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‘WORLD OF DANCE’ POPS, LOCKS AND TAPS ITS WAY TO A SECOND SEASON RENEWAL“World of Dance,” which was the #1 regular timeslot premiere of 2017 on the broadcast networks in the 18-49 demo as well as the most-watched summer alternative series debut on cable or broadcast in nine years, has been renewed for a second season.
The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative & Reality Group, NBC Entertainment Unscripted Programming.
“I am so proud to not only star, but produce a show that is so close to my heart,'" said Jennifer Lopez. "I am so happy that ‘World of Dance’ has resonated with audiences and we are able to put dancers on the pedestal they deserve. I cannot wait to continue this journey and my partnership with NBC.”
“We are thrilled that the unrivaled athleticism and authenticity that inspired us to create 'World of Dance' has been embraced by both the dance community and our viewers,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. “The amazing dancers competing this season have proven to not only entertain us but elevate our expectations and expand our imagination. The bar has been set extremely high for season two. The competition will be fierce and we will all witness greatness.”
“Jennifer Lopez has been a formidable executive producer and leader for this franchise. Her partnership with Meredith Ahr and Universal TV Alternative Studio has been remarkable,” said Telegdy. “The extraordinary ratings and digital performance is testament to the unique capabilities of Universal Television Alternative Studio in crafting a format that works on all platforms and is instantly scalable. A good idea needs an amazing launch partner and NBCUniversal Comcast has proven its marketing prowess once again.”
“World of Dance” is averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” results from Nielsen Media Research, making it the #1 10 p.m. series on any broadcast network for the full 2016-17 season to date in 18-49. It’s also easily the #1 first-year series of the summer in 18-49 and total viewers, as well as the summer’s #2 entertainment series in both measures, behind only NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” In 18-49, it’s the highest-rated first-year summer series through its first five weeks (“most current”) in four years, since CBS’ “Under the Dome” in 2013. In total viewers, it’s the most-watched first-year summer alternative series at this point in nine years, since ABC’s “Wipeout” in 2008.
“World of Dance” gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents and compete for a life-altering grand prize of $1 million, led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.
In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.
Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts scores the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final — the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize.
World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than 8 million subscribers with the world’s largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million monthly views online, making World of Dance the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.
For those interested in participating in season two, please go to https://worldofdancecasting.com/index.
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.
Jennifer Lopez adds another project to her plateJennifer Lopez will star in and produce the romantic comedy “Second Act” for STXfilms as part of the company’s efforts to focus on female-driven movies.
STXfilms touted the movie as being in the vein of “Working Girl” and “Maid in Manhattan.” Lopez will portray a big box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle, which gets her the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.
“There are so many things I love about this project and script,” said Lopez. “People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. ‘Second Act’ is a story that empowers the every woman to do more, to be more, and not limit their dreams. I am thrilled to partner with STX as they continue to create and empower the female audience.”
Veteran comedy director Peter Segal will direct the film. His credits include “50 First Dates,” “Anger Management,” and “Get Smart.”
The project was developed by STX with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. The two wrote the script for “Second Act,” which will be produced by Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas, Zackham and Benny Medina.
Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, and the studio’s president of production Sam Brown made the announcement Thursday.
“When Jennifer, Elaine and Justin came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” said Fogelson. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational. Jennifer’s talents as a film and television actress, producer and recording artist are legendary. She is a true global superstar and and we think she is perfect for this role.”
Lopez starred in several successful romantic comedies and dramas between 2001 and 2005, including “The Wedding Planner,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Monster in Law.” Other key credits include “Out of Sight,” “The Cell,” and “Anaconda.” She starred opposite Ryan Guzman in 2015’s erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door.”
STX noted in the announcement that its next six releases feature women in leading roles — “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Molly’s Game,” “Gringo,” “A Bad Moms Christmas” and “The Happytime Murders.”
Jennifer Lopez Boards STX’s ‘Second Act’ With Director Peter SegalJennifer Lopez, who is is working on the third season of her hit NBC series Shades of Blue, has come aboard to star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act, which Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management) is directing for STXfilms. In the vein of Working Girl and Lopez’s 2002 starrer Maid in Manhattan, the film is about a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.
The project was developed by STX with Lopez (who both stars in and produces Shades of Blue) from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham and written by Zackham (The Bucket List, FX’s Lights Out) and Goldsmith-Thomas. All three will produce along with Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina.
“It’s about reinvention at a time when everyone is getting marginalized and downsized,” said Goldsmith-Thomas, who noted that Lopez embodies that spirit. “It’s about the every man who says that you can do more, you can be more.” To that point, Lopez has found success in multiple avenues of entertainment — music, TV and film. “This is a story that supports the dreamer,” said Goldsmith-Thomas. “It also celebrates street smarts. It’s about a woman who might not have a formal education but has an amazing amount of street smarts and she proves that it can win the day.”
The project marks Lopez’s return to the big screen after a couple of years. It also puts another female-driven title onto the STXfilms’ slate. The company’s next several releases — Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (EuropaCorp), Molly’s Game, Gringo, A Bad Moms Christmas and The Happytime Murders (Melissa McCarthy) — feature women in leading roles, and it also has a number of high-profile projects in the pipeline as well with Anne Hathaway, Amy Schumer (I Feel Pretty) and Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World directed by Ridley Scott).
“When Jennifer, Elaine and Justin came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational. We are excited to add Second Act to an outstanding and growing portfolio of female-driven projects that we are building at STXfilms.”
Said Lopez: “There are so many things I love about this project and script. People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. Second Act is a story that empowers the every woman to do more, to be more and not limit their dreams. I am thrilled to partner with STX as they continue to create and empower the female audience.”
Lopez is a judge on NBC’s new dance competition show World of Dance, performs in sold out shows in Las Vegas and also is recording a Spanish-language album set for release this summer.
Jennifer Lopez Talks Father's Day Celebrations With Alex Rodriguez and Ex-Husband Marc AnthonyJennifer Lopez is adjusting to life with a new sort of modern family.
As the pop star prepares to celebrate her first Father's Day with beau Alex Rodriguez, she's telling E! News why a celebration with the retired baseball star and ex-husband Marc Anthony is most definitely in the works.
"It's possible," Lopez shared ahead of her All I Have concert residency at the AXIS at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. "It's so great. Everybody gets along so well. We're so blessed. We have beautiful children; we have love in our life and we're just great."
Jennifer and Marc co-parent 9-year-old twins Emme and Max, while Rodriguez is a proud father to Natasha, 12, and Ella, 9. The couple's kids have spent plenty of time together and over the weekend A. Rod brought his eldest daughter to J. Lo's Sin City show where she was brought on stage to perform a few dance moves.
"He's supporting and loving and awesome," Lopez gushed of her man of a few months. "I'm a lucky girl."
Personal life aside, the international megastar is hard at work executive producing and judging her new show World of Dance, which brings Ne-Yo, Derek Hough, and host Jenna Dewan Tatum together for a brand-new reality competition series on NBC.
Jennifer, 47, revealed that her three co-stars "were all my first choice" when World Of Dance was in its planning stages. The bombshell described Derek as the "perfect person" to join the panel, and said Ne-Yo "was always in my mind" after forming a friendship a year and a half ago. As for Channing Tatum's famous wife, Lopez told us she was on the hunt for a "star in the dance world" and landed on the actress without hesitation.
"For me, [Jenna] being in the first Step Up movie, and how passionate she is about dance [solidified my decision,]" Jennifer explained. "She's so lovable and likable. She's perfect."
But with so many projects on the horizon (and only 24 hours in the day), does "Jenny From the Block" ever plan on slowing down? The short answer: No way.
"It never gets old for me," she dished. "I'm like, ‘Wow, this is something I always dreamed of.'" Lopez continued, "It's gone beyond what I thought I could be. I feel very grateful every night. I'm humbled."
The A-lister insisted, "As long as I have that fire in my belly, I'll just keep going. And when it's not there maybe I need to sit down and take a deep breath and I will. Right now I don't foresee that in the near future."
For more on her growing empire, check out the rest of our interview with J. Lo in the videos above!
World of Dance airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
J.Lo, A-Rod and kids have pool party(Pic) Sunday funday: J-Rod edition.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez splashed around poolside Sunday, as they played in the water with their children in tow.
“Happy Sunday everybody!! #sundayfunday,” the 47-year-old singer shared on Instagram.
While daughters Ella, 9, and Natasha, 12, cuddled up to Rodriguez, 41, in the water, Lopez’s 9-year-old twins, Max and Emme, kept close to their mom’s side.
Rodriguez also posted a shot of himself and Lopez as they enjoyed their “#downtime” together.
Despite their hectic schedules, Lopez and Rodriguez appear to manage to make time for one another. Last month, the “Shades of Blue” actress was caught FaceTiming ABC News’ newest star.
The red-hot pair have been together since March and show no signs of cooling off.
Ratings: World of Dance Opens Big, Prison Break Rises With Revival FinaleNBC’s World of Dance premiered on Tuesday night to 9.7 million viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, marking the most-watched summer reality launch in nine years (since ABC’s Wipeout) and the highest-rated in five (since NBC’s American Ninja Warrior).
Opening the Peacock’s night, America’s Got Talent returned to 12.1 mil and a 2.6, marking a six-year premiere audience high while steady in the demo.
FOX | Prison Break wrapped its revival run with 2.34 mil and a 0.9, up 23 and 29 percent week-to-week.
THE CW | Without an original Flash lead-in, iZombie (900K/0.3) dropped a few eyeballs yet held steady in the demo.
ABC | Downward Dog (3.8 mil/0.7) and Imaginary Mary (2.2 mil/0.6) dropped 30 and 25 percent, respectively.
NBC's Live Bye Bye Birdie Musical Postponed Until 2018 — Find Out WhyNBC is saying farewell to Bye Bye Birdie — for the time being, at least.
The Peacock network announced on Thursday that its live, Jennifer Lopez-fronted production of the classic musical — which was slated to bow in December — has been pushed to 2018. Lopez’s busy schedule is apparently the culprit; the multi-hyphenate is already juggling her just-renewed drama Shades of Blue and her new summer reality show World of Dance (both on NBC), not to mention her Las Vegas residency.
In Bye Bye Birdie, Lopez is set to play Rosie, the role that earned Chita Rivera a Tony nomination during the original Broadway run. Harvey Fierstein is writing the teleplay adaptation.
NBC recently announced that it will stage a live version of Jesus Christ Superstar, to air Easter Sunday 2018.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Already Talking About MarriageThis ain't no spring fling!
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's romance may be new, but it's anything but casual. It's been pretty clear that these two have been all in from the get-go—they've gone on vacation to the Bahamas together, they've met each other'' kids, they've even made their red carpet debut. But it's not all idle talk with these two superstars.
A source tells E! News that they duo, who have only been dating since early March, are having some pretty serious talks about their future.
"J.Lo and A-Rod are getting very serious and talking marriage. J.Lo wants a future with A-Rod," says the source.
While there may not have been a lasting future with her last boyfriend, backup dancer Casper Smart, Lopez appears to be looking to play the long game with the former Yankee.
Previously, E! News reported that the "Ain't Yo' Mama" singer was just looking to have fun with the baseballer. But it looks like she's changed her tune.
Our insider said, "J.Lo would marry A-Rod if he asked. She is head over heals for him. They get each other in so many ways."
One of those ways is likely that they are both parents to two children. Lopez has twins Max and Emme from her previous marriage to Marc Anthony. The sports star has two daughters, Ella and Natasha, with his ex-wife Natasha Alexander.
The source also said that these two are an A-list match made in heaven. "They are perfect for each other. Their families love how they are together," said the source.
We have a feeling a wedding between two of pop culture's biggest names could be one for the record books...
Yesterday the songstress did seemed to play it cool when she sounded off to E! News on her budding relationship with Rodriguez, saying, "I think we are very happy and just having a good time and don't put as much pressure as everybody else puts on it."
Lopez's rep declined to comment.
We guess we'll just have to wait and see if he puts a ring on it!
Katy Perry, JLo Joining James Corden for Second Carpool Karaoke SpecialJames Corden, prepare to be chained to the rhythm.
CBS on Wednesday announced that multi-platinum recording artist Katy Perry will join the virtuosic host for Carpool Karaoke during The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017, airing Monday, May 22 at 10/9c.
What’s more, Jennifer Lopez, who drove alongside Corden during his first primetime special in 2016 (for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special), will return to accompany the funnyman during his other signature segment, Toddlerography.
The hour-long program will once again feature Corden as he revisits memorable installments of the viral video bit, which has already spawned an Apple Music spinoff set to debut later this year. In the last 12 months alone, Corden has been joined by the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Gwen Stefani and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
J.Lo doesn’t mind the ‘J-Rod’ monikerEven after being one half of the infamous “Bennifer,” Jennifer Lopez doesn’t mind “J-Rod,” her portmanteau couple name with Alex Rodriguez.
“It’s fine,” Lopez, 47, told Entertainment Tonight with a giggle on Thursday at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. “We kind of thought that might happen because people who knew us were already doing it, so it’s not like you guys were original!”
The “Mírate” singer also revealed that Rodriguez, 41, is a big supporter of her music, including her most recent projects that are still in the works.
“He has [heard my new music]! He loves it. I’m so excited, you know? Every time I finish something, I bring it home and I want him to hear it,” she said. “He’s so supportive. He’s such a supportive person and he’s so lovely.”
JENNIFER LOPEZ WILL PERFORM AND DEBUT NEW MUSIC AT TELEMUNDO’S “BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS”International music icon Jennifer Lopez will hit the stage at this year’s “Billboard Latin Music Awards” and perform new music from her highly anticipated new Spanish-language album. The multitalented artist will also be honored with the Telemundo Star Award, presented by Xfinity, which recognizes the achievements of a musical artist beyond their musical career. The longest-running and most prestigious award show in the Latin music world will broadcast live on Telemundo on Thursday, April 27 at 8pm/7c and simultaneously on Universo, the fastest growing Spanish-language entertainment cable network in the U.S.
Lopez has selected the “Billboard Latin Music Awards” stage to give viewers a taste of her new musical production, executive produced by Marc Anthony and the MAGNUS Media team. The new album to be released thru Sony/Magus Media/Nuyorican in Summer 2017, marks her first all-Spanish album since 2007. The multifaceted artist has stayed busy this year, and aside from her latest recording endeavor she continues her successful “All I Have” residency in Las Vegas at the AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and currently stars on season two of her hit NBC series “Shades of Blue.” In addition, starting May 30th Lopez will executive produce and judge NBC’s new dance competition show, “World of Dance,” alongside Neyo and Derek Hough, and she will also star in NBC’s live musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in December.
As an actress, singer, film & television producer, fashion designer, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Lopez has created one of the most successful and well-known brands in entertainment. With an unmatched global appeal, her “Dance Again” world tour sold over one million tickets; she has sold over 75 million records worldwide; her films have brought in over $1.4 billion in worldwide box office receipts, and her fragrances have become the most successful celebrity line in the world with sales exceeding $2 billion.
Jennifer Lopez closes the star-studded musical line-up for the “Billboard Latin Music Awards,” which also includes performances by Alejandro Fernandez, Bad Bunny, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Blue Man Group, Christian Pagan, CNCO, Daddy Yankee, Gente de Zona, J Balvin, Luis Figueroa, Luis Fonsi, Morat, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Pedro Capo, Reik, Ricardo Arjona, Wisin, Yandel, and Zion & Lennox.
The 2017 “Billboard Latin Music Awards” will be hosted by Kate Del Castillo and Carlos Ponce, and the list of award presenters includes: Alberto Guerra, Ana Maria Polo, Angelica Celaya, Chiquis, Chocquibtown, Danna Paola, Demian Bichir, Don Francisco, Ednita Nazario, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Fanny Lu, Juan Luis Guerra, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho, Maria Celeste Arraras, Maria Leon, Michel Brown, Olga Tañon, Regulo Caro, Rosie Rivera, Sin Bandera, and Sofia Reyes.
The highly-rated music special will also broadcast in 24 countries throughout the Americas via Telemundo Internacional and through open broadcast in Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
The complete list of finalists, in addition to exclusive content about this year’s ceremony, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard - the official website of the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Follow the excitement of the star-studded event on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation by using the official hashtag #Billboards2017.
A-Rod and J.Lo party with Marc Anthony in Dominican RepublicFor such a famously divisive character in baseball, Alex Rodriguez is surprisingly popular with one very specific demographic: ex-husbands.
A-Rod — who memorably partied with Google guru Sergey Brin while dating Brin’s ex-wife, Anne Wojcicki — was hanging out with current squeeze Jennifer Lopez and her ex Marc Anthony over the weekend.
Rumors were swirling that Lopez had rekindled her relationship with Anthony — whom she divorced in 2014 — after they performed together on Saturday night at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.
But then A-Rod, J.Lo and Anthony were spotted having a ball together on the dance floor at an after-party later in the evening.
Lopez and her slugger-turned-sportscaster boyfriend brought their kids from their previous marriages along to the Dominican Republic for Easter weekend.
The hot new couple, who have been dating for a little more than two months, even put together an egg hunt for their kids.
J.Lo and A-Rod take their love out to lunchJennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez brought their budding romance to Central Park South on Thursday — strolling arm in arm after a nearly three-hour feast of seafood and homemade pasta.
“They were both so happy,” one spy told The Post of the amorous A-listers. “Really, really happy.”
The pair have been dating for two months, and their lunch date at the Midtown Italian favorite Marea (Italian for “tide”) shows the relationship progressing swimmingly.
They arrived separately at 12 p.m., dressed for upscale lunching — J.Lo in a black-and-white knit dress, and A-Rod tie-less but in a crisp blue suit with pocket square.
They joined a table with three other diners. And they didn’t leave until 2:30, departing the restaurant with linked arms.
“J-Rod” then left together in a waiting, chauffeured, uptown-bound car.
A-Rod gushes about J.Lo, calling her an ‘amazing girl’Alex Rodriguez has officially confirmed his new relationship with Jennifer Lopez.
“It’s obvious. We’ve been having a great time,” the former Yankees slugger gushed Friday on “The View.” “She’s an amazing, amazing girl. One of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met and also an incredible mother.”
Page Six reported in early March that Rodriguez, 41, and Lopez, 47, are an item. “They are really into each other because they have so much in common — from their Latin roots, to their love of New York, and their kids,” a source said at the time.
Rodriguez shares daughters Natasha, 12, and Ella, 8, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, while Lopez is mom to 8-year-old twins, Max and Emme, with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
While the new pair have taken their romance to exclusive locales, jet-setting to a high-end and owners-only destination in the Bahamas and to the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa, Fla., Rodriguez said his glamorous gal pal isn’t a diva behind closed doors.
“She just likes the simple things,” he said of the Bronx-born singer. “I mean, she’s a very, very simple person. Loves family. Is a great sister. Is a great daughter.”
He also called her a “big Yankee fan.”
Though J.Lo is in tip-top shape, Rodriguez revealed even she likes to indulge every once in a while.
“She would kill me if I say too much,” Rodriquez quipped when asked about her guilty food pleasures. “Chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.”
Jennifer Lopez Sued Over Custom Hoverboards for Vegas ShowJennifer Lopez got some fancy new wheels -- custom hoverboards -- for her Vegas show, but forgot to keep her end of the bargain ... according to the company that made the gear.
Sidekick Group Corp says it shipped out 42 hoverboards for J Lo and her dancers to use in her "All I Have" show at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. The company says it didn't charge any cash, but their signed contract did require Jennifer to do a few things in return.
According to the lawsuit just filed ... Jenny was supposed to do promotional posts for Sidekick on Instagram or Twitter, once every 3 months. Sidekick says she only posted once, but later deleted it.
The company says it's out $54,390 for the boards, which it says were customized for the show. It's suing to get back their investment, plus a few more bucks.
Sidekick threatened to sue Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman a year ago, claiming he also reneged on a promotional deal.
We've reached out to J Lo's camp, but haven't heard back yet.
Jennifer Lopez: ‘It’s still a challenge for women’ in entertainmentJennifer Lopez catapulted into A-list territory playing the title role in “Selena,” which hit theaters exactly two decades ago on March 21, 1997.
Since that breakout role, Lopez has built a media empire as a record-breaking musician, Golden Globe-nominated actress and accomplished producer, becoming one of the most influential Latino celebrities of all time. Despite her success, Lopez says women still face challenges in the entertainment industry today.
“[‘Selena’] was a meaty role, but it was few and far between, especially for Latinos to have a role like that,” Lopez recalled to Variety about the biopic, where she portrayed the meteoric rise and murder of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Lopez added, “I think it’s still challenging for women, especially being Latina. Thinking about ‘Selena’ 20 years ago and to have a role like that, I was very lucky. I was very fortunate. But it’s still a struggle for women.”
Speaking to Variety this week at an NBC press event, where she was on hand promoting “World of Dance,” Lopez said, “At this point, you have to create your own opportunities and I think that’s why I got so much more into producing and taking into our own hands as an artist. I think it’s the second phase of your career — you kind of make a name for yourself and show everybody what you do and where your talents lay, and then you have to take it into your own hands and be the artist that you want to be. I think [the industry] is still moving and growing, and it’s always a challenge for women.”
Lopez is currently balancing her Las Vegas residency, while starring on NBC’s drama “Shades of Blue,” which was just renewed for a third season, and gearing up to serve as a judge on the network’s upcoming summer dance competition series “World of Dance,” plus the broadcaster’s next live musical, “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” She’s the face of all those projects, but Lopez is a force behind the scenes — she pitched the idea for “Bye Bye Birdie” to NBC, shepherded “World of Dance” to television and executive produces “Shades of Blue” through her Nuyorican Productions banner.
The superstar admits that at the time “Selena” was released, she did not imagine her career would boom into what it is today. “No. I didn’t,” Lopez says when asked. But, she’s still taking matters into her own hands.
“It was the same for me then as it is now, which is that I always wanted to be the best performer, singer, dancer, actress that I could be. It’s the same for me now, but I’m lucky to be able to expand that into so many different roles and produce my own things,” Lopez says. “It’s pretty amazing what it’s grown into. I don’t take it for granted. I’m very fortunate.”
J.Lo ate ‘one piece of pizza every day’ before big breakJennifer Lopez is returning to the judging chair once again after five seasons with “American Idol.” In her newest show, “World of Dance,” Lopez serves as an executive producer and judge and told reporters at the NBC Summer press day that a show about dance is a great fit for her.
“I always consider myself as a dancer first. I became a singer and actress after dancing. For me, it’s so part of who I am.”
The show follows dancers of all ages as they compete for a $1 million prize. Lopez said she wants to give dancers an opportunity to score their big break.
“To create an opportunity for dancers was the best thing I could have ever done,” she said. “It just reminded me of all the reasons why I love dance.”
The “Shades of Blue” actress revealed that she struggled in the early days as a dancer making no money whatsoever.
“I remember only getting to have one piece of pizza every day when I was a dancer,” she said. “That’s how I lived. I did that for a couple of years before I got my first big job. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. For me, coming from that struggle, this is a dream come true for me. I don’t say that lightly.”
The 47-year-old singer, actress and dancer alluded to her time on “American Idol” as allowing her to prepare herself well for “World of Dance.”
“When I did ‘American Idol,’ I learned so many people can sing, but not everyone can make you get up and dance or make you cry,” she explained. “That makes you an artist.”
The show also stars Ne-Yo, Derek Hough and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. “World of Dance” premieres May 8 on NBC.
20 Facts You Didn't Know About the Movie SelenaIncredible to believe, but the Selena movie debuted 20 years ago today. That's a tough idea to wrap our head around especially since a lot of us grew up watching this movie.
Here's a look at 20 facts that you maybe didn't know about the movie:
1. Selena the Movie Was in the Works Soon After Selena's Death: She died in March 1995, and on March 21, 1997, the movie was released. The film was announced in August, the same year as her death and was originally supposed to premiere in the fall of 1996.
2. The Casting Calls Were Insane: About 22,000 girls auditioned to play the role of Selena. In the end, Jennifer Lopez was cast along with Becky Lee Meza, who played young Selena.
3. It Came Down to Seven Women: J.Lo was one of seven (three from the open call, four professional actresses), who were selected to screen test.
4. There Was a Doppelgänger: Leticia Miller, a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Selena, was also in the running for the role.
5. Abraham Quintanilla Wanted Someone Else: Selena's father originally wanted Rubén Blades to play him in the movie. The actor wasn't able to take on the project, because he was working on another film.
6. Other Latinas Were in the Running: Both Salma Hayek and telenovela actress Bibi Gaytán were approached to play Selena.
7. Lopez had Some Haters in the Beginning: Although J.Lo got the stamp of approval from Selena's family to play the role, once the announcement was made that she would be the star of the biopic, she received backlash from fans that didn't agree with a New York-born Puerto Rican-American actress playing the role of a Texas-born and raised Mexican-American singer.
8. Selena's Hometown Supported the Casting: J.Lo said she had heard of the negative comments from others, but she focused on the support she received from people in Selena's hometown of Corpus Christi.
9. J.Lo Bonded With the Family: To prepare for the role, Lopez moved in with Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla to learn more about the singer.
10. The Final Scene: The famous concert scene where Selena sings at the Houston Astrodome was actually shot at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
11. Quintanilla's Dance Moves Weren't Easy to Master: Learning Selena's choreography was challenging for Lopez. "It's very difficult to unlearn everything your body is accustomed to doing and that is does naturally. I had to learn what Selena did, which is very different from my own dance instinct," the actress explained.
12. Clashes of Ideas for the Selena Role: Director Gregory Nava was faced with the issue of Warner Bros. wanting to cast other non-Latina actresses to play Selena. He had to fight to have Lopez play the role.
13. Serendipity: Playing Selena inspired Lopez to become a singer.
14. The Entire Movie Used Selena's Singing Voice: Lopez only sang three words in the entire film, "Como La Flor."
15. Interestingly Enough: Constance Marie, who played Selena's mother, was actually only four years older than Lopez.
16. Edward James Olmos Had to Gain 50 Pounds: The actor had to put on the lbs in order to play Selena's father.
17. "Anything for Selenas": Selena's final concert scene was filmed before a crowd of 35,000 extras.
18. The Love Story: When Abraham Quintanilla read the script of the movie, it was the first time he'd heard the story of how Selena proposed to Chris.
19. Abraham Quintanilla Wanted the Movie to Stop Short of Depicting Selena's Murder: But Nava insisted that the assassination was dramatically necessary for the film. "But I never wanted to probe Yolanda's motivations," noted the filmmaker.
20. Familiar Sets: The Historic Sunset Station served as the location for Selena's "No Me Queda Más," but a staircase at the same location was the backdrop during the fashion show scene in the movie.
Jennifer Lopez quietly arrives at Yankees campWhen Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez exited a George M. Steinbrenner Field suite during Saturday’s Yankees game, against the Orioles, the former baseball great was approached by members of the Jesuit High School hockey team for autographs.
Rodriguez obliged and asked the players from the Tampa school, who were wearing Jesuit Hockey sweatshirts, how their season went.
“He was very nice to them, accommodating,” said a person who witnessed the interaction.
Rodriguez returned to spring training camp in his role as a special instructor, and Lopez, whom he is now dating, arrived to watch the game from the suite.
NBC’S SUNDAY POLICE DRAMA ‘SHADES OF BLUE’ RECEIVES GREENLIGHT FOR THIRD SEASON“Shades of Blue,” NBC’s gritty drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta about corruption in the NYPD and the ramifications that ensue, has been renewed for a third season.
The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“We’re so hugely appreciative of everything Jennifer and Ray do, and know it is due to their dedication, as well as the hard work of our incredible cast and producers, that ‘Shades of Blue’ has so clearly and compellingly earned a third-season renewal,” Salke said. “This show continues to mine powerful stories that always leave us hungry for more.”
Thus far in its second season, “Shades of Blue” is dominating the Sunday 10 p.m. ET hour among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas, generating a +50% margin of victory in the timeslot in adult 18-49 rating. In total viewers, “Shades of Blue” also wins decisively, averaging 5.0 million viewers in “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.
Additionally, “Shades” leads the timeslot’s broadcast competition in all other key measures – adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54.
“Shades” adds substantial viewership from time-shifting and video on demand, with the show’s March 5 season premiere growing by 66% in “live plus three day” Nielsens to a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, and in total viewers by 2.5 million persons to a total of 7.8 million, accounting for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night on the Big 4 networks.
Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.
Harlee navigates her fractured relationship with Wozniak as she struggles to conceal her deepest secret: She killed her daughter’s father. Following his discovery that Harlee collaborated with the FBI, Wozniak is confronted with a gut-wrenching dilemma of his own. The crew is under tight scrutiny from Stahl (Warren Kole) and the FBI, as well as from Internal Affairs, in the form of a gregarious detective, Verco (guest star Dov Davidoff), who investigates the disappearance of one of their own. Meanwhile, a former member of their crew, Julia Ayres (guest star Anna Gunn) runs for mayor and her complex relationship with Harlee and Wozniak comes to the fore. Neither Harlee nor Wozniak anticipates that Ayres’ corrupt connections will trap them in a dangerous war with the Mafia.
The cast includes Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery and Gino Anthony Pesi.
Showrunner Jack Orman and Jennifer Lopez serve as executive producers along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass.
“Shades of Blue” is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.
NBC ANNOUNCES ‘WORLD OF DANCE’ CONTESTANTS VYING FOR THE $1 MILLION PRIZE AND TITLE OF ‘BEST IN THE WORLD’NBC’s new competition series “World of Dance” revealed today the 47 elite dance acts competing for a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and title of “Best in the World.” The 10-episode series will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents, led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.
The series will premiere Monday, May 8 from 10-11 p.m. and moves to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting May 30.
In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.
Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final - the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize.
Ray Liotta jokes about J.Lo’s love life with Andy CohenShortly after Page Six reported Jennifer Lopez is dating Alex Rodriguez, J.Lo appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” with her “Shades of Blue” co-star Ray Liotta.
But the show was pre-taped, we hear, so the usually brazen Cohen couldn’t ask J.Lo about the latest man in her life. Either way, while Lopez was coy about past paramours, Liotta was a loose cannon.
Host Cohen pointed out that J.Lo’s previously revealed “five men” have proposed to her — and he asked her to name one suitor she turned down.
Lopez was tight-lipped.
But Liotta (jokingly, we think) blurted out, “Drake, right?” Lopez recently shot down rumors she was dating the rapper at all, and said they’d “hung out” at the Grammys.
When Cohen asked Lopez if she’d date a man who couldn’t dance and had no rhythm, she mused after a long pause, “Yeah.”
