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JENNIFER LOPEZ & CASPER SMART JUST HAVING ‘FUN’
Four months after splitting from Marc Anthony-and after recently being linked with PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2011 Bradley Cooper (see page 80)-Jennifer Lopez is relishing attention from a new guy: dancer/choreographer Casper Smart, who is 18 years her junior. “They’re dating and having a good time,” a source tells Scoop. Explains another: “She’s known him for a few months-he’s traveled with her as one of her dancers. They recently started getting close.” But don’t expect things to get too serious. “They’re just having fun and this will never become more,” the second source says of Lopez’s relationship with Smart, who has appeared in Glee and worked with Beyonce and Eminem. “Jennifer’s main focus is still her children. She’s doing well and has moved on from Marc to a much better life. She is very happy right now.”
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AT THE MARINE CORPS BALL
Can we get an “Oorah”? Justin Timberlake won over some tough new fans on Nov. 12 when he fulfilled a promise to escort Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, 23, to her Instructor Battalion Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Va., after the combat instructor wooed him with an invite via YouTube. Timberlake, who blogged that the event was “one of the most moving evenings I’ve ever had,” clowned around with De Santis (“My hero,” he wrote), posed for pics and even brought his sexy to the dance floor. “I know lots of Marines who didn’t like him before who now think he’s a legit guy due to the fact he made good on his word, which for us is a big thing,” said one of the Marines at the ball. “Semper fi, bro!”
Quote of the Week
“As long as my boobs are at home at a certain hour, I can do whatever I want.”
-Working mom Pink, with daughter Willow, 5 months, at the Happy Feet Two premiere in Hollywood Nov. 13
PIPPA MIDDLETON SINGLE AGAIN!
Pippa Middleton, 28, is back on the market now that she’s split from former cricketer and businessman Alex Loudon, 31. After a year together, there was speculation that the couple, who were seen cuddling after a charity ball last month, would announce their engagement. “This time it’s over,” a source told Britain’s Sun. “They are barely speaking.” Pippa, who spent time last weekend with college pal George Percy, will have no shortage of suitors, says Majesty editor Ingrid Seward: “Men think she’s really sexy and attractive.”
SNEAK PEEK The Hunger Games
OBSESSED YET? COSTAR ELIZABETH BANKS DISHES ON THE BUZZY FILM-IN WHICH YOUTHS MUST FIGHT TO THE DEATH-DUE MARCH 23
“She embodies Katniss Everdeen in every way,” Banks says of Jennifer Lawrence as the series’ steely heroine. The Games unfold in a dystopian world where kids are drafted to fight for survival.
As stylist Cinna, Lenny Kravitz (left) “embodies elegance,” says Banks. Woody Harrelson (center) is mentor Haymitch, and Josh Hutcherson is Peeta, a Games player who quickly bonds with Katniss.
Unlike Twilight‘s leading lady, “Katniss is not pining for anybody,” Banks says of the relationship between Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth). “This isn’t about a first kiss. This is life and death.”
To play Effie Trinket, a publicity agent for the cruel Games, the look was “a little Kabuki, a little Marie Antoinette, a little Shakespeare, a little bohemian,” says Banks.
Young competitor Rue (Amandla Stenberg) befriends Katniss in the film, based on Suzanne Collins’s bestseller.
OLD BEFORE THEIR TIME
Katy Perry, 27, aged in her “The One That Got Away” video to play what she calls the “grandma” version of herself. Leonardo DiCaprio, 37, reportedly spent up to seven hours a day in the makeup chair to play the first FBI director in J. Edgar, and Hugh Grant, 51, is unrecognizable in the upcoming sci-fi movie Cloud Atlas. We asked PEOPLE readers: Who wears the extra years best?
18% Katy Perry
34% Leo DiCaprio
48% Hugh Grant
RACHEL CROW COMEBACK KID
Her fans think she’s a ray of sunshine on The X Factor, but Crow, 13, has a dark past: She was born to a drug-addicted mother. According to her adoptive mom, Barbara, who took Crow in as a 6-month-old foster kid in her native Colorado, Rachel “lived in a crack house” and “went through withdrawals.” But she rebounded: “By 18 months, she could sing whole songs!”
