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Inside Glimpse at J. Lo's Business Empire; Hilary Swank's Boxing Coach Shares Story of Transformation; Buzz Bench: "American Idol," "Saturday Night Live," "Starved"

Aired February 20, 2005 - 19:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: Thieves (ph), button-downs (ph) and stars.
KARYN BRYANT, CO-HOST: Palm trees, P. Diddy and penguins. I'm Karen Bryant.

HAMMER: And I'm A.J. Hammer. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BRYANT (voice-over): It's Super Star Sunday, and we're there, from Daytona to Denver. Hollywood hoops it up. We've got you covered, live.

HAMMER: J. Lo's empire. The girl from the block's got it right. And she's talking to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

BRYANT: Plus, Eminem's soft side? Tonight, we've got your longest look yet at his very personal new video.

HAMMER: Tonight's "Showbiz Showdown": is it OK for critics to reveal plot twists? They did it with "Million Dollar Baby." Who's mad now?

BRYANT: And...


BRYANT: Our David joins Diddy for a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT exclusive. Lucky party (ph). And what's with the penguins?

SEAN "P. DIDDY" COMBS, ENTERTAINER: What's up, you all? This is your boy, P. Diddy. If it happened today, it's on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BRYANT: Hey, everybody. I'm Karyn Bryant, and you are at the top of the show.

HAMMER: I'm A.J. Hammer. We'll be with you live from New York City for the next hour.

BRYANT: And starting tomorrow night, we're live every Monday through Friday on the CNN Headline News channel as we launch "Headline Time." HAMMER: That's SHOWBIZ TONIGHT at 7 p.m. Eastern, "NANCY GRACE" at 8 p.m. and "PRIME NEWS TONIGHT" at 9 p.m.

BRYANT: It is Super Star Sunday, and Hollywood and the sports world are mixing and mingling left and right today with hoop dreams and hot cars.

HAMMER: Yes, some pretty famous fans are in sports heaven tonight. Let's take a live look at the arena in Denver where the tip- off of the NBA All-Star Game is in about 90 minutes. But the stars have been out all weekend. We'll go back to Denver in just a minute.

BRYANT: First to Daytona, where the checkered flag was waving just a short time ago. We'll tell you who won in just a bit, but right now, let's get to the other good stuff: Ashton Kutcher and Matthew McConaughey.


MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, ACTOR: Gentlemen, start your engines!

BRYANT (voice-over): Grand Marshal Matthew McConaughey gave the command to get the Daytona 500 off to a roaring start.

Star power was full throttle today at the Daytona 500.

ASHTON KUTCHER, ACTOR: Let's get ready to get this thing started.

BRYANT: "That 70's Show's" Ashton Kutcher stepped up to drop the green flag. This time he wasn't punking anyone.

KUTCHER: What we were going to do was we'd have somebody in Winner's Circle, and then we'd come up to them. We'd go up to them later in the evening and say, "We found something that we didn't think it was, you know, you (ph) when we're going through things."

BRYANT: Ashton's not only a die-hard racing fan. He's been known to burn rubber himself. His first racecar: a 1983 baby blue Escort.

KUTCHER: I learned my first lesson of racing with that, that you cannot hydroplane it across the river.


BRYANT: There were plenty of "Good Vibrations" in Daytona before the vibrations of the cars. Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson rocked the house.


BRYANT: Country music superstar Clint Black got the crowd all revved up. And before the start of America's greatest race, Vanessa Williams sang America's greatest song.


VANESSA WILLIAMS, SINGER: I'm honored to be asked to be singing the national anthem. It doesn't get much bigger than this in terms of racing.



BRYANT: Just a short time ago, the final lap of the Daytona 500 and the checkered flag. And this year, once again, it was Jeff Gordon leading the pack at the end of the day. He was followed by Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

In the final stretch, Gordon pulled through to win his third Daytona 500.

HAMMER: Well, the race may be over in Daytona, but Super Star Sunday continues with the NBA All-Star Game, which fires up in about an hour and a half in Denver. And there is no shortage of Hollywood stars there to see the all-stars.

CNN's Sean Callebs is live in Denver for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Sean, I hear there were a few stars hooping it up on the hardwood.

SEAN CALLEBS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Exactly. How about this, A.J.? Does it get better than this? We are courtside. The big game starts, as you said, just about an hour and a half.

And you know, you expect to see Kobe, Shaq, Allen Iverson, but you know what? A lot of A-list entertainers here, as well: musicians, singer/songwriters, actors. Because all entertainers say they want to be athletes. And athletes, of course, they say they want to be entertainers.


CALLEBS (voice-over): The lights. The all-night parties. Velvet ropes. Shaq and company descend on Denver. Among the most popular attractions, the annual celebrity game.

When I found Wilmer Valderama, he wanted to talk about all the talent on the floor.

(on camera) Were you surprised a lot of these guys can really play?

WILMER VALDERAMA, "THAT 70'S SHOW": Oh, yes. That's what -- that's what a lot of us do in own time. I mean, we just play in between teams or whatever it is. Not me, though. I like to pose. And vogue.

CALLEBS: Singer/songwriter Brian McKnight looks as comfortable holding the MVP trophy as he does the mic. No worries. He told me he's not leaving the life he loves.

BRIAN MCKNIGHT, SINGER/SONGWRITER: I still think a professional athlete is the best nine to five job. But I would never be able to touch the people that I get to with the music that I create.

