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August 14, 2013


Aug. 14--Ben Affleck in December walked away from a chance to run for John F. Kerry's seat in the U.S. Senate. That doesn't mean he's done with politics, says his wife of eight years, Alias' Jennifer Garner -- he's just not ready to make his move yet. "Right now, [Ben] feels like he can do more good for people politically from outside the system," Garner, 41, tells the September issue of Allure, referring to his work with do-gooder dot.orgs.

Is that enough? Doesn't Ben want access to The Button? "Would I be surprised if one day he did go into politics? No," says Garner, and she'd support him if he did ("I'm along for the ride"), but she'd never costar with him in a film. "People see paparazzi shots of us together all the time," she says. "There's no mystery. . . . People are sick of us."

Catching a moment of love

Katy Perry and John Mayer's legendary courtship, a sexual-spiritual adventure the likes of which hasn't been seen since Antony & Cleopatra shared that first Appletini, is a year old. The two marked their anniversary by recording the duet "Who You Love" for Mayer's new LP. It has hit the net, transfiguring all who experience its mellifluous melodies and melodious mellifluosity. The tune ends with Katy making a girlie giggle. "I think that's just a love giggle," she tells SiriusXM Hits 1. "It's very humanizing. . . . It's like the real moment, you're catching the real moment there."

A moment in love's timeless flow. . . .

What are you, Madonna in '89?

Lady Gaga, 27, whose new single, "Applause," came out this week, has been sighted walking around L.A. in various states of undress. On Sunday, she sported a teeny pair of black shorts and a black bra. Later that night, she went out with beau Taylor Kinney wearing some derriere-baring lingerie catsuit thing.

What are you, Lady Gaga in '13?

Her Gagaiosity shot four different cover pics for September's V mag, each representing a different period in her life.

In one, she has an androgynous, neo-punk Brian Ferry-Joan Jett thing going on. "That look was very hard for me because that is how I looked when I was 19 until I was 21 years old. . . . Maybe longer," the Ga says. "All these really painful things happened during this time."

Her Gagaship doesn't specify what tortures she endured.

"I have an ability to experience pain for long periods of time -- to endure it," she says. "Does anyone really know what I went through to get here?"

Gossip petits fours (les tidbits)

Britney Spears' ex, Kevin Federline, 35, on Saturday wed Victoria Prince, 30, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. . . . Is it OK to do comedy about Parkinson's disease? "I have challenges that come with Parkinson's, but my experience is to deal with things through humor," Michael J. Fox, 52, tells People about his NBC show The Michael J. Fox Show, which has him playing an NBC news anchor who quits when he is diagnosed. "If I come back," Fox's crotchety character says, "NBC is going to milk it by showing me in slow-motion with lame uplifting music in the background." . . . Kanye West is serious about protecting Kim Kardashian and their baby: London's Daily Mail claims he has bought two Prombron Iron Diamonds by Dartz Motorz, armored vehicles used by folks guarding against assassination, war, apocalypse. They cost $1.2 mil each.


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