Liotta offered, “There’s no way Ben did!,” referring to J.Lo’s former flame Ben Affleck.
“Goodfellas” star Liotta — who pounded shots on the show with Cohen and Lopez — also said Clint Eastwood was “overrated” as an actor, that his worst on-screen kiss was with Sigourney Weaver and that he couldn’t name any of Lopez’s songs. “I don’t give a s?-?-?t!” he proclaimed.
How J.Lo and A-Rod’s romance blossomedJennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez began dating “after running into each other at an event in LA” a few weeks ago, sources tell Page Six.
The hot new showbiz couple — henceforth to be called J-Rod — had known each other socially for years, but really hit it off when they met again recently.
The former Yankees slugger had just split with his girlfriend of almost a year, tech guru Anne Wojcicki, while Lopez was coming off rumors of a romance with Drake, which she just denied.
A source told Page Six, “Alex and Jennifer ran into each other in LA around four or five weeks ago, rekindled their friendship, then things escalated over the last few weeks.”
Lopez has been performing her “All I Have” show in Vegas, and the source added, “Alex went to the show a couple of weeks ago, with his friends, and he was blown away.” She also did an exhausting round of press for her NBC show “Shades of Blue” last week, but kept quiet about her her budding relationship with A-Rod.
Lopez and Rodriguez — who has previously dated Madonna, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz — both have children from earlier relationships. He has two daughters, Natasha, 12, and Ella, 8, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.
Jennifer Lopez Officially Unloads Hidden Hills Crib for $9.9 Million!Jennifer Lopez can put the long, drawn out home sale process behind her now -- she just unloaded her Hidden Hills estate for $9.9 million.
J Lo was in the middle of escrow last week and we've learned a someone locked down the bargain deal on the 9 bed, 12 bath gated mega mansion. The buyer was repped by Emil Hartoonian of The Agency.
You'll recall J Lo first put the crib on the market back in 2015 for $17 mil.
She was repped by Brett Lawyer.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are datingCall them J-Rod! Or is it A.Lo?
Jennifer Lopez and former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez are dating, Page Six exclusively confirmed on Wednesday.
A source told us of the new power couple, “They have been seeing each other for a few months — and were together in LA this past weekend.”
The insider added: “They are really into each other because they have so much in common — from their Latin roots, to their love of New York, and their kids.”
Rodriguez, 41, was also reportedly recently backstage at one of J.Lo’s Las Vegas gigs during her “All I Have” residency at Planet Hollywood.
She liked an Instagram image that Rodriguez posted on Wednesday announcing he’d joined Fox Sports as a full-time baseball analyst.
Page Six exclusively reported last month that Rodriguez had split with Silicon Valley CEO Anne Wojcicki after dating for just under a year. “Perhaps in the end, they were a little too different,” a source said of A-Rod and the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Perhaps in Jenny from the block, the ex-Bronx Bomber’s finally met his match? Rodriguez has previously been linked to stars such as Madonna, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz.
Meanwhile, “Shades of Blue” star Lopez recently shot down rumors she was dating rapper Drake. “Let me clear this up. I am not with Drake,” she said on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” She revealed at the Grammys that the two had just “hung out.”
J.Lo has twins — Max and Emme, 9 — with her ex, Marc Anthony, and has been married three times. A-Rod has two daughters, Natasha, 12, and Ella, 8, with his ex, Cynthia Scurtis.
Reps for the stars did not comment.
Perhaps Lopez’s new relationship explains why she was this week so smitten over a piece of Yankees memorabilia.
The Bronx native told The Post’s Cindy Adams, who wore her 2000 Yankees championship ring, “Your ring. It’s from the Bronx Bombers. Let me see the ring.”
J.Lo gives Beyoncé advice on raising twinsJennifer Lopez has some advice for Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins.
Lopez — who has 9-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband singer Marc Anthony — said her words to Queen Bey would be, “Nothing can prepare you for twins. I certainly was not prepared. I would say, ‘Stay calm.’?”
The 47-year-old Lopez walked the red carpet for a screening of the Season 2 premiere of her show, “Shades of Blue,” on Wednesday at the Roxy Cinema.
She credits her New York roots with part of the success of the NBC cop drama. “My Bronx upbringing really helped with my role as Harlee. This is such a New York show. It is easy for me, in a sense .?.?. I know what it is to be a New Yorker. I don’t have to put on an accent, I know what the attitude is,” she told Page Six.
But Lopez added that she does get injured from her stunts on the show. “I do come home with a lot of bumps and bruises [from] this show. You would be surprised the different things that give you bumps and bruises when you are acting. It can just be having to slam a door .?.?. having to punch a wall and you think that nothing is really going to happen .?.?. you can hurt yourself so easily.”
Others at the NBC and Cinema Society premiere and afterparty at Tutto il Giorno included Harry Connick Jr., Joe and Kevin Jonas, Maxwell, “Rocky” star Carl Weathers and director Paul Haggis.
Lopez’s series returns to TV on Sunday.
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z made surprise appearances at two Harvey Weinstein events over Oscars weekend, and Page Six reported that Beyoncé was telling guests she’d know the genders of her twins in “two weeks.”
Jennifer Lopez’s son wishes she wore pants moreWhen your mom is Jennifer Lopez, some unlikely questions might arise.
“You know what Max said to me the other day,” the 47-year-old performer recalled during a Build Series talk Thursday, “He said ‘Mommy, why don’t you wear pants in your show? You should wear pants more.’”
Lopez said the conversation with her 9-year-old was sparked by her Las Vegas residency costumes, and even she admitted, “I’m covered in crystals.”
The actress’ sister and ABC reporter Lynda Lopez, who moderated the talk, said, “That’s why I love that boy,” in response to Max’s curiosity.
But to answer his question, Jennifer’s answer was simple. “I was like, ‘Baby, c’mon, Mommy’s [a] showgirl.'”
Her son Max is twin brother to Emme. Their father is Marc Anthony, who was married to the star from 2004 to 2014.
Her “Shades of Blue” co-star Ray Liotta joined her for the chat and mentioned he went to the opening night of her “All I Have” Vegas show.
“It was great,” he said when asked what he thought of the performance. “I ask her to turn around and do that little thing,” he added as he shook in his chair.
“He was like, ‘Who is that?'” Lopez added, explaining that Liotta only knew her NBC character, Harlee, and not her sexy on-stage persona.
Jennifer Lopez's Hidden Hills Estate is Finally in EscrowJennifer Lopez is in the middle of closing a deal to sell her Hidden Hills estate -- and she settled for a way lower price than she originally wanted 2 years ago ... TMZ has learned.
J Lo's 9 bed, 12 bath gated mega mansion is currently in escrow with a buyer repped by Emil Hartoonian of The Agency ... who we're told got it for around $10 mil.
She moved in back in 2010, and first listed the place in 2015 for about $17 mil. The property's gone on and off the market since, and dropped in price as well.
Now, it looks like J Lo might finally seal the deal with the help of her real estate agent, Brett Lawyer. Remember, she just swooped a sweet new pad in Bel-Air last year ... so, it's high time to dump the other spot.
Someone's getting a sweet crib -- 3 plus acres, private theater, gym, and of course ... a J Lo-used dance and recording studio.
Is this Jennifer Lopez’s most diva move yet?(Pic) Jennifer Lopez runs a tight ship when it comes to her small army of security and handlers.
On Wednesday, the Las Vegas diva, 47, was photographed leaving her New York City apartment with not one but two umbrella holders despite light rain.
Knowing she looked her best, Lopez captured the glamorous moment with a selfie.
Lopez, who was heading to an appearance on “Live with Kelly,” wore a striped black and white fur coat and a short number underneath that highlighted her gams.
To complete her ensemble, the “Shades of Blue” actress rocked a pair of sleek black pumps with pointed toes. The mother of two, who tied her hair into a high ponytail, also carried a black clutch and oversize sunglasses.
Jennifer Lopez Talks Dating Younger Men: ‘It Has Nothing to Do with Age’Age is just a number for Jennifer Lopez.
The multi-hyphenate superstar set the record straight about her relationship status and revealed that she has no preference when it comes to how old a significant other is.
“I don’t date younger men. It’s not like you have to be younger, it’s not about that. You just meet people and if I go out with them, I go out with them,” Lopez, 47, told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show, airing Tuesday.
“If I like them, I like them and if I don’t, I don’t. It’s just about the person. It’s about who they are, it has nothing to do with age,” the mother of two explained.
Lopez’s last serious relationship was with 29-year-old dancer/actor Beau “Casper” Smart, whom she split from in August after dating on and off for five years.
“I dated Beau and he was younger and that was the first guy ever dating younger than me and then I got labeled right away,” Lopez said about her dating life.
“If they’re older, they’re older. If they’re younger, they’re younger. It doesn’t matter. It’s whether or not I’m attracted to them or not, attracted to their spirit their soul, whatever their energy is,” she clarified.
Most recently, Lopez was linked to rapper Drake but the Shades of Blue actress insisted it was strictly a music collaboration.
“We’re just hanging out,” she said when the daytime talk show host projected a super cuddly photo of the pair that prompted DeGeneres to ask, “Is that how you write a song?”
“Actually he sent me a song he wanted me to be on. Yeah, we have a song together. I don’t know what he’s going to do with it,” Lopez shared.
Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Juggling Business and Motherhood: I Just Try to Do the Best That I CanNo matter what she commits to, Jennifer Lopez is always ready to give all she has.
Between performing all her hits in Las Vegas, shooting Shades of Blue and raising two children, the "On the Floor" singer has more than a busy schedule.
Thursday night was no different when the fashion designer celebrated the launch of Jennifer Lopez and Giuseppe Zanotti's shoe capsule collection at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.
As a busy mom herself, E! News' Catt Sadler had to ask a question so many fans want to know: How does Jenny From the Block juggle it all?
"I came in from my first two appointments and I had to start getting ready for this and when I left, [my kids] were eating hot dogs and I was like okay, I'm going to let that go. And then I got back and they suggested tacos for dinner and I said no!" she shared with us. "We're going to do chicken breasts. We're going to make a cobb salad. You can have a little bread and butter but come on."
Jennifer continued, "Let's be serious here. Just because I'm working today doesn't mean it's taco, pizza, hot dog day. It was crazy... I just try to do the best that I can."
For her latest business venture, Jennifer collaborated with Italian luxury shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti for new capsule footwear and accessories collection available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and more select retailers around the world.
When asked what gets the J. Lo stamp on a shoe, Giuseppe had the perfect answer.
"I think it's a cocktail of emotion: Of familiarity, sex appeal and also love, passion," he shared. Jennifer added, "Yes! He gets me. I get him and that's why he's a genius."
As Jennifer continues balancing family time and work time, some may wonder how she keeps going. Let's just say if you enjoy what you do, it doesn't always feel like work.
"I just love what I do. I feel very fortunate. To now be here launching my own shoe collection with an amazing artist and being able to work with amazing artists and do what I love, that's where I get my stamina," she shared with E! News. "I live with a lot of gratitude."
Jennifer Lopez loses restraining order against alleged stalkerJennifer Lopez no longer has a restraining order against a man who’s allegedly been stalking her for years, and her own security team is reportedly to blame.
Lopez, 47, obtained a temporary restraining order against Tim McLanahan in early January after he’d been arrested for visiting her LA mansion without permission, forbidding him from going within 100 yards of the “Jenny From the Block” singer and her family.
A judge dismissed a request for a permanent restraining order against McLanahan, who Lopez’s security detail claims has been following her from her Las Vegas residency to her home in Los Angeles, sending her unwanted gifts and trespassing on her property.
McLanahan was previously described as a transient with a criminal history of firearms violations and threats.
Lopez claimed she feared for her own safety, as well as that of her 8-year-old twins, Max and Emme.
Lopez’s team skipped a court appearance on Tuesday, TMZ reports, because they couldn’t find McLanahan to serve him with court documents, leading the request for a permanent protective order to be tossed.
People's Choice Awards 2017 WinnersFavorite TV Crime Drama Actress: Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez: NBC's 'Bye Bye Birdie' evokes stage rootsJennifer Lopez says NBC's version of "Bye Bye Birdie" will bring the musical back to its stage roots.
The story was somewhat "watered down" in the 1963 movie in which Janet Leigh played the role originated by Chita Rivera on Broadway in 1960, Lopez told a TV critics' meeting Wednesday.
In the play, Rivera's Rose encounters resistance from her boyfriend's mother because she doesn't want her son marrying someone with Puerto Rican roots, Lopez said.
That dynamic will be part of the live TV musical airing later this year, Lopez said. So will her character's assertiveness about trying to steer her partner toward marriage, the actress said.
Lopez, who's called "Bye Bye Birdie" a childhood favorite, said it's a "great part for me to do. So here we go."
She's a busy woman, both on and off camera. Lopez stars in and is a producer for NBC's police drama "Shades of Blue" and is a producer-judge on the network's upcoming competition series, "World of Dance."
"Bye Bye Birdie Live!" is the latest in what has become an annual live-musical holiday tradition for NBC, with last December's "Hairspray Live!" the most recent production.
"Birdie" is an homage to circa-1950s rock 'n' roll mania and centers on the character Conrad Birdie, who is reminiscent of a young Elvis Presley. He was played on stage by Dick Gautier, who died last week at age 85.
ABC aired a 1995 TV-movie version starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams.
Shades of Blue Season 2 Begins with Jennifer Lopez Burying a BodyWhen Jennifer Lopez read the first script for Season 2 of Shades of Blue, she "was like 'OK! That's what we're doing! We're going there! We're burying the body!'" the actress said at the Television Critics Association winter previews Wednesday.
Lopez, who plays the Brooklyn cop-gone-bad Harlee Santos, famously snapped her baby daddy Miguel's (Antonio Jamarillo) neck at the end of Season 1 -- just as the convicted criminal was about to rape her. Of course, Harlee did quite a bit of dirt throughout the inaugural season, including set up her mentor/boss Woz (Ray Liotta). But with Harlee disposing of a body in the first episode, Lopez warned that that's just the jumping off point for another wild season.
"I call this 'A storm is coming' this season," she said. "There's this sub-story about Hurricane Sandy and it really does feel like they get caught in a hurricane they can't get out of." Casualties mount, making for a slippery slope and Harlee wants to be better for her daughter, who she's sent away but as Lopez said, "It just doesn't stop."
Of course, Shades of Blue is just one of many things on the multi-hyphenate's plate. Even with American Idol, which she was doing around the same time as Shades' first season, finished, she's maintained the staggering roster of projects she's known for -- a residency in Vegas, a new dance show World of Dance and preparation for Bye Bye Birdie, NBC's next live musical, which will air at the end of 2017. "It was a learning experience, learning to juggle all the things that I do," she said with a chuckle. How's she do it? By doing one thing at a time -- putting her full attention to whatever she's doing in the moment, even if that sometimes means doing some vocal work between takes on Shades. "I'm able to compartmentalize," she said.
As for Woz, his (secret) male lover Donnie (Michael Esper) is dead, and first looks tease him in a relationship with another woman (who's not his wife) Julia Ayres (Anna Gunn). Producers played down his bisexuality this season, Liotta said, but don't expect him to be the dinner-and-a-movie type of romance partner; he hinted that their relationship is, as he put it, "S&M-y." "Woz is tri-sexual," Liotta said. "He'll try anything."
Shades of Blue premieres Sunday, March 5 at 10/9c on NBC.
J.Lo takes a night off from Drake ‘romance’Jennifer Lopez took a break from promoting her “relationship” with Drake to celebrate her new NBC show “World of Dance” at Catch LA on Wednesday night.
The 47-year-old singer was spotted chowing down on chicken lettuce cups and grilled octopus with co-stars Ne-Yo, Derek Hough and Jenna Dewan Tatum, plus longtime manager Benny Medina.
“They were all dressed to impress and looked amazing, in great spirits and seen joking throughout dinner,” a spy told us, adding that her rumored beau was not a topic of conversation this time around.
During the meal, Lopez snapped a selfie announcing that Tatum would be joining the show as host.
Drake and Lopez sparked dating rumors last month after posting a cozy photo together on Instagram. However, insiders claim their “romance” is all for show.
“This relationship is fake, it is just a publicity stunt to publicize their record together,” a source recently told Page Six. “If Jennifer and Drake were really dating, they’d be way more private about it.”
The couple spent New Year’s Eve together in Las Vegas after Lopez bailed on a gig in Miami at the last minute.
Jennifer Lopez Gets Restraining Order Against Transient with Alleged Violent PastJennifer Lopez just got a restraining order against a guy she claims has been stalking her ... and even worse, he's got a violent past.
J Lo filed legal docs Wednesday claiming Timothy McLanahan has followed her from L.A. to Vegas, attended her shows and sent unwanted mail and flowers. She says he's already been arrested for showing up at her home in L.A. and trespassing on her property.
Lopez's bodyguard claims in the docs McLanahan is a transient who has been arrested for threats and firearms violations.
J Lo says she's fearful for herself and her twins.
A judge granted a temporary restraining order, requiring McLanahan to stay 100 yards clear of the Lopez fam.
J.Lo didn’t leave Drake’s side on New Year’s EveSo that was the kind of “personal and family time” Jennifer Lopez had to attend to so urgently.
As Page Six reported, Lopez was contracted to perform a New Year’s Eve gig at E11even nightclub in Miami — but dropped out last minute, citing “personal and family time” as the reason.
We wrote in the weeks before the event that, in fact, Lopez hoped to spend the holiday in Vegas with new boyfriend Drake.
Sure enough, we’re told that Lopez was “by his side throughout the night” at Hakkasan at the MGM Grand.
Drake and Jennifer Lopez continue milking their ‘romance’Jennifer Lopez and Drake continue packing on the PDA and possibly promo, this time to the sound of their own music.
Lopez, 47, and the rapper, 30, were captured on video grinding, smooching and dancing together to their new track at a prom-themed party on Thursday.
Sources previously told Page Six they were working on a song together, which can be heard in the background of several clips floating online on Friday.
The pair, who have been getting cozy on Instagram all month, appear to have been filming a music video. A rep for Lopez didn’t immediately return a request for comment, while Drake’s rep declined to comment on whether they were actually at work or play.
J.Lo will ring in 2017 with Drizzy in Las Vegas, another outing which will surely make the rounds on social media.
J.Lo shops in Beverly Hills with producing partnerJennifer Lopez shared a Rodeo Drive shopping trip with her power producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
The pair has lots to celebrate this holiday season — their hit show “Shades of Blue” was just given a Season 2 premiere date by NBC of March 5. They are also together executive producers of “The Fosters” on Disney/ABC’s cable network Freeform.
Bundled up in a cozy gray sweater with a fur trim, Lopez kept close to Hollywood producer and longtime pal Goldsmith-Thomas as they walked down the sidewalk together. Both sporting stylish shades, the tight-knit twosome popped into Barneys and were later spotted outside Louis Vuitton. Perhaps J.Lo was adding to her Vuitton collection, as she was carrying a handbag from the designer during the shopping trip.
While Lopez, 47, is expected to celebrate Christmas with her kids, the sexy songstress will be ringing in the new year with rapper Drake by her side, sources told Page Six.
After she canceled a Dec. 31 concert at Miami’s E11even nightclub, a source told Page Six the mother of two wants to spend time with the “Hotline Bling” rapper Drake.
“He will be in Vegas and she wants to hang out with him,” an insider shared.
J.Lo is spending New Year’s Eve with DrakeJennifer Lopez bailed on her New Year’s Eve gig at Miami nightclub E11even because she wants to spend time with Drake.
“He will be in Vegas and she wants to hang out with him,” a source told Page Six.
On Monday, J.Lo’s rep said that she canceled for “personal and family time” after a grueling year. But the singer’s been seen getting cozy with Drake in LA, canoodling at a dinner at Delilah dinner and sharing lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air.
Her rep told us, “They are spending time together, working on a new music project.”
Jennifer Lopez Cancels Million Dollar New Year's Eve GigJennifer Lopez is so rich, she's decided to pass on a scheduled million dollar New Year's Eve performance, so she can spend time at her new home with her family ... TMZ has learned.
Lopez was supposed to perform at E11even nightclub in Miami and our sources say all told she would have scored a million dollar payday.
But here's the thing ... she bought a new home in Bel-Air a few months back and decided she wants to just kick back with her kids and other family members.
As one J Lo source put it ... "She was just so consumed with 'Shades of Blue,' her concert and other obligations, getting on a plane for New Year's just seemed too much and she wanted some personal and family time during the holidays."
J.Lo to perform in Miami on New Year’s EveJennifer Lopez will perform on New Year’s Eve in Miami.
A source tells us J.Lo will play at nightclub E11even, with tickets going for $500.
A prerecorded segment from her Las Vegas residency will air on NBC’s “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” the same night.
J.Lo’s former flame Ben Affleck recalled this week of their infamous 2003 flop “Gigli,” “There was a reporter .?.?. in front of the theater .?.?. [saying,] ‘Here I am outside of “Gigli,” and as you can see, no one is here in line.’ I was like, ‘What is this, hurricane coverage?’?”
NBC Unveils Midseason ScheduleNBC has pulled the curtain back on its 2017 midseason schedule and the Peacock net is handing off This Is Us‘ cushy post-Voice Tuesday timeslot to a pair of new comedies, while relocating Shades of Blue to Sunday night. The Blacklist spinoff, meanwhile, will take over the mothership’s Thursday-at-10/9c perch for two months.
Keep reading for a breakdown of the key tweaks:
TUESDAY | After This Is Us wraps its breakout rookie season in late February, back-to-back episodes of freshman half-hour comedy Trial & Error (starring John Lithgow) will fill the 9/8c void. (The show will debut with a single episode on March 7 at 9:30/8:30c after a 90-minute episode of The Voice, before going into double-pump mode starting March 14.) And then starting April 25, back-to-back episodes of Great News (from 30 Rock duo Tiny Fey and Robert Carlock) will take over the slot. (This Is Us returns Jan. 10, FYI.)
THURSDAY | DC Comics’ Danny Pudi-Vanessa Hudgens comedy Powerless will assume The Good Place‘s post-Superstore timeslot at 8:30/7:30c beginning Feb. 2. The Blacklist: Redemption, meanwhile, will launch on Feb. 23 in The Blacklist: Original Flavor‘s 10/9c timeslot, and remain there for eight weeks. The Blacklist returns with original episodes on April 20.
SUNDAY | Little Big Shots will kick off Season 2 on March 5 at 8/7c, where it will be followed by the premiere of Dick Wolf’s latest Windy City offshoot Chicago Justice (9/8c) and Season 2 of Shades of Blue (10/9c).
Midseason entries with no home yet: Marlon and Midnight, Texas.
Jennifer Lopez gets a shiner on ‘Shades of Blue’ set(Pic) More like shades of black and blue: Jennifer Lopez suffered a black eye while filming the second season of her police drama, “Shades of Blue.”
Lopez, 49, showed off her shiner on Instagram on Wednesday night, joking, “Sometimes work can be rough.”
While her face may be bruised, J.Lo’s sense of humor is intact.
The stunner, whose skin was otherwise flawless without a stitch of makeup, captioned the selfie, “#shiner #blackeye #sufferforyourart #youshouldseetheotherguy #justkidding #nobodyhitme #imalovernotafighter #immafightertoo #youcantputmeinaboxbaby #okimdonewiththehashtags.”
Jennifer Lopez duets with Marc Anthony at Latin GrammysJennifer Lopez surprised guests at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards Thursday when she performed with and presented an award to her ex-husband Marc Anthony.
She described the father of her 8-year-old twins as "a living legend" as she presented Anthony with the Latin Grammy Awards' Person of the Year prize.
"Marc, you are a living legend who has laid bare your heart and soul on your musical journey," Lopez said in Spanish. "We've learned so much and we've grown so much, and you've always been so many things in my life: my mentor, a twin soul, a father who's not only the Person of the Year, he's the person of all time."
The audience cheered, "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss" and the former couple obliged with a small peck.
Anthony and Lopez were wed from 2004 to 2011. He has been married to Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima since 2014.
Anthony, who was feted in a separate ceremony Wednesday, dedicated his award to his five children, whom he said have "sacrificed more than anyone" for his career. He also dedicated the prize to "all those people who told me I would never make it."
Lopez and Anthony performed "Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta" together Thursday. Anthony also sang his hit "I Need to Know." The former couple also appeared together recently at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton.
The Latin Grammy Awards were presented at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast live on Univision.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees SetHere’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Jennifer Lopez Set to Take the Stage at the 2016 Latin Grammy AwardsOh, yes!
Jennifer Lopez is taking a Las Vegas stage and no, we're not just talking about the one from her All I Have residency. The 47-year-old superstar is set to perform at the Latin Grammys for the first time, according to People magazine.
It just so happens that it's also the year that her ex-husband Marc Anthony is named The Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year. What a night it'll be for their twins Max and Emme!
J.Lo's got a busy couple of months, she's back to her All I Have residency in December, and projects like her all-Spanish album that's in the works.
"I am so excited and really looking forward to this new musical journey and to celebrate my Latin roots with Marc Anthony and the Sony/Magnus family," Lopez, 47, said in a statement.
Last month, NBC president Bob Greenblatt revealed that the network will be taking on Bye Bye Birdie in December of next year, with Jennifer Lopez set to both executive produce and star as Rosie Alvarez.
Julio Reyes Copello, Djavan, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, and Ricardo López Lalinde lead with four Latin Grammy nominations each, spanning coveted categories like Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Shakira's hit with Carlos Vives "La Bicicleta" will also duke it out for Record of the Year alongside Enrique Iglesias' "Duele El Corazón" and Andrea Bocelli's "Me Faltarás."
The 2016 Latin Grammy Awards go live on Nov. 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
NBC Plans ‘Bye Bye, Birdie’ Starring Jennifer Lopez For 2017 Live Musical PresentationNBC’s 2017 live holiday musical presentation: Bye Bye Birdie, which will star Jennifer Lopez as Rosie.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt just made the announcement at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. This will be NBC’s fifth consecutive live musical, following The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and the upcoming Hairspray.
Lopez also will executive produce the live presentation, with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Universal Television will produce with Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, Storyline and Sony Pictures Television.
Harvey Fierstein is writing the teleplay adaptation. NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live! will be based on the 1960 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson (earning Van Dyke a Tony) and Chita Rivera as Rosie (earning Rivera a Tony nomination). The book was by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.
Greenblatt said Lopez brought the idea to him, noting she performs a number from Birdie in her Vegas show. “She came to us and said, ‘I love the show..I love this movie’.”
The 1963 film adaptation starred Van Dyke and Janet Leigh, and catapulted newcomer Ann-Margret to stardom in the role of Birdie-obsessed teen Kim MacAfee.
Set at the height of rock ’n’ roll, Bye Bye Birdie is set in Sweet Apple, Ohio, where hip-thrusting music heartthrob Conrad Birdie is scheduled to give a lucky Sweet Apple lady “One Last Kiss” before being drafted into the Army. Conrad’s rock ’n’ roll ways give the local teens a bad case of Birdie fever, shocks their parents, and puts songwriter/agent Peterson along with his savvy sweetheart, Rosie, in the thick of it. The story was inspired by Elvis Presley mania, and his 1957 induction into the Army.
Last January, Greenblatt announced NBC’s 2016 live holiday musical would be Hairspray, with Zadan and Meron, the EP’s behind the annual franchise, returning. Zadan and Meron also produced the 2007 Hairspray movie.
NBC’s live holiday musicals have become a ratings staple for the network, launching in 2013 when nearly 19M tuned in to The Sound of Music Live!. More recently, The Wiz Live! logged an average of nearly 12M.
Lopez stars in NBC’s Shades of Blue, which will begin its second season in 2017. She’s currently is in residence with 40 shows a year at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas; her show, “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” launched in January. Lopez also is signed to judge and EP NBC’s upcoming reality series World of Dance.
Jennifer Lopez Broke Up with Casper Smart Because He Cheated, Says SourceJennifer Lopez and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Beau “Casper” Smart broke up after she caught him cheating, says a source
“She kicked him out because he cheated on her and he got caught,” says the source. “It happened two years ago, and he promised he would never do it again and once he did, she was done.”
Recently, the source says “he’s been doing everything he can to get back together, working on himself and posting on his Instagram saying that ‘Life is Good’ and showing off his new leg tattoo that says ‘You must embrace the darkness to see the light.’ ”
While there were reports back in August that they broke up after Smart, 29, failed to attend a party in the Hamptons with Lopez, 47, the source says that is not the case.
“The truth is, he was cheating and now that it’s over he’s been begging to come back,” the source says.
“He says he’s changed and that he is a new man but recently, on a video shoot for Wisin in Mexico, he was posting videos with bikini-clad dancers and not acting like a guy trying to remedy old habits. He was kicked to the curb not because he did not attend a party with J. Lo but because he was caught having parties of his own,” says the source. “No one has time for that, especially J. Lo.”
A rep for Smart confirmed that the dancer served as a creative director for a new music video for Wisin that was shot in Mexico this past week but added that everything was “strictly work, nothing personal.”
When news broke of the split in August, a source claimed it was an amicable separation.
“It wasn’t anything dramatic and they were on good terms – it just came to a natural end,” the source told PEOPLE. “They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable.”
Rumors of their romance started back in 2011, but they didn’t speak openly about their relationship until July 2012.
‘Shades Of Blue’: Cast & Crew Safe After Shootout On Set In BrooklynReal-life and fictional police action blended on the set of NBC’s cop drama Shades of Blue Wednesday night. I hear there were men with guns who interrupted the location shoot of the show in the Bedford–Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York.
Word is that shots were fired, there was chaos and police were called. I hear star Jennifer Lopez had just left for the day but recurring guest star Kathryn Kates was there, with two female PAs banging on the door of her trailer as they were allegedly being chased by the perpetrators.
There was gunfire in the streets where the series was filming, I am told. I hear police swarmed the area and quickly took control over the situation. While a number of cast and crew members are shaken, sources close to the production say that everyone on the show is safe. We have reached to NYPD for comment.
Shades of Blue, an NYPD crime thriller starring Lopez, Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo, is currently filming its second season for a midseason premiere.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Are Back Together...ProfessionallyJennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are a match made in musical heaven.
Five years after the couple ended their seven-year marriage, Anthony's Magnus Media and Sony Music Latin announced Thursday that they have entered a new business deal with Lopez. The companies will be developing and producing Lopez's upcoming Spanish language album, slated for release in November. Anthony will serve as the collection's executive producer, and his company will also "provide consulting services to Lopez in the areas of marketing, content development, and touring specifically for the Hispanic market," the companies told E! News.