KAT VON D: ‘JESSE CHEATED ON ME’
Kat Von D’s Facebook status update: Shocked. On Nov. 13 she posted, “Today I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year.” Von D, 29, said, “I know I deserve a big fat ‘I told you so’ ” for dating James, 42, who split from Sandra Bullock after his cheating was revealed. A source close to James says Von D’s “claim is ridiculous.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG!
That sweetheart smile! Those coveted curls! As Meg Ryan marks the big five-0 on Nov. 19, Scoop celebrates her most memorable looks and lines
THE TEEN BEAUTY
1979 Meg was prom queen (of course) at Bethel High School in Connecticut.
THE PLATINUM CROP
1994 Meg lightened up after her ’93 smash hit Sleepless in Seattle.
“SO MUCH OF WHAT I SEE REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING I READ IN A BOOK, WHEN SHOULDN’T IT BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND?”
–You’ve Got Mail, 1998
THE CUTE CHOP
1981 Postgraduation, Meg moved to New York City to study journalism at NYU.
THE TAMED TRESSES
1990 She wed Dennis Quaid in ’91 (they split in ’00); their son Jack is now 19.
THE SLEEK SHAG
2004 After ’04’s Against the Ropes, Meg left the big screen for three years.
THE SOAP SWEETIE
1983 The Hollywood hopeful got her big break on As the World Turns.
“MOST WOMEN AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER HAVE FAKED IT.”
–When Harry Met Sally, 1989
THE BOUNCY BOB
2008 She adopted daughter Daisy, who was 1, from China in 2006.
“TAKE ME TO BED OR LOSE ME FOREVER.”
–Top Gun, 1986
THE MAJOR CURLS
1989 With the perfect perm, she shot to stardom in romantic comedies.
2011 Woman in love! She’s dated rocker John Mellencamp for nearly a year.
JESSICA SIMPSON ON HER PREGNANCY: ‘IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE’
She kept the secret as long as she could, but now Jessica Simpson-who announced her pregnancy on Oct. 31-is ready to shout her happiness from the hills. She sat down with Scoop while promoting BeautyMint, a personalized skin-care line she helped develop, and opened up about her next role in life: mom!
How did you break the pregnancy news to your fiance, Eric Johnson, and your family?
I couldn’t keep a secret. When my test said “pregnant,” I didn’t want to pee on another stick, because I didn’t want it to say anything different! I was in complete shock and went straight to Eric. I randomly took [the test] because I felt weird and I have them around just in case. And when it comes to the public, my baby wanted to be known. There was no sucking it in! I definitely was showing very fast.
Has Eric been supportive?
We’re both so excited and our relationship has grown so much. He’s been to every doctor’s appointment with me, and when I’m tired, he rubs me. We can’t believe we get to do this and we get to do it together. We’re going to be a rock-star family. How are you feeling?
People always say that pregnant women have a glow. And I say it’s because you’re sweating to death! I think they just tell women that to make them feel good about themselves. I was rubbing my body butter on last night and thinking, “I’m accepting the fact that I can’t sleep on my back or my stomach anymore.” Everything’s growing but you’re making a life. It’s pretty cool. And I had no morning sickness at all. I got really lucky. I was meant to be pregnant.
What are you looking forward to most?
Just knowing that we’re creating this life together takes you beyond the moon. I look forward to having a family, to having what I had growing up. It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to be a mom.”
“Peanut butter . . . and I crave cantaloupe, but I put salt all over it. Anything salty and sweet.” What’s out: pizza. “It tastes sour!”
“I look forward to Cacee babysitting,” laughs Simpson, 31, of her recently engaged BFF Cacee Cobb, who’s already onboard to help.
WHAT SHE WON’T GIVE UP
Her sky-high shoes. “I’ll give birth in heels!”