Morning Buzz: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Not Divorcing?
Despite reports of an impending divorce, Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony are in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a New Year’s vacation, according to E! The couple were seen dining with family and friends at San Juan restaurant Marmalade. “Jennifer and Marc looked very happy, so it is hard for me to believe the rumors that their marriage is in trouble,” Marmalade’s manager reported. “They were laughing and seemed to be having a great time.” Lopez’s rep has also denied a New York Daily News report that the couple will announce their split after Anthony’s Valentine’s Day concert at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 14. “There is no merit to the article,” the rep said.
Former NBA player Charles Barkley was arrested for DUI early this morning in Arizona, according to TMZ. The award-winning and outspoken player, who reportedly plans to run for governor of Alabama in 2014, was arrested by Gilbert County Police at a DUI checkpoint, and released this morning on bail.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is planning a sequel to his megahit musical The Phantom of the Opera in 2009, and says that he already has the actor who is going to replace Michael Crawford in the role of “the Phantom” in mind, according to Page Six. “We are pretty clear who our Phantom is going to be – I can’t say who,” he said. London’s The Times speculates that actors Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler are reportedly the top contenders for the role.
NFL player Larry Fitzgerald, the wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, has been ordered to stay away from his girlfriend and 11-month old son after a domestic dispute reportedly turned violent, according to TMZ. Fitzgerald is alleged to have thrown Angela Nazario against a wall and pulled her hair out after she brought their son for a visit in October. In legal papers, Nazario claims that Fitzgerald “grabbed me by my hair with both hands on the back of my head very very hard and tossed me across the room.” Reps for Fitzgerald had no comment.
Director/producer Stephen Soderbergh is reportedly planning a 3-D musical version of Cleopatra starring Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta-Jones called Cleo. Page Six reports that Soderbergh describes the spectacle as “our version [of the Cleopatra story] will be like an Elvis musical in 3D. It’s a total rock ‘n’ roll, 1966 aesthetic – like ‘Viva Las Vegas’ meets ‘Tommy. I’ve wanted my whole career to make a musical. And the 3D makes it more challenging but makes it more fun.”