"I am so excited and really looking forward to this new musical journey and to celebrate my Latin roots with Marc Anthony and the Sony/Magnus family," Lopez, 47, said in a statement.
Anthony, who started his company in 2015, echoed her sentiments. "It is an honor to welcome Jennifer to the Magnus Family. She has had enormous accomplishments in her career and has been representing our culture all over the world from day one. Her artistry, professionalism and passion for music are just some of the many attributes that have earned her a unique place in the entertainment world that very few people have been able to obtain," he told E! News. "I am looking forward to our creative collaboration and to be part of continuing her musical legacy."
"Jennifer is one of the most iconic Latina superstars of all time and a longtime member of the Sony family," said Afo Verde, Chairman & CEO, Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Sony Music Entertainment. "We're very excited to partner with her and Marc on a project that is all about spotlighting her spirit and soul. This is going to be a momentous occasion for fans everywhere."
Lopez's last Spanish language album, Como Ama Una Mujer, was released in 2007. In January, J.Lo kicked off her Las Vegas residency at The Axis inside the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino.
In August, Lopez performed with Anthony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, not long after she broke up with choreographer Casper Smart. At the time, some fans wondered if the exes would reconnect romantically—apparently forgetting Anthony married Shannon de Lima in 2014.
Three years earlier, Anthony told Nightline he would "always" love Lopez. The feeling was mutual, as Lopez—the mother of two of his five children—told Access Hollywood just last month. "When we sing together, when they see us together, knowing our history, it brings a certain nostalgia," she said. "They know we care about each other and still love each other. We have two kids together and they love to see that things are good between us."
SightingsJennifer Lopez dining at Cipriani in Soho with her manager Benny Medina.
Terence Winter To Write HBO’s Griselda Blanco Movie Starring Jennifer LopezTerence Winter is back in business with HBO. The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl alum has been tapped to write and executive produce the high-profile HBO film about notorious drug lord Griselda Blanco to be played by Jennifer Lopez. Winter alluded to his new gig for the pay cable network at the Writers Guild Foundation event earlier this week. “I’m still working with HBO and working on something for them,” he said.
The HBO film, now in development, focuses on the rise and fall of Blanco, the drug lord known as “The Cocaine Godmother” who revolutionized the U.S. drug trade during the 1970s and ’80s and became the most powerful female cartel member of all time.
The film takes Winter back to the 1970s, where his most recent HBO series, Vinyl, was set. Winter co-created the rock ‘n’ roll drama and served as executive producer/showrunner on its first season before the network made a change, bringing in a new showrunner for Season 2 which subsequently was scrapped.
“We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Terry Winter at HBO on projects from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire to Vinyl, and we look forward to our next collaboration with him,” HBO said in its statement on Winter’s Vinyl exit.
Indeed, HBO had been Emmy winner Winter’s TV home for more than two decades. He emerged as one of the premium cable network’s top writer-producers, first on The Sopranos, where he rose to executive producer, then on Boardwalk Empire, which he created and ran for its entire span, working alongside Martin Scorsese, and then on Vinyl, another collaboration with Scorsese. The two also collaborated on The Wolf of Wall Street, which earned both Oscar nominations. The Griselda Blanco movie marks a return to films for Winter who has several other biopics in the works, including writing the Andy Warhol biopic starring Jared Leto and an untitled Mike Tyson biopic starring Jamie Foxx and producing the LeBron James biopic alongside James, his manager Maverick Carter and Rachel Winter. Winter also has signed on to do a polish of Jonathan Herman’s latest draft of Universal’s new Scarface.
Lopez executive produces the Griselda Blanco HBO movie with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas via Nuyorican Productions. Benny Medina also will executive produce with Julie Yorn and Rick Yorn for LBI Entertainment. Alex Pettyfer, Nuyorican Productions’ Priscilla Porianda and LBI Entertainment’s Patrick Walmsley will co-executive produce.
As for what else Winter might want to do in the future, “I think some type of short anthology show would be really interesting to do or maybe a comedic anthology,” he said at the WGA event. “I know other people who are working of stuff like this; that’s interesting to me. I keep going back to the idea of doing something autobiographical, but I’m a little too close to my own life to step away and see it as a story; maybe it is.”
Winter is repped by CAA.
JENNIFER LOPEZ SET TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE, JUDGE AND MENTOR TOP DANCERS IN NEW NBC COMPETITION SERIES 'WORLD OF DANCE'Global music and dance superstar Jennifer Lopez will serve as one of the judges on NBC's new dance competition series "World of Dance." The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studios and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.
In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo artists will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more.
Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1- 4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title "Best in the World."
"I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance," said Lopez. "I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer's career and help guide them to success."
"This show centers on the need to celebrate and reward the art and athleticism of the dance community and there is no one more passionate about that then Jennifer," said Meredith Ahr, President of Universal Television Alternative Studio. "Her role at the judges' table takes our joint ambitions to the next level, and we can't wait to get started."
For dancers interested in competing on "World of Dance," please register at www.worldofdancecasting.com and for more information on the show, go to https://youtu.be/16Qb-49ssCY and https://youtu.be/OFbzsz4j88k.
World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than 8 million subscribers with the world's largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million monthly views online, making World of Dance the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.
Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina will executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Nuyorican Productions.
J.Lo’s low-key club nightJennifer Lopez was incognito at the opening of Flatiron club Squares.
“She was with a couple of people and showed up and asked, ‘What is this place?’ .?.?. No one recognized her because she was so dressed down,” an insider said.
Lopez arrived without security and “she wasn’t wearing any makeup and her hair was curly and chin length. She was supercasual. It looked like she’d just come from filming,” the insider said.
Inside, Lopez watched Cole Ramstad and St. Lucia perform. “She winked at people when she left,” the source said.
Jennifer Lopez Shares Heartfelt Message About Juan Gabriel: "Sorry If I Messed Up the Spanish"The world is mourning Juan Gabriel's death, and Jennifer Lopez is the latest star to express her love and gratitude for the singer.
J.Lo took to her Instagram to share a message in Spanish about the moments that she shared with the star in Las Vegas.
"Watching this great artist #juangabriel's concert which I was with in Las Vegas a couple of years ago...I remember feeling that besides his marvelous talent, what touched me was that his spirit was so generous and that he had a love and grace that was incomparable," she wrote. "I love you and thank you for all that you've given us through your music and life! We're going to miss you a lot, legend! #PleaseForgiveMySpanish #SorryIfIMessedUptheSpanish #fromtheheart."
But there is no need to apologize, J.Lo. Your message came from your heart and that's what counts!
Her ex-husband Marc Anthony also shared the same sentiment as he also shared a post about the iconic star.
"Today the world of Latin music has lost a giant, an icon, and a legend that marked my life forever. He is responsible that my career took the route that it did from the very first day," Marc wrote in Spanish. "I am enormously saddened by the loss of one of my heroes. A life bigger than life itself dimmed today, but your music and legacy will stay with us forever. Rest in peace, my light."
The news continued to overwhelm the singer when he took the stage hours later, and he couldn't hold back his tears. He posted the moment on his Instagram account and captioned it in Spanish saying, "A night dedicated to my dear brother @soyjuangabriel another angel escaped us...take care of us from wherever you are."
Alberto "Juan Gabriel" Aguilera Valadez died Sunday morning of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica, California, just two days after his sold-out show at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He was 66.
Newly Single Jennifer Lopez Performs Onstage With Ex-Husband Marc AnthonyJennifer Lopez is finding her groove in the days following her split from Casper Smart.
The chart topper joined ex-husband Marc Anthony onstage during his New York City tour stop at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday evening, proving once again that these two can remain friends and support each other's careers without second thought.
J.Lo and Marc performed their Latin pop hit "No Me Ames," a song that came out five years before the former couple even started dating. Fans were absolutely loving the surprise duet, which featured the "Ain't Your Mama" singer in a plunging black sequined gown. Hot mama, indeed.
The duo's 8-year-old twins Max and Emme were also in the audience cheering their talented 'rents on, and posed for an extended family photo backstage alongside Anthony's wife Shannon De Lima.
And if the 47-year-old is hurting after saying goodbye to her on-again, off-again boyfriend of five years, she sure isn't showing it. Just one day after E! News reported that the relationship had come to an end, Jennifer was spotted beaming from ear to ear while out and about in the Big Apple.
Conversely, the professional dancer-choreographer was photographed hours later wearing a hoodie in an effort to be as under the radar as possible.
Relationship drama aside, Anthony put it best with his own Instagram photo commemorating the special moment that included the hashtag, "#AllAboutFamily."
CBS Buys Michael Rauch Legal Drama Produced By Jennifer LopezFollowing a five-year stint as executive producer/showrunner on USA’s Royal Pains, Michael Rauch is returning to the drama about two brothers arena with his new project as creator.
CBS has bought an untitled drama written by Rauch, which centers on polar opposite identical twin brothers who duke it out in their personal lives but are at their best teaming up in the courtroom.
Rauch is executive producing with Jennifer Lopez through her Nuyorican Productions, frequent collaborator Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of EGTV and Daniel A. Thomas.
CBS Television Studios, where Rauch is under an overall deal, is co-producing with Universal Television, where Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions has had a first-look deal.
Rauch’s series credits also include Love Monkey, which he created, Life Is Wild and Beautiful People. He is repped by CAA and attorney Kevin Kelly.
Nuyorican Productions is producing the NBC drama series Shades of Blue, toplined by Lopez, which is returning for a second season, as well as Freeform veteran The Fosters. Lopez is repped by CAA and Benny Medina.
J Lo/Casper Breakup -- And You Thought UFC 202 Was a Big Fight ...Jennifer Lopez broke up with Casper Smart because he snubbed her by passing on a fancy Hamptons charity event in favor of hanging with his boyz at UFC 202 ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the former couple tell us ... J Lo told Casper it was super important for him to accompany her to Ron Perelman's Hamptons fundraiser Saturday night benefiting the Apollo Theater.
Casper wasn't having it, because he desperately wanted to watch the Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz fight in Vegas with his friends.
Casper had a great time in Vegas, hanging with Kanye and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
J Lo, we're told, was enraged and ended the relationship ... no discussion -- simply, we're done.
Here's the funny thing ... Casper was telling people at the fight he was going to NYC Sunday to meet up with Jennifer, who was there filming a show. He had no idea being a no-show Saturday would end things.
Our sources add this ... J Lo and Casper have "broken up" several times before and gotten back together, and they say they would not be surprised at all if it happens again.
J Lo doesn't look like she's too broken up about it at the moment, though ... she was still in New York this morning looking perky as ever.
Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart -- It's OverJennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are donzo ... TMZ has confirmed.
We're told J Lo pulled the plug on the relationship. Sources close to Casper are saying the breakup didn't happen, but our Lopez sources are clear ... the relationship is over.
J Lo, 47, and Casper, 29, started dating as far back as October 2011. It appeared as if they broke up in 2014 but our sources say they were never really apart ... and they were really spending time at her house when they were supposedly separated.
Things seemed alright a couple weeks ago when they hung out at her Vegas show ... where she gave ex Marc Anthony a shout-out.
People first reported the breakup.
J.Lo’s diva doggies wreak havoc in the HamptonitesHamptons residents were furious when Jennifer Lopez booked the Dog Store in Wainscott, NY, on Friday for a full day of pampering for five pooches.
Onlookers were stunned when a black Lincoln Town Car pulled up at about 10?a.m., and out came Jenny From the Block’s two boxers, Bear and Rocky, with a handler. Then a J.Lo-style entourage of canines emerged from the car, with two Labradors, Lady and Buddy, then an enormous mastiff called Champ.
Sources say the diva doggies got massages, hot-oil treatments, pedicures, grooming (including a wash and blow-dry) plus teeth-cleaning. The luxe treatment cost about $350 per dog.
A witness whined, “Every Friday, we drop off our dogs at the spa while we go to Barry’s Bootcamp next door, but this time the doors to the spa were shut, and a handler was overheard saying Lopez’s dogs were inside. They were there nearly all day.” (A J.Lo insider said the star only has the two boxers, which would make the other doggies hangers-on.)
We’re told Bear and Rocky left at about noon with gleaming coats, and were whisked away in the Town Car, but the Labs and monstrous mastiff didn’t emerge until 3?p.m., whereupon the limo was back to collect them.
The Dog Store, the Hamptons outpost of the tony Upper East Side pet boutique, has been described as “like Barneys for dogs.”
Besides J.Lo’s Town Car, Porsches, Maseratis and Ferraris have reportedly been seen dropping off pooches outside.
Owner Edward Alava and a rep for Lopez did not comment.
J. Lo to Play Drug Lord in HBO FilmJennifer Lopez is entering the drug trade for HBO.
The actress will star in and executive-produce a film in development at the cabler about Griselda Blanco, aka “The Cocaine Godmother,” our sister site Variety reports.
Lopez will take on the lead role of Blanco, who revolutionized the U.S. drug trade during the 1970s and 1980s and became the most powerful female cartel member of all time.
Love May Not Cost a Thing, but Jennifer Lopez's Upcoming Shoe Line Is Going to Make You Empty Your Wallet(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) Jennifer Lopez ain’t your mama — and she also ain’t your momma’s shoe designer. The singer is the latest celebrity to team up with a footwear brand (see also: Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Olivia Palermo), and this one promises to be the highest, shiniest and most blinged-out yet. She’s teaming up with famed shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti for a capsule collection, and from the early sketches, it’s the most J.Lo you can get without actually being La Lopez herself.
The duo are working together on a collection (ranging between $795 and $1,995) called Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez, which is being previewed at trade shows next week and set to be sold in stores in January 2017.
And if you had any doubt that the diva’s stamp is all over the brand, just enjoy this anecdote from their first design meeting (held at her Las Vegas home), which WWD attended. Lopez entered the room, then promptly made all assistants, photographers and videographers clear out. “Why are all these people here?” she asked Zanotti. “Maybe give us a little space so we can talk and create, right?”
Then the duo went to work, with Lopez examining the prototypes and adding in her advice on fabrics and embellishment, which eventually led to a request that their collaboration include handbags as well as shoes. “In my mind I see myself walking down the street with this shoe and this great bag that matches. I feel like it’s a bag that moves and it’s not small,” WWD reports.
And being the pro he is, Zanotti rolled with it. “I was not prepared to do bags, but it’s OK. I’d do a small bag, too, for evening.”
This marks the first time Zanotti is working on a full-on collection with a star, though he’s done one-off custom designs for clients including Beyoncé, and he says she was an excellent muse. “She likes to dance, she likes to sing, to walk and go shopping, and she has kids. She’s a beautiful and normal woman. I need to create something not only for red carpet or couture but something for reality. We have probably 18 styles at the moment. It’s a small universe.”
Lopez is equally enamored of her collaborator: “It’s impossible not to feel like a more confident, sexier version of yourself when you’re wearing a pair of Zanottis,” she says. “The shoes are so in line with my personal style, it felt easy and natural.”
Seeing as Lopez is one of the busiest people on the planet (she has a Las Vegas residency, a show on NBC and maintains a fragrance and fashion empire) she’s still excited for a new challenge. “I’m very proud of the businesses I’ve built. They’ve allowed me to bring really great product at an accessible price point. But I hadn’t done a high-end project yet and this seemed like the right time, medium and designer,” she shares. “I’ve always been passionate about shoes. Sometimes I even choose an outfit around my shoes.”
Jennifer Lopez and Calvin Harris 'Talking About a Music Collaboration,' Says SourceAfter a chat at her recent birthday party, could a Jennifer Lopez and Calvin Harris collaboration be in the works?
"Jennifer and Calvin discussed a possible music collaboration during her birthday party," a source tells PEOPLE.
Newly single Harris attended Lopez's 47th birthday party in Las Vegas over the weekend, even taking in the singer's hit Planet Hollywood concert All I Have.
"They discussed the types of music they both love. Calvin was excited to be at the party, hanging out with Jennifer and chatting with Benny [Medina]," the source added.
The DJ, who has his own residency at Omnia, also partied with Kim Kardashian West. Before hanging out with the reality star, Harris lip-synced Kanye West's "That Part" on Snapchat.
Though Lopez has never created music with the Scottish producer before, his musical resumé boasts several impressive (and lucrative) partnerships.
Harris has previously worked with ex Taylor Swift on his latest hit "This Is What You Came For" featuring vocals by Rihanna, who he worked with previously on "We Found Love." In addition, Harris has also collaborated with Mary J. Blige, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, John Newman, Florence Welch, Ne-Yo, Cheryl Cole and Gwen Stefani.
A-listers heading to Vegas for J.Lo’s 47th birthday bashJennifer Lopez turns 47 on Sunday, and her longtime manager Benny Medina and beau Casper Smart are throwing a party at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Lopez, who is currently in the midst of a Vegas residency, will be fêted in the Nobu Villa suite.
While Lopez’s rep declined to reveal any details, we hear that among those invited are Joe Jonas, Chris Evans, Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltrán, designer Tommy Hilfiger and Ja Rule.
Lopez is famous for her over-the-top birthday parties, where she sometimes gets paid up to six figures by sponsors just for showing up. Last year’s birthday bash was at 1OAK in Southampton.
The “Shades of Blue” star’s Vegas residency is at Planet Hollywood, and some guests are expected to make a weekend out of it, catching her performance on Saturday and hitting the party on Sunday.
The David Rockwell-designed rooftop Nobu Villa spans 10,000 square feet and boasts three bedrooms and a sky deck with fire and water features, barbecue pit, and a Zen garden. The pad rents for $35,000 per night.
NBC AND JENNIFER LOPEZ TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR WITH NEW COMPETITION SERIES ‘WORLD OF DANCE’UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 19, 2016 — NBC, Universal Television Alternative Studios and Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions are stepping on to the dance floor with a 10-episode order for “World of Dance,” an unparalleled dance competition series where the winner will receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.
In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo artists will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more.
“Dance rivals any sport for its ability to produce world-class athletes and powerful performances that entertain, inspire and unite people from all walks of life,” said Meredith Ahr, President of Universal Television Alternative Studios. “The unmatched credibility that the World of Dance organization has achieved so quickly speaks to the high standard they have set for their community, which is based on authentic expression, diversity and innovation. Those core values, paired with one of dance's greatest success stories and role models, Jennifer Lopez, are sure to give viewers a front row seat as dance is taken to the next level.”
"This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents," said Lopez. "I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized."
Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1-4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title “Best in the World.”
For dancers interested in competing on “World of Dance,” please register at www.worldofdancecasting.com and for more information on the show https://youtu.be/16Qb-49ssCY and https://youtu.be/OFbzsz4j88k.
Emmy Award-winning choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, best known as Nappytabs, will also be on board. The pair has an extensive dancing pedigree that most recently includes choreographing Jennifer Lopez’s record-breaking show in Las Vegas, “All I Have.” Additionally they have worked with Madonna, Cirque du Soleil’s "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," as well as TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than 8 million subscribers with the world’s largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million monthly views online, making World of Dance the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas will executive produce. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Nuyorican Productions.
Tonight Show PerformanceTonight’s episode (July 12) of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” features a very special performance by Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who take the 30 Rock Studio 6B stage for a duet of their single “Love Make the World Go Round.”
Lopez and Miranda collaborated on the single to honor victims of last month’s Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. “Love Make the World Go Round” is now available on iTunes for download and all proceeds are being donated to the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando fund.
This evening’s episode will also include guests Melissa McCarthy and Christian Slater. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs at 11:35pm ET/PT on NBC.
Today Show PerformanceNEW YORK – July 8, 2016 — For the first time, global superstar Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway’s “Hamilton”, will perform their new duet “Love Make the World Go Round" live on the TODAY plaza on Monday, July 11. All proceeds from the song will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando to benefit the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
The performance will be available on TODAY.com following the broadcast.
Britney Spears, Pink, Selena Gomez Join 'Hands' for Orlando: How the All-Star Song Came to LifeJennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears are among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
The all-star release, "Hands" -- a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD -- was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani. The June 12 slaughter at the gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the most deadly mass shooting in American history and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community. Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.
"Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared," says Tranter, 36, who has raised money and awareness for LGBT causes since coming out at age 14.
"Hands" arrives tonight on iTunes. Proceeds will be distributed by Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.
The idea for the all-star project came together one day after the shooting.
L.A.-based Tranter and songwriting partner Julia Michaels had been on the road with Gomez writing songs aboard her tour bus in Miami the weekend of June 11 when news of the bloodshed prompted Tranter to switch course. That afternoon he signed on as a volunteer at The Center Orlando, the region's chief LGBT community center.
"I called them and said, 'If I fly up is there something for me to help with?'" he tells Billboard. "They say, 'We need as many hands as we can possibly get.'"
"Hands" took hold the next day when Tranter met GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis who had arrived at the center from New York.
Beyond their immediate efforts -- distributing food and water and GLAAD's work with media -- both were looking to make contributions that would have ongoing benefits. They point out that the massacre was also a profound attack on people of color, as that Saturday evening had been a popular "Latin Night" at Pulse. Most of the victims were of Latin heritage and Ellis says she does not want that point forgotten.
"When you hear the song it talks about hate being the driver here," she says, "and that's important because we have to be able to identify what's driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful."
Aligning with Interscope for the release, Tranter, GLAAD and Interscope president of A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck put the word out that a fundraiser was in the works. Within days artists from all spheres of the business had lined up -- also among them Halsey, Ty Herndon, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, MNEK, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Jussie Smollett, Nate Ruess and RuPaul -- all recording separately from their homes, local studios, touring locations or wherever they happened to be at that moment.
"We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice," Tranter says, "and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals."
In Los Angeles "Interscope let us use their studio," he notes. "Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done."
Another goal of the record, according to GLAAD, is to fund educational programs.
"This was an American guy who was born in Queens," Ellis says of the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, who was killed by police after a three hour stand-off. "He learned that hate here in America. This happened on American soil, against a particular community."
While politicians and lobbyists have focused in recent weeks on Islamic terror and familiar narratives about gun ownership, Ellis, Tranter and others in the LGBT community want people to remember that this was a hate crime.
"I'm not educated enough to speak on the political details," Tranter says. I'm a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color."
"Hands" grew out of an unfinished piece that Tranter, Michaels and co-writer and producer BloodPop (formerly known as Blood Diamonds) had been working on and then shelved.
"The song didn't ever finish itself and it didn't ever feel right," Tranter says of their initial efforts. "Now we know why."
Mark Ronson also co-produced, while vocal engineer Benjamin Rice finessed the disparate tracks: "He helped us find the structure and make sense of it all."
Warner/Chappell publishing executive Katie Vinten brought in numerous artists, among them P!nk, whom Tranter calls "a lifesaver," adding, "Her vocal on the chorus is like from heaven directly."
Spears opens the song with the plaintive line, "Can hold a gun or a hold a heart." RuPaul is heard quietly toward the end, saying "take my hand baby."
The songwriters had no specific plan as they entered the studio -- only that they didn't want the piece "to ever sound dated."
"We didn't want to have any trendy electronic elements," Tranter notes. "We wanted it to sound classic, timeless and human. We want this anthem of positivity to be played for years to come."
Download "Hands" here at iTunes and stream the song here.
By Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and BloodPop
Can hold a gun
Skin and bones
Cus they can hurt
I've been watching news
They can hurt
If a million hands can build a wall
Can hold a gun
I've been watching news
If a million hands can build a wall
Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda Collaborate on Song to Benefit Orlando Shooting VictimsJennifer Lopez and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda have joined forces to support families of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
The two have recorded a track called, "Love Make the World Go Round," and proceeds from the sales of the song will benefit the Hispanic Federation's Proyecto Somos Orlando.
J.Lo posted a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the upcoming single on Instagram earlier today and wrote, "Me and @Lin_Manuel working ins tudio on something very special."
The release date for "Love Make the World Go Round" has yet to be revealed, however, fans were able to get a glimpse at what to expect from the world-famous singer and the Broadway star.
The up-tempo track features the following lyrics rapped by Miranda: "What we got is love even when the sinners hate us / We cannot let them diminish or intimidate us / We sing out, we got the rhythm and the truth on our side / We cut through the divide and we do it with pride / A generation of innovators enabled to patiently wait for change ‘cause change is what they've been afraid of / The malevolence can wait, raise a level of debate, celebrate, elevate."
Proyecto Somos Orlando posted the following statement on their website:
"The days, weeks, months and even years following will be a time of healing for our nation, but especially for victims and the families of the victims. [We] will address the long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual. Proyecto will enable care to be delivered to those affected directly in the communities in which they live. Beyond emergency assistance, they will be provided with case management, crisis intervention and mental health services, among other needs."
Jennifer Lopez Homeschools Her Twins When Needed: ‘The Most Important Thing Is That They’re with Mom’Nothing about Jennifer Lopez‘s life with twins Maximilian and Emme is ordinary, but it works for them.
In an upcoming interview with Fox 5 New York’s Rosanna Scotto, Lopez opens up about life with her 8-year-olds, and how they make school and mom’s time in the spotlight work.
“We don’t have a normal life, I don’t have normal kids,” Lopez says from Las Vegas, where she’s currently in residence at AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “I’m not normal. So our life is not normal. I’ve come to terms with that.”
She knows, however, that not everyone is on board with her parenting style: “Everybody’s like, ‘You should have them in school, they need friends.’ It drives me – it can drive you crazy.”
The kids, Lopez’s with ex-husband Marc Anthony, are thriving regardless, she says.
“They are super happy, well-adjusted, loving, caring kids, and that’s the most important thing,” she explains. “We’ll get them educated – homeschool is great for them, when we have to do it. The most important thing is that they’re with their mom — that they don’t feel abandoned by a parent.”
And she prides herself on being a hands-on mom. “I want to be there with them,” says Lopez. “I don’t want to miss it, it’s gonna go so fast.”
Lopez’s full interview will air on Fox 5 New York Friday, June 17.
Jennifer Lopez Says She Was Pressured to Lose Weight Early on in Her Career: ' I Was Just Trying to Be Myself'Even Jennifer Lopez was told she had to lose weight early on in her career.
The 46-year-old singer told fans about the body shaming she experienced during her early days in Hollywood, while at an Emmy For Your Consideration Event in Los Angeles on Thursday in support for her hit NBC series Shades of Blue.
"They kept telling me to lose weight," Lopez recalled, according to E!. "And I was a dancer and I was athletic and even my manager at the time, who I no longer work with, um, was telling me, 'You need to lose weight. You need to be thinner.' "
"I was like, 'No I don't. If I lose any more weight it won't be me.' You know what I mean?," Lopez, 46, added.
Lopez was inspired to tell the story when a fan said the "Ain't Your Mama" singer's famous curves inspired her to stop wearing sweatshirts around her waist.
"It was definitely a fight, and so it's good to hear that it helped anybody in some way," Lopez said, thanking the fan for her openness. "At the end of the day I was just trying to be myself without trying to fit into a mold of what everybody else should be."
J. Lo went on to say that she's glad Hollywood's evolved for its close-minded aesthetic.
"It's a different time now you know, which is awesome to see for me where it is about our differences. It's about all the diversity It's just a more accepting time of everything whether it's body type or race or gender. We've come a long way," she said.
Of course, Lopez has embraced her curves over the years, telling The View recently, "I fluctuate, I fluctuate! I go up and down about 7 to 8 lbs. all the time, you know what I mean?"
And even if she occasionally feels "chunky," Lopez feels confident, telling PEOPLE editorial director Jess Cagle what she's learned to love about herself over the years.
"That I'm flawed," she said. "I actually love that part now ... I used to hate it because I'm such a perfectionist."
Teen Choice Awards 2016 NominationsChoice TV Actress: Drama
Ashley Benson – Pretty Little Liars
Jennifer Lopez – Shades of Blue
Kerry Washington – Scandal
Maia Mitchell – The Fosters
Taraji P. Henson – Empire
Troian Bellisario – Pretty Little Liars
Jennifer Lopez Designs 'Lucky to Have These Curves' T-Shirt, Urges Fans to Buy One Before It's Too Late(Pic) If you somehow missed the memo, booty is back and has been for, oh, just about always. And while some may credit the Kardashians for single-handedly creating the current state of posterior pandemonium, we all know there’s really just one diva behind it all, and that’s Jennifer Lopez. While the pop superstar has always unapologetically been a fan of her own curves, now she also has the t-shirt to prove it.
On Sunday, Lopez shared a shot to her Instagram of one of her newest pieces of merch, a super limited edition tank top with an illustrated image of the singer mid-belfie that reads “Lucky to have these curves.” In the caption she wrote, “I designed this limited edition tank top just for my squad – you included. Get yours here before they’re all gone!” And when the singer says limited, she means limited. The shirts will only be on sale for the next two weeks, but thankfully it appears there’s still tons left in a number of styles and sizes (which go all the way up to 3XL to handle all the fierce curvaceousness out there).
And we spotted a handful of famous ladies in the audience of her Las Vegas show this weekend who are definitely deserving of one of these tank tops in their life.
The Kardashians have made no bones about the fact that J.Lo is their veritable muse in all things style and body-positivity, so of course when attending her concert, the ladies turned their looks up all the way to 11. In their daily life, Kourtney and Khloé can typically be found in something skintight and sheer, so for the concert they took things to the next level of risqué, both wearing plunging black looks held together with a series of well-placed straps and cut-outs.
Jessica Alba was also in attendance and clearly totally enchanted by the entire performance, dancing along with Lopez from start to finish, calling her “everything” and a “pioneer.” This is one diva whose squad might actually be able to give Taylor Swift‘s some competition.
Jennifer Lopez on Being Mislabeled a 'Diva' in Hollywood: 'Am I Difficult Because I Care?'Don't call Jennifer Lopez a diva. Her 30 years of hard work in the industry proves otherwise, she says.
The star of stage and screen discussed Hollywood's double standard for men and women with Kirsten Dunst, Regina King, Julianna Margulies, Sarah Paulson, Kerry Washington and Constance Zimmer for The Hollywood Reporter's TV actress roundtable.
"I've always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men," Lopez shared. "I got a moniker of being 'the diva,' which I never felt I deserved – which I don't deserve – because I've always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I'm supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success."
The A-list leading ladies, particularly Lopez, were perplexed with the contradictions women face when speaking up or voicing their opinions.
"Sometimes I felt crippled to voice my opinion, especially because certain directors and the boys' club that they form can make you feel like, 'Oh, I can't say anything,'" the Shades of Blue star explained.
Adding, "I was always fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable; meanwhile, I'd show up 15 minutes late and be berated. And you watch this happen over and over and over again. Like, we're not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they’ll be like, 'God, she's really difficult.' It's like, 'Am I? Am I difficult because I care?'"
