Jennifer Lopez News Archive Part 2

MTV Nabs Latina Comedy From Jennifer Lopez

MTV is looking to Jennifer Lopez for laughs and Latino viewers.

The younger skewing network has ordered a half-hour comedy script from the singer-producer. The project centers on Lina Molina, a recent NYU grad who, because of a dire economy and grim job prospects, is forced to return home to suburban Texas to her eccentric Mexican family.

Grace Parra (Work It, Glory Daze, Jonas) is on board to write, with Lopez's Nuyorican Productions partner Simon Fields and manager Benny Medina joining her as executive producers. Brent Haynes, the network's senior vice president of comedy and animation and an integral part of the project, will serve as MTV's executive on the potential series.

The news comes as Nuyorican continues to expand its TV footprint. The shingle has projects at truTV (South Beach Tow), Spike TV (Big Easy Justice) and Fox (a sibling dramedy with Ugly Betty showrunner Silvio Horta).

MTV, too, has been busy growing its scripted portfolio, which includes Teen Wolf, animated reboot Beavis & Butt-head and critical darling Awkward.

Lopez and Nuyorican are repped by UTA and attorneys Bob Wallerstein and Ryan Nord at Hirsch Wallerstein; Parra is repped by UTA and Mosaic.

Jennifer Lopez: I've Finally Learned the "Biggest Lesson" About Relationships

Jennifer Lopez has the Glamour thing down. (Both figuratively and literally, as she's the magazine's December cover girl.)

But despite having been around the block a few times, her outlook on love and relationships is still a work in progress.

"I think I've finally learned the biggest lesson of all," she tells the mag, three months after her separation from Marc Anthony following seven years of marriage.

And what might that lesson be, besides the fact that love does apparently cost you a few things along the way?

"You've got to love yourself first," affirms the recording star and American Idol judge. "You've got to be OK on your own before you're OK with someone else. You've got to value yourself and know that you're worth everything.

"And until you value yourself enough and love yourself enough to know that, you can't really have a healthy relationship."

Wow, celebs really are just like regular people, confidence issues and everything.

But it sure sounds as if Lopez is ready to make a go of it with someone new, though we don't think she'll be doing any name-dropping anytime soon.

"I think to give something a chance, to really get to know somebody, you want to do it out of the public eye," Lopez says. "You know the media—they want to rush everything."

We admit it, we're suckers for l'amour! (Bradley Cooper knows what we're talking about.)

Jennifer Lopez Will Be 'Tougher' Next Season on American Idol

The season 11 premiere of American Idol is still months away but Jennifer Lopez is already hard at work uncovering the country's best singing talent.

"We're a little tougher on everybody," the judge told PEOPLE at a Samsung Hope for Children event supporting the Maribel Foundation in Los Angeles. "Because of last season and the standard that we set, it's easy to go, 'Is he as good as even our top 24 from last year?' "

Not to worry, though. Lopez assures there's been no lack of "amazing" voices.

"It's not like you find people just like that, but the ones that we found, we know are very special," she said."They're like my brothers and they drive me crazy like brothers, too," she said with a laugh. "But we love each other, which is why we've become like a family."

Friend of Jennifer Lopez: Bradley Cooper a Good Boyfriend..."for Now"

It's been quite the year for Jennifer Lopez.

Between her nasty divorce and rumor-fueled relaysh, the gal definitely deserves a smoking-hot rebound like rumored fling Bradley Cooper.

Problem is, we're worried Cooper may not be the perfect gentleman for Miss Lopez. Behind those deep blue eyes, dude can be a heart breaker.

So are the rumored couple meant to be, or should Jenny take a walk down a different block? And what do Jenny's friends have to say?

"Are you kidding?" asked one close chum to the American Idol star, "Anybody would be an improvement after [Marc Anthony]. He did not treat her well."

OK, we get that. But is Bradley good for Jennifer?

"For now," the friend told us.

If you ask us, we also say Cooper's a fine choice—but only for the immediate future.

After all, dude is known for his gentlemanly ways, something Jen definitely needs after insecure Marc reportedly couldn't handle Jen's success.

No doubt, J.Lo is a bit of a hopeless romantic (she's has been married three times), and her emotional performance over the weekend and tribute to her lost loves proves the gal is still down from the split.

And while Us Weekly reports Bradley is pursuing Jen like crazy, we're worried the Limitless star may reach his limit with Lopez—after all, his career is what reportedly put an end to his relaysh with Renée Zellweger, and we certainly know J.Lo won't take a backseat to any man's career.

So for now, Cooper does seem a fine, and most importantly, a safe choice for Jen, but whom should she go for when this romance fizzles?

Last time we checked, you all had some interesting choices for J.Lo, namely Alex Rodriguez, Eva Longoria and Lopez's smoldering video costar, William Levy, who's currently single and getting super sweaty and toned in the new man-candy flick Magic Mike.

Well, Jennifer, we still think this is a super-hot (and smart) suggestion!

How about it, babe?

Jennifer Lopez: I Cried at Seeing My Mom in Audience

Before her weekend concert, Jennifer Lopez showed no hint of the emotions that would be displayed on stage.

"I was watching her in the dress rehearsal and she was just giddy and having so much fun," Maria Menounos, who spent time with Lopez, 42, tells PEOPLE. "She seemed really positive and upbeat."

But when Lopez saw her mom in the audience during a performance of "Until It Beats No More," she suddenly broke down, she tells Menounos, 33, in an interview airing on Extra Monday night.

"I didn't see her the whole time until this one moment, and I was a bit emotional," the singer explains in the interview.

As for having dancers re-enact scenes with some of the men from her past, Lopez tells Extra she "wanted to do a section of the show that talked about love [and] different moments in my life."

Lopez, who calls herself "a regular person like everybody else," adds, "I have feelings and emotions. My life goes great and it goes not great sometimes. But you know what? We keep going, and that?s what it is."

Jennifer Lopez: I Didn't Cry Over Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez is telling friends ... she didn't break down on stage Saturday night because of Marc Anthony -- or any other ex for that matter -- she choked up because she was thinking about her kids.

During part of her performance at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut -- when she sang "Until It Beats No More" -- several dancers dressed as men from her past ... like Diddy, Cris Judd, and Ben Affleck ... and Jennifer teared up, telling the crowd, "I took a trip down memory lane."

But sources tell TMZ, Jennifer is claiming it wasn't her exes who brought her to tears ... it was a picture of the singer and her babies that was displayed on the jumbo-tron during her performance.

According to sources, the photo -- shot for a Gucci ad last fall -- has some serious sentimental value to J.Lo ... and when she saw the image during an already emotional performance ... it pushed her over the edge.

Lopez' twins -- who she had with estranged hubby Marc Anthony -- were born in 2008.

'American Idol' Season 11 premieres Jan. 22 - the incredible journey begins

"American Idol" debuted a new commercial during Game 4 of the World Series. It featured judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest walking along a Hollywood backlot city street and getting a mob of United Colors of Benetton youngsters to follow them like they were the Pied Pipers of Hamlin.

Two things strike us (other than the weird Pied Piper thing) - first off, did you catch Randy Jackson trying to hold J.Lo's hand and she letting it drop because no one is going to hold J.Lo's beautiful hand in his giant sweaty paw. And secondly, the tagline was "the incredible journey begins."

The judges are totally the "Incredible Journey" animals - J.Lo is Sassy the cat, Tyler is the crazy hyper Chance and Randy is the old, ready to be put out to pasture Shadow (RIP, Don Ameche).

So "American Idol" is back Jan. 22! Woo and hoo. If you missed it, we'll post video of the commercial as soon as we have it.

Jennifer Lopez Breaks Down on Stage

Her own lyrics hit a little too close to home for Jennifer Lopez, who broke down in tears onstage after singing a song about loves from her past.

"I'm going to sing you the last song I wrote about love," Lopez, who recently split from husband Marc Anthony, told the audience at the Mohegan Sun's 15th anniversary celebration on Saturday night after singing an acoustic rendition of her hit "If You Had My Love." "A lot has changed since then."

Lopez, 42, then launched into "Until It Beats No More" while dancers re-enacted scenes with the singer and some of the men from her past. A Lopez lookalike danced with guys who looked a lot like her exes Diddy, Cris Judd and Ben Affleck.

The final couple to appear in the spotlight danced much like Lopez and her estranged husband during their American Idol performance in May, just weeks before they announced their split.

After she was done, Lopez told the sold-out crowd, "I took a trip down memory lane" – and then started to cry as the crowd applauded.

But it wasn't all sadness for Lopez. She then held up a photo of her twins Max and Emme, 3½, and said, "There's love – and then there's love."

Jennifer Lopez spent the night with Bradley Cooper?

When Jennifer Lopez was photographed in Bradley Cooper's car on Saturday morning, she had spent the night at his place, according to a new report.

Sources tell Us Weekly that Cooper's plane had arrived in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. the night before, while Lopez had left a family function at 2 a.m. When they were photographed in the car the next morning at 10 a.m., Lopez reportedly looked disheveled but happy.

"Bradley hit the gas pretty hard and she began to laugh as they went flying down the road," a source said. He apparently drove her home.

According to the magazine, Cooper, who broke up with Renee Zellweger in March, has been in hot pursuit of Lopez, who split from husband Marc Anthony in July.

"[He is] really trying to woo Jennifer in a big way," a source says. "Considering how depressed she's been since her breakup, it's no surprise that she finally decided to let him in. She needs a boost and he really wants her."

Back in late September, Cooper allegedly visited Lopez in Miami, checking into the Boca Beach Club resort the day after she did. Earlier that month, the two sat next to each other at a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show.

On September 10, Lopez and Cooper were spotted on a date at Per Se in New York, as Page Six reported. "He waited 10 minutes for her to arrive, and she turned up in a white bandage dress looking ridiculously hot," a source squealed. "They sat at a corner table smiling and chatting. It looked like they were heavily flirting. They left together out of a back door."

Jennifer Lopez' talent-search series lands three networks

"Q'Viva! The Chosen," the upcoming talent-search series from Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, has secured network deals in its first three countries, it was announced Wednesday.

The series, produced by Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, will premiere in the first quarter of 2012. It will air on Univision in the United States, on Televisa in Mexico, and in Colombia on Caracol TV. Other broadcast partners for the series will be announced soon. It is expected to air in 21 countries in all.

The series, which is currently filming in English, Spanish and Portuguese, features Lopez, Anthony and director Jamie King traveling through Latin America in search of the most compelling talent in a variety of disciplines, including singing and dancing, with the aid of YouTube and Facebook.

In a news release, Lopez said that the series will "discover and celebrate the most captivating talent the world has ever seen."

"Very soon the world's heart will beat to the tune of Latin rhythms, and we're looking forward to experiencing history in the making," Lopez said.

The talent search for the series, which is shooting through January, actually began in June, with the public submitting their suggestions for talent via Facebook, and the performers submitting their auditions on YouTube.

The production and distribution deal for the series was brokered through international production and distribution company Endemol.

Jennifer Lopez & Bradley Cooper - Together Again?

(Photo 1, Photo 2) Bradley Cooper was seen in Los Angeles Saturday with a woman paparazzi say is Jennifer Lopez and who our exclusive photos reveal to be a woman who sure looks an awful lot like the American Idol judge.

A source close to Lopez says the two spent time together on Saturday. Reps for both did not respond for comment.

This isn't the first time Lopez, 42 has been seen with the Hangover star, 37. The pair had dinner last month at Per Se in New York City but quickly asserted that the meeting was nothing more than just business – but was it?

"After their date in New York, Bradley and Jennifer stayed in touch," says a source close to Lopez.

The source also says: "She does like his attention, and it makes her feel good that he seems so into her. She has a fun time with Bradley and he makes her laugh."

Adds another source: "She likes him."

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Jennifer Lopez Buys $18 Million Hamptons Home

(Pic 1, Pic 2) Jenny is moving to a new block!

Jennifer Lopez just purchased a 2-acre property in the exclusive Water Mill area of the Hamptons, New York. The 14,000-square foot home boasts seven bedrooms, nine and a half baths and beautiful panoramic water views.

Last listed at $17,999,999, the home was built in 2010, and sites have been buzzing about her interest in the property for weeks. Luxurious extras include heated marble floors in the master bath, multiple walk-in closets and imported limestone flooring in the foyer. Not to mention seven fireplaces – five inside and two out – and tons of entertaining space. There is, of course, a pool and dockage on Mecox Bay.

Lopez spent some time in the Hamptons this summer, and was even spotted with Marc Anthony at Sagg Main beach about a month after they announced the end of their seven-year-marriage.

Jennifer Lopez Gets a Lap Dance in Las Vegas

Jennifer Lopez let loose in Las Vegas on Saturday night, taking her own advice from her hit single "On the Floor" – to "dance the night away."

Following her performance at the iHeartRadio music festival, Lopez headed to Pure Nightclub with an entourage of more than a dozen people, including her backup dancers. Dressed in a short cream dress with pink stripes, Lopez hung out in the club's elevated VIP area, sipping Dom Perignon Rose as her music videos played on two oversized screens at each end of the club.

By all accounts, Lopez has bounced back from her split with husband Marc Anthony and is into having a good time. About an hour after arriving at Pure, "one of her dancers took his shirt and gave her a lap dance," a source tells PEOPLE. "She was laughing and loving it."

Surrounded by her crew and security guards, Lopez was at times barely visible at her VIP table but came to the front when DJ Irie played "On the Floor." She sang along to her song and shook hands with fans clamoring for a glimpse of the returning American Idol judge.

Later, Lopez danced on the couch in her private area when the deejay played songs by Rihanna and the Black Eyes Peas before leaving the club at 3:30 a.m.

Sighting

(Photo) Jennifer Lopez squeezed in some quality time with 3-year-old daughter Emme in between filming Parker in Palm Beach, Fla. Emme even made a friend in Mom's costar Jason Statham, who came to the staging area to meet Lopez's daughter. "[Lopez] was smiling and looked so happy to see her little girl," a source tells us of the cute mother-daughter moment.

Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez -- Reunited

(Photo) Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez put aside their differences yesterday so he could spend time with their twins during his birthday weekend at their home in Miami. Good to see the kids always come first.

New Couple Alert? Here's the Real Reason Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper Were Out Together.

Well, well, well. What have we here?

Speculation kicked into high gear over the weekend that there's a new celebrity power couple ready to assume the ranks after none other than Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper were spotted intimately dining together—and with no other hangers-on—at New York's Per Se Saturday night.

So what's the deal? Was the meet-up strictly business, all pleasure…or both?

Exhale, ladies: the Limitless star is still, as far as we can tell, on the market. Despite his penchant for fiery Jennifers (lest we forget, he had a blink-and-you'll-miss-it marriage to Jennifer Esposito in his pre-Hangover days), E! News has learned that this particular meeting was nothing personal.

A source close to the newly-single Lopez tells E! News that she was simply in New York doing promotion for her new Kohl's collection (with ex-hubby Marc Anthony) and took full advantage of being on the East Coast, taking several meetings for various creative endeavors.

One of those meetings, the source says, was her dinner with Cooper. The duo was simply discussing a possible future film project together.

And while they're just friends—and possible colleagues—for now, they would make a pretty stunning couple, if we may say so.

Are Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper Dating?

(Photo) Bradley Cooper just can't stop the rumor mill.

After keeping close company with Olivia Wilde in May and then receiving an honor from Charlize Theron last week, The Hangover star is generating the most talk because of his dinner companion this weekend.

She was no other than the recently available Jennifer Lopez.

Although the Internet lit up with reports of a budding romance between Cooper, 37, and Lopez, 42, a source tells PEOPLE that the dinner Saturday at the New York restaurant Per Se was all business.

The pair, according to the source, are "in discussions regarding a project."

Marc Anthony, J. Lo launch fashion lines at Kohl's

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony may be ending their personal relationship, but their professional one lives on.

Anthony and Lopez launched their fashion lines — the Marc Anthony Collection and the Jennifer Lopez Collection — on Wednesday.

Anthony marked the launch with a ribbon cutting at Kohl's department store in downtown Jersey City, N.J. Lopez did not attend, but Anthony said they collaborated a lot on the work.

"I always had Jennifer as a soundboard and vice versa," he said of his collection. "I'm really happy about her line and I saw all the work that she put into it."

Anthony also said he's "really proud of" Lopez.

The pair, both 42, announced their split in July after seven years of marriage. They have 3-year-old twins named Max and Emme.

In April, Lopez and Anthony announced plans for a TV show together called "Q'Viva! The Chosen," a series searching for talent in Latin America and then bringing them to America. It will be produced by Simon Fuller, the creator of "American Idol," where Lopez works as judge. A representative for Anthony said the show is in its pre-production stage.

Jennifer Lopez Reveals Idol Judges' 'First Fight'

No more Ms. Nice for American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.

The singer admits that she and her cohorts on the panel – Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler – recently had their most combative disagreement since coming together as a threesome on last season's show.

"Me and Randy and Steve got into our first fight. I got really, really upset," Lopez, 42, told Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Friday.

The blowout – which Seacrest confirmed visibly riled her – bubbled up at a recent audition after a girl with what Lopez felt was an exceptional voice performed for the panel.

"She was amazing," Lopez recalls.

But Tyler didn't agree – and asked for another song.

"I was surprised because I was ready to vote," Lopez said, adding with a laugh, "Sometimes the days get kinda long."

When the girl's second song got going, though, Tyler, and then Jackson, quickly nixed the girl from going further in the competition.

"I thought I was being Punk'd," Lopez recalls. "[I thought], 'How can we let this girl go?' I was upset. When I believe in something … I knew this girl deserves the chance."

All in all, though, Lopez says her second season is "going really great," but does admit: "The kids, we're being really tough on them."

Lopez, whose new single Papi (off her latest album Love) is now out, briefly referenced her soon-to-be ex-husband Marc Anthony.

"I call everybody 'Papi,' " Lopez said of the inspiration for the song. "I used to call Marc 'Papi.' We wrote the song about loving somebody and celebrating that."

Marc Anthony: I'll Always Love Jennifer Lopez

Marc Anthony is finally speaking out about his split from wife Jennifer Lopez.

"I'll always love Jennifer," Anthony, 42, tells ABC News in an interview airing Thursday.

Anthony has remained mum since announcing the end of his seven year marriage to Lopez, 42, in July.

While Anthony joked, "They're saying I'm single" during a concert in Colombia last month, witnesses told PEOPLE that he was aloof and visibly upset before the show.

The couple recently reunited in the Hamptons, but, according to Anthony's rep, the purpose of the get-together was to spend time with 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Lopez worries fans with riot footage

Jennifer Lopez sparked concern among her fans on Sunday when she posted photos of what looked like a street riot online.

In the image, angry protesters gathered on a litter-strewn street in front of a overturned, burning car in the images - a scene similar to those of the recent riots in London.

Lopez simply wrote "omg yesterday got a 'lil hectic" in the Twitter.com message to accompany the picture, prompting fans to fear the star had been caught up in violence.

It took more devoted fans to point out the shot came from the set of Lopez's new video, Papi, and the protesters were actors.

Without explaining herself, Lopez later posted another image from the shoot, adding, "it was out of control yesterday!!!!!"

Jennifer Lopez: I Was Worn Down at End of Idol

There was a point last season when Jennifer Lopez didn't know whether she would return to American Idol.

"I got a little bit tired at the end with everything going on in my life at the time," says Lopez, whose split with husband Marc Anthony was announced less than two months after the finale.

But at a news conference in Savannah, Ga., where the show is taping, Lopez told reporters that she realized Idol was "one of the best things I've ever been involved with" and that she enjoyed working with the contestants as well as fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler and host Ryan Seacrest.

"I was like 'OK I'm gonna do it again,'" she says.

Earlier this month, producer Nigel Lythgoe had made it official, announcing that Lopez was coming back for a second season.

J.Lo coming back to 'American Idol'

Jennifer Lopez has signed up for a second season as a judge on “American Idol”, Fox television officials said Wednesday, ending months of speculation about her return.

Lopez will join already Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and record producer Randy Jackson for the 11th season of the singing talent show which will begin airing on January 22, Fox said.

“Having both Jennifer and Steven return to ‘Idol’ in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted,” the show’s creator Simon Fuller said in a statement.

Lopez had said earlier this summer that she was undecided about whether to sign on for a second season of the top-rated singing show, which boosted its audiences last season after revamping the panel.

“American Idol” also has been good for the actress and singer, whose career had slumped since she took time off to have twins in 2008.

She topped People magazine’s “most beautiful” list earlier this year and had a top 10 hit with her dance single “On the Floor.” However, Lopez announced in July that she was divorcing her husband of seven years, Latin singer Marc Anthony.

Mirren: Jennifer Lopez is '1,000% more beautiful'

Count Dame Helen Mirren in as one person skeptical of a new poll that has voters picking her body over Jennifer Lopez's.

Mirren, 66, took top Best Body honors in the poll. She earned close to 18% of the poll's votes compared to Lopez, 42, who took nearly 8% of the tally.

"I think the voting was rigged in some way," Mirren exclaims to USA Today. "It had to have been. JLo is about 1,000% more beautiful from the top of her head to her little toe."

"I'm grateful for small mercies," she says, when pressed about the result. "I'll put it that way."

The poll was conducted by the LA Fitness gym chain. Mirren also beat Elle "The Body" MacPherson (10.6% of the vote) and Pippa Middleton (4%).

Mirren continues to turn back the clock as she stars as a former Mossad agent returning to the field in The Debt (in theaters Aug. 31). She is particularly tickled about the poll since her husband, filmmaker Taylor Hackford, is working on the film Parker with Lopez.

"He loved the fact that his two leading ladies are on the same front page," Mirren says of Hackford.

But she vowed to make the situation right when she visits the Parker set.

"When I get on set I am going to have a photo taken next to JLo to show what a terrible mistake they have made," says Mirren. "I know she will be absolutely gracious and funny about it."

Source: Jennifer Lopez "Would Never" Go Back to Marc Anthony

Uh-oh, do we already smell a reconciliation between exes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who were photographed yesterday in the Hamptons?

Even though reps say the get-together was only a chance for the split couple to be with their children, others are actually getting their hopes up, wondering if this means the divorce lawyers will be called off.

Don't count on it.

"I don't know about him," said a good friend to the handsome couple, "but she's done—as she should be. Do you have any idea what she put up with?"

Yes. And we've contacted Lopez and Anthony's reps before about accusations of controlling and obsessive behavior on Marc's part, but never heard back. We heard that just took its toll on Lopez—and then some.

"[Jennifer] would never go back to Marc," the couple's mutual friend practically seethed. "Never."

OK then, good to know. Which raises the question: who will J.Lo hook up with next? Because the girl's made it quite clear: She does not like to be alone and loves to be in love!

Any guesses who's next, folks?

J.Lo & Marc Anthony REUNITED in Red Convertible

(Photo 1, Photo 2) Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's separation has taken a back seat.

Nearly a month after the couple split, the two singers were spotted basking in the Long Island sun near Sagg Main Beach in Southampton ... inside a red Mustang convertible.

No explanation yet for the unexpected reunion today -- but Marc's rep tells TMZ, he was on the East Coast visiting his children.

Marc has sired five offspring in total -- one out of wedlock, two with his first wife, and two with Jennifer. It's unclear which children he was visiting.

Jennifer Lopez a go for 'American Idol' return

Jennifer Lopez will return to American Idol next season, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed.

"I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of American Idol [Ryan Seacrest], [are] back for the next season," Lythgoe said Wednesday on Seacrest's radio show.

Lopez, who said in June she was "on the fence" about coming back, was reportedly near a $20 million deal last week. She earned $12 million last season.

Lopez and fellow judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will soon hit the road for the Season 11 auditions, Lythgoe added.

Are you glad J. Lo's sticking around?

Kardashian, Lopez added to Teen Choice winners list

Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian have been added to the Teen Choice Awards winners list.

Many prizes were not handed out during the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night, including Lopez’s Choice TV Personality and bride-to-be Kardashian’s Choice Female Reality/Variety TV Star.

Chace Crawford was also a post-show winner - he picked up the Choice TV Actor (Drama) honour for Gossip Girl - and The Simpsons was named Choice Animated Show.

Pretty Little Liars picked up three post-ceremony awards - Choice Summer TV Show and Choice Summer TV Stars (Lucy Hale and Ian Harding).

Meanwhile, The Voice was named Choice TV Breakout Show and American Idol picked up the Choice Reality TV Competition Show honour.

The big winners at the ceremony were Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, who claimed 11 awards between them. There were also multiple wins for Gomez’s boyfriend Justin Bieber and the casts of the Harry Potter films, Twilight and TV drama The Vampire Diaries.

J.Lo deal sparks 'Idol' envy

Jennifer Lopez's huge new deal with "American Idol" has prompted her fellow judge, rocker Steven Tyler, to urge Fox to bump up his own payday.

While J.Lo negotiates the finishing touches of a deal, said to be worth up to $20 million, to return to "Idol" for another season, sources say leaks about the nature of the talks have made her fellow judges restless.

Aerosmith frontman Tyler is already tied into a two-year deal worth about $10 million a year, while Randy Jackson has said he's committed to coming back to the show.

One source told Page Six, "J.Lo's management is close to brokering her a huge deal to come back to the panel for at least one more season, and but the side effect is that it means her fellow judges also want more money.

"Steven is halfway through a two-year deal, and his management has asked for more money," the source said. "They argue he was just as sensational and as popular on the panel as Jennifer. But, on the other side, show bosses argue he's tied into a deal and has to stick to it. However, it's hoped they can come to a compromise to keep Steven happy, because the producers love him."

Another source told us that while the money deal with J.Lo has been agreed, the final negotiations center around scheduling her "Idol" appearances around her other TV and movie commitments.

J.Lo and Tyler joined the panel after star judge Simon Cowell left last year to start his own singing competition, "The X Factor," which starts on Fox next month. "American Idol" is due to return for its 11th season in January.

A spokesman for J.Lo told us, "Talks are ongoing -- she has nothing to announce as yet." He declined to comment on Tyler and Jackson. A rep for Tyler also declined to comment, as did Fox. A rep for Jackson didn't get back to us.

Fox stays mum on Jennifer Lopez, "Idol" talks

Jennifer Lopez's future as a judge with "American Idol" is still up in the air, after Fox television on Friday declined to confirm or deny reports that she had signed on for a second season.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told a meeting of TV critics he had no headline-making announcements -- "maybe like confirm Jennifer Lopez or something. No luck there."

The return of Lopez for the upcoming 11th season of "American Idol" has been in doubt after the singer said earlier this summer that she was undecided about doing a second year.

Several news reports, all citing unnamed sources, have reported that Lopez is ready to sign up, and this week, showbiz website TheWrap.com said a deal had been finalized that would pay Lopez just over $20 million.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and veteran record producer Randy Jackson are already confirmed as judges when the talent contest resumes on Fox in January.

Lopez and Tyler joined the judging panel this past season, helping to boost flagging viewership for the aging "American Idol" and maintain its status as the most-watched show on U.S. TV.

The show has also been good for Lopez. She topped People magazine's "most beautiful" list earlier this year and had a top 10 hit with her dance single "On the Floor."

However, Lopez announced in July that she was divorcing her husband of seven years, Latin singer Marc Anthony, with whom she had twins in 2008.

Jennifer Lopez Isn't 'Sitting Around Crying' After Split

(Photo) While Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony called their split "painful," Lopez is at peace with the couple's decision to end their marriage of seven years, a source tells PEOPLE.

"She is very relieved to be out of [the marriage], frankly," says a source close to the singer, who recently celebrated her 42nd birthday. "I don't think she is sitting around crying or wondering if she made the wrong decision."

Instead Lopez – who is currently with her 3-year-old twins Max and Emme in Atlanta where she's shooting the movie What to Expect When You're Expecting – is focused on work. "For her, it's back to business," the source says. "She is all about her career. She's excited to move on."

Speaking of Lopez's career, another source told PEOPLE last month that she is "very close" to signing on for a second season as a judge on American Idol.

On Friday, Idol executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz told reporters that negotiations are on track.

"Look, we are not worried," she said of Lopez's Idol deal. "The contract hasn't been signed yet, but she'll be back."

Poor Jennifer Lopez Has Had a Pretty Awful Week

(Photo) Let's give a warm hug to Jennifer Lopez.

The star hasn't had the best of weeks, especially with her public separation from hubby Marc Anthony continuing to make headlines.

But to top it off, she also had to hear of another ex-hubby's negotiations to pose for Playgirl and then see her wax figure get sexually harassed by some topless Chippendale dancers. (And yes, that's 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons slightly grazing her boob with a rose.)

All right, so maybe we're a little too harsh on the dancers. They're trying to be funny now that Jenny From the Block is single. We get it.

But as for Ojani Noa, that's still a sucky situation.

E! News got a hold of Noa's rep, Ed Meyer, who confirmed the deal is in negotiations, saying, "It's true! Ron Jeremy watch out! Get my drift? Big bucks!"

Ummm, OK...moving on.

Claudia Vazquez, a close associate of Noa, says she has been trying to get Noa to pose for the mag for a while, saying, "I've been telling him forever but he's so shy! He has a nice package, why not share it with the world!?"

A nice package? Just how close of an associate is she?! Oh, and of course there's the whole money situation.

"He wouldn't do it for just a little bit of money. They are paying really good," Vazquez said.

Sigh. Keep your head up, J.Lo. We got your back, girl.

Jennifer Lopez Styles Everyday Women for September's 'O'

(Photo 1, Photo 2) When eight “real” models showed up at a New York City studio for an O, The Oprah Magazine photo shoot, they had no idea what was in store. But as it turned out, creative director Adam Glassman had arranged a styling session and photo shoot with none other than Jennifer Lopez, featuring clothes from her upcoming collection for Kohl’s.

“O is often the go-to magazine for lines that want to do an exclusive first look,” Glassman tells PEOPLE. “It’s so great to have her teach women how to get a kind of everyday glamour like hers.” Lopez served as a guest fashion editor on the shoot, which appears in the magazine’s September issue, choosing outfits and accessories for all eight women.

“Jennifer is very approachable right from the start, so they got comfortable with her right away,” Glassman says. And for Lopez, newly single, that’s important. “I’m a mom,” she tells O. “I work. I want comfort. But I want to feel sexy and modern. I think most women want the same things.”

Lopez, who also wears looks from her Kohl’s collection in the spread, gave all of the models tips on posing for the camera, and even directed hair and makeup. And though she’s a true style icon, she was humbled by the praise she received from everyone on set that day.

“This is the fulfilling part,” she says. “To have women tell me, ‘This is so comfortable, it fits so well.’” But Glassman says it’s not surprising everyone loved her designs. “These clothes look fantastic … they really give the essence of what her style is about,” he shares. For more of Lopez’s shoot, pick up the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. And look for the star’s Kohl’s collection in stores this fall.

Did Jennifer Lopez Bump Lindsay Lohan Off the Cover of Vanity Fair?!

Not that we really expected any different, but Lindsay Lohan's comeback trail is not without its bumps.

The latest hitch? Back in June, a still house-arrested LiLo was shot by Vanity Fair, ostensibly with the promise that she and her latest sob story tale of recovery would make for some delicious fodder for the cover.

Cut to the magazine's reveal this week, when in lieu of Lohan's freckled mug, the world was greeted by a smoldering (and, of course, single) Jennifer Lopez. Naturally, it didn't take long for the media to point out (and revel in) the supposed snub.

So…did LiLo really get the boot in order for the mag to tell J.Lo's divorce confessional? Don't cancel that subscription just yet, because this rumor is…

So false!

Not that it couldn't happen. It just didn't.

And it turns out, the faulty groundwork for this particular rumor was laid by the New York Post (who, in fairness, has since amended their report, though the initial unquestioning reporting is still viewable).

A publicist for Vanity Fair tells E! News that Lohan was "never going to be on our September cover. Page Six got us mixed up with Italian Vanity Fair."

Indeed, Lindsay did appear on the cover of the Italian edition of Graydon Carter's magazine just last month, in which she discussed, briefly, her thoughts on jail, and her plan to begin resuming work this October.

Though the jury's still out on that last one.

Jennifer Lopez's First Post-Split Interview: "Marriage Is Hard"

Jennifer Lopez may have three failed marriages behind her, but that doesn't mean she's giving up on love.

Lopez is opening up like she's never done before. She's not only talking about fighting with Marc Anthony, but she's even hinting that her return to work (and the spotlight!) may have been the final straw...

"This was the hardest decision I've ever had to face," Lopez says in the new issue of Vanity Fair (on newstands this week). "I really wanted this family to work. That was my biggest dream, and I worked hard at it. We both did. Sometimes it doesn't work—and that's sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love...It's still my biggest dream."

Most of writer Lisa Robinson's interview with Ms. Lopez actually took place before she and Anthony announced their split. But it sounds like Lopez knew the end was near.

"We try, we try," she said when asked about balancing their work life, their children and their marriage. "[But] it's getting increasingly harder. When we were [first] married, most of the time, and even before the babies were born, we were able to go everywhere together. I wasn't working as much. So we kind of had that. I went on tour with him a few times in the first few years of our marriage, and we did a film [El Cantante] together. It's hard, and we're figuring it out. It's tough.

"And," she added, "everything is ramping up in a way. Like I said, we had the first three years of our marriage just for us. I wasn't working, it was mainly about him. Then we got pregnant. Then it became about the kids. And then I started working again."

She said she and Marc fought about everything. "Marriage is tough," she said. "It's not going to be perfect...It's definitely challenging."

Love aside, Lopez also reveals she tried using nannies for twins Max and Emme, but "it wasn't for me." Instead, family and friends help with the kids.

The American Idol judge (official word of her return is coming any day now) insists she didn't have fertility treatments ("Twins run in my family," she said). She also said hasn't had any plastic surgery. "But I don't know how I'll feel about it when I'm 50," she admitted.

She also admits that she knows she's not the best of singers. "I think I'm a really great performer," Lopez said. "I think I'm a really great actress. I feel confident in those things—that's a better way to say it. I'm not as gifted a vocalist as some of the girls that are out there, but I know I communicate."

And sells a ton of records. Her eight albums and numerous hit singles have a sold a combined total of—ready for this?—55 millions copies.

She will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. "It's like all that hard work and now something permanent is going to be there," Lopez said. "I made my mark."

J.Lo 'worked hard' to save marriage

Jennifer Lopez has broken her silence about the breakdown of her marriage to Marc Anthony, insisting she "really worked hard" to save their relationship.

The singer/actress stunned fans last month after announcing her split from Anthony, the father of her three-year-old twins, Max and Emme.

Lopez reveals she tried desperately to fix her marriage of seven years, and despite their break-up, she still hasn't given up on the idea of finding lasting love.

She tells Vanity Fair magazine, "That (marriage) was my biggest dream, and I really worked hard at it. We both did. Sometimes it doesn't work - and that's sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love.

"It's still my biggest dream... I'm a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love."

And the 42 year old admits her decision to part ways with Anthony came after she realized their relationship was not constructive.

She adds, "It's not that I didn't love myself before. Sometimes we don't realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself - if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now."

Jennifer Lopez, "American Idol" judging deal is done

Fear not, Jennifer Lopez fans: the singer is returning to "American Idol" to judge for at least another year, TheWrap has learned through two individuals familiar with the deal.

The pop star will be returning to the television singing competition with a contract with the Fox Broadcasting Network that's "a smidge over" $20 million, according to one of the individual.

Both insiders said the deal is complete but has not yet been signed.

The $20 million was apparently the base minimum for Lopez, and after tough negotiations with Fox, ended up just above that number.

It's a considerable raise from the $12 million she reportedly raked in for handling judge duties last season.

The only hurdle left to be cleared in the deal, according to one of the individuals, is scheduling. Lopez will be working on two major productions -- the romantic dramedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting," which is slated for a May 2012 release, and the thriller "Parker," currently in pre-production -- which will most likely necessitate a shift in audition dates for the upcoming season.

Lopez, whose gig with the revamped reality series began last January, told the BBC earlier this year that she was "on the fence" about returning for another season. Unlike her fellow new "Idol" judge, Aerosmith warbler Steven Tyler, Lopez only signed up for a year.

"I had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening, and it's going to come down to making a choice of really what I want to do for the next year," Lopez said. "We're not really at the breaking point of 'You have to make a decision right now!' So I'm not. I'm really enjoying the time of just waiting -- and seeing."

TheWrap has also confirmed that Lopez plans to continue with the talent-search series "Q'Viva!" The series will feature Lopez and her now-estranged husband Marc Anthony scouring Latin America for the hottest vocal talent in the region. The series is co-created and co-executive-produced by Lopez, Anthony, "American Idol" producer Simon Fuller and Jamie King.

Fox, which airs "Idol" and a representative for Lopez had no comment for TheWrap on this story.

Appeals court sides with J.Lo in home video fight

An appeals court sided Friday with Jennifer Lopez and ordered that an invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed against her first husband be handled in arbitration rather than through a public court case.

The ruling by California's 2nd District Court of Appeal states that Lopez's attorneys provided a Los Angeles judge with plenty of information supporting her request that she had a binding arbitration agreement with ex-husband Ojani Noa.

Lopez sued Noa for $10 million in November 2009 after he and his agent announced plans to use portions of 11 hours of home videos to produce a movie based on the couple's relationship. The couple was married in 1997, but the union lasted just 11 months.

A settlement agreement between the two prohibits Noa from "disclosing for monetary gain any private or intimate details about Lopez or Noa's relationship with Lopez." It also binds any of his agents to the same terms.

The videos, which both sides agree do not depict the singer and actress in sexual situations, have been blocked for release by a judge. Noa's agent, Ed Meyer, however threatened to release clips from the videos earlier this year, which prompted a judge to order them to be stored in a bank safe deposit box with restricted access in June.

The court ordered Friday that Meyer is also subject to the arbitration provisions. He wrote in an email that he will appeal the ruling to the California Supreme Court. Noa's attorney, Christopher Lauria, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Lopez, 42, won $545,000 in damages and attorney fees in 2007 in another lawsuit that blocked Noa from publishing a ghostwritten tell-all book.

She and her third husband, singer Marc Anthony, announced earlier this month that they were ending their seven-year marriage.

2011 ALMA Award Nominees

The winners will be revealed in an hourlong special airing on NBC Sept. 16. (Eva Longoria & George Lopez host)

Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act
Christina Aguilera, The Voice
George Lopez, Lopez Tonight
Jennifer Lopez, American Idol
Mario Lopez, Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby
Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan

Favorite Female Music Artist
Christina Aguilera
Selena Gomez
Jennifer Lopez
Naya Rivera
Shakira

Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 42nd Birthday With Some Very Famous Friends

(Photo) A new year, a fresh start, right?

At least that's what it looks like for newly solo Jennifer Lopez. The American Idol judge turned 42 this weekend and celebrated in serious style, with friends and family and, reportedly, some very famous faces:

The singer was reportedly joined by none other than Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at their friend Loren Ridinger's private mansion in Miami. No word on what the celebs did to celebrate, but Market America head honcho Loren lent us a hint:

"Loved watching old @JLo videos all day in honor of my girlfriends bday!! Wow baby, you look even more beautiful every year! #GORGEOUS," she tweeted.

"Thank you all of my Lovers for the birthday wishes! I'm having an amazing day surrounded by family and friends," Lopez tweeted yesterday.

But the American Idol judge got the party started earlier than her actual b-day, natch.

The birthday girl grabbed a late night bite at The Forge Restaurant alongside her manager Benny Medina, her stylist and six of her closest gal pals.

The outing was her first public appearance since announcing her divorce from former husband Marc Anthony.

Despite her split, she appeared in bright spirits all evening and even rang in her 42nd with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday." Her group enjoyed some champagne and ate lobster peanut butter & jelly until 1 a.m.

And if that wasn't enough, she also flaunted her famous figure in a Pucci bikini while lounging on a private yacht rented by her manager on Sunday.

The hot mama was snapped holding one of her adorable tots and relaxing on the high seas with her mom, sister, cousins and members of her glam squad (because divas never take a day off from looking camera ready).

Feliz cumpleaños, mami!

Jennifer Lopez close to 'American Idol' Season 11 deal - report

If there was a linchpin in the revamped "American Idol" Season 10 judges panel, it was almost certainly Jennifer Lopez.

The actress, pop star and veritable brand name seemed to have her fame buoyed by joining the nation's top-rated show -- but there have been months of speculation as to whether or not she would return for another season.

Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that the final details of her return are being hammered out. Citing "people familiar with the talks," Lopez and FOX are reportedly near a deal for her to be on at least one more season.

"Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America, FOX and representatives from Lopez have all declined to comment on the negotiations, but her previous contract (which gave her an estimated $12 million) expired in May.

With NBC's freshman competition "The Voice" debuting to a strong audience, and Simon Cowell's American "X Factor" arriving this fall season, "American Idol" is at a bit of a crossroads. And may posit that it would be most advantageous to keep Lopez on after losing three of its judges over the last few seasons.

Fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler are already both set to return.

Jennifer Lopez 'Very Happy' Celebrating Birthday in Miami

Fresh from her split with husband Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, who turns 42 on Sunday, is living it up in Miami to celebrate her birthday.

On Saturday night, Lopez and her entourage of 16 – which included her mother, sister, manager and stylist – enjoyed a lavish dinner at Scott Conant's restaurant, Scarpetta, inside the Fontainebleau hotel.

With a view of the ocean, the group indulged in a menu of authentic Italian dishes, including spaghetti with tomato and basil, foie gras ravioli and polenta.

"Jennifer looked radiant in a purple and silver evening dress," a source tells PEOPLE. "And when they brought out her birthday cake after the meal, she began to sing. She was very happy. The whole group had a blast, staying for hours. They closed down the restaurant."

Earlier in the day, Lopez worked up an appetite with a shopping spree, visiting the high-end boutiques at Bal Harbour Shops just north of South Beach. She bought several baby outfits for her 3-year-old twins, Emme and Max, at Bonpoint of Paris, and shopped at Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Pucci.

On Friday night, after swimming in her condo pool with friends and family, including little Emme, Lopez and seven others enjoyed a pre-birthday dinner at the Wine Cellar of the Forge on Miami Beach, a favorite spot where she has dined with Anthony.

"Jennifer and her group arrived around 9 p.m. and went directly to the private wine cellar for a pre-birthday dinner," a source tells PEOPLE. "It was very secluded and beautiful among the bottles with bold and vibrant labels. The meal was served on a long rectangle mirrored table with cloud-like chandeliers hanging above."

According to the source, Lopez, who wore a long, brightly colored geometric patterned dress, was in great spirits. "She was chatty and charming," the source says.

For a surprise, the Forge's pastry chef created a special chocolate soufflé. It was presented to Lopez shortly after their meal, which started with appetizers of lobster peanut butter and jelly, a Forge specialty.

"Jennifer absolutely loved it," the source tells PEOPLE. "When the waiters brought the soufflé, they sang 'Happy Birthday' to her while pouring everyone a crystal goblet of champagne."

Jennifer Lopez Split 'Heartbreaking,' Says Choreographer

The last time choreographer Liz Imperio saw Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony together – just two months ago – the pair seemed deeply in love.

"When I heard they broke up, I was shocked," says Imperio, who choreographed their sexy Afro-Cuban performance that aired during May's American Idol finale.

"I was really taken aback," she adds. "It's so heartbreaking to see this happen. What they had wasn't a put-on. It wasn't for show. It was honest. They were really respectful of each other and loved each other – passionately."

Imperio, who also worked with both Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, before they wed, joined the couple to rehearse their Idol performance for two days leading up to the finale.

"They couldn't keep their hands off each other, and he kept calling her 'Baby' and complimenting her, like: 'Look how beautiful my wife is,'" recalls the choreographer, who has also worked with Madonna, Cher and Gloria Estefan.

"When you're around a strained couple, you can really feel it, time moves slowly, and that's not what this was," she says. "There was honest passion and such mutual respect for one another."

But one moment now stands out: when Anthony joked about his wife's image during rehearsals.

"He said, 'Don't make her too sexy because she's still my wife,'" Imperio recalls Anthony saying in a playful tone. "It's that fine line for every husband. Like: 'I know, I know the world knows – we just don't need to be overt about it.'"

For more on what tore the couple apart – and what will happen to their kids and multi-million dollar homes – pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Jennifer Lopez, Ukranian Wedding Singer?!

(Video) We're thinking the last thing you want to do after announcing your divorce is make nice at someone else's wedding, but that's exactly what Jennifer Lopez did over the weekend.

Of course, the reported $1 million price tag that was part and parcel with her showing up probably helped matters.

Just days after Lopez and Marc Anthony broke the surprise news that they were splitting after seven years of marriage, J.Lo put on her happy face and flew to the Ukraine, where she was hired to perform as the wedding singer for the son of Uzbek oil tycoon Azam Aslamov.

According to local reports, the do took place at the Crimean Aivazovskii Hotel on the Black Sea and the entire staff, down to the housekeeping crew, was sent away for the week while the multimillion-dollar affair was closed off only to the several hundred invited wedding guests, many of whom had been flown in specially by helicopter for the event.

With that kind of money, it almost seems like the American Idol judge's $1 million payday was a bargain.

As part of the deal, Lopez sang and danced for the bride and groom, performing a medley of her hits, including "Waiting for Tonight," "Let's Get Loud" and "On the Floor."

The 41-year-old didn't stay at the hotel—in fact she was whisked away after her performance into a fleet of armored cars—but was put up, along with her backup dancers, singers, crew and assorted entourage members at the $4,100-a-night-penthouse suit in the nearby hotel Ville Elena.

"Are you happy?" Lopez asked the crowd from the stage? "I am happy because I am here with you today!"

Divorce or not, for $1 million we could muster up some enthusiasm, too.

Jennifer Lopez: From Announcing Split to Singing at a Wedding

Jennifer Lopez's marriage may be over, but that isn't stopping her from helping others celebrate their own weddings.

Following Friday's announcement that the American Idol judge, 41, split from her husband of seven years, Marc Anthony, Lopez wasted no time getting back to what she does best. She performed Tuesday night at the wedding of oil tycoon Azam Aslamov's son in Ukraine, the country's local newspaper Segodnya confirms.

According to reports, the celebration took place at the Crimean Aivazovskii Hotel on the Black Sea coast. The entire hotel staff – including cleaners and cooks – was sent away for the week of July 17-20, and the location was closed to visitors during this time, except for those with permits.

Lopez danced and sang for $1 million, the paper says. When she came out of her hotel to go to the show, three bulletproof vehicles guarded the exit, to shield her from the view of waiting fans.

The lavish, multimillion-dollar affair attracted several hundred guests, many of whom were flown in by helicopter.

As for Lopez, she reportedly stayed in a penthouse suite of the Villa Helena and brought backup dancers, vocal singers and 20 tons of sound equipment.

For more on what tore the couple apart – and what will happen to their kids and multimillion-dollar homes – pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Fought Over Jealousy, Infidelity and Control

When they announced their split on July 15, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony revealed they had already "come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."

For those who know the couple, that statement might have been more surprising than calling an end to their seven-year marriage.

The decision to split actually came "after months of nonstop arguing," says a source close to the family. There were issues on a movie set, envy on the American Idol stage, and times that Lopez, 41, feared her husband wasn't faithful.

An Anthony insider disputes infidelity claims and maintains the 42-year-old always supported her career. "They started to see life differently," the source says.

As they move on to the next chapters of their lives, the Anthony insider also says the breakup is for the best. "Though they love, admire and respect each other very much, they just needed to be apart."

For more on what tore the couple apart – and what will happen to their kids and multi-million dollar homes – pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Jennifer Lopez Performs ... To Drunken Crowd?

Jennifer Lopez is set to perform at a Ukrainian wedding in 3 hours ... but here's the problem -- she doesn't hit the stage until 11:30, and you know how the Ukrainians like their vodka.

Jennifer is reportedly pocketing a million bucks for her performance. Our wedding spies tell us there are roughly 300 people attending the bash.

A source connected to Jennifer calls the performance time "a little weird," but hey, drunk or not, a million bucks is a million bucks.

Fun fact ... the World Health Organization has rated the Ukraine as #1 in the world for alcohol consumption among youth.

BTW, the money Jennifer makes is hers and hers alone, since she's already separated from Marc Anthony.

Control issues for J. Lo

Despite reports that Jennifer Lopez is "devastated" by her split with Marc Anthony, J. Lo's confidantes say her soon-to-be-ex-husband was "very controlling" behind the scenes of her "American Idol" career. Friends of the couple say Anthony was known to turn up on the "Idol" set and make demands on her behalf. Meantime, according to unconfirmed reports, the split may have been the result of an affair J. Lo allegedly had with William Levy, dubbed "The Brad Pitt of Cuba." But Levy flatly denied that he and Lopez had a relationship while filming her music video for "I'm Into You" in April. Lopez's rep declined to comment.

Did Jennifer Lopez Hint at Split in New Songs?

If the question mark in the title of Jennifer Lopez's new album Love? didn't suggest relationship woes, the lyrics of two songs may have.

In her up-tempo latest single "Starting Over," Lopez, 41, refers to "my man" as a "dog" and a "player," watching "these dreams falling apart at the seams."

"All his secrets, all his lies, I just keep pushing 'em out my mind," she sings.

The song was actually not penned by Lopez. It was co-written and co-produced by Wynter Gordon, who also sings backup vocals on the track, with other writing credits to Nathaniel Mills and Marcella Araica.

But on "One Love," a song she did co-write, Lopez ticks off three previous loves (could they be Diddy, Cris Judd and Ben Affleck?) before she gets to "number four."

This one "sang to me, but I'm not sure," she sings. "So worn out, but … made me wanna try once more."

Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez Split 'After Months of Nonstop Arguing'

One of the last times they were in the public eye together, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were sharing the stage – and a passionate kiss – at the May 25 American Idol finale.

But after news broke Friday that the power couple were ending their marriage, a source close to the family tells PEOPLE that Anthony, 42, and Lopez, 41, who have two children, 3-year-old twins Max and Emme, together, split "after months of nonstop arguing."

"Marc and Jennifer decided it's best to go their separate ways for the sake of their two kids," the source says.

Anthony spent the weekend in Colombia, where he put his marital woes aside to put on an upbeat performance. The only reference to his marriage came in the form of a joke. "They're saying I'm single," he told the audience.

Meanwhile, Lopez was back to work Sunday at Milk Studios in L.A., where she was shooting an ad campaign for her Kohl's fashion line.

"Jennifer is doing okay," the source says. "In the past two weeks, she has spent a lot of quality time with her kids and her family in L.A."

The source adds: "She is, of course, sad that she and Marc didn't work out, but they both feel they have tried everything."

J.Lo's Music Video Hunk DENIES Affair w/ Singer

The hot piece of man meat who starred as Jennifer Lopez's shirtless romantic interest in her steamy "I'm Into You" music video claims he's NOT dating the singer ... despite reports to the contrary.

The guy at the center of the affair rumors is telenovela star William Levy -- aka the Cuban Brad Pitt -- who recently separated from his wife AFTER shooting the music video (see below) with Lopez.

But Levy's rep tells TMZ William and J.Lo are NOT an item ... saying, "The only relationship there was or is, is a professional relationship. That’s all there’s ever been.”

J.Lo and her husband Marc Anthony released a statement on Friday saying they are ending their marriage.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's Reality Show Still a Go Despite Split

Just because they couldn't make it work at home, doesn't mean they can't make it work on the TV screen!

Or so it would seem, because Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's television project, the international talent show ¡Q'viva! The Chosen, will reportedly not be affected by their split…

A source tells E! that both parties are 100 percent still committed to the project. Lopez and Anthony partnered with Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment and Endemol to produce the series, in which they mine Latin America for unearthed talent. ¡Q'viva! The Chosen is still in pre-production, and the ex-couple are set to film later this year.

J.Lo and Marc, who were together for seven years, annouced their seperation on Friday. "This was a very difficult decision," they said in a statement to E! News. "We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

Do you think their split will help or hinder the publicity surrounding the project?

J.Lo, Anthony fans tweet their feelings over split

People on Twitter responded with a range of sadness to eye-rolls upon the news that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are separating after seven years of marriage.

Even actor Jason Alexander added his voice to the mix:

@IJasonAlexander: JLo is back in play. Anyone hooks me up with her cell number and then it's just a matter of time.

"Entertainment Tonight" co-host Nancy O'Dell (@NancyODell): "So sorry to hear the Jennifer Lopez/Marc Anthony news."

Entertainment news commentator Dan Wootton (@danwootton): "Shocked that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split. They seemed so in love on American Idol."

Here is a sampling of some fan responses:

- @KardashK_Army: So so shocked that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split. So sudden and out of nowhere! Good luck to them both in the future ?

- @4eyedmonk: But J-Lo has every reason to be proud of this one.....this marriage lasted over 3 times longer than her last 2....applause!!!

- @BigJooceBabaaay: JLO gets divorced whenever she releases an album!

- @Danniimeanogue: Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony to divorce. Jlo to write a new song about the split called "Love costs a lot more nowadays."

- @juicymorsel: The split between JLo and Mark Anthony is amiable now that they have agreed who gets custody of the full-length mirrors.

Also Saturday, a spokesman for Lopez and Anthony's "American Idol"-style singing show "Q-Viva: The Chosen" told Variety the show will go ahead as planned.

Jennifer Lopez: Post-Split Plans to Leave the Country!

Jennifer Lopez isn't letting her just-announced separation from Marc Anthony slow her down.

E! News has learned exclusively the singer is preparing to head out of the country next week.

Where is she planning to go?

The American Idol judge is heading to the Ukraine next week. So…is this the new post-split place to party or something?

No, but she will have plenty to celebrate because a source tells E! News that Lopez is getting paid more than $1 million dollars to sing a live set at a wedding in Ukraine on July 19.

"It's a wealthy guy who wanted J.Lo and was willing to pay top dollar," says the source.

Lopez's twins Max and Emme aren't expected to make the trip with her, according to the source.

Such private gigs are growing more common, as stars like Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus have reportedly fetched a million bucks to be wedding singers in the past.

Lopez's rep confirms the engagement, if not the payday.

"Jennifer will be performing in the Ukraine. Terms of the agreement can not be confirmed," the rep told E! News exclusively.

JLo Declares Independence from Hubby on 4th

The Fourth of July is a day when families gather around to BBQ and watch fireworks -- but that wasn't the case this year for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

Turns out JLo and the kids spent the holiday at the beach in Malibu -- and Marc Anthony was nowhere in sight.

We're told JLo showed up with some family and friends, parked herself on the beach and enjoyed a little vino ... not looking upset at all.

JLo and Marc announced yesterday they were divorcing after seven years of marriage.

Jennifer Lopez: Signs of Marriage Trouble During Royal Visit?

Even before the royal newlyweds arrived, the red carpet at the July 9 BAFTA gala in Los Angeles was buzzing over Jennifer Lopez – and not just because of her midriff-baring Emilio Pucci dress.

Lopez arrived without her husband Marc Anthony, instead bringing her mother, Guadalupe, who got to mingle with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the hottest Hollywood event of the summer.

A week later, Lopez and Anthony told PEOPLE that they made a "very difficult decision" to "end our marriage" after seven years. The couple have 3-year-old twins.

Although Anthony's absence raised eyebrows at the BAFTA event, it turns out this wasn’t the first time he was missing in action. The pair had not been seen together since early June, with Lopez traveling to Europe and later to Disneyland with their children, but not Anthony.

Power Couple

Anthony's no-shows fueled rumors of trouble in their marriage, even if Anthony did have reason to be away: he's been busy this summer filming the TNT medical drama HawthoRNe, in which he plays a police detective.

Also, with Anthony and Lopez, Hollywood observers have long been wary of jumping to conclusions since catching people off-guard has been their hallmark from the very beginning.

They were married in secret in June 2004 at Lopez's Beverly Hills home.

At the time, the two had never even acknowledged their romantic relationship publicly, and, days before, Anthony had been granted a divorce in the Dominican Republic from Dayanara Torres, with whom he has two sons.

The marriage was the third for Lopez, and it came just months after her whirlwind 18-month-relationship with – and engagement to – Ben Affleck.

Lopez and Anthony went on to become one of show business's closest and most successful power couples. They were fixtures at award shows, premieres and fundraisers, famously toured together and, in February 2008, welcomed twins son Max and daughter Emme.

As late as last May, they still seemed very much together in business and in love.

Anthony doted on his wife on May 9 as she celebrated the release of her new album, Love? in Hollywood. Anthony "melted every time she acknowledged him," an observer said.

They turned out together on May 23 at a ceremony honoring TV producer Simon Fuller with a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then performed together and kissed affectionately at the May 25 finale of American Idol, which Lopez joined as a judge last season.

The following week, they announced another business venture together: the globetrotting reality show, ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen to find the "world's most extraordinary talent."

Trouble Signs

But just days later, the first hint of trouble emerged. The couple appeared at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala in New York on June 7, and many photos showed Lopez without her usual radiant smile.

This would be their last event together before the split announcement.

Afterwards, Lopez , her mother and the twins traveled to France and Spain as the singer participated in a French reality TV show. Then on June 25, Lopez, her mother and the children were spotted at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., going on the Dumbo ride and attracting large crowds of curious guests.

Anthony was nowhere to be seen.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony: Anatomy of a Split

Consider us taken to the floor.

While a split in Hollywood (and other glamorous environs) never really qualifies as a cause for shock, Jennifer Lopez and her husband of seven years, Marc Anthony, appeared very much in love since the day she and Ben Affleck broke up.

Um, anyway...

Both acting and singing double threats with a shared Puerto Rican background, J.Lo and Marc seemed to be the perfect couple on the red carpet and off, their body language always affectionate and their outfits never clashing. They costarred in El Cantante together and collaborated on numerous musical projects, even announcing that they were expecting twins while onstage in Miami.

But today, the announcement wasn't a happy one, so we're taking a look back at how they got from A to Over:

January 2004: Affleck and Lopez admit that the Bennifer days are over, months after postponing what was going to be their September 2004 wedding day.

June 1, 2004: Anthony finalizes his divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres Delgado, the mother of his sons Cristian and Ryan. The "You Sang to Me" singer also has a daughter, Ariana, from a previous relationship.

June 5, 2004: The twice-divorced Lopez dons Vera Wang and quietly ties the knot with Anthony at her home in Beverly Hills, aerial paparazzi angling for shots through a thick layer of foliage and other privacy-preserving obstacles. The over-the-moon newlyweds honeymoon at San Ysidro Ranch, near Santa Barbara.

Sept. 22, 2004: "Both people have to really want to be there, you know, and they both have to make that choice," Lopez tells Chicago's ABC 7 News. "And it's a compromise, and it's how you treat each other when you're hurt. I think that's the most important thing."

April 2006: Lopez's yet-to-end legal battle against ex-husband No. 1 Ojani Noa's determination to cash in on their brief marriage, first with a tell-all book and then a so-called comedy about him coming to America (coupled with a little J.Lo sexy time), begins.

Nov. 7, 2007: Lopez and Anthony reveal that they're going to be parents in front of 10,000 fans at Miami's American Airlines Arena, the final stop on their joint tour.

Feb. 22, 2008: Son Max and daughter Emme are born in a Long Island, N.Y., hospital.

Oct. 12, 2008: Lopez and Anthony renew their vows along with New York Mets slugger Carlos Beltran and his wife Jessica at Caesars Palace's Forum Tower Penthouse in Las Vegas.

Dec. 16, 2008: Facing down rumors that their recently renewed marriage is on the rocks, the couple snuggle during dinner in Beverly Hills, then jet off to Puerto Rico for a seemingly romantic getaway at the end of the month.

July 2009: Anthony buys a stake in the Miami Dolphins, telling People, "Jennifer loves Miami. So she's really, really happy about this because we're going to be spending a lot of time down there." They later purchase a pad in the Icon Brickell tower in Biscayne Bay.

July 25, 2009: Lopez turns 40 with Anthony by her side, celebrating the occasion with a fancy (would you expect anything less?) dinner party at the Edison Ballroom in NYC.

Aug. 5, 2009: The Awful Truth predicts that Lopez won't stomach a third divorce. Well, AT's only human...

Sept. 17, 2009: J.Lo and Marc meet the Obamas! They're are treated to a VIP tour of the White House before Anthony receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Afterward, the power couple celebrate Anthony's 41st birthday with cake at the nearby W Hotel.

Jan. 5, 2010: In an interview with Latina magazine, Lopez admits that marriage isn't easy, but that "everything" about hers is great. "First and foremost, we love each other, truly love each other in a way that's very deep and meaningful, not in a superficial sort of way," she says. "There's a deep respect, admiration and love for each other. We honestly believe that we make each other better people ... We force each other to be better, and I think in a relationship, that's how it should be. You shouldn't be with somebody if he makes you feel less than who you are."

April 22, 2010: What makes Lopez feel sexy? "Him," she says, pointing to Anthony, her date for Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood party, where she's honored as Style Icon of the Decade.

December 2010: Anthony is tagged by the IRS for $3.4 million in unpaid taxes. Soon after the reveal, his rep assures that the matter has been taken care of, but still... Debt isn't very sexy.

January 2011: Lopez starts spending long hours with three other men—Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Ryan Seacrest—as the 10th season of American Idol gets underway with a fresh feel and new talent.

Jan. 18: 2011: Lopez tells Ellen DeGeneres that she'd be "extremely happy" if she were to get pregnant again. So, was she (or someone else) extremely bummed that she didn't?

Feb. 13, 2011: Anthony wears his trademark sunglasses and Lopez flaunts her trademark lower half in a sparkly minidress, her sky-high heels making her just a smidge taller than her man, on the red carpet at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, where they both presented.

A few weeks ago: Both Lopez and Anthony sit down for an interview with Latina, and things seem great! "You know, we respect each other, we respect each other's opinions, and we love each other, more than anything," Lopez says. Asked about believing in fate, she says her marriage to Anthony was just that. "And I believe in destiny and I believe that things are going to be what they're gonna be and for whatever reason, we were meant to share this time together," she says, not bother to explain what "this time together" actually encompasses.

July 15, 2011: Lopez and Anthony announce that they have made the "difficult decision" to end their marriage. No mention of the D-word yet, but they do say that they have reached an "amicable conclusion on all matters." And then, due to their global-star status, they also release a copy of their official statement in Spanish.

"Es un momento doloroso para todos," indeed.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Split

After seven years of marriage, it's over for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

"We have decided to end our marriage," they tell PEOPLE in a joint statement. "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."

"It is a painful time for all involved," the statement continues, "and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, wed in June 2004 in a casual – and secret – ceremony at Lopez's Beverly Hills home.

They have two children, 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Is Jennifer Lopez Finally Saying "Yes!" to Another Season of American Idol?

Jennifer Lopez is coming back to American Idol.

A little over a week ago, it was announced that Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson had signed deals for more time at the judges' table. Now, I'm being told…

Lopez has also agreed to return. A source tells me exclusively an announcement could be coming any day now.

The singer-actress said in an interview about a month ago that she hadn't decided what she was going to do.

"I don't know. I haven't been forced to make a decision and I'm glad about that because honestly I'm very on the fence about it," the first year judge told Scott Mills of BBC 1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot other things happening, and it's going to come down to me making a choice of what I want to do for the next year and we're not really at the breaking point of 'You have to make a decision right now!' I'm just really enjoying the time of just waiting and seeing."

Lopez will be sitting at the Fox table at BAFTA's Brits to Watch gala tonight. She was invited by Fox television boss Peter Rice.

I'm told she has also surprised her mom, Lupe, by flying her to L.A. to attend the BAFTA event with her. Marc Anthony will not be there.

As royal watchers already know, Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to attend the gala. Other celebs include Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Kristen Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Ed Westwick, Stephen Moyer, Ed Helms, Jonah Hill and many more.

Jennifer Lopez to Celebrate with William & Kate in L.A.

It takes royalty to bring out the fan in a celebrity.

With just a day to go until Prince William and Duchess Catherine touch down in California, Hollywood residents are gearing up for their arrival.

"Hoping to meet the royal Duke and Duchess of Cambridge," Dana Delany, 55, Tweeted Thursday morning.

The Body of Proof actress is attending Saturday's BAFTA "Brits to Watch" event at downtown Los Angeles's historic Belasco Theater, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Also expected to give the royal couple a Hollywood welcome at the event: Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, Zac Efron, Jack Black, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin, Chris Evans, Ginnifer Goodwin, Judd Apatow and wife Leslie Mann, Jason Bateman, Nigel Lythgoe (who is an organizer for the event), Cat Deeley, Derek Hough, Mekhi Phifer, Maria Bello, Gemma Arterton, director Jason Reitman and Zooey Deschanel.

Forty-two up-and-coming British stars, including Juno Temple, Tom Hughes and Talulah Riley, will also join the Hollywood royalty.

Teen Choice Award Nominations

Choice TV: Personality
Christina Aguilera, The Voice
Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model
Adam Levine, The Voice
Jennifer Lopez, American Idol
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female
Miley Cyrus
Vanessa Hudgens
Lady Gaga
Jennifer Lopez
Taylor Swift

Jennifer Lopez to star in 'What to Expect'

Jennifer Lopez is joining the cast of What To Expect When You're Expecting, the film adaptation of the book that has dominated best-seller lists for more than 500 weeks. She will star with Cameron Diaz in the movie, which Lionsgate says is expected to begin shooting next month for a Mother's Day Weekend release in 2012.

How is that book - which is a guide to pregnancy - going to be turned into a movie? Lopez will play Holly in one of the film's the interlocking stories. The character is a woman who adopts a baby from abroad with her husband after having difficulty conceiving.

Go Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Lopez for Love & Light

(Photo) Jennifer Lopez is gearing up for her weekend appearance on HSN — check her out Saturday at midnight, noon and 9 p.m. — but in the meantime, she’s been busy shooting ads for her new fragrance, Love & Light. PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Woman recently got extra-glamorous for the campaign — and we have a sneak peek! In these behind-the-scenes shots, Lopez flashes her famous gams, posing seductively in a silk wrap dress. But while the photos are all about beauty, Lopez says the fragrance is about channeling what’s inside. “With Love & Light, I wanted to create a fragrance that was less about the world around you and more about your inner light and your spirit,” she explains in a release. “It’s about how you feel inside, it’s not about your outside world.” Betsy Olum, general manager of beauty and merchandising strategy at HSN, says Lopez’s upcoming appearance will make the scent “simply come alive. It’s a true reflection of who she is,” she shares. “We know our audience is going to love hearing from her on what influenced the creation of this fragrance.” After debuting on HSN, Love & Light will be available at Kohl’s and in department stores in September. The eau de parfum — packaged in a bottle inspired by womanly curves — will retail for $58, with an accompanying shower gel selling for $32. (Photo)

Winslet, Lopez nominated for Hollywood stars

Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez are among nominees announced Tuesday to get their star on Hollywood's storied Walk of Fame next year.

Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson can also get their names on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk in 2012, while actors Richard Burton and Malcolm McDowell, along with soul legend Barry White, will get posthumous stars.

"The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year," said John Pavlik, chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee.

"Simpsons" creator Matt Groening was also nominated, along with John Lasseter and Sumner Redstone from the film world, and musicians Boyz II Men and Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart.

The selection committee is part of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the golden stars on the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard near Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre, home to the Oscars.

The nominees were chosen from hundreds of applicants considered at a June 17 meeting of the committee, whose decision was ratified by the Chamber's board of directors.

While the nominations are for 2012, those chosen have up to five years to schedule ceremonies to unveil their stars, after which their selection will expire.

Jennifer Lopez Hearing Postponed; Noa's Reps Blame "Wardrobe Malfunction"

All that effort to keep her nudity away from public eyes, yet Jennifer Lopez still can't manage to keep her goodies under wraps.

Over the weekend, the American Idol judge was a guest on the German TV show Wetten, Dass..?, which was being filmed in Majorca, Spain, before a crowd of thousands. As J.Lo was being helped to her seat by host Thomas Gottschalk, the front of her dress opened a wee bit too much. But what's this nip slip have to do with her current legal battle with her ex-husband Ojani Noa?

Attorneys for Lopez have asked the court to postpone tomorrow's hearing over the fight to keep the Noa/Lopez sex tape off the internet, Noa's rep tells E! News, and speculates about the reasoning behind the rescheduling. "We are assuming the reason is to avoid press regarding Jennifer Lopez's wardrobe malfunction," Noa's spokesman tells E! News.

In lieu of the postponed hearing, the parties will instead reportedly be meeting at Lopez's attorney's office. Lopez managed to halt the release of the tape last week when she was awarded a temporary restraining order by a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. Reps for Lopez have not yet commented about the rescheduled hearing.

J.Lo undecided on 'Idol' future

Jennifer Lopez is "on the fence" about whether to return as a judge on American Idol for another season because she has a potential new film role in the pipeline.

The singer/actress sat on the panel of the talent show alongside Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson this year and has since gone on to relaunch her music career with new album Love?, her first record since 2007's Brave.

Lopez, who is also working on her own Latin TV talent show, has yet to sign up for the next series of American Idol, and admits she is not sure if it is the right career move for her.

She tells Britain's Radio 1, "I don't know, I don't know (whether to go back). I haven't been forced to make a decision (yet) and I'm glad about that because, honestly, I'm very on the fence about it.

"I had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening. It's going to come down to making a choice of what I want to do for the next year. We're not really at the breaking point of like, 'You have to make a decision right now!' - so I'm not. I'm enjoying the time of just waiting."

But Lopez admits she could be heading back to the big screen - as she is in talks to take on a new film role, which begins filming later this year.

She adds, "Yes, I'm thinking about doing one (a film) actually in September. I'm heavily into it, deciding. I miss acting - I did TV this year, I did the Idol thing, I've been working on my music for two years and so I haven't done a movie in a minute and then you realize two years have gone by since a movie. I really, really miss it. I wanna get back to it really soon."

J.Lo, Tyler cash in on 'Idol'

Every year the producers of American Idol pride themselves on how they're giving aspiring young singers the break of a lifetime, and a revamped Season 10 was no exception.

So whose career will reap the biggest benefit from all the Idolatry? Scotty McCreery? Lauren Alaina?

Try J.Lo. and Steven Tyler.

In a once-promising season that saw its brightest lights -- Pia, Casey, James -- systematically fall by the wayside, here's the upshot:

While Scotty and Alaina are both two nice, scrubbed-behind-the-ears kids who'd make ideal prom dates, neither looks likely to set the music world on fire, Nashville or wherever.

Not only did their respective debut singles fail to debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but their arrival was even less electrifying over on the country chart.

Scotty's I Love You This Big debuted not so big at No. 32, while runner-up Lauren Alaina's Like My Mother Does, bowed at No. 49.

By contrast, Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood's Idol coronation song, Inside Your Heaven, entered the Hot 100 chart at No. 1.

But when it comes to the career maintenance of its judges, American Idol is indeed a force with which to be reckoned, with Lopez and Tyler capitalizing on their AI exposure like nobody's business.

Coming into this past season, neither the World's Most Beautiful Woman (per People magazine) nor the aging rocker were exactly killing it, career-wise.

Lopez had parted ways with her longtime label, Epic Records and hadn't had a Top 10 hit since 2003.

On the acting side, she hadn't tasted box-office success since 2005's Monster In Law, with her most recent outing, The Back-Up Plan, doing just moderate business.

As for 63-year-old Tyler, he had spent a good portion of the previous decade battling his old demons going in and out of rehab and feuding with his bandmates, who hadn't put out a CD since their collection of blues covers, Honkin' on Bobo, in 2004.

Cut to 2011.

Taking advantage of her built-in, twice-weekly captive audience, Lopez cut in on the Idol contestants' performing time to debut her On the Floor video and subsequently performed the song live last month.

The result? A dance club smash that returned Lopez to the top of the pop charts.

Tyler, meanwhile, really worked his judging gig to his personal advantage.

Although, despite showing a promising spark during the Idol tryouts, his fawning critiques ended up making Paula look opinionated, Tyler managed to ride his new-found fame to noteworthy heights.

In addition to using the Idol platform to debut the first solo single of his career -- the Top 40-charting (It) Feels So Good, he plugged his sex-drugs-and-rock'n'roll memoir, Does The Noise in My Head Bother You?, debuting at No. 2 on the New York Times bestselling non-fiction list.

And, in case you hadn't noticed that you can't turn on the radio these days without hearing either I Don't Want to Miss a Thing or Dream On, sales of Aerosmith's greatest hits collections have surged more than 250% since Tyler joined the judges' panel.

So while the jury may be out on how effectively the addition of Tyler and J. Lo has worked for Idol, there's no doubt about how well Idol's worked for them.

Hey Scotty and Lauren Alaina -- that's showbiz.

Jennifer Lopez Reeks of Love, Light and Marathon Promotion

Not to draw comparisons or anything (we would never!), but if it's good enough for Mariah Carey, it's apparently good enough for Jennifer Lopez.

Which is why it makes perfect sense to us that the American Idol judge will be turning up on HSN July 2 for a whopping eight-hour appearance to shill the latest fragrance in her ever-growing perfume empire, Love and Light.

The latest eau de toilette is described as a "sparkling floral, woody fragrance" designed to bring out the singer's more sensual side. Which apparently she's been hiding all these years. Even the bottle was designed to represent the curves of a lady.

As for J.Lo's daylong foray onto the airwaves, she's expected to share personal stories about both the development of her latest fragrance (which won't hit department stores until September) and her career in general. In between the awkward pauses and stilted banter. Can't forget those.

J.Lo BLOCKS Sexy Honeymoon Tape ... For Now

Jennifer Lopez' famous booty is temporarily protected from public consumption ... thanks to an L.A. County Superior Court judge.

J.Lo just scored a restraining order against Claudia Vasquez -- the current girlfriend of her ex-husband Ojani Noa ... the same ex-husband who filmed the honeymoon footage back in 1997 and has been dogging her ever since.

We're told Claudia now owns the tape and was trying to take it to market ... but the judge temporarily blocked her bid, on grounds it can't be released without Jennifer's sign off.

Claudia tried arguing there's no proof she's trying to sell the tape, but she's not denying it either. The judge apparently thinks Claudia's motives are more sinister.

Naked Jennifer Lopez Tape Coming Soon? Hang on There...

This will not be the summer of Naked Jennifer Lopez if the diva herself has anything to say about it.

After a court ruling last week left a producer thinking she can go ahead with a plan to release some of Ojani Noa's way-behind-the-scenes video of his ex-wife, Lopez's legal camp is raring to set the other side straight.

In no part of the ruling did the judge say it was cool to peddle an X-rated J.Lo video, attorney Jay Lavely insists to E! News.

So, with the letter of the law and protecting Lopez's privates on their minds, her attorneys plan to be in court Monday to ask for a clarification of the ruling.

On May 26, a judge determined that, while Noa and his manager Ed Meyer are forbidden to profit off of the Lopez footage, the American Idol judge is not allowed to interfere with Claudia Vasquez's right to make a living.

Lavely says that in no way means that Vasquez, who "bought" the rights to Noa's story for $1, can then go ahead and make a movie herself. By "aiding, abetting, assisting, or acting in concert with Noa and Meyer," she is beholden to the same permanent injunction that's keeping them out of the tell-all business, he says.

While Vasquez's attorney, M. Chris Armenta, told E! News that his client wants to move forward with a comedic mockumentary about Noa's journey "from Cuban immigrant to husband of Lopez and beyond" that would include actuall footage from their honeymoon, Meyer told us yesterday that there are also porn distributors lining up to get their hands on 20 minutes of nude J.Lo.

J. Lo Honeymoon Tape Triggers Porn War

There's an all out war among some big porn studios to snag Jennifer Lopez' honeymoon tape shot back in 1997... a tape featuring some spankin' and some booty.

Red Light District, YouPorn.com, and PornHub.com are all trying to top each other, with bids hovering in the $40,000 range. Yeah, it seems kinda low, but there's no real sex in the tape ... which is usually a buzz kill.

J.Lo tried to block her ex Ojani Noa from releasing the tape -- but last week, an L.A. judge ruled she had no case ... opening the door for a sale.

No deal has been struck ... yet -- so you'll just have to rely on your imagination for now.

Jennifer Lopez on return to 'American Idol': 'It's too early to tell'

Who knew being a judge on "American Idol" would be the best thing to ever happen to Jennifer Lopez? Or her career, at least.

Since joining the FOX reality show eight months ago, Lopez has enjoyed a career resurgence -- her latest album "Love?" sold well, her single "On The Floor" hit No. 1 on iTunes in 18 countries and People magazine named her The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

So it should seem like a no-brainer that Lopez will return for Season 11, right? Wrong. Lopez has yet to sign on for next season and tells FOX411, "It's too early to tell." The 41-year-old is said to be in contract negotiations with FOX.

Steven Tyler will definitely be returning (alongside original judge Randy Jackson) for Season 11 as he signed a multi-year contract, which earned him a reported $18 million for Season 10 alone. Lopez reportedly signed for $12 million.

Earlier this week, FOX chief Peter Rice said, "Everyone has multiple-year contracts. Jennifer has [a] single-year contract. We loved having her -- the hope and expectation is she'll return."

Who's Hot Enough to Attract Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Carrie Underwood All at Once?

(Video) Simon Fuller knows a thing or two about making stars. But seeing his name on one on the sidewalk?

That would be a first.

But why else do you think Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Carrie Underwood were all tottering on their stilettos in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard today?

Fuller, founder of XIX Entertainment and creator of the global American Idol juggernaut, received the 2,441st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning for his considerable accomplishments. (He sold his original powerhouse, 19 Entertainment, for more than $250 million in cash and stock in 2005 and formed XIX last year.)

Along with the lovely ladies mentioned above, Lopez hubby Marc Anthony, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Idol finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, past winners Kris Allen and David Cook, and former Idol executive producer and So You Think You Can Dance cocreator Nigel Lythgoe were all on hand to fete Fuller in front of the W Hollywood, across the street from the famed Pantages Theatre.

In case the Beckham connection seems kind of random, aside from Victoria's stint as an Idol guest judge last year, remember that Fuller manages both the fashion plate and her soccer stud hubby, David Beckham.

Busy guy, that Brit.

"Whenever I see that star," Fuller said, "I won't see my name, I'll see all names of the people I've worked [with] and all those amazing artists and people that have helped me achieve this stuff."

Marc Anthony critiques wife Jennifer Lopez's critiques

Marc Anthony happens to be a devout "American Idol" fan, and was long before he had a vested interest in the show with his wife, Jennifer Lopez as one of the judges.

He credits Lopez with being concise, and saying what he was thinking but was searching for a diplomatic way to put it.

"The next time you have a complaint about me, honey, just think about how effective those critiques are," Anthony says, laughing. "I am thinking of putting a TV camera in the living room. Let's try that approach, honey."

Over the years they have always watched "American Idol" critiquing the singers. Now, Anthony watches how Lopez has picked singers and tells Zap2it of her choices, "I usually agreed with my wife. For the most part, 98 percent of the time I would."

"Sometimes I am sitting there and thinking there is a critique to be made and (thinking) how exactly would I say that? And she will say that and I would think I am not the smartest man in the room."

Jennifer Lopez' 'Love?' stays in top 10; Adele stays at Number One

Jennifer Lopez's Love? remains in the top 10 of The Billboard 200 in its second week, despite challenges from several new albums. Adele's 21 remains in the No. 1 spot, selling 156,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Four albums make top 10 debuts: Lonely Island's Turtleneck & Chain, Jar of Hearts singer Christina Perri's Lovestrong, rapper Tyler the Creator's Goblin and the reunited Cars' Move Like This. Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party, which features the country singer's Don't You Wanna Stay duet with Kelly Clarkson, moves back into the chart's 10th spot.

Glee's Matthew Morrison's album, which features a track co-written by Season 8 Idol winner Kris Allen, debuts at No. 16, selling 24,000 units.

Jennifer Hudson and Mandisa are the only two former Idol finalists with albums in The Billboard 200 this week.

Top 10
Adele, 21 (156,000, 0 change, 1.71 million total)
Various, Now That's What I Call Music! 38 (68,000, -45%, 193,000)
Lonely Island, Turtleneck & Chain (68,000, debut, 68,000)
Christina Perri, Lovestrong (58,000, debut, 59,000)
Tyler the Creator, Goblin (45,000, debut, 45,000)
Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 (41,000, -67%, 170,000)
Cars, Move Like This (36,000, debut, 36,000)
Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues (34,000, -62%, 126,000)
Jennifer Lopez, Love? (33,000, -60%, 116,000)
Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party (28,000, -1%, 1.176 million)

J.Lo, Beasties flop on charts

Love? J.Lo wasn't feeling any of it on the Canadian album charts this week.

Neither were the Beastie Boys, whose long-awaited studio album also received a lukewarm reception from music buyers.

Jennifer Lopez's "Love?," which has been plugged repeatedly on "American Idol," premiered at No. 2 with 14,000 in sales, while the Beasties' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" came in at No. 3, with only 12,000 in sales.

The Beasties numbers fell far short of the first week sales for their last proper album, "To the Five Boroughs," which rang up a No. 1 tally of 26,000 in 2004.

At the top once again was Adele's "21," which collected another 22,000 in sales. It has now ratcheted up an astounding 206,000 since being released 11 weeks ago.

She also snapped up the top spot south of the border again, selling 155,000 copies of "21” in the U.S., according to Billboard.com.

Meanwhile, the biggest gainer this week went to Ginette Reno and her disc "La Musique en Moi," which stormed up nine positions to No. 4.

Marie-Elaine Thibert's "Je Suis" checked in at No. 5, likewise with Pascale Picard's "Letter To No One" at No. 6, and Richard Desjardins' "L'Existoire" spiralled down five levels to No. 7.

Wrapping up the top 10 was Fleet Foxes' "Helplessness Blues" at No. 8, Roch Voisine's "Americana 2" at No. 9, and the charity compilation "Songs For Japan" at No. 10.

In the U.S., the Beastie Boys placed second, followed by "Now 38" in third, Fleet Foxes in fourth, and Jennifer Lopez in a distant fifth.

Couple Watch

Jennifer Lopez had the sweet support of hubby Marc Anthony while celebrating the release of her new album, Love?, in Hollywood. "Marc was doting on her and melted every time she acknowledged him," says an onlooker who attended the BlackBerry PlayBook-hosted bash. "He was totally supportive of her on her night." Anthony also snapped pictures of guests.

Lighting Fuse

Jennifer Lopez was eager to talk about "American Idol," parenting twins and her new album, "Love," with Fuse network for the program "On the Record With Fuse" airing tomorrow. But the "Idol" judge wasn't eager to speak about her disappointing single, "Louboutins," nor her possibly appearing on "Glee." An e-mail from her handlers warned Fuse producers that those two topics were off-limits during the interview with Touré. A rep for Fuse said: "We regularly collaborate with celebrities leading up to their appearances on our network."

Jennifer Lopez performs 'On The Floor' on 'American Idol'

Talk about a quadruple-threat: Singing, acting, dancing and judging!

On Thursday, May 5, Jennifer Lopez proved why she is fit to be a judge on "American Idol" when she took the stage to perform her new single "On The Floor," which has hit No. 1 in 18 countries.

We were sold on this performance before it even began -- Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler and their bowl of popcorn were just too cute sitting in the audience waiting for her to begin!

The performance started with rapper Pitbull in the audience before working his way on stage, where the music video for the song was playing on the jumbo-screen. Soon, the lady of the hour came out in a glittering gold outfit that showed off Lopez's seriously toned abs.

We give Lopez a lot of props for singing live when singing has never been her strongest asset, and you know what? She sounded pretty good. Not Haley Reinhart good, but good nonetheless. It's a club hit -- no crazy vocals are really necessary. As always, Lopez's dance moves were awesome and she worked the stage like a true performer.

P.S. How cool was it when Lopez smashed the glass cases, releasing her back-up dancers? So. Bad-A**.

What did you think of Jennifer Lopez's performance?

Jennifer Lopez Talks Naked Abs & More Babies!

(Video) Jennifer Lopez has a famously fab figure, but she still gets insecure about showing skin.

The American Idol host and mother of two sat with E! News yesterday to discuss her new album Love?, and she admitted she seriously ramps up her workouts before shooting music videos that show off her stomach:

"You can hide a lot with good clothes, but when you're doing a video, you really can't because the clothes get smaller!" she told E! yesterday in L.A., at her album release party. "It's like all the sudden my stomach's out. Oh no!"

She then turns to the same trainer a ton of Hollywood's hot bodies use: Tracy Anderson. Only she steps her workouts up to six times a week. Woah.

The mom of twins Emme and Max says her kids are already natural performers like their parents: Emme is a dancer, while Max loves to sing.

As for whether she and Marc Anthony want to have any more bambinos, J. Lo's definitely open to the idea.

"We love our family and we always think about expanding it," she explained, adding: "If it happens, nobody will be happier than me!"

Music Review: On 7th CD, J. Lo rebounds and scores

Jennifer Lopez, "Love?" (Island Def Jam Music Group)

Jennifer Lopez's latest single — the international smash "On the Floor" — opens with this line: "It's a new generation of party people." And luckily the singer has taken note.

Lopez, 41, isn't the same star she was 10 years ago, when she dominated both pop and urban music charts. She struggled with 2005's "Rebirth," and was worse off with "Brave," which came two years later.

Lopez has never been a musical icon, and she probably never will be. But she is a great entertainer — and that's reflected throughout most of her seventh album, "Love?"

The Pitbull-featured "On the Floor," which has the "party, party, party" vibe that has taken over Top 40 radio, is irresistible and addictive. It was produced by RedOne, the man behind Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and "Poker Face." The hitmaker also works his magic on the celebratory dance jam "Papi." Lopez also has future hits with the Lil Wayne-assisted "I'm Into You" and "Good Hit," a Fergie-sounding jam produced by The-Dream and Tricky.

Lopez is best, though, when she collaborates with producer D'Mile. The two songs — "(What Is) Love?" and "One Love" — were leaked in 2009, but they don't sound dated. They're biographical tunes about Lopez's love life, which includes two failed marriages and stints with Ben Affleck and Diddy. If there's something this girl can sing about, it should be love lapses — and when she does, she does it well.

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: Lopez's strongest vocal performance is all over the groove "(What Is) Love?" It makes her role as a judge on "American Idol" a bit more fitting.

Jennifer Lopez's 'I'm Into You' video

(Video) If you liked On the Floor with Pitbull, check out Jennifer Lopez's video for her new single, I'm Into You, feat. Lil Wayne.

J. Lo's 'Love?' has beats, lacks heart

From the opening hit single On the Floor onward, Love? is long on thumping dance tracks that cast Jennifer Lopez in various familiar roles: the siren, the loyal nurturer, the hopeless romantic, the prisoner of love.

Jennifer Lopez, Love?

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Like Paula Abdul before her, Jennifer Lopez was an ironic pick for American Idol judge. Neither woman has much technical ability as a singer, but both have, in their best singles, shown a homegirl-next-door pluck and a less-is-more canniness antithetical to the kind of vocal showboating that Idol regularly champions. So it's disappointing to report that Lopez's new album suffers from such a lack of personality.

From the opening hit single On the Floor onward, Love? is long on thumping dance tracks that cast Lopez in various familiar roles: the siren, the loyal nurturer, the hopeless romantic, the prisoner of love. Predictably, an A-list of collaborators is on board, including Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Stargate and even Lady Gaga (a contributing writer and producer). But their electronically fueled tunes are generally as anonymous as the vocals.

Every now and then, glimmers of the street-wise spirit and cool sensuality that could make Lopez appealing as a pop star — and an actress — surface. But more often than not, Love? suggests passion less than product, each song bouncing surely down the assembly line — yet another item in the impressively efficient and resurgent brand that is J. Lo Inc.

Download: I'm Into You (featuring Lil' Wayne), Starting Over

J.Lo and Anthony team up with Fuller for new show

Jennifer Lopez is teaming up with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller for a new TV show — and she's bringing husband Marc Anthony into the fold.

The trio announced Wednesday that they are creating "Q'Viva! The Chosen." The show would feature the superstar couple as they travel 21 countries to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts with the goal of creating a live extravaganza.

The show's director will be Jamie King. It will be filmed in three languages.

Lopez said the show will be groundbreaking.

"This is a show for the 21st century with an unprecedented global and local story. The Latin culture is a tapestry that is rich in passion, tradition and artistry," she said. "We are going to places where all of this talent lives and wouldn't have otherwise been discovered."

Anthony said the show will "provide an outlet to a whole new generation that have been waiting to have their voices heard."

"Q'Viva!" is sponsored by BlackBerry. A statement said more than one network will be involved, but they have yet to be announced. It's unclear when the show will air.

Lopez became a judge on "American Idol" this year, and has a new album, "Love?" out next week.

Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Jeremy Renner join 'Ice Age 4'

Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner have joined the cast of "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the franchise's fourth film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other celebrities who will be lending their voices in the film include Drake, Keke Palmer, Aziz Ansari and Wanda Sykes.

The "American Idol" judge will play Shira, a sabre toothed tiger who catches the heart of Diego, another sabre toothed tiger voiced by Denis Leary. Renner will voice Gutt, a "self-styled master of the high seas."

Ray Romano, Josh Peck, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott and John Leguizamo are all set to return to the franchise. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" is set to hit theaters July 13, 2012.

Jennifer Lopez: Emme's Fashion-Forward - at 3!

Calling her new album Love? was a no brainer for Jennifer Lopez, who says the subject has always been “the question and answer for me.” But one thing she doesn’t question is her flourishing marriage.

“I am lucky to have Marc [Anthony],” the American Idol judge said of her husband at the Blackberry Playbook launch, held Tuesday in Los Angeles. “I’m lucky to have such a good partner.”

Parenting is a team effort as well.

“[Emme and Max] love to download games and go on the computer with Marc,” says Lopez, 41, who’s looking to play a gritty role in her next acting gig. “I don’t know how to do all that. But we watch Disney movies like Tangled.”

The ladies of the house also enjoy primping together — and 3-year-old Emme has picked up a few tips from mom.

“When I get ready for work we lay everything out – the pants, shoes, earrings, belts,” says Lopez. “[Emme] does that now in her room. She says, ‘Okay, I need pants’ and ‘That matches. I need a barrette.’ It’s crazy!”

Her son Max, on the other hand, is all boy. “He’s into breaking things, tearing things down, punching and then saying ‘I’m hitting in a fun way,’” she explains. “He’s that guy.”

Kisses and F-bombs hit "American Idol"

Steven Tyler just couldn't help himself.

Following Casey Abrams' Wednesday night performance of Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe," the "American Idol" judge commented that Abrams brings out jealousy and anger in others because, "You're so f****** great."

The audience, which included its share of tweens and kids, was aghast, but "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and Fox head of alternative programing Mike Darnell simply laughed it off. Executive producers Simon Fuller and Cecile Frot-Coutaz were also present for the live show as was Fox Broadcasting chairman Peter Rice.

Moments earlier, Casey planted a kiss on Jennifer Lopez's cheek, to which Tyler applauded him for achieving "what I've been trying to do for four months."

During the commercial break, a war-room-like huddle formed at the judges' table, with Lythgoe clutching his head as he jokingly dropped to his knees.

Said Abrams following the brouhaha: "I kissed Jennifer Lopez and made Steven Tyler swear-- Not a bad night."

Ryan Seacrest Sits Down With Jennifer Lopez

(Video) Will Jennifer Lopez leave with American Idol after this season is over?! That's what we're all wondering today, after reports that Jenny is in talks to do her own reality talent show (her rep told E! News they had no comment on the story), but what did the multihyphenate babe tell our own Ryan Seacrest?

The E! News anchor sat down with J.Lo herself for the latest on her Idol employment, plus how the babies have changed her life and what her new album means for the artist as she matures:

When asked if she was considering a return to the hit reality series next season, Lopez told Seacrest, "Of course, of course. Here's what's the great thing about this moment for me. There's tons of possibilities, and I'm open to whatever God has in store for me down the line. And whatever it is, I'm going to do my best."

What led the megastar to do the show in the first place? Lopez says, "The big major thing when Marc and I sat down and talked about it was, it would be nice to be in one place with the babies. They've been traveling since they were like 3 weeks old. That was a major consideration, too. So when I looked at my whole life and where I was, and the kind of freedoms that I had to choose to do what I wanted to do...I went with my gut."

And why are so many good things happening at once for the singer, actress and Most Beautiful Woman Alive? She told Seacrest: "I'm just happy in that—in my life, in my skin, in my body, in what I have to offer, and finally, it's just comfortable with myself in the best way...And I think the babies had a lot to do with that." Awww...

So what's driving Lopez's suddenly resurgent singing career? Lopez puts it down to her accumulated life wisdom, saying, "A lot of people can sing, as you can see when we're on the road, but artists have a message—[a message] to express to the world, and you have a point of view. Whatever that is, if you think of the great artists of our time: Bruce Springsteen, it's that working man's struggle; or Madonna, challenging religion and sex; or Michael Jackson, who wanted to spread love in the world in his way. Everybody has a message, and it becomes part of your expression, and that comes through in the music. And that's what I try to tell the kids, it's not just about getting up there and who hits the biggest notes—as you see, that doesn't keep you on the show. It's about who can connect, who can make somebody feel something, smile, and think and go, 'Oh, I love that song!' That's what being an artist is: Do you feel what I feel?"

Do you love J.Lo as judge? Would you prefer she stick with Idol, or should she get her own show?

Jennifer Lopez Eyes New Musical Reality Show

Jennifer Lopez is in the early stages of developing a reality series that would find her and her husband Marc Anthony searching Latin America to discover new musical talent, according to EW.com.

The show, tentatively titled Que Viva, is being developed in conjunction with American Idol producer Simon Fuller and his XIX Entertainment.

All of this calls to question Lopez's future on Idol, especially since she's only signed through the current season. It's unlikely that she'll bounce after just one season, given its success, according to EW. Perhaps Lopez's schedule is about to get fuller. But then, so will ours: She'll have us watching rap and Latin American music. And all the while, we'll be doing this.

Will you watch this proposed J.Lo show?

Jennifer Lopez's Glam Cover Look: All the Details!

Jennifer Lopez may love being makeup-free at home with her twins, but for her flawless appearance as PEOPLE’s 2011 World’s Most Beautiful cover girl, she had a little help from her glam squad. Makeup artist Mary Phillips began with moisturizer, then applied foundation with a blush brush “all over her face and neck, including on her eyelids.” She followed that with peach cream blush, “beginning on the apple using less product as you go back.” She set the look with a yellow-based powder. Phillips lined Lopez’s eyes in brown, “rimming the whole eye, all the way around.” After applying espresso-colored eye shadow with a hint of shimmer, she curled Lopez’s lashes and used mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. On her lips, a nude pink lip liner was topped with a peach lipstick followed by clear gloss. As for her famously lush locks, stylist Lorenzo Martin started with freshly shampooed hair, applied a styling serum and blew it dry “with lots of volume, toward the back.” Then he curled big sections with a 2-in. curling iron, pinned them back, and set them with hairspray. After 20 minutes, he pulled the pins out, and, he says, “put her hair upside down and brushed it with a boar-bristle brush. Then I flipped it back, teased it and back-brushed it, then tousled it again to get gorgeous waves.” For more of Lopez’s exclusive interview, in which she sets the record straight on all the rumors, pick up this week’s special issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

JLo, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson pass the million-download mark

Two tracks with American Idol ties -- Jennifer Lopez' On the Floor and Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's Don't You Wanna Stay -- both reached a million downloads last week. Jason and Kelly, by the way, will perform their duet on this week's Idol results show.

Casey Abrams' performance of Have You Ever Seen the Rain pushed the Creedence Clearwater Revival tune into Nielsen SoundScan's list of the 200 top-selling digital tracks. It had 9,000 downloads -- a 365% increase over the previous week.

Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, On the Floor (120,000 weekly, -7%, 1.109 million total)
Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson, Don't You Wanna Stay (36,000, -11%, 1.033 million)
Sugarland, Stuck Like Glue (25,000, -19%, 1.837 million)
Jennifer Lopez feat. Lil Wayne, I'm Into You (18,000, -15%, 39,000)
Carrie Underwood, Undo It (9,000, +43%, 1.058 million)
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Have You Ever Seen the Rain (9,000, +365%, 581,000)
Rockmafia, The Big Bang (8,000, +37%, 242,000)

People Names Jennifer Lopez World's Most Beautiful Woman; Who Else Topped the List?

It's official: Jennifer Lopez is the prettiest woman in the entire world—well, according to People magazine anyway, which has unveiled its latest Most Beautiful issue, picking the singer-dancer-actress-mom-model-judge as its choice for World's Most Beautiful Woman.

"I feel not worthy, you know?" was how Lopez reacted to the mag when she found out the news.

The American Idol judge, looking absolutely flawless on the spring-inspired pink and green cover, discussed with the mag her makeup-free days from the show, skin-care regimen, diet, kids and hubby Marc Anthony.

Read on to find out when the mom to twins Max and Emme is the happiest...and who else was happy to join her on People's Most Beautiful list...

On landing the 22nd annual "World's Most Beautiful" coveted cover spot, Lopez said she felt "happy and proud" after the initial shock wore off.

"It's so crazy. Rarely am I left speechless, but I feel honored." the hard-working reality judge and L'Oréal model said, adding that she feels better now than she did in her 30s.

"I feel better, I feel smarter," she said. "In my 20s, I just wasn't there in my mind and my soul and my spirit. It's just great to be in the position I'm in now and be able to share that with the world."

As for her striking beauty and that gorgeous face, Lopez says the real trick to her glow is due to the abundance of "love" in her life and insists that the real beauty in a person comes from their heart. And J.Lo says that even though she's considered hot, she doesn't get any compliments from men because "they're afraid of Marc."

After revealing that she was prematurely gray at 23 and that her upper thighs are a real problem, it's on to the topic of her famous booty: "It became this huge thing. No pun intended!" she says.

The 41-year-old also spent some time clearing up other "big" rumors: No, her body is not insured for a million dollars; no, she doesn't have a diamond-encrusted toilet seat or a glam squad of 50; and yes, she spray tans.

The other beautiful people in the mag's double issue are listed in subcategories of hotness; here are a few of our faves:

In the "Not a Drop of Makeup," pages, 10 women were snapped looking fresh-faced in nothing but moisturizer and lip balm. Dancing With the Stars turned Footloose star Julianne Hough is stunning in a full-page closeup. Joy Bryant, Anne Heche, Kaley Cuoco, Mandy Moore, Nikita star Maggie Q, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, Cheryl Burke, Angie Harmon and Hayden Panettiere all made the list.

The mag's got the older eye candy covered too, picking 57-year-old Christie Brinkley as the leadoff in that category; she credits her youthful look to blotting her makeup with a wet washcloth after applying. Also making the list are Stacey Dash, 44, Lucy Liu, 42, Jennifer Beals, 47, and Dana Delany looking superhot at 55.

In the "Beautiful Minds" category, Ivy League intellects Anna Paquin, Jordana Brewster, Tatyana Ali, Amanda Peet and Ellie Kemper and The Office star Mindy Kaling all made the list for their smarts.

Watch out, curves ahead! Listed under "Year of the Bombshell" are hourglass honeys like Jessica Simpson, Sofia Vergara, Paula Patton and Christina Hendricks, who says she's probably at her sexiest while "at home cooking."

A huge chunk of the mag is dedicated to stars' beauty sleep. Katie Holmes gets six hours a night, while newly single Jessica Biel counts sheep and has insomnia. Halle Berry needs nine hours, while Christina Aguilera and Jessica Alba get a solid eight. Cutie Amanda Seyfried needs 10 hours, while Beyoncé usually can't shut off her brain for the night.

And finally, some familiar names are back, with some "Hall of Famers" making the list—again and again and again. Berry leads with a whopping 15 times, with Julia Roberts coming in second with 12 appearances. This issue marks Lopez's 10th "Most Beautiful" appearance, tied only with George Clooney, followed by nine-time hottie Brad Pitt.

Hats off to all the Hollywood hotties who made the list!

Jennifer Lopez: Being Beautiful Is 'Part of My Job'

Jennifer Lopez admits she loves glamming it up as a judge on American Idol or for her upcoming album, Love?

But at home with husband Marc Anthony and their 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme, Lopez is a zero-makeup kind of mom. "That's when I'm my happiest," she says in this week's exclusive cover story. "Just being able to touch my face and rub my eyes and put my fingers in my hair and not having to worry about messing it up. It's so much better."

From her skincare regimen to her grueling workouts and portion-controlled diet, Lopez says she makes a concerted effort to stay in top form. "The thing is, it's part of my job," says the singer, who ran a triathlon six months after she gave birth. "I don't want anybody thinking it's easy. It does take time and it's hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody's friend!"

Lopez, 41, also has learned valuable beauty tips over the years, and says daughter Emme is starting to prove she's her mother's child. "She is very girly-girl, just like me since I was very little. She loves for me to paint her nails," Lopez says. "She lays out her clothes on the floor like I do with my stylist and she's like, 'This matches very good!' "

And what about son Max? "He wants to paint his nails too. Because for him, it's just paint. He's like, 'I want the blue!'" Lopez says, laughing. "Then Marc is like, 'Why are Max's nails painted?!' But he won't sit still so it's only like two nails."

As for being called a "diva," she says, "I kind of like it. We've kind of owned it now. But I certainly don't like and I've never been a person who has what they call 'diva behavior,' which is something they tried to pin on me for a long time."

For more of Lopez's exclusive interview, in which she sets the record straight on all the rumors, pick up this week's special issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

J.Lo named People's 'Most Beautiful'

Jennifer Lopez has been named People magazine's most beautiful star of 2011.

The singer/actress tops the publication's list of the world's most attractive celebrities, ahead of Zac Efron at number two and Reese Witherspoon at three.

Other stars to make the top 10 include Jessica Simpson, Katie Holmes and Jennifer Hudson.

To celebrate, Lopez has shared her beauty tips with the publication, revealing looking good is just part of her life in the public eye.

She says, "The thing is, it's part of my job. I don't want anybody thinking it's easy. It does take time and it's hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody's friend!"

Jennifer Lopez to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards are shaping up to be one hot ticket: Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz are the first performers announced for newly revived show, which will air live May 22 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

And more announcements are on the way. On Wednesday morning (Apr. 13), the full list of nominees will be unveiled at a press conference in Las Vegas, where the Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live on ABC. More announcements will roll out as the date approaches, so stay tuned to Billboard.com in the coming weeks for the latest updates.

Tickets for the Billboard Music Awards start at $57.75 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

The Billboard Music Awards will reflect Billboard's chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, radio play, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners. The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.

"This show marks the first of several broadcast platforms we plan to build around the Billboard franchise," said Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard. "We have an incredible network partner and with Don Mischer, one of the finest producers in the world. We look forward to entertaining music fans with Billboard's own rendition of a televised celebration of music."

Jennifer Lopez Tells American Idol's Pia Toscano to 'Have Faith'

Jennifer Lopez disagreed with America's choice on Thursday's American Idol, and says she's still miffed that Pia Toscano was sent home so soon.

"She was one of the most talented singers we had," Lopez said, calling into Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show Friday morning. "I'm still shocked."

Why does Lopez think Toscano was eliminated?

"Honestly, I don't know what happened," she said. "[Maybe] people thought she was safe, as I did ... Maybe there was something that wasn't connecting [with the audience] that we didn't see."

Lopez, who likened the ousted singer to a prized student, said she and her fellow judges – Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler – pushed Toscano every week because they had high standards for her and saw her talent. "Honestly, I always had the best intentions," Lopez said. "I just wanted to see the growth every week. I wanted her to shine."

After the show, Lopez, who cried at the decision, came up on stage and had a heart-to-heart with Toscano.

"I told her to stay pure in her heart, to have faith and to know that if this wasn't the path for her that there was something bigger for her," Lopez said, recalling their conversation. "That there is something bigger for her. And I believe that."

J-Lo tops U.K. singles, Adele retains album crown

Jennifer Lopez's new entry "On The Floor" knocked Adele off the top of the U.K. singles chart on Sunday but the young British soul singer is still dominating -- and breaking records with -- album sales.

The Official Charts Company said Adele's "21" and "19" albums clung to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the longplayer chart, seeing off new entries from "X Factor" contestant Mary Byrne, indie band Radiohead and U.S. diva Britney Spears.

Adele, whose rendition of ballad "Someone Like You" at the 2011 BRIT awards in February won over a new army of fans, has been at the peak of the album charts for 10 weeks -- a run of success not seen since Dire Strait's "Brothers In Arms" in 1986.

Her second album "21" -- the year's best-selling LP -- racked up more than 250,000 sales this week, enjoying a 65 percent boost in the run-up to Mothering Sunday. "Someone Like You" has also become 2011's top selling single.

J-Lo's single, featuring rapper Pitbull, is her third No. 1 hit, selling more than 130,000 copies this week.

