Archive for May, 2005

Lopez among UPN star powers

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – UPN is adding some star power to its lineup for next season, picking up two series toplined by Shannen Doherty, a drama executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez and starring Vanessa L. Williams, and a comedy executive-produced by Chris Rock.

UPN is still finalizing its schedule, which will be unveiled to advertisers Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York, but sources indicated that comedies “Girlfriends,” “Half & Half” “One on One” and its freshman spinoff “Cuts” are looking good to return.

There also was buzz Tuesday about a possible second-season pickup for “Kevin Hill,” an acclaimed drama starring Taye Diggs that has been on the bubble after failing to gain traction with viewers.

Not expected to come back for a third season is the Will Smith/Jada Pinkett Smith-produced comedy “All of Us.”

UPN makes a departure from its tried-and-true comedy brand with “Everybody Hates Chris,” a comedy narrated by Rock and based on his childhood experiences.

“Love, Inc.” stars Doherty as a pragmatic dating consultant of single men.

“Sex, Lies & Secrets” is a comedy-drama about a tight-knit group of twentysomethings in Silver Lake, Calif., while Lopez’ “South Beach” follows three young adults in Miami.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Video: Jennifer & Jane on The View

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Sorry for the wait! Here is Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda from last Friday’s appearance on The View:

Jennifer Lopez on The View 5/13/05 – .WMV | 16:44 | 16.7MB

Ellen is on its way.

More Pregnancy Rumors….

Monday, May 16th, 2005

From Contact Music:

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 10am I got up and had four eggs.'”

J.Lo lets slip further hints when quizzed about Anthony’s children with his first wife DAYANARA 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.”

Lopez, Fonda a ‘Monster’ pairing at U.S. box office

Monday, May 16th, 2005

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two new comedies pairing veteran actors with younger stars dominated the weekend box office in North America, with the Jennifer Lopez- Jane Fonda vehicle “Monster-in-Law” taking top honors, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

Monster-in-Law,” Fonda’s first film since 1990’s “Stanley & Iris,” sold about $24 million worth of tickets since opening May 13. It was followed by the Will Ferrell- Robert Duvall soccer comedy, “Kicking & Screaming,” which scored a three-day estimate of $20.9 million.

Both films outperformed the expectations of their respective studios, New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures, but they were unable to prevent the overall box office from suffering its 12th consecutive “down” weekend when compared with the year-ago period. Sales so far this year are down 6 percent from last year, and attendance is off 9 percent, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.

From Yahoo News

“Monster-in-Law” #1 At Weekend Box Office

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

“Monster-in-Law” debuted at #1 at the weekend box office taking in $23.1 million.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE FIGURES
1. Monster-in-Law – $23,105,133
2. Kicking & Screaming – $20,159,925
3. Unleashed – $10,900,901
4. Kingdom of Heaven – $9,625,509
5. Crash – $7,021,391
6. House of Wax – $6,563,440
7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – $5,049,938
8. The Interpreter – $4,592,505
9. XXX: State of the Union – $2,134,772
10. Mindhunters – $1,911,358

Win A Monster-In-Law Survival Kit!

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Sony Music is running a contest to win a Monster-in-Law survival kit plus Jennifer’s latest Rebirth CD, and a set of 5 New Line DVDs and a Samsung DVD Player! Sign yourself up here!

“Monster-in-Law” Now In Theaters

Friday, May 13th, 2005

“Monster-in-Law” has officially opened in theaters this weekend. Check showtimes & theater locations for your area here.

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J.Lo: ‘I Wish Affleck Happiness’

Friday, May 13th, 2005

Jennifer Lopez wants former fiance BEN AFFLECK to “find happiness” like she has, following their split last year (04).

Lopez and Affleck were due to marry in September 2003, but the wedding was cancelled at the last minute and they split for good the following January.

Lopez married Latin singer MARC ANTHONY just five months later and she celebrates her first wedding anniversary next month (JUN05).

In a new interview, the MONSTER-IN-LAW beauty insists she hopes Affleck finds the same happiness she has.

She says, “I want him to be happy. He’s a great guy. We had a great time together.

“I hope he’s found his place and found some happiness.

“That will be a beautiful thing for him.”

J.Lo Sneaks Past PETA

Friday, May 13th, 2005

Jennifer Lopez has out-smarted the animal rights protesters hounding her publicity tour for new movie MONSTER-IN-LAW, by taping an interview in secret.

PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA) activists campaigned at the film’s premiere in April (05) and outside her appearances on MTV and DAVID LETTERMAN’s TV show earlier this month (MAY05). And they intended to continue their bitter protest at the use of animal fur in J.Lo’s clothing range SWEETFACE outside the recording of her appearance on BARBARA WALTERS show THE VIEW today (13MAY05).

Because The View guest host CONSTANCE MARIE is a PETA supporter, the group decided to tone down their protest by just handing out leaflets outside the New York studio – but were stunned to discover the interview was actually recorded last Tuesday (03MAY05).

PETA spokesperson MICHAEL McGRAW says, “After the waves of noisy protesters that confronted her at DAVID LETTERMAN, it’s no surprise that J.Lo is avoiding any pre-announced live appearances in New York City.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for The View insists fears about PETA had nothing to do with the decision to tape the normally-live show.

Jennifer Lopez flaunts NZ designer jeans

Friday, May 13th, 2005

She’s harassed by fur protesters wherever she goes and some suggest she can’t act – but at least Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez knows how to flaunt her New Zealand designer jeans.

