Ben Affleck has pledged to feed himself on a meager $1.50 a day.

So he's going into journalism?

According to E! News, the Oscar winner is the latest Hollywood star taking on the challenge of having to feed himself on $1.50 a day as part of the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign, which raises funds and awareness to fight extreme poverty.

"1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50/day. I'm joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?," Affleck tweeted on Monday.

No.

Affleck is joining the project to support the Eastern Congo Initiative, an advocacy group he founded with the goal of creating more opportunities for economic and social development for the people of that African country.

The "Argo" star joins fellow actor Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in "Thor" and "The Avengers," who earlier this month spent five days living off that meager amount and posted a video about the experiment, whose guidelines call for participants to adhere to a budget of only $7.50 for five whole days. (In Hiddleston's case, lunch was one whole baked potato.)

WILL.I.AM ADMITS TO COPYING SONG: Singer will.i.am has basically confessed to stealing Arty and Mat Zo's song "Rebound" for his own track, "Let's Go," which features guest vocals by Chris Brown.

Meanwhile, the thief who stole the capital letters from will.i.am's name remains at large.

The Black Eyed Peas member was initially quiet on the subject (even after Arty cried thief on Twitter), but has since broken his silence, according to the Huffington Post

"Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to 'Rebound' this last year," will.i.am said in an interview with KISS FM, admitting that he used the song in question as the foundation for "Let's Go."

"I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it 'cause I asked him (to) make it newer 'cause I don't just wanna take your song and rap over it," he said. "But in a year's time, time's gone by (and) we preferred writing over and using the (original) rebound. Something happened and the clearance ... hopefully we resolved the issue."

In other words, he doesn't want to be sued.

Arty said no one from Interscope (will.i.am's label) reached out to Anjunabeats (the imprint label that released "Rebound"). Posts on Twitter and Facebook indicated that Arty, Mat Zo and Anjunabeats head Jono Grant first heard of "Rebound" being used by will.i.am when "Let's Go" hit YouTube.

According to the Huffington Post, Brown tweeted that he didn't care and often doesn't even listen to the songs he provides vocals for.

What a lovely person he is.

THE ROCK HAS EMERGENCY SURGERY: The Rock -- Dwayne Johnson -- missed Monday night's Los Angeles premiere of his new movie "Pain & Gain," to undergo emergency hernia surgery, according to E! News.

While the surgery didn't come as a surprise, the timing did. Johnson tweeted Sunday that he would have the surgery later in the week.

"Saw my Dr who had to push my intestines back thru the tear in my abdomen. Kinda romantic," the pro wrestler turned movie star tweeted. "Surgery is next week. #BringItOn."

I guess it got brought on sooner than he thought.

E! reported that Johnson was resting at his home Tuesday morning. There was no word on whether the injury had anything to do with Johnson's return to the ring earlier this month, when he lost a match to John Cena at WrestleMania 29.

"Pain & Gain" will be in theaters Friday.

SHARON OSBOURNE TALKS ABOUT OZZY'S SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Sharon Osbourne says she's "devastated" over husband Ozzy Osbourne's recent battle with substance abuse, according to People.com.

"He said he's been using alcohol and prescription drugs for the last year and a half," said "The Talk" co-host, of his recent Facebook post about getting sober. "And that he's been an (expletive) and he's been in a very dark place. That's true. That's very true."

Osbourne said on Tuesday's show that Ozzy was hiding his struggles from her. "I never knew he was using prescription drugs," she said. "I knew he was drinking occasionally but I didn't realize the extent."

Osbourne echoed her husband's assurance that the couple is not splitting. "We're not getting divorced. However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes I am. I'm devastated right now."

Osbourne talked about the toll substance abuse can have on a family.

"It's a disease that not only hurts the person that has the disease but it hurts the family. It hurts people who love you," she said. "We're dealing with it. We've dealt with worse. We're dealing with it and this too shall pass."

And of course, she added "Otherwise, my husband will be taken to hospital to get my foot removed from his (expletive)."

MADONNA'S BROTHER ARRESTED IN BATHROOM: Madonna's brother was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of resisting arrest.

Authorities said Anthony Ciccone, 56, needed nine stitches in his head after supposedly resisting arrest in a public bathroom in northern Michigan.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported police were called Sunday night when Ciccone refused to leave the bathroom at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.

That must have been one special bathroom.

Police said an officer tried to arrest Ciccone on an outstanding warrant for trespass. The officer ended up taking Ciccone down, hitting his face on the floor.

According to the Huffington Post, Police said Ciccone's blood-alcohol level was 0.40. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Ciccone was arraigned on the warrant and jailed.

Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, declined comment.

Contact Tony Hicks at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.

APRIL 24 IN HISTORY

Wednesday is April 24, the 114th day of 2013. There are 251 days left in the year.

1800: Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

1898: Spain declared war on the United States. (The United States responded in kind the next day.)

1913: The 792-foot Woolworth Building, at that time the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened in Manhattan as President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button at the White House to signal the lighting of the towering structure. In 1915, what's regarded as the start of the Armenian genocide began as the Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople.

1916: Some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin. (The rising was put down by British forces almost a week later.)

1932: In the Free State of Prussia, the Nazi Party gained a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections.

1953: British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1962: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, using NASA's Echo 1 balloon satellite to bounce a video image from Camp Parks, Calif., to Westford, Mass.

1963: The Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals in Game 6, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 112-109.

1970: The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite, which kept transmitting a song, "The East is Red."

1980: The United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.

2003: U.S. forces in Iraq took custody of Tariq Aziz, the former Iraqi deputy prime minister. China shut down a Beijing hospital as the global death toll from SARS surpassed 260. In Red Lion, Pa., 14-year-old James Sheets shot and killed principal Eugene Segro inside a crowded junior high school cafeteria, then killed himself

2008: The White House accused North Korea of assisting Syria's secret nuclear program, saying a Syrian nuclear reactor destroyed by Israel in 2007 was not intended for "peaceful purposes."

BIRTHDAYS

Actress Shirley MacLaine (79), singer Barbra Streisand (71), former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (71), rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (68), rock musician Jack Blades (Night Ranger) (59), actor Michael O'Keefe (58), comedian Cedric the Entertainer (49), actor Djimon Hounsou (49), singer Kelly Clarkson (31).

Associated Press