Nelly Says His Family 'Flipped Out' Over New Duet With Janet
ST. LOUIS — As you might guess, enjoying the distinction of working with both Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson in less than a year has been "a dream come true" for Nelly.
"Amazing," Nelly said of the collaborations while sitting in Mack's, the new sports bar he owns with the St. Lunatics, on Thursday. He recently filmed the video for his "Call on Me" duet with Jackson, and he worked with M.C. on her The Emancipation of Mimi album.
"I'm big fans of both of them. Mariah Carey, she's possibly the best singer I've heard," he said. "And you watch someone such as Mariah, who went from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low, and come back like she never missed a beat, and stand up and smack everybody in the face like, 'I'm still here; matter of fact I'm better' — that gives you inspiration. That keeps me going.
"Then Janet Jackson — come on, man, that's Penny! That's Charlene," he continued, referring to Jackson's sitcom roles on "Good Times" and "Diff'rent Strokes." "Where do you go from there? It's a beautiful thing."
Nelly said his family was especially excited when it heard about the Jackson song, which will appear on her forthcoming LP, 20 Years Old. "My family flipped out," he smiled, showing off a diamond grill covering the bottom row of his teeth. "They're definitely fans of the Jacksons. I grew up singing Jackson Five songs. My uncle put a little band together with all the kids, and I used to have to be Mike. This was a long time ago."
The King of St. Louis said he made it a point to do true collaborations with Mariah and Janet, rather than make the track the way artists typically do — where the singer records 90 percent of the record and sends the Pro Tools file to another studio for the MC to lay his verse and ad libs.
"I wanted to do something different," he explained. "I just don't want to be, 'You do the song and I put the 16 [bars] on the end, or eight bars on the front.' With Mariah, I went in, me and Mariah sat down and wrote the song out. With Janet, we went in, wrote the song out. It's not like they had the song done and said, 'Nelly, put your thing on it.' I'm happy it went that way because I feel more of a part of it. You can't take me off and still have a song."
Although Nelly loved recording with Janet, he deemed the Mariah sessions the most fun he's ever had in two days in a studio. "When me and Mariah did the joint, we had the studio locked down," he recalled. "I was working on Sweatsuit, Snoop was working on his album and Mariah was working on her album. We had all the studio's doors open because we're all family.
"Snoop's room was little more smoky than everybody else's," he joked. "Matter of fact, I was in with Christina Aguilera in my studio and was going back and forth with Mariah. We had the basketball goal in there, we was hooping — me, Ali and one of our partners [against] Snoop, Nate Dogg and somebody else. Everybody was chilling. We in the studio, hooping like we outdoors."
So is Nelly going to call on Janet or Mariah, or maybe both superstars to return the favor and sing on his next LP? Maybe — he isn't sure about any collaborations just yet. His next record won't drop until next year, he said. He wants to concentrate on releasing albums by the artists on his Derrty Entertainment imprint.
Big Gipp and Ali have their duo LP, Kinfolk, coming in the next couple of months and Murphy Lee might drop his second album, The Package, before this year's out as well. If not, the youngest 'Tic will come next year, followed by Nelly and new singer Avery Storm.
Haylie Duff Does Broadway: A Behind-The-Scenes Countdown
NEW YORK — A lot of stars have tried their hands at Broadway, from Diddy in "A Raisin in the Sun" to Joey Fatone in "Rent" to Usher, who will be in "Chicago" next month. But the latest to make her debut is Haylie Duff, who's now playing
Amber Von Tussle in "Hairspray." And we were with her every step of the way ... 21 days until opening night: Haylie's moved to New York and is excited to find that the stage door to the Neil Simon Theatre is within walking distance of her new apartment — where she's living without younger sister Hilary for the first time. When she goes to the theater for her first day of rehearsal, conductor Jodie Moore asks her, "Are you usually an alto or a soprano?" "I don't even know," the actress admits. They sing a bit to figure it out, running through what will be one of Haylie's main numbers, "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now." "This is what I sang in my audition actually," Haylie says. She knows the song but still needs a little help. "Really chew out the words," Moore suggests. "Maybe alto would be good for you." Moore gives her a tape with her notes on it to listen to for homework — too bad Haylie doesn't have a cassette recorder to play it on. "This is the age of the iPod, people," she jokes later.
