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J.Lo and Marc Anthony separate after seven years, but it may not be as friendly as it appears.

Stars in their eyes: when LA's royalty met the real thing

With the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman virtually falling over themselves to meet the royal couple in front of photographers, it seems that even in Hollywood there are no names more alluring on a guest list than the two HRHs.

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Fat bottomed girls make the rockin’ world go round, we all know. And, the good news is, I now have one.

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Jennifer Lopez's children have done more in their three years than she has in her whole life.

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Natalie Haynes: There's a time and a place for pyjamas

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Move over Chris... Gwyneth to record country album

One singing star in the Chris Martin household clearly isn't enough. Now Gwyneth Paltrow is set to release her debut album after impressing critics with her vocal performances. The Oscar-winning actress is reported to be in advanced negotiations with Atlantic Records to release a "country pop" album.

Jennifer Lopez wants huge family

Jennifer Lopez would have children "a thousand more times."

Deborah Ross: 'It’s no fun having the red tops up your skirt'

If you ask me, it's a sad day when the red tops look up J-Lo's skirt and report back that she has "dimpled thighs". It's a sad day for J-Lo and a sad day for all those dimpled thighs who just want to get on with their business quietly. "I never bother anyone when I go about my dimpling," one such thigh says. "I dimple in the mornings, and then tend to read for the afternoon. I like Philip Roth."

Life As We Know It (12A)

"Life", in this context, is pushing it. How about instead "desperate contrivance that unites two people who thought they hated each other"? That's the poor hand dealt to Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, who start out in a romantic comedy before being railroaded into a child-rearing nightmare of dirty nappies and sleepless nights.

Diary: Nappy duty for J-Lo's PA

It's Friday, so it must be J-Lo day. Last week, I reported the rumours that Jennifer Lopez's diva-like demands had so exasperated Fox execs that they struck her from their list of potential new judges on American Idol. (I illustrated it with a different picture. At least, I hope I did.) This week, said diva-like demands have become a feature of her hunt for a personal assistant. The thoroughly reliable Life & Style "Scene Queens" blog claims Ms Lopez has strict requirements of her staff: "The person has to be graceful under pressure, have a thick skin, and be resourceful in foreign countries... You'll be expected to travel at a moment's notice and know how to adjust in each city." Doesn't sound so bad, and nor does (ahem) helping Ms Lopez "dress for red carpet events and photo shoots". Apparently, the candidate should prepare for 12-hour days and six-day weeks with scarce vacation time, and be comfortable among "very high-profile people". Sounds just like my job. So what's the catch? "You have to change diapers." For £40k? Forget it.

Diary: Just the role for J-Lo?

Poor Jennifer Lopez just can't catch a break. First her new album Love? was postponed by her "parting of the ways" with record company Epic. (While performing the lead single, "Louboutins" at last year's American Music Awards, J-Lo lost her balance and fell over onstage. She was wearing Louboutins.) Then her big summer rom-com, The Back-Up Plan, got the critical cold shoulder. Now, it seems someone is trying to sabotage plans to install her as a permanent judge on American Idol. She was rumoured to be replacing Ellen DeGeneres, who recently quit the show. But, claimed People magazine's anonymous source, "her demands got out of hand... [producers] Fox had just had enough". Another insider, however, hotly denied the story, saying the reports were "wildly exaggerated". Whether or not she wins a judge's spot, Lopez at least has a handful of developing film projects to keep her occupied. Among them is a remake of Overboard, the 1987 rom-com starring Goldie Hawn as a spoilt, difficult billionaire socialite. Could be just the role for J-Lo.

When the critics run out of insults

M Night Shyamalan's new film has been hammered by the critics this week, but how does it compare with cinema's all-time turkeys? Arifa Akbar selects her top 10 worst-reviewed movies of all time

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