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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

June 22, 2013


"(Another kid) is not going to happen. We're in a really good place. Three is good! That's enough!"

Ben Affleck quips to reporters from tabloid TV show "Extra" that he and wife Jennifer Garner aren't looking at having more children.,Deal ironed out,Robert Downey Jr. has signed a deal to reprise his role as billionaire genius-playboy-inventor Tony Stark in two "Avengers" films. posted news this week that the actor has signed a two- picture agreement to climb back into the Iron Man armor for "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3."

The first "Avengers" sequel will be written and directed by Joss Whedon and is set to begin production in England's venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility in March.

The film is set for release May 1, 2015.

"We fit each other pretty snug, and I feel like when I'm him I know what to do," Robert told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year of his relationship to Tony Stark. "At the same time, I don't know why I know what to do. I just know that I do. There's still just a sense of wonder to me that there's something so watchable about this character's ongoing, trippy saga."

Audiences seem to agree. "Iron Man 3" collected nearly $200 million when it opened in some 42 countries around the globe at the beginning of May, and earlier this week, the film crossed the $400- million mark at the domestic box office.

Worldwide, it's earned more than $1.2 billion.

-- Los Angeles Times,I just love actress Jennifer Lawrence. What will I see her in next? -- N.L.

She stars in the thriller "The Devil You Know," due out in July, and reteams with her "Silver Linings Playbook" co-star Bradley Cooper in the upcoming Great Depression-era drama "Serena." Also, she stars in "The Hunger Games" sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," due out in November; the historical drama "American Hustle," teaming again with Bradley and "Silver Linings" director David O. Russell, due out in December; and is filming "X-Men: Days of Future Past." She will star in another planned film, "The Ends of the Earth," and has just signed to star in and produce the drama "The Rules of Inheritance," about a young adult who loses both parents to cancer and embarks on a series of adventures and romances.

I love Owen Wilson in "The Internship." What will he be doing next? -- N.W.

The busy actor co-stars with Zach Galifianakis in the upcoming comedy "You Are Here," voices a role in the animated "Free Birds," due out in November, co-stars with Edward Norton in the comedy- drama "The Grand Budapest Hotel," due out next year, and is filming the crime drama "Inherent Vice," with Sean Penn and Reese Witherspoon. On his to-do list: the horror comedy "Freezing People Is Easy," with Paul Rudd and Christopher Walken, the comedy "Squirrels to the Nuts," with Jennifer Aniston, the thriller "The Coup," the sequel "Zoolander 2" and an as-yet-untitled heist comedy with Jim Carrey.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,DUVALL sits in on Whitey's trial

Academy Award winner Robert Duvall is one of the spectators at the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Robert sat in the back of the courtroom June 21 at the trial in Boston.

The 82-year-old Robert has had a long television and film career, including starring roles in "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II." In those mob epics, he played Tom Hagen, a lawyer and adviser to the Corleone family.

He won a best actor Oscar in 1984 for his role in "Tender Mercies."

He has been shooting a movie, "The Judge," in Shelburne, Mass., this month. Robert plays the title character in the film, which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton and Vincent D'Onofrio. -- Associated Press,Deen dropped

Celebrity cook Paula Deen was a no-show June 21 at the "Today" show, where she was to appear to answer questions about past use of racial slurs.

"Today" host Matt Lauer told viewers he had spoken with Paula the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance.

But shortly before the show went on the air June 21, Matt said he was told by Paula's rep that she was pulling out.

While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66- year-old Food Network star admitted to having used racial slurs in the past, but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

Later in the day, the Food Network said it was dumping Paula, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted a videotaped apology online begging forgiveness.

-- AP

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