Jennifer Lopez Works the Camera for Tous Jewelry

It’s no surprise that Jennifer Lopez knows how to make jewelry look oh-so-good, but she really turns up the gorgeous factor in her new campaign for Tous. The American Idol judge rocks a variety of ethnic gear accentuated by the sparkling jewels — not to mention some seriously sensual poses — in these exclusive photos, part of a series she recently shot for the 90-year-old Spanish company. Lopez was announced as the new face of Tous last month, chosen for her genuineness and charisma, according to the line’s president, Salvador Tous. “[She's] a great illustration of our brand.” (Kylie Minogue previously modeled for the company.) The singer-actress obviously had a lot of fun in her new role, too; some outtakes depict a beaming Lopez with her arm around Madame Tous, who helps design the gems. Many of the pieces Lopez sports in her photos (including the brand’s iconic bears) are available on tous-shop.com now — perhaps we’ll see her wearing some on Idol soon?

Jennifer Lopez: Why We Saved Idol's Casey Abrams

Viewers voted to eject Casey Abrams from American Idol last week, only to have the judges, in one tension-filled moment, fight back to use their one precious save to keep him.

But with adrenaline pumping and emotions running high, was that the right choice? Most definitely, insists Jennifer Lopez.

"It was crazy. And we knew that it was kind of a radical decision because it was so early in the season," the judge explained to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Wednesday.

So Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson made the tough decision. "To be quite honest, there's been decisions that we've made or that I've thought about and I've made and I've pushed for that I thought, 'Oh God, did we do the right thing?' " Lopez said. "But that's one decision that I have not lost one ounce of sleep over. I just knew it was the right thing. Randy knew it was the right thing. Steven knew it was the right thing. This is one of our most dynamic performers. He's so interesting. He's so talented. I know it's crazy but we have to do it."

Even with the risks – the judges are now out of saves for the rest of the season – Lopez says the timing was perfect.

"I feel really good about that, too," she says. "Now, it's up to America. I really feel we've put 11 amazing contestants in front of them and now it's [a question of] who they're favorite is, who's going to be their American Idol. I feel really good about putting that in their hands."

And, Lopez tells Seacrest, she's relishing the drama of those moments.

"I've been having a ball with it," she says. "I love working with all you guys and it's just been a lot of fun. I didn't realize that I was going to fall in love with all the contestants the way I have and feel for them the way I do. It's just been a great, great experience for me."

Even one that she says was meant to be: "I've been watching at home for so long," she says, "but it's like this is where I'm supposed to be sitting."

Still, Lopez has a packed schedule coming up, including touring for her music, and won't nail down whether she'll be back next season. "We'll see," she says. "All of the prospects are exciting."

'American Idol' is jamming, thanks to the new judges

Many of us thought American Idol would survive without Simon Cowell. But who knew it would prosper?

Yet it has, not just in the ratings — which show some natural erosion but not the precipitous drop many expected — but also in critical and viewer reaction. Much of the credit goes to returning producer Nigel Lythgoe, whose tweaks lend the show a renewed energy, and to the contestants, a more varied and entertaining group than last year's crew. But main credit goes to the judges who chose those singers.

If newcomers Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler and returnee Randy Jackson have made Idol more enjoyable, it's as much for what they're not doing as what they are. Gone are the bickering, flirting, inane jabber, failed attempts at humor and nastiness for nastiness' sake. It may have been worth losing Cowell, as worthy a critical force as he was, to be spared the school-boy banter between him and Ryan Seacrest.

"Better," of course, does not mean perfect. The set can be too busy, the sound too mushy, and there have been far too many times when the panel should have ignored the singers and slammed the overly intrusive new music producers. And while I don't miss Cowell's fondness for cruel jabs, I do miss his honesty and his perspicacity: There are moments you can almost hear him screaming "self-indulgent" or "ghastly."

Clearly, there's room for improvement. Now that they're in the live-show stretch, a few pointers for the panel:

Jennifer Lopez. One of the surprises and joys of the season has been watching her blossom as a TV star, a far warmer and more appealing presence than many would have guessed. And last week, she found a way to retain that warmth while offering more pointed, relevant remarks, the only way for a judge to aid the better singers and weed out weaker ones. Let's hope she stays on that path.

Steven Tyler. Like Lopez, he's been a surprisingly joyful addition, pairing a bit of Paula Abdul's loopiness with more musical credibility. But unlike Lopez, he still seems to be searching for his judicial role. So here's a suggestion: Start paying attention to when singers are ignoring the meaning of the lyrics or indulging themselves at the expense of the song, and call them on it. Oh, and enough with the cursing. Children in the theater shouldn't have to hear it, and parents at home shouldn't have to explain the "bleeps."

Randy Jackson. Congratulations to Jackson for stepping it up, being more critical more often and expanding beyond "pitchy." Now, please drop the name dropping. It makes it look like you're trying to convince us you deserve the job; that just makes people wonder if you do.

Odd Couple Alert: Lady Gaga and J.Lo!

If you don't like Jennifer Lopez's new album, just blame Lady Gaga.

Her Ladyship, who started out as a songwriter for Britney Spears, Fergie and The Pussycat Dolls before she became the pantsless performer she is today, is still penning and producing behind the scenes. And it turns out contributed two songs to J.Lo's Love? says überproducer RedOne.

Really?

"For those who don't know, @ladygaga produced/wrote with me TWO records for @JLo, "Invading my Mind and an other one coming SOOON!!! OMG!!!"

Besides working for the Idol judge, the "Poker Face" singer has also penned tracks for American Idol alum Adam Lambert, who has said he feels "lucky" to have worked with Gaga.

Gaga can really crank 'em out. She once boasted that she wrote "Just Dance" in 10 minutes flat.

Jennifer Lopez's "Invading My Mind" Leaks Online

Jennifer Lopez's new song, "Invading My Mind," has invaded the Internet.

The American Idol judge's new track has leaked online The song, from her upcoming Island Def Jam album "Love?," follows "On the Floor," which features Pitbull. "Invading My Mind" is all about Lopez, though, and is a high energy, super-dance-y track.

Behind the Scenes at American Idol: J.Lo Gets Called Out!

Those of you who have been watching American Idol from the beginning are no stranger to the flirtation happening between judge Jennifer Lopez and Idol hopeful Stefano Langone. It's innocent. It's fun. Some would even say it's healthy.

Tonight, however, a couple of audience members were none-too-pleased by J.Lo and Stefano's quick interaction before he found out his Idol fate. What exactly did they have to say to the judge?

In case you didn't hear it at home, two ladies up above the stage yelled down to Jennifer, "You're married!" and pointed out her husband Marc Anthony in the audience right after she and Stefano exchanged words (and more flirty looks). J.Lo didn't react to the scolding from the two women, but some of the people sitting around the yellers seemed taken aback.

But not all the behind-the-scenes action was about shouting down to judges and questioning their devotion to their spouses. Here are other tidbits that went down while the cameras were off:

As soon as the cameras were off after the "Born to Be Wild/Born This Way" number, the group seem to collapse into hugs and relief at having gotten through the dancing and singing without mishap.

The award for "unsure of what to do with ourselves" during the Black Eyed Peas number goes to Paul McDonald and Scotty McCreery. Those two went with clapping their hands everyone once in awhile, with a head bob thrown in here and there for good measure.

Most of the Idols seemed anxious to meet and hug the members of the Black Eyed Peas, but Stefano and Naima Adedapo practically threw themselves into Fergie's arms.

Those who looked nervous before any results were announced: James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Thia Megia and Karen Rodriguez. Everyone else relaxed and goofed around with their fellow contestants. Stefano and Naima looked particular chummy.

When season nine winner Lee DeWyze started preparing for his performance of "Beautiful Like You," both Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest ambushed him to give him a bro hug and chat for awhile. Do you think they all still keep in touch? Maybe via Twitter.

The biggest celebration after finding out they were safe came from James the rocker, who jumped up and down on his way back to the couch.

Despite being in the bottom-three chairs, Naima and Haley Reinhart remained calm, cool, and friendly with each other. At one point, Naima was playing with Haley's hair during a commercial break.

Lauren Alaina and Paul passed the time on the safe couch by giggling and shoving each other like a pair of lovesick teenagers. Adorable, no?

After Idol signed off for the night, the embraces for Karen went on long after the cameras shut down. All the judges and every single contestant stayed up on the stage until they all got hugs and some words with ther eliminated contestant. At the end, Lauren exited the stage leaning heavily on Jacob.

It's Jennifer Lopez's time again with 'American Idol'

On any given American Idol episode, you can see Jennifer Lopez the personable judge, Jennifer Lopez the music video star and, during commercial breaks, Jennifer Lopez the glamorous spokeswoman for a hair-care line.

Suddenly, Lopez is everywhere again.

"It wasn't some grand master plan we had — it just kind of worked out that way," she says. "I was working on a record, looking at some films. The American Idol thing was offered to me months and months before. I really wasn't considering it. They came back again. Then I started thinking about it."

A fan of the show, she made a gut decision to join Idol.

"All of a sudden, it just got busy. The record came out, the show was on and it's been so much fun. I really feel blessed and lucky."

Lopez's On the Floor music video, which premiered March 3 on Fox's top-rated Idol, has generated more than 30 million YouTube views. The single is No. 2 on Billboard's digital songs chart, with 609,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her seventh studio album, Love?, hits the streets in April. And Lopez, along with fellow Idol judge Steven Tyler, is part of what many praise as the revitalization of a singing competition that had been in a slump.

Throw in high-profile endorsement deals with L'Oréal and Gillette, along with a Fox deal that includes a movie component, and the spotlight is shining brightly on the singer/actress.

Married to singer Marc Anthony and the mother of 3-year-old twins, Lopez, 41, is at a different point in her life than she was in the '90s as a determined rising star or later as a ubiquitous celebrity whose personal life attracted as much attention as her professional one.

Lopez says the album reflects her current state. "It's very much me, but it's the evolution of me. It's not me in 2000 when I did Waiting for Tonight. It's me today. And I'm very proud of that."

Looking, sounding good

Seated in a hotel suite, the ever-fashionable Lopez is outfitted in a royal-blue-and-white floral frock ("a flirty summer dress," she says) with a yellow patent belt and blue suede snakeskin platforms. She's energetic in conversation, raising her voice for emphasis and even breaking briefly into one of her songs — "I was down for the count, feeling like I've come to the end" — to illustrate one of the many facets of love expressed in her new album.

One type of love she now knows is that of being a mother to Emme and Max.

"Those babies for me are the most important thing. Their happiness, their health. That's the one thing I lose sleep over, because I am working a lot more now," she says. "It's a balancing act, a juggling act, just like for any working mom."

Benny Medina, Lopez's manager, says her time off to have children, a recent music-label switch from Sony to Island Def Jam and the deal with Fox came at the right time. "The family that she has built has made her a whole human being, a whole artist and a whole force to be reckoned with," he says.

She says she doesn't worry whether that break diminished her stardom. "I just think about evolving and growing, and doing whatever I did this time better than whatever I did last time."

Her recent movie and music ventures haven't had the commercial success of her earlier work. Two 2007 albums, Como ama una Mujer and Brave, sold fewer than 400,000 combined, falling far short of previous multiplatinum releases. Last year's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan earned a modest $38 million at the domestic box office.

"We could politely say she was on a (career) plateau," says San Diego Union-Tribune pop music critic George Varga.

As much as anything, Idol has put Lopez back in the public eye. The Fox singing competition is averaging 25.1 million viewers this season, a much better performance than many expected after the departure of alpha-judge Simon Cowell.

"She looks amazing, she's the heart of the show, she's sincere. It's clear she cares about the kids. She's just doing wonderfully," Fox reality chief Mike Darnell says. "She's the most emotionally connected judge I've ever seen."

Star status hasn't affected Lopez behind the scenes. "She has been a pleasure to work with, always on time, willing to go the extra mile," Darnell says.

Lopez says she's delighted with the work, especially collaborating with fellow judges Tyler and Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest. She views them as the brothers she didn't have growing up. "It's a lot of fun. Taking a journey with the contestants has also been exhilarating," she says. "I know exactly what they're feeling and their hopes and their dreams and what they want to do in that moment."

Such empathy led to some emotional on-camera moments for the judge, who cried after eliminating Chris Medina (no relation to Benny), a contestant whose fiancée suffered a traumatic brain injury.

"I've had very vulnerable moments on the show where I've felt exposed, one moment in particular, but that is who I am. I actually cried a lot more than they showed. They didn't exploit it or make it cheap. They captured the real emotion of what was happening in the moment," she says.

The revelation of a more personal side has benefited Lopez, Varga says.

"Her down-to-earth appeal has pretty well erased the spoiled diva image that had followed her for so many years. And that's something no amount of money can buy," he says.

'The human side of me'

Lopez was initially surprised that people saw her Idol persona as a different side of her.

"I always thought people were getting that over the years, but what they were really getting was the entertainer side of me, the performer side of me," she says. Now, "they're actually getting to see the human side of me, because there is no script and there is nothing but me and how I feel and what I think and my emotions, whether that's laughing at the top of my lungs or shedding a tear over a mom who is singing for her child."

She disagrees with those who say the panel isn't critical enough of the singers.

"We do give constructive criticism. People are used to hearing it in a different way, but if they are really listening to the critiques, they'll hear us correcting them," she says. "We just don't feel we need to deliver it in a negative fashion where they're not going to really hear it."

Idol has helped with exposure on the music side of Lopez's career, particularly with the premiere of On the Floor. "Clearly, the American Idol platform gave her immediate visibility that we couldn't possibly have gotten so quickly," says Antonio "L.A." Reid, the album's executive producer. "But then people love the song and people love seeing her in that element and dancing and having a great time. I think she nailed it creatively."

The Idol effect is more than raw viewer numbers, too, says Maxim editor in chief Joe Levy. "She is now in front of what may be the only passionate music-buying audience outside of Lady Gaga's Monsters and Glee fans."

The album is biographical, at least to a degree, and Lopez says she's OK if people speculate about which songs and verses may relate to a life they know so well. ("Well, they think they do," she says with a laugh.)

"This is not a negative album in any way," she says. "It's really a great dance-pop-urban album that talks about all of the different facets of love in all its glory and all its pain."

For that, she credits new label Island Def Jam and producers she worked with, including RedOne, Tricky Stewart and The Dream. "I feel glad to be with people who believe in me and who are just as excited about the rest of my music career as I am," she says.

Ready for drama — film drama

On the movie front, Lopez says she wants to find a good drama.

"I was just saying last night to Marc, 'I am so ready to just bite into some role so hard.' And he said, 'I know, I can feel your creative juice going crazy.' "

As with the public, Hollywood is seeing a different side of Lopez, too, Benny Medina says. "There's a quality of filmmakers and other creative people in the industry that are being drawn to work with her. One of the greatest byproducts of this particular time is this new introduction of Jennifer Lopez to a community that's always known her but had misconceptions about her."

There are some promising scripts, and he says she could be doing a movie by the fall.

Aside from the high-profile campaigns familiar to Idol viewers, the Lopez brand includes appearing with her children in ads for Gucci's children's collection and a joint project at Kohl's with Anthony, his and hers clothing lines, and a line of home products that will be available in the fall. "We challenge each other in a way that only the two of us could," she says. "It's awesome."

Lopez says she's satisfied as long as she's moving forward. But she likes having a hit, too.

"I'm proud of the things I have done over the years. Whether they've had the biggest commercial success or not, I still feel like I've been on a journey and I've been growing and evolving, and that's exciting," she says.

The success of the single is just "icing on the cake. Big icing. I love icing."

Reasons to love J.Lo

When Barbara Walters chose Jennifer Lopez as one of her Most Fascinating People of 2010, I thought she'd lost it.

What the heck had J.Lo done in 2010?

But in January 2011, it became clear exactly what the popstar-actress had done in 2010: She'd said "yes" to being a judge on American Idol.

While Steven Tyler mutters incoherent garble to her right, and Randy Jackson says "dawg" and "pitchy" on repeat to her left, Lopez, 41, provides clear, quoteable commentary and gets emotionally invested in the singoff's contestants all while looking impossibly gorgeous.

In other words, Season 10 of American Idol -- which airs its Top 12 performance episode tonight on Fox and CTV -- has made us fall in love with Jenny from the Block all over again. Here are five reasons why:

1. She's honest, but not brutal

Nothing good can come out of a sentence J.Lo begins with "sweetie" or "baby". And if her lips look pouty, forget it -- she's about to send someone home or tell them they suck. But no one lets 'em down gentler than Lopez. Ashthon Jones nodded in agreement when Jenny revealed she was not getting saved by the judges last week. Either it was easier coming from Lopez than Tyler or Jackson (because we know how vicious they are), or Jones finally realized she was no Diana Ross. Whatever the case, Lopez's sugar-coated approach seems to be just as effective as gone-but-not-forgotten Simon Cowell's way of making contestants swallow bitter truth pills.

2. She lets her emotions get in the way

A reality TV judge who actually feels something? How rare! But J.Lo isn't afraid to put her compassion on display for millions to see. "I don't want to do this anymore," she sobbed after reluctantly telling fan favourite Chris Medina he hadn't made the Top 24. The breakdown became one of the most popular Idol videos to Google this season -- second only to the clip of Medina's audition, where he melted hearts with his tragic story about his wheelchair-bound fiancee. Come to think of it, I really do miss that guy. Thanks a lot, J.Lo!

3. She makes sense

And by this we mean we're not questioning the contents of her Coke cup every time she opens her mouth (bless your heart, Paula). Even so-called music expert Kara DioGuardi couldn't critique the contestants without glancing at Simon Cowell for approval. J.Lo makes clear to contestants what they did right and what they need to work on, speaking in soundbytes to boot ("That was more hair-tossing than me and Beyonce put together in the past 10 years!"). Best female judge yet.

4. She's hot!

Remember when J.Lo used to date Ben Affleck, sing Love Don't Cost a Thing and wear dresses with necklines down to her navel? Well she's still as naturally stunning now as she was then -- maybe even more so to the many men out there with hot-momma fantasies. The mom of three-year-old twins and wife of singer-slash-lucky-man Marc Anthony brings the heat to Idol's panel, with her ever-changing hairdos (from 1960s bombshell waves to headscarves to chic topknots), sultry makeup (those red lips!) and loud accessories (eat your heart out, Steven Tyler).

5. Did we mention, she's hot?

Topping the pop charts is something Paula Abdul could have only dreamed of during her eight years as a judge on Idol. (Remember Dance Like There's No Tomorrow? Yeah, us neither.) But it only took a couple of months of primetime exposure for Jenny to rejuvenate her music career. Sure, her dance track On the Floor (feat. Pitbull) is formulaic as can be -- but it's resting at No. 2 on both iTunes and Billboard's Canadian Hot 100. Not bad for someone we were far from fascinated with back in 2010.

Top 10 singles on iTunes - week ending March 7, 2011

1. "Born This Way," Lady GaGa
2. "On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)," Jennifer Lopez
3. "Forget You," Cee Lo Green
4. "S&M," Rihanna
5. "Blow," Ke$ha
6. "I Need a Doctor (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)," Dr. Dre
7. "F(asterisk)(asterisk)kin' Perfect," P!nk
8. "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)," Katy Perry
9. "Rolling In the Deep," Adele
10. "Till the World Ends," Britney Spears

Combs 'so proud' of Lopez on idol

Sean 'Diddy' Combs is set for a TV showdown with his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez after signing up to perform on American Idol.

The rapper will perform his latest single Coming Home, mentor the show's contestants and dress them in his Sean John designs on an episode due to air next month (Apr11).

And he insists he can't wait to spend some quality time with his former lover, who is wowing critics as a judge on the hit talent contest.

He says, "She’s just looking so good. You’ve got to give it to her for having twins and to be doing it how she’s doing it. I’m so proud of her."

Combs is also a big fan of her judging skills, telling news show Access Hollywood, "The way she handled coming after (former Idol judge) Simon (Cowell)... she’s been, like, a compassionate person. She has made me cry, like, twice, and she’s looked good doing it. And she has made sense.

"She’s a nice person (and)... when you’re super nice, your emotions get the best of you. It’s good though, it’s good to see that change in the competitive shows. I think she’s very refreshing."

Lopez broke down in tears on the show last week when she had to send a favourite contestant, Chris Medina, home.

American Idol: Jennifer Lopez Wanted to Keep Robbie, Jovany and Kendra

We love it when American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez cracks a little.

Her standard mode is beautiful, articulate, smart and totally intimidating, so when she spontaneously cries onscreen or even just gets a little sentimental, we are fascinated. At last night's American Idol finalists bash in Hollywood, Lopez gave E! News another little peek inside her world when she revealed which of the top 24 she most wanted to keep—but couldn't—and why they struggled to pick a wildcard. Watch and learn what J.Lo thinks of the top 13 and the ones that got away:

Picking a wildcard was anything but easy, Lopez tells E! News: "It was very hard, and we weren't ready. It was tough—it was really tough. We decide how many people we wanted to sing and OK now they sang and they did pretty good. It was hard. I love them all.

"They're all so talented, they're all doing so great. It's amazing how they come through when they need to."

It was also tough for Lopez to let go of some of her faves from the top 24. When asked which ones she most regretted losing, Lopez said, "Robbie [Rosen], Kendra [Chantelle]...Jovany [Barreto]. All of 'em."

She also reminisced about her tears after the elimination of Chris Medina, telling us, "I realize now when I watch the show that I started getting emotional before that happened—like it was building up—and each person was getting tougher and tougher. By the time I had to tell Chris, I did it without breaking down in front of him, but afterward, I had to take a minute. This is tough, this is hard, these kids, all their hopes and dreams are hanging on this moment, and I know what that feels like."

Speaking of kids, Lopez's twins, Max and Emme, cannot be counted among Idol's millions and millions of devoted fans. Lopez tells us, "They don't sit still long enough to watch [the show]. The only thing they sit still for is The Chipmunks—she's like, 'Mommy, you be Theodore.' 'OK, I'll be Theodore.' " (So cute!)

Idol judge Jennifer Lopez leaps into singles chart

New "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez blasted back onto the Billboard Hot 100 on Thursday with her highest debut in more than eight years as "On the Floor" grabbed the No. 9 position.

It marks Lopez's first top 10 as a lead artist since the four-week No. 1 "All I Have," featuring LL Cool J, in 2003. That song also marked her previous highest debut, having arrived at No. 25 at the end of 2002.

Her Island Def Jam label synched its digital release with the premiere of its video on Thursday's "Idol" episode. The song, with Pitbull as a featured vocalist, precedes the April 19 release of Lopez's seventh album, "Love?"

"On the Floor" also marks Lopez's 10th Hot 100 top 10, a sum that includes four No. 1s. She last reached the top 10 as a featured artist on LL Cool J's "Control Myself" in 2006.

Divas dominated the Hot 100 headlines, as Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" spent a third week at No. 1, dating to its debut on top two weeks ago. With cumulative digital sales of 1.2 million downloads, it's the fifth-best-selling song this year.

At three weeks atop the Hot 100, "Born" ties Gaga's 2009 debut single "Just Dance" for the longest of her three chart reigns. ("Poker Face" ruled the chart for a week in 2009.)

Cee Lo Green's "F*** You (Forget You)" was No. 2 for a second week, Bruno Mars' "Grenade" held at No. 3, Pink's "F**kin' Perfect" rebounded two to No. 4, and Rihanna's "S&M" jumped two to No. 5.

Katy Perry's "Firework" slipped one to No. 6, but the pop singer also soared 20 to No. 8 with "E.T.," featuring Kanye West. In between, Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" jumped two to No. 7. Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor," featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey, fell six to No. 10.

Jennifer Lopez's Twins Turn Three with Cartoon-Themed Bash

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony celebrated their twins Max and Emme‘s third birthday with a party at their Hidden Hills home on Saturday.

The cartoon-themed afternoon party took place in the backyard, which had to be tented after a rainstorm threatened to dampen the celebration.

Among the 50 guests were Gwen Stefani accompanied by husband Gavin Rossdale and sons Kingston, 4½, and Zuma, 2½, as well as Leah Remini with her daughter Sofia, 6½.

The party featured moon bouncers, cotton candy machines and a huge cake. Festive cartoon character balloons decorated the backyard and guests received gift bags upon leaving the party.

“Jennifer was very excited to celebrate her babies’ birthday,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She went all out and everyone had a great time at the party.”

On Max and Emme’s actual birthday on Feb. 22, Lopez Tweeted, “It’s my coconuts bday 2day!!! HAPPY BDAY my beautiful babies … you’re 3 2day and Mama’s SO proud! There are no words 4 how much I love u!!”

'American Idol's' Jennifer Lopez on letting Chris Medina go

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez appeared on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Thursday (Feb. 24) to talk about her emotional reaction Wednesday night to having to let Chris Medina go, despite his incredible backstory of strength and adversity.

Seacrest says that they saw "raw, authentic, genuine emotion" during that segment and J.Lo agrees.

"I didn't break down when he was there, necessarily. After he left, it really hit me. I just couldn't believe that I had to deliver this news to this person who I felt had been through a lot and is going through a lot," says Lopez. "I felt like I didn't do it well enough for him, to send him where he needed to go in his life and be OK. I didn't want to be part of that ... he handled it with so much dignity and so much class and that made it worse for me. [laughs] I'm just like, 'Oh, he's so awesome. I respect this person so much.'"

"That was a moment that I didn't expect to be on camera, in the show. It was really hard," she continues. "I was struggling. I was struggling with how to tell him. It's funny because when we were going down the list, I didn't realize that I had to tell him. All of a sudden it was my turn and I'm like, 'How am I gonna say this?'"

But on the other hand, Lopez is glad that kind of struggle has been shown on the show because "people are really getting to know who [she is] as a person."

As far as the show as a whole is going, J.Lo is optimistic that people will continue to tune in, both this season and next.

"I just think if we do a good job right now, people will tune in later and I think we're doing a good job right now," says Lopez. "We're being honest, we're being real, we've having fun and I think that's all we have to do."

"American Idol" airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

The Heartbreaking Road to American Idol's Top 24

Wednesday night's two-hour American Idol episode started with 61 contestants going to Vegas – and came to an abrupt halt back in L.A. As the judges winnowed down the singers to the top 24, Jennifer Lopez broke it to Chris Medina, a performer with a big burden of heartache, that he was out of the competition.

Chris dealt well with the rejection: He thanked the judges for the touching moment during auditions when they met with his wheelchair-bound fiancée, Juliana, who'd been hurt terribly in a car accident. Because of that opportunity, he said, "Juliana's more popular than I am."

Jennifer, on the other hand, suffered what Ryan Seacrest described as "an unprecedented meltdown."

Well, no, it wasn't as histrionic as that, but she broke down in tears, over and over – from having to tell Chris bad news, in particular, but possibly from the strain of crushing the dreams of so many singers.

A viewer couldn't help noticing, meanwhile, that the cable box indicated that the show's two hours were up, and we didn't know much at this point beyond the fact that Clint Jun Gamboa was in, and so were the striking Naima Adedapo and the Cat Stevens-like Paul McDonald. As Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson consoled Jennifer, telling her she'd been considerate and couldn't fault herself, Ryan was wondering aloud whether they'd have to carry on without her. At that point the screen gave way to this message: "To Be Continued."

I'd say it was a bizarre night.

The first hour, in which those initial 61 contestants were reduced to 40, saw everyone bused to Las Vegas to pool once more into groups to sing the Beatles. In a free moment before going onstage to perform a duet of "We Can Work It Out" with Sophia Shorai, Ashley Sullivan ducked out and came back Ashley Suraiva. She married her boyfriend, David, in the same chapel where Britney Spears tied the knot in 2004. "You're going through with it," Ashley told her husband-to-be on the way to the chapel, "or I'll kill you in your sleep."

Then Mrs. Suraiva sang, and not too well. "It was not hot today," Randy said in heavy tones. Or as Steven put it, "Yikes." She was among the singers cut.

And yet Ashley, whose sobbing storms would once have made Jennifer look like a stoic, didn't seem all that upset. She was still in a happy honeymoon daze. Good for her.

The Beatles portion proved again that this could be a bumper crop of Idol talent. As in Idols past, many of these singers are too young to know much of the Beatles' catalog. So we always get a lot of "The Long and Winding Road" and no "Happiness Is a Warm Gun." But their interpretations of the standards were often surprisingly fresh.

One of the few weak performances, in fact, was Chris Medina's duo with Casey Abrams of "A Hard Days Night." They were dressed as the Blues Brothers and bouncing around on a prop bed. But Chris's character and his personal story made for some genuinely verklempt moments. So long.

'American Idol' to debut Jennifer Lopez's 'On The Floor' video

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez will debut her latest music video, "On the Floor," on next Thursday's March 3 "Idol." It's the first single from her new album, "Love?" - and there's no word yet as to when it'll debut during the two-hour broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

The video is directed by Taj Stansberry, aka TAJ, whom Lopez has worked with previously. Choreographer Frank Gatson had an interesting take on the vibe of the video.

"[We're trying to create a vibe] that's so amazing. [It's like] everybody had some watermelon and the watermelon made them high, it gave them a little buzz -- but a good buzz, a real magical buzz, a dance buzz, a buzz that makes you feel like fried chicken, so she just wants everybody to have a good old time. The club must have this vibe, where you get on the floor and everybody's bringing it," he says. "We've seen so many club videos, but we want to see a club video with a vibe unique to Jennifer Lopez."

Watch a preview below and be sure to tune in to "Idol" on March 3 for the whole shebang. (Video)

Simon Cowell Not Mad at Jennifer Lopez

Don't expect any barbs to be exchanged, because – despite well-circulated reports from a London tabloid – Simon Cowell is not upset with Jennifer Lopez for signing on as a judge on American Idol instead of his new show, X Factor.

A source close to X Factor tells PEOPLE: "Jennifer really wanted to do X Factor, but Simon Cowell and the show's producers pulled out of negotiations out of respect for Fox [which airs Idol]."

The source adds: "She wanted to do X Factor because it was a new show with a potentially younger audience, but she was independently also in talks with American Idol at the same time. When Simon found that out, X Factor immediately pulled out of the negotiations."

X Factor debuts this fall.

Jennifer Lopez's Next Move: More Kids or American Idol Performance?

Who wants to see Jennifer Lopez perform on American Idol?

A.I. producers, that's who.

"They've asked me to. And they've also asked Steve [Tyler]," Lopez just told me at the UNICEF Women of Compassion luncheon honoring Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. "We'll see."

However, Ms. Lopez said...

She is finishing up the music video for her new single "On the Floor."

"We just heard the single on the radio on way over here," said Lopez, who was looking pretty flawless in Gucci. "It's very exciting. [The video] should be out in a few days. Maybe we'll debut the video on Idol."

Meanwhile, Lopez said working with organizations like UNICEF has become even more meaningful since she and hubby Marc Anthony had their twins, Emme and Max (they turn three on Feb. 22). "When you become a mom," she said, "you do get that feeling in a sense that every child in the world could be your child and that's why you want to help."

What about plans for expanding their own brood? "I think Marc would like to have more kids," she said while giving Anthony a big smile. "We talk about it."

Now it's your turn! Should Lopez perform on Idol?

Caught In the Act

Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony presided over a starry crowd while hosting the Audi Celebrates The King's Speech bash at the Chateau Marmont. The duo were sitting in the garden, where Michelle Williams and pal Busy Philipps huddled together, sipping drinks and chatting. Also there: Kate Bosworth and beau Alexander Skarsgard, who both arrived clutching bottles of Corona.

We Hear...

That rock legend Mick Jagger, along with Renée Zellweger, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lopez, Ridley Scott and Gerard Butler, will host a party in honor of multi-Oscar nominated "The King's Speech" at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont tonight.

Tim Halperin flirts with Jennifer Lopez on 'American Idol'

(Video) Listen up boys. The most important thing to remember about women is this: Never ask them how old they are.

"American Idol" hopeful Tim Halperin (from Forth Worth, Texas) did just that during his audition on the Feb. 3 episode when he asked judge Jennifer Lopez how old she was. He started off okay, telling Lopez he had a crush on her growing up, since he was in the fifth grade. When she asked how old he was, he answered with, "23. How old are you?" Awwwkward. Luckily, Lopez laughed it off and said, "None of your business. I'm young enough for you. Don't worry."

Despite his slip up, Halperin was sent through to Hollywood Week with his rendition of Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved," despite receiving a "no" from Randy Jackson. We thought he was pretty good, but definitely not the best we've seen so far.

Maybe Halperin's nerves got the better of him and caused him to ask the dreaded age question. "I've had a crush on her as long as I can remember," he said. "I'm a little nervous to see what she thinks about me."

At least Halperin didn't say this pick-up line directly to Lopez or we would have had to hide our faces in our pillows from the awkwardness: "Jennifer, my love don't cost a thing. I have news for you, it's free for you."

J-Lo at Obama Super Bowl Party

Actress and music diva Jennifer Lopez will top the bill at US President Barack Obama's annual Super Bowl party on Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL championship.

J-Lo will be joined by husband Marc Anthony at the White House party, also featuring top officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a senior US official said.

At one point, Obama had high hopes for the big title game, as his beloved Chicago Bears made it to the semi-final stage, but were knocked out by the Packers, the pride of Wisconsin.

Obama will be seeking a piece of the Super Bowl XLV action himself on Sunday, as he will grant a rare interview to Fox television's conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly as part of the network's build-up to the big game.

Jennifer Lopez touts most talented 'Idols' yet

"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez says that despite this season's focus on the emotional backstories of contestants, the competition is still all about the singing.

"This will be the standout season for talent," Lopez said Wednesday.

Lopez, who brings her signature superstar glamour to the newly made-over judging panel, said she's had to fight back the tears when meeting contestants like Chris Medina, whose fiancee suffered traumatic brain injury in a car accident just months before they were to walk down the aisle.

"It's tough. It's emotional. But this is the thing about 'American Idol' that I love. It's about people and their dreams and their struggles, and that's what I think everybody loves about it. You see yourself in these people," she said backstage after a press conference announcing her new partnership with Gillette Venus.

Other heart-wrenching moments include twin Travis Orlando, who took "Idol" cameras on a tour of the Bronx shelter he once called home, and Nashville's Lauren Alaina, who sang "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with judge Steven Tyler, after recounting her cousin's battle with a brain tumor.

Lopez insisted the personal stories aren't crowding out the singing.

"I think America — because they're the ones who vote at the end of the day — you know they go for the talent," Lopez said. " ... And if it happens to have a story attached to it, it like takes it over the top."

Fans, again, will be the ones to decide.

After the season premiere, ratings for the Fox singing competition were down 13 percent from last year's debut. But Nielsen Co. said that a drop off in audience from the first to second week was the show's smallest in five years.

Medina, Orlando and Alaina will be competing for a spot among the 20 semifinalists during Hollywood week, airing Feb. 16 and 17.

Berry, Longoria have 'best bodies'

Halle Berry and Eva Longoria were big winners on the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globes, topping Fitness magazine's Best Bodies poll.

Publication editors have awarded Berry the Best Body accolade, describing the actress as "slim and shapely", while Desperate Housewives star Longoria lands the Best Revenge Body accolade for looking great, despite the heartbreak of her marriage split from sports star Tony Parker.

Also honoured for their red carpet looks: Anne Hathaway (Best Back), Claire Danes (Best Shoulders), Amy Adams (Best Toned Arms), Sofia Vergara (Best Hourglass Figure), Jennifer Lopez (Best Butt) and pregnant Natalie Portman (Best Baby Bump).

Mad Men star January Jones also impressed in her revealing red dress, claiming the Fitness editors' Best Dare-to-Bare-It Look, and 73-year-old Jane Fonda picked up the Best Comeback award.

'American Idol' returns, with J.Lo but not Cowell

It's a kinder "American Idol" without Simon Cowell.

Television's top show returned Wednesday with a makeover for its 10th season on Fox.

Cowell, everyone's favorite villain, is gone as a judge. So are Kara DioGuardi (KEHR'-uh dee-oh-GWAHR'-dee) and Ellen DeGeneres (dih-JEN'-ur-us).

There's star power in Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler replacing them. Original judge Randy Jackson remains.

At the start the new "Idol" concentrated on the positive. The first three contestants shown made it through to Hollywood.

J.Lo in particular had a difficult time becoming J-No. She seemed in agony the first time she was shown rejecting a contestant. She complained: "Oh, my God, I hate this! Why did I sign up for this? I want to go home."

She got up to hug a contestant who was crying upon meeting her.

J. Lo accused of copying song

Jennifer Lopez has been accused of copying her latest track On The Floor from a record by R&B singer Kat Deluna.

The Jenny From The Block hitmaker debuted her new single on Ryan Seacrest's American radio show on Tuesday, and fans have already slated the song for its resemblance to DeLuna's track Party O'Clock, which was released in Europe in November.

Critics have pointed out that both tracks were produced by music mogul RedOne and they claim the lyrics and harmonies are similar.

Lopez sings on her record, "Cuz London to Ibiza/Straight to L.A. New York/Vegas to Africa," while DeLuna chants, "Party in Ibiza, Party in New York/All the way to Africa/Love in the Caribbean/On my way to Vegas."

One web blogger has even made a video 'mash-up' of the two tracks to demonstrate their likeness, writing, "J Lo needs to thank Kat DeLuna."

But DeLuna is adamant she's happy with the similarity of the records because she's such a huge fan of Lopez, telling the New York Daily News, "It's cool that artists like J.Lo are inspired by my musical sound and style. Jennifer helped pave the way for Latinas like myself. I love her."

Fox does the 'American Idol' shuffle by shifting nights

American Idol's new judges panel isn't the only change testing the loyalty of its audience as TV's No. 1 show opens its 10th season tonight (Fox, 8 ET/PT).

For the first time, Idol is permanently shifting to time slots one night later, on Wednesdays and more-lucrative Thursdays. It's a move Fox has toyed with for years. But two key events sealed the deal: CBS returned Survivor to Wednesday, and Glee last fall became Tuesday's top-rated show among young adults.

"When Glee came back as the No. 1 show, we wanted to leave it there," says Fox chairman Peter Rice, who has already renewed companion sitcom Raising Hope and plans to make Tuesday a new night for laughs. "We're going to build a comedy night on Tuesday. I can't remember the last time we had a live-action comedy night."

With CBS' comedy block faring worse than Survivor did Thursdays, and CSI and Grey's Anatomy down, that night is "not what it used to be," says Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman, so Thursday seemed "much more takeable." Bones moves to 9, where it'll benefit from Idol's lead-in, but low-rated sci-fi series Fringe is headed for Friday's Siberia.

Fox predicts Idol's new slots won't affect ratings, and senior VP Brent Poer of ad firm MediaVest says it's a no-brainer: Glee's "cultural zeitgeist moment" means "you'd hate to move it," and Idol's changes will lure fans wherever it airs. "The curiosity factor is going to drive people to the premiere."

But if ratings tumble for a fifth season (down 9% last year), it will be hard to tell if it's the result of the singers or changes in judges, time slot or format.

"Our expectation is for Idol to be down, as every show in its 10th year is down," Rice says. "But if we can get to the end of our 10th season in transition with new casting and get anywhere close to being the No. 1 (network) again" among younger viewers, "that would be a tremendous achievement."

J.Lo warned Gervais at Globes

Jennifer Lopez threatened Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais with physical violence if he poked fun at her as she took to the stage as a presenter at the ceremony on Sunday.

Gervais' Globes comedy left a lot to be desired by many critics and celebrities, who have taken aim at the Brit for his mean-spirited banter - Tom Hanks and Robert Downey, Jr. actually targeted the funnyman from the stage at the prizegiving.

But Lopez was determined not to be embarrassed by Gervais as she took to the stage with co-presenter Alec Baldwin.

She explains, "We're about to walk out and Ricky shows up and I said, 'Listen, I will kill you, you understand. I am from New York, my husband fights... we both fight, we will beat you up after the show.'

"I said, 'Let me see your card...' He said, 'You're gonna love it'."

The singer/actress admits she was not offended by Gervais' Jenny From The Block gag, insisting, "It was funny". But she did feel for others who were savaged by the Brit.

She tells Access Hollywood, "He's very gutsy. It takes a lot of guts to get up there and make the comments he made... I'm sure in his mind it was all in good fun... There were some awkward (moments)."

"He may have hit one or two (jokes) below the belt... Some comments were tough."

Jennifer Lopez: Why I Had the Twins Pose for Gucci

Jennifer Lopez has gotten twins Emme and Max started early in modeling, but it was all for a good cause.

The actress-singer recently posed with the twins, who will be 3 next month, in ads introducing Gucci’s new kids’ line of clothing.

She did so because there was a strong charity connection, not because Emme and Max were clamoring for the gig.

“They’re like, ‘Mom, hello! Hair and makeup!’ ” Lopez, 41, jokes in an interview airing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“No. Actually, Frida Giannini from Gucci said she was going to launch the Gucci’s kids line, and they were going to do it in conjunction with a big donation, and they were going to do it with [the United Nations' children's charity] UNICEF, and would we do it?”

Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, were torn, but eventually agreed. “Marc didn’t really want to put the babies in an ad or anything like that,” Lopez says. “And I was just like, if they do it, I’d want to do it with my kids because it is for the kids. That’s the connection. That’s what makes it real. We don’t really parade them around like that, so it was for a good cause.”

One thing Lopez and Anthony haven’t committed to? Having more kids themselves. “I don’t know. As soon as I had the babies, I thought to myself, ‘I want to do this a thousand more times. I love this. This is life,’ ” she says. “And now that it’s like three years in, I’m like, ‘Can I do that again?’ It’s funny. But yes, if I got pregnant, I would be extremely happy.”

Jennifer Lopez: "If I Got Pregnant, I Would Be Extremely Happy"

So, is Jennifer Lopez ready to have more adorable, not to mention oh-so-stylish, kids?

"I don't know. I don't know. I'd like to. As soon as I had the babies [twins Max and Emme], I thought to myself, 'I want to do this a thousand times. I love this. This is life,'" J.Lo tells Ellen DeGeneres on her show airing today. "I just thought, it felt so great. This is what life is all about. And now that it's, like, three years in, I'm like, 'Can I do that again?' It's funny. But yes, if I got pregnant, I would be extremely happy."

In the meantime, she's helping give "birth" to a revamped American Idol this week as one of the singing competition's new judges. Which, of course, begs the question: Who is a bigger diva? Lopez or Ryan Seacrest?

"He definitely has so many more shoes than me," teases Lopez. "It's crazy!"

But she's quick to point out that such ribbing is all in good fun.

"From the very beginning, as soon as everybody knew I was doing the show, it was like we didn't get along," she says. "You know, Ryan is my friend. So it was funny they picked the two of us, but it's fine. We just laugh about it. Everybody knows he has a bigger entourage than I do. It's no secret in the business."

Well, with this many jobs, what do you expect?

Jennifer Lopez Feels 'Anxious' Before Idol Eliminations

Jennifer Lopez is finding out just how hard it is to be an American Idol judge.

"I get very involved and attached to the kids, in the sense of their trajectory and watching them," Lopez, 41, said after Idol's Tuesday's Television Critics Association's press panel, in anticipation of having to eliminate 50 percent of the contestants during a taping later in the day.

"I feel really anxious about cutting half the kids today, I really do," the pop star added. "I'm really not looking forward to it. You want to pick the right ones and you want to see who's really going to make a great show, and at the same time, be great artists. But I feel like we have so many good ones that we're going to lose some good ones today. And that's what bothers me."

And like a lot people starting a new job, Lopez says she has work on her mind even when she's not at the "office." "I realize that when we went away before we did Hollywood Week, I was thinking about the kids so much before we went back for the [Las Vegas round]," Lopez said. "I was just like, 'Oh, my God, I hope that so-and-so does good, and I wish this one would just let go a little more ... ' You just get involved ... You hope that they do great."

But Lopez says her soft-heartedness doesn't mean she's already filling the shoes of former judges Paula Abdul and Ellen DeGeneres, who were both known for being encouraging and sympathetic to the show's singers.

"I can't really say I would be like any one judge," Lopez said. "I think that I have a combination of qualities that make me who I am and gives me a specific style of how I deal with the kids and how I dish out the truth – and also dish out the comfort. That's just part of who I am."

'Idol' Season 10: Are judges worried about being judged?

Forget the singers for now. The first performers likely to be judged in Season 10 of American Idol are the judges themselves: newcomers Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler and the last original, Randy Jackson.

They don't sound stressed about being in the spotlight on TV's No. 1 show, returning Jan. 19 (Fox, 8 ET/PT).

"None of us are taking it so crazy, like the pressure. That's not what we're thinking about," Lopez says. "Steven, Randy and I, we're at points in our careers where we can sit there and enjoy the experience. We're concentrating on these kids and finding somebody great and making this interesting and fun. I think what this show lost in the last couple of years was fun."

Aerosmith lead singer Tyler cites "40 years of being judged myself" as an asset in assessing the 15- to 28-year-old singing entrants.

Lopez and Tyler arrive after the departure of judge Simon Cowell, arguably Idol's biggest draw. They're among numerous changes to the show after what many critics considered a lackluster ninth season that saw a 9% ratings drop (24.1 million viewers) and a finalist field with fewer record sales than their predecessors'.

No one minimizes the loss of Cowell, but no one plans to take up his caustic mantle.

"People go, 'Who's going to be Simon?' He's irreplaceable to me, he's his own character, so I think it's about moving on and us creating more and trying to make the show a little bit different and throw it to the next level," says Jackson. "Jennifer's got that good, loving quality. She's a triple threat. She can act, dance and sing." And Tyler, he says, is "a legend on the desk. He's a rock legend."

Host Ryan Seacrest, also an Idol original, says the new panel has its own personality. "Steven is hysterical. He brings a sense of humor to the show that only a rock star can. And Jennifer can be ironic, sarcastic and playful."

At the same time, the panel takes its job seriously, Seacrest says, crediting Jackson for taking a leadership role. "They want to exceed expectations. They want to find somebody who can be a star and have a fan base and put out hit records."

The judges say they're looking for that rare mix of artistic skill and star power.

"I can't even tell you what I've learned in the last 40 years, but I've got a better grasp on ... that unknown entity that makes someone so musically delicious, so melodically sensible or not sensible," Tyler says. "Plus, I'm looking for star quality, in the voicing, how they attack notes, how they climb, how they dance between them."

Q&A with J-Lo

Q: How would you describe your judging style?

A: My whole approach is to be honest, to give my honest impressions and help them either get to the next level or be honest with them with the fact that they're not going to make it to the next level. ... I think the truth can be harsh sometimes, but for me, it's not about breaking spirits. It's about letting people know what they're doing right and if I think or Steven thinks or Randy thinks they have a future in this.

Q: Are you concerned about joining such an established show?

A: No, not really. When they first offered it to me, I wasn't sure whether it was really part of my plans or in my ideas of what I wanted to do. Then I thought on it: This could be fun. It's not forever, it's just for now. I thought, "Why not?" I love it. I love the show, and I think I have something to offer.

Q: Did it bother you that so much rumor and speculation surrounded your potential involvement?

A: No. I've been dealing with that for too many years now, especially when you know what's really going on. I was the one who was calming Fox down. I said, "Don't worry about it. This is going to happen next, and then this will happen, and then we'll do this." And they were like, "You were right."

Q: What's the feeling between you and your fellow judges?

A: It's all love. It's love and fun and respect. ... Everyone has a different perspective and comes from such different backgrounds and came up in a different way in the business.

Q: How would you describe them?

A: Pretty much the same as me, honest and straightforward. Randy still delivers it with his flair. I would describe Steven as sincere and heartfelt and at the same time really fun in the way he delivers his commentary. He has so many sayings that are, like, so off-the-wall. I'm sure they have me looking at him, like, "What did you just say?"

Q: Will you perform on Idol?

A: Maybe. ... If it fits in with things happening with the show but also in my life, then we'll see.

Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez: Idol Will Be an 'All New Show'

For American Idol veterans Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson, season 10 isn't the same without former judge Simon Cowell.

"There are less clouds of smoke," Seacrest tells Entertainment Weekly in a new cover story about the show. "We start earlier. There's less – what is that English dish he always ordered for lunch? Shepherd's pie? He loves shepherd's pie."

"No, it's the blood pudding," Jackson jokes, then adds, "we definitely miss [Cowell], but it's a different kind of vibe. It's a different energy now."

"It's going to be an all new show," Seacrest says.

Jennifer Lopez explains: "We're more of a collaborative judging group. We're always leaning over to each other and saying, 'Oh my God, I think she's good.' 'Or, I don't get it.' 'You don't like it?' " she tells the magazine. "We just have a totally different style than any of the past judging tables."

In addition to Cowell, new judges Lopez and Steven Tyler are filling the shoes of Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres, who both bowed out of the Fox show over the summer, signaling a nearly complete makeover of the panel.

"It's not about replacing [Cowell] or any of the others," Jackson says. "People have been saying to us, 'Who's mean?' We've traded off on that because I think you have to always give people the truth, no matter what."

When Idol's season 10 premieres Jan. 19, it's not just the judges' fans who will be watching. Tyler wants everyone to know the contestants this year are "just astounding."

"We throw the drift net out and look what comes up?" Tyler says. "Gold."

Matt Damon, J-Lo to present at Golden Globes

Jason Bourne, a vampire heartthrob and an "American Idol" judge are going to the Golden Globes.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday on Twitter that Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lopez would present trophies at the 68th annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 16.

For the second year in a row, Ricky Gervais will host the event, which is seen as a predictor of how films will do at the Academy Awards on Feb. 27.

Damon will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to previously announced recipient Robert De Niro.

Sightings

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony treated friends and family to a performance of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. Lopez, decked out in a metallic dress and fur coat, sipped Veuve Clicquot champagne with her pals during the show.

Jay-Z, Coldplay Entertain a Star-Studded Crowd in Las Vegas

Viva the New Year!

In what was sure to be one of the most star-studded concerts of the year, Jay-Z and Coldplay rocked Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, performing at the grand opening of The Cosmopolitan, a $3.9 billion hotel on the famous Strip.

But those two acts weren't the only ones to take the stage: Beyoncé, Kanye West and John Mayer all made surprise appearances during Jay-Z's performance.

Beyoncé joined her husband for "Forever Young" and sang "Halo" with Chris Martin. Mayer played guitar with Jay-Z on his hit song "99 Problems."

"All the problems you were going through have been kicked out the door," Jay-Z told the crowd before a collaborative performance of West's "Homecoming," which featured Jay-Z, West and Martin.

Gwyneth Paltrow was also on hand to watch the show – and ring in the 2011 with her husband and close friends.

The intimate crowd was littered with celebrities to witness the show that Jay-Z called "once in a lifetime." Following their Mexican vacation, Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez were spotted in the audience. Diaz spent some of the evening chatting with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, not far from Ellen Pompeo and Blake Lively.

Following the concert, the stars headed to Marquee Las Vegas where famed DJ Eric Morrillo entertained the concert crowd.

Is J.Lo Doing Idol to Pay Off Hubby's Taxes?

We need to know: just how much is Marc Anthony indebted to Uncle Sam?

Jennifer Lopez's superstar husband has got a major tab running with the Internal Revenue Service to the tune of $3.4 million in unpaid taxes, E! News has learned.

Good thing the couple's got her humongo American Idol paycheck to fall back on.

According to a New York judgments and liens filing dating back to March 29, Anthony (under his real name, Marco Antonio Muniz), was hit with a tax lien on some property he owns in Long Island. But that's not the only time he's failed to pay the government its due.

The Latin popster also had a lien filed against the same piece of real estate in December of 2009, this one for $1.6 million, bringing the total amount owed to the IRS to a whopping $3.4 million.

No word if Anthony has settled up with the feds or whether he has some kind of payback schedule. A rep for the "I Need to Know" singer was unavailable for comment.

It's not the first time Anthony's run afoul of the taxman. In 2007, the crooner paid $2.5 million in back taxes to federal and state goverments for failing to file returns on nearly $15.5 million in income over a five-year period. And while he himself wasn't on the hook personally, three of his corporate entities including his touring company, did plead guilty to various tax crimes.

Somebody get this guy a good accountant. Or a gig on a reality show.

Celebrity Christmas tweets

"Here with my crazy family playing Mafia. All screaming at the top of our lungs."- Jennifer Lopez (For the unitiated, Mafia is a role-playing party game in which players are secretly assigned roles of either mafia members whose identity is known to each other or townspeople who know only the number of Mafiosi in their midst. Must be how J. Lo is sharpening her American Idol skills.)

'American Idol': Steven Tyler dishes on J.Lo and judging

Are Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez set to be American Idol's next Paula and Simon? Not so much.

Earlier this month at the Kennedy Center Honors, the Aerosmith frontman, 62, gushed to UsMagazine.com of his fellow judge, "First and foremost, she's a lady and she's not afraid to show that at any given time."

Added Tyler of the married mom of two, 41, "She's ridiculous. You know, she's exactly what I thought she'd be. She's street."

And while the rock legend told Us he finds Lopez's honesty with the contestants "incredible," he admits to having some struggles behind the judges' table.

"It's hard when you have a kid who's 15-years-old, who's been watching American Idol for the last 10 years," he said of the contestants. "And some of them were awful. I just say something like, 'Did you bump your head on the way in?'"

Still, Tyler said he doesn't plan to follow in Simon Cowell's cantankerous footsteps. "I'm really not one for giving insults," he told Us. "They have a voice and I don't want them not singing to their kids when they grow up."

Idol Auditions: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Bring Laughs, Critiques and Tears (Of Course)

If you're still worried about next season's revamped American Idol, here are two reasons to watch: Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

No joke. Don't be fooled by the early promos, which show Tyler as a flaky man of few words and Lopez as the next Paula Abdul. There are tears — lots of them, in fact — in the 23 minutes of audition footage Fox released, but there's also lots of promise — not only in the contestants, but the new judges as well.

In the select auditions, which range from impeccably good to devastatingly cringe-worthy, Tyler and Lopez seem to have an easygoing rapport with Randy Jackson. Most notably, they are brutally honest with those not advancing to Hollywood Week without being brutal (ahem, Simon Cowell).

The tangents and antics are kept to a minimum, but Tyler provides plenty of laughs — remarking with "f--- a duck" after one hopeful's near-perfect performance and even flirting with a rocker chick/die-hard Aerosmith fan.

"You look like you could be one of my... ," he tells the girl.

"Friends," Jackson finishes for him.

Looks like they're fitting in just fine.

Season 10 of American Idol premieres Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 8/7c.

Jennifer Lopez Ruined Our Movie, Says Seeker of $10 Million Payday

This probably isn't Jennifer Lopez's idea of a back-up plan.

The actress-etc. has been sued for $10 million by ex-husband Ojani Noa's girlfriend and would-be production partner, who claims Lopez has been nothing but a thorn in their side as they try to get Noa's funny-ha-ha biopic off the ground.

Lopez, who secured an injunction against a tell-all book Noa was peddling several years ago, sued Hubby No. 1 and his manager Ed Meyer last year over their movie plans.

And that's just not fair, says plaintiff Claudia Vasquez.

"Jennifer Lopez stopped a movie I was producing with Ojani Noa," Vazquez told E! News Monday. "I waited for a year and half for this case to be resolved but she has been asking for a lot of extensions and it is just taking too long. I'm not getting anywhere and I'm losing a lot of money."

She said that they were already holding a casting call for the film when Lopez's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter.

"After that I had to stop production," Vazquez said.

Meyer, who is not party to Vazquez's lawsuit, told E! that the suit Lopez filed is currently being reviewed by a California appellate court and he expects oral arguments to be heard in June.

Vazquez described the film project to us last year as a "parody" based in fact.

"This is not about Jennifer Lopez's life, this is about Ojani's life," she said.

Gene Simmons on 'Idol': "I Don't Think Jennifer Lopez is Going to Mean a Thing"

Gene Simmons has something to share. He thinks he would be a great American Idol judge.

Gene told OK! exclusively, “In terms of qualifications I’m the governor. I’ve written songs, been in a band for 37 years, toured the world, blah blah, discovered Van Halen, and managed Liza Minnelli, Simmons Records. Done it, been there, 3,000 licensed products. Who else has that qualification?”

One person who he thinks will do a good job on the upcoming season of Idol is chosen judge Steven Tyler. “Steven is going to be great. He is going to be the only interesting one there because obviously he’s going to be qualified to know what he is talking about.”

Someone who doesn’t have his support? Jennifer Lopez.

Gene shared with OK!, “I don’t think Jennifer Lopez is going to mean a thing. Because you can dance and stuff, you don’t write songs, your own records. You’re a performer. I don’t take respectfully I don’t take her seriously as being able to spot new talent. So, you can sing, you can dance, that’s nice. But Tyler’s the real deal. He’s not shy. What you really want to do is to have somebody get up there because most people are delusional because they go up there and they’re like I’m as good as Ethel Murman.”

Will still people watch Idol?

“It always comes down to people. Television is a people medium and I’m not trying to blow smoke or whatever. If you’re not a news junkie, and if someone is interesting on the news you’ll stop because you’re interested in the people,” he explained. “It’s people and without Simon Cowell there’s nothing.”

Gene was approached for the Idol gig telling OK!, “We talked for a short time, but I didn’t want to break A&E’s heart. But we did speak.”

You can watch Gene on the new season of Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels on A&E Sunday’s at 9 p.m. ET, and for more on Gene and his family check out this week’s issue of OK!.

Jennifer Lopez is new face of L'Oreal Paris

Aside from judging "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez can simply look beautiful as the newest face of L'Oreal Paris.

The brand has announced that Lopez will be its newest global brand ambassador, joining a roster of spokespeople that includes Milla Jovovich, Patrick Dempsey, Rachel Weisz, Beyonce Knowles, Diane Kruger, Evangeline Lilly, Andie MacDowell, Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto and Gerard Butler.

Lopez will be a spokesperson for the new Feria Color line of home care color, and will appear in a TV and print campaign that launches January 25 alongside Jovovich.

This is the second major branding deal for Lopez in less than a month. On November 18, she and hubby Marc Anthony announced the launch of his and hers lifestyle brands for Kohl's Department stores.

Barbara Walters on Oprah and Her 10 Most Fascinating People

The holidays are approaching, which means it's time for a Barbara Walters special or two. The ABC News veteran is hosting back-to-back shows on December 9: Oprah: The Next Chapter (9/8c) and the 18th annual 10 Most Fascinating People (10/9c), in which Sarah Palin all but announces her 2012 presidential run.

As for Oprah, "The interview is extremely personal," says Walters. "She talks about her hopes and fears [in starting her cable network OWN], and her feelings about not wanting to have children. A good part of it has to do with her relationships with Gayle [King] and with [longtime companion] Stedman [Graham]. It's a very intimate portrait."

Besides Palin, Walters most fascinating list includes Justin Bieber, Sandra Bullock, LeBron James, the Jersey Shore cast, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, Gen. David Petraeus and Betty White. As always, the person she deems "most fascinating" will be revealed on the show. Here are some of Walters' behind-the-scenes tidbits.

Betty White: "She says she's not having a comeback — she never stopped working. We talked about death, sex — she still wants it — and animals. She loves them more than people."

Justin Bieber: "He said because his mother talked to him about her drinking and drug use, he feels it's something that he never will do." And on a lighter note, "He taught me a new dance."

The Jersey Shore cast: "They were all very serious and very well dressed, with big plans for the future. I now know what a 'grenade' [a plump woman] and 'smush' [have sex] mean."

Jennifer Lopez: The new American Idol judge reveals that she took the job so she can stay home and take care of her kids, says Walters. But, "she's still the glamour figure. She came [to the interview] wearing tiny little hot pants, looking very cute."

J.Lo splits from top publicists

Jennifer Lopez has parted ways with her longtime publicists after an alleged dispute over her manager Benny Medina.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the singer/actress is no longer represented by top publicist Leslie Sloan and her BWR colleague Nanci Ryder, who have provided the star with good PR since 2004.

The trade magazine reports the split came about because of a falling out between the BWR heavyweights and Lopez's management team.

Ryder refuses to go into details about the split, but tells the publication the news is true, stating, "I think Jennifer is fantastic and I'm very sad that we're not going to be representing her anymore."

Medina adds, "Artists and PR companies parting ways happens all the time. This is as much news as me re-doing my furniture."

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After attending the Latin Grammy Awards Thursday night, Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony made a quick change and ran across the street to catch the late-night performance of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The well-dressed pair, accompanied by a small group of friends, enjoyed some wine during the show, and slipped out quietly afterward – but not before saying a quick "thank you" to the cast.

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez eye apartment at controversial tower in Puerto Rico

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez have their eyes on a penthouse apartment in a building near a Puerto Rican landmark that has sparked huge local protests.

Sources say the Latino power couple have viewed a model unit at the controversial Paseo Caribe, a high-rise luxury complex under construction next to the historic San Geronimo fort in San Juan.

The $300 million residential, shopping and entertainment complex has sparked legal battles, protests and physical fights between the developers and residents who are concerned about overbuilding on the shoreline, the sale of public land to a private company, and preservation of the 17th-century fort.

Anthony's rep, who said she had no idea whether he and J.Lo will buy there, but told us the couple do have "big plans" for Puerto Rico that they'll unveil in 2011.

"They are looking into creating new projects in San Juan and Latin America in development, entertainment and film," she said.

But locals are mystified as to why Anthony and "American Idol" judge Lopez would choose to launch their "big plans" from so controversial a piece of property.

A source familiar with Paseo Caribe said, "It is still early days. There is no certainty they'll buy because of the controversy."

Anthony irritated Puerto Ricans in September when he canceled one of his sold-out concerts an hour before the performance.

"The first show was amazing, and Jennifer came out," a source said. "But the next day's concert was a disaster when he canceled an hour before start time, sending fans who had driven up to four hours to see the show back home."

Anthony's rep told us, "He held out for as long as possible because he was planning to perform that night, but his doctor recommended he rest his vocal cords for 48 hours. He rescheduled for two days later."

A rep for J.Lo declined to comment.

American Idol Judges Shed Tears During New Season

For an American Idol season supposedly without drama, there already seems to be a lot of tears shed. "I've cried," admitted new judge Jennifer Lopez at the Los Angeles auditions for Season 10 on November 4. "All of us have cried a lot this audition season," added Randy Jackson. "Me, Steven, Jennifer and Ryan."

The tears, they say, are a result of having to disappoint people, something both of the new judges still find difficult. While Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler tries to suppress his desire to "flambé" bad contestants, Lopez opts for constructive criticism. "I think everyone's trying to be as honest as they can without breaking too many spirits," she said. "We're not out to cut them down or make a joke of them. What we're trying to do is really mentor them and help them to the next step if we think they're worth it and if they're not, just be super honest with them and let them know this is not for them."

Lucky for the three judges, it appears this season is full of potential talent. "I know we say this all the time, and I say it a lot, but dude, this year the talent is better than what we've had in many, many a season," Jackson said. That includes the newly eligible 15-year-old contestants. "Obviously it's a whole new pool of talent, and we've got some really, really great young ones," said Lopez. "We've put a bunch of people through, probably more than they have in the past, and we're confident that we have 15 to 20 real superstars."

For Lopez, even the long days can't put a damper on her excitement. "For me, when I come to work, it's like watching the show all day," she told TV Guide Magazine. "So if you love the show, which I do, it's a ball!" Her fellow judges agree, with Jackson loudly exclaiming "It's fire up here!" And if all else fails, they can always capitalize on their great chemistry. "We've all moved into a beach house together," joked Ryan Seacrest as the banter continued. Could Idol Shore be next?

Jennifer Lopez to Idol Contestants: Don't Try to Sing My Songs

Note to contestants hoping to impress American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez: Don't sing her songs.

"It was cute, super entertaining and flattering, but no," the pop diva says of contestants who failed to make it through auditions by performing one of her hits.

"They know we're not out to cut them down or make a joke of them," she told reporters Thursday at a stop in Los Angeles. "We're trying to mentor them to the next step."

And so far – after visiting seven cities – Lopez says they've found 15 to 20 "real superstars who could be recording artists for sure," adding that the judges have seen "a lot of great country [singers]."

Just like in the show's previous nine seasons, for every potential "superstar" there are dozens of contestants who have to hear bad news from the judges – which can sometimes be heart-wrenching.

"I've cried," Lopez said. "We get a lot of elation when we put them through and devastation, almost, when they're not. But it's been a ball."

Jennifer Lopez 'Would Love to Have More Kids,' Says Pal

Are Jennifer Lopez's twins getting a new playmate?

Leah Remini, a longtime pal of Lopez's, says there's hope Emme and Max, both 2, will get a little brother or sister, if Mom has her way.

"Jen would love to have more kids," Remini, 40, told PEOPLE at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel of Hope Ball, which benefitted the Barbara Davis Center For Childhood Diabetes.

Aside from mommy duty, Remini says Lopez, 41, is enjoying another one of her jobs: her gig on Fox as an American Idol judge.

"She loves it," says the star of The King of Queens. "This is one of her favorite jobs because Jennifer loves artists. Jennifer loves to find somebody. She's a fan of the show. Jennifer really wants to find 'it.' "

The voice in 'Idol' judge J.Lo's ear

The judging on "American Idol" has become so intense, even Jennifer Lopez's manager, Benny Medina, has an opinion.

Sources told Page Six that highly controlling Medina is constantly on set with Lopez during filming of the show and chats with her about the contestants during breaks.

One insider even added that Medina, a former singer who has also managed the likes of Usher, Brandy and Mariah Carey, "communicates with Lopez constantly" during production.

A rep for Lopez said, "Benny is a frustrated judge and has nothing to do [with judging contestants]. Jennifer loves this job and is having a wonderful time."

Lopez signed a reported $12 million deal to be a judge for the 10th season of the hit Fox show alongside Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and music producer Randy Jackson.

And our sources add that Lopez and Tyler are quite opinionated without Medina's input. Lopez and Tyler put contestants through ringers, making them prove their talent by singing multiple songs in several musical categories and evaluating "the whole package" during the first round of auditions taking place across the country.

"The bar is high," said one source. Comparing former judge Paula Abdul with Lopez and Tyler, our insider said: "If Paula liked the song a constestant sang, then they got right through. For Steven and Jennifer, there's much more thought behind it. It's about the package: endurance, timing, how much you want it, and can you sing more than just one genre of music."

Meanwhile, Tyler has also emerged as the show's new Simon Cowell-esque figure. "His one-liners are superb. When he's on, he's fantastic," an insider noted.

And so far, there are no Cowell/Abdul-style set feuds. "Steven gets along very well with Jennifer," said our source.

A rep for Fox had no comment.

Jennifer Lopez and Her Twins Star in Gucci's New Children's Ad Campaign

(Photo) After weeks of speculation as to whether or not Jennifer Lopez would star alongside her two-year-old twins, Emme and Max, in Gucci’s latest campaign, the fashion house finally confirmed this morning that the beautiful threesome is indeed gracing the ads for the yet-to-launch line, which will hit stores in spring 2011. “Jennifer Lopez stars in new Gucci children’s advertising campaign,” they Tweeted. And while Jennifer lends her flawless face and utterly adorable offspring to the campaign, in return, the fashion house will make a donation to UNICEF and the Maribel Foundation which Jennifer started with her sister Lynda, according to WWD. Renowned fashion photographers, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot captured the campaign this summer on the beach in Malibu, Calif. where the adorable pack, dressed up in Gucci, got glam in the sand. Check out the images of this too-cute campaign!

Sighting

Before she gets down to business on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez is enjoying a little R&R! The singer and husband Marc Anthony checked into La Concha Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, arriving amongst a fleet of six limousines. Though Anthony had a concert that evening, the couple still managed to have some alone time; a source says they were all smiles, and spotted throughout the weekend affectionately passing through the lobby.

'American Idol': Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest are totally BFFs

Reports of feuding divas on the "American Idol" set have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to the two alleged divas in question.

New judge Jennifer Lopez called into "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's radio show Friday morning (Oct. 8) to swat away rumors that they've been fighting over dressing-room space and trying to assert their position as "top diva" on the FOX show.

"Is there a prize for top diva?" Lopez joked. "Is there extra salary?"

"Why can't we just be equal divas?" Seacrest replied.

The rumors about Lopez's diva behavior started before she even signed on to the show, and they've continued since she and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler were officially named as "Idol" judges a few weeks ago. Among the other things she's allegedly guilty of? Forgetting fellow judge Randy Jackson's name.

"They did not write that," Lopez says, stifling a laugh. "How do you goof up Randy's name? They just want to make me look like a buffoon."

Seacrest and Lopez also discussed the Milwaukee auditions for "Idol," which apparently resulted in more tickets to Hollywood than just about any other stop in the show's history, and Lopez talked about figuring out the best way to reject auditioners who just don't quite have it.

"It's like, Do I give this kid a chance or do I crush his dreams?" she says. "... It's about finding the right way to say it, and sometimes you have to be tough, because they don't want to believe it."

Jennifer Lopez puts producer hat on

New "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez is executive producing a pilot in development at ABC. The project, written by Alexa Junge ("Friends," "Big Love"), is a dramedy about an extended family as seen through the eyes of three Latina nannies who work for the clan. It predates her "Idol"/production deal with FOX, hence its finding a home at ABC.

'American Idol's' Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler on their first day of judging

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were announced as the new "American Idol" judges just over a week ago, but they are already judging hopefuls in East Rutherford, New Jersey and tell People that they're already having fun.

"It was a long day, but it wasn't tiring," says Lopez. "I was energized by all of [the contestants'] spirits when they came in here -- so hopeful about what could happen and how it could be. And it's exciting."

"I really want to put them through the wringer in the sense that I don't want to let anybody who's really great go ... because they're nervous or whatever and not get to see what they could've been," Lopez continues. "We worked with them a little more than maybe you've seen in the past. We give them more of a chance."

Tyler was a bit more concise in his observations so far -- "Don't get mad at what we say -- get better." And Randy Jackson was his usual self -- "Whatever you do, make it hot."

Even host Ryan Seacrest chimes in on the new judges' panel. "The chemistry is fantastic between these three," he says. "They're having a good time."

Jennifer Lopez Says New Judges Are Putting the Idol Auditioners "Through the Wringer"

All the Amber Rileys of the world, fear not. Jennifer Lopez has your back.

As you may know, the Glee star was famously ousted during the audition process of American Idol. But today, during a press conference in Jersey City, N.J., Lopez (and her backup singers Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler) revealed how her years of experience as a international superstar changes the dynamic for season 10 of Idol:

Lopez told reporters, "I really wanna put [the contestants] through the wringer in the sense that I don't want to let anybody who's really great [not] go through because they're really nervous or whatever...I think we work with them a little more than you maybe you've seen in the past. We give them more of a chance, because we know what it's like to be out there."

Tyler agrees that he and Lopez's years on stage and in the public eye are defining them as judges, at least in these early days. He says, "Some of the kids are so young that I'm not sure if they can get how long it's taken me to be successful and how many clubs I had to play and how I was judged so…[pauses] wonderfully…by the press. [Panel laughs.] And how hard it was to take. But they all took [our criticism] well. A lot of tears. Kind of hard for me. But I'll get over it."

Overall, Tyler described the Jersey City auditioners as being, "Spunky and sparky and crazy and over the top," while J.Lo found them, "Very East Coast."

As for Lopez and Tyler's experience being key to the style of season 10, veteran judge Randy Jackson and Idol host Ryan Seacrest agree that the newcomers' star power is making a big impression on the youngsters trying out. Jackson says, "[Lopez and Tyler are] bringing a new experience, both [are] still hugely successful artists performing currently, doing it. So I think a lot of these kids are watching the two of them, and they idolize what that is."

Seacrest concurs, revealing: "Interestingly, the contestants this year, more than ever, have said that they have grown up watching the show and finally it's their opportunity to audition for the show, so the stakes are really high for them, and then they walk into the show that they've grown up watching with these two superstar judges. It's really been an extra dynamic especially [for me]...outside the room with the contestants. A lot of emotion."

Are you getting excited for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler to judge Idol this year? We sure are!

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It was family night at the Miami Dolphins game! Newly minted American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony took twins Max and Emme to see their team play the New York Jets at the Sun Life Stadium in South Florida. "Marc sang the National Anthem with Fergie … and the twins were there to cheer him on," a source says. "During halftime, Emme and Max walked around the stadium having a great time."

J.Lo slams 'Idol' 'sell out' talk

Jennifer Lopez is adamant she didn't join American Idol just for the multi-million dollar pay cheque - she agreed to become a judge for the sake of her children.

Bosses behind the hit TV show ended months of speculation this week by announcing Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as the latest additions to the panel, replacing exiting judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi.

Lopez is adamant it wasn't the rumoured $12 million salary that attracted her to the role, but the thought of staying in Los Angeles for six months with her husband Marc Anthony and their two young twins.

And the singer/actress hopes little Max and Emme will be able to finally get into an everyday routine when their mother starts working regular hours.

She says, "We're really happy that we get to be in one place with the babies. This is going to put us here for like six months. It's unheard of for us. The babies can do dance class and soccer practice. We're excited about being a little bit of a normal family for a little while."

Lopez also admits she was reluctant to join the reality TV show at first, but Anthony talked her into it.

She adds, "I don't know that we ever thought I'd do something like this. But when I was a dancer, was I going to be an actress? Yeah. When I was an actress, was I going to be a singer? Yes. I just think this is another evolution of that - and (Marc) explained it to me like that."

Jennifer Lopez bans ex from 'American Idol' auditions

Jennifer Lopez has banned ex-boyfriend Ojani Noa from auditioning for "American Idol." Apparently, he was going to try to sing in front of Lopez and the other judges at the L.A. auditions Wednesday (Sept. 22). Except Noa is 38 years old and nobody in L.A. sang for the judges Wednesday, as it was just the initial round of auditions. Reportedly Lopez told FOX not to let him anywhere near the auditions, which sounds like a smart move because he is apparently an idiot.

Jennifer Lopez: Why Idol Is Right for Me

Jennifer Lopez is "excited" about her new gig as a judge on American Idol's 10th season, especially since it will allow more time at home with her family in L.A.

"We're really happy that we get to be in one place with the babies [2-year-old twins Max and Emme] for a while," she says. "This is going to put us here for like six months. It's unheard of for us. The babies can do dance class and soccer practice. We're excited about being a little bit of a normal family for a little while."

The move to Idol also demonstrates how Lopez, 40, and husband Marc Anthony, 42, make big life-decisions – like taking a new high-profile job – together.

"I don't know that we ever thought I'd do something like this," says Lopez. "But when I was a dancer, was I going to be an actress? Yeah. When I was an actress, was I going to be a singer? Yes. I just think this is another evolution of that – and [Marc] explained it to me like that."

Now that the announcement is official, Lopez is eager to get started on her new gig. "I'm going to give it my whole heart, soul and passion like I do with everything that I do," she said. "I'm looking forward to such a fun year."

The New American Idol: Which Judge Is Going to "Love the Contestants to Death"?

(Video) Lucky for Jennifer Lopez, new costar Steven Tyler is already in love with her.

"I'm watching Back Up Plan and I fell so in love with Jennifer because I watched her eyes and how she interacted with the actor and they really put it across that they were falling in love," the surprisingly sentimental Aerosmith frontman told Ryan Seacrest Wednesday during his, Lopez and Randy Jackson's first interview together as officially confirmed American Idol judges.

"I thought...that I would maybe someday soon be looking into her eyes...not quite like that," Tyler added. "But as most things go in my life, watch out what you dream for and they may come true, and here I am sitting next to her and it's just phenomenal."

Yeah, doesn't sound like anything we ever heard Simon Cowell say about Paula Abdul.

As for Lopez, when she first met Tyler, she was surprised by "how soulful he is."

"I know he's an amazing rock God, I get that," the actress and pop star said. "I know that. But to sit and speak with him, the depth of his soul really moved me."

And Randy Jackson thinks both of them are pretty a'ight.

"What's cool, though, is you guys will definitely be nuturing," said the always eloquent veteran of nine seasons, "and you're coming from a real place because you could say, 'Hey listen, when I was at this stage and I was trying to get it together, here's what I did.'

"And you're huge successes, both of you, so the kids have to really listen this time," he added. "Because I felt sometimes, the past couple seasons, we'd say stuff and they'd look at us like deer in the headlights."

(That may have just been Ellen DeGeneres' reflection in the contestants' eyes.)

But as for the moments of real truth on the show, how do newbies Lopez and Tyler plan to go about the art of passing judgment?

"I think inately you can't help but want to give [the contestants] tough love in a sense," Lopez said. "I dont think I can ever be cruel to another artist because I am an artist, and I know what its like to put yourself out there, be in front of people, and say 'hey do you like me?'"

So she plans to judge the contestants with "with a lot of love and caring and a lot of nurturing and honesty."

Meanwhile, Tyler is "going to love them to death."

"So I can say, 'you're going to Hollywood,' but also you gotta tell them 'don't hate me for what I say, don't get mad, get better," explained the 62-year-old rocker, the surprise front-runner to be the Paula replacement we never had.

"I will send them home with a broken heart. I'm going to be honest and truthful and open as best I can—and tongue and cheek."

We're thinking offering up a scarf as a parting gift would be a nice touch.

The 10th season of American Idol premieres Jan. 12, 2011.

Jennifer Lopez: I Won't Be a Diva on Idol

Will having Jenny on the block drag down the neighborhood?

No way, says Jennifer Lopez, who laughed off reports of outrageous diva-like demands during negotiations to become a new judge on American Idol.

"After as many years as I've been in this business, I'm used to that kind of stuff," Lopez said Wednesday at an Idol press conference in Inglewood, Calif. "I'm used to speculation."

If anything, Lopez says, she felt she was dragging FOX into negative headlines.

"I was calming the FOX people down," she explained. "I was like, 'Listen, it'll be gone tomorrow. Once they hear who we are and what we're doing, it's going to be fine. Don't worry about it.' I was just looking forward to getting started."

Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe even poked fun at her reputation.

"I said to Jennifer today, we heard that she only likes yellow M&Ms," he said. "I'm thinking, 'Who's going to pick them all out for her?' She said, 'No, where did that come from?'"

Adds Mike Darnell, head of alternative programming on FOX: "I can tell you from the Fox standpoint, the deal was not tough. There were no diva demands. It was a really easy, comfortable deal with both parties."

Will Jennifer Lopez Rock American Idol? Her Superhot Costar Sure Thinks So

Simon, schmimon!

According to Hawaii Five-0's new badass star Alex O'Loughlin—who knows just-announced Idol judge Jennifer Lopez well from starring with her in The Back-up Plan—J.Lo is precisely what American Idol needs. No, really! And here's why:

"[Jennifer] will be great," Alex tells me from the set of Hawaii Five-0 in Honolulu. "She's a great girl. She's got a lot of spunk and she's got a great sense of humor. So I think she'll bring a humor edge. She understands musicians and dancers because it's who she is; it's where she comes from...I think she's going to bring something special to the other judges."

Now, mind you Alex isn't just speaking as a former coworker of J.Lo's...He's also a longtime Idol fan. "I love American Idol," the Aussie actor professes, while admitting that he himself is not so musically inclined. "In the words of maybe my favorite comedian Billy Connolly, I've got a voice like a goose farting in the fog. Which is not a good thing."

What is a good thing is that Alex's new series Hawaii Five-0 debuted to strong numbers on Monday—strong enough that assuming the audience comes back for more, Five-0 should be sticking around.

'American Idol': The singers 'are now going to stay within their genre'

Face it: While Jimmy Iovine as the new in-house "American Idol" mentor is news, learning that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are joining Randy Jackson at the judges tables was pretty anticlimactic.

Good thing returning producer Nigel Lythgoe has a couple of other tricks up his sleeve, including that the singers are no longer going to be made to sing all different genres.

Changes to the format:

Nigel Lythgoe: "They are now going to stay with their genre, consequently the styles of music are going to be more decades rather than individual artist's music. I think that is important to develop what they are good at."

Nigel Lythgoe (cont.): "We've been a bit of a karaoke show purely because we redo songs that people already know. We've got a whole new set of rules that are going to come in, we're not just going to copy the tracks that have been there before."

Jimmy Iovine: "We're going to try every week to bring the artist along. We're looking for originality. We're not looking for someone who sings like Whitney Houston. We're looking for someone who's influenced by Whitney Houston, but brings their own stuff ... Every week, they can't just be told 'sing better.' Someone has to work with them every week on performance, on style. I think you're going to see great improvement every week on the show."

Lythgoe: "What this does, Season 10, with having these icons here, is we're no longer protecting a brand. Once something works, you don't mess around with it too much. We're now given the opportunity of recreating the magic we started with. I think those middle rounds, we're looking at finding other ways of doing that so we actually present to America the best singers.

On who is the heir to Simon as the toughest judge:

Randy Jackson: "I don't know if there will be. I think we will all have our moments of toughness and nurturing and sweetness and everything."

Nigel Lythgoe: "It isn't about role-playing, it's about being yourself. We're hoping everyone's going to be honest and remain in their characters."

Jennifer Lopez: "I will give them tough love, but I don't think I will ever, as an artist, I could never be cruel to another artist. I think there's definitely better ways to say things and still get your point across. I've mentored on the show before, I think people have seen that and kind of can feel how I'll be."

On the process of becoming a judge:

Steven Tyler: "It's a bit of a dream come true. I was on tour and this was thrown at me and I looked on it as a great opportunity and then when I found out who was on board, I threw down right away. Right away. And as far as tough love and loving people and we're going to for sure be sending some people home with broken hearts, but with all we've been through in our careers, we live vicariously through the young talent out there. It's going to be hard, but it's also going to be fun. They're stepping up to the plate and so are we."

On the rumors of "diva demands":

Jennifer Lopez: "I'm kind of used to it, after as many years as I've been in this business, I'm used to that kind of stuff. I'm used to speculation. I was calming the FOX people down, I was like, 'It'll be gone tomorrow.' The truth always shows itself in who you are, so I wasn't really worried about it, to be honest. I was just looking forward to getting started."

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler Announced As New Idol Judges

It's official!

Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will be joining Randy Jackson at the judges' table when American Idol kicks off season 10 in January.

"I'm looking for the next Michael Jackson," Lopez said before a screaming crowd at the Los Angeles Forum after Ryan Seacrest introduced her. "We're looking for the best American Idol ever."

The announcement was made during a live press conference Wednesday. Seacrest hosted the event, telling the crowd, "We are looking for the next star in music. We usually ask, who will be the next American Idol? We never asked this question, who will be the next judges on American Idol?"

Seacrest then introduced Randy Jackson, who told the crowd, "We found some unbelievable talent and I am calling season 10 the remix, baby!"

Up next, Tyler was introduced as a "rock legend." The Aerosmith frontman said joining the Idol family feels "fabulous."

"[It] feels like the perfect feathered nest," he said. "It's being a part of something much bigger than yourself. I want to bring some rock to this roller coaster."

Lopez, who dressed in a silver pant suit, was the last to be introduced.

"I love you guys. I am so excited," she told the crowd that included Idol hopefuls, there to try out for the show. "It is about concentrating in the moment, do the best you can. Just live! Just live, it's your moment."

The announcement comes with little surprise. In weeks leading up to the decision, sources told PEOPLE Lopez signed the deal worth $12 million. And Tyler himself said he would "probably" be a judge when the show returned in the winter.

Jennifer Lopez's gets biscuits she wants

Jennifer Lopez will not be denied her favorite biscuits. J. Lo wanted to have a 42nd birthday party for her husband, Marc Anthony, at The Lion on West Ninth Street, but the restaurant was booked by Calvin Klein Inc. for a dinner following the firm's runway show.

Lopez ended up throwing the party with Benny Medina at the Bowery Hotel, but she sent her driver to pick up 50 biscuits from The Lion while Katie Holmes, Julianne Moore, Desiree Rogers, Ethan Hawke and Francisco Costa dined inside.

J.Lo's Ex Reaches Pathetic New Low, Plans to Audition for American Idol

American Idol auditions and humiliation tend to go hand in eardrum-crushing hand. But Jennifer Lopez's ex is readying for a dignity-defying feat that may put even William Hung to shame.

Not to mention make for the most awkward three minutes of television ever. If it ever gets that far.

"Ojani Noa will be in line at the Forum on Sept. 22 to try out for American Idol in front of his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez," Noa's manager, Ed Meyer, told E! News.

Pathetic? Yes. Blatantly fame-whoring? Of course. In other words, you-know-who has finally found a natural successor.

Adding to the pitiable plan is the fact that Noa, at 36, isn't even eligible to be the American Idol, as the upper age limit for the contest is 28. But that didn't stop General Larry Platt, and it apparently won't stop Lopez's ex-hubby, with whom, incidentally, she remains embroiled in quite the nasty legal battle.

So, what excuse has Camp Noa offered up as justification for the stunt?

"He escaped Cuba and married Jennifer Lopez, now he wants to be the American Idol," Meyer said. "Of course, he will sing a Jennifer Lopez song."

Funny how Noa's dream of becoming the new Idol didn't materialize until after Lopez was confirmed as the new $12 million judge.

Still, he shouldn't do too much prepping for his close-up. The guy who threw water on Simon's head has a better chance of making it on camera.

Though it might be a nice change of pace to feature a contestant who's taking as much advantage of the show as it seems to take in its contestants.

'American Idol': Details of Jennifer Lopez's deal emerge?

Did Jennifer Lopez demand motion picture and TV pilot deals in addition to a $15 million paycheck from "American Idol"? According to Deadline, yes.

A source tells Deadline, J-Lo "was angling for an overall deal at Fox, including a put picture, to keep the movie career going. But Fox said no." Apparently, Lopez kept threatening to walk and FOX would call her bluff, which is when the rumors of other female judges would end up in the press.

Another source tells Deadline, "In the end, she didn't turn up her nose up at $12 million. I would have been very surprised if she had walked away. She needs the money. She lives very very well. It comes at a cost."

Finally, as for the official announcement from FOX, Deadline says it has been postponed to mid-September to coincide with J-Lo's new single. But US Weekly says the announcement is set for early October. So once again, we think it's probably anybody's guess.

Wow, a $12 million payday for J-Lo as an untested judge? That seems like a big gamble to us. Then again, "Idol" can't really bring in a nobody. It's a sticky situation.

Do you think J-Lo is worth all she was demanding?

'American Idol' report: Jennifer Lopez deal almost done

After a month-plus of reports, rumors and she's in-she's out-she's back in-no wait a minute speculation, the latest word on Jennifer Lopez is that she is back on with "American Idol."

Thursday's (Sept. 2) news comes from TMZ, which says Lopez joining the "Idol" judges' panel is "all but a done deal." She would work alongside Randy Jackson, whom executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has said will be back, and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler on a reconstituted show. There's still no word on Kara DioGuardi's future.

TMZ's source also pooh-poohs the notion that Lopez has made "diva demands" that led to reports of her being dropped from consideration a few weeks back.

Meanwhile, FOX has announced that it's added a final audition round in Los Angeles. The auditions will take place Sept. 22 at the Forum in Inglewood (details are at AmericanIdol.com). If "Idol" sticks to Lythgoe's Aug. 19 assertion that a decision would be made "within three weeks" -- i.e., by the end of next week -- L.A. hopefuls could at least know whom they'll be singing for if they make it in to see the judges.

Mayor: JLo, Anthony want to build PR film studio

A Puerto Rican mayor says husband-and-wife pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony hope to transform his northeast coastal city into the Hollywood of the Caribbean.

Fajardo Mayor Anibal Melendez said Thursday that the singer-actors — both born in New York to Puerto Rican families — want to build a state-of-the-art soundstage in Fajardo to attract more A-list movies and TV shows to the U.S. island.

Melendez says the proposal for Fajardo is still in its infancy. But he said Lopez and Anthony voiced "a lot of enthusiasm" for the project when he met with them recently in Miami.

Publicists for the couple decline comment.

In 2006, Lopez and Anthony teamed up for a movie on Puerto Rican salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

'Idol' boss denies Lopez 'diva' reports

The executive producer of American Idol has denied reports Jennifer Lopez is out of the running for a judging job on the hit U.S. talent show because of her diva demands - insisting the star is "a wonderful woman."

Following the announcement that Ellen DeGeneres has stepped down from the panel after just a year on the series, and the planned departure of Simon Cowell, Idol bosses are eager to sign up two big names to boost the show's appeal.

Lopez and Steven Tyler were in the running as the favourites to take a seat at the judging panel, but reports suggested Lopez had been pulled from the possible replacements due to her escalating demands.

But executive producer Nigel Lythgoe hints the Jenny From The Block hitmaker still has a chance of landing the role and admits he has never witnessed her demanding ways.

He tells Extra, "These people don't know Jennifer Lopez. She's a wonderful woman. I've never seen her be a diva in her life!"

And Lythgoe is adamant former judge Paula Abdul is definitely not returning, insisting he wants attention to focus on the new talent and not the judging panel.

He adds, "Paula is under contract to another company so I don't think that she enters the frame on this occasion.

"As far as I'm concerned, I would like the attention to go on the kids, because it's about the talent that comes on this show and sings."

Source: Jennifer Lopez Out as American Idol Judge

Jennifer Lopez won’t be a judge on American Idol after all, according to a source close to the situation.

The singer-actress had been closing a deal to be a permanent judge on the show for its upcoming 10th season but the deal fell apart.

“Her demands got out of hand,” says the source. “Fox had just had enough.”

With Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres both departing the talent search, the network had been pursuing a number of celebrities as potential judges, including Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler.

But now that Lopez is out of the running, the network may be looking at their earlier top picks again.

Other reports have said that the panel could go back to the original three-judge format.

Sightings

Possible new American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez treated her family to some afternoon R&R in a Calabasas, Calif., park – plus some hamburgers. The singer-actress and hubby Marc Anthony had a competition to see who could swing highest on the playground, while their twins Max and Emme and Anthony's older children Christian and Ryan took turns going down the twisting slide. "They looked like the cutest family ever," an onlooker says. Next up: a stop by Johnny Rockets for those burgers.

J.Lo's butt the 'most famous'

Jennifer Lopez has beaten off competition from the curviest stars in showbiz to land the title for the most famous bottom in the world.

Visitors to WENN.com were grilled on their favourite celebrity derriere and a resounding 37 per cent opted for the superstar, who admits she's fiercely proud of her best asset.

J.Lo once said, "I do special squats and work with loads of weights in the gym to achieve my butt. And in a way I'm kind of flattered when people compliment me for having a big a**."

Bootylicious beauty Beyonce came in second in the online poll and Kim Kardashian and Shakira tied for third, ahead of Ice-T's glamour model wife Coco, who brought up the rear in fifth place.

Is Jennifer Lopez Still a Sex Symbol?

Sultry siren Jennifer Lopez graces the cover of this month's Glamour looking every inch the Jenny From the Block babe.

The accompanying photo spread continues the theme, featuring the hot mama dressed in an assortment of wild animal prints. But if you actually read the article, J.Lo focuses more on the mama, not so much the hot...

"I'm the one who keeps everybody on schedule, like, Got to go to bed at this time, got to eat something," she tells the mag, noting that hubby Marc Anthony gets to play the pushover parent to twins Emme and Max.

So maybe an apron and a swing dress would have been more appropriate attire than the leopard getup? Or is J.Lo just just playing it coy about having her cake and eating it, too?

'American Idol': Jennifer Lopez signed, Steven Tyler in the works

Sources on the production side of "American Idol" are now telling Zap2it that Jennifer Lopez is signed, sealed and delivered for the Season 10 judges' table, while Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is still in negotiations.

This means an announcement could still happen Monday (Aug. 2) at FOX's Summer Press Tour executive panel, depending on how things go this weekend.

While Tyler remains the producers first choice for the new male judge, if a deal cannot be reached sources say that last season's wildly popular "Idol" mentor Harry Connick Jr. will be signed instead.

Earlier Friday (July 30) evening sources close to "Idol" were saying that no deals were signed, the judges' panel was not set and that there would not be announcement on Monday. The official FOX line is still "no comment."

The speculative judges' panel has been the top "Idol" story since news broke that Ellen DeGeneres was leaving the show, in addition to Simon Cowell departing back in May to focus on the U.S. version of "The X Factor." There are rumors that Kara DioGuardi is out as well and that only Randy Jackson will return to judge again.

'American Idol' report: Jennfier Lopez to join judges' panel

Ellen DeGeneres' "American Idol" body is barely cold and now word is leaking that Jennifer Lopez may be replacing her at the judges' table.

Both Deadline and Gossip Cop are reporting that Jennifer Lopez has been tapped as the new "Idol" judge. Deadline says Lopez' old manager Benny Medina "orchestrated the meeting with the 'American Idol' producers a month ago, and negotiations have been ongoing ever since."

Gossip Cop is also reporting that an offer has been extended to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. This comes on the heels of rumors that FOX is readying a big announcement as to the future of the "Idol" judges for their Summer Press Tour panel on Monday, Aug. 2. Could these be the new judges?

Zap2it reached out to FOX. They have no comment at this time.

Lopez faces 40 million lawsuit over Cyprus cancellation

A hotel in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus has threatened Jennifer Lopez with a 40 million dollar lawsuit after she cancelled a concert there for "political" reasons, press reports said Sunday.

The chief executive of the Turkish company which runs the hotel and casino complex said Lopez still had time to change her mind about the July 24 gig.

"The contract has not been terminated. If she does not show up for the concert, we will begin a procedure in the courts to claim 35-40 million dollars in damages," warned Murat Bozoglu, speaking from the company's headquarters in Istanbul.

"The cancellation....is not covered by any clause in the contract she signed with us," said Bozoglu.

Lopez drew the wrath of Greek-Cypriots in the southern half of the divided island after the new Cratos Premium hotel and casino complex announced the singer would perform there on her 41st birthday.

But the singer scrapped the plans after criticism that the appearance would make a political statement, entertainment website TMZ.com reported Thursday.

"Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse," a representative for the American singer and actress told TMZ.

"After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of management to withdraw from the appearance. This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region."

The US-based American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association claimed the concert would "lend credence to an illegal entity recognized only by Turkey".

Cyprus has been divided since Turkey occupied the north in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered coup in Nicosia aimed at uniting the Mediterranean island with Greece.

The TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) is only recognized by Turkey, which maintains troops on the Turkish Cypriot side, while the Greek Cypriot south of the island enjoys international recognition.

Jennifer Lopez Clues In, Pulls Plug on Controversial Cyprus Concert

If there's one thing Jennifer Lopez learned the hard way, it's never to get involved in a dispute between the Greeks and the Turks.

Following a storm of protest, the multihyphenate has canceled a concert in the Turkish-controlled northern section of Cyprus that was to mark the opening of a luxury hotel.

"Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse," Team J.Lo said in a statement on her website. "After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of her advisers to withdraw from the appearance."

Lopez was reportedly to earn $3 million to perform at the Cratos Premium Hotel on July 24, her 41st birthday, and stay at the hotel with hubby Marc Anthony, their two kids and friends.

But little did they realize that the hotel played host to ethnic warfare in 1974, when Greece's archenemy, Turkey, invaded the island and forcibly removed nearly 200,000 Greek loyalists. The invaders declared an independent Turkish state and Cyprus was divided, although the northern territory is not recognized as a sovereign state by either the European Union or the U.S.

Upon hearing that J.Lo had booked the show, thousands of Greek Cypriots took to the Internet in protest with more than 19,000 signing a Facebook petition.

"This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region," the Lopez statement added.

Glad to hear the Back-Up Planner had a back-out plan.

J.Lo show angers Greek Cypriots

Jennifer Lopez has entered a diplomatic minefield on ethnically split Cyprus after agreeing to perform in its Turkish-held north, stirring anger among thousands of Greek Cypriots.

Lopez is scheduled to perform at the opening of a luxury hotel in north Cyprus on July 24, triggering fury from Greek Cypriots who say it's a slap in the face to people forced to flee from northern Cyprus during a Turkish invasion in 1974.

Greek Cypriots have flooded a facebook site with angry demands the Latina star cancel her trip while organisers of the event say the show will go on.

"We have a signed agreement with her and it is active," said Murat Bozoglu, a director of the $220 million Cratos Premium hotel in northern Cyprus.

Lopez's publicists were not immediately available for comment. Local newspapers reported she was being paid $3 million for her one-off performance.

Cyprus was split in a Turkish invasion which followed a short-lived Greek Cypriot coup engineered by the military junta ruling Greece in 1974. Its division and subsequent years of estrangement is one of the longest serving items on the U.N. peacekeeping agenda.

North Cyprus is a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara.

About a fifth of the island's population, who are in their majority Greek Cypriots, are internally displaced.

By Wednesday, a facebook page campaigning against the Lopez visit had topped 14,000 members. They were in the vast majority Greeks, with the rate of increase up by about 2,000 per day since its launch last week.

"She has obviously fallen on to hard financial times. Shame on her ... if only she knew how many people were killed and the inhumane savagery committed there," wrote one campaigner.

Lopez was due to jet in to northern Cyprus, a breakaway statelet recognised only by Ankara, accompanied by her husband, singer Marc Antony, and her twin children. The performance on July 24 coincides with her 41st birthday.

"We are pleased to be able to share her 41st birthday with her and her family," Bozoglu said, acknowledging that Lopez had received "thousands" of emails to prevent her trip.

"These have made her nervous about coming. But we are doing everything in our hands to make this happen."

Anger as Jennifer Lopez set to rock north Cyprus

Pop star Jennifer Lopez will give a concert in the Turkish-held statelet of northern Cyprus later this month, organisers said on Tuesday, amid outrage among Greek Cypriots.

The US diva will arrive in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Cyprus (TRNC) on a private jet on July 22 ahead of a July 24 concert at the Cratos Premium Hotel in Kyrenia to celebrate its opening, said a representative for the Istanbul-based Bozgroup which operates the hotel.

Lopez -- who will be accompanied by her husband, singer Marc Anthony, and their twins Max and Emme -- will also celebrate her 41st birthday at a "special party" following the concert at the five-star hotel.

"There is no cancellation. A contract was signed and she was paid," the representative told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The visit has triggered protests in the island's internationally-recognised Greek Cypriot south which is wary of any move breaking the isolation of the TRNC which is only recognised by Turkey.

A Greek Cypriot rights group Cyprus Action Network of America is running a web campaign urging Lopez to cancel her performance.

"It is with dismay and shock that the people of Cyprus... heard the news that you intend to attend the inauguration of a hotel in the occupied... part of our native country and celebrate your birthday there," said a letter on the group's website.

"Please do not allow yourself to be used by the Turks," the letter added.

But the Bozgroup representative insisted Lopez had decided to go ahead with the concert in spite of the controversy.

"She is aware of the protest. She received an enormous number of emails and she got a little scared. But we explained the situation to her, that there was no war on the island, and she did not cancel the appearance," she said.

The cost of organising Lopez's visit and performance at the 220-million-dollar hotel, where she is expected to stay until July 26, will be around three million dollars (2.4 million euros), the representative added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to an Athens-engineered coup in Nicosia aimed at uniting the Mediterranean island with Greece.

The TRNC is only recognized by Turkey, which maintains troops on the Turkish Cypriot side, while the Greek Cypriot south of the island is recognized as the only legitimate administration on the island.

J.Lo opens up about ex lovers

Jennifer Lopez opened up about her failed romances with Ojani Noa, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Cris Judd and Ben Affleck on TV over the weekend, in a revealing episode of music documentary series Behind the Music.

Lopez, now married to Latin singer Marc Anthony, detailed how each of her headline-hitting romances affected her on the show, which aired in North America on Sunday night.

The singer/actress was married to then-waiter Noa for less than a year before the union fell apart at the start of her career, and the couple divorced in 1998. She went on to date hip-hop mogul Combs, but admits their relationship "did get sordid" after she was pulled into his infamous trial on a charge of felony gun possession. The charge related to a highly-publicized 1999 shooting at a New York City nightclub where she was present. Combs was later acquitted.

Lopez then hit headlines when she married back-up dancer Judd, but the romance was doomed and the couple divorced in 2003.

But it was her high-profile romance with Ben Affleck that was really life-changing, and she admits being dumped by the actor just days before their wedding in 2004 left her completely heartbroken.

She explains: "I don't think I had ever been heartbroken in that way before - had so many hopes and dreams on something.

"This was the first time and it was tough. When you go through that kind of heartbreak in front of everybody you are not quite the same person you were before."

But the star is quick to defend her failed marriages and high-profile break-ups, insisting they were her way of chasing the dream romance.

She explains, "I always wanted that fairytale. It just didn't work out. But I kept trying - you can't blame a girl for trying!"

Lopez eventually found happiness - the singer celebrated her six year wedding anniversary to Anthony last month.

And she says their life together with two-year-old twins Emme and Max, is more complete than any relationship she's ever known.

She adds of being a new mom, "That's when things became really clear to me - what love truly is. It's that pure, that unconditional, that kind."

J.Lo laughs off 'Dancing' rumours

Jennifer Lopez has laughed off rumours she and Tom Cruise are set to join Dancing With the Stars next year - insisting they are both too "busy" to take part.

The TV competition came to an end last month, with Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger lifting the trophy, and rumours about who will appear in the next season have already begun.

Producers are said to be courting several big names to join the line-up, and Lopez and Cruise are the latest stars to have been linked to the show following their dance skit together at the recent MTV Movie Awards.

But Lopez is adamant they will both be too tied up next year to contemplate a stint in the TV contest.

She tells newsman Larry King, "I think we're both kind of busy to go on Dancing with the Stars. He's (got), I'm sure, 25 movies lined up, and I'm planning a tour for next year, so I don't know."

2010 Teen Choice Awards nominees

The two-hour event airs Monday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. on FOX. Starting Monday, June 14, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day at www.teenchoiceawards.com.

Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy
Kristen Bell, "When in Rome"
Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"
Queen Latifah, "Valentine's Day" / "Just Wright"
Jennifer Lopez, "The Back-up Plan"
Amanda Seyfried, "Letters to Juliet"

Sighting

Before unveiling the new Boys & Girls Club billboard in New York City, Jennifer Lopez shared a few sweet moments with husband Marc Anthony inside the W Times Square. As they got ready in a suite upstairs, the Latin crooner shared phone photos of the couple's twins with Boys & Girls Club staff, and as the pair waited for the elevators, he lovingly rubbed her shoulders.

J.Lo Urges Kids to 'Be Extraordinary'

Jennifer Lopez had some help getting into the entertainment industry. An alum of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx, Lopez credits the club's "K company" performing arts program with teaching her to sing and dance. Now, with a throwback picture of her as a child, Lopez is featured in a New York's Times Square billboard for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America unveiled Thursday. As an ambassador to the organization, Lopez is among 25 celebrities, including Denzel Washington, Ashanti, and Mario Lopez, participating in the BGCA's youth advocacy campaign. Her billboard message says it all: "Be Extraordinary."

Jennifer Lopez: Play me again

Jennifer Lopez really likes her own music. At one point during the housewarming party she and husband Marc Anthony threw over the weekend at their $10 million home in Hidden Hills, Calif., DJ Ruckus played an untitled new single six times in a row. "It was a bit much," joked an attendee. "I guess she was testing it out." Among 200 guests at the party, where Lopez and Anthony also renewed their vows, were Benny Medina, Quincy Jones, Mary J. Blige, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

MTV Movie Awards: Always a party, and a night of surprises

Jennifer Lopez made a surprise appearance at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday — performing a hip-hop dance number alongside Tom Cruise, who reprised his hot-tempered movie executive persona Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder.

As the unlikely duo took over the stage to Ludacris' Get Back, Cruise's wife Katie Holmes cheered her husband on from the audience.

The fan-favorite awards show was hosted by Aziz Ansari, star of NBC's Parks and Recreation, and it marked his first time at the helm of such an event. An opening sequence by Ansari lampooned the Academy Award-nominated film Precious and featured teen singing sensation Justin Bieber.

Amanda Seyfried won best scared-as-(expletive) performance for her role in Jennifer's Body, while Twi-hard fans voted Kristen Stewart best female performer for her role in Twilight: New Moon.

"Twilight is really awesome, and I agree," said Stewart, who seemed at a loss for words upon accepting her Golden Popcorn statue. "I want to say hi to Chris (Weitz, who directed the movie). I haven't seen him in a while."

Get Him to the Greek stars Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and Sean "Diddy" Combs were on hand to present the award for best breakout star to Up in the Air's Anna Kendrick. "Every time you open your mouths, I get less cool," said Combs of his co-stars, who expressed their admiration for male stars in the audience. "I've got Bieber fever!" exclaimed Brand.

Kendrick kept her acceptance speech short: "I am not cool enough to win an MTV Movie Award, so I'm not going to mess it up by talking more than I should."

Brand's fiancée, Katy Perry, one of the evening's performers, shared a sneak peek of her new music video for California Gurls during the red carpet pre-show. "That's what I'm made of, a lot of tease," Perry told MTV on the red carpet shortly before the network aired the clip, which featured her dancing in a bra made of cupcakes.

Reigning best-actress Oscar winner Sandra Bullock was expected at the event to receive the MTV Generation Award. The appearance capped off a comeback weekend for the actress, who made a surprise appearance to accept the Troops Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards on Saturday. It marked her first public appearance since the implosion of her marriage to Jesse James and the news that she had adopted a baby boy.

"Let's be honest here, just for a moment. We're all going to be honest, right?" Bullock, 45, said after accepting the award, which was voted on by members of the military, from presenter Robert Downey Jr. "Did I win this for being entertainer of the year, or did I win this because of the spectacular I.E.D. (improvised explosive device) explosion that became my personal life?"

