Movies: The Trial of Ben Affable

What happens when an actor is a celebrity but not a movie star? Ben Affleck is about to find out

Ben Affleck flashes his forgive-me smile and says, "I'm not really a whoremonger." This plangent one-liner is from his new movie, Jersey Girl, but the gaga-for-gossip public would not have been surprised if it had come from Affleck's recent chats with Jay Leno and Larry King or from a Saturday Night Live skit the other week when he was the guest host. And no, Jennifer Lopez didn't pop in, the way Affleck's ex-ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow did the last time he was the host of SNL.

The Ben-Jen (or, ugh, Bennifer) affair was mild as Hollywood kerfuffle goes. They fell in...

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