31 March 2004
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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. The "Jenny From The Block" beauty, 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." And J.Lo - who recently split with fiance Ben Affleck
- is now ready to turn- the-tables on gossip columnists by demonstrating her softer, funnier side. The beauty will appear at this weekend's Nickelodeon's Kids 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 & Grace
, before gracing the cover of America's In Style
magazine - which she chose over industry titan Vogue
. A source tells Page Six, "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."
Patric Is Arrested After Drunken Episode
Hollywood actor Jason Patric
has been arrested after a drunken encounter with police in Austin, Texas. The Alamo
star, 37, was arrested after challenging police to test him for drunkenness in the early hours of Monday morning. Police spokesman Kevin Buchman says there is no test administered for public intoxication and officers only need to have suspicion. According to police, Patric took an aggressive stance when they tried to arrest him, and shoved an officer. Patric was booked on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Travis County Jail and released five hours later. A statement from the actor's publicist Michelle Bega
says, "(Patric) believes he has done nothing wrong. He hopes for a rapid resolution to clear his name."
First Round Goes to Minnelli
Superstar singer Liza Minnelli
managed to get in the first punch at the $10 million civil assault case filed against her by ex-husband David Gest
- by refusing to let the deposition be videotaped. The Cabaret
star's lawyer Dorothy Weber managed to convince the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich not to make Liza's appearance be taped as, "The potential for embarrassment and negative career consequences of a videotape is palpable." Raoul Felder, the lawyer acting for David Gest
, was left baffled by her decision. He says, "There seems to be special rules for Ms Minnelli. The mayor of New York was subjected to videotaped depositions." Gest filed for divorce after just 15 months of marriage last year, claiming Minnelli regularly beat him and caused extensive neurological damage. Minnelli has since slammed him for lying about the incidents.
Britney Pushes Club To Pay
Pop diva Britney Spears
' entourage stunned management at Miami nightclub Mynt last Sunday - by demanding they pay her to visit the venue. The "Toxic" singer, 22, and her pals had planned to spend the evening partying in the trendy nightspot following her live Showtime concert. But when her staff tried to get Mynt's management to pay out a staggering $2,000 for her presence, they were swiftly rebuffed. One stunned club boss says, "We would have been happy to have Britney at the club Sunday evening, and we would have arranged a table and bottle service for her and her guests. However, we were uncomfortable with the request for payment. It is not our policy to pay celebrities to come to Mynt as it seems to have become the norm with other Miami nightclubs. We do not even think Britney knows what happened." Spears and her posse of dancers ended up at Prive - the same nightclub that Jennifer Lopez
and Marc Anthony
were spotted snuggling at last week - where they partied until 4:30am.
Jackson: I Want To Help Whitney
need not be alone as she struggles to face her drug demons - Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson
is offering empathy and support. As the "So Emotional" singer continues to fight a "prescription drug" addiction problem - the Pulp Fiction
star, 55, has vowed to be there for the troubled star if she wants to speak to him. The Oscar-nominated actor successfully fought his own crack habit - before finding fame in a string of films including Jackie Brown
. Jackson says, "When, and if, she ever wants to reach out to someone, I'd be willing to sit down and talk to her and give her a hand if she wanted one."
Parker To Be Awarded Fashion Honor
Sex And The City
star Sarah Jessica Parker
will be the recipient of a special Fashion Icon award in New York. The stylish actress will be receive the honor at the 2004 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) at the city's Public Library - for her inventive style and flair for fashion. As writer Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV series - which came to an end this year - Parker would often be seen in her Manolo Blahnik
's strutting round New York in a range of eye-grabbing outfits. The question on the lips of fashion aficionados everywhere is which designer will be responsible for Parker's outfit for the night? The nominees for women's wear designer of the year are Caroline Herrera, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Rucci. Contenders in the men's wear category include Kors, Ralph Lauren
and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs
. World-respected fashion designer Donna Karan
will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, reports website Pagesix.
Sutherland Dismisses Bar Brawl As Wrestling Match with Pals
Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland
has dismissed his latest bar brawl as little more than a wrestling match with a group of pals. Last month, it was reported the London-born actor had been rushed to hospital to receive six stitches after his face was slashed during a Los Angeles bar fight. But Sutherland insists the events of the night were grossly exaggerated, explaining, "This last one was actually just a bunch of guys. We were all friends, actually, and we were out for a big night. We were wrestling and a couple of people got cut - that's all. It was exaggerated. I've heard a lot of different versions of it. We were just having a fun time." Sutherland, ex-fiance of Julia Roberts
, has a history of headline-grabbing antics, including exposing himself in a bar last year after an alcohol-fueled session.
Cruz Seeks Solace in Berry
Spanish stunner Penelope Cruz
has been inundating Hollywood pal Halle Berry
with phone calls - because she's convinced the understanding actress will help mend her broken heart. Cruz and A-list star Tom Cruise
stunned people the world over last week by announcing they split up in January, and the actress - who's currently shooting Sahara
in the Moroccan desert - is reportedly desperate to arrange a meeting with her Oscar winning friend. The pair met on the set of 2003 chiller Gothika
and have remained close pals ever since. An insider says, "They've spoken a lot and they plan to meet very soon."
Law and McGregor Outdo Their Fans
Cheeky superstars Jude Law
and Ewan McGregor
managed to outwit some Los Angeles fans last week - by signing each others' names for their autographs. The two British actors were enjoying a quite lunch outside the trendy Bird restaurant in West Hollywood when they were inundated by fans demanding their autographs. The true gentlemen obliged, yet managed to get away with signing the other's signature on the scraps of paper and napkins thrust under their noses. The amazing thing is that not one fan noticed the boys' cunning ruse, reports website Pagesix.
Hannah Nabs Hotel Tycoon
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has taken a leaf out of Kill Bill
co-star Uma Thurman
's book - by dating a wealthy hotelier. The Splash
beauty, 44, is enjoying a passionate romance with Sean McPherson, the boss of New York's Maritime Hotel, after failing to find love with previous beaus David Blaine
and John F. Kennedy Jr
. Hannah's new romance comes hot on the heels of Thurman's love match with tycoon Andre Balazs, who she has been dating since splitting with husband Ethan Hawke
in September last year.