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's Housewarming Invitation Revealed!

It wasn't just any housewarming in Hidden Hills, Calif., Saturday night. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were providing the heat, as the couple not only welcomed A-listers to their sprawling new San Fernando Valley residence but planned to cap the celebration by renewing their marital vows on what is their sixth wedding anniversary.

"They wanted to celebrate their new home and their sixth anniversary by renewing their vows," a source tells PEOPLE. "They're excited about their new life together as a family in California and wanted to kick it off with a great party."

Among those on the 200-guest invitation list, says a source, are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

"Jen is very excited about sharing her special night with her family and friends," the source adds. "The party will be spectacular. Guests will enjoy dancing until the morning hours."

Like the invitation, the party features an art deco-theme with the colors gold and silver. The card, which features a large gold key, reads, in full:

A NEW BEGINNING
PLEASE JOIN US AS WE
"WARM OUR HOUSE"
with a
6th
ANNIVERSARY PARTY

JUNE 5TH, 2010 AT 8:30 PM

Jennifer & Marc Anthony Muniz

Renewing their vows is becoming something of a tradition for the couple – who got the ball rolling for the first time in 2008. That year – which also brought the February birth of their twins, Max and Emme – they also did it up big by joining New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and his wife Jessica for a joint vow-renewal ceremony in Las Vegas.

As for their humble abode, it is anything but. Purchased by the couple earlier this year for just under $10 million, it is spectacular and ultra private. All told, within its three acres there are nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, panoramic city views, rolling lawns, a swimming pool and a tennis court. Also inside: a fabulous 20-seat theater, a recording studio and a wine cellar.

Lopez, Anthony to renew vows

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will mark their sixth wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in a lavish ceremony at their California home.

The superstar couple wed in 2004 and cemented their commitment to one another in another ceremony in 2008.

But salsa singer Anthony wants to celebrate their sixth year together as man and wife with a special bash - to prove critics who thought their marriage wouldn't last wrong.

He tells Us Weekly magazine, "We realized the bets in Vegas (on whether their marriage would last) stopped at five years, so we're really looking forward to this one.

"This is a big anniversary."

The couple will renew their vows at their Hidden Hills, California estate on June 5.

Lopez and Anthony are not the only stars to celebrate their love with multiple marriages - supermodel Heidi Klum and her husband Seal hold an annual ceremony in Mexico, while Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon recently exchanged vows again to mark their second anniversary.

Star-studded gala raises $6.7 million for AIDS

Superstar Jennifer Lopez tempted. Uber-designer Karl Lagerfeld exhorted. Comic Chris Tucker mouthed off, and heavyweight producer Harvey Weinstein cajoled — all in the name of charity.

As hosts at a swanky charity event held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, the A-listers' mission was to drive up the bids on about 10 luxury lots, including a gold-plated bottle of champagne and a monkey-shaped pendant in diamonds and gemstones.

And the celebrity coaxing worked: The Cinema Against AIDS benefit, held Thursday at a luxury hotel in the French Riviera town of Cap d'Antibes, raised $6.7 million ((EURO)5.36 million) for AIDS research.

Guests at the star-studded event, where it seemed that nearly everyone was famous and those that weren't were at least thin, included actress Naomi Watts, socialite Paris Hilton, perma-tanned Italian designer Giorgio Armani, model Naomi Campbell and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger.

The evening's entertainment was provided by punk icon Patti Smith and R&B singer Mary J. Blige, who captivated the crowd with her acapella rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."

Sharon Stone usually emcees the annual event, but her shooting schedule prevented her from attending this year's gala, so other celebrities took turns revving up the crowd. "Gladiator" star Russell Crowe and designer-cum-movie director Tom Ford were among those who took to helped lead the auction.

A feeling of insider camaraderie permeated the event — where a single seat cost $6,000 — and sometimes the teasing got a bit ribald.

Following a confusing technical description of the 6-liter bottle of Dom Perignon, Michele Williams told the crowd: "If you know what that word is, you're rich enough to buy it."

And someone was: The champagne fetched $80,000.

Other high-fetching lots included a day with former President Bill Clinton, which went for $220,000, and a flight in a fighter jet, which reached $170,000.

Proceeds from the event go to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), a nonprofit organization that supports HIV/AIDS research, and the emcees emphasized that the economic crisis has made their bids more crucial than even. Last year, the event brought in just $4.5 million — roughly half the money raised in 2008.

"It's a hard economy out there and it's nice to remember that we have to give back," Weinstein said.

X Factor judge Jennifer Lopez?

Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony are being lined up for America's 'X Factor'.

The pop star and her musician spouse are apparently in the running to land a spot on the judging panel of Simon Cowell's upcoming reality show alongside Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon, Christina Aguilera, Jamie Foxx, former 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul and 'The X Factor's Cheryl Cole.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Simon needs diversity on the panel if this US 'X Factor' is going to be a smash. Paula Abdul seems like a given which leaves three slots. He thinks Jennifer Lopez or her husband would be fantastic additions so it could be bad news for Cheryl."

Meanwhile, former Pussycat Dolls member Kimberly Wyatt has hinted she could be set to replace pregnant Dannii Minogue in the audition stages of the British version of the show when it starts later this year.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: "I'm waiting to talk to the show bigwigs, it's definitely a possibility."

J.Lo opens up about Affleck

Jennifer Lopez is convinced her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck was destined to fail, insisting no couple could have survived the intense media pressure the pair endured.

Lopez began dating Affleck in 2002, sparking a media circus that turned crazy for the couple when the actor proposed - but the glare of the spotlight became too much for the stars and they called off plans to wed the following year.

And Lopez admits the romance was doomed from the start.

She says, "I love Ben. He's a great guy but it was a lot for both of us to be under that type of siege for two years straight. We were on the cover of every magazine every week, and it was just a weird thing that the media catches on to, and they just go crazy with it. Our relationship, I think, did suffer from it."

And the actress credits her husband, Latin singer Marc Anthony, with teaching her how to live her life away from the glare of the paparazzi.

She tells U.K. TV host Graham Norton, "I think he has a totally different approach to fame, to celebrity - our work, our business. (He believes) you can have your career, you can promote, you can do all that stuff - but you can also have a personal life, and it can be quiet.

"I think, when you're in the throes of (fame), you don't realise that you have control over it. You kind of feel like, 'Oh, it's just happening, I can't stop it.' But he taught me that you can."

Lopez married Anthony in 2004, while Affleck is now happily married to another Jennifer, actress Garner.

Jennifer Lopez: I'd See a Ben Affleck Movie!

Their own film collaboration onGigli didn't go so well, butJennifer Lopez is open to the idea of catching a film starring ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck.

"Would I see a movie of Ben's? Sure! Why not?" the actress and pop star, 40, tells the U.K. edition of Marie Claire. "I haven't seen him or talked to him in a while – our lives went in two very different directions. But I always wish him the best and I always thought he was a great person."

Lopez says she's also cordial with another high-profile ex –Diddy. "I've run into him once or twice, with Marc, and it's always very friendly," she says. "He asks about the twins because he has twins, too."

But while Lopez is happy to chat about her ex-boyfriends, she is, of course, happily married to Marc Anthony. And in the wake of the Tiger Woods and Jesse James scandals, she wonders if people are taking the notion of marriage a bit lightly these days.

"It's just the two of you against the world," she says. "When you allow other people into that sacred place it becomes a recipe for mistrust and the deterioration of the bond between you. I think people complicate their lives by doing [expletive]-up things."

On a lighter note, Lopez – now starring in The Back-up Plan – offers some tips for staying healthy in her eating habits.

"One good trick is to have a goal – for me it may be getting in shape for a video shoot," she says. "Another is portion control. I love to eat everything and you pretty much can – a little piece of something fattening is not going to kill you. It's when you eat the whole box that it's going to kill you."

J.Lo's ex shopping TV show

Jennifer Lopez's ex, Ojani Noa, is making a last-ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy by shopping a reality show titled, "I Owe J.Lo." It will follow her broke ex-husband as he tries to "land menial jobs to pay off a half-million dollar court judgment that he owes to his ex-wife."

Dating Web site Ashleymadison.com -- which encourages married people to have affairs -- is looking to partner on the project. A judge in 2007 ordered Noa to pay Lopez $545,000 after he tried to publish a book about his relationship with her.

Lopez pigs out for new movie 'The Back-Up Plan'

Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez told Wednesday at the London premiere of her new movie "The Back-Up Plan" how she pigged out and broke wind in the film to show what being pregnant is really like.

The singer and actress plays a successful career woman who is artificially inseminated only to meet the love of her life on the same day in the romantic comedy.

"There's a couple of scenes in the movie where I'm eating and pigging out and they didn't put them in the first cut -- I was like 'Listen guys, this is extremely important for women'," said Lopez at the premiere in Leicester Square.

"They need to see me pigging out. This is what happens when you get pregnant. You get really sleepy. You get really hungry. You get gas."

The 40-year-old mother-of-two, who showed off her famous curves in a black leather dress, warmly greeted fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Julia, Kristen, Reese, Anyone Named Jennifer and R.Pattz Among "Most Beautiful"

Hard as it may be to believe, this week's People magazine actually had two cover stories. We know, shocking.

The first, well, if you don't already know, then congratulations on finally managing to get out from under that rock. The second, well, it's all about the pretty.

That's right, People has unwisely chosen today to unveil the aesthetically pleasing crop of superstars that make up this year's list of Most Beautiful People, with the much coveted cover shot going to Sandra Bullock Angelina Jolie Halle Berry Julia Roberts, her fourth such time as the Most Most Beautiful Person.

She's called a Pretty Woman for a reason, folks. And it's not just because it makes for a good pun. Of course, she's not alone in the genetic winners' circle, getting joined this year by everybody's favorite sparkle vamp Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart (they're kind of a set), Jennifers Aniston, Garner and Lopez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and the dreamiest, wittiest deodorant hawker out there, Isaiah Mustafa, to name a few. Now here's the rest:

First, the ladies. Joining the lookers in the list proper is Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, small-screen babe Sofia Vergara, newly engaged songbird Katy Perry, suddenly prolific starlet Amanda Seyfried, Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr.

As for the fellas, Ryan Reynolds, Johnny Depp, front-sweeper extraordinaire Justin Bieber and Grey's Anatomy hunks Patrick Dempsey and Kevin McKidd also made the cut.

Among those forced to bear the title of Hot: our own Kim Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson made the cut. They're joined by Glee's Dianna Agron, Adam Lambert, Christina Hendricks, Gabourey Sidibe, Kelly Osbourne and Miley Cyrus.

The magazine's round-up of Beautiful at Every Age is where K. Stew makes the scene, and she's joined by...well, just about every hot young star you can think of (hey, every year has a publicist-appeasing catch-all category, and this is 2010's).

Joining the ranks are Vanessa Hudgens, Blake Lively, Megan Fox (no hot list is complete without her!), Freida Pinto, America Ferrera, Anne Hathaway, Beyoncé, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Kate Hudson, January Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Eva Mendes, Jenny McCarthy, Taraji P. Henson, Gwen Stefani, Lucy Liu, Kate Walsh, Cindy Crawford, Marisa Tomei, Mariska Hargitay (still with us? Hang in there!), Demi Moore, Sheryl Crow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michelle Pfeiffer, Annette Bening, Christie Brinkley and Meryl Streep, among other decade-spanning beauties.

This year's crop of stars who we hate look good without makeup are Ashley Greene, Diane Kruger, Heidi Klum, Kerry Washington, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Robin Wright and Selena Gomez.

People also helpfully took the guesswork out of naming Hollywood's All-Time Screen Beauties (until next year, that is), dividing the stunning leading ladies into decade-size bites.

The Noughties are well represented by Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Penélope Cruz, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez. The '90s were apparently blinded by the beauty of Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Michelle Yeoh, Winona Ryder, Nicole Kidman and Meg Ryan. The '80s belonged to Brooke Shields and Kim Basinger.

Oddly absent from the list—or at least from the online preview of the list—is Sandra Bullock, but we're guessing (hoping) that the magazine's editors didn't want to oversaturate the market. We're sure she'll make the cut when the issue hits newsstands this week...right, People?!

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Marc Anthony, without J.Lo, dining with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross at Prime 112 in South Beach.

Lopez: Fights keep marriage healthy

Jennifer Lopez relishes arguments with her husband Marc Anthony - because she's convinced their marriage would be "boring" without passionate disagreements.

The singer/actress, who married the Latin singer in 2004, believes lovers should challenge each other and that bickering is a sign the relationship is healthy.

She explains, "For all the stability we provide for each other, Marc and I are both artists. We both like intensity. We are both very passionate, and that still exists in our relationship. If we didn't have that it would be boring. Too boring for me.

"(Actor) John Cassavetes once said that he and Gena Rowlands battled their whole marriage. There was an intensity in their relationship. He said that in some ways they both knew that if the battle was over the relationship was over.

"I'm the biggest challenge that (Anthony has) ever had to deal with, and that's what keeps it interesting for us both... People seem to think that when there's conflict in a relationship it's always a bad thing, but I think you need a challenge. The dynamic between us is passionate and that's why it works. We are compatible, but at the same time we are different enough to make it interesting."

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She may have promo appearances to make, but there's always time for shopping! Jennifer Lopez and sister Lynda ventured out in Paris's Marais neighborhood to check out the clothing boutique Bel Air – and also Gavilane, a small jewelry shop around the corner. Next, the sisters grabbed a meal at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. And where were her kids Max and Emme while mom was running around? With their grandmother, playing in the Trocadero Gardens.

Lopez completed triathlon for baby twins

Jennifer Lopez signed up to compete in a triathlon in a bid to prove her athleticism - and to make her baby twins proud.

The singer/actress stunned fans after running, swimming and cycling her way through the endurance race in Malibu, California in September 2008 - just six months after giving birth to her twins, Max and Emme, her first children with husband Marc Anthony.

And she admits being pregnant for the first time inspired her to take part in the gruelling event.

She explains, "I made the decision when I was eight months pregnant to do the triathlon after I had the babies. I wanted to know I was the same person as before I had them. I wanted to be that person more than ever for my babies. I wanted them to be proud of me. I wanted them to think, 'I've got a special mom. She was amazing, look what she did!' I didn't want to lose my ambition and drive to do amazing things."

And Lopez insists she has adopted a more relaxed attitude towards fitness since becoming a mum, adding, "I don't get too crazy (about exercise) any more. There was a time when I really worked out, but I was never manic about it. I did what I could. I've got good genes. But I care less now."

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Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony held court in the center of the room at Drai's Hollywood inside the W Hotel. The couple were surrounded by pals, including J.Lo's sister Lynda, but Lopez danced up a storm and posed for pictures at the table. Still, the two were plenty affectionate with each other, holding hands, kissing and dancing together.

Jennifer Lopez Is The Back-Up Plan

Jennifer Lopez wasn't the first choice of most weekend moviegoers.

The star's The Back-Up Plan grossed a not-great, but not-unexpected $12.3 million, per box-office estimates, and settled for second behind the sturdy How to Train Your Dragon ($15 million).

Elsewhere, The Losers looked lost, while Jennifer Aniston left—and joined—the Top 10. More results:

• The Back-Up Plan is Lopez's first major release in five years. The reputedly $35 million romantic comedy opened more like this year's When in Rome than her 2005 hit, Monster-in-Law.

• How to Train Your Dragon was projected as last weekend's surprise winner. But final numbers gave the gold medal to Kick-Ass. This time out, the race isn't close, and its No. 1 finish isn't a shock. The 3D fantasy returns to the top spot for the first time in four weeks.

• After what was considered a so-so start, Dragon is the second-highest-grossing movie of the year to date, with $178 million domestically.

• Kick-Ass ($9.5 million) fell four spots, to fifth place. Still, the un-superhero comedy performed well mid-week, and upped its domestic total a budget-besting $34.9 million.

• After a fourth-place debut, the $25 million, comic-spawned The Losers ($9.6 million) better be hoping it's got some Kick-Ass spunk.

• Aniston's and Gerard Butler's The Bounty Hunter ($1.6 million) fell from the weekend Top 10, but with $62.8 million overall, moved into the yearly Top 10.

• Disney's nature movie Oceans was, pound for pound, the Top 10's biggest movie, grossing $6 million from 1,206 theaters.

Here's a rundown of the weekend's top-grossing films Friday-Sunday, per estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

How to Train Your Dragon, $15 million
The Back-Up Plan, $12.3 million
Date Night, $10.6 million
The Losers, $9.6 million
Kick-Ass, $9.5 million
Clash of the Titans, $9 million
Death at a Funeral, $8 million
Oceans, $6 million
The Last Song, $3.7 million
Alice in Wonderland, $2.2 million

J.Lo Still Hoping for a Glee Guest Spot

Hope is not lost for fans of Glee and Jennifer Lopez! The Back-up Plan star is still lobbying for a guest role on FOX’s hit musical comedy.

When asked by Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show about the rumors that she’ll do the show, Lopez says, “I sat down with [show creator]Ryan Murphy and we talked me doing something on Glee. We want to. We want to do it,” though timing may be an issue. “They have it all mapped out for the next like eight episodes,” she says, “whatever is airing right now. So he’s like let’s wait and do it really right when you do come on.”

Murphy has said he’d like Lopez to play a cafeteria lady at McKinley High. And the character would get a makeover from Chris Colfer‘s character Kurt,the actor has said.

Lopez says she’s game — and willing to wait her turn.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah whatever. I’m a huge fan,’ ” she says in the interview set to air on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. “Whenever you want. I’m good. I kind of offered myself up.”

Jennifer Lopez: Marc Anthony Makes Me Feel Sexy!

Jennifer Lopez may not be as huge a phenomenon as she was back in her Diddy and Ben Affleck days, but she still caused a total photog frenzy when she hit Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood party at Drai's last night, where she was honored as their Style Icon of the Decade.

The mom of two was rocking a nude dress and a big smile, and arrived arm in arm with Marc Anthony, who wore sunglasses (at night—ick).

But Marc's obviously doing something right. When asked what makes her feel sexy, it wasn't cleavage-bearing Versace dresses, Bentleys or being bootylicious...it's her hubby!

"Him," she told reporters, while pointing to Marc.

Inside, the two continued their lovefest...

They shared a VIP table inside the club at the W Hollywood, where they sipped champagne and were surrounded by bodyguards.

Later, BFF Leah Remini joined them and they even had a dance-off.

And speaking of dancing, fellow partygoer Nicole Scherzinger swears she's not happy that Kate Gosselin finally got the boot from Dancing With the Stars.

"No, I'm not glad Kate's gone!" Nicole replied, all wide-eyed and innocent. "I'll miss her."

Apparently, not everyone on the show feels the same.

Also at the Us bash: Jeremy Piven, Anna Kendrick, Sofia Vergara and Paris Hilton.

'Back-up Plan' a stillborn comedy

If only the imaginations behind The Back-up Plan were as fertile as its heroine.

Part Baby Mama, part Knocked Up — and about as nimble as a pair of swollen ankles — it stars Jennifer Lopez as Zoe, a single 30-something New Yorker who is artificially inseminated the same day she meets the man of her dreams, an improbably buff cheese farmer named Stan (Alex O’Loughlin).

Understandably, Zoe’s first instinct is to not pursue their burgeoning attraction. But he’s just so studly and so frequently shirtless, she can’t resist. Not that she keeps him in the dark for long. Mere moments after they’ve consummated their relationship, she announces she’s pregnant with a nameless donor’s offspring.

Stan is stunned. Will he stay? Or will he bolt? With plenty of screen time left to burn and so little will-they-or-won’t-they tension between the leads, the answer to both questions is: Yes. That’s because the movie isn’t really about pregnancy — it’s about a rather routine romance. Her pending motherhood is just the obstacle to potentially keep them apart. So squabbles, clashes and break-ups occur repeatedly — whether over finances, the future or a chance encounter with one of his old girlfriends. It all feels so much more laborious than it should, mostly because the outcome is never in doubt. Nevertheless, I’ll grant the filmmakers this: If the goal was to carry audiences alongside Zoe from conception to birth, they’ve succeeded; the movie feels at least nine months long.

For that, blame director Alan Poul (Swingtown) and screenwriter Kate Angelo (Becker), a pair of television veterans who compensate for the story’s slightness with broad comedy and colourful off-kilter supporting characters. In no particular order, they include the employees of Zoe’s pet store, her grandmother (Linda Lavin) and even her adorable, wheel-bound canine. Also turning up: Tom Bosley (Happy Days) as the spry senior citizen pursuing Zoe’s grandmother and Anthony Anderson as a random put-upon father who dispenses park-bench advice to Stan. Similarly, Zoe joins a support group for pregnant single women, a development which culminates in a jarring water-birth sequence that seems to exist only to out-raunch Judd Apatow. But that graphic scene aside, if it wasn’t for the presence of Lopez, The Back-up Plan could easily be mistaken for a W Network production.

For his part, O’Loughlin — best recognized from The Shield and Moonlight and soon to be starring in CBS’s redo of Hawaii Five-O — is adequate in a role that’s not very compelling, either as a romantic or comic foil.

That leaves the heavy lifting to Lopez, who’s funny, radiant and enormously appealing in what’s being promoted in some circles as her big-screen comeback. And yes, she does remind you of what made her a movie star in the first place, years before J.Lo and Bennifer.

Her performance — if you’re in the indiscriminate mood for an innocuous rom-com — is the sole reason to see The Back-up Plan. The rest is stillborn.

'Back-up Plan' is impregnated with rom-com cliches

The Back-up Plan follows the romantic-comedy playbook to the letter.

A couple meets cute when both jump into the same taxi. She initially resists, he woos her with heart-melting overtures. They share a tender kiss, a few laughs and great sex, settling into happy domesticity. Then he makes a blunder that tears them apart. She learns of a sweet gesture he made, but it might be too late.

This particular romance also involves pregnancy, though not achieved in the usual fashion. Jennifer Lopez plays Zoe, a thirtysomething pet-store owner who has given up on meeting Mr. Right and wants a baby. She undergoes artificial insemination, an experience that goes swimmingly.

But then she meets Stan, the cheese farmer played by Alex O'Loughlin. He's no stinky overall-wearing hick. This is a sophisticated New York guy with the spectacular pecs of a Calvin Klein model. He sells his goat cheese at a neighborhood farmers market and dreams of opening a shop that sells only local cheeses. In other words, he's a picture-perfect man.

Zoe is also a catch. Besides being beautiful, she's a former corporate honcho who now hosts book signings by dog whisperer Cesar Millan. She owns an adorable disabled Boston bull terrier that skitters around her well-appointed apartment in a little cart. When director Alan Poul can't come up with a clever scenario (which is often), he simply cuts away to the bug-eyed pooch. The dog knows his cues: A cocked head or a tentative growl elicit audience giggles.

The story resorts frequently to bathroom humor and birth-related gross-out gags, courtesy of a support group of stock weird characters. A mother nurses a child old enough to speak in full sentences. A tattooed single mom delivers a baby in a wading pool, emitting barnyard sounds.

We see a lot of the physique that Lopez has always displayed proudly. And she does project some charm and is more adept at physical comedy than in previous movies. O'Loughlin is primarily a foil used to amplify Lopez's adorability quotient.

But when it comes to comedies about pregnancy, Knocked Up and Baby Mama delivered more. This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.

The Back-up Plan * * (out of four)
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Linda Lavin, Tom Bosley
Director: Alan Poul
Distributor: CBS Films
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and some crude material
Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Opens Friday nationwide

Lopez cringes at 'fat' photos

Jennifer Lopez cringes when she looks back at photos of herself following the birth of her twins - because she looked so "fat".

The actress/singer gave birth to twins Max and Emme in 2008, her first children with husband Marc Anthony, and admits the pregnancy took its toll on her famous curves.

She tells UsWeekly, "I remember my flabby belly hanging out right after I gave birth. I kind of laughed and said to Marc, 'Look, baby! Isn't this crazy?' I just didn't care."

But the star reveals her relaxed attitude to her newly round frame didn't last - she felt compelled to return to the gym once she saw snaps of her fuller figure.

She adds, "I look back at pictures from that time, and I'm like 'Oh, God, I was fat. I was still heavy eight months out!'"

"You get to the point where you're like, Where am I? What happened to me? I got to get myself together for my kids, you know? They need to know what I really look like."

Review: `The Back-up Plan' loads up on cliches

"The Back-up Plan" gets sitcommy early and often, and just for good measure, throws in old TV favorites Tom Bosley and Linda Lavin in brief roles.

But regardless of their presence, or that of the appealing (and frequently shirtless) Alex O'Loughlin in his first leading-man role, this is a vehicle for Jennifer Lopez, who is front and center and looking flawless at all times.

The first time we see her character, Zoe, she's at the doctor's office with her feet in the stirrups being artificially inseminated, wearing false eyelashes and perfect lip gloss. In case we couldn't possibly imagine what she's thinking, the script from Kate Angelo (a former sitcom writer) offers this helpful voiceover nugget: "Oh, God, I hope this works. I've wanted this for so long."

Yeah, it's like that.

Director Alan Poul (who also has a TV background) hits every obvious note, complete with pratfalls, pregnancy cliches and cheesy pop-music cues that signal the characters' emotions in painfully literal fashion. Of course, Zoe eats chicken and ice cream in bed while reading "What to Expect When You're Expecting." He also cuts away to Zoe's Boston terrier for cheap reaction shots so frequently, it could be a drinking game — and this comes from someone who's proud to be the human companion to one of these adorable dogs.

All these devices are in service of a plot that's pretty thin. After years of looking for the right guy, Zoe is prepared to have a baby on her own, only to meet and fall for the hunky Stan (O'Loughlin) just as she's discovered she's pregnant. Their meet-cute couldn't possibly be cuter: Both hop into the same New York cab in the pouring rain. And Stan couldn't possibly be more perfect. He's great-looking, romantic, goofy in a charming way, has just the right amount of roguish facial scruff, and he makes organic cheese at his family's farm upstate. Organic cheese, people! And somehow, he clearly still finds time to hit the gym.

Since they get together pretty early, the rest of the movie consists of contrived flare-ups that threaten to keep them apart. Will Stan freak out and walk away when he finds out Zoe is expecting? How will he react when he discovers she's having twins? Will Zoe freak out and walk away from Stan because of her childhood abandonment issues? Will there be a mad dash to the hospital once her water breaks? The answers to these questions are never really in doubt.

"The Back-up Plan" actually could have been helpful in addressing a situation in which so many women find themselves: wanting to be mothers, but unwilling to compromise to be with the wrong man to accomplish that goal. Instead, it presents the fellow members of Zoe's single mothers' group as tattooed, fringy freaks hell-bent on home water births and smugly breastfeeding their kids until age 3.

On the other end of the spectrum is Zoe's wisecracking best friend, Mona (Michaela Watkins of "Saturday Night Live"), a mother of four kids who are constantly running around and screaming. Admittedly, she gets the few funny lines "The Back-up Plan" has to offer. Lavin (as Zoe's Nana) and Bosley (as Nana's longtime nursing-home fiance) just look embarrassed in their few scenes.

The one moment that rings true? When Stan goes stroller shopping at Babies R Us and finds himself overwhelmed. And the store clerk just happens to be the actress who played Jan Brady in the "Brady Bunch" movies.

"The Back-up Plan," a CBS Films release, rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude material and language. Running time: 104 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.

Jennifer Lopez Hands Off Her Pregnancy Pillow - to Marc!

When Jennifer Lopez delivered twins Emme Maribel and Maximilian David in 2008, husbandMarc Anthony received a whole lot more than two beautiful babies! The singer also inherited Lopez’s much-loved pregnancy pillow.

“Carrying twins was really uncomfortable because you lay on one side and you feel there’s a baby, and you lay on the other side and you feel there’s a baby,” The Back-Up Plan star, 40, tells PARADE.

“I actually had this really big pregnancy pillow … that I used at night and Marc still sleeps with it to this day.”

Having just celebrated their second birthday in February, Max and Emme have become increasingly aware of their surroundings.

As a result, Lopez notes, she is determined to consistently double up the love — and treats! — she dishes out.

“It’s like if I give one a little bit of candy or food or whatever, I give the other one a little bit too. If I kiss my daughter I go, ‘Oh, I don’t want my son to see me kissing her without kissing him,’” she says. “So you just have to make sure that they both feel equally loved.”

At 40, Lopez balances motherhood, marriage, movies

Two children and two years later, Jennifer Lopez has resurfaced with a "Back-up Plan."

"This movie is about a woman who gets to a point in her life," Lopez says. "She's successful ... She has a full life. But, at the same time, she hasn't found that person to share her life with and to have a family with, and so she decides to do it on her own. She decides to have a baby on her own."

The film, opening Friday, is part of the mid-life movie genre that has served actresses well of late, including such blockbusters as "The Proposal" and "It's Complicated," starring Sandra Bullock, 45, and Meryl Streep, 60, respectively. "The Back-up Plan" marks Lopez's first film since turning 40 last July.

"It is a great time to be an actress," Lopez said at a recent convention of theater owners in Las Vegas. "It seems like you can work and do anything at any age ... It's a great time that people are just seeing people's souls."

"It's not so superficial anymore," the actress continued. "Women have proven that they are viable in this business, as well, and it doesn't matter if you're not 21 years old. It just matters that you're great at what you do. And that's exciting."

"Back-up Plan" works through a variety pregnancy issues — now familiar turf for Lopez, who gave birth to fraternal twins, Emme and Maximilian, in February 2008.

One thing in the film she couldn't relate to: the last act's big (and hilarious) water-birthing sequence.

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First she premiered her latest movie, The Back-up Plan, then it was time for some fun! Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthonyheaded to Club 50 in the Viceroy Miami after her screening. "They went to the movies then hosted an afterparty with Puerto Rican-inspired cocktails for 35 of their close friends," a source at the party tells us. "They were holding hands and [acting] all lovey-dovey all night."

Jenny back on the block

Fame can be like childbirth.

There’s a lot of screaming and then it’s over.

Forty-year-old Jennifer Lopez, though, doesn’t sound ready to take the celebrity epidural and slip quietly into middle-aged obscurity.

“I feel like I’m 25 again,” a confident, cheerful Lopez tells journalists at a swanky Beverly Hills hotel.

For that, she credits Emme and Max, her two-year-old twins with husband Marc Anthony.

“They make you feel like your life is just beginning — probably because their lives are just beginning … That’s what I feel in my life and in my career.”

These are pivotal, high-stakes days for the actress-singer-fashionista. A decade ago, she was one of pop culture’s dominant forces, releasing a string of hit movies and chart-topping albums. Imagine Katherine Heigl and Lady Gaga poured together into one leafy, transparent dress. And Lopez achieved tabloid infamy too: For dating P. Diddy/Puff Daddy and then for conjoining with Ben Affleck to become “Bennifer.”

After the latter relationship soured, she seemed to fade from the spotlight. Her last significant Hollywood movie was 2005’s Monster in Law. And earlier this year she split from her long-time record company, Sony. So with a new movie and a new album on the immediate horizon, the temptation to use the c-word — comeback — is almost impossible to resist.

“I don’t think of it that way,” Lopez says. “I was just kind of home on maternity leave working and making music and doing things like that, and now my first movie is coming out since I was fat.”

First up: The pregnancy-themed romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan, opening Friday, April 23. In it, she stars as Zoe, a single big-city gal who hasn’t met the right guy but longs to have children anyway. As luck would have it, the day she’s artificially inseminated she also meets her soulmate, Stan (Alex O’Loughlin).

“I just love romantic comedies and it was the first thing I wanted to do, so we started looking for one and this one came up. It was just perfect,” she explains.

“It definitely deals with modern issues, which I love, which is what I really liked about it … It had a modern voice. It seemed very up to date.”

And obviously, the “serendipitous” fact it dealt with an expectant mom appealed to her.

“Throughout my career, I felt like certain things came to me at the right time and when I look at the work I’ve done, it’s very indicative of where I was in my life at the moment. And this was the same thing,” she says.

“There were so many things in this movie that was art imitating life for me because I had just gone through the pregnancy. It was fresh in my mind. And when (screenwriter Kate Angelo) wrote the script, she had just gone through a pregnancy as well … We used a lot of stuff from real life.”

Lopez remembers when she discovered she was having twins, “I was in denial that I was even pregnant at first, so when I found out I was having twins, I just kind of laughed like, ‘Of course this would happen.’ And then I started giggling.”

Anthony’s reaction to the news? “Marc started crying. It was a joyous time. We were happy. He was emotional. He just couldn’t believe it was happening. He’d had children before, but this was like a whole new, special experience.”

Indeed, she describes her pregnancy as “a lovely, magical time for us. But there’s so much going on with your body and hormonally, you don’t have any time to deal with anything but that. I think it was true to life how we portrayed it in the movie.

“You feel so hungry and you feel so sleepy, in a way you never have before. And I just knew how that was going to ring true for so many women because I had just been through it.”

Thus The Back-Up Plan gets plenty of mileage from Zoe’s state of mind and body — from hormonal mood swings to the necessity of a firm pregnancy pillow. And while the latter creates difficulty for Zoe and Stan — he’s less than thrilled about sharing his bed with it — in real life, Lopez found just the opposite.

“I had twins, so it was really uncomfortable because you lay on one side and there’s a baby and you lay on the other side and there’s a baby. So I had a really hard time with it. So I did have this big pregnancy pillow. It was very firm, very hard. And Marc still sleeps with it to this day.

“Literally, while I was pregnant, he was like, ‘I want one of those.’ And he got one. Now he travels with this pillow,” she says, laughing.

So does having your husband snuggle with a pregnancy pillow qualify as a drawback to motherhood? Because otherwise, Lopez seems to draw a blank about a downside at all.

“The best part (of motherhood) is mostly everything — how they change your life and having that feeling of love inside you all the time, it’s such a fulfilling place to be in your life. I sometimes wish it had happened to me earlier in my life. But I know things happen when they’re supposed to happen.

“If there is one thing that was tough, it was that there was two of them and I was worried that they would feel the same. If I gave one part of a candy, I gave the other a part of the candy … Just making sure they felt equally loved was what was tough about having twins.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that she would make the same decision Zoe does to be a single mother.

“It’s just too hard. I have so much respect for single moms — for anybody who finds themselves a single mother. But to even choose to be a single mother is so courageous to me. It’s such a hard job to raise a child and be everything to that child without a partner. I think it’s admirable and brave … I don’t know if I could do it on my own, I really don’t.”

It’s difficult enough now juggling her hectic work schedule with parenting, she says.

“It’s hard. Not the first day of the (press) junket, but the second day of the junket, they come to the door and yell, ‘Mommy, mommy, don’t go.’ And it was like, ‘Oh. This is bad. Whoa.’ That just started happening yesterday and I’m like, ‘It’s tough,’ but I’ll have to figure it out as I go along.”

For now, she is content — with no regrets.

“I wouldn’t change anything. I love the direction my life has taken.”

Lopez’s new tracks not a huge departure

Mommy from the block is still Jenny from the Block.

So says Jennifer Lopez, who promises fans shouldn’t expect a departure musically when her new album is released this summer.

“It’s the same as I’ve always done. There’s always going to be that combination of dance and a little bit of street, a little bit of hip hop and a little R&B, and just all those influences I grew up with that my music have always had. My albums, if you look at them from the first one to the last one, it has a few ballads on there, a few great dance cuts.”

Parted ways

She says it will be entitled Love? — “with a question mark,” she notes. “I think it’s an endlessly fascinating topic that all my albums have been about.”

Lopez’s last English-language disc was Brave in 2007. “I’ve been working on (Love?) since probably last summer. I’ve recently parted ways with my old record company, so we have a new one and they’ll get involved with it. They’ve heard what I’ve been working on already and they’re really happy with it. We just have to finish it.”

And she expects to begin work on a new Spanish-language album shortly. “Probably right around when I finish the other one.”

One thing that won’t be heard on either disc, however, is a duet with husband Marc Anthony.

“He’s doing his thing and I’m doing my thing. We had our moment the third and fourth year we were married where we did everything together. We made all the music together, he produced my album. That was a beautiful time for us and we really enjoyed that, but I think … we have responsibilities to our own individual fans and we have to go off and do our own thing.”

Getting back in shape a challenge after twins

Jennifer Lopez’s body had been ogled before. But this time she was the one doing the gawking.

“I remember being pregnant and marvelling at the hugeness of my body and looking in the mirror from all angles,” she says, recalling her inspiration for a scene in The Back-Up Plan in which she checks out her naked reflection.

(And no, the bare backside seen fleetingly in the movie doesn’t belong to Lopez; the filmmakers used a body double.)

Not so marvellous for Lopez? Getting herself back into shape, post-twins.

“It was challenging, like it is for anyone having a baby. The first few pounds drop off really fast and then you’re stuck with those last 10 to 20 pounds and you just have to get disciplined, there’s no other way to do it.

“You got to diet, you got to do the exercise. I knew the movie was coming up, so that was another level of not eating as much. Seriously — no bread, no sugar, and really having to start thinking about those things because being on camera, you have a responsibility to look good.”

Jennifer Lopez solid in formulaic "Back-up Plan"

"The Back-up Plan" hopes to generate romantic comedy by reversing the normal order of things so that pregnancy comes before a couple meets.

Otherwise, it's still boy-meets-girl, and the only issue between them -- because it's more or less a love match right away -- is how the boy feels about the girl already being pregnant. Since "The Back-up Plan" is closer to an old Doris Day comedy than "Sex and the City," that pregnancy is the result of artificial insemination rather than a complicated relationship with anyone else.

Jennifer Lopez carries this thin concept about as far and as well as she can, with Alex O'Loughlin in his first leading-man outing managing not to get lost in the shuffle of birth preparations and doctor appointments.

The CBS Films release, opening April 23, will have to generate its boxoffice primarily from women, though: the male characters definitely play second fiddle.

On the exact day Lopez's Zoe has her first doctor's appointment for her procedure with previously frozen sperm, she meets O'Loughlin's Stan. Meets cute, in fact, because they both grab the same Manhattan taxi and fight over its rights.

Kate Angelo's screenplay makes him all-too-perfect. Good-looking and unhitched with a cheese-making farm upstate, he dreams of opening his own grocery store with local, sustainable farm goods. Not only would her grandmother (Linda Lavin) approve, Alice Waters would approve! Oh, he's given a bad first marriage to a Swedish nymphomaniac that makes him distrustful of women. Meanwhile, she was deserted by her father, which makes her distrustful of men.

But these are screenwriting tricks to extend the courtship through nine months of pregnancy. Taking up the slack created by a lack of real dramatic conflict are Zoe's support cast -- employees of her pet shop (Eric Christian Olsen, Noureen DeWulf) and an advice-prone best friend (Michaela Watkins) -- a pregnancy pillow and a cute though handicapped Boston terrier who uses wheels to support dysfunctional back legs.

The cute factor goes overboard when it comes to a single-mother support group that Zoe impulsively joins. The strain for laughs with this group goes against the more natural comic flow of the story's other incidents and characters, perhaps betraying the writer's TV sitcom origins. At least debuting director Alan Poul, who also hails primarily from TV land, manages to create an ensemble feeling among the cast despite the fact that the film clearly is a vehicle for Lopez. Poul's crew makes the blend of Warner Bros.' Burbank sets and a few New York exteriors work much better than it usually does. Credit cinematographer Xavier Perez Grobet's pleasing lighting and Alec Hammond's naturalistic sets with an assist here.

How Jennifer Lopez's Children Changed Her Life

Jennifer Lopez's world turned upside down when twins Max and Emme were born in March 2008. In the two years since then, she's changed with it.

"I can't help but be a different person now that I've had kids," the singer and actress, 40, tells the May issue of Redbook, on newsstands April 20. "That really does change your whole perspective on life for the better. I definitely feel like I've grown up."

It took a little while to get up to speed. Lopez relied on husband Marc Anthony, who had two sons with previous wife Dayanara Torres, to teach her the basics of diaper changing. Lopez says she was almost afraid to touch the babies at first "because I might hurt them, because they were only five pounds each."

After two years as a mom, she is now a pro.

"My main priority now is that my kids are happy; that's my No. 1 focus in life," she says. "Are these little people happy, content, and getting everything they need? Everything after that is secondary. Before, my work was my main priority – even above myself."

The kids, in return, have nourished her. "I think the biggest thing they've taught me is what loving someone is and what it should feel like," she says. "This is what unconditional love means. It's crazy, but it's heaven and earth."

And when she can't be with them, she feels the downside of love: guilt. "I didn't know that feeling before," she says. "You don't know about it because nobody ever tells you. I think it's because women are a little ashamed to admit it. You feel guilty whenever you can't have your kids right there with you on your hip."

Lopez has a busy spring and summer planned. Her first film in three years, The Back-Up Plan, comes out this month, following by a guest-starring role on Glee and the summer release of her new CD, Love?.

Jennifer Lopez goes "Overboard"

Jennifer Lopez is in talks to star in the remake of the romantic comedy "Overboard."

The 1987 movie, which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn and was directed by Garry Marshall, centered on a snooty, spoiled woman who falls off her yacht and is taken to the hospital by a local, morally challenged carpenter. When she wakes up with amnesia, he convinces her she is his wife, thereby getting a free housekeeper for his four boys.

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage worked on the current script, as did Leslie Dixon.

Will Smith is producing the Columbia Pictures project with his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter.

Lopez, who hasn't appeared in a movie since 2006's "El Cantante," next stars in the romantic comedy "The Back-up Plan," which opens April 23.

Sighting

Talk about a sweet treat! Jennifer Lopez took twins Max and Emme, 2, to Menchies in Calabasas, Calif., on Monday for some self-serve frozen yogurt. The singer, who sported sunglasses, also brought her parents and a bodyguard along for the trip. "She was very quiet," says an onlooker. "She just swirled her yogurt, helped her kids swirl their yogurts and left."

Sighting

Jennifer Lopez stopped by Anastasia Beverly Hills for an eyebrow shaping appointment with Anastasia Soare herself. Despite venturing through a throng of paparazzi, once inside the salon Jennifer was very calm and friendly, and chatted animatedly throughout her appointment.

Oscars: Red Carpet Quotes

"I've had practice up the red carpet, out of the house, and as I'm going I'm like, 'OK, can't do that, can't do that.' I'll be OK."—Jennifer Lopez, on managing her gown's train this evening

Ripped from the hemlines

Backstage there's always a last-second wardrobe emergency, and this year Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Lopez, each wearing Armani gowns of shimmering silk with the strength and density of bubble wrap, needed pit stops for hurried repairs to torn material.

The trouble: fragile fabric and long trains, in a tight space, with lots of people not looking where they're walking. Marc Anthony put a hand on Robert Downey Jr.'s shoulder to stop him from snagging Lopez's gown. "I need to be following long with orange traffic cones on the back," Anthony told the Iron Man.

J-Lo speaks out over label split

Jennifer Lopez has assured fans over the future of her new album Love? after parting ways with her longtime music label - the record is set for release this summer.

The singer's seventh studio album with Sony's Epic Records was due out in April, but her manager announced earlier this week that Lopez had left the label.

The Jenny from the Block hitmaker was subsequently hit by rumours she fell out with record bosses at Sony over her new music, with online gossips alleging the album had been thrown into jeopardy by the split.

But Lopez is adamant she "reached friendly terms" with Sony chiefs over her departure, and she's keen for Love? to hit shelves as soon as possible.

Lopez says, "I am making this statement to put an end to any confusion in regards to my next album, titled Love. I have belonged to the Sony family since the beginning of my career as a singer and together we've had great success.

"I have fulfilled my contractual responsibilities with Sony/Epic up to this point, and we have both reached friendly terms about my departure from the label.

"I'm also happy to say that we've found a new home for my album Love and that it is slated for release in the summer of 2010."

Jennifer Lopez No Longer an Epic Talent

The question mark that punctuates Love? just got more pronounced.

Not long after literally flopping at the American Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez has parted ways with her longtime label, Sony's Epic Records.

"Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music Group, and they have shared many successes together, but the time was right to make a change that best serves the direction of her career as an actress and recording artist, she is grateful and appreciative to everyone at Sony for all that they accomplished together," Lopez's manager, Benny Medina, said in a statement Monday.

But this also means that Lopez's upcoming seventh studio album is now homeless, so we must ask, What about Love?

The album was due out in April but, according to Deadline Hollywood, which first reported the Epic-Lopez split, Love? isn't finished yet and might never be completed.

Of course, one theory is that Sony dropped Lopez because the creative well had run dry, but the official word remains that her contract had simply expired and the parties amicably opted not to renew.

We expect she'll be back on her Louboutins in no time, however. J.Lo's camp is already said to be negotiating a deal with another label, and the songstress will pull double duty on Saturday Night Live this weekend as both host and musical guest.

Is How I Met Your Mother Guest Star Jennifer Lopez Working Too Hard?

Say what you will about Jennifer Lopez, but the girl sure does work her (famous) ass off.

The singles from her new album, Love?, haven't exactly set radio stations on fire, but hey, that hasn't stopped the multihyphenate from taking just about every promotional gig she can think of in order to promote the record.

Lopez has performed her comeback material on TV shows ranging from So You Think You Can Dance to New Year's Rockin' Eve, and now she's doing a scripted-show guest-star tour, including everything from a cameo as a cafeteria lady on Glee to a one-episode gig on How I Met Your Mother. CBS just released your first official look at that HIMYM appearance; J.Lo's part on Mother will be "Anita, a self-help author, tries to lure Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) into falling head-over-heels for her."

But here's the question: What does Jennifer Lopez need besides a killer work ethic to win you back? Is she just risking overexposure with this publicity run, or did J.Lo's overexposure train leave the station a long, long time ago? What singles should she be recording or movie roles she should be taking to get back in your good graces?

Jennifer Lopez starring in 'The Back-Up Plan'

For Jennifer Lopez's return to the big screen after having twins almost two years ago, she was able to draw on her own nine-month experience in playing a pregnant, first-time mother.

"I'd had the babies, so I was waiting for the right thing and I knew I wanted to do a romantic comedy," says Lopez, who stars in The Back-Up Plan, opening April 23. "I felt like when I read the script, it was at the right place for me. ... I had so much experience to bring to the role. It was the kind of romantic comedy that didn't feel typical, and the script was so funny."

Lopez plays Zoe, a thirtysomething woman who decides to have a child on her own. But in a twist of rom-com fate, she meets Stan, a potential "Mr. Right," when she is on the way home from being artificially inseminated.

Lopez, a romantic-comedy veteran, says she isn't sure that she could have tackled parenthood on her own if her life had taken a different course. The singer/actress is married to singer Marc Anthony.

"I know a couple of people, both people I work with and friends, who have done this," Lopez says. "I just don't know if I could do this, honestly. Now I know how much I rely on my partner. ... Knowing what single moms go through, I think it takes such an amazing person to do that. You get to a point in your life and you think about it, and I think it's a beautiful thing to be able to find the strength to do that on your own. That child will enrich your life. It's a beautiful thing to think that option is there."

That option creates some confusion for Stan, played by Alex O'Loughlin, and Zoe, as the two try to navigate the ups and downs of dating during the pregnancy.

"The question is, are you going to stick around and look after another man's kid?" O'Loughlin says. "The message in the film is don't let the pressures of society and all of the old things you have been told growing up get in your way."

O'Loughlin, who starred in the 2007 film August Rush, says the chance to work with Lopez was a big enticement for his first foray into the romantic-comedy genre. "Her attachment to the film minted a bunch of different things," he says. "I knew she had a big fan base and a bunch of different people would see the film."

As for working with Lopez, O'Loughlin went into filming with no expectations. "She's a big star, so you never know what to expect," O'Loughlin says. "But we had a great time. ... It was a ball on the set. She's a great person and very professional. She's very good at what she does."

Even so, the busy working mom makes sure to carve out time with Anthony.

"We still celebrate things like our birthdays and Valentine's Day," says Lopez, who acknowledges that these things can sometimes sneak up.

"I didn't even know it was Valentine's Day (this Sunday) until somebody said it earlier today!"

Celebrity Beach Bowl 2010: Jennifer Lopez, Marisa Miller, Olivia Munn get in on the action

DirecTV's 4th annual Celebrity Beach Bowl was played Saturday, Feb. 6 in South Beach. Marisa Miller was named MVP.

She only caught one pass, but for a skinny model playing against many former NFL players (and other big dudes, like Michael Clark Duncan and Kellan Lutz), Marisa Miller did pretty well.

We're sure Tom Arnold did not mind tackling her to the ground either.

Jennifer Lopez's Busy Pre-Super Bowl Saturday Night

Jennifer Lopez will be one busy woman when Saturday night rolls around in South Beach. Not only is the hot mama scheduled to attend Michael Bay's Giving Back soiree at his Miami mansion that night, but she's performing later at the Axe Lounge at LIV at midnight!

Puffy dragged into J.Lo case

Aides to Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband, Ojani Noa, say they want to quiz Sean "Puffy" Combs in open court on whether he filmed a sex tape with the singer.

Ed Meyer, Noa's business manager, told us he was ready to call Combs as a witness in court proceedings and quiz him on the possible existence of an alleged sex tape of the pair, who dated for over two years until 2001. Meyer also said he intended to put J.Lo on the witness stand and ask her about her sexuality since she was allegedly seen kissing a woman in another video filmed more than a decade ago.

The move is part of a legal battle over Noa's attempt to release a video he shot of J.Lo when they were married for a year in 1997. J.Lo's lawyers have gotten an injunction blocking the release on the basis that the video is private and personal. Meyer insists the footage is not overtly sexual, containing nothing more than images of the star kissing a woman and performing a lap dance.

Meyer told Page Six, "Ojani's footage is not a sex tape. In addition to kissing women, there are points where she's lap dancing Ojani [and others]. All with her clothes on. We're trying to establish that it's not a sex tape and therefore usable in Ojani's movie."

Meyer says he wants to call Combs to attempt to illustrate any differences between videos he and Lopez may have made and the one Noa possesses. Meyer said, "We will ask: Is there a sex tape between [him] and Lopez, and what does it involve?"

There is no proof the rumored J.Lo and Puffy sex tape exists.

Jay Lavely, Lopez's lawyer, said, "Ed Meyer's comments are false and ridiculous. Ms. Lopez will be completely vindicated on her claims in this matter."

On Friday, Lopez lost a motion to have the case with Noa settled in arbitration, and another court date was scheduled for March 4.

A source close to J.Lo said, "Meyer will say anything for publicity."

Sightings

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony held court with a who's who of stars – everyone from Rihanna to six-time Grammy winner Beyoncé – at music mogul L.A. Reid's post-Grammy Awards dinner party at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Lopez had some girl talk with Nicole Richie, before settling down to the table, while Anthony and Joel Madden stood nearby. Soon, Glee star Matthew Morrison joined his possible future costar Lopez at the table, and the two giggled and chatted like "old pals," an onlooker says. Guests enjoyed food like Kobe beef and gorgonzola sliders and wild mushroom risotto, while the Grammy telecast played on television screens in the restaurant.

Later in the evening, Knowles and Jay-Z arrived at Reid's bash, and it became a mini-Destiny's Child reunion for the pop star as she sat next to Michelle Williams at the dinner table. The two caught up for a long time, leaning in and sharing close conversation. Then, at 10 p.m., Rihanna arrived and took a seat across from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who gave her a high-five, as she nibbled on lobster and mascarpone ravioli, while they watched their favorite moments – and acceptance speeches – as everyone applauded.

Jennifer Lopez to Meet Mother's Barney

Jennifer Lopez will be giving relationship advice — on the small screen.

The multihyphenate will guest-star on a March episode of How I Met Your Mother as Anita Appleby, a non-nonsense author of self-help books that teach women how to mold men into "relationship machines" through the power of denial. After Robin informs Anita of Barney's womanizing ways, Anita sets out to "break" him.

"We couldn't be more excited about Jennifer Lopez joining us on How I Met Your Mother," Carter Bays, executive producer and co-creator, said. "We're looking forward to a week of revealing outfits and sexy dance moves the likes of which this show hasn't seen since Regis Philbin guest starred."

Lopez, 40, is the latest high-profile guest star for the sitcom, which was recently renewed for a sixth season. Tim Gunn, Amanda Peet, Stacy Keibler, Rachel Bilson, Kenny Rogers, JoAnna Garcia and Chris Elliott have all paid Mother a visit this season, while Carrie Underwood will make her acting debut on the show in March.

Jennifer Lopez's Glamour Rubs Off on Twins

While celebrating longtime makeup artist Scott Barnes’ new book About Face last night at Provocateur at N.Y.C.’s Gansevoort Hotel, a Louis Vuitton-clad Jennifer Lopez made it a date night with husband Marc Anthony, but couldn’t resist bragging about her twins — and of course, Barnes himself. “Oh, my God, does she play with the makeup,” Lopez told PEOPLE of daughter Emme tampering with Barnes’ kit as the star is getting dressed. “Both of them do. Max too. They like to paint themselves and you.” Lopez also hinted that if she were to appear on Glee “up against so many high schoolers,” she’d like Barnes to wield his toolbox on the set. “That’s Uncle Scott,” she says. “It’s just like when you go to an office and you have all the same people every day. The hair, the makeup, stylist, the manager. They become like your family. My manager is the godfather to my children.” For his part, the proud “uncle” can’t resist gushing about his niece and nephew: “Emme’s just like Jennifer, she’s really refined and she loves jewelry. She has a little bracelet and she always turns it and looks at it.” Barnes continues: “Max is all boy. And she’s such a girl. She’s says, ‘Look at my shoes!’ She shows you her shoes. He wants to play, he wants to rough house and she’s like, Let me sit here and look at my dress. And I say, ‘Your dress is beautiful!’ And she says, ‘Beautiful.’” Buy a copy of About Face (with J. Lo on the cover, of course!) for $17 at amazon.com now.

Jennifer Lopez Pulls a Leno on George Lopez

Maybe Conan should simply change his surname to Leno.

Jennifer Lopez surprised the audience at the start of Lopez Tonight on Monday when she stepped out on stage instead of usual host George Lopez to deliver her own little monologue.

"Welcome to Lopez Tonight, where nobody gets fired. They just get replaced by a bigger star with the same last name," she joked (we think).

But the jabs by J.Lo didn't stop there…

She also pointed out that a bar in New York has created a cocktail in honor of Conan called "The Go-Back-To-Manhattan…It's a Manhattan with sour grapes and a knife in it."

And the hits just kept on comin'!

"NBC is thinking about changing the NBC peacock to a cougar, since they are trying to attract young people to an old host," she teased about Leno.

But she didn't stop at NBC's roster.

"Some women don't like the expression 'cougar,' but it's better than what guys get, right? An older guy who dates a younger girl that's called a 'Letterman.' "

While the other Lopez eventually did come out to relieve her, we couldn't help but think maybe Jenny from the Block should get her own late-night show. Of course, as long as she doesn't come out singing this or wearing that, we'll be fine.

'Glee' puts Jennifer Lopez on the menu

"Glee" has already booked guest stars Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and Olivia Newton-John as guest stars for this season, secured the rights to use Madonna songs in an episode and hired Joss Whedon to direct a show.

Not bad. Now the show is going after maybe its highest-profile on-camera guest yet: Jennifer Lopez.

"We are writing a role for Ms. Jennifer Lopez," co-creator Ryan Murphy told "Extra" Sunday night following the Golden Globes. "We want her to be a cafeteria lady."

A cafeteria lady who, we're assuming, has singing and dancing talents heretofore unknown by the students and staff of McKinley High School. There's no word yet on when J. Lo might appear on the series, which won the Golden Globe for best comedy on Sunday.

Highlights of Hollywood's 2010 movie lineup

Highlights of Hollywood's 2010 film slate. Some films open in limited release, and release dates are subject to change:

Winter and spring:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's take on the Lewis Carroll adventures of a girl who goes through the looking glass.

THE BACK-UP PLAN: A woman (Jennifer Lopez) meets the right guy — just after she gets pregnant through artificial insemination.

THE BOOK OF ELI: Denzel Washington whups some butt as a prophet protecting a critical text in post-apocalyptic America.

THE BOUNTY HUNTER: Jennifer Aniston is a bail-jumping reporter pursued by her bounty-hunter ex-hubby (Gerard Butler).

CLASH OF THE TITANS: Ancient Greek hero Perseus (Sam Worthington) takes on Hades, lord of the underworld. With Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes.

COP OUT: A stolen baseball card sets two detectives (Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan) on the path of a memorabilia-obsessed mobster.

CREATION: Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) copes with grief over a lost daughter as he struggles with his theory of evolution. With Jennifer Connelly.

DATE NIGHT: A weekly night out turns into a wild ride for a suburban couple (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) whose romance has become routine.

DEAR JOHN: A soldier (Channing Tatum) and a woman (Amanda Seyfried) carry out a seven-year romance from a distance while he's on assignment.

DEATH AT A FUNERAL: Crazy things happen at a family patriarch's funeral. With Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover.

DISTRICT B13: ULTIMATUM: Martial-arts heroes return to try to quell unrest in a walled crime ghetto in this follow up to the French thriller.,P>EDGE OF DARKNESS: Mel Gibson is a homicide cop whose daughter's murder takes him into a dark world of corporate and government conspiracy.

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES: A father (Brendan Fraser) teams with a maverick doctor (Harrison Ford) to find a cure for his kids' fatal illness. With Keri Russell.

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE: A trigger-happy spy (John Travolta) and his inexperienced partner (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) try to crack a crime gang.

FURRY VENGEANCE: Animals fight back against the housing developer (Brendan Fraser) whose project threatens their habitat.

GREENBERG: A man (Ben Stiller) searching for meaning finds potential romance while house-sitting for his brother.

GREEN ZONE: Matt Damon goes searching for weapons of mass destruction in a thriller set in Iraq as the war there heats up in 2003.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: The world of the Vikings gets a makeover in this animated story of a misfit teen and his dragon.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS: A con man (Jim Carrey) finds his soul mate (Ewan McGregor) while doing prison time.

KICK-ASS: A youth with no superpowers dons a costume to fight crime as a superhero. With Nicolas Cage.

THE LAST SONG: Miley Cyrus is a teen whose estranged father (Greg Kinnear) tries to reconnect with her through music.

LEGION: The archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) and a group of strangers are humanity's last hope for salvation.

THE LOSERS: A Special Forces team seeks revenge after its members are betrayed and presumed dead on a mission. With Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

MACGRUBER: The "Saturday Night Live" bit about a hapless special-ops man (Will Forte) gets big-screen treatment. With Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) is back to terrorize people in their dreams in an update of the 1980s slasher franchise.

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF: A teen demigod is caught up in a potential war among the gods of Olympus, alive and well in modern times.

REMEMBER ME: "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson and "Lost" co-star Emilie de Ravin cope with romance amid adversity. With Pierce Brosnan.

REPO MEN: In a future where mechanical organs are repossessed for lack of payment, a former repo man (Jude Law) becomes the prey of his old partner (Forest Whitaker).

SAINT JOHN OF LAS VEGAS: A compulsive gambler (Steve Buscemi) fights temptation while trying to change his life. With Sarah Silverman.

SEASON OF THE WITCH: A medieval knight (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to escort a peasant girl the church suspects of bringing on the Black Plague by witchcraft.

SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE: An average guy (Jay Baruchel) scores big when a super-babe inexplicably falls for him.

SHUTTER ISLAND: Leonardo DiCaprio reunites with director Martin Scorsese in a tale set at a hospital for the criminally insane.

THE SPY NEXT DOOR: Jackie Chan balances his day job as a spy with baby-sitting his girlfriend's three kids.

TOOTH FAIRY: A mean-spirited hockey star (Dwayne Johnson) is sentenced to do time as a tooth fairy, with magic wings and wand. With Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews.

TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?: Filmmaker Perry co-stars with Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba and other cast mates for this relationship sequel.

VALENTINE'S DAY: A superstar cast copes with the trials of love. With Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher.

WALL STREET 2: Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas bring corporate raider Gordon Gekko out of mothballs in a tale of today's financial fiasco. With Shia LaBeouf.

WHEN IN ROME: Passions are magically aroused when a tourist retrieves coins tossed in a fountain of love. With Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito.

THE WOLFMAN: Benicio Del Toro is a man who finds the curse of the werewolf haunting his family when he returns to his ancestral home.___

Summer season:

THE A-TEAM: The TV action series goes big-screen as former Special Forces troops set out to clear their names. With Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper.

CATS & DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE: Cats and dogs unite to take on a nutty feline bent on global domination. With Christina Applegate.

DESPICABLE ME: Steve Carell leads the voice cast in an animated tale of a villain whose plot to steal the moon is sidelined by three orphan girls.

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS: A young exec (Paul Rudd) finds the perfect buffoon (Steve Carell) for his boss' monthly "dinner for idiots."

EAT PRAY LOVE: Julia Roberts plays a divorced woman on a worldwide journey to find meaning in her life. With James Franco, Javier Bardem.

THE EXPENDABLES: Sylvester Stallone directs and stars in a thriller about mercenaries betrayed on a mission. With Jet Li, Jason Statham.

GET HIM TO THE GREEK: A record company intern (Jonah Hill) has to escort an unruly rock legend to the first concert of his comeback tour.

GROWN UPS: Childhood pals (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider and David Spade) reunite as adults. With Salma Hayek, Maria Bello.

INCEPTION: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a science-fiction thriller from director Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight").

IRON MAN 2: Robert Downey Jr. slips back into his metal suit to face new foes. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke.

JONAH HEX: A disfigured bounty hunter (Josh Brolin) battles a villain aiming to unleash hell on Earth. With Megan Fox, John Malkovich.

THE KARATE KID: Jackie Chan imparts kung fu wisdom to a Detroit youth (Jaden Smith) uprooted by his family's move to China in an update of the 1980s hit.

KILLERS: An ex-assassin (Ashton Kutcher) and his wife (Katherine Heigl) go on the run after he's targeted for a hit in this action comedy.

KNIGHT AND DAY: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are a fugitive couple on a jet-setting adventure around the globe.

THE LAST AIRBENDER: M. Night Shyamalan adapts the animated TV show about a young savior with the power to end warfare among four nations with mystical powers.

LETTERS TO JULIET: An old letter to the doomed heroine of "Romeo and Juliet" sparks romance for two women (Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave).

THE LOTTERY TICKET: A ghetto dweller (Bow Wow) fends off greedy neighbors after he wins $370 million in the lottery. With Ice Cube.

MARMADUKE: Owen Wilson provides the voice of the Great Dane in a family comedy based on the canine comic strip.

MEET THE PARENTS 3: Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro find new ways to test their in-law relationship in the "Meet the Fockers" follow up.

THE OTHER GUYS: A detective more interested in paperwork and a street-tough cop (Mark Wahlberg) are partnered up. With Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson.

PREDATORS: Hardcore human killers become prey for alien hunters in a new take on the sci-fi franchise. With Adrien Brody, Topher Grace.

PRIEST: A renegade priest (Paul Bettany) tracks a gang of vampires that have abducted his niece.

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME: The video-game adaptation stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a fugitive prince who finds a dagger of enormous power.

RAMONA AND BEEZUS: The pesky young heroine of Beverly Cleary's best sellers comes to life in an adaptation of the children's books.

ROBIN HOOD: Russell Crowe reunites with director Ridley Scott for a fresh take on the 13th-century soldier turned folk hero. With Cate Blanchett.

SALT: Angelina Jolie is a CIA operative on the lam after she's accused of spying for Russia. With Liev Schreiber.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD: To win his dream woman, a slacker musician (Michael Cera) must vanquish her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

SEX AND THE CITY 2: Sarah Jessica Parker and her Manhattan mates return for more fashionable urban romantic angst.

SHREK FOREVER AFTER: Mike Myers' ogre is hurled into an alternate reality where he and his true love never met. With Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas.

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE: An ancient wizard (Nicolas Cage) recruits a protege (Jay Baruchel) to battle an evil foe (Alfred Molina).

STEP UP 3-D: Street dancers and a college freshman square off in a competition against world-class hip-hop dancers.

TAKERS: A detective (Matt Dillon) pursues a gang of bank robbers (Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Tip "T.I." Harris, Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Michael Ealy).

TOY STORY 3: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and their plaything pals face abandonment after their kid grows up in this animated sequel.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE: Danger comes calling again for a teen (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire and werewolf suitors (Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner).

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Fall and holiday season:

ALPHA AND OMEGA: Two wolves relocated halfway across the country try to return home. The animated tale features the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere.

THE AMERICAN: A hit man (George Clooney) finds romance and friendship in Italy while awaiting what he hopes will be his last assignment.

BURLESQUE: Christina Aguilera aims for stardom with a musical revue at an aging theater. With Cher, Stanley Tucci.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER: C.S. Lewis' young heroes land aboard an incredible ship as the fantasy series resumes.

DUE DATE: Robert Downey Jr. stars as a first-time dad who has to hitch a ride with an actor (Zach Galinianakis) to get home in time for his baby's birth.

FLIPPED: Rob Reiner directs a story of first love following a smitten girl and unwilling boy from grade school to junior high.

GOING THE DISTANCE: A couple (Drew Barrymore and Justin Long) struggle to make their bicoastal romance work.

THE GREEN HORNET: A rich party boy (Seth Rogen) turns to crime-fighting as the masked Hornet. With Cameron Diaz.

GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE: A young owl battles to save his kind from evil enemies in this animated family adventure.

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS: Jack Black does a modern take on the world-traveling hero who encounters a race of tiny people on his sojourn.

HEREAFTER: Paths cross for three people around the world who are touched by death. Clint Eastwood directs, Matt Damon stars.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS — PART 1: The young wizards (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) aim to destroy the crux of evil Voldemort's power.

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT: Mismatched godparents (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) must team up as guardians for their orphaned goddaughter.

LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS: Romance develops between a free spirit (Anne Hathaway) and a dauntless Viagra salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal).

MEGAMIND: A supervillain flirts with virtue after his superhero opponent turns to the dark side in an animated tale featuring the voices of Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell.

MORNING GLORY: A TV morning-show producer (Rachel McAdams) copes with a clash between her tough newsman (Harrison Ford) and his new co-host (Diane Keaton).

RAPUNZEL: Mandy Moore provides the voice of the long-haired fairy-tale princess locked away in a tower in this animated musical.

RED DAWN: A group of youths forms a guerrilla army to fight back against military forces that have invaded America.

SAW VII: The horror franchise returns for part seven in the diabolical games initiated by killer Jigsaw.

SECRETARIAT: A housewife (Diane Lane) and trainer (John Malkovich) team to raise the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse.

THE TOWN: Ben Affleck directs and stars as a bank robber who falls into romance with his former hostage (Rebecca Hall).

TRON: LEGACY: Jeff Bridges reprises his 1982 character, whose son (Garrett Hedlund) is pulled into the digital world where his dad has disappeared.

UNSTOPPABLE: A railway engineer (Denzel Washington) and a conductor (Chris Pine) race to stop a runaway train carrying toxic cargo.

YOGI BEAR: The smarter-than-average bear of the TV cartoons comes to the big screen in a live-action and animation combo. With Dan Aykroyd.

YOU AGAIN: Rivalries are renewed after a woman (Kristen Bell) learns her brother's marrying her high school nemesis. With Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis.

YOUR HIGHNESS: A black sheep knight (Danny McBride), his perfect brother (James Franco) and a fierce warrior (Natalie Portman) embark on rescue mission.

ZOOKEEPER: A kindly zookeeper (Kevin James) gets romantic advice from the animals in his charge.

Jennifer Lopez: Marriage Isn't Always Easy

Before marrying Marc Anthony, this Jenny was around the block twice with marriage, and by now Jennifer Lopez thinks she knows what it takes to make it last.

"What people don't talk about, which is interesting to me, is how you have to put as much work into your relationships as you do into anything else," Lopez Latina magazine's February issue. "We put so much into our careers … but there's also a lot of work that goes into making a successful partnership and marriage. It's not easy."

The 40-year-old Lopez tried and failed at marriage twice before, first with Ojani Noa and then with Cris Judd. She also was engaged to actor Ben Affleck, but the couple called off their wedding.

"Anybody who's successful at it deserves a pat on the back," Lopez says. "You've got to grow with each other; you've gotta bend over backwards for each other."

The Bronx, N.Y., native says sticking it out with Anthony, 41, has been the right move. They've been married since 2004 and have twins who turn 2 next month.

"That's how I know that this relationship is worth it, because a lot of people walk away too easily," says J-Lo. "But to take that step and actually get married – and I've done it three times, and two times were, you know, not good for me or for them – I'm gonna take it seriously."

J.Lo says she deserved Oscar nod

Jennifer Lopez has lashed out at Oscar voters for not nominating her for her role in El Cantante.

The singer/actress felt let down when her name wasn't among the hopefuls for the 2008 Academy Awards - and can only imagine the experts didn't get around to seeing her turn as salsa star Hector Lavoe's wife Puchi.

She tells the upcoming issue of Latina magazine, "I feel like I had that (Oscar role) in El Cantante, but I don't even think the Academy members saw it. I feel like it's their responsibility to do that, to see everything that's out there, everything that could be great."

Lopez admits she would have loved to have accepted her first Oscar from a hospital bed after just giving birth to her twins Max and Emme.

She adds, "I had just given birth on the 22nd (February), and the Oscars, I think, were a day or two later. I was sitting there with my twins (and) I couldn't have been happier, but I was like, 'How dope would it have been if I would've won the Oscar and been here in my hospital bed accepting the award?' - 'Thank you so much! I just want to thank the Academy!'"

And she still has her sights on an Oscar: "Things will happen when they're supposed to happen. I have the utmost faith and no doubt that it will (happen) one day."

The Details of Jennifer Lopez's Nearly-Naked New Year's Eve Bodysuit

When Jennifer Lopez first showed her longtime makeup artist Scott Barnes her sexy catsuit the day of her appearance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, she asked him, “Do you think it’s too much?” But, there wasn’t much doubt she’d be wearing the daring look, designed by stylist Paula Bradley. “She said, ‘It looks cool, right?’ She was so excited. She said ‘I like it!’” Barnes explains,“She was having such a good time and it really showed. She has confidence about her body. She’s not hiding behind any insecurities.” And Barnes marvels at her incredible shape, considering she is the mother of twins! “She is 40 and she’s had two kids,” he says. “Her body looks better than ever. It was so hot!” Husband Marc Anthony also approved, according to Barnes. The catsuit however, wasn’t quite as naked as it appeared on TV. “It was nude with black mesh over it,” says Barnes. “She wasn’t that cold. It was like having a ski suit on underneath.” And her bodysuit wasn’t the only sexy thing Lopez was sporting — Barnes highlighted her eyes with smoky makeup including charcoal eyeliner, several coats of mascara and Swarovski crystals sprinkled over her lids, paired with nude lipstick from Lancôme layered with pink gloss and a little highlighter on her cheekbones. “There was enough going on,” he says of balancing her out-there catsuit with a lighter makeup application. And lest this look be soon forgotten, Barnes places it with J. Lo’s most iconic look. “The bodysuit is right up there with her Versace dress [from the 2000 Grammy Awards],” says Barnes. “After a decade in the public eye, most women wouldn’t have the guts to wear something like that but she is so confident. She’s a woman and she celebrates it. Everyone else is trying to be a size zero but not her.”

Top cop bonus

There are some great perks to being police commissioner. Ray Kelly started 2010 in spectacular style by dining with Jennifer Lopez less than an hour after she rocked Times Square in that famous skintight bodysuit. Kelly and J.Lo were joined by her hubby, Marc Anthony, manager Benny Medina and Ryan Seacrest at Charles restaurant in the Village. A spy reports, "They had a great time and looked so happy. They toasted the new decade with glasses of rose champagne and caviar before the dinner, which went on until the early hours of the morning."

Jennifer Lopez's Nearly-Naked Catsuit Gets Catcalls

Two days into the New Year and the revealing catsuit Jennifer Lopez wore on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve to sing "Waiting for Tonight" is still causing eyes to roll – in both awe and anxiety.

Though the ABC show's host Ryan Seacrest let the 41-year-old singer know that her outfit "made my year," Alicia Lundgren, a 24-year-old dancer from Philadelphia, told Jenny from the block's hometown paper, the New York Daily News, "There's too many wrinkles. It looks like elephant skin."

Not all the remarks about the ensemble were catty. Some prompted catcalls, including a "Wow" from Jason Ray, 24, a legal assistant from near Times Square, where Thursday's festivities – and the fashion display – took place. "I think she looks good after having twins!" he told the newspaper.

Underneath the sheer garment, Lopez sported little beyond her spangled red-soled Louboutin heels.

And her famous caboose? The News determined it seems to have shrunk. "Did she get butt surgery?" asked a Tweeter.

Couples Watch

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony celebrated the holiday with their extended family – including her mom Guadalupe and sister Lynda – at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The couple took their 22-month-old twins, Max and Emme, to the theme park, and Lopez and her husband "walked around the park hand-in-hand," an eyewitness says. "They both seemed very happy and excited to spend the holiday with their whole family." On Christmas Day, the couple took their kids to watch the parade – and also took them on various rides. Says the eyewitness: "Max and Emme were so cute and big."

Dancing Queen

Jennifer Lopez was in fine form at yesterday's taping of her dance performance for the finale of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance?" "She brought Marc Anthony and the kids along to watch, and she kept going over to the microphone to talk to them between takes," says an observer. "The audience was eating it up. It was very cute." Lopez, who sang her new single, "Louboutins," showed no sign of letdown after her minor tumble at the American Music Awards. "She nailed it," says our spy. "Even the background dancers were impressed."

JENNIFER LOPEZ TO PERFORM LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE

Jennifer Lopez and Daughtry will perform live from Times Square – the crossroads of the world -- on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010” on Thursday December 31st on ABC. Daughtry will perform four songs live, and Jennifer Lopez will sing her hits live from Times Square just before the ball drops. In addition, the shows will feature performances from Las Vegas’ new venue, Aria at City Center, including The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi and Robin Thicke.

“Good Morning America” special correspondent, the just-married Melissa Rycroft, will join the celebration reporting live on the evening’s festivities in and around Times Square.

Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the specials beginning at 10:00 p.m., ET on Thursday, December 31st on ABC from New York. Singer/ songwriter Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas returns to host the Las Vegas-based party portions of the specials.

“The Times Square performances will be special in bringing the live crowd together with millions of viewers at home to celebrate the New Year in a rockin’ way,” said Larry Klein, producer of the specials.

The bi-coastal celebration will include three and one-half hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York city.

The festivities will kick off with “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010” from10:00-11:00 p.m., ET, featuring performances live from New York’s Times Square and performances from Las Vegas.

During “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010, Part 1” (11:30 p.m. - 1:05 a.m., ET), in addition to reporting on the final minutes of 2009 and the traditional Times Square countdown to midnight, the show will feature music performances from both Las Vegas and Times Square in New York.

Wrapping the night’s activities will be “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010, Part 2” (1:05-2:05 a.m., ET), when musical acts will continue the party into the early hours of the New Year with additional performances from Las Vegas.

Jennifer Lopez Doesn't Miss the Gym

One thing Jennifer Lopez hasn't missed about not constantly being in the spotlight anymore: constantly watching her weight.

"Part of my business is being in shape and looking good. You can’t lie to yourself about it," Lopez, 40, tells the January issue of Allure. "But I'm not the monster I used to be in the exercise department."

Her reprieve likely is coming to an end. The mother of 17-month-old twins Max and Emme released a dance track, "Fresh Out of the Oven," in October and performed at the American Music Awards in December. Her new album, Love, drops in January.

As well as having to hit the gym again, J-Lo may also have to deal with that other flip side of fame – the paparazzi.

"It's a business. Once they stop making money off of you they stop coming around," Lopez says.

Jennifer Lopez Gets a Do-Over on SYTYCD

Jennifer Lopez is taking a mulligan.

After a spill at the American Music Awards, the “Louboutins” singer is teaming up again with So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo (known as Nappytabs) to do a holiday-themed number for the season finale of the show.

Although Lopez redeemed herself with a performance on Ellen, Tabitha says they’re not taking any chances this time.,P>“We’re steering clear of some big jumps,” Tabitha says. “I feel like we don’t have to be dangerous anymore … Though I appreciated seeing guys with their shirts off personally — [there will be] no sweaty backs, no shirtless guys. We’re going to have some classy looking guys.”

At the AMAs, Lopez fell — but quickly recovered — after climbing on the bare backs of her male dancers.

Napoleon says the finale performance of the song will be different from the boxing-theme she did previously. “The idea is kind of a cross between a Marilyn Monroe, ‘Santa Baby’ and a ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,’ but using shoes. Shoes are a girl’s best friend nowadays instead of diamonds.”

Adds Tabitha: “What would a girl want for Christmas? Of course it would be a shiny pair of Louboutin shoes … It’s for the holiday season [and] we’re putting a holiday twist to ‘Louboutins.’”

Part of the twist, they say, will be to feature some familiar faces in the routine.

“We’re going to incorporate some girls in the performance that were in [SYTYCD] seasons past. I don’t think any other artists that have performed on this show have actually incorporated contestants from the show,” Tabitha explains. “It’s not just a performance … it’s a connection to the show.”

The finale will be “a good holiday treat,” according to Napoleon, “and a mixture of the kids on the show getting to interact with a pop sensation.”

The So You Think You Can Dance season finale airs Wednesday (8 p.m. EST) on FOX and will also feature performances by Adam Lambert, Mary J. Blige and Leona Lewis.

Sightings

Jennifer Lopez, cheering for the Miami Dolphins alongside hubby Marc Anthony as the team faced off against the New England Patriots in Miami. "They walked quickly down the orange carpet and headed for their suite to watch the game with friends and family," says a source. The couple was joined by twins Max and Emme in their suite, and the kids sat on their parents' laps. "Marc and Jennifer were so happy to have the kids with them," a source tells us. "The loving looks on their faces said it all."

J.Lo spoofs her fall at awards

Jennifer Lopez is still nursing a "bruised bone" after her embarrassing stumble during her performance at last month's American Music Awards.

The star fell after jumping from the backs of two sweaty dancers while singing and dancing her way through comeback tune Louboutins onstage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lopez landed on her bottom with a thud, but swiftly leaped to her feet and carried on her performance. She later laughed off the stumble, joking that it was part of the show - but the singer admits she's still sore from the fall.

She explains, "I have, like, a bruised bone... What happened was that one of the dancers' backs was slippery from sweat and the lights and everything. We never bargained for that because they always had T-shirts on in rehearsal... and when I stepped on their backs, my feet were wet, so when I landed they slipped from under me."

But the fun-loving singer isn't taking her stage stumble too seriously - she agreed to film a mock fall in a skit on comedienne Ellen DeGeneres' TV chat show, which aired on Thursday, and agreed to show the footage from the AMAs, which was cut from the non-live telecast of the show.

She insists she didn't realise she'd taken a tumble because she was caught up in her routine: "That's kinda what I thought the rest of the performance: 'Did I fall...?' It happened so fast and I was up and all I could think was, 'I have to get to the next beat... I have to do this dance solo, right now.' I had no time to think about it.

"I did the rest of the performance, walked out, was like, 'Yeah...!' And one of the dancers was like, 'Are you OK?' And I'm like, 'Oh my God, that's right, I fell...!' It happened."

Lopez still can't believe how many people have checked out her most embarrassing onstage moment online: "(It's had) 400,000-something hits (on YouTube.com)."

To ease her pain, DeGeneres presented her guest with a pillow to sit on and made her chuckle with gifts of a crash helmet and kneepads.

Lopez performed the dance routine and song again on DeGeneres' show - and this time there was no slip-up or stumble.

Jennifer Lopez Still Sore from Fall at Award Show

Her sense of humor may have survived the little fall she took at this year's American Music Awards, but Jennifer Lopez still has a sore derriere from the slip.

"I have a bruised bone," she tells Ellen DeGeneres for an episode of the talk show to air Thursday. "What happened was one of the dancers' backs was slippery from sweat and lights and everything. We never bargained for that because they always had T-shirts on in rehearsal.

"So they were barebacked, didn't have shirts on for the performance, and when I stepped on their backs my feet got wet. So when I landed. it just slipped from under me."

But Lopez, 40, credits her quick recovery to the excitement of the moment. "That's kind what I felt the rest of the performance: Did I fall? It happened so fast," she says. "I was up and all I could think was, I have to get the next beat. I have to do this dance solo right now. I had no time to think about it."

Only afterward did she realize what had happened.

"Then I get to the back, and one the dancers was like, 'Are you OK?' Oh my god that's right, I fell," she says. "It was awful, but, you know, it happened."

Christian Louboutin On Jennifer Lopez's New Single: "I Was Extremely Flattered!"

Despite seeing his elaborate heels on the feet of countless celebrities, Christian Louboutin’s icon status reached all new heights with the release of Jennifer Lopez’s new song, “Louboutins” from her upcoming Love? album. At the recent opening of his Miami boutique, Fashion Week Daily asked the French designer for his take on the single: “Jennifer told me about the song back in January, and I was extremely flattered,” he said. “But of course, in America the public pronounces my name in like a million different ways. So Jennifer called me, and she was like, ‘Listen, I want to make sure that I get it right.’ And she did…from the very first time!” According Louboutin, who claims to already know the song by heart, Lopez mentions his name 45 times (“Trust me, I’ve counted!”) in the three-plus-minute dance track. We can’t wait to see what comes next in the Louboutin-J. Lo love fest: the stiletto master is hard at work creating shoes for the eponymous music video, set to film next month.

Lawyer: No Sex in Jennifer Lopez 'Sex Tape'

That Jennifer Lopez honeymoon tape just went from Rated X to PG.

"There wasn't anything close to sex in it," Lopez's attorney John Lavely tells PEOPLE. "We never alleged that. But it's still private and personal to my client."

A Los Angeles judge agreed Tuesday, upholding a ruling that Lopez's ex, Ojani Noa, is forbidden from using 11-plus hours of home video – 20 percent of which allegedly features Lopez – for a mockumentary about his life as a Cuban immigrant, previously titled How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The JLo and Ojani Noa Story.

"They're trying to stop me from making my documentary and I'm fighting for my rights," said Noa outside the courtroom. "They're not being fair." The aspiring actor and model denies he ever tried to peddle the footage as a sex tape.

The footage has scenes from the ex-couple's marriage in Florida and honeymoon in Cuba, Noa's film partner Claudia Vazquez tells PEOPLE, but the project was misrepresented by a tabloid as being sexual, she says. Vazquez adds the project's title has since been changed to The Escape in reference to Noa having fled his home country.

Noa, 35, who's also being sued for $10 million by Lopez for breach of contract, insists that two confidentiality agreements he previously signed about their relationship "should be voided" because he claims he was taken advantage of and was misinformed.

He said he plans to take the videotape case to trial.

Sharpie-Wielding Judge Bars J.Lo's Ex From Talking Tape

Now it's Ojani Noa's turn to get spanked. Figuratively speaking.

Jennifer Lopez's first ex-husband, he of the maybe-maybe not J.Lo-starring sex tape, has been barred from releasing any more "confidential information" about his former missus, thanks to a protective order Lopez was granted yesterday.

The majority of which, incidentally, was heavily amended in black marker—a detail that Noa's team failed to find the charm in.

"We are still trying to fully decipher Judge [James] Chalfant's exact order, which was written in Sharpie pen," Noa's agent, Ed Meyer told E! News. Meyer was also barred from blabbing in the order.

"I guess due to the California budget cuts, as I have no other clue why a Superior Court judge would write and sign a court order with a Sharpie pen."

Jeez, everyone's a critic.

Still, just because Noa and Meyer can't talk Lopez doesn't mean they can't talk—and pontificate they will when they return to court later this morning to challenge the order.

"We plan to bring up this order and many other issues in court," Meyer said. "We were never noticed, nor invited to this hearing today, even though we are the defendants."

Should the order stand, it will last until the court hears all arguments over his proposed Lopez-inspired "mockumentary" and makes a final decision as to its legality.

J.Lo's Ex: There's "Maybe One Spanking," But I'm Not Selling a Sex Tape

Ojani Noa says he's moved on since his brief marriage to Jennifer Lopez more than a decade ago.

Minus the 12-year-old home movies he's peddling and his desire to make a feature-length comedy that touches on their courtship, that is.

Noa, 35, has admitted to trying to sell footage of him and Lopez from back in the day. But, he added, there's no graphic sexual activity on the video—and therefore no one should be making such a big deal about it.

"They think I have a sex tape with her and that I'm trying to sell it," Noa says in an exclusive interview with E! News. "My tape is from our honeymoon, the wedding, us hanging out. There's no nudity—maybe one spanking.

"There's moments of her fighting with her mom…couples having fun and kissing. If someone has a sex tape, it's not me."

Lopez has shut him down at every turn, winning an injunction that prevented him from peddling a tell-all book about their relationship that included allegations of infidelity on her part, and scoring a so-far temporary court order to shut down his film project.

Having already won a $545,000 judgment againt Noa in connection with his ill-advised book project, which violated a previous confidentiality agreement they had, Lopez sued him again last month for $10 million over his latest stunt.

"I'm not going to harm anybody," Noa, 35, says. "I'm a great guy. If I was going to hurt anybody I have had many, many chances to do it. I always wish her the best. The mockumentary is about me escaping from Cuba and living here. They think it's about her but it's not, it's about me."

Never mind the proposed title, How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The J.Lo and Ojani Noa Story.

The two met in Miami at the restaurant he was working at and, after a brief courtship, tied the knot in 1997. Divorce proceedings began 10 months later.

He and his ex remained friends, though, Noa says, adding that Lopez even asked him to manage her Pasadena restaurant, Madras, in 2002.

Noa was ultimately fired, however, and he says that he called Lopez, but never heard back from her.

But despite the fact that his name keeps popping up purely in connection with J.Lo, Noa claims that he has turned the page.

"I have moved on," he says. "If I wanted to make a buck I would have done many interviews and I never did anything."

Another hearing on the movie issue is scheduled for Dec. 1.

J.Lo laughs off stage stumble

Jennifer Lopez has laughed off her embarrassing onstage stumble at the American Music Awards, joking it was part of her choreographed routine.

The star made her performance comeback on Sunday night, singing Louboutins from her new album Love?, but slipped up during a misstep at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

After strutting onto a stage converted into a boxing ring in a robe and gloves, Lopez gyrated with male dancers.

But it all went wrong for the star after she climbed onto a human pyramid of half-naked performers and jumped down - slipping backwards onto her bottom and flashing a glimpse of her underwear.

Ever the true pro, Lopez swiftly leaped to her feet and carried on her performance - and she had already forgotten about the blunder when she was asked about it during a radio interview on Monday morning.

She said, "Did I trip a little bit...? I don't even remember." She then joked, "I meant to do that... It was part of the choreography."

And she chuckled as she called on her critics to remember how well she recovered from the mishap: "The measure of things is not what happens when you fall, it's how you handle it when you fall."

Jennifer Lopez Stumbles for East Coasters Only

(Video) Sometimes the West Coast really misses out.

Not only does tape-delayed award shows mean Pacific zoners have to avoid Twitter for a few hours, but they also might miss the highlight of the event.

Last night's American Music Awards was no exception. Jennifer Lopez's much discussed live trip over her "Louboutins" was edited from the version of the show that aired later.

But the network insists this was not because of any sort of diva maneuvering.

"Due to the live nature of the show, we did not expect the impromptu moment in question," stated ABC, dick clark productions executives and AMA show producers. "Regarding Jennifer Lopez, execs and producers felt it was respectful to Ms. Lopez to edit the mishap for later time zones."

What a bunch of fuddy-duddies! Out of respect for the people tuning in, they should have kept the "live" show as-is.

For the record Lopez's rep says she is physically fine. Her ego on the other hand...

So You Think Jennifer Lopez Can Dance? She Can!

Jennifer Lopez fans have another reason to catch her comeback performance live at the 2009 American Music Awards on Sunday. That’s because when the “Fresh Out the Over” singer takes the stage, she’ll be moving to choreography by So You Think You Can Dance’s Emmy-nominated husband and wife team Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo — or as they’re affectionately known in the dance community, Nappytabs.

“It is an exciting thing for us and one of the things we’ve always wanted to do,” Napoleon tells PEOPLE of their chance to work with one of their longtime dance idols.

“You can expect to be entertained and you won’t be disappointed,” assures Tabitha, who has been teaching dance professionally with Napoleon for 15 years (11 of those as husband and wife).

The pair, who has worked with stars like Beyoncé and Missy Elliott, is known for an innovative lyrical hip-hop style that has garnered them quite a following since they joined the FOX show in 2008. And that following includes Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony.

“She told us she and her husband sit down and watch the show weekly,” says Tabitha, who describes Lopez as the ideal artists to work with. “She’s putting the time in and you don’t always get that with the artist. They have such crazy schedules and sometimes their priorities are a little bit different, but she’s really involved.”

Napoleon describes her big number as “her coming back to being in her own and saying, ‘Hey, this is me again — don’t forget about it!’”

For now, the team won’t reveal details of what they call a “big production” with “lots of people involved,” but “without giving it away,” teased Tabitha, she’ll be singing “a great song. It’s going to be on her new album and … I feel like it’s appropriate. It’s got a good tempo. It’s got a good vibe and it’s really exciting for us. When we heard it, we were like, ‘We’re going to have some fun with this one!’”

Aside from Nappytabs, Jennifer has an added support team in husband Marc and their 21-month-old twins Emme and Max who, according to Tabitha and Napoleon, have been regular fixtures at rehearsals.

“Marc’s really supportive,” explains Napoleon. “He’s great with the kids and then he still pays enough attention to her and goes, ‘Maybe you could do a move like this or that?’”

“It’s adorable to watch them together,” Tabitha says.

And it sounds like the little ones take after their parents when it comes to having all the moves. “The kids are always with us at rehearsal, running around and dancing in the mirrors,” Napoleon says. “As soon as the music starts playing, they are dancing around.”

Like any good comeback, Lopez’s live performance at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre on Sunday will show off her confidence. Says Napoleon: “You can expect her to come out fighting and she’s going to show that she’s got a knock-out punch!”

Jennifer Lopez Really, Really Loves Her Louboutins

(video) Jennifer Lopez's newest single, "Louboutins," has conveniently been leaked on the Internet just days before she's scheduled to perform it on this Sunday's American Music Awards—perhaps in an attempt to give viewers at home ample warning?

The song finds J.Lo expressing frustration over a lover who clearly isn't giving 100 percent of himself to the relationship. Why, then, is she taking it out on us?

Case in point: The chorus contains nothing more than the line "I'm throwing on my Louboutins," repeated not once, not twice, but eight times. Multiply that by the number of times the chorus is recited (four) and we get 32 reminders of the particular brand of designer footwear Jenny from the Block is going to use to walk out on her man.

The track begins with the singer insisting, "I'm taking back my love." Personally, we wish we could take back the last three minutes and 49 seconds.

J.Lo, Lambert ready for AMA stage

Jennifer Lopez plans to include fireworks and an on-stage costume change in her performance at the American Music Awards. "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert will incorporate leather, chains and handcuffs into his.

Lopez and Lambert will be among more than a dozen performers at Sunday's ceremony, and they took time out Thursday to perfect their performances.

Lopez is in top form, but she's still a little nervous. She'll be singing a song fans have never heard before and performing live on TV for the first time in years.

"You know what you're doing and you feel very good about it, but at the same time, you wouldn't be human if you're not afraid," she said after her rehearsal.

She's set to perform "Louboutins," the first single from her new album, "Love?" - due in stores next year. Flanked by backup dancers, the 40-year-old entertainer busts out her Fly Girl moves in a number that begins in a boxing ring and ends in the audience. Famed sports announcer Michael Buffer is in the act, too.

"I think it's going to be good," she said. "Dancing again, singing, the lights and the costumes - it all feels like second nature."

Veteran choreographer Kenny Ortega, director of "Michael Jackson's This Is It," gave Lopez's performance a positive review.

"Awesome," he said after dropping by the Nokia Theatre to watch her rehearse.

Lambert, 27, said he's eager to see how the star-studded crowd responds to his provocative performance, a sexed-up rendition of "For Your Entertainment," the first single off his upcoming album of the same name.

"I can't wait to see people I look up to as artists in the audience watching. I think that will be a trip, and exciting and motivating all at the same time," he said after his rehearsal. "It will be really interesting to see what kind of reaction the number gets. It's different. It really does have an edge to it."

The performance is heavy on leather and chains and includes Lambert dragging a shackled woman across the stage.

Other artists set to perform at the 37th annual American Music Awards include Rihanna, Whitney Houston, Green Day, Lil' Wayne, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Keith Urban, Jay-Z and Carrie Underwood.

Janet Jackson will open the show with a medley of songs, but producer Larry Klein wouldn't say whether her performance would be a tribute to her late brother.

"It's a surprise," he said.

Fans voted online to choose the winners of the American Music Awards, which honour the year's top-selling artists in eight popular genres. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre.

The Lo down

J.lo's ex Ojani Noa claims he is being followed and has had death threats after attempting to sell a book and steamy home tapes of the star. His business manager, Ed Meyer, told Life & Style: "She's having him followed. We just ran the license plate of the car . . . and it goes directly back to Jennifer Lopez. Ojani's scared." But a Lopez source said Ojani was "paranoid" and was being tracked by a process server trying to hand him legal papers. Ojani's lawyer, Frank Sanes Jr., added: "We have some concerns right now about the personal safety of Ojani. We believe he's under surveillance by someone. He's had death threats."

Jennifer Lopez granted temporary restraining order

A California judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring Jennifer Lopez's first husband from distributing 11 hours of home video footage from their marriage that the singer-actress claims includes sexual situations.

Ojani Noa and his manager Ed Meyer had planned to distribute the footage and proposed making a film, "The J.Lo and Ojani Noa Story." The Tuesday order also applies to Meyer.

Lopez wed Noa in 1997, but their marriage lasted just 11 months. In 2007, Lopez won $545,000 in damages and attorney fees in another lawsuit that blocked Noa from publishing a ghostwritten tell-all book. Lopez claimed Noa demanded $5 million to keep him from publishing the book.

Noa claimed the footage included nothing sexual and alleged that Lopez is trying to keep him from success.

J.Lo suing ex-hubby for $10M

Jennifer Lopez has turned up the heat on her ex-husband's plans to release a satirical documentary about their short-lived marriage - she is suing him for $10 million in damages.

Ojani Noa, who was married to the actress/singer between 1997 and 1998, is preparing a documentary, entitled "How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The J.Lo and Ojani Noa Story."

Due to a legally-binding settlement in which Noa agreed not to release any information about the former couple's time as husband and wife, Lopez's legal team issued a cease-and-desist missive demanding that he scrap all his plans for the film.

However, Noa has laughed off the threats, insisting his movie is "100 per cent parody" and therefore does not breach the agreement the pair made in 2005.

But Lopez doesn't find the situation amusing, and after hearing home movie footage from the pair's honeymoon would feature in the satire, she filed suit at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday claiming the terms of their settlement have been broken.

Lopez is demanding a permanent ban on Noa releasing any footage of her, and wants a whopping $10 million in damages.

Jennifer Lopez Says No Way to Ex's Biopic

Jennifer Lopez didn't want her dirty marital laundry aired in black and white and she doesn't want it out there in technicolor, either.

Citing the injunction all parties agreed upon two years ago, lawyers for the singer-actress have sent a cease-and-desist letter to her first ex-husband, Ojani Noa, demanding that he finally stop thinking he's going to profit from his brief marriage to the twice-since remarried star.

According to the letter, Noa's been shopping a film project called How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The JLo and Ojani Noa Story and has advertised for players on an open casting website.

"It would strain credulity to the breaking point for those involved in the writing, development and the pre-production of the Proposed Film to claim that they were not aware" of the injunction in place, Lopez attorney John Lavely wrote.

The injunction prevented Noa from publishing a supposed tell-all book a few years back that claimed Lopez, among other things, was hooking up with Marc Anthony while the singer was still married. He was also ordered to pay $545,000 in damages for breaking a confidentiality clause he signed in 2005.

But despite its salacious yet straightforward title, the film's executive producer tells E! News that the movie is going to be more Borat than The Way We Were.

The film would start with Noa's arrival from Cuba on U.S. shores and take him through his courtship of and year-long marriage to Lopez, and end with her ill-fated 2002 engagement to Ben Affleck.

Executive producer Claudia Vasquez, of Big Dream Films, tells E! news that, like the book Noa was prevented from writing (the modestly titled The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller), the film would detail Lopez's alleged infidelities while married to Noa. He also claims Lopez cheated on various boyfriends with him.

"You're going to have to wait on that for the film," Vasquez said when asked whether those boyfriends included the more famous named on Lopez's dating résumé.

And even though Lopez's legal camp is coming after them, they're going ahead with the project, Vasquez insisted.

"It's a parody so usually law doesn't apply to the story unless it's something serious," she said. "It's showing that he can get over it. It's comic. This is not about Jennifer Lopez's life, this is about Ojani's life."

He and J.Lo were married in February 1997 and it ended a year later.

J.Lo's land of make-believe

The artist usually known as Jennifer Lopez will unveil her new alter-ego, "Lola," at Miami's Fontainebleau tonight. J. Lo will debut her new music video, "Fresh Out of the Oven," featuring Pitbull at the hotel's LIV nightclub. Sources say Lopez created the character -- the way Mariah Carey created "Mimi" -- for her new dance track, but she won't stay as Lola full-time.

Dish or Disaster: Jennifer Lopez Cooks Up New Track

(Listen here) The oven mitts are off as Jennifer Lopez drops a new single.

"Fresh Out the Oven" has nothing to do with pizza or any other heated meals that deliver. It's a pop track by "Lola" and Pitbull, produced by The Neptunes.

We're not sure why Jenny from the Block needs to use yet another moniker, but they're attempting to get all viral by launching WhoIsLola.com, as well as an accompanying Twitter.

But we do know that Lola = J.Lo and that we haven't heard a new song from her in ages. However, after a couple listens to this one, that might have been for the best. Her love may not cost a thing, but what has the "Oven" cost your eardrums?

Jennifer Lopez's Dance Track 'Fresh Out of the Oven'

Jennifer Lopez's new album Love? is due in January, but fans of the singer-actress can get their fix now, with the release of a dance track titled "Fresh Out of the Oven," featuring the rapper Pitbull.

Listen to the track in its entirety, only on PEOPLE.com.

A note of explanation: Lopez's new song will not appear on her upcoming album – and a Web site established to promote it, featuring a dancing female figure named Lola, has spawned rumors that Lopez has adopted a new persona.

Not so. "Lola is just for this song, it's not her ongoing persona," says a source close to the singer. "It's something fun. She hasn't become Sasha Fierce [Beyoncé's artistic alter ego]. There won't be anything to do with Lola on her Love? album."

"This is a hot club record that the label loved and Jennifer thought was fun," Amanda Ghost, president of Epic Records tells PEOPLE. "Jennifer and Pitbull got together and the record leaked. Lola is a fun character just for this song."

Sightings

JENNIFER Lopez and Marc Anthony ordering a din ner delivery from Morton's while staying in Washington, DC, to visit the White House.

Marc Anthony Buys New Miami Waterfront Condo

Marc Anthony is so enthusiastic about becoming a minority partner in the NFL's Miami Dolphins that he's bought a new home in Miami.

"I bought a condo today in Miami," Anthony, 40, told PEOPLE Monday night during halftime of the Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts football game at Miami's Landshark Stadium. "When we are through decorating the condo, it will be the sexiest place in town!"

Anthony and wife Jennifer Lopez's new pad is in the Icon Brickell, a new, three-tower condominium designed by Philippe Starck. The stunning complex, which includes the Viceroy Miami Hotel, is near Miami's downtown and financial district, just a few minutes from South Beach.

In April, Anthony and Lopez, 40, spent a weekend with their children at Viceroy Miami and Icon Brickell, after Anthony's concert in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood, Fla.

The couple met with the Icon Brickell's developer Jorge Perez and got a personal tour of several condos. Though they looked at other Miami-area condo buildings, they decided on this one.

"We are not selling our homes in New York or Los Angeles, we are just adding Miami," Anthony tells PEOPLE. "Now that I am involved with the Dolphins, I am busy working and see a different set of stresses than I experience being a father. So I want to be close by. And we love Miami."

Jennifer Lopez Throws D.C. Birthday Bash for Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have taken Washington D.C. by storm, bringing Hollywood glamour to the political heart of the nation.

The pair, in town for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards gala, celebrated Anthony's 41st birthday Wednesday night at the W hotel's P.O.V. lounge.

Before the fete though, Anthony reportedly got a treat from President Obama, who led a group of senators and congressmen in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the singer backstage at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gala, according to Gossip Cop.

President Obama joked at the Hispanic Caucus dinner that the group's chairwoman, Nydia Velazquez, has a crush on Anthony. "I'm telling you, J.Lo, watch out," the President quipped.

As for the birthday party, Lopez hosted the bash, which was attended by Anthony's family, agent Benny Medina, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Miami Dolphins coach Wayne Huizenga, as well as a slew of ambassadors and other dignitaries. The party started around 10:30 p.m. and lasted until 2 a.m.

Anthony was presented with a five-tier chocolate cake from Fancy Cakes by Leslie that was decorated with brown fondant icing, gold art deco accents and "Congratulations and Happy Birthday" written on it.

Earlier in the day, the couple met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – and even stopped by the Oval Office. "[Jennifer] was here for a tour. She's in town for the CHC dinner. She popped into the Oval Office," a White House source tells PEOPLE

During lunch, Lopez and Anthony, who also brought their twins to D.C., munched on salads, New York strip steaks, chicken and vanilla lemon buttercream birthday cake from Morton's the Steakhouse.

Joe Jackson's tacky date

JOE Jackson raised eyebrows by bringing a curvy new recording artist he manages as his date to the VMAs on the night honoring his son, Michael. Jackson arrived at Radio City Music Hall with a singer known as Taina. But Jennifer Lopez was not amused when Jackson introduced her to his date, who was wearing an eye-popping dress. As they took their seats, J.Lo was spotted giving Marc Anthony a look as if to say: "What is Joe doing?" Other guests at the awards said they were surprised Jackson chose to bring the busty singer rather than wife Catherine to see Janet's tribute performance to his son. One said: "It was a night to honor Michael. Some people thought it was strange he brought a singer as his date. There's a time to work the media, and there's a time to stay quiet and respectful."

J.Lo Throws Dinner Party for Sonia Sotomayor

Yet another sign that Jennifer Lopez's diva days may be behind her: She's throwing parties for someone else!

Jenny from the Block already stumped for Barack Obama during his bid for the presidency, so it's no surprise she's also backing his pick for the Supreme Court—who happens to be a fellow Latina.

J.Lo threw Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, a dinner party at her Long Island home last night, according to Gossipcop.com.

Hubby Marc Anthony cohosted the intimate affair, which featured a cocktail hour before the main event.

So how many people made the list for the political party?

The guest list only featured about a dozen people, and most were "political types."

Guess the Beckhams and Cruises shouldn't feel bad that they didn't get an invite to the bash.

Jennifer Lopez: Motherhood Changes Everything

Jennifer Lopez may look the same as she always has, but the star says she's been transformed since becoming a mother to her twins, 18-month-old Max and Emme.

"There's nothing as huge as giving birth to another human being and having to be responsible for another life," Lopez tells InStyle, for its September, 15th-Anniversary issue. "There's you before kids, and there's you after kids – and they're not the same you."

The singer-actress, who celebrated turning 40 with a blowout bash in July, says her outlook on all aspects of life – from her music to relationships and business ventures – has shifted gears.

"[Parenthood] totally changes your perspective on everything," says Lopez. "You don't come first anymore. There's somebody else you care more about than yourself."

For the active entrepreneur, that means cutting down on work and stepping down from the "hamster wheel," a previous lifestyle that was all about deadlines – a whirl in which she "felt like I couldn't say no."

"I'm at a point in my life when I just don't feel the need to put out anything unless I totally, absolutely feel it says what I want to say," Lopez says about her music career. She has, however, received inspiration from her twins – especially Max, whose first few steps inspired the proud mom to write a song.

Marital Ups and Downs

When it comes to marriage, Lopez, who's been wed to Marc Anthony for five years, admits she's "still figuring it out as I go along," and she's had her share of "hard experiences and a lot of ups and downs and a lot of mistakes."

One way she's figuring it all out is by reading books about relationships. "It's the never-ending question – what is the key to love?"

As for what she's gleaned, "I believe that in life you learn through experience," she says. "I'm old enough to know now that relationships take work. That's it's not an easy thing."

Jennifer Lopez 'Belle of the Ball' at Birthday Reprise

Jennifer Lopez turned 40 on Friday, an occasion she marked with a dinner party at Greenwich Village's Hotel Griffou. Not that the festivities were contained to that event alone – given the blowout bash thrown Saturday night by husband Marc Anthony at midtown Manhattan's Edison Ballroom.

