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LO AND BEHOLD Jennifer Lopez‘s latest fashion statement: a low-cut Valentino wedding gown, worn as she exchanged vows with dancer/choreographer Cris Judd on Saturday, less than eight months after the announcement of her split from boyfriend of two years Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs. The wedding was held at a private home in Calabasas, 20 miles north of Los Angeles. Lopez manager Benny Medina was best man, and Arlene Rodriguez, the singer/actress’ best friend since childhood, was maid of honor. Attorney Barry Hirsch conducted the ceremony.
The couple met during the shoot of Lopez’s ”Love Don’t Cost a Thing” video in January. Although J. Lo never confirmed to the press that she was even seeing Judd, much less planning to marry him, their relationship was show business’ worst-kept secret. The tabloids reported in June that Judd had popped the question at a weekend barbecue in Los Angeles, printed copies of the couple’s engagement party invitations in August, and announced on Friday that Lopez and Judd’s ”secret” wedding would take place the next day. Given the frenzy of press attention, you’d think Judd and Lopez would have J.-loped. But no, Lopez managed to throw together a snag-free reception for 170 guests and commission herself a custom designer gown, all in just three months. Guess she picked up some good pointers when she starred in ”The Wedding Planner.” The marriage is the first for Judd, 32, and the second for the 31-year-old Lopez. Her yearlong marriage to Cuban-born waiter/model Ojani Noa ended in 1988.
TUBE TALK New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani opened the 27th season of ”Saturday Night Live” last weekend with a somber speech officially giving Americans permission to laugh again. He appeared in the studio with the city’s police commissioner, fire commissioner, and several cops and firefighters, as if to imply that even these beleaguered and grieving emergency workers were ready for some levity. His speech was followed by the appearance of a second surprise guest, Paul Simon, who sang his old hit ”The Boxer,” a song apparently chosen more for the last verse’s metaphor of a resilient fighter than for the rest of the song’s portrayal of New York City as an uncaring, inhospitable place. Then, ”SNL” producer Lorne Michaels appeared, asking the mayor, ”Can we be funny?” ”Why start now?” quipped Giuliani. True to his word, it was the only funny line of the evening. Then he said, ”Live from New York…” and it was business as usual….
Jay Leno also tried to restore the comedy status quo Saturday night, playing a free show in Las Vegas in support of the local tourist industry, which has suffered a post-attack slump that has resulted in hundreds of layoffs. He played to a packed house of 1,700 at the EFX Theater at the MGM Grand Hotel. He joked that he had a plan to get rid of terrorist and millionaire Osama bin Laden. ”Send overAnna Nicole Smith. She’ll get his money. He’ll be gone in a week.” So things are getting back to normal.
TROPHY TIME How will this Sunday’s Emmys include the 100 or so New York-based TV actors, directors, and writers who don’t much feel like flying to California for a party these days? The show will go bicoastal, allowing Manhattan-based nominees to appear in segments originating at Rockefeller Center’s Studio 6A, where ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien” is shot. As many as five of the evening’s 27 awards will be presented from there, while the rest are given out at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Unprecedented as it sounds, an East Coast-West Coast Emmy show was actually the norm for more than 20 years, until the early 1970s, by which time the bulk of TV production had moved to Hollywood….
In another attempt to produce a non-frivolous awards show, the seventh annual VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards are going ahead on October 19, to be taped for an October 22 broadcast, but producer Todd Schwartz tells Variety that the show will ratchet down the glitz while still ”[tipping] our hat to New York’s unstoppable energy and rhythm.” The show will have no host and will include set pieces shot at various outdoor Manhattan locations. Performing will be such stylish singers as Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, and, um, John Mellencamp. Among the presenters will be Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs, Angie Harmon, Salma Hayek, Courtney Love, Dylan McDermott, and Renée Zellweger.
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