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Ben Affleck in casino blackjack ban for 'being too good'

Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was "too good," a source close to the 41-year-old Good Will Hunting star said.

Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at a Las Vegas casino because he was 'too good,' a source said. Credit: Reuters

Affleck was on a short break in the city with his wife Jennifer Garner when he was stopped earlier this week by security guards at the Hard Rock Casino.

They told him he had to stop playing blackjack because "you are too good," the source said.

He was told he could play other games at the casino.

Celebrity news website TMZ reported Affleck had been banned for life from the casino for counting cards, a legal gambling strategy of using probability to predict the next hand.

Stan Lee backs Ben Affleck as Batman after backlash

Stan Lee, whose comic book creations include Spider-Man, the Hulk and Iron Man, thinks Ben Affleck's casting is "a good idea". Credit: Reuters

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee has thrown his comic book weight behind the the appointment of Ben Affleck as Batman in the next Superman film after the choice of the actor received a backlash from movie fans.

More than 92,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Warner Brothers to drop the former Daredevil star from the Man of Steel sequel, but Mr Lee will clearly not be signing it.

“I’m one of the few people who think it’s a good idea,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “Ben Affleck is a good actor, and a good director, and I think he’ll surprise a lot of people.”

Anti-Affleck as Batman petition collects 60k signatures

A petition against the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel has fetched over 60,000 signatures.

The petition criticised Affleck for his acting ability and implored Warner Bros to consider someone else.

More than 60,000 sign anti-Affleck Batman petition. Credit:

The creator of the petition, John Roden, said he respected Affleck's work but felt he was "inappropriate for the role".

Read more: Holy Twitter backlash Batman! Affleck casting panned


Iran reacts to Argo's Best Picture Oscar

Iranian state television has dismissed the Oscar-winning film Argo as an "advertisement for the CIA".

Some Iranians believe Argo, which won the award for Best Picture, portrays the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in an unflattering light.

Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days in Iran, but a handful of US Embassy staff were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Argo recounts their escape as they used a fake movie as a cover story.

Tehran City Council member Masoomeh Ebtekar, one of the students who occupied the US Embassy and acted as the Iranian students' spokeswoman, told the Associated Press that Argo exaggerates the violence among crowds that stormed the compound in November 1979.

Mr Ebtekbar said director Ben Affleck "goes and shows scenes of a very violent and very angry mob throughout the film", adding, "It is never mentioned that these are a group of students".

The semi-official Mehr news agency called the Oscar "politically motivated" because First Lady Michelle Obama helped present the award, while Iranian culture minister Mohammad Hosseini said the movie has "distorted history".