The party, dubbed "An Evening For Lola" – a nod to Anthony's nickname for his wife – was attended by sister Lynda, mom Guadelupe, manager Benny Medina, as well as BFF Leah Remini. Other guests included Liza Minnelli, Gayle King, Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin, New York Mets player Carlos Beltran and music mogul LA Reid.

Lopez, who arrived with Anthony in a Bentley, donned a Grecian-inspired gown. Before entering the soiree she met with fans standing behind barricades across the street, which had been closed to traffic.

"Jen was in an amazing mood and was just so excited about seeing all the fans [and] the marquee outside the Edison that said, 'An Evening For Lola.' She was really energized," says a source, adding: "Jennifer was the belle of the ball. She was glowing, and just radiating happiness. She really had a great time."

When it came to the party, "It was a glamorous setting, with white flowers around. Very classy. Everyone had a really good time, and it was a nice mix of her family, business associates and her friends."

As for Lopez and her husband, the source says, "They were affectionate with each other and obviously loving the night. Marc's arm was around Jennifer a lot, they'd give each other pecks on the face every now and then. She was clearly pleased with how the night went."

Jennifer Lopez Not Replacing Paula Abdul on Idol

Jennifer Lopez is denying reports that she’s in the running to replace American Idol judge Paula Abdul, who still hasn’t signed a contract with Idol producers to return for season 8 of the FOX hit singing competition.

A rep for Lopez tells PEOPLE exclusively, “The rumor of Jennifer Lopez throwing herself in the ring to take over for Paula Abdul is completely false. Jennifer loves Idol but just as a fan. She just wrapped the feature film The Back-Up Plan, due out January 2010, and will release an album then as well.”

Lopez turned 40 on Friday and her rep adds, “This weekend Jen is celebrating her birthday with friends and family.”

The reports surfaced after Lopez and Idol host Ryan Seacrest were spotted having dinner at Madeo in Los Angeles earlier this month. Seacrest told paparazzi outside Madeo that “Jennifer and Paula would be a hell of a combination” on the show.

Happy 40th Birthday, Jennifer Lopez!

Jennifer Lopez turns 40 years young today, but she kicked off the celebration last night.

The actress has been busy filming The Back-Up Plan in the Big Apple and took some time out to party with the crew and hubby Marc Anthony.

While she's definitely toned down her divalicious side since becoming a mom to twins Max and Emme, J.Lo.'s huge chocolate cake still paid tribute to...herself, what else?

It featured a big photo of herself and the message: "Jennifer...thanks for being our Plan A! You're the best. And...happy birthday!"

The birthday girl also got kisses from her hubby and toasted with champagne.

Despite turning the dreaded 4-0, a milestone that has most women pretending it doesn't exist, Jenny was beaming throughout the bash.

Do you miss her over-the-top J.Lo days or do you like the new softer, domesticated side of Jennifer?

Either way, happy birthday!

Jennifer Lopez Wants to Expand Her Family

It sounds like the fake belly bump Jennifer Lopez is wearing for her new movie The Back-Up Plan is giving her some ideas.

The singer-actress admits that she and her husband Marc Anthony would like to give their 18-month-old twins Emme and Max a sibling or two. "I would love to have more kids," the actress tells Extra. "I don't know if we will. I don't know if that's in the cards for us – but we'll see."

Lopez, who turns 40 on Friday, also opens up about the joys of watching her twins grow up. "They're more than walking now ... They're starting to talk," she says. "I put Max to bed yesterday ... and I said, 'I love you baby. I'll see you tomorrow.' And he was like, 'I love you.' "

Speaking of love, Lopez can't say enough about the positive effects of motherhood. "You just mature so quickly in such a deep way and you think life is short and you have to just go for things. You can't be afraid to try or do you best ... just do it and that's the example I want to set for my children as well. It's like you can do anything. The only thing that ever holds us back is fear... It's a useless emotion."

Affleck: 'J.Lo bad for my career'

Ben Affleck has spoken out about his high-profile relationship with former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez - insisting it was bad for his movie career.

The actor began dating the singer in 2002 after starring in Gigli with her, and the pair later became engaged before splitting up shortly before their scheduled wedding in 2004.

Affleck is adamant he should never have got involved in the first place - because the publicity surrounding their romance tainted his career.

He says, "I was no longer in control of my life. I thought I wanted certain things, but I didn't. I got lost. I felt suffocated, miserable and gross. I should never have gone down that route or got sucked in to all the publicity.

"I was typecast as myself. Too many people weren't getting past what they read about me. That was damaging. I can tell from experience it's bad for you, and bad for your career. So I took a break, went away for a while and let things calm down."

And he admits he is much happier with his wife Jennifer Garner and their two daughters, three-year-old Violet and six-month-old Seraphina to look after.

He adds, "Work has taken a back seat. My job is not as important as it was. Saying that having a family changed my life is a cliche. But it's true - it re-arranged my life and made me see clearly."

Sighting

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, heading out to dinner with her glam squad at The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Dining with hairstylist Ken Paves and makeup artist Scott Barnes, Lopez and her hubby first met them for drinks at the restaurant's Bar Centro, then moved to a comfy couch on the patio. Once outside, the group sipped mojitos with their meal.

My Glow by Jennifer Lopez

She already ranks as one of the world’s most successful perfumers, and this October Jennifer Lopez will launch another follow-up to her fragrance Glow, with Coty. My Glow by Jennifer Lopez will take an ultra-feminine approach, with floral notes including lavender, water lily, white rose peony and heliotrope. And the mom to 16-month-old twins Emme and Max found inspiration for the new scent close to home. The dual-sided cap is embossed with a baby boy and girl that mirror soaps in Jennifer’s nursery, and the box reflects her baby shower invitations. Eaux de toilettes will start at $49 for a 50 ml. bottle and the collection will also feature a body lotion for $30.

Jennifer Lopez Closes Down her Sweetface Clothing Line

The recession has already claimed its faire share of celebrity lines from Mandy Moore’s Mblem to Lauren Conrad’s eponymous clothing line going on hiatus, and now WWD is reporting that Jennifer Lopez is following suit and shuttering the doors on her Sweetface line. After six years, Sweetface is halting production after the spring 2009 line, which is in stores now. Sweetface started in 2003 as a urban streetwear spin-off to the JLO by Jennifer Lopez line, but soon became a high end contemporary line. While Sweetface isn’t over forever — the company plans to relaunch with a new vision– no date has been set for its return to stores. But if you are a dedicated J. Lo shopper, you are still in luck — her JLO by Jennifer Lopez line still sells in 40 countries outside of the U.S, and she has six highly successful perfumes with another on the way later this year.

Sighting

A little rain didn't put a damper on Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's afternoon at the ballpark. The two were guests of New York Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran at Citi Field in New York where they watched the home team take on – but unfortunately lose to – the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 10-6.

Sighting

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, sharing a late-night dinner à deux at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. For their date night, the two grabbed a back corner table outside, wine for him (and a drink for her) and seemed really into just being with each other. "They were totally cute," an onlooker tells us. "Really deep in conversation, and they seemed to be having a good time." Also dining at the Italian restaurant that night: Lindsay Lohan. ?

Jennifer Lopez Wants to Know What Love Is

(Watch the Clip here!) Her love don't cost a thing, but apparently Jennifer Lopez is still trying to figure out exactly what it is she's giving away for free.

After a yearlong hiatus from pretty much everything to focus on her twins, Max and Emme, the multihyphenated star is looking to dominate the music scene once again with the new tune "What Is Love."

Upbeat and catchy, the track is vintage J.Lo. In other words, you can dance to it—and, with all those na na nas running throughout, it's the kind of tune that will be stuck in your head for days.

The song's Internet surfacing comes just days after Lopez debuted a ballad she wrote for her kids at a benefit for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles over the weekend.

Talented and charitable. Welcome back indeed.

But that's just us. Are you loving "What Is Love," or should Jenny simply go back to the block?

Jennifer Lopez Reveals Daughter's Medical Scare

Jennifer Lopez will never forget the night she and husband Marc Anthony discovered a lump on daughter Emme's head. Emme and twin brother Max were only three weeks old at the time.

"We both got very nervous, very very nervous, and I just remember my heart sinking to my feet," Lopez recalled at last night's Noche de Ninos gala benefit for Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). "I looked at [Marc] and I said, ‘You know if anything happens, I'm not going to be okay, you know that right?'"

Lopez and Anthony rushed Emme to Children's Hospital, where she underwent a battery of tests, including an MRI. "Luckily in the end," Lopez said, "she turned out fine."

But it turned into something more for the hospital...

Shortly after the scare, the singer-actress joined forces with CHLA to form the Maribel Foundation to help provide pediatric medical services to the less fortunate.

"I started to wonder," Lopez said, "what if I couldn't afford a doctor, or receive the medicines, the procedures?"

Lopez also debuted a new song last night, which she wrote for her twins. A recording of the ballad was played during a video highlighting the Foundation's work. In it, Lopez sings, "Let's keep this time for us and make it last as long as we can. It's already going too fast."

Meanwhile, Jamie Lee Curtis, who was given this year's Courage to Care Award by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, sported a pink wig.

No, she wasn't getting all Britney Spears on us.

The wig belonged to a 15-year-old girl who died of cancer.

"We were at a news conference and she pulled off this wig and on her head she had written ‘Jamie Lee Curtis Rocks,'" the actress told me about her first meeting the girl when she was 11. "That night I borrowed her wig and went to this event, where we raised millions of dollars for Children's Hospital Pittsburgh. After she died, I asked her mother if I could have her wig to carry her message."

Jennifer Lopez: Emme Has My Attitude, Max Has My Mouth

Jennifer Lopez says her 14-month-old daughter Emme has some divalike tendencies – and guess where she learned them?

"We call her Emme-tude because we're like, 'She's giving us Emme-tude right now,' " Lopez, 39, tells Rachael Ray in an interview scheduled to air on her talk show Friday. "She gets that from her dad. I'm kidding – she gets it from me."

As for twin son, Max, Lopez says she and husband Marc Anthony think he also favors his mother in some ways. "Me and Marc are always claiming he's got my head and he's got my mouth," she says.

"You want it all to be you," Lopez says, adding, [Emme's] got my little body." "That's the nature of who we are; we can't help it. We're both trying to steal it all."

One thing Lopez enjoys most, she says, is perceiving the unique qualities of each child. "They're very different," she says. "You can really see it, even from when they're really young."

How would she describe Max? "He's more like the visceral boy – running, knocking things down, eating," Lopez says.

And Emme?

"She takes a step and stops and picks things up and she's like 'I don't know, maybe I'll eat this.' … She’s really kind of indecisive but at the same time very precise."

Ever doting, Lopez says she made a big to-do about the kids' first birthday in February. "We did it in my backyard in L.A.," she says. "We had a BBQ/carnival type thing. Nothing like Mommy Dearest ... It was more just like we had snow cones and a little jumpy."

"They had the best time at their birthday party," she says. "I didn't think a 1-year-old could have fun at a birthday party. But they did; they loved it. I think I did a good job, and they’re going to remember."

Posh Turns (Almost) 35 With Eva, Katie, J.Lo & Nicole

Victoria Beckham's actual birthday isn't until Friday, but why wait to start celebrating?

Last night, she had a girls-only dinner party at Cecconi's. On the guest list? Eva Longoria Parker, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Beckinsale and Nicole Richie.

According to Us Weekly, the group arrived around 9:30 p.m. After a champagne-filled dinner, a cake was brought out for the birthday girl.

No word on whether Posh actually ate any of it.

Before Victoria's birthday bash, Eva pre-partied at the Armani Exchange watch launch party at the SLS Hotel, where she gave us a Desperate Housewives update...

Eva insists things are "great" on set despite Nicollette Sheridan's departure.

And as for those pregnancy rumors, Eva was spotted smoking a cigarette inside her VIP cabana at the party. We're guessing that means she only ate for one at Posh's party.

Sighting

Jennifer Lopez, dancing like one of Marc Anthony's biggest fans during her husband's concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. "[She] had a wonderful time dancing to his tunes and wowing the people around her," says a source, who added that Lopez "looked hot in a sequined party dress. And didn't miss a beat!" (Lopez also sang four songs during Anthony's rehearsal but never performed with him during the show.) After the concert, the couple spent the night in a room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Jennifer Lopez wins cybersquatting case at UN agency

American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has won a cybersquatting case against a U.S. web operator who registered two Internet addresses that used her name for commercial profit, a U.N. agency said on Thursday.

The disputed domain names, jenniferlopez.net and jenniferlopez.org, directed users to a website that generated paid advertising revenues, according to the ruling issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

An independent arbitrator ordered the domain names transferred within 10 days to the Jennifer Lopez Foundation, which filed the complaint. The charitable foundation promotes better access to healthcare for women and children.

The Grammy-nominated singer, widely known as J.Lo, joins other celebrities in ousting cybersquatters through the dispute procedure, including Pierce Brosnan, Tom Cruise, Celine Dion, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Madonna and Julia Roberts.

Lopez, who is from the South Bronx, registered her name as a trademark in the United States in May 1999 and has sold more than 48 million albums worldwide, according to her complaint.

A man based in Phoenix, Arizona, named as Jeremiah Tieman, registered both domain names and asserted that he ran primarily a fan site devoted to providing news and information about the star, according to the arbitrator, Williams Towns.

Tieman "registered two domain names that are identical to the complainant's mark and has used those domain names to attract Internet users to a website from which (he) generates pay-per-click advertising," Towns said in his ruling.

The American arbitrator found that the registration had been for commercial use and was in bad faith.

Lopez, 39, and her husband, salsa singer Marc Anthony, had twins in February. It is her third marriage. The couple starred together in "El Cantante," a 2006 film about salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

Jennifer Lopez Stars in Photo Homage to West Side Story

The finger-snapping return West Side Story to Broadway inspired this month's Vanity Fair to shoot an homage to the classic – and uber fan Jennifer Lopez was perfect for the job.

Lopez, who tells the magazine she watched the film "37 times" as a kid growing up in the Bronx, admits, "I never wanted to be that wimpy Maria, who sits around pining for her guy. I wanted to be Anita, who danced her way to the top."

In this shot, her dream comes true. Photographer Mark Seliger re-creates a scene from the beloved 1961 film version with Lopez (left) as Anita, Rodrigo Santoro (center) as "Shark" Bernardo and Camilla Belle (right) as Maria.

Chris Evans, Ben Barnes, Brittany Snow, Robert Pattinson, Ashley Tisdale, Cam Gigandet and Drake Bell also make cameos in other photos.

Puerto Rican 'Idol' gets love from Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez

Other than making it to the top 12, the best thing that happened to Jorge Nunez so far in his "American Idol" adventure was getting feedback from Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

Nunez, 21, an ebullient college student from Cidra, Puerto Rico, says hearing from the Latin superstar couple has been the highlight of his journey on the Fox competition show. Ryan Seacrest read Nunez a text message by Anthony on his radio show Thursday morning, in which Anthony said Nunez's performance brought the pair to tears.

Nunez says Anthony and Lopez are hugely popular in his country, and he can't believe they know who he is.

Nunez joined Lil Rounds and Scott MacIntyre, picked by viewers this week for the show's top 12, in a teleconference Thursday.

BORROWED GEMS BECOME J.LO'S

JENNIFER Lopez loves jewelry - especially if it's free.

The Bronx native borrowed $50,000 worth of diamonds from Robert Mouawad to attend the launch of Andrea Lieberman's fashion line, ALC, at Barneys in Beverly Hills last week.

Gwen Stefani, Leah Remini and Ellen Pompeo also borrowed baubles from the Swiss jeweler, for whom Lieberman also designs. The next day, the other celebs returned their bling, but J.Lo didn't.

"We received a call from [her manager] Benny Medina, informing us that Jennifer was going to keep the jewelry," an insider said. "As far as Mr. Mouawad is concerned, Jennifer can have whatever she wants, but a premature demand seemed presumptuous."

There's no ill will, however. "Mr. Mouawad is the Swiss billionaire who purchased the 60-carat flawless Mondera Diamond for $50 million," said our source. "He will lose no sleep over $50,000, and frankly, Jennifer's endorsement is priceless."

Medina, reached in Santiago, Chile - where J.Lo's hubby, Marc Anthony, was being honored and performing sold-out shows - told Page Six: "There was no demand whatsoever. There was an offer. It was very clear." In return for hosting the show for her friend, Lopez would be given the entire collection of jewelry and clothes, he said.

"She was the only celebrity whose name was on the invite. She would have done it for nothing," Medina explained. "But this was how it was presented. It was quite a generous offer."

Sharon Stone must be as green as an emerald with envy. In 1993, Harry Winston Inc. sued her for the return of a $400,000 necklace she wore while promoting "Sliver." Stone had claimed it was a gift.

And Paris Hilton wore a $160,000 bracelet loaned by Kwiat to the 2003 Oscars. It had a broken clasp, she said, so she put it in a friend's car, where it was stolen. Kwiat sued the celebutante, and she reportedly wrote a $100,000 check to cover the loss.

J.Lo and Marc a Couple of Baby Buggy Bumpers

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have twin beefs with a baby carriage company.

The couple sued buggy maker Silver Cross for trademark infringement in federal court today, claiming the British manufacturer unlawfully touted its product line by using a picture of the A-list parents pushing twins Emme and Max in their strollers.

Per the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Silver Cross has used the photograph online and in ads without the plaintiffs' permission, thereby deceiving the public into "believing that Lopez and Anthony endorse and sponsor" the U.K.-based pram purveyor.

The famous duo are seeking at least $5 million in damages, a permanent injunction against any further use of their names or images in the company's advertising, and any money thay may have been made by using the Lopez-Anthony family as unwitting spokesmodels.

J-Lo and Marc's Twins Have First Birthday Party

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony celebrated their 1-year-old twins Max and Emme with a birthday party at their Bel Air home on Saturday.

About 50 guests, including Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden and their daughter Harlow, 1, joined the casual afternoon party, which started at about 1 p.m.

Several guests were seen arriving with gifts in Elmo and Disney bags. Others brought stuffed animals and "Happy Birthday" balloons in festive shapes and colors.

The backyard, where the party was held, was decorated with festive metallic silver balloons and a blue-and-red color theme. Two moonbouncers, a clown and upbeat music entertained guests, who were served non-alcoholic slush drinks provided by The Margarita Man.

Guests sang "Happy Birthday" while a cake decorated with candles from Rosebud Cakes was presented.

Max and Emme's actual birthday is Sunday.

Jennifer Lopez Dishes on Oscar Glamour

Jennifer Lopez may not have made it to N.Y.C. Fashion Week but that didn’t stop her from celebrating fashion this week! The diva turned up at the Beverly Hills launch of famed stylist Andrea Lieberman’s A.L.C. line for Barneys New York. With the Oscars just days away, talk inevitably turned to this year’s Academy Awards red carpet. For her part, Lieberman is ambivalent about the impact the economy will have on the Oscar’s glamour. “It’s hard to predict what people will wear,” the tastemaker tells WWD, “but I think the mood right now is a little more effortless. I think people just don’t want to look like they’re trying too hard.” Lopez, however, was adamant that she thinks the Oscars should continue to shine. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with playing dress up right now,” she tells WWD. “Who wouldn’t want to wear borrowed dresses and borrowed jewelry?” But she is aware of the dilemma many stars find themselves in. “I think you can get criticized if you’re wearing borrowed dresses now because it’s borrowed, and I think you can get criticized for if it’s not because you bought it during the current economy,” she says. “So I say, do what makes you happy and wear what you want, because the only thing that really matters,” she jokes, “is if your mother calls you up the next days and says, ‘What were you wearing?’”

EYE ON 'HEIGHTS'

COULD Jennifer Lopez be trying to restart her acting career by hitting Broadway? Insiders say Lopez is interested in starring in "In the Heights," the musical about Washington Heights. She went to the show twice last week and accompanied the producer, Meryl Poster, to dinner Friday evening at Nobu 57, where they discussed roles. Another insider said Lopez might be more interested in a movie version, as Broadway shows are exhausting and time consuming, and Poster also produced the screen version of "Chicago." A rep for Lopez said, "She loves the play but is not Broadway bound."

Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez Share Romantic Duet at Inaugural Ball

That Marc Anthony sure knows how to end his set.

The crooner completed his inaugural performance by bringing "my wife," Jennifer Lopez, on to the stage with him, for a duet.

This thrilled the crowd at the Inauguration's Western Ball, held in the largest ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where the guests also included Angela Bassett and Harold & Kumar and House star Kal Penn, reports The Washington Post.

The 10:25 p.m. appearance of Lopez also further put to rest rumors of a marital rift between the couple.

Earlier in the evening, Anthony had said, "I wrote this next song about Jennifer. I must have been psychic." The song was his decade-old "You Sang to Me."

"She didn't get the point, but eventually it worked," said Anthony, the Associated Press reports.

The couple ended their duet with a kiss. "Man, she's cute," Anthony said after Lopez exited the stage.

How J.Lo, Rosario and More Plan to Stay Warm for the Inauguration

Braving Washington’s winter weather, Hollywood’s hottest stars are bundling up to support Barack Obama. What’s one thing Jennifer Lopez plans to wear Inauguration Day? “Ear muffs,” the Marchesa-clad star told reporters at the Latino Inaugural Gala Sunday evening. “Trying to be cute is out the window,” Rosie Perez told PEOPLE. “I have my long johns, and my tights, and my jeans, and my Ugg boots and my Kangol, Moscow-on the-Hudson hat and my down parka. I’m gonna be there. I just wanna watch.” CNN’s Soledad O’Brien slipped out of her ski pants and into her turquoise Adrianna Papell party dress once she got to the gala’s door. “I changed in the bathroom,” she said. “I have a bag full of long johns. I am wearing six layers today: ski pants, two layers of socks, boots, two turtlenecks and my shearling coat…It’s cold. It’s cold.” Freezing after the outdoor concert, Rosario Dawson said she was just happy to be inside. How will she stay warm Inauguration Day? “I don’t know,” she said, “just keep moving.”

Jennifer Lopez Starstruck by Barack Obama

Even celebrities get starstruck. Just ask Jennifer Lopez.

At the Latino Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, the singer-actress said even with all of Hollywood flocking to the city for the inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama was undeniably the biggest A-lister.

"He is the biggest star here, even though it's chock-full of celebrities," said Jennifer Lopez. "The night he won the election, you could feel it in the air. I was … watching him with tears in my eyes, thinking, 'Yes. Something is different. Something is happening.' We're very excited."

"Washington's never had a bigger rock star at the helm," her husband Marc Anthony agreed.

At the event, Rosario Dawson – whose Voto Latino organization worked to register young Latino voters – said her pinch-me moment was meeting the Obama family Sunday afternoon at the We Are One concert event at the Lincoln Memorial.

"It was really incredible. They're really poised and incredible and just magnificent people," the actress told PEOPLE at the Latino Inaugural Gala. "I'm sort of, like, freaking out right now."

Throughout the evening, guests milled about the vast marble ballroom in Washington D.C.'s Union station, noshing on quesadillas and egg-salad sandwiches on mini-croisssants as a mariachi band played in the background.

Other celebrities in attendance included George Lopez, David Archuleta and CNN's Soledad O'Brien.

Shakira, the last celebrity to walk the red carpet, arrived sheathed in a green Oscar de la Renta gown in time to perform close to midnight.

The pop singer was also pumped up about meeting the President-elect earlier in the day at the Lincoln Monument. "He said that he had my music (on his) iPod," she told PEOPLE. "I hope he was not being just nice."

J.LO, MARC 'WORMING' INTO O

JENNIFER Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony have found a way to bask in Barack Obama's glow - even though they didn't publicly support him until after he got elected.

Anthony agreed to sing and Lopez said she would "speak" at the Latino Inaugural Ball in DC on Jan. 18, two nights before the swearing-in. But some Latinos for Obama are furious that the wealthy couple didn't support the Democratic nominee until he'd won.

One power player called them "vile opportunists for worming themselves into anything Obama related even though they had nothing to do with his win."

According to the source, Anthony refused to perform for Obama during a crucial get-out-the-Latino-vote event in Orlando, Fla., two weeks before the election and Lopez refused to endorse Obama unless he called her himself, which he didn't. The Orlando event went on without them and featured Bill Clinton and Jimmy Smits.

The Latino Ball, at Union Station, is scheduled to attract a list of boldface names, including Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama and "Ugly Betty" actor Tony Plana.

Some Dems are also upset that Lopez and Anthony didn't donate. "They haven't given him, his campaign or the inauguration a cent," a source said - likening the couple to Sean Combs, whose reps tried to procure inauguration tickets for him for free.

But a friend of Lopez and Anthony said, "Unlike Puffy, they are doing something - they are performing. And lots of people, including Rihanna and Mariah Carey, are performing and didn't donate. A lot of celebrities are showing up as guests of magazines or political people and not paying anything or doing anything. Marc and Jennifer shouldn't be reviled for that."

A rep for the couple didn't return calls.

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Share Romantic Getaway

Solo trips to Las Vegas, public appearances without their wedding rings – what's up with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez?

According to those who observed them on a holiday vacation to Puerto Rico, nothing.

The couple, who left for their romantic jaunt on Dec. 26, rang in 2009 poolside at La Concha Hotel, reports the Puerto Rico newspaper El Voce.

On their trip, which lasted through the first week in January, the couple also attended the gubernatorial inauguration and had a cozy dinner together at Marmalade restaurant in Old San Juan.

What's more, a reliable source tells PEOPLE that Lopez, 39, and Anthony, 40, are seriously considering purchasing property at Trump's International Gulf Club Puerto Rico, where they took a tour over the holiday.

'They've Been Arguing'

While both their reps tell PEOPLE that the couple are "great," insiders indicate that their marriage isn't perfect. "They have been having problems, like in any marriage," says one. "They've been arguing."

The likely cause? The growing pains naturally associated with raising 10-month-old twins Max and Emme.

"The marriage is experiencing frustrations because of the added stress of the twins," says another source familiar with the situation, "but they will work things out. They love each other, and that will dictate what happens. I don't think divorce is in the picture."

Sightings

Never mind the rumors: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, cozying up – and sharing a kiss – in Puerto Rico as they attended the Jan. 2 inauguration of the territory's governor, Luis Fortuno.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Jet to Puerto Rico

So much for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's big Valentine's Day demise. (Or so we're being led to believe...)

In the face of reports that the duo have been fighting and are headed for a split, E! News has learned exclusively that J.Lo and her hubby are spending a few days together in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Anthony is scheduled to perform as part of his ongoing tour.

Two days ago, Lopez and Anthony met up with friends and family for dinner at Marmalade, a trendy, upscale restaurant in the old-town section of San Juan.

"Jennifer and Marc looked very happy, so it is hard for me to believe the rumors that their marriage is in trouble," the eatery's general manager, Trace Donaldson, tells E! News. "They were laughing and seemed to be having a great time."

The couple were joined by a group that included Lopez's sister, Lynda.

On Monday, the Out of Sight star's rep denied to E! a New York Daily News report that had the seemingly cozy couple planning to announce their breakup right after Anthony's Feb. 14 show at Madison Square Garden.

"There is no merit to the article," the rep said.

Lopez was spotted Dec. 26 boarding a private flight straight to Puerto Rico out of Van Nuys Airport.

J. Lo's Marriage Not on the Chopping Block

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's marriage is doing just fine, thankyouverymuch.

While a morning report alleged that the duo of more than four years were in the early stages of premeditating a public—not to mention rather ironic—Valentine's Day split, Lopez's rep maintains that everything is just peachy in J. Lo land.

"There is no merit to the article," Lopez's publicist Leslie Sloane told E! News of the New York Daily News report.

While rumors of marital discord are nothing new for the couple, speculation of an impending split was ramped up earlier this month when Lopez turned up at the Los Angeles premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button without her wedding ring. Or husband.

She was, however, photographed reunited with the former during a shopping trip in Beverly Hills last week.

As it is, back in October the duo further solidified their union—and no doubt confounded their doubters—by renewing their wedding vows in Las Vegas.

UNCOUPLING

BOTH Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have recently been photographed without their wedding rings, but the marital discord apparently started much earlier. Despite the fact that the couple renewed its vows in October, a source tells Page Six that Lopez used to send her assistant on tour with Anthony while she stayed at home with their twins. "She wanted reports back so he didn't cheat on her," says our source. Lopez and Anthony are also reportedly selling the $8.5 million Bel Air estate where they were wed in June 2004. Lopez's rep did not respond to a request for comment.

J. Lo, Salma Hayek, Seth Rogen, Amy Poehler Will Present Golden Globes

And your presenters are...

Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler and Seth Rogen have been named hosts of the 2009 Golden Globes Awards presentation. The 66th annual Golden Globes are scheduled to air Sunday, Jan. 11 on NBC.

Rogen, 26, was busy in 2008 with films including "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" and " Pineapple Express." "Saturday Night Live" star Poehler, 37, appeared in "Baby Mama" and " Hamlet 2."

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Enjoy Adult Dinner

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony took a break from diaper duty with twins Max and Emme Tuesday night, when they opted for a romantic, adult dinner at Andrew Hewitt's new Pacific-Rim-inspired Beverly Hills restaurant, Luau.

The couple snuggled together in a booth, feeding one another Kobe meatballs and enjoying – as they ate with their hands – tamarind-glazed ribs, as well as each other's company, if their kisses were any indication.

Lopez, sipping an apple martini, and Anthony, drinking beer, "looked genuinely in love," observed one diner.

Also adding to the festive atmosphere: a fellow patron's toddler, who sprinted the Anthonys – who couldn't help but fawn over the child.

Still to come was dessert, coconut tiramisu and chocolate lava cake, which the happy couple shared. Sweet.

Jennifer Lopez pencils in 'Plan B'

Jennifer Lopez has come on board to star in the romantic comedy "Plan B" for CBS' nascent movie division.

The project involves a single woman who attempts to conceive via artificial insemination and winds up in a quandary after she finds romance. Production is scheduled to start in the spring, making it one of the first projects to get a green light at CBS Films.

Lopez has starred in a number of comedy hits such as "Maid in Manhattan" and "Monster In-Law," and is set to star in the heist picture

Couple Watch

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, walking into Madonna's L.A. concert at Dodger Stadium like they were royalty. Lopez, dressed in all white, clutched Anthony's hand as they emerged from the backstage area onto the field. Lopez was absolutely glowing and smiled ear to ear as they waved and walked through the crowd to their seats. Meanwhile, Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger were seated next to Hayden Panettiere at the show, just a few rows away from the stage. Rodger completely doted on his stylist wife the entire time, even braving the crowd to grab margaritas before Madonna hit the stage.

Judge: Ex-Hubby Still Owes J.Lo

It's not like she needs the money. But Jennifer Lopez just scored some sweet revenge on her blabbing ex.

A Los Angeles judge has upheld a $545,000 award that the multi-hyphenate diva won against first husband Ojani Noa after she sued him for writing a tell-all tome about their doomed relationship.

The Cuban-born former waiter hoped to have the sum tossed on a technicality—seems his original lawyer wasn't authorized to practice law, oops!

Lopez sued after Noa wrote a salacious book outlining her "multiple duplicitous sexual affairs" behind Noa's back (including a tryst with Marc Anthony while he was married to ex-Miss Universe Dayanara Torres) in violation of a 2002 confidentiality agreement.

Noa wound up losing during arbitration, which he failed to appear for. The book was blocked from being published. And now mom has some extra cash for Max and Emme's Halloween treats.

Jennifer Lopez Signs First-Look TV Deal with Universal

She may have bailed on Project Runway, but multi-hyphenate Jennifer Lopez is poised to add some new TV credits to her ever-growing resume.

Along with her company Nuyorican Prods, the former Fly Girl has inked a two-year first-look deal with Universal Media Studios to exclusively develop a slate of TV projects for the NBC family, Variety reports.

Lopez, who once guested on NBC's Will & Grace, has already branched out into television producing, bringing series to the Disney Channel (Amigas), the defunct UPN (South Beach), the SAP-py Univision (Como ama una mujer) and MTV (Dancelife).

The singer/actress may find herself battling, well, herself if or when any of her new projects hit the air though. Nuyorican is currently developing a small-screen version of Lopez's 2002 rom-com Maid in Manhattan for ABC.

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Design Life Around the Twins

Life couldn't be more different for Jennifer Lopez since the February birth of their boy and girl, the singer and husband Marc Anthony admit.

"We're just lucky," Anthony, 40, tells PEOPLE. "Our life is designed around the twins. Everything smells better, it tastes better, it even feels better on a minute-to-minute basis. We should just enjoy this."

The couple were arm in arm at Fashion Group International's Night of Stars Event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York Thursday night. Lopez and Prince presented the award to Donatella Versace.

It was a Versace palm-leaf dress that Lopez famously wore to the Grammys in 2000, but the new mom and her husband were at odds over whether she'd slip into a similar outfit these days.

"For me, it was one of the eye-opening moments of what a dress could actually do," Lopez, 39, tells PEOPLE. "And I was on the cover of the paper the next day, because of that Versace dress. No, I'd wear it [now]."

"Maybe as a wife, she wouldn't," Anthony interjected, as his spouse laughed.

Jennifer Lopez: I Overcame 'Challenging' Relationships

Jennifer Lopez says that when it came to becoming happy and fulfilled in a relationship, she was a late bloomer.

"I have been in a few challenging ones," Lopez, 39, said Wednesday at The Women's Conference in Long Beach, Calif. "I have been in relationships that can make you doubt who you are and what you are capable of, and doubt what you deserve. It took me a bit little longer to get it right."

The actress, who didn't single out any of her exes, has been married twice and famously dated Sean "Diddy" Combs and Ben Affleck before quietly marrying Marc Anthony, 40, with whom she had twins.

Raising children, she told the conference being attended by 14,000 women and hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver, "can make you more aware and more loving, and make you aware there's nothing they don't deserve. Your eyes open. Your heart opens."

Inside Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony's Renewal Ceremony

When it came to saying their "I dos" again, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony doubled the fun, joining New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and his wife Jessica for a joint ceremony, PEOPLE has learned.

"Carlos gave his wife a specially engraved ring and gave Marc and Jennifer special rings as gifts," a source told PEOPLE exclusively. "Carlos and Jessica renewed their vows first, then Jennifer and Marc went."

The vows came after a private dinner at Bradley Ogden and a good night rolling the dice. "They were both winning at the craps table and Marc kept saying that it was going to be a lucky night," the source said.

And as luck would have it, it was "nearly flawless," added the source. "Initially, they were supposed to do the ceremony outside on the suite’s balcony but it was too cold, so they had to move it inside. That was the only thing that didn’t go according to plan."

Inside, the couples were wed in the Caesars Palace's newly renovated Forum Tower Penthouse in the suite's rotunda. The suite only reopened Saturday, making Lopez and Anthony the first people to stay there since the renovation.

"Marc actually said the suite was so beautiful that it deserved it's own zip code," the source said. "He thought it was perfect."

Wearing a black dress, Lopez looked "beautiful" as 12 people witnessed the ceremony, the source said. "Her parents didn't even see it because they were with the babies."

Following the nuptials, a butler opened a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne for the newly re-married couples.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Renew Their Vows in Vegas

More than four years after saying "I do", Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony secretly renewed their vows in Las Vegas early Sunday morning, PEOPLE has learned.

Witnessed by two friends, the duo renewed the vows at Caesars Palace's Forum Tower Penthouse at 3:15 a.m. Sunday after a night at Pure Nightclub, a rep for the hotel confirmed to PEOPLE. The service was officiated by Rev. Steven Smith.

"It was totally a spur of the moment thing," a source said. "They decided around 12:30 in the morning that they wanted to do it and started calling for ministers."

The renewal ceremony comes after the couple spent the previous evening club-hopping in Las Vegas and taking in a show. Most in the city believed the couple was in the city to celebrate Anthony's birthday from last month.

"(Marc) said they were in town for his birthday and they wanted to celebrate," said a source who talked to the couple.

On Friday, the couple headed to LAX Nightclub and The Bank after checking out Criss Angel's new Cirque Du Soleil show Believe – all under the guise the couple was in town celebrating Anthony's birthday from last month.

Mendes hates comparison to J.Lo

Hollywood actress Eva Mendes has lashed out at comparisons to fellow Latina Jennifer Lopez, insisting her career is "more serious".

The We Own The Night beauty has made a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in box office blockbusters like Training Day, Ghost Rider, and Hitch, while Lopez has carved out a career in music, acting and fashion.

But Mendes hates being pitted against Lopez when people talk about successful Latinas - because she claims she's more attentive and dedicated to her chosen profession.

She says, "I would like to think I will have a more serious career than J.Lo. We may both be of Latin origin but that's where the comparisons stop. She manages her career like the head of a big corporation, whereas the only thing I care about is becoming the best actress possible."

TINA SNARES SPIKED J.LO PIECE

ELLE magazine killed a touchy profile on Jennifer Lopez, but reporter Kevin Sessums got his piece posted on Tina Brown's new Web site, The Daily Beast.

Sessums, originally hired to write this month's J.Lo cover story for Elle, was pulled from the assignment after his first interview "got much too personal" and the magazine put another writer, Peter Rubin, on the profile at the request of Lopez's reps.

Elle's article flatteringly focuses on Lopez as a fashion icon. But Sessums describes a flu-ridden Lopez: "Her unwashed hair is pulled severely back and there's a halo of frizz around the crown of her head."

The bootylicious singer/actress also told Sessums she doesn't breast-feed her newborn twins, is willing to put the kids in Scientology classes, and said she had "a kind of nervous breakdown" while filming "Enough" (2002). Lopez isn't a Scientologist but she told Sessums her father is.

A rep for Lopez said of Sessums' interview appearing on The Daily Beast, "We're very unhappy about it, and think it was poor judgment on his part. As long as we have represented Jennifer, we have never heard her refer to having a breakdown of any sort."

One insider told us the photo shoot and interview were pitched to Lopez as "a fashion discussion about a woman who had new babies and was doing it all."

The woman Sessums portrayed was a weepy, fragile new mother who admitted, "I did cry a lot [after the babies were born] because I was having so much trouble moving. I had a C-section.

"I couldn't get up fast enough to feed the babies. It went on for about three days. [Husband] Marc [Anthony] was helping out a lot and I was crying and crying and going, 'Oh, Papi, they're going to know everybody more than me . . . They're going to love everybody more than me!' "

Sessums and an Elle rep didn't return calls.

Jennifer Lopez: "I Had a Nervous Breakdown"

Multihyphenate Jennifer Lopez recently spoke on a wide range of topics during a very candid interview that she ultimately seems to have regretted—the Q&A was originally done for a major fashion magazine that quashed the story at Jenny's request.

But now it has surfaced online, and here are some of the highlights that really caught our attention!

• On having a breakdown while shooting the 2002 film Enough: "There was a time when I was very overworked and I was doing music and movies and so many things. I was suffering from a lack of sleep. And I did have a kind of nervous breakdown. I froze up on a set. Well, not on a set, but in my trailer. I was like, 'I don't want to move. I don't want to talk. I don't want to do anything'...Yeah. I did. I had a nervous breakdown."

• As for her thoughts on Scientology, whose famous members include pals Tom Cruise and Leah Remini...

"I do know a lot about Scientology. And I know about the practices," she says. Although she herself is not a follower, she adds, "I wouldn't have a problem saying [I was] because I know what it is. I have no problems with it."

In fact, Lopez would consider sending her twins, Emme and Max, to a Scientology school because she knows "the techonologies that they have are very helpful."

• Regarding the decision to pose with her kids on the cover of People magazine for a reported $6 million: "I think one of the reasons the price went so high is that we didn't want to do it for so long...We weren't into it. I was like, 'No, I don't really want to. No. No way.' But then it got to the point that you go, 'Well, now you're being stupid with these offers.' I thought, I can set them up. I can put this away just for them. We gave a little bit and I saved the rest for them."

Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini Joined at the Hip

Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini were like a couple of high schoolers last night at Elle's Women in Hollywood Tribute.

The two arrived hand in hand and then dashed through the predinner cocktail reception still holding hands. (A big burly bodyguard led them through the crowd, making sure no one got in their way.) As soon as they made it to their seats, they hung out like a couple of cool chicks in the cafeteria.

They talked, they giggled, and they took pics of each other with their BlackBerrys.

And it didn't end there...

They excused themselves from their table (which included Jenny McCarthy and the emcee for the night, E!'s Chelsea Handler) at least twice to go to the loo. And yes, they walked to and from the bathroom holding hands.

Still glued to each other's sides at the end of soiree, they spent their last few minutes there chatting with Nicole Kidman.

I know what you're thinking: Lopez is just giving more evidence to claims that she's become a Scientologist like Remini. Who really knows what's going on there, but for more on the theory ya gotta read what Lopez told writer Kevin Sessums over at the Daily Beast about the controversial L. Ron Hubbard church.

OK, enough about Lopez and Remini—let's get on to the show.

The standout for the evening had to be Jane Fonda. Looking absolutely, positively stunning, Ms. Fonda said one of the biggest reasons she and her fellow honorees showed up for the event was for the—ha!—"publicity."

Even Fonda said she was impressed by the star power that gathered for the exclusive gala at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The elbow-to-elbow crowd included honorees Kidman, Halle Berry, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Hathaway, Isla Fisher and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, along with Diane Keaton, Eva Mendes, Kate Beckinsale, Sheryl Crow, Shirley MacLaine, Courteney Cox, Kerry Washington, Jennie Garth, Katharine McPhee and Cheryl Hines. Yes, there were men: David Arquette, Peter Facinelli, Chris Evans, Troy Garity and Get Smart director Peter Segal were among the very few.

While Fonda cracked that she was nervous to meet Sacha Baron Cohen "because he's so cute," she put all kidding aside when it came to one particular 22-year-old up-and-comer. "I got really excited about being here because there's Kat Dennings," Fonda cooed. "You don't know who I'm talking about, but you will."

Dennings stars alongside Michael Cera in the just-released romantic comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

"That," Dennings said of Fonda's shout-out, "was the best moment of my life!"

Power Moms Halle, Nicole and Jennifer Talk Babies

It was a big night for leading ladies Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez at Elle's Women in Hollywood Tribute event on Monday, and the actresses were all focused on their most important role to date: being a mom.

Kidman, looking svelte in a fitted Prada minidress, arrived at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and told PEOPLE that 3-month-old Sunday Rose had just fallen asleep. "I'm very lucky," she said, adding, "her personality started to show when she was in my tummy – she's lovely."

New mom Lopez, in Dolce & Gabbana, spoke about balancing motherhood with her career since welcoming twins Max and Emme in February. "It's tough, you just try," she said at the event, which was hosted by Elle magazine. "I'm still figuring it out."

She also admitted that primping for the red carpet is more challenging than ever. "While I'm doing hair and makeup, I try to put them on my lap and the makeup artist is like, 'Can you move her?' And I'm like, 'No! I have to have two babies on my lap!'"

And Berry, in a figure-hugging Roberto Cavalli dress, said she was still mastering the juggling act since giving birth to her daughter Nahla in March. "I'm only seven months into learning how to balance all of those things," she said. "What I know for sure is that many women have done it before me – so it's doable. But I'm a newbie – I'm making a lot of mistakes right now!"

Sighting

Jennifer Lopez, dining with a group (including hubby Marc Anthony) at N.Y.'s Waverly Inn

J-Lo 'shocked' by Posh's new 'do

Jennifer Lopez was shocked when she saw pal Victoria Beckham‘s new pixie crop haircut for the first time - because the Brit had kept the style a secret from her.

The former Spice Girl stunned onlookers at a Marc Jacobs fashion show in New York City earlier this month when she debuted the new look - and Lopez was left speechless.

She says, "I was so shocked. I arranged to meet up with her the day she had it done. She didn't tell me what she was doing, so I turned up and there was she was with this incredibly short black hair. I was knocked out.

"I told her she looked like Audrey Hepburn. I think she's such a great girl."

And it isn't just Beckham's hair that Lopez is a fan of - she really admires the star's new clothing range.

She adds, "I was so excited for her that her fashion collection went so well. Everyone loved it. I'm really proud of her."

J.Lo wants more kiddies

Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez wants to expand her family by having more children.

The Maid in Manhattan star gave birth to twins, Max and Emme, with her husband Marc Anthony earlier this year (Feb08).

And Lopez admits that she is hoping to get pregnant again - but she is happy to leave it to chance.

She tells E! Online, "I'd love to have more kids. I don't know when, we'll see, you know, that's the same way my first ones happened! We'll just do it the same way for the second (time around)!"

Jennifer and Marc Slip Away for European Vacation

Just days after surprising husband Marc Anthony with a special 40th birthday party, Jennifer Lopez whisked him away for a romantic tour of Europe's glitzy sunspots.

On the itinerary: Shopping and strolling in France's St. Tropez and the Italy's Portofino. On Sunday, they headed to the sights of ancient Greece, where Lopez also had a photoshoot.

Lopez, 39, and Anthony were seen walking hand-in-hand through romantic Portofino over the weekend, the second time this year they've hit the VIP holiday spot on the Italian Riviera.

According to Mariangela Canale – who owns a bakery in Portofino – the couple were guests of designers Dolce & Gabbana on their yacht, the Regina D'Italia.

Canale says the captain of the yacht personally came to pick up focaccia bread for the crew and guests last Friday morning. "Lopez is in love with Portofino," said Canale. "She keeps coming back."

The couple also went shopping, surrounded by an entourage of friends and bodyguards. (A shop assistant at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique in Portofino confirmed that the couple bought two bags from the store.)

Earlier in the week, the two hit up a few choice shops in St. Tropez, including the Bonpoint boutique.

"She came in and spent an hour. She bought one of everything," a store spokesperson tells PEOPLE of her Sept. 18 visit. "Actually because she has twins, she bought ... everything by two."

Among her purchases? Matching jeweled bracelets reading "Maman" for Jennifer and "Bebé" for Max and Emme.

J.Lo still carrying baby weight

Jennifer Lopez never felt pressured to lose baby weight and regain her pre-pregnancy figure, insisting she's happy with the extra "10 pounds or so" she's retained.

The superstar gave birth to twins Emme and Max in February and subsequently slimmed down as she trained for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which took place last weekend.

But Lopez insists she doesn't feel the need to tone up any further, even though she is still about 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) heavier than she was before she had kids.

She tells People.com, "I don't weigh myself a lot. I still have 10 pounds, or so. (But) I don't have any problems with it. I never felt I had to get rid of it."

And Lopez admits her husband Marc Anthony has no qualms about her curves either.

She adds, "We like to eat! I think you have to love yourself and indulge when you want to, as well as be happy and just have a healthy attitude towards it. Marc loves the way I look!"

Jennifer Lopez: I Spend Every Free Moment with the Babies

Jennifer Lopez is famous for her multitasking career as a singer, actress, designer and dancer. But motherhood has taken her juggling act to a whole new level.

Until recently, Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, who welcomed twins Max and Emme in February, didn't have a nanny to help out with child care.

"I did it for a long time but we started using a nanny a few weeks ago," says Lopez, 39. "[Most days] I get up early with them. Then when the nanny comes, I can take a shower and give them their breakfast. She's there to help me get things done."

As for getting back to work, Lopez says she'll take it a day at a time. "It's gonna be a learning experience. How will I do both? I try to take breaks from work," she tells PEOPLE. "I'll do a little work with the choreographers and then come back. I try to spend every free moment with the babies."

The mornings are her favorite time with the twins. "When they see you and have that big smile on their face – I live for that," she says. "And when I put them to bed at night and they melt in your arms. I give them a bottle and wind it down. I say, 'It's time for beddy-bye.' I hold them and sing a little song. By the time you know it, they are asleep."

Adding to her bliss: Lopez is perfectly happy with her post-baby body. "The triathlon really helped get me in better shape, and snapped me back into my body," she says, referring to last weekend's Nautica Malibu Triathlon. "I don't weigh myself a lot. I still have 10 lbs., or so. [But] I don't have any problems with it. I never felt I had to get rid of it."

Asked how she stays so sane about her body image, she laughs: "We like to eat!" On a serious note, she adds, "I think you have to love yourself and indulge when you want to, as well as be happy and just have a healthy attitude towards it."

Besides, she notes, "Marc loves the way I look!"

Jennifer Lopez Surprises Husband with Glamorous Birthday Bash

On the same day that she completed her first triathlon in Malibu, Jennifer Lopez threw a sexy surprise 40th birthday party for her husband, Marc Anthony, in New York City.

Pulling off the big bash – and keeping it a secret – took a bit of sneaky maneuvering and required Lopez to use her honed acting skills, she tells PEOPLE.

In the weeks leading up to his 40th birthday, Anthony frequently asked his wife: "What are we gonna do for my birthday?" says Lopez, 39. But she played it cool. "I told him it was such a busy weekend, that I might not be able to do anything," she says with a laugh.

In fact, Lopez had managed to plan a 1940's Cuban nightclub themed party at the Bowery Hotel. Turning on her famous work ethic, the singer-actress biked, swam and ran to a fifth place finish in the celebrity women's category at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sunday – then hopped a jet to New York for the party that night.

The ruse? Lopez told her husband that they were going to a dinner celebrating pal Katie Holmes's upcoming Broadway debut in All My Sons. And he didn't suspect a thing. "I can't believe we pulled it off," Lopez marvels. "He was so blown away."

The party featured burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, a salsa orchestra, mojitos and showgirls in feather headdresses, just like at Havana's famous Tropicana nightclub. Party planner Liberty Woodman, who coordinated the event with Lopez, says, "She wanted a sexy vibe with the casino and showgirls."

The couple's friends and family danced the night away, including Brooke Shields and husband Chris Henchy. Says Shields with a laugh: "Jennifer is amazing. I did a triathlon once in college but for me a triathlon is now eating, drinking and sleeping." Adds pal Leah Remini, "The party is over the top. It's pure Jennifer."

After a night of gambling, dancing and singing (Lopez dedicated a sultry version of "My Man" to the birthday boy) the couple and their 6-month-old twins, Max and Emme, took off for a vacation to the coast of Italy and Greece.

From the yacht, Lopez raved about her little ones: "They are crawling and teething," she says. "Emme is always very calm and quiet. Max is kinda very boy. He's brawny and tough. He likes to scream and yell sometimes, and she's kinda looking at him [like], 'Hey, why are you screaming.'"

For more details on the party – and exclusive photos! – pick up PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Jetsetting J.Lo Throws NYC Party Post Triathlon

So much for Sunday being a day of rest!

Hours after finishing her first triathlon in Malibu, Jennifer Lopez jetsetted to NYC to fete hubby Marc Anthony's 40th birthday.

After jogging, biking and swimming for hours sans makeup, J.Lo got glam for the posh party, held at the Bowery Hotel.

Guests included Leah Remini, Brooke Shields, Dita Von Teese and Kimora Lee Simons.

One no show? Heidi Klum. The Project Runway host was reportedly angry that J.Lo pulled out of judging the season finale last minute.

Jennifer Lopez Completes First-Ever Triathlon in Malibu

Jennifer Lopez had the support of several important men in her life as she successfully competed in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sunday, finishing the race in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds.

The singer-actress was cheered on from the sidelines by husband Marc Anthony, who escorted her to a VIP area with his arm securely around her after she crossed the finish line, exhausted, but with her fists pumped in victory.

In the VIP area, Lopez met up with Matthew McConaughey, who also competed in the triathlon at Zuma Beach. The actor greeted his former Wedding Planner costar with a big hug. And Lopez was accompanied along the way by her trainer Gunnar Peterson, who was not racing himself, but was there to help out.

Lopez, 39, has been training for the event – her first ever triathlon – with Peterson and Self magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger. In August, she appeared on Good Morning America, boasting a positive attitude about her workout regimen. "I feel great," she said on the show. "I have more energy – [and] I'm proud of myself." She also revealed that she would be raising money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Wearing forest green Juicy sweats when she arrived Sunday morning, Lopez changed quickly into her wetsuit before the swim portion as Peterson and a bodyguard held up towels to shield her from the paparazzi. Also watching: Her fans, who offered their love. As Lopez and her entourage – including her sister, an assistant and several bodyguards – made its way to the beach, fans yelled, "I love you J.Lo."

She clearly appreciated the support, smiling and waving back.

But for McConaughey, the event was all business. The actor (and fitness buff) had his game face on before the race as he stretched. He even had a friend rub deodorant on his neck to cut down on his friction from his suit.

Still, the actor broke his serious demeanor for a moment, though, when he spotted girlfriend Camila Alves – who spent some of the race time in the VIP area, holding son Levi in a baby bjorn. McConaughey left the line to give her a kiss and rub Levi before the swim began.

Jennifer Lopez Still On for Triathlon

Just call her superwoman. For the last two days or so, Jennifer Lopez has had to take a timeout from her training for this weekend's Nautica Malibu Triathlon because of an ankle injury, but that's not stopping her from doing the race.

"She had a slight injury," Lopez's rep tells me, adding, "She will definitely be doing the triathlon. She does not want to let down her charity and all the people who have supported her."

However, she did skip out as celebrity judge at today's taping of the Project Runway finale. Project Runway's very own Tim Gunn filled Lopez's shoes, making it the first time he's ever judged the designers. (Access Hollywood first reported Lopez's cancellation.)

What's been the reaction? Well...

"Tim Gunn stepped in to the rescue and RUNWAY fans who've always dreamed of seeing Sir Tim judge are going to get their wish," Runway executive producer Andy Cohen blogged earlier today at BravoTV.com. "It was a great morning."

Now, back to the triathlon, which benefits Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Lopez has been blogging about her efforts on Self magazine's website. "Working out and getting back into shape isn't exciting to me but training for a triathlon is," she has said. "There's a goal at the end of it, something to reach for."

Tim Gunn to Fill In for J.Lo on Project Runway Finale

Jennifer Lopez was supposed to be the surprise guest judge for Project Runway’s season finale. But an injury auf’d her from the Bravo reality show.

At the Friday morning taping of Runway’s Fashion Week show for its finalists, Heidi Klum announced to the crowd that the singer-actress had to pull out “due to a foot injury” and wouldn’t be able to help decide this season’s winner.

“She hurt her leg/foot, apparently,” a source tells PEOPLE.

Lopez’s appearance on the finale was never publicly confirmed, because producers like to keep the guest judge as much of a surprise as possible, added the source.

Instead, Tim Gunn, Runway’s resident fashion mentor, will be stepping into her shoes. And although he has close relationships with the contestants because he advises each of them on their work, he promised to be “unbiased” as a judge.

“It just seemed totally fitting because he’s never been a judge,” the source says, noting that Gunn “was extremely nervous” to switch roles on the show.

If anything, news of Gunn stepping in as a replacement was greeted warmly by the contestants. “People were crying because they were so moved by Tim being a judge,” says the source.

Lopez has been training to compete in the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon this weekend, a benefit for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Nicole Kidman Tops Most Overpaid Celebrity List

Russell Crowe is no longer the most overpaid celebrity. That honor goes to a fellow Aussie.

Nicole Kidman was name as the most overpaid celebrity in Hollywood in Forbes' second annual list of the stars who give the least return for their pay.

This dubious honor was determined by dividing an actor's gross income for his/her last three films into the net revenue (i.e. box office + DVD sales - the budget = payback value). According to this formula, Kidman's films only earned $1 for every dollar she was paid. A year ago, the films earned $8 on the dollar.

"Despite winning an Oscar for her performance in 2002's 'The Hours,' Kidman has become the most overpaid celebrity in Hollywood," says Forbes, adding that her upcoming movie "Australia" could give her a boost.

The remainder of the Payback list includes:

2. Jennifer Garner - "Underperfromance" ought to be her middle name after appearing in "The Kingdom" and "Catch and Release." She only brought the studios $3.60 for every dollar she received.

3. Tom Cruise - Not many wanted a serving of "Lions for Lambs." Overall, his films averaged $4 of gross income. At least his " Tropic Thunder" turn is earning him raves.

4. Cameron Diaz - $4 gross also.

5. Jennifer Lopez - Jenny from the block isn't bringing in the bucks with only a $4.10 return for each dollar she gets.

6. Jim Carrey - Only $4.11 return for his work isn't a laughing matter for this comedian who has seen better days at the box office.

7. Nicolas Cage - Sure, he may have had success with his "National Treasure" sequel, but that could only do so much against his box-office flop "Next," which lost 50 cents for every dollar he was paid. Overall, the studios averaged $4.16 in gross income for his films.

8. Drew Barrymore - $4.38 on the dollar.

9. Will Ferrell - "Blades of Glory" may have put gold in the studios' coffers, but his serious and critically acclaimed turn in "Stranger Than Fiction" wasn't a draw for his usual fans. The studios only averaged $4.67 for every dollar he got.

10. Cate Blanchett - Good acting doesn't always spell good box office. She brought in $4.97 gross income for her last three films.

Kudos goes to Crowe, however, who fell off the list altogether after topping it last year. Back then, he only averaged $5 on the dollar as compared to this year's $6.88 return for his work. He owes this increase to "American Gangster," which returned 10 times the amount he was paid.

Jennifer Lopez, 'Project Runway's' celebrity guest judge?

Is J.Lo headed for "Project Runway"?

Reps for the hit Bravo series are keeping a serious lid on the identity of their traditional celebrity guest judge for the show's finale this season.

But, rumor has it, Jennifer Lopez is it.

The new mom will be taking her fashion sense to the front row at the finale's popular runway show, sources tell the Daily News' Jo Piazza.

Lopez will join the ranks of guest judges such as pal Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman and Brooke Shields, who have all weighed in on the runway looks of the show's top designers.

Despite the buzz, a "Project Runway" rep wouldn't confirm or deny Lopez's involvement with the show, telling us, "we'd rather give the audience and viewers a surprise."

Couple Watch

Jennifer Lopez, accompanying hubby Marc Anthony to Miami, where he was performing at the American Airlines Arena. Before show time, the couple enjoyed some quiet time – sans twins Max and Emme – at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. "Jennifer and Marc had some spa treatments at the hotel, and just basically relaxed," says a source. "They wanted some time to just hang out and chill."

Jennifer Lopez Reveals Details of Her Pregnancy

Jennifer Lopez says she was "selfish" for the first time in her life while she was pregnant with twins Max and Emme, who are now 6 months old.

Midway through her pregnancy, Lopez had just finished her concert tour with husband Marc Anthony last fall when she told him she needed him to take the reins, she tells Elle magazine in its October issue cover story. "I said, 'I did the superwoman thing, I finished the tour – now I need you to take care of me,'" said Lopez, 39.

"'I love doing things for you; if I'm not cooking, then I'm picking out a shirt. But this is the first time in my life where I'm just going to be a little bit selfish,'" she told Anthony, who turns 40 on Sept. 16. "'I don’t know if I'm going to have kids again, so I want it to be a beautiful experience. I don't want to have any drama. I want to just be smiling every day.'"

The actress, who is currently training for her first triathalon, says she and her husband of four years didn't worry when she didn't get pregnant right away. "We knew nothing was wrong with either one of us – I had been checked, and he had kids already," she told Elle. "I knew [that] something’s not ready here, in my head or in my life, and when it is, I know it’s going to happen.”

As for the moment she realized she was pregnant, she reveals, "I was sitting down doing hair and makeup and I felt a flutter. The weirdest little ... flourish. My makeup artist said 'What’s the matter?' I didn’t say anything, but in my head, I was like, I have life inside me!”

Two weeks before giving birth, Lopez commissioned a special gift for her husband – a book of photos of herself. Says Lopez: "I was like, 'How am I going to rock this moment of my life? ... I felt very womanly. Marc was in a dream. He loved it."

We Hear...

THAT Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Stiller are using quarterlife.com/intern to find interns to work for them.

Kim Kardashian Names Her Favorite Butt

TVGuide.com: Last question: Is there another celebrity whose backside you'd like to have, if you did not possess your own famous one?

Kardashian: Jennifer Lopez! I love her. Can you tell? [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: You wouldn't go in the "other" direction, with, like, Jessica Alba's?

Kardashian: Yeah, hers is adorable. Adorable. I love her and her little butt is so cute. But I'm a J.Lo fan.

Sightings

In Denver for the Democratic National Convention, new parents Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren ventured out to a Vote Latino event at Vinyl. At the reception, the actress, in a black Juicy dress, mixed politics with girl talk, chatting up Jennifer Lopez and Rosario Dawson. Meanwhile, Dawson left her boyfriend Mathieu Schreyer behind in Los Angeles while she got to work to get out the vote. Not that Dawson – who told us she supports Barack Obama – is telling people how to vote. Nope, next she (and Vote Latino) will visit Minneapolis, where the group will set up shop at the Republican National Convention.

Sightings

Jennifer Lopez, hosting a luncheon for Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund at the Denver Art Museum. The actress posed for pictures in her two-piece pink suit on a bridge between the old and new portions of the museum. Lopez also waved to a handful of fans before hopping into her limo and speeding away.

Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Her Triathlon Training

It's only been six months since she gave birth to twins, but Jennifer Lopez is racing back into shape – literally.

Lopez, 39, is training for her first triathlon with Self magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger – and the singer/actress is sharing her fitness regimen, challenges and all.

"You have to start slow and give yourself time," a workout ready Lopez said during an interview from New York's Central Park Monday on Good Morning America. "I'm always challenging myself and seeing what I can do."

A self-described "good athlete" who has been following a workout designed by trainer Gunnar Peterson, Lopez says the triathlon presents one big challenge for her.

"Swimming is a killer, I'm not going to lie" she said, laughing. "[But] I'm a good athlete. My stamina, I can get that up there if I really try."

With less than a month until the triathlon, which will take place Sept. 14 in Malibu, Lopez says she's making time for her workouts. And she's not just doing it not just for personal or health reasons: She's raising money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Fans can donate money to the cause, follow her progress and read Lopez's blog on Self's official Web site.

Named by Self as one of the magazine's 10 most inspiring women of 2008 – and the health magazine's September cover model – Lopez says she is determined to finish the race even if she "has to crawl across that finish line."

Her motto? "Get it done, Lopez! Get it done," she said, full of pep.

The only downside to the training, though, is the time away from her children, Max and Emme. "It's really tiring," she says during the interview. "I like getting a lot of time with the babies."

As a solution, her husband Marc Anthony set up a spot in their home where Lopez can use a treadmill and even work out with a computerized biking program.

"I feel great," she said on Good Morning America. "I have more energy – [and] I'm proud of myself."

J.LO TAKES A DRUBBING

JENNIFER Lopez will definitely not be attending the book parties for "2011: Trendspotting for the Next Decade" (McGraw-Hill). In a chapter titled "Jennifer Lopez's Antics: The J Down Lo," author Richard Laermer opines: "This woman has tried everything - no exaggeration: She's been a movie star, a diva, a romantic comedian, a put-upon daughter, a lady from The Bronx, a married 'mama,' a half of a Hollywood duo, a disco starlet, a Chiquita, and my favorite: the next Gloria Estefan. Honestly, there is something to be said for people like Lopez who think they are gods in fact getting a comeuppance from their fans. In 2001, J.Lo was the biggest of the big, and is now the star likely to be found soon on Trivial Pursuit. And her album of 2007, called 'Brave' without a tinge of irony, was dubbed worst of the year, with one critic saying 'too shallow even by Ashley Tisdale standards.' "

ABC and Lopez team on "Maid" TV series

ABC is developing a TV series based on the hit Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy "Maid in Manhattan."

Lopez will serve as an executive producer of the hour-long comedy-drama, which has received a pilot commitment. In the 2002 feature, she played a struggling single mother from the Bronx who works as a maid at a swanky Manhattan hotel. A rising politician guest (Ralph Fiennes) falls for her after mistaking her for a wealthy socialite.

"The show is a different maid in a different Manhattan," said Chad Hodge, who will write the script for the pilot.

The lead in the TV version will still be a young Latina from the Bronx working at a Manhattan hotel who tries to make it in the world. But the series will focus mostly on her relationships with co-workers.

"While the hotel's clientele is an obvious part of this world, I'm more interested in the downstairs part of 'Upstairs, Downstairs,"' Hodge said, referring to the classic British series.

Lopez, a Bronx native, has been very involved, providing "a fountain of ideas," Hodge said. "She will be very integral in the pilot and series," he said.

This is the second time that ABC has taken a stab at a series adaptation of "Maid," following a script developed with a different writer during the 2004-05 development season.

"Maid" could be a suitable companion for the network's dramedy "Ugly Betty," which also centers on a hardworking young Latina in New York with big dreams. It, too, was shepherded by a Latina A-lister, Salma Hayek.

Jennifer Lopez's 'Nice, Quiet' 39th Birthday

Taking care of 5-month-old twins provides Jennifer Lopez with plenty of excitement. So when it came to celebrating her 39th birthday on Thursday, she opted for a low-key evening – and a Broadway show – with her husband, Marc Anthony.

"We had such a blast last night," Anthony, 39, told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS radio show Friday. "It's almost like every day is her birthday ... so last night we just wanted it to be quiet and, you know, have a nice quiet evening together."

The couple snuck into the Tony-winning musical In the Heights (about three days in an Upper Manhattan neighborhood), and got "to sit in an audience and watch other people be nervous," Anthony said.

When asked about touring with babies Max and Emme, Anthony said: "When your foundation is stable and you're good, it doesn't really affect anything. It just amplifies what the experience feels like. It's that much more fulfilling, and you look forward to coming home. It's a great time."

CELEBS ENJOYING EURO EXCESS

LIKE penguins genetically programmed to reconvene each year at their mating grounds, the international fashion set migrates this week to the chic watering holes of Europe.

While Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria Parker are in Portofino, Italy, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is moored at Cap D'Antibes, just a few miles from Monaco, where Sylvester Stallone is afloat on the boat of British garmento Philippe Green.

To co-host her annual extravaganza Thursday in glamorous St. Tropez, Denise Rich has teamed up with Erik Wachtmeister, the London-based guardian of the socialite-networking Web site known as A Small World. Erik was a popular figure in New York social circles back in the 1980s, when his father, a Swedish count, was ambassador to the US.

Denise has docked her yacht, Lady Joy, in St. Tropez, and temporarily covered the teak decks with carpeting so her guests won't have to shed their high heels. Some 800 revelers will circulate there and on the dock, where a replica of the Parisian nightclub Moulin Rouge is being built. Twenty cancan girls in red and black feathers and G-strings will decorate the dance floor.

Slap-happy Naomi Campbell will arrive via tender from the yacht of Russian oligarch Vladimir Doronin, where she has been ensconced the last week. Stephen and Christine Schwarzman will descend from their villa in the hills, joining Joan Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Wilbur Ross, Natalie Cole, Paris Hilton and Ivana Trump.

Meanwhile, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis has summoned a lineup of Euroflash for a formal banquet tomorrow in Regensburg, Germany, where Liza Minnelli will perform.

Gloria and her gal pal, Princess Alessandra Borghese, are said to be intimates of Pope Benedict XVI. When in Rome, the two princesses attend morning Mass with His Holiness in his private Vatican chapel.

J.Lo's Eatery Comes to an End

It looks like Madre's is no mas.

As Jennifer Lopez continues to live la dolce vita in Europe with hubby Marc Anthony, her popular Pasadena, Calif., eatery has apparently shut its doors, per TMZ.

The six-year-old Latin restaurant posted a sign that reads: "Madre's will be closed...starting July 1, 2008, until further notice."

But who knows? Given how much time the new mom has been spending in Portofino, maybe she's just planning to convert the place into an Italian joint. After all, she wouldn't even have to change the name.

J.Lo Flight Attendant Bites Back

One flight attendant isn't after the hair of the dog that bit her—she's after its owner.

Lisa Wilson has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez, alleging that the entertainer's German shepherd guard dog made the skies particularly unfriendly during a 2006 private flight by "attacking [Wilson] and biting her pant leg."

The suit, filed Thursday in Brooklyn Federal Court and obtained by E! News, alleges the attack caused her to fall and suffer back injuries that have prevented her from obtaining further work. (View the allegations and full complaint.)

Per the suit, on July 3, 2006, the private company NetJet provided a flight for Lopez & Co. from Long Island to Burbank. Wilson was employed as a flight attendant for NetJet.

At the outset, Wilson says in her suit, Floyd, the German shepherd, appeared to be "a well behaved guard dog," but that Lopez insisted on giving Wilson warnings about how to behave around the animal in flight.

Cut to 90 minutes later, when Wilson walked down the cabin aisle and Floyd "lunged" at her. Wilson "twisted and fell" as a result, "injuring her lower back" in the process, per court docs.

Wilson began treatment within days for back pain and in April of 2007 underwent surgery. Per the suit, she remains in treatment and has been unable to resume her work as a flight attendant, resulting in—what else?—"substantial economic loss."

In her suit, she claims La Lopez "knew or should have known that the animal had vicious propensities" and as a result is liable for the seven-figure damages not only from the actress, but from her Los Angeles-based company, Nuyorican Productions.

Lopez has yet to comment on the suit. Doggone it.

No Discounts

JENNIFER Lopez was a diva with a capital D shopping last week at the Catherine Malandrino boutique on Manhasset's Miracle Mile, near where she lives with hubby Marc Anthony. "She demanded the store be shut down for her to shop alone, but they said, 'Absolutely not,' " said our spy. "Then one of her eight-person entourage, including two bodyguards with their guns showing, was yelling at the clerk that Jennifer gets a 50 percent discount. Jennifer also tried on about a million outfits, then just threw it all in a pile in the dressing room and didn't buy one thing." J.Lo's rep did not return a call.

J.Lo performs at elementary school

Students at a Staten Island, N.Y., elementary school for autistic children really like the way singer-actress Jennifer Lopez moves.

So teacher Kathy Amati showed the video for Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" to the students at Public School 37.

The children liked it so much they wanted to watch it every day, eventually learning the lyrics and the dance moves from the video.

With their teacher's encouragement, they wrote to Lopez, hoping for pictures or an autograph.

Instead, she asked to come to their graduation.

On Tuesday, the singer-actress performed "Let's Get Loud" for a group of 10-and 11-year-olds at their graduation ceremony.

Jennifer Lopez Talks to Barack Obama's Staff

Call her Jenny on the Hill.

Jennifer Lopez met with Barack Obama's staff this week as she toured Washington to talk about issues close to her heart.

"Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Lopez was on the Hill with her sister to meet with staff members of several senators to discuss issues she is interested in, such as health care and education," her rep says. "She did visit Obama's office, but the senator was not there. She did not meet him, but did discuss health care with members of his staff."

The mother of twins, Max and Emme, had a straightforward meeting, according to Obama's spokesman.

"She just came in for the meeting and departed," says the spokesman. He adds: "It was not campaign-related."

2008 Forbes Celebrity 100 Power List

Rank Name Pay ($mil) Web Hits Press Mentions TV Mentions
1 Oprah Winfrey 275 2 5 1
2 Tiger Woods 115 12 1 3
3 Angelina Jolie 14 1 9 15
4 Beyonce Knowles 80 3 32 14
5 David Beckham 50 10 3 18
6 Johnny Depp 72 17 19 36
7 Jay-Z 82 6 43 41
8 The Police 115 15 20 51
9 J.K. Rowling 300 23 27 64
10 Brad Pitt 20 4 8 7
11 Will Smith 80 26 39 32
12 Justin Timberlake 44 5 24 17
13 Steven Spielberg 130 34 23 60
14 Cameron Diaz 50 13 50 45
15 David Letterman 45 42 34 10
16 LeBron James 38 32 13 13
17 Jennifer Aniston 27 21 67 49
18 Michael Jordan 45 38 45 29
19 Kobe Bryant 39 28 18 24
20 Phil Mickelson 45 87 12 23
21 Madonna 40 15 20 67
22 Simon Cowell 72 65 47 40
23 Roger Federer 35 40 2 26
24 Alex Rodriguez 34 51 7 6
25 Jerry Seinfeld 85 79 72 38
26 50 Cent 150 69 68 88
27 Kanye West 30 8 28 28
28 Celine Dion 40 27 44 54
29 Bruce Willis 41 45 41 47
30 Dr. Phil McGraw 40 82 55 2
31 Tom Cruise 13 7 10 9
32 Jay Leno 32 41 36 5
33 Sean "Diddy" Combs 35 19 59 30
34 Stephen King 45 33 54 86
35 Miley Cyrus 25 11 49 19
36 Kimi Raikkonen 44 53 14 90
37 Jeff Gordon 32 73 26 11
38 Ronaldinho 37 24 6 98
39 Shaquille O'Neal 32 36 29 34
40 Judge Judy Sheindlin 45 99 88 4
41 Howard Stern 70 52 90 68
42 Tyler Perry 125 94 83 80
43 Fernando Alonso 33 30 4 92
44 Leonardo DiCaprio 45 68 65 77
45 Donald Trump 30 48 40 12
46 George Lucas 50 66 74 85
47 Keira Knightley 32 37 42 82
48 Jerry Bruckheimer 145 96 94 96
49 Nicolas Cage 38 56 51 70
50 Spice Girls 21 14 37 25
51 Matt Damon 21 39 31 20
52 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 31 84 25 37
53 Bon Jovi 25 18 48 59
54 Jennifer Lopez 7 9 35 22
55 Ben Stiller 40 77 75 72
56 Kevin Garnett 29 67 30 55
57 Nicole Kidman 13 22 16 39
58 James Patterson 50 95 84 100
59 Rush Limbaugh 33 57 73 56
60 Reese Witherspoon 25 49 70 61
61 Maria Sharapova 26 61 15 69
62 Ryan Seacrest 31 72 79 33
63 Gwen Stefani 27 25 69 76
64 Daniel Radcliffe 25 62 52 74
65 Alicia Keys 15 20 53 46
66 Gisele Bundchen 35 74 99 94
67 Gwyneth Paltrow 25 50 62 78
68 Tyra Banks 23 47 81 53
69 Serena Williams 14 64 17 43
70 Eva Longoria Parker 9 31 58 21
71 Ellen DeGeneres 20 60 64 35
72 Sarah Jessica Parker 18 54 66 50
73 Katherine Heigl 13 63 61 31
74 Regis Philbin 21 91 71 8
75 Tom Clancy 35 78 96 99
76 Rachael Ray 18 80 80 16
77 Cate Blanchett 12 44 22 62
78 Heidi Klum 14 46 78 57
79 Carrie Underwood 9 35 63 44
80 Jon Stewart 14 58 60 51
81 Justine Henin 12.5 75 11 58
82 Judd Apatow 27 88 76 97
83 Kate Moss 7.5 29 33 81
84 Patrick Dempsey 13.5 83 77 66
85 Charlie Sheen 20 86 87 63
86 Drew Carey 12 90 89 27
87 Steve Carell 5 81 56 42
88 Lorena Ochoa 10 92 38 75
89 Jonas Brothers 12 55 86 84
90 Howie Mandel 14 100 98 65
91 Wolfgang Puck 16 98 91 83
92 Zac Efron 5.8 70 85 79
93 Annika Sorenstam 11 93 46 89
94 Ashley Tisdale 5.5 43 95 91
95 Gordon Ramsay 7.5 76 57 93
96 Jennifer Love Hewitt 5 59 93 71
97 Lauren Conrad 1.5 71 100 95
98 Vanessa Williams 4.5 89 92 48
99 Tina Fey 4.6 85 82 73
100 Paula Deen 4.5 97 97 87

J.Lo & Marc Anthony 'Figuring Out' Baby Duty

Jennifer Lopez is in "mommy mode" and loving it, husband Marc Anthony says.

"She's such an amazing mom and I'm so proud of her. She's such a gem to watch," singer Anthony told The Billy Bush Show Thursday.

The couple's "big and gorgeous" twins, Max and Emme, were born Feb. 22 by a Caesarean section, and are cared for by Lopez, 38, and hubby– without the help of a nanny, Anthony, 39, revealed.

"It's just us, man. We're figuring it out and having a great time," he said. "She expects me to help and she makes no bones about it. I get the late shift. I get literally from 10 on because we don't have a nanny. It's just me and Jennifer figuring it out. From 10 p.m. to 8 [a.m.], that's my shift."

Anthony, who is touring the country for a campaign against childhood obesity, added that Lopez has three movies lined up and is eager to go back to work, but "the babies have been a blessing all the way around and she's just amazing."

Jennifer Lopez to host LA hospital gala

Jennifer Lopez has children on her mind — and not just her infant twins with husband Marc Anthony.

The 39-year-old singer/actress/entrepreneur is also thinking about the 93,000 sick and seriously injured children treated annually by Childrens Hospital Los Angeles — and how she can help.

Lopez announced Wednesday that she'll host and help coordinate the third Noche de Ninos benefit gala. This year's star-studded party, to be held Oct. 11 at the Nokia Center, will feature performances by Lopez, Anthony, Alejandro Sanz and Latin rockers Juanes and Mana.

Lopez, who was Noche de Ninos' first honoree in 2004, said her twin son and daughter inspired her to get more involved.

"Doing something where I was proactive ... where I was the one pushing and making something happen, that just became very important to me," Lopez told The Associated Press. "I don't know if it was because I was pregnant and thinking about children, thinking about the world. Definitely my children inspire me very much in so many ways, even just in the past two and a half months of their little lives."

"They inspire me to want to be better, to be a better person, to do something for the world, to set an example for them, to make them proud of me and to know that there's a certain way that you should live," she said. "I've been very fortunate over the years, but I've also worked very hard, and that's the example I want to set for my children."

Lopez said she was looking for ways to contribute more to the charity.

"I kind of fell in love with the kids," she said, "and it's just magnified now that I have my own children."

Working with her sister Lynda and Noche de Ninos founder Giselle Fernandez, Lopez came up with the idea of a concert and started asking friends for help.

"They've been very forthcoming with their time and, in this case, their talent to make this really a one-of-a-kind concert," she said, adding that she rarely calls to ask for favors. ("I don't ask for a glass of water when I'm on the set. It's just not my style.")

Judge says Jennifer Lopez did not steal writer's script idea

A judge Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit by a television writer who claimed singer and actress Jennifer Lopez had a hand in stealing his idea for a new series.

Writer Jack Bunick claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that a television series "South Beach," which debuted in January 2006, was too similar to a plot he described in 1999 for a pilot episode of a show that would have been called "South Beach Miami." The lawsuit named Lopez, UPN, CBS Television and others as defendants.

The show, which has since been cancelled, aired on UPN. The show was described as being about best friends Matt and Vincent, who left their lives in Brooklyn to move to South Beach in hope of finding a better future.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said there's inadequate evidence to take the case to trial. The judge also noted that Bunick admits his scripts includes generic ideas and commonplace elements and aspects of the South Beach, Miami, club and modelling scene.

The judge said there was "in fact . . . powerful evidence" that the defendants had independently created "South Beach."

A lawyer for Lopez had said in court papers that although she was executive producer, Lopez was barely involved in the creation and development of "South Beach" and was only brought in at a later stage to "lend celebrity to the show."

A lawyer for Bunick did not immediately return a telephone message for comment.

J.Lo and Marc's Twins Meet the Family

Not only are Jennifer Lopez's twins, Max and Emme, destined for a fabulous rock-star lifestyle, but the 2½-month-old tots will never be lonely—they have each other as well as two stepsiblings, Cristian and Ryan, courtesy of dad Marc Lopez's former wife, Dayanara Torres.

And all the kids have met and spent time together, she confirms. "Absolutely," Torres tells E! News, while promoting her upcoming book, Married to Me.

But she downplays any drama between the two families: "For whatever reason, people wanna make this whole drama...and it’s nothing, you know? They’re kids, they have siblings."

And now for the ah-ha moment: The book she's writing on divorce is not a tell-all, as previously believed, which could go a long way toward explaining the happy-family scenario.

Jennifer Lopez's New Series 'Not a Reality Show'

Jennifer Lopez will be letting TV cameras into her life — just not her entire life.

“The recent show Jennifer Lopez plans to produce for TLC is not a reality show,” says her manager, Simon Fields. “It’s a show that will track the creation, production and eventual launch of a new fragrance. Jennifer will appear in a creative, entrepreneurial capacity and will absolutely not feature her children and family life.”

There is no broadcast date set for the show, but Fields says it will be this year.

J.Lo Figures Privacy Is Passé

So much for Out of Sight.

Jennifer Lopez has signed on to star in a reality show—or in press release vernacular, a "docu-series"—on TLC that will follow the performer as she balances her roles as multihyphenate career woman, wife to Marc Anthony and mommy to twins Emme and Max.

"I am excited to be part of the TLC family," J.Lo said in a statement today. "I'm looking forward to sharing this exciting journey together."

Jenny from the Block has certainly come a long way. To think how she was raised in the absence of a camera crew…

"Jennifer is unbelievably passionate about life and will be an incredible role model for our audience," TLC President Angela Shapiro-Mathes said.

Lopez will also serve as coexecutive producer of the as-yet untitled series.

In its press materials, the Discovery Networks-owned TLC promises that the series, which is currently in preproduction, will "deliver a slice of [Lopez’s] life that audiences have never seen before, as she takes on her career and launches a new fragrance while trying to juggle her new responsibilities as a first time mom."

No premiere date has been scheduled.

And Lopez and Anthony, who welcomed their new additions on Feb. 22 (and wouldn't even confirm they were expecting until mom looked ready to burst), are apparently not the only high-profile family types TLC has set its ambitious sights on.

During Discovery's upfront presentation today in New York, the network announced it is also developing a show with Live with Regis and Kelly cohost Kelly Ripa and her hubby, Mark Consuelos, who are both former soap stars.

"I’ve known Kelly and Mark since the first day each of them joined All My Children," Shapiro-Mathes said. "They reflect our audience, and the audience knows and loves them."

See Jennifer Lopez's Twins, Thursday, 7 a.m.!

They're here ... and they're cute! Check back Thursday morning at 7 a.m. ET as PEOPLE.com unveils a world exclusive: Jennifer Lopez's babies on the cover of this week's PEOPLE magazine.

SAVE THE DATE: Jennifer Lopez's twins, Thursday morning, 7 a.m. ET

J.Lo Gets Maternal Endorsement from Ex

He may be out of touch with his ex, but Cris Judd still has full confidence in Jennifer Lopez's maternal instincts.

"She's going to be a great mom," Judd said Wednesday on the Yo on E! satellite radio show.

The multihyphenate diva and her third husband, Marc Anthony, welcomed twins Max and Emme on Feb. 22. The new arrivals were the first children for Lopez and the fourth and fifth for Anthony, who has kids from two previous relationships.

Judd, a former backup dancer and choreographer who wed Lopez in September 2001, said she "always wanted to be [a mother], and so I think this is good for her."

He said he hasn't spoken to Lopez in four or five years—and hence won't be sending her a baby gift.

However, before their brief marriage ended in June 2002, he said kids were a frequent topic of conversation.

"Absolutely, we talked about it," Judd said. But he has no regrets that their union produced no offspring.

"I don't think would have, could have, should have," he said. "It just didn't work out between us, and it's cool."

Judd is currently working on his new Lifetime reality series, Your Mama Don't Dance.

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Reveal Baby Names

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's newborn twins are named Max and Emme, Lopez's manager Simon Fields officially confirms to PEOPLE.

The new parents welcomed their son and daughter on Feb. 22. Emme was born at 12:12 a.m. and weighed 5 lbs. 7 oz., and Max followed at 12:23 a.m., weighing 6 lbs.

Already gifts have been pouring in for the twins, including pillows and baby carriers from Baby K'tan in Fort Lauderdale with their names embroidered on them, a source tells PEOPLE.

The twins are the first children for Lopez, 38, and the fourth and fifth for Anthony, 39.

Baby Gifts Pour in for J.Lo and Marc Anthony

New parents Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have received multiple deliveries of gifts to their Long Island home for their newborn twins, a source tells PEOPLE.

"The twins already got a ton of embroidered pillows with their names on them," says the source – though Anthony and Lopez have not released the names of their son and daughter, who were born Feb 22.

"Jennifer also is getting baby carriers with the names etched on them by Baby K'tan," adds the source.

A spokesperson for Baby K'tan in Fort Lauderdale confirms that pink and blue embroidery were used respectively on the 100 percent cotton carriers and that they "were purchased from us as gifts for both J.Lo and Marc."

In addition, members of Lopez's family were spotted shopping at Baby Gap in Americana Manhasset mall last week, confirms a sales rep from the store.

As for how the new mom is doing, Lopez left the hospital this week and "is resting comfortably at home," according to close friend.

J.Lo's Nursery: Cashmere, Snakeskin and More!

Following in the footsteps of Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez called upon the experts at Hollywood favorite baby boutique Petit Tresor. The new mom opened a lengthy registry and had owners Nina and Sam help her design fabulous nurseries for the arrival of her twins! So what’s in store for the twins? J.Lo will keep her new baby boy wrapped in a cashmere cardigan, hat and bootie pants from Baby Cz, $279 and, of course, a matching pink set, $279, for the new fashionista of the family. The two newest members of the Anthony-Lopez clan will also have a set of Plain Mary’s Hunk and Babe onesies, $169. For the nursery, the twins will dream away in Chelsea Sleigh cribs, $1390 each while Mom and Dad relax in Glam Gliders $1,420 each. And when they need changing, the twins will have a Clara changing table, $1780. And why give up gorgeous handbags just because diapers are involved? Check out Jennifer’s Italian leather and snake skin trim Mia Bossi diaper bag, $1250.

Diddy: I'm Sending Sean John Baby Clothes to Jennifer Lopez

Sean "Diddy" Combs partied the night away on Oscar Sunday – but he still had some time to think about baby gifts for former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.

On the red carpet at the Academy Award ceremony at the Kodak Theater, the mogul, 38, told PEOPLE that Lopez (now the proud mother of twins) "is going to make a great mother.

"I'm going to send her some Sean John baby clothes," added the dapper Diddy, wearing a tux by Dolce and Gabbana. "I'm so happy for her. It's such a blessing."

Asked if he had any advice for Lopez, 38, Diddy, who is also the father of twins, replied, "It's double the love, and it's also double the crying and the screaming, so it's a unique blessed situation. It's a rarity to have twins. She'll be all right."

New Mom Jennifer Lopez Is "Over the Moon!"

First-time mom Jennifer Lopez, who welcomed twins Friday with husband Marc Anthony is "doing great," a friend of the family tells PEOPLE.

"She is so happy right now. Everything is wonderful. She is beyond thrilled to become a mom," says the friend. "She is over the moon." And the same goes for Anthony: "Here he is – he got the girl of his dreams and now she's the mother of his children."

And, after wanting to be a mother for a long time, adds the friend, "This is a turning point in Jennifer's life. It's a dream come true. She loves those babies."

Advice From the Stars

Meanwhile, celebs are showering Lopez with advice for motherhood. Famous foodie Rachael Ray suggested to PEOPLE that the new mom "definitely indulge in the food she craves." Even better? "Have Marc prepare it for her," says Ray. "That would make it super special. I know how that makes a woman feel."

And at the L.A. Confidential lunch for Kate Beckinsale on Friday, fellow new mom Ali Landry passed on these words of wisdom: "Get ready for the most amazing ride of your life. You don't even understand it until they're in your arms. It's amazing."

Guest of honor Beckinsale was more practical. "Get some sleep now," she advised. "You'll never sleep again!"

And true to her American Idol persona, Paula Abdul just had warm wishes for the new mom. "I am so happy for her," said Abdul. "She is so maternal by nature. To see that happen for someone who deserves that ... congratulations to her. I'm really happy."

Leah Remini, J.Lo's Sister Visit the Hospital

New parents Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have received well-wishes from friends and family – including a personal visit from actress Leah Remini, who arrived Friday afternoon at the maternity ward where Lopez gave birth to twins.

Remini, a longtime friend of Lopez who has called the singer "a born mom," was spotted on Friday afternoon at the hospital in Long Island, N.Y. Earlier in the day Lopez's sister, Lynda, was also seen heading into the maternity ward, where Lopez and husband Marc Anthony welcomed a boy and a girl early Friday morning.

Marc Anthony's Sister 'Ecstatic' Over Jennifer Lopez Baby News

Good news travels fast, and when Marc Anthony's sister found out about the double blessing he and wife Jennifer Lopez had early Friday morning, she was overjoyed.

"I learned this morning. I'm ecstatic, I really am. I'm happy for her," Yolanda Santa Maria, Anthony's older sister, told PEOPLE Friday after hearing the birth news on Good Morning America. "She's a mom for the first time. I can just imagine the euphoria she's going through."

And as for her brother? "It's another two blessings for him. He beat me – I have four [kids] and now he has five. I'm so happy for him. I don’t even know what to say. It's like if I had the babies."

Santa Maria, who expects to meet her new niece and nephew soon, added, "I can't wait to see them, I can't wait to meet them. Words don't even begin to express how happy I am for them."

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Welcome Twins!

It's double the baby joy for Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony: They're the proud new parents of twins, a boy and a girl, Lopez's rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The babies were born at 12:45 a.m. ET on Friday in Long Island, N.Y., says her rep, Simon Fields.

They're the first children for Lopez, 38, and the fourth for Anthony, 39. The couple celebrated the impending births with a baby shower in New York on Jan. 19. "They were just beaming the entire time," said one partygoer.

Longtime friend Leah Remini calls Lopez, 38, "a born mom" and very nurturing. "With our daughter, she's so great. I mean, lets her go in her closet and play with her coats or her jewelry. She's just so giving and loving," Remini said.

Lopez announced her pregnancy Nov. 8, telling the crowd during her final Miami concert: "Marc and I are expecting a baby!" The news of twins was finally confirmed by Lopez's dad earlier this month, in an interview on Spanish-language television.

Lopez Long Kept Pregnancy Secret

During the early weeks of her pregnancy, Lopez skillfully ducked the question, even when appearing on TV in October with Diane Sawyer and with David Letterman.

Lopez shrugged off the secrecy, telling Harper's Bazaar, "I kind of feel like everybody knew anyway. I was on tour with a bubble gut!"

And being tight lipped has long been Lopez's style. When she married Anthony in June 2004, her rep would neither confirm nor deny the nuptials had taken place.

What are not being kept secret are Lopez's plans now that she's a mother. As she told Harper's, the hard-working performer intends to take off time.

"Once I did the tour," she said, "I really just wanted to shut it down, and since then I've had to do three things, including a video. It may not sound like a lot, but you know, as this point, any woman can sympathize. It is a lot. I was ready just to sit."

Celeb moms make big $$$ with baby shots

More than ever, it pays to be pregnant in Hollywood. Jennifer Lopez, about to give birth to twins, is reportedly the latest A-lister to strike a deal worth millions for exclusive photos of her children. And the incentive might not be purely financial: Such pacts can also protect celebs' privacy by thwarting the paparazzi.

Those involved in negotiations for Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, confirmed that U.S. and Latin American rights were sold to People magazine and other international rights to OK! magazine.

Advertising Age reported on its Web site Monday that Lopez and Anthony were negotiating with People to be paid as much as $6 million. Representatives for both People and OK! declined to comment on the payments.

The trend toward featuring celeb babies on the covers of glossy magazines kicked into high gear in 2006 when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt allowed People to photograph their daughter Shiloh in exchange for a donation to charity. The magazine reportedly paid $4 million for the U.S. rights and London-based Hello! magazine obtained the British rights.

Celeb baby covers are big business for magazines' newsstand sales, those who broker the deals and the stars themselves.

Photos of a pregnant Halle Berry tottering in high heels or tabloid toddlers such as Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and Violet Affleck, daughter of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, are eye candy for consumers.

"Part of the reason that the demand is so huge — and everyone is so excited about it — is because it's such a nice antidote to all the other celebrity news that's going on at the moment," said Sarah Ivens, editor in chief of OK!

"There's nothing not to love about watching these woman blossom and their bodies change and then having babies. It's all just such fun, lovely, positive stuff, isn't it?" she said.

Danielle Friedland, who runs Celebrity Baby Blog, said the craving for celebrity news is fueled by the tabloid media.

"Celebrities always have children ... it's just that we're paying so much more attention to them right now," Friedland said. "The more that we see of them, the more we want."

Christina Aguilera debuted her newborn son, Max, on the cover of People last week for a reported $1.5 million.

Larry Birkhead, father of the late Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, landed an OK! cover with Dannielynn. Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn, also appeared on the cover of OK! when she announced her pregnancy.

OK! doesn't disclose the terms of its deals with celebs, but Web site TMZ.com reported that Jamie Lynn would be paid $1 million after her baby is born.

Pacts with magazines can be a way for celebs to protect their privacy.

Cruise and Holmes kept Suri out of the spotlight for nearly five months after her birth in April 2006. The shroud of mystery was so intense, people wondered if she existed.

In September, Vanity Fair flaunted the first shots of baby Cruise, warmly photographed by Annie Leibovitz. The couple weren't paid for the photos.

"When you hit the level of Tom and Katie and Suri, you can't shut it down," said Los Angeles-based publicist Howard Bragman. "It's pure economics. If you put those out in the world, those pictures, which they did, and they controlled which images were out there, then suddenly the monetary incentive for the paparazzi is taken away from them."

Sheryl Crow agreed to a photo shoot with her infant son last year after OK! offered to make a donation to the World Food Program, a United Nations organization that works to fight child hunger.

Julia Roberts showed a photo of her youngest son, Henry, during a recent appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Confirmation of a pregnancy can also be frustrating for celeb watchers. Lopez's lips were sealed even as she performed during her concert tour sporting chic maternity wear to disguise an obvious baby bump. She eventually confirmed it during a concert in November. Aguilera spilled the beans to the U.K. edition of Glamour magazine.

Recently, the blogosphere has been abuzz about Angelina Jolie, who arrived at last month's Screen Actors Guild Awards in a suspiciously roomy vintage gown. Tabloids quickly reported she was expecting twins with partner Brad Pitt, and a recent issue of Life and Style magazine pounced with the headline: "Angelina's Dangerous Pregnancy."

Jolie has refused to comment.

"A lot of normal people don't discuss their children or their pregnancy until they're a certain amount of months into it beyond the first trimester; they worry about miscarrying, they worry about telling people, jinxing (it)," Bragman said. "Maybe they're not sure they're going to keep the baby, whatever."

Friedland said tabloids can be too quick to declare someone pregnant.

"What happens with all these rumors is that suddenly everyone's a pregnancy expert nowadays, so they see that somebody has a little bit of a belly and automatically assume that that person is pregnant," she said. "Most women don't start to show, unless they're super super skinny, for at least four or five months. People are always saying, `Oh yeah, she's pregnant,' but maybe she just had a hamburger for lunch."

Francois Navarre, founder of paparazzi agency X17 said examining photo after photo for signs of a baby bump isn't necessarily mistake-free.

"Jennifer Garner was a false alarm," Navarre said. "She had too much (to eat) or something and we said she was pregnant with her second child and that was not true."

To prevent a possible lawsuit, Friedland said, editors should consider other possible pregnancy clues.

"With Angelina, it was like, `Here she is drinking water, she's wearing a flowy dress,'" said Friedland, recalling Jolie's appearance at the SAG Awards. "That in itself didn't scream `pregnant' to me. To me what screamed `pregnant' was (she was) very buxom — more buxom than usual."

Ivens said pregnancy makes celebrities like Jolie seem more accessible to the public. Bragman said having a child can even improve a tarnished celeb's image, as in the case of new mom Nicole Richie.

Young people often want to copy what the stars are doing.

"There's a lot of young people having kids now ... and they want to know what's going on," Bragman said. "The same way they did with their weddings, celebrities set the trends for what is your baby's room gonna look like and what stroller are you going to use and how quickly do you want to lose weight and what are the hot pregnancy clothes?"

J-Lo Checks In

THE private room being held for Jennifer Lopez at North Shore University Hospital is finally occupied. Monday, we reported the room, which is furnished with a leather couch, had "been sitting empty for two weeks" in preparation for the pop diva's twins. But a recent patient at the hospital told Page Six that during her visit, staffers were aflutter, exclaiming, "J.Lo is here!" A rep for the expectant songstress did not return calls for a comment.

Suite Deal

JENNIFER Lopez is about to pop out twins, and that has North Shore University Hospital on Long Island in a tizzy. A staffer there says a private room - furnished especially for the mom-to-be with a luscious brown leather couch - has been sitting empty for two weeks now. The room is reserved for the diva. "No one's even allowed in there until she gets here. It's just sitting there for her," said the employee. The hospital, which reportedly beefed up security recently, had no comment.

J. Lo's Maternity-Wear Philosophy: Glam Gowns, No Sweats!

With all the stars making the rounds for N.Y.C. Fashion Week, the fashion flock is getting even more jaded than usual. But despite the dazzling gowns at Marchesa, all eyes were definitely on nine-months-pregnant (with twins!) Jennifer Lopez, looking as gorgeous as any of the models in her own silky teal Marchesa dress that highlighted off her growing belly. Sure, she looks fantastic, but how’s pregnancy really treating her? “I’m feeling good,” the almost-due singer tells PEOPLE of her decision to check out the new collection along with husband Marc Anthony. “I haven’t gone out a lot for the past few months”, she admits, “but Marchesa has been incredibly good to me. They are just amazing!” And while most moms-to-be stick to comfort wear, the always-glam Jennifer says sweats are not an option. “People make fun of me because when I do have them over to my house I do have a dress on,” she laughs. “I don’t like the way the sweats look with the extra weight. I like to feel good about myself even at home.” And while the singer won’t be able to wear any of Marchesa’s red carpet confections anytime soon, she does have her eye on a few special looks. But, Lopez admits “Right now the best thing I can do for myself, for my body is to keep resting which is not easy for me. I like keeping busy and it is very hard because if they say ‘be off your feet for four hours a day’, I’m like ‘oh, God!’ It’s hard.” If she looks this good at nine months, we can’t wait to see her back in action!

Confirmed: Jennifer Lopez Expecting Twins

The rumors are true, confirmed by no less a source than her father: Jennifer Lopez is expecting twins.

And it isn't even a Lopez family first.

"Yes, twins," her dad David Lopez said in an interview on the Spanish-language show Escándalo TV, PEOPLE en Español reports. "The thing is in my family, my sister also had twins, so it's a hereditary thing."

For David Lopez, the news means double the excitement.

"I'm very proud. Jennifer has yearned to be a mother for many years," he said.

And he already has gifts ready for his 38-year-old daughter's babies.

"In Puerto Rico it's custom to buy an azabache [black stone] bracelet for babies to protect them from the evil eye, it's part of our culture," he said.

As she became noticeably pregnant, J-Lo finally announced last November that she and Marc Anthony were expecting.

FASHION TENTS ARE GLAM AGAIN

THE writers' strike has been a disaster for Hollywood, but it's proving to be a boon for New York's Fashion Week.

Not many stars came to last year's fashion shows, leaving the front row to D-listers. But this year, the A-list has flown in for seats in the Bryant Park tents and the chance to be swarmed by paparazzi.

"The Golden Globes were canceled, along with other awards shows - and possibly the Oscars - and the stars are going through red-carpet withdrawal," one fashionista laughed. "They've got movies and TV shows to promote, and they need to get their faces into the magazines."

Lisette Sand-Freeman, of Shadow P.R., put it more kindly: "With the strike, celebrities' schedules are more open." Kate Bosworth, Jessica Simpson, Beyoncé Knowles, Claire Danes, Rumer Willis and Courtney Love have all flown into town.

Fashion Week kicks off today in the park with the Red Dress show to benefit heart-disease research. First Lady Laura Bush will be front row as Molly Sims (in Daniel Swarovski), Heidi Klum (in Marc Jacobs), Jenna Fisher (in Oscar de la Renta) and Emma Roberts (in Ralph Lauren) catwalk on the runway. Later today, Anne Hathaway and Emma Roberts are due at the Erin Fetherston show.

Tomorrow, Jamie King and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld have seats at Alexander Wang's show at I-Beam on West 21st, while Sophia Bush and Joss Stone are expected at Rock & Republic.

The most star-studded event comes Wednesday, when Madonna hosts a gala - totally underwritten by the new Gucci store in Trump Tower - on the lawn of the UN to benefit UNICEF and her Raising Malawi charity. Madge's guest list includes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Sean Combs, Lenny Kravitz, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alex Rodriguez, Martha Stewart and Uma Thurman, with Alicia Keys and Rhianna performing.

But some boldfaces still think they can make demands. Alison Brod told WWD, "Some are saying they will come to a show if they can be in an ad campaign . . . They want to make money." Stacey Bendet, whose alice+olivia will present at her West 40th Street store on Thursday, said she'd had demands from reality-show losers for $20,000 to attend. She said she told them where to go.

Forbes: Madonna richest woman in music

Madonna is the richest woman in music.

The 49-year-old entertainer leads Forbes.com's list of the top 20 "Cash Queens of Music," earning $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007.

The pop star's "Confessions" world tour pulled in $260 million, Forbes said. She also made money from album sales, her fashion line with H&M and a deal with NBC to broadcast her concert performance at London's Wembley Stadium.

Forbes.com said it compiled the list by examining concert grosses, merchandising revenue, album sales and other revenue from clothing lines, fragrance deals and endorsements.

Barbra Streisand is No. 2 with $60 million, thanks to her comeback tour of North America and Europe.

Celine Dion ranks third with $45 million, largely from her successful "A New Day" show in Las Vegas, which she wrapped up in December after a five-year engagement at Caesars Palace.

Shakira is fourth with $38 million, followed by Beyonce ($27 million), Gwen Stefani ($26 million), Christina Aguilera ($20 million), Faith Hill ($19 million), the Dixie Chicks ($18 million) and Mariah Carey ($13 million).

Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne and Martina McBride each banked $12 million.

Britney Spears ranked 14th on the list, earning $8 million from music royalties and sales of her fragrances with Elizabeth Arden.

Spears is followed by Carrie Underwood and Nelly Furtado ($7 million each); Fergie, Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow ($6 million each); and Norah Jones ($5.5 million).

Leah Remini 'Auditioning' to Be a Godparent for J.Lo

Leah Remini is auditioning for the role of a lifetime: Godparent to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's unborn baby.

"We're asking for an audition for godparent roles," Remini, 36, joked to PEOPLE at the premiere after-party for Eva Longoria's new comedy Over Her Dead Body Tuesday night. "Um ... so, we're waiting to hear back."

The actress says she and husband Angelo Pagan, "need like a day – because we're not good at cold-reading – so that we can just prepare."

Added Pagan: "Not sure whether it entails that we have to sing, dance, recite a monologue, but we're ready!"

Asked how Lopez is doing now, Remini added, "Great! She's great! I mean, look, she was on tour. She's a strong girl."

Jessica Biel, J-Lo & Marc Play Disney Characters

It's not that far a leap from 7th Heaven to Disney World, but yes, that's Jessica Biel, dressed as Pocahontas and being pursued by one of Bambi's cousins – instead of boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

The photo (and one of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, after the jump) are for a new round of Annie Leibovitz photos illustrating the Disney Parks' "Year of a Million Dreams" campaign.

"I was a huge Disney fan growing up as a kid and Cinderella, Snow White, Pocahontas, Ariel – all those characters were huge for me, so I definitely did dream," Biel, 25, says in a statement. "I never actually thought I would make it! So this is pretty exciting."

Other newly released photos feature Whoopi Goldberg as Aladdin's Genie; Gisele Bündchen as Peter Pan's Wendy, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell and Mikhail Baryshnikov as the flying boy in tights; and, together on a magic carpet, expectant parents Jennifer Lopez as Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin. Says Lopez about her character: "She's the new cool princess."

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Celebrate with a Baby Shower

Jennifer Lopez celebrated her pregnancy with a baby shower Saturday on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.

The singer and her husband Marc Anthony both attended the afternoon shower, which was hosted by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Lopez's producer on the 2002 film Maid in Manhattan.

Lopez, 38, "wore a black coat and her hair up," according to an eyewitness, who saw the couple arrive flanked by bodyguards. "She looked very pretty – and very pregnant."

Last month the singer, who is due in a few weeks, was given matching pink and blue Tuni & G onesies from her sister Lynda Lopez. The pop star has been mum about whether she's expecting twins, though multiple sources have told PEOPLE she's having two bundles of joy.

The singer first announced she would be starting a family with her husband of three years, Marc Anthony, 39, last November after months of speculation.

"This is a special time in our lives," Lopez told an audience during a concert in Miami, the final stop on the couple’s El Cantante tour.

Even as her baby bump grew increasingly noticeable with each performance, Lopez had avoided discussing her impending motherhood.

"We're just getting used to the fact that we've told everybody" Lopez tells Harper's Bazaar for its February issue.

When asked how long she is planning to take off from her career as a singer, actress and designer, Lopez says, "I don't know – and I like that."

Jennifer Lopez: Who Didn't Know I Was Pregnant?

Jennifer Lopez is amazed people were surprised when she finally unleashed the big secret and announced she was pregnant.

"I kind of feel like everybody knew anyway," the singer tells Harper's Bazaar for its February issue. "I was on tour with a bubble gut!"

The glowing singer, with Marc Anthony at her side onstage, told the crowd during her final Miami concert Nov. 8: "Marc and I are expecting a baby!"

Having ducked the entire issue of the pregnancy for weeks, including when she appeared the previous month on TV with Diane Sawyer and with David Letterman, Lopez, 38, speaking on behalf of herself and Anthony, 39, now says, "I do realize people want to know because they're interested, but this is the first time I'm going through this. This is my experience and my husband's experience, and we get to hold that for a little while."

