Ben Working With Jen Was A ‘Pleasurable Surprise’

Ben Affleck tells The CBS Early Show what drew him to making the new release ‘Gigli’ – besides Jennifer Lopez – and gives a peak into their high-profile off screen romance. Speaking on the diva image of his fiance going into the project, Affleck said, “The media image has to do with a lot of surface stuff, you know what I mean? And it has to do with like, you know, demands, or whatever that diva thing is. I don’t even know what diva means, really, but I know people say it a lot. I don’t know what people tend to think it means. But, actually, she is a woman that is really focused on her work, was really invested in it, not only that, but really down to earth and accessible and sweet. So it made it, really, a pleasurable surprise.” Read more.

Sweet Offerings Tempt J.Lo

July 26, 2003 – Tammy Marlowe of the Winnipeg Sun reports Fred Morden of Morden’s of Winnipeg sent a myriad of sweets to the diva’s doorstep to wish her a happy 33rd birthday. “We believe that everyone deserves a box of chocolates on their birthday — especially if it’s Jennifer Lopez,” Morden said, adding he was a “big fan” of the singer/actress.

Ben And Jen’s Clear Boundries Filming ‘Gigli’

July 25, 2003 – The fact that was married to Chris Judd at the time she filmed ‘Gigli’ with her now fiance Ben Affleck made the boundaries very clear. “Because the whole thing was totally off-limits we did end up becoming friends plain and simple,” Ben told Access Hollywood. “I told him we told each other too much, you know, he told me about all his ex-girlfriends and everything,” explained J.Lo.

Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck Help NBC To Ratings Win

July 25, 2003 – Contributed by lopez_lover: Jennifer and fiance Ben showed star power on television last week, with their ‘Dateline NBC’ interview leading the network to a weekly win in the ratings race. The movie stars, who are engaged, talked to ‘Access Hollywood’ correspondent Pat O’Brien about their relationship, and the interview ranked among Nielsen Media Research’s top 10 shows. Two new NBC reality series debuted to decent, if unspectacular, ratings: ‘Who Wants to Marry My Dad ?’ ranked 20th for the week with 8.5 million viewers, and ‘The Restaurant’ premiered to 7.5 million patrons, ranking 33rd.

Birthday Girl Is Busy

July 25, 2003 – Contributed by lopez_lover: According to Winnipeg Sun, a crowd of about 200 star gazers who gathered at the ‘Shall We Dance ?’ shoot on Albert Street sang Happy Birthday to as she arrived for filming last night. The night before, Lopez kicked off her 33rd birthday by working the graveyard shift. Just after the clock struck midnight, J.Lo and Richard Gere began filming on the Princess Street set of the Miramax movie ‘Shall We Dance ?’ The shoot didn’t wrap up until 6 a.m. yesterday.

It’s Jennifer Lopez’s Birthday

July 24, 2003 – Contributed by lopez_lover: Jennifer is celebrating her 33th birthday today. The leading lady of ‘Shall We Dance?’ might have to work on her special day since filming is expected to continue tonight at a downtown location. There’s speculation fiance Ben Affleck might show up in town to be with his sweetheart. During an interview on Monday with TV show Extra, Affleck admitted he was still unsure about what gift to buy for his wife-to-be. ‘I haven’t figured it out. I’m somewhat of a procrastinator. I’ll wait for inspiration, but she’s a tough person to buy for,’ Affleck told Extra.

New Low For Jennifer Lopez

July 24, 2003 – The Sun reports film critics are bashing Jennifer and Ben Affleck’s new movie ‘Gigli’ predicting it will bomb at the box office, and should have been a straight to video release. Another critic said: “Affleck is just totally miscast and J-Lo is just awful.”

Star And Us Weekly Both Compare Jennifer Lopez & Beyonce

July 24, 2003 – Roger Friedman of is weighing in on the recent photo pictorials in Star magazine and Us Weekly which both depicted how Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child seems to be borrowing the style of Jennifer Lopez. Friedman speculated that this was because Star now is being run by former Us Weekly editor Bonnie Fuller. Read more.

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