CALLEBS: Away from the D.C. beltway, our own Wolf Blitzer and White House correspondent John King, close enough to hear the taunts among the players.

NELLY, ENTERTAINER: Who was talking trash? Everybody. Who wasn't? You know what I'm saying? Who wasn't? That's the thing. Everybody -- it's all in good fun. It's all in good fun.

CALLEBS: The show isn't limited to the court. It's been a breakout season for Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, who told me he's consumed by the star power the game attracts.

DWAYNE WADE, MIAMI HEAT PLAYER: People like Madeleine (ph), Jay Z, you know, Sierra. Actors like Vivica Fox. Just so many people.

CALLEBS: The Rockies are a long way from the neon on Broadway or L.A. stage lights. But for one star-studded weekend, the mile-high city is the place to be.


CALLEBS: OK. It has been one big party here for the past 48 hours. The arena is empty, A.J., but in just awhile, these celebs are going to start filling the seats, taking it all in.

And to kick it off, before the game starts, Destiny's Child is going to perform. And then at halftime a little country flavor: LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich.

A.J., I'd love to talk to you all day, but I'm going to grab my seat and enjoy the activities.

HAMMER: All right. Time for the game. Thanks a lot, Sean.

BRYANT: Well, lots of you couldn't make it to Denver or Daytona this weekend, but you did make your way to the movie theater. It seems people are still loving Will Smith as the date doctor. "Hitch" was the No. 1 movie for a second straight week, edging out Keanu Reeves' new movie, "Constantine," in its first weekend. This is from preliminary figures out this afternoon.

The new movie, "Because of Winn-Dixie," was in third place, followed by "Son of the Mask" and "Million Dollar Baby."

Now, while "Million Dollar Baby" is at the bottom of the top five, it is at the center of a controversy about its plot. "The New York Times" revealed the Oscar-nominated film's stunning plot twist to its readers, and now other storyline spoilers have followed.

That's what we'll be debating tonight in our "Showbiz Showdown." Is it ever OK for critics to reveal plot twists? We kick off our debate at 15 past the hour. We want to know what you think, so take our poll at or e-mail us at We'll read some of your e-mails a little later on.

HAMMER: Now it is time for a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT exclusive: hanging with P. Diddy. Well, that's what SHOWBIZ TONIGHT'S David Haffenreffer's been doing this weekend as Puffy helps open a hot new hotel in Miami Beach. David is just back from South Beach and here with the exclusive.

There's always a party going on, but this was something special this weekend.

HAFFENREFFER: This was a party where money seemed to be no object at all. It was a big party. No expense was spared. It seemed like the entire town of South Beach lined up to get in. I'd say about 500 people made it past security. Luckily, we had our all-access pass.


HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): P. Diddy stepping out in his new hood. Not wasting any time getting to know his neighbors.

COMBS: Oh, yes. She told me that.

HAFFENREFFER (on camera): You're the man of the hour tonight. Are you excited?

COMBS: Yes, yes. I mean, I just moved to Miami. Opened a hotel (ph). We have a lot in common.

HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there as Puffy opened the freshly renovated Victor Hotel in Miami's ultra fashionable South Beach. The final touch on the $50 million fix-up: a Puffy party.

Penguins flown in from South Africa, outdoor bubble baths, motorcycle stunts.

(on camera) What goes on inside these parties? Tell me about it.

COMBS: To be honest, there's a lot of free liquor or non- alcoholic beverages. And a lot of food, a lot of good looking women, good looking guys. It's really the vibe. The vibe and the atmosphere.

HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): We got the exclusive with Puffy in one of Victor's oceanfront suites.

(on camera) What do you look for in a hotel?

COMBS: Bathrooms. This right here is very sexy, because you can be in the bed, and if you're lucky enough to have your beautiful young lady in the bathtub, you all could -- you know?


COMBS: It's so close, David.

HAFFENREFFER: Why is that important?

COMBS: This is a family show. It's a family show.

They may not know this, but I have aspirations myself in the next couple years of opening up my own hotel. I could just try to get some inside information on the way that the business is set up here.

HAFFENREFFER: So you're taking notes here?

COMBS: Yes, I'm taking notes. I'm taking notes on how to open up a sexy, you know, humble type of boutique hotel.

HAFFENREFFER: Is that boutique hotel going to be in Miami?

COMBS: I can't tell that, because they may be the competition. So -- but right now they don't have anything to worry about. But this year.

HAFFENREFFER: Have you been calling your pal Donald Trump on advice on real estate?

COMBS: No. I haven't -- I haven't been doing that.


HAFFENREFFER: And P. Diddy revealed startling plans about his future. We'll have that tomorrow night on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT -- A.J., Karyn.

HAMMER: Thanks a lot, David. That town is always a good time.

BRYANT: Apparently, my invite got lost in the mail, though, A.J. I don't know what happened to that.

It is time now, though, for "Showbiz Shorts," to look at other stories making news tonight.

Sirius questions tonight, actually. The SEC is reportedly looking into possible insider trading as a result of Howard Stern's deal with Sirius Satellite Radio. Now, Stern himself is not under investigation, but Reuters reports the government wants to know whether some people profited from advanced knowledge of Stern's announcement.

HAMMER: Tylers separating. Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler announced this afternoon he and his wife of 17 years are calling it quits. Tyler didn't give any other details, other than to say they're just a family trying to work through a difficult time.

