Reactivate Your J. Lo Betting Pool
Because we're sure the world is waiting with bated breath to find out whether Jennifer Lopez is trying this whole engagement/marriage thing yet again -- both People and US Weekly are headlining this week with "Planning a Wedding" and "Here Comes the Bride" -- an update on the Elizabeth Taylor-of-today is in order.
First, she was married to bartender Ojani Noa. Then she was linked to Latin crooner Marc Anthony. Then she dated bigger-than-big Sean "Puffy" Combs, but he went poof. She rebounded and married dancer Chris Judd (four-carat diamond, reportedly), whom she split with nine months later. Then she started dating Ben Affleck. Ben and Jen got engaged (6.1-carat pink diamond!), but Ben.Lo became Ben.No in late January, when the two decided it was a no-go. Not one to let the grass grow, Lopez sought solace in the arms of ex-flame Marc Anthony -- who, conveniently enough, had just separated from his wife. Anthony's quickie divorce from the mother of two of his kids, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, became final Tuesday, meaning he's officially single.
Neither Lopez nor Anthony has acknowledged they are even dating, much less engaged. But few are fooled by the eight-carat rock Jenny's been sportin' -- even though she's wearing it on her middle finger. (Hey, she's the one with the lyric: "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got.") Luckily, this time colored gems were avoided.
But will they or won't they?
A source tells US Weekly: "She's the queen [in North America], he's the king [in Latin America]. If they join forces, there's no stopping them -- and they know that." Or as People mag sums up what their source says: " 'They're definitely going to get married.' Pause. 'Unless they break up before then.' "
Bradbury Fired Up Over Moore
Famed sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury is not very happy with filmmaker Michael Moore.
The 80-year-old author is peeved that Moore's latest documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- which just picked up the highly coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival -- is trading on the title of Bradbury's famous 1953 novel "Fahrenheit 451."
"Michael Moore is a dumb [expletive], that's what I think," Bradbury told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter during a phone interview from Los Angeles. "He stole my title and changed the numbers without ever asking my permission."Not one to hold back, Bradbury said he tried to contact Moore's production company to express his grave displeasure, but to no avail. It would be nice, he added, if Moore changed the title of his soon-to-be released film.
Noted . . .
Seymour Hersh's ninth book is on the way. This time the investigative journalist will write about his pursuit of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal -- a story he's credited with breaking. HarperCollins Publishers says "Chain of Command" is expected to be released this fall . . . She may sing "Express Yourself," but Madonna means that only up unto a point. The Material Mom -- who once caused a brouhaha when she cursed more than a dozen times while being interviewed on live television by David Letterman -- is now enforcing a strict "cursing fine" for everyone on her current "Reinvention Tour." "That is correct," Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg told the New York Post. "And by the way, she has paid plenty [herself]. I think it's a $5 a curse word." Man, when she says "reinvention," she means it!
. . . and Quoted
"I don't mean to make light -- light of this. But a couple of my buddies always said, 'Man, you shoulda kept your butt in New York that weekend.' "
-- O.J. Simpson, telling Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren what he regrets, in a taped interview to air Monday night.
-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder
from staff and wire reports