She adds, "We're just getting used to the fact that we've told everybody."

Still, when it comes to her privacy, "I'm just feeling too protective to open that door right now," says Lopez. "It's a Pandora's box. It's a destructive lifestyle to be out there. I know because I've lived it. Being on the cover of the tabloids every day for two years – it's hard. You start forgetting who you really are inside."

And her husband? "Marc is a really private person, and he's been singing onstage since he was really young. He made me realize you can be an artist, and have credibility and success, without your life being on public display 24 hours a day."

Looks Forward to Time Off

She is aware that the Lopez-Anthony baby will be of tremendous interest to paparazzi, but the infant "will be whatever we are," she says. "Private when it comes to that stuff."

Once the baby arrives, there is the matter of taking time off. Asked how long that will be, Lopez answers, "I don't know – and I like that, because my life has been so planned for so many years. Once I did the tour, I really just wanted to shut it down, and since then I've had to do three things, including a video. It may not sound like a lot, but you know, as this point, any woman can sympathize. It is a lot. I was ready just to sit."

Mariah Carey: Gossip Is 'Complete Untruth'

Mariah Carey is fighting back against a new Internet report that suggests she is feuding with Jennifer Lopez.

The report, which has spread in the blogsphere Tuesday, includes a quote – supposedly from Carey – saying that she would rather appear on stage with a certain animal than ever share a stage with Lopez. The story, Carey tells PEOPLE. is "a complete untruth."

Carey insists that the quote did not, and would not, come from her.

"This is just some Internet gossip and it's pathetic that people actually entertain the thought that this could be real," Carey adds. "This is another sad example of two strong women being pit against each other."

Carey has a new album due out in the spring, shortly after Lopez is due to give birth.

Reese Witherspoon tops list of most-liked celebs

Her latest movie "Rendition" flopped at box offices, but fans still love Reese Witherspoon.

The actress proved to be the most-liked celebrity among ten women who regularly found their way onto magazine covers and into gossip columns in 2007, according to a poll on Friday.

For its E-Score Celebrity survey, E-Poll Market Research asked more than 1,100 people ages 13 and older whom they found the most appealing, confident, glamorous, interesting and over-exposed, among other qualities.

Witherspoon, 30, who has been in the spotlight since winning an Oscar for playing country singer June Carter in "Walk the Line," topped the list with a personal appeal rating of 74 percent, followed by former "Friends" TV star Jennifer Aniston at 70 percent.

The Oscar winner has not had any major movie hits since "Walk the Line," but has been the focus of numerous headlines and stories this year due to her divorce from actor Ryan Phillippe and subsequent involvement with Jake Gyllenhaal, her co-star in "Rendition."

That movie, an espionage thriller, has proved to be a major disappointment at box offices taking in only $17 million so far in global ticket sales.

Meanwhile Angelina Jolie, who is now the companion of Aniston's ex-husband Brad Pitt, was the No. 3 most appealing celebrity at 53 percent.

Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez was behind her with a 52 percent rating, while Katie Holmes followed at 32 percent and behind her was former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham in the No. 6 position with a rating of 28 percent.

Troubled celebrities of 2007 -- Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears -- who all have battled drug and alcohol abuse and run into legal problems, rounded out the list with Hilton the least-liked.

She had a low 9 percent appeal rating, and was deemed to be the most over-exposed. Only one notch above Hilton was pop singer Spears with 11 percent likeability and a 68 percent over-exposed rating to Hilton's 75 percent.

One of Each

THE Lopez/Anthony home will be splashed in pink and blue, if our insiders are shopping correctly. Friends of Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, have begun browsing for baby gifts for the couple who are expecting twins, and we're told purchases are being made with "one baby boy and one baby girl" in mind. Lopez, who used fertility treatments to get pregnant, has said her babies are due in "early 2008." Her rep did not return calls.

J.Lo & Marc's New Year's: How Expectant Moms Celebrate

She's expecting twins later this winter, but that didn't stop Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony from ringing in 2008 in style. The couple celebrated at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, enjoying an Italian dinner at Ombra, an eyewitness tells PEOPLE. Lopez wore a long, flowy dress to dinner, while Anthony sported a suit. After their intimate meal, the two took a stroll through the casino – trying their hand at blackjack before heading to their residence suite, where the couple rang in 2008 with family and friends.

Recycle This

CELEBRITY riders - the contracts that specify which luxuries stars require backstage - are notoriously full of crazy demands, but rarely are they sensitive to the environment. While Jennifer Lopez insists on "white everything," Christina Aguilera wants "soy cheese and Oreo cookies," and Beyoncé demands "juicy baked chicken legs heavily seasoned with fresh garlic, seasoned salt, and black and cayenne pepper," the rider for Eve - who performs at the Shore Club in Miami tonight - is said to require "there be no use of Styrofoam or plastic goods, no leather furniture, and only recyclable materials."

A Hell Of Ex-es

MOMMY-to-be Jennifer Lopez was all smiles at Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman's wedding - except when she got two blasts from the past in the form of ex-boyfriends. Among the celebs sending warm wishes via video to Weinstein and Chapman were two of Lopez's previous beaus, Ben Affleck and Sean "Diddy" Combs. "Jennifer was laughing at all the funny tributes," said one guest. "But when Diddy and Ben gave their speeches, she went silent. She looked sort of uncomfortable and people were staring at her." Lopez attended with husband Marc Anthony.

Russell Crowe Tops Most Overpaid Celebs List

It stands to reason that a film studio wants to make back the money it invested to produce its masterpiece in addition to making a profit. As actors get paid more and more nowadays, that return is shrinking.

Oscar winner Russell Crowe has the dubious honor of topping the list of what Forbes magazine has determined to be the most overpaid celebrities, namely those who only gain the studios a few measly bucks in exchange for their hefty salaries.

The "Gladiator" star reportedly only makes $5 for the studio for every dollar he's paid. The magazine is quick to point out, however, that this does not include his latest film "American Gangster," which has done well in the worldwide box office with DVD sales yet to come.

Forbes comes by its Ultimate Star Payback number by dividing an actor's gross income into the net revenue (box office and DVD sales minus the budget). According to the magazine, the only film on the list that didn't make back its cost was the Bennifer-starring disaster "Gigli."

Here's the remainder of the Payback list:

2. Nicole Kidman - This Oscar winner commands a $12 million salary. Too bad she only generates $8 for evey dollar she's paid.
3. Jim Carrey - He's the first of several funny men on this list, earning $20 million per film. Like Kidman, he averages $8 of gross income.
4. Will Ferrell - Same as Carrey.
5. Jennifer Lopez - She claims a $14 million paycheck and gets the studio $9 of gross income.
6. Adam Sandler - Only $9 on the dollar as well.
7. Cameron Diaz - This "Charlie's Angel" couldn't go full throttle with films like "In Her Shoes" and "Holiday." For every dollar she got, the studio got $9.
8. Denzel Washington - A tenner for every dollar he makes. At least this Oscar winner also has "American Gangster" doing well so he can see his payback rise the following year.
9. Will Smith - The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also averages $10 of gross income for every dollar he gets.
10. Tom Cruise - It looks like this "Mission: Impossible" star has lots to make up for after his "Lions for Lambs" only earned $45 million. For every dollar he gets paid, he returns $11 in gross income.

Jennifer Lopez Buys Pink and Blue Onesies

Jennifer Lopez is in full baby-shopping mode, picking up matching pink and blue Tuni & G onesies from Petit Tresor in Los Angeles.

Which raises the question: Could the singer and husband Marc Anthony be having ... a boy and a girl?

Lopez waited a while before even confirming the pregnancy – and the pop star has been mum about whether she's expecting twins, though multiple sources have told PEOPLE she's expecting two bundles of joy. The 38-year-old singer recently denied reports that she'd had a pregnancy health scare that forced her to cut back on touring.

Backstage Belly Touching with J.Lo & Marc

Sometimes it's hard to resist the impulse to get hands on with a pregnant belly – and stars are no different. Backstage at the Condé Nast Media Group's Movies Rock event benefiting EIF in Los Angeles Sunday, Jennifer Lopez fielded congratulations and belly touches from a host of A-listers, including Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Kate Hudson. As Hudson touched her baby bump, Lopez joked she was "ready to meet" her baby. Tony Bennett offered his well-wishes, as did Lopez's former manager Benny Medina (to which Lopez responded "It's sick!"). But the singer saved the most love for her hubby Marc Anthony. After his performance, he headed backstage, only to be greeted by cries of "Papi!" – followed by a passionate lip-lock!

Winners: 2007 American Music Awards

Pop/Rock
Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Female Artist: Fergie
Band, Duo or Group: Nickelback
Album: Daughtry, Daughtry

Country
Male Artist: Tim McGraw
Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Album: Some Hearts, Carrie Underwood

Soul/R&B
Male Artist: Akon
Female Artist: Rihanna
Album: FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake

Rap/Hip-Hop
Band, Duo or Group: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Male Artist: T.I.
Album: T.I. vs. T.I.P., T.I.

Miscellaneous:
Adult Contemporary Artist: Daughtry
Latin Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns
Soundtrack: High School Musical 2
Breakthrough Artist: Daughtry
T-Mobile Text-In Award: Carrie Underwood
International Artist Award: Beyoncé

Jennifer Lopez 'Very Healthy' During Pregnancy

Jennifer Lopez is knocking down reports she's had a health scare during her pregnancy forcing her to cut back on touring.

"Despite erroneous reports of Jennifer Lopez having difficulties with her pregnancy, we are happy to confirm she is very healthy and continuing with her schedule as planned," her rep tells PEOPLE.

Lopez, 38, finally confirmed her pregnancy on Nov. 7 during a Miami stop on her El Cantante Tour with husband Marc Anthony, telling the crowd: "Marc and I are expecting a baby!"

Gloria Estefan on J.Lo Pregnancy: 'What a Surprise'

Jennifer Lopez had better be pregnant, says Gloria Estefan, who was not shocked about Lopez's recent announcement that she's expecting.

"Oh, what a surprise. I think we guessed that," the singer told Extra at the Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday. "Either that or she swallowed a basketball!"

Lopez and husband Marc Anthony officially confirmed their pregnancy Wednesday night in Miami at the close of their El Cantante Tour.

All joking aside, Estefan, 50, said the couple's baby will certainly have a head start in life. "Jennifer and Marc are going to make wonderful parents," she said. "The baby is definitely going to be talented!"

Estefan also said she'll appear on Dancing with the Stars next week after missing her scheduled date last month.

"This Tuesday, I'll be on to fulfill my commitment," she said. "I was really sad that I had to cancel. But, I had to be with my mom, no two ways about it. She was really, really ill."

J.Lo Confirms Pregnancy ... Finally

Jennifer Lopez has spilled the worst-kept secret since, well, Christina Aguilera's pregnancy revelation of a few days ago.

The singer-actress revealed at a concert Wednesday night (Nov. 7) that she and her husband Marc Anthony are indeed expecting a child, report celebrity news sources.

"Marc and I are expecting a baby," announced J.Lo at the Miami leg of the "El Cantante" Tour. A due date wasn't mentioned.

Although the news itself wasn't a huge surprise (the media had been eyeing about her bump for a while, and even her designer had inadvertently let slip the happy news) her hubby was shocked at her decision to finally speak up.

"I didn't know she was going to talk," he told the crowd. The surprised singer shrugged his shoulders and then leaned over and kissed his wife's belly, which she displayed to the audience by turning and revealing her profile.

"This is a special time in our lives," Lopez added. "And we waited until the last show to tell you."

Lopez, 38, and Anthony, 39, were married on June 5, 2004, just four days after his divorce to his first wife, Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, was finalized. This will be their first child together. Anthony already has three children: daughter Arianna with his ex-girlfriend Debbie Rosado and two sons -- Christian, 6, and Ryan, 4, with Torres.

In April, Lopez released first Spanish-language album "Como Ama una Mujer" ("How a Woman Loves"). She's also known for her films that include "Selena," "The Cell," "The Wedding Planner," "Gigli," "Shall We Dance," "Monster-in-Law" and "El Cantante," in which Anthony stars as salsa king Hector Lavoe.

Jennifer Lopez Cancels San Diego Concert

Jennifer Lopez has canceled the final show in her first-ever concert tour, which she had undertaken with husband Marc Anthony.

The concert, originally scheduled for Oct. 24 in San Diego, was postponed because of the devastating fires in southern California. It's now officially off altogether because of an unspecified "scheduling conflict," according to a press release issued by the concert's promoter.

"Unfortunately, rerouting the tour has been impossible due to the event's last-minute postponement caused by the area wildfire emergency," reads the statement from Live Nation.

Tickets for the event, which can be refunded at point of purchase, were slashed by $35 last month in an apparently unsuccessful move to boost lagging sales, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.

The paper attributes the cancellation to that or Lopez's unofficially confirmed pregnancy.

As for rumors Lopez, 38, needs a new record label due to her diva demands and disappointing record sales, Epic Records tells PEOPLE that's simply not true. "We love Jennifer. We just made two new videos!" a rep for Epic tells PEOPLE.

J.Lo & Marc Party the Night Away in Miami Beach

Forget a quiet night in: Mom-to-be Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony spent their night off from their joint concert tour with 120 close friends, throwing an all-night private party at Glass, a sexy spot in South Beach's the Forge restaurant.

Lopez, in a maroon mini dress and silver sandals, cradled her stomach as she danced and laughed with party guests while DJ Irie spun salsa tunes. "Jennifer was dancing up a storm," says a source. "She and her friends perched themselves under an arty picture of David Bowie and danced all night." The singer was also affectionate with her husband. Adds the source: "She and Marc were so sweet together, constantly kissing, hugging and holding hands."

There was also plenty of food. At one point, one of the tour assistants drove to a nearby Dunkin' Donuts and brought back some late night snacks. Another sweet highlight: a big ice cream cake, which partygoers (Lopez included) enjoyed as the group celebrated several birthdays and continued partying until early the next morning.

Designer says Jennifer Lopez is pregnant

Roberto Cavalli has confirmed, perhaps inadvertently, that Jennifer Lopez is pregnant.

Asked what types of clothing he designs for celebrities, the fashion designer told People magazine: "Well Jennifer Lopez, at this moment, she requests something very special because she is waiting for the baby."

"It is so complicated because every week she is getting bigger," Cavalli said in a story posted Tuesday on the magazine's Web site.

Cavalli, known for his attention-getting designs, created free-flowing outfits for Lopez, who has been on tour with her husband, Marc Anthony.

His comment came after weeks of speculation, tabloid baby-bump pictures and raised eyebrows. Lopez, 39, has declined comment.

A telephone message left Wednesday for her publicist, Nancy Ryder, wasn't immediately returned.

"The thing about Jennifer Lopez, she is a singer, she is a dancer," Cavalli said. "Most of the time when I prepare something for the tour, the performer, they want something very soft so they can dance and so they can move free."

Lousy Border

THERE'S more bad news for Jennifer Lopez. Weeks after her new album tanked and her movie "El Cantante" fell flat, her next film is going straight to video. "Bordertown" - where J. Lo plays a reporter probing the murders of female factory workers in Mexico - will hit video stores in January, reports Moviefone. Co-starring Antonio Banderas, the flick was booed at the Berlin International Film Festival. A rep for "Bordertown" insisted plans for the film are still in limbo.

Cris Judd 'Couldn't Be Happier' for Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has not officially confirmed that she is pregnant, but she's getting good wishes from ex-husband Cris Judd nonetheless.

"I only wish her the best, I always have," Judd told PEOPLE at the 11th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills on Monday. "She's always wanted to be a mother, and now she's going to be. I couldn't be any happier for her."

Judd, 38, added about Lopez's future child: "I can't wait to see him."

While Lopez remains mum on the topic of her bump as she tours, Judd appears in La Noir, a film that is part of the Hollywood Film Festival.

Lopez and Judd were married in 2001 and split the following year.

J.lo Late Paying For Limos

JENNIFER Lopez racked up more than $16,000 in limousine charges during the July premiere of her Spanish-language movie "El Cantante," and now she's fighting the limo company over the bill. While being chauffeured around New York for a week, Lopez - who is obviously pregnant, reportedly with twins - also ordered cars for her husband, Marc Anthony, stylist, Ken Paves, sister, Linda Lopez, and a slew of hangers-on. "Jennifer is being very difficult," said Spiegel Limousine Corp. honcho Sherif, who asked that his last name not be used. "We've been calling for several months to collect on the bill. When I asked why they aren't paying, the account person claimed nobody had authorized the transactions." Lopez's people apparently disagreed with Spiegel over how much is owed for time when the cars had to wait for passengers. After we called Lopez's reps, Sherif asked us to quash the story, claiming he wouldn't be paid if we reported the dispute. A Lopez rep told us, "The bills were being reviewed because there were some inaccuracies. An amount has been decided on, and payments are being made."

Marc Anthony's Revealing Dedication to Jennifer Lopez

Marc Anthony raised eyebrows Friday night when he made a special song dedication to wife Jennifer Lopez at their Los Angeles concert.

"It's a real personal song," Anthony said before belting out Journey's "Faithfully" inside a packed Staples Center. "This song has a whole new significance."

It was when he sang the song's lyrics "They say that the road ain't no place to start a family" that concert goers erupted in cheers. He noted to fans that the song had "quite a special significance," dedicating it to the couple's "friends" in the audience as well.

After Anthony's hour-long set (featuring music from the couple's film "El Cantante"), Lopez, 38, hit the stage asking fans "How are you, L.A.?" and later told the crowd "This is such a special time."

Lopez was clearly showing an expanding belly, continuing to wear her loose-fitting outfits on stage. She also wore noticeably low-heeled boots during the heavier dance routines.

This has been a year of firsts for Lopez. She released her first Spanish album, embarked on her first tour and – if you believe the bump – becoming a mother for the first time. But as Lopez continues to remain mum on the topic her fans have their own opinions.

"She's so pregnant!" one concert goer said as they exited the Staples Center. Another fan tells PEOPLE there was no mistaking "she had a tummy." "She wasn't moving that much," said fan Monica Hathaway, 35, from La Palma, Calif. "I'm a mother of three, I know, she's pregnant!"

But as Anthony and Lopez keep everyone guessing, one thing is certain: Anthony only has eyes for his wife. Standing at one end of the stage during their last song together, Anthony gazed at Lopez and said, "She's just fine."

I Made J.lo

ROSIE Perez is taking credit for discovering Jennifer Lopez when the fly girl on "In Living Color" was just Jenny from the block. In the November issue of Out magazine, Perez told Michael Musto, "I'm the one that hired Jennifer Lopez, even though she tells everyone Keenan Ivory Wayans was. He didn't want her because she was overweight and didn't dance well, but I said, 'She has star quality.' "

Jennifer Lopez: Bumpwatch 2007

Jennifer Lopez is "happy." Life is "great." It's been a "special year." Fine, but is she pregnant?

Yes, according to numerous published reports, some of which even claim the multihyphenate diva is expecting twins.

Last week, both OK! magazine and TMZ came out with "exclusives" on the singer's pregnancy, following days of similar headlines in the New York Post and other tabloids, while Us Weekly followed suit Wednesday with a cover story on Lopez's forthcoming bundle of joy.

"It's a dream come true," a source told the magazine. "She and Marc are over the moon."

Even Anthony's ex, Dayanara Torres, was drawn into the is-she-or-isn't-she fracas, when she was asked by a reporter for the Spanish-language daily El Nuevo Dia whether her children were happy about their half-brother or -sister to be.

"They don't know yet, as I barely found out yesterday. But I suppose they're going to be very happy, because when my sister had her kid they were," Torres replied.

However, Torres later clarified that she had no official confirmation of the pregnancy but was merely aware of the reports.

"I had been advised of pregnancy 'rumors' by my manager, who wanted to make sure I was aware in case my children heard anything at school that I may need to address; so when I was approached by a reporter who stated as fact that my children were to have a new sibling soon, I assumed that this had been confirmed," she said.

So far, Lopez herself has managed to remain publicly mum on her purported baby bulge, while her rep has declined to comment on the situation.

But that doesn't mean Lopez isn't having fun with the speculation.

During a Sunday concert with Anthony at Madison Square Garden—her hometown venue where OK! claimed she would make her big reveal—Anthony told the crowd, "I missed you guys. This is a special night for us on so many levels."

After nearly 90 minutes, Lopez appeared, sang a few songs, including her new single, "Do It Well" and then addressed the audience and her husband.

"How amazing is Marc?" she said, pausing for dramatic effect. "This is a really special night for us...This is my first tour ever! It's been a really special year."

Of course, it's possible that fashion speaks louder than words, at least in her case. During the tour, Lopez has notably eschewed her tight-fitting, abs-bearing outfits of the past, opting instead for loose, flowing garments styled by Roberto Cavalli.

"I used a lot of stretch fabrics," the designer told People of putting together the wardrobe.

With her just released album, Brave, failing to make much of a ripple, Lopez may be trying to capitalize on the publicity her unannounced pregnancy is generating, in the hopes of bumping up her CD sales.

However, with all the focus on her midriff, it seems the public is having a tough time concentrating on anything else.

During a Good Morning America interview with Lopez Tuesday, Diane Sawyer skirted the question on everyone's mind, opting instead to play it vague.

"All right, all right, I know what everybody's asking, and I know you have so little privacy in your life…so, I'm just going to say, How are you?" Sawyer asked.

"I'm very well, thank you. This is really, really a great, happy time in my life," Lopez answered.

Later the same day, David Letterman also avoided asking Lopez about her rumored pregnancy, sticking to general questions about family and the challenges of parenting.

"The idea of having a family is daunting, isn't it?" he teased.

"Yeah, it is," Lopez said.

If reports can be believed, the singer has only about five months to go before that idea becomes a reality.

Marc Anthony a hard act for J-Lo to follow

Like a true gentleman, Marc Anthony assumes the opening slot for his shows with wife Jennifer Lopez, here embarking on her first-ever concert tour.

But the gracious gesture might not be doing her any favors. Whereas the veteran Latin singer produced musical fireworks in his galvanizing, mostly Spanish-language set, the ones set off in hers were strictly literal.

Of course, the comparison isn't exactly fair. Lopez probably would be the first to admit that she doesn't come close to Anthony's voice or interpretive skills, not to mention his live performing experience. But her dance-heavy material, leavened with several songs from her Spanish-language release "Como Ama una Mujer," is infectiously rhythmic, and her hourlong showcase demonstrated that she's more than capable of headlining the sort of theatrical extravaganza required on the pop diva arena circuit.

Heavily choreographed, lavishly costumed and featuring the requisite pyrotechnics and video self-homage, her set -- featuring such hit tunes as "Waiting for Tonight," "Jenny From the Block" and "Let's Get Loud" -- kept the audience's cell phone cameras in constant operation.

Wearing flowing garments and dancing in not particularly athletic fashion, the singer did nothing to dispel the rumors of her pregnancy. Her thin voice mostly is serviceable for the material (with the ballads being notable exceptions), though there were times when it seemed to be aided via electronic means.

Anthony, on the other hand, requires no such help in his salsa-heavy set. His magnificent voice was beautifully showcased on such numbers as "Aguanile" and "Hasta Que Te Conoci," and his years of touring have made him a master of the dramatic gesture. When a Puerto Rican flag was thrown to him by an audience member during "Preciosa," he sang a verse while huddled underneath it to rapturous cheers.

The show ended with exactly what the fans wanted: two numbers, "Por Arriesgarnos" and "No Me Ames," performed as duets. Watching these two intensely charismatic and successful performers cooing lovingly to each other and kissing at the end of each song, Bennifer seemed but a distant memory.

David Letterman Dodges Baby Question with Jennifer Lopez

On the same day that Jennifer Lopez managed to avoid the big pregnancy question from Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, the singer faced another tough interviewer – David Letterman.

But the host, who relentlessly peppered Paris Hilton with questions about her jail stay recently, kept mum when it came to asking Lopez about a possible visit from the stork.

As PEOPLE witnessed during Tuesday's late afternoon taping of CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, the TV host did ask Lopez, 38, about her mother Guadalupe – who parented with tough love, her famous daughter explained.

Though clearly respecting Lopez and husband Marc Anthony's privacy, Letterman, 60, nevertheless asked if J.Lo would be as tough a parent as her own mom if she ever started a family.

As a father himself – of son Harry, who turns 4 next month – Letterman acknowledged that parenting is challenging, which prompted Lopez to smirk.

Music Review: Jennifer Lopez, 'Brave'

Jennifer Lopez, "Brave" (Epic): Given Jennifer Lopez's thin voice, it's hard to expect greatness when she puts out an album. But "Brave" disappoints even for J.Lo-adjusted standards. Chock full of tepid dance grooves, Lopez's voice has never sounded so weak and marginal as on this record.

After recording a Spanish-language album earlier this year, "Brave" is a return to Lopez's R&B-club roots — the kind of grooves that helped make her a multi-platform superstar.

In the past, Lopez scored big hits with sparkling jams that hid her vocal flaws while enticing listeners with irresistible beats. Those kind of tracks are hard to find on "Brave," which contains plenty of fourth-rate songs that sound like they were made for Brooke Hogan instead of an A-lister like Lopez.

"Do It Well" sounds dated and recycled thanks to the song's reliance on a sample of "Keep on Truckin'," already heavily used in hip-hop, as does "Gotta Be There," which uses a sample of Michael Jackson's overused "Gotta Be Where You Are." This is a woman known for her designer duds and oversized bling — can't she afford better production?

Even songs with original material are often weak, like "Mile in These Shoes," on which Lopez' voice sounds particularly nasal.

There are a few songs where Lopez manages to charm, mainly thanks to the strength of the song. The bouncy "Stay Together" is fun, mainly because the lyrics — "Stay together, that's the new trend" — are particularly captivating, given Lopez's much-publicized breakups.

And "I Need Love" is a nice enough uptempo groove. Still, it's not something you'll be rushing to hear a second time — a sentiment that summarizes most of "Brave."

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: Lopez gives the right vocal performance — tender and vulnerable — on the album's best track, the lovely "Never Gonna Give Up," a lush, string-based ballad about overcoming heartbreak.

Diane Sawyer Asks Jennifer Lopez, 'How Are You?'

Jennifer Lopez and Diane Sawyer danced around the question that begs to be asked – is the singer pregnant? – on Tuesday's Good Morning America.

Speaking amid a crowd of people outside the ABC studio in the middle of Times Square, where Lopez, 38, performed a live concert to promote her new CD Brave, a pained-looking Sawyer said to the singer: "All right, all right, I know what everybody's asking, and I know you have so little privacy in your life ... so, I'm just going to say, 'How are you?' "

Replied Lopez: "I'm very well, thank you. This is really, really a great, happy time in my life. ... Everything's great."

She credited her happiness to her new album and her current concert tour with husband Marc Anthony – for which Lopez has dressed in modest, loose-fitting ensembles designed by Roberto Cavalli. (Her GMA dress was equally ample.)

When the interview segment of Lopez's appearance concluded, Sawyer, 61, said to her guest, "Can I hug you, 'cause I'm happy."

Sawyer then embraced Lopez's shoulder, never coming anywhere near her stomach.

Nominees for the 2007 American Music Awards

Winners to be Named Live on ABC, Sunday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m., ET

Pop or Rock

Favorite Male Artist:
Akon
Timbaland
Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Fergie
Avril Lavigne

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Linkin Park
Maroon 5
Nickleback

Favorite Album:
Daughtry/”Daughtry”
Linkin Park/”Minutes to Midnight”
Justin Timberlake/”FutureSex/Love Sounds”

Country

Favorite Male Artist:
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist:
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Album:
Tim McGraw/”Let It Go”
Rascal Flatts/”Me and My Gang”
Carrie Underwood/”Some Hearts”

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Rascal Flatts

Soul/Rhythm & Blues

Favorite Male Artist:
Akon
Ne-Yo
T-Pain

Favorite Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Fantasia
Rihanna

Favorite Album:
Beyoncé /”B'Day”
R. Kelly/”Double Up”
Justin Timberlake/”FutureSex/LoveSounds”

Rap/Hip-Hop

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Pretty Ricky
Shop Boyz

Favorite Male Artist:
Fabolous
T.I.
Young Jeezy

Favorite Album:
Bones Thugs-N-Harmony/”Strength & Loyalty “
T.I./”T.I. vs. T.I.P.”
Young Jeezy/”The Inspiration”

Adult Contemporary Music

Favorite Artist:
Daughtry
Norah Jones
John Mayer

Latin Music

Favorite Artist:
Daddy Yankee
Juan Luis Guerra y 440
Jennifer Lopez

Alternative Rock Music

Favorite Artist:
Linkin Park
My Chemical Romance
The White Stripes

Contemporary Inspirational

Favorite Artist:
Casting Crowns
Jeremy Camp
tobyMac

Soundtracks

Favorite Album:
“Dreamgirls”
“Hairspray”
“High School Musical 2”

Favorite Breakthrough Artist:
Daughtry
Plain White T's
Robin Thicke

Not So Secret

JENNY from the Block wants to share the good news she's expecting - right here in her hometown. Bronx native Jennifer Lopez, 38, plans to "announce that she and (husband) Marc Anthony are expecting their first child on Saturday night at her Madison Square Garden concert," said an insider. A spy at her concert in Connecticut Wednesday night told us, "a fan blew the side of her top all the way up for a moment, and a definitive baby bump was there. She was very quick to push down her top. Then she talked about how this year is full of firsts for her . . . and every so often her dress would fly up and you would see her belly."

Jennifer Lopez: How Marc and I Guard Our Privacy

Jennifer Lopez has a personal prescription for keeping her private life with husband Marc Anthony, well, private.

"You don't have to go where everybody goes; there are a million other places that are great," Lopez, 38, tells Giant magazine in its October/November issue.

She also shows compassion for those who are younger finding themselves in the limelight.

"People wonder why Britney or Lindsay or Paris is acting crazy, but they don't know what it means not to be able to walk outside your house," says Lopez. " 'Oh, but she has $10 million!' they say, but that doesn't help when you can't ... feel good!

"I feel so bad when I see people going through the beginnings of it. Because it's not fun. You have to learn to navigate it 'cause if you don't, it will eat you up. ... It's a lot of pressure. And you gotta keep grounded and find a way to deal with it and hopefully have love in your life."

In her case, that's Anthony. "From the day Marc and I met, we've always had amazing chemistry, but the timing has to be right," she says.

"We established early on that our relationship was not for public consumption. When we're out there, it's 'cause it's part of our work, but you won't catch us hanging out at some random place with paparazzi following us 'cause we don't let them," she adds.

"And we have such a tight circle of friends, we don't have people calling the photographers saying, 'Marc and Jennifer are coming here.' "

Sharing the Spotlight

Besides, there is the fact that she and Anthony are doing something particularly public – the two are currently on tour in advance of her latest album, Brave, due out Oct. 9.

Then again, it's just not the two who are in the spotlight, but, possibly three. Lopez has been the subject of pregnancy rumors, fueled even further by a recent gust of air that exposed what appeared to be a baby bump during a concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

"People started buzzing as they were leaving the concert," a source told PEOPLE. "There was a lot of buzzing, people saying, 'Oh yeah, she's pregnant!' "

While Lopez has not official confirmed the report, the New York Post reports that the singer will announce her pregnancy in front of a hometown audience, onstage at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 7.

Ben Affleck: Jennifer Lopez Romance Hurt My Career

Ben Affleck has made his share of bad career moves – on- and off-screen – but he's hopeful his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, is a success.

"There's something really great about directing," Affleck, 35, tells Details magazine. "If you don't like this movie, I'm the guy to see. I'm the guy to criticize."

But he's betting that critics – and audiences – will like the movie and that it will help him get out of a rut that included some high-profile flops and an equally high-profile romance with Jennifer Lopez.

"It was probably bad for my career," he said of his dating the singer from 2002 to 2004.

"What happens in this sort of bleed-over from the tabloids across your movie work," he said. "I ended up in an unfortunate crosshair position where I was in a relationship and [the media] mostly lied and inflated a bunch of salacious stuff for the sake of selling magazines. And I paid a certain price for that. Then, in concert with some movies that didn't work ..."

But now Affleck is in a new phase of his career and personal life.

"I feel like [Gone Baby Gone] is a linchpin for my life. My career," says the husband of actress Jennifer Garner and father of Violet, 2. "I have a lot riding on it. I want it to work. Badly. I mean, a s----- movie comes out on 2,800 screens? I've been there and it's embarrassing."

As for his future, Affleck is clearly committed to his family life – and staying out of the media spotlight.

"I'd be surprised if I am still living [in Los Angeles] in a couple years," he claims. "Professionally it would be difficult. But that's not as important as the other thing."

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Kick off Tour

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony kicked off their ING Presents concert tour on Friday at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

Anthony took the stage first, singing mostly his Spanish hits and telling the audience, "I missed you guys. This is a special night for us on so many levels."

This is the first time the husband and wife have toured together, though they have performed together in the past.

After nearly 90 minutes, Lopez (who has been the subject of increasing pregnancy rumors) came onstage wearing a flowing baby doll top and flared bottoms by Roberto Cavalli. She opened with her new single "Do It Well," and showed off some low-key hip-hop dance moves.

A few songs into her set, a breathless Lopez asked the crowd, "How amazing is Marc?" She added: "This is a really special night for us ... This is my first tour ever! It's been a really special year."

With appreciative audience members screaming her name and presenting her with flowers and cards, a choked-up Lopez told them, "Don't let me get all emotional because I know it won't stop!"

Lopez, 39, changed outfits three more times – all modest, loose-fitting ensembles by Cavalli – and sang a few new songs as well as slew of older hits before Anthony, 39, rejoined her.

The couple closed the show just before midnight with two Spanish duets, ending each with an onstage kiss.

Soulja Boy returns to top of singles chart

Teen rapper Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" rose one place to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Thursday, trading places with Kanye West's "Stronger."

Timbaland's "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson, and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" remained at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

J. Holiday's "Bed" rebounded one to No. 5, swapping places with 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology" featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go" featuring Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim, and Nickelback's "Rockstar" were unchanged at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

Pink's "Who Knew" remained at No. 9, and young singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" jumped six places to No. 10.

Jennifer Lopez had the Hot 100's top debut with "Do It Well" at No. 53. Also new were James Blunt's "1973" at No. 73 and Playaz Circle's "Duffle Bag Boy" featuring Lil Wayne at No. 91.

Jennifer Lopez goes back to the block

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have made an emotional visit to a Bronx elementary school just blocks from where the actress-singer grew up.

"That was so ... Oh my God, what did you do to me? Look at my makeup!" said a teary Lopez after hundreds of schoolchildren greeted the couple with cheers, broad smiles, flowers and artwork Tuesday.

Lopez and Anthony, who were married in 2004, said they were "overwhelmed" by the welcome at P.S. 36 Unionport School in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

They are about to launch a musical tour to support a children's health campaign. It will be her first tour.

"We look at you and see ourselves," said the 39-year-old Lopez. "This is overwhelming. I remember being in school, being on stage and dreaming of great things."

"There's nothing in the world, no Grammy, no Oscar, that can make me feel more warm than today," said Anthony, 38, who recently released the soundtrack to "El Cantante," a biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

Part of the proceeds from the 19-concert tour, which kicks off Friday in Atlantic City, N.J., will go to schools with programs promoting physical education and a healthy lifestyle.

J.lo: Pickles And Ice Cream?

DENIALS yesterday by Marc Anthony's rep that Jennifer Lopez is pregnant won't likely squelch the talk. Sources close to the singer's camp are buzzing that she's indeed expecting after years of in vitro. Lopez is promoting her new album, "Brave," in London, where the tabloids have gone to town with the rumors. They report that just before arriving at the Dorchester Hotel, Lopez faxed over a request for just the sort of things a mom-to-be might need - including two humidifiers, two fans, a room set at 80 degrees, Jo Malone candles, white or red roses, soft-baked chocolate chip cookies, sour cream and onion chips, regular chips, veggie platters, plain M&M's, sunflower seeds, Ritz crackers, Dentyne Ice gum, spicy brown mustard, mayonnaise, Smartwater, caffeine-free Coke and Red Bull. A rep for Lopez said she didn't know if the singer is pregnant.

Jennifer and Marc to Party at Kentucky Fried Chicken?

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's tour bus has welcomed more than its share of Kentucky Fried Chicken dinners. Now the couple have received a finger-licking good offer from the fast-food chain: Party with us while you're on the road.

Anthony recently admitted to Access Hollywood that he harbors a major KFC addiction, saying, "I can't eat anything else after a concert." Lopez is not as big of a fan, but that didn't stop KFC president Gregg Dedrick from publicly extending the unusual invite, the TV show reports.

"We would like to offer you, your entourage and a few VIP guests an 'all access' pass to the KFC location of your choice," Dedrick wrote in an open letter to the couple.

"You have a bucketful of choices for 'after party' locations because KFC has more than 5,500 restaurants across the country. Hearing about your fondness for KFC was music to our ears, so just name the time and the place and we'll open our doors to you for a post-concert feast."

There was no immediate response from the couple, whose North American tour kicks off Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., and includes 16 dates, wrapping in Miami on Nov. 3.

If either of them nixes the idea, it will be Lopez, who knows her husband's habits all too well from previous tours.

As she told Access Hollywood recently, "People were like, 'What about the [tour] bus, Jennifer, was that hard?' I'm like, 'No. The Kentucky Fried Chicken was the killer.' "

Jennifer Lopez Pregnant?

Jennifer Lopez is pregnant with her first child. The singer/actress is due to give birth in the spring, according to an insider.

U.S. publication In Touch Weekly claims Lopez and husband Marc Anthony received the good news after visiting her Beverly Hills fertility specialist Dr. Robert Katz.

Sources tell the publication she had an ultrasound performed in a New York office on 12 September. One insider says, "The test calculated that she was about 12 weeks pregnant."

The couple has been trying to get pregnant for the past two years, and eventually turned to in vitro fertilisation. This will be the couple's first child together. Anthony, 39, already has three children from previous relationships.

True Surprise

IT isn't easy throwing a surprise party where the guest of honor is really surprised. But Jennifer Lopez pulled it off Sunday night when she took her husband Marc Anthony to a birthday dinner at the Water Club. As they finished eating, a sleek yacht pulled up in front of the East River eatery full of his friends singing "Happy Birthday, Marc!" A stunned Anthony looked at them through the window. The yacht then picked the couple up at the dock, and the party continued afloat.

Lopez: 'I Want To Play With Spice Girls On Tour'

Superstar Jennifer Lopez wants to share the stage with the Spice Girls during their forthcoming world tour.

The singer/actress is good friends with Posh Spice Victoria Beckham and wants to join them on their reunion gigs, which begins in Los Angeles later this year (07Dec07).

She says, "I'd love to get back out there on tour and I'd really like to perform on the same stage as the Spice Girls.

"Even before we were friends, Posh was always my favourite."

J.Lo's line sparkles at Fashion Week

Big colorful butterflies hanging from the ceiling. Pink, purple and green trees. A model dressed as a fairy, on a swing.

Jennifer Lopez said her new young contemporary line was "fantasy — classic inspiration but with a new, kind of funky spin," so she turned the setting of her JustSweet show Tuesday night at New York Fashion Week into a fairy tale.

Models pranced down a silver sparkling runway wearing colors called pixie dust, magic mint and pirate pink. The clothes were sparkling, too, ranging from a sweater dress with thick, sparkling, colorful, diagonal stripes to denim boy shorts with a sparkling brown hoodie.

Her outfits alternated between sophisticated — lots of minidresses — and casual — a pair of skinnies with a cargo green graphic T-shirt. She incorporated her signature one-shoulder look, but didn't go overboard, along with bell sleeves and cropped jackets to add chic to all that trendiness.

Lopez, 37, said she developed JustSweet to fill the void between J.Lo, her denim and T-shirt urban wear line, and Sweetface, a high-fashion, higher-priced line. She wanted to do something in the middle. All the pieces range from $49 to $99. She said she designed the line for the young at heart.

"Girls who are young who are going to wear it are going to feel sophisticated in it because it does have a chic kind of feeling to it," she said. "But people who are older who wear it are going to feel young, flirty and fun. It really has a nice mix."

The actress-singer, who performed at Fashion Rocks on Thursday, said she's not worried about whether she is taken seriously as a designer.

"I'm not looking for the credibility," she said. "I'm looking to make clothes that every woman can wear."

Beyonce tops People fashion list

R&B singer Beyonce took top honors in a list of best-dressed celebrities of 2007, while bald Britney Spears won the booby prize for most shocking style moment after shaving her head.

People magazine's annual best- and worst-dressed issue hits newsstands on Friday featuring numerous Hollywood stars, all given a nickname to describe their taste in couture.

Beyonce, 26, was dubbed "The Showstopper," while actress Cameron Diaz walked into the top 10 as "The Legs," and actress Katie Holmes, who is married to Tom Cruise, graced the list as "The Classic."

"Beyonce just looks amazing every time she goes out," assistant managing editor Cynthia Sanz told Reuters. "She likes to show off her curves and she is very glamorous."

Beyonce has her own fashion line, "House of Dereon," that mixes hip hop influences with feminine touches like lace and ruffles that she launched with her mother, stylist Tina Knowles, in 2004.

Last year, former "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston topped the list after a reader's vote, but this year the magazine did not seek readers' input. Instead, the magazine's editors drew up the list without giving the 10 winners rankings.

Other women in the top 10 included Penelope Cruz, Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani and Ali Larter.

For the men last year, singer Justin Timberlake was named "Trendiest," and praise went to British soccer star David Beckham, who recently moved with wife Victoria to Los Angeles.

This year Beckham again made the list, alongside Terrence Howard, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

BECKHAMS WIN STYLE PRAISE

But there were also the worst fashions of the year as People's editors took issue with celebrities' sense of style.

Spears' decision to shave her head after a spree of partying and stints in rehab following her collapsed marriage put her at the top of the list of worst style moments.

The award comes just days after the former pop princess, who is trying to stage a comeback, drew howls from critics for her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards where her outfit resembled that of a stripper and she barely danced.

"She's had a bad year with shaving her head and all her bad fashion choices that followed that -- the wigs, the hats," said Sanz. "She really seems to be having a meltdown."

Also among the worst styles were "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya piling his hair high for the hit TV talent show, and Cameron Diaz offending Peruvians with her handbag that had a political slogan of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong.

In a special "British Accent" section, People paid tribute to British celebrities taking America by storm, recognizing Victoria Beckham, model Kate Moss, singer Lily Allen, Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton and actress Emma Watson.

"It has been a big year for the Brits with a lot of influence coming over here," said Sanz. "You can't help but look at what the Beckhams are doing and wearing, but you are not really sure why."

Fashion Rocks with Piven and Lopez

To judge New York Fashion Week by the lineup at Thursday night's Fashion Rocks concert, you'd think the mismatched look was in.

Fergie sang with Aerosmith, Teri Hatcher shared the stage with 50 Cent to introduce Jennifer Lopez, and Jeremy Piven served as host to a crowd of style insiders. From the start, Piven wondered aloud why he was there — were possible emcees Tom Ford, Kanye West or Heidi Klum all unavailable?

Yes, Piven answered, and that left him to do the job. He was more than serviceable.

He warmed up the crowd at Radio City Musical Hall with photos of the "trendsetting" fashions of his youth. The oversize T-shirts that now dominate designer runways — check. Feathered hair later worn by Kristy McNichol and more recently by the heartthrobs on the "O.C." — check.

Same goes for Jean Paul Gaultier's crazy hats and shawls. Piven compared them to the outfit he wore to his bar mitzvah.

He did better for Fashion Rocks in a slightly shiny dark suit. But some of the other celebrities onstage more closely hit the fashion mark: Martina McBride wore a pantsuit and bow blouse in line with the fall's polished look, and Cuba Gooding Jr., with a bright yellow shirt, must have had an early line on the spring clothes being previewed on the catwalks through Wednesday.

Steven Tyler wore a medley of animal prints, Jessica Alba had on a black gown with chain link detail and Tyra Banks wore on-trend booties with her black cocktail dress. Lopez started her performance in a short, sequined trenchcoat but eventually pulled it off to reveal a short, sequined baby-doll dress. She kept her knee-high boots on the whole time.

The concert will be telecast Friday in a two-hour special on CBS.

J.Lo Cashes Out

Love don't cost a thing, as far as Jennifer Lopez is concerned. Tell-alls written by her ex, however, are another matter.

A California judge has awarded $545,000 to the 38-year-old singer-actress in connection with a lawsuit she filed against her first ex-hubby, Ojani Noa, to block the release of a tell-all tome about their short-lived union.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael C. Solner on Wednesday upheld a ruling by a court-ordered arbitrator that the Cuban-born Noa had violated a previous confidentiality agreement by shopping around a manuscript purportedly divulging secrets of Lopez's private life.

Among the juicy tidbits were details on their first sexual encounter together and claims that his former missus cheated on him multiple times, including a dalliance with her current husband and El Cantante costar Marc Anthony when he was still married to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.

Lopez swapped vows with Noa in 1997, before she became the Hollywood hyphenate she is today, after the two met while he was working as a waiter at a Miami restaurant. Her career began to take off, and she divorced him 11 months later.

The pair remained friendly enough that Lopez hired Noa to manage her Pasadena eatery, Madre's, in 2002. But when she subsequently fired him six months later, Noa shot back with a wrongful-termination lawsuit. The matter was resolved out of court, with Noa receiving a settlement of $125,000 that also mandated he not disclose information about their relationship.

After hearing that Noa was trying his hand at a writing career and that she would be his first subject, Lopez sued him in April and asked for a permanent injunction on the publication of the book, on the grounds that he had informed her he would consider dropping the project if she paid him $5 million.

The restaurant worker claimed the tattle tale was about his immigrant life story, not the Anaconda star specifically, but neither the arbitrator, Richard Cernick, nor the judge bought that argument.

During Wednesday's hearing, Solner granted that permanent injunction barring Noa from "criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging or causing disparagement to plaintiff." He instructed Noa to hand over all copies of materials pertaining to the book.

According to a Los Angeles wire report, J. Lo's ex asked Solner to delay the award's entry into law for 30 days to give him time to find a new lawyer, but the judge denied the request, since he had already given him three prior chances to do so.

"I think it's unfair, to be honest, your honor,'' Noa said in court.

"I'm sure you do,'' Solner replied.

Not helping Noa was the fact that he represented himself throughout the proceedings. His previous attorney entered into arbitration last October with Lopez, but Noa claimed that because of his poor English skills, he didn't understand the implications of the move. As it happened, he also didn't realize his then counsel didn't actually have a license to practice law either, so he decided to go up against Lopez's legal eagles on his own.

The judgment means the former waiter will have to pony up $200,000 in compensatory damages for breach of the previous settlement, plus an additional $300,000 in attorneys' fees and $48,000 in arbitration costs.

Outside the courtroom, Noa denied to Spanish-language reporters that he was trying to damage Lopez's reputation, noting he had "too much class for that."

Lopez's attorney, Paul Sorrell, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Off The List

DAVID LaChappelle is the go-to photographer for pop stars wanting to reinvigorate their careers, but the list of ladies he'll work with is dwindling. LaChappelle, who loves Pamela Anderson and Courtney Love, refuses to work with Madonna, Gwen Stefani or Christina Aguilera ever again. "He hates them," our spy said. "Something weird happened the last time he worked with Gwen, and he has cut her out." When Jennifer Lopez wanted him to work on her latest video for "Do It Well," the source added, "She had to call him personally. It worked out well. He loves her."

Jennifer Lopez will throw party for "Amigas"

Jennifer Lopez is developing a TV series about five Miami teens who run a Quinceanera party-planning business.

"The Amigas Sweet 15 Club" is being billed as a half-hour comedy with dramatic undertones. It is based on an original idea by Jane Startz, who produced the film and TV series based on the popular "The Baby-Sitters Club" books.

Startz will executive produce with Lopez.

In addition to the music-centric TV show, they plan to develop "Amigas" into a series of young adult books, Latin music-inspired CDs and potentially other franchise properties targeting female tweens.

The TV series follows the "Amigas" as they use their collective talents (one is a singer, one is a DJ, one is a graphic artist, etc.) to launch an after-school party-planning business aimed at helping Latina girls throw their dream Quinceanera (Sweet 15) bashes.

Each episode of the potential series would focus on a different girl and on how her family and cultural background play into planning the event.

In the past decade, Latin culture has gone mainstream with such crossover music artists as Lopez, her husband Marc Anthony and Shakira. It also has moved into primetime, most recently with the success of ABC's "Ugly Betty," also told from the perspective of young Latinas.

Startz hopes to use as a vehicle to break up-and-coming Latin artists.

Lopez will be heavily involved in all producing aspects of the project, specifically music and casting, said Simon Fields, a principal at Lopez' Nuyorican Prods. banner.

Nuyorican has produced such feature films as "Shall We Dance" and "El Cantante" as well as the MTV series "Dance Life." Startz' credits also include the features "Tuck Everlasting" and "Ella Enchanted."

Jennifer Lopez: I'm Lucky to Work with Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez is a busy woman and does not mind mixing business with pleasure – especially when it comes to working with husband, Marc Anthony.

"I think we're kind of lucky actually because in this business people can end up spending so much time apart," Lopez told Ryan Seacrest Friday on his KIIS-FM radio show.

The couple, both 38, star together in the current film, El Cantante, and have announced plans to co-headline a world tour beginning September 29 in New Jersey.

"There's something about us working together that kind of works," says Lopez. "We never really force anything – it's just a natural thing, projects that we end up working together on."

Even though the couple spend long hours together, Lopez tells Seacrest: "Its easy. There is nothing hard about it."

Touring, on the other hand, is going to be a new step for Lopez. "It's actually my first time," she says. "I am a little bit scared of the schedule to be honest. I have been on the road with Marc a couple of times so I have a good tutorial on how to handle it though."

Lopez's fifth English album. Brave, hits stores Oct. 9.

Stars power H'wood Foreign Press lunch

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the annual Golden Globe Awards, handed out some $1.2 million in grants to film schools and nonprofit groups Thursday, aided by a gaggle of high-wattage show-biz luminaries.

And though A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx and Charlize Theron are used to following scripts, they were free to abandon them at the easygoing afternoon affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Hilary Swank, who presented the first round of grants to a slew of universities, stumbled as she read from the teleprompter.

"I feel your pain," said Mr. J-Lo, Marc Anthony, as he and Lopez presented the second round of checks.

"What am I supposed to say," asked a bumbling Peter Falk as he accepted a $50,000 prize for the Columbia University School of the Arts.

"Where does the foreign press get all this money," he went on. "I mean, I think it's great."

Foxx gave a shout-out to all the Leos (astrological, not DiCaprio) in the crowd — namely Swank and Lopez, whose birthdays are in late July.

After kissing Foxx on the cheek, Josh Brolin, who accepted a $50,000 grant for FilmAid International, turned to the Oscar winner and said, "I'm so nervous, can you give me a hug for a second?"

Sam Elliott had trouble following the teleprompter, but "Heroes" star Masi Oka worked it like a pro, acting like a newscaster as he accepted a $40,000 gift for American Cinematheque.

"You sound like the Moviefone guy," Foxx said.

The HFPA has given more than $7.5 million in grants over the past 13 years, president Jorge Camara said. This year's total is the largest ever distributed in the organization's 65-year history.

Jennifer Lopez's Ex Writes Expensive Book

Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband wrote the book. Jennifer Lopez got the bonus.

An arbiter has awarded the actress-singer just under $545,000 in her legal battle over a tell-all tome reportedly penned by former Lopez spouse Ojani Noa, Lopez's attorney confirmed Wednesday.

Paul Sorrell said he couldn't comment on his star client's reaction to the decision, but added, "I think she'd just like to see this be over."

Noa did not immediately return a message left seeking comment.

Lopez sued Noa, the first of her three husbands, in 2006 after the New York Post reported the ex was making the publishing rounds with a Lopez-themed book proposal.

In Lopez's lawsuit, the actress claimed that Noa's book was full of the sort of stuff that sells books: Namely, sex. (View the legal documents.)

According to the Lopez camp, the literary Noa accused Lopez of partaking in "multiple duplicitous sexual affairs" during the making of her 1997 monster thriller Anaconda and of running around with future third husband Marc Anthony while she was linked to Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Anthony was married to beauty queen Dayanara Torres.

While Lopez might have accused Noa of being ungentlemanly, her lawsuit actually accused him of breaking a confidentiality clause in a 2005 settlement which itself arose from a 2004 lawsuit filed by Noa. (For those keeping score at home, Noa sued Lopez when he was fired from her Southern California restaurant, Madre's; Lopez settled the case for $125,000 and a pledge that Noa would refrain from blabbing about "intimate details" of her or their relationship.)

The arbiter's decision was handed down in April. It was only recently uncovered by a local Los Angeles wire service after Lopez's camp filed papers Aug. 6 seeking a confirmation of the ruling by the L.A. County Superior Court.

Of the exactly $544,814.21 awarded to Lopez by the arbiter, $200,000 was for damages and the rest for attorney and arbitration fees.

The Aug. 6 court filing notes that Noa has not challenged the arbitration ruling. The state of Noa's would-be book was unknown.

"We don't know what he's doing," Sorrell said. "He may be out there trying to exploit this thing."

But finding a venue to do the exploiting seemingly would be tough to impossible. In 2006, Lopez obtained a still-standing preliminary injunction barring Noa from broadcasting, publishing or otherwise making money off Lopez-related "intimate details."

Noa, 33, wed Lopez, 38, in 1997. The former waiter and the then rising superstar divorced a year later.

When asked if he believed Noa had the $544,814.21 to make good on the arbitration judgment, Sorrell said, "Your guess is as good as mine."

J.Lo and Anthony set concert tour dates

Talk about togetherness. Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, who co-star in the new movie "El Cantante," will go on a concert tour together starting next month.

The 14-date tour will open Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., and wrap up Nov. 2 in Miami. It will be Lopez's first concert tour. She will perform songs from her Spanish-language album, "Como Ama una Mujer (How a Woman Loves)," which was mainly produced by Anthony.

Lopez, 39, is set to release her new CD, "Brave," on Oct. 9.

Anthony just released the soundtrack to "El Cantante," a biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, which opened in theaters last Friday. Anthony, 37, plays Lavoe, a talented but troubled Puerto Rican singer, and Lopez portrays Lavoe's long-suffering wife, Puchi. Lopez produced the movie.

The couple wed in 2004.

Other stops on the tour, produced by Live Nation, include Uncasville, Conn.; Washington; New York; Toronto; Chicago; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Anaheim, Calif.; San Diego; Las Vegas; Dallas; and Houston.

Anthony says working with J.Lo was easy

Marc Anthony says he was prepared for the worst when working with his wife, Jennifer Lopez, on their new film, "El Cantante," a biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

"Oh, I got calls," the 37-year-old actor-singer tells Fashion Rocks magazine. "Just friends, you know, giving me the heads-up about working with your partner."

"I thought, jeez, that's like the fourth call I got this month! What are they preparing me for?" he says. "I thought it was going to be World War III, when, in fact, it was Club Med."

Anthony plays Lavoe, a talented but troubled Puerto Rican singer. Lopez portrays Lavoe's long-suffering wife, Puchi. The 39-year-old actress-singer also produced the movie.

"We have a high standard for each other; I know what he's capable of, and he knows what I'm capable of, even more than we know ourselves," Lopez says of her relationship with Anthony.

"So when you see the light and the shine and all that someone is capable of, you want that person to achieve that. And I think he has the same thing for me."

Lopez, who married Anthony in 2004, starred in "Gigli" and "Jersey Girl" with former fiance Ben Affleck.

"We all knew the guns were pointing," says "El Cantante" director Leon Ichaso. "You know, her and another partner. ... Here we go again."

"El Cantante," a Picturehouse release, opened in theaters Friday.

Lopez is slated to perform at the Fashion Rocks concert Sept. 6 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The concert, part of New York Fashion Week events, will air the following night in a two-hour special on CBS.

Fashion Rocks magazine will accompany the September issue of 16 Conde Nast titles.

Music is the star of 'El Cantante'

El Cantante (* * 1/2 out of four)
The music is the uncontested highlight of El Cantante, which tells the story of the tragic life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

Marc Anthony gives a fine and impassioned performance in the title role, which also is a reference to his signature song.

It's just too bad that Anthony's wife, producer and co-star, Jennifer Lopez, also seems to have regarded this dark biopic as something of a personal vanity project. Lopez plays Puchi, Lavoe's overbearing wife, and the film has far too much of her and not enough of Anthony. During Lavoe's performances, the camera far too frequently cuts away to Puchi, who is merely dancing around on the sidelines. This is a movie in dire need of better editing.

The story relies on formula and clichés of the genre, so we don't learn enough about what caused the Puerto Rican-born Lavoe's downward spiral into drug use, promiscuity and suicide attempts after he gained fame in New York City.

It couldn't have been only the ubiquity of drugs and sex in the music world, or his wife's implied infidelity, that led to Anthony's personal disintegration. He died in 1993 of complications related to AIDS. One suspects there is a good deal more to this story that didn't make it into the film.

Director Leon Ichaso uses as a framing device a black-and-white pseudo-documentary Q&A with Puchi that isn't quite effective or focused. We learn more about her tendency toward denial than gaining any understanding of Lavoe's character.

Still, the music and Anthony's portrayal make the movie worth seeing. (Rating: R for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality. Running time: 1 hour, 56 minutes. Opens Friday nationwide.)

1 Cover, 2 Wives

MARC Anthony's wife, Jennifer Lopez, and his ex-wife, Dayanara Torres, appear together on the cover of September's People en Español - and he's none too pleased about it. The two Latina lovelies, shown with actress Adamari Torres and singer Lucero, didn't pose together, and the photo is a composite. But they're all smiles and certainly look buddy-buddy for the feature on the best-dressed women in Hispanic culture. Our source says, "The current and the ex side by side? Marc's camp is not happy." Anthony's rep didn't respond, but a People flack said, "Marc has great taste in stylish women."

Marc Anthony Admits Jennifer's 'Always Been the Boss'

In the Marc Anthony-Jennifer Lopez partnership, there's no question as to who's in charge.

"She's always been the boss! I don't know what's changed," Anthony, 38, told PEOPLE at Tuesday's Los Angeles premiere of the couple's movie El Cantante, which Lopez, also 38, also produced.

"That's the first thing a man has to know," he says. "Absolutely, no question about it."

In the film, Anthony portrays Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe, and Lopez plays his wife Puchi. Do Anthony and Lopez – married since June 2004 – share their screen characters' passion?

"Absolutely, we're passionate," Lopez told PEOPLE. "We're all passionate in a different way."

The couple will again join forces when they tour together this fall – a first for them, and the first time Lopez does a live-concert road trip.

"I think we'll travel in the same bus, but we'll get ready in separate buses," said Anthony, before his wife quickly interjected: "Only because I have hair and makeup and all kinds of people. And then when he starts getting ready, he takes hours." The pair laughed.

"I nap up to 15 minutes before I go onstage," Anthony admitted. Fortunately, his wife plays by his rules: "So I can't make noise when I'm getting ready," Lopez explained.

The tour kicks off Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, with Lopez already having picked up tips from her constantly touring husband.

"I had a tutorial for two-and-a-half years now," she said. "I went on two tours with him from beginning to end. I saw every single show. So I'm like ready. I'm ready."

And do they think the couple that works together and plays together can manage to stay together? "We wouldn't put ourselves in this position if it was going to cost us in any way," he says. "We truly enjoy each other."

Young stars should avoid enablers: J.Lo

Young celebrities have to learn for themselves how to cope with fame and avoid trouble, but having the right people around certainly helps, say husband-and-wife superstars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

In interviews about their first movie together, "El Cantante," Lopez and Anthony said there was a danger in being surrounded by "enablers" -- people who will say yes all the time to keep a star happy, no matter what the consequences.

"El Cantante," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is a biopic of Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, played by Anthony. Lavoe moved to New York in 1963 at age 17, rose to fame by 21, but struggled with drug addiction and died from AIDS complications in 1993.

"Nobody has a handbook for fame. It's no easy thing to deal with. You've got to have good people around you," Lopez, 38, who plays Lavoe's tough-talking wife, Puchi, told Reuters when asked about the behavior of young celebrities in Hollywood.

Last week actress Lindsay Lohan, 21, was charged for a second time with drunken driving just days after leaving a second stint in rehabilitation, while pop star Britney Spears, 25, who has also spent time in rehab, made headlines again with more reports of bizarre behavior.

"The thing about this business, in a way it's pretty sad, because you get child stars who are too many people's meal ticket and they're not going to tell the child that they can't do something," said Anthony, 38, who with more than 10 million records sold is the top-selling salsa artist ever.

"I had people who kept me in line. I was fortunate in that way," he said. "Now ... it would seem that people's best interests are just to keep the star happy as long as the money is still coming in."

"MATURE THOUGHT"

When Lopez, who has sold more than 17 million records, married Anthony in 2004, she said she made a conscious decision to withdraw from the media spotlight.

Before her marriage to Anthony, Lopez was tabloid fodder and regularly graced the covers of celebrity magazines through her relationship with rap music impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs and a broken engagement with actor Ben Affleck.

"It wasn't that I was courting that attention, it was just that I was just living my life, so I thought," she said during an interview at a luxury New York City hotel.

"When I sat down for a second and ... had a mature thought about it ... I realized it was my responsibility if I didn't want it to be that way," she said.

Along with starring in "El Cantante," Lopez also produced the film through her company Nuyorican. She received the screenplay more than five years ago and immediately rang Anthony to ask if he would play Lavoe.

Anthony, who will tour with Lopez in concert later this year, had met Lavoe before his death and described the singer as "such a part of the fabric of who I am."

But he said that the drugs that were such a scar on Lavoe's career from the 1960s to the 1980s, were no longer as pervasive in the entertainment industry because of increasing corporate influence.

"Today it's totally different. Nobody would want to do business with you if they knew you had a drug problem, sponsors would drop you and you would be shunned," he said.

Lopez said the attitude of celebrities should be simple: "You want to be proud of yourself at the end of the day."

For Lopez, the drama stays on the screen

Five and a half years ago, Jennifer Lopez read a script about the meteoric rise and even more spectacular fall of Puerto Rican salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

She had just one person in mind to play the volatile, drug-addled lead: a slim Latino singer named Marc Anthony. So she called him about a month later and asked him to sign on as Hector, opposite her Puchi, the crooner's fiercely protective wife.

In a twist worthy of a steamy Lavoe love song, Lopez and Anthony, 38, have been married since 2004, after a top-secret June wedding in her Los Angeles backyard. And now, they're starring in El Cantante, the gritty retelling of Lavoe and Puchi's turbulent, often twisted partnership.

"Who knew that five years later, when the movie came out, we'd be married?" says Lopez, 38. Their on-screen collaboration hits theaters Friday.

Real-life couples taking their love on screen can be a bust, as what sizzles behind closed doors often fizzles on celluloid. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were notable mostly for their lack of chemistry in 1999's Eyes Wide Shut, and let's not even mention Lopez's disastrous big-screen dalliance with former fiancé Ben Affleck in 2003's Gigli. Then again, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton sparkled in 1977's Annie Hall.

Lopez says her collaboration with Anthony works because "being a couple, you know when things are real."

She produced the film and hand-picked the director, and was so committed to keeping the story authentic that she asked an actor playing a bouncer to really push and shove her while trying to throw her out of a club.

"This movie was home for them," says director Leon Ichaso. "There was a sense of mission with everything they did. Fighting, as well as the funny scenes, everything was really special. It was a good camaraderie."

The couple on screen didn't fare as well, however. It's instant attraction when Hector and Puchi meet in a club, but their relationship unravels as Lavoe's success comes in tandem with an ever-growing dependence on drugs. He's too wasted to show up to his own wedding, shoots up at home while alone with their son and gets abusive with Puchi when she tries to straighten him out.

Rest assured that what is on screen has no similarity to life at Lopez and Anthony's Long Island estate.

"A byproduct of being so happy in the middle of playing two absolutely dysfunctional people is that you feel really normal. I was like, 'Thank God we're not like that.' We don't have any problems!" Anthony says with a laugh. "It was so far from us. I know what it's like to be famous. But I don't know what it's like to be a drug addict."

Lopez insists that their sparring matches were more droll than diabolical. "We'd go home and be like, 'That was wild, right?' It was an exciting thing to do, not so much that we took it home and were yelling at each other."

Filming was a commitment

Their searing fights left their mark on Lopez, she demonstrates with a giggle. "I have scars, literally scars, from them," she says, showing off two faint lines on two fingers of her right hand. "Hector wore a lot of rings, so when we started mixing it up in that scene — it wasn't written that I'd push him or touch him — but I just started pushing him and telling him to get out. Next thing you know, my hands were cut open. They were very intense scenes, but we knew it has to be real. We had no time to mess around."

With a 33-day shoot, she means that quite literally. Lopez says she was scared to dive into such deep emotional waters, playing a hard-living woman who loses her son and later her husband. But having her real-life husband on set helped.

"It was comfortable working with Marc because we know each other so well. When you work with other actors, you have to be cordial and polite. But Marc and I have enough respect for each other as human beings and artists that we can say anything to each other," she says. "It made it easier."

They had separate trailers and equally separate work styles. "I do a lot of research, I come prepared, I know my lines from A to Z. I know the other person's lines. Marc is much looser. He's more about the character," says Lopez.

Anthony concedes that "it took a little getting used to. Dialogue doesn't mean anything to me. I don't like being tied down. Jen is more a stickler — 'I need this, I need to hear this in order to get to the next thing.' I'm more laid back."

Two for one

But their workplace differences haven't stopped Lopez and Anthony from becoming entertainment's most inseparable couple. They opt to do their interviews separately, but otherwise they are nearly always together.

He's classily classic, wearing black slacks and a jacket, his hair slicked back. She's fashionably forward, her tan, flat stomach on display in a cropped Chloe blouse paired with Seven wide-leg jeans and Dior stilettos.

They're going on a joint tour this fall, starting Sept. 29 in Atlantic City, to help promote her upcoming fall disc. Lopez describes it as "dance, funk, R&B. My Spanish album was a real departure from what I do in English, and this is back to the J. Lo movement."

He produced her recent Spanish-language release, Como Ama una Mujer, which had underwhelming sales. And they're not averse to doing another movie together.

"We don't plan things. I know it seems like that because he did my Spanish album, this movie's coming out, we're going on tour. Things have always been organic with Marc and I," Lopez says. "When we do work together, it happens naturally."

In the midst of their work, Lopez and Anthony carve out intimate moments, Ichaso says. "They spend a lot of time together, a lot of downtime with each other, and try to be as normal as they can with the amount of traveling they do. In Puerto Rico, I looked out the window and saw them quietly going to the beach together."

Get him talking about Lopez and Anthony blinks rapidly, his voice dropping to a whisper. "She's a little baby girl, I swear. She's just a baby girl who grew up in front of the world. She's so innocent. She's truly innocent in so many ways."

Indeed, Lopez does seem unusually trusting. When jokingly told that a jar of candy on the table is fat-free, Lopez asks, "Really?"

The pair is swapping expertise. Lopez is teaching Anthony how to navigate premieres and junkets now that he's the co-star of a film. And he, in return, is showing Lopez, who never has done a national tour, the ins and outs of being on the road.

"She's very protective that way," he says, "and now it's my time to return the favor. We're a good team. We work well together."

And they "never, never, never" get sick of each other, Anthony says.

Says Lopez: "I like knowing he's there. He likes knowing I'm there. This business can be very challenging in that sense, and I think being together is better than being apart. If you're going to have a real family, you have to create that. We love each other. We respect each other. We work at it. But more than anything, we like being together."

As for working at building that family? She rolls her eyes when asked about rumors that she's pregnant. "I've been pregnant so many times (in tabloids). I should have had eight kids by now," she says. (Anthony has two children with ex-wife Dayanara Torres and a daughter from a previous relationship.)

When it comes to their relationship, less is more. Lopez, who saw her romance with Affleck explode into a frenzied public spectacle, pulled a 180 with her third husband. They wed in secret, never released wedding photos and have said little in interviews about their life together.

She shudders and shakes her head when reminded of her life as a tabloid staple, when the madness surrounding her engagement became so intense that Lopez and Affleck actually considered using decoys en route to their wedding to fool the paparazzi. They broke up in January 2004.

"That was me on the covers of those magazines for 21/2 years straight, and it's tough," she says. "It takes a toll on your life. You honestly don't see a way out for a little while. You feel trapped. But I can honestly say that Marc helped me with that. When we got married, he said that you don't have to live like that."

Anthony showed her it was possible to disappear. "Her days seemed long because they didn't stop. She'd try to accomplish the next thing. I did minimal promotion for my albums, hit the outlets that mattered, and she saw how you could do that and win two Grammys and be respected," Anthony says. "You can stay at home and read a book and not think that my career is over. She tried it. And the world didn't fall down."

These days, you see her at the Oscars or her movie premieres, but the once-glitzy and ubiquitous half of the Bennifer circus is largely out of the public eye.

She's also not the burning-hot star of the moment: Lopez no longer rules the airwaves and hasn't been in a hit movie since 2005's Monster-in-Law.

The limits even extend to events promoting their projects. At Thursday's after-party for El Cantante, she and Anthony were briskly ushered straight into a curtained-off VIP room, out of sight from hordes of fans. (At a similar bash last month, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie mingled and chatted with no handlers or velvet ropes around.)

Lopez says she slowed down and pulled back "by choice. I want to live a little," she says. "My life was all work, all the time, 24 hours a day. I was OK with that for a long time. But I got to a point where I was like, 'I want to sit on a beach.' And I realized that I wanted to take more time to be with my family, be with my husband."

A typical night at home means watching movies and eating chocolate-chip cookies. "Nothing spectacular," Anthony says.

Ichaso goes one further. "You go to her house and they order Kentucky Fried Chicken. They just get the bucket. She loves it," he says.

Their daily lives are "pretty normal. I work a lot. Other than that, pretty normal," Lopez says.

So does she cook?

"Yeah, occasionally."

What?

"Uhhh, Puerto Rican food."

Fish for too many details about her private life, and Lopez shuts you down, albeit with that wide, glossed smile. A solid relationship "is hard to come by," Lopez says. "I'd been out there for a while, so I know. You have to keep it sacred."

Review: Great music can't fix`Cantante'

If it weren't for the infectious, wall-to-wall salsa music, which Marc Anthony performs with a clear, stirring voice and great passion, it would be easy to write "El Cantante" off entirely as a shameless vanity project.

Not for Anthony, mind you, but for his wife, Jennifer Lopez, who gets top billing and serves as a producer.

Director and co-writer Leon Ichaso has made a pretty standard biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, hitting all the obligatory highlights of the singer's life: his arrival in New York from Puerto Rico in 1963, his first gig, his first meeting with the sassy Puchi (Lopez), who would become his wife and the mother of his son. There's the rise to stardom (marked by the de rigueur montage of screaming crowds, concert posters and newspaper clippings) followed by the descent into heroin abuse, the death of his teenage son, his own suicide attempt and his eventual death from AIDS in 1993 at 46.

Ichaso wallows in the decadence of the drug-fueled era, as if he'd watched Ted Demme's "Blow" a few times too many. An early scene in which Puchi snorts coke off Hector's lap in the back of a limo comes to mind, as does the moment when Puchi steps from the vehicle in a clingy red dress and fur coat with Animotion's "Obsession" blaring in the background. It's so obvious at times, it plays like a parody, rather than an honest effort at providing insight into a talented man's tortured soul.

Through every decade, there's Lopez, making a million wardrobe changes and shaking her thing backstage in a million gratuitous cutaways. She always manages to look gorgeous, of course, even toward the end of Puchi's life when she reflects on their relationship in a black-and-white interview, which serves as the film's framing device.

And she and Anthony do have an undeniable chemistry. Watching the real-life couple isn't nearly as distracting as it was when Lopez co-starred with then-fiance Ben Affleck in the notorious "Gigli."

A lot of that has to do with the fact that Anthony actually can act, something he previously demonstrated as the wealthy father of a kidnapped girl in "Man on Fire." But the script, which Ichaso co-wrote with David Darmstaedter and Todd Anthony Bello, only hints in pop-psychology ways at the source of Hector's torment. His father (Ismael Miranda) didn't want him to go to New York and was never satisfied, despite the heights Hector reached. He strayed with other women and started doing drugs because, well, it's what rock stars do.

Ultimately, "El Cantante," which is also the title of Hector's signature song, leaves you feeling like you've watched yet another cliche, a shortened life in the same polluted vein as Jim Morrison or Edith Piaf.

That he was destined for greatness was something we probably could have determined for ourselves without Puchi telling her interviewers (and us): "It was like he was prepared for it — like he always knew he was going to make it."

After singing at a club in the Bronx, he's paired with trombonist Willie Colon (John Ortiz) and the two sign a deal with the up-and-coming Fania Records to become Latin music's hottest new stars. The salsa music they pioneered served as a vibrant voice of a people, as evidenced by sold-out shows and Hector's increasingly lavish lifestyle.

But it's one of his simplest performances in the film that's also his most powerful. Hector returns to his old neighborhood soon after achieving fame and sings for an adoring crowd in the street. The sun is shining under a brilliant blue sky and there's a kinetic energy in the air, which Ichaso captures with fluid camerawork.

In the middle of it all is Anthony, pouring out his soul, larger than life despite his lean frame. It makes you long to see a documentary of Lavoe, or at least a concert film in which Anthony performs his songs, instead of this.

"El Cantante," a Picturehouse release, is rated R for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality. Running time: 116 minutes. Two stars out of four.

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony unveil concert tour

Talk about a harmonious marriage. Husband-and-wife superstars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on Tuesday unveiled plans to tour together in concert for the first time starting this fall.

Concert promoter Live Nation said Lopez and Anthony, who were married back in 2004, will launch the tour on September 29 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and travel throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The pair plan to sing their songs together and separately in both English and Spanish, Live Nation said in a statement.

Previously, the powerhouse couple worked together in films and on each other's albums, but their upcoming concert series is the first time they will tour together.

Anthony wrote and co-produced the popular music video for "Que Hiciste," the first single off Lopez's latest record. The couple also star in the upcoming film about salsa legend Hector Lavoe, "El Cantante," set to be released in August.

New-York born Lopez, who has sold 17 million records worldwide, recently released her sixth album, her first in Spanish. "Como Ama Una Mujer" topped the Latin Billboard chart and stayed No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks.

Anthony, also from New York, has sold more than 10 million records and is the top selling salsa artist of all time.

Too Normal

HOLLYWOOD couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have convinced themselves they are "normal." In an interview with Latina magazine, Anthony confesses to filming some "highly charged scenes" for the film he stars in with Lopez, "El Cantante." "All my actor friends warned us, saying, 'Those abusive husband-and-wife scenes are gonna be difficult.' It almost scared me into quitting. With those scenes, we'd end up exhausted. But driving home, we'd just look at each other and say, 'We are so normal.' "

Anthony and Lopez mull collaborative tour

They've acted in films together and collaborated on each other's albums, and now husband-and-wife team Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are mulling a combined tour.

"Jennifer has never toured," Anthony told Billboard. "I've toured all my life. This is where I can step in and say, 'Oh, my God, this could be fun,' and introduce her to that world."

He added, "It is something she's always wanted to do, but she's never had the time. And I was offered many more films I never took advantage of because I was always on tour. So, yes, we're seriously talking about going out this year (and) putting together an amazing show with just her and myself."

Asked how he balances his own projects with those on which he and Lopez collaborate, Anthony said that "a big part of mine and Jennifer's connection is the understanding that we have a passion for what we do. So, it's just a natural progression to be involved. Me, I cannot sit down and have a conversation about image. That's her strong suit. She picks me up where I'm weak and I elevate her where she's weak. That's where the true partnership comes in."

Anthony is about to hit the big screen in "El Cantante," a biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe. Lopez stars in the film as Lavoe's wife, Nilda. The film's soundtrack, to be released July 24, is Anthony's ninth studio album and the first from his new venture with Sony BMG.

"I settled on celebrating (Lavoe's) approach to music," Anthony said of the soundtrack. "I was going to try to learn his phrasing, and try to stay true to what he offered as a singer. That was No. 1. Once I made that decision, I realized that I was in deep s--t, because the hardest part of this whole project was the music -- singing like him, understanding his phrasing. That's when I realized his true genius. That's why they called him 'el Cantante de los Cantantes' (Singer of Singers)."

Anthony said his dedication to salsa will not push future projects to the back burner. "I'm really inspired to do another Spanish ballad album, because (2004's) 'Amar Sin Mentiras' was really groundbreaking for me personally," he said. "It's another way for me to express myself. I think I'll be ready in a couple of months to press the button on a Spanish pop album. As far as (an) English (album) is concerned, I'm not that enthused right now, although I have a couple of tracks I'm into."

'Most Influential' Celebs

Katie Holmes, Rosie O'Donnell and Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter, Dannielynn, are among the boldface names on OK! magazine's list of "most influential" celebrities.

The list of 19 famous faces, which appears in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands Friday, was separated by editors into six categories: beauty queens, style setters, entertainers, newsmakers, survivors and body shapers.

OK! named Holmes, the 28-year-old wife of Tom Cruise and mother of their 1-year-old daughter, Suri, a beauty queen because of her "refreshing girl-next-door look" and sporty cropped haircut. Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez also made the cut.

O'Donnell, who brought ratings and controversy during her tumultuous tenure on ABC's "The View," made the list of newsmakers, as did Hollywood supercouple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and "Grey's Anatomy" star T.R. Knight. Knight announced he was gay after it surfaced that Isaiah Washington had used an anti-gay slur against him during an on-set clash with a co-star.

The youngest celebrity on the list: 10-month-old Dannielynn Hope, who was recognized as a survivor because she has been "at the center of Hollywood's most controversial tragedies," the magazine said. Her mother, Anna Nicole Smith, died in Florida in February. A bitter paternity dispute between Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead was put to rest months later when Birkhead showed he was Dannielynn's father.

The top three entertainers — the "people who decide what we watch and listen to," according to OK! — were "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, Carrie Underwood and model-TV host Heidi Klum.

Tyra Banks was among the "body shapers" who influence notions of body image. Banks, who was dubbed fat after she was photographed on the beach, later appeared on her syndicated TV talk show in a bathing suit.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Justin Timberlake and Kate Moss were named the most prominent trendsetters in fashion.

Sightings

JENNIFER Lopez and Debra Messing holed up in a corner booth of Monkey Bar during the party they were hosting for jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz, with both ordering the croque madame with fries and sparkling Voss water.

J.Lo, Fergie to perform at Fashion Rocks

Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Fall Out Boy and Usher will perform at the fourth annual Fashion Rocks concert celebrating the relationship between music and fashion.

The show, hosted by "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven, will be held Sept. 6 at Radio City Music Hall. It will air the following night in a two-hour special on CBS.

Fashion Rocks will be among the events during New York Fashion Week.

Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Ludacris, Martina McBride and Santana are also scheduled to appear.

"The synergy between fashion and music is even more pronounced now than it was when we first created Fashion Rocks three years ago," said Richard Beckman, president of Conde Nast Media Group, in a statement Wednesday. "Each year the line between the two becomes increasingly blurred as more musicians launch fashion lines and more designers align themselves with musicians."

Fashion Rocks magazine will also return, with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour again at the helm. The magazine will accompany the September issue of 17 Conde Nast titles.

Sightings

POWER couples Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony and David and Victoria Beckham chatting over cocktails on M.E. Madrid hotel's rooftop bar, The Penthouse.

We Hear...

THAT Jennifer Lopez, Bill Clinton and Ray Kelly will be on hand for Paul Simon's benefit for the Children's Health Fund Wednesday at the New York Hilton.

Judge: J. Lo must submit to deposition

Lawyers fighting over whether Jennifer Lopez knows anything about the origination of a television series about Miami's modeling and nightclub scene may hear from the actress within weeks, though one lawyer promised: "I will not ask for her autograph."

U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman has ordered the actress to submit to a deposition by June 11 to answer questions posed in a lawsuit brought last year by a television writer who says the actress, UPN and CBS Television stole his idea and created "South Beach."

Writer Jack Bunick claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the television series that debuted in January 2006 was too similar to a plot he described in 1999 for a pilot episode of a show that would have been called "South Beach Miami."

In February, lawyer Orin Snyder argued for Lopez in court papers that although she was executive producer, Lopez was barely involved in the creation and development of "South Beach" and was only brought in at a later stage to "lend celebrity to the show."

Snyder, who did not return a phone call for comment Friday, told Pitman he believed Bunick sued Lopez and sought a deposition "for tactical reasons, in an apparent attempt to obtain some perceived leverage by targeting and harassing a celebrity in a case where she has no meaningful testimony to give and no legitimate reason for being named as a defendant in the first place."

Sheldon Farber, a lawyer for Bunick, shot back his own letter to the court saying Lopez was a proper defendant.

"Her celebrity is not a shield for her to use to avoid direct testimony in a case in which she has not been named frivolously," Farber wrote. "I am unaware that one of the perks of fame is protection from legal process. She may be inconvenienced by an appearance at a deposition. I can assure the court that I will not ask for her autograph."

The lawsuit in Manhattan sought unspecified monetary damages and an injunction barring further broadcasting of "South Beach," which has been canceled.

Lopez is among six defendants, including UPN and CBS Television, the companies that broadcast "South Beach." UPN was a division of CBS Television Stations Group and has since merged with the also-struggling WB to form CW, a 50-50 venture between CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Lopez-produced series tapped for Univision sked

A miniseries from pop singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, a Spanish-language version of "Desperate Housewives" and a number of new primetime telenovelas are on Univision's programming slate for next season.

Those scripted shows took center stage in Univision's spirited pitch to advertisers as part of the annual "upfront" presentations, when broadcasters sell up to 80 percent of next season's commercial time in advance. Nearly $9 billion in prime-time advertising is expected to be sold this year.

Lopez was on hand to discuss the five-part miniseries "Como Ama una Mujer," which she created and will executive produce. She said that the mini, which is based on her new Spanish-language CD, is inspired by real events and will track a woman's love and happiness in the light of Hollywood.

Lopez said that when she had the idea for the miniseries she knew Univision was the place to go -- and she successfully pitched it. The mini will debut in a 10 p.m. slot at an unspecified date during the new season.

Lopez's project was one of several spotlighted on Wednesday by Univision during its upfront, which also was attended by Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony (who closed the show with a performance); several Univision stars; and "Team Univision," a contingent of viewers who won the privilege to be onstage by virtue of creating videos expressing the role Univision plays in their lives.

Among the primetime novellas being rolled out by Univision for the new season are "Pasion," a love story set in the era of ocean-going pirates; "Muchachitas Como Tu," about the challenges teenage girls find growing up; "Amar sin Limites," a story that poses questions about what people will do for love; and "Yo Amo a Juan Querendon," about a kindhearted man who isn't rich or handsome but is a Don Juan just the same.

Univision president and COO Ray Rodriguez added a few more details about another big project with high expectations: the Spanish-language version of "Desperate Housewives," called "Amas de Casa Desesperadas," being produced by Disney-ABC International Television Latin America and Univision. It will be made in Argentina, Rodriguez said, and aims to appeal to Hispanic Americans. Casting is under way.

In the fall, Univision also will launch a Sunday-morning public affairs show, "Al Punto," which will be hosted by "Noticiero Univision" co-anchor Jorge Ramos and feature the week's top stories and interviews with newsmakers.

Leah Remini: I'm Not Trying to Convert Jennifer Lopez

The King of Queens goes off the air May 14, but Leah Remini is still cracking wise. The actress, 36 (and star of the new Internet series In the MotherHood), spoke to PEOPLE about showbiz snubs, Scientology and her famous BFF.

Your show had a nine-year run. But do you ever feel it was underappreciated?
Who are you tellin'!? I'm not one of those people who goes, "Oh, I'm glad we had a show on this long." I want awards!

Unexpectedly honest.
I just like to b---h. I'm the kind of person, you invite me on a private jet, and I'm not thankful. I go, "How do they not have a cappuccino maker [on board]?"

There were lots of questions in the press when you were first spotted hanging out with Jennifer Lopez – speculation that it was some kind of Scientology thing.
Two girls can't hang out together? What does that have to do with religion? I just don't understand it. I would never question, "Such-and-such is hanging out. Does anybody know her religious beliefs? Because that's why they're probably hanging out together." She's a fabulous girl. I'm fabulous to hang out with. But it's like, "What could these two have in common? She must be trying to convert her!"

What's the weirdest rumor you've read?
I read once that I was trying to get Jennifer to do Scientology because it helps with fertility. I don't know what that's about. That's bull – that we're sitting there at the Polo Lounge talking about fertility. I think Jennifer knows how to get pregnant.

Does it ever bother you, or can you laugh it off?
That kind of stuff is funny. When I read that kind of stuff, I go, "that's not true! We weren't talking about that." Or that we believe in the aliens. My hairstylist believes in aliens. Why doesn't that get printed? She says she has been abducted a few times!

Inthemotherhood.com features toddler horror stories. Is your own Sofia deep in the terrible twos?
We're definitely in the terrible twos. She tells people not to look at her a lot. Strangers who walk by and aren't even looking – "Don't look at me!" She wants things her way, and doesn't understand yet that we're in a restaurant or a movie theater, you know?

There are just five "Webisodes" of that show. After that, what's next for you?
I don't know. I'm going to take some time with my daughter. She's at that age now where she's telling me not to leave the house. So it kind of is a blessing a little bit, to be able to be home.

Is it still strange for you, not going to the studio every day?
Completely! You get so used to [the routine]. It's going to take me some time to deal with it. Thank God I have work. I have my family. I have Jennifer to convert. I have things I gotta do!

Barrymore is People's 'most beautiful'

She was born with her acting family's classic beauty, but Drew Barrymore credits her fun-loving approach to life for her No. 1 spot on People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" list.

"I just think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period," she tells the magazine. "Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness."

Barrymore, 32, graces the cover of the issue that hits newsstands Friday. It's her fourth time on the list, but first as cover girl.

Making the cover "made my peacock feathers shine in the golden-hour light and extend to the heavens," says Barrymore, who stars in the upcoming Warner Bros. film "Lucky You," opposite Eric Bana.

Inside, she weighs in on a host of beauty-related topics. Her beauty rules for dating? "The only fundamental rule for me is to just be yourself," she says. "Let your freak-flag fly, and if someone doesn't get you, move on."

Barrymore is one of 11 celebrities — including Eva Longoria and the three Jessicas (Simpson, Alba and Biel) — photographed for the issue without makeup.

"I find that men, in my past, have preferred me without it," Biel, 25, says of makeup.

Among others on the "Beautiful People" list: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Lopez Paid $1.2 Million for 40-Minute Concert

Talk about an expensive birthday present: A Russian billionaire forked over $2 million for Jennifer Lopez to perform at a joint birthday party for himself and his wife Saturday night, sources tell PEOPLE.

Lopez's 40-minute set – which included such hits as "Jenny From the Block" – cost 35-year-old Andrei Melnichenko $1.2 million.

He paid another $800,000 to fly the singer, her husband Marc Anthony and their entourage from the U.S. to his 27-acre estate in Surrey, England, and put them up at the Mandarin Oriental in London.

"I can confirm that a very high-profile American singer performed at a private party in Surrey," Melnichenko's spokesman, Brian MacLaurin, tells PEOPLE.

Sixty guests, including Russian and Serbian tycoons, attended the bash for Melnichenko and his 30-year-old wife, former model Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko.

Melnichenko, who is worth $5 billion, according to his spokesman, made his fortune founding MDM Bank. He's no stranger to lavish spectacle: He paid Christina Aguilera $4 million to sing at his 2005 wedding in the south of France.

But even with her own generous payday, Lopez didn't hit London's tony Bond Street – instead, she and Anthony spent an hour on Saturday shopping at the fashionista's bargain favorite, Topshop.

J.Lo, Anthony Suing Mad over Smack Story

Jenny's attorney is taking a block of European courts by storm.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will file suit Tuesday against the National Enquirer in multiple overseas courts in response to a Mar. 12 item that appeared in the tabloid's British and Irish editions linking the couple to a drug scandal, their lawyer said.

Belfast-based attorney Paul Tweed confirmed to E! News that he will be filing similar complaints in Belfast, Dublin, London and Paris demanding full and categorical detractions, an apology and substantial damages—a six-figure settlement, he said—from the Enquirer and parent company American Media Inc.

Last month, the U.S.-headquartered publication ran an article in Europe about photographer Michael Star, who has been charged on Stateside soil with heroin possession and child pornography. The article, accompanied by a 2004 picture of Star standing with Anthony, stated that Anthony and Lopez had been "caught up in a heroin scandal." The Enquirer also featured a quote from a supposed "friend" of Star's who said that the shutterbug and J.Lo's hubby are pals.

Tweed said, however, that his client and Star do not even know each other, and that the two were photographed backstage at one of Anthony's concerts—just the singer posing for a snapshot with a fan, the attorney explained.

.So if Anthony doesn't know Star, chances are Lopez was pretty surprised to find herself and heroin mentioned in the same article, as well.

It is substantially easier for celebrities to sue for defamation in the U.K. and other European jurisdications than it is in the United States, where plaintiffs have to prove that a publication knowingly printed a false statement or behaved with reckless disregard for the truth. In places such as England, where American A-listers ranging from Britney Spears to Kate Hudson to Cameron Diaz have been awarded libel damages, the burden is on the defendant to prove an item was true.

"The First Amendment restrictions in U.S. libel law make it virtually impossible for international celebrities other high-profile individuals to sue successfully," Tweed told the Associated Press. "But with the advance of the Internet, and with U.S. publications now extending their distribution network into Europe, they must subject themselves to libel laws in these jurisdictions."

Tweed said that he has already received permission from the Belfast high court to go after the Enquirer, even though the tab's home office is in Boca Raton, Florida.

A spokesman for American Media declined to comment.

Jennifer Lopez: I Could Never Be a Size Zero

Jennifer Lopez says she's been a steady size six for the past decade – and that you'll never see her looking like a waif.

"I couldn't ever be a size zero," she tells the British edition of Elle in its May issue. "I just don't see how I could get down to that size and still be healthy.

"It wouldn't work. I have a butt, I have boobs and I have a woman's curves; there is no way I'd see them go to zero. I hate to look in a magazine and see a picture of a girl who looks so thin she looks unhappy and as if she just needs someone to give her a good meal."

Lopez, 37, continues: "There are girls out there who are naturally thin and who look great, but it's got to the point where models are dropping dead on catwalks because it's all about being thin. It's insane."

Other celebrities, including Claudia Schiffer and Kate Winslet, have spoken out against the trend among models and actresses to be dangerously thin. In recent months, several models have died from anorexia, including Brazil's Ana Carolina Reston, 21, who died in November.

Lopez can understand the pressure: She says that in Hollywood, "I've always been seen as a big girl.

"But I like my body. My husband [singer Marc Anthony, 38] likes my body. And for most of my adult life, my body hasn't gone up or down, it's remained the same, give or take four pounds. I'm not obsessive. I work out with a trainer two or three times a week, but I'll go months at a time without any exercise at all. I just keep myself in check."

What does that mean, exactly? "I eat meat, I eat carbs, I even eat McDonald's. What I don't do is ever overeat. I don't eat desserts and I can limit the chocolate chip cookies to one or two."

She says if she puts on a few pounds, "I feel it immediately and I just get a bit more strict with myself."

Her best tip: "For me, looking good is all about looking healthy, and the ultimate beauty secret is about being happy in yourself."

J.Lo has found a good match in Anthony

Jennifer Lopez says she's found a perfect match in her husband, singer Marc Anthony.

"Marc and I are good partners," Lopez tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its April 6 issue. "We love each other. We want to be the best person we can be for each other. And we work on that. That's what a real relationship is about to me."

The couple wed in June 2004.

"When we got married, I was like, `I've been working for I don't know how many years at (a high) level of intensity and exposure," Lopez says. "I'm going to get back to what originally drew me to expressing myself as a creative person."

The 38-year-old singer-actress was previously married to choreographer Cris Judd and waiter Ojani Noa. Anthony, 37, was married to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.

Lopez recently released her first all-Spanish album, "Como Ama una Mujer (How a Woman Loves)," which was mainly produced by Anthony.

The album "is an opportunity for me to show my emotions, vulnerability and passion," she tells the magazine. "I don't get to do that as much in English."

Lopez will perform "Que Hiciste (What Did You Do)," the first single from "Como Ama," when she appears April 11 on News Corp.'s Fox network talent competition, "American Idol."

Ritmo Latino: Just Say No to J.Lo

Despite releasing her latest album in the Spanish languange and visiting her old 'hood, Jennifer Lopez has been accused of turning her back on the Latin community.

Ritmo Latino has declared a ban on all J.Lo CDs because she allegedly "refused personally to promote her new CD in any of our stores," David Massry, president of the Latin music store chain, tells the The New York Daily News.

None of Lopez's albums will be sold in the Ritmo Latino stores, which number about 50 nationwide. Massry claims that she's refused to appear at Latin-only shops altogether.

"We've supported her from the beginning. Now we're told by her record company she will only visit Anglo retail outlets," Massry said. "This is a Spanish-language CD, and if she wants to discriminate against the Latin community, then we will not sell her product.

"This is not the first time this has happened. Celebrities have this notion that when they reach a certain level of crossover appeal, they forget quickly where they started. We will no longer tolerate these situations."

Lopez's first Spanish-language album "Como Ama una Mujer" ("How a Woman Loves") dropped Tuesday. A day later, the performer visted the Bron,x where she grew up, to promote her album.

J.Lo, 37, also has a brisk movie career that includes "Selena," "The Cell," "The Wedding Planner," "Gigli," "Shall We Dance" and "Monster-in-Law." Her upcoming films include "Bordertown" and "El Cantante."

J.Lo promotes new album in The Bronx

Jennifer Lopez, who has proudly declared herself "just a girl from the Bronx," delighted fans in her old neighborhood Wednesday by appearing at a local record store to sign autographs and promote her first all-Spanish album.

A crowd of 500 gathered in front of the store to see Lopez, who was accompanied by her husband, Marc Anthony.

"I want to say thank you to everyone for coming to celebrate with me this very special day for me," Lopez, a New Yorker of Puerto Rican origin, said in Spanish. Continuing in English, she said, "It touches my heart to be able to bring this album back to my neighborhood, back to my home."

The album, "Como Ama una Mujer," or "How a Woman Loves," was released Tuesday and was mainly produced by her husband.

Lopez has said singing in Spanish has been a career-long goal of hers.

The pop singer-actress also has two Hispanic-themed films coming out this year: "Bordertown," a film about the killings of hundreds of women in and around the city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and "El Cantante," starring her husband as Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe.

Marc Anthony to Jennifer: 'You're So Cute!'

At a party to celebrate the release of her first Spanish-language album Como Ama Una Mujer (How a Woman Loves), Jennifer Lopez had no bigger fan than husband Marc Anthony.

When the singer appeared onstage Tuesday at the Spotlight Live in New York, she thanked the crowd of familiar faces, which included her mother and sister, but was quickly interrupted by a voice in the audience yelling, "I think you're so cute!"

Lopez, who married Anthony in 2004, replied with a smile, announcing, "And my husband is here."

Anthony, situated directly in front of the stage with a pal, record producer Swiss Beatz, danced and sang along in Spanish to Lopez's first number while sipping a beer and puffing on a cigarette. When the song ended, he darted behind a black curtain and disappeared from the audience.

"The next song is a little treat," Lopez, 37, said. "In a second you'll see why." After a few lines, Anthony, 38, appeared onstage and joined his wife in a romantic duet. At one point, Anthony drew his wife toward him with his hand on the small of her back, and they stared into each other's eyes.

"How you like them apples?" Lopez asked when the song ended. "That's my baby, for better or for worse!"

Anthony returned to his seat in the audience for his wife's final song, Lopez's first single "Que Hiciste," and danced and sang until the performance was over. But the party – and the romantic mood – didn't end there.

Back in the VIP area, where Anthony was already greeting wellwishers, Lopez made her way toward her husband, friends and family at their table. The crowd cheered and raised their glasses of champagne when she arrived.

Soon the group was dancing to Timbaland's new single "Give It to Me" and T.I.'s "Bring 'Em Out" while eating giant puffs of pink cotton candy, marbled "monkey bar" brownies, chocolate-dipped donut holes and sipping milkshakes with straws out of shot glasses. The proud couple stayed close and occasionally whispered to each other, posed for pictures and kissed people hello, and said "thank you" to those who offered congratulations.

When Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" came on, Lopez threw her glass up and shook her famous booty with her hand on Anthony's shoulder.

Around midnight the couple, still holding hands, made their way to the back of the club, where they slipped into a hallway and left, disappointing a large crowd of fans and several lingering paparazzi waiting outside the venue on both sides of Broadway near Times Square.

Music Review: Lopez goes Spanish

Jennifer Lopez, "Como Ama Una Mujer" (Epic): The promotional machine that is Jennifer Lopez makes much of her ability to seemingly do it all. She dances, acts, sings, designs. Her newest production is "Como Ama Una Mujer," Lopez's first album sung entirely in Spanish.

It is the work of "the best songwriters, arrangers and musicians in the Latin world," according to her team, and is co-produced by Julio Reyes and salsa star Marc Anthony, Lopez's husband.

Indeed, the album has an intriguing pop sound — a sophisticated and understated production. It might actually have worked had this been put into the hands of a stronger vocalist. But the power-ballad-heavy selection spotlights Lopez's limited range, and a voice that unfortunately lacks texture and character.

The opening song on this 11-cut album may be the most memorable due to interesting rhythmic and melodic combinations. On "Que Hiciste?" (or "What Did You Do?") the vocals speak of love gone horribly wrong, and has Lopez telling of her soul being broken. But there is little expression of that anger or pain. And if one is going to enter into the world of Latin love, one better be capable of delivering vocals that are soaked in passion and rage.

Alas, the cool and removed nature of Lopez's voice leaves this album in the realm of unadventurous pop. And perhaps that is all it is meant to be.

Baby Longing?

JENNIFER Lopez, who's been dogged by pregnancy rumors many times over the years, seems to be ready now. The luscious Latina, who's married to Marc Anthony, told to morrow's Parade magazine that her new song "Tú" (Spanish for "You") started out as a lullaby. "When we began working on it, I was like, 'Wouldn't it be great to have a song that I could sing to a baby one day?' "

Billboard CD Review

ARTIST: JENNIFER LOPEZ
ALBUM: COMO AMA UNA MUJER
J. Lo fans will hear a softer side of their diva on her first, all-Spanish language album. "Como Ama Una Mujer" is unabashedly romantic and completely different from the urban sound of her English albums. It is also quite removed from the earthier, rhythmic vibe heard in much of Latin pop today (although the single "Que Hiciste" is uptempo and percussive). Dovetailing with her choice of sound and arrangements that straddle convention and invention, Lopez mines new emotional depths. It certainly helps that she has the vocal chops needed to interpret material that is often quite demanding. The songs are both whimsical (the acoustic "Adios") and dramatic ("Por Arriesgarnos"), the latter a duet with husband Marc Anthony mixed in a way that will make listeners guess if it's really him. Another standout is "Tu," whose lovely melody, sung with a tinge of regret, hints at '80s Italian pop.

Jennifer Lopez Says She and Marc Anthony Are a Team

For Jennifer Lopez, life with husband Marc Anthony is a combination of work and play – and love.

"We aren't the type to separate our lives from our work," Lopez, 37, tells Italian Vanity Fair. "It's a synergy: music, cinema, the everyday things and most importantly, our love."

Her new Spanish-language CD is titled Como Ama Una Mujer (How a Woman Loves), and Lopez has no problem answering that question for herself.

"How do I love? With all of myself, passionately, without regard for the mistakes which one inevitably makes," she says. "Let me put it as I have in my song: 'Amo como una mujer, que vee en su hombre el paraìso (I love like a woman who sees heaven in her man).' "

When it comes to her past relationships, "I have no regrets, but these new experiences have transformed me," she says. "Today, I am trying to reach higher standards in my art. I won't settle for less. This applies to both music and cinema."

Is there a baby in the works for her and Anthony, 39? "That's not something you should ask me," she says. "It's a question for God to answer."

She's more direct when talking about some of her personal habits. "I don't enjoy shopping like I used to," says the "Love Don't Cost a Thing" singer once famous for her bling – but these days, she's busy doing other things.

"I rarely stop. I'm like an engine that is constantly on," she admits. "But when I get a free day, then I do absolutely nothing. I stay in at home in my tracksuit, I sleep, spend hours on the phone talking to my mother and my friends."

Jennifer Lopez 'Excited' About Idol Appearance

Jennifer Lopez is counting down the days until she takes the American Idol stage. "I'm very excited," Lopez told TV's Extra in Las Vegas on Thursday. "I watched it last night. I have a couple favorites."

Lopez was one of the many A-list names Access Hollywood first hinted would appear on season 6 of Idol, which was later confirmed the FOX show. Gwen Stefani and Jon Bon Jovi are also on the lineup as guest mentors this season.

Lopez, who is expected to perform on April 11, reveals she'll sing "one of my Spanish songs. I think they're doing a Latin album theme night."

Until then, Lopez, who was in Sin City with husband Marc Anthony, is busy promoting their joint film project El Cantante at the annual ShoWest convention. So, could another family affair – kids – be next on the couple's agenda? "You're going to hear from me first and it's going to be me in handcuffs, because (I'll run) down Sunset screaming like a madman," Anthony tells Extra. "It's something that's important to us and God will make it possible whenever He says."

Marital Misery For J.lo?

JENNIFER Lopez and Marc Anthony are lovey-dovey in public, but insiders say they've hit a rough patch in their marriage. "There was a fight on New Year's Eve," said a source who saw Lopez that night. Another spy said, "There was a fight after she performed at the Super Bowl, and when she had an album-listening party in Miami two months ago, there was an issue." According to this source, Lopez stood up and talked about her upcoming album and said, "This is my dream and Marc and I worked so hard on this album . . . Marc, would you like to say something?" - to which Anthony coldly said, "No," and looked away. One of the issues is that Lopez is said to be putting off pregnancy - he has four kids with two other women - and Anthony is very interested in Scientology. But a friend of both said, "They fight, sure, but everyone fights." A rep for Lopez said, "They're fine."

Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani to Appear on Idol

American Idol will have more star power than ever this season: Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani are among the guest stars slated to appear.

On Thursday's elimination show, the full lineup was announced: In addition to Lopez and Stefani, Jon Bon Jovi, Martina McBride, Diana Ross, Barry Gibb and '60s stars Lulu and Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits (for a British Invasion night) will all guest on the FOX hit.

Access Hollywood had previously reported that Lopez was expected to perform on April 11 and Stefani was likely to appear on March 28.

Thursday's episode also saw the return of season-three winner Fantasia (who joins The Color Purple on Broadway on April 10) and the elimination of the first four semifinalists.

Paul Kim, whose gimmick was singing in bare feet, was first to get the boot, followed by Amy Krebs, criticized by Simon for being unmemorable. Nicole Tranquillo, who was perhaps overambitious in singing a Chaka Khan song, was the third singer axed, followed by Rudy Cardenas, who opened Tuesday's show with an erratic rendition of "Free Ride."

Jennifer Lopez lost in ludicrous "Bordertown"

Gregory Nava's "Bordertown" is several sprockets short of a real film.

It wants to be a thriller, a piece of investigative journalism, a political soapbox and a vehicle for Jennifer Lopez. It serves none of these masters well. There also is something disingenuous about a movie that claims that the media on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are too afraid or corrupt to expose the hundreds of rapes and murders of Latina factory workers in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico, in recent years when the filmmaker no doubt learned about this tragic situation from countless media stories.

Such wacky thinking pervades a movie that exaggerates and overplays the elements that ripen the melodrama while ignoring a far worse reason for police and institutional failures on the border -- indifference. You can't make a thriller about indifference, of course, so everyone from cops to millionaires are black with evil, while Lopez strides through this hellhole of the western world as the only journalist brave enough to write the truth.

Just as "Trade," which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, turned the global sex slave trade into an excuse for a thriller with Kevin Kline coming to the rescue of a single girl, "Bordertown" trivializes a very real issue in a hokey, unconvincing and ludicrous suspensor with Lopez as the rescuer.

Theatrical prospects are limited to a quick payoff that capitalizes on Lopez and Antonio Banderas' names.

When a Chicago newspaper editor (Martin Sheen) assigns his most ambitious reporter, Lauren (Lopez), to report on the dead and missing women in Juarez, Lauren complains, "Who gives a s--- about Mexico?" At that moment, you just know the story will capture her heart and get her back to her roots. But who knew that getting back to her roots meant dying her blonde hair black?

Supposedly speaking little Spanish, Lauren tries to hook up with ex-lover and colleague Diaz (Banderas), now the editor of a Juarez rag. He tells her to get lost but, wouldn't you know it, Lauren walks out his door and immediately spots the one girl every cop, criminal and reporter is looking for -- Eva (Maya Zapata), a factory worker, who survived a rape and murder attempt. Lauren's got a source! But before she and Diaz can interview Eva, the police cart Diaz off, leaving Lauren to hide Eva.

