SOUND BITES The Jennifer Lopez–Alan Jackson grudge match continues. Two weeks ago, her remix disc ”J to tha L-O!” pushed his ”Drive” out of the top spot on the Billboard chart. Last week, ”Drive” returned, pushing J. Lo to No. 3. This week, she’s back on top, selling 101,550 copies, according to SoundScan. Linkin Park‘s ”Hybrid Theory” was No. 2, with 96,375 copies. ”Drive” fell to third (96,050 sold). Debuting at No. 4 was gospel star Kirk Franklin‘s ”The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin” (90,750 units). Ludacris climbed one spot to No. 5 with ”Word of Mouf” (86,975 copies).
Creed‘s ”Weathered” fell four places to No. 6. Nickelback‘s ”Silver Side Up” dipped two spots to No. 7. Pink‘s ”M!ssundaztood” held at No. 8. Reentering the top 10 on the coattails of her movie ”Crossroads,” Britney Spears‘s ”Britney” vaulted five places to No. 9. Puddle of Mudd‘s ”Come Clean” slipped one spot to No. 10….
REEL DEALS If you were casting a movie called ”Original Gangsta Bitches,” who would be the first actress on your wish list? If you were Universal, it would be Reese Witherspoon. Actually, it makes sense, sort of. The comedy is billed as a ”Thelma & Louise”/”Rush Hour” hybrid about an uptight white woman who ends up helping a street-smart black woman to plan a heist. Maybe they should call the movie ”Illegally Blonde.”…
Jennifer Garner has reached that milestone in every Hollywood actress’s life: getting cast as a prostitute. The ”Alias” star will play a call girl who has a brief encounter with fugitive con man Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg‘s ”Catch Me if You Can,” currently in production. This just before she stars opposite Ben Affleck in ”Daredevil.” Guess that quick-change training from ”Alias” should come in handy.
Ralph Fiennes will play a prince of a guy opposite Jennifer Lopez in ” .” In this Cinderella update written by John Hughes, he’ll play a Kennedyesque politico who’s a guest in the hotel where J. Lo makes the beds, but he mistakes her for a socialite and falls in love with her. Wayne Wang (”The Joy Luck Club”) will direct the movie, which shoots in April in New York….
Not only are Master P and Lil’ Romeo going into the TV business together, they’re going into the movies together as well. In addition to their Nickelodeon pilot ”Pieces to the Puzzle,” the father-son rappers will shoot ”Shorty,” which Master P will produce, and in which the 12-year-old will play a Los Angeles youth who starts a rap duo with a midget alien. Imagine the pitch: ”It’s E.T. with beats!”