen. Scott Brown,” the Republican expected to seek Kerry’s seat if he winds up vacating it.

Personally, I suspect the only political race Affleck is thinking seriously about right now is the one for an Academy Award for directing “Argo.” But that’s just me. (CBS News)

The final episode of “Jersey Shore” aired last night, allowing Snooki, JWoww, The Situation, Pauly D and all the others to gather in some sort of Unitarian church, then walk together into a blinding white light while fans debated whether they actually had been dead the entire time. No, actually, based on this recap, it sounds like they just reminisced about all those times they got drunk and did stupid stuff, then paid tribute to the duck phone. (

— Madonna got annoyed with some fans who were smoking while watching her sound check this week before a concert in Santiago, Chile. ”If you love me, then don’t smoke,” she warned. “Don’t smoke!” Eventually the smoking stopped and all was well. Man. Just imagine what would have happened if those same smokers had been holding hydrangeas . . . . (TMZ)

— So let me try to semi-concisely summarize this really odd story involving Mila Kunis . . . last month, a Ukrainian lawmaker went on a tirade on Facebook about Kunis and referred to her using a Ukrainian word.that is considered a slur against Jews. (Kunis, by the way, is both Ukrainian and Jewish.) After some took offense, the Ukrainian Jewish Ministry released a statement earlier this week saying the word was totally fine because it’s not always interpreted as a slur against Jews. But now the Simon Wiesenthal Center has gotten involved by sending a letter to the prime minister of the Ukraine asking him to “publicly condemn the attack.” Just to recap: this all started became some politician in Ukraine has enough time on his hands to criticize Jackie from “That ‘70s Show” on Facebook. (TMZ; JTA)

— Rebel Wilson has been chosen to host this year’s MTV Movie Awards, to be held a little earlier than usual, on April 14. (MTV)

— As a public service, Gawker has compiled this list of the 19 most mystifying tweets from Cher during 2012. Most cryptic of the lot, at least out of context: “Is it 29?” (Gawker)

— If David O. Russell had gone another way with “The Silver Linings Playbook,” Bradley Cooper’s character might have been involved in an unconventional romance with Zooey Deschanel, Angelina Jolie, Olivia Wilde, Rachel McAdams or Blake Lively instead of Jennifer Lawrence. This according to what Russell told Vulture after drinking a cucumber martini. (Vulture)

— Hey, remember that time when Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Tyson, Danny DeVito and Randy Travis appeared in an ’80s holiday special to benefit Special Olympics? Well, I didn’t either until Buzzfeed reminded me. Clearly the intentions of this special are very good. Execution? Uh, well . . . . (Via Buzzfeed)

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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