More "Showbiz Shorts" coming your way throughout the show.

BRYANT: There's a new Spice tonight. We'll tell you all about Posh's big day, coming up.

HAMMER: Plus, J. Lo Inc.: how the girl from the block got to the boardroom.

BRYANT: And Eminem's brand new video: a side of Slim Shady you've never seen before.

HAMMER: Now it's tonight's "'Entertainment Weekly' Great American Oscar Quiz." Which of these musicals did not win a best Picture Oscar during the 1960s: A) "My Fair Lady," B) "Mary Poppins", C) "The Sound of Music" or D) "West Side Story"?

Think about it. We're coming right back with the answer.


BRYANT: Now, a "Showbiz Short." Like sands through the hourglass, 10,000, to be exact, NBC's "Days of Our Lives" celebrates its ten thousandth episode tomorrow.

And still ahead, the Oscar countdown is on. What film was the writers' favorite? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, back in 60 seconds.


BRYANT: Welcome back.

So again, today's "'Entertainment Weekly' Oscar Quiz." Which of these musicals did not win a Best Picture Oscar during the 1960s? Was it "My Fair Lady," "Mary Poppins," "The Sound of Music" or "West Side Story"?

A.J.'s got the answer.

HAMMER: I do. I've got the answer: B) "Mary Poppins."

BRYANT: Well, thank you.

Tonight, Hollywood is mourning the death of Sandra Dee. Now, people know her as the wholesome teenage star of the 1952 movie, "Gidget." In 1960, she married singer Bobby Darrin.

Their son says Dee died this morning in a California hospital, where she was being treated for complications from kidney disease and pneumonia. Sandra Dee was 63 years old.

HAMMER: All right. It's 15 past the hour and time now for tonight's "Showbiz Showdown."

Earlier, we told you about "The New York Times" article that gave away the plot twist in "Million Dollar Baby." Tonight's "Showbiz Showdown" question: is it ever OK for critics to reveal plot twists?

Joining us live,'s Gitesh Pandya, who says it is OK for critics to reveal plot twists, and Jack Matthews of the "New York Daily News," who says it is not OK for critics to reveal plot twists.

Gentlemen, thank you very much for both joining us.

Jack, state your case.

JACK MATTHEWS, "NEW YORK DAILY NEWS": Well, it's just Journalism 101. You just don't give away endings. I mean, you can talk about certain plot twists or changes in the story, as long as it's about the overall story line. But when a movie has a third act that is a surprise, and that the whole movie leads toward that surprise, then it's never OK to give that away.

HAMMER: Gitesh, you disagree?

GITESH PANDYA, BOXOFFICEGURU.COM: Well, certainly, in movies like "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Sixth Sense" and so on, of course we don't want to give away the ending. And the public wants to enjoy the experience throughout the film.

However, nowadays, the movie industry has become more marketing driven, meaning the studios are spending more money telling us about all these great plot twists, trying to get us into the movie theaters, many times for films that just let us down. So I think people really want to know not to waste our money and not to waste our time, and they want critics to let us know which movies those are.

HAMMER: Jack, how do you draw the line, though? When do you know when it's OK to say what?

MATTHEWS: Well, I think you almost always know. There are certainly times when -- when I've given away too much and my -- and readers have let me know that -- that it ruined the surprise for them.

But it's clear, I think, and there are certain kinds of movies where you experienced it yourself. You're in the movie. You have an emotional reaction to the film. And something happens in that last act that makes the movie for you. Or not, but you know that it's going to be big come up for this film. And you just don't give that away. It's just the first commandment (ph).

HAMMER: Well, Jack, I read your very impassioned article in "The Daily News" where you said, "If movie critics were -- were to start giving away plots and surprise endings of movies, we'd all need bodyguards to end -- to get to work. And that's if we still had jobs. And I'm not about to start doing that now."

Gitesh, what about that? I mean, you know, aren't you a little worried that, you know, you give too much away, nobody's going to want to read what you have to say?

PANDYA: Well, again, you know, with a bigger film, you of course don't want to do that. And you know, for a lot of these big hits with promise of twist endings, the moviegoers do want to sit through it and experience that.

But you know, I can't tell you how many times that movie goers across the country go through an experience where they were just misled, by the marketing oftentimes and for these great plot twists that just never happen. And people spend $10, $20, $30 as a family and so on, and they want to know, you know. If this is a movie where there just -- doesn't have that kind of plot twist I was expecting, they want critics to let them know ahead of time not to waste their time and money.

HAMMER: Jump in there, Jack.

MATTHEWS: You can do that. You absolutely can do that without giving away the ending. You can say that they're marketing this film to be one thing and you can say what that thing is they're marketing it for and just say it's not about that and let buyer beware. But at least you warned them.

On the other case, in the "Million Dollar Baby" case, it's just unconscionable that anybody gave that away, any critic. Now I don't mind people on op-ed pages and other columnists. It's up to them whether they want to do that. They can certainly -- if the issue moves them to write about it, that's fine. That's not my responsibility.

But readers read me for reviews of movies, and I owe it to them not to spoil it for them.

HAMMER: And what he was saying earlier about taking the viewer along for the ride, Gitesh. You can't argue with that. You know, if the ending is revealed, even if you think it may be for the consumer's betterment, you know, it's still -- you know, they're not going to be as much involved as -- as they would if they didn't know a thing.