Also on the agenda is meeting her castmates — her new family for the next few months, since Haylie will be in the show through October. Dance captain Rusty Mowery takes her on the tour, introducing her to "Hairspray" star Shannon Durig, who plays Tracy Turnblad, Amber's arch-rival. "You'll have so much fun being mean to me," Durig tells her. Haylie then gets a rare peek at Blake Hammond (Edna Turnblad) as he's transformed from a man to a woman. "You won't recognize him next time," Rusty tells her. "He'll have boobs and a wig." But the best advice comes from Darlene Love, who plays Motormouth Maybelle. "This is what we usually do back here in the dressing rooms," Love explains. "We run up and down to the bathroom — there's only one — and sometimes we don't have on anything, so look out the door to see if someone's coming before you make your dash." "You're going to have to tell me all your tricks!" Haylie says.
18 days until opening night: Now that she's had a few days to rehearse her voice, Haylie has to learn her steps. Dance captain Michelle Kittrell starts by teaching her the most choreographed number she needs to learn, "The Nicest Kids in Town." Haylie tries to keep up while Michelle shouts out dance steps and moves: "Wave!" "Shimmy!" "Hitchhiker!" "Potato!" "Baltimore slide!" "Accentuate the shoulders on the pony circles," Michelle tells her. "In my head, I'm counting, so it's three drags with the foot, right, and then on eight?" Haylie asks. "Drag, drag, drag, turn?" Reciting lines and lyrics from that part of the show, Michelle gives her cues: " 'Don't be silly, the TV's not color, it's black and white!' Keep your right arm up." "So out, out, in?" Haylie asks about her arm movements. "I have it, it's just remembering that I do it that way." After trying the choreography a few times, Haylie's worn out. "Wait, we've got to go back. I forgot about what I'm doing. I'm in overload now."
7 days until opening night: "Are you ready? Because we're not!" William Ivey Long, the costume designer for the show and Broadway vet of 25 years, says as he swings open the doors of the fitting room. "It's your final fitting, what do you think?" Haylie twirls in the bright yellow dress she wears for the show's finale (minus the bodice; that's still being worked on). "I love it, I love the belt!" William says, sitting down and looking up at her dress. "This is the exact angle of incidence, this is 10th row center. I did a test once." "So am I going to be flashing people?" she asks, lifting up the skirt. "I keep you from doing that by sitting here," William says. "That's how I notice the bottom needs to come up." Getting up, he pins her. "Is this for your meanest scene?" he asks. "She throws a fit, she throws the flowers, she crawls under the chair," Haylie says, and realizes, "How am I going to fit under a chair in this?" The dress is 4 to 5 feet wide, like she has multiple petticoats on underneath. "Can you get under the stool?" William suggests. "Can I? Should I?" "If it won't hurt the dress, it won't hurt you." "And it won't crinkle it?" "The layers are all plastic," he reveals. "It's a 12-layer cake!" she laughs.
Now that Haylie's learned her songs and dance moves, she has to try them out onstage for practice. This time she knows the steps but has a lot of questions about the blocking for "The Nicest Kids in Town." "So behind Corny [Collins]?" "So I have to wait until the music changes for that? All the way to 12? Do I have to make it to 12? All the way down to four? And I'm still even with her, right?" Michelle Kittrell pretends to be Brenda, another council member from the Corny Collins Show, and practices with her. "You're behind Link Larkin, Tammy is up here, so when you're going here, she's following you," Michelle explains. "And when you turn the corner, she's going behind you to get in the line, so that's why you have to step on four, you set the line." "When I turn, it confuses me," Haylie tells her.
4 days until opening night: It's Haylie's first dress rehearsal, her first time doing any of the songs or dances with anyone else in the company besides her instructors, and instead of asking questions or missing turns, she's going through it like a pro. She's the only one in costume, besides a fellow newcomer who's playing Link Larkin. "That was the first time I felt like I knew it," Haylie says. "I didn't feel like I missed too much. We only stopped a couple of times in that.
"With acting, you're learning it in the environment you're going to shoot it," Haylie explains. "And before this, I hadn't danced in a couple of years, so it was about getting my body back in that mode, and using muscles that you don't really realize you're using. It's like running at the gym: You're not using all the tiny muscles that you use when dancing, especially old-school dances. It's way different than going out dancing at a club."
Opening night: Thirty minutes before the show, everyone signs in and gets ready for the rush of performing live for a capacity crowd of 1,500. Haylie is a little overwhelmed to learn the crowd is almost double what she thought it would be, but she feels like the hard part was the dress rehearsal. "That made opening night a little more easy and relaxed."