J.Lo’s team scrambled to fund ‘Ain’t Your Mama’ videoWhen a new music video for Jennifer Lopez’s hit “Ain’t Your Mama” ran low on cash due to J.Lo’s “grand” plans, her team had to scramble to broker a last-minute deal to raise more money.
We’re told that a “product-placement specialist” was called in two days before production began on the clip because there were concerns the video — which premiered Friday — couldn’t be completed to the singer’s usual high standards without an injection of extra funds.
J.Lo’s label honchos put together an ambitious shoot in just two weeks to capitalize on the song’s early chart success after Lopez debuted it on the final episode of “American Idol” on April 7. Insiders told Page Six that the Kluger Agency, which arranges deals between brands and artists, got a call at the eleventh hour. To attract additional funding, the team hustled to bring in social-networking app Friendable, then reworked the shoot’s script to integrate the product into the storyline.
“Most of these big artists want a really nice visual, and nice is pretty much synonymous with expensive when it comes to product,” said a source. “So a lot of times Jennifer will have this grand idea of what she wants to do, and the label has their budget, and at the end of it, she’ll be short.”
We’re told producers were keen to find something that would fit into the video since it was already packed with more traditional product placements.
In fact, there were so many shoehorned into its five minutes that music site Spin cataloged nine brands in the clip — from Lavazza coffee to BodyLab weight-loss supplements.
The “plot” — about women rebelling against outdated domestic roles — culminates with an all-female protest scene in the streets. In the revised version, the lady rabble-rousers use the app to converge. We’re told that, in return, Friendable coughed up the dough to finish off the project with the kind of polish befitting an international superstar.
A rep for Lopez declined to comment.
Jennifer Lopez "Ain't Your Mama" VideoJennifer Lopez Samples Hillary Clinton's "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" Speech in Her "Ain't Your Mama" Video: Watch
Jennifer Lopez Goes Country In Jennifer Nettles' New Song 'My House'Jennifer Lopez goes country in Jennifer Nettles' new song "My House," part of her latest album Playing With Fire.
"Jenny from the dirt" and "Jenny from the block" swap lines in the surprise collaboration, which made its debut Thursday (May 5) on NPR. The song talks about two different artists who aren't as different as people think they are.
"We hang on the porch," sings Nettles. "We hang on the stoop," Lopez adds. "My house is your house, we're really not that different," says the chorus.
This is the first country collab for J.Lo, whose new music video for "Ain't Your Mama" premieres Friday. The Bronx native is also set to return to her Las Vegas residency show All I Have on May 22.
Jennifer Lopez Does a Dramatic Reading of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back"Jennifer Lopez Does a Dramatic Reading of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back": Video.
J.Lo says getting along with Marc Anthony is the hardest work she doesAs far as famous exes are concerned, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony seem to get along pretty well, but that’s because they both put in the work.
“When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness,” the “Shades of Blue” star, 46, recently told W magazine.
Lopez was disappointed when the couple’s marriage fell apart, but she knew that nothing good would come from brooding over the failure, especially with two children, twins Max and Emme, now 8, to think about.
“It wasn’t the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointment, and anger,” he continued. “But Marc is the father of my children, and that’s never going away. So, I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do.”
Lopez and Anthony, 47, started dating in early 2004 and married in June of that year. In July 2011, the couple announced that they had split up, with Anthony officially filing for divorce the next year.
J. Lo Will Perform Brand New Single on American Idol Series FinaleJennifer Lopez is back in the music game and will kick off a new album cycle with a performance during the American Idol series finale.
The singer, Shades of Blue actress and Idol judge announced via Facebook live Monday that she'll debut "Ain't Your Mama" during Idol's two-hour April 7 special that will crown the final Idol winner. The single will be available on iTunes following the finale. Lopez also shared that her favorite thing about being an Idol judge is getting a front row seat to the beginning of a young pop star's career. This week, Trent Harmon, La'Porsha Renae and Dalton Rapattoni will battle it out for the honor of being the last American Idol.
The American Idol finale is spread over three nights with a retrospective special on Tuesday, and the eliminations spread over Wednesday and Thursday. Tune in on Fox at 8/7c for all of the music glory, including performances by Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Jennifer Lopez Says She Sometimes Feels 'Chunky': 'I Go Up and Down About 7 to 8 Lbs.'Even J.Lo has body doubts!
Jennifer Lopez was looking through photos of herself with the ladies of The View on Thursday when she said she looked "chunky" in a recent selfie.
"I was a little bit on the chunky side there, as you can see," Lopez said, shocking Raven-Symoné – who jokingly threw up her hands and walked away from her chair – and the other women.
"Do you need us to show you what chunky looks like?" Whoopi Goldberg teasingly asked. "This a little bit on the chunky side, okay Jennifer? This is not the chunky side," she said while pointing to herself and then back at Lopez.
Lopez, 46, quickly clarified her statement, laughing and explaining that her body doesn't always look as ripped as it does in some of her Instagram posts.
"I fluctuate, I fluctuate! I go up and down about 7 to 8 lbs. all the time, you know what I mean?" Lopez said.
Lopez, who is gearing up for the second run of her Las Vegas residency, added that her weight tends to shift based on her performance schedule.
"When I'm doing the show, I go down, I get slim, and then when I stop I'm eating – and I get chunky," she said. "Not chunky, but you feel it. For a dancer."
Lopez also talked about switching up her workouts while her "All I Have" show is going on.
"I love to run. I still enjoy it, but right now because of the Las Vegas show, dancing is a big part of my workout and cardio. I do low impact cardio because it's so much dancing," she said.
And even if she occasionally feels "chunky," Lopez knows how to embrace it. The Shades of Blue star told PEOPLE editorial director Jess Cagle what she's learned to love about herself.
"That I'm flawed," she said. "I actually love that part now ... I used to hate it because I'm such a perfectionist."
Jennifer Lopez Thinks Sexting Is a No-NoEven if Jennifer Lopez is "into you," she probably won't show you with a naughty text.
While appearing on Tuesday's episode of Live With Kelly and Michael, the 46-year-old American Idol judge was tasked with a game of "JLo" or "JNo"—essentially, she had to reveal whether she liked or disliked certain things, like singing in the shower or man buns.
After she deemed carbs and surprise parties both "JLo," she was asked to reveal her thoughts on the modern act of "sexting." Spoiler alert: she's not a fan.
"Dangerous," she told the hosts. "I'm going to have to say JNo."
Instead, Jenny from the Block uses her cell phone to sneak up on her 9-year-old twins, Max and Emme, while they're asleep.
"Because I work and sometimes I come home after they're asleep...I always tell them I check on you all through the night all the time and I guess that gives them some comfort," she described.
However, the kids didn't always believe their mom because they were asleep and couldn't see her check up on them. Lopez knew just what to do.
"I started taking pictures of me with them in bed," she explained. "In the morning I'm just like, 'I was there!'"
Jennifer Lopez Calls Split From Marc Anthony Her "Biggest Disappointment"In a recent interview with People, Jennifer Lopez says her biggest disappointment was her failed marriage to Marc Anthony.
"It was devastating and awful," the Shades of Blue actress says. "I think both Marc and I thought at the time we would be together for the next 40 years until we die." Adding later, "I felt like at that time I had lost my way a little bit, of who I was in trying to make the marriage [work]."
She's certainly kept busy since, appearing as a judge on American Idol, headlining a show in Vegas and starring on Shades of Blue, which was recently renewed for a second season.
As for her love life, there's no telling how her and Beau Casper Smart will end up but we do know one thing for sure: they sure can do a mean dubsmash.
Jennifer Lopez on Ex Ben Affleck's Massive Phoenix Back Tattoo: 'It's Awful!'It's safe to say, Jennifer Lopez is not a fan of Ben Affleck's body art.
The actress and singer dished about her ex-fiancé on Watch What Happens Live Monday, telling host Andy Cohen how bad Affleck's massive Phoenix back tattoo looks.
"It's awful! What are you doing?" Lopez, 46, said during the "Plead the Fifth" segment. "His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn't be so colorful. They should be cooler."
In December, Affleck, 43, showed off his large-scale ink featuring a large phoenix taking flight with additional art surrounding it.
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star also has a dolphin on his right hip covering up the name of his high school sweetheart, and has been seen with barbed wire across his right bicep, a large design featuring a fish and a skull and crossbones on his right arm and some initials inscribed on his shoulder blade.
Affleck met Lopez on the set of Gigli in 2002, and super couple Bennifer was born. The pair got engaged that same year, and planned to wed in Santa Barbara, California, on September 2003, but he called off the ceremony with four days' notice because of "excessive media attention." The couple officially announced their split months later.
This isn't the first time Affleck has been brought up during a Lopez WWHL appearance. The Shades of Blue star Lopez took credit for her ex's fashionable moments in 2014 saying, "He had some good fashion moments with me. Yeah!"
J-Lo would rock Barbra Streisand in her ‘American Idol’ auditionThings are really beginning to heat up in “American Idol’s” farewell season. On Wednesday (Feb. 17), the Showcase Round continues as the Top 24 keep trying to win the judges over.
One of the key factors in knocking their socks off is song choice. One move can make or break a performer.
Zap2it was on hand for the taping of the show and spoke with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban about the importance of picking the right song and connecting with the audience.
“We’ve all done things and have then looked back and wished we hadn’t done that, whether it be hairstyle or song on an album,” Connick Jr. says, “In a competition like this, you have to listen to the people that are helping you. You’ve got to think about the win. You gotta think about what it takes to win.”
While agreeing, Urban chimes in to point out the importance of going against what is expected, saying, “The opposite is true too. You have to be strong enough to steer away from songs being pushed upon you and figure out what’s right for you.”
Speaking of songs that truly fit the artist, the question was posed to the three judges as to what songs they’d choose if they were just starting out and deciding to audition for “Idol.”
Lopez’s immediate choice is Broadway: “I would go with musical theater, I think. I’d sing a Barbra Streisand song called ‘My Man.'”
“I love that song,” she continues, “I think it would’ve shown off my voice but would’ve also shown a side of me people didn’t know.”
“At the age I would’ve auditioned for the show,” Lopez says, “I was so Urban. I was such a Bronx girl, I would’ve probably worn my Timberlands and a big set of hoop earrings. I would’ve rocked Barbra Streisand. You would’ve gotten a whole sense of me right in that moment!”
Keeping the energy light, Connick Jr. adds, “I would’ve sang a Keith Urban song. H*** yeah, I’d come in there with ‘Stupid Boy!’ That, with ‘John 3:16’ — I’d do a medley. At least I’d get one vote!”
Keith Urban, on the other hand, would go straight for the heartstrings: “I’d probably go for something incredibly emotional. Something heartbreaking. I’d go for intimate and I’d go right here [points to his chest].”
Will the contestants bring their best songs to Showcase Round #3? Find out as “American Idol” airs on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
JENNIFER LOPEZ, RAY LIOTTA AND ‘SHADES OF BLUE’ BACK ON THE BEAT FOR A SECOND SEASON ON NBCUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Feb. 5, 2016 – One of NBC’s strongest dramas to debut in recent years — both critically and in delivering a solid overall ratings return — “Shades of Blue” has been renewed for a second season.
The announcement was made today by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
“We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today,” said Salke. “We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”
In L+3 results from Nielsen Media Research through its first three telecasts, “Shades of Blue” has averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall. “Shades of Blue” has delivered NBC’s first Thursday 10-11 p.m. ET time period wins with in-season regular programming over original competition on ABC and CBS since March 2010 in 18-49 and since March 2008 in total viewers.
“Shades of Blue” is also one of the most time-shifted shows on television, with its most recent L+7 Nielsen results lifting the show by +95% in 18-49 versus its live plus same day rating (from a 1.32 to a 2.57) and by +4.7 million viewers overall (6.6 million to 11.3 million). The +95% gain was the #1 biggest percentage increase for the week of Jan. 11-17 on the Big 4 networks and was the #1 biggest L+7 percentage lift so far this season for Week 2 of a new series on those nets.
The series and its cast have been critically applauded by several prominent publications, including The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times and TV Guide.
“Shades of Blue” stars Jennifer Lopez as Harlee Santos, a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta, “Goodfellas,” “Field of Dreams”) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.
As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee engages in a perilous dance with her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy obsession with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit’s patriarch, begins an all-consuming hunt for the informant. Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand of street justice under FBI watch.
The cast includes Drea de Matteo (“Sopranos,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Dayo Okeniyi (“Terminator: Genisys,” “Hunger Games”), Vincent Laresca (“The Aviator,” “Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift”), Hampton Fluker (“Aquarius,” “The Blind Side”) and Sarah Jeffery (“Rogue,” “Wayward Pines”). Santino Fontana (“Frozen,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) is a recurring guest star.
Showrunner Jack Orman (“Men of a Certain Age,” “ER,” “Pan Am”), Jennifer Lopez (“The Boy Next Door,” “The Fosters”), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (“Extant,” “The Fosters”), Benny Medina (“The Boy Next Door,” “The Fosters”), Ryan Seacrest (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Shahs of Sunset”) and Nina Wass (“Mixology,” “Golden Girls”) all serve as executive producers with creator Adi Hasak (“Generation Kill,” “3 Days to Kill”). Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “And Justice for All”) directed the first two episodes.
“Shades of Blue” is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.
SightingsJennifer Lopez and Casper Smart at Carmine’s in Vegas as she preps for her Sin City shows
Is This Really the Final Season of American Idol?Even though American Idol's "farewell season" is underway, the show's stars aren't quite ready to say goodbye to Fox's one-time reality juggernaut.
"I'm just in complete denial," judge Keith Urban said Friday at the Television Critics Association winter previews Friday. And while some are taking it even a little harder ("I'm crying myself to sleep each night," host Ryan Seacrest joked), judge Jennifer Lopez said the sadness comes in waves. "It's hit all of us at different times that this amazing thing is about to come to an end," she said.
Even so, Harry Connick Jr. said he and his fellow judges can't forget that they have a job to do. "We all live in the moment," Connick said. "This is the farewell season. We're all sad about that, but I don't think any of us are focusing on that. We're focused on the job at hand, which is to find the next great superstar, which American Idol has been pretty good at."
Indeed, executive producer Trish Kinane says she's constantly focused on not letting nostalgia for the series take over during this final year. That said, former Idol winners -- including but not limited to Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Scotty McCreery and reigning champ Nick Fradiani, all of whom joined the panel on Friday-- will have an active role this season.
"We are bringing quite a few of the former Idols to help the new contestants this season," Kinane says. "A lot of the people on the panel today will be coming to work with and duet with our new contestants, and I think that's going to be an amazing couple weeks of programming."
Kinane also added that Idol's very first superstar Kelly Clarkson will guest-judge the first live show of the season and will find some way to participate in the finale, despite being pregnant. But what about original judge Simon Cowell and others who are part of this show's legacy? "We're talking to everybody that's made a huge contribution to this show and we'd love them to come back," Kinane said. "There's all sorts of logistics and schedules and all sorts of other commitments, but I'm pretty confident we'll have an amazing finale with key people you'd expect to see there." To wit: Kinane confirms that thought they tried to get Cowell to play a larger role in the season, he'll probably only appear on the finale.
But will this actually be the final season? Although Kinane acknowledges the show's age ("It wasn't entirely a shock that we're talking about it ending because after 15 seasons, it's something you think about," she said), Seacrest points out the show is still pulling a decent rating. "The numbers look great this season," he said. "We're all pleased that people are watching and that people are coming back that maybe maybe didn't watch the last couple of seasons. When you have a franchise generate X amount of millions of people, if that sustains, does that mean it's the end? I'm not so sure."
So why is it ending? "Whether [Fox is] making a mistake or not? Everybody just goes with a feeling in the moment," Lopez said. "And if that's their feeling right now, that's their feeling,"
While it does seem this season will be it for now, the judges don't rule out the show returning to the air someday. "The Eagles had at least three farewell tours," Urban joked. Added Lopez: "You never know. With a format like this that could work at any time, it's possible. ... I haven't thought about it much, but hypothetically if that happened, American Idol has a special place in my heart, and it's something I would consider. [I'll] always be there when they call."
American Idol airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox.
‘Shades of Blue’s’ Jennifer Lopez, being ‘super profound about humanity’Zap2it: Not only do you star in “Shades of Blue,” you’re also part of the team of executive producers on it. How is that helping you in making sure the show is done the way you want?
Jennifer Lopez: They’re making sure that every line comes to life, and that every line is the right line. We’d be in my trailer, and we’d see that an episode had a real opportunity to be something super profound about humanity. We’d be sitting there trying to find the one line, and not giving up until it was exactly what we thought it could be. Looking at all the promos now, it just shows you how every moment is important, and so is how everything looks.
Producing is exciting for me in that way, because being an actor for so many years, I was just doing my part — literally — and having to stay in my lane. To be able to be part of the whole picture and take an idea from inception to the final edit is so exciting, and I’m really proud of it. I really feel this is about how people are good, but we get messy. The goodness in us is always trying to supersede the bad judgments we make sometimes.
Zap2it: You’re also an executive producer of “The Fosters,” which resumes on the newly renamed Freeform on Monday, Jan. 25. What is that series accomplishing for you in terms of the kind of programming you want to make?
Jennifer Lopez: Talking about “Shades of Blue” as well, television can help in so many ways, and I really believe “The Fosters” does that. It pushes the envelope and educates people about what’s going on. It’s such a beautiful show.
Razzies nominationsWorst Actress
Katherine Heigl, “Home Sweet Hell”
Dakota Johnson, “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Mila Kunis, “Jupiter Ascending”
Jennifer Lopez, “The Boy Next Door”
Gwyneth Paltrow, “Mortdecai”.
Jennifer Lopez On TV Diversity & Her Commitment To NBC Thriller ‘Shades Of Blue’ – TCA“For me, the best movies are on television. The characters are better, there’s more opportunity to explore and to do something I hadn’t done in awhile.”
Such are Jennifer Lopez’s reasons for staying put on TV with NBC’s Shades Of Blue following her American Idol judging stint on Fox. Having hit a box office heyday back in the early aughts with such romantic comedies as Maid In Manhattan ($94M) and Monster-In-Law ($82.9M), the actress also cultivated a niche following with her big-screen crime dramas i.e. The Boy Next Door, Out Of Sight and Enough. In fact, Shades Of Blue originally started as a feature spec script by writer Adi Hasak, who also serves as EP on the NBC show. Hasak’s script landed in the hands of Lopez’s producing partner Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, who suggested Barry Levinson for the project and ultimately Lopez herself.
“It was edgy, and we were deciding whether or not to take it to cable, but it was Elaine who suggested NBC,” Levinson said today at TCA in Pasadena. “With Lopez attached, the series received an immediate 13-week order by the Peacock, bypassing the pilot stage. Similar to other projects that have starred Lopez, the actress told the TCA press corps that she has her fingerprints on a number of the elements in Shades Of Blue as EP including reading scripts, casting, “everything that was created from the ground up.”
“It had enough of a base for me to grow, and grow into something that doesn’t get worn,” Lopez said about her commitment to Shades of Blue, in which she plays, yes, another woman in peril — but with a twist. As Harlee Santos, a single-parent Brooklyn detective, Lopez’s character is nabbed by the FBI during an illegal cop op. Harlee is forced to be an informant on her police unit or face jail time. For Lopez fans, they’ll be stoked to know (if they haven’t already watched) that the actress gets to box again, a sport she took up during another action thriller, Money Train.
Said EP/showrunner Jack Orman about the setup going forward: “Harlee doesn’t accept being arrested. She doesn’t accept the choices she’s getting that she can either narc on her crew or go to jail and leave her daughter hanging. So what she does is a dance. The more she dances, the more she lies, and the more she lies, the more hot water she gets into.”
And as far as the head of Harlee’s Brooklyn unit, Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), the EP said: “He doesn’t take to the idea of someone ratting on him lightly. This leads to complications to what is a big morality at the heart of the series.”
Shades of Blue was one of the NBC shows today, along with Telenovela and Superstore, receiving high praise from the TCA press corps for its diverse casting.
Commenting on how the industry has come to embrace more diversity in casting projects, Lopez said: “I think it’s been coming for many years. And it’s not just race, but all different types of diversity. For me the turning point was Shonda Rhimes and Grey’s Anatomy. That’s where TV got interesting again. I remember watching that and what was so interesting was where she placed different characters. Since then it feels like the norm. There’s no getting away from it.”
Said Levinson, “TV is always a reflection and indicative of the times we live in. When it came to casting, we wanted to show what a real New York City Police department was like.”
Earlier, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters in a scrum session, “I’m thrilled about our diversity throughout the whole network. GLAAD documented us as the most diverse network. I think our casts are 41% diverse. And we just happen to get into business with Jennifer (Lopez) and Eva (Longoria). We cast America Ferrera in Superstore; it wasn’t even designed for her, but it’s a great coincidence.”
Shades of Blue airs Thursday at 10PM. In its premiere, the show was off to a solid start, winning the time slot for NBC in adults 18-49 for the first time since The Marriage Ref on March 4, 2010.
Shades of Blue's Dayo Okeniyi Spills on Working and (Partying!) with 'Amazing' Costar J.LoDayo Okeniyi's first big audition was for a little project called The Hunger Games. And ever since he landed the role of strong but silent tribute Thresh, his career hasn't stopped soaring, skyrocketing him out of Panem and straight into the sci-fi future of Terminator Genisys.
Between blockbusters, Okeniyi, 27, landed a part as a by-the-book rookie cop pulled into a law enforcement scandal in Shades of Blue, NBC's new Jennifer Lopez drama.
"It was amazing, because to be honest, I was nervous about it initially, just getting on a show with her," he tells PEOPLE of Lopez, who also developed and produces the series. "Because she's the lead of the show, she's in every scene, and with her schedule doing American Idol and she has a residency in Vegas coming up, will she really do the job to really dive in?"
As he quickly learned, the singer/actress/age-defying glamazon really is still Jenny from the block.
"She came into that table read and she knew her s---!" he raves. "She knew the story in and out, she knew every scene so intimately."
Although she's got the swagger of superstar, he says she's refreshingly down-to-earth – and always the first person on set.
"Three weeks into the show was her birthday, and she had the whole cast come over to the Hamptons to her house. We were on a yacht with her," he says. "It's almost hard to believe, because when you see her there's this diva image. She's so larger than life. So to be in her house just chilling with her and her kids and just being so open about talking about the craft and talking about the show, she really really loves the show and really wants it to work and is so passionate about it."
Of course, Lopez, 46, isn't the only A-lister he's learned from: Before J.Lo, there was J.Law.
"At the time, nobody knew who Jennifer Lawrence was. I mean, we were in North Carolina. We would go to Applebees and nobody knew who the hell anybody was!" he says of filming the 2012 first Hunger Games movie. "I stole so much from Jennifer, it's not even funny. Just how she calms herself down before a scene and how she doesn't take it too seriously, the lightness of it and to keep it fresh, because you're shooting the same scene 20 times a day, it can become stale."
Below, read five reasons why Okeniyi says you should tune in to Shades of Blue on Thursday.
1. It's bold.
When he got the script for Shades of Blue, Okeniyi wasn't looking for a TV gig after signing on for Terminator.
"When I read it, my character was so human that I really, really dug that," he says. "He's a rookie cop, and the first episode is his first day on the job. He's very idealistic and has these ideas of what it's like to be in law enforcement and the responsibility of it and not abusing the power of it. I mean, he's bright-eyed, bushy-tailed. And I just loved the fact that in the first act, all that goes out the window because he's thrown into a situation where life hits him really hard right away. And throughout the course of the first season, he's trying to not go down the deep, dark rabbit hole of what it's like to be a corrupt cop in that blue tape of how the police protect themselves no matter what."
Without giving anything away, Okeniyi says the plot is so intense and "raw" that he was shocked NBC is "letting us do this stuff."
"People are going to see stuff that they're not expecting," he says, chuckling gleefully. "I read it and I really thought this could only work on HBO or Netflix. So the fact that NBC has the balls to roll the dice on this one and to roll so heavily with the names involved, I was like, 'Yes!' "
2. It's got a star-studded – and diverse – cast.
The credits boast Hollywood heavyweights like Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo. – and they're not just big names.
"It's so diverse," he says of the cast. "I remember on set just going, 'Is Ray really the only white person on our show?' It's crazy! Because Drea's Italian, and even Ray is Italian. Jennifer's Puerto Rican, I'm from Nigeria, Africa, and Hampton Fluker is African-American and Sarah Jeffery is multiracial. Annie Chang is Asian on our show, she plays one of the detectives. It's so awesome. Even if the show doesn't succeed, just the experience of this summer was so cool to work with people that really cared about the writing."
3. It's fast-paced.
The 13 episodes cover about 15 action-packed days, Okeniyi says, noting that he doesn't consider Shades of Blue to be a police procedural like Law and Order or CSI.
"It's a lot of drama, a lot of stuff happening really quickly, and hat also speaks to the characters," he explains. "Everyone is constantly in a corner because it has this cat-and-mouse narrative. Even on set, just waiting for the next episode to come to read what was going on, I was like, 'Oh my god!' "
4. It's true to life.
To prepare for his role, Okeniyi watched tutorial videos on weapons handling, raiding rooms and police interrogations ("God bless YouTube!" he jokes) – and had retired police officers on call to answer questions.
"When you're doing a show about crooked cops and how they bend the rules, you have to know thoroughly what those rules are and how you can bend them in a way that it reads true," he says.
Plus, the themes of police brutality, gun violence and criminal coverups have never been more timely – though Okeniyi says he doesn't see the officers as good or evil (There's "shades of blue" in between, get it?)
"The really great thing about the show is it gives a viable reason for why they're doing what they're doing. So it's not necessarily that they're crooked, it's just really the circumstances they find themselves in and then the police culture on top of that about we protect our own no matter what. It's a layered show," he says. "And when you have a first episode where you have somebody kill a black guy on accident? Turn on your TV. It's happening every day."
5. Did we mention J.Lo?
Here's one more anecdote about what a pleasure he had working with the triple-threat.
Okeniyi recalls a day when he and Lopez were shooting a conversation between their characters, with only his face visible in a tight shot.
"We're in the middle of the scene I see her hand go like this," he says, subtly motioning forward with his finger. "I was like a foot behind my mark! That's the detail that she's so precise about stuff. After the scene, she was like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got you, papi.' She's just so cool and so professional."
"I think maybe it's because she's a dancer," he adds. "Just physically as an actress, she's so astute, it's crazy. She will hit her line to a T. She's just great. She's great to watch and knows her s---. At the end of the day, a prepared actor is just everything, and so her being a nice person on top of that is just a spoil of riches."
Shades of Blue premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
J. Lo returns to the block with Ray Liotta on NBC’s ‘Shades of Blue’Jennifer Lopez will be gorgeous no matter how roughed up her character is supposed to look. Her flawless contour also helps with that in NBC’s procedural drama, “Shades of Blue.”
Most of “Shades of Blue” is familiar, but with a darker twist to it’s network older sibling, “Law & Order: SVU.” It follows Lopez, who plays Det. Harlee Santos, as a surprisingly lovable dirty cop cornered into setting up her boss and close friend, Lt. Bill Wozniak (Ray Liotta).
NBC’s timing with “Shades of Blue” is sure to make or break it. In present times, where police brutality and cop killings is reoccurring in headlines, people are especially outraged with the idea of unscrupulous police work.
Sure the issue has been addressed mildly on television, but does the world want to see corrupt cops for entertainment every week? Whether it’s too soon or the right time is unclear, but one must admit that the story is nail biting.
Santos must aid Wozniak in finding the rat within his department that just so happens to be her? Let’s not forget the added fact that Santos is a single-mom with a daughter, who has a promising future of being a great cellist.
Liotta perfectly plays the scary Godfather-figure of the precinct plagued with an FBI informant lurking in the family. In this game of cat-and-mouse, someone is sure to get hurt. It’s just a matter of when.
“Shades of Blue” premieres Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
‘Shades of Blue’s’ Jennifer Lopez: ‘It’s hard to say ‘no’Jennifer Lopez and television certainly won’t be strangers as 2016 starts.
The hugely popular singer-actress returns to judge the final season of “American Idol” starting Wednesday (Jan. 6), but she’s also tackling her first dramatic series as the star. Premiering Thursday (Jan. 7), NBC’s “Shades of Blue” — on which she’s also an executive producer — casts her as Harlee Santos, a single mother and Brooklyn police detective torn by her new role as an FBI informant on her colleagues, including her unit’s maverick lieutenant (Ray Liotta).
Initially, Lopez only was going to produce “Shades of Blue,” and the former “In Living Color” Fly Girl tells Zap2it that “coming back to series work was a big decision for me. I knew how taxing it was, physically and emotionally, and just with the hours … and being the lead in a show and being in almost every scene, how intense that can be. But the material was so strong, and this character was so compelling, it was hard to turn down.
“It’s very difficult at times to play,” adds Lopez, “because she is living a double life, even a triple or quadruple life sometimes, with her daughter and her work and the FBI. There’s just so much that she’s juggling, wanting to keep everything afloat and make it all right in every way. It’s really exciting. And scary.”
Lopez believes her roles in such movies as “Money Train,” “Out of Sight” and “Angel Eyes” helped prepare her for “Shades of Blue.” She reflects, “There’s something that I understand about [law enforcement] in a way. Maybe it’s the tough-with-a-soft-heart Bronxville thing, but there’s something in it that I connect to. And there’s something about the humanity of these characters; they’re good people, and I think that’s what the series is about. It’s not something I planned on [acting in], but it was enticing.”
So was the production team assembled for “Shades of Blue,” which includes Lopez’s “Idol” comrade Ryan Seacrest and Oscar winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”), who directed the series opener. “When we got in a room together and had similar instincts about things, I was so excited,” Lopez says of Levinson. “We really tried to get it down to what the essence of the series was, so we were never off-track for one moment. It’s an honor for me to work with Barry. We have a great chemistry, and I think it shows.”
Scheduling has been tricky for Lopez in balancing her “Shades” and “Idol” duties, since the talent competition starts taping the audition episodes months before they air. She says the shows’ staffs agreed “to work together, and they did, but it was still the most taxing on me. But we’ve made it through.  was just a year where all these amazing opportunities came my way [also including hosting ABC’s American Music Awards], and as a performer and an actress, it was hard to say ‘No.’ It’s what I’ve worked my whole life for.”
An upcoming concert residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood also is keeping recent American Music Awards host Lopez active, as is another series, though she doesn’t appear in it. She’s an executive producer of ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” which resumes Season 3 episodes Jan. 25 after the network changes its name to Freeform.