PANDYA: Well, sure. I mean, many times you go to the movies, and in the first five or 10 minutes you can tell, "Oh, I know who the killer is" or "I know how this movie's going to end." And so, you know, by all means for many films out there, I think we should not be giving away the ending.

But you know, nowadays movies are so different from each other, and many times moviemakers are making films just to make a buck.

HAMMER: Right.

PANDYA: And oftentimes, we get misled. And it's really those kind of films we have to look out for.

HAMMER: Jack, were you just fuming when the article was printed about "Million Dollar Baby"? Well, I was, because you know, I was -- I saw this movie very early on.

I did an interview with Clint Eastwood about 10 days before the film came out. And I talked to him about that ending. And I said it could be problematic. I thought there'd be op-ed page pieces written about it and so forth. And I said, "Even as a critic, I'm going to have some trouble with this, writing about it without giving it away or so much as even a hint that it has this particular twist."

And he was very pragmatic about it, said, "If that happens, it happens."

When I finally did get around to writing about it, and I think every other critic of a mainstream paper in the country did the same thing. They found a way to write around it.

HAMMER: Yes. OK. Well, we'll end it there, gentlemen. Jack Matthews, movie critic for the "New York Daily News." And Gitesh Pandya, editor of Thank you both for joining us.

And of course now, we want to know what your thoughts are. Is it ever OK for critics to reveal plot twists? We'd like you to go to the Web and vote at Or if you want to tell us a little bit more, you can drop us an e-mail: is the address. We'll share some of what you had to say a little later in the show.

BRYANT: Daddy drama. Lindsay's father is arrested. We'll tell you what happened and show you the stunning pictures. That's coming up.

HAMMER: Plus, on our "Buzz Bench," what's up with "American Idol"? Jabs by the judges and contestants in tears? We'll have that and tonight's other hot topics up for discussion.

BRYANT: And the Oscar countdown's on, and some other awards are already in winners' hands. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT'S Sibila Vargas is live in Hollywood when we come back.

HAMMER: It is time now to take the "'In Style Oscar' Fashion Challenge." I want you to check out this photo. This back belongs to an Oscar award-winning actress. But whose back is it? Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger or Halle Berry? We've got the answer coming up later in the show.


HAMMER: It's a big day for the Beckhams. The soccer star and a former Spice Girl had some good news tonight. We'll fill you in, coming up a little later on in the show.

BRYANT: Tonight, the countdown clock has begun. Oscar is exactly one week away. Not only are the stars gearing up and getting ready, but they're also going out. It has been a star-studded weekend with big awards being handled out.

Sibila Largas -- Sibila Vargas -- sorry, girl -- is live in Hollywood with more -- Sibila.

SIBILA VARGAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Karyn. You know, it's seven days to go and Oscar fever is already here at an all- time high.

Now we thought we'd bring you a little bit of Hollywood, the Hollywood sign behind me. But it's acting a little bit shy, would you say? But I'll tell you one thing who wasn't shy was the stars who turned out for two events in Los Angeles. That's for sure. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

VARGAS (voice-over): Meg Ryan, Alan Alda, William H. Macy, David Duchovny and Zach Braff at the Writers Guild Award in Hollywood.

Braff, who was nominated for "Garden State," revealed to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT his biggest challenge.

ZACH BRAFF, ACTOR/WRITER/DIRECTOR: I think writing's the hardest challenge. For me, at least.

VARGAS: Julie Delpy was nominated for her work on "Before Sunset."

JULIE DELPY, ACTRESS: There's not one word improvised.

VARGAS: The big winners: Charlie Kaufman for original screenplay for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

CHARLIE KAUFMAN, WRITER: I tried to do a story that was really about relationships in a way that I understood them.

VARGAS: Alexander Payne took home a trophy for adapted screenplay for "Sideways."

ALEXANDER PAYNE, WRITER: There is, indeed, an audience for smaller and more human films.

VARGAS: Across town at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, another big bash. Marsha Croft (ph), Bernadette Peters, Camryn Manheim, the stars of CBS's "Cold Case," and a very pregnant Rachel Griffiths turned out for the seventh annual Costume Designers Guild awards gala.

RACHEL GRIFFITHS: And now -- my psychiatrist. And they heard I was a costume designer (ph) and then show me some sketches. And it was, "That's it. That's it. That's who I am."

VARGAS: Ted Danson and Mary Sebergen (ph) hosted the night.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was that costume designer. That first fitting with them in some dusty little room with a bad mirror and bad lighting where the character is actually born.

VARGAS: The big winner for tonight: Patricia Fields for the final season of "Sex in the City."

PATRICIA FIELDS, DESIGNER: This is the, you know, last chance I have for this "Sex in the City" thing, so get ready. I know I've been monopolizing the scene.


VARGAS: And with that kind of style, she can monopolize the scene all she wants.

And as I told you, Karyn, I do not have my Oscar dress yet, so I think I'm going to call Patricia and see if she can help me out. What do you think?

BRYANT: I think you need some -- some help very quickly. Of course, Sibila and I are going to be hosting...


BRYANT: ... the Oscars, doing the red carpet. Now Sibila, I have got my dress already, so time's running short here.

VARGAS: I know. I saw it. She sent me an e-mail.

BRYANT: I did.

VARGAS: It's absolutely stunning. You're going to look gorgeous. And tomorrow, I think that's going to be for me. I'm going to -- I'm going to get one, finally.

