Ben Affleck to get honorary degree from Brown

Brown honoring Affleck

Ben Affleck is among six artists, writers, scientists, and educators selected to receive honorary degrees from Brown University during graduation ceremonies next month. The Ivy League school says the actor-director will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during commencement exercises on May 26. Others getting honorary doctorates are author and MIT professor Junot Díaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College president Beverly Wade Hogan; physician and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College president Eduardo Padron. (AP)

Sweet sales for ‘Caroline’

Sales for Neil Diamond’s ‘‘Sweet Caroline’’ are up by 597 percent a week after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday the song sold 19,000 tracks this week. It sold 2,800 tracks the previous week and 1.75 million tracks to date. The crowd-pleasing song is a staple of Red Sox games. Diamond released ‘‘Sweet Caroline’’ in 1969. It is addressed to Caroline Kennedy. (AP)

Presidential tattoo?

President Barack Obama has a strategy to discourage his daughters from rebelling, perhaps by getting a tattoo himself. Obama says he and his wife, Michelle, have told 14-year-old Malia and 11-year-old Sasha that if they ever decide to get a tattoo then ‘‘mommy and me’’ will get the same tattoo in the same place on their bodies and show it off on YouTube as a ‘‘family tattoo.’’ Obama commented in an interview taped last week and broadcast Wednesday on NBC’s ‘‘Today.’’ The president also dismissed the first lady’s recent reference to herself as a single mom during a separate TV interview. Obama suggested the comment was a slip of the tongue. But he also acknowledged there have been times in his career when she probably did feel like a single parent. (AP)

Beautiful day for Paltrow


People magazine has named Gwy­neth Paltrow the world’s most beautiful woman for 2013. The 40-year-old actress tops the magazine’s annual list of the ‘‘World’s Most Beautiful,’’ announced Wednesday. Commenting on her selection, Paltrow says: ‘‘Around the house, I’m in jeans and a T-shirt. I don’t really wear makeup.’’ She credits her workout routine for keeping her looking young and feeling strong. Paltrow is married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin. They have two children, Apple, 8, and Moses, 7. (AP)

Cannes jury announced

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The Cannes Film Festival announced its most Hollywood-heavy jury lineup in years Wednesday, with a list that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, and Ang Lee. Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg will lead 2013’s jury that will also include Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, who won the festival’s prize for best screenplay in 2012 for ‘‘Beyond the Hills”; French actor Daniel Auteuil; Indian actress Vidya Balan; Scottish director Lynne Ramsay; and Japanese director Naomi Kawase. They’ll decide which of the 19 films in competition will win the Palme d’Or award, given on May 26. (AP)