There's virtually nowhere to hide because screenwriter-director Nava has decided these killings go all the way up to the heads of multinational corporations and scions of the richest families in Juarez. So everyone is out to get Eva. Even the head of a women's rights group, Teresa (Sonia Braga), who does shelter Eva, isn't too sympathetic to her plight.

Nava then confuses journalists with movie private eyes. In the course of her "reporting," Lauren makes herself the target for the next attack, seduces a CEO and gets into two fights to the death. At one point, her lover-boy CEO brags that he buys politicians on both sides of the border. Wouldn't you think an experienced reporter would love to use that quote? Not our girl Lauren.

When she finally does file a story, it contains not one quote, fact or piece of evidence; it's simply an editorial. When her editor kills the story -- not for sloppy journalism, as he should, but because of cowardice -- she flies back to Mexico a born-again crusading reporter.

The story is replete with plot holes, but the most egregious is the central issue of whether little Eva can and will testify against her attacker. If she doesn't, he walks free. No one in the movie seems to have noticed the guy attacked Lauren, too. What prevents her from testifying?

Cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos does get the grit of the bordertown scene in his jumpy camera lens. Nighttime shots blare a riot of vibrant colors as the dusty town turns into a giant sex emporium. Good thing a Latino made this movie, though: A white director would stand accused of the worst sort of stereotypes about Mexican males, rich or poor.

Cast:
Lauren Adrian: Jennifer Lopez
Diaz: Antonio Banderas
Eva: Maya Zapata
Teresa: Sonia Braga
George Morgan: Martin Sheen
Aris: Rene Rivera
Juan Diego Boto: Marco Antonio Salamanca
Elena: Kate del Castillo

Screenwriter-director: Gregory Nava; Producers: Gregory Nava, Simon Fields, David Bergstein; Executive producers: Cary Epstein, Tracee Stanley Newell, Barbara Martinez Jitner, Fred Ulrich; Director of photography: Reynaldo Villalobos; Production designer: Miguel Angel Alvarez; Music: Graeme Revell; Costume designer: Elizabeth Beraldo; Editor: Padraic McKinley.

`Bordertown' shown at Berlin film fest

Jennifer Lopez brought "Bordertown," in which she plays a reporter trying to solve multiple killings of women in a Mexican border city, to the Berlin film festival Thursday and said the role had been a life-changing experience.

The movie, directed by Gregory Nava, aims to focus attention on killings around Ciudad Juarez over the past 14 years.

"I really couldn't believe this was going on, and the more I found out about it and the more real it became to me, I really felt like it came to me for a reason," Lopez, 38, said at a news conference, adding that she felt a "responsibility to do something."

"It changed my life a lot — it changed the way I think," she said.

Lopez stars as a fictional American reporter who becomes increasingly caught up in searching for the attackers of a young Indian woman who is raped, strangled and left for dead. Antonio Banderas stars as Lopez's ex-lover, who is now a local newspaper editor.

Amnesty International, which honored Lopez for her role ahead of Thursday's premiere, puts the number of women and girls killed around Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua since 1993 — many after being kidnapped and raped — at more than 400.

Mexican authorities say more than 350 women have been killed since 1993 in Juarez, a city of about 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas.

But they say only about 100 of those slayings appear to fit a pattern in which young women were sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped in the surrounding desert. They say the rest of the women were killed in crimes of passion, accidents or robberies and other crimes.

Much of the movie — one of 22 competing for the Berlin festival's top Golden Bear award — was shot in and around Albuquerque, N.M., as well as in the Mexican border town of Nogales.

Nava, a native of San Diego, said it was "too dangerous" to take Lopez, Banderas and the main crew to Ciudad Juarez.

Lopez swaps "A"-list stardom for activism in film

Pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez swaps her 'A'-list celebrity for social activism in a new film about the plight of Mexican women working in factories near the U.S. border who are raped and murdered.

"Bordertown," which reunites the singer with director Gregory Nava, is based on real events and was made to draw attention to what the film's makers say are deliberate attempts by authorities and companies to cover up the crimes.

In the film, which had its world premiere at the Berlin film festival on Thursday, Lopez plays an ambitious reporter from Chicago who travels to Mexico on an assignment she hopes will get her a cherished overseas posting at her newspaper.

At first cynical and self-serving, her character becomes increasingly concerned by the disappearance of hundreds of women whose graves are unearthed with alarming regularity, while the task of uncovering the truth becomes more and more dangerous.

Antonio Banderas plays a campaigning journalist in the city of Juarez, where the action is set, while Mexico's Maya Zapata is Eva, the girl who is hunted after she survives a brutal attack and can identify her assailants.

"When they came to me with the project, I immediately became very passionate about it and said that I would do it and I would help them get it made," Lopez told reporters after a press screening. The film is in the main competition in Berlin.

"What I thought (when I read the script) was, I couldn't believe it. I really couldn't believe this was going on. And then the more I found out about it the more real it became to me," the 37-year-old said.

Lopez, who worked with Nava 10 years ago on "Selena," said the film and what was happening along the U.S.-Mexican border, had changed her perspective on life.

"It changed my life a lot. It changed the way I think. You do it and it does change your life."

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Nava said he could not have raised the money to make the film without Lopez's involvement. She is also a producer.

While critical reaction to the thriller may be cool, judging by the boos after its press screening in Berlin, Nava will be hoping Lopez's name will bolster the box office.

"It was a very, very tough journey to get this movie made, and I have to thank ... Jennifer, because if Jennifer had not gotten involved ... it would never have been made," Nava said.

He told reporters he received death threats during the making of "Bordertown," which he first conceived in 1997, and Lopez and Banderas could not shoot scenes in Juarez because it was deemed too dangerous.

"In making the film we found that there were people who didn't want the movie to be made, but there were also many more people who supported what we were saying," he added.

"Bordertown" argues that huge economic interests in the factories where the young women work, called "maquiladoras," mean that corporations and governments do not want to ruin business by exposing the issue.

Nava, who worked with Amnesty International on the project, said more than 400 women had been murdered.

"These are human beings, with dignity, with lives, with hopes and with dreams but in this great global economy, a few hundred, a few thousand young women get killed -- well, it doesn't matter, let's just cover it up and get some more."

We Hear...

THAT Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony requested white flowers, a dozen raw eggs and miniature M&Ms on their private JetOne plane to the Super Bowl.

Jennifer Lopez to get human rights award

Jennifer Lopez will receive an award for her work as producer and star of a film examining the murders of hundreds of women in a Mexican border town, Amnesty International officials said Friday.

Lopez will receive the Artists for Amnesty award Feb. 14 at the Berlin Film Festival from Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta. The film "Bordertown" will make its debut Feb. 15 at the festival.

In "Bordertown," Lopez plays an investigative journalist reporting on the serial killings of women in the border city of Juarez, Mexico. Directed by Gregory Nava, the film also stars Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen.

"Since first hearing of these atrocities in 1998, when Gregory Nava came to me with this project, I desperately wanted to tell this story," Lopez said. "I began working to ensure we made this film in order to bring the attention of the world to this tragedy and to pressure the Mexican government to bring to justice those responsible for these horrible crimes."

Lopez, 36, screened the film for some of the mothers of women killed in Juarez and will receive special recognition from Norma Andrade, co-founder of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (Bring Our Daughters Home), an organization comprising mothers and families of the murdered women of Juarez.

Jennifer Lopez Says She Wants 'One or Two' Kids

Jennifer Lopez wants children – but not too many!

In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Friday, the host asks the singer-actress-designer, "Do you want kids?"

"Yeah, I do," says Lopez, 37. "I absolutely do." She adds, "I have three step-kids."

(Lopez's husband, singer Marc Anthony, 38, is dad to sons Cristian, 5, and Ryan, 3, with ex-wife Dayanara Torres, and a daughter, Arianna, 12, from a previous relationship.)

When DeGeneres presses, "But you want to have more kids. Lots of kids," Lopez replies, "I don't know about a lot."

"Like, five, four?" DeGeneres wonders.

"One or two," Lopez says. "I'll take two at once, that would be great."

When DeGeneres points out, "Really, that's a lot of work," Lopez says, "Okay, but then you're done, and you got two."

"Well, [with] quadruplets you'd be done with four," says DeGeneres.

"Too many," says Lopez.

Last month, Lopez told PEOPLE en Español, "I come from a strong family, so of course I want to have one."

"But," she added, "I do have my own family: my immediate family, my husband and his children. I get to share in all of that. I am very lucky to have that."

We Hear...

THAT Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will perform together on the beach in Miami the night before the Super Bowl at an invite-only party for 2,000 guests of Market America, the online shopping destination . . . THAT Chambord liqueur, one of the sponsors of Fashion Week at Bryant Park, will have a crew of hired hunks in tight jeans checking coats, providing some eye-candy for the fashionistas.

Jennifer Lopez Defends Scientology

Though not a practitioner herself, Jennifer Lopez spoke up on behalf of Scientology – and revealed that her father, David Lopez, is a follower – during a weekend interview with a Miami TV station.

"My dad has been a Scientologist for 20 years," Lopez, 37, told South Florida's NBC6. "It's weird people want to paint it in a negative way."

Lopez made her remarks while being asked about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' Nov. 18 "wedding of the decade" in Italy, which Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, attended. Besides the groom, Lopez's close friend, Leah Remini, is a Scientologist.

Asked for her response to some people's negative perception of Scientology, Lopez said, "I, myself, am Catholic. But it's just sad that people would look at it (Scientology) in that way."

After the interview aired, Lopez's rep, Leslie Sloane, said, "Jennifer is not a Scientologist, nor is she becoming a Scientologist.

Arbitration in Jennifer Lopez tell-all

Jennifer Lopez's first husband, Ojani Noa, was ordered Monday to enter arbitration with the pop star over his plans for a tell-all book about their brief marriage.

Lopez filed a Superior Court breach of contract suit nine months ago and got a restraining order barring Noa from publishing intimate details of their sex life. She also asked for arbitration.

Noa's ghostwritten book alleges Lopez had multiple affairs, including one with her third and current husband Marc Anthony, court documents revealed.

"This is about my life, coming here from Cuba and falling in love with Jennifer," Noa said.

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Victor H. Person agreed with Lopez lawyer, Paul N. Sorrell, that Noa was bound to arbitration under terms of an October 2005 settlement of another lawsuit.

A progress hearing in the arbitration proceeding will be held July 30.

Noa, who showed up in court again without a lawyer, objected to the arbitration order, saying he wanted the benefit of a public trial of the case.

"Basically, they were trying to damage my name and my career, now they want to go private in arbitration," Noa, 31, told the judge.

Lopez, 36, has made every effort to keep the details of the dispute private, but had to go public with her lawsuit in order to get a preliminary injunction against Noa, Sorrell said.

Lopez's damages could be in excess of $10 million if the book is published, the attorney said.

In the previous lawsuit, Noa sued Lopez for breach-of-contract, alleging she lured him into taking a managerial job in 2002 at her Pasadena restaurant, then fired him five months later.

Lopez, who has appeared in such films as "Selena," "Out of Sight " and "Monster-in-Law," married Noa in February 1997 after meeting him in a Miami restaurant. They divorced 11 months later.

INTERVIEW: Jennifer Lopez loves drama of Latin music

Prior to kicking off promotion for her first Spanish-language album, "Como Ama Una Mujer," due in stores April 3, Lopez spoke with Billboard from her Los Angeles home about her burgeoning Latin creative side.

BILLBOARD: THIS ALBUM IS NOTHING LIKE YOUR ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FARE AT ALL. WHY?

Lopez: Because I love the music. I love the drama. It must be the actress in me. I love the deep, intense passionate way of expressing yourself in those kinds of songs. And it's really not something that lends itself to English music, and not something Id been able to tap into before.

BILLBOARD: DO YOU FEEL THAT THERE ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF YOURSELF?

Lopez: I think so. I think this is the side of me that people don't know, and it is really a big part of who I am. This album is closer to who I am than any album I've ever done.

BILLBOARD: YOU DIDN'T ACTUALLY WRITE ON THIS ALBUM, BUT YOU TOLD YOUR WRITERS WHAT YOU WANTED TO SAY?

Lopez: I had to really, really express to them the kind of album I wanted to make. But it started to come very naturally to the writers when they got to know me, when I spoke about the things that were important to me. I would say, "This song needs to be about a person, and when he's leaving," and they would turn around and write it in Spanish. Like (the single) "Que Hiciste." I said, "I know what this song is about. It's this relationship that he destroys by his own hands." And it would be in that kind of song.

BILLBOARD: "POR ARRIESGARNOS" IS A DUET WITH YOUR HUSBAND, MARC ANTHONY, BUT A VERY SUBTLE DUET, WITH HIS VOCALS ALMOST HIDDEN.

Lopez: It wasn't supposed to be a duet at all. It was the very first song we recorded, and there was a background male voice, and Marc did the backups. I asked to put his voice up, because I think the harmony parts blended so beautifully.

BILLBOARD: WHAT INFLUENCE HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MARC HAD ON YOUR MUSIC?

Lopez: We have a lot of respect for each other and I think we affect each other in a very positive way when it comes to work. We see the best of each other and we're able to reach higher levels. It's the best way I can describe it. To me, he's such a legend. The fact that he produces, he sings, his understanding of music, and the way he expresses himself as a singer. I was able to go to the studio, and have the confidence he in his mind had. He would say, "These are things you understand, these are things you've always wanted to say, now tell me the story." It was very natural.

BILLBOARD: YOUR VOICE SOUNDS MUCH MORE LYRICAL THAN ON PAST ALBUMS. MUCH BIGGER, TOO.

Lopez: I've matured as a singer. Marc gave me confidence in the studio as well. When someone believes in you so much, you don't want to let them down. And it's also the material. I think this material lent itself to my voice. And it actually made me approach my new English album in a different way. I have a different standard now.

BILLBOARD: ARE THERE PLANS TO RECORD ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VERSIONS OF ANY OF THE SONGS?

Lopez: I would never mess with the integrity of this album. This album is what it is.

BILLBOARD: WAS IT IMPORTANT THAT LATIN AUDIENCES NOT HEAR YOU AS A TRANSLATION OF J-LO IN ENGLISH?

Lopez: When I started to make music in English I was at a different time, and at a different age. And now, they're going to get me now. When I say this has always been a dream of mine, it's the truth. The first demo I ever made was in Spanish. It was called "Vivir Sin Ti." This was 11 years ago. It was actually written by the backup singer of Selena, but it didn't come to me through the movie. I don't even remember how it came to my hands. And I went to [producer] Sergio George, and I said, "Do you want to do this demo?" We did, and my manager took it to the Work Group in Los Angeles and there was interest. And the head of the record label was Tommy Mottola, and he said, "You speak English." And I said, "Of course." And he said, "We ought to do an English record." And the rest is kind of history.

BILLBOARD: THERE'S A SONG ON HERE I PARTICULARLY LIKE: "TU." IT SHOWCASES YOUR VOICE, AND THE MELODY IS REMINISCENT OF ITALIAN POP -- VERY UPLIFTING BUT WISTFUL AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THAT?

Lopez: We were almost over with the album, and we said, "Let's make believe we don't have any songs, and let's do three or four more." And one of the first songs we came up with was "Tu." It was an emotion I had about wanting to sing that to a child one day. That's where that song was born from. To sing it to my own child. I don't like to say those things because I like people to interpret them for themselves, so they think it's for their husband, or their girlfriend, but for me that's where the idea was born from, and then we went from there.

BILLBOARD: YOU'VE SAID YOU CAN'T TAKE CREDIT FOR OPENING THE DOOR FOR LATINA ACTRESSES PLAYING NON-LATIN ROLES IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT ACTUALLY, YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO ALL KINDS OF ROLES, WHICH IS UNUSUAL.

Lopez: That was important to me at one point in my career, because I didn't want to be pigeonholed. Why do we have to define this character in this piece if it doesn't mean anything in this story?

BILLBOARD: BUT BEING BILINGUAL HAS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU.

Lopez: That's one of the best things. I was born in the Bronx. I speak English and that was my first language. But one of the beautiful things about being in the public eye, because I didn't grow up speaking Spanish in my household, I had to learn to speak it. And it has been one of the best choices in my life.

J-Lo embraces roots with Latin-themed projects

Jennifer Lopez catapulted her acting career with her starring role in "Selena," a biopic on the Latin Tejano star who sang in Spanish and was on the verge of an English-language crossover prior to her death. Ten years after "Selena," and following a multiplatinum recording career in English, Lopez is ready to sing en Espanol once again.

"Como Ama Una Mujer" ("How a Woman Loves"), Lopez's first Spanish-language album, hits stores April 3 through Epic Records, supported by groundbreaking media synergies.

At the heart of it all is a deal in the works with the Univision TV network to produce a five-part miniseries based on a treatment by Lopez, which in turn is based on the content of the album. The series will feature the album's music. Lopez will not act in the series, but she will perform a track at the end of each episode.

"It's the first time we've done something like this," says Simon Fields, Lopez's production partner in Nuyorican Productions, the Los Angeles-based film and TV company. Each song will embody one of the series' storylines. "It will be scored as if it were a movie series," Fields says.

The deal -- still under negotiation -- would also encompass tie-ins with a major retailer, as well as opportunities with other Univision properties and tie-ins in the digital and mobile arenas.

However, "Como Ama Una Mujer" wasn't conceived as a clever way to utilize multiple media platforms. The notion of recording in Spanish was behind Lopez's very first demo when she finished filming "Selena" in 1997. The concept materialized three years ago, when Lopez's husband Marc Anthony was wrapping up production of his album "Amar Sin Mentiras."

Lopez went into the studio to record one song with her husband and got hooked. "Emotionally speaking, to me this album is more me than any other album," she says. (Anthony co-wrote and co-produced the album in conjunction with Latin tunesmith Estefano, and Julio Reyes.)

"Como Ama Una Mujer" makes no concessions to the English market. It is mainstream, traditional Latin pop, with no English-language versions on the album nor any plans to record them. Lopez is working on a more urban-leaning, full-fledged English-language album for release before year's end.

A consistent multiplatinum seller, Lopez has seen declining sales for her recent releases. Her last album "Rebirth," released in 2005, was her first to miss the million mark, selling slightly more than 700,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Regardless, Epic executives fully expect the album and the single, "Que Hiciste," to get plenty of attention in both Latin and mainstream marketplaces. It has yet to break major ground in radio. It entered the current Latin Pop Airplay chart at No. 29, with plays at 20 stations -- four less than the week before.

Lopez has just started to dip her toes into Hispanic media to support her album. She was recently featured on the cover of People en Espanol's "100 Most Influential Hispanics" issue, talking about the record, and has done a few interviews on Spanish-language stations around the United States.

Lopez's first major public appearance to support the album came Jan. 23, at a private listening session in a Miami Beach studio. Some 300 guests sipped martinis as Lopez stayed away from the fray, chatting with Anthony for nearly two hours.

"Como Ama Una Mujer" sounds nothing like Lopez's previous English fare. Unabashedly romantic, it is quintessentially Latin in its big arrangements, romantic themes and vocally dramatic interpretations. With no musical indication of crossover aspirations into English, the album is not exactly what the world might have expected, but exactly what Lopez wanted to do.

The album comes at a time when Lopez seems to be getting more in touch than ever before with her Latin roots. It is just one of a string of recent, current or upcoming Latin-themed projects. This coming summer will see the release of "El Cantante," a film based on the life of singer Hector Lavoe, starring Lopez and Anthony. The film is set for theatrical release July 27 with a soundtrack to be released on Sony Records (although Lopez does not sing on it).

Also hitting theaters with Lopez as star will be "Bordertown," a political thriller surrounding the missing women of Juarez, Mexico. There is also a new, Latin-named perfume to be launched later in the year, and several Latin-themed TV shows in various stages of development. Lopez's Nuyorican Productions is involved in the development of a TV show for Fox called "The Brethren"; another TV show titled "Ayuda," about the world of Latin nannies in Los Angeles; a movie for Lifetime TV; and a TV series titled "Echo Park."

Berlin fest adds `Bordertown' to program

This year's Berlin film festival will feature movies from French directors Andre Techine and Jacques Rivette, as well as the U.S. production "Bordertown," directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez.

The festival runs from Feb. 8-18, and the latest entries, announced Monday, join a program that already includes Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd" and Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German."

Techine's "Les Temoins (The Witnesses)" is a film about the emergence of AIDS in the early 1980s, starring Emmanuelle Beart among others. Rivette contributes "Ne touchez pas la hache (Don't Touch the Axe)," which is based on a Balzac novella and whose stars include Guillaume Depardieu.

In "Bordertown," Lopez plays a Chicago-based reporter sent to Mexico to investigate the killings of women in the city of Ciudad Juarez.

German-Austrian co-production "Die Faelscher (The Counterfeiters)," directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, narrates a Nazi operation near the end of World War II to forge millions of British pounds in an effort to weaken Britain's economy.

Also featured will be "In Memoria di me (In Memory of Myself)" from Saverio Costanzo of Italy.

Organizers have yet to announce the final 11 entries in this year's planned official program of 26 movies.

The program will include — screening out of competition — Clint Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "The Walker," the latest film from Paul Schrader, who will head this year's jury.

Last year, the festival's top Golden Bear award went to Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," a movie examining how a single mother and her 12-year-old daughter struggle with the aftermath of the Bosnian war.

Wave of white gowns hits Golden Globes

The Golden Globes lived up to its reputation as the most relaxed of the major awards shows as Hollywood's leading ladies from both the movie and TV worlds chose flowing gowns, tousled hair and funky dangling earrings.

The red carpet-turned-runway at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday night was largely a sea of white with the glitz coming more from a smattering of metallic dresses and embellishment instead of blinding diamond necklaces.

Among the stars who wore white to the black-tie event were Jennifer Garner in a beaded V-neck dress, Heidi Klum in a strapless gown and Kyra Sedgwick in a chiffon gown with amethyst crystal trim by J.Mendel that she picked straight from the catwalk. Salma Hayek was in a draped short-sleeve gown with an open portrait neckline; Ellen Pompeo wore a Versace high-neck gown with an open back and silver trim; and Kate Winslet was dressed in a strapless white Azzaro gown.

"It was amazing because of the beautiful white dress and Kate's incredibly white, milky skin. I asked, `What will make her look the most striking?'" said Pati Dubroff, Dior Beauty's makeup artist who worked with Winslet.

Dubroff said she imagined a 1930s screen siren in a black-and-white photograph. It's what led her to choose a plum-blackberry lipstick and platinum eye shadow.

Dubroff also worked with Naomi Watts, who wore a strapless turquoise gown with metal beadwork. Watts ended up with a sultry eye — taking a cue from the metal in the dress — and a pink lip gloss to pick up on the vibrancy of the blue dress.

Cameron Diaz, with very dark hair and very red lips, wore a one-shoulder white fitted bodice with a skirt made of tiers of white tulle and a jeweled belt with a black bow. The tie trend also was spotted on Hilary Swank, who wore a fitted black spaghetti strap dress with a bow-tie waist, and on Jennifer Love Hewitt in a gold embroidered Georges Chakra gown with a bow waist.

Cate Blanchett wore a black off-the-shoulder gown by Alexander McQueen with lace sleeves, a delicate jeweled belt and an asymmetrical hem. Also stunning in black was Penelope Cruz in a scoop-neck Chanel Couture gown with a delicate ruffle around the neck.

Blanchett made W magazine Fashion Market Director Treena Lombardo's favorites list. She also liked Reese Witherspoon's canary yellow strapless cocktail dress by Nina Ricci, Drew Barrymore's blush-colored gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior and Angelina Jolie's smoky gray strapless gown by St. John, a label she models for.

"Gray was a gorgeous color because her eyes are so smoky and she has that smoky persona. It didn't seem fluffy or whimsical, she looked more of a serious classic Hollywood star. She looked like woman, not a girl," Lombardo said.

Since most stars played it safe, there weren't any glaring misses, Lombardo noted, although she would have liked to see Katherine Heigl in something more fun and playful than her very grown-up Escada black strapless gown with a fishtail hem and train. But, she added, the dress certainly showed off Heigl's voluptuous curves.

Donna Karan custom-designed Helen Mirren's dark blue jersey gown with antique silver sequined tulle, and Meryl Streep chose a blush seersucker chiffon gown by Carolina Herrera.

America Ferrara, star of the TV series "Ugly Betty," proved she could be glamorous in a draped gown by Brian Reyes in a deep indigo color. She told E! she liked it because it was "young and easy."

Sheryl Crow was in purple, too — a strapless taffeta gown by Elie Saab. "I was looking for plum-colored Uggs," she joked, but opted for heels instead.

Jennifer Hudson took her spin in the spotlight in a navy V-neck Vera Wang gown with short sleeves, while co-star Beyonce wore a metallic plunging V-neck gown with a keyhole opening on the belly for extra vavavoom.

Jessica Biel shimmered from head to toe in a silver beaded gown with spaghetti straps and an open back.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus chose a cocktail-length gold lame dress by Carolina Herrera with a corset-style bust with coinlike beading. "I'm totally freezing, but it's worth it," said Louis-Dreyfus.

She wasn't the only star feeling the chill of the unusually low 60-degree temperature: Sienna Miller was shivering in her white Marchesa cowl-neck and cowl-back gown with gold embroidery in a lattice pattern.

Jennifer Lopez also wore Marchesa. Hers was a scarf-style, one-shoulder black gown. "My husband loved it. That's usually the deciding factor," she said.

Brightly colored dresses, including Renee Zellweger's emerald green strapless gown, Jada Pinkett Smith's pleated tangerine Armani Prive gown, Rachel Weisz's red strapless Bill Blass gown and Eva Longoria's navy gown with jeweled straps and bustline by Emanuel Ungaro, were rare — and therefore really stood out.

J. Lo dances her way back into the limelight

Jennifer Lopez is dancing back into the limelight.

She's the producer and the on-air draw for MTV's DanceLife Monday, a new series that follows six young dancers as they try to break into the business. The show takes her back to her dance roots while bringing her back into the public eye — something she's avoided of late.

"It was a choice. My life for me had become uncomfortable in the way it was affecting my personal life and the people in it. So I decided that I had to take a look at that and my own responsibility in that. And I realized that there was a way to pull back in the way I live. It was an adjustment and a compromise, but I found a way to do it."

How did she do it? "You don't go out as much. You choose different places to go. If you want to be in those magazines, you can. And you don't, you don't have to be. "

Lopez says she wanted to do DanceLife because the life was so familiar to her, having started her own career as a dancer. The show did bring back some fond memories, but not enough to make her want to return to dancing full time.

"It's good when you're 20, when you're 18. I do love it, it was my first love…But I definitely loved evolving out of that as well. I had bigger dreams and I wanted to do other things."

As a fan of dance, Lopez says she likes watching Dancing with the Stars, though she prefers So You Think You Can Dance. So how often do she and her husband Marc Antony go out dancing themselves?

"We don't. We're homebodies."

J.Lo tops list of most influential Hispanics

She's an actor, singer, clothes designer with her own fragrance, and now Jennifer Lopez can add another title to her list -- the most influential Hispanic entertainer in America.

New York-born Lopez tops the entertainment section of People en Espanol's list of "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in its February issue which pays tribute to Hispanics who have had an impact on their communities.

"Being an example to others is a big part of my work," Lopez told the magazine.

"It excites me to think that I could be capable of changing opinions, or of making people laugh or cry. It's a beautiful facet of the work that we do."

Lopez, 37, who was born and raised in the Bronx, hinted she may be ready to start a family of her own.

"I come from a strong family, so of course I want to have one. But I also have my own family: my immediate family, my husband (singer Marc Anthony), and his children. I am a part of all this. In this sense, I am very fortunate."

Anthony, who did not make the list, and Lopez, who has been listed as the richest Latin American in Hollywood by Forbes magazine, have been married since 2004.

The list of influential Hispanics also includes fellow singers Shakira, Carlos Santana, Julio Iglesias, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Ricky Martin, and actors Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria and Salma Hayek.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the director of possible Oscar contender "Babel" headed the list for leading Hispanics in culture and the arts while U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales headed the politics and public affairs list.

Also on the politics list was Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

J.Lo Feeling Arbitrary

Jennifer Lopez may have recorded an album called This Is Me…Then, but she's not interested in what her ex has to say about the matter.

Rather than let the case play out in court, the "Jenny from the Block" singer is pushing to enter arbitration with her first ex-husband, Ojani Noa, to stop him from publishing a tell-all book about their relationship, according to court documents filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Per the filing, Noa is bound to arbitration based on the settlement he and Lopez arrived at in October 2005 when he sued her for breach of contract after she fired him in 2002 from a managerial post at her Pasadena restaurant Madre's. Their agreement called for, among other things, Noa to remain mum in public about Lopez's private life. He also received $125,000 in the deal.

Noa is currently restrained from peddling his purportedly racy manuscript by a preliminary injunction that was issued June 30. It prevents him from profiting from any intimate Lopez details, disseminating private info about her by any means and criticizing her in public.

And the former waiter is none too happy about it. Despite that fact that Lopez's attorney, Paul Sorrell, has stated that his client could collect $10 million in damages if the book is published, Noa told the court earlier this month that he's sorry he didn't fight harder against the injunction and would prefer to go to trial.

"I didn't agree to it," Noa told L.A. Superior Court Judge Victor Person on Dec. 1. "My lawyer told me that it was the right thing to do, and I went along with it." The 31-year-old is currently without legal representation after reportedly finding out that his former counsel—who agreed in October to enter arbitration—wasn't a licensed attorney.

In an August email to his former missus' legal camp included in court documents, Noa wrote that he wouldn't back down. It's "not going to be that easy," he said. "I don't care anymore, I [have] nothing to lose at this point."

A hearing is set for Jan. 29 on Lopez's motion for arbitration and her request to put her breach of contract lawsuit against Noa on hold until after the pair have tried to work things out. Any settlement arrived at during arbitration would be legally binding. Noa has until the next court date to find a new attorney.

The Monster-in-Law star sued Noa Apr. 10 after he allegedly asked for $5 million in exchange for not publishing his book, which, according to the New York Post, was to be titled The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller.

Lopez tied the knot with the Cuban-born Noa on Feb. 22, 1997, shortly after meeting him at a Miami restaurant, where he worked as a waiter. Eleven months later, their union was kaput.

Cris Judd isn't mad at ex Jennifer Lopez

Cris Judd has a new dancing show. So does Jennifer Lopez. So how does Judd feel competing with his ex-wife?

"I would never wish for something to be a failure," the 37-year-old dancer-choreographer told AP Television in a recent interview.

"Everyone's trying to get by and everyone's trying to do their best and you can only hope for the best and you can wish for the best for someone," he continued. "So, hopefully both shows will be successful and they can both coincide and we'll have a great time."

Judd's show is the reality competition "Dirty Dancing" on the Women's Entertainment cable channel, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST. Lopez is producing MTV's "DanceLife," about six aspiring dancers struggling to make it. The eight-episode series premieres Jan. 15 at 10:30 p.m.

Judd's show was inspired by the '80s classic "Dirty Dancing," starring Jennifer Grey as rich girl Baby and Patrick Swayze as poor dance instructor Johnny. The premise: Eighteen women compete at a summer camp for a dance contract and the right to play Baby — to whichever professional ballroom dancer becomes Johnny — during the finale.

Judd said things can get steamy on the dance floor.

"It can get sexy," he said. "You're with this person almost 24 hours a day and you're doing everything together and dancing can get heated especially when you dance with a partner and you're dancing sensual..."

Lopez, 38, married first husband Ojani Noa in 1997 and divorced a year later. Her second marriage to Judd in 2001 lasted for nine months. In 2004, she tied the knot with singer Marc Anthony.

Tom's Church Tempts J.lo, Too

A LOT of people were scratching their heads when they saw Jennifer Lopez and Jim Carrey among the guests at Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes last month in Italy, wondering what the possible connection could be.

Some assumed it was the super-agency CAA, which reps both Cruise and Carrey and used to handle J.Lo. But insiders say the mystery link among the superstars is actually the Church of Scientology.

"Jim is taking the introductory and beginner's courses right now," a source told Page Six. Another source notes that Lopez, a close friend of Scientologist Leah Remini, "has started using Scientology phrases and explains the church to people. Leah and Jennifer have been friends for years, and Leah has always talked to her about the church without pressuring her.

"We can see Scientology appealing to Jennifer because, in the early stages, it is a lot of self-help."

However, Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony, is a devout Catholic and is probably resistant to Scientology, which believes in space aliens but not a God.

Some observers speculate that Lopez, who has had trouble conceiving in the past, could be leaning to the Scientologists for help in having a baby.

Reps for Lopez said, "I have no knowledge of this, but I probably wouldn't have a comment on it if I did." A mouthpiece for Carrey insisted, "He is not taking classes."

Meanwhile, Hollywood bigwigs were awed at a display of "sheer rudeness" by Cruise at the premiere of "The Pursuit of Happyness" in Hollywood the other night.

Sony chief Amy Pascal "was introducing the movie, and during her speech Tom gets up, goes over to Will [Smith] and starts talking to him - and then says, 'Hey, Katie! Come over here and say hi to Will!' during Amy's speech. It was in bad taste."

A rep for Cruise declined comment.

Scientology seems to be drawing more and more celebrity interest by the minute. Other noted church followers include Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, Anne Archer, Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes and Priscilla Presley.

Ancient Wisdom

JENNIFER Lopez graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar's "Best Dressed" issue - but the real dish is inside the magazine. Asked if she "turns her eye to young Hollywood stylemakers like Nicole Richie, Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson," J.Lo responds, "I don't spend much time thinking about 'those girls' . . . Fame is very intoxicating. You don't realize what you're doing when you're young." Maybe Britney Spears will decide to take a look at the Hollywood icon's words of wisdom.

J.Lo's ex fights to release tell-all

Jennifer Lopez's first husband, Ojani Noa, told a judge Friday that he plans to fight her efforts to quash a tell-all memoir.

Noa, 31, said in a pretrial hearing that he regrets agreeing to a June 30 preliminary injunction that prohibits him from "criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging or causing disparagement" to Lopez.

"I want to fight this thing to the end," he said. "My life has not been the same since this lawsuit was filed."

The judge gave Noa until Jan. 17 to hire a lawyer or represent himself.

Lopez filed her lawsuit April 10 and obtained a temporary restraining order barring Noa from publishing intimate details of their sex life.

Noa said Friday that Lopez misunderstood what the book was about.

"This was to be about my life story, coming here from Cuba," he said. "She was only a part of my life, but I was going to talk about my other girlfriends, as well."

Lopez, who has appeared in films such as "Selena" and "Out of Sight," married Noa in February 1997 after meeting him in a Miami restaurant. They divorced 11 months later.

Partner In Style

PARIS Hilton and Britney Spears aren't the only new Hollywood duo - Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham are getting chummy, as well. Lopez and Beckham met at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding, and, according to British Vogue online, Lopez "very much hopes they can stay friends." They may even start designing together, reports the site. "They talked about their shared love - fashion. Jennifer thinks the pair could develop a seriously sexy range." Maybe Victoria's hubby, David Beckham, who made the International Best-Dressed List this year, could help out now that his soccer career is on the wane.

J-Lo Brings 'Brethren' to FOX

FOX has given a script commitment to "Brethren," a drama pilot from Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions.

"Brethren" will be loosely based on the life of Isaac Guillen, telling the story of a former gangbanger who puts his multiple-felony past behind him and becomes a defense attorney. His life is complicated by the fact that his colleagues think he's corrupt and his clients believe he's corruptible, or so a press release explains.

"What interested me was the fine line the character must constantly walk in terms of both his professional and personal life, and the fact that it comes from a true-life story makes it all the more compelling."

Lopez and fellow Nuyorican principal Simon Fields will executive produce along with Ross Fineman, Charles Glen and Barbara Cox. Guillen will serve as a consultant. Writing the pilot and executive producing will be Alfonso Moreno ("The Practice").

"I really love the inherent tension for our main character. He has to work to walk the straight and narrow," Moreno says. "In his professional life, law enforcement is trying to trip him up and criminal forces are lurking to suck him in. His home life is equally tricky in that he has to be the ultimate 'Do what I say, not what I did' single parent."

On the TV side, Nuyorican's credits include last season's very short-lived UPN drama "South Beach," while the company's upcoming features range from "Bordertown" to "El Cantante."

Prize Snatched

THIEVES were lurking in the corners of the ACE awards at Cipriani 42nd Street the other night. Fashion writer Suzy Menkes set her Leiber award - an actual Judith Leiber jeweled box clutch - down on her table, and when she looked away for just a second, someone swiped it. Meanwhile, the emcee, glamorous "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell, spent the evening gossiping with Jennifer Lopez while Tom Ford made sure everyone at his table had a good time by continually pouring shots of Svedka vodka for his tablemates, including Naomi Watts.

Lopez's Steamy Scenes Upset Husband

Jennifer Lopez's raunchy scenes with rapper LL Cool J in a recent music video infuriated husband Marc Anthony.

The pair's steamy frolics on of the set of the rapper's promo for 'Control Myself' - which reached number four in the Billboard Hot 100 charts earlier this year - left Latino star Anthony in a rage.

Anthony, who married Lopez in 2004, stormed off after seeing the pair get up close and personal, and LL Cool J, real name James Todd Smith, admits that he and the sexy singer had sexual chemistry.

He says, "We had a lot going on. So when Jen's husband came on set - he was only there for a minute before he left again."

Diddy Talks About J.Lo on His New Album

Diddy gets personal on his new album, Press Play, with songs inspired by girlfriend Kim Porter and his famous ex, Jennifer Lopez.

"It's probably my most personal record," Diddy, 35, said Friday after announcing the launch of Best Buy's new digital music store in New York City. "On a lot of the other records, to be honest, I didn't do a whole lot of writing. On this one, I did a lot. And I exposed myself with everybody's most sensitive subject, and that's the subject of love."

And yes, that includes his relationship with Lopez, whom he dated for two years before they split in 2001. "I used every experience," he said. "She was one of my girlfriends, and the most highly publicized one. But I've been blessed to go out with a couple of great women, and she was one of the great ones."

Do he and Lopez still talk? "Yeah. We're ex-boyfriend and girlfriend. And that's cool. It's a positive thing. But my focus right now – when I'm with a woman, I'm focused on that woman."

That woman is Kim Porter, with whom he's expecting twin girls. "The relationship that gave me the most inspiration was the relationship with Kim," Diddy said. "(It's) my most long-term relationship. It's had a lot of ups and downs, and it made for a lot of great songs."

And when their twins are born, will he raise them differently than he has his two sons, Justin, 12, and Christian, 8? "I don't know yet," he said. "We're just praying."

Press Play is due in stores on Oct. 17.

J.Lo Flight-Schooled

Perhaps Jennifer Lopez couldn't squeeze a checkbook into her carry-on luggage.

A Los Angeles-area private aircraft company sued the Maid in Manhattan star Wednesday for alleged post-flight misconduct. As in, neglecting to pay the bill.

Burbank-based Avjet Corp. filed its complaint in L.A. Superior Court, stating that Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony chartered a jet Jan. 26 to fly them and four friends from Farmingdale, New York, to Puerto Rico, and then used the company again May 25 to go from Farmingdale to Burbank.

Neither of the $16,000 trips has been paid for, Avjet's lawsuit says, and Lopez owes more than $34,000.

When they weren't jetting across the country, Lopez and Anthony took time to attend the Toronto International Film Festival last month, where their pet project, the Hector Lavoe biopic El Cantante, scored a distribution deal with Picturehouse and a summer 2007 release date.

"One of the things that people who've seen the movie walk away with is that they loved the music and [ask], 'Who is it? And how can I get more of it?' " Lopez told Spanish-language network MTV Tres, referring to the pioneering salsa rhythms that made Lavoe, played by Anthony in the film, an icon both in his native Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Lopez the Entrepreneur is scheduled to premiere her latest J.Lo and Sweetface collections Oct. 12 and 14 during Miami Beach Fashion Week.

The On the 6 singer also reportedly sacked her manager, Jeff Kwatinetz, last month. J.Lo didn't issue a statement, but Kwatinetz's company, The Firm, said: "Jennifer is a dear friend of The Firm and will remain so regardless of the business relationship. This was a decision based on differing styles and expectations and we wish her the absolute best."

Her first Spanish-language album, Como Ama Una Mujer (The Way a Woman Loves), is due out in November, and Lopez is back on the big screen later this year in Bordertown with Antonio Banderas.

Meanwhile, the multifaceted performer continues to deny that she's with child, surmising that she "must have had 20 babies by now. [But] it's part of being a celebrity, of being in the public eye."

J. Lo, Marc Anthony Co-Star in New Film

Hector Lavoe served as both an inspiration and a warning to Marc Anthony.

Anthony, the singer and husband of Jennifer Lopez, plays old-school salsa star Lavoe in the upcoming biopic "El Cantante." Lavoe is credited with bringing salsa to the United States before dying in 1993 at age 46 after struggling with drug addiction.

"He painted this clear picture of what you could be if you put your mind to it, but how painful a life you could live if you made the wrong choices," Anthony told The Associated Press as he kicked off a concert tour in San Juan.

Lopez co-stars in "El Cantante," which premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival and is expected to reach theaters next year. She took on the project nearly five years ago after Lavoe's widow approached her with a script and asked the pop star to consider playing her.

"Once I read the script, I knew there was something about their life, the relationship they had, that was compelling to watch," Lopez said.

The film traces Lavoe's rise from Puerto Rico to stardom in New York, where his sold-out concerts and best-selling albums gave way to drug addiction and a strained marriage. At one of Lavoe's lowest points, he was performing an outdoor concert in Puerto Rico in 1988 when promoters cut the power because a nearby festival had left him with a small audience. That night, he jumped from the ninth-floor balcony of his hotel, but survived with severe injuries.

Anthony said he aimed to portray not an icon, but a "tormented soul."

"I got tired of people saying, 'Oh Hector Lavoe, he's the guy who jumped and the drug addict,'" he said. "I was focusing on making it as personal as possible. What did he go through that day? What pushed him over the edge? What made him make some of those destructive decisions?"

Lopez 'Undergoes IVF'

Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is having Invitro Fertilisation (IVF) in a bid to have children with her husband Marc Anthony.

The 37-year-old reportedly told other wannabe mothers at an IVF clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles that she dreams of having two kids.

A fellow patient tells British newspaper The Sun, "Jennifer said she wanted to have two children. She said she'd recently started treatment and couldn't wait to have a family."

Last month, Lopez rubbished reports she is pregnant with her first child, after US pop star Jesse McCartney told a Georgia radio station she is expecting.

Lopez, Anthony celebrate salsa legend in "Cantante"

It might not seem a stretch for salsa singer Marc Anthony to play a salsa legend and for Jennifer Lopez to play his wife -- the couple have been front-page tabloid fodder since their sudden wedding two years ago.

But the pair found themselves somewhat outside their respective comfort zones in making "El Cantante," the Lopez-produced film biography of salsa star Hector Lavoe, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Lavoe was an early star of salsa music, a hybrid of several Puerto Rican and other Latin styles that emerged in New York City in the 1960s and 1970s.

For Lopez, who balances a singing career with an acting resume that largely consists of romantic comedies such as "The Wedding Planner" and "Maid in Manhattan," the film marks her first turn as producer. She also stars as Lavoe's wife, Puchi.

"When you're an actor, you just kind of do your work and you leave it to everybody else," she told Reuters on Thursday.

"But when you produce it, and it's your baby, and you've been working on it for five years, so you have a little more at stake."

The film, directed by Leon Ichaso, takes a warts-and-all look at both the singer and his wife.

The narrative unfolds at a fast pace as Lavoe emigrates from Puerto Rico to New York in the 1960s and quickly establishes himself on the Latin music scene, armed with an emotive singing style and superlative voice.

As he gains popularity, drug abuse, personal tragedy, and infidelity take their toll on the couple, although Lavoe's ability to wow crowds endures even as his personal life collapses.

Lopez, who grew up in New York, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, felt the added pressure of trying to make a film about a legend of her community.

"For me, salsa was the music we grew up with -- my mother would play it on the holidays at Christmas," she said.

"I think of people who were young and swinging at the time he was young and swinging -- they're looking at this like, "That was my guy, that was my idol. Don't mess it up!"

STRUGGLED WITH SINGING

For Anthony, a Grammy-winning singer who has also been building a film career with well-received small roles in films such as "Man on Fire" and "Bringing Out the Dead," the part was a challenge, but not for the reasons he expected.

Rather than struggling with his first lead acting role, he had to fight to get the hang of Lavoe's complex singing style, which Anthony described as "singing between the notes."

"It blindsided me," he said in an interview.

"It was infinitely more difficult than I thought, because his phrasing is so impeccable."

Lopez started on the project about five years ago, when she was sent a copy of the script by screenwriters who had developed it with Puchi, who wanted Lopez to play her. Puchi died soon after.

Once Lopez decided to also produce the picture, she immediately sought out Anthony to play the role of the singer.

Anthony, who attended Lavoe's funeral in 1993, said the film was "owed" to Lavoe, for the influence he had on Latin music.

"He was like a sacrificial lamb," he said.

"Almost not a happy day in his life, and he fades away at such an early age, and didn't get to enjoy anything, but left us this amazing library of music."

Jennifer & Marc Debut Their Labor of Love

At the Toronto Film Festival premiere of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's movie El Cantante Tuesday, Anthony explained why he and his wife work so well together both onscreen and off: "Just simple love," he said.

Lopez proved it when she walked across the stage and kissed her husband on the lips before introducing the biopic of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, which she and Anthony star in and coproduced.

Did their relationship make it hard to work together? "Marc and I met working, so it wasn't really an issue," she said. "We know each other's work rhythm." Another key to their success: "We don't do anything that we don't believe in. … It was a passion project for both of us, and I've been trying to get it made for five years."

Anthony and Lopez play Lavoe and his wife, Puchi, who had a volatile relationship – but those who worked on the film during its shoot last summer agree that the couple were a great team in real life.

Costar John Ortiz said that on set, "They were holding hands, looking at each other with those eyes that people who are in love look at each other with. I think they are just very huggy-dovey. They're very nurturing."

Said producer Julio Caro, "They're very close. It's a tight relationship. You can tell there's a lot of love there and a lot of respect. Working with them was special."

Anthony and Lopez handled playing a dysfunctional couple well, writer-director Leon Ichaso told PEOPLE. The atmosphere on the set was "Fun, fun. Even when he punched her so hard, he broke through her skin. Marc had to wear so many rings, and one of those blows broke her skin. And we all had a good laugh. She's tough."

Lopez has said she'd like to work on another production with Anthony: a baby. "They have everything else but that," Ichaso said. "That's what would make them good parents. They now have the success and everything else, and they would take the time off to enjoy it. It would complete them."

Stefani Buys J.Lo's Beverly Hills Digs

It's her life, and singer Gwen Stefani wants to live it in Jennifer Lopez's old home.

The No Doubt singer and her husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, have bought a Beverly Hills house that once belonged to the "Gigli" star for almost $15.5 million, reports the Wall Street Journal.

There won't be any residual J.Lo traces around though since the house actually first passed through the hands of film producer and businessman Sam Nazarian, who originally purchased the house from Lopez in 2004.

The 10,000-square foot home will have plenty of room for the musical couple to raise their family, beginning with 3-month-old son Kingston James. The place boasts four bedrooms, tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and a screening room over two acres of property.

It's also made for the privacy needs of today's celebrity since it's in a gated community and sits at the end of a 250-foot driveway with an additional gate for entry.

Stefani, 36, met Bush frontman Rossdale, 40, at a 1996 concert she was playing with No Doubt. They were married in 2002. Stefani is also the stepmother to Daisy, a 16-year-old daughter whom Rossdale recently discovered he fathered in an earlier relationship.

Stefani previously dated her bandmate Tony Kanal for several years and many of the songs on their hit album "Tragic Kingdom" is dedicated to their breakup. She was nominated for five Grammys for her solo album, "Love.Angel.Music.Baby.," including album of the year. She also appeared as screen legend Jean Harlow in Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator" in 2004.

Like his wife, Rossdale has had a successful music career and has also appeared on the big screen in the soccer film "The Game of Their Lives" and as a demon in "Constantine."

McCARTNEY APOLOGISES FOR LOPEZ PREGNANCY BLUNDER

Red-faced pop star Jesse McCartney has apologised for speaking out about Jennifer Lopez's apparent pregnancy on a radio show, insisting he has no "first hand information".

On Thursday (24AUG06), the teenager told Star 94 FM in Atlanta, Georgia that Lopez had quit the movie adaptation of 1980s soap Dallas due to the fact she was with child.

This came after McCartney revealed he was dating Katie Cassidy, who will play Lucy Ewing in the movie project.

But McCartney has since retracted his comment, insisting he was just repeating rumours.

In an apologetic statement he says, "I have no first hand information whether or not Jennifer Lopez is pregnant. I thought I had read it somewhere."

Toronto film festival promises stars, premieres

The 31st annual Toronto Film festival will attract more star power than usual this year with Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon and Sean Penn among the Oscar winners and Hollywood heavyweights expected to attend.

Organizers said on Tuesday that the 10-day festival, which starts on September 7, will include 352 feature films and shorts from 61 countries and 107 world premieres.

The festival has grown in influence over the years and is now seen, along with Cannes, Berlin Sundance, as one of the leading showcases for the movies that will be vying for Oscars and other awards early next year.

Actors Liam Neeson, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, and Anthony Hopkins are also expected to bolster the festival's celebrity contingent.

Most of the features will be world or North America premieres and many of the films are entered in the hope of finding distributors from the 5,000 industry professionals who will be attending.

"The festival's tentacles are truly in every part of the world," said festival director Piers Handling.

Among the movies premiering are "All the King's Men,' starring Penn in a remake of the classic film about the rise and fall of a Southern politician, and German director Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn," about an American airman who escapes from a Laotian prison during the Vietnam War.

Also being screened is Ridley Scott's 'A Good Year," starring Crowe and Albert Finney about a British businessman who takes a year off in Provence.

Red-carpet treatment will be given to "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, which will kick off the festival and "Dixie Chicks: Shut up and Sing," one of the more politically-charged offerings.

The film focuses on the aftermath and fallout of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines' criticism of President Bush at a concert in London in 2003.

"The Journals" is based on the writings of a 1920s Danish ethnographer about the clash of cultures between European Arctic explorers and Inuit natives.

"Not only do our selections have a big impact (on) ... the Oscars and the Golden Globes, but increasingly the biggest directors and stars are coming here to Toronto to introduce their new films to audiences for the first time and to secure distribution," said festival co-director Noah Cowan.

The festival will include Spike Lee's four-hour documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" which tells the story of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Attorneys seek arbitration in Lopez case

A dispute between Jennifer Lopez and her ex-husband Ojani Noa over his proposed tell-all book about their relationship does not need to go to court, their attorneys said Wednesday.

The attorneys told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victor H. Person that the issues between the 38-year-old singer-actress and Noa could be settled through arbitration. Another pretrial hearing was set for Oct. 17.

Lopez filed the lawsuit April 10 and obtained a temporary restraining order barring Noa from publishing intimate details of her sex life. On June 30, she and Noa agreed to have the order extended as a preliminary injunction.

Lopez was not present at Wednesday's hearing, but will have to attend if the judge orders a mandatory settlement conference. Her lawyer, Kristina L. Brittenham, declined to comment.

Noa's attorney, Robert Vasquez, also declined to talk about the case.

Lopez, who has appeared in films such as "Selena," "Out of Sight " and "Monster-in-Law," married Noa in February 1997 after meeting him in a Miami restaurant. They divorced 11 months later.

Last October, Noa and Lopez settled a lawsuit he brought against her, alleging he was illegally fired as manager of her Los Angeles area restaurant, Madre's. In exchange for a $125,000 payment from Lopez, Noa agreed not to disparage her or make money off disclosure of his relationship with her, according to her court papers.

On Jan. 19, he wrote a letter to Lopez's attorneys saying he would continue to market his book, reportedly titled, "The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller," unless Lopez paid him $5 million, according to court papers.

J. Lo Moves to 'Echo Park'

Jennifer Lopez's first foray into TV production, "South Beach," didn't make much of a splash. So she's moving to a different neighborhood.

The actress and singer is executive producing a half-hour project called "Echo Park" for FX. The show, which has a script order from the cable network, will focus on the clash of cultures in the gentrifying L.A. neighborhood, Variety reports.

Separately, Lopez is also producing a show for MTV called "Moves," which will follow dancers trying to break into the industry. Lopez, who got her start as a Fly Girl dancer on "In Living Color," is likely to appear on the show as well.

Both shows will be produced by Nuyorican Productions, Lopez's production company. Partner Simon Fields will share executive producer credit with her; Ian Edelman is writing the "Echo Park" script.

"South Beach," a prime-time soap set in the glitzy Miami neighborhood, debuted on UPN in January -- a couple of weeks before it was announced that UPN would be merging with The WB to form The CW this coming season. It lasted seven weeks, averaging fewer than 2 million viewers per week.

On screen, Lopez most recently appeared in "Monster-in-Law" and "An Unfinished Life." She recently left the big-screen adaptation of "Dallas" and has a couple projects -- the dramas "Bordertown" and "El Cantante," which also features her husband, Marc Anthony -- awaiting release dates.

JETTISONS J.R.

JENNIFER Lopez isn't saying why she suddenly left the cast of "Dallas" - but an industry insider tells us there are two very big reasons - a subpar script and the less-than-strapping John Travolta, who was to play J.R. Ewing opposite J.Lo's Sue Ellen. "The script sucks," our source says. "And John Travolta? If it had been a man's man like Ed Harris or Tommy Lee Jones . . . but you don't just go from doing 'Hairspray' to 'Dallas.' "

J.Lo Ditches "Dallas"

Debbie may do Dallas, but Jennifer Lopez won't.

The Enough star has pulled out of the now slightly less star-studded big screen remake of the '80s TV hit, with nary an explanation regarding her departure.

"She is out of Dallas," Lopez's publicist, Leslie Sloane-Zelnick, said Thursday, denying reports that her client's exit was an abrupt without shedding light on the reason for her decision to cut and run.

No potential replacements have been named.

Marc Anthony's better half was set to star as the adulterous and alcoholic Sue Ellen Ewing in the film adaptation opposite would-be celluloid hubby John Travolta, who is set to play the oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, filling the shoes of original TV star Larry Hagman.

Lopez's exit is not the remake's first big-name drop out.

Legally Blonde's Robert Luketic, who more recently directed Lopez in Monster-in-Law, was originally slated to direct the film before dropping out this spring, citing "creative differences," amid reports that he was unhappy with the direction of casting.

Which, incidentally, was mostly done by him.

In March, Variety reported that Luketic had extended offers to Lopez, Travolta, Luke Wilson and Shirley MacLaine to play the lead roles.

As it stands, all but Lopez are still on board with the long-gestating project, with Wilson tapped to play Patrick Duffy's original role of Bobby Ewing and MacLaine filling Barbara Bel Geddes' role as matriarch Miss Ellie Ewing.

Dallas, which ran from 1978 to 1991, chronicled the lives and loves of the Ewing family, and prompted the pop culture commanding inquiry, "Who Shot J.R.?" (For the record, it was his sister-in-law, Kristin, in a fit of anger.)

Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha has been hired as Luketic's replacement, and, barring any more casting couch bust-ups, production on the 20th Century Fox film could kick off as early as October.

Tidbit

Jennifer Lopez: "I grew up walking 'round naked in my house. My mom was like that, and my sisters. My father worked nights and slept during the day, so we had no one to hide from. Now I'll be sitting at the breakfast table and everyone's dressed except me. All the people around me are either girls or they're gay, so it doesn't matter." This was before she wed Marc Anthony.

Jennifer Lopez thwarts tell-all book, for now

Jennifer Lopez's first husband has agreed not to publish intimate details or criticism of the actress-singer while they try to settle a lawsuit over his planned tell-all book, court documents showed on Friday.

A preliminary injunction between the star and her former spouse, Ojani Noa, was signed by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday and made public a day later, resulting in the cancellation of a hearing in the case.

Lopez sued Noa in April to stop him from publishing an expose she said would breach a nondisclosure, "non-disparagement" pact between them. She then obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent him from going ahead with the proposed book.

The preliminary injunction signed this week will remain in effect until either the two settle their dispute or a nonjury trial is held to decide whether the latest court order will remain permanent.

Under the injunction, the Cuban-born Noa is barred from "criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging" Lopez. He also may not disclose for financial gain "any private or intimate details" about Lopez or their relationship, the court order stated.

Moreover, Noa may not sell or circulate a manuscript of the book and must retrieve any book materials from anyone who may have possession of them and inform those parties that they, too, are barred from disseminating them.

In the meantime, both sides were directed to try to "resolve their dispute without engaging in further litigation," the court order states.

According to Lopez's lawsuit, Noa's plans for a tell-all book were revealed in a January 2006 New York Post article, which included the claim Lopez carried on an affair with salsa singer Marc Anthony while he was still married to Puerto Rican model and beauty queen Dayanara Torres.

Anthony and Lopez married in June 2004, just days after he was divorced from Torres, and five months after Lopez broke off her much-publicized engagement to actor Ben Affleck.

Lopez, 36, claims that Noa's proposed book would violate the terms of a previous legal settlement in which the two were barred from revealing private details about the other for monetary gain and from criticizing each other publicly.

Lopez's 10 1/2-month marriage to Noa, the first of her three husbands and who was working at a restaurant when they met, ended in divorce in January 1998. She married her second spouse, dancer Chris Judd, in September 2001 and filed for divorce from him the following July.

2nd man pleads guilty in video ransom

One of two men who allegedly tried to sell Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez's stolen wedding video back to the couple for $1 million pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted grand larceny.

Steven Wortman, 49, a retired postal worker from Sayreville, N.J., said in Manhattan's state Supreme Court that he and Tito Moses, 31, tried to get a ransom for the stolen video in amounts ranging from $250,000 to $1 million.

When Justice Bonnie Wittner asked Wortman whether he and Moses demanded the money in phone calls between Dec. 20 and 27, 2005, "in exchange for not releasing (the video) to the general public," the defendant replied, "Sorrowfully, yes."

Wortman pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny, a misdemeanor, in exchange for a sentence of three years' probation. The judge scheduled his sentencing for Aug. 4 and said he will be allowed to report to probation officials in New Jersey.

A video copy of Lopez and Anthony's June 2004 wedding was in a laptop computer that was in Anthony's Cadillac Escalade when it was stolen in Linden, N.J., in October 2005. The car was recovered in Newark, N.J., but the laptop was gone.

Prosecutors said Wortman and Moses, an ex-convict from Newark, called Anthony's production company and talked with a man they thought was a representative of the celebrity couple. That "representative" was in fact an undercover detective.

At one point, the undercover detective balked at the demand for $1 million and Wortman threatened to destroy the laptop and its contents, prosecutors said.

The detective, negotiating later with Moses, got the price down to $250,000, and the defendant agreed to meet him at a diner to give him the laptop, prosecutors said. Police arrested the two men there.

Moses pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny two weeks ago in exchange for a sentence of 18 months to three years in prison.

Wittner said she will sentence Moses after he is sentenced in a related, pending New Jersey case and that the terms will run concurrently. His New Jersey case involves the theft of Anthony's sport utility vehicle.

Ex-Hubby's Book Gets Under J.Lo's Skin

Ojani Noa hasn't had Jennifer Lopez's love for a long time, but that hasn't stopped him from declaring himself an expert on the subject.

A tell-all book that J.Lo's first husband is supposedly planning to write will describe in minute detail what he refers to as the couple's first sexual encounter, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by Los Angeles' City News Service.

"Sadly, no personal detail is too sacred to be sold by Noa for profit," the papers, filed Friday by Lopez's attorney, Paul Sorrell, state.

The actress' camp filed for a preliminary injunction in April to stop Noa from going ahead with his plan to pen the humbly titled The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller, alleging that he offered to back off if Lopez hooked him up with $5 million. She also is requesting that he not be able to profit at all from any private details he may be peddling, whether they wind up in a book or not.

Sorrell is scheduled to argue for the injunction in court on June 30 against Noa's lawyer, Robert Vasquez, who filed a six-page document last week denying Lopez's allegations that his client's "compliance could be bought for the right price."

The 36-year-old Monster-in-Law star took legal action in April after the New York Post ran an item about a book proposal Noa was reportedly shopping around, in which each chapter was named after a title of one of Lopez's films.

According to the latest filing, Noa is also prepared to dish about Lopez having "multiple duplicitous sexual affairs" on the set of 1997's Anaconda and about her having a relationship with Marc Anthony while he was still married to Dayanara Torres and while Lopez was still stepping out with Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Noa also intends to write that the On the 6 singer's mother, Guadalupe Lopez, is racist and has a gambling problem, the documents stated. (What she actually has is a luck problem, winning $2.4 million in 2004 while fiddling with the dollar slots in Atlantic City.)

"Noa will do anything within his power to make money off his ex-wife--and thinks nothing of willfully breaching the agreement and hurting [Lopez] in the process," Sorrell wrote. "He is out of control."

The agreement he's referring to is a $125,000 settlement agreement that Lopez and Noa arrived at after he sued her for allegedly backing out of a promise to let him manage one of her restaurants. As part of the settlement, Noa was told he could not divulge any intimate details about his former wife or their relationship for monetary gain.

Now, either Noa is unclear about what constitutes intimacy or he disagrees with the above agreement.

It's a toss-up. In a deposition taken earlier this month, Noa said that he should be free to publish anything he wants because he doesn't consider himself bound to the terms of the settlement.

"I mean, I live in a free country," he said. "No? I can express myself. I can talk and say whatever I want to."

"Amazingly, Noa also claims that the terms of the agreement are too vague?because they do not specify exactly what personal details about [his ex-wife] Noa cannot reveal," Sorrell stated.

Also in the more than 285 pages of documents filed Friday was the allegation that Noa recently tried to sell videos of Lopez primping for their wedding and honeymoon and another featuring her in a revealing bikini to the National Enquirer.

Lopez married Noa in February of 1997 and was outta there by March 1998.

J-Lo Ro Show Gay Pride?

SUNDAY is Gay Pride Day in Manhattan, and the streets will be a carni val of activity. This year, however, I hear there'll be hot star-power in attendance, in the luscious shape of Jennifer Lopez! Yes, the singer/actress/perfume/fashion mogul is going to parade her famous chassis along the route and she will perform.

This bit of news came from a close Lopez friend. But friends can be mistaken. We called Jennifer's rep. Came the studied response: "We know nothing of this . . . we don't know where she'll be on Sunday. Thanks for asking. Bye." Click!

I say, perhaps the friend is right, and Lopez's reps are . . . cautious. Be prepared for the unmistakable sashay of Jennifer on Sunday afternoon. (But, will her sexy hubby, Marc Anthony, accompany her? That might be too much for the guys.)

Forbes Annual Power List

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3 Oprah Winfrey Talking Head 225
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5 Tiger Woods Athlete 90
6 Steven Spielberg Director/Producer 332
7 Howard Stern Talking Head 302
8 50 Cent Musician 41
9 Cast of Sopranos Actor 52
10 Dan Brown Author 88
11 Bruce Springsteen/Musician Musician 55
12 Donald Trump/Personality Personality 44
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15 George Lucas Director/Producer 235
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21 Peter Jackson Director/Producer 39
22 Dr. Phil McGraw Talking Head 45
23 Jay Leno Talking Head 32
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85 George Lopez Comedian 12
86 Regis Philbin Talking Head 21
87 Serena Williams Athlete 10

Man pleads guilty in $1-million Lopez-Anthony wedding video scam

One of two men who allegedly tried to sell Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez's stolen wedding video back to the couple for $1 million pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted grand larceny.

Tito Moses, 31, admitted in New York state Supreme Court he tried to obtain a $1-million ransom for the stolen video. He said he and an accomplice negotiated with a man they thought was a Lopez-Anthony representative.

The "representative" was in fact an undercover detective, prosecutors said.

Justice Bonnie Wittner promised Moses 1 1/2 to three years in prison for his guilty plea. She said she will impose the sentence after he is sentenced in a related New Jersey case and the terms will run concurrently.

A video copy of the celebrity couple's June 2004 wedding was in a laptop computer in Anthony's Cadillac Escalade when it was stolen in Linden, N.J., in October 2005. The car was recovered in Newark but the laptop was gone. The pending New Jersey case is related to the car theft.

A felony complaint filed by prosecutors said Moses and his alleged accomplice, Steven Wortman, 49, called Anthony's company and tried to sell the property back to the salsa star.

A New York City detective posing as a Lopez-Anthony associate negotiated with Moses and Wortman and the men demanded $1 million for the laptop, the complaint said.

At one point, the complaint said, the detective rejected the $1-million demand and Wortman threatened to destroy the laptop and its contents, the complaint said.

The detective, negotiating later with Moses, brought the price down to $250,000 and the defendant agreed to meet him at a diner to give him the laptop, the complaint said. Police arrested the two men there.

Wortman has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, attempted grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and his case is pending.

"Flashdance" Studio, J.Lo in the Clear

If Flashdance had not been made in 1983, few people would ever have had the chance to use the words "welder" and "dancer" in the same sentence to describe one woman, and Jennifer Lopez wouldn't have had a built-in motif for her 2003 "I'm Glad" video.

Maureen Marder's lawyers would have plenty of down time.

A California court has again rejected Marder's ongoing bid to gain a copyright interest in the film and in turn collect a portion of the more than $150 million that the Adrian Lyne-directed drama has grossed since Jennifer Beals first burst onto the scene in a torn sweatshirt and legwarmers.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Monday upheld a lower court's decision that Marder, the real-life inspiration for Flashdance, signed over her rights to the film's story long ago.

Marder, a former construction worker and exotic dancer, inked a deal with Paramount Pictures Corp. in 1982 and collected $2,300 for her efforts.

The three-judge panel stated in its ruling that, looking back at the original agreement, it "appears to be unfair." But, the judges said, "there is simply no evidence that [Marder's] consent was obtained by fraud, deception, misrepresentation, duress or undue influence."

The appeals court also affirmed a prior decision to dismiss Marder's lawsuit against Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). and Lopez. Marder had argued that the video for "I'm Glad," featuring J.Lo replicating a number of Beals' moves (and outfits) from the original film, was an unauthorized depiction of her life.

Lopez took on many of Flashdance's most famous scenes, from the sweaty solo workout to the water-enhanced strip tease to the triumphant audition. Pretty much the only thing the singer didn't do was crack into a lobster with her bare hands.

While Marder's attempts to share in the feeling have failed so far, Lopez's label, Epic Records, did settle with Paramount for an undisclosed amount in 2003 when the studio protested that J.Lo's video violated its Flashdance copyright. Paramount sent Sony, Epic's parent company, a letter in May 2003 pointing out that the record company had neither asked permission nor paid to model "I'm Glad" on scenes from the film.

Minus the wild curls and off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony lent a little star power to the Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday in New York, where the couple marched along with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"The Puerto Rican parade has been a long-standing tradition in my life. It was always an event that I looked forward to every single year," Anthony told the Associated Press.

J.Lo attends Puerto Rican Day parade

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony lent Hollywood glamour to the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday — and attracted such a horde of paparazzi that police officers and Guardian Angels kept them roped off from the crowds as they marched.

"The Puerto Rican parade has been a long-standing tradition in my life. It was always an event that I looked forward to every single year," said Anthony, who led the parade with his wife, Lopez, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Salsa music blared from dozens of floats as the parade made its way up Fifth Avenue past a sea of revelers waving the red, white and blue Puerto Rican flag.

Beauty queens wore Barbie doll dresses and foot-high tiaras. Folk dance troupes wore ruffled skirts and flowers behind their ears.

A contingent of high-stepping show horses was followed by two sanitation workers wheeling garbage bins.

In addition to Bloomberg, politicians marching included New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer.

The Puerto Rican parade, an annual event in New York since 1958, has grown to be one of the city's largest. Although it was impossible to estimate this year's crowd, hundreds of thousands have attended in recent years.

J. Lo gets love from Women in Film

"I love you." Those were the words a teary-eyed Jennifer Lopez chose to cap her acceptance speech at Tuesday's Women in Film Crystal/Lucy Awards. Honoree Lopez was gazing down at husband Marc Anthony, whom she thanked for getting her through the hard times.

Moments earlier, Anthony had his arm clasped around her as they watched clips from nearly all her films. Not included: Gigli and Jersey Girl, the two films Lopez starred in with ex-fiancé Ben Affleck. During an earlier salute to songwriter Diane Warren, Affleck did make a brief appearance on the screen via a Pearl Harbor clip, but neither Lopez nor Anthony reacted.

Outfitted in a black MaxMara gown, Lopez credited her glow to "five days of rest, which is rare for me," and sidestepped questions about pregnancy reports.

"I told her I wanted to punch her in the face (because) she looks so pretty," cracked friend Leah Remini (King of Queens).

Lopez addressed reports that she has been cast as Sue Ellen Ewing in the upcoming Dallas film. "Sue Ellen was a Texas beauty queen, so I think I can kind of fit into that," said Lopez, who raised her hand in the air, miming the character's love for the bottle. "I'll have a little crystal glass. But nothing's set in stone. I talked to John Travolta (who'll be playing J.R.) and he said, 'Are you going to do it?' And I said, 'I think so.'"

Lopez received the Crystal Award for her charity work and strong portrayals of women. Of her trophy, Lopez said, "I already have a love affair with diamonds — and now with crystal as well."

Also honored: Maria Bello, who won the MaxMara award, and Geena Davis, who received a Lucy Award (named after Lucille Ball) from ABC president Steve McPherson, who canceled her drama, Commander in Chief. But the two remain tight, and Davis is hopeful he'll allow her to shoot a Commander wrap-up movie. "I obviously would have liked to get a couple of terms out of the role," she said.

MTV Shows Off J. Lo's "Moves"

MTV is impressed by Jennifer Lopez's "Moves."

The network has given the greenlight to a new dance-based reality series executive produced by the multihyphenate diva.

In something of a Real World meets Solid Gold premise, the show will follow the lives of six aspiring dancers as they struggle to make it in the competitive world of professional dance.

The smooth-moving hopefuls include Staci, a former Pussycat Doll who wants to become a singer; Jersey, who hopes her dance moves will elevate her out of debt; Nolan, who has struggled with personal problems to make it to where he is now; Blake, the cocky guy, who makes sure everyone is well aware of his prowess on the dance floor; Kenny, a former baseball player and heavy party animal; and Celestina, who thinks of dancing as the first step in building her own hip-hop empire.

"There are very few people who have attained the level of success Jennifer has. Across music, film and more, she is recognized worldwide, and it all began with dance," Lois Curren, MTV's executive vice president of entertainment and programming, said in a statement.

"Now she will share her experience and knowledge with a new generation of dancers, and we'll find out if they have what it takes to stand up to her expectations."

Lopez, who took an active role in selecting the show's participants, is also slated to make cameo appearances over the course of the season.

"I started out as a dancer and I know what that world is," Lopez said in a statement. "These dancers have dedicated their lives to this and, honestly, the glory is not always there. It's something they do only out of love. It's a tough life and I want to show that struggle."

The show's eight-episode run is scheduled to kick off this winter.

Meanwhile, if the rumor mill is to be believed--which J. Lo's camp insists it isn't--the singer-actress might currently have another project in the works. Call it a joint production with husband Marc Anthony, if you will.

In Touch magazine reports in its latest issue that Lopez is three months pregnant and expecting her first child in December.

Signs of her supposed pregnancy include a so-called belly bulge and visible gray roots--an indication that she may be avoiding dying her hair at the advice of her doctor.

Fueling suspicions even more, Lopez recently called off her world tour scheduled for this spring, according to a statement posted by Mirage Promotions on its Website.

Even so, reps for the Monster-in-Law star maintain she is not in the family way.

Sightings

JENNIFER Lopez (who is officially not pregnant) and Marc Anthony in the back of Cipollini's in Manhasset as a crowd of Democrats packed the front of the restaurant at a fund-raiser for gubernatorial hopeful Tom Suozzi . . .

Jennifer Lopez to auction clothing on the Internet for charity

Jennifer Lopez fans will get a chance to try on the star's clothes - if they are the highest bidders in an online charity auction.

The seven items up for sale include a brown poncho, a blue satin gown and jeans with Lopez's signature. Lopez wore them all the items at different times last year.

The auction will be conducted through Overstock.com Auctions May 16-23. Proceeds will go to the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

This will be the second year Lopez has done an online clothing beneficiary for the hospital.

Lopez Pregnant?

Singer Jennifer Lopez is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Marc Anthony, according to media reports in the US.

Lopez appeared at the ALMA Awards in Los Angeles on 7 May, sporting what appeared to be a small bump and telltale grey roots.

The following day the star abruptly cancelled her first concert tour without giving an explanation, further fuelling rumours of a pregnancy.

Sources tell US publication 'In Touch' the 'Love Don't Cost A Thing' star is three months pregnant and that the baby will be born around Christmas this year.

Anthony spoke publicly of having a baby with Lopez at the event saying, "I'm looking forward to starting a family."

Lopez was scheduled to tour this month, with dates in Mumbai, India; Dubai; Moscow, Russia: Sofia, Bulgaria; Istanbul, Turkey; and Thessaloniki, Greece.

The singer has been threatened with legal action by the tour's promoters, who have promised to issue full refunds to ticket holders.

Bulgarian promoter Nina Girginova says, "Whatever the reason is, she should have explained it, and even if she had lied it would have been better than not giving the fans any reason at all."

We Hear...

THAT Jennifer Lopez, John McCain, Dan Brown, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg and Martha Stewart are some of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," who will toast each other Monday at the Time Warner Center.

J.Lo Switches

JENNIFER Lopez has had enough of cranky old Ed Limato. Lopez ditched the ICM agent on Friday for William Morris' Dave Wirtschafter - because, as one insider explained, "Limato didn't do anything for her in over a year. He got her into 'Dallas' - a TV remake that will probably flop. She is doing Oscar-winning work in 'Bordertown.' She should not be doing 'Dallas.' " Other issues were that Limato didn't "collaborate" with Lopez's various managers, and when Lopez recently met with studio heads, several asked her, "So, who is your agent?" Wirtschafter is coming back from a rough time last year when he lost Sarah Michelle Gellar, Halle Berry and others after blabbing about them to The New Yorker.

People En Espanol Honors Jennifer Lopez

While Angelina Jolie tops People's most beautiful issue, Jennifer Lopez graces the cover of the magazine's Spanish-language version.

Lopez is on the cover of People En Espanol's annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue, on newsstands Monday.

"I've never tried to hide the fact that I'm Latina," the Bronx-native tells the magazine. "I think that's why Hispanics are like `she's ours ... she belongs to us.' And that's true; with the Latino community, I am theirs, I do belong to them."

The 37-year-old actress-singer was also named as one of People's 100 most beautiful people. While many fans await the birth of Jolie's child with boyfriend Brad Pitt, Lopez isn't currently planning a baby with husband Marc Anthony.

"That would be nice for sure," she says. "I feel that will happen naturally when it does."

People En Espanol's unranked list of Hispanic celebrities also includes Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes and Daddy Yankee.

Lopez Loves Reclusive Life

Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez credits her new reclusive lifestyle with helping her find happiness with husband Marc Anthony.

The 'Jenny From The Block' star admits spending more time at home and less time partying has improved her private life.

And she has learned the best ways of outwitting stalker photographers.

She says, "I have become very good at disappearing. I wasn't good at it before. It's kind of getting out of the glare for a minute. I learned how to do that, too. You have to make adjustments. Some of it is just kind of staying at home more, believe it or not."

TV Writer Sues J. Lo Over Series Idea

A television writer has filed a lawsuit saying Jennifer Lopez and UPN stole his idea for a series based on his move from Brooklyn to Miami and involvement with the modeling and nightclub scenes.

Jack Bunick's lawsuit claims "South Beach," a TV series executive-produced by Lopez that debuted Jan. 11 on UPN, mirrors a script he wrote in 1999 for a pilot episode of a show that would have been called "South Beach Miami."

Bunick's script was about two young men from Brooklyn who travel to South Beach, where one of them quickly gets involved with the club and modeling scenes, according to the federal suit.

A recurring theme in his script "is that the main character is from Brooklyn, New York, and that he is, in many ways, out of his element in South Beach, Miami," the lawsuit said.

UPN's Web site says "South Beach" is about best friends Matt and Vincent, who "abandon their world as they know it and head to the alluring paradise of sandy beaches, beautiful people and hot spots in glamorous South Beach."

Bunick claims his agent spoke to a UPN executive and sent a copy of his script to her in February 2000 but he never was contacted by the network. He is seeking monetary damages and an injunction barring further broadcasting of "South Beach," which aired Wednesdays at 8 p.m. but has been canceled.

An e-mail sent Tuesday to a spokeswoman for Lopez and a telephone call to a spokeswoman for UPN were not immediately returned.

The lawsuit, filed April 11 in Manhattan, also names CBS Television, Viacom Networks Inc. and Lopez's Nuyorican Productions company.

UPN is a division of CBS Television Stations Group, and CBS Corp. and UPN were owned by Viacom Inc. before it split into two companies in 2005.

Travolta, JLo Taking 'Dallas' Film Roles

Gurinder Chadha will direct John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in a big-screen version of the prime-time soap opera "Dallas."

The British filmmaker, who directed 2002's "Bend it Like Beckham," said Friday she had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox. Travolta will star as the conniving Texas oil baron J.R. Ewing and Lopez will play his wife, Sue Ellen.

Filming is set to begin in October, with the movie slated for a late 2007 release.

"Dallas" aired from 1978 to 1991. In 1980, an estimated 83 million TV viewers tuned in to find out who shot J.R., played by Larry Hagman, who had been blasted within an inch of his life in the previous season's cliffhanger finale. (The shooter turned out to be Ewing's sister-in-law Kristin.)

Chadha, who gave Jane Austen a Bollywood twist in "Bride & Prejudice," is also involved in adapting another TV hit, the '60s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie." She said that film "is still in the pipeline, but there is still some way to go on the script."

Jennifer Lopez Sues Ex-Husband Noa

Jennifer Lopez is suing her ex-husband, claiming he demanded $5 million to keep him from publishing a book containing private details about the star and their relationship.

In the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lopez alleged that Ojani Noa violated a confidentiality agreement by distributing the manuscript of his book to publishers, the syndicated television show "The Insider" reported. She is seeking a restraining order to keep the manuscript from becoming public.

A description of the manuscript appeared Jan. 11 in the New York Post. Lopez's lawyers contacted Noa's attorney, and Noa replied in a letter that he would continue to shop his book, the lawsuit said.

In another letter, Noa said "that he would not agree to refrain from marketing his book unless (Lopez) paid him the sum of $5 million," according to the lawsuit.

Noa's attorney, David DeRubertis, did not immediately respond to a call and e-mail message after business hours.

The confidentiality agreement stemmed from a settlement in October, when Noa dropped his lawsuit claiming Lopez fired him as manager of her Pasadena restaurant without cause. Ojani agreed not to disparage Lopez or make money off disclosure of details of their relationship, the lawsuit said.

Lopez met Noa while he worked as a waiter at a Miami restaurant. The two married in 1997 and divorced a year later. Her second marriage to choreographer Cris Judd in 2001 lasted for nine months. In 2004, she tied the knot with singer Marc Anthony.

FOREIGN FLING

JENNIFER Lopez won't tour in the U.S., but she will tour in Dubai, Greece and Bulgaria. Lopez is gearing up for a trek that will take her through the Middle East and Eastern Europe starting next month. Presumably she will have all of her backup singers with her, and sources say she's getting paid a "lot" of money for what will be her first singing tour. Hubby Marc Anthony will not accompany her. Upon her return, Lopez will start filming "Dallas."

Alma Award Nominations

The Award Show, Honoring Outstanding Latino Artistic Achievement in Television, Film and Music, Will Air Monday, June 5 on ABC

OUTSTANDING FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMER:
* Mariah Carey
* Jennifer Lopez
* Shakira

Pitt, Affleck Auctioning Motorcycles, J-LO Shoes

Morgan Freeman has friends in high places.

Celeb pals Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Laurence Fishburne have donated sleek, custom-made motorcycles to an online charity auction to benefit a planned memorial in Washington for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"People are always quoting" King, Freeman said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. "He's remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep him and his memory alive."

The four bikes — two from Affleck and one each from Pitt and Fishburne — are up for bid on the Charity Folks Web site through Friday, Freeman said.

Freeman, who won an Oscar for his role in "Million Dollar Baby," said he hopes "people will overbid" for a good cause.

Other celebrity items are being offered in the auction, including wedge-heeled shoes designed and signed by Jennifer Lopez and a DVD of "Catch Me if You Can" signed by Tom Hanks.

The memorial will be built on the National Mall, according to the Web site for Build the Dream, which is promoting the project. The centerpiece of the memorial, the "Stone of Hope," will feature a 30-foot likeness of King.

Its location will create a visual "line of leadership" from the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, to the Jefferson Memorial, the Web site says.

Groundbreaking is scheduled this year, with the goal of dedicating the site in 2008.

On the Net: http://www.charityfolks.com/ and http://www.mlkmemorial.org/

J-Lo, L-Wil Head to 'Dallas'

Casting is finally ramping up for Robert Luketic's big screen version of "Dallas."

According to Variety, Luke Wilson is expected follow in Patrick Duffy's footsteps as Bobby Ewing and Jennifer Lopez will attempt to top Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing in the fresh take on the classic CBS primetime soap opera.

Both actors are still in some form of negotiations for the Regency Enterprises/20th Century Fox production.

As has long been rumored, offers are also out to John Travolta for J.R. Ewing and to Shirley MacLaine to play Miss Ellie Ewing.

The most recent draft of the "Dallas" script was written by Robert Harling and Sacha Gervasi. It's unclear what approach the writers plan to take to the soap, which focused on the tawdry relationships between oil magnates in Texas. "Dallas" ran from 1978-1991, reaching its peak with the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode, which was the highest-rated single episode of a TV series at the time.

If Travolta signs on, production on "Dallas" probably won't begin until October, after the actor completes singing and dressing in drag for "Hairspray."

Wilson was last seen in "The Family Stone." The actor, brother of Butterscotch Stallion Owen, has "Idiocracy" and "Super Ex."

Lopez had a decent-sized hit last summer with "Monster-in-Law," but failed to bring viewers to "An Unfinished Life." The singer and actress has lined up a series of indies including "El Cantante" and "Bordertown."

SPLITTING HAIRS

JENNIFER Lopez has split - with her longtime hairdresser Oribe, who was known for screaming tantrums, outlandish demands and $10,000 hair bills. "There was no fight; she just stopped using him," our spy said. Oribe is now focusing on his Miami salon and doing hair for model types like Gisele Bundchen. Meanwhile, Lopez's turn in "El Cantante," the movie she just finished filming with hubby Marc Anthony, is said to be "Oscar-worthy. Truly, it's amazing." Lopez may also be scoring a role in "Dallas," alongside Shirley MacLaine.

Oscar Party Tidbits

Marc Anthony brought his wife, Jennifer Lopez, over to meet his favorite author: Jackie Collins and her date, Jack Scalia. "Marc's a big fan of my books," Collins explained. "And I'm such a huge fan of his that I put his name in every one of my books. Wouldn't it be fun to have J. Lo play one of my characters?"

Bon Jovi Baffled By J.Lo Success

Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi remains baffled by Jennifer Lopez's musical success, because she can't play an instrument. The rocker is grateful for the recent resurgence of rock, following years of pop from manufactured acts that rely on teams of producers and songwriters to create their number one hits. And he names the singer as the dominant culprit. Bon Jovi rants, "It was so sickening to see some of these people - I've got to say her name - like J.Lo, sitting at a piano in a video, thoughtfully 'writing' a lyric. I was so frustrated. "I wanted to say to her, 'Hey J.Lo, here's my guitar honey. Sing me a song,' and see what would happen. "There's J.Lo having number one movies and albums and I'm thinking, 'What the f**k! Who is going to find the next Bob Dylan?'"

Lopez Seeks Bone Marrow Donors for Woman

Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is using her starpower to rally support for a fellow Latina who is suffering from blood cancer. Lopez, 36, is urging Hispanics in New York City to donate blood marrow to help Janet Ovalles, a 29-year-old of Dominican descent who needs a transplant from a matching donor to survive.

"I am a young Hispanic woman, so is Janet. I could empathize with her situation so much," Lopez said in a statement released Friday by DKMS, the bone marrow donor center that is organizing donor drives for Ovalles.

"These things just make you realize that we're all interconnected and depend on one another," said Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Doctors say that a bone marrow transplant is Ovalles' only chance for recovery — and the most suitable matches are from people of the same ethnic background.

But with Hispanics sharply underrepresented in the pool of registered donors, the prognosis is bleak. For Ovalles, there was no match in her family or among the 10 million registered donors worldwide.

"I am a walking time bomb," Ovalles said in a recent interview. "If I don't find a donor, I will die."

With Lopez calling attention to her cause, Ovalles hopes to find a matching donor at bone marrow drives Feb. 24-25.

"It's been very hard to recruit Hispanic bone marrow donors, but with Jennifer's help we really feel we can get the Hispanic community on board," said Katharina Harf, head of DKMS.

J.Lo Plans Motherhood

Jennifer Lopez is already cutting down on her hefty workload in preparation to start a family with husband Marc Anthony. The singer/actress, who married Latino star Anthony in 2004 and was recently reported to be expecting his baby, has confirmed her desire to settle down. She says, "In the past I have been working so hard that having kids simply wasn't an issue for me. But I want to take more time for myself and my husband, and having a family is definitely one of my greatest dreams."

Billboard single review

ARTIST: LL COOL J FEATURING JENNIFER LOPEZ
SINGLE: CONTROL MYSELF

During the past 10 years, LL Cool J has lured ladies with his suave rhymes and proved his lyrical agility on hardcore rap joints. Now he wants us to boogie like Madonna, complete with pounding bass and synthesized chords. "Control Myself" is the techno-inspired lead single from his 11th album, "Todd Smith" (Def Jam). This song tries to capitalize on the recent surge of dance-oriented rap tracks, but while LL's delivery is still potent, his lyrical savvy has clearly deteriorated ("You know I know you like it/Let me hit you on your Sidekick"). And of all the talented singers available, he elects Jennifer Lopez and her dissonant vocals? The pair caps things off with the meaningless phrase "za-za-za-za," (think Gwen Stefani's "b-a-n-a-n-a-s"). But such simplified ditties admittedly tend to propel these types of songs up the charts.

Sequels, Remakes Dominate Razzie Nods

Bad sequels and remakes tortured movie audiences last year, and they provided a smorgasbord for the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that pays heed to the worst in Hollywood.

Four of the five worst-picture nominees for the Razzies were sequels or remakes, led by "Son of the Mask," which had eight nominations Monday, including worst actor for Jamie Kennedy and supporting actor for Alan Cumming and Bob Hoskins.

The other worst-picture contenders were Rob Schneider's sequel "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," Jenny McCarthy's raunchy romance "Dirty Love," the TV update "The Dukes of Hazzard" and the horror remake "House of Wax."

Razzies will be announced March 4, the day before the Oscars.

Tom Cruise earned three Razzie nominations, as worst actor for "War of the Worlds" and two of the five slots in a new Razzies category for most tiresome tabloid targets. Cruise was nominated there for his anti-psychiatry rant and for his very public romance with Katie Holmes.

"He had been a very private person up until this past year," said Razzies founder John Wilson. "It certainly was a bizarre turn in terms of how he handles his personal life and the access that he gave the media to himself. The endless posing on the red carpet and just smooching like they were on the couch at home."

"Son of the Mask," a flop that starred Kennedy as a new father whose son is born with the shape-shifting powers showcased in Jim Carrey's original 1994 movie, was an early Razzies favorite when it came out nearly a year ago. As Wilson was preparing for last year's Razzies ceremony, his family went to see "Son of the Mask."

"I was working on the script for last year's show, and they got home and my son stuck his head in the door and said, `Dad, we've got one for next year,'" Wilson said.

Besides Cruise and Kennedy, worst-actor nominees were Will Ferrell for "Bewitched" and "Kicking & Screaming," The Rock for "Doom" and Schneider for "Deuce Bigalow."

McCarthy earned three nominations for "Dirty Love," for worst actress, screenplay and screen couple (she and "anyone dumb enough to befriend or date her").

Her worst-actress competitors: Jessica Alba for "Fantastic Four" and "Into the Blue," Hilary Duff for "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" and "The Perfect Man," Jennifer Lopez for "Monster-in-Law" and Tara Reid for "Alone in the Dark."

Paris Hilton received two nominations, worst supporting actress for "House of Wax" and most tiresome tabloid target. Holmes also was nominated for worst supporting actress for "Batman Begins," along with Carmen Electra for "Dirty Love" and the Simpson sisters, Jessica for "The Dukes of Hazzard" and Ashlee for "Undiscovered."

Lopez's all-Spanish album nearing completion

Hitmaker Estefano is close to putting the finishing touches on Jennifer Lopez's first all-Spanish album.

"Como Ama Una Mujer," slated for release later this year, features a collection of "big ballads" written and produced by Estefano; he has produced Spanish- and English-language albums for Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony.

"You will be surprised with this woman's album," Estefano says. "You will be surprised to see this singer. These are big songs that require a voice."

Estefano continues to promote his first solo album, "Codigo Personal: A Media Vida," released last year by Universal Music Latino. A second single, "Vuelve Morenita," is now at radio.

EX-LOVERS TAKE TRIP ON LIPLOCK LANE

PATRICK McMullan's new book, "Kiss" -a collection of smooching shots going back to the days of Billy Idol - has been overtaken by recent events. The cover shows Nick Lachey kissing Jessica Simpson. Inside are shots of Paris Hilton bussing Paris Latsis, Tara Reid lip-locking Carson Daly, Tim Burton planting one on Lisa Marie, David Copperfield clinching Claudia Schiffer, and Jennifer Lopez puckering up to Sean Combs and Ben Affleck (in different shots). "Give me a good kiss especially if I haven't seen you in a while, but please, once a night is enough if we are social friends," McMullan writes in the afterword. "If you are hot, though, all bets are off, kiss me forever." Of particular interest is the photo on page 157 of Ozzy Osbourne slipping his tongue into the mouth of Angela Janklow one night in 1986 at Mr. Chow, and the one on page 291 of Anthony Haden-Guest nuzzling the ear of a grinning Graydon Carter back in the Spy magazine era. The book leads with a full-page photo taken last year of model Bryan Johnson about to make out with his wife, events planner Donna Simonelli.

Demanding Divas

DON'T ask Jennifer Lopez to be in the same room as French video director Jean Baptiste Mondino. Our informants say Lopez hired Mondino, who has previously worked with Madonna, to shoot a TV commercial for her Live fragrance several months ago. "They butted heads from day one, and then they refused to speak to one another," tattles our source. Rumor has it Lopez finally lost it when she overheard a nasty comment Mondino made about her - and told him to get out. "J.Lo took over the shoot and directed the job herself with a friend," the source added. A rep for Lopez didn't return calls.

Jennifer Lopez Having Trouble Getting 'Carmen' Project Funded

Jennifer Lopez is reportedly having trouble getting a backer for a film musical based on the George Bizet opera Carmen. According to the New York Daily News, investors aren't willing to put up the $50 million needed for the project, even though Ray director Taylor Hackford was tapped to direct the film. Hackford said Thursday (December 29), "Carmen is on its last legs. Studios are so frightened at the moment that they are looking for outside money."

Hackford thinks that there's a lot of fear in Hollywood because so many films aren't doing well at the box office. But, he also admits that studio heads think audiences won't accept JLo as the legendary vixen who is murdered by her jilted lover. He said, "[Carmen] is not a sweet, nice girl. This is a piece about a criminal. We want to do a tough, hard version, but Hollywood thinks the audience [for Jennifer Lopez] is 13-year-old girls. ...It has an ending that Hollywood does not like to make."

MTV did a musical special based on the opera called Carmen - A Hip Hopera in 2001. It starred Beyonce Knowles in the title role opposite Mekhi Phifer, Mos Def, and Joy Bryant.

Lopez will be in Puerto Rico this month filming El Cantante, which stars her husband, Marc Anthony.

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Jennifer Lopez on Salma Hayek: "She's a sexy bombshell, and those are the kinds of roles she does. I do all kinds of different things."

J.Lo Extortion Plot Thwarted

Her love may not cost a thing, but her wedding video nearly set J.Lo back big time.

Two men accused of attempting to extort $1 million from Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in exchange for the salsa singer's stolen laptop, which held a digital copy of the couple's June 2004 nuptials, were arrested during an NYPD sting operation Tuesday.

According to the New York Post, Tito Moses, 31, and Steven Wortman, 40, were busted after trying to sell the video to undercover cops posing as Anthony's associates.

"They were shocked because they thought they were coming for their payday--and instead, they got the surprise of their lives," Major Case Squad Inspector Michael Hines told the newspaper.

The men were arraigned Wednesday night on charges of conspiracy, attempted grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

According to police, the alleged extortionists first got hold of the laptop on Oct. 30, after jacking Anthony's car, which contained the computer, while he was filming a music video on location in Linden, New Jersey. Cops later located the vehicle in Newark, but the laptop was MIA.

Weeks later, a man calling himself "Mr. Moses" attempted to sell the video to several media outlets, including People magazine, Access Hollywood and the New York Post, all of which refused to pay for the footage.

The man then contacted Marc Anthony Productions demanded a big-bucks payment for the laptop.

Assistant District Attorney Jordan Arnold told the Post that Moses and Wortman "essentially held it for ransom" and when their seven-figure price tag was not immediately accepted, the two men "threatened to destroy" the video.

The couple's lawyers touched base with the NYPD, and a detective, posing as a member of the couple's team, began negotiating with Moses. According to the Post, the detective talked down the price to $200,000. Moses and Wortman, whose rap sheets include manslaughter, theft and weapons charges, were collared when they showed up for the money exchange.

"Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are completely thrilled," Hines said.

The couple are currently in New York City filming El Cantante, a biopic of salsa singer Hector Lavoe that they are jointly producing and starring in.

Stars Pose For LaChapelle's New Book

Madonna, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears are among a host of stars who are featured in David LaChapelle's forthcoming photo book Artists And Prostitutes. Madonna appears as a Hindu goddess; Lopez strikes a pose reminiscent of the classic movie Flashdance, while Eminem has been snapped behind a strategically-placed stick of dynamite. Hotel heiress Paris Hilton also appears in the book, wearing a bikini reading 'Eat the Rich', while rap mogul Sean P'Diddy Combs is shot as he's about to lick a gold-painted woman. Rap stars Outkast, meanwhile, are seen climbing through a window into a room with naked women on all fours, reports MTV News. The limited-edition book - which also includes shots of Alicia Keys, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, among others - is set to be released in March.

Lopez, Anthony team for salsa music picture

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony will star together in a music-based movie based on the life of iconic Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe.

"El Cantante" (The Singer) started filming Sunday in New York. Shooting is also planned in Puerto Rico, with release scheduled for sometime next year.

Anthony will portray Lavoe and Lopez his wife, Puchi. Other featured actors include John Ortiz as Willie Colon. Lopez is also serving as a producer. Leon Ichaso ("Pineiro") is directing.

"El Cantante" takes its name from the song written by Ruben Blades and popularized by Lavoe, who in the 1970s rose to become one of the great voices of salsa in the New York music scene, at the height of the genre's popularity.

Lavoe, who initially recorded with Colon, later went solo and reached the peak of his fame in the mid 1970s. His long list of hits also include "El Periodico de Ayer" and "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," recorded with Colon.

In the 1980s, as salsa's popularity declined, Lavoe saw his health slide and, suffering from drug and alcohol problems, attempted suicide by jumping from a 10-story building and survived. He died in 1993.

Sightings

SILVERCUP'S doing even better these days than when it was a bread. Showing up this week for hair and makeup tests at Long Island City's Silvercup East studios, where Meryl Streep's shooting "The Devil Wears Prada," were Marc Anthony and his missus, Jennifer Lopez. A low-budget film. They'll co-star

UPN Hits 'South Beach' in January

While Tyra Banks and her bevy of wannabe supermodels take a wintertime break, UPN will head to the tropical environs of "South Beach."

The network unveiled its rather short midseason roster Wednesday (Nov. 30). Only two new shows will make their debuts in January, with the recently announced unscripted show "Get This Party Started" joining the Jennifer Lopez-produced drama "South Beach" on the schedule.

First up will be "South Beach," which will fill the 8 p.m. Wednesday timeslot between cycles of "America's Next Top Model." It will open with a two-hour premiere on Jan. 11.

The show follows best friends Matt (Marcus Coloma, "Point Pleasant") and Vincent (Chris Johnson, "XXX: State of the Union"), who have left their previous lives behind and moved to the glam Miami neighborhood of the title. Matt is chasing his model ex-girlfriend (Odette Yustman), while the ambitious Vincent wades into the city's underworld. Giancarlo Esposito ("Homicide," "Derailed") and Vanessa L. Williams ("Boomtown," "Johnson Family Vacation") also star.

"Get This Party Started," an unscripted show in which high-end party planners put together bashes for deserving everyday folks, is set to premiere Tuesday, Jan. 24. New episodes will air in the 9 p.m. ET spot where the drama "Sex, Love & Secrets" fizzled earlier this season. Starting Jan. 31, an encore of the previous week's "Party" will air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

A premiere date for the sixth edition of "Top Model" hasn't been set, but the show is likely to return in March.

MANAGER STANDS UP J.LO TWICE

TOP Hollywood manager Jeff Kwatinetz needs to keep a better eye on his schedule.

The head of The Firm, the talent management company that lost a bundle of A-list stars this past year, set up two meetings with his client Jennifer Lopez, and failed to show both times without explanation.

The missed appointments happened the week of Sept. 5, the same week Lopez's movie "An Unfinished Life" premiered.

A source told PAGE SIX: "She was in town for her premiere. Jeff set up a couple of meetings, and as a favor to Jeff she took the meetings. She shows up at the first meeting and waits. He never shows. At some point J-Lo said as a joke, 'OK, so I guess I will lead the meeting. What are you proposing?' "

Kwatinetz rescheduled the meeting for another day — and once again failed to show up. He never explained why he missed the appointments, our source said.

Firm spokesman Mark Pollock said he could not say whether or not a meeting was missed because Kwatinetz was traveling. But he said: "There are eight hours of meetings a day and meetings get missed sometimes. The important thing is that there is no problem between Jeff and Jennifer Lopez. This sounds like somebody trying to drive a wedge between them for their own reasons."

Lopez's rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnick, didn't return calls.

Last July, The Firm lost clients Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Murphy, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney and Freddie Prinze Jr. Since then, a string of senior executives has also bolted from the shop.

Kwatinetz's allies have cast the staff exits as a "correction" to streamline the company after its takeover of Mike Ovitz's Artists Management Group.

The Firm still represents Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Audioslave, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Samuel L. Jackson and Rachel Weisz.

Meanwhile, the irked Lopez is still sticking by Kwatinetz, at least for now. "He is technically her manager but only gets commission off of the deals he sets up for her," the insider said.

"So far, he has done nothing for her, so he has earned no commission from her. It costs her nothing to keep him on and is no skin off of her nose."

Tidbit

JENNIFER Lopez negotiating to do whatever it is she does at heiress Athina Onassis Roussel's December wedding to horseman Alvaro Neto? Her supposed $3 mil fee supposedly goes to charity?

J.Lo stepping out with MTV series

Could Jennifer Lopez be getting back to her dancing roots?

Sources said that her production company, Nuyorican Prods., is in discussions with MTV to produce an untitled music reality series. The project would chronicle the lives of several dancers in Los Angeles who are following in Lopez's footsteps, trying to make it in the business.

Lopez, a former Fly Girl dancer on Fox's early-'90s comedy series "In Living Color," is said to be executive producing with Simon Fields, a partner in Lopez's company.

Celebs, U.N. honor those who rose up

The super-rich, led by Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony in a rare public appearance as a couple, mingled with nine unsung heroes who were honored at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Lopez, radiant in a figure-flattering black Rochas gown, her voice cracking, presented the evening's first award to Shakila, a woman from Afghanistan who was saved from an abusive marriage and later started a tailoring business after borrowing the equivalent of $100 from Parwaz, a local microfinance institution.

Tim Robbins hosted the United Nations Year of Microcredit Gala "Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Poverty Eradication," which paid tribute to the low-income entrepreneurs who traveled from poor countries worldwide and have used microfinance services to fight poverty.

"Give a man or woman an opportunity to create a business and five years later, there are 1,000 jobs there," Robbins said.

Chelsea Clinton, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Richard Branson, Rebecca De Mornay, Rory Kennedy, Kelly Stone and the U.N.'s Christina Barrineau also presented awards.

Didn't it seem odd to bring in American celebrities, whose incomes are well above average, when the poor from around the world are being honored?

"I'm here as a citizen, not as an actress," said De Mornay, who wore Romeo Gigli. A year ago, she became involved with the Foundation for International Community Assistance. "They asked me here because I'm an actress, but that's not why I'm here."

The event was a reunion for Light and Milano, who starred together on the 1984-92 hit TV show Who's the Boss?

For the past few years, Milano has been a UNICEF ambassador. "Tonight is about giving people hope," said Milano, dressed in a strapless black cocktail-length dress by Diane von Furstenberg. "The only way we're going to eradicate poverty is to empower people."

Sightings

JENNIFER Lopez and Marc Anthony drinking apple martinis at Koi

Ex-Husband of Jennifer Lopez Drops Lawsuit

Jennifer Lopez's first ex-husband has dropped his lawsuit claiming she fired him as manager of her Pasadena restaurant without cause.

Ojani Noa's attorney did not say why he asked the court to dismiss the suit with prejudice, which would prevent Noa from refiling.

Attorney David deRubertis did not return a call Friday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Noa sued Lopez last year in Superior Court, alleging she fired him six months after he took the job at Madre's restaurant for $1,000 a week.

Lopez's attorney Barry Hirsch also did not return messages.

Noa and Lopez met when he was a waiter at a Miami restaurant. The two married in 1997 and divorced a year later.

Lopez's was married to choreographer Cris Judd before she married singer Marc Anthony.

Calendar Girl

JENNIFER Lopez will be showing off her famous curves as covergirl of the 2006 edition of the hot Pirelli calendar. While the hard-to-find calendar usually features sexy shots of supermodels, this isn't the first time the Italian tire company has used a non-model. Sienna Miller and Daryl Hannah have previously graced its pages. Lopez was snapped in steamy poses on the French Riviera in May. The 2006 edition also features models Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova and Guinevere Van Seenus. The calendar will be unveiled Nov. 18 in Paris.

J.Lo, Marc Anthony Opening Dominican Fest

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony will open the President of Latin Music Festival. The three-night event runs Friday through Sunday.

It will be the first time that Lopez performs onstage in the Dominican Republic. Anthony has performed four times in the Caribbean country.

Lopez's participation shows how important the festival has become to Latin and Caribbean artists and "the affection and respect she has for her roots," said festival spokeswoman Maribel Hernandez.

The sixth biennial President of Latin Music Festival will be held in Santo Domingo's Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium. Some 150,000 people are expected to attend.

Spanish pop-singer David Bisbal, Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee and Dominican merengue singer Sergio Vargas will perform on Saturday and Sunday.

J-Lo plays reporter probing Mexican border murders

Pop diva and actress Jennifer Lopez has put aside her usual glamour and is filming in a hilltop shantytown this week for a gritty movie about the murders of hundreds of women on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Wearing a blond wig, slacks and long-sleeved shirts, Lopez plays a Chicago-based reporter sent to Mexico to investigate the wave of more than 300 slayings in Ciudad Juarez, a violent border city in Chihuahua state across from El Paso, Texas.

Directed by Gregory Nava and co-starring Antonio Banderas, "Bordertown" is being shot in the Mexican city of Nogales on the border with Arizona.

In baking heat on Friday, Lopez shot scenes in a shantytown of tin-roofed shacks, set up to look like a Ciudad Juarez neighborhood where many women were killed.

Security was extremely tight for the 35-year-old A-list star.

Heavily armed Mexican police patrolled the set and three bodyguards were there along with her salsa star husband Marc Anthony to protect Lopez every time she stepped out of her sport utility vehicle for the shoots.

Scores of star-struck Mexican film extras shivered in the morning cold on Friday, waiting for Lopez' camera call.

"I've only ever seen her in films before, and now getting to work with her is just thrilling," said 53-year-old clothing trader Gustavo Moreno.

The week-long location shoot has brought traffic to a standstill in the dusty border city as thousands of residents and visitors jostled to catch a glimpse of the star, who has a huge following in Latin America.

