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Ben Affleck Breaks Silence on Snoop Dogg Royally Flubbing His Name During Globe Nominations

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Ben Affleck appeared on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ and addressed Snoop Dogg butchering his name at the 2022 Golden Globe nominations. Ben also revealed that he hated his last name while growing up.

Ben Affleck, 49, finally had a response to Snoop Dogg‘s hilarious mispronunciation of his name while reading the nominees for the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards in December. Ben was on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Jan. 3 and was asked about how the rapper, 50, pronounced Ben’s last name as “a-fleck” when announcing that the A-lister received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in The Tender Bar.

“He got the emphasis a little off,” Kelly, 39, said with a laugh, while discussing the incident with Ben. The Oscar winner then explained to the “Breakaway” songstress how he hated having the last name “Affleck” while he was a kid.

Ben Affleck; Snoop Dogg (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Earl Gibson III/Shutterstock)

“I always grew up and I thought, ‘Affleck, what an incredibly ugly name.’ Now it sounds like the duck commercial,” Ben explained. “When I was a kid, I remember in the old days when people would call you up for a magazine subscription, they’d go, ‘A, F as in Frank,’ and I was always like, ‘Why do they do that?’ And I realized as I started looking through the mail we would get it and it would always be like, ‘Mr. and Mrs. A-S-S-L-I-C-K,’ and I was like, ‘I see.’ You hate to have that.’ ”

Back when Snoop butchered Ben’s name, the rapper immediately realized his mistake and laughed things off. “Ben Affleck. My fault. Sorry about that Ben!” Snoop said. The audience laughed at Snoop’s self-correction. Snoop also got the pronunciation wrong for Dune director Denis Villeneuve and struggled with Ciarán Hinds during the nomination ceremony.

Ben’s Golden Globe nomination for The Tender Bar is the fifth in his career. He stars in the coming-of-age drama as Charlie Moehringer, who bonds with his nephew J.R. Moehringer (Tye Sheridan), whose dad disappeared shortly after his birth. The film also stars Daniel Ranieri, Lily Rabe, and Christopher Lloyd. The whole cast got together for The Tender Bar‘s premiere in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese Theater on December 12. Ben brought along girlfriend Jennifer Lopez for the evening.

The Tender Bar will stream on Amazon Prime come January 7.

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SpaceWalk: a Spectacular Rollercoaster-Esque Staircase Loops Through a South Korean Park

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SpaceWalk: A Spectacular Rollercoaster-Esque Staircase Loops Through a South Korean Park

January 27, 2022

Grace Ebert

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Towering 70-meters above ground at its highest point, “SpaceWalk” is the latest undulating sculpture by Hamburg-based artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth. The monumental staircase winds in loops and elevations similar to that of a rollercoaster throughout Hwanho Park in Pohang, South Korea, and is almost entirely accessible for pedestrians except for the innermost circuit. It’s the largest contemporary public sculpture ever installed in the country.

A follow-up to the pair’s 2011 project “Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain” in Duisburg, Germany, “SpaceWalk” is built of galvanized and stainless steels atop a cement foundation and embedded rows of LED lights. “At night in particular, the brightly-illuminated walkway appears like a sigil drawn in the sky, appearing to represent different things depending on where one is standing,” Mutter and Genth say. “Thus, the sculpture also references local mythology and a tradition of sky-gazing and also makes playful use of relativity.”

Pedestrians enter the work at a central staircase, which breaks into two paths: one gently sloped walkway leads to a view of Yeongil Bay and the surrounding city, while the other is a steeper climb through a helix. Both are designed to mimic an otherworldly experience. “The title ‘SpaceWalk’ is taken from the terminology of outer space missions. It describes the act of exiting the space vehicle in the weightlessness of outer space. More literally, ‘SpaceWalk’ can be understood to mean ‘a walk through space,'” they say.

For more of the duo’s architectural projects, head to their site. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Archeologists Unearth a Roman Glass Bowl Dating Back 2,000 Years in Pristine Condition

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Archeologists Unearth a Roman Glass Bowl Dating Back 2,000 Years in Pristine Condition

January 27, 2022

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Sitting a few miles from the German border, Nijmegen is the oldest city in The Netherlands, and after a recent archeological dig, it’s also the site that unearthed a stunningly preserved bowl made of blue glass. The pristine finding, which is estimated to be about 2,000 years old, is from the agricultural Bataven settlement that once populated the region. Featuring diagonal ridges, the translucent vessel was made by pouring molten glass into a mold, sculpting the stripes while the material was liquid, and using metal oxide to produce the vibrant blue. Archeologists uncovered it without a single chip or crack.

Around the time the bowl was procured, Nijmegen was an early Roman military camp and later, the first to be named a municipium, or Roman city. Archeologist Pepjin van de Geer, who led the excavation, told the De Stentor that while it’s possible the vessel was created in a German glass workshop in cities like Cologne or Xanten, it’s also likely that the Batavians traded cattle hides to procure it. In addition to the piece, van de Geer’s team has also uncovered human bones, pitchers, cups, and other precious goods like jewelry, which indicates the site was once a burial ground. (via Hyperallergic)

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