Her sister Hilary shows up two minutes before the curtain rises and sits with their mother, aunt, uncle and assorted friends in the sixth row. "It was my first time seeing anything she's done for this, and I was bawling," Hilary admits during the afterparty at the Palm, for which the cast is not only celebrating Haylie's joining the company, but also the production's four-year anniversary. "I thought she saw me, I thought she was looking at me, so I was going, 'I love you!' " "I couldn't see anybody!" Haylie says. "I know how nervous she was coming up here, but it looked like she had done the show 20 times," Hilary says. "We're so proud." Haylie's overcome with emotions after having made a successful debut in front of her family: "I can't really think about what she just said, because I'll cry!"
Jessica Simpson Finally Goes 'Public' With Longoria, Seacrest In Ratner-Directed Video
Jessica Simpson's making a public affair out of her new video — by inviting her famous friends to appear in her roller-skating-fantasy clip as a spoof on the paparazzi tracking her every move.
"The whole idea is that everybody's just o interested to know what's going on, and you can't really control that when you're a celebrity," Simpson said of the video for "A Public Affair," the debut single from her album of the same name, which is due August 29. "You can't stop it, so you just gotta think positively — just gather up all your girlfriends and go out and smile and look 100 percent."
While much has been made of how "A Public Affair" bears some resemblance to Madonna's "Holiday," Simpson's video is heavily influenced by Olivia Newton-John's 1980 film, "Xanadu," as well as several famous Material Girl moments — including videos like "Sorry" (with its choreographed roller-skating) and "Music" (with a celeb making a cameo as the star's chauffeur). Instead of Ali G, Simpson's got Ryan Seacrest in the driver's seat. "He doesn't like to be called the limo driver," Simpson said. "He's my 'Alfie,' that's what he likes to be called."
In the clip, Seacrest carts around Simpson's gaggle of gal pals, which includes Eva Longoria ("one of my best friends, we're both Texas girls"), Christina Applegate ("one of the funniest girls around, she has such a dry wit"), and Christina Milian, who was invited along not because she's a Simpson confidant, but because Simpson thinks she's "hot and beautiful and talented."
"I knew she was photographed a lot, so she'd understand the concept of it," the singer explained. "And thank God, she really jumped on it and wanted to do it, so now I have a new friend in Christina."
With "X-Men: The Last Stand" director Brett Ratner behind the camera, Simpson couldn't resist including a catfight, something Ratner mastered in Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" video, in which Carey wrecked a movie-theater bathroom as her alter ego, Bianca. This time, the fight is between Simpson and Maria Menounos, who gets upset when she sees her boyfriend making eyes at the blonde bombshell. This leads to two fantasy sequences: one where the boyfriend imagines what it would be like to be with Jessica, and one where Maria imagines what it would be like to tear Simpson's hair out. "I ended up pulling her extensions out, and she pulls my extensions out," Simpson laughed.
Andy Dick also gets a fantasy sequence of his own, thanks to shooting "Employee of the Month" recently with the singer/actress. "I called him up and asked him for a favor," Simpson said, "because he's one of the funniest guys you'll ever meet." Dick's dream scene involves Jessica and her girlfriends licking him while he's trying to give them their roller skates.
Simpson revealed that working with Ratner was rewarding, but demanding. "I know Brett's going to make everything right, but sometimes he makes it too right: take after take after take," Simpson said.
"Well, we had to get the lip synch, the performance ..." Ratner said in his own defense.
"It's not a movie, it's a music video!" Simpson countered.
"It's a mini-movie," Ratner concluded.
Want To Wake Up With Beyonce? Revealing Photo Spread Takes You Inside Her Morning
The recording of Beyoncé's upcoming B'Day album was kept a secret, even from the singer's father/manager. "I don't mind pressure," the former Destiny's Child leading lady told writer Scott Poulson-Bryant. "I'm very good under pressure. But I wanna put myself under pressure, not be pressured by someone else, or else I'm angry and it blocks my creativity. ... That's why I didn't tell anyone about this album."
According to Beyoncé, the only people who knew she was back in the studio (she was ssupposed to be vacationing) were her A&R guy and the producers she summoned into different rooms under the same roof: Rich Harrison, Swizz Beatz and Rodney Jerkins (see "Beyonce Asks Women To Battle Over Her For Backing-Band Roles").