"It's been just great for Nogales," Sonora state film commissioner Adolfo Salido told Reuters at a hotel in the city used by some cast and crew members. "It's brought in a lot of money and publicity, as well as giving local people some excitement," he added.

The shoot also gave day work to more than 200 local market stall holders, students and housewives, who have been paid up to 500 pesos a day to play roles ranging from market traders to corpses laid up on a mortuary slab.

"It's kind of a fun experience, though a little scary," said Crystal Zelk, a student from southern Arizona. "I play a corpse and it's creepy to think of my family seeing me there in the morgue, dead," she added.

OUTRAGE SPARKED

More than 370 women have been beaten, stabbed or strangled to death in Ciudad Juarez since 1993. Around a third of them have been sexually assaulted or raped.

The killings have sparked outrage and inspired other filmmakers. "Bordertown" is the third attempt to bring the notorious killings to the screen in just over a year.

In June 2004, Mexican television giant TV Azteca broadcast a soap opera-style drama dubbed "As Infinite as the Desert," which characterized the murders as the work of serial killers, Satanic cults and snuff film makers.

"The Virgin of Juarez," an as-yet unreleased film starring Minnie Driver and Mexican actress Ana Claudia Talancon, lent a religious twist to the murders, framing them through the experience of a girl who suffers stigmata following an assault.

While cautious in the past about the way real victims' stories have been represented, families of the murdered women in the city welcomed the filming of the latest high-profile Hollywood production, which they hope may pressure Mexican authorities to finally solve the crimes.

"The fact that they are bringing attention to bear on the problem is good in itself," said Norma Andrade, the president of family support group Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa. "It will prevent the government from hiding the facts."

Lopez Keeps An Open Mind To Plastic Surgery

J.Lo accepts she may have plastic surgery now she's getting older. While many of her celebrity counterparts have spoken out against those who go under the knife to maintain their looks, Lopez, 36, has opted to take a more neutral stance as she's unsure how she'll feel about surgery in years to come. She says, "If people want to get enhancements here and there and little shots or whatever... I don't do it, but I don't want to judge because I don't know how I'll feel when I'm 40 or 50 and if that is something I would do. "I know that getting older is tough; I don't want to judge because I'm not there yet. But anything in excess is not good and I guess that would be my position on it. If somebody is cutting up their face and their body over and over again, it's got to be something inside that they're not dealing with, so obviously deal with that first before you go under the knife." She adds, "I think about getting older constantly. I'm in my mid-30s now, so you start thinking, 'God, wow, I'm going to get there soon. This is crazy.' "I feel youthful, I have a youthful spirit, and I do youthful things. But it's there in your mind. It's something people don't talk about much; they just endure it. We should talk about those things more instead of letting people go through it all by themselves. It's a process."

Jennifer Lopez Filming Movie in Mexico

Jennifer Lopez is in the Mexican border city of Nogales filming a movie about the largely unsolved killings of women in Ciudad Juarez.

Traffic backed up around the set and hundreds of people crowded the streets of Nogales, across from Nogales, Ariz., to get a glimpse of Lopez, who was accompanied by her husband, singer Marc Anthony, local newspapers reported Tuesday.

In "Bordertown," co-written and directed by Gregory Nava, Lopez plays a Chicago-based reporter sent to Mexico to investigate the killings.

Dressed in a blue shirt, khaki pants and a blonde wig, Lopez chased a bus and attended a street protest in the first two scenes filmed in Nogales on Monday. After each scene, the crowd of onlookers broke into applause, newspapers reported.

The film, which also includes Antonio Banderas, began production in New Mexico in July.

Filming in Nogales, where a crew has already built a shantytown resembling Anapra, a Juarez neighborhood where many of the victims lived, will last at least a week and the production will then move to Mexicali, on the California border, according to newspaper reports.

J.LO'S SHOCKING NICE BEHAVIOR

MARRIAGE has mellowed the ultimate diva, Jennifer Lopez.

Lopez introduced her hubby, Marc Anthony, before his concert at the Downtown Cipriani at 55 Wall St. Thursday night, and organizers were shocked when "she didn't ask for anything special," said one source.

"Nothing — no flowers, candles or special treatment. She didn't even sit backstage. She was acting like a normal person for once. Even Marc played for just $50,000, a relatively small sum compared to what he could get."

While Lopez — who posed for pics with her husband for the first time — was well behaved, her family and Anthony's family, all at the front table, were not.

One spy said the clans smoked throughout dinner, and when hairdresser Rodolfo Valentin asked them to stop, they said, "We can do whatever we want." Valentin reminded them it was New York City law to put out their butts and "stayed standing next to their table until they stopped." Lopez and Anthony did not intercede on their relatives' behalf, and the spy swears La Lopez actually "appreciated" Valentin's gestures.

So why has Lopez been looking so great lately? We hear she is working once more with her old makeup artist, Scott Barnes. Barnes is credited with her makeup on the cover of this month's Glamour. The two had a famous falling out last year when she accused him of tattling her secrets to tabloids — a charge he has always denied.

Also at Anthony's concert was the hardest- partying gal in Hollywood, Tara Reid — who seemed to still be having a good time despite rumors that her E! show, "Taradise," would not be renewed.

At the concert, Reid danced with abandon, shaking her arms over her head until Anthony's set was half over, then flopped into a chair from which she couldn't be moved until 45 minutes later. Spies giggled when they saw men try to lift the starlet to dance again, but she would not budge.

But even this was mild compared to Reid's antics in Ibiza last week, when our spywitness says she "had to be helped in and out of the bathroom by two big security guards" at the club Pacha during Erick Morillo's party. As Reid left the bathroom with the two men, one passerby said: "I didn't recognize her standing up!" Another laughed: "I didn't recognize her with her t - - - covered!"

We Hear...

THAT Jennifer Lopez will introduce her husband, Marc Antony, at tonight's Wall Street Concert Series at Cipriani Midtown

Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Focus On Children In Hurricane

Jennifer Lopez and her husband, singer Marc Anthony, are encouraging their fans to help Hurricane Katrina's littlest victims by joining them in donating to the Children's Health Fund's Operation Assist. Jennifer told Entertainment Tonight, "The truth is, the people who are going to be affected the most are frail, are children, are the elderly and (with) this organization, the money goes directly to health care and helping these people and getting them well. They suffer psychological trauma as well, there's so many things. This is a great, great charity if you're looking for something to donate to."

The charity is sending mobile health care units to provide health care for victims of Hurricane Katrina throughout the Gulf region. For more information, log on to childrenshealthfund.org.

In other news, Jennifer was dragged out onstage by television host Joy Behar, during Marc Anthony's appearance on ABC's The View last week. Marc was on the show with his tour-mates, Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernandez and Puerto Rican pop idol Chayanne, when Behar invited the reluctant Jennifer to join them onstage. Behar apparently got up from her seat, went backstage and dragged Jennifer out in front of the audience where the actress smiled, waved, blew kisses and scampered off stage again without saying a word.

This 'Life' is worth examining

An Unfinished Life, like its rural Wyoming setting, is deceptively slow-paced. But, like its feisty main character, superbly played by Robert Redford, it packs a powerful punch.

Directed by Lasse Hallström, An Unfinished Life is an engrossing character study about estranged family members crippled by loss and hardened by guilt and resentment. Though it is an ensemble effort, the film belongs to Redford and Morgan Freeman. Both are masters of subtext: Redford can communicate volumes in a laconic sentence; Freeman takes cryptically philosophical lines and delivers them like profound truths.

Redford plays Einar Gilkyson, an old-school cowboy defined by the vast countryside and emotionally decimated by the death of his only son. Freeman is Mitch, a ranch hand for decades, now disabled after being mauled by a bear. Both men are scarred: Freeman's wounds are visible on his face and body, while Redford's wracking pain is internal. Freeman has found a way to forgive but never forget. Redford's character can do neither.

Into this remote setting comes Jean, Einar's estranged daughter-in-law played by Jennifer Lopez, and her 11-year-old daughter, Griff, talented newcomer Becca Gardner. They are bruised souls, too. Lopez is literally black and blue, thanks to an abusive boyfriend; Griff is lonely and tired of putting up with her mother's string of bad guys.

Jean hooks up with the town sheriff (Josh Lucas), but their romance seems oddly disjointed and thin, as if some key parts ended up on the cutting-room floor. Freeman and Redford have more chemistry than these two good-looking specimens. Lopez, however, reveals a depth and subtlety that has not been evident since her early roles.

An Unfinished Life doesn't succumb to the emotional dumbing-down that has become the norm in movies. Poignant and well-acted, it offers heartfelt moments leavened by subtle humor.

J-Lo wins mom's approval by working with Redford

She's made nearly 30 movies, earned millions from her music, launched her own fashion label and married a superstar but Jennifer Lopez says she finally won her mom's approval by working with Robert Redford.

"He was my mother's favorite actor of all time," Lopez told reporters in New York before Friday's release of "An Unfinished Life" in which she stars opposite the Hollywood legend.

"This is the man my mother lived for. My career means something now because I've worked with Robert Redford."

Lopez's acting career has seen highs and lows -- she was nominated for a Golden Globe for the 1997 film "Selena" but won Hollywood's least-coveted award, a "Razzie," for the worst in the business, for the 2003 film "Gigli."

After the critically acclaimed "Out of Sight" with George Clooney in 1998 she launched her alternative career as a musician, achieving commercial success that has sometimes overshadowed her parallel work in romantic comedies such as "Maid in Manhattan" and "The Wedding Planner."

Her real life romantic dramas have often attracted as much attention as her work, from a spectacular public bust-up with actor Ben Affleck to last year's marriage to Latin music star Marc Anthony.

In her new film, Lopez plays the widowed and estranged daughter-in-law of Redford's character. She returns to his ranch in Wyoming with her daughter to escape an abusive relationship.

She made the film more than two years ago, right after "Maid in Manhattan."

"There was a real desire to do something a little bit more character-driven, a little bit more dramatic," she said.

"I go back and forth. It's something I've always done. Of course the romantic comedies and the commercial successes get more attention but this is something that I enjoy doing."

Redford, Freeman and J-Lo aim to ape "Baby" success

Robert Redford's new film teams him with last year's Oscar winner Morgan Freeman as two grumpy old men whose lives are jolted by the arrival of a bruised and angry young woman.

Sound familiar?

The relationships between the three main characters draws obvious comparisons to Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby," but "An Unfinished Life" is a very different film, and not just because the "daughter" figure is played by Jennifer Lopez rather than Hilary Swank.

Set in wild Wyoming and directed by Lasse Hallstrom, whose credits include "Chocolat" and "The Cider House Rules," it is a slow meditation on grudges and forgiveness, with a grizzly bear and an 11-year-old girl thrown in to stir things up.

Redford says he even broke one of his longstanding rules -- never to act with a bear -- so that he could play in the film.

Redford's character Einar has been brooding over the death of his son for more than a decade, alone on his ranch but for his hired hand and old friend Mitch, played by Freeman.

Einar's daughter-in-law Jean, who was driving the car in the accident that killed her husband, returns to the ranch with her daughter, whose existence is a surprise to Einar, after she is beaten one too many times by her current boyfriend.

"The film is very, very different from the normal kind of films that are coming out right now," Redford said, adding that falling U.S. box-office numbers might be linked to public dissatisfaction with fast-paced, action blockbusters.

"They're so full of high-tech and slam-bam technical stuff that the public is getting tired of it and they might be looking for something else and this film might fit that," he told Reuters in an interview before the film's limited release on Friday.

"This is different in the sense that it allows an audience to reflect as it moves. It does have the kind of flow of a river flowing," Redford said.

A DELAY

Early reviews have been mixed, not helped by questions over why it was put on the shelf for some two years since it was made -- a delay that Redford attributed to producer Miramax's corporate wrangling with parent company Disney.

"This was made before 'Million Dollar Baby'... but this was put on the shelf for so long," Redford said, acknowledging the similarity in the relationships in the two films.

Redford said he was so drawn to the part of Einar, a former alcoholic who defends the honor of a local waitress by bruising two local lads and runs Jean's abusive ex-boyfriend out of town, that he broke a personal vow never to work with bears.

Ever since he was chased up a tree by a bear while filming the 1972 film "Jeremiah Johnson," the actor best known for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting" has kept his distance from wild animals.

"I don't subscribe to the idea of wild animals being tamed. I don't think they're ever really tamed," he said, admitting to nerves while filming several close encounters with the bear.

Redford was full of praise for his other co-star, Lopez, the singer whose acting credits have tended to be romantic comedies such as "Monster-in-Law" and "The Wedding Planner," to say nothing of the much-derided "Gigli."

"The worst thing that can happen for an artist is to get trapped and stereotyped," he said. "She's a talented person."

Though it has been some years since he played a romantic lead, some fans may still balk at seeing him relegated to the role of grandfather. At 68, Redford has no such qualms.

"How you're seen by others is their business; it's really not yours," he said. "You just do what you want to do ... How it's identified is up to other people, it's really not up to me. So sex symbol or goof ball -- whatever."

Report: Lopez, Williams Recording Song

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is in Puerto Rico to record a reggaeton song with U.S. producer-rapper Pharrell Williams, two local newspapers reported Wednesday. The 35-year-old pop star more famously known as J.Lo arrived on the island Tuesday to work on the track, which will be produced by top reggaeton duo LunyTunes, El Vocero and El Nuevo Dia newspapers reported. Lopez and Williams are the latest U.S. artists to cross over into reggaeton, a mix of Jamaican dancehall, hip-hop and Latin beats that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Williams forms half of the Grammy-winning production duo The Neptunes, and also is a member of the hip-hop group N.E.R.D. In March, Lopez released her fourth studio album, "Rebirth," which incorporated the hip-hop/dance and other music including '80s pop-rock. The Bronx, New York-bred singer of Puerto Rican descent also is reportedly working on an album in Spanish with her husband, singer-actor Marc Anthony.

Film review: An Unfinished Life

Despite solid, albeit constrained, performances from Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman and adolescent newcomer Becca Gardner, "An Unfinished Life" all too accurately lives up to its title.

The film never realizes its dramatic potential, choosing to take predictable story paths with obvious characters. Indeed, the characters all but wear signs that sum up their essence: Bitter Old Cowboy, Abused Woman, Noble Wise Friend, Neglected Child. The story, for all its good intentions, never digs deep into their souls.

"An Unfinished Life," made by the usually reliable Lasse Hallstrom two years ago, is among many films caught up in Miramax's unfortunate change-of-business sale as the one-time indie darling is clearing its shelves in a troubling manner. The cast should mean a solid opening weekend, but without an enthusiastic marketing campaign, the film is not likely to dwell long in theaters.

In the end, even enthusiastic marketing probably won't save the stale story. For one thing, a traffic accident is a hard thing on which to hang a drama about nearly a lifetime's worth of regret, recrimination and sorrow. Lopez's Jean Gilkyson was driving a car that flipped over and killed her young husband many years earlier. Her father-in-law, Redford's Einar Gilkyson, still blames and detests her as if she were guilty of premeditated murder. Now the two are forced back together against their wishes.

Fleeing an abusive relationship with her boyfriend (a surly, two-dimensional Damian Lewis), Jean has little money and nowhere to go. So she shows up at Einar's gone-to-seed Wyoming ranch with his granddaughter, Griff (Gardner). The kicker is, she never told Einar he had a granddaughter.

The only person glad to see the two is Freeman's Mitch Bradley, Einar's hired hand and best friend for 40 years. He now needs a daily shot of morphine to keep going after being mauled by a grizzly bear. He is virtually the only person left in Einar's life following Einar's battle with the bottle.

The bear (Bart the Bear II) also shows up at the ranch, but Sheriff Crane Curtis (Josh Lucas) captures it before Einar can kill it. Strangely, Mitch insists that Einar feed the captive animal and later asks him to free it. So you get it? One forgives, the other doesn't. And boy, does that grizzly become one lumbering symbolic bear before the movie is done.

All plot developments are predictable. The granddaughter softens up the irascible cowboy. Jean hooks up with the handsome sheriff, but her daughter disapproves. Her boyfriend tracks her down and issues threats. Granddad gets to demonstrate that this young punk is no match for his aging macho. (He warms up by beating up a couple of drunks who harass Camryn Manheim's Nina in a coffee shop.)

The movie's best moments come in the older actors' interaction with young Gardner. The actors seem to genuinely relax in their scenes with her. Otherwise, the roles hem everyone in, forcing each to hit the same notes again and again.

Redford mumbles under his breath much of the time, playing the grumpy, mean old man to the hilt without ever suggesting what kind of a man he once was. On the other hand, Lopez could have used a dose of true grit as she looks too glamorous for her surroundings. Freeman, we now know, used this role to prepare for Scrap-Iron Dupris in "Million Dollar Baby." (At times, the Redford-Freeman old-codger quarrels echo those between Freeman and Clint Eastwood in "Baby.")

British Columbia substitutes nicely for Wyoming, as Oliver Stapleton's appreciative cinematography, David Gropman's Western design and Christopher Young's spare musical score luxuriate in those wide-open spaces.

Miramax and Revolution Studios present in association with Initial Entertainment Group. A Ladd Co. production.

Cast: Einar Gilkyson: Robert Redford; Jean: Jennifer Lopez; Mitch Bradley: Morgan Freeman; Crane: Josh Lucas; Nina: Camryn Manheim; Gary: Damian Lewis; Griff: Becca Gardner.

Director: Lasse Hallstrom; Screenwriters: Mark Spragg, Virginia Korus Spragg; Producers: Leslie Holleran, Kellian Ladd, Alan Ladd Jr.; Executive producers: Joe Roth; Graham King, Mark Rydell, Matthew Rhodes, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Michelle Raimo, Meryl Poster; Director of photography: Oliver Stapleton; Production designer: David Gropman; Music: Christopher Young; Costumes: Tish Monaghan; Editor: Andrew Mondshein.

J. Lo among Time Magazine's most influential Hispanics

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, comedian George Lopez and - surprise! - Jennifer Lopez are among Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.

Gonzales, the country's first Hispanic attorney general, was born in San Antonio to Mexican immigrants who worked as migrant workers when he was young. He could be nominated for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court before President George W. Bush's term ends.

The magazine notes in its Aug. 22 edition that the former Texas Supreme Court justice has helped Bush "build a more muscular executive branch."

Time reports that funnyman George Lopez, whose George Lopez show has had a solid run since its debut in 2002, is one of only three Latinos who have played lead roles in hit network sitcoms starring Hispanics.

Jennifer Lopez is a no-brainer for the list, the magazine says, embodying the American dream of success through hard work and ambition.

Also among the Time Top 25 Hispanics are Cuban-Irish writer Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Cuban-American Senator Mel Martinez and Mexican-American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez

Films Look at Mexican Border Town Slayings

The killings of hundreds of women in this border city have become the focus of Hollywood's camera lenses, with Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas and Minnie Driver starring in movies about them.

The slayings have been the subject of scores of books, songs, documentaries and TV series. But victims' relatives worry the films will exacerbate Juarez's already tattered image and do little to pressure authorities to solve the crimes.

"Bordertown," with Lopez and Banderas, began production in New Mexico last month. In coming weeks, production will move to the border city of Nogales, where a crew has already built a shantytown resembling Anapra, a Juarez neighborhood where many of the victims lived.

In the film, co-written and directed by Gregory Nava, Lopez plays a Chicago-based reporter sent to Mexico to investigate the killings and who meets a young factory worker who survived an attack. Banderas also plays a U.S. reporter.

"The Virgin of Juarez," stars Driver, who plays a Los Angeles-based reporter sent to investigate the killings, and Ana Claudia Talacon, who portrays a survivor of the vicious attacks. The film was completed last year but has yet to be released.

Authorities say 340 women have been slain over the last 12 years in Juarez, a city of about 1.3 million people across from El Paso, Texas. But human rights groups say the number of women killed is much higher.

At least 100 of those deaths appear to fit a pattern where a young, slender woman was sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped in the desert outside Juarez. Some have speculated that they were the work of a serial killer, but investigators have denied that.

Ciudad Juarez garnered international attention after victims' relatives, backed by Mexican and international activists, started expressing outrage over the alleged corruption, ineptitude and indifference of investigators. The relatives complained that prosecutors seemed to be more interested in closing cases using fabricated evidence than unearthing the truth. A few men have been convicted in the killings, and dozens more have been arrested. But many suspects have been released after judges threw out their cases, and some have claimed to have been tortured into confessing.

Activists and victims' mothers acknowledge they don't know a lot about the films, and say they were never approached by those involved in the productions.

They fear the films will concentrate on gruesome details instead of bringing attention to the sloppy police work and the lack of results in the investigations.

"Even the title is guileful," Victoria Caraveo, a longtime Juarez activist, said of "The Virgin of Juarez." "I know that those people are artists and have a certain sensibility. But what worries me is the context of their work."

Caraveo was especially critical of the fact that both films follow U.S. journalists as they investigate the slayings.

"Where were these journalists when the killings started?" Caraveo said. "If it hadn't been for the mothers, who keep demanding justice, the situation here would still be ignored."

Josefina Lopez, a Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter whose credits include "Real Women Have Curves," decided to write a movie about the slayings after visiting the city.

"I went to visit the murder site in Lomas de Poleo, and when I was there I had a feeling that a lot of the spirits of those women were still there," Lopez said.

Lopez — whose film is in preproduction for HBO — said she didn't interview any of the victims' relatives and collected stories through testimony given to a documentary filmmaker and from press articles.

"If the end result is that more people hear about the killings and the killings stop, then the more films, the better," Lopez said.

Ciudad Juarez Mayor Hector Murguia said he expects the films to bend the facts and further distort the city's image.

"Some people like to focus on yellow journalism, but it's not right that they only talk about this tragedy and not show the real face of Juarez," he said.

One of the most criticized projects was a drama produced by Mexico's TV Azteca titled "As Infinite as the Desert." The two-week series, which aired last year, depicted some of the most gruesome murders using real victims' names.

Activists and victims' relatives demanded that the series be pulled off the air and threatened to sue the network.

Although the mothers backed off the lawsuit against TV Azteca, they did succeed in pressuring Los Tigres del Norte, Mexico's most popular norteno band, to cancel a concert in Ciudad Juarez. Los Tigres were promoting a new album that included the hit single "The Women of Juarez," a song that denounced the killings.

"Anyone thinks they can film a movie or make a song or a soap opera about our daughters," said Rosaura Montanez, whose 19-year-old daughter was kidnapped after leaving a friend's home, raped and killed in 1995. "It seems our daughters died so these people would have material for their songs and movies. It's just not fair."

But not all the victims' relatives are critical of the attention.

Paula Flores, whose 17-year-old daughter was killed in 1998, has always talked to anyone who wants to hear about her plight in hopes that the attention will force authorities to act.

"I'm for (the films) if they are done with respect toward our daughters and they can help us with our demand for justice," she said. "What I want is for the whole world to know that we live in impunity, in a city without law."

Jennifer Lopez Congratulates Affleck On Pregnancy

Jennifer Lopez has finally congratulated her ex-fiance Ben Affleck and his new wife Jennifer Garner over news they're expecting a baby - weeks after complaining the subject "depressed" her. Affleck and Garner got married late last month in the Caribbean, shortly before confirming they are expecting their first child together. Lopez - who left Affleck last January four months before marrying Marc Anthony - initially, complained the news upset her because she's desperate to become a mother. But she has finally come to terms with the pregnancy, and offers the newlyweds her best wishes. She says, "You know, I'm a married woman now and I just don't think it's right to keep commenting on past relationships. "And, you know, I hope they're happy. You know, it's a beautiful thing. There are no hard feelings. Congratulations to them both."

Lopez: 'Fame Is Hard'

Jennifer Lopez is moaning about the sacrifices she has made for fame, declaring she doesn't have time for anything. The singer, actress and fashion designer is well-known for being a workaholic, but admits she finds it difficult to deal with the pressures of fame. Lopez, who reportedly earned US$15 million for Monster In Law blames her superstardom for the collapse of her marriages to Cuban waiter Ojani Noa and American choreographer Cris Judd, as well as her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck. She says, "You sacrifice relationships, you sacrifice seeing your family, you sacrifice your weekends and pleasures, everyone else takes for granted."

Lopez Selects Chicago for U.S. Boutique

State Street, meet J.Lo. Jennifer Lopez has selected Marshall Field's store on State Street as the first U.S. store to house a boutique for her JLo line of products. The first JLo boutique opened in Moscow last year.

Electric-pink cargo pocket knit pants, a faux crocodile leather clutch purse and a wild rose camisole with a removable garter belt are among items likely to be featured at the singer-actress' store within a store.

Planning with the Minneapolis-based Field's began in March.

"We kind of approached each other," explained Andy Hilfiger, president and co-founder of JLo parent company Sweetface Fashion and brother of designer Tommy Hilfiger. "Our long-term plan is to open concept shops in many stores, but Chicago is such a brilliant start."

Lopez, who began her design career in 2001, is set to open the Field's boutique on Sept. 22, when she'll also attend a fashion show highlighting her clothing. The event will benefit Children's Memorial Hospital.

Hilfiger said he hopes to open boutiques in department stores in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Lopez Blames Ex Management For Diva Reputation

Jennifer Lopez blames her former management for her diva reputation, because they used to make extravagant demands on her behalf. J Lo changed management companies last year as she re-invented her public persona following the end of her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck and marriage to salsa star Marc Anthony. Film-maker Robert Luketic, who directed Lopez in Monster In Law, confronted the beauty over her reputation when they began filming the romantic comedy. Luketic explains, "On (music) tours the entourages tend to be really big and I think it was a lot to do with former management that ran Jennifer Lopez. "I said, 'I know about you, I heard what you were doing in Telluride' and she said, 'No, that was my publicity people making those demands. I didn't even know they were asking for those things. I didn't know they were asking for candles and lilies in my rooms. These things just appeared and these demands became as if they came straight from my mouth.'" However, Luketic admits working with Lopez wasn't completely stress-free, saying, "Don't always believe what you read. No doubt she can be a piece of work, but she's not the monster that people think. I'm a bigger diva than her."

JUNKETEERING

JUNKETEERING journalists are widely regarded as sycophants who write fluffy prose about movie stars in exchange for access and free travel. It's too bad they don't share their true, warts-and-all impressions of Hollywood A-listers. Two veteran, New York-based junketeers have confided their real feelings to PAGE SIX — and their appraisals aren't pretty:

* Tom Cruise has only two ways of expressing himself: He either wields a "dead-serious expression," like Ben Stiller's "Blue Steel" stare in "Zoolander," or he just "laughs and laughs inexplicably," flashing his million-dollar choppers. "It's disturbing. You don't know what he's laughing about."

* Brad Pitt, up close, lives up to his last name. "He has pockmarks the size of the La Brea Tar Pits and his teeth are yellow and cigarette-stained."

* Jennifer Lopez is "gorgeous, but totally business-like, terrible. There was nothing real about it." Says one journo, "I was the only one who dared ask her something about Marc Anthony. She responded with a non-answer, but her Miramax publicist muscled me after it. I said, 'See you later,' and the publicist said, 'I doubt it.' "

* When he doesn't like a question, the Dalai Lama-loving Richard Gere has perfected "the silent treatment."

Additionally, the Brazilian celebrity magazine Contigo excavated these junketeers' comments about other stars:

* Harrison Ford "proves why his bad temper is so well-known," says one writer. "When I mentioned the word 'charisma,' and asked him why he's so in demand to play heroes on screen, he cut me off, saying, 'If you want to talk about charisma, go find Ricky Martin.' I was speechless after that."

* Catherine Zeta-Jones is "astonishingly beautiful, no arguing that. But intellectually, she's weak. When she doesn't understand a question, which isn't rare, she tries to make up anything by way of a response. The worst part is when she makes jokes, she's the only one who laughs. A total embarrassment."

* Andy Garcia is "a great disappointment. I thought he would be charming and interesting. But at the 'Ocean's Eleven' junket, I met a plain man in an ugly jacket who was fat and slung into a chair."

* Angelina Jolie, an exception to the rule, is "one of the most fun celebrities to interview. She's always in jeans and without make-up."

Best Celebrity Nicknames

What's in a nickname? Well, a lot! Nicknames can have a tremendous impact on business, entertainment, celebrity, relationships, marketing and societal trends in general. They can completely ruin a career or serve as an explosive catalyst to stardom. How much of an impact have nicknames of friends, entertainers, family members, or relationships had on you? Have they actually affected or altered your opinion or thoughts about a person? "Nah, that couldn't be," you're thinking, right? Well, maybe it can.

Nicknames have long been used as terms of endearment in close relationships with friends, family members, and couples. When celebrities gain recognition with their fans through a nickname, it often connotes a closer bond between a celebrity and his or her fans. Therefore, PR.com runs the "Best Celebrity Nickname" Award to recognize the best celebrity nicknames. Qualities that we look for in a great celebrity nickname? Creativity, a sense of irony, genuine affection for that celebrity, and a name that suits the celebrity's personality are all considered in choosing the winner of PR.com's "Best Celebrity Nickname" Award.

Regis Philbin, aka "Big Daddy," epitomizes the traits that make a great nickname. That's why Regis Philbin is the winner of the 2005 PR.com Award for "Best Celebrity Nickname." There was stiff competition this year among many creative, interesting, weird and wild nicknames of celebrities, but "Big Daddy" pulled ahead of the pack when all was said and done.

With much public anticipation for this year's winner, PR.com has taken extremely careful measures to avoid any leaks of information, whether about the guarded list of nominees or the ultimate winner. So, here it finally is, the list of the top fifty nominees, the best celebrity nicknames of 2005:

1. Regis Philbin Big Daddy
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger The Governator
3. Sean Combs Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy

  • 4. Madonna The Material Girl, Madge
    5. Dwayne Johnson The Rock, The Great One
    6. Britney Spears Pinkey
    7. Jennifer Lopez J.Lo, La Lopez
    8. Michael Jackson Wacko Jacko, King Of Pop
    9. Donald Trump The Donald, The Don
    10. Kelly Ripa Brown Sugar, Pipa
    11. Howard Stern King of All Media
    12. Oprah Winfrey Deepak Oprah, O
    13. Randy Jackson The Dawg, The Emperor
    14. Charles Barkley Sir Charles
    15. Steven Tyler Demon Of Screamin
    16. Mark Wahlberg Marky Mark
    17. Bette Midler The Divine Miss M
    18. Sylvester Stallone Italian Stallion, Sly
    19. Mariah Carey Mimi
    20. Simon Cowell Judge Dread
    21. George W. Bush Dubya, Junior
    22. Marshall Mathers Eminem, Slim Shady
    23. Bill Clinton Bubba
    24. Will Smith Fresh Prince
    25. Shaquille O'Neal Superman, The Big Aristotle
    26. Whoopi Goldberg Da Whoop
    27. Michael Jordan Air Jordan, His Airness, MJ
    28. Cedric Kyles Cedric the Entertainer
    29. Usher Raymond Big Ush, Big Tyme, Usher
    30. Calvin Broadus Snoop Doggy Dogg
    31. James Smith LL Cool J
    32. O'Shea Jackson Ice Cube
    33. Don Rickles The Merchant of Venom
    34. Joan Rivers Queen of the Barbed 1-liners
    35. Curtis Jackson 50 Cent
    36. Charlie Sheen The Masheen
    37. Penelope Cruz Madonna of Madrid
    38. Jerry Seinfeld Little Jerry
    39. Justin Timberlake Curly Spice, Shot, Bounce
    40. Jerry Lewis Le Roi du Crazy
    41. Al Pacino Sonny
    42. Kelly Clarkson Kellbelle
    43. Michael Clarke Duncan Big Mike, Hollywood
    44. Courteney Cox CeCe
    45. Liv Tyler Liver
    46. Gwen Stefani G-loc, Sunshine
    47. Renee Zellweger Zelly
    48. David Hasselhoff The Hoff
    49. Teri Hatcher Hatch
    50. Warren Beatty Pro

    Top-Selling Artists In U.S.

    Totals are derived from cumulative album sales totals (U.S. only)

    Artist - Certified Units (in Millions)

    1. BEATLES, THE - 168.5
    2. PRESLEY, ELVIS - 116.5
    3. LED ZEPPELIN - 107.5
    4. BROOKS, GARTH - 105.0
    5. EAGLES - 89.0
    6. JOEL, BILLY - 78.5
    7. PINK FLOYD - 73.5
    8. STREISAND, BARBRA - 70.5
    9. JOHN, ELTON - 69.0
    10. AC/DC - 66.0
    14. MADONNA - 60.0
    21. U2 - 50.5
    51. SPEARS, BRITNEY - 31.0
    70. JACKSON, JANET - 25.0
    109. KISS - 19.0
    120. MCLACHLAN, SARAH - 17.5
    121. STING - 17.5
    135. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - 16.5
    136. DESTINY'S CHILD - 16.5
    157. CROW, SHERYL - 15.0
    211. LOPEZ, JENNIFER - 11.0

    This chart was generated on 6/20/2005. To see the complete list visit here

    LOPEZ ONCE DANCED FOR NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

    JENNIFER LOPEZ once danced backup for 1990s boy band NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK. The JENNY FROM THE BLOCK singer, who also danced on classic American comedy sketch show IN LIVING COLOR, flashed her fancy footwork for the band's numerous shows and concerts before finding fame. Former bandmember JOEY McINTYRE says, "I danced with her back in the day! She was actually one of the New Kids on the Block dancers. She was a star back then, even though no one really knew it - but I did." But given the choice, McIntyre's certain about who he'd rather share a dance with: "ANGELINA JOLIE. No question. I'm not going to pass up a dance with her!"

    J.LO'S A FUSS 'BUDGET' ON INDIE SHOOT

    JENNIFER Lopez isn't happy with the working conditions on the low-budget picture "Bordertown," now shooting in Mexico. "She doesn't realize this is an independent movie - as in no studio is attached - and there is no one to pay her outrageous bills," said our source. Lopez has already asked to be moved from her hotel room to a private villa and for a new, more luxurious trailer. But "the bleep is going to hit the fan when she is told no one can pay for Oribe," her longtime hairdresser who gets up to $10,000 a day. "[Co-star] Antonio Banderas isn't asking for anything, but she is!" Lopez took the part in the romantic comedy because director Gregory Nava also helmed her breakout film, "Selena." A rep for Lopez said she is well aware of the budget: "Jennifer's company, Nuyorican, is producing the movie, so she knows what's up."

    Teen Choice Nominees

    The Teen Choice Awards air Aug. 16 on FOX

    MOVIES

    Choice Actress: Comedy
    Amanda Peet, "A Lot Like Love"
    Drew Barrymore, "Fever Pitch"
    Eva Mendes, "Hitch"
    Hilary Duff, "A Cinderella Story"
    Jennifer Lopez, "Monster-in-Law"
    Lindsay Lohan, "Herbie: Fully Loaded"
    Queen Latifah, "Beauty Shop"
    Sandra Bullock, "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"

    J.Lo's Million Dollar Anniversary Ring

    Three-times married Jennifer Lopez received a US$1 million engagement ring from her husband Marc Anthony to celebrate her first ever one-year wedding anniversary. J.Lo's previous marriages with Cuban waiter Ojani Noa and dancer Cris Judd both failed to pass the one year mark, but Lopez and Anthony toasted their one year as husband and wife on Sunday. Lopez and long-time friend Anthony shocked Hollywood when they wed in a secret ceremony at the Latina beauty's Beverly Hills, California mansion, after only a four-month courtship and five months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck. America's Star magazine reports the couple's initial courtship was so fast, they were never formally engaged, so Anthony thought it was a romantic gesture to give her an engagement ring. A family friend says, "It sounds a little odd, but Marc and Jennifer were never really engaged - they just got married. So, to mark their first anniversary, Marc officially proposed, this time presenting Jennifer with an engagement ring from exclusive jeweller-to-the-stars Neil Lane. "It's huge, and it sparkles beyond belief. Jennifer was very excited to get it."

    Loving Lopez

    JANICE Combs is upset over an InStyle magazine report claiming she hated Jennifer Lopez, her son P. Diddy's ex-girlfriend. "InStyle printed something that said I told my son, if he ever speaks with [Lopez] again I would have nothing to do with him," Combs told PAGE SIX. "That is not true. I never would have said that. I loved Jennifer a lot. I have nothing wrong to say about her. She is a decent, focused young lady." Combs, who hasn't spoken with Lopez "in a while," added: "I was not here for her fashion show, but if I had been here, I would have gone and supported her."

    Sightings

    JENNIFER Lopez asking restaurateur Nello Balan to sing a duet with her at Upstairs at Cipriani, but being dragged away by her bodyguard before it could happen . . .

    Lopez Hints At Pregnancy

    Jennifer Lopez has strongly hinted she is pregnant with her first child with husband Marc Anthony, in a revealing new interview. The actress refuses to confirm or deny rumours she is expecting a baby, but shows off a fuller, bustier figure and admits she has been craving food in the middle of the night. She also reveals she'd be prepared to combine motherhood with her busy acting career. The 35-year-old says, "I do, I do, I do want a family and it's going to happen."It's the biggest blessing you can have. I believe that. If it happens, you re-arrange from there." She adds of her cravings, "For the first time ever, I woke up in the middle of the night starving. I really wanted to get up and eat. I thought, 'Oh dear, I can't start that habit. At 10pm I got up and had four eggs.'" J.Lo lets slip further hints when quizzed about Anthony's children with his first wife Dayana Torres. She teases, "I can't talk about his babies. I really can't. Let's just say I'm very happy with my entire situation." And she suggests the decision to cut her long hair short will coincide with her impending motherhood, as well as being for her new role in movie 'Border Town'. She says, "Cutting my hair might be an outward statement of something going on inside. I've always had long hair, so it was a big deal for me to cut it."

    NBC Unveils Provocative Longform Events

    "JENNIFER LOPEZ SPECIAL" -- Superstar Jennifer Lopez will perform live in concert singing her catalog of hits as well as the songs from her newest album, Rebirth. No Airdate had been announced at this time.

    JLo Sends Ferrell 'Kicking & Screaming' to Second

    Despite largely scathing reviews, Jane Fonda's return to movies in order to terrorize future daughter-in-law Jennifer Lopez, topped the box office with an estimated $24 million, according to Exhibitor Relations. The comeday, which also stars "Alias'" Michael Vartan, average $7,017 among its 3424 screens.

    However, it came no where close to last year's winner, "Troy," which opened to $46.9 million.

    For his fifth wide release in a row, Will Ferrell's "Kicking & Screaming" opened in the No. 2 spot with $20.9 million, joining the ranks of "Anchorman," "Elf," "Old School" and "Zoolander."

    Opening wide but only on 1955 screens, Jet Li's "Unleashed" came in third with an estimated $10.6 million.

    "Kingdom of Heaven" ($9.6 million) and "Crash" ($7.2 million) round out the Top Five. "Kingdom of Heaven" dropped 51 percent from last week's No. 1 debut, bringing its total gross thus far to $35.1 million.

    The rest of the Top 10 are made up of films in their second to fourth weeks of release, except for "Mindhunters," the thriller starring Val Kilmer, LL Cool J and Christian Slater, which debuted at No. 10 and averaged $1,926 for each of its 1040 screens, bringing its estimated gross to $2 million.

    Overall, this week's Top 12 grossed an estimated $95.5 million, up 21.7 percent from last weekend. Next week, the summer movie season kicks into gear with the premiere of George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" on Thursday.

    These are estimates by Exhibitor Relations, which tracks daily box-office receipts.

    Lopez: No Trouble With Boyfriends' Moms

    Unlike her character in the new movie "Monster-in-Law," Jennifer Lopez says she's never had any trouble with the mothers of the men she's dated.

    "I've never really had any trouble with boyfriends' moms or any moms of anybody that I've been with," Lopez told reporters recently, according to AP Radio. "So, I've been lucky. They like me."

    After her much-publicized romances with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Ben Affleck, Lopez wed Marc Anthony in June 2004. She was previously married to Cris Judd and Ojani Noa.

    In "Monster-in-Law," which opens Friday, Jane Fonda plays a mother trying to sabotage the upcoming nuptials of her son, played by Michael Vartan, and Lopez. Lopez and Fonda's characters literally come to blows.

    "We wound up slapping each other a lot," Lopez told reporters. "I did get her bad in the eye. ... She said with my ring. I don't even remember doing it to her. ... That happened after doing it a few times. ... But my face was swollen, you could see it, I think, in one of the takes."

    Tidbits

    Jennifer Lopez still wants to play opposite whatever gent's in her life. She's planning a movie with Marc Anthony

    We Hear...

    THAT Matt Damon's new house on North Bay Road in Miami is a couple of doors down from Jennifer Lopez's, which could make for interesting situations when Damon's pal Ben Affleck visits with new fiancée Jennifer Garner

    Film review: Monster-in-Law

    "Monster-in-Law" is a deeply dispiriting movie, not just because it is grindingly bad but because Jane Fonda actually chose this for her comeback after a 15-year absence from the screen.

    But it's worse than that. Fonda, one of the best actors of her generation, is downright awful in a role she could have -- and probably should have -- sleepwalked through. Strident and off-key in every scene, she leaves herself nowhere to go to develop or deepen an already tissue-thin and brittle character.

    As the title forewarns, the movie is determined to reprise every trite mother-in-law joke ever told by a borscht belt comic despite the fact these went out of fashion about 40 years ago. Possibly something might have developed from an aging woman's fear that her only son's marriage will rob her of his love. But cheap laughs are all we get from Anya Kochoff's exceedingly tired screenplay.

    Women are the film's target audience. But despite the intriguing pairing of Fonda and Jennifer Lopez as mortal enemies, interest from even that demographic will falter once they realize how bitter and broad the comedy is.

    The opening act sets in motion a beguiling if routine romantic comedy. Charlie (Lopez), a Venice Beach dogwalker and temp, and Kevin (Michael Vartan), a newly relocated doctor, meet cute three times before he asks her out. One roadblock to romance lies in another interested female's attempt to discourage Charlie's pursuit of Kevin by convincing her Kevin is gay, a lame device that foreshadows plot gimmicks to come.

    Otherwise, things go smoothly for the couple right up to the moment Kevin introduces Charlie to Mom. Fonda's Viola Fields is supposedly a woman in midlife meltdown following a firing from her post as one of the nation's top TV journalists. A Barbara Walters-like interviewer and news personality, comfortable in the presence of Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama and Snoop Dogg, we are now asked to believe Viola cannot handle a new daughter-in-law.

    The film offers little pretext for the war this angry and alcoholic woman wages against her son's perfectly lovely fiancee. Nor do her strategies yield any genuinely funny moments. Wanda Sykes plays Viola's personal assistant, who gamely but ineffectively struggles to calm the waters only for them to remain roiled by single-minded nastiness.

    The film sends Kevin off to a medical convention during most of the shenanigans, which blunts our concern over why he hasn't forced a truce between the two women in his life. But this also marginalizes his character, reducing him to a virtual dress extra at his own wedding.

    The nadir of this pathetic conflict comes on the wedding day, where Viola and Charlie smack each other several times in the face. This scene gets saved by a cameo appearance by Elaine Stritch, playing Viola's own "monster-in-law." This appearance not only gives us a reason for Viola's rage but also provides the movie with its only moment of real drama. Things play out predictably from there.

    Stuck in banal roles are Annie Parisse as Charlie's best gal pal; Adam Scott as the gay next door, who drops by to offer witty asides; and Monet Mazur, Kevin's blonde-bitch ex-girifriend. Does writing get more by-the-numbers than this?

    Director Robert Luketic ("Legally Blonde") maintains a lively pace, but one wishes he had done more to prevent Fonda's one-note performance. Technical credits are solid.

    Cast: Charlie: Jennifer Lopez; Viola Fields: Jane Fonda; Kevin: Michael Vartan; Ruby: Wanda Sykes; Remy: Adam Scott; Fiona: Monet Mazur; Morgan: Annie Parisse; Gertrude: Elaine Stritch.

    Director: Robert Luketic; Screenwriter: Anya Kochoff; Producers: Chris Bender, JC Spink, Paula Weinstein; Executive producers: Michael Flynn, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener; Director of photography: Russell Carpenter; Production designer: Missy Stewart; Music: David Newman; Costumes: Kym Barrett; Editors: Scott Hill, Kevin Tent.

    PETA Targets Jennifer Lopez Film Premiere

    Dozens of protesters representing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals greeted Jennifer Lopez at the premiere of her new movie "Monster-in-Law with signs declaring her the "monster-in-fur" for her Sweetface fashion collection.

    The protesters, who included some people dressed in animal suits, complained that they have asked several times that Lopez eliminate fur from her clothing line, but have been ignored.

    "She could make a difference in a positive manner, and what she does is cause the death of a lot of animals," protester Linda Kraemer said during Friday's demonstration in front of the National Theater in Westwood.

    Lopez was asked what she thought of the protesters.

    "I don't," she replied as she headed into the premiere.

    Others involved in the film said the demonstration didn't bother them.

    "It's America. You have a right to protest and do whatever you want to do," said actress Wanda Sykes.

    Album Rebirth

    AFTER her album "Rebirth" tanked, Jennifer Lopez needed some help and fast. Lopez, whose production partner, Simon Fields, had taken over managerial duties, turned to ex-manager Benny Medina for help. But she and Medina decided at the 11th hour to remain just friends. Now, she's hired another ex-manager, The Firm founder Jeff "The Kwat" Kwatinetz. He'll take over all managerial duties and Fields will be relegated to production as originally intended. "The album ['Rebirth'] is not over, it's only just begun," the Kwat is telling pals.

    Lopez Blames Family Plans For Marriage Disasters

    Jennifer Lopez's insatiable quest for a family like her own caused her two previous marriages to collapse. The superstar admits her failed marriages are entirely down to her own misjudgment and failure to spend more time out of wedlock with her men before exchanging martial vows with them. But Lopez - who has been married to waiter Ojani Noa and dancer Cris Judd, and engaged to Ben Affleck -is confident third husband Marc Anthony will be her final one, despite rushing into that union too. She says, "Mine isn't the greatest track record. But I had such a loving, caring family and I was trying to get that for myself. I never quite got there - until now. "I'm a born romantic who thinks along the lines of love and marriage. The only mistake I made was getting married too quickly to the men I fell in love with. Everyone's had a good laugh at my expense. I didn't like it at the time and I don't think about it now. "I just have to be thankful for the fact I'm now married to Marc and I can move on."

    Banderas in 'Bordertown' with Lopez

    Antonio Banderas is set to join Jennifer Lopez in the indie thriller "Bordertown," pairing the two stars for the first time on the big screen.

    Set on the U.S.-Mexico border, the film centers on a journalist who investigates a series of murders that take place in the vicinity of U.S.-owned factories in the region.

    Gregory Nava, who directed Lopez in the 1997 biopic "Selena," is directing the picture, which is being fully financed by Mobius Entertainment. In 2001, Nava and Banderas signed up to work together on the Walt Disney Co. film "Zapata."

    "Bordertown," which previously was set up at New Line Cinema, is due to shoot in New Mexico and Mexico.

    Banderas most recently starred in "Imagining Argentina," and in "Shrek 2" he voiced Puss in Boots. He'll reprise the swashbuckling feline character in an animated adventure starring the cat, as well as in "Shrek 3."

    Also among the actor's upcoming films is "The Legend of Zorro" -- the sequel to 1998's "The Mask of Zorro," in which he starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones. His other credits include the "Spy Kids" films and "Original Sin." In his native Spain he appeared in numerous features, including Pedro Almodovar's "Law of Desire" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"

    People en Español Magazine

    'A BEAUTIFUL wo-man who is pleasing to men is good only for frightening fish when she falls into the water," goes the Zen saying.

    But does marriage make a man become less attractive? Well, it appears that it does, at least in the pages of People en Español magazine. In its "50 Most Beautiful" issue coming next week, Mrs. Marc Anthony, a k a Jennifer Lopez makes the cut. So does the former Mrs. Anthony — the beauty queen Dayanara Torres.

    But Marc himself is absent. Some of the publication's masculine love magnets include Javier Bardem, Wilmer Valderrama, John Leguizamo and "Desperate Housewives" leading man Ricardo Antonio Chavira.

    This marks Jennifer's fifth appearance in the annual issue that claims to tell us who is the fairest of the fair Latin style. Married, single, or just "thinking it over," she's always a knockout.

    The Simple Life

    Jennifer Lopez is so intent on living a more simple life; she's selling her collection of cars and trading in her lavish properties for smaller homes. While fans believed that Lopez had recently traded in her Los Angeles and Miami properties for less grand homes to erase memories of her failed engagement to Ben Affleck, superstar J.Lo insists it's because she's developed a new appreciation for a more simple life. Lopez, married to singer Marc Anthony, says, "I came from virtually nothing, so there was a time when I was like, 'Oh my God, I can have that car or I can have that coat.' "I don't think anybody in my position wouldn't have done the same thing. But you get to a point where you want to strip down. "Not that I won't have a nice bag, but I'm going to sell that big museum-type house and get a nice smaller house, and I'm going to have one car and trade the others in. "I want to go back to something simpler."

    Bottom Line: J-Lo Has Best Backside

    Now that Pope Benedict XVI has been elected, people can turn their thoughts to matters of a more fundamental nature: Which Hollywood celebrity has the best bottom?

    After exposing himself as Achilles in the Greek epic "Troy," Brad Pitt tops the list of best bottoms in a poll conducted by Oxygen magazine. His character may have been felled by his weak heel, but 34.4 percent of readers' votes judged that his posterior was his greatest strength.

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson follows with 10.6 percent of the votes, while "The Pacifier" star Vin Diesel brings up the rear with 6.4 percent.

    It's no surprise that Jennifer Lopez leads the women in the poll (19.6 percent), with "Bootylicious" singer Beyonce Knowles seated at a close second (16.7 percent). Pitt and his "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-star Angelina Jolie will pose a double threat on screen, since she also made the list with an 8.8 percent vote for third place.

    The full results of the poll can be found in the June issue of the magazine, currently on newsstands.

    Moviegoers can ogle some of their favorite bottoms during the upcoming summer movie season. J. Lo's "Monster-in-Law" will hit theaters on Friday, May 13, with the spy romance "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" debuting a month later. "The Pink Panther" remake featuring Beyonce will steal into theaters in August.

    ANTI-FUR FANATICS TARGET J.LO

    JENNIFER Lopez should wear a plastic raincoat during the premiere of her movie "Monster-in-Law" in L.A. next week.

    PETA's vice president, Dan Mathews, says the animal-rights zealots are going to up the ante in their war against the fur-loving diva.

    Mathews told PAGE SIX: "J.Lo's next movie may well be a remake of 'Escape from L.A.' PETA has her in our sights. On April 29, we'll be waiting for her outside Jay Leno's 'Tonight' show studios at 4 p.m. with a 30-foot inflatable beaver with a banner saying 'Fur — Leave it to Beaver.'

    "Later that same day, we'll have a massive protest at the L.A. premiere of 'Monster-in-Law' with posters showing Lopez in pelts and the logo of the movie adapted to read 'Monster-in-Fur.' We'll also be at the Atlanta premiere she's supposed to attend with Jane Fonda on May 5. Maybe Jane can inform the apathetic fur hag what a protest is.

    "Lastly, on May 14, we'll be at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, where she's among the performers at the KIIS-FM annual festival. She sure is keeping our interns busy!

    "We hope [Lopez] will have a change of heart about promoting fur, but even if she doesn't, she's providing us with endless opportunities to show what happens when a star so thoughtlessly pushes such a violent industry."

    PETA has already caused Lopez a lot of embarrassment. During the promotion of her album, "Rebirth," last month, she was surrounded by PETA protestors at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square.

    "We had three people strategically placed on line to meet her," Mathews said. "And we showed videos of animals being electrocuted and skinned alive outside — it had a big effect on people going in."

    At one point, a well-brainwashed 12-year-old yelled at Lopez, "Murderer!"

    Even Pamela Anderson is getting in on the J.Lo hating.

    Anderson tells Jane magazine, "People who wear fur smell like a wet dog and they look fat and gross. They look really immature and unenlightened. Every season the furriers put propaganda everywhere that fur is taking off again and they give free coats to idiots like Jennifer Lopez and Puff Daddy. It makes me nauseous."

    We Hear...

    THAT Vera Wang told pals at the Modern Bride 25 Trendsetters of the Year awards dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park City that she had to sign a 45-page confidentiality agreement when she designed wedding gowns for Jennifer Lopez and Elin Nordegren (Tiger Woods' bride).

    Sightings

    JENNIFER Lopez buying wide-legged Karen Walker denims at the Elizabeth Charles boutique.

    J Lo Narrowly Escapes Princess Di Moment

    Jennifer Lopez says she almost had a Princess Diana moment when a photographer nearly crashed into her car in front of the Beverly Hills Police Department on Saturday night (April 9).

    "It's just surprising to me how aggressive they are these days," Lopez said Sunday. "I mean, yesterday on the way home we almost got into an accident. It's just crazy. I feel like sometimes they feel like it's a game, like they're playing cops and robbers and everyone is 5."

    The day after the incident, heightened security at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for Lopez's "Monster-in-Law" junket required journalists to wear pink wristbands to be allowed into interview while security guards roamed the hotel.

    "That's for the club later, there's a big party," joked Lopez about the wristbands. She says she didn't know about the extra security measures.

    "I actually did pull back a little bit, where you stopped seeing me everywhere all the time, I just stopped leaving my house," Lopez says, recounting the near-accident the took place while she was heading for dinner with her assistant.

    "All of a sudden this car gets right in front of us and it was a paparazzi trying to eat the light on the same turn with us. I got goose pimples," she says.

    "I didn't even realize that we were being pursued because I try to block the stuff out a little bit because that's the only way to kind of live," adds Lopez. "You don't want to think about being stalked all the time."

    J.Blow

    JENNIFER Lopez's latest album, "Rebirth," is almost officially stillborn. The album has suffered sluggish sales to date, and now insiders tell us La Lopez has gone $150,000 over her marketing budget. "You won't be hearing much more of the album after the bud get cri-sis," the insider said. To make matters worse, our Lopez tattletale says that some of the superstar's dancers recently quit. "They haven't been paid in like a month." A rep for Lopez's label didn't return calls.

    J.Lo Updates Fonda's Style

    Jennifer Lopez's velour tracksuits from her J.Lo clothing line have won a new fan OSCAR-winning actress Jane Fonda. Lopez and Fonda met last year on the set of the upcoming comedy Monster In Law as they played feuding in-laws. But once the cameras stopped rolling, the pair unlocked their horns and 67-year-old Fonda picked up a few style tips. The BARBARELLA beauty says, "I normally would never wear velour, or whatever this is called. (Lopez) makes these things and they're so comfortable." She's helped me get hip."

    SPOTTED

    Jennifer Lopez and her Marc Anthony in the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel. She wore a loose, yellow tunic top and ordered eggs Benedict and cranberry french toast. A girl after my own heart — she eats like a human being! Hubby Marc had the steak salad and french fries (Hmmm . . . a guy after my own heart.) Because there is no such thing as privacy, Jennifer was overheard murmuring that she felt chilly. Marc gallantly took off his red hooded jacket and placed it around her fragile shoulders. Sweet.

    We Hear...

    THAT Marc Anthony's nickname for his wife, Jennifer Lopez, is Cleopatra because the Egyptian queen's consort was named Marc Antony . . .

    J.Lo Confronted By 2DayFM's Jackie O

    Jennifer Lopez defended her use of animal fur in her clothing line on Australian radio station 2DayFM insisting she knows nothing about how fur is produced. J.Lo has been the target of a massive campaign by animal rights group People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) after they discovered she features fur in her fashion line Sweetface. It came to a head earlier this month when members confronted J.Lo at a record signing at Virgin Records in New York City where they yelled abuse at the singer and screened footage of animals being skinned for their fur to passers by. But Lopez insisted she was ignorant about the issue. When Jackie O asked her about use of fur, J.Lo replied, "If someone would like to educate me and bring something to light that I don't know, that'd be great." Jackie O replied, "Would you like to be educated right now?" and then described in detail how foxes are skinned alive and chinchillas are electrocuted - which was met with silence by Lopez. According to reports, another PETA protest is planned for the premiere of J.Lo's latest move 'Monster In Law' next month.

    Rebirth Week Three

    1. The Massacre, 50 Cent
    2. Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 18, various
    3. In Between Dreams, Jack Johnson
    4. American Idiot, Green Day
    5. The Documentary, The Game
    6. Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson
    7. Rebirth, Jennifer Lopez
    8. Hot Fuss, The Killers
    9. Get Lifted, John Legend
    10. Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles

    Jennifer Lopez Mourns Dancing Past

    Jennifer Lopez has one chief problem with fame - it's hindered her love of clubbing and dancing into the small hours. The 'Shall We Dance?' beauty's leading passion in life is grooving and, before she was propelled to stardom, Lopez would always wow party-goers by showing off her moves on the dance floor. But with prying eyes now following her every action, she can no longer mingle with the public and enjoy a hassle-free night of partying. She tells Empire magazine, "Dancing makes you feel free. One of the things I miss most is being able to go out to a club with my combat boots, sweatpants, a hat and a T-shirt and just dance until four in the morning. "Now that people know me, it's different. I can't just be the crazy girl with the hat, dancing for four hours. People have their eye on me too much and it's not too much fun."

    J.Lo Investigates 'Bordertown'

    Jennifer Lopez is heading south of the border.The 35-year-old entertainer will reunite with her "Selena" director Gregory Nava to star in "Bordertown," report news sources.

    The thriller centers on reporter who's looking into mysterious murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

    Nava will begin shooting from his own script beginning April 30 in New Mexico and Mexico.

    Nava has also directed "El Norte," "Mi Familia" and the Frankie Lymon biopic "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" His screenwriting credits also include 2002's "Frida," starring Salma Hayek.

    Lopez's latest album "Rebirth" dropped on March 1. She stars in the upcoming films, "An Unfinished Life" with Robert Redford and "Monster-in-Law" with Jane Fonda, to be released in May.

    Rebirth Week Two

    1. The Massacre, 50 Cent 771,000
    2. In Between Dreams, Jack Johnson 117,000
    3. The Documentary, The Game 87,000
    4. Rebirth, Jennifer Lopez 86,000
    5. American Idiot, Green Day
    6. Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson
    7. Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles
    8. Hot Fuss, The Killers
    9. Get Lifted, John Legend
    10. Encore, Enimem

    Fur Flies Outside J.Lo's Restaurant

    Protesters outside Jennifer Lopez's Pasadena restaurant Madre's on Thursday, March 10 had a sour taste in their mouths over the diva's fashion practices.

    Approximately 30 to 40 members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demonstrated outside the posh Cuban cuisine eatery to protest her continued use of fur in her personal wardrobe and in her "Sweetface" fashion collection, reports the AP.

    Activists chanted, "Hey J.Lo, what did you say? How many animals did you kill today?" and "There's no excuse for animal abuse." Videos of animals being beaten and skinned alive in China were displayed on body screen TVs along with signs reading "Fur Hag" and "Fur -- No skin off your back."

    Diners' reactions ranged from disappointment with the pop star to annoyance with the disturbance.

    PETA has launched a website, JLoDown.com, exposing fur farming practices and encouraging visitors to write protest letters to Lopez.

    The entertainer's latest album "Rebirth" dropped on March 1. She stars in the upcoming films, "An Unfinished Life" with Robert Redford and "Monster-in-Law" with Jane Fonda, to be released in May.

    HARE BRAINED

    PETA has created a Web site dedicated to attacking bootylicious fur-lover Jennifer Lopez. On jlodown.com, the animal-rights reactionaries write, "Lopez may try to convince her fans that her rabbit fur jackets are a must-have, but what she won't tell you is that bunnies killed for fur coats scream as they are being skinned alive!" The perpetually rabid group is urging its adherents to send letters of protest to Lopez's representatives at BWR public relations in Beverly Hills.

    50 Cent Massacres J.Lo

    Leave it to 50 Cent to ruin Jennifer Lopez 's rebirth.

    With leaks and bootleggers forcing Fiddy's label to move up the release of The Massacre, J.Lo suddenly had no chance of giving Rebirth a chart-topping entry into the world. Officially hitting the retail racks last Thursday, The Massacre didn't even need a full sales week to give the rapper his second million-copy chart opening.

    For the week ended Sunday, The Massacre topped the Billboard 200, selling an astonishing 1.14 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. If not for The Massacre's bumped-up release date, Lopez would have been tops, with Rebirth moving 261,000 copies.

    Fiddy, who also broke the million-copy first-week mark with 2003's Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2003, made history last week as the first solo to land three singles simultaneously in the Top 5 since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. His "Candy Shop" was number one and "Disco Inferno" was number five, while his collaboration with the Game on "Ho We Do" sat in number four.

    The Game and Fiddy's cozy relationship seemed to implode last week, when 50 Cent ousted his Compton-born protg from G-Unit, calling the Game treasonous for not backing Fiddy's beefs with other rappers. Moments after 50 Cent made the announcement onair at New York's Hot 97, one of the Game's associates was shot outside the radio station. After a week of posturing, the two emcees decided to make amends at a joint press conference Wednesday in New York.

    "Game and I need to set an example in the community," Fiddy said in a statement Wednesday, which also marks the eighth anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.'s murder. Added the Game, "It's going to be a positive thing for both sides."

    At the press conference, Fiddy also announced the launch of a new charity organization, the G-Unity Foundation. Both artists will make charitable donations to benefit the Boys Choir of Harlem and the Compton Unified School District Music Program. The new charity will serve as a counterpoint to the rapper's just-announced videogame, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, which, per a press release, allows gamers to embark "on a bloody path through New York's drug underworld."

    As for the Game, his debut disc, The Documentary, currently sits at number five, having sold just under 100,000. Previous to Fiddy's monster first week, the rookie rapper held the best sales week of 2004 when his debut sold 587,000 copies back in January.

    Aside from 50 Cent outgunning J.Lo, there were two other newcomers impacting the charts. Jack Johnson opened in the three spot, with In Between Dreams, selling 229,000, a personal best. The L.A. duo Mars Volta followed at four, moving 123,000 of Frances the Mute, featuring the alt-rock hit "The Widow."

    The rest of the Top 10 were all holdovers: Green Day's American Idiot at six, Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company at seven, last week's number one, Omarion's O, at eight, Kelly Clarkson 's Breakaway at nine and Eminem 's Encore and 10.

    Judas Priest just missed the Top 10 but still made a triumphant return as Angel of Retribution sold more than 57,000 copies at 13. Jamie O'Neal's Brave charted at 40, and Pimp C's Sweet James Jones Stories came in at 50.

    Further down the charts, the Doves' Some City opened at 111, outselling Pastor Troy's Face Off Part II by just eight copies. Both discs sold just north of 10,000 copies.

    Here's a recap of last week's Top 10 albums:

    1. The Massacre, 50 Cent
    2. Rebirth, Jennifer Lopez
    3. In Between Dreams, Jack Johnson
    4. Frances the Mute, Mars Volta
    5. The Documentary, The Game
    6. American Idiot, Green Day
    7. Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles
    8. O, Omarion
    9. Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson
    10. Encore, Enimem

    Tidbits

    Jennifer Lopez practices the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. And what that is exactly, I don't know, but Marc Anthony better watch his mezuzah.

    A look at some of the latest CD releases

    Jennifer Lopez: Rebirth (Epic)

    After fawning over former fiance Ben Affleck on 2002's This is Me ...Then, Jennifer Lopez wisely keeps her love life out of the spotlight on her aptly titled fourth disc, Rebirth. She only alludes to her secretive marriage to salsa king Marc Anthony on a few tracks, most prominently the breezy, Rodney Jerkins' penned-produced I Got U, where she coos: "Sometimes real love can be not seen 'cause you're thinking what's right in front of you can't be the one for you."

    But like Madonna and Janet, people don't listen to J.Lo for the poignant lyrics - she's best when riding a dance groove as on the James Brown-sampled single Get Right and the funky club thumper Whatever You Wanna Do, both courtesy of Beyonce's Crazy in Love scribe Rich Harrison. Instead of sustaining the frenetic pace of those songs, however, most of the disc features understated yet polished mid-tempo tracks such as the bubbly I, Love.

    The disc's one misstep is the woefully overdone ballad (Can't Believe) This is Me, which Lopez penned with Anthony. It sounds like the sequel to the '80s hit Total Eclipse of the Heart. And despite her efforts to keep the mood lighthearted, there's a hint of lingering heartache in her strained vocals on Timbaland's flute-looped He'll Be Back, where J. Lo pines: "I know better than anybody how it feels to want somebody so bad after you breakup."

    Overall, Rebirth is a satisfying listen, but fans who like their Jenny from the block hot and spicy will be slightly disappointed by the disc's milder dance-pop flavour.

    We Hear...

    THAT Marc Anthony photographed his wife, J. Lo, for the upcoming April cover of Blender. She also turned the camera on him during the "hot" shoot.

    Lopez Tries to Put Focus Back on Music

    While other celebrities have taken pains to keep their public life under wraps, Jennifer Lopez always seemed to relish the white-hot spotlight.

    Whether she was frolicking with Ben Affleck in a music video, wearing a barely there outfit to drive the paparazzi wild or gushing about her latest love in a magazine, Lopez was willing to let the public share in her private life.

    "I grew up in New York and was very out there and outgoing. One of my main things was I'm not going to let this business change me, you know what I mean?" explains the Bronx-bred Lopez, 34. "That was always one of my mantras."

    Today, though, as Lopez promotes her fashion line and new album, "Rebirth," she's sticking by a new mantra — keep her private life private. It took her eight months to finally acknowledge her June wedding to singer-actor Marc Anthony, and she still won't talk about it. Instead, Lopez is trying to put the focus back on her career.

    "I don't want to talk about anything that is personal or private at all, because what's the use? You're open with people, and then they try and make a soap opera out of your life," Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    "Then it's not about your work anymore, it's not about the movie you're promoting or the record you hope your fans will enjoy, it becomes about other silly stuff and it's damaging. It's damaging not just to your career, but your person."

    For a while, Lopez's stardom seemed to grow in tandem with her tabloid persona. She sold millions of albums, had No. 1 hits and enjoyed box-office success with movies such as "Maid in Manhattan" as the public became more interested in J.Lo, or Jenny From the Block — the woman dating and breaking up with P. Diddy, embarking on another quickie marriage or setting fashion trends with her awards show attire.

    But her image started to suffer in 2003, when Lopez was in the midst of a very public romance with Affleck — the "Bennifer" pairing was that year's Brad-and-Jen frenzy. The couple's overexposure, followed by the and the release of their bomb "Gigli," drew both more scorn than anything. Though the couple split and Lopez later married Anthony — her third husband — the sting from the tabloid attention still lingers.

    "I think it got really loud for a minute for me, and it became not about my work anymore. And the reason why I was in the public eye to begin with is because I was in movies, I was making records," she said. "And all of the sudden it wasn't anything about that. And I didn't want it to be about anything else but that."

    So Lopez took a six-month break from Hollywood last year to regroup.

    "For me, what it was it was about kind of being alone, and thinking, and realizing that for me it was really a time for me to realize why I was in the business in the first place," she said. "How do I keep the focus there, and still maintain my life and the privacy of myself?"

    Lopez — who has released five movies and three albums in the past three years — also felt like she was jamming out projects instead of spending time to reflect on what was right for her.

    Lopez made sure her fourth studio album, "Rebirth," didn't suffer from those circumstances. The star spent several months on it and had a greater role in its production — which boosted her confidence.

    "I think musically, the first time I made an album, I had never even been in a studio, or behind a mike before. The first time I ever sang live was at Madison Square Garden," she laughed. "You develop this insecurity, and then kind of have to build yourself back up.

    "I've become more confident as a musician and as a co-producer and as a vocalist, whereas before I was a little more insecure, and kind of so worried about people criticizing me for this or that or whatever."

    Lopez has taken her share of criticism over the years — from her feather-light voice to even her acting abilities. But Rich Harrison, who produced Lopez's new hit "Get Right," said the hits Lopez have taken has only made her stronger as an artist.

    "She knows what people tend to say about her and it makes her work so much harder, that much harder in the studio," he said. "She's not satisfied until it feels right, until it feels good."

    And Lopez is happy with "Rebirth." It incorporates the hip-hop/dance vibe that's garnered her so much success over the years, but also blends in other genres, including '80s pop-rock. Lopez calls it a more risky album.

    "It's not so safe as my other ones were," she said. "These are things that are a little funkier, a little deeper, and yet still danceable in a way."

    She's still willing to take risks with her career. But as far as her personal life — she's playing it safe.

    "I used to be the kind of person who would talk about a lot of things, but as I've matured I've realized that's not the best way to go," she said. "You have to set boundaries ... you have to protect what's sacred to you."

    Billboard Album Review

    ARTIST: JENNIFER LOPEZ
    ALBUM: REBIRTH
    For Jennifer Lopez, the title of her new album has more to do with her personal life than her music. Sure, "Rebirth" finds her discovering the joys of giving it up for the funk ("Whatever You Wanna Do," "Cherry Pie," lead single "Get Right"). But more often than not, she delivers her signature R&B/pop blend. Of course, Lopez being Lopez, she tosses in new twists here and there. "Hold You Down" (featuring Fat Joe) is a sweet tale of keeping it real in these times of red carpet affairs. The sensual "I Got U" weds a Latin undercurrent to a decidedly '70s soul vibe. The story line of "He'll Be Back" recalls her tabloid heyday, while "I, Love" is present-day Lopez. The real surprise is "(Can't Believe) This Is Me," a power ballad produced by husband Marc Anthony. Here, her vocals soar in, around and over rich orchestral flourishes.

    Lopezs Meat, Salad and Sleep Diet Keeps Her Looking Good

    Jennifer Lopez has turned her back on a rigorous fitness regime and chooses to stay in shape by eating salads and meat. The singer/actress admits marriage to Marc Anthony has made her feel better about her body and now she only works out if she has to. Jennifer insists on a healthy diet and plenty of sleep to stay looking in top shape, she says, "These days I'm eating a lot of salads and I'm a big meat-eater, which I bring from my childhood. "I don't smoke, and I drink very little soda. Those things wreak havoc on your skin. And the sleep thing is very important." Lopez also insists on getting at least eight hours of sleep a day, and has demanded that her handlers and assistants make sure she isn't disturbed in the middle of the night. She adds, "I don't take phone calls after a certain time now."

    Lopez Surprised at Chance for 'Rebirth'

    Six years after breaking into the music business with "On the 6," Jennifer Lopez is still amazed she has a recording career.

    "I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would even be doing this this long. I mean, you just feel lucky to make one record in this business," the 35-year-old singer and actress told Associated Press TV.

    Lopez sees her fifth album, "Rebirth," as a new chapter in her life.

    "I really feel like this is kind of like phase two, the beginning of a different phase for me. You know, I made my first album and I did a bunch of movie projects and four albums — I never stopped," she said.

    Lopez capped this busy period — which included a hectic personal life that included her second marriage and divorce and high-profile relationships with P. Diddy and Ben Affleck — by taking several months off before restarting her career in recent weeks.

    The career relaunch has drawn mixed reviews. New York Fashion Week's discerning crowds cheered her clothing label's first show in February, but days later she got a chilly response to her duet with husband Marc Anthony at the Grammy Awards.

    But Lopez said she feels rejuvenated by diving into work after a period of rest.

    "I felt like the same girl. You know what happens when you take time off? You kind of get back to who you were."

    UPN Hits 'South Beach' with J-Lo

    Jennifer Lopez, who only last week got around to admitting that she's been married to Marc Anthony since last June, is executive producing a new pilot for UPN. The netlet has given a late order to the ensemble drama "South Beach."

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillip Levens ("Smallville") wrote the pilot, which looks at three young adults who follow their dreams to Miami. Lopez's Nuyorican Prods., Tony Krantz's Flame TV and Paramount TV will co-produce with Lopez, business partner Simon Fields and Krantz executive producing.

    The "Gigli" thespian and occasional "Will & Grace" guest star was last seen in the American version of "Shall We Dance" and will hit theaters this year in "An Unfinished Life" and "Monster-in-Law."

    In other pilot news, Robin Schiff will join ABC's comedy "Emily's Reasons Why Not" as an executive producer and showrunner, which lifts a contingency from the show. Schiff (UPN's upcoming "Bad Girl's Guide") will join writer Emily Kapnek and Gavin Polone and Vivian Cannon of Pariah on the series, which looks at a self-help author who, as television conventions mandate, doesn't take her own advice.

    Rebirth Review

    Jennifer Lopez, Rebirth (* * * out of four) No one will ever mistake Lopez for Celine Dion, but Lopez's tangy, girlish singing is actually better suited to sassy, smartly produced tracks such as the thumping (if not exactly fast-rising) single Get Right and new single Hold You Down, an irresistibly sweet buddy song featuring Fat Joe. And while only Lopez's voice-dressers know for sure, her crooning sounds less processed on this outing's breezy pop-soul confections. Besides, if tone enhancement and pitch correction were crimes, we couldn't build enough jails to hold the offenders. -Elysa Gardner

    STILL JUST FRIENDS

    THE deal between Jennifer Lopez and her former manager, Benny Medina, is off. The two had announced their renewed partnership last week, but an insider says: "It was a handshake deal, but when it came down to signing contracts on Friday, they decided to remain friends." Part of the problem, a spy said, was Medina's contract with another client, Mariah Carey. Carey has feuded publicly with Lopez for years since she accused La Lopez of ripping off one of her songs. Lopez will remain with partner Simon Fields. Many credit Medina with making Lopez, and she was hoping he'd help her new album, "Rebirth."

    J.Lo Comes Clean: She Is, in Fact, Married

    After months of widespread speculation, Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she and Marc Anthony are indeed married.

    "Yes, we're married," Lopez tells Us Weekly magazine, on newsstands Friday. "I mean, come on, everyone knows. It's not a secret."

    It was the first public acknowledgment of her union with the salsa singer — an unusually long delay considering the ceremony was last June at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home.

    The couple performed a duet, though, at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards show. Lopez says during the performance she was ailing from swollen glands and a sore throat, which caused her to cancel a London trip the following week to promote the British release of her film "Shall We Dance?"

    Though the trip cancellation prompted some speculation of pregnancy, Lopez says she's "not on a timetable" to have a baby — though she hopes to become a mother someday.

    Now, the 34-year-old says, she's entered "phase two": a less public, a "little bit suburban" life with Anthony — and a far cry from her "Bennifer" days with former fiance Ben Affleck. But Lopez counts the high-profile romance as a learning experience.

    "I take responsibility for the fact that I didn't make adjustments," she says. "Now I'm a little more careful. I travel in a certain way. I leave at a certain time. I learned."

    Lopez's new album, "Rebirth," will be released March 1.

    Lopez MTV Special Sprinkled With Bling

    Jennifer Lopez didn't let MTV delve as deeply as they do into the lives of "Newlyweds" Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey or the Osbourne family, but she did let the cameras capture her stressing out over her sparkly New York Fashion Week debut — and one itty-bitty tantrum.

    "Jennifer Lopez: Beyond the Runway," the hour-long docu-special that airs Thursday night (10 p.m. EST), is mostly drama-free. Unlike the Osbournes' screaming matches or a fit by Simpson, most of the conflict is over bling and color.

    Six months before the show, Lopez worries her designers won't come up with enough looks. They do. Four months before the show, the singer-actress worries that she's going to embarrass herself. She doesn't. Two hours before the show, she fears an atmospheric fan won't work. It does.

    When reviewing the first "looks" for her new Sweetface clothing line, Lopez nixes a black garment, saying that she doesn't "love the black. It's not a J.Lo color." She then flashes a shiny smile at the designer. No harm done.

    Sure, she's mostly sugar in the special, but there's a little bit of spice, too. After peeking at a pair of blah-looking jeans, she tells her crew "don't even show it to me if I can't change it!" She threatens to cancel the runway show more than once. And after a booking miscommunication results in tardiness, Lopez picks up the phone and lets the sass fly.

    "Don't let the receptionist handle your responsibilities," barks Lopez — whose new album, "Rebirth," is set for release March 1.

    Her husband and Grammy Award show duet partner, Marc Anthony, makes only fleeting, non-speaking appearances. Supermodel Naomi Campbell pops up as well. But as the title states, "Jennifer Lopez: Beyond the Runway" is definitely all about J.Lo.

    J. Lo on the run

    She's the Bronx's answer to the Energizer bunny.

    Jennifer Lopez has been juggling album sessions, movie projects, video shoots, a fashion line and a new marriage over the past year.

    But along the way she also found time for something unprecedented in her storied career: a long vacation.

    "Six months of doing nothing, for the first time since high school," Lopez says, savoring the words. It couldn't last, of course.

    The singer/actress/designer/tabloid perennial has been bouncing from coast to coast, and abroad, promoting various projects. She was in Germany over the weekend after recovering from the flu. On Feb. 13, she joined husband Marc Anthony for a boudoir duet at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

    The reviews weren't kind: Critics panned J. Lo's attire and warbling. But Lopez says, "It was wonderful to sing live like that, and on a great stage."

    And she drew attention with the launch of a clothing label, Sweetface, during New York's Fashion Week. The Sweetface Fashion Co., a joint venture between Lopez, Andy Hilfiger and Joe Lamastra, also sells Lopez's JLO sportswear.

    Her much-hyped Feb. 11 show, considered the hottest ticket of the week and featuring lots of short-shorts and fur, concluded with Lopez striding giddily up and down the catwalk. An MTV special, Jennifer Lopez: Beyond the Runway, airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

    "I had been quite nervous about doing it," she says. "We're a small company, though when you hear about it in the media, it may seem huge. We had been pushing this thing through since last September."

    Lopez speaks with similar enthusiasm about her new CD, Rebirth, which features guest artists such as her husband, Fat Joe and Fabolous.

    "In the past, I would usually record 18 to 22 songs and then narrow it down," she says. "This time I had grown more clear about what I wanted to do. I had been listening to older music - to the blues, to James Brown. It's not like I just turned left and did something totally different, but I adapted the sound."

    Love, loyalty and friendship are among themes that pop up on the album. But when asked whether her personal life informed the new songs, Lopez speaks in general terms, reinforcing her penchant for privacy.

    "You can't help but draw on experiences that you've had, or that you've seen other people go through. But it's more of an unconscious thing. You put in some of your thoughts and philosophies, but then I'll just do a song about bad boys."

    Lopez wants to take her new songs from the studio to the concert stage and might try to do so this summer. "I've been trying to plan a tour for years, but with doing movies, it's a challenge."

    She has two films coming up, both pairing her with Hollywood heavyweights: Monster-in-Law, in which Lopez butts heads and matches wits with Jane Fonda, due May 13, and An Unfinished Life, co-starring Robert Redford, which has no scheduled release date.

    "I've said my life is like a roller-coaster ride, but it's really more like a hamster wheel," Lopez says. "Going and going, doing and doing. What else is new?"

    TOGETHER AGAIN

    AFTER two years apart, Jennifer Lopez has reunited with her former manager, Benny Medina. Insiders said Medina will handle Lopez's music career while her business partner, Simon Fields, will continue to work on her movie and clothing deals — although some say his time is limited. "[Hubby] Marc [Anthony] acts like her manager now," said a pal. Lopez and Medina split in 2003 during her affair with Ben Affleck, and Lopez even tried to sue Medina for improperly acting as an agent. The suit was later dropped. Lopez's "Rebirth" album is due out next month. Medina and a Lopez rep didn't return calls.

    J-Lo Sees Off Elvis to Claim Top Spot in British Charts

    Jennifer Lopez boogied to the top of the pop charts on Sunday with her new single "Get Right," fending off Elvis Presley's latest re-release to claim the number one spot.

    The uptempo dance track is the first single taken from J-Lo's new album "Rebirth," due out on February 28.

    It leapfrogged over the re-release of Presley's 1961 chart-topper "Surrender," the latest of 18 Elvis number ones being re-issued before the 50-year copyright protection on sound recordings expires in most European countries, affecting his earlier hits.

    Three former hits by the King now hold spots in the top 40, according to the Official UK Charts Company.

    Hip Hop maestro LL Cool J is at number three with "Hush," featuring 7 Aurelius who also produced the track.

    Completing a sextet of new entries in the top 10 were "How We Do" by The Game featuring 50 Cent at number five, "Sunrise" by Angel City at nine and Atomic Kitten's "Cradle" at number 10.

    U.S. rapper Eminem's "Like Toy Soldiers" fell one notch to number four while "Almost Here," a duet by teen idol Brian McFadden and former "Neighbors" star Delta Goodrem, dropped three places to eight.

    Continuing the military theme, "Soldier" by Destiny's Child, TI and Lil Wayne fell two places to number six, while "Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own" by veteran Irish band U2 plummeted to seven from last week's top spot.

    J.Lo's Director Slams Pregnancy Rumours

    Jennifer Lopez cancelled her European promotional tour after she was struck down with influenza, not alleged morning sickness, according to her latest director Peter Chelsom. J.Lo, 35, was set to attend the British premiere of Chelsom's film 'Shall We Dance?' in London's Leicester Square last night, followed by weeks travelling around Europe to promote her new album 'Rebirth'. In a statement released yesterday, Lopez apologised for her absence, saying, "Unfortunately I am not well. Being sick has also forced me to cancel my European album tour." At the premiere last night, Chelsom said his stunning star had "swollen glands", and had no idea whether she was pregnant with third husband Marc Anthony's. Chelsom says, "I honestly don't know (if she is pregnant), but I can understand why there is a rumour." After Lopez's illness fuelled pregnancy rumours, her grumpy co-star Richard Gere said he didn't care. Gere says, "I have no idea (if Jennifer is expecting). Any serious questions?" Lopez spokesperson Michele Schweitzer says, "Her ears are clogged. They told her not to fly."

    Tidbits

    J.Lo and Beyoncé display the proper way to dress for motorcycle riding in a Hong Kong-themed spot for Pepsi that also features soccer star David Beckham.

    Citing illness, J.Lo cancels London trip, European tour

    Days after performing a duet with husband Marc Anthony at the Grammy Awards show, Jennifer Lopez said she's cancelling a European concert tour due to illness. Lopez had been scheduled to attend the British charity premiere of her movie Shall We Dance? with co-star Richard Gere on Wednesday.

    She called off the trip at the last minute, saying she was too ill to travel.

    "I very much wanted to be in London today but unfortunately I'm not well," she said in a statement released by Buena Vista International, the movie's distributor. "At the advice of my doctors I'm unable to travel. Being sick has also caused me to cancel my European album tour."

    "Please accept my sincerest apologies as I have to remain in Los Angeles," the statement said.

    Lopez didn't specify what was wrong.

    She performed a duet with Anthony at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles Sunday night, and had previewed her new fashion collection at New York Fashion Week on Friday night.

    Her new album, Rebirth, is scheduled for release March 1.

    J.Lo Introduces Miami-Inspired Perfume

    Jenny from the Block made her runway show debut with her new clothing line, Sweetface, along with her latest fragrance, Miami Glow, on Saturday, Feb. 12.

    "It makes you dream of sun, sand and a hot, sexy place. For me, it's the essence of Miami captured in a bottle," says the 35-year-old performer. "All the little things that I like to smell when I get there."

    Approximately 700 lucky guests who attended the show to observe the new line of baby doll dresses, cashmere pants and jumpsuits also received Lopez's VIP gift bag, which included the new fragrance.

    The "Golden. Sexy. Night-bright" scent is a limited edition fragrance that is packaged in a curvy bottle similar to her first perfume Glow. The fragrance is described as "a tropical cocktail full of the scents of lush fruits, fresh flowers and sun-baked sand."

    Footage of Lopez's hands-on approach to developing Miami Glow will be featured in the MTV special "Jennifer Lopez: Beyond the Runway," which airs on Thursday, Feb. 24.

    Lopez has several irons in the fire, with her new album "Rebirth" dropping on March 1 and two upcoming films, "An Unfinished Life" with Robert Redford and "Monster-in-Law" with Jane Fonda, to be released this year.

    Lopez and Anthony Perform at Grammys

    Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony finally gave the world a glimpse of their love life.

    After months and months of not acknowledging their marriage, they took the stage together for the first time at the Grammys on Sunday.

    The Broadway meets Telemundo performance of "Escapemonos" began with Anthony crooning on a faux balcony set piece — don't jump! — before joining Lopez on the bed inside the fake room.

    The walls, which were supposed to move as Anthony entered the Miami art deco bedroom, didn't disappear quick enough. One of the walls obscured Lopez while she sang her first few lines, eventually making way for the diva and her man.

    "Escapemonos," from Anthony's "Amar Sin Mentiras" album, is totally in Spanish. "Let's hide from the crowd / From the day to day absurdities," the couple sang in front of the thousands of people in the Staples Center — and the millions watching at home.

    Early in the song, Lopez, clad in a slinky silk robe, slipped off the covering and magically appeared in an ill-fitting gown. The gaunt-looking Anthony didn't disrobe. He just put on his tux jacket.

    Host Queen Latifah introduced the performance as "a love song about escaping from the glare of a watching world."

    If this is what we could watch, go right ahead and escape.

    Cindy Adams Tidbits

    The other night Mr. & Mrs. Marc Anthony graced the Latin-heavy Copacabana. Jennifer Lopez stayed stuck to her hubby. Were I not a sentimental, romantical person, I might even use the phrase, Krazy Glued. Mrs. Anthony's hand clutched Mr. Anthony's. His arm held whatever of her he could get an arm around. He even accompanied his wife — now pay attention — to the bathroom. Went in with her. J.Lo's a big girl. You'd think she'd surely know how to go potty alone, but in he went with her. And this john was not in the public space. Hidden inside the kitchen, it was.

    J. LO, MARC TRAUMATIZE TENTS

    THE preparations for Jennifer Lopez's first runway fashion show on Friday night were more exciting than the Bryant Park tent show itself, insiders say.

    "Marc Anthony was driving the production crew crazy," a source told PAGE SIX.

    The salsa-singing husband of J. Lo "convinced her on Thursday night that all the music was wrong and had to be changed. He also decided the order of the outfits was wrong, and changed that too. He also didn't like the lighting."

    Lopez has been without a manager since jettisoning Benny Medina, who guided her to stardom, and then marginalizing Simon Fields, whose role was reduced with Anthony on the scene.

    "She doesn't need a manager because Marc is her manager," said our source. "Marc is totally butting heads with Andy Hilfiger, the CEO of Sweetface [the company that markets the J.Lo line]."

    Hilfiger was said to be annoyed that Lopez - instead of sticking around to promote her clothes - was jumping on a plane right after the show and heading to L.A., where the action will shift for tonight's Grammy Awards and where the couple is performing together for the first time.

    Others performing at the Grammys are Beyonce Knowles, Josh Groban, Counting Crows and Kanye West.

    Jennifer Lopez Makes Glitzy NY Runway Debut

    Pop diva, actress and budding fashion designer Jennifer Lopez made her New York runway debut on Friday with an eclectic collection that showed she may be able to bring her star power to the world of haute couture.

    The show, which was nothing short of theatrical, featured models in denim shorts and pants, cashmere sweaters, flowered babydoll tops, satin, crystals and lots and lots of fur.

    Supermodel Naomi Campbell strutted down the catwalk in halter-topped jumpsuit with tiered ruffles running down the legs and an enormously wide-brimmed mushroom-like white hat.

    "I was very pleasantly surprised," Jane Larkworthy, an editor at W magazine, said of Lopez's new "Sweetface" line. "I love satin pants and I love fur."

    The show was divided into three parts meant to correspond to phases of Lopez's life: her start in the Bronx, her music career and her current red-carpet lifestyle.

    In the background, yellow neon lights spelled out "JLo Story" during the first phase, then turned into two red turntables for the second, and then into a stretch limo and a velvet rope for the third.

    During the finale, music from her upcoming album, "Rebirth," boomed in the background.

    The hotly anticipated and celebrity-studded event capped off New York's twice-yearly Fashion Week extravaganza, which featured the work of more than 60 designers including Kenneth Cole, Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren.

    'A J.C. PENNEY RACK'

    Actress Bernadette Peters, rapper Lil' Kim, music industry heavyweight Russell Simmons and model Tyson Beckford (news) were in attendance.

    The early pieces in the collection, which included casual items like jeans, belly-baring tops, striped scarves and zippered sweatshirts, did not seem to go over so well.

    "As I saw those items, all I saw was a J.C. Penney rack," said Zandile Blay, an editor at Seventeen magazine.

    Later in the show, Lopez offered more glamorous looks including crystal-studded skullcaps, a silk chiffon jumpsuit and a hooded floor-length fur cape in white.

    "It's a step up from her teen-age, pop line. It's definitely more mature, and it's more of a replica of what Jennifer does," said Metanoya Webb, an assistant editor at InStyle Magazine. "It was a reflection of her, and I liked that."

    Lopez may have some work to do before she earns her fashion business credentials. A number of die-hard fashionistas watching the event on television monitors outside of the venue booed her when she made an appearance at end of the show.

    Lopez told Women's Wear Daily that her designer collection will have higher prices and a more limited distribution than her existing J.Lo line of clothing and fragrances, which had its debut in 2001. Last fall, she launched the JLO by Jennifer Lopez lingerie line.

    "Better than the clothes was really the presentation of the whole show," Blay said. "She didn't break any new ground, but she certainly confirmed her star status."

    Jennifer Lopez Gets Back on Musical Track

    Jennifer Lopez titled her 2002 album "This Is Me ... Then." Well, make no mistake, this is her ... now.

    "I took some time off last year, which was hard for me to do, as that's not really in my genes -- it's not part of my makeup," Lopez told Billboard. "There were times when my life was like a roller-coaster ride, but as an artist, you need time for clarity."

    So Lopez did what she felt she needed to do. She took a good hard look at her life and career and decided that she had to rediscover "the same person I was before 'On the 6."'

    Lopez is, of course, referring to her multimillion-selling 1999 debut album. "I had to put things in perspective," she adds. "It was time to rejuvenate."

    BORN AGAIN

    Welcome to the next phase in Lopez's career, which encompasses music, film, perfume and fashion. Her new Epic album, the aptly titled "Rebirth," arrives March 1.

    It will be available in two configurations: single CD and DualDisc. The video portion of the DualDisc includes a making-of-the-album documentary lensed by D.A. Pennebaker.

    Internationally, "Rebirth" comes out a day earlier, while in Japan it goes on sale Feb. 23. In these markets, the DualDisc will be replaced by a CD/DVD set.

    Lopez says she could not have named the new album -- her fourth studio set -- anything else. "For me, the title is incredibly significant," she says.

    "All you have to give, as an artist, are your experiences, your life," Lopez continues. "That's where it should come through -- not through a silly tabloid. Sure, the media got out of hand these past couple of years. I'm an artist -- that's what put me in the media in the first place. But I can't be a crazy, little girl anymore. It's time to put the spotlight back on my career."

    "Rebirth" is poised to do just that. Working with several songwriters and producers -- including Rodney Jerkins, Rich Harrison, Fat Joe, Tim & Bob and her husband, Marc Anthony -- Lopez delivers a collection steeped in pop, hip-hop, Latin, funk and dance.

    "I've grown a lot since my first album," she says. "Vocally, I've become more confident. I record songs with a different attack -- with a different vigor."

    Also included are two songs co-penned by the singer: the funky "Cherry Pie" and the power ballad "(Can't Believe) This Is Me."

    SPANISH CD IN WORKS

    The latter track -- originally written in Spanish (sung in English here) -- will be featured on Lopez's first Spanish-language album, which she is working on with Anthony. Epic will release it in the fourth quarter.

    The artist's enthusiasm for the current album has had a positive effect. The lead single, "Get Right," and its accompanying video are off to a strong start on radio and video channels, on the Internet and in the ringtones market.

    This week it holds at No. 15 on the Pop 100 chart and at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It ascends to No. 17 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

    In Canada and France, "Get Right" debuted in the top 25 and top 40, respectively; it is the sixth most-played track on radio in Japan. In the United Kingdom, the track has been added to Radio One.

    The video has been the most-streamed video at numerous Web sites, including Yahoo, MSN, VH1, Rolling Stone and MTV.

    MTV will soon begin streaming the entire album, while Lopez will preview the set Feb. 28 at a "virtual in-store" on MSN.

    Lopez and Anthony are scheduled to perform together Sunday (Feb. 13) at the 47th annual Grammy Awards, marking their first such appearance since their marriage.

    COST-CONSCIOUS

    JENNIFER Lopez just delivered a diss to DNA Models. An insider tattles that J.Lo's lackeys had a falling-out with DNA this week that resulted in the agency's models being replaced with ones from rival shop IMG at tonight's premiere of Lopez's Sweetface line. "DNA wanted too much money," said our source. A rep for the agency could not be reached for comment. Carmen Kass and Naomi Campbell are expected to strut the runway tonight along with a slew of lesser-known beauties.

    Jennifer Lopez Show Biggest New York Fashion Buzz

    She's already a pop diva, a major movie star and gossip column favorite -- now Jennifer Lopez is set to make her debut as a fashion designer, in the most sought after show at New York's fashion week.

    Lopez unveils a collection of clothes on Friday evening in a show that's been the hardest invitation to nab and is sure to draw the largest crowd of celebrities, paparazzi and press.

    And while her credentials may fall short of Oscar de la Renta or Ralph Lauren, experts say don't rule her out.

    "We as consumers tip our hats to celebrities and say, 'You live the life we aspire to, so tell us how to dress,"' said Wendy Liebmann, head of WSL Strategic Retail consultants.

    While stars have long put their names behind consumer products -- Frank Sinatra had a line of neckties -- the trend took off with Martha Stewart who built an empire from her domestic talents and P. Diddy who moved from his hip hop roots to build his popular "Sean John" clothing brand.

    "A big huge celebrity has got enormous equity value," said Robert Thompson, a Syracuse University pop culture professor.

    No one should be surprised a celebrity would hold a runway show at fashion week, a venue typically reserved for top designers, said Simon Doonan, creative director at top New York fashion retailer Barney's.

    BRAIN SURGERY?

    "We've only ourselves to blame because we've given celebrities these deranged feelings of omnipotence," he said. "She'll be doing brain surgery next."

    And it's one more nail in the coffin of what Fashion Week in New York once was, he added.

    "Every fashion show is like some gigantic mind-blowing movie premiere. The original sense that it's a trade show has evaporated completely," Doonan said.

    Lopez' entree into fashion seems jarring, said Paco Underhill, author of "Why We Buy."

    "I would correlate J Lo's move to the runway with Sharon Stone's move to Davos," he said, referring to the actress' appearance at the World Economic Forum. "What in God's name are Sharon Stone's credentials to go talk at an economic forum?"

    At least Lopez is a trendsetter, said Thompson. "As big a star as Tom Hanks is, I'm not sure that I would buy an after-shave called Tom," he said.

    Lopez told Women's Wear Daily that her show will feature a more upscale look with higher prices and more limited distribution than her existing JLo line, which sells inexpensive, casual daywear and lingerie.

    Her designer collection features velvet jackets, cashmere sweaters and fox furs, the trade daily reported.

    Lopez told WWD that while she's not a designer, "I do have a certain style and a certain image that people respond to."

    The show will be split into three parts to represent stages of Lopez's life -- one to mark her beginnings in the Bronx, one to reflect her musical career and then a glamorous finale.

    "I don't care about critics," she said. "Consumers will decide if they like it and if they want to buy it or not."

    If she follows "Sean John," showing flashy clothes but selling streetwear, she's likely to make it, said Doonan.

    "He'll do a very fancy fashion show with fur coats and all this dandified Cotton Club look, but the reality is he's making all his money on sweatshirts," Doonan said of Diddy, one of the few other celebrities to stage a major New York fashion show.

    Fashion analyst Irma Zandl said Lopez may be in better touch with customers than many haute couture designers.

    "By focusing ... so exclusively on small sizes and super trendy styles, the fashion industry is ever so close to becoming at best, a spectator sport, at worst, totally irrelevant," she said.

    TNT Has 'Enough' for Cable Weekly Win

    A regular onslaught of "Law & Order" repeats and a screening of the Jennifer Lopez revenge drama "Enough" led TNT to a place at the top of the cable ratings for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005.

    TNT averaged 2.91 million viewers per night to easily outdistance the 2.29 million primetime viewers averaged by USA. Lifetime, boosted by a strong original movie, was third with 2.06 million viewers. Nick at Night was fourth with 1.86 million viewers, nipping the 1.85 million primetime viewers for the Disney Channel.

    A Tuesday evening "Law & Order" episode was the week's most watched cable program with 4.81 million viewers, while a second "L&O" episode, airing on Monday, was No. 14 with just under 3.89 million. The J-Lo movie "Enough" was No. 5 on the week with 4.38 million viewers for its Sunday airing.

    USA's second place finish was carried by a new episode of "Monk" at No. 9 with 4.13 million viewers, while Lifetime's third place showing was on the shoulders of the telefilm "Widow on the Hill" at No. 8 with 4.2 million.

    Nickelodeon had its usual pile of animated offerings in the basic cable Top 15. Four episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" got as high as No. 3 with 4.55 million viewers and No. 4 with 4.42 million and as low as No. 11 with 4.05 million. A trio of installments of "Fairly Odd Parents" also made the list, as high as No. 6 with 4.37 million and as low as No. 12 with 3.94 million. The network also had an episode of the live-action "Zoey 101" at No. 13 with 3.89 million viewers.

    Also making the Top 15 was Spike TV's WWE Entertainment double-bill at No. 2 with 4.79 million viewers.

    On the premium cable side of things, HBO dominated with Saturday night boxing coverage. The evening's big Gatti-Leija fight was in the top spot with 2.43 million viewers and the Ouma-Jantuah undercard was fourth with 1.91 million. Prefight coverage was third with 2.09 million and the postfight coverage was fifth with 1.89 million. The premiere of the Johnny Depp film "Secret Window" was second with just under 2.1 million viewers.

    J.Lo, Anthony's Grammy Hookup

    Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are taking their act public.

    The superstars, who tied the knot in a hush-hush ceremony last June but have yet to publicly acknowledge the union, will perform for the first time together at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.

    No official word on what tune they have chosen for the duet, but it's rumored that they will team up for a song off one of two albums Lopez plans to put out in the coming months.

    According to MTV News, Anthony and J.Lo initially collaborated on a Spanish-language disc, but that project was backburnered as the two finished additional tracks for her English-language release, Rebirth, set to hit stores March 1. One possible Grammy song is "You Got Me," an expression of the couple's amor for one another, according to producer Rodney Jenkins; "Escapmonos" off the soundtrack to Lopez's last flick, Shall We Dance?, is reportedly another candidate.

    The latter song also appears on two of Anthony's albums, Amar Sin Mentiras and Vali La Pena, both of which are up for Grammys this year for Best Latin Pop Album and Salsa/Merengue Album, respectively.

    While Lopez is the bigger star of the two, it's her third husband who has the hardware. She is 0-for-2 in Grammy nominations, while he won the Grammy in 1998 for Best Tropical Latin Performance and also has a 2000 Latin Grammy for Best Song.

    CBS is scheduled to broadcast the Grammys live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. Organizers hope that the lovebirds' combo translates into big ratings for the telecast and tops last year's opening smash pairing of Beyonc and Prince.

    As gossiphounds gushed over the prospect of Lopez and Anthony canoodling on stage, the Recording Academy also announced Wednesday another potential show-stopper--a special all-star rendition of the Beatles' "Across the Universe" to benefit tsunami victims. The live performance, featuring the likes of Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Velvet Revolver and Brian Wilson, will be made available for download for 99 cents immediately afterward at iTunes Music Store. CBS.com will also offer exclusive video of the segment with proceeds from the downloads going to tsunami relief efforts.

    Previously announced performers include U2, Green Day and Kanye West with Mavis Staples, John Legend and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

    Additionally, Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston will perform a special tribute to the late Ray Charles, while Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickie Betts and Elvin Bishop will join forces for a salute to Southern rock.

    Among those tapped as presenters are Hoobastank, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, bluegrass queen Alison Krauss, supermodel Tyra Banks, Ellen DeGeneres, Ludacris, Mark McGrath, Gary Sinise and John Travolta.

    Queen Latifah will host and perform.

    Lopez gearing up for March 1 'Rebirth'

    Jennifer Lopez's new album, "Rebirth," will be released simultaneously as a standard CD and a DualDisc on March 1 via Epic.

    The latter edition will feature the audio portion on one side and a DVD on the other, bolstered with interviews, in-studio footage and the video for first single "Get Right," which is No. 1 at MTV this week.

    The track jumped 13 places to No. 28 on Billboard's current Hot 100 singles chart, and is set to appear in a TV ad campaign for the National Basketball Association next month.

    Meanwhile, MTV eyeing a Feb. 14 airdate for a Lopez primetime special, while appearances on NBC's "Today" and the syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" are in the works for the week of release.

    "Rebirth" is the follow-up to 2002's "This Is Me...Then," which peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    The album includes collaborations with rappers Fat Joe and Fabolous.

    J.LO FINDS NEW TEAM

    WE told you months ago Jennifer Lopez was shopping around for another agent — and now she's got one. Lopez ditched Endeavor agent Patrick Whitesell for a team at ICM headed by Toni Howard and Jeff Berg. Lopez was said to be unhappy with Whitesell after he got her roles in "Shall We Dance," "An Unfinished Life" and "Monster-In-Law." "Shall We Dance," which co-starred Richard Gere, bombed, and the word on "Unfinished Life" and "Monster" (with Jane Fonda) is not good. Lopez's notoriously jealous Hubby, Marc Anthony, is said to have had a role in the switch, and is happy now that she has no more contact with the handsome Whitesell.

    PREGNANT PRAYER

    JENNIFER Lopez is turning to God in her quest to have a baby. The booty-licious one has created a shrine at her Long Island home featuring a 17-inch Our Lady of Guadalupe — a Mexican rendering of the Virgin Mary. In Touch Weekly reports that J.Lo routinely lights a candle and prays to the statue, asking to be blessed with pregnancy. "Praying to the saint was her mom's idea," says a family source. "A year ago, Jen would have said, 'No way.' She's desperate and is praying for a miracle." Reps for Lopez did not return calls.

    Tidbits

    US MAGAZINE nailed J.Lo's Jan. 22 World Music Awards dressing room requests: "Soft baked" chocolate chip cookies, sour cream-and-onion potato chips, nacho cheese Doritos, M&Ms, Snickers, Hershey bars (did not specify with or without nuts), white bread and American cheese. To wash it all down: Caffeine-free Pepsi with handwritten instructions in capital letters "not diet." Other contract rider items include: "White or red roses or white lilies (green leaves removed)," plus portable boombox, grapefruit Jo Malone candles, TV, VCR, DVD and CD. Probably next time she'll include an IV, ID, PDA and any other thing that comes with initials. Plus Oreos.

    'Alexander,' 'Catwoman' Lead Bad Pix Nominations

    This could be the year in which Alexander the Great conquers Catwoman and President Bush wins a prize as worst actor.

    Nominations for the 25th annual Razzies, which honor the worst films of the year, were announced on Monday with "Catwoman," the Halle Berry box office bomb, besting "Alexander," Oliver Stone's much maligned tale of the bleached blond conqueror, by seven nominations to six.

    In addition, the president made the list for worst actor for his film clip appearances in "Fahrenheit 9/11," a movie he might well consider the worst of the year. Also nominated for their appearances in the politically-charged film about the Iraq war were Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

    The Razzies are a traditional spoof award made at Oscar time by the non-profit Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. The group's prizes are given out on Feb. 26, the day before the Oscars. Never has one of its films gone on to win an Oscar.

    "Catwoman" and "Alexander" were nominated for Worst Picture, a category which also drew "SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2," Ben Affleck's career-eroding "Surviving Christmas," and "White Chicks," the Wayans brothers dress-up, gender-bending comedy that left critics cold.

    Bush was nominated for worst actor along with Affleck for "Surviving Christmas" and "Jersey Girl," Vin Diesel for "Chronicles of Riddick," Colin Farrell for "Alexander." Ben Stiller was nominated for "Along Came Polly," "Anchorman," "Dodgeball," "Envy" and "Starsky & Hutch."

    Halle Berry was nominated for worst actress for "Catwoman," Hilary Duff for "Cinderella Story" and "Raise Your Voice," Angelina Jolie for "Alexander" and "Taking Lives," Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for "New York Minute" and Shawn and Marlon Wayans in their incarnation as the Wayans sisters in "White Chicks."

    The nominations for worst screen couple include: Ben Affleck and either Jennifer Lopez or Liv Tyler in "Jersey Girl," Halle Berry and either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone in "Catwoman, George W. Bush and either Rice or his pet goat in "Fahrenheit 9/11," the Olsen twins in "New York Minute," the Wayans Brothers, in or out of drag, in "White Chicks."

    Worst supporting actress were Carmen Electra for "Starsky & Hutch," Jennifer Lopez for "Jersey Girl," Rice for "Fahrenheit 9/11," Britney Spears for her cameo role in that same movie and Sharon Stone for "Catwoman."

    Val Kilmer was nominated for worst supporting actor for "Alexander." Also nominated were California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for "Around The World in 80 Days," Rumsfeld for "Fahrenheit 9/11," Jon Voight for SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2" and Lambert Wilson for "Catwoman."