That show already has a Season 4 renewal, and Lopez calls it “one of the things I’m most proud of, when you do a project and it turns out the way you’d hoped. It pushes the envelope, it educates in a way, and it makes you think and rethink. It came from the right place, and it’s what TV should be.”
5 Reasons Shades of Blue May be Jennifer Lopez's Riskiest Role YetIn Shades of Blue, Jennifer Lopez is Harlee Santos, an NYPD detective in a ring of morally flexible cops led by Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta). When the FBI nabs her in an anti-corruption sting, Harlee becomes an informant and is forced to choose, minute by minute, between doing the right thing for her daughter, protecting her fellow corrupt cops and staying alive. Lopez, who executive-produces Shades along with others including Ryan Seacrest, is fantastic: fierce, vulnerable and so good at conveying anxiety you may need to take some deep breaths after each episode.
Still, this is a risky move for Lopez, here's why.
1. People think Jennifer Lopez is too good for TV. Perhaps you have heard of Jennifer Lopez before now? Even if you are too young (or too old) to recall her previous waves of superstardom (...Selena Jennifer Lopez, On the 6 Jennifer Lopez, Versace dress Jennifer Lopez, Bennifer Jennifer Lopez...) surely you have seen her on American Idol or, slaying that dance montage at the American Music Awards in November. (At 46!) With a residency in Las Vegas this year, J. Lo is now more of a cultural phenomenon than mere celebrity.That's why her playing an un-glamorous, working-class detective literally falling into deep sh-- while chasing bad guys on network TV is a surprising step. Yes, TV is where the good stories and good roles are today. But then, for every Viola Davis, who soared to an Emmy heights on How to Get Away With Murder there's a Halle Berry, whose foray into TV with Extant ended with the show cancelled after the second season. If successful, Shades of Blue vaults Lopez even higher. If it flops, it could put a snag in her sequined CV.
2. The police procedural has been done already - a lot. Not only is the fabulous J. Lo doing network TV, she's doing a police procedural, one of the most well-trod formats out there. But showrunner Jack Orman, nominated for an Emmy for his writing and co-producing on ER, says that looking at Shades as a cop drama is limiting."It's more an environment and stage for this morality play to unfold," he says. "We had an ex-cop in the writer's room who was very helpful, but the procedural plots are two, three beats. I've always been a fan of ensemble drama. In my experience on ER, I've attempted to write scenes where there's complexity, lots of elements coming together, juggling story lines." Indeed, supporting characters, including rookie cop Michael Loman (Dayo Okeniyi) and tough-as-nails Tess Nazario (Drea de Matteo) have conflicts and personal crises outside of their police work, which viewers will see - if they can suspend cop-drama preconceptions.
3. A show about corrupt cops couldn't come at a worse time. From Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. to Eric Garner in New York to Walter Scott in South Carolina, months of headlines illuminating questionable or even criminal conduct by police officers has caused nationwide concern and outrage. Given the current climate, a series about cops that take payoffs, conceal evidence and even kill to protect their own appears to be either a timely gamble -- or totally insane."This show was initially developed before this rose to national consciousness," Orman says. "But when it did, we felt that it was important to address the reality, especially with the element of corruption. We're very mindful of the climate." Orman sees all the officers as heroes, he says, and despite what Liotta's Wozniak calls "our brand of justice," they actually do have noble intentions. How they act on those intentions isn't always great though, and the risk here is that some may interpret Shades as an exposé instead of fiction.
4. Shades of Blue doesn't shy away from racial and sexual politics. In the second episode, two black cops -sensitive rookie Loman and seasoned Marcus Tufo (Hampton Fluker) - get into a heated exchange. Both sworn to protect, they also both know what it's like to be a suspect solely because of skin color. Loman stresses a need for empathy but Tufo isn't having it. "We're not social workers," Tufo says. "The politicians and crybabies standing at the sidelines wanting to criticize never had to do our damn jobs. The public doesn't give a damn about your vulnerability in the street. You think they care?" Their opposing perspectives humanize headlines, yet the show's admirable embrace of controversy is bold.
We also see the casual sexism Harlee and Tess endure in the ranks. Like other men, FBI agent Robert Stahl (Warren Kole) speaks to women - even superiors - like subordinates with few repercussions. His role as Harlee's handler gets uncomfortably controlling; he's OK with yanking her like a doll and saying, "I own you." Oh, and there's a secret gay romance too, which will blow you away and perhaps prompt new thinking about power and its relationship to with sexuality. Pick a hot button,Shades pushes it.
5. It's good, but it'll be a challenge to stay good. Shades is packed with twists, dips, turns and OMG moments as guns go off, and the white lies Harlee tells to stay alive unravel in gripping suspense. While there are some slightly predictable, ethically ambiguous cop-drama movements ("I'm not a good person. You should stay away from me," Harlee warbles a few episodes in) the tension between her and Wozniak is great - even if it does feel too reminiscent of Lopez's turn as vengeful battered wife in Enough. Ray Liotta is perfectly cast, as nobody does sinister menacing cop face like him, and he's terrifying at points. Still, there's a nagging feeling that the central, nail-biting cat-and-mouse game between Harlee, Wozniak and Stahl can't possibly go on forever. You start to wonder, can this sustain itself?
"You see in future episodes Wozniak's eye turn towards other members of the crew," Orman says. "There's some tragedy, suspense and danger. It becomes very Shakespearian. When we fist started, we realized there was a psychological thriller element to this show. Continuing down those roads and playing the suspense is one of the things we worked on diligently."
So far, so good.
Shades of Blue premieres Thursday Jan. 7 at 10/9c on NBC.
Swan song for 'American Idol' after 15 game-changing yearsIt started on June 11, 2002, with a couple of unfamiliar hosts posing in an empty theater and making an overblown declaration to TV viewers.
"Live on this stage, an unknown talent will be launched into superstardom," said Brian Dunkleman.
"You at home decide who will become the next American idol," intoned Ryan Seacrest.
The reasonable reaction: uh-huh, sure. But it turned out the two were underselling Fox's "American Idol."
The singing contest, which begins its 15th and final season Wednesday, was a blockbuster that invigorated its network. It made stars of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and others, and resurrected the TV talent show as a boom industry that includes NBC's "The Voice" and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
"It not only was a huge success for Fox but impacted everyone else," said Bill Carroll, media analyst with Katz Television Group. "It once again underscored the fact that broadcast television is communal and an event."
"American Idol," from megaproducer Simon Fuller and based on his British hit "Pop Idol," did even more. It breathed life into the music industry as it and network TV both grappled with technology-driven changes in consumer habits.
The show's end is the result of dwindling ratings, the inevitable fate of even durable performers. "Idol," which averaged more than 30 million weekly viewers at its 2006 peak and ranked No. 1 for nine consecutive years, averaged about 11 million last season (still enough by today's standards to land it in the top 20, but with fewer advertiser-favored younger viewers).
Whatever its change in fortunes, the series will get a send-off worthy of a television landmark, said executive producer Trish Kinane.
As she sees it, that means paying tribute to its past while focusing on the battle among this year's contestants to become the last "Idol" winner.
"It's that tricky thing of, 'Hey, it's the 15th season, let's do nostalgia, let's look back at the show's really rich history,'" Kinane said. "But on the other hand, you've got to find an amazing American Idol. So we're trying to combine both of those things."
To accomplish that "organically," she said, past winners and familiar runners-up will be sprinkled throughout the season, starting with the open auditions in which Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks and others were on hand to share tips with the hopefuls.
Plans also call for duets pairing contestants with their now-famous predecessors, who "all want to be involved, somehow," Kinane said.
A famous non-Idol, Kanye West, made a surprise appearance at the judges' auditions in San Francisco in September, with wife Kim Kardashian West along as his cheerleader. His "tryout" is included in Wednesday's episode.
The season debut is a four-hour, two-night affair, airing from 8-10 p.m. EST Wednesday and Thursday and opening on a retrospective note with the Seacrest-Dunkleman '02 clip.
One contestant featured in the premiere demonstrates the show's impressive hold on its fans. Michelle Marie Lecza of Daytona Beach, Florida, recalls watching it as a 4-year-old and can recite all of the winners, in order.
"'American Idol' is what I based my life off of. I am going to walk into the audition room and go get my dream," the braces-wearing 15-year-old says.
Such fervor made "American Idol" a well-timed hit. With social media gaining steam, viewers wanted to get in on the real-time conversation about "Idol" — good news for networks selling commercial airtime and the sponsors who wanted their ads to be seen, not skipped as the show was replayed on a DVR.
The live "Idol" episodes increased that appetite and launched the networks' embrace of a variety of other live broadcasts that included NBC's musicals "The Sound of Music" and "The Wiz."
It was a salve as well for the music business: In 2009, Steve Knopper, author of "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age," called "American Idol" and its robust digital sales one of the few bright spots for the industry as consumers grew increasingly resistant to shelling out for albums.
The series became such an impressive promotional platform that established artists including Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey and Prince dropped in as panelists, mentors and performers.
So did Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, returning for their third year together as judges to usher "Idol" to its conclusion. They're joined by the savvy, unflappable Seacrest, the show's on-camera linchpin who outlasted fellow original cast members Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson (and Dunkleman, who was one-and-done).
Urban said he's focused less on the show's farewell than what he calls the "job at hand."
"I more often forget it's the last season until somebody mentions it," the country music star said during a production break at the Dolby Theatre. "It's just finding the right person and making sure we don't miss somebody."
He said the show retains its power to jump-start a beginning career. For the farewell season, some 75,000 people swarmed to auditions in Atlanta; Denver; Philadelphia and Little Rock, Arkansas, in addition to San Francisco.
"I love the fact that these guys and girls still see the potency and potential of something like 'Idol' to take them to places really, really quickly," Urban said.
It would be ideal if the final season produces another "American Idol" pop superstar, Connick said.
The show "has had a lot of hits, had a lot of misses. I would love to see somebody come out and put a bookend on what Kelly Clarkson did the first year, which is to sell a ton of records, sell a lot of concert tickets and became a household name," the jazz musician said.
"That would be a great way to end it," he said.
Jennifer Lopez on Her Most Life-Changing Role and Women Aging in Hollywood: ''Don’t Write Us Off''Jennifer Lopez may have started her career in Hollywood over 20 years ago, but she's still feeling on top of the world.
While promoting her upcoming television show Shades of Blue, the singer and actress sat down with Natalie Morales on the Today Show Monday and explained why she is so glad to be an inspiration to women in their 40s.
"It's important to me," J. Lo begins. "Being in this business since my early 20s, there was always a moment where they going to try and write you off. It's like, don't write us off at a certain point in our lives. We have so much to offer."
She further explains, "I feel like I knew nothing in my 20s, but I thought I knew everything, and in my 30s I kind of realized I knew nothing, and I feel like now I'm starting to accept myself for who I am."
One of the biggest factors in Lopez's continued growth and acceptance are her 7-year-old twins, Max and Emme.
"They just made my life better," she says. "I think they just change your perspective on the whole entire world, you know, and how you look at life."
This was something she didn't expect until she became a mother. "That was a big epiphany for me having children," she explained. "They just made everything better. They helped me grow as a human being."
In fact, this is something J. Lo reiterated during her recent interview with InStyle magazine.
"Becoming a mom makes you stronger but also more gentle, especially with yourself—and that changes everything," she told the magazine for their February 2016 issue.
Although she's incredibly busy, she takes the twins with her almost everywhere. She even says that if she comes home after they've already gone to sleep, she'll take a photo of herself by their beds so they know she was there.
"I am busy, and they know it," Lopez explained. "And they know part of their job is helping me get sleep. If I'm sleeping in, they're very quiet, like, 'Mommy needs to sleep! She worked late last night!' We're a team."
Now those are some good kids!
Jennifer Lopez Had 'Bruises Everywhere' from Trying on All Her American Music Awards Outfits(Cover, Pic1, Pic2) Looks like 2016 will be Jennifer Lopez‘s busiest year yet. She’s a judge on American Idol, starring in the upcoming NBC drama Shades of Blue and getting ready for her Las Vegas residency. How does she do it all? The 46-year-old star reveals just that in InStyle‘s February issue, plus, she opens up on the status on her love life and takes us through all those wardrobe changes from the AMAs! (Reminder: There was 10!)
“I’ve always wanted to be a singer and a dancer and an actress since I was very young,” she tells the magazine about her career path. And with her upcoming Vegas residency she’s planning on making it “her” show. “It’s my vision,” she says. “Compared with an arena, Vegas is very intimate. I see this show as a chance for people to spend an evening with me and really get to know me.”
Another show that was 100 percent Lopez, was her November’s AMAs hosting gig. “I’m not going to try to be a comedian. I’m just going to play to my strengths,” she says of her role at awards show. “I’m a singer, I’m a dancer, and I’m a performer.” We’re also going to throw in “quick-change artist” too, after she swapped outfits an impressive 10 times throughout the show, which Lopez says she and her stylists spent weeks planning. “I had scratches and bruises everywhere from trying on so much stuff.”
She also dishes on her love life, which she’s perfectly fine keeping keeping low key, saying marriage is no where on her mind. “I need to be happy on my own,” she says. “If someone fits into that, great. But if they don’t, that’s OK too.”
What is a main priority right now, is taking care of her 8-year-old twins, Max and Emme. “They come with me everywhere,” she says. “I am busy, and they know it. And they know part of their job is helping me get sleep. If I’m sleeping in, they’re very quiet, like, ‘Mommy needs to sleep! She worked late last night!’ We’re a team.”
Jennifer Lopez Reveals the Biggest Misconception About Her, Says 2016 Is Going to Be the Year of J.LoWith a career in both the music and film industries as well as a booming business and two precious children, you'd think Jennifer Lopez has already hit her peak…but she's only just begun.
In fact, J.Lo sat down with TV Guide and told them 2016 is going to be her year.
"It's gonna be a big year for me," she explains. "I have [American] Idol, I have Shades [of Blue], I have my [Las] Vegas residency beginning. I have so much stuff that we're working on on the branding side. I don't know how I'd name it. It's gonna be a J.Lo year though. It's gonna be a real J.Lo year, whether you like it or not!"
We can't imagine many people not liking a Year of Jennifer Lopez (it sounds like the best year ever!), but she does admit to having quite a few haters and people who have misunderstood her in the past.
"I think once I started doing American Idol, people really got to know my real personality," she says. "I think maybe before there were a lot of misconceptions about me being a real diva or a problem or being very demanding and things like that. And then once I did that show they could see my true personality, which was kind of just an emotional, happy person who was actually nice."
She further explains, "I think there was a misconception that I actually wasn't [nice]. I don't know why they do that to women in this business, but they tend to. A lot of us are really just like any one of your friends. I'm a real girls' girl and I love hanging out with my besties and things like that. As unusual as my life is, I'm very normal and kind of down to earth."
Part of that—shall we deem it—"Jenny from the block" personality has a lot to do with her upbringing. She grew up in the Bronx neighborhood of New York with little to her name. When she chose dancing over going to college, her mom kicked her out of the house.
"I was sleeping on a cot at a dance studio before I hit it big," Lopez reveals. "My life was about pounding the pavement, breaking away from under my mom and dad's wings and going off and flying on my own. I needed that moment."
Now she's become one of the most inspirational women in the industry, taking on different roles both on and off the screen.
"I am happy to be one of the people who are breaking the mold," she adds. "We can't keep acting like we are in the '50s. Women are strong. Women are bold. And now it is reflected in our art."
On the Floor: Jennifer Lopez Dances the Night Away with Her Twins(Pic) Jennifer Lopez has finally found some dance partners that can keep up with her moves – and they’re in the family.
The singer joined her children, twins Emme and Max, 7½, on the dance floor in some sweet new Instagram images.
Lopez, 46, and her “mini me” Emme were the cutest mother-daughter duo as they danced amid a group of festively dressed people.
Emme held tight to her mom with her arms wrapped around the singer’s waist. Lopez smiled happily, looking, as always, chic in white trousers and a mesh and lace top.
Max, donning a little turtleneck, also joined the “On the Floor” singer for a spin. The duo held hands while they boogied down in another cute photo from their evening.
“Me and my lil man,” she wrote.
The kids dance abilities are no surprise, as Lopez often sounds off about her “special” brood.
“It’s unconditional love,” the star previously told PEOPLE. “I know everybody feels this way about their kids, but I just feel like they’re super special. I can’t wait to see what they do, and I feel like my job is to not mess them up too much.”
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Shades of Blue Photos: Jennifer Lopez, Drea de Matteo and Ray Liotta Take Sides in NBC's Crooked Cop DramaJennifer Lopez is coming to NBC this January — and she’s bringing backup.
TVLine has an exclusive first look at the character art for Lopez and her Shades of Blue co-stars Ray Liotta, playing Lt. Matt Wozniak, and Drea de Matteo, playing Det. Tess Nazario.
The cop drama, premiering Jan. 7 at 10/9c, follows a single mother and NYPD detective (Lopez’s Harlee Santos) pressured to cross the line when she’s made aware of her fellow officers’ corruption.
I’m just spitballing here, but could de Matteo and Liotta’s shifting glances be possible indicators of where their characters’ land on the shades-of-blue spectrum? Or is this like a three-part puzzle situation where JLo goes in the middle and they’re both looking at her?
J.Lo and Casper Smart still happy togetherJennifer Lopez and Casper Smart enjoyed the music — and each other — during a recent night out at a concert.
The on-again couple was spotted on Sunday at W Hollywood’s weekly Jazz Night Series, where J.Lo’s former backup singer, “American Idol” alum Pia Toscano, performed.
Lopez, who stuck to water all night, and her dancer beau appeared happy as they chatted with each other and she danced in her seat. “Lots of whispering and giggles,” a spy told Page Six of Lopez, 46, and Smart, 28.
The pair left through a private exit around 1 a.m.
J.Lo spotted scoping out new dancersJennifer Lopez looked like she was scoping out the talent at Tuesday’s Choreographer’s Ball at the Highline Ballroom.
We’re told Lopez attended the show with her dancer boyfriend, Casper Smart, and “it looked like they were scouting,” said a spy. “Their eyes were glued to the dance numbers, and they were pointing at certain dancers throughout the night and examining the complex routines.”
The source mused, “Perhaps as inspiration for her upcoming Vegas residency?”
Does J.Lo’s manager have a ‘no Mariah’ clause?Forget about Taylor Swift and Katy Perry — there’s an old-school diva beef between Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez resurfacing from Carey’s “Glitter” days. We’re hearing Lopez’s manager Benny Medina, who repped Carey from 2003 to 2008, wanted back in on the singer’s career, but Lopez wouldn’t allow it.
A source told us there’s a “no Mariah” clause in Lopez’s contract with Medina.
“She had it written in that he can’t manage Mariah,” said the insider.
Lopez has been with Medina since 2008.
The powerhouse manager helped revive her career with a judging gig on “American Idol.”
In addition, Lopez launched her first world tour and a Las Vegas residency under Medina’s watch. Carey, who also has a Vegas residency, has gone through several managers since severing ties with Medina.
But an exec at the Medina Co. told Page Six, “Benny is not restricted, contractually or otherwise, from managing Mariah Carey or any other artists.” An insider in Carey’s camp said they “didn’t know anything about it,” but chuckled.
Katy Perry is the highest paid woman in musicKaty Perry has been named the highest-paid woman in music for 2015.
According to Forbes, Perry earned the top spot thanks to a world tour, hit singles and endorsements, which combined to earn her $135 million this year, tens of millions of dollars ahead of the rest of the women on the list. Throughout her Prismatic World Tour, she grossed more than $2 million per city during the 126 shows. Her deals with Covergirl, Coty and Claire’s were icing on the cake.
“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company,” Perry told Forbes. “I’m an entrepreneur… I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.”
Taylor Swift earned the No. 2 spot on the list, nabbing $80 million. Her own tour, the 1989 World Tour, helped her cinch the high ranking, but couldn’t measure up to her rumored rival Perry’s haul. Her album “1989” sold more than 3.6 million copies and was the top release of 2014.
Fleetwood Mac claimed the third spot, with Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie posting high numbers in the coed quintet. Their $59.5 million total, with over $1 million per city for their On With The Show tour, put them at No. 3.
Lada Gaga and Beyonce rounded out the top five with $59 million and $54.5 million, respectively. Gaga played 66 shows and also cashed in from deals with Versace and MAC while Beyonce’s On the Run tour with husband Jay Z grossed over $100 million in 19 dates. The rest of the top 10 includes Britney Spears ($31 million), Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million), Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million), Mariah Carey ($27 million) and Rihanna ($26 million).
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 NomineesWinners will be revealed during the live broadcast of PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 from the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Fans can vote now at http://vote.peopleschoice.com.
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Jennifer Lopez Is Flawless on the Cover of Ocean Drive Magazine, Reveals the Vision for Her Las Vegas Residency(Cover) Alright, Jennifer Lopez…share some of your flawlessness with the rest of us!
The 46-year-old (!!!) singer covers the newest edition of Ocean Drive magazine, looking like the goddess she is in a colorful frock and a bright pinkish-red pout—not one wrinkle in sight!
But as much as we could go on and on about her beauty, we're even more excited to get some new details about her upcoming Las Vegas residency, which begins in January 2016.
"I want it to be a high-energy, Bronx kind of block party," she reveals to the publication. "The most exciting shows make you dance, and scream, and jump up and down. I want people to really let loose."
In order to make that happen, she plans on perfecting herself (as if, you know, she could get any more perfect). " I'm just looking to do the best Jennifer Lopez show anyone has ever seen. I want the show to be always changing, so it's a unique experience every time—one night a Selena song, and another maybe something by Diana Ross."
While she's been scoping out her Vegas competition—like Britney Spears and Céline Dion—she feels like she brings something new to the table. In fact, the name of her show, "All I Have," pays tribute to that.
"It's always been my approach to performing, to work, to everything I do in life: I give it all I have," she reveals. "That's why it's the name of my show. It's a much more intimate experi¬ence, and it's about real performers—and not everybody can really do that."
And speaking of her performers, she's been known to come down a little hard on her dancers, but she explains it's all part of making the best show possible.
"I started as a dancer, so I have an eye for it. I've done it my whole life," she explains. "Sometimes other people—the music department or my management—might like a person, but I'm, like, ‘Oh, they're a little bit weak in this part; there's not enough technique.' They're bringing the story to life, so they're an integral part of the show, acting a little bit, even."
January can't come soon enough!
Make sure to catch Jennifer Lopez's full interview with Ocean Drive magazine here.
J.Lo wants Vegas show to be a ‘Bronx block party’Jennifer Lopez is getting amped up for her 2016 Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood.
“I want it to be a high-energy, Bronx kind of block party,” she tells Ocean Drive Magazine. “The most exciting shows make you dance, and scream, and jump up and down. I want people to really let loose .?.?. I want the show to be always changing, so it’s a unique experience every time — one night a Selena song, and another maybe something by Diana Ross.”
She’s also getting costume cues from some serious divas. “It’s like a fantasy. When you think of Diana Ross, Cher or Barbra Streisand, it’s their costumes that became their signature,” Lopez figures.
J.Lo looks booty-ful in sultry bodysuit(Pic) Jennifer Lopez put her most notable asset on display during a performance at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Rocking a shimmering low-cut body suit with a studded belt, fishnet tights and knee-high Gianvito Rossi boots, the 46-year-old hit-maker revved up the crowd as a part of Mega 97.9’s Megaton concert.
While J.Lo is no stranger to the stage, the “Jenny From the Block” crooner has taken a bit of a break from music to film her upcoming TV series, “Shades of Blue.” The brunette bombshell headlines the police-centric drama, alongside Ray Liotta.
“Shades of Blue” is set to premiere in January of next year.
Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Shades Of Blue’ To Replace ‘The Player’ On NBC In JanuaryNBC has become the first broadcast network to start firming its midseason scheduling plans with a premiere date announcement for Shades Of Blue. The straight-to-series police drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta will debut Thursday, January 14 at 9 PM with a two-hour premiere episode directed by Barry Levinson. The show will then move to its regular 10 PM timeslot behind The Blacklist the following Thursday, January 21. There, Shades Of Blue will succeed new fall drama The Player, whose order was recently reduced from 13 to nine episodes.
“From a marketing perspective, the January 14 date takes advantage of both solid Sunday Night Football games and strong holiday programming through the first week of January,” is how NBC’s head of scheduling Jeff Bader explains the rationale behind the premiere date choice. “Also, in one of the most-watched weekends of the year (January 9-10), we have the NFL Wild Card game and Golden Globes, both of which make for great promotional opportunities.”
NBC is yet to announce its scheduling plans for the Thursday 8 PM slot, which also will become vacant after limited series Heroes Reborn ends its run.
Shades Of Blue centers on Harlee Santos (Lopez), a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own. As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter.
The series co-stars Warren Kole, Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker and Sarah Jeffery. It is executive produced by Jack Orman, Adi Hasak, Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass. Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions produce.
J. Lo to Host AMAsPop star/American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez will host and perform at the American Music Awards, airing Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8/7c on ABC.
Jennifer Lopez Is ''Super Excited'' About Upcoming Las Vegas Residency: ''I Want It to Be an Extravaganza''(Poster) You're not the only one counting down the days until Jennifer Lopez takes over Sin City!
E! News caught up with the singer after her iHeartRadio Music Festival performance in Las Vegas on Saturday, and we had to talk about her upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, obvs.
"I'm super excited about it. I love performing. I really feel like I'm gonna get to create a really special show, a special experience," J.Lo began to tell us.
"it's a little more intimate than being on tour, when you're like 10s and 20,000 people at once. This is smaller and nicer, like 4-5,000 people, and so you get a different, intimate experience. I'm excited about that. I'm excited about tailoring a show for that. I feel like people are going to get to feel my energy more, which I love. I'm gonna get to feel theirs more, which I love. I feel like it's gonna be a really beautiful experience."
Beautiful and probably hot, hot, hot! Judging by her racy and sexy outfits from her iHeart show last weekend, we're going to assume that her residency will follow suit? (No pun intended. OK, maybe a little.)
"I'm working with a lot of different people as far as costume and costume design goes. I want it to be an extravaganza. I want it to be something really where people are like, ‘Oh my God, you have to see the costumes! You have to see the dancing! You have to hear the music! Oh my God the dancers! Oh my God…' you know what I mean?"
Lopez continues, "That's how you want it to feel. You want it to feel like, ‘Damn, I ain't even bought a J.Lo record but I'd go to her show five times already!' That's what you wanna create. I want all my fans to come, obviously, they're gonna be there, but I want everybody to enjoy the show and it doesn't even matter."
In May, J.Lo had said she would begin a residency at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino on Jan. 20, 2016 but gave no further details. At the iHeartRadio Music Festival, she revealed her show is called All I Have. Artwork for the show was also revealed, showing the singer in another super sexy, jeweled outfit.
"I know no matter what the show is, what I'm gonna do every single night, whoever comes, I will be giving you all I have," she told the crowd. "That's gonna be the name of the show and I can't wait to see all of you there!"
Jennifer Lopez, 46, Takes Over the iHeartRadio Festival in a Seriously Sexy White Bodysuit(Pic, Pic2) Just like fine wine, Jennifer Lopez gets better with age.
The "Booty" singer, who turned 46 in late July, proved she can still rock it when she hit the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage in a strappy bodysuit on Saturday.
Lopez joined an impressive lineup of music superstars, including Kanye West and Sam Smith, for the two day festival at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The diva's white, cut-out leotard showed off skin in all the right places. Lopez performed first in a white, one-sleeved blazer, but later swapped it for a sparkly "J Lo" sequined vest.
The singer wore nude and mesh lace-up booties with skin-colored fishnet tights. Her hair was pulled back into tight braids while she crawled around the Sin City stage.
Lopez shared a photo from her performance on Instagram, while also promoting her upcoming Las Vegas residency.
"Thank you #IHeartradio for a great time," she wrote, adding the hashtag, "#ilovegas."
Lopez will begin her residency on Jan. 20 of next year at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She's scheduled to play 20 two-hour shows through June 2016.
The star announced the show's title during her Saturday performance: "All I Have," named after her 2002 single with LL Cool J.
Jason Derulo Will Dance with Jennifer Lopez, Go Shirtless in 'Very Sexy' Music VideoMuscles, a competition and Jennifer Lopez – Jason Derulo has all the ingredients for an epic music video.
The singer, 25, revealed his plans at Monday's season finale of So You Think You Can Dance, on which he serves as judge.
"It will be a lot of dancing. I'm excited about that and she is too," Derulo said of the clip for "Try Me," his duet with Lopez. "I don't think we've seen J.Lo dance with a guy since she danced with Diddy like 10 years ago. But this will be a lot different. It's very conceptual. There are going to be a lot of dancers. It will be a very sexy video."
With its tropical house rhythm, the third single from his album Everything Is 4 takes you straight to the Caribbean. Keeping with the island theme, Derulo is ready to show skin in the clip.
"I'm in the gym twice a day," he admitted. "If I took off my shirt, you guys might be a little impressed."
Even though Derulo is trying to keep the details under wraps, he was sure to point out that muscles are actually integral to the plot.
"I will be shirtless," he said with a grin and laugh. "It's in the concept; the guys have to be really strong. You will understand when you actually see [the video]. It's a competition of some sort."
When asked if his friends are jealous he gets to dance with Lopez, Derulo couldn't help but chuckle and say "the whole world will be jealous."
"Try Me" is just the R&B star's latest buzz-worthy collaboration – in August, Derulo and country singer Luke Bryan's feel-good karaoke video went viral.
Britney Spears -- J Lo Gets Her Crumbs in New Vegas DealBritney Spears is now the reigning queen of Vegas, and she's already flexed her royal muscles in J Lo's face.
Britney just signed a 2-year extension on her Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. J Lo will also be performing at the same venue beginning in January. Sources familiar with Britney's new deal tell us, the venue gave Britney first pick at concert dates and Lopez got to choose from what was left.
As for the new deal ... it's sweet. We're told Britney will make an additional $5 million for the extension. She is currently under a $30 million/2 year deal, but the new one will pay her $35 mil.
She'll also be doing fewer performances so she's making more per show.
Our sources says the new deal, with merchandising, could top Celine Dion.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Act Out a Scene from Wedding Crashers: 'Call Me Kitty Kat'Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Act Out a Scene from Wedding Crashers: 'Call Me Kitty Kat': Video.