J-Lo appeared on the top-rating US show The Late Show with David Letterman this month in a pair of Karen Walker jeans.

She bought the denims at the exclusive boutique Elizabeth Charles in New York and would have paid about US$300 ($414), Ms Walker said.

And while it’s not the first time a member of Hollywood’s elite has been seen in a Karen Walker design, it was nice to add another big name to the label’s celebrity-buyer list.

“Good old J-Lo. It’s nice when someone known for their style gives you the thumbs-up,” Ms Walker said.

While she couldn’t think of any film she had seen starring the actress, she did like her music.

Protesters are less impressed with 35-year-old Lopez after the launch of her “Sweetface” clothing label, which included a line of fur.

At the premiere of her new movie “Monster-in-Law”, animal rights’ activists declared Lopez the “monster in fur” and have been regularly picketing her public appearances.

The Diva-in-Law?

Friday, May 13th, 2005

I found this article this morning ; Apparently the author is determined to continue the rumors of Jennifer’s diva behavior. Although it’s not the most positive press- it is indeed still press!

Despite global fame, Lopez says she’s still Jenny from the block

From the Winnipeg Sun

Written By: Louis B. Hobson

HOLLYWOOD — Jennifer Lopez insists she doesn’t really know that J.Lo person journalists love to write about and paparazzi like to photograph.

“Who I am as a person has never jibed with how I’m portrayed in the press. I am not the diva the press has created,” insists Lopez. “It’s all fabricated to make things more interesting.”

Lopez utters these pearls of wisdom at a press conference for more than 100 journalists gathered to do interviews for her new comedy Monster-in-Law.

Her co-stars Jane Fonda and Michael Vartan have just completed three hours of roundtable interviews with the same journalists in groups of 10 to 12 people. Lopez couldn’t spare the time or the energy — but she’s not a diva.

A whole floor of the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel is secured for her. No one was allowed on the floor without a pink armband, and people were checked at the elevators by security — but she’s not a diva.

When a journalist confronted Lopez about the strict security measures, she joked it was because there would be a dance immediately following her press conference. She then insisted she knew nothing about the security.

When that remark elicited a wave of snickers, her press agents insisted it was the hotel or film company who had initiated these measures, not Lopez or her team.

“I have to have security,” added Lopez. “The paparazzi have become so aggressive. Their relationship with me has turned into a game of cops-and-robbers.”

She says her only recourse has been “to take myself out of the public arena as much as possible. I’ve stopped leaving my house unless it is absolutely necessary.”

Read More at Winnipeg Sun

Vartan Comfortable Being in Lopez Shadow

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

LOS ANGELES – Michael Vartan doesn’t mind playing second banana to either of Ben Affleck’s Jennifers.

Vartan — former boyfriend of Affleck’s current love Jennifer Garner, as well as her co-star on TV’s “Alias” — now plays backup to Affleck’s ex, Jennifer Lopez, in the big-screen romantic comedy “Monster-in-Law.”

Lopez plays a wannabe artist earning her keep with a string of jobs that include dog-walking and office temp work. After she meets the man of her dreams, a doctor (Vartan) from a wealthy family, her prospective mother-in-law (Jane Fonda) goes to slapstick extremes to try to break up their engagement.

The movie gives top billing above the title to Lopez and Fonda. Vartan comes third, after the title, a position with which he’s perfectly comfortable.

“I have a very healthy and I guess accurate perspective of where my career is and where I fit in in this crazy business,” Vartan told The Associated Press. “I don’t really care if my name’s first, second or last or even in the end credits.

“Being in the movie is much more important. And also, I knew that this was their movie. This was clearly a movie about the two women going at it, sort of creating chaos. So I knew what I was getting into. It was much more about getting to work with Jane and Jennifer, so how can you say no?”

Vartan caught his share of tabloid fame when he and Garner were dating. So he can commiserate with what his co-stars have gone through because of their involvement with Affleck.

Both of his Jennifer co-stars have handled the notoriety with poise, Vartan said.

“They’re amazing. The people who succeed in this business and have staying power are the ones that really understand the two facets of it, the work and the celebrity, and they’re professional. You know you’re going to be chased by paparazzi if you’re one of the Jennifers. That’s just the way it goes.”

Lopez’s New Movie Sparks Reaction From Allergy Group

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

JENNIFER LOPEZ and JANE FONDA’s new movie MONSTER-IN-LAW has come under fire – from an allergy organization.

Members of America’s FOOD ALLERGY + ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK (FAAN) have branded the upcoming comedy insensitive to people with food allergies, thanks to a scene in which Fonda’s character crushes up nuts and laces a gravy boat with them after she learns Lopez’s character has a serious nut allergy.

According to MTV NEWS, the organization worries that the movie sets the stage for copycat incidents, which could be life threatening for some.

FAAN founder ANNE MUNOZ-FURLONG says, “I doubt NEW LINE would permit a scene where a diabetic would be given an overdose of insulin. In real life, food allergies are no laughing matter.”

Lopez: No Trouble With Boyfriends’ Moms

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

LOS ANGELES May 11, 2005 — 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.”

Billboard Charts Update

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Billboard 200 Album Chart

This week, Jennifer Lopez’s “Rebirth” falls 19 spots from #59 to #78 on the Billboard 200 album chart.