BRYANT: Get a dress, and you work on the weather out there, as well. OK?

VARGAS: I will.

BRYANT: Thanks a lot for being on. I'll see you Friday.

HAMMER: You won't say it, so I will. The dress is smoking.

You, too, can catch Oscar fever by logging onto the web site: If you click on "Inside the Envelope," you can make your Oscar predictions right there. The grand prizewinner's going to walk away with a 32-inch LCD HDTV and $1,000 in cash.

BRYANT: We are going inside the boxing ring. Hilary Swank's trainer is with us live. We'll ask how he got her into fighting shape.

HAMMER: Plus, she's really kicking some business booty. My inside look at J. Lo's empire.

BRYANT: And Eminem. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT's got your longest look at his new video. It's probably his most personal one yet.

HAMMER: Now it's tonight's "Birthday Shoutout." Ivana Trump turns 56 years (sic) old today, and the shoutout comes from Paris Hilton.






KARYN BRYANT, CO-HOST (voice-over): Taking her hits. No babying for this "Million Dollar Baby." Hilary Swank's boxing trainer, live.

A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST (voice-over): J. Lo's empire. The girl from the block's got serious bucks. Tonight, Lopez gives us the low- down.

JENNIFER LOPEZ, ENTERTAINER: Hey, I'm Jennifer Lopez, and if it happens today, it's on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


BRYANT: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It is 30 minutes past the hour, and I'm Karyn Bryant.

HAMMER: And I'm A.J. Hammer. Here are tonight's hot headlines.

Star power at the Daytona 500. As we reported earlier, it was a celebrity scene at the Daytona. Matthew McConaughey and Ashton Kutcher kicked off this afternoon's race. Oh, and Jeff Gordon, of course, took the checkered flag for the third time in his career.

BRYANT: And all-stars and more stars. We had your first look at the hoopla surrounding the NBA All-Star Game. Tip off is less than an hour away, and big names have been courtside all weekend in Denver.

HAMMER: We've been asking you to vote on tonight's "Showbiz Showdown" question of the day. Is it ever OK for critics to reveal plot twists? Well, so far it's overwhelming. Fourteen percent of you say yes, it is OK to reveal plot twists. But a whopping 86 percent of you say no, absolutely not OK.

We'd like you to keep on voting at If you have a little more to say, you can send us your e-mail at and we will share some of what you have to say at 55 past the hour.

BRYANT: David and Victoria Beckham have their own little plot twist tonight in a good way. The former Spice Girl and the soccer star have a new baby.

Weighing in at seven pounds, Cruz Beckham was born by C-section today at a hospital in Madrid. Outside the hospital, reporters asked the proud papa who the baby looks like, and he said it's a little of both, but the baby has Victoria's nose.

Now Cruz is the Beckhams' third son. His brothers are 5-year-old Brooklyn and 2-year-old Romeo.

HAMMER: Jennifer Lopez has taken down Elvis. New numbers out just this afternoon show that J. Lo's new song, "Get Right," is now No. 1 in England. The hot track leaped over a European re-release of the 1961 Elvis Presley song, "Surrender."

"Get Right" is the first single on J. Lo's brand new CD, "Rebirth," which drops here in the states on March 1.

Now I had the chance to hang out with her, and I discovered this is one woman who is seriously addicted to work. So now we're all going to get up in J. Lo's business, but not in the way you might think.



HAMMER (voice-over): Let's "Get Right" to the point. This isn't about J. Lo being a music star or a movie star. And it's definitely not about her love life. I'm talking about a side of Jennifer Lopez you don't hear as much about: J. Lo the fashion mogul, J. Lo the restaurateur, J. Lo the merchandizing machine.

Yes, whether you knew it or not, J. Lo is an empire.

JENNIFER LOPEZ, ENTERTAINER/BUSINESS WOMAN: I don't think of it as an empire.

HAMMER: OK, so Lopez didn't quite see it that way when I caught up with her in New York City, right as she was about to launch yet another venture.

LOPEZ: I think of it as creative passion projects.

HAMMER: Well, then let's take a look at J. Lo's creative passion projects.

The first passion is fashion. Lopez co-founded Sweetface Fashions, which sells the J. Lo line of urban wear and lingerie. And a more upscale Sweetface line she just unveiled at Fashion Week.

There's also a line of J. Lo fragrances, J. Lo Glow, Still, and Miami Glow. And the beauty products, jewelry and accessories.

Altogether, this particular creative passion project does an estimated $325 million in sales. Sure sounds like an empire.

(on camera) What do you think of this whole J. Lo empire? It's building and building and building.

DAMON DASH, CO-FOUNDER, ROC-A-FELLA ROCAWEAR: Well, as one empire builder to another, I can admire it. I have admiration for it. I think it's a beautiful thing, especially when a beautiful woman does it.

HAMMER (voice-over): J. Lo also has a restaurant on her crowded plate: Madre's, her Cuban-style eatery in Pasadena, California. And she's an investor in The Conga Room, a Latin hot spot in L.A.

(on camera) Yes, of course, J. Lo's projects keep her extremely busy, but you know what else? They also make her extremely rich. She made "Fortune" magazine's list of the richest people under 40 with an estimated worth of $255 million. Not bad for a former Fly Girl.

(voice-over) With so much going on, how does she find the time to do it all? LOPEZ: You have to love what you do, to put so many hours in and put so much on your (UNINTELLIGIBLE). I just love what I do.

