Making his mom proud while making Matt Damon jealous? Sounds like a win-win for Ben Affleck!
The Oscar-winning "Argo" actor-director joyfully received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Brown University on Sunday, and remarked -- comically and sincerely -- on why it was so special to him, People reports.
"This is a spectacular honor for me. Among other things today, in terms of higher education, I passed Matt Damon," he said to rapturous applause in Providence, R.I.
As undergraduates, Damon, 42, attended Harvard University but did not graduate, while Affleck, 40, lasted just one semester at the University of Vermont. Affleck is technically correct that he has now surpassed his "Good Will Hunting" co-writer in terms of degrees, although Damon did receive the Harvard Arts Medal this year.
Affleck went on to dedicate his Brown degree to his mother Christine, who was in the crowd on Sunday. "This means a lot to her," he said. "She never got to see me graduate from any higher education at all. So, Mom, this is for you. I love you."
Along with a proud mom and a possibly envious friend, Affleck said the honorary degree also left behind one confused daughter.
"My daughter's 7," he said of Violet. "She said, 'Why are you doing that, Dad? You went to no classes and did no homework.' "
Police acted appropriately in arresting Amanda Bynes last Thursday, the New York Police Department said Tuesday, denying the actress's claim that an officer had groped her, People reports.
"Internal Affairs investigators have found no evidence to corroborate Ms. Bynes' allegations," the NYPD said in a statement. "To the contrary, a credible civilian witness who was with the officers throughout told investigators that no one touched Ms. Bynes inappropriately or otherwise engaged in misconduct at any time."
Bynes, 27, was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor New York apartment window and smoking marijuana in the lobby of her building.
She later claimed on Twitter that the arresting officer "slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment. Big deal."
The actress, who is accused of reckless endangerment and underwent a psychiatric evaluation following her arrest, has said she plans to sue the NYPD for "illegally entering my apartment, lying about drugs on me and lying about me tampering with nonexistent drug paraphernalia."
In their new film "After Earth," real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith play a father and son -- and Will says his 14-year-old son's decision to act was all his own, People reports.
"It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane," the star tells New York magazine in advance of the movie's May 31 release.
"I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that's going to be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed," says Will, 44.
"It's less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn't help with what he'd chosen. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help."
Will adds that his 12-year-old daughter, Willow, recently changed her mind about pursuing a career in the spotlight.
"She said, 'Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.' "
Her choice was carefully considered, says Will.
"At the peak of 'Whip My Hair,' she's like 'Daddy, I'm done.' I was like 'Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It'll be New York, you'll be with Beyonce. You can bring your friends.' And she said, 'Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?' At the end of the day, it has to be their choice." ("Beasts of the Southern Wild" Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, is now playing the orphan role.)
As Dr. Startz, Liberace's plastic surgeon, in "Behind the Candelabra," Rob Lowe revealed an astonishing physical transformation, People reports.
Lowe, 49, says the transformation -- which took an hour and 45 minutes every day -- involved several makeup tests to get the look and feel of the doctor's face just right.
To stimulate a brow lift, Lowe says, "It's tape and pulled behind my head. It's literally what they used to do in the early days of cinema before there were face-lifts for actresses. I'm also wearing a dental piece."
While it may have appeared lifelike in the HBO film, Lowe says it didn't feel as good as it looked.
"It was actually really painful, because being pulled that long and that hard for a 12-hour day -- it gave me migraines."
Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz has won the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize in the Czech Republic, The Associated Press reports.
An international jury that included prominent German literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki selected Oz for the annual $10,000 prize.
Past winners have included the American novelist Philip Roth and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter of Britain. It is awarded by the Prague-based Franz Kafka Society to authors whose works "appeal to readers regardless of their origin, nationality and culture."
Oz has been said to be among the candidates for the Nobel Prize for literature the past several years.