SightingsJennifer Lopez grabbing lunch with girlfriends at Nello on Saturday
Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara Among Artists Featured In HBO Docu ‘The Latin Explosion’HBO’s documentary film The Latin Explosion: A New America is set to debut Monday, November 16 on HBO and HBO Latino and simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Created and executive produced by music mogul Tommy Mottola, The Latin Explosion: A New America celebrates the artists and visionaries who have exploded onto the U.S. music scene and gone on to become global superstars, showing how they have influenced every aspect of American society, from culture to politics to the economy. The film ranges from the cha-cha and mambo crazes of the ‘50s, with Desi Arnaz and Rita Moreno, and the edgier ‘60s, reflected by Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano, to the exciting new sound of salsa in the ‘70s and the emergence of superstars Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan in the ‘80s.
The film also spotlights the Latino boom of the late ‘90s, led by Ricky Martin, Shakira, Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and today’s hottest stars, Pitbull and Romeo Santos. Some of the featured artists discuss how their crossover hits have played a role in defining the American experience, setting the stage for today’s Latin Explosion.
Other artists featured include Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Los Lobos, Cheech Marin, Thalía and Sofía Vergara. John Leguizamo is the narrator.
“We have assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States,” comments Mottola.
“Working with Richard Plepler and Sheila Nevins at HBO has been one of the best and richest experiences of my career, and there could be no better home for this film and its important message than HBO,” he adds.
The Latin Explosion: A New America is directed and produced by Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert. Sheila Nevins exec produces, Sara Bernstein is supervising producer and Xochitl Dorsey produces.
SightingJennifer Lopez at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Monday filming her new music video with Alvaro Soler
Jennifer Lopez and Her Mini-Me Twins Pucker Up for the Camera(Pic) Jennifer Lopez for soccer mom of the year!
J.Lo still manages to look stunning (check out that bright red lipstick) even when she's running errands around town with her twins, Max and Emme, and another youngster.
In the back seat of the vehicle, all of the kids are mimicking the star's pouty look—and who wouldn't want to be just like the insanely talented and gorgeous singer?
The "On the Floor" singer shared the cute photo via Instagram and Twitter, and captioned the photo, "#Besitos", which means "little kisses" in Spanish.
The American Idol judge beams in the social media pic—and she's got plenty to smile about these days. The 46-year-old recently celebrated her birthday with a star-studded bash at 1OAK in Southampton City, N.Y. Lopez will also star alongside Ray Liotta in the upcoming cop drama Shades of Blue.
Jennifer Lopez’s birthday cake delivered to wrong venueJennifer Lopez’s 46th birthday party on Saturday night almost hit a snag — when her birthday cake was delivered to the wrong venue.
A source told Page Six the four-tiered confection was accidentally delivered to Beautique, where the singer had a smaller party for family and friends a night before.
J.Lo’s Saturday bash was at 1Oak in Southampton, and boyfriend Casper Smart was seen giving the singer a kiss before she blew out the candles when her cake did finally make it.
Guests at 1Oak included French Montana, Natasha Bedingfield and record exec Charlie Walk.
Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Her 46th Birthday with Casper Smart – and a Very Sexy Dress(Pic, Pic2) She got that boom!
Age is just a number to Jennifer Lopez – the singer turned 46 on Friday, but still rocked a barely there cut-out and see-through dress to celebrate Saturday night.
The "Booty" singer was joined by friends and on-and-off-again love Casper Smart for the festivities at 1 OAK in Southampton, New York.
Lopez, who held tightly to Smart's hand as they entered the club had her nails painted white and wore her new shoulder-length locks in a loose wavy style.
The Fake Off host, 28, opted for a blue suit jacket with a white shirt as he celebrated Lopez.
The singer hit the nightclub's dance floor and enjoyed a cake from her longtime manager Benny Medina.
Lopez and Smart remained close friends even after their split last year, and have spent an increasing amount of time together over the summer. The pair was spotted strolling hand-in-hand through New York City last month, and attended the Billboard Music Awards in May.
While the choreographer has demurred over the couple's official status, he did tell PEOPLE they're "just having a good time, just being ourselves, that's all."
Jennifer Lopez Instagrams Adorable Throwback Pic in Spirit of 46th Birthday(Pic) That is pure unadulterated excitement on little Jennifer Lopez's face.
The star took to Instagram on her special day to share an adorable throwback photo of herself as a child with all of her fans. In the sweet pic, Lopez's eyes are the size of the moon as she looks at that scumptious birthday cake, and has her hands shaped like a chicken wing and is presumably jumping up and down with uncontrollable anticipation.
Jenny from the block kept her caption to a minimum on the cute picture, simply stating "TBT," but followed with an iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe blowing bubble gum with the text "It's My Birthday!" written across. Lopez also posted a photo of Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall and captioned it, "Current mood #itsmybirthday #LEO."
She will be blowing out candles with the likes of Rose Byrne (36) and the crocodile hunter's daughter Bindi Irwin (17) today.
And even as J.Lo rings in her 46th birthday today, we're reminded that she's still as beautiful as ever. Seriously, she hasn't aged a day.
Happy birthday, J. Lo!
Her Outfit Costs What?! Jennifer Lopez’s $3,185 Miami Street Style(Pic) Jenny from the block no more!
Jennifer Lopez showed off her sophisticated style while out shopping in Miami earlier this week, flaunting a feminine, lacy look. With this seriously impressive style, though, also comes a seriously overwhelming price tag.
The 45-year-old's white lace Zimmermann romper clearly stole the show, providing a classic and flirty feel to the look. And while it's not exactly budget-friendly at $420, the intricate (daresay flawless) number is certainly worth the hefty price.
Adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral palette, Lopez donned $595 skyscraper turquoise Aquazzura wedges. In the accessories department, she sported a gorgeous fringed Barbara Bonner crossbody bag, adding a bit more glam to this ensemble and another $995 to our tally.
The Boy Next Door star also opted for her go-to gold hoop earrings in the form of a $225 Vita Fede pair, and completed the look with Victoria Beckham shades. If you thought the pop star's romper was outrageously expensive, then brace yourself—J.Lo's shades cost more than double that at $950!
And there you have it: J.Lo's $3,185 boho-chic Miami style.
Breaking it down piece-by-piece:
Jennifer Lopez Chops Her Bob Even Shorter—Look!(Pic) Jennifer Lopez's hair just went from short to shorter, as the starlet posted a sunny Instagram selfie this morning showcasing a shorter-than-ever chin-length chop.
"Short hair don't care…" she captioned the snapshot.
Keeping with her wispy layered look, JLo's hair overall is quite similar, minus a few inches of overall length and a few more fringed bangs. Her honey-hued color also intact, the starlet's hair isn't all that different than her first hair chop back in May. Still, it's quite a switch up from her staple lengthy blown-out tresses.
While the 45-year-old pop stars' new haircut is undoubtedly chic (did you have any doubts that it wouldn't be?!), we're guessing it won't be long before she pops in her extensions again. But for now, the JLo's refreshed crop makes for a summer-perfect haircut, and is a glorious addition to the celeb bob brigade.
J.Lo entertains CAA honcho with birthday serenadeJennifer Lopez was the entertainment at CAA honcho Perry Wolfman’s 55th birthday dinner party last Friday night at Wolfman and husband Dan Wright’s Bridgehampton home.
Wolfman is the head of licensing for the Hollywood agency.
We’re told J.Lo crooned “Happy Birthday” to the man of the hour and urged guests to chime in.
“People only sang one chorus, but Jennifer asked why people didn’t sing another,” a source told us. “She said, ‘I could go more!’”
Lopez attended the dinner for 50 guests with manager Benny Medina and boyfriend Casper Smart. Others there included Bethenny Frankel and fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra.
SightingsJennifer Lopez shopping on Newtown Lane in East Hampton by day, and dancing to Nas at 1Oak by night.
Jennifer Lopez -- Now Casper, Honey ... Be Careful On Your New Toy(Pic) Jennifer Lopez had to keep a watchful eye on her kids ... sorry ... her boyfriend while he tooled around town on his cool new gadget.
Casper Smart and JLo were hanging in the Hamptons, and while his dog and Jennifer hoofed it -- Casper was cruising on one of those motorized boards.
At least he carried the shopping bags on the way home.
Despite the adorable Boxer pooch and Casper's toy -- the real star in this pic is still JLo's legs. God bless America, indeed.
Inside Ben Affleck's Past Romances with Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow: What Went Wrong?Before settling down with Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck was one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors – and his romances with A-list beauties made headlines.
When Affleck rose to stardom after winning his first Oscar for Good Will Hunting in 1997, the Boston native was in a relationship with high school girlfriend Cheyenne Rothman, with whom he still keeps in touch.
But the actor soon began dating Gwyneth Paltrow after meeting her at a dinner thrown by studio mogul Harvey Weinstein. The pair went on to costar in the movies Shakespeare in Love and Bounce.
The couple shared quick wit and a wicked sense of humor – but their relationship had its share of ups and downs. In January Paltrow told Howard Stern that while dating Affleck was fun, her parents did not approve.
"He's super intelligent and really, really talented and he's funny," she said. "But he wasn't in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend."
At the time they were dating, Paltrow was little more blunt about his love of a good time. Teasing him on Good Morning America, she joked his perfect woman was "anything that serves cold beer in a bikini."
Still, they clearly enjoyed one another's company. The pair broke up in 1999, but briefly reunited before finally ending things in 2000.
But the GOOP mogul and Affleck remain pals. "I like him," she told Stern. "I'm still friends with him."
Two years after breaking up with Paltrow, Affleck met Jennifer Lopez on the set of the mobster comedy Gigli, and the super couple known as Bennifer was born.
The film went on to be one of Hollywood's most famous flops – and the pair's second movie together, 2004's Jersey Girl, also tanked at the box office. But their off-screen relationship became a tabloid blockbuster.
The two stars got engaged in 2002 – Affleck gave Lopez a $2.5 million diamond engagement ring. He also underwent a makeover, ditching facial scruff and flannel shirts for slicked-back hair and Versace suits.
But perhaps the most infamous moment in the couple's high-profile relationship was Lopez's "Jenny from the Block" music video, which featured Affleck in a tank top and shades as he massaged suntan lotion on the bikini-clad diva in a sequence the actor would live to regret.
"In our culture, we get very much into short-handing people," Affleck told Details in 2012. "And I got shorthanded as 'that guy': Jennifer Lopez, movies bombed, there he must be a sort of thoughtless, dilettante, solipsistic consumer, blah, blah, blah."
The pair planned to wed in an elaborate ceremony in Santa Barbara, California, on Sept. 14, 2003, but Affleck called off the festivities with four days' notice because of "excessive media attention."
The couple officially announced a split a few months later. Affleck later called his year in the media glare as Lopez's fiancé his "annus horribilis."
"I don't think I had ever been heartbroken in that way before," she later told VH1. "I had so many hopes and dreams on something."
Still, they found a way to make peace. Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter that he and the pop superstar occasionally "touch base," and Lopez warmly congratulated Affleck when he won his Golden Globe for Argo in 2013.
"I respect her," he told THR. "I like her."
In the same interview, the star praised his wife, Garner, whom he began dating not long after the pair starred together in the failed action movie Daredevil in 2003.
"She truly is kind," he said. "She means no one any harm. She doesn't have ill will for any person. She's not competitive with other people. She's not spiteful."
But after 10 years of marriage and three children, Affleck's relationship with the woman who once described him as her "soul mate" also foundered.
In the end, there were obstacles the relationship could not overcome.
Says a Garner source: "They are two very different people."
Ben Affleck -- Even Jennifer Garner Doesn't Believe He Messed with JLoJennifer Garner has issues with Ben Affleck for sure, but they have nothing to do with Ben's former fiancee, Jennifer Lopez.
Sources directly connected with the couple tell us, neither Ben nor Jen have even raised JLo's name in their decision to divorce. More specifically, we're told Garner has no issue on that front ... it's not about JLo.
The stories about Ben and JLo started circulating after Ben walked over to Jen during the Oscars, said something, and walked away as she brushed his arm.
That said, on the other hand, our sources will not say Ben and Jen never argued about other people during their marriage.
SightingJennifer Lopez at Dos Caminos Meatpacking.
Is This Jennifer Lopez's Response to News of Ben Affleck's Divorce?Lest we forget, the original Bennifer broke up close to 12 years ago.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are of course each a marriage and mutiple children removed from the days when their mega-high-profile relationship and subsequent breakup in 2003 was making headlines, so Lopez very likely couldn't care less that Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing after 10 years together.
But maybe J.Lo had a little free time on her hands.
"Happiness," Lopez tweeted alongside a photo of her hugging daughter Emme yesterday.
Sweet, simple and...coincidental?
While her tweet a little before news of Ben's split broke, just because the rest of the world didn't know yet doesn't mean that Lopez wasn't in the inner-circle loop.
Of course, it could easily mean nothing, other than exactly what it does mean, regardless of subtext. Holding her little girl is the essence of happiness, period. (While other people's life events at the moment might be a little unsettling...)
J.Lo didn't bother keeping a low profile today, either, in the wake of the news—in fact, she and on-again beau Casper Smart went on a rather public dog walk in New York City, at one point practically posing for photographers on a bench in Madison Square Park.
Meanwhile, it's not as though Lopez and Affleck haven't been able to let bygones be bygones after the dating-Gigli-Jersey Girl days. Their brief whisper-and-arm-swat interaction at the Oscars in February had us all wishing we were a speck of lint on Ben's tux. (Partly because he whispered in Bradley Cooper's ear shortly afterward, too, to be honest.)
Their "reunion" came after Lopez flatly called the period of her life circa Gigli the "worst, probably lowest point" of her career.
"It was a very badly reviewed film," she said on HuffPost Live. "I was in a high-profile relationship at the time that fell apart in a really bad way, and so the kind of mix of those two things and the tabloid press had just come into existence at the time, so I was like a poster child for that moment. I was in the tabloids every other week about how my life was falling apart. It was a tough time."
And with experience usually comes empathy, and Lopez knows what it's like to have the spotlight glaring on your personal life—so she surely feels for whomever might be going through such a thing at this time.
SightingsJennifer Lopez at Beautique in Southampton wearing “baby-doll shorts and pink heels” and having lobster and rosé ...
Beau Casper Smart on Relationship with Jennifer Lopez: 'We're Just Having a Good Time'Whether or not they're officially back together is still unclear, but Jennifer Lopez and Beau Casper Smart are definitely enjoying each other's company.
"We're just having a good time, just being ourselves, that's all," the choreographer, 28, told PEOPLE.
Smart has recently taken his talents from behind the scenes to in front of the stage, appearing as a judge on Fake Off, a talent competition show featuring theater, acrobatics, aerial stunts and illusion.
"It's very unique," he says of truTV's Wednesday night reality show. "It's almost like a mini, 90-second awards show for amateurs. It's nice to see what they come up with, how much they can do with what they have, and being able to help guide them a little bit."
Off the show's set, Smart and Lopez, 45, have been spotted together quite frequently recently, holding hands and even sharing a kiss.
While the creative director was tight-lipped about their romantic status, Smart wasn't shy about gushing about Lopez's work ethic.
"She's one of the hardest-working people I've ever seen or met in my life," says Smart, who recently choreographed Lopez's sexy music video with Prince Royce for "Back It Up." "She crushes everything that you give to her, and she knows what she wants. She's just great."
The on-and-off couple have always remained close despite ending their relationship last summer, and the actress recently told Ellen that she's only "kind of" single.
For more on Smart and Lopez, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
SightingsJennifer Lopez shopping at Alice + Olivia in East Hampton.
SightingsJennifer Lopez eating brunch at Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side with Casper Smart and her kids.
Jennifer Lopez Looks Super Sexy While Showing Us How to ''Back It Up'' in New Music VideoJennifer Lopez Looks Super Sexy While Showing Us How to ''Back It Up'' in New Music Video: Watch Now!
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Hold Hands During Saturday Stroll in NYC(Pic) It's just another day out holding hands for one-time couple and close friends Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart, seen together for the third time in as many days, intensifying rumors of a rekindled romantic connection.
Lopez, 45, and Smart, 28, were snapped strolling in New York City. And Smart has been a regular visitor on the set of Lopez's new police drama, Shades of Blue, which is being shot in the city.
The pair stayed tight after their break-up: attending award shows and watching championship boxing matches together.
"I'm kind of not [single], but I kind of am," Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres during a recent stop by her show.
Jennifer Lopez Spotted Holding Hands with Casper Smart on the Set of Her New Cop Drama(Pic) Are they or aren't they?
Jennifer Lopez continues to fuel whispers she and ex Casper Smart have rekindled their romance. The famously on-off pair were snapped holding hands in Brooklyn Thursday on the set of her new police drama, Shades of Blue.
Since splitting last summer, Lopez, 45, has remained tight with Smart, 28 – from spending time with her twins to vacationing and stepping out to award shows together.
The American Idol judge – who will kick off her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in January 2016 – recently dished about her relationship status on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
When asked if she was single, Lopez played coy, telling DeGeneres, "Yeah, yeah. I'm kind of not, but I kind of am."
And, just days earlier, the "Booty" singer Instagrammed a shot of Smart to mark #ManCrushMonday.
Jennifer Lopez Posts Photo With 'Shades Of Blue' Cast(Pic) NBC hasn’t released a cast photo of its upcoming cop drama Shades Of Blue, but star Jennifer Lopez offered up the next best thing tonight. Here’s a shot she posted from the set of the series, which follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own.
Lopez stars in Shades Of Blue as a cop who is forced to become a federal informant and must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family. Captioned as “wrapped!!!,” the pic features some of her co-stars including Drea de Matteo and Sarah Jeffery but not Ray Liotta, who plays the unit’s patriarchal lieutenant. The straight-to-series show is set for midseason.
Jennifer Lopez Teases Shades of Blue, Her Hardboiled New Cop Drama(Video) Jennifer Lopez can't wait to be morally compromised.
The singer and American Idol judge is returning to acting in the police drama Shades of Blue for NBC. And she clearly relishes the chance to play a crooked cop who becomes a federal informant and is very much caught between right and wrong.
"We know that certain things are wrong. But in certain situations, doing the wrong thing is the right thing. It's about that internal struggle that every single person has," Lopez, 45, says in a new trailer for the show.
We get hints at a few plot points for Lopez's character, Harlee Santos, including the fact that she has a daughter who "doesn't let her get so lost in the world that she can't ever find her way back to something real and good."
Costars Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo also weigh in on the good-versus-evil nature of the drama, with Liotta admitting "there's a lot of grey areas" to anyone's sense of morality. (Shades of Grey wouldn't have worked as a title for obvious reasons, though – thus, the more police-centric title Shades of Blue.)
In the end, says Lopez, it's a show about "what's right and what's wrong and how far do we go for the people that we love?"
Shades of Blue is expected to have a midseason debut during the 2015-16 TV season.
Jennifer Lopez's Food Diary: What I Eat in a DayJennifer Lopez has an amazing body, but she doesn’t forego her favorite things to get it.
“I don’t deprive myself,” says the 5’6? star, 45. “But I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.” One of her tricks? “I always have healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables with me.”
Lopez recently launched #BeTheGirl Challenge, a fitness competition that encourages women to be happier and healthier. Participants can enroll in a free, 10-week program with Lopez as their motivator and will receive easy recipes, personalized fitness plans and expert nutritional advice.
The star gave us a peek at what she eats in a day. Pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands Friday) to read more about her diet.
Dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com weighed in on JLo’s diet: “A shake is a good start to the day when on the run — the combo of protein from the powder and the yogurt, plus the carbs in the fruit, will keep her energized and satisfied,” she says. “And I love the kale salad. The greens give her antioxidants and fill her up without being too calorie-heavy. And good for her for only using oil instead of a packaged dressing with artificial ingredients! Her chicken dinner is an excellent whole food meal. But she could use a little more fat—a little grass-fed butter on the yams would taste great. A cookie as an indulgence is definitely okay for a hot mama like J.Lo!”
Jennifer Lopez Models a Sexy Swimsuit, Is Surprised Other Women's Butts Have "Become Such a Phenomenon"(Cover) What's the secret to looking fabulous at 45?
According to Jennifer Lopez, who graces the cover of Us Weekly's annual Hot Bodies issue, it's all about balance. "You hit a stride where your spirit, mind and body all come together. I work out, but I'm not as much of a fanatic as I used to be," she admits. "And, funnily enough, I feel like I'm in better shape now."
That being said, Lopez is famous for doing five-a-week, hour-long dance sessions with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, in addition to watching what she eats. "Very rarely will I skip my workout. Sometimes I work too late the night before and I'm like, 'Ugh, I can't do this.' But I tell myself, 'Just do it. It's only an hour,'" the "I Luh Ya Papi" singer says. "It's just talking yourself off the ledge of being a lazy bum."
Lopez's healthy lifestyle extends to her 7-year-old twins, too. "With my son and daughter, I try to teach them the right things to eat: a lot of greens, fruits and grains. They're starting to learn that's a way of life," she says. "When they ask me why I exercise, I say, 'So I can maintain a good weight and run around with you.'"
Does she ever cheat on her diet?
"When I haven't done it in a while, I'll indulge in dessert. I'll eat cookies, but I'll have one or two and I'm fine. I don't go crazy," the American Idol judge says. "You don't want to be the person who eats a doughnut and then has a whole box."
Lopez doesn't just maintain a healthy diet—she has a healthy attitude, too. "From the time I was very young, I was told there was nothing wrong with my body type. Some people are told they're too heavy or too thin or too tall or short, but at the end of the day you have to appreciate who you are. I'm not a 6-foot-tall model. I'm not size 2. And when I came to Hollywood, that's what the world was filled with," she recalls. "I was fine being me and I think that changed a lot of people's thinking."
The singer doesn't "have a favorite feature," despite being famous for her derrière.
"When you do a song like 'Booty,' you'd better own it," Lopez explains.
"There's been a movement this year about being womanly—not having to be skinny or starve yourself. I don't fan-out over people's body parts. I mean, I've admired a man's abs once or twice, but I'm not checking out girls' butts. Still, it's become such a phenomenon," the pop icon tells the magazine. "You see these girls who just make me look small. I never thought I would say that in my lifetime!"
Us Weekly's Hot Bodies issue is on newsstands Friday.
Jennifer Lopez Admits She's Only 'Kind of' SingleIf love don't cost a thing, why won't J.Lo give us the scoop on her love life?
On Friday, Jennifer Lopez visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show and finally broke her silence about her relationship with Casper Smart … kind of.
When DeGeneres asks J.Lo whether she's single, the singer replies, "Yeah, yeah. I'm kind of not, but I kind of am."
Luckily for us, she explains this confusing response: "Have you ever been at a point in your life where you don't know? Like you're not sure about things? Well, that's all. I am not sure about anything."
"I'm a grown woman," the "Booty" singer says, before promising DeGeneres that when she has an official announcement to make, "I'll say it. I'll say, 'You know what, this is going down.' But right now I just feel like … I am me."
Lopez, 45, shared a pic of Smart on Instagram this week in honor of #ManCrushMonday, fueling recent rumors that the couple, who ended their relationship last summer, are on again.
But as the singer gears up for her Las Vegas residency, she might be too busy for anything serious. She told DeGeneres that she's currently working on developing the show she'll be performing 20 times next year, and for the next few years after that.
"It's like an entertainer's dream," Lopez says. "You really get to create the show that you've always wanted there.
"I'm like, 'Should I do magic? Should I disappear? Maybe I'll do this and then I'll have a new outfit on,' " she continues. "Maybe I'll fly. Maybe I'll swim. I don't know. I'm thinking, how do I make my show fresh and exciting? It's like the sky's the limit there."
Jennifer Lopez Teases What to Expect from Her Las Vegas ResidencyBritney is doing it. Mariah is doing it. And now Jennifer Lopez is doing it, too.
Lopez, 45, confirmed on Tuesday night's American Idol that she will begin her own Las Vegas residency on Jan. 20, 2016, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She is scheduled to play 20 two-hour shows with the last performance set for June 12 next year.
Speaking to PEOPLE Tuesday night, Lopez said the Las Vegas show would allow her to craft a concert experience that would never have been possible while on tour.
"It's just the idea of creating the show that I've always wanted to create," she said. "You know, touring is an animal, and to get to be in one place and really build a show exactly how I've always imagined – I feel like I've been waiting for this moment my whole life. I'm very excited about it."
Lopez also said that the show would showcase the many genres she has embraced over the course of her career.
"It's going to be everything I think the fans have come to know me for on stage. I'll have dance. I'll have Latin. I'll have pop. I'll have hip-hop. I'll have all of it," Lopez explained. "It will be a high-energy amazing show that anybody could go see – my fans and everyone else."
Lopez's announcement confirms rumors that have been swirling since late 2014 that she would be doing a long-term Las Vegas show. Britney Spears' "A Piece of Me" show premiered at the same hotel on December 27, 2013, and its run was extended by three months last week.
In October, TMZ claimed that Lopez's Las Vegas residency would make her $26 million richer.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Are Back Together! Get the Scoop on the On-Again CoupleJennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are officially back on—and she's not holding it in any longer!
The American Idol star posted an Instagram shot of her on-again love in honor of Man Crush Monday and wrote, "#MCM @beaucaspersmart #lovethispic #handsomebear."
And while the two have been keeping quiet about their relationship status, and dodging rumors that they're back together, E! News has exclusively learned that Lopez and Smart are most definitely a couple.
Early last month, the loved-up duo took a low-key vacation to Mexico with J.Lo's twins, prompting many to believe that they were more than just friends.
But at the time, E! News caught up with Lopez during a taping of the hit Fox reality show and she told us, "I am single right now; thank you."
The 28-year-old professional choreographer also kept the cards close to his chest when asked about his love life.
While he attended the premiere of her movie Home back in March, he insisted that he and the brunette beauty were on completely platonic terms.
"We got a lot of ties. We're very close," he admitted to us when asked about spending time with his ex. "We're friends. We're very good friends."
The two landed in the headlines once again, in late March, when they were seen kissing on the set of American Idol.
Lopez and Smart dated for a little under four years before splitting in June of last year.
But despite the split, Jenny from the Block made no secret of the fact that she's the ultimate hopeless romantic.
"I'm one of those people who does not like to be alone," she said at Idol's Winter TCA panel last year. "I have no shame saying that at this point in my life. I think we have to own who we are… My parents were married for a very long time, for 35 years. I believe in it. It's difficult. I've had my challenges but at the same time I believe in love. That's the main thing."
Battle of the butts: Kim and J.Lo's sexy snapBattle of the butts: Kim and J.Lo's sexy snap.
'Shades of Blue' - DramaIt was announced in February that Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest are teaming up together again in this straight-to-series order. Lopez will play Harlee McCord, a single mother and dirty cop who is recruited by the FBI's anti-corruption task force to go undercover. She faces the moral dilemma of working against the officers in her unit, who all pitch in to help raise her daughter, and redeeming herself for past wrongs.
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo
Producers: Lopez, Seacrest, Adi Hasak, Jack Orman, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Barry Levinson, Benny Medina and Nina Wass
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J. Lo and Casper Smart Put Up Their Dukes Before the 'Fight of the Century'(Pic) Jennifer Lopez topped off a busy week like many other Americans – by tuning into the "fight of the century" on Saturday night.
Joined by friend and former boyfriend Casper Smart, Lopez watched Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao.
In a photo shared on her Instagram Saturday, Lopez, Smart and two friends looked excited for the big boxing match. "Ready for the fight!! #maypac #fightnight #fightofthecentury," wrote the "Booty" singer.
Despite calling it quits in June 2014 after dating for two years, the exes remain close. Lopez, 45, joined Smart in Las Vegas to celebrate his 28th birthday in April. Earlier in the month, the pair vacationed together and celebrated the Easter holiday in Mexico.
Lopez and Smart weren't the only celebrities to tune in to the Las Vegas match. Many stars used social media to react to Mayweather's big win, including actress Elizabeth Banks and even One Direction's Niall Horan.
Jennifer Lopez performs moving tribute to Selena at the 2015 Billboard Latin AwardsJennifer Lopez performs moving tribute to Selena at the 2015 Billboard Latin Awards: Video.
Jennifer Lopez's Diet Advice: Don't Beat Yourself up if You Eat a Potato ChipJennifer Lopez knows she's not always the most disciplined when it comes to her diet.
"We're all human. I don't think you should beat yourself up if you make a mistake or if you have a potato chip," the American Idol judge tells PEOPLE. "Everyone wants a cookie or a piece of cake or fried chicken every once in while. It's not about that. It's about consistently and always trying to be better and trying to do good."
Lopez is well aware that her access to "all kinds of trainers" and knowledge of "all the great products" helps her stay motivated, but she's not keeping that information to herself.
"Summer is coming, and everybody's going to be in their bathing suits soon. And I love sharing the things that I've learned," she said in explaining the launch of the #BeTheGirl fitness challenge by her new lifestyle brand, BodyLab. "I'm really privileged to get a breadth of knowledge, and I want to share that knowledge with others."
And Lopez isn't afraid to practice what she preaches.
"I'm in the challenge with you," Lopez says of the 10-week program . "I'm going to be there [through the website and app] trying to push you along and be your cheerleader and be your support and telling you what to do and showing you exactly how to do it. This is something everyone can do. Sometimes you just need a little motivation."
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Jennifer Lopez Flaunts Crazy Cleavage During Dinner With Casper Smart-See Her Sexy Getup!(Pic) By now we all know that Jennifer Lopez isn't afraid of showing a little—OK, or a lot—of cleavage.
So it makes perfect sense that the American Idol judge would be flaunting some killer décolletage while grabbing dinner with her on-again beau, Casper Smart.
The stunning songstress was spotted wearing a Blumarine low-cut multicolored gown that highlighted all her famous curves.
And while the frock was completely sheer, J.Lo made sure to wear a pair of black booty shorts underneath so that nothing showed through.
Meanwhile, Smart rocked a baggy sweatshirt, bucket hat and was sporting a goatee for the dinner outing in Los Angeles.
Lopez posted a shot of herself dancing in the same dress while hanging out backstage at the popular singing competition reality show.
"My look last night on @american idol #twirling in @blumarine #idoltop6 #RandM."
The mother of two has been spending an increasing amount of quality time with her former flame, and earlier this month the two embarked on a road trip to Mexico in honor of the professional dancer's birthday.
Smart, Lopez, and her two children were all seen traveling together and enjoying a low-key getaway filled with sight-seeing and plenty of rest and relaxation.
Lookin' good, J.Lo!
JENNIFER LOPEZ PAYS TRIBUTE TO SELENA AT THE 2015 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDSBeloved Tejano singer Selena would have turned 44 years old today. In a touching memorial to the Queen of Tejano music, international superstar Jennifer Lopez will perform a musical tribute to Selena at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will be produced and broadcast live by TELEMUNDO on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm/6c from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. Fans can follow the excitement of the star-studded event on Twitter and Instagram @LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, and join the conversation using #Billboards2015.