    "Catwoman" led with seven nominations to six for Alexander, five for "Fahrenheit 9/11," five "White Chicks," and four for "SuperBabies."

    Boy Band Blue Tops U2 in French Music Awards

    Brit boy band Blue edged Irish rock group U2 to a top honor at France's biggest music awards on Saturday night, with hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and pop band Maroon 5 scooping awards of their own.

    The award show, hosted by European radio group NRJ, featured performances from R&B star Usher and Jennifer Lopez, who performed her new song "Get Right" accompanied by dancers clad in schoolgirl outfits.

    Blue won the award for best international group, beating U2 who received a special achievement award that was presented to lead singer Bono by supermodel Naomi Campbell.

    "I'm not from this country but I'll make a little confession to you -- it's at the Cote d'Azure I feel at home," Bono said in French.

    Several members of U2 own homes a stone's throw from the awards venue in Cannes.

    Maroon 5 -- actually Maroon 2 for the night, with the rest of the band's members unable to attend -- won two awards, for best new international artist and best international song.

    Guitarist Jesse Carmichael said the band, which has been without bassist Ryan Dusick due to a shoulder injury, hopes to be back at full strength soon.

    "We've been touring so intensely ... hopefully he'll be back in the spring," Carmichael said.

    Black Eyed Peas picked up the best international album gong for "Elephunk." French singer Jenifer also took home two awards, for best French female singer and best French album.

    We Hear...

    THAT Jennifer Lopez wears $1 million worth of Dennis Basso fur in her new "Hold You Down" video.

    J.Lo, Nelly Join MTV's Tsunami Aid

    Jennifer Lopez is the latest A-lister to pitch in on tsunami relief efforts.

    J.Lo is joining an all-star bill for the MTV Asia Aid benefit, set to air on all MTV channels worldwide on Feb. 3, including MTV2 in the U.S. at 9 a.m. ET.

    The special, which will be held at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, will feature live performances from Alicia Keys, Good Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson, Hoobastank and Simple Plan, along with many of Asia's top music stars, including India's Asha Bhosle, Japan's Namie Amura, Thailand's Tata Young and Bird Thongchair McIntyre, and Malaysia's Siti Nurhaliza.

    The cable network will also broadcast a prerecorded performance contributed by Lopez, who was unable to attend. Several other artists who couldn't make the Feb. 3 show in person--including Ricky Martin, Sting, Green Day, Nelly, 50 Cent and Moby--will tape spots to air during the concert urging viewers to donate generously toward relief efforts.

    "The entire world is united by the devastation of this tragedy," said Nelly in a statement. "It's an issue of humanity. History will judge us on our compassionate and immediate response."

    "The people of South Asia need our help to rebuild their lives. This is an opportunity to keep giving, and your generosity and compassion that has been so incredible over the last few weeks," added Lopez.

    A free feed of the show will be offered to broadcasters globally, with MTV aiming to beam the benefit directly into the homes of three-quarters of the world's TV viewers--or more than 1 billion people.

    "The response so far has been overwhelming, and the event will bring together diverse artists from across the globe to offer hope and inspiration," said Bill Roedy, president of MTV Networks International. "This will be a global event."

    CNN International has also pledged to create nine vignettes exploring the human side of the tragedy, including video montages of the afflicted areas and first-hand accounts from survivors.

    A majority of the money raised during the event will go to UNICEF, with the balance being funneled to local charities in Thailand, India, and other hard-hit areas.

    MTV will also air its own news special, MTV News Presents: After the Tsunami, exploring the aftermath of the earthquake-triggered tsunamis that devastated a dozen countries in Asia and Africa on Dec. 26. More than 226,000 people were killed.

    The benefit is the last effort by the entertainment industry to lend a hand.

    On Saturday, NBC Universal organized a telethon featuring Hollywood A-listers such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck, as well as performances by Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw. The event recalled the massive America: Tribute to Heroes benefit in the wake of 9-11.

    However, unlike the latter, which was watched by some 89 million U.S. viewers and raised $150 million, the two-hour Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope only drew 5.7 million by comparison--possibly due to audience fatigue from around-the-clock cable news coverage.

    No word yet exactly how much money was raised during the telethon. NBC is expected to make an announcement on Friday.

    J.Lo Getting Comfortable

    R&B star Jennifer Lopez has toned down her 'bling-bling' wardrobe in favour of "comfortable" clothes, but she still has a taste for expensive jewellery. Jennifer has started wearing more conservative outfits since marrying Latino singer Marc Anthony last June, and her prolific clothes-buying in the past is starting to pay dividends. The 35-year-old says, "This coat I'm wearing now has been in my closet for six years, so I have all this new stuff that's actually old. "I still love my hoop earrings and my bling but I also see myself gravitating towards stuff that is a little bit more comfortable and lived in."

    J.Lo Defends Quick Marriage

    Jennifer Lopez has lashed out at critics of her whirlwind third marriage to Marc Anthony, insisting the media and public don't know the full facts of their relationship. Jennifer started dating long time pal Marc Anthony in February 2004, only a month after ending her engagement with Ben Affleck, and went on to marry the salsa singer in early June.

    Lopez admits she hates the media and public judging her behaviour after a string of broken engagements and failed marriages over the past eight years. She says, "Misinterpreted, misjudged. I was on a TV show yesterday and I was telling them I'd like to set boundaries about my personal life and the interviewer said, 'Well, what if I told you, you got married too soon?' "I was like, 'Well, you have no right to judge me, you don't know what happened.' "People think they know the facts, but they don't. Some of it's totally made up and some of it's based on truth and some of it's a soap opera they're creating. "I'm human and I make choices. I follow my heart, I make mistakes and I just keep going. I'm a woman. Well, I'm a girl and, absolutely, I believe in love. It's the only thing. "The most important thing is to believe in love and that's the only thing I've ever been guilty of."

    J.Lo's new jewel box

    Bronx girl Jennifer Lopez is finalizing a deal for a $9.9 million penthouse in the brand new Icon building, designed by Phillipe Starck. The penthouse boasts a 6,000-square-foot balcony and a private pool.

    Billboard Single Reviews

    ARTIST: JENNIFER LOPEZ
    SINGLE: GET RIGHT
    "Get Right" is the first single from Jennifer Lopez's forthcoming album, "Rebirth," due March 1. At first listen, the cut's most striking element are whiny, repetitive horns. (Sound familiar? They should. They're sampled from Maceo & the Macks' "Soul Power '74," written by James Brown.) Radio might be charmed by the bold brass, or it could turn tail and bolt. However, the lyrically straightforward jam has an undeniably catchy thump-thump bassline. The stomping chorus elicits an involuntary head bob from the listener, which bodes well for club and radio play. Fabolous makes an appearance on the hip-hop version of the cut, which differs only in that he gets two rap interludes. With Lopez's track record at radio -- nine top 10 Mainstream Top 40 hits thus far -- it's likely "Get Right" will make a splashy bow on the charts.

    J.Lo: 'Call Me Jennifer'

    Jennifer Lopez is so sick of her "J.Lo" stage name; she nearly titled her upcoming album 'Call Me Jennifer'.

    Jennifer is desperate to ditch her J.Lo tag so she can propel the true Jennifer into the spotlight and bury the reputation attached to her alter-ego. She says, "I'm not J.Lo, she's not a real person. She was just a bit of fun that got really crazy. I've never been anyone but Jennifer. "I was going to call the album 'Call Me Jennifer' because that would be my way of saying goodbye to the whole J.Lo thing. But 'Rebirth' is perfect because it means so much more."

    Lopez: 'Fame Changed Me'

    Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez lost her desire to be a top stage and screen performer when she became famous. The Latina star allowed her art to suffer as she developed a growing passion for wearing designer clothes and expensive jewellery, which she would regularly show off at glamorous parties. She explains, "It was all a bit mad. For a girl like me, wearing gorgeous clothes and having all this attention was amazing. It was like being a princess. "But it didn't take me long to realise that that sort of fame can be scary. The more the circus builds up around you, the more you start to lose all those intentions that get you there in the first place. "I was always about being a good performer and working hard, doing movies, making music, but that started to get lost in all that crazy stuff."

    Sightings

    MARC Anthony and Jennifer Lopez buying so much Gucci and Ralph Lauren in last-minute Christmas shopping at the Americana in Manhasset that they needed a second car for it . . .

    Sightings

    JENNIFER Lopez and Marc Anthony picking out ties and safari-themed plates at Hermes in Bal Harbour.

    Jennifer Lopez's Ex-Husband Sues Her

    An ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez sued her for alleged breach of contract, claiming he was wrongly fired as the manager of her restaurant in Pasadena.

    Ojani Noa, a waiter who married Lopez in 1997, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Superior Court. They met at a restaurant in Miami where he worked and were married for about a year.

    Noa quit his job managing the Conga Room in Los Angeles in 2002 to take a job running Lopez's new restaurant, Madres, and was told by her that she would not fire him "without good cause or reason," the lawsuit said.

    Noa, who was paid $1,000 a week, was fired six months after he started the job at Madres, which opened in April 2002, the lawsuit said. It wasn't known why Noa was fired.

    "Mr. Noa tried to call Ms. Lopez to find out what prompted this sudden change of events. His calls went unreturned," the lawsuit said.

    A phone call to Lopez's publicist was not immediately returned.

    Noa is seeking unspecified damages.

    Britney Spears Named Top Star of 2004

    "Access Hollywood" has named its "Top Ten Stars of 2004," with Britney Spears in the No. 1 spot. The rankings are based on the number of stories the syndicated entertainment television show aired on each star. Spears — who was married twice, canceled a summer tour because of a knee injury and released a greatest hits album — topped the list with 119 stories. Beyonce is in the No. 2 spot, with 102 stories, followed by Donald Trump, 94 stories; Michael Jackson, 84 stories; Tom Cruise, 72 stories; Jessica Simpson, 69 stories; Paris Hilton, 63 stories; Nicole Kidman, 62 stories; Jennifer Lopez, 54 stories; and Whitney Houston, 52 stories. "We want to thank these stars for helping to make 2004 the best in `Access Hollywood' history," executive producer Rob Silverstein said in a statement Tuesday. "Here's to more `can't miss' moments in 2005."

    J.Lo, Wyclef Jean among celebs donating items for hurricane relief auction

    A poster signed by Jennifer Lopez and a guitar signed by Wyclef Jean are on sale in an MTV internet auction to raise money for hurricane victims.

    Seventy-five per cent of proceeds from the Caribbean Relief Charity Auction will go to American Red Cross efforts in Haiti, Grenada and the Cayman Islands, according to MTV's website. The auction runs through Monday. Other items include a poster signed by Britney Spears and tickets to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    "I think fans pay attention," Jean told The Associated Press. "They are aware of the situation and want to do what they can to contribute."

    Last week, the UN World Food Program released a music video by the 32-year-old hip-hop star to help Haitian victims of floods and rising political violence. Jean also has set up the charity Yele Haiti to help his impoverished homeland.

    The World Food Program is now feeding more than 600,000 people, including 100,000 flood victims, in Haiti.

    Tidbits

    Lynda Lopez to Baird Jones of Webster Hall: "When Jennifer comes back to the family, she's still my same older sister. Only now the presents are more expensive."

    Jennifer Lopez Rings In The New Year With New Single

    After leaving behind the embarrassment of "Gigli" and her failed relationship with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez is ready to begin anew.

    The pop diva has already forgotten the "Paycheck" star with her recent marriage to singer Marc Anthony and plans to release a new album, "Rebirth," which drops March 2005. A sneak peek of the video of the first single, "Get Right," which she recorded with Fabolos, will air on MTV on New Year's Eve.

    J. Lo also recouped her film career in 2004, starring opposite Richard Gere in the romantic comedy remake "Shall We Dance?" She next stars alongside Robert Redford in the drama "An Unfinished Life," which opens in January and opposite Jane Fonda in the comedy "Monster-in-Law," which is scheduled for release in May.

    Additional tracks on "Rebirth" include "Hold You Down," "Step Into My World," "Still Around" and "Cherry Pie" and feature collaborations with Fat Joe and hubby Marc Anthony.

    Jennifer Lopez Rings In The New Year With New Single

    Jennifer Lopez will celebrate New Year's Eve by showing a sneak peek of her newest music video on MTV. The video, "Get Right," is the first single off of her upcoming album, Rebirth, which is scheduled for release in March of 2005.

    Guests on the album include Fat Joe, Marc Anthony and Fabolous, who joins Lopez on a special version of "Get Right". Other song titles include "Hold You Down", "Step Into My World", "Still Around" and "Cherry Pie".

    Rebirth is Lopez' fourth studio album. Lopez has sold over 35 million records worldwide since releasing her debut CD, On The 6, in 1999.

    J.Lo Clashes With Drunken Danes

    Jennifer Lopez reportedly lost her temper during a gig in Sweden this week, when she was interrupted by drunk Danish revellers. The singer performed a sample of her new album 'Amar Sin Mentiras' for around 100 VIPs in Stockholm. A source tells American gossip site The Scoop, "She was explaining how each song came about while the guests ate filet mignon, seafood and drank champagne."But she kept getting interrupted by drunk people." According to The Scoop, J.Lo isolated a table of three drunk Danes as the offenders and left the stage after two songs to speak to a member of her entourage who asked party organisers to stop serving alcohol. The source adds, "They asked the Danes several times to be quiet but they didn't listen. J.Lo was expected to stay at least an hour after they played the songs, but she ran out of the place as soon as she was done."

    OSCAR SHOCK FOR PALTROW, J. LO

    THE clampdown embattled Disney chief Michael Eisner has put on Miramax's budget while he and Harvey Weinstein feud has cost Miramax two potential Oscar contenders this year.

    The studio, which has "Finding Neverland" and "The Aviator," is actively campaigning to score Oscar nominations for both. But it had also been hoping for nominations for "Proof," starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and "Unfinished Life," starring Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford.

    Just a month ago, flacks for Miramax were saying "Proof" would bow in early January, in the time for the Oscar cutoff. "Unfinished Life" was orginally slated for release before "Proof." Now they have both been pushed back for May premieres.

    An insider said the films were postponed because, "there is no marketing budget and Miramax wants to focus on 'Neverland' and 'The Aviator.'"

    Paltrow is said to be upset because a January Vogue cover was booked to come out in tandem with "Proof" and it was her only Oscar hope for this year after "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" tanked at the box office.

    Despite the postponement, a Miramax rep insists there are no hard feelings between Paltrow and Weinstein, and the two greeted each other "warmly" at a Robin Hood Foundation event last week.

    Another insider at Miramax said that "Proof" was only finished within the past two weeks, and since "Finding Neverland" and "The Aviator" were receiving "tremendous buzz," Weinstein preferred to wait on "Proof" for next year.

    The plan is to bring "Proof" to the Cannes Film Festival in May and the Venice Film Festival in July before releasing it wide in October, which would "make it available for Oscar consideration" in 2006.

    Perhaps the only person who should be really annoyed is Lopez, who was promised that "Unfinished Life" would be an Oscar contender this year.

    Now, not only will the picture not be out until after next spring - some who have seen it says it isn't likely to win any Oscar nominations for 2006, either.

    "The movie is not great - and that's being charitable," said one person who has seen "Unfinished Life."

    A rep for Miramax contends that "Unfinished Life" has, in fact, "tested well."

    Fashion Forward

    JENNIFER Lopez is ready to commandeer the catwalk. The singer/actress/fashion designer is in the midst of putting together her first fashion show for her J.Lo clothing line. "She will hold it in February during Fashion Week at the Armory — not at the tents," confided our mole. La Lopez is said to make her ghetto-fabulous line of casual gear more "upscale," so expect her to unveil a chic new look at the show.

    J.Lo Clones Herself For New Music Video

    Jennifer Lopez fans are set to enjoy the star in many forms in her new music video which will feature a horde of J.Lo clones. The clip for her track 'Get Right' will be reminiscent of Robert Altman's 1993 movie 'Short Cuts'. The video starts in an alley outside a club, where a little girl follows her big sister (played by Lopez) inside, begging to sit and watch from under the tables while she DJs. As the song starts, J.Lo is seen as a range of different characters, including an energetic club patron, a diva, a bartender and a drunken partygoer.

    Lopez Slams Critics

    Superstar Jennifer Lopez has hit out at critics of her love-life, telling them to mind their own business. The singer/actress shocked many when she married singer Marc Anthony just months after splitting from previous fiance Ben Affleck, but Lopez is amazed by people's intense interest in her personal life. J.Lo says, "It's funny how people will look at you and wonder whether you're doing the wrong thing! "Living your life in public is a weird thing because people feel they have a right to judge what you do. "I think, if you turn the media spotlight on any random person, they would have the same kinds of things going on in their lives, but mine would wind up on the front page."

    J.Lo's Ode To Marc Anthony

    Latina beauty Jennifer Lopez will sing a new song about her marriage to Marc Anthony on her upcoming album. Lopez, who married Anthony in secret earlier this year, has so far refused to discuss their union - but she spells out her true feelings for him in 'You Got Me', which was written by the album's producer Rodney Jerkins. He says, "From what I looked at on TV, from newspapers and everything, I just took that and created a song about it. "It's basically saying, 'No matter what people say about relationships, about us, no matter what their view is, you got me and I got you.' That's the bottom line." Jerkins also praises Lopez performance on the album V which will be released next year - insisting she has improved greatly on the J.Lo of old: "She's grown. She's got better vocally. She even shocked me."

    Sightings

    JENNIFER Lopez and Andre 3000 of Outkast having to wait for a table at Ian Schrager's jam-packed Skybar at the Mondrian in L.A

    'Grudge' Curses 'Shark' Hat Trick

    Audiences weren't frightened off by Sarah Michelle Gellar's latest horror debut this past weekend. "The Grudge," the American remake of the Japanese horror thriller "Ju-on," took in $40 million its first weekend, grabbing the top spot from DreamWorks' animated family film "Shark Tale," which reigned at the top for the past three weekends. "Grudge," which centers on a horrible curse that grips its victim in a powerful, all-consuming rage, is Sony's seventh No. 1 opener for the year. The others in that illustrious club include "You Got Served," "50 First Dates," "Hellboy," "Spider-Man 2," "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and "The Forgotten."

    The Jennifer Lopez-Richard Gere romantic comedy "Shall We Dance?" is hanging tough in third place, with only a 27 percent drop in its second week of release. Other films taking the expected 30 to 45 percent drop are "Friday Night Lights," "Team America: World Police," "Ladder 49," "Taxi" and "The Forgotten."

    Audiences weren't so merry for Ben Affleck's latest offering, the holiday comedy "Surviving Christmas," which debuted at No. 7 with only $4.5 million. The timing is a bit early for yuletide cheer, given that audiences are more interested in screaming in terror than singing carols.

    Making a whopping 228 percent leap after expanding to 785 theaters in its fourth week out is the quirky, existential comedy "I (Heart) Huckabees." The ensemble flick made it to tenth place with a take of $3 million.

    The quietly powerful comedy-drama "Sideways" opened on only four screens, but had the highest per screen average of $52,073. Another indie flick, "The Machinist" starring a skeletal Christian Bale, also fared well, earning $21,333 on each of its three screens.

    Overall, this weekend's Top 12 films fall just a bit short with $99.7 mil versus the same weekend last year, which earned $119.6 mil.

    These are estimates by Exhibitor Relations, which tracks box-office receipts daily. Check back Monday for final totals.

    Lopez Enrolls Anthony As Producer

    Latina beauty Jennifer Lopez's husband Marc Anthony is producing her first Spanish language album - but she still refuses to duet with him on it. J.Lo collaborated with Anthony on the song 'No Me Ames' in 1999, taken from her 'On The 6' debut disc, but there's speculation she's refused to sing future tracks with him after the negative reviews the duet received. She explains, "Marc's producing the Spanish album for me, but there are no duets on that album." Anthony recently produced Lopez's cover of the Dean Maritn classic 'Sway' for the soundtrack of her latest film 'Shall We Dance?' Lopez has a habit of employing her spouses. In 2002 she gave her first husband Ojani Noa the role of managing her Los Angeles restaurant Madre's and also employed her second spouse Cris Judd as her choreographer.

    Marc Anthony Serenades Jennifer Lopez At New York Concert

    Marc Anthony may shy away from talking to the press about his wife Jennifer Lopez, but he doesn't have a problem singing about her in front of 4,000 people. In a concert at New York's Roseland Ballroom Sunday (October 17), Anthony pointed to Jennifer as he sang a song in Spanish that translated means "There's Nobody Like Her." During the song, Anthony climbed up on a platform at the side of the stage and sang facing the balcony where Lopez was seated.

    Before the last song of the set, Anthony introduced Lopez to the audience, saying "(She's) a woman who has dedicated her life to representing [Puerto Ricans]. A really, really good friend of mine--Jennifer Lopez." Lopez is a native New Yorker, so it's no surprise that the mostly Latino audience chanted "J. Lo, J. Lo" for their hometown favorite.

    Anthony also acknowledged Fat Joe, who waved to the crowd from his seat in the balcony. During the concert, Fat Joe told LAUNCH, "[Marc Anthony] is a great singer...a good friend... he's absolutely amazing."

    Lopez sat with her mother, Guadalupe, and her sister Lynda Lopez.

    A group of fifty members of Marc Anthony's fan club won a chance to attend sound check earlier in the day. Referring to the publicity surrounding his personal life, Anthony told the group that the last several months have been challenging. He said, "It's been really crazy.... Don't believe everything you read!"

    This was a rare live performance for Marc, who canceled his U.S. tour this summer. Fan club members told LAUNCH that they traveled from as far away as California, Illinois and Florida to attend the show. Jennine, from Toronto, Canada, explained, "There's something in his voice that makes you feel alive when you hear him sing. This is going to keep me happy until my next vacation."

    Marc Anthony released two Latin albums this summer: the Latin pop CD Amar Sin Mentiras and the salsa CD Valio La Pena. Both reached the Number One position on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

    J.Lo Defends Gigli (Seriously!)

    OK, so that butt-kisser James Lipton deemed Jennifer Lopez worthy of an Inside the Actors Studio appearance. But the rest of us know J.Lo more for her booty-shaking dance moves, addictively catchy pop songs and husband-juggling than for her acting prowess. Let's face it: The 35-year-old superstar was outta sight in Out of Sight, but she's since appeared in forgettable fluff like The Wedding Planner and the critically despised bomb Gigli. Still, rather than admit defeat, Razzie winner Lopez defends her performance in last year's most maligned flick.

    "I don't look at Gigli the way I think the rest of the world looks at Gigli," Lopez says. "I gauge my success on whether or not I have done my job and how well I did it. For me, I consider that movie a success in that sense.

    "I went in there with a certain amount of material that I could work with," she continues. "I did the best that I could. When I walk away from a movie thinking, 'You know what, you kind of phoned that in' — which, thank God, I've never done — that's when I would consider myself a failure."

    After the frenzy over the demise of Bennifer and her recent nuptials to singer Marc Anthony (which she's keeping mum on), she's shying away from the limelight. That means limiting her appearances to special occasions, like promoting her new film, Shall We Dance? (opening Friday).

    "I just felt like there was a time there — and not just last year, but building up for a couple of years — where it was just out of my control," she admits. "I was like, 'What is this thing, this thing that has become me? Who is that thing?' And I didn't like it.

    "I'm at a different point in my life right now," J.Lo elaborates. "I'm a little bit older. I'd like to think that [I'm] wiser and more mature, and that I've learned from my experiences. You have to say, 'This is OK and this is not OK. This is what I do for a living and this is my life. It's the only one that I get.' So you have to set boundaries, and that's the approach that I'm trying to take now to get the focus back on what I do. I'm a singer. I'm an actress. I'm a dancer. That's what I do for a living."

    With the stalkerazzi attention, she realizes she can't just be Jenny from the Block anymore. "I didn't want to let [show business] change me by becoming this very reclusive and private person," she sighs. "I miss walking around a lot, so much. Literally, when I get in my car, I put my head outside of the window like a dog and let the air hit me because I don't get to do that all the time."

    At 'Dance' debut, J. Lo shows fancy footwork

    Though her new movie asks Shall We Dance?, Jennifer Lopez walked the red carpet without a partner at Tuesday night's premiere.

    Husband Marc Anthony reportedly scuttled into the theater earlier, where Lopez eventually took a spot on the aisle next to him, midway down.

    Contrary to rumors, a Miramax Films spokeswoman says Anthony does not have a cameo in the movie. It's about a Chicago lawyer (Richard Gere) who seeks solace from the workday grind by taking ballroom dance lessons. Lopez stars as his instructor in the film, which opens Oct. 15. Susan Sarandon plays his wife.

    At the after-party, Lopez and Anthony hit the dance floor, and cuddled in a corner booth.

    It was the same "we're together-we're not" scene that has been playing out since the two wed in her Beverly Hills yard in June.

    When a People reporter asked Lopez how married life was going, she politely replied, "Ah, I'm just not talking about that." But she did reveal that there's "no tangoing at home. I kind of left that at the set when I was done."

    As for tangoing with Gere, Lopez, a former In Living Color Fly Girl, said: "We both had a lot of work to do when we got there. I am a natural dancer, and I have been taking classes since I was very young, so in that sense I guess I had the one-up on him. But this is so different from anything else I've ever done that it was really challenging."

    Gere amended the record slightly. "She didn't have to learn to dance. I had to learn to dance," he said. But what about his hoofing prowess in Chicago? "I fake things. If I have four or five months that I can learn something, I can pretty much learn almost anything."

    Lopez stars opposite another Hollywood heavyweight, Robert Redford, in An Unfinished Life, which is due this Christmas. She calls working with both legends "a little bit surreal."

    "It's always great to see what kind of people they are and how they've survived all this time," said Lopez, who braved the crisp evening in a silver and white Michael Kors sheath with cutouts at the midriff. She carried a white J. Mendel fur coat.

    Lopez: I Lost Myself

    Latina beauty Jennifer Lopez has accused her former fiance Ben Affleck of turning her into someone she didn't like. J.Lo loves the influence her husband Marc Anthony has on her, but admits her relationship with the Ben had a negative impact on her personality. She explains, "The relationship definitely reached a fever pitch. I just felt that it was a time where things built up and out of my control. I thought, 'What is this thing that has become me? Who is that thing?' And I didn't like it."

    Kill That Clip

    JENNIFER Lopez has a mental block. J.Lo is desperately trying to get her "Jenny from the Block" video — which features herself and then-boyfriend Ben Affleck cavorting on a yacht, in a hotel and in a Bentley — pulled from VH1 and MTV permanently. An insider told Us Weekly that Lopez's camp is insisting the video "not be considered or shown." No word on whether or not the cable channels will comply, but word is that Lopez's hubby, Marc Anthony, is jealous of the romping.

    Sightings

    JACK Nicholson lunching at Da Silvano while Jennifer Lopez surrounded herself with friends who blocked any shots by paparazzi lurking outside.

    J.Lo Gets Children's Humanitarian Award

    Jennifer Lopez will be honored at the inaugural "Noche de Ninos, aka "Children's Night," on Saturday, Oct. 2.

    The performer will be presented with the Children's Humanitarian award by MGM Chairman and CEO Alex Yemenidjian in recognition of her efforts for the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

    "Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a remarkable place," says Lopez. "This top pediatric facility treats and cares for some of the sickest children, not just from California but from all over the world. These kids need our support and I feel blessed to be able to help."

    Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, "Noche de Ninos" is chaired by Antonio Banderas, child advocate Cheryl Saban, and MGM Chairman and CEO Alex Yemenidjian and will be hosted by comedian George Lopez. Entertainers for the evening include J.Lo's husband Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Baute, dancer Joaquin Cortes, comedian Cheech Marin and singer/actress Renee Olstead.

    Also being honored that night is Trish Meraz who will receive the Courage to Care award from Leonardo DiCaprio for her strength and generosity while her son was treated for and ultimately passed away from a childhood cancer.

    "Noche de Ninos" will help raise the $500 million needed for new facilities for the hospital as well as for endowment, program, and annual support. For more information, visit www.ChildrensHospitalLA.org.

    Lopez, 35, next stars on the big screen opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in the romantic comedy "Shall We Dance?," opening nationwide on Friday, Oct. 15.

    Lopez: 'I'm Softer Now I'm Mrs Anthony'

    Jennifer Lopez is revealing all about her surprise third wedding at last, admitting her new status as Marc Anthony's wife has softened up her personality.

    J.Lo appeared on Primetime Live news show in America, and confessed to interviewer Diane Sawyer she was "a little nervous". Then, she opened up about her June wedding, and vowed her latest trip down the aisle will lead to a lasting romance. She said, "What do I know about marriage? I think I've learned that both people have to really wanna be there. "It's how you treat each other when you're hurt. I think that's the most important thing - because it's all great when everything's fun and great and lovely, but I think in the hard times is when a marriage becomes a marriage or it just falls apart."

    But the biggest shock in the candid chat came when Lopez revealed she's ditched her tough girl Jenny From The Block image. She added, "I was always so Bronxy in a way - gutsy and ballsy and 'I don't care what anybody thinks...'" Lopez also confessed she didn't think she'd ever be happily married after breaking up with Ben Affleck earlier this year: "There's always a part of you that doesn't believe everything once you've been through a lot."

    Film Review: 'Shall We Dance?'

    Even those who have never been exposed to the considerable charms of the 1996 Masayuki Suo original will likely find Peter Chelsom's all-American version of "Shall We Dance?" to be a dishearteningly sullen, lead-footed misstep.

    While both versions center on a middle-aged married male stuck in a bit of a rut who undergoes a spiritual reawakening by taking ballroom dance classes, the Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez version is a listless, Hollywooden affair populated by generic characters that are either blandly underdeveloped (in the case of the leads) or drawn with tired broad strokes.

    The promise of seeing the reborn song-and-dance man after his well-received turn in "Chicago" with another opportunity to do a little fancy footwork, along with Lopez getting a chance to reconnect with her inner Fly Girl, may be enough to initially bring in an older, female-skewing audience when the film opens Oct. 15. But Miramax's deferred summer release likely will lack the legs to see it through the fall.

    Relocated to Chicago (by way of Winnipeg), the Westernized edition features Gere as John Clark, a successful lawyer with a loving wife (Susan Sarandon) who nevertheless feels like his life has been running on autopilot.

    One day, while commuting home by the El train, he spots an exotic yet somewhat distant-looking woman (a wispy Lopez) staring out the window of Miss Mitzi's Studio, and like a wayward moth drawn to a flame, he soon finds himself signing up for lessons.

    But before he gets a chance to cut the rug with the lovely Paulina, Clark has to learn the basics from Miss Mitzi herself (an ever-charming Anita Gillette) while teaming up with the rather strident Bobbie (Lisa Ann Walter), who has just dumped the flamboyant Link Peterson (Stanley Tucci) for being more concerned about his bad wigs than his good form.

    Naturally, John's increasing and unexplained absences have wife Beverly worried that he may be having an affair, so she enlists the services of a detective (Richard Jenkins) to spy on him.

    You don't need to know anything about the original film to realize that the magical world of dance will lift Clark out of his earthbound funk, but as directed by Chelsom ("Serendipity") and written by Audrey Wells ("Under the Tuscan Sun"), that transformation never convincingly takes place.

    And while the marketing may suggest otherwise, Lopez figures in only about a third of the film -- if that -- and her severely underwritten character gives her a lot less to grab onto than costume designer Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell's elegant, form-hugging creations.

    When they do finally get a chance to hit the dance floor together, they generate precious little heat, but at least they aren't required to provide the stock comic relief that has been divvied out to "Station Agent" scene-stealer Bobby Cannavale and Omar Benson Miller, playing the stud and the fat guy, respectively.

    By the time Gere and Lopez reach the big finale, dancing to the buoyant Rodgers and Hammerstein "The King and I" tune that lends the film its title, the number has been so truncated that there's really no point to have included it.

    As for the rest of the soundtrack, whoever thought it was a good idea to insert the Peter Gabriel-performed Stephin Merritt dirge "The Book of Love" late in the third act (sample lyrics: "The book of love is long and boring") really wasn't helping matters.

    Miramax

    Cast: John Clark: Richard Gere; Paulina: Jennifer Lopez; Beverly Clark: Susan Sarandon; Link Peterson: Stanley Tucci; Chic: Bobby Cannavale; Bobbie: Lisa Ann Walter; Vern: Omar Benson Miller; Miss Mitzi: Anita Gillette; Devine: Richard Jenkins; Scotty: Nick Cannon.

    Credits: Director: Peter Chelsom; Screenwriter: Audrey Wells; Producer: Simon Fields; Director of photography: John De Borman; Production designer: Caroline Hanania; Editor: Charlie Ireland; Costume designer: Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell; Music: Gabriel Yared, John Altman.

    STRIKING A J.LO BLOW

    JENNIFER Lopez doesn't give an impromptu concert for anyone — not even hubby Marc Anthony. Lopez was asked to go on stage and sing for Anthony during the surprise 35th birthday bash she threw for him at his Long Island estate Thursday evening. The booty-licious bombshell de clined as she had no back-up singers or musicians and, as an eyewitness giggled, "Marc ended up singing at his own birthday. You'll never see J.Lo un- plugged."

    J. Lo has a lot to promote - just not herself

    Just call her J. No.

    Jennifer Lopez is sporting what appears to be a sizable wedding band. But despite her appearance at several major Fashion Week events over the past few days, J. Lo still won't address the enormous elephant in the room: her secret June wedding to singer Marc Anthony, her third husband.

    With two fall/winter movies and an upcoming album to promote, Lopez is back - sort of. She won't discuss her personal life in interviews to promote her October release Shall We Dance?

    After her overexposed and ultimately busted engagement to actor Ben Affleck, it's understandable that Lopez would want her latest relationship to be more low-key, industry watchers say.

    But her refusal to address it has hardly dimmed the spotlight on her personal life.

    Lopez has not officially confirmed her marital status, but that hasn't stopped the celebrity magazines from feverishly speculating about the state of her union - in part because of her dramatic romantic past, in part because so little information about her current relationship is out there. "Is It Already Over?" the new In Touch asks. "Trouble Already!" a recent issue of Us crowed.

    Not discussing her private life is "her own prerogative," Lopez rep Leslie Sloane Zelnick says. "Things get blown up by the press, and there's some things in life she wants to keep private. This is the way she wants to live her life."

    That means following Lopez and Anthony's patented red-carpet formula. Much as they did at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the couple arrived together at a Coty anniversary bash Sunday night. They walked the red carpet separately but reunited inside the party, where they cuddled and kissed in front of gawkers.

    Yet it's hardly the camera-ready lip-locks that Lopez and Affleck shared at high-profile events, or the pat her posterior got from Affleck in her Jenny From the Block video.

    The ensuing media feeding frenzy is why Us editor Janice Min suspects Lopez might now be overcompensating for the "Bennifer spectacle, which was just too much."

    Min speculates that by zipping her lips, the larger-than-life Lopez could, in the long run, turn off her fans. But no immediate coolness was evident at a Sunday afternoon fan meet-and-greet at Macy's, where teary-eyed teen girls and moms hugged Lopez and swore their affection for the grinning star.

    "Her media strategy seems to be that less is more," Min says. "But she's always loved the publicity and being the modern-day Liz Taylor with an incredibly soap-operatic life.

    "Still, the whole Bennifer thing was embarrassing. She did not want to become a punch line, but in the end this tactic might not work for her. People love her because she's been out there and has a colorful life."

    Tidbits

    IF YOU PAY ATTENTION to the media image, you might assume that all that Jennifer Lopez does is get married, make movies, and wear bedspreads and funny hats. (What, you think we missed her on the MTV Video Music Awards?) But the actress is big on humanitarian issues. In fact, Jennifer is to be honored Oct 2. at the "Noche de Ninos" gala to benefit the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Lopez says, "When I met some of these kids, I knew I had to help. These children need us, and I feel proud to be able to make a difference." Those close to the star say she is terrific, at her best, with youngsters — direct, warm, affectionate. And, of course, they always add that she will be a model mom someday.

    A-Listers

    THE next bold-faced generation will party at the Planetarium tonight when Coty's CEO Bernd Beetz celebrates the company's 100th anniversary with Jennifer Lopez, the Olsen twins, Jade Jagger, Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss. The crowd will include Sting's daughter Michey Sumner, Santo Versace's daughter Francesca Versace, and Caroline of Monaco's son Andrea Casiraghi with his girlfriend, Tatiana Santo Domingo.

    No Making Up

    JENNIFER Lopez's fired makeup artist, Scott Barnes, is firing back. As PAGE SIX reported, Lopez canned him for leaking info about her to the press. But Barnes says he left her, because Lopez still owes him for work he did for her wedding to Marc Anthony. On that day, Barnes — hired just to beautify J.Lo — ended up working on some of her family and friends. "I came over on the pretense of business," Barnes told Us Weekly. "I ended up doing five times the work and wasn't paid. All I really wanted was an apology, and it's sad that after four years I can't even get that."

    J.Lo Hands Out Lucky Tickets

    Jennifer Lopez is turning into Willy Wonka by offering 20 fans the chance to win a golden ticket which will entitle them to spend time with her. J.Lo has put invites in 20 gift sets of her fragrances Still and Glow, and whoever claims one of the lucky boxes is in for a day they'll never forget. As part of her Ultimate Makeover venture, the lucky 20 will be flown to New York for a shopping weekend, given US$1,000 to spend and a Lopez wardrobe, as well as getting the chance to meet the star herself.

    Leak Plugged

    JENNIFER Lopez and her longtime makeup man, Scott Barnes, have parted company. Although credited with giving J.Lo her glow, Barnes was blamed for leaking information only members of her inner circle would know to the press. "[Former Barnes client] Lucy Liu had a similar problem with Scott," an insider said. As a test, Lopez told Barnes something that was false, and when her camp started getting questions about it, she knew he was the culprit. "She's exploring other options," Lopez's spokeswoman said. "It's not as dramatic as it seems." Barnes had no comment.

    Jennifer Lopez returns to star on Will & Grace

    Jennifer Lopez will return to guest star on the season premiere of Will & Grace. The singer-actress will continue in the role of herself in an episode to air Sept. 16 on NBC. In last season's finale, Lopez was recruited by Megan Mullally's character to sing at her Vegas marriage to another guest star, John Cleese. In this episode, Lopez returns to New York after her summer tour, where Sean Hayes's character accompanied Lopez as a backup dancer.

    J.LO LEAVES E! IN THE LURCH

    EXECS at E! are furious Jennifer Lopez has reneged on granting the cable network an interview. "Jennifer cut a deal with E! that if they laid off her, she would give them an exclusive interview — her and her family members," said someone involved in the deal. The network was planning an "E! True Hollywood Story" on Lopez, which had the star worried. "E! agreed to stop the 'True Hollywood Story' and cut down rotation on any other E! shows that had [negative] information about her like, 'It's Good to Be . . .,' " the insider said. Although E! kept its word, Lopez didn't. Her reps called up E! on Monday and told them, "Jennifer has changed her mind. There will be no shoot." The shoot was set for today in Miami. Our spy laughed, "Jennifer didn't want to talk about her marriage, pregnancy or anything. She has no concept of how to treat people. She wants all these favors from the press, but can't pay back her debt." Lopez's New York rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnick at BWR, said: "This deal was made by her old p.r. team. We are not big proponents of cutting deals. We have been going back and forth with E! about a two-hour special. At the end of the day, [Lopez's L.A. rep] Nancy Ryder decided against it because E! would not give us final approval." A rep for E! said, "We don't give out creative control."

    J.Lo And Marc to Do 'Jen And Marc Show'

    Jennifer Lopez and her singer husband Marc Anthony are planning to star in a husband-and-wife variety TV show. The pair are looking forward to bringing their talents into American homes on a weekly basis and it's reported J.Lo's production company has signed a deal with the Fox network.

    A source tells British magazine New! "Jennifer said, 'I plan to bring live glamour back to the screen and would really like to make this show a family affair. I know people will say, Oh, not with your husband again, but he is so talented. I can't wait.'" Lopez has a habit of starring alongside her fiances and husbands on screen. Her second husband Cris Judd appeared in the videos for 'Love Don't Cost A Thing' and 'I'm Gonna Be Alright', while she co-starred in two films 'Jersey Girl' and 'Gigi' with her ex-fiance Ben Affleck.

    Tidbits

    Miami royalty Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony made the rounds the other night, stopping in at the Shore Club and hot restaurant Rumi. Contrary to other reports, however, Lopez, who doesn't drink, was downing cans of the energy drink Liquid Ice instead of alcohol.

    J.Lo Smokes Cigars

    Superstar Jennifer Lopez has a secret dirty habit - she smokes cigars. A worker who tended to the singer and her mother Guadalupe at New York's Hotel Peninsular in January slammed rumours of J.Lo's diva behaviour - but let slip her fondness for smoking. The porter, known only as Raul, stumbled upon a smoking J.Lo after being called to her suite to show her how to watch taped episodes of 'Queer Eye For The Straight Guy' she had requested. He tells American website Pagesix.Com, 'We also received a FedEx package that day as well so I went with it to her room. She opened it and pulled a large really nice wooden box that she put on the coffee table. I asked her if it wasn't a bit dangerous to FedEx her jewellery box like that and she looked at me and went 'My jewellery box ? Are you crazy?' and started laughing and went 'No no, it's not my jewellery box thank God, it's my travel humidor' She opened it to show me and in it was about a dozen large cigars. She took one out, asked me if I wanted one, which I declined and began 'puffing on her cigar' while Raul fixed the VCR. Raul was thrilled when he left the suite - Lopez gave him a $100 tip.

    Sightings

    Lopez snuggling with hubby Marc Anthony at Mansion in Miami, where they turned down offers of complimentary booze in favor of Virgin Colas but posed for a photo op they had set up with local snappers

    J. Lo, Paltrow Set for VMA Appearances

    Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez now have more in common than a history with Ben Affleck: They'll both be presenters at MTV's Video Music Awards later this month.Teen star Hilary Duff, "Saturday Night Live" goofball Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith have also joined the list of presenters at the awards, which will air live from Miami on Sunday, Aug. 29. Additionally, nominees Nelly, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys will be performing at the show.

    Nelly and Aguilera will perform a duet of "Tilt Ya Head Back," a track from Nelly's forthcoming album "Sweat." Keys will be doing her song "If I Ain't Got You," which is nominated for three awards.

    Paltrow is married to Chris Martin of Coldplay, which won three trophies at last year's Video Music Awards. The band isn't up for any awards this time around, and there's no word whether Martin or their daughter, Apple, will accompany Paltrow to the show.

    The VMAs are going without a host this year, relying instead on the parade of presenters to keep the show moving. Among those joining Paltrow, Lopez, Smith, Duff and Fallon are Lenny Kravitz, Jon Stewart, Ashlee Simpson and LL Cool J.

    J.LO IN SITCOM ENCORE

    LOOK for Jennifer Lopez to star in another episode of "Will & Grace." The lovely Latina has asked producers of the hit NBC sitcom if she could appear around the time her movie, "Shall We Dance," comes out. "She knows it will help boost her image," an insider tattles. "She can't do Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters because they will ask questions — and this is a woman who won't even acknowledge her marriage! But her movie needs help and so does her public image. Jennifer got a huge boost after her first appearance on 'Will & Grace' and even though she was very de manding — she had to have script approval and made them fly in all of her hair and makeup team — her appearance got great ratings, so they will most likely let her back on. Unfortunately, Janet Jackson just an nounced she is also doing the show, which means Jennifer will follow her, but she needs the public to fall back in love with her." A rep for Lopez said, "I won't deny [the appearance]." A rep for the show didn't return calls.

    J. Lo Sees Her Life Entering 'Phase Two'

    "J.Lo, Phase Two" isn't a new summer movie — it's a state of mind for the actress-singer. "I feel like this is my phase two, like it's a new beginning," Jennifer Lopez tells InStyle magazine in its August issue. "Like everything I did before really doesn't matter."

    After two failed marriages and her much publicized romances with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Ben Affleck, the 34-year-old pop star seems intent on not leaving a trail of glitter (and gossip) wherever she goes.

    "Maybe I was a little bit careless in the past," she says. "I'm not a perfect person. I make mistakes. I just feel like I'm in a better place about who I am. I follow my heart. That's the one thing I can say about myself. And I love that about myself."

    In early June, Lopez reportedly married singer Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. All she'll say about Anthony is, "We have a great working relationship. I have to keep my work and my personal life separate. Otherwise it gets blurry and it gets messy."

    However, she'd like to co-star in a film with Anthony based on the life of salsa singer Hector Lavoe. "He's kind of like a Billie Holiday, a tragic singer," she tells the magazine. "It's a love story between a husband and wife."

    Picky Mom

    COME back, Ben Affleck — Jennifer Lopez's mother misses you! Ever since her daughter and Affleck split up, Lopez's mom, Guadalupe, has had to gamble alone. Guadalupe was spotted Friday night at the Borgata in Atlantic City, playing the same slot machine that paid her $2.1 million several months ago. After she tired of the one-armed bandit, she went to the Old Homestead for a sirloin and a bit of wine. One restaurant attendee said: "[Guadalupe] said she doesn't like [Lopez's current husband] Marc Anthony and said she far preferred Ben Affleck." Lopez's rep didn't return calls.

    Marc Anthony's Sister Kept In The Dark Over J.Lo Romance

    Salsa superstar Marc Anthony is so intent on staying tight-lipped about his nuptials with Jennifer Lopez, he's yet to even tell his own sister he's married. The couple stunned fans when they tied the knot in a secret ceremony at J.Lo's Los Angeles home on 5 June, and while they have refused to discuss their marriage with the press, Anthony has also opted against telling his New York- based sister Yolanda Santa Maria.

    Stay-at-home mother Yolanda saw her brother a few days after his nuptials in New York as he promoted his hit Spanish-language album 'Amar Sin Mentiras'. She tells People magazine, "He didn't say a lot about Jennifer, and I didn't ask much. He just looked at me and said he was ecstatic. To me, as a sister, that is all I need to hear." Yolanda is also in the dark when it comes to allegations her new sister-in-law may be expecting her first child with the father of three. She adds, "He hasn't told me anything. I might not even know until the rest of the world does, because he wants to keep his privacy."

    J.Lo livid with Style Magazine

    Jennifer Lopez is furious with American magazine In Style - after they claimed she had spoken to them about her recent wedding. J.Lo is the cover girl for August's edition and the publication's editorial staff claim they have an exclusive story about J.Lo's shock marriage to Latin hunk Marc Anthony. However, Lopez - who has never discussed the romantic June ceremony in public - has fired back saying she never talked to In Style about her private life at all.

    A source at the magazine says there is tension at the publication because the Lopez story seemed incomplete without mention of her third trip down the aisle. A source says, "In Style was freaking out because they interviewed Jennifer before anyone knew there was going to be a wedding. So they had an August cover story with nothing about the marriage, which is all anyone wants to know about." Although In Style claim they put a follow-up call in after speaking to Lopez prior to the news, her representative Lesie Sloan Zelnick says this is "not true". The source concludes, "Someone's head is going to roll over this, and it'll probably be at In Style."

    We Were Right

    WE love being right. Univision television, which has many close ties to Dayanara Torres, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, is confirming our scoop that Lopez is pregnant. “Her friends and family members have told us she is pregnant,” said a Univision exec. The exec offered to fly us down to Miami to talk about our exclusive on the “Christina” show, but we had to decline. A rep for Lopez, said, I’m told she’s not.

    Lopez named top diva

    Singer Jennifer Lopez's quest to abolish her diva tag has been dealt a massive blow - she's topped a poll to find "the stroppiest madam of pop". J.Lo landed the number one spot in a survey by British satellite channel Flaunt, beating out other demanding singers Mariah Carey and Madonna. Pop babe Christina Aguilera and Victoria Beckham completed the top five. A spokesman for satellite broadcasters Sky says, "The viewers perceive that Jennifer makes the most outrageous demands - having the walls of her dressing room painted a certain colour before she can enter, for example, or having her own personal chef."

    LO MOMENT

    IT must be such a drag to be a celeb, what with the cars, the clothes, the cash — and the mistaken identities. Case in point: on Saturday, a Mercedes Maybach pulled up in front of Downtown Cipriani. An attractive, casually dressed woman with a long brunette ponytail got out with a similarly attired man. A passerby called out, "Oh my God, J.Lo you are so gorgeous!" The woman in question smiled and looked directly at the fan. "Thank you," she said. "But my name isn't J.Lo. It's Beyoncé."

    THAT'S J-LOW!

    JENNIFER Lopez had a unique way of getting out of having sex with ex-husband Ojani Noa — she would run to the bathroom and pretend to throw up. Noa exposes J.Lo's bedroom secrets on "Young, Sexy & Spoiled," a one-hour special airing on the WE channel July 18. Sex-starved Noa reveals that he knew the honeymoon was over when J.Lo would claim she had to vomit whenever he wanted to sleep with her. The former waiter adds that his suspicions were confirmed when "people saw her with Puffy in Miami and that began the whole controversy with her cheating behind my back, and it upset me a lot."

    MIRA-AX FOR MARC-J.LO DUET

    JENNIFER Lopez spent three days in January recording a duet with Marc Anthony for the soundtrack of "Shall We Dance," but the song is being shelved because Miramax doesn't want the couple's marriage to divert attention from the movie.

    The moguls at Miramax are now negotiating with other singers to re-record the number, "Sway."

    "Her engagement to Ben Affleck didn't help 'Gigli' or 'Jersey Girl,' and her marriage to Marc Anthony isn't going to help 'Shall We Dance,' " an insider told PAGE SIX. "Miramax doesn't want the publicity focusing on the two of them. They've been through that before. They want to keep the focus on the movie."

    "Shall We Dance," based on a hit Japanese movie, co-stars Richard Gere as a bored, overworked accountant who signs up for ballroom dancing lessons at the first sight of a beautiful instructor played by La Lopez. Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Len Cariou have supporting roles in the romance opening on Oct. 15.

    Insiders say Lopez was originally going to record her part in "Sway" in L.A., while Anthony would record his part in Miami.

    "But J.Lo insisted on doing the recording with him in Miami," said our source. The studio had to fly the star and her entourage to Miami and put them in a hotel for four nights. "It cost Miramax more than $100,000," said our insider.

    The studio went along with the argument that the number would come out better with both singers in the same studio. "But now they realize that her insistence on going to Miami was to see Marc," we're told. "[Miramax chief] Harvey Weinstein was an enabler. He was cupid."

    Less than a week after the lovebirds finished recording in Miami, Lopez and Affleck announced that their long wedding engagement was over.

    "It's pretty clear that J.Lo and Marc were making more than just music together," observed our source.

    Now their duet will never be heard, and video of their harmonizing will also be scrapped. Plenty of footage was shot of the recording session to be used in promoting the movie — but it will be shelved along with the song.

    J.Lo record bosses in a fix over new song

    J.Lo's record label bosses are begging radio stations to drop what appears to be her new single - because it's actually a "bad" mix of a five-year-old song. Fans love the tune '(Out) On The Floor', and believe it's an exclusive taste of J.Lo's new pop sound, because the track - which features a sample from Lisa & Cult Jam's 1984 hit 'I Wonder if I Take You Home' - was leaked to radio stations and internet websites last week and DJs are spinning it as her latest release. Epic Records publicist Michelle Schweitzer fumes, "It's from an old session, three albums ago. "It's not a new song, it's not going on the new album, it's nothing. It's a rough mix. It's not even mastered."

    EASTERN FRONT

    ALL is well again between Jennifer Lopez and the Russians who have licensed the J.Lo line for their country — and all it took was cash flow. Even though the Latina lovely's visit to the Moscow store was "postponed," it hasn't hampered sales at all. In fact, the clothes are flying off the shelves. "They're blowing out of the product," J.Lo's Andy Hilfiger said. "The sales numbers are amazing and we got a letter saying they want to open three more stores."

    J.Lo married by her lawyer

    The same man who officiated at her second wedding - her lawyer, married R&B diva Jennifer Lopez to her third husband Marc Anthony. J.Lo, 33, wed salsa singer Anthony in a simple ceremony at her Beverly Hills mansion, and attorney Barry Hirsch was in charge of proceedings. More details about the secret wedding arrangements emerged over the weekend. According to the New York Daily News, the happy couple opted to get a "confidential wedding licence" two days before the ceremony - and only two days after the singer was officially divorced from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. They reportedly pulled up at Norwalk County Clerks office in southern California and called into the office asking an employee to bring out the relevant paperwork. Then, Lopez and Anthony requested the deputy sheriff joined them kerbside to witness them sign the licence. The wedding - which took place on Saturday 5 June shocked the world as it took place just months after J.Lo split from "the love of her life" Ben Affleck.

    J.LO STANDS UP RUSSIANS

    JENNIFER Lopez is in a heap of trou ble with some angry Russians. "On the day of her wedding [to Marc Anthony] she was supposed to be in Moscow open ing up her JLo clothing store," said our source. "She obviously didn't make it and the Russian businessman who bought the license to JLo is fu rious. Contracts were signed and she was supposed to be there. He is considering suing." Simon Fields, Lo pez's manager, denied any contract was signed — or that Lopez pulled out for "security concerns," as she has told pals. He added, "She is in the middle of making a movie ["Mon ster in Law"] — there is no way she was going." Meanwhile, we hear An thony dodged questions about his marriage and possible impending fa therhood during his press tour in New York yesterday because "he has a deal with Telemundo, he and Jennifer will tell them everything." Lopez will next be in town June 19 to attend an Olympics ceremony hosted by Mayor Bloomberg. "She was [Bloomberg's] big surprise," our spy added. Not any more. Lopez's rep didn't return calls.

    J. Lo's wedding hid in plain sight

    Hollywood watchers were still in shock Monday over Jennifer Lopez's third trip down the aisle. She secretly married singer Marc Anthony, 35, Saturday at her home in Beverly Hills.

    "She did?" Cris Judd said when Access Hollywood broke the news to hubby No. 2. "Jen, Marc, I wish you the best and happiness, definitely."

    British bookmakers are giving 3-1 odds that the couple will divorce by year's end and 10-1 odds that Lopez, 34, will marry more than eight times in her life, besting Elizabeth Taylor.

    More details are emerging about the latest Lopez wedding:

    • Even the guests were surprised. Lopez had invited them to a "beautiful afternoon party," People reports.

    • Her champagne-chantilly lace dress was from Vera Wang's spring 2005 collection. Wang also made a dress for the Lopez-Affleck wedding that never was. Asked whether it was the same gown, a Wang publicist said Monday, "No comment."

    • Lopez's restaurant, Madre's, catered the reception, Us Weekly said.

    J.LO, MARC INFANT-ICIPATING?

    JENNIFER Lopez was in such a hurry to marry Marc Anthony because she has a baby on the way, sources say.

    A guest at Saturday's quickie surprise wedding told our source that Lopez, called "Lola" by her bridegroom, is pregnant. Another friend confirmed that La Lopez has been telling close pals she's expecting.

    Other sources told PAGE SIX, which broke the news of the Lopez-Anthony engagement last month, that she's been very careful not to show any cleavage (a heaving bust line gave away Gwyneth Paltrow's pregnancy) and has been wearing loose clothing.

    Lopez's business manager, Simon Fields, hemmed and hawed before declining comment on whether she is pregnant.

    Meanwhile, J.Lo., as we predicted on Sunday, replaced Rob Shuter of Dan Klores Associates as her personal publicist yesterday with Nancy Ryder at Baker Winokur Ryder.

    And one thing is for sure: when "Monster In Law" is done filming, the workaholic Lopez has a free and clear schedule. J.Lo, who is usually working simultaneously on a movie, an album and her clothing line, has nothing on the books — leaving plenty of time for bed rest, which is just what her obstetrician would prescribe.

    Fields said: "There are some scripts we are looking at right now, but nothing is set yet. She has no plans."

    Pregnancy would explain her quickie wedding to Anthony, who had obtained a quickie divorce just four days earlier from his ex-wife (and mother of his two kids) Dayanara Torres.

    Lopez, a strict Catholic, is not about to have a child out of wedlock, and has made no secret in the past year about wanting to start a family.

    J.Lo and Marc were throwing a big wedding celebration last night in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on the set of "Monster-in-Law," in which Lopez co-stars with Michael Vartan and Jane Fonda, who plays her mother-in-law. Anthony, who is to perform this morning in Rockefeller Plaza on "Today" to kick off the Toyota Concert Series, had to fly through the night to make the gig.

    Meanwhile, Anthony should be more on the ball — his Web site still features photos of his wedding to Dayanara. Tommy Mottola, Anthony's manager, didn't return calls.

    Bookies Offer 3-1 Odds on Quick End to J-Lo Marriage

    British bookmakers offered odds of 3-1 Monday that singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and her new husband Marc Anthony would divorce by the end of the year.

    Lopez, 33, has already been through two marriages that lasted little more than a year. She broke off an A-list celebrity engagement to actor Ben Affleck in January after the couple called off their wedding last September.

    Anthony was granted a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic a week ago from his wife of four years, a former Miss Universe.

    Ladbrokes is also offering 10 to one odds that "J-Lo marries more than eight times in her life, beating Elizabeth Taylor," a spokesman said.

    Those who never quite accepted that Lopez and Affleck had split for good after one of Hollywood's most tumultuous romances also have a chance to bet.

    The bookmakers are offering 14-1 odds that Affleck and Lopez are married by the end of 2004.

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    Will third time be the charm for Jennifer Lopez?

    Jennifer Lopez and Latin singer Marc Anthony were secretly married in her Beverly Hills backyard Saturday, her third marriage in seven years.

    The wedding came five days after Anthony was divorced from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres and five months after Lopez broke off her engagement to Ben Affleck.

    Lopez spokesman Rob Shuter would not confirm or deny the nuptials, first reported by People and Us Weekly.

    Proof came with an Us photo showing the bride, 34, marching down the aisle in a white off-the-shoulder ruffled dress with matching veil.

    The groom, 34, wore a cream-colored tux.

    The couple were married in front of about 50 guests, including singer Ricky Martin, Us reported.

    Anthony and Lopez briefly dated in 1999 after recording a duet. They were first linked again in January.

    With three marriages and one broken engagement under her tiara, Lopez has been compared to Elizabeth Taylor.

    But unlike her high-profile relationship with Affleck, Lopez kept her romance with Anthony low-key and refused to acknowledge that they were dating. They arrived at events separately, including a taping of her guest appearance on Will & Grace and the premiere of his film Man on Fire.

    Anthony's legal situation may have played a part. Torres filed for divorce on Jan. 20. The couple have two children. On May 27, Anthony flew to the Dominican Republic to obtain a speedy divorce.

    It's unclear when Lopez and Anthony were engaged, but Lopez has been sporting an 8-carat clear square-cut diamond ring since early May.

    The new couple aren't taking much time to honeymoon. Anthony is scheduled to perform on NBC's Today show and ABC's The View Tuesday to coincide with the release of his Spanish album, Amar Sin Mentiras.

    P.Diddy, Judd React to J.Lo Marriage

    Fans were amused and bemused when entertainer Jennifer Lopez married salsa singer Marc Anthony over the weekend, but the abrupt nuptials received a surprisingly positive reaction from the diva's exes.

    In interviews with entertainment newsmagazine "Access Hollywood," hip-hop artist P.Diddy and dancer Cris Judd give their take on J.Lo's unexpected wedding.

    "If she's in love with somebody and that makes her happy, I'm happy for her," says P.Diddy, adding, "That's my girl for life."

    The rapper, who dated Lopez for two years, approves of her penchant for matrimony, explaining, "The one thing I love about Jennifer is she's doing it her way, the Frank Sinatra way. She's not playing by anybody else's rules, so she's doing what makes her happy and that's the beauty of it."

    Judd, who shared a brief eight-month marriage to Lopez, was taken by surprise by the news.

    "She did? You know what? I wish her and Marc the best and hey, if it's true to her heart then by all means," says Judd, adding, "Jen, Marc, I wish you the best, and happiness, definitely."

    The "Access Hollywood" interviews will air on NBC Monday evening, June 7.

    It's no secret that Anthony, 34, has been dating Lopez, 33, for some months now, after her long engagement to Ben Affleck broke off five months ago. Anthony just received his divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres on Tuesday, June 1 from the Dominican Republic.

    This is the third marriage for Lopez, who was married first to waiter Ojani Noa in 1997 and then to Judd in 2001.

    The newlyweds are reportedly are working together on the feature film about Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe, with Anthony to star and Lopez's Nuyorican banner producing.

    Jennifer Lopez Said to Marry Singer Marc Anthony

    Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez has married her current boyfriend, salsa singer Marc Anthony, barely five months after breaking her much-publicized engagement to actor Ben Affleck, Us Weekly reported on Saturday.

    The magazine said Lopez, 33, married Latin music star Anthony, 34, at her home in Los Angeles on Saturday in front of about 40 guests. Us Weekly said it had pictures of a giant tent assembled on the estate and of guests coming and going among tables covered in white table cloths and flower centerpieces.

    "It was a lovely low-key intimate affair for the closest friends and family, " Us reported a friend as saying.

    "She didn't hardly tell anyone. Everyone was surprised," another unidentified friend told the magazine.

    Representatives for Lopez and Anthony could not immediately be reached for comment.

    The reported marriage comes less than a week after Anthony was granted a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic from his wife of four years, Dayanara Torres, a former Miss Universe.

    It would be the third marriage for Lopez, the sultry star whose previous trips down the aisle have both lasted a little over a year.

    Tabloid news reports have linked Anthony and Lopez for weeks. They noted that Lopez had recently returned the giant pink diamond engagement ring she was given by Affleck during the stormy "Bennifer" affair that rose to a fever pitch last September when the couple called off their wedding at short notice, citing excessive media intrusion.

    Affleck and Lopez officially broke their engagement in January and both have maintained a low profile since then. But by May, Lopez was seen wearing another diamond, reportedly given to her by Anthony.

    J.LO SWINGS AX AGAIN

    JENNIFER Lopez is in another firing frenzy. She just dumped her management company, Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm. There were rumors she was looking to ditch her p.r. man Dan Klores and agent Patrick Whitesell as well, though both were still employed as of Friday. Perhaps she will go with new man Marc Anthony's team, manager Tommy Mottola and p.r. specialist Fran DiFeo. Lopez has a habit of replacing her crew when she has a new lover. When she was with Sean "Puffy" Combs, she hired his manager, Benny Medina. When she dated Ben Affleck, she chose Affleck's agent, Whitesell, and ditched her longtime publicist, Alan Nierob, for Klores. Meanwhile, one insider says Mariah Carey ditched her longtime p.r. woman, Cindi Berger, and agents at William Morris because she "is reinventing herself and needs a team that can help her do that." Carey's manager is Lopez's ex, Medina - and "if anyone can help her reinvent herself, he can."

    Lopez refuses to meet up with Affleck at premiere

    Superstar Jennifer Lopez is so keen to avoid bumping into ex-fiancé Ben Affleck - she is refusing to attend any premieres of their new movie Jersey Girl. The Latino actress has angered film bosses by refusing to attend next week's British premiere of the romantic comedy in which she has a small role - in a bid to avoid publicly meeting up with her ex-lover who stars in the movie. A source says, "J.Lo was far from happy about facing up to Ben in front of the glaring eye of the world's media. She wasn't at all comfortable with the public expecting friction between her and the ex." Affleck meanwhile will be heavily promoting the film when he flies into England next week and is keen for Jersey Girl to be a hit - after experiencing a mammoth flop with the last film he and Lopez starred in, Gigli.

    "Gigli" so bad it's good

    It may go down in movie marketing history -- "Gigli", a film deemed so bad that one U.S. cable television network is trumpeting its poor reviews to sell it to audiences looking for a laugh.

    The Starz Encore network is marketing "Gigli", a box office flop starring former lovers Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, as a film that has been so maligned by critics and moviegoers that "you know you want to see it."

    In marketing materials sent to reporters, Starz Encore calls "Gigli", "The Most Talked About Movie of the Year", then adds, "(OK, not all of our movies can be award-winning blockbusters).

    "Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," said Starz Encore's Steve Belgard, director of programming publicity. "If we promoted it like a good film, our credibility would be shot."

    Belgard dreamed up the idea.

    Accustomed to seeing ads filled with reviews claiming a movie is "the year's best," Starz offers reporters this from the San Jose Mercury News: "A rigli, rigli bad movie," or this from the San Francisco Examiner: "Viewers (read: victims) will want to talk and comfort each other afterwards."

    "Gigli" is pronounced zhee-lee.

    In the movie, Affleck plays a thug who falls in love with a gangster, Lopez, who also happens to be a lesbian. It debuted in August 2003, and racked up $6 million at domestic box offices.

    In real life, the pair were engaged to be married and their every move was dogged by paparazzi and tabloid press. They have since broken up.

    Belgard said it was about time Ben and Jen -- sometimes dubbed Bennifer -- got back together, at least on the screen.

    "We've missed them, haven't we?" he asked, rather dryly.

    NO-SHOW J.LO

    JENNIFER Lopez didn't bother to show up at the launch of her lingerie line the other night at new restaurant Ruby Falls. "She was supposed to come, but canceled at the last minute," said an organizer. (When her JLo line debuted at Macy's two years ago, Lopez didn't bother going then, either.) Jordana Brewster, Benjamin McKenzie, Farnsworth Bentley and Irv Gotti did show for the lingerie, arriving via the front door — unlike Lindsay Lohan, who insisted on throwing a coat over her head and entering through the side door. "Who does she think she is? Even Madonna doesn't do that," our source snickered.

    J.LO-GWYNETH: THE WAR IS ON

    BITTER rivals Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow are gearing up for a box-office showdown as Miramax prepares to release their movies at the same time.

    Both stars have films with Harvey Weinstein's company - Lopez with Robert Redford in "An Unfinished Life" and Paltrow in "Proof" - and both are hoping that Miramax's mighty marketing division will push them as Oscar contenders.

    "Both movies are having a limited release in December and opening wide in January," an industry insider said. "Whoever does better at the box office and with critics will get the full force of Miramax's Oscar campaign machine behind them."

    But our source says Lopez is getting favored treatment. "Gwyneth was originally slated to be on the cover of January Vogue, which would appear on stands in December to coincide with the release of 'Proof.'

    "But then Miramax wanted to capitalize on Jennifer Lopez's popularity with moviegoers, so they gave her the January Vogue cover, and Gwyneth doesn't have one at all yet. It is a slap in the face to Gwyneth. She did the play 'Proof' in London for six months in order to do the movie. And she has always been Harvey's in-house go-to girl."

    The looming cinematic smackdown will do nothing to soothe the actresses' notoriously rocky relationship. Paltrow once sneered, while Lopez was dating her ex, Ben Affleck, that Lopez was perfect for him because she was essentially low-class. Lopez famously questioned Paltrow's acting talent in a 1998 interview with Movieline magazine.

    A rep for Vogue told us: "We are looking forward to working with both Gwyneth and Jennifer in the future, but as of today, nothing is set in stone. The January cover is not confirmed." Paltrow's mouthpiece insisted: "Nothing was ever locked in. There's no favoritism being played out here."

    However, Rob Shuter, a rep for Lopez, crowed: "I can confirm that Vogue has offered Jennifer its coveted January cover."

    Miramax's rep, Amanda Lundberg, said: "Miramax is releasing 'An Unfinished Life' and 'Proof' in December. They will both open limited in December and then go wider in January. Lopez is scheduled for the January Vogue cover, which will come out in advance of the film's initial release. Vogue is discussing with Gwyneth Paltrow's camp a February cover which comes out in January to coincide with [her] film's wide release."

    New ring for J. Lo? No comment

    Out: Pink diamond from Ben Affleck.

    In: Clear diamond from Marc Anthony.

    Tongues are waggin' after the New York Post reported Monday that Jennifer Lopez is wearing a dazzling new square-cut diamond engagement ring from Anthony.

    A spokesman for the in-love-with-love actress, who has divorced twice and is one-half of the biggest celebrity engagement in history, as in Bennifer, won't comment on the report.

    Lopez, 33, ended her engagement to Affleck in January. Reports that she had hooked up with Anthony, with whom she had a 1999 romance, have circulated for months. Recently, she attended the premiere of his film Man on Fire, sparking speculation that the duo may go public with a romance.

    But the couple face some challenges. Anthony, 34, is still married to his wife of four years, Dayanara Torres Delgado, who filed for divorce in January; the couple have two children.

    Anthony also has an older child with an ex-girlfriend and is fighting a paternity suit filed by a Miami waitress, Elizabeth Leyva, who claims the heartthrob fathered her 2-month-old son. (On his Web site, Anthony writes that he has DNA tests to prove he didn't father the baby.)

    Meanwhile, J. Lo's film Shall We Dance? has been moved from Aug. 6 to Oct. 15. The Post cites insiders who say test screenings of the film, which also stars Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, went badly.

    Not true, says a Miramax spokesman. "We were extremely pleased with the strong audience reaction to Shall We Dance? and the performances," says Matthew Hiltzik. "So we decided to move the film to a prime release date for adult audiences and awards consideration."

    J. LO WEARING ANTHONY'S RING

    ONCE again, Jennifer Lopez has appeared to move from one fiancé to another without missing a beat.

    Lopez has given back the pink diamond engagement ring given to her by Ben Affleck and is now wearing a bauble of betrothal from current beau Marc Anthony.

    "She is wearing a huge diamond ring on the middle finger of her left hand," blabbed a Lopez pal. "It is a diamond band with a huge square clear diamond in the middle and the square diamond is surrounded by more tiny diamonds. It is an engagement ring." A rep for Lopez would only say: "I don't know about that ring."

    Here's hoping J. Lo's ravishing new rock will lift her spirits, as the early buzz on her next two movies is a real downer.

    She stars in the Miramax releases "Shall We Dance" (with Richard Gere) and "An Unfinished Life" (with Robert Redford) due out later this year. But both movies are being re-tooled after test audiences in the Midwest saw them and, as our sources put it, "reacted badly."

    One production insider says: "Audiences were not into either of the movies.

    "A lot of Jennifer's scenes for 'An Unfinished Life' are ending up on the cutting room floor - she just wasn't up to par, or at least up to Robert Redford's level. As for 'Shall We Dance,' the test screenings went badly. Really badly," said the insider.

    "Because of the bad screeners, 'Shall We Dance,' which was supposed to premiere Aug. 6, has been moved back to Oct. 15. And 'An Unfinished Life' is having a limited release in December."

    But another, more sympathetic Lopez insider insisted: "The only reason 'Shall We Dance' screened poorly is because Jennifer doesn't even appear in the movie until 30 minutes in. Her first big dance scene is 45 minutes into the film.

    "In the beginning, it is dreary as they try to set up the plotline about Richard Gere leading a boring dull life with boring dull Susan Sarandon. It's boring! The editing will make it so that Jennifer comes onto the screen much, much earlier."

    Naturally, a rep for Miramax insists both pictures are just fine.

    "The screenings for both of the movies in Omaha and Kansas City were through the roof," said Matthew Hiltzik. " 'Shall We Dance' was moved because now it has a shot at being considered for the Golden Globes."

    Celebs behind the latest jeans

    Fit - snug and sexy - is everything in jeans today, whether it's an ample Jennifer Lopez behind or the slender silhouette of Cameron Diaz.

    Since fall, the market for denim jeans has "exploded" with new brands, says trend forecaster Linda DeFranco of the trade group Cotton Incorporated. Stars are showcasing new jeans at Hollywood events, and jean makers have been using celebs to entice consumers. "People can identify with a specific celebrity," DeFranco says. Take the Three Jennifers, she says, "who have three different body types. Lopez: curvy. Jennifer Garner: athletic. Jennifer Aniston: slender."

    It's not unusual to see stars like Jessica Simpson dressing up dungarees with a tweed Chanel blazer and Louis Vuitton bag for a major event. A day of shopping? Stars dress down the same pair with a leather jacket. Says Katie Holmes,a fan of new James Jeans: "I wear them out at night or even when I am curled up on the couch."

    Among the trends:

    People are wearing them with flat shoes, thanks to the young, hip cast of The O.C.

    Jeans are getting a cleaner look, DeFranco says, with less distressing. "Cleaner look works for more occasions."

    Waists are low, but not as low as last year.

    A look at what stars are wearing:

    Bartack

    Who: Michelle Branch, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera
    Look: Vintage, complete with holes
    Price: $92-$120
    Where: Bloomingdale's; Henri Bendel

    Bella Dahl

    Who: Heather Locklear, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson
    Look: Very tight, low-rise.
    Price: $115-$175
    Where: Saks Fifth Avenue

    Halston

    Who: Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, Cynthia Nixon, Halle Berry, Aisha Tyler, Kelis
    Look: Polished, tailored with a forgiving stretch in fabric.
    Price: Up to $75
    Where: Parisian, Macy's, Bloomingdale's this fall

    James Jeans

    Who: Courteney Cox, Julianne Moore, Holmes, Brittany Murphy, Lindsay Lohan
    Look: Pockets with darts designed to accentuate the positive.
    Price: $130-$150
    Where: eluxury.com; Barneys New York

    Rogan

    Who: The cast of NBC's Friends,Madonna, David Beckham, Julianne Moore, Michael Stipe
    Look: Classic '50s with slanted back pocket and slightly higher rise in back.
    Price: $200 and up.
    Where: Fred Segal (L.A.); Barneys New York

    7 for All Mankind

    Who: Olsen twins, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz
    Look: Vintage wash, boot-cut flare and body hugging
    Price: $120-$180
    Where: Neiman Marcus; Barneys New York

    Divas Smell Money in Fragrance Biz

    Some of today's biggest music stars have ignited a boom in the once-dormant celebrity fragrance business.

    Leading the way is Jennifer Lopez, who has two successful fragrance lines: Glow by J.Lo and Still Jennifer Lopez.

    Celine Dion, Thalia and Jessica Simpson are among the other stars who have attached their names to fragrance products. Britney Spears and Beyonce will enter the marketplace later this year.

    Celebrities who launch fragrance products almost always have an ownership stake in the business.

    "Even if the product line doesn't sell that well, it's a big moneymaker for the star because of the lucrative contract, which usually comes with a big-salary guarantee," says Gina Pia Bandini, editor-in-chief of fashionfinds.com.

    Five years ago, the market for celebrity fragrances was largely inactive, according to beauty-industry experts. That situation changed with the runaway success of Glow by J.Lo, which debuted in 2002. Lopez's fragrances are available mainly at specialty stores and department stores.

    "Jennifer Lopez has been wildly successful because she's a crossover star and she's ubiquitous," Didi Gluck, beauty director at Marie Claire magazine, observes.

    "A star like Jennifer Lopez doesn't come along every day," adds Catherine Walsh, senior VP of cosmetics and American licenses at Lancaster Group Worldwide. "People buy these fragrances because they like the celebrity's personality and lifestyle, and the fragrance helps them get a piece of that."

    According to Information Resources, which tracks retail sales of consumer goods at mass merchants, drug stores and supermarkets, U.S. sales of Glow by J.Lo jumped more than 4,000% at those outlets last year. Including sales of products sold separately and in gift packs, Glow by J.Lo earned more than $1.7 million in revenue in 2003.

    Information Resources does not track sales at department stores, where the majority of Lopez's fragrance products are sold. Those sales figures were unavailable.

    Dion launched her perfume line last year. Celine Dion Parfums is available at mass merchants, drug stores and such department stores as Sears, JC Penney, Ulta and Kohl's.

    Dion's line raked in sales of $11.7 million in 2003, making it the ninth-best-selling women's fragrance of 2003 at U.S. retailers tracked by Information Resources. It was the only debut fragrance line to make the top 10.

    Dion, who teamed with Coty for her fragrance venture, tells Billboard: "For years we were approached by a number of different fragrance and beauty companies, but it just didn't feel natural. When we were approached by Coty, we really liked the way they understood who I was as a woman, as well as a performer, and how I was perceived in the market."

    Despite the success of Dion's and Lopez's products, the stars entered the fragrance market at a risky time.

    Though fragrances remain the biggest category in the beauty industry, their sales have declined recently, according to NPD Beauty, a division of research firm NPD Group.

    Of the three main beauty categories -- skin care, makeup and fragrances -- only fragrances had a sales decrease in 2003, dipping 2% compared with the previous year, to $2.8 billion.

    During the same period, skin-care product sales jumped to $2 billion, up 6% from 2002, and makeup hit $2.6 billion, up 4%. Not surprisingly, Lopez, Spears and Simpson are among the celebrities extending their beauty brands to skin care or makeup.

    THE SCENT OF MUSIC

    Why are fragrance companies flocking to music stars more than actresses or other celebrities?

    "The beauty and the music industries are both used to dealing with consumers who are very fickle," notes Michael Solomon, human sciences professor of consumer behavior at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

    Both industries understand the value of "striking while the iron is hot," Solomon says, thereby making them a good fit.

    "It's all a matter of timing," Marie Claire's Gluck notes. "These companies want celebrities whose star is on the rise."

    Distribution is also a key factor. In that respect, Simpson's product line, Dessert, could be a wild card because of its selective retail launch.

    Simpson partnered with Dlish Fragrance to launch Dessert in April.

    Dlish founder and president Randi Shinder says the company is somewhat of an underdog. "It's much easier for a celebrity to go to one of the big beauty houses, but Jessica chose our independent company because she really believes in trying something new. She's believable for these products because she's also a target customer."

    BEYONCE VS. BRITNEY

    At least two more celebrities will enter the fragrance field later this year.

    Beyonce has teamed with Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries, a division of Estee Lauder, to launch a new fragrance this fall. Also due by year's end is Spears' line of fragrance, skin-care and cosmetics products, a partnership with Elizabeth Arden.

    Industry experts predict Beyonce's line will be the bigger hit.

    "Beyonce has more going on with crossover appeal," fashionfinds.com's Bandini says. "She's a fashion role model, and her experience for L'Oreal is a huge plus. From a fashion perspective, Britney hasn't morphed into anything beyond being a pop princess."

    Gluck also thinks Beyonce may have the edge. "Her star is rising faster than Britney's," she says.

    Solomon adds, "Elizabeth Arden and Britney Spears are a terrible match. Britney doesn't have the versatility to pull off being a fashion icon, like Madonna has. The feeling among a lot of young people is that Britney is over."

    Elizabeth Arden president Paul West says Spears' high profile, along with his company's track record (including the success of Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds fragrance line) will make the Spears line a hit.

    "We have a long-term plan and vision. Britney did a lot of homework for this fragrance. Her beauty products will be completely relevant to consumers."

    Two stars team up for 'Monster-in-Law'

    Just call this moment "When Jen Met Jane ..."

    All was cordial off-screen between Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in Los Angeles on Monday as the co-stars relaxed before the first day of shooting for the comedy Monster-in-Law.

    Scheduled: a scene at hot-spot eatery The Ivy.

    Fireworks will ignite when cameras roll as Lopez, 34, becomes engaged to the man of her dreams (Michael Vartan of TV's Alias) only to realize his mother (Fonda, in her first movie since 1990's Stanley & Iris) is a nightmare. The 2005 release is directed by Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde).

    Fonda, 66, decided to return to film after acting onstage in The Vagina Monologues.

    Anthony, Lopez seen here, there

    Have Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony come out of hiding?

    In their most public appearance since rumors began that they're dating, Lopez showed up Saturday night at the L.A. premiere of Anthony's new film Man on Fire. And although the two stayed on opposite ends of the red carpet, they left together. There are even reports in London's Sun of theater smooching between the just-good-friends.

    For months, Lopez, 33, and Anthony, 34, have brushed off speculation that they're an item. In January, Lopez called off her engagement to Ben Affleck, and Anthony split from his wife, Dayanara Torres Delgado. The couple have two children.

    The official line on J. Lo and Anthony? Her rep doesn't comment on her personal life; his manager's office says it doesn't know whether the two are dating.

    But the pair have been spotted out and about. Last week, Anthony was with Lopez in New York, where she taped Inside the Actors Studio. The week before, he accompanied her to the L.A. taping of Will & Grace. She guest-stars on the NBC season finale April 29.

    JLo hates her skinny ankles

    Jennifer Lopez insists she isn't as physically perfect as people think - she hates her "skinny" ankles. In a new Glamour magazine expose on the singer and actress' beauty secrets, J.Lo reveals she's far from happy about her scrawny ankles. She says, "I don't love my ankles. They're too skinny!" But Lopez does know how to shimmer with style - it's all about moisturising. She explains, "I moisturise my body and face whenever I get out of the shower, at night before bed and in the morning. Plus, I get at least eight hours of sleep a night. I don't like the way my body feels otherwise." J.Lo is launching a new beauty line in America next month, featuring a Renewing Body Exfoliator, Bronzing Body Moisturiser and Firming Curve Cream.

    J.Lo's Got No Time for Valets

    STAR TIPS! Jennifer Lopez exited Hollywood's trendy Ivy, hopped behind the wheel of her car and was about to rocket off when the valet reminded her of the $3.50 parking fee. "Don't you know who I am?" snapped Jenny From the Block! Said the valet politely, "I know who you are -- but the fee must be paid." Visibly angry, J.Lo fished in her purse, paid up and put pedal to metal!

    Simpson tops 'Maxim' Hot 100

    Girly-girl Jessica Simpson says she is honored to top Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list for 2004. "It's nice to get the stamp of approval from the boys," she says. Besides, "it's way better than being No. 101!"

    (Or No. 36, for that matter. That's where Britney Spears lands.)

    In its fifth year, the Hot 100 is a barometer of the hottest women in film, TV, music, sports and fashion. The criteria: beautiful women with careers that are on fire.

    Her star took off last year with MTV's reality hit Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica and multiplatinum CD In This Skin. Coming up this year: the special Nick & Jessica Variety Hour on ABC this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, a comedy pilot for ABC and the launch of her edible fragrance line, Dessert.

    The rest of Maxim's top 10:

    2. Beyoncé Knowles
    3. Christina Aguilera
    4. Anna Kournikova
    5. Jennifer Lopez
    6. Mischa Barton
    7. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    8. Paris Hilton
    9. Jessica Alba
    10. Halle Berry

    IS J.LO READY FOR PRIME TIME?

    THE Latin community is furiously debating whether or not Jennifer Lopez has the acting chops to be the first Hispanic actress to be interviewed by James Lipton on "Inside the Actors Studio."

    In a letter to Lipton, Bronx viewer Gene Roman writes, "If you remove the Hollywood glitz, clothes and vacuous lifestyle from Ms. Lopez, what is remaining in terms of craft that is teachable?"

    Although Lopez won critical acclaim for 1997's "Selena," her work since then has often been questionable with such stinkers as "Anaconda," "Enough," and the box office poison that was "Gigli." And several top Latin journalists came out against Lopez in an e-mail exchange obtained by The Post.

    "J.Lo gets my props when she does quality work like the hilarious and smart feature 'Out of Sight.' But, obviously, that was a hiccup in a mediocre film career so far," says one reporter. "I'm glad she's out there representing in the mainstream media. I just don't think she's that good of an actress."

    A radio newswoman writes, "Fact remains, she's a marginal singer and no great shakes as a dancer. She had the potential to become a decent actor . . . but seems to have thrown that away with poor choices."

    The newswoman continues, "It's her big ol' a- - and 'in your face' romances that got her there. Bottom line, baby."

    However, El Diario publisher Rossana Rosado came to Lopez's defense.

    "She is definitely an actress whether you like her or not," Rosado told us. "She was the first Latina to be paid $1 million for a movie. The fact that she is the first Latina on Lipton's show should be an embarrassment to Lipton, not J.Lo, because he's had many opportunities to have Latinas on his show."

    Lipton tells Fab, who covers the gossip beat in The Post's NYP Tempo section: "When the show airs, two people are going to walk on that stage. One will be J.Lo, the drama queen that the media owns, and the other will be Jennifer Lopez, who nobody owns. I cannot wait to meet Jennifer Lopez.

    "She can't be lousy," he continues. "People like Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson don't accept lousy co-stars in their movies. J.Lo is not yet 34 years old, and has made 27 motion pictures. Someone needs to tell me how that doesn't qualify her as an important Latina actress."

    The show will be taped Monday but the air date has not yet been set.

    J.LO CALLING

    IF Jennifer Lopez wants something, she goes straight to the target. When the Latina lovely spotted the leggy model she wanted to star in the debut campaign for her J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez lingerie, she tracked down Ana Beatriz's cellphone number. Not only did Lopez call Beatriz (above) herself, she offered her the job on the spot. The Brazilian beauty signed on the dotted line. An insider said Lopez wants her bras and panties to be the "Victoria's Secret of the department store."

    J.Lo's Mom Hits Atlantic City Jackpot

    Jennifer's Lopez's mom is raking in the cash now.

    Guadalupe Lopez, 58, won the progressive jackpot while playing dollar slots in Atlantic City on Saturday evening, April 3, reports the AP.

    The elder Lopez was playing the Wheel of Fortune machine at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa when she won the $2.4 million jackpot. Michael Facenda, spokesman for the casino, says at the time he was unaware of Mrs. Lopez's relationship to the superstar.

    Guadalupe Lopez intends to use part of her winnings to start a college fund for her two grandchildren, according to US Weekly.

    J.Lo will be pulling in her own millions in August when she stars opposite Richard Gere in "Shall We Dance?" She currently has a brief appearance in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl."

    FORUM FOR J.LO

    JENNIFER Lopez isn't exactly revered for her acting ability, but that isn't stopping James Lipton from interviewing her on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio." Lipton - who notes that his recent sit-down with Barbra Streisand was by far the highest-rated episode ever - sees nothing wrong with J. Lo pontificating about her craft. "Our students are thrilled," says Lipton. "We've never had a Latina on the show before. It's appropriate." Lipton, who recently stepped down as Dean of the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School, tells us he is about to sign a contract that will keep him on the TV show for another two or three years.

    Well-Armed

    MARC Anthony (above) is so concerned about his lady, Jennifer Lopez, he carries a gun for her protection. "Mark often has his gun on him," a Lopez insider told Us Weekly. Anthony has a license to carry a .45 revolver and, "He feels more secure taking care of himself and whoever he is with." Anthony's rep declined to comment. Meanwhile, spies told PAGE SIX, while the two make out, "Jennifer does not consider him to be her boyfriend. The joke in her camp is 'Marc's not her boyfriend, but don't tell him that!' "

    J.Lo reinvents herself

    Singing superstar Jennifer Lopez is deserting the celebrity world of Los Angeles and casting off her diva image - in an effort to show fans her true, down-to-earth personality. J.Lo, 33, is reportedly fed-up with being the subject of numerous articles about her over-privileged lifestyle and disastrous romantic history - so has left Tinseltown, and her bad reputation, behind her. An insider says, "Jennifer has left Los Angeles. "Her house there is for sale and when you ask her where she lives, she says Miami. She will probably have to buy a place in L.A. just because of work, but she will never live there full-time again."

    J.Lo - who recently split with fiancé Ben Affleck - is now ready to turn-the-tables on gossip columnists by demonstrating her softer, funnier side. J.Lo will appear at this weekend's Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards, where she is expected to be covered in green slime just like former guests Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. J.Lo can then be seen in a cameo role in TV smash Will and Grace, before gracing the cover of America's In Style magazine - which she chose over industry titan Vouge. A source tells Pagesix, "There have been no high-diva demands, there will be no more absurd requests for white lilies in her rooms, 600-thread-count sheets in her hotel rooms or anything like that. She really is just a normal girl."

    NEW J.LO JUST A REGULAR GIRL

    GET ready for a kinder, gentler, more human Jennifer Lopez. The diva demands are giving way to a new, carefully crafted sympathetic image to let everyone know she's really "Jenny from the block."

    Lopez's handlers are orchestrating low-key and low-maintenance public appearances for her to show her softer, funnier side.

    If schedules allow, Lopez will appear this weekend on Nickelodeon's "Kids Choice Awards" and is preparing to get "slimed" with green goo if she does. Lopez has also agreed to star as herself in an episode of "Will & Grace." And although Vogue is after her to do a long-awaited cover, she's shooting the cover of In Style instead.

    Meanwhile, Lopez's notoriously expensive and high-maintenance hair man, Oribe, is no longer allowed to throw fits or demand limos, airplanes and $20,000 a day.

    "On the In Style shoot, Oribe and [makeup artist] Scott Barnes will be paid the regular editorial rate," a source said. Editorial rates for magazines are hundreds of dollars a day, as opposed to thousands.

    Lopez is also using In Style's in-house photographer, Ruven Asanador.

    "There have been no high-diva demands," the source continued. "There will be no more absurd requests for white lilies in her rooms, 600-thread-count sheets in her hotel rooms or anything like that. She really is just a normal girl."

    In addition, Lopez is looking to give back to society. Another insider says Lopez - never active in charity before - will pick out a cause this year and support it fully.

    Until then, J.Lo is just trying to get back to a routine, which includes moving to Miami full-time.

    "Jennifer has left Los Angeles," a source said. "Her house there is for sale and when you ask her where she lives, she says Miami. She will probably have to buy a place in L.A. just because of work, but she will never live there full-time again."

    Lopez is even going to movie theaters with plebians. On Sunday afternoon, Lopez and good friend Marc Anthony went to see ex-beau Ben Affleck's latest flop, "Jersey Girl," at a cinema on Lincoln Road in South Beach. But she isn't fully back to earth - due to security concerns, the couple had a pair of beefy bodyguards with them.

    Simon Fields, Lopez's low-key business partner and the man responsible for Lopez's new image, didn't return calls.

    Anthony insists J.Lo didn't split his marriage

    Latin hunk Marc Anthony is firing back at reports that a romance with Jennifer Lopez broke up his marriage to former beauty queen Dayanara Torres by posting a denial on his website. Gossips have alleged that Anthony and Lopez have become more than just friends after working together on a new single, but he insists that's not the case. He writes, "The fact that Jennifer Lopez has been unjustly dragged into this is wrong. "In no way, shape or form did she have anything to do with the rupture of my marriage. I want to make that 100 per cent clear." Meanwhile, Torres' family are refusing to give up on the couple's second marriage split - they've reportedly hired a priest to try and bring the couple back together. Former beauty queen Torres filed for divorce in January, as Lopez simultaneously split with ex-fiancé Ben Affleck.

    Celebrity couples: Hot or not?

    They canoodle, they kiss, they go kaput - or do they? USA TODAY's Donna Freydkin and Olivia Barker chart the rumored celebrity breakups (and one hook-up) that have the gossip world atwitter.

    Drew Barrymore, 29, and Fabrizio Moretti, 23

    The rumor: The rumor: This month, the tabs reported that Barrymore's boyfriend, Strokes drummer Moretti, was spotted smooching another gal in a downtown New York club.

    True or false: True or false? Totally false, says Barrymore's rep, who adds that "it was his bandmate, Albert Hammond, who was kissing his own girlfriend." And in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar, Barrymore professes her devotion to Moretti: "I'm so in love with Fabrizio," she says. "He is so beautiful."

    Beyoncé Knowles, 22, and Jay-Z, 34

    The rumor: Last week, the Internet was abuzz with rumors that these two superstars have called it quits.

    True or false? We're guessing it's bogus, since the two were just spotted in Miami and still appeared to be crazy in love. But the ultra-secretive entertainers have never even confirmed that they're an item. Jay-Z's publicist did not return calls, while Knowles' rep didn't have "a clue" as to their status. "As she didn't comment on their relationship previously, I can't imagine that changing," he says.

    Cameron Diaz, 31, and Justin Timberlake, 23

    The rumor: First, reports had Timberlake fuming when Diaz danced with other men at a club. Then came the story that Timberlake stood up his sweetheart at a Los Angeles restaurant in February.

    True or false? Tough to tell, since neither of their reps will comment. But this month they were spotted locking lips on the set of her movie In Her Shoes.

    Marc Anthony, 34, and Jennifer Lopez, 33

    The rumor: The former flames were seen clubbing - and, supposedly, smooching - in Miami recently, igniting speculation that they have recoupled.

    True or false? Lopez's rep keeps mum, but Anthony's publicist insists that "as of right now" the Latin superstars are "just friends," collaborating on a salsa single for J. Lo's upcoming movie, Shall We Dance?

    Nicole Kidman and J-Lo to team up as white female swing musicians

    Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and US diva Jennifer Lopez will team up on the big screen to play members of a groundbreaking white female swing band in pre-World War II America.

    Entertainment industry bible Daily Variety said the unlikely duo had signed up for the period drama "American Darlings," which Australian Kidman has been championing and which she will executive produce.

    The movie, which has been bought by Hollywood's New Regency films, tells the story of two women who shatter the race and gender barriers of the 1930s by joining forces with black and Hispanic musicians to conquer the male-dominated night-club scene.

    The movie, which has yet to be written, will be produced by partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who were responsible for 2002's Oscar-winning musical "Chicago," of which Kidman was a big fan.

    BURNING LOINS

    LOOKS like the flames are still flickering between Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The muy caliente couple walked into Mynt in South Beach Monday night holding hands. They stayed until 4 a.m. yesterday at a table with Naomi Campbell and her latest playmate, Tommy Lee, who played tonsil-hockey before retiring to P. Diddy's Miami mansion. Other celebrants at Mynt were Paris Hilton, boyfriend Nick Carter and JC Chasez.

    Jennifer Lopez in TV Pact with Fox

    Jennifer Lopez, who began her career as a Flygirl dancer on Fox's "In Living Color," has signed a production deal with the network's studio arm.

    Under the multiyear pact, Fox TV Studios will have a first-look option on all television projects developed by Lopez' Nuyorican Prods., including scripted and unscripted series, specials and original movies for network and cable.

    Partnered with Fox on the deal is Regency TV, Fox TV Studios' joint venture with New Regency Enterprises.

    Nuyorican already is actively developing projects including a comedy and a couple of drama series, a music special and a variety show.

    "I started in television and love the medium," Lopez said. "We intend to be a major creative force in television."

    The deal does not cover some of Nuyorican's existing projects, including "Los Quinces," a documentary for HBO centered on a Cuban-American girl's 15th birthday.

    The pact also complements Nuyorican's first-look deals with Columbia for features and NBC-owned Telemundo for Spanish-language TV projects.

    J.Lo rocked by first husband's planned kiss and tell book

    Singing superstar Jennifer Lopez has been rocked by the news her first husband plans to write a book about their marriage - and has promised reveal the real reason they divorced. J.Lo is still trying to recover from her traumatic break-up with fiancé Ben Affleck, and is reportedly horrified by Ojani Noa's decision to expose the details of their year-long marriage to the world. And insiders are predicting the memoir will name rap mogul Sean P'Diddy Combs as the catalyst for the couple's divorce, despite J.Lo's claim that there was no third-party involved in their 1998 split. Ojani says, "I'm writing it to explain some things that people don't know about Jen and me. I will give an account of what happened when it ended between us."

    J.Lo Sues over Money Pit

    Jennifer Lopez might have to call in a hit man (Gigli, anyone?) to take care of this job.

    The mega-hyphenated diva is suing her former contractors for allegedly doing such crummy work on her 9,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills compound that they actually caused $2 million in damages.

    According to court papers obtained by the syndicated TV show Celebrity Justice, Lopez accuses Houck Construction of performing such "defective work" on the mansion cum money pit that she's had to spend millions for renovations. Among the defects J.Lo cites are poor waterproofing and shoddy construction of windows, doors and the pool.

    Lopez's suit alleges the builder failed to shore up a caved-in hillside and, instead of correcting the problem, simply tried to cover it up with a tarp and some sandbags.

    Lopez says Houck also tried to take advantage of her celeb status by charging for people that never worked on the site and billing her for "expensive meals" and "entertainment" for the crew.

    The complaint, filed two years ago in Los Angeles Superior Court, indicates Lopez first became aware of the purported bilking when ex-hubby Cris Judd was living at the estate and clued her in to all the problems.

    Lopez, who purchased the house several years ago--back when she was still dating Sean "P. Diddy" Combs--is now trying to unload the property, according to Celebrity Justice. The asking price: a hefty $10 million.

    While she reportedly paid much less to acquire the place, she won't turn much of a profit if she gets the full amount given the extra millions of dollars she's spent to fix it up.

    Attorneys for Houck Construction could not be reached for comment. Calls to Lopez's lawyer, Judy Lam, were not returned by press time.

    With her house on the market, we're wondering where she'll stash all those Razzie Awards she just won for Gigli. The nominal comedy, costarring ex-beau Ben Affleck as a killer for hire, dominated the anti-Oscars last week, winning the dubious honor of Worst Movie of 2003, Worst Actor, Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple, among others.

    Because of the taint associated with that disaster and her tabloid-making split with Affleck, Miramax and director Kevin Smith decided to reduce the former Fly Girl's screen time in Jersey Girl. The studio is now billing her role as a cameo, and Smith has cut out a wedding scene between her and Affleck's characters.

    Lopez has several other movies in the pipeline, including Shall We Dance? with Richard Gere and An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford. She also plans to star in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy Monster-In-Law opposite Jane Fonda, who's come out of retirement after 16 years away from acting.

    J.Lo's Ex Dishes On The Diva

    Jennifer Lopez's first husband claims her bust-up with Ben Affleck is due to the fact that she's turned into an out-of-control diva who can't ever be happy. In an exclusive interview, Cuban-born Ojani Noa, 29, the former waiter who married J.Lo in early 1997, says the more famous Jennifer gets, the more she changes, dooming her romantic relationships.

    "While I am very happy, Jennifer does not seem that way," hunky Noa, who's releasing a calendar of semi-nude photos, declares. "She has changed so much since I first met her. I'm sure her romance with Ben failed because she changed."

    TROUBLED PAST

    "Ben went through the same joys I had with her in the early days," Noa says. "It is all incredibly romantic, but then she changes. The more famous she becomes, the more different she is -- I think it happens because of the people she has around her, her team of advisers, managers and lawyers. It happened to me when I was married to her. There were times when even I had to go through advisers to speak to her."

    Noa says that Jennifer was in major denial about her transformation, however. "She turned to me [one day] and said, 'You're not the man I married," he says. "We'd only been married six months. But I hadn't changed, it was her. All she thought about was her work. It kind of hurt in a way because I was really young and really naive. To be honest, it felt like a betrayal."

    SURROUNDED

    "Too many people around Jennifer were giving me different opinions and answers," Noa says. "I got to the point where I was so confused I didn't know what to do anymore. She needs to lose all of the people around her before she loses her respect!"

    Although his marriage to J.Lo only lasted a year, she and Ojani remained friendly. He even worked as manager of her Pasadena restaurant Madre's for several months until he got word from both Jen's manager and her lawyer that his services were no longer needed.

    Noa says he'd like to give Jennifer some advice before it's too late for her to ever find happiness. Sadly, however, "She won't return my calls."

    Co-Ed Chatfest

    JENNIFER Lopez's answer to "The View" will offer more than just girl talk. Instead of hiring the standard four women for her in-the-works morning chat show, Lopez has tapped style guru Robert Verdi, the current co-host of "Surprise by Design" on the Discovery Channel. Verdi will join J. Lo's sister, Lynda Lopez, former WBLS deejay Egypt and one yet to be named co-host for a "younger, hipper, cooler" morning chatfest to be syndicated by Universal Television.

    J.Lo doomed her romance with Affleck says ex husband

    Jennifer Lopez's first husband Ojani Noa believes the singer and actress doomed her own romance with Ben Affleck by becoming too much of a diva. The Cuban-born former waiter, who was married to J.LO for just a year from 1997, insists the more famous the curvaceous beauty gets, the more she changes - for the worse. He says, "While I am very happy, Jennifer does not seem that way. She has changed so much since I first met her. I'm sure her romance with Ben failed because she changed. Ben went through the same joys I had with her in the early days. It is all incredibly romantic, but then she changes. The more famous she becomes, the more different she is - I think it happens because of the people she has around her, her team of advisers, managers and lawyers. It happened to me when I was married to her. There were times when even I had to go through advisers to speak to her." Noa tells American magazine the Star that Lopez was in major denial about her change, explaining, "She turned to me (one day) and said, 'You're not the man I married.' We'd only been married six months. But I hadn't changed, it was her. All she thought about was her work. It kind of hurt in a way because I was really young and really naive. To be honest, it felt like a betrayal. Too many people around Jennifer were giving me different opinions and answers. I got to the point where I was so confused I didn't know what to do anymore. She needs to lose all of the people around her before she loses her respect!" Noa, who worked at his ex-wife's California restaurant Madre's for several months until he was dismissed, says he has tried to contact Lopez to give her some advice on finding true happiness but she won't accept his calls.

    J-Lo, Affleck Dominate Worst-Film Awards

    The honeymoon's over for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, but their mob-comedy flop "Gigli" really cleaned up Saturday at the Razzies, the first movie to take all six top trophies in the annual dishonorable-mention awards.

    Golden Raspberry Awards voters picked "Gigli" as 2003's worst picture, Affleck as worst actor, Lopez as worst actress and the two as worst screen couple. "Gigli" filmmaker Martin Brest also took the Razzies for worst director and screenplay.

    "Gigli" hit theaters last summer amid the tabloid frenzy over Affleck and Lopez's on-again, off-again wedding plans. They finally announced in January the romance was off.

    The movie, which starred Affleck as a thug smitten by Lopez as a lesbian crime colleague, fell short of the record seven Razzies won by "Showgirls" and "Battlefield Earth."

    "But those are much better bad movies, if that makes any sense," said Razzies founder John Wilson. "If you sit through them with the right people or the right brand of liquor, they can be strangely entertaining.

    "But I don't care how medicated you are or what people you're watching it with, `Gigli' is just a pain in the posterior. It's one of those things that is, as opposed to enjoyably embarrassing, it's just skin-crawlingly embarrassing."

    "Gigli" cost $54 million to make but earned back just $6 million.

    Among other "winners," Sylvester Stallone padded his Razzie resume with a record 10th prize, this time for worst supporting actor in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." Stallone's past Razzies include one for worst actor of the 20th century.

    With the 25th annual Razzies coming up next year, the group is considering a special career-achievement prize for Stallone, Wilson said.

    In "Spy Kids 3-D," "he plays five characters, so technically the whole supporting-actor category could have been made up of his performances," Wilson said.

    Demi Moore took the supporting-actress Razzie for her comeback role in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," which also was named worst remake or sequel.

    "She tried to come back, and we said, `No, thanks. We chased you away before. Go away again,'" Wilson said.

    The storybook adaptation "Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat" won the Razzie for worst excuse for a movie.

    Another top nominee, "From Justin to Kelly," was shut out in the awards balloting by the roughly 600 Razzie voters.

    The group decided to give the movie — a spring-break romp featuring "American Idol" stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini — a special "governor's award" for distinguished underachievement in choreography.

    J. LO-FREE 'JERSEY' STRATEGY FINE WITH BEN

    "YES, I do!" That's what Ben Affleck yelled at us when we asked if he approved of Miramax's strategy of dropping Jennifer Lopez from all movie posters and publicity for their upcoming "Jersey Girl." The Post's David K. Li caught up with Affleck at the World Poker Tour's stop in City of Commerce, Calif., just as Miramax gears up for the daunting task of promoting the first Affleck/Lopez vehicle since the couple's colossal flop, "Gigli." Meanwhile, "Jersey Girl" director Kevin Smith tells The Post's Bill Hoffmann that a scene in which Affleck and Lopez wed has been cut (see photo above). Smith said he feared showing the busted-up couple all smiles as they tied the knot would freak out moviegoers. "They would have seen it and said, 'Hey wait a minute, they're getting married!' And I would have lost my audience for a minute,"' Smith said. Also edited out was a tender kiss the two share. The nice-guy director also wants to put to rest a nasty rumor floating around that because of the "Gigli" curse, he's personally offering a money-back guarantee to anybody who doesn't like "Jersey Girl," which opens March 26. "No, no," he laughed. "I'm not doing that!"

    Benifer Wedding Scene Left in Cutting Room

    Perhaps director Kevin Smith is listening to audiences who say they've seen enough of the most over exposed couple of the decade. A wedding scene with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez has been left on the floor from upcoming "Jersey Girl," according to Us Weekly magazine.

    "I didn't know if (it was right) to leave it in," Smith is quoted as saying in an issue. "People might forget they're watching a picture, like, 'Wait, didn't these two NOT get married?'"

    Affleck and Lopez were reportedly to have married last September in a secret ceremony in Santa Barbara. When the media besieged upon the sleepy beach town, the lavish plans were canceled though never rescheduled.

    They recently terminated their engagement.

    "Jersey Girl" is set for release March 26.

    Ben and J.Lo's 'Jersey Girl' Gets New Date

    Ben and Jen fans will have to wait one more week for an on-screen reunion of the superstar exes.

    Miramax Films has pushed back the release date of Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl," featuring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, by one week to Friday, March 26. Afterward, it will expand further through the first two weeks of April.

    The reunion will be brief, however. "Jersey Girl" centers on Ollie (Ben Affleck), who tries to pick up the pieces after the love of his life (Lopez) dies and leaves him with a child. The film also stars George Carlin as Ollie's dad and Liv Tyler, who opens Ollie up to love again.

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