"I'd go to another one and say, 'Rich got some fire, you gotta come with it, man,' " recalled Beyoncé, who recorded three tracks a day for two weeks. "It was magical. We'd just write a chorus or a verse and go into the next room and work on it. Everyone was excited to be here, just being creative. It didn't have any of that negative competition. And I was very conscious of my budget. I paid for it all myself, so I spent the least money on this project than any I've ever spent on a record, Destiny's Child included."
Along with revealing details of B'Day, the Giant cover story, titled "If I Was Your Girlfriend," also comes complete with a rather revealing photo spread courtesy of Ellen Von Unwerth, who recently shot Christina Aguilera's new album cover (see "Christina Channels Marilyn Monroe For Intimate Album Cover").
The concept is to give viewers a chance to see what it might look like if you woke up in the morning with Beyoncé on your bed and watched her get ready for the day. Pics show the singer in a sexy negligee, in the shower (complete with shower cap), and doing her hair (with curlers) and makeup.
"She dived in with us and was extremely enthusiastic about the whole concept," Giant Editor in Chief Smokey Fontaine said. "To be fearless enough to rock a national cover in curlers — at the peak of her career — is the sign of a true independent woman."
And speaking of waking up with the star, the article also includes a rare comment from the singer about her beau, Jay-Z.
"It's very easy," she said of their relationship. "He's so quick. And we respect each other. If I have any suggestions he respects it. If he has any suggestions, I respect it. It's just, I don't know, easy. And fun."
Beyoncé also addresses the other man in her life: Mathew Knowles, her father and manager.
"It took awhile for me and my dad to have an understanding," she said. "When I turned 18 and started handling my business more, he went into shock. And we had our issues. I'd say 'No' to something, and he'd book it anyway. Then I'd have to do it because I'd look bad [if I didn't]. We would fight sometimes, and it took about two years, to when I was 20, for him to realize, 'Oh, she is an adult now, and if she doesn't wanna do something, I can't make her do it.' "
The Giant interview discusses her role in the upcoming "Dreamgirls" movie as well ("I've never wanted a part this much"), including how it influenced her album (see "Beyonce's Triple Threat: New Album, Film, Fashion Line Before Year's End").
Usher Goes To Broadway, Finds Kindred Spirit In Richard Gere
Hey, if it's good enough for Sebastian Bach, Toni Braxton, David Hasselhoff, Huey Lewis and Joey Fatone, certainly Usher can do it — the Grammy winner is going to Broadway.
On August 22, Usher makes his debut in the musical "Chicago," taking over the role of Billy Flynn, played by Richard Gere in the Oscar-winning movie. The 27-year-old singer has performed for millions of screaming fans on stages across the world, but he's never been on a stage like this.
"This is a very exciting time in my career," Usher said Friday (July 14) in a statement. "I have always admired Broadway actors for their showmanship, dedication and focus that goes into performing live onstage every night. Being on Broadway allows you to connect to audiences in a whole new way that's different from music and movies. When they asked me to play Billy Flynn in 'Chicago,' I jumped at the chance to be a part of such an amazing production."
Usher's Broadway stint ends October 1. His main producer, Jermaine Dupri, recently told MTV News that the singer is already thinking about his next album and should begin recording before the year is out (see "Jermaine Dupri Says Usher's 'Getting The Bug Again' ").
Nick Lachey Announces US Tour!
Monday, July 10 – Los Angeles, CA - Jive Recording artist Nick Lachey released his solo album, What’s Left Of Me, on May 9, 2006. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart. Nine weeks and 500,000 + sales later, Nick’s hit record remains high on the Billboard Hot 100 and shows no signs of slowing down. Nick’s first single, the album’s title track, “What’s Left Of Me,” has stayed within the Top 20 on the pop charts peaking at #5. Radio has already embraced the second single, “I Can’t Hate You Anymore,” which impacts July 24.
The September/October U.S. tour behind What’s Left Of Me is Nick Lachey’s first-ever solo tour. Since the album’s release, Nick has performed his new material at a few radio events and selected smaller shows, but this tour will be the first real chance for fans to see and hear his tremendous voice and presence in person. Certified Gold in June, What’s Left Of Me has been a huge success for Nick, with its melodic, orchestrated pop feel and emotionally resonant lyrics. Fans have lined up in droves for Nick’s live appearances behind What’s Left Of Me to date, including 300+ autograph seekers for a Virgin in-store signing that saw fans camping out overnight in Times Square. Now, with the announcement of the tour, pop fans around the country will be able to see him perform live for the first time. These shows will be performed in a series of smaller theatres, allowing intimate concerts with fans.