Selena Quintanilla-Perez, better known as Selena, was a singer, songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard Magazine named her the "top Latin artist of the '90s", and the "best selling Latin artist of the decade". To date, Selena has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen Music. She garnered seven No. 1s on Hot Latin Songs, and holds the record for most No. 1s on Top Latin Albums than any other female – having placed seven titles at the top.
Jennifer Lopez Seals Her Status as a MILF, Will Star in Mothers I'd Like to . MovieComing soon to theaters: Jennifer Lopez in Mothers I'd Like to ….
And no, PEOPLE isn't leaving off the last word. That's the title, ellipsis and all – though you'd might guess what word is being implied.
According to Deadline, the film is being described as "Bridesmaids meets The First Wives Club."
Lopez, 45, will produce the film with her production company, Nuyorican Productions, which also produced The Boy Next Door. That movie, which made $48 million, also starred Lopez and concerned her character's relationship with a younger man. It remains to be seen if Mothers I'd Like to … will have Lopez exploring the comedic side of similar subject matter.
As the A.V. Club points out, a raunchy sex comedy titled MILF was released 2010.
Hollywood stars back Clinton 2016 bidHollywood stars have chorused support for Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign, indicating Tinseltown will be firmly behind the former first lady as she targets the White House.
Within hours of Clinton confirming her plans to stand in 2016, celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Magic Johnson gave a stamp of approval to her bid to become the first female commander-in-chief.
"I'm very excited by the news," singer Jennifer Lopez was quoted as saying by Eonline at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. "I think it's time for a woman (president)" she added.
Basketball legend Johnson, a staunch Democrat, meanwhile took to Twitter to give his support.
"I feel @HillaryClinton will be a great President for the American people and she will make sure that everyone has a voice!" Johnson said.
"@HillaryClinton will fight for the poor, middle class and embrace young people!"
Actress Johansson meanwhile suggested Clinton would be battle-hardened and more prepared for a second tilt at the White House following her bruising battle with Barack Obama for the Democratic ticket in 2008.
"It's very exciting to see Hillary," Johansson said.
"Now is the right time. She needed to get through what she did to get to this point to run again. Now she's ready for it.
"I think she's a very good politician," Johansson told an Access Hollywood reporter at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.
Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO's hit series "Girls" posted an image of Clinton on Instagram scrutinizing a cellphone.
"This is Hillary reading a text from me that says 'with you every step of the way, gurl' #mypresident," Dunham wrote above the photo.
Actress America Ferrera, best known as the star of the sitcom "Ugly Betty" posted a picture on Twitter of her campaigning for Clinton in 2008. "I believed in her then, I believe in her now. @HillaryClinton #mypresident," she added.
Uzo Aduba, one of the stars of award-winning Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," opted for a one-word message of support, with a Twitter message reading simply: "Hillary."
Singer-songwriter Carole King was similarly sparing in a tweeted message, responding to Clinton's announcement with the reply: "I'm in."
While support of Hollywood and entertainment industry power players are an important source of campaign fundraising, surveys have shown that the backing of celebrities holds little sway over the the way Americans vote.
A 2012 poll for CBS News and Vanity Fair reported that 89 percent of respondents said the celebrity endorsement of a particular candidate made no difference to them when it came to voting.
Who won MTV Movie Awards?BEST SCARED-AS-S--- PERFORMANCE: Winner: Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Keep It Friendly in Las VegasCasper Smart and Jennifer Lopez sure know how to have fun!
Smart and Lopez, along with several friends, dined and danced at the MGM Grand's Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub on Friday.
Lopez, who wore a sexy white jumpsuit and carried a leopard Valentino bag, arrived for dinner with friends at the restaurant, and "cozied up" at their Private Dining Room table, a source says.
After dinner, Lopez, 45, made a quick change for a night of dancing. Clad in a crop top, leggings, sneakers and a bucket hat, the "Feel The Light" songstress enjoyed the music from her VIP table on the nightclub's fourth floor main stage.
The source said that Lopez, "in good spirits," posed for photos with several fans and waved when clubgoers yelled her name.
The couple initially called it quits in June 2014, after dating for over two years.
The duo recently vacationed together on April 4, celebrating Smart's birthday and the Easter holiday in Ensenada, Mexico. Smart later shared a video on Instagram, biking along the beach with Lopez back in California.
Lopez, who is 18 years older than her former flame, told Andy Cohen that she's open to dating other younger men on Watch What Happens Live back in January.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Go on a Low-Key Vacation to Mexico-Inside Their Celebratory Weekend Together!(Pic) It looks like things are definitely back on for Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart!
The on-again, off-again couple just came back from a low-key, getaway vacation with the "Booty" singer's kids. Casper and J.Lo headed to Mexico with her children on April 4 and returned shortly thereafter on April 6, which also doubles as Casper's birthday. Talk about a quick and celebratory jaunt!
As E! News reported, the whole gang traveled for several hours before stopping at a San Diego County gas station for snacks and a quick trip to the bathroom. Once they crossed the border, they stopped in a small resort town by Ensenada.
But now an eyewitness tells E! News that the group walked around, grabbed some lunch at a "hole in the wall" restaurant and toured the national park, La Bufadora. Although they were down there to have a good time, the source tells us that Lopez seemed a little frazzled.
"J.Lo seemed to be stressed out about trying to stay unnoticed and maybe a little bored," the source says. "Overall, it seemed like Casper was much more comfortable and relaxed there than she was."
While Max and Emme's mom took care of them, Casper jet skied and hung out with his friends, getting even more truck-driving time in than he thought! While he was out on the water, the "Jenny From the Block" crooner stayed on the beach where her twins got horseback riding lessons.
At night they retreated to the private house in the gated community they were staying in, which came with its own local security. Lopez also brought along her own team for extra protection.
Even though these two have been spotted taking cute bike rides together and are even vacationing together, the "On the Floor" singer insists they're just friends. "I am single right now, thank you," Lopez told E! News when asked about the romance rumors after a taping of American Idol.
Smart added at a separate premiere, "We're very close…We're very good friends."
Jennifer Lopez and Her Twins Take Road Trip to Mexico With Casper Smart-Find Out What They're CelebratingWell this trip isn't going to stop those romance rumors.
As fans continue to speculate on Jennifer Lopez's relationship status with Casper Smart, E! News can confirm the "On the Floor" singer joined her twins and the famous dancer for a weekend road trip to Mexico.
A source tells E! News everyone left Los Angeles on Saturday morning for the Easter getaway. Everyone boarded up in Smart's truck that easily towed two wave runners. Perhaps some water sports are on this group's agenda?
The whole gang traveled for several hours before stopping at a San Diego County gas station for snacks and a quick trip to the bathroom. Once they crossed the border, they stopped in a small resort town by Ensenada.
"Casper was very familiar with the area and knew where to go," a source revealed to E! News.
On Easter Sunday, Smart spent the day on his wave runner cruising around with friends in the ocean. Meanwhile, Lopez and her twins Emme and Max stayed back with some friends and played indoors.
While plans remain unknown for how the group will celebrate Smart's 28th birthday Monday, an insider said they are supposed to stay for a few days before heading back to Los Angeles.
"I am single right now, thank you," Lopez told E! News when asked about the romance rumors after a taping of American Idol last week. Smart added at a separate premiere, "We're very close…We're very good friends."
And even with the recent PDA-filled pics and nights out together at the same events, neither of the two is admitting to any more than just a solid friendship.
"Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye for good when your lives are so intertwined," a source previously revealed to E! News. "And they genuinely like one another. But unlikely they will get back together."
Jennifer Lopez Reflects on Selena's Legacy, 20 Years After Her Death, Calls Ex Marc Anthony an ''Iconic Latin Artist''After being in the biz for nearly three decades, it's hard to imagine Jennifer Lopez as anything but a superstar when in fact, the 45-year-old beauty first found fame thanks to her portrayal of another iconic artist: Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.
In an new interview with Billboard, the multihypenate opens up about her role in the 1997 flick and reflects on the legacy the Queen of Tejano left, 20 years after she was shot and killed at the age of 23 by the former president of her fan club, who is now serving a life sentence.
"There is never going to be another Selena," the mother of two says of the widely celebrated Mexican-American entertainer, who touched thousands of fans before her untimely death. "And as far as music goes, that's what's beautiful about artistry...It's a special thing that Selena had. That's why we're still talking about her 20 years later."
As for why Selena is still so loved by her fans today?
"The grace with which she handled the business, the grace with which she handled her life, the humor," J.Lo said. "Her spirit of loving what she did. Her sense of family. That's the tragedy of everything that happened and why she left such an imprint—because she was gone way too soon."
Lopez also reflects on her research for the role and she recalls being moved by home videos of Selena.
"Right after I got the part, I knew I would be traveling to Corpus Christi and spending time with her family, but that wasn't going to be for a few weeks, so they sent me tons of tapes to watch," she shares. "I sat on my couch watching them for days and all of a sudden, the tape cut off on me. I was shocked. And I thought to myself, 'That's what happened.' This amazing, beautiful spirit, full of joy and music and so much feeling, was just cut off in the middle of being. It affected me so much and made me realize the importance of what I was doing."
Asked if Selena, who has been called the "top Latin artist of the '90s," inspired her to start her music career, J.Lo replied, "It had a lot to do with it -- all those performances. I sang in musicals before, but as part of a cast, never as a solo artist upfront or a recording artist. It made me realize, 'Don't neglect parts of yourself and let people put you in a box because you're an actress. You can do this, and you can also do that. Life is short, and you don't know what's going to happen. Go for your dreams and don't let anyone hold you back.'"
As fans of the film know, the movie features a concert at the Houston Astrodome, which was staged for the flick.
"It was a real concert; 30,000 to 40,000 people showed up, just for her, for that scene, to re-create it," the Home star reveals. "Afterward, her mom came and hugged me and held me and cried. It was very emotional. It touched the family very much. For me as an actress, at that moment I had learned how to really become a performer and give everything I had to the audience. That really freed me up, and it was a very powerful moment."
While J.Lo is adamant that no one can replace Selena, the singer concludes the interview by name-checking a number of Latin artists, including ex Marc Anthony, who are still influencing the music industry today.
"Somebody is going to come along and move the world in a different way," she says. "There was Celia Cruz, there's Gloria Estefan. I'm still around. Marc Anthony is an iconic Latin artist, Ricky Martin. But it's not something that happens all the time.
She added of the late singer: "People like that don't come along every day."
Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart ... They NEVER Broke Up!!!Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart did NOT get back together, because we found out they were never really apart.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... the break-up they announced in June was a business move. Multiple sources say in the spring they did stop seeing each other, but only for a few weeks.
We're told JLo was hawking her movie, "Boy Next Door," and honchos on the film felt creating a buzz that she was hooking up with co-star Ryan Guzman would help sell tickets. It's hard to do that when you're not single.
But the decision wasn't one-sided. We're told Casper was up to the same thing because he was shooting "Street," a UFC fighter movie where he buffed up. Again, he was more appealing single.
It all makes sense now. Two months after they revealed their break-up, a photog got shots of them in a convertible BMW. When JLo saw the photog, Casper put the top up and she slumped down in the passenger seat, out of sight.
Then in December, a dog at Jennifer's house bit a neighbor. Turns out it was Casper's dog that did the deed and he came running out of the house in his pajama bottoms after the attack.
In February, Casper went to a GQ event, and when he left he walked down the block and jumped in a car JLo was driving, avoiding photogs. A few minutes later a photog saw them walk into a restaurant together. When they saw the guy they hightailed it inside.
And then they got bolder, dancing together at a Big Sean concert at the House of Blues in WeHo.
'Drunk fool' sentenced in J.Lo Rolls-Royce crashA man who crashed into Jennifer Lopez‘s Rolls-Royce last year has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to drunken driving.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said that Robert John Reitz entered the plea on Wednesday and was sentenced to probation and an alcohol rehabilitation program.
Authorities determined the 54-year-old Las Vegas resident had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, three hours after the crash.
Lopez was riding in the car with her two children when Reitz’s pickup truck rear-ended their vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in September. Actress Leah Remini was behind the wheel at the time.
No one was injured in the collision.
Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna Talk About Guest Starring on The Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons would love his Home co-stars Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna to guest star on The Big Bang Theory.
"Oh, my God," Parsons said at yesterday's Home premiere. "Could you imagine?"
We certainly can. And so can Parsons.
He suggested that Rihanna play "a nuclear physicist."
"She could do it," Parsons gushed. "She could do it. Would she be willing? That's the question."
We're happy to report RiRi would jump at the chance to find her inner geek.
"Hell, yeah!" she said when I told her about Parsons' suggestion. "He told you that? Tell him I'm in."
As for Lopez, Parsons wants to see her in a classroom.
"Wouldn't JLo make a wonderful professor?" he asked. "You know what I mean? Now, that's perfect casting. That's a way to shake up an image."
Lopez is up for it.
"A sexy professor? That would be great," she said. "I love wearing glasses…Why not? I can do anything. I can be anything."
We've already seen her bookish side. In this year's The Boy Next Door, Lopez played a bespectacled high school English teacher.
Let's just hope the Big Bang boys don't get obsessed with Prof. JLo.
The list of guests stars on the hit CBS comedy already includes Sara Gilbert, Christine Baranski, Stan Lee, the late Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and even Stephen Hawking.
Meanwhile, Parsons repeated his recent mantra that Rihanna smells, well, real good. "She smells like heaven," he said. "I was not expecting someone to smell that good on a daily basis to the point where I'd walk in a room after she's been there and I'd be like, 'She was just here. I smell it.'"
Home will be in theaters on March 27.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart: We're Just Friends!Beau Casper Smart may have been at the premiere of Jennifer Lopez's new movie Home yesterday but that doesn't mean the two are back together.
Smart actually worked on the film as it's official choreographer.
And he told me exclusively on the red purple carpet that he and his former lady love are not dating again.
"We got a lot of ties. We're very close," Smart said about still spending time with his ex. "We're friends. We're very good friends."
The singer-actress and the dancer were together for about three and a half years before splitting up in July.
Lopez recently insisted to E! News that she isn't seeing anyone.
"I mingle a little bit here and there," she said. "But, you know, I'm single."
She brought her twins Max and Emme to yesterday's premiere.
"My #CocoNuts & I @ the #DreamWorksHome premiere," she captioned a pic on Twitter of the three of them. "#SundayFunDay #Home #FeelTheLight #March27"
Leah Remini and her daughter Sofia joined Lopez and the kids at a post-screening bash.
"On our way to celebrate after seeing #HOME in theatres March 27th," Remini wrote alongside an Instagram pic of the happy group inside a car. "@JLo #BestiePromoInc #YesIOnlyGotOneEye #familia"
Home tells the story of an alien (Jim Parsons) on the run who lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna). Lopez not only voices Tip's mom, but she also sings "Feel the Light" for the movie's soundtrack.
Emme and Max saw the film for the first time yesterday. (Home is in theaters on March 27.)
"It's so exciting," Lopez said. "That's the great thing about doing movies like this. You can enjoy it with your kids. They love the song. They know when it's coming out. It's so much fun. They're like, 'Mommy's in that movie!'"
Jennifer Lopez Makes Her Twins the Stars at Home Premiere Before Reuniting With BFF Leah Remini(Pic1, Pic2) Jennifer Lopez sure knows how to plan a family day!
While Sundays are typically dedicated to homework or sporting events, the American Idol judge decided to give her twins the full Hollywood experience when she took them to the red carpet for her latest premiere.
In support of the new family film Home, the proud mama posed with Max and Emme before heading inside the theatre to watch her latest project on the big screen.
Lopez worked a cocktail dress from Zuhair Murad while her son channeled Bruno Mars in a blue suit and fedora. Emme, meanwhile, looked like a stunning ballerina in a floral dress with flats.
After the film aired, the fun didn't stop there!
Leah Remini and her daughter Sofia joined Lopez and the family for a post-party bash.
"On our way to celebrate after seeing #HOME in theatres March 27th," Remini shared with fans. "@JLo #BestiePromoInc #YesIOnlyGotOneEye #familia"
Home tells the story of an alien (Jim Parsons) on the run who lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna). Lopez lends her voice to the animated film as well as her vocals in the hit song "Feel the Light."
In a final twist to this Sunday Funday, turns out Lopez's ex Casper Smart was also in attendance as he brought his mom to the screening. Before romance rumors begin again, however, we have to point out that he is the film's official dance choreographer. Plus, Lopez insists she's not dating anyone.
"I mingle a little bit here and there," she told E! News. "But, you know, I'm single."
Why Does Jennifer Lopez Think Her Kids Are 'Supersmart'?Jennifer Lopez may be known for her sultry music videos and sexy films like The Boy Next Door, but now she’s got a family-friendly film her kids can enjoy!
“I mean, it is so exciting for me,” Lopez, 45, tells PEOPLE of being able to take her twins, Emme and Max, 7, to her new animated film Home.
The movie — which showcases the voices of Lopez, Rihanna and Jim Parsons — won’t be out for another week, but it has already spawned some catchphrases in the Lopez household.
“I didn’t even know they knew about the movie! But a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to okay a snippet [of the film] to go on Instagram and I’m looking at it and they hear it coming from my phone,” says the American Idol judge. “And my son goes, ‘Hey, is that the song from the movie that has the guy who says, “Put your hands in the air like you just don’t care?” ‘ "
“They were like, ‘It comes out March 27.’ I was like, ‘How do you know this?’ ” she says in disbelief. “And Max is like, ‘We saw the trailer!’ They are so connected in a way that I don’t even know about. It’s crazy.”
Not that she’s surprised her kids are so astute.
“They’re so supersmart,” she explains. “And I’m not saying that because they’re my kids.”
Jennifer Lopez Glows in Latest Selfie-See Her Minimal-Makeup Look!(Pic) Yes, we know. This is truly unfair.
Jennifer Lopez took to Instagram to share a selfie with minimal makeup, revealing a flawless complexion and enviable summer glow. The American Idol judge wore her hair in a sleek back ponytail and complimented her simple style with some diamond studs.
"Long day. Feels good to just be #HOME lol see how I did that..:)," captioned the 45-year-old songstress, wearing a lacy tank top.
Like a true business mogul would, Lopez also gave a quick shout-out to her upcoming animated film Home. Not only will she be the voice of the character Lucy, but she will also be singing alongside Rihanna on the movie's star-studded soundtrack.
Jennifer Lopez to have cameo on 'Empire'?Just like in a scene from “Empire,” the show’s star Terrence Howard, executive producer Brian Grazer, and Jennifer Lopez were mobbed by paparazzi when they arrived at West Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel at the same time Tuesday night.
Witnesses said whispers of a possible J.Lo cameo on the hit Fox show immediately started swirling after the singer and “American Idol” judge was seen greeting Grazer and Howard once they were safely inside the hotel lobby and before they headed separately for dinner at The Tower Bar.
An “Empire” inside source tells us the showrunners, including Lee Daniels, “would love to have Jennifer Lopez on the second season should her busy schedule allow it.” But the singer is also working on her own NBC show with Gregory Nava titled “California” about generations of a Latino family.
Viewers for Wednesday’s episode of “Empire” approached 15 million ahead of the much-anticipated two-hour March 18 finale.
Also at The Tower Bar Tuesday were Robert Duvall, John Stamos and Seth Meyers.
Jennifer Lopez -- Feast Your Eyes On ... The Shape of 45(Pic) Jennifer Lopez slithered into a tight, formfitting red dress Tuesday and showed off her killer body as she made her way in to tape an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
45 shouldn't look that good ... but we're damn happy it does.
Aww! Jennifer Lopez Enjoys Cuddle Time With Twins Max and Emme During "Sunday Funday"(Pic) Now this is how a Sunday should be!
While Jennifer Lopez continues to succeed in all facets of her career—movies, music, books and so much more—the 45-year-old decided to put work aside to spend quality time with her greatest loves of all.
Let's hear it for twins Max and Emme!
"Around here we call this…Sunday Funday," she captioned on Instagram while lounging on the couch. "#Coconuts #LOVE"
In the adorable snapshot, Lopez goes casual in ripped denim jeans and a black sweater as she closes her eyes next to her growing babies. Perhaps daylight saving time is catching up to the American Idol judge?
Meanwhile, her 7-year-old darlings appear engrossed in their Apple products. Perhaps it's time for homework or another book report?
The family time comes just a few short weeks after the kids celebrated their birthday with both mommy and daddy. The celebration was a Minecraft-themed party that included several gaming stations. Guests including dad Marc Anthony also wore themed T-shirts and snacked on Minecraft-inspired goodies.
Today, the happily single Lopez is loving every free moment she has with her family, even if it doesn't include a special man 24-7.
"It's not going to be forever," she recently shared in a TBS special when discussing her relationship status. "Someone great will come along."
Besides, those two kids are adorable enough!
2015 MTV Movie Award NominationsBest Scared-as-S*** Performance
Rosamund Pike - "Gone Girl"
Annabelle Wallis - "Annabelle"
Jennifer Lopez - "The Boy Next Door"
Dylan O'Brien - "The Maze Runner"
Zach Gilford - "The Purge: Anarchy"
Samuel Goldwyn Acquires N.A. Rights On Viola Davis-Jennifer Lopez Pic 'Lila And Eve'Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired North American rights to Lila and Eve, the Charles Stone III-directed drama that stars Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. The film premiered at Sundance. Pic will be released later this year. Davis plays a grief stricken mother who, in the aftermath of her son’s drive by shooting murder, bonds with a woman (Lopez) who lost her daughter. Fed up with the futility of the justice system, they become vigilantes who go on a killing spree, working through the chain of drug dealers who killed the young man. Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Chris Chalk and Andre Royo also star. CAA repped the filmmakers.
Jennifer Lopez Drops "Feel the Light" Lyric VideoJennifer Lopez "Feel the Light": Lyric Video.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Reunite for Their Twins' Birthday PartyPhoto: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Reunite for Their Twins' Birthday Party.
Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her "Funny Valentines" After Visiting Her Old Bronx Neighborhood With the Twins(Video) Who needs a man when you have these adorable kids?!
Jennifer Lopez kept things simple but oh-so-sweet when she celebrated Valentine's Day with her twins Max and Emme over the long weekend.
"My funny Valentines!!!" she captioned on Instagram as the six-year-olds posed in heart-shaped sunglasses. "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY everybody!!! #Love #Loveisallthatmatters #TrueLove"
While the True Love author enjoyed a peaceful day with her kids, she also made time to watch her new special on TBS that took her back to a very personal neighborhood in the Bronx.
Come on now, you know she's still the same Jenny from the Block.
Titled Neighborhood Sessions With Jennifer Lopez, the "On the Floor" singer headed to the New York borough for her first concert at Orchard Beach.
And while she performed her biggest hits for free to a massive crowd, Lopez also made time to show her kids around the places that helped pave the way for her future.
"This is where it all started for me," the dancer shared in the show while driving past high-rise housing projects. "I was walking these streets and thinking about what I wanted my life to be and dreaming about singing and dancing and acting and how could I make that happen from here."
What helped make those dreams a reality was the local Boys & Girls Club who just so happened to have a dance club.
"It seemed far-fetched," Lopez admitted. "But at the same time, my dreams were bigger than the idea that it couldn't be done."
After millions of albums sold and dozens of successful business ventures, Lopez finds herself feeling completely grateful for a childhood that helped her become a true star.
"Those are wonderful memories," she explained while reminiscing about her young years in the Bronx. "Those are not memories like thank god I got out of the Bronx. I never think of it that way, ever. There was nothing bad about that place. It's what shaped me and made me who I am."
Her Outfit Cost What?! Jennifer Lopez's $26,156 Airport Style(Pic) Jennifer Lopez always kills it on the red carpet, but girl's got major street style too. She's a mother-of-two, a business mogul, an actress, a singer and an author, yet she still makes time to dress like a serious fashion icon!
J.Lo looked sporty-chic arriving at LAX International Airport, reminding us that she's still "Jenny from the Block." We know what you must be thinking— how much could this comfy getup possibly cost? Well, don't let this super casual ensemble fool you: It doesn't come cheap!
The 45-year-old paired a cozy gray sweater with $108 Peace Love World sweats. Staying true to her relaxed airport style, Jennifer opted for sneakers and a baseball cap—but not just any old hat-and-shoes combo. Her Versace high-tops ring in at $1,070, and her Brunello Cucinelli topper costs a whopping $1,115!
Okay, here's where some crazy cash comes in—we're talking ultra-luxe accessories, bags and jewels. Lopez donned a $1,378 white Versace bag and a version of her signature hoop earrings in the form of a $1,185 Lana Jewelry pair. Lopez also sported some serious Jennifer Fisher hardware (Beyoncé and Rihanna are also fans), topping off the look with a diamond-encrusted "Momma" gold cuff for $5,300 and a diamond hex ring that cost (wait for it)…$16,000!
And there you have it: $26,156 for J.Lo's laidback airport style!
Breaking it down piece by piece:
Jennifer Lopez Sued -- Casper Smart's Dog Is Terrorizing Me ... Says Neighbor(Pics) Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are officially reuniting in court -- the woman who was bitten by one of Casper's dogs is suing both of them ... and her injuries are pretty graphic.
In the lawsuit, Andrea Ashley -- one of JLo's neighbors -- says she was getting out of her car back in December ... when Smart's boxer named Bear mauled her left arm and hand ... leaving her with broken bones and cuts. She's included photos of her bloodied limb in the suit.
Ashley says, right after the attack ... Casper walked out of JLo's house wearing only pajama bottoms and came over to apologize. That's interesting because Casper and Jennifer had broken up several months before the attack. As we reported ... J.Lo's people told us the dogs were only at her house for a visit with her kids. Apparently, Casper was visiting too.
Ashley says this wasn't the first attack -- Bear also escaped through a hole in JLo's fence and attempted to attack her in April. She says only her gardener saved her from getting mauled that time.
In the docs, Ashley says Casper called her, apologized, and offered to pay all of her medical bills. As for why she's suing Lopez ... Ashley says Jennifer bears some responsibility because the dog is escaping through her fence.
Further, she says Bear has remained at Jennifer's home since Jan. 8 ... and she's afraid he could get out again. Animal Control told us Bear was quarantined at Casper's home since the attack.
Jennifer Lopez -- I Can't Quit Ya Papi ... Gettin' Down With Casper Smart(Video) To hell with quietly hooking up ... Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart don't seem to be hiding much anymore ... they were together again for a pre-Grammy date Saturday night.
J.Lo and Casper were spotted at Big Sean's Roc Nation shindig at the House of Blues where they were shakin' their booties and having a blast. Cool moment in the video -- Kanye on stage, shouting out Jennifer.
We're told the maybe-exes were hanging with pals Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama.
Of course, they were seen out last Thursday night and even though they've been trying to avoid pics ... lately they seem less careful about slowing down the rumor train.
Jennifer Lopez -- On the Down Low Again with Casper Smart(Pic) Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart very quietly hooked up Thursday night, leading to the obvious question ...
Here's how it went down. Casper was out at the Z Zegna & GQ event in Hollywood where he hung out with Nick Jonas.
There are plenty of pics of Casper leaving the event with no sign of JLo. But we're told she was actually waiting in the car for him as he left.
They went to Hotel Cafe in Hollywood where this pic was snapped. It's the only pic of the 2 of them that was taken the entire evening.
They supposedly broke up in April, but they've been seen together from time to time, and they've taken great pains to avoid pics. Remember when she ducked down in her car?
And you may recall Casper's dog was at JLo's house recently when the dog bit someone.
Jennifer Lopez -- Moving From The Block ... Cuz It's Too Damn Big(Pic) Jennifer Lopez loves her beautiful big ass, but not her beautiful big ass house ... because she's unloading it.
JLo is selling her 3+ acre, 17,000 square-foot Hidden Hills estate, because it's just ridiculously big for her small family.
We're told Jennifer and her 2 kids have their sights set on Malibu ... a smaller house with a better view.
She'll definitely have the cash to buy something new. She purchased the Hidden Hills mansion for $8.2 mil in 2010 and is asking for a cool $17 MILLION.
No word yet if Casper is included in the sale.
Sexy mom J.Lo: 'I still like to rock sneakers and sweats'Jennifer Lopez may be 45 and have two children, but that doesn’t mean she should stop wearing outfits like this, she tells Complex magazine.
“I’m not allowed to be sexy because I’m a mom?” she says in the cover story of the February/March issue. “It’s like, how do you think I got my children?”
J.Lo also explains how “Jenny from the Block” has become her defining song, saying: “I’m still Bronx-y. I still wear hoops. I still like to rock sneakers and sweats. I always felt like I was out of place in Hollywood. But I also felt that the street smarts I had from growing up in New York served me well out here.”
Jennifer Lopez: 'I Would Love to Have More Kids'Ask Jennifer Lopez what role she most cherishes and the answer’s a no-brainer: being a mom.
“Kids make you believe in all kinds of things, like how anything is possible,” The Boy Next Door star – and mother to 6-year-old twins, Max and Emme — tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
Which is why she’d be thrilled to add to her brood, even at age 45. “I don’t know if it’s in the cards for me because of my age, but I would love to have another baby, to be blessed one more time,” says Lopez, who is currently single.
Better yet, why stop at one? “I’d love to have twins again,” she says. “I was thinking about that last night when I was laying in bed with Emme. I was just loving the moment. I don’t know that it’s in the cards, but you never know!”
No matter what, Lopez, a refreshingly hands-on mom, already feels “blessed” with Max and Emme.
“It’s unconditional love,” she says. “I know everybody feels this way about their kids, but I just feel like they’re super special. I can’t wait to see what they do, and I feel like my job is to not mess them up too much.”
So far, so good.
A Day in the Life of Jennifer LopezMother, actress, singer, producer – Jennifer Lopez does it all. The Boy Next Door star, 45, broke down her typical routine for PEOPLE – so what does a day in the life of Jenny from the Block look like?
Start the Day Right
Lopez usually starts her morning with her 6-year-old twins (with ex Marc Anthony), Emme and Max. Unless she's out of the house before during shooting, "the kids come in between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m. Then we get ready for school [or] they'll say, 'We want you to make us breakfast!' "
Once the kids are out the door, Lopez drinks a Body Lab TastyShake and focuses on fitness. "My workout will be at least an hour to an hour and 15 minutes of different stuff," Lopez says.
After working on both her body and soul (she sets aside about 15 minutes a day to do affirmations, pray and meditate), "I'm usually running off to a meeting of some sort," Lopez says. "I wind up doing my makeup in the car to save a lot of time."
After a day growing her empire (see: her seat at the American Idol judges' table, her recording career, various brand endorsements), the single mom enjoys some downtime.