HAMMER (on camera): Is there one part of it that you love more than the other?

LOPEZ: I love -- I love music. And I love being an actress. For me, that will always come first.

HAMMER (voice-over): Still, J. Lo's business outing is earning her props from other entrepreneurs who've branched out from the music world.

RUSSELL SIMMONS, FOUNDER, DEF JAM/PHAT FARM: That's what we do in hip-hop, though. I mean, that's just the kind of energy that comes out of the street, that great American energy. And nobody's afraid to, like, chase their dream.

HAMMER: And what should J. Lo work on next? This "Queer Eye" guy has a suggestion.

CARSON KRESSLEY, "QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY": I think she should design a car, like the J. Lo Mobile.

HAMMER: Well, Carson, that's not a bad idea.


HAMMER: The J. Lo Mobile. J. Lo's multitasking continues. She's now the subject of an MTV special that's going to air later this week.

And I was always under the impression, as many people are, that people just bring stuff to Jennifer Lopez and she stamps her name on it. She said absolutely not the case. And in fact, micromanaging very important. She gets all in the business.

BRYANT: All right. Well, I'll tell you what. I have a pink J. Lo hat. Every time I wear it, I get nothing but compliments. So she's doing all right.

Well, it is time to get your laugh on a little after dark. As we do every night, we bring you the late night laughs you may have missed.

Now last night on "SNL," Hilary Swank, who of course, was Oscar nominated for "Million Dollar Baby," showed off some fancy footwork of her own.


HILARY SWANK, ACTRESS: You're getting ready for a Richard Simmons guest?

CHRIS PARNELL, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE": No, Hilary. I like to do 18 minutes of intensive cardio exercise right before each show. It really gets your juices flowing, Hilary. Give it a try. And don't be frustrated if it's a little hard at first.

All righty. Good for you.


BRYANT: Right on, Hilary. Well, it looks like Hilary's intensive training hasn't worn off. While in training for "Million Dollar Baby," Swank learned how to skip rope and throw a mean punch from one man in Brooklyn, and he is here live.

Please welcome Hilary's boxing trainer, Hector Roca.

Hector, you're obviously very good at what you do.

HECTOR ROCA, BOXING TRAINING: Yes. I'm happy to be working her. She's a great lady. The best.

BRYANT: What was it like when she first walked in? Did she have any natural skills?

ROCA: Really, when she walked to me, in the gym, it was a gym in Mardi Gras (ph). I looked at her, and I said, "You're a beautiful actress. But really, you look like a woman."

BRYANT: Right. Well, that's the thing that's incredible. She goes through this great transformation and she really gets ripped muscles. What kind of training regimen would you -- did you have for her?

ROCA: Well, we gave her the same training like fight -- when I fight for the world title. It's one way to train, getting ready for the fight. And she want to be ready for the part. She told me, "I want this part. I like the part. And you're going to help me to get it."

So she dedicate completely to the training. She spend two hour and a half, three hour with me in the gym. I get tired sometimes, I say, "OK, it's time to go home."

BRYANT: She stayed, though, right?

ROCA: She's like, "No, I want to keep working."

BRYANT: She's a dedicated woman.

ROCA: Dedication. So when you want to get something, that's the way to get it. Working hard. And she did everything -- really she surprised me, because she was lean (ph), good stamina. Very athletic.

BRYANT: Very athletic. Well, actually, you know, obviously you've done really well. Hilary has a little something to say, if you don't mind checking this out.


HILARY SWANK, ACTRESS: I, Hector, thank you so much for your belief in me and encouragement every single day. You're the best. You're the best.


BRYANT: Well, there you go.

Now where are you going to be watching the show on Sunday night?

ROCA: Really, I don't know where I'm going to watch it, because I'm very busy. I've got a fight Thursday. And...

BRYANT: So it's not all about Hollywood for you. You're still -- you're still a real boxing coach, right?

ROCA: My team is boxing, so I'm very happy for her. I want her to go there and beat everybody. Am I'm hoping for her now (ph). Yes. And I got -- I've got (UNINTELLIGIBLE) for her. Rivera (ph) says he's going to beat him up. She's going straight to the champion. She'll be champion.

BRYANT: All right. Well, Hector Roca, thanks for joining us.

And of course, our countdown to the Oscars continues when Counting Crows nominee Adam Duritz stops by our studio live tomorrow. And you don't want to miss Alan Alda, live on Tuesday.

HAMMER: It is time now for more "Showbiz Shorts."




HAMMER: Music for relief. Jay Z, Linkin Park, No Doubt and Blink 182 played a benefit concert in Anaheim, California, this weekend. All the money from the concert is going to tsunami relief.

Pauly want a TV show? Paula Shore is coming back in the new reality show that follows him as he tries to revive The Comedy Store. That's an L.A. club that his mother ran. CBS ordered 10 episodes of the show but no air date has been set just yet.

BRYANT: We'll have "Showbiz Shorts" and much more every night starting tomorrow night, live every Monday through Friday on CNN Headline News.

Headline Time begins with SHOWBIZ TONIGHT at 7 p.m. Eastern, followed by "NANCY GRACE" at 8 p.m. and "PRIME NEWS TONIGHT" at 9 p.m.

HAMMER: Lohan's near miss. Her dad's been arrested, and we have the startling pictures.

