1. Ben Affleck is open to running for Senate
In recent months, Ben Affleck has been in the news as much for his political activism as for his filmmaking — but would he ever give up the gridlock and constant scrutiny of Hollywood filmmaking for the gridlock and constant scrutiny of Congressional politics? "One never knows. I'm not one to get into conjecture," said Affleck during a Wednesday taping of Sunday's Face The Nation, reports USA Today. "I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country." Affleck refused to speculate any further, but just to be safe, rival politicians should probably keep a DVD copy of Gigli handy.
2. Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy have a baby
Claire Danes may spend at least 80 percent of her Showtime series Homeland sobbing, but the Emmy-winning actress has something to smile about this week: A newborn son. People reports that the baby is the first for Danes and husband Hugh Dancy. The couple named the child Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, forgoing a tradition of completely insane celebrity baby names in favor of something that's merely unusual.
3. Lindsay Lohan accused of keeping $200,000 worth of Million Dollar Decorators furniture
After the scathing reviews she received for Liz & Dick, you'd think Lindsay Lohan would be happy to appear in anything. But the New York Post reports that the tabloid fixture has decided to pull out of an appearance on Bravo reality series Million Dollar Decorators — though not before receiving $200,000 worth of furniture for her Beverly Hills home. Bravo has confirmed that Lohan "was not available for the reveal shoot," but that the series was "still able to capture the outcome" — so if you've always wanted to see Lindsay Lohan's house without Lindsay Lohan in it, you're in luck.
4. Brad Pitt and John Legend praise Obama's stance on marijuana
President Obama's decision not to make the federal prosecution of marijuana users a "top priority" has endeared him to thousands of extremely relaxed supporters across the nation — and at least two high-profile supporters: Actor Brad Pitt and singer John Legend. In a recent statement, Pitt and Legend offered "joint praise" of Obama's platform, says E! Online, presumably while snickering.
5. Psy buys a condo in Los Angeles
Hey, pricy condo! After dancing his way into our hearts earlier this year, viral-video sensation Psy has horse-danced his way into a $1.25 million condo in Los Angeles' exclusive Blair House in Beverly Hills, reports TMZ. The "Gangnam Style" singer reportedly paid for his new pad entirely in cash, an act of extravagance that even surpasses that of "galloping" through a stable in a blue tuxedo.
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