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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 31/07/2003 (7060 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
THINK you know Jennifer Lopez? Think you have the J.Lo-down?
You could win some J.Lo booty, including a woman’s short-sleeve T-shirt and a black twill baseball cap from her upcoming movie Gigli, co-starring Ben Affleck. Simply answer the following questions:
Jennifer Lopez broke the $1-million barrier — a salary paid to a Latina actress — with what film?
In 2001, Lopez won herself another distinction when she had a No. 1 movie in theatres at the same week she had a No. 1 record in stores. Name the movie and the record.
What martial art did J.Lo learn for the revenge thriller Enough?
Name the movies in which Jennifer’s love interest was:
In what film did Lopez make her feature debut?
In what movie did Lopez share acting credits with Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone?
What rapper does J.Lo perform with on the song I’m Real?
Which J.Lo film was directed by the guy who helmed the R.E.M. video Losing My Religion?
What is the impediment that keeps J.Lo from any kind of romantic attachment with Robin Williams in the movie Jack?
“Actors are used to getting their way and treating women like objects.” — Thus spake J.Lo, referring to a co-star who didn’t talk to her for two months after she rebuffed his advances. Name the co-star and the movie.
In what film did Lopez rebuff a really large, menacing snake? Hint: It’s a different film from the one in Question No. 10.
In what yet-to-be-released film, other than Gigli, does J. Lo appear with fiancé Ben Affleck?
a) Jack Nicholson
b) Sean Penn
c) Jim Caviezel
d) Matthew McConaughey
E-mail the answers to the above questions to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 p.m. today. Winners will be notified by return e-mail by 5 p.m. today. One entry per person please. (Multiple entries will be deleted.)
Winners must be able to pick up their prizes by 5 p.m. tomorrow at the reception desk of the Free Press at 1355 Mountain Ave.
Answers will be published in tomorrow’s Free Press.
You’ve gotta read between the lines
FULL disclosure: If there had been a print press junket for the movie Gigli, I would have been all over it.
And I admit I would have considered it my professional duty to ask as many non-Gigli questions as possible, as least to one of its participants. That would have been me saying: “Say, Miss Lopez, how’s that Shall We Dance movie proceeding?”
But there was no print junket. Gigli offered a limited junket for TV reporters only in Los Angeles two weekends back. For the newspaper reporters interested in the film, the studio sent generic VHS videotape segments of interviews done with the stars.
Don’t look for anything confrontational on these tapes. I don’t know who’s asking the questions, but they make ET’s Mary Hart look like Mike Wallace in full ambush mode.
For example: Ben Affleck on his co-star Jennifer Lopez:
“Jennifer was a pleasure. We didn’t know each other before this. I just got to meet her, and obviously, I thought she was an extraordinary actress, great for the part,” he says. “And we became great friends on this movie.”
Well, yeah, dude. Don’t get all gushy or anything. You’re only engaged.
Ah, well, in its own soft-peddling way, the tape does yield some useful info on Gigli beyond Affleck’s explanation that the title “rhymes with ‘really'” and refers to his character, Larry Gigli.
Affleck describes Larry as “basically kind of like a bottom-of-the-line, pathetic, shmucky money-collector-bagman-jack-of-all-trades” or “a low-rent scumbag, essentially.”
In the film, which opens in Winnipeg tomorrow, Gigli kidnaps Brian (Justin Bartha), the mentally challenged brother of a federal prosecutor. Larry is operating under the assumption that this move will protect the crazed gangster Starkman (Al Pacino) from the prosecutor’s wrath.
But Larry does not exactly enjoy the confidence of his underworld cronies. That explains the sudden appearance of Lopez’s character Ricki at Gigli’s apartment.
“(Gigli) just thinks he’s gotten lucky, like the kid he just kidnapped is a babe magnet or something like that,” Lopez says, further on into the tape. “It turns out she’s a contractor as well, hired to watch the kid and him. So they’re kind of watching each other and the kid at the same time.”
It’s not exactly juicy stuff so far. Affleck does express more than usual enthusiasm for the film’s writer-director, Martin Brest.
“He directed Midnight Run, which is my favourite movie of all time,” he says. “So this was like working with one of your heroes, you know?”
Both Lopez and Affleck wax rhapsodic about Pacino, too.
“Working with Al Pacino is something every young actor dreams of doing once in their life,” Affleck says. “And just spending a week with him, watching him work, was the best acting lesson I’ve ever had. He’s a phenomenal actor, and a wonderful guy, incidentally.”
J.Lo offers a Jenny-from-the-heart kind of observation that working with Pacino was an affirmation of her own achievement.
“With Pacino, it was just like, I like to say, ‘being in the room.’ You are in the room. You’re acting now.”
Yet it all feels too sweet, too much like a studio press release. I fast-forward to Lainie Kazan’s interview segments. Lainie plays Affleck’s mother. I am comforted by her presence on the tape. She localizes the movie for me. She’s like an honorary Winnipegger since she played Nia Vardalos’s mother in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
What does Lainie say about J.Lo?
“I think she’s gorgeous. I think she’s absolutely beautiful,” she says. “I don’t think she’s deep, I think she sees the surface, and she looks good…”
What? I grab the remote and rewind to make sure I heard that correctly. Darn. It turns out that was Lainie talking about her own character. What does Lainie have to say about J.Lo?
“I only have this one big scene, but she was delicious, delightful, not at all difficult or diva-ish,” Lainie says. “She was so mellow and easy to work with and I just found them both to be professional and fabulous.”
OK, fine. But I’m still missing the juicy stuff. Isn’t this, after all, the movie where the newly-married Jen started to fall in love with Ben? I need a quote along the lines of Woody Allen’s Soon-Yi affirmation: “The heart wants what it wants.”
The closest I get is a line where Lopez describes the theme of the movie as it pertains to Larry, Ricki and Brian:
“Certain things happen in your life that change,” Lopez says. “People come into your life and all of a sudden, your life kicks in a different direction that you didn’t expect.”
Read between the lines, people!