Tickets for many of the shows will go onsale next weekend. For more information go to www.nicklachey.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Justin Timberlake Lets MTV Have First Listen Of 'SexyBack'
"I'm bringing sexy back," Justin Timberlake boasts on his new single, "SexyBack." And Justin's back too.
After nearly four years since the release of his debut solo album, Justified, the singer has new music to share — though you might not recognize it as his. "It's been awhile since the last record," Timberlake told MTV News in Paris on Thursday (July 6). "And I just wanted to try something new."
Timberlake worked with Rick Rubin and Will.I.Am for FutureSex/LoveSounds, but it wasn't until he hooked up with producer Timbaland that he figured out the direction he wanted the record to take.
"I sort of had an idea in mind where I wanted to go," he said, "and it turned out that I went completely left of that. But that's what music should do."
In "SexyBack," going "left" meant going more rock — not in how he constructed the song, but in how he sang it.
"I wanted to sing the song like a rock and roll singer, not an R&B singer," he said. "That's the approach."
Timberlake modeled himself after David Bowie and Prince, and describes "SexyBack" as Bowie and David Byrne covering James Brown's "Sex Machine." "That's the closest I could come," he said. "That's all of my influences for that song."
"SexyBack" doesn't qualify as rock or straight funk — and for now, Timberlake's happy with the description "club funk."
"I like that," he said. "Anything that I do and anything Timbaland does is going to be funky. That's a rule of thumb. And that's how the song got started, going more dance rock, club funk. There are people out there pushing the boundaries of music; Gnarls Barkley, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they always push themselves. The most you can hope for is music that pushes your sound as much as they push theirs."
Timberlake shot a video for the song while in Barcelona, Spain, making "SexyBack" the first clip the singer's shot overseas.
"Obviously we went for the architecture, the exteriors, the interiors — the vibe in Spain is different than anywhere else in the world," Timberlake said. "It's so cool to shoot there, but the girls are also pretty hot, so that doesn't hurt either."
The singer fleshed out the concept for the clip with director Michael Hausmann, picked for his work on Madonna's "Take a Bow."
"It's one of my favorite videos Madonna's ever done," Timberlake said. "Even today, I still remember the visuals, the images, how he captured her. A lot of times, Madonna seems like she's the person in control, and in that video, she seemed vulnerable. It was a cool thing to see."
Because "SexyBack" isn't exactly about Timberlake's vulnerable side (in the song, he boasts, "If that's your girl, better watch your back"), the video will have a very different approach than "Take a Bow."
Mandy Moore Signs With 'Artist-Empowering Record Label'
The Firm announced Wednesday it is launching a new artist-friendly music company, with records to be distributed by EMI Music in the U.S. and licensed for territories around the globe. The new music company will take the unprecedented step of splitting all profits with the artists signed to the venture rather than the traditional royalty structure.
Multi-platinum recording artist and actress Mandy Moore and rock group Army of Anyone, featuring former members of Filter and Stone Temple Pilots, are the first to sign to the company. "The current state of the industry challenges us to conceive innovative approaches in music," Moore said. "It is, therefore, especially exciting to be part of a venture in which artistic freedom is encouraged. I am thrilled by the opportunity to join forces with The Firm, as well as with those I've trusted throughout the years."
Hitmaker Dallas Austin Sentenced To Four Years; Reportedly Receives Pardon
Dubai's ruler pardoned American R&B producer Dallas Austin on Tuesday, hours after he was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of cocaine, two of the producer's lawyers told The Associated Press.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued the pardon but Austin has not yet been released from jail, said the lawyers, one of whom told the AP that Austin's release was "a matter of paperwork." The lawyers requested anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the matter.
Austin, 33 — who's worked with TLC, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Pink, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and many others over his 17-year career — was traveling to Dubai to attend Naomi Campbell's three-day birthday party at the Burj Al Arab hotel when he was detained at Dubai International Airport on May 19 (see "Hitmaker Dallas Austin Imprisoned In Dubai On Drug Charges").
Dubai police had pulled Austin aside at customs upon his arrival at the airport and searched his luggage, where they found a small bag containing slightly more than a gram of cocaine. The presence of restricted drugs and medication in the body can count as possession in the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf nation in which Dubai is located, and Austin's urine had also tested positive for drugs, according to authorities.