Dinner's usually at 6:30 or 7 p.m. "I read somewhere that if you have dinner with your kids, they're less likely to do drugs!" Lopez says. And then bedtime by 8:30: "They try to get me to read three or four books a night. I love that they love to read."
For more of our exclusive interview, and to see inside Lopez's amazing L.A. home, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now
How Jennifer Lopez Got Her Hot BodyShe's a hot mama in real life (and she plays one in her new thriller The Boy Next Door!), but how does Jennifer Lopez get and maintain that toned physique?
The actress just went back to the basics to prep for her steamy scene with costar Ryan Guzman, 27.
"I eat right and exercise! I put in the work like everyone else," Lopez, 45, tells PEOPLE, adding that her regime includes circuit training, cardio and workouts by celeb trainer Tracy Anderson.
"You have to switch it up to keep your body and yourself fresh."
As for plastic surgery? The "Booty" singer says she's all natural – but she hasn't ruled out getting work done down the road.
"I haven't done anything. I don't know how I'll feel in 10 or 15 years. I deserve the right to feel how I feel at the time," she says. "This person [right now] doesn't feel the need to do anything …"
Adds Lopez: "I feel comfortable in my own skin, absolutely."
Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Life at 45, Playing the "Older Woman" in The Boy Next DoorIt's really hard to look at Jennifer Lopez and believe she's 45.
Not that 45 is that old, but Jenny From the Block hasn't aged one bit.
And she doesn't feel any differently either.
"I don't think about it much," Lopez tells me. "I feel super youthful. I don't know if it's because of my kids, my twins are 6, [but] it's like I'm reliving my youth with them. I don't know, but I absolutely don't think about it."
And she's not bothered that she's now playing the "older woman," as she does in The Boy Next Door.
J.Lo stars in the thriller (in theaters tomorrow) as a woman in a failing marriage who has sex with her 19-year-old neighbor (Ryan Guzman). Said neighbor goes completely psycho and terrorizes her at home and work.
"I feel like it was me playing a part, playing a woman, a grown woman," she said. "I am a grown woman, you know what I mean? And this guy just liked me and that was it."
Well, it was more than that. Their sex scene is off the charts. As I was the first to tell you, J.Lo didn't think about using a body double when it came to film the almost totally naked romp.
"It was all me," she said. "And all Ryan, by the way."
Not that she was totally comfortable thing to shoot. "It was intense," she said. "Those scenes are embarrassing. They are uncomfortable, but your job as an actress or an actor is to make it believable and this movie in particular…hinges on if that was believable, that it was enough to make this guy go insane."
Jennifer Lopez: How I Shed My ("Unfair!") Diva ImageLet the record show: Any day that Jennifer Lopez starts quoting "Jenny From the Block"…it's a good day.
While discussing the current season of American Idol (airing tonight on Fox), Lopez opened up about her image in the public eye, and got pretty candid about her struggle with overcoming a less-than-stellar reputation.
"I feel like they labeled me a diva early on in my career," Jennifer tells E! News. "Unfairly, unfairly!" she adds with a laugh. "And as people have gotten to know me over the years, they've seen that I haven't changed and I'm still the same person."
So what was the turning point that helped Jennifer show her true self, and shed that diva rap for good? Jen's pal Ryan Seacrest has a theory…
"Can I just say," he adds, "American Idol really showcases who Jen is. It's a platform that gets to show you what this woman is like, and what she is and what she stands for. I think that's what's been cool is there's a candor people don't get to see."
Jen agrees. "I think before Idol, when you're in the public eye, it's about putting your best foot forward. 'I want to put my best foot forward, I have this image. This is what I wanna do.' But with Idol, it made me realize like, I can just be human. I can be myself. I can by myself. And It's OK. And once people saw, 'Oh, this is the human behind the music and behind the movies that she's in, I actually like this person.' And I realize in that vulnerability, there is strength. In letting yourself be who you really are."
Which Celeb Hunk Does Jennifer Lopez Want as a Neighbor?Jennifer Lopez stars in The Boy Next Door opposite hunky actor Ryan Guzman, which begs the question: If she could choose a Hollywood hottie to call "neighbor," who would it be?
"Can I have a man next door?" the actress-singer, 45, tells PEOPLE with a sly smile.
"If I had a man next door I would have … like Charlie Hunnam or Tom Hardy ... or Frank Grillo. Those are my kind of men next door."
It's a good thing all of those guys are taken, though.
"I think it's a bad idea to date the boy next door," she says, "because you can't get away from him when you want to."
J.Lo: George Clooney is an 'OK' kisserThe verdict is out on George Clooney‘s kissing technique.
“He was OK,” Jennifer Lopez told Jon Stewart when asked about their on-screen lip-lock in the 1998 movie “Out of Sight.”
“He was all right,” she added of Amal Clooney‘s new husband.
The actress, 45, stopped by “The Daily Show” on Tuesday to promote her newest fatal attraction movie, “The Boy Next Door,” revolving around Lopez’s character’s relationship with a younger neighbor that turns violent.
“I’ve done over, like, 30 movies,” the actress said of her roles that have involved kissing scenes. “So the ratio, you know … some good, some not so good.”
Stewart then asked Lopez who the worst kisser was — and he guessed Clooney.
“I have to say, I’ve never had anybody with bad breath, which is good,” said Lopez, laughing.
Lopez was recently spotted at the Golden Globes with her “Boy Next Door” co-star Ryan Guzman, 27. They attended multiple afterparties together, too.
Jennifer Lopez's Twins Max and Emme Book Second Magazine Cover in Seven Years; Marc Anthony Is Still M.I.A.(Cover) For the second time in six years, Jennifer Lopez and her twins, Emme Anthony and Max Anthony, grace the cover of People magazine. And, for the second time, the kids' father, Marc Anthony, is not featured.
This time, however, it makes a bit more sense.
When the twins made their worldwide debut in the publication's March 11, 2008 issue, Lopez was the sole parent to appear on the cover; Anthony, her husband at the time, was shown inside the magazine. The couple called it quits in 2012, their divorce was finalized in 2014, and Anthony has since remarried.
Lopez addresses her ex-husband's absence in the magazine's Feb. 2, 2015 issue. Recalling their breakup, the Boy Next Door actress, 45, explains, "It was awful. But I had to make a commitment to myself to be alone: no flirting. No possibility of anything. No boys in any way, shape or form. I said, 'I'm shutting it down.' I'd never been alone. I grew up sleeping in a bed with my two sisters. When I became famous, I was surrounded by people and always had a boyfriend or a husband or some relationship, one after the other. At night I said to myself, 'You're not working. The kids are asleep. What do you like to do, Jen?' I didn't know. It was always, 'What does he want to do?' It was very eye-opening to me to spend time completely by myself. I was terrified of being alone: The idea that we are alone in this world, we were born alone, we die alone—it sent panic through my body. I said, 'I have to face this fear,' and I did."
So, what did she learn from the experience?
"I wanted my relationships to go well, but they were not. There were times when I was just crying to myself: 'I hate this. I hate being alone.' But the goal was not to be alone forever. The goal was to be OK on my own so I can make good choices. When I'm afraid, I just make a silly choice. My [dating pattern] was, 'Come on in. it doesn't matter how you treat me or what you do. I'm going to accept it because I am so afraid that there will be nobody here.' But I think in our 20s and 30s we're meant to explore and make a ton of mistakes," she says. "And then by our 40s we come more full circle and figure things out."
Lopez has forgiven herself for mistakes she made in her youth. In fact, when she thinks about her past boyfriends and husband, the singer is reminded of her naiveté—and her resolve to do better next time.
"I would have loved for my marriage in my 20s [to chef Ojani Noa in 1997] to last till I died, but I see that maybe that was too early. I had more things to learn, and he had more things to learn," the two-time Grammy nominee says. "And [same with] the next person I married [choreographer Cris Judd in 2001]. And that's who we are and then we're great for somebody else. Until then it's going to be a struggle."
Lopez hasn't given up on love, though. "I still believe in the fairy tale," she says.
"I believe in marriage. I believe that two people can commit to each other and share a life together." She is also thankful for her kids, who "make you believe in all kinds of things, like how anything is possible."
For more from Lopez, pick up People's Feb. 2 issue, on newsstands Friday.
Jennifer Lopez Flaunts Cleavage for Complex, Asks, "Am I Not Allowed to Be Sexy Because I'm a Mom?"(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) All hail princess J.Lo!
Jennifer Lopez graces the cover of Complex's Feb./March 2015 issue, putting her famous assets on display in a plunging white bodysuit. The 45-year-old singer-actress gets candid with the mag, too, revealing that she views herself "as a brave warrior princess who keeps going, no matter what."
She's undoubtedly worked hard to earn her status as Hollywood royalty, even though from the beginning she "always felt out of place" there. "But the street smarts I had from growing up in New York served me well out here," she says.
The American Idol judge and Boy Next Door star is not about to apologize for her achievements either. "Men get praise when they are successful, like, 'Look how great he's doing,'" she tells Complex. "Women get criticized for some reason. I don't understand it."
J.Lo also doesn't understand why the fact that she's a mom to 6-year-old twins Max and Emme should stop her from dressing or dancing a certain way. "I'm not allowed to be sexy because I'm a mom?" she asks. "It's like, how do you think I got my children?"
"The truth is I don't want to do anything that they would be embarrassed of in the long run," she clarifies. "But at the end of the day, they care more about me being there, taking care of them, than if I'm sexy in a video. And I'm not saying that one day they may not be like, "Mom! Why did you do that?!" [Laughs.] But I don't think that in 10 years I'm going to be doing that either."
So when J.Lo flaunted her curves alongside Iggy Azalea in their "Booty" music video, she didn't feel bad about it. "It felt right," she tells Complex of the collaboration. "It's a good message for women. I'm standing next to this girl who is 24 years old and I'm in my 40s and there's no difference. Women need to see that and feel that. You can't let the fear of what people might say or think stop you from doing what you want to do or else we would never do anything."
Jennifer Lopez's Booty Stumps Jimmy Fallon During a Game of Catchphrase on The Tonight ShowVideos: Interview, Game.
Jennifer Lopez Says She's Not Dating Co-Star Ryan Guzman, Talks ''Uncomfortable'' Boy Next Door Sex Scenes(Video) Jennifer Lopez is once again opening up about her super-steamy sex scenes with hunky co-star Ryan Guzman in their new film The Boy Next Door.
Despite Guzman's ripped body and undeniable good looks, the 45-year-old actress says she didn't enjoy getting physical with Guzman in front of the camera.
"I wouldn't say they're fun," J.Lo told Ryan Seacrest this morning on his KIIS radio show. "They're not fun. They're awkward and a little bit uncomfortable, but you try to get into it, to make it look real."
Lopez joked she doesn't act for the added benefit of sex scenes with hunky co-stars! "I get mine at home! I'm good," she cracked. "I'm not here for that. No, but seriously, I like to keeping it professional! I don't need to get messy."
As for Guzman, he dished, "I was excited. After reading the script, I was so excited about the character and the people that were attached to it. So I was just ready to work. I was up for the challenge. That's for sure."
Still, Guzman agrees that bedroom scenes aren't always pleasant. "I wasn't uncomfortable at all," he revealed. "In fact, she was the one that helped me out to become comfortable throughout the whole scene."
Seacrest then joked that Guzman, 27, is the perfect age for J.Lo's type (AKA, young, hot men). "He's in your sweet spot," Seacrest teased.
"There's nothing going on here! We have a movie coming out. We're co-stars," she insisted. "But we have been having fun promoting the movie, I can say that. We went to the Globes the other night. We had a good time."
Jennifer Lopez Surprises Fans at The Boy Next Door Screening in MiamiFans attending a screening of Jennifer Lopez's new psychological thriller, The Boy Next Door, were in for an unexpected thrill – an appearance by J.Lo herself!
After a busy weekend turning heads – including her co-presenter Jeremy Renner's – at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Lopez headed to Miami to give her fans a special surprise.
The screening, presented by the J.Lo-endorsed health and fitness brand Bodylab, took place Tuesday night at the CineBistro in Miami.
The movie ended, the lights came up, and moderator Pamela Silva Conde, co-anchor of Univision’s "Primer Impacto," announced that J.Lo was in attendance and would be treating the audience to a Q&A.
The 100 or so attendees went "absolutely nuts," an onlooker reports to PEOPLE. The surprised fans shouted Jenny's name and whipped out their phones.
During the Q&A, Lopez commented on the film's rapid schedule, telling the audience that filming in just 23 days on a "micro budget" of about $4 million was quite a different experience than her other 30 films.
When a fan asked Lopez how she manages to maintain her amazing figure as a mom with such a demanding schedule, the star noted that it is all about balance and although there is no "solution in a bottle," she does start every morning off with a Berry Berry Good Smoothie from Bodylab.
Next on the triple threat's agenda? Lopez and hunky costar Ryan Guzman will host a marathon of Oxygen's Snapped on Sunday, Jan. 18th.
The Boy Next Door hits theaters Jan. 23rd.
Jennifer Lopez Looks Like This at 6 in the Morning(Pic) It's only been two days since the Golden Globes, but Jennifer Lopez is already making another head-turning fashion statement.
The 45-year-old stunner flaunted her famous figure in Miami on Tuesday during an appearance on Despierta America, where the stunning superstar was promoting her upcoming film The Boy Next Door.
Showing off her enviable curves, the triple threat opted for an interesting ensemble which is only something J.Lo could pull off, and unsurprisingly, left little to the imagination. Her dress featured a baby blue front panel with a skimpy back as well as a black pencil skirt with sheer paneling in the front, teamed with pointed-toe Christian Louboutin pumps (and she even had a fresh manicure after sporting rose gold nails on Sunday!).
The actress' stylist Rob Zangardi took to Instagram this morning to share a shot of his client, who may as well have Beyoncé's "Flawless" playing in the background wherever she goes.
"this is what she looks like at 6am...@jlo #RANDM @1maryphillips @jcmaciques #davidkoma #louboutin," he captioned the image, giving a shout out to the ageless beauty.
While J.Lo obviously had a little help from her outstanding glam squad, we're going to go ahead and say she woke up like this because, let's be real, nobody should look this good before 7 a.m.
Clearly, the singer isn't slowing down after turning heads at the Globes on Sunday night, where she wowed in a dazzling Zuhair Murad gown that highlighted her crazy cleavage.
Somehow, she even managed to up the sex appeal when she arrived at the Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes after-party in a seductive white dress by designer Amanda Wakeley, which featured a thigh-high slit and cut-outs that revealed her six-pack abs.
Last year, Lopez, who is arguably one of the fittest stars in Hollywood, opened up to Shape about her secret to staying slim.
"I've got an athletic body, I've worked out my whole life and I've been incredibly disciplined when I needed to be," she revealed, later adding, "I'm not one to overindulge. It doesn't make me feel good. Some people find it comforting to sit down and eat a whole pint of Häagen-Dazs, but honestly that would make me throw up. I don't think I've ever eaten that much."
Safe to say her hard work is paying off!
J.Lo cozies up to on-screen boy toyJennifer Lopez turned heads when she arrived at the Golden Globes with her 27-year-old “The Boy Next Door” co-star Ryan Guzman. But spies said they also left an after-party together after getting a little closer on a couch.
Lopez, 45, walked the red carpet with Guzman and posed in an eye-popping dress before she presented an award at the Beverly Hilton with Jeremy Renner. But she then also partied with handsome Guzman once the awards were over.
Spies saw the pair at the Weinstein Co. and Netflix’s celebration amid a stream of stars that included Taylor Swift, Benedict Cumberbatch, Katie Holmes, Keira Knightley, Amy Adams, Dominic West, Elon Musk, Rita Ora, 50 Cent and Rosamund Pike.
As they sat on a couch together at the dark, clubby bash, a spy said, “At one point, Ryan moved back on the couch and then he put his arm around Jennifer.” And “they also left together.” J.Lo’s longtime manager, Benny Medina, was also with the pair.
J.Lo has recently denied rumors she’s back on with her former boy toy, Casper Smart, reportedly saying, “I’m single right now, [it’s] really great for me.”
Conveniently, in “The Boy Next Door,” Lopez stars as a divorcee who falls for a younger man, played by Guzman, but learns he has a dark past.
Swift sat with Lorde and pals near movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. When a DJ played a Swift song, Taylor and her pals jumped up to dance. She was also seen with an entourage leaving Warner Bros. and InStyle’s bash, shrieking when another of her ubiquitous tunes at the Globes after-parties was played. (Movie bigs marveled as Swift seemed to get more attention at the bashes than any Hollywood stars.) And married couple Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum drew a crowd of admirers when they hit the dance floor to Jay Z and Beyoncé tunes.
At the Weinstein party, guests swilled endless supplies of Moët & Chandon to wash down late-night Fatburgers and fries that were passed around.
JENNIFER LOPEZ AND RYAN GUZMAN OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES' "THE BOY NEXT DOOR" TO CO-HOST OXYGEN MEDIA'S "SNAPPED" MARATHON ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 18thOxygen Media tapped killer co-stars Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman of the film, “The Boy Next Door” as co-hosts of a spine-tingling “Snapped” Sunday marathon that will air January 18th from 4pm – 9pm ET/PT. All the featured episodes and film focus on the younger man and older woman dynamic, with the marathon leading up to an all-new nail-biting episode of “Snapped: Killer Couples” as well as unveil a special look at Universal Pictures’ upcoming psychological thriller, “The Boy Next Door” in theaters Friday, January 23rd. Oxygen's true crime original series, “Snapped,” profiles the fascinating cases of women accused of murder. For a tease of the co-hosted promo with Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/shows/snapped/videos/snapped-marathon-with-jennifer-lopez-and-ryan-guzman
At 9pm ET/PT, the marathon concludes with a dramatic new episode of “Snapped: Killer Couples” featuring a married couple’s twisted scheme which is exposed when they conspire to murder the husband’s secret lover. But was this a crime of passion or a cold-blooded plot for cash? For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/shows/killer-couples/videos/killer-couples-sneak-peek-408-donna-and-jason-slaughter-part-1
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in “THE BOY NEXT DOOR,” a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth. “THE BOY NEXT DOOR” is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of Nuyorican Productions, Benny Medina of The Medina Company and John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment. To watch the trailer of “The Boy Next Door” visit: http://www.theboynextdoorfilm.com/#videos
Jennifer Lopez: "I Need to Play a Superhero!"She's got the muscle. She's got the moves. And we've already seen her kick some ass on the big screen.
Isn't it time Jennifer Lopez plays a superhero?
"That would be awesome," J.Lo told me while promoting her new thriller, The Boy Next Door. "I don't know why somebody hasn't thought about that yet."
Maybe she already has one in mind. She jokingly called out to the president of Warner Bros, the studio behind the Batman and Superman franchises. "Greg Silverman—I need to play a superhero!" she playfully shouted.
Until then, we do get to see Lopez in The Boy Next Door (in theaters on Jan. 23). In what's sure to become a hit guilty pleasure, she plays a high school teacher who is terrorized by a much younger man (Ryan Guzman) after they have a one-night stand.
"It's a movie we produced [and] we shot in 25 days on a micro-budge, like $4 million," Lopez said. "It was just one of those passion projects."
Her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas found the script. Director Rob Cohen signed on pretty quickly. "The next thing I knew, Ryan and I were in bed together," Lopez said with a laugh.
As we previously reported, Lopez and Guzman's sex scene leaves little to the imagination.
"It was intense," the American Idol judge said. "Those scenes are embarrassing. They are uncomfortable, but your job as an actress or an actor is to make it believable and this movie in particular…hinges on if that was believable, that it was enough to make this guy go insane."
The Boy Next Door also stars John Corbett as Lopez's philandering husband.
The Sex and the City actor gushed over Lopez, who he said he's had a "crush" on since seeing her in Out of Sight back in 1998.
"It's a lot of days and a lot of hours on set and the last thing you want to do is be around someone who needs a lot," he told me. "They need a lot of attention. They actually don't want to go home at the end of the day because they like all the attention and because home is such a lonely place because they don't have 100 people handling them. Jennifer is the complete opposite of that and very cool and great to be around. She's such a normal megastar."
Jennifer Lopez Scores Big Vegas Payday ... Residency Now LoomsJennifer Lopez passed the "Vegas Residency Test" with flying colors on New Year's Eve, and in the process scored more than $400K.
Our Vegas sources tell us ... Lopez raked in $410,000 for her NYE performance at Caesars Palace, plus she gets back end. Even though the show was sold out, the venue only netted slightly more than $600K.
It's still good, and our sources say the point of the gig was to see if Lopez was a sufficient draw for a full-on residency.
To put Lopez's payday in context, Britney make around $475K a show with her new contract.
We're told Caesars was pleased.
JENNIFER LÓPEZ VISITS TELEMUNDOHispanic superstar Jennifer López will visit Telemundo for a series of interviews airing Wednesday, January 14 on “Un Nuevo Día” at 7 AM/6 C, “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” at 4 PM/3 C and Sunday, January 18 on “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” at 12 PM/11 AM C. Jennifer López is currently on a promotional tour for the movie “The Boy Next Door,” in which she plays a divorced woman who becomes involved in a dangerous romantic adventure with a young man played by Ryan Guzman. López is also Executive Producer of the film.
Jennifer Lopez: I've picked the 'wrong f-king guys'Jennifer Lopez knows exactly what went wrong in her past relationships.
“I’m a great girlfriend. And wife. Just picked the wrong f–king guys,” she revealed on Wednesday night’s season premiere of “American Idol.”
The singer, 45, has had a string of unsuccessful relationships — including ex-husband Marc Anthony, ex-fiancé Ben Affleck and, most recently, younger backup dancer-turned-beau Casper Smart, 27 — but recently said she’s taking a break from men.
“I’m just enjoying being on my own,” the “Idol” host told Meredith Vieira in September. “I feel like I need that right now. I’ve been in relationships kind of back-to-back my whole life and I just needed time.”
Her memoir, which came out in 2014, details her painful divorce from Anthony, 46, and includes a revelation that she had an emotionally abusive past, although she doesn’t name anyone specifically.
“I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve been in relationships where I have felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally,” she wrote in her book, “True Love.” “I know what it feels like for your soul to be diminished by the way your loved one is treating you.”
Fox to Make American Idol Episodes Available Online for the First TimeThis... is American Idol. Online, that is.
For the first time ever, full episodes of the 13-year-old singing competition will be available online, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Beginning Thursday with the launch of the second part of the Season 14 premiere, full episodes can be seen the day after their broadcast debut on AmericanIdol.com, FoxNow.com, and on Hulu Plus. Additionally, fans will be able to access episodes via Video-on-Demand services from DirectTV, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, among others.
In previous seasons, only clips of memorable performances and other watercooler moments were available online. In contrast, full episodes of The Voice have been available on NBC.com, Hulu and through Video-on-Demand for several seasons.
Idol, featuring returning coaches Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban, opened to 11.2 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo on Wednesday.
Will you watch Idol online?
Jennifer Lopez: We Don't Have To Fake Our Chemistry On American IdolThe American Idol panel has been known for having a fair share of drama in the past. But now, the current judges couldn't be more of a happy family.
They even finish each other's sentences.
During a recent break from filming the audition process for season 14 of the FOX reality singing competition, panelists Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. couldn't wait to tell PEOPLE how much they enjoy working together.
"Look, if we had to B.S. and pretend we were friends, we would do it because that is part of what our job is," Connick said before Lopez jumped in to finish his thought.
"…But we don't have to!" the Latin beauty said with a smile.
Even their exhausting shooting schedule can't break the trio apart.
"We can spend 11 or 12 hours a day together – day after day after day," says Urban. "Tempers can flare when you get in those conditions, but I get along so well with [Harry and Jennifer]. I still look forward to seeing them. You can't say that about the people you work with all the time."
"My single favorite part of doing this job is sitting next to Jen and Keith," adds Connick. "It's a good feeling."
The new season of American Idol premieres Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Jennifer Lopez -- I'm Officially Jennifer Lopez AgainJennifer Lopez hasn't been Jennifer Lopez for a long time, but she's Jennifer Lopez again. We'll explain.
It turns out ... JLo legally changed her name to Jennifer Muñiz when she married Marc Anthony (his real name is Marco Muñiz) and she never changed it back. The couple filed for divorce in April 2012, but it didn't become official until June 2014.
And JLo remained Muñiz until December 31, when court docs show her name legally reverted back to Jennifer Lopez.
JMu just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Jennifer Lopez's Documentary Reveals the Singer's Intense Pain and Sadness While Divorcing Marc Anthony(Video) If there's one thing Jennifer Lopez really wants in her life, it's a healthy and lasting marriage.
Unfortunately, those dreams couldn't come true with Marc Anthony as the couple ultimately divorced after seven years of marriage.
But behind all the headlines, fans of Lopez never got to see what the singer was really feeling and experiencing in real time…until now!
On Wednesday's premiere of the HBO Documentary, Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again, cameras rolled as the "Booty" singer experienced pure "pain" when separating and divorcing from her husband.
"That wasn't my dream. My dream was for us to always be together," she shared with the cameras. "You never want to break up family."
The split was extra difficult because her twins, Max and Emme, were traveling with mom during her first world tour making it harder to see dad on a regular basis.
"This is so I can always remember my daddy," Emme explained to the crew while holding her red heart-shaped necklace. "I'm going to be with him. I want to remember him so I bought this heart."
"It hurts me to see them miss him so much," Lopez said while tearing up. "They miss him so much."
For much of the tour, the "On the Floor" crooner had to stay focused on her children and her job at hand. But through all the rehearsals, support from fans and sold-out crowds, Lopez couldn't escape the pain of divorce.
"I remember being on the set and being in my dressing room and not feeling like I could get up in the morning and there's just no pain like that. There's no pain or failure like going through a divorce," she explained. "That hope, that dream, that fairytale, with that first time that dream gets blown to pieces, you feel like you're going to die."
She added, "You feel like you failed. You feel like no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make it work."
Despite the heartache and sadness, Lopez couldn't help but suggest bringing Anthony to her final tour stop in Puerto Rico so they could perform "No Me Ames" together. With little hesitation, Anthony agreed leaving fans absolutely thrilled.
"There's still love there and I think that's a big statement for people to see," Lopez explained after singing onstage with her ex. "It says we've moved on and we're healthy….We took this journey and we're better. We survived."
'Drunk fool' charged with crashing into J.Lo's carA Las Vegas man has been charged with crashing into Jennifer Lopez’s Rolls-Royce in Malibu, California, while drunk.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said in a statement Monday that 53-year-old Robert John Reitz was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving at nearly twice the legal blood-alcohol limit. He could get six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if he’s convicted.
Reitz is scheduled to be arraigned later Monday. Authorities did not have any information on a possible attorney for him.
The singer-actress was stopped at a traffic light on the Pacific Coast Highway with her two kids and actress Leah Remini in September when a pickup truck hit her vehicle from behind.
No one was injured.
Jennifer Lopez Proves Once Again She Is Timeless on Latina Cover(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Jennifer Lopez has shown us once again that she is the epitome of the perfect human being.
She covers Latina magazine with her The Boy Next Door co-star, Ryan Guzman, and it's incredibly tough to tell who is hotter. Although 27-year-old Guzman is much younger than his "Booty" singer co-star, we're giving J.Lo the win here. Throughout the magazine spread Guzman sensually holds the Selena actress' body, which for all intents and purposes is a "work of art."
At least we're not the only ones who can't handle how gorgeous the 45-year-old is. Guzman tells the magazine that he couldn't believe it when his manager called him to tell him that she wanted to read the script with him.
"My manager told me that Jennifer Lopez wanted me to read for this film," Guzman recalls to the magazine. "I thought, of course, he was joking. So I said, 'Screw you! This isn't real!'"
But real it was. After hosting a table read at her house, both stars created the drama that is set to release in early 2015. Don't worry, Guzman, you're among a large crowd who can barely contain themselves at the sight of her.
Iggy Azalea was also so blown away by Lopez's looks that she had to publicly express to her 3.53 million Twitter followers that she made her feel like "dog poo." Given her rock hard abs that she showed off in a new killer ad campaign for women's health and wellness brand BodyLab, we feel like dog poo, too.
In the pics she dons midriff tops and spandex that show off her famous booty and perfectly accentuate her curves.
It's all too much to handle.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR INAUGURAL "PEOPLE MAGAZINE AWARDS"Triple Threat: Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez: Dating Younger Men Is 'No Big Deal'In her words, Jennifer Lopez is a "love addict."
The artist, who considers herself a dancer first and foremost, admits in Self's January cover story that she finds "comfort" in relationships, despite the hardships her love life has repeatedly faced.
Lopez, whose Benjamin Button-like condition continues to run rampant, looks fairly incredible in the magazine, her toned body on athletic and age-defying display. In one photo, she bares all – and mid pull-up, to boot – in a pair of white briefs and a white, long-sleeved crop top.
"I've been through divorce. I've been cheated on, just like every other girl in the world," Lopez, 45, told the mag of the similarities between herself and her character in The Boy Next Door, an upcoming psychological thriller that features her as a separated woman who falls in love with the high school-aged boy next door.
"So you sympathize, you understand the emotions. And I've dated a younger guy once in my life," she added, referencing her 2½ year relationship with choreographer and dancer Casper Smart, who is nearly 20 years her junior. The couple split in June, and Lopez is currently single.
"I could definitely understand that part, too – the attraction."
"All the old clichés about women need to be undone. Enough already," Lopez added. "We're in the other position now. We are desirable older, we can date younger guys and it's not this big taboo. Men have been doing this for years, and it's no big deal."
On her many high-profile relationships, breakups and makeups, Lopez revealed to Self: "When you have that much pain, you have to anesthetize yourself in some ways. People do different things. Some go out and party and sleep around, but that's just not my way. I found the comfort in someone else."
Lopez will appear at PEOPLE's first ever PEOPLE Magazine Awards on Thursday, airing at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The Boy Next Door hits theaters Jan. 23.
American Idol Will Get Rid of Results ShowAmerican Idol is getting trimmed to one night a week.
Ryan Seacrest confirmed Friday that the show will air performances and results in a single night once the season gets into its Top 10, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"There won't be a 'wait 'til tomorrow night,'" Seacrest said at the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, THR reports. "There won't be a 'Coming up, coming up, coming up.' We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting."
Last season, Idol slashed its results show down to 30 minutes to air on Thursday nights, after the performances were shown on Wednesdays. The new format mimics ABC's Dancing with the Stars, which switched to a single-show format earlier this year.
American Idol kicks off Season 14 on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 8/7c on Fox. Do you think it's a good idea to cut out the results show?