Tribarazzi: This movie magic takes a long spell
This is so not glamorous.
The cast and crew of “Bordertown,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen, have been shooting and reshooting for 12 hours so far Monday on this first day of production at the same building that houses The Tribune.
And still there are at least three hours to go before it’s a wrap.
A wrap. That’s Hollywood talk for we are outta here.
All this work for what amounts to little more than four pages of script.
“That’s an ambitious day,” one production assistant says.
They are here because “Bordertown” is an indie thriller based partly on the real killings of hundreds of women in Mexico and partly on the imagined Chicago Sentinel journalist who investigates them.
Lopez is the journalist, and our humble newsroom is the Chicago Sentinel. Now that’s acting.
From our vantage point, and it’s closer than we dreamed, crew members ebb and flow, stomping about in their hiking boots and staying perfectly, quietly still when director Gregory Nava shouts, “Action.”
And it’s action. And more action. And waiting. And more waiting.
This movie magic is hard work.
Downstairs, four young girls giggle and blush, having just spotted Lopez making her way to the set.
“I love her music,” one says.
“I didn’t even know it was her,” another says.
“She waved, I think,” another says. “Maybe it wasn’t a wave.”
The girls are attending a newspaper camp and just happened upon the movie set. But other curious folks have plotted out their moves inside the building, hoping for a glimpse of celebrity, something to tell their friends, some second of glamour.
One woman just misses Lopez ascending the stairs to the office where Monday’s scene is being shot. After two hours, the woman leaves, the smile she arrived with long faded.
But we see Lopez close enough to note the perfect skin, the gold cross necklace, the silver bracelets. On set she is dressed in simple slacks and jacket and untucked blouse. And we think, yes, sure, she maybe could portray us reporters if we had just kept up our health spa memberships.
Lopez is not smiling, either. The scene she is performing is intense. She is fighting with her editor, Sheen, who is reluctant to run her story about the unsolved killings.
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Jennifer Lopez: No fur an answer
In the lobby of LA’s Four Seasons Hotel I’m checked, re-checked, probed, prodded, x-rayed and branded with a sparkly, pink, wristband. Then I get the all-clear from a burly, black-suited CIA-looking fellow to interview Jennifer Lopez about her latest movie, Monster-in-Law.
Lopez has received death threats for wearing animal fur and mink eyelashes in her latest music video, Hold you Down, and for using fur in her new fashion line, Sweetface.
There was a pre-interview warning: no fur questions or Lopez will walk out.
The 35-year-old has a US$350 million ($495 million) fashion and fragrance empire, has sold 35 million CDs, and gets US$12 million ($17 million) a picture.
The Puerto Rican beauty, who boasts that her struggling years consisted of missed meals when she was just “Jenny from the block” (that’s a block in the Bronx, you understand), has transformed herself into a global institution.
The acting began with some impressive offerings in the late 1990s, although later films – such as Shall We Dance and Gigli – have struggled. The pop career snowballed after the United States box-office success of Selena (1997), in which Lopez played murdered singer Selena Perez.
It was the “Bennifer” media circus surrounding her relationship with Ben Affleck – which ended in January 2004 – that threw a spanner in the works. Lopez admits she at first welcomed the attention. “I don’t want to complain. I take responsibility for the fact that I didn’t make adjustments. Now I’m a little more careful. I travel in a certain way. I leave at a certain time. I learned.”
In a black, figure-hugging, backless Fendi dress which accentuates her precious derriere, with her earlobes and wrists dripping with diamonds, with chocolate-brown doe-eyes, flawless cinnamon skin, and cascading honey-highlighted hair, she’s breathtakingly gorgeous.
“I think that’s an aspect of being in this business – you have a public persona,” she says in her strong Bronx accent. “Who you really are, that’s your own thing. You have to hold on to that yourself. Your family knows what is all true, but it’s all about keeping a focus on the work.”
Monster-in-Law marks the end of Jane Fonda’s 14-year absence from the big screen. Lopez laughs at how she worked out to Fonda’s exercise tapes in the 1980s and says she was anxious at the prospect of working with the 67-year-old Oscar-winner.
“I couldn’t be scared and I had to gain her respect,” she smiles. “I had butterflies in my stomach. But at the end of the day, I had to bring to the table what they were paying me for.”
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Jennifer shatters independent movie’s budget
Jennifer Lopez is reportedly putting the future of her latest movie in jeopardy – with a series of outrageous demands.
The sexy star, famed for her extravagant lifestyle, is currently shooting low-budget, independent movie Bordertown, in New Mexico.
Lopez has allegedly crippled director Gregory Nava’s tight budget with a series of diva-like demands, including insisting she was moved from her hotel to a private villa, wanting all bills paid for her $10 000 a-day hairstylist, Oribe, and asking for a luxury trailer on set.
A movie source is quoted by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper as saying: “She doesn’t seem to realise this is an independent movie and there is no one to pay her outrageous bills.”
According to reports, the outlandish demands could even financially ruin the project, which also stars Antonio Banderas, unless new investors come in or the 35-year-old star tones down her requests.
Meanwhile, J.Lo has revealed is desperate to be a mother because she feels she has sacrificed too much of her life to her career.
The stunning diva says she now wants to step out of the limelight to become a “normal” woman and raise a family.
The star, who earlier this year sold her luxury Hollywood mansion for a more modest family home, confessed: “I want to be a mother more than anything. I’m realising that much of my life has gone. I have made sacrifices for my career.”