BRYANT: And coming up in our "Buzz Bench," "American Idol," pick of some downs (ph), "Saturday Night Live," old school style, and will FOX leave us hungry for more? The new show called "Starved."


JADA PINKETT-SMITH, ACTRESS: You know what? I'm wearing Valentino, and I love Valentino. That's great for my body. And I love the color of this dress.



HAMMER: It is time now for the "Buzz Bench," something you'll be seeing a lot on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. This is where we round up some hot topics and talk about -- talk about them with some pretty cool people.

The drama heats up on "American Idol," "SNL" takes us back to the beginning, and FX gives us some food for thought.

BRYANT: And joining us on the "Buzz Bench" are "Entertainment Weekly's" Jessica Shaw, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT'S Amy Kean and CNN's pop culture correspondent -- I love saying that -- Toure.

Toure, "American Idol" this season, a lot of tears, lot of anger going on. It seems very dramatic. What do you think about this?

TOURE, CNN POP CULTURE CORRESPONDENT: You know, I do not care for "American Idol." But this is the same format they have every year. It's like three shows in one.

First, it's the wackiest singers in America.

BRYANT: Right.

TOURE: Then it's the judges are fighting. They get to star. And then the third phase is like your favorite singers are competing.

So before we get to that and we start to know certain singers, the judges have to take over. So they are fake drama. They're so corny.

AMY KEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I really have to say I saw the so- called fight. Did you see that fight?



KEAN: That was so stilted.

JESSICA SHAW, "ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY": Yes, that was such a publicity stunt.

KEAN: I thought it was interesting. When they had the so-called fight...

HAMMER: Are we talking about Paula Abdul and Simon going at it, and one of the executive producers come in? KEAN: And then there was -- the producer just happened to be, like, three feet from the confrontation. And the camera people, you know, immediately captured it. It was so phony.

SHAW: You wonder if they're trying to, maybe, keep us from knowing that no one can sing on the show? All the drama.

BRYANT: You know, Fantasia could sing last year.

HAMMER: Can 30 million people a week be wrong?

TOURE: Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely.

SHAW: No, I love the show. I think it's great, and I'm very happy that we're down to 24 and that, you know, it actually starts to get interesting now. I think up to now it was a little tedious. Like, oh great, you can't sing.

TOURE: Now it was tedious?

HAMMER: You don't think they've stepped it up since last season, though? I think they really -- they built the anticipation and they built the drama, which is what the show is...

KEAN: They also had a different format with them...

BRYANT: They needed to change it up a little.

KEAN: They needed to change it like any other show.

SHAW: It's doing better than ever. I mean, it is literally doing crazy numbers.

BRYANT: And now for three nights, correct? Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They're just taking over television.

HAMMER: All right. Well, we don't know how long "American Idol's" going to be around. But "Saturday Night Live," 30 years on the air. There are some who would say probably should have shut down 20 years ago, but tonight they're going to have a revisit to the first five years of the show.

KEAN: It's going to be two hours on NBC. And there have been a lot of shows that have basically paid homage to the show and how great it is. But this is different. It's a documentary. It's going to have all sorts of insider interviews.

The best thing they're going to have is Bill Murray's screen test, for which he was not chosen for the first season. Chevy was, you know, which is amazing (ph).

And it's also, you know, they're going to people who were hosts and who were guests and give us some history in context.

TOURE: "SNL" is flop proof. They've had whack (ph) periods, and then good periods. (CROSS TALK)

SHAW: I can make your argument with Anthony Michael Hall.

TOURE: It can go down. People keep watching it. I mean, what else is NBC going to do at 11:30 on Saturday night?

BRYANT: It's a similar thing, whereas "American Idol," they have formats that people respond to. They watch it. Some are better than others.

SHAW: That and people like Tina Fey. Tina Fey and Amy Pollard, because they are actually funny as people who are on the...

TOURE: But they're -- Tina Fey and Amy Pollard are as good or better than Jimmy Fallon.

SHAW: Absolutely.

KEAN: It's really tempting to remember the old shows as being better than they really were. Because when E! was showing some of these reruns, they had a lot of skits that didn't work, also.

HAMMER: But are they breaking new ground now, like they did at the beginning? Because...


KEAN: They're not as edgy as they were.

TOURE: Wait, wait, wait, wait. The Paris Hilton episode, as much as I hate her, I could not hate that week. She was good. The show was good.

BRYANT: Well, speaking of breaking new ground and edgy things, the FX Network is going to be doing a sitcom called "Starved," and it's about people with eating disorders. Three men and one woman with eating disorders.

Is nothing sacred? Is there -- is everything ripe to be sit- coms?

SHAW: I have to say, I think this is brilliant. Three anorexic men. Learn the phrase now, manorexic.


SHAW: ... exactly. And I have to say, I think this is going to be deliciously dark. I mean, this is...

KEAN: Eating disorders are still taboo to make fun of...

TOURE: ... empathy for a guy who doesn't want to eat. Guys want to eat as much as possible.

KEAN: Well, it doesn't even matter. The premise doesn't matter. The fact is we're talking about it, getting some buzz going. FOX is smart to get us talking about it. But if it's not funny, it's not funny.

So the premise doesn't really matter. I mean, "Seinfeld" was, you know, the show about nothing. The writers and...

SHAW: Well, a few are going to turn in, though, because it seems like, "Oh, my God. What are they going to say about eating disorders and anorexia? And can it be funny," and whatever.


KEAN: People do know...

