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Affleck joins celebrity anti-poverty campaign

  • April 24, 2013 - 8:48 AM

– The idea of Ben Affleck living on $1.50 a day sounds ridiculous, right? Maybe just as ridiculous as Hugh Jackman doing the same thing. The “Argo” director/producer/star is the latest celebrity showing his support for the Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line campaign, a position Jackman initiated for the organization in 2011.

The Oscar winner took on the organization’s challenge to spend five days feeding himself on only $1.50 a day, which is the the U.S. equivalent of the extreme poverty line. He showed his support for the initiative on Twitter. “1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50/day. I’m joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?” Affleck tweeted.

The challenge is meant to “give a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day — and who have to make $1.50 cover a lot more than food,” according to the organization’s website.

Jonah Hill, Sophia Bush, Katie Couric and Scooter Braun have tweeted their support for the cause. And Debi Mazar and Hunter Biden are among other celebrities who have lent their names to the project.

‘Beautiful Bulldog’ wins on second try

If at first you don’t succeed, wipe the slobber off and try again. Just ask 4-year-old pup Huckleberry, who’s been crowned this year’s “Beautiful Bulldog.”

Huckleberry competed for the title in 2010, only to walk away empty-pawed. That changed Monday, when he strutted down a blue runway at Drake University in Des Moines dressed in a beige suit as the main character from the movie “Forrest Gump.”

He beat 46 other dogs to don the crown and cape and seemed unfazed by the attention as he later feasted on a dog-friendly cake.

Huckleberry’s owners say their pooch is a lover who spends all his time playing with a miniature basketball.

The contest that’s now in its 34th year is held ahead of the annual Drake Relays track and field meet.

 

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