Austin claimed at his arraignment on Sunday that he was only guilty "by mistake" (see "Hitmaker Dallas Austin Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges in Dubai"). "I had no knowledge and no intention of violating the law," he told the court.
A second member of Austin's five-man legal team told the AP that the producer's release could take a few days. Austin is expected to be deported after his release.
Lil' Kim Released From Prison
Lil' Kim, who had been serving a 366-day prison sentence for federal perjury since September 19, was released from Philadelphia Federal Detention Center on Monday (July 3), looking surprisingly glamorous in a cleavage-showing white get-up.
The rapper, wearing sunglasses and carrying a balloon and bouquet of white roses, waved and blew kisses to dozens of fans, telling them, "I love you," according to The Associated Press.
Some fans reportedly stayed up all night to see the star, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, while others made a sign that read "Welcome Home, Queen Bee."
Lil' Kim left the prison and went to an undisclosed location in a silver Rolls Royce. She will remain under house arrest for 30 days and is on probation for three years.
"I am thrilled to be coming home," Kim said in a statement. "I thank all my fans for all their letters, as well as my family and friends for all their support throughout the past 10 months."
Kim's early release was announced Thursday (see "Lil' Kim To Be Released From Prison Early"), although rumors had been swirling since the BET Awards, where the rapper's mother told reporters she expected her daughter to be released shortly.
"We are pleased that Kim is coming home to start the next phase of her life," Kim's attorney, L. Londell McMillan, said in the Thursday statement. "She has accepted responsibility and handled herself in an exemplary manner."
Kim was convicted on three counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy in March 2005 in connection with the trial of the 2001 shooting incident outside New York's Hot 97 radio station (see "Lil' Kim Indicted For Lying About Hot 97 Shootout With Capone" ).
Kim maintained throughout the trial that Damion Butler, one of her co-managers at the time of the incident, was not by her side when shots rang out in front of the radio station. Security-camera footage later proved he was — a direct contradiction of what she'd told a federal grand jury (see "Lil' Kim Found Guilty Of Lying To Grand Jury, Investigators").
Kim had also told the court she was unable to positively identify a photo of another man who was believed to be involved in the shooting. Both that man — Suif "Gutta" Jackson, a member of her former group Junior M.A.F.I.A. — and Butler later confessed to firing on rap group Capone-N-Noreaga, and pleaded guilty to gun charges as part of a plea bargain (see "Lil' Kim's Bodyguard Sentenced To 12 Years For His Role In Shootout").
Other members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., including Antoine "Banger" Spain and James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd, took the stand during the trial and testified for the prosecution that they too had witnessed Butler and Jackson with Kim at the time of the shooting (see "Lil' Cease Says He's No Snitch For Testifying Against Kim"). Kim was sentenced last summer.
J.Lo trying to stop Tell-All Book
One of J. Lo's exes is trying to come out with a steamy kiss-and-tell book about their relationship, reports the Irish Examiner, but J. Lo is try just as hard to stop it from happening.
Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband will reveal intimate details about her unless he is stopped by a judge, despite having been paid a hefty sum by the singer-actress, her lawyer claims in court documents.
The Bronx-native is looking for a ban on the publication of the book.
Lopez's lawyer accuses Ojani Noa of demanding millions to stop touting a book that accuses the star of having multiple sexual affairs. The court papers also say Noa tried to sell tabloids a "revealing" home video made during their honeymoon.
Noa and Lopez were recently in the news because Lopez had her ex fired as a manager from one of her restaurants. Perhaps this is a bit of payback for getting fired.
Pink to star in Horrow Flick
Outspoken singer Pink is set to star in a new horror movie reports MSN Entertainment.
The "Stupid Girls" singer has already begun filming "Catabombs" and is apparently thrilled to have been given the opportunity to act in a horror film because she is a huge fan of the genre.
She told America's Billboard magazine: "It's pretty intense. It's not just a slasher-type, scary movie, it's also psychological and shows how mean and cruel siblings can be to one another. I liked that part of it."
The film - set in the catacombs of Paris' famous Left Bank - is not Pink's first big screen role. She had a cameo in 2003's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."
The singer is also stirring up some gossip in Hollywood by joking she is "trisexual" and is attracted to just about anybody.
The star, who is married to motocross racer Corey Hart, admits she is very open sexually and will "try anything once."
She confessed: "Most of my friends are lesbians. When I first appeared people couldn't figure out whether I was gay, straight, black, white or whatever, and I loved that. I loved the fact it scared people."