By Louise A. Barile
Updated August 08, 2003 01:55 PM

THE GOVERNATOR: “Terminator 3” actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 56, revealed his intention to run for governor of California this week during a taping of the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. The action star joined a slew of contenders (including former “Diff’rent Strokes” star Gary Coleman and political columnist Arianna Huffington) who will be on the ballot as part of a recall effort against current Gov. Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger said his position as a political outsider would help him avoid being influenced by special interest groups.

GOBBLE, GOBBLE: The “Stinker of the Summer” label has been permanently affixed to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in “Gigli.” The movie — which marks the real-life couple’s first on-screen pairing — opened to derisive reviews and disappointing business last weekend, bringing in an anemic $3.8 million and adding to a tough week that included tabloid headlines about Affleck’s recent trip to a strip club. Reps for the pair, however, insist all is well with the couple, and their wedding is still on.

RUBEN’S SHIRT SUIT: “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard filed a lawsuit in an Alabama court against the hip-hop clothing maker 205 Flava Inc., claiming the company wrongly profited from his image after he wore its jerseys on the FOX show last season, the Associated Press reported. Reps for clothing manufacturer, however, claim the singer was secretly paid to wear their jerseys, in violation of a FOX rule barring contestants from endorsing products while on the show. The lawyers for 205 Flava displayed $10,000 in checks made out to Studdard’s brother, Kevin, and his manager, Ron Edwards.

TOUGH CHOICE: In a rare public appearance since being charged with rape, Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa attended the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, where he was named favorite male athlete, reported the Associated Press. “We’re flying through some dark clouds,” Bryant said. His speech aired on FOX Wednesday, the same day Bryant, 24, appeared in a Colorado court to face charges of sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman.

UNDER WRAPS: A California judge sealed allegedly topless photographs of Cameron Diaz taken at a private modeling session about a decade ago, before she was famous, the Associated Press reported. The judge based his decision on the “Charlie’s Angels” star’s right to privacy of her own body and has set a Sept. 12 date to hear her request for an injunction against photographer John Rutter, who was attempting to sell the pictures.