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Affleck has curse-filled rant on TV

Ben Affleck raised eyebrows when he launched into an expletive-peppered rant during his appearance on Bill Simmons' HBO show Any Given Wednesday on Wednesday night.

When asked about last year's National Football League championship scandal involving alleged tampering with the footballs used, he did not hold back about the "ultimate bull**** f***ing outrage of sports ever", slurring his words on occasion.

The allegations involved the New England Patriots team. The US actor, 43, who is a Boston native and a die-hard Patriots fan, also defended the team's quarterback Tom Brady.

A source told E! News that Affleck "was absolutely not drunk". "He just gets very passionate when talking about the Patriots," said the source.

Affleck tweeted on Thursday: "For those of you keeping score...I gave exactly 18 f***s about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient.

"We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favourite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode."


Brown sued for attacking ex-manager

US singer Chris Brown is in trouble again, this time for attacking his former manager Michael Guirguis.

Mr Guirguis had been hired in 2012 to "repair" Brown's reputation after the singer pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, Barbadian pop star Rihanna, 28, in 2009.

This week, Mr Guirguis filed a lawsuit claiming that Brown had punched him multiple times on the face and neck last month.

Brown, 27, then posted a video of himself on Instagram saying he fired Mr Guirguis for "stealing money".

Mr Guirguis' lawyer told People magazine: "It's a pathetic reaction to the lawsuit. There is no truth to his claim and Brown knows it."


Williams may be returning to Take That

English singer Robbie Williams, 42, may rejoin English pop group Take That for their 25th anniversary album and tour.

The three members - Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, 45, and Mark Owen - are planning something for fans.

Donald, 48, said: "We've been talking to Robbie about it..."

Owen, 44, added: "There's an intention to do some new tracks, a greatest hits and a tour."

Former bandmate Jason Orange will not be involved. Williams left Take That once in 1995 and again in 2010 after a short-lived reunion for their Progress tour and album.


Harry Styles signs solo record deal

Harry Styles looks set to be the first member of UK boy band One Direction - who are on an indefinite hiatus - to start making his own music.

Billboard reported that the 22-year-old singer has signed a solo deal with Columbia Records, the same company managing the group.

Styles is now filming Christopher Nolan's new movie Dunkirk, slated for release next year.

He is also rumoured to be playing Mick Jagger in a new film about the Rolling Stones.


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When she was two, she was (like), 'Shh, Mama, terrible voice.' First of all, who taught you the word 'terrible'?

- US singer Pink on how her daughter is not a fan of her singing

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