TOURE: They don't even know where FX is on the dial.


SHAW: Until "Nip and Tuck" -- until "Nip and Tuck," people thought, "Nobody can make fun of plastic surgery. What can they possibly do?" And there FX has "Nip and Tuck." Really good show.

So I think they...

HAMMER: Well, if nothing else, we've got a new word in the vocabulary out of tonight, "manorexic."

TOURE: Manorexic.

BRYANT: Manorexic.

HAMMER: Thank you very much to "Entertainment Weekly's" Jessica Shaw, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT's Amy Kean and CNN entertainment guru Toure. Thank you for dropping by.

TOURE: Thank you.

BRYANT: All right. A whole lot of buzzing over Eminem, Slim Shady's, softer side. Well, we've got your most in-depth look at his brand new video.

HAMMER: And Lohan's close call. The jaw dropping photos of what happened to her dad.

It's time now to test your Oscar no-how and your fashion sense in tonight's "'In Style' Oscar Fashion Challenge." This back belongs to a former Oscar award-winning actress. So who's back is it, anyway? Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger or Halle Berry?

Few people around here were surprised to find out the back belongs to Halle Berry.


TOURE: Easy.

HAMMER: She won the Oscar back in 2002 for her performance in "Monster's Ball."


BRYANT: More trouble for Lindsay Lohan's father tonight. Michael Lohan was arraigned in New York this afternoon. He was arrested yesterday on DWI charges after a fiery car crash.

Police say Michael Lohan's car ran off a road on Long Island and hit a pole. Lohan got out of the car before it burst into flames. He wasn't hurt.

Now, this is not Lohan's first brush with the law. In December, a judge ordered him into drug and alcohol treatment after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his brother-in-law. And last summer he was arrested for allegedly skipping out on a $3,800 hotel bill.

Lindsay hasn't said anything about this weekend's incident. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT called Michael Lohan's attorney to get his side of the story, and a lawyer had no comment.

HAMMER: Well, tonight we have a rare look at the softer side of rapper Eminem. His new video is called "Mockingbird," and it features home video footage with the superstar and his ex-wife plus daughter Haile. We have your most extensive look right now on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.




HAMMER: The full "Mockingbird" video makes its debut tomorrow on MTV's "TRL Awards."

BRYANT: Throughout the show, we've been asking you to vote online on our "Showbiz Showdown" question of the day: Is it ever OK for critics to reveal plot twists? Let's take a look at how the vote is going so far.

The numbers are still holding, with just 14 percent of you saying it's OK, while an astounding 86 percent of you said it is not OK.

And you have also been sending us e-mails on this question.

Chris from Ocata, Florida, writes, "With ticket prices as high as they are, I would have loved it if a critic had told me how bad the movie "Saw" was. By all means, tell me the plot.

And from Alison in Huntington on Long Island, she says, "It is never OK for anyone to give away a plot twist in a movie. Movies are meant to entertain, and giving away a twist takes all of the entertainment out of a movie.

Now remember, you can continue to vote at

HAMMER: "NANCY GRACE" airs right after SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Let's see what she has coming up tonight.

Hi, Nancy.

NANCY, HOST, "NANCY GRACE": Hi, guys. Tonight, we put the spotlight on a Texas murder case gone cold. Six years ago a beautiful mother-to-be chased through her own home and then shot execution style trying to hide in her bedroom closet, eight months pregnant.

You know, in Texas football is king, and this murder suspect, who has walked free for six years, is not only a local football hero and coach but the murder victim's husband.

HAMMER: All right, Nancy. We'll see you in just a couple minutes.

BRYANT: Well, it's time for a look at what's headed your way on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT in the days ahead. Let's see what's playing on the "Showbiz Marquee."



ANNOUNCER: In a world of famous TV theme songs, it's best to take life "One Day at a Time."

VALERIE BERTINELLI, ACTRESS: You know, this whole thing is insane.

ANNOUNCER: Tomorrow on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Valerie Bertinelli, live, on the "One Day at a Time" reunion. And whatever did happen to Schneider?

Also tomorrow...


ANNOUNCER: And Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, counting down to the Oscars, up for the gold for a song from "Shrek 2" and up to paying a visit to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ADAM DURITZ, SINGER: "Accidentally in Love" as what are you going to do? You're in love.

ANNOUNCER: And playing Tuesday, from Hawkeye to flying high in "The Aviator." And the nominees? Alan Alda.

Alan Alda, up for an Oscar and also up to being live Tuesday on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: I am a huge "West Wing" junkie. So I can't wait to talk to Alan Alda on Tuesday. What a great addition to the cast this season.

BRYANT: And you know, I've seen Counting Crows in concert, and they're very good live. So it will be fun to talk to Adam.

HAMMER: A great live band. And -- but they didn't get the Grammy. But they might get the Oscar. The song "Accidentally in Love," of course off the "Shrek 2" soundtrack.

BRYANT: Very nice. Very catchy.

HAMMER: All right. Well, that's going to do it for this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. And remember, starting tomorrow, we are live every Monday through Friday on the CNN Headline News channel as we launch Headline Prime.

BRYANT: You can catch SHOWBIZ TONIGHT at 7 Eastern, "NANCY GRACE" at 8 p.m. and "PRIME NEWS TONIGHT" at 9 p.m.

"NANCY GRACE" is next. Thanks for watching. And of course, we will see you tomorrow.

HAMMER: Good night.


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