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8 items from 2007

Lopez Accused of Stealing Flowers

23 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

TV star Mario Lopez has been accused of stealing flowers from a garden show in California. The former Saved By The Bell star allegedly swiped the organic flower arrangements during a break from the Southern California Home and Garden Show. Show presenter Danny Seo tells the New York Daily News, "Mario Lopez was also booked, and he took the flowers with him when he left! He outright asked a stagehand, 'Can I take these for my girlfriend?' and the poor kid was like, 'Sure, I guess.' He basically took my props as a gift for someone else!" »

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Longoria's Generous Guest Gifts

10 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Newlyweds Eva Longoria and Tony Parker presented all the female guests at their Paris wedding on Saturday with 18 karat gold bracelets. The Desperate Housewives actress, 32, and French basketball ace, 25, wed in civil ceremony on Friday, before celebrating their union in a religious service and a reception in the 17th century Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte the following day. The female guests at the wedding, which included Longoria's Desperate Housewives castmates Teri Hatcher, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman and Brenda Strong, actress Jessica Alba and singer Sheryl Crow, received the delicate bracelets from Van Cleef & Arpels' Sweet Alhambra range as a thank you for flying across the Atlantic for the French wedding. The wedding party included Longoria's actor pal Mario Lopez - who served as an usher - and Parker's French pal, soccer ace Thierry Henry, who was a groomsman. Lopez tells America's People magazine, "It was so great - such a fun wedding. It's been one event after another. I'm tired." »

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Consuelos, Velazquez in Oxygen movie

5 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mark Consuelos and My Name Is Earl co-star Nadine Velazquez have been tapped to star in the Oxygen original movie Husband for Hire.

Mario Lopez, Erik Estrada and Tempestt Bledsoe round out the cast of the tentatively titled romantic comedy.

Velazquez stars as Lola, a Latina businesswoman who has to get married or she will lose her share of the family fortune, while Consuelos plays Nate, the man she hires as her husband-to-be. Lopez has been cast as Lola's ex-fiance, Estrada as her traditional father and Bledsoe as her no-nonsense best friend.

The movie, from executive producers Tim Perell and Howard Gertler of Process Media and writer-director Kris Isacsson, begins shooting this week on location in New Mexico and is scheduled to premiere later this year.

" 'Husband for Hire, ' with its hilarious, gorgeous cast, is a perfect romantic comedy for Oxygen," said Debby Beece, president of programming and marketing at Oxygen. "This will be our fourth original movie with Tim and Process Media, and nobody knows our audience better than them."

Perell and Process Media produced the Oxygen movies My Sexiest Mistake, Tempting Adam and Romancing the Bride, the latter two of which Isacsson wrote and directed. »

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Longoria Gets Desperate Dancing

4 June 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is taking desperate dancing lessons so she can trip the light fantastic as the host of the 2007 Alma Awards next week. The actress, who is also the host and executive producer of the awards show, will partner with pal and co-host Mario Lopez for a number with the professionals from TV hit Dancing With The Stars, in which Lopez once competed. Longoria says, "We actually don't have a lot of time to rehearse. Thank God, Mario is pretty much a natural dancer." Longoria's dance-off won't be the Alma's highlight - Beyonce, Prince, Los Lonely Boys and War will be among the acts performing at the event, which honours and celebrates Latino artistic achievement in American film, television and music. »

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'Eight Days' on CW's calendar

1 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The CW has picked up the comedy pilot Eight Days a Week to series with a 12-episode midseason order.

The single-camera comedy, whose ensemble cast includes Christina Milian and Mario Lopez, revolves around four twentysomethings who work under the top movers and shakers in New York.

CBS Paramount Network TV, Warner Bros. TV and Hazy Mills are producing the project, which is executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.

Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin penned the pilot and serve as producers.

Eight Days joins another new CW comedy, the single-camera Aliens in America, which the network picked up last month for a fall launch. »

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Lopez among those who number 'Eight'

9 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mario Lopez, Johnny Lewis, Christina Milian and Robert Richard' have been tapped to star in the CW comedy pilot Eight Days a Week. Meanwhile, Kyla Pratt is set as the lead in the CW comedy pilot Hell on Earth, while Leslie Bibb is set as the female lead opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. in CBS' comedy pilot Atlanta.

Additionally, Tembi Locke, Jon Rowland, Rod Rowland, Scarlett Chorvat and Diego Serrano have joined Fox's Born in the USA, while Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Bert Belasco have been added to the CW's Dash 4 Cash.

  Eight, from CBS Paramount Network TV and Hazy Mills, revolves around four twentysomethings who work under the top movers and shakers in New York.

Lopez will play one of the bosses, an impeccably dressed wunderkind with a cell phone attached to his ear. Milian will play one of the assistants, a beautiful, young woman who left behind a law career to start over as a receptionist/gofer at an art gallery. Lewis will play another assistant, a struggling rock musician who works for a big-name rock-band publicist. Richard will play Lopez's character's assistant, a BlackBerry-wielding go-getter. »

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Longoria Desperate for Presenter's Bow-Tie

17 January 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria was so desperate to get hold of a TV presenter's bow-tie at the Golden Globe Awards Monday night, she offered to buy it from him. Former Saved By The Bell star Mario Lopez was making his debut as a presenter for news show Extra when Longoria challenged him about his smart bow-tie. She told the stunned TV star, "I like your tie. I'll buy it, but I want it now." But Lopez had already agreed to donate his tie to the Clothes Off Our Back charity auction, and insisted the actress would have to bid for it like everyone else. »

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Hart, Lopez lock in ABC's 'Handcuffs'

9 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez have been tapped to star in the ABC Family original movie Holidays in Handcuffs.

Hart will play Trudie, a would-be painter stuck working as a waitress. After blowing an interview at a "real" job -- disappointing her parents yet again -- and getting dumped by her boyfriend, Trudie suffers a nervous breakdown. Stressed with having to go home alone for the holidays, she kidnaps a customer, Clay Martin (Lopez), whom she plans to bring home for Christmas and introduce him to the family as "the One."

Holidays is set to begin principal photography this month in Calgary, Alberta. Ron Underwood (City Slickers, ABC's Boston Legal) is directing Holidays from a script by Sara Endsley. The movie is executive produced by Craig McNeil and Jody Brockway.

Holidays is scheduled to air in December as part of ABC Family's annual 25 Days of Christmas programming event, which in 2006 had its best viewership numbers in its nine-year history in total viewers, adults and women 18-49 and adults and women 18-34. »

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